Each family has its own special holiday traditions. Often times, holiday recipes are passed from one generation to the next. However, if your family does not have a favorite set of recipes or if you're cooking your first Thanksgiving feast this year, this "traditional" menu will give you a nice start. This menu comfortably feeds six with leftovers aplenty.  
 
Simple recipes for staple Thanksgiving dishes, like candied sweet potatoes, mashed potatoes, and green bean casserole along with a few more daring dishes such as Maple Mashed Butternut Squash with Pecans.
Weird Al Yankovic: eBay
Posted by Den in entertainment 13 years ago
A used ... pink bathrobe  
A rare ... mint snowglobe  
A Smurf ... TV tray  
I bought on eBay  
 
My house ... is filled with this crap  
Shows up in bubble wrap  
Most every day  
What I bought on eBay  
 
 
click the link to hear the full song.  
Eyes of Veronica Mars
Posted by robynette in entertainment 13 years ago
The Buffy comparisons are obvious: Creator/executive producer Rob Thomas has taken a timeworn genre and connected its trappings to adolescent angst. On Buffy, it was horror as high school: The spawning of creatures from hell was a rich metaphoric playground for the tempestuous realities of getting older. On Veronica, the resolute independence of its lead character is a given from episode one. What the gumshoe fiction template does, then, is showcase how much teenagers are desperate to make sense of, or find the solution to, the chaotic ups and downs of their world. And just like Buffy assembled her own Scooby gang of misfits to battle their literal and figurative demons, the Veronica writers are letting their heroine recruit outsiders to her cause.  
 
But there’s a mild supernatural angle to Veronica, too, in that Lilly Kane, although dead, is a recurring character. This is mostly due to gauzily shot, kaleidoscopically colored flashbacks in which Veronica replays scenes from their idyllic friendship that act as both nostalgia and nagging uncertainty. Even Lilly’s brother encounters his dead sister, as a blood-drenched hallucination, in one episode. And after the Lynchian brilliance of Lilly’s portentous last words to Veronica before her death — "I’ve got a secret, a good one!" — delivered while the carefree gal pals are in short shorts bouncily scrubbing autos at a dance-team car-wash fund-raiser, it seems the doomed innocence of Laura Palmer is alive/dead and well in TV mythology land.  
 
I edit the Veronica Mars page at TVtome.
Pete Tapang: Fine Art
Posted by robynette in vices 13 years ago
The Erotic Art of Pete Tapang.  
 
"A question you might be thinking about after you see my art is, "Why are most of them women?" Well, people like to draw what they feel is beautiful! Some people like buildings, landscapes, retarded poodles, chipmunks, or even smurfs, but I think that the most beautiful creation that God ever made was the woman, so why not draw that. Throughout the years I have spent drawing, I realized that every artist has a job to do and I believe that my job as an artist is to cause a little trouble and get people to think a little bit. A man once told me that in a world of media bombardment, it's truly a great thing when a simple drawing can still shock and provoke an audience; it shows that the art still has power."
The Prydain Guide
Posted by robynette in it's the arts 13 years ago
The Prydain Guide is an online reference work dedicated to The Prydain Chronicles by Lloyd Alexander. If you are unfamiliar with this wonderful series of novels, you may want to check out our Introduction to Prydain to find out more about them. If you already count yourself as a Companion of Prydain, then herein you will find some old friends you still remember, be reminded of some things you have forgotten, and perhaps learn something you never knew. For any and all who visit this site, we hope it will serve as both a valuable resource and a distinct pleasure.  
 
The Guide is organized as a compilation of individual entries, first divided into categories (such as Characters, Items, Places, etc.) and then arranged alphabetically within those categories. Each entry is a compendium of information for its particular subject matter; for example, the entry for the three enchantresses, Orddu, Orwen, and Orgoch, condenses and consolidates virtually everything that can be gleaned from the books about these enigmatic and entrancing characters.  
 
Many of these entries do contain spoilers, but the spoilers are hidden by default and only appear if you click the "Show Spoiler Information" link on an entry. In this manner, we hope to make browsing safe for persons unfamiliar with any or all of the Chronicles and preserve the surprises for them, with the trust that someday these persons, too, will choose to number themselves among the Companions of Prydain.  
 
These were some of my favorite books as a kid.
The Warriors movie site
Posted by robynette in entertainment 13 years ago
A site dedicated to the 1979 film, 'The Warriors'. Includes information about the movie, a chat forum, cast info, character info, pictures, sound clips, a FAQ, bloopers, extra scenes, soundtrack info, info on the remake, the Warriors Game and more.
Sponsored by the Department of Religious Studies at San Diego State University, this website is designed to give personal and scholarly perspectives on a major religious event in recent U.S. history. Its primary purpose is to present information about Peoples Temple as accurately and objectively as possible. Being objective means offering as many diverse views and opinions about the Temple and the events in Jonestown as possible.  
 
Jonestown is a word with several meanings. First, it refers to an agricultural project established by the Peoples Temple, a religious group based in California which moved to Guyana in the late 1970s to establish a religious utopia. Second, it refers to the events of November 18, 1978 in which a U.S. Congressman was assassinated, along with four other individuals, at a jungle airstrip; these tragic killings were followed by the mass suicides/murders of 900 men, women, and children by ingesting potassium cyanide mixed into a vat of punch and tranquilizers. Third, the word "Jonestown" has been used to describe any New Religious Movement which may or may not have the potential for violence, as in "Heaven's Gate was another Jonestown."  
 
We hope that visitors to the site will come away with an understanding that the story of Jonestown did not start or end on 18 November 1978.
A little history and a variety of recipes for Macaroni and Cheese  
 
Macaroni and cheese is one of the most popular--if not the most popular--American comfort foods. Nearly every soul food cookbook and many Southern cookbooks have recipes for the American favorite, with few differences from one to the next.  
 
Homemade macaroni and cheese can be a simple layering of cooked macaroni, shredded (or sliced) cheese and salt and pepper, or it can be made with a white sauce-cheese base, topped with more cheese and buttered crumbs before baking. This ever-so-humble dish is delicious and satisfying as is, but you can jazz it up (homemade or package version) with the addition of chopped vegetables, meat, fish or poultry, or your favorite herbs or spices.
Anais Nin
Posted by robynette in it's the arts 13 years ago
A site devoted to the writer Anais Nin. Includes a very thorough biography and excerpts from her writings.  
 
I'm marking it not work safe because some of her work is erotica, but I think it's a fairly safe.
TwoHeadedCat
Posted by robynette in blogs & zines 13 years ago
What the hell is TwoHeadedCat?  
 
Two Headed Cat is a collective, a mind meld if you will, of various and sundry characters gathered together for one assumed purpose, to write what is true. By true, I don't mean factual always. Truth has never been limited to the facts really, it also lives in your emotions and that fact has to be recognized and paid homage to. We want this place to be worked on and enjoyed by anyone who seeks out that emotional truth, that harsh honesty, and build a place you can come to, to find others who feel the same. Our writers will not always stick on a subject, we don't impose that kind of control over them nor would we want to, but they will always write what is true for them. Stories of their past, of their beliefs or of the joy and pain inherent in living in the world today. Of course, we will also tell you what we think, about movies or books or really anything we see or do and we want to hear the same from you. It won't all be serious, but it won't all be funny either. The universe is a duality of pleasure and pain coexisting in constant flux. Everyone living in it has to approach it in their own way, with their own preconceived notions of how the world works, and if they're rational in the least they will be willing to have those notions pushed against and sometimes even proven wrong. Everyone who contributes here has a personal reason for doing so, each of them as valid as any other. The only rule here is, stay true.  
 
erocrush
Posted by robynette in the "other" pile 13 years ago
Fetish photography site. Mostly artistic nudes, some mild bondage pics.  
 
Not work safe.
The Sesame Street book, The Monster at the End of This Book, starring lovable, furry old Groover.  
 
The whole book is there. One of my favorites when I was a kid.
Erotic nudes, artistically painted.  
 
Absolutely not work safe.
I was searching for info on Tiny Toons today and found the Toonopedia. Linkfilter has a few sites from the toonopedia, but not the top-level domain. A great resource for those who yearn to go back to the days of Saturday Morning Cartoons.  
 
Welcome to the world's first hypertext encyclopedia of toons — which will soon, I hope, come to be regarded as the Internet's most comprehensive source of information about the U.S. toon scene.  
 
Here at Don Markstein's Toonopedia™, we take a very broad view of what constitutes a toon. The basic idea is to cover the entire spectrum of American cartoonery.  
 
I realize I haven't exactly blanketed the field yet, but I think the 750+ toon topics I've written up so far should qualify at least as a light coverlet.  
 
Here's what I've done so far.
Pin Up Toons
Posted by grimrides in it's the arts 14 years ago
The cute cartoonish pin up art of Rion Vernon, former Dreamworks artist.