Tuesday, November 30, 2010

Holiday card round-up

A few of my favorites:

This one is from the MOMA store (found via Apartment Therapy)

Box of 8 - $18.95

Wreath card by Maryt525 on Etsy

Another treasure from the MOMA store:

The little pop-up house is so sweet!

Friday, November 26, 2010

Feel the Force Friday

Thursday, November 25, 2010

Happy Thanksgiving!

I hope you're doing what I'm doing: enjoying time with your family and a great big ol' turkey.

Wednesday, November 24, 2010

Book review: The Power of Half

The Power of Half: One Family's Decision to Stop Taking and Start Giving Back The Power of Half: One Family's Decision to Stop Taking and Start Giving Back

My rating: 3 of 5 stars

An interesting, detailed book about how one family decided to sell their multimillion dollar home to buy one half its size, then give the price difference away.

Inspired by their daughter's desire to make a difference in the world, and more or less in spite of their son's initial indifference, the Salwens decided to sell their big Victorian home in a wealthy Atlanta neighborhood. In exchange, they'd buy a smaller house nearby, and give the money they saved to charity.

What follows is a sometimes overly detailed story of their research into the best way to make a difference, deciding where to help, who to help and how. Kevin Salwen tells his family's story, with Hannah chiming in at the end of each chapter with suggestions about how to include the kids.

The story could have been very self-congratulatory, although it seldom was. The process got a little tedious at times, but more often I found myself inspired by their desire to put their money where their mouths are, and actually do something rather than waiting for someone else. It did make me thing - often - of what I have in abundance that I could share half of. And I think that was their point.

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Monday, November 22, 2010

The Thanksgiving Dinner Test

You are old fashioned and consistent. You don't think there is much wrong with the past, and you are slow to change.

You think the holidays should be all about family, gratitude, and traditions.

You dislike any part of the holidays that is too commercial. You think that too much is made about spending money.

Instead, you like to focus on the spiritual and nostalgic elements of this time of year. It's a time of love and remembering.

Random Acts of Culture

aka: flash-mobbing the Hallelujah Chorus

by the Knight Arts Group and Opera Company of Philadelphia, in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania

Please do something like this in Providence!

Sunday, November 21, 2010

Which fairy tale are you?

You Are Cinderella

You believe it's important to do the right thing, even if you aren't rewarded for it.

Not everyone treats you with respect, but good people see your goodness.

You've had a lot of bad luck, but these days it feels like you luck is about to change.

Even though times are tough, hang in there. You'll eventually get the life you justly deserve.

Movie review: White Heat

White Heat is a classic Warner Brother noir gangster film starring James Cagney as Cody Jarrett, a sociopathic gangster with a mother fixation. The film was released in 1946.

Jimmy Cagney was already a well-known actor and had starred in many gangster films, but White Heat is different because of the strong focus on the psychology of the gangster. Jarrett's father had died in an insane asylum, and Jarrett himself was prone to crippling headaches. Intensely devoted to his mother, he put her first in all things, even before his wife, and suffered a complete mental breakdown when he learned of her death. The classic line "Made it, Ma! Top of the world!" is Cagney's reference to how his mother always encouraged him to make it big - to the top of the world.

The movie is classic noir, with rapid-fire tough-guy dialogue. It's also interesting to see the explanation and use of the cutting-edge tracking technology of the time, which both looks like B-movie sci fi and is so obviously the precursor of GPS tech.

I watched the movie because I like the classics, but mostly to fulfill watching the Top 100 Quotes movie list from my 2nd 101 Things in 1001 Days. I've fallen way behind and ought to catch up.

Friday, November 19, 2010

What fall spice are you?

You Are Nutmeg

You are a harmonious and peaceful person. You are surprisingly adaptable and flexible.

You are a typical girl or guy next door, but you also have a undying thirst for the exotic.

You dream of tropical places, and you have a true appreciation for far away flavors.

You are easygoing enough to enjoy a full day on the beach. "Island time" sounds like the perfect time for you.

Thursday, November 18, 2010

What kind of magazine are you?

You Are an Entertainment Magazine

You love movies, music, and television. You are the creative type, and you appreciate entertainment done right.

You also think that celebrities are pretty interesting. At the very least, it's an escape to read about their lives.

You don't take celebrity magazines too seriously... in fact, you probably make fun of them from time to time.

The fact that they're so outrageous is definitely part of their appeal!

Wednesday, November 17, 2010

What sea animal are you?

You Are an Octopus

You are productive, efficient, and a natural multitasker. You know how to get things done!

You have amazing focus and you're very strong willed. You are good at zeroing in on what's important.

You are very intelligent and sharp. Complex things seem simple to you.

You have a good memory and are very creative. You can come up with unique solutions to problems.

Friday, November 12, 2010

The chocolate chip cookie oracle

You Are Solid and Honest

Your sense of humor is goofy and silly. You try to never hurt people with your jokes.

You are the type of person who is more life smart than book smart. You are creative and intuitive.

You have fun when you're doing your favorite things. You know what you like.

You are the type of person who completes projects easily. You like to do one thing at a time.

Feel the Force Friday

Anakin Padawan by Patricia Watwood, via Wired. Part of a series of Star Wars-based portraiture

via Buzzfeed

Gonk Droid
Gonk Droid by JasonBartholme

Darth Vader takes some "me-time"

Definitely worth the 5 minutes

Solidifying the connection between Disney and Star Wars: Darth  Belle, one of three Disney Darths by Joseph B222 via Superheroeen

Newsflashback! Prowse spoils biggest movie twist/reveal in history! via io9
Star Wars pop culture/history at Podpocalypse

click to embiggenate, insanely detailed Millennium Falcon schematic via The Daily What.

 sign on a telephone pole in Galway, Ireland via The Daily What
found him! (via Reddit)

Wednesday, November 10, 2010

Monday, November 08, 2010


image: The Daily What

Congratulations to the people of Swiebodzin, Poland on the completion of the world's tallest statue of Jesus Christ. At 167 feet tall, it's got 40 feet on Christ the Redeemer in Rio de Janeiro.

Saturday, November 06, 2010

Why did the fish cross the road?

Saw this on The Daily What, and everyone's impressed with the dog who snagged a salmon. Personally, I'm more impressed with the fish in the first 10 seconds of the clip. It makes me want to make motorcycle noises.

Friday, November 05, 2010

What Wizard of Oz character are you?

You Are Dorothy

You are a little lost right now, but you are slowly finding your way home.

You are a kind and loyal person. You are the truest friend anyone could ever have.

You have an active imagination, and you are intrigued by far away places. You make friends easily.

But at the end of the day, there is no place like home. You value your family and roots.

Thought for the day

Feel the Force Friday

Boba's Invoice
Boba's Invoice by Brock Davis via The Daily What

Where do I buy one of these? No, seriously. Where. Do. I. Buy. One. of. These??
Vintage Star Wars travel posters by Steve Thomas

Would you trust this guy to make you a sandwich?

see more Lolcats and funny pictures

Thursday, November 04, 2010

Wednesday, November 03, 2010

2010 Holiday reading challenge

It's been awhile since  did a reading challenge, but I do enjoy them. And I love me some holiday stories. So, I'm joining in with Nely of All About {n} for the 2010 Holiday Reading Challenge.

Challenge Requirements:
1- Challenge will start Monday, November 15 and will end Friday, December 31.
2- You can read anywhere from 1 to 5 books for the challenge and, of course, if you're like me, you are more than welcome to surpass that number.
3- And now, here's the clincher... they must be holiday related books. That's right, the holiday doesn't really matter, but it would be more "jolly" if your choices were Christmas, Hanukkah, Kwanzaa, etc.

4- The size of the book does not matter, nor does the genre. It is also okay for the book to overlap with other challenges. The only thing I ask is that they are not children's books. YA is okay. And so are re-reads. I for one tend to read the same books every Christmas - they are tradition.
5- To sign up - leave a link back to your challenge post. There will also be a post for review links as well as one for challenge wrap-ups.
6- And.... there will be goodies. That's right, we'll call them presents. At the end of every week that the challenge is running I will choose one winner from the review links. Meaning the more books you read, review and link up, the more chances you have at winning a "present".
Here is my list of books (subject to change):

The Christmas Candle
The Christmas Candle

Gingerbread Cookie Murder
Gingerbread Cookie Murder

A Christmas Blizzard
A Christmas Blizzard

The Christmas Cookie Club: A Novel
The Christmas Cookie Club: A Novel

Favorite Stories of Christmas Past
Favorite Stories of Christmas Past

A Christmas Carol
A Christmas Carol

A Christmas Grace: A Novel
A Christmas Grace: A Novel

Angels at Christmas
Angels at Christmas

Mrs. Miracle
Mrs. Miracle