Archive for November, 2007

The more years you play, the less you drink.

Thursday, November 29th, 2007 | Life in Czeltistan | 4 Comments

Ms. Dynagirl and I were IMing about sadness over cancelled shows we like. I seem to be a curse for well-written shows. If I like them and they’re not a cop show, they aren’t going to make it too long. Or at least history would suggest that. And as many of you know, I am not a big fan of sitcoms. They make my brain hurt. (Admittedly, some of them are ok. But most of them are written for people who think fart jokes are the height of comedy.) Dynagirl has a suggestion for me, though:

Like a little cheese with your whine?

Thursday, November 29th, 2007 | You Call This News? | 5 Comments

I’m not a huge fan of the idea of the city putting up a bronze statue of the Fonz — hasn’t poor Milwaukee suffered enough Happy Days and Laverne & Shirley jokes? — but it’s just a silly little sculpture that’s going to go along the Riverwalk, which is home to many other sculptures. Local art guy Mike Brenner sure has his panties in a bunch over it, though.

Lighten up, Mike. Sheesh.

Any respect I had for him or his gallery is quickly waning. Only art he approves of is ok? Nice attitude for someone supposedly promoting the arts. Guess what — sometimes art is just plain silly or stupid. It happens. We’ll survive. (And is anyone but me having flashbacks to the last presidential elections and the Baldwin family?)

Cannot stop laughing

Tuesday, November 27th, 2007 | You Call This News? | 5 Comments

Prayers Answered

Tuesday, November 27th, 2007 | You Call This News? | 4 Comments

LebowskiFest Chicago, March 7-8, 2008.

How’s that for a birthday party, Mr. Steelbuddha??

Must go practice bowling.

The jokes just write themselves

Tuesday, November 27th, 2007 | You Call This News? | 1 Comment

Dick’s Sporting Goods Acquires Chick’s Sporting Goods

(Thanks to fellow copywriting staffer Brian for the tip.)

I feel the same way

Sunday, November 25th, 2007 | Screed! | 3 Comments

Already sick of the Christmas music.

Happy Thanksgiving

Wednesday, November 21st, 2007 | Life in Czeltistan | No Comments

I have to go rest up for a day of stuffing myself full of food, followed by a day of soundly ignoring the malls. You all have a lovely Thanksgiving (or a Happy Thursday for you non-Americans).

That time again

Wednesday, November 21st, 2007 | General | No Comments

3pm, the day before Thanksgiving. I believe that means it’s Beer O’Clock at work.

Thanks for going on the beer run, Jack. And thanks for the offer of the loan for your knife earlier. It’s probably a good thing I didn’t take you up on it.

Book autopsies

Tuesday, November 20th, 2007 | Design-y Bits | 1 Comment

I always cringe a little when I see people destroy books, even for art, but these book autopsies are just too beautiful for me not to love.

(via Web Zen)

The rest of the NOLA photos

Sunday, November 18th, 2007 | Life in Czeltistan | No Comments

Ok. Everything’s finally posted.

You’ll find the remainder of the shots from in the city beginning here and the shots from the train journey home begin here.

We spent our last morning in town walking around the Warehouse District and the riverfront. We popped into the Quarter to get one last coffee at Cafe du Monde and a muffaletta for lunch. Then it was over to the Amtrak terminal and time to head home.

Overall impressions of New Orleans: I highly recommend a visit. Don’t fear what you’re hearing about the crime. Use your head when you’re there — take cabs at night, walk in well-lit areas where other people are, don’t walk around drunk with your wallet hanging half out of your pocket, etc. — and you should be fine. The attractions you want to see are up and running for the most part, and you’ll find there’s almost never a wait to get in, get a table, find a seat in the pub, or what have you. The locals are some of the friendliest people I’ve met and they sure are glad to have people come visit again (especially if you’re planning to be a visitor and not a tourist). Unless you’re going during Mardi Gras or the Jazz Festival, you’ll find rates for accommodation to be really quite reasonable, especially considering how conveniently located most of the hotels and B&Bs are. So go. You’ll have fun. Just expect to come home a couple of pounds heavier from eating all that wonderful food.

New Orleans, Day 4

Sunday, November 18th, 2007 | Life in Czeltistan | 1 Comment

Finally got around to uploading photos from day 4 in New Orleans. They’re in the same set as the earlier ones and start here.

We walked up to check out St. Louis Cemetery #1, the oldest cemetery in the city. After that, we walked back through the Quarter toward Faubourg Marigny to check out an art fair. Along the way, we stumbled upon the Madame John’s Legacy museum. First we had the cemetery to ourselves (yes, we know this is a bad idea. Don’t worry — there was a cop doing walk-throughs), then the museum. Sunday morning in New Orleans means you get the city to yourself, unless you’re right near the Superdome. We finished the rest of the day prowling the stores, picking up a few last souvenirs and getting more coffee at Cafe du Monde.

Then it was time to take care of all the cocktail miscellany we hadn’t gotten to yet: a stop at the Carousel Bar at the Hotel Monteleone (because one cannot pass up the opportunity to have a drink at a revolving bar), Pimm’s Cup at Napoleon House, hurricane at Pat O’Brien’s, some proper absinthe (not the craptastic Czech stuff we’ve had before) and a Sazerac. One would think that would be enough, but we managed to sneak some other cocktails into the mix, several of them courtesy of some very friendly Las Vegas Fire Dept. members we met in one of the bars. (Big cheery wave to their captain — who couldn’t join them because “she’s a girl and this is a guys’ trip” — but who I spoke with on the phone, as she’s also in the Emerald Society and the boys thought she & I should talk.)

We finished the night out at our favorite New Orleans bar, Pravda. (Still my favorite, despite the fact they just made me link to a MySpace page). It’s a brilliant little spot. Great staff (which, both times we were in, was the owner, Michelle) and regulars. Excellent cocktail knowledge and plenty of non-alcoholic options for those who don’t feel like imbibing. Great music. Fantastic patio. That’s where we finished our night. There was still a bit to do in the morning, and we had to be on our train at 1:45 the next afternoon.

I’ve only got a few more photos left from the city and the train journey home. I’ll try to get those posted Sunday or Monday. Then I can stop boring you with stories of my travels and get back to the business of just finding weirdness on the intertubes for your enjoyment.

The feel-good squirrel story of the day

Friday, November 16th, 2007 | You Call This News? | No Comments

Squirrel’s epic swim across lake

“Imagine, if you will, a load of horseshit.”

Tuesday, November 13th, 2007 | Bloggity goodness | 2 Comments

I was bummed when I missed John Scalzi when he came to Milwaukee on his last book tour. Prior commitments prevented me from going to see him, or I’d definitely have been there. It’s not that I read a ton of sci-fi, though I did really quite enjoy reading The Android’s Dream, but I love his blog. (And, like so many others, I found it when he taped bacon to his cat.)

After reading his account of his trip to the Creation Museum (you must be nuts if you think I’m actually going to link to those whackos), I’m even more upset I missed him. I really need to get this man a beer. He entertains me greatly.

Do not miss the photos. There are a lot of them, but the comments are so worth it. (The comments on this photo amuse me muchly, especially the one from demoncrat.)


Tuesday, November 13th, 2007 | Design-y Bits | No Comments

I hate the idea of spending $28 on a t-shirt (and we all know I sure don’t need more t-shirts), but lordy, I want one of these I *heart* TYpography ones. Dammit, Artefacture. Quit making such cool shirts.

NOLA Day 3

Monday, November 12th, 2007 | Life in Czeltistan | No Comments

Photos are now posted for Day 3 of our trip.

We took a little walk around Faubourg Marigny, which is the neighborhood next to the French Quarter. (Pronunciation tip: “Marigny” like “marinate,” but ending in “e”) Then we went out to Audubon Park and the Audubon Zoo for Cajun Swamp Fest at the Zoo. (Milwaukeeans, it’s NOLA’s version of Zoo ala Carte.) After that, we made our way back downtown via a couple stops along Magazine Street. Went out for a bite to eat and stumbled across our favorite bar in New Orleans, Pravda. But more on that later. It’s late and I’m tired.

Enjoy the new pix.


Sunday, November 11th, 2007 | You Call This News? | 1 Comment

Thanks, vets.

More NOLA photos

Saturday, November 10th, 2007 | Life in Czeltistan | No Comments

I finally posted New Orleans pix from Day 2 we were in town (aka: The day we took 40 zillion photos). The entire set can be found here. Day two starts with this one.

Day 2 started with a bit of a hangover from Day 1 (too many Abita Ambers for the Czelt and Miz Christyl). We took the streetcar to the end of the French Quarter and then wandered our way back through the Quarter. Then we hopped on the Steamboat Natchez for a little trip down the Mississippi River. Highly recommended. Interesting to see the city and nearby surroundings from the river, and the ship’s crew provides narration for what you’re seeing as you travel.

After that, we dropped stuff off back at the hotel and went out to eat. Found a place called Hipstix, which turned out to be a good choice. We both left very full and very happy. Yum. Finished the evening at a wine place called W.I.N.O., which was fun.

Huh. Doesn’t sound like that should equal almost 100 photos, and yet it did. Don’t worry — I calmed down photographically for the next few days.

More coming later. Don’t want to overwhelm anyone.

More photos posted

Wednesday, November 7th, 2007 | Life in Czeltistan | 4 Comments

I’ve got New Orleans photos posted from day one of our trip.

We got into town mid-afternoon and checked into our hotel. Then we walked down Decatur St. to Aunt Sally’s Pralines (*drool*) and then stopped in Cafe du Monde for some tasty coffee and beignets. After that, we walked the riverfront down to the ferry going to Algiers Point. We found a pub there that had trivia, met the bar cat, met some locals and their dog, had too many beers and were part of the world’s worst pub trivia team (with the aforementioned locals and dog). It was a great night, though we paid for it a bit in the morning. That’s ok. It was all worth it.

I’ve got a hockey game Thursday night, so I doubt I’ll be able to post more photos until the weekend. These will have to keep you entertained until then.

The girl’s got moves

Wednesday, November 7th, 2007 | Fun With Teh Intarweb | 4 Comments

(This is probably old news, but remember that I’ve been on vacation for the last week.)

These videos are great:

Groovy Dancing Girl
Groovy Dancing Girl #2

Those Irish kids. They sure can dance.

(via J-Walk Blog)

We’re back

Tuesday, November 6th, 2007 | Life in Czeltistan | 6 Comments

And we left New Orleans reasonably intact.

Too tired to blog. Trying to convince myself to post some photos. (So many photos to sort through.) I’m hoping to get to some of it Wednesday evening. Guess you’ll need to be patient until then.

Update: I’ve posted a few pix from the train journey down to New Orleans. I’ll try to get more images posted in the next few days.