Tuesday, June 13, 2006

Fun Procrastination Miscellany

Note: If you're one of my authors and supposed to be working on a manuscript for me, you are not allowed to read this post. Go WORK. You know who you are.

[sound of whip cracking -- but it's a loving, supportive whip]

For the rest of you:

Make David Bessler dance! (Hint: Button A is "Staying Alive," B is "Sorry Ms. Jackson," and F is "Footloose.")

Want to do something to save the earth? The WorldWatch Institute has a behind-the-stuff guide to common objects like chocolate, cell phones, and paper, highlighting their environmental impact, cool facts (did you know "the Gutenberg Bible, the first and second drafts of the U.S. Declaration of Independence, and the original works of Mark Twain were all printed on hemp-based papers"?), and what you can do to help the environment via these things. If An Inconvenient Truth hasn't come your way, this is a good start.

(Yes, I'm going to be harping on this. Just call me Feral Cheryl.)

Make a map of all the states you've visited!

(Link courtesy of Jeremiah.) I don't think I've been to Montana, Idaho, South Carolina, or West Virginia, unless it was on some family vacation I've forgotten . . . Mom? You want to chime in here? And does the train or bus to Boston pass through Rhode Island? I forget.

The Cow Cam, a.k.a. MooTube.

Yum yum, watermelon carving. (Actually, I'm not crazy about watermelons. But if anyone wants to carve a nice McVitie for me, I'll gladly put the picture up here!)

Ten Things Teenager Writers Should Know about Writing (via GraceAnne DeCandido on child_lit, via Diane Duane's blog)

An article on Quiz Bowl featuring the most noble Rob Hentzel of NAQT (who is married to my excellent former teammate Dr. Emily Pike -- we won the undergraduate national championship in 1999, along with Steve Jenkins and Andy Felton). The author of the article doesn't seem to quite get the concept of love of the game, which is curious, as the game is an addiction and he used to play; but it does reveal the wonderfully passionate world of quiz bowl.

An online petition for rational believers: Christians Against Pat Robertson Speaking (gacked from R. J. Anderson)

My cousin Diana (princessdi, as she occasionally posts here) and her boyfriend Dan are in Germany right now for the World Cup. They aren't going to see any games in person -- rather they're going to hang out in bars in Germany, France, England, and the Netherlands whenever teams from those countries are playing. It sounds like an awesome trip -- prost, Diana and Dan!


  1. I had to see if you guys visited the Savannah Invitational, but it looked like you had your own invitational going on at the time. Bummer!

    Isn't it nice to kick the tails of Harvard and Yale teams? Did you guys play against Savannah, too?

    Our Brain Bowl coach is retiring after all these years. I kind of wanted him to stick around till our kid graduated (only in 15-16 years!), but oh well.

  2. does the train or bus to Boston pass through Rhode Island?

    The train does, but the bus does not.

    But I didn't think you were supposed to count places where you've been in the airport &/or passed through without getting out of the car/train/bus/whatever ;-)

  3. I'm going to pretend this has something to do with me, because I'm pathetic that way. *looks about in desperation for a free on-call nanny*

    Also, I had a dream about you last night, which was a first, I must say. You were somewhat stern and not very forthcoming with answers to my befuddled questions, but told me to just go and work on the book because you had faith in me. The overall effect was more disconcerting than reassuring, especially as for some reason you looked like a cross between your real self and the movie version of Moaning Myrtle. But between that and this post, I feel duly chastened, and shall go forth and write... well, as much as my kids see fit to let me, I guess.

  4. Eh hem. I didn't read your blog, I just looked at it. Moooooooo . . .

    Lisa Yee

  5. And here I was, just getting ready to write something else nice about you. (shakes head and walks away....)

  6. R.J.'s dream--hahahahaha--made me laugh out loud in front of strangers.

  7. Correction my dear cousin! Dan and I were at the US vs. Cech game on 6/12. Beyond that, yes there was a lot of watching in bars, cafes and in the city streets. It was awesome!