Over on Terry Moore's blog he's got a picture up of a couple of actresses that have a strong resemblance to his characters, Francine and Katchoo.
I think they're pretty close but just not quite "it".
However, for whatever my two-cents are worth, I think that Portia De Rossi would make an awesome Katchoo if they were ever to cast a show (or movie) about the book.
What do you think?
Portia / Katchoo
Katchoo / Portia
Well... it's just my opinion.
Sep 30, 2008
Over on Terry Moore's blog he's got a picture up of a couple of actresses that have a strong resemblance to his characters, Francine and Katchoo.
While I'm in a zombie kind of mood, here's something to kill some time with:
There are two holidays that I really love:
Sep 29, 2008
Look for a cameo by a famous comic book character.
By the way, these girls are Korean.
I know the tag below says "Japanese Schoolgirls", but I didn't want to make a new tag up.
I'm lazy like that.
Sep 28, 2008
This economic crunch is really affecting all levels of society in our country.
No one is immune (except for maybe those that caused it in the first place).
Case in point:
83-year old Hugh Hefner has to lay off staff of his multi-million dollar empire as it struggles to cope during the global economic turmoil or face bankruptcy.
Hefner has already said he won't be throwing any more wild parties in an effort to cut down on costs, but now the famed bunnies will soon be looking for new homes.
So, with many of them needing a place to stay I propose an Adopt-A-Bunny plan to keep them from wandering the streets.
Who's willing to help out?
When I updated the layout on this blog I forgot to include the Google Analytics code to keep track of my visitors (and how they find me).
It's a fun little add-on and I realized when I went to include the code, that I hadn't checked the reports in quite a while.
So I just toodled around checking it out just now, and you know what?
I STILL don't get any referrals for porn searches.
All the cool kids get funky sex-related searches, but not me.
Looking through the keywords I had things like:
blue tarp camper
I like the way this guy smells (for real. this was one of the searches)
giant grilled spider
sour cheese smell in or on my wall
and variations of "smell" and "camping" with other words thrown in.
I must be doing something wrong.
I think my new goal is going to be throwing in a lot more "obscene" keywords into my posts, or just having post titles that can be construed as sexual references.
That ought to increase traffic to my sight.... only disappoint people when they get here.
Last night, Hotness and I attended the first ballet of this year's season of performances.
The night's program was titled "All Tharp" in reference to ballet and dance choreographer, Twyla Tharp, who had come up with two specially commisioned works for Pacific Northwest Ballet this year.
First up was: Opus 111
This was set to a piece of music for string quartet by Brahms, and was sort of a 'modern-classical' style. Lots of flowing movement amongst the dancers, and colorful simple costumes.
We both enjoyed this one for what it was; a simple display of grace and movement. There was no "story" behind this, so it was purely a visual treat to watch.
There was a brief intermission and then we had the next piece: Afternoon Ball
This was a complete contrast to the previous piece we just watched, in that the music was more driving and intense, the costumes were more current and the movements were very quirky and 'angular'.
Again, no real story behind this piece other than it was just a dance performed by 5 different people. However, watching it gave everyone a chance to interpret it in their own way.
As Hotness and I were talking about it afterwards, we had each percieved the performance from a different perspective.
We both really enjoyed this one and hope to see it again in future PNB seasons.
Both of these pieces were specially choreographed for Seattle's own ballet company, so nobody else in the world has seen them performed yet. They were quite a treat and highly recommended!
The last performance was one that PNB has done before: Nine Sinatra Songs
(technically, it was 8 Sinatra songs, since one of them was played twice... but who's counting, right?)
This is quite simply exactly what is sounds like. Different songs by the Chairman of the Board, Frank Sinatra.
They were ballet interpretations of 50's era dance-styles, each to a different song.
It's a fun piece and very much worth going to see.
The "All Tharp" performance plays through Oct. 5th in Seattle at the McCaw Hall.
Local reviews: Seattle P-I, KUOW 94.9 FM, Seattle Times
Afterwards, we met up with Elwood and his wife at Pomodoro for late night nibbles and coffee.
We hadn't been since our last ballet for the previous season (back in June).
It was fun to see them and although it didn't seem like it, we were there for about 3 hours eating and talking and just having a really nice time.
Thanks again for meeting us there you two, and it's definitely our turn next time!
Sep 27, 2008
Hmmm... something's different around here. Just can't figure out what.
Oh wait! It's a new layout, that's it!
Yeah, I'm trying out something new here.
I liked the blue theme, but I was never really happy with the way pictures were sort of transparent after I'd upload them.
Also, I didn't like how the links were hard to read sometimes.
I had another layout that I liked a lot better, but it had an issue with spacing between sentences.
Also, I couldn't tweak the Header text like I wanted (which I can't do here either but I like it better).
So I'm trying this one out for a while to see if I like it or not.
You'll notice I trimmed down the links a bit on the side.
I didn't like having a huge list of links over there, so I only kept up the ones that I use on a daily basis. I might put up some more as I continue to move things around and make more changes on here.
I noticed after switching to this layout that some of my videos I posted no longer work (or even show up at all).
That's a drag, but I'm not about to go back and fix all of them. Maybe a little later, I'll try to re-do the ones from the past couple of months.
I searched for blog layouts and came up with a ton of them, but if you have any suggestions for places to get them, let me know. I'm still in the process of changing this.
Anyway, let me know what you think.
Comments are definitely welcome.
Our first ballet of the season (review)
Sep 24, 2008
On Sunday, Hotness and I joined the Comic Stop Social Club to help celebrate Technogreek's 31st birthday.
Happy (belated) Birthday wishes dude!
Sep 22, 2008
A fun weekend was had over the past couple of days, but I'll talk about those later.
For now, I'd like to pass along these noteworthy news items:
Woman named Bacon wins hog calling contest in Lewiston, ID.
Really now... how could she NOT win with a name like that?
Woman finds 'Goldilocks' snoring in her son's bed
... and he plead not guilty. Puh-leeeze!
Lastly, better hurry if you want to pretend to be the Lone Ranger along this stretch of road.
SoCal officials to pave over music-making asphalt
A true legend....
This one's kind of long (almost 8 minutes) but if you're a fan, it's worth it.
Sep 20, 2008
Can I get What-what?
P.S. It's totally safe for work
P.P.S. Check out the related video "Texting your way to love"
Sep 19, 2008
It be Talk Like A Pirate Day today!
So grab your Rum, shiver yer timbers and go find ye some booty!
In fact, ye can celebrate the WHOLE weekend by dressing up and being a pirate since today be Friday and thar be nobody stopping you at work when ye git up tomorrow mornin'!
And to kick off yer piratin' mood:
Blue sky above and blue ocean below... YOU ARE A PIRATE!
Thanks to Imperfect for showing me this in the first place.
Arrrh! Yer a true chum, mate!
Sep 17, 2008
I've mentioned my man-crush for Tom Jones before.
Okay, enough about obnoxious people.
There's too many and I don't have enough ammo.
Hopefully they'll become too stupid to breed and die out.
In the meantime, this made me laugh out loud today:
Ninja cat gonna get you!
Sep 16, 2008
I was at the grocery store last night picking up some stuff for dinner (chicken enchiladas verde, yum!).
Things were going just fine. I got everything I needed and then found a line that wasn't too long at the checkout.
It turned out that the cashier was new and therefore was still in training. "No big deal, " I thought, "I'm not in a hurry".
So I put my basket in the conveyor and waited my turn.
As I stood there, I started listening to what was taking place at the register in front of me.
A woman and her two kids were shuffling around stuff they had picked up to buy only to find out they didn't have enough money to pay for it.
That in and of itself isn't a big deal. I've done that myself on occasion.
But the problem was this:
She was a large woman (and I know I'm not a skinny fella, but bear with me for a bit) and quite loud.
They had purchased various food-related items (among them; chips, donuts and cookies) and were trying to pay for them with a government-issued debit card.
There wasn't enough money on the card so they were having to put stuff back. But rather than take it back to where they got it or give it to the cashier, they were stuffing it into the magazines and various other shelving located at the register line. At one point she reached across the counter and placed a handful of bagged food at the register drawer... where the money is.
Then the cashier needed a price check and tried to get the cashier next to us to help.
The women in front of me just pushed her face in the other cashier's area and said, "We need some help here!"
When she got her attention, the woman (customer) asked if the cashier wanted her (the customer) to just ring up the groceries.
"No, that'll be okay. We can take care of it," the woman was told.
So now, back to the gov't debit card they were using.
You get one of these when you need assistance from the government to cover basic needs.
I noticed that this woman was wearing as close to fashionable clothing as she could get.
Faux designer sunglasses on her head. Designer capri pants. And she had a tan (fake? real? I don't care to find out)
But here she is buying junk food with government assistance for her and her kids and stuffing what she couldn't afford into the surrounding shelves and encouraging her kids to do so as well.
They had the poor cashier all confused.
Finally, they were finished and on their way.
Sometimes I'm just ashamed to be seen with other members of the human race.
Sep 15, 2008
How about some Motown to start off the week?
Ahhh... I just love Joan Osborne!
Not only is she damn sexy (in my opinion, anyway) but she has a heck of a voice.
She just released a new album, "Little Wild One", and is kicking off a tour to help promote it.
She'll be in Seattle on Oct. 13th playing two shows at the Triple Door.
I'd love to go, but since it's a Tuesday night, Hotness doesn't.
If anybody is interested in going please let me know. I'd love to have company to enjoy the show with. I'd like to see the early performance, but the later one is fine.
Here's another song she from her album "Righteous Love" (which is my favorite).
The crowd is a little noisy, but Joan's voice shines through it.
Sep 14, 2008
Last week, after getting back from camping, I started in on a project that I'd been putting off until I could spend the time doing it.
Sep 11, 2008
My mom talks about where she was when Kennedy was assassinated, but it's something I can't relate to. It was still 7 years before I was born. (Huh. 7 years. Ironic)
But I can remember the morning of Sept. 11, 2001 very well.
I was still in bed trying to wake up. Hotness was in the bathroom down the hall drying her hair and getting ready for work.
The radio was on the jazz station and the DJ made a news announcment that "it appears that a plane has flown into one of the World Trade Center Towers, but nothing specifc about details at this time".
In my morning haze, I asked Hotness, "Did he say a PLANE hit the building?"
She poked her head into the bedroom and said, "Yeah. I think he did. Wonder what's up with that."
I got ready and was on my way to work, listening to the radio as the story developed.
I couldn't wrap my head around what I was hearing. First one plane, then another one. Panic in New York. Then a plane crashed into the Pentagon.
The Pentagon?!? Isn't that where the military is supposed to be headquartered?
Everybody on the road seemed to be listening as intently as I was, as I don't remember anything traffic-related being a problem that day.
I got to work and one of my co-wrokers asked if I'd heard the news about the towers.
"Yeah. What's going on, have you heard more?" I asked
We set up a TV in the warehouse and watched as the news replayed and commented on the events.
I don't remember being scared or angry or anything like that.
All I can remember is feeling like it was just F*ing surreal and I must still be asleep. Like it had to be the most vivid dream I've ever had.
But it wasn't.
The phones at work were pretty quiet that day. A lot of our customers and our vendors (especially the east coast ones) took the rest of the day off.
Those few who did call, were very quiet and the conversation was carefully approached about the subject of the day.
I remember all the planes across America being grounded and when they started flying again I would look up into the skies and wonder if it was supposed to be there and if it was going in the right direction.
Anyone with a turban got a cautious glance out of the corner of my eye. I didn't want to be a dick, but I also didn't want to help someone attain their promise of virgins in the next life.
It's 7 years later now.
We're at war with 'the terrorists'.
Our ecomony is sinking fast while prices continue to rise.
We've pissed off a lot of the nations we used to be friends with.
We're coming up on an election where I feel I can't trust ANY of the candidates to do what's right for the people and not the corporations that are taking advantage of everyone.
But, I'm not freaked out by seeing a plane overhead and I don't think twice when I see anyone with a turban.
I do keep my eyes open when I'm suspicious of my surroundings but I don't get all worked up about it.
I can't tell if I've woken up yet or not.
Sep 9, 2008
Over the weekend, I went camping again.
Most of the rest of the day was taken spent eating and playing Redneck Life (which I brought to try out. It was a lot of fun!)
One of our group had to be home for a class later that day, so he was already up and packing. He left about 7:00 and G-rod & I were packed and gone an hour later.
Sep 8, 2008
Fish flies out of lake, breaks Arkansas teen's jaw.
Boy was riding in inner tube when Silver Asian carp knocked him out.
Wait... for real?
That had to be one b-i-g freaking fish!
Okay, let's slow things down a bit from all that rock 'n' roll I've been posting.
I'm sure something like this has probably happened to you at some point in life.
Sep 4, 2008
But you can call him "Eazy Money".
8 Yr. old boy hands out counterfeit $20 bills at school.
Man, when I was 8 yrs old I was just wanted to play with my Star Wars figures and watch the Incredible Hulk on TV.
It's a changing world.
Sep 3, 2008
Sep 2, 2008
I'm going to share a recipe I've been using for quite a while. I'd like to say it's perfected, but that's just because I'm happy with the way it comes out. You might find adding something else will make it better.
Anyway, I apologize to my dairy and gluten-allergic friends out there. This isn't going to be one that you'll be whipping up in the kitchen anytime soon, but feel free to comment if you have a way to make it more to your particular needs.
Tom's Tuna Noodle
1, 12 oz pkg of noodles (I prefer either the 'jiffy' spiral kind or the wavy, wide egg noodles)
2, 6 oz cans of tuna (I like to use the kind in spring water since I don't like it all oily)
1, 10.5 oz can of cream of mushroom soup (but feel free to substitute with cream of chicken)
Milk (I use fat-free, but whatever you have on hand. You'll want enough to fill the soup can half-way)
1, 8 oz container of sour cream
2 cloves of garlic (minced)
approx. 3 cups of shredded cheese *
1 bag of thick-cut, lightly-salted potato chips (like Kettle chips or Tim's Cascade Style)
Boil the noodles until they're done, then dump them in a colander and drain them well.
(While the noodles are boiling, you can open the tuna and drain the liquid out)
Turn the oven to 350 F and let it pre-heat while you do the following;
Put the cooked noodles into a large mixing bowl and add everything EXCEPT the cheese. Mix it up with a big wooden spoon or somesuch until everything is coated really well.
Then take a handful of the grated cheese and mix it into your noodles and sauce mixture.
Pour the mixture into a 2 qt casserole dish and top it with with the cheese, saving about another handful for later use.
Put it in the oven for 30 minutes, then take it out and crush up a bunch of the chips. (Enough to put a nice crunchy layer on the noodles.)
After adding the chips, top it with the remaining cheese (you should have just enough to put a light cover over the chips without smothering them).
Put this back in the oven for another 10 - 15 minutes, until the cheese is all melted and everything is bubbly.
It'll be really hot when it comes out of the oven, so let it sit for a bit then dig in!
Let me know if you try this out and what you think.
* for cheese:
I generally use cheddar and mozzarella mixed. Feel free to use whatever suits you, but I'd stay away from 'strong' cheeses like bleu, gorganzola, feta, etc...
Pepper Jack might be good to give it a kick, although I've never tried using it yet.
Also, I like to toss in about 1/4 cup of parmesan cheese into the noodle mixture along with the handful of shredded cheese before baking.
I don't usually put anything else in with the tuna, but if you like to add vegetables, go for it.
I sometimes add a can of mushrooms, but you can put in a cup or two of your favorite casserole veggie (peas, corn, carrots, etc...). Just keep in mind that this will add bulk to the entire mixture and you might need to use a larger baking dish (or put some into a smaller dish and freeze it for later).