Tuesday, August 31, 2010

books and music

Question:  What do all of the following song titles have in common?

"Bad Connection" by Yaz (aka Yazoo)
"Epitaph for the Heart" by The Magnetic Fields
"Dead Sound" by The Raveonettes
"Girlfriend in a Coma" by The Smiths
"Imitation of Life" by REM
"Back in Your Head" by Tegan and Sara
"Bird on the Wire" by Leonard Cohen
"This is How I Disappear" by My Chemical Romance
"She Sells Sanctuary" by The Cult
"Die Young, Stay Pretty" by Blondie
"Shadow of Doubt" Sonic Youth
"Pretty Vacant" by Sex Pistols
"Bizarre Love Triangle" by New Order
"Tomorrow Never Knows" by The Beatles
"Alone Again Or" by The Damned (my preferred version) or Calexico
"We Will Become Silhouettes" by The Postal Service
"This Must Be the Place" by Talking Heads

Answer:  The song titles are all chapter titles in the book I'm currently reading.  Odd thing is that the book was written/published in 2009. 

goose egg

I'm eating the last goose egg of the 2010 goose egg-laying season for dinner tonight (fried, sunny side up).  It was plucked from the nest exactly 2 months ago (I write the date on them) and I'll eagerly await the 2011 season for the next 6 months!

The kids are having home-made chili cheese tots.

National Buy A Book Day - September 7

Philip Athans is the New York Times best-selling author of Annihilation and ten other fantasy and horror books including the just-released The Guide to Writing Fantasy & Science Fiction.   He had the brilliant idea to start a National Buy A Book Day to help support print authors and bookstores nationwide.

"... any book will do, by any author, in any genre, in any format. You do not need to spend more than you can afford. A $7.99 mass market paperback counts. A $4.99 children’s book counts. As long as the book is new and full price, buy it from an indie, from a chain, in the suburbs or the city, whatever. If the book you’re buying is by a living author, we can encourage people who are writing now to keep writing. If you have the means and desire, buy more than one book. One book is all I’m asking, but if you can afford two, buy two, or three, or . . . Buy your book at a store you particularly like, in an area that has few bookstores, that otherwise supports your community, or you know is struggling—or buy it from any of the big chains. I don’t care.
Books are worth saving. Authors are worth supporting. Any town is always better having any bookstore in it. People who work in bookstores are literate, intelligent book lovers, and the world is a better place if they have a place to ply their trade. I love books, and I love book people—all books, and all book people."

Read Philip's complete original post here  

Monday, August 30, 2010


I just finished Ghostgirl by Tonya Hurley; now I'm on to book 2 in the series.  It was good fun book but not great.  I really liked all the music references to songs that I'm familiar with.  Who'd a thunk that all the songs I listened to 25 years ago would be the classic goth songs of today?!

Sunday, August 29, 2010


I just finished Holly Black's Tithe; a modern faerie tale.  Book 1 in yet ANOTHER series of YA paranormal novels.  I've put books 2 & 3 on hold from the library so I'll be getting them read in the next week or two.  I think that I'm going to start on the Ghost Girl series next.  I've got all 3 books checked out already so I won't have to deal with any cliff hanging this time, unless there's a book 4 that hasn't been written yet that isn't mentioned on the author's web site.

Saturday, August 28, 2010


I just finished reading Ghost Huntress Book 2: The Guidance by Marley Gibson.  Imagine The Ghost Whisperer as a teen and with friends.

Friday, August 27, 2010


I started and finished reading Gemma Malley's The Declaration yesterday.  After constantly reading so many books that are parts of (seemingly never-ending) series for the last 6 months, it was pretty refreshing to read a stand-alone book.

Thursday, August 26, 2010


So this latest egg recall is yet ANOTHER reason that I'm so glad that I get our eggs from a local farm!

Wednesday, August 25, 2010

2nd Google search of the day

So, the Bridge of 33 Arches led us to a site that had pictures of the Engineering Wonders of the World which led me to look up pictures and information on the Falkirk Wheel.  Joe and I watched a special about this on TV several years ago and it was SO cool to learn about - it just opened for use in 2002 so it's pretty new.
Here's the Google link to all the pictures of the wheel

and here's the Wikipedia page with all the information about it, complete with some links to stop-action photos of it in motion.

Google search of the day

Because of what we were reading in history today we did a search for pictures of the Bridge of 33 Arches located in Iran.

and the best pictures can be found here:

Wednesday, August 18, 2010

Google inquiry of the day

Who sings the original version of "Life is a Highway" that was remade for the movie "Cars"?

Results http://www.google.com/search?q=life+is+a+highway+original&ie=utf-8&oe=utf-8&aq=t&rls=org.mozilla:en-US:official&client=firefox-a

The chosen answer is from Wikipedia (which is where most of my answers come from)
""Life Is a Highway" is a song written by Tom Cochrane, from his 1991 album Mad Mad World. The song was Cochrane's most famous song, as it was a number one hit in his native Canada. The song also peaked at number six on the Billboard charts in the United States in 1992. The song has been covered and released by Chris LeDoux, Jerry Jeff Walker and Rascal Flatts."

Sunday, August 08, 2010

World Party - Ship of Fools

What a great song! I regularly sing verse 2 under my breath about people I encounter in my life.

Thursday, August 05, 2010

Texts post but not pictures