Saturday, March 04, 2006

Stuff + Cats = Awesome

And now for something completely different.

That's right. A website. With pictures.

Of stuff.

On Cats.


This picture was taken just before things went very bad for the pet owner. Very bad indeed.

Some info that may come in handy

Since I now have a shop I try to use it to my best advantage. For instance, I perform oil changes and other maintenance on our vehicles. Oh sure, when you factor in the cost of buying an oil wrench and a creeper etc I'm not going to see a return on my investment for well, a while. But there is a nice feeling of satisfaction from doing these things yourself.

At least until you see that you have about 6 gallons of used oil sitting in the corner. What to do? There is no way I'm dumping it down the drain, we have an aeration system and leech bed. This would efeectively destroy our septic system. And even if I were hooked into a city sewer system, it's evil. There are some who burn their used oil, but again, it probly not a very healthy thing. Our city recycles paint and oil etc once a year. And every year we learn about the program the day after its over. Great.

So the oil just kind of piles up. Luckily I learned our local mechanic, Zeke, will take it. It's collected by a company that properly disposes of it. But what if you don't have a local guy named Zeke? Well it turns out that Advance Auto Parts will take used oil AND batteries.

Is your check engine light on? My father in law was hit for $60 to turn it off. No repairs. Nothing broken. Advance Auto Parts will actually hook up a basic diagnostic computer and tell you what the code is and what it means for FREE. I don't know if they will turn it off or not, but you'll at least have a clue when you go to your mechanic. And when that $60 'diagnostic fee' shows up you can say "Hey, hold on there sparky, you want to charge me how much to just plug in a computer and push a button? I told you what the code was!" If you're lucky (and didn't go to a dealership) that charge should go away.

Of course, I learned of this service AFTER I bought my own little diagnostic computer. I can't help it. I'm now a tool whore. They range in price but you can get one for between $75 and $100. There are cheap ones that will read an fault code (which you can look up online) but they can't reset the check engine light. I've already used it three times to turn off check engine warnings that weren't serious on our cars.

Thursday, March 02, 2006

Paying credit card = Terrorist

Are we freaked out yet? A little worried about the erosion of your rights? No?

I feel sick

This story has made me smiting mad. I literally want to hit something, or in this case someONE.

A West Virginia police chief physically forced a man to stop giving CPR to his gay friend, stating that the man was HIV positive. He wasn't, and even if we was you can't get AIDS from performing CPR. He then tried to prevent the EMS personel from aiding the victem. They ignored him. The man died anyway. The city is being sued, of course, by the ACLU. for wrongful death.

This is why stupid, bigottted or fundy people should not hold positions of power.

If you are stupid, do not join the police force or FEMA management.

If you are bigotted, learn to deal with it, or you will get the smackdown like this moron did. (It alas, will not bring the victem back)

If you are a fundy, you shouldn't work as a pharmacist. Please move to Texas and point your guns at the ATF in a threatening matter.

New Element found!

Via an email that's been bouncing around the Internets...


The recent hurricanes and skyrocketing oil and gasoline prices helped to prove the existence of a new element. In early October 2005, a major research institution announced the discovery of the heaviest element yet known to science. The new element has been named "Governmentium."

Governmentium (Gv) has one neutron, 25 assistant neutrons, 88 deputy neutrons, and 198 assistant deputy neutrons, giving it an atomic mass of 312. These 312 particles are held together by forces called 'morons' which are surrounded by vast quantities of lepton-like particles called 'peons.' Since Gv has no electrons, it is inert. However, it can be detected, because it impedes every reaction with which it comes into contact. A minute amount of Gv causes one reaction to take over four days to complete, when it would normally take less than a second!

Gv has a normal half-life of 4 years; it does not decay; but instead undergoes a reorganization in which a portion of the assistant neutrons and deputy neutrons exchange places. In fact, Governmentium's mass will actually increase over time, since each reorganization will cause more morons to become neutrons, forming 'isodopes.' This characteristic of moron promotion leads most scientists to believe that Gv is formed whenever morons reach a certain quantity in concentration. This hypothetical quantity is referred to as 'Critical Morass.'
When catalyzed with money, Gv becomes "Administratium' (Am) - an element which radiates just as much energy as Gv, since it has half as many peons but twice as many morons.

Monday, February 27, 2006

I'm down with that

My friend and business associate Thomas recently posted on his blog that due to South Dakota attempting to ban ALL abortion (including in cases of rape and incest), he and his company will no longer do ANY business in that state.

Although I generally take my time and like to analyse a situation before setting for my opinion, I am in complete agreement with him on this. I will not conduct business in the state of South Dakota.

Now this issue is going to be challenged. And unless the supreme Court overthrows Roe vs Wade (in which case we are ALL truly fucked) it WILL be overturned. And off the top of my head, I don't believe I have any shows in South Dakota. I don't believe I have ever been to South Dakota. But to be honest its not sounding like a place I would have a very good time.

A letter to the Governor will be sent shortly. In it I will lay out my logical and well thought out argument about why I believe he and his state are fundy asshats. I'm sure he will be crushed. I know my contributions to the general coffers of that state are, at this moment, precisely nil, it's the bitter thought that counts. This state has no desire to deal with reality and although I have a tendancy to dress up like a pirate and engage in rampant escapism, I believe that governments have a duty to live in the real, 21st century world.