Friday, October 30, 2009

Happy Halloween!

A Halloween comic from xkcd.com:

Good News Friday

Here it goes, here it goes, here it goes again:

1) My mom sent me a cute Halloween card with a gift certificate inside for Dunkin' Donuts. And that's what I had for lunch today. DUN-DO!

2) I look and feel kind of crappy today (I have a cold and look like a complete mess), but one guy applauded for me on the street, another said hello dear, and another one offered me Skittles. RANDOM!

3) Next week I'm taking Thursday and Friday off, as well as the following Monday. Woo hoo!! VACATION!

4) My eyes have been driving me crazy lately. I probably haven't been to the eye doctor in like 3 or 4 years, and it shows, because both my contacts and glasses prescriptions are wayyyy too weak - I can barely see anything these days. But I didn't have an eye doctor in the city or know how to even begin trying to find one. Guess what? Today Union Square Optical emailed everyone at my work letting us know that they accept our vision plan and are open for appointments. I called and made one for Thursday. AWESOME!

5) Today it feels like fall in the air, and this morning I drank apple cider. Tomorrow is Halloween, which is exciting - I love seeing all the little kids, and I'm planning to give out candy and watch The Exorcist and Cape Fear with my sis. And Sunday, NaNoWriMo starts. FALL!!

6) And last but not least... FRIDAY!!!!!!!

Thursday, October 29, 2009

Gangs

I promise I will write an actual blog post soon. But in the meantime, I watched a special this weekend about the Crips and the Bloods which seriously freaked me out. I became paranoid that everyone I ran into on the street was a gang member in disguise and at any moment I could get caught in crossfire. Healthy, right?

Well, the video below on So You Think You Can Dance this week went a long way to lighten my mood about gangs. Plus, it's an awesome dance. Wade Robson is such a great choreographer. Enjoy!

Quotes of the Day

From Ralph Waldo Emerson:

"I pack my trunk, embrace my friends, embark on the sea, and at last wake up in Naples, and there beside me is the Stern Fact, the Sad Self, unrelenting, identical, that I fled from."

"To laugh often and love much; to win the respect of intelligent persons and the affection of children; to earn the approbation of honest citizens and endure the betrayal of false friends; to appreciate beauty; to find the best in others; to give of one's self; to leave the world a bit better, whether by a healthy child, a garden patch or a redeemed social condition; to have played and laughed with enthusiasm and sung with exultation; to know even one life has breathed easier because you have lived - this is to have succeeded."

Wednesday, October 28, 2009

Quote of the Day

"Her hair was long and lustrous black; and her eyes were great big blue things with timidities inside. I wished I was on her bus. A pain stabbed my heart, as it did every time I saw a girl I loved who was going the opposite direction in this too-big world."
- Jack Kerouac (On the Road)

Tuesday, October 27, 2009

Quote of the Day

I have two for you. One humorous, one poignant. Enjoy.

Overheard in the Newsroom #2046:
Guest on newsroom tour: “How many people work here?”
Editor: “About half of them.”

"The person who thinks 'I would like to do this' is wasting the day, because she/he can do this, and is not doing." - Paulo Coelho

Monday, October 26, 2009

Suggestions welcome

Okay folks, it's that time again. That's right, Sunday is the beginning of National Novel Writing Month, or as it's known to its participants, NaNoWriMo.

What is NaNoWriMo, you ask? The goal is to write a 50,000 word novel in one month. That's about 175 pages. You "win" NaNoWriMo if you complete 50,000 words, counted by computer robots. That's it. No judging, no scores. Nobody even reads it, unless you show it to them.

You might think that sounds simple, but believe me, it is not. As my loyal followers may remember, I have tried to do this for the last 2 years and have totally wimped out both times, not even *starting* a novel, nevermind finishing one. I'm a huge perfectionist and without a good enough idea I always find myself completely unable to get started.

Which is why THIS year, I've decided to solicit story ideas. Charaters, parts of plots, anything. I've started to try to think of some on my own in advance of Nov. 1 this year, but I could use some help. So if you have any good ideas and don't mind me stealing your intellectual property, leave them in the comments section. If not, leave some encouragement for me to actually do this this year. It will be such an accomplishment if I even start it, seeing as how I've failed miserably in my last two attempts.

If you want to sign up for NaNoWriMo yourself, click here, and get ready for Sunday!

Friday, October 23, 2009

Good News Friday

For lovers of Michael Jackson's music, anyone who loves a capella, or anyone who just loves things that are cool, the video below is fantastic. It's the same guy singing all 7 parts. Enjoy, and happy Friday. :)

Friday, October 16, 2009

Good News Friday

I've had quite frankly a horrible week (yet again). Things have just been going wrong and upsetting me right and left. You know what a great cure for that is? Kelly.

That's right, Ryan. This week's Good News Friday is dedicated to our girl, Kelly Clarkson. I just love her. And in the video below, she is singing one of my favorite songs, "That I Would Be Good," which is SO appropriate for when you're having a horrible week. I could not love this video more right now. I've included lyrics below, for your Good News Friday enjoyment.



That I would be good even if I did nothing
That I would be good even if I got the thumbs down
That I would be good if I got and stayed sick
That I would be good even if I gained ten pounds

That I would be fine even even if I went bankrupt
That I would be good if I lost my hair and my youth
That I would be great if I was no longer queen
That I would be grand if I was not all knowing

That I would be loved even when I numb myself
That I would be good even when I am overwhelmed
That I would be loved even when I was fuming
That I would be good even if I was clingy

That I would be good even if I lost sanity
That I would be good
Whether with or without you

Sunday, October 11, 2009

Reading material

As you all know, I love great articles. That's why I always check out Give Me Something to Read - I highly recommend it for anyone else who loves great articles. I just wanted to share the three that I read tonight:

- "How Nonsense Sharpens the Intellect": This one caught my eye because over the weekend I read Kafka's The Trial. Easily one of the best books I've ever read. And definitely what you might call nonsensical, or at least absurd, about a man arrested and put on trial for a crime he knows nothing about. I read about the study they reference in this article recently and think it's fascinating. I always knew all my nonsense must be making me smarter. :)

- "Behind the Autism Statistics": This article from The Atlantic talks about the rising numbers of children diagnosed with Autism - and a possible explanation for why that might be. It's written by one of the creators of the documentary "Autistic-like: Graham's story." Read to find out more.

- "None of the Above": This article from the New Yorker is written by Malcolm Gladwell (author of Blink and The Tipping Point). I read this in grad school, but completely forgot. Definitely give it a go - it explains the problem with IQ tests, why IQ scores are higher from generation to generation, and what it means for race.

If you don't like any of these, just pick up The Trial and read that instead. It's a quick read and totally worth it. "Someone must have made a false accusation against Josef K., for he was arrested one morning without having done anything wrong."

Friday, October 2, 2009

Good News Friday

I've had a horrible day (week?), but what better day to do Good News Friday than a bad one?

1) Awkward Yearbook Signatures.com. Check this out. It's a relatively new site, but definitely a funny one. It is exactly what it sounds like. And it's wonderful.

2) Power. It's all about power.



(from xkcd.com)

3) Pile. :) Obviously. (So cute.)



(from NatalieDee.com)

4) One of the best Toothpaste for Dinner strips I've ever seen. (Besides Pan Flute, of course.) Enjoy.