Thursday, July 06, 2006


Wednesday, July 05, 2006

come on cat five


Tuesday, June 13, 2006

phantom portraiture

Came across some of my great-grandfather's old black-and-white photos today. The man's a bit of a mystery to me. Died before I was born.

Anyway, found maybe six photographs with a child's writing on the back. I'm not sure how old he was when he wrote on them. Now, I know this sounds boring, but wait for the end. It gets good. (Well, it gets better, anyway.)

So here they are, with my great-grandpa's captions. (Actually, I think they called him "Pop.")

My father's parents
Ferdinand Ziebell and
Fredericka Priebe Ziebell

My mother's father and mother
Albert Ziebell* and Elvira [Elvina?]

*I don't think this is correct, actually; both branches of that tree shouldn't have the same surname. God, I hope they didn't.

My uncle Robert Ziebell
Who lived to be 94
He made and played the harp and
could play the zither and guitar

Here's the good one:

My mother Anna and my
oldest sister Ada

The kid with the dog is Pop, far as I can tell.

Ok, here's the good stuff. Take another look at that photograph. See anything you missed the first time?

Look in the window

Do you see that?

My mom thinks it looks like a middle-aged woman. I think it looks like a young girl. Either way, she looks damned creepy. We agree, there.

And no, I didn't photoshop her in. Promise.

Sunday, June 11, 2006

the english handshake


Tuesday, May 30, 2006

lime & chili & shrimp ramen

Ugh, I'm eating this right now.  My mouth is tingling.

I'm not saying it's spicy.   I like spicy.  I'm saying my mouth cavity is paralyzed.

What worries me is that I keep eating it.  Bleargh.

My lips are numb.

Monday, May 08, 2006


Saturday, April 29, 2006


Comes from Latin pro and cras, and when you stick those together you get "toward tomorrow." I found my old Latin book during the move.

I'm putting a lot of things off right now. I'm putting off that SPEWS article. Articles. And site maintenance. I'm putting off creative projects. I'm putting off dumping my camera's photos onto my Flickr page. Least importantly, I'm putting off next week's deadlines. Ha.

But I'm doing much more important things in the meantime:

Hot damn! We are attractive jowlers.

That's just the tip of that iceberg. There's plenty more where that came from at Al's blog.

I'd also like to point you to the most excellent blog I've ever read:

It's NSFHC ("Not Suitable For Human Consumption"), and wonderfully so. If you've ever had friends who boasted the ability to consume disgusting things (e.g. meat of dubious origin, foreign "delicacies," etc.), this blog's for you. Steve can eat things you won't. Steve wins.

Were you offended by that link? I'm sorry.

(No I'm not.)

Sunday, April 16, 2006


Alisha and I are pretty much the best jowlers ever.

Say, you folks ever heard of jowling? Here's how you can jowl, too, pilfered directly from the official jowlin' website:
How to Capture a Jowler:
A Step By Step Guide

1. Loosen all of the muscles in your face and refrain from making any expression.

2. Try to keep your eyes and mouth open.

3. Shake your head from side to side as quickly as possible while the picture is being taken.

Make sure to use a digital camera with flash in order to capture the jowler in a freeze frame!
I think I've found my calling. I want to jowl when I grow up.

Willie Z