Links for Friday

May 30, 2008 Categories: Blogging , Books , Faith , Homeschooling , Music | 6 Comments  

Michelle’s two boys, Jacob and Nicholas, are here for the weekend, which means many Orcs will be killed, Pokemon battles fought, Nascar races won, and Madden NFL games played. The boys are ODing on gaming this weekend before we have our 2nd Annual Two-Month Game Free Break. That’s right – June and July will be game-free at our house. At least for the kids. And me, but I don’t game anyway. I don’t think it’s likely Kevin will completely give up Call of Duty 4, but he limits his gaming to evenings anyway. The kids and I will be spending lots of time at the park and the pool, and enjoying the good weather before the unbearable hotness known as August in Eastern Washington descends upon us.

So, anyone watch the Lost finale? Man, that was good.

While the boys are gaming this weekend, I plan to finish Gone and Tigerheart and then start and make a good dent in New Moon (the sequel to Twilight), which came yesterday.

Here are a few links for your weekend surfing:

~ Volumes to Go Before You Die – the NYT on 1001 Books to Read Before You Die.

Assume, for the sake of argument, that a reasonably well-educated person will have read a third of them. (My own score, tallied after I made this estimate, was 303.) That leaves 668 titles. An ambitious reader might finish off one a month without disrupting a personal reading program already in place. That means he or she would cross the finish line in the year 2063. At that point, upon reaching the last page of title No. 1,001, “Never Let Me Go” by Kazuo Ishiguro, death might come as a relief.

~ In case you’re curious about which books are actually on the list, you can find all 1001 of them listed here. The above quote says that a “reasonably well-educated person will have read a third of them.” I am definitely not “reasonably well-educated.” I counted 39 that I’ve read, 29 that are on my to-read list, and 2 that I started, hated, and didn’t finish.

~ Spunky has blogged about the embarrassment that is being called Subwaygate. She sums up my feelings nicely. Here’s a snippet:

Let’s be a bit more adult about it, accept their decision, and if you must quietly remind them that you exist too, but then it’s time to move on. Let’s not shoot ourselves in the foot clamoring for a boycott. Marketing expert, Ned Barnett said that Subway made a marketing blunder with this contest, but this outcry makes us appear arrogant and immature. Do we really want to cultivate that image?

I’m actually surprised that Tennesse state officials can tell homeschoolers in that state that they need not apply to any government job and there is nary a peep from the homeschool community, but let a company exclude homeschoolers from an essay contest and the homeschool community cries foul, demands their right to enter, and starts eating at Quiznos!

I say, let Subway exercise their right to hold a contest and allow the entrants to be of their choosing not ours. It’s not fun to be excluded from a contest, but the alternative is to limit their freedom based on our choices. As homeschoolers, is that the message you want to send out to the watching world?

~ Our worship leader showed this video at church on Sunday – pretty wonderful stuff. I love to see creative ways to express worship.

~ I’ve decided to give Twitter a try.

What will you be doing this weekend?


  1. Lawanda

    I am not overly fond of Twitter…

    It looks like I have read about 50 of the books on that list. And there were at least 25 more of them I started and stopped, because they were so dreadfully boring. ;)

    Most of them I have no interest in reading. *shrug* Call me uneducated, I guess!

  2. Ron

    I did not watch all of the finale. I saw about 1/4 of it over the 2 hours. I don’t think I’ve ever watched an entire episode but I have see portions of many episodes. Good writers. Even though I’m not intensely interested in it, IMO it has the best writers in network TV.

  3. carrie

    Lawanda – well, you’re in good company, since I’m woefully uneducated, too! And I’m with you, there are a lot of books on that list I have no desire to read at all.

    Ron – I agree, the writers are amazing. I love all the literary references that I have to look up after watching an episode.

  4. Andrea

    Doh, I just noticed you added me on twitter. :D It doesn’t email me anymore.

  5. carrie

    Andrea – I’m pretty new to the whole Twitter thing. In some ways, I don’t like that it shows me how much time I spend online! ;)

  6. thislittlepiggy

    Hiding. LOL.