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I am, officially, a geek. January 26, 2009

Posted by bookbutterfly in authors, books, friends, school and other academic stuff, yearbook.
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Every day at school when the lunch bell rings, I go to the yearbook room to eat lunch with my friend, Chloe. In the yearbook room (this whole post is going to sound choppy), there are computers. Not like the best ones ever, but still, computers are better than no computers. And the first thing I did? No, I didn’t open up my lunch sack. No, I didn’t run to LRRH. No, I didn’t go to Goodreads. I went to Google. Why?

As I told Chloe later, “I am such a geek.”

“Why?”

“Because…at 8:30 am PST, 7:30 am MST in Denver, Colorado, the Newberys were released.”

Oh my goodness. I’m such a geek. I know I’ve said that three times already, but it’s true. And I am SO proud of my obsession with the Newberys.

So here y’all have it:

The Graveyard Book by Neil Gaiman (Medal)

The Underneath by Kathi Appelt (Honor)
The Surrender Tree: Poems of Cuba’s Struggle for Freedom by Margarita Engle (Honor)
Savvy by Ingrid Law (Honor)
After Tupac & D Foster by Jacqueline Woodson (Honor)

Even though I’ve never read it, I could have bet my bottom dollar Laurie Halse Anderson’s Chains would at least won an Honor. Ah well.

Moral: BB is a Newbery geek. The end.

20Q is plain hilarious. January 25, 2009

Posted by bookbutterfly in authors, blogs and blogging, contests, games, music, websites.
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This is a kinda sorta response to a post from a few weeks ago from Delaney’s Hat Full of Hope. Actually, it was just because she was once talking about her sister’s Twenty Questions toy, and I wanted to play it and found it online here.

Click the link and try 20Q People. I’ve done the movies one, the name game, and the Harry Potter one, but by far the people one is the most addicting. At first, it’s weird how they get it, then you learn to beat it, and then all day long you try to think of how to fool it. Plus, sometimes it spits out really weird responses. I tried a few of these. Below are just a few that I tried. The first name is the person I did, then the list of names they thought it could be. All the ones listed are ones I lost, except for the Shannon Hale one (I tried her twice and it still got it. Apparently, one of you guys has been playing this game waayyy too much. 😉 )

Shannon Hale – J.K. Rowling, Kelly Ripa, Reba McEntire, Kristin Chenoweth, Emma Thompson, Sandra Bullock, Leo Laporte, Kate Winslet, Alyson Hannigan, Meg Cabot, Faith Hill, Rosemary Clooney, Stephenie Meyer, Kate Beckinsale, Maggie Gyllenhaal, Mia Hamm, Jennifer Garner, Eric Bana, Steve Nash, Tina Fey, Jessica Alba, Jennifer Connelly, Daniel Brière, Meg Cabot (what confuzzles me is how Shannon Hale can be associated with someone like Jessica Alba or Faith Hill 😕 😉 )

Tomie dePaola – Charles M. Schultz, Dr. Seuss, John Irving, Tom Brokaw, Warren Buffett

Julianne Hough – Taylor Swift, Heidi Montag, Brooke Hogan, Bianca Ryan, Paula DeAnda, Kellie Pickler, Colbie Caillat, Cheyenne Kimball, Ashley Roberts, Diana DeGarmo, Carrie Underwood, Kelly Osbourne

Kate DiCamillo – Dan Brown, Meg Cabot, Mitch Albom, Stephenie Meyer, Donita K. Paul, Alice Cullen (politician), LeBron James

Charlotte Bronte – Jane Austen, Florence Nightingale, William Shakespeare, Charles Dickens (one of the “Spontaneous Responses” was “Are you muscular?” and the answer was “Doubtful” 😛 😆 )

Lila McCann – Lady GaGa, Jeffree Star, Laura Bell Bundy, LeAnn Rimes, Miranda Lambert, Kellie Pickler

Linda Sue Park – Bill Gates, Rachael Ray, Molly Ringwald, Thomas Edison, Henry Ford

St. Therese, the Little Flower – Achilles, Christopher Columbus, Blaise Pascal, Anne Frank, Jane Austen

I thought animated characters would work on 20Q People. Apparently not, because I beat it on these two:

Nemo (from Finding Nemo) – Ronaldo, Daniel Negreanu, Christopher Paolini, Miguel de Cervantes, Phil Ivey

Mickey Mouse – Macaulay Culkin, Pee-Wee Herman, Verne Troyer, John Candy, Jonathan Taylor Thomas

And the most fun of all? Secretly picking YOURSELF and seeing what the game thinks you are.

Me, BB – Norah Jones, Danica Patrick, Hanna Beth, Corinne Bailey Rae, Alicia Keys, Michelle Wie, Tila Tequila, Hayley Williams, Michelle Kwan, Taylor Swift, Paula DeAnda, BoA, Jason Mraz, Leslie Feist, Nicole Scherzinger, Utada Hikaru, Jack Johnson, Selena, Ciara, Kate Nash, Lee Hyori, Ellen Page

I guess I can see myself as a Norah Jones, Michelle Wie, Michelle Kwan, even Taylor Swift. But Ciara? Selena? Tila Tequila? A race car driver (Danica Patrick)? WEIRD.

Besides Shannon Hale, it got J.K. Rowling, George Washington, KT Tunstall (another funny “Spontaneous Response” was “Were you assassinated?” and the answer was also “Doubtful”), Faith Hill, Julie Andrews (though at first it guessed Meryl Streep) right. But I think I win. While the computer guesses that I’m Jack Johnson, I’m the one getting all the laughs and amusement.

♥Lots of Love,

BB

P.S. CoB submission are due SATURDAY!!! JANUARY 31!! I only have THREE RESPONSES!!! And if no one votes, there may not be a winner (I may just have a poll, and have my secret tiebreaker, whose name I shall not reveal though I may safely add that this person be not me, help me decide). So…VOTE!!! 😀

P.P.S. More thoughtful posts coming soon. But I just had to post this for laughs.

P.P.P.S. No, I don’t know all the people I posted about that 20Q guessed, just to let you guys know. 😛

Celebration of Blogs: New and Revised January 19, 2009

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So….I haven’t been on in forever. Things have been plain crazy, stressful, busy…you know how it rolls.

Anyway, last week or a couple weeks ago, Faith and I were chatting on gmail, and she gave me the AWESOMEST idea ever for CoB. Here’s a snippet of our chat (slightly revised by me):

Faith: How is the contest coming, do you know yet if you will need help with the votes?
me: hey! um, i haven’t gotten any [more] votes yet…thanks for asking though!
i’m not sure whether to do this contest annually anymore, though
Faith: OK! that’s weird no one is voting…
me: i don’t think people really like it
Faith: That’s weird, it sounded like a lot of fun to me. Maybe if you had a vote for one event a month?
me: hm, that’s a good idea. do you think it’s too late to change it?
Faith: No, you could just pick the one most people have voted for this month and say that you’ll be doing oen a month.
me: that sounds like such a good idea. gosh, you’re so creative! thanks! 😀

So, that’s exactly what I’m doing: slowing down the contest to one category per month. According to a few voters (and surveyers), they didn’t have the time to do it. This month is….

BEST BLOG USERNAME

Same rules as before (though I will post the official ones on a page here soon); everyone who has already voted will still have their votes count for this one and also for the ones following.

SUBMISSIONS ARE DUE JANUARY 31, 2009, SATURDAY TO EITHER

BOOKBUTTERFLYANGEL [AT] YAHOO [DOT] COM

OR

LADY [DOT] DASHTI [AT] GMAIL [DOT] COM

Um….I think that covers everything. If you have any questions, just email me. If you’ve already voted and would like to change your vote, go ahead and send me an email. Surveys are still going on, and I emailed the B1000 one, so please, if you haven’t taken it yet, just take five to ten minutes to one of them. Please? Thanks!! *goes off to post the official CoB rules* EDIT: I just started a CoB page here! Check it out if you have any questions or concerns!

♥Lots of Love and MOLD,

BB

SurveyMonkey See, SurveyMonkey Do! January 9, 2009

Posted by bookbutterfly in blogs and blogging, survey, websites.
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I made an amazing discovery yesterday. How did I find it? Google suggestions, actually. I was looking up PollDaddy surveys, and lo and behold was SurveyMonkey. I love it (except for the fact you have to pay if you want to make a survey with more than 10 questions. Grr)!!! 😀 Anyway, I was wondering if you guys could do me a GINORMOUS favor. I made two surveys, one on Celebration of Blogs, and one of this blog. I will be making another one later for Butterfly Forest (once I get more reviews up there), but in the meantime, y’all can take this.

Click here to take the Celebration of Blogs survey

Click here to take the Blog of a Thousand Days survey

Have fun, y’all. These are perfectly anonymous, so don’t worry about being honest. I’d rather you all be HONEST. Really honest. No lying to BB now. 😀

♥Lots of Love and MOLD,

BB

2008 and 2009 January 6, 2009

Posted by bookbutterfly in blogs and blogging, books, contests, family, friends, religion, school and other academic stuff, survey, yearbook.
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**JUST A QUICK UPDATE ON CoB** Submission date is January 31! The judging system has been removed, but if nods roll on in like crazy, I’ll alert you guys for help counting the votes. Don’t forget to blog about Celebration of Blogs!!! C’mon guys, it’s not that hard, is it? And answer the poll!

I didn’t properly leave 2008 and move on to 2009 as far as my blog goes unlike everyone else. First, I’ll start with the chorus of a really cool song I kinda know how to play: “My, Oh My” by the Wreckers. I think I’ll make it my official New Year’s song.

My, oh my
Look how the time flies
Look how the world changes
in the blink of an eye
My, oh my
Look how the years have flown
Turnin around before you know it
Up and gone
Oh my, oh my, oh my

You guys will think I’m a freak. Seriously. But–ok, no laughing, I’m right out serious–I predicted 2008 a few years ago (I believe it was 2006). I predicted it would be a MAJOR year of changes (and don’t say every year brings many changes). I didn’t really think it’d change my life in the way that it did, but, well, it sure did change my life. Here’s just a quick look back:

1. LRRH – need I say more? I met the awesomest people ever, and they definitely changed my life…and my addiction to the Internet

2. Blogging/Goodreads – all because of LRRH

3. Schools – I had a tough time in the springtime at my old school, but I switched for my sophomore year fall 08, and I LOVE my new school. A definite big change from a small private school to a medium sized public one.

4. Yearbook – I was always in yearbook since 8th grade, but my new school redefined the artsy part of it.

(Now here comes the real stuff, even though I love LRRH and the computer and my new school *coughusuallycough*and yearbook and stuff, this is the SERIOUS part.)

5. Friends – I had to leave friends like anime and Maggs, and friends had to leave my old school like I did–friends like Tessa and Wisdom of Youth (the latter graduated). Then, I met awesome friends, friends who were just as bookish as the ones I mentioned above, like Olivia, ChesneyS (she’s on Goodreads), Vannessa (also on Goodreads), Hannah (Goodreads too!)…there are a ton more. I feel like in 2008, God guided my steps, especially in friends. The crazy part of all this? I think He knew how much I really like hanging out with bookish people, and, as an addition, very Christian (or, if they’re not Christian, Christian-like) people, and that’s exactly what He gave me. Even better, a lot of my friends turned out to be Catholic like me! And on top of all the friends I met at school, I have all of my online friends, who are always in my thoughts and prayers even when I get banned from the computer, even though I’ve never met any of you. Love y’all, and I mean it.

6. *deep breath* Family – we’ve all become so close-knit, ever since what happened to my aunt. And thank goodness she’s perfectly fine now, but that was some roller coaster. I won’t ramble like I did on the “Friends” paragraph.

Now, for my resolutions. I have quite a few.

1. Pray the Rosary daily.

2. Read XYZ amount of books. (I’m embarassed to say the amount; it’s SOOO low compared to how much everyone read in 2008 alone.)

3. Blog at least every three days. (Ok, so I already started failing this. But better a tad bit late than never, right?)

4. Write a review every two weeks or less.

5. Be more prompt on e-mails.

6. Participate in Script Frenzy, NaNoWriMo, and NaBloPoMo (at least once this year for this one).

7. Finish writing Part I of Heaven’s Stars, half of Pandora’s Box, and half of Secrets of a Royal Sorceress.

8. Do everything faster and, therefore, more efficiently. (A major problem for me.)

9. Learn five new songs on the piano and ten new songs on the guitar, then practice them until I get good enough to post myself playing my favorites on YouTube.

10. Try to find time to read the Bible often.

Last note: I copied these off from my cell. Yeah. While I was banned, I jotted down blog notes on my cell. Perty awesome, especially since I figured out how to use T9 mode. w00t! 😀

edit: Some of you might notice I changed my Jango jukebox. On my “Who I Am” page, I will later update it and explain why I did that. On careful examination, one might see how there are fewer artists. Can you guys let me know what song plays? I’m guessing Ashley Monroe plays first…

Celebration of Blogs UPDATES!!! January 2, 2009

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First off, happy New Year to everyone! Gosh, I still can’t believe it’s 2009!!! Crazy!!

Ok, well, since it is now 2009, I really want to get the Celebration of Blogs stuff going. Like, NOW. And I’m not getting very many responses at all from you guys. So while I was away doing APUSH, I fixed up all the rules.

This is NOT going to be like a contest, but more like high school superlatives. I hope you all know how that works out, but if you don’t, basically, you vote for whichever blog  for different events (I prefer saying “events” over “awards”, since the latter sounds a little bit like those blue ribbons you get in kindergarten while the former sounds more for contemporary, sharp people winning prizes at state science fairs or something, you know, people like y’all). Think of it like the Academy Awards…and don’t let me get into the specifics for those of you who don’t know how that works. 😛

Now, perhaps I better get a few things straight, so that no one puts on a pouty face or something, haha. 😦 😉

  1. I will NOT be voting for myself, but if you want to vote for me, thank you very much for the sweet compliment! 😀 I will NOT be voting in the main divisions (Blog of the Year, Blogger of the Year, Rookie Blog of the Year, and Review Blog of the Year) just because I have so many blogging buddies that it’d be really unfair and too tough for me to choose. However, I will be voting for the smaller awards–the events, as I call them.
  2. You can vote for yourself or someone else’s blog that is not their main blog.
  3. You also can vote for the same blog or blogger more than once, but just try to spread your votes out evenly so that everyone gets a chance.
  4. It is OK to let people know that you’re voting for them, but I don’t really recommend going on LRRH and putting in your siggie, “HEY, NOTE TO [USERNAME], I VOTED FOR YA!!!” It just seems to start to get a little cliquey-ish, and if anything’s going to do with me, it most definitely is not going to be cliquey. If I were you, I wouldn’t go there at all. But after the submission date, go ahead and freely tell who you voted for; put it in your siggie if you wish. 😉
  5. Votes can be sent to me by email: bookbutterflyangel [at] yahoo [dot] com OR lady [dot] dashti [at] gmail [dot] com. If I happen to be on gmail chat while you’re on, you can send me your submissions via chat, too. 😀
  6. Up to three submissions are allowed per event/division. You do not have to vote for each and every event and division, but if you have the time, please do as many as you can. Changing votes is also allowed up until the submission date.
  7. “Blogs” such as Twitter, Word Count Journal, Facebook, MySpace, and the like are NOT allowed to be submitted. Sorry, that’s the way it rolls. I just don’t really consider them as “blogs”. Blogger/Blogspot, WordPress, LiveJournal, Xanga, Weebly, etc are allowed.

Now, for the most fun part of them all!  What are the events I added? I had so much fun making these up, and thanks so much to Fee for the idea! 😀

  • Best book blog (not necessarily a review blog, just one that focuses a lot on books)
  • Blog with the best music (music can be provided by Project Playlist, Jango, etc. YES, WordPress users, you can use Jango on your blog and it is not too late to do so while CoB is up and rolling.
  • Blog with the best layout
  • Funniest blog
  • Best blog about life (“life” meaning everyday stuff that goes on in the blogger’s life: school, religion, beliefs, etc)
  • Most random blog (I know what you’re thinking–“But everyone’s is!”–and I agree, but I just had to add this one in for fun. Only for this event is the submission of “everyone” allowed. 😀 )
  • Most thought-provoking blog (a blog that has posts that really make you think, or is very poignant)
  • Best photo blog (there’s gotta be a few of these out there!)
  • Blog with the best header picture
  • Blog with the coolest widgets
  • Blog featuring the awesomest videos
  • Blog with the neatest links
  • Best blog URL (without all the “.blogspot”, “.wordpress”, “.livejournal”, etc, of course)
  • Coolest blog username
  • Best blog title
  • Best blog tagline
  • Best group blog (group being defined as run by 2 or more bloggers)
  • Best writing (on a) blog (not necessarily for writing blogs, though these can be voted for. This can also be for blogs that feature ORIGINAL writing from the blogger. If possible, you can add in the title of the work and, if it is a novel, what part you liked about it best.)
  • Most well-written blog (very different from the above, this judges the style of writing of the POSTS)
  • Most in-tune blog with the world (what blog keeps up-to-date with current events)

If you guys have more suggestions, submissions, feedback, questions, or comments, send me email! I love email! It is on point #5 above. 😀 Also, it’d be UBER awesome if you can please write a post advertising this blog for me to spread the word about it! Remember, if this contest idea doesn’t get at least 15 submissions by the submission date (which I think will be Sunday, January 11, 2009, but I can’t be sure just yet), I will have to close it. So blog about it if you like it and want to keep it alive! [EDIT: I will change the submission date to the end of this month, Saturday, January, 31, 2009. SEND IN THOSE SUBMISSIONS! BEFORE IT’S TOO LATE!!!!]

Good luck to everyone! I hope everyone wins something, which I’m sure y’all will!

Lots of Love and MOLD,

♥BB