Saturday Review 2-21-09

I feel like the linkage is a little sparse this week, folks. Between work and that little distraction we had on Monday, I’ve just about been keeping up – so it won’t take you quite as long to catch up on the randomness here :-).

And just in case you were wondering – my pinky finger is almost recovered, and most of our aches and sore spots are about gone, but a few bruises linger. In related news, we have started car shopping.

New to my Google Reader
Wheels on the Bus (Emily has just joined the Los Angeles Moms Blog roster)

Across the Blogiverse

Valentine’s Day was last Saturday, and her family was really ready for it; a Valentine to her parents, on their wedding anniversary

Superheroes we really need

Some homecomings make you want to head right back out on another vacation

Does your will need a Social Media Executor Clause?

Still on people’s minds: “Octo-Mom” and how she reflects on reproductive technology. In related news…

The parable of the prodigal mortgage (I haven’t discussed the housing-finance crisis much because, as a renter for most of the decade, I’ve personally sat it out, but I’ve been keeping up with the news anyway)

One special thing about the blogiverse is the way that one blogger’s post inspires another – sometimes, we practically feed off each other. But where do we draw the lines on incorporating others’ content into our own?

Have you ever been to Cityopolis? Oh well, it’s too late now

Things you just might wish were actually on your to-do list

I think there may be some irony in blogging about making time for offline pursuits, but I can relate anyway (and I suspect it’s not just me)

Blogthings Quiz of the Week:
You Are FAQ
For you, the internet is like your personal library. And you know more facts than fifty normal humans.
Your brain is basically lot a computer at this point. You have a lot of information stored up there.

You spend hours looking up obscure information and learning things. If you have question, you always Google it.
You can’t help but be a bit of a know-it-all. You can answer everyone’s frequently asked questions.

The confused “type,” via Not Always Right

Sales | Burlington, Ontario, Canada
Customer: *on the phone* “I know you aren’t tech support, but I have an easy question.”
Me: “OK…”
Customer: “How do you make the @ symbol…you know, for the email?”
Me: “You hold the shift key and press 2.”
Customer: “Won’t that just make a capital 2?”
Me: “…”
Bookmarks: Reading-related reading

Bookworms Carnival #23, “Books to Movies,” is now posted at The Bluestocking Society. In addition to links to posts about books into movies, movies into books, books about movies, etc., Jessica poses a question: Do you prefer to read the book first or see the movie first? (My short answer: I’m not a stickler either way. My longer answer will be posted here some time next week.) Check out the Carnival, and while you’re there, find out the themes and submission info for the next few events!

Tips for the first-time author

People you know (or should know) talking to people you know (or should know): Beth Kephart interviews my favorite funny lady, Anna Lefler, while another Anna (of Diary of an Eccentric) chats with the rockin’ Susan Helene Gottfried

Technically, this isn’t about reading, but it would make your reading spot a lot cozier if you had one – Trish at Hey Lady! Whatcha Readin’?  is holding a giveaway for TWO Slankets!

Books that caught my eye this week:
The Ungarnished Truth: A Cooking Contest Memoir, by Ellie Mathews (via
I Like You: Hospitality Under the Influence, by Amy Sedaris

Enjoy your weekend, and drive carefully!

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  1. Thank you for being part of our conversation yesterday, Florinda. It is one thing to speak. It is another to be heard. You are so good at both speaking and listening.

  2. Beth K – And you are very good at saying nice things about people :-). I really did enjoy your interview with Anna.

    Kathy (Bermudaonion) – I want to see someone who’s LOL :-).

  3. I am “OMG”, which I don’t really agree with. 🙂

    I definitely have to read the book before I see the movie. There are some books that I haven’t read, even though I know I would like them, because I saw the movie. I feel like I’ll know too much and not be surprised, or interested, in the story.

  4. Mike – I wouldn’t have pegged you for an “OMG” either.

    I think part of the book first/movie first thing depends on how you feel about spoilers. I have a full post about that in the works, though, since it actually comes up pretty often around our house.