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Month: July, 2008

Rash Decisions

In a recent conversation, a young woman–not yet twenty but eager to get married despite her parents’ disapproval–articulated to me of her anxiousness to be grown-up. Her idea of being grown-up is of the white picket fence variety. (Mine involves more abstract concepts–like tediousness and responsibility.) But it’s probably not about being grown-up at all. Although I suspect this is the result of hormones and a religious upbringing, I’m not foolish enough to think that any advice I might give will have any weight. Yet, even though I’m of the opinion that people should have the freedom to make their own mistakes, I can’t help inwardly cringing about life altering decisions with a high probability of future grief.


Booking Through Thursday: Doomsday

What would you do if, all of a sudden, your favorite source of books was unavailable?

Whether it’s a local book shop, your town library, or an internet shop…what would you do if, suddenly, they were out of business? Devastatingly, and with no warning? Where would you go for books instead? What would you do? If it was a local business you would try to help out the owners? Would you just calmly start buying from some other store? Visit the library in the next town instead? Would it be devastating? Or just a blip in your reading habit?

I don’t really have a favorite source for books. I go to a bunch of different places to get my book fix–and if none of the stores/libraries have what I want, then I turn to the internet. Now if I did have a favorite source and for whatever reason, it went out of business or burned to the ground, I would be sad, sure. But that wouldn’t be the only place that purveyed books so I wouldn’t be too worried about getting my book supply suddenly cut off.

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The Thursday Threesome: Filling Out Forms

Onesome: Filling– the ol’ fuel tank is getting to be real interesting lately…What are gas prices doing in your area this summer?

Last time I checked, it was $4.11.

Twosome: Out- and about and you’re out of cash: the ATM or the store for a few bucks over on the check? Oh! …and debit or credit? …or are you a ‘cash economy’ person?

I try not to rely too much on plastic.

Threesome: Forms– can be a real pain! Do you have a ‘favorite’ you dislike even to think about? (…and no, the income tax forms are ‘exempt’ from this question!)

Any paperwork involving budgets. It’s not about the math–I just don’t like thinking about money.

Science Linkage

Hey, it’s Tangled Bank #109, the LOL Evolution! edition over at Greg Laden’s Blog. I’d tell you all about this collection of articles, but I think the subtitle says it all.

A Game

DayMare Town 2. If you’re playing this in a dark room, some of the characters will scare the crap out of you. Then again, try taking the balloon away from the librarian without giving him something to read–and laugh hysterically. It’s creepier and funnier than the first one.

Overheard Conversation About Black Sheep

“My brother lives with my parents, but at least he’s still not in jail.”

“Well, some people just take the harder road.”

“And my mom was really happy when my daughter was born. She was her first legitimate grandchild.”


Booking Through Thursday: Holidays

It’s a holiday weekend here in the U.S., so let’s keep today’s question simple–What are you reading? Anything special? Any particularly juicy summer reading?

The only remotely salacious thing on my immediate reading queue right now is Matt Ridley’s The Red Queen. Otherwise, I’m currently making good headway through The Difference Engine by Doron Swade (previously mentioned here).

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The Thursday Threesome: Summer in the City

Onesome: “Summer–time and the living is easy”… Are you taking it easy at all this Summer? …or are you grinding along day by day with no “days off” planned?

My advisor’s pretty laid back about vacation time, but I really don’t feel like taking advantage of his good will like some other grad students in the lab. So I’ve only taken two vacation days this summer–and only because my parents were visiting. Otherwise, I’m working. How much? Well, there’s this rumor going around that I don’t sleep.

Twosome: in the- Onesome is the first line from a song that was taken from a lullaby. Yeah, how about that, Laurie! Do you recognize it or the play it is taken from?

First off, my name is not Laurie. (Aside: That name and its similar derivatives, however, remind me of a girl who lived next door when I was about ten or eleven. Her mother decided to hold her back and make her repeat a grade–not because her grades were bad, they weren’t–but because she wasn’t “mature” enough. I don’t know what the hell that means, especially in regards to kids who aren’t even in their teens, but even in my young age, I thought that was an idiotic bit of parenting.)

Anyways, I think the song might be from Porgy and Bess. I’m probably wrong though.

Threesome: City– lights? Fireworks tomorrow for you? Do you have a local show to attend? …or do you kick back with sparklers and and a fountain or two? Have a safe and fun 4th, gang!

I have no idea what I’m doing tomorrow. If I do anything, it would be a spur of the moment thing.