Sunday Slowdown: Let’s Play “20 Questions”

Sunday Slowdown: Let’s Play “20 Questions”

I’ve seen Ti, Jen, and Bryan tackle this “20 Questions About Me” thing recently, and I thought I’d play along today. I rarely do this meme-type stuff here any more, and it was a fun change of pace. Feel free to take these questions with you and answer them for yourself—I’d love to know what you have to say about them! HOW TALL ARE YOU? My driver’s license says I’m 4’9”. This is an exaggeration, since I usually have shoes on whenever I have reason to show my driver’s license. I’ve told my doctor I’m 4’8.” That may also be an exaggeration, but not as much. Let’s just say that if I shrink too much as I get older, I’ll be the size of a very tall hobbit. DO YOU HAVE A HIDDEN TALENT? If I do, I haven’t seen it yet, so it must be very well hidden! I do have this weird ability […]

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Book Talk: *Nerd Do Well,* by Simon Pegg

Book Talk: *Nerd Do Well,* by Simon Pegg

Nerd Do Well: A Small Boy’’s Journey to Becoming a Big Kid Simon Pegg (Twitter) Gotham (2011), Hardcover (ISBN 1592406815 / 9781592406814) Nonfiction/memoir (mostly), 368 pages Source: ARC from publisher, via TLC Book Tours Reason for reading: Blog tour, known writer (although not known for books), guilty-pleasure genre Opening lines: “It was never my intention to write an autobiography. The very notion made me queasy. You see them congesting the bookshop shelves at Christmas. Rows of needy smiles, sad clowns and serious eyes, proclaiming faux-modest life stories, with titles such as This Is Me, or Why Me?, or Me, Me, Me.”* Book description: Zombies in North London, death cults in the West Country, the engineering deck of the Enterprise: actor, comedian, writer and self-proclaimed supergeek Simon Pegg has been ploughing some bizarre furrows in recent times. Having landed on the U.S. movie scene in the surprise cult hit Shaun of the Dead, his enduring appeal […]

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My dream guy

My dream guy

One of the questions in the “musical meme” I posted recently, in which the answers were provided by the songs that cane up randomly on my iPod, was “What do you like in a guy?” I’ve known exactly how to answer that question ever since I read Christopher Moore’s summary description of his protagonist, Tucker Case, in Island of the Sequined Love Nun: “a geek in a cool guy’s body.” Mind you, that was not a variety of geek I’d encountered very often – and I’ve had no shortage of experience with geeky guys. I was an honor student; I was an accounting major; my first husband was a scientist – heck, practically the only guys I had much experience with were geeks. However, as it turns out, there are several geeky-guy subspecies, and most of the ones I’ve known have fallen into the stereotypical category of “nerd,” complete with scientific/technical orientation and a history […]

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Ten on Tuesday 1-15: 10 Movies That Disappointed You

Ten on Tuesday 1-15: 10 Movies That Disappointed You

This week’s Ten on Tuesday topic, “10 Movies That Disappointed You,” has been unexpectedly difficult for me. I have a few ideas why: I tend to base my decision on whether or not to see most movies on the consensus of reviews – and if they’re mostly unfavorable, I probably won’t go. Therefore, I avoid setting myself up to be disappointed in the first place. On the other hand, there are certain movies I will see no matter what anyone says. I’ll probably read a few reviews to see whether I should adjust my expectations, but I don’t expect to be disappointed. As I mentioned in this post about best and worse movie adaptations from books, I tend to block the bad ones from my memory, so it really was hard to think of very many disappointments. I think that last category is the source of a lot of movie disappointment. Adaptations come with a […]

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