Wednesday, Nov. 12, 2003 - 3:00 a.m.
Cost of the War in Iraq
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Quiches and Child Porn Laws
Damn, I think i am updating too often. Who the hell can keep up?
I am putting off doing the webpages I want to do, since it takes much scanning, and knowledge of html (ie looking in a book, trial and error etc). I DID get all my quiches made. #s 4, 5 and 6 (two broccoli and one mushroom) are in the oven and the first three (all swisschard) are cooling. I'll need to make more pie dough and buy more cheese if I plan to make leek and zucchini ones as well. Oh, ambition.
I shall put here, my grandmother's pie crust recipe:
Never Fail Pie DoughPersonally I use 3 cups whole wheat flour with 2 cups white flour, and roll it out with white flour. Very simple, and never fails. Just make sure you move it around in the flour as you roll it so it doesnt get sticky. mmm.
Great for quiche, or any sort of fruit pie, such as pumpkin.
I invited my friend Charlie over to chat while I work. A good friend, but we get into syntax and semantic arguments. Yes, he's an editor and a writer! Also an activist, who is currently working on anticensorship issues, including child pornography. Here in Canada you can have sex at 14, but you cannot be portrayed dressed up as a baby having sex even if you are 50, and you cannot write about or draw yourself having sex at 14, whether you are 14 or 94. So bizarre. If the law stands, half of the book I was involved in called "The First Time" would be illegal. It is a set of two books which is writers describing their first sexual experiences, in order to present teenagers with a mixture of realistic (vs romantic or pornographic) depictions of first time sexual encounters. A mixture of autobiography and sex ed. But we wouldnt want that, would we. It would give the idea that people actually have sex before they are legal adults.
Here is an excellent article about C-20 and it's effect on gagging artists from Capital News Online. I wrote a letter to the editor about this issue:
Hello, I am writing concerning Bill C-20. I am an artist, a children's illustrator and a cartoonist. I am particularly concerned by this law, as it could severely curtail expression of artists and writers. Consider autobiographies of adults speaking of early experiences, such as in "The First Time", as well as such movies such as "Summer of '42". Also paintings such as those by renowned artist Eric Fischel and books such as the Cement Garden by Ian McEwan. It is unreasonable to think that we can have sexual experiences under the age of 18, but not be able as adults to explore this issue. Indeed as a young teenager myself, I looked to books such as Judy Blume's "Then Again Maybe I Won't" to answer the puzzling questions I had about sex, gender and growing up. Such portrayals, whether educational, entertaining or controversial, would be open to prosecution (and indeed self-censorship by artists) if this bill stands.
Oh dear, when I clicked "enter" on this entry, I got a banner about Jesus, and just HAD to click on it... and ended up at this entry of Minstrellite's. Now I shouldn't poke fun at religious people (I really do take them more seriously if I pay to see them in a theatre whirling around), but it seems to me that he could just hum "Don't Worry, Be Happy" or look at some hallmark calendar. It is fascinating how people give weight to a completely banal thing that all sorts of unbelievers know and say out loud every day (and that haunts us on public elevator music) as long as it is written in THE BIG BOOK and has a name and number attached to it. I should start saying that. "In ChuckPaluhniuk 1:47 it says do not steal from your right hand to give to your left" It sounds so serious if one puts in numbers when one quotes. Just to counter the horrid "don't worry be happy" that is threatening to run around my head, here are two excellent links: The first is THE place to do all your Christmas shopping... yes, Despair.com. The second is for stress relief so you too can not worry for a few minutes and be happy: yes, it is Hamster Blast!! Have fun. And don't blame me if Dont Worry Be Happy is replaced by the Hamster song. hehe. (Sorry, you can see this is why I am going to level 7 of hell.. that Hamster Blast just makes me grin ear to ear! And I even LOVE hamsters!) heeheeheeheehee.
And here is my quote of the day, courtesy of Despair.com:
Truly, "BitterSweets(tm)" are the perfect gift for you OR for someone you love, especially if that special someone is one who doesn't want to hurt your feelings but just doesn't feel that way about you but still wants to be friends so they can torment you with stories about their crushes on someone who doesn't appreciate them like you do, can't love them like you can, and actually takes pleasure in corralling a herd of fawning "just friends" behind themselves as they indulge in one self-destructive relationship after another, with no hope of ever finding true love, despite an army of souls eager to lavish it upon them.Yes, we all know what you're talking about. Don't we all have a tiny bit of that in us??
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Goodbye Michael. May your next life be kinder to you. - Thursday, Jun. 25, 2009
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