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Egad! The first episodes of Dr Tatiana's Sex Guide to All Creation are out on the torrenty-flavored net. I've got to see what this is actually like, given excerpts like this courtesy of drhoz:

"Dear Doctor Tatiana,
I'm a male moth mite, and earlier this week I was inside my mother's uterus enjoying sex with my sisters, as usual. Suddenly she exploded, and my sisters wandered off leaving me alone in her decaying corpse. Is this a punishment from god?"

It apparently features musical numbers, too. Yay Australia!

Here's a handy collection of all the recent Superbowl ads. United's is a little cheesy, but rather charming nonetheless, and with commendable creative design; on the other paw, GoDaddy's screams out "we have no damn idea what to do with all this money, so let's spend it on a 35 second TV ad" (although such thinking did bring us Cyberian Outpost's ads a few years ago, this is definitely no Outpost :); and GM's is an encouraging, if woefully belated, nod towards future fuels. Interesting to see one for V for Vendetta, even if a fairly lousy edit, compared to the two trailers - maybe its delayed release won't mean it being quietly buried after all. And they did keep that quote: "People should not be afraid of their governments; governments should be afraid of their people."

You know, I'd almost bet Darth Vader keeps up with CuteOverload.com.

Cool beans! The Lugaru and Space Rabbit shirts from CafePress arrived, and at least on first glance, the quality seems fine. A little more lapinity to share with the world.. ^_^

Whence came the archetypical "heart" symbol? How old is it?

I must thank mycroftb for showing me three words together I'd never before thought of as connected: "fully scripted penis". I am easily amused.

If you live outside the US or UK, could you tell me where your mail is delivered? In the UK, it's universally through the letterbox in the door; in the US, it's always to roadside mailboxes, or for apartments, communal arrays of cubbyholes. What about elsewhere?

I'd take that "five guilty pleasures" thing, but.. I'm not sure I really have any pleasures that are "guilty" as such. Well, maybe buying Spiceworld on DVD. And leaving little drops of maple syrup on a motel room carpet on the way to Minneapolis.
Thanks for the Superbowl ad links. People have been handing me links to the baby Clydesdale and the sheep streaker for two days and none of them have worked. This did.
I've been pretty pleased with Google Video. Their Javascript causes OmniWeb a little pain if you try scrolling the right-side panel, but other than that, the Flash player works pretty well, and most links do offer actual downloads, including versions suitable for direct playing on iPods and PSPs. Pretty cool going.

I still need to actually watch the Budweiser ones, I admit. ^_^ (Sounds like the lapine representation was a bit low this year, though)
Well, since I have no broadband at home, I mostly just skip video and flash links that people post. But I heard so much about the baby Clydesdale, I really wanted to see it. It's cute. (The one titled "American Dream".) I cheated and watched it at work.
Well, in Canada, it varies.

  • In older suburbs, a mailperson will deliver your mail to your door: if you have a mail-slot in that door or near it in the wall, they'll put it through: if not, or if they have a parcel, they'll put it between your front and screen doors. If you have an external mailbox affixed to your home, it'll go there.
  • If you're living in a newer suburb, you may have the joy of a 'megabox': within a few blocks of your home will be a rack of one, two or three megaboxes, like stand-alone PO-Box Boxen - from a distance, they look like military versions of the standard Red mailbox. You'll have a key for your box, and need to clear it out regularly.

  • In an apartment, you'll have (locked, sorta) mailslots which reside in a wall usually near or in the lobby: small blocks may have mail slid in from the front, larger apartments will have open rooms behind them that the postie can enter and fill from behind, via numbered pigeonholes.

  • Rural? You'll probably have a plastic-or-metal mailbox of the classical design (flag optional), sitting on a post at the edge of your driveway where it meets whatever sort of road access you have. This may be a considerable distance from your home.

  • Semi-rural/small town? You may have to go to the post office and pick it up yourself. Not usually too great a distance for a healthy person to walk, on a nice day.

Me? I put a hole in the wall, lined it, insulated the metal flap on the outside and built a box on the inside so cold air can't get in or out, depending on season. I still get packages in the front door.
Hm! So, overall, largely like the USPS, even down to this mysterious mid-20th Century transition to external mailboxes.. I suppose it's more convenient for the mailfur, but it does seem awfully civil for one's mail to arrive within one's burrow, ne?

Of course, with either arrangement, I've still had packages left propped up by the door.. still, as long as the area's not too sketchy, I'd prefer that to having to scurry along to the sorting office, invariably with opening hours that the Central Bureaucracy would be proud of.

I do need to pick up the Futurama DVDs someday.. but if I were to spend that much, I'd then be tempted by the Babylon 5 "complete universe" set (only available in R2, for some reason). Not cheap at £160, but then, it does contain all five seasons, plus all the movies, and Crusade. Please buy it for me when you make your second million?
Forgot to answer this. I'm in the US, and where I live we have roadside letter boxes. However, in Chicago where I used to live, individual houses often had a letter slot built right into the outside wall, next to the front door. This either lets mail fall into a basket or container inside, or onto the floor. Such houses are typically of brick construction and date to the 40s or 50s. The letter slot usually has a brass flapper in it with the words "U.S. Mail" pressed into it.
Oh! I don't think I've ever come across such in the US - but then, I've mostly been around newer places in California. So there must've been some sort of policy switch around the 50s/60s? It seems wonderfully civilised to have one's mail arrive inside. Best, of course, when the delivery's by 8am or so, so it's ready and waiting when you come down the stairs in the morning. (I do remember these "morning" things, but we don't speak much at the moment)
I do mornings, the mail does not. 5 am is my normal rising time, our mail comes around noon. Oddly, noon has been the delivery time nearly everywhere I have lived, which does seem strange. How do they manage that? Seems like someone must get mail early and someone must get it late if the letter carriers work all day.

I believe USPS will deliver through the door or a built in slot still on newer houses as long as the location and size of the slot meets their specifications. However, the truth is, we no longer deem it wise to allow such. After all, any vandal can drop things into those slots, for any reason, at any time. In many urban areas, you'd want the slot to terminate in a fireproof, explosion proof containment vessel so that the potential damage would be minimized. All you'd lose would be the day's mail. ;P Many people whose houses are equipped with mail slots have opted to close them and put up an external mailbox of some sort for just that reason.

The roadside mailbox has a different set of problems. Here in the rural midwest, we had a spate of bombs placed in them a couple of years back. It got so bad that USPS suspended rural delivery over a large chunk of Illinois and Iowa until the suspect was apprehended. Supposedly he was a nut trying to get even with postal workers for some reason, but many of the injuries were to the rural boxholders themselves.

Our own box has been knocked down repeatedly in recent years by the snowplow. The first five years at this address, that never happened, but in the last two years it has happened four times. Rural boxes in this area are also subject to apparently random vandalism, as in teenagers who drive by and smack them with crowbars or baseball bats. What the point of this is supposed to be I have never understood, it appears to be purely random destructiveness.
Many people whose houses are equipped with mail slots have opted to close them and put up an external mailbox of some sort for just that reason

Interesting... I've always thought that one reason against having external boxes was the risk of vandalism - it makes it far easier for someone to steal letters.
That is of course true. But the internal mail slot allows all sorts of things to be dropped, tossed, or thrown right into your house. Fireworks have been the most persistent and idiotic "gift" delivered in this manner. But if someone is angry at you, or just angry at the world in general (all too common in urban areas) then you could find just about any obnoxious substance poured or pumped through that slot and (many people have.) For that matter, I think I'd prefer not to receive fast food wrappers, cigarette butts or other trash by that route, too. Our Chicago house 1985-1998 was equipped with a slot in the door that had been closed by the previous owners for that reason and we saw no reason to reopen it.

External boxes can be equipped with locks. The letter carrier has a key to open them and you have one likewise. Or, in theory, the best security can be had by renting a box at the post office itself, and picking up your own mail, which I did for many years when I lived in the city.
I'm fortunate to live on the edge of a small town now, but when I was at university I spent several years living in inner-city Liverpool, and yes, there were (albeit rare) reports of fireworks getting pushed through people's doors, though I never experienced that.

It's an interesting topic: even in places such as Liverpool, just about everybody takes it as read that mail will come right into the house, and the only people with external mailboxes tend to be those with letter-chewing dogs! I suppose the convenience factor is what does it - I like not having to go out in the rain!
It's an interesting topic: even in places such as Liverpool, just about everybody takes it as read that mail will come right into the house, and the only people with external mailboxes tend to be those with letter-chewing dogs!

We actually have a flap in the 'main' front door as well as a box hanging to the side. I would prefer getting it delivered through the flap, but I'm told that the postal workers aren't allowed to open the smaller screen/glass door we have installed to get to it. This can post a problem after a snowfall or some rain when everything sits in the box and gets waterlogged.

Heck, with our current setup we don't even have the advantage of being impervious to mailslot hooligans! =:P
Talking of mail... *coughs politely*
Hmm, my old house in Daly City and my grandma's in San Francisco used the flapper in the wall construction. It's not at all uncommon in older homes.
"fully scripted penis"

They were probably all the rage in Ancient Egypt. :P

Hence the origin of the turn of phrase: "a tall tale".
No wonder those Egyptians walk funny in their paintings. :)
Blame 'The Bangles'....
They had Ankh'le bracelets too. :)
what I want to find out is how much the MVP at the end of the superbowl is getting paid to say "I'm going to disneyworld" It has got to be a bankload.
note that this year, Hines Ward did not say it at the end of the game...(i watched the post-game wrap-ups for this comment alone) However, many of the players from both teams were in a commercial where they practiced their line, "I'm going to Disneyworld." over and over again.

for that, they were most certainly paid.
Guess Penis part = SL ; )
2 of the three places I've lived in the city have had mail flaps in the door. Never has anything of great interest or danger been dropped through!

It seems that the place the mail gets put is where it's most convenient to the mail carrier. So, if you have a driveway and the house is set back from the street, you can pretty much count on having an external mailbox at the street.

In the suburb where I grew up, it was more common to do hear about mailbox vandalism, because the vandal did not have to approach the house and risk being heard or seen.

Amazing. You neglected to mention the only fully-furry commercial of all - Budweiser's 'Superfan'. For shame! ;-)