Sunday, September 27, 2009

My Sister in Austria: Part III

Apparently there is a German version of SpongeBob Squarepants. According to Katie, it is "kinda creeeeeeeepy".

After watching the below, I have to agree. The SpongeBob-on-acid scene at 1:03 is particularly freakish.

One Clever Stat too Far

In general, I think it's a good thing that NFL broadcasters have a weath of data available at their fingertips. But sometimes they try too hard.

"Not since 2004 have the Jets opened a season 3-0!!!" shouted the commentator, apparently under the impression that this little tidbit of info is among the most important tidbit of tidbits ever.

Seriously, "Not since 2004"??? OMG, that makes it like, what, 2 seasons out of 6 that this happens? My gosh, how incredibly rare!!

I propose a new rule for broadcasters: you don't get to start a sentence with "Not since..." unless the next words out of your mouth describe a point in time more than 10 years ago.

Sunday Cat Blogging

Lucy Goosey Rabbitfoot

Saturday, September 26, 2009

My Sister in Austria: Part II

OrionSky019 (12:17:13 PM): Soooo
OrionSky019 (12:17:24 PM): apparently the austrians are not nearly as amused as I am, when I walk out of the wrong bathroom..
OrionSky019 (12:21:29 PM): ya, that's right, i'm an international idiot
OrionSky019 (12:21:58 PM): i got the STRANGEST look from this elderly man
OrionSky019 (12:22:05 PM): haha i think his eyes got about as big as the moon

Authentic Mexican!

As opposed to the apparently unauthentic Asian. Silly Target.

Wednesday, September 23, 2009

My Sister in Austria: Part I

Her exact words:

"Mozart should only be heard in a place as beautiful as this."

UPDATE: Originally this was titled "My Sister in an Austrian Music Hall", but I decided to make this into a series, chronicaling my sisters adventures across the sea.

Monday, September 21, 2009

Foul Mood this Morning

For whatever reason, I seem to be in a very foul mood this morning. I don't really know why, since I have several reasons to be happy (Giants humiliating the Cowboys in their fancy new stadium; dinner with good peoples tonight).

I do, however, have several theories:

  • I didn't get enough sleep last night. Weird, since I went to bed around 12 which is when I normally go to sleep, but I am very tired, especially my eyes. This leads directly to the next item:

  • I woke up 2 hours later than I wanted to, and had to rush around this morning.

  • There are idiots on the road. Hey idiots: here's an idea! If two of you are driving side-by-side on the highway and you both need to get into the others' lane, don't keep both slowing down assuming that the other will speed up. Take the goddamn initiative and fix the backup that you're both causing by continuously slowing from 65 to 60 to 55 to 50 to 45 to 40 to 35 mph on the freaking highway ... and for heaven's sake if you see it isn't working then don't keep trying it! Morons.

  • I listened to the radio on the way to work, and their show this morning was about parents not making their kids eat what was prepared for dinner, and instead just microwaving some chicken nuggets because the little buggers fake vomit the food out. This pissed me off as well.

  • Futhermore, the annoying glowy-orange reminder that Outlook insists on popping up on my toolbar is the bane of existence. This pisses me off as well.

  • A direct result of the first two: I just checked the mirror and I have huge bags under my eyes. *sigh.

Sunday, September 20, 2009

Saturday Night Blogging

Todd just said "I want to take pills that make me constipated for three or more days."

Also, there is a new Barbie movie coming out. It is "Barbie and the Three Muskateers". How far have we fallen as a civilization? How far? How far?

Saturday, September 19, 2009

Sunday, September 13, 2009

Weekend Cat Blogging

Right before snapping this with my camera, Lucy was curiously sniffing these turkey decorations, and I could just see the wheels turning: Does I eats this? Looks like bird ... but no smells like bird, very confoosing ... uh oh, Daddeh is takins out da camera, gotsta look pretteh.

This is actually a gift for my mom, but she probably won't look at this blog before Thanksgiving anyway, so I'm safe.

Football Epiphany

Many many years ago (I don't even remember if Will was born yet), when I lived in Lancaster, my parents took the family to see a Millersville University football game. We sat on the vistor's side, mainly because my sister and I were still young enough to be thoroughly amused by rolling down the hill by the bleachers, which we spent the better part of the game doing.

My parents ended up sitting close to a big black guy, who clearly had a son on the opposing team. The guy yelled constantly, calling out the refs, cheering on his son, standard parent stuff. Then, at one point, he bellowed "BOOOOOOOOO!!!! Grounding, grounding!", and when I say bellowed, I mean BELLOWED. In all honesty, that was the first time in our short lives that my sister and I realized humans could sound like foghorns. And we found it incredibly hilarious.

So, like good little kids, we pointed and laughed our asses off. Looking back on it, my dad was probably sweating bullets that this big black guy was going to get pissed off and come over and punch him out, which wouldn't have been funny, but at the time Katie and I just couldn't stop laughing.

For whatever reason, that particular memory has stayed with me for decades, and every once in a while something will trigger it, and I'll chuckle to myself.

Tonight something triggered it, and I chuckled ... and then ... EPIPHANY! After all this time, something like 15 years, I know what grounding is! And I understand what the guy was bellowing about.


That is all.

Wednesday, September 09, 2009

Republican Response Liveblogging?

Sure, why not?

9:07PM - Oh my. Who picked this guy? It sounds like a campaign ad. And why is he standing openly?

9:08PM - Nope, bored.

Obama Address Liveblogging

Obama's about to start his healthcare address to Congress. Naturally, I am live blogging.

8:01PM - Introducing the cabinet and diplomatic corps.

8:02PM - Blitzer is saying to expect hearty applause from Democrats, but some stony silence from Republicans.

8:03PM - Michelle Obama's dress. Very pink. Eh. Someone needs to tell her she looks her best when her bottom doesn't flare out like that.

8:05PM - Wow, they're playing a clip of Bill Clinton's '93 address, and I'd forgotten how young Clinton actually looked 16 years ago.

8:07PM - Good point by one of CNN's talking heads: there are 5 healthcare bills being considered right now, and Obama's probably going to propose a 6th. It's going to get complicated.

8:12PM - Enter Obama. You know, I've always wondered why there isn't a larger door into the House for these sorts of things. There's just a small 4 ft wide entrance with a plain octagon inset overtop.

8:15PM - Did Pelosi just ask Obama to grab her a copy of the script?

8:17PM - Starts off by talking about the economy and how we still have a way to go. I wonder, is he going to link this with healthcare, or is it a stand alone issue?

8:19PM - "Didn't come here to clean up a crisis, we came here to build a future." I see, so no link :)

8:21PM - Some points about health insurance, and how it has problems, like cost, lack of stability, pre-existing conditions, recision, etc. Stories about insurance failures, a woman needing a double masectomy denied because of acne. This is good stuff.

8:24PM - Hmm... describing rising costs as a hidden tax, 1K a year, because of uninsured. Interesting formulation. I wonder if it's designed to bring over Republicans, which, I'm sorry to say, is a lost cause.

8:25PM - Applause from the left for the Canadian option. No applause for the right's option.

8:27PM - Obama says Congress agrees on 80% of what needs to be done. If that's true, it's pretty telling that the remaining 20% is what's stopping us.

8:28PM - Some gentle scolding to Congress about partisanship. Lots of applause.

8:28PM - 3 Simple Goals: More stability for those who have insurance. Provide insurance for those who don't. Slow the growth of costs.

8:30PM - "Nothing in our plan requires you to change what you have." A good try, but really, "Nothing requires"? Sounds technicalityish. Who put that in?

8:30PM - No more exclusion of pre-existing conditions. No more recission. No more caps. A limit on out-of-pocket expenses. I like this all, and yet ... altogether I wonder how insurance competition is going to work out of all this?

8:33PM - Insurance exchange is the 2nd part. Good line about how exchanges are what Congress uses, and should be what everyone can get. Tax credits for those who can't afford.

8:34PM - Ahhh... the short-term insurance against financial ruin from McCain's presidential campaign. Good policy, good politics.

8:35PM - Don't know if it's the 2nd part or 3rd part, but Obama's plan includes a mandate. He's completely correct that this is necessary to make everything work, especially to keep the insurance business viable.

8:37PM - Ohh, now he's going for Palin and the Death Panels. Calls her out as a liar, plain and simple. Also clears up the illegal immigrant thing, to loud boos ... not sure who from. Interesting if it came from the left. Interesting if it came from the right. Also clears up the abortion thing, to applause.

8:39PM - Here comes the public option. Frames it up as holding the insurance companies accountable, and ensuring competition.

8:42PM - Hmm, public option would only be available for those who go onto the exchange and can't get employer insurance. He also insists that he will require it to be self-sufficient.

8:44PM - Oooohhh... addresses "progressives" on policy, admonishes "Republicans" to bring forth "reasonable objections". Ouch.

8:46PM - Obama promises not to sign a plan that will increase the deficit. Good. Spending cuts if savings don't materialze ... yikes.

8:47PM - Ouch again. Plants blame for the deficit squarely on Bush. Doesn't call him out by name, but it wasn't subtle.

8:49PM - Talks down the Medicare myths. Promises that Medicare benefits will not be touched, and reminds seniors that the scary stories are coming from people who tried to abolish it earlier.

8:51PM - Ah, now we get to the nitty gritty. The plan will be paid for by surtaxes on expensive insurance plans.

8:52PM - "Defensive medicine may be contributing to unnecessary costs." Yikes, who wrote that line? Incidentally, this gets back to my idea about a healthcare bubble - namely that we've simply advanced way too quickly and can't pay for anything.

8:55PM - "I will not waste time with those who've made the calculation that it's better politics to kill this plan than to improve it." Good line. Promises to call out people who spread lies.

8:56PM - Whoh, Ted Kennedy wrote a letter a few months ago, and asked for it to be delivered upon his death ... and called for health care reform.

9:03PM - Obama rounds up his speech with national greatness stuff. Honestly, I find this stuff kind of boring. I don't need him to tell me how awesome I am :P

Fall is Back

It's a brisk 70 degrees with a chill wind outside ... and I'm LOVING IT.