Sunday, October 31, 2010

Happy Halloween!

photos from Easy Peasie

funny pictures of cats with captions
see more Lolcats and funny pictures

Skull Anatomy by Skull-a-day

Friday, October 29, 2010

The haunted house test

You Are Complex and Deep

You are a bit of a contradiction. It's hard to label you or sum you up easily.

You have many interesting layers to your personality... and some of them you keep completely to yourself.

You are open to change, and it's likely that your life has gone through many phases already.

You don't expect anyone else to understand you. You're still trying to understand yourself!

Feel the Force Friday

DIY instructions here.

from Slacker and the Man via Reddit


Wednesday, October 27, 2010

What sexy costume should you wear?

You Should Wear a Cop Costume

Your brand of sexy is in charge and in control. You know what you want, and you know how to get it.

You act boldly and speak your mind. If someone looks good to you, you make your move.

People find you attractive because you're confident. You work what you've got.

You are comfortable in your own skin, and you wouldn't change a thing about yourself - and that's part of what makes you sexy.

Crazy cool food: Pizza pops!

by The Decorated Cookie via The Daily What
complete with instructions!

Tuesday, October 26, 2010

Book review: The Search, Nora Roberts

The Search
The Search, Nora Roberts

My rating: 4 of 5 stars

I like Roberts' work, and will give any of her new books a try, however I went into this one with less enthusiasm than usual. I'm not a dog person, really, and didn't have much interest in a story with a heroine who is a dog trainer.

However, Roberts made the descriptions of the training very interesting. I actually found myself wanting a dog. In theory. Fiona, the heroine, was likable. Simon, the hero, was a bit of a harder sell. At least, he was a harder nut to crack.

Roberts obviously put a lot of time and research into the details of dog training, woodcarving, and life on Orcas Islands, and it shows in her great descriptions.

The story begins with Fiona living on Orcas Island off Washington, training dogs and working with Search and Rescue. Eight years earlier, she had narrowly escaped a serial killer. Simon is a wood artist/carpenter, newer to the island, and they meet through Fiona's stepmother, who is his art dealer.

As the story progresses, a copycat killer is stalking the Pacific Northwest with the same M.O. as Fiona's attacker.

The story flowed along smoothly and believably up until the climax, when it went a little off the rails. I would have preferred a more realistic resolution, but otherwise found the story satisfying.

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Monday, October 25, 2010

The Monday Movie Meme

"Stephen King is dubbed "The King of Horror." The man has had his writing result in over 100 visual productions - shorts, TV episodes, mini-series and full features. If you have never seen a Stephen King production, you must have worked very hard to avoid them. Not all of his stories are horrific. But most of them are. And all of them are great character studies. Elements of the mind are far more scary than creatures. But he likes to create terrifying creatures too. Just to cover all the bases. If the world was to be banned of all King productions save one, which would you save for posterity - to represent the only visual adaptation of his work for the future generations to see? Here is our choice - a unanimous decision. Share your selection on your blog, linking back here at The Bumbles. And don't forget to visit your fellow participants!"

In terms of filmmaking, my choice would probably be The Shawshank Redemption. But when it comes to an excellent story that should be preserved, even if only on film, it must be The Stand.

The Stand

The Stand offers a varied and all-star cast playing out a mix of King's strongest talents: horror and character study.

First, the source material: The Stand is rumored to be King's favorite of his own novels. I think it's also his longest novel, and is broken down into three sections. As far as the tv adaptation, the acting is very good, the story is riveting, and the background music will scare you silly or break your heart (the music from the traveling scenes is some of the loneliest I've ever heard).

The story begins with a superflu that escapes the government lab where it's being developed and spreads around the world in a matter of weeks. Ninety nine percent of the population is wiped out, and the story then focuses on the surviving few in the (former) United States. Small groups of survivors begin banding together, drawn by their dreams either to Boulder, Colorado and the kindly old woman there, or Las Vegas, Nevada and their visions of the Dark Man. Once assembled into the two camps, they engage in the final showdown between good and evil.

The idea of a pandemic wiping out most of the world's population is so within the realm of possibility that it immediately boosts the tension. Was it just last year that we were all worrying if there would be enough flu vaccine to go around? In true King fashion, he preys on those fears that lurk and linger in the back of our minds.

Dividing the cast between camps of good and evil, King shows how human nature can lead basically good people to do terrible things, and the effects of unrequited love, rejection, jealousy and fear. Most of the characters' behaviors are believable, which makes the story all the more frightening.

Sunday, October 24, 2010

The city park test

You Crave Rest

You are optimistic about both your present and your future. Things are going well for you.

You see love as companionship. You're the type of person who would fall for his or her best friend.

You expect other people to respect you. You are respectful of them in return.

Your inner child is playful. You can have as much fun as any kid!

Friday, October 22, 2010

Book chat: The Handmaid's Tale

The Handmaid's Tale (Everyman's Library)

In September I participated in an online chat at The Bumbles Blog. I've been a fan and follower of theirs for awhile and it was a natural step to join in a real-time conversation.

During the chat we agreed to read a banned book and chat about it this month. That is, tonight. Here is the link.
The chat starts at 8:30 pm/EDT.

The book is The Handmaid’s Tale by Margaret Atwood. Whether you've read it, meant to read it or haven't heard of it, you'll be welcome in the conversation.

What kind of friend are you?

The mansion test

You Dream of a Luxurious Life

It's likely that you need a little more pampering and indulgence in your life. You need to be taken care of.

You'd love a day of luxury - where time and price didn't matter. You'd like to soak in some comfort.

You work hard, and you want to reward yourself with some treats. Life is too short to be too stingy.

You have good taste. You can't help it if you like nice things!

Feel the Force Friday

All of Chewbacca's dalogue in Star Wars

This is crazy brilliant: 
via picscroll

"The trophy"

Steam-powered AT-AT

"The Empire Strikes Back to the Future" t-shirt design via The Daily What

Friday, October 08, 2010

Monday, October 04, 2010

Anyone remember spirograph?

photo: Apartment Therapy
It looks like designer Jessica Carnevale does. These outdoor chairs really put me in mind of the gear-and-pen drawing toys of my youth.

What kind of chair are you?

You Are an Ornate Chair

You are sophisticated and well traveled. You have exotic tastes and interests.

People find you to be entertaining and fascinating, even if they feel like they can't quite relate to you.

You are as special and unique as you seem. Sometimes people think you're putting on airs, but you're really just being you.

You like the finer things in life, and you don't mind showing off what you have. You're proud of your successes.

Monday Movie Meme

This week's movie topic is all about the Supernatural...

Molly at The Bumbles Blog hosts the Monday Movie Meme.

Share on your blog favorite movies with those witchy, surreal, psychic or alien happenings, linking back here at The Bumbles. And don't forget to visit your fellow participants!

Soooo many to choose from!

  1. The Craft: High school girls are playing at being witches, until they invite a real witch into their coven. Although it was technically a Robin Tunney vehicle, Fairuza Balk owned this movie.
  2. Practical Magic: Sister witches deal with their abilities in very different ways.
  3. Beetle Juice: Two novice ghosts try to scare modern decor lovers out of their historic home with the help of a deranged spirit.
  4. Frankenstein (1931): Doctor Victor learns that playing with fire=bad.
  5. The Empire Strikes Back: Where we first learn that The Force is like magic. 
  6. Dracula: Livin' la vida undead. (Only Bela Lugosi need apply)
  7. Hocus Pocus: The comically evil Sanderson sisters are released from their 300 year curse to plague modern Salem.
  8. Ernest Saves Christmas: What's more magical than Santa Claus? The old Santa finding his replacement on Christmas Eve in Florida, with the help of Ernest P. Worrell. He's at one with the Yuletide, knowwhaddahmean?
  9. The Others: A mother and her two children, waiting for her husband to return home from World War II, discover that their remote English country manor may be haunted.
  10. The Village: My favorite M. Night Shyamalan movie. In an idyllic early 20th-century village, evil monsters lurk in the woods. But when her fiance is hurt, a young blind woman must brave the forest to find help.
  11. Pan's Labyrinth: A young girl hopes to find escape for herself and her sick, pregnant mother from her sadistic stepfather by allying herself with mythical creatures who live deep in the woods. Set against the backdrop of Franco's Spain during the 1940s. Horrible and beautiful.
Those are a very few of my favorites or at least the first that came to mind.

Sunday, October 03, 2010

The changing leaves test

You Are Wise

You are a prudent and rational person. You try not to do anything you regret, and if you do, you learn form your mistake.

You are educated or at the very least knowledgable. You have a perception that most people lack.

You've learned to be vigilant in your life. You are pretty much always on guard.

No matter how old you actually are, you are quite seasoned. You are experienced and worldly.

What flavor gelato are you?

You Are Chocolate Gelato

You're very consistent and above board. Friends know what they can expect from you.

You are honest and real. You're a bit complicated, and you don't do anything to hide that.

You are a loyal and true friend. Many actually consider you to be their best friend.

You are always there in good times and bad. You never quit when things get tough.