Monday, March 13, 2006

New Look, New Location

New address, new look, same great taste.

Nothing Rocks Harder has become...The Adjective Primate.

Please update your links. Nothing Rocks Harder will stay active through the month of March, and will be gone by April Fools' Day. Or will it?
posted by S.C. @ 10:40 AM | 1 comments

I Want It Bad, But Not Too Bad

Greetings and salutations, dear readers.

We had a very nice weekend, including a dinner with some friends, a trip to my parents' house for Chinese take-out and the NCAA selection show, and a couple of stops at the gym.

I was scheduled to go flying Saturday afternoon and, if the weather was acceptable, we were going to fly to Lexington and back, to get some experience with en-route instrument flight.

The weather was almost perfect, in that it was raining and overcast, but the ceilings were high enough that we wouldn't have to worry about missing an approach. The bummer about it was, there were some thunderstorms embedded in the overcast, and thunderstorms and small planes just don't mix. So we had to scrub the flight.

That's kind of what makes this instrument training thing tricky. I need some experience in bad weather, so I know how to deal with it when I encounter it without an instructor, but it can't be too bad, or I can't go. It's the ultimate excercise in risk management.

So, we parlayed our flight into some productive simulator time.

Horoscopes will be up before lunch (EST), and I'll see if I can't get some more worthwhile content up here, while I'm at it.
posted by S.C. @ 8:27 AM | 0 comments

If Wishes Were Horses

"So, you don't wish that I was a tranny?"


"Wow, you said that with conviction."
posted by S.C. @ 6:43 AM | 0 comments

Friday, March 10, 2006

What A World

The Redhead read me the Kentucky blurb from yesterday's USA Today (you know, the 50 states condensed into a page?).

Apparently, with just three weeks left in the session for this year, the Kentucky General Assembly is finally getting down to the nitty-gritty of lawmaking. Among the topics to be discussed:

- A bill officially making clogging the State Dance.
- An amendment to the above bill, altering the State Dance to the Watusi.
- A discussion of whether or not to make Ring Around The Rosie the Official State Nursery Rhyme.

Already considered (and passed) - A bill allowing the victim in an attempted carjacking / home robbery to shoot the trespasser with minimal legal repercussions.

"Under the legislation, any unlawful, forcible entry into a home or car would be considered a deadly attack and could be met with deadly force, regardless of whether anyone had been threatened..."

Now, I wouldn't normally take umbrage to these bills...except for the fact that I don't think we have a state budget yet...

How about, next year, a bill that required the budget to be passed before any other legislative work can be dealt with?
posted by S.C. @ 9:36 AM | 0 comments

What A World, Pt. Two

In discussing the current political agenda with my father, he mentioned something that used to go one in the state legislature when he was a young man.

According to him, in the good ol' days, the Kentucky State Legislature would introduce the same bill at the beginning of every session, a bill that would levy a tax on hairdressers. All of the hairdressers in the state would flock to Frankfort to...lobby...against it.

Apparently, Kentucky state hairdressers aren't the brightest bunch, since the legislature did this for almost a decade before anyone caught on to the real reason they were introducing the bill.

I didn't see THAT on Schoolhouse Rock ("I'm just a bill...").
posted by S.C. @ 9:30 AM | 0 comments

Thursday, March 09, 2006

Future Perfect

Horoscopes - Thursday, March 9th, 2006

You'll have an interesting encounter in a public restroom on Saturday, Aquarius. Do your best to enjoy it, because it will be the highlight of your weekend.

Remember that your public life is just that, public. As the saying goes, "Man who live in glass house...dress in basement. And masturbate only on moonless nights."

You will be vindicated this weekend, Aries, by a series of events that would make Rube Goldberg shake his head and laugh. This might be a good weekend to buy pottery. I recommend some of the pieces from Kiki's Kiln.

Stormy weather is on the horizon, Taurus, but that's ok, since you're currently engaged in learning to navigate it. Beware sea lions, they hold ill omens.

If you feel like a rat in a maze this weekend, Gemini...well, just have another food pellet and try not to think about it. Reflect instead on the socioeconomic impact of spider population growth as it relates to the dandelion worldview.

That fungus on your toe isn't dangerous, unless you consider the potential of losing your foot dangerous. Drink some green tea.

Lovely Leo, this should be a good weekend, despite the rain. There may be some Battlestar Galactica on in the house this weekend, as the season finale is Friday night. Your persistence in going to the gym will be greatly rewarded.

You really need to clean your room, Virgo. I'm pretty sure there's a group of gnomes that have set up a small colony in that huge pile of underwear.

Try as you might, you'll never wipe all of the porn off your computer. The only solution is to clean the hard drive by soaking it in soapy water for a few hours. Just make sure to dry it off completely before reinstalling it in you computer. Safety first!

Though your dog may have destroyed something you treasure, remember that life isn't just about material posessions. Try to enjoy the simplicities of life this weekend, Scorpio. Sometimes even the simplest of things, like a red rubber ball or something shiny (SHINY!), can keep you entertained.

Just give up.

Follow the lesson of the EPA this weekend, Capricorn. If your children can't seem to follow the rules you've made, simply relax the rules until they conform to the children's current actions. The government can teach us a lot about parenting if you know where to look.
posted by S.C. @ 8:01 AM | 1 comments

The Incredible Journey

So, I went to the airport to pick the Redhead up from her trip back from L.A.

I'm standing there outside the security checkpoint, and I see her walk out, animatedly chatting with another woman. Not unusual, my wife is a very friendly and easy-to-like person.

I meet up with her (taking her carry-on bag from her shoulder), and she introduces me to her new friend. As it turns out...

New Friend's sister just moved to Louisville, and is living on our street. When the sister moved, New Friend's cat apparently jumped into the moving van and went along for the ride. New Friend has flown up to Louisville to retrieve her cat.

Now, does that sound like a Disney movie, or what?
posted by S.C. @ 7:58 AM | 1 comments

Death Valley Ain't Got Nothing On Us

Some scientists working with the world's largest X-Ray generator have created the hottest temperatures ever on the planet Earth : 3.6 BILLION (with a B) degrees Farenheit.

What makes this story really interesting:

1. When the machine created the heat, it actually put out more energy than was put in, which could lead to groundbreaking work in energy sources like fusion.

2. The scientists who did it...don't know how they did it.

via Yahoo! News
posted by S.C. @ 7:43 AM | 0 comments

Wednesday, March 08, 2006

I Love Technology

Not as much as you, you see/
but, still, I love technology.

So, had a nice chat with The Redhead while she waited for her flight to board at LAX this morning. We did a little strategizing about whether or not she would seek a bump on her Atlanta to Louisville flight. I left it up to her, and I told her I'd get back to her with more information.

Due to the magic of the Internet, I can track her flight with amazing precision (she just passed Phoenix). I can also check Delta's ticketing site for updates on her flight back home. While we were talking, there were five open seats on the flight. As of now, there are no open seats on the flight, pointing to a possible overbook.

When she touches down in Atlanta, she'll have a text message on her phone with all of this information.

Ain't technology grand?
posted by S.C. @ 11:26 AM | 1 comments

Looking For A Car?

The Detroit News has posted a survey regarding how long it took different car models to sell, based upon how long the average car would sit on the lot.

Among the fastest-selling cars:
Lexus IS - 10 days
Toyota Prius - 10 days
Scion tC - 10 days
Honda Civic - 13 days
Scion xA - 13 Days

(Yes, four of the top five sellers are manufactured by Toyota...what does that tell you?)

And the five slowest-selling cars:
Chrysler Crossfire - 302 days
Land Rover Freelander - 248 days
Ford Taurus - 246 days
Suzuki XL-7 - 245 days
Pontiac Montana SV6 - 217 days

The entire results are available here. So, if you're about to purchase a new car, check and see if it's on this list. If it's a slow seller, factor that into your negotiation, because the dealer may be dying to get it off the lot.

via AutoBlog
posted by S.C. @ 9:00 AM | 1 comments