duncandahusky: (Wagging Husky)
So as I mentioned, we got our new sofa last weekend. We had to give it a good workout, so we invited folks over to hang out both Saturday and Sunday, being graced by the presence of [livejournal.com profile] roho, [livejournal.com profile] genet, [livejournal.com profile] linnaeus, and [livejournal.com profile] steviemaxwell. We watched some TiVo, took part in the Midwest FurFest online staff meeting, and ordered pizza. It was a good, low-stress weekend.

It looks like we're going to do a little shopping at Ikea tonight (yes, [livejournal.com profile] girtygrin, I agree with pretty much everything you said :-) We need to pick up an overhead light for the living room and also see if we can find a narrow-ish (12" wide) end table, or something that can serve as such. [livejournal.com profile] genet will be joining us for dinner tomorrow, and Thursday night we'll be doing laundry and packing because on Friday evening after work we fly out to Pittsburgh. We're going to help a little at the Anthrocon storage locker, meet with the DLCC about plans for the coming year, and generally make sure everything is shaping up well as we plan for the coming Anthrocon. We're flying back Sunday evening.

Not too much else to talk about today, though I did want to mention that I came across a great webcomic called Paradigm Shift, a Chicago-based police/paranormal comic. I'm extremely impressed with the artwork; the artist plainly is local and works from either photographs or by standing right at the locations. I especially enjoy stuff like the last panel on this page - I know that Citgo! It's at the corner of Addison and Halsted, and I've watched the Chicago Pride parade while standing on that corner. And it's fun to know that the first panel on this page is the view from the Chinatown El station. Now, if only I could figure out where that Ravenswood location is...
duncandahusky: (Chewy!)
For as little sleep as I got last night (maybe four and a half hours?) I should be dragging a lot more than I am. I'm in a pretty good mood though, and it's been a good, busy day.

Last weekend was a lot of fun. On Saturday morning, I met up with [livejournal.com profile] aureth, [livejournal.com profile] jenwolf, and [livejournal.com profile] linnaeus at Perfect Brewing so they could pick up some last-minute brewing supplies. It's the first time I've seen their shop since they were down in Mount Prospect, and they have a good selection of stuff, though it's a bit tricky finding what you're looking for. After everyone was properly outfitted, we headed out and met up with [livejournal.com profile] roho and [livejournal.com profile] genet at The Full Slab for lunch. Yummy ribs, and yummy beer! I'm very happy with this place, and our server was funny and charming.

Then it was up to Antioch for the brewing to begin. Since I wasn't brewing (that'll be next month), I sat on the sidelines and socialized. [livejournal.com profile] takaza joined us later in the afternoon as well. The downside about brewing in the garage is that when it's cold (say, a high of 12 degrees F), it's tough to stand out there too long. The kerosene heater helped slightly, but it was just plain cold. After both batches of beer was put in carboys, we relaxed a bit playing the Wii, though I was tired and so Dan and I ducked out on the early side.

On Sunday we did...nothing. Well, I took a nap in the afternoon. That was about it. We don't have days like that often, but it sure is nice when we can. I did create a Facebook account, though; I'm not sure what I'm going to do with it, but I figured what the heck. (Edit: If you want to add me, try searching for tabrady at gmail)

This coming weekend we have a get-together with Dan's family on Friday night, and then the "Super Beer Bowl" beer tasting at Wine Knows in Grayslake on Saturday afternoon. Anyone interested in joining us for that?

A couple of noteworthy links I came across today:
* One of the more interesting teams in the upcoming season of The Amazing Race is Mel and Mike. That's Mike White (screenwriter and actor from Nacho Libre and School of Rock) and his father Mel White (author of Stranger at the Gate and co-founder of Soulforce). That's going to be very interesting.

* On a lighter note, you can enjoy Governor Crazy's antics even more with the Blagojevich Media Blitz Drinking Game!

* Two notable posts from The Consumerist: Monster.com was hacked on Friday and email addresses and passwords were compromised. Also, although I loved the walk through Expo I'd never buy anything there since the prices were sky-high. I guess I'm not the only one who felt that way.

Time to head off to the grocery store!
duncandahusky: (Thoughtful)
From Gapers Block's Drive-Thru year-in-review article "Yes, We Ate", rating each writer's best and "meh" meals of the year:

Meh: Way too much meh in the world. If you accept it, you deserve it.

Preach it, brotha!
duncandahusky: (Amused)
A YouTube bit that's funny, but it helps if you're a Chicagoland TV watcher: "I'm Tom freakin' Skilling! I can have you killed!"
duncandahusky: (Husky - WTF?)
The Ten Worst Drink Concepts of All Time

My favorite:
The D-Bomb
Meat from one ripe durian, cut in half, immersion blended with:
6 ounces vodka
6 ounces light rum
Juice of four limes

Spoon mixture into durian halves, each garnished with a gently used sock (recipe makes two sizable drinks).

Looking to step up the visual impact of your next Pacific-themed grilling party? Tap into the power of the biggest, baddest tropical fruit under the sun.

The sock garnish helps moderate the drink's odor without in any way conflicting with the earth undertones of Abe Vigoda and capital punishment that make durian such an adventure. Switch up to pantyhose to set a classier tone, or dress the drink down with a sweat sock that has survived a grueling neighborhood game of b-ball!
duncandahusky: (happygolucky)
Kevin Smith is back with his latest movie, which he wrote and directed: Zack and Miri Make a Porno, set to open on October 31. The trailer has just been released! (Caution: contains NSFW words) How many View Askew regulars can you spot?
duncandahusky: (Crochet)
It's Wednesday already? Wasn't it just Wednesday last week? Man, someone should do something about these calendars.

So last weekend was halfway stress-free. On Saturday we had [livejournal.com profile] takaza's family over to celebrate his mother's birthday, albeit belatedly. We all went together and bought her a Wii. She's a big fan of old-school games like Zelda and Final Fantasy stuff, so the online purchase thing is nifty for her. Plus, we played Boom Blox and I think we sold his mother on the game as well as his brother on buying a Wii period. The damn game is like a virus, I swear.

On Sunday I carpooled with [livejournal.com profile] roho and [livejournal.com profile] genet down to meet with a prospect for our charity for Midwest FurFest this year (Dan went to see The Dark Knight with his family and worked on Anthrocon tax stuff). The meeting went extremely well and I hope to have an announcement on that front later this week. They're very excited to work with us and I think we're going to have a lot of fun and make them a lot of money. From there, we drove over to [livejournal.com profile] linnaeus's place where we were joined by [livejournal.com profile] siriuswolfstar, [livejournal.com profile] simbalion, [livejournal.com profile] feren, and [livejournal.com profile] lady_curmudgeon. We all enjoyed an excellent dinner of burgers and tasty sausages (mmm, andouille!) and some excellent beers. It was a very enjoyable evening!

Work has been more than a little crazy of late. I just wrapped up a big project yesterday which is a big relief, though I've got another project next week that will take up all of my time for the first three days of the week. We've also had a slew of new hires and I'm helping out occasionally to get them settled as well.

This weekend should be fun - I'll be at LAFF softball on Saturday to hang out and chat with folks. Not a lot of plans on Sunday, but we'll wing it and see how things go.

I'll leave you with two interesting links: If anyone is in Los Angeles and likes food and The Amazing Race, well, the Food Network is looking for you! Granted, being the Food Network, I'm sure they'll take a good idea and screw it up royally.

Also, it's about damn time. Anthony Bourdain has been touring around Chicago as he finally films an episode of No Reservations here. I don't know most of the places he mentions, but I'm glad to see that one of the highlights will be Hot Doug's, a true Chicago original. (Though I wonder about his choice of local guides. Mancow Mueller? Really?) Anyway, it should be a great episode when it airs.
duncandahusky: (Oh really?)
But in the meantime, I came across this video on BoingBoing (safe for work) that makes me very happy. I love the music, and it's a nice reminder that there are some things that are the same all over the world.
duncandahusky: (It's BACON!)
Last night we got [livejournal.com profile] takaza's car packed (stuffed to the gills, actually - we had to remove the back seats of his Element. Three cash registers take up a lot of space!) and it's parked in the garage. I dropped him off at the train station this morning, so all I need to do when I leave here at 2 PM is go home and toss a few final things into his car (like my laptop). I pick him up from work at 3 PM and then we're off! We're driving as far as Independence, OH tonight, then we'll be arriving in Pittsburgh at around noon tomorrow.

All that's left now if for me to try to be productive until 2 PM. Yeah, wish me luck on that.

To distract and amuse myself, I give you...links!
All You Can Eat Bacon? It's a heart attack waiting to happen and yet heavenly at the same time! Sounds like a fun place to visit in Chicago, though.

You know what the world needs? It needs a bacon cheeseburger sausage!

Keeping with the theme, there's something to be said for "bacon textiles" - it's delicious!

OK, enough with the bacon. Let's talk about Monopoly + nukes.

Finally, because Anthrocon is so much on my mind, I'll point out the handy Official Anthrocon Map to those who will be attending. I just added a couple of interesting nearby restaurants yesterday (as recommended by roadfood.com!). [livejournal.com profile] linnaeus, if you get some time, you might want to check out Robert Wholey & Co., located only a few blocks from the hotel towards the Strip District - it looks like an interesting food market with great seafood dishes. Heck, if I'm free I want to go with you! If I get a chance, I also wouldn't mind going to DeLuca's ("best breakfast in Pittsburgh").

Four hours to go! Time to look busy...
duncandahusky: (Amused)
OK, I don't often post YouTube links, but this one is a must for fans of Dirty Jobs host Mike Rowe:
Click for a very amusing clip... )
duncandahusky: (pukey-cute)
I don't normally link to YouTube (not that I don't like the site, just don't normally have time to click through to video links), but this cracked me the hell up: MC Chris rants about Kingdom Hearts 2. I don't even play the games he mentions, but it's still absolutely hysterical. (Note: NSFW. Contains Bad Words)
duncandahusky: (Default)
God is a DJ (8-minute YouTube video)

Very clever. A really nifty idea, well-executed. Four paws up!
duncandahusky: (huskypuppy)
Here, have a rambling entry, just because. I'm feeling better today, even though I forgot to take the heavy-hitting cough syrup (mmm, codeine-licious!) this morning. I'll stick with the OTC stuff to carry me through the day, I guess.

I'm vastly amused that an innovation from our old stomping grounds in North Carolina has been picked up on a lot of the tech blogs: Taco Bell/KFC Tries Out Touchscreens For Orders. It wouldn't surprise me if that was one of [livejournal.com profile] takaza's occasional lunch stops.

I'm still having fun at WikiFur. If you haven't created an entry for yourself, well, why not? I'll be happy to help with the editing and wikification, if needed.

We still need to try out some of the excellent restaurants in our area. Last weekend's trip to Tre Kronor was a good start, but there's so much more to try. Hey [livejournal.com profile] hartree - you need to come up and help us figure out the Korean BBQ place around the corner from us. It's gotten rave reviews, but the prospect of navigating all the dishes and condiments is...daunting. I think I need to make a list to work from.

Speaking of restaurants, we're looking at the possibility of hitting my favorite French restaurant in Highwood this weekend. Anyone care to join us? Plans aren't set in stone, but if there's enough interest, we'll see what we can do. Fair warning: while it's an excellent value for what you get, it is certainly not cheap! The Gourmet Menu ($32) and Chef's Creation of the Day ($36) are a steal for a prix fixe meal.

Microsoft Word is the bane of my existence. I've successfully managed to crash it eight times in the last two days - either our templates are retarded (quite possibly) or my MS Office installation is borked (also quite possible). I'll muddle through somehow, though.

Oh, and hi [livejournal.com profile] nymphara! Your comments about "the little Nazi" cracked me up, I must say :-) I hardly know the guy but my impressions of him have been, um, less than favorable.

OK, I'm off to immerse myself in my iPod and beat on Word some more.

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