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.
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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
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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.
The best part of the show last night for me was that it was obviously for real Police fans. They skipped some radio favorites like "Spirits in the Material World" and played deeper cuts like "Invisible Sun," "One World is Enough," and my personal favoritest favorite "Driven to Tears." The only one that they skipped that I wish they had played was "Bring on the Night." I wasn't sure if they did that because Sting had pretty much commandeered it for his solo work in the late 80s.
In the years since they broke up the band Sting has certainly been the biggest pop sensation and easiest to follow, and I am admittedly a huge Sting fan. But I have also kept tabs on Andy and Stewart as well. It intrigued me that I was more glad to see Andy and Stewart in concert, I am assuming at least partially because I hadn't had the privilege before. I didn't "get into" The Police until the Synchronicity album and was about 13 when they broke up. (I didn't go to a concert at all until I was 30, a birthday gift from my husband for the 2000 Sting tour.) Once I was "into" them, though, I was very, very seriously into them. All of the albums, tons of bios and articles and picture books. I read Jung and Koestler. I considered buying the Klark Kent album... In the fun kitsch department I have a Synchronicity beach towel and black satin jacket.
At first I wasn't sure that our seats were going to be satisfying (the prices were outrageous for a "good" seat). But first we had the up close Sting sighting. Then it became obvious that our seats gave us an intimate sort of "back stage" (or at least side stage) view of the band. From a proximity perspective this was the closest I've ever been to the stage and we could actually see what Stewart was doing (including the two times he bonked the cameraman).
Further entertainment happened today when the alarm went off and the morning DJs were talking about the concert. One of them, who is also something of a local musician, was marveling at their vintage guitars and the fact that they could actually, like, PLAY. That Andy Summers can wail, baby, yeah. I'm sure that I had the typical Police fan smirk when I said to the radio, "If you didn't know that, you weren't paying attention all these years." The sound that they constructed for The Police - spare, precise, unique in rhythm (who had heard of reggae punk before that?) - was built on theory and a desire to do something different. Their musical roots ran mostly from jazz as well as various aspects of rock, and each is a virtuoso musician in their own right. And, as Sting said in the tour program, "The songs have to evolve. Twenty-odd years later we have to be better musicians than we were. So we've slowed it all down, looked at where we are, and how the songs are now happening by listening to ourselves play them."
In short, I just love these guys. I could go on for hours about the history of the band and what they've all been doing individually in the intervening years between breakup and reunion. If you haven't been paying attention, now would be a great time to start. Before the tour is over.
Stewart Copeland Official Website
Andy Summers Official Website
Sting Official Website
The Police Official Website
Tuesday, November 6, 2007
that I thought it was great. This is an "emailed" post to meet my
NaBloPoMo requirements for the day. More details later.
But Stewart, if you heard someone on your left scream "the theme song
for Dead Like Me was awesome!" that was probably me...
Monday, November 5, 2007
What's one thing you were sure would happen, but didn't?
What's something that totally surprised you?
This is what Harry had to say.
Your Score: Stephen Colbert"Every time the President comes up with a new secret tactic to take down al Qaeda, the media blows its cover. Torture, monitoring our phone calls, monitoring our emails, secret prisons, all perfectly reasonable temporary concessions of freedom that will only be in effect as long as our never-ending war on terror."
You are Steven Colbert! Respected... Trustworthy... Smooth. You are steering the great ship of News through the channels of Truth. He's a journalist with gravitas, with dignity, with balls.
Like Colbert you help people see the absurdities of those in public office with humor. A stand up guy running for office. Definitely one to rattle the cage.
|Link: The which comic are you akin to Test written by marymolotov696 on OkCupid, home of the The Dating Persona Test|
Note: I corrected the spelling of my name. They had spelled it "Steven."
Sunday, November 4, 2007
Your Score: Mystic Theurge
44% Combativeness, 20% Sneakiness, 73% Intellect, 69% Spirituality
Brilliant and spiritual! You are a Mystic Theurge!
Score! You have a prestige class. A prestige class can only be taken after you've fulfilled certain requirements. This may mean that you're an exceptionally talented person, but it probably doesn't.
The Mystic Theurge is a combination of a cleric and a mage. They can cast both arcane and divine spells, and are good at both, making them pretty terrifying on the battlefield. They have more raw spellpower than just about any other class.
You're both intelligent and faithful, but not violent or deceitful. I guess that makes you a pretty good person.
|Link: The RPG Class Test written by MFlowers on OkCupid Free Online Dating, home of the The Dating Persona Test|
Saturday, November 3, 2007
"It tells them if their online profile is communicating their personality faithfully to others," said David Evans,Yeah. Or helps them to adjust their personalities until they are communicating something totally unlike themselves.
Would you use the Psychster tool on your website? And, if so, how would you use the data?
Being me I, of course, took the test. I don't entirely agree with the results. Although I am, by nature, pretty "Casual" I also work 24/7 so I don't like that they extrapolated a laid-back personality with shiftlessness. (That always happens to the Irish!) And by "Extroverted" they must really take into account muppets because I would definitely talk to them. But otherwise I'm pretty shy.
Friday, November 2, 2007
Madison Pettis manages to give the tween versions of Hayden Panettiere (Remember the Titans, Raising Helen) and Dakota Fanning (Uptown Girls, Dreamer) a run for their money in the smart/sassy/cute department.
Dwayne Johnson (the artist formerly known as The Rock) is well within his comfort zone for this movie, so if you liked him in Rundown or Scorpion King you will probably like him in this. For me, Rundown (stupid monkey!) is still my favorite movie that he's done.
Thursday, November 1, 2007
When I was a kid I had an insatiable appetite for ghost stories. One of my earliest memories was hanging out with a friend and telling each other ghost stories. By the time I was nine I had blazed my way through every ghost story related book in our school library. Our kooky, cool librarian asked me what my birthday was and when I said it was in November pulled a book from under her counter and handed it to me. "You might like this," she said. It was an astrology book. Yep, that worked for me. But it didn't distract me too much from my original quest.
Once I moved on to bigger and better libraries in my teens (by then I lived on a University campus) I continued reading, reading, reading. Fiction, alleged non-fiction, books, magazines... You name it and I wanted to read it. My curiosity is rather profound and metaphysics is an area of particular interest. To me, testing the limits of agreed-upon reality is part of determining the nature of reality. (By twelve I was also wondering how much of reality was subjective, so I was a strange child.)
Have I seen a ghost? No, I have not. I know people who believe they have. Would I like to see a ghost? I wouldn't mind.