Wednesday, December 26, 2007

Brutal Sugar Hangover!

Even though my Sweetie and I had a wonderful low-key Christmas Day, I'm reeling from a brutal sugar hangover as a result of five (count 'em) Christmas parties...we've met quota for a couple of years. I have a cold dose of reality in that we picked up another six-plus inches of snow here in the high country, and there's another storm coming, so I've got to address the issue of the driveway...there's a limit to what the plows can do, and if I let the little snowfalls build up, I'm looking at some serious shovel time down the line.

Okay, I knows you gots to know...what did Santa bring Michael? The entire season one box set of JERICHO! I suggested watching it Christmas evening...what could be more festive than a mushroom cloud? I'll be totally ready when the abbreviated second season starts February 12. As you may know, CBS was blackmailed into renewing the show after it cancellation earlier this year after fans sent tons of nuts (read the article).

I also received the first season of HOUSE, which will allow me to steal more viciously sarcastic quips for future interviews, and a wonderful 2-sided Planisphere and night vision flashlight [thank you, Sweetie!], to help me navigate the night sky. You thought I was going to tell you I got a gun or something, didn't you?


"Alf leaving the scene..."

Speaking of Christmas gifts, I refer you to their wonderful piece in the OpinionJournal, with thoughs on "some assembly required:"

First, insert the lithinode distrillitor pack into the scringe under the panel marked Varnicle Reflexelator Chamber. A flinged graffler at the bottom of the chamber will connect the distrillitor to the varnicle. Next, lower the scringe into the MO-DOR scringe-gripper aperture using the swigel-headed flonge to secure it onto the varnicle nodes, which conduct 20-zilihurtz magnifiers to the varnicles. Use the multipronged grallup to secure the pink wooplers to the orange varnicle nodes and the four triple-pronged green wires to the varnicle inhibitor. WARNING: Even one woopler-varnicle node misconnection will cause xurls to disrupt the scringe-view quorms once the framulator is plugged in.
Luckily, even I can assemble a DVD!

Between now and the first of the year I'm going to be overhauling the recording studio in my office, adding a separate compressor/limiter instead of the software compressor I now use. I am hopeful that the component compressor will allow me to "move" my voice more up front in the podcasts. Given that assembling audio components for a recording studio is mostly weird juju, hit-and-miss and fingers-crossed here's-hoping, I'm hopeful that if I start today I'll be able to get next week's podcast out on time...maybe.

Otherwise, I'm splitting my time between the treadmill, the Spinner bike and the rowing machine...ah. the sublime pain!


Anonymous said...

As co-chair of Sportsman for Fred why aren't you in Iowa helping Fred? Helping Fred win Iowa is a lot more important than playing with fancy electronics and running on a treadmill.

Michael Bane said...


You gotta get a grip on how the Real World works!

I am NOT a political operative...I don't do cold calls...I don't stand on street corners carrying signs...I'm not the guy whose picture is taken standing in the rain weeping for a candidate.

I am a media strategist, and a good one. In the firearms world, maybe the best one. I have done what the campaign has asked me to do and more, and will continue to do so.

They want me in Iowa, I'm there...but that's their call, not mine.

In the meantime, I refr you to ole TR:

"It is not the critic who counts; not the man who points out how the strong man stumbles, or where the doer of deeds could have done them better. The credit belongs to the man who is actually in the arena, whose face is marred by dust and sweat and blood; who strives valiantly; who errs, who comes short again and again, because there is no effort without error and shortcoming; but who does actually strive to do the deeds; who knows great enthusiasms, the great devotions; who spends himself in a worthy cause; who at the best knows in the end the triumph of high achievement, and who at the worst, if he fails, at least fails while daring greatly, so that his place shall never be with those cold and timid souls who neither know victory nor defeat."

Call me when you make it to the arena...