Things I have read lately

A Visit from the Goon Squad, by Jennifer Egan (read this back in late August!). Reminiscent of Infinite Jest somehow.

A Primate’s Memoir, by Robert Sapolsky. Really loved this one. NYT review. Excerpt at Loved it. Recommended it to anyone within earshot. If you are reading this blog, you are within earshot: read this [...]

On projects

Yesterday I tried to upgrade my WordPress installation, but something went awry with it and I ended up very briefly with a fresh WordPress install, complete with the “Hello, world!” post, and insta-comment-spam-in-Russian that apparently comes with any new WP install. Anyway, crisis averted when I realized my host, DreamHost, backs everything up to [...]

Non-fiction books that I have started but will not be finishing at this time

I do intend to put these back on my list at the library and finish them someday.

The stuff of thought : language as a window into human nature / by Pinker, Steven, 1954-
Interesting, but for some reason I cannot pay attention for more than a couple of pages at a time.
The death and life [...]

We will arise from the bunkers

Today the chickens graduated from their 17-gallon galvanized washtub into the bottom half of a large dog crate. Now they have much more room in which to stand around all huddled together. They have been very busy growing new body parts, including combs on their heads, and shoulder feathers, and wing feathers, and, well, wings. [...]

Things I might or might not do.

1. Go to the Washington caucus, which is at the exact same time as my tiny friend Ciaran‘s first birthday.
      1a. Finish making Ciaran’s Christmas present.
      1b. Decide who I would vote for.
2. Ride my bike in March with all my new bike-nerd co-workers. (ALL of them ride their bikes [...]

Sunday 01/13 listy roundup

(I think if I’m really going to blog more, I’m going to have to get over using song quotes for everything; it gets hard to think of things.)

watching: Season 3 of Deadwood, FINALLY
reading: homework for class; Visual Design for the Modern Web; The First Word: The Search for the Origins of Language
eating: vat of lentils [...]

When I am revealing my heart

I have been trying to write this post for weeks now. Busy: getting new computer; computer crashing; computer needing more RAM; computer getting more RAM; Firefox crashing; etc.
So now I am posting post-poker night and mid-bourbon on my new shiny white MacBook, with tired Ruby June and snorey Oscar, all worn out from running around [...]

There’s glass in my thermos and blood on my jeans

A few weeks ago, several of my favorite bands ever came out with new albums. So, mini reviews!

Neko Case, Fox Confessor Brings The Flood
This album reminds me a lot of Blacklisted, which I absolutely adore. I have listened to almost* nothing but Fox Confessor for the past week. My favorites are “Margaret vs. Pauline” (track [...]

I caught you returning to the house that caught fire

Things Ruby June likes to chew:

+ bones
+ ice cubes
+ rope toys
+ Oscar
+ stuffed animal dog toys
     – that squeak
- new grey Converse
- red rubber garden clogs
- duct tape that holds old recliners together
- pens that are full of black ink
- feet (also hands, elbows, etc.)

She has a crate now. And she’s going to obedience school.

(song: [...]

Twelve whole seconds of history

I don’t usually do this, but: it’s a linky post!

Many thanks to BoingBoing for reminding me of Derek Kirk Kim, who has only gotten better in the several months I neglected to read his site.

Things that make me laugh until I cry:
Goats & Darth Vader (an animated .gif on MetaTalk)
Goat all by himself (.mpeg movie)
And [...]