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June 28, 2004

time for a quiz

Alicia has fragile contents which may break!

From Go-Quiz.com

I wonder what they are? All I can think of is eggs....[groan]. That or my fragile ego or sensibilities. :)

From the Cave of the Dragon Bear. The one with the eerie glow emanating from it.

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June 27, 2004

Netflix for books?

Booksfree.com is a site that lends out books like Netflix lends out movies. You have a queue, and when you send back the book you read, they send you another one. There are options to keep the books you read by noting it on your account page and following the instructions (which are, I am sure, instructions on paying for the book). You can borrow books on CD, or paperbacks.

Sounds like a deal for you voracious readers with limited funds for late library fees or buying books outright.

While you are thinking about your literary future, don't forget Bookcrossing.com. If you buy a book and read it, but don't need to keep it, set it free and let others enjoy it as well.

Happy reading!

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they should pay me to stay away

Via Don and Pam, this is a list of the 100 top-grossing movies of all time. Like others before me, I have put the ones I *haven't* seen in bold.

The thing for movie makers to note is that your movie will do well if I don't see it :) There are a lot in this list that I haven't seen.

1. Titanic (1997) $600,779,824
2. Star Wars (1977) $460,935,665
3. E.T. the Extra-Terrestrial (1982) $434,949,459
4. Star Wars: Episode I - The Phantom Menace (1999) $431,065,444
5. Spider-Man (2002) $403,706,375
6. Lord of the Rings: The Return of the King, The (2003) $377,019,252
7. Passion of the Christ, The (2004) $370,025,697
8. Jurassic Park (1993) $356,784,000
9. Shrek 2 (2004) $356,211,000
10. Lord of the Rings: The Two Towers, The (2002) $340,478,898

11. Finding Nemo (2003) $339,714,367
12. Forrest Gump (1994) $329,691,196
13. Lion King, The (1994) $328,423,001
14. Harry Potter and the Sorcerer's Stone (2001) $317,557,891
15. Lord of the Rings: The Fellowship of the Ring, The (2001) $313,837,577
16. Star Wars: Episode II - Attack of the Clones (2002) $310,675,583
17. Star Wars: Episode VI - Return of the Jedi (1983) $309,125,409
18. Independence Day (1996) $306,124,059
19. Pirates of the Caribbean (2003) $305,411,224
20. Sixth Sense, The (1999) $293,501,675
21. Star Wars: Episode V - The Empire Strikes Back (1980) $290,158,751
22. Home Alone (1990) $285,761,243
23. Matrix Reloaded, The (2003) $281,492,479
24. Shrek (2001) $267,652,016
25. Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets (2002) $261,970,615
26. How the Grinch Stole Christmas (2000) $260,031,035
27. Jaws (1975) $260,000,000
28. Monsters, Inc. (2001) $255,870,172
29. Batman (1989) $251,188,924
30. Men in Black (1997) $250,147,615
31. Toy Story 2 (1999) $245,823,397
32. Bruce Almighty (2003) $242,589,580
33. Raiders of the Lost Ark (1981) $242,374,454
34. Twister (1996) $241,700,000
35. My Big Fat Greek Wedding (2002) $241,437,427
36. Ghost Busters (1984) $238,600,000
37. Beverly Hills Cop (1984) $234,760,500
38. Cast Away (2000) $233,630,478
39. Lost World: Jurassic Park, The (1997) $229,074,524
40. Signs (2002) $227,965,690
41. Rush Hour 2 (2001) $226,138,454
42. Mrs. Doubtfire (1993) $219,200,000
43. Ghost (1990) $217,631,306
44. Aladdin (1992) $217,350,219
45. Saving Private Ryan (1998) $216,119,491
46. Mission: Impossible II (2000) $215,397,307
47. X2 (2003) $214,948,780
48. Austin Powers in Goldmember (2002) $213,079,163
49. Back to the Future (1985) $210,609,762
50. Austin Powers: The Spy Who Shagged Me (1999) $205,399,422
51. Terminator 2: Judgment Day (1991) $204,843,350
52. Exorcist, The (1973) $204,565,000
53. Mummy Returns, The (2001) $202,007,640
54. Armageddon (1998) $201,573,391
55. Gone with the Wind (1939) $198,655,278
56. Pearl Harbor (2001) $198,539,855
57. Indiana Jones and the Last Crusade (1989) $197,171,806
58. Toy Story (1995) $191,800,000
59. Men in Black II (2002) $190,418,803
60. Gladiator (2000) $187,670,866
61. Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs (1937) $184,925,485
62. Dances with Wolves (1990) $184,208,848
63. Batman Forever (1995) $184,031,112
64. Fugitive, The (1993) $183,875,760
65. Ocean's Eleven (2001) $183,405,771
66. What Women Want (2000) $182,805,123
67. Perfect Storm, The (2000) $182,618,434
68. Liar Liar (1997) $181,395,380
69. Grease (1978) $181,360,000
70. Jurassic Park III (2001) $181,166,115
71. Mission: Impossible (1996) $180,965,237
72. Planet of the Apes (2001) $180,011,740
73. Indiana Jones and the Temple of Doom (1984) $179,870,271
74. Pretty Woman (1990) $178,406,268
75. Tootsie (1982) $177,200,000
76. Top Gun (1986) $176,781,728
77. There's Something About Mary (1998) $176,483,808
78. Ice Age (2002) $176,387,405
79. Crocodile Dundee (1986) $174,635,000
80. Home Alone 2: Lost in New York (1992) $173,585,516
81. Elf (2003) $173,381,405
82. Air Force One (1997) $172,888,056
83. Rain Man (1988) $172,825,435
84. Apollo 13 (1995) $172,071,312
85. Matrix, The (1999) $171,383,253
86. Beauty and the Beast (1991) $171,301,428
87. Tarzan (1999) $171,085,177
88. Beautiful Mind, A (2001) $170,708,996
89. Chicago (2002) $170,684,505
90. Three Men and a Baby (1987) $167,780,960
91. Meet the Parents (2000) $166,225,040
92. Robin Hood: Prince of Thieves (1991)$165,500,000
93. Hannibal (2001) $165,091,464
94. Catch Me If You Can (2002) $164,435,221
95. Big Daddy (1999) $163,479,795
96. Sound of Music, The (1965) $163,214,286
97. Batman Returns (1992) $162,831,698
98. Bug's Life, A (1998) $162,792,677
99. Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban (2004) $161,963,000
100. Waterboy, The (1998) $161,487,252

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June 26, 2004


I have been lazy. Wallowing. slowly going into hibernation mode. I have been taking excuse jobs to get by just enough to say I am doing something. I have been afraid to go for jobs that I should be able to get. I doubt my abilities and end up wanting to do non-jobs. Things I think will be easy, and I want to do them for that reason rather than because I have much interest in the job itself. Oh, I *think* I want that job sacking groceries at the local health food store, the small one that probably pays its employees just enough to keep the bike tires filled with air. I truly believe I want to work as a clerk in a holistic medical clinic. You know, the one that specializes in myscofaciabilateralmytosis, something throngs of people are clamoring to have done, donchaknow. Uh-huh.

A dear friend kicked my ass recently, and pointed out the decline in my activity over the past three years. I became slowly quieter, less likely to rock the boat. Most importantly, I found The Internet™ and exchanged all my real friends for pixels on a screen.

Now, now, some of you are very nice pixels indeed! and I count you as close as friends who never meet in person can be. This is still, truly, my Third Place. But I gave up some of my living to be here A LOT. I lost interest in doing anything too far away from my computer, and for too long at a time. Most of you probably regulate yourselves just fine with your computer time, but I didn't. It was my alcohol. My cocaine. The internet is the opiate of the masses, perhaps? So that is why I have been slowing down with my posting, at least for a while. Till I can sit here and post something and then not spend hours surfing. Of course, it takes me 3 hours to get through my blogroll and actually respond to posts with comments of my own. Nightly. In place of sleep and other fun things. My Third Place, The Internet™, became my corner bar where I would go and drink myself silly and go home and drop into bed. I hate admitting it. Oh and that job? I'm going to get one. Watch me. But first...one time through the blogroll?

Hello. My name is Alicia, and I am a blogaholic.

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a night on the town

Last night, oh my god, I ventured away from my computer and comfy chair into the world, and I lived to tell the tale!

A girlfriend of mine and I went to the arts district in Dallas, to the Dallas Center for Contemporary Art to view a members only show. The work was, for the most part, well done and showed great local talent. The members of the DCCA presented their work. I was quite taken with some of the pieces . And inspired. After I finish a birthday sketch, I already have another lined up in the queue.

Afterwards, H and I were going to meet up with some friends at a karaoke bar, after we found some food. We went to Cafe Brazil, and I had the best walnut crusted tilapia on a bed of spinach with a creamy citrus dill sauce. Yum! The karaoke was to take the place of a shindig at the Dallas Museum of Art, because Branford Marsalis was playing at the DMA and getting in was nigh on impossible,

We actually made an early evening of it as H started feeling puny. In theory we will head back down to Deep Ellum next Friday. I kind of like the "real world." :)

On another note, since everyone else is posting these I suppose I will as well...


My hair is sun and bleach lightened right now, too much for my tastes. Next time I get it done, I will be going back to my darker color. Is it just me, or do all these little pictures look kind of "off"?

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June 24, 2004

good news!

Again, I'm late on the uptake, but for any of you Unitarian Universalists here in Texas who hadn't heard, the Unitarian Church has been granted tax exempt status. State Comptroller Carol Strayhorn reversed her ruling on the tax exemption status of a Unitarian church in Denison in May.

At least beaurocrats in Texas *can* learn...

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clothing meme

Are you a trendsetter, or do people just want to copy everything you do? Is that redundant? You need a t-shirt that proclaims your proud status as something everyone wants to do. *coughcough*

I Am A Meme t-shirt-green
I Am A Meme t-shirt-pink

How funny.

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peeking in on the community

Oy! I have been remiss here lately. I passed my 2000th comment (it was me, how anticlimactic) yesterday. I have been editing and typing and web developing and not paying that much attention to the blog. Check the weather, the apocalypse must be coming! I am making plans to do things away from the computer. The deciding factor was when I noticed the pallor of my skin was whiter than the papers I am editing. This girl needs some sunshine, stat.

Seems like the mood is pervasive. Many of my regular blogstops are slowing down as summer heats everything to a dull crawl. Maybe it is the heat, but my brain just wants to sit back and relax with a trashy novel. Those of you who are holding down the fort and still posting regularly and often, I salute you!

In other news, the bite is almost healed. The bad spot gets smaller daily, and will blip out of existance any moment now. All in all that wasn't a horrible experience. I really got lucky.

Gotta get back to the editorial grindstone. 27 pages to edit in the next 4 hours. Not a problem :)

How are you guys spending your summer "vacation" *coughcough* ? Anyone doing anything fun and non-political?

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June 22, 2004

talk to me!

Been a rough couple of days, and I have been playing on a discussion board with my bellydance friends. Not much to report of note here. Making Light often has open thread days, and I thought I'd try it here.

What say you? Open topic, no restrictions :)

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June 21, 2004


Strindberg & Helium

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