Friday, November 30, 2007
Thursday, November 29, 2007
Wednesday, November 28, 2007
Today's Taraday, November 28, is "Mr. Giggles Turns Two Years Old!/“Spread The Love Day”: Post On Some Of Your Favorite Blogs That You Have Not Actually Visited Or Posted On In A Long Time".
So, go over to Live Life Love Life Part 2 to get your message to Mr. Giggles' mom.
I've already left posts in 3 blogs I'd not really commented in since the spring. I'll find more later today.
Nothing to do with the Taraday, but since it is Gnome-vember, here is another Gnome:
The Saturday Scavenger hunt word for this week is COLD. The challenge is to write and present pictures inspired by the word on Satuday. I hope I got the rules right; correct me in comments if you need to!
The Snow Miser approves of this word choice.
Tuesday, November 27, 2007
"So it does tend to turn up quite a lot of thrill seekers and fantasists and we're really not interested in them."
As well as dismissing the notion that spying was a never-ending life of fast cars, fast women and shaken not stirred Martini cocktails, "Mark" was keen to demolish another myth surrounding MI6.
"We don't have a license to kill -- we don't carry Berettas -- that's simply not true."
I guess if you go in to interview at a spy agency, and notice right off that the receptionist doesn't have a name that reminds you of coins or genitalia, it might not be the best place to work if your dream of working a secret agent involves tuxedos and martini's. The presence of bosses and collegues with names that have more than one letter might be a tipoff too: you are in the wrong place.
Monday, November 26, 2007
I filmed these this morning. It's just some alpacas milling around the barn door around feeding time. I saw these the previous weekend, and figured I'd swing by again with the digital camera. Since Blogger is not allowing upload of video this morning, unfortunately there is just this blurry photo for now.
They are on a farm in Leelanau County, a couple of miles north of the Benzie County line. They are alpacas. They look like llamas, right? No they are not llamas, but they are related, just as they are related to the Vicuna, and probably also the Push-Me-Pull-You from "Dr Doolittle" (the old movie, not the recent one where Eddie Murphy kisses rats). I bet most of you have not even seen an Alpaca. Or probably have not heard of them before.
Not sure what to pick, so I will mention a few.
I like Menards... it is so huge, and there are so many things there. Aside from just the guy thing of liking a huge home-improvement/lumberyard/etc store. Also, I remember as a little kid in another state being bewildered by it. Now it is followed me to this state.
Spencers. Also from childhood, I remember when being turned loose in a big mall, I would end up at Spencers, and slowly go down one aisle and back up the other, slowly looking at everything.
I also can't forget the bookstore I worked at for 6 or so years.
Finally, there is a store that I think was called The Place. It was in another state. They had lots of fun craft things, including those googly rolling eyes you can put on little stuffed animals. That was were we got the fur to make tribbles. This was in the early 1970s, so they had a lot of psychedelic/60s looking stuff too. Recently, I found out that one of my local friends was involved in running/owning it.
Saturday, November 24, 2007
So, for the movie goers and TV watchers reading this, who are your favorite actresses?
Friday, November 23, 2007
I have a Turkish friend. Actually, he lives in Germany. but he is Turkish. Last time I knew, he worked for General Motors. I see him and his family every few years.
One of my brothers finds Turkish TV to be hilarious. Yesterday, he showed me some Youtube links. There's a Turkish Star Wars, Turkish Superman, Turkish Star Trek, and Turkish Batman.
Click below to see some of Turkish Star Trek. The Youtube clip display "preview" should show you the Turkish Mister Spock:
And I hope you've been having a happy Thanksgiving.
Thursday, November 22, 2007
Wednesday, November 21, 2007
Tuesday, November 20, 2007
News? For years, I've relied on The Drudge Report. He has a lot of good links, many of which go to something called "Brietbart". I've also recently discovered Reuters, which is less sensationalist.
Searching? I mainly use Google.
Movies? IMDB has proven to be great for finding out who is or was in a movie, and for information about upcoming movies. For reviews, I go to Roger Ebert, and he is fully back in the swing of things.
Blogging? Well, most of use use Blogspot and Wordpress. I should count these sites because I go to them a lot to read content, post content, or post comments. Laughingattheslut has a recent post about a blogging tool which might prove useful or fun for a while.
What's on TV? For quite a while, I had MeeVee listed. It's still there. However, lately, I've found it to be down for weeks at a time. So I went and found another one that shows promise: IMDB's own entry at "http://www.imdb.com/sections/tv/"
Online auctions? Ebay only. Last time I knew, Yahoo and Amazon offered online auctions, but they were not worth checking at all.
Am I missing something really good out there?
Monday, November 19, 2007
Sunday, November 18, 2007
This post is late. It was supposed on Saturday, but now it is Sunday. So "Paper" is late. That quickly brought to mind the old song "Paperlate" by the classic progressive rock band Genesis.
Saturday, November 17, 2007
Any more, I'm getting the most hits concerning the Death Star. Kind of surprising, since I've only mentioned it a few times. Well, for all you Death Star fans, I'm making hte blog a little more worthwhile. Here's another picture, above right.
Friday, November 16, 2007
Thursday, November 15, 2007
2:00 AM: Hunting partners arrive, drag you out of bed.
2:30 AM: Throw everything except kitchen sink into pickup.
3:00 AM: Leave for deep woods.
3:15 AM: Drive back home to pick up gun.
3:30 AM: Drive like crazy to get to the woods before daylight.
4:00 AM: Set up camp. Forgot the stupid tent.
4:30 AM: Head for the woods.
6:05 AM: See eight deer.
6:06 AM: Take aim and squeeze trigger.
6:07 AM: CLICK.
6:08 AM: Load gun while watching deer go over hill.
8:00 AM: Head back to camp.
9:00 AM: Still looking for camp.
10:00 AM: Realize that you don't know where camp is.
NOON : Fire gun for help---eat wild berries.
2:15 PM: Run out of bullets---eight deer come back.
2:20 PM: Strange feeling in stomach.
2:30 PM: Realize that you ate poison berries.
2:45 PM: Rescued.
2:55 PM: Rushed to hospital to have stomach pumped, throw up instead.
3:15 PM: Arrive back at camp.
3:30 PM: Leave camp to kill deer.
4:00 PM: Return to camp for bullets.
4:01 PM: Load gun---leave camp again.
5:00 PM: Empty gun on bug that is bugging you.
6:00 PM: Arrive at camp -- see deer grazing.
6:01 PM: Load gun.
6:02 PM: Fire gun.
6:03 PM: One dead pickup.
6:05 PM: Hunting partners arrive in camp dragging deer.
6:06 PM: Repress desire to shoot hunting partners.
6:07 PM: Fall into fire.
6:10 PM: Change clothing, throw burned ones in fire.
6:15 PM: Take pickup; leave hunting partners and deer in camp.
6:25 PM: Pickup boils over due to hole shot in block.
6:26 PM: Start walking.
6:30 PM: Stumble and fall, drop gun in mud.
6:35 PM: Meet bear.
6:36 PM: Take aim.
6:37 PM: Fire gun, blow up barrel that's plugged with mud.
6:38 PM: Mess pants.
6:39 PM: Climb tree.
11:00 PM: Bear leaves. Wrap gun around tree.
Midnight: Home at last. Fall on knees thanking Maker.
Next day: Watch football game on TV, slowly tearing up hunting license into small pieces, place in envelope, and mail to Game Warden.
Anyone have any hunting tales? Do any hunters read my blog?
Wednesday, November 14, 2007
I Am Inspired (soon), Watter's Edge, Laughing at the Slut, Degenerate Elite, and Melissa. I usually don't outright "tag", but this worked out OK this time.
Tuesday, November 13, 2007
I'm not sure what else to say at this point. I have a backlog of pictures and post ideas dating back to September, and have more ideas based on Taradays, weekly features, and monthly themes that will keep the blog going for many more posts at this point. I'll likely remain the top source of information on the Benzie Dogman and one of the top Christine Baranski -related blogs out there. At least according to Google.
I'll still have the camera with me as I roam Benzie County. I don't expect as many pictures during the winter (all white snow, not fall colors), but you never know what wildlife might show up. Some of you may feel that I see a lot of scenery and animals. However, I got this in an email from a friend yesterday: ".. this summer alone I saw a bear cub, a coyote, three moose, multiple deer, fisher cat and tons of wild turkeys, all without really driving out of the way, mainly on the way home from work". She lives in Vermont. No, I don't think I will see bear or moose! But I do have one thing to hope to see that she does not have: the Benzie Dogman.
The image is one of several I took a couple of weeks ago on Halloween evening in Benzie County near Lake Ann. As the sun set, half the sky became yellow or pink.
Monday, November 12, 2007
Sunday, November 11, 2007
Winter is hitting very soon, and we need an electric space heater to help heat the house. I was curious what the readers here recommend.
The ones I know of so far are the electric/fan ones (that are loaded with safety warnings, and have hot cords and can blow fuses), and the sealed oil radiator ones (just recently tried one and it barely heated).
Everything I see seems to use 1500 watts. Is there anything lower? What space heater have you tried out and love?
Saturday, November 10, 2007
Thirty-two years ago toda (Nov. 10), the Great Lakes freighter Edmund Fitzgerald sank in Lake Superior in a November gale. All 29 on board perished. There has been much interest in this tragedy (see Wikipedia for more details) and it has come to be a sort of "Titanic" of the Great Lakes.
There is no film like there is with "Titanic", but there is a song, "The Wreck of the Edmund Fitzgerald" by Gordon Lightfoot. A lot of the radio stations around here play the song every November 10. I recall that during the last half of the 1970s, it was one of two songs that appeared to be played more than any other on FM rock radio stations. The other song was "Baker Street" by Gerry Rafferty. The effect on Gordon Lightfoot was to overshadow the rest of his career, making him a one-hit wonder to some, despite a prodigous output with many worthwhile songs and hits besides the Edmund Fitzgerald song.
The mother of my best friend from the school years taught Great Lakes sailors at an academy. Basic first aid, survival, etc. I'll call her Mrs. X. The night of November 10, 1975, she had a vivid dream of her students drowning and dying while trying to remember what Mrs. X had taught them. She woke up the following morning to find out that the Edmund Fitzgerald had sunk, and yes, several of her former students were aboard. This was not the only dream Mrs. X, my best friend's mom, had about tragic events before even finding out about the events.
There is a nice video on Youtube featuring different images displayed during the song. Click here to see it.
If you were in Michigan, as some of my readers are, you probably heard a lot about it. Perhaps even those in Ohio, too. But if you were in Iowa, Texas, or Utah? They probably didn't play it on the radio that much. I wonder how much the readers from far away from the Great Lakes remember of this when it happened.
"....The legend lives on from the Chippewa on down
Of the big lake they call Gitche Gumee
Superior, they say, never gives up her dead
When the gales of November come early."
Friday, November 09, 2007
This photo has Christine Baranski singing in a karaoke place. She's done other singing in movie and stage musicals.
I already know about Rachel G, but am wondering how many other talented singers I have reading this blog? As for me, I can't really sing, even though I was i elementary school singing clubs.
If you can't sing, or are really bad at it, that might be interesting to hear about also.
Thursday, November 08, 2007
My favorite political quote was from several years ago, probably toward the end of the Clinton administration. Someone at the administration was being accused of something, and Rev. Jesse Jackson said
- "I don't like the allegations. Nor do I like the allegator."
Does anyone remember any other funny quotes from politicians? I'm looking more for the witty, and less for the career-damaging (Clinton's Lewinsky denial and Bush I's "no new taxes" or outrageous (Mayor Daley apparently saying that the city needed a white mayor. Or was that wet mayor?).
Today's Taraday is write about something Green Day. Well, Green Day is a band I've heard the name of for years, but I don't think I've ever heard them. Supposedly, the their biggest hit is "Good Riddance", and I have not heard that either. Looking them on up Amazon, it appears that Green Day is a punk band. I don't like punk. However, their album "American Idiot" is a rock opera. I love rock operas, such as "Tommy", "Pink Floyd: The Wall", and "The Lamb Lies Down on Broadway.". I wonder if "American Idiot" is thus worth listening to?
Are there any Green Day fans reading this? If so, it is time to chime and tell me about one of your favorite bands. Or are there any fans of rock operas?
Wednesday, November 07, 2007
Tuesday, November 06, 2007
The Taraday for Nov 3 is:
“Wizard Of Oz Day” - “The Wizard Of Oz” First Televised In 1956
Well, as you can tell I missed the Ozzy celebration on that date, so I here I am catching up.
This month is Gnome-vember, and for the first gnome-related entry for the month, I am including a gnome who was the main villain who antagonized the Land of Oz. This is not from the beloved 1939, movie, of course, but from L. Frank Baum's 14 Oz books and the many more books by other authors that followed.
Let's look at Oz villains. The Wizard himself? Not a nice guy, but certainly not a villain. One can not blame him for having a bad attitude when he has the ludicrously long name of Oscar Zoroaster Phadrig Issac Norman Henkle Emmannuel Ambriose Diggs.... for which the initials are O.Z.P.I.N.H.E.A.D. Yes, read about it here . How about the Wicked Witches of the East and West? Dead in the first book. The Wicked Witch of the North soon follows (ding-dong: she dies too)
There are plenty of villains in the Oz books, but none comes close to the Nome King, Ruggedo by name. It was rarely spelled Gnome King, because Baum thought that Gnome was a confusing word for children and he dropped the "G" of the front of it. Who is the Nome King? He's a bad-tempered underground villain who lives across the desert from the Land of Oz, and is always trying to invade, conquer, or destroy it. He's Oz's Gargamel... it's Darth Vader.... it's Lex Luthor. He's deathly afraid of chicken eggs, and he eats rocks for breakfast, lunch, and dinner. He makes his first appearance in the third Oz book, "Ozma of Oz", and appears in many books after that. There is a good Wikipedia entry about him here. I bet you thought that villainy in the Land of Oz was limited to witches and winged monkeys?
The Nome King made an appearance in the live action Oz sequel movie "Return to Oz". The film was a muddled mess, but the Nome King's apperances were a highlight. Happy Gnome-vember!
By the way, the Nome King turned 100 this summer. He doesn't look a day over 99! The book he first appeared in, "Ozma of Oz", was published in July 1907.
Monday, November 05, 2007
Sunday, November 04, 2007
Saturday, November 03, 2007
Friday, November 02, 2007
As for me, I don't like getting up on stage. Other than the inevitable Christmas pageant type thing when I was very young, the only thing I can recall was a class play in the 4th grade in which I played a British general during the Revolutionary War.