All snowflakes are different…

http://snowflake.bhg.com/

Literally hours of distraction. Good practice for snowflake making.

Going to the ball…

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Red Queen, and White Queen, and Alice, and all — Illustration to the ninth chapter of Through the Looking Glass by John Tenniel. Wood-engraving by the Dalziels.

‘I didn’t know I was to have a party at all,’ said Alice; ‘but if there is to be one, I think I ought to invite the guests.’

‘We gave you the opportunity of doing it,’ the Red Queen remarked: ‘but I daresay you’ve not had many lessons in manners yet?’

‘Manners are not taught in lessons,’ said Alice. ‘Lessons teach you to do sums, and things of that sort.’

‘And you do Addition?’ the White Queen asked. ‘What’s one and one and one and one and one and one and one and one and one and one?’

‘I don’t know,’ said Alice. ‘I lost count.’

‘She can’t do Addition,’ the Red Queen interrupted. ‘Can you do Subtraction? Take nine from eight.’

‘Nine from eight I can’t, you know,’ Alice replied very readily: ‘but — ‘

‘She can’t do Subtraction,’ said the White Queen. ‘Can you do Division? Divide a loaf by a knife — what’s the answer to that?’ 

‘I suppose — ‘ Alice was beginning, but the Red Queen answered for her. ‘Bread-and-butter, of course. Try another Subtraction sum. Take a bone from a dog: what remains?’

Alice considered. ‘The bone wouldn’t remain, of course, if I took it — and the dog wouldn’t remain; it would come to bite me — and I’m sure I shouldn’t remain!’

‘Then you think nothing would remain?’ said the Red Queen.

‘I think that’s the answer.’

‘Wrong, as usual,’ said the Red Queen: ‘the dog’s temper would remain.’

‘But I don’t see how — ‘

‘Why, look here!’ the Red Queen cried. ‘The dog would lose its temper, wouldn’t it?’

‘Perhaps it would,’ Alice replied cautiously.

‘Then if the dog went away, its temper would remain!’ the Queen exclaimed triumphantly.

Alice said, as gravely as she could, ‘They might go different ways.’ But she couldn’t help thinking to herself, ‘What dreadful nonsense we are talking!’

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“Hush-a-by lady, in Alice’s lap!
Till the feast’s ready, we’ve time for a nap.
When the feast’s over, we’ll go to the ball —
Red Queen, and White Queen, and Alice, and all!”

Long way around economics…

I get this. I know what they are saying but I just do not agree with it. The trickle down effect is not a realistic practice. Good in theory but in reality if your child is hungry and needs new shoes a few bridges and the nice thought that in five to ten years more kids will be able to eat or not have cold feet just does not resinate with immediate need.
I think it is very much a theory where economists try to do the truly best thing but the long way is not helping shell shocked american families in the now.
I do like this video. The CBS – Sunday Morning people always tickle my fancy and I do get it.
I just happen not to agree. 

So if you give my family a hundred dollars – we are not going out to eat as is discussed in the video. We would most likely pay our electricty or buy winter shoes for the children. Buy soup or fruit for juice. Most likely we would put it towards the childrens lunches and breakfast, ensuring their ability to be well nourished and able to pay attention in school – helping them to behave and learn. In the future they will then be able to go on to Uni and get better jobs and will be healthy because they could run and play when they were children. Leading to better health of mind and body. Their parents marriage stayed together because there was not so much stress and they were able to relaxe and get along. The trickle up effect in full flow – up stream in that as a family we contribute more to the community not just with money but with time and consideration. The answer is not more debt. Infrustructure should be a States issue. Much like getting the trash taken out in your town is up to your Mayor. The Federal government should see to the people themselves and make sure every child has an education and is fed and clothed. Safety is a local, state, and federal issue.  

Health issues should be thought of in this same fashion. Just as you have police and fire dept. every person – especially children – should have health care. This is easily solved by having Health facilities in schools. They already have councelors for their minds and spirits – just include a team of regulated MDs. Easy peezey.   You see where I am going with this? A bridge to the future. Let the states build the roads.

If we had given every American a million dollars it would still have been less money than they have given to the financial institutions and I just bet there would have been some amazing trickle up stories. Mabey use some of that money to support soldiers and their families as was promised. It is ridiculous how they are being treated – services cut. Health care poor – facilities rotting or nonexsistant. How about building up that infrustructure.

Children and Health Care first. Corporations and Lobbyists last please. Now pass  the gravy.

Obey me and live…

Oh now I can not stop thinking about this – thanks alot MD… I have always wanted to do the remake of this movie. It would just rock so big. Now it can be done with so much more content and a whole webpage for World Control. I love the whole tying programs (Hero’s, TrueBlood, Harry Potter) to the net – books, movies, TV, Radio, phones….its everywhere. You will not be able to unplug at some point soon.
It occurs to me at some point we won’t even see the President himself just his virtual representation on the video feeds. What more could Robot overlords want? This stuff just writes itself.
The trilogy of books (DF Jones author and out of print the lot of them) are amazing. My favorite being Colossus and the Crab oh they are just so worth finding if you can. I hear Ron Howard optioned the rights awhile ago…we’ll see.

I love all things British and Robots and cats.

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and I just love this video Cat on Roomba

Twilight time…

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We played hooky – teenage daughter and I yesterday to see Twilight at the first showing in the morning, neither of us willing or wanting to brave the midnight showing. It was pretty good. Sweet. Very sweet. It was refreshing to see a movie with no cursing or gratuitous sex for sexs sake. There was plenty of romance and tension and adventure and lovely scenery. Bella was a little stiff in my mind but I am sure will get better. Loved the Cullens, loved loved loved Victoria. James – stiff and a bit hokey. Edward was perfect though in the beginning I found him a little to much with the intense acting (like he was smelling something bad the Actors Studio used to call it). I thought it was just perfect for what it was. A lovely teen movie that moms can go with their daughters and be comfortable and relaxed and talk about how Edward was the perfect boyfriend because he puts Bella’s feelings first.
Yep. It was a bit of allright. Its nice to be able to go to a movie that has some class and realizes that not everyone has a super obsession with crazy bad language and that people do not have to be naked to show the relationship. (Lord of the Rings). I always thought it was pretty poor writing actually to include sex scenes. Filler for stupid people who cant write dialogue or whose protagonist has the witt of a rock. True Blood is an exception but notice how the sex scenes are dwindeling now that they have “captured” their audience. It is the same with almost every cable series – except Californication and that title and its sexaddicted star pretty much says it all. That show just bothers me – so back to Twilight. Daughter loved it. Loved Edward since he was Cedric in Harry Potter. There is a great debate now between us. She much prefers the Twilight series, I much prefer Harry Potter. No contest in my mind. The tree climbing scenes just do not suspend my disbelief. And cool as Victoria is she is no Voldemort. Come on like a bunch of hunters would not know a human was right there not three feet from them -its underworld and the train all over. No way.

There is just so much more acting in HP. Both of these movies though are a lesson in family entertainment and where we should really be putting our Movie Money.
When I worked for Universal Lew Wasserman said to Casey Silver right in front of me about casting a certain actress “Well…would you want to fuck her?” I was stunned. Stunned with that attitude till Michelle (my other boss) whispered in my ear “they say that towards the men too sometimes”. Still.
I remembered thinking. I would prefer they were really good actors and cast for that.

Well the Twilight gang is sweet and there is great potential there. The teenage girls are just Titanic-ing all over again. Good for Edward he will be a star. Mabey in the future some President of the Studio will say “Would you want to have him/her as your soul mate forever?”.

Here is a great Twilight Character Guide

Stroll down memory lane….

I was thinking about High School and the Zodiac killer after seeing Zodiac and Iron Man this weekend. Robert Downey Jr. is in everything isnt he?

I went to high school in Redono Beach California and back in the day my friends and I would actually hitch-hike along PCH and were tremendously clueless as to how dangerous this was. Seriously. I would even hitch-hike by myself if I was runnning late for class. Never thinking twice about jumping into the back of some stranger’s van or with some pot smoking dude in a convertible. I was all about getting to school and looking at the ocean. I had no idea at this time that there was such a thing as the Zodiac or Manson or Creepy peds – ax murders or monsters.  My parents were to my teenage mind the monsters and truly looking back – I am surprised that people would even have picked me up as a hitchhiker – I was fresh faced and lovely as a teen – who isnt in all that youth and innocence, but there was definatly a dark vibe. I am not a lucky person, not by a longshot but looking back… wow. I was a bit of a trouble maker, mabey that shows up close.

By the time this Bahaus was so fabulously poular with the goth-artsy types I was going to Uni in San Antonio and partying it up dancing at midnight at the Bonheim exchange with Daveed and Lydia and Philip and Mike, Lisa and Eden and Bobby. I miss those days of all night dancing and great great music with poetic lyrics and creepy instrumentals.

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