Archive for January, 2007

Baby websites are the cutest

Wednesday, January 31st, 2007 | Design-y Bits | 1 Comment

Congrats to my coworkers — including BB — on today’s launch of the new Travel Wisconsin tourism site! A monsterous amount of work went into that site. It looks fantastic. (And thanks to the team for allowing me to share in the post-launch pizza feast, despite only actually doing about a week or so’s worth of work on the site. You guys are the best. Now go home and get some sleep.)

I love my Macs

Wednesday, January 31st, 2007 | Design-y Bits | 2 Comments

But clearly not as much as these people do. (I feel like such a Mac slacker.)

Jeremy Mehrle’s most excellent basement Mac collection

Dashboard widget proposal

(both links via Neatorama)

Mmm. Chili.

Tuesday, January 30th, 2007 | You Call This News? | 4 Comments

Yay for Real Chili, our local Cincy/Green Bay-style chili emporium! They got themselves named as a top 5 pick by the folks at

I think that calls for a Marquette with cheese to celebrate. *drool* (Funny — I’ve been ordering my chili that way for close to 20 years now, never noticing I was getting any kind of discount. It was just easier than saying “medium, spaghetti, beans” every time.)

Mark it “best of”

Friday, January 26th, 2007 | Fun With Teh Intarweb | 2 Comments

A fine, fine rant on Craigslist that should definitely get the “best of” nod.

(Thanks to coworker Travis for the link.)

How ’bout a nice round of Waltzing Matilda?

Friday, January 26th, 2007 | You Call This News? | 5 Comments

Happy Australia Day.

And Australia Day means it’s only a couple more months ’til Milwaukee Bombers games start up again. Hooray!

Beware the cuteness

Thursday, January 25th, 2007 | Fun With Teh Intarweb | 2 Comments

Little tiny kitten, little tiny sweater

Curse you, Cute Overload. You make me make the squishy cute noises. How am I supposed to be a bad ass once my enemies learn they can temporarily distract me using only super-adorable kitten photos?

Late again with the news

Thursday, January 25th, 2007 | Life in Czeltistan, You Call This News? | 1 Comment

This was in the weekend’s paper, but I keep forgetting to mention it (which is odd, considering how excited I am about it).

If you listen to NPR at all, you’ve probably heard stories from their StoryCorps project (and if you haven’t, you can listen to them online). It’s one of my favorite bits they feature, which makes me ever-so-happy to find out that there is now a StoryCorps booth at the Milwaukee Public Library downtown! It’s there through June or July and is open on Wednesdays and Saturdays in the Oriental Room on the first floor. (They didn’t specifically mention the Oriental Room on the tour of the library I went on this winter, but I believe that if you enter the Wisconsin Ave. entrance, it’s down the hall to your right, past the Bookseller/cafe.)

Now I just have to figure out what story to tell and who to bring with me.

Tagged again

Wednesday, January 24th, 2007 | Life in Czeltistan | 1 Comment

Jeff over at the Architectural Dance Society tagged me with the “6 weird things about you” meme. As I just did something like this, my answers there are standing. But ‘coz I’m a good Czelt, here’s the 6th item that I shared with Jeff and that y’all didn’t get to see:

#6: If I buy a paper (or pick up a freebie paper), I must be the first one to read each section before anyone else does. If anyone else reads something first, I have to go get another paper. (It’s a tactile thing. Papers just don’t feel the same after they’ve been opened up and pawed.) However, I am perfectly fine with not being the first reader if it is someone else’s paper.

Christyl can attest to this. She’s seen it in force many, many times.

And for the record, if it’s someone else’s paper, I will ask before picking it up and reading it. Just in case they have the same freaky habits as I do. It would never occur to me to pick up someone else’s unattended, brand new paper. It’s just not done.

Aran Islands Smackdown!

Monday, January 22nd, 2007 | You Call This News? | 5 Comments

It’s Inis Mor vs. Inis Oirr over — of all things — a Father Ted festival.

I can’t wait for Inis Meáin to try to get in on the action, claiming they can “split the difference.”

Well, look. I’ll tell you what. It doesn’t matter which of the three islands it’s held on, there’s no way you’d catch me making a trip out to the islands at this time of year. Brrrr.

Have too much money laying around?

Monday, January 22nd, 2007 | Design-y Bits | 1 Comment

Then you could buy yourself this lovely $165 sterling silver bubble blowing wand.

Or, you know, do something frivolous with the money. Like help the poor. But that would be silly ‘coz then you wouldn’t be able to blow bubbles.

Famous places not quite seen

Monday, January 22nd, 2007 | Design-y Bits | 1 Comment

A fantastic Flickr set: Game Boy Around the World

(thanks to the ever-fabulous Swiss Miss for the linkage)

Best. Cake. Ever.

Friday, January 19th, 2007 | Fun With Teh Intarweb | 4 Comments

Ok, so this cake is not supposed to look like that (and I’m sure Aunt Elsa is mightily confused), but this has to be the nerdiest cake ever.

(Note to Steelbuddha: Idea for the next programming language we try to float past Scotty: Cake.)


Thanks. Now I feel really old

Tuesday, January 16th, 2007 | Tunes! | 11 Comments

So I’m watchin’ some TV. Commercials come on. I’m not really paying attention until I hear the familiar sounds of the Buzzcocks‘ “Everybody’s Happy Nowadays.”

I’m slightly irritated. Thou shalt not use Buzzcocks, Husker Du or The Replacements in commercials. (At least that’s gonna be the rule when I’m in charge. There will be a one strike and you’re out policy.)

But then I see people jumping around in gorilla suits. Hmm. Maybe this will be ok.

No. No, it’s not ok. It’s a commercial for AARP.

Punk = Retirement benefits? Depressing.

Empty drawers

Monday, January 15th, 2007 | Design-y Bits | No Comments

I won’t make it to NYC in time to check this exhibit out myself, but if you find yourself in Manhattan and can make it down to the World Financial Center, Floodwall looks like it would be pretty cool.

I love that she’s trying to pair up stories with the drawers. I think it’s unlikely that she’ll get many, but it’s a great idea.

I found a Flickr set of photos of the exhibit. Looks like it goes on forever.

Postal workers all over Milwaukee laugh heartily

Monday, January 15th, 2007 | Life in Czeltistan | 2 Comments

We’ve got snow again. Hooray! And this time, the poor postal workers don’t have to slog through it. (Mind you, it’s also not knee-deep this time, either. But still. I’m sure they’re all enjoying their day off.)

I know folks out west can’t figure out why anyone’s excited by more snow, but we haven’t had any since Dec. 1. Nice to see it again.

*crosses fingers that when all is said and done, it’s enough to ski*

Not a good start to the year

Friday, January 12th, 2007 | Life in Czeltistan | 1 Comment

Two weeks into the new year and already a funeral to go to on Saturday. Damn.

My former stepmother’s mom (keep up now. I have a very extended family) died of a massive heart attack Wednesday. She was 87 (or would have been in a week), so she had a good, long life, but it’s still very sad and very sudden.

Tag. I’m it.

Tuesday, January 9th, 2007 | Fun With Teh Intarweb, Life in Czeltistan | 7 Comments

Fred tagged me, so I must reveal my secrets.

Five Facts About the Czelt:

  • If left to my own devices, I will sleep at least 10 hours a day. I will also likely stay up until about 2am. I’m perfectly ok with sleeping through mornings.
  • When I’m on vacation, I get irritable if I can’t watch the news on TV in the morning. When I’m at home, I never do, though I check news sites throughout the day or read the paper. I feel anxious if I don’t get at least a little news every day.
  • I almost never eat leftovers. If I eat something one day, I don’t want to eat it again for about another week. Exceptions to this are pizza (though not pizza leftovers), cereal, toast and bacon. I can eat any of those foods for days on end.
  • I much prefer animals to people. Not that I don’t like certain people a great deal, but as a whole, I will choose animals over people any time.
  • I’ve known since I was a kid myself that I don’t want children. Some people find this odd. I never have.

I’ve got plenty of other secrets, but those are the ones I’m revealing. So there.

And who shall I tag with this? Hmm…

Steelbuddha, ‘coz he loves the memes. Oh, yes he does.
BB, ‘coz she’s chock full of interesting tidbits about her life.
Brendan, ‘coz sometimes these things just need an Irish perspective.
MimiDynagirl, ‘coz I bet she’s got some great secrets to tell.
And Vidiot, though I’m sure he’ll wish I didn’t.

Sherri, I’ll save you from having to do this again. I think twice (three times?) is plenty.

I’m sorry. Am I drooling?

Tuesday, January 9th, 2007 | Life in Czeltistan | 1 Comment

Towering Inferno may be a cheesy disaster film, but the opportunity to see Paul Newman and Steve McQueen together on screen makes it well worth watching. (Such lovely blue eyes those boys have.) Don’t even get me started on the wonder that is Steve McQueen in a fireman’s uniform…

Tiny pinhole, big beautiful photos

Tuesday, January 9th, 2007 | Design-y Bits | No Comments

Beautiful pinhole photographs by Xiao Shan on Flickr.

His stuff makes me want to start using my pinhole again. (I’ve been very lazy about using it.) Especially these shots of Tokyo Tower, St. Pat’s Cathedral in New York, and the Great Wall of China (and another shot of what the setup of that shot looked like). Fantastic.

(via Ektopia)

*grinds teeth* *grumbles*

Tuesday, January 9th, 2007 | Life in Czeltistan | 1 Comment

Y’know what’s a great big load of “not fun”?

Waiting an hour & a half for your doc appointment (especially when no one told you the doc was running behind), then finishing said appointment within 15 minutes, only to find out that the exit gate to the parking structure you’re now trying to exit is broken and you will be trapped inside for another 15 minutes.