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