Archive for March, 2010

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How is that possibly necessary?!

March 29, 2010

Thankfully, I have only been pulled over twice so far for speeding (within a few months of each other, no less, but that was 3 years ago). Both were scary experiences. The first time I was pulled over on Whitney Avenue by a New Haven police officer, and the second was a CT State Trooper on I-91 South.

The New Haven officer was so nasty to me. I tried to explain to him that I had never been pulled over before, that I didn’t think I was speeding, and that I was very sorry. And for the record, I really don’t think I was speeding. He didn’t care at all for what I was saying or that I was hysterically crying. He screamed at me and threw the ticket in my face. At least the state trooper was nice and tried to make me feel better.

Anyone who has been pulled over for any reason knows that it’s not a pleasant experience. Now imagine what it must have been like for a pregnant woman in Seattle who was tasered after she refused to sign a speeding ticket. Oh, I wish I was kidding, folks. And best of all, the federal appeals court said IT WAS OKAY. Um, what?!

Is it really necessary to send electric voltage into a 7-months-pregnant woman sitting helplessly in her car? I think not. Did she attack the officers? No. Was she armed? Not unless a Buddha belly counts as a deadly weapon. What possible justification is there for tasering this woman? Please, someone, explain it to me!

Do you think the officers were in the right when they tasered the pregnant woman? Why or why not? What is your definition of “excessive force?”

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So far, so good

March 29, 2010

I’m at the start of Week 3 in my 7-week grad class, and thus far things are going really well. I enjoy what we are doing and am pleasantly surprised at myself for actually being motivated to get my work done.  If only I thought this same experience would happen for all of the classes I have left… 

I got to make some pretty cool stuff (check out this neato photo collage I turned in last week) and am learning a lot about the potential of Photoshop. Knowing that the class is already almost a third over is both scary and exciting at the same time. I know I will have bunches of stuff due in the next few weeks, but after that I will be almost halfway through the master’s program. One step at a time, people.

Now I want you to put on your art critic hat – what do you think of my photo collage?

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1,000 views, and going strong!

March 25, 2010

After just 5 months, I have hit 1,000 page views today on the blog. Yay! A huge thank you to everyone who checks out my posts. I can’t believe I got here, but now I’m excited to get to 2,000! 

Thanks again!

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Relay for Life fundraiser – Ribbon Roses!

March 23, 2010

I wanted to share a fundraiser that I am working on to raise money for Relay for Life. I will be making ribbon roses, and donating all of the profits on orders placed by May 31 to my Relay total (donations can be added up until a few months after the event). Here is the flyer for the fundraising campaign (click to open larger):

Roses for Relay ad

Roses for Relay ad

And here is are the color options:

Cancer Awareness Ribbon Colors

Cancer Awareness Ribbon Colors

Please consider participating in this fundraiser for a very worthy cause, and kindly forward this post to anyone you think may wish to participate. Thank you very much!

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You’re standing on my neck…

March 22, 2010

 

Daria Morgendorffer

Daria Morgendorffer

No way! Nick just made my month after I read his post about how the entire series of Daria is finally being released on DVD. I KNOW!!!

Needless to say, that has been added to my Amazon cart and I am  beyond ecstatic. I can say without a shadow of a doubt that there are only two people in TV history that I can completely identify with – Felicity Porter and Daria Morgendorffer. And I already have Felicity on DVD (thank you, Jesse!).

This is amazing news, and I cannot wait until May! “La la lalala. La la lalala…”

*Blog title taken from the Daria theme song*

Do you love Daria as much as I do? Are there any other shows that you have been anxiously awaiting on DVD?

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But I collect the stubs!

March 20, 2010

 

A few of the movie ticket stubs I found in my wallet

A few of the movie ticket stubs I found in my wallet

I’m all for trying to conserve resources and reduce waste. I have a ceramic mug at work so I don’t use paper cups. I bring in silverware so I don’t use plastic utensils. I read my assignments off my computer screen instead of printing out the sometimes lengthy readings. We have reusable bags that we [usually remember to] bring with us when we head to the supermarket. I really am trying to make steps in the green direction.

The other day, I read about a trial program starting at some theaters to replace paper movie ticket stubs with 2-D barcodes on cell phone screens. While I see how this could be incredibly useful for last minute ticket purchases and save long lines at the box office, I’m also bummed out.

I have almost every movie ticket stub since my mom, sister, sister’s friend and I went to see Spice World in 1997 (yea, and what?). These stubs remind me not only of all the awesome – and awesomely bad – movies I’ve seen, but also of the people I saw them with.

When I look at my ticket stubs from The Matrix Revolutions and Spider-Man 2, I don’t necessarily think about the movies. I remember my dad and I covering each other’s eyes when Neo and Trinity had a love scene (Matrix Rev) and when dad and I laughed hysterically at my sister after she slipped on the wet lobby stairs, was covered in the popcorn she just bought and limped into the theater covered in butter (Spidey 2). These memories are so precious to me, and those stubs are little ways to help me remember them.

I’m not saying that the movie industry shouldn’t proceed with the digital ticketing option. All I’m asking is that they please, please don’t get rid of the paper tickets for anyone who still wants it. They may mean more to people than you’d think.

How would you feel if ticketing became completely digital? Do you keep your old movie (or concert) stubs? Would you still want to have the option of a paper ticket even if everything goes all digital?

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Row, row, row her boat

March 18, 2010

If I didn’t already feel bad about myself for lack of drive to exercise, this woman just sent me reeling.

Katie Spotz, 22, rowed across the Atlantic Ocean by herself in just 70 days, 5 hours and 22 minutes. Say WHAT?!

When I was 22 (yes, I know, all those long 3 years ago), I was trying to figure out how I could get the closest parking spot to work so I had less to walk after my shift. Spotz decided to take on an entire ocean!

For anywhere from 8-10 hours a day, she rowed through rough waters towards her goal. For that same time frame, I sit on my butt and stare at a computer screen. I knew I was sedentary, but now I just feel like a blob.

Katie, I really hope you will inspire me. I’m working on a schedule to incorporate my full-time job, my freelance work, my homework and my life. Within that schedule, I am going to make a real conscious effort to include exercise time for the first time in my life. I have two weddings to attend this summer and damnit, I want to wear fun dresses!

But here’s the million dollar question – will my lazy tush really do any of this?

What do you think of Katie Spotz accomplishment? Have you ever completed such a grand endeavor? And who will motivate me to follow through with an exercise regimen? Anyone? Please??