final dimensions: 30.5 inches by 30.5 inches.
Saturday, February 27, 2010
final dimensions: 30.5 inches by 30.5 inches.
Friday, February 26, 2010
Wednesday, February 24, 2010
Monday, February 22, 2010
Saturday, February 20, 2010
This is the list of Newicue's top 10 Whedonverse heroes:
Runner Up: Andrew
Right away, you can see the controversy. There's No Buffy (or Willow, Xander, Faith). On a list of Whedonverse Heroes. My other gripe is that Newicue left off Zoe, who with Mal, are the Big Damn Heroes.
If you define Hero as a person who fights the hardest for the side of good, then Buffy certainly belongs on the list.
However, there are many definitions of hero. In Serenity the movie, Mal and Zoe define a hero as someone who gets other people killed. Well, that's certainly not the case with some of the people on this list. Certainly Wash didn't get anyone killed, at least not directly. I suppose as part of the Serenity crew he got Book killed as well as the others who gave them sanctuary.
Newicue certainly has a list of great characters, but I think more of protagonists rather than heroes.
Because of the pushback they got, Newicue is doing a poll on the readers' favorite heroes. And of villains.My definition of hero is someone who fights hard for the side of good. My favorite heroes are the ones who do it despite their own shortcomings (okay who doesn't have flaws?) and despite the odds of them succeeding. I'm also including characters who grew and changed in interesting ways. I guess in some ways, my criteria is similar as the criteria used by Newicue.
My favorite all round characters, though not necessarily heroes, would include
9. Lindsey -- but that may just be because I think Christian Kane is hot. Loving him on Leverage.10. Drucilla
Wednesday, February 17, 2010
Here's a gem from Jane Brocket's blog about the Olympics that I thought I'd share:
There are also some phenomenal thighs and gloriously weird outfits in the speedskating events - and the added entertainment of trying to guess from looking at the competitors whether we are watching a men's or a women's event.
The friend's baby blanket continues apace. Picture to come when I get onto to circular needles so it will lay flat. Otherwise you can't really tell what it looks like.
The friend's baby shower is Feb 25, one week away. At this pace, I think I'll make it. It's cotton yarn, so my arms, wrists, and elbows certainly are feeling it.
On Feb 25, I also have jury duty. I keep looking at the blue, green, yellow, and white yarn and think crochet blanket. I also think "crochet needle easier to get past courthouse security than pointy needles."
Actually, I took knitting needles into a courthouse on Monday with no problem. But still, I saw a crochet blanket in the background on Shades of Ray (watched it on Hulu.com) and have it in my head to crochet a blanket. Never mind that I have 6 unfinished projects, all hiding under the couch. I counted when I cleared out my knitting basket to make room for the Knitting Olympics baby blanket.
Shades of Ray was a cute movie, starring Zachary Levi (Chuck on "Chuck") as Ray, a half Pakistani-half white guy torn between his white girfriend Noelle and a new interest, Sana, a woman who's also Pakistani-half white. She's played by Sarah Shahi, who was on the L-Word.
It's a romantic comedy, with things to say about love, marriage (Ray's parents get a pretty good story line and Sana's parents to a lesser extent), family expectations, race, culture and self-awareness. Fran Kranz (Topher on "Dollhouse") plays Ray's best friend Sal. Sal was Topher as a clueless guy who doesn't understand women.
After I saw Shades of Ray and saw the connection to the L-Word, I was at the library and saw they had season one, discs 1 and 2 of the L-Word, so that came home with me. Have yet to watch it, or season 1 disc 1 of Mad Men.
In other TV watching news, I'm watching Sliders on Hulu. I understand that season 1 and 2 are good, and 3, 4, and 5 not so good. Lucky me that only seasons 1 and 2 are on Hulu. So far the sociologist in me is enjoying the different alternate Earths they go to. What if the USSR won the Cold War? What if penicillin and modern medicine was never invented? What if, what if, what if?
It's also funny to see the mid 1990s fashions and the total lack of cellphones.
Sunday, February 14, 2010
This is how far I've gotten on the blanket, with iPhone for scale.
Saturday, February 13, 2010
Friday, February 12, 2010
Thursday, February 11, 2010
The Knitting Olympics is run by the Yarn Harlot. Details here, including the link to sign up.
Per the Yarn Harlot's post linked above, this is how the KO works:
Eligibility: Any knitter who, embracing the "Citius, Alitius Fortius" ideal, would like to challenge themselves while embracing the Olympic spirit, and is just whacked enough to play along with me.
Concept: You must cast on a project during the Opening Ceremonies of the Winter Olympics, Friday, February 12, 2010 and finish before the Olympic flame goes out Sunday, February 28. That's 17 days.
1. The project must be a challenge for you to complete in 17 days.
2. There are no rules about what a challenge would be. Like the real Olympics, there are many areas to compete in. If you are a new knitter, then a garter stitch baby sweater might do...If you are experienced, use your own conscience.
3. While this is intended to be somewhat difficult (like the Olympics) it is not intended to ruin your life. Don't set yourself up for failure. (Olympic athletes may cry, but they do not whine pitifully, sob and threaten members of their family with pointed sticks because they haven't slept in five days. ) This is intended to (like the Olympics) require some measure of sacrifice, and be difficult, but it should be possible to attain.
4. No casting on before the flame is lit. (The opening ceremonies run from 6-8 pst. If you can't watch, then I'd pick a time in there.)
5. Finish before the flame goes out.
6. You may swatch before the games. (I consider this "training.")
I'll be making a baby blanket for a friend who's due in March. Her baby shower is Feb 25, before the end of the Olympics. So the challenge for me will be speed, not level of knitting difficulty.
Progress pictures will be posted as I go.
Tuesday, February 9, 2010
Monday, February 8, 2010
The hostility towards women and the insults aimed as women were really clear. Slate's Ad Report Card, written by a man, comments about them here.
The most egregious examples are:
In an ad for the Dodge Charger, men stare into the camera with expressions of either defeated resignation or seething resentment. "I will be civil to your mother, I will put the seat down," goes one section of the voiceover litany—much of which centers on how unbearable it is for men to listen to the opinions of, and on occasion respect the wishes of, women. The Charger is billed as "man's last stand." Not long after, an ad for Flo TV declares that when a man goes shopping with his girlfriend she has "removed his spine." He is urged to "change out of that skirt." Is it me, or was this year's dose of casual misogyny a little rawer and angrier than usual? Are men feeling especially threatened by the fragile economy and by the fact that the vast majority of job losses have afflicted traditionally male, working-class strongholds like manufacturing and construction (the kind of guys I picture wanting … a Dodge Charger)?
The comments in the Slate post also note the misogyny.
The Google ad, on the other hand, was really nice and sweet. And the NFL had Mark Sanchez do an ad spotlighting women's heart disease, which is often overlooked.
Friday, February 5, 2010
No one else on his team can do the trial, so we've cancelled the trip so he can prepare.
Now I'm trying to think of something we can do in town so he can still mark this life milestone.
Monday, February 1, 2010
Here's the gist of the comic. The husband is e-mailing back and forth with a friend about the best protest songs. Suggestions include "We Shall Overcome" and "My Land is Your Land" The wife says her favorite protest song is "You Don't Own Me" by Lesley Gore.
So I looked it up and here are the lyrics:
You don't own me
I'm not just one of your many toys
You don't own me
Don't say I can't go out with other boys
And don't tell me what to do
Don't tell me what to say
And please when I go out with you
don't put me on display
Cuz ... you don't own me
Don't try to change me in any way
You don't own me
Don't try to cuz I'll never stay
I don't tell you what to say
I don't tell me what to do
So just let me be myself
That's all I ask of you
I'm young and I love to be young
I'm free and I love to be free
To live my life the way I want
To say and do whatever I please...