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Stand By for a Brain Dump…

I’ve had a few tabs open in my browser for a age now, so I thought I’d entertain y’all with the things what lurk on my computer.

1) I love Charlie and Lola (I have one of the books on my floor presently.) Here is the first episode of the tv version. And, for those of you who aren’t British, or fans of Doctor Who, “fish fingers” are “fish sticks” in the US of A.

2) Dear Land’s End, I think that you should send me one of these sweaters for free (Petite Medium, if you please). How can one go wrong with black/grey argyle? If I do receive this sweater, I promise to wear it with a little black skirt, knee high socks, and black Mary Jane shoes to work at least once. Signed, Me.

3) Methinks that I have found the charity I want to help (as referenced in my 101/1001 list.) It’s the Northern California Sled Dog Rescue. From their site: “Northern California Sled Dog Rescue (NorSled) is an all-volunteer non-profit group dedicated to rescuing, rehabilitating and finding new homes for unwanted, abused and abandoned Siberian Huskies, Alaskan Malamutes, Samoyeds, and Northern-breed mixes in many Northern California counties including: Alameda, Butte, Contra Costa, Glenn, Humboldt, Lake, Marin, Mendocino, Napa, Sacramento, Solano, Sonoma, Sutter, Yolo, and Yuba.” As you may have gathered, my interest is not purely altruistic. Someday, I want this sort of dog, and I want these folks to be around when I’m ready. If you can help in some way, please do.

4) My favorite theater company, let me show you it! Sacramento City Theater is normally located at Sacramento City College, though this year they usual area is being renovated. I usually attend with Catslyn and Eideann. Full disclosure: We know the costume designer, and quite a few of the folks involved. …But I see everything I can manage because I have a good time, and I love live theater, even if I can’t work up the courage to actually participate anymore.

5) A couple of days before Christmas, I happened to be at the Stanford Mall for dinner. For those of you who don’t know, this mall is on the…upscale end of things. We were hungry, but window shopping is fun, yeah? So we popped into Tiffany’s (Hello! They have my wedding ring there, and it isn’t even available at the place I bought it anymore. But I digress.) and they had these lovely keys. Surprisingly, I can actually afford a couple of them. Y’know, if I wanted to save up. After dinner at Max’s Opera Cafe (where they actually had people singing, like the one in Sacramento) we wandered back through the mall. On a whim, I actually stopped into Max Mara, where I discovered that I actually prefer wool overcoats to cashmere ones. It’s a texture thing. And finally, we popped into a little bakery where I found a lemon brioche. (Purrrr…brioche…purrr.) What a decadent outing! I know where I’ll go shopping if I ever win the lottery.

6) Some random Sherlock-related fun: 221B Baker Street on Google Maps (yes, I got lost trying to get here when I was in London.), New Scotland Yard on Google Maps, and a map between the two.

7) *gigglesnort* Best Vampire License Plate Ever!

8 ) And finally…Daniel Radcliffe sings “The Elements” by Tom Lehrer.

Posted on 4th January 2011
Under: Link, Rambling, Video | 3 Comments »

The State of the Me

Hello to you few folks who still read this blog. *waves*

Things have been a bit stressful here of late, so I’m having a bit of trouble concentrating/being creative. Sadly, poetry about depression has always seemed a bit…melodramatic to me, so until I actually manage to come up with something interesting…I won’t be posting anything like that.

So, let’s go on to a quick rundown of the good stuff, shall we?

I went to a surprise party a week or so ago. The surprise worked! Huzzah!

Behold the cake of amazingness! –

In other news I actually went to one of those cookie swap things. Yes, that’s right, I baked cookies. I would like to point out here that I do not own a stand mixer. (I do, however, really really want one…mind you…I have no idea where I’d put it.) I, the hermit, went to a party where I knew a whole two people, met some nice folks (and two cats), had soup, chatted, lifted a large cat (…I have a thing about large cats, and he didn’t seem to mind…), and generally had a nice time. That’s two (Count them, two! *ah ah ah*) social engagements in a week. Weird.

Wanna know what else is weird?

I made Chicken Tikka Masala! (Yes…that means I cooked)

It didn’t turn out too bad for a first try. Also? I have all sorts of notes for my next attempt. I even bought a new skillet for it (shown above.) I’ve used the skillet a whole bunch since I got it (note to self: get a lid for it, darn you!) and it’s fab.

So…there you are. An update with socializing and cooking. Darn it…I’m hungry now. But it’s time for bed. Night all!

Posted on 20th December 2010
Under: Rambling | 6 Comments »

I walked the whole thing…thought I was gonna die.

Today I went for a walk with Koshvader.

Sounds simple, right? A nice relaxing stroll, perhaps?


To be honest, it was more of a recon mission to start with. I don’t like how there seems to be only one avenue of access and egress from the area where I live. It could be problematic in the case of some huge disaster. Paranoid? Maybe. More specifically, I just like to be prepared. So, I checked out the satellite view of the area, and I made a wee discovery. There is a path that goes the opposite way of that previously mentioned “Way Out.” Best to check it out, yes?

Do y’all remember what I’ve said about how you could end up anywhere if you get into a car with Koshvader? Yeah. Turns out it’s the same when going on foot. When I got home a couple of hours after leaving i went over to google maps to let you see where we’d gone.

The results are below…
(Start at the top left of each map and follow the blue line.)

We started out on the bike path (which I noticed is totally wide enough for my car. In case of emergency, and providing that the path doesn’t flood or the bridge fall, we’re one bolt cutter away from sneaking out the back.) and it was quite a pleasant little walk. …But then we turned right.

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Posted on 18th September 2010
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Quirky Monday

Everyone I know has one random quirk or other…or enough to open a shop.

What is your most random quirk?

My most random quirk? Well…I’m sure that there are others, but the one that comes to mind is the way I like to eat a banana. First of all, I only like one half of a banana. If I could get away with it, I would always eat the end with the stem, not the end with that thorny bit. I think it weirded me out as a kid. I’m not sure. Anyway, I have a half a banana on my cereal in the morning…and if it weren’t terribly wasteful I’d leave a pile of thorny ends for the others to eat.

Sometimes I’m lucky and the lone half gets eaten during the day, leaving me able to start anew in the morning. :)

Posted on 13th September 2010
Under: Food, Rambling | 3 Comments »

Me vs. The Spam 2: Electric Boogaloo

So…my last post about spam seems to have been quite popular…with spammers. Pardon me while I have a gigglesnort about this.

Right then. I’ll just put on my snark hat and see what can be done with the comments.

(Engage snark mode)

Comments on Me vs. The Spam:

1) “Sal Dardy” says “I was just looking at pertinent blog articles with regard to the project research when I happened to stumble on yours. Many thanks for the practical info!”

– “With regard to the project research,” eh Sal? So…doing a research project about spam comments are you? According to your stated blog link, you have something to do with reviewing table saws? I’m guessing that spam is more of a hobby then, yes? Well, I hope that my post helped. Good luck with the table saws.

2) “digital slr cameras for sale” says “Sorry for requesting you this inquiry on this post, but I couldn’t find a contact page on first sight so I reckoned I ask here. What is the hosting provider you use, mine won’t care wordpress for some reason and I certainly want to modify to wordpress from blogengine since wordpress has so many more features and themes existing for download. I surely hope you can assist me on this one, this is a wordpress blog right?…Best regards, James”

– Actually, I’m just going to skip this one. You’ll see why in a second…

3) “patient monitoring system” says “Sorry for asking you this enquiry on this post, but I couldn’t find a contact page on first sight so I reckoned I ask here. What is the hosting provider you use, mine hates to maintain wordpress for some reason and I inreality want to modify to wordpress from blogengine since wordpress has so many more features and themes obtainable for download. I certainly hope you can assist me on this one, this is a wordpress blog right?…Best regards, James”

– Well, apparently “Mr. Digital” up there from #2 also goes by “Mr. Patient.” You may notice that there are a few differences between the two comments, but not really that many. In addition, at the end of each we see that Mr. Digital/Patient is named “James.” Sorry, James. My blog is served out of my front room. Perhaps you could host your site over at WordPress itself? It is possible, you know. …But I wouldn’t try to run a spam site there if I were you. One last question, James. Is “digital slr cameras for sale patient monitoring system” the entirety of your middle name, or is there more? Also, is your last name “Medical Billing” by any chance?

4) “hair removal service” says “Superb article ,I really appreciated with it, This is finicky to read and valuable on behalf of outlook,I really bookmark it, on behalf of expand read. Credit on behalf of sharing.I like it.”

– Sorry. Had a bit of a gigglefit there. “I really bookmark it”???? Are you sure that you bookmarked it, or are you fibbing? I’m not quite sure how finicky the article was, but perhaps “outlook” is strange that way. Who is this “expand read” person, though? Thank you for your comment, “hair removal service.” I really appreciated with it.

5) “Stuart Crary” says “Comfortably, the article is actually the greatest on this deserving topic. I fit in with your conclusions and will thirstily look forward to your future updates. Just saying thanks will not just be enough, for the extraordinary lucidity in your writing. I will right away grab your rss feed to stay abreast of any updates. Pleasant work and much success in your business dealings!”

– Well, Stuart, I note that you say, “I fit in with your conclusions and will thirstily look forward to your future updates.” You admit to being a spammer, then? Comfortably, even? If my writing was as lucid as you seem to think, you would probably have gotten the hint and not posted a comment. Feel free to continue reading, though. You might get the point this time. (Thanks for the good wishes, anyway.)

and finally…

6) “hair removal service” says “Good for being going to your blog site yet again, it has been months for me. Very well this article that i’ve been waited for so extended. I require this content to comprehensive my assignment inside the college, plus it has identical topic with your posting. Many thanks, great share.”

– Ah! H. R. Service. Two posts after months of being away, I perceive. Writing about spam for school? Glad to help out. Just be sure to credit properly, or my academic spies will report back to me. Let me help you out a wee bit, while I’m at it. ” I require this content to comprehensive my assignment inside the college, plus it has identical topic with your posting.” Are you attending a college where you must write in English? You might have instead written, “Thank you for posting an article about spam, as I have an assignment on that topic due soon at my college. I will, of course, credit you properly.” Hope that helps, H. R.

(removes snark hat, but no hair.)

Now I’m almost curious to see what spam comes next…

Posted on 30th August 2010
Under: Rambling, Uncategorized | No Comments »

Me vs. The Spam

You know what? I don’t really get the whole spam comment thing. It’s just dumb. It’s a bunch of clutter and chaos and I do not approve.

It does, however, give me something to make fun of. (Er…I does, however, give me something of which to make fun?) So I offer you a bit of fun at the spammers’ expense:

Me vs. The Spam (engaging snark mode.)

1) “diamondbacks jersey” says “Nice to find on this good article, cheers albert pujols jersey”

– Okay. First of all, Albert Pujols plays for St. Louis Cardinals, and has since he was drafted in the 13th round of the 1999 draft. (According to Koshvader and Well…technically he didn’t have his major league debut until April 2, 2001, but really the point here is that he has never played for the Diamondbacks. Next, let me do a bit of correction. Perhaps they meant, “Nice to find this good article. Cheers, [name].” But it doesn’t matter either way, as this bit o’ spam was posted on the post with the Carol Burnett outtakes. Not much of an article, really. “Diamondbacks jersey,” I vote you off of the island.

2) “veterinary technician” says “Wow this is a great resource.. I’m enjoying it.. good article”

– So, Vet Tech. May I call you Vet Tech? Well, it’s shorter isn’t it? Anyway, I’m so glad that you enjoyed my T-Shirt Tuesday post about the Hogwarts shirt. I’m not really sure how you are going to use it as a resource, however. Perhaps you needed a reference from someone who hates three-quarter length sleeves? Ah! That must be it. Glad that I could help. Next.

3) “Hyman Sinibaldi” says “This is my first time visiting your site. I found a lot of interesting stuff. From the volume of comments, I think I am not the only. FYI, please also visit my sharing: men’s polo shirts…”

– I’ll just cut you off there, Hyman. I’m glad that you enjoyed that Hogwart’s t-shirt post, but…it isn’t a men’s polo shirt. It doesn’t really have a polo-type collar and polo shirts don’t have those dratted three-quarter length sleeves, so, forgive me for not popping over to your “sharing.” I don’t wear men’s polo shirts, though I’m sure I’d look dead sexy in one and not like some sort of lost waif. Thanks for the suggestion. (Psst! Hyman! You left out the word “one” after “only” there.)

4) ” Granville” says “Yo! Is it OK that I go a bit off topic? I am trying to read your blog on my new iPhone but it doesn’t display properly, any suggestions? Thanks in advance!”

– Yo, Granville! Sorry, it displays just fine on my iPod Touch, so I don’t know what to tell you. I see that you have a link to an iPhone accessories shop as your link, so…perhaps you could ask at work and I can keep my blog on topic. Ta!

5) “Sergio De Gambling” says “Always looking for something new to purchase. Looks like this might be it.”

– Sorry Sergio, I don’t think that Carol Burnett is for sale…

and finally (for now)
6) “check hotels” says “Benefit Iron,belief official own imagine item consist target piece between look derive chapter heat essential page duty citizen reasonable present attractive set husband working weekend mass partly design outside unlikely anyone everything earth compare deal bloody water much metal inform per where region ahead state direction lovely control youth route count major rise memory ourselves shape user lord wave working like professional serve set desk young he office note impossible bit inform whereas range leadership release try will edge lead especially vary works standard presence science late so church general cost”

- Riiiiiight. Thanks for the word bomb, Check. Let’s see what I can make with this. Hmmmm….

Look between.
He will lead especially professional works.
Imagine iron mass.
Unlikely target, Earth? Impossible!
Lovely earth. Much water.
State control region.
Attractive citizen. Unlike anyone! Young Professional? Husband? Major general? Unlikely.

Now it’s your turn. Take your best shot at a sentence, story, or phrase using only the words from good old Check.

Sigh. It’s still hot, but I’m off to bed. Night all. I’ll channel my inner mean snarky girl again soon.

Posted on 25th August 2010
Under: Rambling | 4 Comments »

Scott Pilgrim, Cameras, and Obsessions

This has been quite the weekend.

Saturday found me driving out to Manteca, as it is the halfway point between my sister and I. While we were there, we had lunch, shopped at Bass Pro Shops (I found a pair of jeans for $10! My sister is the ultimate shopping good luck charm.), and watched Scott Pilgrim vs. The World. The film was made of awesome with a side of awesomesauce. No lie. I am fully planning on getting the soundtrack, too. Before we watched the film, I happened to mention to Sister Mine that there was a wee prequel to it.

Behold! The prequel!

Another thing that happened this weekend, is that I *finally* figured out how to use my digital camera to take video. Apparently, I need to muck about with things more often. So, here is the first video ever taken with the camera:

Yes, I did follow this video with one of my husband’s back. What can I say? He’s cute.

And finally, please note that the “current obsession” indicator on the top right of this page has been updated. Sherlock is due on PBS in October, for those of you who are interested. Here’s the PBS version of the trailer:

Posted on 23rd August 2010
Under: Rambling, Random Review, Television, Video | 3 Comments »

Music and Randomness

Today, my favorite song is: Game On by the folks from The Guild. You have to see this music video.

And now the randomness:

* I really need to get myself some aquanotes. I do my best thinking in the shower after all.

* If you haven’t seen it yet, this young lady quit her job in a most creative fashion. The site is supposed to have more information about her today. (edit: A most amusing hoax, apparently. Should give some real folks ideas mind you.)

* Millions of books get digitized for the disabled. Very cool.

* I keep forgetting to post this one: Protesters vs. Comic-Con. This amuses me mightily.

* I wish that there was a Butter London near me. Non-toxic products sound fabulous.

Posted on 11th August 2010
Under: Link, Music, Rambling, Video | No Comments »

Of Tabs and Reading Bears


Hello all. It’s another of those entertaining brain dump posts. This time I have a mascot for the event. I was walking through the library recently, and when I reached the Children’s section (well, specifically the Parenting Collection in the Children’s Section) what did I see? The resident huge bear sitting in a chair reading a book. I couldn’t resist.

* Speaking of things I can’t resist, you should really stop by and check out my friend Emma’s blogs – Treehouse Jukebox and Phoenixville 365, her celebration of her new town in pictures.

* Have you been keeping up with my travels over at my Where’s Calliope blog? I’m slowly but surely posting my Reno adventures over there. I suppose I would be faster if I hadn’t taken 405 photos while I was gone.

* Have you seen Iron Man 2? Wanna see the folks from Think Geek recreate a scene (and showcase their new product)? Check it out here.

* If you like a spot of Library humour, and have ever done any book weeding, you will love Awful Library Books. (Check out this Computer Book!)

* Do you like Doctor Who? How about Trock (a.k.a. Time Lord Rock)? if you said yes to both, check out the music video for Chameleon Circuit’s song Type 40.

* Hey! Who’s the Cutest?

Posted on 20th May 2010
Under: Blogs, Link, Rambling | 4 Comments »

Tales from the Tabs

I tend to collect interesting bits of internetness in my browser tabs for later viewing. (You all do that too, right?)

Since I have to update and restart my computer soon, I thought that I’d share my current tabs with you lot.

Here we go:


Have I mentioned how much xkcd rules? It is a webcomic of extreme coolness. (As you can see…)

* I want to try this Coconut Curry Chicken Recipe. It sounds really good. And on the subject of food, I’m looking for some good casserole/hot dish recipes. If you have some good ones, please let me know.

* If you have an iphone or ipod Touch and are a Stargate fan, you might like to get this DHD app.

I still want this SurvivalStraps Survival bracelet from Think Geek. I wonder how many more times I’ll go look at it before I buy it.

Have I mentioned my obsession with learning Latin? Well, I’ve finally found a podcast that I want to try. Perhaps I’ll finally get into the swing of things. (And yes. I have taken Latin before.)

This gave me such a giggle – Top Shelf Announces ‘League of Extraordinary Gentlemen: 1988′. (Yes. This was an April Fool’s Joke. Too bad, though.)

Clever marketing ploy – A t-shirt that says “Health Reform is a BFD.”

And finally…

The reason I want an ipad (though I *am* waiting for the second generation) – The Star Trek ipadd

Posted on 7th April 2010
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