Archive for February, 2010

friday random ten: “hearts and flowers” edition

12 Feb

Here’s some randomly generated, and totally non-romantic tunes for your Valentine’s Day/President’s Day weekend, where I guess we’re all supposed to go buy some mattresses then put them to use recreationally. Enjoy! “Poker Face” – Lady Gaga “So Unsexy” – Alanis Morisette “Living in the Sky with Diamonds” – Cobra Starship “On the Bus Mall” […]

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“extreme” weather and climate change

10 Feb

With the weather being, shall we say, uncommon, for this region at this time of year, I’m hearing more and more comments from folks, both personally and in the media, questioning the validity of global warming/climate change, taking particular shots at one Albert Arnold "Al" Gore, former Senator, Vice President, Nobel Peace Prize Winner, and […]

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the view from the pit

09 Feb

Posed for a pre-race photo, here are this year’s entries for the cub scout pinewood derby: Three of us built entries this year. From left to right, Mary’s mouse racer, Andrew’s flaming car, and my last-minute Conestoga wagon. Hopefully, we’ll do well.

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I am not surprised

08 Feb

Disappointed, but not surprised. Maybe six inches of snow in these parts on Saturday. Plenty of sun yesterday, roads were really quite nice yesterday afternoon. Not that it stopped the panic. No school in the county today, and I was turned away at the office gate this morning at 6:05am; delayed opening for some reason.  […]

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given recent events…

08 Feb

…in the lives of certain dear friends, today’s xkcd struck me as particularly funny. But then, doesn’t it almost always?

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friday random ten: “folk, marshall stacks, and pipe organs” edition

05 Feb

Opening and closing with pretty folk music, with some nice loud guitars in the middle. A nice mix. My favorite bit this week is, however, the big – ass pipe organ on track two. “Fischer Store Road” – Sarah Jarosz “Intervention” – Arcade Fire “Gagged and Tied” – that dog. “Salvation” – The Cranberries “Heavy […]

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ridiculous

05 Feb

Yes, they’re calling for some snow this weekend. The forecast says that starting sometime after lunch, the area in which I’m sitting might get one or two inches before dark, with a total weekend accumulation of maybe six. Not a big deal. Every damned school within a hundred miles cancelled this morning, on the possible […]

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I won’t say how many

03 Feb

…I’ll let this guy do it: Happy Birthday, My Dear!

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nom nom nom

02 Feb

The Oscar Nominees are out today; including the newly expanded “Best Picture” ballot. There are plenty of the nominees I haven’t seen yet, but many I desperately want to, like The Hurt Locker, Up In The Air, and yeah, Avatar (I’m probably the only person in America who hasn’t seen this yet). Generally a good […]

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outside the asylum

02 Feb

Those wily English, with their tea and their Doctor Who and their National Health Service, also happen to have an interesting perspective on the American political circus. The other day, the BBC offered up a solid investigation as to why Americans tend to vote against their own interests. And, oddly enough, it’s not entirely that […]

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