Saturday, May 22, 2004

Gee, am I that bad?

Inspired by Ryukyusoul's entry In Just SIX Questions..., I took the test. See my results below. Gee, am I that bad?

However I have to say, I'm honored. Issac Asimov was one of my favorite authors during my late teens and early twenties. Just going through his list of writings to remember what I read reminded me what a prolific writer he was. Most people know of him as a science fiction writer, and to think that he started out as a biochemist.

Here's a paultry list of what I read:

Science Fiction Novels
Pebble In The Sky
Second Foundation
Foundation's Edge
Science Fiction Short Stories and Short Story Collections
Nightfall and Other Stories
The Early Asimov or, Eleven Years of Trying
Anthologies (Edited by Isaac Asimov)
The Hugo Winners


The Human Body: Its Structure and Operation
Asimov's Guide To Shakespeare, Volume I
Asimov's Guide To Shakespeare, Volume II
Notable of what I learned from The Human Body: Its Structure and Operation is that mammals have seven neck bones and birds have 14. He contrasted that point by saying that a sparrow has better neck mobility that a giraffe. Fascinating imagery, isn't it?

You're I, Robot!

by Isaac Asimov

While you have established a code of conduct for many generations to
follow, your demeanor is rather cold and calculating. Brought up to serve humans, you
have promised never to harm them, to follow orders, and to protect yourself. Living up
to this code has proved challenging and sometimes even drives you mad. If you were a
type of paper, you would be pulp.

Take the Book Quiz
at the Blue Pyramid.

What makes a wonderful kisser?

I liked RyukyuSoul's comment about a previous post of mine about kissing:
lol... the rest, I think becomes one's technique... but I suppose the anxiety of inexperience and not knowing is the scariest thing of all... i have to admit, I love kissing--safe, intimate, honest, slow, communication--knowing one's self, and paying attention to the other is what makes a wonderful kisser... hmmm...
As I recall, no one ever said that I was a wonderful kisser. Then again, I can't say I had too many memorable ones either, probably because I was distracted by what we were doing with our hands, and potentially what the series of activities might lead to. I'll certainly pay more attention about the kissing part in the future.

So, I'm curious, what makes a wonderful kisser for you?

Thursday, May 20, 2004

Patty Larkin: Angels Running

1. Who Holds Your Hand (Larkin) - 3:04
2. Do Not Disturb (Larkin) - 4:03
3. Good Thing (Larkin) - 4:33
4. Banish Misfortune/Open Hand (Larkin) - 2:00
5. Might as Well Dance (Larkin) - 3:17
6. Ain't That as Good (Larkin) - 3:10
7. Helen (Larkin) - 4:00
8. I Told Him That My Dog Wouldn't Run (Larkin) - 2:41
9. Pundits and Poets (Larkin) - 4:23
10. Booth of Glass (Larkin) - 4:24
11. Winter Wind (Larkin) - 3:20
12. Channeling Marlene (Larkin) - :26
13. Video (Knopfler/Larkin/Sting [1]) - 4:00
I discovered this album through Good Thing, the song that accompanied the closing credits to the movie Random Hearts. It captured the mood of the film perfectly. It also fits very nicely in the album. To hear a sample of Good Thing, click on the music sampler.

The story in Random Hearts speaks to how well we know, or for that matter don't know about our spouses, people who are supposed to be close to us. It was so compelling that I read the Warren Adler book by the same name upon which it was based. Then for comparison, I read the Anita Shreve book The Pilot's Wife : A Novel, with a similar theme. Despite being an Oprah Book Club® Selection, it wasn't as good as the Warren book. Correspondingly, the later made for TV movie wasn't as good either.

I didn't realize it was that complicated

I felt for the girl who asked in an advice column:
Dear Beth:

I am scared about the first time I French kiss. I think I'll do it wrong. Can you mess up? I'm close to this guy who has had sex before, and I don't know if he will still want to go out with me.
I guess there's a first for everything. But I didn't realize it was that complicated, as French Kissing Tips & Techniques implies. I suppose one is never too old to make improvements.

Tuesday, May 18, 2004

Two momentous events mark today

Two momentous events mark today. First, same-sex couples are now free to marry here in Massachusetts. Second, the United States Supreme Court issued its ruling on the Brown vs. Board of Education case 50 years ago. A toast to these memorable events.

Sunday, May 16, 2004

It's nice to know in case I change gender

It cooled down considerably today. But I didnt' expect the rain and overcast skies. So, in the spirit of procrastination and to match my mood, indulge me in something silly.

I got laugh from bethanyc's 04/30/04: I love surveys!!! entry. So, I was curious as to how I'd do. The result is, it's nice to know that I would turn out this way in case I decide to change gender:

You Are A Woman!

Congratulations, you've made it to adulthood.

You're emotionally mature, responsible, and unlikely to act out.

You accept that life is hard - and do your best to keep things upbeat.

This makes you the perfect girlfriend... or even wife!

Are You a Girl or Woman? Take This Quiz :-)

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