Halloween & You

Halloween is just around the corner and my son is really getting geared up for it. This will be his first year of picking out his own costume and really understanding what Halloween is all about. Now I just have to figure out a way to get myself into a costume without looking like some kind of trampy whatever. Or maybe I'll just suck it up and look trampy...we'll see.

Candy USA! I love a website devoted to my favorite foodgroup.

Candy Quiz I got a few right.

Just in case you have forgotten the rules for a safe and Happy Halloween!

1. When it appears that you have killed the monster, NEVER check to see if it's really dead.

2. Never read a book of demon summoning aloud, even as a joke.

3. Do not search the basement, especially if the power has gone out.

4. If your children speak to you in Latin or any other language which they should not know, shoot them immediately. It will save you a lot of grief in the long run. However, it will probably take several rounds to kill them, so be prepared. This also applies to kids who speak with somebody else's voice.

5. When you have the benefit of numbers, NEVER pair off and go it alone.

6. As a general rule, don't solve puzzles that open portals to Hell.

7. Never stand in, on, or above a grave, tomb, or crypt. This would apply to any other house of the dead as well.

8. If you're searching for something which caused a loud noise and find out that it's just the cat, GET THE HELL OUT!

9. If appliances start operating by themselves, do not check for short circuits; just get out!

10. Do not take ANYTHING from the dead.

11. If you find a town which looks deserted, there's probably a good reason for it. Don't stop and look around.

12. Don't fool with recombinant DNA technology unless you're sure you know what you're doing.

13. If you're running from the monster, expect to trip or fall down at least twice. Also note that, despite the fact that you are running and the monster is merely shambling along, it's still moving fast enough to catch up with you.

14. If your companions suddenly begin to exhibit uncharacteristic behavior such as hissing, fascination for blood, glowing eyes, increasing hairiness, and so on, kill them immediately.

15. Stay away from certain geographical locations, some of which are listed here: Amityville, Elm Street, Transylvania, Nilbog (you're in trouble if you recognize this one), the Bermuda Triangle, or any small town in Maine.

16. If your car runs out of gas at night on a lonely road, do not go to the nearby deserted looking house to phone for help. If you think that it is strange because you thought you had 3/4 of a tank, shoot yourself instead. You are going to die anyway, and most likely be eaten.

17. Beware of strangers bearing strange tools. For example: chainsaws, staple guns, hedge trimmers, electric carving knives, combines, lawnmowers, butane torches, soldering irons, band saws, or any devices made from deceased companions.

18. If you find that your house is built upon a cemetery, now is the time to move in with the in-laws. This also applies to houses that had previous inhabitants who went mad or committed suicide or died in some horrible fashion, or had inhabitants who performed satanic practices in your house.

19. If you find that:
a. your house is built upon or near a cemetery,
b. was once a church that was used for black masses,
c. had previous inhabitants who went mad or committed suicide or died in some horrible fashion, or
d. had inhabitants who performed satanic practices in your house,

20. Don't fool with recombinant DNA technology unless you're sure you know what you are doing.


I had a surprise party once...it sucked. It was for my 30th birthday and I was pregnant and my mom threw it so hardly any of my friends were there. On the upside, relatives came and they actually gave me money! I hadn't seen that since I graduated high school.

We're throwing a party today for my friend who is 35 and I am in charge of getting her out of the house. It wouldn't seem suspicious at all except one of her stupid friends called her and told her that she was sorry that she couldn't make it to the party. What kind of MORON calls the surprisee to decline an invitation?!? I'm sure she knows now, but I'm going to pretend that I don't know she knows. Who knows, maybe she doesn't know. I hope she doesn't read my blog because that might be a giveaway.

No links or anything fun today. I just wanted to share my surprise party news.


Internet Fame

There are all types out there and the web has given them all their little tiny spotlight. I'm always amazed at the things people come up with...and the fact that they are given (at least for a short time) some small speck of fame. Youtube is the perfect forum for those who just didn't get enough hugs as a kid. The funny thing to me is that I work in broadcasting and it would be pretty easy for me to fill Youtube with my work...but...I just don't care to. I like looking at the stuff there, though.

I don't have a myspace page or a facebook...I don't even have a webcam. In fact, I only do this blog thing because I get bored and I like to share links with my friends. Now, if you're a stranger and happen upon this page I don't mind either. I'm not looking for my 15 minutes and virtually nothing here is actually by me. I just have some time on my hands.

Today is my homage to all the internet people...

15 Minutes of Fame
according to wikipedia.

VH1's 40 Greatest Internet Superstars.

Here are a couple of funny gaming related videos that I have always enjoyed. First is the WoW version of "The Internet is for Porn".

"Fette's Vette" made using Star Wars Galaxies.

And finally, I had to find a video using my current favorite game - Vanguard: Saga of Heroes.

My Horse

It's about time I introduced you to one of my critters and this one is, by far, the largest (and probably most expensive). His name is Scout and he's a horse. I love him...sigh.

Today is all about horses, if you don't like it, tough. I'm in a horse mood today so there.

I love this forum! Great community, if you're into horses, check it out.

Basic Rules For Horses Who Have A Barn To Protect

THE ART OF SNORTING: Humans like to be snorted on. Everywhere. It is your duty, as the family horse, to accommodate them.

NEIGHING: Because you are a horse, you are expected to neigh. So neigh - a lot. Your owners will be very happy to hear you protecting the barn and communicating
with other horses. Especially late at night while they are sleeping safely in their beds. There is no more secure feeling for a human than to keep waking up in the middle of the night and hearing you, "Neigh, neigh, neigh..."

STOMPING CATS: When standing on cross ties, make sure you never --- quite --- stomp on the barn cat's tail. It spoils all the fun.

CHEWING: Make a contribution to the architectural industry.... chew on your stall wall, the fence or any other wooden item.

FRESH BEDDING: It is perfectly permissible to urinate in the middle of your freshly bedded stall to let your humans know how much you appreciate their hard work.

DINING ETIQUETTE: Always pull all of your hay out of the hay rack, especially right after your stall has been cleaned, so you can mix the hay with your fresh bedding. This challenges your human, the next time they're cleaning your stall - and we all know how humans love a challenge (that's what they said when they bought you as a two year old, right?).

DOORS: Any door, even partially open, is always an invitation for you and your human to exercise. Bolt out of the door and trot around, just out of reach of your human, who will frantically run after and chase you. The longer it goes on, the more fun it is for all involved.

GOING FOR TRAIL RIDES: Rules of the road: When out for a trail ride with your owner, never go to the bathroom on your own lawn.

HOLES: Rather than pawing and digging a BIG hole in the middle of the paddock or stall and upsetting your human, dig a lot of smaller holes all over so they won't notice. If you arrange a little pile of dirt on one side of e
ach hole, maybe they'll think it's gophers. There are never enough holes in the ground. Strive daily to do your part to help correct this problem.

GROUND MANNERS: Ground manners are very important to humans; break as much of the ground in and around the barn as possible. This lets the ground know who's boss and impresses your human.

NUZZLING: Always take a BIG drink from your water trough immediately before nuzzling your human. Humans prefer clean muzzles. Be ready to rub your head on the area of your human that you just nuzzled to dry it off, too.

PLAYING: If you lose your footing while frolicking in the paddock, use one of the other horses to absorb your fall so you don't injure yourself. Then the other horse will get a visit from the mean ol' vet, not you!

VISITORS: Quickly determine which guest is afraid of horses. Rock back and forth on the cross-ties, neighing loudly and pawing playfully at this person. If the human backs away and starts crying, swoosh your tail, stamp your feet and nicker gently to show your concern.

I found an adorable gallery of people who have dressed up their miniature horses for costume contests...and yes...I've dressed up my horse...and yes...that is him smiling for the camera.

Cracked.com - World of Warcraft: A 12-Step Program

I don't actually play WoW, but the theme isn't far off from any MMORPG...


#1. We admitted we were powerless over alcohol—that our lives had become unmanageable.

Well, our unmanageable lives were sort of why we started playing WoW in the first place. Maybe if all bosses and girlfriends had exclamation points over their heads when they had something useful to say, you could get a concise, one-paragraph quest when they wanted something, and safely ignore them the rest of the time. That would be awesome. And hey, we’re powerful over alcohol; we're too busy to head out to the bar because we're playing World of Warcraft.

#2. Came to believe that a Power greater than ourselves could restore us to sanity.

Absolutely true. It's called the Crystal Restore, it binds on pickup, and it restores 670 damage over 15 seconds. That's the best restoration... Oh, you didn't mean just recovering damage points on some game, you mean how to deal with what is a very serious disease. Then yes, that power is a level 14 priest, who can simply cast Cure Disease on you. Sanity restored, no problem.

#3. Made a decision to turn our will and our lives over to the care of God as we understood Him.

If by "God" you mean "Guildmaster,” then yes. The Guildmaster is in charge of our will and lives, directs us on our raids and determines whether our time is spent in vain or in glory. All hail to the Guildmaster. Amen.

#4. Made a searching and fearless moral inventory of ourselves.

We do this every few minutes. If there's one thing World of Warcraft addicts are good at, it's searching inventory. And generally it's fearless, because even if we're a few gold short and don't have the fabric to make into the gloves we need, we can go out and hunt more. There's a world full of creatures waiting to drop things for us. And as soon as we pick something up, it's time for another fearless search of our inventory.

#5. Admitted to God, to ourselves and to another human being the exact nature of our wrongs.

Look, we're sorry about aggro’ing all those dragons, okay? Yes, we screwed up a little bit and our little party had to restart the raid. We're not as bad as Leroy Jenkins, but we admit here before the Guildmaster, ourselves, and our guildmates, we went aggro a bit too early and didn't have the buffs set up to back it up.

#6. Were entirely ready to have God remove all these defects of character.

Our character definitely has some defects, and we're ready to have them removed. The low hit points are somewhat of a problem, especially when combined with the lack of damage resistance.

#7. Humbly asked Him to remove our shortcomings.

Dear Guildmaster, please give us all Thick Obsidian Breastplates so that we may deflect the damage we receive from our enemies, and thereby fight a more worthy battle in your eyes. Amen.

#8. Made a list of all persons we had harmed and became willing to make amends to them all.

37 Abominations, 126 Bandits, 54 Cannibal Ghouls, 38 Daggerspine Raiders... this may take a while. Actually, it'd probably be a lot faster to make a list of the people we haven't harmed. Especially if you count causing accidental death as harming, because that would cover all the people in that party...

#9. Made direct amends to such people wherever possible, except when to do so would injure them or others.

Well, all the mobs can't really have amends made to them, and making amends to anyone else would injure our guild... injuring the guild is bad. Perhaps we'll just make a direct amends to our Guildmaster. Donating gold for guild use generally covers any wrongdoing, just like donating to the church and saying Hail Marys is a quick way to be forgiven for sinning against the rest of the world.

#10. Continued to take personal inventory and when we were wrong promptly admitted it.

We assure you, inventory will continue to be taken very personally. And that time we thought we had healing potions and didn't, we were very quick to admit it. Well, insofar as you can call, "Dammit, thought we had a few healing potions left! Now we're screwed!” an admission.

#11. Sought through prayer and meditation to improve our conscious contact with God as we understood Him, praying only for knowledge of His Will for us and the power to carry that out.

Prayer and meditation are very important. Meditation recharges your mana, which you'll need if you're going to cast the big prayers. And we sure hope we've got the power to carry that out, because if there aren't any prayers of healing being granted, then this party is not going to last very long.

#12. Having had a spiritual awakening as the result of these steps, we tried to carry this message to alcoholics, and to practice these principles in all our affairs.

Behold, heed our message and learn these principles we have resolved to practice: Believe in the Crystal Restore and Cure Disease. Be guided by your Guildmaster. Search your inventory fearlessly. Acquire Thick Obsidian Breastplates. And if you are going to use lots of prayers, don't forget to learn meditation.

Another addiction conquered by the magic of 12-step programs. Let's drink to our success! But do it quickly, because we've got a Molten Core raid coming up.

Robot Chicken Star Wars

I loved this show! I hope that once I'm in my new house and have a DVR and they rerun it so that I can record it...that's a lot of factors to hope for, though.

Here are some scenes from that episode...

The Emperor's Phone Call

Death Star Orientation

Ponda Baba's Bad Day