28 May 2007

What Kind of Reader Are You?

I wasn't really expecting this; I've always considered myself fairly democratic when it comes to books:

What Kind of Reader Are You?
Your Result: Book Snob

You like to think you're one of the literati, but actually you're just a snob who can read. You read mostly for the social credit you can get out of it.

Obsessive-Compulsive Bookworm
Dedicated Reader
Literate Good Citizen
Fad Reader
What Kind of Reader Are You?
Create Your Own Quiz

C'est la vie, I reckon.

25 May 2007

...And the fact that He's Paul Freakin' McCartney doesn't matter?!

From the Associated Press:
Paul McCartney snagged Natalie Portman to star in his new music video - thanks to his fashion designer-daughter, Stella.

Portman, 25, makes a cameo as a ghost in the video for "Dance Tonight," a track from McCartney's new studio album, "Memory Almost Full." The video had its world premiere Wednesday on YouTube.com.

"The connection with Natalie came from my daughter Stella, who makes non-leather shoes that Natalie buys, so I just thought, 'Well, I'll ring her up and just see if she'll do it.' So I rang her up and said, 'Hey, I'm Stella's dad!' " the 64-year-old former Beatle said in a statement posted on his website.
How lame is that, Sir Paul? "Hi, you buy shoes from my daughter DUURRRRR."

Try something like "Hi, I am one of the two remaining Beatles -- you know, the band that essentially made rock 'n' roll in America -- would you like to play a 'futurist electronic ghost' in my next music video?" It won't give you nearly so much of the "friend's creepy father" vibe.

21 May 2007

...And my life keeps being a dervish of excitement

Got hooded Saturday morning, had the fam to a picnic in the afternoon, made an offer on a house in the evening, and had it accepted that night. Sunday, I led music at church, hung out with EJ, DJ, and the four wild things, and slept for four hours before staying up late to grade.

Today was spent mostly studying for my NASD Series 6 license (which, as I understand it, will give me the right to break mutual funds and annuities or something) and working on a futile PowerPoint presentation to give to my training buddies, who will return the "favor" in kind. In other words, another productive day in Corporate America (and, like every day lately, I got paid more than I have ever received for any day spent molding America's next generation into good, upstanding citizens). In better news, I just posted my grades (for the last time EVER).

If all goes well, I will have a house and a picket fence and a lawn and a decrepit old toolshed on or before June 22. American dream, here I come. :-|

16 May 2007

Sweet Moses, Yes!

Yeah, so this is pretty much the best news this month: Spielberg and Jackson Tackle Tintin. You read that right. Soon your favorite Belgian-drawn sleuth and mine will hit the big screen in glorious 3-D animation. The best quote in this brief: "They look exactly like real people — but real Herge people!" Fantastic!

OK, so my job is going pretty well. I should be grading, but this popped up in my gmail account's header, and I HAD to share. :-)

06 May 2007

Got a Job

I'll be working in the call center of a securities company. Not a lot of money, but certainly more than I'm making right now.

The tricky part: I start training the Monday of finals week. I already found a friend to proctor an exam I have to give that week, so now I just have to attend to the simple matter of getting the rest of the semester over with in five days instead of 14.

If you're a praying person, I'd appreciate your prayers. Otherwise, give me lucky vibes or something. :-)