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Jake Shimabukuro

Sep. 18th, 2007 | 11:42 am

I interrupt my hermitude with this little offering…
A sweet hottie with real talent - which is a double-win to me. :-)

"While my guitar gently weeps" by Jake Shimabukuro

And in concert

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Still alive

May. 2nd, 2006 | 01:31 am

RL has been wildly busy (fortunately, in a mostly good sort of way), and time has flown so quickly! Am still trying to find that work/life balance.

A 2002 HBS survey showed that 62% women grads in 1981, 1986 and 1991 had left the professional world. I missed Valentine's day because of a customer meeting, recently missed my 6th wedding anniversary because I was stuck across the country (my second weeklong trip to NYC this month) and I still haven't read Da Vinci Code - so yes, I wish I could leave... sail off on a boat somewhere and catch up on life with my favorite bishie.

Hope this all settles down in a couple of weeks. (Hmm - didn't I say this some moons ago?)

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Traffic School

Feb. 10th, 2006 | 02:50 pm

I made an illegal u-turn on a rainy day last month because I apparently missed the sign.

In fact, things were so blurry that day, the cop made 3 errors on my ticket – including the date, the car number and my drivers license number… go figure. I should contest it, but this is my first ticket ever and I’m curious about this process.

So I’m supposed to go for traffic school… but half of my options are in comedy clubs. What an interesting country this is:-

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Why we need betas...

Nov. 11th, 2005 | 04:02 pm

I cdnuolt blveiee taht I cluod aulaclty uesdnatnrd waht I was rdgnieg.The phaonmneal pweor of the hmuan mnid Aoccdrnig to rscheearch at Cmabrigde Uinervtisy, it deosn't mttaer in waht oredr the ltteers in a wrod are, the olny iprmoatnt tihng is taht the frist and lsat ltteer be in the rghit pclae. The rset can be a taotl mses and you can sitll raed it wouthit a porbelm. Tihs is bcuseae the huamn mnid deos not raed ervey lteter by istlef, but the wrod as a wlohe. Amzanig huh?

Explains why we so easily overlook typos.

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How we measure up...

Oct. 20th, 2005 | 08:59 am

Found this on Alice Montrose's page, and was curious what it would say about another June kid:

***My Birthdate: June 10***

Your birth on the 10th day of the month adds a tone of independence and extra energy to your life.
The number 1 energy suggest more executive ability and leadership qualities than your path may have indicated.
A birthday on the 10th of any month gives greater will power and self-confidence, and very often a rather original approach.

This 1 energy may diminish your ability and desire to handle details, preferring instead to paint with a broad brush.
You are sensitive, but your feelings stay somewhat repressed.
You have a compelling manner that can be dominating in many situations.

(Dominating: Oh yes, my husband calls me his little dictator.)

***Husband's Birthdate: January 5***

With a birthday on the 5th of the month you are inclined to work well with people and enjoy them.
You are talented and versatile, very good at presenting ideas.
You may have a tendency to get itchy feet at times and need change and travel.
You tend to be very progressive, imaginative and adaptable.
Your mind is quick, clever and analytical.
A restlessness in your nature may make you a bit impatient and easily bored with routine.
You may have a tendency to shirk responsibility

What Does Your Birth Date Mean?

(Talented and versatile, very good at presenting ideas. Quick, clever and analytical. Tendency to shirk responsibility: *Lol* Totally Him. Bored with routine? Hardly. He loves it.)

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Wear Sunscreen

Sep. 13th, 2005 | 03:59 pm

Don't worry about the future. Or worry, but know that worrying is as effective as trying to solve an algebra equation by chewing bubble gum. The real troubles in your life are apt to be things that never crossed your worried mind, the kind that blindside you at 4 p.m. on some idle Tuesday. - Mary Schmich, 1997.

As Class of 1997, I commemorate the 4pm on this idle Tuesday, with this excellent piece by Mary Schmich, a Chicago Tribune Columnist: "Advice, like youth, probably just wasted on the young"

Folks might know it as Baz Luhrmann's 1999 hit single, "Wear Sunscreen".
MP3 available at: http://homepage.powerup.com.au/~songhurs/every.htm

I still don't know what to do with my life. And yes, our choices are half chance.

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Homoerotic content in the mainstream

Sep. 7th, 2005 | 12:45 pm

Here's a comprehensive list (esp. for my own reference) of some relatively recently published works with homoerotic content:

It occurred to me that I have actually borrowed many of these from the local library. Which is a good thing, because we think of how this genre has entered the mainstream. On the other hand, kids could easily get their hands on this. I realized that other day, that I still remember reading a science fiction piece about an alien Master and his male human Pet when I was 14 -- and how reading that scene in Herbert's Dune when I was 15 awakened the notion that men might be interested in boys in that way.

I realized I just gushed this in Sue's LJ... and wanted to log it in mine too:
If I ever do write a novel with homoerotic elements, esp. if it's the first thing I publish, I might be inclined to separate elements/chapters of content that might not be appropriate for underaged readers and publish them separately on an age-locked website.

Might be a little tricky separating out the chapters... but that was one way I thought I could deal with the multiple levels of characterization.

I thought about this when one of the textbooks I was using actually had more online references and worksheets that were limited to those who had purchased the book and could provide more mailing list information about themselves.

This was a good lead generation option too, and nice way for writers to keep in touch with their fans (some writers send direct updates to their fans about upcoming books or area appearances).

And in my dream world, I'd even have room on the site for fanfiction. It'll be a form of authorized fan-fiction. What a notion. ;-) I would really want to provide a nice outlet and help stimulate discussion of the work in general and keep the serious fans coming back. It'll be like "write your own adventure" exercise, so folks can go all out and do what they want. I'm sure someone would say I'm egocentric and that no-one would contribute --- but I figure I can count on one of you guys to slash me good and proper, right?? ;-)

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Having children significantly lowers parents' IQ ?!

Sep. 5th, 2005 | 12:43 am

The Hoozier gazette ran an article in Sep 2004, saying

"A five-year study run by Indiana University’s Kinsey Institute for Research in Sex, Gender, and Reproduction proves what many in the scientific community have always suspected: having children significantly lowers the IQ of both male and female parents"

Fortunately, the gazette specializes in humor and the study was a hoax:

However, what has been verified is "Talkative Parents Yield Smart Kids"
Fortunately, my dad speaks a lot to me. And my mum speaks a lot to me too (through the years, it's mainly been about cleaning up my room).

I feel smarter already (though 1. my areas aren't any tidier as my husband exasperatingly observes; and 2: I still can't get the multiple choice answers right... )

On another note, I'm marking this BBC commentary on the US response to the N.O tragedy (and the reactions to it) more for myself - because it was interesting food for thought...

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Calamity of priorities

Sep. 2nd, 2005 | 01:51 am

Fortunately I only have 15 mins LJ time a day (which I kinda used up downloading LS2)... and I have to let the full brunt of my thoughts simmer a bit.


Days after Hurricane Katrina made landfall east of New Orleans, thousands are still stranded in the city. Disaster relief is never easy. It's unpredictable, you can't save everyone and some blogging backseat driver is always going to complain.


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Having said that, I'm really impressed by the outpour of love from regular American folks... the people in region (esp. Texas) for their hospitality, the people in New Orleans for their tenacity and the American spirit to help.


 (Elsewhere in the world, the typhoons have hit Taiwan again... should we start building the ark already?)

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Aug. 31st, 2005 | 12:10 pm

No fic update today. Actually, I will definitely not be pushing out fic updates till after Sep 15. I'm happy that I'm even able to nose around folk's journals...

I have a professional certification exam on that day that I must pass. (It's entirely ego at this point - too many folks at work know I'm taking it). So I'm studying over lunch... and folks are sending me strange things to get me "exam-prepped".


(Passing requires 4 correct answers)

1) How long did the Hundred Years War last?
2) Which country makes Panama hats?
3) From which animal do we get catgut?
4) In which month do Russians celebrate the October Revolution?
5) What is a camel's hair brush made of?
6) The Canary Islands in the Pacific are named after what animal?
7) What was King George VI's first name?
8) What color is a purple finch?
9) Where are Chinese gooseberries from?
10) What is the color of the black box in a commercial airplane?

All done? Check your answers below!

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