2010 February minutiae
- Ooh, this year's tax return envelope is the self-gumming kind. The
glue on the old envelopes was the worst!
- I find it really interesting that sometimes in
Online Games Basketball I can
be completely in the zone and just know exactly where to click, and
other times I'll clank ten shots in a row. It doesn't feel like a fluke of
statistics, but then again it also doesn't feel like that should be a skill
that comes and goes.
- Apparently three-eighths of the world's cats live in the USA.
- abcnews.go.com: GOP Wins Shot at Obama's Old Sen. Seat. As
opposed to what, falling below 5% and being disqualified from the ballot?
- Facebook exchange:
Marie M. has made potentially tasty bread. And without even stenciling
"ARTISAN" across the top in flour. We shall taste tomorrow.
I got this error when I tried to "like" your post:
Object cannot be liked
Apparently, Facebook doesn't think much of your baking skills.
- My bar of soap wore down to an unusable sliver so I stopped by Berkeley
Bowl to get another. Then I thought, "I should get a couple — soap
doesn't go bad and I ought to keep a few bars on hand." So I did.
When I got home, I found a wrapped bar of soap sitting on my desk. I thought,
"Well, no wonder I didn't know I had an extra — what's it doing
here? I should start keeping the soap in the medicine cabinet." So I took
the now three bars of soap into the bathroom and opened the medicine cabinet
to put them away.
Inside was yet another bar of soap.
- I like the looks of the building that's going up on the northwest corner
- Note to self: the reason $NAME looks so much older than in the '80s is
that the '80s were three decades ago.
- I happened across a Sesame Street clip in which Ernie, trying to
show Bert the power of imagination, encourages him to pretend to talk to an
elephant on a banana. Bert replies, "I'm just not emotionally secure enough
to do this, Ernie."
(At the end of the skit you can hear Bert saying, "I'm about six-foot-two,
blond hair... I don't think we should meet, no.")
- Another age landmark: learned through Facebook that someone in my class
has children in high school. As in, they are older now than their mother was
the last time I saw her.
- Ric Bucher: Karl's uncertain future prompted he
- I got that thing that transcribes your voicemail and emails it to you.
It is the perfect service for someone like me who is online all the time
but remembers to check voicemail maybe once every couple of weeks. However,
the transcription isn't always perfect. One came out, "It's about being...
I just wanna let you know that I cannot." Existential!
- There's a huge sign along the 880 declaring to all and sundry the
availability of GAS & FOOD. Underneath that sign is
an animated box that cycles through the following sequence:
There's always a huge line of cars backed up at that exit, too. I guess
people must see that sign and think, "Yeahhh,
UNLEADED $2.79 9⁄10|
[a waving American flag]
- msnbc.com: Big quake question: Is nature out of control? Yes,
headline writer, the fact that we happen to have had a couple of big
earthquakes recently means that THE EARTH IS GOING TO BLOW UP LIKE KRYPTON.
This is as bad as Fox News crowing that "it's snowing near my house so global
warming is a hoax!" At this rate during the next solar eclipse all the news
networks will be asking, "Has the sun been eaten by a giant space goat??"
- I also saw way too many reports saying that the Chilean quake was "nearly
1000 times stronger" than the one in Haiti. It's true that a 9.0
earthquake would be 1000 times stronger than a 7.0 earthquake (such as the one
in Haiti). But while 8.8 may sound pretty close to 9.0, the magnitude of an
earthquake is measured using a logarithmic scale. An 8.8 earthquake such as
the one in Chile is only about half as powerful as a 9.0. If these supposed
science journalists think 500 is "nearly 1000" then I'm guessing that back in
their school days they got "nearly 100%" on a lot of their math tests.
- I got a pressure cooker but so far I haven't been hugely impressed. I'm
using it primarily to cook dry beans, but it goes through huge quantities of
water and the beans still stay hard for quite a while before suddenly
- Youtube comment: fuck, i love fuckin to this song
I wonder whether elsewhere this person has posted, "Shit, I love shitting to
- The ironic thing is that Dhow Shalt Not Steal actually did change
the way I think about Somali pirates.
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