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9830 – Saturday

BHK is still typing in my journal sometimes – courtesy of her – poophead rulz!

Only one month or so until 9/9/9!

the kaiju I mentioned earlier this week – who is it?

Pictures taken while geocaching with Chris, Mandy and BHK – fungi, frogs and a swell hidden fishing hole!

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Tonight is my sleep study – hooked up to my gear, and I’m hitting the sack in about a half hour. First night not in the same bed with BHK since we’ve been married – I plan on tucking in with her when I get out at 6:30 am tomorrow.

1 year ago – 8/8/8, port of baltimore trip and pix, new video card installed, evil tech installs webcam software against knowledge

2 years ago – waiting for 8/8/8, goads have lived in house next door for 23+ years, north beach, emily coming pic, HOT out, coward/cowherd origins, Oshi with icehouse

3 years ago – priceline beats expedia, register to vote, Chinese Ghost Festival, exfoliate/defoliate, hangin’ round the ceiling, walkabout/geocache plans

3 years ago – meetings, school restarts, club shuffle, thank you – sim-sim-salabim, danny the street, vidcam hacks, google total, unf. kids books, How bona to vada your eek!, teacher, miami storm pic

4 years ago – Bro health care, lj post issues, losing some gentleness, scotto-flaws& nice things, vintage newspaper strips, no jack black as GL, funw/google searches, older archives, deep sea images, phone safe,keylogger, slowed chipmunks, JL cartoon, character makeups, europreart

5 years ago – Teen Titans, Antidepressants, narghile, steve burns, ebonics, red kryptonite poll, bro health

6 years ago – ZIM!, fun fact, fumbuckery, added newt pic to bio, after he shocked me, site reboot that didn’t come to fruition

7 years ago – some thoughts about gamers/negative side, including a dragon-con flashback (that caused some upset in the role-players community), who in a crowd?, Upside-down, RPG poll, caterwaul, Name Generator, dinos in your region, Wally Caught stealing, begins the end of the WDB era at IMT.

8 years ago – grumpy, in general and regarding TV Geotarget

9549 – sunday

We also got a nativity set at the same time we picked up the tree.

our nativity set. Bears, and etc.

Bears! View full size for maximum effect. We added some other items to the scene – Pye and Newton had to be there, and it spiraled out from there.

We went over to the in-laws for pancake breakfast after sleeping in nicely this morning. I had a bit of an allergy attack, had to head home – did some work-work stuff, folded some laundry and put lights on the tree while BHK did household work and made use quiche with cheese, veggie sausage and green peas… and some veggie sausage-biscuit balls, too. *VERY* tasty and hearty fare. The in-laws came over too, and we just hung out and chitty-chatted – watched some old episodes of Newheart and the Honeymooners on WGN –  The in-laws are out the door now, and BHK is sleeping on my lap… but now it’s time for bed.

Until later, dear journal!

1 year ago -office christmas party, good food, we win a prize, cal tort

2 years ago – shopped, ate, got fluxx

3 years ago – condo commandos, dooced, kong opens, misfits, bush on constitution, yahoo income, zombie cap

4 years ago – cravings, pondering atmospheres, vocabulary words, adp ROYALLY screws up, ocular chili, its a wonderful life by bunnies, Mexican tomb of DEATH

5 years ago – Saddam captured, collective nouns, feral children, pod thoughts, tic tacs, and chores done

6 years ago – Lottery-coworker thoughts, Deathrace 2000, my favorite Chang Tzu quote, witch cow, mistaken identity, haiku

7 years ago – pumpernickel, Newt on my long-lost chair, moment of weirdness, wacky news, what we did before toilet paper, coprolite

8 years ago – sickies, FIGHT! game, Rhyme-timeGeotarget

Writer’s Block: Awesome Openers

This is Tokyo. Once a city of six million people. What has happened here was caused by a force which up until a few days ago was entirely beyond the scope of Man’s imagination. Tokyo, a smoldering memorial to the unknown, an unknown which at this very moment still prevails and could at any time lash out with its terrible destruction anywhere else in the world. There were once many people here who could’ve told of what they saw… now there are only a few. My name is Steve Martin. I am a foreign correspondent for United World News. I was headed for an assignment in Cairo, when I stopped off in Tokyo for a social; but it turned out to be a visit to the living HELL of another world.

Heck, Godzilla has a lot of great bits and pieces, but the opening to the original film is pretty straightforward about what’s going to happen. Post-war, those words couldn’t help but have meaning.

If only his name wasn’t Steve Martin – but how would they have known that there would be a popular comedian by that name? Godzilla was released in 1956 – When the comic was what… 10 years old or so?

9337 – saturday

Went Yard-“sailing” this morning with Tina and BHK – Mostly a bust, but one stop got us a half-dozen unopened buried blueprints puzzles (forgive the ebay link – they’re out of print.), copies of mastermind and upwords, a couple of good books, Max Payne 2 , recipe software, not to mention some other loot that BHK picked up for a total of $8.

I stopped off at the doc’s for shots, bhk and Tina hit wal-mart for some supplies.

After, we hit fab brew, where I got an Italian Soda (cherry), BHK and Tina each got some sort of coffee drink, and then we bounced over to Gallo’s Deli it just opened this week – I got a 3-cheese sub, bhk got meatball and Tina got Turkey & cheese. We’ll be back – it’s pretty average right now, but they’re still getting things in order – it’s no Selby bay sub shop, but they’re three blocks away from the house, and there’s a lot of potential there.

Came back home, crashed out for a nap.

Got up, hung out with the in-laws while they worked the garden, hot dogs, garden green beans and roasted corn for supper! We ate late, and I consumed far too much delicious food.

Watched some National Treasure, Fawlty Towers (drunk chef with a thing for Manuel episode), a moment of the Brothers Solomon (don’t bother) and Army of Darkness.

If you’re heading out to the G-Fest in July, you’ve got a treat in store: the premiere of Godzilla Zero Hour, a high-quality fan film about Tokyo’s notorious mega-monster Godzilla fighting giant flaming, flying turtle Gamera.

Scientists think that Mars’ alkaline soil might be able to grow asparagus.

Although he said further tests would have to be conducted, Mr Kounaves said the soil seemed “very friendly… there is nothing about it that is toxic,” he said. “It is the type of soil you would probably have in your back yard — you know, alkaline. You might be able to grow asparagus in it really well.”

1 year ago – zucchini from our garden pic, out with CB and BHK, DelMarVa planning, roads & L’Enfant

2 years ago – cranky, vacation plans, soccer/ football, ice cream truck music, alert map, how to make anything look like a toy, flash drive, superstitious, assorted fun links

3 years ago – mp plans, tired, miami vice movie filming, outdoor bro, open id, falling body, florida on florida, pictures, I don’t wanna be stoned, zombie dogs, To live instead of exist

4 years ago – pick up the phone, explosion world, virtual frog dissection, viruses,giant clothes, roadsign, hulk coloring book, ebooks, puppy stops killers

5 years ago – plushie microbes, night flight, handguns, Scientology, newt pics, playboy

6 years ago – Newt smarts, moment of zen, moment of poop, political compass, dusty apt.

7 years ago – weird emma, peremptory, yum!, broken linkies, evil news, name poll, who do you love

8 years ago – breakup w/ April, Candle, submarineGeotarget

9332 – Monday

Good solid day of work today – getting a lot done and covered. Met the new VP, and he seems like a really nice guy who knows his stuff. I wish I could advise him more on commuting, but he’s a car guy, and not a train or bus sort.

After work, BHK and I went out to lemongrass for a little date – the food was excellent and the company wonderful. It was raining like gangbusters outside, so we stayed for dessert… the Thai doughnuts and fried ice cream were also great, but I tihnk I ate way too much. After the weather let up a bit, we went to petsmart to look at the critters, and saw an army gal with a haircut that made her look a bit like donald duck.

Went home, watched the pilot of middleman. I liked it – it was a little sticky, but forgivable in a pilot episode… There was a super-intelligent gorilla in a tracksuit, which was pretty cool, but I’d prefer that they not mention comics so much. I didn’t need a Grodd reference. He was more like the Mod Gorilla boss to me, anyhow. The “filthy paws / damn dirty ape” quote was expected, but really, that’s forgivable. I’ll be watching it again, and expect it’ll gain some momentum if all goes well.

In honor of Swarm of the Snakehead, I made my own proto – snakehead beastie (you can download him at the link) in Spore yesterday. BHK’s bitey monopod will be uploaded soon, too.

snakehead for spore

George Carlin passed away. I think that his routines in recent years got a little… I don’t know… Lame? Turned more from radical or wacky to just whiney “get off my lawn you kids” humor? I feel the same way about him the way I feel about a lot of folks I liked more when I was younger – maybe I outgrew him, like I did Harlan Ellison’s angry young guy shtick as it turned into an angry old guy bit. As I age, it gets harder to be entertained by that sort of thing. Maybe they both just ran out of whatever mojo kept them fresh and interesting to me. I still like the old stuff. Not as angry, not as bitter… things can have bite and not seem just sad. He was a great satirist during the bulk of his life, and I’m sure he will be missed.

I saw him in “concert”, at FAU, ages ago with Jeremy Dawsey. I don’t remember where James was, or why he wasn’t along. We had a *fantastic* time, and it was likely the only time I’ve seen a comedian in the last 20 years that wasn’t “schticky”… fat guy telling fat jokes, lesbian telling lesbian jokes, black guy doing black jokes, prop comics… etc, etc, etc.

I’ll just choose to remember this:

Some people say the glass is half empty.
Others say the glass if half full.
I say the glass is too big.

–George Carlin

Illustrator Rafa Toro scanned in a set of monster trading cards and presents them in blog format: Monstruos Diabolicos. El Hombre Lobo! El Payaso Diobolico!or my fave… El Agusanado!

LOS ANGELES — Hollywood will enshrine an eclectic bunch in its famous curbside Walk of Fame next year, including Hugh Jackman, Ben Kingsley, The Village People and fictional Tinker Bell.

Recipients of the sidewalk stars also include Felicity Huffman, William H. Macy, Cameron Diaz, Robert Downey Jr., Tim Burton, Leslie Caron, Charles Durning, Ralph Fiennes, William Petersen, Kyra Sedgwick, John Stamos, Mark Burnett, Chuck Lorre, Kenny “Baby Face” Edmonds, Dave Koz, The Miracles, Doug Morris, Rush, Shakira, KFI radio personality Bill Handel and KCRW host Harry Shearer, who also provides voices for characters on “The Simpsons.”

Cheeta isn’t on the list. The animal actor, whose credits include the 1967 comedy “Doctor Dolittle” and the “Tarzan” movies, was trying for the seventh time to get a sidewalk star.

His handlers had launched an online petition to get supporters to urge the Hollywood Chamber of Commerce to give him a star in 2009.

Guinness World Records has called the 76-year-old chimp the oldest living, non-human primate. Cheeta is retired and lives in Palm Springs.

The Hollywood Chamber of Commerce’s Walk of Fame Committee chose the recipients, who were ratified by the board of directors Thursday.

Seriously? Tinkerbell got a star, instead of Cheeta? She didn’t speak, and has only starred in one film! Cheeta’s an actual being, not just a drawing. What’s next? The NBC Peacock?

1 year ago – wifi / magnetism allergy, carcassone, munchkin, witch trial, lj mindmap meme, Danny still visiting, heard about polarity

2 years ago – spinny video, can’t get behind that, danny bails, manatee journal, soulroom quiz

3 years ago – too much goin’ on, pyramids, bq weds, yawnies

4 years ago – Elin, Miami-cam, BBC broadcasting Mort, The Dead Case, TV Newscasters, Florida voter PSA

5 years ago – GP writes me after however many years, reader influx, bro behaving,insensitive online transgender Columbina gets snotty with D, lovey-newt.

6 years ago – a very well thought-out email about getting a journal code for japaneseblossom, 100 questions, Newt-acrobatics, beanbag sofas, rate kittens.

7 years ago – mephitic, sweetie-yodeling, quiet mood, sponge bob, bad science, sexy factoids

8 years ago – Nothing.. not updating regularly yetGeotarget

9321 – Monday

Storm knocked a huge limb out of one of our trees – it bounced on the high power lines and then landed on the Element’s hood with a resounding thump. Dented the hood and front end in a few places and spider-webbed the windshield with cracks. I’m just glad nobody was hurt – Larry was fairly nearby. I’ll be interested to see how fast insurance turnaround will be on this. Homeowners should cover it with a minimal deductible.

I’m sort of disappointed that we didn’t get to hit artomatic – the last two weekends got nailed with Father’s day and general germy-ness. Hopefully it did well enough for Cyn to go back next year. It sounded like a hoot!

I want to ride the trolley, before it stops running, too. (I figure it’ll be in commission for at least 18 months more, before it stops working out for the city… but it looks like a good cheap way for BHK and I to tool around town for $0.25 a ride. With gas prices, you can’t get much better than that.

I mentioned this briefly on Saturday – the bakelite tiles in Hive are chunky (maybe 1/2 inch thick, and about 1 and 1/2 inch diameter) – much larger than I’d thought they would be. It’s even mose satisfying to play now, as a result. I’ve gotten so used to tiny counters and maybe things of “checker” size, that the bigger pieces are a real treat. Still waiting on Mosquito‘s arrival – not a huge deal, as BHK and I haven’t really gotten bored of the basic rules at all.

BHK and I played two games last night – If Wishes Were Fishes and Labyrinth. (I won both.) I suspect the dynaminc of Wishes will change if / when we introduce third, fourth and fifth players.

Sex and Indiana Jones?, originally uploaded by kubacheck.

Whoops! Wrong theater!

SF Signal has a run-down of the top 10 giant movie monsters, which is inexplicably not safe for work – Also courtesy of SF Signal, check out these anatomical cross-sections of Gamera and Godzilla.

1 year ago – Bugah and Neil Arrive, summertime fun, godzilla cheats, newtcam pics, courthouse artist,

2 years ago – website gig, writing, newtcam, sleestak sounds,

3 years ago – Sleepy, lj tags, couscous w/Danny, high voltage, questions

4 years ago – audio blog test, bluetooth virus, Sue Dibney Croaks, Dreams of the old gang, Bloomsday, When the zombies take over, how long until the electricity fails?

5 years ago – paranoid dream (has since come true at least once), silly RP in There, sleepy newt pic, Abbie the Cat Blog

6 years ago – Navajo Talkers, Barbie collectors, I learn about this apartment, palm doodles

7 years ago – IMT becomes FMM, paying by the word, slaver, funeral-cast.com, photo poll

8 years ago – Taco bell folding & WhitesnakeGeotargetVisitor Map

8980 – Weds

It feels like it should be Thursday. Ah well, it will be, soon enough.

I keep getting demoted to craftsman…ah well, not a bad level to be at, yucata wise.

Went to Mexico restaurant, with BHK and Mother in-law for dinner – BHK still a bit under the weather, but I think that she liked getting out of the house. We talked for a long time with the owner after our meal… he’s a nice guy, and his family owns 10 restaurants across VA-MD. Apparently he grew up not too far from where BHK did, displaced by about 7 years or so. MIL Is surprisingly naive about some things while pretty dang about others… She’s got an odd mix of Metro awareness and old-school unawareness regarding stuff about low income regions and behaviors that make me worry a little bit that she’s working in DC.

Possible plans for Saturday (formatting direct from the email)- Maybe we can drag a few friends along, too. (Maybe right after going to GCOM Annapolis ?)

This Saturday, September 8th, Cheeky Monkey Sideshow returns to the Arlington Cinema ‘n’ Drafthouse for a night of one-of-a-kind entertainment.
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Cheeky Monkey Sideshow is a breath-taking yet beautiful cavalcade of the bizarre, the shocking, the grotesque, and the strange. Every show is different, every act unique.
A unique form of entertainment that few will ever experience, but none will ever forget.
Tickets are only $10 at the door or online.
Arlington Cinema ‘n’ Drafthouse
2903 Columbia Pike, Arlington VA
Doors open @ 11:45, Show starts @ 11:55 pm

Other thoughts for the weekend include 3:10 to Yuma and / or Shoot ’em up I suspect the former will be weighted more than the latter for us. I’m probably planning way too much for the weekend.

Per the Blue room

http://www.chick. com/reading/ tracts/1038/ 1038_01.asp

In Jack Chick’s latest, he tells us what happened to the dragons.

The resulting tale plays with the fossil record in approximately the same way an episode of Xena plays with history, but without Renee O’Connor. Alas.

It’s mesmerizing, in its way.

1 year ago – our house, tiny tent pictures, newt and Danny pix, watching WW, personality quiz thingum, interests collage

2 years ago – helping hand, on call, flickr letters, marine patrol, state of usa, iron scorch, fortune cookie, four rooms, bro, Jake Walk Blues, Brownie’s heck of a job, immersive learning theological worldview, baby jellyfish, library mofo

3 years ago – Weathering Frances, Popular interests, Medicare hike, walkies, RLP, power out, storm journals, Broward, Ivan coming

4 years ago – photo Friday, lj tweaks, FMM turnover, Dubai postcard, old palm pix, optical illusions, horror, band-aids

5 years ago – custom clix concepts, ford bails on electric cars, onelook, recycled bottle paradise, rainy day=unbreakable, poop

6 years ago – That crazy Anne Heche interview, and pygmies are real!

7 years ago – silly answering machine message, happy music, Frank Sinatra Geotarget

8919 Tuesday

24 generations =16,777,216 ancestors. I guess I won’t be taking my family tree that far!

I’m drinking way too much soda pop and coffee type stuff. Maybe it’s time to go on a Soda Sabbatical.

Crazy early morning wake up today… I had trouble getting out of bed again… it’s too comfy cozy under the covers with the kitties and BHK.

Dear Fox news. You’ve confirmed my thoughts about you again and again, but this is totally ridiculous. (via ecto – warning, justifiably foul language in the text) – Fox news making a claim that Fred Rogers was evil. Not as a joke, or ironically. Fox news should recognise evil… it sees it in the mirror every day. Reporting like that is beyond just evil.. they live in a world of lies and madness.

From the link –

It’s a disgusting, vile little piece and it’s very likely that you won’t be able to get through all of it. To summarize. Fox News’ argument for Mr. Rogers being “evil” goes like this: he told two entire generations of children that they were “special just the way they are.” Then, in what can only be described as a despicable lie, the Fox News anchors claim that that’s precisely where Mr. Rogers left off. He never taught children anything except to merely exist in a static state of selfish self-entitlement. And that’s why my entire generation is comprised entirely of rapists, murderers, welfare recipients and drug addicts.

There are a lot of reasons to be offended by this, but the biggest reason is that Fred Rogers was the kindest, most inspiring and most loving man to have lived in the last 100 years. His love for children and his passion for their education and well-being were absolute and unhypocritical. Watch this clip from Mr. Rogers’ testimony to the US Senate in 1969 to increase funding for PBS. If you disagree with Mr. Rogers politically, that’s okay, but there is no mistaking the sincerity of his passion for child development.

In other news, millions of years ago there were human-sized penguins.

Giant penguins. Is there anything not awesome about the phrase “giant penguins”?

1 year ago – defective materials, algo march 2, control freak, McCain on Lieberman, Michigan fairy doors, random flickr

2 years ago – Kev day, pictures of train station/toys/etc, mr moonlight

3 years ago – mind flayer doodle, travel plans, blue ink, Warriors…., phone posts

4 years ago – odd dreams, Gary hart, pizza box solar oven, hunting for Bambi hoax, walnut walks with a belly dancer

5 years ago – CHiPs, Spreading rumors

6 years ago – Music Mystery Solved, exegesis, evil news, Earhart’s wreck perhaps found, I discover Google image search, sea creature poll, why poop is brown

7 years ago – Scheduled Departure time set in stone, something at Archie McPhee no longer there, sitcom nudity-logic Geotarget

8905 – Friday the 6th

Lots done at work today… a good ending to the week. I have to get with CS first thing on Monday (or after she’s back) about streamlining more processes. I’m pretty pleased with the current learning curve and the gang there thus far.

Outside of work – Autorealm – reminder to self – investigate other uses.

Tonight, we’d planned on a visit to see Sweeney Toddbut the venue wasn’t up to the task of seating us. However, we may make plans make it easier in the future. (Thoroughly Modern Millie may have better odds.) instead, we wandered around Annapolis, had a lovely bite to eat at Davis’ Pub (the onion rings were especially to my liking) and then went to see the latest Die Hard movie. Not bad… took place in Baltimore / DC (sort of a one globby city) and had lots of explosions and beaten up Bruce Willis in it.

We also got to visit the Maryland Kwik-E-Mart – pictures will follow of this nifty bit-o-advertising later in the week. Our Clerks were I. P. Freely, and Mae B. Drunk.

I would really like to get this… (via ectoplasmosis )


During a routine underwater expedition, these unfortunate frogmen were attacked by a giant radioactive octopus! Will their harpoon guns, daggers and pruning shears be enough to defeat this terror of the deep or will they all be eaten alive? Each set includes twelve, 2-1/2″ hard vinyl frogmen and one, 9″ soft vinyl octopus that glows in the dark!

Frogmen vs. Radioactive Octopus

also via ecto

Count Gottfried von Bismarck, who was found dead on Monday aged 44, was a louche German aristocrat with a multi-faceted history as a pleasure-seeking heroin addict, hell-raising alcoholic, flamboyant waster and a reckless and extravagant host of homosexual orgies…

The great-great-grandson of Prince Otto, Germany’s Iron Chancellor and architect of the modern German state, the young von Bismarck showed early promise as a brilliant scholar, but led an exotic life of gilded aimlessness that attracted the attention of the gossip columns from the moment he arrived in Oxford in 1983 and hosted a dinner at which the severed heads of two pigs were placed at either end of the table.

When not clad in the lederhosen of his homeland, he cultivated an air of sophisticated complexity by appearing in women’s clothes, set off by lipstick and fishnet stockings.

Count Gottfried von Bismarck Obituary GeotargetVisitor Map

1 year ago – gamer soap, Christian Democracy myth, death bypasses convictions, ln quiz

2 years ago – Bard’s Tale, bro/snarly, solfeggio, Easter manatee rush, Tropical Storms Cindy and Dennis, heroclix, bro relocating

3 years ago – creepy Vizcaya pictures, cake man, Lego zombies, edible panties with twizzlers, Helped Danny set up website, JLU

4 years ago – harry potter quiz, history returns

5 years ago – bad sleeps, odd dreams, bed frame replaced, stats, LJ scam, villain supply, reading Earth, getting used to bro as neighbor, Scotto factoid poll

6 years ago – tirade, suberic, slinky/cult, evil news

7 years ago – got a nice letter from Christin, Emo Philips GeotargetVisitor Map