Sunday, November 9, 2008


I found this somewhere last week and just got around to posting it. I think it has a nice peaceful quality to it. Click for the larger version -- the thumbnail loses a lot.

This will be my first winter without snow in many years, and I'm somewhat surprised to realize that I'm going to miss it. A little, anyway.

Tuesday, November 4, 2008


to congratulate Obama.

Thursday, October 2, 2008

Turn the Page

This has been stuck in my head since I heard it on the radio a few days back. I prefer it over the Metallica cover, unlike a lot of the YouTube commenters. The stark simplicity of the original just works better.

Thursday, September 18, 2008

Thursday, September 11, 2008

Large Hadron Collider web cam

And now, a link just for Edgar: the LHC Compact Muon Solenoid Experiment Webcams

(This is a static image. Click the link above for an up-to-date view.)

Tuesday, September 9, 2008

Thursday, September 4, 2008

12 Tips for Living Out of Your Car

Some useful tips for Casey:

Most jobs, I came to the conclusion, were ridiculous — and if I worked at them long enough, I would become ridiculous, too. My bosses knew that I didn't want to be there; they didn't want me there, either. In the two months after that I'd discovered that I wasn't cut out for mowing grass, pouring coffee, tossing pizza, unloading trucks, customer service, shoveling dog food into bags, or — what started the tailspin — serving deep-fried bricks of suet to my distended countrymen.

I did, however, have a 1996 Integra GS-R, finished in the most ebony of color schemes and with which I sure as hell wasn't going to part. That's how, for the next three weeks, it was mi casa es mi coche. I've been there and didn't get my eggs scrambled, and there's no reason why you can't, either. But rather than survive by your wits alone, take a minute to run over the following tips so you don't make some of the same, dumb mistakes that I did
Continued here.
Hat tip to Wagga for the sweet find!

Wednesday, August 27, 2008

Ghost Riding Grandma

I saw this a long time ago. For some reason it popped into my head as I was driving home today.

Sunday, August 24, 2008

10 Reasons Why Casey Serin Sucks

I'm seeking entries for 10 Reasons Why Casey Serin Sucks.
If your entry happens to win, your blog or personal agenda will be linked into my vast empire of fishnet blogs.
Woohoo! Win-win!

I think this kid is way cooler than KC, but they have a similar look.

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Friday, August 22, 2008

Resistance is Futile

Hat tip to Ogg for this find.
(You will probably need to click on the image to read it.)

Wednesday, August 20, 2008

Thursday, July 31, 2008

Wednesday, July 23, 2008

Thursday, July 17, 2008

Koi Kihagaki

“Koi Kihagaki” cut-paper/wood
Patrick Gannon

Friday, May 30, 2008

Caught a big fish!

Not a koi.
Polaroid Land photo, 1972.

Swapatorium: It Was This Big

More fishing at Baab!

Friday, May 23, 2008

Saturday, May 17, 2008

Beautiful Koi

Beautiful koi by ~moon-pookah
Artist's Comments
Koi is the name of Japan carp.[link]
Wait, I thought it was a kind of fish?

koi by ~angeloluha

Koi Mermaid by ~kani-za

Wednesday, May 7, 2008

Monday, April 21, 2008

Tuesday, April 15, 2008

My koi dream

Last night I dreamed that I had a salmon (that's a kind of a fish), but it was called a koi in the dream. Akubi and I were trying to get the salmonkoi into a washing machine full of water for safekeeping, but it didn't want to be there and kept jumping out. Oddly, there was plenty of room in the machine for the several-foot-long salmonkoi.

Friday, April 11, 2008

Wednesday, April 2, 2008

Tanuki Girl

The Tanuki (Japanese racoon-dog),as with fox (Kitsune), is a popular character in Japanese folklore. The mythical Tanuki is often mischievous and jolly, he is thought to be able to shape shift, and sometimes believed to be a transformation of the souls of household goods that were used for one hundred years or more and several shrines have stories of past priests who were tanuki in disguise.
Although quite a trickster he is also gullible and easily distracted.
One well-known tale involving the Tanuki is that of “Bunbuku Chagama”
(rough translation,’happiness bubbling over like a tea pot). The story is of a poor man who finds a tanuki caught in a trap, he sets him free and then returns home.
That night, the tanuki comes to the poor mans house to thank him for his kindness. The Tanuki transforms himself into a teapot (chagama) and tell the man to sell him for money.
The man sells the teapot to a monk, who brings it home, cleans it and sets it over a fire to boil water, as the heat rises around him the tanuki sprouts legs and runs, half transformed, out the door and back to the poor man. This time the tanuki instructs the man to set up a roadside attraction and charge admission for people to see a teapot walking a tightrope. The plan works with the man no longer poor and giving the strange-looking tanuki a safe home.
::Tanuki Girl::

Wednesday, March 26, 2008

Deployed TN Soldier’s Dog

If you can't save humans(?)save innocent animals.


Friday, March 21, 2008

Monday, March 17, 2008

Koi Scarification

...Originally a phoenix was requested but when we started drawing the design on, with all the old scars a koi just seemed to fit much better with the scales in the direction of her scars. I actually removed some of the old scars to get things level and tried to create a level scar in a field of uneven scar tissue. As you see in the drawing, some scales were also going to be removal for a spotted koi look, but some of the scars’ roots were just to deep to do all at once, so we got the outline done. I’m quite pleased with the results thus far. I’m sure when we add some grey wash to the piece it will give the entire piece more depth and really take the emphasis off the old scars...

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Don't forget to play 6 Degrees of Casey Serin to Ashley Alexandra Dupre!

Thursday, March 13, 2008

Whatever Happened To The Hot Cavewoman?

The prehistoric film is in a state of crisis, and Roland Emmerich's imminent 10,000 BC doesn't help things one bit. A generation ago, inspired by trailblazers such as One Million Years BC (released in 1966), the genre provided a steady stream of edifying diversions - The Clan of the Cave Bear, Quest for Fire, Conan the Barbarian and Red Sonja. All of these films featured leggy, empowered, strong, leggy, decisive, leggy, fearless but primarily leggy young women who had worked themselves into positions of tremendous power. But now, in a typically weasel-like attempt to make up for perceived past transgressions against feminism, male screenwriters and directors have purged the cheesecake element and dragged what had been a fairly racy genre right down into a bog of retroactive political correctness.
In today's postmodern prehistoric film, the women - rather than thundering across the Hyborian savannahs clad only in string bikinis stitched together from the carcasses of very tiny Jurassic marsupials, but doing so in a strong and empowered way - are simply shunted off to the sidelines. There, dressed quite sensibly for the primeval winter in blankets, scarves and stone age maxi-skirts, they revert to bland, traditional roles as nurturers, seers, bringers of light, bearers of good tidings. Meanwhile, the boys get to peel down to their skivvies, show off their six-packs and have all the fun. Were they dead, Sandahl Bergman, Brigitte Nielsen, Grace Jones, Raquel Welch and all the other warrior queens of yesteryear would be turning in their graves.

More from The women the script forgot

Tuesday, March 11, 2008

Ship Happens

The M/V Artemis on the beach in France after the weekend's storms.

Friday, March 7, 2008

Introducing BossTard™

This post from startup founder Jason Calacanis is making the rounds of the internet. There's some general common sense in there, but most of the tips are about extracting the most possible butt-hours per week from each employee. Ther are a couple that drew special attention, though:

Don't buy a phone system. No one will use it. No one at Mahalo has a desk phone except the admin folks. Everyone else is on IRC, chat, and their cell phone. Everyone has a cell phone, folks would rather get calls on it, and 99% of communication is NOT on the phone. Savings? At least $500 a year per person... 50 people over three years? $75-100k

Hmm... does BossTard's company pay for the business calls employees are expected to use their cell phones for? Somehow I suspect not.

But the part that's attracted the most ire is #11: Fire people who are not workaholics. don't love their work... come on folks, this is startup life, it's not a game. don't work at a startup if you're not into it--go work at the post office or stabucks if you're not into it you want balance in your life. For realz.

The strikethroughs are BossTard's, representing edits made after the flames started rolling in. Despite his statements to the contrary, I think the original is truer to the rest of the post and probably represents what he really thinks. The rest of the post is all about keeping employees parked in front of their computers for as many hours as possible. Fine. A lot of startups work that way. I prefer to avoid them, but I recognize that they exist and some people thrive in them. But next to his 17 points about how to keep as little average distance between butts and chairs is his Twitter widget:

What am I doing... Home with the family living a balanced life

Now, I'm sure that's a reaction to the criticism he's attracted and an attempt to distance himself from his original position. Still, I wonder just how many of's employees have been home with their families living a balanced life all evening. I suspect that a comparison of BossTard's average hours against his employees' would be rather telling.

Welcome to the Caseysphere, BossTard.

By the way, I've noticed that when I'm doing creative work I tend to get more done in the 15 minute walk to get coffee than in an hour at my desk.

How about some tea?

Amanda's Autopsies

Wednesday, March 5, 2008

Fix and flip

While I wait for various notworks to come back up so I can get some looser W-2 stuff done, I thought I'd post this long but interesting article about righting a capsized car carrier.

Tuesday, March 4, 2008

A Series of Tubes

Remains of the old steam-powered internet? Whatever it is, I can easily imagine something tentacled and Lovecraftian crawling around in it.