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  1. Apparently it is possible to duct-tape someone to the ceiling.

    Helicopter game. Don’t be fooled by the word “fun” in the URL. Yes, it starts out as being fun… like most addictions do. Before you know it, “fun” has turned into “obsession”. Where am I going in my little helicopter? Is there an end to this green and black tunnel? I DON”T KNOW… because I can only get 1014.

    Song for the Day:

    Mad World
    Gary Jules (mp3)

    The highlight of Donnie Darko was the choice music… including this masterful remake of the Tears for Fears classic.

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  2. Out East

    After dropping Phebe off at the airport tonight, I thought, “Hmm, I’m going to see what Mark is up to.” I should have known better. The guy is always in Utah or Seattle or the Netherlands… never in town. Sure enough… he’s at Creation. Yeah, everybody is at creation… he is hanging out with our friends from the road — Shane, Christie, and Keith-Bo. I’m so jealous!

    But I saw Jessica and Stephen at the grocery store and I bought a little gerber daisy plant, so I’m happy anyway. (I’m so excited about the plant… it is my signature flower. And that is why I’m sad that June is ending, because they are on my June desktop by Mamselle.)

    Now I watch Donnie Darko, and then I sleep. Michael’s sister is coming to stay at my house tomorrow, and I need to fix up the house before then.

    You Have the Power of Teleportation!

    What’s Your Magic Power?

    I wish. (via webhedfeat)

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  3. Happy Birthday to Phil! Hopefully Jesse called with my greetings as well.

    Things You Don’t Realize You Take for Granted

    #327. Mac’n’Cheese

    His Dark Materials — series I’m supposed to read. (personal reference for when I forget again)

    Friday Five

    1. How are you planning to spend the summer [winter]?

    Not much different than how I spent the spring.

    2. What was your first summer job?

    I think I started working in my dad’s office when I was 14 or 15… answering the phone and helping set up their computer system. (Ah yes, a computer geek so young.)

    3. If you could go anywhere this summer [winter], where would you go?

    I’m holding out for autumn… then hopefully, I’m off to Oz.

    4. What was your worst vacation ever?

    The summer after my 8th grade year. Hands down, the worst family vacation ever. There was a whole series of crappy events, but the real bad part came when we were at Seven Falls in Colorado, and my sister got hit by a falling rock and had to be taken to get stitches. For the rest of the holiday, she was an absolute bear because she hadn’t taken her senior pictures yet, and she was so concerned about there being a scar on her face. You had to be there, I’m sure.

    Coming in a close second was the year that I was carsick the entire time, and we got in a train wreck.

    5. What was your best vacation ever?

    I just liked going up to Minnesota, which we did quite frequently. One year was particularly fun when my cousins’ cousins were up there too… so there were just a bunch of us kids taking the boat out and playing on the raft and playing Atari.

    Song for the Day:

    Oh What A Beautiful Morning
    – from Oklahoma

    ~Oh what a beautiful morning

    Oh what a beautiful day

    I’ve got a glorious feeling

    Everything’s goin’ my way~

    I actually woke up singing children’s songs… but I couldn’t help but sing this one on the way to work.

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  4. Mmm… I am thrilled. I have a good feeling about something. I think something good is on the verge of happening for a group that deserves it. And if it does, I am honored to have had the joy of being just a little part of the chain reaction.

    A Conversation

    The first thing my boss said to me today…

    Bossman: You’re looking like a superfan today.

    Me: Oh I am a superfan.

    Listen, if clients are going to give me free clothing, I am going to wear it. That’s all there is to it.

    Song of the Day:

    Frou Frou (mp3)

    ~people concertina to my

    private magic lantern move for me

    with the senses all inclusive

    in the theatre of triggered memories~

    It’s an Imogen-type day.

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  5. A very merry half-birthday to me…

    My mom just sent me an email wishing me a happy half-birthday. I didn’t realize we were celebrating half-birthdays… but I’m thankful for the thought all the same. πŸ™‚

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  6. Supported the local scalper ring, and we got $70 tickets for $40 to the hockey game Saturday. Best seats I’ve ever had anyway. Good game with a win in overtime.

    Unexpected houseguests have kept me busy over the weekend.

    And I’m officially moving bedrooms. It kinda stinks lugging stuff across the house… but I found the box of cds that I have been looking for since I moved in a year ago. So that was nice. I can listen to The Jayhawks again.

    A client told me today that my boss was saying good stuff about me behind my back. That feels good for a change.

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  7. Merlin… I mean, really. This was one of my greatest childhood toys. I don’t know why this came to me today, but I just remember spending hours with that little game. It was good for those long, agonizing roadtrips to Colorado when we were kids. Of course we had to fight over it.

    I just got a call from my favorite person at Random House. Before he got to the point of his call, he asked if it would be okay if he sent me a copy of the Order of the Pheonix audio book. I said, “Sure.” πŸ™‚

    Sideman clearances and corporate maintenance today, so this will probably be the end of me.

    Hot Air Balloon Sighting:

    Saw another one drifting on the northern horizon on my way home from work last night.

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  8. Lutefisk… people don’t take the time to think about lutefisk nearly often enough. And after reading that, I’m glad I didn’t hang around Decorah for Nordic fest and the lutefisk eating contest.

    Proof That Married People Turn Into Each Other:

    Was talking to Jack today as he was driving. In the middle of conversation he says, “Oh crap, did I take the wrong exit? …. Where am I?” (which seems to happen during every conversation I have with his wife these days.)

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  9. This… is awesome. I have never seen toilet paper cores put to such good use. (And that’s impressive coming from the Toilet Paper Elf herself.)

    I was trying to decide exactly when the whole TP Core joke began. It doesn’t go all the way back to Michigan, does it? I definitely remember doing it in Pittsboro, but did it start when I lived with you guys?

    Perhaps you’re looking for a new brand of toilet paper… you might want to try this. If nothing else, they’ll send you free stickers.





    What your desktop really does when you think it is idling… Icon Wars. (via webhedfeat)

    Hot Air Balloon Sighting:

    Last night I heard all the dogs in the neighborhood going berzerko… then I heard it. The unmistakable noise of a hot air balloon burner. I pulled open my shades to find a rainbow balloon literally right outside. I grabbed my camera and went outside to snap a couple photos as it was landing in my subdivision. Yay! I love them.

    Also emailed back and forth with Arminta last night. Seems they are really busy helping out a friend right now. Plus they have a new song and are making a video. They are such cool people. I told her they ought to play at the pub down here.

    Mmm… time to work.

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  10. I came across a postcard from Fiona while going through my desk over the weekend. Need the Australian Slang Dictionary to translate though… “take a squizz”, “it’s ridge-didge Australian”, “flat out like a lizard drinkin”. yeah. funny stuff.

    Got a good laugh out of this article last night, only because the writer apparently does not even begin to have a clue:

    Movie industry battles film piracy on many fronts

    “The good news for the movie industry is that very few computer users have the broadband Internet access or the memory to download an entire feature film. (Even with broadband it can take three hours or longer to download a movie; with dial-up connections it can take all day.)”

    He would be right… if it were 1995. Broadband ain’t just for the rich folks anymore. And as for memory… goodness… computers these days come with ridiculous amounts of memory. But whatever.

    Stop the piracy. We’d hate to have to give our multi-million dollar actors a paycut.

    I admit I clicked this link just to make sure it wasn’t my dad: Deer Knocks Iowa Man Off Motorcycle. It wasn’t.

    Completely Random IM Quote for the Day: (from Viro)

    “peeing is wonderful… God is pretty ingenious when it comes to waste removal… no?”

    Song for the Day:

    Paul Schwartz Project (real audio)

    So I’ve been stuck on him this week… and this song in particular. The chord progression during the orchestral parts has the most beautiful and chilling resolution.

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  11. Aha! For anyone who didn’t believe me, my favourite Blue Bunny ice cream made the Splendid Table’s list of the Best Ice Creams in America. Duh, of course… it’s made in the Ice Cream Capital of the World, after all. I was driving with the biggest smile on my face. Yay!

    Don’t mind me, darling; I’m just over here ruling with an iron fist. Or something.

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  12. Happy Birthday, Brenton! My little Aussie cousin… though, goodness, he’s probably not so little anymore. I just haven’t seen him since he was probably 9 or so, which makes him forever that age in my mind.

    80’s Ending: “This short film is a wonderful parody on the ending of every 1980’s movie you’ve ever seen!” (And that’s the truth.)

    I just spent the last hour reading this story of a guy who deposited one of those fake junk-mail checks. Not a measly little $5 one either… try $95,000… and it cleared. It is truly hilarious.

    Reasons to Own Large SUV:

    #4. Business Owner Chases, Runs Over Robbery Suspects In Hummer

    Some day I am going to get this Blue Screen of Death T-shirt from Errorwear. (Embrace your computer problems.) Though the Not Responding one is quite funny too.

    BugBear Virus Count: 4

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  13. (Hey, T, what do you think about michael driving the bus for Steriogram?) πŸ™‚

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  14. Friday Five

    1. Is your hair naturally curly, wavy, or straight? Long or short?

    Long (center of back), wavy, thick, and red.

    2. How has your hair changed over your lifetime?

    When I was younger it was straight as you can get and thin, thin, thin.

    3. How do your normally wear your hair?

    Away from my face. But I don’t have a normal “style”, per se.

    4. If you could change your hair this minute, what would it look like?

    I just wish I could wear it sleek and smooth without a gallon of product weighing it down.

    5. Ever had a hair disaster? What happened?

    Those perming years back in junior high. Ugh.

    A Conversation

    Karl: Have you had any Dr. Pepper today?

    Me: I just opened one…

    K: Okay.

    Me: Why, are you going to start keeping a tally for me?

    K: No, I’m just making sure you’re alright.

    Me: Oh thanks.

    Addiction suggestion noted.

    Song for the Day:

    The Dark of the Night
    Paul Schwartz Project (Real Audio)

    ~In the dark of the night

    When the shadows are long

    And the stars are alight

    There’s a fire in the air

    And a breath on the wind

    With the scent of your hair~

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  15. inΒ·tern


    1. A student or a recent graduate undergoing supervised practical training

    (See lackey, peon)

    I determined today, as I stare at this massive mess on my desk, that I need an intern. I don’t think I’ll ever get to get one, but the idea is a nice one. With two (maybe three) colleges in town offering Music Business as a major, there have got to be plenty of kids who still think that working in the industry would be “cool” whether they get paid $2 an hour or not.

    Lucky Duck

    Last night Tina announced that she is going to Australia with Chanel’s family. (I knew they were going to ask her, because I talked to Sharon a couple weekends ago…) So yeah, I am super excited for her, because how awesome would that be to have someone pay for your ticket overseas… but at the same time, I might be an eensy-weensy bit jealous.

    Good Ol’ Rocky Top

    Tailgate party over at Barry’s.

    I’m Not Idiot

    Pixel in Motion… not quite Pixar, but the characters are kind of cute. I liked watching the animations and trying to figure out where the audio is from. (South Park, The Lion King, As Good As It Gets… and is the 3rd one on the top row from Time Bandits?) The one with the light saber is kind of funny too.

    Impossible Songs to find online:

    “Live & Learn” by Joe Public and anything by Ozark Mountain Daredevils… not even “Jackie Blue”… but what I really want is “Chicken Train” or that Colorado song.

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  16. Wait a second… who is “nobody you remember”? Drive me crazy, will ya?

    (And if anybody else, *ahem Tash*, has not picked a flower on my Guestmap, why don’t you go ahead and do that today?)

    Fate, It Seems, is Not Without a Sense of Irony

    9|11 Survivor Dies of SARS

    Okay, my first thought was the obvious one… dang, that sucks. Move to Hong Kong to start a new life, and — whoop — there goes the day.

    But see, this is where my lack of sensitivity comes in. When I read the headline, I had envisioned this man scrambling down stairs and out the doors … fleeing from wreckage and debris. One of those people you saw on television covered in grey dust with streaks of natural skintone only where tears had left their trails.

    No, the guy didn’t even make it there. He missed his train. He didn’t even work there every day. He was just meant to go there for a meeting.

    I don’t know. I’m sure the guy and his wife and probably everyone he knew were grateful that things happened the way the did in order to prevent his being there. But to say he “escap[ed] death” seems a bit of a stretch to me.

    But that’s me.


    Hi. I am so looking forward to that movie, and not just because he is beautiful. Anybody who doesn’t want to see it probably didn’t like Goonies.

    Creative Use for Blogger Award:

    Today it goes to Johnny Rays Grill who uses it to post their daily special.

    Bruce + Holly

    The little 2-screan theatre downtown must have a letter shortage, because on their marquee, it reads:


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  17. I was a bit alarmed as I listened to NPR on my way to work this morning as they reported the statement from North Korea. I know I should be concerned from a human-on-this-planet perspective… but I find that I’m mostly concerned as a niece-with-an-uncle-in-Japan.

    I will be mauled by a mob of midgets.

    How will you die? Take the Exotic Cause of Death Test

    You think you’ve seen about everything by now, hmm? Oh yeah? I don’t think so. I am quite sure you have probably missed The Shrine to Don Knotts. I can feel the love though. The Incredible Mr. Limpet was, for lack of a better word, incredible.

    MASH: You played it in high school… now you can play it online. Here is my result… not too far from what I’m doing right now, hmm? (Names omitted to protect the innocent — though I wasn’t too disappointed by who it turned out to be.) πŸ™‚

    “Your husband’s name is **** and you have 0 children. You’re a Attorney Assistant who drives to work every day in a Purple Mini Cooper.

    It’s truly a wonderful life when you consider the countless romantic nights you have spent with **** in your house in Nashville. ”

    Song for the Day:

    Far Far Cry
    Jon Anderson

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  18. Song for the Night:

    Here Comes the Rain Again

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  19. I Should Have Called in Sick

    Because, darnit, I’m sick of working. I cannot focus on anything today. Bouncing off the walls, I tell you. Karl suggested I make coffee. Somehow I don’t see the logic in that, but anything to get me away from this massive pile of work on my desk.

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  20. Nevermind… I found one.

    Song for the Day:

    Morning After
    Howie Day

    ~what could be so wonderful about this

    what could be so wonderful?

    the half light wakes you up the morning after

    fall down with me

    and roll around now~

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  21. *Waves to David* We were cohorts in crime about 10 years ago. Ahh yes, such fond memories of attending hockey games (die Thunder Bay!) and admiring the Canadian flags on the local college campus. Yes, those were the days.

    Speaking of memories… last night smelled like Michigan. It was warm and muggy. Would have been a perfect night for the traditional end-of-tour cigar down at the Pointe with the boys watching the sun set over the lake.

    Star Warz: Crapisode I… mildly entertaining, if you have nothing better to do.

    I can’t find my song for the day.

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  22. To Dad: Happy Fathers Day! I wish I could be there to hug you!

    To Mom: Happy Birthday! Glad the vase arrived on time!

    I cant wait to go home.

    After having played around with the new Dell Axim X5 this weekend, I determined that it is quite a handy little contraption… though I don’t think I am to the point where I need on of them yet. I’m still fond of writing phone numbers on my wrist… nature’s notepad.

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  23. Legal Alien – Don’t miss this one for the Friday Fun. Every week a new riddle. Good good.

    Sisterly Advice for the Day:

    “Before you have kids, make sure you buy a dog and try to dress it… for practice.”

    (Apparently my squirmy niece was not cooperating when it came to getting to her bathing suit today.)

    The Matrix vs. Monsters Inc.

    Are they the same movie? (Listen and decide)

    Human body power vs. Human scream power

    Phone booths vs. Closet doors

    Neo vs. Boo

    Morpheus vs. Sully

    It’s something to think about. πŸ™‚

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  24. Happy Birthday Matty-D & Bilen!

    Tea & Toast: interesting place here. What got me reading in the first place was the picture of the sign at the top that reads: “no one really goes to toast & tea for the drinks, but we make sure our drinks won’t kill you. this is something you must remember.” How brilliant is that?

    Not exactly SuperMario Bros. Not exactly English either. Click the button to start. Shift+Z to jump.

    Fashion Dig: exploring 20th century style… this place makes me think of Fiona! Vintage clothing is so cool.

    Hot Air Balloon Sighting:

    Last night I did not get to UPS before it closed, but I was glad. Because otherwise I would not have had to drive back south, and I would have missed the hot air balloon on the horizon. I decided I am going to keep track of how often I see them. It just makes me happy.

    Friday Five

    1. What’s one thing you’ve always wanted to do, but never have?

    Be a part of an archaeological expedition.

    2. When someone asks your opinion about a new haircut/outfit/etc, are you always honest?

    I’m someone who tends to see the good in everything… but Manda has started to teach me the delicate art of informing friends when things are not so flattering. It’s not like she would go up to a stranger and tell them they need to consider a larger size in clothing or something… but she could say to me, “Honey, that isn’t the best idea.” Which I appreciate.

    3. Have you ever found out something about a friend and then wished you hadn’t? What happened?

    Ugh. Yeah. Something we’re still dealing with over here. No further explanation right now.

    4. If you could live in any fictional world (from a book/movie/game/etc.) which would it be and why?

    Umm… today I’m going to say Narnia… who wouldn’t want to hang out at Cair Paravel?

    5. What’s one talent/skill you don’t have but always wanted?

    I want to be fluent in another spoken language.

    BugBear Virus Count: 3 emails caught by antivirus since Tuesday

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