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Alright: so maybe that's a little overboard. Nevertheless, here's a collection of links for your enjoyment (this time with sources for those of you who always ask "where do you find this stuff?"):
- Garrison Keillor rants about the elections. (Rants in a good way.)
- Canada switch parody (via fury.com): Canada is top on our list of possible relocation spots should we ever decide to leave Canby.
- Alternative gift ideas: when the commercialization of the holiday season has got you down.
- Girl Culture (via dollarshort.org): info on a book of photos about growing up a girl.
- For Pam (who is probably sick of Peeps-related stuff by now): Peephenge and Lord of the Peeps. Who knew so much fun could be had with pseudo-marshmallows? (Also try: The Big List of Peeps.)
- Perhaps not as interesting as the Fenrigs' humming language, Toki Pona, a 119-word language is still fun (via fury.com).
- At Custom Box Service, we can't resist an IQ Test. This series of tests is interesting; the main tests are rather easy (and seem to be designed to pitch membership in the organization administering them), but some of the tests -- especially the culture fair test -- are quite difficult. (via metafilter)
- P.J. Chmiel, the one-man gang: as if I really needed another weblog to read...
- And, finally, magical gadgets, forgotten electronics of the 70s and 80s. I remember coveting Dave's fancy calculator watch. I remember coveting Adventurevision. I coveted many such gadgets in the early 80s. Hell -- I still do.
What radio station do you listen to most often? I rarely consciously listen to the radio, but the guys here at Custom Box Service leave the radio in the break room on 24/7. This means that from 7 a.m. to 5 p.m. on Monday through Thursday -- and until noon on Friday -- I'm listening to the local Spanish-language station. Sure, the break room is at the other end of the trailer house, but I'm still listening passively to 40+ hours of Mexican music every week.
I guess that's not entirely true. A couple of hours each morning are devoted to an advice show which seems to consist mainly of distraught women calling and complaining that their husbands made them move to Oregon or Idaho or Minnesota and now they haven't any friends and that no-good husband just likes to drink and play soccer. I'm making some of that up, but those seem to be common themes.
Once or twice a day, the station will play a Spanish-language version of an English pop tune. That's fun. My favorite is Cyndi Lauper's "Time After Time" (which, suprisingly, I cannot find via KaZaA).
I'm watching the local news for the first time in years. My god! this stuff is terrible. It's almost painful to watch.
On this day at foldedspace.org
2003 — Patrick O'Brian In which I rave about Patrick O'Brian, his novels, and the film Master and Commander with Russell Crowe, which opens today.
2001 — Unrelaxed I didn't get the relaxing weekend that I had envisioned. Perhaps I'll give up on that plan.