Friday, June 29, 2007

The Office-y goodness

In addition to trying to participate in The Office Olympics, (I'm on team U-S-A!) now I've gotta make sure I enter The Office Summer Scavenger Search!

It's gonna be a long weekend.

I'll be putting in a full day Saturday at StarCon, so I'll only get a one day weekend. (But I love to build up that comp time!)

Sunday we're up at the crack of dawn as we all have to be at church by 8:00 am. My flute choir is playing two patriotic songs. Here's hoping people will make the connection to the upcoming holiday.

But Sunday afternoon is going to rock. I'm taking the kids to see Ratatouille. I love this snippet from a Mouseplanet column:
There are no movie spoofs, no TV spoofs, no popular music montages. It is pure story, and once it has you it doesn't let go until you've seen the last credit scroll by and you're still just sitting there amazed at what you've seen.

Sounds good to me. And, to top it off, LaughingPlace reports that you can bring in your opening weekend movie stub to the Disney Store and get a free pin! Cool!

Monday, June 25, 2007

No surprises here

You scored as Heart of Gold (Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy),
You are a light and humorous person.
No one can help but to smile to your wit.
Now if only the improbability drive would stop turning you into weird stuff.

Heart of Gold (Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy)


Deep Space Nine (Star Trek)


Moya (Farscape)


Nebuchadnezzar (The Matrix)


SG-1 (Stargate)


Millennium Falcon (Star Wars)


Enterprise D (Star Trek)


Babylon 5 (Babylon 5)


Serenity (Firefly)


Galactica (Battlestar: Galactica)


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


Andromeda Ascendant (Andromeda)


Bebop (Cowboy Bebop)


Which sci-fi crew would you best fit in with?
created with

Thursday, June 21, 2007

Happy Summer!

Fred Poets, make the most of this Enchanted Night!

Monday, June 18, 2007

Phone envy

How can I go on using my crappy old phone when this is available??

Zelda recap

What is it with water temples? Why do they have to be so annoying? In every Legend of Zelda game I've ever played, I hate those water temples the most. It just always seems like there's so much backtracking, or raising and lowering of water levels, or else I just stink at making Link swim. Seems like I always resort to using a walkthrough of some sort.

Contrast that with Arbiter's Grounds in Twilight Princess. I just finished that section the other night. SUPER fun!! Maybe a tiny bit too easy? The spinner totally rocks!!

Last night I stayed up way too late playing Twilight Princess. But I had too -- I got to the top of the Snowy Mountain and got to snowboard down! How fun was that? Hope I get to do that again!

Saturday, June 09, 2007


No, this isn't another one of my countdown posts. (Although it is 104 days until our next Disney trip.)

For a long time, I've been thinking that I really need some life goals. It seems to me that everyone I know has some goal in life, or else a list of things they want to do before they die. And I haven't been able to nail anything down.

I don't care if I learn another language. I already play two musical instruments, so I don't care to learn another. I've advanced as far in my career as I really aspire to. (Maybe...) One of my second cousins has already traced the family tree back about four generations, so I don't need to do that. I don't want to write a book. I don't have some sort of wanderlust where I need to visit a specific country or city before I die. I'm constantly in the process of simplifiying my life, so that's not a goal either.

After months of thinking about the above as possible goals, one sort of fell into my lap. (As happens quite often in my life. The right thing just seems to come along at the right time.)

While attending the Backstage Magic tour, our guide mentioned that Disney offers training in the form of the Disney Institute. They offer multi-day courses in leadership, loyalty, people management, customer service, and organizational creativity. Hm, that sounds like it's right up my alley. It's pricey, no doubt. But if money were no object, I would jump at the chance to attend one of these institutes.

So this is my goal -- to attend one of the Disney Institute courses. All I need is the funding. But that's the first step towards my goal -- to obtain funding. It would take too long saving up all the money I earn playing piano to pay for the Institute, so I need to find an alternative source of funding. That's as far as I've gotten for now. But at least I've got something to work toward.

Friday, June 08, 2007

Observations on the Baby Boomers

I'm getting ready to write a scathing post about the Baby Boomer generation. So I'm using this post to bookmark some sources I want to refer to later.

Earlier this week I attended one of these annual membership meetings of a library group I'd rather not admit to being part of. It was sort of an obligation thing, and I was hoping to booze things up a bit. Well, I got there too late for any boozing (I don't even think they served booze) and I even missed the food. Darn!

Anyway, there were awards presented followed by a program called "Dysfunction Junction". I know it was meant to be a light-hearted look at the sorry state of human behavior but by the end of the program I was actually incensed at the content.

The gist was to compare the 60's to today. The "good old days" vs the "screwed up world of today". The presenters would compare the names of popular groups in the 60's like "The Temptations" or "The Rolling Stones" to popular groups of today like "Third Eye Blind" or "Smashing Pumpkins". See, we're so crazy today that the names of musical groups don't make sense. That's why we're all living in "Dysfunction Junction".

They went on to compare TV shows, fashion, political figures, advancements in science, etc. each time demonstration that the 60's were an era of good things whereas today we're all selfish jerks. While it was sort of cute at first, I got more and more pissed off as the program wore on, because it offered no hope in the end.

When it came to inventions, the presenters pointed out that today we have the least practical, most self-serving machine in the form of: the segway. Who needs to walk anymore? The examples from the 60's were things like the computer mouse and the contact lens, you know, real things that really are useful and important. They failed to mention that Dean Kamen, was born in 1951, so that would make him a baby boomer!

That's what I want my future post to be on. For all the comparisons between the 60's and today, most of the stuff that the presenters poked fun at was actually a result of the baby boomer generation! So point the finger back at yourselves hypocrites!

Tuesday, June 05, 2007

Na na na na, hey hey, goodbye Dewey

There has been a little flutter of news stories and blog posts about the new Perry Branch of the Maricopa County Library District opening without any classification system for its books. And one reactionary news story defending Dewey.

I don't usually like to jump on the bandwagon, but I will say this: lighten up! I, for one, like the idea. Who says books have to be in an exact order to be usable. Just point people in the right direction and let them browse. Oh, and get rid of all the old, smelly, crappy looking books, so people will want to actually pick up the books and use them. I got a copy of a book on ILL from a neighboring library and the pages were yellow and disgusting, and the book smelled, for crying out loud! Ew!!

Plus, making spine labels is a big pain in the you-know-what. I did it for over 19 years! There's just no easy way to make a good spine label. I have typed them by hand, used a dot matrix printer, used a laser printer and even used a Brother label maker. It just plain sucks.

Where to start?

Disneyworld was great -- as usual. It was weird to go without the kids, but we got to ride a segway, which rocked! The Backstage Magic tour was really fun, but I didn't really learn anything new. It was interesting to see the warehouses, etc. The costuming department is basically one big library of clothing. To get your wardrobe, you actually check it out, like you do at the library. I was tempted to ask if cast members got overdue notices. We ate at the Biergarten in Epcot. Fantastic! All the meat and spatzle you could ever want!

Only 108 days until our next Disneyworld trip!