Archive for December 17th, 2012


First off today, do yourself a favor and swing over to Michael Offut’s blog at http://slckismet.blogspot.com/.  Michael is fabulous, funny, scary smart, multitalented, and opinionated (bless him, ’cause so am I), and starting this week he’s on a blog tour for his new book Oculus.  You’ll find the links for the tour over there.

For me his first novel Slipstream was an exciting scifi treat.  So if Oculus is half as good (it’s the second installment in his planned trilogy), then I’ll love it.  Hope you do too.

Second factoid on my list:  I failed to sign up too for Alex J. Cavanaugh’s Alexfest.  Besides being a successful scifi novelist, Alex is an all around good guy and a great blogger — I mean, a truly great blogger who cheers on his fellow writers  and is an endless source of support and helpful info.  So here is my humble and belated salute to the great Ninja Alex.

Sigh.  Maybe in 2013 I’ll stop being always a day late and a dollar short.  But I will offer an excuse for the last couple weeks  in that a coworker has had to take several days off, which meant I’ve been doing double duty.   I am sooooo tired!

And now the funnies.

Considering the horrific news out of Connecticut, maybe there’s something very wrong about posting a couple lighthearted jokes here.  I’m still so horrified and furious and immensely saddened, and so unable even to look at the news (and this after what happened at the movie theater here in Colorado), that if I don’t share a laugh I’ll keep crying.

Here’s the first funny:  It’s the Colbert Report’s video of Downton Abbey mixed with Breaking Bad, and if you’re a Downton freak like me you’ll love it.  Be forewarned — this is the uncensored version, so there’s colorful meth-infused language.

http://www.colbertnation.com/the-colbert-report-videos/422221/december-13-2012/uncensored—breaking-abbey

Doesn’t this make you want to see Downton Abby meets The Walking Dead?

And this next funny thing — or else it’s just appalling — is something a friend pointed out to me.

Yes, that is a black dress you are looking at.  An incredibly ugly black dress from the expensive designer label Comme des Garcons, originally $1065 (THIS IS NOT A TYPO!) now marked down to a perfectly reasonable $348.  Polyester.  Dry Clean Only.

Then there’s the floral version.

It’s marked down from $1735.00.

My reaction is of course…

ARE YOU KIDDING ME?  I mean, was the designer hallucinating?  Forgot to take his medication?  Was the buyer at Saks stoned out of his lopsided gourd?  And are there really, truly women out there stupid and blind enough to spend even two bucks on these absurdities?

Then again, I’d like to thank Comme des Garcons for pointing out to me the bright side of not being able to afford designer clothes.

Have a very good last week of work before the holidays.