Wednesday, August 27, 2008

All Wet

*looks out window*

Huh. Rain. Well, there go all those great plans I had to get some actual yard work done today. Sigh.

(Also, I realize that this blog is rapidly deteriorating into a random series of trivial comments that I'm sure nobody but me actually cares about. But, y'know, it's August. Nothing ever happens in August, and it's too hot to think. I'll be interesting and intelligent in September.)

Sunday, August 24, 2008

Things That Make Me Feel Depressingly Old, #73:

Discovering that my co-worker has never heard of Bloom County, having apparently been far too young during the 80s to be aware of its existence.

As Bill the Cat would say: Ack!

Monday, August 18, 2008


In a commercial break during tonight's moderately awesome Venture Brothers episode, I was commanded to go over to Adult Swim's website to watch additional bonus footage. I dutifully did so, but, despite multiple and increasingly frustrating attempts, the video refuses to load. THIS IS NOT COOL, ADULT SWIM.

Sigh. Clearly the road to our glorious multimedia entertainment future is paved with bugs.

[UPDATE: It's working now! And at least it was worth the effort.]

Sunday, August 17, 2008

Still Here

Um, why, yes, I have been extremely lazy about blogging lately. Also, nothing remotely interesting has been happening. Really.

But just to reassure you all that I still exist and have not changed in any important fashion since last week, I figured I'd pop in with a link to the news that various classic Doctor Who episodes are now available on iTunes in the US.

Sunday, August 10, 2008

Why Not Another Batch Of Random Links?

Using your browser URL history to estimate gender: Does what it says! Although possibly not all that well. Apparently I'm 60% likely to be male.

Buffy the Vampire Slayer: Animated Series promo: A three-minute video that offers a sense of what the Buffy animated series would have been like if it had actually gone ahead. I'm sorry that it didn't, now, because I enjoyed that.

Dr. Who Episodes quiz: How many classic-series Doctor Who stories can you name in five minutes? Me, I choked badly, and proved to myself that I really have forgotten more about Doctor Who than most people ever know. But I did get all the Sylvester McCoy episodes, at least!

Doctor Who Roundtable with Stephen Moffat @ Comic-Con: The audio and video aren't great, but the interview is fascinating. Man, the more I hear this guy talk about his attitude towards and his vision for Doctor Who, the happier I am about the fact that he'll be taking over. (And congratulations to him, by the way, on his Hugo Award win for "Blink"!)

Saturday, August 09, 2008

Today's Accomplishment

I made pot roast!

(Well, hey, for me, that's an accomplishment.)

Friday, August 08, 2008

Zapping You With The Current

Current clothes: Tan jeans. Black "White & Nerdy" t-shirt I got at a Weird Al Yankovic concert. Black belt. White socks. Black sneakers.

Current mood: Oh, man. You know how sometimes you have days where you're sleeping fitfully and having too many dreams, and then you wake up with a sore throat, and there's cat vomit on the floor, and it goes along like that until you're dashing off to work five minutes late with your fly open? And then the day just kind of continues in that vein? Yeah. It's been exactly that. Which means my mood is... kind of frazzled, yes, but not even so much frustrated or unhappy as just sort of resigned to the fact that everything today is a little off, a little wrong, a little extra-difficult. Because I knew it would be the minute I opened my eyes.

Current music: Graceland by Paul Simon.

Current annoyance: Having a stupid human body. My weight is creeping up again, my bowels are irregular, my bunion is killing me, and this hot weather leaves me unpleasantly clad in sticky, prickly sweat. I have a heck of a lot of other annoyances in my life right now, but the body wins, because it's not like I can ever exactly get away from it.

Current thing: Books! I've read 109 books so far this year (an impressive number even for me), but my To-Read Pile has diminished by a grand total of nine. Nine! I had to amend my self-imposed book buying quota. It used to be "I am not allowed to buy more books than I read the previous month," but I have now added "or a total of ten, whichever is lower." It remains to be seen whether or not it will help. But, but... I have Book Lust! Over and over, I find myself calling up my Amazon wish list and staring at it longingly. It doesn't matter that it'll take me years just to read the ones I already have, or that most of them I'll never even open a second time. They're books, and I want them.

Current desktop picture: Hoodoo sky.

Current book: Rolling Thunder by John Varley.

Current song in head: It was U2's "In a Little While" earlier, but the oddness of today finally seems to have driven all music from my head.

Current DVD in player: Disc one of season 1 and 2 of the British version of Whose Line Is It Anyway? I must confess that I actually find the American version funnier, but I found these DVDs on sale for a whole $10, and they're just about perfect for watching while I'm walking on the treadmill. Which I'm trying to do more of, thanks to that creeping weight thing mentioned above.

Current refreshment: Sparkling blackberry beverage.

Current worry: Aargh, don't ask me to worry about things! I don't think I could handle it today.

Current thought: The cat that just flopped down between my keyboard and my monitor had better not move much, or he's going to be pressing all kinds of random keys with his big fat stomach.

Tuesday, August 05, 2008

At Least He Didn't Use A Baseball Bat.

Dear cat,

You want to know what the definition of counterproductive is? Counterproductive is when in your desperate attempt to get me out of bed to feed you, you start knocking books off the headboard shelf and onto the bed, causing me to a) throw you out of the room as part of my zero-tolerance book-attack policy, and b) decide that even though I'm perfectly ready to get up at that point, I'd better lie there for at least a few minutes so you don't get it into your little kitty head that your behavior was successful, and then c) proceed to fall back to sleep for another couple of hours.

I hope this was a useful lesson for you, because, frankly, I could have used those two hours and now I feel all groggy.

Affectionately exasperated,

Friday, August 01, 2008

Season's End, "Journey's End"

OK, here's your discussion post for the Doctor Who season finale, airing tonight in the United States. I guess I probably don't need the usual warning about not posting spoilers for later episodes. (Though in the event that you happen to have them for next year's episodes, please keep 'em to yourself!)