Tuesday, September 30, 2008

Just Wrong #3 - Electric Football

I had forgotten about this childhood vexation until I recently read Bill Bryson's "The Life & Times of the Thunderbolt Kid", wherein he spends a couple paragraphs telling about his Electric Football frustrations. As shown, you set the pieces up on a rectangular metal sheet, then turn on a switch which vibrates the 'playing field'. The little figurines actually rest (IIRC) on a pair of stiff bits of plastic. In theory, the vibration causes them to "run" (a lot of imagination is required) in the direction they point.
In practice, they moved in any old direction. But mostly, they just fell over on their sides from the vibration, and laid there like dying cockroaches, in turn impeding and knocking over still other pieces.
If you're fascinated by random number generators, I suppose you could find some entertainment here. For the other 99.9% of us, the whole shebang got put back in the box within 10 minutes. I don't know if any toy companies still make Electric Football, but if they do, for the love of all that's decent, don't buy it for your kids.

Sunday, September 28, 2008

Redskins 26 - Dallas 24

I've been a Redskins fan ever since Vince Lombardi coached them for one season and forever changed their mindset. Today's game was a brawl, with the margin of victory being an onside kick that Dallas very nearly recovered. This was a fun one to watch, admittedly because the 'Skins won.

Saturday, September 27, 2008

In honor of last night's debate...

...which I have to admit, I didn't see. Liz watched snippets of it and said McCain was pathetic. Instead we flipped channels between CSI and WWE.

Friday, September 26, 2008

I'm Beside Myself!

Omigosh! I just found out one of my multiple personalities is a solipsist! Imagine the internal conflict! For the record, this most excellent cartoon comes from www.toothpastefordinner.com . Which I'm sure everybody but me already is acquainted with.

Thursday, September 25, 2008

There goes the Wiccan vote...

Muthee also prayed that she'd get lots of money to finance her campaign. Yeah, like I'm sure God contributes lots of $$$ to right-wing political causes. Muthee, you're a joke. One thing to keep in mind. The rest of the Pentecostal denominations view the Assemblies of God as sort of having half-strayed from the Fundamentalist path. In their eyes, the AoG'ers are too worldly because they allow their women to wear make-up, wedding rings, and (gasp!) even pants at times. I spent 10+ (combined) years in the Pentecostal Church of God and the AoG. And Liz is a Pentcostal PK. Oh, the stories we could tell.

Wednesday, September 24, 2008

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!To-day is; "National ^Punctuation: Day;". ?Really it'is. Check it, out here : link. . Oh yeah, about this post's title. That would be the most-famous line from Boy George's biggest hit, appropriately punctuated for today's holiday.

Monday, September 22, 2008

There in this Dali-esque world...

The surreal decapitated sculpture from Saturday resides in stodgy, old Frankfurt, Germany. If you google-image something like "Frankfurt Head Sculpture", you'll find at least one more photo of it (on someone's Flickr page) buried there a couple pages back. With some comments in German indicating it is very close to this more-famous and less-interesting Euro sculpture. If you google-earth Frankfurt, Germany; by default it will plop you down almost exactly on top of the Euro statue. Just look for its shadow, and/or a cluster of photo icons. I've found several statues nearby - one of Goethe, one of Tillich, etc. But I've not yet been able to locate the head-&-torso.

Sunday, September 21, 2008

700 Billion Dollars

That's the price, in taxpayer dollars, for 8 years of an idiot in the White House, and the unregulated practices of his financial Rasputins. Don't worry too much about them though, they all have golden parachutes. You and I don't. But hey, we have Dubnutz's "stimulus tax refund" from earlier this year to tide us over.
Suffer the little children, for they shall inherit this deficit.

Saturday, September 20, 2008

Where in this Dali-esque world?

No, this isn't photoshopped. It's actually sculpture(s) in ...erm... well, that's the challenge - name the city and country where this is. For extra credit, name the building it's in front of. The only hint we'll give is - this is somewhere in Europe. So good luck with your Google Image Searchwords skills. First correct answer gets ...let's see now... how 'bout a copy of George Carlins's book, "When Will Jesus Bring The Porkchops?". Absolutely free. If you pay the postage. ;-)

Friday, September 19, 2008

The Economy - Lesson #3

You can expect to see some serious flip-flopping by McSame over the next couple of days. He has opposed any oversight of the banking industry for years.
As for you, Dubnutz, thanks for losing my retirement fund for me. You jerk.
Next up - what Dubnutz's "bold" plan to fix all this means to you and me. And to his millionaire buddies.

Wednesday, September 17, 2008

White to play and draw

There are times I feel this way in a chess game.

What's Wrong With The Economy

In two easy lessons.
Oh yeah, there's also the criminal negligence of the Dubnutz administration in not overseeing the practices of AIG, Lehman Brothers, etc. But that's a rant for another time.

Tuesday, September 16, 2008

Just Wrong (part deux)

Burger King "Ketchup & Fries" Flavored Potato Snacks
. These really do taste like french fries with ketchup on them. Extra greasy. Extra smelly. Extra messy. And the gas you get an hour later stays with you the rest of the day. . I'm sure when the marketing shirts came up with this, it seemed like a good idea. It is - if you're trying to give up eating nutritionless snack foods. One bag of BKK&F, and you'll be reaching for an apple or a celery stick.

Monday, September 15, 2008

RIP - Richard Wright

Richard Wright (center, b. 07/28/43), longtime keyboardist for Pink Floyd, passed away today of cancer. He joins Syd "Madcap" Barrett on the other side of the veil. This is a real loss for music, and kinda puts the kibosh on any PF reunion possibilities. Not that those were very likely anyway. . So long, Mr. Wright. You will be missed. All we can say is, "Shine on, you crazy diamond".

Sunday, September 14, 2008

Weekly Cuteness

Many years ago, my roommate had a dog that I swear listened to music with us. We had four speakers; one in each corner of the room. When Jessie (the dog) liked what we were playing, she'd plop down midway between the two speakers by the turntable. She was especially partial to Pink Floyd. . When Jessie didn't like the music, she'd go lie down in the kitchen, away from it and us. I'm hard-pressed to remember the stuff she didn't like - my best guess now would be things like Incredible String Band. . Yeah, we were skeptical of this, just as you are as you read this post. So on different nights, we'd play the same albums again. Her reactions were consistent. So here's to Jessie, a Pink Floyd-loving German shepherd from the early 70's. You were unforgettable.

Saturday, September 13, 2008

Four More Years!

One has to wonder why the Democrats aren't pushing this angle more. Dubnutz is a huge liability to the Repugnicans. Instead we're arguing about lipstick on a pig.

Friday, September 12, 2008

Definitely Maybe...

This posting isn't about Hurricane Ike, though that's certainly newsworthy. No, this is about MSNBC's command of the English language in making the statement that some people "... could face certain death". .
Really? Is that the same as "... certainly facing a possible death"?
To which the answer is : Yes, for sure it's perchance an inevitable possibility. C'mon, MSNBC. This is why the Brits laugh at us.

Thursday, September 11, 2008

Inspired by...

...Steve McQueen's famous motorcycle scene in The Great Escape, the pack of Jack Russell Terriers successfully crosses the border into Switzerland.

Wednesday, September 10, 2008

Happy LHC Birthday!

The take of www.xkcd.com on today's switching on of the LHC. When it's fully functional, the doomsdayers fear it will spawn a bunch of Mini Black Holes, which will go about obliterating all matter. Who knew that The Neverending Story would turn out to be a prophetic movie? LHC stands for "Large Hadron Collider", a rather unimaginative acronym for this particle-accelerator. Around here, LHC usually stands for Lake Havasu City, a city in northwest Arizona that's home to the world-famous London Bridge. Which we shrewdly bought from the Brits in the early 70's. Poor gits. They should've known better than to bargain with us savvy Arizonans.

Tuesday, September 09, 2008

Movies We'd Like To See...

Who says I can't handle "relationship movies"?? After all, I did watch Bambi Versus Godzilla several times. I'm a sucker for a happy ending.

Monday, September 08, 2008

New counters!

This... ...via this... ...became this...
...including a new sink and faucet.

Sunday, September 07, 2008

College Football - Week 2

The second week of NCAA football brought two more wins for my alma maters. Both games were broadcast here in Phoenix, and I got to watch the majority of both of them. Penn State looked particularly sharp in trouncing Oregon State, 45-17. PSU's defense looks good, as does its running and passing game. Indeed, the QB Clark looks like he might be the best we've had in 10-20 years. Not that that's saying a lot about Penn State quarterbacks.
Meanwhile, in Tempe, Arizona State took apart Stanford, 41-17. This was not as complete a thrashing as the PSU-OSU game. ASU's secondary looks a little shaky, and even with Herring back in the lineup, the running game isn't scaring anyone just yet. But Rudy Carpenter had another great passing game, and both lines looked good. So there's reason for optimism when #2-ranked Georgia comes to Tempe in two weeks.

Friday, September 05, 2008

Website of the Week

This is a cool site. You can work on your vocabulary in a couple foreign languages, see how bad your English grammar and vocabulary is, mindlessly review your multiplication tables, and more. You can find it at :
Now I hate to sound like a cynic, but I'm really not buying that for every correct click I give, this site donates 20 grains of rice to the UN food program. First of all, who would count the grains? And secondly, would we really hear something like, "Little Mbutu starved to death yesterday, all because Terry was posting on his blog instead of clicking on answers at Freerice.com." I think not.
By the way, I do good on the Spanish words, and kick a$$ on the French ones. But my English grammar sux.

Thursday, September 04, 2008

Political Cartoon for the Day

Yeah, I'm real impressed.

Wednesday, September 03, 2008

Phoenix Fall Concert Scene

We generally get good concerts from September thru about March here in Phoenix.  I think our climate is a huge factor in this. Here's the highlights for the next couple months.  First up is Nightwish; on Sunday, 14 September; which is odd since they were here last November, and AFAIK are not promoting a new album.

Nightwish put on a fabulous show last year, but once again this concert starts at 6:40 PM with a warm-up band.  To wit, Sonata Arctica, said to be a Finnish Power Metal band.  That means Nightwish won't even come on stage until 9:30 or so.  Bad news for those of us who have to work the next day.   The concert I'm more excited about is Apocalyptica, who's here on Sunday, 02 November, and for only $15 a ticket.

That's almost a must-see. But wait! It gets even better.
In December, the dynamic diva herself, Sarah Brightman, comes to town.  Kewlness indeed!

We actually bought our tickets for Sarah early this year.  It was a Channel 8 PBS promotion. I confess, I'm a huge SB fan.  Except when she sings that Andrew Lloyd Webber crap.

Tuesday, September 02, 2008


...in which you not only get your Worth1000 fix, but also a Daliesque "disappearing picture" of Threepio (sp?) from Star Wars. BTW, this image definitely looks better full-sized, so left-click on it.