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Me: Hello department store website! I am interested in looking at this leather tote bag!

Website: Hello! Sorry, we are sold out of that leather tote bag! we suggest one of these instead!
Website: Turtleneck sweater. Cardigan. Face cream. Face cream. Face cream. Lipstick.

Me: I think your matching algorithm needs to be tweaked a bit.
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Is there anyone here who is not doing Art Yuletide who is willing to brainstorm a bit of symbolism for an artwork with me? It's helpful if you know the fandom, and to avoid spoiling it if my recipient happens by, all I'll say is that it's on this list of fandoms. (I'll be more forthcoming about which once you post and say you're not doing AY. :D)
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Videos for Cats to Watch-a playlist of videos featuring birds, squirrels, etc. Via Metafilter.
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BTW, the PS4 we bought came in last week, and this weekend we went by Best Buy and bought a used copy of Dragon Age: Inquisition and a new copy of Assassin's Creed: Syndicate.

We already played DA:I on the PS3, but this way we can both play it again with a different Inquisitor so I can romance Cullen yes we could have done that on the PS3 version and play the PS4-only DLC.

And we got $10 knocked off AC:S because someone had filed a copy of a nicer version in the wrong spot behind a locked glass door and we tried to buy it at the price it was therefore labeled, which was half of what it actually was--we tried to look it up but that version didn't show up in any of our searches, so we didn't realize it was UberSpecialVersion. The clerk called a manager over to ask if he could knock the price down for us and after the manager (1) accused us of placing it in the wrong section--we pointed out it was BEHIND A LOCKED GLASS DOOR FOR CRYING OUT LOUD and he backed down--and (2) publicly berated the clerk for daring to suggest we get the product at the price it was marked as, telling him the store couldn't give away all its margin, he offered to knock $10 off the price. At which point we said we wanted the version that was cheap, which was why we got that since it was labeled as the cheapest, and he said we could take $10 of the regular, plain version. (WHICH IS TITLED "LIMITED EDITION". IDEK.)

Anyway. This is all to say that we ran into this very glitch, which was captured for posterity by someone-or-other and uploaded to YouTube. In it, there are THREE invisible characters, Evie and Jacob Frye, the main-character assassin twins, and Henry Greene, an assassin confederate of theirs. No spoilers, unless you count them acquiring an employee and a train early on in the game a spoiler (OH NO I JUST SPOILED YOU MIGHT AS WELL WATCH IT).


Nov. 11th, 2015 11:53 am
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So remember a bit back, when I posted about learning that peace lilies were drama queens? It happened again, and I got photos this time.

I left work on Friday without giving the Sergeant any water, intending to water him Monday. Naturally I get a two-day migraine, and when I get back today, he is all swoony, practically fanning himself and saying "Well, I swan!"

Honestly! Wouldn't you look at that and say "That is soon to be a dead plant"?

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18th century journeyman cabinetmaker wrote a letter and concealed it in a writing cabinet he built. The letter was discovered in 1967, but wasn't translated and studied until 2014.
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So a long time ago I posted about my and [personal profile] myrialux's experimentation with a Brussels sprouts recipe, the conclusion of which was that we still both hated Brussels sprouts.

Many of you said that oh no, if we just roasted them simply we might like them. Well, I am here to tell you...nothing about roasting them. But I have, in fact, now eaten a recipe that included Brussels sprouts that I didn't hate.

On Saturday, after the local roaming extortionists shook us down for all our candy, we went to one of our favorite local restaurants, Bonnell's Fine Texas Cuisine. While there, I ordered a new dish from the fall menu, which was a breast of pheasant with, I quote, "house-made bacon, five spice potatoes, brussels leaves, applesauce, demi-glace."

Reader, it was delicious. All the more so because the leaves of the sprouts contained no trace of any Brussels sprouts flavor whatsoever. They were merely texture. I ate half my entree (because I always, always have to get the tres leches créme brulée BECAUSE YES) and had the other half for lunch on Monday and it was still tasty and compeltely free of any Brussels sprouts flavor.

So: yay!
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Halloween total: no less than FIVE Darth Vaders. After we spotted an entire family dressed as Star Wars characters--who never came to our side of the street!!--I downloaded the Imperial March to my phone and hit the Play button every time a Star Wars character showed up or someone called Toby out as being Star Wars-related.

NONE of the kids realized Toby was the Emperor. They all called him Darth Vader. WHAT SORT OF FAILURE OF PROPER PARENTING IS THIS?

That entire box of candy you see in my previous photo was given out and the ravening hordes KEPT COMING--we had to apologize to some who were running up our driveway as we were putting the chairs and empty box away. Half an hour later, at 8PM, we left the house to go to a late dinner at our favorite restaurant. So many people were still out and about that Toby had to stand out on the sidewalk and act as a crossing guard to prevent me from running over anyone as I backed out.

Sitting out on the porch was so much nicer than hopping up and down every minute or so to answer the door, and it was hilarious to see how it broke some younger kids' programming--they'd run up the drive, stop and stare at us in confusion, then go to knock on the door or ring the doorbell. Usually by that point a parent or older sibling would corral them and herd them over to us, but then they'd be so confused at this departure from normal that they'd just stand there and wouldn't say anything.

Remembering how popular the plastic fake vampire teeth we gave out a couple of years ago (I had bought a package to make pumpkin vampires and couldn't find a package smaller than 25, although I only needed 5 or 6), we also bought puffy skull and bone stickers and little plastic skulls to give out. They were bizarrely popular, probably because they were something different. So many kids ran back to their parents going "MOM! MOM! I GOT A STICKER!!" That's a definite go for next year.

Also, someone in the neighborhood is That Guy and was giving out full-size Hershey bars. I saw several of them in kids' loot bags/buckets.

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