Following four days of driving, Z and I arrived intact in Fayetteville a couple days ago. Our apartment is not yet ready, so we are camping out on the floor of another apartment for a few days, which I guess is fine since the truck bearing all of our worldly possessions won’t be here until Saturday.
If you’ve never driven through the mountains of Western Arkansas, which I hadn’t until two days ago, you are really missing out. I can’t believe I live in such a beautiful part of the world.
I thought of you, madame_urushiol, as we drove past Russellville. We’re officially neighbors now!
I don’t really have any stories right now. To be honest, I’m kind of exhausted and disoriented and disinclined to write. But I can report some updates on the procrastination front, which, of course, is why we’re all here:
If you use Firefox, I highly recommend installing the Stumble Upon plugin. It streamlines and organizes the process of random websurfing so that you can really go all day looking up stuff you never knew you needed to know. I have stumbled across many sites that are now at the top of my Favorites list, including:
PollyGlotto: A digital woman translates your text from English into a number of other languages and speaks them aloud. In other words, you can spend hours making Polly say dirty things in everything from Dutch to Chinese.
FullBooks: An eclectic archive of free full-text online books.
The Online Karaoke Machine: This one speaks for itself. If this site does not change your life, then you and I are not living on the same planet. Incidentally, it was here that I discovered that I have been singing Men at Work’s classic tune “Down Under” wrong since I was, like, born. Apparently, the chorus goes, “You better run / You better take cover,” whereas I always sang “You better run / You better take a bus.” I maintain that my version still makes sense. Z thinks I am insane.
And this just in: Pee-Wee’s Playhouse is coming back to TV! The Cartoon Network’s Adult Swim will begin airing the complete run of episodes on June 10, including the amazing Pee-Wee’s Playhouse Christmas Special, which we watched about once a week, year-round, in my house when I was growing up. Of course, I already own every episode of Pee-Wee’s Playhouse on DVD, so I’m really more excited about the principle of the thing. I firmly believe that a world that televises Pee-Wee’s Playhouse is a better world for all.