Friday, February 27, 2009

from xkcd.

Tuesday, February 17, 2009

The MTA strikes again

So, it’s been a while since the MTA and I have fought, and apparently, they decided I was due for a good kick in the ass.

This morning, on the way to work, I left with ample time to take the train in. We were seeing patients, so I definitely didn’t want to be late. I begin descending the stairs into the subway, and run into a harried woman who shrieks at me “No A Train!” What do you mean, no A train? I wondered. I know it had been shut down over the weekend for maintenance, but it’s always back up on work days. How the hell was I supposed to get to work? The 1 train? Hells no. Too crowded. That left me with one option: the M98 bus, which is typically my preferred method of transit, but with buses you need to worry about traffic, something I don’t need on patient days.

The bus stop next to the subway station was getting mighty full, so I decided to hoof it to the bus stop one block up to beat the crowd. So I went, and stood, and stood, and stood some more, until a bus finally showed, naturally completely full. I elbowed my way on, and the bus driver closes the door, looks around and says (I kid you not) “do you guys ride this bus regularly, ‘cause I ain’t never done this route before and no one gave me directions.” Are you shitting me? He then goes on to get us stuck behind a Short Line bus for ten minutes, gets on the FDR which is CLEAR OF TRAFFIC BUT STILL HE GOES 25 MPH! WTF?!?! I’m usually a pretty quiet person, but even I yelled out, “Homey, you can keep up with traffic or we’ll never get where we’re going.”

Needless to say, I got to work almost a half hour late.

Shit. MTA:527, Vanessa :0

Sunday, February 15, 2009

You MUST watch this

I don't care if you're not a physics geek, I don't care if you care nothing for math. Watch this lecture by Clifford Stoll. Yes, he's frickin' crazy, but he's also frickin' brilliant. Even if you don't learn anything (you will), he's immensely entertaining.

Thanks, Neatorama.

Friday, February 13, 2009

I think my stuffed animals have feelings

from Neatorama

Reese's YES. Selmonella NO.

Reese's Peanut Butter Cups are my favorite candy, but I was worried they might be tainted due to the massive peanut butter product recall. But alas, I fear no more! The fda has a widget to help you search your favorite foods to see if they've been recalled.

FDA Product Recall List

FDA Salmonella Typhimurium Outbreak 2009. Flash Player 9 is required.

This gave me some pause...

So, it seemed like, in preparation for the upcoming Friday the 13th, all the crazies in NYC were out in full force yesterday. My therapist switched my medication from Remeron to Zoloft, and I went to the pharmacy to fill it, right? Well, my doctor had said I should take the medication in the morning, but the bottle it came in said may cause drowsiness, so I asked the pharmacist about it, because I can't take sleepy medicine in the morning, you know? So the pharmacist comes over, unshaven, ill-fitting lab coat, and says, "Yeah, I'm on it and it makes me really sleepy," and I'm thinking holy crap, this man dispenses my medication? And then I got on the bus to go to the subway, and this older woman gets on and she's wearing a knit hat and has a fur boa tied around her head like a birthday hat (under the chin) and she tried to pay her $2 fare with a $10 bill (bus only takes change or metrocards). And THEN, at the train station, this older gentleman, very dapper looking, in a navy, tailored, pin-stripe suit, was wearing a fluorescent blue bow tie and a cow boy hat.

It was an odd day. I'm glad today's Friday. I'm especially glad I don't have to work on monday.

How would a normal parent respond to this?

I mean, good lord. Do ALL kids act like this? Maybe I should reexamine my desire to become a mother.

Thursday, February 12, 2009

Hee hee

I especially love how the hosts just sit down at their desks while the set collapses on the girl and pretend that everything is all right...

from Fail Blog.

Tuesday, February 10, 2009

Oh, to own a camera phone

This morning, walking from the bus to work, I passed by Sotheby's. Outside was parked a large white Escalade. Its license plate said "GTAIV". Inside the car, and I kid you not, were two different types of clubs on the steering wheel.

A challenge to gamers, mayhaps?

Friday, February 6, 2009

This has been stuck in my head for DAYS

"She should have died hereafter;
There would have been a time for such a word.
To-morrow, and to-morrow, and to-morrow,
Creeps in this petty pace from day to day,
To the last syllable of recorded time;
And all our yesterdays have lighted fools
The way to dusty death. Out, out, brief candle!
Life's but a walking shadow, a poor player
That struts and frets his hour upon the stage
And then is heard no more. It is a tale
Told by an idiot, full of sound and fury
Signifying nothing."
— Macbeth (Act 5, Scene 5, lines 17-28)

Thursday, February 5, 2009

Yay me, sticking to something for once

Why is February 8 an important date?

1725: Catherine the Great becomes the Empress of Russia
1924: Gas chamber used for the first time in an American state prison
1926: Walt Disney Studios is formed
1942: Congress advises FDR that Americans of Japanese descent should be locked up en masse so they wouldn't oppose the US war effort
1969: Last edition of Saturday Evening Post, which used to carry Norman Rockwell covers.
1969: First test flight of the Boeing 747 Jumbo jet
1973: Senate names seven members to investigate Watergate scandal
1974: The US spacestation, Skylab, crashes back to Earth, breaking up in the atmosphere

Mmm. important, right? Well, there's one more thing to add to the list:

2008: PrincessPi started her blog,

And yes, while this may not be a big dead to most people, to me, someone who RARELY, if eve,r, sticks to something like this for more than a week, actually getting to the point where I get to have a blogaversary is a big freaking deal. So stop rolling your eyes and let me feel proud of myself.

Doodle, Updated

I'm just pleased with this one becuase it's the best face I've done entirely without a model. Fabric, too. I know it's not perfect, but still, I'm proud of myself.

Further Mathy Goodness

Honestly, I've not been on speaking terms with Neatorama lately, because clicking on a link from their site downloaded a NASTY virus to my laptop at home, which I still haven't been able to purge, despite my numerous antivirus programs installed there. However, with the addition of this shirt to their online store, they're starting to curry a bit more favor in my opinion...but just a bit.

Monday, February 2, 2009

Where is Where Is Bob? UPDATE

A few days ago, I posted about a blog that I've loved gone missing. I had also emailed the author of the blog, asking where, oh where had she gone? Here is her response which I received this morning:

Thank you! There will be more, I promise!

On Thu, Jan 29, 2009 at 11:31 PM, Vanessa XXXX <vad2003@XXXX> wrote:

Where is Where is Bob? I miss you.
Loyal Reader

Monday Morning Doodle


Thanks EVER so much to cracked for posting this.

Sunday, February 1, 2009

Mmm...bacony goodness

Craftastrophe, the craft blog of all things craptastic, apparently hit up etsy for all things wonderful and bacony. From bacon wallets to bacon soap, satisfy your salted-porky needs with this particular one-stop shop.