Category Archives: Lists

Best Movies of 2012

I should really watch more 2012 releases before I make a list (and, per usual, I’m worried that I’m forgetting something I did see), but what the heck. Let’s call it a first draft.

1. Your Sister’s Sister
2. The Master
3. Brave
4. Moonrise Kingdom
5. Finding Nemo 3D
6. Shut Up and Play the Hits
7. Beasts of the Southern Wild
8. Django Unchained
9. Celeste and Jesse Forever
10. Looper

I thought I hadn’t written about Your Sister’s Sister, but it seems I did. That film edges out The Master for me, which is saying something. … Read the rest

Links from the Homeschooling Webinar I Taught Today

If you took the Helping Homeschoolers in the Library webinar I taught this morning, hi!

If you didn’t take the webinar I taught this morning, hi!

I’m glad to see everyone.

I shared a lot of web sites in this morning’s class (focused on developing programs and collections for homeschoolers), ones that I share in most of my presentations these days, and I thought it might be helpful to have a list of them here for folks who are interested in learning more, whether they’ve attended a presentation or not. So here goes.

Homeschooling Resources on Pinterest
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You Know What’s Fun?

“I mean, we’re doing this right now. This seems a little desperate, doesn’t it?”
-Nate Ruess, The Colbert Report (August 13, 2012)

Here’s fun. being interviewed by Stephen Colbert and then playing “Some Nights,” which is my second favorite fun. song. My first favorite song is their entire first album, from beginning to end.

Every once in a while, I still turn on the concert NPR so kindly recorded and posted. Fun, indeed.… Read the rest

Starting Work on the Library’s New Web Site, in Crayon

Starting Work on Our New Web Site, in Crayon

Please note that Anne was awarded a gold star in this process. … Read the rest

Signs that There Has Been a Profound Change in My Life

1. My alarm clock has become irrelevant.
2. My morning routine currently involves checking the inmate roster at the Monroe County Jail.
3. One of my most significant accomplishments this week was creating a formula in Excel. (Thank you, Google!)
4. Speaking of Excel, I used it to make a few line graphs that are extremely informative, and if you come within a fifty foot radius of my office, I will lure you in to show them to you like they’re a cute new pair of sandals. That’s how excited I am about line graphs right now.
5. I voluntarily … Read the rest

Other Movies I Love in Which Things Go to Hell on a Spaceship, in Alphabetical Order

2001: A Space Odyssey
Empire Strikes Back
Moon (which technically happens on a space station, but whatever)
Star Trek II: The Wrath of Khan

I feel like there must be some I’m forgetting.… Read the rest

Best Romantic Comedies, or “My Whole Life Looks Like a Picture of a Sunny Day”

Brandon brought up the excellent idea of making lists of the best romantic comedies for Film Club. One reason this is an excellent idea is because most of the Film Clubbers revile romantic comedies. Every last one of them is younger than me, and I’m a widow besides. I don’t know what’s made them so cynical, other than the fact that there are a lot of terrible romantic comedies. I haven’t seen Friends with Benefits (because it looks bad), but I love that moment in the trailer when Mila Kunis shouts at a movie poster, “Shut up, Katherine Heigl, you … Read the rest

My Ten Favorite Episodes of WTF, So Far

I’ve listened to enough episodes of WTF that I thought it was probably time to attempt a list of my ten favorite episodes. I should note that I haven’t listened systematically; I jump all around, listening to old ones and new ones, depending on my mood. I also haven’t listened to nearly all of them. I am probably through more than half of them, but not much more than half. I review audiobooks, so I spend most of my time listening to things I’m getting paid to listen to.

I wish I got paid to listen to WTF.

Anyway, … Read the rest

Fandango’s Countdown to the Dead

First, can I just say that it’s getting kind of annoying the way zombies are all popular now? I mean, I can’t argue with the lawn ornaments, but I don’t know. It’s like zombies are the new vampire, except for the way zombies are so much better than vampires.

Anyway, Jason sent me a link to Countdown to the Dead, Fandango’s listing of what it considers to be the top ten zombie movies. Clearly, this requires comment.

#10 – Night of the Living Dead (1990)

Really? No. Let’s vote it off the island.

#9 – Dead Alive (1992)
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Documentaries that Have Helped Me Realize that I’m Not So Abnormal After All

Last week, Susan over at Chicken Spaghetti posted about reading Word Freak by Stefan Fatsis, which got me thinking about one of my favorite documentaries, Word Wars, which led to thinking about Wordplay and then Spellbound. That’s when I realized that there’s a whole genre of documentaries I enjoy because the people in them make me feel like I’m not a complete freak.

Home Movie

This film takes a closer look at five unusual homes and their owners: a guy who lives on a houseboat in Louisiana, a woman who lives in a tree house in Hawaii, … Read the rest