mondhasen: (mondhasen)
I wrote a short entry about Otto the Book Bear a few years ago but I cannot locate it now. Regardless, I finally decided to buy a copy of this sweet book for myself, for a penny, plus the usual $3.99 s/h. The book was listed in 'good' condition and the description said the binding was tight and there were no marks on the pages.

The book is in excellent condition and has only one tiny tear in the dust jacket down near the base of the spine! I brought it into work and gave it a mylar cover-

just to save a little space )

I love Cleminson's illustrations and the story is just a nice little read. Otto is the subject of a new book just released last month and I hope we get one for our Childrens Room at work.

Otto and Ernest are a great couple of friends :o)

mondhasen: (easter)
I saw, but didn't buy, this pricey little guy in the store the store the other day-


What a wonderful job of printing and wrapping! Makes those gold Lindt rabbits look rather plain, though these two are certainly cute!

mondhasen: (mondhasen)
So the big rabbit news this leap day wasn't the Google banner

but the announcement by The Royal Mint that they will be producing


There is a short story and video, here, or you can visit the mint website, here. Be warned! I tried to go on the site at ~12:00 AM GMT, and was put in queue with 5483 folks ahead of me... at midnight!
I can only think it's excitement over Peter and friends :o)

mondhasen: (bigpaws)
I saw the cutest little plush foxes today at Babies'R'Us! They're made by a company called Lambs&Ivy which I presume is a take on the *Mairzy Doats lyrics. The company makes a full line of baby bedding and accessories, all of which looked absolutely adorable (some can be seen on their website, here). Ah, to have grandchildren to set up a nursery for! :D

Pics! )

*Remember the rhyme? I didn't realize it was a song!
mondhasen: (Thumper)
I've got the weekend off from work, all three days! I don't intend to do very much, but it's nice not to deal with the public for a bit. I did some errands today, and even topped my tank in case things go wacky with O-bomb-a's nervous trigger finger.

plumI bought some Kahlua and some Bud at the local package store, a place I rarely step foot in. When did Kahlua decide to add 'rum' to their label? Apparently it was always made with 'rum' (sugar-cane spirits or some such language): this smacks of the re-packaging names game, like dried plums aren't really prunes... Rum is certainly more appealing than ~coffee liqueur~. Can you imagine Jack Sparrow sousing down a bottle of aperitif?


And I went swimming today, somewhat. I walked around the shallow end at least. It's been cold at night so the water temp is pretty chilly.

The rest of my day was spent either napping with the pooch or getting aggravated with freeware designed for making animated gifs. One of the conversion programs I downloaded (Any Video Converter)  was full of what I term malware, but it at least was honest enough to ask if I wanted to change my browser to some stupid AVG homepage and search screen. Another program I was downloading made me suspicious and when I checked the web I found it was not so upfront with changing your programs around: a lot of folks ragged on softpedia for their 'extras' included in downloads.

The results of my software hunt: I ended up using XnView to grab frames and then paste them one by one into my ancient JASC Animation Shop 1.0  until I gave up. There were 157 frames, and I just got bored after a dozen or so. This was the best I could do, I'm sorry to say: I miss my Pentium 1 with its capture card and primitive software that did these little animations so well.

mildly NSFW )

That said, Happy Labor Day to those who celebrate it!



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