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9836 – Thursday

thurs – meme – The design is simple: choose a musical artist and select an appropriate song title from their oeuvre for each question.

I suppose I should go with They Might Be Giants!

Are you male or female:
“Mr. Xcitement”

Describe yourself:
“Mr. Me”

How do you feel about yourself:
“Which Describes How You’re Feeling”

Describe your current boy/girl situation:
“She’s an Angel”

Describe where you currently live:
“The World’s Address”

If you could go anywhere you wanted to go:
“Road Movie To Berlin”

Your favorite form of transportation:
“Someone Keeps Moving My Chair”

Your best friend(s) is/are:
“Certain People I Could Name”

Your favorite color:
“Purple Toupee”

Favorite time of day:
“Whistling in the Dark”

If your life were a TV show, what would it be called:
“Finished With Lies”

What is life to you:

What is the best advice you have to give:
“Put Your Hand Inside the Puppet Head”
“Stand on Your Own Head”

Thought for the day:
“Narrow Your Eyes”

How I would like to die:
“I Hope That I Get Old Before I Die”

9829 – Friday

Hard to believe it’s only been 3 years since I was first planning to visit BHK on her birthday. Funny to me how little I can think of life prior to being married to her, and having our crew of four under the roof.

I’m in the office now, taknig a brief break from gig-searching to catch myself up on LJ. Larry is setting up BHK’s Best Birthday Present Ever ™- a widening of the closet door in our bedroom. For the record, I also proposed to BHK on her birthday, 3 years ago in two weeks. Heck, she’d have wanted closet spasce, even if single.

33333333333333333333333333333333  – Newton’s left foot on the number pad says hello. Pye is sleeping on the purple chair to my left, and Netwon has leapt to the couch on my right (newtcam couch) and will be in sleepytown soon.

Here’s a breakdown of my music via Media Go

music layout

According to my SenseMe playlist – the fastest/happiest song is a three way tie –

  • Get a Job – The English Beat
  • The Famous Polka – They Might Be Giants
  • B-52s Cosmic Thing.

Slowest Saddest songs are also a 3-way tie –

  • Matt Lauer can suck it – Michael Gaicchino (Land of the Lost Soundtrack)
  • Running to the Rain – Peter Gabriel
  • Ballero – War

I seem to have mostly happy, mid-speed songs in my library.

I am really interested in a few new looney labs releases – Aquarius 2.0 and Chrononauts: The Gore Years expansion

(Chrononauts 1.4 The Gore Years: Like Aquarius, Chrononauts is also about to get upgraded to the new uniform box. But although it will feature a couple of new cards and a new rulesheet, the new edition of Chrononauts won’t be very different from the original. For this reason, and since it’s the fourth printing, they’ve decided to call it version 1.4. However, since a lot has happened since 1999 and Chrononauts is really showing its age, theyere also creating an expansion product that brings the TimeLine into the 21st Century. This packet of 11 cards will feature 5 new Timeline cards (2000, 2001, 2002, 2003, and 2008) along with 3 new Patches and 3 new characters who need to change recent events in order to get home. (Of course, it’s called the Gore Years because that’s what the last 8 years are known as to certain time travelers.). Release date: October 23th.

(Martian Fluxx, too, but not as much as the other two)

Additionally – I’d like to try Apophis sometime as a game. Looks neat, and I have all the pieces already to play!

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1 year ago – temp filling, need crown, knife wilding robot doodle, pedegg, german boardgames usually lack dice, Bengies, Mayor’s Drug raid – he’s innocent, cops shot his dogs, bro at 44 points, faces of evil project

2 years ago – dc to nyc bus, pg county car chase update, chocolate gum, ex debt, louise fadeout, ljopoly, cruel 2 b kind assassination game

3 years ago – finished pride & pred / monkey politics, Newt pic, kid rolling ajoint on the bus, solar powered sun bricks, firkin, 8500, flying model plane in miami, flight plans to maryland

4 years ago – deepest sender, jumping pictures, walkabout autostitch, mangrove tunnels

5 years ago – tmbg thoughts, sugar water vid, space issues, Rick James dead, Burpin’ at Newt, Magical Trevor, cocktail demons, nifty charts, Newt Videos, CoH Pix

6 years ago – Zombies, Army Men, mean cannibal pudding, time travel spam, vampire game, celeb phone calls, cej chat, bro request

7 years ago – Earth and Beyond Playtest, Kev & Bailey, fat parrots, french fry girl palm doodle

8 years ago – harried, inculpate, plane lands just down the road on andrews as a makeshift runway and kits my regular bus, wondering about lj’s image server (still not ready!), happy thoughts, magic can of soda

9 years ago – grumping, Space cowboys shows old man butts Geotarget

9646 – Thursday –

Tasty Salad at lunch, with lots of work on either side of it.

Made a date with BHK to see the Pietasters in May! A little Ska never hurts! Also made plans to go get some pancakes with Duncan, J, and Sean this weekend!

Bloody Fun Day is a strategic arcade game where players control the Reaper as he plows his way through little critters. Every time Death sticks his scythe into one of the creatures, he gains points but loses health. Destroying red creatures will bring his life back up.


Each set of creatures killed leave behind eggs which need to be left alone to hatch into even more critters. Building up points also gives Death special abilities which can be activated in order to grab even more points. It’s all about bagging as many points as possible before you run out of life.


The game mechanics work really well and it’s a very nice concept. There’s a tutorial to get you going and a couple of game modes to choose from. Play it over at Kongregate. (via indiegames.com)

News from BHK today –

http://somd.com/news/headlines/2009/9593.shtml Migratory waterfowl counts over 5 years

http://somd.com/news/headlines/2009/9597.shtml New bill to require insurance companies to disclose slave records from the 1800’s. One of the proponents is a Law prof from MD—Professor Ifill

http://somd.com/news/headlines/2009/9610.shtml Wind power available in Maryland? Who knew!!!! I’m not comfy with a 1 to 2 year contract though AND it probably isn’t even available in our area!
By the way–YOUR son was sleeping IN the trash can upstairs this morning!!!! It didn’t have trash in it but it did have a plastic bag liner—–he’s a nut!

(Whenever Newton is weird or naughty, he’s MY son. Whenever Newt is cute and adorable, he’s OUR son. Pye hasn’t been given the same treatment yet, but he’s the baby of the family.)

1 year ago – med doodle stat, neverland ranch pix, 7 dirtiest IT jobs

2 years ago – wachovia, chipotle, pictures out birding, BHK’s potato soup

3 years ago – justice and friendship, walkabout, thai, @ sushi, dabble db, open office, human ton & handy, 5 love languages, newt installs counterstrike

4 years ago – net down, simile, super-poots, a little about myself, dmw

5 years ago – newt pic, alton brown ok, cliches, The author of California’s anti-gay marriage law? His son just got married. To a guy.

6 years ago – spam, barbed wire, slow walk, stinky bus, spring break starting

7 years ago – news articles from 1902, poem tag linked to me, Scott name confusion, cool databases

8 years ago – Big Bird Song, cell phone jamming / scanning modes, a good day, "feet and blisters, web"Geotarget

9644 – Tuesday –

Newton slept on my hands – must’ve been seeking bonus warmth, or he was jealous of my rubbing BHK’s arm.

meme-time – snagged from Sean

Think of 15 albums that had such a profound effect on you they changed your life or the way you looked at it. They sucked you in and took you over for days, weeks, months, years. These are the albums that you can use to identify time, places, people, emotions. These are the albums that no matter what they were thought of musically shaped your world. When you finish, tag 15 others, including me. Make sure you copy and paste this part so they know the drill. Get the idea now? Good. Tag, you’re it!

Here is my list, narrowed to 15. (Scotto isn’t tagging anyone, but is happy to see any other entries)

Let’s see… this could be fairly tricky – I’m not sure of music that changed me forever… I’ve never really been one of those folks to play the same album over and over again… a few that come to mind –

Stuff that was significant to me, and I still dig –

1. Beach boys – I went through a major Beach Boys phase as a kid – Pet Sounds was something that got a lot of play both in my home and on my walkman. The album still cheers me up quite a lot.

2. Beatles – Yellow Submarine / Octopus’s Garden (not really an album, but the first music I had as a kid.. that I remember. It wasn’t even the Beatles, it was the Sesame Street Version) If I had to pick an actual Beatles  album, I really liked Rubber Soul.

3. Talking Heads – Little Creatures Great album – started me on that Band, and despite the "art student snob" aspect, I really like ’em.
4. Tubes – Outside Inside Got this form a yard sale – I was very pleasantly surprised. (Wild Women of Wongo is what got me to drop 25¢ for it. ) I figure I’ve gotten well worth my penny a play just for that track.
5. ELO – Time – first Album bought with my own money, played a *lot*

6. Steve Martin – A Wild And Crazy Guy Not really a music album, though it had banjo and The KingTut single.

7. B-52s – Whammy Discovered them late – mostly via gaming with Ray & Kat. (Specifically for Trism)

8. Zombies – Odessey and Oracle This one keeps coming back, and I love it every time. (Most recently for "This will be our year")

9. XTC – Oranges and Lemons  So Sue me… I like Mayor of Simpleton.

10. They Might Be Giants – Lincoln I first heard them on Dr. Demento when I was in High School – I’ve been hooked since. Hard to believe it’s been 20 years+

11. Genesis – Selling England by the Pound Very different stuff than the Phil Collins-centric bits in later years. It may be my all-time fave Genesis Album.

12. Chuck Mangione – Chase the Clouds Away – One of the five 8-track tapes I had for my first car, the blue bomber. played repeatedly, because we only had 5 albums, and eventually the AC/DC and Beach Boys tapes wore out.

13. Rusted root – When I Woke – first really fun time with the hippies – post concert. I like them quite a lot.

14. Poi Dog Pondering – Poi Dog Pondering – "and I said YEAH!" – discovered by accident. Thanks, tape-traders in college!

15. Queen – Flash Gordon Soundtrack – FLASH ! AHAHHHHH! HE’LL SAVE EVERY ONE OF US!


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1 year ago – transformer at mexico, veggie pocket pies!, back surgery

2 years ago – bhk takes a pic of Newt and I snoozin’

3 years ago – bday via eryx, monkeys and kitties, compusa fails me, quizzes, morrisey vs van halen

4 years ago – apheresis skip, cocktail party, banana man snippet, netflix queue,Ultima 4 Virtue Quiz, system tweaking, ethiopian skellie, dr. who shipping, health and family review, Broward slots, SCI

5 years ago – food, gator bus ride, Voting, business cards, spammed again, MONKEY POPS!

6 years ago – prepared to pee in a cup for TAG, after Nordis tried to toss mysalad… Painted minis in the haunted tunnel… Rockford Scientist

7 years ago – bro came by apt, multi-journal quiz, fear vs love, Fire and Ice, Pliny the Younger

8 years ago – Brad Mentions adding a photo server and chat to live journal…. speed hasn’t been a real priority on that dev. Meat-eating robots, top atrocities… and the return of a heroGeotarget

9624 – Friday

Quickie from the EEE on a random wavelength on the bus – let’s see how this posts out.

newtcamperch2 .newtcamperch

Recent pics make me think of a new newtcam icon. now that the EEE has a webcam… I wonder if I should make a scotto-cam page?

current memealeem

You’ve been tagged.

"You can tell a lot about someone by their music. You must skip through your iPod/Mp3 players shuffle feature, and list the first 25 songs to come up. No skipping embarrassing songs!

Play Peter GabrielBig Time    
Play Wang ChungEverybody Have Fun Tonight    
Play Bruce HornsbyThe Way It Is    
Play Men at WorkDown Under    
Play Kenny RogersCoward Of The County    
  The SpinnersCupid / I’ve Loved You For A Lone Time    
Play Christopher CrossSailing    
Play The BanglesManic Monday    
Play BananaramaVenus    
Play Atlantic StarrSecret Lovers    
Play Diana RossMissing You    
Play The Power StationSome Like It Hot    
Play ‘Til TuesdayVoices Carry    
Play a-haTake On Me    
Play Lionel RichieHello    
Play The CarsYou Might Think    
Play Stevie WonderI Just Called to Say I Love You    
Play Culture ClubKarma Chameleon    
Play YesOwner of a Lonely Heart    
Play Night RangerWhen You Close Your Eyes    
Play Duran DuranNew Moon on Monday    
Play Matthew WilderBreak My Stride    
Play RockwellSomebody’s Watching Me    
Play KajagoogooToo Shy    
Play Ollie & JerryBreakin’…There’s No Stopping    
Play Lipps, Inc.Funkytown    
Play John Lennon(Just Like) Starting Over    

Well, that’s two more than 25, but it’s close enough. I suspect some BHK interference there.

current music – Gomez – Airstream Driver
1 year ago – politics, chilly, sickies, swarm of the snakehead, handwriting meme, heart shape, B&N gift card, awakening moved, nightmare playgrounds

2 years ago – Visited the Department of Homeland Security, DC pix.

3 years ago – rainbow pigeons, dr who, sirenity, hibernation, workplace closures?, Lost- dream, quiz-meme, questionnaire

4 years ago – ren-fest thoughts, river with a fear of heights, kid-style web layout?, soylent green, glass tile graffiti, danigolden+ham steak+jelly+scott baio=a good morning for me, puppet dj, uss jimmy carter

5 years ago – Danny takes his club to the Ren-fest, 5-year-old marries a puppy, evil eye, palm entry-bus, looking back to my earliest memories

6 years ago – Spending a lot, cute newt, hot showers, green onion cornbread

7 years ago – Lewis-y, Muppetty, limericks, a cute pair of boobies, speedy bus, ninja cow eludes police

8 years ago – valentines, online books, recommitted to walkies, Belief, Myth and FolkloreGeotarget

9421 – Thursday

oh, dear U-pop – how we miss you from our element. soon, you’ll be gone due to Christmas music taking your xm car slot… I hope you return after the holidays!

Saw Tropic Thunder tonight – it was better than it might’ve been, but I was fooled by previews, and didn’t get as good a show as expected. Jack Black and Ben Stiller didn’t do much for me, but I was impressed by ol’ Downey and Nolte. We had a nice Thursday night date, anyhow! BHK got her allotment of popcorn and I enjoyed a soft pretzel and some crunch bar bites.

An analysis of the three major types of gravestone motifs used in eastern Massachusetts during the seventeenth and eighteenth centuries.

The earliest of the three is a winged death’s head, with blank eyes and a grinning visage. Earlier versions are quite ornate, but as time passes, they become less elaborate. Sometime during the eighteenth century — the time varies according to location — the grim death’s head designs are replaced, more or less quickly, by winged cherubs. This design also goes through a gradual simplification of form with time. By the late 1700’s or early 1800’s, again depending on where you are observing, the cherubs are replaced by stones decorated with a willow tree overhanging a pedestaled urn.

Pay special attention to the graph of the popularity of each motif and the slideshow of example gravestones. (thx, peterme)

1 year ago – bhk sickies, foodness, world without us, good grains

2 years ago – flickr maps, out with TW and saw Pirates, no putt-putt, Rope swing for Danny, It must be love, words that make me laugh, cherry-chocolate milkshake

3 years ago – Katrina new orleans satmaps, on call again, cookies for genetic goodies, big rock candy mountain, elephant prosthesis

4 years ago – More Frances, Dan Snores, Newt Pics, observations.

5 years ago – neurologist, giant lizard in Beirut, grizzlies, Y-chromosome vanishing, work drama, Cathi’s dad gets’ trach, Egyptology, Ft. Laud ghosts, Scientology

6 years ago – freaky temple, edbook’s llamas, Bush behaves a bit, bad dream, Friendly street light.

7 years ago – contretemps , liverish, Rhinestone Cowboy, social lubrication, spiritual/paranormal/xenobiological poll (fascinating results), stopping b/w theft, Anne Heche a loony

8 years ago – No Norton, Supers Gaming, interests, met twinstar & estokes Geotarget

9409 – Sunday

Two years ago today I arrived in Maryland and was picked up at the airport by BHK. Pretty much a life-changing experience for me. Now, we’ve been married, I’ve been up here at the same gig for over a year, and most of the dust has settled in our home.

Despite a few stresses, I love it here, and would never want to be far from BHK’s side. Newton and Pye are pretty great pals, with no real signs of antagonism between them. Work has its difficult moments, but for the most part, it’s a very good gig. I can honestly say that BHK has been nothing but wonderful, supportive and loving the entire time.

At the moment, we’re browsing the idea of looking at houses… we may or may not stick with the one we’re in now. The possibilities are improvement, knock this one down and rebuild from the ground up, or hit a third location. All options seem equal right now.

BHK brings me so much joy and happiness… even when I’m feeling low or hurt, she pulls me up and keeps me going. The marriage proposal and response was certainly the best thing to happen in my life for a long, long time. I feel happy knowing that I’ll be spending the rest of my life with her, through thick and thin.

I am thankful to Allison for making my world a better place. Everything that I perceive is a bit more wonderful because of her presence.

Today, we got up a bit later – in-laws came over to hang out. Chris and BHK went through BHK’s jewelry box… she’s got a lot of funky stuff in there, all of which is pretty dang keen. BHK did her best to keep her mother from acting the magpie and stealing sparkles, but it looks like a few items have floated back over to the mama-nest. We’ll have to swing over there in a month to liberate some of them back. Meanwhile, Larry and I sat in the office area, and talked about his life on the farm, dogs, cats, hunting and so on. It was a nice bit of gab from Larry, who is normally very quiet… he everyone else first dibs on the conversation, usually.

We were going to do Korean BBQ for lunch, but that got ruled out in favor of another trip to the Selby Sub Shoppe. BHK and larry split a half pepperoni/half meatball pizza, Chris got a big ol’ burger, and I got a black bean burger sub… it was all delicious, as usual.

We took the scenic route back, and picked out bits of ragweed, marsh mallow, and assorted sea grasses while taking in all the houses out back between Annapolis and home – some are really magnificent.

First few games on audiosurf – a fun little game that uses your music (or streaming audio) to build a racecourse to place klax-dr mario sort of brick building. Website explains it better, or the wiki here – it was on sale for $5 today, so we snagged it after playing the demo.

Inch Worm
The Sandpipers

Play Never Will I Marry
Linda Ronstadt

Punk Rock Girl
The Dead Milkmen

Play Happy Boys & Girls

Play Shreveport Stomp
Jelly Roll Morton

Unsurprisingly, I’m the #1 top scorer for Shereveport stomp. I’m also the only person to have used it in the game. We’ll see what happens if/when BHK tries with her own login. You can see what tracks I’ve played at my computer here. (at least the ones it can recognize)

An AP story about the thousands of voting machines gathering dust in warehouses across the country after states such as California, Ohio, and Florida have banned their use. Many of these machines cost $3.5K to $5K each. Local election boards are struggling to find ways to recover any of the cost of the machines, or even to recycle them. The picture in Ohio is the most confusing, as multiple court cases limit the state’s options and result in a situation in which the discredited machines will nevertheless be used in the presidential election coming up in November. The state’s new (Democratic) attorney general has just issued a rule banning the practice of election workers taking the machines home with them the night before elections.

1 year ago – visit anniversary, this will be our year, new everything, barking mad, grindhouse breakfast, friday 5

2 years ago – points north, liberty city, psp ebooks, palm entries begin for a bit

3 years ago – mending, green beans, saudi swimsuits, batman, zombie astronaut, robocop art, pat robertson can bite me, gaming group, nostalgia, who meme, newt pic, evil twin, katrina-storm

4 years ago – more travel pix, ice cream novelties, Black widow, newtcam, harlequin gallery, helpful phrases, bag lady

5 years ago – watching walnut & his mamma on cam, goofy snl, she spies

6 years ago – Wreck of the Medusa, Feral, Muso, my trading card, LJ meet, taught Dave Heroclix, misc pix, ft laud sunset

7 years ago – yellow bellies

8 years ago – questions Geotarget

9373 – Sunday

Woke up slowly, played a bit with Garry’s Mod, which I find to be hilarious, went over to the in-laws for hanging out listening to the Eagles and O.A.R. with Adam and the gang, and then we had hot dogs, quick pickles, chips and etc for tasty happy fun time.

The quick pickles were from our garden –
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The cukes were a little stubby, but BHK’s mandolin made short work of slicing them.

BHK and Larry took the Element up to the mechanic for repairs – It’ll be out of service for 10 days, getting the windshield fixed and the hood / bumper dents removed. The trees still haven’t been removed form our yard yet, but the time is approaching to do so. We’ve got the green ford as a loaner until the element comes back.

Planning for 3 big events coming up next month – BHK birthday, Larry’s Birthday, and Larry & Chris’s wedding anniversary. (not in that order.)

Larry’s a tricky one – I suspect that a trip to see Good Deale Bluegrass (though Chris doesn’t want to go) would be the best gift for him. New Neil Diamond album out, too. There’s the Christmas Show at the Ram’s Head… but that’s usually reserved as a Christmas Present. Maybe at the Bluegrass show in Deale.

Larry and Chris is easy – a card and food.

I’m not going to spill any beans about BHK’s b’day, as she reads this… and I want it to be a surprise. I’ll let you know what happens later, dear journal.

BHK got back comfortably – we watched an episode of Fawlty Towers, and one of Burn Notice – now it’s time for bed!

Until later, dear journal!

1 year ago – Williamsburg dream, BHK, Amy & I dine at the in-laws, more gaming, start my BGG account

2 years ago – Japan’s underground photography, free wifi attractive nuisance, 2nd life updates, tough times in the congo, fishbone, ape-o-naut doodle / gays in space

3 years ago – A/c unhappy, Lisa/Lisa plans, Jacques the Monkey, Candice fickle, shots, Tom Waits, Abandoned amusement and theme parks, grumping, “shut it”, mallah and the brain

4 years ago – monkey doodle, palm pictures from the bus, lavender-newt, notes from the road, atm jam, CoH, lj-flower, monkey yawn

5 years ago – palm doodles, power-outage, all consuming, power of burqas, sonic bullets

6 years ago – some day tripping, cool squirrel, Belgium is a myth, tongue-trimming, lj hot-or-not, Life imitates Real Genius!!!

7 years ago – overtired & grumpy, cockaigne, evil news, flash, evil news

8 years ago – wanting to go on a group outing, discover marquee Geotarget