August 2006 archive

(24 entries)

August 31, 2006

Pedometerphile

Apete gave me a pedometer for my birthday. It is just like his, so rather than saying "How many steps have you taken so far? Is that a lot? How many did you do yesterday? I wonder how many I did. Do you think I did a lot?" I can track my own steps. So far, the best way I've found to keep track of my steps is with Steptracker. That way I can keep track of how many steps I did, and I can make a "comments" field to try to record my activities during the day and see how that corresponds to the number of steps. There are also RSS feeds, so I can subscribe to friends' feeds and follow how much more they walked than I did. So if any of you out there are tracking your steps, join in and let me know where your feed is! And please give your track a name that includes your name/web pseudonym/other identifier so I don't have to guess whose steps I'm looking at!

(Noor, you may be beating me overall, but I beat you on Monday!)

srah | 12:55 PM | TrackBack
Tags: health, pedometer, steps, steptracker, walking

August 30, 2006

More information on "comics" can be found on the "Internet"

There is one blog among my RSS feeds that never fails to brighten my day. Every time I go to check my Bloglines account, I hope that there will be a new post to read. That blog is The Comics Curmudgeon.

If you want to stay up-to-date on Mary Worth's stalker, Lizardbreath Patterson's impending return to her stupid ex-boyfriend or the tame bear-saga that's been going on in Mark Trail, this is the place to go. Please go read this blog, so that I don't feel like such a loser when everyone else is talking about what happened on Grey's Anatomy or Lost and I am trying to turn the conversation around to how Liz is going to find the Mountie cheating with her teaching replacement and how it will throw her back into Anthony's arms. Or vice-versa.

Here are some posts to get you started, explaining some of the ongoing jokes at The Comics Curmudgeon:

srah | 7:22 PM
Tags: blogs, comics, for better or for worse, links

August 29, 2006

Me write pretty one day

An update of my ongoing progress in Arabic class:

We are learning spoken greetings and progressing well with learning the written alphabet, and soon we will start putting the letters together into words and changing their shapes as we do so. We are starting with the six "one-way connecting letters", which don't connect to each other at all - they just sit next to each other and don't change shape. As a result, I can now put those letters together in the following exciting words:

راد (house)
داو (valley)
راز (visit)
دود (worms)

Come راز my راد in the داو! I'll cook you up some دود.

(As a side note, it adds a whole other layer of difficulty when I have to translate the Arabic into Unicode!)

srah | 12:17 PM
Tags: arabic, in arabic, language

August 26, 2006

I would like you to dance

Guess whose GOLDEN birthday it is today...

srah | 9:30 AM | TrackBack
Tags: birthday, holidays, macaulay culkin

August 24, 2006

My Very Educated Mother Just Served Us Nuts

Apparently nine pies weren't very good for us. Perhaps our mother is on Atkins. Still, it's probably better to lose a planet than to gain hundreds and hundreds, in the grand scheme of elementary school mnemonic devices. My Very Educated Mother Just Served Us Nine Pies, Clobbering Quite Orange Sheep Xrays?

(Why does Every Good Boy Deserve Fudge? I remember this mnemonic, but I don't remember what it helps you remember. :( )

srah | 12:06 PM | Comments (13) | TrackBack
Tags: astronomy, mnemonic devices, pluto, science

Srah's birthday, Observed

Today is Not My Birthday! About 364 days a year, it's not my birthday, but there's only one day a year that has special status and can be declared Not My Birthday. Or Not My Freaking Birthday, Okay, as the case may be. Today is the day that is traditionally mistaken for my birthday, the day that my friends since elementary school seem to have gotten the impression is my birthday. But it's Not My Birthday! So let's all Not have a piece of Not Cake and some Not Ice Cream (those are the saddest three words I've ever written) and I will Not open some Not presents and I will Not be a year older. Not hooray birthday!

srah | 6:19 AM | Comments (9) | TrackBack
Tags: birthday, holidays, not birthday

August 23, 2006

Yard ape!

I got a haircut on Monday. What I have discovered so far is that it looks fine if I take the time to blow-dry and style it, but if I try to let it just air-dry, I look like Ramona Quimby, Age 8.

srah | 9:26 PM
Tags: haircut, ramona quimby

!sت gnipyt m'I

I started my Arabic class on Tuesday and tonight's homework is to practice writing the alphabet, copying each letter over and over again for two lines. For the life of me I cannot write ت without making it look like I'm drawing lines and lines of happy faces. It's the "teh" sound! And it's happy teh see you! Teh heh heh!

srah | 6:42 PM | TrackBack
Tags: arabic, in arabic, language

August 22, 2006

Blub blup plop ploop blup

It has come to my attention that I took several short videos on our trip out west and have not bothered to do anything with them. So I have uploaded them to YouTube, where the viewers will doubtless find them much more fascinating than pirated TV and music videos or fat kids lip-synching.

Behold the varied and exciting geothermalism of Yellowstone National Park! You can almost smell the sulfur!

srah | 9:50 PM | Comments (1) | TrackBack
Tags: travel, video, yellowstone national park

BEHOLD! IT'S AN ENTRY THAT'S ACTUALLY ABOUT SI!

I got my invitation to the SI Reunion today. It exhorts its recipients to:

  • Iron your clothes!
  • Pack your suitcase!
  • Drive, fly or sail to Ann Arbor!

What the heck? So we have to start ironing our clothes now? Thanks a lot, SI. What kind of computer nerds would we be if we showed up with our clothes ironed? How would they tell us apart from the archivists? I suppose next you'll be telling us we have to wear pants.

I shall not be attending, in protest of this clothes-ironing policy. Either that or because I will be out of the country.

srah | 5:40 PM | TrackBack
Tags: hci, ironing, reunion, school of information

An important treatise on grocery shoppi-- let's ride bikes!

Why is it that Kroger's is always having sales on things I need, but it turns out to be ridiculous sales like 10 half-gallons of milk for $10? Who needs 10 half-gallons of milk? Who has room to store 10 half-gallons of milk? Who can drink 10 half-gallons of milk before they go bad? Do the McCaugheys live around here? Yes, I would like a sale on canned mushrooms or ice cream or something, but 10 pints of ice cream for $10? Yeah, maybe if I only ate ice cream for every meal, I could... mmmm, ice cream for every meal. I bet I could find room in my freezer for all of that and eat it all and it would be such a good investment because it's on SALE and... what were we talking about?

srah | 5:21 PM | Comments (9) | TrackBack
Tags: ice cream, shopping

What Elinor Glyn reads is her mother's business

I love all you information-types and I love libraries and I love Red-Hot and Filthy Library Smut.

(And I bet you all just clicked on the link. Don't worry, it's quite safe for work, unless you work for the Anti-Library Coalition.)

[via librarian.net]

srah | 5:01 PM | Comments (0) | TrackBack
Tags: library, librarydom

August 18, 2006

Stupid bouncing smiley face!

I went to Wal-Mart today, tagging along with a colleague.

I didn't burst into flames.

srah | 3:22 PM | Comments (13) | TrackBack
Tags: wal-mart

Time to put a meme all up in this joint

Leave a comment and I'll give you a letter. Then you must think of 10 song titles that start with that letter (as well as the artist), without using Google or other cheats.

I got D.

  1. Dreams - the cranberries
  2. Da Da Da - Trio
  3. D...rocky Raccoon - The Beatles (I'm stuck)
  4. Damn, I Wish I Was Your Lover - Sophie B. Hawkins
  5. Daydream Believer - The Monkees
  6. Do Your Ears Hang Low - ?
  7. Dream Lover - Bobby Darin
  8. David Duchovny - Bree Sharp
  9. Drive My Car - The Beatles
  10. Diana - Paul Anka
  11. Don't Throw Your Sushi at Me - Srah and Cher

My list of the first 10 D-songs that came to mind serve to prove that I am the biggest nerd that ever lived.

[via monochromatic girl]

srah | 12:06 PM | Comments (7) | TrackBack
Tags: memes, music

August 16, 2006

Reptiles in some sort of jet-powered ambulatory device!

I am counting down the hours...

[via celtic_elk]

srah | 12:26 PM | TrackBack
Tags: movies, snakes on a plane

August 15, 2006

I think that I shall never see an Ikea løveli as a tree

Ikea is stalking me. First one opens up miles from my home town, and now one's opening up miles from my current home. I picture myself as a sort of Johnny Äppleseed, leaving a trail of Ikeas wherever I pause long enough. I wonder if I could put that on my resume.

I have yet to see one for myself, though!

srah | 6:26 PM | Comments (6) | TrackBack
Tags: cincinnati, ikea, ohio, shopping

August 13, 2006

Time for obfuscating!

Up for playing the only blog game that shamelessly encourages you to lie to your friends and family? Get your lies ready because the fourth installment of Obfuscation takes place on Friday, August 18th...

... On Friday, August 18 you’ll post 3 stories.
  • Two false and one true or
  • Two true and one false
Readers have to pick the false story(ies), leaving their guess in the comments. (Make sure you let them know which version of the game you’re playing.) ...

More details are available at LunaNiña!

srah | 12:27 AM | Comments (0) | TrackBack
Tags: announcements, memes, obfuscation

August 12, 2006

On my local UPN station right now:

King of Cornhole
11:00am WBQC 2
A weekly singles tournament in Cincinnati.

srah | 11:10 AM | TrackBack
Tags: cornhole, ohio, tv

August 11, 2006

Got Lions and Tigers, only in Detroit

I am so disappointed with the Detroit Tigers this year. Remember when they used to almost break records for sucking and suck so bad they lost more games than they played?

I have been mad at the Tigers for the last three years¹, ever since that season where they sucked so bad... that they couldn't even break records for sucking. They were poised to break records for the worst season ever, then at the end of the season they won a few games and avoided that plight. If you're going to be that bad, then go all the way and break the record! Better to be excruciatingly awful than mediocre! ... I guess.

So now apparently they're having this great season... I hope they suddenly start losing at the end of the season and just avoid going to the World Series. That'll show you, Tigers!

¹ Before that I was just ambivalent.

srah | 5:11 PM | Comments (5) | TrackBack
Tags: baseball, detroit tigers, sports

Waiter, there's a DELICIOUS in my soup

It is lunchtime and all I can think of is the Gorgonzola Ale Soup at the Firehouse Brewing Co. in Rapid City, South Dakota. I don't like beer and I don't like cheese soup, so I don't know why I ordered it. I suppose I was intrigued and I had a headache and didn't want anything more complicated than soup.

Our Trip West:  Day 3And it was DELICIOUS. And it is SO FAR AWAY. And it is IN THE MIDDLE OF NOWHERE. And I will probably NEVER RETURN. And I didn't even think to TAKE A PICTURE, which I very strangely did with a lot of meals on our trip.

O Soup! My beloved soup! Shall we ever be reunited?

I guess what I'm saying is, if you are ever in Rapid City, SD for some reason, try the soup. And bring some back for meeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeee!

srah | 12:11 PM
Tags: food, rapid city, reviews, road trip, soup, south dakota, travel

Rainless in Seattle

The Space NeedleSeattle has a reputation for being bleak and rainy all the time. However, in my vast experience with that city¹, there has been no such weather. When apete and I were in Seattle last weekend, the sun shone warmly down on us every single day. I think I got a sunburn in freaking Seattle. We were told that Seattle only gets 54 days of sunshine all year, so apparently I used up 7% of Seattle's sunshine in one weekend visit.

I think it's all lies. I think Seattle is trying to keep the tourists out. It never actually rains in Seattle. The dead grass is spray-painted green and the dead trees are decorated with green cotton candy² instead of leaves. Or perhaps they're all cardboard trees to start with. Boy were the founders of Seattle surprised when they went to harvest the valuable timber and found out all the forests were made out of cardboard!

Anyway, I just wanted to let Seattle know that I'm on to your little tricks and your claims of inclement weather will not keep me away. I will come out there again and bask in your warm sunshine, whether you like it or not!

For now I'm back in Ohio, where the weather all week has been... bleak and rainy.

¹ 3.5 days

² Green cotton candy? Why don't they make cotton candy in green? Would people eat it?

srah | 12:06 PM | Comments (1) | TrackBack
Tags: seattle, weather

August 10, 2006

Get these m*f*ing drinks off my m*f*ing plane!

All this hullabaloo about liquids on planes is making me even more paranoid than I usually am. I spend more time than I should during flights thinking about ways that, if I were a terrorist, I could kill people or hijack a plane using things I carried-on or things that were already on the plane when I got there. They'll confiscate your nail clippers, but I once got an in-flight meal that came with a plastic fork and spoon and a metal knife. Nice, airline. It was pretty rounded and dull, but I bet I could get a file on the plane and make a nice shiv. Or just hit someone over the head with the file. Or... well, best not to think about it too much.

It never occurred to me that people would be making bombs out of liquids. Now I have a whole other set of scenarios to imagine. Fortunately I don't have any flights scheduled in the near future, as my Nalgene bottle and I made it home just fine on Tuesday morning before this whole thing, um, blew up.

srah | 9:27 PM | Comments (9) | TrackBack
Tags: airlines, planes, security, terrorism, travel

Halfway there!



create your own visited states map

Thanks to our little road trip, I've added five new states to my map and am now at 25. Which, I guess, isn't really halfway there because they seem to be counting Washington, D.C. as a state. So only 26 more to go! More on the trip later, I suppose.

srah | 1:44 PM | Comments (3) | TrackBack
Tags: road trip, travel, united states

August 3, 2006

Yo.

I am on vacation from work AND, it would seem, from blogging. You can follow our photographical progress here or here, or read apete's accounts here. I'll be back here next week!

srah | 11:50 AM | Comments (1) | TrackBack
Tags: road trip, travel

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