January 22nd, 2004


Gong hei fa choi

I sorta half-posted it yesterday, but let's do it for real today:


It's the year of the Monkey.

I'm going out to dinner tonight with a friend, and if we can find a place we'll be eating in Chinatown. I've never actually done a traditional Chinese New Years banquet, and we can't afford a big production anyways, but to at least stay in "theme" the goal is to get a fish dish, a chicken dish, and a noodle dish, which should theoretically bring togetherness, prosperity, and long life.

I'm wearing a sort of brick-red shirt today, which is the closest I've got to any real red in my wardrobe. On top of that, I've got my grey sweater, which has a red collar. So between the two, I figure I'm good. (Red is a lucky color, you're supposed to wear some on New Years. You're also supposed to avoid white and black, since they're the colors of death. I've got on blue jeans and brown shoes, so I'm good to go. ;) )

(If I had remembered ahead of time I'd have rescheduled dinner tonight and eaten with my family instead, where I should be, but oh well, too late now. Chinese New Year celebrations last for a while, I'll do something with them next week. Yeah. And one of these days we'll do the full production - maybe next year we'll plan ahead, I can take a couple of days off of work, and we'll cook up a storm - dumplings and fish and chicken and noodles and everything else we're supposed to have. Hmmm. Now I'm hungry.)

Exploding boobs and other exciting news stories [l]

Jordan's boobs 'may explode' in jungle
Medics have warned that Jordan's breasts could explode if leeches get to suck them in the jungle.

The model is planning to strip off on I'm a Celebrity...Get Me Out of Here.

But doctors claim that would be one of the most perilous things she could do.

They say if leeches attach themselves to her 34FF bosoms, they will become inflamed and grow even larger, reports the Daily Star.

A doctor told the paper: "She would need to be treated quickly if she was bitten on her chest. I dread to think what would happen if her breasts started swelling. There is a danger they might explode."
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Infiltration of files seen as extensive
Senate panel's GOP staff pried on Democrats

By Charlie Savage, Globe Staff, 1/22/2004

WASHINGTON -- Republican staff members of the US Senate Judiciary Commitee infiltrated opposition computer files for a year, monitoring secret strategy memos and periodically passing on copies to the media, Senate officials told The Globe.

From the spring of 2002 until at least April 2003, members of the GOP committee staff exploited a computer glitch that allowed them to access restricted Democratic communications without a password. Trolling through hundreds of memos, they were able to read talking points and accounts of private meetings discussing which judicial nominees Democrats would fight -- and with what tactics.
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The Electric Version

Now, Mayor Bloomberg is trying to face the city's fears about the issue... but didn't have much of an answer about what could be done to prevent electrocutions, saying "I'm not an engineer, we'll have to see what we can do." However, Dahl astutely pointed out that Bloomberg actually did graduate from Johns Hopkins with a degree in engineering; further examination shows it was a degree in electrical engineering. Mayor Bloomberg, we're watching you.

Excerpted from Gothamist:

Winglike Design Unveiled for WTC Transit Hub
Published: January 22, 2004

Two counterpoised glass wings — bent as if to offer shelter, soaring as if to offer hope, as long as a city block and capable of movement on their own — will crown the permanent World Trade Center PATH terminal designed by Santiago Calatrava.

The design of the terminal, which will sit astride a network of passageways linking commuter trains, ferry boats, 14 subway lines and perhaps even an AirTrain station, was unveiled this morning by Gov. George E. Pataki, Mayor Michael R. Bloomberg and the Port Authority of New York and New Jersey, which will build the $2 billion project.
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