saturn: (to infinity and beyond!)
2009-07-05 03:51 pm
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eat your wheaties

My friend Mike has been trying to resurrect my interest in tennis so I work up early today to watch the Wimbledon final at his house. To his chagrin, I was rooting for Roddick. Holy crap. What a match. )

What else? I'm about halfway through with s2 of ST:DS9 and head over heels for the show. I watched when it first aired but the show was on through college and the years after and I was never able to watch consecutively. I watched enough to catch the major story arcs and relationships but I missed a ton of episodes. It's so much fun to start from the beginning again. I &hearts the entire cast.

Last night my friend got creative and made a Tribute to America out of Chinette paper plates. You have the Washington Monument, Lincoln Memorial and Capitol building. The little dude in front is President Obama and, on the left, is Aretha Franklin's hat. Happy Birthday, America!



I'm trying to draw out the long weekend. Does tomorrow have to be Monday?
saturn: (glee don't stop believing)
2009-06-30 08:21 pm

help, please!

I need some information about your on-line shopping preferences and I'm hoping you can help. Feel free to link this if you know anyone else who might be interested in offering input.

These questions are fairly broad . I'm hoping to collect as many answers as possible by the end of the day tomorrow (7/1).

  • What features immediately turn you off when you visit a website?

  • What features must a website have if you're going to visit and shop regularly?

  • Do you comparison shop for price when you're buying on-line?

  • How important is brand to you?

  • How important is a social networking element of a website that sells entertainment products (books, movies, music, etc.)

  • Assuming you buy most of your digital music and movies on iTunes, what would it take for another site to win your business?
  • saturn: (running conquered)
    2009-06-14 07:52 pm

    i'm gonna drink that sun

    Today is what June weekends are meant to be.

    I went to book camp at 10am where the trainer kicked my ass. Holy shit, today was hard. The worst were the push ups. In between each push up we slid our feet in to a downward dog position. My abs, OMG. The whole time I kept reminding myself that, post workout, I was shopping for bathing suits. (The swimsuit shopping took forever but was, ultimately, a success. I decided to migrate away from bikinis this year and found the cutest Ralph Lauren and Anne Cole suits. Now I just need to get myself to the beach or lake or pool.)

    After the shopping excursion I stopped by Whole Foods for sushi and sat at one of their outdoor tables to keep at The Nine. (I'd love to take a week off work to just sit outside and read.) Then I headed to a local park to attack two laps of their mile trail run. It was more of a run/walk than a run but the day was too nice to let morning book camp hold me back.

    Now I'm holed up with Sally reading The Nine and Trek fic, alternately.

    What else? I'm totally interested in the show V, except for Morena Baccarin. She's the worst actress ever. I don't loathe her the way I loathe Jennifer Love Hewitt - in fact, I think she's adorable. But she can't act and I can't bring myself to watch another show she's on.
    saturn: (live long and prosper)
    2009-06-12 10:19 pm

    a child of two worlds

    Today was a great day. Work was productive and I cut out around 5:30pm to meet my friend Anne for dinner and Star Trek viewing #4. I can't remember the last time I saw a movie in the theater four times but, I swear, this movie does not get old. Every time I find something new. (Though, this time, a good amount of it surrounded the awesome implausibility of the movie's black hole physics. Whatever. That's been coming since viewing #2. TIME DILATION. HELLO.) But that can be easily overlooked, along with red matter, in favor of everything that remains so perfect and right - top of the list being the entire crew of the Enterprise. Thank you, J.J. Abrams.

    I'm watching the Stanley Cup finals and hoping Detroit can pull it out. I don't personally care all that much but an awful lot of people around here do and MI could use a win right about now.

    I have a relaxing, but eventful, weekend ahead of me. Tomorrow morning I'm doing brunch at my friend Mike's house and, in the evening, we're going to see Pelham 123. Between breakfast and the movies I need to go into work for a while and, hopefully, get in a run. Sunday is boot camp and then dinner with my friend Richard who broke my heart and accepted a job in Florida. He moves in a week and I miss him already. :(

    Consoling me, however, is the trailer for The Time Traveler's Wife! FINALLY! I read the book February 2008 in one long, beautiful day on a cruise. I couldn't put the book down and, when it finally ended, I cried and cried and cried. I sense the same will happen when I see the movie on August 12. Can. Not. Wait.
    saturn: (glee don't stop believing)
    2009-06-12 06:59 am

    (no subject)

    File under "Really Fucking Annoying." I get that people want to direct all comments to dreamwidth. (Well, I don't get it but that's fine.) What makes no sense to me is cross posting locked posts with directed comments when not everyone on LJ has found you on DW. I can't comment even if I want to because the post is locked at DW and we're not friends or circles or whatever on that site.

    Here's the comment I would have left if I could: The actors on Glee do sing but they record in the studio rather than record the vocals on the tv set.

    MOVING ON.

    I have so many tabs open right now. I am taunted by 4935738457 Star Trek stories and recs! I'm going to have to find time to dig in this weekend. Kirk/McCoy beckons.

    ETA: Good call, judges, on last night's SYTYCD eliminations.
    saturn: (glee don't stop believing)
    2009-06-10 09:47 pm
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    (no subject)

    Even the COMMERCIALS for Glee make me happy.

    Also making me happy tonight is SYTYCD. I didn't think I'd bother voting tonight but now my dilemma is who to vote for. This has got to be the strongest top 20 yet.
    saturn: (cosmos)
    2009-06-10 07:17 am
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    another reason tp love people

    I try not to post about random physics stuff but I can't help myself this morning. Bear with me.

    Over at [personal profile] physics, someone asked a question about the non-intuitive nature of fermions' 1/2 spin i.e. how it's possible that fermions (electrons & quarks) must "rotate" 720 degrees before returning to an identical state.

    Some answers were helpful but technical: The rotation you speakest of is not performed in real space. In real space the corresponding thing to a spin is the magnetic quantum number which tells you about the discrete rotational symmetry of your particle with respect to rotations of 360deg/m.

    BUT, someone else, both acknowledged that it's not a real space analogy and also provided a real world example. THEN, another person jumped in to say that they made a youtube video of how the example works.

    SOMEONE MADE A YOUTUBE VIDEO OF A REAL SPACE ANALOGY OF FERMION 1/2 SPIN.

    If you have no idea what I'm talking about and remotely care, just check out the video. You'll see that the mug has to rotate twice to return to it's exact original state.
    saturn: (live long and prosper)
    2009-06-07 06:57 pm
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    priestly countenance

    My mother is at the Tony Awards tonight. She and a friend got tickets and are the cutest Broadway fangirls. They're in the 2nd to last row of the theater and, from the way they're talking, you'd think they were hosting. Between this and my mother's obsession with SYTYCD, I can almost believe I inherited my fannish instincts from her.

    I'm not very exciting today. I went to boot camp and then to the office for three hours. Since I came home, I've been watching DS9, reading The Nine, and digging through link upon link of ST:reboot fic.

    It seems like there's always a desktop meme going around but I haven't played in a while:

    1. Anyone who looks at this entry please post this meme and their current wallpaper at their LiveJournal.
    2. Explain in five sentences why you're using that wallpaper.
    3. Don't change your wallpaper before doing this! The point is to see what you had on.

    My current desktop wallpaper )

    I've had this wallpaper for months. I think the picture is a perfect blend of sexy and vulnerable and I love Jennifer Aniston. The end.

    What else? Someone, somewhere, posted this video of Leonard Nimoy explaining the background behind the Vulcan hand greeting and "Live Long And Prosper." I knew the origin but it's really neat to hear him tell of it - especially as it relates to his Jewish background. He rattles off Hebrew so easily. &hearts

    saturn: (bsg ejo & mary bliss)
    2009-06-06 11:44 am
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    born and raised in south detroit

    OMG HI.

    What a whirlwind of a week. I flew to Vegas for a trade show on Monday night and got back to MI around 10pm on Thursday. Yesterday was a haze of (long) meetings followed by Angels & Demons and a dinner that stretched on well past midnight.

    I had every intention of going into the office today but that will have to wait until tomorrow. Today I am lazy. I slept until 10, now I'm going to watch SYTYCD followed by a run and dinner, tonight, at a friend's house.

    What can I tell you? I finished Percy Jackson & The Last Olympian. LOVED IT. Someday, when the large stack of books to read gets a little smaller, I'll go back and re-read the whole series. Now I'm reading The Nine: Inside the Secret World of the Supreme Court by Jeffrey Toobin. The book is fantastic but it's almost overwhelming to learn just how many aspects of my life are in the judges hands once you get that peek behind the curtain at how they operate.

    There's a great Star Trek vid to the Glee version of "Don't Stop Believin'" which, more than anything, solidifies the fact that I will never get enough of the Glee version of "Don't Stop Believin.'" :)

    What else? Moonshot is updated with 18 recs for May:
    8 Star Trek reboot
    5 SPN
    1 HP
    1 West Wing
    1 Criminal Minds
    1 Big Bang Theory
    1 BSG
    1 wildly random femslash: Murphy Brown/Rachel Maddow

    And, to round out this Saturday morning, here is a new photo of Mary McDonnell glowing as she always does. More photos are here.

    saturn: (viggo)
    2009-05-14 07:52 pm
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    he was wise and dirty from the weather

    Today was a wretched day but I came home to find that there is FINALLY a trailer for "The Road." THERE IS A TRAILER FOR "THE ROAD!" Finally!

    Not only that, but Esquire has seen the movie (well, someone at Esquire has), and they have a fantastic four page write up in the current issue.

    The Road Is the Most Important Movie of the Year: That's the burden carried by an Aussie's adaptation of Cormac McCarthy's beloved novel. Almost no one has seen it. Well, we did. This is interesting... do you have a second?

    Mortensen is brilliant in insinuating the father's pain and communicating the hints of loss and his resistance to the inevitable. Burnt and sinewy in each scene, he registers a liquid panic in every glance at the woods and a sort of angry regret in every peek at the boy. Mortensen is a different filthy man in each function of fatherhood. You recognize them all, without voice-over, without undue exposition. He still cares. And it hurts more than ever to care.



    HQ version here. Viggo is going to be AMAZING.

    Plus, the ST:TNG episode "Rascals" is on and then it's the season finale of Bones and SPN. I can almost forget that I plan to get to work at 6:30am tomorrow.
    saturn: (grapes)
    2009-05-13 10:28 pm
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    she's got to be with me always

    I wasn't sure it was possible but I survived the day. I was at the office by 6:45am to finish prepping for a meeting that ran from 8am- 5pm. Tomorrow will run just as long but the overall anxiety level around the meeting has ratcheted down from an 11 to a 9. That goes a long way.

    I'm going to NY this weekend to see family and then to annual Stationary Show. I won't have much time with Chase but I do have plans to see two shows - "Guys & Dolls" and "Next to Normal." \o/ While I'm gone, my friend Blair is coming by to see about re-tiling the ceiling in my basement guest room. It would be lovely to have the room finished before Kiffle, Ames, Lily, Cranberryink, and Anamchara descend on the 22nd. (SO SOON!!!)

    The real purpose of this post is to talk about Criminal Minds. I LOVE THIS SHOW SO MUCH TIMES INFINITY.

    Tonight's episode )

    Oh, and I also need to talk about House. First of all, years ago I spent a summer at Carnegie Mellon University in their musical theater summer program. I'm 99.9% sure it was the summer before my senior year of high school. There was this girl in the program with me, Maria Thayer, and she sang "Bill" from Showboat at some point during the summer. Maria had this adorable Oregon accent and, to this day, when someone references Showboat I always say, "I'm Maria Thayer and I'm going to sing Bill from Showboat." Only I say it in her accent. ANYWAY. Who was a guest star in this week's House? MARIA THAYER! Yes, I know the entire paragraph was leading up to that but still. Maria Thayer is a working actress! I bet she can still sing the hell out of "Bill."

    But on to this week's House. WTF?? )

    I need to get into work by 7am tomorrow so it's off to bed for me!
    saturn: (live long and prosper)
    2009-05-10 06:06 pm
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    i left my phone on vibrate in case you call me

    Yesterday was entirely lazy and full of little more than clearing out my DVR and a couple of episodes of DS9. I made up for it today, though, with a morning run, brunch with my friend Drew and his boyfriend, a quick trip to the mall, boot camp, and a few hours at a coffee shop with the book I'm reading.

    I'm still riding on a wave of Star Trek fueled adrenaline. I've been dying to talk about the movie and, now that I opened the flood gates, I can't seem to shut up. STAR TREK! STAR TREK UPDATED INTO A COMPLETELY AWESOME 2009 VERSION. It's new and fresh and still managed to feel like a gift to fans with 495739457 references to TOS. Things like ) I'm a happy, happy fan girl. Even without those details it was pure LOVE for the (perfectly cast) movie. The movie had the best of what I love about Star Trek but updated it exceptionally well for 2009.

    Final thought: Chekov, Chekov, Chekov! I want to put him on a shelf and care for him always.

    Related:
  • Confused about the back story prior to the opening sequence? Check out the graphic novel prequel, Star Trek: Countdown.
  • Scifi Wire red carpet interviews

    The only thing that's grating on me is the media's constant mockery of old school Star Trek fans. Even elements of last night's SNL skit annoyed me.** I get it. Trek fans are the pinnacle of geek fandom. Get over it. At large, Trek fans are excited about this movie. At large, Trek fans love this movie. io9 has a great article that nails my feelings: Why Is The Media Trying To Make Star Trek Fans Look Like Naysaying Dorks? Their final thesis? "...the 'straw nerd' this meme sets up is not aimed at bashing fans, but at luring in Trek-phobes."

    **Though I do love me some Chris Pine, Zachary Quinto and LEONARD NIMOY.

    Justin, as expected, was made of 100% win on SNL. If you missed the episode, you can find a ton of clips here.

    Back to my book! I'm almost through with Einstein's Telescope and then I'm on to The Last Olympian. \o/
  • saturn: (live long and prosper)
    2009-05-07 09:32 pm
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    i hear the rock show winding down at the high school

    My mother has a friend who did something totally bitchy and passive aggressive in an e-mail to my mom and I am seething on her behalf. I want to call up this woman and put her in her place. I have no idea how people deal with it when their kids are dealing with mean, nasty friends.

    So, I was walking down the hall at work and some guy stopped me to ask if he overheard me talking about gravitational lensing the day prior. HAHAHAHA. In fact, he did. Someone had asked what I was reading and got an earful. It turns out this guy studied astronomy in school before moving onto an IT degree and we're having lunch tomorrow to talk cosmology and particle physics and all sorts of things no one else wants to talk to me about. \o/

    Tomorrow is official Star Trek day!! My friend Mike and I have tickets to a 6pm show. Even having seen the movie already isn't dampening my enthusiasm. The one t-shirt of my dad's that I own is this old school Star Trek t-shirt. It's aged and worn and I'm going to change into it for the movie so I can be one of THOSE FANS.

    Speaking of those fans: Trekkies Bash New Star Trek Film as 'Fun, Watchable.'

    That's all I've got. Sally is running around the house like a crazy little fiend. She must know that we're only two weeks away from Bitcherie Fest 2009!

    Oh! How could I have forgotten!?! I'm going to ComicCon!!! I booked my flight today - I'll be in from last Wednesday until Sunday morning. It's for work so I'm not sure I'll actually be able to hit any panels but I don't care - I'm going! I haven't been since 2000 when I was living in San Diego and it was a true geek fest rather than the media circus it's become. I loved the geek fest but I expect I'll equally love the media circus.

    ETA: io9 give us a guide to all things Star Trek on-line.
    saturn: (running conquered)
    2009-05-05 11:15 am
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    engine running. all systems are go.

    Today I learned something: Running in the morning is AWESOME. Seriously, you guys. How did I not know this?

    I got up at 6:15, was out the door at 6:30am, finished with my run by 7:05, and at the office by 8:10am. I have energy, I'm happy, and, best of all, I don't have to work out after work. My evening hours are for me! (And I can't get out of my run by convincing myself that it's too late or I'm too tired from a long day.)

    I feel so refreshed and motivated. I think I'm going to try it again tomorrow morning to see if the feeling holds. Then, I'll try to rejigger my schedule to allow for running two weekday mornings/week.

    The only downside is it's 11:20am and I'm starving. Apparently my normal breakfast of one egg white & one slice of cheese on whole wheat toast doesn't cut it following an a.m. run. I'll have to figure that out over time. In the meantime, I plan to bask all day in a post run glow.
    saturn: (sg-1 Bandaniel)
    2009-05-04 06:43 pm
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    a pepsi in his hand, getting off the school bus

    I left work at 5pm today and it felt fantastic. Right now I'm sitting on my couch with a delicious honey porter* watching the SG-1 episode, "The First Commandment." Season 1 SG-1! I know that a day full of meetings means I'll be at the office pretty late tomorrow so tonight is MINE. I'm also going to run before work tomorrow morning. I'm taking my life back, folks!

    Tomorrow is the release of The Last Olympian by Rick Riordan. \o/ It's book 5, the final book, in the Percy Jackson series. I highly recommend this series. It's Greek gods and demi-gods and an awesome group of kids running around saving us all from the forces of Kronos. Good times.

    There's some great news in the DVD world: After 18 long years, the hand-wringing, self-reflecting, yuppie Philadelphian boomers of "Thirtysomething" will enter the (legal) home video market: Season 1 of the seminal drama is scheduled for DVD release Aug. 25. WHOO HOO! I loved this show. LOOOOOOOOOOOVED. I'm so excited at the thought of watching it when I'm thirtysomething. I can't wait to revisit Hope and Michael and Elliot and Nancy and Gary and Ellyn and Melissa. I'm even excited about Miles Drentell. thirtysomething! On DVD! Oh, how I hope the show lives up to my memories. Don't we all need to indulge in a little yuppie narcissism every now and then?

    saturn: (reading is fundamental)
    2009-05-03 06:20 pm
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    i got all night long and no reservations

    I can't stand to see this weekend end. Dinner last night was fabulous. Good grief, my friends can cook. I brought my standard - wine, bread, and cheese (humboldt fog, shropshire blue, and a manchego)- and they made monk fish over vegetable fried rice w/ steamed spinach. YUM.

    This morning I went to boot camp and then sat outside for a few hours at Caribou Coffee with "Waltz with Bashir" and, then, "Einstein's Telescope." It was beautiful out - the perfect weather for a book, my iPod, and a large nonfat latte. I love this time of year.

    I can't say enough about Waltz with Bashir. I've just recently started reading graphic novels and this is among the best I've picked up. The artwork alone is reason enough to check it out but that's just the beginning. A true account from the front line of the Lebanon War, "Waltz with Bashir" is a stunning, and heartbreaking, commentary on war - both the immediate impact and the aftermath. It's a fairly quick read but it's gripping and leaves you with a reminder this is not fiction. Now I really want to check out the film.

    Next up, I'm on to Einstein's Telescope: The Hunt for Dark Matter and Dark Energy in the Universe by Evalyn Gates. I'm 100 pages in and I'm loving it. This stuff is so fascinating.

    I want to turn you all on to Amy Ray and the only way to do that is with her music. I can't pick among her songs so, here, have two from her new album "Didn't It Feel Kinder." : Bus Bus and Cold Shoulder. [right click/save] There's such diversity to her music, though, that I'm not sure any two songs fully reflect her style.

    That's all I've got. This is my first shot cross posting from DW. Let's see how it goes, shall we?
    saturn: (running conquered)
    2009-05-02 03:45 pm

    i'm an overachiever of the wrong persuasion

    Hello! Happy Saturday! I'm on a roll this weekend. Friends got me an hour session with the trainer who runs our boot camp so I did that last night. This morning I got up early to run and tomorrow is regular Sunday boot camp. I want Michelle Obama arms and Jillian abs. Please and thank you.

    I got a hair cut after my run and then spent way too much money at Victoria's Secret. It was an accident! Last night I bought some bras on their website to avoid going in the store itself but the panties lured me in. They're so pretty and lacy and perfect. I even got this hoodie from their Pink Collegiate Collection. Forget that I'm not a U or M graduate. Living in A2 is apparently enough for me to drop $50 on a sweatshirt. Victoria's Secret is like crack. Seriously.

    After the shopping splurge I went into work for a couple of hours and headed to Borders to spend my "40% off a book" coupon. I left with "Einstein’s Telescope: The Hunt for Dark Matter and Dark Energy in the Universe" by Evalyn Gates. Right now, I don't know much about dark matter/dark energy beyond it's abundance and importance. I came home to find a borders.com delivery: "In the Zone: Epic Survival Stories from the Mountaineering World" by Peter Potterfield.

    Both of those books have to fall into the queue, though. Today I'm going to start "Star Trek Countdown" - a graphic novel prequel to the Star Trek movie and, after that, Waltz with Bashir: A Lebanon War Story is on the docket.

    So, life is busy lately. I'm working a lot and wish I had just a bit more free time and bit less stress. I've had to walk away from some tv shows. There's just no time. By and large, I'm left with Criminal Minds, House, SPN, and Bones. At this point that's all I can manage and I miss reading fic more than I miss Kings or Dollhouse.

    It seems, this week, I'm self medicating with my credit card. In addition to everything I already mentioned, I also bought Amy Ray's three solo albums: Stag, Prom, and her newest, Didn't It Feel Kinder. They're awesome. I can't believe this is the first time I've ever listened to her solo stuff.

    There's a fantastic NPR interview with Amy here. It's from February and includes a long interview and three song performances. I wish this was available via podcast so I could take it with me. Even more, I wish that the songs were available to download. I'm sure there's some way to rip the audio but it's well beyond my skill level.

    Moonshot is updated with the 7 stories I loved in April:Moonshot is updated for April with 7 recs:
    2 SPN
    2 Criminal Minds
    1 SGA
    1 Bones
    1 SPN/Watchmen

    And there's a finally a release date for The Road! October 16th!! FINALLY!

    Now I'm ready to tackle the Star Trek GN before heading to a friend's house for dinner. This is a nice weekend.
    saturn: (Default)
    2009-04-26 11:41 am

    my go to problem solver

    Saturday was perfect and relaxing and I’m dreading work tomorrow. Someday soon I’m going to employ my plan to open up a Surf ‘n Snack shop on a tropical island. We’ll have a short order cook (tater tots!), a full bar, and surf, scuba, and snorkeling lessons/equipment. The shop will have big doors that open wide to expose the entire front side to the ocean – and the ocean will be just outside out doors. It will be a place locals love and savvy tourists find.

    I have boot camp at 10am which means I’m going to have to drag myself away from Bravo and TWW’s, “In the Shadow of Two Gunmen Part II.” ETA: I didn’t get a chance to post before I had to leave. Boot camp is through. Yay! (And ouch!)

    I decided to dye my hair yesterday and went with this color. The box noted that if you’re wavering between two colors you should choose the lighter of the two. I should have listened. The red is barely visible in my hair. :( I have to figure out how long I need to wait until I try a better color.

    I had 10 episodes of Bones on my DVR, going back to early February, and I’m finally making my way through. I love this show. I have no idea why I wait so long to watch. It’s fun to binge, though.

    I found a review of Wednesday’ A2 Indigo Girls concert: A large, adoring crowd packed the Michigan Theater last night to see Amy Ray and Emily Saliers play folk rock songs from their newest album, "Poseidon and the Bitter Bug," as well as hits and lesser-known gems from their old catalog… More here. In my post Indigo Girls haze, I couldn’t help but do a little digging on Amy Ray’s partner, Carrie Schrader. She’s cute and looks spunky! I wish I could see a larger version of this photo. Amy’s liner note thank you’s sum it up: Carrie – for keeping me awake to life and alive to passion. Awwwwww.

    Did any one else see Lindsey Lohan on Ellen? It was candid and, simultaneously, awkward and sweet as Ellen tried to play big sister/guidance counselor.



    Last up: 25 Twitter must follows
    saturn: (Default)
    2009-04-23 07:31 pm

    on the road to athens

    Yesterday was the BEST DAY EVER. I went to a local Borders store to see the Indigo Girls perform a set for a radio show and, before hand, I got to meet them and tell them how awesome they are and OH MY GOD IT WAS AMAZING. I told Emily that they wrote the soundtrack to my life and, when she signed my cd, she wrote, “To [Saturn], here’s more soundtrack.” *dies* And I talk to Amy about their show in central park during the blackout and it was just the best. I can’t even believe it.

    Then I got this great seat next to the stage and just kind of sat there all dreamy and captivated while they played “What are you like,” “Driver Education,” “Second Time Around,” and “Closer to Fine” and did a radio interview and just - \o/

    After work, I met up with my friend Anne for dinner and the concert. They were amazing. I’m pretty sure this is the first time I heard them play “Power of Two” and it was sublime. They performed most of their new album along with Power of Two, Get Out the Map, Shame On You, Chickenman, Virginia Wolf, Nomads Indians & Saints, Closer to Fine, Galileo and a few others. The crowed was totally into the show and all I want to do now is check their tour schedule and book some flights to see them again soon.

    Here are some shots from the Borders show. Click on the thumbnail for larger images.









    I'm sure there's more but I'm so tired all I can think about is watching last night's Criminal Minds with a glass of wine and then crawling into bed.

    Thank you, [personal profile] carta, for the llama! Unless, of course, you're calling me one. ;)
    saturn: (Default)
    2009-04-20 08:30 pm

    10 years gone

    My laptop was attacked by an evil virus yesterday and I had to take it to the Geek Squad at Best Buy for help. With no computer and an open house forcing me to vacate for the afternoon, I settled in at a coffee shop with Columbine by David Cullen. I didn't move until I finished the book hours and hours later.

    Based on 10 years of research and in-depth interviews, Cullen delivers a compelling, gut wrenching account of the Columbine school shooting. Without excessive sensationalism, he takes readers into Columbine high school on April 20, 1999 all the while bringing us forward into the lives of the victims and into the past of the killers with an aim to answer, “Why?” Cullen also examines the implications of missteps by the local sheriff’s department and misreporting by the media that had a lasting effect on public perception of this tragedy.

    I say “without ‘excessive’ sensationalism” because there were a few moments where I felt he went too far but those were few and far between and I have tremendous respect for his decision not to include photos of the victims or the killers.

    Reading the book, it was clear that my prior knowledge of the shooting was entirely based on incorrect, initial media reports – two bullied loners were pushed over the edge and resorted to murder. By Cullen’s account, that couldn’t be further from the truth. The killers walked slowly, carefully, and with full intent to that edge – an angry depressed teenager led by a psychopath.

    The book isn’t an easy read but it’s a damn engaging one.

    And, okay, I didn’t intend to write quite that much about “Columbine” but there you have it.

    What else?

  • The Christmas episode of The Big Bang Theory is on!!

  • I’m posting from my work laptop. Mine is still in the care of Best Buy. The fix wasn’t enough to justify a new one but, gosh darn, I really want a Mac. Someday.

  • Stephen Hawking has been hospitalized. :/

  • I WILL MEET THE INDIGO GIRLS IN TWO DAYS.