December 15th, 2006

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Not Without Power

Didn't lose power in last night's wind- and rainstorm, though to be on the safe side I had my flashlight and crank radio handy, and set my watch alarm to go off a few minutes after my radio alarm. But we're fine so far, and apparently the worst of the wind is done, though it's going to be a wet, cold weekend. (I heard that the turf at Qwest Field in Seattle buckled because of the rain last night.)

In other news that shouldn't be news, cats can make a lot of noise. One ran around on the stairs a little after 4 a.m., sounded like it had hit something, and yowled, waking me up...and in my yanked-from-sleep state, the cat sounded like a toddler who'd fallen and gotten hurt. I took my blinking self into the hall to find out what was going on, and the cat looked at me as if to say "What?"
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Dream Thing

Not The Dream I Wanted Department: Last night's dreams included me on an airliner that takes off -- right between the buildings of downtown Portland...
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Why not a Casey Kasem quote?

Because it never gets old, here's the Casey Kasem rave-out, typed from memory:
Now, we're up to our long-distance dedication. And this one is about kids, and pets, and a situation that we can all understand, whether we have kids or pets or neither. It's from a man in Cincinnati, Ohio, and here's what he writes: "Dear Casey, this may seem to be a strange dedication request, but I'm quite sincere, and it would mean a lot if you played it. Recently, there was a death in our family. He was a little dog named Snuggles, but he was most certainly part of..." Let's, let's start that again. From coming out of the record, play the record, OK... [*a little low and grumbly*] please. [*pause, while the song plays*] See, when you come out of those uptempo goddamn numbers, man, it's impossible to make those transitions, and then you gotta go on to somebody dying...I mean, they do this to me all the time, I don't know what the hell they do it for, but goddamn it, if we can't come out of a slow record, I don't understand it. Is Don on the phone? OK, I want a goddamn concerted effort to come out of a record that isn't a fucking uptempo record every time I do a goddamn death dedication. Now, make it, and I also want to know what happened to the pictures I was supposed to see last week. This is a god, last, goddamn time, I want someone to use his fucking brain to not come out of a goddamn record...that is, uh, that's that's uptempo and I gotta talk about a fucking dog dying!
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That Mythbusters thing I keep talking about (a post for Dad)

Hi, Dad.

I keep going on about that Discovery Channel show Mythbusters. To explain a bit of why I like it, here's a quick collection of links:

One of the hosts is sculptor Adam Savage, and it turns out he has a website -- a little out of date, as the TV page only mentions how he and his friend Jamie Hyneman was involved in the very first "demo" episodes, with a request that people tell Discovery if they like the shows. People did, and it's a few seasons along now. To quote him,
It's Jackass meets Mr. Science. And we're not just testing the myths, we're putting our bodies on the line to bring you the truth!
Savage has done clever work on movies, commercials, theaters, and miscellaneous models (like a scale model of the Titanic and replicas of cool movie props). If you ever hear me saying "I reject your reaity, and substitute my own," I'm most directly quoting Savage.

Of course, there's an official Mythbusters website.

Plus: Kari Byron. One of the builders. Is a geek-babe. I'm not the only guy who has a crush on her. ;-)
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O, Kazakhstan

This amuses me: the Academy of Motion Picture Arts And Sciences (y'know, the Oscar people) have announced that "Kazakhstan National Anthem" (from Borat) is eligible to be nominated for Best Original Song. Please let it be nominated, if only for the production number. It'd be "Blame Canada" all over again. Imagine the chorus of dozens (I hope) singing
Kazakhstan greatest country in the world
All other countries are run by little girls
Kazakhstan number one exporter of potassium
All other countries have inferior potassium

Kazakhstan home of Tinshein swimming pool
Its length thirty meter and width six meter
Filteration system a marvel to behold
It remove 80 percent of human solid waste

Kazakhstan, Kazakhstan you very nice place
From plains of Tarashek to northern fence of Jewtown
Kazakhstan friend of all except Uzbekistan
They very nosey people with bone in their brain

Kazakhstan industry best in the world
We invented toffee and trouser belt
Kazakhstan's prostitutes cleanest in the region
Except of course Turkmenistan's

Kazakhstan, Kazakhstan you very nice place
From plains of Tarashek to northern fence of Jewtown
Come grasp the might penis of our leader
From junction with the testes to tip of its face!
Back on Sunday, the import music show I listen to, Passport Approved, actually played the song, treating it totally straight-faced as a Kazakh recording. That might have been the hardest I've laughed all week.