Category: "culture/news"

School board election update

The school board election is April 5th, 2005. There are three spots open. The candidates are

Kellie Case
Steve Cooper
Jim Hester
Monte Johnson
Steve Lewis (incumbent)
Vanessa Tallman

Do they call them candidates because they're candid? We'll find out soon. Send me the questions you want answered.

In the interest of full disclosure, I should say that Monte Johnson is a friend. He and his family have been our dinner guests and he's a member of my church. I'll do my best to be objective, but I thought I should disclose that.

School board candidate interviews

I think I'm going to try to do email interviews with each person running for the school board in Adrian. I need you to submit questions that you want answered. I'll get the questions to the candidates and publish their answers here. Post your questions as comments or email me (personman2 at gmail dot com).


Earlier this week I came from work and there was a cat in our garage. It was hiding in some of our junk trying to stay warm. I hadn't seen it yet, but it was meowing a loud, sick, pathetic meow. I grabbed a broom and pried it out with the handle. I was expecting to pull out some nasty old disease-ridden cat, but it was a beautiful cat that was little more than a kitten. Suddenly we felt sorry for it and started talking about feeding it. But we moved it outside and shut the garage door so it could go find its home.

Last night we were hanging around playing games and some neighbor kids came up and knocked on our door. They said there was a cat outside under our car and they wondered if we had one missing. It was starting to snow.

Today we went outside and we could still hear that sad meowing. We asked my mom what she thought and she said that it probably didn't have a home. So we borrowed her flea shampoo and went and put the cat back in the garage and gave it some milk. While it drank the milk we went to the new Dollar General in Adrian and picked up some cat litter, food, scratch post and bed. We came home and gave it a bath.

Once it had dried off and calmed down my parents brought Emma over and introduced her to our new cat. They had been working on names. Here are some that Emma suggested and Jenny transcribed: Bracion, Phoner, Fecal-fecal, Nanovacal, Ripfrekal, Hippovekal, Skin and Handsome. But the name that Emma invented and stuck with is Bearsmicks. Check out the pictures in the Bearsmicks gallery.

Decroded piece of crap!

Here's a pretty good Napoleon Dynamite soundboard. A couple of observations are in order.

  1. Decroded or decroted? Either way I don't think it's a real word.
  2. When I searched google for "decroded piece of crap," this was the fifth result.
  3. Sara loved this movie when she saw it in the theater, which was long before it was as popular as it is now.
  4. My lips hurt real bad.
  5. Update:
  6. Decroded @
  7. Decroded @

We're racing for the title of champion of the universe

Rally Trophy - Nice work by Aulophobia tracking this flash game down. Build your own slot racing track then race against a computer or human opponent.

(via Sleepless Nights)

Imaginary friend for sale

I never had an imaginary friend, but if I did I don't think I would sell her on eBay for $0.99.

Links, get 'em while they're hot

If some old Jesus toast is worth tens of thousands, then how much would people pay for a Jesus-looking oyster shell? (via Linkfilter)

Bryan Berg: Cardstacker - Wow. The gallery is worth a look. (via Linkfilter)

A new blog: Mare's Mess.

A blog that's surprisingly entertaining.

The World's Oldest Blog.

Could Jon Stewart replace Dan Rather?

The Daily Sucker - From the maker of Web Pages That Suck. A new example of bad web design every day. My newest subscription in Bloglines.

Who is funding the massive campaign to convince people that privatizing Social Security is good?

That's all I've got.

Journalism's Vacation from the Truth

Conservative pundit Armstrong Williams recently admitted to taking money from the President to promote his policies. It's a good thing we have top-notch journalists at CNN's "Crossfire" who can get to the bottom of this and show the public how bad this is. Or maybe they can just lob softballs at him for half an hour and be part of his (and Bush's) damage control. Even the "from the left" guy on Crossfire went easy on him! Jon Stewart is proved right once again.

NEW YORK One day after Tucker Carlson, the co-host of CNN's "Crossfire," made his farewell appearance and two days after the network's new president made the admirable announcement that he would soon kill the program altogether, a television news miracle occurred: even as it staggered through its last steps to the network guillotine, "Crossfire" came up with the worst show in its 23-year history.

This was a half-hour of television so egregious that it makes Jon Stewart's famous pre-election rant seem, if anything, too kind. This time "Crossfire" was not just "hurting America," as Stewart put it, by turning news into a nonsensical gong show. It was unwittingly, or perhaps wittingly, complicit in the cover-up of a scandal.
(Read the whole story)

G4TechTV will now be called G4

Here's the press release - I'm glad they're going to stop dragging the good name of TechTV through the mud. The two new shows that they're adding will make the network worse than it already is (if that's possible). I've said it before, but now it's official. TechTV is dead.

I haven't listened to it yet, but the old TSS gang got together at Mac Expo and Leo recorded it here. Dan Huard's new site,, aims to help fill the void that TechTV left.

X Minus One

I've been listening to the 1950s sci-fi radio program, X Minus 1. It's pretty fun so far. I've listened to about half of the second episode (the first episode was 404'd). I heard about it on the Engadget podcast. It's set in 1987 on board a spaceship headed for another solar system. Five ships have been lost trying to make this trip, but the captain thinks he can do it. If you're offended by bad language, then watch out. The salty old spaceship captain does at one point say st***d id**t.

Update: I should also link to the main site, There are lots of cool programs like Abbott & Costello, Amos & Andy, Avenger, Batman, Buck Rodgers, Calling All Cars, etc. And it's all free.

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