Friday, August 31, 2012

Thursday, August 30, 2012

RIP, Molly

Today is the birthday of Molly Ivins, who once said: 

"I am not anti-gun. I'm pro-knife. Consider the merits of the knife. In the first place, you have to catch up with someone in order to stab him. A general substitution of knives for guns would promote physical fitness. We'd turn into a whole nation of great runners. Plus, knives don't ricochet. And people are seldom killed while cleaning their knives." 
Regardless of your stance on gun rights, you have to admit that is funny. Knives, one must also admit regardless of the stance of gun rights, are somewhat impractical for hunting larger animals.

Of Bill Clinton she wrote—"If left to my own devices, I'd spend all my time pointing out that he's weaker than bus-station chili. But the man is so constantly subjected to such hideous and unfair abuse that I wind up standing up for him on the general principle that some fairness should be applied. Besides, no one but a fool or a Republican ever took him for a liberal." 

Of George W. Bush she said— "The next time I tell you someone from Texas should not be president of the Unites states, please, pay attention."

Molly died in 2007 of breast cancer. She was 62.

Saturday, August 25, 2012

I made this!

So, I likes the art.
I think we've discussed this.
I decided to take an art survey class about ancient art. 
It seemed like it would be fun, interesting, and educational. 
well, turns out the very enthusiastic instructor is of the opinion that the best way to appreciate ancient art is to replicate it. I am entirely convinced but here are my efforts, by era.

Cave painting, a la French caves. 

hieroglyph panel of spending eternity in the afterlife doing the stuff I like to do now, reading, riding my motorcycle (make sure you bury that with me) and playing around online. There are laptops and interwebz in the afterlife, yah?

Here is my version of a Greek vase using red-figure and black-figure techniques. 
 Here is my, badly lit, mosaic. It is possible I phoned this one in.
So there ya have it, everything I know about ancient art.

Sunday, August 19, 2012

Hyperbole is the best thing EVER!

Seen this lately?  I have. Researched it. This chart overstates and doesn't credit sources. *sigh*
The real US statistic is closer to half this one, which is bad enough. Why lie?

In other news,
Thing One and Thing Two are seeing the end of summer loom menacingly before them. They have new school clothes and fresh pencils. Soon, soon it will begin.

My dad decided to sell his house. My sister and I went to help him sort out my mom's stuff. It was quite a job. Her toothpaste and toothbrush were still in the bathroom drawer. Everything was exactly as she left it.
We also had to empty the whole house, and believe me, there was no shortage of stuff.
10,000 pounds went to the dump. 5 SUV loads went to local thrift shops, and we still have more to go.
That doesn't count the furniture, odd and ends, and 40 some-odd Rubbermaid tubs full of stuff dad decided to keep.

My bro-in-law is currently replacing walls, windows, toilets, flooring, and miscellaneous odd and ends.We are all headed over there to help paint this week, which should be the tail end of the prep. I am just hoping it sells fast.

My sister plans to move and the bro-in-law is going to add a little cottage for dad to live in. He will divide his time between my house and hers, and that is probably better for him in the long run, especially since home maintenance has never been his passion.

Also, Mr. Logo has been offered a job. That is a pretty good thing.

Thursday, August 09, 2012

Need a button?

Shakespeare is the man, this STILL works.
I thought when my kids got older, this would get better... turns out no.
This political cycle, this is occurred to me more than once.

Check out beanforest.

I can never scroll though without laughing out loud, no really, not like "lol" but REALLY laughing.