I once got to visit the library at Trinity College in Dublin. It houses manuscripts dating back to the 16th century, including some exquisite hand-written Celtic books. The library proper has bookshelves two stories high. I stood between the long rows of books, gazing at the hundreds and hundreds of leather spines, and found myself […]
Month: November 2007
1,168,440How Many Germs Live On Your Keyboard? That’s my keyboard at work. 1,617,840How Many Germs Live On Your Keyboard? And that’s my keyboard at home. I guess I need to stop eating at the computer. But before you get all grossed out, this is how germy I am: See? That bar thingy doesn’t go up […]
Facebook: Crash and burn
“Please tell us why you are deactivating your account.” I selected, “I don’t find it useful”. Facebook then informed me that if I connected with more friends I probably would. No, Facebook. The few friends I had connected with were sending virtual drinks and teddy bears and graffiti and hugs and group messages all over […]
The perfect gadget!
I am never the first one to jump on the gadget bandwagon. I was not the first to buy an iPod, the iPod I do have must be four years old by now and doesn’t do color, photos or video, and I am not likely to buy an iPhone. But the Amazon Kindle e-Book Reader […]
Lady in red*
Paula, who prefers purple and who inspired me to do this blogtest, needs orange. Very well. What do I need? You Need Some Red in Your Life Red will make you feel energetic, passionate, and determined. And with a little red, you will project an aura of warmth. If you want to feel intensely, you’ve […]
That’s it for NaNoWriMo for this year. I got stuck – partly because I didn’t do an outline or anything, and partly because I, well, got bored with it. I don’t write the way the writers I like write. Anyway, I’ve rather suspected that my strength is not in fiction, but in non-fiction. And while […]
Sweet hippo story
Granted, there are many cute animal stories around. Me, I don’t often get as good a look at a hippo as in this video, and it was fascinating to watch her behavior around people and dogs. A very sweet story.
Ooh, there’s another group! What an interesting title! What are they talking about! Oh, I want to reply to that! My meandering around on Facebook tonight has been reminiscent of when I first got a computer at home with a modem and the world wide web waiting for me to dial, 10 years ago. I […]
A different horoscope
The above is sun sign astrology, but it uses keywords and phrases I haven’t come across before, and is breaks with the stereotype. The above fits me, with a few exceptions: “Nice to everyone” is a goal not a fact (I’m still too irritable), and I am definitely not soft-spoken. Also, I’m not sure about […]
Facebook, part 2
Facebook. I just don’t get it.
I already turned down one friend who invited me to befriend her on Facebook, and now here comes another. So why don’t I sign up so I can see what they’re up to? Because, honestly, after years of web use, there are so many places I’m registered with and ditto number of passwords to remember. […]
I ran into a former neighbor yesterday, picking up my new LaCie D2 Quadra, and we stood in the snow talking for a good while about the weather. It is just about zero Celsius and snow is coming down. The first snow of the season is usually wet and fleeting, but it looks like this […]
The Roman Empire still exists
Disclaimer thingy: I am writing about this because of something I learned during our last class, something relevant to today’s political and cultural maps. If you want an actual history lesson with dates and stuff, try Wikipedia. The rise and fall of the Roman empire did not happen with any single event. The fall was […]
Instead of writing
on my novel, I’ve let myself be distracted by Google sets (via Paula. The trick is to do as Paula did, and ignore Google’s example of a set. I entered “cat” and “angels” and got a list of things that fly, including “cars” (must be the DeLorean) and “Buddha”. (I’m sure cat + angel = […]
Now, what did I come in here for?
I know there was something I wanted to say, but darned if I can remember… What follows is blogpost padding. Read at your own peril. I re-read the book “You Are All Sanpaku” which has made me somewhat paranoid, and very curious about other people’s eyes. I’m also eating a lot of brown rice. The […]
Ack, trivial pursuit!
I’m supposed to be writing a novel. So what happens? My curiosity, as usual, gets the better of me and I end up delightedly poking around in this map and blogpost. So Rivendell was in Norway… That puts an interesting slant on things. And in other news: The Indians almost had a state. I didn’t […]
Shamelessly stolen from Paula (who, I admit, is my mentor in all this. Bet you didn’t know that, Paula!). Now to get that percentage into the double digits (like Paula).
The Whale and the Hockey Stick
The title of this blogpost happens to be the title of my work-in-progress (WIP) at NaNoWriMo (see widget to the left). It’s actually the whimsical title of a couple of galaxies, which was the Astronomy Picture of the Day on October 12. For lack of a better title for a WIP, I stole this. I […]