Book Meme!

Feb. 20th, 2009 11:41 pm
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I finished the ones in bold, and just started the ones in italics.

1 Pride and Prejudice - Jane Austen
2 The Lord of the Rings - JRR Tolkien
3 Jane Eyre - Charlotte Bronte
4 Harry Potter series - JK Rowling
5 To Kill a Mockingbird - Harper Lee
6 The Bible - (Has anyone born this century and not attending seminary ever actually finished this one?)
7 Wuthering Heights - Emily Bronte
8 Nineteen Eighty Four - George Orwell
9 His Dark Materials - Philip Pullman
10 Great Expectations - Charles Dickens
11 Little Women - Louisa M Alcott
12 Tess of the D’Urbervilles - Thomas Hardy
13 Catch 22 - Joseph Heller
14 Complete Works of Shakespeare
15 Rebecca - Daphne Du Maurier
16 The Hobbit - JRR Tolkien
17 Birdsong - Sebastian Faulk
18 Catcher in the Rye - JD Salinger
19 The Time Traveller’s Wife - Audrey Niffenegger
20 Middlemarch - George Eliot
21 Gone With The Wind - Margaret Mitchell
22 The Great Gatsby - F Scott Fitzgerald
23 Bleak House - Charles Dickens
24 War and Peace - Leo Tolstoy
25 The Hitch Hiker’s Guide to the Galaxy - Douglas Adams
26 Brideshead Revisited - Evelyn Waugh
27 Crime and Punishment - Fyodor Dostoyevsky
28 Grapes of Wrath - John Steinbeck
29 Alice in Wonderland - Lewis Carroll
30 The Wind in the Willows - Kenneth Grahame
31 Anna Karenina - Leo Tolstoy
32 David Copperfield - Charles Dickens
33 Chronicles of Narnia - CS Lewis
34 Emma - Jane Austen (Most obnoxious narrator ever.)
35 Persuasion - Jane Austen
36 The Lion, The Witch and The Wardrobe - CS Lewis
37 The Kite Runner - Khaled Hosseini
38 Captain Corelli’s Mandolin - Louis De Bernieres
39 Memoirs of a Geisha - Arthur Golden
40 Winnie the Pooh - AA Milne
41 Animal Farm - George Orwell
42 The Da Vinci Code - Dan Brown
43 One Hundred Years of Solitude - Gabriel Garcia Marquez
44 A Prayer for Owen Meaney - John Irving
45 The Woman in White - Wilkie Collins
46 Anne of Green Gables - LM Montgomery
47 Far From The Madding Crowd - Thomas Hardy
48 The Handmaid’s Tale - Margaret Atwood
49 Lord of the Flies - William Golding
50 Atonement - Ian McEwan
51 Life of Pi - Yann Martel
52 Dune - Frank Herbert
53 Cold Comfort Farm - Stella Gibbons
54 Sense and Sensibility - Jane Austen
55 A Suitable Boy - Vikram Seth
56 The Shadow of the Wind - Carlos Ruiz Zafon
57 A Tale Of Two Cities - Charles Dickens
58 Brave New World - Aldous Huxley
59 The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-time - Mark Haddon
60 Love In The Time Of Cholera - Gabriel Garcia Marquez
61 Of Mice and Men - John Steinbeck
62 Lolita - Vladimir Nabokov
63 The Secret History - Donna Tartt
64 The Lovely Bones - Alice Sebold
65 Count of Monte Cristo - Alexandre Dumas
66 On The Road - Jack Kerouac
67 Jude the Obscure - Thomas Hardy
68 Bridget Jones’s Diary - Helen Fielding
69 Midnight’s Children - Salman Rushdie
70 Moby Dick - Herman Melville
71 Oliver Twist - Charles Dickens
72 Dracula - Bram Stoker
73 The Secret Garden - Frances Hodgson Burnett
74 Notes From A Small Island - Bill Bryson
75 Ulysses - James Joyce
76 The Bell Jar - Sylvia Plath
77 Swallows and Amazons - Arthur Ransome
78 Germinal - Emile Zola
79 Vanity Fair - William Makepeace Thackeray
80 Possession - AS Byatt
81 A Christmas Carol - Charles Dickens
82 Cloud Atlas - David Mitchell
83 The Color Purple - Alice Walker
84 The Remains of the Day - Kazuo Ishiguro
85 Madame Bovary - Gustave Flaubert
86 A Fine Balance - Rohinton Mistry
87 Charlotte’s Web - EB White
88 The Five People You Meet In Heaven - Mitch Albom
89 Adventures of Sherlock Holmes - Sir Arthur Conan Doyle
90 The Faraway Tree Collection - Enid Blyton
91 Heart of Darkness - Joseph Conrad
92 The Little Prince - Antoine De Saint-Exupery
93 The Wasp Factory - Iain Banks
94 Watership Down - Richard Adams
95 A Confederacy of Dunces - John Kennedy Toole
96 A Town Like Alice - Nevil Shute
97 The Three Musketeers - Alexandre Dumas
98 Hamlet - William Shakespeare
99 Charlie and the Chocolate Factory - Roald Dahl
100 Les Miserables - Victor Hugo
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So I just heard a super cool piece on NPR about how bacteria in people's stomachs are responsible for breaking down food, and how the combination of the kind of bacteria you have and your diet basically determines how many calories you take in. Apparently some bacteria are better at breaking down certain kinds of foods than others, so you can have two people eating the same food in the same quantities and they could potentially get a different number of calories from that food. Thus, if you get the right bacteria in someone's stomach, they could eat loads and not gain weight. This is super cool science.

The thing article didn't talk about, that I'm very interested in, is the sensation of being full, and how that doesn't really have anything to do with the amount of food you put in your stomach. Do the bacteria play a role? Does the kind of bacteria maybe influence this? Is it actually better for people to be changing the bacteria in their stomach so that they're not using the food they get efficiently? Are there people who are getting less vitamins from eating right because their stomach isn't breaking down the food properly?

The other thing the article never talked about, which really bugged me, is the food crisis in certain parts of the world. Should we be looking at the bacteria in the stomachs of people in Africa and figuring out which kinds of food they get all or a lot of the calories from and trying to make those foods more accessible? The article did say that environment and region and the kind of bacteria that your mother has (because apparently there aren't bacteria in the uterus, so the first you get exposed to are in the milk you drink first) all affect what ends up in your large intestine.

Also, some crazy guy has found a fungus that releases what is essentially diesel fuel in certain circumstances. No idea what the full implications of this are, except that we should not be cutting down the rainforests too much, because there in lies really cool stuff.
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I have never been so proud of my country!

*is wearing red, white, and blue with patriotic intent for the first time in years*
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So several weeks into the fiasco of trying to get my macbook fixed in the UK, I have finally managed to catch up on the last three Supernatural episodes. I don't have many thoughts, just general squee for Jensen Ackles' crazy lip syncing and air guitaring/drumming and one semi-spoilery thought )


Oct. 7th, 2008 03:48 pm
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So after years of emailing bits and pieces of group work around until we get a finished product, I am finally in a group that had the collective sense to make a google document. We all just log in and add our bits and thoughts. It's lovely.
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Halfway through season 4 I am once again am fixated on one thought. Namely, that the continued adventures on Earth or with humans are getting a bit boring. I mean, thus far every time something really drastic has happened to Earth it has either been covered up by the government or undone completely. It's easy to see that the show has limits to the extent that it's willing to change modern Britain, and of course the history of Earth can't be messed with either. All of which adds up to a certain lack of dramatic tension. Some alien worlds that don't require the same narrative protections would nice. Also cool alien costumes. I can has pleez?
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So I'm almost through with Season 2 of new Doctor Who. I'm not sure how I feel about the Doctor, or whether any Sci-Fi/Fantasy show is ever going to have the same impact on me that Buffy did, but I think the Daleks are the cutest things since Ewoks. Seriously. I want a stuffed a Dalek that says things like, "This is not war! this is pest control!" in its adorable little Dalek squeak.
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So I've been watching the big bang theory with JB for the last couple of days. The show has some issues, like not very well developed characters and the Jewish and Indian characters being less well-developed and more sexist than the white characters. However, the premise of the show is that the four male, extremely smart, and geeky best friends are socially awkward and don't know how to talk to women. And across the board their sexism is portrayed as part of the social awkwardness that women should not and do not respond well to. There is nothing that will make Penny leave a room faster than sexist implications and she had a normal and healthy response to boys that she had just met sneaking into her apartment while she was asleep. The episode with Sheldon's sister was particularly good, where the boys essentially divided her among themselves without consulting whether or not she was actually attracted to any of them, and she shoots them all down. When Raj gets drunk so that he can talk to his date that his parents set up and is boring and rude, she leaves with Sheldon who it seems actually has something in common with her. And while Leslie Winkle is just as much a caricature as the other smart characters, she refuses to take crap from anyone.

The structure of the show ensures that Penny often comes off looking smarter than the boys. Here Kaley Cuoco is not the dumb blond she was in 8 Simple Rules, she's the everyman. As the only regular non-genius character, she is the show's center of common sense. Time and time again she points out the most logical way to do things when the boys miss it by a mile.

In fact, my biggest complaint about the show is its premise - that geeks know everything about every Star Trek episode, comic book character, and branch of science, but lack common sense and any knowledge of pop culture or social conventions. Both the breadth of geekish interests and the lack of knowledge of anything else do not ring true to me. The writers of the show seem to have missed that there are different layers and flavors of geeks and nerds. There are people who read comic books obsessively and won't touch anime and vice versa. Not every geek has the exact same set of interests! And all of the geeks that I know are interested in "geeky" stuff as well as things like politics and music and plays. In fact, choosing the interests for the characters would have been a good way to get some characterization into them that wasn't based on how they relate to women. I think that the writers of the show are either more like Penny in real life or decided to make all of the geeks interested in everything to appeal to all of the real geeks in the world, but in either case the decision makes the show weaker and emphasizes the caricature over the characterization.

This also applies to Penny's complete lack of knowledge of anything remotely geeky - at the end of the Physics bowl episode she says she has no idea who William Shatner is. While he is probably most famous for Star Trek, in recent years he has starred in Boston Legal and been all over TV in the Price Line ads. Penny might not have known his name, but she could probably have recognized him in about two seconds if the show hadn't been going for the cheap joke.

In fact, the boys' complete inability to translate things so that the average person can understand it rings incredibly false to me. Since the Lord of the Rings movie came out, I think that most people would probably know who Frodo is, if not that he's a hobbit. Most geeks that I know, when asked who Frodo was, would at least mention Lord of the Rings, as most people are at least passingly familiar with the movies. These geeks responded to that question by explaining that he was a hobbit from Middle Earth, without ever mentioning the incredibly famous source material. Translating your interests to everyone else is a skill that I think most geeks learn early and fast, especially for much more obscure references than Lord of the Rings.

In terms of shipping, while I think it would be nice for Penny to date someone like Leonard rather than the usual assholes she seems to go for, their relationship is doomed. Unless Penny rather suddenly develops an interest in at least some of geek culture or Leonard gets out of his bubble a bit, what in God's name are they going to do on a date? Every outing will end up being something that one person wants to do but the other doesn't. And the birthday party episode, where Leonard's friends all got him something that he would really enjoy and Penny got him a sweater is telling. To Penny, Leonard is just the only nice guy that she's friends with, but she in some ways lumps with all the other guys she knows instead of understanding what makes him special. This is probably a result of the shoddy characterization - all we know about Leonard is that he likes Penny and is a nice geek. Next season we need to see more of both of their personalities and what the bits that aren't geek and everyman have in common or the relationship will probably break the show.
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My god. I just agreed with Newt Gingrich on a women's issue. Yes John Stewart, the Former Speaker is perfectly correct in saying that Sarah Palin's stance on abortion does not make her daughter's pregnancy a valid campaign issue. One is a policy issue, the other is private.

Really, this whole thing is beginning to make me think that if we could just get more women to run for office from both parties at the same time the sexist commentary would die out fast.
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So I just discovered that NBC does in fact have all the hereos episodes online. Which means that it is practical for me to get caught up before the end of the season.

Also, I'm reading for pleasure for the first time since J-term. One book of Neil Gaimon short stories, half a book of short stories about Sandman, and two issues of Time down. Next up, Harry Potter en francais and Jonathan Strange and Mr. Norrell.

And I'm watching House, and as much as I love House for being an asshole it was nice to see someone be a total shit about women on national tv and to have that behavior be represented as assholery and have it criticized by the other characters. In some sitcoms the lines that that kid was throwing around would have been coming out of the mouths of the main characters without any one blinking an eye. Granted, I still watch some of those shows, but it's nice to know that they're not the only view out there anymore.
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How evil are you?

Ok, I had trouble deciding whether Michael Palin or Fredrick Engels was more familiar....that says something unfortunate right?
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I heart William H. Macy. That is all.
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Well I'm back from the beach and sunburned. Not from the beach actually, but from the whalewatch the next day. And we have pirate pictures. And we saw a baby dolphin in the ocean. And jumping in a swimming pool after being on the beach all day feels soooo good. I love the ocean but it has the slight disadvantage of being on the other side of the sand from civilization.

And AP grades are innnnnnnnn.....i got a 5 in Euro and English and a fucking 3 in calculus....I'm still kind of in shock about that one....I still maintain that I didn't full credit for a single part of a question on the free response so I must have fucking aced the multiple choice...or I'm going to a get a letter recinding my grade in another week or so....Anyway I don't hear about chem for another week or so, but I'm more freaked out about it now than I was after I actually took the thing because I had a similar reaction to it that I had to the calculus one and I passed that....

Also, I may be rooming in hall or library or closet or something in the fall. I actually wouldn't mind if it's library, but I'm a little worried about not being settled for months after I arrive at college.

ETA: I cannot type, I got the 3 in calc and my chem grades are pending. Freudian slip anyone?
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So I had no dance rehersal yesterday and only one hour today, and I feel like I have all the time in the world. In other words, dance has taken over my life.

School is pretty much over. I feel so unfocused right now. There's a lot of crap that I want to do with my free time but I keep butting heads with mom over it. If I want to clean up my room and bake she has yard work for me to do. If I want to watch a movie and help during the commercials (and comedy central is incapable of showing more than ten minutes of actual programming without going to a commercial break) she has work that she needs to do right this second but nothing during the commercials.

In other news, Bad Santa is a hysterical movie. Bubble Boy is less so, but Jake Gyllenhaal is really growing on me as an actor. (Also, coincidence that comedy central aired Bubble Boy and then followed it up with Ten Things I Hate About You? I think not.) I've decided that ninety percent of my problems in life can be traced to over-identifying with Kat but not actually having any of her baggage and therefore actually wanting a relationship. It's probably a good thing that I got close to Mal this year or I'd be in a nuthouse by now. Solidarity among the lifelong (so far) singles.

Also the lack of direction thing is not my fault - it runs in the family.
Setting: The dinner table.

Dad: I should have known better than to buy catfish above the Mason-Dixon line.
Me: What, are you going to drive to Maryland next week to buy fish?
Kitty: Maryland isn't below the Mason-Dixon line!
Dad: I'm sending you to a different school next year.

So the obliviousness is just genetic. And it is therefore not my fault.
*surreptitiously tries to find a way to start up the Sims again without getting bitched out by mom for lo I have discovered the boolprop cheats*

ETA for total and complete inability to close html tags.
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The Easter Bunny brought me Brokeback Mountain. Somewhere a fundamental Christian is crying.

Also, I have a Sound of Music dress for Honor Society and the Washington picture and so on. If I were going to Austria instead of Italy this summer we'd all be in trouble. In celebration I watched the Sound of Music last night, and let me tell you that Captain Von Trap's politics look a lot more self-centered and aristocratic when considered in light of German history. If he had just been more anti-Nazi and less pro-Austrian it wouldn't have been so pathetic. I mean, we're talking decorated naval hero from the first world war...i.e. the war when Austria-Hungary was completely shrunk down. Also - I'm not sure that I would personally want to climb the Alps going into Switzerland. I don't know what the Swiss attitudes towards groups of nine travelers would have been but given that it was not something that an invading army would ever want to try...Also I'm a big fan of the Nazi-butler subplot that is so, so important to the story but is handled just right with about one line and one significant shot. In general, I really want to read a book on the real Von Trap family but I'm afraid that if I do I'll end up hating the movie because it's inaccurate.

Other shopping yesterday yielded a semi-dress for Kitty, a realization on my part that I really want a prom dress that is kind of gathered in the skirt, the Farscape miniseries which I still have not seen, a promise from my mother to rent Sky Captain and the World of Tomorrow, very cute cheap underwear courtesy of the $1 sale at Fashionbug, and a further realization on my part that it is not safe to let me loose in Barnes and Noble, because I will be tempted to buy the entire store. And that book about Catherine de Medici would so have been review for the AP Euro test.
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Lo, I have a driver's license!
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Today really fucking sucked.


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