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July 29, 2008

Dr. Horrible!

I don't know how long it will be available for free on Hulu, but here it is, in its entirety! You do have to endure the two or three commercials however. Enjoy!

July 26, 2008

"I'm being tortured in my home by this satanic power, man..."

This is an actual answering machine message left at my church. I have no idea who the guy is.

It's creepy and disturbing but kinda cool in a Tarantinoesque kinda way. I love the guy's voice. I'm not sure if the last two lines are supposed to be a threat or not, but I think they are.

July 15, 2008

Loving Doctor Horrible

Dr. Horrible is Joss Whedon's latest effort, a direct to internet show starring Neil Patrick Harris, Nathan Fillion, and Felicia Day. It's a musical about a want to be supervillain and his nemesis, Captain Hammer.

Will Doctor Horrible prove himself worthy of admittance to the Evil League of Evil? Will he be able to finish his Freeze Ray and stop time? Will he win the heart of Penny?

You can only find out, true believers, by tuning into Dr. Horrible's Sing-Along Blog this week only!

I Couldn't Be Prouder

Simon spent this morning making a map for his roleplaying world, deriving its politics and geography from such various sources as World of Warcraft, Eragon, Lord of the Rings, Star Wars, and, of course, the D&D source material. You may not be able to tell from this photo, but it's done in watercolors with marker for the hand lettering. He explained it all to me in about a half hour and I won't ruin it for him by trying to explain it to you now.

Thanks to my buddy Russ for providing materials and inspiration.

I'm so proud of my geeky son. It makes me a little weepy. Really.

July 14, 2008



Not as easy as you might think.

1. Where is your cell phone?

2. Describe your boyfriend/girlfriend?

3. Your hair?

4. Your mother?

5. Your father?

6. Your favorite item?

7. Your dream last night?

8. Your favorite drink?

9. Your dream car?

10. The room you are in?

11. Your ex?

12. Your fear?

13. What do you want to be in 10 years?

14. Who did you hang out with last night?

15. What you’re not?

19. The last thing you did?

20. What are you wearing?

22. Your favourite book?

23. The last thing you ate?

24. Your life?

25. Your mood?

26. Your friends?

27. What are you thinking about right now?

28. Your car?

29. What are you doing at the moment?

30. Your summer?

31. Your relationship status?

32. What is on your tv?

33. When is the last time you laughed?

34. Last time you cried?

35. School?


(Thanks Fuzzy.)

July 12, 2008

Dinner Is Served

Heather and I were craving something summery tonight so we made our own grilled chicken salad with stuff from the Whole Foods Co-op (mostly). The chicken was marinated in an oil and 7-Up marinade with thyme, ginger, garlic, salt, and pepper and then grilled on the charcoal grill. The salad was a bed of baby spinach with craisins, toasted walnuts, feta cheese, and Annie's Papaya Poppy Seed dressing. On the side we had lightly steamed snow peas. To drink we had Beringer's Gewürztraminer which was light and apricoty. Mmmm-mmm!


Why had I never noticed that before?

multi_moons.jpgI had a dream last night in which I looked up and saw a handful of moons in the sky, each a carbon copy of the other, and strung out like a pearl necklace across the sky. In my dreamlike logic I thought, "Why had I never noticed that before?" and just accepted that there were multiple moons and probably always had been.

July 10, 2008

Q: What's better than being carded when you're 41?


A: Having your girlfriend carded when you're 41.

Heather and I went out for martinis tonight at Va Bene where we sat out on the deck and watched the ships and sailboats out on Lake Superior. While I agree that Heather looks young, I was surprised she was carded.

As later we were relating this story to Maria, though, she informed us that there is a sting operation in the area and everyone in town is carding practically everyone. Kinda took the thrill out of it. Oh well.

Still, if you are down at Va Bene I recommend the "Baptism by Fire" martini which is a vodka martini that uses a pomegranate liqueur. Tas-tee!

July 8, 2008

The InBox Has Been Neutralized

Over at F.A.T. (Free Art and Technology) they are encouraging people to get their inbox down to 0 messages and then take a photo of themselves with their newly conquered inbox. I decided I was up to that challenge. Actually, it wasn't much of a challenge. I set my email program up to sort mail as it comes in so very little real mail gets to the inbox anymore. What does quickly gets categorized and sorted into boxes. Yeah, I got mad mail skillz.

But, as you see, I gotta do something about my desktop.

July 5, 2008

The Plural of Gin and Tonic

gin%26tonic.jpgSo, it's summertime and time for one of my favorite seasonal drinks - the gin and tonic. I like mine with crushed ice, 1 part Bombay Saphire Gin, 3 parts tonic water, a squeeze of lime, with the lime wedge garnish on the rim.

But as I was getting ready for a party my girlfriend, Heather, and I got into a discussion as to the proper plural for said drink. To my way of thinking what I am having is a gin which is augmented by the tonic water therefore the proper plural would be "gins and tonic."

But Miss Lake counters that a "gin and tonic" is a discreet unit. It is the name of the drink, therefore the proper plural would be "gin and tonics."

The internet is no help.

The Wikipedia entry is no help since it doesn't list the plural one way or the other.

The Everything entry gives one person's opinion, but it seems less than definitive.

As far as the democracy of Google, "gins and tonic" only gets 1,920 hits where "gin and tonics" gets a whopping 145,000 hits, making "gin and tonics" the popular choice.

Amusingly enough, Fr. John Zuhlsdorf, a Catholic priest, has a blog entry on the same issue, so maybe we can have some ecumenical dialog over the topic.

Opinions? Snarky remarks?

July 1, 2008

Where the Hell is Matt?

Where the Hell is Matt? (2008) from Matthew Harding on Vimeo.

Matt travels. Matt dances. Dance, Matt, dance. Dance, world, dance.