It took a week this time to make the choices for the winners of the 5th Annual Oscar Fashion Photo Contest — the quality was that good, as you’ll see when you check out all the entries at the Flickr and Koinup groups. I went through six cuts to get down to a pool of seven finalists, and then I had to assign placements! Once again, some of these could have gone either way on how I finally placed them, and all of them were sensational for many reasons. My congratulations to everyone who entered, and my thanks as well for another successful year.
Time keeps ticking, ticking away…. There’s just two and a half days left until submissions close on this year’s Oscar Fashion Photo Contest. If you haven’t entered yet, now’s the time! As of my last check, I had 57 entries in the two groups — far more on Flickr than Koinup. (Come on, Koinup people!) And I see some very strong contenders. Let’s see what you can do!
Strawberry Singh does it again. Her Monday Meme this week is based around books. And so:
- Are you a bookworm? Yes!
- Which do you prefer: hardcover, paperback or electronic? No particular preference, although I’m carrying my Nook more than a bound book these days. I can carry hundreds of books in a tablet, including the stories that I write, all collected together. I’ve just recently received four books from online booksellers, though, including replacements for ragged copies of Dorothy Sayers’ translations of Dante’s Commedia.
- Which book is your favorite? That’s always a tricky thing, as it changes from time to time; the most consistent one, though, is probably Tolkien’s The Lord of the Rings.
- Which children’s book is your favorite? Also difficult, due to the time passed. But I’ve been thinking lately of a book that was read to us back in 2nd grade lo these many moons ago: Paddle-to-the-Sea by Holling Clancy Holling, which gave me a true appreciation for the world of the Great Lakes — not just my home state of Michigan, but the entire watershed from Lake Nipigon, far above Thunder Bay, down to the Gulf of Saint Lawrence
- What’s the last book you’ve read? Concealed in Death by J. D. Robb
- Name your top five favorite writers: More than five, but I can’t really cut it down (grin):J. R. R. Tolkien, Mercedes Lackey, Sir Arthur Conan Doyle, Anne McCaffrey, Dante, Agatha Christie, David Weber
- Name a book that had a strong impact on you: R. F. Delderfield’s To Serve Them All My Days. I was turned on to it by the Masterpiece Theatre production long ago, and enjoyed it immensely while in college. If there were any book that might have turned me into a teacher instead of a librarian and bookseller, this would have been it.
- Favorite & least favorite book genres? Mystery / romance
- Favorite & least favorite book-to-movie adaptions? The Lord of the Rings / The Count of Monte Cristo (Richard Chamberlain version; too many liberties with it)
- Have you ever bought a book based on the cover alone? Not that I can recall, but it’s come close at times.
- Where do you usually buy your books? When I don’t buy them on my Nook, I usually get them at Barnes & Noble. (I get an employee discount, after all! Although I also have a Membership; my discount comes off the list price, while the Membership works on sales as well.)
- Do you go to the library? Yes
- How many books do you own? Not as many as in the past, as I’ve had to clean off my shelves periodically at a used book store. In the neighborhood of 300-500 books now, though, including E-books on the family Nooks.
- If you were to write a book about Second Life, which topic would you focus on? What I specialize in here on the blog: photography and fashion.
Now what the hell am I supposed to do with this???
Want to reflect for a moment on how far we’ve come? Take a look at this RL history blog from Buffalo, New York. As the writer points out, there’s only about two things in this Radio Shack ad that can’t be done by the smartphone we carry with us today — and one of them is a radar detector, which is (ahem) strongly discouraged.
I bumped into cara at Lazuri today, and had to admire the fantastic casual look she had put together here. Her outfit is Abbey by Prism.
“Atomic coffee — ACTIVATE!!!“
I always cried out this while sitting in the Blarney Stone during Morning Coffee, before pulling out my own cup of joe out of Inventory. I always figured this was the perfect representation of a cup of raktajino — Klingon coffee. It’s truly said that espresso is coffee with hair; raktajino is coffee with teeth — and sharp ones, too, befitting a Klingon beverage. In reality, of course, whoever created this coffee mug got a little crazy when they were implanting the particle generator, and the result was a cup that seemed to glow as if it had just been pulled from a nuclear reactor core.
Well, during my current Inventory cleanout, I found the old coffee mug, and tried it on for grins — and the sim started to lag like hell. It appears this coffee has been left on the burner for too long. Sad to see it go, but I pitched it
Now what will I do for raktajino???