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Best moustache-twirling July 26, 2007

Who’s the worst fictional villain you can think of? As in, the one you hate the most, find the most evil, are happiest to see defeated? Not the cardboard, two-dimensional variety, but the most deliciously-written, most entertaining, best villain? Not necessarily the most “evil,” so much as the best-conceived on the part of the author…oh, you know what I mean!

Iago in Othello. He was just poison mean for meanness sake.


A Fallen Hero

Early Saturday morning 34 year old Fire Captain Matt Burton was killed in the line of duty while rescuing an elderly couple from their burning home. He was a son, a husband, a father, an uncle, a fireman and a hero. He was also my best friend's little brother.


I Have Abibliophobia

But don't worry, it doesn't hurt. YourDictionary cracks me up. That's today's word of the day, here's the definition:

Word of the Day: Abibliophobia (noun) Pronunciation:[ê-bi-bli-ê-'fo-bee-yê]

Definition: The morbid fear of running out of reading material.

Usage: It is quite interesting that this word has popped up on the Web, the greatest source of reading material the world has ever known. Irony will never cease. Were there such a phobia, those subject to it would be abibliophobes, who would be abibliophobic. They would comport themselves abibliophobically, whatever that might mean. Suggested Usage: Words on –phobia originally referred to psychotic conditions but now we have extracted a word, "phobia," from the suffix and add it wherever we please: "Wylie is such an abibliophobe that he never leaves the house without several magazines under his arm." In a world where this word could refer to a psychotic state, we could say, "What better refuge from abibliophobia than the library?"

Etymology: Today's was probably a nonce word created for amusement more than linguistic use. However, it is constructed better than most nonce words and has survived and is flourishing in Cyberia. Greek a "not" + bibli-(on) "book" + o, a connector + phob(os) "fear" + ia, a nominal suffix. "Biblion" referred to a small book or scroll or section of a larger work, a biblos. The plural of "biblion" is "biblia," whence "Bible" from the Late Latin biblia sacra "sacred writings." —Dr. Language, www.yourDictionary.com

Which Author's Fiction are You?

Anne Rice is writing your life. Go you goth girl, go.
Take this quiz!

Quiz found at Jenny's Corner. Anne Rice? I love the Mayfair family but I haven't read her in eons.

Oh, I found The Spirit Animal Quiz at Crafting Jen's.

Since I managed to lose in my last post only the links of the people who nominated me and the letter "n" in nomination, I would like to thank  The Happy Haunted Turtle, Merrily We Roll Along and The Ravell'd Sleave (and Cottage46Knitter) for their undeserved nominations of me. Well, I'm probably still good for the Schmoozer award. Not so much the Rockin' Girl Blogger since I'm still not going to nominate anyone. How on earth could I possibly narrow it down to five? Ever one is rocking, however every one is possibly not a girl. (Oh, and I'm using blog names just in case you guys don't want your names out there.)

I finished Lady Audley's Secret and her secret wasn't what I expected nor do I buy it, but 1862  was a long time ago, thankfully. I am so HAPPY AND GRATEFUL to live in a time/country where if I marry some bounder and he leaves me, presumably forever, and with a toddler to boot, I'm not the evil one if I look for someone better. I thoroughly enjoyed the novel, I'm going to have to find another Mary Elizabeth Braddon book.

Just Wild About Harry

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  1. Okay, love him or loathe him, you’d have to live under a rock not to know that J.K. Rowling’s final Harry Potter book, Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows, comes out on Saturday… Are you going to read it?
  2. If so, right away? Or just, you know, eventually, when you get around to it? Are you attending any of the midnight parties?
  3. If you’re not going to read it, why not?
  4. And, for the record… what do you think? Will Harry survive the series? What are you most looking forward to?

Answers: 1. Really? The last one? Harry is the kid with the scar, right? Or the one with the letter sweater? Am I going to read it? I don't know. Probably. I really want to read the last chapter first.

2. Definitely eventually when I get around to it. After all, I have to read the last......three first.  Midnight parties? At midnight? At night? Please, please, let me be sleeping by then.

3. I'm going to read it.......probably. Unless they kill off someone I really like. That's why I couldn't watch Serenity, after being one of the 25 people who actually watched Firefly before it was cancelled.

4. I think he'll live. It would be "edgy" and "realistic" that Harry die, but OTOH, it would really put a period to the phenom that is Harry, if he's dead. Future generations won't pick it up at all, I would guess.

I wish JK hadn't started that rumor, it's why I quit reading the series. I can handle death after a series bender, but not stretched out over a few years waiting for the books to come out.

In renovation news? If they finish today, I will eat the new  Harry Potter book before I read it. But they're really close. I just want my closet back at this point (because the coffee maker and the computer works. The things one needs to consider a house a home.) OTOH, they're really close. Everything is painted, crowned with moulding, new baseboard is in, the hall closet doors are framed in, the popcorn on the ceiling is long gone  - but the walls need touch ups, the closet bars aren't in yet, the TV wall mount had to be returned (because there is not a single stud on the wall that I wanted to hang it on - it backs a closet in the other room. Grrr. So now I need something else to put the TV on. Something big enough to hold it, but not a block of furniture. Basically a bookcase, I suppose.

Okay. Hopefully the next post will have more Hezekiah and knitting photos. She's been posing artfully in the cutest places - the fireplace, perched on the rolled up Oriental rug, in the top dresser drawer - until I pull out the camera and then she scampers off, the little pill.


Show Me a Man who puts Death Before Dishonor....

and I'll show you a man that can alphabetize. Sadly, Thankfully! I mean, no human sacrifices were necessary. 

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1.  In your opinion, what is the best translation of a book to a movie? I liked Sense & Sensibility - I was reading the book and saw the movie right before I finished the final few chapters which left me nicely spoiled for the movie but not completely ruined. And.....that's the only one that pops into mind.
2. The worst? Any other movie where I'd read the book first?
3. Had you read the book before seeing the movie, and did that make a difference? (Personally, all other things being equal, I usually prefer whichever I was introduced to first.) I try to see the movie first if at all possible because otherwise I tend to point out during the movie how they've compressed four characters into one and ruined the integrity of the plot and that so-and-so is horribly miscast and what? What? That didn't happen! (Or should have happened here.) Yeah. People who love me hate this. People who don't know me at all? Hate me.

Possibly this explains why:

Your Score: The Chipmunk
Here's your results! Your spirit animal has a Nobility ranking of 7 out of 18.

Your spirit animal is the chipmunk. They are small and cute creatures who keep an exceptionally clean dwelling. They're not a very magnificent animal, but they make up for it in quickness, agility, and cuteness. They are a fairly common spirit animal, and nothing to be ashamed of.

***Wondering how this animal was chosen for you? These questions were carefully thought out to see how important you hold certain virtues such as: humanism, self-knowledge, rationalism, the love of freedom and other somewhat Hellenic ideals. Some of the questions were very subtle. Your score was then matched with an animal of corresponding nobility. However, you shouldn't think this was a right/wrong sort of test, but more of an idealistic values test. It's ok to not hold these values, you'll just get an animal spirit of lower stature if you do!***

Link: The What is Your Spirit Animal Test.

Oh lovely. A chipmunk. Next time I'm going to lie. Wait! I mean lying is NEVER right! Even if it spares someone's feelings. Why do I think a chipmunk is a lesser animal anyway? That's just......animalism? And it's wrong. So there. See if I pick healing for my super power now. Now it's all about mind reading. Maybe invisiblility.

On the plus side: Surviving a Zombie Apocalypse

67%

Uh oh. I lost 3% somewhere. Probably that pesky spirit animal guiding me with his chipmunk nobility. Alvin!

ominated me and I'm totally not going to pass the torch on because I'm......a chipmunk! We're ignoble like that. Breaking chain letters, not nominating the required people, stealing memes -

In renovation news, there is paint. Here's a Before and a Slightly After Paint:

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Hezekiah's take on the whole thing seems to beBlog_pix_483 "Get me out of here!" (That strip behind her is the new blue color of my bedroom. Hopefully it will be nice and icy and cool because at this rate, I'm going to have a migraine for the rest of my life.) (Not disabling, just annoyingly clingy).

There isn't much knitting or reading at the house. A word to the wise PRIOR to renovations, for the love of all that's dear to you, leave somewhere - anywhere - something chair-like to sit on and a working light that more or less works with the chair.


Bribery or Human Sacrifice?

Bribery or human sacrifice.......Which one do you think would hurry the renovation along? I'd show pictures but they look almost exactly the same. The house is still unpainted, the furniture is still stacked into the middle of the rooms, the TV's and computers are unplugged and unreachable (well, I did manage to hook one up to watch Miss Marple last night and you can bet I'll be watching The Closer tonight) I'm running out of patience, clothes, toiletries......and the dust is killing me. I spent most of the weekend with a migraine.

Managed to stave it off a bit Saturday and me and the BFF went to see La Vie En Rose, the movie about Edith Piaf. I knew it was 2 1/2 hours. I knew it was in French and subtitled. I'd heard that the first half  was depressing. Um, wow. The whole thing was a bit depressing. She had one hard life. She did however KNIT! She was knitting on the beach, she offered to knit a sweater on a first date - she told an interviewer that she loved to knit.........

Blog_pix_465 Man and Superman by George Bernard Shaw at CalShakes Thursday night was splendid. Everyone should read/see the play. For once a battle of the sexes didn't seem stacked against one or the other.

I finished Earth Abides by George R Stewart......I did like it and it was a good book but I have a very hard time not judging the 40's and the 50's by today's standards because the men (who are the protagonists of the story) are such sexist, chauvinist, rascist guys! (I had the same problem with Alas Babylon.) In Alas Babylon, Randy almost immediately reestablishes the government status quo, his brother's wife and daughter of a neighbor are relegated to secondary roles.

In Earth Abides, Ish is much more laid back - very laid back in fact. I found it hard to believe that a man who loved research so much spent so little time in the UC Berkeley library and through the generations couldn't seem to interest anyone in reading or inventing. It was all scavenging. Naturally his one bright hope is his youngest son - not the son's twin, who is a mere girl and nowhere near as bright (I confessed it grated on me how the women were denigrated, didn't I?) Oh, and when he discovers his wife's heritage.....argh. It's all very civilized but it just oozes caucasian patriarchal superiority. Which, yeah. Written by and in the times when it was stll standard - and I'm sure GRS was ahead of the curve.

I'm enjoying Lady Audley's Secret so much more. Still in a patriarchal society, but maybe because it was written in 1862 and by a woman is the difference. Even Robert Audley's railing against women was cute. Personally, so far I don't see a thing wrong that Lady Audley has done - well possibly one. Thank heaven the times have changed.

Blog_pix_469 Blog_pix_458 Hez is not a fan of not having a windowseat. She doesn't seem to care that I can't get to the computer at the house, but she cares deeply that she has to jump from a lowly laundry hamper(!) and crouch on a windowsill. Also she would like new treats.

I'm waaaay behind on emails and blogs but eventually I'll get caught up!


Wouldn't It Be Easier to Just Run Away & Start Over?

Alternative title: House renovation.

This is what the garage looks like, after clearing & culling out most of the moveable excess. House_2007_019 Presumably some of that is going away (EcoHaul sounds like a fabulous solution, let's just see what they'll cost.)

I have aches in muscles I'd forgotten I had and about ninety million more things than I remembered. The first painter has arrived (but he's sitting in his car, either we're scary or he's afraid to start without his boss.)

I can't wait for it all to be over.

Oh! Question One: Is it a bad sign when it cools down (finally) and the first thing that happens to you on Saturday morning is the breezes slams the bathroom door shut - sans shoes, sans books, sans doorknob.  Fun.

Naturally I have three pairs of socks out to work on and GG. (Who knows when they'll actually be finished.) The Beaded Socks have waaaaay too many beads for anklets. Question Two: Should I frog it and make a lovely stole and do the beaded socks with more yarn and more beads another day?

I'm almost finished with How to Read a Novel by John Sutherland. Not what I'd expected, it's a quite entertaining guide to the various parts and history of a novel. Question Three: Do I start Earth Abides by George R Stewart, a 1949 post apocalyptic sci fi novel (he's a UC Berkeley professor too, so local), or Lady Audley's Secret, an 1862 Victorian sensation novel by Mary Elizabeth Braddon? They both should mirror the turmoil in the house.

Hezekiah is not amused. She is having fun jumping in and out of previously unreachable places but I haven't been able to get a picture of her where's she mostly in the picture and/or discernably cat.


Chunkster Challenge Wrap Up & the 4th of July

Firstly, looks what Felicia at Fluffy Flowers sent me!!

Secondly, watch Jericho tonight on CBS at 9pm. Write in how much you love it. Lie if you have to.

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Okay, clearly Typepad is not going to let me type between pictures. Grr. Check out all that patriotic spirit! I'm thinking there might be a red, white and blue theme......

Red hot at least. Adrienne and I made it to the pancake breakfast by 9am, lived through the line, waited the fifteen minutes for the parade to start on time at 10am - fifteen minutes after 10am when the parade still hadn't started we bailed for Peet's and an iced coffee. It was 92 degrees already. Yowza.

In knitting news - well, there is much culling in the land of Carrie K as the interiors of the house are getting painted and I'm taking advantage of it by redoing practically everything that I'm not relocating. Oh! I heaved the Norwegian socks after eight years of UFO-ness with one sock finished and the other to the heel flap because, well because I used Wool Ease before I knew any better. Oddly enough, I'm not even the slightest twinge of guilt. In fact, I feel relief. Now I can make them in decent yarn that doesn't squeak.

I like my yarn to speak to me, but I prefer it a bit more metaphorically.

For the Chunkster Challenge I originally chose only Madwoman in the Attic to read but once I designated that book as my one Chunkster Challenge book, naturally I immediately stopped reading it. I did read Jim Butcher's Grave Perils (678 pages), Arthur Quinn's A New World: An Epic of Colonial America from the Founding of Jamestown to the Fall of Quebec (532 pages), the ever popular (this is what? the 4th challenge its fulfilled? Righteous.) Richard the Third by Paul Murray Kendall (602 pages), Blind Assassin by Margaret Atwood (521 pages). They were chosen using the scientific method by checking my Books Read Excel sheet for books that fell in the time frame of the challenge and were over 500 pages.

Did I mention that you should watch Jericho tonight at 9pm on CBS? Naturally the new season of Dr Who starts on the Sci Fi channel at 8pm with a two hour episode.

My new favorite Online Dictionary, Your Dictionary. That's the word of the day. The email is more descriptive. I like that I can hear the pronunciation as I tend pronounce phonetically, as opposed to correctly.


Marvelous Monday

You Are: 10% Dog, 90% Cat
You are are almost exactly like a cat.
You're intelligent, independent, and set on getting your way.
And there's no way you're going to fetch a paper for anyone!

Stolen from Not Pretty To Watch....by the way, I'm not set on getting my way, I'm just unclear on the art of compromise.

Books: For the sake of simplicity and to help me keep the reviews and challenges straight, I'm just going to list the books I read during the month at the end of each month (or possibly at the beginning of the following month. It's July 2nd, right? Huh.). Also that way I'm not as aware that I can tear through three David Rosenfelt novels in so many days but it takes me three weeks to read Richard the Third.

Read in June: Open & Shut, First Degree and Bury the Lead by David Rosenfelt. I thoroughly enjoyed these books and there are two more waiting for me at home. Andy Carpenter is a defense attorney. He takes cases only when he thinks his client isn't guilty - eventually - and he has an unusual team to help him. A former client he freed from death row, a lawyer that can't handle the guilt of being a prosecutor or a defense attorney and in consequence, runs the Lawdromat, an ex cop turned private eye and my favorite of all, Tara, The Most Wonderful Dog in the World. I give them all an A even though the frame up plotline is starting to wear a bit thin.

(I've also decided to simplify my rating system, I think most people grasp A, B, C, D & F. Okay, I do. This is just a whole lot easier than the fiber/decimal system I was attempting.)

Richard the Third (1955) by Paul Murray Kendall and Princes in the Tower by Alison Weir are my June Non Fiction Five Challenge books. Richard also qualifies for the Reading Through The Decades challenge. (Oooh! Oooh! It's also a 2007 TBR book! Trifecta!) I really liked Paul Murray Kendall's restoration of Richard the Third's reputation. He made a good case that a great deal of the evidence against him was manufactured by Henry VII who followed him on the throne. Sadly Alison Weir shattered that feeling in her book, Princes in the Tower. I'm still not a Henry VII fan, but I'm interested in reading more about Elizabeth Woodville now. What was that woman thinking? I'd read the bio to prepare for the play, Richard III at Cal Shakes and boy howdy, Shakespeare definitely took the Tudor road. I know, oddly enough. I give both books A's.

Pride of Kings by Judith Tarr was for the Once Upon A Time Challenge. It  follows the first Richard and his brother John in their travails for the Crown of England and Brittany. No, they're not the same crown. Not even the same realm. It was a nice surprise to pick up another Plantagenet protagonist novel by happenstance.  Theme! A

A Midsummer's Night's Dream by William Shakespeare. I listened to the audiotape so I could finish my quest more or less in time and really enjoyed the experience. I actually followed the story (it helps that I know it) but normally I tend to zone out during audiotapes. It was the play version, so it was lovely to hear it spoken by the actors. Also for the Once Upon A Time Challenge.

The Literary Life and Other Curiosities by Robert Hendrickson was interesting, but not what I was expecting. (Judging a book by the cover as I did.) It's basically anecdotes, which were interesting, but hard to keep reading continuously. I made it about halfway through the book before I put it down. (Also? Anecdotes are easy to read continuously. Just not 800 pages of them). B+ (pts off for fooling me).

This Is Not Chick LIt edited by Elizabeth Merrick. There were a few good stories in there although mostly I found them odd. A Ted Bundy-like character who gets caught up with an FBI made robot who's creator is in love with her. Joan of Arc as seen as a reality show. I think it's a sad commentary that stories have to proclaim they're not chick lit if they're written by women but I've noticed that for all the talk about stereotypes or prejudice, the first thing that happens is the Naming and  the Categorizing. Probably a human condition. B

A Disorder Peculiar to the Country by Ken Kalfus, I give an A. What a dysfunctional couple! Since they're divorcing, not too surprising. I just had to read the book when I read the back blurb: Marshall goes to work in the World Trade Center; Joyce has booked a flight out of Newark. On that grim day, when their city is overcome by grief and shock, each thinks the other is dead, and each is visited by an intense, secret, guilty satisfaction. The book is never quite what I thought it would be and I didn't care much for anyone in it, but in itself, a pretty fascinating slice of literary metaphor.

For the knitting crowd: this is two of the bins.

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