Post-Oscar Snow

Snowy FeatsThose who fall asleep during the Oscars shouldn’t be too harsh on them. Neither should they leave a pan of pasta boiling, unless they want to be woken by a smoke detector. But woken I was, and in time to see Martin Scorsese get his Oscar. Perhaps he should have come to Boston sooner.

Much to my daughter’s delight, soft snow came to Boston this morning. Perhaps that was bound to happen once Al Gore’s warning about global warming got its Oscar.

Since Maddie and her little brother came along, we don’t get out to the movies much. The 2006 movie to which I’m most looking forward is Pan’s Labyrinth. The pasta pan is expected to live, by the way.

Ice Cream, Monkeys, and Wireless

Shiva MonkeyI’m currently sitting in JP Licks‘ West Roxbury location. The wireless access is free, provided by the Bruegger’s next door. I am a fairly frequent customer of Bruegger’s, by the way.

On the wall of the JP Licks are photos by Thomas Holmes Durand. All feature sock monkeys, although not all feature the Hindu deity Shiva. Praise be to the Hindu gods of wireless and photography!

Strange Maps

A funny thing happened on the way to the forums… That is, I was at the main WordPress.com page, and about to click over to the support forums, when I saw among the list of hot blogs of today: strange maps. It is as interesting, strange, and cartographic as I hoped.

For example, there’s a map of the most generic country ever.

The country is bounded in the south by an ocean called ‘Ocean’, which closer to land is labelled ‘Gulf’, ‘Sea’, ‘Channel’ and ‘Bay’. Several islands are named ‘Island’, except where they occur in a group, in which case they’re called ‘Group of Islands or Archipelago’.

T-Shirt Day

Funky TActually it’s Presidents’ Day in the US of A. The holiday is, I presume, why my feed reader has been less busy than on most Mondays.

I declare it to be t-shirt day, in that it’s time to link to a rather good post featuring 107 t-shirts for geeks that do not suck. I presume that the ambiguity as to who (the geeks?) or what (the shirts) is suck-free is deliberate.

The anonymous and Canadian //engtech provides well-chosen images, and links to the t-shirt sites whence the shirts can be purchased. He doesn’t use affiliate links. But I do! And the reason I’ve declared today to be t-shirt day is that Monday is new release day at Threadless!

Why are you still here, rather than earning me street team points… I mean, treating yourself and your loved ones to fine and well-deserved t-shirts at Threadless? Is it because you want to know about the t-shirt in this post? Yes, I like it too. Orange is my favorite color. The design is by the wonderful Ric Stultz, and it’s currently at the top of his works in print page.

Year of the Pig

PigIt’s Chinese new year: the year of the pig. Judy’s parents are here for the new year, which we are celebrating by eating a lot. Yes, pork is very much on the menu, and no, that doesn’t mean that we’ll be eating rat a year from now.

Thanks to KnOizKi for the picture of the pig, which I believe is in Hong Kong, and is apparently still celebrating Valentine’s Day. But not everyone there is so upbeat. “The Year of the Pig will not be very peaceful,” said Hong Kong feng shui master Raymond Lo. Meanwhile, in Korea, it’s the year of the golden pig.

From Boston, a happy new year of the pig to you, wherever you are, and whatever year you were born in. (I’m a dog myself.)

Walk Out to Winter

Aztec Camera’s first album, High Land, Hard Rain, has long been a favorite of mine. I never saw the band live. But there they are on video from those far-off days, when Roddy Frame was 19, doing “Walk Out to Winter.”

Other relevant Roddy-related resources include: