Archive for February, 2006

Stupid Ideas in History, part 613

Tuesday, February 28th, 2006 | You Call This News? | 4 Comments

Recipe for disaster:

1 Art Museum
1800+ Guests
Unlimited Martinis for $30

Combine ingredients. Await inevitable stupidity.

(Thanks to Señor McKee for the heads-up.)

It’s on now

Monday, February 27th, 2006 | Joss Whedon-y Goodness | 1 Comment

Warren Ellis: The Long March to Nerd Prom

Read the article then enjoy the comments. (If you’re lazy, you can read the article and then just skip to comment #4.)

(Tip o’ the hat to Average-Bear for the Whedon fix.)

More good Amazon reviews

Monday, February 27th, 2006 | Fun With Teh Intarweb | No Comments

A few weeks ago, Minor Tweaks invited its readers to write some Amazon reviews of lesser-known works. The results are fantastic.

I think this sums up my week perfectly

Friday, February 24th, 2006 | You Call This News? | No Comments

Americans work more, seem to accomplish less

Having one of those weeks where I feel like I can’t get anything done. *sigh*

Ooh. Mythbusters.

Thursday, February 23rd, 2006 | Life in Czeltistan | 1 Comment

Oh, sweet — Mythbusters is coming to the Pabst Theater! (Don’t worry about waiting for that little movie to download on the theater’s page. It’s just a cheesy voice-over with some pix of Adam & Jamie.) I sooooo wanna go, but I’m not sure if I want to spend $30 on it. Decisions, decisions.

R.I.P. Common Sense

Thursday, February 23rd, 2006 | You Call This News? | No Comments

From a NYT article on students’ emails to their professors:

Jennifer Schultens, an associate professor of mathematics at the University of California, Davis, received this e-mail message last September from a student in her calculus course: “Should I buy a binder or a subject notebook? Since I’m a freshman, I’m not sure how to shop for school supplies. Would you let me know your recommendations? Thank you!”

Sweetie, if you can’t figure out your notebook requirements on your own (or the fact that if you really can’t decide, you should just go ahead and buy both, after which you’ll only be out a couple extra bucks), you maybe aren’t smart enough to be in college.

Oh please, oh please, oh please

Thursday, February 23rd, 2006 | You Call This News? | 3 Comments

It looks like Milwaukee is trying to join the ranks of other enlightened cities (and countries) that have banned smoking in public places, including bars and restaurants. There’s a public hearing is scheduled for 9 a.m. on March 2 at City Hall to discuss a smoke-free Milwaukee. They’re gathering public input on the matter before voting. The full Common Council meeting is on March 21.

Sorry, smokers. I know it sucks to stand outside in the Wisconsin weather to smoke, but I’m really hoping this measure passes. (And really, if the Irish can do it, so can you.)

If you live in the city and you’re in support of the measure, but can’t make the meeting, contact your alderman and let them know how you feel. Doesn’t have to be anything fancy. Just shoot them a quick email or give them a phone call letting them know you’re in favor of the idea.

If you want more information before making a decision, check out The Smoke Free Milwaukee Project’s site. They’ve got loads of information and ways to get involved.

And if you’re against the measure, just forget I ever brought it up. Nothing to see here. Move along. (Ok, no. You can go voice your opinion, too. It’s a democracy and all.)

Not so flexible after all

Tuesday, February 21st, 2006 | Design-y Bits | 1 Comment

Hey, you know that iconic photo of Grace Jones from the cover of her Island Life album? The one where you just have to wonder how the hell she can bend like that?

Well, guess what. She can’t and didn’t. (That’s ok. Neither can most other people.)

Still a great image, though.

And there goes the rest of the cash

Monday, February 20th, 2006 | Design-y Bits | No Comments

Thanks to the ever-wonderful BB for leading me to the online store for one of my favorite Minneapolis shops, Patina.

It’s not quite the same as actually being at the store — there’s just something so much fun about being in the middle of all this fantastic stuff — but it sure does beat the 6-hour drive it takes to get to one.

But look at some of the goodies you can get: Bear salt & pepper shakers, fish bottle stopper, sock monkey book, monkey baby shoes and bottle top coasters.

Hide the credit cards!

Monday, February 20th, 2006 | Design-y Bits | 1 Comment

We’re getting a Design Within Reach two blocks down from where I work. Hooray!

Doesn’t say when it’s coming, but I bet it’s in time for festival season. Just can’t beat the foot traffic during then. (Or the number of Chicagoans in town, bringing their nice, fat wallets with them.)

No doubt in my mind

Friday, February 17th, 2006 | Fun With Teh Intarweb, Joss Whedon-y Goodness | 2 Comments

You scored as Serenity (Firefly). You like to live your own way and don’t enjoy when anyone but a friend tries to tell you should do different. Now if only the Reavers would quit trying to skin you.

Your Ultimate Sci-Fi Profile II: which sci-fi crew would you best fit in? (pics)
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Again he makes with the funny

Thursday, February 16th, 2006 | Joss Whedon-y Goodness | 1 Comment

Joss Whedon, discussing the rumor that the new CW network will pick up Firefly.

I miss Joss’ shows. A lot.

I suddenly want to go see some movies

Wednesday, February 15th, 2006 | Fun With Teh Intarweb | No Comments

The Top Ten Sci-Fi Films That Never Existed

Oh, man. I’m soooo glad I didn’t see that original Alien 3 trailer. That movie sucked enough without having my excitement crushed any more. I’d have cried.

And everything he says about Hitchhiker’s Guide is spot on.

No, I don’t just want it ‘coz of the name

Wednesday, February 15th, 2006 | Design-y Bits | 1 Comment


Man, that thing looks handy.

Dick, we’re not laughing with you. We’re laughing at you.

Tuesday, February 14th, 2006 | You Call This News? | No Comments

The Wall Street Journal’s got a good round-up of the late-night show jokes about Cheney’s hunting accident. No surprise here — Jon Stewart’s got the best of the bunch, including the following:

The other player in the drama? Ranch owner and eyewitness Katharine Armstrong.

Katharine Armstrong: “We were shooting a covey of quail. The vice president and two others got out of the car to walk up the covey.”

Jon Stewart: “What kind of hunting story begins with getting out of your car? As I sighted the great beast before us, my shaking hands could barely engage the parking brake. Slowly, I turned off the A/C and silenced my sub-woofers…”


Monday, February 13th, 2006 | Fun With Teh Intarweb | 2 Comments

I was thinking of cooking something one of these days (other than the usual “things that come in a box”). This list of Klingon recipes may just be the inspiration I need. That “Thing on a Stick” recipe sounds like something I’d enjoy.

Also, Mom, I promise not to use you for the vegetarian lasagne.

That’s about right, I think

Monday, February 13th, 2006 | You Call This News? | 2 Comments

Reactions to this weekend’s snowstorm

We got some lake-effect stuff here on Saturday. Only a couple inches, but just enough to make it damned slippery to drive. (So, of course, that’s the day R & I decided to go down to the IKEA in Illinois.)

Hope those of you out East are having fun making snow angels. (Cate, are you still Midwestern-hearty enough to mock the snow panic in DC?)

R, this one’s for you

Sunday, February 12th, 2006 | Fun With Teh Intarweb | 8 Comments

Tomatoes Are Evil

They even have t-shirts and a poster that are so perfectly you.

You tomato haters just go on avoiding your tomatoes. More for the rest of us. Mmmm. Tomatoes. (Now Brussels sprouts and beets, on the other hand, are truly evil. They must be, or they wouldn’t taste like that.)

Um. Ok.

Friday, February 10th, 2006 | General | 9 Comments

I’m watchin’ the Olympics opening ceremony and I’ve just got two comments:

1) I think the Italians have been at the Grappa again.
2) Won’t someone please (please?) find Bob Costas another job or at least take away his microphone?

How to end wars, by Czeltic Girl and Steelbuddha

Friday, February 10th, 2006 | Life in Czeltistan | 3 Comments

SB: Winky face emoticons eliminate all enmity.
SB: We should send the Middle East abunch of Valentines with winky face emoticons. It would end all war!
CG: And we should sign them “BFF, America” and dot the ‘i’ with a heart.
SB: Our foreign policy is totally sweet.

(And speaking of Steelbuddha, he won this week’s Blog of the Week contest at MKE magazine. Way to go, SB! You’re a rockstar!)