11 November 2015

50 Scenes That Do Not Appear in the Fox ‘X-Files’ Revival

50 Scenes That Do Not Appear in the Fox ‘X-Files’ Revival
via Grantland, R.I.P.

  • Scully absolutely does not order some trays on the Internet. 
  • I could tell you that this series explores the politics of mulch production, but I would be lying, because that is yet another thing that does not happen.
  • At the end of a dark alley, where the light from a lone streetlamp gleams along pavement slick with rain, Scully does not find a pop-up taqueria where this guy Jonathan is making churros. 
  • Mulder does not audition for, and does not win, the role of Mrs. Fairfax in a community theater adaptation of Jane Eyre.

10 November 2015


Learning and/or listening to ukulele was never intriguing to me. Until now. 

27 July 2014

For a reason I no longer remember, I started a new Sophzilla blog on Tumblr. If you have financial counseling ideas or illegal downloads or anything else unrelated to the general nature of my posts, please do not follow me there.

14 January 2012

Woman Seeking Crack Cocaine Calls Police After Drug Dealer Sells Her Sugar Instead | The Smoking Gun

Woman Seeking Crack Cocaine Calls Police After Drug Dealer Sells Her Sugar Instead | The Smoking Gun

Really, how many times do we have to say this?
If your drug dealer shorts you, steals your money, or provides a substance other than the illegal one sought, do not call 911.

Suzanne Basham, 47, made that mistake yesterday morning when she dialed police in Springfield, Missouri to report that she had paid $40 for crack cocaine that turned out to be sugar, according to an incident report. 

12 January 2012

History of toilets. And toilet paper!

The charming and animated Lucy Worsley on toilets through the ages. Fascinating! And a bit stomach churning.

You may have to watch this video in YouTube rather than here.

There is a great story on Dr. Worsley in the New  Yorker (abstract). And there are many more travels through history with her on YouTube. The Diet of Henry VIII and The History of Toilet Paper are a couple of great examples.

I was blessed to have a history professor very like Dr. Worsley when I studied in England. Christine Mitchell, too, made history come alive! 

04 January 2012

Exciting New Year

Notes from the Universe is a great, inspiring read for the morning. Today's:
If you were able to look back at your most brilliant successes, stunning comebacks, amazing catches, and smokin' ideas, Maria, and you were to find that virtually all of them seemed to materialize out of thin air, when you least expected them, and that they had exceeded even your greatest expectations at the time, how excited would you be about the new year and whatever else I've got up my sleeve?

Hubba, hubba -
    The Universe

If I've ever helped you before, don't you think I can do it again... and again... and again... ad infinitum? Actually, it ought to be even easier next time, with your new saunter.

19 April 2011

All about the way you think

Today's Note from the Universe slapped me upside the head. In a good way.
It's the way you think. That's your purpose. It's never been about what work you choose, what gifts you develop, or what niche you fill - let these be for your pleasure.

Think as only you can think, which will lead to feelings that only you can feel, from which connections will be made, lives will be changed, and worlds will come tumbling into existence.

    The Universe

This is why you're here.

08 April 2011

Full-Service Dental

From Your Logo Makes Me Barf

I’ve gotta get to Village Family Dental Spa. There is no waiter at my dentist’s office. There are no suits at my dentist’s office, they all wear SCRUBS. How low brow.

Also, as Mina points out, what do they do, serve your rotten tooth to you after they pull it out? For your dining pleasure? Yum. I’m booking my appointment as we speak.

10 March 2011

Pop culture for people in cubicles

GraphJam's daily e-mails are a fabulous way to start the day. (Tagline: Pop culture for people in cubicles.)

The graphs aren't math or census-like, or about things that are 'important.' They are about things like the ratio of people who eat oreos by scraping the white part off the cookie with their teeth vs. those who lick the center. Or, the process to get this party started.

14 February 2011

Valentine's Day and spelling

Cake Wrecks = pure delight.

The Hardest Three Words To Say: "Guys, I've been wanting to say this for a while now, but...[deep breath]...well, it's just never felt like the right time, you know? And now here we are, just the two of us and the Internet, and I think...no, I KNOW...that we're finally ready to take that next step.

Ok. Here goes:

Wait. That came out wrong. I mean...

Um, that is, what I'm trying to say is...

Hang on; I've almost got it...

Yeah. Something like that.

And also:

So if you see Al, be sure to let him down easy.

Of course, declarations of love are par for the course today. Not to mention stuff like this:

And this:

And even this:

Still, when it comes to love, I think Cupid says it best:

Yeah. That's like, 'whoah.'

Thanks to Jared, Norma W., Christine, Sarah M., Lizzie S., Franco P., Howard P., & Michael C., who actually have no idea what Cupid said because they can't stop staring at his diaper.

Or is that just me?


10 February 2011

Mardi Gras, dogs and art

Matt Rinard is out with his annual Crewe of Barkus poster for Mardi Gras. His art absolutely delights me.