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Mar 2

How to Spend 47 Hours on a Train and Not Go Crazy – NYTimes.com

Posted on Saturday, March 2, 2013 in General

Totally me:

 

The second category belongs to train buffs, known less commonly as rail fans, GERFs glassy-eyed rail fans, or foamers, a term coined by railroad employees to refer to people who became so excited by trains that they seem to foam at the mouth like rabies victims.

via How to Spend 47 Hours on a Train and Not Go Crazy – NYTimes.com.

 

 

Jan 26

Turnip Gratin

Posted on Saturday, January 26, 2013 in Food

Turnip Gratin – must make this

Jan 24

50 Essential Science Fiction Books

Posted on Thursday, January 24, 2013 in Books

Aspire to read: 50 Essential Science Fiction Books.

Dec 29

Disney Princesses in Real Life

Posted on Saturday, December 29, 2012 in Web

I love the Internet and the endless cool things to discover. I was looking for an image I saw years ago that revealed how similarly Disney princesses are all drawn the same with the same body shape and everything. I didn’t find that image — if you happen to know what I am talking about comment with a link please.

But I did find this cool photo manipulation series by photographer Jirka Vaatainen showing his idea of what Disney princesses would look like in real life.

I think my favorites are:

They are really well done and cute. Now, off again to look for that blasted picture. Down the rabbit hole, indeed.

Dec 22

Facebook in Rural Georgia

Posted on Saturday, December 22, 2012 in Personal, Web

I have to hide so many Facebook posts from local people. Why do so many rural Georgians have to be racist and bigoted? UGH. And why is is always about Obama? I get that they are conservative. But many posts cross the line, with the tone and intentions. How do they think they sound? I think sound very un-American, while they claim to be so very patriotic.

Now, I am not one to debate on Facebook and my days of being vocally political are very much over. So I just hide the posts. Debating politics with people makes me feel vastly uncomfortable. But all the same, it makes me sad realizing that these people, who I am friends with on a social level and say hello to when I see them, that these same people have these political ideals that are so diametrically opposed to mine. It sounds like I’m confusing conservatism and being racist and I am not. I am cognizant that most conservatives are not racist. Right? But I have to hide posts nearly every day and I’m weary.

Is this a tenable situation, living among people who just cannot accept a black person being president? I don’t know. For the most part I ignore it. I certainly cannot change their opinions. But these things, they make me sick.

Dec 18

“Skeleton Key” Beats Antique

Posted on Tuesday, December 18, 2012 in Music

via Beats Antique – “Skeleton Key” (Official Music Video) – YouTube.

Dec 16

Review: Steampunk Holmes

Posted on Sunday, December 16, 2012 in Books

Steampunk Holmes: Legacy of the NautilusSteampunk Holmes: Legacy of the Nautilus by P.C. Martin
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

Many parts of this Steampunk Sherlock Holmes tale were very enjoyable. The author does an impressive job of using the language of Sherlock Holmes. As someone who inherently focuses on language use, I noticed and appreciated that author has a masterful repertoire of language tools to use to construct meaning in the context of the Sherlock Holmes universe. She knows her stuff, in other words.

The plot enjoys elements that are original to this tale, are mashups of other tales, and also contains elements of an original Sir Arthur Conan Doyle Sherlock plot. While I think this melange of plot elements lends the tale an air of familiarity and authenticity, part of me suggests that giving Sherlock a more original mystery to figure out the details to would have given me as a reader more excitement, as I saw parts of the mystery coming together.

Overall I enjoyed the Steampunk twists in this story and the changes that the author chose to make to the universe fit very well with the Steampunk genre.

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Dec 15

SantaCon NYC

Posted on Saturday, December 15, 2012 in General

Things like SantaCon NYC are one reason I miss living near NYC. I love where I am now and am loving it more and more these days thanks to special persons who know who they are, but this? This is awesome. Next year, Santacon Athens!

Dec 13

Jim Henson and Ayn Rand

Posted on Thursday, December 13, 2012 in Web

I think this excerpt pretty well sums up this conversation on ARPANET in 1976 between Jim Henson, Ayn Rand, Sidney Nolan and Yoko Ono. This excerpt is from page three.

JIM HENSON

I think Ms. Rand and my character Oscar the Grouch would have a lot to talk about actually. I am laughing out loud at this idea.

AYN RAND

Why would I want to talk to him. What has he achieved or trying to achieve.

JIM HENSON

He has achieved what I think is the ultimate goal of your way of thinking.

JIM HENSON

Isolation. Contempt for others. A hard heart. Yet even he can muster a bit of empathy every now and then.

SIDNEY NOLAN

When Ms. Rands idea of individualism is amplified to the extreme things like Vietnam happen.

AYN RAND

I am not isolated. I have no contempt for others. Millions of people read my books and find my thoughts inspirational. I hardly spend my time on the sidelines in a trash can grumping.

JIM HENSON

Not yet anyway.

via The ARPANET Dialogues » Blog Archive » Vol. IV.

Yes this conversation really happened. And Yoko Ono flounced. FLOUNCED.

Dec 11

Camera Lust

Posted on Tuesday, December 11, 2012 in Web

If you are looking for a holiday present for someone who has an eye for photography, this camera is present for someone who has money. My CanonEOS 40D was the best camera ever. I really loved the kind of pictures I could take with it and the fact that I could change the lens. I am not a good photographer, I don’t have the “eye” that some people naturally do. But I adore taking pictures.

Buy.com has this CANON EOS 5D MARK III SLR Camera Body + 24-105mm + 3 Lens Kit + 48GB +Case & More for $3800. Yes that’s fucking expensive. But yes these cameras are worth it. You don’t even need to be good at framing a shot to take a really attractive photo with these cameras.

My camera went away with my ex and I am sure is long gone. But I adored it. Looking back through the photos captured with that beautiful camera is hard because the memories associated with them are entwined with emotions surrounding the ex. But when I can detach myself and look at them I can see the artistry that the camera lent to my untrained photographer’s eye. A point and shoot camera just doesn’t compare at any level.