10 3 2011

naturally caffeinated

The lady that now drives my bus to work on Mondays is middle-aged, very sweet, and wears driving gloves. She drives either like a maniac or an F1 champion. The road to my work is hilly and winding in some places and when she tears along those stretches, it’s fun to count how many white knuckles and green faces are on the bus. She hasn’t had an accident yet and in the meantime, I’m very awake when I arrive at work.


internet foraging

I did my usual internet foraging and rabbit-holing and today’s linky links are all classic mysteries with a decidedly October Country flavor.

the Somerton Man   The Body on Somerton Beach
“I have not seen the tendency of calf muscle so pronounced as in this case…. His feet were rather striking, suggesting—this is my own assumption—that he had been in the habit of wearing high-heeled and pointed shoes.”
Feel like more foraging? Taman Shud Case at Wikipedia
perhaps it occured at Owl Creek Bridge   List of people who disappeared mysteriously     

“This is a list of people who mysteriously disappeared, and whose current whereabouts are unknown or whose deaths are not substantiated, as well as a few cases of people whose disappearance was notable and remained mysterious for a long time, but was eventually explained.”
You could kill a fair amount of time here — especially if you click on links and go Wikipedia rabbit-holing. The early ones are especially interesting.
???   Mary Celeste
The Mary Celeste was a ship discovered in December 1872 abandoned and unmanned in the Atlantic. The crew were never seen or heard from again and what happened to them is the subject of much speculation. Their fate is regarded as one of the greatest maritime mysteries of all time. Some say the crew was thrown overboard by a large wave, but no remains were ever found.
  Yeah, I clicked on a link in the list.
not for surfing   Rogue Giants at Sea
  …many oceanographers were skeptical. The human imagination tended to embellish, they said.
  This naturally followed the article about the Mary Celeste. And that’s how internet rabbit-holing is done. You find one topic and just keep clicking and reading and next thing you know, it’s time to go to work and you haven’t slept since last Thursday.


cooking & crafts

I have posts in development covering both topics. I know some consider it sacrilege, but I am doing some research into sauces that go well with steaks.


blog post round up

Since the last time we held this particular kind of shindig…

Alex Pagulayan vs Shane Van Boening

TAR 21 // Shane Van Boening (left) vs Alex Pagulayan (right) at the TAR Studio in Las Vegas.

  The La Brea tarpits may suck in large, ancient mammals, but only billiards can suck in your soul like the black hole that is my wallet.
I offer the following goods in exchange for table time: Magic Ball Racks ($18), trial-size Shot Pad set ($12), and my handcrafted Pac-Man keychains.
Mark Griffin of CueSports International is a good sport and answers ten serious questions and one seriously serious question.
A somewhat epic journey involving buses, trains, cars, walking, fruit, clueless pool players, sh#tting out, champion pool players, TAR 21, and copious amounts of food.


contingency plan

This past weekend I played in a local tournament. I played all right in my first match, not well in my second, and in my third (which was agasint a Nice Person), I realized I was very, very hungry. Enough so that I decided not to continue with my match. I forfeited (second time in my life) and went to go eat. I returned feeling much better and spent the rest of the evening watching real players play.

The plan is still in effect.


Just send it!

One Reply to “10 3 2011”

  1. A rogue wave was the star of one episode of Deadliest Catch, season 2 I think, and it was the scariest thing that I’ve ever seen caught on camera. Middle of the night, Bering Sea, a 75 foot wave just rolls this 120 foot long ship like it’s a bar of soap. The boat nearly flips completely over and the turns itself back upright.

    Love rabbit holing…I get lost in no time.

    Stick to the plan!

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