Saturday, October 20, 2007

Something Else To Distract Me From Work


The 10k I planned to run at the end of October does not occur next weekend, but tomorrow at oh my god in the morning. This would have been better to discover before I went on a 4 mile run this morning.

At least I was able to get down to the registration place and pick up my bib number and tshirt (long sleeve? WTF? I can't wear a long-sleeve shirt. I'll burst into flames. grrrranimals.)

Also, they said there would be a gift bag. I can confirm there was a bag. Gifts? umm.. a sample-size granola bar and a sticker for a local radio station? not so much.

Something Tells Me It's All Happening At The Zoo

Get yours here. I do look a wee bit drunk though....

You Can't Tell Me There Isn't Another Book Out There.

This comes from a generally reputable website, but, is it really real?

Harry Potter info/spoilers
from an interview with Ms. Rowling. Heck, even the link title is a spoiler.

Thursday, October 18, 2007

Link Dump

Ah, yes. And there are links:

And, finally, how in the world did our generation survive?

Now, With More Added Cost!

I've watched a little bit of football on the weekends lately, and I'm curious about the commercials, especially the car commercials. I'm particularly remembering a truck commercial series. In one, they built a huge structure whom which they hung Poe-esque pendulum thingies that alternately swing behind and in front of the truck. In another they've got a truck trying to come to a stop before a weight drags it over a cliff. And then of course there's the truck that is able to act as the breaks for some giant transport plane.

Granted that a lot of these may possibly be computer generated, but still... I wonder how much the trucks and cars might cost if they didn't spend such a god-awful fortune on advertising. Even if it is CG, that stuff ain't cheap, right? and if is is real, then what the hell? how can you legitimize building a 10 story erector set to advertise a car? What is the upside for anyone (excepting the ad agency, of course)? I mean, does anyone seriously get their information about cars from ads? It's all just setting up a brand-sexiness, right? Why in the world would you buy a car knowing that a significant chunk of your money is not going to make a good car, but to attempt a ever-more-jaded population get all hot and bothered about a new car (that looks like every other car out there).


Sunday, October 14, 2007

Homework Gnomes

The homework gnomes struck repeatedly tonight. I am positive that when I got close to half way through the stack, they came in and added more on the bottom of the stack.

Also, click on this dancing lady. Does she spin clockwise or counter-clockwise? Apparently this somehow tells you if you are right-brained or left-brained. Go figure.

Well, I Could Have Told You That...

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Your Result: Obsessive-Compulsive Bookworm

You're probably in the final stages of a Ph.D. or otherwise finding a way to make your living out of reading. You are one of the literati. Other people's grammatical mistakes make you insane.

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Gifts Ahoy!

Seen over at Chez Profgrrrrl (she stole it from Maggie May who got it from Luckybuzz (hi LB! Haven't seen you in forever. I need to do some quizzes again:)), who I'm quite sure got it from Agnes.):
By the end of the calendar year, I will send a tangible, physical gift to each of the first five people to comment here. The catch? Each person must make the same offer on her/his blog.
This seems like such a cool idea I'm going to do it too. Who knows if I can actually get five people to comment, though. Regardless, if you want a gift, which could be anything from random university swag to knickknacks of local flavor to a brand new car*, just be one of the first 5 comments here.

*Barring lotto win, 'brand new car' would most likely be of the matchbox variety. Offer available in the continental US and all other physical locations of the globe. Imaginary locations, states of mind and dimensions not reachable by commonly accepted US carriers not valid. Gifts may or may not be tailored to you and/or your blog. Overread and Overread subsidiaries will not be held in any way responsible for any defects, low quality, cancer-causing or any other negative or positive properties of gift. Other rules and regulations not mentioned here and posible made up on the spot apply.