Sunday, May 30, 2010

If you only need one recipe

Have you ever wondered what one recipe you would need to last you for the rest of your life? I found it today, or rather Joe Hill tweeted it to us.

Where else are you going to find prose that sings like this?

When you serve the finished result to children, make weird scifi sounds as you settle the plate in front of them — eeeeee-yoooo-eeeee-whaaaaa — and insist it looks exactly like the crashed UFO that the government has parked in an abandoned missile silo in Denver. A steady diet of these is all but guaranteed to kill you before you’re forty of heart disease, and when it’s time for the funeral, they’ll have to slather you in butter and cream cheese, just to fit your gargantuan fat ass into the coffin.



Saturday, May 29, 2010

Nothing Better Than

Stupid Rooster Comics. Aw baby!


Friday, May 28, 2010

Dark Tower the Gun Slinger

Do you remember the scene were Roland robs the drugstore and takes things like Keflex? This first story in this press release reminds me of that scene.

Cam graduates in six hours. Hopefully I'll get a little sleep first. I'm on massive steroids for that stupid cough and they are really interfering with my sleep cycle. I started them Sunday night and didn't sleep for more than two days after my first dose...

Saturday, May 22, 2010

Best Place to Rob Someone?

When you're planning your robbery where is the best place for the actual crime? How about right in front of a ninja school?

"He's called out to me, 'Sensei, someone's getting mugged on the road outside!'" said Mr Soto ."We looked around to see what was happening and there were three blokes on this guy just kicking him and punching him in the head.

"We started running at them, yelling and everything. These guys have turned around and seen five ninjas in black ninja uniforms running towards them. They just bolted," he said.

"You should have seen their faces when they saw us in ninja gear coming towards them. I've never seen guys running that fast. They should have been in the Olympics - they would have won gold," he added.



Friday, May 21, 2010

The Walk

This is a gorgeous, moving story by Ryan Pequin.


Thursday, May 20, 2010

Meg Cabot's Insatiable Book Trailer #1

Wednesday, May 19, 2010

Ignore All Warning Signs

I found this article while looking for what to do about the screen turning black while playing Pogo. I'm not sure how it fit the bill, but man, what a horrible story.

If someone says they raped someone else you should stop communicating with them. If someone says they want you to be raped you stop communicating with them. If someone verbally abuses you, well you get the picture.

I cannot understand why this woman didn't immediately disengage from this person. He had crazy written all over him. Sad.


Tuesday, May 18, 2010

The Expressions Say It All

Dad looks drunk and pleased, daughter looks horrified and over her head. Oh Christmas, it never quite lives up to the hype.

In other news I got Cam a generic MP3 player for his birthday today, which was naturally delayed in the mail, and of course his girlfriend got him and iPod touch. Sigh.

I guess he should just be glad he got away without being punched in the gut...

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Saturday, May 15, 2010

Busy, busy, busy

We're sort of stuck with the housebuying process, with ongoing negotiations, which is still making it hard to get on with things.

I wrote a six hundred word story today as a writing exercise, as part of @JaneEspenson's writing sprint. That was fun and went well.

There was a tornado warning at seven, with orders to take cover for forty minutes. Cam was at youth group so they all took shelter in the church and Cullen was at school so out of the path.

I'm working on a knit hat for little Cullen, the boy who is named after my Cullen, who is just about a year old. I haven't made anything that small in a long time so it's a bit odd but fun.

It looks like I'm getting another cold. I've been coughing all day. It's only been three weeks or so since I got over the never ending cough I got a couple of days after the Super Bowl so I'm not too thrilled about this. Hopefully this one will go away pretty quickly.

Finals coming up in the next couple of weeks. Prom is on the 22nd and then graduation on the 27th. Then if we can get the house taken care of and move I can relax for a bit.


Thursday, May 13, 2010

When Appearances Deceive

Cullen and I went to get haircuts the other day. Mine was sort of a trim, although I left an awful lot of hair on the salon floor. He was donating to Locks of Love and had so much hair he gave two full braids. In order to get a headstart on his crop of hair the stylist basically chopped off the braids, then trimmed the ends, leaving him with chin length hair parted in the middle.

Which means he looks kind of like an arrogant douche that models part time. He's pretty unhappy with it but if he cuts it any shorter he'll have to live with this stage as he grows it out anyway, so I'm not sure what we can do about it. It looks better if he pulls it off his face so I suggested a sparkly Hello Kitty barrette...


Monday, May 10, 2010

Awesome Trailer

I love this trailer for supernatural summer.


Sunday, May 09, 2010

Interesting Political Article

Someone in England passed around this article that looks at the makeup and wants of those who want to be referred to"the Tea Party", a name they can't use as it's already being used to refer to a particular event and time when the participants were in actual danger. (How strange is it to want to steal that name? I don't understand that in the least. It's especially weird given that our taxes are at the lowest they've been in decades.) But I digress.

One of the things the author talks about, which I haven't seen addressed elsewhere, is a false reliance on self. I see this all the time. People who have spent their lives getting paid exorbitant amounts to push paper suddenly announce they're going "off grid" and will now be completely self sufficient, growing all their own food, obtaining their own water supply and keeping it clean, raising cattle, being their own army, sometimes complete with mines laid around their compounds, and providing their own electricity. Of course they'll be homeschooling their children, who will grow up in complete isolation and then will...? What will happen to them when they're old enough to start their own families? Will there be a wish list trade with another compound? One strong son who can feed the oxen in exchange for a daughter-in-law who can churn butter? Who is going to deliver any more offspring? Is any experience gained with the imaginary cattle going to show them how to be midwives? It's baffling.

I'm all for working towards your dreams, trying to add sustainable gardening to your yard, cutting down on your electric use, etc., but I'm concerned about people who are in no way prepared for such a change forcing it on their young children. It's one thing for a ranch hand to try and start his own ranch, he or she has experience and a good idea of what it takes, but for someone who can't remember the last time they did anything more physically challenging than taking out the trash to suddenly think they can provide everything (food, water, shelter, fuel, medical care, protection, etc.) from scratch for their families is a little worrying.


Friday, May 07, 2010

Concise Instructions

The last time I went to the lab for a blood test they had moved and left directions similar to this.

I posted a link to an extensive list of free stuff for Mother's Day at my saving money blog. Enjoy.

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Thursday, May 06, 2010

Funniest Onion Article In Recent Memory,17372/

Contains as much cussing as say Pulp Fiction.


Wednesday, May 05, 2010

DC area residents can help the Zoo and play a game

The National Zoo is looking for volunteers for a variety of projects, the most interesting of which to me is an alternate reality game.

Friends of the National Zoo is launching a one-of-a-kind interactive game at the National Zoo. It is an alternative reality game (ARG) that's a bit like "Amazing Race" meets National Treasure meets conservation biology. If you have ever seen the "Amazing Race" think about the times when a person on the street handed a clue to the contestants—this is similar to one of our volunteer needs. Groups will use their cell phones to move around the Zoo to answer questions and help save a make-believe species.

Volunteers are needed for a variety of roles ranging from handing out clues to players who have the correct password to role-playing a scientist.

Sounds like fun.


Tuesday, May 04, 2010

Medication recall

If you have any children's cold, fever or pain medicine in the house you should probably take a look at this list of recalled medication.

Sunday, May 02, 2010

A trip through San Francisco a century ago

There are two things that surprise me about this clip. One is how many cars there are, given how old the footage is. Two is how chaotic everything is. Cars drive on both sides of the street, there are pedestrians everywhere and chaos is in charge. I'm surprised nobody was run down.


Saturday, May 01, 2010

A blast from the past

We used to watch this when I was young. I think it came on after Ultraman. I have the two connected in my mind anyway.