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February 24, 2009

I love the book memes (they give me book lists for the library)

Lifted from Mal's journal. Thank you Mal, I lurk at your site a lot. It's fun. According to the meme, the BBC thinks that most people will only have read 6 of these 100 books. How many have you read?


1) Look at the list and put an 'x' after those you have read.

2) Add a '+' to the ones you LOVE.

3) Star (*) those you plan on reading.

4) put ? on the ones you've never heard of.

5) Tally your total at the bottom.

1 Pride and Prejudice - Jane Austen X+

2 The Lord of the Rings - JRR Tolkien X+

3 Jane Eyre - Charlotte Bronte X

4 Harry Potter series - JK Rowling X+

5 To Kill a Mockingbird - Harper Lee X

6 The Bible

7 Wuthering Heights - Emily Bronte X

8 Nineteen Eighty Four - George Orwell X

9 His Dark Materials - Philip Pullman ?

10 Great Expectations - Charles Dickens X+

11 Little Women - Louisa M Alcott X+

12 Tess of the D'Urbervilles - Thomas Hardy X

13 Catch 22 - Joseph Heller X

14 Complete Works of Shakespeare X

15 Rebecca - Daphne Du Maurier X

16 The Hobbit - JRR Tolkien X+

17 Birdsong - Sebastian Faulks ?

18 Catcher in the Rye - JD Salinger X+

19 The Time Traveller's Wife - Audrey Niffenegger

20 Middlemarch - George Eliot X

21 Gone With The Wind - Margaret Mitchell X

22 The Great Gatsby - F Scott Fitzgerald X+

23 Bleak House - Charles Dickens X

24 War and Peace - Leo Tolstoy X

25 The Hitch Hiker's Guide to the Galaxy X

26 Brideshead Revisited - Evelyn Waugh X

27 Crime and Punishment - Fyodor Dostoyevsky X

28 Grapes of Wrath - John Steinbeck X+

29 Alice in Wonderland - Lewis Carroll X+

30 The Wind in the Willows - Kenneth Grahame X

31 Anna Karenina - Leo Tolstoy X

32 David Copperfield - Charles Dickens X

33 Chronicles of Narnia - CS Lewis X+

34 Emma - Jane Austen X

35 Persuasion - Jane Austen X

36 The Lion, The Witch and The Wardrobe - CS Lewis X+

37 The Kite Runner - Khaled Hosseini *

38 Captain Corelli's Mandolin - Louis De Bernieres

39 Memoirs of a Geisha - Arthur Golden X

40 Winnie the Pooh - AA Milne X

41 Animal Farm - George Orwell X

42 The Da Vinci Code - Dan Brown X

43 One Hundred Years of Solitude - Gabriel Garcia Marquez ?

44 A Prayer for Owen Meaney - John Irving

45 The Woman in White - Wilkie Collins *

46 Anne of Green Gables - LM Montgomery X+

47 Far From The Madding Crowd - Thomas Hardy X

48 The Handmaid's Tale - Margaret Atwood X

49 Lord of the Flies - William Golding X

50 Atonement - Ian McEwan *

51 Life of Pi - Yann Martel X

52 Dune - Frank Herbert X+

53 Cold Comfort Farm - Stella Gibbons X

54 Sense and Sensibility - Jane Austen X+

55 A Suitable Boy - Vikram Seth ?

56 The Shadow of the Wind - Carlos Ruiz Zafon ?

57 A Tale Of Two Cities - Charles Dickens X+

58 Brave New World - Aldous Huxley X

59 The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-time - Mark Haddon ?

60 Love In The Time Of Cholera - Gabriel Garcia Marquez *

61 Of Mice and Men - John Steinbeck X

62 Lolita - Vladimir Nabokov X

63 The Secret History - Donna Tartt ?

64 The Lovely Bones - Alice Sebold X

65 Count of Monte Cristo - Alexandre Dumas X

66 On The Road - Jack Kerouac *

67 Jude the Obscure - Thomas Hardy X+

68 Bridget Jones's Diary - Helen Fielding X

69 Midnight's Children - Salman Rushdie

70 Moby Dick - Herman Melville X

71 Oliver Twist - Charles Dickens X

72 Dracula - Bram Stoker X+

73 The Secret Garden - Frances Hodgson Burnett X+

74 Notes From A Small Island - Bill Bryson ?

75 Ulysses - James Joyce X

76 The Bell Jar - Sylvia Plath X

77 Swallows and Amazons - Arthur Ransome ?

78 Germinal - Emile Zola ?

79 Vanity Fair - William Makepeace Thackeray X+

80 Possession - AS Byatt

81 A Christmas Carol - Charles Dickens X

82 Cloud Atlas - David Mitchell ?

83 The Color Purple - Alice Walker X+

84 The Remains of the Day - Kazuo Ishiguro *

85 Madame Bovary - Gustave Flauber X

86 A Fine Balance - Rohinton Mistry ?

87 Charlotte's Web - EB White X+

88 The Five People You Meet In Heaven - Mitch Alborn

89 Adventures of Sherlock Holmes - Sir Arthur Conan Doyle X+

90 The Faraway Tree Collection - Enid Blyton ?

91 Heart of Darkness - Joseph Conrad X

92 The Little Prince - Antoine De Saint-Exupery X+

93 The Wasp Factory - Iain Banks ?

94 Watership Down - Richard Adams X

95 A Confederacy of Dunces - John Kennedy Toole X

96 A Town Like Alice - Nevil Shute ?

97 The Three Musketeers - Alexandre Dumas X

98 Hamlet - William Shakespeare X+

99 Charlie and the Chocolate Factory - Roald Dahl X

100 Les Miserables - Victor Hugo X

Total read: 72

Total loved: 25

Total planning to read: 6

Total never heard of: 13

Phooey on you BBC. We aren't all moose-hunting, you-betcha-ing, ignoramuses that can't remember the last thing we read. We save those for our highest public offices.

February 23, 2009

I have needs!

It has been a couple of years since I've done this. It is pretty funny. You put your name and "needs" into the search engine and see what the intranets think you need. Mine were pretty accurate.

  1. Laurie needs to read the CBE Certification.
  2. Laurie needs a crash helmet.
  3. Laurie needs help.
  4. Laurie needs to lose weight.
  5. Laurie needs flight school.
  6. Laurie needs a haircut.
  7. Laurie needs in on this.
  8. Laurie needs her days off, too.
  9. Laurie needs to update more often.
  10. Laurie needs no introduction.
I do need a crash helmet and help!


February 20, 2009

Alien Technology Would Be Helpful Here

The universe has tipped on its side! I've somehow gotten myself invited to a party with all the cool kids. I have a great class planned and am excited about teaching it but to say I'm intimidated by the company would be an understatement. Dudes, do you SEE the talent listed here? OK, technically my class is not about talent but I'll take what I can get (they haven't put out the class list so I don't think they are ready to share yet). I'll probably end up walking around like an alien trying to suck the genius out of all these people. Hopefully no one will notice...

February 11, 2009

Little Nuggets of Fun

Oh this is fantastic!

Star Wars: Retold (by someone who hasn't seen it) from Joe Nicolosi on Vimeo.

And I don't watch the Superbowl so I'm just getting caught up on the commercials. But Hulu's new commercial tag line...rocks.

"An evil plot to destroy the world. Enjoy"


February 06, 2009

In which I knit with pond scum

I've been really bad about remembering to share finished projects. Which means I start losing track of what I've made, how I made it and who I sent it to. Oops.

As soon as I finished Mom's Christmas present I started on her birthday socks. Her birthday is this Sunday and she likes looong socks so I knit my little fingers off. In fact, I had to stop for a couple of days because two of my fingers started swelling. Poor fingers. I knew I really wanted to do the embossed leaves again and I had this lovely bronze/amber/green yarn Mom bought (don't let the name of the colorway throw you, it is beautiful) and handed to me to knit for her. "Will you make me socks out of this?"

Who can say no?

Despite the terrible staging of the photograph (Winter in the Pacific Northwest is grey and if someone has a trick for photographing lace tubes without wearing them, I can give up the stuffed-with-soup-cans method) you can see how pretty the colors worked with the leaf lace. There was a notable moment when I was done with the leg and about to embark on the heel when I realized I had the wrong number of stitches on one of the socks. I began to tink back figuring I couldn't have made the mistake too long ago or I would have noticed. Number of stitches is pretty important with lace. Most of the time.

This is a very forgiving lace pattern because after tinking down an entire pattern repeat I had the presence of mind to take a good look at the sock to see where the mistake was. It is a good thing I didn't keep ripping down because I found the error waaaay down in the first repeat at the very beginning of the sock.

D'oh! This is where my comfort level with errors come in handy. I'm OK with that little oops. Leaves in nature aren't perfect and I got the socks off to Mom in time for her birthday. She was surprised and loves them. That is way more important than a perfect leaf.

I didn't want to give up the yarn just yet though so I broke out my Cat Bordhi book and started working my way through her learning socks patterns. I pre-ordered this book and have been carrying it around like I carried around Absolute Beginners in high school. I was torn between being excited about starting the socks and enjoying the anticipation. I finally decided I couldn't wait any longer.

I didn't have quite enough yarn to finish the socks (I knit it down to the last two inches) so I made it a design feature with some left over Midsummer Night. I love how it ended up looking. This is the Little Sky sock.

Pictures aren't great because I took them inside this morning while it was still dark. I wanted to take the socks into work to a work buddy who has a baby.

I like how the increases are featured in the design. I think it would be fun to play with color in this panel. Like little baby spats.

The stunning thing about Cat is that she is this wildly artistic, engineering genius but I like her too. She is cool and funny and genuine. I get a little fan-girl around her.

This is going to be a conflicting weekend. I have my Cat Bordhi socks I can't tear myself away from and I'm in the middle of a great book (Lonely Werewolf Girl) but the hovel house needs to be shoveled out in preparation for a Grandparent weekend next week.

Anyone taking any odds on the housework getting done? Trust me, I'm not getting any help from anyone else who lives in the house. Especially anyone that may have a fetish for kleenex boxes.

No help at all.