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LB: Ratchet Bear
RENEW ALL THE PASSPORTS! (Well, at least find all the paperwork.)
I think all I need to do is get a new pic and go to the post office with some money. - LB: Ratchet Bear from Android
LB: Ratchet Bear
Annoyed that I'm awake at this hour.
:( Hope you get back to sleep. - Anne Bouey
Thank you, Anne. - LB: Ratchet Bear from Android
!!! *Why* were you awake at that hour? You poor thing! - Soup in a TARDIS
No idea. - LB: Ratchet Bear
Ugh. :( - Soup in a TARDIS from FFHound!
This is the way the world ends: Once-in-a-millennium drought a wakeup call for America via @Salon
"..... But what kind of world will we live in when something as clear and common as water suddenly becomes the rarest of status symbols?..." - WarLord
RT @cutekelechi: "I can sleep when I'm dead!" Well that day is going to come sooner than you think if you don't sleep.
RT @RichieBrave: I dont know why people post all this shit about not sleeping to be successful. Im not sacrificing my physical wellbeing for money. No thanks
LB: Ratchet Bear
Simply Caroline
RT @night_er_ninja: 911: What's your emergency? Me: There's a dumbass in the ER that called from the waiting room for an ambulance. He's already here. 911: LOL
Mary Carmen
We are all about sitting up these days. And playing with the keyboard. Sometimes that doesn't work out the way we intended.
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Aww.we should Skype again :-) - Pete
Mariella is the cutest of cute! - Tamara J. B.
Pete, we should. She needs a nap ;) - Mary Carmen
Haha well I'm free :D - Pete
so are we! - Mary Carmen
OK ping me if you like :-) - Pete
What a couple of cutie pies. I want to come cuddle with both of you. - Corinne L
Sarah G.
According to the "documentary" I'm watching on the "science" channel, southern Lake Michigan is a hotbed of UFO activity.
True. There is no lake in the U.S. with more UFO activity than Lake Michigan. - Walt Crawford
I KNEW IT - jambina
I WANT TO BELIEVE - Big Joe Silence
Sweet, who wants to go down to the lake and watch for UFOs this summer? - Hedgehog
This explains a lot of Chicagoans. - Joe - Systems Analyst
*fishes the back alleys of Evanston for saucer engines* - Big Joe Silence
Understand that there is also no lake in the U.S. with more UFO activity than Lake Tahoe. Just as no county in the U.S. has more 140-year-old living billionaires than Alameda County. - Walt Crawford
TRUST NO ONE. - Amit Patel
UFOs exist. Whether or not they are alien craft is something else - Sarah G. from iPhone
LB: Ratchet Bear
RT @revrunwisdom: People wait all week for Friday. All year for summer. All their life for happiness. . Don't be like them! Be happy NOW
Victor Ganata
California’s Drought — Who’s Really Using all the Water? - One Green Planet
"California residents have been asked to be vigilant and cut back on household water use, but only about 4 percent of California’s water footprint is individual, personal use. A stunning 93 percent goes to agriculture, according to a 2012 Pacific Institute report, so if we really want to talk about drastic conservation, perhaps we should look at our food choices." - Victor Ganata
I had no idea about the huge difference in greenhouse emissions between grain fed and grass fed cattle. That's significant! - Eivind
Sir Shuping is just sir
Happy early birthday to the awesomeness that is LB!
Happy Birthday! - Katy S from iPhone
HAPPY LB DAY!!!! I am SO GLAD you were born! You're the best! xoxox - Lisa L. Seifert
Thanks, all. :) - LB: Ratchet Bear from Android
*bump* since it is now actually the LB's bday - Sir Shuping is just sir
LBeeeeeee! Happy day! - Laura
Happy Birthday, LB! - Jkram|ɯɐɹʞſ
Many happies! - barbara fister
Happy birthday Laura <3 - Starmama from FFHound(roid)!
Happy birthday! - Galadriel C. from Android
Thank you! - LB: Ratchet Bear from Android
LB: Ratchet Bear
RT @joeygibson: I was just outside. It’s 16 degrees. It felt like the juice in my eyeballs was going to freeze. #fb
LB: Ratchet Bear
Currently 19F with a wind chill of 9. Whee! (And why does my phone suggest "Shrek" for "whee"?)
Wow. You're a full 13 degrees warmer than us. Enjoy the extra heat. - COMPLICATED MR. NOODLE
Recipe: Slow Cooker Chicken Enchilada Soup -
Recipe: Slow Cooker Chicken Enchilada Soup
Recipe: Slow Cooker Chicken Enchilada Soup
This soup requires little prep work for the amount of flavor it yields: I started with my favorite red enchilada sauce as the base; it's so easy but packs in tons of flavor, way more than your average canned stuff. I tossed the sauce into my slow cooker along with corn, beans, and chicken thighs, then left it overnight to work all of its magical slow cooker powers. By morning I had a luscious soup that needed little more than salt and pepper to give it a boost. (Of course, if you feel like gilding the lily, a splash of heavy cream and a handful of cheddar take this recipe over the top!) - Derrick from Bookmarklet
Andrew C (✔)
Home Depot founder worries Pope Francis neither loves nor understands rich Americans | The Raw Story -
"According to Langone, an anonymous, "potential seven-figure donor" for the Church's restoration of St. Patrick's Cathedral is concerned that the Pope's criticism of capitalism are "exclusionary," especially his statements about the "culture of prosperity" leading to the wealthy being "incapable of feeling compassion for the poor."" - Andrew C (✔) from Bookmarklet
Next thing you'll know he's going to whine about how Jesus was being exclusionary when he told rich people to sell all their stuff and give the money to the poor. - Victor Ganata
With Jesus' well-known saying about rich people (Matt 19:24), well-to-do Christians (and American Christians especially) get kinda nervous about having an abundance of possessions. I regard it as a personal thing...if you're rich and personally convicted about having too much, get out and help someone. If you're not personally convicted, don't worry about it. - LB's Bubba. The other 1 - "As a leader of the New York Stock Exchange, he was largely responsible for the scandalous overpayment of his friend Richard Grasso, the exchange president who received nearly $190 million in deferred compensation when he stepped down. Although New York's highest court eventually upheld Grasso's pay package, it was a perfect example of the unaccountable, self-serving greed of Wall Street's elite." - Andrew C (✔)
"Anything but repentant following the revelation and repudiation of the Grasso deal by NYSE executives, Langone told Forbes magazine in 2004: "They got the wrong f--ing guy. I'm nuts, I'm rich, and boy, do I love a fight. I'm going to make them sh-t in their pants. When I get through with these f--ing captains of industry, they're going to wish they were in a Cuisinart--at high speed."" - Andrew C (✔)
"While Langone passionately defended the outlandish grasping of the super-rich like his friend Grasso, however, he has displayed far less indulgence toward workers, especially those struggling to support their families on poverty wages. Until just last year, he was a director of Yum! Brands, the global fast-food conglomerate that includes Taco Bell and Kentucky Fried Chicken among its... more... - Andrew C (✔)
LB: Ratchet Bear
Ugh. Stop raining already!
It's still pouring. :( - LB: Ratchet Bear from Android
Blame bunneh (I do) - MoTO Moca Blend
DYSP! - LB: Ratchet Bear from Android
Supposed to keep raining thru tomorrow! :-( - Jenny from Android
Forget driving; I'll just sail to Savannah! - LB: Ratchet Bear from Android
It's raining so hard I can hear it through my earplugs! Wish we had a rain gauge. - LB: Ratchet Bear from Android
Sorry, I don't do rain. Just snow. :) - Steven Perez
Here, have some subzero temps - maʀtha
Already have some, thanks. - MoTO Moca Blend
I think this is what you meant, Barry: ¬_¬. - Steven Perez
LB: Ratchet Bear
I saw a large man in a bright yellow shirt and overalls today at Walmart, and my first thought was, "He's a minion!"
Years ago we used to play three courts down from a game that included a guy who wore a hooded yellow Polartec - with the hood UP. Indoors. Yup - we called him Big Bird. And when I recognized him in the carpool cluster at the kids' elementary school, I thought, "OMG! Big Bird is a [school name] parent!" #SaturdayFF - Mary B: #TeamMonique
Curious George sad :( - Micah from FFHound(roid)!
I purchased a nice pair of brick-ish red/orange pants this year. The price was $7.99 -Jones of New York. The day I wore said pants I passed a poor soul sitting on a park bench. He had the exact same colored pants on. My priest even commented on the color of my slacks as the cause for someone dropping an entire container of consecrated hosts. I will never don them again. ;) - Janet
LB: Ratchet Bear
RT @bibrarian: Hey look. It's the You Can Be Anything You Want: American Dream Edition play set. #fb
RT @bibrarian: Hey look. It's the You Can Be Anything You Want: American Dream Edition play set. #fb
LB: Ratchet Bear
RT @cuteemergency: Park. You said we are going to the park right?
RT @cuteemergency: Park. You said we are going to the park right?
Bullllllllldogggggggggggg puppyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyy - Nine DataAngel Ferdinand
LB: Ratchet Bear
RT @awhitby: I just found a gray eyebrow hair. Today is canceled.
I just burst out laughing in my office. Thank you! - Eivind
:) The poster is < 30, I think. - LB: Ratchet Bear from Android
I have white eyebrow hairs. My eyebrows never did match my hair and now this makes things worse. Between my natural hair colour, my creeping grey hairs, my natural eyebrow colour, and now the white eyebrow hairs, I'm a mess. - Melly
LB: Ratchet Bear
RT @historyinpix: Celebrating the end of prohibition, 1933
RT @historyinpix: Celebrating the end of prohibition, 1933
I celebrate the end of prohibition several nights a week! BEER FOR ERRBODY! - Jkram|ɯɐɹʞſ
Hotels are confirmed. Rental car for the trip Quedlinburg - Leipzig - Berlin reserved. Train schedule for the Hannover - Quedlinburg trip figured out. *flexes*
I think a nap is in order. - MoTO Moca Blend
Thank you, B. Of course, I *could* be watching porn now. ↓↓↓ - Uli
Shopping for fudge ingredients tonight ;-) - Heleninstitches
Yay! - Uli
*tries to decide whether to peer over glasses or just roll eyes at the porn comment* - Kirsten
I dunno, that would be like porn - Pete
yep, either way. - Uli
*sighs the sighs of the long-suffering* - Kirsten
be brave, poppet, be brave. - MoTO Moca Blend
Yes, dear, such a rough life. You. Poor. Thing. - Uli
*dabs at eyes with hankie* - Kirsten
Son of Groucho
The darkly funny drawings of Laurie Lipton - Boing Boing -
The darkly funny drawings of Laurie Lipton - Boing Boing
The darkly funny drawings of Laurie Lipton - Boing Boing
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"The Drawings of Laurie Lipton, published by Last Gasp, is a comprehensive survey of Lipton’s fantastical, meticulously detailed, hand-drawn images." - Son of Groucho from Bookmarklet
Speaking opportunity in Doha, Qatar March 24-25 for someone who knows their way around discovery layers and/or ERM. No honorarium, but expenses paid. Anyone interested in being recommended?
Damn, probably the one of a couple of library areas I don't know well enough to do. Blanketty. Cause if ti was in my wheelhouse I would be all over that. - ♫Jorge Covert, Trainer♫
That would be me you're describing up there. - Holly's favorite Anna
Go for it!!! You would do a fantastic job. And you know your stuff. - ♫Jorge Covert, Trainer♫
Rock it, Anna! - Marie
'k, I'll send your name! - RepoRat
I'll be there as well - Rachel Frick from DLF and I will be at this conference. - Sarah
Yes, I saw that she was keynoting. Coolio. - RepoRat
Anna, preferred contact email? - RepoRat - Holly's favorite Anna
Rachel Frick hired me for the job I'm doing now. :) - Holly's favorite Anna
we're looking forward to it! - Sarah
that SLA chapter does great stuff - jambina
Stephen Mack
"Runcible," from the line in The Owl and the Pussycat (Edward Lear, 1871): "Which they ate with a runcible spoon" [Wikipedia] -
"Runcible," from the line in The Owl and the Pussycat (Edward Lear, 1871): "Which they ate with a runcible spoon" [Wikipedia]
From the Wiki article: "Lear does not appear to have had any firm idea of what the word 'runcible' means. His whimsical nonsense verse celebrates words primarily for their sound, and a specific definition is not needed to appreciate his work. However, since the 1920s (several decades after Lear's death), modern dictionaries have generally defined a 'runcible spoon' as a fork with three broad curved prongs and a sharpened edge, used with pickles or hors d'oeuvres, such as a pickle fork. It is occasionally used as a synonym for 'spork.' However, this definition is not consistent with Lear's drawing, in which it is a ladle, nor does it account for the other 'runcible' objects in Lear's poems." - Stephen Mack from Bookmarklet
(Several other theories follow if you click through and read the entire article.) - Stephen Mack
My son came home from school today, having had a teacher read this poem to him in after care, with the word runcible firmly on his brain. Several times he uttered the line (almost a quote): "And they ate with a runcible spoon." He was very pleased with how the phrase sounds. He, of course, later asked me what "runcible" meant. I had several guesses. I was quite surprised to learn it had no fixed meaning. - Stephen Mack
I was fairly obsessed with Lear as a kid. I always associated runcible with Bishops because of Archbishop Runcie :)) - WoH: Professor MOTHRA
It does have that Bishopy sort of sound to it, WoH! I bet you could confound most generally well-educated people by putting them on the spot and demanding a definition. - Stephen Mack
(Illustration by Edward Lear for "D" in the work "Twenty-Six Nonsense Rhymes and Pictures": "The Dolomphious Duck / who caught Spotted Frogs for her dinner / with a Runcible Spoon.") - Stephen Mack
Clearly the spoon illustrated is not a spork nor a grapefruit spoon nor a slotted spoon. So those theories are non-starters if you ask me. - Stephen Mack
Plus, I'm pretty sure 'spork' wasn't a thing in the 1870s :) - WoH: Professor MOTHRA
Well, you'd be wrong, WoH! Wiki says the first "spork patent" was dated 1874: - Stephen Mack
pffft, what does wikipedia know? *closes ears lalalalalalala!* - WoH: Professor MOTHRA
First time I heard it (so, the first time it actually existed) was in Dr Horrible. - WoH: Professor MOTHRA
Bah! That 1874 patent is clearly NOT a spork: (and I guess the Spork article warned me when it said "many of these inventions predated the use of the term "spork" and thus may be considered proto-sporks,") PROTOSPORK IS MY NEW FAVORITE WORD. - Stephen Mack
I hate to say I told you so.... #notreally #Itoldyouso - WoH: Professor MOTHRA
Regardless. Back to the matter at hand. What, pray tell, does runcible mean? I dismiss the wikipedian theories, and also believe (for no good reason) that the esteemed Mr. Lear must have had some meaning in mind. - Stephen Mack
You've read 'The Pobble who has no toes', right? I'm not sure our most beloved and esteemed poet ever let an actual meaning or real word get in the way of a good sound or rhyme. I think that's why I loved them so much. "Genuine poetry can communicate before it is understood." T S Eliot. Runcible sounds grand, fancy,exotic, *other*, and therefore fits magnificently. - WoH: Professor MOTHRA
WoH, of course, wherein we meet the runcible cat. - Stephen Mack
:) I meant that 'pobble' is not exactly a real word, either. - WoH: Professor MOTHRA
Bump! (For Zulema.) - Stephen Mack
Protospork. I have to remember that. :) - Stephan Planken from iPhone
It occurs to me that the first time I heard the word "runcible" it was in a Philip K Dick novel—he has apparently named multiple characters Runcible. This solidifies the whole "no fixed meaning" theory for me. :D - Victor Ganata
Victor: Yeah, the "In Popular Culture" section of that Wiki article is impressively long, but clearly incomplete. "Runcible" is just one of those words that is really easy to like, and many content creators have taken a shine to it. - Stephen Mack
*waves at Stephen* I must have missed this post! Thanks! - Zulema ❧ spicy cocoa tart
Well, it was from 18 months ago, so easy to miss! I think it was late at night, and mostly just WoH and me bantering. :) - Stephen Mack from iPhone
I read that as "edward laser" - Mo Kargas
The first time I noticed the word runcible, it was used as a Time lord name on Deadly Assassin. - Betsy
LB: Ratchet Bear
I have risen but not feeling very shineworthy! - Janet
SHINE? On a Monday? She's absolutely bonkers.. :) - JAson FLeming from Android
I rose but more like a zombie than something that shines. - Christina Pikas from iPhone
Need moar coffee - ellbeecee from Android
More like stumble and shamble. - Steven Perez from Android
I wanted to tell Monday to take a flying leap into a river of caca. - Jenny H.
No. I don't wanna. - Uli
*beams* - Eivind
*covers Eivind* #tooshiny - Janet
uh, hey there, LB. - LB's Bubba. The other 1
Janet: I read that as *covers behind*. Did someone have a bare tushie? - LB's Bubba. The other 1
Don't wanna! *fumbles around for coffee* - Jennifer Dittrich from FFHound!
Wellllll, Bubba, you bring forth a childhood song my mother would sing. I see your hiney, all bright and shiny, if you don't hide it I'm gonna bite it. So, it could be assumed in this instance? - Janet
I promise not to bite your hiney. I may or may not have my fingers crossed. - LB's Bubba. The other 1
Too LOUD!!!! - Friar Will
LB: Ratchet Bear
RT @historyinpix: Cow shoes used by Moonshiners in the Prohibition days to disguise their footprints, 1922.
RT @historyinpix: Cow shoes used by Moonshiners in the Prohibition days to disguise their footprints, 1922.
Neat! - Jenny H.
Should be difficult to walk with! - Nemo
Oh, George, not the livestock! - Brent Schaus from FFHound!
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