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10 October 2011 @ 12:29 am
Day of Tears: A novel in dialogue
by Julius Lester

I picked this book up at the library book sale as something for my classroom. I love the hardcovers for a dollar, I generally grab everything that's in my students' age range. I plan to read everything I put in my library at some point. I read this one in a few hours today. It's the story of a slave on a plantation in Georgia. It's written in a series of drabbles and some conversations with stage directions. It jumps in time from before the War to after and back, which gives you a complete vision of the story without being choppy at all. It's extremely well written and very emotional. The rain metaphor is slightly overused, but the point is well made. While there's something of a happy ending it doesn't gloss over anything, it doesn't make it seem any less horrible than it was. While the other viewpoint is presented, no pains are taken to make it seem like it could make sense or that anyone should believe it. I don't fault the author for that, it's very difficult to make something so blatantly wrong even seem like something someone could believe. It's a quick read, but it will stay with you. Emma, the main character, is a very real person and you feel deeply for her, as well as the rest of the cast. Late elementary school students could access this story easily because it's written in such a way that they can understand what's happening without being overwhelmed by it. I think an adult could read it as well and take even more away from it. It's not a light read, but I would recommend it.
Feeling:: awakeawake
Hearing:: Predator Raw
26 September 2011 @ 07:58 pm
Planet of the Apes
by Pierre Boulle

On a whim I went to see if this movie was a book first. I had seen the Origins movie in the theatre a little bit ago and it got me thinking. (I enjoyed that movie a lot, btw.) Turns out Planet of the Apes was a book first, written in 1963. And a good book at that. It was a quick read, took me a couple days, but enjoyable. The style is that of a man telling a story, not living it. It was originally written in French and there is some feel of that left over in English. Spoilers. There is no Statue of Liberty. There is no "damn dirty apes". There is no fight to free the humans at all. The book is a study of evolution, pure and simple. It's a "what if?" taken to the extreme. It's fascinating and entertaining. But nothing like the movie at all. It's clearly satire and extremely well done at being one. It takes itself very seriously and that's okay since you don't have to. The twist at the end can be seen coming even if you've never seen the movie and you don't have a general idea about what happens, but that's okay. You don't lose anything already knowing how it ends. The character is essentially human and that's probably the most endearing part of the whole story. You can find yourself in his spot and wonder what you would have done. You can't take the book literally or seriously. It's not realistic except for the fact that you wonder if it could really happen. If you can manage that, you'll enjoy it. I recommend.
Feeling:: tiredtired
Hearing:: Yankees vs Rays
18 September 2011 @ 10:06 am
Happy birthday, Nonno. I miss you.
Feeling:: sadsad
Hearing:: Silence
17 September 2011 @ 11:59 pm
Zen 24/7
by Phillip Toshio Sudo

Most of the time I don't like thick, heavily involved religious texts. I like to be able to digest the information small bits at a time. This book was perfect for that. It's basic message was a very simple one: Zen is in everything around you, if you slow down and look at it. It uses lots of different examples from throughout the day and shows the idea from all different angles. If one idea didn't quite resonate with me, I could turn the page and see the same idea explained in a different way that did seem to apply. What they're titled isn't really what the passages are about, they're about greater slices of life, using those things as examples. I think it's a great way to introduce these ideas in a way that relates to life.

It's pop religion, in a sense, but I like it for that reason, not despite it. Believing isn't complicated and books about it don't need to be overly complex to resonate. Religion needs to be accessible to believers. I would completely recommend this book to anyone and in fact sent it to my best friend for her birthday. You don't need to be Buddhist or Taoist to appreciate the message here. I invite everyone to pick it up and take a look at their lives for just a moment. I think just that would reduce a lot of the unnecessary stress in the world by a lot.

When the time comes to eat, even if just for a moment, sit, relax, and give thought to the food. It need not be a formal saying of grace, although many religious people begin that way. Just be mindful. Even those students and workaholics who seem to live on coffee and junk food can be thankful for the sustenance. Anyone who's ever gone hungry knows there is preciousness in all foods. Take nothing-- not even a greasy plate lunch-- for granted. This is spiritual living.
-- from Zen Burger, pg 77
Feeling:: awakeawake
Hearing:: Dateline: Real Life Mysteries
14 September 2011 @ 05:54 pm
Hamilton played after a draining Friday in which he stayed with his wife, Katie, throughout labor and attended the birth of his fourth child: Stella Faith. Hamilton admitted beforehand that he was "tired." He was not available for comment after the loss.

Manager Ron Washington said he did not consider giving Hamilton the option of sitting out to recover after the emotional day. Hamilton did not play on Friday. "We need him to help us win ballgames," Washington said.

Childbirth has disrupted the Rangers several times this season. Ian Kinsler missed three games in June while on paternity leave. Right-handers Colby Lewis and Alexi Ogando also took a paternity leave, forcing the club to shuffle its rotation. Washington said he agreed with all of the decisions.

And this says to me Ron Washington doesn't give a shit about his players at all. Ian, Lewis and Ogando were smart enough to demand the time off, but Josh is too much a hard worker and didn't do the same. He should have. He didn't help the team, he wasn't on task at all. I think Ron Washington is the worst manager in the league right now. For this and many other things.

In other news, I'm very happily becoming a football fan.
11 September 2011 @ 02:49 am
My school sent out a notice to all teachers that in our classrooms, we're supposed to take some time to talk about September 11, 2001. Almost all of the children in the class were born in 2000 or 2001. This is not something they have in their memories and I had to stop and wonder if they needed to either. Do we need to teach them about this? It's a horrible thing I have in my memory, I don't feel the need to share that with them. When the tsunami happened in Japan, we debated if we should talk about it or not. I decided I would talk about it so they could ask what they wanted to ask (will this happen here?) and I could reassure them that it wouldn't. I have to wonder if telling them about what happened that Tuesday will present that same question. And do we lie (no, it will never happen again) or do we scare them (there are a lot of crazies out there)? Do we tell them that Osama Bin Laden's death has ended this? It hasn't. Do they need to know at ten years old that this could happen again? Do they need to know it happened at all?

I also was hesitant about teaching something that's so... real. And that gave me pause. We teach the Revolutionary War, the Civil War, World War Two, the Holocaust. But those things didn't happen during my lifetime. They are academic subjects as much as the Crusades and the Black Plague. They happened, they were tragic, but they aren't 'real' to me in the sense that they happened to me. September 11, 2001 happened to me in that I was in my twenties and very aware on that day. I know where I was, I remember the horror, I watched it happen. I couldn't teach it like a historical event. I would have no idea what to do in front of a room of 25 ten year olds. Thankfully, I do not have to cross this bridge quite yet as my students are mid-to-low functioning Autistic and cannot comprehend anything close to that complex. But I wonder what I'll do next year when it comes up again and I'm in front of a class. We'll see.
Feeling:: contemplativecontemplative
Hearing:: The Investigaors
07 September 2011 @ 04:28 pm

That's his icon from my profile banner. I don't know what to say.
04 September 2011 @ 01:39 pm
My dream last night:

I was in an old fashioned library and Derek Jeter was looking at books on ASL and then started talking to me about it. I told him I could sign and talked about my students that I sign with. There was another Yankee there too, I think it was Nick Swisher, but I can't be positive, he never spoke. Then Derek and the other Yankee sat in those big highback chairs and put hockey skates on. I went out to my car, but decided that since it was 2pm, I would have a whole hour to skate (my rink's public skate goes from 1 to 3, so therefore I guess every rink ever has the same hours in dreamland), so I went back in and put my skates on and went down to the basement of the library where the rink was.

Evidently my mind tried to cram everything that features in my life into one dream. It was fun!
Feeling:: amusedamused
Hearing:: Phillies vs Marlins
03 September 2011 @ 02:13 am
Watch this video.

If you don't laugh out loud, you have no sense of humour. I loved these two a lot before I watched this, I love them even more now. I want to be happy all the time, even when I'm batting under .200, because it makes the world a better place to live in. I want to just have fun. I may not be playing pro ball, but I'm doing what I love, and I want to be as happy as they are, even on the oh-for days. That's my goal. I'm keeping a copy of this video on my phone to remind me.
Feeling:: hopefulhopeful
Hearing:: Prehistoric Monsters Revealed
21 August 2011 @ 12:42 pm
I get mad at Joe Girardi and then he reminds me that I really do like him. I disagree with how he handles pitchers (I'm of the Nolan Ryan school of starters) but he does his job, and that's the important part. He runs his team well. He doesn't have an easy job.

Girardi gets heated when talking A.J.

The following exchange occurred postgame when YES Network reporter Jack Curry questioned Joe Girardi about pulling A.J. Burnett in the second inning:


Girardi: What do you mean?


Girardi: I didn’t say anything back to A.J.


Girardi: Well, you can write what you want and you can say what you want, but he was pissed about he thought he struck out Joe Mauer. And I asked if they thought it was a strike and the guys said they thought it was a strike.


Girardi: This is silly. This is really, really silly. You know what, we had a fistfight is what we had. No. I came and looked at the pitch. There’s a camera, our video room is right down there, and everyone always seems to want to blow up about A.J., A.J., A.J. Nothing happened between me and A.J. I went down and looked at the pitch. And I’m tired of it. I’m tired of people looking for something between me and A.J. Me and A.J. have mutual respect for each other. I cheer for this guy. He cheers for me and we cheer for this team. I want the guy to do well and everyone’s always trying to say there’s something between me and A.J. What do you want, the pitcher to want to come out of the game? I mean, this is ridiculous.


Girardi: I think people are always looking for A.J. And I’m tired of it. Case closed on that.


Girardi Case closed on that. I’m tired of it. [Source]
Feeling:: sorewhiny
Hearing:: House on Murder Mountain
15 August 2011 @ 01:56 am
I found this extremely interesting, especially the part about gendered nouns. When I was learning Spanish, I wondered why nouns were randomly assigned a gender (they don't even conform to the ends in an o, ends in an a idea) and if that made them 'girly' or 'boyish'. I never really followed up on reading about it though, and so I was happy to stumble across this article.

Another interesting point in the cardinal direction languages reminds me of a story. When I used to work in retail, tourists would ask me directions to different places. And I would tell them, "you take a left here, a right there," and the tourist stopped me, "Is that east or west?" I just looked at him, "I don't know, I live here, it's a right." How the hell would I know if that was east or west? I guess if I spoke that language, I would have.

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Feeling:: okayokay
Hearing:: Crickets chirping
12 August 2011 @ 11:26 pm
100 Questions & Answers about Autism
By Campion Quinn, MD

I didn't want to review any books that I didn't finish, but there was not way in hell I was going to finish this misleading piece of propaganda. This isn't questions and answers about Autism, this is a book pushing the author's opinion on how Autism should be treated, including quotes from a random parent and how their child reacted. I teach two Autistic (and one similarly diagnosed) students and I can tell you that there is not one method that works on all of them. The experiences of one parent tell you nothing unless you're raising that child. In this book. their preferred method of therapy is the only way, all other ways are wrong and possibly harmful. All other ways discussed in this book have "critics say..." paragraphs, except their way, which has no critics evidently. And furthermore, they say gluten free, casein free diet could be harmful because the child won't get all the proper nutrients. Except those that are Celiac or lactose intolerant are just fine in that area, thank you. That's when I stopped reading. I can just imagine what advice they'd give teachers. No thank you. This book is garbage and harmful to scared parents. There are many different options! Do not read this book and pass on that information, please.
Feeling:: disappointeddisappointed
Hearing:: Rangers vs A's
11 August 2011 @ 05:03 pm
In dealing with HiH's appeals process, I'm amused with this test result.

Your result for The Sorting Hat: A Comprehensive Harry Potter Personality Assessment [Test/Quiz]...


52% Ravenclaw, 35% Hufflepuff, 58% Slytherin and 51% Gryffindor!

Or perhaps in Slytherin

You'll make your real friends,

Those cunning folks use any means

To achieve their ends.
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Hearing:: Naked Archaeologist
08 August 2011 @ 03:37 am

NerdTests.com says I'm a Nerd God.  Click here to take the Nerd Test, get nerdy images and jokes, and write on the nerd forum!
Feeling:: awakeawake
Hearing:: Crime Wave: 18 Months
30 July 2011 @ 07:21 pm
So proud of my Longhorns closer, he was called up just a year after being drafted. Told ya he'd be fast tracked. He pitched four innings, two of them scoreless, in two games. That's a good start.

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Feeling:: pleasedpleased
Hearing:: Yankees vs Orioles
29 July 2011 @ 11:25 pm
Trial by Journal
By Kate Klise, Illustrated by M Sarah Klise.

I was happy to find this book because it was written by the Klise sisters and it was one I hadn't seen before. And I was excited because the main character's name is Lily. (Spelled right and everything!) But then I saw it was centered around a murder trial (of a child) and there would be a child on the jury. I wasn't sure this was a good topic for a whimsical children's book, but I read it anyway. And I think it's my favourite by them. The moral is perfect without being pedantic and the plot moves along very well. It's clever as all their books are, but this one is different somehow, more touching, more telling of the age it's intended for. I recommend it highly. And [spoilers!] the child isn't dead in the end and the good guys win. Sometimes it's nice to know that does happen in the court system. Even if it's fiction.
Feeling:: soresore
Hearing:: Gates of Hell
24 July 2011 @ 05:08 pm
Day 2 - Handwrite your tumblr name alongside your real name, take a pic

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Feeling:: boredbored
Hearing:: Giants vs Brewers
23 July 2011 @ 05:46 pm

Dying to Meet You / Over My Dead Body / Until Death Do We Bark

Regarding the Fountain
/ Regarding the Sink / Regarding the Bathroom

Regarding the Trees
/ Regarding the Bees / Letters From Camp

Written by Kate Klise, Illustrated by M Sarah Klise

I picked up the first one of these books at the book fair on the recommendation of one of my students and then proceeded to read everything they've written in a few months. And I wanted more. They're most definitely Young Reader, no mistaking that. They're not written with adults in mind, mostly. But they are charming. They're all written in letters and memos and press releases. The format is a lot of fun and the characters are completely likable. The puns are very sharp (and there are quite a few that only adults or a very smart child would get) and I admit to giggling at quite a few things. They're educational without being pedantic. They're just completely readable books and I recommend them highly. Letters From Camp (which is a parody of the Partridge Family and the Brady Bunch) is my favourite and would be most enjoyed by adults. Very cleverly done. I can't wait to use these in a classroom.
Feeling:: hothot
Hearing:: Phillies vs Padres
18 July 2011 @ 03:29 pm
It's been another year since I've done this.

Basically here's the deal. Say that you have no player tees whatsoever or you want one. You suddenly get the chance to get one of your team. However there's a catch. The catch is that you must get one player tee for each team. Now, which ones would you get? Here's my picks.

I can't tell if there are more or less than last year.Collapse )

That then made me wonder if I could pick one and only one favourite player currently on every team's Major League roster (or DL but not 40 man). Well, I can... almost.

The Marlins don't exist.Collapse )
Feeling:: okayokay
Hearing:: Cold Case Files
18 July 2011 @ 01:59 pm
Stolen from hockeysaurs

Day 1 - What do you think of your handwriting? I really like my handwriting. Someone told me once that my handwriting should be a font and I think that was a huge compliment. My students will, on occasion get confused by the E's I make or the A's, but after seeing it a few times, they get used to it. I do have to remember with my Autistic students that I have to make the kinds of E's and A's they're used to, or they won't understand what the word is.

This is the only example I have handy: Borrowed off my Tumblr, a picture of my scoresheet.

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Feeling:: boredbored
Hearing:: The Steve Wilkos Show
10 July 2011 @ 01:44 am
This book is a collection of essays written by parents of special needs children. I read it because I am a teacher of special needs children and any advise is helpful and no one knows the kid better than the parent. It was a very interesting, very telling book. Almost every single essay talked about feeling like a "failure" parent or being judged by others, which will stick with me, reminding me never to blame the parent for a child that can't help what they do. I disagreed with some of the methods (homeschooling is the worst thing you can do to any child, special needs or not) and others essays were dripping with the privileges of having money (it's nice to hire a million specialist and quit your job, but most people can't do that). For the most part I liked the book, I think it's very useful and very interesting, but it got somewhat repetitive towards the end. It's something that I would recommend borrowing from the Library, but it's not a repeat read. I'd give it a B+.
Feeling:: sickdizzy
Hearing:: Dateline: Real Life Mysteries
08 July 2011 @ 02:32 pm
I haven't been posting a lot lately. Except for Twitter. That's where everything I used to post here goes.

But I feel the need to post this because (1) everyone should enjoy how awesome both Roy Halladay and Kevin Millar are and (2) I don't get to use this icon much.

Kevin managed to get Roy on Intentional Talk with his usual amount of charm.
Feeling:: gigglygiggly
Hearing:: Silence
05 July 2011 @ 11:03 pm
If you can watch this and not at least giggle a little, I don't know about you.

Feeling:: amusedamused
Hearing:: Giants vs Padres
24 June 2011 @ 08:14 pm
I am a fourth grade teacher. I read this book because my kids love it. I didn't expect to love it as much as I did. It could be better than Harry Potter. The man character isn't perfect, he has ADHD and dyslexia and those problems don't get magicked away, he has to deal with them throughout the book. But he has them because he's the son of a god. I love the idea of the HERO having these problems and still being the hero. And beside that, the book is written very well, much better than JK Rowling, from a words-on-paper standpoint. The storytelling is on par with that series. The characters are more likable though. There is the standard trio format, but none of the three are perfect, even the smart girl is dyslexic. There are all kinds of in-jokes if you know Greek myth and even if you don't, enough is explained to keep you involved in the story. The description of the gods is perfect. Spot on perfect and incredibly visual. The journey is satisfying and the ending feels right even if it's obviously meant to be a series. I cannot recommend this book enough. EVERYONE should read it. Honestly, read it. You'll love it.
Feeling:: pleasedpleased
Hearing:: NHL Draft
12 June 2011 @ 01:30 pm
I went to see New Kids on the Block and Backstreet Boys (NKOTBSB) at Fenway Park last night.

The show was amazing. I can't say enough about how much fun I had. The place was packed and I would say 98% were women in their 30s. The energy was high and everyone spent the whole concert on their feet, singing and dancing. It was pouring rain but that didn't stop the show. I was under the grandstands so I was dry, but I wouldn't have cared if I had been rained on. It was so much fun.

The New Kids on the Block put on the better show, they did a lot of their old songs. There's nothing like singing "The Right Stuff" at the top of your lungs with thousands of other girls that did the same when they were in elementary school too. The boys looked older of course but they were still bringing it. It cracked me up that they had to lower the key of the songs from when they were in their teens. Can't bring those falsettos since puberty hit. But they still sounded great.

The ticket said the show was starting at 6:30. Well, it didn't. Around 6:45, we got the opening act, which was someone from American Idol. She had a nice voice and was pretty to look at, but didn't sing anything I knew. She sang for about twenty minutes. Then we waited. And waited. And waited. At 8:00, the show began. I was a bit annoyed it was so late. But Marky Mark came out to introduce the band. The place went crazy. I fully admit I was part of the crazy. It was so awesome he came home to do that. And he was funny and touching at the same time. Everyone forgot that we'd been waiting so long.

The boys were announced like a starting line up and came out to line up down the first baseline in Red Sox jerseys. The numbers and "Red Sox" on the front were done in red sparkles. I think the real team should take that up, they looked great. Donnie Wahlberg had on a Jason Varitek jersey (sparkly C and all). Brian Littrell had eyeblack. It was an awesome open. They did a one song together in the jerseys and went down for a costume change.

They took turns doing sets and then would go down for costumes. They both started their sets with songs from their newest CDs. I know and love the newest New Kids CD, because I spent a summer with that blaring from my car, but I didn't know the newest Backstreet songs, because I didn't listen to that album much (I do own it) and so that was a bit of a down for me. But both bands sang a lot from their older stuff and that was fantastic. I was completely sober and still on my feet dancing and singing with everyone else.

When it struck me that I am now a teacher at the very school I was attending when "The Right Stuff" was popular, it made me feel a little old, but I can laugh about it. I love their music. It's pop and that's all. It's fun, it's great to sing along to, and I'm glad they're still going! They sang a ton of songs that I knew and loved and made me want to go get my CDs out again and make a mixtape (so to speak). Back when they were popular, I was into Joey, because everyone was into Joey. He was cute and close to our age it seemed (he has 8 years on me). And in college I was into Brian, because he was sweet and soft spoken and seemed like he'd treat a girl right. But now? If I were to pick, I would not pick those two. Joey seems like a playa and Brian isn't strong enough for me. It's pretty funny how tastes change. I would be all over AJ McLean with his very powerful voice and the tats and hats and the facial hair. Hello. And from New Kids? Probably Donnie, he seems like he'd be a lot of fun and again has that strong singing voice. (You'll see later why this cracked me up.)

At one point the Backstreet Boys brought girls up onstage to sing to. Three of them picked overweight girls and the fourth picked a girl in a wheelchair. I wonder if they did that on purpose. I know that the girl in the wheelchair was, but the other girls all being overweight? That surprised me a lot. And I liked it. It's sending a message to the rest of the girls watching (even if we're in our 30s, we still want an attractive person to sing to us!) that even an overweight girl is worth that much. It was a classy move, I want to think they did it for the statement.

Knowing about Jonathan Knight's panic attack issues, it was pretty awesome to see him up there. He was smiling like he was really proud of himself just for doing it. All of the boys at one point or another spoke except him. But he was there and he did the show. I was so proud of him, I wanted to give him a hug. Good for him!

The highlight of the night was when they all put on Bruins jerseys on stage and did a song together. The place went nuts when the saw them pick them up. The jerseys had their names on the back and 11 (which made me comment that they must all miss PJ Axelsson as much as I do). The New Kids had on the home jerseys while Backstreet wore the thirds. I have to find a picture of that somewhere, I was much too far back to get a good shot, but it was so cool to see! Not the red-headed stepchild anymore!

Towards the end, they paired off and introduced each other. AJ McLean said that he's found his "brother from another mother" in Donnie Wahlberg and that he wants to be adopted by the Wahlberg clan. He paused and added "for real". (Knowing about AJ's struggles with rehab and the various Wahlberg issues, I wonder if their parents helped them, where maybe AJ's mother didn't.) My slash goggles couldn't take that. They were the only pair that seemed like they were really into each other. It was kinda adorable, especially from those two. Nick Carter got both Knight brothers to introduce which also made me laugh. He'd enjoy a threesome, you'd figure. And Jordan went on about how hot Nick is. (I told you, AJ and Donnie got my slash goggles going and it was all over from there.) Joey said Brian "Mitchell" which we're not sure is a joke from something else or if he really just got the name wrong. Brian looked really surprised, so it's possible either way. Howie, of course, had to make a "wood" joke about Danny, it was necessary.

For the last number the New Kids had on Celtics jerseys and they flashed this really cool logo on the screen. It had a spoked N (ala Bruins), the K from a sign in Boston, the O was the Celtics guy, the T was the sign from the T and the B was the Sox. It was so very Boston and amazingly cool. I have to find it somewhere. And I was highly amused that the Patriots were left out. Ha! Bruins are not the forgotten team anymore! So they start singing Hangin' Tough and that's awesome and we're singing along. Then there's a pause and they appear on the Green Monster and they're singing it again. And the Backstreet Boys come out (in Orlando jerseys, which was so cute since they became a band there and they had done all the Boston stuff up until then) and were singing Backstreet's Back. They made a medley of the two songs, singing at each other. It was flippin' awesome! And that's how they ended the show.

It was worth every penny and dealing Boston traffic to see that show. Completely worth it. Questions? Comments?

(ETA: I missed Nomar doing colour commentary on the Texas Longhorns for this. And it was worth it.)
Feeling:: cheerfulcheerful
Hearing:: Silence
29 May 2011 @ 01:16 am
I haven't done book reviews in a while. I'm always reading two or three or four books at a time, and I don't always finish them before moving on. But here are two that I finished and enjoyed.

World War Z: This book is brilliant. Pure satirical genius. You wouldn't expect something from the author of one of those gag survival books to be this perfect of a writer, but he is. This book feels real, from beginning to end. There isn't a moment where you can't see this happening and believe it's really the accounts of survivors. It's the perfect post-war memoir. I was working at Barnes and Noble, when this book came out. The book itself was coded to be shelved in Fiction, but the Audio Book was coded to be Non-Fiction. And I can see why someone would think it's true. I cannot say enough good things about this book, it's brilliant. Read it. Logan's Run: It was very difficult to find this book but finally it was given to me as a Kindle book by a friend. It's purely Science Fiction. It's a beautiful example of Science Fiction and should be enjoyed as such. It was a well paced story and had some very thought provoking ideas. The writing was very smooth and the technobabble didn't get in the way at all. The strange terms were smoothly introduced and defined in text. It was very enjoyable and highly recommended.

Now, what to read next....
Feeling:: tiredtired
Hearing:: Silence
28 May 2011 @ 10:59 am

Breaking sports news video. MLB, NFL, NBA, NHL highlights and more.

Breaking sports news video. MLB, NFL, NBA, NHL highlights and more.

Feeling:: awakeawake
Hearing:: Silence
27 May 2011 @ 11:06 pm


(More coherency tomorrow.)
Feeling:: excitedexcited
Hearing:: Silence
27 May 2011 @ 06:31 pm
So xsavedbygracex and I were having comments about being tricked by hats into thinking people are fans. I wrote this down for her, but I wanted to share with y'all.

Overheard between two students: [One is in elementary school, Two is in high school.]

Student One: I like your hat. Is that the Yankees?
Student Two: No, it's North Dakota.
Student One: Oh, I don't know that team. Do you like them?
Student Two: No, I don't even know who they are. I just liked the hat's design.

I look back at the hat?

It's Notre Dame.
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Feeling:: soresore
Hearing:: Texas vs Oklahoma State
26 May 2011 @ 05:36 pm
Roy Halladay has to show up AJ Burnett at every turn. Including pie.

15 May 2011 @ 09:29 pm
So my mother's former co-worker sends me a birthday card every year. And I send him one. We try to find the most random event cards we can, nothing even close to birthday. I sent him 'for a special girl on her confirmation' in February. He found the best one this year.

Feeling:: soresore
Hearing:: Yankees vs Red Sox
06 May 2011 @ 06:44 pm
Porn will destroy us just like it destroyed Egypt and Rome!

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03 May 2011 @ 05:57 pm
Knowing that Huston Street lived in the same house with Nick Swisher in Oakland makes this video hilarious. Knowing how he saves whipping out the real Texas pride for special occasions makes this video hilarious. Hearing Huston say "we're gonna Cal Ripkin this" makes this video hilarious. Put that together? WATCH THIS VIDEO.

Huston Street Goes Fishing
Feeling:: gigglygiggly
Hearing:: Silence
28 April 2011 @ 05:57 pm
This is the rock version of Signing Time. It's awesome! I love ASL so much.

Black Eyed Peas - I Gotta Feelin' - ASL Song from Stephen Torrence on Vimeo.

Feeling:: amusedamused
Hearing:: Law and Order
23 April 2011 @ 02:08 am
Stolen from dontelltheelf, a meme.

Zero - Who was your last text from?

One - Where was your default pic taken?
It's a picture of the cover of a how-to hockey book. It's Brian Rolston taking a shot on Marty Brodeur.

Two - Your relationship status?

Three - Have you ever lost a close friend?
I have lost friendships, but the only person I've lost is my grandfather.

Four - What is your current mood?
Tired. I have more cleaning to do and I don't wanna.

Five - What’s your brother's/sister's name?
I don't have any.

And forty-five more.Collapse )
Feeling:: okayokay
Hearing:: Criminal Minds
21 April 2011 @ 09:03 am
C.J. Wilson dishes on Ian Kinsler's latest bad haircut: 'Kinsler has always had bad hair'

By JON MACHOTA / Special Contributor to SportsDayDFW.com
Published 20 April 2011 05:53 PM

Ian Kinsler wasn’t pleased with the latest haircut he received in New York. The Texas Rangers second baseman had the trim done by a local barber that works at Yankee Stadium.

According to Rangers pitcher C.J. Wilson, Kinsler’s normally long locks were left much shorter than he desired.

“It was a dramatic change because he had a huge mop, then all of a sudden he’s cropped,” Wilson recently told sports radio KESN-FM 103.3.

Kinsler was embarrassed and Elvis Andrus compounded the problem by swiping his teammate’s helmet during batting practice and running so the rest of the team could see the trim.

“Kinsler was chasing him like, ‘No, give me back my hat!’ He was putting his hands on his head,” Wilson said. “Kinsler has always had bad hair. I’ve never seen him with a good haircut."

When Wilson was initially asked about Kinsler’s hair, he replied: “It’s been so many years of just seeing that rag mop on top of his head. Some guys just have a feel for what looks good on them, like Mike Young. He always keeps it short, cropped perfect. We always joke with him that he has like a special genetic makeup that allows him never to have to do his hair. He’ll take his helmet off in the middle of a game, or his hat, and his hair will be perfect. We’ll be like, ‘How is that even possible?’”

Wilson also discussed the short hair of Nelson Cruz and Adrian Beltre, saying: “Their hair is always short. They have to get a haircut like almost once a week. It’s kind of funny to watch those guys complain about having hair that’s … it’s like a putting green. I’m like what’s my hair than? I have a mullet half the time.”

Is this post an excuse to use this icon or another reason to love the Rangers? You be the judge.
Feeling:: amusedamused
Hearing:: Silence
19 April 2011 @ 05:43 am
If you could take an all-expense-paid two-week vacation to anywhere in the world with one friend or partner, where would you go and who would you take?

Alicia and I have a whole tour planned out that now includes the Bloomingdales and the Flight Simulator in the Mall of America, among many other very strange things that only really make sense to us. And I can tell you that we would be laughing our asses off the whole time. I'm trying to think of other places it would include, off the top of my head: dive bars in New York, an ice skating rink and a Hawai'ian restaurant in LA, the University of Miami dorms and nearby coffee shops, the front lawn of Shattuck and many many things in San Francisco.
Feeling:: awakeawake
Hearing:: Silence
10 April 2011 @ 05:01 am
chelly_bear tagged me for a meme ages ago. I haven't done one in a while and I'm very awake.

Some questions.Collapse )
07 March 2011 @ 07:36 pm
Dallas Braden is reason enough to watch the A's. And off the field, he's just as awesome. Witness:

Feeling:: amusedamused
Hearing:: Lightning vs Capitals
28 February 2011 @ 10:07 pm
From chelly_bear, a meme where you're asked five questions. My five:

1. What pairing is your favorite to ship?
Ever? Huh, that's a tough one. For hockey it has to be Marty and Brian. They're one of our first pairs and at the time they were on two different teams. We wrote their whole story and became very attached to them. And then Brian became a Devil again, which was just icing on the cake. For baseball, the first one that comes to mind is Derek and Russell. I love the whole Derek and Jason backstory and I love their whole extended family and their issues. I find them very interesting. Those were just the first ones I thought of as 'favourites'. I have dozens and dozens and dozens that I love shipping besides them. And then some.

2. What do you think of Russell Martin going to the Yankees?
Well, off what I just said in the question before, I find it hysterical. Derek is best known for being on the Red Sox team that won the 04 WS, and I found it very funny when Russell became a Yankee. Baseball-wise, at first I have to feel bad for Jorge becoming a DH, but I think it's for the best. He can only help make Russell better and the Yankees need a catcher of the future. It's a lot like Joe Girardi helping Jorge when he came up. He owes him to pay it forward. I also really like the Baby Catcher that's coming up, Jesús Montero, and I'm hoping he's backing Russell up, because that'll be an awesome tandem, with Jorge helping them both and them pushing each other. I'm really excited about this season's catching situation.

3. How did you become a Yankees fan?
Well, the easy answer is that it's all Alicia's fault. Her mother is a born and bred Yankees fan, but Alicia was a Sox fan and so was I. But last season we got started on the old Oakland boys that used to live together. That started with my overriding love of Huston Street no matter where he is, who is one of those Oakland boys. Another of them is Nick Swisher. So we started to look into what he was doing currently. Now Alicia already had a love for the Core Four and once she shared that with me and we looked into them and started watching the games, well, it was all over. They're an amazing team, an amazing organisation, and watching them felt like seeing baseball the way it was really meant to be played. Michael Kay on YES really helped too.

4. If you got the chance to date a baseball player, who would it be and why?
Pretending they're not married/taken/involved/etc? My first answer would be Barry Zito. I would love to sit and talk to him for hours. I think he knows so much and has so many and varied interests that we'd never run out of something to talk about. I've wanted to go look things up after reading his interviews so many time and I'd love to have him there to explain his philosophies in person. And of course the fact that he's one of the most beautiful men on the planet is a nice bonus. And those legs.

5. What is your favorite food?
Feeling:: okayokay
Hearing:: Law and Order: SVU
23 February 2011 @ 04:16 pm
I have to say, things like this make it completely unimportant how similar this song is to Express Yourself:

Target agrees to stop funding anti-gay groups following Lady Gaga deal

by Staff Writer, PinkNews.co.uk
21 February 2011, 11:11pm

A special edition of Lady Gaga’s new single, ‘Born This Way’ is to be exclusively sold at the retailer Target.

The company has in the past donated considerable sums to organisations that support those who discriminate or even advocate death and violence to gays.

Now Lady Gaga has forced the retail chain to “make amends” and donate to gay rights groups.

Target, which has 1,743 stores across the United States, donated $150,000 of corporate funds to support a political action group, Minnesota Forward.

This organisation supported Tom Emmer, who supported a constitutional ban on gay marriage in his failed attempt to run for governor of Minnesota. His campaign had earlier donated to a Christian punk rock ministry, You Can Run But You Cannot Hide International.

Although the chief executive of Target, Gregg Steinhafel, apologised for the donation, the company has donated to other right wing candidates with anti-gay records. Target does pay benefits to same sex partners of employees.

Now, following a meeting with Lady Gaga, the company has promised to stop the donations and give to LGBT groups.

“That discussion was one of the most intense conversations I’ve ever had in a business meeting,” Lady Gaga said. “Part of my deal with Target is that they have to start affiliating themselves with LGBT charity groups and begin to reform and make amends for the mistakes they’ve made in the past … our relationship is hinged upon their reform in the company to support the gay community and to redeem the mistakes they’ve made supporting those [antigay] groups.”

The company has committed $500,000 to LGBT community projects, although that is a tiny fraction of the $156 million it donates every year to ‘community efforts’.

“We, as a company, are considering and taking very — it is part of our hearts to care about this issue. It’s who we are. Around this, we’ve established this policy committee because we understand the importance of decisions like this one and we want to be more thoughtful. We said that we’re giving almost half a million dollars already in 2011 because we want to demonstrate our commitment to the LGBT community,” Dustee Tucker Jenkins, vice president of Target told Billboard magazine.

‘Born This Way’ was described by Sir Elton John as the ‘new gay anthem’,
Feeling:: pleasedpleased
Hearing:: Law and Order
05 February 2011 @ 07:38 pm
Part of why I adore Sean Avery and you should too:

Sean Avery, Gay Support System

By Advocate.com Editors - Posted on Advocate.com February 04, 2011

New York Rangers forward Sean Avery has a message for gay hockey players who are scared to come out: Pick up the phone and call him.

Avery, who is known to be one of the sporting world’s more liberal athletes, says he’d be more than happy to serve as a support system for a gay player.

"If there's a kid in Canada or wherever, who is playing and really loves the game and wants to keep playing but he's worried about coming out, I'd tell him to pick up the phone and call [NHLPA executive director] Donald Fehr and tell him to book me a [plane] ticket,” he told the Toronto Sun. "I'll stand beside him in the dressing room while he tells his teammates he is gay. Maybe if Sean Avery is there, they would have less of a problem with it."

Avery, who lived in West Hollywood when he played for the Los Angeles Kings and now lives in Chelsea, says he doesn’t see the big deal about having an openly gay athlete in professional sports.

He says there are "probably a few gay players in the NHL, but I don't know if somebody has the courage [to come out]."

Last month Avery stripped for designer Marc Jacobs to promote skin cancer awareness. He also made headlines in 2008 when he became an intern for Vogue magazine.

Canoe.ca has also wrote about this.Collapse )
Feeling:: hopefulhopeful
Hearing:: Stars vs Flyers
29 January 2011 @ 11:11 am
Oh dear gods.
Feeling:: amusedamused
Hearing:: Silence
28 January 2011 @ 04:01 pm
As in love as I am with the state and the South, this is why I don't live in Texas:

In other news, yesterday was a snow day and today the roads were almost pure ice. Wee!
Feeling:: amusedamused
Hearing:: Silence
12 January 2011 @ 03:49 pm
East Austin gets a baseball field to build some dreams
On Tuesday, the new-look field at Reagan was unveiled during a ceremony attended by Bergstrom and major league ballplayers Huston Street, Drew Stubbs and Taylor Teagarden, all former Texas Longhorns.

Sometimes the 512 needs some help too.Collapse )
Feeling:: amusedamused
Hearing:: Star Trek: The Next Generation
08 January 2011 @ 01:33 pm
I just finished reading The Clockwork Three by Matthew J Kirby. It's set at the turn of the century in an American city that is never named. It tells the story of three children: a street musician, a maid and a clockmaker's apprentice. They all have something they want and need each other to get there. It was amazing. The setting was extremely vibrant and the characters are fully developed. There is action and drama, without getting too heavy at all. By the end of the book, you care about what happens to these three kids and are pulling for them as much as they are pulling for each other. This is the author's first novel and I can't praise his writing enough. It may be shelved in Young Reader but an adult will certainly enjoy this book and won't feel as if they are reading down a level.
Feeling:: pleasedpleased
Hearing:: Silence
07 January 2011 @ 04:19 pm
My first reaction to Jamie's trade can be expressed by Jamie's expression right here.
Skeptical. But not completely devastated.

And then I look at my icon. And it makes me misty. So... yeah.
Feeling:: tiredtired
Hearing:: Silence
02 January 2011 @ 01:29 am
2010 in Review


Olympics: The Olympics gave me short track speed skating, JR, Jordan, Travis, Aly and the rest of them. I actually tried a few of their techniques and still want to try out a pair of speed skates someday.

Baseball: The Texas Longhorns became my reason to care about college sports at all when I fell head over heels with their baseball team. The Rangers caught me right from the start. Truth be told, CJ had already caught me, but there was the rest of them. They became official. I ended up losing a lot of interest in the Red Sox and muting NESN for the first time in ever. At the same time, I was falling in love with the Yankees. Alicia gave me them and she doesn't so much as feel bad about it! As with everything, it started with a catcher. After that came the Giants. I can't be completely sure that if it was Brian and Barry or Mom and Dad or Buster that really made that team stick, but they did. And then the World Series. That was fun.

Football: This year also brought football to my attention. First the Longhorns, but that was... *coughs* So I moved on to watching the NFL, fully intending to follow Alicia with the other Giants. But I took a glance at Colt McCoy and the Browns and completely fell for them. And football. So they're mine. Kinda a sad team, but mine nonetheless.

Hockey: This part of the hockey season saw me stop caring about the Preds and start caring about the Stars. It also saw me feeling horrible for the Devils. And rooting on my Bruins as always. And it saw me counting the day for baseball season to start again.

Life: I started this year teaching high school and finished it teaching fourth and fifth graders. And realising this is my calling. I'm also learning ASL and love not only that language but talking to my Autistic and auditory disable students. It's amazingly rewarding and I love every minute of it. This year also brought to my attention Taoism and Zen, which have helped me more than I can explain. I'm still reading and learning, but I can appreciate this path much more than any other I've tried. This year I was visited by my best friend and we spent most of the time hanging out in my house which tells me that she really is my best friend. I didn't need to plan things to do, because we just enjoyed each other's company so much. That will be repeated in 2011 for sure.
Feeling:: tiredtired
Hearing:: The Twilight Zone
23 December 2010 @ 06:52 pm

Merry Christmas everyone!
Feeling:: cheerfulcheerful
Hearing:: Law and Order
22 December 2010 @ 03:45 pm

It's a modern world and I kinda love it.
Hearing:: Law and Order