Thursday, April 24, 2014

Return to Skymall

A couple years ago I wrote about some of the cute/weird/unnecessary things that you could buy from Skymall, the magazine you find on airplanes. They also have a website. I decided to take a quick look-see at what is available now. Make sure you click on the pics to get full size.

Corner shelves $30 each set -
I really liked the idea of these things. I thought they looked very attractive. What is shown here are two sets. The reviews weren’t that great, though. Very cheaply made, pieces missing or not lining up properly. Better to make them yourself out of real wood.

Faux ivy privacy screens  $40 - $90 per panel -
Again, I really liked the idea of this, but the reviews were iffy. You get a net with fake ivy attached that you stretch out on your fence and attach. Choice of 3 different kinds of ivy. Looks better than slats, I think. Something that could probably be done yourself, but I would imagine only lasts one season.

Fun Flusher Decorative Handles  $20 each -
How fun is this??? I love it! Looks metallic, but is cheap plastic. *tsk* *tsk* *tsk*

Touchless Sensor Toilet Seats  $160 -
This could very well save a marriage! Approach, and the lid rises. Wave your hand and the seat rises. Step away when you’re done and it all AUTOMATICALLY CLOSES!! No more middle-ot-the-night trips ending up IN the toilet, ladies!! Let us rejoice! Only one review on this, and it was positive. Probably because no one else would admit to spending $160 on this…

Mixed-Breed Dog DNA Test Kit  $75 -
Wanna know just what your mutt is made of? This kit will tell you! Or not. VERY mixed reviews on this one. Just call him Sparky and be done with it. Or Princess if she’s a girl.

Thursday, April 17, 2014

The Announcer's Test

I first heard this MANY years ago, and it made a huge impression on me. Jerry Lewis did this on a talk show, and since I was quite young, it had to be either Merv Griffin or Mike Douglas. Since then, I've heard it from other people on other shows, but I always think of Jerry Lewis doing this. When I wanted to look this up on the Internet, all I could really remember was something “in full battle array” and “corpulent porpoises,” and it was the porpoises that got it for me. You can look this up on youtube and hear Jerry do this once more with great panache.

You start out with “One hen.”
Then you say “One hen, two ducks.”
Then “One hen, two ducks, three squawking geese.”
And it goes on from there…

One hen
Two ducks
Three squawking geese
Four Limerick oysters
Five corpulent porpoises
Six pairs of Don Alverzo’s tweezers
Seven thousand Macedonians in full battle array
Eight brass monkeys from the ancient, sacred crypts of Egypt
Nine apathetic, sympathetic, diabetic, old men on roller skates with a marked propensity towards procrastination and sloth
Ten lyrical, spherical, diabolical denizens of the deep who haul stall around the corner of the quo of the quay of the quivery, all at the same time.

Thursday, April 10, 2014

Alphabet Soup's On KLM

K – Krumhorn
This Renaissance instrument can also be spelled with a “c” although the original spelling is from the German for “bent horn.” It has a very pleasant reedy sound. I’ve always enjoyed music from that time period and from medieval times, both instrumental and choral. If you want to hear some nice little tunes on youtube, use the “c” spelling of the word.

L – Lupines
I’ve always loved these flowers for their beauty. It turns out that some varieties are grown for the seeds which are very nutritious. Ever since watching Monty Python, however, lupines mean only one thing: Dennis Moore!
That infamous highwayman, travelling through the countryside, robbing the rich of their bouquets of lupines and giving them to the poor. Who only wanted food and money. Poor sods…

M - Monkey Puzzle
I first read of this type of tree in an Agatha Christie novel. It wasn’t until we got a computer and I could look up pictures that I found out what it really looked like. Killer, huh? Used for ornamental gardening. Don’t think it would be much fun to climb.

Friday, April 4, 2014

Book Report April 2014

Dream Park by Larry Niven and Steven Barnes

I read this book many years ago, but reading it again was just as enjoyable as the first time. It was written in 1981, so it’s a bit dated as far as tech goes, but I loved it. It’s about a theme park that is basically a venue for serious RPG players in holodeck-like settings. It’s the future, so it’s sci-fi, but it’s also a darn good mystery and who-done-it. I found out that this was a series and there are 3 more books that I now have to track down.
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The Christmas Key by Emily Thomas

Another in the Blue Hill Library series. This was about a mysterious ring found in the Advent Cabinet at church during the pre-Christmas season. Good story line. And I loved the idea of the Advent Cabinet.
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Mr. De Luca’s Horse by Marjorie Paradis

This was a kids book that I’d gotten years ago and finally got around to reading. Great little story. I think a lot of adults would enjoy this as well. A young boy wants to buy the junk-man’s old horse when he finds out that the man is going to retire. The boy does all sorts of jobs to earn money to buy and house the horse. Even though the book is pretty dated (1966) it’s still a good story.
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Goody Hall by Natalie Babbitt

Odd little book by the author of Tuck Everlasting. Quirky story with quirky characters. Written in 1971, so it’s dated, but a good story nonetheless. An out-of-work actor comes to Goody Hall to be tutor to the young master. Just really weird people in this book. Bizarre ending. You gotta read it if you want to know more.