Saturday, May 31, 2008
Also, on my last post, the videos aren't working. They got taken off of YouTube due to some kind of copyright infringement. Apparently the networks and producers of TV shows don't like people copying their shows so that everyone who watches YouTube can see them. Great, next they'll be telling me I can't copy and download movies or music. Oh, you mean that's illegal?
Friday, May 30, 2008
Thursday, May 29, 2008
Well, being a homeowner for the past 1 1/2 years has forced me to do handy man/ DIY type stuff. I'm really not thrilled (to say the least) to have to do things like this. One reason is that I really don't feel competent doing them. Stemming from this, I always feel like I'm going to do more damage than repair. I am more like Tim 'the Toolman' Taylor (Home Improvement the TV show) than Bob Villa (formerly of This Old House). I'm afraid I'll make a huge whole in the wall or break a pipe or electrocute myself. So I'm hesitant to jump into any home projects.
But after a 1 1/2 years in our house and after 1 1/2 years of us saying we need to trade our huge water guzzling toilets for newer more efficient ones, I finally made the plunge. I did the upstairs toilet 5 or 6 weeks ago and it wasn't too bad. It only took me 2 1/2 hours, which for never having done it before and not knowing what I was doing, was not too bad (or at least I think so).
Having lots of confidence from having done the first toilet, I set my mind to replace the basement toilet. And it only took me a little over a week to get it installed. Yes, a week. Not an hour, not 2 hours, not even five hours, but more than a week. There were so many issues with removing the old toilet. And once I got it up, there quickly arose many issues with getting the new one in. Whoever installed the old one took a lot of short cuts which meant I couldn't just take the old one out and put the new one in. It was a lot of stress and hassle to figure out what needed to be done and then to execute the correct course of action.
I won't go into all the details. In fact I'm going to try really hard to repress the whole experience. I'm going to shove it down deep inside, deep down in a place where it can never bother me again. I'm joking. Well mostly joking. Well maybe I'm joking a little and the rest is mostly serious. I am really glad that the toilet is installed and I will never have to do it again. Until we get another house which has an old toilet. Please no, just please no... And now I've got a ceiling fan to install in Adelle's room. But I've told Jo that once the fan is done, I'm done with home improvements for a while.
In other news, we got a minivan. I never thought I'd be excited about a minivan. But we got a cool one. Its a Mazda MPV which is described as 'the sports car of minivans.' But who am I kidding, its still a minivan.
Sunday, May 25, 2008
Saturday, May 24, 2008
If its a spoof on flavored waters, its the best one ever. And if its for real, its one of the weirdest products ever. Don't get me wrong though, I would try Meatwater in a heartbeat, just like I tried Jelly Belly's Bernie Bott's Every Flavor Beans, designed after the fictional product in the Harry Potter series.
Anyways, I've read lots of web sites talking about Meatwater. About half say its a real product, but not available in the US. The other half are saying that its some kind of parody or art project. The Gothamist.com names a guy from Brooklyn designer/photographer Till Krautkramer as the brain behind the product.
So is this real or a parody/ hoax? Its your call!
Wednesday, May 21, 2008
Also, So You Think You Can Dance starts again this Thursday at 8 pm on Fox. Watch it!
Tuesday, May 20, 2008
In other news, Evie peed on Adelle today. I had Evie on the ottoman to change her and thought that things were 'safe'. I didn't have Evie's diaper on yet, but was trying to make the switch. Adelle was standing right there watching and Evie started peeing, and I mean quite forcefully. Think water fountain. What I am about to write is no exaggeration: Adelle got a face full of Evie pee. I kid you not. Evie peed in Adelle's face. I still can't believe it.
Here's a cute photo of Evie:
Saturday, May 17, 2008
Also, I've seen this picture on several web sites. I saw it first on i-am-bored.com under a posting called "Desk Discrimination". Apparently Target has already made the correction.
Tuesday, May 13, 2008
This is also pretty entertaining: youngme - nowme. This site asked people to re-create their childhood photo. The re-creations are side by side with the originals. Here's an example of what you'll see:
Monday, May 12, 2008
As I read this one, several articles caught my eye. They really have no relation to each other, but they all struck me as poignant in different ways. The first was a series of articles on rising fuel prices and their affect on our nation. It seems that people are becoming more conscious of fuel consumption - they are selling or parking their SUVs, riding public transportation, riding bicycles, and selling their homes far out in the suburbs to move closer to their jobs. It’s interesting to me that they could have been doing these things all along, but only now with pinched wallets change their lifestyle. This goes along with an article I read a while back in National Geographic. That author observed that almost every decision made in
The second article that caught my eye dealt with child labor in
The last article that caught my eye was one dealing with US Army bases and how the living conditions in some of them are not up to snuff. I understand that troops need places to sleep and shower, but here’s a quote in regards to temperature in one building that makes me wonder what kind of soldiers we have in the US Army:
“There are now two furnaces per barrack, but Corriveau (an Army official) said the building can’t be updated to provide room-by-room temperature control, upsetting many soldiers during the cold winters. (emphasis mine)”
It seems to me that there is something wrong with a bunch of ‘soldiers’ being upset by a being cold. I mean come on, what kind of people are being recruited these days? What kind of training are they getting? Al-Quaida is living in caves and our guys complain because they can't have better control over a room's temperature. But even worse, it was a soldier’s dad who helped break this story with videos showing “rusty stairways, peeling paint, broken toilet seats, a flooded bathroom and mold all around.” I agree the conditions aren't great, but just imagine his fellow soldiers' reactions when they found out their buddy's dad had been whining on his son’s behalf.