Archive for March, 2009

Almost as good as new Rebus

Friday, March 27th, 2009 | You Call This News? | 4 Comments

I knew that Ian Rankin was getting up to some other projects now that he finished the John Rebus books (weep. but it was time for Rebus to move on). What I didn’t know was that the first of these new projects was a new John Constantine graphic novel. I made a little “squeeeee!” noise when I found out. Now I just have to be patient and wait for August, which is when it comes out. (WANT NOW. Gimme.)

(Thanks to Mowokeeboy for the tip.)

A Reading from the Book of Armaments

Monday, March 23rd, 2009 | You Call This News? | 7 Comments

Sometimes the newspaper is the best comedy program for the day:

Pub is closed by Monty Python grenade

Related: I want this Holy Hand Grenade of Antioch cake.

(News link via Coudal Partners. Thanks for the link love, guys. I hope this helps throw some back at you.)

Ok, now I’m hungry

Friday, March 20th, 2009 | Fun With Teh Intarweb | No Comments

Battlestar Galactica Snacks

Would eat them all.

Loved the finale, except the last few flash-forward minutes. That was a bit on the lame side.

Also, I got BINGO three times by using this. Would be dangerous as a drinking game.

Extreme Shepherding

Thursday, March 19th, 2009 | Design-y Bits | 1 Comment

It’s always fun to watch a talented shepherd and his dogs work their sheep, but these guys take it to a whole new level.

Extreme Sheep LED Art



Note to self:

Friday, March 13th, 2009 | You Call This News? | 2 Comments

Don’t fly Alitalia.

Wow. Just…wow.

(Thanks to Vidiot for the link.)


Thursday, March 12th, 2009 | Bloggity goodness | 1 Comment

After looking through the Scanwiches site, I see I need to add a couple of new spots to my list of places to eat in NYC. Man, those are some tasty looking sandwiches.

It also makes me realize once again that Milwaukee is woefully low on the number of decent delis we have available. (The best of which is still Fulbeli Deli. Damn. Now I wish I had more time for my lunch break today. Sure could go for a Venus.)

(Via Neatorama)

I suddenly want to spend more time at the UN

Wednesday, March 11th, 2009 | Toast! | 1 Comment

A ‘Battlestar Galactica’ panel discussion at the United Nations

Wanna take bets on whether or not anyone can slip the word “frak” in there anywhere? It’d look great in the transcripts. (And suddenly I’m hungry for some KFC.*)

(Via Coudal)

(*If you don’t watch the episodes when they air on SciFi, this probably doesn’t make any sense. Sorry. It’s a location joke. You kinda had to be there.)

If only there was an app that gave you artistic ability

Wednesday, March 11th, 2009 | Design-y Bits | No Comments

‘Coz then I’d really have to get an iPhone so I could make lovely little drawings like these. Amazingly, they were made using only a finger and the Brushes app.

Make sure you check out the movies of the drawings being made.

(Via The Morning News)


Tuesday, March 10th, 2009 | You Call This News? | 7 Comments

About a year ago, I attended a meeting of one of the neighborhood groups for the area where I live. I went partly ‘coz it was at Paddy’s and partly because their guest that month was our neighborhood liaison officer from the local police station. I figured it wouldn’t be a bad idea to meet the person who fills that role in the area where I live and own property.

While I was at the meeting, I signed up for the group’s email list. I haven’t attended any meetings since that one, but I still get the emails. Every now and then I think about taking myself off their email list. They’re nice people, but… how shall I put this delicately… they need hobbies. Hobbies other than sitting around talking about what they think of the sign at the local stop-n-rob or cars they’ve seen parked in one place too long. But just about the time I think of unsubscribing, I get one of their emails and it makes me laugh and I decide to remain on the list.

Today I got one of those emails.

One of the local restaurants suffered a fire last year. Once they figured out what they were up against with repairs and such, and in view of the current economy, they decided to close rather than remodel and reopen. A couple of months ago, a new pub & restaurant announced they’d be opening up in that space. The new place will be a British pub, owned by a Brit, and named “The Dog’s Bollocks.”

So today, I get my copy of the local neighborhood group’s email. Item B on this month’s agenda for them is the following: “Discussion of possible actions related to new information about the proposed name for the new British style inn moving into the space formerly occupied by Elliot’s Bistro. Since meeting with the owner about the project, we have learned that the name uses some rather vulgar British slang.”

OH NOES!!! A pub! In an entertainment district! Near a college! Using *gasp!* a cheeky name! Won’t someone think of the children??

I was pretty indifferent to the pub prior to this, but I think I’ve just become a fan. Added potential for neighborhood comedy: It’s just down the block from the Tool Shed, which is a local erotic boutique (and was the last thing that got this neighborhood group’s panties in a bundle) (oh. ha. see what I did there?). God, I hope the two places decide to co-sponsor something — perhaps the dodgeball tournament at this year’s Summer Soulstice on North Ave.

I’m in ur watch, leavin’ u messages

Tuesday, March 10th, 2009 | Design-y Bits | 1 Comment

The hidden message in Abraham Lincoln’s timepiece.

It’s little gems like this that make me happy I follow the Smithsonian on Twitter.

Sometimes people make my brain hurt

Monday, March 9th, 2009 | Design-y Bits | 2 Comments

Frequently, those people write in to Yahoo! Answers, asking questions like this one:

‘We The People’ on the American Constitution is in what writing font?
i’m looking to find out what Font wrighting is We The People is on the American Constitutuion so i can use that font in a Word Prosseser

(Via The J-Walk Blog)

Looking into the past

Monday, March 9th, 2009 | Design-y Bits | No Comments

Here is what I hope is only the beginning of a wonderful little Flickr set called Looking Into the Past. Can’t wait to see more of these.

As the creator notes, it’s a tribute to Michael Hughes’ brilliant Souvenirs photos. (I love those photos to no end.)

That’ll teach me to go to bed early

Monday, March 2nd, 2009 | Life in Czeltistan | 2 Comments

I was exhausted last night, so I was in bed before the news last night. Probably should have stayed up to watch the weather. I knew we were expecting flurries or light snow. Had no idea I’d wake up to 8″ of the stuff.

On the plus side, it looks all very Dr. Zhivago out there, especially now that the sun’s coming out.