What other names did your parents consider for you?
My father wanted me named after him, which would have made me Leonie, or Lee for short. Much better that what I was cursed with... but dad lost.
"This Film Is Not Yet Rated" - A documentary about how the MPAA assigns film ratings.
I rather like this idea. I've subscribed to ArcaMax's word-a-day list for some time, and if you just ignore all of the advertising, it's useful.
This will send you a chapter a day of various classic books that have entered the public domain.
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English and literature classes all over the country are assigning dozens of classic novels to students for the year. Below is a list of dozens of the most popular in classrooms, including Shakespeare, classic poetry, novels and short fiction, and more. Click the title of each book to be taken to the full text -- and subscribe to read a chapter a day by e-mail, or read directly from the site. Helping your kids with their homework has never been so simple ... and all the books are free!
Grade School/Younger Readers
-- Aesop: Fables
-- Andersen, Hans Christian: Fairy Tales
-- Baum, L. Frank: The Wonderful Wizard of Oz
-- Carroll, Lewis: Alice's Adventures in Wonderland
-- Grimm Brothers: Grimms' Fairy Tales
-- Kipling, Rudyard: The Jungle Book
-- Bunyan, John: The Pilgrim's Progress
-- Defoe, Daniel: Robinson Crusoe
-- Dickens, Charles: A Christmas Carol
-- Doyle, Arthur Conan: The Adventures of Sherlock Holmes
-- Dumas, Alexandre: The Count of Monte Cristo
-- Irving, Washington: The Legend of Sleepy Hollow
-- London, Jack: The Call of the Wild
-- Shelley, Mary: Frankenstein
-- Twain, Mark: The Adventures of Tom Sawyer
-- Verne, Jules: Twenty-Thousand Leagues Under the Sea
-- Wells, Herbert George: The War of the Worlds
High School/Older Readers
-- Anonymous: Beowulf
-- Austen, Jane: Pride and Prejudice
-- Cervantes, Miguel: Don Quixote
-- Chaucer, Geoffrey: The Canterbury Tales
-- Franklin, Benjamin: The Autobiography of Benjamin Franklin
-- Hardy, Thomas: Tess of the d'Urbervilles
-- Homer: The Iliad / The Odyssey
-- Keats, John: Poems, 1817
-- Marlowe, Christopher: The Tragical History of Dr. Faustus
-- Melville, Herman: Moby Dick
-- Shakespeare, William: Hamlet
-- Shakespeare, William: King Lear
-- Shakespeare, William: Much Ado About Nothing
-- Shakespeare, William: Sonnets
-- Shaw, George Bernard: Pygmalion
-- Sheridan, Richard: The School for Scandal
-- Swift, Jonathan: Gulliver's Travels
-- Twain, Mark: The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn
-- Virgil: The Aeneid
-- Wilde, Oscar: The Picture of Dorian Gray
Piper is so-named because she has an opinion about everything, and no qualms about expressing them. I nearly named her "Peeper" as a kitten, and then decided that it wouldn't be dignified enough for a grown up cat. Her other names are Catloaf and Princess Here's My Butt. She weighs 17 lbs, and her favorite place to sleep is on my head. She can beat up her brother Hobbes with one paw behind her.
I have two cats - Hobbes and Piper - 13 year old siblings. Hobbes is, I think the more photogenic of the two. Generally because he's also the laziest, and doesn't bother to move when I get out the camera. Piper has a tendency to either get up and investigate it, or move and blur the picture. So, here are some pictures of Hobbes. I'm not the world's best photographer.
And I own far, far too many of them! On the other hand, I can barely stand to part with a single one.
My current addiction is LibraryThing, which lets me catalog my library online. My username there is jaewalker if you're curious. I have over 100 books added and haven't even begun to touch the occult library in the study, or the general (mostly SF and Fantasy) library in the basement. Whee!