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{ Monthly Archives } June 2007

Blame it on Howard

Two things tonight, and you can blame both of them on Howard. First: oasis of hope entices, glimmers, fades. the desert of the Real   Second, a Friday (Mostly) Random Ten courtesy of the new Zen Vision mp3 player: Matsui – Kitaro Wish you were here – Pink Floyd Banditos – Refreshments Remoteable – Monolake […]

Visions of Bob Vila

I haven’t been feeling well of late and  I’ve been wondering if it has something to do with the fact that I rarely eat until I get home at night.  So, I decided to go grab a bite to eat at lunch time today. There’s this great little greasy sub shop a couple of miles […]

The Black Helicopters must be in Stealth Mode

On this blog I occasionally hint at a certain level of paranoia that I, for lack of a better word, enjoy.  I wipe stuff regularly from my computer, I run security checks, I don’t sign up for stuff, I don’t enable cookies and javascript for questionable sites.  In the real world, I watch for cars […]

From the Martha Stewart School of Medicine

Since it was in the comments of a thread from a couple of weeks ago, I thought I would bring this story from regular commenter Ken up to the top: How ’bout ’splainin’ this one… A guy goes in for a routine eye exam with complaints of double vision. The Doc tells his patient that […]

Americana, pt. 1

I’m hoping to make this a regular feature here at the Ratlands. OK, it’s not catblogging, but I find these little pieces of Americana fascinating, and perhaps a bit more so as they are bits of my family history. First up is the Army Song Book. This belonged to my Grandfather. He entered the Army […]

Paris in Springtime

OK, so I’m a shallow weasel.   As pointed out by Scott Ott at Scrappleface: An overwhelming majority of Americans say they’ve never felt better about themselves than during the past several weeks as they follow the story of Paris’ Hilton’s conviction and incarceration. “It’s the best thing that’s ever happened to me,” said one poll […]

That reminds me

Have you ever had the experience of noticing that when you talk to a particular individual (or, in the blogosphere, read their material) that they remind you of someone else? Except that the details of their existence aren’t really similar? They don’t talk the same way, use the same vocabulary, aren’t interested in the same […]

Be afraid…

Captain Capitalism has an interesting piece centered around a part of a High School student’s report on LBJ he found on the floor of a school where he did a financial seminar.  The piece includes a scan of the page and this (the money quote). Sadly, this is the generation I’m relying upon to produce […]

Careening over : the cliff toward the bitter : dark of depression

I’ve got something going on at work which will be occupying a good portion of my time, and unfortunately, probably most of my thoughts for the foreseeable future.  I alternate between being angry, bitter, and depressed and it is taking most of my energy to put it aside long enough to do the bits and […]

You want to ‘splain that, Scooter?

The Head Rat and I spent the evening filling out the health history paperwork for our new doctor.  It always amazes me how few details I remember about my grandparents and their health.  I always think I should get the details from my folks, but then I never do, because I never plan to change […]

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