September 28, 2010

September 27, 2010

September 24, 2010

"Lust is easy. Love is hard. Like is most important."

- Carl Reiner

This is mesmerizing.

Is it possible for a video to be idiot-savant?

September 19, 2010

Things I'm currently interested in. No particular order.

1. Hedgehogs
2. Pygmy goats
3. Detached waterfront property in Oxfordshire and Penzance
4. Kelly Macdonald's character on Boardwalk Empire
5. Peggy Olsen's story arc on Mad Men
6. How to live for a few months in California without a car
7. Knitwear and coats from Jack Wills
8. Boots
9. Visiting lectureships
10. How I will get by if I cancel my BlackBerry service
11. Grown-out eyebrows
"I'm from a people who really did experience the need to hold onto a god who would see them through difficult times, including generations of black women, who in slavery were forced to bear the children of their rapists.

And I do believe, because I'm a person of faith, in an interceding god that can help people through difficult circumstances, but I'm also an American who believes that the point of government isn't to make life so hard for half of our citizens that the only force there to help them is God. We as a government and as a people, deserve and should do better." - Melissa Harris, via Jezebel
I have this feeling that, despite being in my 30s, I haven't yet started my proper adult life. All my friends are off, busy getting married and raising babies, secure in their young families, futures, and careers. And somehow I feel like I haven't even started doing what I'm meant to be doing. I'm not even sure what I'm meant to be doing -- only that I hope, sooner rather than later, I'll be living in a house with a garden somewhere in England, possibly near water. (Maybe I'll raise some pygmy goats.)

For the first time in my life, I want to be a writer (funny, it's taken nearly 10 years of doing it to like it, kind of). Writing suits my personality -- it's something you can do at your leisure or on deadline, something that can be done from the comfort of my own home, in pajamas, and it's an ideas-driven career, a skill that I can continually work at improving upon. Sometimes I think I started too late, in my late-20s -- writing was never something emphasized in my high school curriculum and I think I got a C in my freshman writing seminar at Dartmouth.

So I've decided to really get my act together. Right now I'm involved with a bunch of extracurricular projects and odd-jobs -- fun-ish activities that take up a lot of time. But I've realized that I'll never be able to tackle any major projects -- and, thereby, make major accomplishments -- if I'm spread so thin working on something here, something there. It was all fun and games in my 20s, working 16-hour days for five different bosses, but I'm in my 30s, and it's not cute anymore. After eight years of fun and games, it's time to get down to business.

September 18, 2010

Wikipedia on Hedgehogs.

"In 2006, McDonald's changed the design of their McFlurry containers to be more hedgehog-friendly. Previously, hedgehogs would get their heads stuck in the container as they tried to lick the remaining food from inside the cup. Then, being unable to get out, they would starve to death. Domesticated hedgehogs display this behavior by getting their head stuck in tubes (commonly, lavatory paper tubes) and walking around with the tube on their head. Hedgehog owners often refer to this as "tubing" and promote the behavior by supplying clean tubes. Most owners are considerate enough, however, to cut the tubes lengthwise so as to prevent the hedgehog from remaining trapped against their will. Curiously though, some will still knowingly get themselves stuck for a few hours."
"Hedgehogs are a powerful form of pest control. A single hedgehog can keep an average garden free of pests by eating up to 200 grams of insects each night. It is common throughout the United Kingdom to see people attempting to lure hedgehogs into their gardens with treats and hedgehog-sized holes in their fences. One problem with using hedgehogs for garden pest control is the use of chemical insecticide. While the hedgehog is large enough to resist most insecticides, it cannot withstand them if it eats many insects which have become full of the poison. This causes many hedgehog deaths where pet hedgehogs eat contaminated bugs within the house."

September 16, 2010

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September 02, 2010

"Mulligan had to learn how to drive for the film. She did a two-week intensive course to eventually do the work, but still failed the driving test. The production team had to shoot the scene on a private road, where she was allowed to get behind the wheel. The director Romanek had a hard time making Knightley look plain. He tells in an interview: "It was difficult. She was eager and happy to do it because the role called for it. But even at her worst, Keira still looks astonishing." - via Wikipedia

September 01, 2010