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Bernie: The Game September 23, 2006

Filed under: Uncategorized — tim @ 4:00 am

Holy Crap — you can play as flyboy Bernie Sanders as he drops the bomb on special interests, the Extreme Right Wing, Mudslingers, and my favorite, Fat Cats.

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get it all on UHF September 18, 2006

Filed under: Uncategorized — tim @ 2:45 am

Weird Al -“Polkarama” — look for the polka medley to include Franz Ferdinand, Modest Mouse, The Killers, and of course, te Weez
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Weird Al – “White and Nerdy” — possibly one of his best of the decade, which isn’t saying much because the rest of the decade has produced crap like Poodle Hat.
I swear — I’ll update more soon. School is hectic but good, work is really busy and we haven’t even hit fall yet. I can’t wait to see what the holidays will bring.

Garden update: hot peppers are coming in just dandy, I’ll have habaneros all winter long. Pumpkins are ripening, I got one watermelon and 2 cantalopes. Zukes are staging a brave late-season comeback, and so are the jalapenos. Next year, I’m going to get the peppers in earlier so I can get 2 crops of jalapenos before the frost, same with the tomatoes. Oh, yeah, the tomatoes. They look just silly now as I stripped them down of dead weight so all that’s left are a few green shreds maintaining a slight amount of life to sustain the 3 tomatoes still on the branches that need to turn red.

Tonight I took the hose to those bastard yellowjackets, their late-season swarming has pissed me off for the last time. So, since the poison wouldn’t reach up there, I did the only thing a man would do: I sprayed them with the hose. The first one I got off quickly, then pounced on it with the spray. The other one in the front came down with a thud and crushed on contact with the cement, and I soaked that one with poison as well. Once it gets colder, I’ll go into the barn and get all the ones who have built a condo association in the rafters.

 

Price Shock: US Homes (Graph) August 29, 2006

Filed under: Uncategorized — tim @ 12:11 pm

REAL bubbles pop. Take a look at this graph of US Home Prices since 1890 with numbers adjusted for inflation. There’s been a startling trend in the last 15 years that’s markedly different than the 100 before it. 1970’s? 1980’s? They were nothing compared to this housing market. Will this bubble burst? I hope so — but only if we can get a house out of it. With a family now, it’s currently on our mind, but mostly about building a dome home. More on that one later. Just look at the graph, people.

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Please, Anything But Kidz Bop August 5, 2006

Filed under: Uncategorized — tim @ 2:21 am

I’ve had music on the brain this week, specifically music for kids. I’ve been going through the massive amounts of music that H and I have been acquiring throughout the years, specifically looking for kid-friendly music. I know I’ve bought a lot of CDs that maybe I didn’t listen to a lot when I bought it, but I knew that someday, I would be able to share it with my children while they were in the formative stages of development. So far, we’ve been listening to Miles Davis, Leadbelly, Canadian Brass, but right now, this is LP’s “favorite” CD:

the new rage Yes, Contra Dancing. It’s very big up in New England, and contra dances are still held in this area, particularly New Hampshire quite often. While I’ve never been to one, they intrigue me and the music has a good beat. This is a collection of New Hampshire bands and callers doing some contras and square dances, so the music is very lively and holds LP’s interest while she’s on the changing table. Whenever I start this up, she gets an excited look in her eye because she knows it’s time to dance!

I’ll be highlighting some other music that we’ve been playing for her that she “enjoys.” I say “favorite” and “enjoys” because who really knows? It really just means that she’s not wailing and crying when this comes on. The contra dancing is really fun because we can wiggle her legs back and forth and make her dance, which she really does love. So, with contra dancing having silly words (“Now allemand once, and promenade!”), very few (if any) words in other tracks, and a dancing beat with fiddles, you can’t go wrong for the very wee. Once they start being able to protest when you put it on, then it might be time to retire the contra.

I have been trolling some music blogs this week, and I stumbled upon 2 that I particularly enjoy have been Spare the Rock, Spoil the Child and small ages. See links on the blogroll over on the left. Small ages talked about getting your kids into Camper Van Beethoven, something I can definitely get behind. I can see other songs such as any of the instrumentals, “Tina”, even “Where the hell is Bill?“, but that one’s up to you. I would be wary of bringing them into daycare belting out the chorus to “Wasted”, which goes a little like this:

“IIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIII WAAASSSSSSSSSS SOOOOOOOOOOO WAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAASTEDDDDDD”

You have to admit, it’s easy to see a 3-year-old screaming that. However, I cannot even begin to try and think of an explanation for Child Protective Services. David Lowery, will you just pay my bail now?