Vote Fritz!

7 days left in the Motley Fool Video Stock Pick contest, in which I’m entered.

So, if you haven’t voted lately (you can vote once a day!), and if you can vote, and if you’re not allergic to registering at the website, Vote today!

I’m in the top 10 right now! Although only 18% of voters like my video!

Popularity contests. Sheesh. I didn’t do very well with them in high school, either.

Zzzzz…

Scout is teething.

On the plus side, I got to finish the last 20 minutes of an episode of Buffy the Vampire Slayer that had been slowly eating at my brain since I watched the first 45 minutes (what will happen!? what will happen!?). Granted, watching it at 2:30 a.m. at very low volume isn’t optimal, but I require closure in my life.

And the soothing sounds of Buffy slaying a cyborg-demon put Scout to sleep after a 2.5 hour ordeal where nothing else would, so win-win.

Today, I went out to my car and took a half-hour nap at lunch. It was sufficient to keep me limping along this afternoon, but it’s not a pastime I would ever relish.

I wonder if these cube walls would support a hammock.

Steve, the Clandestine Dragon

Rocketboy: Here is a picture.

Me: What is it?

RB: It’s a map.

Me: Where does it go to?

RB: A dragon’s house. A nice dragon.

Me: What’s his name?

RB: Steve.

Me: Ah. Can you draw me a picture of what he looks like?

RB: Yes.

(time passes)

RB: Here you go. (Hands me a picture with a single line on it)

Me: What’s this?

RB: This is the slide that Steve the dragon slides on.

Me: Ah. How about a picture of what the dragon looks like?

RB: Ok.

(time passes)

RB: Here you go. This is his house.

Me: Steve’s?

RB: Yes.

Me: What about what Steve looks like? Can you draw that picture?

RB: Yep.

(time passes)

RB: Here you go. (hands me a picture of a figure)

Me: Ah! He has a lot of hair!

RB: Yes. That’s Steve’s mom. She has a lot of hair.

Me: Steve’s… mom?

RB: Yes.

Me: What about Steve? I want to see what he looks like.

RB: Okay.

(time passes)

RB: (hands me another figure) Here you go.

Me: Is this Steve?

RB: No. This is Steve’s Dad. See? I wrote his name. (Points to a string of random letters, mostly R’s and O’s)

Me: Okay. Are you going to draw Steve?

RB: No. I’m out of paper.

Book Log – The Best American Nonrequired Reading 2006

The Best American Nonrequired Reading 2006 Edited by Dave Eggers

This was probably the best of the series thus far.

It included the “best American first sentences of novels in 2005”, excerpts from that Chuck Norris website, a very funny piece from Kurt Vonnegut on writing, Julia Sweeney’s “Letting Go of God” piece, comics and many other funny and poignant bits from everywhere.

I don’t have it with me, lest I’d make more notes, but… if you’re ever going to read anything from this series, make this one the first.

Book Log – The Best American Science Writing 2001

The Best American Science Writing 2001 Edited by Timothy Ferris

I touched on this lightly in a previous post, which I’ll reproduce here:

I also read a couple essays from The Best American Science Writing 2001, one about the effects of testosterone and the other about how the catholic church and the inventor of the pill really screwed women over by insisting on the “natural” 28 day cycle, which turns out to be not-so-natural after all. Apparently, pre-industrial women have an average of 100 periods during their lifetime (due to repeated pregnancy and extended breast-feeding), compared to the modern woman’s average of around 400. The increased number of cycles is the catalyst for diseases(such as cervical cancer) that happen very rarely to women in non-industrialized cultures. Had the inventor of the pill not been so all-fired driven to appease the catholic church’s desire for a”natural” cycle, many women might have had access to the types of birth controls that are just now coming into vogue where they’re on the drug for 3 months or more without break, reducing the total lifetime ovulations and accompanying risks. Interesting stuff.

Also of note:

– Decoding the human genome and the story behind the public sector vs. private sector companies involved.

– The use of DNA in trials

– The attitudes of South African government that are hurting the battle against the AIDS epidemic

– An unsettling piece about SV40, a simian virus, a possible culprit in some cancers, that has made its way into the human population, possibly because of the polio vaccine many years ago.

– How and why the Roswell UFO legend got started

Ironically, one of my favorite authors, the late Stephen Jay Gould, wrote a piece about Syphillus that I got bored with and skipped. They can’t all be gems.

Book Log – The Best American NonRequired Reading 2004

The Best American NonRequired Reading 2004 Edited by Dave Eggers

My guilty favorite of the Best American series, filled with pieces chosen by high schoolers. Mixture of essays, stories, comics, whatever they feel like putting in there.

Highlights of this one are:

We Have a Pope!: An imagining of a marketing master trying to manipulate the system to get the first American pope. Funny.

The Hidden Lives of Lakes: People of a small, wintry village notice that underneath the ice of their lake, all of the people who ever died in their town seem to be living a watery second life.

The Fifteen Year Layover: I thought that Tom Hanks movie was based on a true story, but here’s another one about a man who has lived in an airport for 15 years.

Transmissions from Camp Trans: The story of the alternative protest camp (Camp Trans) that happens on the outskirts of the Michigan Womyn’s Music Festival in the wilds of Michigan each August. MWMF prohibits trans women from attending, and this is the story of one summer fighting the good fight.

Strepped

So, today is the first day since Tuesday that I’ve been able to look at a computer screen for more than a few minutes without getting a brain-splitting headache, on top of the continuous brain-cracking headache I’ve been carrying around, on top of the earache, and, of course, sore throat. Plus, achy and weak all over. And sleepy. But I look fabulous1.

So… what’s been happening in the world?

Or have you all been too busy voting for my entry in the Motley Fool Video Stock Pitch contest to notice the news? In that case, you’re forgiven.

1 Not really.