Monthly Archives: July 2009

Virtual Job Fair

sims-d-and-bGrowing up on The Sims, I have a hard time taking virtual reality seriously. I still picture “virtual life’ to mean two avatars talking in picture bubbles and making the  heart shaped bed shake. We used The Sims to create life, not to emulate our own. So the idea of a virtual job fair in Second Life, while inevitable in this digital world, is hard for me to take seriously. There also seems like there would be too many opportunities to blow a first “impression” because of internet connections gone haywire or uploading issues.

But it seems that Amazon is venturing into the virtual headhunting. And where they go I will follow. The appeal of catching the attention of a corporation like that with my innovative approach to a job search and my tech skills makes me want to dabble in this idea. So maybe it’s not such a crazy idea after all.

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Losing my Marbles!

This table looks like hours of fun for me and my cat…

Ceiling Fan makeover

2009-07-ceiling_fanCeiling fans are an appliance that next quite fit into a room, but you can’t live without. When you are trying to get a handle on your electricity bill by holding off on turning the AC as long as possible, it pays to keep the fan running on high as long as possible (when it  starts to sound like its going to take off into the floorboards of the apt above you, you know its doing its job). So I thought this was a clever little idea to use the fan as decor during the 9 months out of the year that the temp doesn’t get above 90 degrees (in Chicago at least). I’m a sucker for patterns, so putting wallpaper on the fan looks awesome to me!

Real World: Dorms

Lots of cool stuff on Apartment therapy today! First, this “shared living” concept of The Rolling House. The concept comes off as very innovative and inviting and social. They use terms like “intimacy space”, “sanctuary”, and “sharing walls”. In reality, it sounds a lot like my life in the dorms but more colorful and with a greenhouse. Communal living area, small bedrooms, shared bathrooms, and people making out in the common room. Of course it’s in Barcelona so now it’s international and chic and free-spirited. It also seems like it’s a prime location for the next Real World.3

Welcome!

Welcome all the pop candy readers that are stopping by. Thanks so much for coming and enjoy the nuggets of pop culture gold buried on my site! Comments and suggestions are encouraged, as is dancing. Because it’s Friday! And yesterday was my birthday!

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Today I’m going to get inside a balloon

I don’t have commentary witty enough for this video, except FAIL

Top Beach Reads 2009

I have unofficially deemed this the summer of reading. Just like Book-It in elementary school enticed children to read during the summer instead of watching the Mickey Mouse Club with promises of pizza and buttons, I’m trying to pull myself away from OnDemand movies by promising myself I’ll read and run more (a smart mind and an even smarter body trumps watching Ace of Cakes).

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I made a trip to the bookstore last week and, as promised, picked up Why is my mother getting a tattoo? andHere’s the Kicker. I also got Girl with the Dragon Tattoo to broaden my reading horizon with a murder mystery instead of my typical everyday humor novels (it also made the NPR summer reading list, see below). And out of curiosity and, admittedly, for reference, I got Bonk: The Curious coupling of sex and science by the amazing Mary Roach. (I first heard about this book watching this talk she gave at the TED conference.)

I’ve been looking forward to the finalized list of NPR’s top 100 summer beach books to come out, and behold, 100 more books for me to get through during my month and a half of freedom before classes start again (Is there an economy-size purchase discount at Borders?). The list was whittled down by a series of votes by users. This lead to some great books that I had forgotten about like Poisonwood Bible and Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy (probably a little lofty for one month to read), one’s I’ve never heard of like Fried Green Tomatoes at the Whistle Stop Cafe, and yet user-voted results also leads to 15 minute phenomenon’s like Harry Potter and Twilight and the classics like Little Women, A Tree Grows in Brooklyn (a personal favorite), and The Fountainhead (I’ve been 200 pages into that book for a year now). The result is an eclectic list that guarantees something for everyone.

These reading posts are making me want to push my nerd glasses up my nose a little.