Project 52

Jan. 18th, 2017 09:04 am
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I was just scrolling through the online tv guide and took a look at viceland just in case one of the shows I was curious about is on at this ungodly hour. None are, but I did discover that movie I mentioned the other day. It's called The House I Live in and the online listing reads "Eugene Jarecki, David Simon (2012) The death of his housekeeper's son inspires filmmaker Eugene Jarecki to add up the true cost of America's losing was on drugs." It's an extremely interesting film and I recommend seeing it.

Project 52

Jan. 11th, 2017 02:22 pm
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Jan. 8th, 2017 12:25 pm
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I've been recording Bull since it first aired but until today had only seen the first episode. That first one confused me but I wasn't quite willing to write the show off. Since I'm crocheting another cat bed I wanted the tv on and I wanted to watch something that wouldn't required too much concentration and fired up the second episode. Which I really enjoyed because it addressed bias (particularly bias against women on an unconscious level) and made me think. I'm now watching the third episode and so far I'm not hating it. Yes, that sounds like faint praise, but I'm favorable enough that I wanted to take a bit from crochet and type this out right now.

I don't watch much in the way of shows with actors, true crime being my thing. If it's a forensic show, I'm probably watching. I have been recording NCIS, L&O:SVU, and Bull but I haven't actually been watching them which explains why I have shows dating back to March & April still on the DVR.

I'm not sure Bull is an accurate portrayal of what goes on in trials (it reminds me a lot of Perry Mason with the the many "Objection Your Honor!" and the asking of questions that the lawyer *knows* he will be retracting moments after he or she asked them). I have noticed a few lines that I'm 99% certain I've heard used by Dr. Phil on his show (if not exact, then a very close rephrase). But it's lines like that that make me question why I'm reacting on an emotional level and whether my reaction is trustworthy or rational. Although I have a compulsion to remind myself that emotions aren't rational. Thoughts can be rational but emotions just are.

I've also been watching Lee Remini's show on Scientology, which I have found extremely interesting. I minored in Religion in college (double major; Psychology and Human Sexuality), so I've been interested in Scientology since it first entered my awareness. Much of what the show reveals was not new to me but a few things did surprise me. Like the fact that the average parishioners contribute a quarter of a million dollars to the church. That's the average person, not the wealthy. And I really hate how capricious and greedy the church seems, for example claiming a more accurate church teaching has been discovered and necessitating a new version of a book which then members are then required to purchase even if the changed version is 98% identical to the previous one, or changing the rules as to how a test is administered and/or scored and requiring everyone who passed the previous one to retake the new one (at cost, of course). What I found most interesting, however, is the way tech is used to teach people to examine and control their thoughts and emotions. In theory this should be a good thing but it seems to me the lesson that believers take away is that it is a mistake to put your trust in people, even family members. All you can rely on is yourself and the teachings of the church (and not even in that order). I think taking that skill as far as it can go will inevitably lead to sociopathy.
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  1. I don't trust companies that spend a fortune on advertising. Cable, cell, and credit card companies, I'm looking at you.
  2. I hate receiving offers that include plastic credit-card like things. I can recycle paper, but the plastic cards? Off to the landfill.
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In the hope of making 2017 better, I'm using a new kit to create this year's project pages. The one I selected is called Bohemian Breeze and you can see thumbnails for each of the designer's work below.



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Birthday cards:                              55
Pages scrapped just for fun:                 69 (including Project 52)
High resolution (3600x3600) scrapbook pages:  0
Photographs:                                 unknown (but more with cellphone than good camera)

Knitting & Crochet Projects Finished:       
  
   Entries in Ravelry:                24
   Jayne Hats:                         0
   Non-Jayne Hats:                     8 
   Scarves and cowls:                  0
   Shawls:                             0 (although there are 2 still on the needles from 2013)
   Washcloths:                         8
   Baby Blankets:                      0
   Socks and Slippers                  2 pair
   Sweaters:                           0
   Cat Beds:                         224

   
Months spent sleeping away from home:  none!  (Yay!)

Days of work missed due to illness:    0

Mostly commonly uttered phrase:        Will this year never end?

Stories beta read:                     None?

Highest Ingress Level Attained:        14

Longest Hacking Streak in Ingress:    573 days

Weight Gained or Lost:	               Lost, but not nearly enough to get me off Metformin.
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Happy New Year!!!

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Dec. 28th, 2016 12:01 am
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Dec. 14th, 2016 09:56 am
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Dec. 7th, 2016 10:05 am
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Nov. 30th, 2016 09:53 am
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Nov. 23rd, 2016 11:47 am
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I hadn't had an ocular migraine for a very long time, possibly years. I had one last night though, after we got home from seeing Gore Vidal's The Best Man at the Baldwin. The play is about the process of selecting the best presidential candidate and going by the audience and lack thereof, it seems everyone is sick of presidential politics. The play was good and it provided food for thought, but half of the already small audience left at the intermission. Before going, I was worried I'd have a bad reaction to the story but I was doing fine at intermission and my only comment upon leaving was "Where's Merwin when we need him?" I was taking my nightly shower and thinking about the play when the migraine hit but I looked up ocular migraines this morning and the medical sites I referenced do not mention stress as a trigger. So perhaps it was just a coincidence. At any rate, it lasted about 20 minutes and, as usual for me, there was no associated pain.

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Nov. 16th, 2016 10:41 am
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Nov. 9th, 2016 01:48 am
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I set the recording for Bull after seeing the commercial announcing the new show (and recognizing the title character about half way through ("Hey! That's Michael Weatherly!). Last night I was in the mood to try the series and fired up the first episode. Which was good but which also confused me. I mean, the entire thing made sense up until the mom is arrested at the end of the episode. I went back to the beginning and fast-forwarded to the parts I thought were significant and re-watched them, but I'm still confused. I get that the necklace she took out of her jewelry box was the one the mom's grandmother gave to her (the mom), and that the murdered girl borrowed it, but how on earth did Dr. Bull know she was the killer or know she'd have possession of the necklace? Now that I'm thinking about it, I'm also not sure why she killed the girl in the first place. Because she wanted her daughter to marry the boy on trial for the killing and she thought the girl was interfering with that? Also, who was the guy in the mom's bedroom just before the cops arrived? The boy's father or her own husband?

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Oct. 26th, 2016 09:43 am
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Oct. 19th, 2016 10:24 am
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Oct. 12th, 2016 10:45 am
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Sep. 20th, 2016 11:07 am
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