Was the glow-in-the-dark
one. It's just now I noticed.
Today's post is a mish-mash of miscellany.
1- Movies viewed from a HD source (HD-DVD, BluRay or HDTV) don't look materially better compared to a standard DVD that has been played through a DVD player that "upconverts" to HD resolutions. I confirmed this with Harry Potter #5 (which is a combination (HD-DVD on one side, "regular" DVD on the other) flipping back and forth in such a way as to arouse puzzled comment from the household. It looks a tiny bit better, but it's not an earth-shaking diff.
Of course, this is not the case with material shot in high-def (as opposed to shot on film), which looks AMAZING
. Stuff like sports events, or travelogues or computer animated films really look jaw-dropping in high-def.
Just a thought about what one ought consider when pondering an upgrade.
2- We are booked and good-to-go to hang out with the extremely lovely and wildly gracious Poppy
in California. (We won't travel 25 minutes to see some of TFBIM's friends, but we'll fly across the continent
to hang out with the Buxoms. This is because we love the Buxoms and they are totally worth flying across the continent
to hang out with them.) With luck we'll also loiter with Jennyfivetina, as well as meeting up with my Vinapedia.net minions.
3- St. Valentine's Day is nearly here. Not sure I have a gift in waiting. I must conduct an inventory.
4- By the way, children having socks is "school policy" and unraveling is, emphatically, not the same as "picking at" something.
5- I only gained 5lb. in my heavy work season. (Granted, this is combined with my having lost only 20lb. of the 25lb. I needed to lose.) I have hit the gym with a vengeance and I am ruthlessly paring my snack impulse.
6- South African wines are VERY underrated.
7- I don't get to catch it very often, but I love the few snippets I've heard of the Dennis Miller radio show. There is something very satisfying about getting his jokes, especially when nobody else does. Anyone who says [a U.S. politician] blinks so furiously it looks as if she's "signaling the Carpathia
she's hit an iceberg" is a magnificent bastard.
8- Today, I refrained from buying shoes.
9- I got a very cheering email about being invited to bring my car along to a very
prestigious event. (Sure, they want me to throw crazy money at them, but people who know say the invitation is completely legitimate and serious.)
10- Homemade creme legere
, this involves leaving dairy products -- with live enzymes and cultures -- left out overnight.)
11- The problem with Ash Wednesday, apart from the fasting bit, is that you tend to forget you have ashes on your forehead and when your forehead starts to itch, you wind up spreading them all over your face in a thin, faint layer, so that people suppose you to be a very well-dressed but pathologically slothful coal miner.
As you were,
P.S. I gave up snacking for Lent; and I'm also going to try to get to pray on my TOTALLY COOL BLESSED-BY-THE-POPE glow-in-the-dark Rosary. Feel free to make requests.