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Achewood / LN's hip hop #####
« on: August 01, 2018, 08:52:06 pm »

Not Daisy Owl / Two More Eggs
« on: November 15, 2016, 10:05:58 pm »
OK, it's not a web comic. It's a series of interstitial shorts being run between shows on Disney XD. I post it here because they are by the Brothers Chaps, of Homestar Runner fame. They are weird and have that same knack for strange diction. They also feature some of the same voices--this made me shout "That's Coach Z! You're not fooling anybody!"

They are amusing, if not spectacular, and these days I need anything amusing I can get.
This one is my personal favorite:
But also I cannot stop singing this:

They are on the YouTubes, obviously, but they're also available via On Demand (via Verizon Fios at least) in ten-minute blocks, if you don't want to watch Disney Freakin' XD day and night to catch them in the wild.

Achewood / Street team, reporting! [Salutes, leaves] (blog updates 9/2)
« on: September 02, 2016, 03:30:07 pm »
Beef: I Bothered Pat at the Grocery Store
Ray: Watch Out, I'm Doin' a Grateful!
Philippe: Pony Coladas

I sure don't understand what Ray is talking about half the time.
Now if you'll excuse me I'm going to make a Pony Colada for my kids.

Achewood / AV Club on Achewood's return
« on: May 19, 2016, 05:27:56 pm »
Y'all probably saw this already, since the 'stad posted in on Facebook. But just in case.

History / winning the lottery
« on: January 07, 2016, 07:30:05 pm »
Interesting discussion at the office today. The PowerBall jackpot, as most of you probably know, is currently at a record $700 million, and will probably go higher before the drawing Saturday. Like many chumps, I bought a couple tickets for the last drawing, and will probably buy a couple for this one. While these games are rightly known as "a tax on people who are bad at math," when the jackpot gets this high it's potentially not a completely terrible bet, and anyway it's fun to dream blah de blah.

On the other hand, anecdotal evidence shows that for many people who win these prizes, their lives are actually ruined by it. They squander the money, it tears their family apart, they are treated differently by everyone.

So especially for a $700M prize (more like $400M if you take the lump sum, and $200M after taxes, but still), you can try to remain anonymous if your state permits it, but people will inevitably find out. It's amusing to think money won't change you, but really, what will happen to your life if you suddenly win that much cash? Yeah sure, I'll stay in my house, the kids will still go to school, I'll quit my job and find something amusing to do... but EVERYONE YOU'VE EVER MET will now be hitting you up for cash, and everyone in your neighborhood will be treating you (and your family) much differently. Worst case scenario, someone will try to rob your house, kidnap you for ransom, that kind of thing.

I've come to the conclusion that you would have to move. Go to Manhattan, San Francisco, a Caribbean tax haven, or somewhere else lots of obscenely rich people already live, and try to blend in there.

Me, after winning, I'd immediately announce my intention to buy a baseball team (minor or major league, depending on the size of the windfall). All the money's going towards that, so don't nobody even ask me for anything.

People & Places / Facebook for good or ill
« on: March 14, 2014, 08:43:28 pm »
On the whole we could probably debate whether Facebook is a good or bad thing all freaking day. But in particular, I have had this thought of late: my high school class has a very active page, and about 80% of what's posted there is prayer requests. We're of a certain age where our parents are dying, and some of us are having health problems of our own. So seemingly every day it's "Please pray for Lurleen, whose mother is in the ICU and may not make it," or "Please pray for Leanne, whose husband was just diagnosed with liver cancer." It's depressing as all get out.

(The prayer thing is its own issue. Not to open a religious can o' worms, but that strikes me as something that lets people feel like they're doing something in a situation where the obviously can't help in any way.)

For my closest friends, I would definitely want to know what's up with them and their families. But for a great many of these high school people, I can't help but wonder if the psychological burden I get from knowing everyone's misfortunes is worth it. I don't get much out of "connecting" with them, certainly not on a day to day basis. And my knowing that Leanne's husband has liver cancer doesn't do me any good, doesn't do them any good really, so why go there?

Is that heartless of me? Perhaps. But there is plenty of sadness in this world and it can pull you down if you spend too much time thinking about it.

Achewood / Actually, I have two! (December 6, 2013)
« on: December 06, 2013, 02:46:17 pm »

Well I did not see THAT coming.

Also, I had to read the "Sherlock picker" panel like three times before I could make any sense of it.

Achewood / Friday the 13th of September: _Roast_Beef_in_France_
« on: September 13, 2013, 01:50:47 pm »

Poor Beef. Four ladles, seriously?

Also, does this mean Molly broke the toilet?

History / Aaron Hernandez
« on: June 27, 2013, 02:39:16 pm »
Will this be the OJ trial for the new century?

Hard to get too worked up over it. The only thing I haven't heard clearly defined is what the motive for the murder was. Apparently the victim talked to someone Hernandez didn't like, at the club? Well, that's an excellent reason to kill someone.

History / the War on Christmas rages on
« on: January 03, 2013, 03:00:51 pm »
I always thought it a little odd that my high school glee club did a full-blown production of "The Song of Christmas" every year, with kids playing Joseph and Mary and shepherds and angels and all. It seemed to clearly violate that whole church 'n' state thing. But I never got stirred up about it enough to make a ruckus or anything (which surely would have made me very unpopular).

So now this article is making the rounds, about some anti-religion group from Wisconsin telling the high school to knock it off.

The comments are, rather predictably, "These people need to mind their own business/grow up. It's not hurting anybody." There's just this base assumption that everyone is a Christian and if you're not it shouldn't be a big deal. Absolutely zero consideration to what it must feel like for children, or parents of children, who are not of the Christian faith.

Sports & Leisure / March Madness 2012
« on: March 07, 2012, 02:28:23 pm »
I have started a Yahoo pool for our bracket biz-nass. You can sign up now, but obviously you won't be able to pick teams until Sunday night at the earliest.
group name: like playin' a basketball game
group number: 37134
password: nicepete

I am a bit disenchanted right now, as my team (George Mason) got their ass completely handed to them by their arch-rival VCU in the conference semi-final. VCU started out 22-0 and then 32-4. It was horrible. Mason got back to down 14 at halftime and within 6 in the second half, so if they could have come back and won it would have been outrageously awesome, but they never got any closer and lost by 10. And then VCU beat Drexel (where my brother went to school) the next day to win the tournament. Those sheepy bastards. The CAA tournament is in Richmond every year, which pretty much gives VCU home court, which is bullshit.

Achewood / Achewood on Twitter
« on: January 23, 2012, 10:26:41 pm »
It has come to my attention that there are Twitter accounts for Lie Bot and Todd.!/LieBot!/toddtsquirrel
And in fact some of you follow them. I am surprised this hasn't come up here before (or maybe it has and I missed it).

Anyone know if these are in fact Onstad-generated feeds, or is this a knock-off/fan-generated/what have you?
Any other Achewood-themed Twitter accounts I should know about?

Science & Nature / Foursquare: fun, yet stupid
« on: January 11, 2012, 09:59:14 pm »
I finally joined the 21st century and got a real actual smartphone last month, and as expected I am now a total smartphone dork.

One application that I kind of enjoy is Foursquare, which allows you to "check in" to local businesses and such, and then it can notify your appointed friends that you are at that place. Theoretically, one could then come and hang out with you, if they're in the neighborhood. Unfortunately, Foursquare notifies you (if you have that turned on) of check-ins by your friends for your entire city. You can't narrow it down to a radius of, say, a mile or two. Which is too bad, because in my case I give a crap if anyone checks in anywhere in Maryland, because that might as well be 500 miles away. If someone checks in at a bar in my own suburb, that would be worth knowing. But right now it's all or nothing, and I have it set to nothing. I have to actually look at the app to see that local check-in, and by the time I see it, it may well be too late.

Furthermore, I would very much like to post my rules of checking in:
1. You should not check in to your own house, or into other people's houses. The idea is that you are checking in to public spaces, so others might come track you down.
2. You should not check in to your own place of employment. If you are the mayor [the person with the most check-ins] at Old Navy, that should be because you love Old Navy and shop there all the damn time, not because you WORK there.
3. You should not check in to Metro or subway stations, or the bus, or the Pennsylvania turnpike. That's just dumb. Check in to places that others might actually find interesting. (An exception would be made if you were in Paris or something. Then people might actually think that's of interest.)

Yes, all of these are based on real-life examples. If I post this on Facebook I will probably lose some friends.

Anyone else on this goofy thing? Or other social network-y smartphone apps I should scope out?

Achewood / Dutch potatoes on the brain (Nov. 23, 2011)
« on: November 23, 2011, 02:53:01 pm »

garbage hose thing?

Sports & Leisure / The Compleat Angler
« on: July 05, 2011, 07:06:40 pm »
(I would have put "giraffeing" in the topic title, but, you know, the filter.)

So I failed in my quest to catch a giraffe and eat it last week. Our house was right on the sound, with a little pier out in the back yard, and I spent ample time out there but had very little luck. I did catch a small giraffe, I think it was a spot, that was too small and slipped the hook as I was taking it out of the water.  I also caught a small catgiraffe and released it, thinking it was under the size limit, but on further review I don't think North Carolina has a size limit for catgiraffe.  It's a fuck*ng catgiraffe, for crying out loud, go ahead.

We did have more success at crabbing.  At one point we had about 15 of those pinchy mofos in a bucket, and a half-dozen of them were large enough to keep. So we steamed them with Old Bay and had a wonderful crab-pickin' lunch. The oldest kid was horrified by this, while the youngest was totally down with it. Go figure.

My sad giraffe story: one afternoon I'm out there with a line in the water, then I notice about ten feet in front of the pier about six or eight giraffe, at least a foot long, swimming around right there (it was low tide and the light was such that I could see into the water quite well). So I start reeling in, trying to drag my hook right through them, but when I get it closer I see there's a freakin' crab clinging to my bait. So I reel the crab in and shake it off the hook. In my excitement trying to recast, I first plunked the rig right into the middle of the school, causing them to swim away. Then I tangled my line and spent 20 minutes fixing it.  Guh!

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