Monday, November 29, 2010

Spelling Bee: Poor Showing, Good Night

1. beginner
2. grandular
3. ramekin

Norton won! Norton is great. I could have chosen pomfret, which sounded like pommes frites, but it's a fish not a fry.


Sketch by Matugi on DeviantArt

Monday, November 22, 2010


(2nd panel found on my Flickr stream.)


1. beau
2. pomade
3. flummox (I spelled it wrong)

Lovely evening with the Robert. Hot cider in the lounge. I taught a guy that Seatac is a portmanteau of Seattle and Tacoma, which he had never realized. Someone had to spell OHMAGODITS cabotage. When I spelled flummox, I had a picture of the 'm' taking up a lot of space, but I couldn't figure out if that was because it was an important part of the word, or because there were 2 m's. I chose poorly.

Thursday, November 18, 2010

Short List: People Superman Could Date

1. Laura Linney
2. Liz Lemon
3. Lily Langtry
4. Loretta Lynn
5. Lindsey Lohan
6. Leona Lewis
7. LL Cool J
8. Lex Luthor

Monday, November 15, 2010

Saturday, November 13, 2010

Short List: Halle Berry Songs

1. Liquid Dreams - O-Town

2. New Workout Plan - Kanye West

3. Work It - Missy Elliott

Friday, November 12, 2010

Legitimate Playlist: My Favorite Music Videos

1. RiKiDong - 45RPM
2. Nobody Dances Anymore - Brandston
3. Everyday - Dave Matthews
4. Say My Name -Destiny’s Child
5. Survivor - Destiny’s Child
6. What’s Up Fatlip? - Fatlip
7. Not About Love - Fiona Apple
8. Bust Your Windows - Glee (Amber Riley)
9. Girls and Boys - Good Charlotte
10. New Friend Request - Gym Class Heroes
11. Cry Me a River- Justin Timberlake
12. Four Kicks - Kings of Leon
13. Nice Weather for Ducks - Lemon Jelly
14. Salty Eyes - The Matches
15. What’s It Gonna Be? - Mike O’Donnell
16. A Million Ways - OK Go
17. This Too Shall Pass - OK Go
18. Big Brat - hantom Planet
19. Drop - The Pharcyde
20. Hot Ride - Prodigy
21. Hard - Rihanna
22. Soon We’ll Be Found - Sia
23. When It’s Over - Sugar Ray
24. All of My Loving - Valley Lodge
25. Nobody - Wonder Girls

Wednesday, November 10, 2010

Tuesday, November 9, 2010

Elsewhere on the Internet: Geek the Library

Geek the Library is a site meant to promote libraries, to emphasize that they need our support, and continued funding. I liked the concept instantly, so I decided my thing is "I geek word origins." I wrote up a little explanation and submitted it, but then I read other entries... and then all talk about their geekery and then how the libraries are vital for supporting their continued geekery. What a foolish panda. Anyway, it seems like a good site, and I haven't done anything for the site or libraries recently, but I think it's a good angle to try to attack the problem.

I don't know how I heard about this site, but it initially reminded me of "It's a Sickness" which has lovely Alan Cumming as its MC, which makes it extra wonderful.

Monday, November 8, 2010

Spelling Bee: Queen of Third Place

1. marginal
2. flack / flak
3. nightingale
4. dynamitard
5. deasil (i spelled it wrong)
6. bagatelle (i spelled it wrong)
7. apparatchik
8. iambelegus (i spelled it wrong)
9. kobold (i spelled it wrong)

I got 3rd again. I am so good at almost getting prizes. Also, Mike visited the bee. Hi, Mike!

Short List: Books I Should Have Read

1. Canterbury Tales by Geoffrey Chaucer

2. Candide by Voltaire

3. Fahrenheit 451 by Ray Bradbury

4. Dune by Frank Herbert

5. Animal Farm by George Orwell

6. A Clockwork Orange by Anthony Burgess

7. Ulysses, Finnegan's Wake, or Portrait of the Artist as a Young Man by James Joyce


Sunday, November 7, 2010

I Bought a Jacket!

On Friday I went to Animal Traffic on Mississippi with Robert and Shelley to find some long-sleeved Pendletons for great Robert. What I found instead was a World War II American 4 Pocket Jacket with an Army Air Force patch on the shoulder and an Armament Specialist patch on the lower right sleeve. It looks lovely.

I've looked around a lot, here here and here, and it's possible I should be calling it a tunic.

Short List: My Favorite TV Theme Songs

1. X-Men

2. Batman: The Animated Series

3. Cowboy Bebop (Tank! - The Seatbelts)

4. Community (At Least It Was Here - the 88's)

5. The Good Guys (Slink - Locksley)

Friday, November 5, 2010

Short List: My Favorite Autobiographies

1. Boy by Roald Dahl

2. Moab is my Washpot by Stephen Fry

3. Indecent by Sarah Katherine Lewis

Thursday, November 4, 2010

Short List: Submarine Songs

1. Yellow Submarine - The Beatles

2. Submarine #3 - The Starlight Mints

3. Pearls (Submarine #2) - The Starlight Mints

*The band The Submarines does not have any songs about submarines. so they are just a footnote.

Short List: Typewriter Songs

1. The Typewriter - Leroy Anderson

2. Barrel of a Gun - Guster

3. 9 to 5 - Dolly Parton

4. Pas si simple - Yann Tiersen

Related: I want to see the Boston Typewriter Orchestra perform someday.

Related: Wikipedia has a bigger list on their Typewriter page, but I don't know any of those songs.

Monday, November 1, 2010

Spelling Bee: At Least I Got to Spell A Lot

1. pension
2. abundance
3. ebullience
4. epiphytic
5. gangue (I spelled it wrong)
6. deshabillle (I spelled it wrong)
7. ziggurat
8. dizen (I spelled it wrong)

Robert won. Good job Robert.


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