December 28, 2004
Libraries. books. stories. yay.
Currently on my "just finished reading" shelf:
(soon to be my "just finished reading" bookcase - the lovely gift my lovely gentlemanfriend gave me for christmas...more on that soon...)
Donorboy by Brendan Halpin
Truth and Beauty: A Friendship by Ann Patchett
both donor boy and truth and beauty had me crying and laughing on the train - proving once again that death and mourning can be a glorious melding of happiness (at memories and clever turns-of-phrase) and sorrow (see previous parenthetical statement). hell, I was 40 pages into patchett's story before I realized that it was nonfiction. it was that good. and donorboy, although the epistolary format was a teensy bit stretched at times, had a certain flair that made me want to lend it to everyone I know as an example of how to write a good e-mail...and how to communicate with your family, be you parent or child.
Star by Pamela Anderson
yes. I read everything. but this story kind of reminds me of how I was when I started writing my blog - every post was a glamorized retelling of what happened to me, in which I was the character with which you were intended to sympathize...pamela's thinly veiled autobiography leaves in all the stupid things that happened, but somehow the presentation (liberally assisted by her 'co-writer' Eric Shaw Quinn) has me saying "well good for you, pam. you did stupid things and stupid things happened to you, but gosh darned it if everything didn't turn out more than okay!"
December 21, 2004
Museum Geek Alert.
yes. I know how pure awesome this is going to be. control yourselves, please.
December 15, 2004
going home to shower now.
sometimes I use my communcation skills for good.
but not today, my friends. today, I went to the dark side. and no amount of showering will erase the following paragraphs from my soul:
Hi Kitten -
The Boring Tech content you sent would certainly suffice as a Teaching Tool, if modified to exclude the product-specific implementation information which follows the subtitle : "Boring Tech Title". If you would like to add a self-test, I'll need you to provide the questions and answers, however, the current content is more than enough to work with. I'll send you a link to proof the site once it's up.
You have the option of offering a more expanded version of the product-based technology solutions outlined in those final excluded paragraphs with our new Other Kind Of Teaching Tool initiative, so the information could be repurposed for that opportunity.
We're currently working on making our online education offerings more active and easy-to-use, incorporating audio and video as well as expanded sponsor information. While I begin work on putting your Boring TechContent into our Teaching Tool format, I'd like to put you in contact with someone who has more sense than yours truly - he has more information about our Other Kind Of Teaching Tool and how it coordinates with our First Kind Of Teaching Tool.
I tried to work in "wicked awesome" or "pure awesome" or even "sexxxy" but the dark side overwhelemed me. I'm not sure I even remember pressing "send"
I believe I'll have to kill myself before I become one of 'them'....
December 12, 2004
photos that have been languishing on my desktop, just waiting to be cropped and clipped and uploaded for your viewing pleasure:
me n andy n frank n steph striking our finest 70s band cover pose at cloud gate.
taken while waiting to meet Liam Neeson and see the premiere of Kinsey in october.
I am probably the last person in chicago to have noticed this house in le park roget....
December 03, 2004
oh baby. ooh yeah. that's right. er...sorry...what was your name again?
ok, I just spent a good 10 minutes on the IMDB trying to find the name of this actor I had a crush on when I was in college...
he was in, like, a dozen commercials in a row one semester, and my extremely tolerant and observant gentlemanfriend at the time was all 'you always get all squeal-y during that pizza commercial, what gives?' and I'm all "whatever his name is, he will be mine...oh yes, his pterodactyl-origami-folding self will be mine...."
Yes, I know. not only is my former gentleman friend an actor, he is also credited as screaming cock man in the Ron Jeremy Movie. Not having seen this movie, I don't know if that's a good or a bad thing. . . but I can tell you that I will mock him soundly the next time I see him.
Anyway. We saw pterodactyl-origami guy in Super Mario Brothers (I must explain that we both had a crush on Samantha Mathis at the time and only went to see the movie for her sake). when the movie was over, we were on the edge of our seats, scouring the credits for his name. He could be only one of two people, and we both picked the wrong one and both screamed "DON LAKE!!!" in the theatre. which, admittedly, wasn't all that crowded, but still.
anyway, I'm sitting at my desk at work today and suddenly got the urge to scream "DON LAKE!!!" for no apparent reason, but I forgot the name and could only remember "ONE-SYLLABLE-NAME ONE-SYLLABLE-NAME!!!" - hence, the IMDB search.
and I realized that the actor I was crushing on was, in fact, NOT Don Lake, but is the lovely and talented Kevin West.
and now I'm sitting here, a little embarrassed that I'd been screaming the wrong man's name for 11 years.