Wednesday, October 31
Tuesday, October 30
Bummer.....but not so much.
Sunday, October 28
I told a group that I would go with them to American Cabaret Theater to see this.
I don't know what I was thinking, just six days before the MPRE. But, since I had already SAID......well, I ended up going.
It was fantastic. And a large number of the cast were either still in high school or recent graduates. Amazing. I would give almost anything to be able to sing. You singers don't know how lucky you are.
Anyway, it is in town for one more weekend. Go see it if you can.
Saturday, October 27
Thursday, October 25
The Department of Understatement has announced:
Tuesday, October 23
Raise your hand if you can't watch GMA because....
Oh shut up.
Monday, October 22
scrubs - guy love
When your day is a typical Monday....this will cheer you up. Go ahead. Watch. Don't laugh. I dare you.
Sunday, October 21
You have got to be kidding me
Yeah, I can't do that.
The Video Vixen is back with part 2. I skimmed this last night (while watching the Indians take a whoopin') and I can't believe I wasted my time. I'm sure Ms. Steffans is a beautiful person and she means well. Great. Fine. But, in the words of so many politicians, there is no "here" here. This book is a waste. The first one was interesting.....if you're the type of person who is interested in celeb gossip. And maybe I'm just all out of interest for that. It's not you, it's me, Karrine. I just don't care. And it isn't that I just don't care about you, I don't care about who you care about. I can't believe I picked up any material with the words "Bobby" and "Brown" in it. Seriously? Maybe she has a point to make, but it went way over my head. I wish her the best of luck, but I hope she's done now. Unless her next book is about the Knights Templar, we won't be meeting up again.
And still......Dlisted is right there with a joke when I need it.
Saturday, October 20
I'm not admitting to anything here but....go to page 2 if you don't believe me.
Quickly becoming one of my favorite authors
Either way, both his Alex Rider series and his Power of Five series are fantastic. I recommend listening to these books (all you audiobook fans out there). Oh yeah, and he created Foyle's War.
His blog post about pitching a tv series in LA is hilarious.
And so it goes
My internship/clerkship ROCKS. No, really, it does.
I may have to reverse my position on Zicam. I believe the cold was here just as long as it would have been otherwise. And, at least with Nyquil, it knocks me out and I don't know I have a cold!
I got contacted this week by two former friends (one from high school, one from undergrad) through the miracles that are Myspace and Facebook. Yay! Joining was worth it for those two reconnections alone.
We had some crazy storms or whatever on Thursday. Completely effed up my TIVO for Mad Men. The sound kept cutting in and out. But, what I did see.......damn. I KNEW she was pregnant, KP! I knew it!
Oh yeah, I talked to about seven people at my interview yesterday, six of them asked me about the library. LOL. December 9th, people. December 9th. I'll be there. Somewhere.....
I need another fall break. This wasn't very break-like.
And Outlook just informed me that the MPRE is 2 weeks from today. How on EARTH am I going to fit studying for that in? Come on, former law students, help me out. An hour or two a day is all I need, right?
Friday, October 19
Watch the whole thing
NBC Meet the Press Netcast
Wednesday, October 17
Yay Kirkus reviews!
"Sordid and sexy, but also overlong, with a plot that's often ludicrous"
"Thin characters, fat plot-holes, sluggish pacing and Cussler's signature clunky prose"
My hometown tv station has a new fun toy!
Take the quiz here
There should be a rule
There have been a few titles recently where the vendor hasn't known the exact title (Oprah book club pick #57) but they try to sell it to you anyway. The theory being that OF COURSE you're going to buy it, regardless of the title, so why can't we take your money for it early? I suppose there is some validity to that, but is there any reason why we all can't wait until we know what the title is? I guess it's more important for bookstores to know ahead of time than it is for libraries. But, what if your library already had 100 copies of Love in the Time of Cholera and you just bought 50 more copies of the blind itemed Oprah book only to find, surprise, it is Love in the Time of Cholera? Yeah, pretty annoying. (didn't happen to me, by the way. This isn't autobiographical!)
This rant is being brought on by Books on Tape and John Grisham. They sent me a mini-catalog advertising Untitled #16 by John Grisham. Well, of course we're going to buy many, many copies. It doesn't come out until the end of January 08. Do I really need to order it before it even has a frigging title?! Or, can you wait a month until the ads start coming out and THEN put it up for sale? In fact, between the time they printed this, and the now, the damn thing got a title! The Appeal (in case you were wondering. Don't lie, you were.)
I still have a cold. Maybe that is why I'm so crabby.
Is there a British version of The Onion, you ask?
Diana inquest releases colonoscopy footage
Did this make me laugh?
Monday, October 15
Gone Baby Gone - Trailer
I wasn't sure at first. But, If Dennis Lehane has signed off on it, saying it was good, that is enough for me.
The book was outstanding.
Because I'm not above asking for help
Hey Mexi-food fans
I never knew!
Did somebody say.....
I spent the day in bed yesterday, trying to rid myself of this pesky cold. It probably would have gone better for me if I hadn't gone out to the library gala on Saturday night. But, I did. I should have been sleeping. But, I wasn't. I shouldn't still have this cold. But, I do.
Anyway, while in bed, I caught up on Mad Men on Tivo. KP, tell me why I love Don Draper. I know I'm not supposed to. I know he can be oh so bad. But.....dammit. I love him. I wanted him to hit Pete Campbell with a shovel and bury him in the backyard.....but I love him anyway.
I also thought that even though Cooper is a
Love Don Draper. Did I mention that? Such a great show.
Shows I'm breaking up with: Dancing with the stars: I haven't watched a full ep of this yet. I watch if I remember, but I don't Tivo. Time to cut the cord.
Shows that are breaking up with me: I heard a rumor that Journeyman was in danger of being cancelled? Breaking my heart.
Shows that I can't quit: Stargate Atlantis. I have to admit, it had been good so far this season. I really think cancelling Stargate helped, the better writers either jumped over to Atlantis, or had more time to focus on Atlantis.
Sunday, October 14
Ha. I knew it
If they were any more pathetic......
The environment isn't my thing. I'm sure it is very important. But, it just ain't my thing. Can't care about everything.
And still, you just know all those crazy haters are gonna be "the Nobel Peace Prize is a complete sham."
S'alright. I'm sure there is a wingnut award for picking on the tween-aged set. Business as usual for those cowards. Why attack the message when you can pick on the messenger?
Oh well. Congrats, Al. That wacky, leftist peace prize was well deserved.
Saturday, October 13
a good day for books!
I'm scared to know
I love it! I can't wait until it gets here.
Ghosts or Goblins: Ghosts
Zombies or Vampires: Vamps. Zombies are always dropping body parts....it's gross.
Witches or Hags: Why is this mutually exclusive? Witches.
Werewolves or Frankenstein: Werewolves. I never got into Frankenstein. A flaw in my character, I'm sure.
Black cats or bats: Cats.
Trick or Treat: Treat, baby.
Candy Corn or Caramel Apples: Yes!
Pumpkins or Squash: Pumpkin
Orange or Purple lights: Both
Toads or Spiders: Ick!
Lanterns or Lit Pumpkins: dammit! Both!
Skeletons or Mummies: Mummies
Do you like to dress up for Halloween? Not so much anymore.
What were you for last year for Halloween? Law student.
What are you going to be this year? Law students! (I'm stuck in a rut.) Jen's answer was: Amy Winehouse, and I would give ANYTHING to see that!
Favorite costume you have ever worn? You know.....I honestly can't remember. I was never anything cool.
How do you spend your Halloween? Working and then going to school.
Are you or are you not going trick or treating this year? Nope. Sadly.
Did or do you pull Halloween pranks? Nah. Treat, baby!
Do you believe in ghosts? Absolutely!
Are you superstitious? Probably.
Do you like caramel popcorn? I'm pretty choosy about my caramel corn.
Have you ever been on a hayride? I'm from the midwest! Of course I have.
Do you decorate your home for Halloween? Not unless I'm having a party.
Have you ever been to a Haunted House? Yep.
Have you ever attended a Halloween party? Yep.
Do you watch scary movies on Halloween? Sometimes.
Have you ever had candy stolen from you? Not that I know of.
Did you ever steal anyone's candy? No. (See previous answer about superstitions....)
Has anyone ever gotten hurt due to your prank? No.
Have you ever dressed as a witch/warlock? Probably.
Are your parents into Halloween? Nope.
What do you believe is the most common Halloween costume? Probably some form of ghost.
Do you have a tradition for Halloween day? Nope.
Do you know someone who was born on Halloween? For some reason, I think there was a girl in college who was born on Halloween. I can't remember for sure, though.
Have you ever:
Passed out candy? Yes.
Bobbed for Apples? Yes.
Hosted a Halloween party? Yes.
Attended a Halloween party? Yes.
Made pumpkin pie? Yes.
Raked leaves? Yes
Watched the Travel Channel with the Halloween specials? Not on Halloween. I just watched one last night, though.
Have you seen?
Amityville Horror? Yes.
Last House on the Left? Never even HEARD of this!
House of Wax? No. But I Have seen Waxwork!
The Exorcist? Yes.
Texas Chainsaw Massacre? Yep.
The Sixth Sense? Yes.
Practical Magic? Yes
The Munsters? Yes
The Adams Family? Yes
The Lost Boys? We can't even talk about how many times.....
Hocus Pocus? Yes.
A book I *did* actually read
Another interesting book to be
This is really the first, book length look at the 2nd Amendment? Seriously?
I would have thought someone had jumped on that project a long time ago.
Am I going to read it? Probably not. But, it gets added to the list of things I would like to read someday.
I wish I could say that list was short and distinguished. It isn't. But, I would say it is a list of honorable mentions!
I'm almost tempted
to flip through this book. It sounds interesting. I don't konw that I can stomach a book about the SC just now, but if I could... this one would defintely be towards the top of my list.
not that I have any hope that it will change anything.
Friday, October 12
Thursday, October 11
I've seen it. I like it.
Someday, I'll have to post the pics that I have taken over the course of this project.
Anyway, I think Indianapolis (those that bother to come in, that is) will be very pleased.
I'll email you Chuck, about what I really think. :o)
(I'm just kidding, people, I really DO like it!)
Zicam to the rescue?
Of course, it could just be a placebo. A friend of mine suggested it, and I have to say I think I feel better already......
Of course, it could just be a placebo.....
What's up with ya'll today?
Saturday, October 6
Black guy: Why would a young black girl dye her hair blonde? Looks terrible, y'know.
Whitey: Um, yeah. Bad idea.
Black guy: Bitch looked like a burnt grilled cheese sandwich.
--One Penn Plaza
First runner up:
Oooh, My First Rude New Yorker!
Suit: Hey, do you have a light?
Polite Englishman: Sorry, I don't smoke.
Suit: I asked for a light, not your fucking life story.
Overheard by: English, not polite
Second runner up:
Isn't That Queer?
British art guy: You know what I love about Americans?
American art guy: What's that?
British art guy: When I say the word 'fag,' they think I'm talking about smoking and not being homophobic. Even if I say, 'I want to ass-fuck that fag,' I can get away with it because I'm British.
(not with me you can't! I politely correct people. :o) such a killjoy....)
Seriously Un-PC, but damned funny!
Someone's Getting the Teeth Tonight
Girl: ... And then I was like--
Guy, exhausted after 10 minutes of her chattering: --Are you on your knees?
Girl: What? No.
Guy: Then shut your mouth.
Overheard by: thinking the same
But, of course
And you'll get to hear some about my new job for no pay. I suppose we call that an internship. It's for a judge, so you might even call it a clerkship. I love it. Did I mention there was no pay?
But, I need to sleep first. You don't mind, do you?
Tooting someone else's horn
anyway, so I'm driving in and they're doing a story on Billy McCune. Who? Funny, that's what I said too. He is the subject of the book called Conversations with the Dead: Photos of prison life, with the letters and drawings of Billy McCune #122054 by Danny Lyon. McCune recently died, apparently, so NPR did a story on his only claim to fame: being in this book and having his sentence commuted from death to life in prison.
When I get to work, I look up the book and, of course, we have it. Published in 1971 and we still have it. It hasn't gone out in two years, and we still have it. Do we have every book published in 1971? Of course not. Do we keep books that don't go out for two years? Hell no. But we have this one. Why? Because someone who works here is pretty damn smart, that's why. They know their stuff. They know what to keep. They know what not to keep. And they do it so professionally that you don't even know they're doing it. You just know, when you want something, it is right there.
I don't think people who aren't readers (or watchers or listeners....) appreciate that. There is something incredibly comforting in knowing that whatever book (or dvd, or cd) I want is, most likely, available right here in this public library system. People in Carmel, Brownsburg, Zionsville, Franklin, etc. know this. That is why, even though they all have beautiful libraries, they still pay to have access to the Indy library. It is a matter of resources, sure, but it is also a matter of people at Central library knowing their subjects specialties. Or, they used to, anyway. Subject specialists have been discontinued at Central, at least officially. The people still work there, though, and they still have the same expertise they used to have. Someone from the old Social Sciences division probably saved this book. This may change as we get rid of more and more professional librarians, so take advantage of it while you can. It never once occurred to me that we wouldn't have this book. Not once.
Of course, I can't get it until Central opens again.......
Friday, October 5
Long overdue CD review #2
Another Deborah Cox cd?! Yes. This is a cover of Dinah Washington songs. Dinah is one of my favorite singers so I thought this couldn't lose. And, really, it isn't bad. In fact, it is quite good. It just isn't as good as I expected it to be. Maybe my expectations were too high.
So what's wrong with it? Well.....it's too perfect. It's slick and shiny and over-produced. I never understood what people meant when they said that before I heard this CD. I think I do now. I would be curious to hear the raw recordings to see if they're any better.
It could also be that Deborah doesn't feel anything for these songs. These aren't, after all, her songs. Back in Washington's day, it wasn't unusual for a hundred singers to sing the same song. Sinatra sang it. Ella sang it. Billie sang it. It didn't matter. There was a instrumental version. Whatever. People would take a "community" song and put their own spin on it. These days, everyone has their own songs. I don't know. Something is wrong here.
Again, I'd love to know what you think if you have an interest in this type of music. Give it a listen and let me know.
Long overdue CD review #1
I guess since no one
I'm a big Deborah Cox fan, but you know what? I'm not crazy about her "greatest hits" cd. There are a couple of things I find incredibly annoying about GH cds in general.
1. Don't put new songs on your greatest hits cd. Just don't do it. Why? Because it is your GREATEST HITS.
2. Don't do shitty remixes of your greatest hits. Or, 2a: if you MUST do a remix of a greatest hit, put the radio version on the cd as well. Why? Because it is your GREATEST HITS!
This isn't that hard, but she violates both of these rules. I don't know, maybe people like that. But, I honestly think a greatest hits cd would sell MORE if it was what people expected it to be. Am I wrong about that? I must be since more people violate the rules than not.
The CD is okay. I like her voice. I like her songs. I don't like that she did a remix of "Nobody's supposed to be here" and didn't put the original edit on. She didn't ask me. If she had, I would have told her not to do that. If you like Deborah Cox, I would give it a listen.
The "to read--someday" list keeps growing.....
One Drop: My Father's Hidden Life--A Story of Race and Family Secrets
The daughter of former New York Times book critic Anatole Broyard (1920–90) relentlessly pursues the story of his mixed racial heritage, which he had concealed.Bliss Broyard began her own career with a collection of short stories, My Father Dancing (1999), published nine years after her mother finally revealed that Anatole came from a New Orleans family of blacks and Creoles. Bliss and her brother were, to say the least, surprised. They had grown up in suburban Connecticut, spent summers on Martha's Vineyard and attended exclusive, mostly white schools. Although the kids had met their grandmother and an aunt when they were small, their father never mentioned his large extended family in the Big Easy. After he died, his daughter determined to get it all and to get it right, embarking on years of prodigious research involving multiple trips to New Orleans; searches for birth certificates, former homes, places of business; numerous interviews with family, friends, lovers, employers. The result is a complicated and sometimes distracting tapestry that weaves together the Broyard family tree, her father's biography and her mother's much briefer backstory with her own childhood, adolescence and young womanhood. Adding to the narrative ungainliness are large—sometimes too large—doses of social history: of New Orleans, of race in America, even of DNA testing. Despite occasional silliness, as when the author mentions that some people had always said she danced like a black girl, the tone here is generally serious. A not-so-admirable Anatole Broyard emerges. Though his daughter endeavors to understand him, less forgiving readers will be repulsed by his cold rejection of his birth family, his serial sexual escapades before and during his marriages, his ferocious, vaulting ambition, his personal and professional arrogance, his paternal pettiness. These are not qualities that Bliss Broyard wishes to highlight, but she does not downplay them either. The expansive narrative is in need of pruning. Still, this uniquely American story of race and ambition is of surpassing importance.
Review from Kirkus, one of my favorites.