Picture Meme

I borrowed this from My 2 Second Shelf Life. I'm just plum out of blogging creativity lately. I think it's all the Photoshop work, just draining me.

1) Age you will be on your next birthday:

2) Place you would like to visit:

3) One of your favorite places (In case you missed it, one is in CA, one is in FL):

4) Your favorite object (50" Plasma TV):

5) Your favorite food (Only Grandma's!):

6) Your favorite animal (That's my boy, Scout):

7) Your favorite color:

8) Name of a past pet (a siamese cat):

9) Where you live:

10) First teacher’s last name:

11) A bad habit of yours:

12) Your middle name:

13) Your favorite flower:

14) Your favorite holiday (Very close to my birthday, start of Christmas season!):


Just a few things I found zipping across the web.

Jerry O’Connell's parody of the now-famous Tom Cruise/Scientology video.

I love these (yeah, yeah, they aren't new), maybe it's because I have a sense of humor about raising kids...The Landlord

In case you didn't know, Websites were a real pile of shit in 1996

And just because that was interesting, someone copied it... Old Websites Sure are Funny

Have a website you hate and want to destroy?


I've decided to bite the bullet and try to learn Photoshop. Yeah, yeah, I'm lame. I should have done it years ago, but I've worked with a very talented Photoshop artist all that time and I just haven't needed to know it myself. Not much has really changed, except that I have been keeping my eye open for a new job and EVERYONE wants you to know PS. I figured now is the time because I can learn it while working and no one will think anything of it...because it's work related. I SHOULD know this software.

In the absence of anything else worth writing about, I thought I'd share a couple of the websites I've found that have some pretty good tutorials.

MaxTutorial has some pretty easy to understand tutorials.

This one has more tutorials with web design in mind.

Very, very basic...for the person who has never opened Photoshop.

On a side note, sorry today isn't very fun. I just can't think of anything good to post about today. Photoshop has taken up a lot of my mind for now.

Can Photoshop Be Funny?

One of my favorite Worth100 categories, yet: Nerdimals

New Schtuff

Zipping around the web and found a few things for your enjoyment...enjoy.

Everyday Normal Guy 2

7 Internet Fads Made Into Video Games
Complete with Links with info on the fads in case you don't live on the web like some of us.
Star Wars Kid's Lightsaber Battle Arena
In this action-packed Wii title, you'll do battle with the dictator of dweeb, the pinnacle of putrid, the figurehead of failure... no, not Carrot Top, we're talking about the Star Wars Kid! In his first appearance since Tony Hawk's Underground 2, SWK's LBA finds the Kid angry and defiant, challenging all his French-Canadian classmates to battle after his mammoth online embarrassment. As Pierre, the student who posted the video initially, you are SWK's greatest nemesis. Join with your mates and battle the Kid in the first First Person Lightsaber game for the Wii!

Who knew there was a market for the Rarest and Most Valuable N64 Games?

ESPN Adds Competitive
Video Gaming to Its Lineup
Holy Crap! I would love to see this! Better than watching Professional Bowling any day.

Apparently, this is what I'd look like as a Simpsons character.
Simpsonize yourself!

Gaming is Fun

Loaki Hootill Character Sheet

I love playing video games...in case you hadn't noticed. I play Vanguard: Saga of Heroes daily. I've been out of the console mode for a while now. The last one I played with any true fervor was my N64...until I got my Wii. I friggin' love that thing. It's a cool system that anyone can play. My 3 year old is currently 4-0 against his dad in boxing. Yes, I'm a breeder of gamers. With all that in mind, today is all about gaming.

Ten Golden Rules of Online Gaming
I love #5, although all the rules are dead on. I've experienced all of them.

5: If you are losing, it is because of lag:

Following on from the cheapness laws, you will soon get to learn that nothing is ever your fault when it comes to gaming. Lag is a process whereby everyone in the game becomes better than you thanks to the Internet helping them become cheap. The Internet does this a lot, but never affects the enemies you kill yourself, because you have skills.

Nearly every death you ever suffer in a game will be due to lag of some kind. The Internet hates you that much, even though you are so good.

Chocolate Milk

If my kid ever acts like this one, smack me. (I know this isn't new, but it's a classic)

Everything I Need to know, I learned from Video Games

1. There is no problem that cannot be overcome by violence.

2. You can overcome most adversaries simply by having enough quarters.

3. If it moves, KILL IT!

4. Operating any vehicle or weapon is simple and requires no training.

5. "Bosses" always hire henchmen weaker than they are to do their dirty work.

6. If you find food lying on the ground, eat it.

7. You can smash things and get away with it.
a. Smashing things doesn't hurt.
b. Many nice things are hidden inside other things.

8. When someone dies, they disappear.

9. Money is frequently found lying on the streets.

10. All shopkeepers carry high-tech weaponry.

11. You never run out of bullets, only grenades.

12. Ninjas are common, and fight in public frequently.

13. Whenever huge evil fat men are about to die, they begin flashing red or yellow.

14. When you are born, you're invulnerable for a brief period of time.

15. Although the enemy always has more aircraft than you, they fly in predictable patterns which makes it easier for you to shoot them all down.

16. All women wear revealing clothing and have great bodies.

17. The enemy always leaves weapons and ammo laying around for no other reason than so their bitter enemies can pick them up and defeat them with it.

18. You sustain injury if you shoot innocents.

19. Gang members frequently all look the same, and often have the same names.

20. When driving, do not worry if your vehicle crashes and explodes. A new one will appear in its place.

21. Anyone that can't jump over six feet high probably can't jump at all.

22. Even the lowest lifeforms such as worms, slugs, and slimes carry money.

23. A good way to hurt someone is to do the following: 1. Hold up your hands, 2. (optional) Stomp the ground, 3. A large object (like a rock) falls from the top of the screen, 4. Catch the large object, and 5. Throw it.

Fett's Vette
This is a video made using Star Wars Galaxies by Balgosa Windspire.
I used to love this game and I played it daily until they jacked it up.

What Pre-1985 Video Game Character Am I?

What Video Game Character Are You? I am Mario.I am Mario.

I like to jump around, and would lead a fairly serene and aimless existence if it weren't for my friends always getting into trouble. I love to help out, even when it puts me at risk. I seem to make friends with people who just can't stay out of trouble. What Video Game Character Are You?

Posting and you
Actually about posting on forums, but most gamers do the forum thing, too...

Microsoft Screws Over a Loyal Customer

Basically, a guy lives in the UK. He loves XBox 360 and has bought tons of content. Guy moves to the US and asks Microsoft to transfer his account info to a US account. Microsoft tells guy that they can't/won't/don't want to do it. Guy gets frustrated and asks for help from peeps on a gaming forum. Peeps suggest making waves and all kinds of other fun things. Guy also explains plight to boss/friend at a website he infrequently writes for. Boss/friend asks Microsoft Connection for help and Microsoft Connection responds by asking to have guy fired. Huh? Boss/friend rocks and stands behind guy.

Here's the article that the guy wrote after he found out about the attempted firing.

Actually, it's been moved, here's where the article is now.

Here's the forum where the guy asked for advice.

Here's the promise of an article to be written by the guy's boss. (As soon as I see the actual article posted, I'll add it)

Here's the article written by the boss.

In case you care, here's my opinion. For any corporation to treat a customer the way they treated this one is just asinine. There are horror stories everywhere about how Such-and-Such Company TM treated someone like crap. You'd think that with bad customer service so prevalent, it would be impossible to actually please MOST customers. That's where you'd be wrong. It's easy to please customers. Companies do it all the time. Disney is the best example. If you have a problem at all, you need only (politely) explain your situation and 9 times out of 10 they'll resolve it...and probably in a better way than you had hoped. A great solution here, which wouldn't cost Microsoft a dime is to give this guy some credit for his lost content. The credit is digital and he has lost/needs to purchase digital content. Boom! Problem fixed. But, it seems, they'd rather bounce him around from one inept call center employee to another. Which actually costs Microsoft money in labor. I have no particular gripe with Microsoft, I have a particular gripe with poor customer service. I'd be saying the same thing no matter which company acted in this manner.


Some people are cat people, some people aren't. I happen to like cats. I also happen to like all kinds of animals. Cats are just weird critters. My siggy on the horse forum I belong to is:
A Dog looks up to a man,
A cat looks down on a man,
But a patient horse looks a man in the eye and sees him as an equal.

Truer words have never been spoken...at least for the dog and cat part. I'm not sure my horse sees me as an equal, but that's a post for another day.

I have had a few cats in my lifetime. The one pictured climbing the screen is Meeko. She's just a goofball. That's also her hanging out with the cockatiels I used to have. She'd climb right in the cage to sit with them. She never tried to do anything to them, she just liked being near them.

This cat wakeup call is pretty typical for the cat I have now.

Basic Rules For Cats Who Run A House

Do not allow closed doors in any room. To get a door opened, stand on hind legs and hammer it with forepaws.

Once door is opened, it is not necessary to use it. After you have ordered an "outside" door opened, stand halfway in and out and think about several things. This is particularly important during very cold weather, rain, snow, or mosquito season. Swinging doors are to be avoided at all costs.

GUESTS: Quickly determine which guest hates cats the most. Sit on that lap.
For sitting on laps or rubbing against trouser legs, select fabric which contrasts well with your fur. For example: white-furred cats go to black wool clothing. NOTE: Velvet takes precedence over all other cloth.

For the guest who exclaims, "I love kitties!" be ready with aloof disdain, apply claws to stockings or arms, or use a quick nip on the ankle.

Always accompany guests to the bathroom. It is not necessary to do anything -- just sit there and stare.

If one of your humans is engaged in some close activity and the other is idle, stay with the busy one. This is called "helping" otherwise known is "hampering."
Some rules:

When supervising cooking, sit just behind the left heel of the cook. You cannot be seen and thereby stand a better chance of being stepped on and then picked up and comforted.

For book readers, get in close under the chin, between eyes and book, unless you can lie across the book itself.

For knitting projects or paperwork, lie on the work in the most appropriate manner to obscure the maximum amount. Pretend to dose but every so often reach out and slap the pencil or knitting needles. Sit on the paperwork they are working on. Roll around on the papers, scattering them to the best of your ability. After being removed for the second time, push pens pencils, and erasers off the table, one at a time. Embroidery and needlepoint make great hammocks.

When a human is holding the newspaper in front of him/her be sure to jump at the back of the paper. They love surprises.

Dart out quickly and as close as possible in front of the human, especially: on stairs; when they have something in their arms; in the dark; and when they first get up in the morning. This will help their coordination skills.

When a human is attempting to "make the bed," hop on it and curl up in the center , or pounce on the sheet the human is trying to rearrange. If the human tries to ignore you by covering you with the sheets, move around and try to mess things up. Protest loudly when you're evicted.

Laundry presents many opportunities to hamper. Laundry fresh from the dryer is a perfect bed, since it is warm and soft. As soon as it is put down for sorting, arrange yourself for a nap. If the human removes you, keep returning until the laundry isn't warm anymore. Now it's playtime. Pounce on anything the human tries to move around for folding, especially socks and nylons. For added fun, grab a sock and hide under the bed with it.

This is an important part of your life. Get enough sleep in the daytime so you are fresh for your nocturnal games.
Below are listed below are several cat games. It is important though to maintain one's Dignity at all times. If you should have an accident during play, such as falling off a chair, immediately wash a part of your body as if to say "I MEANT to do that!" It fools those humans every time.


a) Catch Mouse:
The humans would have you believe that those lumps under the covers are their feet and hands. They are actually Bed Mice, rumored to be the most delicious of all the mice in the world, though no cat has ever been able to catch one. Maybe YOU can be the first.

b) King of the Hill:
This game must be played with at least one other cat. Sleeping humans are the hill which must be defended at all costs from the other cat(s). Anything goes. This game allows for the development of unusual tactics as one must consider the unstable playing field.

Playing games (a) and (b) to excess will result in expulsion from the bed. Should the humans grow restless, immediately begin purring and cuddle up to them. This should buy you some time until they fall asleep again. If one happens to be on a human when this occurs, this cat wins the round of King of the Hill.

c) Tag:
This game requires two or more cats and may include a dog. One cat is It. The other(s) chase him around the house until they catch up. Then follows the Scrimmage, after which the cat who caught the other becomes It and is chased around. Great fun but has the greatest potential for loss of dignity from maneuvers such as the Non-Carpeted Floor Skid and the Throw Rug Wipeout. Whenever such a situation occurs, all felines must immediately wash themselves. Dogs are generally too stupid to do this and may continue to play. In this case, the dog automatically becomes It and should be subjected to the Pileup.

d) Tube Mouse:
This is a game played in the bathroom. Next to the Big White Drinking Bowl is a roll of soft white paper which is artfully attached to the wall so that it can spin. Inside this roll is the Tube Mouse. When you grab the paper, the Tube Mouse will spin frantically as it tries to escape from you. When the Mouse is exposed, it dies of fright and stops spinning.

Any small item. If a human tries to confiscate it, this means it is a Valuable Toy. Run with it under the bed. Look outraged when the human takes it away. Watch where it is put so you can steal it later. Two reliable sources of toys are dresser tops and wastebaskets.
Below are listed several types of cat toys.

Bright shiny things like keys, brooches or coins should be hidden so the other cat(s) and humans can't play with them. They are generally good for playing hockey with on uncarpeted floors.

Dangling and/or string-like things such as shoelaces, cords, gold chains and dental floss also make excellent toys. They are favorites of humans who like to drag them across the floor for us to pounce on. When a string is dragged under a newspaper or throw rug, it magically becomes the Paper/Rug Mouse and should be killed at, all costs. Note that playing with shoelaces when the human is trying to tie them is a great source of Hampering.

Within paper bags dwell the Bag Mice. They are small and the same color as the bag, so they are hard to see, but you can easily hear the crinkling noises they make as they scurry around the bag. Anything, including shredding the bag, can be done to kill them. Note: any cat you find in a bag hunting for Bag Mice is fair game for a Sneak Attack, which will usually result in a great Tag match.

Eating, however, is only half the fun. The other half is getting the food. Cats have two ways to obtain food: convincing a human you are starving to death and must be fed "NOW" and hunting for it oneself. The following are guidelines for getting fed.

When the humans are eating, make sure you leave the tip of your tail in their dishes when they are not looking.

The best times to inform humans of your dish's emptiness are when they are unable to ignore you, such as when they are sleeping or on the toilet.

Should you catch something of your own outside, it is only polite to attempt to get to know it. Be insistent - your food will usually not be so polite and try to leave.

It is advised that cats use anything which is most useful to you. They are very protective of what they think is their property and will object strongly if they catch you sharpening your claws on it. Sharpening your claws on a human is a definite no-no!

Dripping taps are the best sources of fresh water. Toilets are the next best. It is imperative that any sound of running water be investigated immediately for a possible drink. A plaintive meow and licking the faucet usually will get most humans to turn on the tap.

This appalling Beast is known by many names, "Cat Eater" being the most prevalent. Humans will turn into raging monsters while under its influence, sucking up all the carefully shed cat hair and terrorizing the feline residents with evil glee. All you can do is run and hide.

It is known that sleeping humans are boring. The "direct approach" is nearly always successful in rejuvenating a dormant human.
Do one of the following:

Trample, purr, meow or head-butt. If the human is being stubborn, you may have to resort to more drastic tactics, such as ripping down posters, rattling blinds, or singing at the top of your voice. Eventually the human will get up and do what you want, usually in a disgruntle manner.

In order to provide for you, the humans must leave the domain every morning (usually before you take your first cat nap). To help them on their way, howl loudly, massage their scalps with your claws, or gently bounce on top of them in bed. See GAMES. The best time to do this is about 24 minutes before their alarm clock goes off. We must protect them from that blaring noise for it could ruin their hearing.

The vet is where your human takes you when you are sick. The place smells funny; there are cats, dogs and awful things like needles and pills. Don't let humans cat-handle you.
The following are some tips for dealing with vets and medicine.

When you see the carrier come out, run and hide. Once the human grabs you, struggle gamely. Splay your legs out so it is difficult to cram you into the carrier. If the human is trying to put you in with another pet, allow the other pet to bolt out the door. In the car, meow plaintively all the way to the vet's. Reach through the bars of the carrier and claw the human as s/he drives. At the vet's, once again splay your legs and brace yourself against the carrier's walls so they can't dump you out easily.

At home, resist attempts to feed you pills or liquid medicine. As soon as you hear the pill bottle rattle, hide. Resist attempts to open your mouth. Squirming is good. Shake your head vigorously to remove any medicine placed in your mouth. Refuse any food that smells like it may have had medicine sprinkled in it.

If you have to throw up, get to a chair quickly. If you cannot manage in time, get to an Oriental rug. If there is no Oriental rug, shag is good. When throwing up on the carpet, make sure you back up so it is longer then a human's bare foot.

Humans need to know basic rules. They can be taught if you start early and are consistent. You will then have a smooth running household.

Why it sucks to look for a Wii!

So, I’ve been wanting to get the Wii. Who hasn’t? I’ve been very patient, however.

I waited during the initial rush,

I waited during the first Christmas season,

I waited throughout the year while demand was still high and stock still low,

I waited a SECOND Christmas season, now I’d like a Wii!

GameStop had a great thing where you could by a raincheck and have a Wii by mid-January. I was literally outside of the store getting ready to buy one when hubby told me not to. He was sure that after the Christmas rush was over, demand would die down, we’d find one easy. Nothing I had read made me confident that it would happen. I knew he was wrong, but I wasn’t willing to start an argument over a toy.

Nintendo, it seemed, couldn’t keep up with demand. Demand that was fueled by overindulgent parents and greedy ebayers, aka Wii Scalpers.

I blame those two groups primarily because they feed off each other. There are parents out there who feel their kids must have everything and they must have it now! Cost, generally, isn’t an issue. That’s where the ebayers step in. There are throngs of people with (apparently) nothing but time on their hands. Why get a job when you can camp out at Best Buy, Toys R Us, Walmart and various other outlets? From there you take your newly acquired toy that cost $250 and sell it for $500, $600, $700! It’s a vicious cycle. Actually, it’s an awesome cycle if you’ve got a lot of spare time and Wii’s on your hands.

I’ve been researching and hunting and having no luck.

-I’ve signed up on itrackr.com. No luck there yet.

-My uncle works at a Walmart and he gave me a heads up on a delivery, no luck…sold out before hubby got there (within minutes of delivery).

-Called every Kmart, Walmart, GameStop, Target, etc. No dice.

-Checked Craigslist, they're available, but just like ebay...there's a huge markup.

Basically, I’m not getting a Wii anytime soon unless I’m amazingly lucky and happen to walk by an electronics counter just as the magical Wii Delivery Truck ™ pulls in.

I refuse to camp out for a toy and I refuse to pay $150 over retail (minimum). I guess I’ll just keep sitting it out. Maybe, just maybe, I’ll find one…or I’ll win the lottery.

Well, I finally got a Wii. I didn't do anything crafty, I just finally caved and found one on ebay. I still held firm and didn't buy one from a scalper. I found a guy who had one for cost ($275 which is close with tax). He also happened to be local to me. I made an offer and picked it up the same day. It worked out great!

One of the tips I've learned actually did help me in part of my quest. Accessories are almost as hard to find for the Wii as the actual system. Target seems to never have the remotes and nunchucks in stock. One tool their website has is you can search a product's availability in your area. I knew we wanted the Nerf sports set so I checked Target.com. One of the options is to "Find it at a Target Store". It showed that one of my local Target's had it so I zipped over. Of course, there were NONE out. No one was around to ask so I looked at the place where it would have been and wrote down the product number. I then walked over to one of those price checker thingies and keyed in the number. Surprise! It showed there were some in the stockroom. I found a girl and asked her for one. She initially tried to say they were out. HA! I told her what the scanner said and sure enough, when she radioed to the back, they had some. Score!

I had heard that Toys R Us keeps a decent stock of the accessories and I stopped there to check. Sure enough, they had plenty nunchuk's and WiiPlay sets (basically a remote +9 games for $10 more than the remote alone).

This won't help you get a Wii, but hopefully you have better luck than I did.

Google Earth

There are a million conspiracy theorists and all of them have Google Earth. It's true, I've done the research. Hubby has joined the ranks of those who see weird things on Google Earth. I find it fascinating for about 3 minutes, then I've moved on. What do you think about this stuff?

For nothing more that something to do when you're bored, download Google Earth.

Here's a Forum all about Google Earth, strange sightings and all!

Out of Place - Google Earth

Strange Things in Google Maps
(and Google Earth)

This is one of the images that Hubby is stuck on:
Weird Object in Greenland

(PS I think it's an imaging anomaly, but what do I know)

PC World did a little article on the oddities of Google Earth, they also have explanations of the images in the captions.

Google Earth Cool Places
has all kinds of images of weird things you can see on Google Earth.

Also, can't leave out the nudes! Top 10 Naked People on Google Earth.

New Boss

I had a wild 2007 and 2008 is starting in the same fashion. I won't hash out all the details, but basically my job has been crazy. To top off the roller coaster year of '07, my boss was fired in November.

A new boss was announced, I was ecstatic.

Shortly after, it was announced that she was to serve only as interim (she didn't want the job permanently as she was already retired). That bummed me out.

Then she left earlier than planned and a person from within was named the new boss, he was ecstatic...not so much for me.

Then he had to announce that he was just interim.

Over the holidays, another new boss was announced...hooray!

His first day was yesterday...so was his last day.

So now we're back with guy from our department acting as boss, he somehow thinks he'll keep the job.

I'm waiting to hear who the new boss will be this time.

The New Boss

A large company, feeling it was time for a shakeup, hired a new CEO.

This new boss was determined to rid the company of all slackers.On a tour of the facilities, the CEO noticed a guy leaning on a wall. The room was full of workers and he wanted to let them know that he meant business!The new CEO walked up to the guy leaning against the wall and asked,

“How much money do you make a week?”A little surprised, the young fellow looked at him and replied,
“I make $300 a week. Why?”

The CEO then handed the guy $1,200 in cash and screamed,
“Here’s four weeks’ pay, now GET OUT and don’t come back.”

Feeling pretty good about himself, the CEO looked around the room and asked, “Does anyone want to tell me what that goof-off did here?” From across the room came a voice, “Pizza delivery guy from Domino’s.”

-Top Ten Reasons Why My New Boss Irritates the Piss out of Me


When I take a long time I'm slow
When my boss takes a long time he's thorough

When I don't do it I'm lazy
When my boss doesn't do it he's busy

When I make a mistake, I'm an idiot.
When my boss makes a mistake, he's only human.

When I do something without being told, I'm overstepping my authority
When my boss does the same, that's initiative

When I take a stand, I'm being bull-headed
When my boss does it, he's being firm.

When I overlooked a rule of etiquette, I'm being rude
When my boss skips a few rules, he's being original

When I'm out of the office, I'm wandering around
When my boss is out of the office, he's on business

When I'm on a day off sick, I'm always sick
When your boss is a day off sick, he must be very ill

When I apply for leave, I must be going for an interview
When my boss applies for leave, it's because he's overworked

When I please my boss I'm crawling
When my boss pleases his boss, he's co-operating

When I do good, my boss never remembers
When I do wrong, my boss never forgets........

2006 Bad Boss Contest Results


How to Smell a Bad Boss in Just one Interview