Category Archives: Miscellaneous Links

Random Linkage

Street Art – Several of these are very cool and clever.

Dr. Pepper Cherry Marshmallow Cake Recipe

Kids’ Meal – Second graders’ reaction to a fancy NY restaurant meal.

Australia’s Stonehenge – Interesting

Freebook Sifter – thousands of free e-books organized by category

Sandwich Knife – good idea

R2-D2 Bus

Just Pics – a little collection of odd, interesting and funny photos

Owl Myths and Superstitions – Weird

Distances in Lord of the Rings – a series of maps comparing Lord of the Rings distances with the real world

This ‘n’ That

I really fraking hate upgrades! Yesterday I got a notice on my phone that an upgrade needed my approval. It was from AT&T so I figured it was something I needed to do and usually it’s no big deal; nothing changes that I notice. But this time it changed practically everything. Most annoyingly, how to mute the phone or put it on vibrate. Before, I simply held in the right button and a menu popped up that had the options, Power Off, Restart, Airplane Mode, Vibrate, and Mute. Now it just has Power off, Restart, Airplane mode, and Emergency Mode. What the hell is “Emergency Mode”? And where are the rest of the options? I know there must be some way to at least put the phone on vibrate but I have no idea how. Now my only option when I need for it to not make noise is to turn it off completely and that is not acceptable. I am going to look at the AT&T website and see if I can figure it out but this really pisses me off. It should be obvious, or at least easy to figure out own your own.

UPDATE: Okay, I got it. You have to use the volume button. Just turn down the volume down all the way, which makes sense but it’s more “work” and more annoying than the old way.

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Did I already mention this? It’s still in my bookmarks. Wearing a Suit Changes the Way Your Brain Works. People who resist dressing up for anything need to know this. I don’t know… Maybe it wouldn’t make any difference to someone like that. Probably they would see it as another reason to not dress up. I mean, who wants to feel more confident and powerful, right? It’s not all good though. Wearing a suit supposedly also makes you less detail oriented, which would explain a lot about what goes on in the corporate world.

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Did you know that there is an Eat What You Want Day? It was yesterday. I missed it but that’s okay. I pretty much ate what I wanted this past weekend. And the weekend before that. What I really need is a Stop Eating Everything in Sight You Crazy Fool Day. Oh. I guess that should be every day. Seriously, I did really good yesterday and I didn’t even feel especially hungry. I’m planning a really light-eating week and a hopefully not too crazy weekend.

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I am really happy that we have been getting so much rain lately. We need it. But, at the same time, I’m really getting tired of it. It’s been raining almost every day and when it’s not raining it’s still unseasonably cool. Yesterday was sunny but it barely made it up to 70° F. Today is supposed to be the same and tomorrow the rain returns. I’m trying not to be too down about it because rain is good but I am very impatient for warmer weather.

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Last week I found something for a “Thought for the Week” but then I forgot to post it yesterday like I intended so here it is:

“The beautiful thing about learning is that nobody can take it away from you.” — B.B. King

Quotes From Here and There

“Blasphemy should be so widespread that it’s boring”here

Its ridiculousness is precisely the point.there

Today is Mr. Orson Welles’ hundredth birthday, and you really ought to celebrate by watching Citizen Kane, or by hiding in the basement from Martian invaders—whichever is more appealing to you.here (That was May 6th)

And a little piece of me whimpered and died inside, and I crawled off the the bathroom to weep and lick my wounds, and to despair of the world yet to come.there (Probably NSFW)

Random Linkage

Calgary Stampede Foods – Oh! Mah! Gawd! Using the word “food” rather loosely. Keep going, folks; it can only get better from here.

Fault Creep – Interesting

Ancient Native American Travelers

Botanical Mazes – Oooo! I want to go play in some of these.

National Salsa Month – 15 very interesting salsa recipes

Arkansas Travelers Saloon – Photos from an early 20th century amusement park

Broken Mirror/Evening Sky – Lovely

Fake Website Movie Quiz – I have no idea. My score: 0

Hearing under water

3-D Floors – Wow!

Quotes From Here and There

The statement that “nothing will ever convince me” is a huge red flag that someone is defending an ideological position, one immune to evidence or reason.here

It says muffins and biscuits. That makes it breakfast food.there

(I haven’t been spending a lot of time reading stuff online lately. Sorry.)

Random Linkage

Erotic Pocket Watch – an interesting antique; NSFW

“Evil Twin” – fascinating creepy medical story

Unsatisfied Women – a humorous take on classic paintings (F-word alert)

Business Wetsuits – Is anyone surprised that this idea comes from Japan?

“Creatures” on Mars – They’re just rocks, people. Get a grip.

Ankaris – science fiction art

The Discovery of Cheese – Another myth busted but, as usual, the truth is more interesting.

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.