Archive for June, 2005

Simple, but effective

Thursday, June 30th, 2005 | Design-y Bits | No Comments

Nice design on these cord wraps. Less useful, but definitely more fun is the little Flex guy. Very cute.

Britain, in pixels

Thursday, June 30th, 2005 | Fun With Teh Intarweb | 1 Comment

The BBC is running a contest to find the best Digital Picture of Britain in each of three categories — rural, urban and human landscapes. You can search the gallery by type of photo and region. There are a lot of lovely pictures throughout. The site loads a bit slowly, but it’s fun to play with. Some of my favorites so far are:


Wednesday, June 29th, 2005 | You Call This News? | 1 Comment

Thankfully, this fashion trend has not made it to Milwaukee (yet), but let’s find a way to stop it before it starts, shall we? No one needs to see this.

Also, props to Mark Lotto for one of the most fun catty articles I’ve read in a long time. Have a cocktail on me, brother. That was some entertaining writing.

*grumble grumble*

Tuesday, June 28th, 2005 | Life in Czeltistan | 3 Comments

Had to happen sooner or later with this car. I guess the fact that it took 5 years for me to lock my keys in the car is some comfort.

Locking the keys in the car with the car running wasn’t necessarily the brightest thing to do, though. Thankfully, the nice locksmith was less than 5 minutes away.


Not one of the cool kids. Again.

Monday, June 27th, 2005 | Fun With Teh Intarweb | 1 Comment

Time’s got its list of the 50 Coolest Websites for 2005. I know you’ll all be shocked to learn that Czeltic Girl is not on the list. It’s ok — it’s not even one of my 50 coolest sites, so I’m not too upset that Time gave it a pass.

There aren’t many surprises on the list, and a good number of them appear either in my daily reading list or in my bookmarks. One of my latest favorites that makes the list is Chromasia, which has some of the most astoundingly beautiful photos I’ve seen. (Christyl, this is where I got the one of Blackpool that I’m using as my desktop photo.) There were a couple of sites I hadn’t heard of that were worth checking out for a laugh, like Bayraider, which lists some of the weirdness that finds its way on to eBay, and Anonymous Lawyer, which is the fictional blog of a big law firm insider.

So there are 50 links which ought to keep you busy until I get some more time to post.

Happy Blogiversary, Happy Blogiversary…

Friday, June 24th, 2005 | Life in Czeltistan | 6 Comments

It’s a Czeltic national holiday today. This little blog turns three. Cake and cocktails all around!

Hmm. Three years. Guess that means that I should get around to creating a flag for the Republic of Czeltistan one of these days.

This one’s for Steelbuddha

Thursday, June 23rd, 2005 | Fun With Teh Intarweb | 1 Comment

Forbes has figured out what it costs to be Batman.

(Word of warning: It’s set up on an annoying slide-show interface. Controls for it are at the top of the screen.)

Malls of America

Wednesday, June 22nd, 2005 | Design-y Bits, Fun With Teh Intarweb | 6 Comments

Vintage photos of old Shopping Malls of the ’60s & ’70s

Hmmmph. How come we didn’t get monkeys?? The most exotic thing I can remember from area malls was the ice rink at Mayfair or the Santa at Capitol Court that gave out super-yummy gingerbread cookies. (Ok, that’s not terribly exotic. I just really, really liked those cookies from Santa.) But monkeys… man. That would have been so cool. Especially if we could have somehow combined it with the skating rink.

Most of our vintage malls are so remodelled you wouldn’t recognize them or they’ve been demolished in favor of yet another Wal-Mart (Store of Doom™). Oh, but we’ve got yer strip malls, oh yes we do. Yuck.

B-day goodies

Monday, June 20th, 2005 | Life in Czeltistan | No Comments

Looks like it’s gonna be a good b-day year for the Czelt. First I find out STaLL is playing a show on my b-day and now I find out that Bruce Campbell will be in town the next week.

Happy happy.

Time to hit up the downstairs neighbor for details about the theatre part of the Bruce Campbell appearance. Yay!

Mobile-home living has really come a long way.

Monday, June 20th, 2005 | Fun With Teh Intarweb | 2 Comments

Actual Examples of Model Conversational Phrases That the Travel Guide Les Etats-Unis Dans Votre Poche: Edition Bilingue (Haiter, 1980) Felt Were So Central to the Experiences Likely to be Undergone by French Visitors to America That It Included Them on Its Companion Study Cassette Tape.

No wonder the French hate us so.


Monday, June 20th, 2005 | You Call This News? | No Comments

This particular newspaper error hit the funny bone just right today. Nice one, Morning News guys.

More here, if’n you’re in the mood for some chuckles at others’ expenses.

(Tip o’ the hat to vidiot for the links.)

Hanging so low, you can almost touch it.

Monday, June 20th, 2005 | You Call This News? | 1 Comment

The full moon this week will be hanging lower than any full moon in almost 20 years.* A full moon plus a clear sky means the moon looks HUGE when it rises — especially when you’ve got nothin’ but water to your east, so you get to watch it rise for a good long time. At one point, I knew why the moon looked so much bigger when it was closer to the horizon than when it was in the sky, but I’d forgotten over the years. Thankfully, the nice people at NASA have reminded me. (Answer: We don’t know! But we have some ideas. Just shut up and enjoy the illusion, m’kay?)

I should have figured there was a full moon this week. It’s feeling like it’s going to be one of those weeks.

And actually, squirrely as everyone gets during a full moon, I kind of look forward to them. Maybe it’s because the moon is my “ruling planet” (note to astrologers: Not actually a planet) or something along those lines. Maybe it’s just ‘coz I was born so close to the moon landing. Who knows? But I do spend an inordinately large amount of time staring at full moons when they’re visible. And I do get a little too excited about the whole thing when two are visible in the same month.

And before anyone asks, no, I never wanted to be an astronaut. I’m a firm believer that space, like water, is best viewed from safely on land.

* Oh, crap. 20 years already? Eeek. Looks like one of us has another high school reunion coming up in a few years.

A little break in the action

Thursday, June 16th, 2005 | Fun With Teh Intarweb | No Comments

Got stuck in a bit of a holding pattern on a project today, which — as we all know by now — means I got to spend some time with the internets. (Hello, internets. Auntie Czelt missed you.) Today’s theme: Mindless fun, into which category the Random Vin Diesel Fact page fits nicely. Yes, I know it’s old, but it still entertains me. (Linus, this one may even entertain you.) They seem to have added a bunch of new facts, such as “Vin Diesel can express the root of -1 through interperative dance.”

Also fun: Angry Alien’s got a new “… in 30 seconds, with bunnies” video up. This time it’s Pulp Fiction. Hooray! My favorite is still Alien, but honestly, that’s because the little alien that comes out of Kane’s chest has rabbit ears tied to its head.

And, as long as we’re on the subject of movies, there’s Guess Which Movie, in which you get to guess which movie it is from the four stills you’re shown. (They’re a little sneaky on some. The Aliens one shows a still from a deleted scene. Tsk.) I think I watch too many movies. I’m getting some of these in one.

So, yeah. It’s been a productive day. Unfortunately, my having free time today probably means a very long day indeed for tomorrow. Foo.

It runs in the family

Wednesday, June 15th, 2005 | Life in Czeltistan | 1 Comment

An e-mail conversation I had earlier today with my brother. (Note: Because we’ve both been so freakin’ busy lately, I believe this is the longest conversation we’ve had in a month or so.):

Mike: Forget about appropriateness for a minute (or, just be you). If you see on a discussion board that someone has mentioned a “spctrum,” what would your reply have to be, even if you were in a conference at work?

Me: Uh… probably nothing, as that means absolutely nothing to me, other than a typo in a spelling of “spectrum.” Why — what’s it mean to you? (And when have I ever been appropriate?)

Mike: Exactly, you aren’t appropriate, which is why you could just be you rather than forgetting about appropriateness. Little slow on the uptake, there.

The proper response is “What the fck is a spctrum?” I’ve been taking some heat on this response as not only inappropriate but apparently not funny.

On the contrary. I feel it is both. Not to mention that derision is an excellent way to help someone remember to watch their spelling.

Oh please, oh please, oh please

Tuesday, June 14th, 2005 | You Call This News? | 2 Comments

Bob Mould is returning to rocking and giving up the electronica? Well, this is good news! It’ll be released a couple of days late, but thanks for the nice b-day gift, Bob. You’re the best. Do us a favor and swing through here on the tour, too, ok?

Do we get cake?

Tuesday, June 14th, 2005 | Bloggity goodness | No Comments

Happy International Weblogger’s Day.

Drinks all around.

I’ve got nothing

Tuesday, June 14th, 2005 | You Call This News? | No Comments

Spray-on mud for SUV drivers.

And look at the price!! For that, you can get the neighbor kids to come over for a whole season and chuck mud at your vehicle.

(Via The Morning News)

Long weekend

Monday, June 13th, 2005 | Life in Czeltistan | No Comments

I need another weekend to recover from my weekend. (Not to mention a weekend that doesn’t include time spent at the studio. I mean, I love my job, but I need 2 days away from it, y’know?)

My liver is protesting most of the time this weekend that was not spent in the studio, swearing at Internet Explorer (why must you taunt me so?). Saturday was a great STaLL show at Mad Planet. Also on the bill were Karoshi, which — happy surprise — contains our friend Mike, who Christyl & I haven’t seen in quite some time (karoshi is also Japanese for “death from overwork”, so it plays nicely into that other part of my weekend), and Spill. Small-ish crowd, but mostly composed of our friends. Christyl’s got a couple of pix from the evening, which went by very, very quickly. (Or bar time is moved up substantially. No, wait — judging by how little sleep I got that night, that can’t be it.)

Sunday morning came too early, but it pretty much had to with all we had to cram into that day. Christyl & I started with a brunch at our friend Andy’s. Perfect weather for it. Interesting crowd and lots of food, as usual. Then there was a stop at Alterra in a failed attempt to caffeinate ourselves, which was followed by a stop back at my apartment for some naps. Then it was on to our friends’ son’s first birthday party BBQ, then a little work for me and the long drive back to Chicago for Christyl. If I had any common sense, I would have just gone home after all that, but being the glutton for punishment that I am, I went to my friends’ Dan & Hobes’ house for a party. Their porch overlooks Locust St. and it was the Locust St. Festival, which is the recipe for good people watching and a nice place to have a few cocktails. They all started long before I got there, so most in attendance were in fine form when I arrived. The party was much fun, though, and a nice parade of friends. Oh, and one more marriage proposal, this time from Hobes. (They’re beginning to become commonplace now. Should I be worried?)

Despite getting in relatively early last night (it was before 10, anyhow), I’m still pretty tired today, which is making for a long day. Still, it was all worth it.

Photos from Sunday are here, if you’re interested.


Wednesday, June 8th, 2005 | Life in Czeltistan | 7 Comments

I just found out that this may be my last year as a worker-bee volunteer for the rock stage merchandising area at Irish Fest. The boss just told me she’s planning on handing me the reins next year.

Me. With power.

Mwahh ha ha.

Oh, wait — that means me with responsibility, too. Hmm.

Ooh. Stripey.

Wednesday, June 8th, 2005 | Fun With Teh Intarweb, You Call This News? | 2 Comments

The girlfriend of one of my coworkers submitted an entry to a design contest at Naked & Angry and they made her design into a tie. Yay, Megan!

Cool idea for a site. It’s kind of like Threadless for ties, but with limited editions and lovely packaging.