Saturday, June 30, 2007
Friday, June 29, 2007
Today I watched the conclusion of my stint on 'Who Wants to be a Millionaire,' then randomly drew a coworker's name and favorite charity out of a hat and will be donating 1% of my winnings to the Brooklyn Animal Foster Network. The show doesn't air on the West Coast until 7 pm, and I don't want to spoil it for my friends and family there, so I'll post the outcome later.
Edit: Okay, they've seen it! I won $25,000! No regrets! (And anytime regret might start to creep in... I remind myself how hard it was to get on the show in the first place!)
Thursday, June 28, 2007
In September of 2006, I took two tests (pop culture version and regular version) to try to qualify for a shot on 'Who Wants to be a Millionaire.' I passed both tests and interviewed with producers. In October, I got a call to be on the show, and in November, I taped the show. Cut to today, nearly 8 months later, and the show has finally aired! So along with about 20 coworkers, I watched myself answer six questions correctly on 'Who Wants to be a Millionaire,' without using any lifelines until the horn sounded, meaning I will return tomorrow for the stunning conclusion. From here on, the questions get tougher and the stakes get higher. And my outfit, sadly, gets less cute.
Wednesday, June 27, 2007
Tuesday, June 26, 2007
I felt so powerful I fired the guy sitting next to me on the subway.
Monday, June 25, 2007
Other people liked it too!
Also, here's some info that I remember from high school chemistry, about why a hologram is called that and not a holograph:
Sunday, June 24, 2007
Friday, June 22, 2007
I forget how we got on the subject, but the other night, Kevin was telling me about non-Newtonian substances, which are neither liquid nor solid. Oobleck, made out of cornstarch and water, is one of them. So tonight, with Kevin's help, I made and played with Oobleck. The websites we found all gave different instructions about the porportions, but it doesn't really matter. You can start with one part water and two parts cornstarch, then add any amount of either according to what you want to do with it. Being neither liquid nor solid means that a substance can be picked up in pieces, but as soon as it becomes stationary, it oozes back into a liqiud. If you throw it, it turns into liquid in the air. If you roll it between your palms, it's a solid until you stop rolling it, then falls in drips. It's fascinating and mesmerizing and made us feel like very smart 10-year-olds.
Thursday, June 21, 2007
The landmark waste management plan that passed through the City Council last summer is at risk.
An amendment that would rebuild a recycling transfer station at the Gansevoort Peninsula pier is facing major opposition in Albany.
Without the transfer station, Manhattan will not be able to handle its waste responsibly and communities in the outer boroughs will suffer.
Take action today in support of the amendment and a cleaner, healthier New York City.
Taking action is easy when Environmental Defense has a letter template all set up for you and all you have to do is fill in the spaces, so today I took action for a cleaner New York City. I've lived here for six years, and I am all for making this awesome but occasionally smelly city a little more awesome and a little less smelly.
Wednesday, June 20, 2007
Me: hi! can you call my phone?
Me: oh no!
Me: I think I have washed mine.
Me: I checked the load I thought it might be in and it wasn't, but it could have fallen into one of the other ones. if it did, damage is done and it will be hard to find it until it's finished
Me: ok. trying Pack and Purnell, neither answering **
Me: found mine!
Me: not in the wash!
Me: rang, then vm
Me: I'm glad neither of us washed our phones.
Me: this is new thing today. I have never plunged my arm into a scalding hot washing machine load to find a cell phone that wasn't there
Me: not, like, boiling burning. Hot enough I wouldn't touch it unless searching for a small child, animal, or phone.
Me: no damage. i don't think the soap liked my skin, but the heat didn't hurt it. More like an inadvisably hot bath, but still one you'd get into if you were pressed for time and very dirty.
Me: Sort of the temp they use when I get a pedicure and it takes me a couple of minutes to be able to stand it.
**[ed note: Purnell eventually did answer, and called my phone, which I found in a purse that had been on my bed next to the phone, which I thought I had bundled up with the bedding I wanted to wash]
Today's new thing was not what I originally had planned. It turned into something of a public service for people who think they are more than occasionally idiots, to prove they're not the only ones. I had something else, something more intelligent and less accidental. I wrote about what I actually did do, because the whole time I was doing it I was thinking, 'if this turns out well, I am totally making this my new thing.' Had it turned out badly, the story never would have seen the light of day.
Tuesday, June 19, 2007
(oh, and it's official: Millionaire airs June 28. Check local listings if you must.)
Monday, June 18, 2007
Sunday, June 17, 2007
Saturday, June 16, 2007
Friday, June 15, 2007
I should probably mention that I wore a moustache all night.
Thursday, June 14, 2007
Wednesday, June 13, 2007
Tuesday, June 12, 2007
* Underwhelming. I could have kept cleaning.
Monday, June 11, 2007
Sunday, June 10, 2007
Saturday, June 9, 2007
Friday, June 8, 2007
Thursday, June 7, 2007
Wednesday, June 6, 2007
Well, I am a woman of my word.
Today I sent Brian a free oven mitt for being the 15,000th visitor to my blog. (Had I planned this out a little more, I wouldn't have immediately blabbed to Brian, and it would have been a surprise when he got it.) It couldn't just be an ordinary oven mitt, because Brian isn't an ordinary guy. I did a bit of research, and found what seemed like the perfect Brian-style oven mitt (and matching apron!). I realize that I'm writing this post as if Brian isn't going to read it, but since he's been one of this blog's biggest supporters, I'm pretty sure he is reading it. So Brian, if you would please not click on this link, I'd appreciate it (and I'll know if you do!). I really want to show everybody else what you're getting, and I want there to still be an element of surprise for you.
*Blogspot's spellcheck doesn't recognize this word!
Tuesday, June 5, 2007
have you ever gotten up at the crack of dawn and waited in line to get into the first day of a sample sale?DVF is having a sample sale starting tomorrow at 9am...I think I'm going to go ...I usually get in line around 7:45am or so...
As a matter of fact I had not; I usually mosey into these things a couple of days after they start, thereby missing the early-morning mayhem (and a lot of good stuff). So today I got up at the crack of dawn and waited in line to get into the first day of a sample sale. I got there a few minutes before 8am, and Robyn and I whiled away the next hour with pleasant chatter. Meanwhile, an ARMY was swelling behind us, and by the time the doors opened at 9, there must have been 400 women in line. Once we got in, I lost Robyn in a sea of well-mannered but dead-serious first crackers, women with strategies who had memorized the sale's floor plan. I emerged thirty minutes later, not only unscathed but unscathed and in possession of a true DVF authentic wrap dress, something I have never owned and which is so classic that I'll be able to pass it onto my daughter some day.
If you can't handle this... sleep in.
Monday, June 4, 2007
So today I used a Digital Multimeter to measure the electrical resistance of batteries, myself, Kevin, and a length of wire. First I measured the voltage of the batteries from Kevin's smoke detector (which we knew worked because I had set it off earlier while toasting almonds on the stove). Two of them were strong, one with a voltage of 1.212 and the other 1.218, and one of them was slightly weaker, with .985 volts. For comparison, a battery when it's new is 1.5 volts.
Then we measured ourselves by gripping the ends of the wires attached to the multimeter (after Kevin assured me that this tool can't electrocute you). My voltage was 25 mV, Kevin's was 33 (apparently, the key factor in humans is flesh, and I'm not particularly ample in that area).
The last experiment was to see whether length between the two wires affected its resistance. Kevin measured out 75" of picture wire, which at its full length registered 1.1 ohms, and at half its length .5. A microphone impedance matching transformer registered 1.455 kilo ohms, and a quarter measured .1.
Sunday, June 3, 2007
As a lifelong lover, listener, student and performer of music, I am never one to turn down a unique sonic opportunity. In the last 9 days, I've seen a live concert by an 80s band, the New York Philharmonic, improvisational jazz and a guy playing 'Unchained Medlody' on the saw (as I write this, I am watching Broadway: The American Musical rebroadcast on PBS). So why not round it off with something musical and awesome that's totally new? Today I spent the afternoon at the 26-hour Bang on a Can Marathon at the World Financial Center. Described in the program as "a celebration of music that slips through the cracks," the marathon boasted an impressive program of world music, contemporary instrumentalizations and a performance by the Young People's Choir of New York (a group which, as those who know anything about my musical nerd background might understand, tugged particularly hard at my heartstrings). One of the more amazing things I've seen, not just at this event but overall, was a drum-and-gong trio whose performance consisted of a single sustained note, which began as a barely audible hum, then crescendoed into an ear-splitting wail which nearly blew off the glass WFC roof. Not one person in the 1,000-person+ audience made a sound during the 4-minute piece. Half of them were covering their ears, but seemed completely entranced. I mentioned to the Blue Man Group band member next to me that I was sure I'd achieved a new level of awareness. I lost it, but it will be back.
Saturday, June 2, 2007
While visiting it for the first (but not last!) time today, I had a $2 teri burger from the old-timey machine and a soft-serve vanilla ice-cream, served to me by a decidedly not old-timey lady for free, since I had taken a survey. Friend and repeat Bamn! customer Kirk had a corndog, his Automat fave.
Nearly 100 years ago, I would have been her:
Friday, June 1, 2007
The caf, cleverly titled tHe BistrO, is nothing less than what you'd expect for a fancy cable tv office building. They had a sushi bar, sandwich bar, salad bar, a grill, and even an upscale fish-or-chicken section complete with mango salsa! I got the fish and chips, because I am a sucker for tartar sauce. (I don't have photos because it would have seemed obnoxious to be at someone else's workplace and run around with my camera like a tourist.)