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Somebody pooped in my cereal

Dec 29, 01:28 PM · from the mouth of Jim

It’s too bloody quiet here. Holidays aside, you’re all SLACKERS! :)

Anyway, I wanted to wish you all Happy Holidays. Use protection – don’t get pregnant.

Oh yeah… thinking of which—TyTy, now that you’re gonna throw away the key to the ol’ ball-n-chain, any baby Pubises on the horizon? :-D (Yeah yeah, beat me up the next time you see me Jess.)



You can call me Uncle Jimmy...

Dec 10, 12:55 AM · from the mouth of Jim

Ahh, finally a bit of downtime to spend typing random bits of thoughts. First of all, you all might have known, or you might all have not known, but my sister was cookin’ up a little critter in her tummy. Well, it finally decided that it wanted out and she huffed and puffed and blew the little critter out.

Ok, so maybe it wasn’t exactly like that. Two weeks before her actual due date, she started to feel some pain. This is usually normal and they prescribed some drugs and let her go. However, through the following week, it got worse. She went in twice more, and each time was told that it was just normal pre-labor pains.

Well, last Sunday she was experiencing her own little slice of hell and they finally did some blood tests. Monday they called her in and said “we need to get this little dude outa there ASAP.” She had come down with a nasty little blood disease that is brought on by pregnancy. Luckily she developed it very late and they caught it at the “pre” stage, but it can be fatal and they needed to eject the little invader as quickly as possible.

Unfortunately, this handy dandy little disease has this great little side effect-it fucks up your ability to clot. Thus, poking holes in a woman’s back to throw the good stuff into her ain’t a terribly attractive option.

So, they induced her and let her get down with the old school. She huffed and puffed and squeezed that little monkey out the old fashioned way.

William was born very healthy at around 01:30 on Tuesday morning. Me sis’ is doing just fine and dandy too.

So, that was this week’s excitement. For those that may not know, babies are effectively fully cooked about 2 weeks before they’re due, so this is totally fine for the little’un. He probably still has 1-2% more of his lungs to develop, but this type of early birth is totally normal and healthy.

Anyway, so yeah. I poop on ya’ll.

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I cracked...

Dec 1, 01:09 PM · from the mouth of Jim

Well, it happened – I couldn’t wait any longer and decided to “bide my time.” Yes boys, I am the proud parent of a HUGE credit card debt, once again. But man does it take purty pictures.

I decided that it’s not realistic to believe that Nikon will have the D90 (aka D200) out on the streets much before an April time line. It’ll probably be announced in Feb. but if the D2x is any example of their market to street performance, it’ll take a few months after they announce it for it to hit the streets.

So, I’m getting my feet wet with a shiny new D70. Nikon is pimping them out with the craziest deals and rebates right now, so I put a whole kit together for buttass cheap comparitively.

For the yackmeister, I bought an SB-800 flash (since my 28-DX can’t talk TTL with the D70), a 24-85 3.5-4.5 AF-S lens, a 1GB Sandisk CF card and the D70 body. With all my other lenses, I now have a rather complete kit (well, except that I can’t get any lower than 36mm on the digital – someday I’ll spend the $1200 and buy the 12-24 DX lens.)

Anyway, here are some test shots that I took yesterday at high noon. They’re nothing terribly special and I was playing with different color spaces and all that, so hopefully there’ll be better ones to come. I also haven’t bolted my nicest (aka, the BIG gun) lens onto it, so I should have some pretty nice pics after I shoot with that one. My BIG gun should produce some sick pics on this body.

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A worthwhile listen

Nov 22, 02:05 PM · from the mouth of Jim

Kaki King, Queen of the Acoustic Guitar

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The Beast

Nov 19, 03:02 PM · from the mouth of Jim

Something very special is sitting in my fridge. I’m not quite yet ready to unleash The Beast, but gawwwwd…. I’m just dying to try it.

I’ll let ya’ll know what it’s like – if I can remember drinking it. :)

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It's like a car wreck...

Nov 16, 07:38 PM · from the mouth of Jim

You can’t stop staring at it because it’s so bloody horrible.

Check this cartoon out. This tasty little nugget should spark some good comments. :) I dare you all to try and make it to the bottom without a) shooting the monitor, b) heaving profusely c) hucking the monitor through the wall. Seriously, it’s a challenge.

My friend used to have these tasty little cartoons dropped on his desk at work. He, quite obviously, complained and they stopped – but can you imagine? Sheesh…

I mean, I disagree with the beliefs that this preaches, and I wouldn’t normally mind someone presenting an alternative view – but this is just over the top IMHO – like… A LOT...

And even better – if you manage to make it to the bottom read the link at the bottom about why this guy wrote the cartoon. It’s kinda like a little bonus nugget. :)

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I Like Sour Muff

Nov 16, 01:39 PM · from the mouth of Jim

Well Mr. TyTy, I produced my first batch of successful celtic muffins. Things have been so nuts around here for the last 2 months that I’ve only had enough time to feed my colony and nothing more. But during this weekend’s feeding, I finally found enough time to start up a sponge.

Last night was the night of truth and glory. They worked!!! (And there was much rejoicing – yay.) The first attempt at it a few months ago resulted in NHL certified wheat hocky pucks. I think a squirrel chipped a tooth on one after I hucked them under the tree in the front.

This time I vowed to change ALL of the variables at once and retry – like the good scientist I am. :)

I used the slow and cold method and doubled the amount of starter called for by the recipe. I flew by the palms of my hands and adjusted the corresponding water level until the sponge (and later, dough) felt about right. I also used 100% bread flour instead of a whole wheat mix.

Outside of the primal 20 hour fermentation at ~65 degrees, I followed the rest of the celtic muffins process with limited adjustments. I skimped the first rise by about an hour (due to time) and also cranked the second and third rises’ heat up to 105 degrees to excite the beasties a bit more. (I’m finding that my starter seems to be fairly durable and appears to like/need higher temperatures.)

I forgot to take pictures of them last night, but I’ll see if I can take a pic of the remaining ones when I get home tonight and post it. On a really cool note, it seems as though the starter is still maturing in its flavor. These had a really really nicely developed sour flavor that seemed to be a bit more complex than the breads of two months ago.


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The Incredibles

Nov 15, 01:22 PM · from the mouth of Jim

Hey doooods,

If you haven’t already seen this, you should seriously consider pulling out of your warm, sticky hole in the wall and try experiencing some real entertainment.

Seriously. this has to be one of the most flat out, enjoyable movies I’ve seen in a long time. I’m easy to please (Ty’s buttox can validate that), but I walked out of this movie thinking to myself “good lord… that was just simply really damn enjoyable.”

Word to yo momma…

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Morning Humor

Nov 11, 01:34 PM · from the mouth of Jim

Ethical Dilemma

What would you do if you were in this situation? This test only has one question, but it’s a very important one. Please don’t answer it without giving it serious thought. By giving an honest answer you will be able to test how refined your aesthetic sensibilities are.

The test features an unlikely, completely fictional situation, where you will have to make a decision between two choices.

Remember that your answer needs to be honest, yet spontaneous.

Please read carefully and consider all the facts – this is important for the test to work accurately.

You’re in Florida. There is great chaos going on around you, caused by a hurricane and severe flooding. You are an Associated Press photographer in the middle of this great disaster. You’re trying to shoot very impressive photos; it’s your job and your life’s calling. There are houses and people floating around you, disappearing into the water. Nature is showing all its destructive power and is ripping everything away with it. You see a man in the water. He is fighting for his life, trying not to be taken away by the masses of water and mud. You move closer. Somehow the man looks familiar. Suddenly, you know who it is – it’s George W. Bush!

You realize that the raging waves are about to take him away, forever. You have two options: You can save him or you can shoot a Pulitzer Prize-winning picture of the death of one of the world’s most powerful men.

Here’s the question (please give an honest answer):

Would you choose color film, or go with the simplicity of classic black and white?

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Porn, Defamation and All That is Good

Nov 8, 05:31 PM · from the mouth of Jim

Ok GoofyGuys…

So, you knew it was coming; it’s time for me to firmly plant my soap-box and preach to the choir regarding the April thread.

Let me premise this by stating that I have no intent to point fingers, flame, be flamed or blue flame. We’re all reasonable and I think that this is going to be something we all agree on anyway, but I had to speak my mind publicly.

First, Bry, Ty, etc., that thread had me choking in tears of laughter and secreting juices of joy. However I have to agree with Ty, Andy and Jake about the public nature of this forum. As Ty recognized after posting his comment, we need to be cognoscente of the fact that anyone, including Bryan’s ass-worm, has access to read what we post.

As far as I see it, we have two things to be conscious of; the law, and others’ feelings/views/opinions. Neither of these is mutually exclusive. As each of you who spoke up in the thread mentioned, we’re all excessively good friends and I personally can’t conceive of the foul character defamation that would be required to actually offend one of us. But when it extends outside of ribbing each other’s tiny little penises and rectal co-habitation, we start walking a dangerous line.

Specifically, the following concise definition of Freedom of Speech is a good starting point. When it extends outside of our sphere and could possibly be considered as defamation, we could be in trouble. Of course, that’s the law’s opinion – and not the whole story. I personally feel that we need to practice some discretion, regardless of the law, just cuz we’re such damn nice and upstanding gentlemen. < cough - bullshit >

This link regarding Defamation Law, Libel Law and Slander Law also seems like a good jumping point for more information.

Additionally, I’d like to state my feeling that we should have some sort of disclaimer on the site. Specifically, I can’t express how much I appreciate the work that Jake has done on this site, and I’d feel horrible if he was held liable for something we said.

Unfortunately we live in a time when you can hack into my system, illegally I might mention, do something naughty and then someone else can hold me liable for the naughty thing that you did on/from my system. So far the cyber laws for liability are still young (and not present in some cases) but there has already been proof that liability does exist for an administrator. If, as an administrator, I make a reasonable effort to secure my system, post acceptable useage policies and inform unwelcome visitors that access is prohibited without permission, I probably won’t be held liable.

Since Jake is the administrator of this site, I feel that he needs to protect himself from the possibility that something we, or other’s say, might end up holding him liable. I think that some disclaimer such as “This is a public forum. The comments posted do not necessarily represent the views or opinions of the site administrator or authenticated users” would do it. Also, something that states on the main page something along the lines of “Content on this site is public and un-mediated and may contain language, pictures, views, and opinions that some may find offensive. By reading or participating in the content of this site, you understand the risks associated with doing so, blah blah blah…”

Anyway guys, I’m sure I’ve already preached to the choir too much, but I had to offer my two pounds of defecation. As much as I’m pro-obnoxious, I think some discretion is in order.

Who’s in my mouth anyway?

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