February 29, 2004
Thanks to Tim at Backstage for the pointer.
February 28, 2004
Spring is in the air. Daffodils are starting to show, birds are singing, bees are buzzing, and Munuvians are meeting for beer, pizza and trivia. That's right, fellow Munuvians Tuning Spork and Stephen are taking your questions, which will be asked and answered in the First Annual Fairfield County Munuvian Blogger Trivia Invitational. A barbed-wire cage match was considered, but we're an amiable bunch in Munuviana.
Drop in and say hello to Sarah. Her husband was just deployed overseas for a year.
Also, brand new Munuvian Ilyka Damen hasn't quite moved in yet, but soon, very soon. I'm looking forward to it.
Munuviana. In some obscure and lost language that had to have meant "concentrated goodness".
We've raised a couple of chatterboxes. Sheesh.
I've been sitting here thinking about this house we live in. Fourteen years now. It's the only house Mookie remembers.
Tonight we signed the contract to have new windows and back door installed. I have no doubt that they'll pay for themselves in a year or two, but still, it's a lot of money. We heard from a neighbor that a house down the street sold for an obscene price, which I love to hear. The slumlord has been fixing up the house next door and supposedly he's selling too. Good deal, if it's true.
It's after midnight, the ladies are long in bed, and Freddy vs. Jason just finished on the DVD. No review coming for this one because I'm not a big gore fan. A friend lent it to me so I'm watching it. It's not a bad movie for the slasher genre, but it's not something I'd normally watch.
I also have the original Texas Chainsaw Massacre to watch this weekend (much more to my taste). Expect a review of this along with a comparison with the recent remake when it's released in the near future.
February 27, 2004
February 26, 2004
Thanks to Blackfive for the pointer.
What got me to thinking about this subject is that a co-worker, Kyle, mentioned that the Hirschhorn Museum is having an event this weekend called 24 Hour Psycho. Its kind of an odd one, and we got to discussing aspects of it. Briefly, an artist has stretched the Hitchcock classic into a full 24-hour event, apparently by viewing most of the movie in slow motion. Theres more to it of course (thered better be), but thats the gist of it. My attitude is that Id love to be able to say I saw it, without actually inflicting myself with the performance, because it sounds deadly dull. more...
February 25, 2004
At this rate, I don't even have to worry about going to heck.
Spotted this at California Yankee, who's only slightly less evil than sleeping dachshund puppies.
(in the extended entry)
Indian Space Research Organisation
February 23, 2004
Accident at Sriharikota
An accident occurred at the Solid Propellant Rocket Booster (SPROB) Plant in Satish Dhawan Space Centre (SDSC-SHAR), Sriharikota, at about 1600 hours[1030 UTC] today. This happened while a test propellant segment was being prepared for transportation after curing. The propellant in the segment caught fire and caused severe damage to the building, in which the operations were going on.
Three persons have escaped from the building with burns and they have been admitted to the hospital in Chennai. Operations are on to rescue the others.
Emergency action have been put on to approach the building and clear the debris and reach the people inside. A high-level Committee has been constituted to look into the matter. Chairman, ISRO, Shri G. Madhavan Nair, has rushed to Sriharikota to personally supervise the operations.
The current spirit in India concerning their space program is reminiscent of the US in the 60's. Tragedies must be avoided, but risks will be taken and despite setbacks the program will move forward.
Infrastructure can be rebuilt. Let's hope that they've learned some lessons in safety from this, so that those lives lost aren't just wasted.
Personal note: Hey BATFE, notice that this rocket propellant caught fire and burned? According to you, there should have been a massive ka-boom. Don't you hate it when real-life physics doesn't conform to your fantasy universe? Idiots.
I realize that starting a blog is like cutting your first record. You've got years of material stored up inside you, and you can pick and choose a personal 'best of' to get a rip roaring start. It's the second album that separates the Elvi from the My Sharona's (to completely mangle a metaphore or whatever the heck that is). Fortunately, I'm ancient and have a vast store of
made up bull experiences and stories to draw from.
So remember, when you leave your comments, "Do you really want to hurt me?"
Thank you, thank you very much.
February 24, 2004
"Gentlemen, we can do this with a stickybomb."
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From The Universal Church of Cosmic Uncertainty:
You've heard of the Enigma cipher machine, yes? The Germans used it during WW2 for encoding and decoding messages.
If you've always wanted to play with an Enigma, the Enigma-E building kit might appeal.
The Enigma-E is a DIY Building Kit that enables you to build your own electronic variant of the famous Enigma coding machine that was used by the German army during WWII. It works just like a real Enigma and is compatible with an M3 and M4 Enigma as well as the standard Service Machines. A message encrypted on, say, a real Enigma M4 can be read on the Enigma-E and vice versa.
TL Hines has been posting a series he calls the "Darkhorse Dialogues", where he interviews the fringe presidential candidates. Lots of fun, and it makes you appreciate the solemn dignity of LaRouche and Nader.
No is temporary, but yes is forever
Caution is a byproduct of experience
If whining never worked no one would do it
You control your own mouth, and what goes in it
Everyone gets a kiss goodnight before bed
Pushing the elevator buttons does not make you a "big boy", knowing which ones to push does
If you could have as a pet, any creature from science fiction what would you choose?The device was easy for me, I still don't have a pet selected. How about you?
If you could own any device from science fiction what would you choose?
Over at Left & Right, Rob has been compiling and revising his list of Top Guitar Players. Lots of debate on this one, you should check it out.
Paul has been
schizo ecclectic in his posting subjects lately, writing about everything from wallets and cell phones to an acoustic version of Disco Inferno. Visit Sanity's Edge, and thank him for not being Bill.
Ever write a newspaper about a goof they made? Say Uncle did, and they asked him to write an Op Ed piece about the assault weapons ban. Read all about it here. He cuts through the fear factor and misinformation to score some telling points. Good job.
I'll close with a blog I've just began to visit regularly. Scott talks about those scam artists at Classmates.com. I dealt with them last year, and they really are bottom-feeders.
Update: Martin St. Louis of the Tampa Bay Lightning bears a striking resemblance to Richard Simmons. Yeah, I'm ticked off after watching the Caps lose a third period lead and get blown out.
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