Elayne Riggs' Journal (for Leah)

Friday, January 30, 2015

Silly Site o' the Day

Now that our Entertainment Weekly sub has lapsed, I'm not as up on imminent TV shows as I used to be, so I was pleasantly surprised to find a PBS series about Shakespeare. The one we watched was about my favorite play, A Midsummer Night's Dream, so how could I not? Took me right back to my high school and college days, when I was mad for Shakespeare, which probably jump-started my Anglophilia and eventually led to... well, my current marriage, I suppose. One reason I like it so much is that the only deaths are staged (amid deliberately bad writing showcasing actors playing deliberately bad theatre amateurs). Awhile back io9 had this great infographic of the deaths in many of Shakespeare's tragedies, so you know, this is why I tend to prefer comedies to tragedies.

Thursday, January 29, 2015

Silly Site o' the Day

Today was the first of two days when I've been assigned to do some work at a client site, this time in the Wall Street area. And I quickly remembered why I really, really don't like the Wall Street area, aside from it just plain giving me the willies ever since 11 September 2001. For one thing, it's a 2+ hour commute for me, whether taking the subway or express bus. For another, I was faced with summarizing lots of jargon-rich documents of which I felt I grasped only about 80%. What I wouldn't give for simplified, improved names for things (via BoingBoing)...

Wednesday, January 28, 2015

Silly Site o' the Day

No problems at all getting around in the city today Of course, our driveway still hasn't been plowed or salted, and there's also that matter of the Moses Brown school being closed... oh, you hadn't heard?



Is this the last Frozen parody making the rounds? Probably not. Via Laura Gjovaag.

Tuesday, January 27, 2015

Silly Site o' the Day

Well, that was a big nothing. And as the Roches once said, "I never knew how big nothing could be," so kudos to the weather network folks! Nice to have a day off, although I did bring my work laptop home so technically I was working and ironing at the same time. Anything to keep warm. Except blog reading, apparently. But hey, today's silly site is kinda fun - Buffalo Bill Gates is a photo mashup Tumblr of famous faces (via Laughing Squid). Cute visual person-puns.

Monday, January 26, 2015

Silly Site o' the Day

This Monday hhttp://freethoughtblogs.com/pharyngula/2014/09/11/the-things-you-can-do-with-light/as felt like a Friday all day, as many of us suspected we'd close early and be closed all day tomorrow. Manhattan was a mess at 3 PM, and it took two hours to get home, but the good news is that the snowy conditions lessened the further north we got, and as of this moment the roads around us are nicely plowed and just a bit wet. I even hear a few airplanes overhead! Of course, that's all going to change in a few hours, and our hatches are duly battened, with all appropriate digits crossed that our power doesn't go out. Because if it does, how can we have fun with optics?



Via PZ Myers.

Sunday, January 25, 2015

Silly Site o' the Day

In honor of Carrie Fisher's appearance to honor her mother on tonight's SAG Awards, we present some Wookiie art. Get that walking carpet IN my way! Via io9.

Saturday, January 24, 2015

Silly Site o' the Day

There was snow, but no rain. So I did a bit of ironing this morning, then we went out about 2:30 to clear the car and take care of local errands (my veggies are all restocked now), and with any luck there won't be a lot of freezing tomorrow (except for our poor driveway which always freezes when the snow isn't cleared, which it never is in our section) and we can venture up to Yonkers in the afternoon to do our grocery shopping. Meanwhile, it's a good day to look at lots of food art I can't eat, here at Saipancakes (via Laughing Squid).

Friday, January 23, 2015

Silly Site o' the Day

No sign of snow yet but we all know it's coming. Mom got socked with it in Jersey, so much for plans to visit her tomorrow (the roads are forecast to be way too icy). What can you do, no matter where you live it's something. And by the way, where were you born? Via BoingBoing.

Thursday, January 22, 2015

Silly Site o' the Day

Had a medical appointment this morning at 10, so it didn't pay to go to work first. On the one hand, this compressed the work part of my day to the point where tomorrow's going to be a lot of catch-up; on the other hand, I got stuff done at home that I've been slacking off doing, so that was good. But the blogosphere... well, that's taken a back seat. Probably just as well, I don't know how productive derailment bingo is anyway...

Wednesday, January 21, 2015

Silly Site o' the Day

Starting to lose track of days here, now that I'm busier. Maybe I have to cut down on yon television perusal. So what I'm saying is, maybe lay off the My Decade TV (via Laughing Squid)...