Archive for March, 2007

My Cube and Astronomy

It’s late, and I’m waiting on my server to get fixed, so I thought that I’d share a cool website with you all. My cube at work is boring (rather like my hair was, come to think of it) and bare, so I decided to add some pictures to the walls. I should mention here that I’ve just finished weeding the Astronomy section, so I thought it might be nice to look at bits of the universe while I work. Conveniently, The [tag]Hubble Telescope[/tag] has a website with a gallery containing all sorts of gorgeous images. One of my favorites is the [tag]Black Eye Galaxy[/tag]. Yum! Take a look around. There’s even wallpapers for your computer. Well, I’m off to bed now. May your night be full of stars!

Posted on 31st March 2007
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The Perils of Genealogical Research

Not that long ago I began to look into my genealogy. I was curious, and I had a friend who was really good at that sort of thing.

Let me warn you, that along with the fun stuff, you may discover things that you didn’t really want to know about your family tree. Mind you, it does make a good story. In any case, I discovered fun things like: part of my family moved to Boston in the 1700s…and they are still there. I guess that coming over from England used up several generations worth of wanderlust. I also found out that in 1920 my Father’s Mother was attending art school on Haight Street in San Francisco, where her older sister was teaching. Cool, eh?

And then I discovered that in 1920, my Mother’s Great-Grandmother was running a boarding house in Boston. (The Family reports that her husband died…from too much drinking. It seems to me that her father was also a drunk… ) Living with her were my Great-Grandmother and her two daughters. (Her husband turned out to be a philanderer (and I think a drunkard)…so she divorced him. Her 2nd husband was a really good guy.) My Grandmother ended up marrying…a philanderer, so she divorced him. Her second husband was just wonderful. I miss him. (Her sister had the same problem, by the way).

Back on my Father’s side of the family, my Father’s Father…seems to have been a bit of a philanderer, too. My Grandmother didn’t divorce him, though.

Great. I seem to come from a family of drunks with roving eyes. My Parents’ generation seems to have *mostly* come out alright.
Mind you, it makes me glad that I didn’t marry the first guy I was engaged to. Actually…I *know* that it would have been a bad idea. (My husband hates alcohol, by the way.) Ah, the perils of genealogical research.

Posted on 30th March 2007
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My Hair *was* Boring

So, I was walking along in the mall the other Sunday, minding my own business and looking at pocket watches.

Yes, pocket watches. They’re cool, and I want one. Well, that and I seem to have an allergy to nickel or some such metal, so wearing a wristwatch tends to be rash inducing.

Anyway, I caught a glimpse of my image in one of the many mirrors, and I became instantly convinced that my generally glum mood had something to do with the fact that my hair was boring (and for some reason this made me feel ugly…don’t ask). You have to understand that my hair is generally long. (I saw Star Wars at a very young age, you see, and ever since I have wanted to have Princess Leia’s hair in the award scene at the end.) Lately, though, long has translated to “in the way” and “flat.” Plus, as I have rarely seen the light of day of late (I need to get out more), the many different colors that naturally occur in my hair have become sort of…dishwater blond-ish. You can see why I might like to have a Lady’s Maid with a talent for hairstyling. As I have neither title nor riches (yet!), I decided on the spot that I needed a change. Now, my husband loves my hair long, but he doesn’t have the time to be a stand-in Lady’s Maid (and he can’t French Braid). Maybe it was the onset of Spring, I dunno, but I went out and got the most expensive hairstyle of my life. I’m still a bit shocked about the price, frankly. But my hair has life and color again. Three extra colors to be exact. It’s amazing what a nice new look will do for you. Well, that and my husband’s reaction didn’t hurt…he took me out to dinner and spent the whole time smiling at me.

I think I’ll keep him, and my new hairstyle. It *is* spring after all.

Posted on 29th March 2007
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Attack of the Killer Tuesday List

Welcome to this week’s Tuesday List. Does the title make you think of Puberty Love? It should. *grin* Last week you all gave me some great reading suggestions, and now I am trying to get copies of those books to read. Keep those suggestions coming! Right then, here’s my list:

Life of St. Columba by Adomnan of Iona – I renewed this one, but I’m not sure if I will finish it in time.

Speaking of Silents: First Ladies of the Screen by William M. Drew – I wonder if there is a version of this book for the men of Silent film?

Doctor Who: The Inside Story by Gary Russell – I want more books like this one. It’s great!

My list seems to have shrunk somewhat. I need to do something about that. What are you reading this week?

Posted on 27th March 2007
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Tea Glorious Tea

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I love tea. I know, that is a terribly shocking thing to discover. What? It’s in the title of the blog? Okay then, it should be fairly obvious. Anyway, one of my friends was surfing around the web the other day (as you do), and she ran across a thing of beauty. Apparently, the Park Hyatt in Washington D.C. has a [tag]Tea[/tag] Cellar. Not a Wine Cellar, a Tea Cellar.

Their website says:
“Park Hyatt Washington’s new Tea Cellar features more than 50 rare and limited production, single-estate teas from remote regions of China, Japan, Sri Lanka and the Himalayas. The Tea Cellar’s sophisticated tea offerings, some of which are at the level of flavor and complexity of fine wines, not only introduce guests to the highest quality of tea, but also to the significance of water temperature and steeping time each tea requires.”

*thud*
If you check out their Tea Menu, you will notice that among their fabulous tea selection they have a 1985 royal reserve Pu-Erh Tea for $300 a cup. That’s just cool. For more information on Pu-erh Tea, check out the really long Wikipedia Article about it. Okay. This place is totally on my list.

Posted on 27th March 2007
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Two Really Cool Things

What do [tag]Chocolate[/tag] and [tag]Physics[/tag] have in common? Well, they’re both really cool, for starters. Also, in a completely random fashion they are connected in a six-degrees-of Kevin-Bacon way to one of my hours on the Reference Desk at work on Saturday.

Don’t worry. I’ll explain.

During that fateful hour, I discovered: 1) Apparently, they’ve done another of those wonderful studies and discovered that [tag]Dark Chocolate[/tag] Improves Blood Vessel Function. Rejoice My Friends! Dark Chocolate is good for you!

and

2) If you hurry (it closes at 6pm today) you can go to eBay and bid on a ZERO-G experience with Stephen Hawking. Please pardon the fan girl squee. That would be so cool! I saw Mr. Hawking in person once. He went past a restaurant where I was eating. (No, I didn’t chase after him. I behaved myself…barely) Now, if I only had a spare $30,000…

Sometimes I learn the best things at work.

Posted on 26th March 2007
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Book Review: The Moon Singer

The Moon Singer by Clyde Robert Bulla (Illustrated by Trina Schart Hyman) has been one of my favorite books for as long as I can remember. Perhaps it is because the main character is a singer, and I also love to sing. It could also be the theme of an outsider finding a place to belong, which is a desire that many people can identify with. Whatever the reason, this book gets to me on a visceral level. And that’s pretty amazing for a picture book that doesn’t even have page numbers. Torr was left with the Miller and his wife one night when he was quite small. Grudgingly they took him in, and as he grew he would often go out and spend hours under the night sky. One summer night, the Miller and his wife were awakened by Torr singing a song to the moon. Afraid that he would wake the whole village, they punished him. After that, he went deep into the woods to sing his songs. One day, the Queen heard about Torr’s beautiful voice, but even then things did not go smoothly.

So, it has a nice satisfying storyline, complete with conflict. Trina Schart Hyman’s art is quite distinctive (yes, you’ve seen it before, even if you don’t know it.) and is so perfect for this story. I have included another picture at the bottom of this post to give you a better idea of what I’m talking about. Sadly, it appears that this wonderful book is out of print, so you may need to hunt a bit to find a copy to read. Hopefully your local library or used book-seller can help you out there. Make the effort, and hopefully The Moon Singer will sing for you too.

Posted on 23rd March 2007
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On The Subject of Pink

Hello. I am the Celticangel, and I like the color pink.

I would like to complain about this.

I spent 30 years of my life detesting [tag]pink[/tag] (well…except for “Rose Pink” but other than that…), and then I turned 30. *Boom* I like pink. What is up with that? I mean, seriously. Is is a hormonal thing? At least I still dislike purple. If that ever changes, you will know that I’ve become a pod person.

Posted on 23rd March 2007
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The Tuesday List 2: Electric Boogaloo

Welcome to this week’s Tuesday List. I’m dedicating this week’s list to my sister who will be very amused by the title. What are you reading this week? Here’s my list. Enjoy!

Life of St. Columba by Adomnan of Iona – I’ve barely touched it this week.

Speaking of Silents: First Ladies of the Screen by William M. Drew – This is quite the informative book.

Doctor Who: The Inside Story by Gary Russell – I’m enjoying this one so far.

The Black Dudley Murder by Margery Allingham – The first Albert Campion mystery. Nearly done.

I should be finishing at least one this week.

Posted on 20th March 2007
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Blood Price Becomes Blood Ties

As I mentioned last week, Tanya Huff’s “Blood” series is being made into a television show. For your edification, the books in this series are Blood Price, Blood Trail, Blood Lines, Blood Pact, Blood Debt, and a collection of short stories. The show itself is called Blood Ties, and it premiered on Lifetime last Sunday at 10pm with a two-hour long episode called Blood Price. The basics from the books were there: Vicki Nelson, former policewoman now Private Investigator who is losing her sight; Henry Fitzroy, bastard son of Henry VIII who is also a vampire; and Mike Celluci, Vicki’s former partner. I was also happy to see that the story still takes place in Toronto. (All you Forever Knight fans may be amused now. There is a new Vampire in TO.) The show itself had its cheesy and predictable moments, but on the whole I quite enjoyed it. The actors did a great job, and I had fun playing “what have I seen you in before?” while I was watching. The first episode was mostly drawn from the first book of the same name. I did notice that Henry is a graphic novelist rather than a romance novelist, but that wasn’t a major change. Obviously, the storyline was greatly simplified overall, but I shall be interested to see how the closely the rest of the series sticks to the books. I will definitely be tuning in next week…and I think that I’ll read book one again. Did anyone else see the show? What did you think?

Posted on 14th March 2007
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