One problem with being older than some is that I grew up before Roald Dahl was a thing, so never read James and the Giant Peach (or any of his books) as a kid. Made up for that yesterday. (We'd seen the movie years ago.) The best part of a pretty good Friday.
Seems to me somebody was grumbling about Raley's/Nob Hill and said it was the dominant supermarket chain in the Bay Area (I may be misremembering). That bothered me at the time. From the news reports of the merger about to happen, it's pretty clear that Safeway is the biggest supermarket chain in the Bay Area and California in general.
Reminded myself why I don't go to YouTube too often: Because I was thinking we needed a song like "We Don't Need Another Journal" for a project I'm toying with, went to remind myself how the original went. (The official Tina Turner video's there.) After hearing it, don't think I'll suggest this to Pete...
Two letters in today's SanFranChronicle, one upset because TV reporters say "you guys" regarding mixed groups--in this case, a female reporter saying "back to you guys" to turn it back to two female anchors. Another upset because an event is the "woman's two-man bobsled." The interesting part: both letters are from men.
I don't think I need to link to the original, but I found this statement VERY peculiar, and doubt that doctors, lawyers, architects, engineers, etc. would agree: "the mark of a true professional is one who works toward the day he or she is obsolete."
If you haven't already, you MUST read the first letter in today's Dear Abby--and, of course, her response. Sitting her with my chosen lifestyle of being male, right-handed and fair-skinned, all lifestyle choices, of course, I wonder why bigots object so much to being treated as bigots: http://www.uexpress.com/dearabb...
My "admiration" for NBC and Comcast, its owner, is plunging by leaps & bounds. Even though I'm a Comcast subscriber, Nbcolympics.com won't let me watch anything but little 2-minute canned news items...because I don't pay them enough, apparently. (They give you a few minutes of "temporary pass," but then put you in a 5-hour full video...
For the lack of a meaningful blog post, here's one in which I reveal my utter ignorance of '90s country music--and damned if I still don't believe this '90s country song isn't really a '70s urban song. Whether or not he has soul, James Taylor has the best arrangers in the business.http://walt.lishost.org/2014...
The charm of Friday news cycles: The lead story in today's SFChronicle is the first-day lines for this year's Pliny the Younger Triple IPA. (Available for two weeks or so, maybe, and maybe one barrel each at a few select pubs. Last year, Livermore's First Street Alehouse got one barrel--and had long lines to be able to buy one glass.)
Gotta give Publishers Clearing House credit: Today's set of offered stuff (to validate my Retirement Plan B, the million dollars a year if SuperLotto doesn't hit) includes loads and loads of Seahawk schlock--they probably had two sets of pages/offerings all ready to go when the game ended.
Seeing the latest Twitter dustup, I think John DeSantis is misunderstood. It must be his own private jet (after all, he did say "my plane"), in which case some unknown woman bringing a crying infant on board must be a little odd, if not an idiot. Of course, if it's *not* a private jet, then DeSantis is an asshat.
Reading report on Midwinter LITA Top Tech Trends, person talking about Codes of Conduct cited as saying they come out of tech. I guess it's where you look: I'd suggest they also come out of scifi/fantasy/comic cons. Probably both and more.
I think Jenica might applaud today's Dear Abby (really!): "Your pregnancy and subsequent motherhood will be 100 percent easier if you stop listening to people who relish putting negative thoughts in the heads of others." http://www.uexpress.com/dearabb...
Just a quick note: I'm disappearing for a few hours, and in this case it's a GOOD THING. Back later today, probably. (Long-awaited data arrived, but in a form that requires some massaging before I'm satisfied it's usable. Then need to start using it...)
Sometimes this stuff works. 1. I get an email from "PG&E" (our utility) giving my current charges. It's obviously wrong...and the return address is obviously not PG&E. 2. I go to PG&E's actual site, and there's a front-page red-type warning about an email scam and what to do, including a corporate security email.
So: Ebook sales plateau (for now) and maybe decline, hardback sales grow...and suddenly instead of "print is dead!" we get "ebooks are dead!"? Because, you know, it's NOT POSSIBLE for both to exist. Right?
Late in the day (it's Wednesday, hiking day) but today's Bing photo is...strange. The squeaking silk moth, Quinling Mountains, Shaanxi, China. Personally, I wouldn't download this one as wallpaper--especially not while I'm finishing up the last (but not the greatest) Harry Potter book.