Monthly Archives: May 2005

If I were an animal

Post 600

For post six hundred, I bring you the cybernetic parrot sausage. Please enjoy responsibly.

a personal first

I spent half the day today visiting with my Great Aunt while Melissa was showing a cat at the CFA show for a friend. My Aunt was looking for a recommendation of a good computer to buy for her sister. Now her sister has never owned a computer, and is only interested in the standard triune services (interweb, email, document processing) and has no computer experience to build on. Her only other requirement was a large display, as she has vision issues.

As such, I recommended that she look into an Apple computer. A low-mid range Macintosh will provide her with all the power she needs. The interface should be easy to pick up. It would be virtually virus immune (putting a brand new computer user on a windows machine with broadband is paramount to telling a child to play in the street, virus/malware-wise anyway), and should cover all her needs….

It seemed like a good fit to me. Anywho, it just felt a little odd, on the inside, to be recommending an Apple product. I’ve never done that before, that I can recall.


I have made it a habit to keep a blue plastic dixie cup on my desk at work, and drink several glasses of water a day. For one thing, it’s good for me, and for another, it’s much better than anything else I could be otherwise drinking.

So I usually just rinse this glass out at the fountain before I fill it up over at the water filter… All is well, right? It’s just water. Yeah. You see where this is going.

Today I noticed that the bottom of my cup was not a perfectly smooth surface, as one might expect, but was a bit bumpy. So I went into the bathroom to wipe the cup with a paper towel and some hot water… I balled up the paper towel, and took a swipe at the interior of the cup.

And it left a brownish-greenish trail through the algae that was growing down there, apparently. It was completely transparent until I wiped it, is the strange thing.

So yeah, i’ve been drinking swamp water for weeks. šŸ™

guess I should post something

Been in one of those moods that makes posting difficult. Dunno why. Thus, to spice it up a little, respect the bulleted post:

  • Life has been fairly good in general.
  • Being charged $550 by the hospital to spritz my eye with saltwater, look at it closely, and superglue my cut shut hurts. Also, I am in the wrong business. šŸ˜›
  • May have found a buyer for the Exploder. More as information comes in.
  • The BRAC changes to Crane may or may not affect my job. Again, more info posted when I know more.
  • Need to replace a CV axle on the LeBaron. Yay for learning new skills.
  • Mel and I almost rented a house last week, but decided against it. We’re opting to continue saving in hopes of buying either a house or bare land in the near future.
  • Mel and I still play World of Warcraft on a regular basis. We’re not sure if we like the guild we’re in, but the game is fairly good.
  • I’m *really* looking forward to gamefest.
  • My next younger brother just graduated from college with a marketing degree. He’s doing finish carpentry work at the moment, but if anyone knows of a good opportunity for a very large, motivated marketing/business graduate, I can forward you his resume.
  • I’ve been playing ultimate every Tuesday night for a while now. I love it. I’m very out of shape, but hopefully that will right itself as I continue to play. I signed up for the Indy summer league, so I’m excited to see how that turns out as well.
  • Mel and I are headed up to Detroit this weekend. Mel has a cat to show for her friend, and I am going to visit my great-aunt. Should be a fun weekend, in spite of all the driving.
  • I’m anxiously awaiting the arrival of the freshest Froyd around. (:
  • This seems like a fair number of bullets. I’ll call this post complete for now.

Thars oil in them thar heatsinks

Check out this computer that is completely submerged in vegetable oil. Haven’t really seen a silent PC hack that cool in a while. Apparently the fans still spin, even in the oil. What’s more amazing is that the system has been running that way for about a year and a half, according to the page author.

Very cool. Link via hack a day.

Pickup lines

Church guy: Do you know the difference between making out and witnessing?
Church girl: No.
Church guy: Want to go witness with me?

Drive what you build

The Kokomo Chrysler Factory is creating “Chrysler Only” parking spots in its lot. On the one hand, it seems logical that you drive the product that you make. On the other hand, it seems really, really stupid to “encourage” people to drive Chrysler in this way. It’s not as if getting a better parking spot would make me choose to buy a certain vehicle. If I worked there, I think this would just infuriate me. (Even though two out of the four vehicles I own are Chrysler products!)

things that go together

Two things that go together (observed on my way to work this morning):

Thing 1) Gray four-door with entire passenger side caved in.

Thing 2) Woman driving it, with moderately large doobie in right hand.