Tuesday, January 29, 2008

Numbers please!

I like numbers. Seriously. I think that is the reason I became an accountant. Numbers are so universal. So absolute. So concrete. Except for imaginary numbers. We won't talk about those. I also like statistics. I like to watch numbers and stats changing. Yes, I AM a total geek, thank you very much! There is evidence of my number obsession on this very page. My letterboxing stats in that box over there on the right. Below that, links to a game that is based solely on the number of clicks each link receives - the more clicks, the better. And below that, a hit counter so that I can see how many of you are actually silly enough to come to this page. :) I check "My Statistics" on Atlas Quest frequently - the pie charts and bar graphs are great! Even flickr tracks how many views each of my photos and postcards receives. For some unknown reason, this postcard has the most view out of any of the others: http://flickr.com/photos/trekkiegal1701d/980223037/ No one has yet offered an explanation as to why this card has so many views.... 

I didn't receive any postcards today (*sniff*), but I did receive several yesterday. This lovely multiview of Helsinki, Finland. AKS sent it as part of the Multiview Round Robin - 5 people in a group who each send a multiview card to each of the others. All of the buildings pictured are churches and cathedrals.

This card of Mt. Fuji in Japan was sent to me by april16. What a gorgeous view! This is one of the most photographed mountains in the world, and I can definitely see why. And the purple flowers are wonderful - my favorite color. :)

PS If any was wondering whether or not I passed the Jeopardy! test, I am sorry to disappoint you. We don't actually receive our test scores. The only way I will know if I passed is if I receive a phone call asking me to come to an audition. All I can say is don't hold your breath. I think there were too many questions that I just stared at, going "huh?" Oh well. One of these years I will pass.

Monday, January 28, 2008

Game on!

Trekkie Gal's personal blog, stardate 61576... As I was watching my morning episode of Star Trek (this morning it was Voyager ep. 4-14 "Message in a Bottle"), it occurred to me that blogs are very much like the personal logs kept by starship crews. The only difference is that I am not out exploring the galaxy. And instead of talking, I type. And people don't usually read the personal logs - I guess my blog isn't much different in that respect. Anyway, I normally have a full schedule of prime time television to watch. Sunday to Friday, I have 2-3 shows to watch every night. Unfortunately, the writer's strike has forced me to find amusement in other types of shows. Namely, game shows. Deal or No Deal, Are You Smarter Than a 5th Grader?, 1 vs. 100, American Gladiators. I find myself screaming at the tv "TAKE THE DEAL!". I become dismayed at the lack of knowledge from those who are faced with elementary school questions. I shake my head at those who can't pick out the obvious answer from the multiple-choice options. And I watch in amazement at people running an obstacle course that I would have no hope of finishing (or getting past the first obstacle, for that matter). I'm so glad they brought the Gladiators back. I loved that show in the 90's. I do still have a few of my regular shows to watch. I TiVO Ellen DeGeneres every day - she only took one day off for the strike. House still has 3 new episodes (love love LOVE Hugh Lau...I mean House). Lost will be back with 8 episodes starting Thursday. Survivor is new starting February 7th. Jon and Kate Plus 8 (on TLC) is new tonight, and my favorite Discovery Channel Shows, Mythbusters and Dirty Jobs with Mike Rowe (*drool*), have new episodes this week. Plus Monk and Psych on Friday night. So I guess the tv choices don't totally suck - yet. And speaking of game shows, I am taking the Jeopardy! test online Wednesday night. Wish me luck! :) Now for the postcards. I received postcards from two people today.

 The first was this card of Himeji Castle in Japan sent to me by emi-chan. According to the caption, it is also called the Shirasagi (Snowy Heron) Castle. Beautiful! :) 

The next 3 came together in an envelope. I was very excited when I saw the stamps (of head coral) said Mauritius. Another new country to add to my list! I exchanged cards with wolfgirlmu, but it has been a while, so I completely forgot I was expecting these cards. The first is a multiview of Tamarin, a village on the western coast of Mauritius.

  The second is of the island of Rodrigues, which is the smallest of the Mascarene Islands and is located 560 km. east of Mauritius. I knew all this without looking it up. Yeah, right. ;)

Here is the final card. I had to rely on an online translator to find out what the French meant (I took Spanish is high school and college). The top says love, happiness, health and success. The other phrases roughly translate to Happy New Year and Seasons Greetings. If someone knows a better translation, please let me know. The bird pictured is a dodo, the now extinct flightless bird that was found only on Mauritius. PS For those of you who haven't seen the video of Ellen DeGeneres on the Hawaii chair, you HAVE to watch this. It is absolutely HILARIOUS! http://ellen.warnerbros.com/2008/01/hawaii_chair.php

Saturday, January 26, 2008

Day at the Museum

Welcome to the first post of quite possibly the most boring blog ever! I don't blame anyone if they fall asleep while reading. Maybe this blog could be the nightly bedtime story for your kids, guaranteed to make them fall asleep in about two seconds! :) As some of you may know, I am a volunteer at the Museum of Science and Industry in Chicago. I am a way-finder, which mostly means that I direct people to the bathroom. I get other questions too, but the most frequent questions relate to the location of the nearest bathroom. I went in to volunteer today for the first time since before Christmas. At Christmastime, the museum is absolutely BEAUTIFUL! Over 50 Christmas trees with decorations from around the world, including one tree that is over 40 feet tall. It also snowed inside the museum every half hour (ok, it was really soap bubbles - but it looked good). Now all of the beautiful trees and decorations are gone. The Star Wars exhibit is also gone. The museum seemed strangely empty. I hardly went up to the main floor because it seemed that something was missing. I just stood near the escalators and handed out maps. That is my other duty besides directing people to the bathroom. I am also a member of Postcrossing (http://www.postcrossing.com/). I have become addicted to receiving postcards from all over the world. I have spent a lot of time on the forum lately, getting involved in trades, tags, lotteries and round robins. Here (http://forum.postcrossing.com/viewthread.php?tid=17328) is an explanation of those terms that may be unfamiliar to you. Anyway, I received one card in my mailbox today. Here it is: It is from the "Life Before Us" tag. It shows a scene from Pori, Finland in 1926.

 According to yomyohan, this bridge does not exist anymore and the cotton factory in the background is now the office building in which yomyohan works. I love glimpses of other parts of the world. If, for some unknown reason, you read my blog on a regular basis, you will see many more cards from Finland. Finland has more Postcrossers than any other country, including the United States. Why that is, I have no idea. **Posted while watching Pirates of the Caribbean: At World's End. **