Archive for May, 2010

Update is down below, with pics as promised…

Just got back from the World Steam Expo in Dearborn.

It was fun although it might have been funner w/o Frankenboy destroying one exhibitor’s electronic picture frame and both kids bouncing around like ping pong balls.  It was hard to herd kids and see the stuff there on display while trying not to scream every time my neck twinged.  Update on that is that I think we’re in the “little f***ers are dying” stage – a period as short as three days and as long as five days where pain levels spike and peg for a while.  It’s just the way it works for me, I’m afraid.

I’ll write more later but I noticed:  Some nice people, some real creatures (“people”), some rather -uh- well-endowed corset-stuffing, and no less than three people carrying baggies of various grades of pot.  I have a sensitive nose.  Very sensitive.  Two were… meh.  One was top-shelf “I think I just saw God” quality – I know this because the stuff was so sticky that the scent molecules are still attached to my olfactory receptors.  I saw a leather trenchcoat that I want.  I want bad.  Hurting bad.  But, with kids, I can’t justify $450.


Updated:  Here is the Highwayman jacket/trenchcoat type jacket thing that I’d still eat a set of tires for.

I will do another post tomorrow showing a few of my favorite artists from the show.

Here is a goody that I bought – a business card casewww.frenzyuniverse.com

I'm only putting the pic up with the text running through it so you'll see that it is cool and visit their site. Cool stuff, very nice folks.


Cruel Wife did a costume that was a very faithful representation of one of the Girl Genius characters, Sleipnir O’Hara.  Do NOT ask me how to pronounce it.  Can’t even spell it and had her e:mail me so I could cut/paste it in.

Cruel Wife and Zoe Pup. CW went as Girl Genius character Sleipnir O'Hara. Faces have been masked to maintain privacy.

Zoe, if you wondered, is an English Shepherd, quick of foot and mind, and is totally my dog.  Zoe is also a camera hound.

Cruel Wife (middle), the kidlets, and the creators of Girl Genius comics. Again, I respect their privacy.

Next is a picture of Lola the Lemur – She works for Singing Lemur Jewelry as a consultant.  Lola’s co-worker Rollande is a very nice lady indeed.

Next was a shirt that I just plain loved.  It was just that good.

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Easy Rider, Blue Velvet, Easy Rider… and a bazillion other things so many of us remember him in, it’s only fitting to give notice of Dennis Hopper in passing today.


Thanks for many crazy years, Dennis.

Why did I like him?  Because he did things however the hell he wanted to do them.  He did not subscribe to the ridiculous notion that everybody has to like you.

If you find that last statement pretty straightforward  and without a million layers and nuances in it, you don’t even remotely get what I’m saying here and you probably won’t either.  Sorry.

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Getting Silly.

Note:  No secret I’ve been feeling pretty awful, and it shows this week.  I’m just getting worn down slowly so I’ve got little or no desire to do art, or bs, or hell, even watch TV.  Consider this another “maintenance post”.


Ok, I’m as susceptible as the next guy to being suspicious of my gov’t, and that is a good thing.  You’re an idiot if you trust your government.

But, there was this link from Drudge – an article by Bob Barr.

What the HELL is he smoking?  It’s causing dain bramage whatever it is.

Census workers can enter your apartment in your absence.

No, the reality is they can try and be arrested for trespassing or shot like any other intruder.

Yes, I do happen to think anything past Question #2 on the census is none of their damn business, intrusive, and the subtle form of reverse discrimination that is all the rage these days.  Your gov’t does not need to know your race in order to function.  Sorry.


This here is some pretty amazing and tough asparagus, a tribute to it’s species, and a one-in-a-million thing.

God, I want to eat it.

Yeah, ok so the asphalt was only 30mm thick – that’s like 1-1/4 inches.  Not that big a deal.  I’m just hungry for grilled asparagus.


I’m not even rich, and after Hillary Clinton uttered this about the rich not paying their fair share, I wanted to bitch slap the ****.   That’s a nice as I can say it.  I’m tired of listening to rich democrats demonize people for being successful and using that mischaracterization to mislead poorer voters (along with outright wealth-redistributive bribery) so they can broker and maintain power.

Ok, yeah, when I start talking like this it means I’m not feeling great. I’ll shut up now.


No.  Wait.  One more.

Obama’s counterterrorism adviser

The president’s top counterterrorism adviser on Wednesday called jihad a “legitimate tenet of Islam,” arguing that the term “jihadists” should not be used to describe America’s enemies.

During a speech at the Center for Strategic and International Studies, John Brennan described violent extremists as victims of “political, economic and social forces,” but said that those plotting attacks on the United States should not be described in “religious terms.”

Oh, just go read the hand-wringing idiot’s apologetics.

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I was powering up a laser diode today.  Had the oscilloscope hooked up to look at the photodiode’s measurement of the output.  Turned on the waveform generator to modulate the current.  So far so good, right?

Apparently if you over-voltage the inputs, the wee beasties can pop.

See, I knew this.  I’m not sure how it happened exactly, but I’m pretty sure the function generator got 5Vp-p instead of 2Vp-p.  Which is unfortunate.  In the I-just-toasted-a-laser kind of sense.

Update:  I have been informed by a co-worker (EE guy) that the function generator defaults at 5Vp-p.  So, mystery solved.  In a hilarious twist proving that the universe is not without some over-arching sick sense of humor, my pet screen-name for him was/is… Rectified Diode.


How is my day going, you ask?

No actual crap was used in this posting.


Elderly man shoots and kills home intruder.

Good. For. Him.

I sure hope he doesn’t run afoul of Chicago’s ridiculous handgun ban.  Handgun bans are the stupidest thing I ever heard of.  Let me make a small observation… in spite of handgun’s illegality… the intruder was armed with a handgun.   How would that law have helped this old man and his wife?  Not one tiny bit.

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Update: Astute co-worker The Dude passed this on.  Wal-Mart to offer iPhones for less than $100.  How the hell are people supposed to know if they are cool or not if they can’t distinguish themselves with a gadget-phone?

It leads some of us Luddites to have an iGasm.  That is not to be confused with the actual sex-toy product of that name, mind you.  I leave it to the motivated reader to google that and hunt it down on their own.


Try as I might, with a stomp to the testicles, an onion shoved up my nose, reading Obama’s books after Ayn Rand… none of those can help me shed even fake tears for Kwame Kilpatrick, the once-gangster mayor of Detroit.

Judge sentences Kilpatrick 18 months to 5 years in prison

An audible gasp erupted in the courtroom as Judge David Groner sentenced former Detroit Mayor Kwame Kilpatrick to 18 months to five years in state prison.

Deputies rushed up to a row where Kilpatrick friends and relatives are sitting. They escorted one unidentified woman out.

“Your testimony in this court amounted to perjury,” the judge told Kilpatrick. “Most compelling is that you lied to this court, continue to lie, after you pleaded guilty to lying….”

“The initial 120 days incarceration did nothing to rehabilitate you.”

In order to be rehabilitated you have to recognize and believe you did something wrong as well as experience remorse.  Why should he feel a bit of remorse if the culture he identifies with and is immersed in supports who and what he is?


This was sent out in the PatriotPost… that’s how border coverage should go.



“Before, I thought, ‘Oh my God, this climate change problem is just dreadful,’ ” said Jillian Leddra, 50, a musician who was shopping in London on a recent lunch hour. “But now I have my doubts, and I’m wondering if it’s been overhyped.”

Persistent cold, wet weather delays crop harvests, worries farmers

Record low of 32 set at Spokane airport today

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Oh good for her.  What an amazing woman.

When a Saudi religious policeman sauntered about an amusement park in the eastern Saudi Arabian city of Al-Mubarraz looking for unmarried couples illegally socializing, he probably wasn’t expecting much opposition.

[…] he approached a young, 20-something couple meandering through the park together…

A member of the Commission for the Promotion of Virtue and Prevention of Vice, the Saudi religious police […] asked the couple to confirm their identities and relationship to one another, as it is a crime in Saudi Arabia for unmarried men and women to mix.

For unknown reasons, the young man collapsed upon being questioned by the cop.

[…] the woman […] laid into the religious policeman, punching him repeatedly, and leaving him to be taken to the hospital with bruises across his body and face.

“To see resistance from a woman means a lot,” Wajiha Al-Huwaidar, a Saudi women’s rights activist, told The Media Line news agency. “People are fed up with these religious police, and now they have to pay the price for the humiliation they put people through for years and years. This is just the beginning and there will be more resistance.”


I’m stretching to find something that is any stupider, but falling short.

The BlenderPhone™.


My standard response is usually “Don’t you worry about me… I’ve never felt better.”

People who know me well say “That’s bullshit”.  I say forget about them.

Don’t worry about me… I’ve never felt better.

…. Now, I’m not fond of North Korea = The DPRK – because they do horrible things to their people, not least of which is starve them but they also endanger them with every idiotic move that the insane little dictator Kim Jong Il does.  He’s screweyer than a rat with advanced syphilis – he’s more along the lines of crazy and screwey as the man that gave the rat syphilis.

He likes to pretend at how powerful they are but really they’re a bunch of dangerous children.  Unstable dangerous children.

I was making korean food recently and thought… what would a North Korean Cookbook look like?

click it and it gets bigger.

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Update Sat. 6:30pm.

Still here.  Increased pain again.  Going to call the doc about this – it is beyond ridiculous.  Who knows what is going on?


Update: Sat. 1pm

Up.  Got to sleep at 6am. Slept until 5 minutes ago.

Cruel Wife is sick.  I’m out of commission and the kids are healthy as really mischievous horses.  So, Aggie… would you come up and borrow the children temporarily?  I know the south is a long way to come from to get to Michigan, but, wouldja?


Update:  3:19AM  Still feel like freeze-dried dog barf.

I’ve asked Cruel Wife three times today for “a suicide pill with a mild laxative side-effect” and she tells me every time that we’re fresh out, that she took the last one.  Whatever happened to the marriage vows of “Love, honor, obey, and don’t-take-the-last-suicide-pill-with-the-mild-laxative-side-effect”?

I guess I’ll just have to live with 1 out of 4, right?


Thank GOD for painkillers.  I’ve been at a 7-8 on the pain scale for a while now and through a miraculous combination of vicodin, ibuprofen, and -yes- benadryl, I am able to sit here in my chair with ice on my neck and type this.

If it had gotten any worse I’d have asked Cruel Wife to drive me to the hospital.  When she hears me say “I’d kill for dilaudid right now” she knows to be concerned because it is bad.

I’m not comfortable, not by a long shot, but the sharp jaggy broken-shards-of-glass edges are taken off.

So no graphics today.  I have been working on a North Korean cookbook cover but it’ll have to wait a day.

I’ll talk at y’all tomorrow.  I’m going to sleep if I can.

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