wolfpangs: (made a swiveling chair--now I nap)
I'm making this face, too!-------->

Just doing some more genealogy research and I've found some really interesting stuff. I've managed to trace my family back to the 17th century! In Virginia! I read about my great^5 grandfather, who went to court at 73 to get the pension he was rightfully owed for his military service. The court found that "the above named applicant George VEST was a revolutionary Soldier and served as he states." So I really am a daughter of the Revolution. Oh, but wait.

Going back further, I found some information on his brother James, who seems like quite the righteous dude. On Nov. 14, 1785, James signed a petition supporting separation of Church and State. And then there was his will. After specifying the distribution of his possessions, including his "horse mountain" (I want a horse mountain!) and his "utenshuls," he said, "I do appoint my two trusty friends Thomas Burfoot and Archer Trayler for my Executors to this my last will and testament whereunto I have set my hand and seal this day and date above written."

That's where a light flickered on in my fevered brain. Archer Trayler, one of the trusty friends of my superb uncle (that's gotta be better than great), is a descendant of Christopher Branch II. Christopher Branch's great-grandson was a man by the name of Peter Jefferson, who gave his father's name to his third child, a boy he named Thomas.

Y'all. Now if there were someone in Virginia who would have had something to say about the separation of church and state, I wonder just who that could have been.
From al.com:

As Scott Register left the air this morning, officially announcing the format changeover to Live 100.5 in Birmingham, he told listeners, "It's been a long time coming. I'm excited about it."

Here is the first hour's worth of songs from the new station's playlist:


1. Bruce Springsteen - Radio Nowhere
2. R.E.M. - Radio Free Europe
3. Death Cab For Cutie - I Will Possess Your Heart
4. Pearl Jam - Daughter
5. Coldplay - Viva la Vida
6. New Radicals - You Get What You Give
7. KT Tunstall - Suddenly I See
8. Spoon - Don't You Evah
9. The Killers - All These Things That I've Done
10. U2 - Who's Gonna Ride Your Wild Horses?
11. Jeff Buckley - Hallelujah
12. O.A.R. - Shattered
13. Feist - 1234
14. The Police - So Lonely
15. Duffy - Mercy


Y'all. I may cry.


Congratulations to Lindsey and Jason on the birth of their son, Hunter, today.

Ani Difranco's "Present Infant":



Lately i've been glaring into mirrors
picking myself apart
you'd think at my age i'd have thought
of something better to do
than making insecurity into a full-time job
making insecurity into art
and i fear my life will be over
and i will have never lived unfettered
always glaring into mirrors
mad i don't look better


But now here is this tiny baby and they say she looks just like me... )

EDIT: Now with (poor quality) photographic proof!
Coco Wang, a comic artist from China, is producing a series of strips related to the May 12 earthquake to tell the story of what happened. She says, "The amount of incredibly moving stories of victims, rescuers, volunteers is simply shocking at the moment. I have been collecting newspapers of all the stories, and telling them in the form of comic strips. I hope these stories could show the UK readers the love, warmth and courage of the Chinese people, also the sad and cruel reality of the horrible 5.12 Earthquake."

Guess which one I was drawn to first?!



Read more... )

Parts 2 and 3 of this strip, as well as the rest of the Earthquake Strips.

PS: Scanning my photos continues later today.
wolfpangs: (froggy)
The only reason why I'd want children now is so I'd have a legitimate reason to watch Yo Gabba Gabba.



OMGOMGOMGOMG )

There may be better things to wake up to, but I'm having trouble thinking of any right now.

EDIT: In case it's not clear, I had no idea this was going to happen.
I was reading jambands.com's "Look Back at 2006," wherein they interview various musicians about the year, when I read a quote so amazing that I experienced a feeling akin to schadenfreude but more like schadenfreude plus waffles. Asked what he remembers most about 2006, New Riders of the Purple Sage's Buddy Cage reports:

"RatDog at Radio City Music Hall, 'co-headlining' (that's a fucking howl!) with the String Cheese Incident. If I were in SCI and had to 'share the stage' (yet another bullshit, self-serving euphemism) with a band so clearly more talented, I would throw up in utter humiliation after hearing Weir's performance and try to reshape my future plans in the music business. RatDog simply blew them out of the fucking state of New York that evening. The skills that Weir has hammered out in all the years with the Dead are manifest in that. If there's a phoenix that can rise out of the Grateful Dead experience it would be RatDog. Even the SCI fans were cavorting around the theater in facsimile fashion, as in Emperor's New Clothes, pretending SCI was the real thing when the whole sorry scene came off as some usurpers to the Grateful Dead working on the fantasy that if you 'do the moves' the talent will follow. Wretched. Just because you've missed a couple decades of insanely fine music; maybe you felt you were born too late; could be you feel cheated and intend to embrace your own version of 'groove' regardless of the vacuousness of said groove; chances are you need to create your own scene (cause ya wanna). None of the above excuses you from putting up with less – get it together, do the work, the research. And boogie on! Go for the quality."

I think my heart just grew three sizes larger. And...cosigned!

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