And another test

Checking the new version of SEMagic. This may or may not enthuse me to post a little more to LJ, as my blogging juices are fully soaked up by FB/g+ at this time.
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Black Gives Way To Blue

I didn't even know that Alice In Chains was still alive as a band, and still recording, when I came across their latest album, Black Gives Way To Blue, a few days ago. So, it was a pleasant surprise. Luckily, a surprise that was made even more pleasant by the fact that it is an excellent album. Following the death of Layne Staley, they've replaced him as vocalist with William DuVall.

It is very reconizably AIC stuff, and Duvall - while no Staley - is a worthy successor. Think of him as a Brian Johnson to Staley's Bon Scott. :) Well worth trying.



Using Scribefire to post this entry, in the hope that it will make it easier to blog here, and hence more likely that I will. The problem is that the low-level urge (to share links and information) is now satisfied by facebook, and finding the single-tasking time to write in-depth posts is becoming harder all the time. Any thoughts? Tips? Solutions?Technorati Tags:

Obviously, it must have been Xeryus Rouge.


Thirty-four people went to hospital and dozens were treated for sickness after strong perfume was sprayed by a woman in a Texas bank.

Two workers initially complained of having chest pains and headaches.

The bank then announced that anyone who felt ill should leave the building, prompting around 150 people to take up the offer.

Twelve people were taken to hospital by ambulance, after they complained of feeling short of breath and dizzy.


More unusual uses for vodka


  1. To remove a bandage painlessly, saturate the bandage with vodka. The solvent dissolves adhesive
  2. To clean the caulking around bathtubs and showers, fill a trigger-spray bottle with vodka, spray the caulking, let set five minutes and wash clean. The alcohol in the vodka kills mold and mildew.
  3. Clean jewelry. Soak the jewelry in vodka for five minutes, then rinse, and dry.
  4. Clean lipstick from clothing. Rub the stain with vodka, then throw into your regular wash.
  5. Remove the glue left behind by a bumper sticker. Rub the glue with a soft, clean cloth soaked with vodka
  6. Prolong the life of razors by filling a cup with vodka and letting your safety razor blade soak in the alcohol after shaving. The vodka disinfects the blade and prevents rusting.
  7. Spray vodka on vomit stains, scrub with a brush, then blot dry.
  8. Using a cotton ball, apply vodka to your face as an astringent to cleanse the skin and tighten pores.
  9. Add a jigger of vodka to a 12-ounce bottle of shampoo. The alcohol cleanses the scalp, removes toxins from hair, and stimulates the growth of healthy hair.
  10. Fill a sixteen-ounce trigger-spray bottle and spray bees or wasps to kill them.

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Dior to launch new frangrance in Pondicherry

Interesting. Anyone know more?

(ignoring the slightly breathless tone of the piece below, it appears to be the first to break the story.)

‘CDior’ has taken a whiff of the quaint ex-French colony – Pondicherry – for its latest perfume and has named it ‘Escale a Pondichery’! No, it’s certainly not the first time an international luxury perfume brand has created a scent that attempts to capture the essence of an Indian city.


They have chosen The Dune Eco Beach Hotel in Puduchery to host the grand launch party and are also bringing in a flight load of international journalists and officials for the event. While no details have been revealed about the scent and its packaging, according to an official communiqué from The Dune, Dior has also organised a three-day celebration of the fragrances of India for its guests at its venue.

A flock of black swans

Saxo Bank is a "Copenhagen-based online trading and investment specialist" that has an annual list of so-called Black Swan events (incidentally, I'm getting really tired of that term).

This year's list is particularly alarming.

Saxo Bank’s Outrageous Claims for 2009:

1) There will be severe social unrest in Iran as lower oil prices mean that the government will not be able to uphold the supply of basic necessities.
2) Crude will trade at $25 as demand slows due to the worst global economic contraction since the great Depression.
3) S&P will hit 500 in 2009 because of falling earnings, vaporizing housing equity and increased cost of funds in the corporate sector.
4) The EU is likely to crack down on excessive government budget deficits in several member states, and Italy could live up to previous threats and leave the ERM completely.
5) The AUDJPY will drop to 40. The decline in the commodities markets will affect the Australian economy.
6) EURUSD will fall to 0.95 and then go to 1.30 as European bank balances are under tremendous pressure because of exposure to the faltering Eastern European markets and intra-European economic tensions.
7) Chinese GDP growth drops to zero. The export driven sectors in the Chinese economy will be hurt significantly by the free-fall economic activity in the Global Trade and especially of the US.
8) Pre-In's First Out. Several of the Eastern European currencies currently pegged or semi-pegged to the EUR will be under increasing pressure due to capital outflows in 2009.
9) Reuters/ Jefferies CRB Index to drop to 30% to 150. The Commodity bubble is bursting, with speculative excesses so large they have skewed the demand and supply statistics.
10) 2009 will see the first Asian currencies to be pegged to CNY. Asian economies will increasingly look towards China to find new trade partners and scale down their hitherto US-centric agenda.