Saved from the purse monster

It’s always a pleasure to wake up at 4am to hysterical barking. Life can be dangerous here in the suburbs, especially if you’re a little red dog like this one:   You can see he’s utterly exhausted from his night of protective services. His buddy Sunny is more than happy to have a little nap too.   This is the nefarious evil-doer that dared encroach on their home of peace and safety:   It was beeping, you see, and things that beep MUST BE DESTROYED! Unfortunately for me, it was doing the dead battery beep at the rate of about […]

Book Review: Homeland

Homeland by Cory Doctorow My rating: 4 of 5 stars Well crap. Once again Doctorow paints a pretty grim and believable picture of what happens when we allow our rights to privacy, autonomy and freedom of expression to be circumscribed in the name of “safety” and “protection.” The most disturbing thing about the potential of this tale to become reality, is that many of the MOST disturbing plot aspects of the novel have already occurred, and even as the perpetrators get their hands slapped, their attorneys rewrite service agreements, that we click “accept” in the little checkbox, and say “Hello […]

Book Review: Anatomy for Runners

Anatomy for Runners: Unlocking Your Athletic Potential for Health, Speed, and Injury Prevention by Jay Dicharry My rating: 5 of 5 stars One month ago, I started training for a 5k race, which I signed up for, one month from now. 8 weeks to turn a non-runner into a person who can run for 3 miles without needing a medic. One week ago I started having fatigue pain and cramping in my lower left leg. In my day job, I do remedial massage for just these conditions, but you know what they say about troubleshooting your own “chassis,” to borrow […]

Saw the movie? Read the book.

Got tapped in this survey – 1. Favorite book to movie adaptation? I’m not entirely one of those book/movie snobs, mainly because I’m not much of a movie person. I like them, but they always seem so undeveloped in comparison. As a teenager, I loved the Anne of Green Gables miniseries, (not technically a “movie,” because I think Megan Follows and the other actors (Gil, Josie Pye, Diana, Matthew and Marilla Cuthbert) just nail the characters in the books, and I watched them over and over. Maybe Anne made me feel like feeling outcast was not ever going to be […]

This here? This is my mocking face

There was an interesting article in Salon yesterday regarding the legitimacy of rejecting a writer’s body of work based, not on the writing, but on the writer’s personal politics and behavior. I’m not sure why that’s even a discussion, except for the stature of the writer involved. I’ve used this as a way to weed out my to-read list for ages. Writer posts a polemic on how women ruin everything? This woman never buys another word he writes. *we hates them forever! gollum*gollum* And I don’t feel the least bit bothered over it. So what if it’s brilliant? So are […]