Monday, March 30, 2009

One Seriously Empowered Motorcycle.

This... is pretty damn cool.

Saturday, March 28, 2009

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Friday, March 27, 2009

Autoblog Sunday Drive: Welcome to Malibu Canyon

Really cool descriptions of a lot of the areas I drove around this week. Heh, I almost ate at the Rock Store.

California Drivin'

Route from airport to hotel on Monday night:

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The u-turn at the end of I-110 was caused by turning onto 110 by accident, and deciding to drive it to its end rather than get off and turn around early.

Wednesday night dinner drive (that is, driven while eating Jack-in-the-Box hamburger):

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About halfway through I dropped the burger in the car. It was unharmed, but I decided it was probably best to pull over to the side of the road and finish eating while the sun went down.

Thursday afternoon return to airport:

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I was expecting to be able to follow Mulholland Drive straight through to I-405, but it didn't work out like that. Because I had not done the research, I was surprised to find the road blocked to cars. At the point where the map shows me turning around, there is a metal gate across the road and it becomes a hiking/biking trail. All is well, as this afforded me an excuse to drive a long and fairly awesome stretch of Venture Blvd.

The reason I got off at Santa Monica Blvd was to find something to eat. There were of course zillions of places to eat along there but I didn't actually commit to stopping somewhere until after I'd turned on Lincoln. George's, a non-chain burger place with a guy's first name (like Arnold's on Happy Days!) and a pay toilet (also like Arnold's, in one episode anyway). I was so excited by all this that I actually put a quarter in there, before noticing that in spite of actually accepting money the door seemed to open whether you put any in or not. I didn't bother complaining about it.

You're probably wondering why, since this trip was obviously not intended to get from point A to point B in either the shortest distance or the shortest time, why didn't I utilize Pacific Coast Highway. The answer is every single other time I've ever been to LA I've used PCH as the alternative to 101 and 405, and frankly didn't want to fool with it this time.

Thursday, March 26, 2009


33+ years of LA-filmed TV have pre-conditioned me to long for this

Still some gold in california after all

Holy fuck its beautiful out here

Wednesday, March 25, 2009

  • 00:42 Finally arrived at LAX #
  • 10:05 Needlessly convoluted route from airport to hotel: #
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Sunday, March 22, 2009

  • 10:54 Have used that crowbar only twice in about five years, but still glad I bought it. #
  • 15:12 List of games whose earliest historical references are laws ''banning'' them: golf, bowling, ?? (help me out here, sports fans) #
  • 19:27 @pvn me neither, although I haven't check the kosher kroger #
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Saturday, March 21, 2009

  • 17:08 No matter how old I get, I will always be slightly younger than Jimmy Fallon. #
  • 17:54 Going out to eat sea-kittens #
  • 21:32 @drew826 practicing full disclosure I see #
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Friday, March 20, 2009

  • 20:53 Just saw the Crescent go though downtown Norcross. #
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Thursday, March 19, 2009

Tweets for Today

  • 20:38 "Milo and Otis" is a much darker film when you realize they did NOT have the budget to save the animals from having to really do the stunts. #
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Wednesday, March 18, 2009

Tweets for Today

  • 15:10 @pcjones: two kinds of people ride amtrak: railfans, and liberals. and I've never seen you with an employee timetable or a scanner.. ;-) #
  • 21:57 @pcjones suppose it would be bad taste to quote train-wreck songs at you. #
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Tuesday, March 17, 2009

Tweets for Today

  • 12:15 helping myself to some beans #
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Saturday, March 14, 2009

Tweets for Today

  • 11:05 Exactly nine years at the same job. #
  • 11:19 @jisbellemtp well technically it's been 3 employers (mergers!) and 4 positions; I mean 9 years since I last went through a "hiring" process. #
  • 20:08 "Call 1-600-DOCTORB. The B is for Bargain!" -- Dr. Nick Riviera #
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Wednesday, March 11, 2009

The ultimate weapon: the dreaded CheckerKnight

Monday, March 09, 2009

more links to Space Battleship Yamato on youtube

Space Battleship Yamato: (repeated for completeness)

Episodes 1-13:
Episodes 14-26:

Space Battleship Yamato II:

Episodes 1-9:
Episodes 9-26:

Farewell to Yamato:

The New Journey, Be Forever Yamato, Final Yamato:

Sunday, March 08, 2009

Tweets for Today

  • 14:28 Watchmen: go see it. Now. #
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Saturday, March 07, 2009

When all you've got is a mallet...

mallet girl

Tweets for Today

  • 07:30 @ricepapercrane and try not to read or watch anything else influenced by Watchmen either.. And turn off twitter. #
  • 08:15 When old programmers go back to coding after years as managers, they may not get their old tech-perfectionism back. Good or bad? Not sure. #
  • 08:28 @jisbellemtp ain't nothin' wrong with that #
  • 18:02 Wtf is this new trend of mallet history being discussed on twitter, now ill have to start citing it as an info source on the wiki #
  • 21:05 Walk through the Simpsons: tonight, the Ayn Rand school for tots #
  • 21:16 "Here's your problem.. Someone set this thing to 'Evil'" #
  • 21:29 "Can't sleep, clown'll eat me!" #
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Friday, March 06, 2009

Tweets for Today

  • 11:36 Being able to write ad-hoc SQL reports is an even more vital skill for a manager than for a programmer. It *will* save your company's ass. #
  • 15:42 classics that never get old: #
  • 18:39 Fail is.. expecting to catch an episode of "Tiny Toons" but getting "Baby Looney Toons" instead. Why, cartoon network, why? #
  • 19:36 "Dogs seem to love you. Do you taste like sausage?" -- daughter #1 #
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Thursday, March 05, 2009

Tweets for Today

  • 19:11 I say this with no irony at all: "My Hero Zero" is one of the best songs ever written, in any genre of music. #
  • 23:48 This, just this: #
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Wednesday, March 04, 2009

Tweets for Today

  • 11:10 New corporate credit card is from Scotia Bank. As in Nova Scotia. Canadian banks taking over the U.S.? #
  • 18:16 Please tell me the Watchmen movie has a scene were Ozymandias talks about Alexander the Great while the Iron Maiden song of that name plays. #
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Tuesday, March 03, 2009

Tweets for Today

  • 14:17 Just learned that "Alabama Song" (aka "show me the way to the next whiskey bar") was not written by Jim Morrison but by... Bertolt Brecht?! #
  • 20:00 My quest to watch every Simpsons ep in order has finally brought me to the moment where Bart says "God, schmod! I want my monkey man!". #
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Monday, March 02, 2009

Tweets for Today

  • 12:05 Snow that everybody else has been talking about finally makes it here. #
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