Obiter Dictum

Woman's virtue is man's greatest invention --- Cornelia Otis Skinner

Monday, May 31

This is what I've learned from our exercise on synthesizing rules: Wow, this isn't as easy as it looks. I thought I had a pretty good answer. I put everything down, took a nap, watched some tv, did some ironing....when I picked it up again it looked completely different! Oh sure, the facts were the same. My synthesis, on the other hand, went in a completely different direction! The synthesis chart, which was suggested and is really helpful, looks the same. I guess I can't expect the chart to do all the work!

Anyway, I also did mega ironing today. Not extreme ironing But a lot of it. I'm nearly all set for BookExpo. Clothes are picked out and ironed. That's half the battle, no? Sometimes, short trips are harder to pack for than longer trips. On longer trips, you're automatically taking a lot of clothes. On short trips there is all this picking and choosing...blah.

Today was a gorgeous day in Indy. Kind of hard to believe that yesterday was full of sirens and losing Pacers. Too bad its back to work tomorrow.

Happy Memorial Day

Yesteday was my fourth anniversary in Indianapolis. Just a little piece of advice: Race Day is the best and worst day to move to Indianapolis. Best: traffic is nearly non-existent in the morning and afternoon. Depending, of course, on where you are moving to. Worst: Traffic is IMPOSSIBLE in the evening. I still hear about how my dad and sister sat in traffic trying to get home after helping me move. Four years later. Just so you know.

Wicked storms last night too. Rain, Lightning, Thunder, Tornado.... it wasn't quite like Little House on the Prairie up here on the NW side (you know you all remember that episode...) But, those sirens are still unnerving. Maybe that's what happened to the Pacers?

So, besides learning how to synthesize a rule, I watched a few movies this weekend. I hope to get a couple more in before its back to work in the morning. The roundup so far:

The Italian Job You know, I really wanted to like this movie. Unfortunately, I didn't. Mark was not entertaining. Charlize (who I normally love) was not entertaining. She was annoying. Ed Norton = not entertaining. The only people who were remotely likeable in this movie were Mos Def and The Transporter. (aka Jason Statham) Handsome Rob indeed! The plot was bad. The dialogue was bad. Bad Bad Bad. VERY disappointing.

Terminator 3: Rise of the Machines Its hard to top T2. That said, I thought this was an ok movie. I was entertained. I liked how they ended it, and I thought they did a good job. I wasn't entralled like I was with T2. But, I'd see the next one.

I also watched a little of The Bourne Identity. I'd seen the movie, loved the movie, and then read the book. Hmmm, that may have been a mistake. Now that I am seeing the movie again, I can't help but wonder what the hell they were thinking. Standing on its own, its a great movie. Compared to the book? Well, I'm curious to see what they do with The Bourne Supremacy in July.

Laundry calls.

Sunday, May 30

This Left Feels Right

I'm a total music geek. Not in the cool way, either, but in the honestly geeky way. Meaning, I like geeky, popular things and not cool independent things. Of course, that is a wide range of things so I guess that is a little bit of geeky chic. Which all leads me to while I'm typing this at 12:30 am on Sunday morning. I just finished this really interesting book by Kelley Armstrong. Fiction geek. Another thing you'll realize about me if I keep this thing up. So, reaching down into my bag, I found a cd I'd checked out a looooong time ago. Bon Jovi's This Left Feels Right. I think its supposed to be a pseudo-acoustic outing. Its interesting, a departure from the normal acoustic outings a la MTV Unplugged. I don't know if I like it. That may have more to do with it being way too late for Bon Jovi instead of the actual CD. I will say that You Give Love a Bad Name is worth listening to. After years of hating one of the most overplayed songs in the history of radio, it is reinvented on this cd with surprising success.

Saturday, May 29


So, someone said I should start a blog. Two very big assumptions in that one little sentence. 1. That I have something interesting to say. This is probably the biggest of all assumptions. 2. That I have time to either start (or keep up with) a blog. I have a full time job here and I'm just starting school here.

I still think finding something interesting to say will be much more challenging....