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Happy Howl-o-ween

  • Carved Pumpkin with Howling Wolves

Tomorrow is Halloween and to get into the spirit of things I decided to carve a pumpkin. Up until now, the extent of my pumpkin carving experience has been under the supervision of a parent. Yep, it's been that long. Being a pumpkin carving novice, I decided to pick up one of those pumpkin carving kits that comes with everything you need to get started, including the carving and gutting tools as well as a booklet of templates. I figured that with the templates I could create something intricate and forgo the usual boring, old triangles.

Apparently, during the time I left to buy the kit, my neighbors complained that my dogs had been barking the entire day. Considering I had only been out of the house for the two hours it took me to run out to get the carving kit, I thought this was a bit odd. So it should be no surprise that I found it amusingly appropriate to use the template with the pack of howling wolves. I quickly learned that cutting a tough-skinned gourd with a saw that looks like it came out of a munchkin carpenter's tool shed isn't as easy as I thought it would be, even with a pattern to follow. The end result isn't precisely what the template looked like, but it's close enough. Besides I'm sure my neighbors will appreciate it every time they glance at doorstep. I took a photo of my disasterpiece in all its glory with my T-Mobile G1, which considering the circumstances, i.e. lighting conditions, produced a surprisingly good quality photo.

Beaglemania Arrives in the U.S.

If you watched the 2008 Westminster Kennel Club Dog Show you'll recognize Uno, the 15-inch Beagle, who won best in show. Being a Beagle owner myself (Brodie, whom I sometimes refer to as Ono for reasons I'll explain), I was amused to see Uno strut his stuff around the show floor and demand attention with his obsessing bays. Uno's victory has not only raised awareness of the Beagle breed, it increased the number homes choosing a Beagle as their family pet. If the baying didn't deter them, chances are most of these new Beagle owners are just learning about the kind of trouble an unsupervised Beagle can get into. The YouTube video above is evidence of Beagle mischief (and ingenuity). Don't get me wrong, Beagles have the friendliest temperament and I highly recommend them to anyone considering a dog, but don't let their cuteness fool you because they'll have you shouting "Oh, no" in no time!

What Can Brown Do for You?

  • Damged UPS Shipped Box
  • Damged UPS Shipped Box
  • Damged UPS Shipped Box
  • Damged UPS Shipped Box

It's no secret that I'm not a fan of UPS as I've had countless parcels delayed, damaged or lost in transit for weeks at a time through their service. So you can imagine what I was thinking when this mess of cardboard was left on my doorstep, yesterday. As you can see from the photos, the box is crushed, torn and the contents are visible through the gaping hole on the corner. What shocked me is that the carrier left the parcel at the door, rang my doorbell and bolted for his truck without giving me the option of examining the parcel and deciding whether or not to decline it. I understand it didn't require a signature, but give me a break. I'm guessing he must have peeked in the corner and realized that, miraculously, nothing had been damaged.

Spring Cleaning 2008

Not that we really have a spring in Florida, but I've gotten off to a bit of a late start in my annual spring cleaning. This year I'm purging out toys. Tons of them. If you've got a few bucks to splash, I have some really rare 70s/80s vintage stuff in minty mint condition listed for sale on eBay.

2007: A Space Odyssey

Yesterday, NASA astronaut Lisa Nowak put her space agency training to use driving a non-stop, 950-miles from Houston to Orlando thanks to the aide of adult diapers. Though astronauts typically wear diapers during take-off and landing sequences, I'm pretty sure the canister of pepper spray, steel mallet, rubber tubing, wig, BB-gun and knife found in Nowak's car weren't intended for a shuttle mission. Apparently, Nowak was looking to "resolve" some resentment she was feeling as the third wheel in an astronaut love triangle. Houston, we have a problem!

Having No Computer Is No Fun

Estimated delivery date of my new Gateway laptop - February 13; today's date - February 18. Moral of the story; don't sell your only computer until your new one arrives. Looks like I'll have to wait until March 6 now. I even tried calling Dell out of desperation, but they won't touch the price Gateway gave me so I have no choice but to wait.

Work, Work, Work, All Day Long

I crossed off a pair of items from my Web site to do list, which means I've got more things for you to look at. The less exciting of the two, the legal disclaimer can be accessed via the link in the footer. The big tyma is the photo section accessible in the navigation menu. The photos populating the gallery are of my action figure collection, but I'll house more diverse galleries in the future. You may notice a glitch or tow in the gallery as I work out the bugs in the gallery application, which means I've added another item to my Web site to do list. It never ends!