Saturday, December 11, 2010

Blizzard Warning Winter Storm Warning

From the National Weather Service:
"A BLIZZARD WARNING HAS BEEN ISSUED FOR ALL OF SOUTH CENTRAL AND SOUTHEAST WISCONSIN FOR TONIGHT THROUGH SUNDAY."

http://forecast.weather.gov/showsigwx.php?warnzone=WIZ071&warncounty=WIC101&firewxzone=WIZ071&local_place1=Racine+WI&product1=Blizzard+Warning

Be careful out there!
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EDIT: 10:16 PM the National Weather Service scaled the warning back to a Winter Storm Warning.

http://forecast.weather.gov/showsigwx.php?warnzone=WIZ071&warncounty=WIC101&firewxzone=WIZ071&local_place1=Racine+WI&product1=Winter+Storm+Warning

"Miracle on 16th St-Spaghetti fundraiser to help the children of Racine"

Bump: Don't forget that the "Miracle on 16th Street" Spaghetti fundraiser for Racine children takes place in two days, on Monday, Dec. 13, at Dino's Restaurant.

Originally posted Tuesday, November 30, 2010, 7:16 PM:

From Racine Uncovered:

"MARK YOUR CALENDARS FOR MONDAY, DECEMBER 13TH FROM 4-9 P.M. After reading the stories about the homeless children of Racine, I felt that community needed to do something. I had an idea but didn’t know if it would work. Well, there are miracles that happen in Racine and we can thank Dave from Dino’s Restaurant for it!

"No child in Racine should ever go without the basics to keep warm during these winter months, they should never go hungry or without a pair of socks.

"Dino’s Italian Restaurant is pleased to announce the “Miracle on 16th Street” pasta dinner fundraiser. It will be held Monday December 13th, from 4 p.m. – 9 p.m. located at 1816 16th Street.


"Delivery/carryout will be running the same special until 11 p.m. (delivery charge not included). There will also be raffles and coupon offers along with a special guest waitstaff. Dino’s is also running a special the entire week until December 19th. Any pasta dish ordered. $4.00 will be donated towards this effort.

"All proceeds are going to be donated to SafeHaven and Cheryl Holewinski at Julien Thomas School to get the necessary items that the children need."

http://racineuncovered.org/?p=25390

Click on the above link for more details. There is also a flyer for the event available here: http://racineuncovered.org/wp-content/uploads/2010/11/miracle-on-16th-street-flyer.pdf

Friday, December 10, 2010

Why Santa Didn't Answer Your Letter



That video is why I don't send Santa letters anymore. Now, I just text him.

(Sorry, I don't mean my blogs to be of a scatological bent tonight. It is purely happenstance.)

Litter Kwitter®




Uh-huh. Now all they have to do is train cats to feed themselves and to go to the store and buy their own food. My cat, Charlie, already likes "water sports." His water dish is kept in the bathtub because he likes to play with it so much. He stretches out on his side and repeatedly taps the dish with his paw to make it spill. If I leave it out by his food, it will be overturned. He also likes to drink/lick directly from the bathroom sink faucet. When it comes to the toilet, I don't want to encourage Charlie to "go there." Pretty soon I would have to rent a two bathroom apartment.

Four for Fridays

Hello everyone! Friday already? The days are seemingly are starting to blur...Oh well...This week's questions are about Christmas.

1) Are you into the Christmas spirit yet?

2) Have you decorated your place yet?

3) Do you traditionally celebrate Christmas on Christmas Eve or on Christmas Day?

4) What is your favorite Christmas movie?

Enjoy your weekend!

Open Blog - Weekend

Have you heard? It's Friday!

Thursday, December 9, 2010

The Fifty Kilowatt Tree

Hope you don't live next to this guy...

Indepedence Road

It's that time of the year to go out and look at Christmas lights. On the western side of Racine, we a subdivision that we affectionately call Independence Road. On this street and the other surrounding ones, EVERY house is all decked up for the holidays. Dazzling! Should've worn my sunglasses!





How To Wrap A Cat For Christmas



"Haw, haw, haw!" I scoffed, nearly choking on my laughter. "Charlie would shred the wrapping paper, then me."

ThinkExist Website

Need a quote? I have a website to share:

http://thinkexist.com


You can search by author, topics, keywords or the quote itself. Here are a couple of the results with searching the keyword, "winter."


A good wife is one who can mow the lawn in the summer and put up the storm windows in the winter. -W. C. Fields


Winter must be cold for those with no warm memories. - The Talmud


Here is a great quote I often remember and occasionally use to my benefit.....


It is often easier to ask for forgiveness than to ask for permission. -Grace Murry Hopper, 1906

Wednesday, December 8, 2010

30 Years Ago Today...

Almost forgot to post this...The Dakota by Christine Lavin.

Dear Madame Zoltar

Hello, my merry elves! How are you? Racine finally got its first snowfall of the season. Oh joy. Wouldn’t it be nice if it was also the last? Ha ha, I tease. (Not really…) Of course, after the snow came the freeze, and then appeared the patches of ice and frozen snow on the streets and sidewalks and stairs. Oh my, all of a sudden I had to remember how to take little baby steps again. Winter has arrived. Let the trudging begin! Onward through the snow and ice, slowly but steadily, we will make it. Up ahead is the warm glow of Christmas. Let us enjoy.

Our mesmerizing and stupefying Green Bay Packers replied to the previous week’s loss with a convincing win against the San Francisco 49ers this past Sunday at Lambeau Field. Because of the spectacular playing by the Packers, there was no need for me to take any, uh, special interest in the game. Weren’t they cute in those old-time uniforms? (If I was a little younger, I might be a Packer’s groupie.) I cheer on our courageous Packers in their quest to vanquish the Detroit Lions this coming Sunday. May victory once again greet your glorious efforts, o mighty warriors of green and gold.

I am a big fan of the Christmas season. I enjoy the decorations and songs and various traditions. Junior and I put up a tree and decorated the rest of the house, including the outside. In an effort to get others into the Christmas spirit, I’ve selected a couple of videos to post this week. I hope that you enjoy them. The first is “Christmas Canon” by Trans-Siberian Orchestra:



The other video is the ending to Frank Capra’s classic movie, It’s a Wonderful Life:



“Remember, no man is a failure who has friends.” How true. And I have all of you dear, dear Irregulars and regular readers for friends. It makes me feel warm inside. It makes me feel like Christmas, every day of the year.

Please send your holiday hollering and seasonal ranting to: madamezoltar@jtirregulars.com.

Thank you one and all for reading my blog this week. I hope the holidays bless you with peace, love and understanding. May you and your families experience the magic and joy of this time of year. Kakistocracy!

Open Blog - Wednesday


No, I don't know what that image means.

Tuesday, December 7, 2010

Mother Goose

MONDAY'S CHILD IS FAIR OF FACE
by Mother Goose

Monday's child is fair of face,
Tuesday's child is full of grace,
Wednesday's child is full of woe,
Thursday's child has far to go.
Friday's child is loving and giving,
Saturday's child works hard for a living,
But the child born on the Sabbath Day,
Is fair and wise and good and gay.


(not so politically correct anymore, huh?)


What day were you born on? Does it fit? :)

http://www.fi.edu/time/Journey/OnceUponATime/dayofweekbirth.htm

Monday, December 6, 2010

LCD Soundsystem - "New York, I Love You But You're Bringing Me Down"/Normal Bob Smith - "Amazing Strangers"



"'New York, I love you, but...' by LCD Soundsystem
All footage by Normal Bob Smith shot at Union Square, NYC
Amazing Strangers
normalbobsmith.com"

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=e0IZ8tb7rIU

I've always felt attached to people like that. In any large gathering, the craziest person will always seek me out. I don't know why.

JTI Comics 12/6/2010

( Click to enlarge)

When Was Your Last Update?

Has it been awhile? I'm not talking about your sex life, your last oil change, or your recent yearly doctor appointment. Do you neglect to update your computer programs? Do you click the "remind me later" button without even reading it anymore?

According to Jordan Robertson, an AP News Tech writer, that may not be such a good idea, especially if you value your privacy.


http://www.newsvine.com/_news/2010/12/05/5586875-visited-porn-web-browser-flaw-secretly-bares-all

The article talks about a lesser known flaw which allows websites to pull in your browser history. They can track where you've been and can use this information to target ads and data specifically to you; they can change the price on items that are offered (if you've been elsewhere where there was a lower/higher price.) They've even coined new terminology... they call this "history sniffing" or "history hijacking."


So, what is the downside of this? A complete history can be tracked and saved of your likes, dislikes, how much you browse, what you browse, change information that you see vs what others see...... feel creepy yet? See any potential for misuse?


Here is the low-down. Newest versions of Google Chrome and Safari already offer the ability to select a private browsing option. Older versions of those browsers still enable these "history sniffing" options. As of now, current Internet Explorer and Firefox still have vulnerabilities. Firefox has promised that the next upgrade will include this option.

Federal regulators have stated that they feel there should be some type of "Do Not Track" legislation to protect us from this back-door spying and information harvesting.

If you haven't updated in awhile, get on it!!!! At least get the current version of whatever you are running. If you are ready for a change, Google Chrome is not a bad browser. It is very light and quick. It does, however, lack some of the functionality of Firefox. I don't like that I have to remember to select private browsing; I'm pretty good at forgetting even important things lately. I've also grown fond of the little decorative and functional add-ons and widgets offered by Firefox, so I'm hoping the more secure version comes out soon.

Open Blog - Monday


I've had jobs like that.

Sunday, December 5, 2010

Touch-a Touch Me

More fun at the expense of the TSA...a tribute to Rocky Horror.



I flew out of Nashville today. They have the sub-millimeter scanners at the airport and exactly zero of them were in operation. Saw plenty of groping going on. I checked in on Foursquare and thought my status should have gotten me their groping badge, but it didn't. Try again next flight.