Feelin' Genki

Saturday, March 24, 2012

Christy Clark's plan to eliminate free speech and destroy unions...

All in the name of destroying the public education system in BC, I guess.

In Georgia, the Tea Party has joined with the Occupy movement to fight a bill that would place severe restrictions on workers' right to protest and the collection of union dues.

"This is an extreme attack on our basic democratic rights. It's also an attempt to bankrupt and destroy our unions."

Funny, but that sounds like Christy Clark's plan too.

Sunday, June 13, 2010

Happy Birthday Morris!

Wow, Morris is two years old and just had a party with about 14 kids from the neighbourhood and one from Vancouver. And I thought that since I only invited 5 children, it'd be a quiet day...

My boys are so good. Shared toys, ate cake and candy all day with no meltdowns, and were nice and exhausted by bedtime. Me too, or I'd post some new pictures, and they're worth it.

Vuvuzelas and the 2010 World Cup in South Africa

Omigod, there's a giant swarm of killer bees in the stands! In every stadium in South Africa... oh, wait. It's the vuvuzelas.
"I don't know if I'm the only one who found excruciating this constant droning that was going on. They were blowing these trumpet-looking horns and it never ended. It was like you're being attacked by a swarm of locusts for 90 consecutive minutes. It never went away," said ESPN's Mike Greenberg.

Well, I guess some people find them more annoying than I do. There's a Facebook group to ban them, and it's going to have 100,000 members by morning. Sheesh.

That said, Germany's up two goals on Australia and it's not halftime yet. Back to the TV!

Tuesday, November 17, 2009

Grammy's Christmas Cactus

If it's November, the Christmas cactus must be blooming.

Yup, just like clockwork, this ancient plant, having spent the previous 11 months neglected and dusty, bursts into full bloom. It doesn't seem to matter where it is in the house, or care that it's spent another full year stuck in that same tiny pot, because it just likes it that way.

We inherited this old girl from Erin's Grammy. Erin remembers seeing it at Grammy's house when she was 3 or 4 years old, so we're figuring this here Christmas cactus is almost 50 years old, or at least older than we are.

The really amazing thing is that since we got it in the mid-90's, we've never reportted it. Frankly, I'm scared to take it out of the pot, for fear of upsetting the plant's cozy surroundings. Plus, I don't know the first thing about taking care of a cactus.

If this one's taught me anything, it's to just ignore them. So they can surprise you once a year. And remind you to start thinking about Christmas shopping.

Saturday, September 19, 2009

Happy International Talk Like a Pirate Day!

Arr, ye. Tis here again, me mateys: International Talk Like a Pirate Day 2009!

As always, the must-see links of the day are compiled at Frank's Web Zen site. Once again, I am in awe. Or, I should say, I am in Arrrr!

Hey, kids, find out what your very own Pirate Name is here! If you don't like it or it doesn't sound scurvy enough, try a quicker Pirate Name generator here!

Friday, September 18, 2009

Zac Efron is in town!

Yup, it's a small town, and a big movie star is here. And EVERYONE is talking about Zac Efron filming here.

Hello people! Kim Basinger is here too! Anyone ever hear of her? No, because the vast majority of people who care are 12 year old girls.

Speaking of the tweenies, I felt horrible yesterday, driving by and seeing every girl in town between the ages of 11 and 16 standing outside a set, hoping for a wave from Zac. Sadly, I heard they were disappointed.

However, if you were a 40 year old woman, celebrating your birthday (Happy Birthday Tonya!) by going to a nice restaurant last night...

Hah! Eat it, tweenies!

Besides, the two twelve-year-old girls on my street are part of the Meryl Streep fanclub... more on that later.

Hey, did you know that Zac Efron has four nipples? I wish he would have flashed the camera...

Yes, our tiny town has become "Quincy Harbor" and the iconic Molly's Reach restaurant, made famous in The Beachcombers, is now "Flynn's Reach", at least for a week until the excellent film crew paints it back to normal. Cheers guys!

Thursday, June 18, 2009

How to Take Better Photographs... The Basics. For Beginners. And the Obtuse.

Ivar Gravlejs is a photographer; he's been doing it for a long time, and has it down.

Still, that doesn't prevent him from looking at photography from the point of view of an absolute know-nothing beginner. "Dummy" doesn't begin to describe it... these tips are more for time travelers from the distant past who've never seen a camera, or possibly shaved apes.

Hilarious, painfully obvious, and great pictures abound... at least, half of them are great pics...

How to take pictures, for REAL Dummies and lower life forms.

Monday, May 25, 2009

Happy Towel Day 2009

Don't Panic. As all the hoopy froods out there know, today is Towel Day.

A towel, it says, is about the most massively useful thing an interstellar hitchhiker can have. Partly it has great practical value. You can wrap it around you for warmth as you bound across the cold moons of Jaglan Beta; you can lie on it on the brilliant marble-sanded beaches of Santraginus V, inhaling the heady sea vapors; you can sleep under it beneath the stars which shine so redly on the desert world of Kakrafoon; use it to sail a miniraft down the slow heavy River Moth; wet it for use in hand-to-hand-combat; wrap it round your head to ward off noxious fumes or avoid the gaze of the Ravenous Bugblatter Beast of Traal (such a mind-boggingly stupid animal, it assumes that if you can't see it, it can't see you); you can wave your towel in emergencies as a distress signal, and of course dry yourself off with it if it still seems to be clean enough.

Happy Towel Day everyone!

Links for further reading:
Towelday.org website
Flickr Towel Day Photoset

Thursday, May 21, 2009

The Best Internet Meme Since Bloodninja

The Ballad of Douche Quadbike. That's not what the original video was called (that's here), but the response to this guy spamming links all over the internet has turned this into the best story I've read in a while.

1. Watch this (barf bag handy).
2. Then, the video response by Sanchez that started it all.
3. And, to heighten your pleasure and waste even more of your time, take a look at the Cracked forum.

Hope that brightens your day. Wipe away your tears of laughter and go about your business.

Oh, and of course, there's the Hitler version too...

Oh, and in case you are unfamiliar with the work of Bloodninja, here you go: The Bloodninja Chronicles. Be sure to put on your robe and wizard hat.

Monday, March 23, 2009

Finally, the children.

Oh Dread Pirate Robert, when will you post more pics of your adorable offspring? Right now.

Without further ado, Here's Morris on a sunny day, dressed in a hat that is marginally too big for him, but doubles the adorability quotient. It's a mathematical certainty.

As for Milo, he's been taking more pictures than posing for them. Video seems to be the preferred medium for catching him in action, although his self-portraits are pretty cool. Most of the ones he takes of us chop out half our faces, because he starts dropping the camera as soon as he presses the shutter.

Monday, March 09, 2009

Why I Became a Teacher

From an interview with Alan Moore:
All too often education actually acts as a form of aversion therapy, that what we're really teaching our children is to associate learning with work and to associate work with drudgery so that the remainder of their lives they will possibly never go near a book because they associate books with learning, learning with work and work with drudgery. Whereas after a hard day's toil, instead of relaxing with a book they'll be much more likely to sit down in front of an undemanding soap opera because this is obviously teaching them nothing, so it is not learning, so it is not work, it is not drudgery, so it must be pleasure. And I think that that is the kind of circuitry that we tend to have imprinted on us because of the education process.

And that is the kind of circuitry we need to change, by making sure kids know how FUN and useful learning really is.

Thursday, March 05, 2009

A Momentary Meditation on Tattoos

As per our conversation today, I tracked down one of my favourite Life in Hell cartoons of all time...

The Dread Pirate Robert is returning to regularly scheduled blogging.

Thursday, October 30, 2008

Misson Accomplished... by Todd Snider!

Todd Snider's new album, "Peace Queer," is available for free download until the end of October 31. And it's great.

Friday, October 24, 2008

Can't talk, Facebooking...

I know it's been said before, but LOL.

Cartoon by Ape Lad (Adam Kolford) at http://apelad.blogspot.com.

Thursday, October 23, 2008

President Obama

Who is that guy? That's the President of the United States.

This photo just makes me happy.