For the Congress to get a clue
My dream job
Daily Show DVD
A snazzy scarf
Colbert Report DVD
The top five on my Amazon WishList
For my family to get along
Friday, December 28, 2007
12/30/07 Update: How perfect - my sweetie came up as Spidey! You may remember that in the super villain test he came up as The Joker (which was why I cracked that our kid would be called Dark Humor). Obviously I married a guy with a funny bone. Spidey was always my favorite comic book hero because of his clever lines. In fact, the first toy I remember picking out for myself was a small Spiderman. My mother, who wanted me to be a girly girl, was probably traumatized. Little did she know at the time that it was because I planned on growing up to marry him.
Monday, December 24, 2007
- (Everybody's Waitin' For) The Man With the Bag - Brian Setzer Orchestra
- Good King Wenceslas - Bing Crosby
- What a Wonderful World - Louis Armstrong
- Baby, It's Cold Outside - Al Hirt & Ann-Margret
- Winter Wonderland - Aretha Franklin
- It Came Upon a Midnight Clear - Frank Sinatra
- Santa Claus is Coming to Town - The Pointer Sisters
- Joy to the World - Nat King Cole
- Jingle Bells - Bing Crosby
- Frosty the Snow Man - Harry Connick, Jr.
December 2007 Holidays Past
4th-12th Hannukah (Festival of Lights, sundown to sundown)
21st Winter Solstice (Are you having a cool Yule?)
23rd Festivus (Did you engage in Feats of Strength and Air Your Grievances?)
December 2007 Holidays Upcoming
26th Boxing Day
26th & Jan 1st Junkanoo
26th- Jan 1st Kwanzaa
31st New Year's Eve
We are still in full cookie baking swing here since there are, you know, twelve days to Christmas. And you need cookies to make it through all those days. (Do you celebrate Twelfth Night on January 5th? It's a day of feasting, you know.)
Our cookie collection thus far includes:
- Sugar Cookies
- Butter Cookies
- Chocolate Chip
- Norwegian Lace
- Black & Whites
- Frosted Cranberry-Orange Cookies
- Chewy Coconut-Orange Macaroons
- French Lemon Wafers
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Sunday, December 23, 2007
We've been talking about Herger's lineage lately. We had assumed when we adopted him that he was some sort of Norwegian Elkhound mix. But we have always wondered if he actually has some wolf or coyote in there somewhere. After reading The Daily Coyote, and seeing all of the pictures, I began to wonder more seriously about a coyote connection. As well as being shy Herger is also brilliant, touchy, and has incredible focus. And he sits goofy, just like Charlie (pose 1, pose 2).
Oh, and that fluffy 100+ lbs. goof behind him is our shepherd/ collie mix Gitta. You saw her puppy picture back in 2005 on the Thoughts (that picture actually dates to 2002).
Frog will often come to guide you when there is an unexpected change about to happen in your life. Frog can guide you to wisdom that will help you find a path after great change. Frog is very sensitive to your emotions and will direct you as to how to keep your emotions in balance.Although I can't know the mind of the director - and I haven't read the book yet, in case it is detailed in there - I have to believe that the usage was somewhere along these lines.
Does anyone else have anything they can add to this?
Saturday, December 22, 2007
3/28/08 Update**Are you looking for the lyrics to John Lennon's "Imagine"? You can find them here.**
Good news? I'm highly creative and can express myself in words. Bad news? I may trip over my own shoelaces and kill myself. In fact, with that logic score I guess I should be proud I figured that out on my own...
Honestly, I didn't realize how progressive we were in our household. We've been online at home since the early 90s.
Oh, and pretend that I put a banal anecdote about my pets here.
Thursday, December 20, 2007
Wednesday, December 19, 2007
After teaching a class of high school girls in the Young Adult Writer Program he writes:
The last exercises generated renovated fairy stories approximately 4856394562 times better than the usual retellings I get for Clarkesworld in the slush.In the Clarkesworld submission guidelines:
A cover letter is what you wear and how you groom yourself for a job interview. It is your first impression.
Go Away Before I Taunt You - We're #1! (Because of this post.)
Drunko the Clown Shirts - We're #2. (Thanks Nevsky. That was one of your old posts in 2003.)
Stuck in My Head Again Lyrics - The Thoughts are at #3.
Ghost Hunters Fan Fiction - We're #4. (If you want some, I researched it here.)
Penguin vacuum - We come in at #5!
Doobie Brothers Blogspot - The Thoughts come in at #6.
Monday, December 17, 2007
Sunday, December 16, 2007
The lines are delivered by Hugo the Abominable Snowman in the episode The Abominable Snow Rabbit.
- You can listen to the wav file for "Just what I always wanted. My own little bunny rabbit. I will name him George. And I will hug him and pet him and squeeze him." (And some other lines from the episode.)
- You can buy the action figure.
- You can read about the episode at The Big Cartoon Database. (And watch the video if you register and log in.)
- But right now you can NOT watch the video on YouTube because Warner Bros. doesn't realize that the world is changing.
If you've ever been by the blog I don't need to explain to you that we are HUGE geeks. The movie started on 12/18/2002, a Wednesday, and our movie house started with a 12:05 am show. We caught that one, slept a couple of hours, went to work, and then hit two more showings - technically seeing it three times on opening day. (And then went to work again on Thursday.) Yes, I know it is a three hour movie. No, I'm not kidding or miscounting. Nine hours of movie, plus time in line, etc., etc.
I remember dozing through the Battle of Helms Deep on the third showing. I never sleep through movies so it was very surreal to me. As a consequence of that insanity whenever I hear the Battle of Helms Deep scenes now I get sleepy.
Yes, the pinnacle of battle coolness in LOTR makes me stifle a yawn and consider taking a nap. No matter what time of day it is.
I learned my lesson. And asked for time off when Return of the King opened. What, wait for the weekend to see it? You've got to be joking.
From what I can tell, Sting didn't start making literary/intellectual references in his music until the 1980 album Zenyatta Mondatta where "Don't Stand So Close to Me" referred to Lolita. He was also trying to say something with "De Do Do Do, De Da Da Da."
I was trying to make an intellectual point about how the simple can be so powerful.By the album Ghost in the Machine in 1981 (the title itself refers to a book by Koestler), Sting had gone into full intellectual reference mode. "Spirits in the Material World" explores the Koestler work of the album title. "Invisible Sun" is a concept mentioned and footnoted in that book. "Secret Journey" is about a different work, called Meetings with Remarkable Men.
The album Synchronicity, of course, references Jung. There's a little shout out to Greek mythology (and geography) by mentioning the Scylla and Charybdes in "Wrapped Around Your Finger."
So, we have references to literature, mysticism, psychology, and mythology. But no Nietzsche. Maybe if the band had stayed together for one more album we would have had a release called "Übermensch" or "God is Dead." But I doubt it. I don't think that Nietzsche's inherently aggressive stance on.... well, just about anything, would appeal to Sting. If he were to explore a philosopher I would expect to see something more like the airy intellectualism of George Berkeley. If Sting releases an album called "Esse est percipi" just remember that you read it here first.
Saturday, December 15, 2007
People blaming inanimate objects for their problems and looking to invisible men in the sky to solve them.
Can't even begin to understand that.
Soogle Strikes Again - Recent Searches Solved
The Unitarian song still makes me laugh... The search post being searched seems like looking in a mirror in a mirror in a mirror... But it proves that once people are looking for something they will keep looking for it.
Another search that came in this week pointed out that... we're still #1 in Colbert Fan Fiction! That's my Wikiality, baby!
Yes, I know, there are only about two paragraphs of Stephen vs. the Factinistas. But obviously the agreed upon reality - Wikiality - is that WE ARE NUMBER ONE!!!
Because Stephen would have wanted it that way.
Friday, December 14, 2007
- I Really Don't Know Anymore ~ Christopher Cross
- Strange Magic ~ Electric Light Orchestra
- Blue Sky ~ Allman Brothers
- 25th December ~ Everything But The Girl
- Walk on Water ~ Aerosmith
- This Is Your Life ~ En Vogue
- No Tell Lover ~ Chicago
- A Kiss to Build a Dream On ~ Louis Armstrong
- Higher ~ Creed
- Oh God (Prayer) ~ Annie Lennox
Thursday, December 13, 2007
So I was intrigued when I saw that someone had stumbled upon TTGSiMH by using the search terms "doodle test patterns personality." I thought 'Yes! What about doodling and personality?' So I went hunting. The BBC has some advice on Doodle Analysis, including symbolism. There is also Anna Koren's Graphology page for Doodles. And About.com has a page on Doodle Interpretation.
Personally I mostly doodle across the top and down the left hand side of the page. According to the links, that means that I am "an energetic, free-thinking, spiritual person" (top) but also affected by "the past, nostalgia or regret. It may indicate apprehensiveness for the future" (left). Fortunately they point out what I was thinking about the left side of the page, "separated by a margin, or with punched holes waiting to be decorated - is also prime doodling real estate." If you have any sense of space it is just the easier place to doodle.
My most common doodle when at work is of repeating geometric patterns, especially triangles. "Regular patterns from geometric shapes tend to indicate an organised and efficient mind. Triangles are a geometrically stable shape but also suggest direction and sense of purpose."
I also like to doodle vines and flowers. Anna Koren tells me that means I'm "friendly, sociable (motifs used extensively by social workers), sensitive, humane, warm, open."
I couldn't find any references to tell me what it means when I doodle Garfield and have him say something sarcastic about the meeting topic.
Tuesday, December 11, 2007
|You Should Have a Blue Christmas Tree|
For you, the holidays represent a time of calm, understanding, and peace.
You avoid family fights, and you don't get too stressed out - even when things are crazy!
You like to make Christmas about making everyone's life a little bit better.
You don't get caught up in greed or commercialism. You're too sincere for that.
Your blue tree would look great with: Lots of silver tinsel
You should spend Christmas Eve watching: It's a Wonderful Life
What you should bake for Santa: Chocolate chip cookies
So you won't be surprised to know that recently I've watched "It's a Wonderful Life" and baked chocolate chip cookies. Not at the same time, though. "While You Were Sleeping" is my official Christmas Cookie Baking movie.
My husband's results:
|You Should Have a White Christmas Tree|
For you, the holidays represent joy and sprituality.
The true meaning of Christmas is important to you - even if you're not religious.
The holidays are a time of reflection for you.
You like to spend time thinking about what's important in life.
Your white tree would look great with: Bright, bold ornaments
You should spend Christmas Eve watching: The Nativity Story
What you should bake for Santa: Sugar cookies - served up with a tall glass of milk
Monday, December 10, 2007
Rule #6 (and Redux): "Politics is the enemy of good government."
Rule #7: "The biggest detriment to public service is the public."
Rule #8: - "The second biggest detriment to public service is the service."
Rule #9: "There's a reason; there's ALWAYS a reason."
Rule #10: "The Law is a harsh mistress: The rigorous and exacting application of which can benefit of society when used correctly to advance good policy and block bad, and be the bane of society when used incorrectly to advance bad policy and block good."
Special note: when I googled rule #7 to see if I could find a full post about it I got the following bloggers commenting on it.
- Interchangeable Parts: Pensgirl references it in the comments. Without a link!
- Wired Blogs, February 2006: Bureaucrats Have More Rules Than Forecasters, where he says that he would have made #7 the #1 Rule (and back when there were only 15 Rules)
- Miniver Cheevy, prompted by the Wired Blogs and links back to the Notorious ADB
In order to understand this joke you need to know the idiom going to hell in a handbasket.
Thus the implicit meaning of the joke, which is usually on a t-shirt or bumper sticker, is that the person "saying" it so clueless that they don't realize that everything is going straight to hell. The "voice" of the joke comes off as rather innocent and trapped in their circumstances. Contrariwise, the people who display the joke aren't being innocent, they are being ironic and sarcastic. They are indicating that they *know* everything is going straight to hell.
Sunday, December 9, 2007
All of that time in the layover, though, gave me an opportunity to hear about the trials and tribulations being suffered by my fellow travelers. And there were some doozies. Canceled flights had abounded the day before and the airlines hadn't covered hotels or anything. And now here they were with a morning of cancelations and changes. Yikes.
*I hadn't mentioned it before, but on the outgoing flight I had been TOO LATE to check in for the first time in my life. I'm usually two hours early. Without complaint or charge they rebooked me into a flight leaving a half hour later - and whose connection landed five minutes earlier. Three flights were supposed to dump luggage onto the same conveyor and my bag was literally the first one down the chute.
being evoked by the scene in front of me. A certain boisterousness,
enjoying those minutes before the problems of the day start to
surface. A distinct giddiness at seeing each other and looking for
those opportunities to tease, joke and cajole. An innate respect about
who knows what: group questions about a location code and results from
a sporting event are immediately surrendered to the appropriate
resident experts - and each of them demonstrate why they have their
positions in the group. Underlying the social interaction are
efficient little motions setting the day in order. Lists checked,
logistics assessed, supplies stocked. The day will get started shortly
and someone will come along to throw stones in this pleasant pond.
They will have a problem, or an issue, or just BE an issue, and then
the joviality will slowly fade and the "real work" will start. But
eventually we will go away, and they will get to go home, and they
will look forward to tomorrow - when they will be able to see each
other again. They can try out those jokes that will occur to them
tonight. They can talk about the game and have another trivia question
for He Who Knows All Codes. They have that to look forward to.
What are you doing tomorrow?
I know my day won't start nearly as well.
Saturday, December 8, 2007
Which Way Did He Go George?
Ghost Hunters Fan Fiction
I put a comment on Dilbert Blog about the lemon test, so those hits are no surprise. I *always* get a lot of traffic for the Looney Tunes quote. But the Ghost Hunters Fan Fiction? There is obviously more afoot here than I had realized. Apparently those things that go bump in the night are Ghost Hunters fans.
I find that interesting.
It's arguable that I get money from The Man for my writing (all those white papers...), but I think that we can all agree that business reports are to writing what bathroom stall doodles are to art. Can't we? I hope we can agree to that.
I have other talents. Many of them unknown to me until I accidentally tried them out. Some I make money from and others I don't.
What do you consider to be your talents? Do you use them in your work? Do you make money from them? Are you averse to making money from your greatest talents?
Someone came to the Thoughts last night with an interesting search term: Harry Harrison holiday poem "may you always." Well dang, I thought, I didn't know that one of my favorite humorous science fiction authors had written a holiday poem. How interesting.
Turns out he didn't.
However, there is a disc jockey named Harry Harrison that recorded one - at New York's WCBS FM101.1 when it was an Oldies Station a few years back. Attribution at the bottom of the official copy cites Larry Marks and Dick Charles as the actual writers. I found the text of May You Always but since they revamped the WCBS website in their change to "New York's Greatest Hits" I can't track down the audio. Most of the articles and blog posts about the poem date back to 2004 and the links are dead. Based on the adoration of his fans I have to assume that if we can find the recording it will be tantamount to Baz Luhrmann's reciting of Everybody's Free (To Wear Sunscreen) (VH1 video).
To give you a taste of the piece so you will know whether to click on that link up there:
As the holiday bells ring out the old year, and sweethearts kiss,If you want the rest, follow the link.
And cold hands touch and warm each other against the year ahead,
May I wish you not the biggest and best of life,
But the small pleasures that make living worthwhile.
Sometime during the New Year, to keep your heart in practice,
May you do someone a secret good deed and not get caught at it.
May you find a little island of time to read that book and write that letter
And to visit that lonely friend on the other side of town.
May your next do-it-yourself project not look like you did it yourself...
Thursday, December 6, 2007
In this age of fast food info we realize you're busy. Sometimes too busy to even see a movie. So we've taken recent films released and distilled them into an easy to read quick script. So, without further ado, iF is proud to welcome back the 9th Wonder of the World back to our Web site -- SCRIPTSHREDDER 9000 - Version 2.0The idea is funny, there is the lingering promise of funny in the writing. But it is not actually funny. I dug a little deeper and it got less funny. Things like this kill me. I was expecting a chocolate sundae of funny and I got a rice cake. It leaves me hungry, grumpy, and ready to kill for a bottle of chocolate syrup. I wasn't expecting something that would make the maraschino cherry come out my nose, just something... funny.
Tuesday, December 4, 2007
Which SNL cast member did this skit with the quote "Thoughts get stuck in my neck"?
Who were they impersonating?
Monday, December 3, 2007
For Episode One of our tribute I have captured the first five Rules. Plus the Zeroth Rule. Before the clicking, please note that some rules are in the same post and some rules (either text or number) have changed. I'm sure that "O" filed paperwork in triplicate before making those changes, in observance of Rule #1, but said paperwork has been stolen by the pixies.
Rule #O:"The Rules of Bureaucracy are mutable, non-canonical, non-ordinal, and contradictory, except in the cases where they are not."
Rule #1:"Document everything you do; if you didn't write it down, it didn't happen."
Rule #2 [The Sixty Minutes Rule]: "Never do anything that would cause Ed Bradley, Mike Wallace, Morley Safer, Steve Croft, Leslie Stahl, or even Andy Rooney to persue you down a hallway with a camera crew."
Rule #3: "Nothing Simple is Ever Easy"
Rule #4: "It's about the money; follow the money."
Rule #5: "Never ascribe to malice that which is adequately explained by stupidity."
Saturday, December 1, 2007
Help Soogle Pave the
Information Super Highway for You
Keep the Monkeys Writing
Friday, November 30, 2007
You can get the wav file at the dailywav.com.
Of course, there is always the classic What's Opera, Doc?
And if you like that, you might like The Rabbit of Seville.
A little Looney Tunes is always good for the soul. Now don't you feel better?
Wednesday, November 28, 2007
|What Be Your Nerd Type? |
Your Result: Literature Nerd
|What Be Your Nerd Type?|
Quizzes for MySpace
Tuesday, November 27, 2007
In case you don't get The Pith Stop Newsletter, there is a new product available in the Holiday Style section. What would you do if Santa left you in charge?
We think that this is a great t-shirt for Christmas morning (it even comes in red with white lettering). Or you could buy the greeting cards. Or, if you really want to get into the spirit, grab the tote bag and start gathering those toys!
Monday, November 26, 2007
Steve has always helped me out. I remember I had to do a monologue in drama class but instead of preparing I just jumped on stage and started with some of the cleaner stuff and kept going until they called time. I even used that little wrist twitch/cuff straightening thing in my performance (plus miming drinking from a glass then swirling the liquid and compulsively setting it down and picking it up while I talked) but I doubt that anyone got it.
I don't listen to my Martin like I used to - the albums were in VINYL, people! But I did get "A Wild and Crazy Guy" on CD a couple of years ago and have spun it a few times. (I actually like "Comedy is Not Pretty" quite a bit - I love Cruel Shoes - and should get that one on CD, too.) I added his website to my sidebar awhile back when I ran across it. I read "Shopgirl" a couple of years ago. I've seen most of his movies, even "Bringing Down the House."
Basically I am quietly, consistently, and insistently a fan. But I was always a fan especially of his stand up. I still use some of his lines on a semi-regular basis (Fred's Bank, I break with thee, I remember now - I'm radioactive!) so I'm delighted that he has released the autobiography "Born Standing Up" which chronicles the years up to when he quit stand-up in 1981. In the foreword he pens, "In a sense this book is not an autobiography but a biography, because I am writing about someone I used to know.”
Tell us more, Steve, tell us more.
11/29/07 Update: I got a hit as related content from The Washington Post. I've made the big time, baby!
Sunday, November 25, 2007
People, you wouldn't like me when I'm edgy!!!
No, Sehlats aren't on the list, but the title popped into my head as soon I started this post. I'm considering making that my new blog slogan.
Once you've achieved virtual job satisfaction, virtual love and virtual wealth, what if you still feel an emptiness in your soul? You could go on a quest to find inner peace, but you'd probably miss Heroes. Instead, let us seek inner peace for you! We will post a series of increasingly insightful questions to philosophical and religious discussion groups in your name, then move on to a number of posts on your blog about the futility of seeking wealth and achievement when the true elements of serenity are within. Finally, for a nominal additional fee, your virtual self will achieve true tranquility and leave the web forever, never to post again. ~ Lore@Wired
|You Are 16% Girly|
Um... you're a guy, right? If not, you're the most boyish girl in the world.
And for you, that's probably the ultimate compliment.
Ok, so I was a tomboy and a geek. I can throw a football like a boy. But I was ALSO a baton twirler in an honest-to-goodness small-southern-town parade. If that doesn't give you girl points I don't know what does.
*Props to anyone who recognized the post title as the first line in No Doubt's "I'm Just a Girl."
*Jennifer Lopez used it as a verb in Maid in Manhatten in 2002. Can you get any more mainstream than that?
Of course, at this point I'm not sure how much the "pro" version is getting me. Are these really things I want to know more about? Looking at the list of "in production" movies I found the following:
High School Musical 3
That information polluted my brain. Now I've given it to you.
I love Star Trek. I even like Winona Ryder well enough. But anything with Winona Ryder playing Amanda Grayson can't be good. Can't. Be. Good.
Indiana Jones and the Kingdom of the Crystal Skull
Harrison Ford is 65. To give you some perspective on that, Sean Connery was 59 when they did The Last Crusade. (Connery is only 12 years older than Ford, by the way.) It's just... Harrison Ford is 65. Shia LaBeouf is sufficiently geeky to get props from the TTGSiMH, but nothing in Transformers told me that he's an action hero. And he's certainly no Indiana Jones. And... Harrison Ford is 65.
The Dark Knight
They sufficiently impressed us with Batman Begins that I'm sure we'll be catching this one in the theaters. But... Heath Ledger as the Joker? Really? If you pull this off, Heath, you will have proven to be a better actor than I thought you were.
Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince
My interest in the movies petered out just like my interest in the books did. At this point I just look forward to seeing Hans F'ing Gruber in all of them. (Props to Kevin Smith from the Dogma extras.)
(Betcha never thought you'd see a connection between Harry Potter and Kevin Smith, huh?)
My comic book fan friends are all atwitter about this one. I'm still back at 'Robert Downey, Jr. as a comic book hero? Seriously?' The one preview that we've seen actually increased my interest ('Oh, ok, maybe I can see it') and decreased my friends' interest.
Good news? Vampire movie! Bad news? Vampire movie. Back in our twenties we went on a quest to see ALL of the vampire movies. It was a noble quest. But like all quests it resulted in some wounds for the heroes... like seeing Wings Hauser as a vampire. That's all I can say. I CAN'T TALK ABOUT IT!
How about you? Do you love movies?
Saturday, November 24, 2007
The WikiWorld project entertains me to no end. I stumbled across the project by way of the Thagomizer (in and of itself a very entertaining story, passed along by Chip from Science Fiction Brewed Daily). I'm delighted that this image features Spock, that they've captured the sport of Extreme Ironing, and commemorated the Five Second Rule.
If you were going to illustrate a piece of Wikiality, which one would you choose?
I think that I would have to go for a blend of philosophers and comedians. And the people who combine the two into philosotainment. For all I know Scott Adams coined the term, but I don't think that he is the first practitioner. For instance, Will Rogers and Steve Martin jump to mind.
Friday, November 23, 2007
Joe Sumner's birthday: November 23, 1976 (Wikipedia)
Scooby Doo Leather Bomber Jacket: I don't know why they clicked here when the first hit was this great jacket at The Character Store. I need one of these!
ISTP Women: You're looking for some, or you are one? I'm not sure. Since I have some female ISTP friends I assume that you, like them, are looking for advice on how to handle the unique challenge of being one. According to murraystate.edu:
My advice? "Be who you are and say what you feel, because those who mind don't matter and those who matter don't mind." ~Dr. Seuss
There are dramatic gender differences between male and female ISTPs. So much of the ISTP's drive and gratification is related to activities traditionally associated with the male. Contact sports, heavy equipment, auto racing, carpentry, and other adrenaline-driving occupations are exciting and rewarding for the ISTP. Obviously, ISTP women who have the same tactile skills and satisfactions will be seen as tomboyish if they act on them.
The ISTP female who seeks more traditional channels for her preferences, such as homemaking, business, and accounting, may adhere to a more conventional female model while satisfying her need for immediate, tangible rewards. Life presents many demands for hands-on professional skills, which are sexually neutral as far as society is concerned. The ISTP female has many opportunities to fulfill her aspirations in the workplace and feels no less than 100 percent female in doing so. Problems are far more likely to arise in the social sphere. Cool, aloof, and socially cautious behavior combined with an interest in manual skills and activities may make people ill at ease with the ISTP girl or woman. Moreover, if she excels in any such activities, she can be downright threatening to her friends, partners, or colleagues.
Ways to Get Free Neocash: Why click here when you can click on FreeNeoCash.com? They have advice on how to use Gaming Lagoon.
The oddest recent search was for "liberalism in groundhog day movie." I'm not even sure what they were looking for... All I can say is "Don't drive angry!" :)
There were also a lot of hits for the Hooloovoo and that Looney Tunes quote, so thank goodness I had those answers already available!
...the Reticular Activating System (RAS) ...responds to stimuli like food, or social contact. For example, it controls the amount of saliva you produce in response to food. A good food stimulus is lemon juice. Squeezing lemon juice on to your tongue makes your mouth water, and it does this because your RAS is responding to the lemon juice.The fact that there is a physiological difference in response between introverts and extroverts! So, no, we can't just "get over" our aversion to too much social stimulation.
Scientists now think introverts have increased activity in their RAS and therefore increased production of saliva. The theory is that the RAS in introverts has a high level of activity, even when it isn’t being stimulated. So it only needs a small stimulus to produce a large response. This means that introverts are likely to produce a large amount of saliva in response to lemon juice. But because the RAS also reacts to social contact, introverts react more strongly to meeting people too.
In extraverts, on the other hand, there is a low level of activity in the RAS when it isn’t stimulated, so they require a much larger stimulus to generate a response. So they usually produce less saliva in response to lemon juice than introverts, but are more comfortable with social contact. ~ BBC, Lemon juice experiment
12/4/07: I thought that these articles on Differential Psychology (with studies related to extroversion, intelligence, and neural efficiency) were a good follow-up.
Thursday, November 22, 2007
suc·cess (sək-sěs')Do you feel successful? How do you measure it? Is it short-term or long-term success? Are you fulfilling your potential? Do you have a sense of purpose?
- The achievement of something desired, planned, or attempted: attributed their success in business to hard work.
- The gaining of fame or prosperity: an artist spoiled by success.
- The extent of such gain.
- One that is successful: The plan was a success.
These are the sorts of questions that bother me constantly. My library of books on the subject is rather extensive. A sampling of some of my favorites includes: Finding Your Own North Star, The Success Principles, The 7 Habits of Highly Effective People, Unlimited Power, and Live the Life You Love.
One of the better exercises that I've found lately was Steve Pavlina's How to discover your life purpose in about 20 minutes. It didn't take me 20 minutes, and it wasn't much of a surprise. The only surprise might be to people who know me but don't really know me.
But with my rather extensive knowledge of success literature, do I feel successful? No, not really. I feel rather proficient at short-term results but have not achieved long-term goals. I have what achieved what Martha Beck would say is success on my social self's terms, not my essential self.
What have you achieved that you valued most in this life? What have you put energy into that seems wasted?
If you want an example of why it's important to seek your dreams, and not waste your time, watch this "last lecture" from Randy Pausch.
Wednesday, November 21, 2007
On the good news front of life, then, is that the first season of Sesame Street has been released on DVD. I've been looking forward to seeing it because I knew that the ever-progressive Mississippi had banned the show when it first came out. What I hadn't known was that Kermit the Frog was from there! Yes! He is a Mississippi swamp frog! Now, of course, he is considered a favored son. There's nothing like international fame to make your home town love you. (Jim Henson is from there, too, by the way. I wonder if that's how he and Kermit met... Yes, I'm joking, I'm JOKING!)
I miss the swamps of Mississippi when I'm in a dry climate like Phoenix. (That was the city that made me coin the short-hand response on how I liked dry weather: "Sorry, I'm a swamp baby!" My answer to "But it's a dry heat" is "Yeah, that's the problem!") Maybe some time Kermie and I can hang out down yonder and enjoy the humid weather together.
Tuesday, November 20, 2007
Monday, November 19, 2007
|You Are Halloween|
You are a dramatic, wild, and even weird person.
The dark side of life fascinates you, and you enjoy being a little terrified.
You enjoy the hidden sides of life. You are interested in what lurks deep in people's hearts.
You are playful and creative. You enjoy pretending you're someone else.
What makes you celebrate: Anything bizarre, unusual, or freaky.
At holiday get togethers, you do best as: The entertainer. You really like to get into the mood of the holidays.
On a holiday, you're the one most likely to: Insist on a theme party of some sort.
They are definitely spot on with the "theme" and "entertainment" things. And bizarre, unusual and freaky? Just because I want to do a medieval Christmas?
Sunday, November 18, 2007
Thinking about "Obsessive Behavior" reminded me of the t-shirt I designed for them back in the 80s. It had a Lichtenstein type blonde saying, "Doctor! I seem to be exhibiting Obsessive Behavior!" Because, see, if you wear the t-shirt then... you're exhibiting... oh, never mind. I liked it.
Saturday, November 17, 2007
|Your Personality Type: |
Friday, November 16, 2007
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Tuesday, November 13, 2007
Sunday, November 11, 2007
airports...and a lot of opportunities to people watch. I've done a
good bit of travel over the past ten years and I have concluded that
if you want to see who people really are - instead of, as Chris Rock
said, "their representative" - I suggest you meet them in the airport.
Due to the stress and time involved, most people get down to the bare
essentials. The entertaining part is their intepretation of that. I'm
in scummy jeans and wearing the same long-sleeved plain green t-shirt
and gray fleece that I flew out in. I've got on hiking boots and keep
putting my hair in a scrunchy ponytail and taking it out again. I have
many bretheren around me. Across from me is an attractive middle aged
lady in black pumps and pearls. She has on hose which I actively avoid
on a flight. (They melt onto your skin in a fire, you see. You can
never be too prepared for an emergency.) I have worn business clothes
on a flight before, but it was because I was going to go almost
directly into a meeting from the plane. It was under duress, believe
me. But here you can quickly distinguish between the business people
who wouldn't dream of "dressing down" and those who couldn't wait for
an excuse to put on something a little more comfortable. There are the
casually rich who have perfected the art of looking shabby chic, and
the aspiring lower to middle class who look vaguely uncomfortable in
the expensive clothes they bought and want to wear on their trip.
What do you travel in? What do you think it says about you? My clothes
scream that I'm wicked casual and I don't care about anyone's opinion
on it. Yeah, that's about right.
Saturday, November 10, 2007
Friday, November 9, 2007
First hit? Infantile cop. Funny.
Action Elf Pin
Catnip Felon I (you know, in case the cat decides to launch a rap career)
Infant Pile Co.
Polite Fan Inc.
Ain't Elfin Cop
.... I give up. Out of hundreds it does look like Fiction Plane was the best choice.
I also tried "The Police" for the purists. And got better results, I thought.
Chile Poet (especially if another member is a somehow related to the Red Hot Chile Peppers)
Hotel Epic (could also serve as an Eagles reference)
Optic Heel (teaming up with a relative of Little Feet? this is your best best bet)
Celt Pie Ho (now that's just funny....)
Thursday, November 8, 2007
Wednesday, November 7, 2007
"When The Police last toured in 1984, the Internet was a foreign concept, gas cost $1.21 a gallon, yet Sting looked the same as he does today." Uh, no he doesn't. We just all aged at the same rate. As I said to my sister at his 2000 concert, "You know what shows our age? The fact that we still think he looks good." Yes, he's still a good looking guy. But an older good looking guy. He's bordering on distinguished, but he still has enough of a puckish glint in his eye - especially when he's NOT on stage - to let you know that in some ways he will stay a young rock star forever.
"...theirs is a show of cool professionalism - expertly delivered, filled with phenomenal musicianship but not much warmth." Really? I agree on the professionalism, but I was warmed down to my little toes. It could be because I'm such a huge fan. Or because I was back there soaking up Stewart's vibe.
"Copeland, a native Virginian, appeared to enjoy himself the most. Looking like a long-distance bicyclist in his sweatband and white gloves, Copeland showed off an athleticism behind his drum kit that is rarely seen - even holding his drumsticks the proper way (left wrist upward)." Native? Yes, born here. In Alexandria, just like me. But he grew up overseas from a very young age and went to college in California, so I'm not sure how "native" he would really be. I only grew up in in the Deep South and I feel like it affected my Virginianity. As Reese Witherspoon said in "Sweet Home Alabama," you should need a passport to go down there. I loved it, but it's different. I imagine the Middle East would be differenter. And as for the rest of it - that was typical, vintage Stewart. When I heard they were touring I wondered if his enthusiastic, athletic playing would have slowed down with age. Somehow, someway the answer is NO. And, yes, he's always been noted for holding his drumsticks "properly." Part of that serious musical background, I should think.