Driving under the influence…of crazy laws

The week between Christmas and New Year’s Day is vacation time for many people, but I worked that week (half-days only, though, since my son and his girlfriend were in town). It’s actually not a bad time to be at work – since so many people aren’t there, it’s quieter and often more productive. And since so many people aren’t off to work, they’re off the road too, and the commute is…well, almost fun, or […]

Wiki Wednesday 1-2-08

Time to learn something! 1. Go to Wikipedia.2. Click on “Random article” in the left-hand sidebar box.3. Post it! Going to the movies this week! Beyond the Forest (1949) is a Warner Brothers film noir directed by King Vidor, produced by Henry Blanke with Jack L. Warner as executive producer from a screenplay by Lenore J. Coffee based on a novel by Stuart Engstrand. The film stars Bette Davis, Joseph Cotten, David Brian, Ruth Roman, […]

The “literate city” rankings – where does your town stand?

Thanks to Pop Culture Junk Mail for the tip-off on this. An annual study of the “literacy rankings” of the 69 largest cities in the US has just released its 2007 results, and America’s most-literate city is…well, technically there are two. The Twin Cities of Minneapolis/St. Paul, Minnesota occupy first and third place on the list, separated by 2006’s number-one ranked city, Seattle, Washington. USA Today has reported on the results and some summary interpretations, […]

Book Talk Index: Book Reviews listed by Title

This list will be updated each time I post a new book review, and is permanently linked in the tabs above the blog header. (If the title isn’t linked to the review, it will be soon; the review just hasn’t posted yet.) My reviews are also posted on LibraryThing. If you’ve reviewed any of these books and would like me to add a link to your post at the bottom of mine, please e-mail me […]

Think twice!

10 valuable decision-making tips and an acronym that ties them together, all in one! These are from Fortune magazine, via Water Cooler Wisdom: Take the Global View. Always keep an eye on where you’re headed. Don’t lose the big picture. Hope for the Best – But Plan for the Worst. Having a plan for the worst case scenario can help keep you from panicking. (I call this “the realist’s creed.”) Investigate, then Invest. Get the […]

Ten on Tuesday 1-1: Ten Predictions for the New Year

I’ve mentioned previously that I’m not much for New Year’s resolutions, and I’m even less inclined to make predictions for the year to come, so I’ve been mulling over how to respond to this week’s Ten On Tuesday prompt. Predictions for the world at large? Predictions about politics, or about celebrity scandals? Predictions about trends for 2008? Or should I go the wimpy, cautious route and keep my predictions much closer to home? Predictions about […]