April 2005 Archives


Pile of shells

The finest of nature's nuts. Rating: A++++++++ WOULD EAT AGAIN!!

Slightly Mangy

Two deer in my back yard

Shot (not that way) through a window in my house this morning. This taught me an important lesson: Attempting to open windows 15 feet from a deer without it hearing you is an exercise in futility. You have been warned.



Tonight, 8pm, Holiday Inn, Lake Superior Room (Duluth). Live comedy, $5.

Don't miss it.

100% of Your Daily Value of Irony

Bumper sticker:  Mission (nothing) Accomplished Defeat Bush 2004 MoveOn PAC

I saw this bumper sticker today on the way to lunch. Nothing accomplished? Much like your bumper sticker, I see. MoveOn PAC? How about NeverMovedOnFrom2004?

The icing on the cake was the guy in the car next to me. As I leaned out the window to snap the picture, he decided to share the high point of his sex life.

  • Mr. Wit: NO, NO, why are you taking a picture of that crappy Honda?
  • Me: Not the car, the bumper sticker
  • (MW inches forward to get a better look)
  • MW, reading: Missionary...position...Accomplished? Heh, heh, heh.



Various "news" articles:

Online search engine leader Google Inc. has unveiled a new feature that will enable its users to zoom in on homes and businesses using satellite images, an advance that may raise privacy concerns as well as intensify the competitive pressures on its rivals.

Privacy concerns? Can someone please explain to me, since it's not explained in any article I've found, what the privacy concerns are? What exactly is so scary about photos from 6 to 12 months ago?

The stories covering the release are full of words like "unnerve", "anxieties", and "paranoid". Worries over "an invasion of privacy". Over pictures. Pictures I could take from a plane flying over any of these places. Pictures with low enough resolution that you can barely tell what color cars are. There's no license plate reading, no spotting your neighbor as he sneaks across the yard for a late-night liaison. These articles don't even offer any quotes or real information from anyone who could actually be described as "unnerved".

If you can't even dig up a paranoid wingnut to support your fear-mongering, is there really any point to publishing your story? Give me a break.

UPDATE: I finally found someone with a legitimate complaint.

Not for the Squeamish


My poor ThinkGeek code monkey...



Here's a cleaned up shot of an old beer poster I found today. More details on my adventure will probably appear later this week.

Small Things at the Big Hole

Macro shot of a lichen-covered rock
Macro shot of a budding branch

A couple more shots from the Grand Canyon, this time at not nearly so grand a scale.