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This ‘n’ That

It’s a pretty typical April, I guess. It has been cool and raining almost every day and on the days when there’s no rain it’s still mostly cloudy. We have had a couple of warm, partly sunny days but I think those just make me more impatient for summer weather.

I haven’t planted anything yet. I did clean out the flower bed at the south side of the house but with all the rain I need to do it again. The dianthus are blooming and the first iris opened a couple of days ago. It’s a pure white one named Immortality. Funny, that’s the only one of my irises that I remember the name of. The dogwoods looked great this year but they’re almost done blooming. I have really been enjoying all the little spring wildflowers that grow everywhere.

I sort of want some of this but my attempts at starting ground covers haven’t gone well. Also, I don’t know exactly where I want it to grow. Thanks.

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Television – Orphan Black (BBC America) is back! I love the weirdness of it and the amazing acting, and I think it’s one of the most technically brilliant shows ever made. We’re also watching Lost Girl. (SyFy) Number Two Son got us to watching that. Personally, I could take it or leave it but it’s okay. Star Talk, Neil deGrasse Tyson’s new late night talk show started last night. I haven’t watched it yet; it’s on the DVR. Seems like there are some more good shows starting or returning soon but I can’t remember what.

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Some more recipes I want to try:

Beer bread – I have made beer bread before but I want to try this recipe. And here’s another one, called the easiet ever. I don’t know about that. The one I used before had only three ingredients.

Lemon Ricotta Cheesecake

No-Bake Chocolate Oat Cookies – Great idea for when you need cookies in the summer and you don’t want to bake.

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I have been doing a little sewing. If you’re interested you can read about it on my sewing blog.

Random Linkage

Botanical Prints – I love these.

Relationship advice from grandmothers – A bit surprising. Most of their answers don’t sound “old” at all. (but maybe that’s just me?) My favorite line: “You kids play too many games and think way too much.”

Medieval Portrait of Yoda – Interesting coincidence. (if it’s real)

Uh… What? – So much to be confused about in two short paragraphs.

Spring Allergy Guide – Interesting (possibly helpful?) article about allergies.

Rainbow Dash Guitar – because I know there are a couple of Pony fans reading this

Complete List of All Jello Flavors – Wow, I had no idea. All the stores I’ve ever shopped at only had maybe half a dozen flavors – usually even fewer than that. I got bored with Jello about the time I was 12 but if I saw some of these I might be tempted to buy.

The Met Museum’s Shoe Collection – Some of them are even wearable.

Quotes From Here and There

Take a chance and answer the phone, because messing with people’s minds is so very much fun.here

The concertmaster is like the quarterback of a football team. It’s an incredibly tough and demanding job, and the pressure is enormous.there

By studying our bones, we can discover some of the same principles that Eiffel used in designing his tower.here

Well, to be fair, I guess he did get rid of the bedbugs . . .there

Random Linkage

Apostrophes and Quotation Marks – everything you ever wanted to know… or perhaps more than you ever wanted to know

Service with a smile – or sarcasm. Yeah, that’s probably it, sarcasm.

Ancient “screw” – Whenever “scientists” won’t let other scientists examine their findings, that’s a pretty good clue that you should not believe any of these “scientists” claims.

Artists and their Cats

Opera Strip – opera plots in comic strip format

Life in the Dark – Fascinating speculation about rogue planets

Camodad – a comic strip, rather interesting

Monster boxes – Very cool!

Do high heels cause schizophrenia? – Hmmmm… As much fun as this might be to believe, I’m gonna say, “No.”

And, last but not least, the awesomeness that is Stephen Hawking…

Quotes From Here and There

But it’s nice in life to have something you do just for you. Where you are the only person who has to look at it and decide if it’s good or bad.here

And realistically, one should not expect a warrior woman to be a waif.there

In celebration of the date on which Winston Churchill was granted honorary US citizenship, Hillsdale College, custodian of the Churchill Project, is offering the biography deal of the year – perhaps of the decade.here

AS A CHILD I knew exactly what was most desirable: pinkness and sparkle. When I was grown-up I was going to sweep down a flight of stairs into a great ballroom wearing a pink satin dress with a huge skirt: yards and yards of the shiniest pink satin, because obviously if something was desirable you couldn’t have too much of it.there

Quotes From Here and There

… facts and theories are different things, not rungs in a hierarchy of increasing certainty. Facts are the world’s data. Theories are structures of ideas that explain and interpret facts. — here

Because I haven’t been sewing all that much recently, I wasn’t really in the market for much shopping but, you know, it would have been just rude not to buy anything.there

Send now for my 426-hour audio course, Learn to Talk a Long Time, and be one of the people who get their way in life.here

Here in Oklahoma it’s easy to know that Spring has finally arrived when…there

Just a Few Links

Star Trek: TOS Photostream – Awesomeness!

Inventor of the Pet Rock – I always sort of envied this guy, (to come up with a simple idea that makes millions) even though I didn’t know his name until just a minute ago.

Staircase Models – Beautiful

Garage Sale of the Century – Oh! Wow!

Tiny Drill – I saw just a picture of this a while back. This is an article about how it was made, with more pictures and a video.

Quotes From Here and There

So yeah, if you like annoying people, the airport’s the place for you.here

We need more of those oddball houses at the end of the street that neighbours complain about because it doesn’t look anything like the other houses.there

Shielded from the horrors of raised eyebrows and any hint of incredulity, the ladies continued to address the great issues of the day.here

Oh, apple trees! My favorite of the flowering trees. So humble and sweet and pretty. And their scent. My gosh, I love them.there

What in the deep dark recesses of Freudian hell did such a thing emerge?here

With a flourish, Spring opens her petals and waves her branches in a cheery hello.there

Random Linkage

Booze Under the Microscope – and a few non-alcoholic beverages at the end. Surprising and strange.

Coffee on Condensed Milk – A quick, easy ice cream recipe. Just one problem: coffee is the one flavor of ice cream that I do not like.

Hollywood “Ghost Town” For Sale – This place has been in TV commercials and movies.

The Vault – a very interesting history blog

Curbed – architecture and design

12 Worst Job Interview Questions – Wow. Really?

The One Rule… – Ha! What if this is true?

Beachcombing’s Bizarre History Blog – Haven’t spent much time on it yet; looks interesting.

Smartphone Microscope – Wow. Cool.

Mantis – Just a neat pic

Titanic Cat Condo – Hmmmm… Cute idea I guess but no thanks.

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Quotes From Here and There

may his soul repose with whatever God may find ithere

Hominids didn’t spread first across Africa, and then the entire globe, by utilizing just one foraging strategy or sticking to a precise mix of carbohydrates, proteins and fats. We did it by being ever so flexible, both socially and ecologically, and always searching for the greener grass (metaphorically), or riper fruit (literally).there

Random Linkage

Chimera – I had heard of this before but this is an interesting article.

Fliers and Explorer’s Globe – Wow. Neat.

Nobody home – I think the first commenter, Dan, has the best idea.

Wacky Inventions – Some maybe not totally wacky? Like the glasses for reading in bed?

False Happy Memories – Possibly helpful but also scary.

Hair Freezing – Nope! Nope! Nope!

Tiny Worlds – Sort of reminds me of the floating islands on the Trash episode of Firefly. Except the architecture is not as fancy.

Les Lits-clos – Beautiful and interesting 19th century French “box beds”. Lots more.

Cat Comics – A collection of cat comics. I like the “from the customer at the end of the bar” one. That is so real. Also the valentine.

Anna Atkins – Botanical cyanotype impressions. She had a Google doodle recently.

The original version of Monopoly

The Tower of Peretti – Interesting architecture and interior design. I can’t decide whether I love or hate the fireplace.

Blue Bloods – and green, and clear…

17 “Helpful” Cats

It’s a Good Day

The sun is shining. Well, off and on, but hey, sunshine! Haven’t seen that in a while. I actually got a good haircut yesterday, which is a bigger deal for me than you might think because usually when I get my hair cut it’s not quite right somehow. And I finished a sewing project that I had been putting off for a while. Like the t-shirt says, “life is good.”

Speaking of t-shirts, I want one of these so bad but I’m probably not going to get it. I have only one hour left to decide. I hate these limited time only offers. I need days, at least, to decide and these usually don’t show up in my Facebook feed until a day or less before time is up. I don’t need any clothes. I don’t know if I could even stuff one more t-shirt into my t-shirt drawer. And there are other shirts that I want more. I guess I’ll just call this one momentarily hilarious and pass it by. Strange thing though… at the top of the page it says “One hour left” but the countdown at the bottom of the page shows over 6 days. Hmmmm… I don’t know if I can resist temptation for 6 whole days if that’s right.

A few more things…

“Fillyjonk” posted a link to this in the comments on an earlier post: Pattern Behavior. Some of the captions are funny, others, not so much, but I find myself scrolling through looking at the patterns and forgetting to even read the captions. A Dress A Day has been doing entertaining little Pattern Stories for years.

This No Bake Chocolate Oat Cookies recipe might come in handy if you need cookies in the summertime and don’t want to bake.

Finally, and sadly, 10 Best Mr. Spock Quotes. I remember all of these.

Random Linkage

Honey on tap – New kind of beehive lets beekeepers harvest honey without disturbing the bees

Luxury dog house – OMG! You could feed a village in Africa for several years for the price of this thing.

Google truth – Hmmmm… I can see potential for both good and bad here but it looks like it’s mostly the anti-science crowd protesting against it. Maybe they should get their own search engine.

Cat Island – Cats outnumbering humans 6 to 1? Sounds like just about the right balance to me.

Space Internet – and I’ll bet we still will not be able to get unlimited high speed Internet where we live.

Edible Growth – 3-D printed snacks

Flashback Photobomber – Anti-paparazzi clothing

History’s Greatest Cat Ladies

16 Child and Teen Stars All Grown Up

42 Visions of the Future, from the 1950s!

Quotes From Here and There

So I threw caution to the winds, ill-blown as they were, and leaned over the counter until I was nearly nose-to-nose with Monkeywoman and discovered she hadn’t brushed her teeth since 1983 and mainly ate possum assholes for breakfast.here

…but by the 5th winter weather advisory, my creativity was on the couch watching Netflix.there

“I am dismayed at our seismic people about this issue and believe they couldn’t track a bunny through fresh snow!”here

But when talking to voters, the GOP really can’t afford to tone it down, because while monied elites tend to be secular, selling free-market pillage to the people getting robbed is not a very effective strategy.there

Meanwhile, in a computer graveyard somewhere, the plastic remains of abandoned broadband modem are slowly strangled by creeping ivy, their cases mottled with a lark and heron droppings. A newt passes by in the dark and chuckles to itself.here

I’m not sure that most people even see the sky at all, day to day.there

Random Linkage

British Pre-War Travel Posters – These are all lovely but, naturally, I want the two with the trains.

Can We Guess Your Level of Education? – One of those online quiz things. It told me I have a PhD. Probably anyone who’s ever read a book would get the same result so if you want an empty ego boost…

Crop Circle Towels

Suspended Path – Interesting and a little scary.

Thought Bubble – Just a cute picture

Traveling Without Moving – Beautiful and interesting photos from around the world

39 Reasons Why 2015 Won’t Suck – I haven’t clicked on any of the links yet. A few of them look interesting. As for not sucking… It already does. Right now I don’t care about any of the 39 things; I just want to see the sun again.

Superheros With Realistic Bodies

Quotes From Here and There

Overalls are life!here

…I continue to be kind of oddly convinced that it says something about America that a book and its resulting movie about a fetish that involves pain and torture and bondage and the like is a runaway hit and that very fetish is socially acceptable while people who dress up as fuzzy animals are somehow giant weirdos, but that’s not what I’m thinking about tonight.here

(Well, darn. That’s two from the same blog. I never do that but I can’t give up either one so I’ll just make both of them a “here”. Onward…)

…when it seems like every single other one of my town’s 15,000 residents are at the same store, and they’ve all run across their oldest and bestest friend, and they have to park their carts diagonally across the aisle while they talk… there (I really hate when people do that.)

But there’s something about driving an SUV through a foot of unplowed snow on a long driveway that approximates the feeling of remoteness. here

This was all rather depressing news to me because, until fairly recently, while listening to the music, I’d always pictured a snaggle-toothed Mother Ann Lee, Shaker supremo, striding around the hills in her bonnet exhorting the birds and bees to make chairs, not love; a mental image I found quite amusing.there

It’s really hard to exorcise the 1939 MGM film from your mind and to do something originalhere

It’s easy for those whose dreams have come true to say that anyone can achieve their heart’s desire, but for every one of them I suspect there are thousands who have not and will not make it, no matter how much they dream and how hard they work.there

Quotes From Here and There

There’s a lot to be said for “dumb” hardware.here

Let me assure you, I’m doing my best to refrain from using expletives.there (Warning: Turn down your speakers)

Contrary to what seems to be the orthodox futurological opinion, self-aware machine intelligence will not take over the world and destroy us all.here

It was then that I really began to appreciate that in order to understand change you really have to sit still.there

And More (lazy blogging) Links

UPDATE: I have to add this one: Best! Typo! Ever! (Seems a bit questionable though. The S and the Y are nowhere near each other on the keyboard.)

Old UK Photos

Paintings by Rob Gonsalves – One of my favorite artists. I have seen some of these before but more than half of them are new to me.

Reclaimed Mines – Useful things to do with abandoned mines.

Strange and cool things found while hiking

Photoshop Your Dreams