Wednesday, February 27, 2013

Wednesday Weird: Gettysburg Ghost Footage

As mentioned before, I love looking at supposed ghost footage clips. If you have a video of a ghost or something that could be a ghost, then I want to watch it.

So today I have a video of ghost footage at Gettysburg. In case you're not in the know, Gettysburg is purported to be really haunted. People claims to see ghosts and weird things there all the time. This video is one of my all time favorite ghost clips.

When watching you'll see what appears to be flashes of musket fire. And then, if you keep watching, you'll see people in the woods. It's important to note that there is no road behind the trees (so the lights can't be from cars, etc). Whether the people in the trees are actual people or not (and the washed out color of the people is a bit suspect) I guess we can't be certain, but the people on the video were confident there were no actual people in the trees where they were filming.

Here you go!


Thoughts? I'd love to hear them!!

Monday, February 25, 2013

In Which I Take A Class

Yay! I'm super excited!

Tonight is the first night of my 8 week long class at The Loft.

The Loft, for you non-Minnesotans, is a literary center in Minneapolis. It's dedicated to making writers more awesome and expanding our writing community.

It's great.

Anyhoo, if you remember, one of my 2013 goals was to take at least one class this year and tonight is my first one!

I signed up for a class called The YA Novel.
Young Adult (YA) is having its heyday, and you don’t have to be a teen to love reading and writing these transformational books. If you have a Young Adult project started and you’d like to make its character more real, its plot more dynamic, or its themes more moving, this is the class for you. If you want to learn to read YA books as a writer and apply what you learn about craft to your own project, this is the class for you. And if you need somebody to light a fire under you to encourage you to finish your first draft or dig into revisions, this is definitely the class for you! We’ll deepen our understanding of the craft by discussing great YA books, working through writing exercises, and critiquing one another’s work in a large-group setting. The teaching artist will also read and comment on one 20-page section of your YA novel during the course of the class
I really hope I get something great from the class. I also hope maybe I'll meet some new, awesome people and, perhaps, snag a letter of rec from the teacher that I can use to apply to grad school.
Wish me luck! I'm sure I'll blog plenty more about the class as it goes along.
How about you? Have you taken any classes recently for anything?

Friday, February 22, 2013

Friday Fun

Woo hoo! It's Friday again! And even though it's winter still (...stiiiiill) the weekend is always better than the weekdays. For true!

why oh why does the winter never end??

Onto the fun!









Wednesday, February 20, 2013

Wednesday Weird: The Phaistos Disc

Hey all! Sorry I've been away from the blog for a bit. It was a combination of the Birthday and going up to the cabin and just general lack of time. But I'm back now, and it's time for a Wednesday Weird!

Today we're talking about the Phaistos Disc.

The disc is a fired clay disc about 5 1/2 inches wide with symbols pressed into each side in a spiral pattern. There are 45 unique symbols, comprising a “message” of 241 symbols. It was discovered in 1908 in Crete, and dates from around 1500BC.

Okay, so kinda cool. But what makes it more interesting is that no one knows what it says. Despite a century of study, the disc remain unreadable.

Scientists think it was meant to be read from the outside spiraling in. There are some other marks that may represent paragraph breaks, and it seems it was edited which all lead to people to believe that it is indeed writing and not just decoration.

And a votive axe found in 1934, the Arkalochori Axe, shares some of the symbols.  But scholars concluded the symbols on the axe were carved by an illiterate and were just strung together for looks.


But, one of the most interesting aspects of the disc is that it was made using movable type. Meaning, the symbols weren't carved by hand, they were pressed into the clay using stamps. Which means it beats the invention of movable type by close to 1500 years!

Bam! Take that, printing press!

Wednesday, February 6, 2013


First Wednesday of the month, so you know what that means!

Time for IWSG!

I thought I was going to post on jealousy and how sometimes it's not actually jealousy but just a reminder of how bad you may want something. And how sometimes, you don't want that reminder, you just want to put your head down and work hard.

But now I'm in a pretty good mood (though, I'm ridiculously hot because Twin turned the oven to self clean and heated up the house. And it first it was awesome (because this is MN in Feb, after all) but now it's just too much) and I don't quite remember what I was going to say about it.

Though, now that I glance past my ridiculous parentheticals, I realize I kind of already said something. Huh. Yay?

Anyhoo, just remember, everyone has their own journey in their own time. And if you're going to be jealous of someone's success, you have to be jealous of EVERYTHING (like the times they stayed home working instead of hanging out with friends.) You don't get to give up something bad in your life and replace it with the best thing in someone else's life. No one gets only good things. Yeah? Yeah.

P.S. It's my B-day tomorrow (Yay!) which means I have the rest of the week off from work (super yay!) which also means I'll be doing things around town, which finally means I won't be online much, so no post on Friday.

Have a great weekend!


Monday, February 4, 2013

In Which The Future Is Now

So, normally I write my blog posts on Sundays.
Yesterday, I just plum forgot. I was in bed at like 10:30 last night and realized it didn't even cross my mind.

So weird.

So instead, you get this link that every single one of you should read. It's easy and fast and AMAZEBALLS.


27 Science Fictions That Became Science Fact in 2012

Friday, February 1, 2013

Friday Fun

Weekend! Weekend!

And we made it through January! Of course, for moi, a little frenchie in MN, February isn't any better, just shorter.

But! That's why we have the weekend! To have fun, regardless of how cold it is!

Let's do this!

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