Category Archives: Random

Randomness: The Goth Bus, Bad Bologna, DTV, Mice, and my new WordPress theme

GOTH Bus. The photo is a lit­tle blurry, but every time I see “60TH” on the bus mar­quee, I see it as “GOTH.”


Fake Bologna. Last night we had some soy bologna out as an hors d’oeuvre’s spread amongst cheeses, greek olives, apples, and crack­ers (actu­ally, diges­tive bis­cuits, if you want to get fancy.) The fake-bologna smelled a lit­tle nasty and never got touched. It acci­den­tally got left out all night and was so nasty that not even the cats touched it as a mid­night snack. I like soy and tofu prod­ucts, but really dis­like when they pre­tend to be meat.

Digital Television. Earlier in the week, we got the DTV coupons from the FCC for a dig­i­tal TV con­verter box. If the gov­ern­ment is hand­ing out free money, I may as well take advan­tage. Sure, a $40 coupon is not quite a billion-dollar bailout, but it’s some­thing. We have a top-of-the-line TV. Well, it was top-of-the-line back when I bought it in the late 80s or early 90s. The 32 inch screen was about as big as you could get with­out going to pro­jec­tion. It was one of the first with picture-in-picture (which, I believe, got used exactly once–during the Y2K New Years Eve.) It, of course, does not have a dig­i­tal tuner.

People that know me know that I’m [prob­a­bly a lit­tle too] fond of say­ing that I don’t have the TV hooked up to any broad­cast medium. The Mac Mini goes to the TV and serves as the DVD player and video file player. There’s no cable and not even an antenna. To get this DTV box hooked up, I’d have to get an antenna. That’s pretty low on my pri­or­ity list. I’m not fond enough of com­mer­cial tele­vi­sion to want to go out and buy an antenna. So the prac­ti­cal upshot of all this? The con­verter will prob­a­bly remain in its card­board box and col­lect dust for a few years. But at least I’m ready for the DTV switchover!

Meeses. Yesterday, Ebenezer got a toy mouse that’s a bit more real­is­tic than most other toy mice. While he gen­er­ally liked it, he really dis­liked it when I made it ride him like a jockey.

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Later in the evening, when Kim let Norman in, we didn’t notice he car­ried in a lit­tle friend. When he was in the cor­ner growl­ing to him­self, I didn’t see that he was alone–I fig­ured he was play­ing with other cats. It was only a lit­tle later that I noticed some­thing was a lit­tle off. The toy mouse he was car­ry­ing did not look familiar–it was not the bright color of most of the other toy mice. It was only after he dropped it, it ran across the liv­ing room, and he caught it again that I real­ized he brought in a real mouse.

WordPress Theme. I’ve been sport­ing the same WordPress theme since before ver­sion v2.6. It still works, but had become a bit crusty in places. For instance, it did not under­stand the thread­ing that came about in v2.7. I ended up re-implementing it by mak­ing CSS tweaks to the default WordPress style. This should mean that I’m about as future-proof as I can be. Hopefully, you won’t notice much dif­fer­ence or any major issues. Like many things, it remains untested under any ver­sion of IE. I just do not have the resources or incli­na­tion to test against it; my main blog “audi­ence” is friends and fam­ily, and they use Firefox and Safari.

Posted in: Dear Diary

G1 is made of grapes

I was in Whole Foods the other night and dis­cov­ered they had the Google G1 phone! And it was on sale! It was much cheaper than I remem­ber the reported cost being and I did not even have to sign up for a ser­vice plan. After bring­ing it home, I’m start­ing to won­der if maybe I got ripped off. I can’t fig­ure out how to make a call and am not sure which end you are sup­posed to speak into and where the key­board slides out from.

G1 Wine

Posted in: Dear Diary

It’s a trap!

Okay, so I knew Portland can be a lit­tle nerdy. We have things like the largest inde­pen­dent book­store in town, which causes some­thing like the high­est per­cent­age of leisure read­ers in the coun­try. We have things like Free Geek. There’s the Geek Prom. I could go on and on. Heck, I even know some­one who rou­tinely dresses up as a storm trooper. None of this pre­pared me for what floated in through my Digg Portland fil­ter last night.


I’ve heard of Star Wars themed wed­dings before, but never any involv­ing rub­ber masks.

If after read­ing the arti­cle and its photo com­men­tary (be sure to click the “Next” but­ton for more pages) you find you want more pho­tos, be sure to check out the Flickr set.

Posted in: Portland

I just do not understand the prices of things in the vending machine at work.


The vend­ing machine at work con­fuses me. Water is twice the price of soda. Sure, the Cokes are 12oz and water is 20oz, but it’s water! I can get fil­tered water for free from the refrig­er­a­tor.

In other news, I went to a site with a cute lit­tle CAPTCHA today. Sure, it’s not quite KittenAuth, but it was still cute enough to give me a chuckle.

Posted in: Dear Diary Pictures Work


Holy cow! It’s a blog devoted to hand­writ­ten signs with let­ters in all-caps, except for the let­ter L. Who’da thunk the phe­nom­e­non was preva­lent enough to sup­port such a blog?

See also: count­less blogs that fea­ture exam­ples of extra­ne­ous “quotes” and apostrophe’s

Terminator annoyance

So I have been watch­ing Terminator: The Sarah Connor Chronicles and some­thing has been bug­ging me. If you can only bring flesh (or tech­nol­ogy wrapped in flesh) and not straight-up tech­nol­ogy through a time por­tal, then how did that bare ter­mi­na­tor head get flung out of the bank vault and into the current-day sto­ry­line???

Posted in: Questions Television

The little things

Little things that feel good:

* Performing a lane change on a free­way with those nub­bily drive-by-braille bumps where you com­pletely avoid hit­ting any of those dots.

* Coming home to a house that smells of fresh bread, hav­ing for­got­ten that you set up the bread machine hours ago.

* Going to a club and hear­ing a song or two that you liked way-back-when, but had com­pletely for­got­ten about in the inter­ven­ing years.

Posted in: Dear Diary

This is shaping up to be a weird morning

Someone in a blue lab­coat just wheeled an elec­tro­sta­tic cart past my office door. On the cart was a mew­ing card­board box.


The hard­ware design lab now appears to be part ken­nel. A cat is in there hid­ing behind a cur­tain of CAT-5 cables. I think this is the day in which we hope to not have a sur­prise OSHA inspec­tion (...not that they actu­ally do such a thing at office jobs.) Something tells me they would frown at hav­ing a lit­ter box directly in front of the breaker box and a cat in a room full of (hope­fully switched off) sol­der­ing irons.

Posted in: Dear Diary Work