Archive for November, 2005


Saturday, November 26th, 2005 | Life in Czeltistan | 1 Comment

So we get to Ireland and it’s snowing. Snowing.

Fine. Whatever. (Actually, we still left worse weather at home, so we can’t complain.)

Off to Scotland this evening. Fun is being had so far. Hooray!

Updates from Czeltistan

Tuesday, November 22nd, 2005 | Life in Czeltistan, Tunes! | 4 Comments

So, uh, yeah. As you can tell by the lack of posting, it’s been fairly busy around here. It’s in a good way, though, so I can’t complain. Loads of pesky stuff getting taken care of (vet checkups, hair appointments, errands being run, etc.) and a couple of fun things thrown in for good measure.

Went to see Bob Mould play last Tuesday. He put on a FANTASTIC show. It was pretty toned down (In Bob’s words: “It’s like you can hear the air between notes. I hope you guys don’t mind the quiet show tonight. I’m not feeling the loud.”), but Bob does a fabulous toned down. He played a lot of Husker Du and Sugar stuff. Played my favorite song of his ever, which completely made my day (and then he apologized to me later when I told him that was my favorite. silly boy). He signed CDs afterward. I chatted with him a bit. Thanked him for mentioning my blog on his. (And really, he was only thanking me for linking him, but still… it was the mention of his blog here that got it MeFi’ed, so I guess there’s that.)

Grant Hart’s gonna have a tough act to follow at his 12/3 show at Mad Planet. Luckily, with the loose audience-chosen set he usually does, between the Bob show and the Grant show, I should be able to hear most of the best Husker Du songs. Now all I have to do is drive up to Prescott and go to Greg’s restaurant and I can claim I’ve seen the whole band.

Ok. Maybe not.

Checked out the new Harry Potter flick this weekend. I’ve never read any of the books (don’t really care to, either), but I liked the last three flicks, and it seemed like a good date-like activity, so we went to go check it out. I thought it was entertaining, so it gets the ok from me. It’ll get an even bigger thumbs-up if I can figure out where to get myself one of those little miniature dragons they had for deciding assignments for the first challenge. Man, those things were adorable and carrying one of those around would be way cooler than carrying a Zippo (not that Zippos don’t rock). I mean, you’d be very popular at bonfires and when people needed candles or cigarettes lit. Of course, the urge to run around burninating peasants would be pretty strong. Hmm. On second thought, maybe I shouldn’t have one of those. (And yes, I’d name him Trogdor.)

Ooh, and speaking of date-type things, the boy done good. I don’t remember specifically telling him that orchids were my favorite flowers, and yet he got me an orchid plant. +400 boyfriend points. Nice work.

Anyhow… it’ll be a bit quiet around here for a bit. Christyl & I are heading off on our biennial quality control check of the Guinness and Smithwick’s stock, this time with a side trip over to the wee island full o’ kilt wearin’ types next door. (Gotta make sure the Scotch is ok for export, you see.) I’ll be checking in as I can and photos and trip reports will be posted as soon as we’ve got ‘em all and we’re recovered enough from the jet lag to use the interweb again. Linus and Bren, we’ve got your phone numbers. We’ll call when we get in.

Now to remember where that restaurant where we found the Thanksgiving dinner was in Dublin. Hmm. Ah, well. I’ve got a rough idea. I’ll just wander around until the cranberry proximity alarm goes off.

You all have a lovely holiday.

Ftrain vs. Business 2.0

Friday, November 18th, 2005 | Fun With Teh Intarweb | No Comments

B2Day borrows Ftrain’s image. Ftrain gets even.

Stoat riot!

Terrible design

Thursday, November 17th, 2005 | Design-y Bits | No Comments

A photoset of The World’s Least Usable Restroom.

I’ve actually seen some with worse features, but usually not this many bad features all in one place. It’s like the design gods have foresaken this place.

Things that rock:

Thursday, November 17th, 2005 | Life in Czeltistan | 2 Comments

Putting on your winter coat for the first time for the year and finding $80 in the pocket.

Hell yeah! How did I forget about that??

I think the engineer needs glasses

Wednesday, November 16th, 2005 | You Call This News? | No Comments

Giant penguin holds up train

(via The Presurfer)

Euphemisms R Us

Monday, November 14th, 2005 | Life in Czeltistan | 2 Comments

Steelbuddha and I are always hard at work, attempting to better the English language through use of silly euphemisms.

We were quite pleased with today’s effort, smelly headgear, which is a fine mixed-company replacement for “head up one’s ass.”

(As in “Well, I see Fox’s marketing department has on its smelly headgear again.“)

Use. Distribute. Enjoy.

Those wacky MIT boys

Sunday, November 13th, 2005 | Fun With Teh Intarweb | No Comments

On the Effectiveness of Aluminium Foil Helmets: An Empirical Study

Never a dull moment

Sunday, November 13th, 2005 | You Call This News? | No Comments

My Saturday night was supposed to be a nice quiet evening of couch time and some cleaning and grocery shopping. I went on the grocery run around 7pm and noticed that the street lights were out on Humboldt Blvd. & North Ave., to which I thought “Tch. Irritating.” Coming home from the store, I noticed the lights were still out, but now there were two news helicopters above the area. I laughed at the fact it was such a slow news day that two different stations were excited enough about a blackout to send out the choppers.

Turns out they were justified. For once. A small plane crashed into the neighborhood. Well, not so much crashed as “dangled from powerlines after nearly crashing.” If it had been in the alley on the other side of Humboldt, the plane would pretty much have been in my ex-boyfriend’s back yard.

Suffice it to say, I didn’t hear a thing, other than the news choppers. (Casa Czelt is on the other side of the river, about 2 blocks east of that text box in the map images.) The journalism schooling in me would have forced me to get in my car and get over there for some photos, thus putting me pretty much in the way of clean-up crews, so it’s good I was clueless.

I did feel bad for the DPW crews trying to get that thing dislodged, though. Around 10 or 11pm, the winds here started to really crank up. Like 40-50mph gusts crank-up. I’m sure they were less than thrilled, as were the electric company linemen who had to get the rest of the neighborhood back up and running. Poor bastards.

Happy Veterans Day

Friday, November 11th, 2005 | General | 1 Comment

And thanks, vets.

That’s quite enough screaming, little one

Friday, November 11th, 2005 | Life in Czeltistan | 3 Comments

Oh, sure, the 8am doctor’s appointment seemed like a fine idea when I made it, but after this week, it just seemed so… early. Ah, well. At least there was entertainment.

The phlebotomist’s lab area at my doc’s office is directly behind reception. Even though there are only two small window openings at the reception desk, you can sometimes hear what’s going on in there from out in the waiting area. As I was waiting after my appointment today while the doc filled out my prescription refills, there was a little boy (maybe 5 or 6) going in to the lab to get some shots. Moments later, there was the usual bit of yelling and grousing about not wanting anything to do with needles. His mother and the nurse were adamant that he get the shots and that they wouldn’t really hurt (such liars), but they must have let their guard down for a second, because mere moments later, the kid was out of the lab and halfway through the door between there and reception. His mother grabbed him around the waist and tried to bring him back, but he had a good grip on the door and the door frame and was determined not to, in his words, “get the needle.”

So there are the four of us in the waiting room, watching the epic struggle between a small, frighteningly strong little boy, his mother and the nurse. He held out for a good minute or so, too. And then his mother pried him off the door frame and got him back into the lab. The next thing we all heard was “Anakin!! Don’t make me take you to the hospital for this! They’ll just strap you down first!” Then silence. Then crying.

Aww, come on, kid. You’ll never make Jedi if you cry.

So very, very true

Thursday, November 10th, 2005 | Fun With Teh Intarweb | 1 Comment

One of my coworkers sent this to me this morning. It’s especially funny, considering that I am not a fan of Coldplay — I just don’t get the fuss — and was subjected to about 3 hours of them last night by another coworker who loves ‘em.

Everything Sounds Like Coldplay Now

Unplanned hiatus

Wednesday, November 9th, 2005 | Life in Czeltistan | No Comments

Sorry, kids. Deadlines loom large through Thursday evening, so updating will have to wait until Friday.

Holiday prep

Saturday, November 5th, 2005 | Fun With Teh Intarweb | No Comments

This one’s for my sister-in-law. Stevie, a little Rock for your holiday pleasure: Thanksgiving: The Movie.

(Thanks to vidiot for passing along the link.)

“No matter what you do or where you go, you’re always going to be yourself.”

Thursday, November 3rd, 2005 | Fun With Teh Intarweb | 1 Comment

Looks like I’m not the only one who thinks most drug company ads are incredibly stupid. I usually just amuse myself by adding the words “and death” to the end of the list of side effects mentioned in the commercials. More ambitious people than myself create an entire parody website . (Don’t miss the Important Safety Information. It’s fantastic.)

Seems Cafepress doesn’t quite get the whole Panexa joke, though.


Now all I need is an anthem

Wednesday, November 2nd, 2005 | Life in Czeltistan | 2 Comments

Behold! The People’s Republic of Czeltistan!

Oh, sure it’s only an inch square, but it’s a start. I’m gonna put up the tiniest little toll booths you’ve ever seen.

Go ahead. Get your own little square o’ America. It’s free.

Looks like I’m photo happy this week

Wednesday, November 2nd, 2005 | Design-y Bits | No Comments

I ran across some of David Shrigley’s photos earlier this year and bookmarked his site. Just finally got around to digging through it. I don’t know that I’m a big fan of his illustrations, but I really like his photography. He’s got some very playful images in there. I’m especially fond of Beach Dwellers, Notice (which is the photo that brought me here in the first place), Sunday Adventure Club and Landmine.

Errrm… that last one’s not terribly playful, but just look at that merry-go-round! It’s fantastic!

The couchside traveller

Tuesday, November 1st, 2005 | Fun With Teh Intarweb | No Comments

Feeling a need to travel but can’t get the time or the cash to go anywhere? Maybe taking a look at some lovely panoramic photos of various national parks throughout North America will calm your jones. Ok, so it’s not the same as being there, but they sure are some lovely shots.