Sign posts

(Signage on I-80. October 20, 2006.)

There are a lot of interesting things on the internet. Here are a few that have grabbed my attention lately:

  • 1001 Books to Read Before You Die. I think this list is based on the book, 1001 Books You Must Read Before You Die. Having read the reviews about the book, I’m adding it to my wish list which will give me 1002 books to read before I die. At the rate I’ve been reading lately, I might never die if all this reading is required to pass over into the afterlife.
  • Go Fug Yourself. This is my not-so-secret guilty pleasure. It cracks me up and caters to my snarky side. The rest of the world has probably known about this website for ages. I’ve been visiting for a few months. I admit that being judgmental is not good for my self-image as it sort of works the way it does with lying and other vices: If you do it, you suspect others do it too thereby being paranoid that all and sundry are having one over on you. I’m not sure that made the least bit of sense to anyone other than me.
  • NIH’s National Center for Complementary and Alternative Medicine. Need to know about an herbal supplement? This is a good place to start.
  • 101 Cookbooks. Makes me want to start going through my own cookbooks and actually start cooking.
  • Restroom Ratings. When you gotta go, it’s good to know where you’re going.

In other news…

Currently coveting: 1001 Books You Must Read Before You Die

Recently watched: Flightplan with Jodie Foster. Eh, not really worth it. The plot was full of holes.

Currently reading: Helen of Troy by Margaret George. It’s a hefty book that I’m enjoying very much. I’m a big fan of historical fiction.

Currently drinking: Chai tea, iced.

Tonight’s dinner: Sausage caccitore. It’ll be served around 6:30pm. You’re welcome to join us.

Current pet peeve: Aging. It’s not about vanity. I don’t mind the wrinkles, the gray hairs, or various parts of the body heading south. What I do mind is that my warranty has apparently expired and we all know what happens when the warranty expires: Things fall apart, piece by piece. I suppose that’s better than having everything go at once.

I also don’t understand football fans. All that hollering and stressing doesn’t seem like much fun to me.

Football is not a game but a religion, a metaphysical island of fundamental truth in a highly verbalized, disguised society, a throwback of 30,000 generations of anthropological time. ~Arnold Mandell

Football combines the two worst things about America: it is violence punctuated by committee meetings. ~George F. Will