Thursday, March 30, 2006

"Name that Tune" meme -- ANSWERS!

Random quiz swiped from and crossposted to myspace

Rules for me:
1. Go to iTunes/iPod, set to shuffle.
2. Write down the first line of each of the next twenty songs.
3. If they are embarrassing, you still have to write them down. Sorry.
4. Any song where the title is the first line of the song must be excluded.
5. Only one song per artist.

Rules for you, dear readers:
1. NO GOOGLING (with a silent ", bitch!"). This must come out of your own brain. It’s on the honor code.
2. Leave your guesses as to which songs are represented above. They’ll be crossed out as people get them right. Guess song title. Album and artist are bonus, but not necessary for a correct score.
3. There may or may not be prizes, depending on how generous I’m feeling.
4. I’m not tagging anyone, but if you decide to play this game in your own blog, please let me know so I can play!

  1. Darling I can see the clouds around you, and in your heart I know a sorrow grows. becca got this one! "Til A Tear Becomes A Rose" by Keith Whitley (also recorded by John Prine).

  2. Hope. Everybody needs hope. Somebody's Out There Watching - The Kinleys

  3. A hundred days have made me older since the last time that I saw your pretty face. joker2 got this one! Here Without You - 3 Doors Down

  4. I was nothing but a lonely boy looking for something new. This fell under the "embarrassing songs" rule: All Revved Up With No Place To Go - Meatloaf

  5. Everybody sings a different kind of song. Made For Loving You - Doug Stone

  6. Well I'm a travelin' man, don't tie me down Give Back My Heart (You Fickle Redneck Woman) - Lyle Lovett

  7. When you wake in the morning its always there. An obscure Celtic number I didn't expect anyone to guess: You Saw His Eyes - Mary McLaughlin

  8. I search your profile for a translation. My friend K guessed that this one was the Ani tune, saying it was the only lyric "angsty" enough: Overlap - Ani DiFranco

  9. We must hide our love, its beauty to enfold in our eyes.Rose got this one: My Secret Wish - Club69

  10. Ice age, heat wave, can't complain. The World At Large - Modest Mouse

  11. Every night, I'm lyin' in bed, holdin' you close in my dream. artist by rose "The Eagles". title by anonymous "Best of My Love"

  12. On two bicycles, On a hillside desolate, Could nature make a man of me yet? This Charming Man - Death Cab For Cutie

  13. Well mamma told me when I was three, Lord, the street'll never get you nowhere. Step That Step - Sawyer Brown

  14. Paint the town, take a bow, thank everybody. Then The Morning Comes - SmashMouth

  15. He believes in the family unit, the union of man and wife. He Wants To Get Married - Reba McEntire

  16. She's an angel, and I ain't. Lord knows she deserves a saint. A little surprised nobody got this: Her Only Bad Habit Is Me - George Strait

  17. Comb your hair and paint and powder. You act proud and I'll act prouder. A Classic! Settin' The Woods On Fire - Hank Williams, Sr.

  18. If the night turned cold, and the stars looked down. opiate got the artist, Eric Clapton, although my version is by Sting. Title (anonymous) is "It's Probably Me". Bitter, anonymous?

  19. I'm on a mission, I made my decision Geek Stink Breath - Green Day

  20. We were all wounded in some domestic war. Enough Of Me - Melissa Etheridge

alright. i'll post correct answers as they come in.

My music taste is really more varied than the list would indicate, but it was a random sample of 20 from my library of several thousand tunes. So I guess the sample wasn't large enough to be representative... How did I do a whole list with no Jimmy Buffett on it?!?!?

Thursday, March 23, 2006

South Dakota Abortion Ban...

For a good time call...

I'm not a fan of abortion (who is, really?) but I am a fan of a woman having access to a legal, safe medical procedure that she, her doctor, and her faith all agree are the right one for her. I never, ever, ever want to read about a poor, desperate kid dying from the complications she suffered after a botched illegal abortion. I also want that kid to have clean, safe birth control available and education about her reproductive options, so she never has to face down a decision like abortion vs. adoption vs. single motherhood at 14, but that's a whole other blog.


Song lyrics that resonated with me today:

Breathe deeply and hold on tight
Chase away the anger in my heart
I just can’t go back down that twisted road again
I’ll fall back down, I’ll lose my soul
There’s nothing left here of my heart to break

From "Searching" by Ciao Bella

Monday, March 20, 2006

haven't you always wanted a monkey?

Your Final Quiz Score: 32 right out of a possible 60
The Monkey's Final Score: 17 right out of 60

Well done, you have sent the monkey to his defeat. Your score is unquestionably higher, and thus the lowly monkey has been proven once again to be humankind's intellectual inferior. Good work, however your score does leave room for improvement. We should like to see the human dominate even more completely!

You scored in the 76th percentile.
(76% of quiz takers scored worse than you)

Your score: 8
Monkey's score: 4
-- Quite a sufficient job.
Your score: 6
Monkey's score: 5
-- You might have done better.
Your score: 9
Monkey's score: 6
-- Good enough I suppose.
Random Trivia
Your score: 9
Monkey's score: 2
-- A handy defeat of the monkey.

Link: Monkey Challenge Trivia Quiz

Thursday, March 16, 2006


I went to Dinosaur Valley State Park in Glen Rose, Texas this weekend. What a fun trip!
I'm blogging this!
In Glen Rose, we stopped at a restaurant called Grannie's right off the old town square that was owned by a sweet -- well... a grannie-looking woman. She reminded me very much of my beloved, late, great-grandmother ("Grandmaw") in her dress with giant flower-print, matching neck-scarf, and Sunday shoes! She was within an inch of being as tall as i am, which means that for her day and time, she was GI-NORMOUS!!!! The food was delightful, Texas farm-food. If you ever find yourself in Glen Rose, stop off at Grannie's and eat. Yum! Well worth it.

Dinosaur Foot!The whole point of the trip was to get out to Dinosaur State Park and see the fossilized dinosaur footprints. I know that looks like "just a shadow" but the shadow in the middle is the footprint. The park was super-cool, and it afforded me the opportunity to take off my boots and wade barefooted in the water, as you can see. It's one of my favorite things to do in warm weather! Here I was searching for the footprints on a shallow ledge in the water. There were some kids on the ledge with me, trying to catch minnows in a butterfly net. They were way more interested in the fish than in the dinosaur footprints! Looking for dinosaur feet... Shortly after that picture was taken, I found a footprint, and turned to holler back at my friends about my discovery. That's when I discovered I was being photographed. In this last picture, I'm standing with one of my feet (my whole giant foot-long foot) inside the smallest toe-imprint of this fossil. All the fossils were three-toed, and some were much bigger than others. If we'd 'done' the park in the reverse order, where we went to the second set of footprints first, and the first set last, i would definitely have been swimming in my undies at the first set. Found the dinosaur feet! It was a WARM day. As it was, the second location was too busy, too shallow, and too full of chitlins for me to strip down and swim. The first location was perfect, but we hadn't been out in the heat long enough to make me think of swimming. If I ever go back, I'll dress differently and be prepared to take a dip!

At the entrance to the park, they have two giant fiberglass statues. One is a Tyrannosaurus Rex, the other is a Brontosaurus (now with it's name changed to Apatosaurus!). Those are probably the two most famous and recognizable dinosaurs around, and at the time the park was built they were suspected of leaving the tracks there. More research has shown that those two dinos didn't even live within 50 million years of each other, so they couldn't have laid tracks in the same strata. Brontosaurus (Big Thunder Lizard) has had his name changed to Apatosaurus (Deceptive Lizard) because, apparently, there's a lot of stuff about him that fooled early paleontologists. T. Rex (Tyrant King Lizard) is still the good old, terrifying T. Rex of my childhood. Anyway, they had these fiberglass statues, so they left them up because they're neato-looking and provide a great photo opportunity for the tourists. They now have signs near them stating clearly that these guys did not stomp around the park, but they're mascots so they get to stay. Here I am with my friend and the T. Rex.

Because I'm a nerd, I dug around until I found a website that explained which dinosaurs did actually leave tracks at the park. Here's what I found.

What Kinds of Tracks are Found in the Park?

The fossilized tracks in the Paluxy belong to two main types: many are three-toed, sharp-clawed prints made by two-legged meat-eating dinosaurs called theropods. Most of these prints (which are typically 15 to 25 inches long) are thought to have been made by Acrocanthosaurus, a 20-30 foot long carnosaur whose bones have been found in nearby areas. Others tracks in the Paluxy are even larger footprints (some over a yard long) made by huge, four-legged, long-necked plant-eating dinosaurs known as sauropods, or informally, "brontosaurs." The rear prints somewhat resemble giant bear tracks with large claws angling rearward, while the front prints are more round and elephant-like, with less distinct, peg-like toes. Sauropod tracks were unknown to science until discovered in Glen Rose in the 1930's. The most likely trackmaker candidate for the sauropod tracks is a dinosaur named Pleurocoelus, which was 30 to 50 feet long.

Wednesday, March 15, 2006


My friend sent me this link. She thinks I need help waking up in the morning. Anyone who's ever had to deal with me before my first cup of coffee concurs, of course. Including me. Her favorites are 10, 6, and 1. Mine are 10, 9, 2, and 1. The only problem with 2 is that it requires one person to be awake to get the other person up. It's obviously not going to work for me. But if I ever get to have kids, my kids are going to HATE the grenade. Muahahahahahahahaha!

Monday, March 06, 2006

a monday meme

rather than saying any of the entirely-too-deep things that are in my head today, i've decided to post a meme! i know you're utterly surprised to hear that i'd rather deflect the topic than talk about my inner workings, but try to contain your shock. now, muster up some curiosity and do the meme! this, you may note, requires you to comment...

Ask me a question about EACH of the following:
- Friends
- Sex
- Music
- Religion
- Love
- Blogging
Then post this in your blog and see what questions you get asked!

Thursday, March 02, 2006

Yea, Vermont!!!

This afternoon the Vermont state House of Representatives passed H865, which would add gender identity as a protected class to the state anti-discrimination laws. The bill now moves to the state Senate for consideration.

NCTE congratulates the Vermont TransAction Coalition, as well as RU12, SafeSpace, Outright Vermont and the Vermont Freedom to Marry Task Force for their diligent work. Transgender Vermonters also should be thankful for Representative Bill Lippert, who has shepherded the bill through the state house.

The passage of the bill came on a voice vote, though the yes votes clearly outnumbered the neas. According to NCTE Executive Director Mara Keisling, "When NCTE helped with training and strategy around this bill last year in Montpelier, it was apparent the folks in Vermont were committed to getting this law on the books as soon as possible."

If passed by the Senate and signed by the Governor, H865 would make Vermont the eighth state to have explicitly legislated anti-discrimination protections for transgender people. Washington state passed their law earlier this year.

NCTE Congratulates all of the advocates in Vermont for their hard work on this legislation.

National Center for Transgender Equality

phone: 202-903-0112