captpackrat: (Camera)
Assorted pics I either forgot to upload or uploaded to Twitpic but not here.



The antenna I put up for my SO.  I wish I'd done more research; while this antenna works well, it's really overkill.  Separate VHF and UHF antennas would have worked better.



Saw this car with a tiger tail at the Omaha Costco.


   
Taking the Plattsmouth Bridge across the Missouri River.  These photos were taken back in October when I drove to Iowa to inquire about a marriage license.


      
After visiting the Mills County Courthouse, I stopped at the nearby Mile Hill Lake at the foot of the Loess Hills.  I walked around the lake, across the dam and up into the hills.  I used to go on these kinds of hikes all the time, but it's been a while and I'm a bit out of shape.



Christmas 2009, I bought stockings for my SO and my roommate.  Not just any kind, but stockings that were appropriate to their "furry preferences".  But I had a very hard time finding anything appropriate for me.  I finally found this stocking with rabbits that was perfect.



Birds are made from bird seed!



Have you given your dog a wet nose today?



Engrish is my favorite language.



One of my relatives!  It's a cute little kids book about packrats.



A Folkmanis Pack Rat puppet.


 
I've not had much luck getting pictures of the birds.  Every time I try to step outside to get a shot, the more colorful birds fly away.
captpackrat: (Scuzz the Rat)
Last week my roommate's car broke down.  It turned out a mouse had chewed through the air filter and damaged the Mass Air Flow (MAF) sensor.  It cost about $300 to have repaired.

Today, on a hunch, he checked under the hood before heading out.  Sure enough, something had chewed half-way through the air filter.  He didn't have a spare, so we decided to use his truck to do the shopping instead.

We opened the hood of the truck, only to discover a decapitated mouse head on one side of the engine compartment.  We then found a tail on the other side.  And there was fur and goo smeared all over the inside of the fan housing.  Someone picked a bad place to make a nest.  Yikes!

We went out and bought a replacement filter and some metal screen material.  When we got home, we discovered the hole in the air filter went all the way through now.  The mouse had chewed the rest of the way through the filter in the few hours that we were gone.  Which meant the mouse was probably still in the long, intricately curved intake hose.

My roommate cut the metal mesh to fit into the air box, while I got some paper towels, soaked them with balsam fir and peppermint oils and stuffed them into the air box.  Hopefully the mesh will keep the mouse out of the engine while the scent of the fir and peppermint should drive the mouse out of the air intake.

I've been treating the inside of my car with balsam fir and peppermint and the mice seem to have stayed away this winter.  The stuff's a bit expensive (about $15 for each bottle), but that's a lot cheaper than the $100+ to have someone clean out the air vents.
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Tired dog is tired.

My roommate's Dane, snoozing on his bed.  She's been under the covers like that for at least an hour.



Last summer I bought this hose-guard to prevent the hose from rubbing against the concrete steps (there's a wheel underneath the squirrel).  It's only recently been uncovered by the melting snow.

Snow Mice-r

Jan. 2nd, 2010 05:00 pm
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This little field mouse was hiding underneath the truck my roommate had parked down at the end of the driveway before the recent blizzard.  She nearly got run over when we moved the truck and she was none too happy about her shelter suddenly driving off.  It was freaking cold, I was half-blinded by the glare from the snow and I was using my #3 camera, so I'm surprised it came out as well as it did.
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As I was sitting on the porch, breaking up alfalfa, I noticed a squirrel sitting in the tree outside watching me. I managed to grab my camera and snap a single picture. I guess he's too shy and doesn't like having his picture taken, because he took off.




(This isn't the same squirrel as the one who posed for the camera previously)
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This cute little pillow came in the mail today.

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While cleaning out the garage several months ago, I found a rabbit skull. I guess it had gotten into the garage and died there long ago. There wasn't much left of it; I almost didn't recognize it at first.


While doing some repair work on the house, my roommate found what he thought was some kind of plant growing inside the light switch. I examined it more closely and realized it was a mouse skeleton! The poor thing somehow got in between the switches and was probably electrocuted. We're lucky the house didn't burn down. The skeleton is almost perfectly preserved; you can even see the individual phalanges.
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We were on our way home today when we saw a large rodent cross the road.


It ran into the grass along side the road, but I still managed to get a good photograph.  It appears to be a groundhog, also known as a woodchuck or marmot.




These tiny blue flowers are popping up all over the lawn.  They're only about a 1/4 inch across.  EDIT:  The flower appears to be Common Field Speedwell.



Who says an outdoor antenna has to go outdoors?
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My J-List order from 2 months ago finally arrived!  I'll always pay the extra for air mail from now on.

Among the items I ordered:


Queen's Blade vol. 15:  Mellona.  This is a art book based on a combat RPG.  It's meant to be used in the game to battle opponents, but I bought it because it's full of pictures of hot shape-shifting bunny girl.  :-9

 
Rabbit & Sakura bento box.  The box has several compartments for various food items, a set of chopsticks and a case, and a cloth bag to keep it all together.


Rabbit chopsticks and a rabbit chopstick rest.



Year of the Rat wishing board



Year of the Rat cup.


 
My new PDA/phone, an HTC Mogul, and a Japanese good luck charm (a gold rat, gold coin and gold bell).  The phone has a keyboard that slides out of the side for easier texting.  And yes, I've put porn on my phone....
captpackrat: (Scuzz the Rat)
We went out for Chinese food today.  (No, we're not Jewish, and it's not Christmas Day yet!)  After the meal, the waitress brought me a wall calendar.  I knew next year would be the Year of the Rat, so I was quite eager.

Here's the calendar they gave me:



Whoa!  Major cameltoe on that rat!



When I went to the front to pay the bill, I noticed they had several other Rat calendars, though none of them really caught my fancy, save one.  I asked if I could have one of those, and the guy gave me one:




I received the first of my Amazon.com shipments today.  I got Meet the Feebles and The White Seal on DVD (alas, they haven't sent Rikki-Tikki-Tavi or Mowgli's Brothers, even though they were in stock), a CD of Dr. Demento music, Hits from Outer Space, and a box set of Philip Pullman's His Dark Materials in hardcover.

While shopping at Sam's Club, I discovered they had the boxed set of Harry Potter novels in hardcover, for a mere $104!  The set normally lists for $195, though Amazon has it for $117.  The box looks like a chest complete with lock, handles and a sheet of old-fashioned suitcase labels.
 

I desperately need a new pair of boots.  These would be fine except the soles have worn almost completely flat.  They are becoming quite treacherous when walking on ice.  I tried going to the mall today to search for boots, but the place was insanely crowded, much worse than Black Friday.  It took quite a bit of driving around to find a place in the back of the lot.  I finally managed to get inside, but couldn't find a store that sold the kind of boots I'm looking for (steel toed with ESD protection).  Getting out of the maul was even worse.  It seemed like everyone picked that moment to leave, as there were now plenty of open spaces and the line of cars going out was now beginning to stretch from one exit to the next.

I tried to use Goog-411 to find a store that sold boots, but apparently their voice recognition software can't understand the difference between "boot" and "boat".  So I'm stuck with these old things for the time being.
captpackrat: (Scuzz the Rat)
A really great episode of X Minus One, Chain of Command.  The head of security at an atomic lab gets a complaint about a mousetrap...  from a mouse!


http://www.ottolejeune.com/xpodcast/56-11-21_076_Chain_of_Command.mp3
captpackrat: (Gasp!)
I stopped by the Disney Store to see if they had any of the giant Ratatouille plushies I'd heard about.  They only had the brown rat, not the grey one that's the star of the movie, so I passed.

I did pick up a Ratatouille recipe box, an apron and oven mitt and a set of coasters.  I was tempted to buy a rat cookie jar as well, but $40 for something that didn't look like it would keep cookies very fresh was just a bit too much.

But that wasn't why I was bad today.  I was bad today because I bought a watch.  A Citizen Eco-Drive Blue Angels Skyhawk. (No, I didn't pay anywhere near MSRP for it.)  I've been wanting one for years.  I'm not sure why I finally got around to buying it today.  My old watch, a Casio Waveceptor e-Databank, is still in good working order, even if the casing is a bit worn.  I felt a bit self-conscious about it at my last job interview; I was wearing a nice suit, tie, shiny dress shoes, carrying a fancy leather portfolio and fancy looking pen, and then I'm wearing a watch with a scratched crystal and worn-off chrome.

This watch is solar-powered so it never needs batteries, it has its own UTC dial and it's got an E6-B flight computer.  All useful stuff for me.   And it's shiny.  Rats like shiny.

The only things it lacks are a backlight (though it does have glowy hands) and an atomic clock time signal, which was the only reason I bought my old Casio.

This is only the second piece of (non-cheap) jewelry I've ever bought for myself (the other was a sapphire ring I bought about 6 or 7 years back).

Pictures!

Aug. 3rd, 2006 03:12 pm
captpackrat: (Hiding in the plants)

I-70 through Glenwood Canyon.  Probably one of the most fantastic stretches of highway I've ever seen.  The roadbed is suspended above the canyon floor.  This picture was taken through the windshield with my cellphone.  The camera appears to have a wide angle lens; in reality the canyon walls appear MUCH closer and steeper.  Unfortunately, the other pics didn't turn out very well.  If I wasn't hauling so much stuff, I would have pulled off the highway to take pictures with a real camera.

I-70 through Glenwood Canyon



This is a statue I found at an Oriental goods store in Omaha.  It's about 8 inches tall and is carved from wood.  It cost me about $30.  I've seen similar carvings before, but usually only a couple inches tall, I've never seen one this big before.

Rat statue



captpackrat: (Grrr)
I tolerate your presence here. My motto is "A daimen icker in a thrave 's a sma' request; I'll get a blessin wi' the lave, an' never miss't!" (Robert Burns).

But dammit, stay out of my Cadbury Mini Eggs!!! Why don't you make yourselves useful and eat the damn spiders? Nice, tasty, crunchy spiders!
captpackrat: (Bubbles)
Hamster-powered cellphones! The future is now!

http://www.theregister.co.uk/2005/08/29/hamster-charger/

Misc stuff

Jun. 19th, 2005 12:30 pm
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Yesterday I bought Postal 2: Apocalypse Weekend. I was a bit disappointed. One of the things I loved about the original Postal 2 was the ability to go pretty much anywhere in the city, even if it had nothing to do with your current tasks. AW doesn't have the option, everything is linear, you can only travel forward from one map to the next, you can't wander around the city wreaking havoc. (However, it does have the Greatest Weapon in FPS History, the boomerang machete!)

I also picked up a couple MST3K movies, Manos, the Hands of Fate and Santa Claus Conquers the Martians. Manos was actually a bit disappointing. While the movie was indeed dreadful, the MSTing wasn't that funny. Santa on the other hand was absolutely hilarious.

Found a dead mouse in the middle of the living room this morning. I know there are mice in the house, and I don't begrudge them being there (A daimen icker in a thrave 's a sma' request; I'll get a blessin wi' the lave, an' never miss't! --Robert Burns), I just wish they wouldn't die inside the house. It's especially disappointing since I just saved a field mouse the other day.

Officer No-Turn-On-Red was out again today, and he had no shortage of victims. I wonder how long it will take before people get the idea that a sign reading "No Turn On Red" means No Turn On Red
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Once again, I had to drive to Temecula, this time to do some tool inventory.

I ended up having to squeeze through a 2 foot by 3 foot hole in a glass-walled tube and climb a ladder to get to the second story.

It was a giant Habitrail.
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The receptionist had cornered a little field mouse that had somehow gotten into the building and got stuck in the glass window fronts. She didn't know what to do, and was kind of freaking out, so I picked up the rubber door stop that was lying nearby, scooped him up with it, and kinda tossed him out the front door into the bushes.

Chubby little thing. :)

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