Showing posts from February, 2009

How did i ever manage to get 8?

coool. I'm definitely a heathen now!
Your morality is 8% in line with that of the bible. Damn you heathen! Your book learnin' has done warped your mind. You shall not be invited next time I sacrifice a goat.

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In other news, I am headed to atlanta tomorrow to see the Bodies exhibit!

Movie and a Book

Today i went to see Coraline, in Eye Popping Real 3D as the commercials have been informing me. I really liked it. I went with R and he enjoyed it as well even though he hadn't read the book. I do prefer the book's ending but love the garden party they included in the movie. Stay for the credits if you do see the 3D version as they are quite funny. a 6.

I also finished a book for the World Citizen challenge: In a Sunburned Country by Bill Bryson. I've never read any Bryson before and i found him funny, poignant and random, in a good way. It's about his travels through Australia, during which he dishes gobs of information: explorers, parliamentary procedure, massacres, botany, tourist traps, biology. He visits lots of the big tourist attractions, as you'd expect, but also these small, unknown places. He goes to see the box jellyfish, stromatolite formations, tingle trees (giant eucalyptus..i think), parks and bars and used bookstores. He goes to places I&#…


i got a surprise today. i wasn't expecting it, the other person didn't have to do it and it absolutely made me feel wonderful.

I'm about out of Bishops

But i haven't started playing chess or anything. I'm now out of Black Jewels novels by Anne Bishop, at least until March when she releases a new book. I stayed up late last night to finish Tangled Webs. The main premise is that Janelle and Marion create a haunted house for the landen (non-magic folks) and Blood to visit during Halloween. An author, who's just found out he's Blood but feeling very abandoned and unwanted (but he's an adult) creates one with help from some of Black Widows that is lethal. Thinking they are going to Janelle's house, Surreal and her Escort Ranier get caught in it with several landen children. The story was pretty bleh but Bishop has created these incredible characters that i always want to read about. I want to read about Daemon and Janelle's home life. I want to know about Lucivar. I liked the little short story about Surreal that was included. I'd love to read stories about some of the other Territory Queens that we …

Bradbury Book and Some Begging!

Tonight I finished The Illustrated Man by Ray Bradbury. It is a series of short stories, bookended by a piece about a tattooed man whose tattoos change to show different stories as well as the future. I don't really feel like these stories fell under sci-fi though. Some take place on Mars, or in a rocket, or feature time travel but these things are just part of the set up. All the stories are really sad as well. No happy endings in any of these. My favorites were "The Veldt", where kids kill their parents, "The Exiles", about censored authors (Poe, Shakespeare, Carroll) living on Mars, and "Marionettes, INC" which was definitely the best. It is about buying an exact replica of yourself to fool your family. It had a wonderful Twilight Zone feel. Overall though, i'd say this volume is a 4. Just not my thing.

So i am begging for money for the Tennessee Repertory Theater. In this economy their funding is dropping and donations from both bu…

Fight the whole warming up thingy....

Ok, i am trying with cute titles.

This morning i got up too late to make it to yoga class but i did manage to plant 3 trees in Haiti. I did it after breakfast (bagel and coffee) but before showering. How so?

I went to mokugift and donated $3. Mokugift is an Official Partner of UNEP's Billion Tree Campaign. The idea is to plant a billion trees a year. Planting all these trees will help sequester carbon, increase reflectivity from the ground to shoot some rays back into space, and also create more clouds which are also reflective and make rain to help with droughts. Mokugift doesn't just plant trees around randomly. They target rainforest areas, especially low income or So they're working on reforestation, erosion control, local food systems and global warming all at once! I picked Haiti because in the book Collapse author Jared Diamond describes how bad off this country is, especially in comparison to it's island sharing neighbor the Dominican Republic. Mokugi…


Sorry to frighten anyone! I can't decide if this is cool or creepy. You can buy it off amazon for $17 if you're so inclined. I know if i lived somewhere further north I might be cool with it but thinking of someone wearing this in Nashville is shivery. in a bad way. i guess it is the fact that you can't tell if the guy is really smiling.

From BoingBoing by way of R.

So i am already hating the new shift. let's see, after 8 last night we had several minutes between our calls and after about 9:30 it stretched to 15 minutes or more. Look, i know i like it to be slow but the fact that it is so slow is proof that RP screwed up. meaning they don't need so many people that late at night. meaning they've messed up my lifestyle for no reason. errggggg.

I'm going to pimp for R for a moment. Visit his Etsy shop! Buy some lovely pictures of Nashville! Support small businesses!

My resolution about bread making is going wonderfully! Made a perfect loaf today, wi…

Another Meme

So I've seen this one a fair bit. I copied it from Bart at Bart's Bookshelf.

One book you’re currently reading:The Illustrated Man by Ray BradburyOne book that changed your life: The Demon Haunted World by Carl SaganOne book you’d want on a deserted island: well, logically i should say some sort of giant field manual/how to guide/etc. but i don't think that's the point of the question. I'll go with The Complete Sherlock Holmes.One book you’ve read more than once:By The Sword by Mercedes LackeyOne book you’ve never been able to finish: The Historian by Elizabeth Kostova (it's been about half way finished for over a year now!)One book that made you laugh: Fight Club by Chuck PalahniukOne book that made you cry: The End by Lemony Snicket. yeah, i promise. One book you keep rereading: All the Harry Potter ones.One book you’ve been meaning to read: Crime and Punishment by DostoevskyOne book you believe everyone should read: hmm, how about The Eyes of the Dragon b…

More Dystopia

I started and finished The Hunger Games by Suzanne Collins last night. It counts for the YA challenge. The country Collins writes of is pretty awful. What used to be North America (maybe more, we're never exactly sure) is now called Panem. It is a pretty rough dictatorship where, to keep the 12 Districts in line, 2 teenagers are chosen to participate in a fight to the death, like in The Running Man or The Long Walk. Everyone has to watch, and cheer, and presume this game is wonderful. It's incredibly barbaric; the teens, after being selected, are primped, styled, and trotted out before the cameras in hopes of gaining sponsors who will send them needed items like food or medicine.

We follow Katniss, a girl from District 12, who actually volunteers for this so as to take her 12 yr old sister's place. Katniss is a hunter, forager and all around cool kid. Peeta is the boy chosen, son of the town baker and, because this is YA lit, he's got a massive crush on Katniss…

No Cute Title Ideas

Here's another couple books down!

I read Gorgeously Green by Sophie Uliano. Or, really thoroughly skimmed it. I think it's a really good overview book. She gives a bunch of information about how to be green in your home, beauty routine, food, transport and entertainment. I thought it was an solid book with a range of tips from crazy ridiculous simple (kids don't need tons of plastic toys to have fun? clean with cloths instead of paper towels?) to pretty serious. The sections involving the chemicals to get rid of were great because i've never seen all of that listed specifically in one place. I do think this is a book more for girly girls. Shopping fiends, makeup collectors, etc. My friend D would love it while I, being a bit more crunchy shall we say, would get less out of a purchase. So for me, a 5.

I also finished Physics of the Impossible by Michio Kaku. He's a big time physicist, one of the ones that is always on the Discovery or Science channel progr…

Pictures post!

So I've been ill. Some kind of sinus infection issue. So this is a sort of catch up/catchall post!

First. I watched Hellboy 2 and liked it. Not awesome, but more fun than Hancock. I want to read the comics. A 5.

Second. Postcards! I am pretty sure I've not posted any of these.

So from the top left these are from: Papendrecht, Holland; Portsmouth, Great Britain; Budapest, Hungary; Cologne, Germany; Lithuania; and Budapest, Hungary again!

Third. I have new glasses!
Also, i am goofy.

Lastly. Had a yummy dinner.

Stuffed salmon from Trader Joe's, parmesean noodles, salad (eaten before picture taken) and Black Lager. mmmmmmm.