So there is a cool new game where you get a random image from Google maps and you have to guess where you are in the world.  From when I heard about it I knew that it would be my thing. Yeah it is totally great.  You get points based on how close your guesses are to the actually location.  The first on I got was low hills with cat tails by the road, no buildings at all and a traffic sign on the right hand side.  I guessed USA because of the traffic sign and I think cat tails are in marshy areas, but it had the hills.  My guess was somewhere in the Okefenokee Swamp in Georgia.  Turns out it was Brazil, oops.  Then I realized you can actually navigate around to get a better sense of the location not just the single snapshot.  The next one was a fancy shopping area.  Seemed obviously Japan. I guessed Tokyo; it was actually Osaka but my score definitely got better.  Then there was a plain-y area with modern metal buildings and farming equipment.  I guessed Amarillo Texas; it was in Kansas.  Number four was on an inland waterway.  The signs looked like they were in Spanish.  I navigated around a bit more and saw a number of signs that said Ponte (I think.)  Then I found some signs that had .br web addresses. Brazil again, Portuguese not Spanish.  My last place was basically this:

2229252-statue_Lenin_tram_Yekaterinburg AH HA! Got to be Russia! So I pan around and see this.

4982798665_1693957ded_z Looks familiar… Like Yekaterinburg, but what are the chances?

I went exploring trying to figure out the Cyrillic alphabet and find a clue.  Pizza Place, Movie theater, a Botanical Garden, this crazy place…0407Ekaterinburg$20011_Circus_TV_towerThe tower reminds me of something in St. Petersburg and I know St. Petersburg has a famous garden I was about to guess when I saw a sign in English, you guessed it… Ekaterinburg.  I found it on the map, made my guess, and got my score.  Less than 2 km from correct.  Cool.  You should try Geoguessr.  It’s really fun.

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In reply

February 5, 2012

So that happened

I find this odd, Netflix

October 28, 2011

Uh, Uh, oh

April 11, 2010

Underwhelmed

February 1, 2010

For real.

What I like about Ryan

January 17, 2010

  • First, you know… what’s not to like.  I remember when I was watching the exhibition after the 2007 Nationals when he got silver.  I happened to be at home in Gulf Breeze when my sister and her friend came in.  I was gushing about how he had come from behind.  There he was and they were as won over as me.

    The incomparable Ryan Bradley

  • He skated to Baroque chamber music and wore a period costume complete with puffy shirt… and it was funny.
  • He’s the king of the quad, landing two to beat both Lysacek and Weir in the Free Skate.
  • His crazy hair.
  • He is such a performer.  It’s always a piece of theater… no one can win a crowd like Ryan… except maybe Philippe Candeloro.
  • He’s 3 time collegiate champion.  The rest of them don’t bother with the school thing.
  • He’s dangerous… only needed a few more points that he lost in the short program to get on the Olympic team.  After the excellent Free… I was so torn about cheering for Johnny Weir.  Can’t we have four spots?
  • All that’s next… alternate on the Olympic team, exhibitions, pro shows, tours.  Can’t wait.

There’s no next time! :(

October 15, 2009

Reading Rainbow comes to the end of its 26-year run on Friday [August 28]; it has won more than two-dozen Emmys, and is the third longest-running children’s show in PBS history — outlasted only by Sesame Street and Mister Rogers.

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Grant says the funding crunch is partially to blame, but the decision to end Reading Rainbow can also be traced to a shift in the philosophy of educational television programming. The change started with the Department of Education under the Bush administration, he explains, which wanted to see a much heavier focus on the basic tools of reading — like phonics and spelling.

Grant says that PBS, CPB and the Department of Education put significant funding toward programming that would teach kids how to read — but that’s not what Reading Rainbow was trying to do.

NPR

So yeah, phonics, the thing that literally funded my graduate education in reading has killed my favorite childhood reading show. It’s a full circle moment.

joyfullionKrinkles “Joyful Lion”
If you’re a good enough student he’ll let you ride around on his back.

Guess what tomorrow is!  The fall premier of my favorite show, So You Think You Can Dance!  Last week they showed a clip show of Nigel’s top 15 dances of a five seasons.

So I thought I’d share my favorites from season 2 until now. (I didn’t watch season one, curses.) Featuring Youtube clips and Comments by me.  Beware the sappiness abounds… it’s just what I like.

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August 12, 2009

I’m watching Top Chef Masters live because there is nothing on TV tonight.  That means commercials, a rarity for me.  The commercial for BandSlam came on.  All of the sudden I thought “I know that song”… from the lyrics “I’ll be your prince, I’ll be your saint…”  I think I could win a name that tune contest, as long as there were only Jason Robert Brown songs. The song is from his solo CD, not a musical so that takes an extra geek-hood. It reminds me of the “Food Network Throws Your Wedding” episode that was won by sublime Broadway star Aaron Lazar and his fashion model fiance. At the rehearsal dinner he sang “Shiksa Godess” from The Last Five Years to her.  And I think that I was in my dorm room saying,”I know that, I know that!”  But nobody was there.  And few people would care.  Except my Tallahassee theatre friends, who have been known to pull out JRB songbooks and have impromptu karaoke around the piano during rehearsal downtime.  Oh I found my people.