Monday, July 26, 2010

I Write Like

(I was going to put some pun in the title - call it, like, The Write Stuff or something - but I couldn't think of anything that wasn't just awful.)

My friend Stephanie has a blog, which I was looking at today. Recently she wrote about this website called I Write Like that will analyze writing and say what that person writes like.

I input many of my blog posts. I got Charles Dickens once and Margaret Mitchell once. But every other time - out of two pages of blog posts - I got Cory Doctorow.

I write like
Cory Doctorow
I Write Like by Mémoires, Mac journal software. Analyze your writing!


Honestly, I haven't read too much of his work, and I wasn't sure who he was off the top of my head. But I'm a semi-regular reader of Boing Boing - especially during the school year. So I'm ok with this. And I'll definitely pause to check out the next book I see of him.

(Although I stuck in a G.K. Chesterton essay and was told he writes like Dan Brown. And Stephen King apparently writes like J.K. Rowling. So we'll take this with a grain of salt.)

I love buying used books from Amazon

Sure, there's an additional $3.99 shipping and handling. But saving $119.78 on one book? I like that quite a lot.

Friday, July 23, 2010

Taking X-ACTO Knives to Books Like A Crazyperson.

So lately I've been kind of into hollowing out books.

Actually, let me take that back. I've been kind of into creating book safes. That sounds a bit classier.
I became interested in it almost a year ago, when I made one for myself. I've since made one for my friend Nikki for her birthday. And now I've made two more.

I have briefly flirted with the idea of selling my lovely creations on etsy or something. But if you look book safes up on etsy, they're all nice and carved out in straight lines and neat and clean. And mine aren't so much. But what I lack in any real technical talent I more than make up for in enthusiasm.

But I made these two more recent ones for my siblings. They don't know about it yet, but I don't have much of a preference whether they find out about this when I post a link to facebook or when I actually give it to them in person. Either way, I'm an awesome sister and everyone should tell me that because of my fragile esteem system.

I decided to make one for Matt as a housewarming/thank-you-for-driving-me-around-Southern-California-when-you-would-rather-be-sleeping present. I went to the Escondido Public Library Bookstore and bought a cheap, big book to destroy. After I bought it I saw a suitable-for-hollowing-out book they were giving away for free outside so I got it. I decided to make one for Leah, as a I-know-you-don't-really-like-me-but-please-think-I'm-cool gift.

Allow me to get defensive for a minute: No, neither of these are actual library books. I am not destroying public property. They are mine. Mine! Legally!

And allow me to give out a plug for the Escondido Public Library Bookstore. Ok, seriously, if you have any interest in reading (and as you are reading this, I daresay you must) or music or movies and are reading this from the general vicinity of Escondido you have to check out the bookstore. It's cheap, it's fantastic, I wonder where it's been all my life. (The answer to this is: the corner of Kalmia St and Second Ave.)  I also bought The Hunchback of Notre Dame for $0.75 and The Chronicles of Narnia for $2.25.
I love the Escondido Public Library Bookstore!

But yeah, here are some pictures of my adventures in hollowing out books.

The supplies you need to carry out this experiment. Plus a book, obviously. Come on, use your brain.
I took a million (like 7ish) pictures like this, trying to strike the perfect combination between staring-crazily-at-a-knife and not-having-a-double-chin. 
Notice Joann in the background. That was when I realized that taking many pictures of oneself staring at a knife probably kind of looked weird.

Proof that there were book casualties. I sort of felt guilty doing that. But I feel guilty doing most things, so that's pretty normal.

You will notice they look like real books. 
I'm not showing the front, because, while I'm about 80% certain that I can destroy any books I've paid for and legally own all I want, I don't want to chance any backlash from the "ILOVETHATBOOK!!!" community.

But when you open them:


Leah's is the best, in my opinion. It was taken from what reminded me of an old-timey movie theater experience. It contained a couple full-length historical romance novels, a short essay about Hawaii (including full color photos!) and a Snoopy comic. (It would have been cool to keep, but it was torn and water-damaged already, so there is goes.)

I mess up on these things a lot, so I find that decoupage will cover up glue stains and whatnot on the bottom of the book. (Decoupage is the only skill I've retained from my brief time in Girl Scouts. If only I could remember how we baked a cake using only a box lined with tin foil. And the ingredients for cake, obviously. Use your brains.)

So I was able to salvage some of the comic strips, a map of hawaii, and some illustrations from the novels and make a pretty cool thing:

(It looks way cooler in person, I promise.)

Thursday, July 15, 2010

R.I.P. MySpace

Today I deleted my MySpace. I had to jump through many, many figurative hoops to do it.
Alison: Cancel my account
MySpace: Are you sure? Why? You're still sure? You know this is permanent, right? Ok, we'll send you an email. Are you sure? Really? Fine, you're deleted. I hope you're happy on Facebook. Jerk.

I haven't been on it in several months, but I kept putting off because I have a lot of pictures on there that I wanted to delete, lest they disappear forever. Tonight I finally got around to downloading them and am now free from my MySpace chains.

I found one thing that was unexpected. They added a view counter to the pictures, so you can see how many people viewed the picture since January of 2009. Most of mine averaged at about 5-10 views each.  Except for this one:
5510 Views. My next highest was 40.
I think this is because it was my profile picture for quite a while and also my friend Natalie, pictured in this with me, has a bit more profile traffic than me. I'm guessing.

One thing I will miss about MySpace, sort of, is the ability to fill out stupid surveys that no one will really care about. And post them in bulletin form many times a day.

And so: 

Taken from, as none of my MySpace friends seem to be active anymore. Excluding bands and the like.
(This one is titled "Super Duper Random")

Sunday, July 4, 2010

Let's Watch a Disney Channel Movie

I don't watch Disney channel very much anymore. But I loved it like mad back in the day, so any time a Disney Channel Original Movie from '98-'03 (ish) comes on I will watch it and I will love it. Luckily, this weekend has had several (several!) movies from that era shown. Alley Cat Strike. Cadet Kelly. The Thirteenth Year. ETC.

One thing I've noticed about Disney Channel Original Movies these day is that they changed the opening to a series of film clips over some rockin' music. This is disappointing, as the previous opener was a bunch of photogenic tweens dressed in some weird early-oughts fashions dancing in and around some blue computer generated film strip. In the background was a song with the lyrics: Let's Watch a Disney Channel Movie/ Let's Watch a Disney Channel Movie/ We're Gonna Watch A Disney Channel Movie/ Let's Watch a Disney Channel Movie.
It was awesome and creative and they have no business changing it.

Right now I'm watching the Thirteenth Year. Which, as we all know, is about a kid who is the son of a mermaid and begins turning into one when he turns 13. What I like about it is the synopsis given to it by the cable company (or whoever makes these synopses.): A boy seems to be turning into a fish.
That's movie gold.