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September 15th, 2004

Set Verbosity to "Terse," Mr. Sulu

I've received a few comments from various concerned parties about my lack of chattiness lately ... which is surprisingly touching. :)

I'm fine, but thank you for checking. :) I wuv you guys. ^.^

Basically, I've been concentrating on various projects and ideas, which has taken all of my attention away from my usual happy babble. Michael Macbeth in particular has been demanding a lot of mental bandwidth ... apparently my muse is nearly ready to produce my fourth (and hopefully first publishable) novel, and that takes a lot of creative energy.

Oh, and I'm a bit more exposed at work since we moved, which means more people potentially looking over at my shoulder ... that's not as big a consideration, but it is still a factor.

Anyway, so that's the state of things. :)

-The Gneech

PS: MFF room confirmed. :)

Four Out of Five Baristas Agree

In case you haven't heard, Starbucks has discontinued their Creme de Mente and Irish Cream flavor syrups.

I don't mind telling you, I feel betrayed.

Those were my two faves, and considered by most to be "classic" flavors; now they have Peppermint and Toffee Nut instead. To the average joe, this is probably no big deal ... but as I worked so hard to cultivate my latté lore, I know the difference, and it sucks. It's on par with running an ice cream store that doesn't carry chocolate or vanilla.

Peppermint is too sharp a flavor, you see ... it clashes with the espresso. Creme de Menthe is a smooth and light flavor that dances with the mocha.

Toffee nut, I have not actually tried, but my guess is that it's probably way too sweet. It's designed to cater to those people who get extra caramel and extra whip cream and then pour sugar in on top of it -- urk. :P Just thinking about it turns my stomach. -.-

The interesting thing is, I've spoken to various baristas around town, and all but one of them agree with me that this is a bad idea. The last one, a trainee, would only comment that she "likes the peppermint too."

But as they say, that and $4.50 will buy you a cup of coffee.

Le sigh.

-The Gneech

Obey the Lost Skeleton!

Well, laurie_robey and I have finally watched The Lost Skeleton of Cadavra.

Verdict: If you like Mystery Science Theater 3000, you'll like Cadavra. :) There are some fall-down funny moments in it, and it's worth seeing. Unfortunately, there's also a lot of standing around staring in between the funny moments -- done deliberately as part of the illusion, but a little tiresome all the same. The movie would have been just as funny but over sooner at 60 minutes. :)

-The Gneech ("I sleep now!" -The Lost Skeleton)

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