June 2007 archive

(31 entries)

June 30, 2007

Go Speed Racer!

Would you like to support the ex-roommate of a Huge (Tiny) Internet Celebrity in her athletic endeavors and donate to a good cause at the same time?

Of course you would!

Dearest Friends and Family,

You may want to be seated when I tell you this...but I, of non-athletic fame, will be running a MARATHON this year! That's right! I will be participating in the Chicago 2007 Marathon on October 7, 2007...running 26.2 miles! I am taking part in a six-month training program and I am running a little farther each week...in total I expect to log nearly 500 miles. It's all part of the National AIDS Marathon Training Program, which raises money for the AIDS Foundation of Chicago.

Despite recent advances in the treatment of AIDS, the epidemic is far from over. More than one million Americans, and 40 million others around the world, are now living with HIV. And the rate of AIDS in the Chicago Metropolitan area has jumped by more than 400% over the past decade.

The money raised from the AIDS Marathon Training Program will allow the AIDS Foundation of Chicago to fund direct medical care, food, housing, and other vital AIDS services — to help keep people with HIV/AIDS alive until there's a cure. This is why I am committed to raise at least $1,400 before Friday, July 6, 2007 (although of course I would like to raise lots more). I'm asking for your support.

I would be so grateful for any donation you can make to help me meet this goal. It's so easy to make a donation (so no excuses!). It only takes a few moments to make a contribution. Together, we can take pride in improving the lives of those suffering here in our community.

As you all can probably imagine, this is certainly the most physically challenging task I have ever attempted in my life - how am I going to give up my Saturday morning cartoons? But I am confident that with your support I can make it to the finish line. Thank you so much for supporting me in this huge undertaking. When I cross that Start Line on October 7, 2007 , with the roar of the crowds beside me, on my way to complete the marathon...I'll know that you helped me, and so many others, along the way.

You Chicago folks can go watch her, too, on October 7 to 11. Ha ha ha, Roommate! Just kidding! I am sure you will finish in one day. I would finish in one day too, but that's because I would give up after about half a mile. Click here to support her or to read more about the marathon.

srah | 2:27 PM
Tags: chicago, marathon, roommate, running

The Language Week champions!

Language Week 2007 is at an end! Thanks to all of you for taking the challenge and blogging in another language! I hope you got something out of the experience. Please take a moment to look at each other's Language Week posts. We have a lot of languages in our midst!

If I've left anyone (or any language!) out, please let me know.

srah | 9:02 AM
Tags: language week, memes

June 29, 2007

I need to make a little rat-friend, perhaps (yom al-jumaa/vendredi)

اذهب الى السينما لان احب الافلام.

Ce soir je suis allée au cinéma avec mon directeur, sa copine, et sa famille à elle. Le film, Ratatouille, était très mignon et agréable.

À la fin du film, j'ai quitté le groupe pour aller faire une promenade au centre-ville. Il faisait beau et frais ce soir. Tout le monde est sorti au centre-ville et - entourée de groupes et de couples - je me suis sentie seule. Quand je reste chez moi, c'est normal d'être toute seule mais dehors, dans le monde, il semble que je suis la seule personne qui n'a personne. Des fois, ce n'est pas un problème. Et autres fois je veux seulement rentrer chez moi et aller au lit.

(translation below)

srah | 11:12 PM
Tags: in arabic, in french, language week, loneliness, memes

June 28, 2007

Maybe my pants will fit better, too (huevos jueves)

En mi viaje en Mexico y en el barco, comí demasiada azucar y ejercité demasiado poco. Estaba dificil tomar buenas decisiones! En el barco, había mucha comida buena y postres deliciosos y los camareros me las trajeron. Y en Mexico, busqué comida y bebidas sin hielo, sin lechuga y sin agua peligrosa. Entonces tomé muchas bebidas con alcohol o azucar (como la Coca-Cola) y comí mucho arroz y tortillas y pan.

Ahora estoy en mi casa de nuevo. Nadie me hace comida! Necessito hacerla yo! No es justo. Por lo menos, quizas haré selecciones mejores.

(Translation below)

srah | 9:55 PM
Tags: food, in spanish, language week, memes, mexico

June 27, 2007

I haven't used my French in about three years! (mercredi)

Alors, on est mercredi, le "hump day" de la Semaine des Langues. Je me suis habillée en pyjama, sur le sofa, et je vais écrire aujourd'hui en français, une langue qui est beaucoup plus facile pour moi que l'arabe ou même l'español. C'est cool et relaxe. (J'adore le fait qu'en français, "relaxe" soit un adjectif.)

Mais voilà le problème: en arabe, je peux discuter le temps et l'éducation. En español je peux commander les margaritas et les tacos (c'était très difficile là-bas de ne pas écrire "les margaritas y los tacos") et "pedir direcciones" et c'est à peu près tout. Mon vocabulaire français est beaucoup plus grand que celui de l'arabe ou de l'español et donc c'est plus difficile de chercher de quoi parler.

Alors, je vais prendre cet occasion de vous remercier tous ceux qui ont participé déjà ET AUSSI ceux qui voudraient nous rejoindre ici à la fin de la semaine. Cette expérience est beaucoup plus agréable lorsqu'il y beaucoup de participants.

(translation below)

srah | 9:46 PM
Tags: in french, language, language week, memes

Jason Segel has the CRAZY EYES

In all of my Apatow-fest viewings, I have taken a shining to two of his fetish-actors (Do we use that phrase in English? Where did I get that phrase from???). The first is Martin Starr, whose comic timing and delivery is HUGE and SPECTACULAR in a very understated way as Bill Haverchuck in Freaks and Geeks (but he's also very good at the sad, hurt parts as well). He also appears as Martin (the guy with the beard) in Knocked Up and as a visiting high school friend of Steven's in Undeclared.

These clips are both from Freaks and Geeks:

The other person I've enjoyed watching is Jason Segel, who played Lindsay's would-be boyfriend Nick in Freaks and Geeks, Lizzie's on-and-off boyfriend Eric in Undeclared, Debbie's would-be paramour Jason in Knocked Up and Lily's on-and-off boyfriend/fiancé/husband in the non-Apatow TV show How I Met Your Mother. The characters are fairly different but the theme is the same: Jason Segel really really wants a girlfriend and will stalk a girl to the ends of the earth if that's what it takes to get her. Which is really hilarious if you're not the one being stalked!

Here is the GREATEST SONG IN HISTORY (also from Freaks and Geeks):

This clip from Undeclared makes Eric look scary, although he's actually more of a weepy, schmoopy, jealous buffoon:

And he really, really likes brunch.

srah | 12:52 PM
Tags: freaks and geeks, how i met your mother, jason segel, knocked up, martin starr, movies, tv, undeclared

Because I can communicate with non-physical entities

Dear Fourth of July,

What inspired you to be on a Wednesday this year? This makes no sense to me. There you are, smack-dab in the middle of the week where I cannot enjoy you fully. Please relocate to somewhere better by this time next year... OR ELSE!

srah | 12:21 PM
Tags: fourth of july, holidays, open letters

Language Week is spreading!

Even the crockydiles are in on it!

Pearls Before Swine, 6/27/2007
[Pearls Before Swine, 6/27/2007]

Well, sort of.

srah | 12:14 PM
Tags: comics, language week, memes, pearls before swine, spanish

I'm not a little girl, I'm a bionic woman.

I am having a Judd Apatow-fest of late. I recently checked Freaks and Geeks out of the library and watched it for the first time. Well, sort of. I watched the final episode back when it was on TV and went "Oh, this is pretty funny. But now it's cancelled. I guess I should have started watching earlier." Then the voices of thousands of Freaks and Geeks fans cried out and were suddenly silenced. I feel bad for them, because I felt the same way after Arrested Development was cancelled and people kept telling me they'd seen it on DVD and thought it was sooooooo great. Where were you when it needed saving???? GAH!

Anyway, when I was about halfway through Freaks and Geeks I went to see Knocked Up, which was very cute. Since a lot of the actors from Freaks and Geeks were in Knocked Up, I thought I would watch some more of the Apatow oeuvre. So I checked Undeclared out of the library and rented The 40-Year Old Virgin, which I hadn't seen since it was in theaters.

These movies and TV shows are excellent! I love the casting overlaps, because it means that I get to see these funny people in all kinds of different characters and situations. I love how there's a sort of sweetness to all of them, like "You may be kind of a nerd and your life may seem like a nightmare right now, but it's all going to be fine in the end."

Go out and rent/buy these DVDs!

srah | 12:08 PM
Tags: freaks and geeks, judd apatow, knocked up, movies, the 40 year old virgin, tv, undeclared

June 26, 2007

O how the mighty have fallen! (yom al-thulatha)

Here is how much Arabic I've forgotten in the... oh, two months or so since the end of the semester: I sat down to write something in Arabic and realized that not only could I not think of how to write any Arabic phrases, I couldn't remember how to say them either. So I went to get my Arabic textbook. I couldn't find said Arabic textbook. Finally I remembered that it was in the bookcase in my "office" so I went and grabbed it. I opened it up and realized that I should consult my notebook as well. So I had to find my notebook. When I found the notebook, it was sitting on top of... my textbook. My actual textbook, the one that I used last semester in ARB 102. The one I originally found was from 101 and I hadn't even recognized that it was the wrong book! This is how far removed I am from the world of Arabic!

But now I am surrounded by textbooks and notebooks and things and all ready to write... probably not even complete sentences.

Good news! I remember how to pronounce the letters! Oh god, how far I've backslid. How do you conjugate a verb again? I seriously have no idea anymore. And I used to be able to speak this language... moderately fluently... with the vocabulary of a five year old. Albeit a five year old who had a strange obsession with the weather and higher ed systems in the Arab world.

انا سرة. انا اعمل في مكتب في جامعة. انا ادرس اللغة عربية. احب الشاي! اسافر في المكسيك. في المكسيك الجو مشمس.

And that is all I can do. Almost entirely copied from my notes from the past year. No retention. ARGH!

(Once again, translation is in the extension.)

srah | 10:54 PM
Tags: arabic, in arabic, language week, memes

June 25, 2007

The further rules of Language Week

I think that deep down, Language Week is just about getting out of your comfort zone and getting in touch with the other languages you've got inside you. It is about actually using the foreign languages you learned in school or expressing yourself in your native tongue for once. It's about writing in a foreign language even if you can't write much or if what you write isn't grammatically correct.

Thanks to everyone who's posted so far - I'll do a big wrap-up on Friday. If you haven't already commented here to let us know you're participating, please do. I'd love to read your stuff! And remember... even if you didn't do a Language Week post on Monday, you're still welcome to join in for the rest of the week and to write as much or as little as you would like. Get language-blogging!

(In the true spirit of Language Week, I should probably go back and translate this into French or something. But I'm going to bed instead.)

srah | 10:56 PM
Tags: language week, memes

Una historia de México (lunes)

He pasado una semana en México (o cerca de la costa de México). ¡Me gusté mucho!

Normalmente, no quiero hablar idiomas extranjeros. ¡Tengo miedo! Pero en México, hablar el español tal vez es necessario. ¡Y puedo hablarlo cuando es necessario! (O cuando estoy barracha). En estas situaciones, puedo olvider que no conozco todas las palabras o la gramática o si algo es masculino o femenino, y puedo comunicar.

Por ejemplo, hay un calle muy grande en Acapulco, y nuestro barco estaba del otro lado del calle. Estaba allí con mi amiga L, y nosotros pedimos direcciones. Pero no sabía como decir "to cross". Entonces dije "Estamos aqui... y queremos ir... allí." ¡Creativo! Y el hombre me entendía y me dio direcciones.

¡Viva la comunicación!

(see below for translation)

srah | 9:03 PM
Tags: in spanish, language week, memes

June 24, 2007

Good Morning Internet!

Or rather, good evening. But I've been so lazy today it might as well be the morning for all that I've gotten done.

Anyway, I'm back in the USSR. Photos from my voyage can be found here and videos of fascinating things like whales spouting and cliff divers cliff-diving can be found here.

Now I must go and prepare for Language Week! All this time in Mexico and in on-ship Spanish classes has inspired me not to devote the entire week to Arabic. Soy hispanohablante, yo! Por el momento. Hasta que yo olvido todo mi español¹. Ha! What I love about Spanish is that I don't know it well enough to always know when I'm making a mistake or when I've just thrown in a French word that doesn't actually exist in Spanish. So I just talk and talk and talk (or write and write and write) and hope that my guesses are correct.

So get languaging, everybody! Use your language skills and get to practicing! Put yourselves outside your comfort zone for a week... maybe for a post a day for the whole week, or even just a few sentences on one day. Just participating at all makes you a Language Week Winner!

¹ I am Spanish-speaking, yo [or "me, I am Spanish-speaking", depending on what language you think the word "yo" is. I originally wrote it as English, but Spanish works too.]! For the moment. Until I forget all of my Spanish.

srah | 5:51 PM
Tags: in spanish, language, language week, memes, ship, spanish, travel

June 16, 2007

Walk the boat

I was sad to discover that this ship doesn't have a walking track so I can't do laps around the deck. But thanks to that treadmill, I was able to get to 10,000 steps yesterday. You haven't lived until you've tried to walk on a treadmill on a ship that's anchored out at sea! I stumbled from one edge of the belt to the other and back and forth. It was quite an adventure in balance!

srah | 5:16 PM | TrackBack
Tags: ship, walking

June 14, 2007

We're sailing with a cargo full of love and devotion

Hi! I have had about 8 hours of sleep in the last 48 hours! That actually sounds like a lot more than it feels. I have been really stressing out about this trip: packing, making my connections, adjusting to life on the ship, worrying about seasickness, etc... all while dealing with a lot of other stuff like finding a new apartment (done!) and keeping up with students while I'm out of the office and while the university changes email systems during my absence. So with all the things to worry about (and I love to worry!) I haven't been sleeping much. Then even when I can relax enough to sleep, there aren't enough hours in the day to get all the sleep that I need.

Now I am finally on the ship. I made all my connections, my luggage came with me, I have seasickness medication on hand, I have a glass of wine in me, I found out that I will have unlimited Internet access and the freedom to attend whichever meetings I please. I have a cabin to myself, three life jackets in my cabin (I could build a RAFT out of life jackets and sail away with my pineapple and my tennis racket), the ship is quiet because the students haven't arrived yet... I should be able to fall right asleep. But when I tried to take a nap, it wouldn't work. Why? Because I can't get "Rock the Boat" by Hues Corporation out of my head every time I close my eyes.

Pretty soon I think I will have to just pass out from exhaustion like a Sim and maybe that will reset my stupid stupid brain.

srah | 2:45 AM
Tags: music, ship, sleep, travel

June 13, 2007

You say oyster and I say erster¹

I was surprised, as we started our descent into Houston, to see lots and lots of forests of green trees. Everything I know about Texas I learned from the movies, so I expected it to be all brown and sandy with little scrubby bushes, rather than huge forests of green trees. I expected it to be more like the Australian Outback, which I am also very familiar with from my vast experience of... watching The Thorn Birds miniseries once. Also, I didn't see Rock Hudson or James Dean or even Sal Mineo. All of my lifetime experience with Texas (2.5 hours in an airport) was sort of disappointing in that way.

From Houston, I flew to San Diego, where I boarded the ship I will be on for the next ten days, sailing down to Mexico. I'm doing a site visit on a rather well-known shipboard education program (if you have heard of ship-based study abroad, this is probably the one you have heard of). Once again I am struck by the realization that the movies have not really prepared me for reality. I've never been on a ship bigger than an English Channel ferry, so this is quite an experience! One of the first things I noticed when I boarded was that I was directed to take the elevator to Deck 5. I had no idea there were elevators on ships of this size. An elevator? On a ship? That's KERAAAAZY! I'm pretty sure that the Marx Brothers and Fred and Ginger did not have elevators. Nor Captain Jack Sparrow. What other fancy new things will there be? Next you will tell me that since the 1940s, they have introduced the Internet to ships! I just hope that this modernity does not come with a price. I will still be expecting lots of rum and swaggering and harp-playing stowaways and tap dancers in hilarious misunderstandings. If all this does not occur, I will be so disappointed.

Now I must go prepare for my lifeboat drill by taking off my pants, putting on a top hat and finding a tennis racket and a pineapple².

¹ No, Ginger, no one has ever pronounced it "erster." What kind of word is "erster"?

² If you don't know what I'm talking about, you need to rent Shall We Dance (not the Japanese one or the Richard Gere one) right now. I wish I were Edward Everett Horton. He is my shipgoing idol.

srah | 11:30 PM
Tags: a night at the opera, movies, pirates of the caribbean, shall we dance, ship, texas, travel

Impressions of the Houston airport, in haiku form

President Bush the First, namesake of the Houston airportWandering, sleepy
A golf cart runs me over
Then another one

Golf carts everywhere
Ferry old and invalid
And lazy people

Familiar transport
But elsewhere the golf carts beep
Here drivers mumble

She says: "Excuse me"
Just before I am mowed down
"Bump" under her wheels

In Texas, roadkill:
Car versus armadillo
Golf cart versus srah

srah | 8:50 AM
Tags: airport, haiku, poetry, texas

Legend- wait for it -ARY!

It's time for a game I like to call Haaaaaave You Met Ted? Conversations with an Imaginary Colocuter. I tend to prepare myself in my head for conversations that never happen. Today, the topic of conversation is the TV show that I illegally superlegally downloaded from the Internet to watch on my trip.

Imaginary Colocuter: Say, what's that you're watching there?
me: It's a TV show called How I Met Your Mother. It's really good! It's about this guy in the future telling his kids the story of how he met their mother. Except it's been going on for two years now and as far as we, the audience, know he hasn't met her yet. He just keeps telling them about other things that happened on the way. So basically it's about a guy who's really really bad at telling stories.
Imaginary Colocuter: Oh, that sounds greaaaaaaaat.
me: Shut up!

How is this show so good when the premise is so dumb? And why do I always seem to have conversations with imaginary jerks? And why am I not more persuasive, even in my own fantasies?

srah | 7:09 AM
Tags: how i met your mother, imagination, tv

Language Week's Comin'

Hide your heart, girl.

Yes, soon it will be time for the fifth installment of everyone's favorite srah blah blah-hosted floating-all-around-the-summertime meme, Language Week.

The rules of Language Week are as follows:

  1. You do not talk about Language Week.
  2. You do not talk about Language Week.
  3. There are no rules.
  4. Well, okay, there are a couple of rules but they're not very strict.
  5. Language Week 2007 is June 25-29. I am announcing it early so that you can study up and so that you can spread the word to the Entire Intarnest!
  6. Blog in a language that you don't usually blog in. You don't have to blog a lot if you don't want to - a few sentences will do, as long as you continue, once a day, through the week (or at least Monday to Friday). You can blog in one foreign language for five days, you can blog in five different languages or you can find some medium between the two. Or what the hell... if you only want to blog in Swedish on Tuesday, go for it.
  7. It would be nice, but not necessary, to include some kind of translation into your usual language. I usually do mine in <span title="translation"><i>other language</i></span> tags. You might choose to write it all out and translate at the end. You could hide it in the post's extension. Whatever. Be free! Be wild!
  8. You can link back to this post if you want. Or not. If you don't want. Here is this year's icon!
  9. If you're participating, please leave a comment or a trackback and let me know. This way you can all read each other's and be inspired when you can't think of anything to say and you can make new blogging friends and we'll all live happily ever after.

I shall be making many feeble attempts to blog in Arabic. It will be very very thrilling discourse, too: all about the weather and the fact that I like tea. If I can remember how to say "like."

srah | 5:06 AM
Tags: language week, memes

June 11, 2007

You are a bread/ I am love you

I'm flying off on Wednesday to do another site visit for work. This would be just fine, except that now whenever I get on a plane, I think of this White Ninja comic. I am going to lick everyone on the plane, just to be safe.

srah | 6:34 PM
Tags: comics, planes, travel, white ninja

Conversations with the radio

NPR: [Discussing whether Paris Hilton is getting off easy because she's rich and famous or is being punished more because she's rich and famous] People either love or hate her.

me: Wait, people love Paris Hilton?

Yes, I talk to myself in the car. But anyway, who are these Paris-lovers? And what do they love about her? Is there more to love than the ridiculous undeserved circus that is her life in the spotlight? I kind of love/hate that.

srah | 5:22 PM
Tags: paris hilton

June 5, 2007

Dream

I told everyone at work yesterday that I called in sick yesterday morning because I baked cookies on Sunday night and sampled my wares a little too much. This is the truth, but it is not the whole truth. As a result of my late-night sugar binging, my blood sugar dropped during the night and I woke up a zombie. Normally when I wake up with low-blood-sugar-zombie syndrome, I just eat some breakfast, take my pills and get on with my morning (or I assume I have the flu because I'm stupid and I forget sometimes that I am now a Grownup with Medical Problems and I can be nauseated and exhausted for other reasons). But yesterday morning, I was unable to carry on as usual because of My Dream. Do not read ahead if you have a delicate stomach, because My Dream is still making me retch if I think about it in too much detail. I think that, like the Funniest Joke in the World, I will have to work on typing it up in little pieces so that the whole thing doesn't overcome me.

srah | 5:17 PM
Tags: dream, eyes, health, insulin resistance

June 4, 2007

I love bug-eyed clay animals!

Creature Comforts is coming to America tonight at 8pm on CBS, further proving that CBS might as well go off the air from 8:30 on Monday to the following Monday at 8, because they only have good shows on during that one half-hour slot.

[via ghetto of our mind]

srah | 6:29 PM
Tags: creature comforts, tv

Sweet sleepy warmth of summer nights/ Gazing at the distant lights/ In the starry sky

FunJunkie Summer Burn mix CD coverIt's time again for the FunJunkie Summer Burn, an international mix CD swap that I discovered last year. My CD cover from last year is pictured at right - click on it for the full track listing. You'll need to be registered before the kickoff date (June 21) but there's a confirmation step that may take a while, so sign up early!

Directions and sign-ups are available on the website.

srah | 6:25 PM
Tags: cd swap

So few demands on my time!

June 17 will be a very exciting day for me, where I will not have to choose between not watching Flight of the Conchords debut on the HBO that I don't have:

and not watching Robot Chicken: Star Wars on the Comedy Central that I don't have.

I leave the choice to you folks. I'm actually going to be out of the country, anyway.

srah | 6:14 PM
Tags: flight of the conchords, robot chicken, tv

How do we know if she is a Cylon? ... Build a bridge out of her?

I finally finished watching Battlestar Galactica Season 2 (which is evilly packaged as Season 2.0 and Season 2.5 just in order to stretch out the time it takes me to reserve and receive the DVDs at the library). I have to say, I was not thrilled. I think Season 1 was a lot better. It's sort of like Harry Potter, where book 1 was great because it set up this new imaginary world for us to explore, then in book 2 we didn't have that exciting sense of exploration and novelty anymore. I'm hoping that Season 3, whenever I get to see it, will be all Prisoner of Azkabany.

Things that I object to in Season 2 (heavily weighted towards the last couple of episodes, which I watched today, as opposed to the beginning of the season which I watched around March):

  • "One Year Later"? WTF? I want to see the struggles as they colonize New Caprica and set up a new society! "One Year Later" is a cop-out so they can jump over all the good stuff.
  • Does this planet have the raw materials to sustain them in the manner to which they are accustomed? Apparently they don't have pharmaceutical plants on New Caprica, or Starbuck wouldn't have to beg Apollo for antibiotics. Do they have hospitals? Are there doctors besides Doc Cottle? Are there mines where they can mine ore and smelt it and make metal with which to build new ships (or buildings or whatever)? The school is in a tent? Are there any plans in place to establish such things or were they just planning to keep living in tents?
  • The season ends with Admiral Adama in some sort of horrible moustache. I hope that disappears in Season 3.
  • Tigh got all extra-Canadian on New Caprica. I don't know if it was the influence of his lumberjack clothing or what, but he really turned up the accent.
  • Most of the relationships in Season 1 were already established before the show began: we knew that Boomer and Tyrol were already together, that Helo loved Boomer, that there was some kind of chemistry between Starbuck and Apollo and that Baltar and Six had a thiiiing going ooooon. In Season 2 they introduced new romantic relationships and I felt like they did so very poorly. We end the season with Helo-Sharon, Starbuck-Anders, Apollo-Dualla and Tyrol-Cally. All of these seem sort of arbitrary. I'm not convinced of real feelings, of emotional growth, of anything. It's like the writers just paired them up and when you say, "Starbuck is really emotionally distant and prickly has been abused so why did she fall in love with Anders after one night (?) on Caprica, get all schmoopy and moany when she was parted from him and end the season married to him? It seems totally out of character" or "What is it about this new Sharon that made Helo transfer his feelings so easily, even knowing that she's a Cylon?" they would respond, "Um... movie magic? Look over there!" and run away.

    I can see how they're trying to court multiple audiences and they don't want to just make it Soap Opera In Space, but I feel sort of like I'm being pandered to. "Oh, the original BSG hardly had any women, and it hardly had any female viewers. So in order to get women watching, we will add female characters and then there will be ROMANCE! ... except we don't know how to write it. So we'll just have some people get together, then break up and get together with other people. Sounds good?"

Now someone let me know when Season 3 comes out on DVD. I gotta watch that thing and see when they start building houses out of bricks so that the Big Bad Cylon can't come and blow them down.

srah | 6:03 PM
Tags: battlestar galactica, tv

Who can turn the world on with her smile?

I am happy to say that on my last day in Minneapolis, I got to meet up with my two favorite Minneapolitans:

Erica at Key's Café
Erica

and

Mary Tyler Moore statue
Bronze Statue of Mary Tyler Moore

And which of those is my #1 favorite? The one who bought me breakfast! Thank you, Bronze Statue of Mary Tyler Moore! The waffle was delicious.

srah | 12:56 PM
Tags: blogmeet, erica, mary tyler moore, minneapolis, travel

Ode to a guilty pleasure

O chocolate milk!
Dairy is good for me but
You are full of carbs.

srah | 12:46 PM
Tags: haiku, low-carb diet, milk, poetry

Let us all take our pennyfarthing bicycles to the aero-port!

I am equidistant from the Cincinnati and Dayton airports, but I usually prefer flying out of Dayton.

Dayton Airport: ProsCincinnati Airport: Pros
  • flights are always cheaper than Cincinnati
  • you can walk from the parking lot to the airport rather than waiting for a shuttle
  • it's too small to get lost in
  • you can get some steps in walking from one end of the airport to another
  • shorter security/airline waits (usually)
  • smaller and cuter
  • free wireless internet
  • cheaper parking
  • more frequent flights
  • more airlines
  • more to do and see in the airport
  • more to do and see on the way to the airport
  • bigger and fancier (note: this is only true of the Delta terminal. If you are flying United or US Airways, Cincinnati is a hole.)
  • The Dayton airport is also cute in that it's obsessed with the history of flight. It seems to consider itself the home airport of the Wright Brothers. There are little old-fashioned planes on the carpet. And if you're flying from Dayton to Detroit on your way to Minneapolis, they will fly you out strapped to the wing of a Wright Brothers-era biplane!

    Okay, I might be exaggerating a little. It may have just been a propeller plane. But I might as well have been strapped to the wing of a biplane. I hate propeller planes so much! And I was seated in row 2, which - for those of you who have the misfortune to fly on propeller planes - you will want to avoid. It is both right in front of the propeller AND is positioned in such a way that there is no window in that row. Row 2 was the cherry on top of the stink sandwich that is the propeller plane.

    Fortunately on the way home I got a CRJ (the tiniest jet in Northwest's fleet) from Detroit to Dayton so all was well. Except that the airport smelled like a combination of mildew and B.O. when I returned. Someone clean that airport before I have to fly out again next week!

    srah | 12:39 PM
    Tags: airlines, airport, cincinnati, dayton, delta airlines, propeller planes, travel, united airlines, us airways

    By the power of Greyskull!

    Last weekend (or rather two weekends ago, but I'm really behind on posting) I went to the movies. I didn't really intend to go, as I haven't been to the movie theatre in about five months (because I'm so cheap), but it turns out that in Ann Arbor I have friends and friends like to do social things and sometimes social things include going to the movies. So we went to see Pirates of the Caribbean: At World's End. It was a very pleasant popcorn movie. It was overly complicated with everyone betraying everyone else, but that's what pirates do. And unlike the second one, this one actually had an ending, which was nice. And this one actually made me laugh again. I was especially happy to see some of the smaller parts (like Gareth from The Office and his friend, or the two guards from the first movie) return and get a little more action.

    Once I went to the movies once, I thought "Hey, I never go to the movies! I should do this again!" So when I went back to Srahtown, I decided that since I had no Memorial Day plans for Monday, I would go and see Shrek the Third in the afternoon. It turns out that my local theater only shows movies in the evening on weekdays (even holidays like Memorial Day) so I looked for an afternoon alternative. In Hamilton, about a half hour away, there was a discount(ish) theatre so I went to see Hot Fuzz. And I am so glad I did! If you've seen Shaun of the Dead, it was structured along the same lines, where you set up a sort of cute and amusing comedy which then erupts into violence and gore. In this case, rather than a man who wakes up in a zombie-infested world, it was an obsessed super-cop who is making the rest of the London Metropolitan Police Force Service look bad, so he is promoted away to a sleepy little town in Gloucestershire that has long been considered the safest town in Britain. But little do they know that in this town lurks a secret that will erupt into violence! And necessitate a lot of jumping through the air while shooting! And firing guns into the air while yelling "Aaaaaaah"! And police chases through scale model villages! It was awesome. And that's not even mentioning the cast and cameos: Tim from The Office (he has a name and it's Martin Freeman, but he'll always be Tim to me no matter how much space travel and p0rn stand-inning he does), Bill Nighy, Timothy Dalton, Jim Broadbent, Stephen Merchant and uncredited appearances by Cate Blanchett and Peter Jackson. If you have an opportunity, you should go and see this movie in the theatres or at least see it when it comes out on DVD.

    DS Andy Wainwright: You do know there are more guns in the country than there are in the city.
    DS Andy Cartwright: Everyone and their mums is packin' round here!
    Nicholas Angel: Like who?
    DS Andy Wainwright: Farmers.
    Nicholas Angel: Who else?
    DS Andy Cartwright: Farmers' mums.

    srah | 12:13 PM
    Tags: hot fuzz, movies, pirates of the caribbean: at world's end, reviews

    June 2, 2007

    She's baaa-aaack!

    I have 3066 new items in Bloglines. Why doesn't the Internet just shut down when I go out of town? It would be a lot more convenient for me.

    More to come when I'm more awake!

    srah | 10:26 PM
    Tags: travel

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