Archive for August, 2005

One more month

Wednesday, August 31st, 2005 | Joss Whedon-y Goodness | No Comments

The official Serenity movie site is up and running. Hooray!

And speaking of 1000

Wednesday, August 31st, 2005 | Bloggity goodness, Life in Czeltistan | No Comments

My pre-1000th post conversation with m@:

CG: Ooh. One post away from 1000. I’d better come up with something good.

m@: ooh, then you can go into syndication and retire…oh wait, you’re not a tv show

CG: But I could be.

m@: oh so true. of course you’d be a Joss Whedon creation.

CG: And I’d be cancelled almost immediately by Fox.

m@: but your fans would rally. and you’d live forever on the internet—where you already are, so why bother?

CG: Laziness pays off once again!

m@: there. you’re a successful cult tv show without all the problems of ever actually appearing on tv

CG: Hooray!

m@: can i have your autograph?


Wednesday, August 31st, 2005 | Fun With Teh Intarweb, You Call This News? | No Comments

President not found

Thanks for the laugh, Mad Kane.

It was nice of the prez to fly over NOLA in his little plane, though. My favorite part of that whole event was this fantastic quote: “White House spokesman Scott McClellan quoted Bush as saying, ‘It’s devastating, it’s got to be doubly devastating on the ground.’”

Geez. Y’think? (SB’s reply to the quote was “what ground?”)

(And speaking of numbers. This is post #1000 around here. Woo hoo! And it’s me mocking the president. How very unlike me.)

On the naming of sunken cities

Wednesday, August 31st, 2005 | You Call This News? | No Comments

BigBlueMouse checked in from Baton Rouge this morning. He’s fine and the black humor is flowing freely. (What else do you do in this situation, I guess.) In fact, he just dropped the following in my in box:

It may take some time, but New Orleans will be rebuilt, however, some think that the name of the city should be changed. I’ve heard various suggestions in the past few days, and here are some…

- New New Orleans

- Newer Orleans

- Atlantis

- New Orleans part Deux

- New Orleans, “The city that never sweeps”

- New Orleans, “We finally got that urine smell off Bourbon Street”

- The Big Breezy

Let me know if you have any entries.

New tourism slogans will also be accepted.


Wednesday, August 31st, 2005 | Fun With Teh Intarweb, Toast! | No Comments

Courtesy of BB, a little Flash toast cartoon to start the day.

Mmm. Toast.

More reports from Baton Rouge

Tuesday, August 30th, 2005 | You Call This News? | No Comments

ColdChef checked in again on 9622. More news of their situation. Everyone there is still fine, but his wife’s family in Mississippi hasn’t been heard from. Keep your fingers crossed for them or say your prayers or whatever it is you’re inclined to do.

And hey, BigBlueMouse, if you’ve still got some power down there, check in. I’d like to know you’re still ok, too.

Update 8/30: Chef’s in-laws are all ok and have found their way to the Baton Rouge area. Hooray!

My coworkers have such power

Tuesday, August 30th, 2005 | Life in Czeltistan | No Comments

Those of you who know me know I’m not so much of a boat person. Water is teh scary. And yet, coworker Kristel (not to be confused with partner-in-crime Christyl) has talked me into going on this evening’s Riverwalk boat tour. It’s perfect weather. Who can resist?

Best. Baby shirt. Ever.

Monday, August 29th, 2005 | Design-y Bits | 1 Comment

Yessir. If my brother and sister-in-law ever get hold of a young ‘un, I’m getting it this shirt.


Monday, August 29th, 2005 | Fun With Teh Intarweb | No Comments

Also from m@ (from last week ‘coz I’m pokey): Cats in Sinks

Norm used to sleep in the sink. She doesn’t any more. Wonder why not. She still plays with dripping water in the tub after my showers, though. The cat’s just weird.

That’s some hard-hitting news right there, I tell ya

Monday, August 29th, 2005 | You Call This News? | No Comments

m@ sent me this little reporting gem, as described by Wonkette.

Droppin’ the f-bomb on the national news. Couldn’t have happened to a better network than Fox. Thank you for making my day, anonymous dog-walking man!

So far, so good

Monday, August 29th, 2005 | You Call This News? | No Comments

So far, all my Louisiana friends are accounted for and safe. Whew.

It’s just occurred to me that it may be a long, long time before I get another Aunt Sally’s praline (if they’ll even still be around), and I’m kicking myself for not having visited NO sooner, but whatcha gonna do?

If you’ve got a little cash to spare, you might wanna throw it the Red Cross‘ way. Gonna be lots of folks in Louisiana and Mississippi that are going to need the help.

Oh, hell (part II)

Friday, August 26th, 2005 | Again with the hockey | 9 Comments

From the Business Journal:

The Milwaukee Admirals hockey club has hired Yes Men Corp., Milwaukee, to design a new logo and develop a new color scheme for the American Hockey League franchise.

An investment group led by Harris Turer, a Milwaukee property management executive, purchased the Admirals from the estate of Jane Pettit in January.

Since 1976, when Jane and Lloyd Pettit purchased the minor league hockey team from Bill Chimo, the Admirals have used a “Captain Crunch-like” character, said Joe Locher, president of the Yes Men ad and design firm.

“We want to retool the brand by getting away from the old Admiral and with the idea it has to be more appealing to kids,” said Locher, who hopes to have the new look ready for the season that gets under way in October.

Oh, good. “More appealing to kids” than Captain Crunch? I have to cry now.

Also, I find it funny that that particular statement comes from a guy with a 20-gauge stainless steel business card that has instructions for how to use it to kill people. (Not that I’m against that, necessarily. I just think it’s odd he wants to do “kid-friendly.”)

Another busy weekend

Friday, August 26th, 2005 | Life in Czeltistan | No Comments

It’s ok. I’ll sleep when I’m dead. Or Sunday. Yeah, maybe Sunday’s the better option. In the meantime, though, I’ve got loads to do.

Tonight is the grand opening/benefit auction for former-Luckystar Studio owners Bridget Griffith-Evans and Gene Evans’ new co-op, M-80. In addition to the fact that the Evanses throw a fantastic party, it’s a great chance to get some very affordable art by some great local artists, including Beth Bojarski and Mark Winter, Eric Von Munz and Mark Cherek.

If I’m still awake enough later in the night, I’ll probably poke my head into the Cactus Club to see The Nice Outfit and Sunday Runners. (Cactus Club seemed like such a fantastic idea yesterday, before I decided to stay out too late for my own good. But I’m betting that a little power nap between the gallery and the bar will fix things right up. Sadly, it’s hard to claim a rock & roll lifestyle when you have to use words like “nap.”)

Saturday’s fun includes a coworker’s “girls only” party (because there’s a little 6-year-old in all of us), a trip to the Art Museum to catch the Arts & Crafts exhibition before it leaves, Gil Fest to see Bottle Rockets and a stop at The Social to see our friend Eric Oates and check out the opening reception for his latest paintings.

So, to review: Art, music, art, party, music, art. Tch. When will I fit in my TV viewing? (More importantly, when will I manage to get to that giant pile of laundry that’s taking over my room?)

Oh, hell

Thursday, August 25th, 2005 | Fun With Teh Intarweb, You Call This News? | 2 Comments

Beloit College (motto: We’re near Janesville!) released its Mindset List for the Class of 2009.

I’m going to go weep now. Especially about #4 and the fact that this year’s freshmen were born the year I graduated high school.

Political convention fashion accessories

Thursday, August 25th, 2005 | Fun With Teh Intarweb | No Comments

The Bullshit Protector

Bill Moyer, I’d like to buy you a beer.

Way to go, Matt!

Thursday, August 25th, 2005 | You Call This News? | No Comments

Matt Haughey is gonna be writing tech reviews for the NY Times. Yet another reason why the Times is the best paper evar. (Sorry, Bob. I still love the Post, too.)

Why don’t I think of this stuff first?

Wednesday, August 24th, 2005 | Fun With Teh Intarweb | 2 Comments

I bet I could undercut their $250 bid with a lower one for invisible donkey removal services. Oooh — even better, they don’t seem to have a Milwaukee office. Maybe I could open a franchise.

Time to get out my Legos

Tuesday, August 23rd, 2005 | Joss Whedon-y Goodness | 1 Comment

Lego Serenity.

She’s just such a pretty ship. Her little tail even opens in the model. Awww.

Getting caught up

Tuesday, August 23rd, 2005 | Life in Czeltistan | 2 Comments

Posting may still be light for a day or two as I get caught up on everything, but my Irish Fest photos are posted. It was a fantastic weekend. I didn’t stick around the grounds long enough Sunday night for final attendance figures, but from all accounts, it was a record-setting year thanks to the anniversary festivities and the perfect weather. Looked a little dicey Thursday night, but the tornados that ate their way across the state veered south of us. Made for an impressive light show toward the end of the night, but the festival was spared any weather problems. Unfortunately, my mom’s cousin Susan was not so lucky. Her house in Stoughton was hit. She’s ok, but the top level of her home is missing. After finally seeing some of the video from the storms, it’s amazing only one person was killed. Looked brutal west of here. (That Journal Sentinel article has a slideshow from the storms if you want to see for yourself.)

See you soon, Ireland

Saturday, August 20th, 2005 | Life in Czeltistan | 4 Comments

Once again the Irish Fest Aer Lingus fares were too good to pass up, so once again Christyl and I are heading to Ireland in November. Hooray!

Now to go renew my passport…