Friday, March 17, 2006

Lots of updates!

I've got photos and stories from my trip to LA on Tuesday to give a speech and see my sister Lorraine and her daughter Addi, stray photos from several months ago of sugar gliders, and this and that as well. However, I'm dashing out the door at the moment and nothing's going to happen for a bit because it's going to be a Very Busy Weekend. Bear with me and I should have lots of things posted Real Soon Now. I swear!


Tuesday, March 14, 2006

What age do you act?

I'm going to be 50 next Tuesday. Quite a momentous occasion! I took an online quiz to find out what age it is that I act, just to get a perspective. Here's what came up:

You Are 26 Years Old

Under 12: You are a kid at heart. You still have an optimistic life view - and you look at the world with awe.

13-19: You are a teenager at heart. You question authority and are still trying to find your place in this world.

20-29: You are a twentysomething at heart. You feel excited about what's to come... love, work, and new experiences.

30-39: You are a thirtysomething at heart. You've had a taste of success and true love, but you want more!

40+: You are a mature adult. You've been through most of the ups and downs of life already. Now you get to sit back and relax.


Monday, March 13, 2006

The Diagram Prize Winner for 2005

The winner of The Bookseller/Diagram Prize for the Oddest Title of the Year was announced today:
People Who Don't Know They're Dead: How They Attach Themselves To Unsuspecting Bystanders and What To Do About It, by Gary Leon Hill.
The Diagram Prize "honors bizarre and odd books for their creative and unusual titles." 1980, 1989, 1995, and 2004 are particularly masterful. Past winners of this prestgious award are:

1978 Proceedings of the Second International Workshop on Nude Mice
1979 The Madam as Entrepreneur: Career Management in House Prostitution
1980 The Joy of Chickens
1981 Last chance at Love-Terminal Romances
1982 Population and Other Problems
1983 The Theory of Lengthwise Rolling
1984 The Book of Marmalade: Its Antecedents, Its History and Its Role in the World Today
1985 Natural Bust Enlargement with Total Power: How to Increase the other 90% of Your Mind to Increase the Size of Your Breasts
1986 Oral Sadism and the Vegetarian Personality
1988 Versailles: The View from Sweden
1989 How to Shit in the Woods: An Environmentally Sound Approach to a Lost Art
1990 Lesbian Sadomasochism Safety Manual
1992 How to Avoid Huge Ships
1993 American Bottom Archaeology
1994 Highlights in the History of Concrete
1995 Reusing Old Graves
1996 Greek Rural Postmen and Their Cancellation Numbers
1997 The Joy of Sex: Pocket Edition
1998 Development in Dairy Cow Breeding and Management: and New Opportunities to Widen the Uses of Straw
1999 Weeds in a Changing World
2000 High Performance Stiffened Structures
2001 Butterworths Corporate Manslaughter Service
2002 Living with Crazy Buttocks
2003 The Big Book of Lesbian Horse Stories
2004 Bombproof Your Horse


Senator Bill Napoli (R-S.D.)

Bill Napoli is the clown from South Dakota who likes abortion restricted to unbelievable limits. Here's a quote from his appearance on the Jim Lehrer news hour:
A real-life description to me would be a rape victim, brutally raped, savaged. The girl was a virgin. She was religious. She planned on saving her virginity until she was married. She was brutalized and raped, sodomized as bad as you can possibly make it, and is impregnated. I mean, that girl could be so messed up, physically and psychologically, that carrying that child could very well threaten her life.
Smart Bitches Who Love Trashy Books ("All of the romance, none of the bullshit") is recommending that we make Napoli's name a verb (a la lynch and boycott and santorum).

I like this. Treat him with every bit of respect he deserves.


Sisyphus's Geology Website

Brian Chinn just sent me this little nugget. Wait until it's done loading.