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01 January 2009 @ 02:20 am
Happy new year, all! I hope 2009 is for all of you an improvement over 2008.
25 December 2008 @ 11:02 am
Whatever you do or don't celebrate, I hope you all have a wonderful day.
17 December 2008 @ 10:52 pm
First of all, the little songs the Roomba plays when it turns on or turns off or docks with its charging station are adorable. Good job, iRobot.

Second, don't click if you haven't played Fallout 3. ButCollapse ) Bethesda gets big points for making a joke only people who are two kinds of nerd will get.
05 November 2008 @ 03:38 am
I mean, I've been watching the polls, the commentary, 538, etc.; I've been paying attention.

Yet somehow, until that CNN ticker went over the top, I just didn't believe it.

Holy fucking shit, y'all.

Holy fucking shit.
26 September 2008 @ 03:31 pm
I guess it came out almost a year ago — I could have sworn it had been less time than that — but as I'm just lately getting around to listening to it, wow, Bruce Springsteen's Magic is really good.
11 September 2008 @ 09:20 pm
For some reason, I'm completely fascinated by Tiny House Blog.

In other tiny-things news, here is an adorable, extremely tiny toad.
08 September 2008 @ 10:16 am
Merlin, hunter and ritual disemboweler of rodents, my brother's kitten eleven years ago with the giant paws, mightiest cat I ever knew, has gone out of the world.

We were down at my folks' place this weekend, and learned that a couple of weeks ago, he went out, as he always did, but never came back. They searched up and down the street but found nothing — that's no surprise, as Merlin was always smart about cars. We always joked, even after one got my mom's cat, Copper, that a coyote wouldn't stand a chance against Merlin, who was huge and took no guff from anyone: though his meow was high-pitched and tiny, his purr and growl were low rumbles you could practically feel from across the room. It may not be true, or even remotely likely, but I like to imagine he faced down a coyote and gave as good as he got, and each fell back with mortal wounds, and went their separate ways to find a quiet final resting place.

The thought that never again will my parents get up in the morning to find small, glistening organs meticulously arranged on the deck saddens me inexpressibly.
04 September 2008 @ 10:53 pm
Any of y'all know anything about Crate's V-series tube amps? They any good?
03 September 2008 @ 11:16 am
If you're ever 1) in New York City, 2) male, and 3) in possession of facial hair you wish to be rid of, I very highly recommend a place called "The Shave of New York," on Elizabeth St. in Nolita. Fantastic traditional barbershop straight-razor shave, hot towels, assortments of brown glass bottles with hand-written labels, complimentary cognac, 1940s music, the whole deal. The barber looks like he belongs in a saloon in 1850, and he does a superb job. Next time I go down I'm going to have to spring for the "Ultimate" shave.
02 September 2008 @ 11:38 pm
Very good weekend with my brother and S. down in Brooklyn, much beer and whisky was drunk. Also trains are awesome. Remind me never to fly anywhere that's within a ten-hour train ride. (But please, Amtrak, put wifi on your trains! If bus lines can do it, so can you!)

And now pyrodon is home from her month in Indiana. So things are looking up.