Women Sitting Next To Christmas Trees

I found this link on the AV Club to this page of forty-three pictures of women sitting next to Christmas trees in the fifties and sixties.

Okay, skipping over why anybody did a search for women sitting next to Christmas trees in the fifties and sixties, there’s something about vintage pictures of women that always makes me wonder what the story is; in this case, where they were coming from when they stopped by the tree, where they have to go next, what they think of the photographer, of the person standing next to them in the frame or just out of it, why they thought that outfit was a good idea, and if Christmas made them want to take an ax to the entire family (that may be me projecting from the Christmases in my youth). I get that with all vintage photos, but especially the ones with women because women were so often silenced back then, and what they were thinking was so much truer than what they were saying, and what they were thinking is right there on their faces. Like this one: Continue reading

This Post Is A Time Sink

Here’s another blast from the Argh Draft Vault, May 5, 2014. We’re cleaning house, Argh People.

I just wrote most of a post that’s a rant and realized that was probably a bad idea, so I’m letting it simmer for awhile. But in the process, I had to go look up The Evil Overlord List, the classic list of things that a smart person would do if he or she became an Evil Overlord. (My fave: “34. I will not turn into a snake. It never helps.”)

Unfortunately, I looked at the list on TV Tropes. For those of you who have never been to TV Tropes: Run away. Click that link and you’ll disappear for days. You have been warned. Continue reading

Pride and Recreation

Remember Sweetness, Lani’s little girl who moved in with me back when we all hung out in Squalor on the River? She’s not so little any more and she has a Tumblr you must see, Pride and Recreation, which combines pictures from BBC’s Pride and Prejudice with quotes from Parks and Recreation:


Our little girl is growing up (sob). And she has a great sense of humor (of COURSE).

Passwords To Remember

I recently changed all my passwords because of that damn Heartbleed thing, and I’ve been lost ever since. I knew all my passwords before because I’d had them for over a decade (that’s a bad thing), but finding secure new ones that I could remember turned into a nightmare. Then I found this post on Lifehacker that had this excellent password generator from security expert Bruce Schneier. Here’s my version of the Schneier method:
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True Facts About Science

I was never very good at science. You have to have some focus to do well there, and I was always getting lost in color and shape and story and wandering off. But I can pay attention for four minutes, one of the many reasons I like Ze Frank’s True Facts You Tube series.

Here, watch this one on chameleons. (SpitTake Alert: Do not drink anything while you watch.)

Or if you’d rather, here’s one on the mantis shrimp:

Or this one on the katydid, which is really a conversation between the katydid and evolution. There’s some swearing.

The one on the fruit bat is excellent but dirty (I have a thing for fruit bats because of Pratchett). The one on the land snail is downright pornographic. Okay, most of them are borderline perv. Oh, watch the one about owls. That’s a good one.

Science. Yeah.