Roads are BAD
Posted in General
Forenoon watch, 2 bells (9:03 am)

The roads around here are bad—they have been for almost a week now. Bad like the snow isn't melting or going away, and just gets packed down and more icy. Last night we had several more inches of snow. I didn't think the roads could get worse, but they did. And today we're supposed to see even several more inches. I just called in to work and let them know I'm not going to be attempting the drive in.

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Snowy Ponderosa
Posted in General
First dog watch, 4 bells (6:16 pm)

My office is mostly surrounded by Ponderosa Pine trees. Before they started building the new Federal Courthouse next door, it was like working in a park. Now it's like working in a construction zone.

ponderosa pines with snow

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The Lonely Lightpost
Posted in General
First dog watch, 4 bells (6:13 pm)

I kinda like this picture. I took it the other day, around the same time as the bigfoot picture.

the lonely lightpost

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Posted in General
First dog watch, 4 bells (6:09 pm)

Here are some icicles I have at home now:


That yellow vase took a tumble down to the floor one day (my wife shuts the front door real hard, which is just under this window, and the vases slowly wander toward the ledge). It fell about 12 feet onto a hardwood floor and bounced.

And here are some more on the outside:


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How Does That Help?
Posted in Tech
First dog watch, 4 bells (6:06 pm)

I got this ad in the mail today:

Sprint ad for white paper and t-shirt

What I don't get is how a t-shirt is going to help me "make my business more mobile."

Extra Credit Funny Part: The t-shirt says I don't know jack and has a picture of a phone jack. The president of the board of directors of the company I work for is named—wait for it—yup, Jack.

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Good Luck With That
Posted in General
First dog watch, 4 bells (6:03 pm)

Bike route in the snow

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LibraryThing and Powell’s Bookstore
Posted in Books
Afternoon watch, 7 bells (3:43 pm)

LibraryThing just announced the addition of Powell's to their neighborhood bookstore program.

I am in book heaven now.

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Rising Above Poverty
Posted in Creepiness
Afternoon watch, 6 bells (3:20 pm)

What better way to get a leg up on the world than to sell cat feces to foreigners for over $100 per pound.

What scares me more is that people actually buy and drink this sh!t crap stuff.

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Happy Birthday, Ben!
Posted in Warm and Fuzzy
Forenoon watch, 7 bells (11:58 am)

If I recall correctly, today is Ben's birthday. Happy birthday!

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More New Pictures
Posted in Creepiness
First dog watch, 4 bells (6:17 pm)

Yesterday I snapped a good one of some snowy trees:
snowy trees

I took some pictures last night as I was leaving the office to see how my new camera does in low-light conditions. See for yourself:

Snowy path

But wait! What is that in the center?? Can it be? It looks like—oh no!
maybe bigfoot?

Bigfoot walking

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Bad Pinyin
Posted in General
First dog watch, 4 bells (6:02 pm)

Yesterday I went and donated blood with Jeff. This is a regular thing for us. We usually hit the Chinese restaurant afterwards, and this time was no exception. My fortune cookie was terrible, though—the pinyin was all wrong. See, look:

Bad pinyin

How do they expect people to learn Chinese if the pinyin is off? It should say Xian zai ji dian.

Oh yeah, and don't steal my lucky numbers, they were for me alone!

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The Corpse Vanishes
Posted in Reviews
Afternoon watch, 8 bells (4:04 pm)

Last night I also watched The Corpse Vanishes. Here comes yet another review in the series.

But first, another Commando Cody update. In this exciting episode (yeah, right) Commando Cody returns to Earth, but the Radar Men from the Moon radio their agents on Earth to not allow Commando Cody to land, because he knows their invasion plan. So the Earth-bound agent sends out his human lackeys (why are these guys working for the Radar Men anyway??) to blow up Commando Cody's rocket when he lands, before he can tell the authorities about the invasion coming from the moon. There's only one fistfight in this episode that I remember, but there is a nice long gunfight, and a car chase scene. Another bridge is blown up just as Commando Cody is driving across it—how will he ever survive? I guess I'll have to wait until the next episode to find out.

On to Bela Lugosi and The Corpse Vanishes. This movie was from 1942, before even my parents were born (they were both born in 1950). In this movie, brides are mysteriously dying at their wedding altar, and their corpses are being snatched away by unidentified people. It turns out that the Evil Scientist Dr. Lorenz created a new line of orchids that cause people that breathe their fragrance in to fall into a catatonic state that can be misdiagnosed as death. Dr. Lorenz then steals the bride's body, extracts something out of their heads with a big needle, then injects it into his ugly old wife to make her look beautiful again. A female reporter starts to figure this out and goes to question Dr. Lorenz and ends up staying the night at his home with his creepy staff creeping around—an old woman and her two sons, one hunchback and one midget.

The best line in the whole movie is when the midget takes her bags upstairs and Joel and the 'bots ask the question "Is it okay to tip him?", then reply "Only if you right him again." I laughed my butt off over that one.

All in all, it was definitely MST3K-worthy, it was a cheesy horror movie (did Bela Lugosi do any non-cheesy horrors??) and I'd recommend watching it, but only if you have the MST3K version.

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Women of the Prehistoric Planet
Posted in Reviews
Morning watch, 7 bells (7:44 am)

Last night I watched Women of the Prehistoric Planet, another movie in the continuing line of the first season of Mystery Science Theater 3000.

This is the one episode that is out of order, because Joel has a button to press now when he gets movie sign. Also, this episode didn't have another Commando Cody short in front of it, either. The last skit of the episode also talks about the winner of a contest from episode 10 (this is supposedly episode 4), but this is the accepted, published order, so that's how I watched it.

Anyway, where do I start?? A mutiny aboard a space ship causes it to crash on a primordial planet, full of giant lizards and snakes and stuff. Due to time dilation, the rescue party doesn't arrive until 18 years later (a bit late for a rescue!), but the admiral won't leave anyone behind that could possibly have survived. Well, it should have been called Woman of the prehistoric planet, because there was only one woman ever on the planet. Supposedly the German version (with the same, shorter run time as The Crawling Eye—it's metric conversion, I swear!) has a couple of scenes with women in bikinis swimming in pools or something. I promise you won't see them in this version, though. Back to the story!

Tang is the sole survivor of the crash-landed ship. Technically, he's the son of the only two survivors, who later died and were cryogenically frozen in a cave so Tang could look upon them at any time. Linda, a member of the rescue crew and illicit daughter of the admiral, falls in love with Tang immediately after he saves her from a snake and undresses her after she fell into a pool of water (her clothes were wet!). Some spearchucking natives (the only time we see anyone not from a space ship) come and try to kill Tang—apparently this is a common happenstance—and he fights them off, but the rescue crew shoot Tang thinking he's also one of the natives. They haul Linda back to the ship, which she quickly abandons during a volcanic eruptiion to return to Tang. Tang is miraculously healed after kneeling in front of a totem pole, finds Linda, and they watch the rescue ship take off. The admiral, after admitting Linda is his daughter, elects to leave her behind because that's what she wants. In the end, we see the admiral making a ship's log entry naming the planet Earth (how cheesy). Plausible, but how would anyone on Earth know what to call it?? Huh, movie? Can you answer me that one?

Anyway, it was a perfectly horrible movie full of scaled-down models either floating in space or crashing on the planet, or hovering above it. Perfect for MST3K. Hey, at least this one was in color.

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Happy Birthday Betsy!
Posted in Warm and Fuzzy
Afternoon watch, 4 bells (2:11 pm)

Today is my sister Betsy's birthday, I'd better go call her before I forget. Like last time.

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Going Out Of Style
Posted in General
Afternoon watch, 4 bells (2:10 pm)

It's dumping snow on us right now like it's going out of style. I shoveled the driveway this morning until I got a bad twinge in my elbow that told me I shouldn't be shoveling such heavy snow (it rained last night). Each shovelful must have weighted 40 pounds. Now 've got another three inches to deal with. At least it shouldn't be as heavy…

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