I can't say how many times I sat down to write a post over the last nine months and had nothing really to say. Holidays, vacations, storms, elections - all of these things came and went. My highlights of the year include visiting [livejournal.com profile] seraphtrevs and her wonderful family back in July, the President getting re-elected, and surviving another hurricane. No tornadoes this time, but my area was so damaged that the school district I work in was shut down for a week. But many people were so completely devastated by the storm that there's no real reason for me to go into detail about my experience as it just pales in comparison.

So instead, here is a picture: my parakeet, the prettiest bird ever. ;-)

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My little brother turns 30 today.

Holy crap. It was one thing when it was me last year, but it's almost stranger when it's him.

I should probably call my parents sometime today. It's got to be even weirder for them. :-P

Holy moly

Aug. 27th, 2011 09:50 pm

It sounds terrible outside - between the wind, the torrential rain, and sirens, I doubt very much I'll get any sleep tonight. Anxiety over any tornadoes that pop up, too, is a concern: in the town I live, no one has a basement, so even if I were to knock on the doors of my downstairs neighbors, I imagine that it won't be enough to save any of us.

Happily, the electric has only flickered a few times, though this is it for me - I'm powering down the computer next until this storm (that is the freaking size of Europe!) is eventually through with us.

Be safe, everyone.

So after our little earthquake this week, I saw plenty of West Coasters' tweets making fun of us out here in the east. Well, I have to throw it out there: how many times have you had to deal with both an earthquake and a major hurricane in the same week?

Go away, Irene! XP

Is it inappropriate to feel giddy after experiencing my first earthquake? Initial reports are of a magnitude 5.8 centered in Virginia. But it was totally amazing...!

Every time I turn on the news, I'm blown away that Michele Bachmann is still thought so highly as being a viable presidential candidate for the Republican Party next year. During her interview today on Meet the Press, the policy questions she was asked pertained primarily to those dealing with the economy and the debt ceiling (wherein she maintained her party's stance on cutting spending and not raising taxes on big corporations, and continued to go against her party by defending her position of voting against raising the debt ceiling). When asked to justify her position on the debt ceiling (voting to not raise the debt ceiling and thereby opening our country to the economic fallout of going into default), she stated that she voted the way the people of the country wanted her to vote - that because polls showed that many Americans were against raising the debt ceiling (synonymous with allowing us to accumulate more debt), she would stand by what the people want.

It seems like a virtuous tack to take, too; politicians are elected to be the "voice" of the people in essence, but in practical terms, it's completely unrealistic. People vote for politicians to make important decisions based on all of the facts of a situation - many of which us "ordinary" people are unaware of or do not take the time to fully understand. In the case of the debt ceiling, while I'm a person for whom my elected officials are working, I am also not an economist. I don't think my opinions on an economic decision can be taken as directives. My opinions may not be based on all of the facts of the situation, and I may be (actually am) ignorant of all of the machinations of the financial world. So in essence, I find Bachmann's response that her vote was reflecting the will of the people to be a complete cop-out. In fact, it's fairly insulting: the vote to not raise the debt ceiling was not the right decision because it could have caused more havoc for our economy, but because she can't go back and change her vote, she can blame her decision on her constituents. "Well, it's what they wanted" doesn't strike me as being competent decision-making; instead, it's playing a blame-game.

Today's interview then shifted gears to ask Bachmann personal questions about her religious and social views (the answers to which, while important, were not new, and something that, if I were to write about it, would just make my socially-liberal blood pressure go up). But what I wanted to see was a question or two about her ideas on foreign policy. Because if there's one thing that many people can agree on about President Obama is that he has achieved much in the way of repairing our image in the international community. Aside from bombing Libya with drones and straining relations with Pakistan over killing Bin Laden (oh well!), President Obama has been a leader in restoring confidence in the United States for our allies. Let's be clear: under President Bush, we became a laughingstock on the international scene, and that viewpoint has been changed overseas within the last three years. And I just can't see an uber-socially-conservative, right-wing-focused candidate like Bachmann making the same headway on the international stage. Her inability, as demonstrated this morning, to straightforwardly answer questions posed to her about domestic issues and policies will not sit well for those of us who require a president who can think fast on his or her feet in the face of an international crisis.

And this is just how I feel about Bachmann - just wait until we get more sound bites and clips from George Bush 2.0... er, I mean, Governor Rick Perry! Because another term or two with a guy who is a W-wannabe is exactly what we need... :P

Ugh!

Jul. 25th, 2011 09:25 pm

I can't stand John Boehner! Go on, keep blaming the current administration for our nation's debt. People's memories are better than you give us credit for. I remember the Bush years quite clearly.

I find it also quite grating that he asked for TV time just minutes after our President's address. It just comes across as petty. I teach elementary students who posture less childishly than he has recently.

>:O

My bestest friend [livejournal.com profile] seraphtrevs wrote me DS9 fic for my birthday: They Stumble That Run Fast. :D :D


It is totally in-character Garak/Bashir that is completely made of win.

You know what else is cool? I was twelve when this show came out (1993, kids) and a senior in high school when it ended. And yet, it is timeless. Heh, just like me. Because I still feel exactly the same way I did at 20 now that I'm 30. So there! =D =D =D

(Also, my knowing [livejournal.com profile] seraphtrevs predates DS9. We are both timeless and classic.)

:D

Castle!

Nov. 15th, 2010 11:20 pm

I love Castle so much. Tonight's episode paid homage to The X-Files, plus it had some other fun sci-fi show references in it. I love the banter between each of the characters, too. ::happy sigh::

Tonight for dinner: ice cream, chips, and cookies.

... what?

That's not how you starve a cold? Oops.

I just can't help picking up respiratory ailments because little kids tend to cough in my face constantly. There are three of us teachers that I know of who work with primary kids, and we're all of us fighting the squeaky-voice and sore throat. I swear I pick it up whenever I have to tie shoes. If you're kneeling in front of a first grader, forget it, man. You're in the firing zone for air-borne germs.

I just want to be better for Saturday because I'm hopping a bus down to D.C. to see Jon Stewart & Co. at their Rally for Sanity. I think it's going to be a blast - even if there are so many people down there that it's hard to see anything (that's what DVR is for).

Also, Halloween! I love Halloween - I'm going to drive over to my parents' house to help give out candy. I've even got a choice of costumes this year: pirate or mad scientist. Muahahahaha.

Lastly, the election! I can hardly wait to vote. All the election brouhaha has been really interesting, and now I want to see how things turn out. Will the Republicans gain back a lot of control? Will the silent, rational, free-thinkers step up to keep a Democratic majority for both the House and the Senate? The suspense is getting to me! =D

So this evening I decided to procrastinate on school work and make cupcakes instead. I tend to use baking/washing dishes time as my chance to catch up on video podcasts and TV shows, and I figured I could use the time tonight to watch the latest two episodes of Chuck. First show was fine and enjoyable. The second one - the one from this most recent Monday night - was fine except for one line.

One line that just completely pulled me out of the whole story.

There are very slight spoilers below if you haven't seen it yet.

What really bothered me... )

Huh.

Sep. 13th, 2010 08:04 pm
I find it kind of hilarious that you can repost your lj entries to Facebook or Twitter.

The whole point of having Livejournal is to keep my internetz, fannish life separate from real life...
Huh. The only TV I've been watching for months now is baseball and the World Cup. I'm watching the pre-game show for the World Cup final, and I saw a commercial for a new show on ABC - "No Ordinary Family". It looks like a different take on the whole "regular people get superpowers" theme. And you know what, it could be pretty good. Dare I say it, maybe it'll even be what Heroes should have been. I hope it's good and does well. I like it when sci-fi is mainstream. It'll be interesting to see, anyway.

Not sure who to cheer for in the World Cup final; I usually pull for the team who has never won the tournament before, but that's the case for both teams. I'm rather partial to the color orange, though...hmm. Hopefully it will be an entertaining game without too many shenanigans.

ETA: Five yellow cards in the first 28 minutes? Shenanigans are abounding, looks like. :\

ETA2: Wow, that game was hard to watch - so many fouls! Holland deserved to lose that mess. I vastly preferred the Germany-Uruguay match. It had much better flow. Anyway, congratulations Spain!
I can't even do a post per month. Wow. That's pretty sad. I'd chalk it up to the end of the school year (which finished for me last Thursday), baseball, and now the World Cup, but truthfully, I'm just a lazy, boring person who doesn't have much to write about. I suppose I could spin a funny tale or two concerning the great mourning dove invasion and being besieged by a ronin squirrel (don't worry, I have a spray bottle of water kept at the ready - no rodent is getting its paws on my lone tomato plant), but I'm not that good of a storyteller.

Tomorrow I'm going to the dentist for the first time in two years. Maybe something funny will come of that.

I'm kind of thinking not, though.

So in short, move along, there's nothing to see here!
Long time no write. Work and classes will do that to a person, I guess. Thank goodness I'm only going to school part-time at the moment (and I'm in a non-degree program - way more laid back) because trying to work a full time job and do the school thing on top of that is hard. And I'm taking online classes. Sheesh.

Also, it's always sad to see your entire paycheck-and-plus-some be sent off to pay for tuition. The good thing is, I've now taken four courses, so I only need four more. I've got three more lined for the end of the school year and into the summer. I'll have to choose one more for the fall, and then I'll be done for a good, long while (I'll reach permanent teacher certification status - yay!). All told, this venture (which is mandatory in my state, mind you) will have set me back over $10,000. Good heavens!

So that's been my life for a while - work and school, school and work. Sometimes I even get to sleep! It's about that time now, in fact. :)

I was listening to a podcast this afternoon that had a discussion about the hosts' favorite toys when they were kids (it's a geek show, so I remembered what they were talking about). It reminded me of one of my favorite toys my brother and I inherited from an uncle: 1978's 8-track playing little robot, 2XL.



And, of course, we totally thought that 2XL was somehow real. I remember my brother deciding to see what would happen if he just pushed a bunch of 2XL's buttons randomly and, to do this day, both of us will swear that the little guy started yelling at us. We both remember it, but I really doubt that it happened.

Also, it turns out that there is a whole site dedicated to it: The World of 2XL. I don't know what happened to ours, but there's a 2XL simulator online, too! Ah, such fond memories!

Anybody else have any favorite toys - geeky or otherwise - from when they were kids?

wheee!

Mar. 8th, 2010 09:18 pm

Tonight's Chuck = Yay! I've been waiting since season one for tonight's developments. :D :D :D

Also, next week's episode looks scary. Cool, but scary.

Yep, my car is already covered in snow - again. They're calling for another 14-20 inches tonight through tomorrow.

Pretty sure I'll have off from work tomorrow, though! Think I'll catch up on some sleep tonight to be ready for another round of digging out...

Snow part 2

Feb. 6th, 2010 10:42 am

I thought I'd head outside and knock some snow off my car, even though it's still snowing like whoa. But first I wanted to take some pictures of what things look like before I messed them up.

Heh.



Early February snow storm Early February snow storm
My car is the one buried on the far right. ::sigh:: And the fuzziness of the air is the snow blowing everyplace.





After the pictures, I decided to clean up my car... uh, later. The snow is blowing crazily - apparently the wind is at 30 mph.

But! Last night I hit up the grocery store (hey, it was going to snow!) and bought myself these pretty mini-roses. Well worth fighting the crowds over a loaf of bread. We... don't handle big snowstorms all that well here northeast of Philadelphia. Oh well.


Mini roses! Mini roses!
They're so pretty.

Wow, six years on LJ as of yesterday!

I dug up an old website I ran with my college roommate the other week hosted on angelfire (circa 1999!). It's still out there, no Wayback Machine needed. My first blog on pitas.com exists, too, and that was started up in the fall of 2000. It kinda makes me wonder where the old machines/servers are running that host these things. Are they just shut up in some old room in a warehouse or office someplace, draining electricity? Who is it that just doesn't have the heart to destroy the random babblings of folks from ten years ago?

Imagine being the techno-historian of a hundred years in the future who has to wade through all of this stuff. If you ever wonder about your legacy to the future (I do, not having kids or anything), you know, this might be it. Just think of the famous people of the past. They're only famous because someone wrote about them or they wrote about themselves. Anne Frank? We'd never have known of her courage if she hadn't kept a journal. Now, there are millions of people who keep journals and blog about current events. Man, first-person historical perspectives will be everywhere to shed light on things for the generations to come. Just some thoughts!

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