Monday, May 29, 2006


Of bad album covers!

Friday, May 26, 2006

Dispatches from the land of creepy!

Number one: The hair! The hair! It's alive! Yes folks, that IS a right angle between the hairline and the forehead.

Number two: God? Read some of the testimony. Yucky!

Number three: OK, this is a bit of a stretch given it's relationship to #2, but it also stands on it's own. And fills out the rule of three nicely. I recommend the "Are You a Good Person" test. (under tools | are you a good person) I especially like #2.

Wednesday, May 24, 2006

Goddamn West Wing!

It ended the way it declined- with a terrible lack of attention to detail.

Mrs. Bartlett: Who in his right mind decided that January would be the best time of year to hold and outdoor ceremony North of the Equator?

President Bartlett: Jefferson...Adams...Frankin

Wrongo! It was originally in March and was moved to January in 1933 by the 20th constitutional amendment.

You can't take a show that was designed by a maniac and turn it into "ER" Mark II.

Tuesday, May 23, 2006


Ear, originally uploaded by ruidosoblog.

First post from Flickr! Whee! I think this is MD's ear.


This is a test post from flickr, a fancy photo sharing thing.

Yesterday's Tomorrow, Today

That's the tagline of my new favorite website. Bravo, Modern Mechanix!

If you click on the article, you generally get a larger readable version. If you click the little magazine cover, you get some neat website wizardry that gives a full size view.

Thursday, May 18, 2006

NBC Fall Schedule Madness!!!

9-10 p.m. "HEROES" This is NBC: of course this is an on-again, off-again unrequited love story set in a sandwich shop.

8-9 p.m. "FRIDAY NIGHT LIGHTS" We admit it: this is a lame TV ripoff of a movie. Featuring Gary Coleman as the Billy Bob Thornton character.
9-10 p.m. "KIDNAPPED" In an effort to copy Fox's success with "24" and "Prison Break", we tried to hire away some of the magic. All we got was a college dropout PA and he gave us "Kidnapped", a slower than real time, flashback-packed 22 episode committment that details 60 seconds of a bank vice-president's kidnapping.

9-9:30 p.m. "20 GOOD YEARS" Maudlin dramedy that starts with a guy having a heart attack where every episode is a flashback to some event in the guy's 20 year marriage. "American Beauty" meets "How I Met Your Mother."
9:30-10 p.m. "30 ROCK" This is actually a typo and NBC accidentally bought an entire season of "3rd Rock From the Sun", again.

9-10 p.m. "STUDIO 60 ON THE SUNSET STRIP" We needed to reclaim the Cheers/Cosby/Seinfeld/Friends/Will&Grace Must-See magic, and we did: a black retired pitcher turned bar owner moonlights in his own bar as a comedian who lives with his gay sister and their friends across the hall. Come to Studio 60 to witness the magic!
10-11 p.m. "ER"/("THE BLACK DONNELLYS" in January 2007) Uncomfortable racial jokes that miss the mark because the show has 27 executive producers.

7-8 p.m. "FOOTBALL NIGHT IN AMERICA" Highlights of the entire day's NFL games set to trance music.
8-11 p.m. SUNDAY NIGHT FOOTBALL You might think this is going to be a weekly football game, but it's really a 17 week (three hours a week) miniseries about gay caballeros in Guadalahara.

How to repair a hole

Suppose you noticed that your bathroon door was crooked, and found that it was because the hinge was loose in the jamb? And further suppose that you dutifully found a screwdriver and tightened the screws, only to find that the door then fell off completely? Now you've got a problem. The wood is stripped, the hole is too big for the screws at hand. You could do it "angry dad" style and obtain the largest non-matchingest replacement screw you could find, torque it down good and, while the door would in fact be fixed, it would be ugly and never quite work right again.

Or you could do this: find a sliver of wood of roughly the same size and shape as the failed hole, I shaved appropriate slivers of wood out of a 2x4, coat them with wood glue and jam them into the holes. You could also probably use toothpicks. Let the glue dry and then shave the protuding remnants off with a knife. Now you can dril out a new hole, or just tap one with the screw, and your door will now be fixed.

Tuesday, May 16, 2006

ABC Fall Schedule Madness!

Always beloved, at least by me, musings on ABC's fall lineup's new shows:

MONDAY: 10:00 p.m. "What About Brian" Fictionalized comedy about the backstage shenanigans on the "Family Affair" set.
John Rhys-Davies as Sebastian Cabot and Paris Hilton as Mrs. Beasley.

8:00 p.m. "Dancing with the Stars" (new night)/"Set for the Rest of Your Life" (new alternative series) In "Set", Ashton Kucher coaxes people to step into wet concrete.
9:00 p.m. "Let's Rob..." (new comedy series) A new dance craze, "The Rob", overcomes a small town in Ohio. Dan Lauria as the choreographer.
9:30 p.m. "Help Me Help You" (new comedy series) Dennis Franz as a smack-talking angel in Rotterdam.

10:00 p.m. "The Nine" (new drama series) Semi-improvised mockumentary series about German engineers in Japan working to create Mazda's new luxury sedan, the Mazda Nine.

8:00 p.m. "Big Day" (new comedy series) College dropout Rudy (played by Wilmer Valderama) tries his hand at a new job every episode.
8:30 p.m. "Notes from the Underbelly" (new comedy series) Fat actress Kirstie Alley plays a washed up clothing designer starting a new life as a maternity wear designer.
10:00 p.m. "Six Degrees" (new drama series) John Larroquette reprises his Capt. Stillman role as night lookout at the weather station at the North pole and hilarity ensues.

8:00 p.m. "Betty the Ugly" (new comedy series) A Friday laff-riot about an extremely attractive girl with an extremely ugly personality.
9:00 p.m. "Men in Trees" (new drama series) Reality series about tree trimmers in Maine.

10:00 p.m. "Brothers & Sisters" (new drama series) Comedy about a vow-of-silence monastery across the river from a Baptist choir summer camp.

Monday, May 15, 2006


CNN cut early to Bush's speech, airing part of a rehersal followed by a dirty look. As I said, smooth.

Wednesday, May 03, 2006

Smoke? Mac?

Awesome. I also detect duct tape. I don't know what the website's story is, so don't blame me for anything you see there.