Friday, December 14, 2018

Travelers on Netflix Returns Today!

 This series ended last season explosively, as they say, with the Travelers all exposed, and the lives they'd built in the current day destroyed.    It was one of those endings that could have served as a series ender, because, how could they continue to fiddle with events in a timeline that now knew what they were up to?  Luckily, one whole year later, we get to see how they can continue their work.  Maybe we'll get a larger glimpse of the future they come from as well.

The Four-In One-Refrigerator

Via History Daily, here's an invention worth another look in this era of Tiny Houses, right?

Librarians On Horseback

Better than a bookmobile for those remote customer locations!  via The Smithsonian, an article on the intrepid Librarians of Yore who brought books to everyone who needed them.  It's really a wonderful story of resourcefulness as librarians found ways to get donations, repaired or re-did battered and beloved tomes.

Thursday, December 13, 2018

Pantone's Color Of The Year: Living Coral

Generated by the Pantone Institute, the Color of the Year for 2019 that will appear everywhere (apparently) is Living Coral.

Not quite orange, not quite pink, I actually like the shade.   I'm mostly aware of the Color of the Year via the crochet and yarn sites I follow.   Since I'm currently looking for some peach shades to add to my yarn stock, this might be a nice choice, as long as it's a soft version.

Information on Pantone:

About Pantone Color of the Year

For 20 years, Pantone’s Color of the Year has influenced product development and purchasing decisions in multiple industries, including fashion, home furnishings, and industrial design, as well as product, packaging, and graphic design.
The Color of the Year selection process requires thoughtful consideration and trend analysis. To arrive at the selection each year, Pantone’s color experts at the Pantone Color Institute comb the world looking for new color influences. This can include the entertainment industry and films in production, traveling art collections and new artists, fashion, all areas of design, popular travel destinations, as well as new lifestyles, playstyles, and socio-economic conditions. Influences may also stem from new technologies, materials, textures, and effects that impact color, relevant social media platforms and even upcoming sporting events that capture worldwide attention.

About The Pantone Color Institute

The Pantone Color Institute is the business unit within Pantone that highlights top seasonal runway colors, forecasts global color trends, and advises companies on color for product and brand visual identity. Through seasonal trend forecasts, color psychology, and color consulting, the Pantone Color Institute partners with global brands to leverage the power, psychology, and emotion of color in their design strategy.

Rebus Answer for the December 6, 2018 Rebus

Never have I doubted my soundness of mind as often as I did on that first night, when the bird-woman and her wards came to save me from the madhouse.

The first line is from A Map of Days The Fourth Novel of Miss Peregrine's Peculiar Children
by Ransom Riggs.  The new book takes place in the United States, past and present.

Visit Ransom Riggs

Saturday, December 8, 2018

British Mysteries You Can Steam On Amazon Prime Video (I Heart British TV)

It's a long winter we've begun.  You'll need something to watch while the snow flies.    I made note of this list from I Heart British TV which has lots of good mystery series and stories for Amazon Prime fans.

As a bonus, they have an April list linked of British TV shows on Netflix from April of this year.   They may not all still be there, but it's a deep list and you should find something.

Friday, December 7, 2018

A Fallen Phrase Puzzle

Let's try a new type of puzzle to round out 2018's post count!   This is a new type of puzzle to me, but I like the possibilities of it. 

Basically, there's a grid with an odd looking mix of letters below the grid.  You slide letters into the columns above to create words that eventually spell out a phrase provided by your Puzzle Mistress (Me).

For instance, the F at the far left slots right into the first box at the left.   The next column of letters, M, G, E, G will fit into the spaces directly above...somehow.

Despite the post title, here's a good visual explanation of how you can go about solving this type of puzzle.

 I think it may be a bit more challenging than most, so I'll put the answer up on Friday December 21st.  Enjoy!

When Half A Pie Will Do

I love making pies.  There is seldom an occasion to make one, because I can't eat one all by myself.  Still, PIE.

My husband won't eat pie, but he took five pictures of my Thanksgiving Apple Pie (From the Pillsbury Cookbook) because he liked the looks of it so much.

It was a very fine pie.  So was the pumpkin.   I'd like to try more pies, but will need to downsize them.

Maybe, I could find a half pie pan.  They sell half pies at Cub.  Do they have a half pie pan?  After much searching, I think not.   I think they use a divided pan such as the one below.

With a divided pan, so you could make two different pies, or, hmmm if it was a freezable pie, you could just freeze half.

There is a ceramic half pie pan on Etsy

I could make a six inch pie, which I should be able to manage.   Maybe this size is almost a tart, which I could definitely eat.

Thursday, December 6, 2018

Survivor David Vs Goliath

This season of Survivor has been one of the best in a long time.  Filled with likeable characters and a few villains, the votes have swung all over, defying tribal lines.

Unlikely favorite (though he has been my favorite all along) Christian the Robotics Guy has been targeted at Tribal over and over.

Last night, even his alleged closest ally went gunning for him, after the Family Reunion where Christian's girlfriend, whom he clearly adored, entered the picture.

Gabby, who has cried more than any other Survivor, ever, I'm sure of it, suddenly knew she had to stand up for herself and make a big, jealousy tinged move.   She knew Christian had an idol, but she was sure she and others could fool him into not using it.  Because she's so powerful.

Christian, making a big, broad turn and looking all the jury members in the eye, pulled out his idol.  Gabby went home.  He he he.

I fear the only way he can be saved next time out is to find another idol or win the immunity challenge, which he is very capable of doing.  It would be insanely great if he found another idol and won immunity.   Then two other people would have to be picked off, getting him in closer to the Final Three.  If he's in the Final Three, he has the million.

A First Line Rebus December 6, 2018

Here's a First Line Rebus from a book I've recently read and loved.   The answer will be posted Thursday December 13th.   That last clue is a gimmee, is it not?