Sunday, September 21, 2008


On our way home from a bit of shopping, we happened upon this thing.

At first I thought it was a coin-operated rice dispenser or something sitting in the middle of a parking lot.

But on closer inspection we figured out that it is a coin-operated rice mill sitting in the middle of a parking lot.

See, when you buy rice at the supermarket, it's generally already polished so that you can just lightly rinse it and then throw it in the pot (or rice cooker if you have one).

But when you buy it from some other places, such as directly from the farm where it was produced, it's possible that the rice is still unpolished.

Hence the need (?) for this kiosk sitting in the middle of a residential area (without a rice farm for miles).



Saturday, September 20, 2008

Not for Those with Dandruff

Went to this today.

Kel and I were pretty much the only ones at the show not wearing a black t-shirt.

The show started off with Forbidden, followed by Voivod, and was headlined by Testament.

All three bands were amazing. And Testament is definitely worth watching again.


Friday, September 19, 2008

Your Caption Here

On my way to a game this week I happened upon this scene in a convenience store.

Any ideas for a caption?


Saturday, September 13, 2008


Haven't posted on this topic in a while, but Dave Watkins just did a very thorough analysis of what is going on with the Tokyo Swallows at this point in the season.

It's well worth a read if you're interested in the plight of an overlooked and under-appreciated sports team.


Thursday, September 11, 2008

Shaky Face Photos

I've been sitting on these photos for a while, and I have a couple minutes, so I thought I'd get them out there for others to enjoy.

These are from a night on the town back in August with a bunch of the good people from the greater Burlington area.

This was Matt's idea. The rules are simple. Relax the skin and muscles that hold your face in place, and when the camera is ready, shake your head back and forth very quickly like you just got out of the shower and you're trying to get the excess water out of your hair. Snap photo.

Shaky face!

Believe it or not, Matt and Travis's significant others (Kate and Devon, respectively) were present for this. Ryan's missus was smart and stayed home with their adorable daughter.

The above pic was not the best example of shaky face that we saw that night. It is, without a doubt, difficult to get three guys to contort their facial matter in the same hilarious way when the shutter clicks.

There's also the fact that shaking one's face fast enough to induce a slapping sound when your cheek hits your ear can hurt a little bit. A minor detail, really. Two or three minutes and half a pint are recommended between shakes.

Rest assured, this all makes a lot more sense when you've reached your third drinking establishment of the evening.

But the individual efforts were impressive. This one of Kate's brother, Ben, is an eye-opener.

And not to be outdone, Ryan got one wobbling for the crowd.

I've been telling people that this was taken just after I smacked him for a comment he made about the Chicago Bears, but alas that is not the case.

Ryan did this to himself.

Anyway, go ahead and give shaky face a try. It helps if you have a digital camera with relatively high specs, say six megs or more. The camera used for these shots is a 10 meg unit.