I suddenly want to spend more time at the UN

Wednesday, March 11th, 2009 | Toast! | 1 Comment

A ‘Battlestar Galactica’ panel discussion at the United Nations

Wanna take bets on whether or not anyone can slip the word “frak” in there anywhere? It’d look great in the transcripts. (And suddenly I’m hungry for some KFC.*)

(Via Coudal)

(*If you don’t watch the episodes when they air on SciFi, this probably doesn’t make any sense. Sorry. It’s a location joke. You kinda had to be there.)

If only there was an app that gave you artistic ability

Wednesday, March 11th, 2009 | Design-y Bits | No Comments

‘Coz then I’d really have to get an iPhone so I could make lovely little drawings like these. Amazingly, they were made using only a finger and the Brushes app.

Make sure you check out the movies of the drawings being made.

(Via The Morning News)


Tuesday, March 10th, 2009 | You Call This News? | 7 Comments

About a year ago, I attended a meeting of one of the neighborhood groups for the area where I live. I went partly ‘coz it was at Paddy’s and partly because their guest that month was our neighborhood liaison officer from the local police station. I figured it wouldn’t be a bad idea to meet the person who fills that role in the area where I live and own property.

While I was at the meeting, I signed up for the group’s email list. I haven’t attended any meetings since that one, but I still get the emails. Every now and then I think about taking myself off their email list. They’re nice people, but… how shall I put this delicately… they need hobbies. Hobbies other than sitting around talking about what they think of the sign at the local stop-n-rob or cars they’ve seen parked in one place too long. But just about the time I think of unsubscribing, I get one of their emails and it makes me laugh and I decide to remain on the list.

Today I got one of those emails.

One of the local restaurants suffered a fire last year. Once they figured out what they were up against with repairs and such, and in view of the current economy, they decided to close rather than remodel and reopen. A couple of months ago, a new pub & restaurant announced they’d be opening up in that space. The new place will be a British pub, owned by a Brit, and named “The Dog’s Bollocks.”

So today, I get my copy of the local neighborhood group’s email. Item B on this month’s agenda for them is the following: “Discussion of possible actions related to new information about the proposed name for the new British style inn moving into the space formerly occupied by Elliot’s Bistro. Since meeting with the owner about the project, we have learned that the name uses some rather vulgar British slang.”

OH NOES!!! A pub! In an entertainment district! Near a college! Using *gasp!* a cheeky name! Won’t someone think of the children??

I was pretty indifferent to the pub prior to this, but I think I’ve just become a fan. Added potential for neighborhood comedy: It’s just down the block from the Tool Shed, which is a local erotic boutique (and was the last thing that got this neighborhood group’s panties in a bundle) (oh. ha. see what I did there?). God, I hope the two places decide to co-sponsor something — perhaps the dodgeball tournament at this year’s Summer Soulstice on North Ave.

I’m in ur watch, leavin’ u messages

Tuesday, March 10th, 2009 | Design-y Bits | 1 Comment

The hidden message in Abraham Lincoln’s timepiece.

It’s little gems like this that make me happy I follow the Smithsonian on Twitter.

Sometimes people make my brain hurt

Monday, March 9th, 2009 | Design-y Bits | 2 Comments

Frequently, those people write in to Yahoo! Answers, asking questions like this one:

‘We The People’ on the American Constitution is in what writing font?
i’m looking to find out what Font wrighting is We The People is on the American Constitutuion so i can use that font in a Word Prosseser

(Via The J-Walk Blog)

Looking into the past

Monday, March 9th, 2009 | Design-y Bits | No Comments

Here is what I hope is only the beginning of a wonderful little Flickr set called Looking Into the Past. Can’t wait to see more of these.

As the creator notes, it’s a tribute to Michael Hughes’ brilliant Souvenirs photos. (I love those photos to no end.)

That’ll teach me to go to bed early

Monday, March 2nd, 2009 | Life in Czeltistan | 2 Comments

I was exhausted last night, so I was in bed before the news last night. Probably should have stayed up to watch the weather. I knew we were expecting flurries or light snow. Had no idea I’d wake up to 8″ of the stuff.

On the plus side, it looks all very Dr. Zhivago out there, especially now that the sun’s coming out.

Depressing? Try hilarious.

Friday, February 27th, 2009 | Toast! | 3 Comments

Well, ok. They wouldn’t be all that hilarious if they actually happened. Except maybe #8. That would actually be pretty funny.

20 Possible Battlestar Galactica Endings, All of Them Hideously Depressing

How did I miss that?

Wednesday, February 25th, 2009 | You Call This News? | 3 Comments

Am I the last person to find out that Robinson Crusoe was based on a real person? I always thought it was purely fictional until I read this article about the man the story was based on.

Learn something new every day.

(Via The Morning News)

More entertaining than real Facebook

Tuesday, February 24th, 2009 | Fun With Teh Intarweb | 1 Comment

And far, far fewer Li’l Green Patch requests.

The Aeneid on Facebook.

Trivia for today: “The Aeneid” was also the name of my high school’s yearbook. My, didn’t the person who came up with that think themselves special. (I prefer to think of my time in high school as more the “war” books instead of the “journey to Italy” books, but I’m guessing the person who titled the yearbook was going for the journey aspect. Clearly they were too old to properly remember what high school was like.) (I digress.)

(Damn. Can’t remember where I found this link. Thank you, mystery source.)

I crawl through the intertubes so you don’t have to

Monday, February 23rd, 2009 | Design-y Bits, You Call This News? | 1 Comment

Plus, finding stuff online is kinda fun.

So here are some goodies that are share-worthy today. I hope you enjoy them.

1) For the type addicts and sign junkies out there (myself included), Villatype: A record of type and lettering found in the public domain.

2) An interesting article from the NY Times about the N.I.H.’s Undiagnosed Diseases Program: What’s Wrong With Summer Stiers? The lede’s not quite how I would have started the article, but then again, no one asked me. I’m just intrigued by the project. It must be an incredibly cool (but probably very frustrating) job.

3) And finally, not exactly a groundbreaking story, but it’s got one part in it that’s good for a chuckle. Check out the second bit of linked text in this Time article (the one at the end of the paragraph that starts “Then there’s a third group…”). Maybe they’re worried their readers would be confused in this economy and think of things like food, rent and insurance instead. (Personally, I’d have titled the link “Stupid things people with more money than brains waste their cash on.” This is probably one of the many, many reasons I’m not a writer for Time Magazine.)

(thanks to The Morning News for the first two links and a tip o’ the hat to friend Augie for the last.)

Had a good day at PT

Monday, February 23rd, 2009 | Life in Czeltistan | 2 Comments

According to my therapist (who is actually an occupational therapist, not a physical therapist), I am “far more flexible” than she expected I would be “for someone who’s had a fairly traumatic arm injury.” Guess I’m ahead of schedule on my recovery. (Yay me!)

My elbow can only bend at a 50% range of motion, but we’re working on that. Nearly everything else was much better than either of us expected. (Including my wrist movements on the arm I broke four years ago. I have no limitation of movement at all there. I gathered from her comments that was better than would be expected as well.) She seemed pretty confident I’d be back to normal in no time. I’m hoping she’s right.

Thanks, Douglas Adams

Monday, February 23rd, 2009 | Life in Czeltistan | 1 Comment

You just helped me win a $25 Think Geek gift certificate on Twitter! Yay! (And thanks to BB, who was the person to finally get me to create a Twitter account.)

Wish I had $9000 laying around

Friday, February 20th, 2009 | Shameless Consumerism | 5 Comments

I’d so get a life-size Cylon.

I’d put him outside my cube at work. Requests would go through him.

The proofreader in me chuckles

Thursday, February 19th, 2009 | Design-y Bits | 2 Comments

NYC Transit’s Top Typos

(Thanks to vidiot for the giggles. Now I have something to do besides play “find the Duracell” while waiting for trains when I visit.)


Thursday, February 19th, 2009 | Life in Czeltistan | 6 Comments

I am two pounds and one exoskeleton lighter this afternoon, and things are looking bright.

They took two x-rays: one side shot with the elbow bent (like such) and one straight on with the inside of my elbow facing up (like this). The side shot looked fabulous. You can hardly even see the fracture. This is great news. The straight on shot looks better than it did two weeks ago, but the bone is still a bit off-center. (Picture about half of the gap in the x-ray linked above.) This isn’t the best news, but it’s not necessarily bad, either. The bone is shifted to the side where it may not impact the elbow’s range of motion.

The soft tissue bits are still a little sore. I’m not sure yet how much of that is from the injury and how much is from two weeks locked in the same position. The swelling is nearly completely gone, though, and the bruising is less than half of what it was when the cast went on (and the bruises were just starting to show at that point). So I take that all as a very good sign.

I’m slated for PT twice a week for the next three weeks. Then on March 12, I go back in to see the doc and we discuss my progress in PT. (In his words, “We see if there’s anything you can’t do or if you find that your elbow gets stuck in certain positions.” Stuck? Stuck??? WTF, stuck? That’s not cool. No stuck, please.)

Before I left the appointment, he had me see if I could move the arm around a little. I can and, in fact, have more movement than he expected. Then he asked me if I could do a little side-to-side movement with my hands in a fist, thumbs facing up. Judging by his “oh, wow. You really can. Hey, you may not need surgery at all. You may do just fine on your own,” I was able to do that movement better than he expected. If he’s right about not needing surgery, then that’s twice now he’s managed to fix me up well enough to beat the odds. I’m so hoping he’s right.

Meantime, I’m enjoying being able to properly wash my hands again (those of you who know how obsessive I am about hand washing know this was killing me), scratch that one little spot on my upper right arm I couldn’t reach for the past three weeks, and fit my left arm back into the sleeves of ALL my clothing again. It’s also entirely possible I may get up a few minutes earlier tomorrow just to spend a little more time savoring a proper shower. Ahhh.

Thanks, all, for the good wishes the last few weeks. It’s much appreciated.

Overheard at Target

Wednesday, February 18th, 2009 | Overheard | 3 Comments

Setting: Two women with a (children’s?) trivia book in the dollar spot.

Woman #1 (reading): “What’s the highest mountain in the world?” Oh, you should totally know this one. Didn’t you go there?

Woman #2: Oh! Kilamanjaro. Oh, wait. No. Pike’s Peak!

Wish me luck

Wednesday, February 18th, 2009 | Life in Czeltistan | 8 Comments

My doc appointment is at 1:15 Thursday. I’m hoping Cute Doctor* will have nothing but good news for me. (“Wow. Not only do you not need surgery, but your bone has completely healed AND coated itself with adamantium!”) (Ok, maybe not hoping for news THAT good.)

It’s not that I fear surgery (in fact, if it comes to that, I’d kind of like to watch). It’s that I fear the frakking $4000 deductible my insurance has. At that cost, I’m tempted to take my chances with a superglue injection instead, only that isn’t one of the choices my doctor offers.

So if you get a chance, send all your “Anne should use that $4000 on a car or several fabulous vacations, not her elbow” vibes my way.

I’ll post back here Thursday afternoon or evening with an update.

(*Since some of you have asked… everyone, meet Cute Doctor.)


Monday, February 16th, 2009 | Life in Czeltistan | 4 Comments

Figured out how to tie shoes with this stupid cast on this morning. I can do it with all the speed of a small child who’s just learning, and the knot isn’t as tight as I’d like, but if it means I no longer have to wear the same two pairs of shoes (especially since neither is good in winter), I’m fine with it.

Still can’t open jars, though. Stupid torque.

Because sometimes ads actually are clever

Friday, February 13th, 2009 | Design-y Bits | 1 Comment

British Auto Poster Campaign

Kudos to local industry-mates Stir. Thanks for the chuckle.