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Really, spammers?

Sunday, August 23rd, 2009 | Bloggity goodness | 2 Comments

About half of today’s attempted spam comments had something to do with Simpsons pr0n.

Stupid Rule 34.

Break out your tissues

Friday, August 7th, 2009 | Bloggity goodness, You Call This News? | 3 Comments

For those of us who were teens in the ’80s, John Hughes was kind of our voice. It was pretty hard to find anyone who didn’t like at least one of his movies, and pretty much everyone I knew loved many of them. It didn’t matter where we grew up or what we were into, we were all sure at least one of his characters was us. (And I’m sure we all had others we wished were us.) For a grown-up, he completely got what it was like to be a teen.

He hadn’t made any movies in a few years, but that’s ok. The ones he made between 1984 and 1988 were really all we needed. (Yes, I know there were some good ones on either side of that, but those are the rockstar films.) Even now, I can’t resist watching his films when they’re on (much to the detriment of whatever else I’m supposed to be doing at that moment.)

So when he passed away yesterday, I found it made me much sadder than I would have expected. Even though I’d never met the man, it felt kind of like losing a friend.

This woman, however, did know him. She was another teen from the ’80s, but she was lucky enough to talk John into being her pen pal for a number of years, and this blog entry shares some of that with the rest of us: Sincerely, John Hughes.

If you’re even a little bit a fan of John Hughes, you’re going to want a box of tissues nearby.

(Thanks to vidiot for the tip and for making me get all teary-eyed at work. And thanks to John Hughes for helping make the teen years a little bit more bearable.)

Another step closer to BB world domination

Friday, July 31st, 2009 | Bloggity goodness | No Comments

Coworker, friend and all-around swell person BB is featured on Design Milk’s Friday Five today.

You can all thank her later for the money she just caused you to spend on all the cool new stuff you found at her links.

This is why you’re fat*

Tuesday, June 30th, 2009 | Bloggity goodness | 3 Comments

Now I’ve never been a big fan of Cheesecake Factory. Their portions are stupidly big and their food is pretty mediocre. Plus, much a fan of air conditioning as I am, every one I’ve been in has been cold enough to store meat. (Pro tip: I should not have to wear a sweater to eat at your establishment in mid-summer.)

I’m even less of a fan of the place after reading this: Cheesecake Factory Calorie Counter.

Two words: Holy. Crap.

As Miz Christyl points out, “Yeah! Morning quesadilla — 2000+ calories. Your entire caloric quota for the day, done by 10 am!”

Guess it saves you the trouble of having to eat later in the day.

(*This is not why I’m fat. I’m fat because I like beer. And pizza. And beer and pizza. And my sofa. But Cheesecake Factory gets none of the credit.)

Happy blog day to me…

Wednesday, June 24th, 2009 | Bloggity goodness, Life in Czeltistan, You Call This News? | 3 Comments


See? Even Norm’s excited. Though were it not for Mr. m@, I’d never remember that June 24 is officially Czeltic Day. This year is the seventh anniversary. My, how time flies.

Isn’t age seven the “age of reason” for children according to the law? Gosh, I hope I’ve taught it well.

It’s been a long week, and it’s damned hot, so I’m looking to get off the computer (I’m pretty sure it’s using me as a heat sink). I’d write something witty about the last seven years and the changes the internet has gone through, but I’m feeling more melty than witty, and no one needs to hear any more grousing from me about the heat. (Oh, god. It’s only June. *weeps quietly*) So here are a few links I’ve come across in the last few weeks that I found fun or interesting. Hope you find them fun and interesting as well.

1. Morning people vs. Night people I fall strongly into the second camp. I’m a firm believer the day should start no earlier than 10am, but I can’t seem to convince the rest of the world that everyone can get enough work done between 11am and 6pm to make that work. It is nice to know though, that next time a morning person gives me that “damn, you’re lazy” look because I’m not awake early, I can point out that it’s just a difference in how our brains are wired. And, then since night people get stronger as the day goes on, I’ll wait until the morning person is settling in for the night to beat them up. They’ll never see it coming.

2. We want to watch Jurassic Park I love that they included the cat. You know you want to flag this as “best of craigslist.” You should do that.

3. So just what the hell are Grape Nuts? Did you say “flour?” Yeah, they’re pretty much what you think they are, but it’s still a good piece about them. Or maybe I just think that because I have a little place in my heart for Grape Nuts. You have to love anything that improves the taste and texture of your yogurt and makes a tasty meatloaf.

Oh, and before I go, let me take a minute and say thanks to all of you for stopping by. It always kind of amazes me anyone reads this. Hmm. Maybe I should add my Twitter feed so you have something to read more often. Yeah. I think that’s what I’ll give the blog for its birthday. Much better than a silly party hat. (I’m not giving the cat a party hat for her birthday this year, either. It took me hours to get the photo for it last year. Cats are not keen on headgear.)

No, no. I ordered the chicken.

Friday, June 19th, 2009 | Bloggity goodness | 2 Comments

Excuse Me, Waiter…? There’s a Large Bird of Prey in My Soup.

Lunch with an uninvited hawk, including photos. (Don’t worry, squeamish types. There’s nothing gross.)

Sometimes surprise lunch guests are the most interesting.

Comments fixed

Tuesday, June 2nd, 2009 | Bloggity goodness | No Comments

You no longer have to log in to comment. Don’t know why that got switched, but everything’s open again.

Was wondering why the spammers suddenly got so quiet.

The internet gods have been challenged

Friday, April 3rd, 2009 | Bloggity goodness | No Comments

And suddenly, I’m finding interesting things to share.

We’ll start with John Scalzi’s blog post about what makes Twitter so compelling. He’s a far better writer than I, so you’ll enjoy him telling you about it far more than if I would. Also, per his comment, “I have a suspicion that if you told most people under the age of 35 that they had choose between texting or making voice calls, voice communication would drop to next to nothing,” there are those of us over 35 who would be ok with this, too.

And, for those of you who care, here’s my contribution to the world that is Twitter. Maybe someday I’ll get around to hooking up one o’ the little blog widgets. I’m pretty lazy, though, so don’t count on it soon. :)


Thursday, March 12th, 2009 | Bloggity goodness | 1 Comment

After looking through the Scanwiches site, I see I need to add a couple of new spots to my list of places to eat in NYC. Man, those are some tasty looking sandwiches.

It also makes me realize once again that Milwaukee is woefully low on the number of decent delis we have available. (The best of which is still Fulbeli Deli. Damn. Now I wish I had more time for my lunch break today. Sure could go for a Venus.)

(Via Neatorama)

On, Wisconsin

Monday, January 26th, 2009 | Bloggity goodness | 1 Comment

This week’s gallery post over at The Morning News is from a Wisconsin photographer. Yay!

It Happened in Wisconsin

The first shot in the series is taken about a mile from my house. And you can see the rest of Brautigam’s “On Wisconsin” series here.

Worth at least 48,000 words

Wednesday, January 21st, 2009 | Bloggity goodness | No Comments

The Big Picture has a wonderful round-up of photos from yesterday’s Obama inauguration. (Excellent job, Alan. You’re a rockstar.)

As for the contents of that envelope in the final photo, it better just be a note that says, “Sorry.”

Gorram it.

Thursday, January 8th, 2009 | Bloggity goodness | 2 Comments

I did it again. Must make sure “awaiting approval” is checked before deleting all the comments in the queue.

Sorry, anyone who’s left a comment in the last couple days. I just nuked ‘em.

I really have to get a better spam killer plugin. (My old one, which I loved, is no longer supported, so I need to find something new. WordPress users, got any favorites?)

Oh, also…

Wednesday, January 7th, 2009 | Bloggity goodness | No Comments

…I’m back. Mostly. Two months of blog slacking is probably enough. Besides, I’ve been doing some catching up on what I’ve missed on the interweb while out doing other things, and I’ve found some goodies to share. I’ll start posting them soon.


Wednesday, December 3rd, 2008 | Bloggity goodness | No Comments

Sorry, folks. A couple of the newest comments accidentally got nuked while I was cleaning out a copious amount of spam. Sorry if your latest comment was among them. Adjusting spam filters now.

Weapons-grade cuteness

Thursday, October 30th, 2008 | Bloggity goodness | No Comments

Get ready to feel all squishy inside and make cute noises.


We saw plenty of baby critters at the zoo yesterday, but really — is there such a thing as too many cute animals? (If you answer anything besides yes, you are incorrect.) Bobcat kittens, orphaned otters, snow leopard kittens… and don’t even get me started on the baby monkeys. CuteOverload has some competition.

(and thanks to mister artwells for the title.)

Spiffy up the joint

Tuesday, October 21st, 2008 | Bloggity goodness | 4 Comments

New template. I like it. Official focus group member Jillian likes it. You’ll like it. (Or else.) (Ok. Not “or else.”) And yes, whiners, I’ve joined the 21st century and added RSS.

I’m trying to figure out what to do with the header, so that will likely change at some point. Just the image, though. Not the color. Me likey the color. I have a great idea for the header, but what I no likey is my design/drawing/Photoshop ability. I’m going to have to bribe one of the designers with lovely beverages to see if they can do what I’d like. But for now, it’s gonna be flowers and swirly bits up there.

Ah, crapski. I see my post category tags were wiped out during what I’ve decided to call “the upgrade fiasco.” I’ll start re-categorizing everything. It’ll take some time, so please be patient. (The Republic of Czeltistan really needs some interns to take care of this sort of thing and fetch me the occasional plate of toast. I’ll look into that.)

And we’re back

Friday, October 17th, 2008 | Bloggity goodness | 5 Comments

HUGE thank you to Mr. m@ for all his help getting the Republic of Czeltistan back on the map. I owe you copious amounts of Bun Bars for this, sir.

I’ve still got a lot of sweeping up to do around here, so remember — patience is a virtue. Everything will be back in place soon(ish). I just have to rebuild a few things. But first I need to figure out the new WP admin screens.

“Imagine, if you will, a load of horseshit.”

Tuesday, November 13th, 2007 | Bloggity goodness | 2 Comments

I was bummed when I missed John Scalzi when he came to Milwaukee on his last book tour. Prior commitments prevented me from going to see him, or I’d definitely have been there. It’s not that I read a ton of sci-fi, though I did really quite enjoy reading The Android’s Dream, but I love his blog. (And, like so many others, I found it when he taped bacon to his cat.)

After reading his account of his trip to the Creation Museum (you must be nuts if you think I’m actually going to link to those whackos), I’m even more upset I missed him. I really need to get this man a beer. He entertains me greatly.

Do not miss the photos. There are a lot of them, but the comments are so worth it. (The comments on this photo amuse me muchly, especially the one from demoncrat.)

Oh, god. My eyes.

Tuesday, October 30th, 2007 | Bloggity goodness | 4 Comments

The next time I run into someone who thinks the ’70s were cool, I’m going to direct them to this: Strap In, Shut Up and Hold on. We’re going back.

I remember this kind of stuff from the first time around. The horror. The horror.

(Link shamelessly stolen from Sherri.)

Two stories involving moms

Tuesday, October 16th, 2007 | Bloggity goodness, You Call This News? | No Comments

There’s really no connection between these two items, except that someone’s mom was involved in both, and I think they’re both interesting. But since it’s my blog, that’s a good enough reason to make them both part of the same post. (I’m drunk with power. Can’t you tell?)

Mom ships 80,000 cans of Silly String to troops
If only they were going to use the Silly String instead of guns to fight the war. No one dies. Everything is brightly colored when you’re finished. And worst case scenario, you have to do a little repainting where the Silly String stained things. Sure beats the other kind of war.

A little customer service goes a long, long way
I’ve always liked Zappos and I’ve ordered from them before with good results. This story ensures they’ll be the first place I look next time I’m thinking of getting some new shoes. I feel good supporting companies with that kind of class.