Monday, October 31, 2011

Le Film Very Good

A few posts ago I mentioned the movie Tell No One. My friend Chris Ogden had recommended it, and he was right: it's good. He specifically mentioned it has a very good chase scene. I agree--it's an on-foot chase scene, not one of those annoying shaky-camera multiple-crash car-chase monstrosities. Yes. This movie was well worth the rental.

Sunday, October 30, 2011


My mom sent me this today. I think we've all seen other versions of this, but these people have one of the more adorable versions, so adorable that their cavalier use of apostrophes can be forgiven.

Monday, October 24, 2011

Being The President

Excerpts from one of Jane's recent school assignments.

Pros of being president:
You live in a big white house.
You would never compete against your siblings.
You wouldn't have to take out the garbage.
You wouldn't have to eat yucky vegetables.

Cons of being president:
You have to be polite to everybody.
You would have lots of homework.
You would have to live up to other presidents.
Sometimes people throw things at the president.

Thursday, October 20, 2011

Cleaning House

I've been tidying up loose ends on the internet for about a year now. Moments ago I deleted my MySpace account--remember them? I also tripped over this helpful site.

Wednesday, October 19, 2011


Yikes. Keep small children in the house.


If you know my brother and if you haven't seen each other for many years, here's one of the first things he'll ask you: "Is the dream still intact?" Be ready. Have an answer.

Tuesday, October 18, 2011

Delta Rae

A few weeks ago a friend of mine alerted me to Durham band Delta Rae's upcoming concert at Motorco, but I missed it (the topic came up because their Kickstarter campaign was successful). They've got pipes, those kids. See here and here.

Monday, October 17, 2011

Le Film

Interesting that a French movie was adapted from an American novel. Tell No One seems engaging.

Saturday, October 15, 2011


Now that I'm an alumnus of the burglary victim club, I giggle with even greater glee at stories like this one. Just three blocks from us, on Dixon Road, during a house break-in, a motion-activated camera snapped a whole bunch of shots of the offending individual. This picture is just one of them--they were sent around to the PAC3 e-mail list as well as to the police. The police identified him and issued a warrant for his arrest. He hasn't been picked up yet, but still, this makes me happy.

Wednesday, October 12, 2011

"Oh No"

It's remarkable the number of times one hears people talk about how scary and awful a particular thing will be in the future (you'll recall "Y2K," among others). Then remember when the government came out with a new version of the passport that embedded our personal information into a radio-frequency-readable chip? And the fear-based-living people talked about how very very scary this was because, with the right device, anyone could help themselves to your personal information, perhaps as you walked past them on the sidewalk.

Meanwhile, the creative people of the world were getting to work. In K-Mart moments ago, I saw a $12 passport-sized billfold that incorporates RFID-blocking technology into its fabric. "Problem" solved.

Tuesday, October 11, 2011

Fool On Ze Hill

The most memorable tune from today's car radio experience: a techno-sounding dude singing "Fool on the Hill" in a German accent. Behold.

Monday, October 10, 2011


While I didn't take algebra until 9th grade, Emma is enduring it now, in 7th. Today I've been re-learning math from my childhood. "If a train leaves Chicago at 75 mph and another train leaves blah blah blah." My brain had to stretch a bit, but once it snapped back into place, I was off and running, cranking out Algebra formulas and generally kicking mathematical ass.

Thursday, October 6, 2011


A couple of days ago I told Jane not to describe something as a SmallLittle thing. One of those words is enough, I told her, but she didn't buy it. I've heard others say SmallLittle too--maybe it's a North Carolina thing. It's always followed by a noun (as opposed to standing alone). I've heard "there was this SmallLittle box on the table," but never "the box on the table was SmallLittle."

Monday, October 3, 2011

Midnight In Paris

...and speaking of Hemingway, we got to see Midnight In Paris last week. I liked it. It was sort of light and fun and silly and shallow, and after about 10 minutes I forgot that Woody Allen had his hands in it. The time-travel element was clever.