memory #472

I am in fourth grade, in a “gifted and talented (GT for short)” class. During a critical thinking exercise, the teacher asks us the question, “Which weighs more – a pound of gold or a pound of feathers?” Immediately, I respond with the gold. I’m not the only one who says this, but the teacher then asks us to really think about it, “Are you sure?”

Then it hits me – duh. A pound is a pound. They weigh the same, and I am really embarrassed.

my thoughts on the oscars.

I know little and care even less about what happens in Hollywoodland these days. But because Scott asked and because I actually had seen some of the nominated films within the past year, I agreed to go the Cinemat and watch the Oscars last night. I had a surprisingly good time, and even won second place on a ballot contest (Scott won first).

Without further adieu, here are my thoughts on the 79th Annual Academy Awards.

  • Ellen was an excellent presenter. She was just amusing enough without being obnoxious. Yay, Ellen!
  • I thoroughly enjoyed the sound effects choir and the weird dance troupe.
  • Hooray to some of my favorites that won awards: An Inconvenient Truth, Pan’s Labyrinth, The Departed, and Little Miss Sunshine.
  • I was disappointed, but not surprised, that Al Gore didn’t announce his candidacy for president. I was just happy to see Al Gore.
  • I was also happy to see Catherine Deneuve. Yay, Catherine Deneuve!
  • Wow, Peter O’Toole is old.
  • Hey, look! It’s George Lucas!
  • Clint Eastwood’s translation of Ennio Morricone’s speech was painful.
  • Gwyneth Paltrow, Penélope Cruz, Rachel Weisz, and Helen Mirren all looked beautiful, Kirsten Dunst should have stayed at home, Reese Witherspoon still looks like a troll, and I think someone slipped Maggie Gyllenhaal some ‘ludes.
  • great things of the week #1

  • Wee Hairy Beasties. Kid’s music that doesn’t suck, mostly because it’s done by old school punk rockers. My girls love it, and frankly, so do I. My favorite song is “Cyril the Karaoke Squirrel,” which includes a line about rabies.
  • Quitting MySpace. I swear to you, it was so very liberating. And no, I don’t miss it. Really.
  • Our new widescreen flat panel monitor. It’s like having another TV, but one that is HOOKED UP TO THE INTERWEBS. It’s going to revolutionize our lives.
  • My $25 badass Schwinn bicycle (thank you, Lori) that will help me have fun, save the planet, and lose my winter cookie weight all at the same time.
  • Lemon-poppyseed bread. I love baking. So much for losing weight.
  • Scott. Not a thing, per se, but still very great. Thank you, for everything. You don’t know how much it means.
  • jesus only loves you if you’re thin.

    I was listening to NPR this morning on the way to work, and there was a bit being done about the importance of the religious affiliation of presidential candidates. During this, an interview was being conducted with a woman who was part some social club for Christian women who believe in beautifying themselves from the inside out. She actually used the phrase, “we want to be supermodels for Christ.”

    die, die my darlings.

    I’m off to a late start, therefore missing Anna Nicole (damn her, she’s been on my list for the past two years!) and Barbaro, but here it is…

    Jenn’s 2007 Dead Pool

    20. Fidel Castro
    19. Ariel Sharon
    18. Tammy Faye (Bakker) Messner
    17. Ernest Borgnine
    16. Brooke Astor
    15. Olivia DeHavilland
    14. Eli Wallach
    13. Lady Bird Johnson
    12. Kirk Douglas
    11. Les Paul
    10. Billy Graham
    9. “Rowdy”Roddy Piper
    8. Abe Vigoda
    7. Oral Roberts
    6. Louis Farrakhan
    5. Sherwood Schwartz
    4. Pete “Human Trainwreck”Doherty
    3. Nancy Reagan
    2. Dick Clark

    1. Britney “Pete Doherty” Spears