Kev Dog the Evil Ice Man

So, if you’re like me, you ate way too much cheese over the holiday. I tried to hold back, but the Kev Dog needs him his gouda fix, braj.

Or, if you’re like me in a different way, you spent summers during your college years painting houses. It’s actually not a bad gig if you can get it. The pay is usually just a little over jack squat, but at least you get to be outside in the fresh air and you get the day off whenever it rains. Now, most of the time, the work itself wasn’t too difficult, ’cause how hard is painting? Not very.

Preparing a house for painting, however, is a really pain in the tuckus. Scraping and stripping the existing paint for 600 straight hours is not my idea of an awesome day on the job. So when I came across a website touting steam stripping systems, I immediately thought about how I could put such a thing to use in prepping a house.

I came to find out (after a bit more reading) that steam stripping is not really used for removing paint, and would be prohibitively expensive for such a task, but a guy can dream, can’t he? After spending far too much time thinking about how to make it work, I also realized that, oh yeah, I don’t work as a house painter anymore and haven’t for like five years. And even if I did, it’s the middle of winter and so cold here that the steam would probably just freeze solid, instantly killing anyone caught in its icy grip.

Hmm… maybe I could find a use for it after all. Mwa-ha-ha-haha-haha-haa!

Well, Color Me Anodized

This one ties in my last post, if you care to read that one. I actually wrote this one first, but then “misplaced” it on my laptop for a while, somehow. Anyway…

So, you know those little carabiner clips? Like the one you probably have on your key chain? The ones that rock climbers use to clip to their rope and such? You know how you can find them in all kinds of crazy colors? Have you ever wondered, “Gosh, how do they make this metal pink?” (Or green or blue or whatever.) I always assumed is was just something that was added after the fact, like some kind of fancy paint or something. Well, we all know what assumption does*.

Turns out that “fancy paint or something” is actually infused into the metal itself. (Also, just for the record, those colorful carabiners are made of aluminum, for the most part.) How does the coloring get inside the aluminum, you ask? Through a process called “anodizing”. I don’t 100% understand how it works, but it’s something to do with putting the completed aluminum object is a special solution and adding electricity.

How that does what it does, I have no idea—everything I know about it, which admittedly is not much, I learned from a website offering aluminum anodizing services that I randomly came upon a few weeks ago. Hooray for the rare occasion when I happen upon information that can actually answer a legit question I previously had in my noodle.

And hooray for anodizing, I guess…

* It makes an @$$ out of you and umption.

The Metal Channel makes it all OK

So I didn’t have a whole lot to do the other day and decided to settle in and watch some cable TV. I mean, I pay way too much money for it anyway, so I may as well use it, right? And besides, TV is as much a part of our culture now as books and pamphlets were 200 years ago. In fact, in a lot of ways, it fills exactly the same role. So don’t come down on TV too hard.

Anyway, so I was flipping through channels, and there are a whole lot of them. And they all seem to just have the same junk. I mean, I remember when I was a kid, cable TV had a lot of  old made for TV movies, a lot of vintage shows, and some good original programming. It was a unique thing and every channel had a clear purpose. Now, every channel just has reality TV, full of idiots behaving like idiots. Ugh.

But I did discover something kind of cool about cable TV. The music channels. There is a country channel, a pop channel, something like 3 hip hop channels, and even a metal channel! (No, not stainless steel metal channel. Like, metal music metal channel.) Granted, the music channels seem to have a lot of reality TV on them too, for some reason. But they also have full blocks of music every evening. It’s the perfect background for black ops.

Geek is no longer an Insult

I just got called a geek. Well, I guess I am a geek. I mean, I have a blog online I update all the time. That’s a pretty geeky thing. I play videogames basically every day. But the thing is, being a geek is a good thing nowadays. I mean, check out how huge san diego comic con is. And New York comic con is just as big, and practically every single state has its own comic con, if not multiple cons. Then you have your gaming cons like PAX and Gencon and droves of others. This is kind of like a renaissance for being a geek. The geeks are the cool ones now. There are even entire websites devoted to Geek Pride, like Twin Cities Geek for instance.

So, you know what? Call me a geek all you want. I’m proud of it. It means I’m cooler than you are. And, I already knew I was cooler than you, but it sure does feel good to hear you say it too. Heh.