Archive for January, 2006

BB, these are for you

Tuesday, January 31st, 2006 | Fun With Teh Intarweb | 3 Comments

Law & Order: SVU Valentines

And speaking of stupidity…

Tuesday, January 31st, 2006 | Fun With Teh Intarweb | 4 Comments

The Clientcopia site’s been around for awhile, but it never ceases to entertain me. (I’m sure many clients could come up with their own vendor stupidity site. If someone finds one for me, I’ll post it. But for now, we’ll just have some fun at the clients’ expense.)

My favorite client stupidity story involves a client once asking if we could “just print [something] blank.” Um… huh? After questioning her for what seemed like an eternity, it turned out that she really liked the paper stock we chose for the project and wanted some blank sheets of it. She was convinced that the paper had a tint to it because we had it printed that way.

Sounds like something he’d say

Tuesday, January 31st, 2006 | You Call This News? | No Comments

In case you can’t stomach actually sitting through the State of the Union Address tonight, here’s a first draft of our esteemed leader’s speech.

The only thing that keeps it from being a final draft is that 9/11 isn’t mentioned until the 13th paragraph. That clearly isn’t early enough.

(via The J-Walk Blog)

Seeing double

Monday, January 30th, 2006 | Design-y Bits | 1 Comment

Think you’ve seen that ad campaign somewhere before? Maybe you have.

I think the word we’re looking for here is “duh”

Friday, January 27th, 2006 | You Call This News? | 1 Comment

Woman With Tattoo From Homemade Gun Got Sick

Some women in Springfield are regretting their decision last week to get a tattoo from a door-to-door tattoo salesman. At least one person had to be hospitalized and the others face serious health risks.

Helpful hint: If a guy shows up at your door with a clearly homemade tattoo gun and asks if you’d like a tattoo, the answer is “no.”

Lovely, lovely music comes to my aid and I viddy right at once what to do

Friday, January 27th, 2006 | Tunes! | No Comments

Fantastic Low show last night. First stop on the tour (per Alan Sparhawk, “So you guys got screwed.”), so therefore the first show in quite awhile, but they sounded like they’d never took a break. Someone in the audience asked Alan how he was feeling (geez — first night out and someone’s gotta bring up the crazy). His reply was “The bass feels ok on this side of the room, if you know what I mean.” Uh, no, we don’t, but as long as the band’s playing out, we’ll take that as a good sign.

And speaking of playing out, if you’re in the Milwaukee area this weekend, don’t forget about the Blue in the Face/Yell Leaders/John Sieger show at Shank Hall. It’s not to be missed. Lots of good press on the show today from, Shepherd Express (second item down) and the Journal Sentinel. If you’re going, get there early. Capacity is being pretty strictly enforced by the city these days and it’s a cinch the 300 people needed to fill the club will show up. Doors at 7, show starts at 8. Leave the cigarettes at home, but bring your cameras.

You’re twistin’ my melon, man

Thursday, January 26th, 2006 | You Call This News? | 1 Comment

Oh, Manchester. How I love you so.

The BBC plans to mark the crucifixion and resurrection of Christ this Easter with an hour-long live procession through the streets of Manchester featuring pop stars from The Stone Roses and Happy Mondays and featuring songs by The Smiths and New Order.

Bez as a disciple. Mary Magdalene singing the Buzzcocks. Jesus singing Love Will Tear Us Apart. Brilliant!

Best quote of the article comes from Canon Robin Gamble who says, “I wouldn’t know a Buzzcock from a ballcock so I couldn’t really comment on the music.”

Yes, I’m a reference geek.

Wednesday, January 25th, 2006 | Fun With Teh Intarweb | 1 Comment

I love finding out word etymology and origins of sayings. I’m sure I used to make the Ready Reference desk at our main library nuts, as I used to call them during downtime when I worked in the newsroom and ask them to research such things. (If we’d have had the internet back then, several local reference librarians would probably still have their sanity.) So finding this site on the history of sayings and phrases made me do a little happy dance.

Did you see a Kiwi fly by?

Wednesday, January 25th, 2006 | Life in Czeltistan | 1 Comment

I caught a screening of The World’s Fastest Indian last night. Didn’t know anything about New Zealander Burt Munro or his story before seeing the film, but I’d seen a trailer for it a few weeks earlier and between the kick-ass vintage Indian Scout and Sir Anthony Hopkins, it looked like it might be kind of entertaining. Add a free pass to the mix and I couldn’t pass it up.

Very glad I went. It’s a lovely little film. Sure, it’s got that “feel-good, fun for the whole family” thing going (which usually means I’ll be bored, as no one will be eaten by any kind of grue and nothing will explode), but the story is wonderful and if Burt Munro was half as charming, ingenious and eccentric as his character is in the film, he must have been an interesting guy to know. (But, lordy, no way would I have wanted him as a neighbor.) And it’s been awhile since I’ve been to a movie where the audience reacted that much, applauded and cheered during the film. I think everyone in the theatre completely fell in love with Burt Munro and his “motor-sickle”. How do you not cheer for a guy trying to set a land-speed record on a 40-something-year-old, self-modified bike — especially someone in his 60s?

Looks like this movie’s taking its time getting into theatres in the States, but if it comes ’round in your area, make sure you catch it.

A little church humor

Tuesday, January 24th, 2006 | Design-y Bits | No Comments

Herman Krieger takes photos of crosses or churche settings juxtaposed with nearby non-churchy objects, then adds wry captions. His intro to the series is here and the photos begin here.

More of his photo essays can be found here. (His Mall-aise series is pretty entertaining, as well.)

(via The J-Walk Blog)

No way the girls will let me do this

Tuesday, January 24th, 2006 | Fun With Teh Intarweb | No Comments

In the spirit of limecat comes the Feline Protection and Enhancement System.

I would be shredded and left to bleed to death if I tried this on Cliff or Norm, but I’m betting R would be terribly amused to try this on his cat. She may even put up with it. Ooh — but I bet I could make nice helmets for my brothers dogs if I used a larger fruit. Hmm. Something to try this summer.

(via The Presurfer)

It’s perfect!

Monday, January 23rd, 2006 | Life in Czeltistan | 2 Comments

Over lunch, Steelbuddha and I got into a conversation about movies and actors. Somehow we got onto the subject of Samuel L. Jackson, which led to discussion of Snakes on a Plane and how terrible, yet brilliant it will be and the many possibilities for sequels (Snakes on a Submarine, etc.). Then it occurred to me that the perfect sequel idea already existed: My Hovercraft is Full of Eels! (And look — how convenient! It’s been translated into various languages here.)

Naturally, they’ll need to cast both John Cleese and Samuel L. Jackson.


Friday, January 20th, 2006 | Life in Czeltistan | 1 Comment

I just scored 2 passes to see The World’s Fastest Indian at my local movie house. The previews looked pretty good, so I was probably going to go anyhow, but seeing it for free is better.

And speaking of things that look pretty good, I’m about to venture out to Gallery Night. As it’s the January event, there’s ice sculpting. From the windows near my desk, we’ve been watching one of the entrants carve his block of ice today. It’s fun watching a big rectangular block become temporary art. Can’t wait to see the rest. And, though the day started off pretty warm and dry, Mother Nature must have decided the ice sculptures looked nice with fresh snow last year, because it’s started snowing in the last few hours. How very wintery.

Search this

Friday, January 20th, 2006 | Fun With Teh Intarweb | 1 Comment

Patriot Search is an amusing response to the Feds’ request for Google records. Make sure you check out the links under the search box.



Thursday, January 19th, 2006 | Fun With Teh Intarweb | 2 Comments

Apparently this week is Trogdor’s 3rd birthday.


Sing it, sister

Thursday, January 19th, 2006 | Screed! | 2 Comments

Midwestgrrl’s got a lovely anti-phone rant posted. I, too, really dislike the phone. I hardly ever use the one at my desk at work (in fact, it sits behind me so I don’t even have to look at it) and I’d just as soon not use the one at home either, unless I need to. I’ve managed to make it without a cell phone so far, though I fear I may need to get one at some point. (Doesn’t mean I have to have it on, though. So essentially, I would be getting a portable voicemail retriever.)

And, like Midwestgrrl, I am a HUGE fan of communication through email. It’s so much less intrusive than phones. Phones demand immediate attention when they ring (especially at work, where failing to answer your phone by the third ring usually results in getting paged), whereas email just waits patiently for you to get around to it. Oh, sure, it’s crap for emergencies, but for everything else, it’s just fine. (911 email would be a terrible idea: )

Date: 1/19/06 1:15pm
Subject: I’m having a heart attack
Please hurry

Date: 1/19/06 1:45pm
Subject: I’m having a heart attack

Date: 1/19/06 4:45pm
Subject: Re: I’m having a heart attack
Hey. Sorry. We were away from the computer for awhile. You still there?


Update: Steelbuddha weighs in on the subject, too. Also, lest anyone think that I will sit around coming up with new curses for a caller, should anyone call me, that’s not it at all. I mostly reserve my scorn for people who call for a) no particular reason, b) to tell me something they’ve just sent me in an email (or — worse yet, though growing more frequent — to tell me they’ve just sent me an email) or c) to sell me something. People who call with actual news or scheduling concerns or just to quickly say hi are exempt from the seething.

I think what upsets me most about the phone is that people have forgotten what used to be basic manners: Asking if you’re interrupting anything, keeping the conversation brief and to the point, and not just calling about random things simply because you have the technology to do so. (And don’t even get me started on the rudeness of certain cell phone users in public places.)

Ok. I’m done now.

Auntie Czelt

Wednesday, January 18th, 2006 | Life in Czeltistan | 2 Comments

My brother just called me to let me know I got my wish — their ultrasound was today and it seems I’m gettin’ me a niece.

Just think how cute she’ll look in little hockey skates. And if she in any way takes after her aunt or her grandma on this side o’ the family, she’ll also need this outfit.

If it’s good enough for Kottke…

Friday, January 13th, 2006 | Life in Czeltistan | 4 Comments

I’m not feeling very creative today, so content will come in the form of memes. I stole this one from Kottke. Feel free to play along.

2005, in cities:

Astoria, Queens, NY
Dublin, Ireland
Glasgow, Scotland
Edinburgh, Scotland

(one or more nights spent in each city)

Wow. Is that really it (besides Milwaukee, of course)? Huh. Well, there you go. That’s what I get for using one city as a base and visiting others from it when I travel. Usually the Ireland/Scotland trips rack up a bunch more towns. Not this time, though. The lack of domestic travel last year probably didn’t help either.

Resolution for 2006: Visit more cities.

Angry Czelt

Friday, January 13th, 2006 | General, Life in Czeltistan | 3 Comments

It’s been a bad week in Czeltistan, so as I was going through my referrer logs today and discovered a frighteningly high number of links to one specific image from MySpace people, I had to take some action.

The photo they’ve all been linking to has now been replaced with this image.

I hope they enjoy it.

Steelbuddha speaks the truth

Thursday, January 12th, 2006 | Life in Czeltistan | 1 Comment

From an IM with Steelbuddha today:

Yeah… you’re a little obsessive-compulsive. If someone can be said to be a *little* obsesive-compulsive

Personally, I’d say “a little” is an understatement.