June 22, 2004

The Personality Sorting Hat

Harry Potter is one of my fandoms. I'm not a wildly insane fan, but crazy enough to... get dressed for the line party and knit myself a long Gryffindor scarf.

I've taken a lot of sorting tests, a majority placing me in Ravenclaw. The latest test I took seemed the most comprehensive (in regards to personality and appropriate house placement) and pretty good. Not surprisingly, it put me in Ravenclaw. My scores:
Gryffindor: 71
Ravenclaw: 75
Hufflepuff: 59
Slytherin: 51
I'm just barely in Ravenclaw. Perhaps I could convince the Sorting Hat to put me in another house.

I've taken two or three tests that put me in Gryffindor and one test that put me in Slytherin. Not sure I could be a proper Slytherin. There are some really hot Slytherin chicks though. Hehe.

June 19, 2004


Spread the word! I will definitely be there on the 14th. So exciting!

Top Shelf is proud to announce the Craig Thompson and James Kochalka CONVERSATION SIGNING TOUR!

Together, they will embark on a four-city signing tour, leading up to their appearance at the San Diego Comic-Con International. Both Craig and James will be promoting new solo books (Carnet De Voyage and American Elf, respectively), as well as the collaborative jam comic Conversation, a wildly entertaining visual and philosophical ride.

The tour dates are as follows:

July 14, Jim Hanley?s Universe, NYC
5 - 8 p.m. (212-268-7088)

July 16, Chicago Comics, Chicago
8 - 10 p.m. (773-528-1983)

July 18, Reading Frenzy, Portland
6 - 9 p.m. (503-274-1449)

July 20, Samurai Comics, Phoenix
5 - 7 p.m. (602-265-8886)

July 21-25, San Diego Comic-Con
(Come to the Top Shelf booth)


June 18, 2004

Crate and Barrel II

I love Crate and Barrel's new CB2 website. The stuff they have there looks really fun and gorgeous. I wish they had more selection with their tables: I need a new desk for my office. The one I currently have is a grey monstrosity that I don't like.

I think what I like best about them is their introduction of color. I've always been fairly conservative with the palette I live in, but perhaps that needs to change.

I can imagine hanging this up on a wall in the stairway going up to my apartment. There's a large blank white wall just waiting for... something.

Sushi CD
This is going to be one of my next presents to Ella. She's love it. CD Sushi!

Hmm. Do I like the stripes of the argyle? I like both! the color combinations are fabulous; I need to remember them for a future website.


Beside my new obsession with Garden State is another film, although it will not come this year. It is the movie version of the Firefly television show, titled Serenity. The official release date will be April 22, 2005. Woo hoo! I can't wait.

Cleck out Serenity Movie.Net. It looks like a good one-stop shop for all my Serenity needs. Having to filter through the official forum looks like a nightmare, so I'm glad that Jeremy Neish has put up something for the fans. I love crawling the Firefly fansites.

My Serenity DesktopThere even is a Browncoat Ball. Wish I was in Chicago. Huzzah to the Browncoats! Without them, this movie wouldn't be happening. Fireflyfans.Net is still one of the best sources of information about the series and the upcoming film. My new desktop is from there. Can you believe that someone is publishing a uber-cool deck plan of Serenity using the D20 system? I love fans!

I was lucky enough to watch the series via downloads while it was on TV. It was one of the best things on the air and it's a shame that it was cancelled. I hope another station (I'm looking at you UPN and WB) will pick it up.

June 17, 2004

Movie Meme

Similar to that literature meme, except the top 100 grossing movies of all time.

Bold are things I've seen.

1. Titanic (1997) $600,779,824
2. Star Wars (1977) $460,935,665
3. E.T. the Extra-Terrestrial (1982) $434,949,459
4. Star Wars: Episode I - The Phantom Menace (1999) $431,065,444
5. Spider-Man (2002) $403,706,375
6. Lord of the Rings: The Return of the King, The (2003) $377,019,252
7. Passion of the Christ, The (2004) $370,025,697
8. Jurassic Park (1993) $356,784,000
9. Shrek 2 (2004) $356,211,000
10. Lord of the Rings: The Two Towers, The (2002) $340,478,898
11. Finding Nemo (2003) $339,714,367
12. Forrest Gump (1994) $329,691,196
13. Lion King, The (1994) $328,423,001
14. Harry Potter and the Sorcerer's Stone (2001) $317,557,891
15. Lord of the Rings: The Fellowship of the Ring, The (2001) $313,837,577
16. Star Wars: Episode II - Attack of the Clones (2002) $310,675,583
17. Star Wars: Episode VI - Return of the Jedi (1983) $309,125,409
18. Independence Day (1996) $306,124,059
19. Pirates of the Caribbean (2003) $305,411,224
20. Sixth Sense, The (1999) $293,501,675
21. Star Wars: Episode V - The Empire Strikes Back (1980) $290,158,751
22. Home Alone (1990) $285,761,243
23. Matrix Reloaded, The (2003) $281,492,479
24. Shrek (2001) $267,652,016
25. Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets (2002) $261,970,615
26. How the Grinch Stole Christmas (2000) $260,031,035
27. Jaws (1975) $260,000,000
28. Monsters, Inc. (2001) $255,870,172
29. Batman (1989) $251,188,924
30. Men in Black (1997) $250,147,615
31. Toy Story 2 (1999) $245,823,397
32. Bruce Almighty (2003) $242,589,580
33. Raiders of the Lost Ark (1981) $242,374,454
34. Twister (1996) $241,700,000
35. My Big Fat Greek Wedding (2002) $241,437,427
36. Ghost Busters (1984) $238,600,000
37. Beverly Hills Cop (1984) $234,760,500
38. Cast Away (2000) $233,630,478
39. Lost World: Jurassic Park, The (1997) $229,074,524
40. Signs (2002) $227,965,690
41. Rush Hour 2 (2001) $226,138,454
42. Mrs. Doubtfire (1993) $219,200,000
43. Ghost (1990) $217,631,306
44. Aladdin (1992) $217,350,219
45. Saving Private Ryan (1998) $216,119,491
46. Mission: Impossible II (2000) $215,397,307
47. X2 (2003) $214,948,780
48. Austin Powers in Goldmember (2002) $213,079,163
49. Back to the Future (1985) $210,609,762
50. Austin Powers: The Spy Who Shagged Me (1999) $205,399,422
51. Terminator 2: Judgment Day (1991) $204,843,350
52. Exorcist, The (1973) $204,565,000
53. Mummy Returns, The (2001) $202,007,640
54. Armageddon (1998) $201,573,391
55. Gone with the Wind (1939) $198,655,278
56. Pearl Harbor (2001) $198,539,855
57. Indiana Jones and the Last Crusade (1989) $197,171,806
58. Toy Story (1995) $191,800,000
59. Men in Black II (2002) $190,418,803
60. Gladiator (2000) $187,670,866
61. Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs (1937) $184,925,485
62. Dances with Wolves (1990) $184,208,848
63. Batman Forever (1995) $184,031,112
64. Fugitive, The (1993) $183,875,760
65. Ocean's Eleven (2001) $183,405,771
66. What Women Want (2000) $182,805,123
67. Perfect Storm, The (2000) $182,618,434
68. Liar Liar (1997) $181,395,380
69. Grease (1978) $181,360,000
70. Jurassic Park III (2001) $181,166,115
71. Mission: Impossible (1996) $180,965,237
72. Planet of the Apes (2001) $180,011,740
73. Indiana Jones and the Temple of Doom (1984) $179,870,271
74. Pretty Woman (1990) $178,406,268
75. Tootsie (1982) $177,200,000
76. Top Gun (1986) $176,781,728
77. There's Something About Mary (1998) $176,483,808
78. Ice Age (2002) $176,387,405
79. Crocodile Dundee (1986) $174,635,000
80. Home Alone 2: Lost in New York (1992) $173,585,516
81. Elf (2003) $173,381,405
82. Air Force One (1997) $172,888,056
83. Rain Man (1988) $172,825,435
84. Apollo 13 (1995) $172,071,312
85. Matrix, The (1999) $171,383,253
86. Beauty and the Beast (1991) $171,301,428
87. Tarzan (1999) $171,085,177
88. Beautiful Mind, A (2001) $170,708,996
89. Chicago (2002) $170,684,505
90. Three Men and a Baby (1987) $167,780,960
91. Meet the Parents (2000) $166,225,040
92. Robin Hood: Prince of Thieves (1991) $165,500,000
93. Hannibal (2001) $165,091,464
94. Catch Me If You Can (2002) $164,435,221
95. Big Daddy (1999) $163,479,795
96. Sound of Music, The (1965) $163,214,286
97. Batman Returns (1992) $162,831,698
98. Bug's Life, A (1998) $162,792,677
99. Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban (2004) $161,963,000
100. Waterboy, The (1998) $161,487,252

Geez, I think it's easier to list what I haven't seen:
The Passion of the Christ -- I will definitely see it... on a borrowed DVD.
How the Grinch Stole Christmas (2000) -- I've seen the original. There's no way it can compare to that.
Bruce Almighty -- I'll see it when I get around to it. Again, on a borrowed DVD.
Twister -- I wasn't into disaster films when this came out. I like them now. Perhaps I should see this. I'll put it on my Netflix list.
Cast Away -- I'll see it when I get around to it. I know the plot anyway.
The Exorcist -- I've seen a majority of this and I know the plot. I just haven't watched it all the way through. I should though.
Pearl Harbor -- Uhh... no. I've seen Tora Tora Tora!, why do I need to see this?
Gladiator -- I know, there is no excuse for this one. It's on my list, I think I just need to be in the mood. I have a feeling that I've seen this one before, in a mix of Master and Commander and Titus.
Dances With Wolves -- I was in high school when this came out and I had no desire to see Kevin Costner. I still have no desire to see Kevin Costner. Still, I think I will see it just to know what this film is made of. It's the least I can do for a Best Director, Best Writing, and Best Picture Oscar winner. Will borrow it from the library.
Liar Liar -- Hmm. I sense Jim Carrey is a theme in the list of films I haven't seen...
Pretty Woman -- I know the plot. I don't like romantic comedies. Is this really that good that I should see it?
There's Something About Mary -- I don't generally like this brand of comedy. Thus, it remains unwatched.
Crocodile Dundee -- Gag.
Home Alone 2: Lost in New York -- Ditto.
Elf -- This movie is in the same space in my brain as Bad Santa. I think I will see the latter instead.
Tarzan -- Disney was going bad. I haven't seen much animation from them after Aladdin
A Beautiful Mind -- No desire to see it. Should I?
Three Men and a Baby -- No.
Meet the Parents -- I've seen bits of this. I don't think I'd like a full showing of it.
Hannibal -- I eagerly gobbled up the book (which I really enjoyed). I heard about the changed ending and no Jodie Foster and I have no desire to see it.
Big Daddy -- See below.
The Waterboy -- I'm not a big Adam Sandler fan. I did love Punch Drunk Love, but that's a very unconventional romance. Perhaps I would like Sandler films... I've just never been in the mood to see them.

June 16, 2004

Garden State

Garden StateOne of the most highly anticipated movies of the summer, for me, is Garden State. My interest in this movie has reached obsessive proportions.

Check out the trailer.

"This is your one opportunity to do something no one has ever done before and that no one will copy again for all human existance. And if nothing else, you'll be remembered as the one guy who ever did this. This one thing."

"You know that point in your life when you realize the house that you grew up in isn't really your home anymore. That idea of home is gone. I mean, that's all that family really is. A group of people that miss the same imaginary place."

See my bases from the film:


Feel free to take the bases and email me if you make any tweaks; I'd love to see them (and link to them from here). I'm taking the last one (and modifying it a bit) for my own LJ.

I can't wait until July 30th.

Pride 2004!

This year, I'm going to try to make it out to the Pride Parade in NYC. For the uninformed, June month is Gay, Lesbian, Bisexual, and Transgendered Pride month. Next week is Pride Week, with lots of festivities in the city. It starts with a rally this Sunday and culminates into a huge parade and parties galore the following Sunday.

June 15, 2004

Retiring Eileene.Net Music

Every few months, give or take, I retire the music that is currently on the homepage for Eileene.Net. The time has come for that rotation. So, out goes Into the West and in comes Such Great Heights

Lay down your sweet and weary head
Night is falling; you've come to journey's end
Sleep now and dream of the ones who came before
They are calling from across the distant shore
Why do you weep? What are these tears upon your face?
Soon you will see all of your fears will pass away
Safe in my arms, you're only sleeping

What can you see on the horizon?
Why do the white gulls call?
Across the sea, a pale moon rises
The ships have come to carry you home.
Dawn will turn to silver glass
A light on the water all souls pass

Hope fades into the world of night
Through shadows falling out of memory and time
Don't say "We have come now to the end."
White shores are calling, you and I will meet again.
And you'll be here in my arms, just sleeping.

What can you see on the horizon?
Why do the white gulls call?
Across the sea a pale moon rises
The ships have come to carry you home
And all will turn to silver glass
A light on the water grey ships pass
Into the west.

-- Annie Lennox "Into the West"

A song definitely worthy of the Oscar.

What kind of yarn am I?

You are Shetland Wool.
You are Shetland Wool.
You are a traditional sort who can sometimes be a
little on the harsh side. Though you look
delicate you are tough as nails and prone to
intricacies. Despite your acerbic ways you are
widely respected and even revered.

What kind of yarn are you?
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June 14, 2004

That Literary Meme

I read. I read quite a bit. Lately, I haven't been reading as much, since I haven't yet married the two hobbies of knitting and reading. Cinema and knitting, yes, the merge has been quite pleasant and natural. Seeing the classics literary meme that has been going around, I realize that I need to get back to reading.

The last thing I've read (outside of comics) is In the Cut by Susanna Moore. I'm impressed at how close the book is to the movie (although the endings...)

Anyway, here is that classics list. Those that are bold I have read completely. I may or may not have liked the work. Those that are italic are works that I want to read. Those that are underlined are works that I've tried to read but didn't like them, thus never finished. Those that are red are things that I've enjoyed in other formats.

Achebe, Chinua - Things Fall Apart
Agee, James - A Death in the Family
Austen, Jane - Pride and Prejudice(I have a very hard time reading Jane Austen. I don't care for her run-on sentences and multitude of characters. However, I've loved every adaptation of her work for the cinema. Every one.)
Baldwin, James - Go Tell It on the Mountain
Beckett, Samuel - Waiting for Godot
Bellow, Saul - The Adventures of Augie March
Brontë, Charlotte - Jane Eyre
Brontë, Emily - Wuthering Heights
Camus, Albert - The Stranger
Cather, Willa - Death Comes for the Archbishop
Chaucer, Geoffrey - The Canterbury Tales
Chekhov, Anton - The Cherry Orchard
Chopin, Kate - The Awakening
Conrad, Joseph - Heart of Darkness (I want to like this work. I think I just have to be "in the mood" for it. I haven't even watched Apocalypse Now, which I should.)
Cooper, James Fenimore - The Last of the Mohicans
Crane, Stephen - The Red Badge of Courage
Dante - Inferno (I can't believe I haven't read this yet. It's influenced so many works I've loved.)
de Cervantes, Miguel - Don Quixote "My destiny calls, and I go!"
Defoe, Daniel - Robinson Crusoe
Dickens, Charles - A Tale of Two Cities (A Christmas Carol is his best work. Especially when performed by Patrick Stewart.)
Dostoyevsky, Fyodor - Crime and Punishment
Douglass, Frederick - Narrative of the Life of Frederick Douglass
Dreiser, Theodore - An American Tragedy
Dumas, Alexandre - The Three Musketeers
Eliot, George - The Mill on the Floss
Ellison, Ralph - Invisible Man
Emerson, Ralph Waldo - Selected Essays
Faulkner, William - As I Lay Dying
Faulkner, William - The Sound and the Fury (I want to like this too. I love the concept of its style, but the one time I tried to pick it up, I couldn't get into it. I will try again.)
Fielding, Henry - Tom Jones
Fitzgerald, F. Scott - The Great Gatsby
Flaubert, Gustave - Madame Bovary
Ford, Ford Madox - The Good Soldier
Goethe, Johann Wolfgang von - Faust See description above for Dante's work.)
Golding, William - Lord of the Flies
Hardy, Thomas - Tess of the d'Urbervilles
Hawthorne, Nathaniel - The Scarlet Letter
Heller, Joseph - Catch 22
Hemingway, Ernest - A Farewell to Arms
Homer - The Iliad
Homer - The Odyssey
Hugo, Victor - The Hunchback of Notre Dame
Hurston, Zora Neale - Their Eyes Were Watching God
Huxley, Aldous - Brave New World (Can you believe I haven't read this one yet?)
Ibsen, Henrik - A Doll's House (Don't ask me the details. I read it in high school and hardly remember it.)
James, Henry - The Portrait of a Lady
James, Henry - The Turn of the Screw
Joyce, James - A Portrait of the Artist as a Young Man
Kafka, Franz - The Metamorphosis
Kingston, Maxine Hong - The Woman Warrior
Lee, Harper - To Kill a Mockingbird
Lewis, Sinclair - Babbitt
London, Jack - The Call of the Wild
Mann, Thomas - The Magic Mountain
Marquez, Gabriel García - One Hundred Years of Solitude (I want to like this book too. I like magic realism! I just couldn't get into it.)
Melville, Herman - Bartleby the Scrivener
Melville, Herman - Moby Dick
Miller, Arthur - The Crucible
Morrison, Toni - Beloved
O'Connor, Flannery - A Good Man is Hard to Find
O'Neill, Eugene - Long Day's Journey into Night
Orwell, George - Animal Farm
Pasternak, Boris - Doctor Zhivago
Plath, Sylvia - The Bell Jar
Poe, Edgar Allan - Selected Tales (I've loved Poe since I was a kid. I was always a creepy little one.)
Proust, Marcel - Swann's Way
Pynchon, Thomas - The Crying of Lot 49
Remarque, Erich Maria - All Quiet on the Western Front
Rostand, Edmond - Cyrano de Bergerac
Roth, Henry - Call It Sleep
Salinger, J.D. - The Catcher in the Rye
Shakespeare, William - Hamlet (An amazing piece of work. Kate Winslet is an amazing Ophelia. Rosencrantz & Guildenstern Are Dead by Tom Stoppard is brilliant. Shakespeare rocks my world.)
Shakespeare, William - Macbeth (Everyone must see Scotland, PA, a most amazing adaptation of the Macbeth story.)
Shakespeare, William - A Midsummer Night's Dream (I never liked this story. I only began to respect it after seeing a version of it in Neil Gaiman's Sandman)
Shakespeare, William - Romeo and Juliet (Can I say that I dislike Romeo? I loved the story (and things influenced by it, like West Side Story) until I was in high school, when I reread it for class and realized that Romeo was a drama queen. Juliet is sensible and smart, but her blind adoration for such an immature character as Romeo makes me not like her. Bah, humbug! It still has some of the best writing in history.)
Shaw, George Bernard - Pygmalion
Shelley, Mary - Frankenstein
Silko, Leslie Marmon - Ceremony
Solzhenitsyn, Alexander - One Day in the Life of Ivan Denisovich
Sophocles - Antigone
Sophocles - Oedipus Rex
Steinbeck, John - The Grapes of Wrath
Stevenson, Robert Louis - Treasure Island
Stowe, Harriet Beecher - Uncle Tom's Cabin
Swift, Jonathan - Gulliver's Travels
Thackeray, William - Vanity Fair (Actually, I only want to read it due to the upcoming Mira Nair-directed movie.)
Thoreau, Henry David - Walden
Tolstoy, Leo - War and Peace
Turgenev, Ivan - Fathers and Sons
Twain, Mark - The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn
Voltaire - Candide "You've been a fool, and so have I, so let's be man and wife."
Vonnegut, Kurt Jr. - Slaughterhouse-Five
Walker, Alice - The Color Purple
Wharton, Edith - The House of Mirth
Welty, Eudora - Collected Stories
Whitman, Walt - Leaves of Grass
Wilde, Oscar - The Picture of Dorian Gray
Williams, Tennessee - The Glass Menagerie
Woolf, Virginia - To the Lighthouse
Wright, Richard - Native Son

I don't read much classics. I've always considered myself a "genre girl": science fiction, fantasy, horror, cult. I have an interest in some of the standard classics now, which is a good thing. 26 isn't bad, is it?

June 13, 2004

June/July Top Shelf Goodness

So many good things seem to come out of Top Shelf Productions over the next two months. I am trying very hard not to drool (and overspend).

Things Are Meaning LessI love the title Things Are Meaning Less by Al Burian. I've seen this on the shelves and I've read through it. I didn't fall in love with the story, but I thought it was sweet. This is one that I'd like to add to my collection if I have an extra ten bucks to spare.

The Mirror of LoveAlan Moore's latest work, made in collaboration with José Villarrubia, is The Mirror of Love and "is a passionate love letter that beautifully recounts the history of same-sex love". Very interesting! I've seen some of the illustrations in the book and they are beautiful, what one would expect from an elegant coffee-table book for an adult ("mature", not "pornographic") comic book fan.

Same DifferenceDerek K. Kim self-published Same Difference and Other Stories, which I own. I think his comedy is great (asian-bent and hilarious to a first generation immigrant like myself) and his stories are touching. I'm so happy to see Top Shelf Productions take him on; I need to check to see if this publication is the same as my copy.

Top Shelf Free Comic Book Day ComicI must remember that July 3rd is Free Comic Book Day, so that I can pick up the fantastic Top Shelf issue, featuring my sweetheart writer/artist Jeffrey Brown.

Carnet de VoyageMy Craig Thompson love is mostly isolated to Blankets, one of the most touching autobiographical pieces I've ever read. Goodbye, Chunky Rice didn't make an impact on me, for reasons I can't verbalize. It's just not as engaging. Perhaps, it is because the former is non-fiction and the latter is fiction. Carnet de Voyage is mostly non-fiction, about his travels in Europe and Morocco, so I have high hopes for it.

ConversationTwo in one month from Craig Thompson? Yum! Conversation is a non-fiction conversation between Thompson and James Kochalka, an artist I admire and respect, but I'm not hopelessly in love with. This is listed as #1, so if this is good, I'm sure there will be more! It sounds like this one focuses on art and religion, which will be interesting considering Thompson's religious history (detailed in the aforementioned Blankets)... and speaking of Blankets, Top Shelf Productions is releasing an official soundtrack to it. How awesome is that?! I wonder what would be on the soundtrack for Jeffrey Brown's works. Ella and Kim suggest it would be heavy with Death Cab for Cutie. I would agree.

All those in the next two months. I think my head will explode.

Images from Top Shelf Productions, used without permission

June 12, 2004

I Need a Watch

I need a new watch.

Yeah, I know that I should get a new battery placed in an old watch, but then I wouldn't be able to get a Ribbon Watch. The "Washington" collection is my favorite, since I'm fairly conservative in my personal wardrobe choices and that would match best with my current clothing colors. "Sleeping Beauty" is probably my least favorite. Pink? Powder Blue? I can count the outfits I have in these colors in one hand. "East Egg" and "Peyton Place" are commendable for their boldness, but I'd probably not use them. I'm too chicken to try anything really daring.

Dream King Update (With Commentary)

Neil Gaiman recently announced a number of interesting tidbits in his journal that made me start drooling.

The Day I Swapped My Dad for Two GoldfishThe upcoming republish of The Day I Swapped My Dad for Two Goldfish is going to be a limited edition with Neil reading the story on CD. Drool! I must have it, since I don't have a copy of my own.

Hanging Out With the Dream KingHanging Out With the Dream King, published by Fantagraphics, looks very interesting. Neil is sort of a dream collaborator for me, although I hardly can imagine what we'd collaborate on, other than websites. Hey Neil, I can build a really cool non-linear website for you! The talent he works with astounds me. He astounds me. I'm sure the book is astounding!

Speaking of collaborators... Although I love Neil's short stories, I think I only really love them when they transform into other creatures. Murder Mysteries was an okay audio play and a short story, but my heart leapt at P. Craig Russell's adaptation of it into comic book form. The story touched me in ways that it did not in the other two formats. Now, Michael Zulli has adapted "The Price" and "The Daughter of Owls" into comic book form, to be published on September 29th. Should I order my copy now or later? Neil indicates that there is going to be another volume in future under the Creatures of the Night title.

Images from Amazon.Com, used without permission

June 11, 2004

Portrait Illustration Maker

This Portrait Illustration Maker has been making the rounds on LiveJournal and other sources.


I think it looks pretty close to me, although getting the nose right is a bit ticky. Mike says that I look prettier than that.

Help the Soldier, Protest the War

I don't believe in the war in Iraq. It's good to remove a dictatorial leader and an oppressive government, but I don't think the events of the past year and a half were the best ways to go about it. However, I do believe in supporting the soldiers out there. I love the idea of Books for Soldiers. When I get my act together, I hope to send some of my paperbacks to them.