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ARIES (March 21-April 19): Success is within reach. Don't let anyone you work with cost you the chance to advance. Ignore what others do, and focus on doing your best, voicing your expertise and rising above any competition you face. Push for positive results.

TAURUS (April 20-May 20): Listen and learn. You stand to make a difference, and you might meet someone new if you participate in a cause or concern that interests you. Short trips or long-distance communication will help you get to the bottom of a puzzling situation.

GEMINI (May 21-June 20): Take a position of authority, and act accordingly. Your actions will make a difference. Form a partnership with someone who will help you improve your life, and strive for greater satisfaction, happiness, and peace of mind.

CANCER (June 21-July 22): Don't slow down when there is so much to do. Let your mind wander and your imagination take over, and you will masterly find ways to make improvements, diversify your talents, and get ahead using your skills, wit, and experience.

LEO (July 23-Aug. 22): Plan a get-together. Reuniting with old friends will bring back fond memories as well as heartaches and opportunities to relive an old dream or revive a goal. Changing your surroundings or participating in something you enjoy should be highlighted.

VIRGO (Aug. 23-Sept. 22): Protect your reputation, and stick to the rules. Not everyone will be on your side, so make sure you have all your facts straight. A romantic relationship can bring you joy if you offer your partner something unique.

LIBRA (Sept. 23-Oct. 22): Take on whatever comes your way. You don't want to be considered lazy or uninterested. Use your ability to express your thoughts in detail and with eloquence, and you will mesmerize someone who will fight on your behalf.

SCORPIO (Oct. 23-Nov. 21): Use a little muscle to push what you want into play. A creative idea should be developed and presented. A small, home-based business will bring in extra cash. Romance will improve your day and enhance your relationship.

SAGITTARIUS (Nov. 22-Dec. 21): You can make a difference. A change in lifestyle will help you bring about a new beginning. Expressing your interests and engaging in emotional banter will coax someone special to engage in your plans. Change will bring worthwhile benefits.

CAPRICORN (Dec. 22-Jan. 19): A financial deal looks good, but do your due diligence before taking on an expense you cannot afford. A joint venture will be based on false information. A mistake from the past should help you make a wiser choice now.

AQUARIUS (Jan. 20-Feb. 18): Partnerships are blooming, and positive change regarding how you earn your living is coming into play. Do your best to network and present what you have to offer. Articulate your feelings to ensure your success.

PISCES (Feb. 19-March 20): Say little, and observe a lot. Stability should be your intent. It's important not to act on impulse or feel obligated to make a decision before you have had time to gather the pertinent facts. Be smart, not sorry.

We hold these truths to be self-evident (and a little nerdy):

• It's pretty weird that people in London get to celebrate the Fourth of July six whole hours before we do.

• Superheroes in comic books should stop bothering to even go through the motions of mourning fallen comrades. At this point, Cyclops should just put Jean Grey in Tupperware the next time she "dies" — to keep her fresh those seven to 10 days until she comes back.

• If we can we pretty much all agree that we love Billy Joel, then can we please also agree that "tonic and gin" is possibly the most egregious example of forcing a square lyric in a round hole … ever? • It's pretty ironic that the word "don" isn't at all quixotic.

• Face it: If you're ever in the mood to buy a baby grand piano and a quality motorcycle in the same day, the Yamaha factory outlet store is the Place You Wanna Be.

• How cool will it be if Episode VII Chewbacca has a bald spot?

• Snoopy says things in thought balloons, but Woodstock answers him back in chirps. Woodstock is telepathic. If that didn't just blow your mind, then wait a minute for Scanner Woodstock to do it because NOW HE KNOWS YOU KNOW.

Andrew R. Juhl thanks ESJ for contributing to today's Ledge.

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