Archive for January 2007

Jan 18 (Thursday)

January 18th, 2007 — 7:41pm

Bayshore Science – states of matter
Bayshore Art
Bayshore Writing
Brain Food Podcast (Science)

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New LibriVox Community Podcast

January 18th, 2007 — 3:34pm

A new episode of the LibriVox Community Podcast appeared today! I just finished listening to it, and enjoyed it so much. This was a calm, slow-paced episode created and hosted by Alan (Cloud Mountain) and featuring David (Earthcalling) and Annie (LibraryLady), just talking about their roles at LibriVox, what they enjoy about it, etc. I’m not so good at putting LibriVox’s wonderfulness into words, but these two certainly are. Listen!

LibriVox Community Podcast 19

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01 – Preface

January 17th, 2007 — 7:03pm

Poetry Every Child Should Know, edited by Mary E. Burt. Published in 1904. Read by me!
01 – Preface

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Catching up…

January 17th, 2007 — 2:40pm

Now that I’m almost ready to begin podcasting my next book, let’s catch up with the files I podcasted but forgot to post here on my blog:

The Golden Goose Book:

Johnny Crow’s Garden
Johnny Crow’s Party
A Visit From St. Nicholas

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Jan. 17 (Wednesday)

January 17th, 2007 — 1:57pm

Grammar (prepositional phrases, subject, verb)
Music Practice
The Grey King

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The poetry book is DONE!!

January 17th, 2007 — 9:43am

Yesterday I cataloged the poetry book! It’s all done! Hooray!

For those of you who don’t know it already, I’ve been recording a book for LibriVox called Poems Every Child Should Know, an anthology of poetry for children, edited by Mary E. Burt and published in 1904. It was divided by into 81 short sections, some with several short poems, some with just one long poem. The finished book is 8 hours long and contains nearly 200 poems.

I’ll start podcasting this one soon, but if you just can’t wait and you want to hear the whole thing now, go for it:

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January 16th, 2007 — 7:38pm

I’m always on the lookout for wonderful public domain children’s literature. A while ago I discovered The Baldwin Online Children’s Literature Project:

They have a great collection of classic children’s literature, all laid out for you to read online AND you can buy lovely inexpensive reprints of their books. I recorded Our Island Story from their site as a solo project (audio here: part 1 and here: part 2), and I’ve just recently started The Story of the Middle Ages. I emailed Lisa, who runs the site, thanked her for providing the texts, and invited her to link to any of our free audio versions of the books on her site. She very kindly offered to send me a print copy of any of her books, to make it easier to record them! So I asked for the Story of the Middle Ages and it arrived today. It’s a beautiful softcover facsimile of the original book, about 6×9, with all the original illustrations.

Thank you so much, Lisa, for your generous gift! It will indeed make it easier and more fun to do my recording :) Reading from a screen is ok, but there’s just nothing like a real book.

Please support — buy a book and help them keep scanning in these literary treasures.

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Jan. 16 (Tuesday)

January 16th, 2007 — 1:55pm

Theater class
World of Warcraft!!!
The Grey King

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Cold Snap

January 15th, 2007 — 6:57pm

We are having crazy cold weather here in Southern California, along with the rest of the country I guess.  When we drove home from San Diego last night the car told us it was 35 degrees out, and our bedroom was 59 when we went to bed.  Brr!   I wore my wool sweater and scarf and fingerless gloves and hat, and two pairs of wool socks, all day today (in the house) and was still chilly.  We don’t have central heating right now because we’re waiting for SDG&E to come out and tell us if it’s safe or not.  Even when we DO have it, it really only heats one room of the house, heheh.

Recorded the last five sections of the poetry book today, but still need to edit/proof them.

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Jan 15 (Monday)

January 15th, 2007 — 1:53pm

Math –
Math – MathMissions
Read about Castles

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Only five sections left!

January 14th, 2007 — 11:20pm

Today, while Dan was at the helicopter field and the house was quiet, I recorded/edited/proofed five more sections of the poetry book. Now I have completed 76 of 81 sections! It’s amazing! And I also beat the horrible caravan escort quest in LOZ:TP, and am ready for the third dungeon. This evening we went to B&C’s house so Dan could finish their complicated new computer set-up. We always have the best time with them! Bob and I surfed around on my laptop and watched old music videos and classic Sesame Street clips on youtube (Capital I, Lower Case n) while Dan and Chloe did computer things, and then we all watched an episode of SNL hosted by Jerry Seinfeld, which was relatively funny, except for the one-joke sketches that dragged on and on.

Posting some links to the awesome Sesame Street clips we found last night, plus some others I just found:

Capital I:

Lower case n:

The Penny Candy Man (8):

Ten Tiny Turtles on the Telephone (ignore elmo at the beginning of the clip):

The Ladybugs’ Picnic:

Number NIne Cutie:

Flying on an Eagle (E):

The “O” Song:

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The Lost Art of Keeping Secrets

January 13th, 2007 — 10:34pm
The Lost Art of Keeping Secrets

Another fantastic book — couldn’t put it down. Great characters, great atmosphere, interesting story. It could have used a careful proof-reading/sanity check though — there were a number of very distracting continuity flaws.

My rating: 4.5 stars

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Jan. 12 (Friday)

January 12th, 2007 — 1:52pm


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Really Good Soup

January 12th, 2007 — 1:52pm

I made Really Good Soup for dinner last night. I always crave soup when it’s cold.  I usually improvise soup, but this one turned out so good I decided to write it down:

Chop up an onion and cook it slowly in a big stock pot in a nice lump of butter and a bit of olive oil, until it is soft.  Add three diced potatoes (Russets, of course) and a couple of stalks of celery, chopped.   Cook everything around in the butter for a while, and then add water or broth.  I used frozen turkey broth that I made from our Christmas turkey — about 1.5 quarts, I think.  Open a big can of Italian tomatoes and add them and their juice, and chop up the tomatoes into bite-size pieces. Add a bit of salt and pepper and paprika.  Cover and cook slowly until the potatoes are soft enough.  Drain a can of kidney beans and add them to the soup.  Serve with a spoonful of sour cream stirred in.  Oh LORD it’s good.

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LIbrary Goodies

January 12th, 2007 — 9:35am

Kelly asked what I filled my backpack with when we went to the library on Monday, so here’s a list:

For me:

  • Typing time (CD-ROM)
  • Prep : a novel    Sittenfeld, Curtis. (Finished – excellent)
  • The lost art of keeping secrets : a novel    Rice, Eva, (3/4 finished, excellent)
  • On Yoolis night [sound recording] : medieval carols & motets    Anonymous 4 (lovely)
  • Unnatural selection    Elkins, Aaron J.
  • London is the best city in America    Dave, Laura.
  • The cultured handmaiden    Cookson, Catherine.
  • The Penderwicks [sound recording] (Very disappointing.  The story seems very good but the reader is dreadful, so dreadful we had to turn it off after a few minutes.)

For Henry:

  • Life in the Middle Ages. The castle    Hinds, Kathryn, 1962-
  • Magical melons : more stories about Caddie Woodlawn    Brink, Carol Ryrie, 1895-1981
  • The secret of Pirates’ Hill    Dixon, Franklin W.
  • Cathedral: the story of its construction    Macaulay, David.
  • Draw your own manga : beyond the basics    Nagatomo, Haruno.
  • Dragon rider    Funke, Cornelia Caroline.
  • A medieval castle    Jarrow, Gail.
  • The further adventures of Hank the Cowdog    Erickson, John R., (Henry says this is very good)
  • Midnight magic    Avi,
  • The sun    Miller, Ron,
  • The history of counting    Schmandt-Besserat, Denise.
  • Math missions (CD-ROM) (Henry likes this game, although there’s WAY to much talking and he has to keep hitting “escape” to get to the actual math)

So there you go :)

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Jan 11 (Thursday)

January 11th, 2007 — 9:35am

Bayshore Day:

Science (Dissected grasshopper)
Computers (English test?)

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January 10th, 2007 — 10:00pm

Sorry, sorry, I’ve podcast quite a few little things since the end of Our Island Story, but forgot to update this page.  Too late tonight to do anything about it but tomorrow I SWEAR I’ll do some updating…

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New jeans

January 10th, 2007 — 9:11pm

Mom took me out to try to find jeans today — my Christmas present. I finally found two pairs of normal-looking jeans in some little store. They’re just plain straight-cut boy jeans (literally. all the girl-size jeans were so low-cut it was ridiculous). They didn’t have very many in my size (28×30, which is a little big but perfectly comfortable) but I found two pairs. Now I can throw out my worn out awful jeans, yay! Really tired again today, sigh, I guess my streak of good sleep is really over. Oh well, those were a nice three days. Didn’t get much done, but helped Henry make his cheesecake (he didn’t need much help) and read a lot. I’m reading “The Lost Art of Keeping Secrets” by Eva Rice, which is amazing. Got a new Anonymous 4 cd at the library on Monday: “On Yoolis Night; Medieval Carols and Motets.” Listening now, it’s lovely.

The guy says he’s not going to do the new-shows podcast anymore, darn it. He doesn’t like Stryker. I LOVE Stryker! I can download the shows myself but it’s not the same as a nice rss feed shoving them automagically into my iPod. Sigh.

If you haven’t listened to our wonderful LibriVox community podcast yet, you really must. I love it. One of the really nice things about it is that there’s no standard format. The show varies in content and style depending on who happened to create it that week. Take a listen to some of our recent episodes and tell me you’re not charmed and entertained!

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Jan 10 (Wednesday)

January 10th, 2007 — 8:56pm

Brain Food podcast
baked a cheesecake
The Grey King

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Prep, by Curtis Sittenfeld

January 10th, 2007 — 1:49pm
Prep, by Curtis Sittenfeld

I loved this book. The super-self-conscious, over-analytical, anxious teenage protagonist, Lee, reminds me so much of myself when I was a teenager, and, unfortunately, even now… Thanks again, Curtis — please write more!

My rating: 5.0 stars

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