Thursday, August 28, 2008

I'd like to turn this water into wine

My cute little house now has a dishwasher. There was a spot in the kitchen where there was a countertop with no cabinets underneath. Just open space. It practically screamed "put a dishwasher here!" That plus the fact that every list of water-saving tips says something about dishwashers being much more water-efficient than hand-washing ... oh and plus the fact that I hate washing dishes and the way the dish rack takes up counter space, convinced me to take the plunge. Makes me want to cook an elaborate meal as an excuse to have dishes to wash ...

I also had a water-saving toilet installed today. The one that came with the house was circa 1957 (the year the house was built), and it required about 6 gallons per flush. My new one only uses 1.6 gallons. It's really cute, too, insofar as a toilet can be cute.

And last week I installed a Whedon Deluxe Ultra Saver shower head with a push button control that reduces water flow to a trickle for soaping up and leg-shaving. It gives good shower for such an efficient little thing.

I did all this just so I won't feel guilty putting a bit of water in the birdbaths now and then (not that they need it after all the rain we got this week).

Wednesday, August 27, 2008

What's happeing in El Triángulo over Labor Day weekend

Dog Agility. like what I sometimes talk about here.

Yup, that's all you need to know. It's at this place. Look, here it is on a map.

Also, today is more or less sort of Pinky's birthday. I can't be sure, but give or take a week she's a year old.

Tuesday, August 19, 2008

The internets exist so we can make fun of stuff

For some reason I recently got into ReadyMade (the blog and the magazine, and it's probably because I think some non-lazy Lisa is going to suddenly take over my life and transform my new house into a creative showcase of stunning DIY derring-do), and they recently ran a post on "beautifully funny blogs about unfortunately ugly stuff" that features some mighty fun links. There's Cake Wrecks, which Georg already blogged but is fun enough to me blogged many times; It's Lovely! I'll Take It!, a "collection of poorly chosen photos from real estate listings," which is depressingly funny if you are in or have just been through an actual real estate search; and D-Listed Decor: "Design Within Retch: The worst home furnishing finds on Craiglist."

The last one seems to entertain me the most, maybe because it's fun to see what kind of crap other people think is cool enough to sell. Like if I had ever had such a lapse in judgment as to pay $40 for a neon "rock-on" sign, I'd probably, after coming to my senses, just slip it into the next box of stuff I'm taking to a thrift store where no one need ever know that I and my money actually encouraged the manufacture of such an item. But someone else would say no, this is a "Perfectly functional neon rock-on sign. Great for college student or a den. I bought it and took it out of the box once to use. It's about a foot tall including stand. I bought it for 40 dollars so 20 is a steal."

But one post at D-Listed that sort of hit home is SCARY STUFFED CAT- LONG STORY. The short story is that this woman had a real-life hugely fat mutant cat, so someone else thought she'd love a gift of a stuffed hugely fat mutant cat. I can sort of relate to this not because I once owned a hugely fat mutant cat (I did have a rather fat cat, but she wasn't extraordinarily so), but because when I owned cats people always assumed that I would want to receive cat-shaped or cat-related items as gifts. Now I will say that an occasional cat shaped item is fine--cats are rather pleasingly shaped and sometimes they're darn cute. But people seemed to assume that a person with two cats must of course want to drink only out of feline-themed coffee mugs, wear cat-shaped earrings and cat adorned T-shirts and get her soap or lotion out of dispenser with a cuddly kitten on it. Maybe the person really wants a Spongebob Squarepants soap dispenser, but she's stuck with the cat one because the person who gave it to her comes over all the time and she doesn't want to hurt any feelings.

I don't have nearly as much trouble with this as a dog owner, probably because most of the doggie paraphernalia out there is breed specific, so people gift it based on the particular breed someone owns. Ha ha! I have mutts! But anyway, back to the scary stuffed cat: if someone did give me such a thing, I would not waste any time trying to get someone to actually give me money for it via Craigslist. No, I think I'd leave it on someone's desk at work as a prank.

Monday, August 18, 2008

Don't accidentally hit publish ...

I was writing this post and I accidentally hit publish when I meant to hit save ...

Anyway, I was looking at this clip from BoingBoing and laughing my ass off, and the next clip YouTube suggested was this one called "Ray Bradbury is an Ass":



I love serendipity.

Monday, August 11, 2008

Who's the cat that won't cop out?

Here's a little gift for you: In honor of the recently departed Isaac Hayes, Versions Galore has posted 31 covers of the Theme from Shaft.

Saturday, August 09, 2008

Who put these fingerprints on my imagination?

So we've gone and done it. Onda Carolina, the music blog S. and I have cooked up, has gone live. Of course, I have yet to post, but S. has already popped three entires out of the toaster. I swear I'll put something up there soon. And eventually I'll put up some links and whatnot to make it look like a real blog and all.

Tuesday, August 05, 2008

Up, up with people

Here's more fun from the Festival La Ley. This is a local band, La Tropa de Tierra Caliente. They'll be playing in Durham Central Park on Sept. 6 at the Coalition to Unchain Dogs 2nd Annual Benefit


Tropa De Tierra Caliente from bunchofpants on Vimeo.

I should note that like any self-respecting Mexican regional group, they normally wear snazzy uniforms onstage, and not white T-shirts. But the Tropa guys were called to duty after their scheduled set to fill some time when the headline act got delayed on their way into town.

In other news, I think Sta. Salsera and I have decided on a name for our new blog. It's not Locopants, alas.

Monday, August 04, 2008

Like I need a hole in the head

awesome guitar

For the third year in a row, Santa Salsera and I went to the Festival La Ley, which is an annual anniversary all-day musical marathon featuring lots of Mexican regional groups. (And also reggaeton, because it's taking over the planet). It was big, big fun.

Anyway, I got a new camera, so whether anyone likes it or not I'll be posting a bunch of photos and maybe a few videos from the day here, as soon as I have a chance to look through them all. But here's a tiny sampling of the fun (Raleigh-based Bravo Norteño):


A snippet of Bravo Norteño from bunchofpants on Vimeo.

[Edit: Salsera says Bravo Norteño are from Goldsboro. But perhaps in the same way people from Waukegan say "Chicago" when they're traveling and someone asks where they're from, I bet Bravo Norteño says "Raleigh."]

The event was held this year at the Koka Booth Amphitheater in Cary, and I don't think I've mentioned lately how much I hate that place. Well, not the place itself--it's actually very pretty and music sounds good there. The real downer is the overabundance of rules about where you can sit, stand or walk (after all, it's in Cary) and the maniacal zealotry of the security people in enforcing them. In previous years at the La Ley events, Salsera and I pretty much wandered wherever we want, she interviewing people and I taking photos (we've had backstage passes every time because Salsera is a real journalist, and I've actually sold a few photos to the pub she works for so I guess I'm sort of a real photographer. Plus I have a master's degree in journalism, so I think I should get issued a press pass wherever I go). But at Koka Booth, I practically got tackled by the head of security for being in front of the stage, even though I'd cleared it with the rank-and-file security guy before I went out there. So I asked what the deal was, he said I needed "credentials." Like above and beyond the fact that the sponsoring group gave me an all-access wristband? Yes. (Note to self: put mad graphics skillz to work on some "credentials," stat.)

He was also getting pretty huffy about the fact that Salsera was interviewing band members (which is why La Ley gave her the backstage pass, duh), and he got on his official radio with someone to ask if she was allowed. To him this situation was a gigantic emergency. Probably because everything else at the entire event was going so smoothly (beer at Koka Booth is waaay to expensive for there to be any drunk and disorderly people); He was definitely one of those guys who loves nothing more than to feel important and in command. If there's not a "crisis" for him to handle he probably feels suicidal. We've got some guys like that where I work, whose job is to manage "emergencies," and they're happiest when there's a big-ass hurricane barreling toward us threatening to take out every hog farm east of Greensboro.

But I digress, as usual.

So tune in tomorrow (or sometime, I dunno ...) for more on the festival. Or don't. I don't care. This blogging gig pays the same whether anyone reads me or not.

An another thing: Salsera and I are now kicking around the idea of starting a blog together. OK, we're more than kicking it around, we've decided to do it, we just need to agree on a name (suggestions welcome). It will be about music (primarily all flavors and styles of Latin music but I refuse to be limited, so Turkish hip-hop and Tuvan throat singing could easily show up there). We hope to include a calendar of local Latin/world shows (not that we know how to do said calendar, but I bet The Google can teach us), plus photos, videos, interviews with artists, etc. Coming soon ... maybe.

Friday, August 01, 2008

zwf iso brains

I found a date through zombie harmony - one of the best free dating sites for zombies

But I thought they were our friends ...

I'm still upset that they removed the words "Mr. Shoe" from Mr. Shoe. Now I find out from Gary over at Endangered Durham that Greenfire, the company that now seems to own most of downtown Durham, wants to tear down Mr. Shoe and two other historic buildings on Main St. But wait, they have "green" in their name! They claim they want to preserve historic architecture! How can they do something so obviously shitty? "Bwah ha ha ha ha," Greenfire laughs. "It's all part of our PLAN! Bwah ha ha ha!"

I hear Greenfire is also planning to test their Mega Freeze Ray Gun at Centrefest this year.