January 23rd, 2014

question

A few of your favorite things, in the ragbag

Poll #1953348 managing favorites

For something that is likely to eventually wear out (such as socks, T-shirts, etc.), and is your favorite, do you:

Wear it more often! It's your favorite after all.
23(31.5%)
Save it for special occasions! It's your favorite, after all.
21(28.8%)
Institute a strict FIFO system so that everything gets equal wear.
4(5.5%)
Some other kind of rotation you will explain in comments.
2(2.7%)
Do not have favorite T-shirts/sweaters/etc. so this does not come up.
0(0.0%)
Any system you have is so completely haphazard and subconscious that you would be hard-pressed to describe it here.
19(26.0%)
Other, specified in comments.
4(5.5%)


(I have just this week completely worn out not one but two favorite garments--to the point where there is no point to donating them to any charity, as they would do no one more good than they have already done me--so I am thinking about these things at the moment.)
alec, examine

first of the year

Yesterday Alec and I sold our short story, “Calm,” to Analog.


I am always relieved when I make my first sale of the year, even though I know that the turning of the year is entirely arbitrary. Still, just as my grade school friends and I would greet each other melodramatically in January (“I haven’t seen you all year!”), I have a bit of “I haven’t sold a story all year!” until I do. So now I have! Onwards.


(Also Alec and I have such fun writing these things together that it’s always nice when someone else enjoys them too.)




Originally published at Novel Gazing Redux

scold with Lilly, no more monkeys!, and another thing!

Public service announcement from the frozen north

Did you know–I did not, which is why I am telling you–that they sell little compressor dealies that will plug into the cell phone charger slot in your car? (It is not either the cigarette lighter. Ours never once came with a thing that would light cigarettes. It is the cell phone charger.) So that if you regularly go places that are so cold that a) your tires will deflate somewhat and b) the air hoses at gas stations will freeze, then you can just carry this solution along with you in the car, and it is a very small box and reads out the pressure for you so you can tell how long to run it?


Obviously this is not a solution if you have shredded a tire so badly that it is more of a tire fringe than a tire. Very few things are a solution to that, and you probably already know what they are. But if you have a slow leak, or if you are just in the cold conditions described above and your tires are fine, then you can have this lovely little gadget that will set your mind at ease about being stranded somewhere with mildly flat tires. Or if you worry about someone else you know who goes places where this might apply, then you can stop worrying about them. The nice-ish ones are $30. They sell even less-nice ones for less than that. It is a thing that should be known. So now you know it.




Originally published at Novel Gazing Redux