Monthly Archives: October 2009

NaBloPoMo 2009, Or November is The Month

NaBloPoMo is back!
November is the original and annual National Blog Posting Month and if you have been making excuses to yourself all year that you would like to get back in the swing of blog posting – here it is starting tomorrow only for 30 days – a good challenge.
For the last two years I have been on the 365 Blog Challenge to post every day, of which most of my posts end up being mobile photo blogged (mo-pho-blo), and on the months that I participate in NaBloPoMo I also attempt to post a text blog post every day.
Tomorrow I am going to start on the November NaBloPoMo and post a text/writing blog post every day for the month. Join me and all the others who are participating in NaBloPoMo and it doesn’t matter if you post text every day or a photo or a video or a combo of your choice, it is good fun!
Thanks to Mrs. Kennedy for thinking NaBloPoMo up and organizing it.

Tidbits :: Saturday October 31, 2009

Kate Moos on All Souls Day: “

The confluence of the rambunctious American ritual of Halloween with the somber and sobering feast days of All Saints and All Souls
that follow on its heels has always been confusing to me — never more
so than when I was a child. Halloween ranked second to Christmas for
the near-hysteria of our anticipation.

The thrill of dressing up to be something scary was delicious,
especially so because, as the smallest and youngest member of my large
Catholic family, I was much more experienced at being scared than being
scary. Halloween allowed me to become the monster. This, no doubt, is
at the heart of its hold over us. We’re able to put on the clothing of
that which frightens us: darkness and death itself.

Mata H on The Day of the Dead – a time for celebrations, home altars, sugar skulls: “The Day of the Dead (El Día de los Muertos ) is a celebration of
the deceased which occurs on November 1 and November 2, mostly in
Mexico and among Mexican Americans, coinciding with the Roman Catholic
celebrations of All Hallows Eve, All Saints’ Day and All Souls’ Day.
The origins of this celebration can be traced back to the Aztecs and
Mayans as long as 3,000 years ago.”

Tidbits :: Friday October 30, 2009

Charlie Stross asks How habitable is the Earth?: “We H. Sapiens Sapiens appear to be an infestation on this
planet. After the slow-burning evolution of hominins in Africa, our
ancestral populations erupted out into Eurasia in a geological
eye-blink, spread into the Americas by way of the Bering land bridge
(sea levels being somewhat lower during the ice ages) and finally
reaching even the remotest islands of oceania around twelve thousand
years ago. Today we’re ubiquitous. Even our pre-industrial ancestral
cultures, from those resembling the inuit to the antecedents of the
tuareg, occupied a slew of geographical environments that put
cockroaches to shame.”

Excited About Their New Hairdos

Excited About Their New Hairdos
Photo taken by Ms. Jen with her Nokia N95.

Fri 10.30.09 – Please note the black blur on Belle’s head is a skull & crossbones Halloween dog hair bow. Belle no longer looks like a Polar Belle and Scruffy is no longer Grizzly McDoglet the unshorn mountain dog. Thanks to Blue Ribbon Grooming in Tustin!

Sita Sings the Blues

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Sita Sings the Blues‘ is a very delightful feature indie animation film that combines 1920s jazz vocals with the ancient Indian story of Ram and Sita and the parallel story of the animator Nina Paley and her husband Dave.
Worth watching for the interplay of animation styles and narrative, of which is the interstitial bits of the three humorous arguing narrators. Even more worth watching for the gorgeous visuals.
Sita Sings the Blues