Well we survived a second week of weather insanity here in the ATL. This time everyone was more prepared and most people stayed home Tuesday, Wednesday, and Thursday. Where I love we got very little snow, but a ton of sleet and ice and freezing rain. By Wednesday night we had a good 2″ of ice on the back patio. Thankfully, we never lost power, although Z was without electricity for a good 7 hours on Wednesday.
Lately on some of the running/fitness blogs I follow, I”m seeing people who screen cap the “proof” images that the professional photographer has put online, and then post them to their blogs. Folks, this is copyright violation. Please stop doing it. It’s especially egregious if the photographer sells a digital file meant for blog/web use. If you are posting images of you during a race that have a watermark on them? You’re guilty. Knock it off.
Ever since I started working from home full time I’ve been trying to figure out a way to make my home office space (read: My dining room) more comfortable and functional while not sacrificing the utility of having a dining room once in a while. I had originally planned a big trip to Ikea yesterday, but then I stumbled across Thrifty Decor Chick’s blog and all her posts about turning her dining room in to a library and my entire plan has changed. Stay tuned. It’s turned into more of a project than I anticipated but I’m really excited about it.
Valentine’s Day was quiet around here. Z took his daughter out for a “grown up” date and he and I will do our thing next week. Whoo!
Things: Books & Movies & TV
- I finished Oliver Twist by Charles Dickens . It was fun reading it in serial form and made the segues between the chapters make more sense. I found out recently that the story was originally published as a weekly serial over the course of more than 2 years – from February 1837 to April 1839! I think I might re-read a few others of his in the same way, a chapter or section per night (or every other night) the way they were written.
- I finished Vanishing Act by Thomas Perry and moved on to the next book in the series ….. Somewhere in the back of my mind I think I’ve read these before. Or at least one in the series before. The characters are starting to sound familiar. There are 4 more in the series, so I’ll probably get to the rest of them over the next month or so.
- True Detective has become one of my “must watch” shows for the season. Matthew McConaughey and Woody Harrelson are brilliant and the story just keeps sucking me in.
- There’s a new formula out for calculating maximum heart rate for exercise and it seems to me to be much more accurate than the old version!
- These long exposure photos of Earth’s brightest cities are very cool!
- How much water do you use per day? The average person in the US uses over 100 gallons a day. (video)
- This map of Scotch distilleries and their associated regions is great and has been very useful as Z and I try different single malts and figure out what we like and what we don’t!
- Portraits of the worlds remotest tribes. No words are needed.
- The Scientifically Accurate Flintstones is funny and weird and kinda gross. (video)
- I couldn’t help but giggle at this squirrel trying to hide an almond in the fur of a dog. The little patting motions kill me. (video)
- Finally for this week, footage from the 1932 Winter Olympics. The ski jump bits begin at about 1:10. It’s terrifying. (video)