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About stellavision

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  • Birthday 06/27/1978

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  • Gender Female
  • Location New York, NY
  • Interests crossword puzzles, writing, choral music, drawing, movies
  1. Just wanted to share my latest project -- ReasonPharm, a blog in which I plan to post weekly about the pharmaceutical industry and related topics from an Objectivist perspective. I've been in the industry for about four years now and I think the industry desperately needs a dose of reason. My first essay concerns Abbott Laboratories and HIV activists -- specifically, why Abbott is right to take action against HIV activists (and governments) who act like thugs. Enjoy!
  2. Ratatouille (2007)

    I haven't had this much fun at the movies since...probably since The Incredibles. I too sat up and took notice when Remy the rat was admiring the inventiveness of humans. Lately seeing previews for new movies has made my brain hurt -- Evan Almighty being the worst example. Ratatouille was the first movie in years I've been able to get excited about from watching the preview -- and the film was fully worthy of my expectations, and then some. The joyous sense of life of this film, the gorgeous visual effects with which it is executed, the imaginative comedy -- I loved every second of it, and I can't wait to see it again.
  3. Happy Birthday to stellavision

    Thank you! I know I don't post here much any more (life kind of got in the way), but one memory I have from last year is when Stephen posted for my birthday and actually made a small original crossword to go with the post. I don't think I'll ever forget that.
  4. I finally got around to cracking open my current issue of mental_floss, a magazine for trivia buffs, and was delighted to find an article on Ayn Rand in honor of Atlas Shrugged's 50th anniversary. For the most part, the article is quite positive, although the authors do make a few mistaken assumptions (for example, on the website, the article teaser claims that Alan Greenspan is an "Ayn Rand groupie," which is no longer the case). Here's the table of contents for the current issue. The full article is not available online, but it's worth looking for the magazine -- many Barnes & Noble and other large bookstores carry it.
  5. Things to do in New York

    From what I hear it's not bad at night, but since I am a woman running alone, I take care to do it in broad daylight. There are always lots of joggers around during the day, so you don't have to worry about being isolated with a criminal at any point in the park, even the less densely traveled northern area of the park. My boyfriend feels free to run after dark, but he's quite a bit bigger and stronger than I am, and I prefer not to take unnecessary chances. But, during the day, it's just fine.
  6. Things to do in New York

    There are plenty of ways to run in Central Park. You can do the large loop, which is also open to cyclists (and, as Bob Kolker pointed out, closed to automobiles on the weekends), but there's also the bridle path and the reservoir loop, both of which have the advantage of not having to dodge bicyclists (although horses have the right-of-way on the bridle path). If you prefer a flat course, run the reservoir loop; for some tough hills, run the full park loop. (I've yet to run the bridle path so I can't comment on that.) Check out the New York Road Runners site, which maps out several possible running routes with their lengths. The West Side Highway also has lanes for runners and cyclists. GREAT view, especially as you get to the southern end of the island and see the Statue of Liberty in the distance.
  7. Congratulations -- that's just wonderful!
  8. Stephen's Health

    I have been away from the forum for several weeks, and only heard this terrible news today. Stephen welcomed me to this forum with open arms, even composing a little crossword in honor of my birthday last year. He was so genuinely interested in hearing about my interests, and also in challenging my opinions that were based on false premises, while always doing so with politeness. I will miss that rare combination. My deepest condolences to Betsy and Matt. I am deeply sorry for your loss.
  9. The Super Bowl

    I was! Stupidly, I also ate like a pig (my fault for making too much food). Now I'm having a Super Bowl junk food hangover.
  10. New York Skyline to Change

    I live not very far from the neighborhood where Atlantic Yards is to be built, and I hate the idea -- not least because eminent domain is being used to force some Brooklynites out of their homes, and because millions of dollars in taxpayer money are being used to finance it. And all for buildings that look like a child's stack of Legos. Unlike many Brooklynites, I absolutely would not oppose the building of skyscrapers in the borough if they are privately financed and do not tread on anyone's property rights. (In other parts of Brooklyn, such as in my neighborhood, a skyscraper, even a beautiful one, would be illegal -- well above the 50-foot height limit set on residential buildings.) But I can't stand that my tax money is being used to finance this mess.
  11. Having children

    Interesting -- I hadn't thought of it that way. I do think that in my own relationship, my boyfriend would be a better caretaker than I would be. He is endlessly patient and enjoys teaching things and playing with kids, and children (even total strangers) sense that and adore him. I'm not sure where my personal discomfort comes from, given that I *could* support a family if necessary and that I could still rely on him for emotional support. (Perhaps "support" rather than "dependence" is a better word.)
  12. An Atlas Shrugged request

    I would if I hadn't already sold a puzzle last year (which ran in the Chronicle of Higher Education the week of Ayn Rand's 100th birthday) that had THE FOUNTAINHEAD as an entry. I just figured out that September 2nd is a Sunday this year. EXCELLENT! I could pitch the puzzle for that day particularly!
  13. An Atlas Shrugged request

    And thanks to everyone else who responded, of course -- I may actually go with a couple of the chapter titles Scott A. suggested. I can't use both WHO IS JOHN GALT? and THE JOHN GALT LINE in the puzzle, but SIGN OF THE DOLLAR would work very well, perhaps with IMMOVABLE MOVERS or SEPTEMBER SECOND. With enough theme entries, I could perhaps get this to be a Sunday-sized, rather than a daily-sized puzzle (Sunday-sized puzzles require more theme entries, perhaps 8 to 10). More exposure for the novel, more money for me and my constructing partner...excellent!
  14. An Atlas Shrugged request

    Wow, that is quite a list! (Though Wyatt's Torch is actually an 11.) Ever thought of writing crosswords yourself?
  15. Having children

    To me, it feels unnatural that I, who am weaker, should have my man, who is stronger, dependent on me. I am fortunate enough to live in a time and place where the work of my mind (as opposed to any physical labor I could do, which would not be worth much) is worth enough that I can earn all the money that would be needed to raise a family, if not in the lap of luxury, with some level of comfort. But I still wouldn't enjoy being the only one financially responsible for that.