Dullsville anesthetic.

I haven't been interested in posting on the blog lately. Not much going on that I feel would be interesting for you guys to read. I'm not cooking much, I'm not taking many pictures lately, and I haven't gone anywhere. Bye for now. I'll be waking up soon.


Peonies

I'd like to have these planted in my yard. This group of five cut flowers is still looking nice after 5 days.

"Okay.. quiet please"...

I went out for a walk today and came across this. I didn't have the good camera with me so I used the cell phone to capture the dozens of people standing around behind the scenes of this shoot. I want a job standing around behind the scenes of a t.v. shoot! Actually, no I don't. I'd be bored out of my mind. I would need to keep busy by checking for continuity of the shot or something.

In this first picture the action is taking place across the street near the brick archway.
Watching the taping at one of the monitors.
The chairs have Roomates written on them. I just looked it up and Wicki says it has been canceled?
In this picture the action is to the right of the lighting set up. When we left they were doing a 4th take on the same scene.. I think it was probably more like take 15 or higher.

Flatland has its own cute overload

What more can I say?

Gotta clean that sh*t up

I wonder if my neighborhood will allow me to have a burn pile in the back yard??

My office:



My office after cleaning:

Silliness

Field Runner on the iTouch. I played this the other night, it's a crazy way to spend some time. I detached from electronics yesterday and most of today.. I'm going outside!!!!


Now shipping..


Your CD has been gently taken from our CD Baby shelves with sterilized contamination-free gloves and placed onto a satin pillow.
A team of 50 employees inspected your CD and polished it to make sure
it was in the best possible condition before mailing.

Our packing specialist from Japan lit a candle and a hush fell over
the crowd as he put your CD into the finest gold-lined box that money
can buy.

We all had a wonderful celebration afterwards and the whole party
marched down the street to the post office where the entire town of
Portland waved "Bon Voyage!" to your package, on its way to you, in
our private CD Baby jet on this day, Thursday, April 2nd.

I hope you had a wonderful time shopping at CD Baby. We sure did. Your picture is on our wall as "Customer of the Year." We're all
exhausted but can't wait for you to come back to CDBABY.COM!!

Thank you, thank you, thank you!

Sigh...

--
CD Baby

Edamame.. you'll laugh till you cry

UPS visited the house while I was away. I love brown.. too bad he doesn't just show up on a whim though.. you always have to buy something first. Eh, details, details.
Here is my totally goofy key chain I got from ThinkGeek.com
3 Beans in a pod. Each one is retained by a thick elastic band, pops out of the shell and gets pulled back in when you release. Only the middle bean has a face. Mine seems to have tears streaming from its face... tears of happiness. It seems to be a theme of the packaging too.

Kind of like playing the lottery.. you never know what face you will get when you order the oh so fun to squeeze edamame key chain.
Totally unrelated is my new DVD from Jerry "Motorman" Palladino.
Never fear dropping your motorcycle or making that tight u-turn ever again!
These guys make the huge Electra Glide motorcycles look like nimble little fish slithering through a course of cones. Visit his website and see the tip of the week, and watch how they handle those large scoots.

Hello Sunshine

I'm still in California & still being well fed
Maybe there will be one more of these in my near future...

The recipe for this is easy. Toast a frozen waffle, spread on a generous dollop of low/or non fat cottage cheese, cover the cottage cheese with fresh or thawed berries.. presto! Sometimes we sprinkle some cinnamon sugar on the berries, but often they are sweet enough. This makes a great breakfast, or dessert. We often make this for dessert if we've had a light dinner.


My mom has a green thumb.


After I took this picture I realized that these flowers are the manifestations of my mom's personality: sunny, colorful, and cheerful. Thanks for everything, mom! ♥

California blogging

Went to lunch with mom then over to the Dogwood Market



This is part of the wild flock of parrots that lives in mom's neighborhood. They come here to bathe in the water on the roof of our building. I think this group is mainly Conures.
Cooking Mama doing her thing..
"Cracker," I took this picture for you.

Sooo disappointing isn't it?

Here you are coming back day after day hoping to read some witty blurb I've fabricated and I have the same ol' motorcycle photographs and nothing else.

I swiped this picture just for you since you deserve to look at something other than motorcycles for days on end. Thank you lol cats for the picture.



Next week: motorcycles

All you need is a Ninja and a dream

Speaking of having a Ninja and a dream.. have you seen the 2009 650 Ninja?






Read and see a few more pictures here.

You can quote me on that

Reach out and touch spinach. Things go better with cactus. Motor oil, I want it all. Only a fool breaks the feather. It's a new sponge everyday. Semper Vapour.

My favorite so far: All you need is a Ninja and a dream. Amen to that!!

Concoct your own slogans here.

Correction posted

Regarding the previous article:

Anonymous Anonymous said...

Ben Jaques is the author of ColorsDraw, a Java based repainting application for paintings done in Colors!. Colors! was developed by Jens Andersson. Check http://colors.collectingsmiles.com/about.php

Thanks anonymous.

More drawing with the DS

Back around Christmas time when I wrote about doodling on my Nintendo DS I may have mentioned that I was waiting to install another drawing program that was a little more sophisticated than what was included in the Brain Challenge game. I finally got the R4 card for the DS.. along with the software to program the micro SD for it as well.

I crossed over to the dark side to use a PC momentarily to program the micro SD card I need for the R4. This process was easy once I watched this little video that some guy made and posted on the web page where I bought the R4. My assistant was along on the assignment as note taker.. together we make an unbeatable team!
Finally up and running this is the first screen you see when you power up the DS. Big THANKS to these guys who made the how-to videos on the R4 card because they saved me from lots of frustration and head scratching in figuring out how to make this run.
Ahh, the Colors program at last! Colors was made by Ben Jacques, and this is his website. If this application interests you and you have a DS or iPhone/ iTouch you can buy the Colors app thru the Apple iTunes store. If you have a Nintendo DS you can download a "lite" version from here.
Once you start the program you see this welcome page. Below is a picture of the color picker, pen size slider, and stylus pressure slider. On the upper part of the DS screen is a diagram of the various tools accessed by the toggle switch or buttons.
Here is a quick sketch of one of my birds. One neat thing that this program does is it records your pen strokes while you draw. After you save the drawing you can press a playback button to see a little movie of how your drawing was made. I can't show that part yet because I don't have the right program on the PC to change a .drw file into an .avi file.
Somewhat blurry, but you get the idea. If I come up with an interesting drawing I'll film it with my digital camera so you can see the movie that the DS records. In the mean time take a look at the Colors gallery and the amazing art that people are creating on their DS, iPhone & iTouch.

Daily Parelli

I have crawled out from beneath my rock to find that Parelli Natural Horsemanship has a blog.


Visit Daily Parelli to learn what Natural Horsemanship is all about.

Parelli logo used without permission and copied from Daily Parelli website.

Tweet!

Make twitter. The magazine also has a blog.


The image is from the twitter blog background.

Thanks to Poopeeshmoopee's twitter for this. :))

Top 100 foods- and no, you can't haz cheezburger.

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Thanks to Absolute Valency for posting this.

How to waste pass time creatively

The symmetry tool in this drawing program called Sumo Paint is pretty cool. I made these on my laptop w/o the use of a tablet and stylus. Drawing with a stylus would be much easier. I managed to spend plenty of time doodling online the other day. Check out Sumo Paint and become a slacker like me.


And speaking of being a slacker... the Santa Fe pics aren't up b/c I've not downloaded them from the camera. I'm mildly paranoid that if I post nice pictures some troll will grab them and use them for themselves. Paranoia or valid concern???

I just got slapped in the face

01/28/2009 23:19:37

"When people don’t express themselves, they die one piece at a time. You’d be shocked at how many adults are really dead inside - walking through their days with no idea who they are, just waiting for a heart attack or cancer or a Mack truck to come along and finish the job. It’s the saddest thing I know. "

--Speak, Laurie Halse Anderson

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Another addition to the blog roll

I'm really liking this blog. I hope you guys like it too.

I've been traveling again, which is why there hasn't been much blogging going on. I'd like to post from the road but I find that flying with the laptop to be more trouble than it's worth, so I press on without the technology and make mental notes about future blog posts and accompanying photos instead. Boring, no? Here is a tease from this trip:This is the San Francisco de Asis church in Ranchos de Taos, New Mexico as painted by Georgia O'Keeffe. Stay tuned.. more pictures coming.

If you like love garlic

Then you will love this...um, if you also like Feta cheese.
Here is the scoop: Take a cube of Feta cheese and cut it up into cubes -doing so makes it easier to blend in the garlic while you mash the cheese with a fork. If your cheese has been out of the refrigerator for a little while this isn't necessary.
Squeeze in 1 or 2 cloves of garlic on top of the cheese. Start mashing it up with a fork. Add a dollop of mayonnaise - this is only to hold the mixture together so go easy with it. You don't want the cheese crumbly, but you don't want this to turn all creamy with the mayo either.
Serve on tomato slices. That's it!
I have recently used the Feta/garlic mixture on pasta with pitted and chopped black olives. Think nice olives, not canned. If you have a market with an olive bar look for pitted Ni├žoise, or herb covered black olives. I'm sure the green olives would work also if you prefer those. Yum!

Hi Guys

I'm back in Flatland after visiting my mum in California. I had a nice Christmas and quiet New Year's eve. How 'bout you? I took some pictures that I haven't downloaded yet, so sit tight and think about your diet resolutions for the coming year while you wait. ☺ I'll be back soon with the photographic update
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UPDATE!
As I mentioned above, I went to Mexico California to visit my mum for Christmas.
The weather on Christmas day started out rainy, but as you see the sky cleared up and the weather was really beautiful for the remainder of my stay.

Here is our mini Christmas tree
When I was a kid my grandmother would send us several Santons De Provence each Christmas. We would get different people every time until the entire village was recreated. My mum arranges the hand painted ceramic figures around the base of the tree.

And speaking of my mum.. here she is! Well only part of her since she is in the witness protection program No. her green card expired No. I just thought it'd be funny. The invisible mum sure can cook though..
here she is rustling up some Cornish hens. They are stunt hens - no actual hens were hurt in the making of this blog post.

Delicious!! I mean that fake food really looks good doesn't it? Just like going to little Tokyo and seeing the imitation food in the restaurant windows.
I bet Cooking Mama is fun, but I have the real thing- and that is waaay better than what you get with the Wii. Here we have a breakfast for dinner on mom's nice Portmerion dinnerware.

When I wasn't eating or cooking, or eating or cooking, I would play with my DS. I got the Brain Challenge game, and the relaxation section has a koi pond where one can play with the fish. The fish follow the stylus and you hear blurbling water sounds as the stylus moves. I needed more stimulation...

I preferred to go to the creativity section to doodle. I can draw my own fish here if I want.
I really am an extraordinary artist don't you agree?
Then I'd go challenge myself at maths or logic games and be reminded that I am an extraordinary dunce at math. Here my "coach" is telling me I've done a good job. Thanks! I'm still earning a C or worse. Just like grade school all over again. Sigh. Sigh. Siiiigh!
Mom got a blooming tea for Christmas. Here is one of the teas we tried. It was a very pretty flower when it expanded and tasted like green tea.
We didn't spend all our time sitting on the couch playing with the DS or cooking and eating. Occasionally we would get out and take walks to the post office or grocery store. Sometimes I would go out and take some pictures like I did here on my way back from taking out the trash.

And from our walks around the neighborhood...
One house we pass on our walks has lots of garden gnomes all around the front yard. The owner takes time to pose them very carefully based on what they are holding in their hands. This one was my favorite -obviously he is the lookout for the rest of the group.
New Year's Day! You can't be a few miles away from the rose parade and not tune into to watch it! Poor picture unfortunately, but a really pretty float.