Thursday, March 5, 2015

Props to UPS

What did Brown do for this kid? A lot, actually. Wait until you see what prompted this face.

Friday, February 27, 2015

Live long and accomplished

The big news on the internets this morning is the death of actor Leonard Nimoy. One of the many tweets on my timeline addressing the loss of Spock was one linking to a Buzzfeed article about some very profound and long ago advice Nimoy (as Spock) offered to a teen fan who felt like an outcast.

He replaced the idea of wanting to be liked with the
idea of becoming accomplished.

You can read the whole thing here. It's really amazing life advice. It also makes me wonder what ever happened to that girl and if/how this article affected her.

H/T to Kathryn Lilley on Twitter for the link.

Saturday, February 21, 2015

Proof that Twitter has a sense of humor

Got this recommendation from Twitter and thought it was hilarious.

I love people who can make me laugh and anyone who puts Hilary Clinton in the same category as Frank Underwood (you sly fox you) has made that list.

Bonus points for it being at least partially based on my following Dept. of Internet, a recently created account for a satirical website spoofing the potential takeover of the internet via Net Neutrality.

Well played, Twitter. Hopefully the government will keep its dirty mitts off the internet and we can have a few more of these.

Sunday, February 15, 2015

Ten books that have never left you

This popped up in my email a while back. Here are mine (in no particular order):

Elmer Gantry by Sinclair Lewis
The best thing I've ever read about the audacity of hypocrisy and the cult of personality. Gantry's gift of gab is exceeded only by his hubris and shamelessness. Lewis took a lot of grief for setting his story in the world of evangelism, but it could have been set pretty much anywhere.

The House of Mirth by Edith Wharton
Witnessing Lily Bart's long, humiliating decline in the society world she inhabits is heartwrenching. A smart beauty who aspires to more than just a suitable, loveless marriage - but equally unwilling to give up the good life by marrying solely for love - Lily turns out to be a little too smart for her own good, but not smart enough to understand that she can't buck the system in which she resides.

L.A. Confidential by James Ellroy
The crown jewel of Ellroy's first L.A. Quartet and the basis for one my favorite movies ever. An epic story of corruption and redemption in 1950's-era LAPD in which no one escapes unscathed.

Queenpin by Megan Abbott
A brutal, take-no-prisoners tale of a ruthless female mobster and her unexpectedly quick learning protogee.

The Shining by Stephen King 
I was in high school when I read this and can still remember how I couldn't shake the tragic fate that befell the Torrance family. The loss of husband/father Jack Torrance, to me, was as disturbing as any horror the Overlook Hotel could throw at its unfortunate guests.

The Metamorphosis by Franz Kafka
"Gregor Samsa awoke to discover he had turned into a giant cockroach." Not sure which of Gregor's fates were worse - turning into a giant bug, or finding out how inconvenient and disposable he is to his own family once he is no longer able to financially support them.

Black Gold by Marguerite Henry
One of the many equine books I devoured as a horse-crazy girl, Black Gold is the fact-based tale of the ill-fated 1924 Kentucky Derby winner. Even as a child I can remember being surprised that a kid's book would end with the untimely death of such a beautiful animal, and being saddened by his decline after winning one of the most famous races in the world despite his humble background.

The Murder of Roger Ackroyd by Agatha Christie
Famous for its startling twist ending, this was my introduction to Christie's famous, fussy Belgian detective Hercule Poirot. Poirot has retired to the small village of King's Abbott to do nothing more taxing than tending to his garden, but the mysterious death of a prominent local pulls him into a murder investigation.

Skeleton Crew by Stephen King
One of King's collections of short stories from the 80's, along with Graveyard Shift. Probably the most famous story to come out of Skeleton Crew was The Mist, which became a feature film in 2007, but there were three lesser-vaunted stories in particular that really got their hooks into me: time traveling tale The Jaunt, Word Processor of the Gods, in which a writer with a miserable family life receives a supernatural gift from beyond the grave and in his office, and the horrific Survivor Type, featuring a shipwrecked doctor who will do anything to survive. And I mean anything.

Darkly Dreaming Dexter by Jeff Lindsay
The book that unleashed Dexter Morgan on an unsuspecting world. Dexter is the darkly humorous story of a sociopathic serial killer who was trained (by his adopted father, a cop) to target only individuals who have slipped through the cracks of the law enforcement and legal systems in order to elude capture. It spawned several follow-up novels (including the upcoming Dexter is Dead) and the hit Showtime series.

Thursday, February 5, 2015

I have never heard of this, but it is beyond awesome and hilarious

Behold, the very aptly named Shame-Faced Crab:

He's so ashamed, he doesn't want you to even look at him.

I gotta get over to the Natural History Museum.

Wednesday, January 28, 2015

It's crazy how well See's knows me

Then again, who doesn't need a Rocky Road Football?

Sunday, January 11, 2015

Such a deal

Last summer I started piecing together my All-Clad collection, thanks to tons of the stuff turning up at places like Home Goods and Marshall's. It's still expensive, but it would be even more expensive if I was buying it full price.

My Mom has also been keeping an eye out for pieces when she's out shopping and found this 8-quart stockpot right before Christmas, so it was one of my gifts:

Actually, it compares at about $300 on Amazon, but still, good deal.

I'm going to break it in tomorrow with a batch of my Grandma's Beef Vegetable Stew. I haven't made it in ages and we're having soup weather, so I think it's about time.

Saturday, January 10, 2015

Something I just realized about the cat's Christmas gift... that I pretty much paid ten bucks for an empty box.

So spoiled.

Monday, January 5, 2015

Do the right thing

One of the things on my Mom's Christmas list was the Season 13 DVD of Poirot. We're both big fans and these are the final Poirot episodes, as the series has just ended.

I ordered the DVD from Amazon along with a couple other items. And as Christmas approached, the other items, which shipped separately, arrived but Poirot did not. A few days before Christmas, I checked to see the status of the order and was horrified to find that per Amazon, it had been delivered a week earlier. We've had some packages go missing at my apartment complex, but the DVD by itself would have fit in my mail box and wouldn't have been left out where it could be snatched. To make things worse, there was no longer enough time to reorder it in time for Christmas.

I reported this to Amazon and to my amazement, they replied that they would assume the item had been lost in the mail and would process a refund immediately, which they did. Even better, my local Barnes & Noble had the DVD in stock (albeit a bit more expensive), so Mom got her Christmas gift.

Then on the Monday following Christmas the DVD shows up in my mailbox. For some reason I hadn't ordered a copy for myself, so I decided to keep it. I reported this to Amazon - asking that they reverse the refund - and received this response:

They appreciate my honesty. There's something sad about that.

Always a pleasure doing business with Amazon.

Thursday, December 25, 2014

Merry Christmas!!!