Monthly Archive: November 2008

Nov 30 2008

Hot Is Heavy

I don’t usually feel the need to point to one of Zuska’s posts and say, “Yeah, what she said.” She’s got a strong voice and when she’s not reaching her audience, it’s usually either because they’re unreachable or because they already agree with her in principle and are arguing over details. This week, though, Zuska …

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Nov 29 2008


The domestic and laboratory goddess, in her answer to our question about science fiction and science bloggers, talked a little about the female role models available to a young budding scientist. This prompted me to realize that I have readers, too new to have heard me waxing enthusiastic about WisCon, who would love this convention. …

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Nov 27 2008

Shakespeare in Translation

More Animaniacs. Hamlet on Yorick

Nov 27 2008

Lessons With the Warners

Yakko, Wakko and Dot, that is. Someone’s been posting Animaniacs videos, and they’ve put up most of the good patter teaching songs. Now, I wouldn’t want to try to pass any tests based on these, but they’re still fun, years later. Presidents “We’re just tiny little specks, about the size of Mickey Rooney.” [sigh] I …

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Nov 26 2008

Tradition’s End

Mme. Piggy has a post up mourning the–hopefully temporary–loss of a Thanksgiving tradition. It resonated with me in a way it might not have any other year. This year marks the end of a tradition for us as well. For me, Thanksgiving has always meant my grandparents, my mother’s parents. They were the in-town grandparents …

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Nov 25 2008

Grandma’s Cranberry Relish

Or, how to make all the kids eat their cranberries. Seriously. 3 12-oz. bags fresh cranberries2/3 c. granulated sugar1 large can crushed pineapple1 pint heavy whipping cream1 lb. mini-marshmallows Wash and drain the cranberries. Grind using a medium die. Mix in sugar and let sit overnight in the refrigerator. Drain the crushed pineapple thoroughly. Mix …

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Nov 24 2008

Arbitrary Things

Eek. Tagged again. Link to the person who tagged you. Post the rules on your blog. Write six random arbitrary things about yourself. Tag six people at the end of your post and link to them. Let each person know they’ve been tagged and leave a comment on their blog. Let the tagger know when …

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Nov 23 2008

Internet Annoyances

I’ve spent much of the last two days with patchy and unreliable internet access. This has recently been fixed by (a) restarting the router again, although that hadn’t done anything earlier, (b) my husband closing and restarting Firefox on his computer (uh, huh) or (c) something further up the line that we had no control …

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Nov 21 2008

Bad Ad

Seen on a billboard for a local auto repair chain: We’ll leave the hoist up for you. Proof positive that advertising account executives not only have no idea how to care for their own cars but also have no interest in knowing anything about it. The hoist, of course, is only accessible in the down …

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Nov 20 2008

Not of the Tribe

So, last night I was working on a roundup of some of the cool blogs that have been recommended in the responses to our questions on science and science fiction, when I made the mistake of taking a break to check in on some of the blogs already on my blogroll. I was completely derailed. …

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