slyvermont: (oy vey)
2007-11-10 01:33 pm
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2 bizarre things

#1: There was a magazine published by the Brown student newspaper for Parents Weekend. Inside was a full page ad with a picture of a lovely  mom and daughter, smiling into the camera, with this copy:

"Mother-daughter SALE. 20% OFF when you buy 2 of the same item!"

Sounds interesting. I love a good sale. Then I look at the fine print.

The store is called Miko. "Your friendly neighborhood adult shop." The website is

Just how many mothers and daughters go shopping in sex shops together? And then buy the same item? Ewww.

I did go to the website, It directs you either to "Below 18" or "Above 18." If you click the "below 18" button, you're sent to disney online. The above 18 stuff is just what you'd expect from a sex shop, vulva puppets and all.

#2. I'm browsing through the Brookstone catalog when I see this item. It's called iGallop. Now, I have seen many exercise machines on late night/early morning TV that promise to reduce your thighs and give you 6-pack abs, but this one is just too funny. OK, it's half off, it makes sense, but still ... bucking broncos turned into exercise machine?
slyvermont: (fieldofdreams)
2007-11-05 05:13 pm
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Inspirational, funny and so so sad

I spent a chunk of this morning online watching an amazing talk given in September by Carnegie Mellon professor Randy Pausch. It’s titled “The Last Lecture” for 2 reasons: it’s a tradition for professors to give an important lecture the last time they teach, and he’s dying. He was diagnosed with pancreatic cancer a year ago, and has 3-6 months to live. This really was his last lecture.

This has gotten lots of publicity – he’s been on Oprah and was ABC’s Person of the Week and has been written about in lots of newspapers and the clip has been watched by like 1 million people. So it's very possible that everyone on my f-list has seen this already. If you haven't, make the time. Watching it was worth every minute.

It’s very funny, incredibly inspirational, and heart-achingly sad. He’s got three young children, and they probably won’t remember him when they get older. Although they will have this video, and everyone else’s memories

He’s Brown class of 1982. I don’t know him, but I know at least one person who knows him, and probably others since I know CS majors from that year. (Andy van Dam shows up at the end.) For my Star Wars friends -- Star Wars is mentioned several times, although he grew up a Star Trek fan.

I cried for almost the entire speech, even though I was laughing too.

His website is, where there are links to the video and other stories, and to the blog where he chronicles his treatment. You can find the speech on YouTube, although it's split into 10 parts.
slyvermont: (typewriter girl)
2007-11-05 12:47 am
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Across the Universe

I don’t know how people who travel a lot keep sane. I’ve been away three weekends in a row, four out of five, and I feel like the threads of my life are unraveling.

I was supposed to be home this weekend, but ended up being away for a lot of it. Rich was involved in a project in Burlington, which led to a free hotel room on Saturday night. So Saturday afternoon I drove to Burlington, we saw a movie and had dinner. Sunday, after Rich went off to his meeting, I met my friend Abby for shopping and lunch. By the time I got home and took a walk, the day had disappeared.

The movie we saw was “Across the Universe,” which didn’t get great reviews (according to Rotten Tomatoes) but I thought it was absolutely brilliant. I guess I’m a sucker for the Beatles and love stories. I can’t wait to see it again, and then buy the DVD so I can watch it again and again and again. I highly recommend it, even if a lot of reviewers don't.

No travel expected this month. Maybe I can finish the book and move onto the month’s worth of New York Times’ piled up in my dining room.

Finally, for the MHS graduates: The girls soccer team won the state championship!
slyvermont: (Monet)
2005-06-03 11:29 am
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Last weekend was my 25th College reunion. I’ll put most of the write up behind a cut, since [ profile] unzeugmatic is probably the only person who will want to read this (and it is very long).

Speaking of him: last year he described returning to Brown as a variation of the musical Brigadoon
(he called it Brownadoon in his LJ). How true.

For my non-Brown friends: since graduating, I’ve returned every year for its commencement/graduation weekend.
A group of us have been doing this every year since 1982 – at first a very large group (more than 25 of us), now a much
smaller one. In the beginning, we acted like college students, throwing a big party with lots of alcohol. As we married and had kids, the nature of our gatherings changed. What’s amusing is that most of the people who return for this weekend weren’t even the people I hung out with when I was in college. But I’ve made new friends. We call ourselves the “Generics,” or “the reunion without class,” and our symbol is the bar code. Remember all the generic food items of the early 1980s? That’s where the name comes from.

I realize this is somewhat odd; perhaps I’m holding onto a piece of my past unnecessarily, since everyone else has moved on. I had doubts this year – why do I keep going back? How do you end a tradition? But then, the moment we started driving along Benefit Street on the way to Brown, all my doubts faded. I still love Providence and Brown. It’s changed a lot since I was there I talk about that in my write-up), but the energy remains the same. Traditions exist for a reason – they can revitalize the soul.

The rest is behind a cut.

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slyvermont: (Default)
2005-04-16 10:57 pm
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Stolen from several people.

1. Choose five of your all time favorite books.
2. Take the first sentence of the first chapter and make a list in your journal.
3. Don't reveal the author or the title of the book.
4. Now everyone try and guess.

No way could I limit this to just five. I love looking at first lines. I have a book called "In the beginning" which is a compilation of great first lines from many books. I helped my team in the Brown trivia contest win a bonus question because I knew some first lines (probably the Suicidal Zippers, as [ profile] unzeugmatic will recall).

And there's this web site to explore.

OK, here's mine Read more... ) . Some should be pretty easy.

1. When he was nearly thirteen, my brother Jem got his arm badly broken at the elbow.

2. Three gulls wheel above the broken boxes, orangerinds, spoiled cabbage heads that heave between the splintered plank walls, the green waves spume under the round bow as the ferry, skidding on the tide, crashes, gulps the broken water, slides, settles slowly into the slip.

3. I went back to the Devon School not long ago, and found it looking oddly newer than when I was a student there fifteen years before.

4. In the late summer of that year we lived in a house in a village that looked across the river and the plain to the mountains.

5. In my younger and more vulnerable years my father gave me some advice that I’ve been turning over in my mind ever since.

6. It was a dark and stormy night.

7. Last night I dreamt I went to Manderley again.

8. For the first fifteen years of our lives, Danny and I lived within five blocks of each other and neither of us knew of the other’s existence.

9. The airline plip plopped down the runway to a halt before the big sign: Welcome to Cyprus.