Monthly Archives: December 2007
For the second time this month, I lost one of my favorite fish. Dory, a 4 year old African Cichlid, died of a short illness earlier today. While not the nicest of fish (she bit my fingers more than once upon feeding), she had a ton of character for a fish, and lived a pretty happy life.
Dory started out her life in the ownership of Amanda Sealock, a roommate of my then-future-wife Sarah Shoultz. Dory was one of two Cichlids, the other being a more diminutive Yellow variety. Dory soon had full rein of the tank, and soon had to be separated from the yellow for its safety.
After Amanda was set to move away, she was going to take this very cool fish back to the fish store. Sarah & I decided to take Dory and continue to care for her in the only home she would ever know, our apartment.
A few attempts were made to place Dory with other fish, always to the other fish’s grisly demise. After a time, we finally decided she was to be an only-fish, and she got a tank all to her self.
Over the years, she grew sick now and again, but she was a hearty fish, shaking off these illnesses time and time again. Until 2 days ago, when she was starting to mope at the bottom of her tank, playing with the bubbles but doing little else. This morning we found her gone.
Dory was big, even for a cichlid. I highly recommend this breed, but I recommend either getting just 1 or many of them, for they have a tendency to be very territorial. You also might want to have a “no-furniture” tank for this breed if you have more than one, because they’ll take ownership of a cave/ship/plant, etc.
Dory was a very cool fish, and like little Hero, Dory was one of my very favorites. It’s been a rough week for my pets. Everyone else looks ok for now. In fact one of the Mollies looks to be pregnant. I’m hoping so.
Now, check out how the bookcase is lit up.
I just re-found this in a stack of links from my bookmarks folder. I always loved this trailer, very hip.
Something like that. Yes, Happy Birthday to me. This is the last I’ll be posting today, because frankly, I need to get out more. By the way, yes, that is the crown I wore in the grade school production of Cinderella. I was the then, and future, King.
ALL HAIL. SO SAYETH AARONIS REX.
So, I’m reading Kevin Smith’s blog “My Boring Ass Life” today. There’s an open casting call for extras to be in his next movie, “Zack and Miri Make a Porno”. There are 4 steps:
1) Take two pictures of yourself: headshot and full body shot (clad, please).
2) List your personal details: age, contact info.
3) Mail that mother****** to…
I Wanna Be in “Porno”!
Nancy Mosser Casting
attn: Katie Shenot
239 Fourth Ave
Pittsburgh PA 15222
4) Wait for response.
So…I am thinking to myself, “I’m going to do it.” I’m no Rudolph Valentino, but I think it’s be a complete blast to be in this movie. I’ll take a chance, why not?
Now, in researching this, the movie, the casting is taking place in Pittsburgh, and that is where it’s primarily being shot as well. And here I am, the geographically challenged moron in Nebraska thinking, “Well, everything in New England is right near each other, right? I mean they got like 10 states crammed into the same area as just one midwestern state. And since Sarah & I are going to Baltimore, possibly to live for a long time, fairly soon…I’m going to try out for this thing!!!
And then comes mapquest. About 4 freaking hours, each way, between Baltimore and Pittsburgh. Who knew!?!
But you know, I’m still going to send in the information. It’d be my chance to actually get to meet Kevin Smith and the stars of this flick. I hope I get in, and I also hope I don’t get in. I mean, minimum wage for how many weeks?? We’ll see what happens.
If you want more information about this, here’s Kevin Smith’s blog entry.
(singing) I want ta be in pictures…..
Here’s some pictures of the crash and AJ’s First Birthday. It only took a week to get them on here, a new record for me. Enjoy.
(Note: the picture here is showing up really low-res here, but looks normal on the Picasa album site. I tried 3 times to re-post before I gave up.)
(Note 2: Anyone I’ve told the story of this crash too…well, upon a week’s passage and a second look at the pictures, it’s clear I had a few “facts” that weren’t quite right. I might have to confer with Sarah to find out exactly what “did” happen in this fun little game of bumper cars we all got into.
Heyo. I just stumbled upon a fun (re: pointless) website, myminicity.com, where you can build your own mini-city. All you need is a name, the people populate based on how many hits to your city’s page you get.
(PS: I also created “Soda Quay“, mostly because I want to see what happens when a city “does” die out. Visit or don’t, I don’t care.)
-Aaron, Mayor of Kraznoy.com
By the way, if you’re looking at this in IE 6.0, my sidebar is located wayyyy at the bottom. Have fun finding it. *sigh* IE 7.0 seems to be ok however. Let me know if you find any glitches or other issues on this page. Thanks!
I thought it was high time for a new look for Kraznoy. I chose a pretty dark background to hide overlaps that tend to occur, like with the “Phases of the Moon” widget. I also finally took the time to get my alt-logo included, which I had meant to do, oh, about 10 months ago. No time like the present.
I also took off the counter and the globe widgets. I figure I have “enough” people on here, and you know where you are. This site is not meant for wide distribution, but mainly for a brain-dump, a place to allow for my grievances, or to list interesting sites to visit. The fact that you are reading this, that you are actually visiting an informal diary of mine is very flattering. I take every comment I have on here as not only a comment but as a compliment as well. However, I do not need to know every single time someone decides to come this way either. It is a nice place to visit, but I can name 10 much better sites for funny videos and interesting news articles.
While you’re here, please visit my “Pals” links on the right. Enjoy the new look, and thanks for visiting Kraznoyarsk.
My cool little friend Hero the Fish passed away earlier this morning. He was a somewhat ignored fish for most of his life, simply known as, “One of the Rosy Barbs”. I got him as one of a pair, fast friends throughout their lives…until Hero’s pal got sick. His scales swelled up, his bottom lip portruded, and he lost his strength.
To try to combat their sickness, we put the two together into another tank, and medicated them together. Hero showed little signs of sickness, but Hero’s pal got worse and worse, to the point he couldn’t feed himself.
Then I saw something I’ve never seen in all the years I’ve had aquariums. I saw little Hero nose underneath his pal. I thought at first he was attacking the weaker fish…but he was helping to support his pal, carrying him up to the top of the tank to feed! It was one of the most amazing things I’ve ever seen. Hero did this selfless act over and over again, trying to help his friend to recover, thus earning his moniker
Unfortunately after a couple weeks of no significant change, Hero’s pal suddenly died. Since HP was gone, we brought Hero back to the big tank with all of the other fish.
Fish, by nature, only survive if they school with similar types of fish. So a couple days later, we got a batch of a couple lemon and rosy barbs as friends. At first Hero rejected the new fish, preferring to roam on his own. Eventually he warmed up to the new fish, and latched himself to a lemon-looking barb that eventually showed its rosy colors, looking just as red as Hero by now.
For the past couple days, Hero has been a little mopy, not acting nearly as vibrant as he normally did. This morning my wife Sarah found little Hero. With a heavy heart I brought Hero’s little body out to the field behind out home and buried him in the dirt and snow.
It’s funny how a fish can inspire you, but I will remember that little guy’s selfless act to try and help his friend. Rest In Peace, little Hero.
Republican Presidential Campaign Commericals…condensed.
the title says it all
…this is an ongoing series, I ain’t gonna put them all down now. and they aren’t in any particular order.
1. Casino Royale. Sure, it hasn’t been out very long, and it’s only the first Bond movie in the redux series, but it just feels so right. I’ve wanted this since the beginning. I truly enjoy every bond movie, even Never Say Never Again. But this one is quintessential. It opens Bond up for another 40 years of life.
2. Forrest Gump. Anyone who knows me knows why I like this movie. A true Taoist journey through existence. It’s just a good, simple movie. A little naive? Sure, but so is being an American.
3. Goldfinger. The quintessential Bond movie of the 20th Century. This movie is why Bond is still around. And it’s not just for the huge Q-Branch entries in this one. For me, it’s the fact that Bond messes up. Yeah, he screws the pooch. He actually gets browbeaten in M’s office, almost to the point that he thinks he’s fired. You actually felt a sense of realism in this huge fantastic movie. And then, on the other end of the spectrum, as all of the Army guys are getting put to death/sleep around Fort Knox, the sweeping booming music! Wow, an amazing upsweep “Shaaa!”, then a booming “Thum!”, like a quickening heartbeat about 10 years before Jaws. This is truly an amazing movie for me.
4. The first Matrix movie. I can’t simply call it “The Matrix” anymore, because that almost says the 2nd two are worth your while. They aren’t, in much the same way as the last 3 Star Wars movies (or the “Pre-quels”) aren’t worth your time. Nothing in this age of modern sequels really lives up to the original. The Matrix promised so much, and it’s a shame that the W-brothers couldn’t live up to it. The first Matrix movie is simply so cool.
5. Unforgiven. Clint Eastwood…the guy hadn’t made a western in a long time, and he comes out with this? An anti-western of sorts, kind of dumping on the whole Western culture. This one is anti-war, anti-establishment…and then it falls apart in the last few minutes. But in a good way. It tells us that a murderer cannot hold his lofty ideals in the midst of such pressure. Kind of reminds me of pre-9/11 doves verses post-9/11 hawks. But we’re all the same bird.
6. Superman Returns. And what a return. This one takes the ideals of the first two movies and outshines them, with only about 1/2 the cheeze.
7. Batman Begins. Angry young Bruce, perfectly cast by a guy who really, really wanted the part, forcing his body from 110 pounds to over 250 pounds in a really short time to do it. Christian Bale has heart, that much is clear. And so many great actors in this movie, it’s unbelievable. I can’t wait for the next one.
8. The Austin Powers movies. They are so incredibly dumb, but they make me feel good everytime I watch them.
(absence of a number: I included no Star Trek or Star Wars movies. While they’re great, and I definitely have a soft spot in my heart for them, I no longer have a need for a repeat viewing of any of these 16 movies or 8 series (don’t forget the animated ones)
9. The Count of Monte Cristo. Wow, I’ve never seen a better representation of the 1700’s on film. Seriously. While not the most realistic movie in the world, this one is perfect in so many ways. Such great lines thrown out there, almost underfoot at times. I so love this movie.
10. Bad Santa. My perfect anti-Holidays movie.
Well…that’s enough for now.
Watch at about 1:10…
Yes, I’m sure you all know. Stupid 19-year-old jerk with a gun. Shot a bunch of people. I was a mile away as the crow flies, at work on the phones. I heard a bunch of sirens, but that’s about it. I knew something was going on, but I kept working, driving through until the news hit, nationally.
I’m not completely insensitive to it, I prayed for those who died and the families involved. I wish I could have been there to help somehow. But in the end, I wasn’t there, and lives were affected without my involvement. So I go to work the next day.
It’s eerie to be able to see the Von Mahr storefront from my desk at work, through 3rd-story glass windows, but I can see half the city from my desk. I just wish the kid would have found something else to do today. What a waste.
Here’s an old video of a bunch of animals drunk off of a fermented fruit.
Timers. I love time. I’m still obsessed with this line of thought.
See, a while back, I listed a bunch of timers I’d love to see. One other one I wouldn’t mind seeing is something I call “1A2B3C”. See, it’s a catestrophic failure on a Star Trek starship, with shuttlebays destroyed, escape pods inoperative, and a coolant leak on the warp core, which is about to blow. This is more of an FYI to myself, by the way. I’ll try to have a more cogent entry later.