Monday, August 11, 2014

Hurricane Iselle, Short Version

Short Version:  I am fine.  Mom is fine.  All the cats are fine.  All our personal property is fine.

Long Version:  To be posted soon...

Tuesday, May 27, 2014

The Volume of TV Commercials

Dear TV People,

When you figured out that you could make the commercials louder than the TV program, it was merely amusing and annoying, but now with so many people watching TV using headphones it's potentially dangerous and damaging - please stop. 

Wikipedia is NOT a Doctor

It breaks my librarian heart that we still have to tell people that Wikipedia is NOT a Doctor.  I created my Why Not Wikipedia? page and presentation more than three years ago, and I was late to the game...

Wednesday, May 21, 2014

Curved TV?

I'm glad that they used Carl Sagan and Gravity in the commercial, but what's the point of a curved TV?

Monday, March 10, 2014

Cosmos: A Spacetime Odyssey

I'm sure that Carl Sagan is grinning ear to ear about the reboot of Cosmos - and I'm not the only one (CNN story). 

Tuesday, February 18, 2014

Valentine's Day

A few days late, but I didn't see this post by The Bloggess until today.  She nicely sums up my own feelings about this farcical holiday:  "this is a ridiculous non-holiday made to make everyone feel insecure about their relationships or lack thereof."  I've never had positive feelings about the day and it got worse when one of my grandfathers, an incredibly sweet man, died on February 14, 1999.  {Yes, anniversary dates stick with me.}  So, no chocolates or roses or ridiculously expensive dinner for me.  Instead I did as The Bloggess suggested and did something I enjoyed: I sat on my couch with my kitties and read from several books, completed a slew of crossword puzzles, and continued my Fringe-athon - and a pleasant day was had by all.

Thursday, February 13, 2014

Movies Should Be Entertainment

I meant to post this when Gravity was first released - and if you didn't see it in the theatre, you really missed out - but since it comes out on DVD soon, it's timely now, too.

On the Critique of Science in Film (gotta love NdGT)

As consumers we demand a lot, but those demands need to be reasonable.  First, a movie (or TV show) is a form of entertainment.  Even if the world in it seems like ours, it's not; events in it do not have to conform exactly to ours to be true in the movie's version of the universe.*  Stop nitpicking and enjoy the presentation! If at the end you feel like you've wasted valuable minutes of your life that you'll never get back, then be upset, but not at the differences from "reality."  If the show entertained you, it did it's job.

* The most outrageous ones I've seen are the Goofs listed on imdb for Sherlock Holmes: Garment of Shadows where someone(s) actually compiled a list of "errors" when something that was present in the movie (music in a bar scene in 1891) was wrong because it hadn't appeared until later (the song was written in 1892).  Why focus on that?

Monday, December 02, 2013

Almost Human

Dear Almost Human,

I really like you, except for the fact that I've had "Benny and the Jets" running thru my head for days now and it's really starting to drive me crazy!

Other than that, keep up the good work...

Wednesday, September 04, 2013

Feedly is Friendly to Me

Thank you Feedly for understanding something which my beloved Bloglines forgot after its acquisition by MerchantCircle: I want my RSS feeds to show the blog posts in the order that they were posted, not the newest first. I know that a blog is reverse chronological order and that's fine, but using a feed reader is different than visiting a blog page.  I've been searching and searching for a feed reader that understood this - surely I'm not the only one with this preference?  I'm so happy to have found Feedly: may you live long and prosper (and not delete user choices for no reason).

Monday, August 26, 2013

E-Receipt Only

Kudos to Sears for offering to email me the receipt rather than using paper.  I was somewhere else recently that also offered email receipts, but in addition to the paper receipt, which makes no sense to me.  Sears did give me a small piece of paper with a transaction number on it in case I needed to return something, but this is a step in the right direction...

Tuesday, March 19, 2013

Good and Bad

The good of libraries, courtesy of  John Scalzi.

The bad, courtesy of  Sarah Houghton.

I've met Sarah - she most emphatically does NOT deserve any of the extremely bad shit that she has been and is still being subjected to.  I wish she wasn't the poster child for "Look!  No matter how bad your life is, it could be worse."