Thursday, August 7, 2008

A book review "Little Brother"

Little Brother by Cory Doctorow
A Tor Teen Book

WARNING: This book may cause you to question authority!

How much power should the Department of Homeland Security have? What rights should they be able to violate? How much personal freedom is "security" worth? This is the story of one teenager who is pushed too far by the DHS after a terrorist attack in San Francisco. A teenager who perhaps fights back a little too hard. It's a coming of age story about rebellion, patriotism, technology, perceived security, and love. Somehow related to, yet completely different from Orwell's Nineteen Eighty Four , this book is set in the almost now, as in this could happen in a couple of years, so like, be ready!

Saturday, August 2, 2008

Ten O'clock Flats- I had no idea.

I recently went to a very fancy wedding, and I knew that very high stiletto heals were necessary. I knew this because at the wedding shower almost every single woman was wearing them. I thought "That's okay, I'll be seated for the service and dinner. When people start dancing all those high heeled women will go bare foot anyways." In truth before we left my husband, upon seeing my shoes, told me to bring "comfortable" shoes in my bag, "just in case". Of course I scoffed. (Have you seen the size of fashionable purses theses days?) Imagine my surprise when I heard someone say "I'm heading to my car; it's after ten." I thought they were leaving! Over the next hours I head many women utter the phrase "Ten o'clock flats" with obvious relief, and watched them all wander off to become shorter. I have never before seen anyone wearing a ball gown and flip flops. In the end I had to ditch my shoes, (because of the pain and because I wanted to dance.) and I wasn't by any means the only one. I was, however, the youngest one. Chalk this one up to experience, next time there will be flip flops in the car. To quote Grandpa Simpson "I used to be with it, then they changed what it was. Now with I'm with isn't it."