- "Party People": Parliament’s most boringest song. (Which is kind of like saying that you went to Rick James’ most mellowest party, but hey, whatev.)
- Speaking of parties: nobody threw one like the Hellenistic Alexandrians, apparently. During a giant civic procession staged in the 270s by Ptolemy II, "…[A]ctors and masses of women joined officials…dressed as satyrs in a show which included scenes of Dionysus’ drunken return from India, the figure of Alexander, and an enormous gold phallus, 180 feet long, covered with ribbons and tipped with a large gold star."* Where, oh where, can I hire one of these last for our next holiday bash?
- Rhys: reading. "Go, Dog. Go!" remains a favorite, joined of late by the Word Bird series… and, of course, Lego Magazine.
- Fisher: reading (nothing new) and drawing up elaborate plots for the robo-mechanical domination of the world (also nothing new). He’s cranked through the Harry Potter books again–he and Jim are reading them simultaneously–and he’s now revisiting the Lemony Snickets. Any suggestions on how to get him to pick up a book he’s not already read would be most welcome.
- Science marches on: A fossil of a Miocene whale–possibly of an entirely new genus–was unearthed by a group of amateur paleontologists along the Oregon coast last week.
- Most fun quote from a hip-hop song ever: "Whoop! Whoop! That’s the sound of the police." Just try to stop saying it.
- Dangerous diversion: creating your own free ringtones with Audacity. Jim is now the proudish owner of brand-spanking-new "Paranoid Android" and "Knives Out" ringtones, while I kept it simple with Beck’s "Truckdrivin’ Neighbors Downstairs." Now I just need to find someone to assign it to. ‘Cuz it’s not quite good enough to dethrone Amy Winehouse’s "Rehab," which earns me a funny look every time my phone rings in the grocery store.
- How you know your kids are getting properly exposed to D&D: Rhys comes upstairs and asks "What’s the difference between an ogre and a troll?" Fisher grabs the Monster Manual and says "Let’s find out."
- Halloween: Fisher is a bandit. Rhys is a… well, can you guess?
All costumery 100% homemade, which rocked. Thanks, Papa, for being the wardrobe master! Hooray for UHU glue, which bonds plastic cups to cardboard box with notable success!
- Never rains but it pours: Should probably return to pursuit of deadlines, which I’ve been composing this post by way of avoiding.
- Eternal bloggery: I want to write a brief monograph on the topic of Constraint as a spur to Creativity. Would you read it?
*Robin Lane Fox, "Hellenistic Culture and Literature" in The Oxford Illustrated History of Ancient Greece and the Hellenistic World.