Tarry for the Nonce

April 30, 2005

I Am a Control Freak

Filed under: Anecdotes — lmwalker @ 12:55 pm
Your Birthdate: December 13
Being born on the 13th day of the month should help make you a better manager and organizer, but it may also give you a tendency to dominate people a bit.

You may be more responsible and self-disciplined than you realize. Sincere and honest, you are a serious, hard working individual. Your feeling are likely to seem somewhat repressed at times. You are apt to be much more practical, rational, and conscious of details. Your intolerance and insistence on complete accuracy can be irritating to some.

What Does Your Birth Date Mean?

I think my co-workers would agree and my manager would not.

(Hat tip to John Dodd.)


Are You a Redneck?

Filed under: Anecdotes — lmwalker @ 12:51 pm

This test is blatantly biased and rather silly, but I was amused.

I am:

“To you, Fox News really is ‘Fair and Balanced’.”

Are You A Republican?

(Hat tip to Darren Hron.)

The Old Made New

Filed under: Entertainment — lmwalker @ 12:40 pm

I am, of course, just making things worse by alluding the rumor, but I was amused by CNN’s reaction to Tom Cruise’s lastest romance:

Less than 48 hours after Tom Cruise and Katie Holmes’ publicists sought to convince the world that the unlikely pair have embarked on a hot romance, CNN’s Bill Hemmer said on “American Morning”: “What kind of sham is this, by the way?” . . .

CBS’s “Early Show” also treated the news like a joke, running an interview with Kermit the Frog about whether he had ever dated Holmes, which sounded about as plausible as Cruise doing so.

London’s Daily Mail wrote, “When it comes to the timing of his romances, Tom Cruise just seems to get luckier and luckier … cynics will point out that the star has timed things to perfection for raising his profile”

So what else is new? In the golden age of cinema, Hollywood would always send out their hot new things on “dates” with established stars to increase the glamour potential on both sides.

April 28, 2005

Bowser and Goldie

Filed under: News — lmwalker @ 12:00 pm

Don’t poof your poodle too much:

Dog owners in Turin will be fined up to 500 euros ($650) if they don’t walk their pets at least three times a day, under a new law from the city’s council.

People will also be banned from dyeing their pets’ fur or “any form of animal mutilation” for merely aesthetic motives such as docking dogs’ tails, under the law about to be passed in the northern Italian city . . .

Dogs may be led for walks by people on bicycles, the rules say, “but not in a way that would tire the animal too much” . . .

[The city’s La Stampa daily] said the 20-page rulebook gives Turin the most stringent animal protection rules in the country. It even bans fairgrounds from giving away goldfish in plastic bags.

I wonder if they are permitted to euthanize them.

(Hat tip to Beth Dillman.)

April 27, 2005

Diamonds Are Forever

Filed under: Entertainment — lmwalker @ 2:44 pm

After all the hoo-ha about the new James Bond, it appears that Brosnan has staying power:

Pierce Brosnan will play James Bond in the next 007 film, co-star Dame Judi Dench has revealed.

The 51-year-old will reprise his role as the suave secret agent in Casino Royale, she said.

Gerard Butler will still work nicely once Brosnan is out of the picture.

April 23, 2005

A Typical Cubicle Dweller

Filed under: Anecdotes — lmwalker @ 10:33 am

Post-Hypnotized Peter

What Office Space character are you?

(Hat tip to Darren Hron.)

April 21, 2005

A Disruption to Chicago Traffic

Filed under: Rambles — lmwalker @ 3:46 pm

By posting this, I am not validating the image, but I still think the reaction is telling:

An image of the Virgin Mary seems to be visible at the Fullerton overpass on the Kennedy.

A wall stain that some believe depicts the Virgin Mary drew scores of faithful on Thursday to a gritty highway underpass that has become a shrine with flowers, candles and prayers.

The image, which highway engineers said was probably formed by leaking water and winter road salt from the highway above, first began drawing visitors last week. Their numbers grew daily, causing traffic tie-ups in the vicinity and police later blocked-off part of the area . . .

Highway officials said they planned to leave the wall as it is.

I don’t blame them. I would hate to be one to take responsibility for hosing down the Mother of God.

Civil Duties and Such

Filed under: Rambles — lmwalker @ 2:26 pm

On Tuesday, I was selected to serve on a jury.


April 19, 2005

A Four-Dimensional Hypercube

Filed under: Entertainment — lmwalker @ 1:55 pm

My friend Steve Severinghaus and his barbershop quartet Tesseract are the 2005 Illinois District Convention Champions for the Barbershop Harmony Society.

Now they qualify for the international competition in Salt Lake City in July.

Congratulations, Steve!

No, I Really Don’t Drink Pop

Filed under: Anecdotes — lmwalker @ 1:47 pm

If anyone was curious about the scientific data behind the dialect quiz, the University of Wisconsin, Milwaukee has some.

(Hat tip to Kevin Miller and his Live Journal.)

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