Monthly Archives: April 2014

Big Bang Dalek Cake

Somara’s first cake in about 10 weeks. A birthday treat for her primary patrons Dave and Tracy. This go round it was an attempt to do something more original with Doctor Who so Somara went with a cartoon that made the … Continue reading

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Captain America: The Winter Soldier: Must See

Marvel has taken the title away from Pixar for the kick-ass movie streak. Let me put in a quick qualifier. Only Marvel characters tied to The Avengers since the rebooted Spider-Man, the very dreadful Fantastic Four and uneven X-Men movies are outside … Continue reading

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There can only be one!

Playmobil’s random series six has arrived but it’s only the dude characters. I scored one because the minimal amount to put on a credit card at Terra Toys is $5 so I threw this guy in while buying another for a … Continue reading

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The Mavericks

The musical celebration for my 15th anniversary was courtesy of Raul Malo, lead singer of The Mavericks. Not the Dallas NBA team or the nearby high school’s mascot (McNeil is within a mile of work). I met Raul and the … Continue reading

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Ouch! The E.T.-Atari legend is (mostly) true

To give you an idea about the joke from the back cover of MAD in 1982, that $38 suggested price for one of the worst video games ever made would be $90. I thought the new PS4 and XboxOne stuff jumping … Continue reading

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Cat Cafe in New York

First Japan, now New York, I wonder if Austin will get one eventually. The real nagging question I have is how did the owners succeed in negotiating with the Health Examiners on allowing this. The place probably doesn’t serve any serious … Continue reading

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Finally I have proof of Texas tarantulas!

Above is my third encounter with a “wild” tarantula in Central Texas. Many friends, even around here think these arachnids (they’re not insects technically) don’t exist outside of deserts. Nope, they also prefer tall grass to hide in, then they … Continue reading

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Overdone and dry

Which is not how you should wash and dry this shirt. It’s an inside joke for those who follow and love the show Bob’s Burgers based upon the review he received from the Moody Foodie, played by food fanatic…Patton Oswalt.

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Size does matter

Pinballz recently rolled out is allegedly the largest machine ever made for commercial use. Of call companies to manufacture Hercules, it was Atari who tried their hand at pinball in the late Seventies to early Eighties. They weren’t very good machines in … Continue reading

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A couple cool tools for Dungeonmasters

Below are a couple examples of actually making role-playing games more enjoyable. One helps out my “job” as DM without needing a computer or a pesky tablet (aka, an iPad). The other feeds my love of dice giving other random … Continue reading

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If you teach a cat to fish…

…they’ll know how to play forever!

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Virtual Apple HQ achieved in running

A week behind schedule to coincide with my 15th anniversary for working at Apple, I finally have run the equivalent distance between my house and 1 Infinite Loop. Somara asked how long this took, three years and three months give … Continue reading

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Stars end 2013-14 regular season spectacularly…

…if you don’t include the 4-3 loss for the final game. It doesn’t matter, they clinched home ice all the way through before the weekend thanks to a victory in OKC and the Monarchs being unable to get the points. Last … Continue reading

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Happy Record Store Day 2014!

Nothing says Spring in Austin like the great (overdue) weather, US Taxes being filed, the Cubs and Astros are already in last place and Record Store Day! I didn’t get up early or anything because there wasn’t a release I was compelled … Continue reading

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Into the home stretch, first round of playoffs

OK, the Flyers are off to a miserable start with the new crappy confusing format demonstrating the NFL-ization of hockey. Wild Cards? Who gives a crap. It was used to drag out baseball and football an additional month. The difference … Continue reading

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