Elayne Riggs' Journal (for Leah)

Sunday, June 26, 2016

Silly Site o' the Day

I don't even want to talk about today's slight misstep, because everything was pretty much reserved in the Riggs Residence by noontime. Still, so many errors in a row have a way of paralyzing a person, so as promised I spent the day laying low, getting a lot of comics read, doing the dishes and finances, fairly safe things. Didn't want to take a chance on ironing! Let's hope tomorrow and Tuesday help give me more perspective on things. It's all small stuff! Speaking of perspective, here's someone who Disney-fies things. Not sure whether or not that means he dignifies them.

Saturday, June 25, 2016

Silly Site o' the Day

My bad luck streak continues, as I inadvertently erased my entire shopping list while at the supermarket and now I'll have to start from scratch with the app all over again. I'm starting to wonder how tomorrow will get off on the wrong foot. After shopping I decided to lay low through tomorrow night. Come Monday in New Jersey, there's no place to hide. Dunno what's going on, I'm stumped:

Via Laughing Squid.

Friday, June 24, 2016

Silly Site o' the Day

After my no-good, horrible, very bad day at work - just a bunch of stupid little things that added up - I could really use four days off. Fortunately I have that! Not to mention, this Brexit business is tearing families apart. At the moment, Robin and I are respectfully disagreeing on some aspects, but I fear it may not be long before he brings out that wet noodle with which to pummel me. Fortunately, we still agree on at least two things, comics (he makes 'em, I read 'em) and footie (I watch it, he falls asleep during it), so perhaps this will bring peace:

Via io9.

Thursday, June 23, 2016

Silly Site o' the Day

I'm not feeling very motivated at the moment. Maybe a TED talk will help:

Via BoingBoing.

Wednesday, June 22, 2016

Silly Site o' the Day

High marks (and lower numbers) all around from my diabetes doctor! Took a half day off because I have a ridiculous amount of vacation time I haven't yet taken, so I hit home around 4 PM and am just chilling now, hitting this random comic generator (via Wil Wheaton).

Tuesday, June 21, 2016

Silly Site o' the Day

Long, tough day at work. I could use some silliness. How about some bad parking notes (as in, notes on bad parking, not badly-written notes... oh, you know what I mean)?

Monday, June 20, 2016

Silly Site o' the Day

So today is the confluence of the summer solstice and a full moon, which apparently happens only every 70 or so years. Pretty cool, but I worry about what that does to Google Earth (via BoingBoing)...

Sunday, June 19, 2016

Silly Site o' the Day

The end of a very satisfying weekend, where lots of things got done, games got played, comics got read, husbands got kanoodled, and calves got massaged. Not one Father's Day-related activity. But who needs that when you have Jeff Wysaski of Obvious Plant making up such funny flyers? Via Laughing Squid.

Fathers Day Blogaround

This is the first Father's Day I've had without a father or a father-in-law. I miss them both dearly. But you know, I've really been keeping up with blog reading of late, and they were both readers of this blog, so I'm going to do a blogaround with their spirits in mind, because why not?

  • Lots of food for thought at The Mary Sue lately. Here's some of the better essays: an examination of women-only trains and how their existence once again puts the onus on the victims of sexual assault to find a way to protect themselves rather than tackling the perpetrators; how Rogue One's protagonist isn't a Mary Sue but that's how too many fanboys refer to a female lead because they can't process the idea that we're people; and something I heard a lot when I was more active in comics fandom, the gendered use of the word "genius" on the heels of Beyonce's "Lemonade" (which I've finally recorded but haven't yet watched).

  • Of course, one of the best and most eloquent experts on this sort of fanboy gendering and entitlement is my old Friends of Lulu buddy (and founder) Heidi MacDonald, who has a terrific summary here of the Captain American-is-Hydra kerfuffle and how it illustrates the ever-scarier instances of fans crossing the line from disappointment in a storyline to threats of violence against that story's creators. She also references Devin Faraci's essay on fan entitlement, which is well worth a read. Makes me long for the good old days when fan entitlement was so relatively benign that we would all nod in agreement that "fans don't know what they want until you give it to them." This escalation is one of the reasons (besides Real Life and all that) that I backed away from comics fandom.

  • April was Confederate Heritage Month, and if you have a lot of time to read them, David Niewert's essays commemorating actual Confederate history are phenomenal and as necessary to read as they are difficult to get through.

  • Tom Sullivan at Digby's place has an ode to life's maintainers. This is kind of what I consider myself. Without behind-the-scenes admins, most businesspeople couldn't get nearly as much stuff done. I might dream of glamour but I get much more of a high from being necessary. And I do find that I've slowed down on the multitasking, which Kevin Drum reminds us is a good thing. I'm more of a serial monotasker now.

  • On the other hand, as Matthew Inman observes, creativity is like breathing. I mean, look at Jeremy's Demonym Map, for instance. That's why I want to do more of these blogarounds, and maybe even get back to comic script writing. Time permitting, of course (which it currently isn't).

  • And so, we find ourselves at politics, not that any of us in the USA can really escape that. Susie perfectly articulates the problems I have with Andrea Mitchell reporting on the economic fallout of her husband's policies with nary a disclaimer. And Janelle Ross explains the history behind a meaning of "okey-doke" I never knew, even though I use that expression a lot. In the same vein, Neil Gaiman defines a squick.

  • And speaking of squickiness, we must deal with the Great Orange Swindler, mustn't we? Let's begin with Lance Mannion's brilliant Donald the Clown. Then we can segue over to Anne Zook's return to blogging (at least for one post) with her conjecture as to whether Trump is sabotaging his election chances deliberately so as not to actually get elected. Meanwhile, the Rude Pundit reminds us how Trump is doing the Islamic State's recruiting for them, and Digby examines how lying is as natural to him as breathing. Lastly, my favorite writer Melissa McEwan has been absolutely brilliant at BNR, and her Dark History of Republican Fearmongering should be as mandatory to read as her wonderful examination of Hillary Clinton's career. Seriously folks, the difference this election couldn't be starker. It all comes down to competence, experience and ability versus a bumbling, bigoted con man. 

  • And that should about do it - see you sooner rather than later!

    Saturday, June 18, 2016

    Silly Site o' the Day

    A terrific day, not only weather-wise but in terms of Stuff Do-age. Even Robin got in on the act! I found something to wear for my cousin-one-removed's wedding a couple months ahead of schedule, all our other errands are done, Robin and I are once again on the same Candy Crush level. The only downside is that I have all manner of aches and pains, and let's hope the ibuprofen takes care of those. Other reasons to celebrate, though: it's the birthdays of Pat Prentice, Alan Davis (and Alan and Heather's anniversary) and Sir Paul McCartney. So let's raise a glass to some of my favorite Brits, only make sure you don't get on a barred list at your local pub (via BoingBoing).

    Friday, June 17, 2016

    Silly Site o' the Day

    Had to "mind the store" this week at work when everyone else left at 3, but I didn't mind as I got some cool video of jet skis (not, apparently, Russian jets) on the Harlem River during my homeward commute, and I got a lot done during the quiet afternoon. So to celebrate the coming of another weekend, let's take a look at what's new in the world of kitty communication:

    Via Laughing Squid. Sounds way too weird to be real.