Monthly Archives: August 2009

Pensive yet chocolaty






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Persona(s)lly speaking

This is fun. From the Personas web site:

Personas is a component of the Metropath(ologies) exhibit, currently on display until Sept 09 at the MIT Museum by the Sociable Media Group from the MIT Media Lab. It uses sophisticated natural language processing and the Internet to create a data portrait of one’s aggregated online identity. In short, Personas shows you how the Internet sees you.

Naturally I had to find out how the internet sees me. Click on the thumbnail to see the image.  charitysnet

See that big orange bar? Actually, it’s the biggest bar, and it’s books. Personally, I think the labels should match the bars, making books into BOOOOOOKS!!!!! I’m not sure where the yellow bar (sports) is coming from. The rest, except for religion, makes sense. (Religion? Have I ever talked about religion? I doubt it.)

Give it a try!

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Polyvore is making me speechless

Too much fun. My Polyvore set (yes, I’ve succumbed) for Speechless:

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Today’s lesson in evocative imagery

Andrew to me: What do you call the little punching bag that hangs at the back of your throat?


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Geek Girl in Publishers Weekly

Or more accurately, in Barbara Vey’s YA Saturday Morning Breakfast Club Book Blurbs.

I love the write up the teen reviewer gave Geek Girl. We did aim to be both funny and scarily accurate. I’m so glad she enjoyed the book.

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John Hughes, RIP

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The Wii generation

Yes, we’ve finally succumbed and bought a Wii yesterday. So far, the kids love it. Andrew worked up enough of a sweat that he had to change from jeans into shorts. Miss B (which is Kyra’s Mii avatar name too) is exceptionally good at Wii bowling and … wait for it … boxing.

Andrew’s created enough avatars (Miis) to field his own baseball team (another game included with purchase). They both love how interactive it is and it’s fun just to watch them.

We went to Game Stop yesterday evening to scout out what else was available for the Wii. While Bob and Andrew scoured the pre-owned games, Miss B discovered a moth. She chased it all through the store, determined to capture it and set it free. She was on its trail right up until it flew behind the cash register desk.

A few moments later, she came up to me, shoulders slumped, head bowed.

“Mommy,” she said, “they killed the moth.”

Yes, that’s right. The sales guys behind the register desk killed the moth. Dudes, didn’t you notice the little girl following it throughout your store? It’s not a video game and you don’t get points for killing it.

We left without buying anything.

Okay, so we had no intention of spending more money yesterday; we were just window shopping. Still.

We’re seriously considering Wii Fit. If you already have a robust workout routine, I’m not sure it would do that much. But it looks fun and a way to get started–with plenty of activities for kids with cabin fever come mid-winter.

So, that’s our Wii news. Anyone else have one? Have any good game suggestions?


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