May 19, 2006

What Are You Listening To?

Jeff and I were talking last night about how slow it's been on the blog lately. His life is too busy right now to have much time for blogging, and mine has gotten so routine lately, I haven't found much interesting to blog about. I suppose I could join the DaVinci craze, but it seems so stupid and pointless to get worked up over it. You either have the faith, or you don't - and no movie should matter beyond its entertainment value (or lack thereof). I think that's about all I need to say about that.

Anyway, on to something else. As you can see from my last post, I'm a big listener of audiobooks. I think it's safe to say there are more hours of audiobooks on my iPod than music - probably by a 2-to-1 margin or better. So, for one of the "here's what I'm listening to lately" posts, I present the following books I've heard to in the last 30 days or so:

Alexander Hamilton - I haven't gotten far into this yet, but after listening to Adams vs. Jefferson several months back, I thought a little perspective would be in order. I haven't gotten far into his public life, yet, but I'm at the Revolution, so it should get interesting very soon. The material is very detailed and enjoyable.

Harry Potter & the Half-Blood Prince - An excellent way to spend a drive to and from New Orleans. It got us there and back with a disc to spare. We still haven't listened to the funeral yet. No more spoilers in case there's someone who hasn't read it. It's a good setup for the final book.

Star Trek: The Eugenics Wars Volume 1 - Yuck. It takes a lot of work to screw up a book about Khan Noonien Singh. Greg Cox does it by ignoring him for most of the story.

To Rule Mankind and Make the World Obey - I'm almost done with this history of Ancient Rome. Barnes & Noble sells their Portable Professor series as college-level subject matter. This one seems more at a high school or middle school level - the teacher tries to make the material seem interesting by quickly boiling down motivations in an almost "folksy" way, but it almost makes the history trivial. Not one of the better entries of the series, but an interesting topic, and easy to listen to on the commute.

I've been hitting history a lot lately - especially American history. We're planning a trip to DC this summer, so it's a good way to get the juices flowing. I want to pick up some more philosophy and religion soon, but that's further down the list right now.

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April 17, 2006

Exceptional English

Well, even though it's supposedly respectable, I'm not holding up very well against my peers. Oh well...

Advanced
You scored 100% Beginner, 92% Intermediate, 80% Advanced, and 73% Expert!
You have an extremely good understanding of beginner, intermediate, and advanced level commonly confused English words, getting at least 75% of each of these three levels' questions correct. This is an exceptional score. Remember, these are commonly confused English words, which means most people don't use them properly. You got an extremely respectable score.


Thank you so much for taking my test. I hope you enjoyed it!



For the complete Answer Key, visit my blog: http://shortredhead78.blogspot.com/.




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Link: The Commonly Confused Words Test written by shortredhead78 on Ok Cupid, home of the 32-Type Dating Test

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April 10, 2006

Pet Peeve of the Day

Ads on websites where the pictures keep changing - very distracting!

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February 19, 2006

Sure, I'll Play

VodkaPundit posted the 10 most played songs in his iTunes, and his commenters chimed in with lists. OK, let's see where this goes (taking out Christmas music, which would skew the list a bit).

1. Touch and Go — ELP
2. The Sun Always Shines on TV — a-ha
3. Mars, The Bringer of War — ELP
4. Bloodletting — Concrete Blonde
5. Star Wars Main Title — John Williams
6. Walking in the Air — Nightwish
7. One X One — INXS
8. Burn for You — INXS
9. Dreamline — Rush
10. Sirius — Alan Parsons Project

While I don't disclaim them, because I like them, too, 1, 3 and 5 are there because of the kids, and 2 because of its position in Steph's playlist. The next 10 are:

11. Brian Wilson — Barenaked Ladies
12. Ship to Shore — Chris De Burgh
13. Stagefright — Def Leppard
14. St. Teresa — Joan Osborne
15. No Myth — Michael Penn
16. Mystify — INXS
17. Shoot High Aim Low — Yes
18. Eight Days a Week — Beatles
19. Stupid Girl — Flower Kings
20. Book of Saturday — Asia

Good music.

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February 16, 2006

Quiz: Sci-Fi Crew

Not really surprising: B5, followed by Star Trek. Too bad "Galaxy Quest" isn't on the list.

You scored as Babylon 5 (Babylon 5). The universe is erupting into war and your government picks the wrong side. How much worse could things get? It doesnâ??t matter, because no matter what you have your friends and youâ??ll do the right thing. In the end that will be all that matters. Now if only the Psi Cops would leave you alone.

Babylon 5 (Babylon 5)

75%

Enterprise D (Star Trek)

63%

Deep Space Nine (Star Trek)

63%

Moya (Farscape)

63%

Nebuchadnezzar (The Matrix)

63%

Serenity (Firefly)

56%

Andromeda Ascendant (Andromeda)

56%

SG-1 (Stargate)

56%

Galactica (Battlestar: Galactica)

50%

Millennium Falcon (Star Wars)

38%

FBI's X-Files Division (The X-Files)

38%

Bebop (Cowboy Bebop)

31%

Your Ultimate Sci-Fi Profile II: which sci-fi crew would you best fit in? (pics)
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May 16, 2005

Enemy Go Boom, Fall Down


Air Strike

You preferred a weapon with 70% power over speed and 80% range over melee.
You use Air Strikes.

Fighting? Fighting is for idiots! All you have to do is make a quick walkie-talkie call and have the ground ahead of you carpeted with explosive charges. Your enemies will be searching frantically for refuge as you chuckle from afar.







My test tracked 2 variables How you compared to other people your age and gender:
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You scored higher than 91% on power
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You scored higher than 94% on range

Link: The What's Your Signature Weapon Test written by inurashii on Ok Cupid
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September 12, 2003

That Figures

Note: this is a post recovered from my old blog, before it died of an insufficient backup. Any comments/trackbacks on it have not been brought over, but can be seen with the original. The date is that of the original posting.

If you know me - Hell, if you just read the blog! - and know Heinlein's books, you'll already know this:
The Moon is a Harsh Mistress
You belong in The Moon is a Harsh Mistress. You
value freedom above all else. You would fight
and die for your family and your home.


Which Heinlein Book Should You Have Been A Character In?
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August 11, 2003

Well, That Figures

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You're Texas!

You aren't really much of your own person, but everyone around
you wishes you'd go away, so you might as well be independent.  You're
sort of loud-mouthed and abrasive, but you do have a fair amount of power.  You
like big trucks, big cattle, and big oil rigs.  And sometimes you really
smell.  But it's not all bad, you're big enough to have some soft spots
somewhere in all that redneck madness.

face="Times New Roman">Take the Country
Quiz
at the Blue Pyramid

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