Tuesday, October 31, 2006

Trick or Trick?

You'll have to decide whether this little MP3 Halloween gift is a trick or a treat! It comes to you from the time in the mid-eighties when I spent a year and a half dressed up like a punk rocker.

Death Rock.

Enjoy and Happy Halloween!

Thursday, October 26, 2006

Very Very Short Stories!

Slashdot had a post about some Very Short Short Stories all written in six words. I like Hemingway's ("For sale: baby shoes, never worn.") though it seems like a very sad story. I prefer to think its a story about a hillbilly baby who never had to wear shoes and spent her days frolicing barefoot in the dew-laced bluegrass of Kentucky.

There was one by Ben Bova (?) with religious overtones that I liked ("To save humankind he died again"), though if I was his editor I'd have changed it to "mankind" so it wouldn't sound so affected.

Here's mine, which also has religious overtones. Actually I had two similar ones but only posted one on the Wired blog. Here they are:
Jesus!?! When did you get here?

Jesus!?! Um...we weren't expecting you!
Add your (religious themed or not) six word stories in the comments.

Monday, October 23, 2006

5 Little-Known Things

I've been tagged! Woohoo! Journey Woman has tagged me with the 5 Little-Known Things About Me meme.

As I was trying to think of 5 Little-Known Things I only seemed to be able to come up with things related to the arts which I thought might skew how people thought of me so I came up with a couple military items to keep things balanced. It's possible some of these could have been part of my list of 5 Silly Things About Me that I was tagged with a while back but I'll let you decide for yourself.

1) I was the only male member of two school dance troops in my elementary school days. I think I started dancing because one of my sisters did. The only thing I remember about the one dance troop is that we did a rendition of the Chimney Sweep song from Mary Poppins and I had a crush on a really cute red head who was in the troop with me and who I actually met years later in high school. The other troop was an after school group that did basic folk and party type dances like the Hava Nagila and The Alley Cat. After four years of dancing with that troop I was awarded a baseball bat and ball which even at the time I thought was kind of goofy. I would have preferred a book.

2) I played the cello for a short period of time during elementary school. It was more like I pretended to play the cello. From what I remember of it I don't think I really knew what I was doing. Every once in a while I think it might be fun to try taking it up again. Maybe in my twilight years.

3) I graduated from the Air Assualt School at Fort Campbell, Kentucky when I was a reporter for the base newspaper. All I can say is that waking up early to go on forced marches and perform physical training with telephone poles while getting yelled at by guys who could kill you three times before you hit the ground was a small price to pay for being able to jump out of helicopters.

4) While a reporter for the 8th Infantry Division newspaper in Germany I was able to qualify for the German marksmanship badge the Schutzenschnur or Shooting Cord. I got to fire a number of German Army weapons including the Luger pistol. I think I only got the bronze version but I was allowed to wear it with my dress uniform, which was always rather impressive.

5) I was the lead singer for a punk rock band out of Cincinnati, Ohio in the mid-80's. We were only together for about a year and a half but we put out an album and got a glowing review from Maximum Rock n' Roll magazine, the punk periodical of choice. We opened for some nationally and internationally known groups including Black Flag and G.B.H. Locally we played in Newport and Lexington, KY; Dayton, Cincinnati and Columbus, OH; West Lafayette and Bloomington, IN. We also went on an underground tour across the United States where we played in Portland, ME; Syracuse, NY; Lansing and Flint, MI; Lincoln, NE; Denver, CO; Las Vegas, NV; and Burbank and Los Angeles, CA. We only got kicked out of one bar and were refused entrance to Canada where we were supposed to play two gigs. Otherwise it was a blast, as long as you don't count the malnutrition and the nervous breakdown it induced.

Okay, I have to tag some people now. How about some of the winners from the poster contest! The Roman Sacristan, Another Catholic Mom, Upper Canada Catholic, and Veritatis Splendor.

Sunday, October 22, 2006

We Have Winners!

Well, the judging is over and the votes have been counted and we have winners in the Lapped Catholic's Motivational Poster Contest!

And the winners are...

In the Humorous category the winner is The Roman Sacristan for the Liturgical Whimsey poster. The prize is a Pope Innocent the III action figure as seen here.

In the Inspirational category the winner is Another Catholic Mom for the Life poster. The prize is a CD by the Archdiocesan Boy Choir of Philadelphia.

And the winners of the random drawing from entrants are Upper Canada Catholic and Veritatis Splendor. The winners will have a choice of items including a St. Teresa of Avila bookmark with third class relic and a hand-knotted twine rosary.

Honorable mentions go to Anathema Sit for both the Liturgical Dance poster and the St. Francis poster in the Humorous category and Hermeneutic of Continuity for the Conscience poster in the Inspirational category. Honorable mentions will also have a choice of items mentioned above.

Winners will be contacted soon with the particulars of claiming their prizes.

Thanks to everyone who participated. It was a lot of fun hosting the contest and I hope it was fun for everyone involved.

UPDATE: I also wanted to thank the judges for their participation. We had three blogging judges and three real-world judges. The blogging judges included myself, The Crescat and The Curt Jester. The other three include family members who will remain nameless as they like to maintain a level of plausible deniability when it comes to my web endeavors. : )

Friday, October 20, 2006

I'm a winner and doggoneit, people like me!

I entered a contest at Book Buds the other day and what do you know, I won!

I won't dwell on the fact that my entry was the only one in the Poignant category because in my book, a win is a win! Go there and read what I would say if I was the first person to step foot on Mars. Don't worry, it won't be a total waste of time, the winner in the Funny category is worth the trip.

Thursday, October 19, 2006

(Lack of) Intelligence Test

Nancy over at Journey Woman linked to some very interesting Intelligence Tests. I did pretty well on the first one but the subsequent tests made me feel less than intelligent. Go over and try your hand at it.

I liked them so much I tried to come up with some of my own. See if you can figure them out.

All are in this format:

24 H in a D = 24 hours in a day

where you have to fill in the right side.

3 B G G =

1 is the L N =

10 L I =

3 M I =

1 F the R =

It T 2 T T =

2 H A B T O =

P of 8 =

4 S and 7 Y A =

2 C G =

1 T P =

3s a C =

4 O T F =

45 D A =

99 L B =
(HT to SFO Mom)

Use the comments to let me know how you do.

Let the judgement begin!

The entry phase of the Motivational Poster contest has ended and we have a great many entrants. It will be a difficult job selecting the winners. As stated before I hope to have the results by Sunday the 22nd.

A couple of judges have had to pull out of the voting for personal reasons so if you didn't submit an entry and want to be a judge, please contact me. If you did submit an entry but want to be a judge instead let me know and I'll add you as a judge and take you out of the competition. If you have contacted me before about being a judge I will be in touch.

So, don't forget to check in later for the results (or add me to your rss feed reader so you know when the results are in). Until then enjoy the brain teaser in my next post.

Tuesday, October 03, 2006

We have a contest!

UPDATE - The contest ends at midnight (Eastern Time Zone) on October 18th, 2006 so depending on when you read this, you've got twenty four hours or less to submit a contest entry. Once the contest is over judging will take place and results should be available by October 22nd. - Updated 11:57 AM October 18th.

Okay, it seems there is interest in the Motivational Poster contest I mentioned in passing so here are the rules.

1) Use the Motivator Tool to create a motivational poster with a Catholic theme. There will be two categories. Humorous and Inspirational. You may enter as many posters as you like in each category.

2) Post the poster(s) on your blog/website and leave a comment here with a link to the poster(s). Don't forget to tell me which category the poster falls into.

3) There must be at least 10 individual contestants in a category for a prize to be awarded. So spread the word.

4) The contest will go on for the next two weeks. So if my finger calculations are correct that means it will end around midnight on the 18th of October. I reserve the right to extend the contest depending on the response.

5) There will be a prize for best humorous poster, a prize for best inspirational poster, and a raffle prize for one contestant (who didn't win the other prizes) picked at random. Currently the prizes are: a Pope Innocent III Action Figure for the most humorous poster; two scapulars made at the Carmelite convent in Coimbra, Portugal where Fatima seer Sister Lucia lived for the most inspirational poster; and a St. Teresa of Avila bookmark with an imbedded third class relic for the raffle prize. There may also be some hand knotted twine rosaries thrown into the mix for good measure.

6) The posters will be judged by a panel yet to be named. If you'd like to volunteer to be a judge (which means you can't be a contestant) then email me.

7) If you have any questions, email me.

8) This is all in good fun. Let's keep it clean and charitable.

9) Check back here for updates and to see the entries.

Entries so far: