Archive for October, 2007

Mug or cup?

Wednesday, October 31st, 2007

I was having a discussion today with someone who collects mugs decorated with pictures of animals. I noticed one item in their collection had a teapot attachment that sits on the top of the mug. The mug itself was quite small in height and fairly wide. This made me consider what it takes to be a mug, and when a mug becomes just a cup. 1

I did a little research on the web and didn’t come up with anything. So here is my attempt: A mug must have a rim diameter greater than its height. This means the fancy teapot mug mentioned above is not really a mug (although the collector said my definition was full of shit). I might put it on wikipedia to make it a fact.

1. Yes, just a cup. According to the dictionary closest to hand, every mug is a cup, which means that there are more cups than mugs, which means that mugs are awesome and cups suck.

A few of my favorite things (Toby Huss)

Monday, October 22nd, 2007

I tripped across one of my favorite short comedy clips from when MTV showed interesting/funny short videos in the ’90s – “Cobalt!” with Toby Huss, one of my favorite if not very well-known, comic actors. Remember, this was well before, and in my opinion much better, than Austin Powers. Toby Huss also did the great Frank Sinatra impressions on MTV though unfortunately, I can’t find samples of them.

“Elebenty k’dllion dollars in gold bars!”. See You Tube for a few other videos.

Things that made me laugh (Wodehouse again)

Sunday, October 21st, 2007

“She’s crazy. I wore a moustache my last year at Oxford, and it looked frightful. Nearly as loathsome as yours. Moustache forsooth!” said Stilton, which surprised me, for I hadn’t supposed he knew words like ‘forsooth’. “‘I wouldn’t grow a moustache to please a dying grandfather,’ I told her. ‘A nice fool I’d look with a moustache,’ I said. ‘It’s how you look without one,’ she said. ‘Is that so?’ I said. ‘Yes, it is,’ she said. ‘Oh?’ I said. ‘Yes,’ she said. ‘Ho!’ I said, and she said ‘Ho to you!'”

If she would have added ‘With knobs on’, it would, of course, have made it stronger, but I must say I was rather impressed by Florence’s work as described in this slice of dialogue. It seemed to me snappy and forceful. I suppose girls learn this sort of cut-and-thrust stuff at their finishing schools.

P.G. Wodehouse
Jeeves and the Feudal Spirit

Things that made me smile again today (Kitty kitty kitty kitty kitty! (for Coco))

Friday, October 12th, 2007


From the uncyclopedia entry on ADHD,

Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD) is a disease characterised by a person’s inability to focus on something for OMG A KITTY!!! I LOVE KITTIES.

This clearly characterizes my uh… focus levels… yes, focus levels…. um… today.

Things that did make me laugh (Wodehouse)

Monday, October 1st, 2007

(listening to Jeeves and the Feudal Spirit on mp3)

Bertie: “You’ve thought of something Jeeves?”
Jeeves: “Yes, sir.
Bertie: “I knew it! I was saying a moment ago that you always find the way. Well, let us have it.”
Jeeves: “There is a method by means of which Mrs. Travers can be extricated from her ‘sea of troubles’ (-Shakespeare).”
Bertie: I didn’t know why he was addressing me as Shakespeare but I motioned him to continue. “Proceed Jeeves!”

See the Random P.G. Wodehouse Quote page.