Archive for July, 2004

Test your reading speed

Thursday, July 29th, 2004 | Fun With Teh Intarweb | 3 Comments

Come on. You know you want to know how fast you read.

I got 450-500 on both tests. w00t. (The link to the second test is on the results page when you finish the first.) I was kind of getting into that Willa Cather story, too.

Can I join?

Wednesday, July 28th, 2004 | Fun With Teh Intarweb, Toast! | 2 Comments

Toast Club

See! See! I’m not the only one who does this!

Thursday, July 22nd, 2004 | Fun With Teh Intarweb | 6 Comments

Markeroni — The Gentle Art of Landmark Snarfing.

Personally, I blame you, Dad. I had so many of those photos from road trips of all of us in front of historical markers that I just had to keep collecting them. ;-)

Now, the question for this site is: Do I get to count the markers I’ve already snarfed? If so, I’m gonna be a Markeroni rock star. Heh.

I just know there will be a bad boat metaphor

Thursday, July 22nd, 2004 | Life in Czeltistan | 1 Comment

Best spam subject line of the day:

“I am a lake, you are my water”

Another lap around the sun

Wednesday, July 21st, 2004 | Life in Czeltistan | 4 Comments

Ok. So my birthday’s Thursday, not today, but seeing as how my days have been a little insane lately and I have the opportunity to post now, I’m taking it.

It’s not so much the “turning 35″ that’s getting me down, it’s the “aging out of the coveted 18-34 demographic.” After today, my oh-so-important opinion on products is, well, not so oh-so-important. Marketers will no longer be falling over themselves to see if I think their product is cool. Weep. (Guess I’d better take the remaining 5-ish hours of today and call companies to give them my opinion, eh?)

What’s that you say? I may have spent too long in this industry? Hmm. Might be something to that.


If you happen to be in the area of Milwaukee’s East Side this Saturday (the 24th), I’m throwing myself a little “no-party” party out on the patio at Paddy’s. I desperately hate birthday parties, so I’ve decided to take matters into my own hands and make sure I have one that involves all the good parts (hanging out with friends, cocktails), but manages to avoid all of the irritating parts (extorting presents from your friends and family, making same friends and family spend half their day watching you open same, wearing funny hats, singing, blowing out candles, etc.).

We’ll be at the pub from about 7pm on. Stop on by if you feel so inclined. Just stop in long enough to say hi or stay all night. I’m not fussy. Bring nothing but your own sweet self and any friends you have in tow. (Ok. And your wallet. I’m not paying for everyone else’s drinks, y’ freeloaders. But don’t bring any presents. Just come hang out.)

And if I don’t see you there, have yourself a lovely weekend. I’ll be out enjoying the nice cool weather that’s been forecast. (High of 68 degrees for Friday. Talk about presents I really wanted — no heat and humidity! Woo hoo!)


Wednesday, July 21st, 2004 | Fun With Teh Intarweb | No Comments

Poorly-drawn cartoons inspired by actual spam subject lines!”

Don’t think of them as “poorly drawn,” think of them as “quirky.”

Mmm. Bacon.

Monday, July 19th, 2004 | Fun With Teh Intarweb | 1 Comment

Bacon-scented candles. What a brilliant idea, though I’m sure they’d only make me hungry.

Now come out with a toast-scented one and I’m all over it.

The Legend of the Headless Czelt

Monday, July 19th, 2004 | Life in Czeltistan | No Comments

Well, apparently I, but not my head, made Time Magazine this week. :-)

The letterboxing article is running this week. The story is mainly taken from interviews, etc. at the Connecticut gathering, but the Great Lakes Gathering is represented photographically. The picture(s?) aren’t online, but I’ve heard tell I’m in one of them. Or rather, all except my head is in one. Tsk. So close to avoiding the cameras, yet so far.

This isn’t going to count against my 15 minutes of fame, is it? I was sort of saving those minutes for someday when I get to rule the world.

(And Brian of TeamGreenDragon, if you’re reading this, you forgot to warn the kids to get off your lawn.) ;-)

Well, aren’t we gettin’ all international?

Monday, July 19th, 2004 | Life in Czeltistan | No Comments

Coming home from the gym on Saturday, I saw a group of guys playing cricket at Pumping Station Park on Humboldt. Not that I’m a huge cricket fan or anything, but I kind of hope they play there again some weekend. I wouldn’t mind stopping by to watch for a bit on a day I have more time.

That also means that within a 5- to 10-minute drive of my house, I can watch hurling, rugby, Aussie Rules football and cricket, in addition to all of the usual American sports. How cool is that?

Who’s Stan and what’s he hoping for?

Friday, July 16th, 2004 | General | 2 Comments

I’d never heard of stanhopes before running across this site, but now I desperately want one.

I’m such a sucker for stuff in miniature.

Yeah. Those are pretty dumb.

Friday, July 16th, 2004 | General | No Comments

The Top 10 Dumbest Moments in Sci-Fi Cinema

But the “why we don’t care” reasons are spot-on.

Photoshop-y goodness

Wednesday, July 14th, 2004 | Fun With Teh Intarweb | No Comments

When I first saw A Flock of Segers, I figured it would be funny once, but get really old. I was wrong. It’s still funny after repeat viewings.

Make sure you browse through the archives for more goodies.

(Tip o’ the hat to Mr. BaliHai for the linkety fun.)

I’ve got your 4-letter word right here

Tuesday, July 13th, 2004 | Bloggity goodness | 2 Comments

A little IM conversation between the inimitable Steelbuddha and myself, on the subject of this nonsense:

CG: I have another 4-letter word for them. Or rather, a 4-letter and then a 3-letter word, used as a phrase.
SB: “What’s really going on is a shift in how people relate to corporate communications.”
SB: Wow! Ididn’t even know my blog was a means of corporate communications
SB: I’m a cog in a great machine, Anne!

(And another thing: The whole tone of the article is just insulting. If I was a Microsoft customer, I’d be kind of offended.)

Eeek! Scary! Run away!

Monday, July 12th, 2004 | Fun With Teh Intarweb | No Comments

26 alphabetized terrors for your enjoyment.

(I’m terribly entertained by the fact he has to fight them all with just a sword.)

Big Damn Hero

Friday, July 9th, 2004 | Joss Whedon-y Goodness | 9 Comments

“The Captain”

Which Firefly character are you?
brought to you by Quizilla

Hmm. The other Firefly thingy on puts me squarely as Jayne. (84%. Should that worry me?)

Ah, well. Apparently I likes me the guns, but not so much the law. But this time, I got a ship as well. Hot diggity.


Thursday, July 8th, 2004 | Again with the hockey | No Comments

Looks like our star goalie won’t be an Admiral next year.

Ok. I didn’t really think he’d stick around, but still… foo.

On the other hand, congrats for him. Good to see him back in the NHL.

Little furry beasties

Tuesday, July 6th, 2004 | Fun With Teh Intarweb | No Comments

I’ve always had a soft spot in my heart for Nipper, the RCA dog. Which means that I was delighted to find this little history of him and the painting that made him famous.

I’ve also always been quite partial to Chessie, the Chesapeake and Ohio Railroad kitten. I used to have an embroidered picture of her that my mom made for me when I was little in my room and I’ve got various little Chessie collectibles here and there. I still get all excited when I see a train car with her picture on it go by. And why not? She represents three things I absolutely love: kitties, sleeping and air conditioning. Good kitty.

We loves us the Cancers

Tuesday, July 6th, 2004 | Bloggity goodness | 6 Comments

Happy 30th to Mr. Linus. Don’t worry, Linus — the 30s are cooler than people let on. (Though I’m still undecided as to whether or not I’m happy to be hitting 35 in 2 weeks & change. Just seems like perhaps I should be either more famous or more successful by that age than I am now. At the very least, I should have some decent furniture. Ah, well.)

And belated b-day greetings to everyone’s favorite Leptard keeper, who celebrated his on Friday.

Aren’t June & July birthdays just the bomb-diggity? When I was little, I thought that everyone got presents semi-annually. Then when I found out other kids had birthdays close to Christmas, I felt kind of bad for them. Tch — how awful would it be to have to go more than 6 months or so without a gift?? Ahh — mercenary, even as a youngster.

Oh, like this is some kind of shock.

Friday, July 2nd, 2004 | Fun With Teh Intarweb | 1 Comment

More fun with quizzy things:

20 Questions to a Better Personality

My results?

“You are an SEDF–Sober Emotional Destructive Follower. This makes you an evil genius. You are extremely focused and difficult to distract from your tasks. With luck, you have learned to channel your energies into improving your intellect, rather than destroying the weak and unsuspecting.

“Your friends may find you remote and a hard nut to crack. Few of your peers know you very well–even those you have known a long time–because you have expert control of the face you put forth to the world. You prefer to observe, calculate, discern and decide. Your decisions are final, and your desire to be right is impenetrable.

“You are not to be messed with. You may explode.”



Friday, July 2nd, 2004 | General | 3 Comments

“Ok, honey. Turn to the left and give it a little gas. No… not that much gas! The pool! Watch out for the pool!

Or: Hawaiian neighbor-meeting customs, #412.

(And Dad, yes, that’s in “A 412? What’s a 412??”)