Friday, August 31, 2007

Another Music Activity

Comment and I'll give you a letter. In your journal, list 10 of your favorite songs that begin with that letter.

I was given the letter "M"

In no particular order:

1. Mississippi- Sheryl Crow (or Bob Dylan)
2. Manic Monday- The Bangles
3. Morning Song- Jewel
4. Most Likely You'll Go Your Way and I'll Go Mine- Bob Dylan
5. Make You Feel My Love-Bob Dylan (Billy Joel's version isn't bad either)
6. Martha Say-John Mellencamp
7. My Back Pages-Bob Dylan (or any version really)
8. Most of the Time- Sophie Zelmani (Or Dylan)
9. Mother-John Lennon
10. Magic-Paul McCartney

Sunday, August 26, 2007

The Art of the Impossible

Good book but anyway not the point of this post. Yesterday, we went to the Sidewalk Art Festival downtown where there are artists of various quality and prestige selling their creations. They basically shut down the street alolwing people to walk up and down in the street to view the art. Even though it's gone on a good chunk of my life I've never actually gone. Of course, I live right here now.

We arrived home to great news. My copy of Harry Potter finally arrived! I haven't had a lot of time to read so I'm only on Chapter 3 but hopefully that will change soon.

We actaully had a couple of young and single people in church today so things may be looking up in the friend, maybe more, department as well...

I don't think this quiz is all that accurate but then I don't think of KJ Kofsuske as a kangaroo either so...




You're an Oyster!

You don't have a ton of complexity or identity on your own, so you've
made an effort to focus on making a nice and sturdy house. It gives you the
appearance of being interesting as well as a good place to hide from your critics
and those who might expose your secrets. At least you can remind us all of what
humble beginnings we've all come from. People associate you with really good
crackers.



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Friday, August 24, 2007

There's Only One Way To Rock

Last night, there was an Alumni Happy Hour put on by my college at a restaurant downtown so I went. The music was great as was the appetizers and beer. I went over to give my drink order and I couldn't think of anything. I mean I wasn't craving anything in particular so I asked the waitress what she recommended. She said they just got some new Sam Adams Octoberfest so I just went with that. Most of the TVs in the room we were in was tuned in for the Red Sox game but it was raining so hard in Chicago, I knew they'd never get the game in. I had a great time but left early as there was no one I knew who attended. My class sucks...

I overslept this morning by about an hour but somehow we managed to get the section of inventory done anyway as it wasn't as bad as it looked and there was still time for a little shelving.

I admit I'm more extroverted than I use to be but I can't believe I'm this extroverted. (I think it's the fact that I'm not scared of social situations; I just generally don't like them. There is a difference!):


Your Score: Cookie Monster


You scored 37% Organization, 60% abstract, and 64% extroverted!



This test measured 3 variables.

First, this test measured how organized you are. Some Muppets like Cookie Monster make big messes, while others like Bert are quite anal about things being clean.

Second, this test measured if you prefer a concrete or an abstract viewpoint. For the purposes of this test, concrete people are considered to gravitate more to mathematical and logical approaches, whereas abstract people are more the dreamers and artistic type.

Third, this test measured if you are more of an introvert or an extrovert. By definition, an introvert concentrates more on herself and an extrovert focuses more on others. In this test an introvert was somebody that either tends to spend more time alone or thinks more about herself.

You are more sloppy, both concrete and abstract, and about equally introverted and extroverted.

Here is why are you Cookie Monster.

You are both sloppy. You might not always know where everything you need is. Perhaps you don't even care. Hopefully you don't shovel food into your mouth at least.

You both are partially concrete and abstract thinkers. Cookie Monster knows what he wants (cookies!) and he consistently works toward that goal. However he comes up with imaginative and unusual strategies in pursuit of that goal. You have a good balance in your life. You know when to be logical at times, but you also aren't afraid to explore your dreams and desires... within limits of course.

You are both somewhat introverted. Cookie Monster might not have the most sophisticated syntax, but he does have some friends. He is close with Ernie. You probably like to have some time to yourself, but you do like spending time with your friends, and you aren't scared of social situations.


The other possible characters are
Oscar the Grouch
Big Bird
Snuffleupagus
Ernie
Elmo
Kermit the Frog
Grover
The Count
Guy Smiley
Bert

Hey, don't be a grouch! If you liked the test, let others know by rating it below. Feel free to vote for your favorite character too.

Link: The Your SESAME STREET Persona Test written by greencowsgomoo on OkCupid Free Online Dating, home of the The Dating Persona Test

Sunday, August 19, 2007

Books!

So first off, I was notified of a refund by Amazon for that damn book with no questions asked and the same day I filed it at that! I wonder if that seller had other complaints. They certainly don't mess around. I also won a copy of the book on eBay for a about a dollar less so good news all around there.

Over the past couple of months or so I've been reading the Star Trek: Crucible trilogy. I think it would be best to go in-depth about each book seperately.

McCoy: Provenance of Shadows was the first boook and probably the best of the three. In the episode "City on the Edge of Forever," which the trilogy has a base, McCoy goes back in time to the 1930's and changes history. Kirk and Spock go back to stop him. This book delves into the lives of the McCoy that changed history in the span of the 30's to the '50's and the McCoy who was stopped and brought back to the ship. I liked the fact it had his daughter Joanna in it and explained such things as why he happended to be on the Enterprise-D in "Encounter at Farpoint."

The second, and probably second best, was Spock: The Fire and The Rose. Overall, this was a great book explaining how Spock became an ambassador and how he dealt with Kirk's suppposed death abouard the Enterprise-B. Having him fall in love with a human actually makes more sense in some ways than bonding him to Saavik as some books have suggested so I didn't have a problem with that. The one thing I didn't like was how the author killed off his mother Amanda. A shuttle accident? Come on! One of my favorite books is Sarek by AC Crispin. In that book, she dies of old age with her husband refusing to cut his diplomatic work short. Her death scene was much more powerful with her craving a cheeseburger on her deathbed.(Vulcans are vegetarians so she had adopted her husband's beliefs.)

The third and final book, which I finished just this morning, was Kirk:The Star to Every Wandering. The shortest and least satisfying book. Maybe it was because unlike the other two books, the author had to invent a plot where, in the previous two books, the plot was laid out for him. In this book, to prevent a large portion of the galaxy from being destroyed, Kirk had to basically undo his part in Star Trek: Generations without rewriting history. I contend he actaully did change history if only minorly so. I don't know if you could go without reading this book if you just read the other two or not but I do know you have to read the other two to understand the reasoning behind this one...

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Tuesday, August 14, 2007

Just Two Quick Things and a Quiz

1. Guess what didn't come in the mail to day and guess who now has to bitch?

2. My boss at the library said to me as I left this morning that I was "first on her list to be hired if she had money." Which, of course, she does not but I greatly appreciate the sentiment anyway...


Your Score: Lurch!


Our test has determined that you possess
32% Hellbentness, 19% Sanguinity, and 41% Creeps!
Well done!



"Youuu Raaang?" Our test has determined that your Proto-Goth icon match is Lurch!

Lurch, the butler for the Addams family, is our test's Eidolon of Creepitude. While personifying the image of a "gentle giant" (he plays harpsichord!), his great stature and quiet, zombielike nature always manage to make the "normals" feel unsettled and ill-at-ease. Little is known of his past and if asked about him, Morticia gets a strange glimmer in her eye and says only, ?A shovel, a grave, and a cute little book bound in human skin that my father gave me when I was a child; one of my fondest memories.? Lurch was a wedding present to Gomez from Morticia and her Grand Ma-ma; they exhumed him from the local cemetery and brought him to life via magical incantations.

The Lurch Files website has the following to say about him: "In truth, without the faithful Butler, the Addams mansion would probably be a cheerful place to live (eegads.. perish that thought!!)."

Link: The what Proto-Goth Icon are you? Test written by anastasia_x on OkCupid Free Online Dating, home of the The Dating Persona Test

Monday, August 13, 2007

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Which Han Solo are you?




You are Sarcastic Han Solo. No matter how dire the situation, you can always come up with something witty to say. You know how to look at life with a sense of humor and you don't take it too seriously. You may get on people's nerves at times, but they're thankful to have you around to offer lightness to a situation.
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Saturday, August 11, 2007

Stardust In Your Eye

This afternoon, we went to see the movie Stardust with some dude I've never heard of, Claire Danes, Michelle Pfeiffer, Nathaniel Parker (Inspector Lynley Mysteries), and Robert DeNiro. I thought the best DeNiro role was in Showtime, Meet the Parents or Analyze This but Captain Shakespeare is the role. While not Shatner-fall-off-the-couch funny, it was so good... Claire Danes was radiant as ever but given the role shouldn't we expect this? I think the witches were a bit too Witches of Eastwick but I suppose that's better than something better known so take the comment how you will... I suppose I'm a sucker for fantasy adventure but this movie was very good. My biggest nitpick was it seemed a bit too long but it's hard translating books on screen. You either make it short leaving too much out or you have this. I haven't actually read the book so it might be option three. I'm not sure how they'll do a sequel but The Never Ending Story II exists so...

In other news, still no word on that damn book but the last day of estimated delivery is Tuesday. I know I didn't pre-order and went through an affiliate but shouldn't they have re-stocked by now?

Wednesday, August 08, 2007

Nothing Of Too Much Import.

My parents, having finished up their jobs but not their packing, came up to visit yesterday into today. My mother wanted to pick up a new cell phone so perspective churches could get ahold of her so we three went to the mall for lunch.

Last night, my aunt had tickets for a Seadogs game to make up for the one that was rained out so the six of us (including her co-worker and my parents) went. Despite their closer or whomever that was in the 9th inning blowing the game by giving up 5 runs. It was an awesome time. The best part I think was when they played "Sweet Caroline" and everyone in the stadium sang along although their were many other classic moments.(Speaking of sports, Curt Schilling stunk the other day. Surprise surprise.)

Before the 'rents headed back to resume packing, my father picked me up at work today and took me to my grandmother's for lunch. And, yay, my cousin had gone home yesterday! Woo Hoo!

Thursday, August 02, 2007

I Do Actually Have Stuff To Write About.

First, even though I think many of you already know this, at least two of you dear readers do not so here it goes: the countdown for my parents last Sunday in CT has officially begun. Yes, my father has a new job in Ellsworth, ME starting later on this month. Before you ask, no, they'll be only an hour closer to me. My mother is still looking for work but I think something will turn up. This of course means that my two CT readers will not likely see me in person any time soon unless you come to me which you're welcome to do so.

The Boston sports world has been interesting as of late. The Sox picking up Eric Gagne is a cool move and I think trading Dave Murphy was probably a good move as the major league squad has Coco and his phenom Jacoby Ellsbury in the wings so we can part with a center fielder. I am not happy about them giving Kason Gabbard. I don't think Schilling will be as good as the management apparently thinks he is. We'll have to see of course but I'm already gritting my teeth.

On the basketball front, the Celtics picking up Kevin Garnett to have a "Big Three" if you will was also an interesting move. Given the lackluster quality of the division they're in, they should do well. As my father said the other day, I may want to watch a game for more than a minute without getting totally disgusted. I can't tell you how long it's been since I actually cared about this sport. Hell, the best thing about the b-ball Hall of Fame is Max's Tavern...

Today at work, in addition to the inventory and assigning call numbers, I also learned how to pack in-state Inter-library Loan (ILL) packages. I stayed about 4 hours today which is the most I've stayed yet.
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