SIP CHUG!

SipChug

 

Do you want to do your part to cut down on resource consumption, but still want to look like you take your beverages from disposable aluminum containers that you could, at any moment, crush against your skull and toss onto the sidewalk as you walk by with a satisfied belch?

Do you want to drink from a reusable metal mock-pull-tab can?

Why?

I mean, you can – look at the picture – you can, but why?  Why, though?

Why do you want to do that?

Do you want to put your drink into a metal soda/beer can, but then use a straw anyway?

Even more why?

Is this–is this a good idea?

Why does one of the straws have a gasket on it?

 

Bene scribete.

A Long Way From Home

Fish Notes

 

Whew. This piece wasn’t easy to get right. Glad I stuck with it, though, since I like how it turned out.

Not sure what it’s for – just a synth and orchestral blend that wormed its way into my head and rattled around until I could put it together.

 

 

As is typical for wide-range pieces, SoundCloud’s compression crushed the audio, but feel free to download for higher quality.

 

Bene scribete.

RUFFWEAR!!!

GripTrex
 

Dog shoes are a thing.  I think, on some level, we all know this.  But there’s something about the presentation of these ones in particular that stands out.

Is it the needless naming of them “bark’n boots” or the even more needless trademarking of said name?

Is it the casual classification of them as “paw wear” as though that were an everyday product category?

Is it the perfectly fashion-shot close-up of a dog paw model (and the realization that that’s also a thing)?

Is it that the packaging designer forgot about capital letters?

No.  I think it’s the mascot’s opinion on all of the above.

 

Ruffwear

 

Just look at that sass.  “RUFFWEAR?  Are you kidding me?”

Mascot dog, I salute you.  You don’t have time for all that nonsense.  You just want some little booties for your paws.

 

Bene scribete.

Sadtress

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I have a frowny face today.

I finally broke down and decided to replace my verging-on-twenty-year-old mattress to see if a new bed would help mitigate my chronic fatigue (probably in vain, but hey, it has to be better than aging time-compressed springs, right?).  After waffling around for a month, I ended up ordering one of those fancy 12-inch three-layer gel memory foam types.  A little wary of ordering a mattress without being able to try it first, but it was on super-sale and very well reviewed, so here’s hoping.

It was supposed to arrive on Thursday, but when it still didn’t on Friday, I gave UPS a call.  Apparently they lost the package.

How do you lose a mattress?

I mean, a book or movie or something I can understand, but…

Anyway, I called the seller, and they said they’d work with UPS to try to find it, and otherwise send out a new one, which is good, but it means I’ll probably have to wait another couple weeks to maybe hopefully actually finally get a good night’s sleep for once.

Oh, the little things we look forward to…

 

Bene vīvite.

Forvo

forvo_logo

 

Speaking of interesting word websites – here’s another!

Forvo is an audio pronunciation database which aims to have every word in every language (yes, even swear words and slang) pronounced by a native speaker.  It looks like it’s already most of the way there for the more widely spoken languages – at least any random thing I tried in English, Spanish, German, Italian, and Japanese was available.

The interface is presented in multiple languages, but any word in any language can be queried from any of them without needing to specify the language of origin.  Words not natively in Roman characters can be searched for either in the native script or their Romanized versions (e.g., 犬 or inu).

Common words also tend to have multiple pronunciations to listen to, phrases with the word, and translations to other languages as well.  If you’re a native speaker of a language whose word is not yet included, or is not pronounced to your satisfaction, you can help Forvo out by submitting your own words and pronunciations.

Give it a look (and listen) at http://forvo.com – it’s pretty neat!

 

Bene scribete.