June 25th, 2005

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I rarely make coffee at home for myself (to me it's a social drink, like alcohol), but last night, inspired by anotheranon recent graduation to the percolator level and the recent icky/rainy weather (you know it's bad when your normally dry zone starts talking about the weather in terms of "days without rain"), I bought some coffee beans and am listening the happy ker-chunk, ker-chunk of my own percolator right now (and I can smell it already ... MMMMMMMMMMMMMMMMMMMm!!!!!). Minor mystery though ... I rifled through the entire kitchen and I can't find my coffee scoop anywhere (this is the first time I've made coffee since I moved to Calgary, so the first time I've actually needed it). Yeah, yeah, I know I can (and did) use an ordinary measuring spoon to dole out the grounds, but that was an OFFICIAL coffee scoop that I'd had since I first moved out on my own (came with and matches my very first set of measuring cups) ... perfectly sized and shaped and ... well, it was a COFFEE scoop. The pretty magenta tablespoon measure from IKEA is the same size but it just ain't the same ... it has already had adulterous relationships with spices and baking powder and other things, while the coffee scoop was pure and monogamous and wouldn't consider so much as holding hands with anything other than high-grade coarse grounds.

Wonder where it's hiding?
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    CKUA + percolator
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Taking a break from the sock ...

Had to "unknit" a few rows of my sock ... not because I made a mistake, but because I got so enthralled with the joy of finally mastering double-pointed needles that I went a tad too far and would have ended up with my heel at my ankle. Am now back where I should be and have completed the first three rows of the turning of the heel (legendarily the most difficult part). More coffee and some background music other than the C&W CKUA is currently playing are required. Think good thoughts for me while I plunge into this dangerous mission!

And, on the way to the coffee pot, I hoicked a quiz from anotheranon (quite interesting ... my answers to same-sex and opposite-sex were identical and yet I ended up left of centre):

Bi/Slightly Gay
You scored -2 (-52 being completely gay, 0 being bisexual, and 52 being completely straight)
For the most part, you are bisexual. You have a slight preference for the same gender, but either gender would suit you. If you are sexually inexperienced, it is possible that this will change after you do some experimenting.

My test tracked 1 variable How you compared to other people your age and gender:

free online dating free online dating
You scored higher than 0% on Orientation
Link: The Sexuality Spectrum Test written by tall_man_54 on OkCupid Free Online Dating
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I DID IT!!!!!!!!

Heel has been successfully turned (ever notice that "heel" is only one typo away from "hell"? now I know why) with only one error in instruction following on my part and that was fairly simple to unknit back to and correct once I realized it. A few scary moments and attempted stitch escapes while in the tightest angle of this three-dimensional construction, but I was alert and thwarted all tries at sabotage by wool and by needles. Tried it on and it's a perfect, tailored fit to my foot. :-) The angled stitches on each side look a little wavy, but that will even out with wear and washing (thanks to reading history of knitting years ago, I do at least carry the happy knowledge that the reason old sweaters, etc. look so perfect is because the stitches have had time to adjust themselves, NOT because their makers were "perfect" knitters). Now it's just ordinary round-and-round until I decide it's tall enough.

And then I get to make its partner! :P (***gives very sincere and heartfelt thanks that socks don't come in left and right like shoes***)

From the Cataloguer's Desktop

Mind Hacks, by Tom Stafford and Matt Webb. Tom Stafford's Web site (where he puts things that interest him): Idiolect.

The Magdalene Legacy : the Jesus and Mary Bloodline Conspiracy, by Laurence Gardner.

Terry Jones' Medieval Lives, by Terry Jones. Yes, he's a Monty Python alumni, but never forget that, before those days of comedy, he graduated from Oxford with a degree in hisory and never lost his love for the subject.

A Vanished World : Medieval Spain's Golden Age of Enlightenment, by Chris Lowney.

The Myth of Islamic Tolerance : How Islamic Law Treats Non-Muslims, edited by Robert Spencer.

Empire of the Stars : Obsession, Friendship, and Betrayal in the Quest for Black Holes, by Arthur I. Miller.

The Placebo Chronicles : Strange But True Tales from the Doctors' Lounge, by Douglas Farrago.

Oxford Guide to Plain English, 2nd ed., by Martin Cutts.

Blood Horses : Notes of a Sportswriter's Son, by John Jeremiah Sullivan.

The Working Poor : Invisible in America, by David K. Shipler.

Complete Canadian Diabetes Cookbook, by Kathryn Younker.

Canada's Best Cookbook for Kids with Diabetes, by Colleen Bartley.

Six, by Jim Crace. Published in the U.S. under the title: Genesis (no, I don't know why ... I just reports 'em).

Ariel : the Restored Edition : a Facsimile of Plath's Manuscript, Reinstating Her Original Selection and Arrangement, by Sylvia Plath.

Lipstick Jihad : a Memoir of Growing Up Iranian in America and American in Iran, by Azadeh Moaveni.

The Side Effects Bible : the Dietary Solution to Unwanted Side Effects of Common Medications, by Frederic Vagnini and Barry Fox.

Painted Veil, by Beverle Graves Myers. Second title in a series featuring a Venetian castrati soprano (the first is Interrupted Aria. Author has free e-reading links to a couple of her short stories on her Web page (scroll down to bottom of page for the links).

True Story, by Michael Finkel.

CUSP, by Robert A. Metzger.

Jewish With Feeling : A Guide to Meaningful Jewish Practice, by Zalman Schachter-Shalomi, with Joel Segel. Good life guidance in here, relevant to all beliefs.

Did Babe Ruth Call His Shot? : and Other Unsolved Mysteries of Baseball, by Paul Aron.

Fine Filipino Food, by Karen Hulene Bartell.

Fat Girl : a True Story, by Judith Moore.

America Alone : the Neo-Conservatives and the Global Order, by Stefan Halper.

Soldiers and Slaves : American POWs Trapped by the Nazis' Final Gamble, by Roger Cohen.

Judgment Days : Lyndon Baines Johnson, Martin Luther King, Jr., and the Laws That Changed America, by Nick Kotz.

Raising the Bar : Better Drinks, Better Entertaining, by Nick Mautone. Especially for anotheranon ... includes tips on the basics to have in stock, etc.

Encyclopedia Neurotica, by Jon Winokur.

Double Blank, by Yasmina Khadra.

Constitutional Chaos : What Happens When the Government Breaks Its Own Laws, by Andrew P. Napolitano.

In the Palace of Repose, by Holly Phillips.

Autumn in Peking, by Boris Vian.

Death Sentences : How Cliches, Weasel Words and Management-Speak Are Strangling Public Language, by Don Watson.

Be Afraid, Be Very Afraid : the Book of Scary Urban Legends, compiled by Jan Harold Brunvand.

The Great Game : the Myth and Reality of Espionage, by Frederick P. Hitz.

My Life Among the Serial Killers : Inside the Minds of the World's Most Notorious Murderers, by Helen Morrison.

The Devil's Teeth : a True Story of Obsession and Survival Among America's Great White Sharks, by Susan Casey.
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    The Goon Show: "Tiddleywinks"
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Been busy updating ...

JLS' Collections has been updated with several new entries, both print and ebook, including a just-discovered-yesterday treasure from my kiddyhood: The Adventures of a Brownie (there's a marvelous illustration of him leaving his little coaldust footprints all over the tablecloth to punish the cook in the edition at Mom's house).

Also new links added to JLS' Favourite Oddities & Curiosities
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    Made In Canada (getting a Rick Mercer fix)
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