AJ Ericksen's Blog World

Wednesday, March 30

Clubbing Baby Seals

It's that time of year again. Time to cull the seal pups.

Saturday, March 26

A Baptism

Like the Hilda I before her, the interior of the Hilda II underwent a baptism by Dr Pepper this morning. Sadly, I performed the ordinance whilst cleaning the inner vessel. In order to Armor All the center console (at 9 am), I went to move my can of Dr Pepper to the cupholder in the door. Well, from Armor All-ing the dash, my hands were slippery. Thus, the nearly full can slipped and generously christened the driver's footwell. Thankfully, none of the delicious sugary beverage went into the CD player as was the case with Hilda I.

Thursday, March 24

Bedside Manner

A doctor friend of mine told me about the following conversation between a colleague of his and a Mexican patient, conducted through an interpreter:
Doctor: What seems to be the problem?
Interpreter: Asks the woman
Woman: Something in Spanish (probably spoken quickly and excitedly)
I: She says that the baby won't latch on to her breast and drink the milk.
D: [Without pausing] Tell her the reason is her milk tastes bad because she's a bad mother.
I: [Stares at doctor in disbelief and confusion]

Monday, March 21

Disturbing Hard Drive Report

Sitting in the library and staring out the window at a powerful rain storm, my first thought was that I needed to be listening to Led Zeppelin's "When the Levee Breaks":
If it keeps on rainin’, levee’s goin’ to break,
When the levee breaks I’ll have no place to stay.
Well, I was shocked to discover that I didn't have it on my hard drive and that, more baffling, I have no Led Zeppelin on my computer at all. Unbelievable.

Hard-Core Televangelism

Catherine, a woman with an uncanny knack for finding the bizzare, forwarded this Video of televangelist Gene Scott asking demanding $250K in donations. The swearing is bleeped out, but it is still probably not the best clip for the office.

It may seem to you that he swears too much (for a preacher), but as he explains, "I know what God will damn, and I'm well within the stream of His will, and that ain't cussin'." Enjoy.

Saturday, March 19

Google News, Mormons, and Mitt Romney

I was testing the new customization options in Google News and created a "Mormons" section. In it, I found this interesting gem. The Boston Phoenix carries a long discussion about the political and organizational skills (and their affluence and generosity) and how those things could win the Presidency for Mitt Romney.

For example, two Mormon professors (one at "The B" and one at Notre Dame) estimate that if church-going American adult members gave an average of $100, then Romeny would have an immediate $100M war chest. Furthermore, our missionary zeal could translate into a much more impressive door-to-door force than the Deaniacs of '04.

Then, showing just the kind of unofficial support we may expect for Romeny, an AP Story marking the 10th anniversary of the current iteration of the First Presidency concludes:
When asked if America is ready to elect a Latter-day Saint as U.S. president - whether in the person of Massachusetts Gov. Mitt Romney (whose name often has been mentioned) or another candidate - [President James E. Faust] said that many believed years ago that American voters would never elect a Catholic, which changed with John F. Kennedy's election.

Friday, March 18

Abortion & Scott Peterson

Yesterday's Opinion Journal provides this food for thought:
And Fetus Makes Three
"A California judge Wednesday sentenced Scott Peterson to die by lethal injection for killing his pregnant wife and her fetus," CNN reports. Have antichoice fanatics taken over CNN? Everyone knows it's impossible to "kill" a "fetus"; the correct terminology is "exercised a woman's right to choose."

Making matters even more confusing, the Washington Post says Peterson killed "his eight-months-pregnant wife, Laci, and their unborn son," while the Associated Press describes the victim(s) as "his pregnant wife, Laci, and her unborn fetus."

Here's a thought: Can we start saying Peterson was sentenced to "abortion" rather than "death"? Maybe that will hasten the process.

Thursday, March 17

New Look

I always liked my fishbowl page, but changed it anyway. Why? Because it never looked as good on Mozilla Firefox (which I have now fully embraced) as it did on Internet Explorer. I hope you like it.

Monday, March 14

Le Commode Car

This weekend I made a whirlwind loop from Austin to Dallas, then to Houston, and back. Near my brother's house in Spring, Texas, I spotted a man flying through the neighborhood on a homemade car that words couldn't do justice.

Fortunately, I had been at a wedding the previous day and had my camera in the glove compartment. Camera in hand, my brother Paul and I sped after him in Hilda II and asked him to pose with his vehicle. Behold!

Note that he even has a copy of Street Trucks magazine in the rack on the side.

Saturday, March 5

Escape from Neverland

Enjoy the Escape from Neverland Game. Be sure to get to at least Level 4 to break into "Thriller" mode.

Thanks, Joe.

Friday, March 4

Hello Goodbye

Today I parted company with my first car Hilda, the first car I ever owned. She was old and tired like her namesake, my great grandmother. But similarly she survived (and continues to live, I guess) for over 159,000 miles.

Hilda in her splendor

Like grandma, who wore a wig in her later years, Hilda was losing it up top

And some of her internals weren't great either

159,753.3 miles of good times

But with the goodbye came a hello--to Hilda II, a beautiful '03 Accord EX V-6.

Welcoming Hilda II

Something a little younger and sexier

With inner beauty, too

The two of us are looking forward to many happy miles together.

Tuesday, March 1

New Revolutionary

Corey Feldman: