Archive for August, 2006

Cate, you’ll love this one

Thursday, August 31st, 2006 | Fun With Teh Intarweb | 2 Comments

Whoops! That’s not FDR.

It’s too bad it’s $30, or I’d have to get one for the humor value.

Make sure you check out the comments on the Target site. They’re pretty entertaining. (Hey! And one of ‘em is from Milwaukee!) Also note that there’s a whole set of these dolls. Wonder if the Nixon doll says “I am not a crook.”

Mile High Club, you’re all set

Thursday, August 31st, 2006 | You Call This News? | 2 Comments

I was looking at the TSA’s Permitted and Prohibited Items list today and ran across this:

To ensure the health and welfare of certain air travelers the following items are permitted.

* Up to 4 oz. of essential non-prescription liquid medications including saline solution, eye care products and KY jelly

Huh? KY is now “essential”? (Well, granted, there are times when it is, most notably at the doc’s office, but for anything you need to do on a plane??)

Must. Have.

Wednesday, August 30th, 2006 | Fun With Teh Intarweb | 1 Comment

Duct tape bandages. Genius.

A tale of snakes, old soldiers and new cameras

Monday, August 28th, 2006 | Life in Czeltistan | 3 Comments

Is it creeping up on Tuesday already? How did that happen? It was just Friday. The weekend went by too fast, but it was chock full of goodness.

Finally got around to seeing Snakes on a Plane. It’s not gonna win any awards, but it was good for a few laughs. The continuity editor in me was pulling my hair out more often than not, but I enjoyed the movie for the silly bit of moviemaking it was. The audience in our theatre was semi-chatty (though in a talking to the screen way, not in an obnoxious way that made me want to slap them) and everyone applauded when Samuel L. Jackson busted out his big line. Best yet: We were late getting from dinner to the theatre, so we missed all the stupid advertising before the flick. 14 minutes of ads, to be more specific. Ugh. Remember when it used to just be a trailer or two and then the theatre’s ad for the snack bar, etc, and then the movie actually started? Yeah — I’m starting to forget what that was like, too. Anyhow…

For the last couple of months, I’ve been toying with getting a new digital camera. Mine works fine, but it’s only 3 megapixels and it eats batteries like there’s no tomorrow. Plus, having only a 3x zoom was starting to make me a little nuts. So it was upgrade time. I had it narrowed down to two Canon models. Went out hunting on Friday night to see if I could find them. I need to do the touchy-feely thing with electronics before I can buy them. Long story short, I found one of the two cameras I wanted and, since Canon’s since made a newer, upgraded version of it, it was on closeout and I got it for $100 less than at a store just up the street (and about $75 less than anything I’d found online). Score! So I’ve got a new baby. She’s an S2 IS and we’re becoming fast friends.

Took her out on her first run on Sunday. Historic Milwaukee, Inc. was doing a walking tour of the Old Soldiers Home grounds (now part of the Clement Zablocki VA Center), including a brief history of Wood National Cemetery. (FYI: The Wikipedia article states that the cemetery’s closed to new interments. We learned on the tour on Sunday that Milwaukee-area residents who are killed in Iraq/Afghanistan can be buried in the cemetery, and in fact, a few already are.) The tour was outside only, which was kind of a bummer. I really wanted to see the insides of a few of the buildings, especially Old Main and the Ward Theatre. We covered almost all of the grounds, though. I had no idea they were as expansive as they are. Photos from our tour can be found here. Perhaps some day we can convince Christyl to post hers (*cough*).

Too cute

Saturday, August 26th, 2006 | Design-y Bits | 1 Comment

I think that every time you’d use this adorable animal knife, you’d have to say “Rawr!” as you were cutting.

I feel so old

Thursday, August 24th, 2006 | Fun With Teh Intarweb | 5 Comments

So the kids entering college this year were born the year I graduated from high school. If that weren’t depressing enough for me, most of what’s on this year’s Beloit College mindset list is.

Wayne Gretzky never played for Edmonton.

Oh, that’s just not right. You kids need to study your history.

Moo, eh.

Thursday, August 24th, 2006 | You Call This News? | 2 Comments

Apparently cows have regional accents. Or so say the English.

So does this mean that the cows from Illinois would say they produce “melk”? Everyone else in that state seems to think that’s how it’s pronounced.

(Via The Presurfer.)

We’re #1!

Wednesday, August 23rd, 2006 | Cocktail Hour | 4 Comments

Milwaukee ranks as the “hardest-drinking city in America” according to (who we can totally drink under the table).

Our mothers must be so proud.

Seriously, though — they couldn’t find anyone besides Lips Labelle to interview?

(Tip o’ the hat to Mr. Stefaniak for the link.)

Good news and bad news

Wednesday, August 23rd, 2006 | Life in Czeltistan | 3 Comments

The good news: My cousin Justin is home from Iraq and, despite the $80,000 offer from the Marines, will not be re-upping when his stint is up in March. I’m told there’s also no chance he’ll be sent back over to Iraq between then and now. Big sighs of relief all around.

The bad news: Mom’s horse Ginger died yesterday. It’s very sad to see her go, but she had a good life. Not a whole lot of horses make it past 40, much less nearly to 45, and she got to spend her last years out in an alfalfa-filled pasture. Still, we’ll miss her.

Other than that, I’m just getting back to non-Irish Fest life again. Big thanks to everyone who stopped by to say hi during the weekend. Sorry if I was slammed and couldn’t chat much when you came by. It was a busy 3 days. My knees are still yelling at me. Apparently they’re not big fans of standing on concrete for 15 hours a day for 3 days straight.

Things I learned during the festival:
1) No matter how much food and drink I bring with me, I will still forget to eat and drink when I get busy.
2) Many, many people see nothing wrong with asking “Does this [U2 cover] band have any CDs for sale?”
3) Nova Scotians are quite possibly the nicest people on the planet.
4) While it’s entirely possible for me to be the sole coordinator of my area at the Fest, I sooooooo am going to get a co-coordinator for next year in order to maintain my sanity. (Thank you, Christyl, for unofficially filling that role this year. You were a life saver.)
5) Laura Kenzie from Enter the Haggis is the quite possibly the bestest merchandise manager ever. She went out of her way to make sure we had everything we needed, had her stuff completely in order and helped us field questions from fans. Oh, if only all band merch people were that helpful. Life would be so much simpler.

Chapter 1312, in which the Czelt takes a week off

Monday, August 14th, 2006 | Life in Czeltistan | 4 Comments

It’s Irish Fest week again, so I won’t be on line much. I’ll try to pop in and update if I get the chance, but I’m not promising anything. Errands need running, preparations for a weekend on the grounds need to be made. (Sunblock. Must buy sunblock.) And then, of course, there’s the actual festival bits to take care of.

If any of you make it to the Fest, stop on by the Rock Stage CD & merchandise area and say hi. I’ll be the tired-looking one sporting the name tag and radio.

Otherwise, catch you all next week.

New funnies

Friday, August 11th, 2006 | Fun With Teh Intarweb | 1 Comment

Wondermark by David Malki.

This one’s going in the comic links over on the right.

(Via The J-Walk Blog.)

Art for a good cause

Wednesday, August 9th, 2006 | Design-y Bits | No Comments

M-80 gallery will be hosting a memorial auction for local music-scene fixture Evan Tyler to benefit his family.

I didn’t really know Evan, but I met him a few times out at various shows and at M-80 and he always seemed like a nice guy. Here’s your chance to pick up some art — quite possibly for a very good price — and help out his family a little bit.

Message in a bottle

Wednesday, August 9th, 2006 | Fun With Teh Intarweb | 3 Comments

I am becoming thoroughly addicted to Oceangram.

I threw my virtual message in earlier today. Found my first bottle with a message in it just a few minutes ago. (And then responded and threw it back.) It read:

ti ki vagytok.

Hello hungary, in reply to your question…… I am Angela from the UK

What — no Klingons?

Tuesday, August 8th, 2006 | Fun With Teh Intarweb | 1 Comment

Star Trek inspirational posters


(Via The Presurfer)

Helpful hint

Monday, August 7th, 2006 | You Call This News? | No Comments

If you’re planning to get drunk and then pilot your car somewhere, do try to avoid doing it right in front of the sheriff. (Scroll down to last item.)

Second helpful hint: Taxis. They’re very handy.


Monday, August 7th, 2006 | Fun With Teh Intarweb | 2 Comments reviews of milk

The night was much like my soul. Cold, dark, and wet. The knife slid from my hand having done it’s job of knifing. Blood trickled from my wrists like paint running down an over-painted painting.

Just then, the urge to LIVE struck me! I had to live! FOR HER! I looked all around me for help! I found nothing usefull, some gauze here, tape there, a fully stocked blood transfusion kit, a functional phone, NOTHING to help me, except for the cold glass of Tuscan Milk, 1 gallon, 128 fl oz.

(via The Morning News)

Viral marketing strikes again

Thursday, August 3rd, 2006 | Design-y Bits, Fun With Teh Intarweb | 1 Comment

Coudal Partners, I *heart* you.

Pause the video at the top of the page and watch the video (or at least some of the video) in the video link in the paragraph below the video first. Then come back and watch Coudal’s video. Lovely.

And speaking of viral marketing, tip o’ the hat to Von Herwig for the Snakes on a Plane goodness.

Sweet, sweet relief

Thursday, August 3rd, 2006 | Life in Czeltistan | No Comments

Ahhh. Temperatures that make you feel human again.

I almost went out during last night’s rain and did a little “Thank you, Cold Front Gods of Canada” dance on my lawn, but the neighbors probably all think I’m nuts anyhow. I don’t need to fuel that.

Hang on, East Coasters. We’ll try to send the front your way ASAP.

Worse than we could have expected

Tuesday, August 1st, 2006 | Again with the hockey | 13 Comments

Well, the new Admirals logo is released.

The jerseys aren’t bad… if you put a different crest on them. And ditch that stupid blue line through the font.


Gee. Never could have seen this coming. *snicker*

Update: Tim’s got a nice rant over at his site about the new logo. And after 12+ hours of milling it over, I have decided that this is possibly the Worst. Sports Logo. Ever.


Even the skeleton I got in my McDonald’s Happy Meal (scroll down) is more menacing.

M is for Marketing

Tuesday, August 1st, 2006 | Design-y Bits, Fun With Teh Intarweb | No Comments

Politically incorrect alphabet

(via The Morning News)