Monday, July 23, 2007

Which Book Am I? Hmm, not even close

This little quiz seems to have gone around to a few bloggers in the library sector, so I figured I would follow and see. Not quite sure this is even close to suiting me, but then again, it is a bit of fluff. I think the question about having villains in my life may have nailed it, so to speak. So, on the one hand, seems a bit pessimistic. On the other hand, when one is surrounded by morons, maybe it is a bit accurate. I once heard a story from a poet telling about his old uncle, who was a retired officer from the military. He was asked what he feared in war. He said he feared all the pendejos. Why? Because there is so many of them, and there is no way to cover such a front. So, maybe it is accurate after all. Hmm.

Anyhow, go over and take a look if you want amusement. At a few questions, it will only take a minute or so.

You're Cat's Cradle!

by Kurt Vonnegut

You believe quite firmly that free will deserted you long ago and far
away. As a result, it's hard to take responsibility for anything. Even though you show
great potential as a leader of a small 3rd world country, the choices are all made ahead
of time. You're rather fond of games involving string. Your fear of nuclear weaponry is
trumped only by your fear of ice.

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Friday, July 20, 2007

Hmm, got the job it seems. . .

It is Friday, and the two readers of this blog know what that means. Since it is also the Friday before the big midnight release of the Potter book, why not go with a quiz related to the theme? So here goes.

Your Score: You�ve got the job!

You scored 88% suitability!

Thank you for taking my humble quiz, Professor Dumbledore Sir / Madam.

Link: The Hogwarts Teacher Application Test written by Ella29 on OkCupid Free Online Dating, home of the The Dating Persona Test

Booknote: The Godfather's Revenge

Winegardner, Mark. The Godfather's Revenge. New York: G.P. Putnam's Sons, 2006. ISBN: 0-399-15384-5.

Genre: Fiction

This is the sequel to Winegardner's novel The Godfather Returns (see my note here). For me, returning to the world of the Corleones is a guilty pleasure, but this one was just not quite as good. Nick Geraci, Michael Corleone's nemesis and former caporegime, reappears after he was thought to be dead. Tom Hagen faces great difficulties as he tries to make certain crucial deals happen. And the boss of New Orleans, Carlo Tramonti, seeks revenge after a very public humiliation. The novel opens with that humiliation scene, but it seems there is little done with that storyline. There are hints that Hagen's life will be explored more, in a fashion similar to how Fredo's life was explored in the last novel, but there just was not as much there. Still, it is a pretty engaging story for those who enjoy this fictional world. There is someone helping out Geraci it seems as he plots his revenge against the man who betrayed him, Michael Corleone. Whose side is that man really on? Hagen then faces a murder charge. Did he really do it?

Winegardner weaves various plots that go from the President of the United States to the members of the Commission. Overall, a good read, but it just did not seem to quite have the strong drive as the last one. Fans may enjoy it. Good entertainment, but not indispensable.

Friday, July 13, 2007

The color of my brain

And since it is Friday, TGIF, here is another one of those online quizzes I take when things get slow. For this fluffy one, it actually caught my personality pretty accurately. I am the type who prefers to do things independently as much as possible, and I often take the time to think. However, once I have thought it over and weighed the options, I jump forward. That is why I often get impatient with others who either jump without thinking, or worse, they already have all the options and still refuse to move forward. Anyways, made it to another weekend.

What Color is Your Brain?


At work or in school: I work best by myself. I like to focus on my ideas until my desire for understanding is satisfied. I am easily bored if the subject holds no interest to me. Sometimes, it is hard for me to set priorities because so many things are of interest.
With friends: I may seem reserved. Although my thoughts and feelings run deep, I am uneasy with frequent displays of emotion. I enjoy people who are interesting and of high integrity.
With family: I am probably seen as a loner because I like a lot of private time to think. Sometimes, I find family activities boring and have difficulty following family rules that don't make sense to me. I show love by spending time with my family and sharing ideas and interests.
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A hat tip to Annoyed Librarian.

And unto you the Great Blogger said

I came across the 20 Blogging Commandments. They even have that major classical film style. Anyhow, I am always looking for blogging ideas, and I can use all the encouragement, advice, etc. I can get. Here are some of my favorite commandments:

  • "1. Yea as you walk in the Shadow of the Valley of Ideas which come not, post ye not for its own Sake, for it is better to have a Week with no Posts than an array of seven Posts about Naught."
This is something I strive to do. It is very tempting to pick up on every other little spat in the library sector of the blogosphere. I prefer to walk my own path. See number 12 below.

  • "2. Compare ye not with other Bloggers; just as their Truth is not your Truth, their Format is not your Format."
  • "11. Though ye may be of the Opinion that certain Ideas and Posts of other Bloggers be the product of a deranged Mind, be ye kind: lead yourself not into the Temptation of entering the Realm of flame Warfare, for what is written on their Blog in Rage and Fury can return to bite thee in the nether regions."
  • "12. Make no Haste in your Scribblings. It is better to await the Passage of time to re-write from the Beginning, than to post Thoughts unformed."
Anyways, go over and read these. Found via The Accidental Blogger.

Friday, July 06, 2007

How much for my carcass?

I joke once in a while that my worth is probably not much in terms of money when I die. Well, it turns out I might be able to get a buck or two after all for my body. There's a thought. I mean, not like I am taking it with me anyhow. At any rate, why not go find out how you do? Well, anyways, we made it to another Friday.

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Monday, July 02, 2007

So, how many words do you know?

Recently, Houghton-Mifflin, makers of the American Heritage dictionaries, released a list of 100 words every high school graduate should know. These are words that they suggest. So, go over and take a look. Bonus points if you can use a few of them in a coherent sentence.