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Free Rice! Learn vocabulary, and donate rice to people who need it:
http://www.freerice.com/index.php
This is addicting. I've donated 2000 grains of rice since last night. I'm amazed at how many words I seem to know. I say "seem to know" because I don't actually remember them-- they're not part of my regular vocabulary-- and I'd be hard-pressed to define them by hand (instead of via multiple-choice), but I can pick out a synonym without a second's thought. Freaky. My vocabulary generally tends to top-off around level 45 or so.

If you have a commercial website, you are probably already aware of google optimizer. Did you know they had a tutorial on it?
http://services.google.com/training/websiteoptimizeroverview/2995095/index.html
And a real-time teleseminar next Tuesday?
https://googleonline.webex.com/mw0305l/mywebex/default.do?nomenu=true&siteurl=googleonline&service=6&main_url=https%3A%2F%2Fgoogleonline.webex.com%2Fec0600l%2Feventcenter%2Fevent%2FeventAction.do%3FtheAction%3Ddetail%26confViewID%3D193793724%26siteurl%3Dgoogleonline%26%26%26

Someone deyo knows is looking for amazing programmers, IT & design for The Next Big Thing:
http://www.reardenlabs.com/spinoffs/index.html
I KNOW I have a lot of brilliant programmers on my FL. Send rearden labs your CV today!

Boing-Boing has links to Mashing Pumpkins, a disc of new Halloween mashups:
http://www.boingboing.net/2007/10/23/halloween-mashups-fr.html
The original site has already been suspended (likely for exceeding bandwidth-- these things are quite popular). I haven't actually listened to these yet, but I have high hopes :)

What else? My dad and stepmom are visiting (briefly) tomorrow on their way to Sarasota (they're snowbirds). My house is a MESS.

I went to a movie audition and a regional theatre audition last week. I doubt much will happen from either of those, but It felt very validating to be driving around town in my character shoes, toting headshots and resumes :)

I saw American Buffalo (a David Mamet play) at the Civic Media Center this weekend. In truth, I only went because two of the three-person cast are in the children's musical I'm doing in February... but it turned out to be amazing. It was theatre in the round (well, imperfect square, really), and it involved the audience far more than I'd expected. At the end, they all drove off in a car that was parked outside, leaving the audience alone and bemused. It vies with "exit, pursued by a bear" as my favourite exit ever :) Oh, the lead character was actually selling junk when I got there, so I picked up a copy of of Bullseye on VHS for a buck (I think he'd have given it to me free, but I enjoy supporting the arts, and especially in unusual ways). It looks pretty terrible, but has Michael Caine and Roger Moore in it. Oh, and even though I went to the play alone, I got to sit with the other witch from the aforementioned production (I'm the good witch, she's the wicked witch), who also came alone. We were both slightly buzzed, and made too much noise while reading about Cher in a GLBT magazine.

Prior to that, I went to a PHP* party to watch the Gator game. I drank free beer, ate wonderful food, rode in a pink 1951 jeep and even got a t-shirt for showing up. This year's slogan: "There is no 'i' in 'team,' but there is a 'we' in 'weasels'" I adore PHP.

Friday, Paul and I had a nice dinner at an expensive Italian restaurant, and then I went out clubbing with a bunch of college girls *grin* I danced to cheesy 80s tunes, drank my first SoCo & lime and several pints of Guinness, topped it all off with a greasy slice of free pizza, and generally had a grand time.

The cats are crazy, as usually. The kitten (Switch) wakes me up most days by crawling under the covers and biting my toes or attacking the oldest cat (Max). I can't even sit in my office with Max anymore without Switch jumping on him. :( I'm going to have to step in with a water gun, because Max doesn't deserve such annoyances. Neither do I, actually... as if on cue, Switch just climbed the back of my chair, and then nearly fell off it when he went to bite my ear. He's got a toy bear on the bed that he wrestles with, and Paul bought him an an attack mitten (it's like one of those huge BBQ oven mitts, but overpriced and cute), but he can't get enough of play time. Sometimes he's laid-back and adorable, but only when I'm relaxing. If I'm working, sleeping or doing housework, then he's the spawn of Satan. RAAAR! OK, even when he's demonspawn, he's cute.

What else? I bought a weed whacker the other day, and it's defective. It's actually got a part from a different weed whacker semi-attached to it. What's up with that?! So much for clearing a path to my door for my parents.

Oliver rehearsals are going well. We open in less than two weeks!

Oh, and I've got another gig using a British accent :) E-learning. Some webcam work, too. The guy seems a little flakey, though... he keeps saying he's going to send me the script and then never does. Oh, well... no skin off my nose!** It will happen eventually, I suppose!

I'm sure I've got other things to report, but unless there's an e-learning script in my inbox, I've got to get cleaning.

Ciao, babies!

Oh, dear-- I thought I'd posted this awhile ago. D'oh! Arrivederci, lovelies!

* I refer not to the open-source programming language, but to two guys who host amazing parties and do a lot of good in the community in the name of beer and football. Actually, one recently married and disappeared, so I guess it's mostly in Huffman's lap now.
** Actually, the term probably comes from fisticuffs (boxing). But I like this person's reasoning better, and would like to further this disinformation :)
*** yawn!

I'm feeling all kinds of: cleany
What I hear: 1 cheekyboy - this is halloween

20 tall tales or Tell me a story
Comments
surrealist_geek From: surrealist_geek Date: October 24th, 2007 05:34 pm (UTC) (permalink)
2710 grains later, I'll concede that's rather addictive ;)

I did get up to level 49 a few times, but didn't get to 50. Mostly hung around in the mid-40s. I'll be coming back to that one :D

I'm not applying to Rearden, but I'm very curious to know what it is they're doing. That's a very interesting assortment of things they're interested in...
ldy From: ldy Date: October 24th, 2007 05:39 pm (UTC) (permalink)
Hee, I'm now at 2650 :)

I think I hit 49 once or twice. I don't think I've ever hit 50. Every once in awhile I drop down to 41... but it usually hovers around 45.

I don't know what Rearden's doing, but it sounds exciting! I find myself wishing I were a programmer just so I could sign the non-disclosure thingy and find out :)
hitchhiker From: hitchhiker Date: October 24th, 2007 06:57 pm (UTC) (permalink)
i bounced off 50 a bunch of times, then finally managed to hold it for 6 turns running
ldy From: ldy Date: October 24th, 2007 07:43 pm (UTC) (permalink)
That's because you're bloody brilliant.

In fact, you're the smartest mattress I've ever not-exactly met! :D
hitchhiker From: hitchhiker Date: October 24th, 2007 07:48 pm (UTC) (permalink)
you're definitely on my be-sure-to-meet-someday list :)
surrealist_geek From: surrealist_geek Date: October 25th, 2007 01:27 am (UTC) (permalink)
I just got Mum hooked on it, and she's hit 50 twice. Even held it for a while. She's good ;-)

Oh, and 50 is the highest level. And "It is rare for anyone to exceed 48".

I am a programmer, just without expertise in most of the areas they're interested in. And living in Australia probably doesn't help my chances any, either.
lynore From: lynore Date: October 24th, 2007 06:02 pm (UTC) (permalink)
Oh man, I found the rice site with StumbleUpon and was totally hooked. It is fun and such a strange concept. A good mix.

Thank you for sharing your adventures! Nice to see you enjoying yourself.
ldy From: ldy Date: October 24th, 2007 07:40 pm (UTC) (permalink)
Hee, thanks! Always good to see you :)
tacologic From: tacologic Date: October 24th, 2007 07:28 pm (UTC) (permalink)
If you see that the mashup album gets mirrored or something, please let me know. It'll work perfectly for my radio show on Halloween.
ldy From: ldy Date: October 24th, 2007 07:43 pm (UTC) (permalink)
Oh, the boingboing site still has 'em-- it's just the original site that's down :)

http://www.boingboing.net/2007/10/23/halloween-mashups-fr.html

Get 'em while they're hot! Some of them are quite nice.

And no, I haven't forgotten. I'm just uninspired and unable to listen of late (pretty much unable to record as well, unless "wacky kitten noises" are your cup of tea... they're not nearly as interesting as one might think!).
tacologic From: tacologic Date: October 24th, 2007 07:46 pm (UTC) (permalink)
Well the boingboing links go to the original guy's site which is still down. :(

No worries. I'll be around. :)
ldy From: ldy Date: October 24th, 2007 07:59 pm (UTC) (permalink)
D'oh! I must have gotten them just under the wire then.

Harrumph-- on closer examination, looks like I got cut by the wire... seems like a few didn't make it.

Well, what I do have is yours! I'm FTPing a zip file to my website now. I'm hoping it will upload OK. It's got about 15 minutes to go... I'll give you the link as soon as it's available :)

tacologic From: tacologic Date: October 24th, 2007 08:02 pm (UTC) (permalink)
Awesomesauce. Thanks so much!
ldy From: ldy Date: October 24th, 2007 08:40 pm (UTC) (permalink)
Yay for awesomesauce!

Ok, here it is:
http://carolynesalt.com/TEMP/Mashing_Pumpkins.zip

Let me know if you have any trouble downloading it, or if you need me to keep it up for more than a few days.
tacologic From: tacologic Date: October 24th, 2007 09:02 pm (UTC) (permalink)
Tracks 8, 12, 14-17 didn't make it on your end. But the rest are fantastic. Thanks so much.
ldy From: ldy Date: October 24th, 2007 09:07 pm (UTC) (permalink)
Yeah, those are the ones that must have gotten killed when the site died. I'm hoping none of the other ones are partials :)
laurdragon From: laurdragon Date: October 25th, 2007 05:34 am (UTC) (permalink)
Baha, I likes the rice. Hit level fifty a couple times and donated 7,000 grains.
tacologic From: tacologic Date: October 25th, 2007 06:12 pm (UTC) (permalink)

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ayoub From: ayoub Date: October 25th, 2007 09:56 pm (UTC) (permalink)
I'd love to hear your British accent :D
20 tall tales or Tell me a story