Tuesday, November 23, 2004

Serpico Vertigo

I have the chorus of U2's 'Vertigo' running through my head.

Only the word "vertigo" has been replaced by "Serpico."

Friday, November 19, 2004

Hot Water

Coffee makers work better when you put coffee in them.

Friday, November 12, 2004


There's a travel mug of cold coffee and 4 almost-overripe bananas sitting on my kitchen counter right now.

Needless to say, I'm in the office.

Tuesday, November 09, 2004

A Hideous Confluence of Pineapples and Meatloaf

I bought a pineapple the other day. (On sale.) I got around to cutting it up last night. Most of it went into a container, but I had a little left over, so I decided to put it in the Braun hand blender I have (but never use).

I was expecting "chopped" or "shredded," but got something the wrong side of "pureed." No matter. I was making a turkey meatloaf, so decided to mix some in there to see what would happen.

Actually, it wasn't supposed to be a turkey meatloaf -- it's just when I mixed the mush into the mass of meat, it got really...runny. Even with the judicious application of breadcrumbs, so I plopped it into the loaf pyrex.

Now, there are recipes that incorporate pineapple into meatloaf (which I determined afterwards). Some claim to be quite good. This however, was not one of them.

After an hour in the over, the outside was burnt, the inside was an amorphous mush, and the smell was of rotten ass, suitable for immediate disposal.

In Case You Were Wondering, Spyware Is Bad

For G-d knows what reason, I was adjusting my MSIE 6.0 "security" settings (I have to use it for ork), and I must have hit "enable" on the wrong ActiveX setting, because all of a sudden my machine was hit by popups, redirects and browser bar programs -- all hitting at 2:59pm today.

After running AOL Spyware Protection, Ad-Aware and Spybot, I think things are back to nermal.

I just hope I restored the proper security setting.

Monday, November 08, 2004

The little differences.

My sister ran (and finished) the New York City Marathon on Sunday.

I sat on the couch and ate potato chips.

Thursday, November 04, 2004

A Stabby Start

This morning, I was looking at knife blade to check for rust. No rust. However, as I was resheathing the blade, I missed the sheath. I did not, however, miss my right hand, which was holding the sheath, so I managed to bury the tip into the side of my pinky.

That was definitely a waker-upper.

I made it to the bathroom, and a combination of direct pressure, cold water and steri-strips (a must for every well-stocked first aid kit) managed to staunch the flow. This allowed me to get to the serious work of scrubbing the blood spatter from the carpet.

Monday, November 01, 2004

Has CSI taught us nothing?

Went to Great Falls on Sunday to get a look at the leaves (just past peak color, but still nice), get out on a 70 plus degree October day, and avoid the bulk of Halloween trick-or-treat traffic.

I brought a fleece jacket along just in case. It turned out to be way too much; I spent half the walk trying to find a good place to stash it but ended up carrying it the entire time.

Also brought my digital camera along, took about 30 snaps along the way.

Just downloaded them and they looked kind of weird, in a fuzzy, soft focus kind of way.

I looked at the lens, and of course there's a nice big fingerprint on in it.