31 January 2006

Got them cigar-box blues

Anchorbutt contributor and blues dilettante, Ryan Leaf, took a respite from his usual duties with the Andy Johnson Explosion to build a cigar box guitar and regale us with a couple of tracks.

29 January 2006


What could be more whimsical than a purse that resembles underpants? A rug.

28 January 2006


Highly amusing.


25 January 2006

I'm a Little Tea Pot

It's kind of amusing, but I wish they hadn't looped it.

Bed Book

Apparently some people like reading in bed. If you're one of those people, what do you think about these?

Melts in your mouth, not on the 'Net

Sources disagree on the distribution of colors in an M&M package. Machines can sort colored candies, but to my surprise there is no web tool (that I could find) where you can input the results of your own M&M purchaes and look at data from users across the web.

24 January 2006

Mustard Guy

Mustard Guy as art.

I'd call that a bargain...

...the best I ever had.

I know you keep your high-quality test equipment at home in your lab, but if you need an inexpensive second set of electronic testing tools for the car or office, you could do worse than this kit from American Science and Surplus for $15.

Whaddya mean it's geeky to have a multimeter in the car?

21 January 2006

18 January 2006

Hittin' a lil' close to home

Anyone ever had a similar experience?

(Sorry for the post in that most of you prolly read Penny-Arcade already anyway... but for those of you who don't.)

17 January 2006

Local Weirdoes

I apologize if any of you are members.

Also kills germs.

Know what burns with a hot, invisible flame? Purell. Flash point is 87 degrees F! What's the PMCC method?

What are germs? coloring page. (warning: PDF)

Who'd wanna kill this cute little guy?

Grr! I may cause disease!

Worst month name EVAR!

I know some contributors have OEDs, so if anybody could look up the etymology of "February" and tell me why it's so F'd up, I'd sure appreciate it. Whoever thought an english-speaker could pronounce this word must have been drinking out of leaden vessels.

16 January 2006

Jugga jiggy wugga

Pretty good Strongbad email this week. Yeah, I know you don't read him anymore, but I think this one is extra-good.

15 January 2006

Shameless self-promotion

I've re-implemented my website (in textpattern) to have a blog of my very own. As per the typical pattern, there's just one post so far :) It's at http://www.rainskit.com/.

If you notice anything funny-looking in your various browsers, please let me know.

14 January 2006

Homework cancelled

Teacher assigns high school students to research porn on the internet. What could possibly go wrong?

Teacher, superintendent attempt to hit "undo".

13 January 2006

Coming to town

Sorry for the serious, but I'm visiting Cleveland this weekend. Getting in Saturday, leaving Monday evening. Who wants to have cool yay fun?

12 January 2006

I'd like my bacon crispy and glowing, please.

you're all pigs
or you could have one hell of an errie halloween pig roast!

fun cleveland trivia

what happened to this town after, like, 1935? chef boyardee. come on. auspicious beginnings.

11 January 2006

Angels sang out in immaculate chorus...

...down from the heavens descended a link from Dewey's friend Jim (who is an insanely consistent blogger).

collapsing new buildings / home improvement

Einst├╝rzende Neubauten does adds for German hardware store.

spot 1
spot 2
spot 3
spot 4

10 January 2006

07 January 2006

Fountain urinated on and attacked with hammer

Duchamp amuses me. Crazy people attacking toilets amuse me. A match made in heaven.

06 January 2006

Great News!

(screw you yeric)

placenta recipes


Not horrified yet? Try this one.

Even more classic recipes, including placenta pizza (perfect for your Superbowl party!)

05 January 2006

cultured schmonz

The show notes for last night's Dial-A-Dork contain a link to an MP3 of schmonz tinkling on the (piano) keys. Not bad!!

(image stolen from here.
motivational poster maker was here)

ha ha! stupid developers...

I've been reading this for a few weeks now. today's post really brought back the memories...

The Bob Loblaw Law Blog


possibly NSFW

Never search for yourself on Google

Its a big strange internet out there kids.

p.s. Apparently I've been accused of being the worst paperboy in Newark

any funny self-searching stories?

Stormtrooper jammies and RC daleks

These kids must have the coolest parents EVAR!

04 January 2006

With the power of voodoo!

Before dcass beats me to it...

Happy new years y'all

03 January 2006

The Gathering

Memepool paired The Gathering with the Ultimate Showdown of Ultimate Destiny.

Narnia walks out of the WTO

Not-the-first-ever shittiness ranking of airlines...

...or in other words, I really need to rant about US Air and this is the place I've chosen to do it.

But first, the ranking:

Least shitty: American
Next-least: Continental
Shitty: United
Most shitty: US Air

I travel a lot and I've traveled most on these four airlines so I have some good info here. And just to qualify things for the people who don't know me: I'm intelligent, I'm not quick to judge things, and I'm generally a good passenger. These are valid opinions shared by lots of frequent travelers. And I'm giving them to you for free!

Here's what I know:

American is generally a good airline. They haven't gone bankrupt, they have good leg room on most flights, they're generally on time, they're generally nice people, they generally have good service, and their mileage program is sane. All my issues with them have been minor. The only problem is that they don't have great routes (for me) to everywhere. And the other only problem is that their website makes me re-enter my phone information whenever I want flight status info texted to me. Generally, they're my carrier of choice.

Thank you, American.

Again more positive than negative, but they're not as good as American. But they do apologize for their mistakes. And they will not, under any circumstances, let you transfer miles with them to anything else. Even if you only have 8,000 and that's not enough to do jack with. Don't get locked in to them.

A lot of people think United is ok. Those people all don't live in Chicago and/or don't fly United much and/or are already super-platinum-executive-elite-status with them. If you live in Chicago you know that they're incapable of flying on time, or making connections. If you don't fly them much, they might not have had the chance to go out of their way to treat you like an old dried-up useless cow. And if you're already super-platinum with them they'll treat you well, and you know that you're at the only elite level that actually has any rewards that are useful, and that they're the only carrier that goes to all the worldwide destinations you go to.

And they're bankrupt and getting out of all their bad earlier decisions by screwing employees and business partners, and they're not making money but they're still coming out of bankruptcy.

In other words, I suggest that you have some other less-expensive airline treat you like shit, instead.

US Air
Very much like United, except worse. Especially in Philadelphia, which is a major hub of theirs. Worse like:
1) Flights consistently scheduled for times that are known to be impossible
2) Service staff and airport staff that are very friendly but totally incapable of doing their jobs
3) They never, ever, under any circumstances update their sign displays or their website with flight information. Especially if a flight has been delayed. Especially.
4) They have no way to sign up for pages when flight status changes. Not that it would matter, given #3.
5) Their exit row seats on the smaller planes aren't any bigger, and it appears to be physically impossible to get the door open if, say, the seat is occupied.
6) Pricing schemes that will happily screw you if you don't book early enough, or if they think you're a business traveler, or if it happens to be January.
7) They'll happily make you wait at baggage claim for 90 minutes for your bag to arrive, and then have you discover that the bag is soaked, your clothes are wet, and your books are ruined. There will be no apology or explanation for said problem.

Ahh, we arrive at the source of the problem. But I feel better now!

Anyhow, fly American. Don't ever fly US Air. If you must, fly Continental or United. Beyond that, I don't know.

02 January 2006

anchorbutt visits: notice a trend?

Is the novelty wearing off? Or is it just that everyone's reading the RSS feed instead of hitting the web site?

Can't help bragging.

Loyal readers of the minimalist weblog already know that the dalek is complete, but after such a long ordeal, I just wanted to post about it everywhere.

Sorry for the self-aggrandizement, and bring on the cockpunches.

01 January 2006

Leaving ThoughtWorks for NetJets

For all you'uns who are interested in my adventures: I'm leaving ThoughtWorks for a non-travel job in Columbus, with NetJets. (I'll be a "Senior Business Analyst.") Email address and website and phone number all stay the same.