Random Thursday: Coffee, Tea, or Time Sucks?

First, a Non-Random Announcement

Birthday Cake2

Happy Birthday to my Dear Husband!

May your Thursday be randomly filled with all the happiness you can handle.

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From Matisse’s Latte Period:

These are almost too fantastic to drink.

Latte art

Almost . . . .

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Time Suck the First: Janie’s Fault

“Hey, Mom!  Can I show you something on the computer?”

“No computers or TV until tomorrow, remember?”*

“I just want to show you something.”


Fine.  I’ll stay in the kitchen.  Just google Electric Man 3.”

“Hmmm.  Okay . . . Oh.  Huh.  Cool. “

“I know right?”

Electric Man 3

Some time later:

“So . . . Can I come in and watch you play?  Mom?  Mom?

“Nice try, honey.  Ooooo—got him!  Level eight . . . “

“Moo-ooom!  Not fair!”

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I Prefer FreeCell and Paperclip Jewelry, Myself

Writers Block Fun

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Time Suck the Second: Blame the Black Cat Cafe

There is no time suck like preliminary research for a new writing project.  I have no idea at this point what might be important later, so I’m absorbing it all and chasing down paths that lead me pretty much everywhere.

Like to the Black Cat Cafe in Matlock, Derbyshire, which is now part of my extensive  Bucket List Tour of England for all sorts of reasons.

One of the things that caught my attention is an entry on their menu:  “FAIRTRADE Tea – Blended or Specialty teas and infusions from Teapigs”



Several of you probably know about teapigs already, but the population of Western Illinois was unaware of this Nirvana of Leafy Infusibles.

Watson and I spent some small (cough )amount of time exploring their wares—adorable teapots, intriguing diffusers, and, at least to our wondering eyes, All The Teas.


We also noticed that for a mere  £15 pounds or so, they will deliver to us barbarians in the wilderness.

Which means I think I’ll put my mother on the hunt for imports first—
sharing the Time Suck clearly  runs in the family.

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Owl the LOLs

Laughing Owls

My theories vary every time I look at this, but today, I think they’re laughing over the exchange rate between the US and the UK . . .

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Time Suck the Last:  Egging on Hamlet, Over Easy

This one’s on Watson, who found it, but a small portion of the blame goes to Geoff Klock, who put together 198 quotes and references to Hamlet in movies and television and other resources, some familiar, some unexpected, some very odd indeed.

It’s long, but ultimately worth it.

Stay through the credits!


*The management does not negotiate with members of the radical Anti-Homework League.  That is all.


Something Mashy

I love trailer mashups.  Love ’em.

I’m fascinated by the way people more clever than I can pair a serious movie trailer—voice or visuals—with something over the top ridiculous, and make it work.

Case in point:

Seriously.  I’ve seen most of the clips because my kids are addicted—I know what that cannon actually does, and what the dialogue actually was.   And still, goosebumps.

I won’t lie—some of that might be Benedict Cumberbatch, whose voice once led me to watch a 14-minute compilation of Jaguar commercials . . . and three more while I was searching for the link.

So let’s try it with Henry Cavill—a talented actor whose voice isn’t included in my personal Vin Diesel Register of Excellence—paired with clips from a movie that’s a slightly more logical fit:

Still good.


Random Thursday: Angry Mobs, Future Gifts, and a Loss of Leverage

Last Random Thursday for 2012!

Anybody still reading these things?


Four Minutes of Leverage

I loved this show.  I bought a DVR so I wouldn’t miss this show.*

I wrote fanfic for this show.

I stalked the Head Writer of this show.

The Pigeon Drop is based partly on something that was once said about one of the consultants for this show.

And now it’s gone.

Sigh . . .


Christmas List 2013 #1:

Hobbit feet!

Hobbit feet!


Let’s Start an Angry Flash Mob!

But watch the azaleas.

Angry Mob!

(Wondermark is the brainchild of the brilliant and non-litigious David Malki !, who is also responsible for one of my tattoos)


Christmas List 2013 #2:

Star Trek Bra

But I want it in Command Gold.

Never mind why.


Humor Me

Because I’m seriously going to miss the team—by which I mean the actors, writers, and crew.

Thanks for a great five year run, guys.

(How about a spin-off—or reunion movie—for  Christmas List 2013 #3?)


*Literally.  If you look at our series recording queue, there are fourteen children’s shows and Leverage.  I keep them there until the season comes out on DVD.