Thursday Thirteen #5

Thursday, April 12th, 2007


Thirteen Things from my life in the Last Seven Days by Mark Caldwell

  1. It was the last episode of Life on Mars this week. I think it made sense in the end. Sort of. And even though there isn’t going to be anymore it didn’t finish in a way that they couldn’t do any more of it if they changed their minds in a few years.
  2. And surprise, surprise they are now starting to promote the Life on Mars spin off set in 1981 coming sometime in the future. So much for my thinking they were brave enough to make a succesful series and to finish it while it was doing well rather than running it on till it wasn’t any more.
  3. My friend
    Kim’s new book Past Lies is out in PDF.
  4. CSI on Tuesday was Gil-less and so a little odd. Or maybe that should be a little less odd.
  5. The new character Keppler is an interesting addition and clearly he has some sort of secret to tease us with for awhile.
  6. With all the fuss about phone quizzes has no one asked the question are some of them just to easy. So easy they really are lotteries rather than quizzes. The one on 5 at the end of CSI should be described as “if you paid a tiny bit of attention” and not the way they seem to make it sound difficult. I suppose if it was actually difficult they might not make a profit from running the phone lines.
  7. There were only 298 Spartans at the Battle of Thermopylae. 2 of the 300 were sent home sick before it started. Back in Sparta they were treated as “tremblers”. One hung himself and the other fought at the battle of the next year at the battle of Battle of Plataea and the other, Aristodemus, regained his position in society.
  8. I’ve been doing a fair amount of work with Google Analytics in the past week. Today I’ve learnt the importance of using regular expression matches for goal paths when the goal path isn’t quite as fixed as it at first appeared.
  9. And just when I’m getting to grips with the finer detail of Analytics I noticed on the Analytics blog that they have launched another new toy Website Optimizer. One thing about working on the WWW is there is always something new to learn. Never a dull moment.
  10. Ok it can be dull. The 1300 page specs for how PDFs go together was a dull moment in the last week but there are moments when it isn’t dull.
  11. I saw a flock of green finches on my way to work on Tuesday. Far too small and fast to take a picture of with my phone though.
  12. Persian ruler Cambyses was married to both his sisters and supported them by giving them all the taxes from one of the cities he conquered. One story about them has it they spent a lot of money on shoes although re-reading the part of Persian Fire that I mentioned that I can’t find the reference so I may have dreamt that.
  13. I discovered that all Little Dragon, the hero, in my Fairy Tale Noir wants is a nice toasted cheese sandwich and he has been thinking about exactly how he wants it made far too much rather than solving the case he’s investigating.

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32 Responses to Thursday Thirteen #5

Denise Patrick Friday, April 13th, 2007

Interesting list. You lead a varied life.
Thanks for dropping by my TT.

Robin Friday, April 13th, 2007

I'd stop working for a good toasted cheese sandwich too. Heck, I'll stop working for a bad one.

Kim Knox Friday, April 13th, 2007

Do they ever mention the Thespians? Weren't there ten of them? I've yet to see 300, I'm sure I'll be shouting at something, though.
And Keppler looks oddly familiar. I blinked and missed what the hell he was doing there anyway.

Oh and is Fairy Tale Noir nearly finished *yet*?

Thank you for the mention, hehe

Nadine Friday, April 13th, 2007

Interesting list! Thanks for stopping by, your comments about the layout were insightful and helpful. Off to make a grilled cheese....

Amelia Elias Friday, April 13th, 2007

Very interesting note about the Spartans! I'll have to count abs... er, I mean, count heads... when I watch 300 tomorrow. (Gee, betcha can't guess why I'm going to that movie...)

Sword Girl Friday, April 13th, 2007

We just recently got a copy of 300! I can not wait to see; is that true of number 7?

MissMeliss Friday, April 13th, 2007

I want to know more about this toasted-cheese-eating dragon, please.

Also, thanks so much for stopping by my blog.

Tilly Greene Friday, April 13th, 2007

Love Life on Mars [Sequel? not sure about that] and CSI [watching it right now - and Gil makes it all the better :-)] me and Little Dragon need to chat about the toasted cheese sandwiche parameters. Great list!

Michelle Pillow Friday, April 13th, 2007

Sounds like you had an interesting week :)

Thanks for stopping by and saying hello


gabriella hewitt Friday, April 13th, 2007

Intriguing list in that it's really hard to peg you in any way. I see an interest in history and computers, writing and TV.

I have to admit the whole married to two sisters is a bit eeeewwwww, but then that's what makes history so fascinating. You never know what you'll dig up.

Thanks for stopping by my blog and making me laugh.

Wylie Kinson Thursday, April 12th, 2007

Mmmmm toasted cheese.
I better go have dinner :)

Crystal Jordan Thursday, April 12th, 2007

I'd like the taxes from a conquered city as spending cash. Though I wouldn't marry my brother to get it. Huh.

Duchess Thursday, April 12th, 2007

Sounds like you had a very interesting week.

Thanks for visiting and here is a bit about Intercourse Pa.

Intercourse was founded in 1754. The community was originally named Cross Keys, after a local tavern. Intercourse became the name in 1814, and there are various theories to explain this; one possibility is that the name derived from a race course, the "Entercourse", at the intersection of the town's two major roads. Another is that at the time, the word "intercourse" had commercial connotations relating to business transactions, and that the area was named "Intercourse" in hopes that it would become a center of commerce. "Sexual intercourse" was a secondary, legalistic meaning of the term, roughly analogous to the sexual meaning of "congress" as in "sexual congress". As the more general use of the term fell out of popular usage, the narrower meaning became the term's primary connotation. Now that the town's major industry is tourism, the name serves as an excellent attraction.

Janet Thursday, April 12th, 2007

I just recently started watching CSI, and I really like it!

Mom of three Thursday, April 12th, 2007

I didn't know there was such a thing as green finches, next time try to get a photo so we can see! Great list, and thanks for stopping by mine!

Lori Thursday, April 12th, 2007

Life on Mars?? Ive never heard of that an actual TV program??

Mama Duck Thursday, April 12th, 2007

Mmmm, now I want grilled cheese.... ;)

Lisa - Lil' Duck Duck

PresentStorm Thursday, April 12th, 2007

I love CSI too.... Grisom is the man :) It come son tonight and I can't wait. My hubby is fascinated with the whole miniature killer plot.

thanks for stopping by my TT and I am glad you have figured out what to play now :)

Raggedy Thursday, April 12th, 2007

Terrific Thursday Thirteen!
My TT is posted.
Have a wonderful day!
Happy TT'ing!
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Sonja Foust Thursday, April 12th, 2007

I sympathize. I'm all about a good grilled cheese.

Fence Thursday, April 12th, 2007

I wasn't overly impressed with the ending of Life On Mars, but it answered some questions I suppose.

As for the spin off, I think they should have ignored the whole time travel aspect and just gone with Gene Hunt, cop.

Happy T13

samulli Thursday, April 12th, 2007

Well, your week was certainly more interesting than mine.
But I have to agree with Susan: somehow I am counting 3 Spartans as well. I have still not watched the movie, although I have had it on my computer for almost 2 weeks now. (I guess I'm just too busy watching Firefly over and over again.)
Thanks for stopping by my blog. I hope we can make that into a habit. ;O)

Michelle Pillow Thursday, April 12th, 2007

It feels like I did nothing but paperwork this week. lol.

she Thursday, April 12th, 2007

I wonder how Little Dragon likes his grilled cheese? I'm all for mixing some nice snappy banana peppers and marble cheese.

Lulu Thursday, April 12th, 2007

Did someone say PDF? Don't talk to me about PDFs...

Nice list! Thanks for sharing!

Amanda Young Thursday, April 12th, 2007

Nice list. Sounds like your week was a lot more interesting than mine. *g*

Christine Thursday, April 12th, 2007

Google analytics, 298 Spartans, Dragons and toast - there's a poem or short story in there somewhere I'm sure.

Happy TT - I'm all about lessons learned this week.

Joan Thursday, April 12th, 2007

Lots of variety here. that's good, huh? My TT is also posted.

Thomma Lyn Thursday, April 12th, 2007

Well, hey -- you can't go wrong with a toasted cheese sandwich. And if Little Dragon is a fire-breathing dragon, he could even toast the bread himself as long as he goes easy and doesn't sneeze! :-D

Happy TT! Mine's a list of some of my favorite classic films.

PJ Thursday, April 12th, 2007

Such a random list, sounds like you've had a varied week. Happy TT

Ctina Thursday, April 12th, 2007

I like CSI too! :) Thanks for stopping by my blog; gotta go LOST is almost on!

Susan Helene Gottfried Thursday, April 12th, 2007

I'm counting three Spartans somehow and am very confused. Maybe it's because the playoffs are on...

Happy TT!

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