Eli House
"In This House We OBEY the Laws of Thermodynamics"

Thursday, July 07, 2005

Bye bye

As of the end of June the Eli house is no longer occupied. Hopefully its former members will keep up this blog a bit. Not that we posted a lot to begin with.

Sunday, June 19, 2005

happy dad's day

happy father's day. thanks

Friday, June 10, 2005

Questions

Most of these "meme" things get on my nerves, but this one seemed interesting, especially for a group blog where we can compare and contrast answers. Please post your own answers if you feel like it.

List five things that people in your circle of friends or peer group are wild about, but you can't really understand the fuss over. To use the words of Caesar (from History of the World Part I), "Nice. Nice. Not thrilling...but nice."

1) Star Wars - I think this might be part of a broader lack of fascination with sci-fi and fantasy. I mean, I loved the stuff as a kid, and there's no underestimating the power of synergy between movies, toys, and breakfast cereals. But now, seeing the original movies again, they just seem . . . *eh*. The originals are clearly superior to the new ones, but I have difficulty getting worked up about any of them.

2) DIY Television - Watching "Real Life" shows on TLC or "How-to" shows on the Food Network, there's only so much I can take. I mean, it's not like they are bad shows (Alton Brown notwithstanding) but they are just like, is there something better on?

3) Sensationalism as News - Michael Jackson. Scott Peterson. Lindsay Lohan. Robert Blake. Young attractive women being kidnapped. All of these things are not news, or at least not MAJOR news, but are headline stories because of their entertainment value. I just ignore it all. This means I can't watch television news anymore, but who my age does anyway? When someone says "I am so sick of this Katie Holmes / Tom Cruise stuff," I just think, turn it off. Then (maybe) they won't show it anymore.

4) Alias - One too many "but wait, it's not this, it's THIS!" for me. See also ten years ago: X-Files.

5) SUVs - I just don't get it. More expensive, takes more fuel, no additional cargo space than a sedan. Really seems obscene to me. My cost benefit sensors go off the rictor. The people I know who buy these must have gentler egos than I expect.



Five things I can't understand why some people I roll with don't go all gaga over:

1) Comic Books - Obviously. To me, comics are a distinct artform, separate from say music or prose or motion pictures. And to me, it is the artform I can relate to the most. But it flies under the radar of most people, even though most people I know enjoy a number of different art forms through radio, tv, books, and the internet.

2) Discovering New Music - The best part of having satellite radio is listening to the stations that frequently play new stuff. Yeah, I won't like all of it, but I get to hear some great music that I wouldn't otherwise hear, and to me that's like living only half-way. Just seems like people reach a certain age where they either only listen to the music of a decade ago or only listen to music that corporations decide should be distributed.

3) Purchasing Music - For better or for worse, it is no longer seen as rational to pay for music when it is available illegally for free. Guaranteed way to get funny looks: say that you downloaded some music to decide whether to buy the album or not. It's just my way, I guess.

4) NPR News - News about things that really affect my life and the state of the world. How cool is that? Way cool.

5)Twisted Animation - "Wow, that was messed up. There's no way they could ... HOLY FUCK! They did NOT just do that! Oh they did! That is so ... WOW." Because sometimes, it feels good to "go there," when "there" is stuff that no one else expects or is humanly possible.

Thursday, May 26, 2005

Diaspora

A scatterance is impending.

The Eli House will begrudgingly disband at the end of June.

Rodney, I fear, has some work ahead of him.

Q.E.D.

Sunday, May 08, 2005

Happy Mothers day

Happy Mom's Day. Thanks for everything.

Thanks to all the moms out there.

Sunday, May 01, 2005

Request for help - road rally volunteers

The third annual running of my father's road rally, the Twilight Tour, will be held Saturday, May 21st. Please let me know if you will be around to help out that day. I will be running course closing & scoring, and I will need someone to help me with that. Also, volunteers for checkpoints are appreciated, especially since the event has been promoted from a divisional to a regional-level rally and thus requires more checkpoints. Volunteers need to be at Banfield's West (Jackson & Zeeb) between 2pm-3pm, depending on assignment, so you have plenty of time to nap beforehand.

For purposes of knowing when I will not be around to lose money at poker, here is the remaining year's road rally schedule for Team Wiedbusch:

Sat Jun 25 Where The Pavement Ends - Grand Rapids, MI
Sat Jul 9 Ohio Milk Run - Coshocton, OH
Sat Jul 30 Kentucky Jolly - Newport, KY
Fri Aug 20 Midsummers Night Dream - Milwaukee, WI
Sat Aug 21 On Wisconsin - Waukesha, WI
Fri/Sat Sep 10-11 P.O.R. - Gaylord, MI
Sat Oct 8 Johnny Appleseed - Bolivar, OH
Sat Nov 5 Vertigo - Carrollton, OH

Thursday, April 07, 2005

March of Dimes Walk

As part of the TCF Bank March of Dimes campaign, I will be participating in the WalkAmerica on Sunday, May 1st, at Hudson Mills. I have set up an online donation page, so please go there and contribute whatever you can to help the cause.

My WalkAmerica page

From the March of Dimes website:

Did you know that premature birth is the leading cause of new born death in the first month of life? It affects 1,305 babies a day in the United States. Those who survive may have lifelong health problems. And premature births are on the rise -- up to 27% since 1981.

That is why I am asking you to support me in March of Dimes WalkAmerica. Because premature birth can happen to any pregnant woman. In nearly half the cases, the causes are unknown. The March of Dimes is leading the way to find answers by supporting research into the causes of premature birth. I am joining the fight, and so can you.

Your support helps fund:
-Research into stress and other factors that may trigger preterm labor.
-Programs to educate pregnant women to recognize the warning signs of preterm labor.
-Tools to help health care providers find better ways to detect women who may be at risk for preterm labor.

Please join in and help fight prematurity. Visit my webpage and sponsor me in the Walk that saves babies!

Thank You!