‘I Need a Cleanup at Cubicle 36…’


To whoever decided to chill at my desk last night after hours, spill their beverage and then walk away without cleaning it up, thanks for nothing, jerk. You also destroyed a few of my son’s drawings.

UPDATE: The source of the liquid has been traced to a tiny hole in a can of Buzz Cola which I bought at the 7-11/Kwik-E-Mart in July 0f 2007. It had been sitting on the shelf since I bought it, but don’t ask me how the thing sprung a leak!

Anyway, carry on. Nothing to see here. Move along.

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Pumpkins, Part Deux


Remember those nifty home-grown pumpkins from a few posts ago? Well, last night Ann bought our annual package of carving instruments and we went to town.

Here is mine which was made from the tallest pumpkin of the bunch:

I figured since this is the 15th anniversary of The Nightmare Before Christmas, I thought I’d do mine as Jack Skellington. Although my original intention was to paint his face on the surface, I’m rather pleased with what I ended up with here. Anthony ended up only carving a little bit before he cut himself ever so slightly. That’s when he turned in his dull carving instrument and declared he “hated carving pumpkins!” He’ll be fine.

Speaking of things you might remember, what about the pumpkin I tole painted in this post? I found the original decoration which inspired it! Here they are, side-by-side:

They’re almost identical in terms of design but I think mine is a bit smaller. Oh well; I still dig it. As a matter of fact, there were a few other vintage Hallowe’en decorations in the bunch! And since I’m such a nice guy, I’m going to share the wealth.

Here are some decent-size scans of all of them:

Note that since these things are from my childhood, like myself they show signs of wear after years of abuse. (The black cat is missing its tale, for example.) But unlike me, the abuse can be rectified in Photoshop. I ended up taking them to work since my cubicle was looking rather bare for Hallowe’en.

And the black cat decoration is what I used for my Hallowe’en banner, which will change back to the Phillies banner on November 1st. So don’t worry, Preston. I haven’t forgotten our bet 🙂


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Life After “High School Musical”


Yesterday as the family sat through the painfully exuberant production that is called the High School Musical 3 parade at Disney’s California Adventure, Ann came up with an interesting thought.

“So they (the characters) graduated high school. What do they do next?”

Well, sweetie, allow me to answer that with a list of possibilities that Disney won’t be likely to pick up. And I apologize in advance for plagiarizing your concept.

Here they are in no particular order:

  • Minimum Wage Musical
  • Student Loan Musical
  • Struggling Actor Musical
  • Single Mother Musical
  • Drunken Escapades Musical
  • Hungover Again Musical
  • The Party’s Over Musical
  • ZOMG I GOT SO FAT Musical
  • College Dropout Musical
  • Liberal Arts College Musical
  • Waking Up in a Pool of Vomit Musical
  • College Ain’t High School Musical
  • iPhones Are More Fun When Daddy’s Paying the Bill Musical
  • Top Ramen Musical
  • 1994 Nissan Altima Musical

And finally…

  • Reality Sucks Musical

So hold the smiles and buckle up, kiddies. You haven’t even seen the best the world has to offer you!


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@ Disneyland


Disneyland @ 8:30 a.m. Nobody here! Woo hoo!

UPDATED 8:30 p.m.: I don’t have much else to add except a few pictures from today via Slide.com:

Oh, and trip to the Blue Sky Cellar Imagineering exhibit sort of rekindled my love of art, so I’m now off to dig out my Art Bin box and do some sketching. No really, it has! And I had some talent when I was in college!

We’ll see what I come up with. See ya later!

Cool iPhone App for Hallowe’en


…or to just chill with.

If you’ve got an iPod Touch or iPhone and are looking for a way to spookify your upcoming Hallowe’en party, annoy your idiot neighbors or scare the bejesus out of unsuspecting trick-or-treaters, you’re in luck this year.

Let me show you Easy Relax, a cool app I found the other day on iTunes. This app does nothing more than play different preloaded sounds such as air, wind, ocean, rain, or just plain old white noise. If you’re the type of person that sometimes finds it difficult to fall asleep without some kind of background noise, and you have a clock radio with an iPod dock, you will dig this app!

Unlike another free app I had downloaded, Easy Relax allows you to combine one background noise with as many as three other ambient sounds. For example, I made one for Hallowe’en that consists of heavy rain and thunder as the background noise, and chimes, strong wind and a corbie/raven as the ambient sounds. (Note: even with the free version you can adjust the level and frequency of each ambient sound for complete personalization.) The result was nothing more than amazing and will be an excellent way to create the mood for that spooky night quickly approaching.

Hallowe’en aside, as it name implies, Easy Relax is a fantastic way to “escape” after a long day at the office or even to use while at the office when you just can’t decide what music you want to listen to next. In fact, I listened to this all day today while at work and didn’t even miss my music collection. Very relaxing.

About the only setback I’ve noticed with this app is that you can sometimes hear a dead air at the end of certain background noises before they loop, which can become annoying if you’re one of those that will notice it while trying to sleep (*raises hand*).

All in all, I really like Easy Relax 2.0 and was interested in buying the Ultimate version. But after reading its reviews, the Ultimate version appears to be more buggy and has less features than the free version, so I think I’ll pass on it.

If any of this sounds interesting to you, go ahead and download it here (link requires iTunes):

So give it a shot, chill for a bit, and let me know what you think!


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