Nov 15, 2014  •  In Geek, Personal, Science, Web

I Am Vincent van Beethoven

I’ve already shared this on Facebook and Twitter, but I found it so fascinating that I need to blog about it too!

Map Your Mind is an online quiz created by GE neuroscientists and BrainMic which tells you which famous people’s brains are most like your own.

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I know all personality tests — especially online ones! — should be taken with a grain of salt, but I was thoroughly impressed by this quiz’s design, interactive interface, research, and the accuracy of the results from just 12 questions. The fact that each answer was accompanied by a short neuro-psychoanalysis totally gave me geekasms too. ;-)

According to Map Your Mind, I am a #brainchild of Vincent van Gogh and Ludwig van Beethoven (hence the title of this post).

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In case you’re having trouble reading that, it says:

You get your introverted side from both Vincent van Gogh and Ludwig van Beethoven, which proves successful artists and entertainers can be introverts too.

Your energy comes from Ludwig van Beethoven, the prodigious German composer and pianist whose influence on music is immeasurable.

You get your perfectionist, moody side from Vincent van Gogh, the influential Post-Impressionist painter whose eye for even the smallest detail made him one of the most successful artists in the world.

Which is pretty damn accurate, if I do say so myself!

Go on and take the test, and share your results with me in the comments section. Is your assessment accurate?


Stay tuned for a HUGE giveaway Monday!  :-)  :mrgreen:  8-)  ;-) 

Nov 10, 2014  •  In Art/Design, Geek, Personal, Star Wars

Lightsabers

I’m still sick. Actually, I’m sicker, with a fever that reached 102.4° last night.

The good news is that the girls are doing much better. Their fevers are down and the remaining symptoms are those that are typical of end-stage colds (runny noses and coughing). Since the progression of Aerin’s illness so closely resembled that of Claire’s — except two days behind — I’m hopeful that I’ll feel better in a couple of days too.

As is usually the case, this poor blog remains neglected while my family continues to recover. However, when I came across this Imgur gallery of lightsabers, I knew that I had to share it with my readers.

Three things of note:

  1. This collection only seems to span the prequels (boo).
  2. The lightsaber shown as Obi-Wan’s is not actually his original. His first was lost during a battle with Darth Maul, and his second (a replica to his first) was lost when he was captured on Geonosis. The one depicted in this gallery is the one Obi-Wan uses in The Clone Wars and in Episodes III and IV.
  3. Is it just me, or does Darth Sidious’ lightsaber look eerily like a penis?

Enjoy!

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Via Imgur

Nov 6, 2014  •  In Entertainment, Funny, Motherhood, Personal, Scary

Sharing is Caring [Sick Edition]

First cold of the season. Claire to Aerin, and Aerin to me. Fun stuff.

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While my family continues to recover, here’s some more fluff to fill my poor, neglected blog…

First and foremost, DID YA HEAR? DID YA HEAR?!??? Benedict Cumberbatch announced his engagement to director-actress-singer Sophie Hunter via a traditional newspaper ad yesterday.

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I’ve made it no secret that I have a major crush on Mr. Cumberbatch (J even calls him my boyfriend. As in, “Did you hear that your boyfriend is going to be the new Doctor Strange?”), so I was naturally devastated by the news. :cry: 

We’ll always have this moment, Ben…

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Possibly the sexiest GIF ever created.

Did you like my Oprah-themed meme at the beginning of this post? Here’s another humorous graphic featuring Oprah, courtesy of NickMom:

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Last, but not least (at least not size-wise), the Discover Channel announced that it will air a special called Eaten Alive, wherein “Naturalist and wildlife filmmaker Paul Rosolie [will enter] the belly of an anaconda in a custom-built snake-proof suit.”

8-O  Seriously???

Here’s the trailer, in case you’re interested:

Eaten Alive will debut this Sunday at 8/7c.

Nov 1, 2014  •  In Aerin, Personal

Happy Birthday, Aerin!

Dearest Aerin,

Three years ago today, a nice lady placed a red-faced, screaming baby in my arms for the very first time. I looked down to see your face and whispered, “Hi baby, I’m your mommy. You were in my belly for almost ten months. I’m so happy to meet you…”

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Even at such a young age, you’re already a charmer and have the rare ability to cheer up those around you without even trying.

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I love you for your exuberance and spirit. Your frilliness and silliness.

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I love you for your courage and determination.

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And most of all, I love you for being you. Because there is no other just like you, and you’re the perfect version of my youngest daughter.

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Happy birthday, my love. I wish you love, health, and happiness. I wish you faith, hope, and a desire for God. I wish you all the things that only a mother can foresee and fancy. Thank you for coming into my life.