ramblings from the noisedoctor

December 20, 2006

mmmmm blended ipod

Filed under: humor, useless junk — noisedoctor @ 4:14 pm

Ever wonder what an iPod would do in a blender? Well, then, wonder no longer.


i think i gotta get some of these…

Filed under: humor, people unlike us, soapbox, useless junk — noisedoctor @ 2:31 pm

I’m sure this isn’t really new. But, I lead a rather sheltered life. So, it’s new to me.

I Park Like An Idiot

This web site sells stickers you can leave on cars that are parked, well… cars that appear to have been parked by “idiots.” Now, I’m not sure about these being stickers that could potentially damage someone’s car. I wouldn’t want to do that (okay, part of me wants to, but I know that would be wrong). They’re stated to be “low tac” but, still could be a problem. Maybe just printing out pages with the web site logo would be enough to leave on a car–but I guess that would be breaking copyright laws.

Anyone else get bothered by “idiots” that feel they have to take up two parking spots to protect their precious cars?

December 19, 2006

remembering Adam’s curse

Filed under: Christianity, gardening — noisedoctor @ 11:13 am

I was outside trying to do a little weeding in the garden. I was really distracted all fall and didn’t take care of the weeds. So, there’s quite an infestation of daisies (why did I plant daisies along the garden?!?) that needs to be eradicated before they get any bigger. And, I discovered that some crown vetch somehow established in part of the garden. It’s one of those things that spreads rapidly by sending out roots. I was really frustrated pulling out bunches of crown vetch roots and hoping that I can eradicate them before they become a horrible problem.

As I was doing that, I thought of the curse God laid in Genesis 3:

17 To Adam he said, “Because you listened to your wife and ate from the tree about which I commanded you, ‘You must not eat of it,’
“Cursed is the ground because of you;
through painful toil you will eat of it
all the days of your life.

18 It will produce thorns and thistles for you,
and you will eat the plants of the field.

19 By the sweat of your brow
you will eat your food
until you return to the ground,
since from it you were taken;
for dust you are
and to dust you will return.”

Then I found this story this morning. It talks about a herbicide-resistant weed that is threatening to affect the cotton industry.

So I guess I shouldn’t be all that surprised that I have to battle weeds in the garden. It certainly doesn’t make my job any easier, but in a sense, it’s not my fault, right? Okay, I’m kidding on that one.

We gardeners always wish we wouldn’t have to worry about weeds in the garden. Yet God promised us that we will.

I have been thinking that I (and I assume most people) like to think about God’s promises of blessing. But, it got me thinking today that I shouldn’t ignore “unpleasant” promises or predictions God has made. One that came to mind is John 15:20: “Remember the words I spoke to you: ‘No servant is greater than his master.’ If they persecuted me, they will persecute you also. If they obeyed my teaching, they will obey yours also.”

Not exactly common thoughts for the week before Christmas. But, I’m not exactly “common” now am I 😉

December 15, 2006

picky, picky, picky

Filed under: freecycle — noisedoctor @ 9:09 am

Another posting from my local freecycle group.

Wanted - Baby Grand Piano
Looking for a Baby Grand Piano for children for Christmas. Will arrange for moving.

Just a tad picky, huh? Not just any piano would do for his/her little ones… it has to be a baby grand. sheesh. Oh, but at least he/she would arrange for the moving. Well, now that you mention that, that changes things. I thought you wanted it delivered to your house, too.

free photo printer

Filed under: geeky stuff — noisedoctor @ 9:01 am

I found a pretty good deal on a Polarioid Photo Printer at buy.com. After rebate and google checkout, it’s free. It’s hard to beat free. I have no clue what the cartridges cost, though.

And, I get no commission or anything on this. Just found a pretty good deal and thought I’d spread the word. Any guesses on what gets added to my wife’s Christmas pile this year? 😉

December 14, 2006

herb gifts

Filed under: cooking, gardening — noisedoctor @ 2:58 pm

Here’s a look at how I give dried herbs to friends and family.

Herb Jars

I save spaghetti jars for the large containers (lavender, peppermint) and use baby food jars for small containers (oregano, basil, paprika, cilantro, cayenne pepper, and my own “bread dipping sauce mix”). I have to ask around to get the baby food jars (though hopefully we’ll have the chance to use them here in our household some day).

December 13, 2006

remember this before your next trip to Goodwill

Filed under: humor, people unlike us, useless junk — noisedoctor @ 9:11 am

I took a box of stuff (clothes, books, shoes) to Goodwill just last night. As I grabbed the overflowing box of stuff, I quickly looked in the box to make sure there wasn’t anything in there that shouldn’t be there (no, I don’t mean that my wife snuck anything extra in there…) and to make sure that all the shoes were in there (that one didn’t fall out into the car).

So, today there’s a story on Yahoo news. A thrift store worker found $7,000 in a jacket and money belt at a thrift store. I didn’t look for money in the clothes I dropped off at Goodwill… doh!

is this a real problem for the parents?

Filed under: useless junk — noisedoctor @ 9:02 am

Just spotted a story on Yahoo news about a teacher in Virginia who was suspended for his side business outside the classroom. Or, I guess I could say, a “back side” business. He creates and sells paintings he creates by putting paint on his posterior and pressing against the canvas and calls himself the “butt-printing artist.”

So, the school district suspended him from his job as a high school art teacher.

Now, if the guy wanted to demonstrate his painting in class, that might be a good reason for firing him. Or maybe if he was a performance artist and made the paintings our in public. Or, maybe even if he videotaped himself creating the art and posted the clips to youtube. But, is this really a problem?

I don’t have any kids (yet, hopefully) but… I can’t think this would really bother me if I were a parent. I think this would actually get his kids to think of art class as something a little more practical or even “cool.” I hated art class in high school. If I had a teacher that did this sort of thing, it might have not been so bad.

Okay, I’ve held off long enough and it has to be said. Is this the crack problem we really need to be concerned about?

December 12, 2006

carrot harvest

Filed under: gardening — noisedoctor @ 11:19 am

Carrots Last week was carrot harvesting time. I brought in four five-gallon buckets nearly full of carrots. After the washing, peeling, and cutting, the final count was 17 pounds of carrots for the freezer (not counting several pounds kept in the fridge for use in the next few weeks). Not bad. God definitely blessed the garden this year. Now, with the carrots out–the garden is finally closed for the year.

having everything and still wanting more

Filed under: Christianity — noisedoctor @ 11:14 am

I saw this comic yesterday and it got me thinking.


I don’t know about you. But, I can’t think of anything that I need that I don’t have. I also can’t think of too many (realistic) things that I want. But, am I willing to let my “presents” go to someone else? hm…

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