Tag Archives: florida

10,067 – Monday

Hey! Today is a palindrome! 011110 !

A panoramic pic of the bay iced over from yesterday (bigger here)

4263588273_4eeceb72dc_o - 4264343410_fc95771676_o - 4684x1522 - SCUL-Smartblend

BHK made me a wonderful breakfast of veggie omelets and English muffin – nice dose of protein to begin the day solidly.

Bad news technology-wise… BHK’s laptop seems to have taken a nap from which it won’t awake. I suspect the internal power supply. Looking into cracking it open soon, if the alternate cable doesn’t fix her up.

Shadow of the Vampire this evening, while we strip the tree of it’s ornaments and lights – rather a counterpoint too last year’s Kolchak festival while putting on the goodies.

Started watching sanctuary tonight, but the allure of Big Kahuna took it over. We’ve made it to 94 of 99 levels complete, and all but one tropical fish unlocked.

Dinner of tasty twisty pasta and unchicken strips in a tomato-cream sauce, with lots of tasty garlic!

Janet sent me a pic of Danny from his Birthday on Los Olas – BHK thinks he looks cuter sans moustache.


1 year ago – rescue ink, winter farmer’s market, comics & munchkin quest (still unplayed, a year later! got to correct that soon), die monter die, mr meaty, took apart trains under the xmas tree
2 years ago – baby polar bear, different route to work, friday 5, gizmodo tv-b-gone
3 years ago – newt and pye pics / video, off to marion
4 years ago – hijinks, top 10 questions, hieroglyphic names, system still out for repair, doodling
5 years ago – turtle thought, dinero, illumination, tv torrents, vampire hunting with a stand up bass, metasearch, mucho folks fired for keeping online journals, iraqi abuse cheerleaders, server location, flying_blind introduces me to the term blague which is a perfect alternate to blog.
6 years ago – drama flakes, bad taste, Dentsu, Tintin, Sandalwood and walkabout
7 years ago – LotR, Nipple scarves, vax-d, UBER-PEA!, Newt piccies
8 years ago – Colostomy bag thief, D&D stats, monkey god baby
9 years ago – looking to the future, all the words Geotarget

9981 – Tuesday.

Mostly just working today – looking for a paying gig, reformatting Chris’s computer, a last ditch effort to reconstruct it. BHK is working on her projects upstairs, too. I have the added benefit of listening to the Craig Ferguson Audiobook – his voice is strangely calm, and I get a vibe of Shrek doing the reading, rather than that puppet guy on the tube.

Tonight, we’re doing quiche and asaragus – perfect for tonight’s meal.

Got our first check form our renters in florida deposited… I guess it’s official, now –we have renters. Just in time, too. It was getting pretty tight there for a moment.

I still can’t get over how it’s dark by 5:30 at night here…. Florida isn’t that far, latitude wise, is it? I suppose it is, given the change in weather, as well as the sunlight.

1 year ago – more about PT, TV, and some yummy cabbage soup!

2 years ago – voice post – waiting / digging MD, 10 things I really like,

3 years ago – Put in my notice at ACIM, many pictures, helped out at swensons, bruce moose / love cube, laser newt, beach us

  • Pictures taken – PF Changs, Curious George, Weapons of Mass Destruction

4 years ago – saw Phoenix, mortgage, broward traffic lights post wilma, smarts quiz, newt fan mail

5 years ago – power out, Danny & the lions, wonder twins, network tools, adp off call, then repeals it, Florida mean to homeless

6 years ago – Comics, Local Events, silly joke. cancer bullet, Sea Monkeys, travels, programming thoughts, virtual schools, werewolf cult, phys therapy, vamp game, how lj works

7 years ago – steal this book, McDonalds Theory of War and Peace, "Big Books"

8 years ago – tortboy, tropicon, ken kesey passes away

9 years agofae friend gone Geotarget

Forty years ago today, the first Sesame Street episode aired!

9904 – Sunday.

We are officially heading to Florida via the Love cube on Tuesday, which means we’ll be arriving sometime on Wednesday afternoon.

If anyone reading this message in a journal-bottle sees this, is between DC/Maryland and Key West, and wants to meet with BHK and I sometime over the next two weeks, please let us know! Newton and Pye won’t be comind with us, the in-laws will be babysitting them closely while we’re gone.

I’ve been out of sync in posting to my journal lately and writing in general. It figures, since I have a new writing group going via email. I am hoping that my tardiness doesn’t slow down the project, especially since I’ll be out of good communications for the next couple of weeks.

While I’m in Florida I’ll be getting my Driver’s License, so I may even be able to do some of the driving on the way back. It turns out that it’s easier to take the test in Florida than to wait 3 years and do the rookie driving program in Maryland… especially since Florida doesn’tr want to send my expired license records to points North.

Additionally, we’ll be reiviewing the condo for repairs and upgrades, before we get another tenant there, doing a little low-grade vacationingon the cheap, too.

Back is a bit more sore than yesterday, but I have been good about walking over an hour a day, every day. I can feel that some exess weight has come off already, and that’s a good thing.

1 year ago – ekg, serum, trike pics, BIG book sale, selby, no amy, “no power night”, google marco polo, nice weather

2 years ago – figuring out my volume and time spent on lj, shopped for presents, DuClaw, Deal Bluegrass show planned

3 years ago – goodies, 008 is landon, kill windows nag, mr t – be somebody, rfjason – wtf prank, kitty combo

4 years ago – Red Thread, Postcard, walking weather, work, 2nd life, battersea

5 years ago – visit meme, case against voodoo, freeflow thought, Mexico Wal-mart Protest

6 years ago – Newt-vet, shoutcast, tiny cities, Why I dislike leiberman, Frankie mooches again, Turkish Hairballs

7 years ago – Lots of robots, World Affairs, palm art

8 years ago – Shocked awake, Nostia, folks scamming relief, weather, programming, lovely chat

9 years ago – Pompano Weather, Warghetz, Suzy News, Censorship, Loved Geotarget

9679 – Monday

Back to work – saw Franklin – he was very populare with a group of Asian tourists at the hotel. I got a moment to give him a little head-rub and visit before work, though.

Pleasant news of the day found my cousin Inger on facebook… amazing – last time I saw her, she was something like 7 years old – now she’s a college sophomore! I’m looking forward to reconnecting, and hearing what that neck of the family has been up to in the midwest.

Additionally, we bought $4 worth of scratchers after work – we won $7… $3 profit! We promptly squandered our earnings on diet soda and corn chips.. with a few pennies to spare!

Some issues happening at the Condo in Florida – we may lost our renters over it – I hope not, but we’ll see what goes down.

No news about Bro – he should be out of the pokey in about a month, Shannon and the Baby lately – I hope bro is ok – If the renters move out, I’m happy to give him the furniture at the condo to get started off again (a bed, dresser, futon, dining room table, some chairs, box o’ drawers w/ dishes & utensils, tv and tv stand.

BHK made taster veggie-brats & kraut for supper – I’m full as a tick.

Hitting the sack early – no tv tonight, maybe just a little book time before bed.

1 year ago – picnic in dunkirk park, sneades, beehive flag, USN band, Thursday’s good, Hacienda (BHK wins again!!), gaming

2 years ago – Friday the 13th, picture of me as hector hammond, talkers, palm doodle under the sea, eclairs, shocking cats

3 years ago – get together?, odds & ends mp3, reality settings, on call stuff, dr who remixes (& scooby doo), transit links

4 years ago – headhunter, dr who, hovering sombrero, little cowpoke didn’t take, Dworkin, Belle & Jen interested in remixed cds, ADP adds junk, KJ and Oona arrive.

5 years ago – easter afters, THC high enough to be considered hard drugs, rainy photo, leaping gnome scotto

6 years ago – bro issues, jkg, landlord

7 years ago – bigfoot research, local cams, lazy, SANTO!, Yellow pestilence, superhero movies, Bill & Ted

8 years ago – food & feelings, good friday, virtual omGeotarget

Monday 9401

Not much to say… just that there was a lot of scrambling be everyone at work today, and now that I’m home, there’s dinner from Selby’s waiting for me with the in-laws. Have some linkies, dear journal, and I’ll see you tomorrow.

Here’s the latest reason I’m glad to be in Southern Maryland, rather than South Florida.

Every now and then, you may find yourself wondering: how many atoms of Jesus do you eat everyday?

In the Catholic doctrine of transubstantiation, the eucharist actually becomes the blood and body of Jesus Christ. […] Transubstantiation means that eventually the earth’s entire biomass will be made out of Jesus.

Eventually = 4.91 billion years.

Note to self – Ghostbusters. see also

1 year ago – ATW man news item, gaming with bhk

2 years ago – bk’s bday, pink vs elo, telephone line, good stuff on the horizon, tony jay RIP, hushmail, Danny out, Britta, window box, peanuts meets peckinpah, reset xp admin password

3 years ago – spidey villains, jc vampire hunter, smog monster, 10 happy things, aurgasm, firefly, Robert Goulet

4 years ago – A little training trouble, lovely gifties, stormtrooper wedding.

5 years ago – Newtcam pic, me as a geisha, space pop, RIP Nick, ACIM interview, eats, tohru

6 years ago – Mac virus, got a play set, 25mm floorplans, Egyptian law, stickman down stairs, reparations

7 years ago – 51 things learned from playing champions (27 changed?), concinnity. Stuckey’s pecan log rolls, pac-man fevah

8 years ago – no thingGeotargetVisitor Map

9375 – Monday

This morning’s Harvest – BHK plucked this beastie before I headed to work.


picture of giant tomato from the garden!

If you enlarge the photo, or look carefully, you’ll see Tsuro, Marriage material, Canasta Caliente, Rook, Kahuna, Balloon Cup, Catan Dice, umm.. Carcassone H&G, and nibs and nabs of other part of the game shelf. Some printer cartriges and screen wipes.

Looks like I’m going on a trip to Port of Baltimore either Thursday or Friday next week! I’ll be in the field that day from 9:30ish to 2:30ish, give or take.

That’s a good thing… my port knowledge could use a little visual update – my last trip through Port Everglades was years ago.

Polished off the Tim Powers fault lines stuff I’d been meaning to read again… I may have to get back to Fluke and polish it off this week!

Big salad and a side sammich for dinner tonight… those quick pickles are lasting a long time!

I missed a veggie hot dog eating contest?!?! I bet I’d have cleaned up. (via Mr T in DC )

Forgot to mention that we pre-ordered Monty Python Fluxx, Marian Fluxx, and Pink Treehouse at Aardvark‘s. Just doing our part to keep the Looneys in business!

Gentle night tonight – I got home, we unwound and hit the sack fairly early. Until Later, dear journal!

1 year ago – abandoned italian village, doodle of me with a pyramid nose by bhk, minisodes, coloring book, girls at tennis, quiz, kitty pic

2 years ago – 8484, monet, 12 monkeys, talking with danny, walkabout pictures, crypto trivia (useful for playing hangman!), netflix goodies, I get my yoga pack from BHK, hungarian wellness mud, bus stop, sunrise

3 years ago – shots, Danny and wee free men, glowing breast implants, saturn’s radio emissions, little 12-toes, cool flying star wars ships, Teele suicides

4 years ago -thoughts on journaling, $20 recovered, retro science book covers

5 years ago – bro, woolly panda, mood scents, anti-piracy vid, alphabet meme, bubba ho-tep, visible embryo, deaths, reunified my homepage

6 years ago -Peter Gabriel bald, change the flavor of your sexual secretions, abunch of broken picture links, worh1000 coolness – Persian elephant

7 years ago -chores, Tron 2.0, tick quote

8 years ago – got invited to an everway group, palindromes, food, translations Geotarget

9339 – Sunday –

Spent the bulk of the day moving in our new couch, shelves and end tables – our house is looking more like a home and less like a dorm every day.

Mom contacted me re: my bro – it comes as no surprise (somewhat like agent “!”.) – got to add another link to the mugshot page.

(Agent ! – 

Known otherwise only as “Malcolm,” a homeless man who dressed in a garish outfit decorated with exclamation marks (possibly referencing his predecessor, the Quiz) drawn back to reveal his chest is actually a gilded cage containing a miniature jet with bird-like feet. Despite his odd appearance, he “comes as no surprise,” which allows him and anyone around him to be unnoticed or any attacks made by them to be seemingly out of nowhere. He mentions his desire to find the element of surprise, which may mean that his powers of “stealth” are not what he wants; Malcolm finds the element at last when dying during the final battle between the Brotherhood and the government.)

Once we got home, we settled in and watched the cats enjoying all the new surfaces to explore. Newt seems to like the couch and the low end tables, Pye likes the bookcases, and more “cubbyhole” sort of spots. There’ll be more rearranging before the dust has settled, though.

We watched the first half of Astronaut Farmer while eating celebratory Chinese food – food was good, the movie was less than engaging for me.

Worn out, we’re heading to bed early tonight.

Miami Beach cops have busted a rolling whorehouse that operated from a $250,000 bus and offered riders who paid a $40 cover charge lap dances and assorted sex acts.

via defective yeti, and I agree –

Why I love Wikipedia: “When invigorated by spinach, Popeye can lift or press about 36 tons. [citation needed]”

1 year ago – zucchini and peppers from the garden pic, first paycheck from new gig, nifty phones, earth without people, breaking plastic back down into oil and gas, 50s to 20s advice, quizzes, newt b/w pic, Newsom plans

2 years ago – writing, linda ronstadt, a/c clothes powered by usb, march of the swivelheads, statues, plans for 4th, where does the line start, flake out.

3 years ago – misc bits, deadwood, photos from kites, images from cat brains, 43things, one word, adp cheats on her hubby via company email, bro drama, bedtime newt pics, grammy drama

4 years ago – green flash, CoH, serial killlers, art books, piratey

5 years ago – electronic handgun, gun quiz, rambles, movies, newt pic

6 years ago – faith farm, new place, troll

7 years ago – genuflect, foot binding, broken bow, lj goodies, robot pondering, apartment

8 years ago – on meeting an icon

9278 – Wednesday – the letter o appears in this entry.

Everyone on the bus was wearing blue this morning. No reds, golds or oranges… blue, with black or white, in varying shades.

Except me. I had a pair of tan/brown pants, brown shoes, white shirt with a smattering of black, gray, and reddish brown stripes.

Half of me wondered if I got on the right vehicle; the other half wondered why I didn’t get the memo.

I don’t mind – I come home to a colorful crew with BHK at the helm.

It seems that Pye prefers Newtcam, and newt prefers to be on Pyecam. (Newt likes the little window ledge upstairs…Pye likes the bed upstairs. They both seem to duel over the office and living room windows.

DC is 5th in road rage. Ha… Miami is #1 ! Maybe that’s why I don’t so bent out of shape on the beltway. DC, see also re:FL. Me, I’m pleased as punch to be where I am.

Off to Arlington, VA (right near Ballston) for a NetForum Users Group meeting on Friday – pretty much all day long. I wonder if there’s anything BHK and I would like to do in that environment, after the meeting is over? I figure I’ll head home, unless we need to stop off at the Pentagon for something – which I doubt.

This weekend plans include (in varying degrees of probability, but all of them nifty):

Em’s ballet recital

Those that aren’t hit this weekend, will be hit in the future, to be sure.

The Comic Book Script Archive … interesting list of scripts from a ton of authors… From the Moore’s intro to the Killing Joke script: ‘I want you to feel as comfortable and unrestricted as possible during the several months of your bitterly brief mortal lifespan that you’ll spend working on this job, so just lay back and mellow out. Take your shoes and socks off. Fiddle around in between your toes. Nobody cares.’

How to find images on the internet, an extensive list of links and resources.

Semi-related – cool list of icons! I wonder how many I’ll see in use over the next couple of months?

FontStruct is an awesomely simple online font creation tool. Just draw on a grid with simple Photoshop-like tools, save, and download a TrueType version of the fonts you’ve just created. Hmm.. If only I had a graphics tablet, I could make a font of my handwriting, as messy as that might be.

1 year ago – I consume Tiger’s Blood shaved ice, am lauded for kind manner, see dried blood packaged for sale in the garden section, happy feet, jamesmichener’s Chesapeake, create a painting

2 years ago – mama’s day, alien saucer poll, godzilla, found communities

3 years ago – feeling better, writing, Danny in june, chocolate lucky charms, james randi, Rippy RIP – now Viggo, Thomas Szasz, Flickr goes Ajax, ex-boss nearly a million in tax debt, times tables, hairy feet, Belle & Sebastian mp3, v for vendetta bg, jesus vs greek gods

4 years ago – Stan/Satan, Wifi in office (has since moved), first new palm pics, coming moonlight movies, Stay Tuned, Rawwr, Downtown ft laud treasures.

5 years ago – Update Virus Defs, Rainmaker, Frankie Mooch Phone booth, there stuff and quests

6 years ago – Termite inspection, apt shopping – tenants rights, web page fiddling, fonts, Tman, Name a Terrier

7 years ago – ossify, evil news, tumor talk, veggie pollGeotarget

9271 – Wednesday

Forgot to mention that I got a little TF2 in last night (about 45 min), while BHK checked her mail… My stats are still terrible, but I had a good time. I thought I’d gotten some achievements, but I’m not seeing ’em here… probably too few folks on the server for it to count.

My fave Classes are still the Engineer and the Scout, with medic going further back since folks are busy using him for all the unlockable stuff. Gold Rush is a great addition, too.

A new Portal map pack was just released from We Create Stuff. This map pack are actual Portal maps based off of the flash version of Portal, a 2D title that features 40 levels.

The pack places you in the role of a new test subject before the events of Portal. You can download the pack directly from this link, or visit the map pack page for a list of mirrors.

Substitute teacher does stage magic trick for middle school class, is fired for “practicing witchcraft”

Florida? Not Tennessee or Arkansas?

Hey!! Reboot is coming back? Possibly more info here, but who knows the rumor level.

The recipe – Steamed catfish in Banana Leaves sounds really tasty… but is even better as an expletive. Something Perry White might utter.

Proof that we’ve been working too hard, yet eating well – we’re too tired for ice cream! We have 2 gallons in the fridge that have been untouched since at least Monday.

1 year ago – mortgage, lileks transfer, change, Altiris skills, Aardvark’s Ice Cream, Adam’s last HS sports, chat catch-up, good use of dead dibneys, dream, summer coming, kite flying pix

2 years ago – flickr issues, getting a trifle ill, security video feed, dawn of the dead, free streaming video, winamp tracks, star trek cribs

3 years ago – bro search, strongman stunts, blood, mark of beast=50 less, monsters inc, day in the life, fishstories born (long since made dormant), unique id, Chlamydia Outbreak Kills Penguins, tv cars, voice post

4 years ago – quorn, sunset, mean newt face, pet stroller, entertainment pondering, jail hubbub

5 years ago – There pirate quest (still no beards, but eye patches!), first PT, Being D’s spokesmodel, orange cat fan club

6 years ago – Slept in, Star Wars Field trip, getting into php/MySQL, brush your cat’s teeth, pix of me working on bro’s computer, haiku, classic tv

7 years ago – embedding is verboten (back, now!), apartment desc, Mateo’s Josie is born!, good stuff, all aroundGeotarget

9213 – Thursday

Hall of Technical Documentation Weirdness You’ve got to dig proper arrow placement.

Where did all the daffodils come from? One minute, it’s all brown grass and stick trees, the next… *DAFFODIL CENTRAL* – and tons o’ ducks. Geese before, but now there are mallards en masse.

So, there’s a new B-52s record out? Are they still called records, even on CDs and mp3 players? I guess they’re all recordings. I’m looking forward to hearing it. They’re going to be at the 930 club in April, and DAR in June… I’ll have to see who the openers are… Cyndi Lauper is opening for ’em in June.

Per Ze’s Request in colorwars (i’m still teamorange!)

A picture of when I was a little Scotto – Age 9 –

scotto and derek - 1978

I’m on the right, Bro on the left at about age 7. Even then, I didn’t like to wear ties. To keep in that vein, I’ll mention something about that age in the meme below.

More pictures below the cut.

A year earlier –

Us, a few years later – 2004, maybe? Near Bus Station in Ft. Lauderdale.

My favorite recent picture of me? Honeymoon – October 29, 2006 St. Augustine, FL – at Ripley’s. See also, BHK.

bhk & scotto in a hollow tree trailer - ripleys!

She brings out the little boy in me.

50 things you’ve done meme continues at 43 – I…

43.’was a sergeant in the safety patrol in elementary school. The big trip to Washington DC was no big whoop to me back then, as I was living in Richmond or Alexandria, VA at the time. I’m back in that boat now that I’m living in Maryland… but I don’t have the cool reflective orange belt and shoulder sash with a badge anymore.. I had to turn it in at the end of the school year. My duties were to assist the crossing guard with kids in front of the school.. .holding the stop sign and making sure that everyone made it over OK. The guard was a soccer mom, and gave me my first taste of coffee that I liked. I think that she put 3x sugar and 3x cream in it. I got her a Santa coffee mug for Christmas that year, and she gave me some cupcakes with red and green sprinkles on ’em. I don’t remember her name, but she had a cool van… all earth tones of brown and tan… could probably tote 12 people comfortably. I can proudly say that there were no accidents on my watch, despite some nutty drivers.

The Miami-Dade police department will begin experimenting with high-tech drones as law enforcement tools beginning next year.

Although the military has been using unmanned aircraft systems for years, this will be the first time they are used in law enforcement.

“We are aware it is a great responsibility. The FAA is looking at us to see if we can professionally manage this program,” said Lt. Cliff Nelson of the police department’s aviation unit.The flying camera is called a Micro Air Vehicle made by Honeywell. The MAV is remote controlled, unarmed and unmanned and can soar over 10,000 feet. (See the Micro Air Vehicle here.)

Miami-Dade police said only licensed pilots with the aviation unit will operate the devices because the airspace in the county is so busy. Only the Miami-Dade police department and the Houston police department were given permission by the FAA to experiment with the drones. “The capability of the unit is phenomenal,” said Miami-Dade Detective Juan Villalba.

The unmanned aircraft will be used during SWAT team and tactical operations, especially when officers need video of a heavily armed suspect.

The Miami-Dade police department has not yet taken possession on its drone, but the Houston police department has and is already conducting tests. Miami-Dade hopes to use grant money to pay for the MAV. Officials said the units are pricey. Depending on the complexity of the system, they can cost several thousand dollars to more than a million.

I can easily see a well-placed weapon mount on that thing. My first thought was of those flying combine drones in HL2, taking your picture, and later attacking you with saw blades. See: Scanner / Manhack. The video link above is very cool… I’d be interested in seeing how long it would take to automate.

1 year ago – back mending, bhk cold fading, mission impossible squirrel video, blogger death threats, larry and tigger vet trip picture

2 years ago – V movie, political ramble / revolution, boca/popular comics, pictures from walkabout, newt playing fetch pics

3 years ago – Easter, Deadbolt, Danny recap, K, piccies, personality test, heard from everway gamers, kitties video, walking octopus, waterbus

4 years ago – Procrastination, Henchman, search warrants/LA, booger eaters, vacuum cleaners, Brian Blessed, heroclix, zombie pinups

5 years ago – jkg, TAG, souls, Bahá’í, soul & body, leaving FMM

6 years ago – dream, dented the door with my mitt, sleepy and grumpy, how I sleep w/newt, small hands=rude, army men, Dan Bfast, lab grown meat, dali museum, secret fun spot, 2 dead celebs

7 years ago – lj bump, baby newt pic, one ring, mush, thebot, palm art, John DenverGeotarget

9069 – Weds

Bro released from the pokey… just in time for Thanksgiving. I wonder if he’ll be in attendance with the Momster and Wilt? Right now he’s in in Delray Beach, with plans to be heading for Sebastian soon. I wish him the absolute best of luck. My expectations are low, but hopes are high. 

[EDIT: via momster- Hi There! Derek looks great! He’s got a good tan,body in good shape and clear headed.I gave him your cell for after 5pm.He is going around to get a phone, food stamps, medicare and go to Delray to see if he can get the $$.He said if he gets the cash he will head north,if not he will look for work here.I asked him to call me tonight about the day. I invited him to join us for dinner tomorrow (we will pay) but he said he would feel uncomfortable with Ana Richard and Don. I understood. Let you know what happens..really was good to see him well,hope it continues.]

So… Thanksgiving tomorrow… 4 day weekend! Hoody hoo!

Last night, we went to the Annapolis Mall for a lovely date night of Dinner and a Movie… I was feeling a bit like a teenager, as we went to the food court… I got Panda Express while BHK picked up some Chik-fil-a. The place is really starting to spin up for holiday shopping… I fear the crowds will be thick as chilled molasses once Thanksgiving has come and gone.

Beowulf. Entertaining in 3-d… I’m not sure how well it’d hold up in a 2-d theater. That said, I liked it for the most part. I had a few difficulties with the Thicker Dane Accents, especially in regards to Grendel and his mother. I didn’t realise that Neil Gaiman was part of the writing process… that would explain some of the more comedic moments of the film, I suspect. The 3-d bits really made it work, additionally, the amount of eye trauma (or threat of same) made me enjoy it more than I thought. The benefit of expecting a total stinker helped, too. I wasn’t expecting so much motion capture and the broad range of “fine human detail” to “Shrek” characters so easily mixed.

Almost better than the movie were previews for movies I want to see… some more than others.

Cloverfield – I like giant monster movies, but I’m worried that this one is jumping the shark or pulling snakes on a plane sort of maneuver.. .too much and too little released at the same time… It’s not getting my interest so much as it’s irritating me. Still… giant monster movie. I’ll see it.

I am Legend based on the novel – (Basically The Omega Man… the mutated seem more interesting in this version, though.) From Warner Bros. – “Robert Neville (Will Smith) is a brilliant scientist, but even he could not contain the terrible virus that was unstoppable, incurable, and man-made. Somehow immune, Neville is now the last human survivor in what is left of New York City and maybe the world. For three years, Neville has faithfully sent out daily radio messages, desperate to find any other survivors who might be out there. But he is not alone. Mutant victims of the plague — The Infected — lurk in the shadows… watching Neville’s every move… waiting for him to make a fatal mistake. Perhaps mankind’s last, best hope, Neville is driven by only one remaining mission: to find a way to reverse the effects of the virus using his own immune blood. But he knows he is outnumbered… and quickly running out of time”

Journey 3-D – based on another classic – Journey to the Center of the Earth – I’m a sucker for 3-d Movies, and if it has Dinosaurs and Xenobiology in it… so much the better.

A 3-d version of Gaiman’s Coraline – Pretty nifty, and probably very well-suited for the screen. I suspect BHK will enjoy it quite a lot.

National Treasure 2 – I’m looking forward to this one.. especially given my current environs. Plus, Ben Gates must have quite a resource pool after the first movie. I thought for sure that I’d never see a sequel, and I’m glad I’m wrong. I suspect strongly that it won’t be a stinker.

Golden Compass – Based on a book series that I’ve never read. Still… three words: Armored Polar Bears. Seriously, why not just call it “Scotto, come see this movie. We’ll buy the corn for you and everything.”

Sweeney Todd – We’ll see it, but I suspect it won’t shine a light as bright as our expectations. Cannibalism, insanity and revenge with a straight-razor on Burton sets should be pretty fun, regardless. We’ll see how the singing side of things will go. It’s a shame we didn’t get to see the stage production back in July, but who knows? Hopefully it’ll boost the play’s popularity in more venues locally. We were pretty thrilled to see it as a stage play almost right after we’d seen the stage production on DVD.1120071852.jpg
Cool Standee at the theater – the Razor was about 7 feet long!

1 year ago – pirate scotto pic

2 years ago – red lobster, class struggle, black friday, chubby checker

Pictures – 7942 posts!

3 years ago – pirates, giraffes, incredibles, bro

4 years ago – Marvel Family, Countdown meme, garden pictures

5 years ago – Free audio books, hubcap monsters, discover empanadas nearby, GIMP

6 years ago – cloture, pocketlj, single card tarot spreads, meeting lj folks confirmed

7 years ago – air cools, Young Frankenstein poetry, sleepyhead, country bear jamboree

8 years ago – very basic Newt statsGeotarget

8867 – mon

A learned person gently comes, steps carefully.

– Shimizu Hiam

Gave my 2 weeks notice at the County today – Starting on the 18th, I’ll be at my new, non-temp gig. I’m really looking forward to it… a few HR things to iron out beforehand – what sort of insurance to choose, etc. I’m looking forward to having my own office again. The commute to Calverton doesn’t seem to be as horrid as most folks make it out to be. I commuted for 90 minutes back when I was in Fort Lauderdale. I’ll miss the gang at the county… really nice crew. I hope my new team is as nice.

Grilled up veggie burgers and dogs for BHK, in-laws and TM tonight.. it was true potluck – BHK did salad, including peppers form our garden, TB brought chips and buns, and the in-laws did the doggies and brought a big ol’ watermelon for dessert. Everyone was nicely full to the brim at the end.

Newest Reads are Fluke and Jamestown – from the cover –

Set in the indeterminate but not too distant future, JAMESTOWN chronicles a group of “settlers” (more like survivors) from the ravaged island of Manhattan, departing just as the Chrysler Building mysteriously collapses, heading down what’s left of I-95 in an armor-plated vehicle that’s half-schoolbus, half-Millenium Falcon. They are going to establish an outpost in southern Virginia, look for oil, and exploit the Indians controlling the area.

The story is of course based on the actual accounts of the first ten years of the Jamestown settlement from 1607 to the death of Pocahontas in 1617. Set against a cataclysmic backdrop, the book features the historical characters—John Smith, Pocahontas, her father Powhatan, John Ratcliffe, John Martin, and John Rolf—but in an act of wild re-imagination, akin to Baz Luhrman’s re-interpretations of Shakespeare (the great playwright of the Jamesown era!), Powhaton is half-Falstaff, half-Henry V (with a psychiatrist consigliere, Sidney Feingold); John Martin gradually loses body parts in a series of violent encounters, while John Smith is a ruthless and pragmatic redhead continually undermining the aristocratic leadership; and Rolf’s and Pocahontas’s romance is conducted by text-messaging, IM-ing, and ultimately telepathy.

Despite the grim sounding circumstances and large quantity of spilled blood, it’s a romantic book, a meditation on history and interpretation, told in language that is endlessly delightful—the jokes, the rhymes, and the rimshot dialogue throw the story’s bleak underside into brilliant relief. It’s a big book—a cross between the terrific maximalist novels of Barth and Safran Foer and the minimalist magical satire of George Saunders.

So Far, Fluke is the more well-written and interesting of the two. However, I’m less than 25 pages into both.

Comparisons of Baltimore vs DC … I do need to make a trip to the Yabba Pot sometime soon.

1 year ago – on call, giza pyramid, bunny hop pic, finger people, cosmos animations, fallentoad song, fantastic

2 years ago – full vs goatee, bro & PO, vs & rr try to hook me up

3 years ago – Local con, ADP fix it, free wifi, bro issues, Crew north, Cartoon stuff, rain, bad case

4 years ago – bro goes to ER, Tony & Caroline bad news, pt issues, brothel free to troops, pirate doodle, kraft offer, FIA hoverboats

5 years ago – fumigation drama, pelican preference, cricket magazine, Google labs

6 years ago – life roles, evil news, Paranormal investigation teams that I’d join, Allen Walton, hobo names, $10 webcam, classic Scotto lunch, nice dreams, mammoth riding.

7 years ago – figured out how to hack the info kiosk as the mall of the deadGeotargetVisitor Map


Work is interviewing for the network position today. I wonder when or if they’ll be asking me to sit with them today? I’m curious about the number of applicants.

When playing punch buggy my eyes tend to detect color first, then shape. I’m much less likely to see a white, black, gray/silver or navy blue bug than standouts like yellow, red or the brighter variants of blue and green. However, The “toaster” look of the Honda element is a good standout for me over colors. I can lock onto one of those much more easily than the bug. The dual-color ones seem to be easier for me to spot than the one-tones.

I have to dig up my birth certificate in order to get my driver’s license. It seems that my Florida state id isn’t enough. Bah.

Didn’t mow the lawn, and didn’t roto-till the garden, as it was too wet from the lovely rainy weekend. That’ll probably happen next Saturday.

Tomorrow, I’ll have been working for the county a month. That seems odd to me, somehow. I guess Friday will be a true work-month due to days off, etc.

Tina’s back from points elsewhere today, so we’ll probably have her over for an early dinner of falafel tonight. After that, I’m going to have to get one the stick, regarding the quest for more continuous employment.

Limited News source says that there are 21 dead at Virginia tech [edit- 32 dead, 28 wounded] – I don’t get how this happens. How broken in the head does a person have to be to run around a campus and start killing people with twin 9mm pistols? Sadly, my first mental image was that of the Shadow, with twin .45s barking out hot metal justice, but he’s a pulp fiction vigilante, not an actual insane non-fictional type being.

Found out that bro is breaking his probation already – Mom and WV went down to where they’d set his apartment up, and discovered that the place was empty. His probation officer called her looking for him, so it’s only a matter of time before he’s back in the clink. Turns out neither his rent, cell phone bill, nor his car insurance have been paid, so he’ll be driving with a suspended license in an uninsured vehicle. I’ll be checking the net periodically to let me know if he’s back in the pokey. [edit – he was evicted on 4/11]

I think I like stones and jewelry made from organic substances more than inorganic.

Pearls, amber, mastodon ivory, bone in general all had some sort of life-aspect about them before they were put into settings or whatnot.

Could the ghost of an oyster / tree haunt pearls / amber?

JD offered me some deer meat that he got while hunting. He bagged 13 last season, gave 10 to the hungry, and kept 3 in his freezer. The county electrician is apparently a great butcher.

1 year ago – easter peeps, Franciscans, freeware, bald headed cocktail sauce, lj top40, easter lunch, bugs bunny toon, newtcam action pics, SL easter pics,

2 years ago – oona tested, remembering D, walker tx ranger, CD biz, Bulk License-Plate Scanning by Helicopter, Amityville Horror

3 years ago – Cheeburger Cheeburger w/Dan, Ella Enchanted, got dreamt about, LH started / CS trimmed down, Coh Reset, weird email correspondence with a person that thought I was some sort of pantheist.

4 years ago – JKG Job desc, Honda cog movie, walkabout palm art – thin lines

5 years ago – cube test, Dangerous labs, threebrain, work stuff (network names)

6 years ago – pulchritude, leitmotif, objectives. (sakes, is lappie 6 years old!?! at least it’s got windows 2000 rather than Me(h) on it now)GeotargetVisitor Map