Archive for September, 2003

Cooking with Cheeseheads

Tuesday, September 30th, 2003 | General | No Comments

A woman who lives a little ways up the street from me has inspired me to do more cooking — with beer.

I’m not entirely sold on the ice cream idea, though.

Give me a break, part 412

Monday, September 29th, 2003 | General | No Comments

It’s nice they eventually realized Bruichladdich isn’t a threat to world peace. However, if Ursula needs any help in verifying that the company’s output is what they say it is, I’ll be more than happy to help.

Stranger things have happened, I guess.

Friday, September 26th, 2003 | General | No Comments

As I was packing things up here at work, I got a call from my mom. She wanted to invite me to a kegger with her tonight.

Anyone wanna take a quick check outside the window for me and see what color the sky is? I’m afraid to look.

And before you ask — hell yes, I’m going.

Same goes if I get the job

Wednesday, September 24th, 2003 | General | No Comments

I *heart* Davezilla. These are fine new laws, especially #10.

Oh, and…

Wednesday, September 24th, 2003 | General | No Comments

Those of you on IE on Windows will notice that I finally took a look at the blog in that format and realized that the stupid paragraph breaks weren’t working properly. Should be all lovely and fixed for you now. And no, I’m not going back and editing all of my old posts to fix them. You all can just take it out on Blogger.

Apparently we couldn’t find any designers

Wednesday, September 24th, 2003 | General | No Comments

The three finalists for the Wisconsin quarter designs were announced.

That’s it? That’s all we could come up with? The first one isn’t terrible, but the second two? Yeah, great. We really need help maintaining our “cows and cheese” image and if that third one is supposed to show how scenic it is here, they’re missing the mark. Even Iowa’s quarter was more scenic. We might as well just put “We’ve got deer!” on that third one, since it seems that’s their focus on our “scenery.”

They could at least throw us a bone and put a badger on one design. Preferrably one of these badgers. (Those same badgers represented in a low-fi format here.)

Did you miss me?

Wednesday, September 24th, 2003 | General | No Comments

Back from jury duty. Didn’t get selected. Apparently, if you know a bunch of cops and the City’s only witness for the prosecution in a felony assault case is a cop, the defense attorney doesn’t much like having you on the jury. That’s ok. I don’t know that I wanted to hear the details of the case anyhow, as it was essentially a domestic dispute.

I did get quite a bit of reading done, though. And Monday I got a little reminder of what a whole mess of caffeine will do to you when you’ve essentially been off the stuff for years.

Deciding a stranger’s fate

Friday, September 19th, 2003 | General | No Comments

Things will probably be a little quiet around here until Wednesday. Looks to be a busy weekend, and I’ve drawn the short straw in the “spend a couple days waiting to be on a jury” lotto, so I’ll be at the courthouse all day Monday and Tuesday.

Actually, considering I’ve been a registered voter in Milwaukee Co. for almost 16 years now and this is the first time they’ve yanked my name for jury duty, I guess it’s not so bad. Ozaukee Co. took a stab at it about 3 years after I moved out of there, but Milwaukee’s been a bit slow to catch on that I’m available. They can keep that up if they’d like.

Yarr

Friday, September 19th, 2003 | General | No Comments

It be International Talk Like A Pirate Day, mateys. There be a British version, as well.

I’m still tryin’ to convince Christyl that she should conduct all her client contact this way. I mean, come on. “Avast” is a legal term, isn’t it?

Might as well post here, too, since that’s why I’ve got this silly thing

Thursday, September 18th, 2003 | General | No Comments

Posted this in the comments over at vidiot’s blog, but then I figured I may as well post it here too.

There’s a church about a block from my apt. Outside said church, there’s a big ol’ rock that has a bunch of innocuous graffiti on it. When I walked by the other day, I saw that a lot of it was just initials (including LBJ. It’s nice he made it to Milwaukee to sign the rock). I had this overwhelming urge to add the initials “JHC” on it, just to see if anyone was paying attention, but I didn’t. Maybe some day.

D’oh! One more addition.

Thursday, September 18th, 2003 | General | No Comments

Hiya, STEELbuddha.net.

Sorry, Chris. Thought your blog was already on there.

Little cleanin’ o’ the navs

Thursday, September 18th, 2003 | General | No Comments

There have been some additions and deletions to the links on the right.

Portage seems to have gone stiff n’ stickin’, toes up, so they’ve been removed. (Sniffle. I really liked that site.)

I’ve also added a couple of blogs. Welcome Dispatches from the Desert, Better to Grieve Than Rescind, and telescreen.org. (Ooh. Two new authored-by-a-guy-named-Sam blogs. Hmm. John, you’ll need to change your name, I think.)

‘Coz everybody loves a good spoof

Wednesday, September 17th, 2003 | General | No Comments

The nice folks over at Something Awful have a lovely gallery of iPod billboard spoofs.

A few of my personal favorites:
My favorite Bushism
…you killed my father…
Only ‘coz I’ve had this song stuck in my head since Saturday
(After that Rebus posting, do I really need to explain this one?)

Your eventual route and mileage may vary.

Wednesday, September 17th, 2003 | General | No Comments

Walking directions to Mordor.

In case it wasn’t blindingly obvious

Wednesday, September 17th, 2003 | General | No Comments

I seem to be rambling a bit today. Just one of those days, I guess.

Speaking of BBC America…

Wednesday, September 17th, 2003 | General | No Comments

I’ve gotta say, I was a little leery when I saw that a show called “Rebus” was gonna be on BBC America. It always worries me a little when they try to bring my favorite book characters to life on TV. Something always goes horribly wrong. (Case in point: Robert Redford being cast as Jay Gatsby in the ‘74 adaptation of that book, though the casting of Sam Waterston as Nick Carraway and Bruce Dern as Tom Buchanan was well done. But I digress.)

That said, I gotta give props to the folks who did the four Rebus adaptations. I’m a little on the addicted side when it comes to Ian Rankin’s novels and I was a wee bit worried that my favorite detective wouldn’t translate well on-screen. (And Christyl, before you ask — yes, I said “favorite detective.” Even more favorite than New Guy on NYPD Blue, though — at least until the Rebus casting decision was made — for entirely different reasons.) Worked out quite nicely, though. Sure, the stories had to be adapted a bit for the medium, but at least you can tell that someone who cared about the character did it. And while John Hannah wouldn’t have been my first choice to play Rebus (too young), he nailed it. And Edinburgh did an amazing job playing itself. Made me realize how much I wanted to go back there.

Update: I just found out there’s a new Rebus book due out early next year. Happy, happy camper.

And on the seventh day, there was cable

Tuesday, September 16th, 2003 | General | No Comments

Hooray! All of my cable channels are back! I am a happy camper. I celebrated that fact this morning with a hearty round of House Invaders and Ground Force. Ahh. BBC America. How did I miss thee, let me count the ways…

The back is especially nice.

Monday, September 15th, 2003 | General | No Comments

That’s why I love the South. They’re always there to provide us with fine comic entertainment.

Weep

Friday, September 12th, 2003 | General | No Comments

I am so unbelievably bummed about Johnny Cash. R.I.P., Man in Black. We’ll miss you.

Rage against the cable company

Thursday, September 11th, 2003 | General | No Comments

Sigh. I am without my digital cable until the nice repairman comes next Tuesday. The digital channels have been working just fine, but the non-digital ones (ie: those you can get with a standard cable package) had craptacular reception and I’d just gotten sick of it. I kept hoping it would fix itself, but no luck.

So last night I reconciled myself to the fact that I was actually going to have to spend half my night on hold with Time Warner. Got myself a beer, put on Ground Force on BBC America and started the wait. After about 20 minutes, I actually got an operator. She had me reboot the box to see if that would help. Not only did it not help, but now all my digital channels were gone. (That’s ok. I didn’t need to see how Ground Force ended. I’ll just imagine the finished garden.)

So, now I have to wait until they come out to look at the situation. For some stupid reason, they can’t get me my digital channels back until then and they certainly didn’t do anything to help the reception on the rest. Most excellent.

Oh, well. At least my bill will be cheap this month, as I’m not paying for services until it’s fixed.

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