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February 28, 2010

Born Trilogy

Rob @ 9:30 PM

Meme swiped from Snowgrouse:

Go to Wikipedia and type in your birthday (month and day). Then you write down 3 events, 3 births, 3 deaths and 3 holidays.

November 12.

Events:

1847 – Sir James Young Simpson, a British physician, is the first to use chloroform as an anaesthetic.
Does this handkerchief smell funny to you?

1955 – The courthouse in Hill Valley, California was struck by lightning, damaging the clock on the building. It has yet to be repaired.
Much love to whoever snuck that one in! I swear it wasn't me.

1970 – The Oregon Highway Division attempts to destroy a rotting beached Sperm whale with explosives, leading to the now infamous "exploding whale" incident.
<3 <3 <3

Births:

1934 – Charles Manson, American cult leader
Um. Perhaps it's time I shaved off my beard again.

1943 – Wallace Shawn, American actor and playwright
Inconceivable! I love this guy so much.

1970 – Tonya Harding, American figure skater
Don't you dare tell me this doesn't rule.

Deaths:

1035 – Canute the Great
The old Cnut is missed.

1981 – William Holden, American actor (b. 1918)
Hell of an actor. One of the many reasons you need to see Network.

2003 – Penny Singleton, American actress (b. 1908)
Jane, his wife!

Holidays:

Bahá'í Faith: Holy Day, Birth of Bahá'u'lláh
Birth of Sun Yat-Sen (observed in Taiwan)
Constitution Day in Azerbaijan

Not much I can say about those, so I'll just throw in the fact that the day before my birthday is Veterans Day. Even when I was too young to fully understand the significance of the day, it was always handy to have my birthday right after a national holiday.

February 14, 2010

Oh-oh-ohh!

Rob @ 8:41 AM

All the single bloggers!
(All the single bloggers!)
All the single bloggers!
(All the single bloggers!)
All the single bloggers!
(All the single bloggers!)
All the single bloggers!
Now put your hands up!

\o/

February 13, 2010

Mental housecleaning.

Rob @ 9:31 AM

When I was 18, there was a particular novel I read. For whatever reason, my mind's eye decided to see one of the characters in the book as "played" by a girl I'd gone on a single date with at the time.

I hadn't thought much about this girl at all since we parted ways back then (under fairly sour circumstances, it must be said,) until recently when I had the urge to pick up the book again. As I began re-experiencing the story, my mind dug up and recycled some of the same images it used last time around, including the face of this woman as that character. Since things didn't end well with her real-life counterpart, that bit of mental detritus was annoying to the point of interfering with my ability to enjoy the novel.

So, I googled her and found an updated photo. She has not aged that well (says my inner teenager as he punches the air) but it's definitely her, and after looking at this image for a few minutes I was able to go back to the book without mental static interfering with the story.

And that's the story of how Facebook became of use to me for the first time in history. But no, I'm still not signing up.