Archive for June, 2009

This is why you’re fat*

Tuesday, June 30th, 2009 | Bloggity goodness | 3 Comments

Now I’ve never been a big fan of Cheesecake Factory. Their portions are stupidly big and their food is pretty mediocre. Plus, much a fan of air conditioning as I am, every one I’ve been in has been cold enough to store meat. (Pro tip: I should not have to wear a sweater to eat at your establishment in mid-summer.)

I’m even less of a fan of the place after reading this: Cheesecake Factory Calorie Counter.

Two words: Holy. Crap.

As Miz Christyl points out, “Yeah! Morning quesadilla — 2000+ calories. Your entire caloric quota for the day, done by 10 am!”

Guess it saves you the trouble of having to eat later in the day.

(*This is not why I’m fat. I’m fat because I like beer. And pizza. And beer and pizza. And my sofa. But Cheesecake Factory gets none of the credit.)

Please, no.

Friday, June 26th, 2009 | Fun With Teh Intarweb | 2 Comments

This is one of those things that seemed very funny at first, and then made me kind of sad, because Hollywood often thinks things like this are a good idea.

Storyboards from Michael Bay’s “The Great Gatsby”

Then again, it’s got robots.

Also, is Tom Buchanan in this movie? He’s kind of a pretty big part of the book. I noticed that Daisy has a robot named “Tom-E.” That can’t be Tom, right?

And I think I’m going to have to go re-read the book. All the times I’ve read it, I seem to have missed the Mayor Wolfsheim character. Then again, I missed the robots, so maybe I wasn’t paying very close attention.

Happy blog day to me…

Wednesday, June 24th, 2009 | Bloggity goodness, Life in Czeltistan, You Call This News? | 3 Comments


See? Even Norm’s excited. Though were it not for Mr. m@, I’d never remember that June 24 is officially Czeltic Day. This year is the seventh anniversary. My, how time flies.

Isn’t age seven the “age of reason” for children according to the law? Gosh, I hope I’ve taught it well.

It’s been a long week, and it’s damned hot, so I’m looking to get off the computer (I’m pretty sure it’s using me as a heat sink). I’d write something witty about the last seven years and the changes the internet has gone through, but I’m feeling more melty than witty, and no one needs to hear any more grousing from me about the heat. (Oh, god. It’s only June. *weeps quietly*) So here are a few links I’ve come across in the last few weeks that I found fun or interesting. Hope you find them fun and interesting as well.

1. Morning people vs. Night people I fall strongly into the second camp. I’m a firm believer the day should start no earlier than 10am, but I can’t seem to convince the rest of the world that everyone can get enough work done between 11am and 6pm to make that work. It is nice to know though, that next time a morning person gives me that “damn, you’re lazy” look because I’m not awake early, I can point out that it’s just a difference in how our brains are wired. And, then since night people get stronger as the day goes on, I’ll wait until the morning person is settling in for the night to beat them up. They’ll never see it coming.

2. We want to watch Jurassic Park I love that they included the cat. You know you want to flag this as “best of craigslist.” You should do that.

3. So just what the hell are Grape Nuts? Did you say “flour?” Yeah, they’re pretty much what you think they are, but it’s still a good piece about them. Or maybe I just think that because I have a little place in my heart for Grape Nuts. You have to love anything that improves the taste and texture of your yogurt and makes a tasty meatloaf.

Oh, and before I go, let me take a minute and say thanks to all of you for stopping by. It always kind of amazes me anyone reads this. Hmm. Maybe I should add my Twitter feed so you have something to read more often. Yeah. I think that’s what I’ll give the blog for its birthday. Much better than a silly party hat. (I’m not giving the cat a party hat for her birthday this year, either. It took me hours to get the photo for it last year. Cats are not keen on headgear.)

No, no. I ordered the chicken.

Friday, June 19th, 2009 | Bloggity goodness | 2 Comments

Excuse Me, Waiter…? There’s a Large Bird of Prey in My Soup.

Lunch with an uninvited hawk, including photos. (Don’t worry, squeamish types. There’s nothing gross.)

Sometimes surprise lunch guests are the most interesting.

Picture day

Wednesday, June 10th, 2009 | Design-y Bits, Tunes! | 2 Comments

Today’s post is all about photos — lovely collections of photos. (So, naturally, I do not have one posted for you to stare at. You’ll just have to click the links below.)

1) Nick Brandt has some stunning black & white photographs of African animals. They’re made all the more impressive by this statement from the photographer: “I get extremely close to these very wild animals, often within a few feet of them. I don’t use telephoto lenses.” Make sure you think of that when you see the photo of the sitting lionesses.

2) Six extraordinarily stubborn nail houses. And no, I didn’t post this because of Pixar’s “Up.” Until today, I knew nothing about Up, except that a) I haven’t seen one single ad for it anywhere, b) apparently everyone else on the internet has, and c) Nathan Fillion claims that you can use it as a robot test. Oh, and I know from everyone telling me so that it’ll make you cry. (Which, I guess, also tells me that it’s probably not a movie where stuff blows up a lot or there are evil, scary aliens. Damn.)

3) Astronomy Picture of the Day. One of my daily stops as I browse the intertubes. If you’ve got some extra time, go through the archives (or just click on the little left arrow button next to the word “Archives” in the footer). There are some really awesome sights to be seen.

4) Martin Wilson makes fun (and pretty amazing) works that use every frame of a 35mm roll of film to create a single larger work. I think Oranges and Lemons is my favorite.

(Big thanks to Coudal for the first two of these links. I will repay the favor with links for you as soon as I can find something cool before you. Be patient. That’s a tough task.)

But I have a crunchberry tree in the back yard

Thursday, June 4th, 2009 | You Call This News? | 1 Comment

We really need to institute a stupidity tax for our legal system, specifically for instances like this.

On May 21, a judge of the U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of California dismissed a complaint filed by a woman who said she had purchased “Cap’n Crunch with Crunchberries” because she believed “crunchberries” were real fruit.

Comments fixed

Tuesday, June 2nd, 2009 | Bloggity goodness | No Comments

You no longer have to log in to comment. Don’t know why that got switched, but everything’s open again.

Was wondering why the spammers suddenly got so quiet.

Whoa. I’ve got a doppleganger.

Tuesday, June 2nd, 2009 | Life in Czeltistan | 3 Comments

Check this out: Me or not me? (The fact she’s holding a newspaper really doesn’t do much to help you out, does it?)

I just wish I was still that skinny. (Did you know that you actually have to work to lose weight? Dammit. Where’s the weight loss option for us lazy people? This is the future. Where is my magic pill?)

Anyhow… thanks, Brian, for the tip. I think I’ll send her an email telling her not to rob any banks, though. I make enough trouble for myself all on my own.

Update: Mosey found her head shot, which is not quite sucha match. Still could be related, though.