Given various "X was white, and that's all there is to it!" stuff, I was reminded of one my favorite recently-written seasonal songs, "Some Children See Him." (We have James Taylor's version, also George Winston's, but the latter doesn't have lyrics.) I knew what I *thought* I was hearing...https://www.youtube.com/watch...
Crossing traditions: Growing up, one day during Lent--Maundy Wednesday, I think--we always had kartoffel pfankuchen for dinner (with applesauce). Now, I'd be more likely to have latkes during a very different religious holiday. As far as I can tell, kartoffel pfankuchen and latkes are the same thing.
Improbable lazyweb question: Any way to have a Wordpress install reject any comment where the "author" field is nonroman? That alone would get rid of 80% of the spamments on my blog. Which might mean I could go back to checking for trapped legit comments.
In Beall's latest Predatory post (apparently he's unbothered by his exposure as an extremist), he uses "charges extra for color illustrations" as one sign of a predatory publisher. I eagerly await his list of all subscription publishers who charge for color illustrations. Oh, but they're not based in India, so it's OK.
Fun piece in today's SF Chronicle on "Dance Party" on KOFY-TV. I've seen portions of it. Unlike Soul Train and Dick Clark's various dance shows, this one ***definitely does not*** feature great-looking young people. It celebrates diversity in its own peculiar way:...
I think I'll go ride mass transit, sneak up on some woman with an iPad, figure out what she's reading and use that as the basis to bloviate about how Too Many Women Read Something I Don't Approve Of. Because, you know, it's the thing to do.
I am getting feisty in my old age: Objecting to the "OMG! Huge solar panel plant kills 20 BIRDS!" or "OMG! Altamont wind farms kill 50 EAGLES!"--with a note about the tens of millions of birds killed by flying into office building/skyscraper windows each year and the billion+ killed by cats each year....
Pop culture question: Just watched Four Rode Out (Pernell Roberts, Sue Lyon, Leslie Nielsen, a...leisurely...film). Which opens with Janis Ian singing & playing 12-string guitar, and she provides the full score--the only music (mostly guitar, three other songs). The question:
Bizarro PC problem: Suddenly (2-3 days ago), Word won't print double-sided--it keeps turning off the setting in Printer Properties (although that's how it's set in the system). (And occasionally the spool hangs until I restart.) Duplexing is fine in Excel, Adobe Reader, Firefox...but not Word.
Moment of truth at dinner yesterday: During Livermore's Holidays in the Vineyards weekends a week prior, we'd purchased a split case of Viognier and Chardonnay from Nottingham Cellars, normally $24/bottle, for $150/case: Still more than we usually pay for wine. The question: Was the wine really that good, or were we caught up in the spirit?
Neat little suggestion of language/national differences, in Carl Frederick's "Fear of Heights in the Tower of Babel," in the October 2013 Analog Science Fiction, set in a kilometer-high Tower of Europe. At this point, in the restaurant at the top, with multilingual menu.
So now I'm learning that if you've ever done something one way, then become VERY FAMOUS, you are not allowed to advocate for doing it a better way without getting jumped on. A new variety of tall poppy syndrome?
A new (?) twist in Amazon's fitful efforts to be profitable: Today, at least, if I search for something on IMDB directly from my browser (I have it in Firefox's search-box pull-down menu), instead of a result, I get a full-screen ad for Despicable Me 2 stuff...with no apparent way to close it and get to the result.
This weekend is Holiday in the Vineyards, when almost all 50-odd wineries in Livermore do something (maybe) more than the usual weekend tastings. Did two wineries (our limit) today. NOISY and crowded and NOISY. (And, since I pretty much only drink white, a little limited: Typically each winery offers one white and 3 to 5 reds for your $10 fee.)
I never thought I'd be linking to Baby Blues, but today's comic says something about a certain revered comic strip (apparently in permanent reruns) that needs to be said: http://www.sfgate.com/comics...
So as not to threadjack, I'll put this random "thought" here: Considering William Shatner's acting and Gordon Lightfoot's stage presence (I saw him 20 years ago or so), if only Tom Welling was Canadian, I'd have a trifecta.
Made my day: doing a little looking-up in GScholar and, in a PDF of a conference presentation, saw this: "Crawford, who has a reputation for presenting a humorous slant to things, presents the most entertaining read of the two books."