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Janni Lee Simner
13 December 2003 @ 08:01 pm
... for my weblog.
Janni Lee Simner
13 December 2003 @ 08:54 pm
So, Larry's Pretty Good Web Log is now syndicated.

Said web log being a pretty nifty list of links-of-the-day, covering everything from science to history to fluff. In other words, the sort of thing writers need. :-)

For those with Livejournals, add prettygoodlog as a friend.
Janni Lee Simner
13 December 2003 @ 10:28 pm
Just learned that Keiko the whale died of pneumonia this weekend.

Keiko is known for starring in the Free Willy movies, but was returned to Iceland in the early 90s, then later. After several failed attempts to release him (he kept coming back), he eventually swam to Norway.

I didn't think much about Keiko until my trip to Iceland two summers ago. I took a ferry to Heimaey island, south of the mainland. There was a soccer tournament going on, and so I shared said boat with a couple hundred preteen soccer-playing girls.

At one point, as we were coming into the island's spectacular harbor, the girls all began crowding around the edge of the boat and shouting. I thought they were talking in Icelandic and admiring the scenery at first--but then I realized what they were shouting was actually "Keiko! Keiko!" The whale was there, and he was showing off, splashing up joyfully each time they shouted.

Until then, I would have said of course Keiko should have been released into the wild as soon as possible. But you know, it was clear he liked being around people. Whether he should have been trained to like this is debatable--but he was in his 20s by the time I saw him, and he never was broken of said training. When he swam to Norway, he proceeded to try to hang out with the humans there, too.

Keiko had originally come from Iceland, which is why he was returned there. The other thing that was clear during the trip was that Icelanders--and not just the children--were pleased to have their whale back.
Janni Lee Simner
13 December 2003 @ 11:39 pm
Oh dear, you are Bookish, aren't you? You are a highly intelligent and witty bluestocking, whose beauty is hidden behind spectacles. Your dress sense is eccentric and a little unfashionable, and you consider yourself plain. You have very little use for men, who find your knowledge of Shakespeare, interest in politics and forthright speech formidable. You are undoubtedly well-off. The only reason for your presence in a novel of this kind (which, I might add, you would not dream of reading, although you have occasionally enjoyed the works of Miss Austen), is your mother, who is absolutely determined that you will make a good marriage. Rather than defying her directly, you are quietly subversive, dancing with anyone who asks you, but making no attempt to hide your intellectual interests. The only person who can get past your facade is the man who is witty enough to spar with you, and be amused at your blatant attempts to scare your suitors away. While you will, no doubt, subject him to a gruelling cross-examination to find out whether his respect for your intelligence is real or mere flattery, you may be sure that he is your match, and that you, he AND your mother will all live happily ever after

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(From declineandfall)