August 31, 2005

Time Flies When You're Having Fun

It just occurred to me that we are two-thirds of the way through 2005. I don't know about you, but I'd be perfectly happy if the rest of this year were boring and uneventful.

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Relief

My niece called. Her and the kids are safe alive. They're still in the vicinity of what's left of Gulfport, Mississippi.

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How to save a fortune on Purina Tiger Chow

From a review of the movie Zombiegeddon:

Having real tigers chase and maul zombies...that's cool. It's like When Animals Attack, only better.

Now how can you disagree with that?

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I needed something to lift my spirits

And nothing makes me smile more than making fun of others. Or potty humor. Or both all in one great place!

Someone in England compiled a list of the 100 most rude place names (wink, wink. nudge, nudge).

This might explain why British soccer fans are so testy.

Thanks to CGHill of Dustbury for pointing this one out.

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Dreamer. Nothing but a dreamer.

Need a list of today's technologies that were predicted in Science Fiction?

Thanks to Owlish for the pointer.

(cue Supertramp...)

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Hurricane Help

California Yankee has collect a list of links where you can go to help with recovery efforts.

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August 30, 2005

"It's complete devastation" (updated)

The entire quote:

"Let me tell you something, folks. I've been out there. It's complete devastation," Gulfport Fire Chief Pat Sullivan said Monday. He estimated that 75 percent of buildings in Gulfport have major roof damage, "if they have a roof left at all."

Gulfport experienced a storm surge of more than 20 feet. Think about that for a second. Stand up, and if you're six feet tall, the water level pushed inland was more than three times your height.

We've had no word about my neice in Gulfport, who refused to evacuate despite living within blocks of the beach. At this point, I could care less about her, but I'm worried sick about her small children.

"The hurricane was scary," Scott Radish told The Times-Picayune. "All the tree branches fell, but the building stood. I thought I was doing good. Then I noticed my Jeep was under water."

"I've never encountered anything like it in my life. It just kept rising and rising and rising," said Bryan Vernon, who spent three hours on his roof, screaming over howling winds for someone to save him and his fiancee.

Idiots like these shouldn't be spared natural selection. Call me hardhearted, but I'd leave 'em right where they are, especially if rescuing their stupid asses meant someone else has to risk their lives.

Across a street that had turned into a river bobbing with garbage cans, trash and old tires, a woman leaned from the second-story window of a brick home and pleaded to be rescued.

"There are three kids in here," the woman said. "Can you help us?"

You had the chance to save your children, and blew it. I hope they learn from this experience, and I hope they never forget that you're a selfish nitwit who endangered their lives for no good reason.

Worried sick and pissed off, that's me.

Update: Just got word that their house is gone. Completely. No news about my niece and the kids.

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PDA Software Review

My latest review is up over at Mozongo, this time it's a Tetris clone with some interesting variations.

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It's only gay if you swallow

I think Tim Allen would agree. Me? I'm not so sure.

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August 29, 2005

Whoopass Jamboree Roster (so far)

(This will be bumped to the top once in a while as updates happen)

One quick clarification on the rules. It's perfectly ok for more than one person to select a team, so just because someone else has declared for your favorite doesn't mean you can't play.

Oh, and yes, this is an excuse for a great big ol' linkfest. But it's a fun excuse.

The players:

Frinklin: Vancouver Canucks
Brian J: St. Louis Blues
Tom: Philadelphia Flyers
Derek: Colorado Avalanche
Gir: Calgary Flames
Grand Moff Trojan: Colorado Avalanche
Tilesey: Toronto Maple Leafs
Cal Tech Girl: Carolina Hurricanes
Victor: Washington Capitals
Michele: New York Rangers
Yours Truly: San Jose Sharks



The rules:

1. If you have a favorite hockey team, place their logo somewhere on your front page. Let me know.
2. Every time your team plays someone else's team in the Jamboree, the loser must place the winner's logo (and a link) on their front page for 24 hours.
3. You don't have to actually be a Munuvian to play.
4. Trash talkin' is encouraged.

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Time to pray (updated)

Or whatever you do to send good juju down to the folks in New Orleans and vicinity. I've got relatives close to the water in Gulfport who're determined to ride this one out. Stupid? I guess we'll know in a few days, eh?

(update) Wizbang! has the text of the official National Weather Service Warning. Here's a little bit:

POWER OUTAGES WILL LAST FOR WEEKS...AS MOST POWER POLES WILL BE DOWN AND TRANSFORMERS DESTROYED. WATER SHORTAGES WILL MAKE HUMAN SUFFERING INCREDIBLE BY MODERN STANDARDS.

THE VAST MAJORITY OF NATIVE TREES WILL BE SNAPPED OR UPROOTED. ONLY THE HEARTIEST WILL REMAIN STANDING...BUT BE TOTALLY DEFOLIATED. FEW CROPS WILL REMAIN. LIVESTOCK LEFT EXPOSED TO THE WINDS WILL BE KILLED.

The guys at Wizbang! also have a look at what the folks sheltering at the Superdome might go through. Pray for them too, they're going to need it.

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Movies that I want to see, just because of the titles

  • Bikini Girls on Dinosaur Planet

  • Zombiegeddon

  • Vampire Lesbian Kickboxers

  • Spacemen, Go-go Girls and the True Meaning of Christmas

  • Repligator

  • Night of the Day of the Dawn of the Son of the Bride of the Return of the Revenge of the Terror of the Attack of the Evil, Mutant, Alien, Flesh Eating, Hellbound, Zombified Living Dead Part 2: In Shocking 2-D

I'm sure there's more.

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A List of Lists

Fun's over.

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August 28, 2005

My Rocket Binder

I am fanatical about being organized when it comes to my rocketry. I make checklists for anything more complicated than your standard Estes rocket, and my standard kit for a day at the field includes boxes within boxes, organized so that I know where everything is and can get to it without fuss or confusion.

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I even have a checklist to make sure I don't forget anything when I'm packing my truck for the launch.

I also have a binder full of useful rocketry stuff that goes with me every time. Inside are my checklists, a roster of my larger rockets showing weight, chute sizes, expected altitudes on various motors and other important things I need to know when flying high power. There are wiring diagrams for my altimeter bays, enlarged photocopies of the various motor assembly instructions (the originals are small and hard to read), specs for my launch control box and hybrid system, and anything else I might find handy, all collected up into one book.

The picture shows the new cover for my binder (click for bigger). We took the picture a couple of years ago at Battle Park in Culpeper, Virginia.

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Oh, cool

Cinefear is offering classic titles on DVD now.

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You know it's going to be a good day when

You leap out of bed, scoop up the dog, race downstairs, throw open the front door, toss the dog outside, and watch him barf up all over the porch. Which you then proceed to clean by hosing it off.

All before properly waking up.

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Everybody repeat after me...

We are all individuals.

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Feedback?

Seen over at Naked Villainy.

Jimmy Stewart
You scored 19% Tough, 19% Roguish, 33% Friendly, and 28% Charming!

You are the fun and friendly boy next door, the classic nice guy who
still manages to get the girl most of the time. You're every nice
girl's dreamboat, open and kind, nutty and charming, even a little
mischievous at times, but always a real stand up guy. You're dependable
and forthright, and women are drawn to your reliability, even as
they're dazzled by your sense of adventure and fun. You try to be tough
when you need to be, and will gladly stand up for any damsel in
distress, but you'd rather catch a girl with a little bit of flair.
Your leading ladies include Jean Arthur and Donna Reed, those sweet
girl-next-door types.


Find out what kind of classic dame you'd make by taking the
Classic Dames Test.




My test tracked 4 variables How you compared to other people your age and gender:
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You scored higher than 19% on Tough
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You scored higher than 57% on Roguish
free online datingfree online dating
You scored higher than 61% on Friendly
free online datingfree online dating
You scored higher than 57% on Charming
Link: The Classic Leading Man Test written by gidgetgoes on Ok Cupid

I'm not displeased.

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August 27, 2005

Two

Here are a couple of blogs who've recently linked to Rocket Jones. I've visited them a time or two, and you might want to too. Who knows, they might become a favorite of yours.

Can You Hear Me Now (formerly Retail Hell)

RetroBabe (gotta love a name like that)

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August 26, 2005

Drop the gloves and have at it

For the hockey traditionalist, here's a site with classic hockey fights to download.

Thanks to a commenter over at Off Wing Opinion for the pointer.

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