Monday, December 03, 2012

R.I.P. Ashe

9 May 1999 - 3 December 2012

Monday, November 26, 2012

New Books!

New Butcher!

New Blaine!

And it's neither my birthday or Christmas!  Am I lucky blessed or what?  I've been looking forward to the new Harry Dresden, but I had no idea a new Blaine McCracken book was in the works - surprise!

And yes, I know I used one author's name and one character's name which isn't parallel, but "Books! Butcher! Blaine!" was just too good to pass up...

Tuesday, November 06, 2012

I Did It Again. Did You?

I voted today and hope you did, too. 

Thursday, November 01, 2012

Henri - L'Haunting

A day late on my part, but here's Henri's take on Halloween.  {links to the other Henri videos}

Tuesday, October 30, 2012

Disney Buys LucasFilm

I've said it before, and based on all the times I've said it in the past, I'll probably say it again in the future:  Scalzi speaks for me with a style that I envy.

NY Sandy Crisis

I do hope this is true: Leave No Pet Behind!

Sunday, October 14, 2012

Brilliant Science Museum Billboards

Science World in Vancouver has the kind of advertising that libraries need.

Tuesday, August 28, 2012

Another Assignment...

Scalzi does it again, altho' today I'm too tired to think of my own suggestion...

Monday, August 27, 2012

Historical Persons Discuss...

Scalzi poses a great question and his readers respond with other great pairings.  Not sure yet what mine would be, although I'm leaning toward Walt Disney and the Brothers Grimm on fairy tales and the changes to them over the years.  What's your pair?

Wednesday, August 22, 2012

Bradbury on Mars

Curiosity's landing site now has a name: Bradbury Landing!

Saturday, August 11, 2012

I Do. Do You?

I did something simple yet profound today and, as always, it brought tears to my eyes.

I voted.

Each time I vote, each time the machine swallows my ballot, each time the precinct official says, "Thank you for voting" my eyes fill up as I think of how privileged I am to be able to perform that simple yet important task and how wrong it is that others haven't.

I don't know whether it's the thought that millions of people on this planet aren't allowed to vote, if it's that millions of women can't, even if the men around them can, or if it's the millions who can, who have the right and responsibility to vote, who reap the benefits of a system that protects their right to excercise their opinion by voting...and yet, they just don't.

I'm not going to win "Citizen of the Year" any time soon:  I don't volunteer, I give to charity rarely, and I certainly don't follow politics closely.  But I do vote.  And I hope that if you can, you do, too.

Wednesday, August 08, 2012

Librarian Talents

Librarians organize.  Librarians search.  Librarians teach.  And Librarians find... all sorts of things...

Sunday, August 05, 2012

Curiosity ON Mars!

CONGRATULATIONS!!!   Wile E. Coyote finally wins!

Go, Curiosity, Go!  Have fun exploring!

Updated with news links:

JPL Press Release

Love Wil's comments under the picture

Tuesday, July 31, 2012

Curiosity to Mars

NASA has gone all science-fictiony again - way past the Looney Tunes idea of bouncy ball airbags.

Check out this 5-minute video explaining how the Curiosity rover will get to the red planet (teaser: it involves a sky crane!).  The video is two minutes shorter than the time span of terror that NASA scientists and engineers will experience this weekend as they wait to find out if the newest Mars rover touched down safe and sound.

It's a safe bet that I'll be glued to my NASA app for this...

Thursday, June 21, 2012

Taken 2

Somehow Taken slipped in and out of theatres without me noticing and I've had to be content with the DVD. This will not happen with Taken 2 - October 5 is already highlighted on my calendar.

Henri, with More Ennui

Poor Henri goes to the vet...

Wednesday, June 20, 2012

Avengers Meets Firefly

There are days when I LOVE the Internet:  "The Avengers" Intro: Firefly Style

Tuesday, May 08, 2012


Joss Whedon has proved yet again that he is a genius.  The Avengers had all the right stuff: dialogue, pacing, framing.  UPDATE:  And music - how could I have missed the music?

Those of you who are tempted to leave right as the credits start:  you really shouldn't.  Truly, have some patience for a change.

Wednesday, April 18, 2012

Henri's Ennui

I can't decide if I prefer watching these with or without sound - the French is mildly distracting, although the clear resignation in his tone is perfect.

Henri 2, Paw de Deux

Tuesday, April 17, 2012

Promo Commercial

Only occasionally do I miss television - fortunately I have a good friend who makes sure I don't miss gems like this.  The more I watch it, the more perfect it gets - the way RDJ looks at the camera at 0:16 and NF's look of smug satisfaction at the veeeery end are pure gold in my book.

Tax ReFUNd

Thanks to being able to declare Mom as my dependent last year, I received nice-sized tax refunds from both the feds and the state.  I spent most of the money responsibly - I even bought a new vacuum cleaner! - and was preparing to squirrel the rest into savings when a little voice piped up about how since the new iPad4 had just been released, the older iPad2 was probably on sale. 

"Ridiculous," I told the voice firmly, "I don't need an iPad.  Serenity still goes everywhere* with me and I have my netbook connected to a monitor at home for doing homework."

But the little voice was remarkably persistent, pointing out how my work email doesn't get along with Serenity (although Yahoo! mail works just fine) and how long it takes to power up the netbook and then wait for the desktop and then wait for the browser and enter passwords, and wait.... 

The voice and I argued for several days, but in the end, I decided that it wouldn't hurt to try an iPad, would it?  I could always return it...

I did feel guilty for a few days - it was quite a bit more expensive than I had anticipated -  but the guilt is gone now.  Checking work email** now is a push, swipe, tap and no waiting.  And since I still don't have TV, it's nice to have a device that plays Netflix streaming without the pixelation that my netbook thinks is necessary.

Of course, the new tech needed a name.  Since part of my guilt came from the fact that I already have a perfectly wonderful iPod Touch and a netbook so why did I need another device, I named him JACK - Just Another Cool Know-it-all***.  Another Jack in my life - just what I needed!

* Literally - the only time Serenity's farther than arm's length is when I'm in the pool and she's safely secured in the locker.  There are worse things to be severely attached to...

** I'm not compulsive about checking work email - I only scan the subject lines - but with my wonky schedule, it's good to see if an early meeting has been cancelled or if a last-minute meeting has been

*** For those as geeky as me, yes, I stole the idea from Jarvis.  For those not as geeky as me, the name of Tony Stark's A.I. in the Iron Man movies is Jarvis, or Just A Rather Very Intelligent System.

Sunday, April 15, 2012

New Calendar

Although I'm not sure about their Universal Time concept, I'm intrigued* by the Hanke-Henry Permanent Calendar that is "simple, religiously unobjectionable, business-friendly and identical year-to-year."

CNN has a more succinct version of the story.

* not just because my birthday will always fall on a Saturday.

Thursday, April 12, 2012

Funny Cat Video

Maybe I just really needed a laugh, but this video of various cats cracks me up.  You must be patient - the first 40 seconds are deceptively placid (and several segments are cringe-inducing) but overall it makes me laugh so hard I can't watch it when there are others - people or cats - in the same room.

Monday, April 09, 2012

Climate Change

To anyone who says our climate isn't changing:  April used to be warmer than February.

Wednesday, April 04, 2012

How Many Moons Does Earth Have?

This short piece from NPR reports some research from one of the astronomers where I used to work:  Earth Has Just One Moon, Right? Think Again

I love this line:  "Mostly these {asteroids} go whizzing by, not even slowing down to wave."

The Long, Twisted Path To Mercury video is interesting, too - what a crazy concept, what a wild ride.

Tuesday, April 03, 2012

Nerd Alert

You already knew I was a nerd, but did you know this?

Saturday, March 31, 2012

Pool Time Update

It's been two months and most weeks I've made it to the pool 3 times a week.  Not every week, but I'm satisfied that this new exercise regimen has taken hold.  The most difficult thing is forcing myself to get out of the pool to take a shower and get to work on time! 

I'm also gradually changing the way I eat - a major hurdle - to accommodate the exercise since I can't jog on an empty stomach - nor on a full one - so I'm experimenting with small, nutritious, safe-to-eat-while-driving snacks.

My first goal is the stamina to stand all day at WDW at the end of the year.  So far, I'm usually able to feel satisfied with my progress as a good start after years of not doing anything, although I sometimes vacillate between "this is a good start" and "I'm not progressing fast enough."  Only time will tell.


Another quote of the day from my Mutts comic email:

"The moon is one, but on agitated water it produces many reflections.

Similarly ultimate reality is one, yet it appears to be many in a mind agitated by thoughts."

~ ~ Maharamayana

Friday, March 30, 2012

Carbon Map

I didn't need another reason to feel bloated, but here it is.  The Carbon Map seeks to make "sense of climate change responsibility and vulnerability."  The short intro video is worth a watch (and watching the U.S. will explain the bloated reference).

Tuesday, February 07, 2012

Are You Ready?

This article is from 2011, just about a year ago, but still relevant... and scary.

What If the Biggest Solar Storm on Record Happened Today?

In 1859 "...geomagnetic disturbances were strong enough that U.S. telegraph operators reported sparks leaping from their equipment—some bad enough to set fires...if something similar happened today, the world's high-tech infrastructure could grind to a halt... The eastern half of the U.S. is particularly vulnerable, because the power infrastructure is highly interconnected, so failures could easily cascade like chains of dominoes. Imagine large cities without power for a week, a month, or a year..."

I ask again, "will you be prepared when the digital world dies?"

Sunday, January 29, 2012

Pool Time

I've finally started to do something about exercising more.  My campus has a Student Life Center that allows faculty to purchase a membership (students pay as part of their tuition). The SLC has an Olympic-sized swimming pool and although I don't really swim, I do enjoy jogging back and forth in one of the lanes.  Jogging in water is a little easier on the joints, offers nice resistance, and is much cooler.

My half-price "early bird" membership allows me entrance anytime on Saturdays and Sundays and before 1:30pm M-F, which means I can go before work.  Probably the only time I'll ever qualify for anything "early bird"! 

I had to purchase a lock since I will be walking directly from the car with my backpack full of electronic gadgets (iPod, Kindle, netbook), wallet, keys, etc. that will need to be secured.  The one I got came with a bonus: the combination is my grandmother's birthday - in month, day, year order.  If that's not a sign from above that this is what I should be doing and that I have plenty of support, then I don't know what is...

Sunday, January 22, 2012

It's one thing to be shaken about in a 1-story house during an earthquake and an entirely different terror to be inside a massive 3-story commercial building as it dances.  Very surprisingly, we didn't lose power.  No damage, no injuries, but definitely an experience I don't want to have again.

Monday, January 16, 2012

I get the Mutts comic each day via email, which comes with a quote of the day - I want to make sure I don't lose this one:

Lose your mind and come to your senses.
~ Fritz Perls