Comment #3816 by: bo8b at about 15:09 on August 19, 2011
Zounds and sink me!

Yes, Professor Elemental is a Victorian rapper. A "Gentleman Rhymer" if you will. I am probably late in jumping on this carriage, but even if you've already witnessed it, it is worth repeating.

For those of you not in the know, this is a "diss rap" against the OTHER Victorian rapper, Mr. B.

  Comment #3815 by: Adam at about 12:43 on August 17, 2011
gB -- You got it. Robots have been banned in California.

  Comment #3814 by: gB at about 10:49 on August 17, 2011
No more scorching summers and icy winters for you!

There is an annual weekend-long sketch comedy festival in SF that I'm dying to someday attend. One of these years, I'll come hang out and we'll do that.

  Comment #3813 by: bo8b at about 08:11 on August 17, 2011
San Jose? Down between Peoria and Lincoln? I didn't know they had a bay.

Just kidding -- congratulations, Adam! That will be very exciting for you. And we'll definitely have to come see you when we're next in that area.

  Comment #3812 by: Adam at about 08:53 on August 16, 2011
Hello friends:

My company is making a strategic decision to move our Technology Labs group to San Jose. They've asked me to relocate (and offered some financial incentives, as well.) I recently accepted their offer and will be moving sometime in September.

So, if you care to visit the Bay Area -- my house is your house.

--- Adam ---

  Comment #3811 by: Adam at about 08:45 on August 8, 2011
Good ol' Dusty. Such a clean guy.

  Comment #3810 by: gB at about 08:42 on August 8, 2011
Dusty always called that calliope riverboat the Ice Cream Boat. Then he would give me some money and go buy an old car.

  Comment #3809 by: Adam at about 20:33 on June 28, 2011
There are certain sounds that one comes to remember certain locations, or even "home" by... When I lived in Port Byron, you could hear the calliope of the river boat that used to pull into LeClaire, IA in the late afternoons. Or the whistle of an approaching freight train and the rumbling of the windows at Grandma's house.. Now, I live next to Wrigley Field, and they're playing a night game -- I can hear "Take me out to the Ballgame" being sung by the fans enjoying the Seventh Inning Stretch.

  Comment #3808 by: Mitchell at about 10:34 on June 26, 2011
"Dad! Bear!"

  Comment #3807 by: Adam at about 19:58 on June 25, 2011


  Comment #3806 by: gB at about 18:43 on June 25, 2011
Deer: "Safe!"

gB: *laughs forever*

  Comment #3805 by: Adam at about 12:29 on June 25, 2011
Okay, let’s try something different in regards to trying to control spam posts…. The way I was doing it was to copy the IP address of the spam, and place it in my deny list. This was a losing battle as spammers use a network of compromised computers to post under a different IP each time. There are millions of these IP addresses that are used for spamming, and my deny list had maybe 200. I found a couple of websites that automatically maintain “deny” lists – and I copied one into my deny list. It’s 34 pages long – Let’s see if it works, the authors of the list say it should reduce spam by 90%.

  Comment #3804 by: All of their fingers smell like shrimp.... at about 14:35 on June 17, 2011

  Comment #3803 by: Adam at about 14:35 on June 17, 2011
Nothing terribly special -- Wish the weather would stay dry and warm, though!

  Comment #3802 by: bo8b at about 12:27 on June 13, 2011
Aspirin! Hydrogen peroxide! Cough drops! And... um... castor bean oil!

I don't really have any monumental or momentous (or even monumentous) announcements or anything. Just saying "hi." What's up with everyone? Have any fun summer plans planned?

  Comment #3801 by: gB at about 11:45 on May 27, 2011
Wow! I used to go to Mr. Quick over in Bettendorf with Dusty when I was really young. They had a stand-up Wizard Of War coin-op there. Dusty always used to get their onion rings instead of french fries and TO THIS VERY DAY all onion rings remind me of Mr. Quick.

My dad worked at that Sears on 23rd Ave and I think my grandpa worked in that weird round Moline Building Center building before I was born. Neat stuff. Awesome find, Adam!

  Comment #3800 by: Adam Pilon at about 10:52 on May 27, 2011
Move trailers used to be terrible. To wit:

  Comment #3799 by: Adam Pilon at about 09:46 on May 27, 2011
I was looking for some shots of the I-74 bridge and I found the link below. Lots of great old shots of buildings that are long gone from 23rd avenue -- Even a shot of the I-74 bridge as a single span.

Old pictures of the Quad Cites

  Comment #3798 by: gB at about 09:34 on May 27, 2011
Congrats to Dave and Caciona! Bring on baby Nils!

  Comment #3797 by: Mitchell at about 09:50 on May 24, 2011
Now we're talkin'!

  Comment #3796 by: gB at about 06:47 on May 24, 2011
Happy birthday Wade! I got you some drugs.

  Comment #3795 by: gB at about 16:30 on May 15, 2011
Wow. All the cool drugs are hanging out here these days!

Again... (I dare you to click on those links -- although, I'm deleting them now)

  Comment #3794 by: Adam at about 17:41 on May 3, 2011
No -- I'm glad we got the bastard.

  Comment #3793 by: Mitchell at about 19:40 on May 2, 2011
Are you being sarcastic? Inquiring minds want to know.

  Comment #3792 by: Adam at about 21:20 on May 1, 2011


  Comment #3791 by: Adam at about 23:03 on April 28, 2011
This is interesting:

  Comment #3790 by: Adam at about 20:08 on April 18, 2011
One of my favorite SNL openings:

  Comment #3789 by: Adam at about 21:41 on April 17, 2011
On Saturday, April 23 · 6:00pm - 11:30pm, Caciona is hosting a "National Garlic Day" party. I'm going to stop out. Can you make it out for a bit?

  Comment #3788 by: gB at about 20:21 on April 15, 2011
There's a party? Is it for Bob's birthday?
Happy birthday, Bob!

And what of donuts?

  Comment #3787 by: Adam at about 21:59 on March 29, 2011
Dave: I'm going to make an effort to be there!

  Comment #3786 by: Dave at about 14:34 on March 28, 2011
A very happy belated B-day to the P-Man. I hope you will be able to make it down for the party next month. If not, I will be in Chitown to pick up my mother the following weekend. Perhaps we could have lunch.

  Comment #3785 by: bo8b at about 07:18 on March 28, 2011
Oooh, that does sound awesome, Adam. Very cool. I'm hoping that Book of Mormon (the new Trey Parker and Matt Stone musical on Broadway) hits Chicago before too much longer. I want to see that, too!

  Comment #3784 by: Adam at about 22:41 on March 23, 2011
Dear Friends; this sounds awsome! A Robot Chorus? A Musical Chandelier? Got my tickets!

  Comment #3783 by: gB at about 20:39 on March 23, 2011
He's clearly got nowhere else to go and is counting on 30 something nerds like us who remember the show to drop a tenner on an autographed 8x10 glossy. Poor guy. I wish he'd actually been at his booth when I stopped by. I bet he'd get a kick of my enthusiasm for his work.

  Comment #3782 by: Adam at about 15:41 on March 23, 2011

Why was he there? Surely most people have no idea who Gary is.

  Comment #3781 by: gB at about 13:30 on March 23, 2011
Hi Adam.
First off, happy late birthday. I hope you're not too disappointed with this fresh arctic blast of non-motorcycle riding weather.

Second, Gayle and I were in Chicago last Friday for a comic book convention. One of the guests of honor was the guy who voiced and puppeted Gary Gnu. Sadly, he was not at his post when I came by his booth. I would totally have paid $10 for a signed photo of Gary Gnu to frame and hang in my living room forevermore.

  Comment #3780 by: Mitchell at about 13:03 on March 17, 2011

  Comment #3779 by: bo8b at about 10:20 on March 17, 2011
Happy birfday, Adam! Go eat a delicious Shamrock McShake!

  Comment #3778 by: WadeMS at about 09:17 on March 17, 2011
Hey, guess what? Happy day of birthing you sly Mr. Pilon, you.

  Comment #3777 by: Adam at about 22:05 on March 16, 2011
I don't know what Dave B. is talking about; Dr. Pulaski is just fine.

  Comment #3776 by: Adam at about 18:10 on March 11, 2011
Amazing Tsunami Footage - Watch the first video in this link: Sky News Tokyo Tsunami Coverage

  Comment #3775 by: Dan at about 21:38 on March 2, 2011
6PM and the sky is still lit by the sun. Nice!

  Comment #3774 by: Big Bad Bill Is Sweet William Now... at about 19:30 on February 24, 2011
I'm doing weeeeeeelllllllll!

  Comment #3773 by: gB at about 21:33 on February 21, 2011
I just spent an hour reading about beards.

  Comment #3772 by: Adam at about 14:35 on February 19, 2011
I thought you might, I totally end up surfing in a "non-sequitur" kind of way since there are myriad links in each of the topics....

Look up "Growing a Beard."

That site pointed out something that never occured to me... "Star Trek the Motion Picture" started out life as "Star Trek Phase II", which was going to be a TV show.... Remember the charecters "William Decker" and "Illea"? They are pretty much analogs to Riker and Deanna... Charecters penned by Roddenberry.

And also, distressingly, this:

  Comment #3771 by: gB at about 14:01 on February 19, 2011
Thanks Adam!
I love that site. I haven't poked around there in years. That's where I learned about jumping the shark.

  Comment #3770 by: Adam at about 15:19 on February 11, 2011
Grahm: Check out this site -- You'll love it!

  Comment #3769 by: Adam at about 17:25 on February 10, 2011
Degree Inequality - The Berkeley Blog

I count myself as one of those marginal students. I landed an office job out of college, but even with same, couldn’t afford a marginal used cars and a decent place. After living paycheck to paycheck for 18 months, I went to college because I wanted ‘nice things.’ I frequently advice young cousins: Go to college, away from home, I don’t care what you study, graduate. I’m quite sure my life would be very different if I stayed in the Quad Cites working at non-college-educated pay rates. Viva-la-college!

  Comment #3768 by: gB at about 07:13 on February 10, 2011
And MySpace is the new GeoCities.
And Friendster is the new Quantum Link.

  Comment #3767 by: Adam at about 13:52 on February 7, 2011
At lunch today, a colleague posited that “Facebook is the new AOL. If you think about it, Facebook is what AOL was 15 years ago.”



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