Energy Efficiency

Thursday, March 31, 2005 | 1 Comments

Why don't they combine wind & solar power by putting solar panels on wind mills?


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Blogger Daniel Heath said...

because they would be too wonderful.

everyone would just stare

and stare

and stare


(thx for stopping by e.c.t.a.2.a.m. by the way)

March 31, 2005 11:00 PM

Blogger jenn see said...

maybe it's some strange physics thing, like the wind moves in the opposite direction of the sun due to heat convection.
or something.

April 01, 2005 2:23 PM

Anonymous dr. dave said...

Uhh... yeah... a "strange physics thing"...

Because solar panels have to face UP, and wind turbines have to face horizontally!!

April 03, 2005 7:21 AM

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April 03, 2005 1:16 PM

Blogger Sylvana said...

I have seen solar panels on the flat side of buildings before, so I'm not so sure if they have to be facing up, probably better if they do. But that's still OK because the blades of the turbines do face up at an angle to catch the wind, at least those newer ones that I have seen.

April 03, 2005 1:39 PM

Anonymous dr. dave said...

ok, fine... how's this...

Wind turbine blades = thin and light

Solar panels = wide and heavy

April 03, 2005 7:45 PM

Blogger Sylvana said...

Yeah, that's a very good argument too Dave, but I have seen solar powered roof shingles that are the same size and thickness as roofing shingles, and said to be flexible and lightweight. I think that if they can make solar-powered roofing shingles they should be able to shingle wind turbines.

April 03, 2005 9:18 PM

Anonymous dr. dave said...

I'll try this one more time.



April 03, 2005 10:38 PM

Blogger Sylvana said...

You're probably right, Dave. I guess it is just the German in me striving for ultimate efficiency.

April 03, 2005 11:03 PM

Blogger Daniel Heath said...

damn, dave, let me say this definitively: you do not have a poet's soul.

there's no call to go getting all empirical about this stuff.

just think, man. shiny. spinning.

[checks watch.]

uh oh. it's past the time when I'm allowed to leave comments in other people's blogs b/c I get unpredictable. better go...

April 06, 2005 2:16 AM

Blogger Japan Deity said...

Hmm... sound more effitient than self-recording tapes.

May 02, 2005 10:28 PM

Sleepless In Wisconsin

Wednesday, March 30, 2005 | 0 Comments

Just doesn't seem to have the same ring, does it? You know, I never saw the movie. I'm not much for formula movies or chick-flicks. I really like unusual films- ones that make you think, like "Brazil" and "Memento" (which, by the way, I am pretty close to being that guy- let's just say that I really need to make up a Post-It on getting stock in Post-Its). Although, I also immensely enjoy a good idiot humor movie like "Dumb and Dumber" or "Super Troopers".
The reason I am sleepless is because I have a migraine. I can't sleep-off a migraine; they just get worse, so I have to stay up until this one is gone. Sucks, I know. The doctors don't know what caused my migraines (it can be different for different people) but I think it might be linked to the time that I rammed my head into a coffee table so hard I had to get stitches when I was three, or the time that I rammed my head into a door frame so hard that I almost knocked myself unconscious except I am too damn stubborn for that when I was ten, or the time that I slammed the back of my head into a cement wall during a party and ended up with a lump the size of Alaska when I was eighteen; but this is just speculation of course. I haven't fully sorted out the triggers either. Sometimes it seems like they come on from allergies, sometimes from bad food, sometimes from tension in my neck, and sometimes from dehydration. I think this one is a combo of all four.
Generally I have to take allergy pills with lots of Mt. Dew. Who knew that Mt. Dew also had medicinal purposes? I just got a prescription for Imitrex, but the damn stuff costs $15 a dose, and that's after my insurance picks up their portion! So I'm saving it for truly desperate occasions. Come on universal health care! Speaking of which, Minnesota is working on a new bill that will basically make them a universal health care coverage state. I keep wanting to like them, but then a Minnesotan will ram into me with their cart in Target and look at me like I'm the idiot or they come to my quiet little town to get out of the city then fight to drag a Walmart here because 8 miles is just too far to drive for those fantastic U.S.-job-sucking NAFTA deals.
(As a disclaimer though, these types seem to only be prevalent in the Twin Cities area. Most out-of-Cities MNs I meet are OK).
Bobby Hill asks. To which Hank Hill replies, a little choked up, "Son, do you know how long I waited for you to ask that?"
I was reading in the paper that they want to lower the gun use age from 12 to 10 in Wisconsin. 10?! They can barely even get themselves dressed at that age. They still need a babysitter at that age. But sure, why not give them a gun? If you aren't mature enough to vote, you shouldn't be able to use a gun. If you aren't mature enough to legally drink you shouldn't be able to use a gun. Or maybe it should be as my housemate says: you can use a gun up until you can start drinking.


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March 29, 2005 3:52 PM

Blogger Scott said...

Just discovered your blog(s) - I really like them, but I can't figure out what the difference is between the three...

March 29, 2005 3:52 PM

Blogger Rootietoot said...

Well, here in the Deep South kids get their first bb gun at 6, a 20 gauge shotgun at 10, a hunting rifle (.30.30, etc) at 12 or 14. The thinking is, if you start them out young, they learn the proper way to handle them, and there is no mystery so they aren't inclined to mess with them improperly. My 13 yr old has been shooting since he was 7, and I am confident he can handle himself. It all depends on the kid, I guess. There are some adult who shouldn't be allowed to handle guns, and some children who have enough maturity to be able to go hunting on their own.

March 29, 2005 4:07 PM

Blogger sideshow bob said...

Start 'em out young...would that work with pornography too? Maybe cut down on teen pregnancies?
And speaking of limits on firearms, what's with this "waiting period" before you can buy a gun? I'm angry now, damn it!

March 29, 2005 9:53 PM

Blogger Sylvana said...

Scott: This blog is just my random topic blog, Renegade Mouth is my blog about interesting quotes, and Sylvana Finds is a blog review blog (it only has blogs that I have found to be consistently interesting).

Rootietoot: Like the Mongolians and horsemanship, right? Where I come form they try the "start them young" thing with drinking- but we still drink ike crazy when we hit 16. I do agree that if children are taught to respect guns they are far less likely to do something stupid with them. So I say NO TOY GUNS! Too much of a mixed message.

sideshow bob: I too totally agree with waiting periods. The only reason you could be in a hurry to get a gun would be to do no good.

March 29, 2005 11:58 PM

Live and Let Die

Monday, March 28, 2005 | 0 Comments

I was listening to NPR the other day and they were talking about Terri Schiavo. Apparently when Congress was discussing this (like there aren't more pressing problems in this country that they can't just let the courts do their job) they asked six doctors to examine the case and give their medical opinions. All of them said that there was no hope of recovery for Mrs. Schiavo. They said that her cerebral cortex (the part of our brain involved with higher processes, the part that makes us us) had almost completely liquified leaving just the brain stem and the most basic of functions (breathing, reflexes, bodily functions).
Bill Frist (R), a surgeon and Senate majority leader from Tennessee, says that these medical opinions are all wrong and that he feels that she is conscious of what is going on and believes, like the parents, that Terri could get better with treatment. First, Bill Frist also thinks that you can get AIDS from sweat and tears. What does he really know about the persistent vegetative state if he can be such a moron on AIDS? He definitely is no brain surgeon. Second, you can't regrow the brain. Once it is liquified- that's pretty much all she wrote. She can't recover. There's nothing to recover. She may seem to be responding in some meaningful way to the things that happen around her, but they are just reflexes. Her higher function brain regions are GONE. They can't be functioning because they are GONE. So no matter how much the parents and others wish and hope that she could recover- she won't. The reason they are hanging onto her and not letting her go on to be with God is purely selfish. They don't want her out of their lives. God tried to take her fifteen years ago and they refused to deal with it and let her go.
I agree that starving and dehydrating her to death is a terrible way to do it, but what we are demanding for animals just hasn't dawned on us to be good for humans too- euthanasia.
And as for these politicians claiming that they are just trying to do what is right by Terri- there was a memo that went around congress within the last two weeks that says the Schiavo case was "a great political issue" and saying that Christian conservatives would be "excited" by the Senate debate (Reuters).
My dad says that Micheal has some sort of ulterior motive. What's that? Oh, I'd really like to put my life through hell for the next thirteen years (he didn't start the battle until two years after her brain damage occurred) and spend all my money doing it! Yeah, that sounds like a plan. I feel that he really wanted to give Terri her final wish and was willing to do whatever it took to do it. He has nothing else to gain from this. Terri has no quality of life. Who would want to live that way? Not me!
And as for this life-loving Bush, when he was helping make laws in Texas he passed a law (the Texas Futile Care Law) that says that the hospital can pull the plug on anyone that can't pay and is deemed unrecoverable regardless of the person's or family's wishes. In the past few weeks this law was used to pull the plug on a baby that was born with a birth defect. The mother believed that the baby could live without life support if given just a little more time to develop but her wishes were denied. I am not saying that this was not a good medical decision- what I am saying is that Bush isn't what he says he is. "Culture of Life" is just a power trip. He uses it to keep the religious reich on his side. Another reason I don't trust his spiel about "culture of life" is that it took him three days to respond on the tsunami disaster that killed over 65 times the amount of people as 9/11 (and there was immediate outpouring from all over the world for 9/11 but it takes him 3 days to decide if we as a country will send our sympathy and help to the tsunami victims?) and for Terri Schiavo he made a special trip out of vacation (which isn't he ALWAYS on vacation?) to Washington to sign the legislation to intervene. Very inconsistent which reeks of ulterior motives.
LA Times Story-brief history of the fifteen year battle
Rueters Story-talks about congressional intervention
Medical Field
Very Good Article On Daily Kos

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Blogger evilsciencechick said...

ugh. I never heard about the baby thing. that's awful.

Bush is an ass, no way about it. His arguments that we're supposed to "err on the side of life" is total bullshit, as he proved over and over again as governor of texas.

thanks for stopping by - glad it made you laugh!

March 28, 2005 8:09 PM

David Duchovny

Sunday, March 27, 2005 | 0 Comments

Oh my gosh! David Duchovny has his own blog! I was just wondering about him the other day. It has been awhile since I have seen him do anything and I was worried. But I guess he has a new film coming out. He's directing and plays a part in it. His wife, Erykah Badu, and Robin Williams are in it too. He doesn't really say what it is about, but he does say that it isn't a Hollywood style movie (like he does those kinds of movies). Anyway if you haven't already figured it out, I am a huge Duchovny fan! I'm never one of those fans that will know everything about a person, where they are at all times, what they had for breakfast, when the last time they took a shit was or anything, but I really love David. I was a crazy X-files fan. Once I was driving home from my parents' house and hit an ice storm about an hour from my house. Now I could have pulled over like everyone else had, but I really wanted to get home to watch the X-files so I just kept going past all those people even though there were dozens of cars in the ditch. I made it in the house just as the show was starting. I don't put him in the acting ranks of Brad Pitt, Johnny Depp, or Leonardo DiCaprio or anything, he just has some strange charisma that I find fascinating.

Oh, and check out Rob Zombie's blog, too! He is now an official part of the Lion's Gate director stable. And I think he has a new movie coming out.

I Need An Alliance

Thursday, March 24, 2005 | 0 Comments

What's the deal? This is the first Survivor that I have really become obsessive about and now I can't figure out when it's on. The basketball tournament has been on from 6-11 the last couple of weeks on Thursdays which is when says that the show is still on. And that damn does not have a decent schedule listing- those bastards!

Amative Idol

Wednesday, March 23, 2005 | 0 Comments

One of my many guilty TV pleasures is American Idol. I really think that the talent is the best that it has ever been. Constantine I think had one of the most original performances. He definitely has the S-factor (S=sexy, sensual, sexual, saucy, sizzling, spunk...) as does Bo Bice. Those two have finally shown how hard rock can work in the idol world. They perform like they have been on a stage in front of millions of people for their entire lives.
I have a place in my heart for Mikalah. I think she has tons of charisma, although I think it has become stifled since her first few performances. I would love to see that spirited, spunky Mikalah back. I think she is trying too hard to please people and should just go back to being herself. It also sounded like perhaps her voice was hoarse from practice.
I thought Carrie Underwood and Vonzell Solomon did spectacular too. I love Nadia (she's got the S-factor too), but I think that her song choice last night was unfortunate- nobody can compare to Cyndi Lauper on "Time After Time".

Another big reason that I watch Idol this year is watching the antics of Paula Abdul. Is she on something? Many a show her words have been slurred and she has had trouble forming sentences. Also watching her struggle to figure out how to work a chair or a drinking straw has been the source of much laughter for me and my housemates. And then there was last night- she was practically molesting Simon! After he complimented the third contestant she was climbing up on him trying to kiss him on the mouth- if she had gotten him to comply I'm sure she would have slipped him the tongue. Whew! Paula, lay off the drugs! I think Bernie Mac might be on the same thing because his speech has been slurred and he isn't as snappy as he used to be. Is Valium en vogue this year?


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March 23, 2005 10:02 PM

Blogger Sylvana said...

After reading the above comment I'm thinking maybe it's LSD not Valium. Maybe chased by a little "Jonestown Punch"? Hmmm...

March 24, 2005 11:34 AM

When I lived in Milwaukee we called drinking fountains bubblers. Even when I moved "Up North" they called it a bubbler so I didn't have a problem there. But when I went to college (a private college in Wisconsin considered a midwest ivy league where a lot of people from the East coast with lots of money sent their mediocre kids because they couldn't get into a real ivy league) they would laugh at me and say that a bubbler was something that you put in a fish tank. Drinking fountain did sound more eloquent even if it does take longer to say when "it's 300 degrees outside and I need some water" (Shannon), so I adopted it. I occassionally revert to bubbler, just like I occassionally revert to sailor language (known as French to some, and gratuitous swearing to others) when I go back home.

I was going to talk about the whole "duck, duck, goose" vs "duck, duck, grey duck" (twitterpated) in the last post but it was just coming out as a huge ramble and I like to keep things short. I learned it as duck, duck, goose. Goose is faster to say, it just makes sense. My housemate is a grey-ducker though. He says he likes the way it sounds. We'll battle that one out later.

When I was in Minnesota, they called hot dishes/casseroles (which was the dealer's choice terms we used to call a meal that had everything in one dish) goulash. I was always under the impression that goulash was a very specific dish sort of like a stew that was made with chunks of mammal meat, potatoes, and some sort of spicy creamy/tomatoey sauce. I had actually met a girl from Hungary while in Scotland and she made goulash and that's what she made which confirmed my belief in my definition- but tomato/tomatoe I guess.
When I was seven we moved from Milwaukee to the depths of the Nicolet Forest. The town was about 1900 strong (and still is) and about half of those people were related to me directly and most of the other half were indirectly related. My cousin Lanie became my first friend by proximity to my new home. She usually wore dresses but was always bare foot and dirty with wild hair from climbing trees and beating up the boys. I was familiar with her reputation so when she turned and looked at me one day with a wild look (she always had a wild look) and asked, "Do you want a pop?" I immediately responded, "I don't think so." Then she says, "Well, I'm gonna go git one." leaving me bit confused. She came back a few moments later with a can of rootbeer. "Sure you don't want a pop?" she asks again holding the can out to entice me. OH!!!!
I grew up in Milwaukee, WI for the first half of my childhood and learned to call it "soda". This was confirmed by every carbonated beverage drink commercial except Shasta. So when she said pop I thought she meant to hit me, not to offer me a refreshing sugary drink. Even though almost everyone in the area called it pop, I never could bring myself to call it that. It seemed like such an unintellectual name (yes even at seven I was that opinionated). In fact, I have had an aversion to "pop" ever since.
But I have wondered how do certain areas decide the names that they will give certain things? Like in some Southern states they don't call it soda or pop- it's Coke. Like you call all facial tissues Kleenex or all photo copies Xerox's. Some places take the middle road and call it soda-pop. Surprisingly that's not nearly as irritating as "pop". I have even heard them called "soft drinks" in other areas of the country. Who decides these things?


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Blogger Shannon said...

I had an interesting experience with the word "Bubbler." I was born in Milwaukee, and my entire family (from the Neenah-Menasha area) called water fountains "Bubblers." When I moved to Las Vegas as a child, I attempted to use the term with some random casino worker (as in "where's the bubbler? It's 300 degrees outside, and I need some water!" After the strange, almost aggressive reaction, I received, I quickly understood "Bubbler" was a Wisconsin-only (possibly my-family-only) thing.

March 21, 2005 6:36 PM

Blogger twitterpated said...

I am from South Dakota and we call it pop here. The big fight when I was in college was that the South Dakotans ate casseroles and the Minnesotans ate hot dishes. And the SD's played duck duck goose, while the crazy MN's played grey duck....

March 23, 2005 11:29 AM

Blogger SierraBella said...

Upon moving from the East coast to California (at the age of eight), my troubles arose when I told my new-found friends I had to go in for "supper." (Pronounced suppa)
Although still in California, I've recently moved to the foothills of the Sierra. I was truly surprised to find the locals really do call our non-local visitors "Flatlanders."

March 24, 2005 3:22 PM

Blogger Karla said...

Yup, in Texas it's a "coke". You order your coke, then the waitress asks "Diet or regular, is Pepsi ok?"? It's a thing. A beloved, lovely Texas thang.

March 30, 2005 6:20 AM

Blogger Japan Deity said...

Soda! It's called soda! Cokes okay. Maybe the people just got mixed up and stuck with what they originaly called it. But pop... people please, pop is more cheesy than...(looks at dictionary) a empty box that you pay 80$ for and your expecting a Game Boy SP... that sort of burns me up.

May 02, 2005 10:46 PM

Speaking of home improvement- my housemate (the non-clutzy one) and I were putting in new shower/tub fixtures since our tub spout has been dripping since forever and it was only getting worse. We hoped it would be a matter of just swapping out the parts, but when he took the wall off to get at the plumbing we realized that everything was transgendered- all the fittings that were female on the old fixtures were male on the new fixtures- so we would have to pretty much re-plumb the whole damn thing. We're not plumbers, although we each have had a little experience with it- even soldering joints. Our ace in the hole is that I am very good at learning on the fly and I am mechanically inclined- even if I don't know all the proper names to the parts. So we head to the hardware store to get a bunch of parts that we don't know the proper names to. After a long struggle trying to explain to the hardware employee the parts that we think we will need, he looks at us sceptically and says, "Sounds like you two are doing something you probably shouldn't be." Look buddy, if it weren't for all of us out there doing things to our homes that we probably shouldn't be, the hardware stores would be out of business!

The Joys of Dumpster Diving

Monday, March 14, 2005 | 0 Comments

I have been looking for a hutch for above my desk and a cart/table for my kitchen for awhile now. My desk is in a tiny alcove and I was planning on just building in shelves (but at the rate I get things completed, that might never have gotten done). I had found a couple kitchen cart/tables that I thought would do the job, but they were expensive and I would have to order them online (I'm not spending that much money on something without being able to look at it first and kick the wheels- so to speak). But lo, the dumpster gods smiled on me yesterday. I was passing by a house that had a roll-off parked in their yard and they had a bunch of old furniture in it. I saw the legs of a small desk sticking out of it and thought that they looked a lot like the legs on the carts that I had been looking at. I looked into the dumpster to find the desk in great shape and in the format that I was looking for in a cart. I figured I could throw some wheels on it or at least take the two turned posts that served as the supports to the open ends to build my own cart (I priced those posts at the hardware store the other day and they were about $10 each). I knocked on the door and asked if I could have the desk. The woman was thrilled that I was interested and told me she had the other drawer in the other room and she would go get it for me. So I had a complete desk soon to be kitchen cart when I noticed that there was a hutch for the desk in the dumpster too. I grabbed that as well. Everything was in great shape and as it turned out they were the exact dimensions that I needed for the areas in my house! How lucky was that? And for FREE! Now I actually have desk space and the hutch looks like it is built in to the alcove, like it was made for the space. I'm working on converting the desk, but I already have the butcher block table top, now I just need to put wheels on the bottom and some shelves in the open space. I hate to waste so I love it when I can reconfigure old things for new uses and when I can get those things for free it's even sweeter. I just have one question that has been nagging at me- why hadn't she thrown that drawer away with the rest of the desk? Hmmm....

We're #3! We're #3!

Monday, March 14, 2005 | 0 Comments

Woohoo!!! The Venture Brothers made #3 behind The Family Guy #2 and Robot Chicken #1 (really, #1? I don't know about these Adult Swim watchers. I mean, seriously, Robot Chicken?) I will now take partial credit for its recent success whether I deserve it or not. Watch The Venture Brothers!!!
My friend Johnny Bravo (not his real name of course- but I swear the living version of the cartoon character) came up to me all excited and loud. "Wooooo!!! I just had one of those energy bars! You know the ones with all the vitamins in them!" he yells as he's bouncing around.
I say, "So they work."
He replies, "Uh, I don't know."

The Venture Brothers

Thursday, March 10, 2005 | 0 Comments

I love this show!!! I can not believe that it does not get better ratings on Adult Swim. If you have not seen it yet it is far better than Teen Hunger, Robot Chicken, and Sea Lab- combined. I would definitely put it up in the rankings of Futurama and The Family Guy. It shows the everyday, average life of a laid back, under-achieving scientific genius, his two dorky sons, his killing machine body guard Brock, and the bumbling arch nemesis- the Monarch. The best one is when Dr. Venture has a yard sale and all of the super villians line up to purchase his old equipment. Hilarious! If you get the Cartoon Network this show is on Sunday nights.

The Grass Is Greener

Wednesday, March 09, 2005 | 0 Comments

I was watching "The Price Is Right" today. There was a guy from Hawaii on and they were announcing the prize that could be his if the price were right and my housemate turns to me and says, "Wouldn't it be funny if it were a trip to Hawaii?"


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Anonymous Anonymous said...

funny! you never think of those things when you are from a non-vacation state such as wisconsin!

March 09, 2005 10:19 PM

Blogger Sask 1 said...

That would be just my luck that.Win a vacation to somewhere i live.

March 11, 2005 10:55 AM

Blogger Japan Deity said...

I went to Hawaii. That would be funny if you got a prize that included Hawaii. Though you do sort of get a spa, a ride home, etc., etc., etc.

May 02, 2005 10:50 PM

Jimbo, The Vibrator Salesman

Monday, March 07, 2005 | 0 Comments

"I learned something interesting about vibrators," my housemate tells me. "When you buy one at the store they have to power it up to make sure it is in working order before you leave. Since you can't return it."
He had earlier that day told me how annoying Jimbo at work was (Jimbo is a very unkempt man that smells badly and is overall annoying in everything that he does)- "He can't even just sign his name! He's got to wind up for it, talking himself through it, 'Uh, OK, Right... Um-uh!... All right... Ahhhhh.' Smacking his lips, sticking his tongue out, rocking back and forth, sticking his elbows out, making faces, and taking five minutes just to write his name!" So I said, "Could you image if Jimbo worked at one of those shops and had to fire one of them up? 'Uh, Ok. Right... Um-uh... All right... Ahhhh.' Smacking his lips, sticking his tongue out, rocking back and forth, sticking his elbows out, making faces and taking five minutes just to get the vibrator going. As if it wouldn't be hard enough to go in and buy one."

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Blogger Sask 1 said...

That was funny.Ive never fired one up in the store.I usually just look around to make sure i dont know anyone then try and get it out with out anyone recognising me.The thought of one of my neighbours coming in and me stood there with the sales person firing it up for me.Sooo embarrassing.

March 08, 2005 9:19 AM

The Frugal Gourmet

Sunday, March 06, 2005 | 0 Comments

I have a lot of vegetarian friends and have even myself have been trying out a mammal-free diet for about 2-1/2 years. There are times I break the diet- like when I went to Scotland I had to try haggis, which was fabulous by the way! The mammal-free diet is pesco/pollo vegetarian. The diet that retricts the eating of any meat but allows eggs and dairy is vegetarian and the diet that restricts the consumption of any animal product either by eating or use in general (no leather, for instance) is a vegan. But I was hearing about a new diet called "freegan". These are people who exist entirely by eating found food. The premise is they are protesting the large amounts of foods that are wasted in our society everyday. I have known people who have existed entirely on found foods but I don't think it was for such a noble cause- I think it was because they were too cheap or lazy to buy their own food. I think we need a name to differentiate the two so I propose that the roommate that can't figure out how to get to the store or the co-worker that continually helps themselves to your lunch be called a "me-gan" since they believe that it's all about them.

Blogger Sask 1 said...

They are always the ones who have plenty of money but never spend it.Like the ones that when you go to the restaurant have always left their wallet in their other purse or in the house.Then swear they will pay you back.which turns out to be sometime never.

March 07, 2005 8:44 AM

Green with Envy

Sunday, March 06, 2005 | 0 Comments

My housemate was telling me about Hollywood Squares the other day. Apparently they were talking about how Kermit the Frog was supposed to be on that day but he had a prior engagement. My housemate says, "Geez, imagine how all those other stars in the squares must feel. That's gotta hurt when a puppet gets better work than you."
For those that have not yet been fortunate enough to have watched Shaun of the Dead I urge you to run, not walk, to your nearest rental place and get it! It is extremely original. I am notorious for being a movie spoiler for movies that I have not even seen before. It usually takes me less than 15 minutes into the movie to already have pretty much the entire movie figured out almost down to the lines. This was not a problem with this movie. The only parts that were predictable were the ones that were done that way on purpose. It had the perfect amount of comedy, violence/gore, sadness, and even romance.
It is the story of a man, Shaun, who would really like to have the best of both worlds, live with his best friend Ed forever playing video games and being immature but also live a mature life with his girlfriend Liz doing all the suburban couples things. To complicate matters worse he has a rocky relationship with his step father and has trouble expressing his feelings to his mother who he loves dearly and does not want to hurt. So how can all these issues be resolved? How about a zombie invasion? That'll do the trick! As Shaun tries to be the hero for everyone he loves, he finds out a lot about himself and is forced to reconcile his problems and face up to what he really must do.
Rated R for zombie violence/gore and language.

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Blogger Sask 1 said...

I watched that movie when it was in the theatres and after reading your review and looking forward to revisiting it.I really enjoyed it the first time round as well.

March 04, 2005 9:08 AM


Tuesday, March 01, 2005 | 0 Comments

I share a home with two other people and I was having lunch at home with my housemates. One was in the livingroom with me watching Pat Encroce: Moving In (anyone who has seen the show will get the joke. But it is actually a great show, I highly recommend) and the other housemate was in the kitchen fixing something to eat. We heard a noise and then my housemate watching TV with me says, "Something smells like puke."

I got up to see what had happened and yes indeed, the dining room reeked of vomit. I could see the dog with his face to the floor licking something up. "Oh I think the dog threw up."

I asked my housemate in the kitchen if he knew what had happened. "Uh," he stammers, "I had an accident."

"Did you throw up?" I asked.

"No, I dumped the Parmesan on the floor."

Now I love cheese as much or more than the average Wisconsinite, but I have to tell you, that was disgusting! I can barely believe I actually eat that stuff! The smell lingered for hours, even though we cleaned four times and used half a can of air freshener.

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Blogger Sask 1 said...

Totally gross lol

March 01, 2005 1:41 PM

I Found My Calling

Tuesday, March 01, 2005 | 0 Comments

I put my name in at and my ideal job came up as Evil Boss. I'm getting started today!