Friday, August 25, 2006

The Daily Show

`Daily Show' to Take Road Trip to Ohio

Why couldn't they have chosen to come to Cleveland?!

To tell the truth, though, I don't want to watch a week of shows poking fun at Ohio. We already have enough asshats blaming Bush's victory on Ohio voters (to which I say, it takes more than one state to elect a president, effers, and at least our state was CLOSE, which is more than I can say for some of you other losers), so I don't care to have more whining about it thrown our way.

Thursday, August 24, 2006

Senseo! Computer Crashes!

Soooo...remember how I was having problems with my iMac? Yeah. Last night the thing went K-A-B-O-O-M and now I have to reinstall all of my software, etc. I managed to save some of my music and files, but most everything else is gone. Oh, well. I had too much crap music on it anyway; I kind of like starting over. But my computer crashing is more proof that I fail at everything.

Although, I do think I won this Senseo Gourmet Coffee maker (something else I discovered on freestuff).

!!! It says I should receive one in 2-3 weeks, but I'll believe it when I see it, knowing my luck. But how awesome! I don't even drink coffee, but it's so cute, I must have it on my counter! I hope I get a red one, but I doubt it.

And to think I almost didn't finish the survey-thingy for it, because it took f-o-r-e-v-e-r!

"Where do you go,
With your broken heart in tow,
What do you do with the leftover you?
And how do you know,
When to let go,
Where does the good go,
Where does the good go?"
--Tegan and Sara, "Where Does the Good Go?"

How much do I love Tegan and Sara? Quite a lot.

Tuesday, August 22, 2006

K-Fed and Dumb iMac.

So I watched part of this teen award show the other night.

Kevin Federline performed.

...I've been listening to a lot of indie/non-mainstream music lately anyway, but if Kevin Federline ever has a hit song, I swear I will stop listening to the radio, full stop.

So bad. So v. bad.

A-n-d my iMac is really getting on my nerves. Every once in a while it seems to randomnly delete some of my application files. Mysteriously all of my games, calendar, fonts, etc. disappeared today. I had to re-install Panther, which is effing annoying because then all of the applications revert to the old ones, so I have to download the updates, but I can't on this s-l-o-w modem, and then I have the previous system files that won't delete and sdgjldflg;lfl. People always say Macs have no problems, but that's a lie. I've had many problems with mine (but I still love it, I just don't think they're perfect and/or superior). If I ever get a laptop, because of these random problems, and because NO applications work on Macs unless you're willing to pay $50 more, and because Mac users have chips on their shoulders, I'm getting a PC again.

Friday, August 18, 2006

Wrong, Movie Makers.

Re: Previews for Barnyard.

Well, that's the first evidence I've ever seen of a male "cow" having udders! And two of them, to boot (possibly more?). There must be something going on at that "barnyard."

I write male "cow" because there's no such thing.

cow (also heifer) = female
steer = neutered male
bull = male

There's your agricultural lesson for the day, kids.

My favorite breed of cattle, by the way, is the Shorthorn. ; )

Seriously, though, shouldn't an animation company have people who check these things out? Oh, silly biology, what's wrong with you? Getting in the way with aesthetics like that.

Thursday, August 17, 2006

Music & Freebies.

I recently attended a Billy Currington concert. I had other reasons to be a bit (naturally) cheerful that night, but I had a good time! I thought he put on a good show, but some people weren't happy with the sound system. Oh, well. I do wish he had some better material, but it could just be because I wasn't familiar with most of the songs.

But, whew! He is s-e-x-y. Also, anyone who sings "Family Tradition" by Hank Williams, Jr. is okay in my book (that was the highlight of the show for me!). He also sang some AC/DC, which was fun.

I could have gone backstage and met him, but, eh. I declined because I'm not really into meeting celebrities.

One thing that really made me like him: apparently Billy Currington, during contract negotiations with the venue where he played, had a requirement that the venue not charge over a certain amount for the tickets (which eventually cost $5.00--what a deal!). What a stand-up guy! See, U2, not everyone charges their fans an arm and a leg for tickets simply because they can.

I love George Strait's new song, "Give it Away." But the voice does not sound at all like him at first! I think the song sounds like something Conway Twitty would have sung.

Free stuff I've received so far from listings on :
    Ortho Tri-Cyclen Lo Personal Pak
    V. cute! I got the flower design, because it was the only one in-stock. I received it in less than a week. Unfortunately, though, I got my Ortho from the college's medical center, and they have special packaging for students, so it doesn't fit in the pak. : ( Once I start getting it from a regular pharmacy, though, I should be able to use it.

Has anyone else seen the video for "Crazy" by Gnarls Barkley? Isn't it wicked? With the ink blots? I love the song, too.

Why do companies think they have to have such hi-tech websites? I've been waiting for a Post-It website to load for f-o-r-e-v-e-r. I get that they want a cool website, but they're Post-It. I'm about ready to leave, and that will teach them for not thinking about people on modems!

Friday, August 11, 2006

Such Great Heights.

I've always loved Iron & Wine's version of "Such Great Heights": the haunting, folk version.

Today I listened to the Postal Service's version for the first time., no, no!

I know it was the Postal Service's song first, but they completely ruined the song! I love electronica, but to hear those lyrics with electronica music? It's jarring. I feel like all of the emotion has been sapped out of the song. There's nothing there in the Postal Service's version. It's too fast-paced, too upbeat. Ew. Just ew.

Wednesday, August 09, 2006

The Brat and Freebies.

At about 7:30 a.m., I was washing my hands in the upstairs bathroom. I looked in the doorway, and a fat, brat cat is looking at me and purring! I thought maybe mom had let him inside this morning when she left for work, but she said she hadn't when I asked her when she got home! The little Brat snuck in to see me. Aw.

Speaking of the Brat, we think we saw one of his siblings at the county fair this week (you may know that the Brat came to our house last summer by hitching a ride in my dad's truck after a meeting at the fairgrounds one night). She was about the same height and length as the Brat, with coloring that might suggest the same parents, but v. skinny and sickly looking. I was a bit upset, and mom said I couldn't save all the cats in the world. It's just v. sad. The Brat could look like that, if he weren't such a little sneak. : ( Now he's so pretty and soft and healthy. I love the little baha.

Okay, I am obsessed with freestuff. People post links to free stuff, like free samples of Dove soap, organizers from Office Depot, etc. Hey, when you're a poor college graduate, that stuff can help! A lot of the posts won't show up unless you're a member. But I think there are some cool and useful things (but also some junk)! I joined it, but didn't friend it. This way I can read the posts on their journal without my friendslist being spammed by them.

Tuesday, August 08, 2006

Favorite Artist of the Moment: Butterfly Boucher.

At the moment I'm listening to a lot of indie/non-mainstream music.

A lot of the music I'm listening to has been featured on Grey's Anatomy, which has the best soundtrack ever heard on television.

The show gives a lot of play to women and indie artists. It's an awesome show, but I'd watch it for the music alone. (You can just look up who has had songs featured on it, though. This Amazon page is a good starting point.)

A few of my favorite artists at the moment (whom you should check out):

    Snow Patrol
    Tegan and Sara
    Lisa Loeb
    Brandi Carlile
    Emiliana Torrini
But my absolute favorite artist at the moment is the fabulous Butterfly Boucher. This woman writes her own songs and plays all of the instruments. Amazing!

I've heard about five songs from her album Flutterby, and they are all hits, in my opinion. I don't write about music v. well, I just know what I like, so you'd be better off reading how other people describe it. But some of the songs are upbeat and fun, and some are v. haunting.

My favorite song by her at the moment is "Never Leave Your Heart Alone." There's a point in the song where her voice gives me chills. Obviously, this song is not one of the upbeat ones!

"And it's open
For distraction
You found all the words you need
Well I found nothing
I just grumble
'cause I don't know what I feel

The moral to the story goes
Never leave your heart
Never leave your heart...alone

Run for shelter
An umbrella
Fights the rain but not the wind
And I'd be silly
To start preaching
'cause I don't know which point to make!

The moral to the story goes
Never leave your heart
In a box
Locked up
With cold cold ice
Never leave your heart
...Never leave your heart...alone

Am I frozen?
But it's summer!
Is that rain or is that me?
Yes I'm melting
Please be happy
One day soon
We might just swim

The moral to the story goes
Never leave your heart
In a box
Locked up with cold cold ice
Never leave your heart
...Never leave your heart
...Never leave your heart alone"

--Butterfly Boucher, "Never Leave Your Heart Alone"

Sharks and Our Flat World.

I have always been fascinated by marine life. For some reason, I just feel very drawn to and connected with water [even though the only water I've ever seen in person (basically) is Lake Erie!]. I used to want to be a marine biologist, actually. Still do, really.

Anyway! So lately I've been watching a lot of marine life shows on the Discovery Channel. Last week was Shark Week.

I watched a lot of fascinating shows. Great White Sharks are so amazing! There were numerous shots of them flinging their entire body out of the water and into the air as they went after seals and turtles (sad!). They're a huge animal, so to be able to do that? Wow.

And sharks aren't predators to humans. It's not part of their evolution to think of us as food. When people are bitten, most of the time it's because sharks think we're seals. Sharks are close to humans in the water all the time (without us knowing) and don't attack us. In one of the shows, there was footage of a man in a helicopter spying a couple of huge Great Whites in the water--and if they looked huge from the air...--and then noting how fifty feet away was a beach full of people (and noting that he sees this all the time).

Then I watched a new special on giant squids. Did you know more people have walked on the moon than have dived more than five miles in the ocean? The ocean is so mysterious and beautiful.

Anyway, a giant squid has never been filmed alive. A Japanese scientist and his friends created this camera that could go deep in the ocean and automatically snap photos every thirty seconds. After several tries and misses with it, they got about 400 photos of a giant squid. They were still photographs, but the show put them together in sequence and showed it like a slide-show. Magical!

Can you imagine how these scientists must feel? What a breakthrough. But it's still not as good as a film of them would be!

And just like in the myths, sperm whales and giant squids do fight! Squids are what the sperm whales eat, and the whales have scars from fights with them. Crazy!

I borrowed The Life Aquatic with Steve Zissou from the library so I can see pretty (and fake) sea animals.

Do you know what else you can borrow from the library? CDs. Awesome! I borrowed Nina Simone's Remembering and Ani DiFranco's Knuckle Down. And what do you think I'm going to do with them?

I've started to read The World Is Flat: A Brief History of the Twenty-first Century by Thomas L. Friedman, which is not exactly what I thought it was about. I'm freaked out, though. Did you know some accounting firms outsource our tax returns to people in India? And that this practice will probably be the norm in a decade? And that some hospitals outsource the reading of our CAT scans to people in India and Australia? Um. Not cool. All this after only reading about twenty pages? Ack.

P.S. I hate my slow-ass Internet connection. I've been trying to download something for several days now, and it ain't happening. Every time I get up to 70-90% done, the Internet conks out and I have to start all over! Gah.

ETA: Yea! I finally got it downloaded. *does a little dance*

Thursday, August 03, 2006


Hey, kids.

From now on, I will be posting to this livejournal blog: iWoman.

I have moved all of my entries here over to there.

I've had a livejournal in the past. They are much more user-friendly. On blogger you can, what, only type entries!

On livejournal, you can have user icons. You can respond directly to someone's comment, and the person will receive notification that you replied (if they also have an lj). You can have tags like "politics" and "books." People can click on the tags they want and only read blog entries that relate to those topics. You can put things in your memories, so you have easy access to your favorite posts (by you and other people).

You can easily friend people and communities! That way you can read all of the blogs you are interested in on one page, instead of having to click each person's individual blog.

LJ is much more about interaction. You can type in interests and find communities and people that like the same things as you.

I will still have my blogger, but I will not update it. I'm only keeping it so I can respond to my friends' blog entries here. But the cool people have lj.