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Time lapse at sea is really beautiful

I could do with both less cap­tioned com­men­tary and more actu­al com­men­tary. The cap­tions take away from the expe­ri­ence, but the com­men­tary real­ly enhances it. First world prob­lems. Hat tip: Kot­tke

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A Tax on People Who Are Bad at Math

Here is what is annoy­ing about the lot­tery. If the two peo­ple who won yes­ter­day had played the Power­ball Sim­u­la­tor twice a week for the equiv­a­lent of 7,000 years (like I did yes­ter­day), they would not have won (like I did not win). Then they would have said to them­selves, “Self, them is some bad […]

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Hockey Movie Based On Warren Zevon Song ‘Hit Somebody’

Kevin Smith Mak­ing Hock­ey Movie With Mitch Albom Based On War­ren Zevon Song ‘Hit Some­body’ — Holy Crap. Best song (about hock­ey) ever. I don’t real­ly care for Kevin Smith, but it might just be his imag­i­na­tion I don’t care for, so this movie stands a chance of being all kinds of awe­some.

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Little Apple Tree on the Prairie

On this trip I’m read­ing The Botany of Desire, by Michael Pol­lan. I’m just at the begin­ning, where he is talk­ing about apples and John Chap­man (aka John­ny Apple­seed). His­tor­i­cal books have always inter­est­ed me (as do his­tor­i­cal nov­els with a wee bit of fic­tion in them) and so I find this part espe­cial­ly fas­ci­nat­ing. […]

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Wheaton the new Niven?

One of my favorite books grow­ing up was Bring on the Emp­ty Hors­es by David Niv­en, an auto­bi­og­ra­phy of his life in Hol­ly­wood, full of amus­ing sto­ries about Hol­ly­wood greats and their lives off cam­era. My moth­er had it on her book­shelf. Niv­en was an accom­plished but not over­ly famous actor in his day, but […]

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The intricacies of Crystal Light

As a result of the South Beach diet we’re not real­ly on, I have been drink­ing a lot of Crys­tal Light late­ly (yay, Aspar­tame!).  I flirt­ed with Crys­tal Light a num­ber of years ago, most­ly with the “Nat­ur­al Lemon­ade” fla­vor (which is far from nat­ur­al, but pleas­ant­ly sour and cloy­ing­ly sweet, btw), but we’re drink­ing […]

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Soft Play Forms

So, we’re sit­ting around Sat­ur­day morn­ing, one kid is watch­ing TV (yes, we know) while the oth­er is play­ing hap­pi­ly with the big, vinyl-cov­­ered foam blocks we keep telling you are the most awe­some toy ever. Gaz­ing in admi­ra­tion at them, we decide that maybe we should buy anoth­er set, as these are five years […]

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Over is Right, Under is Wrong

OMG, I am so pleased to final­ly have some empir­i­cal evi­dence to point to. For the longest time I thought my wife under­stood, and was con­scious­ly putting the rolls on the right way. Then one day she put one on wrong, and when I asked her, she had no idea what I was talk­ing about. […]

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I love me some Feist‑y muppets

Been obsessed with Feist’s song, “1234,” late­ly, and then this pass­es across my feed read­er. Thank you, Enter­tain­ment Week­ly. That said, is that a wee French (Cana­di­an) accent I hear?

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The floods in Iowa

Our hearts go out to the peo­ple, includ­ing friends, in Iowa this week. We lived in Iowa City for sev­en years, and still con­sid­er it home. See­ing the pic­tures, read­ing the sto­ries, it has been wrench­ing. While nobody we know has been dis­placed, every­one we know has been affect­ed. We wish them the best of […]