Random Stuff for Tuesday, 20 March

Test sites for WordPress themes display several standard elements so theme hunters can see how things like images and bulleted lists look on the page. As it happens, I’m in the process of tweaking the Blue Zinfandel theme and I’ve got a few random things that I wanted to talk about, giving me the perfect opportunity to put the theme through its paces and solicit additional feedback.

  1. I picked up a copy of Fool Moon today, the second book in Jim Butcher’s urban fantasy series, The Dresden Files. I tore through the first book, Blood Moon Storm FrontEDIT: Blood Moon? Where the hell did that come from?, over about two days when I was on vacation in Michigan, so I’m going to start Fool Moon as soon as I finish Eragon, which I’m about two-thirds of the way through.Liar, liar, pants on fire. Technically, I started reading Fool Moon while I was waiting for my General Tso’s Chicken at the China Express.
  2. My father was featured in a documentary that has (I’m told) aired twice in Finland. Laura and I got a copy of the 50-minute DVD in the mail yesterday. I think I’ll talk about it a little more once I’ve had a chance to watch it again.
  3. Laura’s birthday was Sunday. If you’ve been paying attention to My Twitter, you’ll know that my gift to her was food poisoning. I also got her some foul-tasting (but pretty) tea, a birthday card that looked familiar because I gave her the exact same one sometime in the past couple of years, flowers that were supposed to be a surprise but were anything but, and a couple of movies on DVD.
  4. Who’s the Man?
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    Kyle was sick a couple of weeks ago, but he’s feeling much better now. Actually, the entire Johnson household was under the weather; Kyle was the only one who didn’t seem to realize that he was sick. He had a cough and a runny nose, but was acting for the most part like nothing was out of the ordinary. If Laura and I were too slow with the tissues, Kyle would wind up wiping snot all over his face. Bleah.
  5. I didn’t watch the entire premiere of The Riches on FX, but I did see the second episode last night. Eddie Izzard and Minnie Driver are both very good, and the show has a dark side that didn’t come across in the ads that drew me to it in the first place. I like what I’ve seen so far, though.
  6. On the topic of new shows, I also enjoyed the premiere of Raines starring Jeff Goldblum. The show has a very cool concept (cop talks to the victim of the homicide he’s trying to solve) and I really like the way Goldblum plays the character; Michael Raines has all of the quirks I associate with Jeff Goldblum, but he’s definitely more ruthless and edgy than I expected him to be. I appreciate that.
  7. Rae promises that Robin Hood will get better with the next episode. The first three episodes weren’t bad, but they could certainly have been better.
  8. I don’t think I like the default styling for ordered lists. Expect tweaks.
  9. It’s Game Night. I’m hoping to play Arkham Horror, but I’ll be happy playing pretty much anything.

14 thoughts on “Random Stuff for Tuesday, 20 March”

  1. Also – check it out: Adding a footnote link within an ordered list messes with your line-height.

    I’m so picky.

    Yeah, I noticed that, too. I’m hoping to fix it by tweaking the line-height a bit. I also want to justify the text within the list times, add a list-style to unordered lists (which don’t currently have bullets), and move the footnote text above the tags text. Oh, and tweak the footnote text so it can be distinguished from regular ordered lists. I may also bump the standard post font size up a bit; it’s a little too small right now.

  2. What was the documentary about? Was it about vampire hunters?

    I really liked Raines too. I started a thread on the geeklabel forums about it… not sure if you post there.

    I haven’t checked out the Geeklabel forums yet, but I do have my very cool Harping Monkey hoodie from Geeklabel and I’ll be posting some pictures soon.

    As for the documentary, it isn’t about vampire hunters as it is about Finnish-Americans living in and around my home town, Toivola, Michigan.

  3. 4. Kyle = ‘Glazed Donut Monster’!

    Very much so! I’ll have to see if I can find a copy of that Cosby album so I can play it for Laura.

  4. I’ve really enjoyed The Riches as well – but then, I’m a huge Izzard fan. The actors playing his children are really good, too.

    Haven’t seen any episodes of Raines as yet. I’m going to try squirreling into my neighbor’s TiVo and evoke the eps thru the ether onto my laptop’s harddriv – uh – I may have typed too much…

    Ah! KJ is a fan of General Tso as well… Excellent! Do you prefer your chicken a) zippy (mildest of the adjectives), b) spicy, c) laser, or d) bathed in a nuclear fire?

    Your vampire-hunting heritage clearly gives you a predilection to the spicier foods (living in the moment and all that), however each generation has their own preferences and styles.

    -pax omnium veritas-

  5. Ah! KJ is a fan of General Tso as well… Excellent! Do you prefer your chicken a) zippy (mildest of the adjectives), b) spicy, c) laser, or d) bathed in a nuclear fire?

    I think I’ll go with “b) spicy”. I order my General Tso’s without vegetables (I’m not a fan of the green pepper) and with an eggroll on the side. Now and then, I order it extra spicy, but I’ve learned that there really isn’t an established spiciness baseline at China Express, so today’s default spicy is often equivalent to tomorrow’s extra spicy.

  6. Now and then, I order it extra spicy, but I’ve learned that there really isn’t an established spiciness baseline at China Express, so today’s default spicy is often equivalent to tomorrow’s extra spicy.

    This is a fundamental problem with our society today; no standards. Personally, I make it a point not to frequent the places where they like to surprise my little tribe with /any/ aspect of their dishes.

    My Lovely Wife(tm) and I have found a specific Chinese restaurant here in town where the cooks and wait staff know what we mean when we say “Laser, please!”

    Suzanne (my Lovely Wife(tm))is a strict vegetarian, so it’s tofu and veggies for her all stir-fried up in a sauce that could re-write the DNA of lesser gourmands…

    I, not wanting rebellion on the part of my gastro-intestinal flora and fauna, tend to go with “spicy” myself.

    Oh yeah – how’s Laura feeling these days? Sorry to read she was so afflicted. Here’s to her (and the Young Apprentice’s) health!

  7. Oh yeah – how’s Laura feeling these days? Sorry to read she was so afflicted. Here’s to her (and the Young Apprentice’s) health!

    Laura is recovering nicely from what will surely be recalled in years to come as the Worst Birthday Ever. I think we’ll be paying much closer attention to the expiration date on our eggs from now on.

  8. Ah! KJ is a fan of General Tso as well… Excellent! Do you prefer your chicken a) zippy (mildest of the adjectives), b) spicy, c) laser, or d) bathed in a nuclear fire?

    I think I’ll go with “b) spicy”. I order my General Tso’s without vegetables (I’m not a fan of the green pepper) and with an eggroll on the side. Now and then, I order it extra spicy, but I’ve learned that there really isn’t an established spiciness baseline at China Express, so today’s default spicy is often equivalent to tomorrow’s extra spicy.

    Ah….but yes, you go without the veggies…..you need the veggies there to have the true General! Extra spicy….no breadding……yum

  9. Ah….but yes, you go without the veggies…..you need the veggies there to have the true General! Extra spicy….no breadding……yum

    No breading? I’ve said it before, I’ll say it again: the breading is a sauce-containment matrix. Without breading, the chicken cannot possibly transport the appropriate dose of sauce to your mouth.

  10. No breading? I’ve said it before, I’ll say it again: the breading is a sauce-containment matrix. Without breading, the chicken cannot possibly transport the appropriate dose of sauce to your mouth.

    I’ll agree here, KJ; in your configuration, the breading for the chicken is essential to deliver the correct shot of sauce to your palate.

    However, this is true for your configuration due to the lack of veggies. Veggies act in a secondary sauce-delivery role. I don’t know if gator ends up with the correct amount of fiery goodness when he orders sans breading, but I can assure you that the veggies do serve a purpose.

    Tofu by itself can absorb quite a bit of the General’s peppery liquid-fire all on it’s own… Then, lump in the peppers and onions my local place adds to the dish, and I can’t understand how my Lovely Wife(tm) can stand it.

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