Archive for March, 2008

Trip to the harbor

March 28, 2008 1 comment

I took Li to the Inner Harbor today as a reward for getting chores done this week. Things went well. She hasn’t been that well behaved for a long time. Here’s a few pictures, curtesy of flickr:

Li in a paddleboat

Li at the harbor

Li at California Pizza


More free books

March 25, 2008 1 comment

Nightshade books is making Jon Armstrong’s novel Grey available for download. From Nightshade’s website:

In a world pushed beyond the moral simplicity of black and white, all that survives is Grey.

High fashion, corporate malfeasance, celebrity culture, and an obsessed media collide with exuberant violence and volatile intensity in Grey, the explosive debut novel by newcomer Jon Armstrong.

For Michael Rivers, life is perfect. Michael has everything; tall, handsome, and famous, he is worshipped by billions of fans around the globe. He is wealthy beyond measure, the heir apparent to RiverGroup, one of the handful of high-tech corporations that controls the world. He is fashionable, setting trends with his wardrobe of immaculate designer suits, each a unique and celebrated work of art. And Michael is in love, perfect love, sharing a private language based entirely on quotes from the latest fashion magazine advertisements, with Nora, his beautiful, witty, and equally perfect fiancee, the only woman with whom he can see surgically-altered monochromatic eye to eye.

When an assassin’s bullets pierce Michael’s body before the unblinking eyes of cameras, reporters, and viewers at a press junket, everything changes, forcing Michael to question everything about his previously perfect world. Illusions shattered and forcibly separated from Nora, Michael seeks to uncover the reasons behind the attempted assassination, embarking on a quest that leads him to question his relationships with his loud, pro-fane, and narcissistically Ultra father; his estranged mother; and the perilous, contaminated, neo-feudalistic world that lies beyond the safe and protected bubble of corporate family life.

Michael must delve deep into his past, finding that all paths he uncovers seem to lead to the now-closed PartyHaus, and to a time when he was the golden boy, dancing furiously to the beat of notorious all-night Rage parties thrown by his father.

There’s also a few other books available for download from their site. As usual, I wouldn’t link to anything with DRM, so it’s truly free.
Link via BoingBoing


March 17, 2008 1 comment

Happy Paddy’s day! (Even if you Catholics aren’t supposed to celebrate today.)

You’ll need music, of course. Via myspace, so you can listen:

Flogging Molly (You’ve read here before, yes? You knew they’d be here)
Flatfoot 56
Charm City Saints (locals!)
Dropkick Murphy’s
The Bloody Irish Boys
The Killigans
The Sandcarvers
Culann’s Hounds
The Cherry Cokes (From Japan!)
Joe O’Connor
Greenland Whalefishers
Mingus O’Bannon
Saint Poitin

Last but not least, a friend of mine is in a local band (for now, kid on the way, so he’s leaving):
The Wild Rovers

Of Toothwork and Thieves

March 15, 2008 2 comments

Today (well, yesterday now) was an odd day. I got up at 5am in the morning, went to the bus stop, and took the bus to the dental college downtown. The work I was having done was being done by a senior who was attempting to pass a board exam and which will eventually allow her to get licensed (I’m pretty sure she passed).

The whole procedure was a unique experience for me. Every time my student dentist finished a step in the procedure, or wished to make a modification to the procedure (it was a drill-n-fill), she had to flag down a “runner” who took the associated paperwork and me to an intermediary table. Several nurses(?) there double checked the paperwork and added more paperwork to the pile and sent me off with another runner, who took me to a chair located on the opposite end of the area from the student. At this point a proctor checked the paperwork, then passed it on to one of the examining dentists who would check the work (both the work on the tooth as well as the paperword). When the dentist was done, he would call for the proctor again. The proctor would double check the paperwork and call another examining dentist. Wash, repeat with 3 or 4 dentists, seemingly depending on if the 4th one was bored or something. Once all the examining dentists were done examining me and the proctor was done checking the paperwork, the proctor would call for a runner who would take me back to the intermediary table where paperwork was messed with again. After that, I was sent back to the student dentist (with a runner, of course), by way of a dentist who seemed to be there to make sure the students understood what the examining dentists wanted to see.

For my time and trouble, I was not charged for the work, and in fact was given a crisp 50 dollar bill for my time. I was looking at the card in which said bill was contained when I realized that if I hurried, I could catch a bus back and make it in time for a meeting I was supposed to be at work for. In my haste, I shoved the bill in to my watch pocket. Most people call this a change pocket (I was wearing jeans) but not only to I not carry change around, I keep my watch in there. Hence watch pocket. Anyway, I put the bill there, but thought I had put it in the regular sized pocket below. As the bus approached the stop, I pulled out my watch. Can you see the fatal mistake? Out popped the bill. Before the bill could reach the ground (and I am not kidding about this), some guy in a red plaid coat swooped down, grabbed the bill and took off. Faced with trying to chase someone over 50 bucks I only had for about 15 minutes or catching the bus, I decided on the bus.

Needless to say my faith in humanity has seen better days. But hey, at least I managed to get this sweet self portrait while waiting for a runner, enjoy:

Self Portrait

The following happened between 4:45 and 5:30pm last evening

March 4, 2008 Leave a comment

It was such a nice day yesterday that I took my youngest for a walk while the eldest was doing her homework.  A couple of streets down from our house, we come across an aged sidewalk that has started to break up. The exchange between me and Em:

Em: *gasp* Daddy!

Me: Yes, honey?

Em: *points to sidewalk* It’s broken!

Me: Yes, it is.

After a short pause:

Em: You fix it?

Me: Err, no sweetie.

Em: Daddy, you need fix it!

Me: Honey, it’s not my sidewalk and I don’t  the tools to fix it anyway.

Em: Oh…  You fix it?

Me: Hey look, an airplane!

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Flogging Molly – Float

March 1, 2008 Leave a comment

Those of you who know me know that I’m a big fan of Flogging Molly. so you know I’m pretty pleased that they are releasing a new album on March 4th. On top of that, they’re currently streaming the whole album on their myspace page.

 Flogging Molly

Flogging Molly’s Myspace page

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