Monthly Archives: October 2008

>Thanks to mental flossing…

>Hi. Remember a long time ago when I used to do “Friday Feasts”, the list of five random questions that I rarely got around to answering on Friday but at least I would blog nearly once a week when they were around? I quit when they started repeating, but I may have found something else worth answering. But first: A confession.

I’m addicted to Google Reader and all the bloggy, articley goodness it delivers right to me every day. I usually end up with more than two hundred articles, daily. I didn’t read any on Friday this week, and after going through about a zillion of them… I still have 176 to go. Of course I don’t read all of them – I skim them and read all the ones that catch my eye.

One of the blogs being zipped to my GReader is Mental Floss. It is pretty random, which is why I like it. That’s where I’m getting these new questions from. I don’t know how often they come out, or if I’ll always feel like answering them, but here we go.

Before we start: My unread count on GReader just jumped to 178.

Mental Flossing

1. What’s your proudest video game accomplishment?

The first thing that came to mind isn’t really a video game accomplishment… but it still makes me happy for some reason. No one, in the history of mankind, has been able to beat Super Mario Bros (yah, the first one) in my presence. I don’t think it is possible. I’ve never seen it done.

2. Of all the biographies you’ve ever read, what’s your favorite?

I don’t think I’ve ever read a biography, to tell you the truth. “A Heartbreaking Work of Staggering Genius” by David Eggers is a fictional autobiography though and one of the most kick-ass books I’ve ever read. If I ever write a book, I want it to be like that one.

3. So, what’s for lunch today?

Um, I had popcorn. I’m bad.

4. With the proximity of the ‘Reply’ and ‘Reply All’ buttons on most email programs, there’s no shortage of stories about email disasters. What’s the most regrettable email incident you’ve witnessed (or caused)?

I can’t think of any disasters that those particular buttons have caused. I have witnessed a highly “regrettable email incident” (involving a hacked email account and then some hurt feelings) but out of respect for the poor bastard that had to live through it… I’m leaving out the details.

Thanks to mental flossing…

Hi. Remember a long time ago when I used to do "Friday Feasts", the list of five random questions that I rarely got around to answering on Friday but at least I would blog nearly once a week when they were around? I quit when they started repeating, but I may have found something else worth answering.  But first: A confession.

I’m addicted to Google Reader and all the bloggy, articley goodness it delivers right to me every day. I usually end up with more than two hundred articles, daily. I didn’t read any on Friday this week, and after going through about a zillion of them… I still have 176 to go. Of course I don’t read all of them – I skim them and read all the ones that catch my eye.

One of the blogs being zipped to my GReader is Mental Floss. It is pretty random, which is why I like it. That’s where I’m getting these new questions from. I don’t know how often they come out, or if I’ll always feel like answering them, but here we go.

Before we start: My unread count on GReader just jumped to 178.

Mental Flossing

1. What’s your proudest video game
accomplishment?

The first thing that came to mind isn’t really a video game accomplishment… but it still makes me happy for some reason. No one, in the history of mankind, has been able to beat Super Mario Bros (yah, the first one) in my presence. I don’t think it is possible. I’ve never seen it done.

2. Of all the biographies you’ve ever read, what’s your favorite?

I don’t think I’ve ever read a biography, to tell you the truth. "A Heartbreaking Work of Staggering Genius" by David Eggers is a fictional autobiography though and one of the most kick-ass books I’ve ever read. If I ever write a book, I want it to be like that one.

3. So, what’s for lunch today?

Um, I had popcorn. I’m bad.

4. With the proximity of the ‘Reply’ and ‘Reply
All’ buttons on most email programs, there’s no shortage of stories
about email disasters. What’s the most regrettable email incident
you’ve witnessed (or caused)?

I can’t think of any disasters that those particular buttons have caused. I have witnessed a highly "regrettable email incident" (involving a hacked email account and then some hurt feelings) but out of respect for the poor bastard that had to live through it… I’m leaving out the details.

>I Songs

>I recently mentioned on Facebook that I was busy listening to all the I songs on my iPhone. I’m sure I have more in my iTunes than on my phone, but there was still more than I really thought there would be. Stefanie asked if any of them were good. They are alllll good, babies! Here’s the list of them… I have nothing better to blog about.

I – Andrew Bird
I’ll Be Gone – Tom Waits
I’ll Shoot The Moon – Tom Waits
I’ll Take New York – Tom Waits
I’m The Ocean – Neil Young
I’m Your Late Night Evening Prostitute – Tom Waits
I’ve Seen It All – Bjork & Thom Yorke
I & # 8217 (Subtle Mix) – Ms. John Soda
I Am a Wicked Child – Radiohead
I Am Citizen Insane – Radiohead
I Can’t – Radiohead
I Do Dig a Certain Girl – Devendra Banhart
I don’t Know What I Can Save You From – Kings of Convenience
I Don’t Wanna Grow Up – Tom Waits
I Feel Like a Child – Devendra Banhart
I Go To The Barn Because I Like The – Band of Horses
I Guess I’ll Take Care – Midlake
I Just Had To Die – The Knife
I Lost My Bodyweight in the Forest – Midlake
I Love That Man – Devendra Banhart
I Might Be Wrong – Radiohead
I Might Be Wrong (acoustic) – Radiohead
I Need All The Friends I Can Get – Camera Obscura
I Shot The Sheriff – Bob Marley & The Wailers
I Summon You – Spoon
I Think It Could Work, Marylin – Ms. John Soda
I Turn My Camera On – Spoon
I Want None of This – Radiohead
I Want You – Kings of Leon
I Want You – Tom Waits
I Was A Lover – TV on the Radio
I Was Meant For The Stage – The Decemberists
I Will – Radiohead
I Will Follow You Into the Dark – Death Cab for Cutie
I Will Possess Your Heart – Death Cab for Cutie
Ice Cream Man – Tom Waits
Ice Ice Baby – Vanilla Ice
The Ice is Getting Thinner – Death Cab for Cutie
Ides of Swing – Andrew Bird
Idioteque – Radiohead
If Looks Could Kill – Camera Obscura
If Someone Would Know – Ms. John Soda
Imitosis – Andrew Bird
In a Cave – Tokyo Police Club
In a Radio Song – Okkervil River
In Between Love – Tom Waits
In Limbo – Radiohead
In Niel – Devendra Banhart
In the Annexe – Boards of Canada
In the Back Seat – The Arcade Fire
In the Clouds – Tex la Homa
In the Colosseum – Tom Waits
In the Deep Shade – The Frames
In the Devil’s Territory – Sufjan Stevens
In the Lord’s Arms – Ben Harper
In the Morning of the Magicians – The Flaming Lips
In This Camp – Midlake
Index Moon – Grand Archives
India Rubber – Radiohead
The Infanta – The Decemberists
The Infinite Pet – Spoon
Infrared – Arab Strap
Inni Mer Syngur Vitleysingur – Sigur Ros
Innocent When You Dream – Tom Waits
Inside My Head – Radiohead
The Insider – Gustavo Santaolalla
Insistor – Tapes ‘n Tapes
Interlude – Tom Waits
Intimate Secretary – The Raconteurs
Into the Sea – The Album Leaf
Into the Void – Nine Inch Nails
Into the Woods – My Morning Jacket
Intro – Sigur Ros
IOU – Metric
Is This Love – Bob Marley & The Wailers
The Island: Come & See/The Landlord’s Daughter/You’ll Not Feel the Drowning – The Decemberists
Isn’t It Appropriate That Way – Ghost Stories
Israel – Miles Davis
It’s OK – Pearl Jam
It’s Summertime – The Flaming Lips
It Beats For You – My Morning Jacket
It Covers the Hillsides – Midlake
It Covers the Hillsides (acoustic) – Midlake

Phew! So much music-y goodness in just one letter of the alphabet!

I Songs

I recently mentioned on Facebook that I was busy listening to all the I songs on my iPhone. I’m sure I have more in my iTunes than on my phone, but there was still more than I really thought there would be. Stefanie asked if any of them were good. They are alllll good, babies! Here’s the list of them… I have nothing better to blog about.

I – Andrew Bird
I’ll Be Gone – Tom Waits
I’ll Shoot The Moon – Tom Waits
I’ll Take New York – Tom Waits
I’m The Ocean – Neil Young
I’m Your Late Night Evening Prostitute – Tom Waits
I’ve Seen It All – Bjork & Thom Yorke
I & # 8217 (Subtle Mix) – Ms. John Soda
I Am a Wicked Child – Radiohead
I Am Citizen Insane – Radiohead
I Can’t – Radiohead
I Do Dig a Certain Girl – Devendra Banhart
I don’t Know What I Can Save You From – Kings of Convenience
I Don’t Wanna Grow Up – Tom Waits
I Feel Like a Child – Devendra Banhart
I Go To The Barn Because I Like The – Band of Horses
I Guess I’ll Take Care – Midlake
I Just Had To Die – The Knife
I Lost My Bodyweight in the Forest – Midlake
I Love That Man – Devendra Banhart
I Might Be Wrong – Radiohead
I Might Be Wrong (accoustic) – Radiohead
I Need All The Friends I Can Get – Camera Obscura
I Shot The Sheriff – Bob Marley & The Wailers
I Summon You – Spoon
I Think It Could Work, Marylin – Ms. John Soda
I Turn My Camera On – Spoon
I Want None of This – Radiohead
I Want You – Kings of Leon
I Want You – Tom Waits
I Was A Lover – TV on the Radio
I Was Meant For The Stage – The Decemberists
I Will – Radiohead
I Will Follow You Into the Dark – Death Cab for Cutie
I Will Possess Your Heart – Death Cab for Cutie
Ic Cream Man – Tom Waits
Ice Ice Baby – Vanilla Ice
The Ice is Getting Thinner – Death Cab for Cutie
Ides of Swing – Andrew Bird
Idioteque – Radiohead
If Looks Could Kill – Camera Obscura
If Someone Would Know – Ms. John Soda
Imitosis – Andrew Bird
In a Cave – Tokyo Police Club
In a Radio Song – Okkervil River
In Between Love – Tom Waits
In Limbo – Radiohead
In Niel – Devendra Banhart
In the Annexe – Boards of Canada
In the Back Seat – The Arcade Fire
In the Clouds – Tex la Homa
In the Colosseum – Tom Waits
In the Deep Shade – The Frames
In the Devil’s Territory – Sufjan Stevens
In the Lord’s Arms – Ben Harper
In the Morning of the Magicians – The Flaming Lips
In This Camp – Midlake
Index Moon – Grand Archives
India Rubber – Radiohead
The Infanta – The Decemberists
The Infinite Pet – Spoon
Infrared – Arab Strap
Inni Mer Syngur Vitleysingur – Sigur Ros
Innocent When You Dream – Tom Waits
Inside My Head – Radiohead
The Insider – Gustavo Santaolalla
Insistor – Tapes ‘n Tapes
Interlude – Tom Waits
Intimate Secretary – The Raconteurs
Into the Sea – The Album Leaf
Into the Void – Nine Inch Nails
Into the Woods – My Morning Jacket
Intro – Sigur Ros
IOU – Metric
Is This Love – Bob Marley & The Wailers
The Island: Come & See/The Landlord’s Daughter/You’ll Not Feel the Drowning – The Decemberists
Isn’t It Appropriate That Way – Ghost Stories
Israel – Miles Davis
It’s OK – Pearl Jam
It’s Summertime – The Flaming Lips
It Beats For You – My Morning Jacket
It Covers the Hillsides – Midlake
It Covers the Hillsides (accoustic) – Midlake

Phew! So much music-y goodness in just one letter of the alphabet!

>And you thought MY flat was small!

>I follow a blog called “It’s Lovely! I’ll take it!” which posts horrible pictures that people actually use to sell (and sometimes rent) their property. Some people are completely clueless.

Anyhoo, one of the posts today made me appreciate my kitchen/bathroom/dining room/livingroom/office space a heck of a lot more. Definitely check out the photo of this place. Yowza.

One year lease with time off for good behavior

“Room Available November 1st. Room is approx. 10×8 (no windows). Room has private bathroom. There is no separation between bathroom and bedroom. Room is in basement. Private, no roommates. No kitchen access but you do have a mini fridge and microwave. Utilities are included. Located less than one block from L train, Bedford Ave and B61 bus. Please email some info about yourself along with how long you are looking to sublet for. (Optional semi-furnished). North 7th street at Bedford Ave” $550.

>Controlled(ish) experiment deviation

>I decided that I needed to deviate from the GSE for one night to gain a more objective (or at least, as objective as possible seeing as how I am the subject and the observer) perspective on how the Experiment was going.

The thing is… I haven’t felt like I’ve been sleeping all that much better. Maybe for more hours… maybe falling asleep faster… maybe this, maybe that. But was I really? Was denying myself some of my favourite things (beer, food) really worth getting 20 more minutes of sleep a night and a bit more energy during the day? Energy that I just put towards whining about work anyway?

So last night I had pizza for dinner. Cheap pizza, mind you, ’cause I’m broke. But a frozen shitter from the Nisa Local for £2.49 is still pizza. It still has a million things in and on it I shouldn’t eat. And to ensure I wasn’t going half way with this control test, I ate it with a Diet Coke and had a chocolate bar for desert.

It was delicious and I enjoyed every freaking bite.

First thing to note: I did notice that because it was three weeks since the last time I indulged in any of those foods, I really did enjoy them. It was a real treat. That alone may be worth eating better most of the time. I really shouldn’t get to a point in my life where I’m going, “Ew, mom! Pizza for dinner again??” Although I would like to add that I received a flyer for a pizza place that has cream cheese jalapenos. Next time I give in… I’m giving them my business (if, naturally, I can afford freaking delivery at that time, instead of counting my change to scrape together enough to buy a frozen one…).

Second thing to note: I slept like shite. Seriously shite. It was so bad. I couldn’t stop tossing and turning. I was awake for hours. I didn’t dream (that I remember). It was hard to wake up this morning. I’m cranky today.

Possible EWTGSE (Experiment Within The Great Sleep Experiment) pollutants: I may have slept like shite and been cranky today anyway – unhappiness will do that to you.

But I’m thinking that overall I’m on the right track. I really am sleeping better – I am much more relaxed before I sleep (no tossing and turning); I’m falling asleep faster; I don’t get up in the night; I have vivid dreams; I wake up more easily. All of that is good news and does indicate that I should keep doing what I’m doing.

However… I may ease up a little bit – I’ve been a real stickler for the “rules” I have created in my own head, and I think I can let them relax now that I know. I still want to stay off sugar, wheat and lactose as much as possible… but more because that rule stops me from eating really bad food. Once in a while as treats is okay.

And as much as it hurts my feelings, I’m going to keep waking up at stupid o’clock every single day. I really do think that is helping.

Next month I’m going to add a few more things: drink more water, meditation, stretching. Daily. Eventually I’ll get this sleeping thing under control. Eventually. Sheesh… I’m a slow learner. I shoulda learned how to sleep decades ago….

And you thought MY flat was small!

I follow a blog called "It’s Lovely! I’ll take it!" which posts horrible pictures that people actually use to sell (and sometimes rent) their property. Some people are completely clueless.

Anyhoo, one of the posts today made me appreciate my kitchen/bathroom/dining room/livingroom/office space a heck of a lot more. Definitely check out the photo of this place. Yowza.

One year lease with time off for good behavior

"Room Available November 1st. Room is approx. 10×8 (no windows).
Room has private bathroom. There is no separation between bathroom and
bedroom. Room is in basement. Private, no roommates. No kitchen access
but you do have a mini fridge and microwave. Utilities are included.
Located less than one block from L train, Bedford Ave and B61 bus.
Please email some info about yourself along with how long you are
looking to sublet for. (Optional semi-furnished). North 7th street at
Bedford Ave" $550.

Controlled(ish) experiment deviation

I decided that I needed to deviate from the GSE for one night to gain a
more objective (or at least, as objective as possible seeing as how I
am the subject and the observer) perspective on how the Experiment was
going.

The thing is… I haven’t felt like I’ve been sleeping all that much
better. Maybe for more hours… maybe falling asleep faster… maybe
this, maybe that. But was I really? Was denying myself some of my
favourite things (beer, food) really worth getting 20 more minutes of
sleep a night and a bit more energy during the day? Energy that I just
put towards whining about work anyway?

So last night I had pizza for dinner. Cheap pizza, mind you, ’cause I’m
broke. But a frozen shitter from the Nisa Local for £2.49 is still
pizza. It still has a million things in and on it I shouldn’t eat. And
to ensure I wasn’t going half way with this control test, I ate it with
a Diet Coke and had a chocolate bar for desert.

It was delicious and I enjoyed every freaking bite.

First thing to note: I did notice that because it was three weeks since the last time I indulged in any
of those foods, I really did enjoy them. It was a real treat. That
alone may be worth eating better most of the time. I really shouldn’t
get to a point in my life where I’m going, "Ew, mom! Pizza for dinner
again??"  Although I would like to add that I received a flyer for a
pizza place that has cream cheese jalapenos. Next time I give in… I’m
giving them my business (if, naturally, I can afford freaking delivery
at that time, instead of counting my change to scrape together enough
to buy a frozen one…).

Second thing to note:  I slept like shite. Seriously shite. It was so
bad. I couldn’t stop tossing and turning. I was awake for hours. I
didn’t dream (that I remember). It was hard to wake up this morning.
I’m cranky today.

Possible EWTGSE (Experiment Within The Great Sleep Experiment)
pollutants: I may have slept like shite and been cranky today anyway –
unhappiness will do that to you.

But I’m thinking that overall I’m on the right track. I really am
sleeping better – I am much more relaxed before I sleep (no tossing and
turning); I’m falling asleep faster; I don’t get up in the night; I
have vivid dreams; I wake up more easily. All of that is good news and
does indicate that I should keep doing what I’m doing.

However… I may ease up a
little bit – I’ve been a real stickler for the "rules" I have created
in my own head, and I think I can let them relax now that I know. I
still want to stay off sugar, wheat and lactose as much as possible…
but more because that rule stops me from eating really bad food. Once
in a while as treats is okay.

And as much as it hurts my feelings, I’m going to keep waking up at
stupid o’clock every single day. I really do think that is helping.

Next month I’m going to add a few more things: drink more water,
meditation, stretching. Daily. Eventually I’ll get this sleeping thing
under control. Eventually. Sheesh… I’m a slow learner. I shoulda
learned how to sleep decades ago….

>Got to admit… this got to me…

>

Hi,Jodi.t….♡
I am so sad, because I want
to see you so much….♡
Where are you?
Do you have a nice day?
I have a “Song Book”.
I didn’t lost it yet…♡
I to cry…….
Sincerely,
Esther.B♡

Got to admit… this got to me…

Hi,Jodi.t….♡
I am so sad, because I want
to see you so much….♡
Where are you?
Do you have a nice day?
I have a "Song Book".
I didn’t lost it yet…♡
I to cry…….
Sincerely,
       
       Esther.B♡