Sunday, January 31, 2010

Unconscious Mutterings: Week 366

Furniture :: store
Beauty :: shop
Sip :: drink
Block :: party
Forehead :: head
Championship :: match
Hurl :: throw
Whip :: it good
Destruction :: ruin
Leather :: belt

see other Mutterings here.

January habits progress: Week 4

Walk 1 mile per day:
Sunday: no
Monday: no
Tuesday: no
Wednesday: no
Thursday: no
Friday: no
Saturday: yes

No smoking:
Sunday: yes
Monday: yes
Tuesday: yes
Wednesday: yes
Thursday: yes
Friday: no
Saturday: yes

$0 spending challenge:
Sunday: no
Monday: no
Tuesday: no
Wednesday: no
Thursday: yes
Friday: no
Saturday: no

Work out ten minutes per week:
Sunday: no
Monday: no
Tuesday: no
Wednesday: no
Thursday: no
Friday: no
Saturday: no

Write 200 words per day of collaborative story:
Sunday: no
Monday: no
Tuesday: no
Wednesday: no
Thursday: no
Friday: no
Saturday: no

Read twenty five pages per day of Vision in White
Sunday: yes
Monday: yes
Tuesday: yes
Wednesday: no
Thursday: no
Friday: no
Saturday: no

Saturday, January 30, 2010

Are you a sheep?

You Are Sometimes a Sheep

You don't think there is anything wrong with going with the flow, and that includes following the crowd.

You enjoy getting along with other people, and if possible, you prefer not to make waves.

However, you aren't the type of person to follow anyone blindly. You'll stand up for what's important.

You don't waste your energy on fighting battles that don't matter. But when something important is on the line, you'll always stand your ground.

Be bold

Swiped from Kwizgiver.

Bold the true statements....

I live on the east coast (of anywhere).
I can spell definitely the correct way, thank you.
I have spellcheck enabled on my IE/firefox. (I'm using Chrome, TYVM)
And right now it's telling me that spellcheck isn't a word.
I do a sport that isn't a team sport.
I'm right-brained.
I'm left-brained.
I'm split-brained.
I can read sheet music.
Horror movies are usually just funny.
I'm in serious kiss withdrawal.
A lot of people call me by my last name or my initials.
I have two middle names.
I enjoy sporks and other pointless things.
I am/want to be an organ donor.
I don't subscribe to any political party.
I'd like to/I do go to college in a city.
Whatever happened to green ketchup?
Drugs are lame. [medication is not, however]
^ You're lame.
Stephen King was right about Stephenie Meyer. 
The universe tends to unfold as it should.
I can't stand cough drops with menthol in them.
I can name at least 35 U.S. presidents off the top of my head.
^And at least 40 state capitals.
I can hardly name any of either.
^But that's because I'm not from the states.
I find it hilarious that Miley Cyrus thinks she could win an Oscar for her movie.
Why the hell would Britney Spears (or anyone) make a song out of "If you seek amy"?
I get frustrated when someone cries during a movie when an animal dies, but then doesn't when a person does.
I wonder why the band "The Devil Wears Prada" named their band that.
Frankenstein is NOT the name of the monster.
I pronounce "route" like "root".
I say car-muhl, not car-a-mell.
I hate talking on the phone.
What the fuck is up with everyone wearing Uggs?
I've used a Wii Fit.
Angelina Jolie's lips distract me.
^But she was AMAZING in The Changeling.
I've never seen any of the High School Musical movies. And I don't care to.
Costco/BJ's/Sam's Club would be the perfect place to go in case of a zombie apocalypse.
I spell my name a way other than the most common.

What US State are you?

You Are Massachusetts

You are smart, serious, and quite traditional. You don't have a lot of time for junk in your life.

It's likely that you're well educated and hard working. You live a very goal oriented life.

You are probably socially liberal, but personally quite conservative. You would never be described as wild.

But you're more diverse than people give you credit for. You're equally comfortable at a business meeting and at a rowdy sports game!

Friday, January 29, 2010

Feel the Force Friday

one of a collection of rare Star Wars photos posted by Chris Burns
love the look on Carrie Fisher's face!

another from Chris Burns' collection

carrie fisher and r2-d2
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from a collection of Star Wars de-motivational posters. Also...


Thursday, January 28, 2010

What's your true passion?

Your True Passion is Leadership

You feel most alive when you are bringing out the best in people. It brings out the best in you in return.

You love to teach others and guide them. You are very patient. Giving back is important to you.

You want to make the world a better place, and you know you can't do it alone. You need a team supporting you.

For you, there's nothing more satisfying than a group of people working toward a common goal. Especially if you're leading that group.

Who comes up with these?

and what does it say about me that I took the silly quiz anyway?

Boosted (with love) from Kwizgiver and The Gal Herself.

bold the true statements

* I have a serious attitude problem (partly)
* I hate repetitive surveys
* I dig 80s music
* I’m feeling pretty lonely right now
* Donnie Darko is really overrated
* I have a shell necklace
* Cats are my favorite animal
* I wish I was with my boyfriend right now
* My mother had me when she was too young
* I haven’t brushed my teeth yet today
* I love lollipops
* I hate chewing gum
* I once ate takeaway food three nights in a row
* Will Ferrell is hilarious
* I don’t think hats suit me
* I wear alicebands
* I have heard of the band Tears For Fears
* I don’t drive and; I’m not sure if I ever will
* I’d rather be driven than drive myself
* My job consists of sitting around on my ass all day
* Oh no, the sun is out
* I miss last summer
* The good memories of my past make me want to cry
* I HATE Star Wars
* Angelina Jolie was a great actress in Girl, Interrupted
* I know where Shakespeare was born in England
* I’m not interested in Shakespeare or any of his plays
* The term “whatever” is used when the person doesn’t have anything better to say
* Zebra print is so effing tacky
* If I were to get fat, I wouldn’t care
* Girls who look anorexic, now that is repulsive
* If you were to give me $200 right now, I’d go right out and
and spend it all
* I want to go to Madame Tussaud’s wax museum
* I don’t know much about my country’s history
* I do not own a bikini
* I wear earrings everyday
* I had a very disturbing dream last night
* I can’t watch animals eating other animals on wildlife TV; it makes me so sad
* I love to read True Crime
* I would find it hilariously funny if Former President Bush tripped over his own two feet and; fell off a cliff
* I live in America and do not have an American accent
* I can fake a Scottish accent
* Some music moves me to tears
* I have read the book Jane Eyre
* I love Borders bookstore
* I’d love to work ther e
* I HAVE worked there
* I have never purchased anything from Starbucks
* I can sing opera
* I have seen a picture of my parents on their wedding day
* My parents never married
* Sometimes I wonder if I was adopted
* I strongly believe in reincarnation
* The celebrity I’d most love to meet is dead
* I find Joaquin Phoenix highly sexilicious
* I call people “fools” a lot
* People in motorized wheelchairs make me laugh
* I have been caught singing into my hairbrush
* When I’m embarrassed I turn bright red
* I don’t blush
* I’m not squeamish at the sight of blood
* Guys who smell good really turn me on
* One of my favorite actors is Jim Carrey
* Kate Winslet is the perfect example of an English Rose
* I seriously think Sarah Jessica Parker is one of the ugliest female actresses out there
* I enjoy taking walks by myself in the summer
* One of my pets recently died
* I want to marry a fat old man with loads of cash
* I’m afraid of all animals with hooves
* I’m interested in the supernatural
* My mother is such a gossip

Wednesday, January 27, 2010

The colors test

You Are Colorful Because You Are Delightful

You are simply a joy to be around. You are cheerful, cute, and charming.

You truly respect and appreciate other people, and it shows. You are extremely non-judgmental.

You avoid confrontation, and you hate fighting. You try your best to make sure that everyone gets along.

Life is hard, so you try to be easy on people. More importantly, you try to be easy on yourself.

Tuesday, January 26, 2010

Dr Pepper turns 125

You'd never guess, the good Dr is now 125 years old.

Other things that happened in January 1885:
Jan. 4: The first successful appendectomy
Jan. 11: Alice Paul (American suffragette) born
Jan 20: The roller coaster is patented

Unconscious Mutterings: Week 365

Food :: Coma
Death :: Taxes
Cafeteria :: Line
Need :: Want
Born :: to be Wild
Stitch :: Lilo
Badly :: Performed
Blocks :: Build
Chuck :: and Larry
Spiral :: Dancer

see more Mutterings here.

Sunday, January 24, 2010

What kind of cloud are you?

You Are a Cirrus Cloud

You're a bit mysterious and reserved. You mostly keep to yourself and do your own thing.

Some people may even consider you allusive. You're hard to track down at times.

People who know you find you to be very transparent. It's always easy to tell what you're thinking about.

You tend to drift more than most people. You're always trying out new ideas, friends, and even personalities.

January habits progress: Week 3

Walk 1 mile per day:
Sunday: yes
Monday: no
Tuesday: no
Wednesday: no
Thursday: no
Friday: no
Saturday: no

No smoking:
Sunday: yes
Monday: yes
Tuesday: yes
Wednesday: yes
Thursday: yes
Friday: yes
Saturday: yes

$0 spending challenge:
Sunday: no
Monday: no
Tuesday: no
Wednesday: no
Thursday: no
Friday: no
Saturday: no

Work out three times per week:
Sunday: no
Monday: no
Tuesday: no
Wednesday: no
Thursday: no
Friday: no
Saturday: no

Write 200 words per day of collaborative story:
Sunday: no
Monday: no
Tuesday: no
Wednesday: no
Thursday: no
Friday: no
Saturday: no

Read 26 pages per day of Vision in White:
Sunday: yes
Monday: yes
Tuesday: yes
Wednesday: yes
Thursday: yes
Friday: no
Saturday: no

Saturday, January 23, 2010

Late Night War

I don't watch any of the shows, and have no interest in any of the drama. But this bit is pretty funny.

Friday, January 22, 2010

New LOST promo pic will freak. you. out.

image: NYPost

The latest LOST promo pic shows Benjamin Linus standing over the Hatch. Notice how his bug eyes seem to follow you wherever you go. Staring right into your soul. With fog. And that creepy underlit effect.

via PopCandy

What's your winter sense?

Your Winter Sense is Sight

You are a very visual person, and some of your strongest memories are around things you've seen in your life.

You simply like the way winter looks. This season may seem dead to most people, but it's very alive to you.

You enjoy all the sites of winter - from starry winter nights to dancing holiday lights.

You think this is the most beautiful time of the year. Snow makes everything a little more magical.

What fabric are you?

You Are Cotton

You are conscientious, thoughtful, and compassionate. You care deeply about the world.

It's likely that you like cotton because it's natural and environmentally friendly.

You examine your actions and decisions carefully. You never forget that you affect others with the things you do.

You probably live a fairly back-to-the earth, green lifestyle. It's organic cotton all the way for you!

Are you gloves or mittens?

You Are Mittens

You seek comfort in your life. You want to feel as warm and cozy as possible.

You are naturally nurturing and caring. And you always make sure to take care of yourself!

Winter is your time to hibernate. You love to curl up on a cold night, even if everyone else is going out.

And when you do venture out of the house, you bundle up. You want to feel as warm as possible.

Movie review: La Belle et la Bête

The 1946 fantasy film by French poet/artist Jean Cocteau tells the story of Beauty and the Beast, using fantastical stage settings and ethereal costumes. You can see where the Disney writers drew their inspiration for the living furniture. Except here, the effect is unsettling rather than cute. The acting is exaggerated, with frequent dramatic pauses that create storybook illustration tableaux, in a good way. The scenes in the Beast's castle are especially like this, and the Beast's dialog is painfully overwrought. It's strange, but cool.

All in all, it's an effective retelling of the fairy tale that works for children as well as adults, although it's certainly geared toward adults. For fans of fantasy films, this should be a must-see, since it's regarded as one of the earliest and best.

Feel the Force Friday

Vectorized Yoda animation
via Reddit

imperial at-at walkers
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Thursday, January 21, 2010

Book review: Princess of the Midnight Ball, Jessica Day George

An expansion of the "Twelve Dancing Princesses" fairy tale, with some license taken for modern sensibilities. The princesses are not misbehaving in this version, and have no evil intent, nor are they helpless. It's a Young Adult book, and so the storyline includes some scenes of violence, but glosses over the realism. Likewise there's a subplot about religion vs. nationalism that was only touched on.

Set in a fictionalized version of Renaissance Europe, twelve young princesses confound their father by each wearing out a pair of dancing shoes every three days. Princes from around the region try to discover the girls' secret, and go away disappointed.

The story is well-written and largely faithful to the original. While the protagonists are clearly Rose, the eldest princess and Galen, the young soldier-turned-gardener, the other princesses and lesser characters are given some attention and personality. The story gets a little scattergun during the climax, but the ending doesn't disappoint. All in all, it's a pleasant and quick read that held my attention.

Wednesday, January 20, 2010

enviro-mental: The Dollar Store kitchen re-do

Coming just in time as I angst about how to decorate my rental kitchen...

Curbly contributor lilybee took her rental kitchen from this...

to this

It's amazing what a coat of paint and some vinyl placemats can do for a living space. I have both hope and inspiration!


Movie review: A Few Good Men

Another "Tom Cruise Comes of Age" movie, wherein a young, talented, cocky Navy lawyer (Cruise) is guilted into putting his full effort into defending his clients by a less talented but more idealistic lawyer (Demi Moore). In the process, Cruise learns some Life Lessons.

Two Marines are accused of murder when they attempt a "Code Red" - a harsh form of peer discipline - on another member of their unit and the young man dies. The two claim they were following orders, but their superior officers deny involvement.

Best known for its "You can't handle the truth!" line from Jack Nicholson, this movie takes on a different tone now than it did when it was produced in 1992. The dialog is fast-paced, smart and a little bombastic, thanks to Aaron Sorkin's writing. I really have to check out more of his work.

One thing I noticed in re-watching this film, is that its stylistic feel, especially toward the end, is very reminiscent of 12 Angry Men, a great courtroom drama. It's a movie that's definitely worth a revisit every few years.

Tuesday, January 19, 2010

The snowflake test

You Are Unique Because You're Curious

Unlike most people, you are truly interested in and open to the world around you.

You don't judge anything until you know it well. You are happy to step outside your comfort zone to try something new.

You are rare in your ability to take in many new sites, sounds, and ideas at once. You don't get overwhelmed.

Like a snowflake, you believe life is more about the journey than the final destination.

Monday, January 18, 2010

Unconscious Mutterings: Week 364

  1. Weak :: Kneed
  2. Flashy :: Slick
  3. Sack :: Race
  4. Business :: decision
  5. Purple :: heart
  6. Fan :: tastic
  7. Airline :: food
  8. Guide :: tour
  9. Lunch :: hour
  10. Exercise :: bike

See more Mutterings here.

Round Robin Photo Challenge: Candlelight


I'm woefully late with this, and ended up using a photo I took a couple of years ago for Candlemas. It's still the best candle photo I've done so far.

Round Robin Photo Challenge is a bi-weekly photo meme. Check out the other participants here.

movie review: Wall Street

Yes, it took me this long to finally see Wall Street. I have no real interest in the stock market. Perhaps even less interest now than I did 20-odd years ago.

This movie, although its message may be relevant today, did not age well. It's very much a product of its time: the go-go 80s. It's the clothing and decor that are the main distractions, though. Michael Douglas was very believable as Gordon Gekko, the reptilian Zen master of greed. Charlie Sheen worked as the eager up-and-comer, with father Martin Sheen as his man-of-the-people dad. Darryl Hannah was the weak link as Sheen's love interest. I never did figure out what she was supposed to be.

The story chronicles a young man's sacrifices as he rises quickly as a stock trader, and how he finally finds the limit of his own greed, and the price of redemption. It was a good movie, but having seen it, I don't feel that I need to watch it again.

Wall Street is on the list of Top 100 movie quotes for "Greed is good."

Movie review: Dead Poets Society

Robin Williams stars as John Keating, a new English teacher and former student at a tony Eastern boarding school for boys in the 1960s. Most of his students are bored, privileged young men who are just passing time until they can go to college and become captains of industry. Poetry is a class to endure, not something that speaks to them.

Keating shows the boys how to think for themselves, beginning by tearing the introduction on how to rate the quality of poetry from their textbooks, later by having them stand on their desks for a different perspective on the world. These and other exercises encourage the boys to push the envelope of their regimented lives. The results of their adventures also teach the both the boys and the teacher how to take responsibility for their decisions.

Williams is very believable as the teacher who's a little too "out there" for the establishment. His fast-talking patter is used to great effect. A powerful film.

Sunday, January 17, 2010

The Big Read

As seen at In My Dreams.

The Big Read, an initiative by the National Endowment for the Arts, has estimated that the average adult has only read 6 of the top 100 books they’ve printed.

So - how did you do on this list? I've read 29 out of 100. Not bad.

1 Pride and Prejudice – Jane Austen
2 The Lord of the Rings – JRR Tolkien
3 Jane Eyre – Charlotte Bronte
4 Harry Potter series – JK Rowling
5 To Kill a Mockingbird – Harper Lee
6 The Bible (parts, not all)
7 Wuthering Heights – Emily Bronte
8 Nineteen Eighty Four – George Orwell
9 His Dark Materials – Philip Pullman
10 Great Expectations – Charles Dickens
11 Little Women – Louisa M Alcott
12 Tess of the D’Urbervilles – Thomas Hardy
13 Catch 22 – Joseph Heller (started)
14 Complete Works of Shakespeare (many, not all)
15 Rebecca – Daphne Du Maurier
16 The Hobbit – JRR Tolkien1
7 Birdsong – Sebastian Faulks
18 Catcher in the Rye – JD Salinger
19 The Time Traveller’s Wife – Audrey Niffenegger
20 Middlemarch – George Eliot
21 Gone With The Wind – Margaret Mitchell (started)
22 The Great Gatsby – F Scott Fitzgerald
23 Bleak House – Charles Dickens
24 War and Peace – Leo Tolstoy (started)
25 The Hitch Hiker’s Guide to the Galaxy – Douglas Adams
26 Brideshead Revisited – Evelyn Waugh
27 Crime and Punishment – Fyodor Dostoyevsky
28 Grapes of Wrath – John Steinbeck
29 Alice in Wonderland – Lewis Carroll
30 The Wind in the Willows – Kenneth Grahame
31 Anna Karenina – Leo Tolstoy
32 David Copperfield – Charles Dickens
33 Chronicles of Narnia – CS Lewis (Started. Didn't finish)
34 Emma – Jane Austen
35 Persuasion – Jane Austen
36 The Lion, The Witch and The Wardrobe – CS Lewis
37 The Kite Runner – Khaled Hosseini
38 Captain Corelli’s Mandolin – Louis De Bernieres
39 Memoirs of a Geisha – Arthur Golden
40 Winnie the Pooh – AA Milne
41 Animal Farm – George Orwell
42 The Da Vinci Code – Dan Brown
43 One Hundred Years of Solitude – Gabriel Garcia Marquez
44 The BFG - Roald Dahl
45 The Woman in White – Wilkie Collins
46 Anne of Green Gables – LM Montgomery
47 Far From The Madding Crowd – Thomas Hardy
48 The Handmaid’s Tale – Margaret Atwood
49 Lord of the Flies – William Golding
50 Atonement – Ian McEwan
51 Black Beauty - Anne Sewell
52 Dune – Frank Herbert
53 Cold Comfort Farm – Stella Gibbons
54 Sense and Sensibility – Jane Austen
55 A Suitable Boy – Vikram Seth
56 The Shadow of the Wind – Carlos Ruiz Zafon
57 A Tale Of Two Cities – Charles Dickens
58 Brave New World – Aldous Huxley
59 The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-time – Mark Haddon
60 Love In The Time Of Cholera – Gabriel Garcia Marquez
61 Of Mice and Men – John Steinbeck
62 Lolita – Vladimir Nabokov
63 The Secret History – Donna Tartt
64 The Lovely Bones – Alice Sebold
65 Count of Monte Cristo – Alexandre Dumas
66 On The Road – Jack Kerouac
67 Jude the Obscure – Thomas Hardy
68 Bridget Jones’s Diary – Helen Fielding
69 Midnight’s Children – Salman Rushdie
70 Moby Dick – Herman Melville
71 Oliver Twist – Charles Dickens
72 Dracula – Bram Stoker
73 The Secret Garden – Frances Hodgson Burnett
74 Notes From A Small Island – Bill Bryson
75 Ulysses – James Joyce
76 The Bell Jar – Sylvia Plath
77 Swallows and Amazons – Arthur Ransome
78 Germinal – Emile Zola
79 Vanity Fair – William Makepeace Thackeray
80 Possession – AS Byatt
81 A Christmas Carol – Charles Dickens
82 Cloud Atlas – David Mitchell
83 The Color Purple – Alice Walker
84 The Remains of the Day – Kazuo Ishiguro
85 Madame Bovary – Gustave Flaubert
86 A Fine Balance – Rohinton Mistry
87 Charlotte’s Web – EB White
88 The Five People You Meet In Heaven – Mitch Albom
89 Adventures of Sherlock Holmes – Sir Arthur Conan Doyle
90 The Faraway Tree Collection – Enid Blyton
91 Heart of Darkness – Joseph Conrad
92 The Little Prince- Antoine De Saint-Exupery
93 The Wasp Factory – Iain Banks
94 Watership Down – Richard Adams
95 A Confederacy of Dunces – John Kennedy Toole
96 A Town Like Alice – Nevil Shute
97 The Three Musketeers – Alexandre Dumas
98 Hamlet – William Shakespeare
99 Charlie and the Chocolate Factory – Roald Dahl
100 Les Miserables – Victor Hugo

What makes you fabulous?

You Are Fabulously Fun

You seem to have a great time every where you go. You're easily amused, and that's a good thing!

You are lighthearted and easy going. You can laugh during the best and worst of times.

You are witty and clever. You can see the humor in everything, even if your humor is a bit dark.

You're out to have fun, and anyone else who's game is welcome to join you. You make life a party.

January habits progress: Week 2

Walk 1 mile per day:
Sunday: Yes
Monday: No
Tuesday: No
Wednesday: No
Thursday: Yes
Friday: No
Saturday: Yes

No smoking:
Sunday: Yes
Monday: Yes
Tuesday: Yes
Wednesday: Yes
Thursday: Yes
Friday: Yes
Saturday Yes

$0 spending challenge:
Sunday: No (bought pretzels and clothes)
Monday: Yes
Tuesday: No (bought lunch and gas)
Wednesday: Yes
Thursday: No (bought lunch)
Friday: No (paid bills, bought lunch, registered car)
Saturday: No

Work out three times per week:

Sunday: No
Monday: No
Tuesday: No
Wednesday: No
Thursday: No
Friday: No
Saturday: No

Write 200 words per day of collaborative story:

Sunday: No
Monday: No
Tuesday: No
Wednesday: No
Thursday: No
Friday: No
Saturday: No

Choose a new book and begin reading it:

Sunday: No
Monday: No
Tuesday: No
Wednesday: Yes: Vision in White.
Thursday: No
Friday: No
Saturday: No

Saturday, January 16, 2010

Click to donate: Pass the gallon

America's milk processors are partnering with Feeding America to launch the 'Great Gallon Give.' For every gallon passed on Facebook, $1 will go to Feeding America.

Click here  to find more, and to get started passing a gallon.

Thursday, January 14, 2010

The orchid test

You Are Calm and Optimistic

You have a tranquil and peaceful outlook on life. You are thankful for every small miracle.

You think that it's important to keep the peace, even if it means swallowing your pride.

You expect the best in people, and you hold everyone you know to high ethical standards.

You are kind and compassionate. You treat people well, and you believe in second chances.

In memoriam: Teddy Pendergrass

R&B legend Teddy Pendergrass died last night. I wasn't very familiar with his music, but he did have a couple of songs that I enjoyed.

Wednesday, January 13, 2010

Help for Haiti

Haiti was rocked by a devastating earthquake yesterday, that's killed thousands and injured thousands more. The capital is in ruins. Food, water and medical supplies are desperately needed in the impoverished nation.

Below is a list clipped from CNN of organizations where you can donate to the Haitian relief effort.

My family's thoughts and prayers are with the people of Haiti and those coming to their aid.

You go, Google


In response to evidence that it was the target of hackers orginating in China, and that some of those attacks specifically targeted the Gmail accounts of Chinese human rights activists, Google has removed censoring blocks in their search engine. Further, they're discussing whether to continue operations in China at all.

From their blog:

We launched in January 2006 in the belief that the benefits of increased access to information for people in China and a more open Internet outweighed our discomfort in agreeing to censor some results. At the time we made clear that "we will carefully monitor conditions in China, including new laws and other restrictions on our services. If we determine that we are unable to achieve the objectives outlined we will not hesitate to reconsider our approach to China."
These attacks and the surveillance they have uncovered--combined with the attempts over the past year to further limit free speech on the web--have led us to conclude that we should review the feasibility of our business operations in China. We have decided we are no longer willing to continue censoring our results on, and so over the next few weeks we will be discussing with the Chinese government the basis on which we could operate an unfiltered search engine within the law, if at all. We recognize that this may well mean having to shut down, and potentially our offices in China.
It's a bold move, in line with their corporate directive, "Don't be evil."

Read the full blog entry here.

Tuesday, January 12, 2010

How should you stay warm?

You Should Stay Warm by Building a Fire

You are an independent, self starting type of person. You are quick to act and make decisions.

You wouldn't just sit around and be cold... you'd make sure and do something about it.

You are a natural leader. You like to be around other people, and you usually end up directing things.

You are usually fearless. And when you are afraid, you try to confront your fears. You aren't about to be intimidated by a bit of fire.

What flavor hot chocolate are you?

You Are Caramel Hot Chocolate

You are a smooth character. You charm everyone who ever comes in contact with you.

You are naturally sweet, but not too sweet. People get stuck on you without realizing it.

You're the type to meet up with a bunch of friends for hot chocolate, especially after a day of sledding or ice skating.

You try to never drink alone... even if it is hot chocolate. Warm, chocolatey goodness should be enjoyed with friends!

Ruby Tuesday

Red books

Mary T. hosts Ruby Tuesday, a weekly photomeme. This week the prompt was "red books." Check out her photo and those of the other participants.

The Current Obsessions meme

Instructions: Answer the Current Obsession category and then explain WHY you chose that response. Easy enough?

Swiped with love from Kwizgiver

Book: I finally gave up on The Grand Inquisitor's Manual. After a couple of months, repeatedly borrowing it from the library, I admitted I'm just not that interested, and can't seem to get past page 100. Now I'm looking for a new book to at least read, if not obsess over.

Snack: Goldfish, Xtreme Pizza flavor

Restaurant: The White Horse Tavern in Newport. My buddy Ry told me about it - the oldest tavern in the U.S. - and its $18 Po'Boy sandwich. I had to laugh, but now I really want to check it out.

Beverage: Clear Splash flavored sparkling water. I'm unsuccessfully trying to convince myself it's not soda. Key Lime and Cranberry are my current faves.

Decor: Rustic. I'm back to loving colonial and antique-y stuff.

Actor: Joseph Gordon-Levitt, but only because he was in the movie I watched most recently. I do like him, though.

Actress: Catherine Zeta-Jones. She's the only actress whose work I really follow.

Movie: (500) Days of Summer. I finally got to watch this, and was worried that I'd be disappointed, since I was anticipating it so much. It turned out to be a good movie, and I really enjoyed it.

TV show: LOST. The countdown has begun, and I'm getting very excited to see how the final season plays out.

Hobby: Blogging. I've been feeling more inspired lately.

Band: Does the cast of Glee count? Such talented young people, with interesting arrangements of their music.

Song: Hate on me, the Glee cast version.

Meme: Right now it's this one.

Blog: My go-to blog is (and probably will be for a long, long time) Lifehacker.

Lover: I'm not obsessed with anyone at the moment, or even with finding someone. Although it'd be nice.

Friend: I'm a little worried about my buddy Mark.

Quote: Life is either a grand adventure or nothing." - Helen Keller

Peeve: The price of car insurance.

Sport: Nada.

Singer: No one in particular.

One-word meme

Lifted from New England Girl, who got it from Something Blue.

The rule is to answer each question with one word. You're also supposed to tag other bloggers, so consider yourself tagged! Don't blog? Leave answers in the comments.

1. Where is your cell phone? red

2. Your hair? curly

3. Your mother? driven

4. Your father? dad

5. Your favorite food? francais

6. Your dream last night? forgot

7. Your favorite drink? soda

8. Your dream/goal? europe

9. What room are you in? office

10. Your hobby? blogging

11. Your fear? drowning

12. Where do you want to be in six years? here

13. Where were you last night? home

14. Something that you aren't? motivated

15. Muffins? corn

16. Wish list item? blu-ray (is that one word?)

17. Where did you grow up? Hauppauge

18. Last thing you did? research

19. What are you wearing? Jeans

20. Your TV? neglected

21. Your pets? cat

22. Friends? awesome

23. Your life? satisfying

24. Your Mood? content

25. Missing someone? yeah

26. Your Vehicle? Cruiser

27. Something you're not wearing? jewelry

28. Your favorite store? Target

29. Your favorite color? depends

30. When was the last time you laughed? yesterday

31. Last time you cried? forget

32. Your best friend? Mark

33. One place that I could go over and over? Manhattan

34. One person who emails you regularly? Dad

This wasn't too hard, except for finding one word to describe my father.

Click-to-donate: Lunchables Lunch Note Promise

Lunchables has a temporary Click-to-donate site, in which you promise to include a note in your child's lunch. In return, Lunchables donates a meal through Feeding America, a domestic hunger-relief charity. Plus you get coupons for Lunchables products, and there are even templates you can download for the note to put in your child's lunch. Pretty sweet deal.

Movie review: (500) Days of Summer

A charming, alternately funny and sad story of a young couple - a romantic young man, Tom, (Joseph Gordon-Levitt) and a young woman, Summer, (Zooey Deschanel) who doesn't believe in love. The story jump-skips back and forward through the 500 days of their relationship, following Tom's emotional peaks and valleys. It's quirky and amusing. I really enjoyed it.

Both the leads are convincing and affecting. The voiceover gave the movie a kind of educational film irony that was amusing. The soundtrack was fun and engaging. I'll be watching this one again (and again).

Monday, January 11, 2010

In memoriam: Miep Gies

Miep Gies, who helped to hide the Frank and Van Daan families and Fritz Pfeffer in the annex of Otto Frank's spice company, died today at age 100. It was Gies who discovered Anne Frank's diary after the family were deported to concentration camps in Germany. She sent the diaries on to Anne's father, the sole surviving member of the family.

enviro-mental: Crate and Barrel artwork

Modern Ethnic Print II from Crate & Barrel

Is it just me? I'm not seeing ethnic here. I'm seeing dandelion pouf. Which is cool.

I am *so* Katharine Hepburn

Your result for The Classic Dames Test...

Katharine Hepburn

You scored 21% grit, 24% wit, 48% flair, and 29% class!

You are the fabulously quirky and independent woman of character. You go your own way, follow your own drummer, take your own lead. You stand head and shoulders next to your partner, but you are perfectly willing and able to stand alone. Others might be more classically beautiful or conventionally woman-like, but you possess a more fundamental common sense and off-kilter charm, making interesting men fall at your feet. You can pick them up or leave them there as you see fit. You share the screen with the likes of Spencer Tracy and Cary Grant, thinking men who like strong women.
Find out what kind of classic leading man you'd make by taking the
Classic Leading Man Test.
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