Tuesday, June 24, 2008

Global dance party!

Okay, I find this video strangely beautiful and touching.

(Make sure you watch in high quality!)

If you don't know the story behind Where the Hell is Matt?, it's about this man, Matt Harding, who posted videos of himself dancing all over the world. In this new video, people from many, many countries join in for a global dance party, and I defy anyone to not feel moved by it.

Monday, June 23, 2008

Friday, June 20, 2008

Ohio board votes to ax teacher accused of branding

    COLUMBUS, Ohio - An Ohio school board has voted to fire a science teacher accused of using a device to burn the image of a Christian cross on students' arms.

    The Mount Vernon school board passed a resolution Friday to end the contract of middle school teacher John Freshwater. He can't be fired until after he is given a hearing to challenge the decision.

    The instructor is accused of preaching his Christian beliefs in class and teaching creationism.

    A family says Freshwater burned a cross into a child's arm that remained for three to four weeks. The family has sued the teacher and the school district.
Wait, are we sure this didn't happen in Jefferson? It sounds right up a certain math teacher's alley...

Tuesday, June 17, 2008


I am sitting in a car dealership, waiting for my oil change to be finished. I have been here for an hour and 20 minutes! I think they took some walk-ins before getting to my car, which is crap because I had an appointment. Whatevs.

This place has wireless...obviously...and I just got an e-mail from the car place saying that it's time to schedule my oil change. Uh. It's getting done right now, so you're a little late there.

My brother has a job interview this week! Let's all hope and pray he finally gets a job.

Thursday, June 05, 2008

Me, of Arcadia.

Freaking hell. People with my level of paranoia do not need this.

So this morning I woke up, went to fix the Internet connection, and I notice that there is a frickin' bug, like, stuck to my skin. At first I didn't know what it was. So I just pulled it off, which was not like brushing off a fly or something - it was, like, hanging on.

And I looked at the bug, and I had never seen one up close before, but I thought, shit, that looks like a tick. So I looked it up on wikipedia, which is my bestest online friend, apart from YouTube.

So now I'm all paranoid I'm going to have Lyme disease, because I remember in an episode of Joan of Arcadia, who talked to God, that a story developed that people said she was crazy and thought she could talk to God because she was bitten by a tick and had Lyme disease.

Anyway, I don't see any bite marks, though. So maybe it hadn't bitten me yet, and even if it did, I'm sure Lyme disease is very rare.

I guess symptoms don't show for, like, 24 hours, so I'll let you know if I start to hallucinate that I can talk to God or whatever. Or maybe I won't be able to tell - and you'll have to tell me if I start sounding crazy.

Wednesday, June 04, 2008

Am pathetic.

So eharmony has/had this special where you could join for three months for the price of one, so I, uh, subscribed to it. Yeah. I don't know.

I'm in communication with five people at the moment. That just means we have sent questions back and forth...and then with two of those five people I'm in "open communication," which means we can send real messages back and forth. Like I'm typing here. One person I just realized is nearly three hours away, so no. I should end communication with him now, but suddenly all of these people looking for relationships make me sad. Like, what if they never meet anyone (nevermind me never meeting anyone!)?

I don't know. I feel like it's too late for me. Not that I'm too old or am an old maid or anything, just that I never had the proper emotional/intimate development when I was young, you know, that first love and all that jazz, and now I'm too old. I can't explain it here.


I've rediscovered my love for Party Ben, that DJ who mashes up songs. My favorite still has to be Somebody Rock Me, a mashup of the Killers and the Clash. Awesome.

Tuesday, June 03, 2008

It's raining, which normally I would like except Mom and I were planning on riding our bikes tonight. Ah, well.

Today this adorable, old British man came to my work. The office is closed to the public, but I heard him knocking on the door, so I let him in and asked, can I help you? He said something like, "I hope you can. I was wondering if there's anything left of (name of famous short story author from my town), here, about his life."

I recognized the name of the author, but I doubt many people around here know who he is. His family actually started the place where I work, I believe. We read some of his short stories in high school, and I think one of his homes is still standing.

Anyway, I told the man how to walk to the library, because that would prob. be the most helpful place for him to go.

So off he went, and I was left wondering if the library was any help! It was near the time I got off from work, so I finished up and went to the library to see if he was still there, ha. He was - he was sitting at a desk with one of the librarians, and they were pouring over several books, looking stuff up. I don't think these books are normally on the shelves. Anyway, I asked, so they were able to help you? And he was happy and said they were getting along fine, or something to that effect.

Anyway. I guess that was a rather pointless retelling, but I was curious to find if he was able to find information on the author! It would have bothered me. So often we don't find out the results of things.

Yesterday I bought a print of "Girl at Mirror" by Normal Rockwell (see here).

Sunday, June 01, 2008

Blank stares at blank pages.

(Copying some older entries from my Xanga account. This one is from March...)

The bad news.

I've been without power for four days! Stupid ice storm.

The good news.

it's back - and I finally get to use the fast Internet that we had installed!

Yes, fast, cable Internet is now in the boonies!

Yes, finally the phone line is free and two people can be on the Internet at once!

Except someone is still constantly whining about it slowing his down. Whine, whine, whine.


I finally understand what the heck people mean when they say someone is their so-and-so cousin, once removed.

I've been calling people my second cousin when I meant my first cousin, once removed.

I don't know who is considered my second cousin, though.

The site that made me understand!

Rocky Mountain climbing.

I want to go skydiving.

"If you're really such a celebrity then where's your posse? Where's your hybrid? Where's your inappropriately named baby?" - Marc, Ugly Betty

My brother has finally applied for a job! Fingers crossed! Seriously, seriously, fingers crossed.

Xanga annoys me because it couldn't find the artist I'm listening to in its little database, so I can't put anything in the "currently listening" to section, because Xanga doesn't think they exist. Well, they do. Because I am listening to them right now.

Ashtar Command - "Blister of the Spotlight"


Okay. I loved this week's episode of Ugly Betty so much that I had to watch it twice. I <3 Betty and Gio. Lots of tingly moments. I like Betty with Gio because she has fun with him; with Henry it's just too stressful. Plus, he's so uptight.

Mom says I need a "Gio." Ha. I am rather like Betty, though.

Today, the parents and I visited several wineries. First, we went to Debonne Vineyards, where a model airplane show was going on. We didn't sample there, but we bought a bottle of 2005 vintage Pinot Gris. Debonne has a line of bottles that feature artwork celebrating various neighborhoods in Cleveland, like University Circle, Warehouse District and Tremont. We bought the one with the East 4th Street label, but only because that one was on sale!

Debonne holds a hot air balloon festival June 6-7, so we'll be going to that.

Our next stop was Virant Family Winery in Harpersfield Township. This winery is now my favorite winery. We sampled six wines here and had an appetizer.

Their wine, White Silk? Amazing. It smells like you've stepped out into a vineyard, and it tastes just like you're eating green grapes off of the vine. I had a bottle of that wine already at home, so I bought Blazzin' Blackberry (which you can only buy at the winery or online) and a bottle of Chiffon.

At every other winery, there's usually at least one wine where that first sip makes you pull a face at the acid, where the first sip is rough. Especially red wines. But not at Virant. Every wine was pleasing to taste. I even liked - heck, loved, their Red Silk, and I don't normally like red wines.

But I also liked the relaxing, unpretentious atmosphere. It's a family-owned winery; well, that's not any different than the other wineries, but it's a lot smaller than the others in the area. I think the wine is better for it, because there's so much care that goes into each bottle. Their wine is made in more of the old-fashioned way.

The people also were nice. We chatted about the wines and Geneva, and it was a pleasant visit.

Completely unlike the horrible visit at the next winery, Harpersfield Winery.

I will never go back to this winery. Oh, don't get me wrong - the winery is beautiful inside. Huge fireplace to sit around, etc., etc. But the woman who greeted us was rude and pushy. She basically forced samples of wine on us. I felt uncomfortable. The wine wasn't that bad - it was made from a grape that not many other wineries use. My mom hated the wine, though. Just bad customer service.

Anyway, buy Ohio wines! Especially from Virant.

Since the bluegrass festival will not be held this year, I am definitely going to Vintage Ohio, which is August 1-2.

Free camera tripod!

Found out about a free camera tripod through freestuff over at livejournal.

From an entry there (it is friendslocked):

This deal is contingent on certain factors. You have to be a new Google Checkout customer and must live in the continental United States to qualify for budget shipping.

Buy.com is selling a KraftTech 60" Adjustable Camera Tripod w/ Nylon Carry Bag for $10. If you are a new Google Checkout customer and use that as your payment option you get $10 off. Then choose budget shipping (7-9 days) as your shipping option to get shipping for free.

What's the best '80s band of all time - or, at least, of that decade?

The Clash. Duh.


I just answered this Featured Question, you can answer it too!

The other's shy and quiet.

I can't even remember why I started suddenly thinking of Sweet Valley High, of all things, but I found this awesome site that recaps (with quite a bit of snark) most of the Sweet Valley High books. There's also this site and this one.

Ahahaha. I love it. Love, love, love it.

I loved those books when I was younger. I loved Sweet Valley University more, but there's not many recaps of them on the site.

I was actually a bit frowny at some of the recaps...they're quite snarky, like I said. They pick on my poor Liz too much!

But then I dug out some of my Sweet Valley books and read a few pages...and, wow. They really were quite bad and melodramatic! I still love them, though. I was definitely not into The Babysitter's Club, by the way. Sweet Valley High owns them.

Honestly, though, they did deal with some heavy issues at times, when they weren't being ridiculously campy and soapy and promoting an unrealistic existence. Anorexia, suicide, attempted rape, death, uh, attempted murder times 1,000?

Really, I definitely would not encourage any daughter of mine to read them. They're is so much under-reaction to the violence and the many near date rapes. And the boyfriends are usually sexist jerks, I can see now.

I used to have almost all of the Sweet Valley High and University books (I bought them for $.25 in bin sales, never new). Then I gave most of them away to my first cousin, once removed (see last post at my joy of finally understanding what that means). Damn it! I only have 14 Sweet Valley High books left in my possession...no University :(, about one Sweet Valley Kids and a handful of Sweet Valley Twins.

I do have some classics, though. Two out of the werewolf arc. The first book that started it all: Double Love. And some from the Margot arc (awesome, awesome). I don't know why I gave some of my favorites away, though, like Dear Sister, where Elizabeth is in a coma! That was my all-time favorite. And Kidnapped!...in which Elizabeth is kidnapped.

I also loved the Little House on the Prairie Books, the American Girls series, the Phantom in the Tollbooth, and Sideway Stories from Wayside High!

But this post does have a point.

The Sweet Valley High books are being re-released with a "modern" look.

These modern changes include the Wakefield girls now being a "perfect size 4." In the old versions, they were a "perfect size 6."

This change bothers me. It's, like, why? What is the point of this change, except to give even more girls an eating disorder? I guess I should be glad they aren't a perfect size 0.

I mean, why do they have to make a mention of their size at all? And that "perfect size 6" was emphasized in every book, in every description of the twins. Just get rid of it, mmmkay? There's no need for it.

And remember the TV show? Yes. You can watch most of season four on ABC Family. Oh, it's so bad it's awesome.


Blake Lewis, why couldn't you have had this level of awesomeness on your album?!?


This video is the most bizarre thing I have ever watched in my life.


Okay, this site, Instructables, is awesome. We always say we want to make our own little crafts, and this site gives instructions - complete with pictures - for lots of little odd and fun do-it-yourself things, like wallets made of floppy disks and other random stuff. Coolness.

Frogpond Badge


"There's only so much you can learn in one place
The more that I wait, the more time that I waste

I haven't got much time to waste
It's time to make my way
I'm not afraid of what I'll face
But I'm afraid to stay
I'm going down my road and I can make it alone
I'll work and I'll fight 'till I find a place of my own

Are you ready to jump?
Get ready to jump
Don't ever look back oh baby
Yes, I'm ready to jump
Just take my hand
get ready to jump"

Whew (American Idol).


Was that David Cook in the Risky Business-esque commercial for Guitar Hero?

I am dying for laughing. That commercial is one of the best. things. ever.

I need to watch it on You Tube now!

...They should have shown that last night...HOT.

EDIT: Way to ruin a good song, David Archuleta. Get off the effing stage with OneRepublic.

EDIT: I am so happy for you, David Cook! You so deserve it. Top Shelf kind of guy.