Monday, September 28, 2009

Halloween Status

I got almost all of the props set up on Saturday.   That's 50 tombstones, 6 life-sized monsters, hundreds of skull, 2 coffins and a lot of "miscellaneous".  

Sunday, my wife got sick and 50 mph winds knocked everything down.

Tonight, I'll put it back up; tomorrow, I'll run power to the yard.

Thursday, September 24, 2009

Space Invaders

Wednesday, September 23, 2009

October - Breast Cancer Awareness Month

It's never too early to be aware.

via BitterWallet.

Tuesday, September 22, 2009

Monday, September 21, 2009

Heirloom Acres - A Bad Company

In the spring, I decided I wanted to plant a garden.  I decided to go with heirloom seeds, both for sustainability and flavor.

I did a bit of research, asked some people for experiences and settled on Heirloom Acres for my seed needs.

Never again.

I placed my order late.  I was expecting a delay.  Ordering seeds in the spring doesn't have a quick turnararound anywhere.  Ever.  A month after my order was placed, I couldn't get them to give me an update on the shipping status.  This is with a stated delay of 2-3 weeks.  I tried for more than a week to contact them.  They ignored my, until I disputed the charge with Paypal.  Suddenly, they exist and ship out a partial order.

That's ok.  Backorders happen.

Six months later, it's still backordered and I can't get a status update.  

Thanks to our Lord, our loyal customers and our thousands of new customers, 2008 was an enormously blessed year. In the coming year, we promise to work even harder to maintain our high standards of customer service and offer excellent seeds at competitive prices while keeping our shipping costs as low as possible.
Heirloom Acres Seeds is a family owned and operated business. Our immediate and our extended family are actively involved in every facet of our operation. Our four daughters Katlyn, Madlyn, Michaela and Hope are growing up with old-fashioned farm values and an appreciation for good produce and hard work.
When did "theft", "fraud" and "swindle" become old-fashioned farm values?

Oh my knees.

Last night, I ran(run/walk) two miles.  Today, my knees hurt.  I hope it's due to the weather, not the running.

Well done...

...and sexy.

via PDB.

Friday, September 18, 2009

Overhear in my inbox

Can I buy a double-barrel boomstick, specifically designed to foil bank robberies and well-paced zombie invasions?   Side-by-side, just like the movies.   It’ll help keep us all safe in the event of….well anything, really.  Aliens, zombies, regular thugs.   Even demon-rats!  We’ll just have to have a priest bless the ammo.  Please?

It’s a crazy-good price.  I could probably sell it for more than that in a few months.

It’s even mostly wood, so it doesn’t even look scary.  :)
I’ll let you get a pony.  Ok, not really, but I’ll let you think about getting a pony.

What about the demon-rats?
How about if I actually let you get a pony?
2 ponies and we paint it pink?
Ok, fine.
You can pick the color.
No boomstick.

Thursday, September 17, 2009

Handmade Cthulhu mask

via Make:


Artist Jennifer Harrison of Masks by Jen hand-tools and -paints leather to make this and other amazing custom masks.


Wednesday, September 16, 2009

Quote of the Day

There's no gate around my house. But there is a conviction that friends should be met at the door with open arms--and enemies with loaded ones.

David Codrea

Tuesday, September 15, 2009

Quote of the Day

A Simple Geometry Lesson:
Pi [3.1416] times the square of a circle's radius give you the area of that circle:

3.1416 X 500 yards X 500 yards = 785,400.

Push it to 600 yards and you've got nearly 1,131,000 square yards of liberty. [More]
Concerned American does the math.

-David Codrea

Monday, September 14, 2009

Well Planned

Demonstrations held in favor of responsibility and small government should always be held on a weekend.


Because our side has jobs.

We get millions, with no corporate sponsorship. The other side is stuck with thousands, sometimes(occasionally) tens of thousands, with charted buses and pre-printed signs. They are not the majority.

Via John Lott.

Friday, September 11, 2009

Never Forgive, Never Forget

I remember.

Thursday, September 10, 2009

Quote of the Day

Let me get this straight.

We're going to get a health care plan shoved down our throats that is written by a committee whose head says he doesn't understand it, passed by a Congress that hasn't read it but exempts themselves from it, signed by a president that also hasn't read it, and who smokes, with funding administered by a treasury chief who didn't pay his taxes, overseen by a surgeon general who is obese, and financed by a country that's nearly broke.

What possibly could go wrong?


$20 makes a point

If I wasn't already married....

Found via Rob Allen.


Make me want to buy a Ford.

Found via Kevin.

Wednesday, September 9, 2009

So True

5 Ways Hollywood Tricks You Into Seeing Bad Movies
There is nothing like a good musical zombie flick.

Tuesday, September 8, 2009

Straight Line Projections

This is no different than the healthcare pundits crying that in 10 years, healthcare costs will have expanded to 75% of our economy. It's stupid on its face.

Quote of the Day

“Common sense is the collection of prejudices acquired by age eighteen.”


Friday, September 4, 2009

Thursday, September 3, 2009

Quote of the Day

Right answers are ones that give people incentives to meet their own needs without imposing costs on others. Wrong answers are ones that give people perverse incentives to impose costs on others.

-John Goodman

Indoctrinate them young

On September 8, 2009, history will be made. Will you be a part of it?

At 12:00 p.m., Eastern Time (ET), President Barack Obama will deliver a national address to the students of America. (Please note that this is a change from the originally scheduled time.) During this special address, the president will speak directly to the nation’s children and youth about persisting and succeeding in school. The president will challenge students to work hard, set educational goals, and take responsibility for their learning.

From the suggested student activities:
Why does President Obama want to speak with us today? How will he inspire us? How will he challenge us? What might he say? Do you remember any other historic moments when the president spoke to the nation?
What do you think the president wants us to do? Does the speech make you want to do anything? Are we able to do what President Obama is asking of us? What would you like to tell the president?

My email to the school:
Principal xxxxxx,

On Tuesday, September 8th, President Obama will be making an address directed at all public school students. Does [our school] intend to include this address in the students' schedule?

I think the kind of hero worship encouraged in the suggested student activities is inappropriate for impressionable young minds.

Yes, I am starting out nice. Flies, vinegar and all that.


I got a response from the principal.
Mr. princewally,

This is not a mandated activity that the district is encouraging. The District's position is that this is not part of our curriculum and we therefore should not be giving time for it. However, some teachers can use portions for social studies connection.

The classroom teacher should be able to give you more information regarding their connection, if there is one.

Thank you,

xxxxxxx, Principal
Now, I'm just waiting on a response from my son's teacher, which should come after school hours.

Tuesday, September 1, 2009

Vote now, vote Arkham!

VOTE NOW! Monster Hunter International PATCH CONTEST!!!:
The entries are in, and now it is time to vote.

Go here to view the patches!

Please post to the comments in this thread which patch you think should become part of the official MHI universe and get a cameo in the second MHI book, Monster Hunter Vendetta. (coming Fall 2010 from Baen).

We have 47 entries. Please post the name of the patch in the comments. Please only vote once. We authors are easily confused. Please, tell your friends, post it to your blog, spam the intertubes. (sell more books!) Whoops. That last one was subliminal.

I will leave this open for this week. At the end of the week I’ll count up the votes, figure out the winner and announce it here.

Vote well. Losing this one can't hurt as much as the losing last vote I cast.

My choice was for Arkham. Next up was the Bloody Bun. This needs a runoff. :(