Archive for December, 2005

The Infotainment soundtrack

Saturday, December 31st, 2005

The creative brief in the first Gulf War had more to do with the conflict of cultures and ideologies--it was the Islamic or Arabic East versus the West, and so the conflict was set in those tones. The second time it was more like they were trying to promote ...

Replacement for rotations of “It’s a Wonderful Life”

Monday, December 26th, 2005

Joanie brought us the destined-to-be-a-Christmas-classic Santa Claus Conquers The Martians (the non-MST3K version). We all managed to endure the entire movie, famous for being on many "worst movies" lists, via our own lesser brand of MST3K-style audience participation. Not much beyond the movie itself says it better than ...

Iris vs Technology

Sunday, December 25th, 2005

And your young shall be calmed by the loving warm glow of shiny new technology: Thanks, Oma and Opa, for the cool new portable DVD player!

Diaper the halls

Saturday, December 24th, 2005

The earlier diaper-related post had an interesting consequence with AdSense. The following ad came up at the top of the page tonight: Dunno where they figured diapers were involved, but the link simply pointed to an eBay search for wreaths.

Merry Christmas

Friday, December 23rd, 2005

Down the road from us is a house that looks like it could be straight out of rural West Virginia. Chickens in the yard, junk strewn about, little shacks, a chicken coop, etc. In true houseblinger style, the residents there have decked out their property with all sorts ...

The diaper anchor

Friday, December 23rd, 2005

To do some Christmas shopping, I went to the ghetto-licious Toys-R-Us here in Roanoke recently (you know, the one where the shelves never have anything on them, and you feel like you're walking through an abandoned hospital instead of a toy store). On the way to the store, I ...

Ode to modern Christmas shopping

Friday, December 16th, 2005

"What a wonderful world this is! I click a mouse somewhere, bits fly through optics, go to some undisclosed place, money electronically changes hands, and then atoms in useful arrangement are flown in airplanes and hand-carried to my doorstep. When you think about it, this is miraculous." - ...

Best tattoo ever

Monday, December 12th, 2005

The Mandelbrot Set! (via "Revenge of the Tattooed Nerds") I was obsessed with the Mandelbrot set when I was a kid. A friend of mine (Wes) showed me a Mandelbrot set program on his Commodore 64 as well as the computer magazine article that posted the algorithm for it. Determined, ...

More Christmas humor

Friday, December 9th, 2005

From Christina:

Old Man Winter 2005

Friday, December 9th, 2005

To celebrate our recent snow and ice days, Diana sends the awesome classic Calvin and Hobbes "Grotesque Snowmen" series: Some of those were new to me!