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Tuesday, October 18th, 2005

I’m sick of writing about the Taters losing (3 and 3 now), so I’ll politco-geek out a bit instead.

On Thursday, Laura Ingraham had some listeners call in with the theory that the Harriet Miers nomination would be pulled or she would self-withdraw the nomination so that the President could nominate someone with more conservative-base-pleasing qualifications.

I have really avoided commenting on the nomination because IANAL (I Am Not A Lawyer, for the n00bz) and therefore unqualified to really examine her qualifications. I’m pretty sure she shouldn’t have been nominated if only for her admittedly close relationship with the President. There is a separation of powers between the Executive and Judicial branches for a reason. Certainly President Bush can be fairly certain of how she may rule during his term, but what kind of influence could he have once he is out of office, and how absurd is it that we are even discussing President Bush’s personal influence of a judge in the first place?!

At any rate, the bait-and-switch conspiracy they were discussing made the geeky part of my brain stand up and shout Ninjitsu!

Some of you may be familiar with the Magic: The Gathering Collectible Card Game ™. One of the more recent releases introduced a gaming mechanic called Ninjitsu. They way it works is simple.

Player A declares an attack against Player B with a creature card. Player B has the option of blocking said creature or taking the damage himself. If Player B chooses not to block the attacking creature, Player A (if he has one) can substitute a different (usually more powerful) creature for the unblocked attacker by paying a cost and returning the original creature to his hand. Player B takes the damage from the new creature instead. A pretty wicked trick to pull. So, I found Dante’s Magic Card Maker and created some fun cards exploring that fun little concept. May I present Harriet Miers

And the Ninjitsu Coup de Grace, Janice Rogers Brown

The ever-patient Mrs. Bixby (Not Her Real Name) thinks I have expended way too much energy on such a dorky pursuit as political magic cards. She’s probably right. She says, “No, she IS right.” I’ll leave it with that, but I found it quite funny. In my head. Where all the stuff I say is funny. As opposed to out in the air where none of the stuff I say is funny. … sigh …

Bad blogger. No donut.

My wife would have killed me…

Tuesday, October 4th, 2005

but I’m still jealous. Luckybastard legitimate son.

Nicholas Cage names son Kal-El Coppola


Tuesday, September 13th, 2005

Bryan Singer is video blogging (vlogging?) the filming of Superman Returns at

“Issue” #22 includes film of his visit to the San Diego ComicCon and a piece of the 20 minutes of film he showed during his presentation.

“Issue” #23 includes a shot from behind of Mr. Spacey dressed as Lex Luthor (dressed as Dr. Evil?)

I feel giddy, Oh so giddy. I feel geeky and breezy and gay!!!

um … except for the gay part… cuz I’m not, y’know… AM NOT!!!

I know…

Sunday, September 4th, 2005

I know that lineup image has thoroughly trashed my layout. I promise I’ll fix it when I get to a computer with Photoshop on it. It’s OK, I don’t think either of my readers really cares, but I just thought I’d let you know that I am actually a fairly conscientous blogger and I’m aware when I make stuff look like crap.

On the other hand, I have been working about 15 hour days all week, including this weekend and continuing into tomorrow in order to support Major Home and Auto Insurance Provider’s call routing so that those many thousands of people insured with us in the impacted areas can get through to a representative to file their claim and get a check so that they can eat and sleep. A Major Long-Distance Carrier whose network my company uses had some major issues receiving hand-off from the local phone company down there and that was causing all kinds of headaches. It’s all ok now though thanks to the tireless efforts of our voice support team. It’s funny, but until I started working in telecom, I never even considered how much effort went into ensuring that the phones work. You never realize just how important that simple little device is. And it is simple. Two wires, a microphone, a speaker and a hook switch have altered the very structure of communication amongst humans. Something that hadn’t happen prior to that in thousands of years. While writing and telegraphy were gigantic milestones, it took centuries for their effects to be felt by the average person. In the hundred or so years since the telephone was invented, Human Life has become unrecognizable from someone living in 1880.

I feel grateful that I can help my company help the people it does. I don’t mind the hours. I don’t mind the work. I just want to help. This is all I have.

I will be donating a little over $100 (all of my rainy day pocket change savings from the last 6 years), 2 flats of baby food and another $10 in non-perishables to the effort through my employer. They have promised to match dollar-for-dollar all of the cash donated through them. Please check with your employer and see if you can do the same.

CHALLEEEEENGE!!! (Pronounced Chall-ONJ)

Sunday, August 28th, 2005

Via Mean Mr. Mustard from several other people including Andrea Harris who got it from Dan and Angi, who apparently have something to say:

“The assignment. Give us ten of your quirky, opinionated, perhaps socially-unacceptable or politically incorrect opinions. They can be esoteric, generic, unpopular, or obvious. Just write down ten of them.”

  1. I actually support gay marriage in principle, but I completely understand the trepidation of heterosexuals who are hesitant to extend the most vital social more and status to a group of people who take pride in trouncing, circumventing and flauting every other social more they can. I believe anyone who has attended the Chicago Pride Parade would see my point.
  2. Despite all their losses and their inability to keep a quarterback, I’m still … sigh … a Chicago Bears Fan.
  3. Marvel Sucks. DC Rules.
  4. Marital Fidelity is highly underrated.
  5. Chicago is the best city in the world. Period. I know the ChicagoBoyz will back me up on this.
  6. Excerpted from a conversation between Mrs. Bixby (Not Her Real Name) and myself: “There are not enough blowjobs in this world. And every one of us guys is jealous to find out another guy got one.”* To that regard, it’s worse than I thought.
  7. Roseanne was actually one of the most real shows depicting a lower middle class family I have ever seen. I miss the show. I always saw a lot of my father in Dan Conner and a lot of my favorite aunt in Roseanne Conner. I could stand to see more television fare like it. Funny from reality, not from contrivance.
  8. I think a blog should have some kind of identifying theme, idea or tone. Despite this, mine hasn’t any of that.
  9. I read and collect comic books. I read sci-fi literature and watch sci-fi movies. I know what I’m doing when I open a computer case. I play Dungeons&Dragons. I have played other role-playing games too. I own Magic: The Gathering cards. I tell you this to establish my geek cred. I know of what I speak. So trust me when I say: LARPers** are weird, weird folks. Period.
  10. Liberals have more fun. It’s a lot easier to feel your way through life than think it.

I think some of these weren’t exactly in the spirit of the challenge, but damn it, I did it! Ten is hard!

  • *I know this is only an unpopular opinion to roughly half of the population, but I think it qualifies.
  • **LARP means Live Action RolePlay. You dress up as your character and make gameplay and battle decisions using rock/paper/scissors to determine the outcome.

Hope you like the new pics

Sunday, August 28th, 2005

I finally got off my duff and cut together some of my own pics for the Random Image Theme banner at the top here. The little girl asleep on the couch is my daughter Audrey, the Bears are actually one Spectacled Bear at the Brookfield Zoo that I flipped and pasted in Photoshop. The Moon came with Windows XP and the Light Saber is mine. I am a Jedi Master.

Random IM.

Sunday, July 31st, 2005

So I’m sitting here at the computer and Mrs. Bixby (Not Her Real Name)’s Yahoo IM chime goes off. For some reason, she gets random Yahoo IMs from people she’s never met with a higher than PG-13 intent behind them. So, I peek over to see who’s IM’ing her so I can let her know and I find out it’s “nicks_2022″ who has this to say (all capitalization and punctuation – rather the lack thereof – are nick’s):

“hi sexy im nick im 18 would you like to roleplay, you can watch my webcam aswell if you like”

Being the fun bastard that I am, and with Mrs. Bixby (Not Her Real Name)’s permission, I responded:

“OK I’m a level 12 Paladin. I carry a bastard sword with +1 shock damage. My village was destroyed by a band of orcs. I roll a d20 to sense motive on you. I make a 15, does that succeed?”

So far … No response from Nick.


Friday, July 29th, 2005

With the submission of this post and the closing of this laptop, I will officially begin my long overdue, well-deserved, and desperately needed two weeks of vacation (which includes a trip to the local Geek Mecca – the WizardWorld Comic Convention in Rosemont, IL and a decidedly non-geeky trip to watch Da Bears training camp on my birthday).

Cards and presents can be left at the doorstep and the butler will collect them while I am away.

We have a busy week schedule the first week, but not much planned the second week. Therefore, blogging may pick up upon my return. At the very least ComicCon pictures will be shown. Til then, Ta Ta!


Thursday, July 21st, 2005

There is something sadly ironic, yet fitting, about James Doohan dying on the anniversary of man’s first walk on the moon. I think he would have appreciated it. Fittingly, Mr. Doohan will be buried in space. I will be running the bagpipe Amazing Grace all week in my head in his honor. His biography Beam Me Up, Scotty (co-written with Peter David) was enlightening, educational and eminently re-readable. He’s my favorite original series actor. He’s just a class act. I really will miss having him on this planet. Not that I ever knew him nor he me, but I’ll miss him just the same.

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Enterprise, Scott here, Sir.
You can find a wonderful tribute James Doohan page here.

Harry Potter

Sunday, July 17th, 2005

Just finished Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince.

Well done Ms. Rowling, well done.

I wish they hadn’t released that a character dies prior to the book coming out. Still I was not surprised at who was killed, nor at the cause (within the context of the book that is).

I won’t go on a) because no one is reading this anyway and 2) just in case someone wanders by and I let a spoiler slip. In all, well worth the 10 hours it took to read it.