Archive for January, 2009

Sometimes you have to be cruel to be kind

Thursday, January 29th, 2009 | Fun With Teh Intarweb | 7 Comments

I’m one of those people who loves to check out the SkyMall catalogs on airplanes. It’s a little slice of comedy gold stuffed in the seat pocket. So, of course, those commercials for the Slanket* are kind of trainwreck territory for me. I want to look away, but can’t. Must…mock…stupidity.

Which made this video for the WTF Blanket ever-so-wonderful.

Thanks, chicobangs. You made my evening.

*No, I’m not linking to the Slanket site. I have standards here, you know. Admittedly, they’re pretty low standards, but that product falls even below them. If you don’t know what it is, you’ll just have to Google it.

Must be better than the original

Thursday, January 29th, 2009 | Shameless Consumerism | No Comments

Pride and Prejudice and Zombies

Oh, sure. Where was this when I was forced to read Pride and Prejudice the first time? (Sorry, Jane Austen fans. I’m just not a fan of the non-zombie versions of her work.)

Attention Heinemann’s fans

Wednesday, January 28th, 2009 | You Call This News? | 2 Comments

Missing your favorite Heinemann’s dish? The Journal’s got a couple of recipes posted today.

You’ll also notice in the sidebar that the Pfister is doing a survey of people’s favorite Heinemann’s dishes. The top three vote getters will be added to the Cafe at the Pfister’s menu. (Note: As of the writing of this entry, the Pfister didn’t have the survey up on their site. You may need to check back on this one.) (And out of towners: Please note, we’ve heard all the jokes about the Pfister’s name. Trust me.)

On, Wisconsin

Monday, January 26th, 2009 | Bloggity goodness | 1 Comment

This week’s gallery post over at The Morning News is from a Wisconsin photographer. Yay!

It Happened in Wisconsin

The first shot in the series is taken about a mile from my house. And you can see the rest of Brautigam’s “On Wisconsin” series here.

If you need me, I’ll be in front of the computer

Monday, January 26th, 2009 | Fun With Teh Intarweb | No Comments

Cuter than the shiba inu cam: kitty cam!

Thanks, BB.


Thursday, January 22nd, 2009 | Fun With Teh Intarweb | 1 Comment

Aretha Franklin’s Hat Flickr group.

I still want that hat. I would totally rock it when I shuffled off to the stop-n-rob on Sundays to get my newspaper.

Worth at least 48,000 words

Wednesday, January 21st, 2009 | Bloggity goodness | No Comments

The Big Picture has a wonderful round-up of photos from yesterday’s Obama inauguration. (Excellent job, Alan. You’re a rockstar.)

As for the contents of that envelope in the final photo, it better just be a note that says, “Sorry.”

In case hearing it once wasn’t enough

Tuesday, January 20th, 2009 | You Call This News? | 1 Comment

And it certainly is worth reading again. The text of Obama’s inaugural address.

Hot damn, it’s a good day to be an American.

Tuesday, January 20th, 2009 | You Call This News? | 1 Comment

This is our time, to put our people back to work and open doors of opportunity for our kids; to restore prosperity and promote the cause of peace; to reclaim the American dream and reaffirm that fundamental truth, that, out of many, we are one; that while we breathe, we hope. And where we are met with cynicism and doubts and those who tell us that we can’t, we will respond with that timeless creed that sums up the spirit of a people: Yes, we can.

- Barack Obama

I feel like someone’s punched me in the gut

Monday, January 19th, 2009 | You Call This News? | 2 Comments

I heard on the radio this morning that Schwartz Books — my favorite store in the entire world — is closing at the end of March. The Downer Ave and Mequon stores will be sold to the employees. 82 years in business. Soon to be gone forever.

I’m completely crushed. There aren’t words to describe what those stores — especially the Downer location — mean to me. I realize I’ll still have the “new” store there to go to (and I’m fully confident the employees will keep the vibe I love so much), but dammit, this is depressing. This is a void no crappy chain store (Borders, I’m especially looking at you, but Barnes & Noble, you’re not much better) could ever fill.

I have to go off and sulk for awhile.

Miracle? No. Good luck and two excellent pilots? Yes.

Friday, January 16th, 2009 | You Call This News? | 1 Comment

Salon’s got a nice piece in their “Ask the Pilot” column about yesterday’s US Air ditch in the Hudson.

There certainly was some measure of luck involved. I’m still gobsmacked they were able to get to the Hudson without hitting anything else, including anything on the river itself. But enough with the “miracle” and the “god” stuff. Two extremely competent and well-trained pilots did all the heavy lifting in getting that plane down safely and ensuring the safety of all aboard. And once they were down, it was excellent response time and training that got everyone to the shore quickly.

And not to take away from what Cpt. Sullenberger’s accomplishments, but he wasn’t alone in that cockpit. And his first officer, Jeffrey Skiles, was a Wisconsinite, so I’d like to throw him a little love. Nice job, gentlemen.

(Thanks to Vidiot for the Salon link.)

Note to self:

Thursday, January 15th, 2009 | Life in Czeltistan | 4 Comments

You park outside. The night before the temps drop below zero, don’t park in the heated underground parking lot when you stop at the grocery.

Got out to the car this morning to find all the windows frosted up on the inside. Where the scraper doesn’t work. And the defroster takes ages. *grumble*

Reminded me of being in an old VW Bug.

Attention cat owners

Wednesday, January 14th, 2009 | Kitty! | 1 Comment

Want to be your cat’s hero? Get a pack of these Wildside Salmon cat treats.

I got one as a gift. I have since renamed it “kitty crack.”

Norm’s always been a fan of treats, but I’ve never seen her go as insane for any treat as she does for these. I had to put the package in a cupboard the first night I opened them. She saw where I put them atop the bookcase and I was awakened during the night to the sound of Norm trying to liberate the rest of the package from its hiding spot. My elderly cat. Climbing. This was serious treat love, especially since she normally couldn’t care less about salmon.

So give ‘em a try. If your cat likes them even half as much as Norm does, it’ll be a total win.

(The gift pack these were in also contained chocolate espresso cookies for me. Norm & I spent much of the delivery day saying “Nom!”)

Next step: rocket science!

Wednesday, January 14th, 2009 | You Call This News? | No Comments

Suspect arrested at police counter when officer recognizes him

A man who came to a Milwaukee Police Department’s district station to ask about the arrest of his girlfriend ended up in custody himself when an officer recognized him as a suspect in a surveillance video of a strong armed robbery that occurred on Monday.

I hope to officers all took a big smiley group photo with him before tossing him in the cell.

Up in flames (now with updates)

Monday, January 12th, 2009 | You Call This News? | 5 Comments

Rockhaus Guitars had a fire on Sunday.

It’s bad any time anyone loses a business to fire, but it’s especially troubling when it’s my friend’s store.

I didn’t want to bug Rusty, figuring he’s got enough on his plate right now, but I got more info from Greg (the store’s original owner, who now lives in DC) about the fire. He says Rusty told him about 80% of the stock was destroyed. He also says there are plans to rebuild.

Y’know what this would be a good time for? A benefit show. Local musicians, club owners and WMSE (whom Rockhaus has supported for many years), I’m lookin’ at you.

Update: Word now is that all of the store’s guitars were destroyed in the fire. Try not to think too hard on that. It’ll just make you a little sick to your stomach wondering how much vintage, irreplaceable stuff might have been in the mix.

Further Update: I talked to Rusty Monday night. The insurance adjuster showdown is Wednesday (his vs. landlord’s). They’re ripping open the wall where the fire started. Everyone send good insurance outcome vibes his way. (He also asks that benefit plans be put on hold until after he hears how the insurance will shake out.)

Gorram it.

Thursday, January 8th, 2009 | Bloggity goodness | 2 Comments

I did it again. Must make sure “awaiting approval” is checked before deleting all the comments in the queue.

Sorry, anyone who’s left a comment in the last couple days. I just nuked ‘em.

I really have to get a better spam killer plugin. (My old one, which I loved, is no longer supported, so I need to find something new. WordPress users, got any favorites?)

For fans of transit maps

Thursday, January 8th, 2009 | Design-y Bits | No Comments

A transit map of the Milky Way galaxy

I knew the Hamptons seemed that far out, but who knew they actually were.

(via notcot)

Create your own little army

Wednesday, January 7th, 2009 | Design-y Bits | 1 Comment

3EyedBear: Free critter paperkits. All you need is a color printer and your mad cutting, gluing and folding skillz.

So cute!

(Via notcot)

Oh, also…

Wednesday, January 7th, 2009 | Bloggity goodness | No Comments

…I’m back. Mostly. Two months of blog slacking is probably enough. Besides, I’ve been doing some catching up on what I’ve missed on the interweb while out doing other things, and I’ve found some goodies to share. I’ll start posting them soon.

Awww. This makes me sad.

Wednesday, January 7th, 2009 | You Call This News? | 2 Comments

After 86 years, Heinemann’s Restaurants close

First Atomic Records*, now Heinemann’s. Dammit, craptastic economy, quit taking away our city’s institutions.

Granted, I hadn’t eaten at Heinemann’s in years, but I have fond memories of eating there when I was younger. I must have been a huge fan of their egg salad, because every time someone mentions the restaurant’s name, egg salad sandwiches are the first thing to pop into my mind.

(*Don’t even get me started on how upset I am about this one. I’ve been in the shop several times since the announcement. Even when I’ve gotten what I came to get, I wander around a little bit, trying to soak up a few remaining bits of atmosphere to squirrel away in my memories.)