PSA: The meri is full of rantiness today.

Should you be one of the poor fools I interact with today, please do be careful.

TL;DR: grumpy meri is grumpy (more…)

Commence radio silence.

There’s a good chance that things are going to go quiet around here for a bit.

I’m likely going to be out of touch for about a week, give or take. I’ll probably only be checking email, SMSes, and cell phone about twice a day. If you have something really urgent, contact G, and he’ll relay a message, if possible. (Please try not to have anything really urgent, as “really urgent” usually translates to “really bad” in our circles, and I would hate for any of you to have something really bad happen. Ok? Ok.)

Things should return to a meri-normal state by Monday the 10th, barring weirdness.

Be good, or if you can’t be good, at least have fun.

PSA: Fabulous yarn on sale.

A beautiful yarn is on sale today. If I had the funds, I’d be purchasing enough of this in Slate and Cherry to knit up a Dijon. Perhaps someone else can benefit from the sale, though. 🙂

This is pertinent to your interests: Hugh Laurie & Stephen Fry edition.

Based upon a comment made in response to my last post [1], I went searching for Hugh Laurie on my Roku. I was not able to find the show I was looking for, but I did discover that Jeeves and Wooster (IMDB) is available on Hulu Plus. I know this doesn’t pertain to most of the people reading this, but if all you know of Hugh Laurie is from his Hollywood-based acting, you’re in for a lovely surprise. (I recall once watching Jeeves and Wooster at work at AOL, and a co-worker declaring what a wonderful job Hugh Laurie does at portraying a British accent. I about choked.)

And, well, Stephen Fry. You do know Stephen Fry, right? Right?

I have the DVDs of Jeeves and Wooster (as well as those of A Bit of Fry and Laurie (IMDB)), but that would be effort, and not something I can watch at my desk without ripping them. Streaming, ahoy!

[1] Based upon a comment in LiveJournal from Colin, I was looking for the series Fortysomething (IMDB) (which has both Hugh Laurie and Benedict Cumberbatch), but alas, that does not seem to be available via Netflix, Amazon Streaming, or Hulu. I may be forced to acquire media.

This is pertinent to your interests, Benedict Cumberbatch edition.

If you’re interested in Mr. Cumberbatch, I found a series that he did back in 2008 called “The Last Enemy” (link leads to IMDB page). It’s about a brilliant mathematician (Cumberbatch) who has been living in China for the last several years, and returns to the UK only to attend his brother’s funeral. Upon arrival, he discovers a London that has been vastly changed by a bombing of a tube station, resulting in greater police / military presence and a decline in anything resembling personal privacy.

He also falls for a woman, loses a corpse that was in his apartment, gets a new job, and gets into various kinds of trouble. And I’ve only watched the first (of five) episodes. It’s kind of erratic, and I’m not sure they’re going to be able to pull off the premise in 7.5 hours (each episode is 90 minutes long), but I’m willing to give it a shot. Besides, you get to see our hero’s naked bum, and in a pair of plain white boxer shorts. I can’t decide if this is more or less amusing than the Sherlock-in-a-sheet scene.

Anyway, for those with Amazon Prime, it’s available to stream for free. Of course, you could always buy the episodes to stream, or purchase the DVD.


PSA: Luncheon for DC-area female (sorry guys) geeks.

If you’re a female geek (sorry guys) and if you’re in the DC area, or are attending Shmoocon, you might be interested in this.

PSA: Knee-high socks for people with big calves.

The big calves are not, of course, of the mooing variety. Rather, the calves that comprise the lower half of your legs.

Even when I was thin (Really. I was. I swear. There are people reading this who have only known me as a thin person, even!), my calves were mighty, and knee socks were a problem. However, I’ve had remarkable luck with the Sock It To Me brand of socks, which I buy from Amazon (because, hey, Prime eligible). [1] The knee-high socks actually fit over my calves. They are taut enough to stay up, but are not so tight that they hurt. The fabric is thicker than nylon trouser socks, but thinner than your average sock, which I like, because my feet tend to overheat. Overall, I’m really happy with them, and I am pleased to have found funky knee-high socks that I can actually wear.

We now return you to your regular broadcast.

  1. In the interest of full disclosure, if you buy socks using that link, I get a cut, but I don’t know anything about who bought things, or what they bought.

PSA: Time is running out to be a World Book Night giver!

World Book Night is a strange and wonderful thing. Every year, a bunch of people sign up to give out 20 copies of a book to a bunch of people they’ve never met. I did this last year, and it was a blast. I lucked out. The list of potential books we could choose from included “The Phantom Tollbooth” and “Good Omens.” I gave out 20 copies of the latter. (How can you go wrong giving out Neil Gaiman and Terry Pratchett?)


PSA: Adobe Customer Security Alert.

I received this mail from Adobe this morning, and thought I’d share, in case anyone has the mail going to the bit bucket. (more…)

[PSA: Yarn freaks.] Oh. Oh dear.

This may be known to the world far and wide already, but I just discovered it, so I thought I’d share it with you.

The good folks at Ravelry now have a road trip planner. You put in your start point, your end point, and how far you’re willing to detour for yarn shops, and it will tell you all the shops it knows of that meet your parameters.

Now if only I was going on a road tri… hey wait! I am!

Oh dear.