Monday, December 15, 2008

Absolutely Creepy-Yet Amazingly Gorgeous

For some reason, I have Yahoo! set up as my homepage when I log onto the nets, so this was the picture that greeted me. I've always had a strange fascination and respect for snakes. Immediately I wanted to learn what I could about this amazing specimen. To learn about it and other species that scientists have recently discovered, including a rat species thought to have been extinct for 11 million years, click here.

When I first studied the picture of the green piti viper up close, I was trying to compare it with the snakes I'd seen over the years. Something about it's face didn't seem quite right. And then I realized, those big black pits that seem to be glaring at you? Yeah, that's it's nostrils. It's eyes are behind them, and when I finally realized that, I was thoroughly chilled. Just because I think the creature is beautiful doesn't mean I ever want to meet it in person!

Sunday, December 14, 2008

Only Fall Out Boy Looks Good In Tight Jeans and Eyeliner

Since I'm bored, and have been watching Fall Out Boy videos on YouTube all afternoon, I have to say that I've seen guys dress like them in real life, but I've never seen anyone pull it off besides FOB.

Also, Pete may be the "looker" of the group. . .

but the lead singer has an adorable geekiness that I find just as appealing.

Thursday, December 11, 2008

Twice Tagged

I was tagged TWICE, by my sister and my lovely friend, Tiffany. The rules:

Link to the person(s) that tagged you - (see above).
Post the rules on your blog.
Share 6 non-important things/habits/quirks about yourself.
Tag 6 random people at the end of your post by linking to their blogs.
Let each person know that they've been tagged by leaving a comment on their blog.
Let your tagger know when your entry is up.

After speaking to my sister over the phone about everything including blogging, she said that since I was tagged twice, I should do twelve habits/quirks/non-important things about myself. I think it will be a challenge, but let's see what I can come up with. . .

  1. I think the color gray is so pretty. Other people see a gray day and think it is drab, whereas I feel my spirits uplifted by it, or a gray shirt and think it is boring, whereas I own a bazillion different gray shirts and I adore every one of them. Of course, it helps that I have the coloring that works with gray. :P
  2. I find a lot of pleasure in really jamming out to some pretty hard rock. If a good Rob Zombie song pops on the radio, I'll turn it up as loud as my car radio will allow me. I also enjoy System of a Down, Seether, Flyleaf, Drowning Pool, and Disturbed.
  3. However, I make it a point to keep the songs on my iPod upbeat and uplifting. There is nothing like walking to class while listening to "Harder, Better, Faster, Stronger," by Daft Punk. It's also hard to be in a bad mood when taking my dog for a walk and listening to jack Johnson.
  4. I love different kinds of ethnic food. Among my favorites are German, Italian, Chinese, Vietnamese, and Greek.
  5. I am unable to deny my dog anything when she puts her mind to getting something by utilizing her big brown eyes and cute little face.
  6. I am an avid follower of Questionable Content, and ICanHasCheezburger.
  7. I think I'm missing the gene that makes me able to come up with cute, creative things, and the artistic ability to achieve them when I DO happen upon a cute idea.
  8. My favorite dinosaur is the T-Rex.
  9. I find geology fascinating.
  10. I love to star-gaze when I can.
  11. Taking me to a bookstore has been likened to taking a kid to a candy-store. In fact, my brother-in-law lost me once in a small bookstore. It's not hard; I'm pretty small and end up in unusual book sections.
  12. My hair is almost black when I'm indoors, but when I'm outside in the bright sun, and you look closely it's actually red. Seriously, my sister might not believe me, but my hair is dark red when I go outside to take my dog for walks. I should know, I'm the closest to it!
So there you go. This is extremely close to a meme a did awhile back, but that one concentrated more on food. Enjoy! Oh, and I tag velocibadgergirl.

Sunday, December 7, 2008

How a Geek Girl Keeps Herself Occupied

I promise I am not a ditz. Ok, I have my moments, but show me someone who doesn't! When boredom encroaches at my job, and I'm stuck unable to do much about it, my mind switches to Distraction Mode. And it isn't pretty. Here are some things that I've thought in the last week in DM.

  • Wow, I've heard of split ends, but I don't think I've ever actually seen them before. Definitely time for a hair cut.
  • Why do people wear so much perfume? She's way over there and I can still smell what she's wearing.
  • I wish I could whip out my crossword puzzles right about now. I'm pretty sure I'm losing brain cells.
  • I wonder what will happen next in Elantris. Why can't I read books on the job again?
  • Why do they call them pants? It's one item of clothing. Sure they have leg holes, but shirts have two sleeves and we don't say, "I can't find my shirts."
  • Unless of course we are searching for more than one shirt.
  • How can I wear a skirt without freezing my legs off, and without doing the whole "jeans under my skirt, I'm so fashionably forward"?
  • OMGsh, if my boss comes out to tell me something I already know one more time she's going to learn the definition of smart-ass.

Saturday, December 6, 2008

New Addictions

A few years back, a friend showed me her set of tangrams, 7 shapes that you must use in order to fill in a larger shape. I must admit that it is a lot harder than it sounds. You have to use all seven shapes, they can't overlap each other, and they can't go outside the lines of the larger shape you are trying to re-create. That still makes it sound simple. And in a way, it is. Not in the sense that it's easy, but that it's not complicated. It takes all of your mental processes to work, but it's almost zen-like in it's style.
When my friend first showed me tangrams, I wasn't all that interested. I tried one, found that I couldn't figure it out, became frustrated, and decided that it wasn't a game for me.

But I recently rediscovered it in an unlikely place. My iPhone app store. I found Tangram Pro for free. It has 8 puzzle sets, with many, many puzzles inside each set, providing for hours of this (for me) stress-reducing game. It's free for a limited time, so I snatched it without much thought. I figured I could give it another go, and if I didn't like it, it wasn't as though I was wasting a buck or more on it. I could just uninstall and be done with it. But I became addicted. I'm actually stuck on one in the second puzzle set, having already completely the first.

I also got a couple of my co-workers hooked. One of them helps me solve the ones I get stuck on, or will just gaze at my phone until he can get himself to ask if he can try. My other co-worker downloaded it onto her iPod touch the night I showed it to her. Now we all geek out at work!