29 June 2008

Friday night

Friday night in London they had a show for Nelson Mandelas 90th birthday. Will Smith MC'd, Quincy Jones was there. A slew of good musicians. Here is a clip I recorded.

23 June 2008

View from the 12th

Attended a meeting on the 12th floor, couldn't resist

21 June 2008

Herbal essence

Here is my 13 month old basil plant in it's new home, hanging with new pal rosemary.

19 June 2008

English people

We had a fire drill at work the other day. Emptied a 12 story building. Was impressive. Indeed, I took a snap....

18 June 2008

Spartina alterniflora

There just has to be a King novel in here!

17 June 2008

Tuesday adventure

Normal day, until got stuck in a lift(elevator), at work for 30 minutes with 9 other people. Boy did I feel guilty.

15 June 2008

Musical Monday

Taste of home

I acquired some New Mexico dried chile pods. I know it is nothing for the homies, but is a bit of a chore over here.
Made a pot of red chili and some homemade chile rellenos. Muy autentico! Plus, as a bonus, I had Huevos Rancheros for breakfast. Nice weekend indeed from an epicurean standpoint.

14 June 2008

24 Heures Du Mans

Of all the endurance races in the world, Le Mans is the one. I love the start, I love that there are like 4 different classes of cars and I love that Corvette has won their class 6 out of the last 8 years. Great stuff!

13 June 2008

What to do?

Less than 3 hours in my day and I got nuthin...wait, I just typed this! I am saved. Should really use the scheduler more....

12 June 2008


I have been reading up on the chemical that is in the eye medication I have been given. I must say, as far as side effects go this one is a bit of a doozy.

Count me in

Blah blah started it then Rambling jumped aboard and even looks to have created one. I will just use a sample from Graph Jam that made my coca cola come out my nose....
funny graphs
more graph humor and song chart memes

update: Ok, here is my first cheesy attempt at one, but wot tha hey!

What a concept!

I wonder if it comes in denim?

11 June 2008

Most excellent

Space dot com has a video of a booster rocket from the shuttle hurtling back to Earth with musical accompaniment. Must see net vee!


I have been complaining about the sight in my good eye for a few years. There are days where I feel I am going blind and that there is something in my eye. Went to one of the NHS stellar physicians and he told me it was because I was aging and to hold a warm wash cloth under my eye, thanks doc, glad you didn't cost me nothing. The last 2 eye exams I mention my fears, but as these were people younger than my kids and paid by the hour it was really a waste of time.
I had another occurrence today. My eye was all red, water pouring out and worst of all I can't read the emails and letters I have to deal with at work. Needless to say I got a bit stressed.
I went to the hospital and to(I love this), Eye Casualty. The doctor there looked in the 'good' eye, then the affected eye, then repeated, then said yep. He then went to explain that I have recurrent corneal erosion(his words were corneal dystrophy, but as Jerry Lewis ain't doing no telethons for me I pick what I call it), one of the lovely Corneal Dystrophies. This is the part my children will love, it is inherited. See kids, told you I was a giving father!
Aparently there are 2 ways to get it. If either parent has it the chances are 50-50. The other is that neither parent has it, but they are carriers, odds here are one in four.
It is easily treated according to the doc, he gave me some eye cream(ugh), and some drops. I am also scheduled to see a specialist. Sounds really scary, and is when you don't know what it is, but now that I know why I have had this feeling and fear for several years I feel better.

I was thinking if I get a cornea transplant from a serial killer will I see all their crimes?

10 June 2008

just a note

Been following, with interest, the collapse of Western Civilisation© with the recent tomato scare.
I went into a cob shop today and had a BLT. Ahhhhh.

I got the music in me!

I love most kinds of music. Opera and most rap leave me cold. I think it is because I was blessed with such great vision at birth. Below is an example of the letter I can read with my left eye on an eye chart.

That being said, I decided that since I have recently purchased the best sounding earbuds ever I need a player to compliment them. I introduce you to the Cowon(bet you never heard of it!). As an open source type person the Cowon really appeals to me as it not only plays every Digital Rights Managed(read, never 'own' the song), tune ever released, it also plays Ogg Vorbis files.

16 gigs of auditory bliss, scrumptious! Plus, the 60 hour battery life is appealing.
I will wave when I see you in line at the Apple Store for your *.pod....

07 June 2008

Food for thought

"The reasonable man adapts himself to the conditions that surround him while the
unreasonable man adapts surrounding conditions to himself. All progress depends on the
unreasonable man." ~ George Bernard Shaw

“I intend to live forever. So far, so good.” ~ Steven Wright

“Every moment is critical for the defense of freedom."~ Jose Marti

"Be careful who you pretend to be, because you are who you pretend to be." - Kurt Vonnegut

“If they taste it, and they like the way it tastes, you can bet they’ll eat some of it!” ~ Bo Diddley

“It is a strange desire to seek power and lose liberty.” ~ Francis Bacon

from planet procter

The beat goes on....

..lah dee dah dee dee, lah dee dah dee DIE

06 June 2008

Better remember

If it weren't for these brave and hardy souls we would all be wearing coolie hats and working rice paddies.

Say Cheese!

05 June 2008


long day chintzy blog

English view

Points to ponder

Who was the first person to look at a cow and say, 'I think I'll squeeze these dangly things here and drink whatever comes out?'

Who was the first person to say, 'See that chicken there? I'm gonna eat the next thing that comes outta its butt.'
If Jimmy cracks corn and no one cares, why is there a song about him?

04 June 2008


The Galactic Legacy Infrared Midplane Extraordinaire is a survey of the inner part of the Milky Way Galaxy in which we reside.
This is totally cool!!

Dog days

Man, summer is almost upon us here. Got up to 64 dgrees and I thought I was in Roswell in August. I hope to summer in Greenland....

03 June 2008

Lest we forget

This is the most fun you can have without needing a shower later(but, if you do need a shower you have been playing with soap so it's all good.
Just reacquired a Bubblething after a 5 year hiatus. Left my other one stateside. I recommend this to anyone with small children or people that breathe in their life as you will certainly draw a crowd with a 5 foot round bubble.

Motivational art

02 June 2008

Those halcyon days of yesteryear....

Unsure if this falls under 'The good ole days', but it is interesting in an historical sense. Here is a(an?), Heinz ad in Canada from 1944(courtesy The Torontoist).....they could taste the end of the war and knew that all 50 Canadians involved were coming home soon(ok, I made that part up).