Saturday, June 28, 2008

Friday, June 27, 2008

The Sweetest Thing

I was walking the dog this morning and saw one of these on the sidewalk.

The hearts were each hand-torn and 20 feet apart for half a block and led up to a house.

I wish they led to mine.

Items Needed

Thursday, June 26, 2008

Want It!

Want It!

The sandals are standard, unattractive, ankle strap models, equipped with small compartments in the arches. Each holds a fitted wallet-esque insert, while leaving enough room to accommodate keys or other small items. For safety, the cavities are secured with snap locks, plus Velcro covers that seal out sand, debris, and the ashes of murdered lifeguards.

The APs are made with comfortable polyeurethane midsoles and are simply sized small, medium, or large. They come in blue, black, and brown so you can buy the hue that best matches your suntan or melanoma.

How Hard Stuff Is As I Get Older

Wolf and Bear Interaction

A wolf feeds on a road-killed elk carcass in the morning. A grizzly bear with two cubs feeds on the carcass in the evening. A grizzly bear will chuff and pop its jaw when it feels threatened. Sometimes it will also charge at the threat, usually veering off or stopping short – a bluff charge. Early the next morning a grizzly bear with cubs chuffs and bluff charges a wolf. The wolf appears to be alone and, at times, postures as if it is playing. Video camera was triggered by a motion sensor (Make sure you have your sound on for this). August 10, 2007. Glacier National Park.

A Fun Commercial

Tuesday, June 24, 2008

Great Falls - Home of the Stupid

GREAT FALLS, Mont. (AP) -- A Great Falls man has been charged with felony criminal endangerment after prosecutors said he shot his friend in the face with a gun he forgot he loaded after an afternoon "quick draw" contest.

Henry Haviland, 23, was hospitalized in serious but stable condition with a gunshot wound to the jaw. Zachary Enloe, 20, made an initial appearance in District Court Monday, where bail was set at $2,500.

Court records say Haviland and Enloe had been "dry firing" handguns at each other Sunday afternoon at the apartment of Haviland girlfriend. All three left for a time, and returned at about 9 p.m.

Court records say the 23-year-old Haviland dry-fired his unloaded .45 caliber pistol into the fireplace and then at Enloe. Prosecutors say Enloe then pulled his own 9mm pistol and shot Haviland in the jaw.

Last week, Brian Walsh, 24, was sentenced to 25 years in prison for killing his friend with a gun Walsh thought was unloaded. And in May, airman Jonathon Higgins was charged with negligent homicide. He was accused of firing a shot that killed fellow airman John Howry while the two were joking around at a party. His trial is scheduled to start on Aug. 18.

I want that sticker.

Neave TV

Sunday, June 22, 2008

A Joke

A drunk staggers out of a bar and runs right into two priests. He says, "I'm Jesus Christ." The first priest says, "No, son, you're not." So the drunk says it to the second priest. The second priest says, "No, son, you're not." The drunk says, "Look, I can prove it." He walks back into the bar with the two priests. The bartender takes one look at the drunk and exclaims, "Jesus Christ, you're here again?"

Overheard at the beach

Beach patrol: Ma'am, I am going to have to ask you to put on your top. This is not a "clothing optional" beach.

Man sitting with topless woman: Leave her alone. She is trying to get a full body tan.

Beach patrol: Sir, I think you are asking quite a bit from the sun.

--Fort Macon, North Carolina

I think the idea is that if you only drink beer you won't go home with a surprise

A very odd advertisement

What to Amazon raters think about the new $500 ethernet cable?

"A caution to people buying these: if you do not follow the "directional markings" on the cables, your music will play backwards. Please check that before mentioning it in your reviews."

"If I could use a rusty boxcutter to carve a new orifice in my body that's compatible with this link cable, I would already be doing it. I can just imagine the pure musical goodness that would flow through this cable into the wound and fill me completely -- like white, holy light. Holding this cable in my hands actually makes me feel that much closer to the Lord Jesus Christ. I only make $6.25/hr at Jack In The Box, but I saved up for three months so I could have this cable. It sits in a shrine I constructed next to my futon in Mother's basement."

Snow Globes You Won't Find at Hallmark

It's nice to be back out sailing

Saturday, June 21, 2008

The Whitefish Novel

An old man regales his grandchildren with tall tales from his days working on the railroad, before the influx of moneyed newcomers. A group of Realtors at an art show criticize the city’s Critical Areas Ordinance. An overworked young newspaper editor struggles to manage her office. Environmentalists sit around a table in the Railway District discussing how to rid the Flathead Valley of unsightly billboards. A thug out on parole from Deer Lodge is busted in his trailer for filming adult movies of underage girls.

While many of these scenes may have occurred in Whitefish, they all take place in the anonymously written Web site,, an ongoing and unfinished online murder mystery that has been updated regularly for more than six months.

Whoever the writer is, their knowledge of Whitefish is nearly encyclopedic, with descriptions of everything from the topography of the difficult ski runs at Big Mountain to the common sights and rituals of downtown Whitefish during the Winter Carnival. The anonymous author is also obviously paying close attention to local current events, with the two chapters added last week including a reference to the recent anti-sprawl group that has vandalized developments in Columbia Falls and Bigfork.

The accoutrements of the wealthy are keenly observed in the novel, clear in the description of O’Malley’s mansion, from the cynical perspective of the investigating detective, on the night of the murder: “The living room, or whatever it was that an architect would call it, was filled with the usual Cowboy-chic artwork - just rustic enough to make the owner feel like he'd finished a hard day mending fences, but expensive enough to warrant an ooh or aah from visitors drooling with envy.”

Review from the Flathead Beacon:


Thursday, June 19, 2008

A New West review

Yellowstone Valley Brewing is part of a de facto "Brewery District" in downtown Billings, where four microbreweries (Angry Hanks, Carter's, Montana and Yellowstone Valley) thrive within four blocks of each other, making it convenient to stay at a downtown hotel and do a microbrew tasting tour on foot. Nobody knows why all the breweries located in such close proximity, but it certainly is serendipitous for craft brew fans.

Wednesday, June 18, 2008

Scientists have now found water on Mars

Why I didn't catch any fish this week.

July, 2007

June, 2008

Pick a couple of reference points, like the big rock in the foreground or the stump sticking straight up out of the middle of the log jam.

A couple of days in the woods.

Monday, June 16, 2008

Who we met on our morning walk around the neighborhood

If I had six more huskies like Nica we could take care of the deer problem.

Sunday, June 15, 2008

Subaru, Sumo Wrestlers and Electric Six - It's a strange mix.

Morning Kayak

Kayaked out to the heron rookery on the Helena Regulating Reservoir this morning. No babies yet. Nica got her revenge for being left behind by rolling in a dead fish while I loaded my kayak.

Not happy at being left behind.

Close, but not close enough for that shutter speed.

Friday, June 13, 2008

Politics, Money and Occupation.

I hit so many golf balls into sand traps today . . .

that they finally took away my caddie and gave me a camel.

( not bad for a cell phone camera)

Thursday, June 12, 2008

Worth Watching - "Last Orders"

Charismatic butcher Jack Dodds (Michael Caine) orders his lifelong friends to make a special journey in the wake of his death by delivering his ashes to the sea. Joined by Jack's son (Ray Winstone), Lucky (Bob Hoskins), Vic (Tom Courtenay) and Lenny (David Hemmings) travel through the pastoral countryside from pub to pub, revisiting their memories of life after a terrible war. But Jack's wife (Helen Mirren) is on a voyage of her own.

Wednesday, June 11, 2008

Driving To Work (click here to see video)

(music = "Baby, Baby, Baby" by the Vibrators. )

This is just wrong in so many ways.

Bee Gees + 9/11 Truth

Hulu TV now has the Daily Show - for free!

Hulu is a website that offers free, high-quality streaming video of TV shows and movies, primarily from NBC and FOX and their cable networks. Hulu has online social networking features, allowing users to clip videos, or parts of videos, from the site for posting in outside online communities. (Hulu has called this aspect video sharing, though users cannot upload content.)

Hulu provides video in Flash Video format in a higher resolution and bit-rate than YouTube and other streaming video on the web, but lower than standard-definition television, though some films are available in 480P. For users, the service is free and ad-supported, with optional registration.

I found an old t-shirt in my great-grandfather's stuff

You never know what wireless network you're going to pick up

Saturday, June 07, 2008

Go see this movie

Go get yourself a caipirinha.

1 lime

2 ounces of cachaça

Sugar to taste

Ice cubes

Wash the lime and roll it on the board to loosen the juices. Cut the lime into pieces and place them in a glass. Sprinkle with the sugar and crush the pieces (pulp side up) with a pestle. Just enough to release the juice, otherwise it'll get bitter. Add the cachaça and stir to mix. Add the ice and stir again.

Death Cab for Cutie - I Will Posses Your Heart

Fat Ed's Furry !@#$% Guide to Metal

Definitely NSFW language.

I had a Photo Scavenger Hunt!

On Thursday night I had a Scavenger Hunt. For the past few months I've been taking pictures of funky/odd/funny things in people's yards. I made a booklet, invited over friends and coworkers and we split into three teams who had an hour each to find as many items as they could. A good time was had by all.

The winning score was 27/47. There are six items just behind this man.

Bumper Sticker of the Week

"Speak up or be ruled by the stupid."

Want It!