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Thursday, March 19th, 2009
5:52 pm
Kitty Wigs!!
That's right. Kitty Wigs!!
Sunday, January 25th, 2009
9:20 pm
Everybody Cut
In researching images for an upcoming Footloose theme party I'm helping to throw for my sister, I came across a review site with lots of great movie stills plus the best line ever written about the movie Footloose:

I think the movie demostrates how our own complacancy leads to genocide.
Sunday, December 14th, 2008
12:58 pm
Holiday Pet Peeve #1
A white elephant gift exchange is composed of gag gifts and/or useless crap from your home that no one wants.

DO NOT call it a white elephant gift exchange if you expect people to buy new and desirable items. That is just a gift exchange.

Thank you.
Saturday, November 29th, 2008
8:00 pm
In Search of Yule
Why is it so hard to find an online yule log? Not yule log screensaver, not youtube video of a yule log, but a regular ol' web page with a burning log on it.

I found exactly one online yule log. It's OK, but it's not nearly big enough. I guess varying screen sizes prevent the kind of yule log web page I have in mind.

Still, I'm very surprised at the dearth of online yule logs.
Sunday, October 26th, 2008
9:13 am
Froggy Went A-Courtin' - Gobble Verison
My first Smithsonian Magazine bookclub entry is one everyone can enjoy:

"In 1973, Jim Nollman was a recent college graduate with avant-garde musical aspirations. The San Francisco resident had learned that wild male turkeys can gobble on cue—especially in response to loud or high-pitched sounds. So Nollman visited a turkey farm in Sonoma County, sat down among 300 adult male turkeys and serenaded them with the folk song "Froggy Went a-Courtin'." When he raised his voice during the chorus, the turkeys joined in. His recording of the event, "Music to Eat Thanksgiving Dinner By," became a local radio hit."

Very much worth a listen: http://www.smithsonianmag.com/jukebox
Sunday, September 14th, 2008
1:26 pm
Owney!
Wow, an Owney postcard on Post Secret.



Which doesn't seem to be related to the secret at all, except that Owney is dead.

Also it's supposed to be a handmade postcard, not one you get free at the Postal Museum.

But still, Owney!
Tuesday, September 9th, 2008
7:09 pm
Sunday, September 7th, 2008
10:11 pm
The Worst Movie This Could Happen To
Our friends told us the story of the time they watched Momento. It being all disjointed in terms of time, they didn't think much of it when things started repeating. The movie went on & on and didn't seem to be going anywhere and they started thinking the movie was a bit too artsy or deep for them, or that it just sucked.

After nearly 3 hours they realized the DVD was scratched and was skipping back to an earlier point.
Friday, August 22nd, 2008
1:10 pm
Wednesday, August 13th, 2008
12:05 am
Apple On Fire
I've been trying to figure out why there's been a helicopter hovering near my house for the past hour. Turns out there's a fire on the Apple campus :(

No details yet on the intarweb. I can't smell any smoke even though it's less than a mile from here. Hopefully it's a small fire already out and just a persistent news helicopter trying to get more shots.

ETA: Second helicopter now.

ETA: The SJ Mercury page has details now. Looks like it was a very small fire that was quickly put out and the helicopters are just looky-loos. Good news.
Wednesday, May 21st, 2008
4:42 pm
Produce Storage
Did I post before? Like, years ago? Maybe. Too bad, you get it again.

Ethylene-producing and ethylene-sensitive fruits & veggies should not be stored together since the gas emitted by one makes the other spoil faster.

Ethylene-producing
- Apricots
- Avocados
- Bananas
- Cantaloupes
- Honeydew melons
- Kiwis
- Mangoes
- Nectarines
- Papayas
- Peaches
- Pears
- Plums
- Tomatoes
Ethylene-sensitive
- Apples
- Asparagus
- Broccoli
- Carrots
- Cucumbers
- Eggplants
- Green beans
- Lettuce and other greens
- Potatoes
- Summer squash
- Watermelons

And that's one to grow on.
Wednesday, May 14th, 2008
12:50 pm
VTAs?
Question for Houston peoples:

http://news.yahoo.com/s/ap/20080514/ap_on_re_us/texas_ants

Are these VTAs?

Are they truly swarming all over Houston or is it all hype?
Monday, December 24th, 2007
2:04 pm
The Greatest Christmas Special You've Probably Never Seen
If you've never seen A Muppet Family Christmas, give yourself the best present ever and spend 45 minutes watching this (in 5 parts, thnx u-toob). And if you have seen it, watch it again.


Part 2 | Part 3 | Part 4 | Part 5

This isn't John Denver and the Muppets or a Muppet's Christmas Carol, which most muppet fans are aware of. This gem first aired back 1987. Unlike more recent Muppet endeavors, it has the creativity and warmth of Jim Henson all over it. It is full the amazing Muppety goodness, from the great one-liners to the running gags, and it features just about every muppet ever made up to that point. It expands from the full Muppet Show cast to include damn near everyone from Sesame Street* and Fraggle Rock (and even Muppet Babies thrown in for good measure). The interaction of these very different worlds occurs no where else that I know if and really make the show, especially what transpires when the innocent Sesame Street muppets mingle with the hip and edgy Muppet Show gang. I don't want to say too much. Just watch. But very very end makes me go all teary-eyed every time.

Sadly, failure to secure music rights except for broadcast has condemned this special to obscurity. As you might expect with a xmas special, holiday songs are sprinkled throughout the whole thing. The U.S. VHS and (later) DVD version are awful chop jobs that make shambles of the plot. I know securing rights after the fact can be tricky, but I can't believe this special would languishing in obscurity if Jim Henson were alive. (curse you corporate disney!!) I bought myself a Region 2 version, which doesn't have to abide by the same pesky US licensing laws. And now video sharing brings it to the masses.

Merry Christmas to all, and to all a good night.

*BONUS: Although Elmo does appear, he has no speaking parts. This is before the little red nightmare pushed aside Grover, so you get great Grover moments and no shrieking "Elmo know! Elmo know!"
Friday, December 21st, 2007
9:47 pm
Merry Merry Merry Merry Meow Meow
How did I not hear of this song earlier???


(Wikipedia tells me the answer is I didn't watch The O.C.)
Saturday, November 24th, 2007
12:30 pm
Quite a lede
The AP bring us this:

From her baptism in Liberia to Christmas years later in her adopted New York City, Mamie Manneh never lost the longing to celebrate religious rituals by eating monkey meat.
Other gems include:
...the agents came across a tiny, hairy arm hidden in her garage.
and
Take Thanksgiving. "Where some people have turkey, we'll have monkey meat."
Tuesday, November 20th, 2007
5:15 pm
Pop Culture Brain Going to Mush
I used to be quick with the inane pop culture knowledge, knowing who starred in what when with whom even if I never actually saw it. It made me indispensable at pub quiz for all entertainment-style questions. The most recent example of how far the once-mighty trivia queen has fallen:

Whenever I hear the name Dane Cook, I picture Paula Deen.
Friday, November 16th, 2007
3:15 pm
Writer's Block: I Rock The Microphone
What song makes you rock the karaoke mic?

My recent staples are;
Queen of Hearts, Juice Newton
Devil Went Down to Georgia, The Charlie Daniels Band (as a duet with my husband)
Barbie Girl, Aqua
Jackson, Johnny Cash & June Carter - yee-haw!
Wednesday, November 14th, 2007
10:39 pm
The Longest Generation
I always knew the generations on my father's side of the family were long, but until today I never did the math. The following fact has shocked me greatly:

My grandfather was born in 1876.

Not great-grandfather. GRANDFATHER. I'm only 33 fercrisakes!

Your grandfather maybe served in World War II? My grandfather was too old to serve in World War I.

He was alive when Ulysses S. Grant was still president. He was 27 when the Wright brothers flew the first plane. Forget television, radio, motion pictures - he predated electric power.

Crazy.
Monday, November 5th, 2007
6:44 pm
No Birds Were Harmed In The Making Of This Road Trip
Our mini road trip last week took us up the coast to Bodega Bay where Hitchcock filmed The Birds. I loved that movies when I was a kid, but until now I never made it to the little seaside town to check out where things were filmed.



In tracking down locations, I found out the original scripted ending had the main characters driving off to San Francisco just as the do in the film, only when they get to the Golden Gate Bridge it's covered in birds! This more ominous ending was scrapped, some say in favor of a happy ending but more likely because of budget. But man, that would've been a great ending.

After hugging the coast we drove inland to gold country. We stayed at a gold-rush era hotel that boasted such guests as Mark Twain, Lola Montez, Black Bart and my new favorite name, Lotta Crabtree.



We also got to see a gold mine with lots of old equipment strewn about and a gallows used to carry out frontier justice.

all dem photos...
Friday, October 12th, 2007
10:57 am
Wikipedia Told Me So
The "silicon" in the name "Silicon Valley" refers to silicon.


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