More catchup blogging…

Once again, we start with things overheard:

And continue with geeky things:

General interest:

Catching up more often, lately

Blog catchup, yet again

And a special collection of pumpkin seed roasting recipes

Catchup blogging

  1. The Right Brain vs Left Brain test | PerthNow
  2. Six Types of Words That You Should Axe in Business Writing
  3. Floatutorial: Step by step CSS float tutorial
  4. Self Improvement Tips » 10 Amazingly Simple Tricks To Turn Your Brain Into A Powerful Thinking Machine
  5. Shoot The Stupid
  6. Texas Department of Public Safety – Courtesy, Service, Protection
  7. Top 40 Demotivational Posters
  8. Twenty-five Signs You Have Grown Up : DivineCaroline
  9. Things Other People Accomplished When They Were Your Age
  10. Hitch gets a makeover
  11. The lure of the straight razor
  12. Silver Tape – IMAGER.CC
  13. Scientific American: Searching for God in the Brain
  14. Manly Drinks – The Manliest Drinks in the World — Campus Squeeze
  15. Dynamic Periodic Table
  16. Lifehacker Top 10: Top 10 Ways to Sleep Smarter and Better – Lifehacker
  17. Booting Linux from Flash – Oopsilon
  18. AlterNet: Young People Rejecting Christianity, Have Perception of Religion as Homophobic
  19. 8 Simple Ways to Enjoy Life Every Day | PickTheBrain
  20. Howstuffworks “How Car Financing Works”
  22. Filthiest bill ever
  23. CrunchBang ~ 465 Free Fonts for Ubuntu
  24. Flash-Based Galleries For Your Images | Graphics
  25. Neuromarketing » Tightwads, Spendthrifts, and Everyone Else
  26. TechBlog – How to: Upgrade any version of Ubuntu Desktop
  27. A Mock Columnist, Amok – New York Times
  28. Ten Plane Crashes That Changed Aviation

That 2blog bookmark folder fills up quickly…

The 2blog bookmarks are full!

Time to core-dump!

Bookmark catchup

A once-in-a-lifetime kind of evening…

We went out to see stand-up comedy, spur of the moment. The headliner was Marc Maron.

Interestingly, between the opening act and the headliner were two acts — where there usually is just one.

What made it a once-in-a-lifetime thing? Every act was strong. Honestly, there was no weak material. I’ve never had that happen before in my life.

Oh, and it’s too late. They’ve moved on.

Oh, and we got in under the wire.  No, they didn’t sell out, no SRO here.  I’m pointing out that in a few weeks I could have had to sit through Craig Shoemaker again.

Finally got an eye exam.

I am aging, but still under 40.  That’s when I fully expect to go from “nearsighted” to “unable to read a menu in the same time zone”.

I’ve gone from -1.25/-1.5 to -1.5/-1.75, though for contacts, she prescribed both to be -1.5 — in anticipation of my turning 40.  No signs of gloucoma, no astigmatism.  They took baseline photos of my retina.

Everything was fine until she manually checked my peripheral vision with my pupils dilated.  Then, we stopped being friends.  For a few moments.  I’ve got a followup visit on the 6th to see how the contacts she gave me are working out.

Not me!

We stayed in a hotel in downtown Chicago. This place, which I will not name, was not only non-smoking, but smoker-hostile and smug about it.

So, late in the cold, windy weather, I bundle up and go out front to smoke before I go to bed. Two gentlemen are there already, one smoking, one standing behind the valet podium. The man behind the podium had something that caused him to spasm regularly — perhaps ALS, perhaps MS, I thought it unkind to ask. Soon, this person asked the one already smoking for a light. It took them several tries, including one discarded cigarette, but they got the job done.

Then the other smoker finished up and went in.

Then, a car pulled up.

The driver and his wife got out. She went inside, while he gathered up things to take in, all the while watching the two of us smoke. I was standing off to the side, while our spasming friend was back behind the valet podium.

The driver then came up to me, and whispered:

Are you the valet?

The only thing I could do was to shake my head no, and smile an almost-evil smile.

Busy day in the cold, cold north…

Grace and I have been busy.

  • Snow angel (not re-creating selected scenes from Fargo)She made snow angels.
  • We had a snowball fight.Snowball fight
  • She went sledding.Sledding

It is now 14 below. We’re staying warm, watching the game, and eating chili.