Archive for June, 2009

30
Jun
09

White Cheerleaders Getting Low

Umm, I realize that this was from 2007, but really. Crossover fail.

30
Jun
09

Halt Your Malt

I’m a big fan of single malt whisky. So much so that I can seriously count the several waves of popularity and indifference this libation has received over the years… all as I keep on with my amber addiction. I’m proud to say that I have had the good fortune to enjoy many 100’s, if not 1,000’s, of expressions of Scotland’s finest (and not so yummy) malts. While the selection that is available in the US (and the Houston area in particular) is pretty good, there are significant gaps between what I would like to try and what I can get my hands on. Enter Master of Malt. Brora’s and Mortlach’s and birthyear Scotches… Oh My! And the prices are pretty darned good, too. I urge you to browse their site. If you find something you like, order it! And tell ’em Jeff sent ya…

29
Jun
09

Vince Goes Solo (NSFW)

By now you have heard that the ever bombastic pitchman, Billy Mays, has passed away. Seems like it has been a bad week or three if you are a recognized celebrity. Billy was only 50, but his arch nemesis, Vince, of Shamwow! fame, will be the only shill that gets regular air play. So what if Vince took this new-found solo competition to say what he really wanted to say…

—-> Please be careful if you are at work! <—-

Many thanks to Cynical-C for lightening the mood…

29
Jun
09

Bush = Obama

Do you really need *any* special observational skills to realize that we are getting more of the same from our President of Change? C’mon, politicians lie. Politicians will say and do anything to accomplish one goal: re-election. There is no fundamental difference between Bush and Obama. The pristine new savior of the country and its conscience didn’t take long to prove that his resolve is made of over-cooked pasta. Guantanamo closure? Flip flop.  Guantanamo prisoner status? Back to Bush’s plan. “I’ll never tax your health care benefits!”? Utter bullshit as that is now “on the table and you can be sure that it will happen. And all the promises to the gay community? Not quite so much. Congratulations to President Obamush. You did bring some change. You’ve trashed the rights of some (bond and equity owners) in favor of others (union workers) to prop up a few industry players that have categorically proven that they are no longer even close to competitive. Here’s to the hope that the Repukes can take back control of Congress so that we will once again have grid-lock on the Hill. It’s gotta be better than change.

29
Jun
09

Travel Alert: Cincinnati

As if you needed another reason to never ever visit Cincinnati: The Marilyn Monroe look-a-like contest.

Marilyn Monroe look-alike contestants Julie Meyer of Covington, left and Kelly Sengewald of Mt. Healthy give their best impression on stage for the Hollywood Casino Marilyn Monroe look-alike contest on Fountain Square Friday June 26.

29
Jun
09

Dell vs Dell

Well, it’s time to get my geek on. A few weeks ago I was ruminating on getting a new desktop computer for my office. I bought a Dell Dimension 4600 a little more than 6 years ago. I’ve run it 24/7 since purchase and have been generally happy with it. I know that the expected life of a desktop is about 3 years, so I am not upset over a HD replacement, memory upgrade or video card upgrade. It’s  Pentium 4 system running at 3gHz on XP Pro with maxed out RAM and is now showing it’s age. It also has an upcoming HD failure (again) and the watch battery has been replaced (a sure sign of doom), as well as signs that the power supply is getting wonky. This machine cost me around $2,000.

I ordered a new Dell this weekend. I got a system that features the Intel Core i7, 3G of tri-channel RAM, blah, blah, blah. I ordered an additional 6G of RAM from Newegg.com. My total bill is about $850 to my door. It should be here in a week or so and I am already dreading the data transfer debacle. Hell, that never goes smoothly. Hopefully, though, I’ll have another machine that will blaze through another 6 years!

28
Jun
09

Classic Comedy

I’m not that old… But I am also not that young. The late night TV variety show genre’ is populated with exactly one acceptable constituent: Johnny Carson‘s Tonight Show. Everything else was just weird, uncomfortable and unsatisfying. Johnny is gone, Buddy Hackett is gone and now Ed McMahon is gone. But their comedy is still damn funny.