welcome back!

here’s marcos enjoying the nice weather the last few days. also, after 2 weeks, i figured it was time to get pham off the front page. normal posting to resume this weekend. thanks for the return visits!

congratulations big unit

randy johnson won his 300th game last night in front of just a few fans that stuck around in the rain at the washington nationals stadium:

the pride of livermore high school joins an elite club as one of 25 pitchers in MLB history with 300 wins. i’m just happy that he was able to do it in a giants uniform and that he has trimmed his mullet a little bit. maybe in arizona it’s cool to have one, but it’s different out here. i also like how noah lowry gave up his 51 jersey number to randy so he can stay at his signature number.

there’s some interesting nuggets in his [wiki]

delay the start of your workweek

friday came quick this week – let these stories guide you safely into the weekend. you can take some sick pleasure that i will be crawling around the office this morning under people’s desks, near their exfoliated feet skin doing a physical inventory of our computer hardware. FML.

-> our us energy secretary steven chu has a ph.d from stanford and a nobel prize. he mentioned the other day that painting our roofs white and making our roads out of a lighter-shade of asphalt can maybe help with global warming. the idea is a little offbeat, but who am i to call him out? apparently, this didn’t stop 500+ other people from making comments. start reading from the bottom up for some good right-wing looney-ness [bbc.co.uk]

-> salon columnist jodi kasten writes about how men are often the victims of inequality, but it just goes unnoticed or unreported. for example, if a woman walks around and hugs kids at the playground, it’s a cute thing but if a man did that, the cops would be on him in a second [salon.com]

-> you gotta live microsoft products when one of the OFFICIAL workarounds for a particular excel 97 problem is moving the mouse pointer quickly around the screen while a query is running. see “method 2” in the link [support.microsoft.com]

-> if you usually have to take a pee break during a movie, but don’t know when to go, there is a new site with user-contributed info on the best times to leave movies to hit the head. there’s an iphone app coming soon too [runpee.com]

-> a couple more sites that could have true or fictional content. the “top-rated postings” are reasonably humorous [fmylife.com] & [textsfromlastnight.com] & [givesmehope.com]

and…

-> great south florida craigslist ad where a woman appeals to her community to help her locate a rusty trombone that her husband wants for his bday:

Husband wants a rusty trombone for his birthday


Date: 2009-04-27, 8:03PM EDT

My husband has asked for a rusty trombone for his birthday, which is Wednesday. I’ve scoured the pawn shops and music stores, and I haven’t found one. I am guessing that rusty ones will be cheaper than new ones, and I don’t know what the big deal is, but it’s what he wants and he is very specific about it. I could have bought a dozen new ones at this point, but he says that a rusty trombone is nostalgic for him, so I suppose it will mean more. If you selling (or even giving away) a rusty trombone, please let me know what you have, how much it costs and how I can get it (will you deliver it, or will I have to go to you?). Also, suggestions on how to wrap such a thing? Please help, I am down to the wire on this thing and I don’t like being this late with a gift!!!

check [wikipedia] if you are unsure what a rusty trombone is (nsfw text)