Wednesday, March 24, 2010

new site 
this site now has a new address: http://jessicahuffman.blogspot.com/

i am doing this in order to merge this blog with the photojournal (now all posts together!).

beginning today, the new site will be regularly updated. but the new page is still a work in progress regarding colors, format, etc. it should be exciting for a while.

i am also working on adding a redirect so that coming to this page will send you to the other.

Tuesday, March 23, 2010

from today's Ellen 
on the new larger 30 oz. coffee at starbucks: "...it's hard to put a price on never having to blink again..."

i'm still laughing.

Monday, March 22, 2010

we watched and were excited about the return of flashforward last week, but we may have been the only ones. the show is not doing well and it seems it will not return for a second season. in reading this review, i love these ideas. the writer talks about creating a streamlined version of the show that could work better.
You'd have to get rid of almost all of the FBI stuff. (Keep around John Cho, who's doing his best to make Demetri work, then pair him up with Michael Ealy as a guy who doesn't want to uncover the conspiracy because he just wants to stay alive, and this might work.) You'd probably have to eliminate the hospital plotlines entirely (and good riddance), though if you really wanted to keep Sonya Walger around, I wouldn't complain. Refocus the show on the scientists working to stop another blackout and the men working to cause one and have the two sides casually flip back and forth, and while I don't think it would be a show with seven seasons worth of excitement, exactly, I do think it would feel less flabby than it is. Scientists on the edge of catastrophe and the intrepid FBI agents who are always one step behind them? That's pretty much The X-Files, told from the point of view of the Cigarette Smoking Man, and it sounds awesome.
[emphasis mine] i couldn't agree more!


Friday, March 19, 2010

first execution of the year 
capital punishment is alive in virginia. last night, Paul Warner Powell faced the electric chair. no lethal injection for this guy. this case was especially trying. he first had beat the case, then bragged about it and was retried and convicted. you can read the account of what specifically happened here.

this is the first execution for virgina this year. even though VA executed only three people in 2009, the state still ranks second in executions overall (with 106, second to texas, of course).


Tuesday, March 16, 2010

craziest cities 
metropolitan cities are ranked according to craziest (based upon psychiatrists per capita, stress, eccentricity and drinking levels).
The top 10:
San Francisco
Las Vegas
New York City
San Antonio
New Orleans
Norfolk makes the list at #47.

Sunday, March 14, 2010

best jobs in america 

guess this is motivation.

or validation.

Friday, March 12, 2010

the new drug bill, the fair sentencing act, reduces the crack-cocaine sentencing disparity from 100:1 to 20:1. not good enough. why won't anyone listen to local bobby scott? he's got the answers.

no, lindsay lohan does not have a case. this lawsuit is crazy.

this is a nice idea: construction begins soon on a new townhouse complex near ODU marketed towards teachers, police officers, fire officials and ODU employees. the city hopes that having young professionals in the area will deter crime. the land was donated and is being built by ODU's nonprofit group. it's a win for affordable housing and for crime, it can't hurt.


Tuesday, March 09, 2010

dr. seuss 
i am loving this mental floss blog. here are some facts of the children's writer - but they are not all child-friendly.

Monday, March 08, 2010

amazing fact generator 
some random things. i love trivia and useless knowledge.
‘Jay’ used to be slang for ‘foolish person.’ So when a pedestrian ignored street signs, he was referred to as a ‘jaywalker.’

Kathleen Casey of Philadelphia was born at 12:00:01 a.m. Eastern time on January 1, 1946. This not only made her the first child born in the United States that year, but also made her the first “Baby Boomer.”
[see more via mental floss]

before alarm clocks 
i found this little list interesting: seven ways people got up before alarm clocks. though i generally get up rather early (anywhere from 4:30 to 7), i hate having to get up for a particular reason. number one on the list, the water method, has worked for me in the past. between the water and the fear that i wouldn't wake up for that all-important event, i manage to be up in time. however, more often than not, the water and the anxiety make it so i never get to sleep at all.

Thursday, March 04, 2010

there's a lot of truth in a joke 
the truth behind a real estate ad. for instance,
4.Country Living = Your street will never see a snow plow.
5.Cozy = Cramped
6.Diverse Wildlife = Raccoons will raid your garbage. Bats will roost in your attic. Coyotes will eat your dog. Bears will eat your children.
ha ha ha ha.

Tuesday, March 02, 2010

tv and movie bits 
i never put it together that this girl that i watched when i was young on 'as the world turns' was julianne moore. the article states that she may be back for the show's final episodes.

i am loving these articles about 'back to the future.' maybe i'm a dork, but i love those movies!* first, there are things that BTTF II predicted right (like video conferencing and cameras everywhere), then things they missed on (the oft-mentioned hoverboards and phonebooths). and who knew the movie was Elijah Wood's debut.

* you wouldn't be the first to call me a dork.


Monday, March 01, 2010

which generation are you? 
i'm a gen Xer by definition, but i got a score of 64, meaning i am close to being millennial.

How Millennial Are You?

you made it down here?

what? you want a reward?