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Monday, January 31, 2011

In which I attempt to conserve my brain

Ebook update. The Aerians – This is an omnibus volume of The Angel of the Revolution: a Tale of the Coming Terror and its sequel Olga Romanoff, the Syren of the Skies. The Aerians is the story of a successful Griffithian revolution, the attempt to overthrow it 125 years later by Russians with a genetic grudge, and the near destruction of the Earth by a well-timed comet. To fully describe the plot would make my brain melt so that’ll have to do.

“Among the nations of Anglo-Saxondom the change had manifested itself by a swift decadence into the worst forms of unbridled democracy.”

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Monday, January 24, 2011

In which I am sorely disappointed

I first heard about Warby Parker last year and was impressed when I checked out the site (I understand that they have a store in NYC). They’ve got a large selection of nice looking frames at a reasonable price and a good story:

A collaboration between four close friends, Warby Parker was conceived as an alternative to the overpriced and bland eyewear available today. Prescription eyewear simply should not cost $300+. The industry is controlled by a few large companies that have kept prices artificially high, reaping huge profits from consumers who have no other options. By circumventing traditional channels and engaging with our customers directly through our website, Warby Parker is able to provide higher-quality, better looking prescription eyewear for under $100.

Warby Parker has a home try-on option (which I didn’t use) and gives a pair of glasses to charity for every pair they sell. Customer friendly, inexpensive, socially conscious, hipster eyewear. What’s not to like?

When it was time for new glasses I ordered two pair of Huxleys. Yes, two pair…the price was low enough for a backup pair. There was some confusion in the ordering process but it was my fault, I couldn’t read my doctor’s handwriting and had to fax the doc permission to give the ‘script to Warby Parker. After that it was a matter of days before they shipped.

According to UPS the glasses spent a few days in Secaucus, NJ before shipping to Houston, but they did arrive at the promised time, although I only received a single pair, not the two that I paid for and were on the manifest. My next disappointment was that they were not the progressive bifocal lenses that I thought I’d ordered, but that was, again, my fault, I had not ordered the correct lenses. But the deal killer was the hinges, they’re not the spring hinges that even my cheap-ass truck stop sunglasses have, they’re just simple hinges and the arms don’t spread out to fit my gros tête, so they’re very uncomfortable.

They look good though, and the prescription is correct, but I’m still returning them. There’s a blurry line between inexpensive and cheap, and Warby Parker glasses are right on the cheap side. There is a lot to like about them, but they are denied Evil Ray’s Eldritch Seal of Dark Approval.


"My Grandmother is over eighty and still doesn’t need glasses. Drinks right out of the bottle." – Henny Youngman

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Tuesday, January 18, 2011

Well I’m a king bee, baby

From Wikiquote's Latin Phrases.

Ubi mel ibi apes – 'where there is honey, there are bees' – One catches more bees with honey than with vinegar.

Yeah, I can make honey, baby. Let me come inside.

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Monday, January 10, 2011

A press release from the Lolc…American Dialect Society

The American Dialect Society has voted on the word of the year for 2010.

The word of the year is "app".

app: application program for a computer or phone operating system.

The word voted most useful is "nom".

nom: onomatopoetic form connoting eating, esp. pleasurably. Can be used as an interjection or noun to refer to delicious food.

So here’s nom-nom kitteh.


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Saturday, January 8, 2011

Joyeux Bowiem…Elvism…

Joyeux Bowielvismas!

Joyeux Bowiem...Elvism...

Well, you can do anything, but stay off’a my Thin White Duke.

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Monday, January 3, 2011

Bonne Année, y’all. Welcome back.

Over the hols the swell folks at Do Some Damage had a holiday noir flash fiction challenge and were kind enough to post my entry, Bravely Green. Please give it a read and check the other great holiday noir stories.

The American Dialect Society is meeting in Pittsburgh this weekend and will choose its Word(s) of the Year. If the W(s)otY are announced early enough they’ll be posted here next Monday. Otherwise there’ll be something lame…a list or some junk…

Remember 2010 (Gregorian)? We were such dorks back then.

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