I've taken down my last bauble, and unplugged our fiber-optic disco tree. The holiday whirlwind is officially over. I intend to spend New Year's Eve at home with Pop Culture boy; preferably in my pajamas. I haven't the energy for a night on the town. (Anyone up for a low-key pajama party?)
That being said, the holidays were great fun, and I got to see friends that I haven't seen in a long time, which I always enjoy. As an added bonus, I was utterly spoiled by Pop Culture Boy, my parents, and Santa (bless his mythical soul). Pop Culture Boy was spoiled too...he got every percussion instrument he asked for; he's practically a one man mariachi band. It is bound to be a very musical New Year. (As I right this, in fact, he is playing along to my eclectic MP3 play list with his guitar.)
Now that the madness is over, I'm going to make a good faith effort to update Sarcasmo's Corner more regularly. (At least until I find some other excuse to slack off).
Since I haven't posted in about a week, here's a slew of information, in no particular order.
- First item of business, the Monday Morning Quiz is up.
- Cool little item: The Diary of Samuel Pepys will be posted on a day-to-day basis beginning January 1, 2003. Why should you care? Samuel Pepys's multi-volume diary was written between 1659 to 1669, and although a personal account of one man's life, it has become an renowned source for information on the Restoration. From what I've been reading, Pepys had some inside information on the governmental goings-ons at the time; he was the secretary to the Councilor of State and Treasury Commissioner in the Cromwellian Protectorate. (I've recently become interested in Cromwell, so this is of particular interest to me). Even better, this is his personal diary, about his personal life; it was never intended to be an historical document. What an exciting way to learn history!
I am really intrigued by reading it in this format. First of all, reading it day by day will be almost like following the story live; like experiencing it with him. And, on the more practical, isn't technology neat side, it looks like the curator of the website will be hyperlinking certain items in the text, so that those of us with huge gaps where our knowledge of world history should be can easily research the background data.
Mind you, having this online doesn't mean I don't have a sudden, burning desire to own it in paper form as well. Once a bibliophile, always a bibliophile.
- Chop: I've cut all my hair off. Well, not exactly. My hairstylist did. I've been hating my hair for the past month or so; no matter what I did to it, it looked unbrushed and unkempt. I went to my hairstylist this weekend and told her I wanted a style that would just let me wash it, put some gel or mousse in it and essentially be done. Apparently, this involved cutting most of my hair off. It's not a bad cut, mind you. It's just much shorter than I've had it in a very long time. Sure is easy to do though.
Actually, I almost came home with a much different hair style. She had cut the top and sides short, and left the back fairly long (below the nape of my neck), with the intention of letting the hair flipping out at the edges, and looking cute and feminine.
I looked in the mirror: short top, short sides, long back...we all know what that is. A mullet. I made her cut it off. Now I'm much less Billy Ray Cyrus, and much more old school KD Lang. (Hey, I'm no fan of country music, but I'll take KD over Billy Ray any day. How can you not love a singer who croons so like Patsy Cline?)
Ah, well. It will grow back.
- Blech. Shopping: And speaking of personal upkeep, I also spent an obscene amount of cash on new clothes this weekend. Yep. Me. Shopping for clothes. Scary, but after working for a company that let me where jeans and t-shirts to work, and then being unemployed for a year, my business wardrobe was sadly lacking. And I cheated, really. I got some really great clothes for Christmas, so I just went out and bought more of the same in a variety of colors. (I really hate shopping). The only thing I really splurged on were some silky lounging pjs.
The whole shopping trip gave me an excuse to finally clean out my closet. For someone who hates to shop, I sure do seem to accumulate a lot of clothes, and then never wear them. Bags full are now gone. It has given me a sense of accomplishment. Also of wonder. How did I get rid of so much, and still not have enough room for anything?
- What Do You Mean, "System Resources"?: Spent Friday trying to create some posters for work on my PC (which is (a) not a Mac and (b) built specifically for gaming) with a program that was not really designed for such things. So, mostly I spent Friday rebooting my PC and developing a deeper appreciation for my sister's education and talent for graphic design. Also coveting her workstation.
- Puppets: I had the very distinct pleasure of watching the Enchantment Theatre Company's performance of Beauty and the Beast today. If you get a chance to see them perform, I recommend it. They mix traditional theater with puppetry, masks, and magic with truly delightful results. I was able to watch it with the surprise and delight of a child. I may even have been more tickled by it than the 5 year old who went with me.
- Hula Monkey: The Fly Guy holiday greeting has been all over the 'net over the past week, but if you've still managed to miss it, take this chance to check it out. It's a terribly charming time waster. It took me a while to get to the end (yes, there is an end to it), but you may not want to. Really lovely.
- Opinions are like...well, you know: I've added the ability to add comments to each post. Hope y'all will take advantage.
- Carry On, Frodo: If the Lord of the Rings as written by other authors. Discovered this entertaining thread on the Straight Dope message board via Neil Gaiman's Journal. Hard to pick a favorite; I still haven't been through all of them yet (there is hours of reading here). Some clunkers, but mostly clever, funny stuff from some well-read individuals.
- A Chance to Stave Off Regret: If you died tomorrow, what would you regret not saying? Why wait? The Dead Letter Office allows you to write your "beyond the grave" letter candidly. It will be posted on their website with complete anonymity, and you can choose whether to identify yourself or not. There are some really moving letters here (and some silly ones as well). I admit I haven't written a letter for the office. At least not yet. I am still considering... I hate the idea of regret. I think it's a wasteful emotion. We make our decisions and then we live with the consequences. We may not like them, but regretting them, *shrug*. What good does it do? I think I developed this idea fairly young, and mostly thanks to the
I can never regret. I can feel sorrow, but it's not the same thing.
Still, this is a tempting idea...
Even if you don't write anything, there is some great reading to be done here. Niftily (I know, not really a word), they also categorize the letters, so you can read letters that are insightful or funny, or, if you'd rather, heartbreakingly sad.
- Make a Difference: Can't remember where I came across this next link now, I think probably on Metafilter. Regardless of its origins, I thought it was a good idea and I wanted to pass it along: Volunteer Match. Search for Volunteer opportunities in your area, based on location, interest, or duration. They even list "Virtual" opportunities. A great way to match yourself with volunteer opportunities.
- They're a Quarter for a Reason: Pop Culture Boy has a soft spot for "unloved comics", those sad lot of comics in the $.25 cent bin. We can leave a comic book store without stacks of them. They make interesting reading. Most of them are deservedly marked down; some delightfully bad, and some unredeemably dreadful. However, in the back of a particularly uninteresting issue of Cerebus (I sometime like Cerebus, but not often, and this particular issue was bor-ing), I discovered a snippet from Jeff Nicholson's Through the Habitrails. The teaser I read was dark, surreal, compelling and wonderful. Scott Adams has nothing on this guy when it comes to corporate angst. I can't wait to get my greedy little hands on the full length version.
Alright then. It's after 1 AM and I still have laundry to put away (will my laundry never end!), after which I must to bed. (I am not tired, of course, largely due to the fact that I didn't get to bed last night until about 4 this morning (due to an unbelievably fun, all-night, strategy game session), but there is work tomorrow so I must try. And then get the biggest coffee Starbucks will sell me in the morning.)
Christmas Urban Legends Debunked, thanks to the excellent folks at Snopes.
Warning: Music does play when the site loads, but there is an option to turn it off.
(Not to worry, this one is worksafe).
Found on the very cool Small.To.
Miniature Earth is a spiffy little Flash animation that shows statistical trends around the world by compressing the Earth's population into 100 people, and keeping the percentages consistent.
There are some interesting statistics here (some that American's in general should pay particular attention to), and although it is not unbiased in its presentation of these statistics, it doesn't club you over the head with political agenda either.
Found via MetaFilter.
Advertisers are currently testing technology on freeways in California that will scan what radio stations people are listening to, then use that information to determine the demographic, and update billboards accordingly.
I must admit to mixed feelings on this one. I always love to see technology used in cool, new ways, and this is rather innocuous useage. On the other hand, they are more or less spying on you in your own car.
If this is being used my marketers...imagine what other groups might be using the same technology for.
Found via Blogdex.
Who knew so many things could be done to/with Moleskin pants?
Quizzes, actually. And they're up.
Before you start shaking your head at the average knowledge of today's youth, perhaps you should take a look at their textbooks.
Let's hope the teachers know more than the books do.
Found on Fark
I did write my top 10 reasons...but frankly it turned out to be very long and whiny. So I'm not posting it.
The top 10 reasons I am bad at being a woman.
I'd do it now, but I am just too tired.
To those spammers out there:
I DO NOT NEED VIAGRA
I DO NOT WANT TO "GROW [MY] PENIS"
I am a WOMAN
Geeze, if you're going to flood my mailbox, could you at least do it with something I might find interesting?
My Super Villain Active Desktop is still keeping me busy. I've reorganized it a bit, changed some content, and currently have it set to update every 15 minutes. One of these days I'll get around to creating multiple schedules, so I am not updating while I am at work, which is a pointless waste of bandwith.
But Pop Culture Boy can tell you, it looks pretty freaking sweet when updates happen. Unbelivably captivating.
As promised, here is what I'm watching these days (in no particular order):
- Tokyo: view of Tokyo tower
- Associated Press: current front page image
- Manhattan: view at 5th and 45th
- Albert Square: live view from the set of EastEnders
- Paris: The Eiffel Tower. Lovely when lit up at night.
- The Coffee Link: in Bruges, Belgium.
- Live Sun Cam: Not sure how live this is (image hasn't changed recently) but it looks quite cool.
- My local weather: wish this weren't a transparent image. I'd love to set my background to black. *shrug* Oh well.
- The River Thames: London
- Star Wars Action Figure Cam: How could I resist this?
- Japanese Barber Shop Webcam: Exactly what it sounds like. Surprisingly amusing viewing.
- View of Lancaster, PA
- Ghost Cam: Allegedly haunted site in South Wales
- Observatory Cam: View from the Mt. Wilson Observatory in California
- Storm Prediction Center
- Max Headroom: animated gif
- Big Brother static image
- View of Earth from Space
- Nasa TV: Currently set to channel 2
- The People's Cam: Visitors can change the screen saver message.
- BBC News Ticker: BBC headlines right to my desktop. A must since I rarely watch domestic news reports anymore. (Of course earlier today I clicked a (sadly, dead) link for a live Aljareez feed, so I expect the Department for Homeland security to be here any moment.)
- Reuters Desktop Ticker: Well, I didn't say I cut out domesitc news all together,,,
- World Time: Displaying Philadelphia, Bombay, Cairo, London and Tokyo
Once again, I am up well past my bedtime. Go. Activate your desktops. And if you find any interesting webcam sites, send them to me!
It's up. You'll find it on the new Collected Quizzes page. (I take so many of the darn things that they were making a mess of the regular blog space. They demanded a place of their own).
It's no wonder I can't get up in the mornings...I stay up much too late at night. Being nocturnal by nature sure can make professional life a trial. *Sigh* Oh well.
I spent this weekend in holiday panic mode. December came much sooner than expected this year (I'm an expert at losing track of time). I've spent the past week decorating and shopping; and most of last night and today gift wrapping and watching sub-standard Christmas specials. Thank goodness Christmas is only 10 days away. That's about all the holiday spirit I have left.
In addition to holiday madness this weekend (have I mentioned I hate shopping in malls; particularly at Christmas time?), I had the very enjoyable pleasure of seeing Lunch Lady Doris perform. Funny, impressive, moving, and, well, insane, Lunch Lady Doris does what they call ""long form improv". Briefly: they get one suggestion from the audience (at the show this weekend, it was a line from a song), and then they proceed to perform a series of skits and monolouges spinning off that one suggestion for a full hour. Themes and story archs unfold organically and circle in on each other. The process is amazing and breathtaking. If you live in the Philadelphia area, I recommend that you see them if you get the chance. It was $10 and 1 hour well spent.
You may also have noticed that I spent the remainder of the weekend giving Sarcasmo's Corner a slight face-lift. Hopefully this will make the site a bit easier to navigate and read. If you have any suggestions, be sure to post them in the forum or drop me an email. My ISP recently switched servers and have instituted stricter spam blocking measures; so feel free to fill my inbox up. I hardly know what to do with all the extra space.
Enough rambling. It's nigh on 1AM, and I really should get to bed. 'Night!
I have no time to blog in the mornings anymore....
Some quick notes:
Saw Big Trouble in Little China Last Night. What a terrible, terrible movie. Fun...the last 45 minutes or so were wonderfully frivoulous and silly. But the first half...I mean the dialouge sounded like the author wrote it in high school.
Yes, I know, this page is getting crowded with little doohickeys and doo-dads. I sense a redesign in my near future. If I can stop playing Dark Fall long enough to sit down and do it. (This, by the way, is a fantastic game and I suggest you all go out and order it). Plus, two new Stone puzzles! Woo-hoo!
Speaking of doo-hickeys, don't know if I ever explained those "b" symbols are everywhere. It's the Metalinker, brought to you by Think Blank, the same people behind the Secret Santa (I shipped my gift out yesterday). If you click them, you will get a list of other websites linking to the same story.
Got the official word that my job is going permanent in the new year. Hooray! *Does the Health Benefits are mine all mine dance*
And now, for another goofy quiz I found somewhere:
Where Did Your Soul Originate?
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Several days ago, Meme Pool posted this bit of inspired lunacy, and my off-time hasn't been the same since. I barely pay attention to the tv, I forget about laundry that's sitting in the dryer, I hardly even game...why? Because I've been setting my up a
"poor man's official james bond megalomaniacal super-villian world domination mission control video wall"for myself. I currently have it set to update every hour. It was set to every 15 minutes, but that became truly irritating for those times I was actually using the computer to do things.
You can find a picture of my setup here. (Yes, the Max Headroom is an animated gif. Sadly, he does not talk). It includes a world clock (this is cheating, as its an app), two news tickers, local weather, doppler radar, world cams, ghost cam, action figure cam, barber cam and more! I will be adding links to my sources, but right now my World Clock says its well-past time to go to bed!
I'm Veronica Sawyer.
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Lord of the Rings like you've never heard it before; and perhaps like you never should. Funny, though.
This is not work safe listening (unless you have headphones).
For those of you who were kind enough to ask: yes, I did finish my Nanowrimo 2002 project; just under the wire too. If you are terribly bored you can read it here. I must warn you though, that the last few chapters particularly are garbage; its rushed and it didn't feel right when I wrote.
Or it might not be. I haven't gone back and re-read it yet.
I am planning on waiting until January to start the revision process; you know, get ready for the holidays, rest my brain, come back fresh. But my body seems against me. For starters, my sleep schedule is still scrambled. I spent most of the last week of November awake, desperately trying to finish while still enjoying time with family over the holiday. I can't seem to get back in the swing of things. And belive me, you can tell just by looking at me. I have circles under my eyes, and a bit of a dazed expression.
No, really. More dazed than usual.
Secondly, my body and brain don't seem to know what to do with themselves now. I am a night writer; so I did most of my writing in the evenings (or, preferably, when schedule permitted, in the wee hours). So now that I am merely chilling out after work (or trying to do some much needed cleaning) my body is out of sorts and confused. It wants to curl up in unusal positions on the sofa and try to balance the lap top precarious on my lap.
Lastly, I think I miss visiting the world I am on my way to creating. *Sigh* Guess its back to it right away. I can hardly afford to let myself get *more* crazy.
Spiders spin web stretching over sixty acres.
Be sure to check out the Web Of Mystery photos for a peek. Here is a sample/
Found via Weird Links.
Butch Izzard: More likely to wear a leather jacket than a summer frock, you look at things from a more rambunctious and bronzey kind of way. That doesn't mean that you won't sweet-talk someone, it just means you'll find a better innuendo with which to do it. You'd love to have a cup of coffee.
(Ok, so I really got this Eddie Izzard first, but I think this Izzard is more me. Either way though. I love them all. I think he is one of the sexiest men alive. I mean, come on. Just look at that picture!)
take the which one of the trading spaces cast are you? quiz!
Found via Dane Carlson's Weblog::Which * Are You?
Justin Quinnell presents "A Day in the Life of My Mouth."
Please note that these are pictures taken from inside Justin Quinnell's mouth and not my mouth. I don't even know the guy.
Found via B3ta.com
You too friend, could win a chance for you and five members of your family to be eligible to live and work in the USA.
Does it work this way everywhere?
Thanks to Debbie for this thought provoking link
Which HP Kid Are You?
Found Via Dane Carlson's Weblog::Which Are You