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ARIES (March 21-April 19): Take pride in what you do, but don't let anyone take advantage of your skills. You don't need to prove yourself to anyone else. Work diligently toward your goals. Don't spend unnecessarily or get involved in a risky venture.

TAURUS (April 20-May 20): Try not to overreact or take on too much. If you allow your emotions to lead the way, you will make a costly mistake. You may be able to persuade those working under you to do things your way, but superiors will push back.

GEMINI (May 21-June 20): Expect to face opposition if you get involved in a cause involving people from different walks of life. Listen carefully, but don't agree to do something if the boundaries are not set. Demands coupled with insincere gestures of friendliness are apparent.

CANCER (June 21-July 22): Put in the time required to get the results you are looking for. Someone you care about will reciprocate if you send the right signals. Share your thoughts, and make plans for the future. An idea you have will help you excel.

LEO (July 23-Aug. 22): Make the changes that will position you for advancement, and don't lose sight of your goals. Get involved with people who share your positions on worldly matters, and it will boost your plans to bring about worthwhile changes.

VIRGO (Aug. 23-Sept. 22): Trouble is brewing in which personal and business partnerships are concerned. Your status is on the line, leaving you in an impossible position if you aren't ready to make a decision. Follow the rules, and move forward cautiously.

LIBRA (Sept. 23-Oct. 22): Approach domestic matters with a serious tone. Offer solid solutions. A change in the pecking order at home will take place if you are adamant about your position and what you are prepared to do in order to get your way.

SCORPIO (Oct. 23-Nov. 21): Stick to your game plan, and don't allow yourself to fold under pressure. Love is highlighted, and you should be able to find common ground with the right partner. Ask pointed questions, and you'll uncover important information.

SAGITTARIUS (Nov. 22-Dec. 21): Keeping secrets will pay off in the end. A change of plans shouldn't make you feel obligated to share your thoughts. Listen, observe, and follow the path that is best for you. Don't take on responsibilities that don't belong to you.

CAPRICORN (Dec. 22-Jan. 19): Charity begins at home. Don't lend, borrow, or fall victim to someone with a get-rich-quick scheme. Be responsible, and avoid taking on unnecessary debt. Find out all the facts before you lend someone a helping hand.

AQUARIUS (Jan. 20-Feb. 18): You will face emotional resistance. Listen to what's being said, and try to find common ground without jeopardizing your integrity, beliefs, or future plans. Strive for equality, and it will make a difference to the outcome of a partnership.

PISCES (Feb. 19-March 20): Honor your promises, but don't let anyone take advantage of you. Avoid letting your emotions take over resulting in a foolish mistake. Make amends for past mishaps so you can feel free to move forward with your plans.

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 five 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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