Over at my confined space, there’s a post with series of four images that depict what your choice of internet browser says about your personality. One for Firefox with extensions, one for Firefox without extensions, one for Opera and one for Internet Explorer. I use Opera the most and when Opera won’t work I use Firefox with extensions, so these are my images:
To check out the images for the other browsers, head on over to the internet browser post.
Chef Jules of Gourmet A Go-Go has tagged me! Following my Eight Things, you’ll see if I’ve tagged you!
Rules: Each person posts the rules before their list, then they list 8 things about themselves. At the end of the post, that person tags and links to 8 other people then visits those peoples sites and comments letting them know that they have been tagged, and to come read the post, so they know what they have to do.
My Eight Things:
1. I ran as a Green Party candidate in the 1990 provincial election in Ontario. I got a whopping total of 454 votes. The irony? That was the only year that I didn’t work for the NDP and that was the year that Bob Rae was elected Premier.
2. My friends describe me as an introvert with moments of insanity. Meaning that I can put on an extraverted persona when I’m with a bunch of people I don’t know and no one would ever realize that I’m really an introvert. Except for my friends, who then think I’ve just gone insane. Or I guess I should say, more insane.
3. I love the colour orange.
4. Both of my parents were actors. I rebelled by going into veterinary medicine. But now I’m a writer and an aspiring filmmaker, so I guess my rebellion didn’t last.
5. I watch a ridiculous number of makeover shows, both home makeovers and people makeovers. But I would hate having someone try to make me over. Which leads me to…
6. My natural hair colour is dark brown with more than a smattering of grey. It used to have auburn highlights before I started going grey in my early twenties. I currently colour it black with blue and raspberry highlights and one blonde streak in the front. Plus I dress too young for my age. Fortunately, no one can guess my real age so hopefully no one will call “What Not To Wear” on me.
7. I love to read. I’m not too picky about genre. Some favourite authors include: Jane Austen, Philip K. Dick, Jack Finney, Dick Francis, Stephen King, Madeleine L’Engle, George Orwell, Minette Walters and John Wyndham.
8. I’m currently writing a feature length screenplay. It’s a psychological drama about a vet student with a Superman fixation and a smattering of dysfunctional behaviour (not at all autobiographical, oh no!). My dream actress to play the lead is Maggie Gyllenhaal.
Do you ever get a song stuck in your head that just keeps repeating itself over and over again? Well, scientists are suggesting that certain songs create a “cognitive itch” and the only way to scratch that cognitive itch is to repeat the offending melody in our minds: ‘Brain itch’ keeps songs in the head. (Or, if you don’t like “brain itch” you could always use the German term that translates to “earworm”… *shudder*.)
The article goes on to say that there’s no easy way to get rid of an “earworm.” Some people claim that listening to the whole song will get rid of it. For me, it’s just a more satisfying scratch but the itch is still there. I opt for the replacement technique and the song I use in my replacement? “Help!” by The Beatles. Works every time.
Well, apparently I can’t embed this video on this free WordPress blog (ack phooey). But check out this story about a new Las Vegas attraction that is giving tourists a whole new high.
Do you remember the beginning of Magnolia, when the narrator describes all of these strange (and true) coincidences? Well, I just found a bunch more thanks to Oddee. Their article about amazing coincidences is pretty… well… amazing. Here’s number one on their list:
James Dean’s car curse
In September 1955, James Dean was killed in a horrific car accident whilst he was driving his Porsche sports car. After the crash the car was seen as very unlucky.
a) When the car was towed away from accident scene and taken to a garage, the engine slipped out and fell onto a mechanic, shattering both of his legs.
b) Eventually the engine was bought by a doctor, who put it into his racing car and was killed shortly afterwards, during a race. Another racing driver, in the same race, was killed in his car, which had James Dean’s driveshaft fitted to it.
c) When James Dean’s Porsche was later repaired, the garage it was in was destroyed by fire.
d) Later the car was displayed in Sacramento, but it fell off it’s mount and broke a teenager’s hip.
e) In Oregon, the trailer that the car was mounted on slipped from it’s towbar and smashed through the front of a shop.
f) Finally, in 1959, the car mysteriously broke into 11 pieces while it was sitting on steel supports.
Read the rest of them at 20 Most Amazing Coincidences.
You learn something new every day… if you’re not careful! What did I learn today? I learned about Ecotourism. Can you say Ecotourism, boys and girls? Good… I knew you could.
So what the heck is Ecotourism? According to Wikipedia, it’s a form of tourism which aims to be ecologically and socially conscious. As a former Greepeace activist and Green Party candidate, I definitely support that idea.
And what better way to support that idea than renting a Kihei oceanfront condo in Maui, built with special care to have the least impact possible on the precious local land and wildlife? Isn’t it great when you can justify the things that you want to do with things that are good to do? So whaddya say we escape to Maui and do a little whalewatching?
Okay, so this is really more chicken jokes but I just finished playing an episode of You Don’t Know Jack where they asked, “Suppose a giant space monster comes along and decides to eat Earth. Once he pleels offf the crust, what sounds will he make as he eats through the mantle, the outer core and the inner core?” The answer was, “crunch, slurp, crunch” and then they added, “and it tastes like chicken.”
But I digress. Let’s ask some more folks why the chicken crossed the road:
George Orwell: Because the government had fooled him into thinking that he was crossing the road of his own free will, when he was really only serving their interests.
Colonel Sanders: I missed one?
Albert Einstein: Whether the chicken crossed the road or the road crossed the chicken depends upon your frame of reference.
The Sphinx: You tell me.
Emily Dickinson: Because it could not stop for death.
Dr. Seuss: Did the chicken cross the road? Did he cross it with a toad? Yes the chicken crossed the road, but why he crossed, I’ve not been told!
For even more chickens crossing even more roads, head back over to Insane Random Ramblings. Enjoy!
I’m lucking out with blogs all over the place today. Insane Random Ramblings (dontcha just love the name?!) has multiple “responses” to the chicken riddle, depending on the “responder.” A few of my faves:
Pat Buchanan: To steal a job from a decent, hard-working American.
Thomas de Torquemada: Give me ten minutes with the chicken and I’ll find out.
Richard M. Nixon: The chicken did not cross the road. I repeat, the chicken did not cross the road.
Jerry Seinfeld: Why does anyone cross a road? I mean, why doesn’t anyone ever think to ask, “What the heck was this chicken doing walking around all over the place anyway?”
Dirk Gently (Holistic Detective): I’m not exactly sure why, but right now I’ve got a horse in my bathroom.
The last one is my favourite. If you don’t know who Dirk Gently is, I highly recommend that you read Dirk Gently’s Holistic Detective Agency by Douglas Adams (of Hitchhiker’s Guide fame).
I came across this highly amusing list on My Thought, Ideas and Ramblings. Here are a few of my favourites:
Why does someone believe you when you say there are four billion stars, but check when you say the paint is wet?
Why doesn’t glue stick to the bottle?
Whose idea was it to put an “S” in the word “lisp”?
Why does Superman stop bullets with his chest, but ducks when you throw a revolver at him?
Paraskevidekatriaphobia = Fear of Friday the 13th.
Why is Friday the 13th considered unlucky? Well, no one really knows for sure. It could just be that many cultures consider the number 13 to be unlucky. And many cultures believe that Fridays are unlucky. Put ’em together and you’ve got a double whammy.
Then there’s the theory put forth by The Da Vinci Code, that superstitions about Friday the 13th came about not as the result of a convergence, but a catastrophe, a single historical event that happened nearly 700 years ago: the decimation of the Knights Templar. Personally, I’m not buying. But it’s an interesting theory.
For more musings on this topic, check out this article at Urban Legends on About.com.