Elephants! Reuniting!

I don’t know how old this is, but it made me sniffle. I’m afraid to google to find out why Shirley hadn’t seen any other elephants in 20 years, or why she had a chain.

Video: Mathemagician at work

How awesome is this video? TOTALLY awesome! The mathemagician in question is the brother of one of my colleagues, and he’s entertaining as well as smart! Gonna pick up his book (Secrets of Mental Math: The Mathemagician’s Guide to Lightning Calculation and Amazing Math Tricks) first chance I get.

Happy anniversary, Buffy the Vampire Slayer!

Today is the 14th anniversary of the premier episode of Buffy the Vampire Slayer, the show that changed my life. To commemorate the occasion, I’m watching “Welcome to the Hellmouth” and “The Harvest”–not always an easy task. David’s acting is atrocious, Angel is a wussy vamp who lets Buffy get the drop on him the first time they meet, Darla is whiny, childish, and subservient not just to the Master, but to Luke as well. These are not the vamps we come to know and love, that’s for sure. The rest of the group are remarkably consistent to the characters we grew to love, though, so kudos to them for grasping their alter egos so quickly and easily. The music and special effects, OTOH…. Well, they certainly improved by leaps and bounds by season two!

Anyways, in memory of the first time TV Buffy was unleashed on the world, here’s a promo from that very first episode:

Happy Valentine’s Day!

Once upon a time I viewed this day with loathing and deep disgust, wearing black as a protest against forced celebration of love and romance. Now, it’s just a day. Hating it gives it too much power and makes me miss what I don’t have, when most of the time, I’m pretty happy with what I do have. So, Happy V-Day to all, and especially to my nieces and nephews, siblings, cousins, aunts, uncles, in-laws, extended family members, and beloved friends! I miss you all, and am very happy you’re in my life!

Now let us dance!