…in the punchbowl


Or maybe not…

Filed under: punchbowl — Tags: , , — Matt @ 10:17

From xkcd:

The Ultimate Game



A saving throw failed…

Filed under: punchbowl — Matt @ 22:03

E. Gary Gygax (1938 – 2008). R.I.P.

(if you must ask, you wouldn’t understand).


A Decade?

Filed under: punchbowl — Matt @ 8:31

Yup, a decade. Ten years of wedded bliss (more or less) with my better half.

I love you, babe.


Like a fine wine…

Filed under: punchbowl — Matt @ 8:57

the love of my life is aging beautifully.

Happy Birthday, m’love. May the coming year only increase your charm.


Happy Mother’s Day

Filed under: punchbowl — Matt @ 13:58

Anything I could write here would fall far short of expressing the gratitude you all deserve (especially you).


Another day older and deeper in debt

Filed under: punchbowl — Matt @ 17:31

Ugh. As I write this, I’m sipping bad car dealership coffee waiting for the clerks to start processing the purchase forms on our new car. Yep, it’s not a enough to move, we have to buy a new car as well. Actually, it happened the last time we moved, too; we just waited four months instead of one then.

I shouldn’t feel too bad about things. The Passat was starting on a “rinse-repair-repeat” cycle. And while the much-ballyhooed “German engineering” meant the car held together nicely, it also meant it had to be disassembled to do any repair or maintenance work. Have you seen what repair shops charge for labor these days? That puzzle work before and after the actual repair work can get mighty costly. Add in VW’s recommendation that the Passat drink only the finest of premium petrols and operating costs start to detract from it all.


A mash-up for Dave…

Filed under: punchbowl — Matt @ 8:43

A favorite U2 song of Dave’s, with a twist


Latest Shiny Object

Filed under: punchbowl — Matt @ 21:12

Oh Erica…

Here’s the lastest shiny object to consume all of my time.

Think planner mixed with post-its, online.


Books read: 2006

Filed under: 2006, books, punchbowl, read — Matt @ 8:35

I plan to keep a running tab of books I’ve read in 2006 here. Why? Some sick vanity, probably.

Started, but did not complete: Mother of Storms, John Barnes

Read to date, in (roughly) reverse chronologicial order:

  1. Dress Your Family in Corduroy and Denim, David Sedaris
  2. A Pirate of Exquisite Mind: Explorer, Naturalist, and Buccaneer: The Life of William Dampier”, Diana Preston
  3. The Year of Magical Thinking, Joan Didion
  4. The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Nighttime, Mark Haddon
  5. On Bullshit, Harry G. Frankfurt
  6. Armaggedon’s Children, Terry Brooks
  7. Animals in Translation, Temple Grandin
  8. Silverlock, John Myers Myers
  9. The March, E. L. Doctorow
  10. Slaughterhouse Five by Kurt Vonnegut
  11. Prince Caspian by C. S. Lewis
  12. The Lion, the Witch, and the Wardrobe by C. S. Lewis
  13. No god but God by Reza Aslan
  14. Consider the Lobster: And Other Essays by David Foster Wallace
  15. His Excellency by Joseph J. Ellis
  16. Freakonomics by Steven J. Levitt and Stephen J. Drubner
  17. Alton Brown’s Gear for Your Kitchen by Alton Brown
  18. Driven to Distraction by Edward M. Hallowell, M.D. and John J. Ratey, M.D.
  19. Good to Great by Jim Collins
  20. The World is Flat: A Brief History of the Twenty-First Century by Thomas L. Friedman
  21. Gods of Tin: The Flying Years by James Salter
  22. Born to Kvetch: Yiddish Language and Culture in All Its Moods by Michael Wex
  23. The Art of Project Management by Scott Berkun


I must be nucking futs.

Filed under: punchbowl — Matt @ 10:56

I’m not going into details. Suffice it to say I may have started something this weekend that will generate a metric buttload of work for me and my lovely wife over the next few months.

Absolutely nucking futs.

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