Vapor Life

Vapor life... My life as it is, as it should be. *********************************************************************************************************** Life is something that happens when you can't get to sleep. Fran Lebowitz (1950 - )

Friday, July 31, 2009

Best comment of the day

When commenting on this article *here*

Titled : Meet Two New Quantum Particles: Spinons and Holons

This guy make beer come out of my nose.

So here it is:

Braak: More fucking particles, really, science? You know what? Fuck you. I'm not even trying to understand it, now.

I am still laughing.


How The Rest of the Country :

Must see Detroit.

Click on this image for a better look.

Hiding somewhere Silenly

A spider is hiding somewhere in the bushes in front of the house, its trap only visible from this extreme angle where the sun catches it just right.

I cant help but wonder what hidden pitfalls await me today.

Thursday, July 30, 2009

5 things so far about my day:

5 things so far about my day:

1- I woke up early, to take the trash out

2- I did not make a lunch, I decided to splurge

3- I had a quick conversation with my neighbor in the front yard(after kissing the girl goodbye)

4- I had a different bagel than usual at the coffee place (Everything? Really?)

5- I was the first one to arrive at work (actually Tanner got to the door first)

So far the most interesting thing about my day (besides the kiss of course) was the non-conforming choice of bagel, I feel a rebellious streak coming on!

(thanks to *Cinnamon's photostream for the photo)

Wednesday, July 29, 2009

Flight Time

Before bed I got some quick flight time in. With my remote control
flying saucer hovering by my head u can c my concentration as I try to
keep this thing hovering for a second while she snapps this shot.

My Girl Says...

Sometimes my girl says:

"Its kind of like your talking a different language"

All I have to say to that is:

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I am so TIRED of hearing about the "GATES CASE"


No more stores on CNN/MSNBC/10 o'clock news
No more presidential comments
No more press conferences from the 911 caller (SERIOUSLY)
No more debates
No more ignorant people chiming in
No more invitations to meet with Barrack (the president has better things to do)
No more apologies
No more more outrage
No more police unions getting there panties in a bunch
No more, No More, NO MORE

We look like a bunch of idiots! Stop!

My neighbor once called me because they say a strange woman going into my house. It was my girlfriend, whom they had meet. It was not that big of a deal. I has happy they were "looking out". Good thing she was not offended, it could have been racial incident. (shes part italian you know how those Dagos are all mobbed up and shifty)



Why is this week so F'n Hard to deal with?

Thank to tshirt hell for the image.

Tuesday, July 28, 2009


On top of the regular day to day stuff I had to have my truck in for warrantee work , not once but twice (since they could not fix it the first time).

While I was waiting we were talking about he cash for clunkers program he took me out and showed me a whole parking lot full of cars that were headed out to be disabled as part of the program. That is from this week, he told me. Seriously people are going crazy over this thing.

Monday, July 27, 2009

Work is Kicking My Ass Today

Once again...







Sunday, July 26, 2009

Sunday Funday...

...was spent working on the plane all day as Ron and I attempted to do a two hour job that took over the entire Sunday. It was like falling in quicksand, the more we struggled the worse it got.

Luckily he was there to share the burden with me as in the end the effort was all for nothing. I suppose its all for the best as you cant be to careful on something like this.So we got nothing done, but I learned a lesson in patience.


Saturday, July 25, 2009

Best iPhone app EvAr!

I like to download free apps, and when the they offered SkyVoyager app for free I snagged it. I did not really understand how cool it was. It was not really until I played with the settings did I realize JUST HOW COOL.

Here is a quick screen shot. What you see here is the actual image of the night sky, based on my current location. That is cool enough. Yet the fact you can zoom into the planets close enough to see the surface. OK that is awesome but for me the killer app of this app is .... tracking. What you see above is SEASAT 1 and I was tracking it across the night sky in real time. What is that you say? Well according to the interweb, its a freaking satellite!

Its a US satellite that tracks ocean weather conditions.

So I double checked it , and there it was on the computer tracking across the night sky just like on my phone. ON MY FREAKING PHONE. Once I enabled satellites, meteors, and other objects. Maybe I am paranoid but its cool to know what is looking down on you.

Friday, July 24, 2009

Zingermans Cheese Counter

Or at least 1/3 of it. Trying to explaine Zingermans verbally is like
trying to walk someone through brain surgery over the phone. It might
work but it ain't going to come out right.

WTF- Handerpants?

I have no words for this.

Thanks Gizmodo for this nightmare image.

Click the link about or read *here*


Thursday, July 23, 2009

Good bye Ann Arbor News

After 174 years The Ann Arbor News is closing it's doors. I can't help
but feel we are loosing something precious and


Wednesday, July 22, 2009

From the things I want file

Cut from:

You know times are tough when BMW's brand new superbike is priced almost the same as its nearest rival, which hails from the Land of the Rising Sun. Just-announced US pricing on the 190 hp hellcat peg it at $13,800, just £858 more than Yamaha's class-leading R1. BMW launched the machine in May at Italy's famed Monza racetrack during the Superbike World Championship race weekend. The S 1000 RR, weighing only 404 lbs, is billed as one of the most potent, sophisticated and lightest sport bikes ever produced.

Me likey!
Sent from my iPhone

The office after hours....

Looks darker than normal without the lights as rain brought dark skys
making it seem later than it really was. Tanner and I try to finally

Cool Gear - Wach phone

Finally all you Dick Tracy fans can rejoice as someone (Samsung apparently) has finally developed what looks like a pretty decent touchscreen watch phone.

Samsung's S9110 touchscreen watchphone features:

1.76-inch glass, scratch-proof touchscreen and stainless steel body that plays host to features such as Bluetooth 2.1, Outlook email sync, MP3 player, speakerphone, and voice recognition when it goes on sale this month in France.

Wait … France? Ok what ever.

You can see it *here* thanks to Engadget.


Tuesday, July 21, 2009

Pans Got Nothing on me

After yesterday, I realized that my never grow up lifestyle might be getting to me.

Then again, Pans got nothing on me.

Yesterday driving down I94

Back to the office.... I had a lot of running around to do as several key deadlines are looming. The fan was pushing hot air round the truck cabin reminding me how summer was supposed to feel. The heat of the truck was misleading as the temperature outside continues to be pleasant here in Michigan. I made my way though traffic thinking about the bad news I had received today. I hate bad news as much as I hate traffic. I wait until as single bead of sweat forms on my temple before I reach for the AC button.

Sunday, July 19, 2009

Tanner keeps watch

At the top of the stairs while get some work done.

Saturday, July 18, 2009

Rain clouds

Rain clouds greeted us at the park today making the dogs time a cold
gloomy affair. Tanner, however, was undaunted.

Top 10 reasons why working Saturday Sucks!!!

10-Skeleton crew makes everything difficult . ( and not in a fun Black Pearl way)

9- All support lines are useless as no one else sees fit to be a slave to the machine

8- Weekends were made to ROCK! Therefore no work should be done.

7- Sobering up before Monday is hard enough, but Saturday morning???

6- The amount I make in overtime, oh wait …. I DON’T GET OVERTIME

5- Whatever business that has to be done is twice as urgent on a weekend.

4- People are just stupid on the weekends.

3- I would rather be doing ANYTHING else

2- I always, no matter how early I get up, miss the Farmers Market

And Finally

1- That list of chores is not going to get itself done now is it!


Friday, July 17, 2009

So I guess the Moon Landing was real after all…..

So I guess the Moon Landing was real after all…..

Putting a kibosh on all those conspiracy theories that the moon landing was faked, we finally have an orbiter up there that has a good enough camera to take pictures of the Apollo 14 landing site.

Whew! What a relief.

Or maybe not.

I don’t want to pour gasoline on a fire, but what if it took us so long to get photos because they had to place something up there? Or what if this image has been altered? Back in business boys, conspiracy theories FTW!

Thursday, July 16, 2009

Brecon Grill

It's Thursday and we decided to blow our weekly food budget on a
sandwichs at the Brecon Grill.

Wednesday, July 15, 2009

The Church Steeple In The Center Of Town

Stands as a stoic backdrop as we took a walk with the dog tonight
after dinner. We have had great weather this summer I can only hope
for more of the same.

Ann Arbor Art fair 2009

Its that time of year again, when half a million people flock into town to see exhibits of countless artist from all over. I have always had a love/hate thing with the fair (really it is multiple fairs rolled into one) and this year it will be more of the same I am sure.

Monday, July 13, 2009

Finally, somthing I can get behind at the office.



posted Jul 3rd 2009 7:19am by Caleb Kraft
filed under: arduino hacks

Here’s something every office probably needs. Ours does at least. It’s a WTF counter. When the office gets just a little too weird, someone hits the button and it gets logged. It’s probably pretty easy to judge the day by the WTF chart. The button is connected to an Arduino that updates the status on a local web server. We can imagine a nice bar graph of WTFs per day, or possibly a pie chart with normal time vs WTF time. Unfortunately, imagining is all we’re going to do. They didn’t include any examples of the visualizations. Can you imagine saying something to a co worker just for them to promptly march over and slap the WTF button? Maybe we don’t need one.

If your going stupid, might as well go big.

Occasionally I have to deal with the public.

Occasionally I am amazed at how astute and insightful they are.

This is not one of those times.

This is an actual envelope I received in the mail today.
You might initially be impressed my the old scam attempt to avoid paying postage my cleverly putting the senders address where the return address would go... until you notice he did put postage on it. Twice.
You might notice that were the return address goes was the INCORRECT address. Nicely done.
You might notice that he used two "forever" stamps so not sure where the scam was going.

Sadly this is far from the most stupid thing/person/situation I had to deal with today. Not even before lunch. Are we sure Idocracy is not coming true. I weep for the future.


Saturday, July 11, 2009

And now it's done

One wall.
about $240 in materials.
One day.
Two aching backs.
One satisfyingly nice wall.

Project : build a retaining wall

The heavy rain reminded me that I wanted to make a small wall to keep
the rain running down the drive. First step: hand dig a trench.

Awakened by thunder

This morning strong storms marched through like an unruly child trying
to draw attentin to itself. Waking everyone and upsetting the dog.

Friday, July 10, 2009

After a REALLY tough week

We took a break to have appetizers and split a dinner. We were up there and ran into a lot of old friends and had a great time.

Chelsey was home for once all was at peace.

Here is to a better weekend everyone.

I should have just stayed in bed to day

So far today just sucks ass.


Thursday, July 09, 2009


Irony is...Getting your kitchen back together finally, then being to tired to cook and going out to eat. That is what happened last night. I hate re-finishing floors, I hate moving appliances… I am looking forward to a weekend without projects.

Who am I kidding… I already have three things in mind that need to be done.

Tuesday, July 07, 2009

Comcast Sucks

I am already staying up to late. I am watching this movie. All of a
sudden in the last seconds of the movie comcast flakes out. Really?
Right now. Pixilated crap for the last couple of moments. Now the
movie is rolling credits. I literally missed the end of the movie. I
pay so much for this crap it is highly annoying.

Thank you Captian Obvious

Hello Caption Obvious, So nice to talk to you again.

Stop Yelling, Seriously stop.

Let me just make sure, we took the money too late? And wait, your mad, I can hardly tell.

I understand you are mad because you have lots of bills. I understand that money is tight, but don’t be pissed off at me because you thought we had already taken money out of your account, the money you agreed on, one day late… not early but late. It was, after all on a weekend. The problem lies with your assumption that we had taken the money out and your lack checking on your transactions.

Honestly sounds like you need to keep better track of your affairs.

You can swear all you want but, I did not charge you any fees your bank did when you over drew your account. Please check with you bank. Maybe they have a remedial checkbook keeping class you know, checking accounts for dummies, that sort of thing.

Ok, if you stop swearing you might realize you are yelling at me for no reason. (Nice visual though) Again I can not help you when you are yelling. Yes converting to a more expensive monthly billing makes so much sense as you have money to burn it seems.

OK thanks for hanging up on me, I am so glad I was nice you long enough for you to make a total douche of yourself, nicely done.

Photo cred to : flicker user Adamography


Retro Photo

I was looking at cameras last night and I started reminiscing about my old Canon T70.

I bought this thing when I was young, with odd job/lawn mowing money and later bought a 50-200 mm lens for it… and it was the SHIT. I loved this camera and when film was still king and mega-pixels were just a glint in some engineer’s eye… it served me well.

So I got it out last night and dusted it off. It still works great. It is really a good film camera. I might just have to take it out for a spin, for old time sake. Ironicly I would covert the images back to digital, and I know I would hate the non-instant gratification of the whole get-it-developed process but still… it might just be fun.

Sunday, July 05, 2009

I finally went fishing...

Sure it was only about 1/4 mile from our house, from shore, for a quick second while she went to make sure my mothers cats were fed.

It was not much of an outing but I managed to wrestle this monster from the deep.

Sent from my iPhone

Taking a Break!

After working on the kitchen floor pretty much all weekend we take a
late lunch break at Applebee's

Saturday, July 04, 2009

Happy 4th everyone!

We are at lowes.

Thursday, July 02, 2009

Tell me why...

Tell me why I don't want to by this bike and take off cross country?

Oh yeah responsibilities.

As for you you can get it *here*

Today’s conversation gems:

Woman: My notice says “Auto renewal” does that mean I don’t have to pay it or do anything?

Me: “Auto” means automobile, not automatic, I can go over your payment options.

Woman: Thanks

Me: Your welcome, Dr. ******

Woman: I want a quote on my home.

Me: Ok I see you live in (town)

Woman: No I live in (another town)

Me: Your auto policies are at a different address? Did you move?

Woman: Well I own the home, but I live in (town)

Me: So who lives at (other town)

Woman: Well my son.

Me: If you live one place and own another it’s a rental not a home policy.

Woman: I mean, I just really use that address, you now to like cash checks but I really live in (other town)

Me : So you are telling me you are lying about where you live?

Woman: I just did what my daughter told me to do.

Me: Ok thanks… I will get back to you.


Once again the guys a Tool Monger have seen fit to give us props:

Flickr Pool: A Finished Floor Project Posted July 2nd, 2009 9:16 am by Sean O'Hara
Filed under: Flickr Pool

I’m not fond of doing finish work; however, for projects that go on the inside of the house they are almost required, if for no other reason than they’ll stand up to the wear and tear of family life for a long time. Reader Benao_t posted pictures of his finished dining room floor, and we must say it looks great.

The last pic we saw had the room in a state for sanded flux, so it was good to see it all finished out and polished. I don’t want to think about how many layers and the buff time that had to happen before he got the slick shine we see in the picture, but with some of the new finishing products on the market and electric floor buffers, this might have been easier than it looks.

Regardless of the toil factor of the gloss, we think it looks great and hope it provides decades of maintenance-free service. Well done, sir.

Toolmonger Photo Pool [Flickr]
Weekend Sanding Project [Toolmonger]

Thanks guys!