Wednesday, April 15, 2009

It's always fun to make fun of Microsoft

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Sunday, April 12, 2009


"Persons with Delicate Musical Sensibilities Strongly Cautioned."  Heh.  I love Dr. Boli's sense of humor.

Happy Easter

He is risen indeed!

Wednesday, April 08, 2009

Baby's first bookshelf

We received so many books at our baby shower that we quickly decided that the baby needed a bookshelf exclusively for baby books.  These are the books that we got at the shower; we have been given a few more since then.  Some are in English, some are in Spanish, and a few are bilingual.  I am, as you might imagine, thrilled that my friends and family have made it so that my child will be born owning a stack of books taller than he or she is long and dearly hope that the baby grows up to love reading like I do.  Books: best toys ever.  


Tuesday, March 31, 2009


Normally, I think that pretty much everything over at is hilarious (for example, I love the calendar that I got for Christmas), but the new kleptocracy t-shirts inspired by the current political/economic situation are more depressing than funny.

Friday, March 20, 2009


Farewell, Battlestar Galactica.  You were a great show, I'm quite happy with how you ended, and I will miss you a lot now that you're over for good.  Especially your music.  Bear McCreary did a wonderful job as Battlestar's composer, and henceforth I shall follow his career — and his blog — with interest.


Wednesday, March 04, 2009

Cities to live in

Via Sedenion, I saw this simple, eight-question quiz that purports to identify which cities would be ideal for the quiz taker to live in.  Out of curiosity, partly because I'm anticipating moving soon, I took the quiz.  Here are my results, which I found hilarious for a variety of reasons, including the fact that this quiz did a very good job of identifying several places I'd really like to live.  The list contains somewhere I have lived and at least one city to which I have an actual chance of moving later this year...

Based on your answers, the top city for you is
Colorado Springs, CO

Other high-ranking cities:
2) Boise City-Nampa, ID
3) Salt Lake City, UT
4) Albuquerque, NM
5) Phoenix-Mesa-Scottsdale, AZ

March Madness

I don't pay much attention to the NCAA basketball tournament (or college sports in general), but there are two other March Madness tournaments that I will be following this year: those at Deceiver and Go Fug Yourself, two very entertaining websites.  I think that Deceiver's bracket — for the purpose of identifying the hypocrite of the year — is particularly great.  

Saturday, February 28, 2009

A new favorite blog

I recently was introduced to the blog Geekdad by a friend, and I have really enjoyed reading it, especially as my baby's due date gets very close.  Here is one of my all time favorite blog entries of theirs: Nerding up the nursery.  Funnily enough, I had already been planning to do several of the things that they suggest to decorate the baby's room (when the baby gets his or her own room in a few months) before I ever read that post!  Also, the same friend who introduced me to Geekdad gave us the same "stuffed animal" that is pictured at that link as a baby gift!  My husband and I were delighted.  

Wednesday, January 28, 2009

On Soda

My vote for best soda ever goes to Thomas Kemper's Root Beer, with which I became acquainted over the course of my honeymoon last June.  It is sweet, extremely foamy, and all around wonderful: the best of all possible Root Beers.  Unfortunately, I can't seem to get it locally, although through the magic of the internet I may be able to discover if any place nearby sells it or if it can be obtained inexpensively online.  

My husband, on the other hand, casts his vote for best soda ever for the original Dublin Dr. Pepper, which is, admittedly, a worthy drink as well.  Unlike most sodas these days, both are made with cane sugar rather than corn syrup.  The cane sugar really does make a difference in the flavor.

Tuesday, January 13, 2009


I just finished reading Cryptonomicon by Neal Stephenson.  This book is a fantastic read, and I liked it so much that it now is on my list of my favorite five works of fiction ever.  It's a story partly set during the second world war and partly in the late 1990's, with action, adventure, intrigue, cryptography, cryptanalysis, Bletchley Park, Enigma, Tolkien references, languages, and many other wonderful things.  Like treasure hunting.  And mathematicians.  Honestly, it's like Neal Stephenson sat down and wrote a novel especially for me.  How could I not love this book?


Monday, December 29, 2008

Around the apartment, or how I spent my evening

Cooking dinner (paprika chicken with egg noodles, green beans, french bread, and fruit salad). 

Playing games (mathematical strategy games Hex and Nim) with my husband, using the hex map I got him for Christmas as the board for the former.  I really like Hex, possibly more than I like Go, another fun game of strategy that I've learned to play in the last few months.  A side benefit of marrying a mathematician is exposure to all sorts of games, especially strategy games, that I had never played before.  

Convincing my husband to take a break from Nim to teach me how to understand binary so I could compute how to optimally play that particular game from any given starting position (by using binary to take the xor of the nimber).  Concluding that binary is great.  Taking the next logical step (logical for me, anyway) and learning how ASCII works and how to write ASCII out in binary (and figure out the binary forms faster by looking at the octal in an ASCII table) and proceeding to write numbers and words out in binary for fun.  My husband is, at present, very amused by the discovery that I mentally categorize ASCII as some sort of system of runes.  Hey, it's an alternate form of written notation!  Just like Tolkien's Tengwar script is.

Talking to my mom (about baby things) and brother #1 (about baby stuff, how much more I'm enjoying the second trimester of pregnancy than the first trimester, marriage in general, and the end of the Broncos' 2008 season) on the phone.  

Deciding that I wanted to make tapioca pudding, cooking it, and consuming it.  

It was an excellent evening.


Thursday, December 25, 2008

Merry Christmas!

Have a wonderful Christmas, everyone!

Wednesday, December 17, 2008

Assorted Interesting Links

My links list in the sidebar is long enough that it is starting to annoy me, so I'm going to move all of them from the sidebar to this post (and add an occasional description) and link to this post from the sidebar.  It will simplify things immensely around here.  So, without further ado:

Alagaësia — The official website for Christopher Paolini's Inheritance Cycle
Anthony Horowitz — The official website of the author-screenwriter
The Bleat — A website of James Lileks, who is a very funny man
The Cranky Professor — One of my absolute favorites
FIRE — A non-profit civil liberties organization
Garth Nix — The author's official website
Geoffrey Chaucer Hath a Blog — Sporadically updated and hilarious
J.K. Rowling — Her official website
Jane Espenson — Official website of the BSG screenwriter
Jim Butcher — The internet authority on the author of The Dresden Files
Orson Scott Card — The official website of one of science fiction's greats
Out Of The Woods Now — A thoughtful blog by a fellow lit enthusiast
Piled Higher and Deeper — A webcomic about grad school
Sedenion — A mathematician blogs about sundry topics 
Shur'tugal — A fansite for Christopher Paolini's oeuvre
Talk of Summertime — One of my most favorite blogs
Whatever — A blog by author John Scalzi
The Wonder Cabinet — James A. Owen, author-illustrator par excellence
Wormtalk and Slugspeak — An Anglo-Saxonist and Tolkien enthusiast
XKCD — A webcomic of romance, sarcasm, math, and language


The snowier it gets, the happier I apparently am

Seeing the phrase "Winter Storm Warning" in yellow or, better yet, bright red letters when I refresh my local weather forecast online brings joy into my heart.  It makes me even happier when it pops up multiple times within a two week span.  I am particularly happy about this latest winter storm warning because the storm that should hit tomorrow looks to involve well over half a foot of fluffy snow.  I don't care if I have to go knock snow off my car or scrape ice off it later; I love this kind of weather.  Unless the winter storm comes with a -20F wind chill during the day, that is, but it won't come with one of those this week.