Urrrrgh to take my mind off of stuff I am going to list things I’ve done for myself lately:
- bought almond snickers and reese’s peanut butter cups
- ignored rudeness from various sources
- bought myself a uke leash (and am learning how to play “You Always Hurt the Ones You Love” and “Ram On”)
- stayed in bed and read two books
- gave myself straight bangs
- gargled with salt water to rid myself of an imminent sore throat
- go on sunrise walks, nighttime walks, and walks in between (fav sunrise walk song: Sundialing by Caribou, 2 Atoms in a Molecule by Noah and the Whale, and Ashes by Yann Tiersen just as the sun starts to tinsel the clouds, fav nighttime walk song: Nightcall by Kavinsky, fav walk song: The Morning Bender’s cover of The Stroke’s “Last Night”
Livin’ it up with Space Invader and The Bee Gees.
Belated response to Gloria’s question about my favorite Christmas Carols! Ho ho ho, I have plenty.
- Holly Jolly Christmas – Burl Ives (Ding, dong, ding!)
- Rockin’ Around the Christmas Tree – Brenda Lee (BEST VERSION)
- All I Want for Christmas is You – Mariah Carey (My sister and I’s favorite Christmas carol to lip synch to. We always pretend we’re ringing GLOCKENSPIELS during that rapid keyboard and percussion part following the first stanza)
- Cheetalicious Christmas – The Cheetah Girls (“Deck the halls with spots of cheetah” gets me every time)
- Mele Kalikimaka (Hawaiian Christmas Song) – Bing Crosby (Perfect song for my shoulder dance)
- Happy Xmas (War is Over) – John Lennon
- Little Saint Nick – The Beach Boys
- Jingle Bell Rock – Bobby Helms
- Carol of the Balls – some Boys Choir (Instantly ups the intensity/dramatic-ness of whatever you’re doing)
- It’s Beginning to Look a Lot like Christmas – Johnny Mathis (I always hear a radio woman’s voice announcing, “Johnny Mathis” before this song begins)
- It’s the Most Wonderful Time of the Year – Andy Williams
- White Christmas – Billy Gilman (My Dad got my sister and I Billy Gilman and Charlotte Church’s respective Christmas CDs one year. I replayed both of them nonstop, and still do, even though it’s creepy for me to listen to a prepubescent boy and an opera-ish singing girl)
- Up on the Rooftop – Jackson 5 (My sister and I’s second favorite Christmas carol to lip synch to)
- Run Run Rudolph – Chuck Berry
- Rudolph the Red Nosed Reindeer (Always sung with the interjected line “IN HIS UNDERWEAR!” Funny story, when I was younger and much more annoying and anal I used to chastise my classmates for interjecting “IN HIS UNDERWEAR!” because I thought it was disrespectful to Santa Claus.)
When scientists struggle with a problem for over a decade, few of them think, “I know! I’ll ask computer gamers to help.” That, however, exactly what Firas Khatib from the University of Washington did. The result: he and his legion of gaming co-authors have cracked a longstanding problem in AIDS research that scientists have puzzled over for years. It took them three weeks.
Khatib’s recruits played Foldit, a programme that reframes fiendish scientific challenges as a competitive multiplayer computer game. It taps into the collective problem-solving skills of tens of thousands of people, most of whom have little or no background in science.
Adrien Treuille (2011 Science Fellow), an assistant professor of computer science and robotics at Carnegie Mellon University and creator of Foldit and EteRNA, computer games that challenge citizen scientists to design protein and RNA strands, tells Smart Planet that when it comes to protein folding problems, untrained online gamers are more talented than even the best computer programs.
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I don a pair of swim goggles (for eye protection as well as for looks) and sit approximately 5.6 meters away from Sofia. Bag of walnuts in hand, Sofia flings a single brain shaped nut in my general direction. And I, brave walnut warrior, attempt to catch the walnut in my mouth.
Best played when your brain is a little fried.
I’m watching SNL with my Mom and she just told me that she wishes she could dance on stage with Lady Gaga. She’s now dancing from her reclined position on the sofa. She was also singing along to the SNL short about The Golden Threeway Rule.
50% of my laughter is attributed to Bill Hader, another 40% to my Mom’s ridiculousness, and 10% to the other cast members heh.
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It’s starting to cool down at night! I can almost smell the crisp autumn air, feel the crunch of those red berried twigs underfoot (I was calling the berries “dingleberries,” until someone informed me that my new term of endearment was also slang for, “little beads of shit that are stuck to your anal hairs.” Despite it’s crude meaning, I still think “dingleberry” has a festive ring), see the leaves don their red-orange outfits, and hear my Christmas Carol playlist on repeat.
Ah, but the Phoenix has yet to rise.
And rise it shall
From the green green grass
And the cold cold ice
Literary Gold is often produced in text exchanges between Hose A (Sofia) and Hose B (myself).