Friday, May 6, 2011

Wookie Steak

Founds this in the depths of the Internet last night. No comment needed.

Saturday, April 16, 2011

Best Article on Taxes, the Deficit, and Spending

This is one of the best rants on government spending, withholding, taxes, spending, and related issues that I've read in a long time. Fantastic. It's long, but well worth the read.

One of many hilarious (and sad) paragraphs:
The government almost shut down last week over cutting 38 billion dollars… That may sound like a lot, but comparatively speaking, that’s like a 600 pound man who’s heart is about to explode congratulating himself that he got a hamburger instead of a cheeseburger… for his fifty-seventh meal of the day. Republicans backed off because they didn’t think they could win the PR battle. Let’s see… the Democrats were willing to not pay soldiers, currently fighting three wars, in order to ensure funding for abortion clinics… And you didn’t think you could win that PR fight? Seriously? Have you ever thought about maybe hiring a marketing major? I know a guy….

Thursday, April 14, 2011

Fox News Report: "China Bans Time Travel"

Here's a laugher for the day, an article entitled, "China Bans Time Travel"

It's about a completely absurd decision by the Chinese government to bad movies and TV shows that are about time travel. Just the type of insanity you'd expect from a moderately xenophobic dictatorship.

But that's not what made me laugh out loud. The funniest part of the article is the first line, "It's the basis for some of the greatest sci-fi movies of all time -- The Terminator, Back to the Future, Black Night, just to name a few."

Nevermind that it's a grammatical mess - BLACK KNIGHT?!?!?!

No one... and I mean NO ONE, who has ever made a list of the greatest sci-fi movies of all time has EVER included Black Knight. At least not anyone who was either sober or attempting to be taken seriously.

And then there's the picture used above the article, a screen shot from the movie "Donnie Darko", which does have a possible time travel element in it, but it is really more about paranoid schizophrenia.

How does stuff like this get past an editor? Black Knight? Really?

Wednesday, April 13, 2011

Wise Words to Live By

The story below was linked by Instapundit this morning. The original link is HERE. Good words to live by, particularly the last paragraph.

Is Your Jar Full?

When things in your life seem almost to much to handle, when 24 hours in a day are not enough, remember the mayonnaise jar......and the beer.

A Professor stood before his philosophy class and had some items in front of him. When the class began, wordlessly, he picked up a very large and empty mayonnaise jar and proceeded to fill it with golf balls. He then asked the students if the jar was full. They agreed that it was.

So the Professor then picked up a box of pebbles and poured them into the jar. He shook the jar lightly. The pebbles rolled into the open areas between the golf balls. He then asked the students again if the jar was full. They agreed it was.

The Professor next picked up a box of sand and poured it into the jar. Of course, the sand filled up everything else. He asked once more if the jar was full. The students responded with an unanimous "Yes."

The Professor then produced two cans of beer from under the table and poured the entire contents into the jar, effectively filling the empty space between the sand. The students laughed.

"Now," said the Professor, as the laughter subsided, "I want you to recognize that this jar represents your life.

The golf balls are the important things - your family, your children, your health, your friends, your favorite passions - things that if everything else was lost and only they remained, your life would still be full.

The pebbles are the other things that matter like your job, your house, your car. The sand is everything else - the small stuff."

"If you put the sand into the jar first", he continued, "there is no room for the pebbles or the golf balls. The same goes for life. If you spend all your time and energy on the small stuff, you will never have room for the things that are important to you. Pay attention to the things that are critical to your happiness. Play with your children. Take time to get medical checkups. Take your partner out to dinner. Play another 18. There will always be time to clean the house, and fix the disposal. Take care of the golf balls first, the things that really matter. Set your priorities. The rest is just sand."

When he had finished, there was a profound silence. Then one of the students raised her hand and with a puzzled expression, inquired what the beer represented.

The Professor smiled. "I'm glad you asked. It just goes to show you that no matter how full your life may seem, there's always room for a couple of beers."

Wednesday, March 2, 2011

Two Days Until Australia

In two days, E and I drop our dachshund at my mom's house and hop a plane for Australia. We're spending three weeks in a small town south of Perth called Mandurah. Her uncle has a vacation house on the bay there, which he has graciously offered to let us stay in as a wedding gift.

While there, I'm going to have a chance to meet her extended family. Her parents met and grew up in Perth, although they haven't lived there in years.

We're heading out to the outback for a couple of days to spend some time on a real working sheep farm, owned by an old friend of the family. E was there several years back, and all she remembers of it was riding motorcycles around, chasing kangaroos. I can't wait.

Anyhow, this is mostly a filler post - I'm sure there will be more to write about soon. The pic here is a shot from our trip to Sydney a couple years ago, on the Hawkesbury River - we're not going near there this time. And no, the sky wasn't really that color, the effect was a weird filter setting on the camera.

Thursday, February 24, 2011

Weekly Photograph

I've been spending a fair amount of time over the last couple of months scanning and editing old pictures from my (and Elizabeth's) childhood. We did this as part of an informal slide-show for the wedding reception, and also just to get some of these old photos archived in a digital format. And then there's been a host of pictures taken at the actual wedding.

As such, I've had pictures on my mind lately. So yesterday I got out the trusty Canon SD1100 point and shoot and looked about the condo for something to take a picture of.

A couple of weeks ago, I had stuck this little koala dude to a lamp in the bedroom. They were part of the wedding favors, many of which ended up clinging to lapels and dresses by the end of the evening. Somehow, it takes on an even funnier vibe in extreme close-up.

Wednesday, February 23, 2011

Obligatory Wedding Photo

For lack of a better topic, I'm going to post the obligatory wedding photo today. E and I decided to spend the night before the wedding apart. I went back to our condo, while she spent the night at her parents place in Carlsbad. We got ready on Saturday morning separately. We were doing formal photography before the ceremony, so we arranged to see each other just before that. This picture was taken moments after we were "introduced" in the backyard of my mom's house. Isn't she beautiful?

Thursday, February 17, 2011

It was a year ago today...

It was exactly a year ago today when I made the last post to this blog. A simple post regarding Walmart veggies vs. Whole Foods.

During that year, I managed to land a pretty cool job with a medical device company, only to discover it wasn't a cool as I first thought. Oh, and I got married. That is turning out to be WAY cooler than I ever could have dreamt.

I have to stop using the word "cool". Even in a casual blog like this, it just isn't... cool.

So there you are. I think I'm going to try and update this blog a little more often. And by "more often", I mean more than one post per year. Maybe something on a daily basis.