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May 7th, 2009

10:07 am

I have seen this webcomic starting to sprout up on my f-list, and finally got a chance to check it out: 2D Goggles. The continuing adventures of Ada Lovelace and Charles Babbage.

04:44 pm - YAY for modern appliances!

This is a book titled Management in Daily Living, from 1944. It is a college-level home economics textbook, with a focus on efficiency.

This quote, taken from the section on how to vacuum efficiently is making me VERY VERY GRATEFUL for my lovely 21st-century Oreck vacuum cleaner:
Operate the cleaner slowly. Go over the entire rug systematically. It will take about 20-30 minutes to clean a 9 by 12 foot rug, if it is cleaned about once a week.
Today, I can do the same thing in 2-3 minutes. Perhaps shorter, but I always have to stop and let a frightened cat who chose the wrong piece of furniture to hide under escape, and I never manage to pick up all the pennies and whatnot on the floor beforehand.

And a piece of advice which I would NEVER give to anyone today, as it is a recipe for disaster:
Learn how to repair broken [electrical] cords. Do a thorough job for safety.
You must also cover all upholstered furniture before sweeping a room.

Also, because I sense a theme developing in today's journal posts and comments: WOLVERINE!

11:42 pm - So. The Sabretooth rant.

octopedingenue took me up on my offer to rant about the character of Sabretooth and how what Marvel did with him pushed me over the edge.

First off, I'm going to mention that it's been years, on the order of fifteen or so, practically decades since I read the books I'm talking about, so I'm hazy on the details, and I'll probably get some wrong or out of order. That's OK. We can all live with that. It's the larger narrative that's important, for the most part.

And it's really less of a rant than a history, with a couple of ranty bits in it. But one of them's really ranty.

Onward!Collapse )
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