Today, on Jeopardy!

Ric, a really nice guy with from Miami
Hilary, a charming lassie from NYC
and Tania, a slightly giddy gal from North Pole.

All I can plead is that my brain got all excited and I messed up. But it was fun.

And now I can sing along with the Weird Al song in a completely sincere manner.

ETA - I'm taller than both the other players. You stand on boxes of various heights to even things out for the cameras and so shrimpy people don't get lost behind the podium. I'm the only person not on a box in the show, because, yes, I am a giant among men and women.... Bwahahahahaha!


Gods, but I love politics. Reading, discussing, analyzing. Why did I end up with all these obligations right now? For the next ten days I've barely got time to eat, much less read up on or comment on current events.

I like to read Scalzi's I hate your politics to keep things in perspective.

I know he's not all there, but I love Mike Gravel.

And Alaska overwhelmingly voted for Obama!?! Isn't that just grand?!
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Men with Beards

Well, for those of you might have wondered what my husband looks like - here he is, in all his hirsute glory.

Isn't he cute?
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iTunes Meme

I love memes. I do. John Joseph Adams is the last place I saw this one, and I'm going to go with it.

How many songs total: 17,397 (!!!)
How many hours or days of music: 46.5 days
Most recently played: Georgia On My Mind, Willie Nelson
Most played: Dance Me To The End Of Love, Madeleine Peyroux (43 times)
Most recently added: House of Pain, Faster Pussycat

Sort by Song Title

First Song: A-Hole, Bowling For Soup
Last Song: 9th Ward Blues, DJ Logic

Sort by Time

Shortest Song: D, Cathode Ray Tube (6 seconds)
Longest Song: Afterhours Ibiza Continuous Mix, Part 2 - Global Underground (1 hour, 15 minutes, 23 seconds)

Sort by Artist

First: a-Ha, Album Grosse Pointe Blank, more music from the film,
Last: 747s, Album Zamparo

Sort by Album

First album: A, Cass McCombs
Last album: 80, BB King and Friends

First song that comes up on Shuffle: Right to Be Wrong, Joss Stone

Search the following and state how many songs come up:

Death - 48
Life - 179
Love - 1087
Hate - 44
You - 2009
Sex - 46

I'll take"Potential Humiliation" for $200, Alex

Well, as some of you might know, I have received the call from the trivia mothership, and I am being called home to report for duty on Jeopardy!

When I was a younger squid I was a trivia maven. Captain of my school's College Bowl team. Took the team to nationals with a group of three girls and one guy. Believe me when I say that College Bowl tends to be devoid of women. But I digress...

I am so not on my 'game' trivia-wise, but I'm going to make the best of it. Have fun, hopefully not shame myself. Filming is on the 12th and 13th of February. Air date will be at some point closer to the summer.

I'm reviewing all the usual trivia garbage that one should have in medium-term memory, but for the most part I'm trying to stay calm. I'm used to using a buzzer and being recognized before I can answer. I will need to remember to phrase things in the form of a question. I will need to quit periodically whinging at my husband things like "The show comes on at 4:30 PM, I haven't watched it regularly in over 10 years. I am so hosed." The last time I said that he asked me who popularized the phrase "Take off, hoser". Well, as far as I know it was Bob and Doug McKenzie. Which means that I might be qualified for this things after all.

Now, off to study!

Snow! Wonderful Snow!

It has snowed. Big wonderful piles of snow! 10-14 inches estimated across the valley. We had about 14 inches at our place. I helped someone out of the ditch this morning, which made me late to work. That means I have earned parking karma points for 2008, in addition to being a good neighbor.

I like winter, I like snow. Or, I will like it for about another 6 weeks. Then, I'll be ready for things to start warming up. But for now...

SNOW!!!! Yay!!!!

I am a child of a consumer culture, or a picky puss, or an

ungrateful wretch. Possibly all of the above.

To start off with - have I mentioned lately that I live in 400 sq ft? No? Well, I do. And I've been trying to make sure that if something comes into my shack, I damn well better want it to be there.

1)Don't get me a Christmas present out of obligation, especially if it will be rather evident that you rushed to the corner store and bought the first thing that you found. I'm 35, if I don't get a gift, I'm not going to be crushed. Because, you know, I'm 35 not 7. One exception to this will be mentioned at #5.

2)Just because you think it's weird that a woman without kids that has reached 35 years likes Lego doesn't mean you shouldn't get her some. Get over it. I don't understand your liking for all things horse/outhouse/John Deere/NASCAR related, but I think of it when picking out a gift.

3)$7 spent on something I like or am interested in means so much more to me than $300 spent on something I'm known to be not interested in. Yes, I am looking at you, digital camera of 2005. I wanted a cheap toaster. I asked for a cheap toaster. Did I get a toaster? No, I got a camera with all kinds of widgets and doodads. I like gadgets, but not of the AV variety. I'm the kid that melted filmstrips in gradeschool. I just don't care that much about pictures and such. I do care about toast. Did my family get me a toaster? No. My co-workers did, after Christmas when they found out that I didn't get one. I have some great co-workers.

4)Case Examples:
My dear friend Cindy. She gets the spouse and I. She sends us fun, weird, interesting, delightful gifts. We try to do the same. Try being the key word, as I have a box of stuff for her that keeps getting things added to it, and it has been in my car for over 6 months. It will be sent real soon now.

My MIL. A perfectly nice and well meaning woman. I can give her a manufacturer, model number, and store location for something reasonable that her son would love as a gift, and she will decide that he really needs or wants something else that is twice as expensive, and he doesn't find useful or interesting. She also does this with the spouse when asking about gifts for me. Sigh. One wonders why she asks.

Gifts from Cindy come into the house and are treasured and loved. Gifts from the MIL have a more transient lifestyle while we try to figure out what on earth to do with them.

5)Exception to #1 - My husband. Get your act together. Two years in a row at 10 PM on December 24th you've realized that you Christmas shopped for everyone else but your wife. You had time off work before Christmas. You and a friend spent two weekdays around town goofing off, never mind your free time in the evenings and on weekends. I don't begrudge you that, honestly. The gods know you've worked enough overtime, weekends, and holidays that you should revel in that time off. What annoys me is that you don't think of me until it's shoved in your face that you forgot to do something. Again. For the love of little fishes, buy a box of Lego, hide it in your toolbox, and present it to me on these occasions. It will make me happy, and save you from being lambasted by my cranky brain, etc.

A brief caveat, I am fine with handmade/homemade gifties. What I'm really tired of is being treated like I'm not worth the effort. Wah wah wah wah wah wah wah snivel snivel snivel. Effort includes thinking about what I like and find interesting, and making the time to make it/build it/procure it.

Ok, this ridiculous little pity party is now over. I will no doubt read this years from now and reflect on what a petty, shallow, bitter, ungrateful wretch I have proven to be. But until then, I'll be trying to figure out what stores I need to get to so I can exchange gifts. Or if I can re-gift some stuff. I hate exchanging gifts, it feels so tacky. However, these are the people that gave my 2.25 year old niece a toy broom and dustpan and my 1.5 year old nephews trucks, so I'm sure they're comfortable with tacky. Luckily, the niece's Uncle John is giving her a kids tool set to offset the "women's work" indoctrination. ::shudder:: One of the nephews was fascinated by the broom, and carried it around all day. The niece could not have cared less about the broom.

PS - Happy Boxing Day!

Finding a festive feeling

The last few years I've had a hard time feeling excited about the holidays. I love picking out gifts for people, but everything else associated with the holidays leaves me with a grumbly "more garbage I'm apparently expected to do" subvocalization.

No more!! I haven't yet achieved the levels of frivolity that I would prefer, but I have a few more hours. I can do it.

So, anyone who reads this (I'm quite comfortable with the reality of this t-shirt), I wish you a wonderful, joyous, festive holiday. Cheers!!

Playlist to help me along:
Tania's Holiday Fun Playlist
Chiron Beta Prime - Jonathon Coulton
Christmas Night of Zombies - MXPX
Oy To The World - Klezmatics (entire album)
Django Bells - The Gypsy Hombres (entire album)
Santa Claus Is Watching You - Ray Stevens
Christmas At Ground Zero - Weird Al
The Night Santa Went Crazy - Weird Al
Percy, the Puny Poinsettia - Elmo and Patsy
Grandma Got Run Over By A Reindeer - Elmo Patsy
Goyim Friends - The LeeVees
Hippo Song
The Man With The Bag - Brian Setzer Orchestra
You're a Mean One, Mr. Grinch
Don't Shoot Me Santa - The Killers
Christmas in Heavan - Monty Python
Hava Nagila (Christmas Arrangement) - Me First and The Gimme Gimmes
Back Door Santa - Clarence Carter
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Leading Ladies

Baa. I'm a sheep. I love these things. I guess it's a good thing that I recommend aptitude testing to the kids at work. I'm not displeased, btw. Anyway, here we go:

Your Score: Katharine Hepburn

You scored 21% grit, 23% wit, 52% flair, and 14% class!

You are the fabulously quirky and independent woman of character. You go your own way, follow your own drummer, take your own lead. You stand head and shoulders next to your partner, but you are perfectly willing and able to stand alone. Others might be more classically beautiful or conventionally woman-like, but you possess a more fundamental common sense and off-kilter charm, making interesting men fall at your feet. You can pick them up or leave them there as you see fit. You share the screen with the likes of Spencer Tracy and Cary Grant, thinking men who like strong women.

Find out what kind of classic leading man you'd make by taking the
Classic Leading Man Test.

Link: The Classic Dames Test written by gidgetgoes on OkCupid, home of the The Dating Persona Test