Thursday, December 31, 2009

Sunday, December 27, 2009

Saturday, December 26, 2009

One Evening in a Bus Station.

It's so harsh, but his expression is priceless. - and he's walking away... Hilarious. Don Martin. Mad 199, June 1978. Just grabbed the first 500(!) issues. Searched through to find the Sex Pistols parody that I read as a kid and didn't really understand: Johnny and the Commodes.

And so how was your xmas? Wii (fit+) had a great time with Nerf guns and a Keyboard-piano. Bought eye-protection tonight after an epic battle today.

Friday, December 25, 2009

Merry Christmas

Thursday, December 24, 2009

Wednesday, December 23, 2009

Demonoid is Back!

Saturday, December 19, 2009

Neighbors afro skull house.

Lacuna coil.

Friday, December 18, 2009

Long Story Short

What a week! I've jumped though so many hoops in the past 8 days that... that... I don't know; something-something-trained seal-something... I'm tired. but tonight it was all worth it. Tonight our home is being heated by a new high-efficiency, state-of-the-art, boiler, and I only have to pay for half of it.

About a week and a half ago the furnace (boiler that is- we have radiators) was acting up again; it wasn't firing up when it should. I fiddled a bit but finally called a guy to come have a look. He said that he could take apart the thermocouple and clean it to help the weak pilot light. The thing was - and he wanted to be very up front about it - that if he broke anything while he was doing that, there were literally no parts available for the near-100 year old furnace and we would be having an immediate emergency. Google found some documentation from the burner manufacturer, but it was in the Smithsonian collection, otherwise no trace - no lie: in a museum. We decided to continue manually starting it each morning and evening, while we looked into getting a new one. The money had to be spent, good thing there is a $1500 tax credit available right now.I scrutinized the internet for the best installers, got two detailed estimates from two highly rated local companies. Their overall prices and un-offensiveness were similar but the decision was easy and known 10 minutes into the conversation with the winner. Had the final price been the same I would have still chosen him. Had they been slightly more expensive I would still have chosen him. I don't usually get excited about appliances but this unit is sweet: a 2 by 2 by 3 foot wall-mounted "box", with integrated stainless steel tank water heater - that's right: that size includes a water heater with a minimum 20 year life span! - and the whole thing vents out the side of the house so they cap off the troublesome squirrel and pine needle filled chimney too. The asbestos octopus and it's 40 gallon neighbor are gone. In it's place, the industrial grey and white robot stands by the stair, it's copper brains connecting to the old fat steel of the house.
But the prices weren't similar. The second guy had done his homework, and immediately after showing me a nice before and after photo book he told me about a brand new program that gives Minnesotans a great-rate loan for energy efficiency home improvements and then covers 35% of it. -And that's not just the furnace hardware, it's also the installation, the water heater and the asbestos-covered box removal, permits, details: everything - then you add the tax rebate and all of a sudden you're paying 6k for a 12k system. You do pay all of your loan money to the installer up front, and then file for your "loan rebate" after, and at tax time get your last bit. Pain in the ass, kind of. I'd do it again in a heartbeat. I love my robot.Now finally the boiler-estimators and the phone-loan officers and closing agents and abate-ors and boiler-installers are gone. we've cleaned up the crazy mess with vacuums and mops and brooms and rags and paper towels... and put the pieces back, approximately. and! we weathered abatement-night with no heat(er) until tomorrow. ..

The basement is a bit colder now without the virtual campfire but the heater by my leg is perfect. 1952 octopus checkup tag. Ridler's Uptown Heating and Cooling

Ready for the next 50 years.

and so what were you up to last week?

Saturday, December 12, 2009

It Might Get Loud: Movie Review

Finally watched It Might Get Loud last night. I really wanted to love this movie. It was three stories, of three histories, and you would imagine because of their huge contributions; destiny had brought them together to sit down and document this magical event for the great musical archive. But it wasn't like that. It felt like you could have swapped any or all of them and you would have come out with the same movie. Yes; you could see the chemistry increasing over the course of the film, but at the end the maker suggests the three's (only) connection is as songwriters and storytellers, and that's, disappointingly, essentially true... it seemed like when they were together I could always feel the movie crew just off camera, and that they could too. I think I was just expecting too much. I'll have to watch it again and see if it feels the same.

Sunday, December 6, 2009

Surf Night at the Hex is gone

When I got to the bar I was sorry to learn that I was at the last Surf Night at the Hexagon. I won' t miss that sad, dirty dive for sure, and nearly six years is a good long run for any band, anywhere, granted, but I know I'll see Steve a whole lot less from now on.

Saturday, December 5, 2009

Them Crooked Vultures

I like Led Zeppelin of course, and Queens of the Stone Age and Foo Fighters - but somehow I didn't expect to like this all that much. Listened last night and it knocked me out! Or maybe it was the beer, one of the two, get it here.

Friday, December 4, 2009