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Monthly Archives: May 2008

Now in Glorious Superlaphonic Hi-Fidelity!

Facing the prospect of spending a day trolling around the city, perusing the same stores we always visit, looking at the same merchandise we always see, my senses were on high alert, seeking a break from the mundane.  While meandering in a local indoor flea market, my eyes fell on THE prize.  It was an audio system, circa 1980 something, missing it’s lid and sitting, wedged forlornly, on a rickety plastic shelf among an assortment of empty votive holders and winking Jesus knives.  The Soundesign beauty beckoned me closer.  As I approached, I noticed the pricetag: $14.99–too rich for my miserly blood.  Then, as if on cue, a cardboard placard inched it’s way into my line of vision–“Everything in this booth 1/2 off”

“Woohoo!” I exclaimed, waving my wife over as she rolled her eyes.  She smiled at my little-boy excitement and sighed inwardly, knowing that I had latched onto another one of my flights of fancy.  I could hardly contain myself for the rest of the evening, hurredly throwing groceries and other sundry goods into our cart, itching to get home and sample the sweet hissy-pop goodness that is audio on vinyl.  As we entered the house, I quickly put away the groceries and rushed to my hidden stash of LPs.  “Where have you been hiding those?” mused the missus.

“Oh, I had them put away.”

“Well, let’s see what you’ve got…”

I pulled out The Rolling Stones Some Girls.

She nodded approvingly.

I pulled out Pink Floyd’s Dark Side of the Moon.

She nodded, unsurprised.

I pulled out Pink Floyd’s The Wall.

She said, “I should have known.”

Then I pulled out a couple of more albums.

“Wait, go back, was that Purple Rain?”

“Yeah, and I’ve got Jethro Tull, too.”

Jethro Tull!?!”

I had her.  She was hooked.  We finished setting up the record player, and loaded it up.  It sounded great!

“Can we go back to town tomorrow and hit the thrift stores for records?” she pleaded.

The rest of the long weekend was a whirlwind of thrift stores and roadside junkshops as we raided every source of LPs we could think of.  You would not believe the treasures we found, many going for as little as 25¢ apiece.  The haul we ended up with is much like our CD collection, varied and strange.  We have everything from whistling Fred Lowry to “Teach Your Pet Bird to Talk.”  The true treasures of the weekend were priceless, however.  No amount of money could buy the fun we had, searching together, for rare, forgotten music we had never heard before along with tunes that we just knew would carry us back to our quickly fading youth… priceless indeed.

I’ll be putting up pictures and reviews of some of my favourite gems, periodically.  For those who want to see pictures of the collection, TWGW has pictures on her blog.

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My Fanfic Moment Chapter 2

This is Chapter 2 of a fan fiction piece I’m working on.  I don’t own the copyrights to the characters, and it’s just an exercise in fun to help me spread my writing wings a little.  It’s all in good fun.  I should, however, warn you that there is some course language and some very not-nice things said in this chapter; While not true to me, this type of language is true to the characters as they have been developed by the “real” writers.  So, if you are easily offended, please, give this one a miss. Read the rest of this entry »

 
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Posted by on May 22, 2008 in fan fiction, fiction, friends, writing

 

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Well, now, uh, Lancelot, Galahad, and I, uh, wait until nightfall, and then leap out of the rabbit…

I found this on the internet. Apparently, these guys spent the whole day setting those pillars in concrete to prevent people from parking on the sidewalk. Supposedly, this picture was taken at the end of the day when they were cleaning up. How long do you suppose it took them to notice where they parked?

Speaking of getting caught with your pants down, my friend Cylis has an amusing anecdote to share.

 
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Posted by on May 19, 2008 in friends, humour

 

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Essentials of disaster control

Sometimes a shave just doesn’t go right.  Maybe you’re trying a new blade, or a different razor, and things just don’t turn out the way you hoped.  Never fear!  There is hope.  I’ve not yet personally tried these methods, but I thought you might want to give them a shot after your next unfortunate shave.  Alexandra Teagan has a few recipes for treating your fleecing woes.  Her tinctures are made of essential oils and other ingredients favored by many in the wet-shaving community.  So head over there and check her out.  If you have occasion to try any of her recipes, let me know how they work.

Shaving With Essential Oils

 
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Posted by on May 18, 2008 in better living, blog, quality, shaving

 

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So that’s how you do it!

Click here to see one of life’s greatest mysteries explained.

 
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Posted by on May 15, 2008 in better living

 

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“Doc, do they make a cream for this?”

If you run in certain circles long enough, you are likely to contract a dangerous malady known as the Acquisition Disorder (AD). There are several varieties of AD that one might develop. Ranging from RAD (Razor Acquisition Disorder) to SBAD (Shaving Brush Acquisition Disorder), there are certain warning signs to watch out for. If you experience any of the following, seek professional help immediately:

  1. Excitement upon seeing shaving related implements on television or in movies.
  2. An irresistable desire to own a pet badger.
  3. An urge to collect your spouse’s hair clippings for “DIY brush purposes”
  4. An inability to avoid turning into antique stores/ junk shops/ flea markets because, “You never know, they might have a tan-tipped Super Speed.”
  5. The list of chemists/pharmacies that have banned you for opening and sniffing the after shave selection has moved into the double digits.
  6. You watch movies because you heard there was a scene with a straight razor in it.
  7. When you hear the name Simpson’s you don’t think of that little yellow brat and his balding father.
  8. You know what year and quarter a G2 SS is, without looking it up.
  9. You have a definite opinion on hanging strops vs. paddle strops.
  10. You know what hanging strops and paddles strops are.
  11. You’ve ever searched in vain at your local hardware store for a 4k whetstone.
  12. You can tell the difference between an “Isreali Red Pack” and “Swede” by smell alone.
  13. Your pillow talk is peppered with references to Derbies, American Personnas, and Dorcos.
  14. You’ve entered into hour long debates on whether or not Old Spice changed the formula.
  15. You know who used to produce Old Spice.
  16. You know the connection between Duracell batteries and razor blades.
  17. You’ve seen a picture of a monkey shaving it’s legs.
  18. You know the difference between Best, Pure, and Silvertip.
  19. You’ve bought multiple Burmashave brushes just because Walmart had them on clearance for a buck apiece.
  20. You miss the glass bottle with dimples.
  21. You’ve sought to buy a puck of Uncle Albert’s Amazing Solid Cream Shaving Cake

These are just a few of the symptoms that accompany the many Acquisition Disorders. Treatments are available, but as of yet, there is no cure. The best advice that I can offer is to familiarize yourself with the condition and learn to embrace living as an outcast from society. This disease might cause you to encourage every living soul you meet to try “wet-shaving.” This may cause problems in personal relationships, especially with hirsute friends. Should you encounter people who are not understanding of your affliction, politely avail yourself of the earliest opportunity to part ways with them, they are not truly wise, nor are they likely to see why you would need three different scuttles, twelve brushes, 27 glycerin soaps, 14 fatboys, 28 superspeeds, 3 Kronas, 1 Stahly, a towel warmer…

 

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WYSINWYG

“Wussy in a wig?” What’s that? It’s an acronym for What You See Is Not What You Get. There were several reasons for my move to wordpress.com from blogspot.com— the WYSIWYG editor was not one of them. While wordpress does a lot of things very well, handling the entry and editing of posts is not a strong point with the service. I have had intermittent issues with the editor randomly losing wordwrap, aligning text incorrectly and just overall frustration with the lack of certain features. (‘font size’ should be a standard feature in any editor.) My frustration led me to find w.bloggar. This diminutive piece of software is a great little tool. It works with several different hosts, including wordpress and blogspot, to allow you to type up your posts outside of the web front-end and upload and even publish them at your leisure. It will directly upload your post without you ever having to touch the dashboard on wordpress. While by no means perfect, it does answer several of the little knit-picky things that might bother you with online tools. I’ve only just begun to start using it, but already I’ve discovered some neat features including the ability to set multiple categories for your post. One feature that seems to be missing, however, is the ability to edit tags. One nice thing about this program is that it’s portable. You just unzip the file and drop it on your thumbdrive and you can carry your post editing tool with you. The initial setup was a little tricky, but after a quick perusal of the interwebs, I found some tips on how to configure it. Perhaps the greatest of all features on w.bloggar is it’s price-tag. Free.

 
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Posted by on May 12, 2008 in blog, cheap, quality, update, writing

 

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