Tuesday, May 20, 2008

One Book

I got "meme'd" by Deathlok. Is that the right terminology? Amyway I'm not sure how these things go, but here's the meme:

"Books are scarce in the world. They are illegal in some provinces. They are not easily replaced, if not impossible to replace if lost in many if not most circumstances. If you can replace a book or buy one, it is usually through the black market at astronomical costs that you cannot afford. Yet you have been able to maintain one of the best collections in the world. If your entire library was about to burn up and you could only have one* book to take with you other than the Bible, what would that be and why?"

Unfortunately I can't tell you what the name of the book is because it is in Japanese. It is an absolutely gorgeous book of Japanese prints. It's not the only book of Japanese prints I own, but the book secreted anyway from a friend's father's library. She was playing at being a literary "Robin Hood." Knowing her father didn't really appreciate the book, she decided to send it along to a more deserving home. Her thought was so sweet, and the book so lovely, I couldn't bear to part with it - even over my over my signed Bill Griffith Zippy books!

Sorry, I can't tag anyone. None of my friends have blogs. (Deathok's already mem'd the ones who do.)
I Know It's Only May But...

As a Red Sox fan you've got to love it!!!

Monday, May 19, 2008

Oh Well....

It's a bit too late for me now...

You Will Be a Cool Parent

You seem to naturally know a lot about parenting, and you know what kids need.

You can tell when it's time to let kids off the hook, and when it's time to lay down the law.

While your parenting is modern and hip, it's not over the top.

You know that there's nothing cool about a parent who acts like a teenager... or a drill sergeant!

Would You Be a Cool Parent?

I love the line, "You seem to naturally know a lot about parenting." Does anyone really know jack about parenting? I'd actually be more likely to survive 190 days locked in my house than 2 days as somebody's mom.

Sunday, May 18, 2008

Interesting, Captain

I saw the link to this quiz posted on a friend's blog, and was intrigued.

How Long Could You Survive Trapped In Your Own Home?
OnePlusYou Quizzes and Widgets

Most web quizzes ask what dessert are you or what Star Wars character you want to be This one hasa decidedly darker bent. I think I'd base my survival time on the fact that I am so practical, and my husband works for a large foodservice distributor.

Friday, May 09, 2008

Wow! That was Fast!

Despite CNN's Lou Dobbs continually telling everyone how our government is broken, at least one part of the State Department is working. I had heard all kinds of horror stories about long waits for passport renewals, so with all the best intentions to get my renewal in the mail after the first of the year, I finally managed to mail it out three weeks ago. The lady at the post office told me to send it certified with signature confirmation. I did that on April 19, and a week ago last Wednesday, April 30 I got that little green confirmation postcard to let me know that the processing center got the old passport. Yesterday I received my new passport with a really cool patriotic eagle illustration on the inside cover to boot! I thought it would take months, but it was really about 10 business days if you don't count the time in transit.

Well, maybe like they say on the weight-loss aid advertisements: "results may not be typical." But, hey it worked for me. Now, if I only had some foreign country to travel to.

Sunday, May 04, 2008

Hollywood of the Northeast?

As the Syracuse International Film and Video Festival is winding down this week, a huge announcement was made concerning the establishment of a Film Center right here in Syracuse, NY!!! I'm currently reading a fascinating book, History of the American Film Industry: From Its Beginnings to 1931 by Benjamin B. Hampton. Hampton had first-hand experience of the film industry during its fascinating formative days. In one chapter, Hampton explains why movie production moved from the east coast to California, and why Los Angeles, not San Francisco, eventually became home to the industry.

This leads me to wonder why Syracuse? Can the city succeed as an entertainment production center? Will technology changing entertainment business models, and ever-rising production costs create a network of many smaller entertainment production centers instead of a one central location in Hollywood. With many more outlets online and off for smaller independent productions, this could be the case. If so, Syracuse could succeed.

Time will tell, and of course, I'll post updates.
I'mmmm Baaaaack

Yes, I'm back, but I can't say for how long. This year's been an absolutely crazy one for me. I got a new job, and I'm still going to school part-time. The big news is I earned my Cerificate of Advanced Studies in Information Systemes Management this past December. I also got accepted to the Masters program. Oh, three MORE years of hell ahead. What have I done???