Saturday, March 21, 2009
In my defense, the Twitter addition was thanks to my thesis, more of which you will be reading about here very shortly (if I ever stop distracting myself with blogs and Facebook). The FB thing was an addition around the new year, as was the blog. I've enjoyed the blogging, as sort of an online journal/rant session that allows me to spew any such nonsense that comes to mind. The FB thing is a bit trickier, but I have managed to reconnect with many high school friends and acquaintances with whom I haven't spoken in over a decade. The Twitter thing? That remains to be seen. I very well may end up deleting it after I finish my thesis. Then again, I may not...
Anyhoo, if anyone is interested, please check me out at either location!!
Friday, March 20, 2009
Speaking of superfandom, I had to share this picture of the "new" Taylor Lautner, a.k.a. Jacob. Yes, he was able to put on thirty, count them, thirty pounds of pure muscle. Underage eye candy, those are some impressive arms, aren't they? And news from Vancouver (where they start filming New Moon on Monday - WOOHOO!!!) is that his abs are just as fabulous. I'd say he has the Jacob growth spurt thing down.
Speaking of New Moon, I saw some pics of the latest makeup and hair tests from Vancouver. They've improved not only the makeup but also the contacts. You can finally tell that the "bad" vamps have red eyes, and that the Cullens' eye color is not ordinary. It looked amazing. If these improvements are any sign, I think there are great things to come out of Vancouver!
Tuesday, March 17, 2009
First, the synopsis, courtesy of Amazon.com:
"When Baroness Emmuska Orczy wrote The Scarlet Pimpernel (1905), little did she know she was creating the super hero genre.
Who is the elusive and mysterious Scarlet Pimpernel? A master of clever disguises, stealth and elegant escapes -- skills that he uses to rescue doomed French aristocrats from the guillotine during the French Revolution's Reign of Terror. His signature -- a tiny scarlet flower.
The Pimpernel's true identity is unknown except to a small group of co-conspirators who work with him and together comprise the League of the Scarlet Pimpernel. Not even his wife, the beautiful Lady Marguerite Blakeney, knows that the man she is married to, an effete fop and dull-witted British dandy Sir Percy Blakeney, is a secret hero who risks his life on a daily basis in order to save countless others.
A vibrant adventure awaits the reader -- heart-pounding narrow escapes, clever repartee and dashing wit, true love thwarted and redeemed, a relentless agent of the French Republican Government who makes it his personal goal to capture and destroy the Scarlet Pimpernel, and of course Percy's immortal "bon mot" that makes the social rounds in England and France:
"We seek him here, we seek him there,
Those Frenchies seek him everywhere.
Is he in heaven? -- Is he in hell?
That demmed, elusive Pimpernel."
One thing I contemplated while I was reading it last month was the fact that typically, when reading about the French Revolution, the reader views it from the revolutionary point of view. As Americans who fought for our own freedoms, we are taught to sympathize with them. Equality, Fraternity, Liberty and all that. This is one of the few books who actually take the opposite viewpoint, to see how the guillotine actually terrorized an entire population, both poor and rich alike. It was an interesting viewpoint that I never before considered.
If you are looking for a very quick, easy and fun read, with no deep thinking required, then this is the book for you. Enjoy!
Thursday, March 12, 2009
"Before you, Bella, my life was like a moonless night. Very dark, but there were stars, points of light and reason. ….And then you shot across my sky like a meteor. Suddenly everything was on fire; there was brilliancy, there was beauty. When you were gone, when the meteor had fallen over the horizon, everything went black. Nothing had changed, but my eyes were blinded by the light. I couldn’t see the stars anymore. And there was no more reason for anything." ~ New Moon
P. S. My birthday is on May 8th and I STILL am waiting for my very own Pocket Edward....I'm just saying.
Wednesday, March 11, 2009
"Marilla, isn't it nice to think that tomorrow is a new day with no mistakes in it yet?" ~ Anne of Green Gables
Let me just say, I love this quote. I use this quote ALL the time to remind myself that tomorrow is another day where we get to start fresh. When things get bad, this is what gets me through the day.
Tuesday, March 10, 2009
"And people laugh at me because I use big words. But if you have big ideas you have to use big words to express them, haven't you?" ~ Anne of Green Gables
Seriously, all these Anne quotes are making me want to dig the books out of Holly's closet and read them again.
Ah, yes...the things we think of when we are procrastinating!!
Monday, March 09, 2009
Sunday, March 08, 2009
This week's task is as follows:
One of my favorite Weekly Geeks last year was: A Quote a Day. This will have you pulling books off your shelves and Googling for your favorites. It also means a post a day for the next week - or as many as you can do.
"Isn't it splendid to think of all the things there are to find out about? It just makes me feel glad to be alive--it's such an interesting world. It wouldn't be half so interesting if we know all about everything, would it? There'd be no scope for imagination then, would there?" - Anne of Green Gables
From this full-time student in the throes of her Masters' thesis, it reminds me why I normally enjoy being a student...
pro·cras·ti·nate (pr-krst-nt, pr-)
Yep, that's me. I'll confess that I am suffering from procrastination BIG time these days. I suspect that the sheer volume of work I have to do over the next seven-and-a-half weeks, compounded with the fact that I can now see some light at the end of the tunnel has me dragging my feet on all things school-related. On a positive note, I am relieved to say that I believe I finally have a research problem for my Masters' thesis. Now, I need to get started on it.
The funny thing is that when thoughts of having free time do enter my brain, I'm a bit scared at the idea of not having homework constantly hanging over my head. I mean, after five years of ALWAYS having something to do, how am I going to handle not having anything to do? It's a scary prospect, but I am eagerly (maybe too eagerly) looking forward to dealing with it.
Not much else is new. My reading has definitely waned again. I've decided that the only way I am going to get through these next two courses is to become a hermit. I can't open myself up to any unnecessary socializing or else the temptation is too great to avoid all school.
Okay, that's enough procrastination...time to get back to finishing yet another paper. Anyone interested in accounting theory? Who would have thought that there would be an entire class devoted to accounting theory? Crazy...
Wednesday, March 04, 2009
"Ayn Rand's classic novel has been inspiring readers for over half a century. Rand's hero is Howard Roark, a brilliant young architect whose revolutionary building designs lead him to wage a desperate battle against his colleagues, society, and even the woman he loves. Roark refuses to compromise. In defense of his selfish choices, Roark stuns his critics by developing a radical moral philosophy every bit as revolutionary as his buildings."
As a huge fan of Atlas Shrugged, I was anxious to read another Ayn Rand novel to see if I enjoyed all of her work. This one took me a bit longer to get into the story line. It didn't help that I kept falling asleep after one or two paragraphs, which may have been helped by exhaustion. Once I did get involved in the plot, it was difficult to put down. Unfortunately, the intensity of the emotions evoked by the book, some of Rand's mantras, and the general plot progression caused many a night of tossing and turning. This was definitely a book that was not easily forgotten. I'm still haunted by the fate of some of the characters, let alone the thoughts expressed by them at various times throughout the book.
Overall, I was extremely impressed with the book. I feel that Atlas Shrugged was inspirational because it helped empower the individual. Atlas made me want to go out and do something. The Fountainhead, to me, was more an intellectual inspiration. It makes me want to become the person I am meant to be, which starts with me. One is externally focused, while the other is internally focused.
I would highly recommend reading this one day. It's slow going at first but worth the effort in the end. Best of all, there is no sixty-page monologue to wade through... ;-) For me, as much as I enjoyed it, I'm going to take some time off from the heavy literature and am going to enjoy some purely pleasure books.