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jamais deux sans trois

Jamais deux sans trois, loosely translated from French, reads "never two without a third".

So first there was Ed McMahon - someone not well known outside of the US, I think, but a name that even I recognised.

Then went Farrah Fawcett - the Charlie's Angel who went public about her battle with cancer recently; I remember seeing that Ryan O'Neal had proposed to her, and that she had said yes, then she passes away. I'd like to think at least she's no longer in pain, no longer suffering.

And now, breaking news - Michael Jackson is dead! A suspected heart attack, details sketchy right now. But wow. Love him or hate him, he was a HUGE presence in the 80s and even in the 90s.

Yes, I broke my "break" because there's no way I could NOT mark this somehow.

And now, back to procrastinating on packing!

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Is it KitKat time?

Life After Work will be on a short break for slightly over a week, until early July: the Naranek household will be moving (within Chicago, no worries), and will be needing a lot of non-internet time to pack, move, unpack and settle in the new place.

^^ no, that's not me!

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[Photo Credit: Moving Woman by jynmeyer]

Tagged: the 10th in the 1st 3rd!

Patricia at Subjective Soup tagged me in this photo meme: "Post the 10th photo from your first photo file"

I ran into a bit of a problem: my 1st photo file has 2 images; the second file has 5 images; so I went ahead and took the 10th image from the 3rd file. Here it is:

This was taken at the end of 2001, at a 70s-themed New Year party to ring in 2002.

Can you figure out which one is me?

As usual, I won't tag anyone... if you want to play along, feel free to do so! But do drop me a line in the comments so I can check out your "10th in 1st" image, k?

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book bummer

... so about three weeks ago, I was doing a circuit of the Popular Library at the Harold Washington Library in downtown Chicago, when I noticed The Well of Ascension, Book 2 of Brandon Sanderson's Mistborn series.

I decided to check it out, even though I wasn't in a big hurry to continue the Mistborn tale yet. I ended up taking my time with it, catching a page or two here and there during el rides to/from town, and therefore not making much progress. Then we went to visit my Kosh's sister and family, which included an overnight stay, babysitting services and taking two of the three kids out to see Star Trek (yes, finally!! and wow!! more to blog about that later!).

I managed to get some serious reading time in, too, and am now at page 223 (out of 578). It's due back today, though.. but no biggie, just go online and renew it....


... someone else has asked for it, so I can't renew it. Waaaaaaahhh!!! It's been out for two years already! I found it on a s…

Please be smart(er) about the photos you post online!

If you've been reading this blog for any amount of time, you've probably noticed that in an attempt to maintain some illusion of privacy / pseudo-anonymity, I don't usually post photos of myself online. If I do, half the face is usually covered, or blotted out somehow.

I'm a little more lax on Facebook, but not by much, since half my friends there I only know via blogging, and not in real life. For friends who do know me in real life, and who happen to post photos that include me, I'm happy to report that they are happy to cooperate to blur me out; in their Facebook photo albums, I just go in and 'untag' myself, no biggie.

Then for space-saving reasons, once I figured out how to do it, I have made it a point to not post hi-res images on my blogs: no need to have something at 1024 px width out there! I usually resize photos to 300-400 px before uploading, followed by further shrinkifying if necessary.

Why am I bringing this up? Well... A recent story has co…

World Blog Surf Day!

It's World Blog Surf Day again!

I'm participating, over at a malaysian abroad, by talking about the Farmers Markets in Chicago.

Please drop by, and follow the chain of THIRTY TWO bloggers all the way around the world!

Btw, the theme this time around is ~food~ so be prepared to get hit by major hunger pangs as you surf, LoL!!

Have a good weekend, y'all!

Photo credit: NASA, Public Domain

Beyond the Rim: David Carradine

The Young Grasshopper, no longer that young at age 72, is now Beyond the Rim.

Not that I watched the show religiously, but I really enjoyed Kung Fu back when I was a grasshopper myself: there was something about the character of Kwai Chang Caine - a Shaolin monk half-breed Chinese making his way across the wild wild west of America, ever the fish out of water, ever the quietly honorable in the face of the baser aspects of human nature, ever reluctant to unleash the deadliness he is more than capable of while facing such baser aspects. The Young Grasshopper was all growed up and truly living the life lessons he might have previously learned, but perhaps might not have truly understood, until his experiences in America.

Yesterday when I saw the headline about his death, I felt... weird. Even now, I'm... disconcerted.

Caine is dead.

Heck, Bill is dead -- deader than when he got hit with the Five Point Palm Exploding Heart Technique.

At age 72, found hanging in a Bangkok hotel room.


#1006: first millennium recap comes to an end

This is it, folks! The final countdown!

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Post #950: January Book Update! [January 19th, 2009]
One of my many book posts, this one looking at what I was currently-reading and what waiting to be read, hopefully before they were due to be returned to the library :D

Post #962: this is gonna raise Kosh's eyebrows... [February 18th, 2009]
... where I share my intention of looking for and partaking of MOK YEE, a type of fungus that is supposed to be excellent for reducing cholesterol, and acknowledge that my Western-minded hubby would be shaking his head at my Asian-remedy finding.

Post #973: ... my ghostly school? [March 18th, 2009]
If you're one for ghost stories, do revisit this post, where I share tales about my old school that sob! sob! doesn't exist anymore.

Post #984: What a sight! [April 10th, 2009]
Kosh and I took a walk downtown, and were awedumbstruck by some newly-installed pieces of "art" in Millennium Park.

Post #988: I won! [April 21st, 2009]
My firs…

#1005: 15 of 2008

Continuing the 10% selection of past Life After Work posts in conjunction achieving more than a millennium of posts, today please read on to explore fifteen random-ish posts from 2008. Enjoy!
[image from sxc]

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Post #811: Mindblock [January 7th, 2008]
Where I share one of my favourite scenes from Family Guy.

Post #821: A ratty new year [February 7th, 2008]
Wishes for a happy & prosperous Chinese New Year.

Post #831: beaten at my own game??!! [March 21st, 2008]
The Boggle queen is dethroned?!

Post #841: 2 am [April 12th, 2008]
A late night (or early morning, depending how you look at it) meandering post about what books to read next.

Post #851: "creamy" [May 7th, 2008]
At last, a pottery post!! This was about my first experience throwing porcelain.

Post #861: a tongue tale [May 30th, 2008]
My experience with an extremely aromatic person (no, I don't think it was our Mr Stinky!)

Post #872: ori & spoof reviews [June 25th, 2008]
where I review two sets of origina…

#1004: Life After Work '06 - wedding pix and onwards!

The recap of Life After Work's past 1000 posts continues!! Up until yesterday, the posts were written by me as a single person.. today that changes: from here on out, I was married to Kosh, and the "Lynne Naranek" persona emerged fully. I wonder if it shows in the posts... read on and see for yourself, k? :)

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Post #619: ... and the bride wore black! [September 19th, 2006]
Okay so I'm not going every tenth post right here, because hey I might as well highlight the first blog post announcing the wedding :)

Post #627: long overdue... [September 22nd, 2006]
... and this post features the wedding announcement we sent out, only a few weeks late, LoL!

Post #632: Saturday Sanity [September 30th, 2006]
I watch a lot of tv with Kosh, and here I blog about two separate movies / tv shows that had actors I recognised from elsewhere. I heart imdb!

Post #642: Warning! Major time waster ahead! [plus some pix] [October 14th, 2006]
... and that warning in the title is SO true…

#1003: Life After Work: posts from the end of singledom!

Continuing the 10% sample of past Life after Work posts: featured this time around are the final posts written by me as a single woman! Read on...

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Post #493: Slow Sunday [May 7th, 2006]
A quick recap of a relatively uneventful and -- slow -- Sunday.

Post #503: Particularly nasty weather... [May 12th, 2006]
... where I talk about a particularly nasty storm that ripped through KL.

Post #513: Thought for the Day [May 18th, 2006]
A thought-provoking Tim Robbins quote.

Post #523: oh boy did it rain yesterday! [May 26th, 2006]
.. where I describe a pretty productive day that ended with my getting soaked to the bone in an extremely heavy downpour.

Post #532: a tragedy strikes (for the FIFTH time??!!) [June 1st, 2006]
A rant about yet another landslide, and yet another politician talking bull about blame. What's even sadder is reading this post three years later and knowing that nothing has changed...

Post #542: i suppose i was an early bird... [June 17th, 2006]
... where I share the…