Monday, June 29, 2009

Monday Movie Meme

This week's movie topic is all about Action Heroes...


Summer is in full swing and that means it is time for the blockbuster releases. You know, big budget flicks where things get dicey, blow up, burn down, and in the end - saved - by those quintessential action heroes.



Han Solo - The Star Wars original trilogy

Indiana Jones - The Indiana Jones quadrilogy

John Rambo - The Rambo series

John McClane - The Die Hard series

Sarah Connor - The Terminator series

Rick O'Connell - The Mummy series

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The Shape Test




You Are Skilled



You are balanced and competent. You value harmony.



Other people see you as outgoing, hyper, and even a bit overwhelming.



Your ideal romantic relationship is unconventional, wild, and very public.



You do best in tasks that require you to be logical, hard-working, and courageous.

Sunday, June 28, 2009

Some thoughts on Harper's Island


I just watched the latest episode again, and I think Wakefield's helper is Chloe.


In the church, you see Wakefield walking across the sanctuary just as the car pulls up, which draws everyone's attention to the door. Chloe's there, and that's when she disappears without a sound. Wouldn't she have gasped or screamed, even involuntarily?

Wakefield keeps her alive to trap the others, and Cal comes to her rescue. She leads Cal onto the bridge. She jumps off the bridge voluntarily, because Wakefield knows that Abby and Henry can see what's happening. I think her jumping was a ruse, and she's still alive.

Or she may not have wanted Cal to be killed, and jumped when Wakefield betrayed her.

I was a little frustrated with some of the plot holes this week. Trish should have shot Wakefield in the Cannery when she had the opportunity. Shane should have known that Wakefield had a three-foot-reach advantage with his gigantic knife on a stick. And Cal should not have been able to lift 100-pound Chloe out of that storm drain, having just had a bullet dug out of his shoulder and being full of amateur stitches. Cal should have been much, much weaker.

Wakefield being able to kick in the Cannery door, and take it right off the hinges puts him in the "unnatural strength" killer category. Thinking you can take him out with a shotgun, let alone a knife, is rather foolhardy.

Unconscious Mutterings: Week 335

  1. Guest :: star
  2. Impact :: Sudden (the movie)
  3. Unplanned :: pregnancy
  4. Tactic :: strategy
  5. Delayed :: reaction
  6. Bombastic :: West Wing
  7. Comfort :: food
  8. Trumpet :: Louis "Satchmo" Armstrong
  9. Joe :: Armstrong
  10. Budget :: negotiations


See more Mutterings here.

Michael Jackson Tribute


Not long after I heard the surprising news of Michael Jackson's death, I thought briefly about the "Thriller Dance" convicts in the Philippines. It turns out that they were thinking of Michael Jackson. Without much time, they put together a tribute to Jackson that isn't long on choreography, but is still pretty neat.

Wine: 2006 337 Cabernet Sauvignon



The wine's description: "mocha, dark cherry, spice and blackberry."
The smell: deep, rich, spicy
The taste: full-bodied, thick, warm, heavy, spicy, fruity, complex. It claims mocha notes, but I don't taste it.
Opinion: I really like this one. It's heavy and warm, and would be great to add a little extra to a steak-and-potatoes meal. I think of this more as a cooler weather wine.

Lil powerhouse

Riley sings "Don't Stop Believing" from Ronnie Silos on Vimeo.


A Father's Day video by a boy and his dad. Kid's got a voice like crazy.

Friday, June 26, 2009

Wine

I just watched John Cleese in Wine for the Confused. It was a beginning beginner's guide to wine. He talks about how wine is made, major types of California wines and how to choose and describe the wines you like when you try them. He offers these tips:


  1. Trust your palate.
  2. Try to learn accurate words that describe the taste that you like.
  3. Try to find a local wine shop where you like and trust the people and go there to discuss wine with them.
I started with #3 and found a liquor store near where I work. The man there, Russ, was knowledgeable and helpful. He suggested that I start with a light white wine. He suggested Ken Forrester Stellenbosch Sauvignon Blanc, so I bought a bottle.



The wine's description: "full, complex, ripe tropical fruits, crisp, dry finish."
The smell: sharp, a little woody
The taste: full, dry, a tangy aftertaste that's probably some kind of fruit, but I can't identify it. I asked for something crisp, and I guess this would qualify.
Opinion: It's okay, but I doubt I'd seek it out in the future.

Oracle above the State House

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photo: Providence Journal

The Air Show is in Quonset this weekend. I doubt I'll go, but this plane stunt to advertise it makes for a terrific picture.

Link

Amorphophallus titanum

The pungent smelling Amorphophallus titanum, also known as the Titan arum, the world's largest flower, is tended to by Science and Collections co-ordinator Kath King at Kew Gardens, London, in this May 2, 2002 file photo.  A plant like this one is now starting to bloom at Leiden University’s botanical garden in The Netherlands. University staff expect another plant from the same batch of seeds planted in 1998 may also bloom in coming weeks, which they hope to be able to cross-pollinate.
photo: Canada.com

It's nearly six feet tall and smells like a rotting corpse, and it's blooming in Leiden University's Botanical garden. It's the first time the plant has bloomed since it was planted 11 years ago. The plant smells of rotting flesh in order to attract the beetles that will pollinate it.

Link

Venice's first female gondolier

“I have always been in love with gondolas, unlike my three sisters, and I used to prefer going rowing with my father to going out with my friends,” says Giorgia Boscolo, who has become the first certified female gondolier.
photo: Canada.com

One for the ladies: the first woman ever to pass Venice's rigorous gondolier test has been approved for a license. Giorgia Boscolo is the daughter of a gondolier and has loved the flat-bottom boats since childhood. She's now licensed as a trainee.

Link

Smile a little

Energy hog

PowerHog1.jpg
photo: re-nest

This cute lil guy acts as an electric socket/piggy bank. The purpose is to teach kids about the cost of energy. It's a neat little idea.

Link

Effective use of flash


photo: msnbc.com

Behold the bat, out hunting for food for her offspring. This awesome shot was made by Tony Overman of The Olympian in Olympia, Washington, and is one of MSNBC's pictures of the week. The lighting is fantastic.

Link

Albino baby sea turtle

WEEK IN PHOTOS: Albino Baby Turtle, Oldest Twins, More
Photo: National Geographic

So cute! And so rare. This little guy is in a reptile nursery in Thailand, with other endangered animals. When he's old enough, he'll be released to the sea.

Link

To try: mini-lanterns

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photo: Apartment Therapy

A neat idea for re-using those tiny jelly and honey jars you get in restaurants: make mini oil lamps out of them. Useful in a blackout, or for when you're eating outdoors on a summer evening.

Instructables has the directions.

via Apartment Therapy

Feel the Force Friday

us capitol
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r2d2
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darth vader and mark hamill
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Donny and Marie Star Wars!

samuel l jackson
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Hasbro has just released more Mr. Potato Head dolls, a'la Darth Tater. Yam Solo:

Collect 'em all. Via redblog.

Thursday, June 25, 2009

Book review: Six wives: The queens of Henry VIII, David Starkey


A quick, if somewhat academic read of the six wives of Henry VIII of England. Starkey explores why they became queen, and what kinds of queens they were. He takes a feminist view and questions some of the more common attitudes regarding the queens. He's particularly sympathetic about Jane Seymour.

It was a little tedious at times, but mostly interesting.

Instant ice cream

I really must try this...


Make Instant Ice Cream!!! - Funny videos are here

Volcanic shockwave


photo: Neatorama

This photo was taken on June 12 from the International Space Station. It shows the initial blast of a volcano, with accompanying shockwave.

Link via Neatorama

Eerily coincidental

That this should show up in my feed reader today of all days. It still made me smile.

In memoriam: Farrah Fawcett


photo: msnbc.com

I remember watching Charlie's Angels as a kid. In all honesty, although Farrah was beautiful, I liked Jaclyn Smith better. The two, along with Kate Jackson, ushered in what became known as "jiggle TV." Posters of her in a red swimsuit were a 70s mainstay. My cousin had one in his room.

While everyone admired Farrah's hair and bikini-worthy body, no one gave her much credit as an actress until she starred in The Burning Bed. She gave a powerful performance.

She recently completed a documentary about her battle with cancer.

In memoriam: Michael Jackson

Michael Jackson in 1984
photo: Wikipedia

"The Gloved One." "The King of Pop." Hard to believe he's gone. Reports are still unconfirmed right now, but the LA Times has reported, and it was picked up by CNN, MSNBC, USA Today, Wikipedia and other outlets.

He was controversial for his suggestive dance moves, and had a questionable affection for young boys. He also ruled the 80s music scene and had one of the top-selling albums of all time (Thriller). I'm ambivalent about him as a person, although it's hard to deny his talent.

Wednesday, June 24, 2009

The oldest musical instrument ever found


This is some pretty awesome stuff.

The oldest musical instrument ever found

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Tuesday, June 23, 2009

Japanese water slide trick


How cool is this??

Easy button

Dilbert.com

What does your address say about you?



Your Address Says You're Domestic



Right now, you are happy being at home and around the people you love most.

You are pleased with the strong bonds you've formed, and your relationships mean a lot to you.

At your best, you are learning from and connecting with other people.

At your worst, you are lonely and even a bit depressed.

Sunday, June 21, 2009

Happy Father's Day!


photo: Cake Wrecks

Happy Father's Day, all you dads out there!

Places to see in Rhode Island

Anthony
General Nathanael Greene Homestead


Barrington
Barrington Town Beach
Nyatt Point Lighthouse

Block Island
Block Island North Lighthouse
Block Island Southeast Lighthouse

Bristol
Blithewold Mansion and Arboretum: 101 Ferry Rd.
Bristol Ferry Lighthouse
Bristol Town Beach
Coggeshall Farm: 1 Colt Dr.
Haffenreffer Museum of Anthropology
Hope Gallery: 435 Hope St.
Joseph Reynolds House
Linden Place
Union Street Beach

Burrillville
Spring Lake Beach Facility

Charlestown
Blue Shutters Town Beach: 469 East Beach Rd.
Burlingame State Park
Charlestown Breachway State Beach:
Charlestown Town Beach: 557 Charlestown Beach Rd.
Ninigret Park
Quonochontaug Beach

Chepachet
Brown and Hopkins Country Store BEEN
Job Armstrong Store: 1181 Main Street BEEN
Tavern on Main: Main Street BEEN

Coventry
Briar Point Beach
Paine House Museum: 7 Station St.

Cranston

Cumberland
Diamond Hill Park
Diamond Hill Vineyards: 3145 Diamond Hill Rd.
The Monastary: 114 RI 114

East Greenwich
James Mitchell Varnum House Museum: 57 Pierce Street

East Providence
Crescent Park Looff Carousel
Pomham Rocks Lighthouse

Glocester
Casimir Pulaski Memorial Recreation Area
George Washington Management Area

Greenville
The Mill: 711 Putnam Pike

Jamestown
Beavertail Lighthouse
Conanicut Lighthouse
Dutch Island Lighthouse
Heads Beach
Mackerel Cove/Jamestown Town Beach

Johnston
Conti's: 269 Greenville Ave. BEEN

Lincoln
Capt. Wilbur Kelly House Museum
Eleazar Arnold House

Little Compton
Goosewing Beach
Sakonnet Point Lighthouse
Sakonnet Vineyards, 162 W. Main Rd.
South Shore Beach

Middletown
Atlantic Beach
Newport Vineyards and Winery: 909 East Main Rd, Rte 138
Second Beach/Sachuest Town Beach
Third Beach

Narragansett
Captain Roger Wheeler State Beach: 100 Sand Hill Cove Rd. BEEN
Narragansett Town Beach BEEN
Point Judith Lighthouse
Salty Brine State Beach
Scarborough Beach

New Shoreham
Charleston Beach
Fred Benson Town Beach
Mansion Beach
North Light

Newport
Bailey's Beach BEEN
Bellevue Ave. Historic District
Brick Market BEEN
Castle Hill Lighthouse
Chateau Sur Mer
Cheptstow
Common Burying Ground & Island Cemetery
Easton's Beach
Edward King's House
Fort Adams State Park
Hunter House
Ida Rose Lighthouse
Isaac Bell House
John N. A. Griswold House
Ocean Drive Historic District
Old State House
Old Stone Mill, off Bellevue Ave. in Touro Park
Original U.S. Naval War College
Kings Park
Kingscote
Marble House
Newport Casino
Newport Harbor/Goat Island Lighthouse
Newport Historic District
Redwood Library and Athenaeum, 50 Bellevue Ave.
Rose Island Lighthouse
The Elms BEEN
The Breakers BEEN
The Newport Colony House, Washington Square
The Great Friends Meeting House, Farewell & Marlborough Sts.
The Seventh Day Baptist Meeting House, 82 Touro Street
The Wanton-Lyman-Hazard House, 17 Broadway
The White Horse Tavern, 26 Marlborough St.
Touro Synagogue
Trinity Church
Vernon House
William Watts Sherman House


North Kingstown
Cocumscussoc Archaeological Site
North Kingstown Town Beach BEEN
Plum Beach Lighthouse
Smith's Castle: 55 Richard Smith Dr. BEEN

North Providence
Governor Notte Park BEEN


North Smithfield
Wright's Dairy Farm


Pawtucket
Daggett House
Gamm Theater
Hope Artiste Village: 1005 Main St.
Lorraine Mills Artists: 558-560 Mineral Spring Ave.
Pawtucket Arts Collaborative: 260 Main St.
Pawtucket Red Sox Baseball
The Modern Diner: 364-366 East Ave.
Slater Memorial Park
Slater Mill: 67 Roosevelt Ave.

Portsmouth
Greenvale Vineyards: 582 Wapping Rd
Hog Island Shoal Lighthouse
Island Park Beach
Prudence Island/Sandy Point Lighthouse
Sandy Point Beach
Site of the Battle of Rhode Island
Teddy's Beach
Topiary gardens: 380 Cory’s Lane

Providence
Arcade BEEN
AS220
Athenaeum BEEN
Blackstone Park: East Side
Cable Car Cinema: 204 S. Main St.
Carr House
College Hill Historic District BEEN
Collier Point Park
Congdon Street Park BEEN
Corliss-Carrington House
Corliss Landing
Corner of Cooke and George Streets
East Side Creamery: Ives Street BEEN
Federal Hill BEEN
First Baptist Meeting House
Fleur de Lys (Providence Art Club)
Gardens at South Side Community Land Trust: 109 Somerset St.
Governor Henry Lippitt House
Heir Antiques: 65 Eddy St.
India Point Park
John Brown House
Ladd Observatory: Doyle Ave.
Nelson W. Aldrich House
Nightingale-Brown House
Old Stone Bank
Ri-Ra Irish Pub
RISD Museum of Art BEEN
Restaurant at AS220
State House BEEN
Stephen A. Hopkins House
Sullivan Ballou's grave, Swan Point Cemetary: 585 Blackstone Blvd.
Thayer Street BEEN
The Big Blue Bug
The Steel Yard: 27 Sims Ave.
Thomas P. Ives House
Top floor of the Sciences Library at Brown University (supposed to be the best view of the city): 201 Thayer Street
University Hall, Brown University
Wickendon Street
Waterfire BEEN
Waterplace Park BEEN
Wayland Square BEEN

Saunderstown
Gilbert Stuart Birthplace

Smithfield
Georgiaville Pond
Mountaindale Beach
Smith-Appleby House Museum: 220 Stillwater Rd.

South Kingstown
Canterbury Farm
Carpenters Beach Meadow: 854 Manutuck Beach Rd.
East Matunuck State Beach: 950 Succotash Rd.
South Kingstown Town Beach at Matunuck
Wakamo Park

Tiverton
Fogland Beach/Tiverton Town Beach
Grinnell's Beach

Usquepaugh
Kenyon Corn Meal Company

Warren
Warren Town Beach

Warwick
Aldrich Mansion
Apponaug Village
Aspray Boat House
Bank Cafe
Clouds Hill Victorian House Museum
Conimicut Shoal Lighthouse
Conimicut Village
Drum Rock
Gaspee Days BEEN
George B. Salter Memorial Grove
Goddard Memorial State Park
Gorton Pond
Little Pond
Oakland Beach
Pawtuxet Village Historic District
Potowomut
Sand Pond
Warwick City Hall
Warwick City Park/Buttonwoods Beach
Warwick Lighthouse
Warwick Pond/Buckeye Brook

Westerly
Atlantic Beach Park
Flying Horse Carousel
Langworthy Farm Winery: 308 Shore Rd.
Misquamicut State Beach: 257 Atlantic Rd.
Napatree Point
Watch Hill Beach
Watch Hill Lighthouse
Westerly Town Beach

Wickford
Old Narragansett Church
Poplar Point Lighthouse

Woonsocket
Museum of Work and Culture
River Island Park
World War II Memorial State Park

Saturday, June 20, 2009

Book review: The Great Gatsby, F. Scott Fitzgerald




After hearing for years what a classic "The Great Gatsby" is, I was pretty disappointed in it.

Gatsby is the next-door neighbor to Nick. Gatsby throws huge and lavish parties. Gatsby is mysterious.

Nick is new to Long Island. He lives next-door to Gatsby's mansion, but is not one of the idle rich. Instead he slogs to work each day in the city, and slogs home again.

Nick has other rich friends, Daisy and Tom. Eventually Daisy and Tom meet Gatsby. No hilarious hijinks, just tragedy upon tragedy.

The Great Gatsby is a morality tale, of sorts. It's also a tale of unrequited love. It's a fascinating, if dim, peek at Long Island in the 20s, when it was possible to drive along the North Shore for miles without seeing any houses or people. But for all that, it wasn't a very interesting book. Perhaps I'm just not entertained by stories of bored rich people treating other people callously.

Book review: The Know-It-All, A.J. Jacobs



A.J. Jacobs is thirsty for knowledge. He's also looking for a book gimmick, and the meaning of life. The Know-It-All is the story of his quest to read the entire Encyclopedia Brittanica over the course of one year (or so).

I like the way the book is laid out; he divides chapters by letters of the alphabet, and subchapters by words and topics he learned about. Obviously, he doesn't touch on every word, but he packs a lot of learning and knowledge into the book, and how what he read in the Brittanica affected how he views his life. It's also a sort of diary of his relationship with his family members and his attempts - with his wife - to have a baby.

It's a humorous, quick read, and well worth the time. Jacobs is occasionally a bit smug, but it's such a part of his personality that it's easy to overlook.

Recommended.

Friday, June 19, 2009

Futuristic movie chart

Futuristic Movie Timeline


Dan Meth, who's made a couple of other really cool charts, created this interesting little beauty.

via /film

Quick-peel an egg



Sprint has 14 of these do-it-quicker tips. This one's pretty cool.

ABC me

Swiped from Kwizgiver

A
Always
: avoid speaking in infinitives
Average: most people are
Annoyance: mosquitos
Age: like fine wine

B
Best Friends
: I don’t really have any anymore
Beer: no thanks.
Birthday: October
Boast: not feeling really boastful

C
Crush: ...kill...destroy...
Car: just changed my alternator and fixed a flat tire
Candy: so many to choose from...Toblerone?
Cry: not in awhile

D
Days: should be for playing, not working
Dream: a little dream of me...
Dare: I haven't done anything really daring lately
Drug: this week my goal has been to remember to take my meds every day

E
Easy: Rider. I really didn't like that movie
Eggs: with ketchup
Email: I don't get nearly enough personal emails
Envy: don't really believe in it.

F

Flavors: chocolate
Favorites: I have so many and so few
Flaws: I have so many and so few
Finicky: not particularly

G
Grateful: every day
Gifts: yes, thank you
Gum: no, thank you
Gross: the usual stuff

H
Hair: out of control
Height: 5'4"
Happiest: the happiest person I know is my former supervisor
Hate: waste of time

I
Ice Cream
: chocolate, with stuff in it
Instrument: bass clarinet
Idols: Helen Keller.
Independence: I have lots of it

J
Jewelry: I should start wearing earrings again
Jail: more likely to send someone there than go there myself
Jenga: I think I played it once.
Jammies: yes

K
Kids: five
Karaoke: never tried it
Kicks: Crocs
Kiss: yes please

L
Longest: Time. A Billy Joel song I like
Life: is worth living
Lost: one of my favorite TV shows

M
Milk: I drink it rarely
Miss: Ms.
Movies: Love 'em.
Memory: ...all alone in the moonlight...

N
Nails: growing nicely
No: yes (I'm contrary)
Name: I like finding out the history behind names; not just what they mean, but how the parents chose them
Never: say never.

O
Ordinary: that's me
One: singular sensation (crazy with the Broadway music today)
Office: I work in one, but I'd like to have my own
Only: I'm the only one of my siblings to have grandchildren

P
Pet Peeves: people who complain all the time
Primal urge: I have them
Personality: I have that too
Pain: rarely

Q
Quick: I'm not very quick
Quirk: plenty of 'em
Qualms: few of 'em
Quest: reminds me of Monty Python: "What is your name? What is your quest? What is the airspeed velocity of an unladen swallow?"

R
Reason to …
: dance
Reality TV: don't watch it
Rage: don't really have any
Regret: plenty of those

S
Song: Just one?
Season: autumn or spring, for different reasons
Shoes: I'd rather go barefoot
Silly: I love silliness

T
Time: never enough
Ticklish: shhh
Taste: impeccable
Torment: not anymore

U
Undress: daily, at least
Unpredictable: sometimes
Unfortunate: rarely
Unforgettable: I forget

V
Vegetables: love me some vegetables
Virgin: ...uh...
Vacation: I'd be on vacation every day if I could get away with it
Voice: gravelly

W
Worst Habit: laziness
Wish: can't really think of any right now
Waste: more than I should
Wander: I like to wander around and take pictures sometimes


X

X-Rated: private
X-Rays: yeah, I've had a few
X-Men:. first two movies were pretty good
X-marks the spot: never been treasure hunting

Y
Year born: 1964
Yes: no (I'm contrary)
Yellow: submarine
Yearn: sometimes

Z
Zoo Animal: giraffe
Zodiac: Libra
Zealous: not too often
Zzzz: ooo, nap. Nap good.

Feel the Force Friday

harrison ford and mark hamill
from ROFLrazzi





star wars mummyboy customs
Mummy boys customs by Leecifer, via /film


Millennium Falcon cake by Cakes by Jyl via Cake Wrecks.



R2D2 Cake with bride as Princess Leia, by 1886 Cafe and Bakery, via Cake Wrecks.

Star Wars/celebrity photo mash-up at Worth1000.




Another Mash-up from Worth 1000.


"Yoda Hedgehog," for a captioning contest at Mental Floss.

Wednesday, June 17, 2009

Awesomest business card Ever


'nuff said.

Fallen Princesses

Rapunzel  II

Rapunzel II

What happened after the princess rode off into the sunset with the prince? Life. And that's what Dina Goldstein has illustrated in her series "Fallen Princesses." A selection is available in JPG magazine, although I'd love to see the whole collection.

One good thing: Green jobs in Providence

Providence Daily Dose reports that Providence was awarded a $372,500 grant from the US Conference of Mayors to create a green job training program. The city will use the funds to "design and implement a green job training program."


Job training + green = good news.

40 years of Sesame Street guest stars

Brian Williams, 2008

Brian Williams with Burt.

Time has a fun slideshow on the various stars that have been on Sesame Street over the years. I always liked Burt and his crazy bottlecap and paperclip collections, but I have to say Bob was my favorite.

Movies you don't need to see before you die

Kottke.org has a list of "50 Films You Can Wait to See After You're Dead." I've only seen a few of them, and there aren't any I'd move off the list. Most of them I've avoided, which is probably a good thing.



Tuesday, June 16, 2009

What Mexican food are you?



You Are Nachos



You are outgoing and generous. You love to share you life with other people.

You are carefree and light-hearted. You try to always make the best of things.

While you enjoy being with other people, you also value your alone time.

You like to reflect, think, and pick things apart. You like to study everything carefully.

New Weird Al video!

Monday, June 15, 2009

Unconscious Mutterings: Week 333


Nudity :: Naked
Domestic :: Bliss
Burp :: Baby
Baby :: Tiny
Dateline :: NBC
Retract :: Pull
Suppose :: Guess
Surreal :: Weird
Infidelity :: Wrong
Token :: Payment

see more Mutterings here.

Tuesday, June 09, 2009

Ruby Tuesday

First harvest

The first harvest from the wild strawberry plants growing outside our house.

MaryT hosts Ruby Tuesdays, a weekly photo meme. Click here to see more rubies.

Monday, June 08, 2009

What is your gift?



Your Gift is Imagination



You are constantly dreaming. You are always thinking about what could be.

You love to express yourself in many ways. You have a way with words and tell vivid stories.

You love to be amused. You are good entertaining yourself, and other people find you hilarious.

You're the type of person who finds staying happy easy. There's always fun to be had!

Mellow Yellow Monday


Sunward

Drowsy Monkey hosts Mellow Yellow Monday, a weekly photo meme. See more yellows here.

Unconscious Mutterings: Week 332

Hockey :: Game
Twirling :: Baton
Montreal :: Canada
Better :: Best
New :: and improved
Rally :: Political
Stanley :: Cup
USB :: port
Scouted :: looked
Cough :: cold

see more mutterings here.

Friday, June 05, 2009

Feel the Force Friday


The Colbert Report on new laser technology


Han Solo, P.I.


Star Wars alphabet by Flickr user Tweedlebopper.

Tiananmen Square 20th anniversary

imag78.jpg

photo: Jeff Widener, AP

This iconic photograph has become a case-in-point for the definition of bravery. It's hard to believe it's been twenty years since this moment. Twenty years on, it's still an arresting image.

Thursday, June 04, 2009

What season do you feel like?



You Feel Like Autumn



You have reached a point in your life where you feel successful and accomplished.

You have a full, bountiful life. And you're ready to sit back and enjoy it.


While you feel like you finally have enough in your life, you make find that you also have things you no longer need.

This is a time for you to reassess who you are, what you need, and where you want to go next in your life.

Are you satified with your life?



Your Life is Sometimes Satisfying



You enjoy life most of the time, but you could be getting more out of it.

You have your ups and downs, but probably more of them than is ideal.

Try to life a more balanced, simple life. It's possible that stress is getting you down.

Or you may not be doing what you truly love. Seize the day, and follow your own path!

Tuesday, June 02, 2009

Ruby Tuesday

Ma's kitchen grinder
The wooden "grinder" overhanging Ma's Kitchen in the late and much lamented Arcade.



Maryt/theteach hosts Ruby Tuesdays. See more rubies here.

What pet are you like?



You Are Like a Cat



You are independent and a bit stubborn. You are content to do your own thing.

You are curious about the world but still an individual. You prefer to be a solo explorer.

You enjoy your alone time, but you also like some quiet company from time to time.

You crave companionship, even if it means just spending time in the same room together.

Monday, June 01, 2009

Book review: Madame Bovary, Gustave Flaubert



Madame Bovary is a case-in-point illustration of what happens when the grass is always greener on the other side of the fence. Emma marries Dr. Bovary to escape her life of boredom in the country. She hopes and expects something far more elegant, and is disappointed. Mr. Bovary is not successful enough, not passionate enough for her.

She embarks on a few affairs, only to be ultimately disappointed. She spends on credit and ends up owing far more than she can repay.

The tragedy of Emma Bovary is her complete lack of awareness of how very deeply her husband loves her.

Overall, I found the book to be irritating. I was disgusted with Emma Bovary and her childish selfishness.

Mellow Yellow Monday

yellow office still life

A yellow still life I put together a couple of years ago.

Mellow Yellow Monday is a weekly photo challenge by Drowsy Monkey. See more yellows here.

May LOLCats roundup

funny pictures of cats with captions
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