I made a video of me playing the Mame version of Marble Madness. It is a cliff hanger! Do I finish the Ultimate Race? I am better with the actual arcade machine. However, the highest Marble Madness score I have seen is this run, which uses Mame. I can’t get moving as fast as this guy gets on my arcade machine. Still trying to figure out how he gets his virtual marble to move so fast.

I saw Scott Herriott on the Infected podcast. Topics included Scott’s latest documentarys and the latest happenings with Bigfoot. One of Scott’s documentarys is called “This Exit Only“. Scott visited and filmed a variety of road side stops across our great country. I ordered a copy of this DVD. I’ll give a full report after the viewing. They showed a clip from this documentary on the podcast. I snipped this clip and put it on YouTube. Here it is for your viewing pleasure.

I went on a CD buying frenzy. Here is the list:

Nuages du Monde – Delerium
Artificial Soldier – Front Line Assembly
Year Zero – Nine Inch Nails
Fallout – Front Line Assembly
Judgement – VNV Nation

No editorial comments about these albums. Just and FYI about my buying tastes. Just one tease… this video is from the Delerium CD.

Bike Hike

Look! Another bike hike. This one on the LRT bike trail from Chanhassen to Hopkins. I didn’t make it to Hopkins because I got lost in one of the detours (cursed construction). Nice trail otherwise. The reason it is called the LRT trail is because this is the right of way for future Light Rail Transit. So I guess this means I better enjoy this trail while it is still around.

Fucking Flying

There are a few negative things concerning my move from Duluth to the Twin Cities. But I don’t care about them right now. All I care about is the positive improvement in my over all health. I have not had a major sickness since moving out of the log house. That is 8 months disease free.

The other sign of improved health is that my jogging speed is improving by leaps. I just did a 2 mile run at a 7:24 pace. I shit you not. That is the first time I have done a 2 mile run in under 15 minutes in 3, possibly 4 years.

When you are in your 40s, those moments when you feel like you are in your 20s become fewer and fewer. When those moments occur, you treasure them. I am treasuring this moment. So pardon the gloating.

Goddam liberals

This funny editorial is making the rounds…

Daylight exacerbates warning

You may have noticed that March of this year was particularly hot. As a matter of fact, I understand that it was the hottest March since the beginning of the last century. All of the trees were fully leafed out and legions of bugs and snakes were crawling around during a time in Arkansas when, on a normal year, we might see a snowflake or two.This should come as no surprise to any reasonable person. As you know, Daylight Saving Time started almost a month early this year. You would think that members of Congress would have considered the warming effect that an extra hour of daylight would have on our climate. Or did they? Perhaps this is another plot by a liberal Congress to make us believe that global warming is a real threat. Perhaps next time there should be serious studies performed before Congress passes laws with such far-reaching effects.

Edit: According to some sources, the above editorial was indeed, tongue-in-cheek. If so, well played.

Another Fitgers 5k

I ran the Fitgers 5k again this year. I ran the first mile with the remarkably lovely and still enigmatic goatgirl. Her pace was 10 minute/mile, which slowed down my time from the usual. Just as well, the carb loading (alcohol was the carb of choice) the night before would of made it hard to get my goal time anyway. The last 2 or so miles when I ran alone was a testament to that. I only improved to 8.5 minute mile pace. The Zoyx attorney and one of her friends also walked the race. Definitely a fun time.

That darn Duluth weather reared its ugly head. It was rainy before the race with temperatures in the 40s. The rain let up enough for the race to precede so we only had sprinkles while we ran. Tempertures were still in the 40s though. I’m back safely in the Zoyx Compound. High temperature today at the compound, 78 degrees.

In other news, looks like Mike Daisey had a doozie of a show a couple nights back. Members of a Christian group got up en masse in the middle of his show. Apparently they didn’t read any reviews or did any research before attending the show. It was caught on video and uploaded to YouTube. You can read about this event on Mike Daisey’s blog.

Finally, the primary enemy of the Starship Enterprise? Secondary effect logos!

Biking and Faux Skating

I just completed my first bike of the season. The trip was a loop starting at my place, over to Prior Lake and back. I wish the roads around here had wider shoulders, so I would feel safer. Pretty farm country, however. I had not seen any log homes in this area until I took this trip. I saw 3 log homes within a mile stretch along highway 13. There is a DQ along this path. Any future trips will have to include that DQ.

After a bit of a hiatus, I competed in the Atari 2600 high score challenge. This week was Ice Hockey by Activision. I was good at this game as a teenager, so I thought this would be a good week to join in. I came in third. I was very pleased with this result. The Twin Galaxies all-time record for this game was a score differential of 14. The high score this week came in with a differential of 47. I had a score differential of 40 goals.

I made a YouTube video of me playing for a couple minutes (not a complete game, thank god). To make this video, I played on the Stella emulator on my PC, and used Camtasia Studio to record the window. Saved the recording as a wmv video, then uploaded this to YouTube.

Finally, Weird Al has fun with Palindromes, using one of Bob Dylan’s songs as a base.

Siding Done

The final check was written for the siding job today. Click on the thumb picture for a front view of the finished product. Here is the same view while it was still under construction. Looks great, they did an excellent job. The most dramatic improvement was the fascia, at least to my eye. I almost didn’t have that done. The old fascia was brown painted plywood, that was rotting in some spots.

Not entirely happy. I thought the brown trim in the windows and tan of the bricks would match up better with the green siding. I will need to think of a way to get white trim around those windows. The window trim is made of both vinyl and aluminum. Hard to paint vinyl and aluminum.

Order In

I placed a deposit down on a new Honda Fit. I am getting the Sport version just so I can get that rear spoiler. This is just a deposit, no obligation to buy. I have yet to test drive the Fit. The dealerships don’t have any Fits in stock to drive. So when my order comes in, is when I do the test drive. If I don’t like it, I get my deposit back. Then the car goes out into the lot, where it will probably sell within a day or two.

This won’t be my first time driving an economy car. I drove a Dodge Omni for 5 years during the 80s. And I drove a couple of small Subarus during the early 90s. Concerning that Omni, it met with an untimely end in 1989 (click on thumb). After the accident, there were traffic lights installed at that intersection within a year. I always like to take credit for those traffic lights, but I doubt my accident was the first one at that intersection.

Goodbye Kurt

Bunch of Youtube videos from a 70s documentary on Mr. Vonnegut.

Personal anecdote: Mr. Vonnegut spoke at Northern Michigan University, probably in 1998. He gave his talk, I was thoroughly entertained. After the talk, an informal talk with Kurt took place, complete with cake and punch. Probably about 20 folks for this. Just Kurt and a bunch of people standing and yapping it up. Questions were thrown out, and Kurt answered. It was about a half hour into this back and forth, I decided I wanted more of that yummy cake. I grabbed a chunk with my fingers and jammed it into my mouth. I look back at the lead speaker. This was the only time of the night that I made eye contact with Kurt. After seeing me with cake icing on my lips and chomping away, he decided that he had enough, and it was time to call it a night.

Edit: I made a post about Kurt Vonnegut two and a half years ago. I remembered his talk better then. Apparently it was 1997, not 1998. This brings up the main reason I blog, to help me remember shit.


Click on the thumb image to see the progress on installing the siding. I was impressed, the crew came out and worked today in that fucking snow. Yeah, snow on April 11. To quote the Zoyx Lawyer, “One flake is too much for me.  I would rather have giant balls of shit falling from the sky”. At this stage of the game, I second that.