Last night two friends of mine and I all dressed up as cows and got free meals at Chick-fil-A! Highlights of the excursion involved hats with cow ears, getting my braid pulled by somebody in a legitimate cow costume, and consuming ridiculous amounts of chicken. Afterwards, we all studied Latin, still in bovine dress, just for the heck of it.

There have been incredible amounts of good times in general lately, including pell-mell adventures on the 4th in which several friends and I chased down an ice cream truck in a neighborhood none of us lived in, got caught in the rain waiting for the city’s no-show fireworks, and ended up watching our neighbor’s (no doubt highly illegal) fireworks display from our balcony instead. Earlier in the weekend, more friends congregated for the consumption of spaghetti made according to Audrey Hepburn’s recipe, phenomenal homemade cake from Sarah of Culinary Quixotic fame, homemade blueberry soda from the same source, and fresh bread from the farmer’s market. It was quite the day!

Summer solstice celebration in Poland. Exquisite.
Ocean Sky by Alex Cherney. Be amazed.
Carousel horse race by Improve Everywhere.
The Oxelo skateboard team in India.
Seagull steals video camera.

7 Pieces of Good News No One Is Reporting.
Attraction/Aversion, art using human hair.
Post-It Ghost, found by Ian.
The moon.
Tiny world in a bottle. Glorious.

Plot device, a must-watch.
Brave trailer, which looks to be awesome.
Warhorse trailer,, which may be awesome if it’s not another animal tearjerker.

Female armor sucks. Slight warning for vulgarity, but excellent points are made.
The bizarre musical instruments in classic scifi soundtracks.
Gummi Dune worm.
Ewan McGregor persists in being cool, clearly hasn’t lost his touch with a lightsaber.
Independence Day, Bill Pullman style. I’m saddened that so few in his audience seemed to understand the reference. However, speaking of speeches, check out the 18 most memorable speeches from scifi and fantasy.
Surfing Trooper.

“The Cello Song” by Steven Sharp Nelson.
1 Piano, 2 Guys, 100 Cello Tracks.
Game of Thrones violin cover.
“You’re Gonna Miss Me” cover by Anna from Indiana.
Bono and a blind U2 fan at a concert.
“Novocaine for the Soul” by The Eels.
“Just Another Day,” just another wickedly talented kid in a guitar shop.
“High Hopes” by Team Ghost.
“The Browncoat Anthem (A Firefly and Serenity Rap).
Adam Savage as Gollum sings “I Will Survive” to Neil Gaiman. Exactly what you would expect.

I did manage to finish The Decameron at last, in spite of abandoning it to the cleaning crew’s clutches at work for one weekend. By the end, I didn’t hate it anymore. As Boccaccio says in his conclusion, “My tales will run after nobody asking to be read.” Nobody made me read it, so perhaps I shouldn’t complain!

Right now I’m working simultaneously on The Clipper Ships by A.B. Whipple and a collection of Best Loved Celtic Fairy Tales that Kim bought for me in Ireland. The former has beautiful maritime paintings, and the latter has gorgeous illustrations. Earlier in the week I read John Carter of Mars by Edgar Rice Burroughs, which was absolutely hilarious. Giant three-legged rats are attacking the telepathically controlled birds used as transport! Oh no, Carter has been captured by the dreaded skeleton men of Jupiter! Classic scifi is adorable. You’ll be happy to know all ended happily if fairly egocentrically with Carter consistently saving the day and being pretty cocky about it.