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ARIES (March 21-April 19): Make decisions that will spice up your life and add a little adventure to your day. Spending time with someone you love, starting a new class, or visiting a destination you haven't been to before will wake the spirit in you.

TAURUS (April 20-May 20): Communication will help you find solutions to any problem you face with a personal or professional partner. A change regarding an investment will pay off. Don't hesitate to let your imagination wander. Take precautions when dealing with peers.

GEMINI (May 21-June 20): Don't be fooled by someone's vague response to your questions. Either someone is on your team or not. Focus on the people who give back and are charged up by the plans you have and the options you offer.

CANCER (June 21-July 22): Look for greater stability by being original and progressive regarding the changes that need to be made. If you continue to spin your wheels, nothing will get done. Size up your situation, and make your move. Don't let an uncertain relationship dictate your decision.

LEO (July 23-Aug. 22): Spontaneity will lead to fun and games. Enjoy putting your best foot forward and embracing any playful challenge that comes your way. Love is in the stars, and romance will improve your personal life. A change will be welcome.

VIRGO (Aug. 23-Sept. 22): Keep your private affairs a secret, and you will avoid an emotional situation that can hinder your job prospects. Anger solves nothing, but getting your chores out of the way will ease discord. A change in your finances must be handled with care.

LIBRA (Sept. 23-Oct. 22): Don't let emotions ruin your day. Make positive changes that will help keep the peace. Change may be required, but the way you go about it will make the difference. Being sympathetic will help you win favors.

SCORPIO (Oct. 23-Nov. 21): Check out different lifestyle choices, and make the choice that intrigues you the most. Keep your plans a secret if you suspect someone will interfere. Once you have everything in place, it will be difficult for anyone to stand in your way.

SAGITTARIUS (Nov. 22-Dec. 21): Put more thought and effort into your work and getting ahead, and you will find a way to help your assets grow and job prospects open up. Love is on the rise, and a change of heart will lead to an interesting encounter.

CAPRICORN (Dec. 22-Jan. 19): Keep your distance from anyone who appears to be unpredictable. You are best to protect your reputation, your ideas, and your emotional well-being. Focus on making unusual changes to the way you do your work, and you will stabilize your position.

AQUARIUS (Jan. 20-Feb. 18): Contracts, settlements, and medical and financial matters can all be addressed in a timely and effective manner. You stand to get ahead if you don't let your emotions get in the way. Look, see, and do. Love is in the stars.

PISCES (Feb. 19-March 20): Don't make changes, but accept the inevitable and protect your position, reputation, and your assets. Refuse to get into a no-win situation with someone looking for a fight. Look inward, and focus on self-improvement.

Observations on Halloween in the Biz:

· Monsters giving chase will usually slow down the closer they get to their target.

· Even unintelligent and/or feral creatures will pause dramatically in order to casually regard their victim moments before going in for the kill.

· No matter how large a creature is, it will still be able to find a hiding spot somewhere in New York City (see: King Kong, Godzilla, Cloverfield).

· The rules for vampire may be change from movie to movie, even within the same franchise.

· Disaster films frequently feature characters attempting to overcome their own B-list casting choices.

· Characters often turn abruptly and walk directly into the monster/killer, because all people in movies are unable to see anything that is just off-screen.

· It is almost impossible to capture a killer or a monster in a photograph or a video camera. That's what medicine cabinet mirrors are for.

· Before the advent of modern digital special effects, people bled tomato juice.

· Scientists invariably fixate their failed genetic experiments in formaldehyde, place them in large glass enclosures, and number such enclosures sequentially. This is not weird and pointless, but instead the basic scientific practice taught by most accredited medical institutions.

· A rusty machete (or chain saw in severe disrepair) can cleanly cleave limbs from living human beings.

· If you're a teenage girl in a white flowing dress, you're probably already dead or possessed.

Andrew R. Juhl thanks Brian Tanner and Angie Toomsen for their contributions to today's Ledge.

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