Tuesday, June 28, 2005

Centrist, with Libertarian Tendencies

From a quiz at http://www.quiz2d.com/: Posted by Hello


Your views call for a bit more liberty than we currently have in the United States today.
Vote in some Libertarians into the legislatures that affect you and you will get your desires fulfilled. Note that the Libertarian Party calls for a far greater amount of freedom than you appear to desire, so you currently don't want them to have a clear majority.
But think of a tub of cold bathwater. To get it warm enough to be comfortable, you add hot water, not ideal temperature water. The Libertarian Party is made of hot-blooded lovers of liberty, ideally suited for counterracting the power-mongers who dwell in our legislative bodies.
But once you have warmed up the bath, you may find it pleasant to go hotter still. Freedom is addictive once you have experienced it.

Suggested Links

(note: I haven't checked these out yet - they're just what the quiz recommended)

Monday, June 27, 2005

Nothing I can add more than this song already says...


Swiped from Chorus...

Take the MIT Weblog Survey

Movie quotes they missed

(See last blog post for the AFI's list of top 100 quotes)

I thought it'd be fun to compile quotes we think should have made the list.

How about...
  • "I believe in long, slow, deep, soft, wet kisses that last three days." --Bull Durham
  • "Pay no attention to the man behind the curtain." --Wizard of Oz
  • Why nothing from Star Wars? (I mean, back then, Lucas actually put quotable dialogue in his movies!) What about, "I find your lack of faith... disturbing." or "Use the Force, Luke!", or even "A long time ago in a galaxy far, far away...", if the criteria is "quotes that have become part of our culture".
  • And they didn't use the 2001 quote I would have used. I would have used "My God... it's full of stars!"

A few that are not so well known that I think they should have made the list, but that are favorite quotes of mine all the same:
"Of course he has a knife, he always has a knife, we all have knives! It's 1183 and we're barbarians!" -- Lion in Winter
"Who wants to go down the creepy tunnel inside the tomb first?" --National Treasure
"Will someone get this big walking carpet out of my way?" --Star Wars

More as I think of 'em!

Wednesday, June 22, 2005

I must be missing something...

This Reuters article says "the U.S. Air Force Academy failed to accommodate minority beliefs but there is no overt religious discrimination at the college." But in the same article they "described a campus chaplain telling cadets they would "burn in the fires of hell" if they were not born-again Christians." Someone explain to me how that is not overt religious discrimination? I must be missing something...

Meanwhile, for your entertainment, the American Film Institute compiled the top 100 film quotes of all time. Amazing how many of these get misquoted. Also amazing how many of them I know and how few of the movies I've actually seen. :)

Saturday, June 18, 2005

What's in a name?

As the divorce papers that began the filing process before New Years' are actually, truly filed now (a comedy of errors involving having them sent back at least twice - if anyone out there files in Indiana, know the forms must be in triplicate -- apparently they can't photocopy 'em themselves!-- and you must pay with a money order only. Grr.) I am now thinking about names. Should I go back to my maiden name? Let me share some of the pros and cons.

1) If I changed my name, it would be different than the kids'. Now, this is common enough nowadays as to not cause too many questions - between multiple marriages and divorces, and the fact that as UUs we tend to be around people who were liberated enough not to change names when they got married, it might cause a bit of confusion, but not shock or dismay. I am, however, not sure if it will bother the -kids-. But if you take my poll, please assume that it's ok with them, and I promise I'll check it with them before I do anything. :) (edited 19Jun05 to verify that yes, the kids are OK with this--we talked last night.)

2) I've used my current name in business for the last 13 years; it's the only name I've ever had at Lilly, and it is a big ol' PITA to change your name at work - you become hard to find in e-mail for people who don't know your new name, and you have to fill out forms for a billion different systems (though it's easier for me now than it would have been when I was at the helpdesk - at one point, I had counted, and had more than 22 separate login accounts!!! S'what happens when you have password change privleges, and provide backup support to every support queue.) Now, it's certainly not not-do-able; just complex.

3) I hesitate to take my dad's name back when he and I don't particularly get along. Is it a slap in my mom's face to take back the name of someone who hurt her that badly?

4) Darnit, if I take my maiden name back I go back to being at the end of the alphabet! :)

1) There is a certain appeal in having a name that is unlinked with another person. Until I changed my name for two marriages, I did think "what's in a name?" But the truth is, one's name DOES have something to do with how one perceives oneself. I know I had personality changes when I changed my name, and I think it contributed to the loss of self-identity I experienced in the early 90's (not the ONLY reason by a long shot; just one more straw on the camel's humph. :) ). You men out there don't have an equivalent experience, and it really -does- give some sort of psychological connotation of "ownership" or of being the person who changes, compromises, does all the giving in a relationship. That sounds too psychobabble-trite to be true, but in my experience there is a subconscious effect that I for one didn't expect before it happened. That's part of why making up a name is tempting. OTOH, making up a name involves a whole lot more explanation than just taking back one's maiden name. And besides, how would one make one up? I mean, I have one I used in the neopagan community - but that one was also linked to the ex, which makes it no different than keeping my current name. If part of the reason to do this is to identify myself unlinked with anyone else, then that name doesn't make sense to take either.

2) In support of taking back my maiden name, "Vachet," despite the fact that I don't get along very well with my dad and grandmother, the family name itself has interesting history. Through my Vachet name, I am descended from French royalty (Charlemaigne among others), as well as William of Orange (the man who freed the Netherlands for religious tolerance); Pierre You, one of the members of LaSalle's 1682 expedition down the Mississippi, who also married a Miami Indian; the first permanent settler in Indiana, and John and Pricilla Alden of the Mayflower. That's all pretty darned cool, and something I could honor, even if some members of my family have been flakes. :)

3) No one can spell or pronounce my maiden name - but no one can spell or pronounce my current name, either. :) However, I -could- (and this is an idea that appeals to me) take my maiden name back but pronounce it with its French pronunciation, "va-SHAY." Since the name has been in the Americas since the late 1600s, it's been Anglicized into "VA-chet." But when Mom named me, she was thinking of how pretty the name would sound if it were pronounced the French way: Suzanne Michelle Vachet. That would be a way of taking the name I was born with and making it mine. Would that be too pretentious?

(Added bonus: Had a distant cousin who changed the pronunciation and it royally ticked off my dad and grandparents. So if I wanted to be pissy, it'd be appropriate. :))

4) In re: hesitating to link with family members who I don't get along with, the advantage is that there are hardly any of them around any more - there weren't that many in the first place - and so it's not like they'll know one way or the other anyway, or that anyone else will know them to link me to them. Besides which, I -like- my aunt. (Though, of course, she doesn't go by her maiden name either. Come to think of it, she might have the longest-lasting marriage I can think of. Given that my uncle's pretty cool himself, I think they've both done well.)

The more I think of it, the more I'm leaning towards that French pronunciation option. Anyone want to chime in an opinion?

What's in a name?
Should I change my name when my divorce is final?
No, keep your current name so that it is the same as your kids name.
No, keep your current name because it is the only name you have been known by at work.
Yes, change it to your maiden name, but pronounce it va-SHAY.
Yes, change it to your maiden name, and pronounce it the way the rest of your family did when you were growing up (VA-chet).
Yes, but change it to a name you made up for yourself (if you select this option, please post any suggestions in the comments section of my blog!).

Friday, June 17, 2005


Wide-eyed, wild-eyed,
for a moment the man
is eclipsed by the boy.
He knows.
He remembers.
And deftly he rescues you,
gnaws free your dangerously-mired heart.

An unavoidable consequence.
Well worth the cost.
Bleeding is irrelevant.

(c) 2005

Wednesday, June 15, 2005

Boy, you can tell my project deadlines from my lack of posts

So. Here it is Wednesday morning, and I'm finally ready to turn in a document that was due by EOB (that's "end of business" for you acronymically challenged [Acronymically? Is that a word? It is now!]) Monday. Waiting on my boss to review it before it goes off into the document pile that is our global security office.

Have some fun numbers!
1) 43 - the number of pages it has turned out to be. So far; I also have a set of Word docs to go with the Powerpoint doc. But those are just copy/pastes from the Powerpoint, so I'm waiting a bit to do those. Why? Because of the next number...
2) 7 - the number of hours I have slept in the last 72. Yes, really. Even legal stimulants don't help at this point!
3) 11 - the number of those hours that I've spent at the ball park during that time. Even in the midst of non-sleeping deadlines, I'm still a mom.

Why am I blogging? Because I'm waiting for my boss to give me the ok to email the document, and I sure don't have the coherency to do real work right now!

Oh, wait, I forgot to add one piece of data...

(gee, maybe the person who called me a perfectionist last year might have a point after all...)