Did the world need this?

Jul. 24th, 2017 09:44 am
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And by this I mean:

quinoa vodka - no, really

Yes, that's right. Fair trade vodka (we'll come back to that) made of quinoa.

Aside from feeling like I'm taking Hypstr(tm) brand crazy pills and musing on whether or not it contains any non-nutritive food varnish, I have to wonder if it's ever a good idea to write your own mediocre product reviews:

Talking head with mic: So tell us about your product.
Product Rep: It's quinoa, and it's fair!
Talking head with mic: Only fair? Aim higher, big guy!

I know the discovery of quinoa's wonder-properties messed up the market and resulted in over-supply but it this the best way to deal with it?

And is fair-trade ever really fair?

This is all too much for a Monday morning, isn't it?

Have a cute puppy:


Why Science is Awesome!

Jul. 21st, 2017 02:08 pm
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So there is an article in this week's Economist - Youthful Spirits. It's primarily about how "...the blood of young animals... may be able to ameliorate at least some of the effects of ageing..." which, yeah okay, that's a pretty big MAY there, guys. But the best part of the article (after the line, No jokes about vampires, please) is a description of parabiosis experiments carried out by a dentist named Kamrin in the 1950s. Essentially, he cut a small bit of skin from each of two rats, then sutured them together at the site of the wounds. He discovered that in a matter of weeks the animals' blood vessels began to merge, and the animals essentially ended up sharing a circulatory system. All well and good, but (1) the point of these experiments was to prove that sugar causes tooth decay (no, really, this was the best experimental design he could come up with to prove that) and (2) the revelation that the technique was "...kind of gross and crude..." and that the rats "...unsurprisingly, were not always keen on the procedure."

Rats had an opinion on being sewn to other rats? Yeah, go fig.

And scientists wonder why people have trouble trusting them.


In happier news, Sean Spicer resigned. (Apparently over a matter of principle - no, really) Who had Friday, July 22 2017 before 12 noon in the pool??


Who writes these headlines?

Minnesota Girl Has Surgery after Being Bitten Severely in the Lake.

Which part of her is the lake??


Cinvidiosa sent this my way : Puritan Names.

She's going to be Job-Raked-Out-of-The-Ashes Invidiosa from now on and I am going to be Search-the-Scriptures Wilde.

How about you?


Maybe need Puritan Names For A New Age.

I propose:

Eschew-Facebook Smith
Flee-Snapchat Jones
Erase-Those-Nude-Selfies Lee
Embrace-Mass-Transit Bexington-Smythe
Climate-Change-Is-a-Real-Thing Fumble-Dunce (of the Newquay Fumble-Dunces, natch)
Flash-Flood-of-Mosquitoes Wonderhourse

Any ideas?

I made a thing. Feel free to tell me how unspeakably awesome it is:

genex author letter

Jul. 15th, 2017 10:30 pm
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Super excited about this exchange (as I am about them all, really). It isn't very often that there are opportunities for gen fic in this manner.

So, dear author, here are some things you should know generally, and then under the cut are some fandom-specific thoughts.

I like world-building, stories that take place in unexpected places or that include some detail about surroundings. I like character-driven stories, ones that include backstory or off-screen speculation and events. I'm fond of secondary and minor characters, their perspectives on the bigger events. I like main characters, too, and getting different viewpoints from them. Angst is my cup of tea, though not sexual violence of any kind.   Non-canonical character death is okay if it furthers your story.  Seeing as how this is a gen exchange, and some of my requests are more traditionally shippy, I need to clarify that I really enjoy friendship stories or stories that deal with non-romantic aspects of a relationship that may BE romantic later. Team-building is awesome, partnerships between people who aren't very connected in canon or have very little screentime otherwise.

Okay, on to the fandoms.

Read more... )
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The Mom: Grayson, put down the gum.
The 6/7 year old, apparently named Grayson: No.
The Mom : Grayson, please, put down the gum.
Grayson: No, I want gum.
The Mom: We don't buy that kind.  We buy the organic kind.

(Author's note: They make organic chewing gum? Why do they make organic chewing gum?)

Grayson: Can I have this chocolate bar then?
The Mom: Grayson, would you help me empty the cart?
Grayson: No. 
The Mom: Grayson, please, I would like you to help me empty the cart.
Grayson: No, thank you, I don't want to. 
The Mom: Grayson, I would like for you to help me empty the cart, even if you don't want to.  Sometimes, to help other people, you have to do things you don't want to.
Grayson: No, I don't. That's just moms.


87% Humidity is Too Much Humidity

Jul. 12th, 2017 01:33 pm
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The weather network tells me it's 26C (79F) but feels like 36C (97F).  Walking into a sauna is what it feels like. So sticky.  Sooooooooooo grossly sticky.


They are predicting a major thunderstorm.  Because, you know, it's 26C and 87% humidity!


Had to go to Lansing, MI overnight last week for a brief family visit.  The downtown is full of beautiful buildings and the parking is free after 6 pm. It was hot even after dark and the mosquitoes feasted upon every damned millimeter of my exposed flesh.  I was shocked and appalled to discover that a can of Rustoleum 2X spray paint (a.k.a.The Good Stuff) only costs USD $3.47 at Wal-Mart  - even with the gawd-awful exchange rate, that is CHEAP spray paint. On the upside, there was Sonic.  Green apple slushes are the best thing ever.

Speaking of spray paint, is Robert Del Naja actually Banksy?  Are you actually Banksy?  Are you sure?  If you were, could you prove it?  Would you want to? 

The modern art scene is complicated. ( For proof, read anything about Damien Hirst.  Or about a very award-winning piece called shedboatshed.  Or watch Exit Through the Gift Shop )


Trying to think of something interesting to say...nothing is happening.  Here is a cute puppy instead:

super cute puppy

That is a super cute puppy. 


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