Tuesday, July 29, 2008

Leavened or Unleavened

If I were a bread, I would like to imagine that my life would equate to a fresh bread made at the local bakery (Le Petit Outre). Free of preservatives and artificial colorings and flavorings. A simple yet complex blend of few ingredients that form together and the outcome is literally dependent on the weather. Somedays I'm tough and hard to swallow, other times, most enjoyable in moderation with a little bit of butter, and in some cases the sole perfect accompaniment to a warm, hearty bowl of soup.

Why in the world would a normally sane girl be comparing herself to a loaf of bread? Well, because I'm incredibly worried that my life is going to turn stale if I don't do something about it. I have been living in the freezer, known as Montana, for a while and haven't realized that life outside of the freezer is new and challenging, but what challenges do I want to take? Which ones do I want to avoid? Am I just making a huge mess of nothing? I want to go out and discover new places and breads, but at what cost? Will I be leavened and rise to the occasion and search out new experiences, or will I be unleavened, humble, and enjoy what I have for the fact that I'm familiar with my situation... does that breed contempt, or contentment?

Any and all suggestions are welcomed with open ears.

Monday, July 28, 2008

Very 'Cuil'

A new search engine that accesses more web pages. You can read all about it from Yahoo here. I tried it out by searching my own name, and I was surprised by how many more listings were found. One possible problem is that it seems to log a ton of spam pages. Maybe these were just kinks in my highly technical search. I'll definitely try using cuil more in the future.

Thursday, July 24, 2008

Fun way to inform ppl

Don't have a garage, but this is a smart idea presented in a very clever manner. Engineers can be interesting and fun!

PPIHC 2008 Highlight Video

I thought this video did a good job at combining a lot of the better racers - there were a lot of quads and motorcycles *yawn*. (Still braver than me to do it tho!) The monkeys in the side cars were absolutely crazy! It doesn't seem that bad if you're driving and have control over your vehicle, but essentially holding on and inspecting the road, very closely, at high speeds is absolutely insane! These guys (and gal) look like they enjoy it tho! (I wish the pictures were a little slower, tho - as you may know, I like to look at the bigger picture! ;)

Pikes Peak 2008 video, Race to the Clouds 2008 video, PPIHC 2008 video,

Wednesday, July 23, 2008

contentment vs. disappointment vs. frustration

I've been debating the differences between these words lately and how they each relate to my life. Am I just content? Is it disappointment? Maybe I'm just frustrated by the unknown.... more to come later...


My Clustrmap was reset while I was in Las Vegas. I was growing proud of my little red dots, and suddenly, they disappeared! :( Oh well, now I have new little red dots to look after and take care of by feeding them with new and entertaining posts. I hope they grow up to be big and strong! (I knew it was going to be reset, but it was a little shocking. I'm just glad I have access to the old map.) I did have another IP address tracker on here, but I thought it was a little too violating of people's rights albeit, very interesting that it could get that close. It might reappear from scratch, or maybe not. I'll probably debate it for a long time only to come to a decision that is completely out of the blue.

Wednesday, July 09, 2008

In the musical dark

My iPod was acting up, so I showed it who was boss and reformatted the darn thing. (While losing music I did not have on my computer :( .) When I was playing around and trying to see if there was any way that I could save some of my songs, I stumbled on to the artwork buttons and realized it was much easier to add artwork than I had thought. I originally thought one had to buy the artwork (you probably do, and I'm doing this illegally, but that's really enough said).

Anyways, when I was going through all of my music (all 2 GB of music alone, not including podcasts) I realized a couple of things. The first thing that I realized is how out of touch I am with the current music scene. Not only with new bands, but with bands I have grown to love, but over time have just forgotten about. Take my love, Mason Jennings, for instance -- the last album I bought of his was Century Spring back in 2002 or 2003. Since then, he has released 3 more albums that I know nothing about - except sadly for their existence. :'( I don't even want to talk about the many shows I've missed of since I began living in the middle of a musically challenged black hole ** please note disclaimer**. (Tool cancelled their show here in December, and a couple of years ago, Ani DiFranco also cancelled in Bozeman, but is thankfully coming back this year to both Missoula and Bozeman.)

Aside from learning that many bands I love have new albums out, a couple of bands announced a hiatus beginning this year! WTF! (I guess it does give me some time to catch up on the albums I don't know.) Both Incubus and RHCP announced this spring that they were taking at least a year each to catch up on their lives. ...Come on! Don't they know how to multi-task? I am selfishly joking. Taking breaks from each other is a great thing- as long as they get back together down the line when I'm ready and can actually afford to take day trips to BFE to see their shows.

Since it is one o'clock in the morning, I suppose I'll get back to my "tasks". I leave on Thursday morning for Vegas.

** There are many musically gifted people already here in Missoula, and for that I am thankful for, I just miss *my* bands.

Monday, July 07, 2008

keeping me up to date

Jon Stewart and Stephen Colbert and cookie monster

Wednesday, July 02, 2008


Okay, so it has been a long time since I've posted a real post. I'm going to send my grandma Lois a visual letter. Who doesn't like to receive pictures? When I get all the pictures together I'll post a duplicate here. On a side note, it rained last night and it smells wonderfully today! On another side note, we have some wild pet birds. (They aren't really pets, they just perch on our open windows (with screens)). They are very cute, and they sing beautifully. More to come later.