Friday, May 28, 2010

Friday Fun: But nobody expects the...oh, nevermind

Terry Jones, Michael Palin and Terry Gilliam
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Yes, it's not much, and at the last minute, but most of my Friday Fun was In Real Life today. It was the first day in months I got to take a day off because I wanted to and not just because life happened. LilGirl and I went to the library, took a walk by a lake, went to the bookstore, then met hubby for lunch and had a super lazy afternoon. It was a goood day :)

Tuesday, May 25, 2010

In case you're having #Lost withdrawals

Jimmy Kimmel's got you covered!

Don't Panic - It's Towel Day! #towelday

I've got my towel today, and so does Quinn Dogga. Do you know where your towel is? You should. 
After all, anyone "who can hitch the length and breadth of the galaxy, rough it, slum it, struggle against terrible odds, win through, and still knows where his towel is, is clearly a man to be reckoned with."
If you're wondering, the Ravenous Bugblatter Beast of Traal is "a mind-bogglingly stupid animal, it assumes that if you can't see it, it can't see you." So, you wrap your towel around your head, and you're safe!

And if you're still thoroughly confused, you should read, listen to, or watch The Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy and check out the sentiment behind Towel Day. Douglas Adams is sorely missed.

Monday, May 24, 2010

This is not your daughter's technology

On the flip side of "rewinding" a DVD, this strip reminds me of my daughter's recent experience with the VCR. I hadn't realized just how long it had been since we'd had one hooked up (probably since before we moved into our house 4+ years ago, and maybe before the apartment before that, so she probably hasn't seen a VCR since she was 4). We were cleaning out boxes one day and she found the videotapes. She wanted to watch some of them, so I hooked up the VCR and left her to it.

After a few minutes, she called me back in.

"It just keeps playing the credits. How do I bring up the menu?"

"There isn't a menu. You need to rewind it."

She looked at me like I'd just told her to walk to the moon. "Re...wind?"

I showed her how to rewind it and told her she'd have to wait a couple minutes for it to get back to the beginning.

Soon, she called me back again. "It won't stop playing the previews. You're sure there isn't a menu?"

"Yes. You just need to fast-forward through the previews."

She raised an eyebrow at this, but turned back to the screen to give it a go.

A few minutes later, she called me back again. "How do I turn on the subtitles?" (We're very big on subtitles in our house, but that's a post for another day.)

"There aren't any subtitles, honey."

She sighed. "Maybe I'll just watch a DVD."

I can just see how it will go when she encounters the Edison Player at her grandparents' house....

(Do you read Unshelved? If you like libraries AT ALL, you should!)

Friday, May 21, 2010

Congratulations to the lucky man...or Wookie

May 21, 1980 was a Big Day: Not only was Pac-Man unleashed on the world, as Google commemorated today with a logo you can actually play... was also the day The Empire Strikes Back came to theaters. Here's an interesting interview with Mark Hamill and Harrison Ford (unfortunately, it's in two parts to remove the clip in the middle). I find it interesting that Mark Hamill hints about the prequels and there is wink-wink-nudge-nudge talk of who Leia will end up with.

(Via LA Times)

Friday Fun: Laundry, I can't quit you!


Thursday, May 13, 2010

Stop flashing me!


These are all true (I encourage you to click through to read the others). I especially agree with #7. It's gotten to the point that my eyes are like a heat-seeking missile looking for "Skip Intro."

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Maybe it's just the combination of "flash" and the guy's stance, but it seems like he should be wearing a long coat and nothing else, don't you think?