Archive for April, 2005


Saturday, April 30th, 2005 | Life in Czeltistan | 5 Comments

Just got back from seeing Hitchhiker’s Guide. Noticed a persistent whirring noise in the theatre. Didn’t realize until a short time after the film started that it was the sound of Douglas Adams spinning in his grave.

Parts of it were good, but I was generally disappointed. Kind of sad when my favorite part of the movie was the queuing scene, and not because of any of the jokes or anything the actors did, but because of a silly little Easter egg they threw into the movie at that point. (Don’t wanna ruin anything for anyone. If you want to know what it is, highlight everything between here and the end parentheses mark: One of the other people (well, things) waiting in line was the Marvin from the BBC series. I was so happy to see his sad little face.)

Ah, well. People in the theatre were laughing (which I thought was odd, as they’d stripped out most of the truly funny bits), so maybe it wasn’t as bad as all that. I will say that Martin Freeman does make a good Arthur. And Bill Nighy makes a very good Slartibartfast, even if he is a little young-looking for the role. The new Zaphod’s got to go, though. Same with whomever made the executive decision not to have Marvin say anything about the diodes all up and down his left side. Then again, I’m terribly attached to this book, so I don’t like to see it mucked about with. (Yes, yes. I know Douglas Adams mucked about with it for every version of it he produced, but not to this extent. And his changes/additions/deletions were still good. The man was a dialogue genius. The person in charge of this script was not.)

Guess I’ll just have to console myself by reading the books again. Oh, darn.

Burrito Boy Wreaks Havoc

Friday, April 29th, 2005 | You Call This News? | 2 Comments

I don’t think I can funny this one up any more than Yahoo’s headline did: School Mistakes Huge Burrito for a Weapon.

That kid should so learn to cover this song for the next school talent show.

Poor little sock puppets

Friday, April 29th, 2005 | Fun With Teh Intarweb | 2 Comments

Worst (and by worst, I mean best) sock puppets ever.

The bunny reminds me of something. Some animation. Can’t put my finger on it, though.

Update: I just figured out why the bunny looks familiar! He looks like the bunny from here.

Must still be dreaming

Wednesday, April 27th, 2005 | You Call This News? | 4 Comments

Among the top 10 things you can hear first thing in the morning that make you question whether or not you’re still asleep:

“And 45 is closed because of a bear. Traffic is pretty backed up. 45 minutes on Swan Blvd. from the Zoo to Good Hope.”



Apparently one of the bears at the zoo got loose and was running amok out on 114th and Burleigh. Not much out there for the poor wee beastie, except a bowling alley. Maybe he’s just early for leagues.

Update: Not the zoo’s bear after all. Huh. Wonder where he came from. Little far south for him to be. Also: Bears in Cedarburg? Still too far south.

Update #2: The bear’s back home Up North. They released him in Marinette County after he checked out ok at the zoo. They even combed out his coat before releasing him. How nice of them.

Happy Czelt

Tuesday, April 26th, 2005 | Joss Whedon-y Goodness | 2 Comments

The trailer for Serenity is up and it’s mighty shiny.

Why must September 30 be so far off?


Monday, April 25th, 2005 | Life in Czeltistan | 5 Comments

I just realized our Coke machine at work is stocked with Passover Coke right now. Yay! I love Passover Coke. Tastes slightly less sweet than normal Coke, since it’s made with sugar instead of high-fructose corn syrup. (So basically it tastes like it did when I was a kid.)

I found the Passover Coke at a local grocery store. I’m the evil gentile raiding their stock. Mwahh ha. Now I just have to find those little toasted coconut-covered marshmallow things I like so much and I’ll be all set.

More fun with kitties

Friday, April 22nd, 2005 | Life in Czeltistan | 7 Comments

Oh, you can bet I’m gonna try this with the wee beasties as soon as I get home. I’m pretty sure I can get away with it with Norm, but Cliff will never stay still long enough. She’s the most sensitive cat ever. The littlest things will wake her up.

Hello, Minnesotans

Tuesday, April 19th, 2005 | Life in Czeltistan | 3 Comments

I was looking to see if anyone had any pix from this Paul Westerberg tour up on Flickr and I ran across this photo. Hey, that’s me! With Paul Westerberg! (For those of you who know my amusement with the Shiny Pointy and Tall site, you’ll be happy to know it’s a photo of someone taking a photo of me. Sort of.)

It was a looooong wait for Paul after the show, so I chatted with some other folks who were waiting. The nice people who took this pic were from Minneapolis if I remember correctly, had seen the show up there also and were now on their way down to Chicago’s show. (This is the part where I pretend I’m not seething with jealousy.)

*cheery waves toward MN* Thanks for the concert pix, guys!

Update: Turns out the woman who took the photo is also a fellow MeFite. Small world. Wish I’d known at the time. Ah, well. Thanks to Crash for the sleuthing.

Biting the bullet

Tuesday, April 19th, 2005 | Fun With Teh Intarweb, Life in Czeltistan | No Comments

Bless Flickr’s fuzzy little hearts. They went and dropped the price for a pro account almost in half. It’s too good a deal to pass up, so I am now a pro user. Huzzah!

*zips off to take more photos*

More quarters

Tuesday, April 19th, 2005 | Design-y Bits | No Comments

Wow — who would have guessed that South Dakota would used Mt. Rushmore as one of their quarter designs? So bold!

I still think they should have gone with a Deadwood theme. A Seth Bullock quarter would be cool. Better still, Calamity Jane, though I don’t think the Mint would take too kindly to that much foul language on a coin.

Another reason I love Target

Tuesday, April 19th, 2005 | Design-y Bits, You Call This News? | No Comments

An article on the very smart redesign of Target’s prescription bottles. That is fantastic.

My only problem with these bottles: You can’t stack them on top of each other, which is something I do with mine. (I have tall cupboards. Stacking = more room for other stuff.) But A++ for the excellent label redesign and the color-coding band near the opening. Great ideas that will hopefully reduce confusion in the medicine cabinet for seniors and other folks who have trouble reading the labels on normal prescription bottles.


Tuesday, April 19th, 2005 | You Call This News? | 2 Comments

Pope Benny the 16th, eh?

Well, if they were gonna pick such a schmuck, at least they had the sense to pick a short-timer.

I’m shocked. No, really.

Monday, April 18th, 2005 | Fun With Teh Intarweb | 12 Comments

Your Inner European is Irish!

Sprited and boisterous!

You drink everyone under the table.

Who’s Your Inner European?

Way to go, Seamus!

Sunday, April 17th, 2005 | Again with the hockey | No Comments

The Admirals’ backup goalie becomes the 8th goaltender in AHL history to score a goal. One of the others was another (now former-)Admiral, Chris Mason.


Friday, April 15th, 2005 | Fun With Teh Intarweb | 2 Comments

It should be news to no one by now that I like the kitties. Any kitties, really, not just my own. And it should also be no surprise that I like the sleeping. Which is why this particular site fills me with all kinds of joy. It’s the Silly Sleeping Pose Olympics for cats.

Tip o’ the hat to Dynagirl for the Tax Day humor.

Engrish in practice

Friday, April 15th, 2005 | Fun With Teh Intarweb | No Comments

Tales from an American English teacher in Japan. There are many good laughs therein.


Place your bets!

Friday, April 15th, 2005 | Fun With Teh Intarweb | No Comments ranks the top papal candidates. Pretend that first sentence in their intro has been updated recently.


Friday, April 15th, 2005 | Life in Czeltistan | No Comments has a little write-up on a cool local band, 1956, which also just happens to be fronted by one of our creative directors here at work. (That’s him in the pic.) There are tunes in the media section of the band’s site, if’n you wanna take a listen. (Those of you who got my latest 9622 mix should already be familiar.)

Think I know what I’m doin’ Sunday night. Hooray! Two good rock shows in a week.

Oh, and that reminds me… the Paul Westerberg show last night was utterly fantastic. Two freakin’ hours of Paul. Two encores. Many, many, many Replacements songs, including “Hootenanny” for the second encore, complete with everyone switching up instruments. (And much hilarity ensuing.) Paul also did a couple of covers: “If I Had a Hammer” (n.b.: No one that drunk should be given any kind of hammer), Linda Ronstadt’s “Different Drum” (which I believe should probably just be my new theme song) and the most punk rock cover I’ve ever seen him do, David Cassidy’s “I Think I Love You.” Awesome, awesome show. Well worth being up so late on a school night. (Yeah, I had to wait around after to get him to sign some stuff. So I’m a fangirl. Deal with it.)

Jonmc — in case you haven’t checked your e-mail, I got you a little something from Paul. It’s not really legible, but it’s all yours.

Photos from a hack

Thursday, April 14th, 2005 | Life in Czeltistan | 1 Comment

When SB and I go to the mall for lunch, we pass these horrible mall directory signs in the skywalks. They’re utterly useless, in that they have next-to-no information on them except building names and take up huge amounts of space. We joked one time that the reason they don’t tell you anything specific is for one of two reasons: a) They’ve never explored farther than the spot where they put the sign or b) there isn’t anything there anyhow. Either way, we thought they should just do like mapmakers of old and put “Here be dragons” at the edges of the map.

So every time we’ve passed those things for about the last six months, we joke “next time we bring the dragon!” Well, on Wednesday, we finally remembered the dragon. Here’s the sign and the sign in use. (Note: We need a better photo of the dragon sign in use, but there was a cop lurking nearby and we were trying not to call any more attention to ourselves than was necessary.)

SB reports that as of today, the dragons are still there. Hooray!


Thursday, April 14th, 2005 | Again with the hockey, Life in Czeltistan | 1 Comment

I’ve been in training all morning, so I missed this news. Thanks to Hockey Buddy for letting me know we’re keeping hockey in Milwaukee! Hooray! A local owner for the Admirals. Cool. Couldn’t ask for better. (Well, we could, but it would involve me winning the lottery.)

Well that news totally made my day. Not that the day wasn’t starting out fantastic to begin with — it’s Paul Westerberg day. I’ve heard rumors he’s doing 2-hour sets. Hope he does one tonight. Wish the Rave would let us bring in cameras, but whatcha gonna do?