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Month: March 2008

Great article about Al Jaffee

Al Jaffee has always been one of my favourite contributors to MAD magazine. I haven’t read MAD in years, but I picked it up religiously when I was a teenager, and had several of the paperback collections where I could find them in used bookstores. I’m pretty sure that “Snappy Answers to Stupid Questions” influenced more of my rhetorical style than is probably healthy, and the Fold-Ins remain artistic genius.

So I was delighted to get a pointer to a fantastic profile of him in the Sarasota Herald-Tribute. Go read it, its’ good stuff.

and I share everything.

This week, we shared the flu.  She got sick on Sunday, and just as she was feeling better to go back to work, I was hit hard with the same virus.

I don’t get sick very often, but when I do I don’t kid around with it.  My fever was over 102 at one point, and I’ve spent most of the last two days either sleeping or being somewhat miserable at my inability to sleep.

Fever seems to have broken tonight, so I’m hoping I’m on the upswing.  I hate missing this much work this early in the year, though.

Meme meme meme meme Meme & Roll High School

Meme ganked from aiela, because Monday is Memeday.

This post was blogged before a live studio audience…

Nicked from surrdave who got it from maedbh7 who got it from Agnes:

“Everyone has things they blog about. Everyone has things they don’t blog about. Challenge me out of my comfort zone by telling me something I don’t blog about, but you’d like to hear about, and I’ll write a post about it. Ask for anything: latest movie watched, last book read, political leanings, thoughts on yaoi, favorite type of underwear, graphic techniques, etc. Repost in your own journal so that we can all learn more about each other!”

Out of Context Quote of the Evening

“I’m just pointing out that there’s equal-opportunity ouch in the nude roller derby.”

Just some pine and some oak and a handful of Norsemen…

Having gotten our paperbacks out of their long period of bondage and onto shelves, our attention turned to….the remaining boxes of books, most of which were either hardbacks or oversize paperbacks.  Now, I could have built another set of shelving to house these, but you can buy shelving units designed for large books pretty easily.  On the other hand, I didn’t want to spend a massive amount of money.  And you know what that means….Ikea!

Now, I’ve heard people from more metropolitan and urbane cities sing the praises of Ikea for years.  And I’ve heard Jonathan Coulton sing about it too….but that’s another show.[1]  But my one trip to the land of flatpacks and meatballs was a frustrating and generally unhappy experience, because they’d only opened the giant store in Atlanta a few weeks prior and the novelty hadn’t warn off.  It took us 45 minutes just to park, and by the time I got inside I was already tired and cranky.  As a result, I’d never bothered to go back.

However, having the entire day off by virtue of Larissa’s oral surgery, I figured it was a good time to make a quick run over to get the shelves I had found on their website that looked just right.  It *was* a much more pleasant experience.  I had printed out the page with the item I wanted, asked the first employee I saw where to find it, and got directed straight to it.  Once there, another employee (who was absolutely gorgeous, apropos of nothing) explained to me how to locate the one I could take home downstairs, and off I went.  pulled the heavy boxes onto a cart, took them to the register, and out again.

One of the corollaries to Murphy’s Law is “If everything appears to be going well, you are obviously overlooking something.”[2]  Sure enough, when I got to my car, I found that the boxes did NOT fit neatly.  I had accounted for the length of the box, but not the angle at which it would need to slide through.   Argh.  Luckily, a nice gentleman helped me navigate two of the boxes into the car, leaving the third sticking a foot out the back.  I then carefully drove over to the loading area, where free twine was available to tie the trunk down and secure the box so it wouldn’t slide backwards under any circumstance.  Those crafty Swedes, they think of everything.

Having gotten the shelves home, i took them out of the car and set them aside, as I had other things to do.  So today, I pulled them out of the box and began assembly.  Pretty much everything I’d ever heard about Ikea is true — the stuff assembles easily and has very detailed instructions that are simple to follow.  We only ran into trouble getting the final piece fitted in, as it required lining up a great many pegs to holes, and it wanted to be difficult.  But after much sweating and swearing, two meltdowns and one brief marital spat, everything was connected and screwed down and we set it against the wall and affixed it there.

Of course, rather than sit and bask in the accomplishment, I started putting books on the shelves.   Guess which I ran out of first?

kitanzi has an LJ icon that reads “If you have enough shelf space for your books, you don’t have enough books.”  We have enough books, but a few boxes still.  I think I’m going to pull all the non-fiction off these shelves and make room for the fiction, and then we’ll figure out where to but the *next* set of shelves which might finally complete the unpacking.

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