Archive for August, 2007

Oh, ok. I’ll jump on the memewagon

Friday, August 31st, 2007 | Bloggity goodness | 1 Comment

I know everyone and their brother has blogged the Maps for Us site, but for those of you who may have missed it, I post it here. I’m already bored with the Miss Teen South Carolina thing (which I still don’t quite get the fuss over), but this site is actually quite wonderful.

The World Without Us

Friday, August 31st, 2007 | Fun With Teh Intarweb | 3 Comments

Cool little chart showing what happens after the humans are gone.

Day 1 is good. After that, things get a bit messy for awhile.

(Via Neatorama)


Thursday, August 30th, 2007 | Life in Czeltistan | 5 Comments

Got out of work tonight to find that the right third of my rear license plate had been sheared off my car. Car’s in ok shape — no bumper cracking or scratches or anything — but the plate’s messed up. And, of course, according to the DMV web site, it’ll take 6-8 weeks to get a replacement. Anyone want to start taking bets on how often I get pulled over between now and then for driving with plates without a registration sticker on them? Thanks, whomever.

Adding further insult to my evening: I got home tonight, walked to the living room and turned on the light, which then promptly burned out. Then I stepped in a lovely hairball my cat hacked up.

Oh, yeah. This night’s lookin’ great.

Everyone loves free museum admission day

Tuesday, August 28th, 2007 | Design-y Bits | 2 Comments

Saturday, September 29 is Smithsonian Museum Day.

“Museum Day is a nationwide event taking place on Saturday, September 29, 2007 where participating museums and cultural institutions across the country offer free admission to Smithsonian readers and visitors, allowing for one day only, the free-admission policy of Smithsonian’s Washington, D.C.-based facilities to be emulated across the country.”

There are only 3 participating museums here in Wisconsin, but our neighbors in the State That Shall Remain Nameless to the South have a whole load of them. And there are plenty of other museums around the country that are participating as well.

Go get some culture. It won’t cost you a thing.

Quite accurate in the pillow region

Sunday, August 26th, 2007 | Bloggity goodness, Kitty! | 1 Comment

A cat’s map of the bed

(Do spend time prowling around Strange Maps. It’s a wonderful site.)

Planning your next vacation?

Friday, August 24th, 2007 | Joss Whedon-y Goodness | 5 Comments

Perhaps these Blue Sun travel posters will help.

And remember, if you’re headed for Miranda, watch out for the Pax.

Notes on an Irish Fest

Thursday, August 23rd, 2007 | Eire | 3 Comments

1) Lordy, it was wet. Enough with the rain, please. We’re good. (Mother Nature could at least be nice and stop it in time for Fiesta Mexicana this coming weekend.)

2) The Celtic Rock Stage from 8pm Saturday through the close of the Fest on Sunday: Crickets. Hard to rock out when the stage is closed down. Extra huge kudos to Enter the Haggis and Scythian for managing to pull off killer impromptu sets sans sound system. You guys saved our butts on Sunday and pulled off one of the coolest Irish Fest music shows in years.

3) Excellent job by all involved in the Tommy Makem tributes. They were fantastic. And, as I fully expected, Rory Makem made me cry. I knew that’d happen as soon as I saw the boys, but I had no idea the first time I saw Rory, he’d be singing Four Green Fields. And boy, does he sound a lot like his dad, who was sorely missed at this year’s festival.

4) Thanks to the stage being shut down all day Sunday, we were able to leave the booth a bit early and actually catch the full Scattering and a set by The Elders beforehand. I’d heard great things about The Elders, but hadn’t had a chance to see them yet. They are fantastic. Make sure to check them out if they come your way. You won’t be disappointed.

5) Photos are coming. I haven’t had the urge to fire up the computer at home and download them yet.

The yearly “How to Feel Old” list

Wednesday, August 22nd, 2007 | Fun With Teh Intarweb | 8 Comments

Time for Beloit College to make anyone over 30 feel tragically old again.

Patience is a virtue

Wednesday, August 22nd, 2007 | Bloggity goodness | 2 Comments

Ok. I lied. Monday my brain was just too fuzzy to write anything and Tuesday was a flurry of activity, trying to catch up from a week away from work. Gonna try to post something today. Tomorrow at the latest.

A little radio silence

Wednesday, August 15th, 2007 | Life in Czeltistan | 9 Comments

It’s Irish Fest week. I’ll catch you all on Monday.

So very, very wrong.

Saturday, August 11th, 2007 | Life in Czeltistan | 9 Comments

I stop by my local pizza place on the way home from the pub tonight. The parking lot of the bar across the street from there is PACKED and is bumpin’. (Yes, I said “bumpin’” and I meant it, yo.) (I didn’t really mean the “yo” thing, however. I apologize.) So I ask the bartender at the pizza place what’s up. He tells me “Ton Loc’s playing.”

Ton Loc.

Let me let that sink in.

Ton Loc.

That dude hasn’t had a hit since the late-80s. And really, he squeaked that second hit in there. He really should only get credit for “Funky Cold Medina” (and should be brutally punished for it 20+ years later). Yet the college students who live near me are over there, drinking copious amounts of Red Bull and cheering for him.

If I had not been drinking beer on and off since 3pm today, my solution would be to go get drunk and try to ignore it. Unfortunately, I’m home and don’t want any more beer. So I think I have to crank the episodes of Adam-12 I have left to watch and pretend I don’t hear what’s going on outside.

I think I’ve spent too much time on the internet.

Thursday, August 9th, 2007 | Fun With Teh Intarweb, Life in Czeltistan | 4 Comments

Had to go in search of a cute animal stock photo this morning. Realized that I am now completely incapable of looking through animal shots without mentally adding lolcat captions to them.

A moment in Czeltistan

Monday, August 6th, 2007 | Life in Czeltistan | 2 Comments

Scene: Around 11pm on a warm, muggy night in Milwaukee. The windows in our building are open. My neighbor and I are both in our living rooms, which face the street.

My neighbor sneezes.

A woman walking her dog past the building says “Bless you.” My neighbor replies, “Thank you.” Both continue on with their business.

Quick update

Monday, August 6th, 2007 | Life in Czeltistan | 1 Comment

Good news: Grandma’s off the ventilator and has all her tubes out, save for one IV. She got out of bed twice yesterday for meals (first meal after being out for a week: a cheeseburger, coffee and apple pie ala mode) and she’s awake and chatty and cracking jokes. (My brother: “How do you feel, Grandma?” Grandma: “With my hands.”) It’s likely that today she moves out of ICU and starts physical therapy to get her strength back.

Thanks to everyone for the well wishes. And huge thanks to the ICU staff at Columbia St. Mary’s, who are an incredibly nice bunch of people.

Oh, and that reminds me… In yet another example of how small Milwaukee really is sometimes, one of Grandma’s ICU nurses is the woman who bought Grandma & Grandpa’s house when they moved into their apartment six years ago. (For those of you not from Mke, that house is on the northwest side of the city, Grandma now lives on the south side of the city and the hospital is near downtown and could not be farther east unless it were on a barge in Lake Michigan.)

It’s bacon!

Friday, August 3rd, 2007 | Fun With Teh Intarweb | 4 Comments

Mmm. Bacon and bacon-related products. I can feel my arteries slamming shut just thinking about it. *drool*

I still want to try that bacon chocolate bar. That sounds awesome. Not too sure about the bacon cotton candy, though.

A sad day for Irish music

Thursday, August 2nd, 2007 | You Call This News? | 1 Comment

I just got news that Tommy Makem passed away Wednesday. It’s a horrible loss to the Irish music community (and just the community in general, as he was a genuinely nice man), but there’s a little part of me that is happy in the knowledge that he’s no longer suffering with the cancer.

Rest well, Tommy. We sure will miss seeing you every August at the Fest.

(For those of you in the Dover, NH area, there will be a wake Mon-Wed and a funeral mass on Thurs. And for those of you in Ireland, I’m sure there will be plans for a memorial there also. I just don’t know what they are.)

Could always be worse

Wednesday, August 1st, 2007 | Design-y Bits, You Call This News? | 1 Comment

I was thinking my week was delighting in kicking me more often than it should and I was a little bummed about it. Then I saw the news of the bridge collapse up in Minneapolis and decided maybe my week wasn’t really all that bad. Thoughts and condolences go out to everyone involved in that. So far, the fatalities are remarkably few, considering the damage in the photos I’ve seen. Let’s hope it stays that way.

Update on Grandma: She’s still in ICU and still on a ventilator and sedated, but according to her respiratory therapist, she’s doing well with her breathing exercises and is doing some of the breathing on her own. No word yet on when she’ll be off her antibiotics or the vent, but the nurses I saw seemed pretty optimistic and made it sound like her pneumonia was getting better, so I’m taking that as a good sign.

Oh, and one last thing for Christyl: Since I keep forgetting to show you the necklace I got, it’s this panorama of Prague one. Lovely, no? I so want more of her stuff.