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…That dog’s eyes are hypnotizing me… and piercing into my soul…
It…says….I’m….supposed……. to…… kill the prime minister of Malasia…
Your comment is now banned in Malaysia.
I believe that was the Prime Rib of Propecia.
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been building monster parts for a short film.
final filming this weekend.
what is everyone else up to this weekend?
Bathand Strikes Again?
That looks both awesome and fun!
As for me, pumpkin carving, discussing films directed by members of Monty Python in my film discussion group, and (ugh) working overtime.
Discussion group? Well that’s just cool and a lot less pretentious than a book club. Brazil!
That video is crazy! What’s going on in it?
umbrella parts actually, making the claws/hand thing
oh, and which video? there are 5 in that set right now
Oh, there was just the one demonstrating the hand movements.
that’s what all 5 of the videos are, just at various stages of construction. stuffing the claws out now to make it look more menacing.
Ah. I was basically asking what was going on because I wanted to know what the hand was for and what the moving thingies on top were, hehe.
if you watch this one you can see the metal bits sticking out of the top?
the moving thingies on top later are because i forgot my tinsnips yesterday and had to camouflage the parts i couldn’t cut off. it wasn’t until later that i realized that the bits and the movement and the spidery looking extensions remind me of a “sinscale” from ffx.
Man, I need this weekend. Not only have I actually had to do a lot of work this week, I’ve also had a bunch of stuff to deal with at home.
Take some relaxin’ time!
Going to a friend’s wedding in a richy rich suburb of Detroit this weekend; the reception is at a very ritzy country club. I bought silver sequin flats just to match the glamourosity of the event. Part of the wedding present we got for the couple was a new hamster cage, since she was residing in a 10 gal. aquarium. We’re babysitting the hamster for them while they’re on their honeymoon, so when we return her, she’ll be in a big new cage with tubes galore!
Have you warned them that hamsters are notoriously great escape artists?
I think they know since the top of the aquarium has a metal screen that locks down with metal hooks on each side. She has been known to purposely ram her ball into walls so the hatch will pop off and she can make her cute and cuddly escape!
Hamsters make really good spies for that reason. They’re so good at jailbreaks.
Great gift idea, and great delivery. That’s pretty cool.
I think so. While the aquarium has a large volume than the cage we got her, the new cage has tubes and levels and things to do besides walks around in a rectangle. It even has a cool little hidey-pod built into the top of the cage and it’s removable to you can capture the hamster and attack it with scritches.
Happy Friday everyone! I am now a contributing writer to the site: MMOCrunch! My first post should go live later today.
Congrats! *fellow writer hug*
hopefully it’s a paying gig!
Not yet, sadly, but I’m cool with that. It’s a different industry than I’m used to writing for, so I’m willing to intern it for awhile.
Oooh cute goggie!
I don’t really have any plans this weekend. It’s kind of open. I think I’ll spend some time doing garage sale prep, which I didn’t get done last week. Next weekend I’m supposed to do a photo shoot with someone, in an attempt to get a good picture of me for my blog, writer bio, etc. Since I don’t photograph well, that should be a challenge.
I’m cute in real life, I swear!!! 0_o
I hare your unphotogenic pain. So, where might one find this blog of yours, hmm?
I’ll do you one better. I RABBIT her unphotogenic pain.
HAHAHA! Best typo appropriation, EVAR.
Bwaa ha ha!
Good to see you MH; you’ve not been around much lately. Hope all is well.
Weeeeeeellll you might find it here… http://aelizabethwest.wordpress.com/
Thas my pen name. 8)
I’m about to whee it up with some plug-ins I discovered. That is another project this weekend. I listened to a marketing teleseminar last night and there were some good suggestions about building one’s platform. I would like to make some neat content people can sign up for. Then when my dream agent calls and asks, “Do you have a platform?” I can say “Why, yes, look at all the many readers of my blog who are on my list, blahblahblah.” It’s all about marketing these days. And I’m learning as I go!
If you have one, I would love to read it.
As it happens, I have two blogs. I have a g-rated game blog: http://mythspent.blogspot.com/
And I have my newish grown-up blog: http://vox-apocrypha.com/ (in which I also sometimes talk about gaming, but with swears.)
Yay! I will bookmark when I get home, since I’m not on my own ‘puter right now. I just started playing PS2 (bf let me have his, since he got a PS3). I only have two games right now – Katamari Demacy, which I’m stuck at Level 4, and a Spyro game I haven’t looked at yet. I love the little Katamari Prince. He’s the cutest character ever!
The last katamari I made at L4 was 44 cm. I can’t get out of the way of those dumb cats!
I’m waiting to hear if I will still have a job. Our management can’t/won’t tell us anything, and we little people have figured out there is either a merger or acquisition in the works. I don’t know whether to wait and see what happens, or to use my banked vacation time to try to find another job – any job – before the shoe drops. I feel so helpless.
Note to executives visiting other companies to observe the workers – don’t use your real names on the visitor’s log. If you’re listed anywhere on the internet, like LinkedIn, people can figure out who you are and where you’re from.
From my experience with mergers or acquisitions, I noticed they keep the “little people” around the longest.
Usually management are the first to go. But it depends on what you mean by “little people”. You may have middle management in mind when you said little people.
Oh no, I wish I was middle management – I’m pretty much on the bottom of the totem pole with lots of work to do on an hourly rate. At least middle management are on salary and get paid more. But in this case, this may be to my advantage!
likely. it’s more expensive in training usually to replace the little people as long as they are keeping your job category around
Ick. That stinks.
For the job hunt that I hope you don’t have to do, I JUST TWO SECONDS AGO read this article. I wish I’d read it before I took the terrible job I had before this one.
Thank you for this – I haven’t been on a job interview in years and this is the first time in my working life that I am facing unemployment. It’s scary. But I have started to put together an updated resume and am quietly contacting a few colleagues for references. I’m finding it’s better to be busy and proactive than to worry and fret over something I have absolutely no control over. I still have a knot in my stomach, though.
Any advice on how to deal with the fatigue from working two jobs? I am running about 57 hours a week between the two of them and sometimes have to go straight from one to the other. I have been managing ok thus far but I am having to improve my time management skills since I have so little of it to myself these days.
When I was in college, I would keep a notebook with me and write down everything I had to do for the day and add to it as the day went on…I started a new job (yay!) and I’m having to do the same thing now because there’s a lot more work to do.
Do you have a smartphone? Some of the companies I use have apps and you can pay your bills through them. It helps me a lot when I can pay some bills during my commute to work (using 3G, not public wi-fi) because I’m just waiting. At work I’m at a computer, but if you aren’t, paying bills through your phone might be an option.
Eat healthy foods before you start work. Fatty foods tend to make the body lethargic, and that can decrease the amount of work you can do. If you can finish your projects or at least get to a good stopping point, you’re more likely to be satisfied with the work you’ve done and feel happy that you don’t have as much tomorrow.
Balance your temperature – it’s easy to get distracted if you’re really cold or really hot.
g/l. i worked a 65-70hr/wk schedule for close to 4 years – looks like i’ll be going back to that lifestyle as soon as i can find some p/t work – bills are a little out of control lately.
my recommendations? coffee. lots of it. like get an IV. & catnaps. i used to have ~30 minutes between jobs & i would just shut my eyes in the parking lot of the 2nd job w/ my phone’s alarm set to wake me up. it’s amazing how alert & productive you are even after just a few moments of sleep.
the other thing i’ve discovered is most helpful is to eat a decent breakfast & then light snacks/meals during the day, instead of a heavy lunch of local takeout.
finally, make sure you get at least a full day – or at least an unbroken 24 hour period – to yourself. i was working pretty much every day for quite some time & found myself getting very irritable, short with friends/family/coworkers & generally just felt completely overburdened. i adjusted my schedule to make sure i had that unbroken “me” time & it improved my attitude immensely.
Next week we are having concrete poured to start a new addition to our house. Adding ~750 sq ft, going to use it as a day-care for my wife for now. Later we will turn it into a great room/bar/entertainment room (future mancave.) It’s gonna be sweet!
We’re going to the Highland Games & Celtic Festival in central VA this weekend. It was originally a “maybe” thing, but since our plans to go to an anime convention in a couple weeks fell through, we want to do something fun before it gets too cold.
I’ve also been trying my damnedest to finish a Sackboy for my brother-in-law. His birthday was two weeks ago, and he’s still waiting for his present.
Is that at the same place the State Fair moved to?
Yep, at the Meadow in Doswell.
Woman at work just showed me the tattoo she got last night. it’s a very large bird on her upper arm. It’s…really…big. What’s the proper etiquette when someone shows off their new ugly tattoo? Did I mention it’s big?
Just act like it’s an ugly baby photo: lie through your teeth. Use words like “unique” or “interesting”.
Yeah looking back on it, “wow, that’s big!” was probably not the best thing to say
It’s like anything; find something nice to say about it, like “The colors really go well with your complexion, nice detail,” etc.
Wow.. uh.. good luck with that. Hopefully if you said anything she thought was offensive, she’ll just write it off to your usual crankyness ; )
A coworker just described me as “feisty”. Not sure if that’s better than cranky, LOL. In any case, FeistyOwl just doesn’t have the same ring as CrankyOwl
Oh, I really like the word “Fiesty”.. I think I’m fiesty too.
“Wow, that’s really something.”
Been invited to a pre-Halloween party this weekend, so I’ve raided my vintage collection and put together a costume — I’m going to be a time traveler from the post-war 1940s. Everything but my knickers, shoes and skirt will be vintage, the first for obvious reasons, the second because my feet are too big for the 1940s shoes I have, and the third because the skirt original to the outfit is unlined wool and I’m allergic to wool. If it were colder, I’d wear the necessary undergarments to carry it off but as it is I’m already wearing more than enough! Now I just have to figure out how to get my non-’40s bob haircut to play along.
ooh, sounds spiffy. will there be photos later? at least of the costume
Thanks to Consumerist, Gizmodo, and a bunch of other sources, in two days, I got over 150k views of my McDonalds Experiment. Sadly, while Sallie Davies got on TV, I didn’t. My Ego was both ecstatic and devastated at the same time.
well congrats and sorry to hear that at the same time.
Yours was way funnier. Love those kittehs!
I loved telling people about your experiment!
They thought it was awesome.
I met Alton Brown on Sunday.. it was… so awesome.. omg. My Aunt and I got to the Costco right when they opened and there were already 4 people in line! Those 4 people were the most awesome people though, and so much fun to talk to that we didn’t even feel like we were bored while waiting the 3 hours.
He was actually about 15 minutes early and he came around the wall and I saw him first!!! I pointed and screamed “ALTON!!” and then started waving like a doofus, and he waved back at me and said “Let us commence the signing!!” I was so nervous.. omg.. and when I get like that, I can respond to questions but I can’t innitiate anything. When I got up to him, he said “Hi, I’m Alton” and all I could say was “I KNOW!!” My Aunt purchased 3 books for him to sign and I had 2, so we got to talk to him for a while. I was wearing my Carbon Atom shirt ( http://shirt.woot.com/Friends.aspx?k=14641 ) from Woot, and he said “I like your shirt.. it’s very atomic” and I said “It’s carbon!” and he said, “I know *counts electrons* it IS carbon! And the electrons are sad… because they’re negative! I’m an electron.. I’m always negative,” and I said, “But hopefully not to day!!” and he smiled and said, “No, not today.”
Oh guys, it was so awesome.. I am still full of Nerdy Reverence for him.
I wish you could have gotten my Alton Zippo signed…
He’s on a book signing tour, he might be stopping by near you. http://www.altonbrown.com
Aww! I’m glad you had a good experience. I met Clive Barker at a horror con one time and he was VERY nice. That’s always great.
I also met Michael Berryman (an actor) at a previous con and then at that one, and he remembered me!
maybe it’s just me (i’ve been especially ornery lately), but it seems almost everywhere i go i’m being greeted with exceptionally poor quality of service lately. it’s really starting to get to me. have we all just given up?
I haven’t given up.. but I have a very limited membership (I work at a CU too) and can’t spread my good service very far.
Other than that.. probably : / I’ve noticed it too. Blerh.
We all need to work for Zappos.com and learn how to do it right.
Also, I decided to forgo sleep last night/this morning and visit the flea market near me “in the dark”, when the public usually isn’t there yet, and the vendors can shop amongst themselves. While there, I found a Linksys WRT54GL v1.1 and WRT54GS v4 new in the box for $5 each. They’re apparently for a company called FON, but from what I read, it’s very easy to log in over Ethernet and erase their custom firmware, and reflash it with the default firmware. From there, it’s REAL easy to upgrade them to DD-WRT and other fun Firmwares.
Has anyone else noticed that DIET orange Crush has HFCS listed as the second ingredient? Surprised the heck out of me! Now I’m wondering if it’s just lazy labelling, a mistake, or really in there?
apparently this has come up in another place at another time
so if it was a mistake, seems they’d have had time to fix it
and it’s on the nutritional info on their website
okay, that’s just weird. Won’t be buying that again, doesn’t seem to be adversely effecting my sugars, but it’s just too weird for me to want to buy it again. Thanks for the link, thought I was going nuts for a bit there
you know. i even once saw a can of vienna sausage with HFCS in it. if they can’t get it to us in food, maybe it’ll start getting pumped into the municipal water supply eventually
Which HFCS? If it was in sausage, it was probably HFCS 42.
you know, there’s not a lot of room on a can of vienna sausages for details like that. also, i didn’t buy it, i was just taking pictures of canned meat products and i saw that when i went to turn it with the front facing out for the photo.
Which would be bad for you. You should be looking for products using HFCS 55, which is 45% glucose and 55% fructose, and not HFCS 42.
That would explain the non-diet-y flavor it had when I consumed it a bit back.
I even remarked “This Doesn’t taste like Diet at all!”
Mind you i tend to drink diet, so I’m not hating.
Probably no one is checking this anymore but in case I’m wrong…
Death of the V Train: http://thatguywiththeglasses.com/videolinks/thedudette/specials/27835-lindsay-and-nella-death-of-the-v
Since Consumerist had an article about the MTA budget cuts in New York City I figure this video about the silliness that went down on the last night the V train was running is relevant to your interests.
So I noticed today that my little “include this slip with your payment” thinger from AmEx requests that I print clearly. Being one of few people my age who can actually read/write cursive, I *like* using cursive on checks like a proper adult… and I remember being told to use cursive on checks because it was more secure. Harder to add or change letters. Can’t turn fifty into sixty even by the most creative means, for example.
I highly doubt Amex will get snippy with me about it — they haven’t yet — but that seems odd to me. Sortof like the envelopes-with-holes from a previous post.
Maybe they only meant that it should be readable, not that it should literally be print letters instead of cursive. As long as it doesn’t look like a doctor writing a prescription it should be OK.
Besides, you have to put the amount on checks in both letters and numbers so the people the “print clearly” instruction is aimed at must have bad handwriting all around.
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