Thursday, October 30, 2008

You Can Vote However You Like

This is too cute! Love, love it! Love their passion and enthusiam, their involvement and knowledge and they're on CNN! You know this an election they won't ever forget!



Kudos to their teacher and parents, who must be so proud!

Monday, October 27, 2008

Barnes & Noble Adds Social Features

Via B&N Launches Social Networking Site

Interesting, I've logged on and created a profile under Literanista but honestly don't have the time to search for all the books to add to my catalog. I remember my Shelfari bookshelf took almost one complete Saturday afternoon to build and that was just the books presently on my bookshelf.

Friday, October 24, 2008

Speaking of NPR...

NPR to Run Exclusive Pre-Pub Reading with Toni Morrison - looking forward to listening in on this - I love Toni Morrison.

Thursday, October 23, 2008

Vamp on a Hot Tin Roof

I was just over at racialicious.com and read the post on True Blood and saw that line, "vamp on a hot tin roof," in the comments. Oh my lord, it suits the show just perfectly, love it!

Haven't been in the mood to post lately. There's just too much going sometimes. I also hired a personal trainer and so far it's going great. He has me doing all sorts of weird things like running backwards on a treadmill while simultaneously doing curls with some free weights. Weird but fun! Although, I must admit it even hurts to sneeze right now. LOL! The best part is the massage afterwards and the feeling of serenity and just being one with my body and the moment that I feel when I leave the gym.

Recently, I finished reading Candy By Mian Mian, a tough but lyrically tender story of love, self-destruction, drugs and addiction, and coming of age in China. Interestingly, Mian writes that in her language the term for whores is "chicken" and instantly I wondered if the common urban (hip-hop) usage of "chickens" or "chickenheads" for women is linguistacally related to that origin. It's always been a term I despise, quite frankly.

Sometimes while I work and write I prefer to tone out the word with some music. Last year, I discovered www.pandora.com and it became a nice change from the Sirius Radio I was listening to all the time. I have a private subscription through W. but it annoys me sometimes that they often play the same songs on a channel several times a day. Meanwhile with Pandora, you get to discover new music and artists. So last week, I googled Lizz Wright who I sort of re-discovered on Pandora and found that www.npr.org has this great feature called "Discover Songs" and they offer new music daily and even have a media player that saves your playlists. Fantastic!!!

It led me to discover I like songs that have a folksy, southern gospel sound. Interesting for a girl from New York!

I spotted this great post on Mashable: 200+ Tools for Surviving the Economic Crisis
Another really cool site: Tip of My Tongue helps you find that word you can't quite remember. I always have this problem.

I saw this "Twitter, Flickr, Facebook Make Blogs Look So 2004" however, and had myself a good laugh. I seriously don't think blogging is dead if anything it more mainstream than ever and for those who don't feel quite comfortable twittering or facebooking the blogging platform seems more welcoming than ever.

Malcolm Gladwell, recently wrote "Late Bloomers" for The New Yorker and it gives me a sense of hope in regards to my own success. Speaking of success, his new book which delves deeeply into what makes people, who are successful, succesful. The book is called Outliers and it's due out next month.

BoingBoing brings us the news of a Librarian fined (read: irony here) for nepotism: Librarian fined $500 Whoa! Poor dad.

Also take a look at this new site for latinos: www.cafemagazine.com

Friday, October 10, 2008

Thursday, October 09, 2008

Dental Nightmare

My younger brother calls me today and tells me he had to leave work because his teeth were really hurting him - it turns out he has 11 cavities! 11 cavities! 11 cavities since his last dentist visit last year! I mean was this kid churning sugar all night long with his chompers? Simply outrageous!

Anyway, speaking of upkeep, don't forget people - tomorrow is the last day to register to vote in the election on Nov. 4th. You can register here: www.rockthevote.com. Don't let your voice go unheard and don't let this historic once in lifetime chance to get a minority in the White House, whether it's our first Black president or the first woman VP!

Some new books on the radar (noticed these today in my Nov. issue of O mag)

A Mercyby Toni Morrison
2666: A Novelby Roberto Bolano and Natasha Wimmer

Films I'm dying to see:

<Guerilla
Miracle at St. Anna

Lately, Latina Magazine has been offering amazing recipes on their site. I usually get them in my inbox from the newsletter (but you can find them here: www.latina.com/recipes) and I swear I salivate just reading the titles.

That's it for me tonight, hasta manana.
 
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