Category Archives: Random

It’s Finally Launched!

Just about one year later, Sujal’s product is finally launched! It’s his website, Cool Spotters. Join it and check it out!

Hey, Ian!

I just wanted to give a “shout-out” (do kids say that anymore?) to my co-pilot, Ian. I saw you stopped by the other day. Hope college is treating you well.

Yipes! Microchip Implants

I’ve been called a luddite before (thank you, Josh), so this is a bit freaky to me. It also makes me concerned for little Cliche, because Sujal got a little chip implanted in her when she was a kitten. Tillie is 100% natural cat. Phew.  Thank goodness we did not put implants in our mice!

Chrysler 300

I want one! It goes against all of my fuel efficiency needs and car size preferences — but this baby has that 1930’s gangster/film noir thing going on. We are not in the market for a new car, and even if we were, I think we’d be thinking more along the lines of a Prius. But, if anyone was looking to buy me a little gift, I’ll take it.

BMI, Pot Bellies, and the Omentum

As I was going to Yahoo to check my email, I cam across the article on pot bellies and their greater risk of causing heart disease. Lara, my home improvement friend, a.k.a. my health improvement friend, recently told me about the omentum and its relation to heart disease and poor health. (Sorry about the Oprah link. It was all I could easily find that had a decent explanation). Lara explained to me that when one is “apple” shaped or has a big belly, the omentum protrudes, and the tummy often feels hard. The fat underneath tummy muscle is unhealthy. Thus, it is better to be “pear” shaped than “apple” shaped, as Sujal’s uncle (a doctor) will readily tell you. If you won’t take it from Lara or me, take it from Oprah — get your omentum healthy! Lose the pot belly. And get your body mass index to a healthy place.

iPhone

Since I am a technology guru, it is only natural that I should chime in on the new iPhone. As I perused the online New York Tmes, I came across this review of the invention. As I read through the review, I began to think that perhaps I need one of these little devices — after all, I am very stylish. Sujal has been whining about getting one for awhile now, and I was thinking, maybe it is me who should have the iPhone. It has all of these lovely features of web browsing, expanding the viewing window, touch screen, intelli-typing, iPod, video iPod, a camera, organization programs, not to mention it’s a cell phone. Color me practical, but that is exaclty where the iPhone got into trouble with me:

Making a call, though, can take as many as six steps: wake the phone, unlock its buttons, summon the Home screen, open the Phone program, view the Recent Calls or speed-dial list, and select a name. Call quality is only average, and depends on the strength of your AT&T signal.

Once I got to the second page of the review, the review took a turn for the worse. AT&T apparently has pretty crappy coverage, and if ultimately the iPhone would be my phone, that’s just not all that practical. So I will wait to get one until they perefect some of these issues. Rather, I will have to wait to let Sujal get the phone. 😉

New Chair

Faithful reader, I am sure that you have been deeply disappointed by my absence, so I feel it is my duty to explain why I have not blogged in quite awhile.

My chair sucks.

That, and school has been keeping me a bit busy. As I was in the thick of writing 50 million comments, I stole my husband’s office chair, brought it into my office, and wrote comments in comfort.

And then Sujal and I went out to Office Depot and got me a new chair. While I really wanted this, my husband poo-poo’d it. So fear no longer, faithful reader. I am back. And my husband renewed by domain name registration for five years. Now that’s a lot of blogging.

Vacation

Woo-hoo! We’re officially on Vacation! Here is a tribute to March Break:

I really wanted to ’embed’ this 1982 appearance of the Go-go’s doing “Vacation.” Watch it. It’s 80’s-liscious.

Silly Teacher Rap

Check out this silly video:

Back to Bennington

Kathy, my co-worker and personal goddess, asked if I’d blog about my weekend events — so I cannot let her down. I served on an alumni panel at Bennington this weekend. it was an event held for current seniors so they could learn about networking, grantwriting, job-getting, life-making, etc. Jon, Kathy’s partner, asked me before I went if that meant that I was among Bennington’s distinguished alumni, and of course the answer is obviosly, “Yes!” Okay, so maybe my life is not insanely glamorous, but it was fun to talk about hardships after graduation, perseverence, and following one’s passions. There’s a real difference graduating from a place like Bennington — more or less an arts school–than graduating frm most other schools. We don’t have hiring firms come in, no crazy job fairs, etc. Bennington really does urge its students to make the world their own.

Part of what was so fun was to hear what some of my fellow Alumni were doing. In a quick web search, I could find a site on Seth DeCroce ’98 and a Google search on Taliesin Thomas ’98 shows lots of her fame on the web. Having a less that common name helps a lot on the web. I could not easily find a site for Matt Moss ’94 or Brandi Wilson ’99 — but both are working in interesting fields. Matt is working in developing real estate and Brandi is a creatve headhunter. There was also another guy, Chris, and I don’t remember his last name (Tilden, maybe?) — but now I cannot find his info from the planning emails from the college. (Sorry!)

It’s always interestng to see classmates as adults. We all have our lives that we are deeply immersed in, and it’s nice to come up for air. I also love talking to current students. It’s great to see the passionate on the verge of going out into the world. I had drinks with two seniors, Jessie and Brian. They are each clearly brilliant minds, and they’ve been doing impressive work. I love working with high school kids — but it’s also great to see kids at this next level. Brian, for example, is working on gender studies and goes to comp lit conferences. He was telling me about some of his impressive projects, and yet — he still loves the movie “Team America.” I, of course, think there’s something serious wrong with him for that — and yet, it’s the kid at heart (and proximity in age). Good luck, Bennington seniors!