Thursday, July 29, 2010

Fed up with your office?

Just be glad you don't work here.


Wednesday, July 28, 2010

21 Years ago a child was born

Today is Cullen's 21st birthday.

While there have been many advances since he was born, particularly in the computing field, the biggest change is the Twilight books came out and people suddenly learned to pronounce his name.


Sunday, July 25, 2010

Gotta disagree

I don't know who this guy is, but someone is my Twitter feed is retweeting him so I have to at least glance at his tweets.

So far he's making fun of moms (always an easy target, just pay attention to anything for five minutes and you'll hear things like "not your mother's ____") because of course we know all moms are terminally unhip. No moms read comic books (or write them - that would be INSANE) or play video games or read science fiction or go online or text or buy cutting edge tech or watch awesome tv or - well you get the picture. Moms clean, cook and complain. The three c's.

And if that weren't annoying enough there's this tweet:

Ihnatko Watching G4 Comic-Con coverage. Never have so many TV/Movie actors worn so many comic-related tees bought for them by so many publicists.
This is part of the ZOMG!! Comic Con has been RUINED by movies and TV!!! mindset that some are sporting this year.

Sure, Comic Con has changed from its beginnings but then what hasn't? It's also weird that people are so upset by screenings because many of them are comics based or have comics tie ins. Dr. Who comics exist and lots of films that are first shown at Comic Con are based on comics.

But all of that aside, this particular tweet annoys the crap out of me because it's fundamentally wrong.

I follow a bunch of actors who are at Comic Con this weekend. Most of them have shows on the SyFy channel but some of them are just involved in SF fandom and have been for years. You can't tell me Eddie McClintock and Nathan Fillion aren't comics fans. Of course they are.

But even aside from that, in general actors and people who work on sets are interested in comics. I say this because every time I've had a comic on the set I've had a hard time reading it because everyone from the director on down ask about it or comment on it. Two that generated particular buzz were Signal to Noise and the final book of the Sandman series (title escapes me), which led to me weeping like a baby during the filming of HBO's the Corner. (Although I'm laughing in the shot that made it to screen.)

Comic fans in general tend to enjoy films and television and there are loads of film and television fans who enjoy comics. It's ridiculous to think that just because someone acts for a living they no longer fit into those molds.

In short, sigh.


Wednesday, July 21, 2010

Josh is a God

Did you read Sledgehammer and Whore yet?

I think Josh could also have called it Sledgehammer VS iPhone or MY BIG FUCKING HIT TV SHOW.

I think either one would work. Josh sometimes goes a year between blog posts but they're always worth waiting for.


Tuesday, July 20, 2010

So Last Week Was Crazy

Strawberry got sick, spent the afternoon at the vet, came home and passed away during the night.

The next day my computer bit the dust, after the power cord starting sparking and burned it out.

Thursday night we went live with the changes to the websites at work, which is a fair amount of work and has left me exhausted every day.

Saturday we took George to the vet. He's got an infection from Captain Jack, or Typhoid Mary as our vet is calling him. George needed a shot and eye medicine three times daily. (Just the eye medicine three times daily, not a shot three times daily. We had to go through something like that with Titan when he had diabetes, but no more.)

Now I'm kicking back and watching Warehouse 13.

Friday morning Captain Jack goes into animal control for surgery, after which our adoption of him will be complete.

Boy, it's been a while since we had a kitten and I'd forgotten how bouncy they are. He can trash my room in under a minute. He loves to get up close to Calliope, our remaining pet rat, and get punched in the face. Rats box each other when they fight and it's funny to see Calliope's little paws punching either the cat or the giant dog. She's quite ferocious.


Friday, July 16, 2010

Someone is very confused


Tuesday, July 13, 2010

Who do I write like?

I write like
Stephen King

I Write Like by Mémoires, Mac journal software. Analyze your writing!

This is using an excerpt from the story I wrote for last year's NaNoWriMo.


Monday, July 12, 2010

This is totally me

Carrie Ryan tweeted a link to this post, saying this is her also. I think a lot of people will recognize this cycle.

When I get overwhelmed I have a "one hard thing per day" policy. Get a blood test? That and work might be all I get done in one day. The next day I'll pay bills or get the library books together.

It's bad times when emergencies make everything run together. Today was blood test day for one of my kids as well as talk to the plumber day and pay the insurance day and clean the bathroom day.

Then Strawberry, our beige pet rat, went into respiratory distress and it was suddenly find a new vet to take her too as Dr. Gray's office said she couldn't wait the hour's drive to come and see them.

She spent the afternoon getting oxygen and antibiotics and is home now, in terrible shape. Remember how the dread Pirate Roberts would say I'll most likely kill you in the morning? She'll most likely be dead in the morning.

I feel very weird and sad about this. Usually Dr. Gray's office would put a rat to sleep if it was in such bad shape. He doesn't like them gasping for air and being scared. But then usually when they're this bad off they also have tumors and she doesn't. So maybe she'll pull through. But if the vet thinks she'll die then why let her be scared and struggling for air? It's scary times.

Maybe everything will be better in the morning. I hope so.

And maybe the plumber won't be mad that I totally forgot to call him back.


Sunday, July 11, 2010


I used to know a guy who said he went deer hunting because when you work with the public you have to kill something.


Fantastic picture

I'm not a fan of Kinkade so I appreciate this all the more.


Thursday, July 08, 2010

Epic Fail

Today I decided it would be fun to teach Mal, the dog, to balance a dog biscuit on his nose. I was wrong. He thought I was messing with him and decided I'm an asshole.

Then I tried with the cats and the two rats, using ham. No success with any of our animals.

Captain Jack, the kitten, likes to use Mal's big head as a playtoy, batting at him with his tiny feet. So far we've been able to keep the dog from eating him. It's kind of weird that the kitten isn't at all afraid of the dog. He isn't afraid of anything, exploring like a madman, while the dog is terrified of thunder and fireworks. Mal is very brave when someone walks onto our property though and is extremely alert and on guard, not too surprising given his breed.

The electrician came today and said we need seven ground fault interrupters, which each cost about 2oo, although we get a discount if we have more than one done. Then to fix the reversed polarity in the one outlet and change the two prong outlets to three prong outlets will be fifty dollars for up to five outlets, unless there is no way to ground them, in which case we'll have pay GFI prices. He said that wasn't likely as the house wasn't built in the 20's, to which I said, yep, it was built in 1918 and his jaw dropped.

The house was renovated in the seventies so hopefully we won't have to go the super expensive route.


Monday, July 05, 2010

Scary Robots Super Creeps

I'm not usually a fan of Cracked but this one is right on the money. The injured soldier rescue bot is the worst.


Sunday, July 04, 2010

A fistful of explosions

Courtesy of Cullen


Saturday, July 03, 2010

CAT! Small, neat, and doesn't care if you live or die!


Friday, July 02, 2010

The truth about video games

The best parts of this video is the ratings system and the types of violence.


Thursday, July 01, 2010

White and Looking For a Job?

Think about this.


Almost finished moving

We've been mad busy trying to get moved by the end of the month. We couldn't start the move until we had internets, since I telecommute, and our old company spent weeks saying our new house didn't exist and they didn't know if they could give us service.

I finally went with a new company, which mean no Logo so no Buffy and no on demand, which is annoying to me as I love on demand. But it is cheaper and hopefully will be more reliable.

Not only are we moving but Chris is moving from NYC and his two friends are moving and another friend is moving so it's like a giant game of musical chairs with pickup trucks, my car and my kids.

Also I adopted a dog and a kitten on Saturday, making things that much more hectic. The kitten came from a lady who was hoarding cats and then got cancer and is in the hospital so animal control took the cats. He's black with white whiskers, feet etc and is the cutest thing in the entire universe. His name is Captain Jack Harkness as everyone who meets him falls in love.

The dog is an Akita I named Captain Malcolm Reynolds, Mal for short, named of course after the character from Firefly and Serenity. So far he doesn't aim to misbehave and is amazing. He doesn't get into stuff he isn't supposed to, he doesn't chew on things (he's only one), he walks nicely on the leash (unless he sees a rabbit, then he pulls too hard), he got out when someone left the front door open and didn't run away, the opposite of the last dog I had, my greyhound who was born to run.

He sits, stays a little, lays down, shakes and doesn't beg when we're eating. He likes to be in the middle of where people are so he can keep an eye on things. He's a guarder by instinct but hasn't started obsessing over anything or anyone.

He's quite calm in temperament, which is surprising given his age and the fact that's he not yet neutered. He's scheduled for his surgery on Friday.

So far the biggest problem we've had is his fear of fireworks, which isn't exactly unusual for a dog. His initial reaction is to get up and check the house for intruders and then he stands next to me and shakes. We'll just have to make sure he feels safe for all of the noise on the fourth.