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Dumb Ways To Die

This song is totally stuck in my head, which may or may not be due to my nephew wanting to view this video over and over and over again:

And playing the video game.

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Walking Dead Board Game

Nothing says “Christmas” like a bleak board game where everyone gets turned into a zombie!

Walking Dead board game

My brother in-common-law refuses to play this game with my sister because it’s bleak and nearly impossible to win, so Nancy made me and her friend Daniel play it this evening.

They look far too happy for people who are about to be eaten by zombies:

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Everyone is a character from the show. I was Rick Grimes:

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Nancy was Lori and Daniel was Dale.

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The object of the game is to get the cards from the four corners without getting turned into a zombie. But almost every square you land on is a zombie encounter and most of them are really hard to escape from without losing a life. I managed to get two of the four – the department store and the police station:

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At which point I then started playing *against* the other people in the game. Nancy also turned (I didn’t get her, but she lost all her lives in other zombie encounters), but Daniel managed to avoid us, win his zombie encounters while getting all the corner cards and got back to camp safe!

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Much like when I did the zombie obstacle course race, I realized that after getting turned into a zombie, life is a lot less stressful. Words to live by, people. Words to live by.

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Christmas Baking 2013

Christmas Baking 2013 was a success!

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The intrepid bakers: Beth, Madeline, Ann, Nancy, and Daniel.

We baked a grand total of 9 things:

  • Chinese almond cookies
  • Jan Hangel cookies
  • flaxseed crackers
  • gingerbread
  • marshmallow puff tartlets – which I renamed Hufflepuffs
  • mocha nut butterballs
  • shortbread
  • Turtle bars
  • white chocolate & macadamia nut cookies

Here’s Madeline, baking Turtle bars:

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Thomas and Grandma are baking cookies:

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Some dulce de leche truffles:

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These are from the new recipe I decided to try, except instead of putting jam inside with the marshmallow, I put dulce de leche:
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The recipe was called “Marshmallow Puff Tartlets”1, but I kept calling them Poofy Puffs, before finally deciding they should be called Hufflepuffs

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A bunch of baked goods (clockwise from top left: gingerbread, Chinese almond cookies, shortbread, Hufflepuffs):

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And now we are all very tired and filled with sugar. Like I said: success!

  1. Basically, they are Whippets, but homemade and, therefore, better []

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Unsubscribapalooza

I get a lot of bac’n email, as I’m sure most people do. For the uninitiated, bac’n is sort of like spam, in that it’s email you probably don’t really want to read (or don’t want to read right away), but it’s not exactly spam because it’s stuff that you signed up for. Stuff like newsletters or promotions and suchlike. I have my Gmail set up so that most of my bac’n goes directly into a bac’n folder1, but it mostly just sits there and I never read it. So I’ve decided to go on a giant unsubscribe fest – I’m unsubscribing from all the newsletters that I don’t read anymore, notifications of promos that I never use and notifications from various LinkedIn groups.

The really handy thing about doing this around Christmas time is that everyone is sending holiday greetings to their email lists, so I just click the “unsubscribe” link so I’ll have much less cluttered email for 2014!

  1. Which I set up before Gmail set up its Priority Inbox. []