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The other day, I was driving north on Highway 1 right in that snarl of exits right before you get to Cary when I saw something moving across the road in front of me. I barely had time to realize, as I barreled down upon the tiny critter at 70mph, that it was a dark mouse scurrying across the enormous road as fast as he possibly could. AND HE MADE IT. I take my hat off to you, little mouse. I’m not sure I could’ve made it, and I’m a full-grown human.

When the Time Is Ripe. Featuring a Jewish pear. Found by Sarah.
English major soaps, which sounds like daytime television for literature aficionados, but that is most emphatically not the case. Found by Faith.
Gimghoul Castle, which I learned of from Kendra. There is very, very definitely an expedition to this place in my near future.
How to pull out a tooth with a rocket. Exactly what it sounds like. Found by Danielle! (Yes, I stole pretty much everything here.)

The Astronomy Picture of the Day over on the NASA website is, more often than not, wonderful. However, this tips the scales over to astoundingly marvelous. The Mysterious Voynich Manuscript is written by an unknown author in an unknown language, and it’s chock full of astronomy illustrations. What does it mean? No one knows…

If you’re in the Raleigh area, come check out my friend Anne Elisabeth Stengl’s book signing for her newly released novel, Heartless, which I was privileged enough to read before its release date. Fantasy lovers, give it a whirl!

In other books, I wolfed down A Song for Arbonne by Guy Gavriel Kay. You folks are going to murder me in cold blood if I rant about him much more, I realize. So I will only say that this book is based on the troubadour culture in Provence during the Middle Ages, which honestly is not a really my thing. My time period is several hundred years before that, and…I’m just not into courtly love much. HOWEVER, Kay made it positively riveting. I still take issues with his portrayal of certain aspects of morality, but I find it terribly hard to hold anything against him when he just writes so absurdly well.

Right now I’m working on Cyrano de Bergerac by Edmond Rostand, which I started weeks ago but then laid aside to read Heartless and Arbonne. Thus far, I’m enjoying the wit tremendously! Oh Cyrano, you’re so funny. Also, I’m dying to use the line “It’s as if we are in some den of evil!” in conversation.

If ever you find yourself in Raleigh, check out Escazu Chocolates, and try one of the spicy chocolate push-ups. You will not be disappointed! I was introduced to this wondrous place by Faith and Matthew today, along with Ornamentea, which is the place to go if you’re looking for sheets of mica, the makings for steampunk trinkets, papier mache camels, or metalsmithing tools. Hey, everyone’s grocery list is different.

The Voyage of the Dawn Treader trailer. *jumps up and down excitedly* I love the way they made Lucy look like Susan in the reflection. Oo, and she gets to use Susan’s bow? But wait, what is this? All four Pevensies? Peter and Susan, you are not in this book! I missed you, though, so I suppose you may stay.
Tangled trailer. Trite as some of this appears, I may have to watch it, just on principle.
Click: A Lego short film.
When did Jake Gyllenhaal get to be so amusing? Don’t even know anything about the movie, but he’s hilarious.

Sea turtle films self, becomes YouTube sensation. The guy mentions that he thought at first a diver was being attacked by a sea turtle, and that is definitely what I would think as well, if I found this camera washed up somewhere. “Holy cow, guys, I always knew giant sea turtles were out for blood! With those blinky, beady eyes…those perilous flippers…they’ve been plotting our doom all along! Now I have proof!” And then it turns out the turtle just wanted his 15 minutes of fame.
Bones of Saxon queen Eadgyth found. Both the history minor and the English major in me leapt for joy when I read this!

In case you were unaware, June 16th was Captain Picard Day. Did you make your clay model?

Speaking of Star Trek, I’ve been watching a few episodes of the Next Generation lately. I forgot how much I adored that show! There is nothing better than some good Trek. And now I am boldly going to bed.

I have a tragic tale to spin for you, my comrades. Sullivan, my trusty sidekick on many adventures, is no more. Lightning fried his motherboard (why oh why didn’t I have him plugged into a surge protector? I shall always blame myself for his demise.), and now his laptop corpse rests in peace under my bed.

Good news! I’ve already found his replacement. Lockheed is a spiffy new laptop with a 500GB harddrive, a 4GB DDR2 memory, AND Windows 7. I think we will get along quite splendidly.

In other news, the spate of weddings is over, and they were all lovely! It’s so handy when my friends marry each other. Saves so much time. I am very, very happy for all of them! I am considerably less merry over cobaltmist moving away back to Wisconsin, however. *mopes*

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