Saturday, April 28, 2007
Friday, April 27, 2007
"Konstam, the Scottish author of more than 50 maritime history books here explores the dreaded Blackbeard, "the archetypal pirate of the age...and one of the most fearsome figures around." Konstam makes a thorough, exciting examination of 18th century pirate life, with wonderful details such as the pirates' code, which can read as a precursor to America's own Bill of Rights: "Every man has a Vote in Affairs of Monument, has equal Title to the fresh Provisions, or strong Liquors, at any Time seized & use them at pleasure." However, the author's portrait of the seadog fails for two reasons: first, very little is known about Blackbeard, and Konstam hasn't been able to uncover much that's new; "we must assume" becomes a frequent, frustrating qualifier when the book focuses on its subject. Secondly, Konstram is fond of cliches: a ruler's power base collapses "like a house of cards" while another is able to "walk the political tightrope;" and the feared pirate himself "would stop at nothing to get what he wanted." The padding necessary to produce a lengthy version of Blackbeard's story produces a work that has little of the dash and derring-do readers will expect from the biography of a pirate, and ends up painting Blackbeard less as a terror of the high seas than a bully with a big boat. Illustrations."
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Thursday, April 26, 2007
Monday, April 23, 2007
Sunday, April 22, 2007
Saturday, April 21, 2007
Thursday, April 19, 2007
2. Diamonds or pearls? Pearls
3. What was the last film you saw at the cinema? Uh... I really, truly don't remember. It was probably some movie from 1982, maybe.
4. What is your favorite TV show? Lost
5. What did you have for breakfast? coffee
6. What is your middle name? It was Ann but after I married I dropped the Ann and kept my maiden name as my middle name.
7. What foods do you dislike? I don't want anything too firey hot and spicy
8. What is your favorite CD at the moment? Te Vaka's Tutuki (truly)
9. What kind of car do you drive? Old's Alero
10. Favorite sandwich? Assuming it is made with tomatoes fresh from the garden, a BLT, otherwise probably a ham sandwich.
11. What are characteristics you can’t stand? I can't stand liars, bullies, and know-it-alls
12. If you could go anywhere on vacation where would you go? I have some more large trees I want to visit. Friends will know what I mean.
13. Favorite time of day? evenings
14. Where were you born? Nebraska
15. Coke or Pepsi? Pepsi, but only because my husband likes Pepsi. I really don't drink soda unless there is no other option
16. Are you a morning person or a night owl? Night owl
17. Pedicure or manicure? Neither
18. What did you want to be when you were little? depending upon the age, either a pioneer orphan or a lawyer.
19. What is your best childhood memory? This is a tough one. It is either running and playing in the sand bars on the Platte River in Nebraska (any one who has seen the Platte in the summer in the middle of the state will understand why) or looking with my grandmother at her flower garden.
20. Ever been toilet papering? me???
21. Favorite day of the week? Saturday
22. Favorite flower? Obviously I like lilacs if flowering shrubs count. I find it hard to pick a favorite flower.
23. Favorite ice-cream? It really all depends upon what I'm in the mood for and what is in the fridge. Normally I like an ice cream with some chocolate; there is a mocha java flavor that I've enjoyed recently.
24. How many times did you fail your driver’s test? Passed on the first try. Of course this was after a drivers ed class and I did the driving test in a small town. I think they may be a bit stricter now.
25. Which store would you choose to max out your credit card? Assuming that I would be stupid enough to do this, it would be at Amazon.
26. Last person you went to dinner with? My whole loud family.... sigh
27. What are you listening to right now? An airplane passing by
28. What is your favorite color? blue
29. How many tattoos do you have? none, unless age spots count
30. Coffee or tea? Both!
31. Do you tan easily or burn easily? Burn
32. Do you color your hair? If so, how often? No coloring. I earned the gray that's coming in.
33. What was the first car you ever purchased without the help of your parents? 1969 Ford Galaxy 500
34. What is your most dreaded household chore? Currently it is cleaning the double shower in the master bathroom. It's too big to easily clean. I'd try a new automatic shower cleaning device, but we're trying to sell the house and move, so I wouldn't want buyers to want it.
(I edited this quiz that was going around to suit me, so some of the original questions were left off of it. )
Tuesday, April 17, 2007
Friday, April 13, 2007
Wednesday, April 11, 2007
Monday, April 9, 2007
There is a fun little game going around the blogging world. I first read it at Joshilyn's and Dana's blogs. What you do is google your name with either needs or wants, etc after it. By the time I googled "Lori needs" many, many other "Lori"s had already done it. Apparently this has been going on since December 2006, so I was getting their lists. I decided instead to just take interesting bits from various sites instead of sticking strictly with the wants or needs.
If you have a vacation home, frequent flyer miles, a private jet, etc., Lori needs them, please get in touch with her.
I think the flavor of the message from Lori was a little bit more condenscending than is helpful to anyone... I think Lori needs to step out into the experiences of others and use that to make an attitude change
Lori has not received a fair trial, and no evidence has been presented to prove her guilt
Lori has lived her life with her sister being the perfect person, beautiful, sweet, charming, and loved by their drunken mother. Lori has spent years coming to terms with the jealousy of her sister and, finally, accepting and loving her, yet still uncertain whether she herself is worthy of love too.
Miss Lori always greets her young viewers by saying "hello" in a different language... Whenever Miss Lori needs something, she can always count on the Purple Possibility Bag to have it, and more!
Lori must exercise all diligence to protect her beloved children.
Lori needs to update the evaluation questionnaire to include a distinction between hearing about the workshop through the purple handout and the yellow sign.
Lori's unexplainable attraction to the stranger coupled with a chance meeting with a Catholic priest lead her on a hunt to discover the story behind the tattered stranger and why he happened to collapse at her cottage.
Things Lori needs to bring... Balloons, Bingo cards, Coffee maker, Cold meat sandwiches, Potato Salad, Relish Tray, Favors
Lori needs to pick up the permit yet.
Lori tells him that she's pregnant... Lori says that Karl must think she's an idiot for getting herself into a mess.
Saturday, April 7, 2007
Thursday, April 5, 2007
This stunning second novel from Desai is set in mid-1980s India, on the cusp of the Nepalese movement for an independent state. Jemubhai Popatlal, a retired Cambridge-educated judge, lives in Kalimpong, at the foot of the Himalayas, with his orphaned granddaughter, Sai, and his cook. The makeshift family's neighbors include a coterie of Anglophiles who might be savvy readers of V.S. Naipaul but who are, perhaps, less aware of how fragile their own social standing is—at least until a surge of unrest disturbs the region. Jemubhai, with his hunting rifles and English biscuits, becomes an obvious target. Besides threatening their very lives, the revolution also stymies the fledgling romance between 16-year-old Sai and her Nepalese tutor, Gyan. The cook's son, Biju, meanwhile, lives miserably as an illegal alien in New York. All of these characters struggle with their cultural identity and the forces of modernization while trying to maintain their emotional connection to one another. In this alternately comical and contemplative novel, Desai deftly shuttles between first and third worlds, illuminating the pain of exile, the ambiguities of post-colonialism and the blinding desire for a "better life," when one person's wealth means another's poverty.
Wednesday, April 4, 2007
They fly. They scream.
Tuesday, April 3, 2007
The dad said, "It's OK, settle down. I've got him." or something like that.