Archive for September, 2007

Branded to Kill

A part of this viewing list: Criterion Collection Spine #38: Seijun Suzuki’s Branded to Kill. Watching a Japanese B-movie was a great way to get back into the swing of Criterion reviews. This is the first Seijun Suzuki film I’ve seen, but it reminded me very much of Samuel Fuller, and it is even a […]


Tequila and I got reacquainted last night. Our relationship has matured and doesn’t hurt me as much as it used to. I surely needed some of that after getting called into work yesterday for six hours of frustrating, ill-planned, deadlined updates. I was gung-ho to get some significant work accomplished at home. The Blue Collar […]


Decided to head into work a bit later than usual today and biked into Jeff Schuler at the downtown end of Carnegie bridge. He invited me to the brief Bike to Work Day meetup at A.J. Rocco’s and I tagged along and met a few folks. Ended up with a Cleveland Bikes t-shirt and a […]

Eulogy for Iris

My mother’s dog Iris was killed by a coyote today in the fall rains. I remember when we got her, eleven or twelve years ago, not long after my parent’s divorce. We drove quite a distance to find the dachshund puppies and I picked the lone black & tan one from the litter. I kept […]

Temporary Switch

I’ve switched back to my old Minima theme until I figure out what I incorrectly coded in Mark Elf that breaks it in WordPress 2.3. This Dexter release is pretty awesome looking already, especially the native tagging support, so I’m anxious to get all my ducks in a row. Maybe I’ll even take the time […]

Cleveland Plus Craigslist

I see plenty of those huge banners downtown and billboards in the immediate Cleveland vicinity promoting Cleveland Plus, but I’ve yet to see one anywhere outside of Cleveland proper. I was under the impression that this marketing campaign is for folks outside of the region, trying to attract them [and business] here. Has anyone actually […]


I’m retiring this week. I got a wire through my back bike tire on the way home from work last night; I was coming around the corner of Abbey and Columbus at a good clip and the back tire felt fat and fishtaily making the turn, so I got off, checked, and ended up walking […]

Illustrator Class

I’m taking an Illustrator class at CSU’s CCE. I’ve picked up a couple of good tips, but what I’m starting to discover is that all of these continuing education courses move far too slowly for me. These classes only move at the pace of the slowest student, which is typically someone who has never used […]

Lunatic Neighbors

Last night at 4am I was awakened by the worst altercation I’ve heard yet from my moon-struck neighbors. The crazy lady yells at her man on a nearly daily basis; “fuck this, fuck that, fuckety fuck fuck, like Samuel L. in Pulp Fiction. She is so loud that she can wake me up when there […]

Things I Learn

How DNS works. How to set up a Mac share that is accessible by PCs. How good challah bread is. Especially with Boar’s Head tavern ham, a slice of edam and some brown sugar and pecan mustard. [I’m also aware of just how religiously inappropriate that sandwich is.] That sex can sometimes feel so good […]


Weird dream last night. I’m in a spaceship with some random acquaintances who are my crewmates and we’re traveling through space and/or time for some reason. The trip removes or retards all of our primary sexual characteristics but no one seems to care about that or anything much, except me, even when some folks die […]

[en]Forcing Synergy

While reformatting my work PC today, I browsed around the internet looking for thoughts on e-government and design. I came across an interesting research brief by Peter Muhlberger entitled Should E-Government Design for Citizen Participation? Stealth Democracy and Deliberation [Abstract] [PDF]. He has a few other papers that look down the alley I’m interested in […]

The Wages of Fear

A part of this viewing list: Criterion Collection Spine #36: Henri-Georges Clouzot’s The Wages of Fear. I no longer have any Criterion Collection films queued up at the library. After the inundation I’ve had with them over the last few weeks, I think it is time to take a bit of a break. Thankfully, the […]

Busy Few Days

It has been a busy few days. Thursday was the Night to Unite which I have a bunch of photos of since I let Amy use my camera. Friday I ended up working a bit later than usual since some important web maintenance came in right at the end of the work day and I […]