Saturday, March 31, 2007

Blades of Glory

I thought it was pretty funny. WIll Ferrell shirtless is kinda scary though.


Near downtown Bozeman.

Thursday, March 29, 2007

M/ F ?

Here's a program that guesses your sex (male or female) based on a sample of your writing:
The Gender Genie.

I tried it on a recent blog post, and it guessed correctly. A completely random guess would be correct 50% of the time, but there is apparently some research to back up this web tool.

Wednesday, March 28, 2007

Graffiti: Love

Just north of downtown Bozeman.

Tuesday, March 27, 2007

Fugly fence

This Bozeman house was extensive renovated in 2006. I think the house itself is fine, but the chainlink fence is ugly-ugly-ugly.

Free wood & pallets

A bargain at twice the price.

Saturday, March 24, 2007


"Intelligence" and "Inanity of Statements" as a function of "Human Proximity to Cats": xkcd webcomic.

Review: Brush up your poetry!

Brush up your poetry! covers English-language poetry from Chaucer to T.S. Eliot. The premise is that readers can "brush up" their poetry by reading the poetical origins of common phrases. For instance, we learn that "to stand bolt upright" has a surprisingly ribald origin in Chaucer's Canterbury Tales.

The book contains many excerpts of poems, which is both good and bad. It allows coverage of a lot of poems and phrase origins, but frequently leaves one thirsting for more. I like that the book author actively gives his opinions about the quality of the various poems and poets.

Friday, March 23, 2007

Hip Hop Fu

[link fixed!]


I think I'll skip the Bacon-Cheese-Beer Dog. (There's food I'd pay a dollar to eat; but this falls into the category of food I'd pay a dollar not to eat!)

The labyrinthine brownies look pretty good, though.

Thursday, March 22, 2007


I'm always amazed to see that this barn (near MSU) is still standing.

Wednesday, March 21, 2007

"Biblioteca de Bozeman"

The narration is in Spanish, but easy to follow:


This looks like fun. The video was taped in the Bridger Mountains.

Tuesday, March 20, 2007

Sing, Muse

In the past three weeks, I have purchased three volumes of poetry. Reviews as I finish 'em.

Monday, March 19, 2007

A sense of obligation

The following poem is the only S. Crane I've read. (At some point I'll get around to reading The Red Badge of Courage...)

A Man Said to the Universe

A man said to the universe:
"Sir I exist!"
"However," replied the universe,
"The fact has not created in me
A sense of obligation."

-- Stephen Crane

Girth Matters

I believe that big tree in the foreground to be the "girthiest" tree in Bozeman.

(I'm 38" around the middle myself, so I know a few things about girthiness.)

Moose Manor Antiques

MMA cleared out a few months ago. I know they were under pressure to leave due to zoning violations, but don't know if that was the final reason.

Sunday, March 18, 2007

Trance music from 2000

Back in the previous millennium (1990-1995 to be exact), I listened to a lot of techno.

Chicane's Behind the Sun is not exactly techno, but similar (it's trance).

Anyway, as a St. Patrick's weekend bonus, I just discovered that one of the songs has Irish (Gaelic) lyrics:

Poop deck

Based on extensive research, I think this scat came from a small mule deer.


I suffered from headaches this week, but I figured out the cure this morning: make sure each contact lens is in the correct eye. (Once one lens is the correct eye, it's easy to ensure to the next lens goes in the correct eye, but vice versa, too.)

Luckily, I resolved this before seeing the witch doctor:

Saturday, March 17, 2007

Irishmen and Irishwomen

IRISHMEN AND IRISHWOMEN: In the name of God and of the dead generations from which she receives her old tradition of nationhood, Ireland, through us, summons her children to her flag and strikes for her freedom...

1916 Easter Proclamation

My (Irish and English) ancestors came to America long before 1916, but the words are still stirring.


Activity discovered at Yellowstone supervolcano.

I hope I'm looking that direction when it blows.

Future site of Rosauers Supermarket

Rosauers Supermarket will be the first store in the "Bozeman Gateway" 'lifestyle center' development SE of Main and Fowler.

Friday, March 16, 2007


These hungry bears are located in front of Western Plumbing & Heating.

Thursday, March 15, 2007


I think that's a Raven design, but it's hard to be sure.

Wednesday, March 14, 2007

A laconic movie review

The movie 300 is very loud.

OK, a few more details:

It's faithful to its source material, a graphic novel (comic book) by Frank Miller. The most arresting images in the movie are directly taken from the Miller art - so, you could save some $ by simply browsing at your local bookstore.

300's relationship to real-life history is a bit tenuous.

Tuesday, March 13, 2007


He was visibly drunk now, but only if you knew where to look. The eyes had a glaze on them, and there was a matching glaze on his whole manner. He was holding up his end of a typical alcoholic conversation, wherein two drunks take polite turns talking aloud to their own selves.

Matt Scudder speaking as narrator in Eight million ways to die (Lawrence Block)

Getting older

Here's an ad that I saw at the movie theater last weekend:
Dove pro-age.

Food for thought as I approach the 42-year mark.

Monday, March 05, 2007


Finally, a reasonable credit card bill.

Saturday, March 03, 2007

Double feature

I've never had gruel, so don't know if I'd like it or not. I do like pancakes: