I’ve never gotten the appeal of fruitcake. Even Carla Kelly’s Regencies with their Christmas pudding never sold me. But today I saw the biggest fruitcake I’ve ever seen at a café in Coimbra.
And when I walked past the same pasteleria on my way home after a day of tourist-ing, about 2/3 of it was gone.
Which makes me wonder if I’m missing something. Maybe for a coffee break tomorrow I’ll stop in and try it. Or one of the other amazing looking pastries.
The DC Metro region is expecting a blizzard. Right now, forecasts say 16 to 30 inches of snow with winds up to 40 mph. White out conditions through Sunday morning. Metro has already announced they are closing up Friday night for the weekend, which may be unprecedented in its history.
I have a (relatively pleasant) dilemma. I have tickets to Sunday’s Penguins-Capitals game. Games are almost never canceled. I’m not sure how this game will pan out since the Penguins have a Saturday home game and thus have to fly or drive to DC during the white out. Do I just chalk up the game/tickets as a loss, assuming it won’t be rescheduled, or stay in DC for the weekend for it?
It feels irresponsible to be away from home during a blizzard. But it’s not like I’ll be doing anything constructive there.
Also, keep in mind that several years ago I went to NYC for a weekend despite a blizzard. (It was fine. And fun.)
Inspired by Sunita’s post.
These are mostly life goals, because I’m resigned enough to the continued slump in reading that I can’t really make any really specific reading goals.
- Read more. Write about what I read (or watch or listen to).
- Career development. I’m pretty good at my job, but there’s not a significant amount of growth or development potential there by its nature. I mean, it gives me a really broad base of generalized knowledge, and I’ve managed to acquire expertise in a couple of specific areas but they aren’t necessarily what I feel most engaged by. Also, to be perfectly honest, large chunks of what I see on a daily basis are pretty demoralizing, in terms of man’s inhumanity to man and how greed turns off people’s common sense. Beyond that, I think I might want to transfer to one of our regional offices. The problem will be figuring out how to do so without burning bridges, because my director has undermined everyone in my group who has attempted to transfer or get a detail or secondment; he’d rather have staff who are miserable than be down staff numbers since we’ve been told that for every 6 people who leave only 1 will be replaced. [He’s an HR lawsuit waiting to happen. I’m pretty sure a couple of complaints have been made already. I especially love how he tells women that we are “too emotional” whenever we call him on his unequal treatment. And then there’s blatant favoritism of his workout buddy, who gets special treatment while being barely competent and less productive than everyone else in the group.]
- Finances. I’m saving but could save more. And I feel like I’m not making my savings work enough, so…financial adviser time.
- Learn to knit a sweater, so I can use the gorgeous Blue Heron silk-merino blend yarn I was given for Christmas. I’ve never made a sweater. No pressure there; the giver is just very much looking forward to seeing me in a sweater made with their yarn.
- Eat better. I’ve been not great nutrition-wise lately. Part of it has been the holidays, with all kinds of sweets around, but part of it has also been overindulgence on my part with respect to lattes and pastry at Cafe Poupon.
- Figure out what to do with my spare room. I’ve decided kind of generally that I want to install a murphy bed system, but it needs storage/shelving, too. I’ve looked at units that I could assemble (in theory…bad theory) but think I’m going to have to find a local cabinet-maker or furniture place that does them.
- Continue winnowing the clutter. A lot of things that fall into the clutter categories are books and knick-knacks and the like. I used to think that since books never go bad, why not hoard them? But I feel like that’s not the healthiest attitude. Also, it’s stuff to dust and store.
- Watch less hockey. (This is entirely The Biochemist’s fault. That’s my story and I’m sticking to it.)
There are lots of good things about hockey fandom. There are. But sometimes I forget how young a lot of fandom is. Or maybe young isn’t the right word. Inexperienced? Oblivious to economic realities?
DKPittsburghsports.com is a sports news site focused on Pittsburgh sports; it was founded by a former Trib reporter and much of its staff are also former Trib employees or refugees from other traditional media venues. Its material is behind a pay wall. It’s a relatively cheap pay wall, frankly. It has a tumblr where it posts snippets and it occasionally makes full posts free to the public.
But some people in hockey fandom have copied entire posts and circulated them. So that other fans (or any random person poking around the internet) can read the copyrighted material while avoiding/evading the pay wall. And when they receive a DMCA notice, they consider the site to be “douchey” because the posters aren’t making money off the reposting and thus there’s no harm.
Well, no, the rebloggers aren’t making money. But they are republishing material that isn’t theirs, material that is behind a pay wall. Republishing a paragraph might be fair use, but an entire column is not. The material is NOT theirs to do that with. And they are erasing potential income to the site based on their republishing.
That’s not douchey. That is defending their intellectual property and their livelihood.
I keep seeing trailers for The Big Short, based on Michael Lewis’s book. I read the book. I liked it and thought it broke the whole subprime CDO debacle into digestible chunks for average readers like me. But I’m not sure if the book really translates into a screen narrative, at least not in a way that won’t unduly glorify a character. (I’m not sure any of the ppl involved could be vilified beyond the ugly reality of their actual greed; certainly not enough of them were prosecuted or left destitute by the sleight of hand that crashed an economy.)