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weekend recap. post #10,809

Let’s see… What has been up to since Cheeto (Justin) brought our Christmas tree over?

I got my invite to the private beta for Little big planet 2!

Poor Pyewacket hasn’t been feeling very well lately – he was logy and seems to be working on a great big hairball. BHK is getting some meds for him today – hopefully he’ll be feeling better soon.

I was saddened to hear that Dr. D is now in assisted care – my best thoughts are going to his family.

Saturday was BHK’s crafts / holiday party – just enough people arrived to fill every seat in the house. At the most critical of mass, I went into retreat – hit the man-cave and worked on the computer in there for a bit.  Amongst the guests were Amy R., Holly, In-laws, Mandy, Tara and Van (in alphabetical order, no less!) – There was more food than we could eat for a week, and the guests brought food too, despite our best entreaties. I fiddled with Goldeneye: Source and HIS (Heroes in the Sky) – I much preferred the former to the latter.

Amy R. is the newest fan of Swarm of the Snakehead. Totally unrelated – Human Centipede is now availabe for netflix streaming. (I do not think I’ll bother with it, though, unless it’s to distress BHK)

Quite a few passes by “Santa” and his pickup truck… has a lit up Reindeer and Santa dangling from the vehicle… and has been doing orbits around our town more than once or twice.

Van stayed for a bit after closeup – he had never played Catan before, but that didn’t stop him from winning against us handily.

Sunday, we rested up most of the morning, but the in-laws hijacked us to go to Men’s day at Maerten’s Jewelry… I snuck over to Play’n’trade to see what was up – 3 used games for 2 wasn’t a bad deal, but I’m still pretty well stocked for toys on both the wii and the ps3. I did look for family game night, seeing as James had mentioned it, and BHK loves to do boardgames – Catan on the ps3, or anything on Yucata.de is her vibe.

Looking at the archives… looks like Pye and the tree are quite the habit this time of year.

1 year ago – Pye admiring our Christmas tree

2 years ago – tree arrives in our living room, “love, actually”, Chinese food.

3 years ago -got crabs for Xmas CD, add LJ friends page to RSS reader, bears in ill-fitting hats, metro fare increases, glow-kitties fight disease, 2007 q&A meme

4 years ago – Peter Boyle RIP, Grey Gardens, Holiday hubbub, new comic store, Tina’s wedding present to us

5 years ago – Sam and Max, Atari 2600, favorite things

6 years ago – I discover that Romanian pop tune (OZONE – Dragoste din tei) before the weirdo kid cam sings it around the world, Oceans 11, pollo tropical makes me sick

7 years agothe secret message, Bro & Danny visit, lizards in the tummy, truck surfing, riddle, some reference

8 years ago – nightmare, balloon hats, fudge and dinosaurs, Danny and I win a Tomato Recipe contest!

9 years ago – nice dreams, flesh eating robots, wacky day, SOP

10 years ago – coffee, hello kitty murders, village blacksmith, books to read, I get a Sigmund and the sea monsters tape!Geotarget
Now playing: Jon Black – Ghost of Elvis


S6302780, originally uploaded by scottobear.

Went to the invasive species exhibit, featuring the Snakehead. (see other photos below.)

(see also, Muskrat, Nutria, and Scotto levitating a fish.)


Today, I stopped shaving, and won’t start again until I go back ot the office. Caveman Scotto. Ugh Ugh!

9331 – Sunday

Forgot to post this yesterday –

ATW man Crabbing.

First thing we did today was view Swarm of the Snakehead at 1 am, when BHK woke from her Pizza Hut induced torpor “nap”.

We weren’t disappointed. Swarm of the Snakehead was exactly what we were looking for (and didn’t get) when we went to see Grindhouse. A fun, cheesy, “bad in a good way” sort of horror flick. It’s most certainly more a comedy film than horror, despite the periodic moments of gore. I’d love to see this on a large screen somewhere, or better yet as a movie shown outside, on the beach… maybe projected on the side of a large white building.

Head and shoulders above any other made for Sci-fi channel stuff, ten pound would likely do quite well to shop the film to them, or a similar venue.

I may be a bit biased, because it was filmed right nearby, primarily in Easton and Oxford – a hoot picking out local spots.

I can’t believe that Gunnar Hansen was both Leatherface and the “Quint from Jaws”-style Fisherman! There’s range for you!

I think I’ll write up a much longer and nicer review of the movie soon – I want to get some input from BHK about her perspective on the film, too. I’d say it was the highlight of our weekend, though.

After the delightful midnight movie with BHK, we tucked back into bed, and snoozed… I’d say we got up and out of the house by 11ish.

Polished off the last of the croissants from the farmer’s market (I had chocolate, she had almond), BHK decided to venture forth to Aardvark and grab our waiting games. Mike and Tara were out, but the employees were swell to us.

The day was gorgeous and since we wer euntethered by any other family responsibilities (in-laws took tigger to Salem for a long weekend), we meandered around Southern Maryland, looking for a nice new spot to grab some lunch and just enjoy each other’s company.

After much tooling around of St. Mary’s, we eventually ended up at the Reluctant Navigator. After eating there, I understand his reluctance. The food was somewhere between meh and ok. Service, not bad – environment when we first walked in the door was “we’ve made a terrible mistake” but after getting past the foyer filled with old boat motors, chainsaws, and crab traps covered in dust, the clean dining area changed our tune to “oh, this is probably all right.” I’d put the food at medium-low quality. somewhere in the 3-5 out of 10 range. I seriously doubt that we’ll be back, unless something amazing causes us to return.

We continued on our journey, with food in our bellies – after putting some petrol in the tank, we wandered into Cecil’s Old Mill, a general store and post office – pictures to follow sometime after I upload ’em. Meanwhile, check out what somd online has to offer. When I saw the logs in place, I had two thoughts. first – that’s perfect for an old movie villian to strap a maiden to, and let the hero try to save her while he gets away. The second was the gravity gun usage in last night’s HL2.

The old post office was my favorite, though. Lots of memorabilia everywhere.

We bought a pair of homemade brownies and a diet pepsi, and toddled on home, to water our plants right before a huge, thunder-filled rainstorm.

We had tasty sammiches for dinner, and watched our last tivo’ed Monk – where he reunites with his pop. Not a bad character dev show, but a lousy mystery solution. “We found the tie!”

Now, bedtime. Gnitght, dear journal. Have some lovely linkies.

Alfred Hitchcock’s The Birds Barbie Doll

Just so you know that your family isn’t so bad, dear journal –

‘Cannibal relatives ate boy alive’

A seven-year-old boy was kept chained in a closet as relatives hacked off pieces of his flesh to eat, a court has heard.

In a case with echoes of the Fritzl family horror in Austria, Ondrej Mauerova was partially skinned in the closet in a cellar at his home in Kurim near Brno, in the Czech Republic, according to reports.

The abuse – involving members of a religious cult – was uncovered by chance last May when a neighbour’s television baby monitor picked up graphic pictures of what was happening next door.

Ondrej and his nine-year-old brother Jakub were locked and chained in the cellar for months by their mother Klara, 31 – a member of a group called the Grail Movement.

He was caged, beaten and gagged to stop him screaming, according to reports.

Mauerova had the monitor installed so that she could watch the abuse from her kitchen but the images were picked up by a neighbour who used an identical system to monitor a newborn baby, the regional court in Brno has heard.

Police were called and the two boys as well as what appeared to be a 13-year-old girl were freed.

But the girl later turned out to have been one of the alleged abusers, 34-year-old Barbora Skrlova.

She subsequently fled to Norway before being brought back to the Czech Republic earlier this year.

Mauerova has admitted abusing her children but she said she had been manipulated by Skrlova and her own sister Katerina.

The accused are Klara Mauerova, her sister Katerina, 34; Barbora Skrlova, 33; her brother Jan Skrla and a friend Jan Turek.

1 year ago – testing twitter embedding

2 years ago – cereal mix, no bro, planning excursions, house of fun, puppy assault, question meme, poo coffee

3 years ago – playing with highlighting, Cruise vs Oprah, Jedi Squirrels, JLU, Bibleman (vs ElectraWoman and DynaGirl!), portable rotary phone, Homeless shelter stops serving bear meat, skeeters, America’s most unwired cities, call, gamer has been given a suspended death sentence for killing a fellow gamer, I predict a riot, power outage, bro’s trespassing

4 years ago – spidey in a dhoti, rain-sleep, bad arizona tea, cheater dream, amber cancellation, hollywood screws up, new 404 page

5 years ago – bro, ren & stimpy, dan’s palm doodles

6 years ago – scooby doo, packing, checklist

7 years ago – plica, smarterchild, bloviate, orange cheese, how are you poll, pirate name, wildlife stickers!

8 years ago – unmarked, turmoilGeotarget

9330 – Saturday

It’s officially a change of seasons, no matter where you live, now. Summer, here. Spring seemed to be far more brief than Winter. Happy Longest day of the year, Northern Hemisphere!

Could someone explain to me how Obama not taking public campaign funds “ruins his credibility”?

Let’s see— today –

Shots! Quick and Easy.

Didn’t get to Aardvark for replacement for Catan Dice, and pick up Illuminati: Crime Lords – probably tomorrow.

Went to Annapolis to go see Zohan – I didn’t realize he was going to be some sort of superhero – more fun than I’d thought- had the requisite Sandler dumbness, but it was pretty cute. A few running gags ran overlong, but it was better than I’d expected. The beginning sort of put me in the mood to see Hancock.

I’m rather saddened to hear that Get Smart is poorly rated (almost as bad as the love guru? Seriously? That bad? I haven’t seen, but can only assume the words fro Guru.) – I hope that Wall-E and Hancock bring something more fun to this summer’s movies. I haven’t seen Indy 4 yet either, but I hope it’s better than the reviews make it out to be.

Pizza at the New Pizza Hut by ATW man – not the best – I think it made BHK sick.

Picked up the mail, and noticed our screener of Swarm of the Snakehead came in! (official site)

BHK and I went down for a nap, she is sleeping heavily. (Still wasn’t feeling well) – I got up after an hour, and did some work on the computer for about an hour, and then played video games for about 3 hours – (Portal, HL2, and some game modsPirates, Vikings and Knights II and Zombie Panic.) Tossed a little Bioshock in for good measure.

not for the easily dizzy –

cooking in 3 D

camera 3 D

sail boat in 3D

tunnel dudes

old Dude 3D

More of these: Cursivebuildings

1 year ago – Dan arrives, seaports and port authorities, trains and such, dense reading, metric system

2 years ago – tasty bean salad, Brando in superman movie, battle tubas, subway perspective art, mentos and coke, online pente, druid pocketwatch

3 years ago – GP & Batman, magic waffle pixies, yubnub, Google maps, Lore, grasshoppers, awesomedome, journal scraped

4 years ago – Summertime, silliness, doodle board, rage icon (since added), extreme heat warning, wifi bike, earbags, pudding pop poll

5 years ago – newt pic, dialects, sacred texts, monkfish, fold up robots, William Marshall RIP

6 years ago – Tope/taupe, cookie puss rap, Francesco ups the rent due to tile, bigbrother time clock installed at FMM, bird pee, random 5, lj virus

7 years ago – Bateman’s smoking cat, communion with dip, W’s approval rating (pre 9/11) & quiz, languor, evil news, mushy thoughts

8 years ago – time poemGeotarget

9065 – Wednesday, early in the morning, waiting for his ride.

Coughing… but poor BHK is feeling more sick than me. It’s certainly chilly this morning, and is expected to be snowy midday today. Quite a change from Monday’s balminess.

If anyone out there wants to send me a dvd of swarm of the snakehead, please do! BHK and I have been giggling like goobers for the past week about snakehead fish. If push comes to shove, we may fork over the $17 for the DVD, but I wonder if it’ll kill the pure goofiness of the previews. Maybe I can learn to sew, and make a knit snakehead ?

All silliness aside, the snakehead is a serious matter. I can’t help it if it’s a borderline chupacabra / area 51 / bigfoot sensation here, too.

Handwriting meme – (Forgive Scotto’s Messy hand, and blurry-ish cameraphone!)

Answer the following questions in your own handwriting:

1) Name/username.
2) Left or right handed?
3) Favorite letters to write.
4) Least favorite characters to write.
5) Write “The quick brown fox jumps over the lazy dog.”
6) Tag 5 people.


Random Scotto factoid. When I see a symmetrical “heart shape” I pick out the two semi-circles on top and bottom triangle piece before I see the whole image. That’s why I like to draw mine unbalanced, or off-center. I don’t know what that means.

BHK and I went to Barnes and Noble last Friday and didn’t buy anything despite having a $50 gift card in my pocket. How did that happen?

Flickr user brandonwu got up bright and early to get this image on Monday morning. Lots of “Awakening” images were in the DCist Pool this past long weekend, as it’s to be dug up on Wednesday and moved to Prince George’s County. EXIF here. – via DCist

I hope to visit it after it was moved… I went there once as a young boy, when I lived in Alexandria.

That reminds me –

Nightmare Playgrounds – most seem to be from Russia and Prague… I wouldn’t mind visiting!

These creepy masterpieces of sculpture and landscaping can be found in playgrounds not only in Russia (even though this is where the majority of photos come from) but also in China, East European Countries, and even in the US – anywhere the grass-roots creativity goes bad and the bad taste gets promoted, often unintentionally.

Awesome. More Awesome.

1 year ago – Visited the Department of Homeland Security, DC pix.

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

3 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

4 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

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

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

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