Thursday, April 29, 2004

The days have been good. And today, with lovely warm weather, I enjoyed homemade bread with butter, excellent coffee, and I felt really great. Things are going better than usual... and when it is like that I fully enjoy it, but I also have thoughts about those who are having a hard time. I don't know why my mind works that way. I am not feeling guilty or anything, but I think about the young men and women in Iraq, and how much they must miss their homes and how difficult their circumstances are,,, not even mentioning that their lives are at risk each day and they must, in war circumstances, be seeing heart wrenching things. Things that most of us here in the States cannot even imagine. Even with media coverage.

I think about Christians who are being horribly persecuted and minorities who are srtuggling in countries where their lives are persecuted in the most terrible ways.

I send up prayer dart to the Lord to help and bless these people. And I realize that for myself within my peace and comfort I am just grateful.

And I hope better things for them.

Monday, April 26, 2004

Thanks to Blogger, I now have a GMail account. I am pretty happy with it...just from looking through. I haven't actually tried using it yet, simply because I decided to keep it for particular purposes. I have no idea how it handles spam, so I am reticent to put it out in public on blogs and in sign-ups. I used to use a Netscape mail, but that was so awful due to no control of incoming messages. It is a cesspool of spam. I retain it for the sake that it is an email for some of the website services I signed up for.

But I hate cleaning out all the spam. Yahoo has been pretty good and I use hotmail for sure spam sources. I figure that it will be the spam filter for me, I just delete 98% of the mail that goes to that address.

It would be more efficient to have the internet control the spammers, but until then.....
multiple email accounts. But keeping all those passwords.... yowie.

Wednesday, April 21, 2004

All classics that you have read in bold letters:

1984, George Orwell
The Alchemist, Paulo Coelho
Alice's Adventures In Wonderland, Lewis Carroll
Animal Farm, George Orwell
Anna Karenina, Leo Tolstoy
Anne Of Green Gables, LM Montgomery
Artemis Fowl, Eoin Colfer
The BFG, Roald Dahl
Birdsong, Sebastian Faulks
Black Beauty, Anna Sewell
Bleak House, Charles Dickens
Brave New World, Aldous Huxley
Brideshead Revisited, Evelyn Waugh
Bridget Jones's Diary, Helen Fielding
Captain Corelli's Mandolin, Louis de Bernieres
Catch 22, Joseph Heller
The Catcher In The Rye, JD Salinger
Charlie And The Chocolate Factory, Roald Dahl
A Christmas Carol, Charles Dickens
The Clan Of The Cave Bear, Jean M Auel
Cold Comfort Farm, Stella Gibbons
The Colour Of Magic, Terry Pratchett
The Count Of Monte Cristo, Alexandre Dumas
Crime And Punishment, Fyodor Dostoevsky
David Copperfield, Charles Dickens
Double Act, Jacqueline Wilson
Dune, Frank Herbert
Emma, Jane Austen
Far From The Madding Crowd, Thomas Hardy
Girls In Love, Jacqueline Wilson
The God Of Small Things, Arundhati Roy
The Godfather, Mario Puzo
Gone With The Wind, Margaret Mitchell
Good Omens, Terry Pratchett and Neil Gaiman
Goodnight Mister Tom, Michelle Magorian
Gormenghast, Mervyn Peake
The Grapes Of Wrath, John Steinbeck
Great Expectations, Charles Dickens
The Great Gatsby, F Scott Fitzgerald
Guards! Guards!, Terry Pratchett
Harry Potter And The Chamber Of Secrets, JK Rowling
Harry Potter And The Goblet Of Fire, JK Rowling
Harry Potter And The Philosopher's Stone, JK Rowling
Harry Potter And The Prisoner Of Azkaban, JK Rowling
His Dark Materials trilogy, Philip Pullman
The Hitchhiker's Guide To The Galaxy, Douglas Adams
The Hobbit, JRR Tolkien
Holes, Louis Sachar
I Capture The Castle, Dodie Smith
Jane Eyre, Charlotte Bronte
Kane And Abel, Jeffrey Archer
Katherine, Anya Seton
The Lion, The Witch And The Wardrobe, CS Lewis
Little Women, Louisa May Alcott
Lord Of The Flies, William Golding
The Lord Of The Rings, JRR Tolkien
Love In The Time Of Cholera, Gabriel Garcia Marquez
The Magic Faraway Tree, Enid Blighton
Magician, Raymond E Feist
The Magus, John Fowles
Matilda, Roald Dahl
Memoirs Of A Geisha, Arthur Golden
Middlemarch, George Eliot
Midnight's Children, Salman Rushdie
Mort, Terry Pratchett
Night Watch, Terry Pratchett
Noughts And Crosses, Malorie Blackman
Of Mice And Men, John Steinbeck
On The Road, Jack Kerouac
One Hundred Years Of Solitude, Gabriel Garcia Marquez
Perfume, Patrick Suskind
Persuasion, Jane Austen
The Pillars Of The Earth, Ken Follett
A Prayer For Owen Meany, John Irving
Pride And Prejudice, Jane Austen
The Princess Diaries, Meg Cabot
The Ragged Trousered Philantrhopists, Robert Tressell
Rebecca, Daphne Du Maurier
The Secret Garden, Frances Hodgson Burnett
The Secret History, Donna Tartt (
The Shell Seekers, Rosamunde Pilcher
The Stand, Stephen King
The Story Of Tracy Beaker, Jacqueline Wilson A Suitable Boy, Vikram Seth
Swallows And Amazons, Arthur Ransome
A Tale Of Two Cities, Charles Dickens
Tess Of The D'urbervilles, Thomas Hardy
The Thorn Birds, Colleen McCollough
To Kill A Mockingbird, Harper Lee
A Town Like Alice, Nevil Shute
Treasure Island, Robert Louis Stevenson
The Twits, Roald Dahl
Ulysses, James Joyce - I tried, just couldn't
Vicky Angel, Jacqueline Wilson
War And Peace, Leo Tolstoy
Watership Down, Richard Adams
The Wind In The Willows, Kenneth Grahame
Winnie-the-Pooh, AA Milne
The Woman In White, Wilkie Collins

Via amiinvisibleorwhat

Sunday, April 04, 2004

Just Like a Dream had something to pass the time. Perfect distraction for the languishing: another list.

If I were a month I would be: November
If I were a day of the week I would be: Sunday
If I were a time of day I would be: Late night
If I were a planet I would be: Uranus
If I were a sea animal I would be: Sea Anemone
If I were a direction I would be: NNE
If I were a piece of furniture I would be: a bedside table
If I were a sin I would be: Sloth
If I were a historical figure I would be: Anne Bradstreet
If I were a liquid I would be: pina colada smoothie
If I were a tree I would be: a crabapple
If I were a flower/plant I would be: moonflower
If I were a kind of weather I would be: drizzle
If I were a musical instrument I would be: a cello
If I were an animal I would be: A lemur
If I were a color I would be: lime
If I were a vegetable I would be: A parsnip
If I were a sound I would be: distant rumbling
If I were an element I would be: Barium
If I were a car I would be: a family sedan
If I were a song I would be: "Fortress Around Your Heart" by Sting
If I were a movie I would be directed by: maybe Tim Burton
If I were a book I would be written by: Beatrice Potter
If I were a food I would be: sweet-hot condiment
If I were a place I would be: a grotto
If I were a material I would be: Linen
If I were a taste I would be: Salty
If I were a scent I would be: violet
If I were a word I would be: convoluted
If I were an object I would be: a wineglass
If I were a body part I would be: Islets of Langerhans
If I were a facial expression I would be: knitted brow
If I were a cartoon character I would be: Mighty Mouse
If I were a shape I would be a: Freeform
If I were a number I would be: 5

Thursday, April 01, 2004

The Top 10 Things They Never Taught Me in Design School

Really good to keep in mind. Reprinted from Michael McDonough who has a teeny-weeny font-text, but pretty pictures.