Sunday, September 30, 2007

Bozeman photo show

Bozeman blogger Trish is having a showing of her photos at Wild Joe's Coffee Shop in downtown Bozeman during the month of October.

The artist reception is Friday 10/5 6-8 pm. (If you see a tall bald man dressed in black & gray -- that's Big Mike.)


A great cracker: Wheatables Golden Wheat Reduced Fat.

I just discovered these yesterday. If you like crackers, I recommend you give this brand a try.

Review: The Kingdom movie

I enjoyed The Kingdom, especially the way the film handled Saudi politics (princes, Police v. National Guard, "enhanced interrogation"). To me, the only weak point was the slightly cartoonish American embassy officer. The action was pretty good, though several folks have complained about the shaky camera work.

Thursday, September 27, 2007

Review: Setting Free the Bears

Setting Free the Bears was John Irving's first published book. It's definitely a book of the '60s, but I enjoyed it nonetheless. It has bears, motorcycles, trout fishing, bees, and sex -- what's not to like? I thought Graff's and Gallen's mutual seduction was particularly sweetly told.

(h/t Erin who convinced me to read some John Irving. She also turned me on to Jane Austen, for which I'm eternally grateful.)

Tuesday, September 25, 2007

Bozeman events guides

Looking for something to do in Bozeman? Here are two events guides:

Human Flipbook

Erbert and Gerbert's Human Flipbook:

(via Core77 "Industrial Design Supersite")

(I used to make simple flipbooks back when I was a kid.)

Civics quiz

Civic Literacy Quiz: I got 91.67% (55/60).
(I earned my high school's Civics Prize in 1983 ;-)

(via David)

$400 property tax refund

I filed electronically at Did you?

Sunday, September 23, 2007

Review: Over the Tapas

"Over the Tapas" is a Spanish-style tapas restaurant co-located with the Sweet Pea Bakery at 19th S. Willson in downtown Bozeman.

If you like tapas, then I recommend trying this restaurant. My dinner companion and I had wrinkled potatoes, spicy chicken, crab cakes, and a cheese/fruit plate. Total cost (excluding tip): $30.

Note: the Sweet Pea Bakery has a blog with a clever name: Flourish (flourish as in "thrive" and flourish as in flour-ish).

Official website:

Here little mousie

I had just given Meara a little chunk of cheese, so she was waiting with baited breath for her mouse to emerge from under the TV stand.

Friday, September 21, 2007

Blogger meetup - Saturday

At Big Mike's: details

(FYI - The weather is great right now.)

Update: "A fun time was had by all"

Tuesday, September 18, 2007

Ski down the escalator

(The longest escalator I've ever seen was in a London Underground station.)

(via OuthouseRag)


I bet this woman always wins when she plays Twister.

Monday, September 17, 2007

Integer sequences

The On-Line Encyclopedia of Integer Sequences

- who knew?

Early to bed...

24 tips to becoming an early riser


how to: "survive a freestyle rap battle", "sleep comfortably on a hot night", "save a wet cell phone", "start a blog", etc., etc.

Sunday, September 16, 2007

I pretend to pray

The go-go dancers in the bathtubs (1:16) are ... surreal.

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(h/t The Bandit Monco)

Official Kilt Day: 9/16/07

I bought some clothes at the mall yesterday, but didn't see any kilts for sale. So, I was improperly dressed for Official Kilt Day.

(I saw a fellow dressed in a kilt on Friday night, during the Art Walk in downtown Bozeman. He had a genuine wool tartan kilt.)

Thursday, September 13, 2007


I've seen two different men in Bozeman wearing Utilikilts. Before you ask -- Cecil Adams lists some commons answers to The Question.

(I myself don't fancy spending $100+ on a kilt, though a kilt would show off my manly legs ;-).


I moved my (heavy) leather sofa a little bit and found $1.33 in change. Anybody need help moving some furniture?

Tuesday, September 11, 2007

Double Feature: Colorful lyrics

Music videos:
1. Green
2. Blue (includes fronton action)

(Being blue or green sounds kinda depressing, based on those two songs. Myself, I'm neither blue nor green - I'm more a pale pinkish color :-)

Monday, September 10, 2007


What: BBQ (shish kabobs, etc.) for Montana bloggers and blog readers

When: 1-3 pm on Saturday, 9/22/07

Where: Big Mike's back deck (302 Sweetgrass, Bozeman)

(We might be pushing the season, but I'm expecting good weather.)

Review: Cosmic Pizza

Cosmic Pizza is located at 19th and Main in Bozeman (in the same building as the Loaf 'n Jug).

I had one of their pepperoni-mushroom-greenpepper pizzas yesterday. Pretty good.

Of course, MRP is the gold standard of Bozeman pizzas. But Cosmic is as good as or better than Papa Johns, for example. I'll likely order from them again.

Sunday, September 09, 2007

Edam: great for picnic-lovers

I believe edam just might be the perfect picnic cheese. It's great with a baguette. For best results, let the cheese warm up to "cool room temperature".

If you want a fancier picnic, try consulting The Urban Picnic.

Review: Cafe Zydeco

Cafe Zydeco is located on Main St. in Bozeman, just west of the Roundhouse. They serve a nice and spicy Red Beans & Rice (note: the large bowl is very large). Dinner for two costs about $20.

Saturday, September 08, 2007


From atop Peet's Hill in Bozeman.

(Maybe someday I'll learn how to digitally remove those annoying telephone lines.)

Friday, September 07, 2007

More 80's music fashion

I had completely forgotten this song and video. It's a nice antidote to all those overalls, though.

Double Feature: Overalls

Two 80's classics featuring overalls (what were they thinking?):
1. Come On Eileen (Dexy's Midnight Runners
2. Cruel Summer (Bananarama)

Exotic Spoons

Wood spoons for all tastes and preferences.

Ever seen a photo of spooning?
Looks like fun ;-)

Wednesday, September 05, 2007


Science Daily reports on some research at the University of Albany: A Kiss Is Still A Kiss -- Or Is It?

The research included surveys of 1,041 college students. My comment: I think men's views of kissing change as they get older. The majority of 42 year old men that I surveyed said that osculation is a good thing in and of itself, not just as a means to an end.

Open mic night at the Leaf and Bean

Monday 9/10 is open mic night at the Leaf and Bean. It's sponsored by the MSU English Club. I've never been, so I don't know if people read poetry, rant about politics, or what. If I go this Monday, I'll be sure to file a blog report ;-)


I stopped by the Leaf and Bean last night and listened to some Bluegrass. Pretty cool, if you like that kind of thing.

Attention men: I was the only man in an audience full of attractive women.

Fred's (Butte)

Fred's has a pretty good mesquite burger.

My source tells me that this restaurant was located in Bozeman prior to 2002. It was in the space now occupied by "The Garage".

Monday, September 03, 2007


I haven't played chess in years, and was never very good, but...

Here's a cool video of some grandmasters playing "speed chess":

Here are some MT links:

MSU University Chess Club
Montana Chess

A bonus link: One night in Bangkok

I come in Peace

(I found this graffiti in Lindley Park.)


I just got in from mowing my back lawn. Note to self: wearing a hat does not protect a shirtless back.

Even though I have 12 generations of Southern ancestors, this quiz sez I'm no redneck (I'm actually relieved ;-)

You Are 15% Redneck

I'll slap you so hard, your clothes will be outta style.
You ain't no redneck - you're all Yankee!

Sunday, September 02, 2007


At the 2007 Sweet Pea Festival. I actually didn't get one of these. Instead, I got a brat, and then apple pie with ice cream for dessert ;-)

Triple Feature: Sugar

From sweetly innocent, to "Rolling Stones naughty", to typical 1980's: 1, 2, 3.

Saturday, September 01, 2007

Berkeley Pit (Butte MT)

I'm the third MT blogger in the past month to show a photo of this pit. You can take a photo too - admission to the observation deck costs $2.

PitWatch has done some interesting bio-research at the pit (which has a pH similar to vinegar).

Review: War

War is an entertaining, bloody movie starring Jet Li. The basic premise is a gang war between yakuza and triads in San Francisco. Jet Li is in the middle stirring up trouble. FWIW, he has a very distinctive walk in this flick.

I enjoyed this movie much more than that Rush Hour 3 crapfest, even though I do own more Jackie Chan DVDs (12) than Jet Li DVDs (9).

Saturday (;-) Cat Blogging