Archive for February, 2007


Tuesday, February 27th, 2007 | Life in Czeltistan | 6 Comments

Things I need to do:
1) Send replies to several personal emails I’m behind in replying to.
2) Write my bio for my high school reunion book.
3) Clean my apartment.
4) About 1,000 other things I’m sure I’m forgetting about, but all of which are far, far more important than anything I’m actually doing.

Things I’m actually doing:
1) Becoming horribly addicted to the show House, MD. (Damn you, Hugh Laurie. Why must you be so talented? And what’s with those blue eyes? Quit it.)
2) Visiting the local pub and chatting with friends.
3) Plotting future vacations, which largely consist of things I can’t afford to do right now or don’t have enough vacation time to go about doing.
4) Writing stupid blog entries.
5) Wondering again why it is that I don’t have a cult following.

So, as you can see, I’m being terribly productive.

I blame work. While we’re replacing and adding to our web production/front-end developer staff, a small army of us are covering overflow web duties. I had cheerfully put all that out of my brain by this point. And really, since I’ve written any code, things have progressed. I look at the code our guys have written since then, and it makes me dizzy. (Yay, web staff, for being so talented, but sheesh, give a girl a break already.) So it’s nice that I’m so billable, but by the time I get home, I have just enough brainpower left to figure out the remotes and make the DVD player start doing its job. (Though sometimes not even that much. I got stuck watching some really horrible shows the other day ‘coz the remote was waaaay over there, you see, and I just couldn’t work up the energy to get to it.)

Eventually, the insanity will pass and soon we’ll be back into Trek season at work. (I’m looking forward to the “break” that the craziness of Trek season will bring. Is that wrong?) And in the meantime, hey — brain workout. That’s something, right? (Why do I not lose weight on brain workouts? So unfair.)

Anyhoo… apropos of nothing, this news item about this year’s Derek Jeter baseball card makes me want to go out and try to find one. Hooray for Photoshop nonsense! Forget everything you’ve heard about the program being a serious image editing tool. This is what it’s really designed for. 200 years from now, people will find one of these and try to figure out how they screwed up the timeline in the whole “reanimating the dead” thing. “Holy cow. They had that 100 years earlier than we thought! Look — Mickey Mantle!”

Aussie Aussie Aussie! Oy oy oy!

Monday, February 26th, 2007 | You Call This News? | 3 Comments

Hooray! Max Barry’s coming to Schwartz Books next month. (The Bay View shop, for those of you locals.) He’s touring for the paperback release of his book Company. I’m very excited, as I’ve missed him on his last two visits to Milwaukee. My brother managed to catch him the last time around and ask a semi-insightful question about the Barbie references in the books. I, however, have not been quite so lucky. Will be this time, though. (Well, minus the Barbie question. It’s been done.)

If you haven’t read his stuff, do so. He’s hilarious. If you’ve only got time for one, I can’t recommend Syrup highly enough, especially if you’ve ever worked in marketing. But really, you’ve got time for all three books and you can always use a little extra humor in your day.

The storm that wasn’t

Sunday, February 25th, 2007 | You Call This News? | 9 Comments

There were some very impressive big flakes early on and a bit of interesting thunder last night, but pretty much, our blizzard turned into 2″ of snow (very, very heavy snow to shovel, of course) and a bunch of rain.

I don’t know what it is about Milwaukee, but we seem to lead a charmed life, weather-wise. The counties around us get nailed a lot, but storms seem to miss us or be far, far weaker than expected here in Brew City.

I’m ok with that. Keep it up, Mother Nature.

Non-conformists unite!

Thursday, February 22nd, 2007 | Design-y Bits, Fun With Teh Intarweb | 2 Comments

I’m thinking I need to join the Non-conformists Union. None of the other groups I belong to are fulfilling my irony needs to the extent I think they can.

You’ll also want to make sure you stop by the site of one of the union’s activists, The Retrovert. It’s vintage graphic heaven, especially if you’re a fan of the old WPA art. (Which, of course, I am. I should probably just sign over my next paycheck now.)

And I’d just like to take this moment to apologize to BB for sending her these links earlier this afternoon. (I’m sorry I distracted you from anything else you may have gotten done today.)

Signs your TV is too loud

Wednesday, February 21st, 2007 | You Call This News? | 8 Comments

Man Attacked with Sword While Watching Porn

The lede and first graf (which is really all you need to know), in case the link goes away:

An Oconomowoc man heard a neighbor watching an adult film, but mistakenly thought a woman was being raped.

Bret Stieghorst was watching an adult movie with the volume up loud. His downstairs neighbor, James Van Iveren, heard a woman screaming in the movie, but thought a woman was actually being attacked. Instead of calling police, he took matters into his own hands, ran up the stairs and broke down the door, all while brandishing a three foot long military-style sword.

Second story, including photo of the swordsman, from today’s paper.

Insert your own “3-foot-long sword” jokes here.


Tuesday, February 20th, 2007 | Design-y Bits | 3 Comments

I must have one of these radiators.

No, wait. The cats will insist I order two.

The rest of the competition entries can be found here.

(via Neatorama)

I’m so out of touch.

Monday, February 19th, 2007 | You Call This News? | 1 Comment

I saw the Yahoo headline “Moynahan expecting ex-boyfriend Brady’s child” and thought “Daniel Moynihan is gay? And what?? How does that work??”

Turns out it’s apparently some actress (with a slightly different surname) and some quarterback, not actually a dead politician. Yet somehow I don’t feel too bad for not knowing who these people are or why I should care she’s preggers.

New toon

Monday, February 19th, 2007 | Design-y Bits | 1 Comment

I Drew This

Ok, so I didn’t draw anything. But if I could draw (which I most certainly can’t) and I were intent on drawing a comic strip, this is the kind of thing I probably would draw. Dig? Good. Now go check it out. And browse through the archives. There are some good ones in there.

(Via J-Walk Blog)

Sweet revenge

Monday, February 19th, 2007 | You Call This News? | No Comments

The goats of Gavle give as good as they get.

Way to go, goats. (And for the record, that makes this year’s score: Goats – 2, Other arsonists – 0. The straw goat survived the holiday season.)

(Thanks to m@ for the tip.)

Someone’s seen too many nature shows

Thursday, February 15th, 2007 | Fun With Teh Intarweb | 1 Comment

The March of the Librarians

Amusing. Excellent use of the music.

(via Neatorama)

Or as I like to think of it, “Cate’s birthday”

Tuesday, February 13th, 2007 | Fun With Teh Intarweb | No Comments

Well, Valentine’s Day is almost upon us again. I get the whole “sharing of affection” sentiment, but it’s such a crass, commercial holiday that you can’t help but hate it. I can’t decide if the day is worse when you’re single and being beaten over the head with implications that your life is a failure because you don’t have that special someone to fawn over you, or when you’re part of a couple and have to deal with all that pressure to do up the holiday. Luckily, this year I’ll be spending the evening at a hockey game, watching large men punch each other and hit a little rubber disk around the ice. Absolutely no Valentine’s pressure in that situation. I’ll also take a moment out of the day to wish Miss Cate a very happy birthday, ‘coz that’s really what the day’s all about. (Right, Cate?)

But for those of you who will be buying your significant other gifties and figuring out the best purchase to say “I love you to bits, really I do”, here’s a list of Valentine’s gifts you should avoid.

Or you could follow this simple guide to finding the perfect Valentine’s Day gift. Your choice.

(via The Presurfer and The Morning News)

Rebus turns 20… or maybe somewhere around 60.

Friday, February 9th, 2007 | You Call This News? | No Comments

I’m on a literary bender again.

Started reading another Ian Rankin book over the weekend, which is usually enough to get me started on a DI Rebus kick. This one isn’t a Rebus novel — it’s a Jack Harvey book, but that really doesn’t matter. Even if I can get to the point in Rankin’s other books where I stop expecting Rebus to pop up somewhere, I still can’t get the character out of my head and I’ll end up reading one of the books in that series when I finish whatever I’m currently on. Usually I try not to drag anyone into the Rebus obsession while it’s happening.

But this time, right about the time I started the book, the Rebus made-for-ITV shows turned up in my Blockbuster queue and came in the mail. So this time, poor Christyl’s been pulled into the Rebus info gathering. Again. Last time that happened, the poor girl got dragged mercilessly around Edinburgh. (Before you start twitching too much, Christyl, just remember that the Rebus quest took us past a very lovely whisky shop with those very nice boys who gave us loads of samples, and we met some nice puppies at the Ox. Does that help a little? Hmm. No. I suspect you’ve still got the glassy-eyed stare of the tormented. Sorry.) This time, she’s just suffered through countless links sent via IM. And now I guess I’ve dragged all you in. Oh, well. The more, the merrier.

But I’ve learned some fun Rebus facts in my digging this time around. For starters, the character turns 20 on 19 March of this year. (Well, in the books, where he ages in real time, he’s closing in on 60. But that’s neither here nor there.) I believe this means I will need to celebrate, even though that falls on a Monday. I wish I could be in Scotland for it. I’m betting there will be some to-do for the day. I know for a fact that there will be Rebus beer and whisky created for the occasion, though the whisky won’t be available for purchase. (Foo. ‘Coz you know I’d need to buy it.)

Secondly, I learned — quite happily — that Rankin will not kill Rebus off in the last novel, which is currently slated to hit in October. (Weep.) I’ll be sad to see Rebus go; I’ve kind of gotten attached to him. I’m sort of hoping he’ll make appearances in other novels, but I guess we’ll see what happens. Either way, I’ll be interested to see what Rankin’s got up his sleeve next. So far, I’ve quite enjoyed his other books.

And I’m thinking I may also have to get the NY Times starting in April, as he’ll be writing a serial for them on Sundays. (And there’s that whole “it’s a good newspaper” thing.) Sunday brunch with Ian Rankin. Yeah. I could get used to that.

Doesn’t sound familiar

Friday, February 9th, 2007 | Design-y Bits | 1 Comment

23 Signs That You’re Becoming a Design Geek

I use #20 A LOT. Except I (correctly) say “command-Z”. *snicker*

Cute during the day, but probably irritating at 4am

Friday, February 9th, 2007 | Fun With Teh Intarweb | No Comments

Nora, the piano-playing cat

Seems you can find out more about Nora here and even shop for Nora goods.

(via Neatorama)

Where’s our work-alimony?

Thursday, February 8th, 2007 | Life in Czeltistan | 7 Comments

Two of my favorite coworkers, Steelbuddha and Travis, have cruelly left HD and taken jobs at another design studio. SB left last Friday, Travis’ last day is tomorrow.

When we first moved into the new studio here, 3 years ago, SB and I sat next to each other and Travis and BB sat next to each other. Any time someone couldn’t find Travis, they’d ask BB where he was. Whenever someone couldn’t find SB, they’d ask me. It became a joke that BB & I were the “work-wives”. So last night at the pub, we had the following conversation:

Me: BB & I are sad we’re both getting work-divorces within a week of each other.
Travis: Yeah. Goodbye to the work-wives.
SB: Let’s go to the work-strip club!

That can’t be possible. I’m not that old.

Wednesday, February 7th, 2007 | Life in Czeltistan | 7 Comments

I had a chat tonight with the woman who’s planning my upcoming high school reunion. My 20-year high school reunion.

Oh, dear.

Or maybe it does. Who knows?

Tuesday, February 6th, 2007 | Design-y Bits, Life in Czeltistan | 4 Comments

I was talking with one of the designers who works on projects for a client of ours that makes scrapbooking supplies and wall art. She’s working on an alphabet set and realized she’d skipped from G to K (luckily only after she’d gotten to L). I said, “Well, it’s only a couple of letters and they’re not really all that important. Unless, of course, you’re spelling ‘jihad’. But how much does that come up in scrapbooks these days?”

Slightly happier camper

Tuesday, February 6th, 2007 | Life in Czeltistan | 1 Comment

So, on the plus side, I’m not sick. On the down side, forgetting to take one of my prescriptions for 2 days really, really kicks my ass.

Lesson learned. Thank you for making the vertigo stop.

In a nutshell

Tuesday, February 6th, 2007 | Life in Czeltistan | 1 Comment

Yes, the site was down most of Monday. Yes, server gnomes have been kicked.

In other news, the cat’s been sick all weekend (hello, unexpected vet bills!) and now I’m feeling sick. I’m dizzy. I’m cranky. I’m tired. And I sure did like yesterday when I was home much, much better.

I’ll update later today if I can stop things from spinning.

My favorite holiday

Friday, February 2nd, 2007 | You Call This News? | 3 Comments

Feb. 2, and it’s sunny. Groundhog shadows ahoy! Yes, I know. The rest of you would like clouds. But I am perfectly thrilled that the hot weather is not on its way any time soon. But regardless of the outcome you were hoping for, how can you not love a holiday based around superstition and a rodent?

And in non-groundhog news, I see the flags are back up at full staff again. Almost seems strange after seeing them at half staff for so long.