Monthly Archives: September 2009

random bits…and indignation

First, I have gotten myself all fired up by writing a quick review of a book I just read.  It was supposed to be about the legend of the origin of the Assateague Island wild ponies, and it was so not.  My review is on LibraryThing.  Consider it a PSA for those who want to know about these ponies and might mistakenly pick up this book thinking it has some useful information.

Second, I have run across some real gems on the web lately and would like to share.

In the category of cool science:

– A woman is pregnant.  Two times, two babies in one womb.  It’s just that they were conceived 2 weeks apart!  Cool huh?

– Here’s a nice post from the Marine Life Encounters Blog. Video and pictures of a recent dive in Bonaire.  So neat.  Particularly the flounder spawning, especially if you have never seen how they swim.

In the category of What Were They Thinking When They Came Up With That Title?:

– I love Discover magazine and their blogs, which dispense science in bite-sized bits for those of us too lazy/too busy/too poor to read journals, but come on.  This title caught my eye (of course!): Jell-O Shots in Adolescence Lead to Gambling Later in Life.  Weird, huh?  Well, all it is is a synopsis of a study showing that rats who consume alcohol at an early age display more risk-prone behavior than those that don’t.  First: DUH, and second: Why not just say that?  The more you make science appear deceptive, the more people don’t understand it, don’t want to fund it, and ignore it at their own peril.  Sigh.

In the category of Yet Another Cool Thing on You Tube that Applies to only a Small Portion of the Population, aka nerds:

– Here is a video of some guys singing.  Trust me, it’s cool.  If I type what it really is, you probably won’t click.  Just give it a chance.  🙂


7 Quick Takes: Sept. 25

Wow, it’s been a while since I updated the blog!  My apologies to my regular reader.

I will do my 7 quick takes courtesy of Jennifer at Conversion Diary, then if I have any other random thoughts I might do TWO posts! Wow!

1 – I now have a job!  Yay!  For those not in the know, I have been searching for a job since May, when I knew I was moving to this area.  Since MAY.  NO BITES.  And I am a TEACHER, people.  A good, experienced one.  Yikes!  Anyway, I now have a part time job in environmental education, which as of this moment, is exactly what I want and need.  Hooray!  (Side note: dealing with the Unemployment Office is decidedly unpleasant.  I recommend against it if at all possible.  As it is, they have told me that “moving to a different state to be with my new husband” is not a good reason to quit a perfectly good job that I already had and too bad that I can’t find a new one.  ARGH!)

2 – My husband and I are still getting settled in our new digs, and one of our missions is to get out more. I mean, you can only play Rock Band so many times (see #3).  And when I saw a commercial for this on TV, I knew I had to go!  I mean, Star Wars – live music – movie props – movie clips: any ONE of those phrases is a reason to get off the couch.

3 – As I documented our longing for Beatles: Rock Band on Facebook, we decided to just get the darn thing.  We are spending money very carefully these days, but we saved for it and ate ramen noodles for 2 weeks.  Just kidding about the noodles!  It’s an awesome game, in case you were wondering.  We are fans of the original Rock Band, but don’t know many of the songs (I believe I’ve mentioned my Manilow handicap before)- and not only do we know almost all the songs here, I find them significantly easier to play on guitar than the original game.  Don’t know if that has to do with the Beatles writing style or something, but we beat the game after only 2-3 playing sessions and only had to take that long because we were tired and needed to get some sleep.

4 – If I was living in my hometown, I would be welcoming fall right now. Here at the beach, it’s still summer weather.  It’s weird.  I really want to get out the jeans and long sleeved t-shirts, but unless I want to swelter it’s no go.

5 – The fall TV season has started! Yay!  I watch *much* less than I used to, now that I have a husband and a life and all, but I still live for Tuesdays (now there are TWO NCIS shows!).  Lately I have also been into Bones and the Biggest Loser.  Unfortunately, all my friends and family have radically different tastes in TV and no 2 of us usually watch the same shows, so if I want to discuss them or squee about some fangirl moment, I have to resort to the internet.

6 – Despite the fact that I haven’t posted in forever, I appear to be running out of things to say!  Those who know me are shocked.  So I will end with a couple funny things I saw on the web recently.  First is this quiz from Mental Floss: Celebrity Baby Name or Computer Virus?  hehe.

7 – I am not a Dan Brown fan- I did read the Da Vinci Code back in the day just out of curiosity, but was unimpressed, and now that I am more aware of his staggeringly uninformed writing style, I am even less impressed.  So, this list of his “20 Worst Sentences” is pretty amusing, whether you have read his books or not.