Fun Stuff

Atypically Detailed ‘Staff Wanted’ Sign

I found this on another site and laughed my ass off. If I run a “fun” retail business I am going tailor this add.

Photograph from Noface2

Murder Burger in Auckland, New Zealand, may have the best “Staff Wanted” sign ever. Student teachers, yes! P (methamphetamine) addicts, no! Here’s the transcript of the ad:


Right Oh, Murder Burger is opening up on Ponsonby Road in Ronsonby and we need a bunch of people to hang out with, make burgers and talk shit. No previous experiences is needed as we teach you everything you need to know and we kind of factor in you buggering something up along the way.

The sorts of people we think will be good for the job are:

Arts, Architecture and Humanities students: No real reason for this, well actually I suppose there is, it’s just that if we’re going to be working with somebody for hours on end it’s quite nice to talk about stuff we’re interested in as well.

Student nurses and student teachers. I’ve gone out with two nurses and two teachers in my short life and they were all awesome. More awesome than me as it turns out which is why I’m not going out with them anymore.

The sorts of people we think won’t be good for us:

Politics students: Nothing personal, we just don’t understand you.

P addicts: Again, nothing personal, it’s just that the benefit of you being able to work 7 shifts in a row is pretty much outweighted by the probability that you will one day flip, grab a knife and become Mr Stabby.

So if working with us sounds like something you might quite like to do instead of staying home watching telly then send an email to Geordie at

Nice one.

[Logo featuring an intimidating kitten]

Lets go out and eat and then write a review

I have been working on a project as an editor for the ChefMoz dining guide that is part of the Mozilla Directory project. ChefMoz is a web site for restaurant reviews, from volunteers.

I am starting to use it for planing nights out with my wife to find new places to eat and try. I am also using it to plan where I want to eat on our next vacation to the Keys.

So when you go out and eat, how about taking the time to then write a review for the restaurant. If the restaurant isn’t listed click on the “add restaurant” link on the upper right menu and fill out the form as best you can and then leave a review and the editor for the area will ok it and post it.

So please check out and help us out getting more restaurans and more reviews and help spread the word about ChefMoz dining guide.

Cooking and the Kitchen

I am going back to school next month. I am taking some culinary classes at the local community college..I can’t wait…the first class is a knife class which is a good thing since my knife skills are for crap these days. I am hoping to also find out about getting some new knives. The other classes are meat, poultry, and fish. It seems like a fun set of classes to take and the price was right. 🙂

On Saturday I worked on organizing the kitchen a bit. We also decided to convert the junk closet in the laundry room to the pantry and get all the canned and dry goods out of the kitchen cabinets and moved to the new pantry. I still have to clean out the big pot cabinet and get it reorganized so I can find things in my kitchen when I am cooking.

I have also added a recipe section on the site so you can see my recent cooking projects. You can find it here.

FM – No Static At All!

I was kind of bored yesterday afternoon and decided to see what free movies were on “On Demand” and found one of the best “Radio” movies around “FM”.  It has a great soundtrack and 2 great concerts in the movie.  The first being Jimmy Buffet and the other a Linda Ronstadt

I have been trying to find this movie on DVD for a while now.  Netflix use to have it but was on my wishlist so long that they dropped it from there movie list, the local Blockbuster had it and I grabbed it off the shelf, but it was a bad copy and wouldn’t play.

The film perfectly captures the feel of the late 1970s. The casting is great, with a passionate performance by Michael Brandon and a very funny one by Martin Mull. The background music is just right and the concert appearances of Jimmy Buffett and Linda Ronstadt add to the late 1970s atmosphere. A young Tom Petty gets interviewed at the radio station. REO Speedwagon also appears at a record store signing. If you’re a fan of WKRP, then check out this movie.

This movie captures what needs to happen again in radio today..the jocks need to take over the station and make the listeners and the music the focus of the station.  As I have said before and I will say it again…Big business is killing radio and it’s time for the people to take back the airwaves…

So to see what radio should be like today check out “FM”.

A High School friend is living an interesting life.

As a few of you know I run the Alumni Internet Directory for the Bath Centeral school.
The other day I noticed a guy from the class behind me I use to hang
with had updated his information. He said he was living in a tropical
resort in Thailand. Of course he had left link to his online journal so
I spent the day reading it from the beginning. All I can say is way to
go man. Sounds like you are living the good life. Next time you are in
the states give me a yell. BTW you still owe me a copy of the “Men
without Hats” w/ the safty dance album. 🙂

I was a BBS Sysop…it’s all rock ‘n roll 1

Last night I went to the new Princeton Library to see bits of “BBS: The Documentary” and meet the director with Ed and another member of LUG/IP. It made me think of how things were back in the days before the internet became a big thing.

I remember the day I talked to my wife about starting my own bulletin board. We were living in Princeton in an apartment over my godparent’s kitchen. We had a living room, bedroom, bathroom and a room in the attic. We shared the kitchen with my godparents, Our main food was take out pizza. We didn’t have a lot of money and we were expecting our daughter. I had checked out a lot of software and other BBSes in the area and had decided to use the Wildcat! a product from Mustang. It was a well thought out program and a had a lot of good sysop tools. The problem was it was a good amount of money for a guy making $13hr and had a baby on the way. The first computer for the BBS was a 386sx with a 40 meg hard drive and a 2400 baud modem….can you say slow. I purchased the Single Line version of Wildcat! and turned on the “It’s All Rock ‘N Roll BBS” at 609-252-0260 in the fall of 1993. We offered all the popular door games as well as message boards. The BBS was a member of Fidonet (node 1:107/370 ), Wildnet, CollNet, Tekkernet, and Throbnet. I tried to offer a lot of files for D/L and I also offered adult material but the person had to send me proof of age in the mail. The big upgrade for the BBS in Princeton was taking the winnings I got from Atlantic City when my wife and I went on our honeymoon and buying a Zoom 9600 baud modem….a little faster…

I ran the BBS for a year in Princeton and then we moved to Trenton and the board’s number changed to 609-695-9319 and my Fidonet number changed to node: 1:266/155. I also changed to the multi-node version of Wildcat and added a Novell server and 2-1 GB SCSI drives. I ran the wildcat software off of a 486 machine with 16 megs of ram and a used 14.4K baud modem and OS/2 as the operating system. With the multi-line version of Wildcat! I was able to interact with the BBS from my desk in the living room instead of having to go to the basement where the server and main node of the bbs were. On August 9th, 1994 (2 days before my wedding anniversary…my wife was so proud..not) I started offering Internet E-mail with the Domain Name, I was one of the first BBS in the Central NJ area to offer internet E-mail and access to UseNet newsgroups as well as owning a domain name. The board stayed up till late 2000 when I decided that cost of the phone line was draining my pocket of much-needed fun money and I was just tired of the work that went into it or I just grew up. Also, the World Wide Web came along and there was more to see and more to do, call volume dropped and the world moved on. I had a lot of fun doing it and I met a lot of people online, it was a community when you were on a good board. Today the internet is more one-sided not as much a community more of little fish in a big pond. I actually have the whole BBS zipped into one big file….some day I will unzip and fire up a machine and take a tour down memory lane. 🙂

The movie last night hit a few spots of nostalgia. I recommend downloading it (it was released under the creative commons license so it’s legal to download) and enjoying the interviews with sysops and users of the BBSes around the world.

More to come on this subject at a later date I am sure……If you were a user of It’s All Rock ‘N Roll send me a message. Also, check out bbsmates for other BBS you might have visited.

What is Chambersburg?…Home of the best Tomato Pies Restaurant.

That was the question asked of me by my friend Iambe today in an E-mail she sent me. I listed a few things that it was but the main one was home to De Lorenzo’s…the Hudson St one. I grew up eating there. It was one of the first places I would go when I came to visit my grandmother. It was also one of the only places that would pronounce my last name correctly and when I heard it called I knew I was home.

After sending off my reply to Iambe I decided to do a search online to find out more things about Chambersburg and stumbled on this great review of both De Lorenzo Restaurants. Just reading the review made my mouth water…

Say it isn’t so!

IT workers dubbed ‘worst dressed’

After around the area of 15 e-mails pointing this article out and having it on /. Yesterday I must complain.
Even though the article states:

“Help-desk staff were named as the worst offenders, followed by those working in technology start-ups, many of whom had continued to wear T-shirts to work as a consequence of the casual web culture of the ’90s.”

I must complain that not all IT workers dress like slobs..l do wear jeans and t-shirts most days but I know that when clients are going to be in the building I dress better. Here is the link to the story:

Very disapointing Halloween

It was a very disappointing Halloween this year. We got about 40 to 50 Trick-or-Treaters this year. I guess it could have been because it was a Monday. I also think it has to do with the mentality of the country these days. My daughter school wouldn’t let the kids wear costumes but the high school was what is up with that? Anyway, the TOTers that we did get we scared and a few jumped back when they saw Billy Bob in the car. With the number of people we got is making me rethink my ideas for a haunt next year since we didn’t get a lot of people, but we will see.

Ways to confuse TOTers

1.. Give away something other than candy. (Toothpicks, golf balls, bags of sand, etc…….)
2.. Wait behind the door until some people come. When they get near the door, jump out, wearing a costume, and holding a bag, and yell, “Trick or Treat!” Look at them, scratch your head, and act confused.
3.. Fill a briefcase with marbles and crackers. Write on it, “Top Secret” in big letters. When trick-or-treaters come, look around suspiciously, say, “It’s about time you got here,” give them the briefcase, and quickly shut the door.
4.. Get about 30 people to wait in your living room. When trick-or- treaters come to the door, say, “Come in.” When they do, have everyone yell, “Surprise!!!” Act like it’s a surprise party.
5.. Get everyone who comes to the door to come in and see if they can figure out what’s wrong with your dishwasher. Insist that it makes an unnatural “whirring” sound.
6.. After you give them candy, hand the trick-or-treaters a bill.
7.. Open the door dressed as a giant fish. Immediately collapse, and don’t move or say anything until the trick-or-treaters go away.
8.. When you answer the door, hold up one candy bar, throw it out into the street, and yell, “Crawl for it!”
9.. When you answer the door, look at the trick-or-treaters, act shocked and scared, and start screaming your head off. Slam the door and runaround the house, screaming until they go away.
10.. Insist that the trick-or-treaters each do ten pushups before you give them any candy.
11.. Hand out menus to the trick-or-treaters and let them order their candy. Keep asking if anyone wants to see the wine list.
12.. Get a catapult. Sit on your porch and catapult pumpkins at anyone who comes within 50 yards of your house.
13.. When people come to the door, jump out a nearby window, crashing through the glass, and run as far away from your house as you can.
14.. Answer the door dressed as a pilgrim. Stare at the trick-or- treaters for a moment, pretend to be confused, and start flipping through a calendar.
15.. Instead of candy, give away colored eggs. If anyone protests, explain that the eggs are the only thing you had left over from Easter.
16.. Answer the door dressed as a dentist. Angrily give the trick-or- treaters a two-hour lecture on tooth decay.
17.. Answer the door with a mouthful of M & M’s and several half-eaten candy bars in your hands. Act surprised, and close the door. Open it again in a few seconds, and insist that you don’t have any candy.
18.. Put a crown on a pumpkin and put the pumpkin on a throne on your porch. Insist that all of the trick-or-treaters bow before the pumpkin