eruthros: Delenn from Babylon 5 with a startled expression and the text "omg!" (BtVS cheeseman nonsense)
Things that you should totally not spend your Sunday doing: a guy on youtube has posted the entirety of QI series C (3).

Well, at least, you shouldn't ALSO spend your Sunday doing that, since I've already done it. Not all twelve episodes or anything, but I've watched a good bit of QI today, and been astonished when none of the contestants knew what a taffy pull or a Myoclonic jerk is. People! That's not hard! That's not like when Stephen Fry asks "what was the capital of England for five days in thirteen-something?"

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Also, you should definitely not spend several hours poking around the Threadless stock lists, just because their t-shirts are almost all on sale for $10, through tomorrow. Even though Threadless is fabulous cool, and even though the women's tees are printed on American Apparel shirts and thus ridiculously cheap at $10. Seriously: don't spend several hours at it, and get distracted by all the designs you haven't scored recently, and wonder why people keep posting things with violent robots, or oddly sketchy alien-like creatures. Instead, think about how much you want Real Men Drink Tea to be printed, because then you can have a t-shirt with a pirate! Drinking tea!
eruthros: llamas! (llamas)
1. The Complete New Yorker. No, really the complete one, the DVDs+the book. For thirty dollars. It's on sale right now.

2. Snow boots for more than eighty percent off at shop.com. For example, the Columbia Women's Shoes. The sizes are a little inconsistent, and the shoes have individual pages for colors, so you can't say "okay, they don't have this in black in my size, so what about the sage?" without doing a new search. On the other hand, that means that there are a lot of standard sizes left in some colors, because other people apparently don't do that new search. I'm getting me a pair of $120 snow boots for $20. AWESOME.
eruthros: Norrington and Governor Swann from PotC, captioned "courtly man-love" (PotC - Norrington Swann courtly man-love)
OKAY. So... this is not the sort of thing that I'd usually share with my friends. But this is an incredible deal, and I'd feel bad for not spreading the word.

See, Tantus -- makers of many fine, pthalate-free silicone sex toys -- has a storefront now. And with the storefront? A section for year-end closeouts, somewhere around 55-70% off. Here's what we learned when we did workshops in college: silicone is the ideal sex toy material. It can be sterilized by boiling, doesn't offgas ... and is really expensive. Turns out? Not if you buy the closeout colors. Apparently copper is out this year.

Also, the storefront descriptions are usually nominal; for more info, check out their main site.
eruthros: Kate Winslet smiling at the camera (KW promo pic pink)
The Soleas online shoe store is having a going out of business sale, so they are selling things like $125 Dansko sandals for $40. Only you can't return or exchange things, woe! Solution? Zappos.com. Order on the phone, not online, and tell them you found a website with a better price -- they'll knock their price down 110% of the difference between their price and the Soleas price. Yeah, I just got a pair of Dansko leather sandals for $30. Brand new. Free next day shipping from Zappos. ROCK.
eruthros: Ivanova from B5 saying "boom boom boom boom" to Londo -- angry icon!! (B5 - Ivanova boom)
Boom, in this case, in the literal sense.

3.7 isn't big at all, but it was a sharp enough shake (and preceded by enough forewarning rumbling) that my mom and I dropped our forks and said "doorway!" in unison and headed off for safety. (Then, of course, the sharp shake turned out to not be the beginning of anything else, and it's only being scored a IV on the Mercalli scale by people in our zip. I'd give it a III, me, because nothing fell off the table except the newspaper, and we weren't panicked. But others are not so conservative.)

Also, I love the USGS. Back at Loma Prieta, we had to go turn on the radio and sit outside under the beams of the carport (I played candyland with the neighborhood kids) and wait for news to trickle in. We didn't even know how big the quake was for an hour or so. Now? Presuming you've still got the 'net, you'll get a report in about thirty seconds, 1500 Mercalli scale personal responses compiled into an intensity map in a minute and a half (more than that, of course, if it's a big quake), a preliminary Richter scale measurement in four minutes, and the whole shebang will be reviewed by a seismologist fifteen minutes after the quake. How's that for sweet?

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I know I'm back in California because I fall asleep with a little tune stuck in my head. Not a Christmas song, no. It goes like this: "Approaching outbound two car M, M in one minute followed by one car L in two minutes two car N, N in four minutes. The next inbound train is going out of service. Do not board."

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I think I'm still a San Francisco foodie at heart. [livejournal.com profile] friede asked me about good restaurants in Philadelphia, and I could name several, but I couldn't do what I did today. )

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Dec. 18th, 2006 12:37 am
eruthros: Ivanova from B5 saying "boom boom boom boom" to Londo -- angry icon!! (B5 - Ivanova boom)
Tom's of Maine now makes a deodorant that looks exactly like their "classic" deodorant, except for a little red bar across the front that says "long-lasting." This is an entirely different formula and contains zinc ricinoleate, which many people are allergic to. (Allergic reactions include red, peeling circles on the any skin zinc ricinoleate touches and the ever-exciting burning skin.) If you buy Tom's and have sensitive skin, watch out for the new product, which is difficult to distinguish from the "classic" deodorant on a casual glance.

Also, join me in crankiness at Tom's "some individuals may develop an allergic reaction that is unique to them." Bull. They should know that this shit is not exact hypoallergenic; at least a quarter of their reviews on the site are from people who had contact dermatitis or allergic reactions. (Also, there are articles on pubmed about it. Pah.)
eruthros: BtVS's Riley, captioned "he's like a riddle wrapped in an enigma wrapped in a vest" (BtVS - riley's vest)
I am looking for the name (or even just pictures of) a certain kind of women's coat with origins in the 19th century frock/walking coat.

It is based loosely on men's frock or walking coats, but tailored for a female silhouette, more or less. The basics: fitted top, usually single-breasted, small buttons down to the waist, and small or no lapels or even a stand-up collar; wide, flared knee-length or lower skirt with a straight (not angled) front center split. No outside pockets. It "wears" a bit like a fitted shirt and a skirt and is typically worn over pants. (Note: this is not actually a frock coat, as it has princess seaming instead of back seams, small lapels or no lapels, and is not open in the front. Also, men's frocks tend to be oddly less fitted in the waist and less flared at the hips; can't imagine why. And women's frock coats are usually large-lapelled and double-breasted or have buttons down past the waist. So: not quite the same.) Sometimes one sees them in the 19th-century-Orientalist mode, with a high collar, frogs instead of buttons, and embroidery up along side the center split.

I associate this look oddly with Judy Davis as George Sand in Impromptu, but I can't find any pictures of same to work out if that's a valid association. Also, with women doing sort of crossdressing with top hats and canes. This might make it a riding coat, except that women's riding coats usually have an overlapping skirt without the straight center split, and also are usually have only eight or so inches of skirt. Also, riding coats aren't worn much these days.

So I don't know. What the hell is this coat called, and how can I buy one? Every time I see someone wearing one, I say "oooh!" and want it desperately. Especially the ones in, like, dip-dyed silk. That is so going to be my job search coat.

Next time I see one, I swear, I'm grabbing the woman's arm until I can see the label. It will endear me deeply to the fashion-conscious crowd.
eruthros: closeup on apples, text "fruit porn" (fruit porn - apples)
Query: things can bode well, or bode ill. Can they just bode? My dictionary is unclear on this subject. Obviously one doesn't need ill or well with an object (e.g. boding long days), but what about without an object? My sense is yes; after all, one can have portents of unspecific kind.

The OED only has examples of it used with well or ill, or with a direct object. But they also don't show usage after 1870 on their date chart, so I think I can make my own rules. They also indicate that the use of "bode" as a noun, for presentment or portent, is archaic, and I use it in that meaning in speech as well, so I shall just dismiss the OED's interpretation entirely.

In any case, the weather here is boding. An orange-red-gray light, a whipping wind, and swiftly-moving clouds: something is happening.

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Random food porn: Leonidas Chocolate is doing a 15th anniversary sale. All of their chocolate is retailing for $20/lb. In the states, even. Get thee hence and got a general assortment and appreciate the gianduja!
eruthros: Ivanova from B5 saying "boom boom boom boom" to Londo -- angry icon!! (B5 - Ivanova boom)
... my rage for Verizon knows no bounds. It is CAPSLOCK RAGE, in point of fact.

Query: aren't we supposed to be afraid of communism because it makes everything inefficient? And people don't get services? Or potatoes? Or something?

Because, well, I ain't seeing the benefits of capitalism at the moment. I WILL GO CAPSLOCK HARRY ON VERIZON'S COLLECTIVE ASSES.
eruthros: Ivanova from B5 saying "boom boom boom boom" to Londo -- angry icon!! (B5 - Ivanova boom)
Things That Make Me Say "Woe!":

1. Bonny Doon is apparently no longer making their Ca'Del Sol freisa frizzante. This saddens me: it was a lovely sparkling dessert wine, done with freisa grapes, which means an incredible strawberry aroma and taste. Also, it had the kickest-ass label ever. In searching for wine to take back to the east coast, it's gonna have to be their Muscato Vin de Glaciere instead. Pah.

2. Indian Springs' Moscato Bianco 2005 is not yet released, and they're no longer selling the 2004. Pah! This is not my favorite moscato in the world, but it is quite good. (And even I can taste the apricot notes.)

3. I am basically working every day I'm in the Bay Area; I haven't even made it to Thrifttown, which is walking distance from my parents' house. I got breakfast at the Ferry Building one day, which was exciting. Still, it's kinda silly to be here and do nothing home-towny. (I am, in fact, at work now. I am, to be more specific, in my second exam room of the day, having arrived at 7.30 and planning to leave by 6 pm by the grace of SofTest and Microsoft.)

3a. Natural conclusion of 3: Ded of tired. Nothing like twelve-hour workdays to really perk you up.

Things That Make Me Say "Yay!":

1. The Suns won last night without going into overtime, so I didn't have to make that irritating decision about getting enough sleep versus watching the end of the game. Even though Radmanovic made four three-pointers in a row, taking it near a tie, he missed his fifth. Thank heavens. (Also, the Suns won the game despite getting under 100 points and despite Steve Nash making only three shots in the whole game. Take that, people who say that Steve Nash needs to make baskets for them to win! He's a point guard! He just needs to get his teammates in position to make baskets! And take that, commentators! Who spend entire games claiming that if the Suns make less than thirty points in even one quarter, they're gonna lose the game!)

2. Doing crossword puzzles at dinner with the whole family. "Okay, 'a little lower,' cee-blank-ell-blank." "Calf." Et cetera. This is only yay if the crossword puzzles are fun; frankly, I often find the NYTimes one tries too hard to be clever, doing things like running some words off the edge of the puzzle, or starting every long clue with a Q, or whatever. (Also, in my years of doing crossword puzzles, I have discovered that "grand relative" or "upright relative" is always spinet, never harpsichord or virginal or clavichord. I mean, I can understand why it's never a clavicytherium, because it probably wouldn't fit, but surely "virginal" would be nice and confusing. Also, any imported car will be an Audi, for the three vowels, and any Middle Eastern grp OPEC, for the ending 'c.')

3. In response to 3a, above: iced coffee with soymilk from the place down the street. Iced coffee: making six am seem like a slightly less sucktastic idea since 1598!

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