Elayne Riggs' Journal (for Leah)

Thursday, August 21, 2014

Silly Site o' the Day

So the Emmys are next Monday, which is weird but heaven forfend they interfere with football that it isn't even the season for yet. (I mean, English football season is underway, but in this country they're still in pre-season, aren't they? You can tell I don't usually watch American football.) And in preparation, the Academy released this little gem that's been all over:



I mean yeah, it's sponsored by Audi money, but it's still cute.

Wednesday, August 20, 2014

Silly Site o' the Day

In amongst all the depressing news today, there are a few cultural notes regarding inappropriate use of social media for naughty purposes. Not that I have any experience in the matter, certainly not with Web 2.0... For those of you who find this stuff as amusing as I do, there's always the not-safe-for-work Sexts From the Void (via io9).

Tuesday, August 19, 2014

Silly Site o' the Day

Here's a clever photo collage project by Samantha Decker (via Laughing Squid), in which she has a new twist on combining photos from the past and present.

Monday, August 18, 2014

Silly Site o' the Day

Rob and I just finished binge-watching Billy Connolly's Route 66, which reminded me in places of this post from Neil Gaiman about the artist Plastic Jesus. Some clever stuff, and pure Americana.

Sunday, August 17, 2014

Silly Site o' the Day

I had a wonderful 3-way conversation with Anna and Jill today, the first time I've heard Jill's voice in probably 25+ years and only the second time I've heard Anna's (formerly Anni, IJ's star staff writer). We've excitedly made plans to get together in person in three weeks, and I couldn't be more thrilled. Jill had mentioned that job and real-life considerations (plus a bit of poliblogging burnout, no doubt) had prevented her from doing more writing on the brilliant Brilliant at Breakfast, and it reminded me I still have this post from her bookmarked for its video link:




Weirdly relevant given the events in Ferguson. See y'all in September, J and A!

Saturday, August 16, 2014

Silly Site o' the Day

For Rob's old friend Jane and our new friend Celia, with whom we met up today in the wilds of the Jersey shore after visiting Mom:





Via Laughing Squid.

Friday, August 15, 2014

Weird Sisters Blogaround

Feedly, which is how I read blogs now since Google Reader went bye-byes, lets me flag-and-tag posts for later use. But because I've been so remiss in the last year-plus, lots of flags never got tagged. I've just been through them all again and noticed more than a few that should have been tagged "Blogaround," so I've corrected that, added a few recent ones, and am ready to get caught up once more. This one goes out to Jill and Anna, who observes "the Weird Sisters strike again!"
That's it for this time - on to the Yankee game!

Silly Site o' the Day

As Heidi notes, the Internet was made for cats (I think she meant "of cats"), and today is Friday Cat Blogging anyway, so here's my new favorite webcomic, Breaking Cat News!

Thursday, August 14, 2014

Silly Site o' the Day

A strange thing is happening to me during this work transition period. Now that I no longer have to do "lifestyle management" for my former boss, I'm starting to get my own life in order again. Not very long ago I was lamenting my lack of a social life. Now mind you, I've never been a real party gal, I enjoy being a homebody as does Robin. But I thought it might be nice once in awhile to meet friends for meals, take weekend trips to see folks and the like. I was actually getting depressed about this during the first part of the year.  Now my social calendar is filling up so much it's making me dizzy! It helps that I can now get my work calendar on my cell phone, because I can schedule appointments during the day and have mobile reminders any time. So today was Jane Day, as Robin's college mate is visiting the NY/NJ area for a couple weeks. I couldn't join them during work hours, so they hung out and walked all around Central Park, met me at 5:30, and then we all had dinner together, visited Midtown to pick up my regular comics order whilst Robin was there to carry it, and walked Jane back to Penn Station. In Jane's honor, today's Silly Site is the BoingBoing post about the Cockney Rhyming Slang ATM of Hackney Road. Here's a video of it in action:



Next up, lunch with a coworker today on her last day, off to Mom's (and possibly to see Jane again and her NJ hosts) tomorrow, next Wednesday I'm lunching with Firesign chat friend Dexter Fong, a week Sunday we join my godson's mom at the RenFaire (for the first time since Leah's passing), sometime in September Robin and I hope to converge with Jill in Reading to see Anna (and yes, the INSIDE JOKEs are being scanned so I hope not to come across any foreign AbeBooks sales like this in the future), then we're meeting Firesign'y friends Tom and Lili at the Bronx Zoo for my firm's "corporate weekend" (i.e., we can all get in free), after which October brings a celebration for my uncle's 80th followed by the NY Comic Con and... wow, I'm happily exhausted just thinking about it!

Wednesday, August 13, 2014

Silly Site o' the Day

Congratulations to the winner of the Star Wars Force for Change contest! Unfortunately this means I can no longer embed the video that Jon Stewart and Stephen Colbert did for UNICEF to support this, so you'll just have to go to io9 to view it.

Tuesday, August 12, 2014

Silly Site o' the Day

I had to look up commentary on a Biblical passage today for something I'm writing. Maybe I should have gone straight to the source - as Lance Mannion notes, God tweets.