Dept. of Weird

Saturday, 16 April 2016 09:02 am
kaffyr: The llama from Polar Bear Cafe (Llama-san)
Dreams. Go Figure.

I rarely talk about my dreams here. No, wait, I actually never talk about my dreams here. 

But last night I dreamed about being in some sort of polyamorous marriage with Mark Ruffalo and Tilda Swinton, and having twins with Ruffalo, a girl named Ishtar and a boy named London. Who I had to introduce to an older boy and girl who I think must have been their half siblings courtesy of Tilda. 

I ... I think I'm afraid to go back to sleep. 

Ruffalo was absolutely lovely, mind you. 

Dept. of Kwizeeen

Wednesday, 27 January 2016 08:31 pm
kaffyr: (Tired of typesetting)
I Have ...

... made a 10-pound lasagne.*

Fear me.



*With the help of my beloved sous-chef. At 8:30 at night.  

 
kaffyr: (Badly Written)
Or Perhaps, the Floor Hitting Something Else ....

Fun with flooring )
kaffyr: (Darwin!)
Gee, D'ya Think?

I pay occasional attention to a LinkedIn discussion group for online reporters and editors. It doesn't often have much to commend it, and today's post was ... well, here's the title: "As Newsrooms Have Layoffs, Content Could Suffer."

No shit, Sherlock. 

*goes to bang head rhythmically against wall*

kaffyr: Riddell, from Dinosaurs on a Spaceship, Doctor Who (It's a challenge!)
Ballsy Advertising

Tales from a condo board president: like many condo buildings with parking lots, our building has a contract with a towing company, to deal with non-approved people parking in the lot. 

We're in Chicago, and our contract is with Lincoln Towing Services. If you're from Chicago, you know Lincoln Towing Services as a company of towtruck-driving sharks, cruising through alleys and streets, looking for un-permitted cars to tow. Its history is so replete with tales of towtruck drivers' voracious hunger for towing, and those drivers' lightning quick tow action, that it's become legendary. 

How legendary? This legendary: 





Yesterday, one of our unit residents who was temporarily using a rental car, and who forgot to put a permit in her window that one fateful Tuesday, got towed. Although it was, ultimately, her fault, I told her I'd try to convince Lincoln Towing to reimburse all or part of the $218.50 it cost her to free the car from its pound. I've put in the call, although I don't expect anyone to call me back; if they do, I don't expect them to reimburse anything.

That's not the point of this post. 

When I was put on hold during my first call, guess what music played while I waited?

You damn betcha. 

I've got to admire the chutzpah. 




Dept. of Memory Lane

Sunday, 28 June 2015 08:02 pm
kaffyr: Dancing French cracked geniuses (Sometimes you need to dance)
I Knew The Bride When She Used to Rock and Roll

You know that part in my profile bio where it says "I used to be a chick singer in an unsuccessful rock and roll band."? 

Proof, courtesy of friend and fannish historian 
[personal profile] gerisullivan , who unearthed pictures of one of the times the band was successful; when we were guests of honor at the 1985 Minicon, in Minneapolis (and thanks to her for letting me link to her post.)

As I say in the comment I made over there, the picture of me singing with my eyes open was a rare and anomalous moment in entertainment history. I normally could not open my eyes and look at the audience. I have no idea, since I certainly was able to keep my eyes open when I acted onstage. 

Jesus Harold Christ, I was young. 

Also? I married the handsomest man in the world. Also also, we had the best lawyer-bassist anywhere; Dr. Gonzo.  




kaffyr: Clyde of SJA puts a finger to his nose (Clyde's got it!)
It Made Me Smile

BB and I have a remarkably non-toxic relationship, and have had one for the past 34 years.

However, I have had, in the past, at least one unbelievably toxic romantic relationship and, throughout my life, remarkably toxic non-romantic relationships. 

I ran into this on one of my occasional forays onto Facebook, courtesy of my friend Shirley T. I love it for so many reasons, not least of which are the shiny, shiny clothes on people who Do. Not. Give. A. Fuck. What. You. Think. 

Yes, this made today a lot better. 


Dept. of Umor

Sunday, 10 May 2015 11:47 am
kaffyr: (Lead laughing)
BAWWHAHAHAHAHAHA

For your reading pleasure: the Sad Puppies review books. 

With many thanks to [livejournal.com profile] james_nicoll for pointing me in that direction. 






Dept. of Did You Know

Thursday, 2 April 2015 02:03 pm
kaffyr: The Polar Bear from Polar Bear cafe (Polar Bear-san)
 Fun With Rice Cookers

Did you know that you can make one hell of a pancake in a rice cooker? Yes, we tried it (apparently it's A Thing), and it works.  Bob learns so many interesting things by reading Rocket News .... 
(Note: I just linked to the Rocket New feed that's tagged for food. There's loads more if you just go to Rocket News in general.)

Brought to you by Bored kaffyr is Bored.

Dept. of Me, Me, Me!

Wednesday, 25 March 2015 02:30 pm
kaffyr: (Lead laughing)
I've Been Thinking

I am old enough* that seeing an airplane go overhead was cause to run out of the house and look to the skies when I was growing up.
I am old enough that the first telephone number I remember was 884. 
I am old enough that I remember the excitement when they put a transmitter up that allowed us to get our second television station. In black and white.
I am old enough that I learned to type on a 1930s-era Remington.
I am old enough to remember bristol board, manila paper, paper with the wood chips still in it, and school tests printed in purple aniline dye by a spirit duplicator** 
I am old enough that my first comic book cost 8 cents. It went up to 12 cents when I was in fourth or fifth grade. 
I am old enough to remember Boer War veterans coming to the Cenotaph on Remembrance Day.***
I am old enough to have listened to the funeral of John F. Kennedy piped through my school classroom****
I am old enough to have sent a telegram unselfconsciously. 


I am still young enough to relish all those things.


* .. and lived as a child in a rural enough area ... but it was not in a wilderness.
** or Ditto machine.
***  Hey, I was very young, and the two of them were very old. Very old. 
**** And I was in Canada. 

kaffyr: A cartoon dog ponders reality (Subjective pup)
Things I Do

Spend years (truly, years) looking at a pair of good snow boots, one of whose side zipper needs to be replaced. Finally take it in, get it replaced. Lose other boot. Or perhaps dropped it off at cobbler's, and forgot to get it back. But if so, why did cobbler not give it back to me?

This is my life.

kaffyr: The TARDIS says hello (Default)
Well, this is a first ....


  { visit my post } { visit the thread }

I decided I would try this. I don't believe I've ever done this before, because I have lots of lovely LJ friends and many here at/over at Dreamwidth. But it couldn't hurt, she said with admirable disregard for Murphy-ish reality. 

Maybe I'll see you there; I intend ti go through a lot of the posts over there.

Communication! What a concept; it's a gas!

Dept. of Nostalgia

Wednesday, 6 August 2014 11:53 pm
kaffyr: A cartoon dog ponders reality (Subjective pup)
I Am In Mourning. Sort Of.

My lava lamp has died.

I'm not kidding, you guys.

No, really. It was better than soporifics or tranks to chill me out. BB says he's going to check to see if it's just a dead bulb. If it is, he'll find another one. If the whole thing is dead, he says he's going to get me another one. I love that man of man.

kaffyr: Princess Jellyfish goes to work (Reporting for duty)
 Amusement Accomplished

I've just noticed that my new eyeglass frames, which currently hold temporary lenses to allow me to type, are both TARDIS blue in most lights and, in some lights, slightly jewel-like purple. My two favorite colors in one stylish (but slightly heavier than I've had before) piece of eyewear ... with the number of TARDIS blue things I'm accumulating around the house, not to mention items that might be found inside the little blue box *cough action figures cough* I believe I may have tipped over into overly fannish. Heh.

kaffyr: Rory and Amy having a rabbit hole day (Rabbit hole day)
Not Polyphiloprogenitive

Eyeglasses. Yup. Eyeglasses. )
kaffyr: Riddell, from Dinosaurs on a Spaceship, Doctor Who (It's a challenge!)
So. The Seventh

After developing rather a large love for the Seventh Doctor through loads of really good fanfic and nothing else, BB and I finally sat down tonight to start watching his adventures. First up: Time and The Rani.

Well. That was dismal.

Not the Doctor - it was just his first adventure and he came in on a truly execrable plot, written horribly, directed badly .... and oh, dear lord, the music. I've got to say, anyone making snide remarks about Murray Gold really needs to listen to whoever wrote the incidental music for this one.

Nor was it Bonnie Langford. She seemed far less annoying than I've been led to believe. But my goodness, the woman who played the Rani. Great costume, mind you. But ...maybe she was ambushed by the writing and directing. Yes, let's leave it at that.

"Paradise Towers," on the other hand, was cheesy and camp - but deliberately so. I liked it a hell of a lot better than Seven's first adventure.

Dept. of Gah.

Friday, 26 April 2013 05:44 pm
kaffyr: The llama from Polar Bear Cafe (Llama-san)
Really, brain? Really????


....aaand I just found my power cord and adapter. In the backpack I had checked once, twice, thrice. Well, $114 Canadian later, I now have two adapters.  Oh, brain, you're so sleep-deprived. Oh, wallet, you're so much thinner.



Dept. of Gah.

Thursday, 17 January 2013 09:12 am
kaffyr: Weeping angel peers through "clock" (Time's no Angel)
How to Spend A Wednesday (written on Thursday, because Wednesday)

Run Away! Run Away! )

Oh, and one also gets one's husband to take a picture.
Which one hides to save bandwidth )
kaffyr: Dancing French cracked geniuses (Sometimes you need to dance)
Post Election Considerations

Thanks in no small part to the vast and evil knowledge of [personal profile] james_davis_nicoll  and the kindly directional wisdom of [personal profile] autopope  that pointed me to this post over at Making Light, I've had the dubious pleasure of reading the extreme expressions of displeasure of those at the fruitbattier end of the "ZOMG Obama End Times AAAAAaaaaaiiiieee!!!!!!" spectrum. And because I like to a) spread the WTFness and b) I do, meanly, enjoy drinking their tears, I provide the links to you.

Under which I ruminate )
On the other hand, I also want to pass along news of good things and I consider this campaign purely, positively, cheekily brilliant. The moment I read this was truly joyful. This idea almost makes using the phrase "thinking outside the box" worthwhile. For people who thought that the Occupy movement had faded away, this is a particularly lovely heads-up that it hasn't. Thanks to [personal profile] supergee  and, again, to Making Light.

And of course, there's this. If you haven't seen it by now, perhaps it will make you smile. Hell, even if you've seen it before, you might want to see it again. And I'd much rather react to my ideological opponents in this fashion than in the splenetic, grammatically challenged perorations you'll find courtesy of the first couple of links.

kaffyr: Clyde of SJA puts a finger to his nose (Clyde's got it!)
Public Service Announcement

Because I care.

Thank you. Goodnight America, and all the ships at sea.

Addendum: thanks to the most estimable [livejournal.com profile] wendymr, who pointed this out to me before mainstream news folks did.
kaffyr: Rory and Amy having a rabbit hole day (Rabbit hole day)
Meetings!

My life is meetings! I live for meetings! They are a science and an art! They are ... comparable to the laws of physics.

Because, yeah, you can't avoid them. You can't escape them.

Gravity.

Time.

Meetings.




kaffyr: Cylon Hybrid leaps into future. (Jump!)
I Had So Many Things To Say

But I couldn't find the time or the inclination. It's been one of those days weeks months ah, fuggit, one of those periods of times.

Still, a few things make a post, don't they? Let's see.

Birthdays! There are, and were, birthdays!

Many past happy returns of the now-bygone day to[personal profile] james_davis_nicoll (18th May), who almost single-handedly keeps me informed and amused about a plethora of fannish and general things. His cats, too; my world would be a little less richly wonky without James' cats, and his occasional contretemps with brassy squirrels.

Happy birthday, too, to [personal profile] robling_t (just yesterday, 26th March); may your Muse be beneficient this year, and may life be good to you.

Nor can I forget to wish all the best in the coming year to [livejournal.com profile] mostlikely2 (22nd March), one of the people still most apt to challenge the way I think, and one of the writers who can move me to tears of joy.

Other Things!

Yes, other link-heavy things! )
kaffyr: The TARDIS says hello (Vizard)
Yeast is Yeast, and My Bread Killed It

I have just made the most spectacularly bad bread I have made in decades.

It's oatmeal bread. I have never before made oatmeal bread, and I decided to do it this afternoon in the wake of recovering from a remarkably bad migraine.

I knew as soon as I started kneading it that it wasn't going to rise.

When I got them out of the oven, I laughed so hard I cried. So did Bob. It did wonders for our mood.  And the bread doesn't taste bad.

But man, it's spectacularly bad.
kaffyr: The TARDIS says hello (Bennie's Tights)
Because Jae is Awesomesauce

A few weeks ago, I was chatting online with my delightful New York friend
[livejournal.com profile] lyricalviolet. Talk got around to tee-shirts as these things do, and SciFi SyFy and, eventually, to SyFy SciFi tee-shirts - again, as these things do. And it turned out that she was able to show me, again online, a Sharktopus* tee-shirt. Well! I made sounds of yearning because - Sharktopus!!! - little thinking that my idle yearning might be satisfied.

[livejournal.com profile] lyricalviolet, however, is, as I believe I have mentioned, awesomesauce. And less than two weeks later, my very own Sharktopus tee-shirt arrived by UPS.

All my munificent friend asked in return was that I post a picture of myself, wearing said Sharktopus tee, and it's my extreme pleasure to do so now.  (Also, note the hat - that's my birthday hat from BB, because he, too, is awesomesauce, as I believe I have, upon previous occasions, mentioned.)

This cut saves eyes. )



*What, you don't know Sharktopus? It's almost the zenith of SciFi SyFy Skiffy's cheesealicious movie-making art, perhaps coming near to the glory that was Mansquito. And it may be better than Mansquito, because it has Eric Roberts in it. The Master! The Master who stole Dr. Strange's wardrobe and did awful things to Paul McGann! What could possibly be better than Eric Roberts in a movie about a combination shark and octopus? Answer? I don't know because there's no way in hell I'd watch this mess, but I will treasure  it because ... shark! Octopus! Eric Roberts!


kaffyr: The TARDIS says hello (Bennie's Tights)
Because Jae is Awesomesauce

A few weeks ago, I was chatting online with my delightful New York friend
[livejournal.com profile] lyricalviolet. Talk got around to tee-shirts as these things do, and SciFi SyFy and, eventually, to SyFy SciFi tee-shirts - again, as these things do. And it turned out that she was able to show me, again online, a Sharktopus* tee-shirt. Well! I made sounds of yearning because - Sharktopus!!! - little thinking that my idle yearning might be satisfied.

[livejournal.com profile] lyricalviolet, however, is, as I believe I have mentioned, awesomesauce. And less than two weeks later, my very own Sharktopus tee-shirt arrived by UPS.

All my munificent friend asked in return was that I post a picture of myself, wearing said Sharktopus tee, and it's my extreme pleasure to do so now.  (Also, note the hat - that's my birthday hat from BB, because he, too, is awesomesauce, as I believe I have, upon previous occasions, mentioned.)

This cut saves eyes. )



*What, you don't know Sharktopus? It's almost the zenith of SciFi SyFy Skiffy's cheesealicious movie-making art, perhaps coming near to the glory that was Mansquito. And it may be better than Mansquito, because it has Eric Roberts in it. The Master! The Master who stole Dr. Strange's wardrobe and did awful things to Paul McGann! What could possibly be better than Eric Roberts in a movie about a combination shark and octopus? Answer? I don't know because there's no way in hell I'd watch this mess, but I will treasure  it because ... shark! Octopus! Eric Roberts!


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