Saturday, January 29, 2005

Napoleon Dynamite

Honeybun and I watched Napoleon Dynamite on DVD this evening. Probably the strangest movie I have ever seen. Honeybun absolutely hated it while I laughed through most of it.

There aren't words to describe it. This is one you just have to experience for yourself.

Thursday, January 27, 2005


Fancy?, originally uploaded by semperjase.

Now I eat at McDonald's somewhat regularly. One thing I've noticed, you can't find anything "fancy" at McDonald's.

So why are they trying to claim their ketchup is fancy? What makes it different from, say, Wendy's non-fancy ketchup?

More research is required into the mystery of the fancy ketchup.

Wednesday, January 26, 2005

Vox Blogoli Update

It seems that Mr. Rauch has clarified his views to Hugh Hewitt. He claims that he never meant to equate the religious right with violent actions.

At least Mr. Rauch and The New Atlantic have the integrity to clarify instead of entrench and cast even more aspersions.

Monday, January 24, 2005

Vox Blogoli Volume 2, Number 1

Hugh Hewitt has once again asked for comments. Johnathan Rauch has written a piece for the New Atlantic confusing the religious right with violent 60's activists.
On balance it is probably healthier if religious conservatives are inside the political system than if they operate as insurgents and provocateurs on the outside. Better they should write anti-abortion planks into the Republican platform than bomb abortion clinics.

Sadly, Rauch believes that anyone who supports life is equivalent to the few wackos who bombed clinics. That's right, the bombers that were widely criticized by the religious right are just the same as the religious right.

He continues:
The same is true of the left. The clashes over civil rights and Vietnam turned into street warfare partly because activists were locked out of their own party establishments and had to fight, literally, to be heard.

Rauch makes a false comparison. Pro-life people have been against legalized abortion for 32 years. Yet as a group, they have not rioted in the streets like the leftists of the 60's. The religious right are not the terrorists, "insurgents and provocateurs", that Rauch believes they are.

It's amazing that someone can grow up in America thinking Christians (which is what they mean by religious right) are terrorists and it is only by the left's reluctant allowance of Christian participation in the political process that abortion clinics are safe from bombing.

Best web art...ever

Today Honeybun and I set up a membership with the best art site on the Internet - Digital Blasphemy. It specializes in images to be used as computer wallpaper. The artist, Ryan, says he makes his sole living by publishing this site and doesn't accept commission work. Here is a peek of what I'm now using for my desktop wallpaper (with permission from the site).

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I am absolutely stunned by his scenery and planetscape images. They have a way of making me feel small when I look at them. They suggest greatness beyond humanity.

Frankly, I think Ryan would be able to make much more money as a freelance artist. I think he would be better served creating art for book covers and such. I used his free gallery for over a year before getting a membership. Don't be cheap like me though. The $25 one-year subscription is well worth it.

Sunday, January 23, 2005

Good night Johnny

The passing of another legend. Johnny Carson died today.

I always thought it was amazing how such a popular entertainer could leave at the peak of his popularity and never seemed to miss the limelight. He was one of the few famous figures who didn't want a comeback.

How we learn

I've come to realize that you can learn new things just by watching other people. I learned something today while I was at lunch. Never wear cycling clothes to go out in public if you aren't riding a bicycle.

Words to live by.

What else would a blizzard dump?

From the department of redundancy department:

AP headline: Blizzard Dumps Snow in Midwest, Northeast


I am now part of the Ecosystem. You can check out my (lowly) ranking on the left bar of this page.

Tivo Reloaded

OK, the Tivo is now connected to the home network. Now, we have the ability to program the Tivo from any Internet connection. Say I'm at work and I realize the "A-Team" marathon is on. I can set the Tivo without having to call Honeybun at home. Why? Because I can.

Saturday, January 22, 2005

Frustration X 2

I know I don't post often but I figured I should update the frustration blog from 1/19/05. Jason posted that he got a wireless card for the laptop and the frustrations that it caused. Well that frustration has gotten worse since we found all the viruses on the laptop and now have to reboot the entire computer. Major pain but there is not tons of stuff on the computer because it is a secondary system.

Well what you don't know is the major pain in the butt it has been to hook up the Tivo. We have purchased and returned 2 wireless adapters and purchased one more. To finally purchase the one that works, well we have been to every computer store in Denver, some of them twice (different locations). I am not a computer geek but I did go to at least half of these stores to be a good wife.

Now you would think everything would work nicely once we got a compatible adapter. WRONG! We still don't have the Tivo hooked up to our wireless network. After 30 minutes of Jason saying cuss words we still don't have it hooked up. I know it will be hooked up soon because I am married to a semi-computer geek. We have a friend who is full blown so I know the difference.

That is why we have 2 very clean dogs. The dogs really needed a bath but I also used this small but very messy task to take the wireless network frustrations off of Jason's mind. That is only one of my sneaky wife tricks. Don't tell anyone.

My Cyborg name

Cyborg, originally uploaded by semperjase.

Discover your Cyborg name.

Bath Time

Guess who got a bath last night?

Alley, originally uploaded by semperjase.

Cowboy, originally uploaded by semperjase.

Friday, January 21, 2005


My manager at work brought in donuts today. Have you ever seen one this big?

Donut, originally uploaded by semperjase.

It's like a bear claw that takes up a whole plate. Yum.

Wednesday, January 19, 2005


I just spent 2 1/2 hours setting up a wireless connection for my laptop. Instead of just setting up the connection, I thought I'd do a little clean up on the computer as well. Of course that just hosed everything. Another program I updated got corrupted, so I had to reboot about 4 times, and each time took 10 minutes for the computer to come back up.


Oh well, it is hooked up now - and I'm blogging from bed. Not because I need to, but because I can. Cool huh?

Tomorrow night, round 2 as I hook the TIVO up to the network.

By the way - yes, I have secured the network.

Saturday, January 15, 2005


The fish taco combo...mmmm , originally uploaded by semperjase.

I had the world famous fish tacos at Rubios for lunch today. I love these things.

Felt kind of jipped though. You see, Rubios has two ways to order this meal. You can get the fish taco meal that comes with a taco, beans, rice, chips and a drink or you can order the original combo which is two tacos, chips and rice.

I went with the second choice and ordered the drink for an extra charge. Turns out, had I ordered the taco meal, I could order a second taco for $1.49 extra, get more food and saved about a dollar.

Why is it ordering from a menu is a logic puzzle in trying to figure out how to get what you want without overpaying?

Friday, January 14, 2005

Because of Winn Dixie

Thursday night, I got to see a sneak preview of the movie Because of Winn Dixie thanks to Grace Hill Media.

My take? Good movie. It starts a little slow as the audience is introduced to the main character, 10 year-old India Opal, and her divorced father who have just moved to a small town where he is the new preacher (played by Jeff Daniels). Opal finds a stray dog she names Winn Dixie who is the catalyst for her meeting people in town. Opal goes through the movie trying to discover more about the mother who left her as a baby and trying to overcome her loneliness.

This is a family movie that is character driven. The characters in town are interesting people and the movie will keep your attention as the character's backgrounds are revealed and the characters grow.

Singer Dave Matthews stars in a supporting role. His performance is believable and also showcases his musical talent. His guitar playing is some of the most riveting scenes in the movie. Cicely Tyson gives the best performance as a legally blind woman who teaches Opal the most important lessons on life and acceptance.

This movie is worth the time. The characters draw you in and are endearing. Take your family to see this movie. You will feel good when you leave the theater.

Wednesday, January 12, 2005

Don't trust the ACLU

James Taranto of points out the ACLU has rewritten the Bill of rights. On the ACLU's website they say:
It is probably no accident that freedom of speech is the first freedom mentioned in the First Amendment: "Congress shall make no law...abridging the freedom of speech, or of the press, or of the people peaceably to assemble, and to petition the Government for a redress of grievances." The Constitution’s framers believed that freedom of inquiry and liberty of expression were the hallmarks of a democratic society.

The thing is, there is no elipsis in the First Amendment. The first freedom mentioned in the First Amendment is religion:
Amendment I
Congress shall make no law respecting an establishment of religion, or prohibiting the free exercise thereof; or abridging the freedom of speech, or of the press; or the right of the people peaceably to assemble, and to petition the Government for a redress of grievances.

Isn't it scary when the self-proclaimed protector of civil liberties disavows the freedom of religion?

Saturday, January 08, 2005

Overturn the "Blog" election

Hugh Hewitt's producer, Generalissimo, is holding votes for favorite "Blog" picture. My entry didn't make the cut for the 10 finalists.

One thing I've learned from Hugh: If it's not close, they can't cheat. Turns out, this one is close. I also learned from Washington state Democrats that vote counting is an inexact science. If you don't win, demand recounts until you do. While recounting, "find" uncounted votes to ensure victory.

So, I declare I have found in my basement 735 previously uncounted votes for my entry of the "Blogwood" sign. Clearly, this is indisputable. I feel vindicated and am thankful to everyone who voted for me.

Thursday, January 06, 2005


Hugh Hewitt's producer is running a contest to see where Hugh's new book Blog is turning up. I snapped this photo when driving by the Hollywood sign...yeah the one right outside Denver.

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In Good Company

Via Hugh Hewitt
Jonathan Bock of GraceHillMedia, one of Hollywood's savviest movie marketers, had the brilliant idea to offer every blogger two free tickets to an advance screening of "In Good Company," provided they agreed to blog about the movie after they had seen it.

Wait, it gets better:
any blogger who signs up for the free tickets and then posts this offer and a link to the IN GOOD COMPANY trailer on their site will be automatically entered in a contest to win their very own private screening of IN GOOD COMPANY in their town. The winner can either fill the screening with their friends and family, or see the film alone with that special someone – it’s entirely up to them. One lucky blogger here in the US will win. Sign up at and send them your link. And of course, all the non-winners will still be eligible to attend an advance screening in their area.

Let the guerilla marketing begin! Good luck Mr. Bock. Hope your movie is a big hit.

Wednesday, January 05, 2005

Poor Ashlee

Ashlee Simpson is once again getting some back publicity for her screaching performance at last night's Orange Bowl. The crowd of 72,000 responded with a chorus of boos. You can see it from this page.

Oh my goodness. There are not words to say how bad the "performance" was. You almost have to feel sorry for her. Getting booed by 72,000 people and having it nationally televised? Where do you go from there?

I thought she could bounce back from the SNL disaster. Poke a little fun at yourself and fans will forgive you if you make it clear your future performances are live. The problem only gets worse if your live performance is horrible. That had to be the most embarrassing event in half-time show history.

I'm not sure we'll be hearing much more of Ashlee on the radio.

Saturday, January 01, 2005

Me Posted by Hello


Is it me, or have Garfield's feet gotten huge?