Wednesday, November 29, 2006


Flowing tresses, silken locks - what is it with long-haired heroines in Romance novels? Maili's post on cutting her hair got me thinking about women and hair and standards of attractiveness. I'd like to think we are past the days when a woman's hair was regarded as her crowning glory, but in Romances long hair = teh sexy.

I've only had hair past my shoulders a couple if times, but both instances, I noticed that I tended to shed a lot. It was all over the bathroom counter, in the drain, and it tended to get, um, caught, or pulled or leaned on in intimate situations. Ow. So why the thing with long hair?

Is it all those video vixens shaking their asses and hair around? Or the girls gone wild whose flailing straw like manes, stringy with beersweat and Fructis often hide their faces even as they surrender their dignity? Yes, long hair is a sign of youth, but lately it's started to seem a little trashy, too.

Harlequin Presents aside, most romance readers outgrew stories about timid chignon-sporting secretaries falling in lurve with domineering rich jackasses decades their seniors back in the early - okay, late - eighties. Can't we give up on the flowing silken tresses, gilded locks and other hair hyperbole?


Thursday, November 9, 2006

I Voted...

...which gives me the right to complain. So don't say I didn't warn you.

I don't have any complaints just yet. I'm pleased as punch that Rummy's gone, and I'm practically silly with schadenfreude that W will have to start actually reading the bills that come to his desk before he signs them, but I know the next two years won't be all Reforms and Roses.

We are talking about politicians, here. It's only a matter of time.


Sunday, November 5, 2006

This IS a Review

Firefox 2.0 rocks my world, and it can rock yours, too. It's got all the old features I adore - pop-up blocker, tabbed browsing, and none of the virus-loving vulnerabilities that those punk-asses at Microsoft built into IE. Firefox 2.0 also has great new features like tab scrolling, and my all-time favorite: text entry spell check!