Friday, December 19, 2014

Merry Christmas

(Thanks to my favorite family for getting me this)

I never thought it was such a bad little tree. It's not bad at all, really. Maybe it just needs a little love.

Monday, December 15, 2014

Best Cheeseball Ever

Courtesy of the Artist Who Will Eventually Be Known As the Artist Formerly Known As the Artist.

Friday, December 12, 2014

Apparently I've Been Doing This Wrong

All those wasted hours I fiddled with tucking in those gift-ends "just-so"...

[Gift Wrapping Hack] (Viewer #3,362,577)

Thursday, December 4, 2014

Science Toy!

I've got the batteries & magnets, I just need the wire:

[World's Simplest Electric Train] (Viewer #1,356,892)

Wednesday, December 3, 2014

Crazy Plan Update

So, a little over year ago, I had this crazy plan.

A *huge* piece of that fell into place yesterday.


There They Are

[ref 1,ref 2]

Tuesday, December 2, 2014

Making Something Better Than What You Had

Via Cheezburger:

Here's hoping that after you finish picking up the pieces, your day will be capped off nicely.

Monday, December 1, 2014

Thought Provoking

via The Silicon Graybeard:

I found the last sentence particularly interesting, so I bolded it:

"As an emotion, disgust is designed as a protection," said Vikas Mittal, the J. Hugh Liedtke Professor of Marketing at Rice's Jones Graduate School of Business. "When people feel disgusted, they tend to remove themselves from a situation. The instinct is to protect oneself. People become focused on 'self' and they're less likely to think about other people. Small cheating starts to occur: If I'm disgusted and more focused on myself and I need to lie a little bit to gain a small advantage, I'll do that. That's the underlying mechanism."

In turn, the researchers found that cleansing behaviors actually mitigate the self-serving effects of disgust. "If you can create conditions where people's disgust is mitigated, you should not see this (unethical) effect," Mittal said. "One way to mitigate disgust is to make people think about something clean. If you can make people think of cleaning products - for example, Kleenex or Windex - the emotion of disgust is mitigated, so the likelihood of cheating also goes away. People don't know it, but these small emotions are constantly affecting them."

Life is made of small emotions. Tend them lovingly as you would a garden, and you will grow flowers instead of weeds.

Saturday, November 29, 2014

Friday, November 28, 2014

Thursday, November 27, 2014

I've Never Seen Anyone Do This Before, But It Looks Like Fun

via Cheezburger

So... who wants to go to lunch with me and get funny looks from the other patrons?

Also, what's the spoiler on that car made out of?

Wednesday, November 26, 2014

Tell Me Your Favorite One

I don't have #50, yet, but it's getting close.

Anyway, not on the list - although it should be - the way salt & sunshine combine to take the ice off my sidewalk.

Tuesday, November 25, 2014

Venn Diagram

Via Wrong Hands

Wishing you lots of x

Monday, November 24, 2014

This Day in History

American Samoa 2011 American Samoa Worst Soccer Team Gets First Win Nov. 24th, 2011: The America Samoa soccer team got its first win in its history against Tonga. The team was ranked as the worst international team in the world and had lost thirty straight games in almost twenty years. The team also held the record for the worst defeat with a 31-0 loss against Australia.

The lesson: never give up. You're overdue for something wonderful.

Sunday, November 23, 2014

Clever Things

30 Creative Ads That Show Advertising Doesn't Have To Be Boring

I think the Zoo one was my favorite.

In other news, on this day in 1963, Dr. Who aired its first episode.

Happy Anniversary.

Saturday, November 22, 2014

Somewhere Between Clever and Crazy

33 Of The Most Creative Rings Ever

That Scrabble Ring fascinates me, because it can't have ALL the letters on it, so I wonder which ones it left off...

Friday, November 21, 2014

Minor Gardening Accident

While trimming the aggressive rose bush by my front doorstep, I got a branch in the eye.

Nothing life-threatening or sight-ending, but my cornea did get scratched, and mostly I have to do things one-eyed while the other rests.

I'm finding that, even with glasses on, the "good" eye isn't nearly as strong as I thought it was.

Tiny print is hard to read.

It's gonna be a long day at work, since my job consists mainly of reading tiny print.

Thursday, November 20, 2014

Pictures That Will Fill You With Awe and Wonder

Bring some extra breath with you, because these images will take it away.

Wednesday, November 19, 2014

I Always Thought It Came From That Tony Orlando Song

How the Yellow Ribbon Became a National Folk Symbol

Anyway, it seems to be a popular way to signify you're waiting for someone.

I've actually got 4 strips of cloth hanging from the crabapple tree out front, but they're probably just there so I can tell which direction the wind is blowing.

Well the blue ones are, anyway. The white ones got put up for a different reason.

[title reference link]

By the way, can crabapples be used for anything besides tiny driveway speedbumps?

Tuesday, November 18, 2014


New cover of PC Magazine:

Huh... that sounds sorta familiar.

Red car syndrome, or meaningful portent?

Monday, November 17, 2014

Comfort Foods From Every State

Sometimes food makes things better.

If you can't figure out what the foods are from the pictures (and trust me, you can't), the whole big list (with pictures) is at Thrillist.

I'm kinda curious about "funeral potatoes" now.

Saturday, November 15, 2014

Clever Design, Plus I Like the Name a Lot, Too

via The Awesomer

We love this black electrical tape because it has a spiraling double line in gray that runs along it so you can always see where the end is without running your thumbnail around it six times. The tape is rated for up to 660V and 221 degrees (which only our techie CJ cares about--for the rest of us it's just electrical tape) and is a standard 3/4" wide on a 66-foot roll. We're not sure why but it comes with a handy case, and you know the old saying: Don't look a gift case in the mouth. UL.

Friday, November 14, 2014

Fun With Words

Strange Idioms from around the World Illustrated

I really like "Not my circus, not my monkeys" as an expression meaning "not my problem".

Thursday, November 13, 2014

Wednesday, November 12, 2014

It's Hard Being an Hour-Counter

via XKCD:

(alt text: I need an extension for my research project because I spent all month trying to figure out whether learning Dvorak would help me type it faster.)

Saturday, November 8, 2014

I Assume There's a Right Way

If you have a package of 8 hamburger buns, they come in 2 layers of 4 each.

If you take two out, should you take two from the top layer of buns, or 1 each from the top & bottom layers?

Friday, November 7, 2014

Psalm 25

1 Unto thee, O Lord, do I lift up my soul.

2 O my God, I trust in thee: let me not be ashamed, let not mine enemies triumph over me.

3 Yea, let none that wait on thee be ashamed: let them be ashamed which transgress without cause.

4 Shew me thy ways, O Lord; teach me thy paths.

5 Lead me in thy truth, and teach me: for thou art the God of my salvation; on thee do I wait all the day.

6 Remember, O Lord, thy tender mercies and thy lovingkindnesses; for they have been ever of old.

7 Remember not the sins of my youth, nor my transgressions: according to thy mercy remember thou me for thy goodness' sake, O Lord.

8 Good and upright is the Lord: therefore will he teach sinners in the way.

9 The meek will he guide in judgment: and the meek will he teach his way.

10 All the paths of the Lord are mercy and truth unto such as keep his covenant and his testimonies.

11 For thy name's sake, O Lord, pardon mine iniquity; for it is great.

12 What man is he that feareth the Lord? him shall he teach in the way that he shall choose.

13 His soul shall dwell at ease; and his seed shall inherit the earth.

14 The secret of the Lord is with them that fear him; and he will shew them his covenant.

15 Mine eyes are ever toward the Lord; for he shall pluck my feet out of the net.

16 Turn thee unto me, and have mercy upon me; for I am desolate and afflicted.

17 The troubles of my heart are enlarged: O bring thou me out of my distresses.

18 Look upon mine affliction and my pain; and forgive all my sins.

19 Consider mine enemies; for they are many; and they hate me with cruel hatred.

20 O keep my soul, and deliver me: let me not be ashamed; for I put my trust in thee.

21 Let integrity and uprightness preserve me; for I wait on thee.

22 Redeem Israel, O God, out of all his troubles.

Thursday, November 6, 2014

Dinner for 50? No Problem!

[via Cheezburger]

Yeah, I know someone who does parties like that...

Wednesday, November 5, 2014

Tuesday, November 4, 2014

Rainy Mood

Sometimes it's the right background sound for how you feel.

Monday, November 3, 2014

Hey! It's That Song from the Warner Bros. Cartoons!

Just found out that it's called Powerhouse:

[Raymond Scott - Powerhouse [mp3]]

For the impatient, the song changes melodies in the middle (jump to 1:13) to the "assembly line music", then changes back.

If you grew up on WB cartoons you'll recognize these.

For example "Baby Bottleneck" (starts at 3:14)

Sunday, November 2, 2014

For Anyone Having a Rough Day

Since I can't comfort you in person, please accept this comfort-by-proxy from The Nicest Place on the Internet

Saturday, November 1, 2014


Just thinking how lonely my toothbrush looked:

That's better:

Wish I had a reason to do that...

Friday, October 31, 2014

Monday, October 27, 2014

Psalm 36 (The Cheery Part)

I've tried to read the Old Testament a few times. Always got bored silly somewhere in Kings or Chronicles. Never made it to Psalms.

Yet I notice that these chapters have pretty high Google ranks when you search for two-digit numbers.

I can see why. There's some uplifting stuff here:

5 Your love, Lord, reaches to the heavens,
your faithfulness to the skies.
6 Your righteousness is like the highest mountains,
your justice like the great deep.
You, Lord, preserve both people and animals.
7 How priceless is your unfailing love, O God!
People take refuge in the shadow of your wings.
8 They feast on the abundance of your house;
you give them drink from your river of delights.
9 For with you is the fountain of life;
in your light we see light.

10 Continue your love to those who know you,
your righteousness to the upright in heart.
11 May the foot of the proud not come against me,
nor the hand of the wicked drive me away.
12 See how the evildoers lie fallen—
thrown down, not able to rise!

Egg Skull Mold

Via Think Geek

Wonder if you could use this to make skull cookies?

Sunday, October 26, 2014

Pumpkin Fun

I bought a plastic pumpkin because, while pumpkin-carving is a very fun group activity, it's less fun when you have no one to carve with :-(

Still, for those who are NOT alone this Halloween, there's this:

Using 11 Common Household Objects to Decorate Your Pumpkin

Saturday, October 25, 2014

For the Popcorn-Addicted

Super-fancy popcorn bowl with built-in kernel-catcher.

Less super-fancy version.

Which begs the question: is the convenience of the kernel catcher worth the bother of having to scrub the buttery gunk off it AND the bowl afterwards, as opposed to just having to wash the bowl?

Friday, October 24, 2014

Celebratey Mom

Who in the world walks around the yard carrying a cake on a pedastal?

Stop it Mom! You're embarrassing me!

Anyway, I'm just gonna take a wild guess at what's going on here...

It's *somebody's* birthday...

It's summer, so it could be HER birthday...

Dad's not pawing at her, so it might be her 18th birthday...

Thursday, October 23, 2014

Wednesday, October 22, 2014

Tuesday, October 21, 2014

The Source

Another pic of my mom & dad (Dad actually managed to keep his hands to himself this time):

In this one, I note that, while Dad is half a head taller than Mom, their hands hang down to about the same distance above the ground.

This, apparently, is where I got my own insanely-long monkey-arms from.

Thanks, Dad, for making me genetically incapable of finding a coat or shirt that fits both my arms AND torso.

Off-topic-ish: my mom was probably 19 in this picture. Less than half as old as when she finally had me at age 42. Which makes my head a little swimmy to think about.

Monday, October 20, 2014

Learned Something About My Dad

My brother got ahold of a couple of my aunt's old photo albums, and sent me scans of what he found therein.

I found this one interesting:

That's my parents on the right. Pretty sure this picture is from the early 40's, and they've been married less than a year.

Which tells me something.

Pretty much the entire photo album's group shots are very serious "stand up straight" affairs.

And then there's this one.

My dad was so crazy-in-love with my mom, he couldn't keep his hands off her long enough to get a picture taken.

As far as I could tell, he felt the exact same way about her for the rest of her life.

Kinda romantic, huh?

Sunday, October 19, 2014

Saturday, October 18, 2014

Building the Lego Invisible Jet

If you like Legos, you will probably enjoy this.

Friday, October 17, 2014


First, I don't know what any of this stuff is:
Forty-six is a Wedderburn-Etherington number, an enneagonal number and a centered triangular number. It is the sum of the totient function for the first twelve integers. 46 is the largest even integer that can't be expressed as a sum of two abundant numbers.

46 is the 16th semiprime. 46 is the third semiprime with a semiprime aliquot sum. The aliquot sequence of 46 is (46,26,16,15,9,4,3,1,0).

Since it is possible to find sequences of 46 consecutive integers such that each inner member shares a factor with either the first or the last member, 46 is an Erdo"s–Woods number.

Second... well, the second Google result is:

1 God is our refuge and strength,
an ever-present help in trouble.
2 Therefore we will not fear, though the earth give way
and the mountains fall into the heart of the sea,
3 though its waters roar and foam
and the mountains quake with their surging.[c]

4 There is a river whose streams make glad the city of God,
the holy place where the Most High dwells.
5 God is within her, she will not fall;
God will help her at break of day.
6 Nations are in uproar, kingdoms fall;
he lifts his voice, the earth melts.

7 The Lord Almighty is with us;
the God of Jacob is our fortress.

8 Come and see what the Lord has done,
the desolations he has brought on the earth.
9 He makes wars cease
to the ends of the earth.
He breaks the bow and shatters the spear;
he burns the shields[d] with fire.
10 He says, “Be still, and know that I am God;
I will be exalted among the nations,
I will be exalted in the earth.”

11 The Lord Almighty is with us;
the God of Jacob is our fortress.

Thursday, October 16, 2014


It's not just a prime number, it's a whole conspiracy:
In 1964, a tongue-in-cheek student project to determine whether the number 47 appeared more often in nature than other random numbers turned into a wholesale 47 hunt that has continued to this day. After all, you can’t deny the evidence:

Pomona College is located at Exit 47 of the San Bernardino Freeway.
There are 47 pipes in the top row of the Lyman Hall organ.
At the time of Pomona’s first graduating class in 1894, there were 47 students enrolled.
The Bible credits Jesus with 47 miracles.
The Declaration of Independence has 47 sentences.
There are 47 strings on a concert harp.
In the freshman class that entered Pomona College in the year 2000, there were 47 valedictorians.
The tropics of Cancer and Capricorn are located 47 degrees apart.

Even Hollywood has gotten in on the act. From art films to sci-fi to Will Ferrell vehicles, Pomona’s enduring in-joke has slipped past countless millions of movie-goers and tube-watchers in recent years. On TV’s Lost, 47 people survive the plane crash. In The 40-Year-Old Virgin, Steve Carell keeps a collection of 47 G.I. Joes. This summer’s blockbuster reboot of Star Trek alludes to 47 Klingon vessels being destroyed. There is even a much-viewed YouTube spoof of Jim Carrey’s The Number 23, substituting—you guessed it--the No. 47.

It goes as far back as the The Absent-minded Professor (1961). The Disney comedy features a basketball game filmed at Pomona’s old Renwick Gym. The final score? 47-46.

The recent spate of number-dropping started in the ’90s in earlier incarnations of Star Trek. Joe Menosky ’79 was a writer for The Next Generation (and later Voyager and Deep Space Nine) when he started slipping 47s into the shows. A producer eventually got wind and shut down the underground effort. But 47 keeps popping up in all sorts of shows.

If Menosky has moved on, how come our secret number keeps landing bit parts time and again? Is our 47 tradition at risk of overexposure? There’s no getting a straight answer out of Tinseltown on this sort of stuff, so—in a playful spirit—we turned to graphic novel artist Andrew Mitchell ’89 in our Fall 2009 issue of Pomona College Magazine for a creative take on the mystery (page 22 of the PDF). You can also read about the original mathematical hunt in 1964 in an article from our Fall 2000 issue.

Wednesday, October 15, 2014

Monday, October 13, 2014

What Kind of Emergency IS This?

I found these all intriguing, but I have to wonder - what kind of emergency are you in where butter is more valuable as a source of illumination than it is as food?

[How to Make 5 Emergency Candles - Life Hacks] (Viewer #775,496)

Offhand, I think the tuna one might be the most practical.

Sunday, October 12, 2014

I *Told* You, I'm Not Allowed to Argue With You Unless You've Paid


[title reference link]


52... is a deck of cards

And a deck of cards is a fun thing.

I like cribbage.

Friday, October 10, 2014

Ready For Halloween

I have my decoration (singular) up.

Also, Blossom apparently thinks it's still high summer, the crazy-celebratey color-monger.

Tuesday, October 7, 2014

Being a Stay-at-Home Parent Is a Luxury... for Your Spouse

My niece Sarah sent me this one. It takes an oft-overlooked angle on the situation.

Being a Stay-at-Home Parent Is a Luxury... for Your Spouse

For the record, Sarah is SAHM. My mother was a SAHM. I've known other SAHMs. I don't have children, myself but I worked from home the last couple years of my marriage, so I can testify that this aspect of it is true.

I can really relate to this because the most valuable service I provide in my day job is not the actual task I perform, but rather it's that I'm there watching over things, and if anything goes wrong, I can immediately jump in and fix the problem. Problems never get out of hand for my employers, because I am always there. I provide security, safety, and peace of mind. Basically, I'm Batman.

And that immediate response aspect, with the consequent peace of mind, is one of the biggest blessings of having a spouse who does not work outside the home.

Were I to get married again. I would want to have those blessings in my home.

Sunday, October 5, 2014

Halloween Party Ideas

As someone who's never decorated for Halloween before, all of these ideas struck me as clever.

Those with more experience might be less impressed.

Tuesday, September 30, 2014

Friday, September 26, 2014

Interesting Idea

From Homes & Hues:

Storing bed sheet sets inside a pillowcase (yes, including fitted sheets):

I also think this idea is brilliant:
You don't want to clear out your closet only to let it get all cluttered up again. So try putting all of your hangers in the closet backwards. When you wear something, put the hanger back in the regular way. After a year, take out all the clothes with backwards hangers and donate them to charity or resell them. Then turn your hangers around again and start over.

Friday, September 19, 2014

Thursday, September 18, 2014

Sunday, September 14, 2014

Serious Body Control

The music makes my head hurt, but this guy does some intriguing moves.

[Fik Shun | World of Dance Live | FRONTROW | Citywalk 2014 #WODLIVE '14] (Viewer #120,180)

Tuesday, September 9, 2014

Also, Picard Actually Looks YOUNGER Now

Hope I look this good in a T-shirt and jeans when *I'm* 74

Friday, August 29, 2014

Pop Quiz

Best TV show opening theme song?:

A) A-Team

B) Hawaii Five-O

C) Mission Impossible

Tuesday, August 26, 2014

Friday, August 22, 2014

Homemade Magic Shell Ice Cream Topping

You can see the original here, but this is what I used:

1/2 cup chocolate chips
1/2 cup refined (not unrefined or virgin) coconut oil
3 tablespoons light corn syrup

1) Combine chocolate, oil, and corn syrup in a microwave-safe bowl. Microwave on half power in 15 second bursts, stirring with a spoon in between, 3 to 4 times, until chocolate is completely melted.

2) Transfer chocolate dip to a squeeze bottle or container and store at room temperature, shaking well before each use. For best results, let dip harden on ice cream for 30 seconds before eating.

Tuesday, August 12, 2014

Unexplained Sinkhole Consumes Residence In Janesville WI

More speculation on my whereabouts from my niece, Sarah:

Authorities are investigating a localized sinkhole in Janesville, Wisconsin, discovered by local Daughters of The American Revolution walking club "The Quick Steppers" early on Tuesday morning.

On the property of now famous Harvey "How Many Fingers Am I Holding Up" Olson, recently released from the hospital, after his chipmunk "incident" last week, lay the ruins of his modest residence.

"Everyday that we walk is an adventure, that's for sure!" Amy Grune 72, told police. "This summer alone, we have discovered 3 meth labs, 2 people putting old appliances in the ditch, 17 litterbugs, and an elderly man sleeping' in the gutter. We are prepared for many emergencies, but not this."

Beth Anderson, fellow walker, is not so optimistic. "There is only so many things we can carry in our fanny packs! I am in charge of the First-Aid kit, Amy has the pepper spray to deal with feral dogs, Nancy has a taser to deal with perverts, and we all have cell phones! How do we even deal with sinkholes?!?"

"All I know is that it is going to take the city a long time to make that sidewalk even again. I would like to propose taking that street off of our walking route until further notice. I was considering it after the chipmunk 'incident', but this takes the cake," Mary Stutbreiner, 81, told reporters on the scene.

The cause of the sinkhole is still unclear, and authorities are speculating as to its cause. They are advising the public to stay calm, and that this incident is quite likely linked to the extensive chipmunk colony discovered last week on the property.

Harvey "How Many Fingers Am I Holding Up" Olson is recovering once again at the local hospital, and is expected to make a full recovery from his injuries. Miraculously he was on his roof at the time of the accident, clearing his rain gutters of acorns. Paramedics say that his being on the roof is what saved him.

"I was having a terrible time sleeping, knowing those acorns were up there, so I got up early this morning. Thank goodness for bad dreams!" Olson told reporters from his hospital bed.

Friday, August 1, 2014

Say... Where's Harvey Been?

My niece sent me an email, speculating thusly on my whereabouts, based solely on the fact that I'd recently mentioned that I had a chipmunk living under my back deck:

Harvey Olson, 47, of Janesville, Wisconsin, was found Thursday morning by local mail delivery employee, Roger Sverzgard.

"It was a horrible scene, just horrible!" stated Sverzgard to local authorities. "I never knew chipmunks were capable of such a gruesome, and frankly, well-orchestrated ambush."

"He has well over a thousand bite marks, and possibly two-thousand bruises from acorns. I personally have never seen anything like it." E.R. Nurse, Jane Thompson told reporters Thursday afternoon. "We have him in stable condition, however it may be months before he can use what is left of his fingers"

Authorities have spent the better part of the day re-creating, and examining what looks to be a chipmunk "colony", under the backyard deck of Olson. So far animal control has trapped, and euthanized 267 chipmunks, and veterinary technicians from the DNR are in the process of testing each and every animal for rabies. They are expecting to be trapping and testing well into the night, and possibly tomorrow as well.

The only statement from Olson, (via his niece Sarah speaking publicly on his behalf, as his condition makes his voice nearly inaudible) is as follows: "I was wrong. I thought there was only one chipmunk. I figured I'd leave him be, didn't think he was hurting anything. I was so wrong."

Residents of Janesville are encouraged to set live traps in their own yards, and the city has a fund set up to pay a bounty of $1.00 per chipmunk that is brought to City Hall. Local city employees have been trained in effective and humane methods of killing chipmunks brought to City Hall. The Mayor is urging citizens to not try to attempt killing them themselves, and to bring them alive due to the fact that these chipmunks seem to be smarter, and more dangerous than chipmunks seen in past years.

A fund has been set up at the US Bank on Milton Avenue, to help with Harvey's mounting medical bills, and to help with the cost of the extensive physical therapy that he will be undergoing.

There will also be a lemonade stand at the Piggly Wiggly on Saturday, Aug. 2nd, where the Boy Scouts (Troop #442) will be taking free will donations, and handing out literature on the safe trapping of chipmunks.

The public is urged to call City Hall with any concerns/questions, additional staff will be on hand to handle the influx of calls.

Wednesday, July 23, 2014

Creative Use of Classical Music

[A Classical Fairytale (Medley by FreddeGredde)] (Viewer #21,901)

15 beloved classical pieces put together into an original fairytale story, performed on guitar and vocals. Accompanied by animations! Mozart, Beethoven, Bach etc, all in a new coat of musical paint!

Saturday, July 19, 2014

Wednesday, July 16, 2014

Friday, July 11, 2014

Tuesday, July 8, 2014

Patience Check

Via Anonymiss of Nuking Politics

Good news! I had a VERY slow internet connection Thursday & Friday. Didn't cuss once.

I'm the ultimate eligible bachelor

Monday, July 7, 2014

Blossom: Before & After

Blossom was looking a little stemmy and overgrown after that long winter indoors, so in early April I trimmed her back some:

Ok, maybe more than "some".

Anyway, now she's just adorable, though:

Friday, July 4, 2014

Good Commercial for the 4th of July

[an email gift from my bloggranddaughter VW Bug of One Happy Dog Speaks)

[Food City - Salute] (Viewer #1,920,605)

Veterans acknowledging the work they've done, and civilians thoroughly enjoying a happy, abundant life under the umbrella of protection those veterans provided.

That's the way it should be.

Happy Independence Day

Thursday, June 26, 2014

Cat Tracking App

Having lost track (temporarily, but agonizingly) of felines in the great outdoors from time to time, I think this looks like a good idea.

Via Cheezburger:

Saturday, June 21, 2014

Sexist Words

Via Neatorama

Mark Brysbaert of the Center for Reading Research conducted a study of the English words most commonly understood specifically be either men or women. Here are the words that men know well that women don't:

codec (88, 48)
solenoid (87, 54)
golem (89, 56)
mach (93, 63)
humvee (88, 58)
claymore (87, 58)
scimitar (86, 58)
kevlar (93, 65)
paladin (93, 66)
bolshevism (85, 60)
biped (86, 61)
dreadnought (90, 66)

And here are the words that women recognize, but men generally don't:

taffeta (48, 87)
tresses (61, 93)
bottlebrush (58, 89)
flouncy (55, 86)
mascarpone (60, 90)
decoupage (56, 86)
progesterone (63, 92)
wisteria (61, 89)
taupe (66, 93)
flouncing (67, 94)
peony (70, 96)
bodice (71, 96)

Friday, June 6, 2014

I Made This Same Decision Once

The decision to do what you love, instead of doing what will make you the most money right now.

This cartoon summarizes it as well as I've ever seen it summarized.

What Would You Do If Money Were No Object?

Tuesday, May 27, 2014

This Is What Being a Boy Is Like Before You Discover Girls

via Sheldon:

As a boy who has discovered both clonkin' sticks and sparkle rocks in his day, I can solemnly affirm the truth of the preceeding comic strip.

Monday, May 5, 2014

Embrace Victory

Something Anonymiss found on the internet & sent to me.

Friday, May 2, 2014

One More Reason I Don't Like Apple

To Apple, it doesn't matter if their technological wunderkind is useful, as long as it's pretty.

Thus the need for someone else to come in and clean up their mess.

[BlueLounge Jimi USB Port Extension for iMac]

God bless capitalism. I suppose now would be a good time to say I'm grateful I live in a free country where we have a choice on what products we use, and are free to innovate when those products don't meet our needs.

Except, you know, health insurance.

Wednesday, April 30, 2014

More Good Men, Please

My day job is being the web guy ("Digital Content Manager") for a nationally syndicated radio talk show host. I've never actually met The Talent in whose name I work, but I do work closely with the show's executive producer.

At 10pm last night, he emailed me with a guest change. We had 2 guests scheduled for the 1st hour, but they'd both been replaced with a single guest. The new guest's name was familiar to me, and I knew he had excellent radio chops, so I asked my ExecProd if both the original guests had cancelled, or if he'd made the switch because the new guest made for better radio.

He told me it was the latter.

Which prompted me to write him the following:
I really hope [The Talent] is aware of how hard you work to make the show that bears his name glisten like a diamond on black velvet.

I stand in mute awe of your dedication. Guys like you are a pleasure to work with and for.

An all-too-rare pleasure, I might add, in a modern era of slackers and half-hearted good-enoughers.

The reason I wrote that?

Because no one else would, even though he deserved to have his work recognized.

Always reward good behavior.

Tuesday, April 29, 2014

No Wonder I Have Body Image Issues

In 40 years, the "ideal" male body has gone from Sean Connery to Hugh Jackman.

Only thing is, even Hugh Jackman isn't this Jackmanesque.
Since 5 percent body fat is nobody's natural condition, fitness plans are geared to peak on the days of the sex scenes or shirtless moments. To prep for these days, trainers will dehydrate a client like a boxing manager sweats a fighter down to weight. They often switch him to a low- or no-sodium diet three or four days in advance, fade out the carbohydrates, brew up diuretics like herbal teas, and then push cardio to sweat out water – all to accentuate muscle definition for the key scenes.

Wednesday, April 23, 2014

I Missed Valentine's Day, But Better Late Than Never

And, I suppose, it would still make a nice anniversary present, right?

[How to Make a Heart Shaped Egg - Valentines Day] (Viewer #377,198)

Thursday, April 17, 2014

Custom Rolling Pin

Via Neatorama:

Seems like a neat idea, but I'm having a hard time thinking of something I'd want on all my cookies. Or even most of them. Or even enough of them to make this a worthwhile purchase.

Sunday, April 13, 2014

Saturday, April 12, 2014

Stepping Out

On the advice of my Flora Coach, I set Blossom outside today to enjoy the warm spring weather:

Thursday, April 10, 2014

Mostly, I Bake Cookies and Give Them Away

(hanky alert)

[Unsung Hero" (Official HD) : TVC Thai Life Insurance 2014] (Viewer #5,062,433)

Stuff like this is kinda my new hobby.

Although I'm sure some of my blogkids would say... not so new...

Tuesday, April 8, 2014

I Was a 26-Year-Old Freshman

Well, 25 and 50 Weeks, but still...

Oh... alternative caption:

"Paul Ryan introduces his 10-year balanced budget plan to House Democrats."