Tuesday, August 22, 2006

Cue the obvious joke about "logging in"

Now that I have a laptop and a wireless router, I can go anywhere in the house to get on the Internet. Who could have imagined, 100 years ago, that a guy could write in an online, public journal while doing his duty on the toilet?

Speaking of toilets (because yes, I am seven years old), now there's an easy way to avoid loneliness while answering the call of nature. Someone decided to invent a toilet with an actual fish tank on the back.

(click the link to visit the site)

Apparently, the fish tank doesn't interfere with the normal operation of the toilet's flushing mechanism, because there are actually two chambers of the tank. Which is good, because otherwise it'd be a pretty short-lived novelty attraction.

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At August 23, 2006 at 12:21:00 AM CDT, Blogger Jim said...

worse than those freaks who turn old TVs into aquariums


At September 4, 2006 at 9:34:00 PM CDT, Blogger Di said...

Seriously, I think that is WAY cool. Can you imagine someone's shock when they walk into your bathroom and see that. Not to mention they would probably be afraid to flush!


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Monday, August 21, 2006

And you thought I had a lot of time on my hands

It's time for...
No, this is not an update on Brangelina Bombabina, or whether or not Tom and Katie's baby is real or just a Cabbage Patch doll. This is about the actual watches that celebrities wear in their movies and TV shows. I don't think this is a comprehensive list at all, but looky, someone has gone to the trouble of cataloguing these wrist-worn chronographs on their website!

God bless the Internet!

Wednesday, August 16, 2006

Sacré bleu! Call the DEQ!

"The Oregon Department of Environmental Quality (DEQ) is a regulatory agency whose job is to protect the quality of Oregon's Environment. DEQ is responsible for protecting and enhancing Oregon's water and air quality, for cleaning up spills and releases of hazardous materials, and for managing the proper disposal of hazardous and solid wastes." (emphasis mine)

The ironic thing is that these vehicles, each producing a bunch of harmful hydrocarbon emissions due to the fact that they're idling, are in the queue at the DEQ emissions testing station. And this happens all day long, most days of the week.

So, thanks, DEQ. (Cough, cough.)

Tuesday, August 15, 2006

Sacré bleu! Call Inspector Clouseau!

It appears that someone with a chip on their shoulder was able to edit the Wikipedia entry on France...

Unedited screen shot:

And no, Jim, I didn't write this myself... :)

Update: Already changed back to a normal entry...

Monday, August 14, 2006

No word on whether either driver comes from a broken home

According to this news story, two semi-trucks each hauling half of a manufactured home collided on the freeway, scattering debris.

The driver of one truck was cited for Unsafe Passing. Do you figure he was trying to put the house together while rolling? Because if he did, it would be simultaneosly very stupid...and awesome.

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At August 15, 2006 at 2:53:00 PM CDT, Blogger Scott said...

I wonder how that phone call would go, explaining how the trucking carriers lost those people's house?


At August 15, 2006 at 6:51:00 PM CDT, Blogger stan said...

"Hello, Mr. Homeowner? You know that song that goes, 'Our house, in the middle of the street'? Well, we have some bad news..."


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Monday, August 07, 2006

In all of the excitement, I forgot about this

Remember this post, where I was jumping for joy about something of mine being published? Well, I was just waiting for the actual link to appear...and then some much more important aspects of my life came to the fore, causing me to forget about checking on it. So while I was still in Carthage last Friday, what I was waiting for happened.

See, a few weeks ago I submitted yet another list to McSweeney's, and much to my delight (and I'll admit it, surprise), it was accepted! The title and link are as follows:

What the "It" Refers to in Gatorade's "Is It in You?" Campaign

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At August 7, 2006 at 7:47:00 PM CDT, Blogger h-i-p said...

omigoodness. this is crazy exciting. i love mcsweeneys!! oh, congrats on the wedding thing too ;)


At August 8, 2006 at 6:41:00 AM CDT, Blogger Samuel John Klein Portlandiensis said...

Hey, Stan:

Congratufarginglations! I have an idea of how long you've tried to get McS to publish a list (and some of the ones they rejected had me laughing out loud, I don't know why they rejected them), so you deserved this one. Good on you!

Also, congraulations on the fianceehood. Speaking as someone who's been with a special someone for 16 years this month (you wouldn't know it to look at us) I can well imagine how deliriously happy you are right now.

May I also say you guys make one heck of a cute couple.


At August 14, 2006 at 4:19:00 PM CDT, Blogger Eriol said...

Flippin' sweet


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Saturday, August 05, 2006


On Monday afternoon, in Carthage, Missouri, I asked Nicole Davis to be my wife, and she said yes!

And we're not wasting time, either: We will be married on October 21, 2006, at Full Faith Church in Carthage, Missouri. For those closer to Portland, we will also be having a reception shortly thereafter (probably late November - early December).

And because we're right on the cutting edge of all that's 21st century, and because it's never been done before, we have set up a wedding blog, which can be found here.

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At August 6, 2006 at 8:40:00 AM CDT, Anonymous Jami Leigh said...

Congrats my friends! I've got to tell you people where singing in my house when we got the news. Charleigh was dancing and singing "Aunt Nicole is getting married! Whoo Hoo she's getting married" Joshua just kept running around saying "Who's Aunt Nicole?!?" and "I never met no dinglemunch"


At August 6, 2006 at 11:28:00 AM CDT, Blogger K said...

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At August 6, 2006 at 5:52:00 PM CDT, Anonymous Amy said...

"I never met no dinglemunch..." That's funny stuff.

Well we haven't met Dinglemunch yet either. But we already love ya. Welcome to the family.


At August 6, 2006 at 11:21:00 PM CDT, Blogger Katie said...

HOLY MOLY! Okay... I'm getting used to the idea. But I still think you need to move to PORTLAND!!!! You'll love it Nicole. And I can't imagine Stan not being here. I'm sure I'll adjust eventually.

Truly, I am so excited that you have found each other in such a cool way. Congratulations! It brings me hope.


At August 7, 2006 at 7:36:00 PM CDT, Anonymous Karla said...

I just KNEW it!!!!
I didn't want to sound too charismatic about this - but I just KNEW it the first time I ready Nicole's blog site(s). I am doing the "Praise the Lord" happy dance!!!!!!
Say - we are going to be in Arkansas the end of the month - are you going to be anywhere around?
Contact me!!!
Glory to God - this is the BEST NEWS!!! Isn't He good!
Nicole - can't wait to give you a hug!!!!


At August 8, 2006 at 2:17:00 PM CDT, Blogger nitsuj said...

Well, I don't really know either of you, but congratulations anyway!! :)


At August 8, 2006 at 4:21:00 PM CDT, Blogger Kid Jacque said...

Congratulations to the both of you!


At August 10, 2006 at 8:22:00 AM CDT, Blogger Emily said...

Congratulations! That's my wedding day, too! It's going to be a wonderful day all over the country, i have a feeling!


At August 12, 2006 at 2:33:00 PM CDT, Blogger Jim said...


Being as serious as I ever can be, I just want to say how happy I am that you have found someone who makes you happy. I have always thought that you have some important destiny yet to realize and my bet is that Nicole is just the person to help make that happen. Putting aside that she is going to have to continually explain why her husband is taking photographs of rubbish on the sidewalk, she is definitely getting one of the good guys.

Jim & Rooty the Dog


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Wednesday, August 02, 2006

...Equals what???

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At August 3, 2006 at 7:25:00 PM CDT, Blogger K said...

Is there bad times liquor, too?


At August 5, 2006 at 12:58:00 AM CDT, Blogger Katie said...

Oh yes there is BAD times liquor. As in too much liquor. YUCK.


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