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Counting the Votes: With so many people wondering why it’s taking so long to figure out the third-place winner in the Goleta City Council race and completing the sheriff’s race tally, Cookie Jill offers an answer on Blogabarbara: “Well, with thousands of people turning in their ballots with coffee stains, water stains, crayon marks, lewd comments, improperly bubbled, multiple bubbled, write-ins with illegible handwriting, etc., the machines won’t read them. That’s where humans step in. And it’s a slow, methodical process to make sure everything is done correctly. Time to educate people on how to actually vote properly.”

While Craig Smith signs off on his blog, the identity of the person behind Blogabarbara is a carefully kept secret. He (I’m told it’s a man) calls himself Sara de la Guerra. And no, I have no idea who he is.

Sound and the Fury: No, not a movie about the News-Press mess but reports that Oprah Winfrey is interested in making an adaptation of the William Faulkner novel The Sound and the Fury. It’s a dense novel, with Faulkner’s long sentences, but considered by some as his best. I dug out my college edition of it then came up with this on the Internet: “First published in 1929, Faulkner created his ‘heart’s darling,’ the beautiful and tragic Caddy Compson, whose story Faulkner told through separate monologues by her three brothers: the idiot Benjy, the neurotic, suicidal Quentin, and the monstrous Jason.” Incidentally, Faulkner’s family name was Falkner. He just added a “u.”

No Thriller: Blogger Craig Smith attended the retirement party for his former boss, DA Tom Sneddon, and reports that virtually the entire law enforcement cast of the Michael Jackson trial was there at the Doubletree, Melville.jpg as well as Judge Rodney Melville, who presided over the trial. Missing, of course, was the other side of the legal equation: Jackson himself — the megastar is now living in Europe and Dubai — and his defense team (except for Santa Barbaran Bob Sanger, part of the Jackson team). Dancing went on and on, but, Smith reports, the Gloved One’s “Thriller” was not one of the numbers. Making a heartfelt speech, I was told, was former Court TV reporter Diane Dimond, who covered the Jackson case relentlessly over the years.

Sound and the Not-So-Fury: Just suppose Hollywood decides to make a movie of the News-Press mess (I think a TV series is more likely). Well, Santa Barbara Daily Sound columnist Leslie Westbrook penned a column Monday about who’d be cast in the principal roles. For Wendy: Glenn Close.

Journo Film Fest: All the President’s Men, the 1976 movie about reporters who exposed the Watergate scandal, will be screened free on December 9 as a fundraiser for beleaguered News-Press journalists. Beforehand, the public is invited to a reception at Arnoldi’s Café to meet the News-Press journalists, past and present ($50). The events are hosted by the organizers of the Journalists Loan Fund and sponsored by Sara Miller McCune, Dave Peri, Arnoldi’s Café, and The Fund for Santa Barbara.

Donate a Turkey: It’s not too late to donate a turkey to the Foodbank of Santa Barbara County.

Secret Filming: Filmmakers kept it a secret to avoid being swamped by lookie-loos, but scenes for Pirates of the Caribbean III: At World’s End were filmed recently at the Guadalupe Dunes. In this, the third of the trilogy, “Captain Barbossa, Will Turner, and Elizabeth Swann must sail off the edge of the map, navigate treachery and betrayal,” according to Martine White, county film commissioner. The cast includes Johnny Depp. The movie will be released in May.

Fiesta Poster: Ralph Waterhouse, owner of the Waterhouse Gallery in downtown Santa Barbara, has been chosen to design the 2007 Fiesta poster.

Cottage Coddling: A neighbor, back on his feet a day after surgery and normally critical about things hereabouts, is full of praise for the folks at Cottage Hospital, from the clerk who checked him in to the sawbones who did the surgery. Echoes my experiences there and those of relatives.

Calling All Docents: Win friends and influence children by becoming a docent at the Santa Barbara Museum of Natural History. You can share your enthusiasm for nature with school children and learn from experts at the museum and in the community. Start any time. Contact Elaine Gibson at 682-4711, Ext. 165 or at

Cultural Feast: For the second year in a row, Santa Barbara Channels will serve up a Thanksgiving cultural feast, Thanksgiving Day on Channel 21, Hap Freund tells me. For 48 hours, there’ll be interviews with local artists, actors, playwrights, filmmakers, poets, directors, actors, and others. The Creative Community starts on the stroke of midnight Thursday and continues for 48 hours.

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