Posted by: sissillie | June 13, 2011

Opportunity for Canadian Book Bloggers!

So I was browsing through the Canadian Penguin Groups website in search for a job when I stumbled upon an opportunity for Book Bloggers. Apparently if you are living in Canada you can apply for an opportunity to get newly released books, or books before they are released and review them on your blog, or even podcast. Now, because I’m not living in Canada, as of yet, I cannot apply for this position and I couldn’t find the American or a U.K. version. So there may be something out there just for Canadians!

Here is the link. I hope someone can make use of it if I cannot.

Posted by: sissillie | March 11, 2011

Train Strike Panic

Train Strike Panic

There is a train strike in Germany today. This means that many trains are either delayed or may even be cancelled. Having booked a train ticket to Vienna today from Hamburg this is very scary for me.

How late is the train?

Is it even going to come?

Am I stuck here and loose a day on my train pass?

Do I even still want to go to Vienna?

Luckily the train was only delayed a half an hour and I should have arrived in Vienna at my hostel if this blog post has gone out.

My best advice for anyone else facing a possible train cancellation is to stay calm. Nothing can be done if your train doesn’t come. It isn’t the fault of the people at the train station, most likely, and throwing a fit isn’t going to do anyone any good. The best thing to be done is go to a service station and calmly ask if they have any information. Be patient, generally they will try their best to help you out and either get you to where you want to go, or perhaps somewhere new.

This could even be a favor in disguise, you could end up somewhere completely new and have an even better time than you could have imagined. Just keep flexible, calm, and polite, and more likely than not things will work out in the end.

Now I just need to hope that the strike ends before next weekend when I’m planning on going to Berlin…

Posted by: sissillie | March 9, 2011

Silly Break: Live Action “UP”

Ok, this has been floating around my GoogleReader for the past few days, so I thought I’d share here.

A live action Up movie that looks like it was originally created in the ’60s.

I’m like 85% sure it isn’t real…10% wish it was, and 5% deluding myself.  But watch, enjoy, and take a break from your day!

Posted by: sissillie | March 8, 2011

Boras, Sweden

I’ve finally arrived in Europe!! Woohoo!

I’ve been trying plan this trip since I first arrived in South Korea and it has finally happened after 3 years of saving and planning.

I arrived in Boras first for a week of classes for my Masters program that I’m doing abroad.

Boras, Sweden is a small little town that makes me feel like I’m in a modern Hans Christian Andersan story.

This dude must be freezing 😉

The school itself is lovely, the classes are interesting.

I feel like I’ve learned a lot coming to the residential week that will help me in this course other than just trying to read the material on my own.

For instance, I did not know much about OCR before doing this class and if I were to just read about it, I would have had a hard time understanding what was going to happen.  Being able to see and having someone talk about it, I find myself understanding the reading more.

The city itself is lovely, but not much to do.  I did not walk around as much as I would have liked due to having bad jet lag and a cold at the same time.  But I did find some interesting statues.

But I met some fantastic people and I look forward to seeing them again and traveling on.  Next stop, Stockholm!

Posted by: sissillie | February 21, 2011

Let the European Adventure Begin!

Hello all.  It’s been over a year since I posted, not feeling like I had a lot to talk about.  But I’m restarting, in the idea that I am going to blog about my experiences as I travel around Europe.

I arrived in Boras, Sweden last night and I’m going to be here until either Friday or Saturday for class.  I can’t say too much about it yet, other than it’s cold, the jet lag isn’t so bad, but I think it’s Monday evening and not morning.

In order to get in the mood for Sweden, I’m going to share this video my friend sent to me about the country.


Posted by: sissillie | April 22, 2009

The Exorcist

What better way to start the reviews than with the movie that started it all?  The Exorcist.  This was the film I chose when Twitter went nuts because it was a film that I avoided like the plague.  I know I said I wanted to re-watch it again first and I still might but I think I want to be honest and go with what I thought when I first saw it and not looking for things to talk about the second time around.

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Posted by: sissillie | March 11, 2009

I am a Mutant.

I apparently have developed mutant powers.

Do I have super speed? Can I leap tall buildings in a single bound? No, I can do none of that now.

Apparently, what I do have is powers over electricity.

Let me tell you about my origin story.

It is a short tale, one that has not fully finished yet.

I sat down at my computer at work after finishing up classes early that day and ready to enjoy the new Facebook Uno game (actually quite nice if you like Uno, can’t play with friends yet, just strangers, but looking good) and I even get the urge to try and clean up some of the apps I have on there. When suddenly it happens!

A shock, a very large electric shock goes through me from my mouse and causes my computer to restart. I kid you not, it took all I could not to yell because there were official looking people talking around my desk checking out the English center. Then well, I want to continue my life and what happens…there is no internet. Apparently that short circutted something because there was no sign of any internet anywhere on my computer, like it’s never been connected.

So it’s not big, but it has resulted in me not having internet at school until at least next week. Which really sucks. I hate it.

I actually get a lot of shocks at my work computer, every couple of days I get at least 2-3, but still to get a shock that big?

Maybe someday I’ll get my own comic book then. 😀

Posted by: sissillie | February 20, 2009

I Wanna Be a Muppet!

Who doesn’t love the Muppets?

If not…then I must sit you down and have you watch countless episodes of Seasame Street, Fraggle Rock (which I will need to see much more of) and every Muppet movie I can get my hands on outside of the space one until you see the error of your ways.

I always wanted to be on Sesame Street, hang out with Big Bird or go chill over with the Muppets and sing a song with Ralph while Gonzo crashed through the ceiling. Not to mention Miss. Piggy just rocks

I’m totally stealing this from, but it’s fun and I want to share it. But there is a quiz, perhaps the quiz of the week where you can discover what muppet you are.

Which you should also be able to take on the side of my blog right now, if it worked right…

And now, to end the suspense, who did your fair proveyer of silliness at this blog get?

You are Gonzo the Great.
You love everyone, and still you get shot out of a cannon on a regular basis. Oh, and you are completely insane and have a strange fascination for chickens.
The Great Gonzo, Gonzo the Great, Just Plain Weird
Tapdancing blindfolded on tapioca while balancing a piano on his nose, backwards, five times fast.
“From Here to Eternity…with no brakes.”
“Touched By An Anvil”
“No parachute? Wow! This is so cool!”

You have no idea how happy this makes me. The King of Crazy himself! Gonzo is hysterical and never fails to make me laugh. And after the Muppet Christmas Carol where Gonzo played Charles Dickens himself and was quite probably my favorite part in the movie, few characters could make me happier.

Now, just to go find my Rizzo.

Posted by: sissillie | February 17, 2009

Facebook Games

If you haven’t heard about Facebook by now you clearly are living under a rock somewhere and I’m wondering how you’ve gotten this far on the internet without at least hearing about it.

Now there are many haters out there for Facebook, but I’m a fan. I love being able to keep in contact with people from back home, especially since I’m living so far away right now. It also has a ton of games on there that keep me from dying of boredom after I finish teaching class but am not allowed to leave the school. They are pretty much ridiculous and a very silly waste of time, but at least once a day I check them.

Attack! is probably one of my favorite games on Facebook. It is essentially their version of Risk and I’ll usually spend some time everyday taking over the world against friends and sometimes strangers. There is a small strategy to the game, but mostly it comes down to luck as soon as you’ve figured it out. Nothing challenging, but really, who doesn’t like to conquer the world every now and then?
Texas Hold’em is another one of my favorites on here. Pretending I’m rich, and can actually afford to place $400 bets on things and taking everyone elses money makes me go into full on Mr. Burns mode, “Excellent…” Especially when I find out that I have more money than someone else since it displays your ranking among your friends at the bottom of the screen. It’s fun for about 15 minutes, then I find my brain going numb and having to do something, anything else, but then that’s all these games.

Scrabble…I actually kinda hate scrabble a little bit…but I believe that’s mostly due to me losing 95% of the time…but it’s probably the only thing I do on Facebook everyday that gives me the slightest bit of education by helping me to learn what are words. But I still don’t know what prads are, even if it is a word…This has got to be the nerdiest thing I’ve seen on Facebook and I’m actually too scared to fully play it. Supposedly it’s DnD…just on Facebook, and it sounds almost exactly like it too. You pick your character, you let the dice roll from an automatic generator and just watch to make sure you don’t run out of items or health before you finish your generic quest. That’s it, little boring sounding and I’m not exactly sure if it will give me my roleplaying fix that I miss ever since moving to another country. (BTW, if anyone knows of any good online ones for cheap/free NO WOW, I’d be interested).

But what makes these game so compelling for me to play? Why do I go back there every single week day whether or not I’m going to win or lose and waste some precious time? Is it because I’m that bored? Well partially, altough I’m sure I could find something, anything more productive to do with my time. But I think what keeps me coming back to it is the competition of it. I play with friends, I get to beat them and it’s really the closest thing we have to playing a game with one another while at work. And no, I still won’t play WoW…

Those games where I play by myself and am competing alone…I usually give up about a week or two later, these games where I get to conquer friends, see how much more money I have than everyone else or maybe pray that someday I will beat someone at Scrabble. There really is no other explanation for it; boredom and a combination of a desire to beat all my friends on there keeps me coming back to these games time and time again.

Posted by: sissillie | February 12, 2009

Should we start over?

So once again after trying to make a rpomise to write in my blog I’ve forgotten and not written in it again for a few weeks…so this is leading me to wonder why do I even have this blog if I’m not going to write anything in it?

Perhaps it’s my lack of direction that I want to take this. Not sure what I want to write about or what to do here nothing is happening. Perhaps it’s time to figure something out and maybe start completely over. Go with a theme maybe…or maybe not…who knows…

ARRGH!! Opinions would be nice…

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