Australia pics are up. Above are a few picks, but there are many to look at.
This Labor Day weekend was spent engaged in hard labor; we put down the kitchen subfloor. Now we no longer have to dance across joists suspended over a gaping, stinking earth pit to get out the back door. Ripping out a rotting floor, sistering the joists, installing cross-beams, leveling everything up, and putting down a rock-solid new floor is empowering! 1-2-3-success! We can do anything!
All this home improvement has meant that I've fallen behind in school work, and it's only the second week of classes. Ah well. What would education be without a good, solid cram?
I heard that Steve Irwin died, which was a matter of some surprise to me, although God knows why. My friend (and bridesmaid) John sent me this e-mail, which I will quote here verbatim without permission because I think it's apropos:
"Explaining to children why Steve Irwin died is proving difficult."
Really, that sentence was on tv, Channel 9 news.
Jesus, that's the limit for me. This fucking thing has been all over the fucking tv for the past 24 hours, and that's the limit.
I mean, we're in Australia, every child, every single fucking child in this country is told "don't play with the snake", "don't play with the spider", "don't play with the scorpion", "don't play with the blue ringed octopus/stone fish/stingray/cane toad/crocodile/shark/ [insert any one of the billion other critters that will kill you in this country]".
And they're telling us it's difficult to explain why Steve Irwin died???
Ah, okay, I see, the problem is the kids who can't help but ask, "why didn't he die ten years ago mummy?" And all the parents are stumped "I don't know Jimmy, I just don't know."
- The Graphic novel of The 9/11 Report is available to read for free, a little at a time, on Slate.com. Unfortunately, I have been too busy. Guess I'll have to borrow it from someone rich who buys it one of these days.
- Jason did one of those celebrity face-recognition things for me. This time, I look like Halle Berry the most, followed by Australia's Own Delta Goodrem ("What's up with her fugly hair?" I cried upon re-entry, expecting hilarious conversation to ensue. "Uh, cancer." "... Oh."). Oddly enough, My Heritage have consistently told me that I look like Hilary Duff.
- Beyonce Does the Laundry. This is my friend Robert, whom I left in Harrisburg. I feel the need to post this here to demonstrate Robert's ridiculous dorkiness and his SERIOUSLY DISTURBING RELATIONSHIP WITH HIS CAT. It made me miss him.
- URBAN COUNTERFEITERS - an interesting site that Natali pointed out to me.
- Sesame Street - Law and Order: Special Letters Unit. This is surely the most awesome thing Sesame Street have ever done, if only for the astounding Munch Muppet. Richard Belzer really is the crossover king, even if he wasn't technically involved in this.
- Yet more evidence that Thomas Kinkade is the Devil.