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Пока жж лежжал, мне его очень не хватало. И всё время хотелось написать об этой нехватке именно в жж.
scimommy: (myself in oil)
Интересный и необычный тест. Рекомендую.

http://www.testkub.ru/
scimommy: (Mad Men me)
One: To do well on an IQ test it's just as important to be internally motivated (even when external motivation is low - say, no one is paying you for correct answers) as to be intelligent. Moreover, this internal motivation is as good a predictor of later success in life (such as employment) as intelligence. Not exactly earth-shattering conclusions, but it's nice to see experimental verification of what one already suspects is true. Explains why I get more upset when I see my kids not caring about solving a math problem or giving up easily than when they take a loooong time to solve it.

Two: External disorder (e.g. a messy environment) creates an internal need for order which expresses itself as a desire to stereotype people. Not something I have thought about before, but intuitively seems right. Fascinating stuff. Now how do I use this information to motivate my kids to pick up their messes?
scimommy: (Mad Men me)
I tend to read all about the movies that are coming out and watch the trailers, but hardly ever see the movies themselves. Kids, work, blah. Just watched the trailer for Thor. Looks like a nice two hour chunk of mindless entertainment. If I had two hours to kill, and Lev was up for it, I would totally go see it. The only problem? Natalie Portman is in it, and I kind of hate her "acting". Then watched another trailer - Cowboys and Aliens. Looks pretty awesome. Another potential two hours of mindless entertainment, and this one might even have a sense of humor to it, plus an original idea. Oh, and I *know* Lev would enjoy it. The only problem? Olivia Wilde is in it, and I hated her on House (back when I watched House). Damn, why did they have to pick these particular gals to play the love interests in these particular movies?!

After musing on this fascinating topic, I realized that when I watched the Green Lantern trailer recently, I liked everything (particularly Ryan Reynolds!) - except Blake Lively as the love interest. As far as I can tell, the gal can't act to save her life. Is there a pattern here or something?
scimommy: (myself in oil)
Forgot my cell phone at home today. Am feeling almost a physical discomfort - like a vital appendage is missing.
scimommy: (myself in oil)
Want to see this film. Will have to go to NYC for it, though. It might be painful to watch, but what's a little pain, right?
scimommy: (Mad men beehive)
Why isn't this ripping across the web like the Tiger Mom thing? It was posted over a week ago, and I only just saw it. One of the author's credentials is that she writes for Mad Men, scoring her some points as a keen observer of human behavior.

I think her piece makes some excellent points. Personally, I am very partial to #2: you have to pick the right guy. But most of everything else is true, too. Except for #1: angry b*tches manage to get married all the time - usually to men who had previously trampled over some nice, clueless women. (Oh God, I am so judgemental. What the heck do I know, anyway? It's not like I had to weed through tons of unsuitable males to find THE ONE. I lucked out at 18!) Also, #6 doesn't have to hold. If all women who struggled with self-worth couldn't get married, that would leave, oh, about 10% of women available for matrimony.
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В моём прошлом посте я, кажется, японцев слегка оклеветала. Нашла я сайт этого самого института и честно посчитала всех профессоров - 65 штук. И женщины среди них оказались - целых три. Все трое ассистант а не полные профессора, понятное дело, но всё же. Так что, может, действительно лёд тронулся.
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По-моему они Стрельца с Водолеем перепутали...
Стрелец
Что говорит, думает и делает ваш знак?
scimommy: (myself in oil)
Ha-ha-ha! I mean, sob.

Gwyneth Paltrow has a website, GOOP, where she gives advice on life. Some people find it, and her, super-annoying, but I don't. It's her prerogative to be a little full of herself. I mean, she is beautiful, talented (not only can she act, but she can sing, too?), and mega-rich. She also has good taste in men. Well, at least it has improved dramatically after she broke up with Ben Affleck. Her husband is (a) British and (b) has an amazing voice. Best kind of celebrity husband ever, as far as I'm concerned (although Natalie Portman is giving her a run for her money with the French ballet dancer, but I digress). She does give her kids really weird names, but they will be ok because, again, mega-rich. And if they are not ok, it won't be because of their names, it'll be because of drugs.

Ok, so what is this about? Well, some news outlet said that Gwyneth aimed the latest GOOP newsletter at working mothers and managed to offend said working mothers with said newsletter. Well, I am a working mother, and I like to be offended as much as the next person, so I decided to read it. She has asked two other "working mothers", such as herself (Stella McCartney and some other woman I never heard of but equally rich if perhaps not equally famous) to describe their typical day and share some secrets of how they manage to balance successful careers and motherhood. And guess what - I read them and I am not offended. I am jealous. I want to have a personal trainer who makes house calls, a nanny, a personal assistant, a stylist, etc. I want to have organic groceries delivered to my house weekly. I want to have a weekly blow-out (what the heck is that, anyway?). And what I really want is to have the glamorous lifestyle they are advertising with these "humble" descriptions of their day. That was the real point of the newsletter, wasn't it? Well, let's consider it a success then. Also, from these descriptions I would say that out of the three this less-famous woman is the biggest b*tch, Stella McCartney is the nicest person, and Gwyneth Paltrow has the best life.

Jealousy aside, those descriptions were actually quite interesting. I am always curious about mundane details of people's lives, even if those people are not Gwyneth Paltrow or Stella McCartney. And their pointers about organization and multi-tasking are something that I already do in my life as well, though perhaps not on such a grand scale. Also, I am realizing that if I were to do a similar play-by-play of my day, it would probably read self-congratulatory to other working mothers who don't have live-in grandmothers, supportive and involved husbands, and interesting jobs.
scimommy: (Mad Men me)

This video is all kinds of awesome, but now I have Bad Romance stuck in my head. It's on a continuous loop and I can't shake it. Help!
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http://www.nytimes.com/2010/11/28/business/28borker.html?emc=eta1

Хорошая статья. Чёткое ощущение, чот я главного героя знаю. Или если не его, то таких, как он.
scimommy: (myself in oil)

WOW!!!


Unbelievable real life adventure story with a happy ending. How long do we think until they make the movie? I say two years, tops.
scimommy: (myself in oil)
I'm not a royal watcher or anything, but it's all over the news, so... Prince William apparently proposed to his longtime girlfriend. Ok, fine. My question is, why would he give her his mother's engagement ring? Because that marriage worked out sooo well. Seriously, go into the family vault and fish something else out - something with better history.
scimommy: (Family cartoon)
Мы сейчас у родственников на Long Island. Двоюродный племянник (16 лет) сел смотреть старого Бэтмэна (тот, который 1992-го года, с Michael Keaton и Michelle Pfeiffer). Моя мама и тётя Льва почему-то тоже подсели смотреть. Мы сидим в стороне и играем в Scrabble. После пятнадцати минут стрельбы, бардака, хаоса, и т. д. слышу следующий диалог. Мама: "Ничего не понимаю. Что происходит? Вы понимаете?" Тётя: "Нет, я тоже ничего не понимаю. Мишенька, ты понимаешь, что там происходит?" Мишенька: "Так ещё же ничего не произошло."
scimommy: (myself in oil)
Hate this day. Am feeling more and more paranoid about everything I read or hear. Can it be April 2nd already?
scimommy: (myself in oil)
... strikes again: Kate Winslet is separated from her husband. I really thought, if anyone could be safe from the curse, it would be her. I mean, her husband is Sam Mendes, the director of American Beauty and other renowned films. He has had a brilliant career, he is a director, not an actor, so they are not "competing" professionally. Is no one safe?! Ok, I give Sandra Bullock's marriage two years, tops. How sad.

Funny link

Mar. 1st, 2010 09:17 pm
scimommy: (myself in oil)
I am too lazy to have a "girls only" group, so I'll just say this. Gentlemen, this is not going to be of interest to you. Ladies, this is hysterically funny. I laughed so hard, I cried.
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Just had to share.

http://www.loc.gov/exhibits/empire/

Friends with photographic know-how will probably understand how the original camera worked, as well as the process of color restoration, better than I ever could, but I think I get the gist of it. The results are brain-warping. I cannot believe I am looking at images from 100 years ago. They look so... real. And I guess they were.
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This isn't a question regarding a course of action, it's more like a general question about attitude. Here's the back story. )

So, dear pet owners, please enlighten me with your perspective. Is it like losing a family member? And if it is, is it still compatible with getting a new one for Christmas?
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