no fun weird holiday today


So according to’s fun holidays there are no fun and weird holiday today. It’s the only day in June with nothing, that’s pretty sad. They have Leave the Office Early on both the 2nd and 4th, so why not add the 5th too.

What other weird holidays can we look forward to in June:

  • 07-jun is vcr day–this list needs to be updated, i doubt anyone has a vcr anymore, I threw away the last of our videos when we moved, we still have the baby tape that we really really need to convert to digital
  • 10-jun is iced tea day–i’ve been making a whole jug of iced tea from the long teabags I get from the local daiso, really nice
  • 14-jun is bourbon day–may be I’ll remember, I’m not sure, my bourbons are all packed up in boxes though
  • 17-jun is eat your vegetables day–great!
  • 22-jun is onion rings day–I won’t be participating
  • 26-jun is chocolate pudding day–it’s the day I fly to chicago, i’ll only celebrate if they serve chocolate pudding on the plane

the other oxbridge race

What am I missing out on this weekend? The Race.

Not the Boat Race.

The other race between Oxford and Cambridge.


It’s none other than the Goat Race. The Standard explains:

The light-hearted event, sees two pygmy goats, one for Oxford and one for Cambridge, lock horns and race around the farm. They’re not kid-ding around.


This take place at Spitalfields city farm and the festival also features live music, a fair, street food, and arts & craft stalls. They also have an Apple Day in October. Pretty cool.

hello, human person


This is a fun way of wasting a few minutes. An online word association game called Robot Mind Meld. Both human player and robot attempt to come up with the same word that associates with words each had already came up wth. The idea behind the Numberbatch AI is that it thinks quantitiatively about how words relate to each other by

analyzing millions of documents for patterns, these “numberbatches” now play a role in most programs that process language, from speech recognition to machine translation.


At first, I couldn’t get anywhere and got stuck after more than 10 rounds. But then bingo! We did it in 3 rounds.

I’m not that great with word associations because I either use very literal relationships or go off in a weird tangent. Some of the answers from the mefi users were odd and funny too. Some only took 2 rounds, someone took 79. I LOLed at this:

1 gun boat
2 gunboat gunboat

make your own slime


I remember playing with slime when it oozed into the world. It came in one colour, green, and was icky and fun at the same time.

TIL not only has it endured the years, it’s now possible to buy kits to make your own, and somene reviewed the best slime-making kits. Just in time for Christmas. According to the testers at Wirecutter, slime can be made from everyday ingredients including glue, contact-lens solution or borax, baking soda, and optional mix-ins, such as food coloring or glitter. The kits come in convenient packages that saves parents the trouble of hunting down the ingredients. And look better as a present.

I would have loved to be one of the testers. It took only around 10mins to make each batch, so it was quick fun. The best kit according to the testers is Cra-Z-Art Nickelodeon Slime Super Slimy, the name alone is worth one extra mark. It came first because

it included all the required ingredients packaged as safely as possible, and it offered the biggest variety of mix-ins for making all different kinds of slime

including all the bowls, cups and spoons needed.

The runner-up Mr. E=mc² DIY Slime Kit gave the most and best quality slime but fell down in the areas of packaging and didn’t include bowls and such. It’s also more expensive. Looking further though, it’s from a husband and wife company in Minnesota who develops, tests and assembles the kits with the help of their kids. Compared with the brand name Nickelodeon product, it’s worth the additional price, I think.

Um, not that I’m going to buy a make your own slime kit. Well, may be not.

lego tape


I’m keeping an eye on this campaign for lego tapes, officially called nimuno or toy block tapes. It looks superduper fun, a tape that can stick on anything and then add lego bricks. I particularly like the tape around the bottom of sneakers, because why not. It’s one of those things that have absolutely no use whatsoever except for entertainment value.

They’ve reached almost $1.5mm funding. Right now for US$13 we get 2 rolls and for US$36 one roll each of different 6 colours: green, blue, purple, black, red, grey. The campaign has 20 days to go. I’ll wait till almost to the end because they seem to be constantly adding colours.



Apparently 23-jan is national handwriting day, which coincides with John Hancock’s birthday. This artificial special day was invented by Moleskine, who wants people to

free yourself from your QWERTY keyboard and write out a social media post by hand

and tag it appropriately, of course. People can go to certain moleskine stores, handwrite a post and get a free notebook.

I made a font from my own handwriting, which I sometimes use for fun. So that’s my #handwritingday post.


Originally mm and I were supposed to meet up for lunch, but we decided to postpone because of the poor weather. Instead, I spent the whole day playing plague. I’d played a free copycat, infection, and decided to spend 0.99 on the better original. The aim is to infect and kill the entire earth population before a cure is found. The plagues progress from bacteria to bio weapon and within each plague category are different difficulty levels. The trick is to figure out the best way to win: infect everyone with low grade symptoms first; go for lethal symptoms quickly; transmit the disease through air, insects, blood; which country to infect first; how to deal with difficult-to-infect countries. Lots of possible strategies with different outcomes.

What makes it addictive is the seemingly endless possibilities, and each game can be finished in about 15-20mins. It’s a world domination sim game that makes you think, and the game has even attracted the attention of people at the CDC, who invited the developer to visit and talk about the game,

as a tool to teach the public about outbreaks and disease transmission because of how it uses a non-traditional route to raise public awareness on epidemiology, disease transmission, and diseases/pandemic information


The game was released in 2012 and has been downloaded millions of times, so I’m way behind the curve. I working my way through the standard plague types, hopefully the special types will unlock without needing to pay.


There are also many achievements to earn, which affects strategy. Combinations of symptoms, killing everybody under 365 days, cause a nuclear meltdown are just a few of the achievements.


Random popups give news or are important hints to get achievements. The Olympics get cancelled, then reinstated, and people in the UK are infected. Apple$oft (snerk) introduces iCure. Victory isn’t always guaranteed either. One advantage of coming to a well-established game late is the number of tips and cheats posted. Lots more hours of play until I get bored.

#83: kayak, stand up board


Task #83 of 101.1001 are 3 activities with family. This is 3 of 3.

Sis invited me to go on an outing at the beach today. My niece had a playdate with one of her school friends to go kayaking. Very easy, rent a kayak or stand up board from the people at the beach, that was it. No need for life jackets, although we thought we should have been offered the option. The part of the beach was quiet and not very deep anyway.

I tried both kayaking and stand up boarding, both for the first time. The light kayak was very easy to handle, and I went out past the parked fishing boats to one of the buoy markers. I was a bit wary of the stand up board, starting off sitting and paddling around, but after a while I found courage to first kneel then stand up. Took more concentration than sitting in the kayak, trying to keep balance.

Great fun. Only around £5 for an hour, and we could swap between kayak and stand up board as we wished. I think it may be a new activity, will try to get mm to come with me next time.

candy floss flower

Came across videos of vendors making pretty candyfloss flowers. Worth watching till the end to see the final product. Enough for at least two people I think.


When we think of candyfloss, it’s just a lump of spun sugar served on a stick or in a bag. That someone thought of such a creative way of repackaging a favourite product, it’s great.

check out wall climbing course

Organic Wall
flickr / steve oliver

I called the YMCA about their indoor climbing wall. For anyone to use it, they must show that they are competent by being a member of a climbing club, or having gotten a certification from the YMCA themselves. The introductory course is on tuesday evening or saturday afternoon, for 3 hours, and very reasonably priced.

When I was very young, I loved climbing on rocks and stuff. I’ve always wanted to try my hand at wall climbing. I hope I have enough upper body strength for it, but apparently it’s leg strength and coordination. I’m okay with leg strength—at least what I’ve built up whilst running. My only reservation is the current state of my wrist; my left wrist has always been problematic and it’s been swollen with sudden sharp pain for a couple of weeks. The pain manifests in certain situations and positions like taking the laundry from the washing machine, or doing bentover rows. Seems to be fine when gripping.

Anyway, I have the details now. 

instagram temp tattoos #picattoo


I bought a box of boomf marshmallows for my niece’s birthday last year and she was so pleased with it that she still hasn’t opened the box. The idea is to order 9 marshmallows on the boomf website based on 9 instagram pics; or 9 marshmallows from the same instagram pic; or a composite of 9 marshmallows from one instagram pic.

Anyway, the idea is to link instagram with products. Nothing new, we’ve been able to order all sorts of products from cups to caps to calendars from pics for ages.

The newest fun thing to do with instagram is via Rotterdam-based picattoo. For $15 including worldwide shipping we get 12 temporary tattoos sourced from instagram. Lots of potential fun for these cute tattoos, or even useful for marketing. Interesting. 

#randomflickr fun with @pixelsorter


Another #randomflickr, this one was taken in Prague oct-2011. Pretty autumn colours along the river vitava from the end of charles bridge.

An article on quartz talked about twitter bots. An interesting one is pixelsorter which

sorts the rows (or optionally columns) of an image according to a specific method like hue, red, brightness, luma, etc

Just tweet @pixelsorter and attach an image. It’s a bit like playing with the multitude of filters on photoshop.

There are also a few preset commands which give other results. This is the effect using preset[triphop]. Pretty cool. I love discovering quirky pointless stuff like this.


lego awesome

Lots of cool lego stuff lately.

  • amazing lego machine that I can’t stop watching, and want to be there to personally follow that tiny blue ball around the room.

  • full sized lego car powered by compressed air

  • trailer for The Hobbit: Desolation of Smaug in lego

  • the upcoming lego movie

  • lego star wars on the iphone

  • the 50 US states represented by typical (stereotypical?) lego figures, available as individual prints, here’s New Mexico and Iowa

    lego50nm lego50iowa

  • lego scavenger hunt at CERN, where the smart scientists hid a bunch of lego figurines including aliens, a werewolf, a gorilla, a leprechaun, a pharaoh, a skater and a skier prior to google street view showing up

    legocern legocern

24-105mm coffee mug


I know I’m trying to cut down on junk but seriously, I have to have this!! Aptly found in the awesomeness section is this coffee mug that looks exactly like a EF 24-105mm lens, which is what I use as the standard on my EOS. Just read the photojojo people gush about it:

It’s equipped with a lens-cap lid (omg), rubber-grip focus and zoom rings (o…m…g), and an auto-focus switch that actually switches

There’s also this canon dial decal for the mbp, and other cool stuff on that site. I love how they explain that they have canon and nikon dial decals:

because we know there are two types of people in this world: those that brake for Nikons and those that don’t let friends buy one


ski 3

The weather was nice so I went skiing again. I know wilmot well now. Got there just before noon, got my boots and skis and was on the slopes in no time. Systematically worked my way left to right, alternating between State Line and Fanny Hill (blue and black) before lunch and then Exhibition and Snow Bowl after lunch. I think Snow Bowl is the most difficult, it gets fast and steep in places.

Begun to get tired by 3pm. This time I feel my arms and legs getting a good workout, I was working harder today, going faster and trying very hard to stick to parallel. Now I’m sad cos I’m not sure if I’ll get a chance to go again this season. 🙁

2009 ridiculousness in auto tune

Who would have thought a year ago that a technology that corrects pitch which allows singers to perform perfectly tuned vocal tracks without the need of singing in tune would be the source of

Here, in no particular order are: balloon boy, Kanye vs Taylor, Obama vs fly, Jon vs Kate, octomom, Sully, amongst others — in autotune. I can’t get that stupid tune out of my head, that’s because it’s pitch perfect. snerk.

chicago in a day


My friend RM is here for work, but he came over early to stay with me over the weekend. I picked him up from the airport yesterday, we took it easy last night — I made lamb chops and we walked around Clark for a bit after dinner.

It was a glorious day today. We started by going to ann sather for brunch. It’s a beautiful restaurant with local European feel and good food. We were quite greedy, hehe. Between us we had crabcake eggs benedict, cheesecake panini french toast and sides of bacon, sausage, applesauce and hash brown. Extremely full but very very tasty.

I drove into town, parked at Millenium Park. Visited the bean, the Loop, Sears Tower (but didn’t go up), Michigan Ave, the Apple Store of course. There are a variety of tours we could have chosen — the hop-on hop-off trolleybus, the architectural boat cruise — but we were both excited to go on the segway tour.

I’d seen people on segways before, it’s pretty common in chicago, but never tried it myself. oh boy, was it absolutely fun!!! It took no time to get familiarised, and accelerating, stopping and steering were very intuitive. The tour was 2.5hrs, and we went all the way from the top of millenium park to the museum campus, northerly island, soldier field and back. I’d say for every visitor I’m getting from now on will get a recommendation for these.

music shuffle – first 25 meme

25 Songs – What’s in YOUR mp3 Player?

Here are the rules:

  1. Shuffle your iPod/mp3 player/iTunes entire music library.
  2. Write down the first 25 songs that come up.
  3. Post them in a note back to me.
  4. No editing whatsoever (seriously).

My list:

  1. Left Behind — Aqualung
  2. As I Lay me Down — Sophie B. Hawkins
  3. Part of the List — Ne-Yo
  4. I Kissed a Girl — Jill Sibule
  5. Won’t You Give Him (One More Chance) — Robert Cray
  6. Shining Light — 10,000 Maniacs
  7. Built this Way — Samantha Ronson
  8. Nothing to Lose — Michael Learns to Rock
  9. Matador — David Berkeley
  10. Roses and Hips — Keren Ann
  11. Roller Coaster — Blink 182
  12. Side — Travis
  13. Falling into You — Kasey Chambers
  14. You’re Tender and You’re Tired — Manic Street Preachers
  15. The Sidewinder Sleeps Tonite — REM
  16. Complicated — Avril Lavigne
  17. Goodbye, Apathy — One Republic
  18. Step into My Office, Baby — Belle and Sebastian
  19. Dolphin — Poe
  20. Medication — Garbage
  21. The Best Years — Smile
  22. You’ve Got Her in Your Pocket — The White Stripes
  23. I Think We’re Alone Now — Girls Aloud
  24. The Choir of the Prophecy Fulfilled — Darkest Hour
  25. Paradise City — Guns N Roses

37 odd things

I’m sure I’ve done similar memes before, but it’s been a while. And I’ve been tagged by a couple of people. So, here goes.

If you opened this, FILL IT OUT! Learn 37 things about your friends, and let them learn 37 things about you! Send back to me and to several more friends!

  1. Do you like Blue Cheese dressing?
    yep, though i will only put a tiny bit, i’m not very keen on dressing
  2. Have you ever smoked cigarettes?
    a few, when i was younger. now i won’t smoke one for a million dollars
  3. Do you own a gun?
    yes, i have a marshmallow shooter
  4. What flavor of Kool-Aid was your favorite?
    to my knowledge, i’ve never had kool-aid
  5. Do you get nervous before doctor appointments?
    no, why would i be nervous?
  6. What do you think of hot dogs?
  7. Favorite Christmas movies?
    christmas movies are not a tradition
  8. What do you prefer to drink in the morning?
  9. Can you do push ups?
    yep, though not as many nor as strong as i’d like
  10. What’s your favorite piece of jewelry?
    the swarovski jigsaw necklace i bought at changi airport, mm has the matching piece
  11. Favorite hobby?
    being a geek
  12. Do you have A.D.D.?
    yep yep
  13. Do you wear glasses/contacts?
    it’s a necessity
  14. Middle name?
  15. Name 3 thoughts at this exact moment.
    a) guilty about using the wind, missing the mbp; b) can’t believe i ate a whole mcdonalds angus third pounder with mushroom and cheese with fries and chocolate milkshake; c) good hospital visit today
  16. Name 2 or 3 drinks you regularly drink?
    coke zero, tea, water
  17. Current worry?
    something at work
  18. Current hate right now?
    something at work
  19. Favorite place to be?
  20. How did you bring in the New Year?
    at home
  21. Where would you like to go?
    home. oh, i’m supposed to answer a location? antarctica
  22. Name three people who will complete this.
  23. Do you own slippers?
    yep, flip flop house slippers and a ton of soft toweling ones from hotels
  24. What color shirt are you wearing?
    navy blue
  25. Do you like sleeping on satin sheets?
    never tried, doubt i’d like it
  26. Can you whistle?
  27. Where are you now?
    in the dining room at car’s house
  28. Would you be a pirate?
    no, don’t like masses of water where i can’t see the bottom
  29. What songs do you sing in the shower?
    i don’t
  30. Favorite Girl’s Name?
    jane, anything simple
  31. Favorite boy’s name?
  32. What’s in your pocket right now?
    i’m in shorts, nothing in the pockets
  33. Last thing that made you laugh?
    something i read
  34. What vehicle do you drive?
    no car yet, but if i did it’d probably be a golf
  35. Worst injury you’ve ever had?
    messed up my knee in a skiing accident
  36. Do you love where you live?
    i’m getting settled
  37. How many TVs do you have in your house?
    two, bear in mind there’s only one of me


I’ve been playing with hunch, a new startup from Caterina Fake that

helps you make decisions and gets smarter the more you use it

What is it? It’s a “decision engine” — I ask it a question, it asks me several related questions, then it gives me answers based on my answers. There’s also a big list of 70+ questions that i can answer that educates hunch about me.

So far, hunch has told me I should get the iPhone 3GS and not the Palm Pre (like, duh); that if I were to visit London I should stay at the Blake; and that I should try deep water aerobics as a fitness program. The last one is, well, pretty inaccurate — and I get a chance to disagree. It’s still a work in progress, there are not so many questions, but it’s fun.

flat stanley

neena07bean neena16cta

I did flat stanley for my niece this week. flat stanley is inspired by the children’s book by Jeff Brown. Poor Stanley got squashed and became flat as pancake. Undeterred, Stanley takes advantage of his flat state to go on many adventures around the world and even to space.

Many schools initiate Flat Stanley Projects in which children make their own Flat Stanleys, and take him to activities with them for a few days. They record the activities in a journal. Then the fun part starts:

Flat Stanley and the journal are mailed to other people who are asked to treat the figure as a visiting guest and add to his journal, then return them both after a period of time.

So my niece’s flat doll, whom she named Flat Neena, has been making the journeys. She’s been to her grandparents in West Sussex, and our cousin in New York so far. And this week she was with me. I took her to Sears Tower, the Arts Institute, the Bean, downtown, and on a ride on the brown line. She’s now on her way back to my niece. It’s been really fun.

Full set: 17 (15 public) on flickr

things about me that you probably don’t care but still make you read anyway

More facebook meme madness, gakked from my cousin.

Three names I go by:
1. [real name] [you didn’t think I’d tell, did you?]
2. watty
3. CEO (chief excel operator)

Three jobs I have had in my life:
1. chemist
2. acting service centre manager
3. head excel geek (see #3 above)

Three places I have lived:
1. london
2. hong kong
3. zurich

Three TV Shows that I watch:
1. amazing race
2. dollhouse
3. iron chef

Three places I have been:
1. kenya
2. chile
3. new zealand

People that e-mail me regularly:
1. my sis
2. the bank
3. car

Three of my favorite foods:
1. ham
2. sushi, sashimi, any japanese food
3. rocket aka arugula aka rucola

Three songs you love:
1. viva la vida
2. human
3. sometime after midnight

Three books you would read more than once:
1. less than zero
2. the belgariad series
3. honor series

Three movies you love:
1. star wars (episode 4 definitely, ep 5 okay, others are meh)
2. ironman
3. the lake house

Three friends I think will re-post:
1. Car
2. bobbi
3. ces, well she tagged me

Things I am looking forward to: with mm for a few days — that’s a BIG deal
2. finding somewhere to live in chicago
3. orlando

Three drinks:
1. coke zero
2. tea
3. um, coke zero

Three people you miss:
1. mm
2. parents, sis, niece
3. ricky

Three sports teams:
1. west ham
2. england cricket team
3. cubs? white sox? I’m supposed to like them, right? seeing that I’m “local” and all

movies i’ve seen — 75

meme #11. Tagged by Car who, together with airlines, provides me with film entertainment.

SUPPOSEDLY if you’ve seen over 85 films, you have no life. Mark the ones you’ve seen. There are 239 films on this list. Copy this list, go to your own Facebook account, paste this as a note. Then, put x’s next to the films you’ve seen, add them up, change the header adding your number, and click post at the bottom. Have fun.

( ) Rocky Horror Picture Show
(x) Grease
(x) Pirates of the Caribbean
(x) Pirates of the Caribbean 2: Dead Man’s Chest
( ) Boondock Saints
( ) Fight Club
( ) Starsky and Hutch
(x) Neverending Story
(x) Blazing Saddles
(x) Airplane
Total: 6

( ) Napoleon Dynamite
(x) Labyrinth
( ) Saw
( ) Saw II
( ) White Noise
( ) White Oleander
( ) Anger Management
(x) 50 First Dates
(x) The Princess Diaries
( ) The Princess Diaries 2: Royal Engagement

Total so far: 9

( ) Scream
( ) Scream 2
( ) Scream 3
(x) Scary Movie
( ) Scary Movie 2
( ) Scary Movie 3
( ) Scary Movie 4
(x) American Pie
(x) American Pie 2
(x) American Wedding
( ) American Pie Band Camp

Total so far: 13

(x) Harry Potter 1
(x) Harry Potter 2
(x) Harry Potter 3
(x) Harry Potter 4
( ) Resident Evil 1
( ) Resident Evil 2
( ) The Wedding Singer
( ) Little Black Book
( ) The Village
(x) Lilo & Stitch

Total so far: 18

(x) Finding Nemo
( ) Finding Neverland
(x) Signs
( ) The Grinch
( ) Texas Chainsaw Massacre

( ) Texas Chainsaw Massacre: The Beginning
( ) White Chicks
( ) Butterfly Effect
( ) 13 Going on 30
(x) I, Robot
( ) Robots

Total so far: 21

( ) Dodgeball: A True Underdog Story
( ) Universal Soldier
( ) Lemony Snicket: A Series Of Unfortunate Events
( ) Along Came Polly
(x) Deep Impact
( ) KingPin
(x) Never Been Kissed
( ) Meet The Parents
( ) Meet the Fockers
( ) Eight Crazy Nights
( ) Joe Dirt
( ) King Kong

Total so far: 23

( ) A Cinderella Story
( ) The Terminal
( ) The Lizzie McGuire Movie
( ) Passport to Paris
(x) Dumb & Dumber
( ) Dumber & Dumberer
( ) Final Destination
( ) Final Destination 2
( ) Final Destination 3
( ) Halloween
( ) The Ring
( ) The Ring 2
( ) Surviving X-mas
( ) Flubber

Total so far: 24

( ) Harold & Kumar Go To White Castle
(x) Practical Magic
( ) Chicago
( ) Ghost Ship
( ) From Hell
(x) Hellboy
( ) Secret Window
( ) I Am Sam
( ) The Whole Nine Yards
( ) The Whole Ten Yards

Total so far: 26

(x) The Day After Tomorrow
( ) Child’s Play
( ) Seed of Chucky
( ) Bride of Chucky
( ) Ten Things I Hate About You
( ) Just Married
( ) Gothika
( ) Nightmare on Elm Street
(x) Sixteen Candles
( ) Remember the Titans
( ) Coach Carter
( ) The Grudge
( ) The Grudge 2
( ) The Mask
( ) Son Of The Mask

Total so far: 28

( ) Bad Boys
( ) Bad Boys 2
( ) Joy Ride
( ) Lucky Number Slevin
(x) Ocean’s Eleven
(x) Ocean’s Twelve
( ) Bourne Identity
( ) Bourne Supremecy
( ) Lone Star
( ) Bedazzled
( ) Predator I
( ) Predator II
( ) The Fog (the original)
( ) Ice Age
( ) Ice Age 2: The Meltdown
( ) Curious George

Total so far: 30

(x) Independence Day
( ) Cujo
( ) A Bronx Tale
( ) Darkness Falls
( ) Christine
(x) ET
( ) Children of the Corn
( ) My Bosses Daughter
(x) Maid in Manhattan
(x) War of the Worlds
( ) Rush Hour
( ) Rush Hour 2

Total so far: 34

( ) Best Bet
(x) How to Lose a Guy in 10 Days
(x) She’s All That
( ) Calendar Girls
(x) Sideways
( ) Mars Attacks
(x) Event Horizon
(x) Ever After
( ) Wizard of Oz
(x) Forrest Gump
(x) Big Trouble in Little China
(x) The Terminator
(x) The Terminator 2
(x) The Terminator 3

Total so far: 44

(x) X-Men
(x) X-2
(x) X-3
(x) Spider-Man
(x) Spider-Man 2
( ) Sky High
( ) Jeepers Creepers
( ) Jeepers Creepers 2
( ) Catch Me If You Can
(x) The Little Mermaid
(x) Freaky Friday
( ) Reign of Fire
( ) The Skulls
(x) Cruel Intentions
( ) Cruel Intentions 2
( ) The Hot Chick
(x) Shrek
(x) Shrek 2

Total so far: 54

( ) Swimfan
( ) Miracle on 34th street [the original]
( ) Old School
( ) The Notebook
( ) K-Pax
( ) Krippendorf’s Tribe
( ) A Walk to Remember
( ) Ice Castles
( ) Boogeyman
( ) The 40-year-old Virgin

Total so far: 54

(x) Lord of the Rings: Fellowship of the Ring
(x) Lord of the Rings: The Two Towers
(x) Lord of the Rings: Return Of the King
(x) Indiana Jones and the Raiders of the Lost Ark
(x) Indiana Jones and the Temple of Doom
(x) Indiana Jones and the Last Crusade

Total so far: 60

( ) Basketball
( ) Hostel
( ) Waiting for Guffman
( ) House of 1000 Corpses
( ) Devils Rejects
( ) Elf
(x) Highlander
( ) Mothman Prophecies
( ) American History X
( ) Three

Total so Far: 61

( ) The Jacket
( ) Kung Fu Hustle
( ) Shaolin Soccer
( ) Night Watch

(x) Monsters Inc.
(x) Titanic
( ) Monty Python and the Holy Grail
( ) Shaun Of the Dead
( ) Willard

Total so far: 63

( ) High Tension
( ) Club Dread
(x) Hulk
( ) Dawn Of the Dead
( ) Hook
(x) Chronicles Of Narnia: The Lion the Witch and the Wardrobe
( ) 28 days later
( ) Orgazmo
( ) Phantasm
( ) Waterworld

Total so far: 65

( ) Kill Bill vol 1
( ) Kill Bill vol 2
( ) Mortal Kombat
( ) Wolf Creek
( ) Kingdom of Heaven
( ) The Hills Have Eyes
( ) I Spit on Your Grave aka the Day of the Woman
( ) The Last House on the Left
( ) Re-Animator
( ) Army of Darkness

Total so far: 65

(x) Star Wars Ep. I The Phantom Menace
(x) Star Wars Ep. II Attack of the Clones
(x) Star Wars Ep. III Revenge of the Sith
(x) Star Wars Ep. IV A New Hope
(x) Star Wars Ep. V The Empire Strikes Back
(x) Star Wars Ep. VI Return of the Jedi
( ) Ewoks Caravan Of Courage
( ) Ewoks The Battle For Endor

Total so far: 71

(x) The Matrix
(x) The Matrix Reloaded
(x) The Matrix Revolutions
( ) Animatrix
( ) Evil Dead
( ) Evil Dead 2
( ) Team America: World Police
( ) Red Dragon
(x) Silence of the Lambs
( ) Hannibal

Grand Total: 75

if you were a band, this would be your first album cover

Here’s another set of facebook memes. #9. tagged by Sera.

If you were in a band, this would be your first album cover. Directions:

  1. Go to a wikipedia random page — the title is the name of your band
  2. Go to random quotes — the first 5 words from the last quote is the title of your first album
  3. Go to flickr’s last 7 days interesting page — select a photo for your album cover
  4. Using photoshop or a similar program, put it all together
  5. Post and tag friends you want to join in.

That was FUN!!!! I got an award winning cinematographer as band name, the last words of captain Lawrence Oates (1880-1912) as album name, and picked a picture of an abandoned room as cover. Which I played around in photoshop, of course.

random album

Apparently the BBC reckons most people will have only read 6 of the 100 books here

meme #8, tagged by Kerry. Apparently the BBC reckons most people will have only read 6 of the 100 books here.

1) Look at the list and put an ‘x’ after those you have read
2) Add a ‘+’ to the ones you LOVE
3) Star (*) those you plan on reading
4) Tally your total at the bottom
5) Put in a note with your total in the subject

  1. Pride and Prejudice – Jane Austen x+++
  2. The Lord of the Rings – JRR Tolkien [I tried, but i just can’t get through them]
  3. Jane Eyre – Charlotte Bronte x
  4. Harry Potter series – JK Rowling * [i’m stuck on book 5]
  5. To Kill a Mockingbird – Harper Lee x
  6. The Bible [the whole Bible, not so much]
  7. Wuthering Heights – Emily Bronte x
  8. Nineteen Eighty Four – George Orwell x
  9. His Dark Materials – Philip Pullman x
  10. Great Expectations – Charles Dickens x+
  11. Little Women – Louisa M Alcott x+
  12. Tess of the D’Urbervilles – Thomas Hardy
  13. Catch 22 – Joseph Heller
  14. Complete Works of Shakespeare
  15. Rebecca – Daphne Du Maurier
  16. The Hobbit – JRR Tolkien [see #2]
  17. Birdsong – Sebastian Faulk
  18. Catcher in the Rye – JD Salinger x+++++++++ [:P]
  19. The Time Traveller’s Wife – Audrey Niffenegger
  20. Middlemarch – George Eliot
  21. Gone With The Wind – Margaret Mitchell [no, never]
  22. The Great Gatsby – F Scott Fitzgerald
  23. Bleak House – Charles Dickens
  24. War and Peace – Leo Tolstoy
  25. The Hitch Hiker’s Guide to the Galaxy – Douglas Adams x+++
  26. Brideshead Revisited – Evelyn Waugh
  27. Crime and Punishment – Fyodor Dostoyevsky
  28. Grapes of Wrath – John Steinbeck x
  29. Alice in Wonderland – Lewis Carroll
  30. The Wind in the Willows – Kenneth Grahame
  31. Anna Karenina – Leo Tolstoy
  32. David Copperfield – Charles Dickens x
  33. Chronicles of Narnia – CS Lewis
  34. Emma – Jane Austen
  35. Persuasion – Jane Austen
  36. The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe – CS Lewis
  37. The Kite Runner – Khaled Hosseini
  38. Captain Corelli’s Mandolin – Louis De Bernieres
  39. Memoirs of a Geisha – Arthur Golden
  40. Winnie the Pooh – AA Milne
  41. Animal Farm – George Orwell x
  42. The Da Vinci Code – Dan Brown [i got may be half way, then lost interest]
  43. One Hundred Years of Solitude – Gabriel Garcia Marquez
  44. A Prayer for Owen Meaney – John Irving
  45. The Woman in White – Wilkie Collins
  46. Anne of Green Gables – LM Montgomery
  47. Far from the Madding Crowd – Thomas Hardy
  48. The Handmaid’s Tale – Margaret Atwood
  49. Lord of the Flies – William Golding x
  50. Atonement – Ian McEwan
  51. Life of Pi – Yann Martel
  52. Dune – Frank Herbert x
  53. Cold Comfort Farm – Stella Gibbons
  54. Sense and Sensibility – Jane Austen x
  55. A Suitable Boy – Vikram Seth
  56. The Shadow of the Wind – Carlos Ruiz Zafon
  57. A Tale of Two Cities – Charles Dickens
  58. Brave New World – Aldous Huxley
  59. The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-time – Mark Haddon
  60. Love in the time of Cholera – Gabriel Garcia Marquez
  61. Of Mice and Men – John Steinbeck
  62. Lolita – Vladimir Nabokov
  63. The Secret History – Donna Tartt x+
  64. The Lovely Bones – Alice Sebold
  65. Count of Monte Cristo – Alexandre Dumas
  66. On the Road – Jack Kerouac
  67. Jude the Obscure – Thomas Hardy
  68. Bridget Jones’s Diary – Helen Fielding x
  69. Midnight’s Children – Salman Rushdie
  70. Moby Dick – Herman Melville
  71. Oliver Twist – Charles Dickens x
  72. Dracula – Bram Stoker
  73. The Secret Garden – Frances Hodgson Burnett x
  74. Notes from a Small Island – Bill Bryson
  75. Ulysses – James Joyce
  76. The Bell Jar – Sylvia Plath
  77. Swallows and Amazons – Arthur Ransome
  78. Germinal – Emile Zola
  79. Vanity Fair – William Makepeace Thackeray
  80. Possession – AS Byatt
  81. A Christmas Carol – Charles Dickens x
  82. Cloud Atlas – David Mitchell
  83. The Color Purple – Alice Walker
  84. The Remains of the Day – Kazuo Ishiguro x
  85. Madame Bovary – Gustave Flaubert
  86. A Fine Balance – Rohinton Mistry
  87. Charlotte’s Web – EB White x+++
  88. The Five People You Meet in Heaven – Mitch Albom
  89. Adventures of Sherlock Holmes – Sir Arthur Conan Doyle
  90. The Faraway Tree Collection – Enid Blyton [why these and not the Famous Five?]
  91. Heart of Darkness – Joseph Conrad
  92. The Little Prince – Antoine De Saint Exupery x
  93. The Wasp Factory – Iain Banks
  94. Watership Down – Richard Adams x [really boring]
  95. A Confederacy of Dunces – John Kennedy Toole
  96. A Town Like Alice – Nevil Shute
  97. The Three Musketeers – Alexandre Dumas x [though, i think it was an abridged version]
  98. Hamlet – William Shakespeare x
  99. Charlie and the Chocolate Factory – Roald Dahl x
  100. Les Miserables – Victor Hugo x [this was definitely an abridged version]

Total 28, of which most were required reading at school. Those I like I put more than one (+) and of the ones I haven’t read, I intend to finish the Potters, that’s it. I wanted to read Atonement, but after seeing the film, not so much.

I tried to look for the origin, and I think the meme grew from a 2003 search for the nation’s favourite books that resulted in the Big Read. When i said grew, there are post-2003 books in this list, so perhaps it’s morphed.

my life as movie soundtracks

meme #7 (tagged by Stacia).

  1. Open your library (iTunes, Winamp, Media Player, iPod, etc)
  2. Put it on shuffle
  3. Press play
  4. For the first question, type the song that’s playing
  5. When you go to a new question, press the next button TWICE
  6. Don’t lie and try to pretend you’re cool…just type it in man!


  1. Opening Credits:
    She Bangs — Ricky Marin
  2. Waking Up:
    Angel Eyes — Abba
  3. First Day at School:
    Brighter Eyes — Mono Band
  4. Falling in Love:
    Foundations — Beautiful South
  5. Losing Virginity:
    Ghost World — Aimee Mann
  6. Fight Song:
    The First — Tegan and Sara [wow, freaky coincidence]
  7. Breaking Up:
    Cold in the Country — The Rosewood Thieves
  8. Prom:
    Hello — Oasis
  9. Life:
    This is the Day — Courtney Jaye
  10. Mental Breakdown:
    Never Enough — Del Amitri
  11. Driving:
    Outlines — Clor
  12. Flashback:
    Better Luck Next Time — Scissor Sisters
  13. Getting Back Together:
    Sometime Around Midnight — Airborne Toxic Event [mmm, one of my favourite songs too]
  14. Wedding:
    Tai Chi — Christophe Beck [heh]
  15. Birth of Child:
    Home to Stay — Josh Groban
  16. Final Battle:
    Kids — Robbie Williams [ack, one question too late]
  17. Death Scene:
    Andy, You’re a Star — The Killers [so nice of the Killers to show up at the end]
  18. Funeral Song:
    Everybody Have Fun Tonight — Wang Chung [LOL]
  19. End Credits:
    Sweet Hallelujah — Hawksley Workman [if only it were the Leonard Cohen, Jeff Buckley or even Rufus Wainwright Hallelujah]


meme #6. Type in “[your name] needs” in quotes into your favorite search engine and see what comes up. List the first 10 and then tag 10 or more friends.

i did “watson needs” cos watty didn’t come up with anything meaningful. So, watson needs:

  1. an Invisibility Cloak [oh yes I do and I’d really really really like one]
  2. Assessment Questionnaire Survey
  3. to do another blog post [not after I’ve been posting crazy about memes]
  4. your signature
  5. a vacation [*nods*]
  6. to play domestic cricket for an extended period of time
  7. to stop moving her eyebrows so much
  8. a censor [why? i don’t swear…that much]
  9. a new agent
  10. to play with more fire [now that is eyebrow-raising-worthy]

100 random things about me cuz I’m so freakin’ bored

meme #5. After you have filled this out, tag people and have them do the same.

[Note: the post from Julia, who tagged me, and others numbered this list manually. I’m using html ol, and the auto-numbering shows there are only 98 things. So, i added #99 and 100 myself.]

  1. Last beverage? coke zero
  2. Last phone call? mm
  3. Last text message? mm
  4. Last song you listened to? Human — The Killers
  5. Last time you cried? don’t remember

  7. Dated someone twice? no
  8. Been cheated on? yes, kinda, and it wasn’t a cut and dry situation
  9. Lost someone special? see above
  10. Been depressed? not in the clinical, needing medicine way
  11. Been drunk? lol yes

  13. black
  14. blue
  15. can i say black again? um, grey
  16. THIS YEAR HAVE YOU: [I presume it’s 2009, which is tough cos it’s only february]

  17. Made new friends? fb friends yes, RL friends not so much
  18. Fallen out of love? no
  19. Laughed until you cried? no
  20. Met someone who changed you? no
  21. Found out who your true friends were? no, i have very few, selective, friends
  22. Found out someone was talking about you? no
  23. Kissed anyone on your friend’s list? on one of my friend’s list yes of course
  24. GENERAL:

  25. How many people on your friends list do you know in real life? depends on which account. on one account i know and have met 10-15%, on my other account I know 90-95% personally
  26. How many kids do you want to have? none
  27. Do you have any pets? not now, i can’t see me having pets in future cos I travel so much, am scared of dogs and allergic to cats
  28. Do you want to change your name? i just don’t want a name
  29. What did you do for your last birthday? i had a quiet day by myself
  30. What time did you wake up today? 9am
  31. What were you doing at midnight last night? reading Trails Merge, Rachel please take note lol
  32. Name something you CANNOT wait for? bonus time
  33. Last time you saw your father? the week in january when i was home in between chicago and going to new york
  34. What is one thing you wish you could change about your life? that i did more creative stuff, like spent more time and energy writing and learning photography
  35. What are you listening to right now? Gram watching tv in the next room
  36. Have you ever talked to a person named Tom? yep
  37. What’s getting on your nerves right now? stress at work
  38. Whats your real name? ha! no way
  39. Relationship Status? yes
  40. Zodiac sign? aries
  41. Male or female? female
  42. Elementary school? mcs
  43. Middle school? i guess this means early secondary school? clsg
  44. High school? clsg
  45. Hair color? black
  46. Long or short? short
  47. Height? 5’4”
  48. Do you have a crush on someone? no
  49. What do you like about yourself? i’m really smart and i hope i’m not coming across as too arrogant
  50. Piercing? none
  51. Tattoos? none
  52. Righty or lefty? righty wishing to be lefty (or ambidextrous)
  53. FIRSTS:

  54. First surgery: okay, this is a big secret that only my sis knew at the time, i had a lump removed from my left breast when i was around 20-21
  55. First piercing: none, see #46
  56. First tattoo: none see #47
  57. First best friend: when i was 7, we were friends all through school and through college even though we were in different countries
  58. First sport you joined: basketball since, like, forever
  59. First pet: aside from some chicks when we were young, we had Tabby for 20 years
  60. First vacation remembered: macau with my family and my uncle’s family, when i was may be 7? 10?
  61. First concert: does Disney on Ice count? otherwise it would have been a classical concert
  62. First crush: when i was 7, i had some sort of crush on the girl i sat with at school
  63. First alcoholic drink: nothing specific, my dad and grandpa always gave us sips from what they were drinking be it beer, wine, brandy
  64. RIGHT NOW:

  65. Eating: we had a late lunch of white castle
  66. Drinking: coke zero
  67. I’m about to: start reading a book i’ve read a few times before
  68. Listening to: nothing
  69. Waiting to: enjoy my long weekend

  71. Want kids? no, see #22
  72. Want to get married? in a perfect world, i’m already married
  73. Careers in mind? i’m coming up to the high point of my career now, i’m global head of my function

  75. Lips or eyes? eyes
  76. Hugs or kisses? kisses though mostly i get hugs
  77. Shorter or taller? no preference, mm is shorter
  78. Older or Younger? no preference, mm is younger
  79. Romantic or spontaneous? romantic
  80. Nice stomach or nice arms? nice stomach, since i’m on a fitness bug
  81. Tattoos or piercings? none
  82. Sensitive or loud? anything but loud
  83. Hook-up or relationship? relationship
  84. Trouble maker or hesitant? neither, but if i had to pick, hesitant

  86. Kissed a stranger? no
  87. Drank hard liquor? yes
  88. Lost glasses/contacts? no, how can anyone lose their glasses?
  89. Sex on first date? no
  90. Broken someone’s heart? i hope not, have to ask mm
  91. Had your own heart broken? slightly
  92. Been arrested? no
  93. Turned someone down? no
  94. Cried when someone died? yes
  95. Liked a friend that is a girl/boy (depends on your preference)? yep, but it passed

  97. Yourself? yes
  98. Miracles? yes
  99. Love at first sight? as a concept maybe, as something that can happen to me, no
  100. Heaven? yes
  101. Santa Claus? as in fly around on a sleigh delivering presents every Christmas Eve? No. as a story, yes
  102. Kissing on the first date? no reference point, but if it’s right then sure
  103. Angels? yes

  105. Is there one person you want to be with right now? yes
  106. Had more than one boyfriend/girlfriend at one time? no
  107. Do you believe its possible to remain faithful forever? mostly yes
  108. What’s the one thing you cannot live without? “me” time
  109. Posting this as 100 truth? yes

  111. Current exercise: running, moving onto strength training and intervals
  112. Completely random: lemon meringue pie

what your ipod says about you

meme #4. Strictly speaking, it’s what your itunes says about you.

Here’s how it works:
1. Open your library
2. Put it on shuffle
3. Press play
4. For every question, type the song that’s playing
5. When you go to a new question, press the next button
6. Don’t lie about the songs (they can be funny if you just leave them)
7. At the end, choose 25 people to be tagged.

  1. What’s my mood like right now?
    The Sound of Settling — Death Cab for Cutie
  2. How’s tomorrow going to be for me?
    Thinking about You — Ivy
  3. What kind of person am I?
    From a Distance — Kathy Mattea
  4. Am I loved?
    You Make it Real — James Morrison
  5. How can I achieve my highest potential?
    Weak in the Presence of Beauty — Alison Moyet
  6. What should I do with my life?
    Pretty Girls don’t Cry — Chris Isaak
  7. Is everything really going to be alright in the end?
    Loose Ends — Imogen Heap
  8. What is my best quality?
    The Rain — Kasey Chambers
  9. How does my social life look?
    Undertow — Suzanne Vega
  10. What’s the meaning of life?
    Season of Hollow Soul — kd lang
  11. What do people think of me?
    Throw Your Arms Around Me — Neil Finn
  12. How crazy am I?
    America Town — Five for Fighting
  13. Where will I be a year from now?
    Moments — Alex Parks
  14. What is my fondest wish?
    Secret — Maroon 5
  15. How did my best friend and I meet?
    Milk — Garbage
  16. What will I dream about tonight?
    Crawl — Kings of Leon
  17. What should I be working on right now?
    See You — Depeche Mode
  18. What’s my mom up to currently?
    She will be Loved — Maroon 5
  19. What did I do last weekend?
    Ain’t got Nothin’ — Oasis
  20. Describe me.
    Run — Four Star Mary
  21. What does my iPod say about me?
    Fool’s Paradise — Rosie Vela

the bucket list

meme #3.

Rules: place an (x) by all the things you’ve done and remove the (x) from the ones you have not, then send it to your friends (including me).

Things you have done during your lifetime:
( ) Gone on a blind date
(x) Skipped school
( ) Watched someone die
(x) Been to Canada
( ) Been to Mexico
( ) Been to Florida
(x) Been to Hawaii
(x) Been on a plane
(x) Been on a helicopter
(x) Been lost
(x) Gone to Washington, DC
(x) Swam in the ocean
(x) Cried yourself to sleep
(x) Played cops and robbers
( ) Recently colored with crayons
(x) Sang Karaoke – including back up singing
( ) Paid for a meal with coins only
( ) Been to the top of the St. Louis Arch
(x) Done something you told yourself you wouldn’t
(x) Made prank phone calls
( ) Been down Bourbon Street in New Orleans
(x) Laughed until some kind of beverage came out of your nose & elsewhere
(x) Caught a snowflake on your tongue
( ) Danced in the rain
( ) Written a letter to Santa Claus
( ) Been kissed under the mistletoe
(x) Watched the sunrise with someone
(x) Blown bubbles
(x) Gone ice-skating
(x) Gone to the movies
( ) Been deep sea fishing
( ) Driven across the United States
( ) Been in a hot air balloon
( ) Been sky diving
( ) Gone snowmobiling
(x) Lived in more than one country
(x) Lay down outside at night and admired the stars while listening to the crickets
( ) Seen a falling star and made a wish
( ) Enjoyed the beauty of Old Faithful Geyser
(x) Seen the Statue of Liberty
( ) Gone to the top of Seattle Space Needle
(x) Been on a cruise
(x) Traveled by train
(x) Traveled by motorcycle
(x) Been horse back riding
(x) Ridden on a San Francisco CABLE CAR
(x) Been to Disneyland
(x) Truly believe in the power of prayer
(x) Been in a rain forest (a temperate rainforest)
(x) Seen whales in the ocean
(x) Been to Niagara Falls
(x) Ridden on an elephant-This does not include the Flying Dumbo ride!
( ) Swam with dolphins
( ) Swam with sting rays
( ) Been to the Olympics
(x) Walked on the Great Wall of China
( ) Saw and heard a glacier calf
(x) Seen a glacier
( ) Been spinnaker flying
( ) Been water-skiing
(x) Been snow-skiing
(x) Been to Westminster Abbey
(x) Been to the Louvre
(x) Swam in the Mediterranean
( ) Been to a Major League Baseball game
( ) Been to a National Football League game
( ) Found and lost the greatest love of your life
( ) Kissed a total stranger
(x) Raced another car

senior year in high school

meme #2. First, it’s not “senior” year it’s the Upper Sixth, and it’s not “high” school it’s secondary school — this meme is way too american, but what the hell.

The rules: fill this out about your SENIOR year of high school! The longer ago it was, the more fun the answers will be!! FORWARD with name of high school and graduating year in the subject box.

  1. Did you date someone from your school? no, I had no concept of dating then
  2. Did you marry someone from your high school? no
  3. Did you car pool to school? driving to school wasn’t, isn’t allowed
  4. What kind of car did you have? see above
  5. What kind of car do you have now? none
  6. It is Friday night…where are you? home
  7. It was Friday night…where were you then? home
  8. What kind of job did you have in high school? *confused* i was at school, why would I be working
  9. What kind of job do you do now? chief excel officer
  10. Were you considered a flirt? no
  11. Were you in band, orchestra, or choir? no
  12. Were you a nerd? no, i played sports
  13. Did you get suspended or expelled? no
  14. Can you sing the fight song? we don’t have a fight song
  15. Who was/were your favorite teacher? Mr R for Maths, Mrs W for chemistry
  16. Where did you sit during lunch? refectory
  17. When did you graduate? 19xx
  18. What was your school mascot? we don’t have mascots
  19. If you could go back and do it again, would you? no
  20. Did you have fun at Prom? we don’t have prom
  21. Do you still talk to the person you went to Prom with? see above
  22. Are you planning on going to your next reunion? no, though last time i was in town, i went over to take some pictures
  23. Do you still talk to people from school? no
  24. What are/were your school’s colors? maroon and white

pride and prejudice meets facebook


via mefi, pride and prejudice told facebook newsfeed style. It’s funny as hell, I grinned like an idiot reading it. Funny bits further down:

Lydia Bennet and Kitty Bennet joined the group 1,000,000 Strong Against the Officers Leaving Meryton!

Mrs. Bennet joined the group Widows of Men Killed in Duels.

great food debates

memes, love them or hate them. This, like the omnivore 100 and vegetarian 100 from last week, from accidental hedonist. Not so much a meme as a collection of the most common “which?” food debates.

  • Coke or Pepsi: coke. coke. coke. diet coke and lately, coke zero
  • Thick crust or thin for your Pizza: used to be thick crust, now leaning more towards thin because it’s harder to do but if done well, is very well
  • Rare or Well Done for you steak: I always ask for rare, but find I usually get medium rare. I cook mine rare
  • Hot Dogs or Hamburgers: hamburgers. I never grew up with a hotdog culture
  • Ketchup or Mustard on your hot dog: both, plus relish, plus everything except onions
  • Cake or Pie: cake. don’t like pastry
  • Brownies with a fine, glossy crust, or soft cake brownies: I reallly only like the crust
  • Nuts in the brownies: made it myself
  • Vanilla or Chocolate ice cream: vanilla
  • Blue cheese or ranch dressing with your Buffalo wings: I’d rather eat the wings plain but if I had to choose, blue cheese
  • Soup or Salad: salad. I don’t order soup as a course, I’ll have it if it comes with a meal cos I like making my own soup
  • Butter on your Popcorn: not really
  • Pork or Beef barbecue: don’t quite understand. it depends on what it looks like, I’ll probably end up with the beef
  • Coffee or tea: omg, tea
  • Beer from a can or a bottle: bottle
  • Oreos or Hydrox: no clue what is hydrox
  • Little Debbie or Hostess: neither. too American
  • Bacon or Sausage: sausage, especially those artificial McDonalds breakfast sausage patties. okay, I love handmade sausages you get from your butcher
  • Eggs Scrambled or Fried: scrambled. egg whites only if possible


mm avidly follows the horoscopes while I generally give them a cursory glance if I come across them. This was on my igoogle today:

Just as you were getting accustomed to the hectic pace, everything changes. You wake up in a quieter and gentler world today — and it’s not just because it’s the weekend. Instead of charging ahead, think about taking some time off and doing absolutely nothing at all. It might sound boring, but it might be just what you need.

Oh my. That’s a tough case to build for not believing.


The newest feed in my greader, the daily wtf, a story about…stupidity.

This morning, I had to deal with one of our HR secretaries, and it was déjà vu.

When I first started to work for this place I was in HR. I had passed my interviews and was doing paperwork as part of the hiring process. The HR secretary and I had the following conversation:

Her: Can I have the phone number of the consulting company where you worked for the past 6 years?
Me: I was self employed. I am the owner and sole employee of the consulting company and I would be happy to answer any questions you have.
Her: No, I need to call to verify!
Me: …But you’ll just be calling me.
Her: I have to call — what’s the number?
Me: The number of the office is [my cell number].
(note: I’m standing 2 feet directly in front of her. She dials the phone and I answer.)
Her: Hello — this is Paula from Initrode Global, calling in reference to Snoofle’s employment.
Me (both into the cell phone and to her): I know, I’m standing right in front of you.
Her (into the phone): Could you please verify the dates of Snoofle’s employment at VirtuDyne, Intelligenuity and Initech?
Me (reading from my résumé that is laying on her desk in front of her): VirtuDyne: a1 to b1, Intelligenuity: a2 to b2, and Initech: a3 to b3.
Her: Great, thank you! *click*
Me (directly to her): …Did you not notice that you were talking to me right here in front of you?
Her: I know, but I have to call to check these things.

At this point I walked away, wondering if the rest of the company would be just as WTF-y.

cheese fight

For just over a month, Sars and Keckler has been running a cheese showdown contest on tomato nation they call NCheeseAA. They started with pairs of cheese and asked for readers’ votes. There were the more familiar like brie and cheddar; and more obscure (for me) like mimolette and ossau-iraty.

And now it’s down to the final two. Mozzarella vs British Cheddar. I do appreciate that they specify it’s the British version, cos it is the best. Looks like there’s an overwhelming vote for it, and both hosts agree in their assessments.

Sars says: I have nothing against mozzarella, except that it’s not a cheese that can really stand on its own: to shine, it needs to go on something, or in something, or with something. British Cheddar, by contrast, is a great snack with an apple; goes great on veggie chili; and is delicious all by its lonesome.

Keckler says: I want Cheddar.

Me, I voted for Cheddar too.