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August 8, 2012

August 8th, 2012 — 11:49am

Dan retweeted this cartoon and it made me laugh so hard!

Every day I can’t do anything until the 10am NASA news briefing is over. It’s all so fascinating and exciting. Tune in tomorrow at 10am Pacific for the latest updates and photos from Curiosity!

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Curiosity Lands on Mars

August 6th, 2012 — 12:27am

Watched NASA’s live stream from the control room as the Curiosity rover landed safely on Mars.


A quote from the press conference afterward: “Tomorrow we are going to begin exploring Mars.”

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August 3, 2012

August 3rd, 2012 — 7:49pm

I just listened to this week’s episode of This American Life, show #470: “Show Me The Way”. Act 1 was a wonderful long story about an unhappy teenager who ran away to meet his favorite author, Piers Anthony. Near the end of the story was a quote from the author’s notes in one of his novels:

“One thing you who had secure or happy childhoods should understand about those of us who did not. We who control our feelings, who avoid conflicts at all costs, or seem to seek them. Who are hypersensitive, self-critical, compulsive, workaholic, and above all survivors. We are not that way from perversity, and we cannot just relax and let it go. We’ve learned to cope in ways you never had to.” — Piers Anthony


You can listen to the episode online here:

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August 2, 2012

August 2nd, 2012 — 6:03pm

Good news, everyone! I’ve got a brand-new audiobook for you. It only took four years to make :)

Emma, by Jane Austen

I started this as a duet with Annie in 2008. She drifted away from Librivox before we finished and the project lay dormant until I asked Laurie Anne if she’d finish it with me. It took us about a year but we did it! I read the even chapters and then when I got to the end I worked backwards for a while, so the end of the book is just me. So — three different readers but all excellent (if I say so myself) and most of volume 3 is just me.

I’m so happy this is finished because I’ve been wanting a new book for my all-night audiobook playlist but I have strict requirements: it must be a book I already know really well, and it must be read by me or a reader with a similar style.

Many thanks to Aravis for proof-listening and cataloging!

Hope you like it!

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