Sunday, March 31, 2013

Seize the Luck

From According to Hoyt:
So - supposing you want to get somewhere - if planning doesn't work, how do you get where you want to go?

Why… by accident. Or not. It's more like Zen archery. You don't aim, but you know where the target is, and you stay lose, and you intend to reach it. And then, instead of planning how to get there, you stay alert for possible opportunities to get where you want to go. See an opportunity to work at something you always wanted to? Give it a chance. See something that needs doing and doesn't pay? Try it. Who knows? It might start to pay suddenly. Stay open to chaos and make use of it.

Saturday, March 30, 2013


So, Anonymiss told me how to keep my kitchen sponge from getting all icky & stinky by rinsing all the soap out of it, squeezing it dry, and putting it in the microwave for 1 minute to sterilize it.

It's a great idea, but the thing that bugged me about it is that if you rinse out all the soap from the sponge and squeeze it dry, you waste the soap that was still in the sponge.

As an experiment, I didn't squeeze out the sponge at all, and put in right in the microwave.

Turns out that when you boil soapy water in a sponge, it creates a bunch of suds.

On the bright side, wiping the suds up means I just cleaned my microwave with hot, soapy water. That's a GOOD thing, right?

Anyway, the sponge was steaming hot, so I'm pretty sure it's sterile now.

Friday, March 29, 2013

Knock It Off, Idiots

Via Fox
A national atheist organization is demanding that an Oregon city remove its Vietnam War memorial because it includes a cross.

Just to be clear - not THIS atheist.

Guys, it's not the Inquisition, it's just a symbolic way to honor the fallen

Maybe if you showed some courtesy toward other people's religion, you might get a little more shown to your lack of one.

Buncha thin-skinned morons.

Wednesday, March 27, 2013


I'd say this is me in 20 years, but this is pretty much me right now:

[YouTube direct link]

Also, get off my lawn.

Tuesday, March 26, 2013

Inside My Head, This Is How I Feel About the Coming of Spring

I hate winter in Wisconsin with a raw, throbbing passion that only this video can express.

[YouTube direct link] (Viewer #277,557)

It should hit 50 degrees next week. I revel in the ecstasy of the relative warmth.

Monday, March 25, 2013

An Honest Question

From Spootville:
If I remember rightly, one of my first blog posts was to point out that we could balance the federal budget by eliminating all welfare and giving each of the poorest Americans a check for $40,000 each year. That would be cheaper than what we are doing now, and yet we have more poor people.
First, I'm taking this completely out of context, and Spoot is ONLY making the point of cost.

But... when I see words saying we should give the poor $40,000 a year, my visceral reaction is "WHY?"

I've had jobs that paid $40,000 a year. In exchange for that, I've had to drive through blizzards, work at least 8 hours a day, plus give up plenty of random nights & weekends because my employer "needed" me.

And yet it would be an *improvement* to our current system to give "poor" people $40,000 a year to do... what? Promise not to kill us in our sleep?

Forget the poor. This isn't charity. This isn't even welfare. This is extortion and grand larceny. My sympathy bucket is empty and dry.

Now if you'll excuse me, I need to go quell the urge to start strangling HHS employees.

Sunday, March 24, 2013

Why It's Perfectly Ok to Meet Fellow Bloggers

From According to Hoyt:
Yesterday, in the comments, conversation strayed to whether or not we'd interact well as a group in meat-space, followed by the strong doubts that we wouldn't.

I'm not sure about this, because now that we've met, in the mind-space of the internet, we can probably carry that over into real life and enjoy ourselves immensely.

The thing about the internet is that we get to meet as onto angels, mind to mind and thought to thought, as if the incidentals of life counted for nothing.

Speaking from numerous personal experiences, I can say that if you read a particular blogger for a while, and you really like the personality they project with their written words, you will discover - if you meet them in the off-line world - that they are EXACTLY who you thought they were. And as much as you like them online, you will like them at least that much in person.

I think this is because people don't blog to be fake. They get enough of having to bend politely and put on masks in their everyday lives. The purpose of blogging is to give yourself permission to say what you think without having to first run your words through the filter of "is it ok for me to say this?". The purpose is to say what you believe, deep down, and feel the satisfaction of seeing in print an honest reflection of yourself. It's an exhilarating, liberating experience. One which comes all too infrequently in the ordinary course of a day.

I've never read a blog regularly, met the blogger in person, and then thought "wow, what a complete jerk".

Well, that's not entirely true, I suppose, but only because oftentimes their being a complete jerk is what I *like* about a blogger. (As Chris Muir of Day by Day once phrased it to me "Tact is a stranger to you. I like that.")

So, yeah. Meet up without fear.

Saturday, March 23, 2013

DuckFace: It Ruins EVERYTHING

Ladies, NEVER get your picture taken like this. It's just ugly.

Thursday, March 21, 2013


I can't look at this picture of a guy standing on top of the Burj Khalifa (the world's tallest building)

without hearing this song in my head (chorus starts at the 45 second mark):

[YouTube direct link]

Wednesday, March 20, 2013

They Did Not Die in Vain

An accident killed 7 Marines in Nevada. No official word on what exactly happened, but it sounds to me like munitions were mishandled and they went off.
"We send our prayers and condolences to the families of Marines involved in this tragic incident. We remain focused on ensuring that they are supported through this difficult time," said the force's commander, Maj. Gen. Raymond C. Fox. "We mourn their loss, and it is with heavy hearts we remember their courage and sacrifice."

What will happen next is that there will be a detailed investigation and whatever mistakes were made that caused the explosion will be written up in an incident report and used to improve training so that no other Marines make the same mistake out of ignorance or carelessness.

The deaths of these Marines will save the lives of countless other Marines in the future, and in doing so, these dead Marines will have fulfilled their mission - to save American lives, even at the cost of their own.

The beauty of the American military is that it seeks the truth in order to learn from its mistakes, even if those mistakes are embarrassing to people in positions of power. This is the root of honor and integrity.

God bless them all.

Saturday, March 16, 2013

I'm a Bad Friend

[YouTube direct link] (Viewer #1,026,125)

There are people I'd be willing to do this for.

Wouldn't do them any good, though, because I'd never make it past the doorman since I'd have my Glock in my shoulder holster.

Wednesday, March 13, 2013

It's Really Hard to Shop for Kitchen Towels

I have some nice blue & white kitchen towels. Love the way they look. Love the way they perform (they absorb water - I've owned towels that only do that as an afterthought). Problem is, they're getting old & stained & frayed.

Found exactly what I was looking for at Amazon.

But *before* I found them I must've looked in half a dozen department stores. And I discovered something. Blue is no longer a kitchen color. If you go shopping for ANYTHING for your kitchen - pots, pans, dishes, placemats, towels, whatever - it only comes in the most grotesque shades of green, yellow, and orange. Very much like the kitchen colors of the 70's, except off by a few shades, which somehow makes it even more stomach-churning to look at.

I blame the Food Network and the slew of preening, money-grubbing "celebrity" chefs they've spawned like so much under-sink mildew.

I hate it, but I also get it. It's how the industry works:

[This Stuff? The Devil Wears Prada]

Monday, March 11, 2013

I Know Why

From IMAO:
"I remember having a happy childhood, though it's hard to imagine how since there was no internet."

I know why MY childhood was happy:

I lived 1 block from the railroad tracks.

2 blocks from the grocery store.

3 blocks from the river.

4 blocks from the movie theater.

5 blocks from the public library.

Everything that made life fun, interesting, or comfortable was within easy walking distance, even in winter.

What's not to be happy about?

Saturday, March 9, 2013

Desperately Need Sewing Advice

I've been sewing by hand since I was 6 (I even made a teddy bear once), but never learned how to use a sewing machine.

Thinking about getting one, since I'm contemplating a project that requires about 12 linear feet of hemming. My hands are cramping just thinking about it.

What do I need to know about sewing machines before plunking down a pile of money? A glance through Amazon suggests that anything under $150 is a waste of money.

Ladies, please get your sewing-smart girlfriends over here to chime in on this one, too.

Monday, March 4, 2013

New Record for Worst Show Ever

History Channel's "Vikings".

I heard the hype - "It's 'Game of Thrones' with horned helmets" - and I was looking forward to this.

2 minutes in, I'm done.

A battlefield... with 4 living people left on it. So... something really exciting happened here, and we missed it all.

OO! But a fight!... um... they're still fighting... still fighting... (in Game of Thrones or 300, warriors kill quickly because they know how to fight. Clashing swords is for Errol Flynn movies).

OO! The hero's sword broke.

His friend on the battlefield yells his name from twenty feet away and tosses him another weapon which he catches deftly. Amazingly, Ragnar doesn't get killed while he's busy focusing on catching the weapon instead of focusing on his opponent.

Ragnar wins! (FINALLY!)

Friend of Ragnar sees an enemy running away, grabs a random spear, hurls it, and perfectly impales a moving target 30 yards away like some sort of Dark Ages Brett Favre.

Then a gratuitous shot of a crow picking at a dead guy.

Then some allegorical Death figure wanders the battlefield, grabs a body, and ascends to heaven. I think Ragnar whispered "Odin", but he didn't enunciate, so I'm just guessing based on my knowledge of Norse mythology. Which I don't think includes Odin as collector of battlefield dead anywhere in it.

So, after 2 minutes, we've had two words of dialogue, only know one of the two character's names, don't know why they're there, what they were fighting about, or why I'm supposed to care about these two guys.

Sorry, History Channel - stick to making substandard, factually-suspect documentaries. You stink at scripted drama.