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Kitchen Renovations and Halloween [31 Oct 2015|01:07pm]
I woke up early this morning and carved our pumpkin for Halloween, well in advance of the Trick-or-Treaters showing up this time. Normally I wait until the last minute, rush home from work, hastily carve something, and throw the lighted pumpkin out the door just as kids start arriving. I carved a "happy" pumpkin. Happy as in it is grinning with lots of pointy teeth. I stuck the teeth in with toothpicks so hopefully they will stay in and it looks okay. We're currently in the middle of kitchen renovations (new granite countertops) which should be done sometime this afternoon.

Last Updated: October 31, 2015
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Outstanding In The Field [18 Oct 2015|06:24pm]
A brisk autumn weekend. Xydexx and Rigel were out countertop shopping adventure. Their research led them to a countertop dealer in nondescript building in a deserted industrial park.

As Xydexx drove up to the office he noticed it was dark and empty, but there was a note on the door. He parked and got out while Rigel waited in the car.

Xydexx read the note: "Out working in the field. If you have any questions please take a business card."

Looking around, Xydexx noticed the stack of business cards sitting on a ledge next to the door, but upon trying to take one he discovered they had been left out in the rain and solidified into a brick of paper. He struggled to peel one off the brick as carefully as he could and returned to the car.

"They're out in the field," Xydexx said, handing the business card to Rigel. "It looks like they never came back."
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Xydexx Squeakypony is now hiring unicorn handlers at the UNICORN FACTORY [15 Dec 2012|06:20pm]
HELP WANTED: Unicorn Handler. Must be experienced at handling unicorns. Nice people only. Apply now at Xydexx Squeakypony's Unicorn Factory!
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Update To The Update [04 Nov 2010|05:21pm]
[ mood | busy ]

I got some cool then and now photos of the Broad Run Toll House yesterday and posted them to various places. Today it's rainy and cold outside, so I'm pretty much stuck indoors, procrastinating while semi-deployed.

This morning I wrote up some recent ruminations on how I learned to stop worrying and love WikiFur. The short version is it's a lot less stress if you think of WikiFur as entertainment instead of information. Sad but true.

I made myself some lunch (ham, mozzarella, tomato, lettuce on wheat sandwiches and a salad) and then discovered we had forgotten to get salad dressing during last night's grocery trip. So lunch was put on hold while I made a quick run to Target. Stupid universe, thwarting my plans to have lunch!

In naughtier news, I'm thinking of selling my big purple inflatable sea monster. It has a nice nozzle. -=) It's a nice 2-person ride-on, and as best I can tell Sevylor makes them anymore.

xydexx's huge purple inflatable sea monster

I've got a few other inflatables that are slated for the auction block: A 9' Jets T-Rex, one of the Merek dragons (recently one sold on eBay for like $600!), one of the K-mart inflatable reindeer (very rare!), and a few other things. I'm keeping all my horses, though, thankyouverymuch.

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Broad Run Toll House [02 Nov 2010|07:54pm]
[ mood | busy ]

I was recently ruminating about the county's ancient toll roads elsewhere, and while researching the Leesburg Turnpike I found out one of its old toll houses still exists!

The Broad Run Toll House is located just south of Route 7, near the junction of Route 28. There used to be a stone bridge across Broad Run as well, but it collapsed in 1976 after being damaged years earlier by Hurricane Agnes. The toll house itself is nearly 200 years old! It was threatened by development of the area and proposed alignment of Pacific Boulevard, but now plans have changed and it's going to be preserved.

I'm going to try to get pictures of the toll house and bridge ruins tomorrow.

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The Mauldin Paver [12 Aug 2010|01:32pm]
[ mood | amused ]

Mauldin Road Paver by Xydexx

I saw this while I was out biking the other night. It's a "Mauldin" paver. That's MAUL as in MUTILATE and DIN as in CACOPHONY. It has rotating augers that quickly render trolls harmless. Hray! -=)

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When Appliances Go Crazy [12 Aug 2010|01:08pm]
[ mood | cheerful ]

When you think about it, this is sort of an analogy of what happens when people freak out over the mere fact that I exist. -=)

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Games Xydexx Plays [04 May 2008|09:36pm]
[ mood | busy ]

Being a fan (another word for enthusiast, not that there's anything wrong with enthusiasm, at least in these here parts) of dada and William S. Burroughs' cut-up method, I thought I'd take a break from doing Important Research to elaborate on that a bit. I could also babble out my obligatory 3000 words per hour, but oh well.

As someone once said, geek brains need exercise. This is best accomplished with weirdness and lots of it. But how to create such weirdness? I can spew it out at 3,000 words per hour, true, but in these days of pronk-powered internet you can have machines do the hard work for you. For example, MegaHAL is an "ELIZA" type program that you can switch out with different brains. A brain consisting of Bible verses and They Might Be Giants lyrics, for example, would probably be quite entertaining.

Babelfishing pages of text (i.e., translating an English page into a foreign language, especially Chinese/Japanese, and then back) can provide some interesting results, as words inevitably get mangled in the translation. You will end up with things like The Game Of Dies.

Breaking up pages into Markov chains and doing your own cut-up manually is another option. By dividing sentences according to common words and remixing them, you can come up with some unusual combinations. For example, a remix of the United States Constitution, the Ultimate Flame, some Negativland lyrics, one of President Bush's speeches, and the Song Of Solomon produces the following:

A bundle of myrrh is "return on success." The $0.000000001 worth of electricity used to send the ability of Iraqis to maintain security gains. According to Gen. Petraeus and Jerry Pournelle. Hee-Haw is benighted. Phone sex operators hang up on you. Telemarketers refuse to be able to access it ever so much more rapidly. If cluelessness were crude oil, your dog to play with oddly placed stains. You are degenerate, noxious and bucklers, all shields of mighty men. Thy two breasts are like two young roes that are twins, which feed among the whole number of male citizens twenty-one years of age in such State. No person shall be violently reversed. We would leave our children to face a pork chop around your position on Iraq, we should be as valid against the very thought of you. You have all the unholy spawn of a Republican Form of Government, and ballerinas everywhere. Earlier this year, I received an ad about purity of water. Drip, drip, drip. Are you pregnant again? Yes! Babies, babies, right. Motive, we can use as a Senator or Representative in Congress, or elector of President and a flock of goats that appear from Gilead. Thy teeth are as a bed of spices, as sweet flowers: his lips like lilies, dropping sweet smelling myrrh.

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No Rest For The Wicked Pony! [23 Apr 2008|04:06am]
[ mood | awake ]

I really need to start going to bed earlier.

Or at least cheat on sleep.

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