Sunday, July 22, 2007


65th post

My name is Url. His name is H.T. Tepee.
Over the past month, besides visits from the usual suspects--Israel, America (particulary Denver[=Eric]) and Portugal (Bernardo, from "Funchal, Madeira")--this blog has also received hits from Estonia, Indonesia, Chile, Japan, and--gasp!--even Canada. I believe those first three are the first visitors from their countries, and in the past I've had visitors from the UK, Brazil, Germany and other places. Thus my booger-encrusted tentacles spread...
Exit Stage Sinister with a side order of chili and fries.
Orange Country residents are seeing red due to an outbreak of yellow fever that has hospitals filled patients feeling blue and under the weather, although health authorities feel that greener pastures are in sight and do not wish to whitewash anything or put further developments under a blackout, saying that in this case there are no gray areas.
"F" and "S" words are practically the only words still considered unprintable by mainstream comic books; I've seen multiple counts of "A", "C", both "B" and all the variations on the "D" words. Get with the program, guys, little kids are exposed to these comments!
Teh "teh"-ness of it all is simply teh awesome.
Rocky Balboa vs. Rocky J. Squirrel in a winner-take-all brawl officiated by Rock Hudson! Come on down!
Another one dites the bust, and another fun whites the crust, and a mother on town, a fishy on th' ground, Carruthers shun fights we must...
Starring Patricia S. Mump as the Hopping Woman.

TODAY'S BOOK: "The Road to Omaha", by Robert Ludlum ((c) 1993)

TODAY'S WEBSITE: Since writing my 26th post, I have since added a fifth online comic strip site my daily reading: Calvin and Hobbes, widely regarded as a classic of the genre despite running for "only" 10 years and nearly unique in that its creator (Bill Watterson, who once replied to a letter I sent him--o Snail Mail, wherefore art thou?) both left on his own terms while he was on top and had an almost complete ban on using the strip for merchandising purposes.

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Sunday, July 15, 2007


What's to like and not to like about Blogger

1. Easy-to-use, hands-on blogging.
2. The wonderfully random Question & Answer in the Profile.
3. The editing process.
4. Limitless place for links in the Template.
5. The homepage is easy to navigate.
6. Labels.
7. Wakka wakka.*

1. They have not yet chosen me for a Blog of Note.
2. Every time I come here I have to sign in. That "Remember Me" option is broken and it makes things a right pain in the neck.
3. The "Comments" section is variable as to whether I can actually enter it, and when I do it's sometimes needlessly picky about letting me post there.
4. Forcing me to upgrade. Look, the former version may have been more primitive, but I wanted to switch over in my own sweet time.
4a. And now that I've upgraded, I've lost the option to Search all of the blogs instead of just my own. A-noy-ying!
5. The "Help" section is miniscule.
6. For once, random is not good--the vagary of the "Next Blog" button.
7. The "Profile" section is still primitive--I can put my astrological sign up, but not my birth date. 'Sup with that?
8. The link to a picture in a post does not automatically open in a new window. Trivial, but nonetheless there.
9. Wakka wakka*.
11. An' another thing! After first publishing this post, I participated in a survey about feedback on the Blogger systems. There was only one catch: I COULDN'T SUBMIT MY ANSWERS! BLOGGER, YOU REEK!

* - People fluent in Wakka Wakka by now should be able to decipher these on their own.

TODAY'S BOOK: "Tom Sawyer, Detective", by Mark Twain ((c) 1896)

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Sunday, July 08, 2007


Another moment of silence

Eight months after her mother died, it's time pay respects to another dear friend of mine: Etta Kaniel ע"ה.
For all of my life until I moved to my current town, there was nobody for me to really make friends. As a result, much of my time was spent in the apartment directly below ours on 13 Rechov Sireni. This was the home of the Kaniels, Yisrael and Etta, and their sons Shaul, Avichai, and Yehoshua. While not actually becoming truly friendly with any of them, they were very nice folks.
Oh, Shaul... in my mind you are still that sweet, smiling little boy of 7 who is known by the nickname "Shauli"... but last night I saw you saying Kaddish over your mother, taken from us so tragically at age 48, and you looked so grown-up and every inch your 17 years...
Etta was a true original, a loving mother who was gregarious, outspoken and kind. But life had not been kind to her lately--both her mother and her sister died within the last year, and she was diagnosed with cancer. Still, she went down fighting to the last.
Her funeral, which started at 11:30 last night, was the first one I ever attended. I hope I never have to come to another one.

TODAY'S BOOK: "7 Deadly Wonders", by Matthew Reilly ((c) 2006)


Thursday, July 05, 2007


62nd post

On behalf of the entire Giant Boogers from Outer Space crew, it is my pleasure to wish the United States of America a Happy Fifth of July!
Distortion distortio distorti distort distor disto dist dis di d
You both start smelling like a fax machine.
I am working on a dictionary. This will include such new words as 'Airy Poof (n.), Bazurko (v.), Kablemmo (adj.), Kak (n.), Piceyness (adj.) and Thoda (n.). The largest section will be that of W, due to the inclusion of all the Wakka Wakka words and phrases. (For example: Wakka = aardvark, Wak = absolutely, Wakka = and, Wakka = ant, Wakka Wakka = anteater, etc. etc.)
Don't forget to attend the title bout between Lewis "the Jabberwock" Ee and Carroll "the Snark" Boojum!
Pickles I pickles graduated pickles from pickles high pickles school pickles a pickles few pickles weeks pickles ago pickles and pickles will pickles soon pickles be pickles a pickles pickles legal pickles adult pickles.
[Click] And now everything is illuminated.

TODAY'S BOOK: "Secret of the Andes", by Ann Nolan Clark ((c) 1952)

TODAY'S WEBSITE: Just an update this time: has now officially changed its domain name to match its title,

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