Friday, June 29, 2007

UPDATED: Blame my ISP for late blogging

Apparently my ISP doesn't want me blogging today. Their DNS servers
are down, crippling our web service to only sites where our computers
already know their IP addresses.

Hopefully It'll be back by the time that I get back from the 'Stros game.

UPDATE: it's now fixed.

Thursday, June 28, 2007

One suite deal

I got a call from my cousin earlier.

Seems that the place she retired from recently is taking a bus trip to Minute Maid tomorrow for the Astros game. They've rented a suite and everything.

A few tickets became available because people realized they couldn't go after all, and I'm taking one of them.

If you haven't heard, Craig Biggio's at 2.997 career hits, on the verge of becoming only the 27th player in MLB history to ever get into the 3,000 hit club. And I just might get to see it... as long as Biggio doesn't get three tonight.

If he does, then oh well.

Crossposted to Through our eyes

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Monday, June 25, 2007

Blogger hates RSS

No, really, it does.

For some reason, the last few posts I've done haven't automatically published to the RSS feed of the blog.

I've had to republish the post a few times before it would.

I'll try to keep an eye on this for the two of y'all that read this place via RSS.

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UPDATED: Joey, have you ever been to a Turkish prison?

Last week I said I was going to write something about Turkish prisons.

That one never got written... mostly because I kept wanting to reference Captain Oveur from some 1980's movie.

But an idea came to me once the sleepwalking topic was posted, so I'll be integrating them into one story.

A semi-related rant (UPDATE: And an update) below the fold, so be warned.

Laurence addressed all the people voting for someone without listening to the podcast. And you know what, I totally agree with him!

I'm just not gonna be so nice about it.

I've got nothing against Jenny, I really don't. She's great.

But I do have a problem with people who tell the other eight people (and that Z guy), who bust their ass putting their submissions together that their work just doesn't matter.

So, I started to listen but my attention span was extremely short, I had no interest in listening to a guy (a bunch of guys...) I've never heard of before and so I jumped straight to the voting.

Screw listening. I just voted for you. You are winning!

Thank you, all you ignorant fucking human sheep, for coming in and taking a shit on the entire idea of the contest. It's not a fucking popularity contest people, it's a "who had the best story" contest. Either listen and vote your conscience or fuck off, ok?

Now, seriously, I'd like to thank those of you who contribute. Without y'all the weekly challenge wouldn't exist. I'd also like to thank all the people that listen and vote their conscience every week, you guys are awesome.

Let's just not have all this happen again, ok? :)

FULL DISCLOSURE: I did vote for her, but because I thought her story was the best. What can I say, I go for the odd stories.

UPDATE: Jenny's disqualified herself from the contest. As Laurence says about it:

A rare instance of honor among bloggers and podcasters.

I'm saluting you right alongside him.

Sunday, June 24, 2007

Joining the realm of the uncensored

Jenny from Mama Drama is now also The Bloggess.

Congrats for escaping the evil MSM blogosphere and joining the real one, where you can indeed "curse and talk about blow jobs" whenever the fuck you want to.

Friday, June 22, 2007

How the fuck did this happen?

Really, I'm fucking serious here:

Online Dating

And the rating was based on these words:

  • dead (3x)
  • sexy (2x)
  • steal (1x)

Obviously I'm just not fucking trying hard enough.

So... um...


Kids shouldn't be reading this blog anyway. Go play around on fucking MySpace.

Thursday, June 21, 2007

All I needed to know about the iPhone...

...I learned from Nick Anderson.

Who knows, maybe it's just me, but it seems silly to pay $500+ for a cell phone, no matter what it does.

Crossposted to Through our eyes

Monday, June 18, 2007

Baseball, mexican food, Turkish prisons and other crap you probably don't care about

The MamaDramaConQueso meetup. More pictures here.

It was an interesting weekend.

Saturday I drove over to Houston for MamaDramaConQueso. I got to meet some great people like Jenny from Mama Drama and Evil Dwight. Jenny, Mr. Crap, and I had an interesting discussion of topics like death threats, blood donor cats, stuffed buffalo and tackling drunk, topless women after you take pictures of them.

The more I think about it, the more I realize that Jenny was right when she said that conversation was podcast material.

It seems that I got lucky with the food at Molina's being so-so. More on that later.

After that I had a few hours to burn before the Astros game. First thing I did was go over to the Galleria and grab a Frappuccino (or however you spell it).

On I think Wednesday last week the check engine light came on in my car. I was actually planning on taking it to AutoZone to get the code off of the computer today. Well, sometime between getting to Molina's and getting to the game it went dark. And not because the bulb went out. I guess it was just a false positive. Oh well, I'll take it.

Oh yea, the baseball game.

I got there about 4:15, found my seat, and relaxed. I'd given Mr. Crap his ticket, so I waited for him.

And waited.

And waited.

In the second inning I called his cell and left a voicemail. I got a call back a few minutes later. Read this and you'll see why he didn't make it. And why I said I got lucky with nothing more than so-so food.

He missed a hell of a game. The Astros have seemed to find their offense, winning that game 9-4.

Fast forward to early this morning.

Bruiser wake me up wanting to go outside. I figured he needed to pee, so I put his leash on and took him out front.

The moment I opened the door he tried to take off sprinting. He probably saw the cat that's been hanging in our front yard lately. I practically had to drag a VERY strong 40-pound dog back inside.

And that, my friends, is why you never trust a hound off a leash in an uncontrolled environment. If their hunting instincts are activated, and I'm thinking that's what happened, they won't listen to anybody.

One of the things on my list of things to do this week is write a 100-word story about how I spent my summer vacation inside a Turkish prison for the 100 Word Stories Weekly Challenge.

Crossposted to Through our eyes

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Wednesday, June 13, 2007

It's like an interview... but not, I guess

This Friday I'll be paying a visit to the veterinarian that my mom takes her dogs to. Apparently she told him that I was taking the assistant courses and that I was looking for a job in that line of work.

If I understood what my mom said, he's willing to bring me on as more or less an intern for a short time so I can learn the ropes and get some practical experience. If I do well, there'll probably be a position made available for me.

I'm pumped about this. I'll finally get some hands on experience in what I've been studying AND get some experience with larger animals (like cows and horses) too.

I just hope everything goes well on Friday.

Crossposted to Through our eyes

Monday, June 11, 2007

My apologies... those of y'all who read this place via RSS.

Apparently when I make any sort of edit to a post, Blogger (in it's infinite stupidity) bumps that post up to the top of the RSS feed. I made a bunch of changes to labels earlier and apparently that's enough to do it.

So... in the meantime... check out the HTML version.

Random Thoughts: Brought to you by Twitter!

One of the advantages of having Twitter is that I can send little tidbits that pop in my mind to it. Most of these are from there, but some don't.

  • I've never watched the Sopranos, but if a show I loved ended like that I'd be pissed.
  • The snooze button is only as good as the person working the alarm clock. I have a bad habit of turning the alarm off and rolling over.
  • What are the odds that Paris stays in for the rest of her sentence?
  • More importantly, what are the odds that they'll never let her out.
  • Also, what are the odds that I'd get released for sobbing uncontrollably in jail? I think the odds of me getting my ass kicked for it are much stronger.
  • Just wondering.... how do they determine if something has more cola taste than something else? Is there some sort of machine to measure that kinda stuff?
  • Ever since I transferred a car to my name I've been getting junk mail about extended warranties. Like two a week. I wouldn't mind TxDOT selling my info near as much if they were using the money to, say, build the new alignment of US 69 or to finish up making I-10 three lanes each way all the way out to Houston.
  • We need a name for a church softball team. The Blasphemers was rejected for some reason.
  • Is it just me or should people who work in a pizza place tell you when your order will be ready when you're gonna pick it up? I swear they didn't the last time I ordered one.

Ok, so almost all of them came from Twitter over the last month.

I think I'll do this more.

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MamaDramaConQueso, a get together being organized by Jenny from Mama Drama and Girl con Queso, is being held this Saturday in Houston.

You can find all the info here, but all you really need to know is that you need to RSVP over at Mama Drama if you're wanting to go and that I'll be there. Because, ya know, I'm the life of the party wherever I go and all.

Oh, who am I kidding. Laurence is gonna be there. I can't compete with him.

Crossposted to Through our eyes

Sunday, June 10, 2007

I'm not dead

Well, at least I don't think I am. I've just been a tad bit under the weather and blogging isn't a priority.

Thursday, June 07, 2007

Disappointment over Paris

When I turned on the tube this morning, I saw that Paris Hilton was let out of jail early because of an "unspecified medical condition."

I'm disappointed.

And not so much that she was let out early, although I can all but promise you that a normal person wouldn't be released.

Nope, it's not that.

Part of me was hoping that she'd never be released just so I wouldn't have to hear about her anymore.

So, how long until another lousy sex tape comes out?

Not that I've ever seen one. I've just heard that they were bad.

Crossposted to Through our eyes

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I can see why this isn't on TV...

It hurt me just to watch it!

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Tuesday, June 05, 2007

How geeky is it?

I'm keeping track of baseball stats for a friend of mine. Last night, I made a spreadsheet so I wouldn't have to do all the math myself.

How geeky is that?

Sunday, June 03, 2007

Carnival of the Cats #167

It's time for the Carnival of the Cats again, brought to you by Bruiser, The Feline Theocracy's Holy Ambassador to the Kingdom of Dogs.

But what is the Carnival of the Cats, you ask? And why would a dog host it? Well, let me help.

First, about the Carnival:

The Carnival of the Cats is a weekly roundup of cat-related posts on weblogs. Its purpose is to provide a non-political respite from the vehement echo chamber that the Blogopshere spins itself into during the week, demonstrating that even the mightiest and meekest of pundits have a love of cats in common.

As for why a dog's hosting, I'll let Bruiser address that himself.

It is my belief that doing this will help in my continued efforts to bridge the gap between the two species.

I know we've had our differences in the past on many things, but I sincerely hope that we can put those problems in the past. I have a dream that one day we will all stand beside each other, paw in paw, and get along.

We've got a long road ahead of us if that's going to happen, but I believe we can do it.

With that said, let's get it started:

Since I said anything lolcats would go first, here goes...


Just my luck there'd only be one. Oh well.

The Rest:

So they have at least one thing in common with Paris Hilton?


Another joy of spring is that I get to be outside with Petey more!

And that's everything we got, so... um...

I need a nap now, so KTHXBYE

In all seriousness, thanks to everybody who's contributed and visited. I hope I can have y'all back here sometime... if I haven't ruffled too many feathers with having all these dog pictures in the carnival, that is.

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Friday, June 01, 2007


Normally when I do a Carnival I just post things in the order I get them.

This time I think I'm going to give any lolcats priority and list them first.

Why? Because I want to. And I love lolcats.

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Delivering the good news

Yesterday I told Bruiser we were hosting the Carnival of the Cats again. Here's his reaction:

We're a little busy right now hunting down that bright
red thing y'all call a laser pointer. Tell me later.

Can't you tell he's excited?