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Well, I've been meaning to post more lately. I compose posts (about nothing in particular, really) in my head, but they never make it to the computer. You'd think between Sally (my mp3 player that will voice record), my Palm, my work pc, or even actual paper I'd be able to jot something down. But no, it's all in my head and I always get dist… ooh, look, shiny!

So now, it's 11pm, I feel human again (the flu SUCKS this year) and though I really should be in bed now I'll do this post.

My birthday was fantastic. My mother-in-law made a really cute music jewelry box thing for me. She's pretty talented with the whole painting thing. It's purple, with gorgeous flowers painted on it. I also scored this great Dr. Seuss book and the Indiana Jones dvd collection.

I treated myself to a salon hair cut and color – I went with a warm darker brown this time, and splurged with a streak of purple. It turned out fantastic – makes me smile every time I see it. Unfortunately, it faded within a week. I was pretty disappointed about that, and I went back to have it re-done. This one's lasted longer, probably because the purple was left on a lot longer. I went into a Sally's supply place, but the whole array of bleaches and brushes and colors and intensifiers and glah – I probably can't really do this on my own, but I'm sure not going to pay for it every few weeks. So, since I only get my hair colored professionally maybe twice a year anyway, I figure I can get the purple splash every once in a while. I'm hopeless when it comes to girly crap.

Oh yah – shaved his head! It looks great. :) Quite yummy, if I do say so. Under the cut are a couple of pictures – the only halfway decent one that shows my purple streak (and it doesn't do it or my haircut justice at all) and one of Rob's new do. He never smiles for pictures, the gooberhead! So I jump up and down like an idiot to make him laugh, and try to steady the camera down and get the shot before he quits smiling and/or turns away. Some pretty funny pictures result from this tactic. This one shows his smirk pretty well. :)

If you don't hear from me in a couple of days, has taken away my computer privileges in retaliation for this post.

Oh yah, I tried LJ's photopost thing, but I'm not sure it would have done what I wanted, so I'm sticking w/ photobucket until I have time to play with it. Why don't I use my own domain's space, do you ask? 'Cause I haven't been able to make it so that bandwidth suckers can't deep link images AND that LJ can. Or something.

Time for bed!


Excellent article

Gilmore is asking just how much citizens are giving up when they hand their driver's licenses to a third party, in this case an airline, where it is put into a database they cannot see, to meet a law that, as it turns out, they are not allowed to read.

Gilmore will show ID for an international flight because he doesn't expect to set the rules for other nations.

“I will show a passport to travel internationally. I'm not willing to show a passport to travel in my own country,” Gilmore said. “I used to laugh at countries that had internal passports. And it's happened here and people don't even seem to know about it.”

–http://www.postgazette.com/pg/05058/462446.stm

PS – attention Firefox users (and if you're not using firefox, whyinhell not??) I highly recommend the QuickNote extension.


Attention Charities:

If you can afford to send out unsolicited personalized sticker mailing labels, notepads, etc., then I can't really trust that my money will go to support the cause, now can I?

Kthxbye.


Quick update…

I'm not dead yet!

Just almost. Wow – Rob and I both got clobbered by the flu last week. He stayed home from work Tuesday, and I ended up coming home midday Wednesday. We've both spent the time since then taking nyquil, sleeping, coughing, and moaning. Today was the first day I've felt halfway human, and I'm not entirely sure it'll stick. Hopefully we'll both be able to go to work tomorrow. Heh – judging from work email, half the office got knocked out. It's not MY fault, I went home as soon as I felt sick.

More later, I've got to dig my desk out.


Mmmm… books.

Banned books list ganked from , ones I have read in bold:

#1 The Bible
#2 Huckleberry Finn by Mark Twain
#3 Don Quixote by Miguel de Cervantes
#4 The Koran (a translation)
#5 Arabian Nights
#6 Tom Sawyer by Mark Twain
#7 Gulliver's Travels by Jonathan Swift

#8 Canterbury Tales by Geoffrey Chaucer
#9 Scarlet Letter by Nathaniel Hawthorne
#10 Leaves of Grass by Walt Whitman
#11 The Prince by Niccolo Machiavelli
#12 Uncle Tom's Cabin by Harriet Beecher Stowe
#13 Diary of a Young Girl by Anne Frank
#14 Madame Bovary by Gustave Flaubert
#15 Oliver Twist by Charles Dickens
#16 Les Miserables by Victor Hugo
#17 Dracula by Bram Stoker
#18 Autobiography by Benjamin Franklin
#19 Tom Jones by Henry Fielding
#20 Essays by Michel de Montaigne
#21 Grapes of Wrath by John Steinbeck
#22 History of the Decline and Fall of the Roman Empire by Edward Gibbon
#23 Tess of the D'Urbervilles by Thomas Hardy
#24 Origin of Species by Charles Darwin
#25 Ulysses by James Joyce
#26 Decameron by Giovanni Boccaccio

#27 Animal Farm by George Orwell
#28 Nineteen Eighty-Four by George Orwell
#29 Candide by Voltaire
#30 To Kill a Mockingbird by Harper Lee
#31 Analects by Confucius
#32 Dubliners by James Joyce
#33 Of Mice and Men by John Steinbeck

#34 Farewell to Arms by Ernest Hemingway
#35 Red and the Black by Stendhal
#36 Das Kapital by Karl Marx
#37 Les Fleurs du Mal by Charles Baudelaire
#38 Adventures of Sherlock Holmes by Sir Arthur Conan Doyle
#39 Lady Chatterley's Lover by D. H. Lawrence
#40 Brave New World by Aldous Huxley
#41 Sister Carrie by Theodore Dreiser
#42 Gone with the Wind by Margaret Mitchell
#43 Jungle by Upton Sinclair
#44 All Quiet on the Western Front by Erich Maria Remarque
#45 Communist Manifesto by Karl Marx
#46 Lord of the Flies by William Golding

#47 Diary by Samuel Pepys
#48 Sun Also Rises by Ernest Hemingway
#49 Jude the Obscure by Thomas Hardy
#50 Fahrenheit 451 by Ray Bradbury
#51 Doctor Zhivago by Boris Pasternak
#52 Critique of Pure Reason by Immanuel Kant
#53 One Flew Over the Cuckoo's Nest by Ken Kesey
#54 Praise of Folly by Desiderius Erasmus
#55 Catch-22 by Joseph Heller
#56 Autobiography of Malcolm X by Malcolm X
#57 Color Purple by Alice Walker
#58 Catcher in the Rye by J. D. Salinger
#59 Essay Concerning Human Understanding by John Locke
#60 Bluest Eye by Toni Morrison
#61 Moll Flanders by Daniel Defoe
#62 One Day in the Life of Ivan Denisovich by Aleksandr Solzhenitsyn
#63 East of Eden by John Steinbeck
#64 Invisible Man by Ralph Ellison
#65 I Know Why the Caged Bird Sings by Maya Angelou
#66 Confessions by Jean Jacques Rousseau
#67 Gargantua and Pantagruel by Francois Rabelais
#68 Leviathan by Thomas Hobbes
#69 The Talmud
#70 Social Contract by Jean Jacques Rousseau
#71 Bridge to Terabithia by Katherine Paterson
#72 Women in Love by D. H. Lawrence
#73 American Tragedy by Theodore Dreiser
#74 Mein Kampf by Adolf Hitler
#75 Separate Peace by John Knowles
#76 Bell Jar by Sylvia Plath

#77 Red Pony by John Steinbeck
#78 Popol Vuh
#79 Affluent Society by John Kenneth Galbraith
#80 Satyricon by Petronius
#81 James and the Giant Peach by Roald Dahl
#82 Lolita by Vladimir Nabokov
#83 Black Boy by Richard Wright
#84 Spirit of the Laws by Charles de Secondat Baron de Montesquieu
#85 Slaughterhouse Five by Kurt Vonnegut
#86 Julie of the Wolves by Jean Craighead George
#87 Metaphysics by Aristotle
#88 Little House on the Prairie by Laura Ingalls Wilder

#89 Institutes of the Christian Religion by Jean Calvin
#90 Steppenwolf by Hermann Hesse
#91 Power and the Glory by Graham Greene
#92 Sanctuary by William Faulkner
#93 As I Lay Dying by William Faulkner
#94 Black Like Me by John Howard Griffin
#95 Sylvester and the Magic Pebble by William Steig
#96 Sorrows of Young Werther by Johann Wolfgang von Goethe
#97 General Introduction to Psychoanalysis by Sigmund Freud
#98 Handmaid's Tale by Margaret Atwood
#99 Bury My Heart at Wounded Knee by Dee Alexander Brown
#100 Clockwork Orange by Anthony Burgess
#101 Autobiography of Miss Jane Pittman by Ernest J. Gaines
#102 Emile Jean by Jacques Rousseau
#103 Nana by Emile Zola
#104 Chocolate War by Robert Cormier
#105 Go Tell It on the Mountain by James Baldwin
#106 Gulag Archipelago by Aleksandr Solzhenitsyn
#107 Stranger in a Strange Land by Robert A. Heinlein
#108 Day No Pigs Would Die by Robert Peck
#109 Ox-Bow Incident by Walter Van Tilburg Clark
#110 Flowers for Algernon by Daniel Keyes