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rivet steed
Date: 2008-11-03 19:09
Subject: Protect Your Ballot in WA
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Tags:election, obama, politics, voting
Protect your vote in Washington.

If you are voting absentee/mail-in in Washington (which is by default in all counties except King and Pierce), and you haven't mailed your ballot in yet, you have until the last pickup to drop your ballot in a mailbox. If you drop your ballot in AFTER the last pickup, it WILL NOT BE POSTMARKED ON ELECTION DAY and therefore will not be counted!

Or drop it off at your nearest drop-off location by 8 pm PST tomorrow.

For those of you who haven't been paying attention, yes, I voted for Obama, and strongly support him.

Make sure your vote counts!
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rivet steed
Date: 2008-10-14 17:50
Subject: Which Mad Men-era Female Icon are you?
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Your result for Are You a Jackie or a Marilyn? Or Someone Else? Mad Men-era Female Icon Quiz...

You Are a Jackie!


You are a Jackie. "I do everything the right way."

Jackies are realistic, conscientious, and principled. They strive to live up to their high ideals.

How to Get Along with Me

* Take your share of the responsibility so I don't end up with all the work.

* Acknowledge my achievements.

* I'm hard on myself. Reassure me that I'm fine the way I am.

* Tell me that you value my advice.

* Be fair and considerate, as I am.

* Apologize if you have been unthoughtful. It will help me to forgive.

* Gently encourage me to lighten up and to laugh at myself when I get uptight, but hear my worries first.

What I Like About Being a Jackie

* Being self-disciplined and able to accomplish a great deal

* Working hard to make the world a better place

* Having high standards and ethics; not compromising myself

* Being reasonable, responsible, and dedicated in everything I do

* Being able to put facts together, coming to good understandings, and figuring out wise solutions

* Being the best I can be and bringing out the best in other people

What's Hard About Being a Jackie

* Being disappointed with myself or others when my expectations are not met

* Feeling burdened by too much responsibility

* Thinking that what I do is never good enough

* Not being appreciated for what I do for people

* Being upset because others aren't trying as hard as I am

* Obsessing about what I did or what I should do

* Being tense, anxious, and taking things too seriously

Jackies as Children Often

* Criticize themselves in anticipation of criticism from others

* Refrain from doing things that they think might not come out perfect

* Focus on living up to the expectations of their parents and teachers

* Are very responsible; may assume the role of parent

* Hold back negative emotions ("good children aren't angry")

Jackies as Parents

* Teach their children responsibility and strong moral values

* Are consistent and fair

* Discipline firmly

Take Are You a Jackie or a Marilyn? Or Someone Else? Mad Men-era Female Icon Quiz at HelloQuizzy

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rivet steed
Date: 2008-10-01 23:04
Subject: Supreme Court cases I know off the top of my head
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Tags:meme, politics
First seen and ganked from dwenius:

As was demonstrated in an interview with 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.

Marbury v. Madison. You know, the first one you ever study in high school civics, about judicial review.
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rivet steed
Date: 2008-09-17 22:13
Subject: Quote Douglas Adams
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Tags:douglas adams, meme, new zealand
Ganked from rimrunner: when you see this, quote Douglas Adams.

Fiordland, a vast tract of mountainous terrain that occupies the southwest corner of South Island, New Zealand, is one of the most astounding pieces of land anywhere on God's earth, and one's first impulse, standing on a clifftop surveying it all, is simply to burst into spontaneous applause.

Too true.
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rivet steed
Date: 2008-09-17 10:07
Subject: More solar journeys
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Happy birthday, ilanarama!
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rivet steed
Date: 2008-09-15 08:20
Subject: Once more around the sun
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Happy Birthday, canetoad!
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rivet steed
Date: 2008-09-07 19:20
Subject: Two at the Most: my new cocktail blog
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Tags:blog, cocktails
I've decided to spin off my cocktail bloggery to its own site. If you enjoy reading about my drinks, please check it out:

Two at the Most

Please give it a look and let me know what you think!
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rivet steed
Date: 2008-09-04 11:41
Subject: Magellan Gin and the Aviation
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Tags:cocktails, gin, maraschino
I've had my eye on Magellan Gin for a while. Something about that ethereal blue tinge in the nicely decorated bottle. When I saw my local store had a gift pack with an attractive, hand-painted glass, I decided to finally give it a try.

Magellan is made in France from wheat. It is triple distilled with juniper, cloves, cardamom, nutmeg, grains of paradise, licorice, cinnamon, coriander, orange peel, cassia, and iris. According to Magellan's web site, there is then a "fourth distillation," which sounds more like an infusion, when additional iris root and iris flower are added to give Magellan its distinctive floral scent and blue tinge.

Aviation Cocktail The scent is quite prominent on the gin. Having recently been experimenting with crème de violette, it's difficult to avoid the comparison. The iris in Magellan strikes me as a little crisper and less potpourri-like than many florals.

When tasting, the iris is definitely there. It's a new taste to me, but it has the qualities I associate with flowers, including the mouthfeel, with a slight acidity and some oiliness to it. If you don't like floral infusions, you will not like Magellan. I like both. It is immediately apparent this isn't a general-use gin. I can't imagine using it in a Martinez, as I suspect the unique flavors wouldn't mix well with sweet vermouth. I'm not sure it would make a pleasant gin and tonic, either. But I did experiment with using it in a gin daisy, which was quite pleasant. It also shined in a French 75. The champagne helped increase the bouquet and made it a very pleasant drink. The underlying gin is robust; this isn't a one trick pony. The cloves and other botanicals give a nice spicyness that keeps the iris from becoming too cloying.

Given the iris finish, I had to try the Magellan in an Aviation, one of my favorite gin drinks. I went with Gary Regan's Joy of Mixology recipe, as found in the Kaiser Penguin recipe comparison. It's my favorite Aviation recipe. As I'd hoped, the blue of the iris held out in the glass, creating a beautiful looking drink that mimic the color of the original violette recipe that is purported to be the source of the name.

But the proof's in the drinking, and this is a mighty find tipple. The same floral notes that made me fall in love with using violette in the aviation is there, just slightly different. This may be my new favorite take on the Aviation, as this is less sweet than when using violette. If you like the violette version of the Aviation, I highly recommend you give it a try using Magellan.

2 oz gin (Magellan)
1/2 oz maraschino liqueur (Luxardo)
1/2 oz lemon juice

shake over ice, double strain into a chilled cocktail glass, garnish with homemade brandied cherries. The ones I'm using now were made with this recipe.
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rivet steed
Date: 2008-09-03 18:42
Subject: Guess I can't hide from being googled
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LogoThere is
person with my name in the U.S.A.

How many have your name?

Actually, I happen to know this is not true. There's at least two other people who share my first and last name that I am aware of. Although I do believe I'm the only one of the three that uses my particular nickname.
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rivet steed
Date: 2008-08-21 18:49
Subject: If I Could Only Have 10 Bottles
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Tags:cocktails, meme
Over at Kaiser Penguin, Rick has posed a challenging question:

If you could only have 10 bottles of alcohol, what would they be? You have to name brands, and you must include vermouths if you want them. They are, at least, infinitely replenishable.

I tried to focus on my favorite cocktails, and favorite categories of cocktails, as I made my decisions. I must have at least one scotch, mixable or not. I have to have my Manhattans. And I give up the ability to have something approximating a mai tai in order to have Pisco sours.

So here's my list. At least, today's list. Who knows about tomorrow?

  1. No. 209 Gin
  2. Cointreau
  3. Lillet Blanc
  4. Vya sweet vermouth
  5. Pisco Biondi Italia
  6. Isle of Jura Scotch
  7. Havana Club rum
  8. Luxardo Maraschino
  9. Green Chartreuse
  10. Ridgemont Reserve 1792 bourbon

What would be on your list?
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