Monday, October 31, 2005

More Chainblog evil

Now that I have a little time to blog, I don't really feel like it. Luckily, the Moody Minstrel has challenged me to create more tomfoolery so as to offer a window into my soul (right next to the empty beer cans and cigarette butts) here goes:

7 things I plan to do before I die
1. Keep breathing
2. Go to more other continents (maybe yours!)
3. Live in the boonies
4. Remarry my wife
5. Build an energy efficient home (with help!)
6. Learn to love Big Brother (he's watching you)
7. Vote for a Republican

7 things I can do
1. Urinate
2. Program computers
3. I think I remember how to play the piano
4. Write a blog
5. Think (so that's what smells like burning tires!)
6. Pet my cat
7. Accentuate the obvious

7 things I cannot do
1. Teach an old dog new tricks
2. Keep Moody and Pa've from heated debates
3. Condone torture
4. Rock Climb
5. Change the past
6. Snort quarters
7. Watch Survivor

7 things that attract me to another person
1. Being my wife
2. Magnets (provided I am wearing chain mail)
3. Honesty
4. Following the Scout Oath and Law
5. Free beer
6. Compassion
7. Blackened Catfish

7 things that I say the most
1. So that's what smells like burning tires!
2. Everything is the MiniSnab's fault
3. Shiznify! (As if weaving a Harry Potter spell)
4. Oye! Chuk da patte. (Need Yahoo! IM to understand)
5. Crapholio
6. Good night, little bean.
7. Ha Ha! (Like the kid on the Simpsons)

7 people I want to do this
1. Ex-President George H.W. Bush
2. Catfish Johnny Redbeard
3. Gordie Howe
4. Babs (Streisand and Bush)
5. The Moody Minstrel (8 thru 14 is the real b*tch).
6. The Onion
7. Cthulhu

Oh, and I almost forgot, Happy Guy Fawkes day! What the Sam Hain do you think celebratin' it five days early? Beats me.

Thursday, October 27, 2005

The Fnord Quote

I've been too busy to read the blog, let alone post here...but I did get "tagged" by The Him at Reload blog to perform a blog experiment.

The rules are:

1. Go into your archives.
2. Find your 23rd post.
3. Post the fifth sentence (or closest to it).
4. Post the text of the sentence in your blog along with these instructions.
5. Tag five other people to do the same thing.

So my quote is:

I'll bet the price of things would go up, but our taxes would come down to even it out.

I'm sure glad it doesn't lose its meaning out of context. And the people I tag are...

Realm Speak
The Moody Minstrel
Eugene Torrents

Saturday, October 22, 2005

Fall Festivals & Yule Tidings!

Of course it's time again for the end of Fall and beginning of the Holiday Season!

In that spirit, here are some fun Portland area things to do:

First, get your Pumpkins and last of the year's produce at a local farm Here's a map!

Next the Verboort Sausage Festival is coming up! Don't miss the chance for fresh kraut and tasty sausage served up by Visitation Parish! Here's the Info

Now right after Thanksgiving, you'll need to start listening to the Cinnamon Bear. Here's a link to a site where you can listen for free!

Then in early December, two great events - The Christmas Ships, which ply the waters of both the Willamette and the Columbia Check here (there are lots of great pics of the ships too!) and The Revels, the Yultide show I've been gushing about for years that has become a family tradition. Visit this site for details!

If you're not in the Portland area, check your local A&E section, there's probably tons of FREE and FUN stuff to do!

Friday, October 21, 2005

Speaking of Deadly Creatures

The linked article shows the ten deadliest creatures in America in terms of annual human fatalities. You thought those nasty Oz-spiders were bad? Well, they don't hold a candle to any of these monsters!

Click the link and check out these deadly scourges of mankind!

Sunday, October 16, 2005

A Man's Bed Is His...Ewwww!!!!

Unhappy that you're sleeping alone? Think again.

When you bed down for a nice, relaxing bit of shuteye, there are probably over a dozen different forms of life inhabiting the space on your pillow right under your nose. They feed on your dead skin and dried well as each other.

I'm not sure that this knowledge will help any of us sleep well at night, so here is a picture of a Sydney funnel-web spider, one of the deadliest spiders in the world if not the deadliest, to help you relax:

Thursday, October 13, 2005

Theater & Community

There's a new issue of Parabola out, called Body and Soul. It's excellent, and among many other thought-provoking articles, has a review on Peter Brook's new play, titled "Tierno Bokar" which is about an early twentieth-century West African Sufi. The theme of the play is Wisedom. Specifically, Brook states in his program note:

"His story draws us deep into an Africa is traditional, animist, impregnated with Islam, shaken by colonialism, and torn apart by internal strife. Starting with a tiny disagreement over the meaning of the number 11 as opposed to the number 12, merciless conflicts arise that lead to massacres, to martyrdom. These tragic events create a chain that eventually links a small African village to the highest political decisions of the Second World War." 1

I profoundly value Peter Brook's creations.. He's the same playwright/director who presented the 4 hour film The Mahabharata, (adapted from his 9 hour stage play), which I had the privilege of seeing at Cinema 21 more than 15 years ago. I find good theater (and it's sister art, film), to be deeply transformative and necessary to the cultural health of our communities and nation. The proliferation of "reality" TV shows says it all: the public has become bored and inured to the increasingly outrageous images, Brook further elaborates on this same theme in the play's program note:

"Theater exists to reopen all comfortable convictions. It has the best weapons for breaking taboos and smashing barriers. These are scandal, violence, and ridicule. But not today. Not any longer. The "shock-effect" cannot hold us any more, it is so close to daily life that it has become quite ordinary. Today, our urgent need is elsewhere, It is to catch glimpses of what our lives have lost. The theater can give us a fleeting taste of qualities long forgotten."2

Some of these long forgotten qualities can be found in community-based theater/events like Revels, Public Dreams in Vancouver, B.C., and here in Stumptown, City Repair. Most of these are free, and family friendly ; take an hour, or a day, and re-vitalize your connections to your family, friends, and neighbors. It's good for the soul.

1 Peter Lamborn Wilon, "Making Room for the Mystery : Peter Brook's Tierno Bokar", pg. 90-91, Parabola, Vol. 30, No. 3, Fall 2005.

2 Peter Lamborn Wilon, "Making Room for the Mystery : Peter Brook's Tierno Bokar", pg. 88, Parabola, Vol. 30, No. 3, Fall 2005.

Monday, October 10, 2005

Yet Another Rare Animal Species Doomed by Short-Sightedness

There used to be several kinds of tree octopus scattered throughout the West Coast states. Now, thanks to progressive destruction of natural habitat, there is only one species left, the Pacific Northwest tree octopus, which is native to a small area along Hood Canal and Admiralty Inlet in the western Olympic Peninsula.

Now, unfortunately, as a result of logging, suburbification, environmental pollution, and the uncontrolled proliferation of predators that prey on them (particularly the bald eagle and sasquatch), the Pacific Northwest tree octopus is in serious danger of being wiped out.

It would be a crime and a shame to stand by and watch this unique and interesting creature wiped off the face of the Earth forever! We should all do what we can to help save the Pacific Northwest tree octopus before it's too late!

I support the PNTO!

(As for me, as a charity fundraiser, I'm thinking of selling my bridge in New York as well as all my Florida beachfront property. Any takers?)

Sunday, October 09, 2005

Git 'er Done

Sorry dudes and dudettes. The overtime bug has bitten so posting will be light from me for a while. Luckily, I am working on some smashing new software. Groovy baby, yeah!

Friday, October 07, 2005

Fortune Cookie Philosophy 101

I've been contemplating life's little conundrums as viewed through the lens of the ubiquitous fortune cookie; Two I've recieved (and kept for posterity) are:

"Life consists not in holding good cards, but in playing those you hold well"


"Society prepares the crime, the criminal commits it"

Now dear readers, à la Mike Myers Coffeetalk character Linda Richman, I say:


(extra points will be awarded for side-splitting hilarity or deep thoughts rendering author "verklempt")

Tuesday, October 04, 2005

One Reason for Mr. Snabulus' Funky Behavior?

Those of us that know Snabby well know he can be, well, a bit moody at times (though not as much as me, obviously) despite having many things in his life that the rest of us can't help but admire. We also know and appreciate his Norwegianness. Is there a connection between the two? Read the linked article (and remember my tongue is firmly in my cheek).

Saturday, October 01, 2005

The Stumptown Comics Fest 2005...

...was a great event that you missed.


The Portland Comic scene is a great one and this festival showcased some excellent talent. We ended up buying a comic collection from Michel Gagne who had some truly interesting kids books. We also bought an 18th century historical comic by Scott Chantler called Northwest Passage. We also picked up an edition of Steven's Comics and Green Gravel.

The fact that my brother-in-law aired an excellent documentary on the Portland comic scene didn't hurt either. If you like comics, I might be able to get you a DVD of it someday if you ask nicely and if I am able to (NO PROMISES!).

And now...The Snabulus Caption Contest.