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  1. And Squidgygate, for the sake of fairness.
  2. Or to make clone bodies for Palpatine that were guaranteed to have a high midichlorian count.
  3. She was raised conservatively and everything she was being told to do was either not protocol for the occasion or it was just plain weird to her. Giving in to demonstrative and confessional behavior would have been largely alien, for reasons of age, class, and that she had to represent the Crown and not herself. Her private feelings were supposed to be private; not to mention the whole "stiff upper lip" thing. Diana's death forced her to adapt to a generational social change that she was ill-prepared for. The fact that she agreed give a speech at all, but especially agreeing to say "So what I say to you now, as your Queen and as a grandmother, I say from my heart." was a good compromise.
  4. Wasn't posted to be a Meghan slam, it was just the top Google entry that answered the question of who pays for the royals' clothes.
  5. According to Marie Claire: "Being royal comes with a lot of rules and obligations. On the upside, the job also comes with a pretty incredible wardrobe. Members of the royal family aren't expected to pay for the clothes they wear to official royal engagements. Prince Charles picks up the tab for the clothes Prince William, Kate Middleton, Prince Harry, and, now, Meghan Markle, wear to official events—and that budget has skyrocketed since Harry and Meghan got engaged."
  6. Continuing my series of posts about nothing other than macarons, here's a fun cooking video from Binging with Babish. He recreates food from pop culture shows, and this is his macaron episode featuring Jon Favreau. The nice thing is that this has both a regular macaron recipe, but also includes a quick-and-simple version of just the cookie for parents who want an inexpensive treat they can make for their kids. (Or for people like me who want something like macarons but do not have an thoroughly equipped kitchen or superior baking skills.)
  7. If not at Galaxy's Edge, at least they will sell through Williams Sonoma. Nevarro Nummies™ Macarons "Inspired by a sweet moment when a young Nevarro student debated sharing his treats with the Child, 21st-century artisans in California have created these ethereal French-style almond macarons capturing the essence of this scene with Nevarro Nummies™. For authentic galactic flavor, each exquisite treat is artfully hand-piped with a rich, creamy vanilla filling." However, they are selling for the excessive price of $50, so I'm going to stick to my local non-tie-in version.
  8. Zhuzh is generally believed to be Polari, and seems to have been around since the mid-60s. "Borrowed from Angloromani yuser (“clean”, verb) and yusher (“clear”, verb), from Angloromani yus-, yuz-, yuzh- (“clean”) and yush- (“clear”), from Romani žuž-, už- (“clean”, adjective). Cognate with Hindi उज्ज्वल (ujjval, “bright”)" says the Wiktionary.
  9. My TV stuff includes a stress ball in the shape of an anatomical heart with the Hannibal logo, a plastic business card with the alphabet used for the tv show/movie Alien Nation that you could use to decipher Tenctonese graffiti, a Bada Bing! glass from The Sopranos, a couple of bottles of True Blood soda, a vintage Watchers pendant from the old Highlander tv series, and an 'audio book' that is nothing but Agent Cooper's Dictaphone notes to Diane. There's also a few Funko Pops, and then 30+ books, but no one really wants to see all that listed.
  10. He didn't get it wrong, it's just funny to say that he did because it allows for donut jokes. ["Where the Myth of JFK’s ‘Jelly Donut’ Mistake Came From", Smithsonian Magazine]
  11. I loved this series. I started watching it because I was a criminalistics geek and a fan of Lance Henriksen, but very few of my friends even knew the show existed. I've had better success lately just by handing people season 1 of the DVDs. I also think its dark sensibility is well-suited to our times now, even if things like the tech are twenty years old. If you're interested in reading more about the series, there's an excellent book called Back to Frank Black. It has essays as well as interviews, and it's a pretty dense book (just over 500 pages). Also, "All proceeds from the sale of this book will be donated to Lance Henriksen's preferred registered charity, Children of the Night, an organization dedicated to rescuing America’s children from prostitution."
  12. I've been really enjoying this podcast in general, so thanks for telling us about it!
  13. I grew up in Seattle and we had grits.
  14. FX begins a five-part documentary on Jeffrey MacDonald tonight at 8pm, based on Errol Morris's book A Wilderness of Error. "When Army surgeon Jeffrey MacDonald is sent to prison for killing his family, a storm of swirling narratives challenges our very ability to find the truth all the while overshadowing a chilling possibility: MacDonald may be an innocent man." Which gives you a good idea what the spin on this is going to be.
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