November 22, 2005
Wizards of Winter
[Religion] tells us to love our neighbors, and also to love our enemies; probably because generally they are the same people. ~ G. K. Chesterton
I had not seen this before. I bet it's a joy living across the street from them around the holidays.
October 19, 2005
Three Wishes Lingerie
Paper faces on parade -
Hide your face so the world will never find you!
Every face a different shade -
Look around - there's another mask behind you!
Eye of gold
Thigh of blue
True is false
Who is who
Curl of lip
Swirl of gown
Ace of hearts
Face of clown
Drink it in,
Drink it up
Till you've drowned
In the light...
In the sound...
~ Masquerade from Phantom of the Opera (via Charles Hart and Sir Andrew)
It's WAY past time to be plugging my favorite costume shop: Three Wishes Lingerie. But then, if you're like me costumes and dress-up are hardly just for All Hallow's Eve.
October 16, 2005
I Am River Tam (Barely)
He looks better in red. ~ Summer Glau as River Tam (via Jose Molina)
Okay, so I accept that you can't fight the signal, but it does disturb me that it took a tie-breaker question to decide if I was River or The Operative. Eeep.
Which Serenity character are you?
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You scored as River Tam. The Fugitive. You are clever and dangerous, which is a nasty combination. The fact you are crazy too just adds to your charm. They did bad things to you, but you know their secrets. They will regret how they made you.
September 28, 2005
The Strangest Fountain In The World
The people are the only legitimate fountain of power... ~ James Madison
It's titled PISS and it's strangely hypnotic.
In looking at it, you can't help but feel how imaginative and fun the whole concept is; it's much more nifty than it is vulgar.
Then you pause and realize the bru-ha-ha and protesting that would take place if someone dared have two statues pissing out the words of the people on a shape of America. And it gets a little clear why some Europeans scoff when we boast about being the land of the free.
August 27, 2005
Who Are Those Guys?
Voice comes to you through a spell, a trance. The best voices are not you, they're a little away from you. ~ Barry Hannah
You know their voices, but hearing them speak while looking at them feels oddly creepy.
An oldie but a goodie.
June 24, 2005
The Millau Viaduct
There is nothing in machinery, there is nothing in embankments and railways and iron bridges and engineering devices to oblige them to be ugly. Ugliness is the measure of imperfection. ~ H. G. Wells
I'm not 100%, but I think that this is Millau Viaduct. Can anyone confirm?
And why don't we have hi-res for the whole world yet. What the fuck, Google? Get on this.
I'm having a serious Veruca Salt moment here. I want it nowwwwwwwww.
June 21, 2005
Another Day Wasted On Google Maps
The world will never starve for want of wonders; but only for want of wonder. ~ Gilbert Keith Chesterton
This stuff is like crack. Must...search...
The Eiffel Tower
Others to find:
Angkor Wat - Found 6/23/05 (no hi-res), Props to Brad
The Arc de Triomphe - Found 6/24/05, Props to Google Sightseeing
The Banaue Rice Terraces
The Colosseum - Found 6/21/05 Props to Google Sightseeing
Forbidden City - Found 6/22/05 Props to Google Sightseeing
The Great Wall of China
India Gate - Found 6/22/05
The Leaning Tower of Pisa
Little Mermaid Statue (Copenhagen, Denmark)- Found 6/24/05, 1:40pm
(To figure out where it is, you may need this)
The Mayan Temples of Tikal
The Moai Statues in Rapa Nui - Found 6/23/05 (no hi res)
Mont-Saint-Michel - Found 6/21/05, 4:00pm EST (no hi-res)
The Parthenon (Acropolis) Found 6/22/05, Props to Brad
Petra (not sure if this will show up from above)
Red Square - Found 6/21/05, 3:30pm EST
Stonehenge - Found 6/22/05 (no hi-res)
Taj Mahal - Found 6/23/05 (no hi res), Props to Brad
Tokyo Tower - Found 6/24/05, Props to Google Sightseeing
Versailles Palace - Found 6/24/05, 1:10pm
If you don't hear from me for a few days, you know why.
A lady is one who never shows her underwear unintentionally ~ Lillian Day
I've found a new site that is destined to wear a hole in my bank account.
WebUndies is just the most fucking adorable "comfy undies" site I've been delighted to stumble on recently.
The list of "must have" items is long...long...long.
A few highlights:
Aren't they just faboo?
Ungh. Doxy want all. Gimme gimme gimme!
June 20, 2005
The pyramids themselves, doting with age, have forgotten the names of their founders. ~ Thomas Fuller
I have been waiting for this one since Google Maps launched.
I love this.
I was wrong. The previously posed pyramids aren't the big three Pyramids of Giza. I'm not sure which they are, but I'm trying to find a map that will tell me. THESE appear to be the Giza pyramids of Khufu, Khafra, and Menkaure. And just to the East of them is the Sphinx.
I'm pretty sure that THIS is the Step Pyramid of Djoser.
June 09, 2005
The Eyes Have It
You cannot depend on your eyes when your imagination is out of focus. ~ Mark Twain
If you ever want proof that:
1. Our brains are broken
2. Wasting time is fun
You need to check out 55 Optical Illusions & Visual Phenomena. The site is brain candy and it gives good explanations as to why you're seeing things that shouldn't be but are. If you're stubborn like me you'll waste the bulk of your time shouting "no way!" at the screen.
Also I need to know what it says about me that I find THIS vaguely dirty.
Yes. I'm the kind of geek those "magic eye" books were developed for.
May 22, 2005
Racing is going flat out until you see God, and counting to three before you brake. ~ Unknown
Being a woman is sometimes a huge pain in the ass.
No sooner do I hit "Save" on that last entry about phone sex communities and PSO backstabbing and women who can't get along when something kicks in my belly and screams "you're a traitor to the sisterhood."
Leaving things on a negative and full of all that angst never sits right with me. Or, to be honest, rarely does. I've NEVER been a girl who had to be a part of the shiny happy parade, but when given to gloom or growl, I never want to hold that emotion for too long. There lies madness and crow's feet and wasted energy. Anger/frustration in a dose is powerful motivation and (I believe) healthy. In too large a draught, it's self-defeating. And even if the issue is unresolved, I don't want my mindset (or that of my readers) left with anything so unfulfilling.
So, here's my "power to the sisterhood" redemption post of the moment.
Raise your hand if you know Danica Patrick.
I hadn't heard of her until fairly recently. She's an Indy car driver (or whatever they call them these days) and just about the coolest women on four wheels in my opinion.
She's 5'1" (a height close to my own heart) and qualified for Indy at 225.459 mph (which was good enough for fourth position when I checked, but I think qualifying is still going on today). Note: do not underestimate us short girls. We'll flatten you when you're not looking.
She's also a five-alarm hottie which isn't supposed to matter, but fuck it, she is and it's stupid to pretend she's not.
(*sigh* I'm never getting that full-benefits sisterhood membership, am I?)
I'm not a race car kind of girl. I LOVE old heavy metal machines and I get severly wet panties over old chugging V-8 creatures that my sense of social guilt would never let me drive today. Hemi 'cudas and Mustangs do something to me that makes no logical sense. But the racing scene was never my bag.
But I'm from the South and the male-type units of my friends and family do like racing. So I know enough about it to feign interest when trying to maintain a polite conversation.
Danica might change that.
I haven't quite figured out if that makes me a fair weather fan yet, but she's fabulous and she's only 23 and I HAVE to believe there is a checkered flag not too far in her future.
And what an awesome day that'll be.
There. I feel better now.
I think I deserve a cookie. And a Shelby Cobra.
April 12, 2005
Tell your friend a lie. If he keeps it secret, then tell him the truth. ~ Portuguese Proverb
I'm not sure whether Post Secret is ultimately fascinating or disturbing, but it is often both for me. It reminds me somewhat of MTV's late "Love Line" where you had the impression 80% of the questions weren't legitimate, but were being asked to give the person what they thought of as their five minutes of fame.
But it's the other 20% that gets me. When you see confessions like:
"I liked myself better as a boy."
"I started shooting heroin again."
"Everyone who knew me before 9/11 thinks I'm dead."
"I haven't told my father that I have the same disease that killed my mother."
"For years I hurt myself so that he'd notice me."
And you think: "...if just one of those is true...."
Police say that the urge to confess has helped solve more cases than fingerprint identification.
So, I'm not sure. Is it more cynical to believe the majority of these are true, or to think of them as bogus, even when the potential "fame seekers" have little to gain attention-wise?
April 09, 2005
Odds and Ends of Interest
If you never did, you should. These things are fun and fun is good. ~ Dr. Seuss
There are some nifty sites I've been slowly compiling over time thinking "oh, I've got to blog about those" and, well, it occurs to me that most of them are groovy, but don't necessarily need their own individual entries. They do, however, need their own category. So that is what Groovy will represent. Interesting stuff that is worth a look, but that doesn't necessarily generate a great deal of comment otherwise.
First, the obligatory Google Maps. I'm not sure if this is a Volcano in Nicaragua or what, but if it is a volcano, there appears to be a lake inside it and I think that rocks.
But, if we're going to talk rocks, here is The Balanced Rock Art of Bill Dan. You remember building houses out of cards? Yeah, well this guy pretty much buries balancing uniformly sized objects.
And speaking of balancing -- want to know what happens when you give seniors at Texas Tech University way too many pennies? Visit fincher's Pictures of Pennies and find out.
Now, this next might be hard to swallow at first, but a friend of mine who scouts the network54 message boards dug up a forum topic about the Color Photos of World War I. More of the story of these incredible photos can be read here.
Now, for a bit of wicked inappropriate fun, you should visit Sexual Moments in Video Game History. Surely the programmers didn't intend...or did they?
And, finally, for a twisted way to look at song lyrics, you need to visit quantz's livejournal entry on song lyrics in outline form. The outline of America's "Horse With No Name" kills me.
April 06, 2005
It’s a Small World After All
If you can dream it, then you can do it. ~ Disney Imagineers (via EPCOT’s now defunct Horizons)
When I was just a little girl (I asked my mother, what would I be...) I led a very privileged life, and it was not at all unusual to go to Walt Disney World ten times a year. And that’s a very conservative estimate.
I am not the Disneyphile I was in my teens or in the years that followed. Once, on a dare, friends blindfolded me in the passenger’s seat of a car and challenged me to navigate Disney property. I won.
These days, well, I want to stand outside and throw hissy fits when I see Mr. Toad’s Wild Ride morphed into Pooh’s Great Adventure…or whatever the fuck it is. And what they’ve done to the Enchanted Tiki Room? Well that’s just goddamn blasphemy.
So I don’t go and when I do, I irritate people by calling the Buzz Lightyear ride “If You Had Wings.”
I’m sentimental in a ridiculously insane way about the park I knew as a kid. Before it became its own country. Like Rod Serling’s obsession with the carousel he rode as a boy, I just want to go back for a little while and pet the horse Fred that conveyed me down Main Street a hundred times.
I thought I’d shunned WDW like the childhood playmate that stole my Donny Osmond doll and pretended it was hers (purple socks and all, the little cunt).
But, come on. How cool is this:
Other Cool Google Maps: