11.30.01 >2142

Rhe is really not "bleh," as that little face proclaims ... she's just *ahem* too lazy to change it! Okay, where was I ... ?

Wow - those Mormons are pretty tough on those who leave the LDS church - esp. on those who decide to stay in Mormon country! It's a rather sad situation, but I wonder what us Christians do when our own fall away.


Let's talk about controversy - specifically, the controversy surrounding Harry Potter.

Until a few weeks ago, when I went to see the movie with my roomie, I didn't really have much interest in the whole series or anything pertaining to it. But I have been keeping track of the swirling cloud around the whole issue of whether Christians in particular should have anything to do with the student wizard.

For myself ... I am no stranger to reading fantasy, esp. where magic is concerned. I figured it would be stupid to denounce HP when I'd read fantasy novels before! I'm not fanatical about the whole thing, but it does seem like a good read. At best I am straddling the fence (which I'd better get off of pretty soon), but I encourage you to follow His leading in making the right decision. And please don't be judgmental in the process ...


There's no better way to kick off the weekend than with a Friday Five!

1. What did you have for dinner last night? McDonald's - cheeseburger, chicken nuggets, OJ

2. Do you ever get up for a midnight snack? Nope - me bein' a nite owl and all, I'd just pick up something if I got hungry around that time ... otherwise, I manage well without the snack.

3. What's your favorite dessert? Anything chocolate - brownies, especially.

4. Tell us something about you that would surprise us. I never went to any of my high school dances.

5. How do you plan to spend your weekend? Worship Nite tonight, a friend's b-day party tomorrow. I need to find bellbottoms and tie-dye real quick!

11.29.01 >0032

I am findin' way too many good links tonight!


Bilbo Baggins

If I were a character in The Lord of the Rings, I would be Bilbo, Hobbit, uncle of Frodo and finder of the One Ring.

In the movie, I am played by Ian Holm.

Who would you be?

Zovakware Lord of the Rings Test

(Thanks, Chris ...)

11.28.01 >2347

Last Tuesday Ylang and I went to up to the Student Centre to see a short film on Noam Chomsky. Before then I'd never heard of the man, but now I don't think I can forget him - he's quite an interesting fellow. I found this, which then led to this. Good reads all around ...


What is your favorite Christmas song, and what's your favorite rendition of it? I found this great thread on Metafilter (via a large head) that asks this very question ... er, question pluraled, that is. And speaking of Christmasy tunes, my (adopted) sis Ash introduced me to Mannheim Steamroller about a week ago. Shweeeet!


Not that you really need to convince me why I should like Tolkien, since I'm about two-thirds of the way through The Fellowship of the Ring and am completely hooked on this series, but I thought you'd find this article interesting, anyway! This contrasting article seemed rather blah ...

11.27.01 >1755

Even stars in the world of arts can be somewhat deceptive : Marina Picasso recalls the harsh life in her grandfather's enormous shadow.


Just how big is the world you live in?

Please don't think me nosy or crazy or overly curious. A thought's just occurred to me that I think I'd better note before it disappears. This same thought might've come to you before, but if not, note it now.

Each of us lives within a sphere of certain influence, and depending on your personality (are you an introvert or an extrovert? Quiet and shy, or headstrong and outgoing?), your world could be full of many people or few. Just how many people do you know who can have a lot of influence on your opinions and activities, opposed to how much influence you exert on them?

For the time being, my world is pretty small - call it a moon. My influences are limited to friends and family, and God (not that I've any influence on Him, but He sure as heck has a lot of influence on me!). It's not so much that what I do isn't making a big splash somewhere else in the world - perhaps it is and I don't know it.

My world is more or less my comfort zone - whether or not I choose to leave or stay in it decides whether or not my world will stay as it is.

11.26.01 >2114

A couple weeks ago, my dad bought a new personal computer for our family. It's pretty fast and looks great ... and what's more, it's got Windows XP! This platform's pretty shhweeet - and just a tad confusing. But I like it a lot ... (Yes, I posted this just to brag about my computer. So sue me ...)


School just got out, and soon people will be heading home after putting in another eight hours at the office. All is well with the world.

Okay, kidding. Several news stories caught my eye as I was surfing the Web today, such as the announcement made by a biotech firm in Worcester, Mass., yesterday that they had "successfully" cloned a human embryo.

I know some folks are very wary of the idea that a human being can be replicated in any way, but I think the notion doesn't have much going for it. IMO, if you try to clone anything that lives, that doesn't mean that the copy made will be exactly like the original, cell for cell.

That and, well, you can't clone a soul, either.

~ * ~

This story demonstrates the radical oppression the Taliban forced upon some of the younger folks in their ranks.

I think what rankles me most about these Islamic extremists is their radical interpretations of the Koran. Keyword there ... interpretation. It's how you look at anything that determines your opinion or even what you know. And in the Taliban's case, their interpretations were royally screwed up.


When you look at me
What do you see?
Is there something in my smile
That troubles you so?
My eyes are bright, my tone light
And yet you hear noise
When I am laughing
I can't fool you, can I?
Am I so transparent
That you easily see beyond the mask
And find the cloak of despair
That I wear as comfortably
As a winter coat

You see the crystalline tears and the fear
But you do not condemn
No - you instead take me into your arms
And whisper gently in my ear
"This too shall pass"

And then all is quiet
And the wall of sadness dissipates
As if it had never been


11.25.01 >2142

Something must be wrong with this picture ... my family can't seem to tell when I'm feeling down - that or they never say so. My friends, on the other hand, seem to be able to tell how I'm feeling just from hearing my voice. I didn't realize I was so transparent ...

11.24.01 >2141


I could go either way. Deep into the madness of nights filled with coding CGI-Scripts and online role playing games, or I could become a normal user. Good luck!

Take the Internet Addict Test for yerself ...

11.23.01 >2051

Falling, falling
No hopeful twinkle
Of silver and brilliance below me
No, hope's color has faded fast from the light
And light is merely a wish for a dying spirit

What is pain
But a vague word
Vague to a soul and body
Crushed beneath hell's mountains

(Can you hear me screaming?)

Separated from eternity
Separated from time
Landing in the muck called despair
As darkness, with hands once gentle
Now clawing at vulnerable flesh with talons
Smothers me
And buries me alive

The silence is perpetually loud thereafter



If I was an Autobot, I'd be:
Click to see what Autobot you could be!

Which Autobot Are You? (link via webgrrlie)

If you wanna take another test, then go here to see what kind of horrible affliction you are ... (link via pie in the sky)


Everybody enjoy the holiday yesterday? Hope you didn't eat too much! I think I'm still trying to recover from lack of sleep; that, and I am rather irritated this morning, because apparently my boss was out of it last week when she told me to come in today ... and nobody was in the office at all. The whole dang campus is deserted! That or I failed to clarify for her that she had the wrong Friday in mind. Ack.

Some highlights from Thanksgiving :

- staying up 'til 2 am on Wed. nite/Thurs. morning baking cookies and brownies for the family feast ... my aunt kept asking me if I was absolutely sure I wanted to stay up so late just to help her cook. 'Twasn't any biggie to me! I ain't a nite owl for nothing.

- holding my two-month-old cousin Josephine and inhaling that fresh baby scent that no manufacturer can replicate for various smelly products ... uh, uh - no way, no how!

- getting irritated with my matriarch grandmother for being so selfish (it's a long story, but that side of her came out unexpectedly yesterday, and it kinda marred the festivities - okay, maybe this is a lowlight)
~ * ~

Here is this week's Friday Five!

1. What was the last book you read? Did you enjoy it? I'm getting myself psyched up for the Lord of the Rings movie that's coming out next month, so I'm reading the series, and just finished The Hobbit. I totally loved it! This book is one I've occasionally glanced at, but I've never bothered to pick it up until now.

2. What's you're most favorite book of all time? This is a hard question ... can I get back to you on this?? Well, okay ... so far, my top favorite read is The Singing Tree by Kate Seredy. I read this book when I was in middle school and always find myself readin' it over again, once in a while. However ... absolutely nothin' beats the Bible!

3. What's the worst book you've ever read? Anything by John Steinbeck, especially The Grapes of Wrath. After wrangling with this dang book during high school English, I've refused to pick up anything by him since. You'd have to give me Bill Gates' income if you want me to read that again ...

4. What book that you've read would you most like to see adapted into a movie? Red Branch or 1916 by Morgan Llywelyn.

5. How do you plan to spend your weekend? I'm going home in a bit, and I'll also be doing a little bit of writing and reading ...

11.21.01 >1906

Have a Happy Thanksgiving, everyone!