July 2012

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/yard sale sign/


 IT’S A SMALL WORLD. Lady at a sale remembered us! She said that SHE had had a yard sale (this wasn’t her house), and told us that we had bought the Wheel Of Fortune board game from her, but that she found the spinner, which is the whole crux to the game.We got her address in case we are ever in that area so we can come and get it.

Now — is there an Android app (that DOESN’T expire after a trial period, and is free) that makes location-based alerts, so that if we get within 1 mile of her house, it will remind us that she has our spinner? Becuase it’s not worth making a special trip for, and how the hell are we going to remember this?

FREE ICE CREAM AND GAS!  We went to a random Exxon we never would have gone to, and it was customer appreciation day! They gave us a $10 gas card AND free ice cream and water

Also, read my blue comments by the cd-player for a funny haggling anecdote.


Got up around 7AM, made it out driving by 7:39AM, and went out until 11:36AM, for a total of 3 hours 47 minutes (subtracting the 10min we spent at K-Mart picking up my prescription because it was on the way).

[Driving time was 2hr41min [71%]. Saleing time was 1hr6m [29%]….. There weren’t a lot of sales, and we expanded our usual radius just to get to the ones we did get to, so we spent a decent amount driving].

Spent $44.25 plus ~$11.31 gas for 47.8miles of driving (13.4 mpg @ $3.17/G), for a total cost of $55.56. … But really $30.56. Our numbers are all wrong this week because we ended up getting the $25 mattress for free. I don’t feel like editing them. The year-end summary will be correct, of course.

We made 20 purchases (22 items) for a total estimated value of $218.49, leading to a profit/savings of $162.93. .. Or maybe $25 more than that due to the mattress being free.

So in essence, we multiplied our $55.56 investment by 3.9X. Or something.

(Also, if you think about it, the profit counts for even more when you consider that we have to earn $179 on the job pre-tax in order to take home the $162.93 in cash that we saved. How long does $179 of disposable income take to earn, vs the 4 hrs we spent here?)

Anyway, this works out to a *post-tax* “wage” of $43.07/hr as a couple or $21.53/hr per person.

(Carolyn paid $10.00. Clint paid $5.00. Rest was from our ever-decreasing change jar.)

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  • FREE (was $25.00): queen size mattress & box springs (EV:$60, because that’s the lowest local Craigslist price for the same thing… However, we paid $600 for our last mattress — which caused me to sleep in a different room than Carolyn for 5 yrs — so this is definitely a big savings compared to paying full price again. If this one is un-sleep-on-able, at least we won’t be out hundreds of dollars) (Plus, I intend to sell the old mattress for more than $25, so this should really be free!) – we did not pick this up until the following Thursday, but we exchanged information and got it because of the yard sale specifically mentioning this… Turns out she didn’t want $25 for this, so our numbers for this week are ALL WRONG!

  • $10.00: scanner/printer/copier, HP C4250, CC210-00017, CN730CC186, model # SNPRB-0721 (EV:$67.34, though it lists at $199 on Amazon) – After our $5, $5, and $0 scanner purchases at previous yardsales — all fails — we were concerned about going down that road again. But this one still had shrink wrap on the scanner. Brand new. And then Carolyn and the girl selling it did dueling cellphones trying to see if it was supported for Windows 7. And it was! It was missing the USB cable, but it just so happened to be the same weird USB cable we bought at a yard sale last week for $0.50 :)

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  • $3.00: blacklight, 16″ bulb, 22″ fixture (EV:$7.99) – Already hung up on our upstairs wall. Finally, some UV-symmetry to the room! Strangely, the nail holes require the cord to hang from the top instead of the bottom. Stupid design. Connected to our X10 remotes (Code#6) for easy on-off. Took me awhile to mess around with various plug adapaters to get all that to fit. Picture forthcoming.

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  • $2.00: CD player, Philips Magnavox, AZ7368/17, KT 019814037185, Manufactured 199804, guy threw in a case, a car tape cassette adapter (Philips Magnavox AY3501), earbuds 1 missing cover, AC adapter (EV:$5.49) (EV for the tape adapter:$14.37 – This hilarious guy was trying to buy his other one for $1 instead of $2. He didn’t speak English, and kept just saying “One”. The guy selling it was like, “No, two!” The first guy repeated “One” at least 10 times in response. Finally he gave up and parted with it for 1. In the middle of this, he threw up his hands to ignore the “One” guy, and sold me mine, then the “One” guy started back up again. It was pretty hilarious.

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  • $2.00: mirror, Heineken Lager Beer, framed, 18.5×15.25?. Bartered down from $4. (EV:$9.99) (Hilarious price: $200) – gift for relatives

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  • $0.50: extension cord, brown, 2-prong (EV:$2.77) – specifically needed more of these
  • $0.50: extension cords (2), brown, 2-prong (2@0.25/ea) (EV:$2.77/ea) – specifically needed more of these

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  • $0.25: ice tray, sky blue (EV:$1) – We’re getting to the point where we may have to throw some ice trays out. But we are breeding them into a new race of easy-to-use ice trays. Some are WAY easier than others. Let the war begin!

  • $0.25: book, My First Science Book- A Life-size Guide To Simple Experiments, 1990 (EV:$1.75) – for future-Sagan

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  • $0.125: Fluttershy, G4, McDonald’s toy 2011, with butterfly stand, 2.8×3″. (EV:$3.00) – I knew this day would come! G4 My Little Ponies at yard sales! Quicker than I expected.

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  • $0.125: Kilowog, Green Lantern, McDonald’s toy 2012, 4″x 6.75″ wide handspan, with opening and closing large fist. (EV:$2.00) – the new Green Lantern cartoon is fantastic, and we loved the movie as well (and the animated movies that recently came out). Time for us poozers to get a figure, since it’s only 12.5 cents.

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  • $0.125: Smurf, Greedy, McDonald’s toy 2011, 3×3″ (EV:$2.00) – never had anything Smurfy in my life!

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  • $0.125: Smurf, Painter, McDonald’s toy 2011, 3×3″ (EV:$4.25) – never had anything Smurfy in my life! Strange how this one is valued more.

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  • $FREE: This circular rug, about 4′ in diamter, which we forgot to add to our list of stuff gotten until a month later. . It was an outdoor rug at its previous house. I put it here because the wood here gets really slippery in the rain — I’ve slipped so hard as to grab the rail and pull the screws out of the wall and still be bleeding all over the place. This will helpfully mitigate that hazard. I’ll estimate its value at $40, but that is not counted in the numbers in this post,

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  • $FREE: jar, glass, cylinder, 12.875×3.5″ diameter, inter-locking lid (EV:hard to say, jar prices vary, and there’s nothing like this that I could easily find – I’ll say $7) – VERY VERY tall jar. Not sure what to use it for yet

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  • $FREE: jar, glass, cylinder, 10×3.5″ diameter, inter-locking lid (EV:$5) – Finally a jar large enough to contain my soldering iron with its solder and extra tip. Now if I could just find my other (larger-diameter) solder… My kit would be complete again.
  • $FREE: cushion, circular, 11″ diameter, beige (EV:$1) – free cushions? ALWAYS

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  • $FREE: cushions (2), rectangular, 16×15″ (EV:$2) – free cushions? ALWAYS

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  • $FREE: gas card ($10.00) – We went to a random Exxon we never would have gone to, and it was customer appreciation day! They gave us a $10 gas card AND free ice cream and water. I wouldn’t normally count this as an effect of yardsaleing, but since we were ONLY at that one BECAUSE of yardsaleing, I’m counting this, and the value of the Klondike bars, in our total take.

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  • $FREE: ice cream bars (2), Klondike & Toasted Almond (EV:$2.00 because they sell them at the dollar store) – customer appreciation day!!

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TOTAL ITEMS BOUGHT: 308-434 (depending on how you count multiple-item purchases: purchases vs items)

* EV stands for “Estimated Value”, which I estimate by looking things up in Google Shopping/Google/Amazon/Ebay. I don’t always deduct for an item being used, unless it’s actually in worse condition in a way that matters. For example, I estimate books at the cover value. I also try to only count shipping if it’s the type of thing that would need to be shipped, and only if the price isn’t “fixed” (i.e. 1 cent items that cost $10 to ship would not be $10 in person). (more…)

 movie coverI'd rather be watching TV![IMDB link] [Netflix link] While the Twilight movies are not awesome, incredible, great, or even really good… They are in fact in the passable to decent range, despite how much people who’ve never watched them love to make fun of them. Hell, I love to make fun of them too.

But vampire stories have always had romance. And romance movies have always been released. Why is nobody making fun of awful girlie crap like Where The Heart Is or Anywhere But Here? I guess it’s only fun to have the opposite opinion of a bunch of teenage girls.

To that end, I understand. I make fun of Hannah Montana even though I’ve never heard her music. But I also don’t consider that to be true music criticism. OMG vampires that sparkle, how horrible!! Yes, all vampire movies must be exactly the same!

Well — Twilight 3 had about 30 seconds of sparkling. And a few minutes of painful romance. But the rest? Interplay between groups of vampires and werewolves. Y’know what? If vampires and werewolves are in a movie, I’m watching it. So fuck you.

And you know what? EVEN THE DIRECTOR made fun of Twilight. But then he was chosen as director for Twilight 3, and withdrew his remarks. Pretty funny.

PEOPLE: blah blah same ones. Kristin Stewart was wearing a wig?!! Damn Bryce Dallas Howard is hot. That other chick was Scott Pilgrim‘s sister? The Bauhaus singer was in this?!?

UNCOMFORTABLE PLOT SUMMARY (inspired by this): Bella attempts to avoid having an undead hymen.

QUIRKS: Vampires. Werewolves. Romance. New vampires. I think everyone knows what goes on in these movies…

POLITICS: The censors required that the wolves have no genitalia whenever they appear on screen. I shit you not.

MORALS: Choice.. love.. blah blah.. Really though, having to choose between two people, when you love them both, must really suck. I’m glad I don’t really have to deal with that :)

And oh, choosing to become a vampire would indeed be a tough choice. Watching everyone you know die, etc, etc… I’d still do it, though. Even if it meant having to kill humans.

GOOD STUFF: Vampires. Werewolves. Four factions with their own agendas.

BAD STUFF: Well.. Bella and Edward certainly are made for each other. And I don’t mean that in a completely positive way. Between her stalkey obsessiveness, and his deceitful attempts to keep her safe by lying to her… They truly deserve each other. And I don’t mean that in a completely positive way :)

CONCLUSION: Definitely better than Twilight 2–not [quite] as annoying and emo. They had a cuddly romantic scene at the beginning and end, but overall there wasn’t quite so much annoyance with this one. It seems like the story has progressed, and the last 2 movies might be the most interesting ones yet. We shall see.

Clint: Netflix: 3/5 stars. IMDB: 6.6/10. (Vs. 2.8/5, 5.9/10 for Twilight 2, and a 3/5, 7/10 for Twilight 1.)
Carolyn: Netflix: 3/5 stars. IMDB: 6/10. (Vs. 2.6/5, 5.5/10 for Twilight 2, and a 3/5, 7/10 for Twilight 1.)

(I was only gonna rate it 6/10, or 6.4/10, but then I looked back at the first Twilight movie, and it was rated 7/10. I thought this was pretty comparable, or maybe even better than the first one, so I adjusted up to 6.6/10. I still only consider this “decent”, not good. So I might be adjusting my ratings too much here.)

The native public rating for this movie on IMDB seems to be VERY gamed by the batch of Twilight-hating sheeple who rate movies they don’t even watch: 4.8/10. That is unrealistically low, and definitely voted on by many people who didn’t watch it.

But you take a pay service like Netflix, where people actually watch the movies they rate because they pay for the Netflix service, and you get a completely different rating: 4.3/5 stars on average. Which is quite high. Netflix‘s predicted rating for us was 3.5/5 stars–it knows we like this less than the true average.

It’s very funny how our IMDB rating is higher than average, and our Netflix rating is lower than average. IMDB and Netflix voters are two different animals in some situations.

RECOMMENDATION: Most people have already made up their mind here.

SIMILAR MOVIES: Twilight 2 & 3 have shades of Underworld, what with a war between vampires and werewolves happening. But these movies are far more romance-oriented than most vampire/werewolf fantasy movies.


Edward Cullen: [about Jacob] Doesn’t he own a shirt?
^ Lol. Reminds me of Date Night where Steve Carell keeps asking Mark Wahlberg to take off his shirt.

COINCIDENCES: (Twilight 3: Eclipse, real life) Accidentally watched the Eclipse movie while the song Eclipse (8-bit cover of the Pink Floyd Dark Side Of The Moon song) was on pause. (more…)

 movie coverI'd rather be watching TV![IMDB link] [Netflix link]

PLOT SUMMARY: … it continues.

UNCOMFORTABLE PLOT SUMMARY (inspired by this): Clingy emo chick won’t take no for an answer; proceeds to engage in self-destructive behavior.

PEOPLE: New director: Guy who directed The Golden Compass. BTW… Kristen Stewart‘s looking pretty hot these days.


holy shit this is so emo

now let’s build a motorcycle… wtf

what if this is all Bella’s delusions? like Garfield Minus Garfield?

*That* was the end fight? Really?

This cliffhanger is like a sitcom season finale.

WILHELM SCREAM: Twice during the movie “FacePunch”. The irony was not lost that in New Moon, they go to a movie and talk about how horrible it is. Self-deprecating commentary?

MORALS: Uh… I don’t even know. Sometimes love makes you do harmful things? Sometimes being a crazy clingy stalker bitch is the right thing to do because he really wants to be with you, even when he says no? Eek. Not a good moral in the real world. But in a fantasy world of werewolves and vampires, it actually made sense. Kind of.

BAD STUFF: “Too” romantic, and blisteringly emo… but then that basically applies to the original movie as well. But… it’s even more in this one. My god is this an emo movie. Holy moley. Cry like a baby and lay down in the woods and sleep because your love is so strong that you can’t walk! Ack.

CONCLUSION: The first movie was better… Haha. We both rated this as barely passable. The fantasy is what carries this movie, not the romance. And even that is a bit sub-par. But still passable… Probably only due to the big budget.

RATINGS: We both rated this as barely passable. I consider my “generic pass” rating to be 3/5 Netflix stars, 6/10 IMDB. This *rounded up* to that, but was slightly below that.

Clint: Netflix: 2.8/5 stars. IMDB: 5.9/10.
Carolyn: Netflix: 2.6/5 stars. IMDB: 5.5/10.
The native public rating for this movie is: IMDB: 4.6/10, Netflix: 4.3/5 stars (Netflix‘s predicted rating for us was 2.7/5 stars).

RECOMMENDATION: Neutral. At this point, you’ve either seen Twilight and decided not to continue, or you have.

SIMILAR MOVIES: This particular installation of the Twilight saga is most certainly influenced by Romeo & Juliet, which they feature in the movie.

MOVIE QUOTE: Jacob Black: Have you ever had a secret you couldn’t tell anyone?

COINCIDENCES: A double coincidence: (Twilight 2:New Moon, Nip Tuck S2E01) 2 videos within 2 nights with a person giving a dog cpr, or a dog (werewolf) giving a person cpr. WEIRD. PLUS… They both had girls whose right side of their face was scarred. [Note: We’ve been watching a lot of Nip/Tuck, and it might actually be more than 1 Nip Tuck episode to get this double-coincidence.] (more…)

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My favorite pictures from each month in 2011.

Ideally I’d pick just one picture from each month, but that’s SO HARD. Some months are better than others. So I’ll try to make it 1-5 pictures from each month.

Here we go:


20110116 1725 - Clint's 37th birthday party - day 2 - 808, Clint, TwoBeans - microbead pillow hats, funny faces - (by the 8's) - GEDC5431

microbead haberdashery

20110108 1726 - attic ladder installation - double ladder combo power-up - GEDC2085

the dreaded two-ladder combo attack

20110115 - Panik's birthday art for Clint - Clint, Carolyn - processed - 131415_1770219464709_1515909705_1870287_484402_oo

Panik’s drawing of us for the SubGenius yearbook, which never happened after SubGenius leadership crucified him for being part of a joke that hurt poor wittle drama-llama Pisces’s feelings, even though it wasn’t even directed at her. Fuck ’em if they can’t take a joke.

20110106 - Voltron to son - 'You're too young to smoke!' - IMG_2687

You’re too young to smoke!

20110106 - Transformers - 7 - cleanup - Constructicons hauling away sad Megatron's chest - 0 - IMG_2616

Megatron smoked.. and look at what happened to him!

FEBRUARY: Symmetric Dopplegangers:

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20110216 - Symmetric Dopplegangers - Clint - 2 - 1 - new only


20110305 2207 - Carolyn's 35th birthday party - Gargoyles cake! - IMG_2894

Tabbitha’s awesome Gargoyles cake for Carolyn. I think this was the last time we saw Tabbitha.

20110306 0311 - GEDC0085 - Carolyn - goggles, toy gun

I never knew goggles could be so sexy on Carolyn!

20110326 1834 - Eric's housewarming party - group picture - IMG_5718

Mark’s hiding in the corner.. wuss :)

20110316 - LAN diagram for our house

Awesome diagram of our home hardware setup


20110402 2305 - Christie's Birthday Party - Clint, Carolyn - being goofy - (by the 8's) - GEDC5974

both drunk

20110425 - Carolyn - with Steve Buscemeyes

Carolyn’s highschool yearbook picture, with Steve Buscemi eyes

20110402 - Magic Mist - Arnold Palmer - (by Panik)

Another Panik-creation! Magic Mist doesn’t have to care what you think! Magic Mist is made of Magic Mist!


20110526 - Goth Prom - (by Gus Troll) - 252213_1927797952384_1165232634_31960651_989926_n

Goth Prom with signed Voltaire swag

20110525 - 0 - IMG_3057 - Power Supply Tester

power supply problems!

20110520 - 020 - Carolyn's slipper is aghast - 'OH MY GOD!!'

A slipper that is in constant, horrified agony. Just look at its face!


window, living room picture window - 13 - we give up! now under replacement contract - IMG_3069 (20110614)

Realized mid-way that a repainting really isn’t gonna cut it, we need a new window.

window, living room picture window - 41 - replacement - IMG_3115 - (20110627)

new windows! $~2650

roof - soffit painting - 0 - Clint up on ladder - cinder blocks for stability - left=done, right=todo - IMG_3105 - (20110620)

way too much house work after being dropped by insurance companies 3 times

20110615 - CT scan - CT.1.2.840.113619. - face with hair - greaser - Fonzie tumor

Spent $200 and the only valuable info I got was this stupid fucking joke.


201107 - X-Day 14 - Clint (sleeping), 808 - (by 808) - 261647_10150691571510234_581720233_19379784_7726619_n

It’s perfectly normal to sleep in a car with the sunroof open while it’s raining.

201107 - X-Day 14 - our Bobby awards - IMG_3203 (photographed 20110717)

SubGenius artifacts

20110709 - Clint - Car0lyn cut my hair - IMG_3140-3141-3142 (triptych)

Carolyn cut my hair

20110730 - Carolyn - can't make a sad face - 1 - IMG_3412

Carolyn doesn’t know how to frown


20110819 - Kids In The Hall - 0 - Scott Thompson, Clint, Carolyn - (by Chris Z) - IMAG0067

Scott Thompson of Kids In The Hall

20110823 - earthquake ''damage'' - after pic - IMG_3457

earthquake “damage” (fallen gargoyle)

20110803 - after surgery - post-apico - 3rd time in there now - Clint - IMG_3416

3rd fucking oral surgery there… tooth ultimately got pulled anyway

20110806 - yard sale booty - cartoon bowling balls & bags - Dexter's Laboratory, Scooby Doo - IMG_3430

$5 worth of awesome yard sale bowling balls


20110917 - Atari Teenage Riot @ 930 Club - 0 - Clint, Nic Endo, Carolyn - (by AE) - 6304220437_b4cf79874f_b

with Nic Endo of Atari Teenage Riot

20110924 - ALL concert after Riot Fest - 0 - Stephen Egerton (Descendents & ALL guitarist) - IMG_3611

with Stephen Egerton of ALL/Descendents

20110924 - ALL concert after Riot Fest - 1 - Scott Reynolds (ALL singer), Clint, Carolyn - IMG_3613

with Scott Reynolds of ALL

20110911 - ghetto TV stand + cats - IMG_3511

Classic console center, ~$35


20111016 - 1 - shooting range - 1049 - Carolyn - shooting Ruger rifle - IMG_3822

Carolyn’s one sexy sniper!

20111016 - 1 - shooting range - 1111 - Clint - shooting rifle - IMG_3828

“I like guns, and guns like me. I like guns. They made America free.”

20111015 1314 - offroading - climbing the powerlines - Clint - IMG_3720

“You can’t fuck with me!”


20111117 - Clint's tooth is finally extracted - 0-IMG_3911

What’d I say? The tooth ultimately had to come out.

20111118 - hanging out - Clint minus tooth #19, bit of #18 sticking out of gums - teething?!?!?!?! - (by Chris Z)

Chris’s picture looked even better after some photoshop color redistribution… GORY!

20111103 1803 - time lapse of soap mix - IMG_3858

Did you know this happens if you mix 2 different soaps together? It takes several days.

20111112 0001 - Oranjello and the scarf - IMG_3880

“For glorious nation of Clarolyntopiastan!”


20111231 - New Year's Eve Chili Cook-Off - 1 - Carolyn, Clint - (by Eli) - 333779_353075644707336_100000147111109_1542575_391733799_o

We’re pretty much always this happy.

20111217 - Clint and Oranjello napping - IMG_3938


20111203 - Decemberween - Carolyn as maid - getting ready - IMG_3927


2 of the ex-co-worker’s I’ve been trying to contact… J & K… Were in my dream.

But I was disheveled and about to go out yardsaleing (which was true in real life), so I avoided them.

They were in the basement of our highrise apartment building that we lived in. Our apartment was the entire top floor.

I opened all the blinds and could see the ocean in almost all directions, and got major vertigo (which I was getting twinges of in real life the past 2 days).

At some point, we traveled by raft from the ocean to the shore, then walked up to my building.

I asked Carolyn to set a location-based alarm (which I had also done on real life) to alert me if we were somewhere where they were checked in on FourSquare. Weird.

''Dreams... They're the hurricanes that wash the soulfilth from the superdome of our nightminds.'' --Xavier:Renegade Angel

“Dreams… They’re the hurricanes that wash the soulfilth from the superdome of our nightminds.”
Xavier:Renegade Angel (more…)

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