Archive for September, 2006

The pix are up

Wednesday, September 27th, 2006 | General, Life in Czeltistan | 3 Comments

DC photos can be found here.

Linus can fly. We hope.

Tuesday, September 26th, 2006 | Bloggity goodness, You Call This News? | 2 Comments

My friend Linus is doing a parachute jump to benefit Amnesty International.

Per Linus:

I’m doing a sponsored parachute jump in aid of Amnesty International. The theory, sound as it is, is that I will break both my legs landing, so that someone in a repressive regime doesn’t get one broken deliberately.

It’s a good cause, really, I think. This is the website, and if you feel like donating there is a credit card yoke, so you people I know who don’t even live in the country have no excuse. NONE. Apart from loathing me.

But I’d really appreciate it. And more than that, it’d be doing something to help make the world a tiny bit better. Or a lot better if the chute doesn’t open.

If you’ve got a couple spare dineros laying around, please consider donating. It’s a good cause. And someone gets to shove Linus out of a plane. (Though I don’t think any of us will, even if we fork over quite a bit of dosh.)

I’m back

Tuesday, September 26th, 2006 | Life in Czeltistan | No Comments

A bit buried today, but back from DC. Photos will be forthcoming.

Have a lovely weekend, y’all

Wednesday, September 20th, 2006 | Life in Czeltistan | No Comments

Extended weekend for me. Czeltic national holiday or something.

Catch up with you again on Tuesday.

Moo Minicards

Tuesday, September 19th, 2006 | Fun With Teh Intarweb | 1 Comment

I soooo want to get some of these fabulous Flickr minicards. (If you’re a Pro user, the first 10 cards are free.) Think I’ll wait until after vacation, though, just in case I get some shots that I want to include.

I swear I’m not doing this on purpose

Tuesday, September 19th, 2006 | Life in Czeltistan, You Call This News? | 3 Comments

I’m sorry, Kennedy family. I don’t mean for one of you to die every single time I go to DC. It just happens that way. Poor Patricia Lawford. She didn’t have any warning. I’m not even out there yet.

So for those of you taking bets on which Kennedy it will be this year, looks like “Arnold” will once again be a losing bet.

Off to the library

Monday, September 18th, 2006 | Fun With Teh Intarweb | 2 Comments

Banned Books Week is coming up (Sept. 23-30), so it’s time to brush up on those naughty, naughty books again. Here’s a handy-dandy list of reasons for the banning/censorship for each book.

I really should read To Kill a Mockingbird again. I have vague memories of the storyline, but the thing I remember most about it is Scout suggesting “Spit on it. Spit on it some more.” when they were trying to fix the squeak in the gate. That’s probably not the takeaway message Harper Lee was going for.

Yay, me!

Friday, September 15th, 2006 | Life in Czeltistan | No Comments

My recommendation is today’s Powell’s Books Daily Dose pick. Score! I get $20 in credit at Powell’s. (Which will take me approximately .01 seconds to spend. Book stores are my crack dealers.)

Thanks to m@ for the book recommendation in the first place. It was a fun read.

Pet Peeve

Thursday, September 14th, 2006 | Screed! | 8 Comments

I must vent about this, ‘coz I’ve now heard this phrase misused about 1/2 a dozen times this week alone.

It’s “couldn’t care less, not “could care less.” If you could care less, it means you actually do care about whatever it is you’re claiming you don’t care about. Worse: I’ve seen this misused in a publication recently. Were the copy editors off that day?

Ok. Now that I got that off my chest, I can get back to my usual venting about they’re/there/their, it’s/its, you’re/your and other little irritations that make my brain want to explode.

This made Steelbuddha’s day

Wednesday, September 13th, 2006 | Fun With Teh Intarweb | No Comments

Jean-Claude Van Damme, Freshmaker

(Via the ever-fabulous The Morning News)


Monday, September 11th, 2006 | Fun With Teh Intarweb | 3 Comments

Ferret clothes

(Via The Presurfer. Gerard, I don’t know where you find these things. I can’t decide if I should worry about you or not.) :)

Overheard in my apartment

Monday, September 11th, 2006 | Life in Czeltistan | 2 Comments

Window installer in my apartment this morning, talking to his coworker: “I had to go to the store yesterday. I needed frozen pizzas and rifle shells.”

Good thing I still have cortisone left

Friday, September 8th, 2006 | Life in Czeltistan | 5 Comments

This evening has brought the appearance of three hives on my stomach. Only three, and they’re in a line, just to the left of my belly button.

What now, immune system? I haven’t eaten, drank, worn or touched anything today that’s foreign to my little world, and as far as I know, I haven’t been bitten by anything. Why must you torment me? Is it just for kicks? It is, isn’t it? It’s for kicks. Fine. See if I help you out next time you’re dealing with a virus.


Friday, September 8th, 2006 | Life in Czeltistan | No Comments

My favorite local bookstore does a “galley giveaway” every year. For those unfamiliar with galleys, they’re the advanced copies of books that bookstores and reviewers get before the books hit the stands, so that they can review — and, the publishers hope, recommend — them. The stores can’t sell the galleys, but Schwartz gets permission from the publishers to give them away with book sales. The deal at Schwartz is one purchased book = one galley. I picked up some good reads last year (two I’d heard of, two I hadn’t, but that I enjoyed reading). I was hoping this year might yield more decent finds.

I went to check it out over my lunch hour today, thus limiting the time I could be at the store and limiting the damage I could do to my bank account. Within two minutes of entering the store, I found one book from my “to read” list on the remainder tables for $7. About 10 minutes later I found two books I didn’t have by Ian Rankin, both also remaindered for $6 each. And then I found The Subway Chronicles, which just looked like a good read. Had to get it. And then it was time for me to quit shopping, check out and get my galleys.

The galleys were on two carts. Before I even got through with the first cart, I’d found three more books on my “to read” list. For the fourth book, I decided to go with something new, and found Never Hit a Jellyfish with a Spade.

So grand total for 1/2 hour spent in the store: $35 total for eight books, 4 of which were on my reading list, 2 more of which were by one of my favorite authors and 2 surprises.

I’ve been grinning about this score all day long.

Little slow on the uptake

Friday, September 8th, 2006 | Life in Czeltistan | 2 Comments

Steelbuddha and I were waxing nostalgic (ok, more like “weeping”) over how much we miss the Clinton years. Seriously — just try to read the first paragraph of this bio and not get a little misty-eyed yourself.

About 5 minutes after our chat, we had this IM conversation:

CG: I don’t know why it didn’t occur to me sooner. Clinton was president #42.

CG: As we all know, 42 is the answer to life, the universe and everything.

SB: Oh crap! You’re so right!

And, if we’ve learned anything from the last 6 years, it’s that 43 clearly is not.

I have been remiss

Friday, September 8th, 2006 | Bloggity goodness | 2 Comments

I can’t believe I haven’t sent any blog love over to Aunt Mary Nation (though, indirectly, I have sent blog fodder).

Here’s a little background on freelancefred’s dear departed Aunt Mary.

A note to my family: I’m only encouraging this as a virtual thing. You’ve all seen my apartment. I need no more useless crap in it. I have enough of my own, thanks.

Enough already

Wednesday, September 6th, 2006 | Screed! | 3 Comments

Between the Verizon Chocolate phone commercials and last week’s onslaught of Nip/Tuck commercials, I’m sick of that “Strict Machine” song already, and as far as I’m aware, I only know 30 seconds of it.

So very, very wrong

Wednesday, September 6th, 2006 | Fun With Teh Intarweb | 4 Comments


Remember when…?

Wednesday, September 6th, 2006 | Fun With Teh Intarweb | 1 Comment

Wow. This is fantastic.

The Milwaukee Journal ran a series on Milwaukee history called “Remember when?” from 1963 through 1994. I always loved reading that bit. The commentary wasn’t all that much to write home about, but it was fun to look at the old photos of Milwaukee and see how much the city had changed.

Today I went looking for something on our library’s site and found out that the Milwaukee Public Library has selected photos from the series online! Lots of great stuff to poke through. Seeing all the old mansions is kind of depressing, though. These days, when I to drive through the Marquette campus I just try to ignore the fact they’re not there any more, but dozens of ugly, boxy buildings are. Nope. Didn’t happen if I pretend it didn’t. Mansions are still standing. La, la, la.

I love this shot of the lakefront, pre-Art Museum. Sure does look strange without those buildings and without the massive landfill area to the north.

Fellow East Siders, check this out — there’s plenty of parking! Whoa.


Tuesday, September 5th, 2006 | Fun With Teh Intarweb | 1 Comment

Masking tape tech support

If tape is too technical for you, maybe you should just hire someone to do the work.