Archive for November, 2006

Little bit o’ this and that

Wednesday, November 29th, 2006 | Design-y Bits, Fun With Teh Intarweb, Toast! | No Comments

The brain’s a little mushy today. Yesterday was a long day and I didn’t get much sleep, so I’m not feeling terribly verbose today. That doesn’t mean I don’t have a few charming little links to share with you all, though. So here’s a short list of goodies:

- Leslie Harpold puts together a wonderful little online Advent calendar every year. Obviously I’m not big into the whole Advent thing, but I really enjoy her work and it’s fun to get a virtual goodie every day. If you’ve got any holiday memories you’d like to share with her for that calendar, she’s taking submissions again. You could be famous. Ok, maybe not famous, but more well-known than you are now.

- The Helsinki Complaints Choir. Don’t let the 8-minute length scare you. It’s really a couple of minutes shorter and well worth watching. Makes me want to take up singing again.

- Your Name on Toast. All profits go to charity. I may just have to do this. In fact, why didn’t I think of this first? It’s toast. It’s Sharpies. I regularly am in possession of both of those items.

Good idea #427

Wednesday, November 22nd, 2006 | Design-y Bits | 2 Comments

Swiffer baby clothes.

Hey, once the kid starts crawling, might as well put ‘em to work.

Attention, China Beach fans

Wednesday, November 22nd, 2006 | You Call This News? | No Comments

I’m probably the last fan to figure this out, but American Life Network is showing China Beach (on Tues nights, from what I can figure out). I was very, very happy to find it while scrolling through the dial last night. (Tch. Dial. Hello, I’m old. Also, no dial I ever had included numbers that went this high.) So, on the off-chance I’m not the last one to know, I thought I’d pass the word on. And yeah — the show’s every bit as good as you remember.

Smartest. 4-month-old. Ever.

Friday, November 17th, 2006 | Life in Czeltistan | 5 Comments

Note that, unlike our president, my niece knows which way to hold a book.


Friday, November 17th, 2006 | Fun With Teh Intarweb | 6 Comments

Most of the folks who make the Top Ten Lamest Superheroes of All Time completely deserve inclusion in the list. But Dogwelder? Dogwelder may possibly be the most awesome superhero I’ve ever heard of.

(via The Presurfer)

A little slow with the typing.

Monday, November 13th, 2006 | Life in Czeltistan | 2 Comments

I was taking a piece of furniture out to the car yesterday to take it to Goodwill. Apparently the piece didn’t want to go and decided to fight back. Squished my left middle finger but good between its door and side (immediate bruising under the nail, bruising visible clear through to the other side of the finger by this morning. ouchie.) and got the ring finger enough that it’s also bit tender today, too. Makes it tough to type, since there’s all that wincing in pain and whimpering when I hit the “e” and “s” keys and I’m far, far too impatient to hunt & peck, so this will be today’s only entry. Catch you all tomorrow.

Oh, and since I didn’t blog this weekend, a belated thanks to all the veterans out there.

How do we make #22 happen faster?

Thursday, November 9th, 2006 | Fun With Teh Intarweb, You Call This News? | 2 Comments

The left’s 25-point manifesto for the new Congress.

I’m also all for #23.

(via J-Walk Blog)

Hey, I am from Wisconsin.

Thursday, November 9th, 2006 | Fun With Teh Intarweb | 7 Comments

But in no way do I say “pop.”

What American accent do you have?
Your Result: The Inland North

You may think you speak “Standard English straight out of the dictionary” but when you step away from the Great Lakes you get asked annoying questions like “Are you from Wisconsin?” or “Are you from Chicago?” Chances are you call carbonated drinks “pop.”

The Northeast
The Midland
The South
The West
North Central
What American accent do you have?

(via The Presurfer)

W.T.F. Wisconsin?

Wednesday, November 8th, 2006 | General | 9 Comments

There aren’t words to describe how sickened I am by the way my state (though not anyone I actually know) voted on the two ballot referendums on Tuesday.

I think Pete sums it up pretty well, though.

Wisconsin Election Summary
Originally uploaded by raster.

Sadly, not that different from the ones in my paper

Tuesday, November 7th, 2006 | Fun With Teh Intarweb | No Comments

The Onion Sunday Magazine covers.

(Via J-Walk Blog)

Vote for me!

Tuesday, November 7th, 2006 | Fun With Teh Intarweb, Life in Czeltistan | 1 Comment

m@ made me this swell button.

Make your own here.

Oh, ouch.

Tuesday, November 7th, 2006 | Fun With Teh Intarweb | 1 Comment

I love the tags on the Amazon page for Kevin Federline’s album.

Vogon poetry. Ouch. And really, people shouldn’t insult the Vogons so badly.

It’s like I wrote it myself

Monday, November 6th, 2006 | Life in Czeltistan | 1 Comment

A friend of mine sent me this today:

Aine – (AN-yuh) Ireland; a woman of the Leanan Sidhe (Sweetheart of the Sidhe). Some said she was the daughter of Manannan, some said she was the Morrigan herself. There was a stone, Cathair Aine, belonging to her and if anyone sat on the stone, they would be in danger of losing their wits, sit three times and they would lose them forever. Aine was very revengeful, and it was not a safe thing to offend her.”

Now I have to find that stone…

Cute overload

Sunday, November 5th, 2006 | Life in Czeltistan | 1 Comment

Ok. The pix from Jaime’s baptism are now up. And my stepmom’s got some good shots, too. This one just cracks me up.

Guy Fawkes Night

Sunday, November 5th, 2006 | Life in Czeltistan | 2 Comments

Geez. Almost forgot it was Guy Fawkes Night. (So I guess I’ll need to try harder to remember remember the 5th of November.)

No bonfire here (and I do so love a good bonfire), but I did go out and light a sparkler, much to the utter confusion of the neighbors across the street.

Can I just say?

Sunday, November 5th, 2006 | Life in Czeltistan | No Comments

Bill Clinton? AWESOME. I’m so glad I went to the rally on Friday. Photos are here.

Photos will be coming soon from Saturday, both of the downtown library tour (highly recommended for Milwaukeeans. It meets in the Wisc. Ave. lobby at 1:30pm on Saturdays and takes about an hour) and of Jaime’s baptism shindig.

Spent the very nice day today outside, doing a little bit of letterboxing. No finds, unfortunately. Well, technically I had one find, but a couple of kids were playing on the tree where the box was hidden, so I couldn’t really go get that one. I’ll have to go back for it when it’s not quite as crowded. On the plus side, I got to see a park I’d never been to that had a lovely beach, so all was not lost.

Puttered around the new Bayshore Town Center a little after that. Didn’t really do a whole lot more for me than the old version of the mall did, though the whole “looking like a little city centre” thing was kind of cute. And the throngs of visitors they had today seemed to be enjoying themselves, so apparently it was just me not getting all fired up about the new store selection. Mostly I’m just waiting for the Trader Joe’s to open. Two Buck Chuck all around! (Anyone know an actual date the store is opening? I’ve heard everything from “in the next couple weeks” to “not until January 10″.)

The weekend looms large

Friday, November 3rd, 2006 | Life in Czeltistan, Screed! | 2 Comments

I’m taking the afternoon off work. Been a bit slow this week, I’ve got some vacation time left to use up, and Pres. Clinton’s in town this afternoon, stumpin’ for our governor. Kind of excited to go see him, as I’ve never seen him speak live before. I’m also hoping it’ll kind of ease the pain of missing the Barack Obama event earlier this week (at which Flickr buddy Devi got some lovely shots). And then later tonight, there’s hockey, which will be a welcome respite from all the political nonsense of late. Hooray!

So the weekend’s off to a good start, anyhow.

Saturday evening is my niece’s baptism. Being the good auntie that I am, I’ll be attending the baptism. Won’t so much the mass beforehand, though. There’s really only so much Catholic nonsense one can be expected to put up with in one day. My brother suggested I don’t stand too close to the baby during the baptism. Guess he’s worried about the holy water being kind of a natural conduit once the lightning is through with me. New parents. So overprotective.

Other than that, I’m still working out my plans. They claim it will be nice on Sunday, which could lead to some letterboxing, or possibly just a lovely day for a walk. I’ll believe it when I see it, though. With my luck, it’ll rain all day and then be absolutely beautiful just in time for the work week to start on Monday.

Next weekend will be busy, though. Seems like there are just too many events going on, and all of them good. Miz Christyl and I will be attending an event at Flux Design for Second Harvest on Friday. Seemed like a no-brainer: The price was right, the cause was good, and I’ve always wanted to see Flux’s studio space. Also, hello — wine.

Now to just figure out how to divide up my time for all the other fun things happening that weekend.

It’s all in your perspective

Thursday, November 2nd, 2006 | Fun With Teh Intarweb | No Comments

Brilliant Flickr set of tourist spots replaced by their souvenirs.

(via The Morning News)

The Czelt, she procrastinates

Wednesday, November 1st, 2006 | Life in Czeltistan | No Comments

I’m supposed to be finishing up a freelance project. Instead, am I surfing the internets and half-watching Ghost Hunters.

But just look at the useful things I’m finding, like this awesome NPR map. If I traveled domestically more often, I’d sooo have one of these.