Tuesday, March 31, 2009

How to hang toilet paper

Next time you have to hang toilet paper, just remember this handy lesson. You don’t want to look like an idiot when company comes over.

Monday, March 30, 2009

Put the F-ing Lotion in the Basket

Lego Silence of the Lambs: Put the F-ing Lotion in the Basket. One of the most creative things I've seen in a while.

Thursday, March 26, 2009

22 college students cram into a phone booth

This March 1959 LIFE magazine photo by Joe Munroe shows 22 Saint Mary's College students crammed inside a telephone booth. (Joe Munroe / Courtesy to The Chronicle)


I got this rather creative piece of spam today...

Ah... tax season...

Topic 357 - Tax Information for Parents of Kidnapped Children

You may claim a kidnapped child as your dependent if the following requirements are met:
  1. The child must be presumed by law enforcement to have been kidnapped by someone who is not a member of your family or a member of the child's family, and
  2. The child had, for the taxable year in which the kidnapping occurred, the same principal place of abode as the taxpayer for more than one-half of the portion of such year before the date of kidnapping.
If both of these requirements are met, the child may meet the requirements for purposes of determining:
  • The dependency exemption
  • The child tax credit, and
  • Head of household or qualifying widow(er) with dependent child filing status.
This tax treatment will cease to apply as of your first tax year beginning after the calendar year in which either there is a determination that the child is dead or the child would have reached age 18, whichever occurs first.

Her Rude Monkey


Wednesday, March 25, 2009

Round 3

In prior blog posts, I talked about trying to get faster DSL service from ATT and that being a whole lot of fail. Well, in an effort to bang my head against the wall one more time, I recently received an email from my current provider (Sonic.net) about their new Fusion Broadband service that runs with ADSL2+. It is finally available in my neighborhood.

I can get a max of 6/1 Mbps for $45 a month plus a $49.95 fee for the new modem. The best part is that I will finally be able to turn off the $15 a month extortion I give ATT to have a phone line that I don't use at all.

So, of course I signed up. It will take 20+ days for it all to come together. We shall see how things go. My guess is that it will be more fail. Sigh.

Sunday, March 22, 2009

New Blinkers

Wired in some new led blinkers tonight. Lighter, smaller, brighter and use less electricity than the original bulbs. Why doesn't Suzuki just make this stuff standard? It really couldn't add that much to the price of the bike.

Friday, March 20, 2009

Push the red button

I recently purchased the Autocom Motorola Bike-To-Bike kit so that I can talk with my friends while riding. It has speakers and a microphone that velcro in your helmet, wires to connect to a radio and a nifty push to talk button that is supposed to mount on the handlebar grip. The radio just sits in a pocket in my jacket. Push the button and you can broadcast over the radio. It works really well and makes riding bikes way more fun when you can point out cool stuff to your friends. Unfortunately, this button gets in the way on the grip so I had to get creative and mount it elsewhere. My bars are pretty tight for space so I ended up with the button ziptied on the top of the light/horn control box. This worked out pretty well and I like having this scary red button visible on the bars.

Sunday, March 15, 2009

New Adventure

My friends Jeff, Scott and I started a mailing list for a group of people who are into adventure. We call the list 8lives with the thought that we are already living 1 life and have 8 more to go. So far, a lot of the adventure revolves around motorcycles, rock climbing, keeping track of technology to aid us in adventures and local places to explore. With that said, I'm about to embark on an 8lives adventure that I'm really looking forward to.

Myself and three other people are going to take our motorcycles on a two week trip from San Francisco down to the southern end of Baja. Take a ferry across to mainland Mexico and then heard north back up home. A few of the nights we will be camping and the rest staying in small hotels. We are expecting to ride somewhere between 2500 and 3000 miles. The other fun fact is that we plan to spend as much time in Baja on dirt roads as possible.

Motorcycles are new to me. I'm 2500 miles into a nearly year old motorcycle. I currently ride the bike to and from work pretty much 5 days a week. I spent a good portion of my teenage years racing bicycles. I feel like I have pretty good skills on two wheels. However, I have quickly realized that things like cornering with 300lbs below you is handled completely different than on a 20lb bicycle. Dirt tends to be a bit more tricky as well. It takes a lot more concentration and skill to stay up. I fully expect that I'll drop the bike a few times on the dirt this trip. I'm actually looking forward to it. Good learning experience.

Part of what makes me comfortable taking this trip is that Jeff just got back from a year long 22k mile adventure from SF to Panama and back. He definitely has the experience to lead a trip like this. While I know he is nuts in terms of the routes that sound interesting to him. I'm definitely up for some adventure and really actually look forward to seeing what sort of crazy situations we can get into.

We leave April 3rd. I've been making tons of changes to the bike to improve the comfort and safety of it, bought tons of gear and otherwise preparing for this trip for about a month now. With only a couple weeks left to go, I'm feeling like things are really starting to take shape. I plan to blog about the trip and can't wait to get going.

Friday, March 13, 2009

The Grass-Mud Horse

"According to the New York Times, "The Grass-Mud Horse" is a mythical creature whose name in Chinese sounds like "fuck your mother". These horses face a problem: invading river crabs that are devouring their grassland. In spoken Chinese, river crab sounds very much like harmony, which in Chinas cyberspace has become a synonym for censorship. Censored bloggers often say their posts have been harmonized — a term directly derived from President Hu Jintaos regular exhortations for Chinese citizens to create a harmonious society."

Tuesday, March 3, 2009


Now having hot Greek babes with automatic weapons come save your ass from prison isn't the sort of thing that happens to normal people every day, but that's just how things work out for you when you're a badass like Vassilis Paleokostas.