Archive for October, 2008
For the uninitiated a blog meme is sort of a meme but not really. A meme is a unit of information passed though learning or behavior, rather than genetics. A blog meme is a set of questions passed from blogger to blogger until it finally peters out. It gives bloggers a chance to connect to each other and to connect their readers to other blogs.
Here are the rules:
1. Link to the person who tagged you.
2. Post the rules on your blog.
3. Write six random things about yourself.
4. Tag six people at the end of your post and link to them.
5. Let each person know they’ve been tagged and leave a comment on their blog.
6. Let the tagger know when your entry is up.
So, without further ado…
6 Random Things About Me
- I like little things. Literally. Miniatures, doll house furniture, well-crafted toys; Anything that is a realistic representation of something big except, uh, little.
- I have a big toe. Everyone has a big toe, but I have a big big toe. Shoe salespeople have commented on it.
- I’m a tenor.
- I have a fascination with conspiracy theories. I don’t buy any of them, but I can spend hours on conspiracy theorists web sites, just marveling at the stupid.
- I am a computer geek, a techo-fetishist who adorns himself with electronic gadgets. But I love pencils and paper. At heart, I’m pretty analog.
- I don’t feel like a grownup. I thought turning 30 would do it, but, nope. So I figure I’ll just go with it. Helps me relate better with my kids, I guess.
There you have it, a random sampling of the strangeness that is me (or should that be ‘I’?)
Now, to tag people:
- The Goddess – you know why
- Maggie @ It’s Good To Want Things – tagged!
- intelekshual at Enemy Combatant Trailmix Appreciation Club – mostly because I like the name of the site
- Rev. BigDumbChimp – he makes me laugh
- Tall Penguin – she definitely will have something interesting
- Sandra Taylor at One Cobble at a Time – I love her work and would like to see what she comes up with
Some of these people might not know me from Adam but, what the hey.
…if not for Mrs. CyberLizard and her intrepid friend Maggie over at It’s Good To Want Things. According to the Orlando Sentinel: Barack Obama, Bill Clinton rally for crowd of 35,000 in Kissimmee. That’s right, the ‘Lizard clan was representin’! And all because Maggie drug her out of near-bed at the dead of night (9pm). You can read all about their crazy late-nite adventures in politics.
And in case you’ve been living in a cave and haven’t gotten the message:
So you can watch this and wonder how people can be in such denial, but I could only think one thing: I LOVE this dudes hair! It’s like all white, but not old-person white or dingy grey. It’s like it’s made of mithril. Having never seen this guy before, I have no idea if it was just the lights of the studio creating the effect or what, but it was cool. It reminded me of the pictures we used to draw in high school of futuristic cyberpunk characters.
Anyway, I’ve dented my hetero creds enough. Here’s the clip, courtesy of Daily Kos:
Three cheers for the Perky Skeptic! She’s actually been exercising, something I fail miserably at. I started this as a comment on her blog, but in the spirit of not leaving loser-length comments on others blogs, I decided to spew it here.
When I was a young slip of a girl, I was a powerlifter.
I weighed 125 lbs, could bench-press 155 lbs and squat with 240. It was insane how much time I used to spend in the gym! Three hours a day was not unusual for me. This was at age twenty-two.
Damn, she sounds hawt! (not that I’d say that to her, she sounds like she can also kick my ass)
It was great. I was HIGH ON ENDORPHINS and LOVING IT! (I only stopped because I realized, eventually, that working out was taking up every minute of my free time.)
Now I am age 40. I weigh 144 lbs. I am working out on exercise machines instead of freeweights, doing fast, light, swimmers’ workouts instead of pushing my max on everything. I am spending fifteen minutes in the gym and then walking/running a mile on the track.
First of all, I’m astounded that she would post her age and weight online for all the world to see! I thought that women had a gene to block the revealing of that information
I joke to cover the fact that I’m actually envious, ’cause I can’t get my lazy bum up to do anything anymore. I’m 34 and closer to 200lbs than I’d like to admit. Once upon a time I could carry 4 50lb bags of potatoes on my shoulders with no problem. I could wear size 32 jeans. I was a sexy blond with a killer rack. Or maybe that was the just in the dream I had last night. Anyway, the point is that I, too, was once in relatively good shape. And I might still be considered to be in good shape, if you like the shape of round. Unfortunately, the appetite suppressing features of the amphetamines have worn off (they’re legit, I’ve got ADD). Now I’ve just got to rely on good old-fashioned will power. *sigh*
But the Perky Skeptic’s attitude is definitely inspirational:
As you may have gathered, I started my LIFESTYLE CHANGES. Low cholesterol! Lots of exercise! Eat right! Limit those calories!
Well… that SUCKS! I’m hungry all the time, and sore! And, and, and… yeah… really, it’s not so bad. Honestly, I’ll probably be used to this within a couple of weeks to a month, and life will be normal again, only I’ll be in a very healthy routine instead of a mildly lazy, eat-like-my-five-year-old routine. I can do this!!!
I’ve been shocked at how easy it is to buy organic, healthy food for the kids and then turn around and stuff myself with crap. Talk about hypocritical. The boy-child is getting old enough to start calling me on it, too.
And with all her effort and struggles to get into shape, she can still be magnanimous to us losers:
May I just take the opportunity to give a round of applause and my personal STANDING OVATION to anyone reading this who is actively trying to lose weight! I have a relatively fast metabolism and a background of lifetime exercise to fall back on, and STILL my efforts to cut calories drove me INSANE for– well, they still kind of are. I’m eating a lot of oatmeal so I’ll feel full. So those of you, including my close friends and family, who have been doing the hardcore weight loss thing, my hat is OFF to you! It is HARD to change eating habits.
I’m just playin’. I’m hoping this will be motivation to do what I’ve been thinking about doing and actually do something.
Here’s one last piece of advice:
One thing I have discovered– a bag of salad can be munched on like potato chips ALL DAY LONG. This is helpful to me. I can TRICK my body!!! I can EMULATE unhealthy habits, but STILL be eating HEALTHILY!!! I AM SO STEALTHY!!! I’m like a HEALTH NINJA!!!!!!!
She better watch out for the HEALTH PIRATES!
Posted by CyberLizard in Uncategorized on October 28, 2008
Is is possible to pick up a banana and not hold it up to your ear like a phone? Or am I just weird?
Blake Stacey of Science After Sunclipse brings us a fresh view on the impacts of the Presidential elections:
Polls compiled by the election-statistics website Five to the Thirty-Eight reveal a development surprising to some analysts: the galaxy Messier 101 has swung overwhemingly to Obama, with only a few pockets of McCain support in the outlying regions.
Read more analysis of the galactic campaign…
Yup. I did it. I cast my vote. Did it yesterday afternoon. I was actually a little ambivalent about the whole early voting thing. It seemed kind of, I don’t know, “fake”. Like, what’s election day really for if we don’t actually vote on that day. Why don’t we have an “Election Week” instead? However given the prospect of standing in line for many hours on November 4th, most of it outside in the Florida sun, and trying to wrangle two wiggly Little Lizards, I changed my mind. Actually, Mrs. CyberLizard changed my mind. She got a sitter and said “we’re going to vote today”. And it was a good thing. Spent about 30 minutes in line, filled out my little card, got my ballot and started bubbling in my scantron form. No fuss, no muss. Not like last time, when I filled in two people in the same category and had my form rejected by the machine. Humiliated at my stoopidity, I had to go get another form, fill it out, then spend ten minutes making sure I had done it right. Not this time, baby. Nailed it the first time!
So the moral of this story is to get your ass out there and VOTE! (even if you’re voting for McCain. I’d rather have you out there voting than whining about how we stole the vote)
Posted by CyberLizard in Uncategorized on October 27, 2008
I like spiders. I prevent people from killing them when I can. But I’ve never had one this big in my yard.
I have just about convinced myself that it’s OK to be excited about Obama. Not that I don’t agree with him (I do), I just didn’t want to go through the heartbreak of being emotionally invested in an election only to lose.
And then I see this headline and realize that, even if Obama wins Florida, other forces are at work out there doing their damnedest to prove what a backwater shithole Florida is:
C’mon, what’s wrong with you Floridians?!? Get it in gear! The vote on this amendment could conceivably have a more direct impact on you than the presidential election.
This isn’t about gay sex, it’s about human rights. It’s about love and respect; respecting the inherent worth and dignity of every human being. You can’t say, “I respect teh gays, I just don’t want them to get married.” BUZZZZZ! Wrong answer! You can’t have it both ways. Separate but equal didn’t work in the Jim Crow south and it ain’t gonna work in this case either.