What About Hand Grenades? (Bronze) Get a ringer in a game of Horseshoes.
Red Dead Rockstar (Bronze) Kill a Rockstar or someone with this Trophy in a public multi player match
BHK got me my own copy of Pride & Prejudice & Zombies via paperback swap! It's in great shape.
The day before yesterday, an investigator looking for evidence of the emerald ash borer in a neighbors white ash tree. Found a little article that makes it worth a look for me. (Stuck here for future reference) The researcher was telling BHK and me about a few prophylactic measures like a genetically engineered wasp, and assorted poisons.
As part of a national survey for the emerald ash borer, the Maryland Department of Agriculture will begin hanging 400 12" x 24" triangular purple insect traps in ash trees along roadsides from just east of Cumberland westward beginning in early April. The purple traps, which are sticky and baited with a compound that simulates a distressed ash tree, are designed to attract the destructive emerald ash borer, should it be present. Residents should not be concerned if they see the traps and should not disturb them. MDA will place some traps on private property. Property owners will be notified by letter in advance. All traps should be in the trees through August and will be checked every two weeks.
To date in Maryland, the emerald ash borer has only been found in a small area of southern Prince George’s County where it was introduced illegally by a Michigan nurseryman in 2003. The insect, an exotic pest from Asia, feeds on and kills ash trees in one to three years after infestation.
“Our challenge is to eradicate the emerald ash borer or at least keep it from spreading so we hope we don’t find any in these traps,” said Agriculture Roger Richardson. “Since the insect can travel easily on firewood that might be moved from Prince George’s County and other states where it has been introduced, we are trapping along travel routes. In addition we are encouraging campers, hunters, anglers and other outdoor enthusiasts to buy their firewood at their destination rather than take it with them.”
The presence of the emerald ash borer typically goes undetected until the trees show symptoms of being infested – usually the upper third of a tree will thin and then die back. This is usually followed by a large number of shoots or branches arising below the dead portions of the trunk. Other symptoms of infestation include: D-shaped exit holes in the bark where adults emerge, vertical splits in the bark, and distinct serpentine-shaped tunnels beneath the bark in the cambium, where larvae effectively stop food and water movement in the tree, starving it to death. The only way to eliminate the emerald ash borer is to cut down its food source, ash trees, as there is currently no known effective pesticide or other treatment.
For more information about the purple traps or to report signs of dying ash trees, contact the Maryland Department of Agriculture at 410-841-5920.
1 year ago - travelers review of back, daddy ate my eyes, opera 10
2 years ago - super good quiche, mootpoint, oshi replacement piece, james earl jones counts and recites the alphabet, blog verbosity, bhk bad weather / tornado pic
3 years ago - gave notice at the county, grilling out, started Fluke (still unfinished), baltimore vs dc, yabba pot
4 years ago - on call, giza pyramid, bunny hop pic, finger people, cosmos animations, fallentoad song, fantastic
5 years ago - full vs goatee, bro & PO, vs & rr try to hook me up
6 years ago - Local con, ADP fix it, free wifi, bro issues, Crew north, Cartoon stuff, rain, bad case
7 years ago - bro goes to ER, Tony & Caroline bad news, pt issues, brothel free to troops, pirate doodle, kraft offer, FIA hoverboats
8 years ago - fumigation drama, pelican preference, cricket magazine, Google labs
9 years ago - life roles, evil news, Paranormal investigation teams that I'd join, Allen Walton, hobo names, $10 webcam, classic Scotto lunch, nice dreams, mammoth riding.
10 years ago - figured out how to hack the info kiosk as the mall of the dead
Hey! Today is a palindrome! 011110 !
A panoramic pic of the bay iced over from yesterday (bigger here)
BHK made me a wonderful breakfast of veggie omelets and English muffin – nice dose of protein to begin the day solidly.
Bad news technology-wise… BHK’s laptop seems to have taken a nap from which it won’t awake. I suspect the internal power supply. Looking into cracking it open soon, if the alternate cable doesn’t fix her up.
Shadow of the Vampire this evening, while we strip the tree of it’s ornaments and lights – rather a counterpoint too last year’s Kolchak festival while putting on the goodies.
Started watching sanctuary tonight, but the allure of Big Kahuna took it over. We’ve made it to 94 of 99 levels complete, and all but one tropical fish unlocked.
Dinner of tasty twisty pasta and unchicken strips in a tomato-cream sauce, with lots of tasty garlic!
Janet sent me a pic of Danny from his Birthday on Los Olas – BHK thinks he looks cuter sans moustache.
1 year ago – rescue ink, winter farmer’s market, comics & munchkin quest (still unplayed, a year later! got to correct that soon), die monter die, mr meaty, took apart trains under the xmas tree
2 years ago - baby polar bear, different route to work, friday 5, gizmodo tv-b-gone
3 years ago - newt and pye pics / video, off to marion
4 years ago - hijinks, top 10 questions, hieroglyphic names, system still out for repair, doodling
5 years ago - turtle thought, dinero, illumination, tv torrents, vampire hunting with a stand up bass, metasearch, mucho folks fired for keeping online journals, iraqi abuse cheerleaders, server location, flying_blind introduces me to the term blague which is a perfect alternate to blog.
6 years ago - drama flakes, bad taste, Dentsu, Tintin, Sandalwood and walkabout
7 years ago - LotR, Nipple scarves, vax-d, UBER-PEA!, Newt piccies
8 years ago - Colostomy bag thief, D&D stats, monkey god baby
9 years ago - looking to the future, all the words
Mostly photos from the polar bear plunge, but some gaming (Valley of the mammoth – warning, cartoon nudity) and Hap-pye New(t) year!
Additional caution – if looked at too closely, you may see Scotto's hair front and or back.
1 year ago – jaw a bit better, winter holidays over, Sean, J and Duncan visit
2 years ago - dinner and a movie w/BHK, rotoscope video, friday 5, cold weather - shelter hotline, orexin A vs narcolepsy,
3 years ago - The Library is Open
4 years ago - on call, nice day, rainbow love thingum
5 years ago - Mel lunch, food cravings, b/w picture of Scotto, torture
6 years ago - Henry Earl Likes to Party (he still does!), Glossary of Linguistics and Rhetoric, Tokyo bowl, playing with filters
7 years ago - Ticked at bro, want to try out for LSH
8 years ago - chilly, dream, Miss Cleo in trouble, digi cam shopping, Cinnamon Pecan Bread
9 years ago - super power desire, phoneless
If anyone reading this message in a journal-bottle sees this, is between DC/Maryland and Key West, and wants to meet with BHK and I sometime over the next two weeks, please let us know! Newton and Pye won't be comind with us, the in-laws will be babysitting them closely while we're gone.
I've been out of sync in posting to my journal lately and writing in general. It figures, since I have a new writing group going via email. I am hoping that my tardiness doesn't slow down the project, especially since I'll be out of good communications for the next couple of weeks.
While I'm in Florida I'll be getting my Driver's License, so I may even be able to do some of the driving on the way back. It turns out that it's easier to take the test in Florida than to wait 3 years and do the rookie driving program in Maryland... especially since Florida doesn'tr want to send my expired license records to points North.
Additionally, we'll be reiviewing the condo for repairs and upgrades, before we get another tenant there, doing a little low-grade vacationingon the cheap, too.
Back is a bit more sore than yesterday, but I have been good about walking over an hour a day, every day. I can feel that some exess weight has come off already, and that's a good thing.
1 year ago - ekg, serum, trike pics, BIG book sale, selby, no amy, "no power night", google marco polo, nice weather
2 years ago - figuring out my volume and time spent on lj, shopped for presents, DuClaw, Deal Bluegrass show planned
3 years ago - goodies, 008 is landon, kill windows nag, mr t - be somebody, rfjason - wtf prank, kitty combo
4 years ago - Red Thread, Postcard, walking weather, work, 2nd life, battersea
5 years ago - visit meme, case against voodoo, freeflow thought, Mexico Wal-mart Protest
6 years ago - Newt-vet, shoutcast, tiny cities, Why I dislike leiberman, Frankie mooches again, Turkish Hairballs
7 years ago - Lots of robots, World Affairs, palm art
8 years ago - Shocked awake, Nostia, folks scamming relief, weather, programming, lovely chat
9 years ago - Pompano Weather, Warghetz, Suzy News, Censorship, Loved
Jay's sister is basically Flip Wilson's Geraldine incarnate. I kid you not, dear journal.
After visiting the baby animals, we swung by the Lusby Mexico - the food there is still great, and the cost is cheap. Thank goodness for buy one/get one coupons! I suspect that Lusby's cook is a smidgen better than the closer one.
Seen below - security tricycle from last weekend, annapolis police, a plant we're trying to ID, dolly-doggie, monty-doggie, misc flowers, Maize lawn darts (Indian style!), oyster shells and a spine in a food refuse pile, totem pole head thingie, assorted huts, (a pano interior photo), scarecrows, bunnies, engine of destruction, goats, tiny pony, more bunnies, duck, more horses, activity for being a pig or a sheep, duncan, pelts, tractors and cows.
1 year ago - bhk & I sick, blueberries - pie, bugah's ballgame, aardvark's, boardgames
2 years ago - garden pepper pic
3 years ago - LOTR online beta, valleyschwag, Newt defends me during a pirate game, yawny-poll, mermaids- traditional and feegee, monkey chow diaries, abc mp3, stealth-wing parachute, router hack, bro case update, of mice & men, freaturing superman and bizarro
4 years ago - teensy work text, human hamster balls, google-found webcams, old gi joe comics, jogging for jesus, Florida judges are tossing out DUI cases when defendants ask to see the source code for the breathalysers that busted them, Ex-deputy gets life for molesting boys, bro picked up for trespassing
5 years ago - zombie quiz, metamorpho with GP, Square-boy, Walken sings, Chainsaw owies, ST emulator, Bulldozer rampage, I go to a new host.
6 years ago - bro, pub-crawling with Danny, flowerpop clones my interests and flies off.
7 years ago - hero costume poll, sogyo poetry, fumigation finished, scopes sea monkey trial
8 years ago - baby helmet, deep sleep, grogginess, wag, folks sick all over LJ, shoe size poll, adaptation of science, spark words.
9 years ago - My life unapproved by the Comic's Code Authority
Last night BHK and I had a lights out night - no power, just played boardgames and cards by rechargeable "candlelight" lamps.
Can't stop bhk won 1, I won one
Probe - bhk won **
Canasta Caliente - bhk won one, I won one
Charge it! - I won one
All were fun - I recommend a family game night to anyone!
more to follow when we return, dear journal!
1 year ago - poitics test, Great Gazoo, RIP, Hard knocks life, tigger/pye smoking dream, geister and other fun online games, gimlet, alan's bday prezzie
2 years ago - hot in the courthouse, shaved ice, adam and jimmy's graduation, more lj spam, move to own domain?
3 years ago - nice time with danny, rocker meme, mm call
4 years ago - memorial day, bhk fridge magnet pic, dr who
5 years ago - spotty notepad frenzy, mood theme editor fixed, General Tao's tofu, My cam catches right before lights out, Newt-bt pic, Nose beeps, streams of thought, sleepy newt wallpaper (or why using arrow keys is hard with the boy on the desk)
6 years ago - google news, kev, easter island, barcode, got a lovely peek-in.
7 years ago - complaining about the weather, disappearing languages, palm piccies that need to be re-uploaded, smoke ring gun
8 years ago - hoi polloi, nice walk, memory stream, super chicken, ask me a question, ostriches
9 years ago - stream of thought re:Newt, Fritz & April
1 year ago - food, cough, house and hell's kitchen, lifelock fails and is sued, James Garner, Opheera McDoom vs Cinnamon Stouffer, SQL union command handy, newt tackle pye pic again, insane highway cloverleaf
2 years ago - acceptable in the 80s, shrek 3, pictures of otters, fireplugs and dressed up geese.
3 years ago - black adder / house, play-doh perfume, historical sounds, marco polo, a mouthful of crabs, paul anka, ninja name meme
4 years ago - breakdancing bodybuilding, bus trip with mzk pics, no magda, ear whispers
5 years ago - tman & pix, Confucius, there 'closing', wireless at the 'mat, warchalking
6 years ago - PT, hoverbikes, rain, laundry video
7 years ago - more LJ reflecting (I averaged 3 posts a day back then), "VanityDeleters" and keeping LJ for the future, broken pic links to repair,awesome cd from sholanda
8 years ago - Life improved for me, LJ has gained more features, egress, rubber track conversion, ramen noodles, kumbaya, answer to the woodchuck question.
9 years ago - Fritz gave Newt a parasite, my first actual entry
It's getting warmer out - I can't wait to go kite flying with BHK!
2 years ago - 3-d movies, snow, jd, county work review, petals falling, karaoke, What in Sam Hill?, psptv
3 years ago - zombie horde counterstrike, pyramid house, bugs bunny, tmbg, devo, tom delay, top40,
4 years ago - Badge shape pref poll, flickery power, Jasmine, stupid comic deaths, Dr Who episode 2, KANG KANG KANG KANG!, Monkey awe, hukilau, driver 8 pic, 23/5 bibliomancy
5 years ago - Itchies, chocolate dodge, Miami fires, sweetalyssm.com goes down due toa hack. (sadly, never to return), palm-doodle entry, Denny's lunch
6 years ago - hung out with ldy & grrwoo, JKG wants me, prep for TAG
7 years ago - Freedom Force, Poem tag, new tech, THE poll.
8 years ago - morning walk, goals, online people, people that didn't want my help, kindness triage, cartoon stereotypes, Hey, The Dusty Miller, hair color poll
Info on conficker - more straightforward than a lot of the misinformation out there.
There's a ton of stories this morning about some bright flashes of light and booming noises coming from the skies over eastern Virginia, parts of Maryland and North Carolina. The Richmond Times Dispatch reports that the National Weather Service’s Wakefield station's phone was "ringing off the hook" last night after around 9:45 p.m., as residents frantically called in to report flashing, bright lights and in some places, an explosion-like sound. No immediate explanation came from the NWS, but a team is now investigating what might have caused the fiery flashes. WTOP has a report that suggests that the phenomenon was most likely a fireball, which can occur when a piece of meteor rock enters the Earth's atmosphere.
SWAT in Maryland update - via Cheye Calvo -
1 year ago - bhk sick, games workshop, weather, david horvitz, detox quackery, q&A meme,
2 years ago - view from my desk at calvert county, quizzes, geourl, bake sale!
3 years ago - MM talks to me, Danny Nominated, GP & Kat coming to town, German lesson, batman sound screencaps, zefrank starts archiving his entries, queen, quirk quiz, updating my geocode, Monkey Florida Fire News, plus whalesong
4 years ago - met mzkitten, poker spam, totem, Nostradamus Quatrain Generator, uv flower photos, doc ock song, david byrne
5 years ago - news registration, De Soto, missing digits, esp test, pirates, Nevada
6 years ago - Danny, keywords, Maryland Snow Day
7 years ago - stuff to look at, darkstar, panorama picture galleries, pulps, snap club, newt pics, troll, dragonball, RPS poll, Lj poll, easter egg recipes/cinnamon bunny bread, stream of thought - 3 minutes, cbs mystery theater
8 years ago - netcast, rent, palm tree, spaghetti-ohs, 7-up, key limits, parapsychology, slurs
Made a date with BHK to see the Pietasters in May! A little Ska never hurts! Also made plans to go get some pancakes with Duncan, J, and Sean this weekend!
Bloody Fun Day is a strategic arcade game where players control the Reaper as he plows his way through little critters. Every time Death sticks his scythe into one of the creatures, he gains points but loses health. Destroying red creatures will bring his life back up.
Each set of creatures killed leave behind eggs which need to be left alone to hatch into even more critters. Building up points also gives Death special abilities which can be activated in order to grab even more points. It's all about bagging as many points as possible before you run out of life.
The game mechanics work really well and it's a very nice concept. There's a tutorial to get you going and a couple of game modes to choose from. Play it over at Kongregate. (via indiegames.com)
News from BHK today -
(Whenever Newton is weird or naughty, he's MY son. Whenever Newt is cute and adorable, he's OUR son. Pye hasn't been given the same treatment yet, but he's the baby of the family.)
1 year ago - med doodle stat, neverland ranch pix, 7 dirtiest IT jobs
2 years ago - wachovia, chipotle, pictures out birding, BHK's potato soup
3 years ago - justice and friendship, walkabout, thai, @ sushi, dabble db, open office, human ton & handy, 5 love languages, newt installs counterstrike
4 years ago - net down, simile, super-poots, a little about myself, dmw
5 years ago - newt pic, alton brown ok, cliches, The author of California's anti-gay marriage law? His son just got married. To a guy.
6 years ago - spam, barbed wire, slow walk, stinky bus, spring break starting
7 years ago - news articles from 1902, poem tag linked to me, Scott name confusion, cool databases
8 years ago - Big Bird Song, cell phone jamming / scanning modes, a good day, "feet and blisters, web"
Local Hotel who left water running, but it froze anyway.
My Life's current settings -
Spectra-Analyzer (Monochrome / 4-Color / True-Color / Thermograph / X-Ray / Aura Vision )
MPAA Rating (G / PG / PG-13 / R / NC-17)
Kill switch (Off / On / Wanton Murderous Rage)
Weirdness Tank (Empty / Low / Half / High / Full)
Laugh-O-Matic (Serious / Satirical / Witty / Wacky / Insane)
Cliche Blender (Pulse / Blend / Puree / Oh, Ugh!)
Global Soundtrack Volume (off, 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9, 10, 11!)
Personal Soundtrack Volume (off, 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9, 10, 11!)
Batteries (Empty / Low / Half / High / Full)
(To do this, go to “notes” under tabs on your profile page, paste these instructions in the body of the note, type your 25 random things, tag 25 people (in the right hand corner of the app) then click publish.)
1. I didn't own any jeans for over 20 years before I got married (Just khakis, and knee-shorts, etc). Now I own 3 pairs, and they're my favorite weekend clothes to wear.
2.I can't wear boots, ice skates, or any long-necked "slip your toe in" type of shoe, due to dropfoot and nerve damage on my left side.
3. Every time I see my wife or one of the kitties, I feel especially blessed.
4. I'm a limited vegetarian (I'll eat eggs and dairy... and crustaceans. - Nothing with less than 5 legs or more than 1 foot.)
5. I think that it is usually pretty easy to be kind to others, and it surprises me when some people seem to go out of their way to be cruel or hostile to strangers.
6. I doubt the existence of the supernatural, but love the stories.
7. I suspect there is life elsewhere in the universe, but doubt that it has visited Earth in a constructed craft.
8. I turn 40 this weekend. I alternately feel about 14 and about 60. So I guess I'm averaging about 37.
9. I have been run over by a car. I was riding a scooter, and the car was doing at least twice my speed. I really don't like being tailgated, and if I have my druthers, I would pull over to let them pass, or slow to a snail's crawl so they would do minimal damage to my vehicle. .
10. I haven't had a driver's license for about 15 years. (I plan to get one sometime in February, if I can get my Florida Records)
11. When I was about 15 I had a Ferret named Freya (renamed from Mitzi when I got her) - who was poisoned by someone in the neighborhood. I would still like to know why - she never hurt anybody, was friendly and fun-loving.
12. I suffer from Mama-bear levels of defensiveness of my loved ones. DO NOT HURT THEM, or I will maul you.
13. I've had problems with my back since I was 16 - ruptured a disc at the library of all places, moving books. I may need surgery again to repair ongoing damage there.
14. I have kept an online journal and website for over 10 years. (about the last 8 years can be found at http://scottobear.livejour
15. I often overcompensate for being a big guy by being either too shy, or too friendly.
16. I love being able to peek in on the kitties remotely. ( http://pyecam.scottobear.c
17. I'm a sucker for social gaming - board games, tabletop rpgs, cards, the Wii:whatever brings friends to meet face to face and have fun. (I'm really bad at Chess, but love playing it)
18. I believe in love, and think it's a greater motivator than fear, greed or pain. (and those things are amazing motivators)
19. I wish that I could help more people. I also wish that more people would try to help me, and each other, too.
20. I helped to write software that assists in the recovery of missing children. (Something like 400+ recoveries at last count)
21. If I were able, my phone would only accept incoming emergency calls. (I really don't like to use the phone much)
22. I love movies that incorporate at least a few of the following (some are redundant, and there are often exceptions): giant monsters, monkeys, witty dialogue, martial arts, comedy, are not a remake, 3-d glasses, horror, action, cartoons/CGI, fleshed-out characters and a well written story.
23. I think some things *are* black and white, but most are shades of gray.
24. I would love to use the wind off of the Chesapeake Bay to power our house.
25. I mentally render anthropomorphic almost everything I see.
1 year ago - bioshock, apples to apples online, went home early, re-animator 4, sweetened cheetos
2 years ago - Kat and GP get Ollie and Bella!, Kierkegaard, High speed net a no sir, BHK adjusts her name
3 years ago - james lipton papazao, cny, hobophobe, ice skating monkeys, housecleaning, compusa corporate & big brain, zombie astronaut, religion of comic book characters
4 years ago - slow Friday of work and Mel, frozen water spray, man urinates his way out of an avalanche
5 years ago - Dinner with old crew, song poems
6 years ago - Russ wedding, bro visit, Cane toad loot, Tom showers us with gifts, got a prezzie for Kev
7 years ago - Devil-newt, party hat smilies, photos of pompano travels, King retiring?
8 years ago - Font-fiddling, burpin', VAGG launched, bored with a slow reading list