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#1 2005-05-14 18:37:00

bandit
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From: Auckland
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Latest acquisitions dos


Crow: I think Ray Liotta would make an okay werewolf.
Tom Servo: No, he smells like apples.
- MST3K

 

#2 2005-05-15 14:52:00

Jaime
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From: Wilmington, NC
Registered: 2001-06-01
Posts: 11534

Re: Latest acquisitions dos

At the Dawn Treader bookstore in Ann Arbor (I'm in A2 until tomorrow):

Shardik - Richard Adams
Stranger in a Strange Land - Heinlein
and
1st edition hardcover of Green Angel Tower for ten bucks.  rar!

Also got a Sting best of at the used CD shop, and a bit of semiprecious stones from a bead shop for a certain little purple dragon who puffs strawberry smoke.  And some RitterSport chocolate at Trader Joe's, for about 40% of what it normally costs online.

And tomorrow, when I land in DC, I'm stopping in Georgetown to go shopping at
Lush.


Yield to temptation; it may not pass your way again.

-- Heinlein

 

#3 2005-05-15 17:14:00

lian
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From: Where Dormice Are Cherished
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Re: Latest acquisitions dos

siobhan wrote:

Voop voop voop voop!

That's so rad, bandit. (do I sound like an aging 70s glam rock star for using 'rad'?)
I mean, I'm kinda, err, relieved to see it's more silver-y gold than yellowish-gold -- the latter would definitely make it look like a glam-mobile. *is suddenly caught by envy*

Girl, will you give me a ride?

 

#4 2005-05-15 21:55:00

bandit
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Re: Latest acquisitions dos

Lian you are my official co-pilot with all its duties. Most important being: manning the stereo.


Crow: I think Ray Liotta would make an okay werewolf.
Tom Servo: No, he smells like apples.
- MST3K

 

#5 2005-05-15 23:32:00

FlutePicc
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From: Canada
Registered: 2001-06-08
Posts: 16585

Re: Latest acquisitions dos

Jaime wrote:

And some RitterSport chocolate at Trader Joe's, for about 40% of what it normally costs online.

What do you normally pay for that chocolate?  I had never heard of it until I started working at my current job.  We have it there, but I haven't tried it.

 

#6 2005-05-16 06:23:00

Sarah
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From: Nottingham, England
Registered: 2001-06-01
Posts: 4510
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Re: Latest acquisitions dos

A microwave. We've been without one ever since we moved into this flat in September. Now it doesn't matter if we forget to get meat out of the freezer the night before for tonight's dinner. We can have scrambled eggs or corn on the cob in seconds! We can reheat our take-out leftovers for lunch the next day. Aaah, the wonders of modern technology ;)

 

#7 2005-05-16 19:26:00

Jaime
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Re: Latest acquisitions dos

Rittersport usually runs about $1.79-$2.00 a bar where I've seen it online, and it was about that in Germany.  At Trader Joe's, it was $1.39.  They only had three varieties, but two of the three were my favorites, so that was okay.  :)

Oh, and I did go to Lush today, and bought Tramp and soap.

That stuff was SO much more expensive than the site, though; apparently at the store they have to factor in the cost of shipping from the UK to Canada to the US.

[ May 16, 2005: Message edited by: Jaime ]


Yield to temptation; it may not pass your way again.

-- Heinlein

 

#8 2005-05-16 19:55:00

bumadax
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Re: Latest acquisitions dos

siobhan wrote:

Voop voop voop voop!

Ah man, I need one of those...

 

#9 2005-05-17 15:30:00

subphonic
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From: UK
Registered: 2004-05-02
Posts: 47

Re: Latest acquisitions dos

At last I've found something we get cheaper over here...Lush!...and I seem to be allergic to every last bit of it! When my GF shops there I actually have to stand outside AND up-wind of the shop!

 

#10 2005-05-17 16:32:00

chamberk
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From: Georgia
Registered: 2001-12-29
Posts: 3228

Re: Latest acquisitions dos

Scrubs season 1 on DVD.


"You don't need a weatherman to know which way the wind blows."  - Bob Dylan

 

#11 2005-05-18 02:31:00

Sarah
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From: Nottingham, England
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Re: Latest acquisitions dos

subphonic wrote:

When my GF shops there I actually have to stand outside AND up-wind of the shop!

I'm not allergic to it, as such. But I can't go in there. I have to hold my breath when I walk past. The smelliness is just too damn strong, it's less being able to smell it and more a case of being able to taste it in the back of my throat. Yech.

Plus, I like my bath/shower products scent free. I favour Dove products highly.

 

#12 2005-05-18 05:38:00

Jaime
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From: Wilmington, NC
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Re: Latest acquisitions dos

Yeah, it is a pretty seriously aromatic store.  I could smell it down the block, and it's like a smack in the face when you walk in.  I had to walk around for a bit to let my nose get accustomed before I could really start smelling anything.  I sometimes have allergy days where stores that redolent actually make my head hurt (like Yankee Candle), but it didn't bother me.

My whole bathroom smells like that one soap even now.


Yield to temptation; it may not pass your way again.

-- Heinlein

 

#13 2005-05-18 05:59:00

AJ
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From: Quebec
Registered: 2001-07-08
Posts: 11353

Re: Latest acquisitions dos

Two new pairs of Levi red labels..

And they fit! Perfectly!

That rarely happens for me :)

 

#14 2005-05-21 07:12:00

mabinogi
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From: Canberra, Australia
Registered: 2001-07-26
Posts: 10528
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Re: Latest acquisitions dos

Dragon on a Pedestal Holding a Ball tea-light candle holder, and a bag of coffee beans (birthday presents).

Espresso machine and coffee grinder (birthday present to myself, so that I can actually use the beans)
Now I can make myself cappuccinos any time I want - just as soon as I get more practice frothing the milk...heh


..and then one day you find, ten years have got behind you,
no one told you when to run, you missed the starting gun..

My Musical Experimentations

 

#15 2005-05-21 07:15:00

Em
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From: Didjabringabeeralong, XXX
Registered: 2004-12-28
Posts: 43864

Re: Latest acquisitions dos

Happy birthday! *lights several candles*


Yo, ho, yo ho. A pirate's life for me!

 

#16 2005-05-21 07:28:00

mabinogi
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From: Canberra, Australia
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Posts: 10528
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Re: Latest acquisitions dos

thanks!, though the actual day is not till tuesday ;)


..and then one day you find, ten years have got behind you,
no one told you when to run, you missed the starting gun..

My Musical Experimentations

 

#17 2005-05-21 07:31:00

Em
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From: Didjabringabeeralong, XXX
Registered: 2004-12-28
Posts: 43864

Re: Latest acquisitions dos

mabinogi wrote:

Now I can make myself cappuccinos any time I want - just as soon as I get more practice frothing the milk...heh

You'll have to let me know how the machine works out. I'm torn about getting an espresso machine. I drink lots of coffee and lots of lattes. Would make economic sense to purchase one. However, I would miss walking into the local Starbucks and, before I get to the counter, them pulling my favorite drink because they know me.

It's got to the point that I went to a brand-new Starbucks the other day and, evidently, the barrista there had worked at another store, because she knew me and knew what I wanted to drink! Small world time.


Yo, ho, yo ho. A pirate's life for me!

 

#18 2005-05-21 08:42:00

Gigi
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From: dunno
Registered: 2001-06-15
Posts: 4214

Re: Latest acquisitions dos

The Battlestar Galactica miniseries on DVD.

The Charnel Prince in hardcover because I can't wait for the paperback one second longer.

A checkerboard cake pan so I can try to reproduce a fabulous cake I had while in Mexico (it was a cheesecake/dark chocolate cake checkerboard affair, totally yummy).


Giggling Lady of Doom

 

#19 2005-05-21 21:10:00

Susan Queen of the Univ
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From: Connecticut
Registered: 2001-06-02
Posts: 4220

Re: Latest acquisitions dos

a baby gerbil for a classroom pet.  i also got all the fixin's including the tank.

then my husband digs up his old old very old habi-trail contraption.  'member those things?

we cleaned it all up and put it all together, and she's very happy.

gotta go return the tank now.

*does the happy gerbil dance*


"I maked these."  -Gall Bladder

 

#20 2005-05-21 21:12:00

Susan Queen of the Univ
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From: Connecticut
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Posts: 4220

Re: Latest acquisitions dos

btw: she needs a name.  she's got eyes that are a bit slanted, giving her an asian look.  she's a very light tan color with pink eyes.  verra cute.

any suggestions?


"I maked these."  -Gall Bladder

 

#21 2005-05-21 23:24:00

dragondawn
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From: mi vida loca
Registered: 2001-06-04
Posts: 13600

Re: Latest acquisitions dos

the new system of a down cd, mesmerize, as well as their first cd, the self-titled one. *bangs head* now i have all their stuff. go me!


My religion is to live and die without regret. ~ Milarepa

 

#22 2005-05-22 02:03:00

Wolfshade
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From: Warwick, RI
Registered: 2001-06-04
Posts: 3468
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Re: Latest acquisitions dos

Moneyball


"The rhythm is broken by continuous illumination, continuous darkness, or by decapitation." M.Morita and J.B.Best. The Journal of Experimental Zoology. 231: 273-282 (1984)

http://twitter.com/wolfshade
http://www.fullcastpodcast.com

 

#23 2005-05-24 03:25:00

mabinogi
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From: Canberra, Australia
Registered: 2001-07-26
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Re: Latest acquisitions dos

Kate Bush, The Red Shoes - pretty good, up there with The Kick Inside and Hounds of Love - possibly better, depending on your mood.  Of course, cameos by Eric Clapton and Jeff Beck don't hurt ;)
Velvet Revolver, Contraband - not bad, but nothing is ever going to recapture the magic of GnR, and someone should send the engineer back to school - compressing the music to hell does NOT improve its sound.
Therion, Lepaca Kliffoth - would it HURT for a male metal singer to LEARN TO SING before opening his mouth in front of a microphone? The music's pretty good though, and there's the ocassional track where the singing doesn't turn me off entirely. Probably not buying any more Therion though.

[ May 24, 2005: Message edited by: mabinogi ]


..and then one day you find, ten years have got behind you,
no one told you when to run, you missed the starting gun..

My Musical Experimentations

 

#24 2005-05-24 06:34:00

Jaime
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From: Wilmington, NC
Registered: 2001-06-01
Posts: 11534

Re: Latest acquisitions dos

I can only deal with Kate Bush's voice on a limited basis.  Waaaaaay too squealy.

Therion is amongst the pile of bands Tracy and I are seeing in November.

So much I need to buy and I'm so broke... I need the Evergrey and Pain of Salvation DVDs before anything else.


Yield to temptation; it may not pass your way again.

-- Heinlein

 

#25 2005-05-24 07:53:00

Ian Johnson
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Registered: 2001-06-01
Posts: 11635

Re: Latest acquisitions dos

Philip K. Dick's VALIS.

H. P. Lovecraft's The Dreams in the Witch House and Other Weird Stories (ed. S. T. Joshi).

 

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