Sunday, March 27, 2011
Friday, March 25, 2011
Monday, March 21, 2011
in the middle of the day.
During the equinox, the length of night and day across the world is nearly, but not entirely, equal. This is because the day is slightly longer in places that are further away from the equator, and because the sun takes longer to rise and set in these locations. (source)
Sunday, March 20, 2011
Now add music.
This is an explanation of just one way I keep myself sane whilst driving to and fro Memphis & Milledgeville (reverse it).
Since I pass/travel/occupy four states on my trip, I like to see how many times I can hear the SAME song on a local radio station albeit in a different state.
What? If a song is playing on a random radio station in Georgia, am I going to hear it later in Alabama?
Boring? or Why am I listening to the radio in the first place?
It's fun and interesting. It really keeps me entertained (especially when I land on overly religious or conservative talk radio). Wooo Jesus.
But I have rules (as all games should):
It can't be a contemporary song or a recent Top 40.
It has to be during the same trip.
& be on a DIFFERENT radio station entirely.
If you cross the state line, listening to the same station with the same song playing--it does not count. If you call in to request a song--it does not count. Understood?
Gems from my own trip(s):
"Another One Bites the Dust" (Queen) Mississippi then Alabama
"Brass in Pocket" (The Pretenders) Georgia then Alabama
"Just What I Needed" (The Cars) Alabama then Mississippi
"Hotel California" (The Eagles) Tennessee then Mississippi
"Sweet Home Alabama" (Lynyrd Skynyrd) Georgia then Alabama
It's a rare occurrence, and I've yet to get a triple or quadruple song. Also, I've considered expanding my game to "twin artists." This past trip I heard the Rolling Stones in two states (Georgia and Alabama) but they were different songs (Paint it Black and Honky Tonk Woman).
I guess "classic rock" is the most prevalent choice for this game in the South.
Ironically, I haven't heard Willy Nelson on any of my trips...
Friday, March 11, 2011
He was soon borne away by the waves and lost in darkness and distance. –Mary Shelley, Frankenstein (1818)
...I put my arms around him yes and drew him down to me so he could feel my breasts all perfume yes and his heart was going like mad and yes I said yes I will Yes. –James Joyce, Ulysses (1922)
So we beat on, boats against the current, borne back ceaselessly into the past. –F. Scott Fitzgerald, The Great Gatsby (1925)
Yes, she thought, laying down her brush in extreme fatigue, I have had my vision. –Virginia Woolf, To the Lighthouse (1927)
"Tomorrow, I’ll think of some way to get him back. After all, tomorrow is another day." -Margaret Mitchell, Gone with the Wind (1936)
She sat staring with her eyes shut, into his eyes, and felt as if she had finally got to the beginning of something she couldn’t begin, and she saw him moving farther and farther away, farther and farther into the darkness until he was the pin point of light. –Flannery O’Connor, Wise Blood (1952)
The old man was dreaming about the lions. –Ernest Hemingway, The Old Man and the Sea (1952)
Are there any questions? –Margaret Atwood, The Handmaid’s Tale (1986)
See if you can find your favorites on THIS list from American Book Review.
Wednesday, March 9, 2011
The problem may be my ability to "write" everything that I come up with down. I know some consider thinking as a form of writing because our thoughts are written onto our brains--but they can get lost or muddled.
And my classmates keep reminding me about my learning "noises" too. They're often imitated for emphasis (legendary at this point).
Tuesday, March 8, 2011
Whether I shall turn out to be the hero of my own life, or whether that station will be held by anybody else, these pages must show. - Charles Dickens, David Copperfield (1850)
Happy families are all alike; every unhappy family is unhappy in its own way. - Leo Tolstoy, Anna Karenina (1873-7)
I had the story, bit by bit, from various people, and, as generally happens in such cases, each time it was a different story. - Edith Wharton, Ethan Frome (1911)
Mrs. Dalloway said she would buy the flowers herself. - Virginia Woolf, Mrs. Dalloway (1925)
Of all the things that drive men to sea, the most common disaster, I've come to learn, is women. - Charles Johnson, Middle Passage (1990)
You better not never tell nobody but God. - Alice Walker, The Color Purple (1982)
In my younger and more vulnerable years my father gave me some advice that I've been turning over in my mind ever since. - F. Scott Fitzgerald, The Great Gatsby (1925)
It was love at first sight. - Joseph Heller, Catch-22 (1961)
It was inevitable: the scent of bitter almonds always reminded him of the fate of unrequited love. - Garbriel Garcia Marques, Love in the Time of Cholera (1985)
It was a pleasure to burn. - Ray Bradbury, Fahrenheit 451 (1953)
Ours is essentially a tragic age, so we refuse to take it tragically. - D.H. Lawrence, Lady Chatterley’s Lover (1928)
A story has no beginning or end; arbitrarily one chooses that moment of experience from which to look back or from which to look ahead. - Graham Greene, The End of the Affair (1951)
124 was spiteful. - Toni Morrison, Beloved (1987)
And while picking some of my favorites, I came across this website. Novel idea, huh?