Monday, December 26, 2005

Future Jedi Master

Or, I guess it should be Jedi Mistress? But then, that sounds kinda naughty.
Anyway, thanks Uncle Doug!

Sunday, December 11, 2005

Goodbye Mudbone

Richard Franklin Lennox Thomas Pryor III
1 December 1940 - 10 December 2005

Monday, December 05, 2005

Something just to say I've posted something

Lou Reed quotes:
"One chord is fine. Two chords are pushing it. Three chords and you're into jazz."

on Metal Machine Music:
"Anyone that gets to side four is dumber than I am."
(what would he say about someone who has said album framed...or someone who wanted to score a Quadrophonic copy?)

on his vocal stylings:
"Why aren't I on the cover of Hip Hop? I haven't sung a note in my life. I've been rapping since '65. 'Life is Unfair.' I think I know that. [to a sideman] Did you know life is unfair?"

bottom 2 from WikiQuote

And who knew Lou Reed studies Tai Chi?

Monday, October 17, 2005

Friday, October 14, 2005

A baby is born

My sister in law had another kid today. A girl. Named Spalding wait, Wilder that's not it.
Wÿlder Grëy, that's it.
Apparently 2 hour labor, and natural childbirth (there was some talk of C-Section).
6 pounds 9 ounces 19 inches
Went straight for the boob.
And this makes our Maiya exactly 6 months older than their Wylder.
So that'll be easier to calculate ages and such.
Congratulations Mark and Heidi (and Aidan now has a sister to torment....I mean to love and cherish)

And she shares a birthday with:
Shaggy 2 Dope from the Insane Clown Posse
Natalie Maines from the Dixie Chicks
Lori Petty
Isaac Mizrahi
Thomas Dolby
e.e. cummings
Joey Travolta
BJ McKay himself Greg Evigan
Cliff Richard
Udo Kier
Harry Anderson from TV's Night Court
Ralph Lauren
and La Monte Young (how cool is that?) amongst others

Tuesday, October 11, 2005

Letter from Representative Devin Nunes (R-CA)

Click letter to make it legible
This is in response to me signing some petition or other to get Tom Delay (R-TX) thrown into the clink.
Related links:

I see Mr Nunes is being a good Republican and following the party line - Delay did nothing wrong, Ronnie Earle is just playing nauseum.
Mr Nunes neglected to mention in the letter that he got 10 large from Delay in campaign financing, and has contributed to his legal defense.
All in a days work, I reckon.
I just don't like politicians.

Sunday, October 02, 2005

Apocalypse Mouse

It's never a good sign when the first things you see in the morning are a bunch of decimated mice in the yard. Especially when you realize that there used to be live mice roaming around the yard. I guess it's a good thing we didn't chase off those stray cats that were haunting the joint...

This one is the most complete

At first I thought this was the head of the first one - then I notice the tail and hind legs

Weren't much left of this one

You can just make out the skull in this one

All the bits put together for the burial

Maiya's first Ye Olde Rennaisance Faire

Cherubic Faerie

Renn Faerie

Sunday, September 25, 2005

Bookshelf decorations

Recently acquired from Frisco's Chinatown - particularly, the Sun Sing Center

The army of the Shaolin Popeyes, as led by the Monkey King

Beauty amidst debasement

Thursday, September 22, 2005

Los éxitos más grandes

"I Like Fish"
1. T-Rex - 20th Century Boy (3:37)
2. The Stooges - Dirt (7:03)
3. Radiohead - Just (3:54)
4. Love And Rockets - The Dog-End Of A Day Gone By (7:38)
5. Kelly Clarkson - Since U Been Gone (3:09)
6. Grandaddy - I'm On Standby (3:12)
7. M83 - Unrecorded (4:11)
8. The Sex Pistols - EMI Unlimited Edition (3:15)
9. X - White Girl (3:27)
10. Bandits - Puppet (Luna & Angel) (3:26)
11. Bonzo Dog Band - Hunting Tigers Out In "Indiah" (3:03)
12. Black Belt Jones Radio Commercial (0:53)
13. Public Enemy - Burn Hollywood Burn (2:47)
14. REM - (All I've Got To Do Is) Dream (2:40)
15. Love Psychedelico - Dry Town (3:54)
16. Dinosaur Jr. - Start Choppin' (5:40)
17. Velvet Underground - Special Disc Jockey Record (2:33)
18. David Bowie - Velvet Goldmine (3:12)
19. Carissa's Wierd - You Should Be Hated Here (2:37)
20. American Analog Set - On My Way (4:32)
21. Blind Willie Johnson - Dark Was The Night (3:21)

"Reginald + Cecil In: A Day Without Powdered Toast"
1. Grandaddy - Now It's On (4:08)
2. X - We're Desperate (Single Version) (2:01)
3. The Stooges - Not Right (2:51)
4. Bonzo Dog Band - I'm the Urban Spaceman (2:22)
5. American Analog Set - Dr. Pepper (0:38)
6. Black Sabbath - Children Of The Grave (5:17)
7. Television - Venus (3:54)
8. Black Flag - Jealous Again (2:21)
9. Cypress Hill - I Ain't Goin' Out Like That (4:27)
10. Explosions In The Sky - A Song For Our Fathers (5:42)
11. Kahimi Karie - I Am A Kitten (2:58)
12. AC/DC - TNT (3:34)
13. Krzysztof Komeda - Lullaby (‘Rosemary’s Baby’ Theme) (2:20)
14. Misfits - Horror Business (2:46)
15. Nick Cave And The Bad Seeds - Do You Love Me? (4:37)
16. Pluramon - Time For A Lie (4:49)
17. Grandaddy - The Go In The Go-For-It (3:40)
18. Peter Sellers - She Loves You (Chinless Wonder) (1:29)
19. Velvet Underground - Ride Into The Sun (3:11)
20. Radiohead - Fake Plastic Trees (4:50)
21. Alphastone - Retroglide (4:06)
22. Hüsker Dü - Turn On The News (4:27)
23. Eric Cartman - Swiss Colony Beef Log (2:14)

Thursday, September 08, 2005

I ordered the Hong Kong 2 disc special edition of Kung Fu Hustle from recently, and this is what they sent me:



I thought the bow was very nice touch. They were even considerate enough to take the 2 discs out of the case and put them in a DVD envelope so they didn't fall out and get damaged during shipping.
I think I'll be ordering from them again....if I ever get to order something again, that is...

Tuesday, September 06, 2005

Latest listenings

Mixes make the trip go quicker.

"Up and Down a Very large Hill"
01 - Puffy AmiYumi - Hi!Hi! Puffy AmiYumi Show Theme (2:52)
02 - Tommy Roe - Sweat Pea (2:04)
03 - Iggy & The Stooges - Search And Destroy (3:26)
04 - Unida - Puppet Man (Coffee Song) (2:30)
05 - Queens Of The Stone Age - Feel Good Hit Of The Summer (2:43)
06 - Monster Magnet - Cyclops Revolution (5:40)
07 - The Ramones - Do You Remember Rock 'n' Roll Radio! (3:47)
08 - Iron Maiden - The Trooper (Promo Version) (4:10)
09 - Ozzy Osbourne - Over The Mountain (4:27)
10 - Einstürzende Neubauten - NNNAAAMMM (10:58)
11 - Puffy AmiYumi - Love So Pure (3:48)
12 - The Muffs - Big Mouth (1:50)
13 - Louis Prima - I Wanna Be Like You (The Jungle Book) (3:59)
14 - The Kinks - A Well Respected Man (2:38)
15 - James Brown - Get Up (I Feel Like Being A) Sex Machine (5:05)
16 - Bill Cosby - I Luv Myself Better Than I Luv Myself (5:52)
17 - The Residents - Dumbo the Clown (2:02)
18 - The Avalanches - Frontier Psychiatrist (4:47)
19 - Rolling Stones - Child Of The Moon (stereo) (3:02)
20 - Puffy AmiYumi - Teen Titans Theme (3:09)

"Rumor Round the Campfire"
01 - Alexandro Jodorowsky and John Barham - Burial Of The First Toy (2:16)
02 - Spiritualized - Ladies and Gentlemen We Are Floating In Space (Live)(3:24)
03 - Cocteau Twins - Throughout The Dark Months Of April & May (3:02)
04 - The Dead Texan - A Chronicle Of Early Failures Pt One (5:14)
05 - Iron And Wine - Naked As We Came (2:27)
06 - Alison Krauss & Union Station - I'm Gone (3:19)
07 - Swans - Love Will Tear Us Apart [J Version] (3:35)
08 - The Rolling Stones - Love In Vain (Live)(6:24)
09 - The Residents - In San Francisco (2:00)
10 - Midlake - Kingfish Pies (4:14)
11 - Bill Cosby - Yes, Yes, Yes (3:17)
12 - Buck Owens - Waitin' In Your Welfare Line (2:13)
13 - Junior Murvin - Philistines On The Land (3:45)
14 - Jesus And Mary Chain - Some Candy Talking (3:14)
15 - Jack White - Never Far Away (3:34)
16 - Damien Rice - Cold Water (Live)(4:19)
17 - Swans - God Damn The Sun (4:16)
18 - Sam Cooke - Touch The Hem Of His Garment (1:59)
19 - Chrome - 3rd from the Sun (Live) (5:08)
20 - M83 - Gone (6:00)
21 - The Residents - The Festival of Death (6:02)

"Another Journey By SUV"
01 - The Stooges - T.V. Eye (Takes 7 & 8) (5:57)
02 - Louis Prima - Jump, Jive, An' Wail (3:25)
03 - Kool & The Gang - Jungle Boogie (3:01)
04 - Bonzo Dog Doo Dah Band - The Equestrian Statue (2:39)
05 - Judas Priest - Breaking the Law (2:32)
06 - Skeeter Davis - I Can't Help You (I'm Falling Too) (2:40)
07 - Misfits - Hybrid Moments (1:38)
08 - The Band - The Night They Drove Old Dixie Down (Live) (4:32)
09 - James & Bobby Purify - I'm Your Puppet (2:56)
10 - Marty Robbins - Big Iron (3:55)
11 - Loop - Pulse (4:40)
12 - Spiritualized - Stop Your Crying (Acoustic)(4:11)
13 - Iron & Wine - Ab's Song (2:04)
14 - Knight Riders - I (3:19)
15 - Lipps, Inc. - Funkytown (4:00)
16 - The Muffs - Everywhere I Go (3:18)
17 - Sly & The Family Stone - Thank You (Falettinme Be Mice Elf Agin) (4:35)
18 - Misfits - Teenagers From Mars (2:46)
19 - Bonzo Dog Doo Dah Band - Jollity Farm (2:24)
20 - Damien Rice - I Remember (5:28)
21 - Marvin Gaye - Let's Get It On (3:55)
22 - M83 - Moonchild (4:33)

Wednesday, August 17, 2005

thursday questionnaire/meme i stole from someone's blog

Last Road Trip
Up the hill to Wilsonia (Kings Canyon)

Last Bad Advice
Have another swig (from myself)

Last Movie I Saw in a Theater
Charlie and the Chocolate Factory

Last TV Show Watched
Kingdom Hospital (ep 3)

Last TV Show I Enjoyed Watching
see above

Last Book I Tried to Read
Dark Water by Koji Suzuki - still reading

Last Thing I Left Home Without
Self respect

Last Take Out Meal
Tacos from El Gallo

Last Celebration
Maiya's 4-month birthday thingie

Last Item Loaned Out and Haven’t Gotten Back
I swear I had a copy of The Club Dumas by Arturo Perez-Reverte but since I can't find it anywhere, I must have loaned it out and not gotten it back.

Last New Words Added to Vocabulary
El Mismo - Thanks BC

Last New Word of a Foreign Language Learned
see above

Last T-Shirt Acquired
I think it was a Flaming Lips shirt from a couple years ago...

Last Package Received
Video Watchdog issue 121

Last Web Site Visited
A Joshua Tree In Every Pot

Last Injury
I have a cut on my shin from stray tree branches

Last Run In with the Law
A speeding ticket from whenever that was...earlier this year? Last year? Am I supposed to know these things?

Last Place I’d Want to Live
South of the Mason/Dixon line.

Last Physical Fight
Elementary school, I should think. Although my former neighbor (the swine) and I almost had a tussle back around 1999/2000 or so.

Last Magazine Read
Video Watchdog issue 121

Last Thing I Broke
The seal on a bottle of Captain Morgan

Last Thing I Fixed
My sobriety

Last Thing That Made Me Laugh
Those amusing T-shirts the get linked to from

Last Thing That Made Me Go Huh?
Those amusing T-shirts the get linked to from

Last Thought
Why don't we have any beer?

Tuesday, May 31, 2005

Bazooka Butt

Our dear can shoot a spray of poop at least 3 feet. And she can fire 5 shots in 1/4 second! I find that quite impressive. Especially for how small she is.

Bazooka Butt

Saturday, May 28, 2005

Johnny Depp Arranges Shooting of Dr. Thompson's Ashes

Yahoo! News


"Organizers of a memorial for Hunter S. Thompson plan to erect a 150-foot structure — courtesy of actor Johnny Depp — to shoot the gonzo journalist's ashes onto his ranch near here"

Tuesday, May 10, 2005

Gadget promises to translate baby babbling

Another reason to love Japanese inventors:

The cryptic cries, grins and gurgles of babies that leave parents dumbfounded could soon be deciphered, if the wonders of modern technology are to be trusted.
More here >>>

Tuesday, May 03, 2005

Maiya's current fave raves

Thus far, I've concluded Maiya likes the following albums:
Brian Eno: Discreet Music
Nick Drake: Time Of No Reply
Spiritualized: Lazer Guided Melodies
Cocteau Twins: Victorialand
(OK, I don't know if she actually likes this one or not, but this is what was playing when she was birthed so I'm including it)

She also grooved along with Stereolab's "Metronomic Underground" and Monster Magnet's "Tab...25" without complaining, so I'll conclude that those are A-OK, too.

I wish I had a caption that befitted this gem of a snapshot...

Tuesday, April 19, 2005

New Tony Jaa hijinx!

From the crazy kids that brought you Ong Bak:
Tony Jaa and Prachya Pinkaew:


Only a couple of teaser trailers up now, but still...

Friday, April 01, 2005

Bass Wolf - R.I.P.


We regret to inform you that Hideaki Sekiguchi, a.k.a. Billy has passed away by heart attack in the morning of March 31st., at the age of 38.

Bass Wolf - R.I.P.

Vigil and funeral information is as follows:
Vigil: 18:00p.m.~(non-relatives 19:00p.m.~) on Tuesday, April 5
Funeral: 10:00a.m.~11:00a.m., The Hearse to Leave at 11:00a.m. on
Wednesday, April 6
Place: Rinkaisaijo
1-3-1, Tokai, Ohta-Ku, Tokyo
Phone: 81-3-5755-2833
*Since there is NO parking lot, we kindly ask you not to drive to the place.

We announce that all shows will be cancelled.
We hope to have your understanding.

March 31, 2005 Guitar Wolf, SBT Music

There is a photo set from a gig in Frisco just this past March on Flickr.

Wednesday, March 23, 2005

False Alarm #1

We went to the hospital last night at 11pm. We got back at 8am. False alarm number 1 out of the way.
Elli pulled something in her back which was causing spasms, which spread to the front, which we mistook for contractions. Or, they might've been those fake contractions.
Or something.
All I know, is Elli got to sample vicodin, demerol and morphine and I got NOTHING.
And yet, my brain is mush.
Where's my flask.....?

Thursday, March 17, 2005


"Children are Nature's riff-raff: noisy, smelly and likely to steal the dessert off your tray. They have an undeniable low cunning whatever the state of their so-called intelligence and they seem to delight in traipsing over my lawn any time...where's my pie?"

-TotalFarker The Other

found somewhere in here:

Saturday, March 12, 2005

A touch of Weirdness in Grass Nut Country

Took a trip up to scenic Firebaugh so Elli could be a guest speaker at an early childhood class at West Hills College. I sat out in the lobby and read. Next thing I know, there's a girl from the class who seems to be crying and talking quietly with the teacher. I tried to ignore this and go about my business reading. But the crying is a little more panicky and the breathing more erratic. Then some of the other girls from the class came out. Turns out the girl was having the beginnings of a seizure. And apparently wasn't keen on calling 911. Bad news, man.

Soon, there are more girls milling about out in the lobby than there are in the class, so Elli decides to use this as a potty break. So, as she passes by me, I nod in the direction of the now mildly seizing girl on the floor. She jumps into First Aid mode, but there's nothing to do, as another teacher had taken over and had said "By God, we ARE calling 911" and gotten things in motion. So, Elli continues on to the Ladies' Room when she sees another girl sitting in a chair next to the door with a pain expression on her face. Turns out she was around 6 weeks pregnant and thought she was in the process of having a miscarriage. So, 911 got another call.

By this time I had gathered up my book and my water and started moving slowly towards the door.

In the end, the class went on as scheduled, the seizure ran it's course and she got taken home by a friend to get her medicine - which she apparently hadn't taken that day - and the pregnant girl got to ride in the ambulance.

And Elli even got paid.

It should be noted that Firebaugh has a seemingly great guy on the EMS staff who could quite possibly be a yokozuna

Grass nuts

Friday, March 04, 2005

The Swingline

And I said, I don't care if they lay me off either, because I told, I told Bill that if they move my desk one more time, then, then I'm, I'm quitting, I'm going to quit. And, and I told Don too, because they've moved my desk four times already this year..
"And I said, I don't care if they lay me off either, because I told, I told Bill that if they move my desk one more time, then, then I'm, I'm quitting, I'm going to quit. And, and I told Don too, because they've moved my desk four times already this year, and I used to be over by the window, and I could see the squirrels, and they were merry, but then, they switched from the Swingline to the Boston stapler, but I kept my Swingline stapler because it didn't bind up as much, and I kept the staples for the Swingline stapler and it's not okay because if they take my stapler then I'll set the building on fire..."

Monday, February 21, 2005

Hunter S. Thompson Kills Himself

News From The Associated Press

A sad state of affairs.

"Who said anything about slicing you up?" he mumbled. "I just wanted to carve a little Z on your forehead - nothing serious."

July 18, 1937 - February 20, 2005

and since all the kids on FARK are using this one, I'll add it too:
"There he goes. One of God's own prototypes. Some kind of high powered mutant never even considered for mass production. Too weird to live, and too rare to die"

And he was just on the verge of going public with Shotgun Golf, too...

This is pretty good obit

This is an earlier article, but it has some great quotes

And the Archives from

Sunday, February 20, 2005

Space Elevator

Elevator Man: Bradley Edwards Reaches for the Heights

"Although the idea has appeared in both technical and fictional literature for decades, the drive to bring it to reality belongs to Edwards. A cable extending from the Earth’s surface to outer space is kept under tension by the competing forces of gravity on Earth and the outward rotational acceleration of the planet in space. Once the cable is aloft, the elevator will be ascended by mechanical means."

I wonder if they'll use Otis elevator cars?

Friday, January 28, 2005

Spacemen 3 & The Birth Of Spiritualized

Buy the book from Spaceage or Amazon

pg 218:

"In Belgium I remember we got a good-size crowd, because I suppose we started to get a bit of press by then," Jonny recalled. "While we were in Gent, Jason broke a string and didn't have a spare guitar. So everyone left the stage except me. I was mousing around the stage squeaking like a mouse. I suppose you had to be there...but it was hilarious! Then, later on, Jason broke another string and up came the shout, 'Bring back zee mouse!' A light interlude in the life of a seriously uptight drone band."

Thursday, January 20, 2005

Daily Drink May Protect Brain in Old Age, Study Says

Booze = Good for Brain

OK, so the study was for "women age 70 and older"...but still, it goes one hope.

"Alcohol at modest levels does a lot of good things,'' said Francine Grodstein, associate professor at Brigham & Women's Hospital and Harvard Medical School. ``There's been growing evidence that the same things that are good or bad for your heart are good or bad for your brain, and it's known that moderate alcohol consumption decreases cardiovascular disease.''

Saturday, January 15, 2005

What the president reads - What the president reads - Jan 10, 2005

Bush is more particular, and when he locks onto a book, he shows his trademark discipline, almost always reading it to the last page.

Thursday, January 13, 2005

Another State of Mind

Another State of Mind is finally on DVD

It's on my Wish List. Buy it for me!

Bush Accuses Saddam of Telling the Truth

Evildoer Knowingly Came Clean on WMD's, President Charges

"After years of lying about his weapons, Saddam Hussein willfully decided to tell the truth about them," Mr. Bush said. "His treachery knows no bounds."


Wednesday, January 12, 2005

Vodka mythbusting

A Joshua Tree In Every Pot: Vodka mythbusting

I hope blogging someone else's blogged blog is not a blog foul. In any case, this seems a worthy experiment. I wonder if this'll make premium sake out of the cheap stuff?

Sunday, January 09, 2005

Crispin Glover on Letterman

Video @ Contemporary Insanity

I had never actually seen this one. I'd heard tell of it. I even liked to quote it: ""I'm strong...I can kick!"
And the kind folks at have been kind enough to post it.
Bless them.

Friday, January 07, 2005

Sunday, January 02, 2005

Whipping new dads into shape

The Enterprise at "Whipping new dads into shape"

Hmm. I reckon I oughta read this before someone else tells me I should.

"We teach them about putting the baby securely in a baby seat on the running clothes dryer, the white noise of the vacuum cleaner placed within ear shot of the infant, and we also advocate placing the baby back in its crib. Most babies are safe in their crib," he said. "We say (parents can) go outside and scream in the cold and then come back in."

Well, I reckon Maiya will be introduced the works of Flying Saucer Attack and Experimental Audio Research right quick!

Saturday, January 01, 2005

How to build your very own Zombie

Great Moments in Science - Zombie

But, remember: When they get out of hand, shoot them in the HEAD. Not the chest, not the leg, not the groin. The Head.