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Category: reflection

02/12/09 01:56 - 49ºF - ID#47726

Human Need..? Margaret Mead quote

came from a LOL meme, but made me feel more sappy than anything.
  • sniff*
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Category: life

02/11/09 02:50 - 52ºF - ID#47714

cable guy

Since contemplating in (e:theecarey,47659), I decided and I've got cable now. The super basic plan of broadcast channels. Every single station 2 through 23, plus 95, 98 & 99. $5/mo for 12 months, then $9/mo thereafter. The stations through the 50's almost come in, I almost want to tweak it somehow. Sort of seeing Comedy Central is a tease.

I kinda barked at the TW guy today. I had made the appointment for them to turn the cable on today. My apartment is cable ready and other than needing to turn it on outside, I did not see a reason for anyone to come inside. I had asked questions pertaining to this matter before confirming my order. I was told that it would not be necessary for anyone to come in as long as the tv produced a picture once the cable was turned on outside. If it was anything other than broadcast, they would need to come in and check everything. I was happy to hear this, as I did not want to round up my two super curious felines and lock them up, nor move their food bowls, water bowls or food container out from the doorway leading to the basement. I go down there on occasion, and although it doesn't require any real effort, I just didn't want to do all this prep work just for someone to may or may not have to come in. Also, my cats would fly down those stairs in search of adventure upon opening that door (hence my needing to lock them up, etc). Once told that no one had to come in, I didn't bother to do anything.

Forward to cable guy ringing my doorbell.

He proceeds to come in and take off his shoes.

I proceed to question his actions, leading to him saying that he needs to check the wires, etc. I understand that TW wants to make sure everything is up to standard as this helps them to cut out time and effort on potential problems, but I had done my homework, asked the questions, know how old my wires are, where they go and when the last they had broadcast and digital coursing through them, and was therefor adamant against him coming in. I told him what questions I had asked and what responses I received. He then called TW and received the same answer, "go turn it on outside, and only then if there is a problem will you need to go in".

exactly, you go outside and do your thing, and I will stay inside and do my thing. wires and cables aren't all that complicated especially a simple one in this case.

All the while he was doing just that, I tucked my cats away into the bedroom, moved the food bowls, water bowls and food container away from the door...

just in case.. hahaha

so there is not a whole lot going on on tv during the day. I have never watched a day time soap opera, and I never intend to- even though it appears to be the only thing on mid-day. Yikes..

But I am sure to find something as background when I am working on things, and want something more lively than a dvd or music.

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Category: nerd

02/07/09 12:15 - 45ºF - ID#47667

book eaters unite!

made me think of, "dyslexics untie!" when I wrote the title. It was almost hard not to write, "untie". I think I read it that way now!

anyway, a friend pointed me in the direction of a site geared towards book lovers. It is a virtual bookshelf!

actually, it is more than that. It is a place to write reviews, blog, socialize, discover new books, read reviews, exchange ideas, etc.

I 'eat' so many books that it is easy to lose track of what I have read, when and what the book was about, author, etc. I don't know why I hadn't thought of it before recently to start writing down what I read. I made this decision a couple of months ago, and have been since tracking my books on a piece of paper. I remembered a lot of books from 2008, so I jotted down those as well. I may remember a couple dozen from 2007, but not likely all of them. The two years or so prior to that, I won't remember much, or even I read anything much outside of school texts. So, 2008 will be my start date. But why oh why didn't I start when I was, say, four?? haha That would have been awesome.

for me.

So, this Shelfari looks fun. I like the idea of having a virtual shelf, and share what I have read with others. I imagine that I would be able to find even the most obscure of books and topics that I have read, and to find other people who have read things that I have and/or things I will want to read. It is great to get new ideas for what to read or be introduced to authors and bios I may never have come across otherwise. I'm glad to say that I'll read anything, pretty much, so it should prove to be a positive addition to my life.

Now to go take a close look at this site. If not this one, then there are sure to be more out there that will suit my purpose, needs, wants, nerd cravings.

enjoy the 'heat wave', peeps!
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02/06/09 01:43 - 24ºF - ID#47659

tempted on cheap cable offer

I don't have cable. I haven't in some time.

Well, actually, I had it turned off back in 2005 when I realized that I never have time to watch it (I was a few classes into my Masters at that time pkus f/t work), and it was pointless to pay for something I didn't use anymore.

This led me to calling Adelphia, and having them turn it off.

Forward to the cable guy knocking on my door and retrieving the cable box (this was prearranged, since I lived far from drop off station). Before he left, he said something to the effect of, "in case you didn't know, if you hook your cable into the back of the tv, you will continue to have cable until someone comes along and turns it off at the street'.

No, I never would have thought to do that, figuring it would have been cut off immediately.

So I did this.

and had cable.

For like three years.

Until the new TW came along and did their giant neighborhood sweep.

I had called Adelphia on two occasions. Twice to to remind them that I had turned the cable off and I was still receiving cable, and would not accept a bill if one came to me.

Anyway, I did watch more tv once finished with Masters and all that, so when it was finally turned off, I felt the absence; but not enough to do anything about it. I never even bothered to get an antenna (or converter box), because it really doesn't matter whether I have it or not.

...except when I want a little background noise other than music or a movie. So, when an offer from TW came in recently for a basic cable package of $5/mo, I am kind of tempted. Likely a 1 year contract/offer? Do I, don't I? I have to find out more, before I do anything. This is still not a necessity in my life.

but it might be nice.

what is even on tv anymore? I wonder what is considered, "basic"- likely the local channels?

Happy Friday!

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Category: reflection

02/04/09 06:07 - ID#47639

A Life Worth Reading ?

Blogging. Public. (often)Personal. Informative.

I usually write as I think. Not too concerned with spelling, grammar or flow of thought. My writing is usually for me, even with the awareness that there is an audience somewhere, it isn't enough to edit anything of what or how I write. Only once here do I recall making a post private after ranting, blowing off steam about family and religion. For various reasons, I couldn't keep it "out there" for long. However, most everything else is out there for good, for better or worse in any form that I present it. If I were more conscientious of what I wrote I would either not write at all or I would be more productive and acclaimed. But I am neither, and I just sit somewhere in the middle, fluctuating in my style, voice, content, basic English writing ability and presentation. Often my writing aim is vacillating between the effects of buckshot and that of a sharpshooter.

Only recently have I really wondered about who reads my stuff and more specifically, who among my family and close friends, if any? I never really put it out there where I write, but this past year or so, I have added visible links to some of the places I write or mentioned it in conversations, or showed them something on my laptop. Have they checked it out beyond that? Would I be made to know if they had? Would I care? Do I?

There are a lot of journals out there. Over time, I have written at estrip (obviously), at two of my LiveJournal accounts, two Myspace accounts and a blogspot/blogger account. Facebook format (and all that it is, sorry) annoyed me too much, and the old Friendster format has long been abandoned, although blogs still exist there (I've been lazy in removing them, or bothering to log in). Pen/Paper journals are not included as part of this discuss, but there are many of them, tucked away). Those sites that I listed are the main ones, anyways, for longer random write-ups. Then there are the less regular yet more specific posts at political, art, theater, writing and book oriented sites. It is weird, when on occasion someone has stumbled upon a blog, or when they have intentionally sought it out, to be made aware of it. I used to have estrip distinctly linked to many of the other blog place and/or social network sites- which was good and bad. Good for some readership in general, (and the ensuing comments, private messages etc), bad for the 'stalkerishness' of some readers I came to know about. Due to the increasing of the latter, and the location and familiarization of the context of this blog (and site in general), I took down the link. That was awhile ago, and a lot of those issues have simmered down, respectively. A lot of readers still find me here (via related and unrelated searches), but it is with good intent. Maybe now I can re link again.

I happened to be in a conversation today with my mom that benefited from my showing her some pictures and accompanying write up from a few old posts. This made me realize that she has not been privy to my writing world, well, not my blog world, anyways. Not in the way that reading to her/showing her would allow. So in contemplating all this, it is what brings me to writing this post today. It is one thing to wonder about who reads your stuff quite another to know for sure, and how that makes me feel. It isn't bad nor good, just kind of weird. The known difference between fluid conversation and interaction and those that are electronically 'set in stone' and limited in personal nuance.

The writings in this blog from the past year and a half have been topical; nothing too deep or revealing. It is the first 2 years that has much more depth, reflection and insight into me. Still an insignificant snapshot compared to all that it there, all that I 'contain', but still a view inside nonetheless.

In hindsight, it really doesn't matter who reads what. It is humbling to know that people do, especially those that do so on purpose. (thank you)

I'd like to pull more of my writing into one accessible spot- something that anyone can read, if they choose. Something that is easier for even myself to look back on, refer to, track and make mental notes on.

We do a lot of living 'out there'
but we have a lot of it documented right 'here'.

Happy Wednesday, folks.

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Category: silliness

02/02/09 06:20 - 30ºF - ID#47606

Monday Snicker

A really good deed

This guy arrives at the Pearly Gates. He has to wait to be admitted, while St. Peter leafs through his Big Book. He's checking to see if the guy is worthy of entry or not. Saint Peter goes through the books several times, furrows his brow, and says to the guy, "You know, I can't see that you did lots of good in your life but, you never did anything bad either. Tell you what, if you can tell me of one REALLY good deed that you did in your life, you're in."

The guy thinks for a moment and says, "Well, there was this one time when I was drivin' down the highway and I saw a Biker Gang assaulting this poor girl. I slowed down my car to see what was going on, and sure enough, that's what they were doing. There were about 50 of 'em attacking this chick.

Infuriated, I got out my car, grabbed a tire iron from my trunk and walked straight up to the leader of the gang. He was a huge guy with a studded leather jacket and a chain running from his nose to his ear. As I walked up to the leader, the Gang formed a circle all around me.

So I ripped the leader's chain off his face and smashed him over the head with the tire iron. Then I turned around and yelled to the rest of them, 'Leave this poor, innocent girl alone, you slime! You're all a bunch of sick, deranged animals! Go home before I teach you all a lesson in pain!'"

St. Peter, extremely impressed, says, "Really? Wow, when did all this happen?"

"Er.. about two minutes ago."
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02/01/09 01:46 - ID#47591

Numbered Things

In the mood to write and update, but not sure about what, and I don't want to go to deep or profound, so I will just list whatever comes to my mind and stop once distracted :)

1. Glad to see the sunshine and snow-ice-glops melting. Today feels like a heat wave in comparison to the last couple of weeks or so.

2. We have had plenty of snow. Even Youngstown has been covered in it this whole winter, something I am usually complaining that we don't have.

3. I'm usually in want of snow in my area, just so I can get some good use out of my cross country skiis. They are always ready and waiting, propped up next to my front doors. For the past three years, there has been only about a weeks worth of decent snow in Y-town; usually there is nothing but green.This year, I just haven't made it out. I NEED to before I kick myself in the butt for not taking the XC skiis out for the day.

4. I have several bags of pop bottles to return, and I have been waiting for a nice(r) day to do so. They have been collecting in my car for that very occasion. I just keep tossing full bags of empty cans into my car, thinking that I would have gone already to return them, but not the case. My back seat looks trashed from this. Today would be a good day, if I can muster the enthusiasm to do so.

5. Superbowl today. Sometimes I watch, sometimes not. If I have to choose, I'm for the Arizona Cardinals. My mom has a giant tv, and invited me over, so my bf and I will go over there later this afternoon/early evening to watch.

6. My gym membership ended a month or so ago, and I REALLY need to get back. I need to scrounge up the membership fee somewhere, somehow asap! I actually miss going. so do my jeans.

7. February already. Getting closer to Spring.... yay!

8. There is a gem of a bookstore in Niagara Falls called, The Book Corner. Tons of new and old books in a multi level musty smelling building. My nose itches like crazy while I am there, but its such a cool place and had pretty great prices, too. I am almost never in that area, but I've been wanting to go to that store, but I am not sure if it is still there. Anyone know? I will call around, just thought I would ask...

9. I'm trying to learn more about Blogspot/Blogger- a lot of good reads over there. Technorati helps point the way to various blogs, and I keep ending up over at Blogspot. However, there are a few snafus to sort out. The general help area hasn't been very helpful and navigating random blogs leads me to consistently enter into foreign language blogs. Ok, if it is french, not so great if its swahili. Not many have a translation option, so I often close out and head elsewhere.

10. I'm addicted to the site, I've likely mentioned it before. It isn't all about bluray, even though it is the leading technology. There is just so much fun stuff to learn (and to share knowledge, opinions, etc) about home theater stuff. Also some decent book and movie discussions have been had, a big bonus for me. I've always been a fan, but it is nice to have a bit of a one stop place to go for info and share info. I love my music, and so audio components are important. I don't have much to speak of anymore, but I aim to have a better set up someday. Although I don't watch tv, I do enjoy film- and having a solid system to enhance picture and audio quality is another goal. In the mean time my little (and old) 27" cr-tube will have to do.

11. I haven't had a drink in way too long. I think about it, but never follow through. Last I had was a bottle of cheap champagne on New Years Eve. mmmmmmmmm....

and now, time for some chores; been sitting too long.

have a good one, peeps. Open the curtains and let the sunshine in!

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Category: art

01/26/09 10:28 - 18ºF - ID#47526

Book Autopsies- Artist, Brian Dettmer

Scouring fine art related forums, I found myself curious about one contemporary artist in specific, Brian Dettmer. He makes creative use of books as an artwork medium. He carves into the books creating visually intriguing images, "revealing the artwork inside, creating complex layered three-dimensional sculptures". He calls his collection of pieces, "Book Autopsies". I would very much appreciate seeing these pieces close up and anything else that he was worked on. He uses other items such as "maps, record albums, and cassette tapes -- to create new, transformed works of visual fine art."

Link with several pictures from this collection:

Link to wikipedia article on him, bio, art work- short with a few pictures










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Category: music

01/20/09 11:10 - 13ºF - ID#47469


I added to my music collection this weekend.

If anyone has seen the movie, Sunshine (Danny Boyle, sci-fi, 2007), you may have noticed the amazing and beautiful music score throughout the movie.

An official soundtrack never came out much to many fans disappointment.Every time I have seen it, I wished so much that one would be released.

Not too many details as to why, but this was tiny bit of information was readily available (from wiki):

Despite high praise for the score from many fans of the film, a soundtrack for the film was heavily delayed to be released, in part due to 'disputes' between the lawyers of Underworld and Fox Searchlight.[41] Although not released close to the film's debut, a soundtrack was still widely expected to be eventually released, until the film's producer Andrew Macdonald stated in a fansite interview that the soundtrack was "stuck" and that there were "no plans to release" it

Then not that long ago, I heard rumors that the music was going to be released, but not as a hard copy, but through iTunes. Eventually this turned out to be true (only as of the end of this past November). This still upset some fans, but personally, I am grateful that the music made it into any attainable format.

So I spent an iTunes gift card this weekend on purchasing the illustrious soundtrack to, Sunshine. It is awesome.

1. "Welcome to Icarus II" (John Murphy) - 1:59
2. "Avenue of Hope" (I Am Kloot) - 4:34
3. "Capa's Last Transmission Home" (Underworld) - 2:11
4. "Kanada's Death, Pt. 2 (Adagio In D Minor)" (John Murphy) - 2:58
5. "Mercury" (Underworld & John Murphy) - 2:10
6. "Kanada's Death, Pt. 1" (John Murphy) - 6:06
7. "Searle Finds the Crew of Icarus I / Floating Free / Searle's Last Blast" (Underworld & John Murphy) - 3:11
8. "Freezing Outside: Harvey" (John Murphy & Underworld) - 2:54
9. "Trey's Fate" (Underworld) - 2:42
10. "Pinbacker Slashes Capa" (John Murphy & Underworld) - 2:32
11. "Corazon Finds the Seedling" (Underworld) - 1:20
12. "Cassie Searches / Dead Coraz�n" (John Murphy & Underworld) - 2:41
13. "Freezing Inside: Mace" (John Murphy) - 1:51
14. "Capa Suits Up" (John Murphy) - 1:54
15. "Sunshine (Adagio In D Minor)" (John Murphy) - 4:27
16. "Capa's Jump" (John Murphy) - 1:20
17. "Distortions" (Underworld) - 5:40
18. "Capa Meets the Sun (To Heal)" (Underworld) - 2:18
19. "Peggy Sussed" (Underworld) - 2:27

thanks LC!

Trailer to Sunshine:


also, great clip from Sunshine, called, "Mercury". Watch this!!

Now I am in search of a few more pieces of music. Generally, I want a whole album, I want it as a hard copy. If I just want a few songs here and there, then individual iTunes purchasing is good.

I'd like the soundtrack to WALL-E. Really nice music peppered throughout that movie as well.

There is one Enya cd that I do not have. It is from 2005 called, Amarantine. Haven't knowingly heard anything from this album, but I would buy it without listening to it. It is Enya, it can possibly be bad (for Enya fans). I know I simply feel relaxed and loosened up upon hearing the music.

Metric is coming out with some new stuff soon. I purchased a few older tunes to add to my music library. Also a couple of songs from Lady Gaga- yeh, those songs initially annoyed the hell out of me, but then grew on me to the point of liking them.
Also added some Flaming Lips and The Psychedelic Furs. Also burned a few of my older (well purchased with the past year) cds into iTunes, some that I just hadn't gotten around to doing yet such as Gnarles Barkley(The Odd Couple), Robert Plant/Alison Krauss (Raising Sand), Tegan and Sara (The Con), Moby (Last Night) and a few others. I put music on, take it off, but I don't think I had ever had those in my list, so on they went.

I'm never done. New stuff comes out or I remember old stuff that I don't have, and so it is an on going pleasurable chore of the sort.

I don't update my music library that often, as when I do, I'm losing track of time- a good thing, if you've got it to spare. I simply get lost in searching, organizing, adding, listening, etc, that a whole day (weekend!) can pass by much too quickly.

And so, I'm good for a little while.

Stay warm and good night.
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01/19/09 09:36 - 14ºF - ID#47452

A New Birth of Freedom - Inauguration

Tomorrow is the big day! I can't imagine what it is like right now at and around the Capitol. Some may find this helpful:

Inaugural Event Viewing Schedule.

and one of many articles read this evening- a refresher on Lincoln's speech,which the phrase,"A New Birth of Freedom" taken from it is the theme to this inauguration.

The Huffington Post 1/19/09 Nico Pitney

[box]Barack Obama will be sworn in as president just days before the 200th anniversary of Abraham Lincoln's birth, and his inauguration theme will reflect the timing: "A New Birth Of Freedom," a phrase from the Gettysburg Address.

From Lincoln's speech:

The brave men, living and dead, who struggled here, have consecrated it, far above our poor power to add or detract. The world will little note, nor long remember what we say here, but it can never forget what they did here. It is for us the living, rather, to be dedicated here to the unfinished work which they who fought here have thus far so nobly advanced. It is rather for us to be here dedicated to the great task remaining before us -- that from these honored dead we take increased devotion to that cause for which they gave the last full measure of devotion -- that we here highly resolve that these dead shall not have died in vain -- that this nation, under God, shall have a new birth of freedom -- and that government of the people, by the people, for the people, shall not perish from the earth.
From the press release announcing the theme from Sen. Dianne Feinstein, chair of the Joint Congressional Committee on Inaugural Ceremonies:

"A New Birth of Freedom" commemorates the 200th anniversary of Abraham Lincoln's birth. The words come from the Gettysburg address, and express Lincoln's hope that the sacrifice of those who died to preserve the nation shall lead to "a new birth of freedom" for our nation.

The inaugural theme, which was selected by Senator Feinstein and the members of the Joint Congressional Committee on Inaugural Ceremonies, will be woven through the inaugural ceremonies. The theme is traditionally linked to a major anniversary, and in her announcement Senator Feinstein spoke of the appropriateness of the chosen theme to our present day circumstances, particularly in light of the historic election of Senator Barack Obama.

In addition to Senator Feinstein, the members of the Joint Congressional Committee on Inaugural Ceremonies include: Senator Bob Bennett, Ranking Member of the Senate Rules Committee; Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid; Speaker of the House Nancy Pelosi; House Majority Leader Steny Hoyer; and House Republican Leader John Boehner.

"At a time when our country faces major challenges at home and abroad, it is appropriate to revisit the words of President Lincoln, who strived to bring the nation together by appealing to 'the better angels of our nature'," Senator Feinstein said. "It is especially fitting to celebrate the words of Lincoln as we prepare to inaugurate the first African-American president of the United States."

"On January 20, as President-elect Obama takes the oath of office, he will look across the National Mall toward the Lincoln Memorial, where the sixteenth president's immortal words are inscribed. Although some inaugural traditions have changed since Lincoln's time, the swearing-in ceremony continues to symbolize the ideals of renewal, continuity, and unity that he so often expressed."

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