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( Mar. 25th, 2009 09:42 pm)
Today I got birthday presents!
Two items from my Amazon.com Wish List were delivered to my door:



The Watchmen Motion Comic DVD set
This was a Birthday Present from my little sister, Nettie, and her husband, Joe. I LOVE the Watchmen, worship Alan Moore, and really enjoyed the first chapter of the Motion Comic, which was made available for free on iTunes, so I was very excited for the chance to watch the other 11 chapters! Thank you both so much for this!



The Quotable Atheist:
Ammunition for Non-Believers, Political Junkies, Gadflies, and Those Generally Hell-Bound

This was a gift from my ex, [livejournal.com profile] beest. I added this one to my wishlist because it looked interesting. Quotes about atheism are useful for me in my writing, and I liked the title. Thank you, John!
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( Jan. 15th, 2009 09:44 am)
Just when I begin to learn to read Chinese, BoingBoing puts the spotlight on this:



"...Chinese characters are cleverly placed over some of the things."

Cool! Definitely WANT!

( Ganked from BoingBoing )
Cool! My photo got published!

Last November, the Guardian UK newspaper asked Flickr users to submit photo messages for Obama in the wake of his historic election. I participated, and the Guardian selected my image for inclusion in a book they published!

The book has now been published! I have received my copy as a participant. See? There I am on page 44!
taken for the Flickr group, "A Message for Obama."
I've been reading The Omnivore's Dilemma: A Natural History of Four Meals by Michael Pollan, the author who popularized the simple rules for healthy eating:

"Eat food. Not too much. Mostly plants."

I actually bought the book earlier this year, at the start of Spring Quarter, but never got around to reading it until now. I'd been thinking about his simple rules for eating over the past few days, and then remembered I had this book tucked away. So I pulled it out for some summer reading.

I am finding it to be filled with quite a bit of "food for thought." The story of the modern North American diet is absolutely fascinating. We as a post-industrial people have almost no clue where our food comes from any more. (I, myself, wouldn't know how to feed myself if there were no supermarkets. Would you?) And some of the information contained within is stunning: such as, the majority of the food we eat comes, either directly or indirectly, from corn. I had no idea how much corn was in my everyday diet, and I'm originally from Kansas! This is not necessarily a good thing.

Anyway, I've encountered some new words in the course of my reading today:
Click to expand your vocabulary  )
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