Comment #2820 by: gB at about 22:25 on July 28, 2007
I'm likely in for some hot Peoria theater action if it's the 5th. Or possibly the 3rd. Or maybe the 10th or 9th.

Comment #2819 by: Dave at about 14:14 on July 28, 2007
Caciona and I would like to come down for a little fancy theatre. Is anyone else up for a QC caravan for this event? I think we are pretty flexible as far as the date.

Bob, what days would be more conducive to hanging out with you before or after the show?

Comment #2818 by: bo8b at about 08:00 on July 26, 2007
Information about bo8b's upcoming production of Into the Woods:

Performance dates are August 3, 4, 8, 9, 10 & 11 at 7:30 pm, and August 5 at 2:00 pm. I think tickets went onsale yesterday. They are $16 for adults, and can be reserved at the box office (309-699-SHOW) or on their website (for a $1 "convenience fee").

Directions to the theatre (with a picture of me in the banner at the top!)

Comment #2817 by: Dave at about 10:06 on July 25, 2007
Ah yes,
I am back from the UK, narrowly escaping myriad disasters from bombings to flooding. I had a good time and enjoyed the experience but would probably not do it again (at least not with Mom). As everyone knows, my mother and I get along splendidly as she is a marvelous lady, however, she is a pain to travel with. She really wore me out. Part of this is the difference in sleeping patterns. She was asleep by 9:00 every night and we were up at the crack of dawn. I don't think I got more than six hours sleep the whole trip.

As for the island, it was beautiful (especially the west). The history was fairly astounding. Eddie Izzard's bit about there just being castles strewn about is absolutely correct, especially in Ireland. The stereotypes held true for me. The English were polite, the Irish friendly the Scott's loud and the French were rude. Overall, I had more fun in Paris than I expected.

The flights were uncomfortable, but honestly not as bad as I had expected. Sleeping was pretty much out of the question as the amount of leg room available required me to remain in a completely upright posture (as the distance between my knees and hips was less than that between seats).

Maybe I'm just not a world traveler, but if you weigh the effort, expense and frustration against the experience, I would have preferred to put the time and money into my house instead. Of course, my mom picked up the tab, so I am certainly better for the experience.

Comment #2816 by: Adam at about 09:38 on July 25, 2007
Dave: I assume you are home from the UK. How was it? What did you do? Have any of your opinions changed?

Comment #2815 by: Mitch at about 11:15 on July 19, 2007
I love the sound of the PBS tag. Oh the memories. And that is one reference that I truly didn't get when it was on air. I knew about the show but didn't remember the intro to it.

Comment #2814 by: Adam at about 10:38 on July 19, 2007
Nope: PBS's "Electric Company"

And Family Guy's take on it:


Comment #2813 by: Mitch at about 10:31 on July 19, 2007
The power of Greyskull?

Comment #2812 by: Adam at about 09:02 on July 19, 2007
Ewwww.... Kind of a soupy night to be without electricity! "Heyyyyy yooouuuu guyyyzzzz... We're gonna turn it on,.... We're gonna bring you the power....."

Comment #2811 by: gB at about 08:38 on July 19, 2007
13 hours later and the Electricity is back! It's just like living in Silvis again. Only with drinkable water.

Comment #2810 by: gB at about 23:23 on July 17, 2007
Is that a bag of weed? Because my dad always said that dope is for dopes.*

*not true

Comment #2809 by: Adam at about 14:10 on July 17, 2007
As long as you serve it to me whilst wearing a bright-pink shirt, I'm cool with it!

Comment #2808 by: This!! at about 13:58 on July 17, 2007
This? Remember?

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Comment #2807 by: BurninatorX at about 08:48 on July 17, 2007
Happy B-Day!

Comment #2806 by: bo8b at about 20:41 on July 16, 2007
Happy Birfday, Nessssssss!!

Comment #2805 by: Nesssssssssssssssssssssss at about 13:15 on July 16, 2007
Thanks gB!!


Comment #2804 by: gB at about 08:54 on July 16, 2007
Happy Birthday, Vanessa!

Comment #2803 by: gB at about 19:22 on July 13, 2007
I'm leaving now for Chicago. Everybody have a rad weekend.

Comment #2802 by: flower at about 10:36 on July 13, 2007
um yes.
i was/is gonna have people over on saturday. the only deal is that my sister/husband/chicklets will also be at mom's . so i was thinking people could come over and we could hang by the pool and stuff, and then be all quiet when we have to use the facilities.
and stuff.
i have a wedding dress fitting at 2, and we're getting pictures taken at 6 in iowa somewhere. but then will be available for the hanging out (8ish?). i can let people know.

i'm also sorry to have missed the burninator. i understand his crisis (i, too, am not sure about the teaching deal, but tutoring is a good way to get some monies - see Huntington Learning center). and much to other's chagrin, i play WoW as well...

doubly sad for you, ness. i'll try to show up at the visitation

Comment #2801 by: Mitch at about 07:05 on July 13, 2007

First go here: - this is what Shellac sounds like.

Then go here to hear your friend from the internet having fun with Shellac: - it's long so give it some time.


Comment #2800 by: not ed at about 08:54 on July 12, 2007
So call Ed and buy the damn car!!

Comment #2799 by: Adam at about 15:22 on July 10, 2007
Yes -- I'm sorry to say that we'll be crossing paths. It turns out that Laura will be having a little gathering at her Mother's pool this weekend. And with this summer's heat, that sounds fantastic!

Comment #2798 by: gB at about 10:42 on July 10, 2007
I've never seen Joseph and would totally dig seeing it sometime but I'll be in Chicago this weekend.

Comment #2797 by: Dave at about 09:59 on July 10, 2007
I'm afraid that I have to work Friday and Saturday night this weekend (crazy stuff going on at work). As always, you are welcome to stay the night should you need accomodation.

Comment #2796 by: Adam at about 22:46 on July 9, 2007
Yo! I'll be in the Quad Cities this weekend and I see that Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat is being performed by the Quad City Music Guild. Tickets are cheap ($15).

Is there any interest in this?

-- Adam --

Comment #2795 by: bo8b at about 10:01 on July 9, 2007
Yeah, I'm very sorry to hear about Uncle Scott. I know I'm not exactly next door, but if there's anything at all I can do, don't hesitate to call.

Comment #2794 by: Adam at about 19:07 on July 8, 2007
My sympathies to you and the McIntyre family.

Comment #2793 by: gB at about 21:17 on July 7, 2007
For those who care... Vanessa's Uncle Scott has been battling liver cancer for some time now. He passed this evening around 6:00. I've been with the family all day, grieving and hugging and looking at old pictures and joking about our favorite Scott memories.
He was a cantankerous asshole and a brilliant one at that. I loved him dearly and for the last 15 years or so he was my uncle too.

Vanessa's birthday party was to be this coming weekend. It has been postponed until further notice. Pass the word.

Goodnight everyone. Stay awesome.

Comment #2792 by: Tramadol the Great at about 16:29 on July 7, 2007
I have created a game of Wallenstein on SBW, the password is hottpants.

Comment #2791 by: BurninatorX at about 12:30 on July 7, 2007
Thx for the steak tips.

I put up games for Tikal, Reef Encounter, and Hacienda. Password, as usual, is trogdor.

Rock on,


Comment #2790 by: bo8b at about 12:28 on July 6, 2007
Adam has it exactly right when it comes to steaks. Heat your grill up nice and hot, then slap that bad boy on there. Flip once, and leave the center slightly pink. The cut of meat is important, as too thin will make it difficult to obtain the proper level of cookedness on the outside while remaining tender and delicious on the inside. And too thick will make it underdone in the center, unless you like that.

The quality of meat is very important. But there are ways of making the best out of even a bad selection of meat. You can buy a cheap yet flavorful marinade mix for next to nothing. (I enjoy a nice mesquite marinade from time to time.) Pierce the steaks with a fork over and over and over, covering every square inch of both sides before marinading. This will both tenderize the steak as well as allow the marinade to take hold inside. Let it marinade for at least an hour. While grilling, baste well with the remaining marinade.

I'd never ever recommend doing that with a good beef steak, but sometimes it can hide the defects in an inferior cut.

Comment #2789 by: Uncle Muscles at about 08:47 on July 6, 2007
Time Travel!

Comment #2788 by: Adam at about 08:43 on July 6, 2007
I sold the Marauder last night. I'll miss "The Big Merc," but it is just way, way too tough to have two cars in the city, especially when I could really get by on zero cars. Day-to-day, I don't need a car at all. With what I was paying for financing, insurance, parking, insurance, city stickers, etc, etc, etc, I could afford to rent a car every weekend! (Which, I really could do pretty easily as their are multiple car-rental places near my Loop office.)

So the Cordoba is now my daily-driver. The plan is to save my nickels and dimes for when the Dodge Challenger comes out. (Coundown) I want to see what the production version of this car is like -- and if I like what I see, buy one -- otherwise, buy something else!

I sold my car at Carmax. It was a surprisingly pleasant and efficient process. They gave me quite a bit more than I expected.

Comment #2787 by: Adam at about 08:32 on July 6, 2007
Steak is one of my favorite things to eat. If you buy good meats, you donít have to put much effort into seasoning and marinating. I prefer to just use a little bit of seasoning salt and thatís it. I do like worcestershire sauce on my steak, but only after cooking.

The grilling of the steaks is perhaps more important that seasoning. Hot and fast, my friend. A hot grill will quickly sear the outside, sealing in the juices. And you either want to cook beef very fast or very slow. Cooking beef very quickly, such as on a hot grill, doesnít allow the proteins to bind up and become tough. (Very long cooking such as roasting eventually breaks down the bonds, but thatís not good for steaks.) In my opinion, under done is always better than over doneÖ. You can always throw a steak back on the grill for a couple of minutes if it is too raw. To check for your desired doneness, do what every grill-master does Ė taste while youíre grilling!

Comment #2786 by: BurninatorX at about 07:45 on July 6, 2007
Attention cookers of delicious steak!

How do you do it?


Last night, I grilled steak for the first time on our little charcoal grill. I bought four boneless ribeyes. Two were coated in a "steak rub" I purchased. One was lightly dusted with pepper, then coated in rock salt. The other was simply lightly dusted with chili powder. Results were pretty good. I like my steak medium rare, and I cooked it a little too long. It seemed like the two I covered in steak rub were jucier. Flavor wise, I liked the salt/pepper item the best. I thought maybe throwing a little dash of chili powder into that mix would have been good.


Comment #2785 by: gB at about 18:52 on July 5, 2007
Mixed meters, illogical harmonies... sounds really neat! You must tell me when the showtimes are. I'm intrigued.

Comment #2784 by: bo8b at about 15:47 on July 5, 2007
Monument: Builtinated!

Still trying to find a moment to study the rules of Amun-Re in depth before I make my move, sorry. It's complexer than some of the other games we've tried.

Yeah, I'm in rehearsals every night now, and am working outside of rehearsal on my own, too. We've still got about a month before we open, but it's some of the hardest music I've ever sung in my life. Tons of mixed meters, unusual melodies, and downright illogical harmonies. It's music that's appreciated more than it's enjoyed, methinks. But I'm totally digging it.

Phew! But when I get a moment, I'll definitely take my turn out at SBW.

Comment #2783 by: gB at about 13:58 on July 5, 2007
Attention Adam: Yes, I mostly like it when it's Family Guy. Mostly. I've not seen anything past season 3, I don't think, except for the "movie" they made by putting 3 episodes together on a DVD. The references are awesome but the "Peter is a total dumbass. Oh look! He farted!" storylines get old.

Attention Mitch: I know little about Steve Albini besides his production work on various albums I admire. I wish to know more about this Shellac of which you speak.

Attention Bob: Build a monument! Also, choose a pyramid-laden nation already! Also, hi! What's up? Are you knee-deep in rehearsals?

Attention Chicken: You were delicious and spicy.

Comment #2782 by: Mitchell (Uncle Muscles) at about 12:39 on July 5, 2007
I posted it and it is in fact from Tim and Eric Awesome Show. Great Job! And yes, Kris these guys know what "funny" is. Big time! I will probably post more of these and when we get into the Uncle Muscles part gB is going to love it. Special guests are special, gB. Don't cheat!

Kris - Do you watch Tom Goes To The Mayor? You should.

Adam - I know what you mean by the Family Guy reference but do you get the newer pop-culture references? Do you ever find yourself saying "huh"? Boy I sure do!

Grayham - Are you a Steve Albini fan? Well if you are then you probably know about the new Shellac album? If you haven't heard it then you probably dont know that the guy who does Strongbad's voice is a guest on the album. Check it out!

Great Job!

Comment #2781 by: Adam at about 12:19 on July 5, 2007
Assuming things about you [gB] usually results in faulty assertions, but I assume you like "Family Guy"; Yes/No? Do you watch this show? It is super, super reference-heavy and I'm forced to wonder how many of those references go over the heads of the younger viewers. It's seems pretty clear to me that writers must be about our age because most of the references come from the 70's/80's/90's, with many, many 1980's television references. I sometimes see a bit, and wonder myself, I wonder what they are referencing -- It's usually quite clear when they are.

Comment #2780 by: Kris at about 12:07 on July 5, 2007
It's from Tim and Eric Awesome show, Great Job! on Adult Swim. As to who posted it I dunno. I just watched the Cats episode of T&EAS last night, and it was indeed awesome. those guys know what the funny is.

Comment #2779 by: gB at about 11:23 on July 5, 2007
Who posted it: unknown
What it is: awesome (leastwise, without sound it is)

Comment #2778 by: Adam at about 10:16 on July 5, 2007
Who posted that and what is it?

Comment #2777 by: uncle muscle at about 06:58 on July 5, 2007


Comment #2776 by: hungry hungry bo8b at about 15:04 on July 3, 2007
Attention cheeseburger's brother: the previous description of your sibling's tastiness have made me hunger for your juicy flesh. Prepare yourself for the journey of a lifetime -- down my gullet!

Comment #2775 by: gB at about 13:16 on July 3, 2007
Attention cheeseburger: Thou were delicious.

Comment #2774 by: Kris at about 11:11 on July 3, 2007

Comment #2773 by: gB at about 10:08 on July 3, 2007
Attention Jason: It's been your turn at BGG for like 168 hours. Are you going for the world record? Also, it was great seeing you. Thanks for letting me turn Annah loose on your family while we chatted.

Attention Firefox: You rock. Never change. Except that you should continue to change in the area of upgrades and rad extensions and such. But never change the part wherein you're a cool open-source alternative to Microsoft.

Attention cheeseburger: Prepare thyself. You have two hours to live.

Attention Adam: I'm going to be in Chicago next weekend. Jef and co. are hosting a sci-fi convention. I have no idea what my panel-going, possibly volunteering at the Con schedule will allow as far as visitage but seeing you would be pretty decent, I must say.

Comment #2772 by: Nessssssssssssssssssss at about 09:21 on July 3, 2007
Attention Adam: IE

Attention Jason: I'm sorry to have missed you again!! Tater was in no condition for visiting by the time the party that was hosted at my folks had ended. I couldn't subject you to that. I like you both too much, so in short I was unable to hook up, yet again. I hope to next time.

Attention interested parties: I fully intend to spend the morning hours of July 4th in woods and caves. Interested items (Bob?, Wade?, Catt?, gB?) need to contact me prior to tomorrow, then meet at my head (aka apartment) around 7:30 in the a.m. This is the first Maquoketa trip of the season and I will be mighty pissed at mother nature if I am not able to make it go.

Attention 4th of July: You rock! Never change.

Comment #2771 by: bo8b at about 09:07 on July 3, 2007
At work, IE (only because I have no choice in the matter).
At home, Firefox.

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