Friday, September 30, 2005

Today in History

*Broadening for the mind.

Today is Friday, Sept. 30, the 273rd day of 2005. There are 92 days left in the year.

Today's Highlight in History:

Fifty years ago, on Sept. 30, 1955, actor James Dean, 24, was killed in a two-car collision near Cholame, Calif.

On this date:

In 1777, the Congress of the United States — forced to flee in the face of advancing British forces — moved to York, Pa.

In 1791, Mozart's opera "The Magic Flute" premiered in Vienna, Austria.

In 1846, dentist William Morton used ether as an anesthetic for the first time on a patient in his Boston office.

In 1938, British, French, German and Italian leaders decided to appease Adolf Hitler by allowing Nazi annexation of Czechoslovakia's Sudetenland.

In 1946, an international military tribunal in Nuremberg, Germany, found 22 top Nazi leaders guilty of war crimes.

In 1949, the Berlin Airlift came to an end.

In 1954, the first atomic-powered vessel, the submarine Nautilus, was commissioned by the Navy.

In 1962, black student James Meredith succeeded on his fourth try in registering for classes at the University of Mississippi.

In 1993, an estimated 10,000 people were killed when an earthquake measuring a magnitude of 6.4 struck southern India.

Ten years ago: U.S. envoy Richard Holbrooke, trying to negotiate a Bosnian cease-fire, ended inconclusive talks with the Sarajevo government and headed for Belgrade to try his luck with the Serbs.

Five years ago: A Catholic priest crashed his car into a building housing an abortion clinic in Rockford, Ill., and attacked it with an ax. (The Rev. John Earl later pleaded guilty to damaging property, and was sentenced to 30 months' probation and two days in county jail.) In Sydney, Australia, Marion Jones won Olympic gold in the U.S. women's 1,600-meter relay and bronze with the 400-meter squad — making her the only woman to win five track medals at one Olympics.

One year ago: President Bush and Sen. John Kerry met in their first debate, with Kerry charging Americans had been left with "this incredible mess in Iraq" and Bush saying U.S. troops look at the Democratic challenger and wonder, "How can I follow this guy?" The House followed the Senate in decisively rejecting a constitutional amendment banning gay marriage. Bombs killed some three dozen children in Baghdad as U.S. troops handed out candy at a government-sponsored celebration. Vioxx, the heavily promoted arthritis drug, was pulled from the market by its maker after a study found it doubled the risk of heart attacks and strokes.

Thought for Today: "Where apathy is master, all men are slaves." — Anonymous.

Failed names for Sanrio's Hello Kitty

Today was Friday, and the last Friday of the month, so the group packed into a few cars and headed down to Rajun Cajun for lunch. If you haven't been - you need to go.

Anyway, lunch table talk degenerated a bit. See we have this coworker who insists on trying to trick us women into believing things. He thinks he's so smart and we're so gullible. So the ladies have drafted a revenge plan. For his birthday this year, we're going to hang a Hello Kitty shower curtain in the opening to his office (there are no doors here... just these little pods off the main work area) and then fill the office with toilet paper or something equally as fun (packing peanuts)?

So one girl spilled what we were doing to his wife today while we were at lunch, but kept referring to the shower curtain as Little Miss Kitty. As we were making fun of her in the elevator on the way back upstairs, things turned ugly.

"At least you didn't call her Little Miss Pussy or Hello Pussy."

Yes folks, sometimes I should learn when to stop.

Sassy Pixie

Sassy Pixie
Originally uploaded by littledevilworks.
One behemoth takes on another.

Disney is going to bring out its own Mini MP3 player for kids.

If only I could be a Sassy Pixie.

(Which if I weren't so hooked on the little devil, I might use as a rockin' name for this blog.)

Finally Friday...

Let the good times roll.

This week has felt like one of the longest, most boring ever. I think I have found myself in a rut of some sort, and all week I have been wishing for some kind of change. Well now at least it's weekend and I can clean and organize my stash of yarn (half the free world's supply no less), blissfully watch more Six Feet Under DVD's, and try to stay cool in this ungodly Indian summer heat in LA. What happened to the nation's weather lately?

I leave you with two thoughts from B-law last night:

"Bad facts make for bad cases."

"The 24/7 thing is old, so I vote we start calling it 168 hours."

Thursday, September 29, 2005

Speaking of Shat...

Originally uploaded by littledevilworks.
World toilet summit lifts lid on public hygiene

Thu Sep 29, 2:01 PM ET

BELFAST (Reuters) - Delegates to the annual World Toilet Summit in Northern Ireland's capital Belfast could be forgiven for feeling flushed this week after sitting down for a three-day debate on the finer points of public sanitation.

Some 350 experts at the summit, which ended Thursday, discussed such pressing subjects as anti-social behavior in rest-rooms, portable toilets, and facilities for the blind.

"A lot was achieved, including the finalization of a protocol setting out global standards for the provision and hygiene of public toilets," Raymond Martin, director of the Irish Toilet Association, told Reuters.

Other highlights of the summit included the launch of a "Bog Standard Campaign" to push for better toilets in UK schools, and the unveiling of Belfast's first public UriLift toilet, a stainless steel urinal that rises hydraulically out of the ground at night to facilitate male revelers.

In terms of public toilet excellence, it was generally agreed that Singapore was a model for the rest of the world, with the UK somewhere around the middle of the league table.

Martin said that with hundreds of toilet experts gathered in one place lavatorial humor was unavoidable.

"But what you actually find is that when the punning and joking is over people actually take toilets very seriously. It's a subject that's close to everyone's heart."

Reflection on Religion

Oftentimes people use their blogs to chronicle a spritual awakening or discuss a spirtual theory. I will do neither.

Instead I ask, if Noah did indeed have an ark, how much must it have smelled? The elephants alone must have stunk to high heaven (depending on which religion you believe in there may or may not be a heaven), but the livestock? EEEWWW!

Glad I wasn't around for that. No wonder I'm not a fan of cruises.

UPDATE: According to a sage colleague the ark did not stink because the elephants shat out the cannonholes. Discuss amongst yourselves.

Wednesday, September 28, 2005

Nightmare on Rose Ave.

Yes folks. Last night in a moment of smashing brilliance I forgot to take my medicine before bed. I'm not sure which was more smashingly brilliant: that I forgot to take the medicine, or that 3 hours later I was tossing and turning, sweating and having nightmares and I didn't stop to think maybe it was cause I hadn't taken my little pills. This morning it finally dawned on me as I stared in the mirror and tried to figure out what the hell had gone wrong in my subconscious. Like I said... pure sheer dazzling brilliance.

Well at least there are only 4 hours and 32 minutes left to go. But who's counting?

Who said it?

"I don't believe in hell. It makes doing bad things easier."


How cute was Jennifer Garner just now on Leno? She revealed that she's having a little girl, that she's learning baseball trivia and that she's just the cutest, sweetest thing ever. I'm an even bigger fan now.

Tuesday, September 27, 2005

Graduate School

I don't know what made me think I wanted to go back for 3 more years of schooling, but whatever it was, it's gone now. Someone make it be over soon.

What's your inner power?

Empathy- Your inner power is Empathy! This means that you have a talent for identifying others emotions, often by simply glancing at them. You're the often silent, goody two shoes, and few get past the walls you've built up to stop yourself being hurt, as you no doubt have been in the past. Not everyone understands you, in fact some think that you're a snob or worse because you rarely participate in group activities. You're extremely sensitive, even the least harsh of words can hurt you. Only your very few, closest friends who have earned your hard-to-get trust know who you really are inside; a sweet, gentle young woman who is lonely and needs friends to support her. You can get very depressed and not always know why, despite your power of empathy, as it seems to only work for people outside yourself. Your friends always turn to you when they need advice or comforting, and in some way you need to give that help. It makes you feel better in return to know that you've helped out your friends. Despite your cold, impassive exterior and high, seemingly unbreachable walls, inside you are really a great, intelligent person, full of compassion and love, if only people would dare take a chance and try to get through your tough shell. Never let others get you down, or change you. Reach for the stars, because I dont doubt you'll catch hold of them.

Boy who will sweep you off your feet:
A sweet, shy and romantic man. The kind of guy you know will never, ever hurt you, and will love you for ever. The kind of person who believes in true love, and soul mates.

Your stone: Blue Topaz

Your power: Healing. Emotionally, physically, or spiritually, you heal people with your words, your actions and presence. You're the one that the little children are always drawn to, because they know you'll never let anything hurt them.

Your element: Clairvoyance (The power to see objects or events that cannot be perceived by the normal five senses.)

A quote that applies to you: "True beauty shines from the soul and warms the world with its kindness, compassion, and integrity."

What's your inner power?
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Spidey Dog!

Spidey Dog!
Originally uploaded by littledevilworks.
Poor doggie.

Nothing Interesting to Post.

Not today folks. I'm spending my time running between offices going "So and so said this" and then running back responding "Well so and so said this". This is not a very fun game, especially when it involves high heels.

One of my colleagues got engaged this weekend, but refuses to talk about it with the rest of us. I don't understand - when I get engaged I'm going to be bouncing off the walls with glee.

I wish I had the life of my boss's barber. He works Tues-Thurs 11:30am-4pm. I don't know how anyone makes a living like that, but I could sure use those hours.

Is it bad that I'm so apathetic about my class...wait apathy isn't the word...I so dread my class tonight (because it moves like molasses) that I am contemplating staying at work till normal time, JUST so I can be late to class and miss the first half hour (never mind it's just a recap of the last class)?

Like I said, nothing interesting to post.

Trump Spawn.

Watch out world it's the newest Celeb Babe.

P.S. Does this man ever stop marrying and procreating? You'd think he'd have learned by now.

Trump Hires Another Heir

by Josh Grossberg
Sep 27, 2005, 9:15 AM PT

Donald Trump, get ready for the littlest Apprentice.

The 59-year-old real estate titan and his 35-year-old model wife, Melania Knauss, are expecting their first child together, a rep for Trump confirmed.

Monday, September 26, 2005

Deep Thoughts

* It is not a good thing when your credit card balance exceeds the value of your paycheck.

* Yarn stores should automatically reject aforementioned credit card. So should sanity check. "But maaaaaaaaaa, I might have half the free world's supply of yarn under my bed but I don't have what I NEED." Bullshit.

* What is the difference between a Work-Friend and an After-Work Friend? I was told I was the former, but not the latter this weekend. Now what if this message is delivered on Saturday night at 8pm?

* What is it that they put in Twinkies that makes them so damn good?

"Monday, Monday, Can't trust that day"

The Blues
Originally uploaded by littledevilworks.

Every other day,
every other day,
Every other day of the week is fine, yeah
But whenever Monday comes, but whenever Monday comes
You can find me cryin' all of the time
- The Mamas & The Papas

Oh yes, Monday has returned with a vengeance. Actually the bosses are away today so things are quiet. I've already finished most of my chores this morning, so now I'm just counting down until the end of the day.

DVD's for the weekend: Six Feet Under, Season 4. I have to say, I can see why Season 5 was slated to be the last. Don't get me wrong, I really love the show, but I can see where things are taking a turn for the worse. Season 4 is pretty much about everyone acting on their impulses and destroying everything they've worked so hard to build. Hard to find that inspiring behavior. That said, Lauren Ambrose is amazing in Season 4, and her interaction with Mena Suvari is incredibly well done. Not a fan of the whole James Cromwell segment. Thoughts?

PS Oh and Blogger seems to be broken. No prob Bob, I'll just sit on my ass and wait to be able to post again.

Saturday, September 24, 2005

Take that Ducks!

Ducking Ducks

EUGENE, Ore. -- The door to the visiting coaches' locker room burst open and USC's Pete Carroll strode through singing "The Heart of Rock & Roll," the old hit by Huey Lewis and the News. He -- Carroll, not Lewis -- flopped down in a chair, back against the wall, and switched to "Deep in the Heart of Texas."

As a singer, Carroll is one of the best football coaches in the country.

But you couldn't blame him. No. 1 USC had survived a month's worth of mistakes in the first half and come back from a 13-0 deficit to beat Oregon 45-13 in the Pacific-10 Conference opener for both teams.

"A beautiful win," Carroll said. "It was so important for us." He hopped up and began shedding his clothes for a shower. "All the battles, all the struggles. You need this kind of lesson every year. They are always important. This was a particularly good game for the young guys. We need all this stuff. It would have to happen so that you have the experience. You can take on the next set of challenges."

He wandered into the shower, again singing "Deep in the Heart of Texas."

"He sings after wins," Kiffin said.

That just goes to show there's a dark side to everything.

Friday, September 23, 2005

Lookee lookee....

Asner, Cromwell, Mason, Dreyfuss, Stoltz, Gless, Molina Debate in 'The Great Tennessee Monkey Trial' Tour

Fri Sep 23, 3:47 PM ET

Edward Asner, James Cromwell, Marsha Mason, Richard Dreyfuss, Eric Stoltz, Sharon Gless, Alfred Molina and other actors will perform in select performances of The Great Tennessee Monkey Trial national tour, starting Oct. 11.

Marking the 80th anniversary of the historical Tennessee vs. John Scopes trial over evolution education, Los Angeles Theatre Works commissioned the work adapted by Peter Goodchild. The 23-city tour will play across the country at major university, college and civic performing arts centers before culminating at the company's home at the Skirball Cultural Center in Los Angeles.

Using words from the original trial transcripts, The Great Tennessee Monkey Trial retells the debate over the right to teach the theory of evolution in public schools. The work contains many of the key oral arguments by rival representation William Jennings Bryan and Clarence Darrow in the case. The performances will re create the company's production format used for recording audio plays on stage, complete with a sound effects artist.

For more information, call (800) 708-8863 or visit L.A. Theatre Works website at

Bush Sells Louisiana Back to the French...

BATON ROUGE, LA. – The White House announced today that President Bush has successfully sold the state of Louisiana back to the French at more than double its original selling price of $11,250,000.

“This is a bold step forward for America,” said Bush. “And America will be stronger and better as a result. I stand here today in unity with French Prime Minister Jack Shiraq, who was so kind to accept my offer of Louisiana in exchange for 25 million dollars cash.”

The state, ravaged by Hurricane Katrina, will cost hundreds of billions of dollars to rebuild.

“Jack understands full well that this one’s a ‘fixer upper,’” said Bush. “He and the French people are quite prepared to pump out all that water, and make Louisiana a decent place to live again. And they’ve got a lot of work to do. But Jack’s assured me, if it’s not right, they’re going to fix it.”

For more information on this important national event, please visit

Thursday, September 22, 2005

Thank Holy-Friggin'-Something-Since-I-Don't-Believe-in-God it's Friday!

Yeah well this week has been a bit rough. The LittleDevil has learned she needs a great big lesson in the power of the ability to use the "n-word". That would be NO folks. Note to self: don't let impressive monetary benefits dangled in front of slightly lumpy nose distract from the task at hand - try to maintain sanity.

That said, this should prove to be an interesting weekend. On the list:

* Grade 75 homework assignments.
* Do my own homework assignments.
* Knit for goodness sakes!
* Help Mommy Devil Works clean out the Sib's room for the move.
* Dessert with the ex-roomie's parents.
* Ship the wine I sold on eBay (woohoo for me!) and get the bridal gowns up for auction (don't EVEN ask...)
* Attempt to resolve ongoing DVD/DVR saga and subsequently enjoy movies.

Again: Try to maintain sanity.

Quake, shake n' bake baby!

A light earthquake occurred at 1:24:48 PM (PDT) on Thursday, September 22, 2005. The magnitude 4.9 event occurred 7 km (5 miles) NW of Wheeler Ridge, CA. The hypocentral depth is 14 km (8 miles).

Things I Learned Last Night

1. Drinking at 10pm (even if at the Ritz Carlton) after more than 12 hours of work is the surest way to kick your ass for the next day.

2. Worst pickup line ever:

"If I told you that you had a beautiful body, would you hold it against me?"

3. Anything that can go wrong will.

4. Even when you try and help, someone will always blame you.

5. You should try and stay as far away from imploding situations as possible.

Wednesday, September 21, 2005

Always close your eyes.

*motions for you to come closer*


They are filming a super top secret movie in our building this week. We have been informed that if we see anything, we are to immediately close our eyes.

WTF?!?! If you see something, then you can't have your eyes closed. And even if you close them, you've already seen it. And furthermore, if you wander around the building with your eyes closed you're more likely to run into it. If this is REALLY how Hollywood works, then I live in a more troubled city than I thought.

Gotta love The Onion!

Scalia Goes On Abortion Bender After Being Passed Over For Chief Justice
September 21, 2005 | Issue 41•38

NORFOLK, VA—Saying "Fuck this shit, I'm stopping beating hearts with my bare hands," Justice Antonin Scalia, overlooked for the vacated position of Supreme Court chief justice, went on a spiteful abortion-performing bender over the weekend. "If I'm not going to be permitted a lasting judicial legacy, to hell with law and order," said Scalia, the conservative Reagan appointee who has served on the court since 1986. "I worked my ass off for 20 years, and no one cares. So, who gives a shit? Safe, legal abortions for all. Who wants one?" Scalia added that 2000 presidential candidate Al Gore "totally won that election, any idiot knows that."

Story courtesy of The Onion.

Thanks to Dr. Devious for that little tidbit.

How many jobs can one person have?

Oh let me count the ways...

1. Project Specialist, full time, $$Nicely-Nicely
2. Graduate Student, part time, ($$Outflow)
3. Teaching Assistant, part time, $$Not-too-shabby
4. Freelance Graphic Designer, $$Decently
5. Stenographer, $$Good-lord-it's-good
6. Erstwhile Dog Sitter, $$Nice-Pocket-Change

Being able to attend graduate school and not have to live in a cardboard box? PRICELESS!

Tuesday, September 20, 2005

Lightning and Thunder and Rain, Oh My!

Originally uploaded by littledevilworks.
Yes the rarest of rare has happened. A true storm has struck the southland. I'm loving every minute of it. Now if only I could have stayed home under the covers where I belong...

Monday, September 19, 2005


Arrrrrrrr matey! It be Talk like a Pirate Day. So grab ye a wench and get to it!

For more info, be sure to click here. ARRRRRRR!

How To Be Speakin' Pirate-Like

Double up on all your adjectives and you'll be bountifully bombastic with your phrasing. Pirates never speak of "a big ship", they call it a "great, grand ship!" They never say never, they say "No nay ne'er!"

Drop all your "g"'s when you speak and you'll get words like "rowin'", "sailin'" and "fightin'". Dropping all of your "v"'s will get you words like "ne'er", "e'er" and "o'er".

Instead of saying "I am", sailors say, "I be". Instead of saying "You are", sailors say, "You be". Instead of saying, "They are", sailors say, "They be".


  • Ahoy: Hey!
  • Avast: Stop!
  • Aye: Yes
  • Black spot: to be 'placin' the black spot' be markin' someone for death.
  • Booty: treasure
  • Buccanneer: a pirate who be answerin' to no man or blasted government.
  • By the Powers!: an exclamation, uttered by Long John Silver in Treasure Island!
  • Cat o' nine tails: whip for floggin' mutineers
  • Davy Jones' Locker: the bottom o' the sea, where the souls of dead men lie
  • Doubloons: pieces of gold...
  • Fiddlers Green: the private heaven where pirates be goin' when they die.
  • Gentlemen o' fortune: a slightly more positive term fer pirates!
  • Grog: A pirate's favorite drink.
  • Jack: a flag or a sailor
  • Jolly Roger: the skull and crossbones, the pirate flag!
  • Keelhaul: a truly vicious punishment where a scurvy dog be tied to a rope and dragged along the barnacle-encrusted bottom of a ship. They not be survivin' this.
  • Lass: A woman.
  • Lily-livered: faint o' heart
  • Loaded to the Gunwales (pron. gunnels): drunk
  • Matey: A shipmate or a friend.
  • Me hearty: a friend or shipmate.
  • Me: My.
  • Pieces o' eight: pieces o' silver which can be cut into eights to be givin' small change.
  • Privateer: a pirate officially sanctioned by a national power
  • Scallywag: A bad person. A scoundrel.
  • Scurvy dog!: a fine insult!
  • Shiver me timbers!: an exclamation of surprise, to be shouted most loud.
  • Son of a Biscuit Eater: a derogatory term indicating a bastard son of a sailor
  • Sprogs: raw, untrained recruits
  • Squadron: a group of ten or less warships
  • Squiffy: a buffoon
  • Swaggy: a scurvy cur's ship what ye be intendin' to loot!
  • Swashbucklin': fightin' and carousin' on the high seas!
  • Sweet trade: the career of piracy
  • Thar: The opposite of "here."
  • Walk the plank: this one be bloody obvious.
  • Wench: a lady, although ye gents not be wantin' to use this around a lady who be stronger than ye.
  • Wi' a wannion: wi' a curse, or wi' a vengeance. Boldly, loudly!
  • Yo-ho-ho: Pirate laughter

I broke 600.

Yup folks - only 599 days to go until I graduate from graduate school. Hallelujah. C'mon 499!



1. A pain in the head. Also called cephalalgia.

2. Informal. Something, such as a problem, that causes annoyance or trouble.

3. something or someone that causes anxiety; a source of unhappiness; "New York traffic is a constant concern"; "it's a major worry" [syn: concern, worry, vexation]

4. pain in the head caused by dilation of cerebral arteries or muscle contractions or a reaction to drugs [syn: head ache, cephalalgia]

Welcome to my Monday.

Sunday, September 18, 2005

The movie reviews...

Amidst panic attacks re: electronic equipment and money (the DVD/DVR situation is still not happy, the DVD/CD drive in my laptop seems to have gone kaput, and everything costs MORE MOOLAH) I happened to watch a few movies. (Yes before the DVD drive went kaput.)

Not worth the time: The Pacifier. I knew it was going to be bad but I didn't know it was going to be that bad. Vin Diesel is an eyeful, especially in the post-shower scene, but it's not worth the pain of sitting through the rest of the movie. You'll just have to trust me on this one.

Five stars: Bride and Prejudice, Bollywood's musical take on the Austen classic. It was creative, well done and a beautiful tableau of colors and Indian music. This one rocked my Friday night.

Still enjoying: Yup you guess it, the DVD quit midstream. But am enjoying the 4th season of Six Feet Under immensely - even if I do know how the finale ended the entire series. Will continue watching after I beat electronic equipment soundly.

Catch ya on the flip side of Monday.

Saturday, September 17, 2005

You snooze you lose.

Apparently while I was cleaning the house out today, I missed this little gem:

Power-dressing man leaves trail of destruction
Fri Sep 16,10:30 AM ET

SYDNEY (Reuters) - An Australian man built up a 40,000-volt charge of static electricity in his clothes as he walked, leaving a trail of scorched carpet and molten plastic and forcing firefighters to evacuate a building.

Thanks to JET and my boyfriend for that tidbit.

Also amusing - my mother, in the midst of running the dishwasher today, informed me that it had never worked right since my ex had done dishes there one night many moons ago. Gotta love it!

Friday, September 16, 2005

Oh for Pete's sake.

I have only a few responses to this:

1. For Pete's sake... there is a national crisis and this happens? What is wrong with our justice system?
2. As we learned last night, the 8th Amendment (protection against cruel & unusual punishment) can be applied to bail. I hope she gets off with the apologies from the state.

Jailed Deaconess, 73, Ordered Released
By KEVIN MCGILL and JOHN SOLOMON, Associated Press Writers
Thu Sep 15,10:51 PM ET

KENNER, La. - Merlene Maten undoubtedly stood out in the prison where she has been held since Hurricane Katrina. The 73-year-old church deaconess, never before in trouble with the law, spent two weeks among hardened criminals. Her bail was a stiff $50,000.

Her offense? Police say the grandmother from New Orleans took $63.50 in goods from a looted deli the day after Katrina struck.

Family and eyewitnesses insisted Maten was an innocent woman who had gone to her car to get some sausage to eat only to be mistakenly arrested by tired, frustrated white officers who couldn't catch younger looters at a nearby store.

Despite intervention from the nation's largest senior lobby, volunteer lawyers from the Federal Emergency Management Agency and even a private attorney, the family fought a futile battle for 16 days to get her freed.

Maten's diabetes, her age, not even her lifelong record of community service could get the system moving. Even the store owner didn't want her charged. "She has slipped through the cracks and the wheels of justice have stopped turning," her attorney Daniel Beckett Becnel III said, frustrated.

Then, hours after her plight was featured in an Associated Press story, a local judge on Thursday ordered Maten freed on her own recognizance, setting up a sweet reunion with her daughter, grandchildren and 80-year-old husband. It was unclear whether she would released Thursday evening or Friday.

Maten must still face the looting charge at a court hearing in October. But the family, armed with several witnesses, intends to prove she was wrongly arrested outside the hotel in this New Orlean's suburb where she had fled Katrina's floodwaters.

"There were people looting, but she wasn't one of them. Instead of chasing after people who were running, they (police) grabbed the old lady who was walking," said Short, who works in traffic enforcement for neighboring New Orleans police.

Maten has been moved from a parish jail to a state prison an hour away. Her daughter had evacuated to Texas. And the original judge who set $50,000 bail by phone — 100 times the maximum $500 fine under state law for minor thefts — hadn't returned a week's worth of calls.

Becnel, family members and witnesses said police snared Maten in the parking lot of a hotel where she had fled the floodwaters that swamped her New Orleans home. She had paid for her room with a credit card and dutifully followed authorities' instructions to pack extra food, they said.

She was retrieving a piece of sausage from the cooler in her car and planned to grill it so she and her frail 80-year-old husband, Alfred, could eat, according to her defenders. The parking lot was almost a block from the looted store, they said.

"That woman was never, never in that store," said Naisha Williams, 23, a New Orleans bank security guard who said she witnessed the episode and is distantly related to Maten. "If they want to take it to court, I'm willing to get on the stand and tell them the police is wrong. She is totally innocent."

Williams, one of the witnesses, said Maten was physically unable to get inside the store — even if she had wanted to.

"She is not capable of even looting it the way the store was at the time. You had to jump over a counter, and she is a diabetic and weak-muscled and wouldn't be able to get herself over it. And she couldn't afford to step on broken glass," Williams said.

Williams said she tried to explain that to police but was brushed off.

"They didn't want to hear it. They put handcuffs on her. They just said we were emotional. It was basically, `Just shut up,'" she said.

Maten's husband was left abandoned at the hotel, until family members picked him up. He is too upset to be interviewed, the family said.

Christine Bishop, the owner of the Check In Check Out deli, said that she was angry that looters had damaged her store, but that she would not want anyone charged with a crime if the person had simply tried to get food to survive. "Especially not a 70-year-old woman," Bishop said.

Short, Maten's daughter, did not witness the incident. She said her mother has led a law-abiding life. She is a deaconess at the Resurrection Mission Baptist Church and won an award for her decades of service at a hospital, Short said.

"Why would someone loot when they had a car with a refrigerator and had paid with a credit card at the hotel? The circumstances defy the theory of looting," said Becnel, Maten's lawyer.

Robin Peak, a legal analyst from AARP who assisted Maten's family, declined to discuss the case. She wrote colleagues an e-mail earlier this week about the elderly woman's plight. It was titled, "50K: The Price of Freedom in New Orleans."


Two things are infinite: the universe and human stupidity; and I'm not sure about the universe.

-Albert Einstein

Thursday, September 15, 2005

Excuse me...I seem to be missing my mice.

Mice Infected With Bubonic Plague Missing
Thu Sep 15, 1:04 PM ET

NEWARK, N.J. - Three mice infected with the bacteria responsible for bubonic plague apparently disappeared from a laboratory about two weeks ago, and authorities launched a search though health experts said there was scant public risk.

This is very, very bad.

Riding in the Elevator with Scissors

Nope, I don't have any amazing news. Actually I'm not sure I really have anything to say at all, but I was amused with the post title because I just... you guessed it, rode down to the second floor carrying a pair of scissors. And no I wasn't absent-minded, I actually was cutting out charts and bringing them down to the second floor. Geez you people have no faith in me at all.

Wednesday, September 14, 2005

Google Games

Courtesy of Shari:

1. Go to Google
2. Type in Failure
3. Look at the first link that comes up

Courtesy of Pod:

1. Go to Google
2. Type in "French Military Victories"
3. Press the "I Feel Lucky" button

For those of you who enjoy a good puzzle...

Premise: You're driving a wheezy 1972 Cutlass Supreme in the middle of the Mohave desert. You're out of gas at a one-pump gas station called Bob's. Gas is $3 a gallon. You've only got $27 dollars. A man with mirrored sun glasses and a denim muscle shirt sells you the gas. You need 10 gallons not 9. Your car gets 20 miles per gallon if you drive 50 mph. The fastest your car can go is 80 mph. At that speed you only get 15 miles per gallon. Silver Town is 200 miles away and you have to get to Silver Town in 4 hours or else you're too late to redeem your winning lottery ticket. Muscles won't give you another gallon on credit. He says Bob will get mad. He pats his sidearm. You pay and figure you'll hitch hike the last leg.

The road is empty. You don't know it but the road was sealed in both directions for 200 miles because of a UFO sighting. There's not a soul in sight.

Before you left your desert shack you packed your trunk full of 3 things you thought you might need in case you got stranded. You didn't bring gas because you were afraid it would blow up. How are you going to make it in time to claim your cool $7 million?

The sky is falling!

Britney Spears is a mother.

When you dream, what do you dream about?

When you dream,
what do you dream about?
Do you dream about
music or mathematics
or planets too far for the eye?
Do you dream about
Jesus or quantum mechanics
or angels who sing lullabies?
- Barenaked Ladies

So what do YOU dream about?

My dreams have always been strange but I have a few persistent themes. I cannot handle any glassware in my dreams - drinks, bottles - anything I try and hold onto I drop, spill, or shatter. When I'm driving in my dreams I absolutely cannot stop at the limit lines to save my life... I always press my foot down on the brakes and skid into the intersection. Or I have dreams where I'm desperately trying to get a task done and no matter what happens I just cannot seem to complete the task.

Now I'm not much for dream interpretation (I had a therapist who once told me that a duck in my dreams that was nipping at my heels was definitely my father - that's a lot of hooey!), but all of these seem to happen when I feel a sense of helplessness or loss of control over the things that are happening in life. Interesting how the subconscious melds with the conscious to create some whacked out dreams.

QOTD (Quote of the Day)

A person may cause evil to others not only by his actions but by his inaction, and in either case he is justly accountable to them for the injury.

-John Stuart Mill, philosopher and economist (1806-1873)

Tuesday, September 13, 2005


I just called a guy at work a manwhore because he jokes about being a gigolo. He just called me a Cuddle Slut.

Is it wrong that I think this is funny?

Hallelujah and let's fix it.

Bush takes full responsiblity for Katrina blunders
September 13, 2005
By Lara Jakes Jordan
The Associated Press

WASHINGTON — President Bush said today that “I take responsibility” for failures in dealing with Hurricane Katrina and said the disaster raised broader questions about the government’s ability to respond to natural disasters as well as terror attacks.

“Katrina exposed serious problems in our response capability at all levels of government,” Bush said at joint White House news conference with the president of Iraq.

“To the extent the federal government didn’t fully do its job right, I take responsibility,” Bush said.

Monday, September 12, 2005

Recipe: Cure for Mild Depression

Preheat oven to nice and toasty.

1. Start with a super snazzy manicure in Hawaiian Luau Lilac.

2. Add a short conversation with a wonderful boyfriend.

3. Gently fold in good food and conversation with friends.

4. Garnish with Marie Callendar's cornbread and honey butter.


Monday Bloody Monday AKA The day the power went out...

Howdy folks! Blogging from work as our power is back on, but our servers aren't so I've got just internet.

Monday has kicked off to a great start. Half of LA was downed this afternoon around 1pm when the DWP reported a cut line that spanned from Brentwood to Hollywood. I knew I should have stayed in bed. What a Monday!


2:36 PM PDT, September 12, 2005

Large Portion of Los Angeles Loses Power
By Sharon Bernstein, Times Staff Writer

A wide-ranging power outage, set off when a cable was accidentally cut, darkened large sections of downtown Los Angeles and many parts of the San Fernando Valley shortly after noon today, authorities said.

Lee Sapaden, a spokesman for the county's Office of Emergency Management, said the massive power failure was caused after an employee "inadvertently cut a power cable" at a DWP substation in West L.A.

The outage dimmed much of downtown Los Angeles and other parts of the city, including the southeast San Fernando Valley, Sapaden said. Ron Deaton, head of the city Department of Water and Power, said at one point three of the city's four power generating stations in the Los Angeles Basin had shut down.

Deaton said two stations that receive power from the generators malfunctioned, causing the power plants to shut down in Wilmington-Seal Beach and Playa del Rey. When the remaining plant could not keep up with demand, power shut down to large swaths of the city.

Other areas were also impacted, including Burbank and Glendale. "There is no estimate of when the power will be restored," said Lt. David Gabriel. "We've been told nothing."

Police were put on full tactical alert, with numerous reports of traffic accidents because of streetlights being out. As a result, slow traffic was seen on some major thoroughfares.

LAPD headquarters and City Hall in downtown were without power at first but backup generators kicked in later. Elevators went out in high rises along Wilshire Boulevard, where some workers reported getting stuck until backup generators came on.

Sunday, September 11, 2005


Originally uploaded by littledevilworks.
Missing my honey and wishing he was curled up on the couch next to me.

Hoping he's sleeping and having sweet dreams.

Good eats and a LONG nap.

Pretty much spent the weekend alternately eating and sleeping...I think it was like the life of a babe except I didn't require changing.

In all seriousness this weekend hit with a vengeance. Saturday was game night with pals from work and a mountain of food. Delicious, from scratch, fatteningly wonderful food. This evening I went with my parents and some extended family to the Sonora Cafe at La Brea and 2nd. Wonderful Latin American food - I had chicken in a mango salsa with plaintains and a dark mole sauce. Yummy!

Otherwise the weekend was mostly spent napping. I finished up my grading on Friday evening and got to watch the Billy Bob Thornton flick The Man Who Wasn't There. The movie was very dark, a sort of a ripple in the pond movie shot in film noir, but was quite good. Today I broke into the new yarn I got (ooo new projects!) and took a LONG nap. This means I will probably be up a good chunk of the night, but all in all, a good weekend.

Bracing for Monday...

Friday, September 09, 2005

Sometimes at night...

when I am alone, I weep for the sorry state of our nation. Other times, I read these and laugh my ass off.

Bush Quotes
"If we don't succeed, we run the risk of failure."
"Verbosity leads to unclear, inarticulate things."

Fridays at the office.

Or as I like to call it, Descension into Madness.

Why is it that the short weeks feel the longest? Well it's finally Friday and the office is a madhouse. Not only is it the interns' last day with us, but the bosses are away, casual Friday has hit with a vengeance and the company-wide listserv seems to be seeing it's fair share of action.

Today's topics?
* Toaster on the 6th floor. The 5th floor kitchen has one but apparently it's too far to walk. One email actually said "Hippity-hippity hooray for Toast!!!"
* Diet Soda in the vending machines. We just acquired two large vending machines capable of offering 36 selections of tasty beverages. One has been deemed the diet machine and one the regular. Apparently even if you survey what people want, and honor their requests, no one ever buys what you put in the machines.
* Game Night. We have been invited to one person's house for game night. Encouraged to leave our rude and unacceptable attitudes at home. How.. um.. inviting.

It's a mad mad mad mad world!

Thursday, September 08, 2005

Did you know...

That Eskimos use refrigerators to keep things from freezing?

Thanks POD.


Originally uploaded by littledevilworks.
A bumper sticker I could put on my car. Never misunderestimate the power of the W.

Wednesday, September 07, 2005


To Do:

* Grading - I'm about 50/50 now. Onward I go.
* Marketing - Done. CFDDP purchased as well as Heavy Whipping Cream for boss's coffee (EW!)

A disappointing movie night.

I watched Vanilla Sky. Very very disappointing. First of all, what is going on with this movie? It could be that I was grading while watching (and thus not paying close attention), but I really have no idea what happened. First it's real, then it's disfigured, then it's murder, then it was all a dream. Huh? Second, the more I watch Tom Cruise, the less I like him. I don't know whether it's his recent outrageousness, or if he just isn't that good an actor, but this definitely didn't do it for me. I was sort of a left with a WTF?

The Merchant of Venice. This had a great cast, but sadly, I couldn't concentrate on it. I've had it for weeks, but I just can't get into it. It's going back tomorrow. Someone else will have to review.

So I'm gaining..... we'll have to see how tomorrow works out.

To Do List:

Grade 60 stats projects

* Already Graded - 5
* Left to Go - 55


Watch DVD's on my computer because of the ongoing DVD/DVR Saga

* DVD's to Watch - 3

DVR 1 - LDW 0

Go to the grocery store

* No food in the house
* The boss will fire me if I don't bring Caffeine Free Diet Dr. Pepper in tomorrow

WORK .5 - LDW .5 (I was already going to the market!)

I don't think this is a winner of a day.

California...So beautiful, so blue.

From the San Jose Mercury News:

California 'yes' to gays

California - The California Legislature became the first legislative body in the country to approve same-sex marriages, as gay-rights advocates overcame two earlier defeats in the Assembly.

The 41-35 vote sends the bill to Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger, who had no comment on the bill when it cleared the state Senate last week. His office did not immediately respond late on Tuesday to a call seeking comment.

The bill's supporters compared the legislation to earlier civil rights campaigns, including efforts to eradicate slavery and give women the right to vote.

For more, click here.

Tuesday, September 06, 2005

Vacation is Over... an open letter from Michael Moore to George W. Bush

Originally uploaded by littledevilworks.

Friday, September 2nd, 2005

Dear Mr. Bush:

Any idea where all our helicopters are? It's Day 5 of Hurricane Katrina and thousands remain stranded in New Orleans and need to be airlifted. Where on earth could you have misplaced all our military choppers? Do you need help finding them? I once lost my car in a Sears parking lot. Man, was that a drag.

Also, any idea where all our national guard soldiers are? We could really use them right now for the type of thing they signed up to do like helping with national disasters. How come they weren't there to begin with?

Last Thursday I was in south Florida and sat outside while the eye of Hurricane Katrina passed over my head. It was only a Category 1 then but it was pretty nasty. Eleven people died and, as of today, there were still homes without power. That night the weatherman said this storm was on its way to New Orleans. That was Thursday! Did anybody tell you? I know you didn't want to interrupt your vacation and I know how you don't like to get bad news. Plus, you had fundraisers to go to and mothers of dead soldiers to ignore and smear. You sure showed her!

I especially like how, the day after the hurricane, instead of flying to Louisiana, you flew to San Diego to party with your business peeps. Don't let people criticize you for this -- after all, the hurricane was over and what the heck could you do, put your finger in the dike?

And don't listen to those who, in the coming days, will reveal how you specifically reduced the Army Corps of Engineers' budget for New Orleans this summer for the third year in a row. You just tell them that even if you hadn't cut the money to fix those levees, there weren't going to be any Army engineers to fix them anyway because you had a much more important construction job for them -- BUILDING DEMOCRACY IN IRAQ!

On Day 3, when you finally left your vacation home, I have to say I was moved by how you had your Air Force One pilot descend from the clouds as you flew over New Orleans so you could catch a quick look of the disaster. Hey, I know you couldn't stop and grab a bullhorn and stand on some rubble and act like a commander in chief. Been there done that.

There will be those who will try to politicize this tragedy and try to use it against you. Just have your people keep pointing that out. Respond to nothing. Even those pesky scientists who predicted this would happen because the water in the Gulf of Mexico is getting hotter and hotter making a storm like this inevitable. Ignore them and all their global warming Chicken Littles. There is nothing unusual about a hurricane that was so wide it would be like having one F-4 tornado that stretched from New York to Cleveland.

No, Mr. Bush, you just stay the course. It's not your fault that 30 percent of New Orleans lives in poverty or that tens of thousands had no transportation to get out of town. C'mon, they're black! I mean, it's not like this happened to Kennebunkport. Can you imagine leaving white people on their roofs for five days? Don't make me laugh! Race has nothing -- NOTHING -- to do with this!

You hang in there, Mr. Bush. Just try to find a few of our Army helicopters and send them there. Pretend the people of New Orleans and the Gulf Coast are near Tikrit.


Michael Moore

Editor's note: Sometimes I find MM outrageous, but I'd give him a high five if I could see him now.

Monday, September 05, 2005

This just in...

(Well ok it was actually on the 31st, and brought to my attention on the 1st or the 2nd, but you'll have to deal people.)

Google Announces Plan To Destroy All Information It Can't Index
August 31, 2005 | Issue 41•35

MOUNTAIN VIEW, CA—Executives at Google, the rapidly growing online-search company that promises to "organize the world's information," announced Monday the latest step in their expansion effort: a far-reaching plan to destroy all the information it is unable to index.

"Our users want the world to be as simple, clean, and accessible as the Google home page itself," said Google CEO Eric Schmidt at a press conference held in their corporate offices. "Soon, it will be."

The new project, dubbed Google Purge, will join such popular services as Google Images, Google News, and Google Maps, which catalogs the entire surface of the Earth using high-resolution satellites.

As a part of Purge's first phase, executives will destroy all copyrighted materials that cannot be searched by Google.

For more information, please visit The Onion.

The Weekend that Was...

I arrived home this evening after a nice long weekend to homework and grading. But back to the weekend.

Aside from the drive (the next time I say I'm driving to Northern California for any amount of time less than a week, you have my full permission to remind me what a hellishly bad idea it is and then shoot me if I attempt it), the trip was great. Met some new people and hung out with the old friends. Saw the wedding proof book from the May festivities and it was gorgeous. The newlyweds are settling into their new home nicely and it was a great visit!

Saw a few movies this weekend too:

* The 40-Year Old Virgin - This was a great time. Silly, incredibly silly, but very fun. Also a little scary - I'm glad I wasn't stuck til 40.

* Kill Bill - I avoided this one for a while based on its tales of gore, but actually it wasn't particularly gory. Sure there was blood spurting left and right, but it was done in comic book/anime style and it didn't bother me much. Anxiously awaiting Netflix to deliver the second to me.

(Side note: of course I still have to resolve the little dvd/dvr snafoo - apparently the y connectors didn't do what they were supposed to. So right now I'm unplugging and replugging.)

So back to printing out assignments, finishing my presentation for tomorrow and trying to make this little shoebox I call home free from clutter. See you tomorrow for TERRIBLE TUESDAY. (an affectionate nickname for those weeks when we get to skip Monday but Tuesday is just as bad)

Friday, September 02, 2005

I love where I work.

I had intended not to post again, but I just had to because something awesome just happened at work.

The senior management team here (8 people) just sent out an email regarding Hurricane Katrina. For every dollar that we give to relief efforts, the senior management team will match it dollar for dollar out of their own pockets. We have over 100 employees - that could be some serious dough.

I have to say it - I love where I work.

Ready...get set...GO!

That's it folks - we're out at 1pm today for a glorious holiday weekend. I'll be driving my little ass up central California to San Jose and Mountain View for some time with friends! It has not escaped my notice that I'm going to do a driving trip on perhaps the worst weekend to buy gas ever, but well its been planned for a while and I'm too ready to get out of town to let a little thing like $100/gallon stop me. So enjoy a fun weekend, BBQ and spend time with family and friends and stay safe! See y'all on Monday night!

Con Law: Pop Quiz

No that's not Con as in Convict, that's Con as in Constitution.

Last night the prof gave us a few trivia questions. Apparently, only two of us in class had any remembrances of US History in the 8th grade.

Prof: When was the Constitution signed?

Student: 1787

Prof: 1787 you say? Then what the hell do we celebrate on July 4?

Me: Signing of the Declaration of Independence.

Prof: You sure about that?

Me: Yup. July 4, 1776.

Prof: Where?

Me: Independence Hall, Philadelphia.

Score one for me. (And I never thought I'd say it but thank you to Richard Kordos for that rousing rendition of the musical "1776".)

Prof: Who were the founding fathers?

After much teeth pulling: Madison, Jefferson, Washington, Franklin.

Prof: Who died on July 4?

Me: Jefferson and one other guy - they died at the same time and as they died they spoke of each other.

Prof: And the other?

Someone else: Monroe.

Cool huh?

Thanks for playing folks!

Thursday, September 01, 2005

Highly Applicable

War may sometimes be a necessary evil. But no matter how necessary, it is always an evil, never a good. We will not learn how to live together in peace by killing each other's children. -- Jimmy Carter

Whether we're talking about Iraq, or the snipers in the Southeast who are killing aid workers and survivors of Katrina.

Do you ever have a day...

Where everything and anything just makes you want to cry? In the grand scheme of things nothing is wrong. Even in the small scheme of things nothing is wrong. Everything is a little messed up and chaotic, but nothing is really wrong. And yet I feel like I'm surviving a war over here. Nothing is going as planned, I'm stuck waiting for people to get back to me, yet expected to have all my ducks in a row. Really I just want to go home and crawl into bed, under the covers.