Monday, June 23, 2008


George Carlin mourned as a counterculture hero

Carlin, who had a history of heart trouble, went into St. John's Health
Center in Santa Monica on Sunday afternoon complaining of chest pain
and died later that evening, said his publicist, Jeff Abraham. He had
performed as recently as last weekend at the Orleans Casino and Hotel in Las Vegas. He was 71.

Friday, June 20, 2008

Ah, Religious Cults...

Boy 'skinned, eaten by family' | The Australian
A MOTHER is accused of partially skinning her caged son and feeding it to relatives.

Ms Mauerova, a member of the Grail Movement cult, caged Ondrej for months while relatives, also members of the cult, ate his raw flesh, a judge heard yesterday.

Well, At Least That One's Not As Weird As I Thought. But The Other Five...

Thursday, June 19, 2008

Very Good Advice Here...

How to Keep Cool without Running Your AC: Scientific American

Beyond moving the air around to keep cool, the website lists several tips for using water to keep cool sans AC. One tried and true method is to wet your wrists and other pulse points with cold water, and then keep those spots cool by holding an ice cube wrapped in a face cloth against them. The relief is immediate, and this method will cool down the entire body—by as much as three degrees Fahrenheit—for upwards of an hour. Another WikiHow suggestion: Wear a short-sleeved shirt and keep the sleeves wet with cold water (from a squirt bottle, faucet or hose). Keeping the pant legs of long pants wet is also a good way to keep your legs cool. Add in a breeze or a fan, and you can actually get cold.

Wednesday, June 18, 2008

Awesome + Brilliant = Cool T-Shirts (or maybe Awsiant?)

This just gets weirder and weirder...

Sixth foot washes up in B.C.

VANCOUVER -- Yet another human foot encased in a running shoe has washed up on B.C.'s south coast, intensifying a macabre mystery that has flummoxed police and forensic investigators.

It's the second foot to turn up this week and the sixth in less than a year.


So after getting the super new machine I immediately infected it with the same virus/bug/whatever that goaded me into killing my old machine. I've spent the past 4 or 5 days running virus scans, spyware scans, and malware scans, deleting files, rebooting in Safe Mode and repeating all those steps, but to no avail.

Then last night, Ad-Aware and Norton both updated their bug definitions and after a quick scan of both in Safe Mode it appears that I am bug-free.

I still feel a little jittery and untrusting.

But it seems that the new super cool machine is working now. Which hopefully means I can start updating the blog more often and actually get more reviews written, as well as trying to get another creative project organized. We'll see.

My Reviews: Week of June 20

Ghost Rider #24

Incredible Hercules #118

Iron Man: Director of S.H.I.E.L.D. #30

Thursday, June 12, 2008

Yes, Mr. Martini, You Were Right...

Chicago chef is tops!

After mocking Mr. Martini's affection for this show (Top Chef, for the uninitiated) I gave it a shot one evening while bored, and maybe a little drunk.

And I was hooked.

I was a fan of Richard from the very beginning (which for me, was probably about 5 episodes in), despite his annoying faux-hawk, and was happy to see him make it to the final three.

Good showings from everyone last night, and the winner (who's name I won't reveal here - it's in the link) really did deserve to win.

I guess that means you know it wasn't Lisa. Heh heh.
4% of the call-in vote. Priceless.

edit: No. Mr. Martini is not an affectionate name for my alcoholic tendencies. He's real. Sort of. You'd have to ask him about that.

Saturday, June 07, 2008

My Review: Week of June 6

Secret Invasion #3

Hints of 'time before Big Bang'

This is very interesting.

Their model suggests that new universes could be created spontaneously from apparently empty space. From inside the parent universe, the event would be surprisingly unspectacular.


So did you hear the one about the computer that refused to boot? There's no joke there. Just the sad fact that my computer is dead. Try as I might, the hard drive would not take the boot.ini file no matter how many times I rebuilt it. No matter how many times.

On the plus side, though, I was able to salvage just about everything that I wanted desperately to salvage, and a new machine is on the way. A modern machine. Not a piece of equipment I hobbled together out of spare parts.

So yay, me!

This also means that since it was the hard drive that went kaput, the rest of the machine is in fine working order. So Dr. Girlfriend gets an upgrade!

I am typing this from the shell and guts of my old machine but with her tired old machine's brain. And it works! I actually touched a piece of computer equipment and didn't kill it!

Which can't be said for the guts of her old machine. I tried slotting my damaged hard drive into it, with the hope of reinstalling XP and salvaging a BUNCH of stuff (replaceable stuff - but a lot of it), and instead killed her machine dead. No power. Nothing.

Sorry, Doc.