Saturday, August 22, 2009

Vegas, baby

So, my family went on a wonderful trip to Las Vegas. I did not gamble, nor did I have any desire to. But, I saw many wonderful things, especially in nature. We did trips out to Red Rock Canyon and the Grand Canyon. Both were beautiful. You know intellectually that the Grand Canyon is really big, but don't really appreciate it until you stand near the edge and see it for yourself. However, on the whole, I enjoyed Red Rock much more. The Grand Canyon is now much to commercialized. Red Rock had a nice quiet scenic loop with spots for picnicking and looking out over the red rocks. I saw an intrepid bicyclist and someone hiking in the desert. I salute them.

Eagle Point. See the eagle?

I really liked the desert. Where I live has such humid summers, it was great to be in the dry heat. 105+ degrees? No problem, as long as there is a breeze.
I also got to see LOVE, the Cirque du Soleil show featuring the Beatle's music. I love the Beatles and their music, and owned the music before seeing the show. The performance was spectacular, showcasing both the performers' talents as well as the music. I highly recommend both the show and the album. You will love how they have taken the old music and transformed it while keeping true to the original spirit.

Wednesday, August 12, 2009

Just a little thing I found on Stumbleupon...

Stumbleupon. A wonderful invention, a horrific one. It can suck you in and hold you captive at your keyboard for hours on end. Or, it can show you new wonders. This is one of those wonders.

This is from A Bit of Fry and Laurie, a sketch comedy show from the BBC which aired from 1989 to 1995, starring two of my favorite actors Hugh Laurie and Stephen Fry. I was cracking up while watching it. And yes, Michael Jackson was the butt of many jokes and will be for years to come. Just imagining Jackson in a tweed suit is enough to make me smile.

Wednesday, August 5, 2009

Would John Quincy Adams LOL?

So, today was pretty awesome. One of the first news stories I read was that the Massachusetts Historical Society will be making John Quincy Adams' diary a twitter account. Apparently, the late president made very concise diary entries. For example, from August 15, 1809, "Weather fine-- wind scanty. Lat: 44-13. Long: 53-40. This afternoon I found the Caboose on fire."


This is a man who has mastered the art of the understatement.
Follow his tweets at

And in other news, I have rediscovered that I really love the Beatles' Yellow Submarine Movie. I watched it with subtitles on for the benefit of my friend who speaks English as her second language so that she could get the puns. And, I discovered a few puns that I had missed before I watched it this time around. It was awesome.

And, I discovered BACON BANDAGES. Not actual bacon acting as a bandage (that would be silly) but bacon-printed bandages. I MUST AQUIRE THESE!


You can get them yourself at This site has many amazing discoveries for you to peruse.