Archive for April, 2009


At the winery.

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Panel on Leadership. Interesting stuff!

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From here.

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Cake and Paradoy

From one of my very favorite blogs, Cakewrecks, comes this Twilight-inspired monstrosity: The Twilight of our Discontent.

It is truly awesome in its mediocrity. Love! 😀

And a hilarious trailer parody:

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I guess I’m so far into the cloud that I fail to see the point of this Thing.

I do have stuff stored on my actual hard drive, but that’s mostly just pictures and music, both of which can migrate to the cloud without too much bother; I hardly ever create documents or presentations outside of work since I’m no longer in school; who on earth saves their e-mail to their hard drive???

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I saw this a few weeks ago, and was gobsmacked. “Twilight” umbrellas. OMGWTFBBQ!

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Modern Life

If Only Literature Could Be a Cellphone-Free Zone

Even with the seeming ubiquity of cellphones, there are still plenty of opportunities for missed connections, not to mention the fact that not everyone has a cellphone. Yet. When Mr Lush and I were in Japan, for example, our cellphones didn’t work at all since they aren’t 3G, and we never managed to find any wifi signals either. Totally incommunicado for 10 days, except for the very occasional (and expensive) Internet café visit.

Personally, I’m more impressed by authors (and film makers) who incorporate new technologies rather than look for clever ways to circumvent them.

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Decision Time!

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Warning: This is most certainly NOT a book for the faint of heart. It’s a *very* dark retelling of “Snow White and Rose Red.”

The beginning of the story is savage, but if you can make it through the first three or so chapters, things begin to look up. What happens is unpleasant, but relevant to the rest of the story, so I’ll try to keep it brief.

Liga’s father routinely molests her, and then forces her to miscarry so no one in the village will know what he does. Desperate for something to love, Liga manages to carry one baby to term after her father unexpectedly dies. Her nightmare is not yet over, as she is assaulted by a group of local youths. Her spirit, soul, and body utterly broken, Liga decides to end it all and fling herself off of a cliff. A kindly being intervenes, however, and transports pregnant Liga and her small baby to another realm.

In her own personal Heaven, Liga has the opportunity to begin her life anew. She loves her two daughters Branza and Urdda immensely, and the three of them lead an idyllic existence in a world that is completely safe, but where nothing much ever happens. One day, when the girls are still fairly young, a bear joins their family. Unbeknownst to Liga, Branza, and Urdda, this is no ordinary bear, but rather a magically transformed youth from the real world they left behind long ago. As time progresses and the girls get older, the real world intrudes more and more into their idyll. Eventually all three women must decide what sort of an existence they want to lead, and which world they want to experience it in. The ending is just as painful as the beginning, but in a very different way.

This book is brutal, and it is beautiful. I absolutely loved it. Some of this is undoubtably due to the fact that “Snow White and Rose Red” is one of my very favorite Grimm stories, although it’s not as well known in the English-speaking world as some of their other tales. The language that Margo Lanagan uses is at times quite dense and archaic, but it adds so much to the story; it would not be nearly as powerful if told in everyday modern speech. This book has been nominated for a slew of awards, is on all sorts of “best of” lists, and is part of SLJ’s Battle of the Kids’ Books. Clearly, I’m not the only one who thinks this book is worth the effort. If you’re read and enjoyed Deerskin by Robin McKinley, you’ll be somewhat prepared to handle this.

Margo Lanagan’s blog

Source: borrowed from library

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I Can Has Book Deal?

Public Provides Giggles; Bloggers Get the Book Deal

I do not own the I Can Has Cheeseburger book, although I secretly want it. I do have the Disapproving Rabbits book and the Cute Overload calendar though. 😀

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