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This whole week has been stupidly hot. Day after day of 90 degree heat with high humidity. SO OF COURSE I spent a lot of time outside. Got some free Red Sox tickets from work for Friday night, so I took Patrick. He isn't a baseball fan, but he loves to go to Fenway. I see his point. Games are much more fun in person. The game was pretty interesting up until the end when we lost in extra innings. I haven't been following baseball at all this year so I knew about four players on the field. Still, it was a pretty good time. I had a couple of hot dogs and a couple of ice creams (I counted it as my cheat day). I was pleasantly surprised to find that, while the seats are still TINY, I am not taking up more than my share anymore. So that was a nice discovery.

Saturday was the memorial for my good friend Dan's mother. They had it at the family home, and it wasn't air conditioned so we hovered in the areas with fans and some of us migrated outside. Sweaty! I wore a dress, which I almost never do. It was sleeveless, but since my upper arms are not fit for public consumption, I wore a short-sleeved shrug over it. Yikes! I was running with sweat. It was so nice to see Dan and meet his wife, finally (even under such sad circumstances). They live in NY, so I never see them, and even when they still lived here Dan and I mostly corresponded instead of visited. I don't know how these things happen, how you go from seeing someone to never seeing them, but I still felt the old connection the minute I saw him, so I'm going to have to change that. Face time. That's the ticket.

I had tickets to see Cirque du Soleil ("TOTEM") on Sunday afternoon, so I got up fairly early to get a few things done beforehand. Mom needed a prescription filled for some eyedrops that she needs to take before her surgery on Wednesday, so I walked into town, placed the order, then went over to the Y to get in some bike time. The walk there was just oppressive. So humid out you could taste it in the air. Sun was beating down, too, and every step felt like walking through sand. Man! It was probably a good workout, though. Did 30 minutes on the bike, got the prescription, walked back. DIVED into the shower. Slacked for a bit, then realized I should eat before I went to the show, so out into the heat again for some lunch. Jenn picked me up a bit later and we decided that if the tent that the show was held in wasn't air conditioned, we'd just leave. Because yes the tickets cost $100, but a girl can only take so much.

It was actually chilly inside the tent (and what does THAT cost? I mean, it's a tent. It's not exactly insulated) so that was awesome. I'd never seen a Cirque show in person before, just some stuff on TV, so it was really fun. I kept comparing it in my head to the Olympics, because it seems like the Cirque circuit might be where failed Olympic wannabes end up. Then again, their synchronized stuff is probably way more precise than the Olympians are...anyway, with the exception of some Native Americans on roller skates and some...ugh...CLOWNS, the whole thing was delightfully strange and incomprehensible and fun. The plot is supposedly about evolution, but there was something with aliens and something with more aliens later, and there was a speed boat and some monkeys and frog-people and a starman and I dunno. But it was eye-candy, that's for sure. I posted a location update on Facebook and oddly one of my FB friends was also there. We waved at each other across the tent (I waved my phone so they'd spot us), so that was cute. We didn't discover our mutual presence until almost the end of the 30 minute intermission, or I'd have gone over to visit.

Today was much less hot, so I managed to get the shopping done and so forth without any stress. I was pretty tired by the end of the day, though, so I didn't manage to get to the Y for weights class. Ah well, it'll be there next time.

So that's my latest. I am ignoring thinking about my training thing until work tomorrow, because tomorrow Theresa is back from her two week vacation, and she's the Laurie-whisperer in the department. If anyone can calm me down, it's Theresa.
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My weekend consisted of a reasonably productive couple of days. Yesterday I managed to get some cleaning done including washing the kitchen floor, then I watched Hugo (which was oh so good!), and did a bunch of reading. Today was chores-tastic: After showering and loading the car up, I spent the next four hours doing recycling at the city yard, having lunch, getting my hair cut, going bathing suit shopping (and finding one that I didn't loathe, so yay!), returning cans, going to Coinstar with my change cup contents (yay new kindle books now), returning Redbox, grocery shopping, and other quick errands. Came home and put the groceries away, got dinner going, loaded the dishwasher, paid bills, chatted with Patrick.

Earlier part of the week was pretty standard. On my work from home day this week I managed to watch three movies while I worked: The Thing (2011), In Time, and The Whistleblower. They were all better than I thought they'd be, so that was good. The Thing wasn't as good as the original by any stretch, however. There are only two ways monster movies seem to deal with the monster, these days: you either never see any of the monster at all, or you see too much of the monster. This was a too much situation, totally — all thrashy tentacles and gaping maw. Kinda boring, really. Nice that there was a female hero, however, a la Ripley. The Whistleblower was depressing, but gripping. Rachel Weisz was good as always, but since the plot was about human trafficking there wasn't much she could do to perk it up and make it less than grim. And In Time was better than the reviews, although a lot of that was because of Justin Timberlake's personal charisma, and because the plot was interesting. The dialog needed a lot of work, and the female lead could have used a bit more...something. I dunno. It didn't really stay with me, but Justin was better than I expected, so that was a pleasant surprise. Had to see it, what with the Harlan Ellison early controversy. He apparently dropped his lawsuit after seeing it, which sounds to me like a bad review. Anyway, go-to futurey sci-fi actors Cillian Murphy, Vincent Kartheiser and Olivia Wilde gamely made appearances, which upped the pretty quotient of the film by an acceptable amount. (when your entire cast has to look 25 years old or less, probably makes casting a challenge)

On Thursday I decided to take a walk at lunchtime and ended up over at the Museum of Science. There's some fun stuff there: they have a live gekko exhibit, with 30 or so different types of gekkos all in little unique habitats. That was pretty neat. There was also a museum guide carrying around a gekko to let visitors see one up close. Cute! That's one of the changing exhibit halls, from what I could tell. So many others seem to remain encased in amber. I couldn't believe that the main "habitat" exhibit hasn't changed much since I was a kid. I mean, I first saw that moose in probably 1970, when I was six! There's a sign identifying the moose habitat as dating from 1962, so I'm not exaggerating. A lot of the stuff is the same — the shuttle model, the capsule, the dinosaur models, etc. And the math room hasn't changed in at least 35 years, not to my eyes, anyway. But it's all still charming, and sort of comforting. There may be advances in science every day, but our little museum will do its part to stem the tide...

Later was dinner at Patrick's, much chatting, and Revenge. I don't know how many more eps there can be of Revenge, but it's pretty consistently AWESOME, so who cares? I heard that next season will be an entirely different cast and plot, like American Horror Story, so that is good. It also means anyone can be pushed off a cliff at any time. Also good.

Saw a very exciting number on my scale this morning. Let's hope it repeats! It would mean 75 pounds. It would be my first major goal reached, too. Which means a hot fudge sundae at Friendly's.

Kidding.

Sorta.
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So Kottke linked to this fun tool and I just had to play:

19501960
19661978
19841996


It's amazing how I never age, right? I miss the 70s; I loved that 'fro!
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Darwin-Free Fun with Creationists

This reads like an Onion article, but lo, it's the Times! So many funny quotes...

"...You're missing 98 percent of the population if you only go the intellectual route."
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I spent a tiny chunk of today not doing work and doing these instead: Some math/logic problems.

Ok, a couple were easy. I managed to answer 3, 4, 6, 7, 8, 9, 10, 11, 12 pretty easily. I was too lazy to do 13, because that was all math and I was tired by then. #1 I finally cheated on. #5 I got wrong -- and there's a huge argument on the answer page where some guy argues the way I would have if A. this hadn't already happened, and B. I was a lot smarter.

#2 I still don't understand. I have never been able to do probability-type logic problems. I like ones were I can draw them on paper (or today, in Powerpoint) and work them out.

And #14 is a cheat; my answer was to get a friend to stand upstairs, duh! But their answer is clever...and cheating!

Answers here, but try them first, they're fun!
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Happy Birthday [livejournal.com profile] cicadabug!!


Do something fun today! Possibly involving sleep. Definitely involving cake.
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I'm a little bit addicted to YouTube lately, so pardon me -- I know this is all over the place today. I just can't resist little nuggets of joy like this one, a remixed movie trailer for The Ten Commandments. Yul and Charlton are rival "kids" in the local high school.

Shades of "The Shining Redux"!! (which was more brilliant, of course)

Yeesh!

May. 11th, 2006 11:41 pm
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A new report of the most dangerous roads/intersections in Massachusetts, and hey, I drive numbers 1 and 41 and every single day, and numbers 6, 10, 11, 16, 22 (Medford), 24, and 36 many times per week. That's 9 out of the top 40!

Apparently Massachusettes has the lowest rate of car crash fatalities (p. 164) in the country -- probably because we're so damned busy sitting in traffic and filling out insurance forms for all of our damned fender benders we don't have TIME to die. I feel bad for Wyoming (32.38 fatalities per 100,000 people!).

So we crash a lot, but don't die. And yet Massachusetts has a rep for having terrible drivers. It's a red state conspiracy!
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Stolen outright from metafilter:

The characters of Battlestar Galactica drawn as Simpsons characters! I like Adama and President Roslin the best, I think. Although I'm pretty fond of Dee with Lee and Billy and leashes...and the baby "toaster" is a riot.

I guess some of the drawings are sort of spoiler-y, so be wary if you aren't caught up...
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This is exactly how I feel about Zombies!
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I don't know why, but the Park Slope area of Brooklyn seems to be stalking me lately! First some of the various apartments in the apartment site that [livejournal.com profile] livingdeb linked to are in Park Slope; then a few days ago I was listening to the radio and they had a cutesy story about a bar in the Park Slope area that had a happy hour for parents every week — that they can bring their small children to. And now THIS, a classic email list exchange between various parents from the Park Slope area — all about a hat.

Park Slope, BACK OFF! I don't like you like that! Can't we just be friends?
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Brawny Innocent Escapes: Pretty awesome. There's apparently a whole series of them but I can't seem to find a directory. However, if you change the number in the URL (i.e., from "37" to say "33") you'll get different clips.

When corporations get weird!
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"Cheney's Got a Gun!" (MP3)

"... Cindy Sheehan better run..."
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Ha! Cheney jokes from late night hosts. You know comedians must wet themselves in sheer joy over this stuff!

Edited to add my favorite so far: (Jon Stewart) "Now, this story certainly has its humorous aspects. ... But it also raises a serious issue, one which I feel very strongly about. ... Moms, dads, if you're watching right now, I can't emphasize this enough: Do not let your kids go on hunting trips with the vice president. I don't care what kind of lucrative contracts they're trying to land, or energy regulations they're trying to get lifted -- it's just not worth it."

Red Square

Feb. 3rd, 2006 01:32 pm
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Thanks to [livejournal.com profile] p_j_cleary for this time sink: Red Square game. It's got a certain Pong sensibility, but sort of a Zen Pong.
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(via Kottke) Yow! Fan video of William Shatner's rendition of "Lucy in the Sky with Diamonds." Yow!
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Those two chinese kids that were rockin' out to BSB previously now have their own blog. Many many videos: http://twochineseboys.blogspot.com/

Edited to add: Ok, it gets a bit much after a while. But how long-suffering is the guy on the computer BEHIND them?
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SNL rap about a lazy Sunday afternoon.

USB Drives

Jan. 7th, 2006 09:25 pm
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The Top 10 Weirdest USB Drives -- All of these are geared to how they look sticking out of your computer, and include a rubber ducky, bottle of sake, some sushi, and a human thumb. Those are all actual products one could purchase -- and then there's the one-off Barbie USB...rip off her head and stick her stump into your computer. Fun!
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Joss writes about the future of television: "Shows will be stored in the pancreas and will enter the brain through the bloodstream after being downloaded into your iHole."

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