Archive for February, 2009

Adorable child.

February 15, 2009 - 11:56 am Comments Off on Adorable child.

Kid: Whatcha doing, Mama?
Me: I’m playing this game, Fallout 3. I’m not very good at it.
Kid: Why do you keep looking at your computer?
Me: I’m looking at a guide to make sure I don’t miss anything in the game while I play.
Kid: Isn’t that called “cheating”?

Happy Valentine’s Day

February 14, 2009 - 12:21 am Comments Off on Happy Valentine’s Day


This was just too good, and too wrong, not to share.  Stolen shamelessly from Ravelry, whose founders are actually in Austin at The Knitting Nest all day today.  Happy Valentine’s Day, y’all.

Is this thing on?

February 13, 2009 - 12:24 am 2 Comments

I had some problems with the CAPTCHA I was using, so I installed Akismet to keep my spam comments down. The problem is, it’s telling me that it has protected me from four spam comments but it isn’t showing me what those comments are, and they’re not in the database that I can find. Do they exist? Were they from you? Were they from Joaquin Phoenix? Inquiring minds want to know. If you tried to leave a comment and it didn’t show up, please let me know. My email address is over there on the right, just under the calendar. Thanks!

Beware the kitteh

February 13, 2009 - 12:00 am Comments Off on Beware the kitteh

Ever see one of those things that’s just wrong?

Joaquin Phoenix

February 12, 2009 - 12:55 pm Comments Off on Joaquin Phoenix

Joaquin Phoenix on the David Letterman show about three years ago:

Joaquin Phoenix on his first appearance on the David Letterman show since then, last night:

(CBS made YouTube take the clips down. Now you get to watch their commercials online. Roll eyes.)

Notice the fact that he’s dressed in what appears to be the same suit. He claims to be leaving acting to follow a career in hiphop. You make the call. Is he serious? Is he on drugs? Is he pulling an Andy Kaufman/Tony Clifton?

I married Superman

February 11, 2009 - 8:23 pm Comments Off on I married Superman

557070_alcoholic_dream_The other day my husband called me. He was picking up lunch – some hot dogs from one of Austin’s ubiquitous trailer food stands.

“Lunch is going to be a little late,” he said. “I had to subdue a drunk and take away his keys. Just waiting for the police to get here.”

Apparently when he got to the counter, there was a guy just standing there, not saying anything. Everyone waited. Finally the cashier asked, “Hey buddy, can I get you anything?”

The drunk guy replied, “… Todd.”

At this point everyone knew something was wrong, and the guy started to wander to his car. He got in, proceeded to back up, and was backing towards the proprietor’s auto. Folks just watched him do it. Hub dashed over, reached in, grabbed the keys and made off with them. He said Drunk Guy got out and took a couple of bleary swings at him, but Hub led him over to one of the tables and sat him down, keeping him busy with conversation until the police could get there. Drunk Guy acquiesced easily enough, talking about his business, wife and family.

Eventually the cops came, took Hub’s statement, and the food establishment comped him one lousy order of fries. He came home with our hot dogs, none the worse for wear, thank God.

I wonder why that man was so plastered on a Monday noon.

More prayers needed

February 10, 2009 - 9:09 pm 1 Comment

Last spring I posted that Dave Szulborski was seriously ill and could use some good thoughts. He was in the hospital for treatment of leukemia for several weeks, and was happily declared in remission after a grueling round of chemotherapy.

Unfortunately, after spending a Christmas with an origami crane-decorated tree and his wife and baby, Dave has suffered a relapse and is back in treatment. And things are not looking as bright this time.


It just tears me up to see this happen. Utterly shredded. Devastated. Hence the disquieting dreams and the decision to become part of the marrow donor database. But I do believe in the power of positive thinking over recovery, especially on Dave’s part, and I think that if he realizes how many of us love and adore him it will help him through the immense difficulty he’s dealing with. So if you have a moment, there is information in this post on how to snail mail and how to email him a card.

Personal heroes? Well, the rules are that it can’t be someone who’s a friend, but honestly, Dave’s the first (and so far, only) person who came to mind when I read the blog post asking about what living, non-super-famous person is someone you really admire. Been wracking my brain to come up with someone who falls within the guidelines and I can’t think of anyone else. So that’s why I’m saying lots and lots and lots of prayers for Dave Szulborski, my hero.

Hacking Culture

February 10, 2009 - 12:01 am Comments Off on Hacking Culture

Starting Very Soon Now (an interview is in the works) I’ll be contributing to Culture Hacker, which is a blog that inspects the intersection of new media and storytelling. I’ll be joining the ranks of some of my favorite homeskillets, Nick Braccia and Haley Moore, as I attempt to write intelligently about what I can’t even articulate to myself half the time. Wish me luck!