e_juliana: (wtf - shirley)
Goth Punk Barbie. For realz from Mattell.

Goth Punk Barbie®
Just in time for the holidays, Hard Rock's latest edition of this classic collectible is back in a new Gold Label edition for the Barbie® collector on your shopping list. Dressed in a black and red goth glam ensemble, Hard Rock Goth Punk Barbie® features a short ruffled skirt, fish net stockings, fingerless gloves and a lace up corset accented by a silver "spider" necklace and earrings. An exclusive Hard Rock® Collector Pin and electric guitar (a replica, of course) complete the look.

Other exclusive features of the Hard Rock Goth Punk Barbie® include a doll stand and Certificate of Authenticity. Limited quantities available. Hard Rock's new Goth Punk Barbie® ... get yours today!

I just... facepalm.


Nov. 25th, 2008 03:49 pm
e_juliana: (lonely)
I knew him.

(11-25) 14:09 PST SAN FRANCISCO -- A 29-year-old San Francisco man was shot to death at Broadway and Kearny Street early today after getting in an altercation with at least two men, authorities said.

The victim, identified by the medical examiner as Richard Barrett, was trying to run from the men when he was shot about 12:55 a.m., police said. Barrett was shot just outside the Fuse lounge before he managed to get through the door into the bar, witnesses said.

Barrett was taken to San Francisco General Hospital, where he was pronounced dead.

He was one of the first people I met here. [livejournal.com profile] hecubot tells a story about hanging out with me shortly after I moved here:

We walked Juliana home and watched one beefy guy on the street hug her ("I did tequila shots with him last night" she explained) and then heard her serenaded from the bar across the street: "Ju-LI-ahhhh-na, Ju-LI-Ahhhhh-na!").

"How long have you been here, again?" we asked "Three weeks."

Rich was the beefy guy. We didn't hang out that much - especially after I got together with M, but still. He was a sweet dude.

e_juliana: (drinking skeleton)
EaterSF is running a contest for the douchiest bar in SF. I've picked MatrixFillmore, which is everything wrong with the Marina in one jam-packed collar-popped space. The nomination thread is hysterical.

What are you doing for Repeal Day? (Friday, December 5.)

The Chronicle has a small list of events - my possibilities are:

- Bourbon & Branch's Prohibition-era libations, such as the Martinez and St. Germain Cocktail.

- Elixir is throwing a Prohibition-themed party and serving a 1933 cocktail menu. Admission $10; RSVP to events@elixirsf.com.

- [livejournal.com profile] hecubot might be interested in this: Forbidden Island will pay tribute to Cuba, the drinking destination of choice during Prohibition, with cocktails like the El Presidente, Mary Pickford and daiquiris.

- My rye fixation might drive me to Nopa, where they will uncork its house single-barrel Redhead Rye.

So many choices!
e_juliana: (phoenix rising)
Four years ago.

Four years ago today, I fell and broke my face. Only by whatever grace I have did I avoid breaking my neck.

As such, I now consider 11/14 to be the start of my new year. I'm trying to focus on the future, instead of being frustrated at the present and angry about the past.

Your support and love has been invaluable to me. I'd like to take this opportunity to humbly apologize for any offense I may have given, unintentionally or not, and to beg for your forgiveness. If I have offended you, please let me know via email so that I may make such amends as I may.

I love and appreciate each and every one of you. Thank you.

I voted!

Nov. 4th, 2008 02:31 pm
e_juliana: (leap)

I voted!
Originally uploaded by e_juliana

At 9:15 this morning, to be exact, after waiting 40+ minutes.

My usual polling place did not have the usual amount of booths. One the one hand, I get that SF increased the number of polling places, so the booths had to be spread out. On the other, we were facing a ballot that included *12* state-wide measures and *24* city/county-wide measures. I think more booths would have been a Good Thing.

I was voter #260 - at 9:15 a.m. Dude. 260 people in my teeny little district voted within 2 hours. Kind of amazing, no?

I'm running 5 tabs of election coverage in a separate browser than my usual one. The Laughing Squid has a blogroll of coverage that I'm going to run back to when I get home post-root canal (whee).

The non-CA, non-Presidential races I'm watching are Senate: Franken vs. Coleman in MN and Begich vs. Stevens in AK. FiveThirtyEight.com is calling Begich a lock to win and tilting towards Franken. I hope they're right.

And yes, I'm wearing a hoodie today. Partly because I am getting sick fast, and partly in tribute to Eminem's 2004 "Mosh". My ex-husband and I went to Target, bought our black hoodies, and went and voted. That hoodie is faded and holey now, but I still have it. I still hoped.

Also, I would just like to share this photo of an Alaskan voting. It's in Chatanika Lodge, which used to be a mining camp. We used to visit there a lot, when I was a kid.
e_juliana: (made in alaska)
Awesome, wonderful, joy-inducing "Alaskans for Obama" video - my mom was at the Fairbanks one. I teared up, no lie.

Thanks to [livejournal.com profile] theodosia for finding that.
e_juliana: (focus)
I'm just saying, this all started because of [livejournal.com profile] ethrosdemon.

So, still not a Panic girl, but this clip of Spencer drumming is interesting, just to watch his technique. (And holy shit, do drummers continue to impress me. I can't even get two limbs moving separately yet coordinated-ly (is so a word) on a regular basis, much less four.) He's got such a loose, jazzy style. Bryar's still jazzy, but much more focused. Which also has to do with the kind of music they're playing, but still.

(I just need to throw Toro's guitar solo of AWESOME in here now.)

And then we have Travis Barker (who was just in that plane crash) dueting with ?uestlove of The Roots - talk about disparate styles. Barker does kind of look like Animal on that kit (I know Animal was modeled after Moon, but come on. Barker already looks like a Muppet.)

I love this stuff - watching and contrasting technique. I don't get to do it so much for actors or directors, because theater/TV/movies are so collaborative, so it's fun to watch music performances. For me. Yes.
e_juliana: (straight for the guns)
Obama went there, and it was perfect.

Please, please, please let this election go blue, let Obama and his family stay safe, and let this country get the fuck out of the bloody morass it's been in. Please.
e_juliana: (midnight sevens)
[livejournal.com profile] flyingtapes thinks that IDC sounds like reinvented Cure remixed by Placebo, which I can see. Patrick's vocal stylings and the synth definitely lend themselves to that interpretation, especially in the chorus. Personally, I've said that the skeleton of FOB's "I Don't Care" is making me want to hear them attack a few Bo Diddley songs. Seriously, the breakdown that starts at 2:18 sounds like pure George Thorogood (who owes most of his sound to Diddley), and I know Patrick can hit those kinds of notes. (She also made the point that "What A Catch, Donnie" sounds like the elegiac 80s piano-rock ballads so popular at school dances. She's right.)

In other music notes, [livejournal.com profile] la_perkins and I will see TWO concerts this weekend! That's right, TWO! We've got Gym Class Heroes & The Roots Saturday night in San Jose (whoo!!), and then The Academy Is... in SF on Sunday. Very exciting. I finally got a copy of The Quilt, and holy shit do I love it. Disashi singing will never not be awesome. It'll be cool to hear the songs I heard at Warped and actually know them this time.

e_juliana: (midnight sevens)
Seriously, Fall Out Boy's "What a Catch, Donnie" should have been titled "Catchy, Donnie". I cannot get it out of my head. I haven't even decided if I like it, I just can't keep it out. The single artwork is cool, at least. (In contrast, the cover for "Headfirst Slide Into Cooperstown on a Bad Bet" is terrifying.)

The thing that is making me flip back and forth the most is the Friends of FOB singing lines from earlier FOB songs. In Costello's case, it's not much earlier, as HSICoaBB is the previous single. I can't decide if it's gimmicky or not. It does reinforce my opinion of each singer - Saporta sounds great to me, I want more of McCoy, and Urie's voice grates like it almost always does.

Also, Patrick is trying to use the bottom part of his range and not quite succeeding, which bugs. It bugs for two reasons - I know he could hit it if he had a vocal coach, and he actually did use his lower range with great effect when he covered "Tom Traubert's Blues". Maybe the difference here is that he got to stay in the low part of his register for all of TTB, and he has to use almost his entire range for WaC,D. Still, I know he could do it, and do it well, so it bugs to hear it come so close, and yet so far.

The last iffy part is the "na na nanana nana" bit. It's part of what makes it so catchy, but it can grate really quickly.

Here's what the Friends of FOB Chorus sing over the end - as soon as Gabe starts, it's almost (but not quite) a round. Which is kind of cool.

Elvis Costello, "Headfirst Slide Into Cooperstown on a Bad Bet":
I will never end up like him
Behind my back, I already am
Keep a calendar
This way you will always know

Gabe Saporta (Cobra Starship), "Grand Theft Autumn/Where Is Your Boy":
Where is your boy tonight?
I hope he is a gentleman
Maybe he won't find out what I know
You were the last good thing

Travis McCoy (Gym Class Heroes), "Sugar, We're Goin' Down":
We're going down, down in an earlier round
And sugar, we're goin' down swinging

Brendon Urie (Panic At The Disco), "Dance, Dance":
Dance, dance, we're falling apart to halftime
Dance, dance, and these are the lives you'd love to lead
Dance, this is the way they'd love
If they knew how misery loved me

Doug Neumann (Doug Does Decaydance), "This Ain't a Scene, It's an Arms Race":
This ain't a scene, it's a goddamn arms race
This ain't a scene, it's a goddamn arms race

Alex DeLeon (The Cab), "Thnks fr th Mmrs":
One night and one more time
Thanks for the memories
Even though they weren't so great
He tastes like you, only sweeter

William Beckett (The Academy Is...), "Growing Up":
Growing up, growing up
e_juliana: (focus)
I've had an emotionally sucktastic few days, complete with massive anxiety, catastrophizing, abandonment fears, insomnia, tears, and rage. The knowledge that this is coming to the forefront because of hormones only helps a little bit, because the anxiety is here to stay, at least until November 4th. (And if my hopes come true and the U.S. comes down for Obama, I'm going to be twitchy as fuck, just waiting for one of the racist assholes that have been getting riled up by the Republican campaign to do something monumentally fucking stupid.)

But! I saw this amazing story on Jezebel, and followed it to the original story, and I got over myself. Mostly.

The title of homecoming queen is typically reserved for the head cheerleader or student class president, but not so at one Texas high school where this year's queen saw hundreds of onlookers moved to tears as she was crowned.
Kristin Pass, 18, was named homecoming queen Friday night at her Texas High School, beating two other finalists for the crown.

"There wasn't a dry eye to be seen," said Carolyn Pass, the mother of newly crowned queen Kristin Pass, who was born with Down syndrome 18 years ago.

Read the full story, because it's kind of entirely awesome.
e_juliana: (black cat)
As evidenced by Katie Couric, Sarah Palin is unable to name any Supreme Court case other than Roe v. Wade.

The Rules: Post info about ONE Supreme Court decision, modern or historic to your lj. (Any decision, as long as it's not Roe v. Wade.) For those who see this on your f-list, take the meme to your OWN lj to spread the fun. (If you wish, of course.)

Go forth, and edumacate!


Just one? Okay, let's try Marbury vs. Madison.

(from Wikipedia) Marbury vs. Madison resulted from a petition to the Supreme Court by William Marbury, who had been appointed as Justice of the Peace in the District of Columbia by President John Adams shortly before leaving office, but whose commission was not delivered as required by John Marshall, Adams' Secretary of State. When Thomas Jefferson assumed office, he ordered the new Secretary of State, James Madison, to withhold Marbury's and several other men's commissions. Being unable to assume the appointed offices without the commission documents, Marbury and three others petitioned the Court to force Madison to deliver the commission to Marbury. The Supreme Court denied Marbury's petition, holding that the statute upon which he based his claim was unconstitutional.

M vs. M is generally thought to be the foundation of the modern interpretation of judicial review. The decision is below:

It is emphatically the province and duty of the judicial department [the judicial branch] to say what the law is. Those who apply the rule to particular cases, must of necessity expound and interpret that rule. If two laws conflict with each other, the courts must decide on the operation of each. So if a law [e.g., a statute or treaty] be in opposition to the constitution: if both the law and the constitution apply to a particular case, so that the court must either decide that case conformably to the law, disregarding the constitution; or conformably to the constitution, disregarding the law: the court must determine which of these conflicting rules governs the case. This is of the very essence of judicial duty.

If then the courts are to regard the constitution; and the constitution is superior to any ordinary act of the legislature; the constitution, and not such ordinary act, must govern the case to which they both apply.

Those then who controvert the principle that the constitution is to be considered, in court, as a paramount law, are reduced to the necessity of maintaining that courts must close their eyes on the constitution, and see only the law [e.g., the statute or treaty].

This doctrine would subvert the very foundation of all written constitutions.

(EDIT: Palin is unable to name any SCOTUS decision she disagrees with. Okay, that still leaves a lot of cases, most notably the Exxon Valdez case that was decided this past year. Hell, she might still disagree with M v. M. I know a few libertarians who do.)
e_juliana: (je suis une rock star)
This is primarily for [livejournal.com profile] lala_lisa and [livejournal.com profile] maidengurl, but everyone is welcome to check it out and request any tracks.

Below are the track listings the I use as running soundtracks. I've got a couple other mixes that I made for other purposes that I use, too, but these are my mainstays. They're not arranged in any particular order, since I just put my iPod on shuffle and go. (I learned very quickly that having a set track order will make me lazy.)

Country - I use this set for long runs. )

Bandom - for when I need a little more irony in my morning run. )

Just regular running music )

And, finally,

(Mostly) punk running - good for speed and aggression )

Damn, that's a lot of music. I apologize for the lack of tables - I don't know how to rock those yet. But! If you want any tracks, let me know and I'll flip them over to you.
e_juliana: (ride)
It's not a static pace, Just a little kink in the year....

I love it when TV shows I like put up snippets to the music used in the episode on their website, so you can find it and decide if you want to get it. Sons Of Anarchy is doing it, and I was pleased to see artists I know and like, as well as more artists I'm happy to find.

If you know me (and if you're aware of the show's premise), you've got a pretty good idea of what kind of music this is.

"Hard Row" - The Black Keys - continuing the awesomeness of the Black Keys, want.
"Fool and You" - Year Long Disaster - def. 70s-style throwback, want.
"Writings on the Wall" - Album Leaf - mellow
"Plenty Strong, Plenty Wrong" - Maylene and the Sons of Disaster - have it, really like it.
"No Generation" - The Lions - pretty good, will probably grab one or other of The Lions' tracks
"Machine" - The Lions - pretty good
"Kick Back" - Fireball Ministry - def. like, want.
"Like the River" Sun Kil Moon - like, it's mellow, still want.
"Bobilicious" - Gia Ciambottie - want. Very much.
"Tus Ojitos" - Campanas De America - it's okay. I can think of better examples of that genre, though.

I'm looking forward to tonight's episode (though I'm a little grumbly that both live band karaoke and what is possibly my new favorite show are on at the same time). (I also have a Fringe show to go to tonight at 8:30, so there will be hauling ass back home, you betcha.)
e_juliana: (green bay)
Man, I love this game. Rodgers is looking/sounding good (I'm at work, therefore listening to WTMJ's webcast).

A hazard of listening to Midwest radio - hearing jingles I thought I had left long ago. "Save big money at Menaaaaaaard's!"

Lots of stupid penalties by the Green Bay offensive line. Dudes, chill the fuck out.

M has the DirectTV NFL package, so it was all-football all day on Sunday. I cooked us breakfast and worked on the laptop while we were watching the early games, and then he went out and got dinner and we laid around watching the night games. The Bills look in good shape (poor Holmgren, losing his first game of his last season). The Bears - holy hell. They whupped Indy but good. For a team that replaced ALL of their leaders, they're looking faboo. The Jets, eh. I'm glad Brett had a good game. Good for him. The Saints look good. And now the AFC race is wide open, what with pretty boy Brady being done for the year. Whoo!

Okay, I'm leaving work early to catch the last half of the Vikes-Pack at Columbus Cafe. Go Pack!
e_juliana: (alaska)
Yeah. Palin's accent is an extreme example of a city Alaskan accent. It's city because it's more with the Midwest flatness, less with the Native lilt. The accents I grew up around (and with) were a weird hybrid of Western Canadian, Midwestern, Texan/Oklahoman, and Native.

Sigh. I really don't like this woman.
e_juliana: (howling dog)
It's a raw soup. Meaning the onion doesn't get cooked. Meaning your usual enthusiasm for all things Allium cepa needs to be toned down a notch. Or five. Keep this in mind when adding Allium sativum (garlic), as well. In this case, less is most definitely more.

In other recipe notes, the Bon Appetit recipe results in a creamier gazpacho than I normally like. It's still tasty, but not quite what I was looking for. The quest continues. (I think I'll try the Barefoot Contessa's recipe next, though I look askance at the tomato juice, what with the high sodium.) (Also, I'm working with a blender, not a food processor.)

Recipe under cut )

Still, I can haz gazpacho tonight. Nom nom nom.
e_juliana: (drinking skeleton)

Halloween in August? Halloween in August?

I was in the Walgreen's near my work, and there's an entire aisle of this. On August 27. ??

e_juliana: (kickass)
Oh, hey, look.

Shitty 90s cover band is back. With a lot of the same songs, but...

They're now covering Rage Against The Machine. They're covering Rage.

(And poorly, I don't think I need to add.)

If I massacre them, y'all will provide my alibi, right?

edit: Seriously, "Enter Sandman"? This asshole has a seriously inflated sense of his vocal capability.

edit two, shitty boogalo: Points for a unique song, but Bloodhound Gang's "Discovery Channel" - not a great cover.

moar edit: Jane's Addiction. o.O.

I'ma go play my new-to-me computer game now and see if I can mentally block these fuckers out.


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