Category Archives: Miscellaneous

So, The New Job

is evidently good enough that I am looking at a question regarding a single transaction from 2012 that isn’t making sense.

From home, where I stayed because I had a migraine this morning, and I’m continuing to dig because it is entertaining and I kinda want to find the answer.

Yay me. Gainfully employed at something I enjoy, with a future. Could be worse ;-).

Speaking Of Peter Jackson

Borepathc says it nicely.

I think that Jackson lost me at the end of the Lord Of The Rings when the Eye Of Sauron said “And I would have gotten away with it if it weren’t for you meddling kids!”  No thanks.  There’s so much good material he leaves out, and so much junk he creates to replace it that I’m not interested.


In My Attempt To (Sort Of) Spend Locally

I’ve been patronizing the local coffee shops this holiday season.

Now as I’ve pointed out, I am not a coffee snob. But when spending boutique prices for a cup, I do have certain expectations. SOmetimes they are met, sometimes the results fall short.

The other day I was up in Scottsdale and stopped by Village Coffee Roastery. Your run-of-the-mill looking Scottsdale coffee shop, in an upscale strip mall (there’s a Melting Pot!) with mediocre outdoor patio furniture and a view of typical Scottsdale retail architecture. The inside was not much better, and the staff didn’t seem to want to admit I was there (it never ceases to amaze me how standing there with a “Take My Money!” look fails to encourage people to take my money).

But the coffee. Oh my, the coffee.

I had a latte – how unadventurous of me. It was creamy, flavorful, just the right temperature, full-bodied, you name it. Delicious. I don’t know if I’ve ever had a better one. I’m back there in a heartbeat, just because of that. I’d drive out of my way.

Next day I stayed closer to home, and gave a chance to Lo-Fi Coffee in Mesa. Right on Main Street so convenient. Cool interior if kind of last-century-too-cool-for-school-John-Cusack-in-“HighFidelity”-ish, but it’d be a comfy and cool place to hang out. Kind of what I expect coffee shops to be – what can I say, I’m old *g*. The staff once again wasn’t too eager to encourage my spending habits but they were more polite and the use of tech to check me out was a nice touch.

But the coffee. A disappointment, the coffee. Nothing really wrong with it, it was a perfectly acceptable latte I guess. Not creamy, but decent. Not bitter, but nor loaded with layers of flavor. A little bland even. Nothing to write home about.

I’d go back, if I happened to be downtown and wanted coffee because they’re local and I try to encourage that sort of thing, but I’m also not going out of my way to go back either.



Call Me Old-Fashioned

but sexy portrayals of Alice Liddell disturb me.  Perhaps I am too familiar with  both the writings and history of  Charles Dodgson.


I’ll watch, despite the Garry Bettman being a pox-infested douchecanoe of an excuse for a human being. I like the Coyotes, they are a hard-working team who strives to be better every season. They looked good tonight despite losing to the Minnesota North Stars *g*.

That being said – that Jagr-Whitney line is really freakin’ impressive. They will be something to watch this season.

I’m Either Adorable Or A Huge Geek

considering that Akhil Amar is currently on Colbert; he points out that the Constitution says that individual states can’t violate your enumerated or un-enumerated rights because of the privileges and immunities clause, and I have to refrain from shouting at the television “The Supreme Court gutted P&I in the Slaughterhouse Cases back in the 1870’s! Bad case law in direct violation of the founders’ stated intents according the the Federalist and Anti-Federalist Papers, but still – stare decisis!

It’s 4PM Here In Arizona

and there is still ice on my lawn from the sprinklers last night