Archive for January, 2006

There’s No Place I Can Be, Since I Found Serenity

January 26, 2006

Was there any doubt?

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You scored as Serenity (Firefly). You like to
live your own way and don’t enjoy when anyone but a
friend tries to tell you should do different. Now if only
the Reavers would quit trying to skin you.

Serenity (Firefly)


Galactica (Battlestar: Galactica)


Deep Space Nine (Star Trek)


Babylon 5 (Babylon 5)


Millennium Falcon (Star Wars)


Enterprise D (Star Trek)


Nebuchadnezzar (The Matrix)


SG-1 (Stargate)


Moya (Farscape)


FBI's X-Files Division (The X-Files)


Andromeda Ascendant (Andromeda)


Bebop (Cowboy Bebop)


Which sci-fi crew would you best fit in?
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Hat tip: Ith


TV Alert

January 25, 2006

Local boy made good, the Radio Equalizer Brian Maloney will be on The O’Reilly Factor tonight.

Topic of discussion will be certain financial irregularities involving Air America, Al Franken, and the Gloria Wise Boys & Girls Club.

Yahoo! Invasion Of Privacy?

January 22, 2006

Just got a forwarded e-mail from a friend, which states, in part:

If you belong to ANY Yahoo Group – be aware that Yahoo is now using “Web Beacons” to track the Internet navigation of every Yahoo user. It’s similar to cookies, but allows Yahoo to record every website and every group you visit -ANYWHERE- on the Internet, even when you’re not connected to Yahoo. To stop this privacy invasive surveillance, go here and click on the “opt out” link. Do NOT click the button on the next page because that will cancel your opt out.

If you read further, you will see that you have to do this on every computer (and every browser) that you use to access the internet.

Okay, I don’t really know how invasive this practice might be, but I have opted out of whatever it is they’re trying to do.

Use this information as you wish.

Since You Asked…

January 22, 2006

… the skateboard has gone back from whence it came (good riddance), and I am driving the real car again. Happy, happy, joy, joy!

Finally Stopped Bleeding

January 22, 2006

I was measuring something, the tape measure snapped back, and that little metal thingy at the end took a big bite out of my thumb.

I thought I was going to have to drive myself up to the ER to get it stitched… but after about 20 minutes of elevating it and putting pressure on it, it finally stopped leaking. Whew!

So no ride to the ER for me after all. And, more importantly, no big hospital bill, and no $20 band-aid and $30 aspirin. And no bleeding all over the Lexus leather. 🙂

Just another exciting Sunday morning in the life of a CrankyBeach.

In The News…

January 18, 2006

Study Finds That Marriage Builds Wealth

That’s the headline that caught my eye.

David Popenoe, co-director of the National Marriage Project at Rutgers University, said people become more economically productive after they marry.

Uh huh. I guess it helps to marry someone who (a) is not allergic to work, and (b) has already figured out what he wants to be when he grows up.

Trust me on this one. I know whereof I speak.


January 9, 2006

That’s what I’m driving this week.

At 8:00 this morning I waved a sorrowful goodbye to my beloved Lexus as it disappeared into the body shop.

Three months ago, the night before I left to visit Kerry in Wisconsin, I discovered somebody had crunched my right rear bumper. (And if I ever see a car around town with the telltale blue oxyx Lexus paint on its bumper… well, I was right here the whole time, understand?)

Between going to Wisconsin for 10 days and then writing a novel in November, I never got around to reporting the incident to my insurance until the middle of December.

Today was the first opening in the body shop, and my insurance will pay for a rental car of sorts, so I drove home in a 2006 Toyota Corolla.

A skateboard, as I said.

Actually, it’s a darn sight nicer than my 1995 Geo Prizm was. For those not in the know, a Prizm is a Corolla with a different name and a cheaper price tag. The Corolla has many of the same dashboard controls as the Lexus, seeing as how the Lexus is an ultra-high-end Toyota, and the ones that aren’t are very similar to my old Prizm. So I will not have a high learning curve in this car.

But ach, what a comedown. I asked if they provided the helmet to wear with the skateboard, since I haven’t ridden one of those since I was about 12, and am rather rusty, I am sure.

Everybody throw good thoughts my direction. They said Thursday or Friday for the Lexus being done. Let’s hope it’s sooner rather than later.

I want my car back. 40 minutes ago I said goodbye to it and I’m having withdrawal pangs.

Okay, I’m A Geek.

January 6, 2006

I admit it.

What else would you call somebody who orders the Australian edition of the Serenity DVD, just because it comes in a shiny collector’s tin AND has extras not available on the U.S. edition?

For those interested, here’s the list of extra features:

  • A Filmmakers Journey – Journey with Joss from Script to Screen (exclusive to Australian DVD)
  • Joss Whedon Q&A Session – Filmed at Fox Studios in Sydney (exclusive to Australian DVD)
  • Extended Scenes (exclusive to Australian DVD)
  • Take a Walk on Serenity – Cast and Crew take us on a special tour of the Serenity ship (exclusive to Australian DVD)
  • The Green Clan – Expose on Cinematographer Jack Green and his team (exclusive to Australian DVD)

What, you may ask, about the fact that the U.S. is DVD region 1, and Australia is region 4? Do I have a multi-region DVD player? No. I don’t. And my DVD player’s documentation strictly admonishes me thus:

“By law, all players shipped in the USA are set to region 1. It is not legal to provide any means of changing the region code to allow the use of other region’s discs. Therefore, [brand name] does not provide any means for consumers to change the region code of their players.”

Um… they may not provide the means, but the means is there. I ran a Google search on the terms [DVD player brand] and “region hack”–and found a super secret way to get into a hidden menu on the player, and change it to region 0, which is supposed to play anything at all. After the switch, my region 1 DVDs still play just fine. We shall see whether the Aussie DVD plays properly… but it won’t even be issued for another month or so, so I won’t have it until well into February.

And if you were still harboring any doubts about my geekhood, the above paragraph should have erased them.