Benny’s kids have been in town the past couple of weeks, and I think we’ve all had a very good time together. Even more than that, though, I have really learned a great deal from the kids in this short amount of time. Here are just some of the things I’ve learned:
One thing they haven’t been able to help me out with, however, is something that has puzzled me since I was a kid: what is supposed to be so funny about Mickey Mouse’s underwear? I don’t think I’ll ever understand that.
Maybe I’ll make my own Christmas list while I’m waiting for those two last packages that really should have come in the mail by now. Those two packages make the difference between grim empty-handedness and mirthful generosity on Christmas morning. Well, I’m going to stop worrying about what the USPS is or isn’t going to bring me. I’m going to focus on what Santa is or isn’t going to bring me. Let’s see; where was my Christmas list? Oh, here:
- ice bird
- fashion face
- presto paints
- fantastic flowers
- fembot and maskatron
- wheelie bar
I actually got a wheelie bar for Benny. I hope he likes it. I hope it gets here…
Hooray, it’s autumn! I can tell it’s autumn because the current temperature in Los Angeles is 90°, but according to weather.com, it only feels like 87°. Hooray for autumn! Sometimes it’s easier to deal with autumn in Los Angeles by pretending you’re the only person alive after the next ice age has hit, and you’re naked, and you’re on a bicycle. Of course, if you’re naked and on a bicycle, you’re probably from Portland, and you probably don’t have problems with 90° weather on the 25th of September. I’m not in Portland right now, so I’m just going to have to pretend I’m naked on a bike. Want to join me?
Last week I highlighted an irregular polyhedron as the word of the day. In my research, however, I found that quite a few polyhedra have very interesting names. And frankly, I’ve been feeling a little guilty that I only chose one as the word of the day last week.
So in the interest of fairness, I decided to make a list of some other outstanding polyhedra. Now, I understand that not all my readers are fans of geometry, so to that end, I have also included the names of some characters from WC Fields movies. See if you can tell which is which.
- Rhombitruncated Cuboctahedron
- Elmer Prettywillie
- Baby Elwood Dunk
- Gyroelongated Cupolarotunda
- Snub Disphenoid
- Otis Criblecoblis
- Great Ditrigonal Dodecicosidodecahedron
- Professor Eustance McGargle
- Plumber’s Nightmare
After playing Mattias Wandel’s “eyeballing” game, it has become quite apparent to me that I really need to heed the old piece of advice to measure twice and cut once. I don’t know why this piece of advice never really sticks in my head; it’s a time-honored rule of thumb that has served many a seamstress and carpenter well. Why can’t I accept it?
I decided to check the website rulesofthumb.org to see if I was as stubborn about not following other universally accepted helpful hints, but that doesn’t appear to be the case. The following tips seem quite logical, even if some sound awfully superstitious in nature, and if I can remember to use them I’m sure my life will go much more smoothly:
- Don’t stand within five meters of the lion tunnel when the lions are entering or exiting the ring. The lions will pee on you.
- Steak restaurants serve good seafood, but seafood restaurants serve terrible steak.
- If it starts to rain and llamas run for shelter, it’s going to be a short storm. If they stay where they are, it’s going to rain for a while.
- If a piece of classical music was written after you were born, you are not obliged to appreciate it.
- In any full subway car in any major city, there will be one ambulatory schizophrenic.
- If you are not sure if you should use a semi-colon, use a comma. If you are not sure if you should use a comma, use a period. If you are not sure if you should use a period: quit writing.
Photo by Sister72 on Flickr
I am learning something today. I am learning that I can’t play the video game Burger Time properly if the version I’m playing doesn’t have the peppy music to keep me on my toes around those aggressive sausages. It’s making me mad; I used to be really good at this game. It’s making me want to torture a hot dog right about now: