Wednesday, December 21, 2005


I'll let you know if I find anything pertinent to Bozeman while I'm in Texas...


The Economist has a very interesting article about wheat.

(Wheat is an important crop in Montana and states east.)

Tuesday, December 20, 2005

Ski: day 2

Another fun day at Bridger Bowl - until it got too warm and some of the snow turned to slush ;-(

By the end of the season, I will have MassiveThighs.

holiday spirit

ho ho


Sunday, December 18, 2005

MSU: future site of Native American Student Center

This is the future site of MSU's Native American Student Center.

Saturday, December 17, 2005

DVDs to watch next week

Here's a list of Christmas-related DVDs I'll watch next week: The Nightmare Before Christmas, Bad Santa, Lethal Weapon, and the Robot Santa episodes of Futurama.

That covers Monday-Thursday. Any suggestions for Friday?

more movies

I saw King Kong on Friday - excellent, "one of the year's best films.". It's long, so buy some extra popcorn.

I'll admit to being a bit misty-eyed at the end of the movie. Many years ago, the Georgia Tech student center showed Disney's version of The Beauy and the Beast. Based on my observations back then, I'm not the only engineer who occasionally wells up with emotion at the movies ;-)

Apropos an earlier post, I went to the movie by myself. However, even if I only enjoy each movie half as much, it balances out because I can afford to see twice as many movies.

Does rubbing a bald man's head bring good luck?

Several years ago, I was standing in line for the movies and an 8 year old African-American girl asked to rub my bald head. Of course I let her do it. Maybe it brought her good luck.

This series of photographs indicates that George W. Bush believes the same supersition.

Single in Bozeman

Kellyn Brown over at Bozeman's Beaten Path notes that the odds are stacked against single men looking for romance in Bozeman. For the 25+ age bracket, there are 150 single men for every 100 single women.

It's not all roses for the women, though. They counter that, for them, "the odds are good, but the goods are odd."

Thursday, December 15, 2005

Bozeman blogs

[UPDATE 12/17: I corrected some blog titles, and found some additional blogs...]

I developed a simplistic scheme to classify Bozeman blogs.

Personal blogs present the blogger's daily life (most blogs are at least somewhat personal).

Adventure blogs detail the blogger's quest to achieve some goal (such as a college degree).

Place blogs cover a particular geographic location (in this case: Bozeman).

Politics blogs discuss politics.

Idea blogs present critical thought about various issues (broader than politics).

Humor blogs present jokes, wit, etc.

Expert blogs cover the blogger's particular area of expertise. They are typically non-personal and do not cover Montana topics.

Here are the blogs in pseudo-random order...

bozeman-mt (place, personal) - "A journal about life in Bozeman, Montana"

Geocaching in Bozeman, Montana (place, adventure)

Bozemania (expert) - about folks with the name Bozeman

Bouncer Blog (personal, place) - "Musings, drunkenness, and inane commentary by 2 bouncers from Bozeman's classiest dance club."

You all should know better (personal)

Rambling Thoughts (personal)

The Best of the Bozeman Chronicle Police Reports (place)

Life in Bozeman Montana (place, personal) (place, adventure)

Rose Colored Cynicism (politics, personal)

A thought over coffee (adventure, place)

Inside Out (place)

The vulgar ravings of a drunken, Irish Catwoman (personal)

The Monkey Cage (humor)

Gothy and the Least (humor)

Lemon Curry? (personal)

A chicken is not pillage (politics, personal)

Revolving Duck (personal, adventure, place)

Speedkill (ideas, adventure)

Easy and tasty recipes (expert)

logistica-design (expert) Logistics systems design

lexblog (expert) - "Building blogs for lawyers."

12/17 additions:

Jesse Newland (personal)

In the Mind of a Gangsta (personal)

Montana Ramblings and My Thoughts Here (personal)

Theresa (Steel Tears) (personal)

Bozeman's Beaten Path (adventure)

liftedlorax (personal)

this be my shiny page (personal)

jesse_james (personal)

Tuesday, December 13, 2005

A new Bozeman blog

Please welcome the newest Bozeman-based blog: Inside Out.

By my count, that makes five active Bozeman blogs that cover Montana-related topics: Inside Out, bozeman-mt, Wulfgar!, Revolving Duck, and Bozeman Bouncers. Am I missing any?

FYI, The Big Sky Blog, Wulfgar, and the Billings Gazette all have extensive lists of blogs based in Montana.

Monday, December 12, 2005

@ the movies

I saw the Narnia movie recently. I enjoyed it, not least because it corrected my pronunciation of "Pevensie."

I went to the 10 pm show. Apparently that is when college students attend movies, too. One of them (a few rows ahead of me) just about finished a 1/2 gallon jug of wine during the movie.

The crowd let out cheer during the trailers. The main character of Hoot is a boy who moves from Montana to Florida and becomes an eco-activist.

Saturday, December 10, 2005

Snow tracks

I think the neighbors' cats and dogs are the ones tracking out my yard, but who knows for sure?

Bumper sticker on a Ford pickup

I used to drive a Chevy Malibu, so I don't completely agree with these sentiments - still pretty funny, though.

MSU: duck pond

The duck pond at MSU is about one-half frozen over. It's spring-fed, so I doubt it ever freezes over completely.

These ducks really liked the Bible Bread I fed them.

Thursday, December 08, 2005

Breakfast in Bozeman

Bozeman, Montana is a pretty good breakfast town, to my mind.

I usually get a bagel and Coke at Bagelworks. Their staff is almost all female, and they have my name and order memorized. They also have two free newspapers: the Bozeman Daily Chronicle and the Wall Street Journal.

For a more traditional approach, downtown has two great spots: the Western Cafe and Main Street Over Easy (which apparently does not have a WWW presence).

On ski days, I usually get a quick bite at McDonalds.

When I first moved here, Denny's had just opened a restaurant on 19th. It closed a couple of years ago, though. I recently read that IHOP will build at Oak and 19th. I hope they don't put one of those ugly blue roofs on it.

Monday, December 05, 2005

Rot in Peace

Caitlin DeSilvey (who lives in Montana) has an interesting photo-essay in Slate - Rot in Peace: Putting old buildings and settlements to rest.

Bozeman Engineers meeting

Bozeman-area engineers will meet this Thursday (12/8) to hear a presentation on "The impact of the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) on today's transportation facilities."

Everyone is welcome to attend this $10 lunch meeting. For more details, see the flyer.

Sunday, December 04, 2005

Ski report: Day 1

Bridger Bowl was powderiffic yesterday. But I'm too sore to go skiing today...

Making music

If you hear a loud moaning, groaning, droning sound while traveling in Bozeman, Montana, don't be alarmed. It's probably my new didgeridoo.

I wonder if the sweet music will entice some Minnesota kangaroos to visit Montana?

Thursday, December 01, 2005


When the temp drops into the single digits, it's a good time to completely close your bedroom windows...