Miss Letting-Go-Getting


Seeking Balance
November 16, 2008, 7:29 pm
Filed under: Life, Videos, Web Resources

Moving from the lovely chaos of the theatre world to the lovely orderliness of librarianship, has often been a confusing and somewhat painful process for my brain. Don’t get me wrong, I adore my chosen field of study, but I really miss theatre in all of its beautiful craziness.

Occasionally, I feel like this…

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Check out this video from Ted.com (if you aren’t familiar with this site–it is an AWESOME collection of talks by really smart people on a countless number of topics):

“Artist and comedian Ursus Wehrli shares his vision for a cleaner, more organized, tidier form of art — by deconstructing the paintings of modern masters into their component pieces, sorted by color and size. Beyond the whimsy, of course, is a serious message, to honor and balance creativity and messiness, form and chaos.”

I could definitely use some of that aforementioned balance. Soon, soon I hope to meld my two worlds. Three more weeks!

XXXOOO

Miss Lgg



Happy Birthday USA, Happy Birthday Jason Dabrowski: A Weekend of Encased Meats
July 4, 2008, 4:40 pm
Filed under: Life | Tags: , ,

“No matter that patriotism is too often the refuge of scoundrels. Dissent, rebellion, and all-around hell-raising remain the true duty of patriots.” Barbara Ehrenreich

“”We must not confuse dissent with disloyalty. When the loyal opposition dies, I think the soul of America dies with it.” Edward R. Murrow

“My country, right or wrong” is a thing no patriot would ever think of saying except in a desperate case. It is like saying “My mother, drunk or sober.” G.K. Chesterton

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Happy Fourth Friends! I am going to join fellow patriots for some dangerous lawn games, encased meats and explosives. On Sunday, I am going to Johnsonville, Wisconsin for a real Sausage Fest….SO EXCITED! I hope we make it in time for the Polka Mass.

XXXOOO

Miss LGG



Have, Want, Need
June 21, 2008, 5:14 pm
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I have a great life.

I have the most wonderful friends and family, live in an amazing city and am now headed down a career path that I know will bring me great joy while at the same time contribute to the common good.

Sure there are a few things that I dream about, that I want for myself.

I want adventure and travel, constant learning, a loving, intelligent and kind companion, a home with a garden, a small menagerie of pets and maybe, yes maybe a kid or two.

What I need…what I need is an entirely different matter…I absolutely need some sexually ambiguous 80’s dude to bake bread for me in exactly this fashion…every day…for the rest of my life.

Thanks to Madame Lamb for bringing this gem of a video into my life.

XXXOOO

Miss LGG

Status Update: Letting-Go: A+, Go-Getting: A-, Smoking: F (it’s time for the patch), Summer Reading Program: D



Fail Big, Fail Often, Fail Well
June 10, 2008, 5:06 pm
Filed under: Life

After graduating from college, I took an amazing clowning class. Not Bozo, birthday party balloon-animal clowning but European, sadder more complicated character work. Most of the work involved learning to fail well in front of an audience, of being completely vulnerable and naked (not nekked naked) on stage. Failing well involved the full realization that everyone was watching, slowly taking in every single painful, embarassing and sad second of that realization and then trying again with even more gusto. “Taking the drop” we called it.

So…um…errr…alright…

Apparently I had not quite finished with my smoking.

Apparently I had a few more (packs) to smoke in order to fill my lifetime allotment.

Apparently I have zero willpower when it comes to certain things.

I’m totally taking the drop on this one. I feel you seeing my failure as you read this, and I am going to take it in and try again, and probably again and again.

Okay, had to get that out there–I want you to trust me faithful readers.

Now I can move on to more important bloggings…

XXXOOO

Miss LGG



“Looking for the Mouse”
June 2, 2008, 2:27 pm
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This talk given by Web 2.0 guru Chris Shirky is absolutely brilliant. Essentially he asks the question, what could we do with the cognitive surplus that has been masked by the hundreds of millions of hours of passive television watching we Americans do? He makes the argument that it was gin that masked the cognitive surplus leading into the industrial revolution and the sitcom that is masking the next one.

Where do people find the time to participate in this new collaborative Web 2.0 world? What could we do with even 1% less television watching? Hmmmm. He puts it into perspective:

  • 100 million hours of human thought that make up the information in all of Wikipedia
  • Americans spend approximately 100 million hours a weekend watching television ads
  • Americans spend approximately 200 billion hours a year watching television.

WOW!

He closes the talk with the story of a friend’s four year old daughter who while watching a movie one evening went behind the television in desperate pursuit of the mouse. Four year olds already know that “media that’s targeted at you but doesn’t include you may not be worth sitting still for.” I love that. Imagine what these four year olds will do.

How do we deploy the cognitive surplus? Stop being passive!

Don’t get me wrong, I’m not trying to be all high and mighty here, I love my television (and my gin). In this crazy world we live in it is so necessary to zone out on the couch every once and awhile. I refuse to give up my Top Chef and my Lost, but perhaps I could do something better with the other hours I spend passively watching reruns of shows I’ve seen a gazillion times? Perhaps.

Try it. Watch just a little less television today and see what you come up with.

XXXOOO

Miss LGG

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RAW
May 23, 2008, 9:13 pm
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(R)andom (A)wesomeness of the (W)eek…

1. “Embrace a Dignified Life”

My brilliant little brother graduated from college this past weekend. I used to change the kid’s diapers and felt much like a parent must as he received many honors and gushing compliments from faculty and friends. I was so proud. Now I am both incredibly excited and scared for him, as I know all to well what a nerve-wracking time of life this can be, leaving the warm cozy bubble of academia for the real world. The commencement speaker gave an amazing speech encouraging the graduates to “embrace a dignified life” and to always strive to work for the common good rather than money, power and position. “Embrace a dignified life”–I love that phrase–I’ve been thinking about it all week. Embrace a dignified life. I know my little bro will have no problem at all with that. Me, I’m a tryin’!

2. Comeback Kid James Frey/Suck-it Oprah

Remember when all the hub-bub happened around James Frey’s book A Million Little Pieces. Basically what was published as a memoir was proven to be largely fictionalized and chaos ensued. Oprah publicly crucified him, the publishers pulled his book off the shelves and then offered refunds. Memoir or not, I enjoyed his book and I dislike Oprah even more after she tore him to shreds on live television. Then I read thisVanity Fair article, which made me even more pissed at the publishers and Oprah. Now he’s got a new fiction book out, Bright Shiny Morning and it is getting awesome reviews. Congrats James Frey, suck it Oprah.

3. Carl Sagan–Guba

I posted the below video on Facebook awhile ago because it features one of my all-time favorite people Carl Sagan talking about the great library of Alexandria. My friend and fellow Sagan fan Mike directed me to this amazing link about how Sagan and his wife fell in love. Mike also directed me to GUBA a site that allows you to download all sorts of awesome video, including the complete series of Cosmos!

4. NetFlix Streaming Video Box

For $100 you can buy a streaming video box and watch your Netflix movies immediately on your television with a broadband connection. WANT IT NOW!

5. TEAL

Another great find from my friend Mike (he’s like my dealer for fun and interesting web stuff), TEAL stands for Typo Eradication Advancement League. Check out their blog! Thanks for feeding my addiction Mike!

6. The President Gives Up Golf!

Golf? Golf! Ha! Grr! AAAAAHHHHHH! I hate George Bush! Like I often do, I’ll let Keith Olbermann express my anger…

7. On a lighter note–LOL

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more cat pictures

8. Three Day Weekends Y’all!!

I’ll be spending mine drinking my friends Dan & Natalie’s new ho-made beer Phil’s Prrrtr with a bunch of crazy union organizers, biking out to the botanical gardens and general chillin with my peeps. Hope you enjoy yours!

XXXOOO

Miss LGG



My Mother, My Weather Forecast
May 10, 2008, 5:42 pm
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“Whatever else is unsure in this stinking dunghill of a world a mother’s love is not.” – James Joyce

I heart my wonderful mother and owe many many things to her- especially my love of theatre and art, books and writing, libraries and learning. I can’t ever thank her enough for giving me these wonderful gifts–which bring me so much joy, every single day. Also I thank her for a great appreciation for casseroles and shoes.

One of the best quirks of my mother is her unrelenting obsession with the weather. She has stated many times that she wishes she had been a meteorologist and has even christened herself “weather-mom.” Weather mom calls regularly with warnings about precipitation that may or may not be happening way, way, way in the future.

Example phone message…

“Hi, it’s weather mom, just wanted to tell you to keep an eye on the weather for your drive home in two weeks, they’re predicting two inches of snow along I-80.”

One week later…

“It’s weather mom again. I’m a little concerned. I’ve been watching the weather channel all day and now they’re talking about 2.5 inches next weekend. I think you’d better prepare yourself not to come home.”

I’ll take “weather mom” any day especially over the following:

For more mother’s day fun sure to make you appreciate your mumsy in all of her glory, with all of her quirks check out:

  • Postcardsfromyomomma submissions of funny and strange electronic correspondances between mother and child.
  • For a list of the best and worst mothers ever check out TIME’s piece.

Do something nice for your mom and always remember it could be much, much worse.

XXXOOO

Miss LGG