Words of Sylvia Plath

“Should I be worried about my penchant for enjoying and relating to Sylvia Plath?”

Though I have never read any of her work (that is soon to change), I am always struck by the beauty and accuracy of Plath’s words. Here are a few of my favorite.

 

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The following quotes often get stuck in my head at various points throughout my day:

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Now excuse me as I look into purchasing the works of Sylvia Plath who, despite (or perhaps because of) her tragic death and  history of depression, wrote words of such significance and beauty that I can’t help but be struck by her genius.

 

Welcome Back, Autumn

Autumn weather has arrived and I couldn’t be more thrilled.  Sweatshirts, boots, sweaters, scarves, coats…all of my favorite clothing. I love the cool, crisp nights that require extra blankets and my warmest comforter. Living in New England is especially ideal this season; the leaves are already starting to turn and it’s just a matter of time before they start falling like colorful snowflakes.

So bring on the hot apple cider, harvest fairs, and giant leaf piles. This blogger is ready for the fall season!

Mac (People) vs. PC (People)

Finally, the age-old question has been answered!

No, not the meaning of life or anything as trivial as that, but:

What REALLY is the difference between Mac and PC people?

Hunch has compiled data from over 700,000 unique website visitors in order to create the extensive infographic featured below. From favorite sandwiches to preferred cocktails, artistic preferences to fashion favorites,  and of course the basic demographic information– Hunch seems to have covered it all.

Without making any drastic assumption, Mac users (which I, myself, am) come off a bit pretentious but at least the more intelligent of the two categories. PC users tend to drift toward an older demographic with preferences within the mainstream.

Of course, it’s important to note that a good 23% of people refused to be specified by computer preferences and referred to themselves as loyal to neither brand. Also, of those who did self-identify themselves, only 25% dubbed themselves “Mac People,” while more than double (52%) declared themselves to be “PC People.”

So take a look at your fellow Mac and PC users and see how you fit the bill.

Stumbled Upon: History of Science Fiction

I love all sorts of literature, but sci-fi/fantasy holds a special place in my heart– and apparently I’m not the only one. Artist Ward Shelley has put together a lovely and elaborate Mapped History of Science Fiction. Including films and books alike, the complexity of the map displays the devotion of a true fan. While I’ve included the picture below, an enlarged photo is necessary to get the full effect. Just something I stumbled upon and thought I would share– Enjoy!

Making History Hardcore

Sifting through my daily tumblr dashboard, I came across what appeared to be a really interesting advertising campaign by the Smithsonian Museum. Upon further research, it turns out that these posters/ads were actually created by a former student, Jenny Burrows, for a class project. The ads, which followed the campaign theme of “Historically Hardcore” soon went viral and people around the web were sharing the images. After all the attention they received, Burrows was actually asked to remove any mention of the Smithsonian museum. Despite the small revision, the ads remain up and are quite interesting and fun. It seems to me that if the Smithsonian doesn’t want the campaign, some other museum should scoop it up. With the theme “Historically Hardcore,” these posters would be a great way to reach out to an audience that doesn’t typically look to museums as a source of entertainment. Plus, history is pretty hardcore when you think about it.

Tell me what you think! And be sure to check out more work by Burrows here.

‘Unputdownable’ Penguin’s Classics

While this may not be new news, nor is it even American, I was still thrilled to stumble upon a print campaign that Penguin Book in Malaysia did to represent the “unputdownable” nature of some of our favorite classic novels. While I admit that my initial attraction to this campaign came when one of the books featured was Sir Arthur Conan Doyle’s The Hound of the Baskervilles, I find the whole campaign in general incredibly charming. The agency, Saatchi & Saatchi, is based out of Malaysia, which is where this campaign ran in 2009. I only found the pictures after randomly ‘surfing’ the web, but I’m happy to have stumbled upon them and share them with you. So what do you think?

College: The Final Semester

 

Back at school for my final semester. While it might be snowy and bleak here right now, I’m looking forward to some beautiful spring weather (yep, any day now would be wonderful). I love going to school in Rhode Island, with a campus right on the ocean. It’s beautiful here and I can’t believe I have to leave it all behind soon. Well, before then I’ll be sure to enjoy every moment– even the  damp, frigid winter. So what if our campus is basically one large wind tunnel, it’s worth it for the view, right?

As I mentioned earlier, my blogging my decrease a little bit now that I’m back at school. Hopefully, however, I can keep at it since I really do find it sort of therapeutic. We’ll just have to wait in see.

 

 

 

Snowbound with Dogs and a Camera

Tomorrow I head back to school and another semester of work begins. Due to my increased scholastic activities, it may prove difficult for me to update this blog as frequently as I have been doing over this snowy winter break. Then again, my procrastination skills are quite excellent, and I might very possibly turn to this blog as another way to avoid a dreaded assignment (oh, fear not– I always get the work done. And done well. Usually the procrastination comes very early on in the process. I’m actually a geek who likes to get things done both timely and well). Now that I have issued this warning, I want to take a brief moment to share some more “personal” things with you. Mainly, my dogs. You see, this morning we had a minor medical scare with my older dog (Lucky, the younger one is Nola). He’s pretty up there in years, which means that every minor abnormal behavior can sometimes give us a scare. His being older also means that this dog has been around the majority of my life– he grew up with me and he’s just as special as a human family member. Long story short, everything turned out okay. One emergency pet hospital visit, an x-ray, and some medication later, Lucky is the same old dog.

Concurrent with these happenings, I’ve recently acquired a new camera. A digital SLR (Canon, of course) that was a combined Christmas (late) and Birthday (very early) present. It has quickly become my favorite new possession, but due to so many snowbound days, my photographic subject matter has been limited. Luckily, I happen to live with two adorable dogs who somehow had the patience to sit through picture after picture with a camera in their faces. I’ve just uploaded the photos and I feel like I have to share(*Note: still learning to use the camera so don’t be too judgmental about the quality of my pictures). So, in honor of Lucky feeling better and my new camera– Enjoy!

This is Nola. Her puppy-dog eyes means she gets pretty much whatever she wants, including a couch all to herself. In this picture I just imagine her saying, "Go ahead, try to say 'no' to me."

 

This is Lucky. He gave up caring long ago about what you might think of his grey (white) hair. He's an old man, but I still call him my puppy.

 

 

They pretty much think they own the house (and all the furniture within it).

 

 

She is disgustingly photogenic. And adorable.

He loves staring out the back patio door, but someone forgot to open the sliders. He doesn't let that bother him.

Nola is a hound dog of indeterminate breed. Needless to say, she howl. Lucky never used to howl, but when we got Nola a couple of years ago, he picked up on it. Now they howl in unison.

Dogs are incredible. Their unconditional love is a precious gift. These two are the best.