Drivel that cannot fit in a single panel comic.

Tuesday, June 27, 2006

List of the week:
Things that unnerve me

  1. Men a lot shorter than I am
  2. People scraping bare feet on concrete
  3. Hefty women showing too much cleavage
  4. Chinese Crested dogs
  5. Ugly babies
  6. Nondiscreet public breast feeding
  7. Guys who can't walk without one hand on their crotch
  8. Hairy armpits on a woman
Disclaimer: My reaction to the above is my responsibility. I do not expect any of the above to modify themselves in order to make me feel better. Numbers 1, 4, and 5 can't do anything, the others might want to consider other people but ultimately no one has any control over how any one will react.

Sunday, June 25, 2006

Your Inner Child Is Sad

You're a very sensitive soul.
You haven't grown that thick skin that most adults have.
Easily hurt, you tend to retreat to your comfort zone.
You don't let many people in - unless you've trusted them for a long time.

Saturday, June 24, 2006

This week I ran 22.05 miles, burned 2,471.5 calories and weigh 167.7 pounds.

Monday ran 4.62 miles in 1:05:00
Wednesday ran 5K in 37:17
Friday ran 5.93 miles in 1:05:00
Saturday ran 8.05 miles in 1:44:00

According to I ran Saturday at 4.64mph or 12:55 mins/mile.

Wednesday, June 21, 2006

I took the day off to help Walter purchase parts for the truck. I needed the day off. Got a lot done and Walter bought the right parts to get the truck running again.

Monday, June 19, 2006

Brilliant! I did all the updates in FrontPage and then forgot to upload. Oops.

I upload via FTP rather than using FrontPage's publish function. I experience fewer bugs and with a site as large as mine things update faster. I use FrontPage for the auto thumbnail feature and navigation bars. I can do a bit of coding to tweak things.

This is what happens when I do updates very late at night. I was also making purchase and download buttons for my clip art. Now some of my clip art is available in other file formats and can be purchased and downloaded instantly. This feature will become available as soon as I get home and actually upload the updates.

It looks like something was in the air yesterday. It affected me, Phil Mickelson and the Dallas Mavericks. I guess the Mavericks really like playing basketball because it looks like they are going to play all 7 games in the series with the Miami Heat.

Sunday, June 18, 2006

You are 80% Pisces

Saturday, June 17, 2006

This week I ran 23.93 miles, burned 2,723.2 calories and weigh 168.2 pounds.

Monday ran 4.51 miles in 1:05:00
Wednesday ran 5K in 37:01
Friday ran 6.17 miles in 1:05:00
Saturday morning ran 2.75 miles in 31:00
Saturday evening ran 7.06 miles in 1:28:00

I intended to run the 7 miles Saturday morning but a storm cut things short.

According to I ran the 2.75 miles at a 11:16 mile pace (5.32 mph) and ran the 7.06 at a 12:28 mile pace (4.81 mph).

You can check out my running routes at is a very useful site for runners and walkers. Not only can you map a run but there is also a tool to calculate stats such as average pace, average speed and calories burned.

You can look at the maps of other runners in your area. The tool works in conjunction with Google Maps.

Friday, June 16, 2006

Loki spent the day at the office, yesterday. He received lots of attention. I took him to the vet after work. He needed to get his rabies shot certificate. The old one got misplaced.

Loki had a good time exploring the campus and chasing squirrels. A mockingbird strafed him.

Loki was well behaved. He is a great dog.


My term as Board President is going okay, so far. I've met with the office staff and informed her of changes. Met with the search committee and got them started. I will be contacting the District Ministerial Settlement Representative to give her a time when we can meet.

There are still other things to do. I'm doing them at my pace but I get the impression that my pace is not fast enough for others. I'm not a sprinter. I try not to let the to-do list overwhelm me. Have to remember to stay steady or else I will not have the energy to make it to the finish line.

I presided over my first board meeting. It went a little long but it was a huge agenda. I'm glad that the past-President was out of town that day. I found it helpful to not have that shadow over me at the first meeting. It allowed me space to set the tone. I think I will skip the first Board meeting that the new president will preside over.


I haven't attempted a sprint in a long time - just run as fast as I can for a short distance. I ran as fast as I could during the last .2 miles of the Freescale Marathon but that is not quite the same. I wonder how fast I can run straight off the start line? Last time I attempted a sprint I aggravated a knee injury. That was over 11 years ago. My knee has survived 3 marathons and the training. My legs are stronger but I'm still hesitant to try a sprint. Kind of odd, since I've ran up to 8 mph on a treadmill. I felt as if my legs were going to fly apart when I set the treadmill that fast.

I need to visit a track and time a single lap. It might be interesting and/or comical.

Do I know how to run fast anymore? Run fast for no real reason, like I did as a kid.

Tuesday, June 13, 2006

I subscribe to eHealthy News from It's about natural healing, food, and homoeopathy. Dr. Mercola is into technology so he posts good technology articles. Most of the information is useful and verifiable but a fair amount treads into "loony" territory. I agree that the U.S. healthcare system needs major remodeling, Americans should eat less processed food and exercise more but the site loses credibility when statements like the following appear:

Are you among the millions of people everyday exchanging your health for the convenience of microwave ovens? Before you use your microwave one more time, you might want to consider some facts.

The Nazis are credited with inventing the first microwaves. Known first as radiomissors, they were used for preparation of meals on a mass scale during the invasion of Russia -- thus eliminating the logistical problem of cooking fuels. After the war, the Russians had retrieved some of these microwave ovens and conducted thorough research on their biological effects. So alarmed by what they learned, the Russians banned microwave ovens in 1976.

(The whole page:

Okay, Dr. Mercola needs to sell products in order to keep his website up. I have no problem with that but this whole invoking the Nazis just to sell an appliance is ridiculous. The Nazis were evil - the Nazis used microwaves - only a Nazi would use a microwave. Even the godless, commie Russians banned microwaves. You're smarter than them aren't you? So why are you still using a microwave oven?

Dr. Mercola writes against the advertising tactics used by big pharmaceutical corporations but appears to have no problem with using similar tactics to sell products. The proceeds of the sales are used to advance his vision for a new health care paradigm. Sleazy advertising tactics to advance a noble cause does not make the tactics less sleazy nor really do much for the cause.

Actually, the pharmaceutical companies use more subtle tactics.

I'm not a fan of the pharmaceutical companies. I just want less bullshit in my life.

Bullshit is a natural product, perhaps it is appropriate for some to appear on a natural health site. I'm sure the bullshit that appears on comes from free-range, non-genetically modified, non-hormone treated, organic, grass fed bulls.

Still stinks.

Sunday, June 11, 2006

You Have A Type B+ Personality

You're a pro at going with the flow
You love to kick back and take in everything life has to offer
A total joy to be around, people crave your stability.

While you're totally laid back, you can have bouts of hyperactivity.
Get into a project you love, and you won't stop until it's done
You're passionate - just selective about your passions

Saturday, June 10, 2006

This week I ran 20.62 miles, burned 2,564.6 calories and weigh 170 pounds.

Monday ran 4.26 miles in 1:05:00
Wednesday ran 5K in 37:46
Friday ran 6.23 miles in 1:05:00
Saturday ran 6.17 miles in 1:05:00

I've decided to run a 50K race in September. It is local and there is no entry fee.

I've added two new products to my Cafe Press store; a pair of t-shirts especially for introverts.

Now maybe people will leave you alone. At least people that can read.

Friday, June 09, 2006

Things have been screwy with Blogger so I am reposting this.

Sometimes my job is fun. One of the faculty that I support is writing a book about rattlesnake roundups in Texas. He has done research about this before. I scanned some slides.

I found this picture amusing. The tiara, big hair, heavy make-up, blood stained lab coat combination is funny. "Miss Snake Charmer" was required to skin a rattlesnake in front of an audience. It looks like first runner up assisted. The slide was dated 1991.

The Miss America pagaent needs to include a skinning event. It might boost ratings. I might watch if I did not have anything better to do, like clip my toenails.

Now you know why Miss Texas usually wins the Miss America title or at least finishes in the top 10. She has to display unusual skills while competing in the lower level pageants. By the time she competes in Miss America she has developed more conventional talents.

Once you skin a rattlesnake while wearing a tiara everything else is easy.

Wednesday, June 07, 2006

No apocalypse. Darn.

Listening to the long version of In-a-Gadda-Da-Vida by Iron Butterfly.

I'm listening to the drum solo portion.

Tuesday, June 06, 2006

Humor recommendations:

One of the funniest comics to hit the papers in a long time. Uses minimal dialogue. All visual humor. Forces me to face my mediocrity as a cartoonist.

Korgun of Barbaria: a cartoon in the Sunday Adult Swim line up on Cartoon Network. A parody of Conan, Dungeons and Dragons and Heavy Metal rolled into one. The art is heavily influenced by Don Martin.

This video:
Pia Zadora - You Bring Out the Lover in Me. Everything hilarious about the 1980's in one video. The underwear around the ankles chorus line is disturbing. Brought to my attention via
The discussion:
Forces me to realize that I'm not so mediocre.

These ought to keep you laughing until the apocalypse.

Ooooooo, scary! It is 06/06/06!

The apocolypse better get here soon.

Saturday, June 03, 2006

I need to do a better job of promoting merchandise.

Here are some cool products you can purchase to support me and I might even use the money for art lessons.

These products and much more at

This week I ran 9.62 miles, burned 1,214.3 calories and weigh 168.5 pounds.

So far this year I have ran 374.18 miles and burned 45,312.8 calories.

Wednesday ran 5K in 38:34
Friday ran 6.20 miles in 65:00

Friday, June 02, 2006

Sunshine! Hooray sunshine!

I'm temp fostering Brodhi, the big goofy hound, this weekend. Loki will enjoy having a playmate.

I've switched the recipe additions to the website from Sunday to Thursday.

Walter is still on a roll with the gags.

Yes, my life is as uninteresting as this blog. People with really interesting lives do not have time to blog. Wow, blog is a noun and a verb.

Listening to "Cheatin' Fire" by Johnny Bush.

I love country music lyrics.

"We lie in the ashes, unconcerned"

Thursday, June 01, 2006

Art Lessons. I need art lessons.

How does everyone else on the web get their comics to look so good? I appreciate a drawing style that I cannot duplicate.

The clouds and sleepiness are getting to me. I should always strive to improve my artistic abilities but my style unique. I've not encountered a web comic drawn like mine. There are plenty of badly drawn comics out there. Some, for reasons unknown, are more popular than mine. I guess it really is about the gag and not so much the art.

If anyone wants to slip me some cash via PayPal to go toward art lessons I would not object.