Archive for March, 2007

I hate writing these things

Thursday, March 29th, 2007 | Life in Czeltistan | 3 Comments

I’m finally writing my bio for my high school reunion book. Curiously, I’ve left out the part where I’m The Most-Exalted Ruler of the People’s Republic of Czeltistan and also left out my job as Minister of Righteous Anger.

Christyl suggests that judicious self-editing is a good thing, but I don’t know. It’s not that I care what most of these people will think of me, it’s just that it gets so tiring having people trying to kiss your ring all night long. Sometimes a girl just wants to get a cocktail and be anonymous. Is that so wrong?

*Squeals with delight*

Thursday, March 29th, 2007 | Tunes! | 1 Comment

Jeff Norman has just made himself my hero this week by posting this fine, fine blog entry on Wobble Test. I sure do miss that band (and thanks to the so-called “4 dead dogs” tape, will never, ever forget their dogs’ names. Someday, as I’m in the nursing home, drooling on myself and trying to remember my name, I will still be able to recall Trixie, Nicky, Bambi and Bo).

There are so many recordings I wish I had from those days. Wish I had more photos, too. Ah, well.

He speaks the truth

Thursday, March 29th, 2007 | Fun With Teh Intarweb | 3 Comments

Apropos of nothing, m@ sent me the following today:

step 22 is the hardest

Why, yes. Yes, it is.

Dammit, Steelbuddha

Thursday, March 29th, 2007 | Fun With Teh Intarweb | 2 Comments

I’ve had to explain to three people already what I’m laughing at, and I’m only 1/4 of the way through the page.

They didn’t study.

(Make sure you read the entire “El Niño” report. You can skip the comments after the post, though.)

When do I get my cape?

Thursday, March 29th, 2007 | Bloggity goodness, Fun With Teh Intarweb | 2 Comments

I love the webcomic xkcd (even if I don’t always get the math jokes), and this one in particular cracked me up but good. So I was tickled when I found a link to this photo on this morning.

Good one, Cory.

Now that was a good Tuesday

Wednesday, March 28th, 2007 | Life in Czeltistan | 3 Comments

Yesterday turned out to be quite a lovely Tuesday, despite the 20-degree drop in temperature and the rain.

Got a bunch of stuff done at work (yay, me), managed to finally get my bio for my high school reunion book sent out, and learned some tricks for crankin’ out the text messages on my cellphone (thanks, Cappy).

Went down to Schwartz Books in Bay View after work to catch Max Barry, who was touring in support of the paperback release of his book, Company. (Must have done the hardcover release back home in Australia.) Got myself a nice seat down front. He didn’t do much reading from the book, as most of us in attendance had already read it, but he read a little from a book he’s working on now. (Unless his agent or editor are reading this, in which case he didn’t. Nope. No reading at all from anything you lot haven’t seen yet.) Got to chat with him a little after he spoke. Got myself big points by owning a hardcover version of his first book, Syrup. Turns out it wasn’t a very big seller, which I find hard to believe, since it’s absolutely brilliant. I told him that I worry every time I loan his books out that the person I give them to fall in love with the books and not want to give them back. So he did his part to help ensure my library stays intact:

Thanks, Max. You rock.

Since I was already down in Bay View, after the reading, I headed over to the Target (emergency cat litter run. It was either get cat litter or don’t go home, and I really wanted to go home). I just wanted to buzz in quickly and get out, but I was stopped in my tracks and overcome with joy when I saw we finally got Boots cosmetics at Targets here. Been waiting on that for ages! Finally — the truly pale and nearly-blue among us can find cosmetics without having to fly to Ireland or the UK! Fantastic news. Now that both Smithwicks and Boots are here in the US, I have all that extra room in my suitcases to bring home other things from my overseas trips. If only we can get a Lush here in Milwaukee, I’ll be all set. (Yes, I know they’re in Chicago, but that’s waaay over there, you see, and I’m lazy. Plus sales tax in Chicago is teh suck.)

So, yeah. Not too bad of a day for a Tuesday. I don’t think today will quite measure up. It’s already off to a bad start, as I had to get up an hour early for an all-studio meeting (that it turns out I didn’t actually have to attend for more than 3 minutes), and it’s raining and cold. But we’ll see what happens.

Logo design-y goodness

Tuesday, March 27th, 2007 | Design-y Bits | 1 Comment

What’s in your logo?

Can’t remember where I found this one. If I stole it from you, please feel free to speak up.

Also: I could not choose between Saul Bass and Paul Rand. They’ll just both have to win.

Time to check for ice rinks in hell

Saturday, March 24th, 2007 | Life in Czeltistan | 8 Comments

I caved. I’ve got a cell phone.

I’m not guaranteeing it’ll always be turned on or that there won’t be an irritatingly long period of me playing “what’s this button do?”, but it’s a start.

Cake all around

Friday, March 23rd, 2007 | Life in Czeltistan | 2 Comments

Happy birthday, Miz Christyl! Hope it’s a lovely one. 29 again, is it?

We’ll go celebrate with the Carolinas, Jon Dee Graham and the Silos later at Points East. But sorry, no time to bake you a cake. (And really, who wants to haul a cake to a pub anyhow?)

Brilliant, but evil

Thursday, March 22nd, 2007 | Design-y Bits | 1 Comment

Help wanted ads from London’s Lunar BBDO agency, written completely in dingbat fonts. (And yes, because I’m a huge dork, I’m deciphering it. I don’t actually want the job, but I must know what it says.)

Back in the day…

Tuesday, March 20th, 2007 | Bloggity goodness | 2 Comments

Shorpy, the 100-Year-Old Photo Blog. Lots of Lewis Hine photography, which I always like, and some other wonderful shots from early last century.

File under: Not a good career move

Monday, March 19th, 2007 | You Call This News? | 3 Comments

An intern with the National Archives stole about 165 Civil War documents — including the War Department’s announcement of President Lincoln’s death — and sold most of them on eBay, prosecutors charged Thursday.

Rest o’ the story here

Thou shalt not give archivists a bad name. It’s one of the commandments. Dumbass.

Get your dirt here

Monday, March 19th, 2007 | Fun With Teh Intarweb | 8 Comments

Official Irish Dirt

Brendan & Linus: Are you kicking yourselves for not thinking of this first?

Nothing of interest today

Friday, March 16th, 2007 | Life in Czeltistan | 3 Comments

Sorry, all. I’ve nothing with which to entertain you today.

Have a great St. Pat’s, if that’s your thing. Those of you in parades, have fun. Those of you just out drinking, have fun and remember that, at least here in Milwaukee, the buses are free. Use them to get your drunk selves home safely.

Enjoy your sunday hangovers and I’ll catch you Monday.

Steelbuddha Day

Friday, March 16th, 2007 | Bloggity goodness | 1 Comment

Happy birthday, Mr. Steelbuddha!

Yeah, but for which console?

Friday, March 16th, 2007 | Fun With Teh Intarweb | No Comments

Time to shop for some new video games. Should I choose Accordian Hero II? Or maybe Grand Theft Ottoman? Decisions, decisions.

All the games look pretty good. And Nazgul Thunder includes something the LOTR movies forgot to: Tom Bombadil.


I can’t win

Thursday, March 15th, 2007 | Life in Czeltistan | 2 Comments

Voice is 90% back. Now the knee is gone. Yay — limping!

I give up.

(For the record, I have no idea what I did to my knee this time. And before anyone asks, no, this isn’t the barometer one. No blizzards on the horizon, as far as I know.)

It’s that time of year again

Thursday, March 15th, 2007 | You Call This News? | No Comments

Passover Coke is coming! Woot!

A bear of very little voice

Wednesday, March 14th, 2007 | Life in Czeltistan | 5 Comments

If anyone’s seen my voice, could they shoot me an email? It’s been missing since some time late Saturday. Last seen on the East Side or downtown. This temporary one I have now doesn’t work as well and I’ve been told it sounds like either Marge Simpson or Demi Moore. We can’t have that.

I’m usually not a throw pillow person

Tuesday, March 13th, 2007 | Toast! | 3 Comments

But I love this toast pillow. However, $50 seems a little spendy for a pillow. But it’s still toasty goodness.