Archive for April, 2008

I’ll get to it eventually

Wednesday, April 30th, 2008 | Uncategorized | 1 Comment

Sleep study news coming later. I’m too tired tonight to deal with it or get the photos posted.

Meantime, why don’t you go coo over some photos of Flocke, Germany’s latest obscenely cute polar bear? Just look at the cuteness. Don’t you want to scritch his tummy? You do, don’t you? Just remember — he’d eat you if he could. Koochie-koo.

So much nicer than tagging

Wednesday, April 30th, 2008 | Uncategorized | 1 Comment

Reverse Graffiti

Drivers hustling to the city’s bustling North Beach neighborhood through the Broadway Tunnel Tuesday got a pleasant surprise — etched into the grimy walls lining the roadway was a tranquil urban forest.

The unique mural was created by British-based artist Paul “Moose” Curtis using a technique called reverse graffiti or clean tagging.

With the aid of San Francisco police and public works officials, Curtis spent the night blasting away at the years of grime with a high-powered water cannon.

There’s also a Flickr photoset of the project if you’d like to see more.

(via PicoCool)

You are getting sleepy…

Tuesday, April 29th, 2008 | Uncategorized | 6 Comments

Oh, wait. No. That’s me. And I’m not getting sleepy. I’m constantly sleepy, even after a full night’s sleep. To try to find out why, tonight I’m off to Columbia-St. Mary’s for a sleep study. Don’t worry, beloved internet pals, I’ll have my camera with me so I can document the whole thing. (I’m sure the techs will just love that. “Will you put that freakin’ camera down? I’m trying to get you hooked up.”)

Miss BB tells me the folks at the CSM sleep lab are quite wonderful, so that makes me a little less anxious about the thought of trying to get a good night’s sleep while hooked up to a zillion little electrodes. I’m actually feeling worse about leaving poor Norm at home by herself for a night for the first time since Cliff left us. (Plus she had a rough week. She had some little kitty virus and got all kinds of pokes and prods from the vet on Saturday. Almost $250 in tests and meds later, it turns out she probably just had some kind of stomach bug. She’s fine now, just needs to gain back some weight.) So I’m sure we’ll both have an interesting night.

Anyone wanna take bets on what the problem is? I’m going with apnea. Secondary guess is that a medication I’ve been on since last summer is playing havoc with my system. Good times. Good times.

For those of you who like maps…

Sunday, April 27th, 2008 | Uncategorized | 1 Comment

…you ought to like this one.

All the streets in the US

All of the streets in the lower 48 United States: an image of 26 million individual road segments. No other features (such as outlines or geographic features) have been added to this image, however they emerge as roads avoid mountains, and sparse areas convey low population.

They don’t have individual state maps, but they have a couple sections highlighted, one of them being a nice slice of the Great Lakes area around Wisconsin & Michigan. (If you could zoom in, you could see my street.)

ZOMG. Please be true

Friday, April 25th, 2008 | Uncategorized | 5 Comments

Replacements Leaving Door Open For Reunion

But please not Coachella. I don’t want to have to go slog my way out into the desert to see them. I’m also kind of disappointed it might be at a festival. I’m too damned old to deal with music festivals. I’m bored after about two bands and after a couple of hours around that many people, I’m ready to start stockpiling grenades.

For Tim

Tuesday, April 22nd, 2008 | Uncategorized | 1 Comment

Tim posted this for me the other day, so today, I post this for him.

Zombie URL


Makin’ sure it’s not just me

Saturday, April 19th, 2008 | Uncategorized | 12 Comments

Question for any Time Warner Cable subscribers who have recently had the new “upgraded” systems installed in their area: Is it just my experience, or does this new system kind of suck?

The guide is far, far slower and contains less info than the old one (not to mention it’s harder to read). The worst part of the new system, though, is the sound. I have to CRANK the sound to hear even half the dialogue on some channels and shows, and then I get deafened by the much louder commercials.

Anyone else having troubles?

Finally. Engineering that I actually understand.

Thursday, April 17th, 2008 | Uncategorized | 1 Comment

An Engineer’s Guide to Cats

Two professional engineers illustrate the proper care and practical benefits of cats. None of the cats, humans, or engineers were mistreated in the making of this film. They were however, slightly annoyed.

Good news for a change

Wednesday, April 16th, 2008 | Uncategorized | 14 Comments

Kind of impersonal to blog when it’s good news, but frankly, I just don’t have it in me to make individual phone calls. (Thank you all for being so awesome, and I do appreciate all the calls to check up on me, but I think I’ll hide from my phone for a little while now. I’m not a phone person by nature, so it’s been a little overwhelming.)


I got my job back.

Well, sort of. There are some changes in what I do and how some of it’s done, I’ve got a new manager, and some of the duties have been expanded, but all in a good way. I’ll still be at half-time for a few weeks, starting full-time again around May 15. (This last part is good. I have stuff I need to get done before I go back to 40-hour weeks.)

I don’t know yet when I start or any other particulars. The partners, my new boss and HR are going to talk this afternoon and let me know tomorrow what they’ve worked out.

So there we go. That’s my news. Now let’s hope things settle down in the Republic of Czeltistan for a little while. It’s been a bumpy year.


Monday, April 14th, 2008 | Uncategorized | 5 Comments

Sorry folks. Didn’t realize when we lost bits of the blog back in February that the css updates that add the underlines to my links had gone missing. They’re back now. My apologies to those of you on laptops and PCs who have been playing ‘hunt the links’ for the last couple months. They’re much easier to find now.

The enjoyable parts of being unemployed

Monday, April 14th, 2008 | Uncategorized | 6 Comments

The Public Museum is free for Milwaukee Co. residents on Mondays. That means it’s possible to get in to see the Body Worlds exhibit for only $12, instead of $24. (More on the exhibit in the comments.)

Guess where I went today.

And then, when I was done, I went to play with the rattlesnake button in the bison hunt diorama. Then I went over to the Streets of Old Milwaukee and the European Village for a bit. I like to just hang out in those last two and see how many of the visitors notice the little hidden bits in each. (Museum protip: There’s a brothel in the ‘Streets’ exhibit, albeit a very subtle one, and there’s all kinds of stuff on the rooftops in the European Village.)

Hooray for free days. Debating whether or not to take advantage of the one at the Art Museum on Wednesday. Heard a rumor it’s supposed to be 70 degrees out then, so it might be a waste to spend it indoors. Guess I’ll wait to see how things go.

I haven’t disappeared

Thursday, April 10th, 2008 | Uncategorized | 5 Comments

Just don’t have anything new to report. But things are in the works. News when I have it.

Nice one, Dave

Monday, April 7th, 2008 | Uncategorized | No Comments

Local reporter Dave Umhoefer won himself a Pulitzer. Very cool.

Complete listing of winners here.

Hooray! Beer!

Monday, April 7th, 2008 | Uncategorized | 1 Comment

Happy 75th anniversary of the return of beer in the US. April 7, 1933 was the day beer made its return after prohibition. (As a fine example of the speed of government, the 21st Amendment wasn’t ratified until Dec. 5 of that year. Way to keep up, DC.)

As Franklin Roosevelt would say, “I think this would be a good time for a beer.”

Day of Sports

Saturday, April 5th, 2008 | Uncategorized | No Comments

Three games. Three wins.

My day started at 10:30am with the Faux-pening Day tailgate out at Miller Park. Brewers won over the Giants. Much closer game than I thought it’d be. The Brewers were dominating going into the 6th, but gave San Fran a chance to catch up after that. Highlight of the game: two idiots who decided to rush the field. Oh, sure, they made it to the other side, but the security staff was waiting for them and it would seem the security staffers are football fans and enjoy practicing their tackles. (It was nice to see some football at the baseball stadium again.)

We could not have asked for better tailgating weather. It was 65 degrees and sunny. I got my first bit of sunburn for the year. Guess I missed a spot on my forehead when putting on the sunblock this morning. Whoops. Good thing the roof was closed at Miller Park, or I’d probably look like a beet right now.

After that was the annual Battle of the Badges police vs. fire hockey game. I was good with either team winning, but the Emerald Society member in me was happy to see a police win. Fun game. Good crowd, too.

Rounding out the night was an Admirals game. A win. It was really nice to have the team’s starting goalie back. He had a good night in Nashville yesterday, so I’m sure he wasn’t happy to be back in Milwaukee, but we all enjoyed his return. Good game, except for the guy two rows behind us who expressed every thought he had and shouted helpful things like “shoot it from the middle of the ocean!” (wft does that even mean??)

So here it is, now 12 hours after I started. It was a great day, but I’m beat. Time for a nap.

I’ll probably dream about sports.

The beginning of the end

Friday, April 4th, 2008 | Uncategorized | 14 Comments

Here be spoilers. If you’re not on BSG season 4 yet, just skip this entry, m’kay. Thanks. (Sorry, Jeff.)

Season 4 Battlestar Galactica premier tonight. Time to find out who the final Cylon model is. This one’s been perplexing me. I’ll be sure of who it is, then find some reason to rule them out. Assuming it’ll be a major character (oh — zing! It’s Hot Dog. No one will see that one coming.), I think I’ve at least got it narrowed down. Here’s the logic:

Adama: First of all, they likely wouldn’t have sent another Cylon to shoot him if he was one of the 12. (Then again, they took Tigh’s eye, so what the hell do I know?) Second, if he was a Cylon, no one would have made such a huge fuss over Hera. Zack and Lee would have been the first human-Cylon children.

Apollo: Ruling him out, based on the fact that Adama was there when Lee was born. Sure, you can implant memories into a Cylon to make them think they’re human, but implanting them into a whole human family is problematic.

Helo: He and Sharon have a kid. We know she’s a Cylon. We know Cylons can’t breed, except with humans. Ergo: Not a Cylon.

Cally: Ruled out for the same reason as Helo, but substitute The Chief for Sharon.

Gaeta: I’ve really got no reason for him to be ruled out, but I don’t think anyone would care one way or another if he were human or Cylon. Seems like a good way to just tick off the BSG fans, so not a Cylon.

Possibly Cylon:
Starbuck: It would seem she’s the most obvious, based on that whole returning from being presumed dead thing (and the mandala bit and her conversations with Leoben about her destiny), but the fact that it’s so obvious weighs on me. I’m not-so-secretly hoping it isn’t her, partly ‘coz I like the character, but partly because it just won’t be a surprise.

Roslin: If I could pick the final model she’d be it, but I’m solely basing that on D’Anna’s reaction and subsequent apology when she saw the final model. Can’t think of anyone D’Anna would need to apologize to, except possibly the president. However, her cancer may rule her out. (And did they ever actually run Adama and Roslin through the Cylon detector back in the first season? I can’t remember anyone definitely getting a result except Boomer and Ellen. If so, that would definitely rule her out.) I do think she’d be the best twist, though, seeing as how she’s the one with all the visions about Earth.

Dualla: I take that back. If I could pick anyone, it’d be Dualla. Cannot stand her character. Would be more than happy to airlock her. Sadly, I doubt it’s her.

Zarek: I’ve got no reason to suspect he’s a Cylon, I just think it’d be a kick for the original Apollo to wind up being a Cylon.

So that’s what I’ve got so far. I miss anyone? Miss anything obvious?