Under the Dog House

I’m not a big fan of doing house work. Especially on the weekends, when I’d rather be doing other things with my time. But for some reason Sarah and I were motivated to go outside and work on the house for a bit on Saturday. Sarah’s job: Try and salvage anything from our “Flower Bed” and weed the rest. My job: Tear down this home built dog house that was way too elaborate for what it actually was. This thing was integrated into the fence with huge bolts and gigantor rusty nails. The former owner of the house really went overboard! After lots of beating, pulling, and grunting I got it pretty much all pulled apart with pieces of wood all over the place. The last part of the structure remained, the floor. So with Sarah there watching I heaved up the huge piece of wood and flipped it over on it’s back. I started to examine what was enderneath: 4 tennis balls, a plastic dog bone, fuzz, and… what looked to be a turtle shell!

“CLOSE YOUR EYES!”, I yelled to Sarah. (She isn’t a huge fan of seeing dead things, so she always tells me to warn her if I see something nasty) None Some of you faithful readers may remember my previous posting when I almost killed a turtle with my lawn mower last fall. Well it turns out that my neighbors had lost another one too! But unfortunately this time it looked hopeless. The turtle looked very much dead. It was in a hole covered in dirt and mud and wasn’t moving. I looked up and Sarah was still covering her eyes. “We may have a dead turtle here”, I said reluctantly to her. She opened her eyes and saw the grim looking shell. I reached down to pick it up and when my fingers made contact with the shell – his leg moved! We both yelped with joy! That guy had been living down there for over 4 months! We took him inside, and gave him a quick shower in the sink to get the mud off of him and returned him to his family next door.

After all of that excitement… the piles of wood and nails remained of the former dog house. Any ideas on how to get rid of something like that? I was thinking craigslist, it seems that lots of people unload their junk on there. I suppose a dump run may be in our future…

A Big, Detailed LOST Theory

This is an intersting read if you’re a LOST fan like me and practically everyone else I know. I’m hoping that it is a crazy-awesome scientific reason behind everything that is happening on the island. It’s a good theory, but only the future episodes will reveal the big mystery…

On the subject of LOST, it has been the first show that has had me appreciating the higher resolution of HDTV.  Not only is the jungle more detailed, but you can see more on the sides because of the widescreen format than you would on a 4:3 screen.  Cool stuff. 😛

230k Miles, Not Dollars

My, how the miles stack up.

Please forgive the poor image quality, I took the shot with my cell phone.  Having my 1988 integra pass 230,000 miles this week gives me mixed emotions.  On one side, I’m happy that the car I bought when I was 16 years old has lasted as long as it has.  Keeping in mind that the seat is tearing and the foam padding falling out, the air conditioner almost literally fell off of the car, the CD player doesn’t work at all besides the FM radio, and it burns off a quart of oil every two weeks.  But the car just keeps on going!  On the other side I’ve been thinking lately that it would be nice to have a car that has some of the amazing new technologies like cup holders, airbags, and a roof that doesn’t leak so the car won’t smell like the outside when you get on the inside. 😉

Since I aint got the cash for a new ride right now, I’ll have to stick with ‘The Blue Rocket’ while I can.  She’s a sturdy steed who gets me from A to B (mainly to work and back, 30 miles a day).  I guess if it works, it works eh?

Mr. Roboto, Beer Edition

*BEER*Some smarty-pants has invented a robot that pours and serves your beer to you.  From Robots-Dreams.com:

Asahi Breweries just announced a special promotion for their low-malt beer (see link below). They’ve designed a robot beer refrigerator and will be giving away a total of 5,000 of the robots, fully stocked with beer, to applicants selected by a lottery drawing.

Applicants have to collect 36 seals from special Asahi beer cans. We’re assuming that applicants will drink the beer, but we have run across fans that would buy the beer just to get the seals and through away the beer. What a waste. The contest period runs from February 20th through May 22nd.

Push the robots start button and it opens the can, tilts the glass, and pours the beer with a perfect head every time. The refrigerator section of the robot can cool six 350 ml cans and two beer mugs.

Asahi is only running this promotion in Japan, so don’t run out to buy lots of Asahi beer hoping you’ll win the beer robot. But, if you happen to live in Japan – you and your Robosapien should go for it!

Now if I could get one of those with Mac & Jacks in it, I’d die happy.  Or chocolate milk would be good too!