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Carol the Dabbler

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  1. I'm guessing that Daddy is gray with a black muzzle, though!
  2. That's an interesting idea, GodNort. Even though the Moftisses have stated that it wouldn't be possible to adapt "The Yellow Face" nowadays, I don't see why it couldn't be done, possibly by substituting some other foible for the prejudice (or rather the fear of prejudice) that the original story is based on. I commented on that A.G.R.A. scene several years ago, with a different canon interpretation (note that this was well before Series 4): I like your interpretation too, and there's no reason to think that they couldn't have had both ACD stories in mind. They don't often do straightforward adaptations, after all, but rather combine bits and pieces of various ACD stories. For example, "The Blind Banker" contains numerous bits of "The Sign of the Four" even though they claim to have based it on "The Dancing Men."
  3. The Trekverse has lost another star -- Nichol Nichols (the original Uhura) passed on a couple of days ago. Here are her obituary on Variety's website: https://variety.com/2022/tv/news/nichelle-nichols-dead-star-trek-the-original-series-1235330159/ and also reactions from some of her costars et al.: https://variety.com/2022/tv/news/nichelle-nichols-dies-reactions-tributes-star-trek-1235330185/ Ms. Nichols had been dealing with dementia for several years, so I assume that's what caused her death, either directly or indirectly.
  4. The name of the show wasn't familiar to me, so I looked it up, and now I see why -- it was a radio show that aired between 1939 and 1950. What do you (and anyone else who's heard it) think of the show?
  5. Hi, Bigbird -- welcome to Sherlock Forum! English may be the most important subject taught in American schools, simply because if we don't communicate well, we may not understand each other, which can cause all sorts of problems.
  6. Had another outage today, just a bit over four hours long this time. There was no strong wind, no lightning, no storm at all. But it's very hot and muggy, so I'm sure everyone's air conditioning was going full blast -- till everything stopped. When I phoned to report our outage, the nice recorded lady said there were a few hundred (I forget the exact figure) homes affected. When I called back three hours later, she said nearly 2,500. I'm wondering if perhaps they had to shut down a large section of their customer base in order to replace some piece of equipment? Can't seem to find anything about it on the news. OK, found this on their Twitter account: "We currently have 2,491 members without power due to a down transmission line." That'll do it! (That initial few-hundred count must have been before they knew the full extent of the problem.) Transmission lines are the ones on those big honkin' towers. They carry wholesale amounts of electricity cross-country from a power station. So if the transmission line that feeds our area goes down....
  7. Nice try, but I think that'd be "elec" or something. The abbreviations don't seem to be standardized, and some are longer than others. I'm bewildered by "stereo" -- seeing as how stereophonic recordings hadn't been invented yet. I think they did have stereopticons (3-D slide viewers), though, so maybe it had something to do with that.
  8. Sorry, not a clue. And by the time I realized what song I was thinking of, it had been quite a while since I saw the show, so I'm not even sure how close the tune was. One tune will often remind me of another simply because they have something in common -- say, an unusual rhythm or a peculiar sequence of notes -- without actually being the same tune. It drives Alex nuts. It was a background song, not one that the group was performing on camera, and I have no idea whether they used it in any other episodes, or whether it was on any of their albums.
  9. Aw, don't be too hard on the kitty -- might be too young to go to school.
  10. It might. And turning off the "bedtime" setting might also help. But I'm wanting to relax, so I'd rather not stress my eyes. I'm currently alternating between two color puzzles, a word puzzle, and good ol' solitaire -- so if I get too frustrated with one, I just switch.
  11. Still trying to get rid of last year's stock, you mean? No idea. Just being FOR sale at this time of year is weird enough!
  12. I've been road-testing color-match puzzles, and am a bit frustrated. They all seem to be the same game, give or take a few minor details, and I enjoy the basic concept. But why do several of the colors have to be so similar? If I concentrate, I can tell the reddish-orange from the orangey-red, and the slightly-darker gray from the slightly-paler gray -- though the extra effort detracts from the fun. But every time I think I've figured out which pieces are bluish-green and which are greenish-blue, it turns out I'm wrong, which wreaks havoc with my attempts at strategy. I wish they'd use basic colors (like a medium-small box of crayons) and forget the three-dimensional look (which, though attractive, introduces confusing streaks of other colors). Admittedly my eyes aren't quite what they used to be, but why do ALL of the color-matching games seem to be designed for people with top-notch vision? If anyone knows of one that isn't, please tell me!
  13. Alex just saw a TV ad for artificial Christmas trees. On July 13th. Five months and 12 days before Christmas.
  14. Caya, that was utterly delightful! Added: Not sure a cat could actually take a raven, but am willing to suspend my disbelief.
  15. Nicely done, Mr. de Lancie! That poem (or the mere thought of it) never fails to remind me of a parody from Mad magazine, my original copy of which was burned by my mother decades ago. Each time I think of that parody, I go looking for it -- and just now I finally found it (on this web page, though it seems to have become a "thing," available on several websites now): The Spaniel" by Edgar, Al, & Moe (From Mad Magazine) "Once upon a midnight cautious, while I pondered, weak and nauseous, Over some advertising copy I had wrote for Macy's store - While I nodded, nearly napping, suddenly there came a yapping, As of someone loudly yapping, yapping at my office door. 'Tis some client there,' I muttered,'yapping at my office door - only this and nothing more.' Then I felt my terror worsen, for my guest was not a person! In there stepped a cocker spaniel, naturally I jumped in fear. Tried to climb an oaken panel, ripping there my new grey flannel, But the spaniel merely stood there, speaking out with voice so clear - Speaking out like Jack Lescoulie, in a voice both loud and clear - Quoth the spaniel - 'Drink Blatz Beer!' How I marveled this ungainly dog who did commercials plainly; How he spoke the message clearly; selling points he underscored. For I could not help agreeing that no living human being Ever yet could mouth a slogan without sounding Slightly bored - Most announcers being human, can't help sounding slightly bored - Quoth the spaniel, 'Buy a Ford!' Thus this dog with voice like Murrow made my heavy brow unfurl; Thoughts of fortunes I could make now made me shake down to my knees. But the spaniel set me grieving then by turning tail and leaving. Naturally, I begged him tarry, crying out, 'Stay with me, please!' Chasing him along the hallway, crying out, 'Stay with me, please!' Quoth the spaniel, 'Eat Kraft Cheese!'" For those too young (or too not-American) to recall, Jack Lescoulie was a popular announcer and host, and Edward R. Murrow was a prominent newscaster. I think I just "got" the last line.
  16. We happened to be watching an episode of The Monkees on a rerun channel. Because the show is about a musical group (basically a parody of the Beatles), there's a lot of music, and one of the songs had a familiar tune, which is likely to get stuck in my head because I'm trying to remember what other song I remember the tune from. All I've recalled so far is that it rhymes "pink and pleasant" with "phosphorescent." Probably not one of my favorite songs! Oh, hang on a minute -- it's "Plastic Jesus." Whew! Everybody seemed to have slightly different lyrics for that song.
  17. That picture benefits greatly from clicking-to-enlarge!
  18. I thought each mosquito bit only once -- guess I was wrong! Or else you managed to shoo her away each time before she'd drunk her fill. Here are some reasons why mosquitos prefer some people over others (from health/medical/scientific sites online): * They prefer type O blood over B, and B over A (though this may vary by species of mosquito), but in any case: * They prefer people whose blood type is revealed by a substance secreted into their sweat * The more carbon dioxide a person exhales, the more easily a mosquito can find them * They are attracted to hot and/or sweaty people (and some people's sweat attracts them more than other's) * They are attracted to dark clothing colors, especially black, so pastels and white are safest * They're attracted to people who've recently drunk beer.
  19. Thanks for the info, but the link takes me only to a sign-up page. I have heard MF doing DJ duty, though, and he's good even when he's filling in for someone at the last minute with no time to prepare. Lemme see if I can find that -- OK, I think this is what I've listened to. It's just audio, so I'll put a regular link, here. That's him and Amanda Abbington filling in for Stephen Merchant, ten years ago.
  20. Rubbing your rash with crushed jewelweed might be a bit sticky, yeah. I've never tried it. I've never noticed any stickiness from either the homemade juice or the lotion I bought at the health-food store, though. It doesn't entirely stop my itches (which may be why you weren't impressed), but it does makes them considerably more bearable. My worst bites apparently come from chiggers, a type of mites which are, I believe, a uniquely American pest. They can't fly, they just crawl in search of protected areas, so my husband has found that applying tea-tree oil to his ankles before mowing the grass cuts way down on the number that make it any further. So I've recently started applying it to my forearms before doing any heavy weeding, and it does seem to help. I still get a few bites, but jewelweed makes those bearable. I don't seem to be as attractive to mosquitos as some people, but they do bite me. As for gnats, we're sometimes mobbed by them, but I'm not sure whether they bite or not. Maybe I've been blaming their effects on mosquitos? Oh, and there's the occasional flea bite -- those are pretty distinctive. Good ol' summertime!
  21. I guess that's good news in a way. As we've all noticed, brand-new plastic can be pretty stinky at first, releasing large amounts of volatile substances into the air, but this outgassing decreases quickly. Apparently the slow-down continues, to the point where the remaining plastic is virtually inert, and therefore fairly harmless.
  22. In that case you'll be glad to know he wasn't like that in The Duck Factory. At least I recall him as being perky rather than umm, Carrey-ish -- so apparently he was more restrained. (I like some of his more recent stuff too, but I'd probably enjoy it more if he dialed it back a bit!) Added: I went looking on YouTube to see if they had any samples -- and the entire series seems to have been posted by several different people. Just type Duck Factory into the YouTube search bar.
  23. Sounds like the same two kinds we have around here, in about the same ratio. One flower? They're supposed to be medicinal, not magical. As I understand it, the potency is in the juice, so you need to crush enough of the plant to either create a juicy poultice or actually squeeze out a bit of juice. In either case, rub it on the rash. The lotion (which is the way I've mostly used jewelweed) is simply the juice preserved with alcohol. (I've heard that freezing the straight juice also works well.) Interesting that isopropyl alcohol seems to work for you approximately as well as jewelweed salve works for me. If the alcohol and the jewelweed are each effective alone, then it's no wonder the combination (jewelweed lotion) also works.
  24. OK, so you're already familiar with the plant. Do you happen to recall what color its flowers were? I didn't realize till just the other day that two different types of alcohol are sold at drugstores. One is typically labeled "Isopropyl Alcohol" but is often referred to as rubbing alcohol even though the description on my bottle says it's mainly intended as a disinfectant (e.g., the stuff they rub on your arm before an injection). The other is actually labeled "Rubbing Alcohol," intended for use in massages; its active ingredient is ethyl alcohol, aka ethanol, aka grain alcohol, aka booze -- though the label on my bottle (70% ethyl alcohol) says FOR EXTERNAL USE ONLY, so the other 30% apparently includes a "denaturing" (i.e., poisonous and/or nasty-tasting) substance. So which kind are you talking about? The brand of jewelweed lotion that we use contains isopropyl alcohol (as a preservative), but the salve that we bought recently is only jewelweed, olive oil, and beeswax. And they both work for me -- the itching doesn't entirely go away, but calms down to a tolerable level for 12-24 hours, at which point I need another dose. Each seems to work best if I "rub it in" well -- so maybe it's actually the rubbing (not to be confused with scratching!) that does the trick? I don't blame you for avoiding the hydrocortisone! But it might be a good idea to have a dermatologist look at your rash, especially since you're getting it more often as the years go by. The dermatologists I've encountered have definitely put more thought into such things than my GPs have. Well, at least we're talking about poison ivy, and the topic is a poison snake. Hopefully we'll get more comments on the original topic, though!
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