Tuesday, September 23, 2008

Same Bat Time, Same Bat Channel

Not much has changed regarding a DVD release of the 1966 Batman TV series. Finally, someone has laid out many of the obstacles preventing this from happening. There's also a bit regarding the hold up on a Green Hornet release.

Monday, September 22, 2008

Insult to Injury?

Not sure if this is merely coincidence or some kind of cruel joke, but Mr. Mike Sterling posted a picture of a Green Hornet fan club pin in his post this morning. If Chris Sims later posts a picture of a hornet kicking me in the face, then I'll know for sure that the Internet is out to get me.

Sunday, September 21, 2008

It Is Done

This afternoon, armed with a shovel and a bucket, the hornet nest was knocked out of the ceiling. After cleaning up the remnants of the nest, bugs, and larvae (of which, the cleanup was particularly nasty), I am done. There's still a hole in the ceiling, but I'll patch it tomorrow.

I've dealt with a lot of home-related annoyances, but this was quite possibly the worst. Regardless, it's time to go to bed and read comics until I fall asleep.

Saturday, September 20, 2008

The Face of the Enemy

This is what I saw Thursday night:

Everyone will work for Swarm? Not me, Sunshine!

Friday, September 19, 2008

Swarm! SWARM!

This is the enemy. Eco-friendly sprays have no effect. Fire extinguishers just piss them off. It's either the heavy duty stuff or nothing. Oh yeah, these bastards have absolutely no problem going straight for the neck. I lost this battle, but I'll win the war dammit. So help me, I will WIN THIS WAR!

Monday, September 15, 2008

Road Rage

Is there some stupid road game where drivers of souped-up (or tricked-out as the whippersnappers say) try to get as close to the bumper of the other guy while driving down a highway? I was witness to this happening not once, but twice in the span of 30 or so minutes while driving home from Arlington this afternoon. Several times, these morons decided to play their stupid game in the carpool lane. The idiots involved are lucky no one was hurt by their idiocy. Regardless, I hope they die in a fire anyway.

Poll Smoking

Caught Palin's interview with Charlie Gibson the other day and Was Not Impressed. The plethora of non-answers was enough to make me ill. I'm sure the hemming and hawing would have been perfectly fine on Bill O'Reilly's show whereas Obama's appearance on that show was constantly peppered with accusations of "spin."

The "lipstick on a pig" non-controversy would have died on the operating table had the mainstream media decided not to make hay of it, but I guess there was nothing else to report on that week. By the way, did you know that the US ambassadors to Bolivia and Venezuela were expelled from those nations this week? You'd never know it watching cable news where it was either Hurricane Ike or the favorite breakfast cereal of the candidates. Way to keep people informed you self-serving hacks.

Speaking of the candidates, has either one of them outlined what they plan to do as President? I don't recall hearing too much of that during the conventions. Somebody better shore up some policy before September 26 unless, of course, it's a field of dreams where softballs will be thrown.

Wednesday, September 10, 2008

Form Letter

While perusing Slashdot this morning, I came across an article about how Robert Heinlein (author of Starship Troopers among many others) came up with a way to handle fan mail. He had a form letter with multiple answers he'd check off to deal with the common topics he often received. Technically, it was a personal reply... in the form of a check mark.

Friday, September 5, 2008

Oh No! Look Out! It's About to Erupt!!

Last night, I succumbed to the Taco Bell marketing machine and bought some of their new Volcano Tacos. Boy do they know their demographic. There I was, watching Ice Road Truckers, when the commercial came on touting its spicyness through the miracle of Lava Sauce.

Lava Sauce implies lots of heat since things have to be pretty hot to liquefy rock, right? Well, upon eating it, I was just a tad disappointed. While I was expecting heat on the order of hot, molten magma, I would have been happy with jalapeno-level heat atop my taco or even something like Taco Bell's already yummy Fire Sauce. But no, the Lava Sauce was like someone went overboard with a pepper shaker. That's not spicy, that's over seasoned. I'm sure some focus group of soccer moms liked it, but they probably clamored for those Fruitista thingys too.

And what's with the red-pink shell? If it was supposed to be a spicy taco shell, it wasn't. I guess it was to fool you into thinking your taste buds were in for some kind of thermodynamic horror.

Sorry Taco Bell. Thumbs down on the Volcano Taco.

Wednesday, September 3, 2008

Blowhard Idiocy

I've been keeping up with the assorted hurricane stuff and now that Gustav is more or less gone (no longer an organized storm but still dropping plenty of rain), out come the complainiacs. Here's a wonderful little gem from today's AP coverage:

'Next time, it's going to be bad because people who evacuated like us
aren't going to evacuate,' Catherine Jones, 53, of Silsbee, Texas, who spent three days on a cot at a church shelter with her disabled son. 'They jumped the gun.'

They jumped the gun? How the hell was anyone supposed to know how bad things would get? Hurricane Gustav made landfall as a Category 3 storm. Sound familiar? As crappy as the government normally is, your life and thousands of your fellow citizens' lives were likely saved thanks to a bit of prudent planning (hardly perfect by any means) and concern. If you choose to gamble with your life, that's your business. But your gamble does not become the government's problem should you ignore a future evacuation order and need to be airlifted off the roof of your house.

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