Saturday, March 22, 2003

taught an 8.5 hr class today(?!) although it was not me lecturing the whole time - i prob did lecture for at least 4 hrs anyhow. needless to say i am exhausted - tried to take a nap, but in a house with two kids (and come to think of it, 3 cats), that's easier said than done.

and guess what? i get to do it again tomorrow (though i do expect it to be an easier day)...

Friday, March 21, 2003

in the comments of my "10 great songs" post fortune elkins from bread, coffee, chocolate, yoga asked me if i have a 'default' tune for 'those weird empty moments when you stare into space and you hear music in your head' for her 'it's always "i want you/she's so heavy" from abbey road.'

i find this question fascinating (i'm apt to think about this for hours - well - at least until spongebob's lost episode comes on) and perhaps being asked it, i am too self-conscious to just let go and realize what my default is. i think instead of a "default" tune - i have more of a "rotating banner ad" of tunes in my head. in fact - of the list of 10 great songs, the first five are for the most part the songs which have been in "high rotation" in my mental top ten - today, for example, "i am the resurrection" is in the top spot - but tomorrows another day - listened to norah jones a lot today, so perhaps a tune of hers (lonestar, perhaps? - uh oh, i can hear it starting to get stuck) or now that she planted the seed, perhaps something from abbey road - a favorite of mine (for me, the medley that begins with "carry that weight" is the stickiest song of that bunch (oh yeah - and "here comes the sun))

now that i've mentioned, bread, coffee, chocolate, yoga, that has to be on my short list of favorite blogs - consistently great and informative posts and beautifully illustrative of the best aspects of blogs - their utterly personal nature, their ability for bloggers to be your "editor" for resources on topics...

new link: everyone say hello to kelly at none too shabby

tonight, on nickelodeon, spongebob, the lost episode. the discovery of which, at least in my house, ranks right up there with the discovery of the rosetta stone, or the dead sea scrolls.

10 great songs

i am the resurrection - the stone roses
you can't always get what you want - the rolling stones
death or glory - the clash
sneaky feelings - elvis costello
all you need is hate - the delgados
women - lou reed
the sound of science - beastie boys
waterloo - abba
get your freak on - missy elliot
clocks - coldplay

friday five

1. If you had the chance to meet someone you've never met, from the past or present, who would it be?
the buddha

2. If you had to live in a different century, past or future, which would it be?
late 20th

3. If you had to move anywhere else on Earth, where would it be?
fantasy: rio
reality: toronto

4. If you had to be a fictional character, who would it be?
ray smith (from kerouac's dharma bums)

5. If you had to live with having someone else's face as your own for the rest of your life, whose would it be?
carrot top1

1just thinking about this made me feel better about myself

Thursday, March 20, 2003

according to these folks my political compass is:
Economic Left/Right: -5.12
Authoritarian/Libertarian: -6.15

the scale for both axes go from -10 to 10 with left/libertarian being negative numbers and right/authoritarian being positive numbers

based on this i am like gandhi, but with with a tilt towards anarchism

thanks to sharon for the link

got a great book today from our library about swiss graphic designer josef müller-brockman

sorry folks - i can't talk about the war - call me an ostrich - but you can get war talk on almost every other blog and 24/7 on tv - i have nothing to say...

"...when I come off the road
I just gotta have my time
'Cause I got to find a break in this action
Or else I'm gonna lose my mind
I said don't ask no stupid questions
And I won't send you away
If you want to talk fishin'
Well, I guess that'll be OK"

lynyrd skynyrd

Wednesday, March 19, 2003

sarah hughes wins the aau's sullivan award given to top amateur athlete. i probably would have given the nod to one of the other nominees - say, swimmer, natalie coughlin or short track skater, apolo anton ohno - but, hughes is cool - congrats...


note to fellow bloggers using blogger: i have recently been having trouble publishing posts. i have found that if you log out then log back in it seems to help. perhaps it is just the coincidence. perhaps we need to sacrifice a chicken or something...


due to the ncaa basketball tournament, survivor is on tonight (wed.) instead of thursay. i think it's this way for the next few weeks.
you're welcome.

Tuesday, March 18, 2003

patron saint of software developers?

photo of elvis costello


fascinating discussion at sharon's about the nature of language/computer languages.

after three straight days of relatively hard skating (at least this early in the year) my knees are talkin' to me today!

Monday, March 17, 2003

although real programmers use notepad (actually vi), i might check this out

You are 23% geek
OK, so maybe you ain't a geek. You do, at least, show a bit of interest in the world around you. Either that, or you have enough of a sense of humor to pick some of the sillier answers on the test. Regardless, you're probably a pretty nifty, well-rounded person who gets along fine with people and can chat with just about anyone without fear of looking stupid or foolish or overly concerned with minutiae. God, I hate you.

Take the Polygeek Quiz at Thudfactor.com

i got the cd spiritualized: ladies and gentlemen we are floating in space - from the library. i saw it on a list fromn david's site. the cover is deceiving - i'd have guessed it was a techno kind of thing - was listening to it just now in the car - it's pretty good. anyone know anything about this band?

can't wait for comments to come back, both for my site and sharon's - she has several posts i'm itching to comment about...

welcome back taz

in last night's alias, they led you to believe something happened that didn't. (that, btw, is pretty much the whole show - get you thinking one way, then dash your expectations - funny thing is almost everytime i fall for it - at least, while i know things aren't as they seem, i still can't quite figure out what's up) now i won't go into details because a.) there may be some folks *gasp* who don't watch alias and b.) i know at least one regular reader sees it after we do in the US and I don't want to spoil it. anyhow, my point is, i would have sworn i actually saw something happen on the screen that didn't. i was so convinced i re-ran the tape to see if they weren't playing fair - but, sure enough, what i thought i saw was not really shown - just implied. my point - i wonder what the implications this would have on me as a witness...

"This was how I broke the best
Indifference, overblown with confidence and ignorance
It all made sense
And then I watched them take the test
I believe it’s better to inflict than to attempt relief
You ask me what you need
Hate is all you need

Hate is all around find it in your heart in every waking sound
On your way to school, work or church you’ll find that it’s the only rule
Build a different world, hate will help you find what you’ve been looking for
Hate is everywhere, inside your mother’s heart and you will find it there
You ask me what you need hate is all you need

This was how I won the west
Charity, a joke that friendly cities think that we believe
Or so it seems
We kicked and punched and stabbed to death
And everyone applauded my fine actions I was overcome
You ask me what I’ve seen
Hate is all I’ve seen

Hate is in the air
Come on people feel it like you just don’t care
Everlasting hate feel it in the people where it’s warm and great
Come on hate yourself everyone here does so just enjoy yourself
Hate is everywhere, look inside your heart and you will find it there
You ask me what I mean
Hate is all I mean"

delgados -all you need is hate

my yoga practice has been very sporadic lately due to my schedule. that being said, i was pleasantly suprised that i haven't completely slipped...yesterday's class was a case in point. although some of the forward bends were pretty sad, most of the rest of the poses were not bad. i must be active enough/practicing enough not to slip too much and certainly not to lose all the gains i've made. now that my schedule has loosened a bit, perhaps i can be more diligient. and of course, the point of yoga is not to do poses perfectly, but to bring a meditative quality to one's life - which, i guess, like my forward bends, some days i have it; some days i don't...

Sunday, March 16, 2003

ok - who told me about bering strait - the russian country band. i recall someone (i think in blogsville) mentioning them to me a while back. then i saw them on tv and didn't make the connection until i looked them up and saw a bit of their bio. they are good!

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