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Scheherazade in Blue Jeans
freelance alchemist
Tew's Day 
30th-Mar-2010 08:02 am
Energy levels returning, thank goodness.

BRB, Rainpocalypse
High winds, pouring rain, and flooding have shot my plans to hell. I'm working from home, no coffee meeting with friend, no Diesel. I do still have to get out to MIT for a thing between 6:30-9:30, and if anyone is going that way and feels like giving me a ride, awesome.

Link Soup
* This is my new pain scale.
* Frame-by-frame breakdown of the Scott Pilgrim trailer.
* Snyder's "gluten-free" pretzels = deliberately not remotely gluten-free. You might want to write a letter.
* Half-ton lead coffin unearthed near Rome. o.O
* Rapist says women should lock their doors. Heavily implied: if your door is unlocked in your own dorm it is totally okay for him to rape you. Tiny fists of rage over here, y'all.

Daily Science
Scientists at the world's biggest atom smasher at CERN said on Tuesday that they had collided protons at record power, mimicking conditions close to the Big Bang that created the universe.

Not-so-Daily Scent-Stuff
The remarkable and multitalented sihaya09 set me samples of her new ritual oils, Amas and Ishtar. These are meant for pagan ritual use, but can be used on the skin as perfumes as well... and you know me and my sensitive nose, I've just got to try things!

Amas: ...Amas was formulated to draw the kind of love which the practitioner most needs. Obviously, your energy-raising or intent can slant this to a particular desire, but Amas was designed to draw whichever form of love would best lift and gently nurture the practitioner....There are notes of gourmand vanilla, rosewater, and sweet lemon that are sure to delight the nose.
In bottle: Sweet and delicately floral; I'm getting mostly vanilla and rosewater. High tea.
On me: Same. It's very light and unobtrusive. I'm glad I'm not getting lemon! It goes a *titch* babypowdery on me, but with the other notes not vanishing, it's still very pleasant.
Note: There'll be more Amas, including a candle scented with it, in her next update.

Ishtar: Ishtar was formulated to stimulate lust and create a boost in sexual energy...There are notes of vanilla, spices, and gentle earthy notes that are sure to delight the nose.
In bottle: Vanillaspice goodness! The spices are light and well-blended.
On me: Again, very sweet, but with underlying spice that grows with wear. Like chai with a shot of vanilla. This is so very yummy.
Note: Ishtar's one of my patrons, so I was hoping I'd like this, and um YES.

BARCC work and home work and writing work and reviewing work. (I have to write another bio. Bios never stop. I need an automatic bio generator.) And there's tonight's thing for BARCC at MIT.
30th-Mar-2010 01:08 pm (UTC)
OMG the pain scale. I should not be laughing as hard as I did, but. So funny and so true!
30th-Mar-2010 01:21 pm (UTC)
The article on the rapist: so angry-making.

But great work on the BARCC. I salute you all the way from Singapore. ;)
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30th-Mar-2010 01:34 pm (UTC)
That was my first thought, of course.
30th-Mar-2010 08:11 pm (UTC)

It's worse than you think. It's Vampire Mon-El! That's why the coffin is lead. The worst part is that opening it in daylight only makes him stronger, even as it burns him.

30th-Mar-2010 01:49 pm (UTC)
I am using that pain scale.
30th-Mar-2010 03:01 pm (UTC)
Well, you can tell sihaya09 that you just made her a sale. I've been meaning to buy a new perfume because I haven't had any for years, but 1) I can't just buy *any* perfume because I'm allergic to artificial scents, and 2) I don't have a lot of spare money to go around trying the different bpals that all sound so yummy...but your description of the Ishtar here sounded so absolutely perfect for me that I snatched it up. Vanilla with spices is a perfect scent for me.

And if it makes her feel better, while I won't be using it for ritual use, I *have* been doing intent-centered meditations to try and get my root and sacral chakras more open as they're very, very closed, so this is probably a good oil for me to be wearing on a regular basis. :)

I sent an email today that I regret after sending it. Not that it didn't need to be said, but I have this feeling that it's going to take up a LOT of my social spoons if they don't ignore it...there was an article on our daily University headlines about the upcoming month of sexual assault awareness programs, and it kept making references to "violence against women" over and over again, and I just had to send an email to the address it gave...I said that I didn't know who was reading the email (it wasn't an individual address), or who had written the wording of the article, but I had to point out that men needed that voice spoken up for them, too... *sigh* I was more eloquent in the email, but I have a feeling I'm going to regret it in social spoons later.

But it needed to be said and it needs to be done and when I get that kind of prod in the back and the Priestess hat plops on the head and says DO THIS I do it, ya know? (the Priestess hat kind of reminds me of the Sorting Hat from Harry Potter sometimes - it plops on my head like Fawkes dropped it there, and talks AT me and tells me what to do! Thankfully it's never dropped a heavy ass sword on my skull.)
31st-Mar-2010 10:16 pm (UTC)
Heard, she said a day late to a complete stranger. It's kind of a Priestess Mullet Hat, except the party in the back is a GIANT STICK.

(And the word for it isn't Priestess in this case, but yeah. That.)
31st-Mar-2010 11:49 pm (UTC)
*snicker* I think I'd rather the mental image of the Sorting Hat than a mullet, PLEASE. I'd look horrible with a mullet. Really really. But I look awesome in a pointy hat. Especially if I arch my brow and add a wicked smirk. ^_~

What kind of hat are you stuck with?
30th-Mar-2010 04:29 pm (UTC)
Hey, I emailed Snyder's this morning (about two hours ago), since Dave is gluten intolerant and I only buy Snyder's in general, and I said I would stop buying them, and here is the reply I got:

Snyder’s of Hanover is pleased to announce that our new Gluten Free Pretzel Sticks have been tested by Silliker Labs, an international leader in food safety and quality testing and have surpassed the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) proposed guideline for gluten free claims of <20 parts per million per serving. Though the FDA has not given final guidance on this issue, Snyder’s of Hanover has adopted the <20 ppm as our standard for making a gluten free claim.

According to Silliker Labs, our gluten free pretzels actually tested at <5 parts per million per serving on multiple tests conducted during the product development stage. We will continue to test our product through this respected laboratory to ensure we maintain this level of compliance.

Snyder’s of Hanover has been in business for over 100 years. We are a third generation, family owned and operated company that values the integrity and quality of our products above all else. You can rest assured that our new Gluten Free Pretzel Sticks have been thoroughly tested and are in full compliance to insure the safety of consumers in the gluten free community.

Clearly a form letter, but it sounds like they paid attention to complaints. :)
30th-Mar-2010 05:34 pm (UTC)
I love the pain scale! I'm printing it and putting it on the fridge with personal magnets so people can alert others. I sent it to AJ and he hurt himself laughing. I think he ended up seeing Jesus.

I'll be making a mental health one too.
30th-Mar-2010 10:21 pm (UTC)
yeah. That rape was at my University. The headlines were all over the place and I kept thinking, "Why are we getting advice from a rapist?"

Headlines give no context, of course. Now that I have the context, I have to say that I am even more appalled.
30th-Mar-2010 11:11 pm (UTC)
I saw organic gluten-free frozen lasagna in the grocery store the other day and thought of you.
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