Comment #3166 by: gB at about 12:36 on June 2, 2008
 
Some of you (perhaps most of you) know this but I figure I should make an announcement anyway.
Gayle (whom I've been dating for nearly a year now) and I are totally pregnant. We're at 8 weeks now.
This is a rather unexpected development, as she was told that having more kids after her first (he's 14 now) would be totally impossible.

She's excited. I'm nervous. Annah is freaking the fuck out. She'll come around though. As will I.

As with Annah, suggestions for names are appreciated. Thanks.


  Comment #3165 by: Mitchell at about 09:18 on May 28, 2008
 
I would have to agree with ya.


  Comment #3164 by: gB at about 15:45 on May 27, 2008
 
Raiders is one of my favorite movies ever. It's definitely Top Ten material. The others are fun but not anywhere near as cool. To be fair, I've not seen either Last Crusade or Temple of the Shrieky Bimbo in at least ten years. I'm hesitant to place them in a definitive order without revisiting them.
I enjoyed that the Skull movie was an homage to 50's b-movies much like the previous films were homages to 30's Republic serialized cliffhangers. The plot has gaping holes (which I've come to expect from George Lucas) but nobody directs spectacle like Spielberg and it was a fun ride. It was much better than I expected it to be but it could've been much cooler if the third act had been more than our characters standing around watching the spaceship turn on for twenty minutes. It was a decent follow-up to Raiders, and I like how it brought Marion back and provided a true sense of closure to Indy's adventures. That was nice. And the opening scene at Area 51 was total radness. In fact, the whole first act was pretty amazing. I was riveted until they left America.


  Comment #3163 by: Mitchell at about 21:13 on May 26, 2008
 
Really? I liked it but I thought it was missing that sense of urgency that comes with the Jones' movies. I didn't like how there was no interaction between Jones and the cool alien thingy. But I did enjoy it and laugh my ass off at the same time. I also enjoyed how there was a good chunk of American history interlaced through the movie. I would rate as follows: Raiders, Crusade and then a tie between Temple and Skull Fuck.


  Comment #3162 by: gB at about 19:45 on May 26, 2008
 
Hey Mitch.
Despite lavish promises, there were neither willows nor debris. There was, however, grilled tuna salsa num-nums and some manner of spiced deer flesh.

Also, Indiana Jones and Kingdom of the 1950's B-Movie Stereotypes was pretty cool. Much better than I'd expected. It may be my favorite of the ones that aren't Raiders.


  Comment #3161 by: Mitchell at about 10:57 on May 26, 2008
 
Happy b-day Wade, sorry I couldn't make it to the prrrty, I bet it was most fun neat.


  Comment #3160 by: WadeMS at about 11:28 on May 20, 2008
 
For the sake of awesomeness, let's say an easy start around 6, and full fledged fun by 7. Dead by dawn.

There will be willows, and much debris.


  Comment #3159 by: bo8b at about 11:24 on May 20, 2008
 
Will there be willows? And debris?

You may count me among the savvy partyists. Just lemme know when and where.


  Comment #3158 by: Adam at about 11:17 on May 20, 2008
 
Awesome! What time?


  Comment #3157 by: WadeMS at about 09:23 on May 20, 2008
 
Speaking of Rush, everyone should gather, on the 24th of May! I've been told that I'm having a party of the birthday kind this Saturday evening. Festivities will include meat of the recently dead animal being grilled, and other. If you fancy yourself a shrewd party go-er, show up and have a good time under my command!


  Comment #3156 by: Adam at about 13:43 on May 19, 2008
 
Does anybody know of any garage space, either in Chicago or the QCA, that I an rent for a nominal fee? It would be for automobile storage.


  Comment #3155 by: Dave at about 07:37 on May 16, 2008
 
I have been eating the occasional spoonful as that is all my system can accommodate at one time. Approximately 76% of the shake remains and it is delicious. Grahm is welcome to the remainder though it might be more practical for him to just purchase his own.

Grahm, did you get my message? If you are not interested, could you send a brief synopsis of what I would have to do to perform the ceremony to my lovemongre account, if I can even do it in Iowa.


  Comment #3154 by: gB at about 20:41 on May 14, 2008
 
Tally-ho!


  Comment #3153 by: Adam at about 12:33 on May 13, 2008
 
Ask Big D if it's still in the freezer, if it is, eat-em-up!


  Comment #3152 by: gB at about 16:45 on May 12, 2008
 
I volunteer to eat up all the iced cream!


  Comment #3151 by: Adam at about 21:55 on May 11, 2008
 
The lowest priced scooters you ever did see! Chicagoland Scoooters


  Comment #3150 by: Adam at about 16:07 on May 11, 2008
 
Dave: Last time I was in town, I bought a Whitey's chocolate, Butterfinger shake that I did not consume, and placed it in your freezer. If it is still there, give it to someone in your household who has the ability to eat real food with dying. Wade, perhaps?


  Comment #3149 by: gB at about 19:54 on May 6, 2008
 
I downloaded it several months ago, on account of I'm a pirate like that, and had much the same reaction. It sounds like Beth Gibbons fronting some ethereal project. There's no smooth acid jazz noir trip hop element and I find it boring. Not at all worth the 11 year wait.
Perhaps it will grow on me, though I doubt I'll give it a chance. There's so much rad music to listen to that I don't have time for mediocre anymore.

Also, I think I invented the word "spychiatrist" the other day. I'm not sure what to do about it yet. I'm not sure about a lot of things lately.


  Comment #3148 by: bo8b at about 14:57 on May 6, 2008
 
Ugh. I was just too busy last week to pick up the new Portishead CD (Third), but I got it today and am listening to it now. Hrm. It's a different feel than their first two, but still very very cool. I find myself missing some of the more commercial pop-iness of their older albums (there doesn't appear to be any throwbacks to "Sour Times" or "Wandering Star"), but at the same time, I love some of the experimental sounds they're playing with.

There also appears to be a complete lack of scratching on this CD. I know it's probably considered passe now, but that was a big part of what made Portishead Portishead, you know?

Bottom line: I will probably warm up to it, but the first listening is a little uncomfortable. This may be an CD to appreciate more than to enjoy.


  Comment #3147 by: Adam at about 06:38 on May 1, 2008
 
He should probably just graduate, already. I'm getting tired of feigning interest and excitement every year.


  Comment #3146 by: gB at about 19:52 on April 30, 2008
 
Autumn... who is excited about being a JUNIOR this year!


  Comment #3145 by: gB at about 19:52 on April 30, 2008
 
Madame Sirovy was probably pretty awesome before we almost made a movie about her. But Gramma Shotik and Grampa Whittaker were always evil. And Running Jumping Climbing Boy had naught to do with it. It was Autumn.


  Comment #3144 by: Adam at about 12:56 on April 30, 2008
 
They we're both wonderful people until you, Josh and Running-Jumping-and-Kicking boy ruined them. Shame. What are you, anyway? A sneaky-creep? Espa-mashi-gee on you. Espa-mashi-gee, indeed. Next time I see you, I going to spray you and your daughter (whom I've decided to call "Molly McButter" -- I can't WAIT to try that out in person) with pallywag spray.


  Comment #3143 by: gB at about 08:44 on April 30, 2008
 
I checked my account last night and totally found a bonus $300! That was rad, since that's probably a bit more than what I'm losing by taking these sick days.

Gramma Shotik was the one who was all time taking pseudomitacoughadrin for her upsettingly flabby arms. Plus, she was a-feudin' with Grampa Whittaker. They're both horrid people.


  Comment #3142 by: Adam at about 08:00 on April 30, 2008
 
Check your bank accounts: My "Economic Stimulus Plan" tax-refund was deposited yesterday!


  Comment #3141 by: Adam at about 23:32 on April 29, 2008
 
But grumblepuff: Your arms don't look like this at all >

Who was it that used to take pseudomitacoughadrin? Madame Sirovy or Mrs. Shotic?


  Comment #3140 by: gB at about 19:49 on April 29, 2008
 
My job is in Camanche. Vanessa works there too and we trade off driving each week, as it's about 50 miles, round trip. As for what's in Camanche... trains and trucks, so far as I can tell. And you can smell Clinton.

There's a bridge that I drive across each morning from Fulton to Clinton and today the water was pretty much right up under the bridge. Usually, it's way low but today it was a matter of feet. If it gets too much higher, it'll eclipse the railroad bridge.

I stayed home yesterday from sickness. Today, I made it until noon but then came home with a fever and massive stomach cramps and nausea. I managed to eat dinner and feel somewhat better but I'm taking tomorrow off to see a Dr and hopefully get some pseudomitacoughadrin. Everybody in the office has had this bug and they're all on antibiotics. My mom's got it too. It's rather unpleasant.

My next paycheck's gonna suck. I hope I'm feeling better on Thursday. I'm already behind on my work.

That car, Adam, looks like a spaceship. It's so awesome. I hope that works out for you.


  Comment #3139 by: Adam at about 10:26 on April 29, 2008
 
What's in Camanche?


  Comment #3138 by: Adam at about 09:12 on April 29, 2008
 
Hot Spit!

Gentle readers may recall that last Fall I was excited as I found a 1981 Cordoba LS (Very similar to the one I owned in the early '90's). I had the money pulled together only to have it sold just hours before I made my telephone call.

The guy who beat me to it bought it and drove it back to Chicagoland. I told him to keep my contact information and let me know should he care to sell it. He emailed me last night and said he may be interested in selling as he found two other cars he's interested in.

I replied that I'd like the option of first refusal. I'll exercise that option should it be as nice as the pictures (and low 37,000 miles) make it out to be.

Reference:



It's very similar to the one I used to have save for the low mileage (super!), center console and shifter (I like better!), and six cylinder engine (not so hot, but great on gas!)


  Comment #3137 by: gB at about 20:14 on April 28, 2008
 
Thank you, Adam. I appreciate your insight and will definitely check out some redd hott Mazda action.

So, Davenport is underwater again. John O' Donnell Stadium is inaccessible again. Same as every year. Will they ever build a damn wall? Is Iowa really as fucking dumb as we always joked they were growing up?

In PB, the water is up past the docks and into the parking lot. Another storm like Friday's and it'll be up to the train tracks, easily.

Tomorrow will be interesting, seeing if I can even GET to Camanche. The water was level with various bridges en route today.


  Comment #3136 by: Adam the Car Guy at about 15:53 on April 23, 2008
 
Grahm, after much thought into which car would be the best choice for Grahm, I've come up with the following: The 4 door Mazda 3, seen here

It's Mazda's entry-level vehicle, but in terms of miles-per-gallon (22/29), safety-per-dollar, and overall cost-per-mile, and your needs, wants, and financial situation, I think this is a good fit.

Although there are cars that may get better millage, this one, in my view, may fit your needs better, as well.

Mazda's quality is through the roof -- another reason to go with them. Want evidence of their quality? Read here.

The Mazda 3, brand new, starts at under 15K, making it one of the least expensive, but high-quality automobiles on the road. Once you figure out how much you care to spend, you can scour the Internet for the copy you want.

Have a look!


  Comment #3135 by: Adam at about 12:10 on April 22, 2008
 
If Picard would have been in command during those concerts, we wouldn't be in this terrible mess. Terrible, I say, just terrible.


  Comment #3134 by: gB at about 10:34 on April 22, 2008
 
They should have set them to stun.


  Comment #3133 by: Adam at about 08:19 on April 22, 2008
 
I think they stopped using the lasers because of all of the deaths.


  Comment #3132 by: Mr. Spock at about 21:04 on April 21, 2008
 


  Comment #3131 by: gBÖC at about 12:46 on April 21, 2008
 
Yeah, they show up pretty much every summer, hitting the various state fairs and stuff. I just haven't had a chance to see them since 1997's Summer Daze tour with Steppenwolf, Foghat and the Pat Travers Band.
I'm excited about the Clinton Riverboat Days on account not only do I get to see BÖC again, but I get to see a demolition derby, Ultimate Fighting, general carnival stuff for Annah and a magic show! And it's 4th of July weekend so fireworks follow the concert. That's worth $21.
Dennis DeYoung (formerly of Styx) is playing Thursday night as well, though I don't know if that'll be an option for me or not, depending on Annah's whereabouts.

BÖC's first album came out in 1972. From 1988 to 1998, they had no record deal, no new albums and yet toured constantly. (I saw them five times in this time period.) Their most recent album (not including live albums and an endless stream of Greatest Hits type CDs) came out in 2001. They just won't die, though there's mostly only two original guys left in the band. The rest are too old and too fat for this.

They put out a live DVD in 2002 that was filmed at Navy Pier in Chicago. It's a pretty good set though I prefer my bootlegged videos from the seventies when they had LAZER BEAMS all over the place. They were one of the first bands to incorporate lasers into their rock show. They were also the first band to randomly toss an unnecessary umlaut into their name.


  Comment #3130 by: Adam at about 09:54 on April 21, 2008
 
Looks like BOC will be within a day's drive several times this summer. http://www.blueoystercult.com/Road/OnTour.html Rockford is only 2 hours away - that might be fun, as well.


  Comment #3129 by: Adam at about 22:23 on April 18, 2008
 
I have seen hulu.com. There's so much content on the Web, now, that I'm considering dropping cable television for the summer to save a few bucks.


  Comment #3128 by: gBÖC at about 20:11 on April 18, 2008
 
I will totally venture to Peoria for BÖC if it's on a weekend and is affordable and I have no other pressing engagements. 5 times isn't enough!


  Comment #3127 by: bo8b at about 16:08 on April 18, 2008
 
Oh, cool, I will totally go and see BOC. Or rather, I will totally stay and see BOC. Anyone interested in coming down for it? I may even clean mah house. No promises.

I slept through the quake, but did feel the aftershock. Maybe 3 or 4 years ago there was a smaller quake. I was in a waterbed at the time, and I did feel that one.


  Comment #3126 by: gB at about 15:32 on April 18, 2008
 
Adam (or anyone else)... have you played at all with CSS? My job is expanding to involve some basic web design stuff and they want me to learn about style sheets. Do you have any advice or know of any good tutorials?


  Comment #3125 by: gB at about 15:26 on April 18, 2008
 
I was referencing YOU and your penchant for quoting that episode of Alice. The exact context had been lost to me over the years but that's the way that state is always pronounced in my head.

Have you checked out hulu.com? Free TV and movies with a 30 second commercial every once in a while. I haven't seen it yet but it sounds pretty cool. Netlfix' Instant Watch is pretty cool too.


  Comment #3124 by: Adam at about 13:27 on April 18, 2008
 
Grahm, is there any chance you're referring to the Alice episode in which Vera and Elliot are getting married? The officiant of the wedding, a doddeling old man, stumbles when he is supposed to say, "by the power vested in me by the state of ......" And Joleen then says, "Ary-zooo-nahh", and the officiant says same. (Many laughs are had.)

Is that what your referencing? Funny.

I saw that episode just the other day. Alice episodes are on ion television


  Comment #3123 by: gB at about 12:30 on April 18, 2008
 
There was evidently a 4.6 aftershock around 10:15 but I didn't feel that one.
This morning's quake was a 5.2 (some sources are saying 5.4 but most seem to think 5.2 is correct) and 5.5 is the record for that particular fault line. Neat!
We had one in the early 90's. 1991? Some of you may remember. I was in Arizona (Air-ee-zoh-nee) at the time and totally missed it.

I am very pleased that it's Friday. This week went slower than usual for me. And with my new work schedule, I have very little time to listen to music. Weekends are my chance to rock out!

Talking of rock, Blue Öyster Cult are playing in Clinton 4th of July Weekend. They're also playing in Peoria this summer, Bo8b. You should check them out.


  Comment #3122 by: Mitchell at about 10:47 on April 18, 2008
 
I didn't feel a thing. Bummer.

Babeliens. Awesome.


  Comment #3121 by: gB at about 09:33 on April 18, 2008
 
Aftershock!

Yes!

The girl in the next cubicle said "Is anybody else's computer shaking?" I looked and sure enough, my giant ancient monitor was shimmying and shaking. I felt my desk and it was quivering too. I listened to see if a truck was going past the building, but there wasn't one.


  Comment #3120 by: gB at about 08:34 on April 18, 2008
 
re: hybrids
I did some quick, crude math and I figure $7000 will buy me a little under 4 years worth of gas, given my current driving needs.

So Adam, what would you recommend as far as halfway clean, fuel efficient automobiles that won't shatter my pocketbook? I drive about 500 miles / month for work. And that's only because Ness and I carpool and trade off every week. If I drove myself, that would double. So I'd really like to get at least 30 mpg and not eject quite so much poison into the air if it's at all possible.


  Comment #3119 by: gB at about 08:16 on April 18, 2008
 
Did anybody else feel the earthquake? It was my first and I'm totally excited. I got woked up by my bed shaking around 4:30. I first thought Annah was shaking it or maybe kneeling on it and rocking back and forth or something. But there was nobody there.
Naturally, my next thought was that I had a P-p-p-poltergeist!

Quickly dismissing that as nonsense, I moved on to theorem #3: neighbor sex. The lady next door sometimes has loud sex on or near the weekends. But this was different. That usually just makes my headboard shake a little. This was my whole bed shaking. I sat up and listened for a few seconds, not entirely awake, and I looked outside to see if maybe there was a flying saucer overhead. Preferably one filled with hot babeliens.

Sadly, there was nothing. And then the shaking stopped. I got up, checked on Annah, went potty and then went back to bed, wondering if I'd perhaps experienced a real live earthquake. I got to work and checked the local news websites and found that yes, I totally had!
Awesome!


  Comment #3118 by: Adam at about 07:41 on April 18, 2008
 
EARTHQUAKE!

This morning's 5.4 magnitude earthquake centered in down-state Illinois woke me up. At the time, I didn't know it was an earthquake until I heard about it on the news this morning.

At about 4:37, I woke to the sound of my door-knocker lightly tapping at my door. I went to see who was at my door. I went back to bed and didn't think anything else about it. I would have forgotten about it had I not heard the news report.

Anybody else feel it?


  Comment #3117 by: Adam at about 12:47 on April 17, 2008
 
It turns out that hybrid automobiles, economically speaking, are not your best choice for saving money on your personal transportation. Most hybrids cars have a ~$7,000 cost-premium over their non-hybrid counter parts. $7,000 will buy a lot of $4.00 gasoline. If you keep the car for several years, you might realize a saving.... if you are lucky enough to not have to spend several thousand dollars replacing the battery pack.

Economics aside, hybrids pollute much less -- especially if you count carbon dioxide as a pollutant.

However, if a new car is in your future, and if miles per dollar over the long term is a priority, there are some extremely fuel-efficient, low pollution gasoline vehicles that would be a better value than a hybrid... economically speaking.

Gasoline, even with its shortcomings (carbon dioxide emissions, geopolitical issues around oil, etc), is a marvelous motor-fuel. It is easy to transport, the real tailpipe emissions are easy to clean, it is relatively safe, and you just can't beat the energy content per unit. It'll be around for some time. Battery and alternative fuels research is really starting to step up. (The US Government recently raised the Corporate Average Fuel Economy rating that manufacturers must meet for the first time since the 1970's and companies are clamoring to figure out how they are going to meet the new targets.) Gasoline as a motor vehicle fuel will be replaced someday -- but mainstream motoring will continue to run on gas for a couple of more decades.


 

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