Friday, November 8, 2013

A most unique baked good, indeed.

Saw this picture on the wall of a customer's cube the other day and just had to turn it into a post.

I give you the Pi-cake!

Geeks everywhere are laughing because they get it.  For those of you that don't, ask a geek or a math major. ;)

I may just have to ask my sister for one of these some time.  She makes the best cakes.


Wednesday, November 6, 2013

And what flavor is that?

So I was talking with a fellow It geek the other day and as we were talking about non-work geeky stuff he pulls out a small envelope of some thing.

I of course had to ask him what the heck he was up to and should this be done where there are witnesses?

Turns out it was nothing more than his diet pink lemonade mix.  Hmm, not thinking that is safe either, but then who am I to judge?

But then we started reading the notes on the packet and we both found our selves scratching our heads in befuddlement.

Here let me do a closeup and perhaps you can see what had both of us scratching our heads and laughing...

What the heck is "other natural flavor"?!?  I have tasted a lot of things, but I have never in my life tasted an Other. The best part is that it is actually Natural flavor with other natural flavor.  Very specific, very illuminating on just what this will taste like, huh?

Sometimes you just have to wonder where they get these copy writers.  Now if you will excuse me I am going to go enjoy a nice big cup of naturally flavored other.

-- TT

Wednesday, October 30, 2013

On noise and audio...

Yep, you are reading a new post.  It has been many months since I posted anything and I have had a lot of great ideas that just fade as quickly as they came because I don't follow through. Most of the time the disappear simply because I am on the road somewhere driving or riding on some form of conveyance that means I have the freedom but not the accessablility to blog.  Well, that and the Blogger interface on the Android system isn't what it needs to be yet.  On with the post, but first a quick vocabulary lesson:
Noun - S: (n) sibilant, sibilant consonant (a consonant characterized by a hissing sound (like s or sh))
Adjective - S: (adj) fricative, continuant, sibilant, spirant, strident (of speech sounds produced by forcing air through a constricted passage (as `f', `s', `z', or `th' in both `thin' and `then'))

This morning I was riding on the bus from the terminal at DIA (Denver Interational Airport) to the parking area to get the company car and I was doing my usual people watching at the same time.  This is a fun past time since it really is quite entertaining, especially if you make up stories about the people in your head, and easy to do while sitting anywhere. I have even done this sitting in the Magic Kingdom when that family of 6 walks by late in the day with Mom and Dad looking frustrated and the kids all wiped out but they all have to get one more ride in before they go back to the room.  But I digress...

One lady had moved to the back of the bus as I was boarding and I was quite fine with that since the seat she abandoned was close to the door and allowed me and the Backpack of Doom (I plan to write a post about this backpack in the near future) to sit pretty comfortably without being a pain to others. As I sat there and observed the young doctor in scrubs who serenades his patients on his guitar, the lady who will be riding horses later today but is currently talking quietly with her husband about the new drapes, and construction outside the window, I realize that I am hearing and odd sound that previously used to drive me up the wall and straight to an EQ.

A little history for those who don't know me.  For about 20 years I was a part time audio reinforcement technician (a sound man) for bands and churches.  I did this in my off time when I wasn't traveling and actually headed up the team at my church for several years.  I taught classes on the subject, fixed sound systems that were setup wrong, and generally worked very hard to make things work right.  One of the toughest things to fix, and something that really would annoy me, was the sibilance that that some people have when saying the "s" sound on a word.  This is very difficult to remove without losing the clarity of the spoken word at the same time (unless you have some cool toys to help you).

Enter the odd noise that I was hearing.  Apparently the horse lady (she had on a pair of grey pants that looked like riding pants and a pair of knee high boots that were two tone and look somewhat like riding boots) was very involved in this call but didn't want to allow anyone to overhear the conversation.  No problem, except she had a very bad sibilance when she said anything that has the letter "s" in it.  Most people can say the "s" with a minimum of steam releasing, but apparently the boiler was stoked and she was going full stroke on these words.  All I could hear from the back of the bus was "mumble mumble SSSSmumble mumbleSSSS mumble SSSmumbleSSS SSS mumble mumble SSSSmumble...".  It actually led me to work hard not to chuckle or grin and make it seem like I was laughing at her.

All this led up to this one thought...

Isn't it funny how we have this nice word that someone with a sibilance can't say the word without their sibilance coming through?  That's just mean.

-- TT

Friday, June 7, 2013

A nice night to relax.

It's Friday night and the weather is good. I have friend in town visiting and a nice cold beverage in hand.

To top it all of we have a fire going as well.

Welcome to the weekend.


Saturday, May 25, 2013


Outback steakhouse just started a new promotion called a beer flight. This baby has Blue Moon, Stella Artois, and the Sam Adams seasonal.

Not only does that sound good, but I get to claim "First!" since I got the first one they have sold.

Yay beer!


Monday, May 20, 2013

Vinylmations - Konichiwa from Tokyo!

One of my most recent acquisitions was a unique new Vinylmation from the Tokyo Disneyland Resort.  As I was looking along the shelf I saw this little guy and thought it was something a little different from the normal Mickey renditions. In this case he is wearing a jinbei and carrying a fan. On one side of the fan is the castle logo and the other is a kanji character which I have no clue how to translate.  So kawaii!

I pulled the box down to read what series he is a member. Imagine my surprise when I cannot event read the bottom of the packaging! Almost the entire bottom is written in Japanese script called Kanji. Sadly my depth of knowledge with the Japanese language does not include anything more than writing Tachikawa (the city my father and I lived in for a few months while waiting for base housing on Yokota Air Base)  in kanji.  Any more than that and I am lost in translation.

I finally asked the cast member working the counter and they told me that this is a new series that is brought in from the Tokyo Disneyland park.  Apparently the whole series is pretty big and they
are all open box so you always know what you are getting at time of purchase.


Sunday, May 12, 2013

Who let Pluto out?

I have posted quite a few pictures of people leaving doors open that are marked that they must remain closed, but I really didn't expect to run into one while wandering around at Downtown Disney recently.

As I was walking up the bridge from Downtown Disney West to Pleasure Island I looked over toward Planet Hollywood (just makes you wish you could rattle these off so easily doesn't it? Me too.) and I noticed that this gate was open a little. The next thing I noticed was not only was the gate open but there was a very obvious sign ON the gate that plainly told people that the gate was not to be left open.

Even at Disney people just can't read.


Friday, May 10, 2013

Vinylmations 2 - Park Starz Ice Gator

One of the interesting things about many of the Vinylmations is that most series are done "Blind Box" instead of having the character visible like the one in my last post. In the case of the Park Starz series they are done Blind Box but they are in tins instead of paper boxes like most of the other Vinylmations.

Today's Park Starz (I have several because I am trying to get that darn Yeti) is the cute mascot for the Blizzard Beach water park, Ice Gator.  This little guy is really rather cute and obviously could use a little warming up since he has turned blue.  His smile is quite infectious and with his arms up like they are in this picture he just seems to be wanting to hang out with you.

Although he is not the Yeti from the series, he is still one of my favorites from the Park Starz.


Wednesday, May 8, 2013

Vinylmation 1 - Go Yankees!

A few years ago a new collectibles craze started here in the US that involved vinyl characters.  I have one that I received as a gift from a client and posted a blog with pictures. Not long after the vinyls took off Disney decided there was money to be had and got into the vinyl collectibles as well with their Vinylmations collectibles.

Most are based on a series of some sort such as the Park Starz which feature represent a park or attraction in one of the parks, such as the Yeti from Expedition: Everest, or the mascot for Blizzard Beach water park. Some are characters from Disney movies or cartoons, and many are reinterpretations of classic characters from Disney, especially Mickey himself. The next trip to Walt Disney World (WDW) after I received the Dunnie I bought a Vinylmation.  I have bought many since then and always make it a goal to get at least one each time I visit.

Now I am starting another series on the blog that with feature the Vinylmations I have collected and my thoughts on them.

First up will be from the team sports themed Vinylmations and the bane of my families existence, my New York Yankees Vinylmation.  This one has the traditional Mickey silhouette that the vast majority of the Vinylmations feature, and it is wearing a Yankees jersey with over-sized Yankees cap for a head.  One of his ears is a normal ear, but the other is a baseball as well.  The Vinylmation has a serial number but does not state how many of these were made.

Perhaps there should have been a different one for each of the World Series titles they made, or maybe even a set of little rings in the box.  But then the Boston Red Sox Vinylmation I bought for my sister would be jealous so maybe not. ;)


Thursday, May 2, 2013

Arrr. Here there be pirates

A recent trip to Disney World resulted in a new vinylmation to my collection. This one is the representative of the legendary attraction Pirates of the Caribbean. Movies have been made based on this ride and now there is the vinylmation character.
Obviously it represents the skeletons on in the ride, but now it sits on my shelf reminding me of another wonderful vacation in Disney.


Friday, April 26, 2013

Disney technology in action

Lady night Disney creatively changed the look of the famous "golf ball" at Epcot, also known as Spaceship Earth, and announced that they we going to be open for extended hours May 24 - 25, 2013.
Sally I was in the restaurant when this happened. :(
Even at this size Mike is still not scary.  Click here for a video of the announcement.


Thursday, April 25, 2013

Someone has had one to many

It would seem the whoever wrote this sign had already sampled the drink before writing the sign. Last I knew it was spelled "original" not "oringinal".


Wednesday, April 10, 2013

Greetings from 40,000 feet.

Just a quick post to start the week with a sunny view. I took this picture as I was winging my way south and realized there is a lesson in this as well.
No matter how dark and dim the day, the sun is always there and, if you are willing to rise above it all, it will all look much more sunny.
Have a great week!

Monday, April 8, 2013

New additions to the family

For the past two years I have been wearing Vibram Five Fingers shoes on a pretty regular basis. My family all laughed and snickered at the "geeky looking shoes". I had three pair and I love each one. If it were up to me I would wear them all the time but customers frown on such strange footwear when you walk in with these on your feet.

But now I have a flashy new pair that look great and feel great.  But the best news of ask its that my wife can no longer look at my fret and grumble about how dorky I look without me dating the same thing to her. Yep, she is now the proud owner of her own pair of Vibram Five Fingers Seeya shoes. In the words of a friend of mine, "She now has her own toe cleavage."


Friday, April 5, 2013

Oops it happened again.

In a new addition to my series on public computer failures, how about the health food machine that suffers a blue screen of death in a very public way.
Seems to me that this its not a very healthy message. It says that the predict just isn't good for toy since the computer running it has crashed already.

 But then loading linux pin it might only lead to more junk food and a desire to buy beer.


Wednesday, April 3, 2013

A portal to the past

I went in to a client suite the other day and as I sat down I took a close look at the hardware they had assigned me to use while I was there. I felt like I had been transported back 15 years.
I honestly haven't seen a tube type monitor in at least 5 years, and that was when I was throwing our the ones I had in storage!

Monday, April 1, 2013

Happy April 1st.

Traditionally this is the day celebrated by pranksters great and small. The one day that you can pull a prank and not be ostracized for doing so.

Today Google announced that they were closing YouTube and launching a site called Google Nose.

Today my wonderful wife fitted up the Wii and loaded Wii Fit for her daily workout. Today Nintendo got in on the fun and pranked her as well.

Well played, Nintendo, well played.


Wednesday, February 6, 2013

That's not a 'Nanner!

Since we seem to have a produce theme going on already I might as well throw another post up that is all about the produce department at my local grocery store.

Once again I give you a labeling issue. Based on the picture to the right you would think that they must be selling a different version of banana than we have ever seen again. At least that's what it seems like to me.  Obviously they really need to work on where they signs are posted for the fruit.

As you can see in this picture there really are bananas there, they just happen to be in the bin ABOVE the mangos.

BTW, this is what real mangos look like, not like this.


Monday, February 4, 2013


Anyone that has seen Pirates of the Caribbean will fondly remember the word "Parley" and the joke that were made about that word.

Once again in the grocery store, yet again the produce section, I stumbled upon proof that you do not have to know how to use spellcheck to work in a grocery store.  I am sure that this is supposed to be "Italian Parsley" but just how rushed do you have to be to miss that you are not selling parsley but instead parley?

Apparently this stuff will want to discuss with you all the reasons you shouldn't cook it as you are preparing your evening meal.  Not really interested in my food having a discussion with me.

Beans already do enough talking on their own.


Friday, February 1, 2013

Back to school with you!

So Mrs. T and I were wandering through our favorite grocery store the other day and I noticed something that just made me laugh.  It was so rediculous that is absolutely had to go on the site.

Last time I looked mangos were a lot more orange and a lot less red.  This, my friend, is what happens when you put teenagers in charge and don't followup.  Either that or the produce stocker is color blind, and a little lacking on the sense of touch.  Tomatoes do NOT feel or look like mangos.  At least none that I have ever seen.  Mrs. T informed me that the really don't taste much alike either.  Have to take her word on that since I am not a fruit eater.

Then again, they are organic mangos, and they may be different that the non-organic ones.


Friday, January 18, 2013

Good morning

Just a quick picture of the sunrise this morning. Since I am not traveling as much right now I will be paying more of these to show off God's painting skills.

Friday, January 11, 2013

Conspiracy Theory

Apparently there are those that I work with that are worried that the government may be try to control their thoughts regarding the circus we call Washington DC.