Thursday, February 28, 2008

Blogging with Pen and Paper…..

Or it’s equivalent…..

Writing this blog in MS Word feels like writing with pen and paper.

The internet is down at my apartment. I feel like something is missing. I cannot check IMDB at a moments notice. I cannot check Facebook, MySpace or e-mail. I cannot watch YouTube, check up on blogs, look for plane tickets, look for answers to all the random questions I have while watching TV, research (read: play Webkinz. I do read actual reports too...) and play Scrabulous. I cannot instant message or Skype!

What am I going to do with myself? Well, I’m blogging with MS Word. I started to clean my desk. I’m watching shows on DVD that I haven’t had time to watch since I got them. (Star Trek: Voyager and The Muppet Show, yes, I am a geek.)

I never realize how the internet has revolutionized how I live until it’s gone. I depend on it for research, communication and recreation. I wonder what is going to happen over the next 5, 10, and 20 years how it will continue how to revolutionize how we live. How will the internet continue to evolve? Thoughts?

Saturday, February 23, 2008

One whole lot of movies...

I just watched all five Best Picture Nominees back to back at the AMC in Roseville.

I'm surprisingly emotionally drained.

I realize that I really can't talk much about the individual movies. The spoiler alert statute of limitations is not up yet.
However, I think I can write about the experience without revealing too many plot points.

So, the order of the films were:
Michael Clayton
There will be blood
Atonement
Juno
No Country For Old Men

Midway through the movie marathon, we started saying that the films were so different. Each one had it's own flavor.
Then again, maybe the movies were more similar....

Michael Clayton deals with corporate corruption. There will be blood...I still can't quite tell you what I was supposed to get out of it. The movie deals with the rising (and falling?) of an oil prospector and his family and associates. Atonement deals with the effects of a lie on family and friends. Juno deals with a teen pregnancy and how the family deals with the situation. No Country for Old Men deals with drug dealing, greed, and honest law enforcement.

Now, how are all of these movies similar?
Each movie deals with the messiness of life. There is corruption, deceit, pregnancy, drug dealing, greed and weird relationships in our lives. Unfortunately, we do not live in a Disney fairytale. (Sad, considering I want to walk into a room with a full production number in progress...) As over the top as some of these films are, they began to encapsulate real life.

Also, the movies were similar in how they ended. Other than Juno, each movie did not end with all of the loose ends tied up. Even Juno, things were "relatively" tied up, but the future was not "perfect." As much as I wish life was sometimes that simple, we leave situations and places with loose ends and more questions.

As for my Oscar pics?

My favorite is Juno, but I think There will be blood will win. I still want Juno to win. Badly.
Note: I wanted Little Miss Sunshine to win last year.

Wednesday, February 20, 2008

What the cold does to the Duck...

When the Minnesotans tell you that it's cold, it's cold. It's really cold in Minnesota right now. Grr....I'm trying to stay warm, but that's not working out for me so well. I did give up and start using the puffy coat that invites ridicule from the "real" mid-westerners. However, I am a wannabe mid-westerner, so I will wear the puffy coat with extreme pride.

Cold also makes me sleepy. So reading the tons of books that I have to read this semester is a challenge! My classes are quite interesting this semester, so I enjoy the reading, it's just that I'm cold!

Hot Chocolate is my friend. mmm.....Hot Chocolate.....

Sunday, February 17, 2008

Neeterduck?



Yes, neeterduck. Why do I have that user name?


Well, it was my nickname in college. Well, it started before that.
Surprisingly, as I started to type, I realized that it's a really long story, that actually has to deal with what I was going to write about today.

I have a large collection of rubber ducks. In fact, the duck collection is quite insane. The collection started with two special ducks.

One is a duck from Germany. It is a necklace by Janosch. I bought it while I was on a choir tour with my high school choir. My host had the same necklace. Since then I have received the actual toy that the necklace is based on, along with a large print of the duck. I wore the necklace almost every day of college. It's in my driver's license picture. I don't wear it anymore, but it's still important.

The other duck is a rubber duck. It's a duck. Visibly, there is nothing special about the duck. I bought it while I was on choir tour with my church choir. Because the tech crew of the choir was referred to as the Ducks (we used a lot of duct tape), I bought a mascot on one of our fun stops. This duck has traveled to many places. It has a prized spot on my shelf.

What do these ducks mean to me? These ducks are concrete reminders of my communities. I am still close friends with members of both of those choirs. Geographically, I may be far away from friends that I call family. They are there when I am in need. The ducks remind me that I am not alone in this crazy thing called life.

So in college, people saw me with these ducks. Then someone blurted out "Duck, Duck, Neeterduck," and it kinda stuck. (Anita gets shortened a lot to Neeta or Neeter)

So, today, I saw all of the friends that were there when Neeterduck was blurted out, plus some. These friends are also family. We support each other, we are there for each other in times of joy, sorrow and need.

As Meredith Grey said, "Friends are the family we choose."

Therefore, since we are surrounded by so great a cloud of witnesses, let us also lay aside every weight and the sin that clings so closely, and let us run with perseverance the race that is set before us. Hebrews 12:1

Tuesday, February 12, 2008

Welcome! Pull up a chair!

Welcome to my new blog...well, I realized that I signed up for Blogger back in Feb. 2005, and never used it. So welcome to my mostly new/very dusty blog! I'm not sure what I'm going to write about. However, I'm sure some of the following will come up!

Theology, Ducks, Social Networking, Collies, Blind Dogs, The Muppets, Humorous yet potentially heretical books and movies, The Indigo Girls, REM, Eddie From Ohio, Lowen and Navarro, Broadway Musicals, Technology, The Digital Divide, and friends, friends and more friends.

Ah yes, and the Minnesota Weather. I'm still getting used to the cold.