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I haven't even reviewed the last one yet, and I'm at another workshop! I'm up in Elk Grove (west of Chicago) for Bahaia. Today she is teaching baladi technique, and tomorrow she's teaching "combinography" I love that she's doing 4... Continue reading
Posted Jul 24, 2010 at Bellydance: Experiences
Today was Nubian in the morning and Sha'abi in the afternoon. I was *exhausted* when I got home, and my feet are screaming... and i loved every minute of it! An extensive review is forthcoming. I have so much to... Continue reading
Posted Jul 11, 2010 at Bellydance: Experiences
I just got home from the first day of the Mohamed El Hosseny workshop in St Louis. He is *amazing* - In the morning, we did Saiidi. (Amusingly, he used a song off of Wash ya Wash 6, that Yousri... Continue reading
Posted Jul 10, 2010 at Bellydance: Experiences
Jasmine is fantastic, she's teaching us a Tunesian-inspired choreography. It is a lot of fun, but it is an extremely complicated choreo. My body is holding up fine, but my brain feels like mud. Nothing repeats, and I'm struggling to... Continue reading
Posted Apr 10, 2010 at Bellydance: Experiences
Pirate Latitudes by Michael Crichton My rating: 4 of 5 stars My swashes have been thoroughly buckled. No, it's not a complex, think-y thriller like Crichton is known for - in fact, it read more like adventure novels of years ago, you know, to quote The Princess Bride, "Fencing, fighting,... Continue reading
Posted Apr 9, 2010 at Natalia Reads
Drive: The Surprising Truth About What Motivates Us by Daniel H. Pink My rating: 4 of 5 stars The truth in this book was not very surprising. I have been hearing about the idea of intrinsic motivation over extrinsic motivation for a while now (admittedly, mostly through non-profit leadership development... Continue reading
Posted Apr 9, 2010 at Natalia Reads
The Help by Kathryn Stockett My rating: 5 of 5 stars I went into this book, trying to block out all the hype, the Oprah-recommendedness, etc. I tried not to have too high of expectations. and then I found myself staying up too late a few nights while reading it.... Continue reading
Posted Apr 9, 2010 at Natalia Reads
Dark Lover by J.R. Ward My rating: 2 of 5 stars First of all... the names. Or, more like it, the nhames. In what uhniverse are all these zsuperfluous letters at all a reasonable naming convention? I didn't get used to them, they were just as ridiculous on the last... Continue reading
Posted Apr 9, 2010 at Natalia Reads
The Laughing Corpse (Anita Blake, Vampire Hunter, #2) by Laurell K. Hamilton My rating: 3 of 5 stars This book was very dark, with some really over-the-top destruction going on. It was interesting to read about the distinctions between Anita's powers and voodoo. Jean Claude feels shoe-horned in, like he... Continue reading
Posted Apr 9, 2010 at Natalia Reads
Charlatan: America's Most Dangerous Huckster, the Man Who Pursued Him, and the Age of Flimflam by Pope Brock My rating: 4 of 5 stars I really have a hard time wrapping my head around the idea that this stuff happened less than 100 years ago. I mean, all this nonsense... Continue reading
Posted Apr 9, 2010 at Natalia Reads
River of Darkness by Rennie Airth My rating: 5 of 5 stars Another moody, emotionally-damaged police detective. (though in John Madden's case, he has a better excuse than most - he's a veteran of WW I.) I eat this stuff up. And yet, the handful of real police officers I've... Continue reading
Posted Apr 9, 2010 at Natalia Reads
Breathless by Dean Koontz My rating: 1 of 5 stars Dear Mr Koontz, 1) I totally noticed hat this whole book was a thin dressing for your mathematical argument against evolution. 2) That mathematical argument assumes genetic mutations happen in serial, when in fact they happen in parallel. Ooops. 3)... Continue reading
Posted Apr 9, 2010 at Natalia Reads
Abraham Lincoln: Vampire Hunter by Seth Grahame-Smith My rating: 5 of 5 stars I enjoyed this book immensely - largely because it managed to be both smart and fluff at the same time. Lincoln is an immensely fascinating figure before you add the vampires (So much so, that I actually... Continue reading
Posted Apr 9, 2010 at Natalia Reads
Body Of Evidence by Patricia Cornwell My rating: 3 of 5 stars This book gets 5 stars for the interesting story, and 1 star for the *terrible* reading, for an average of 3 stars. (The version my library had was read by Donada Peters - there are, as far as... Continue reading
Posted Apr 9, 2010 at Natalia Reads
Horns by Joe Hill My rating: 5 of 5 stars Joe Hill credits Bart Ehrman in his acknowledgments, and his influence is all over this book. (BTW, Ehrman's own books are awesome too. Definitely worth picking up) Under the veneer of a light and easy-to-read thinky-horror book, this is a... Continue reading
Posted Apr 9, 2010 at Natalia Reads
The Lovely Bones by Alice Sebold My rating: 3 of 5 stars Part of me wants to lock Alice Sebold and Jodi Picoult together in a room, and make them read their books about murdered children to each other. I really don't understand why murdered children seem to have become... Continue reading
Posted Apr 9, 2010 at Natalia Reads
Soulless by Gail Carriger My rating: 5 of 5 stars Imagine if someone had stuck P. G. Wodehouse, Georgette Heyer, and Bram Stoker (or maybe Mary Shelley?) in a room together and told them to write a book. There's a little romance, a little horror, and a little sci-fi -... Continue reading
Posted Apr 9, 2010 at Natalia Reads
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Here is the long promised picture of me and Karim, taken on the second day of the workshop, Nov 8, 2009. The day's topics were finger cymbals in the morning, and drum in the afternoon. I feel a little unqualified... Continue reading
Posted Apr 9, 2010 at Bellydance: Experiences
I found out a week ago that Jasmin Jahal is teaching a workshop this weekend Sponsored by Aalim Dance Company (I really need to get on their mailing list!) I decided today that I'll be going! I've never taken a... Continue reading
Posted Apr 9, 2010 at Bellydance: Experiences
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Mar 15, 2010
When I was of the age when kids wrote letters to santa, Email existed in the academic world, but outside of universities/government/high tech types, no one had even heard of the internet. The web hadn't been invented yet, etc. My dad is a professor of computer science, and the systems guys in the network created an email alias inside their network so the kids of faculty, staff, grad students, etc could send emails to [email protected] (the emails were then, conveniently, forwarded to our parents) Now, of course, that doesn't sound like anything special, but at the time, it was *magical*. My father had some kind of secret, futuristic link to Santa himself.
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Every year I add lots of small bulbs to my "magical forest" area in my back yard. I back up to a stand of trees, and I'm working on building a carpet of small bulbs for spring color. But for obsession... I've lately fallen for tacky, showy oriental lilies. The bigger, more multicollored, more spotted and ostentatious the better!
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I figured that was what you meant! I cant stop listening to it either, its the perfect mixture of a classic vibe, but new compositions. I love how it feels fresh and old-school at the same time. :)
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It was fun, Im sure you would have enjoyed it! Hopefully hell be teaching somewhere more conveient for you sometime soon!
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I hope he comes your way soon, Im sure you would enjoy his teaching!
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