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Catastrophic Success

As if there weren't enough political opinionating out there, I, too, now sing the body bloglectric. Let me FEED you![XML]

Location: United States

Wednesday, May 25, 2005

Dear LivingDot.com Support

I really messed it up this time. I was trying to upgrade my Wordpress from 1.5 to It turns out that I was looking at the wrong Wiki for the upgrade (apparently, the new install one instead). It also turns out that I really don't have clue one what I am doing. I overwrote all of my WP files, created a new database and managed to apparently wipe my entire blog. This, if true, is highly disappointing, to say the least. I hope against hope that you would be able to restore my blog from a recent back-up. If so, I promise, I will love you forever. No really. I mean it. Not in a weird way. Just a platonic passionate love a user feels for the wizard-like techie who saves his unknowledgeable hind end. You have always treated me great in the past, so I know you will have done everything possible to help me, even if I really did dump the whole thing down the memory hole. Thanks folks.

Love Always,
MisterBixby, Idiot User.

Tuesday, May 03, 2005

Moving on up....

I haven't unpacked all the boxes yet, and I'm still mucking about with my WordPress template, but I have moved to http://www.misterbixby.com/. Please update your links accordingly.

Wednesday, April 27, 2005

Another Missive from Mrs. Bixby (Not Her Real Name)

That is what is left until my Avon Walk. The event is in 38 days and I still have to raise $400 to reach my goal of $2000.

Here it is folks.... my call out to all of you! Please help me! There are MANY of you receiving this letter that have not yet made a donation! Come on.... you can do it! If everyone on this list that has not donated simply made a $10 donation, I would reach my goal. Let's get donating!

OK, so here are some incentives to help motivate you to donate:

1. Help saves lives!
2. Just $10 from each of you can help.
3. If your employer makes "Matching gifts", you can DOUBLE your
4. Help local resources get in touch with the people that need it
5. Donate atleast $100 and you get to name a Pink Ribbon that I
will wear during the walk. Afterwards, I will mail you a
picture of me wearing it and the ribbon itself.
6. Don't like to use credit/debit cards online? Just mail me the
check made out to AVON WALK FOR BREAST CANCER.
7. Help save lives!
8. Your donation is tax deductible.
9. It'll make you feel all warm and fuzzy inside!
10. You can make monthly payments.
11. Last, but not least. . . help save lives!

Here is a new one: Hopefully, all of you looked at my updated website and saw the new pictures on there. The first is of closing ceremonies. In this one you can see a giant, pink, inflatible pylon. There are 2 of these and they follow us around all weekend. The walkers/crew members all sign them and they then travel to every Avon Walk event (there are 5 more events after Chicago). They are seen by THOUSANDS of people.
So, I call out to all of you. Anyone making atleast a $250 donation will not only get to name a Pink Ribbon, but the name(s) they chose will get written on one of these pylons. It will be seen by thousands of people across the country. I already have one $250 donor. Can I get another one. . .or two? I don't care if you team up, add on to a prior donation, or use an employer matching gift to reach the $250. You somehow donate that much and you will have the chance to permanently honor someone on an AVON WALK pylon for everyone across the country to see!

I look forawrd to seeing all of your names on my website as a "Donation Superstar"!


Visit My Avon Walk Page

More from the Front ... or In this episode I Geek Out.

MisterBixby: Whoa....
MisterBixby: Please to be clicking here...
David: omg!
MisterBixby: uh huh
David: i can't believe i just said 'omg'
MisterBixby: Whatev y00 big AOLer y00
David: they should make a series about Kit Fisto
MisterBixby: that sounds dirty.
David: hah
David: this guy
David: there was a clone wars episode about him fighting the separatists on Mon Calamari
David: he was using his lightsaber underwater
MisterBixby: cool... although he looks like the son of the singer from The Fifth Element.
MisterBixby: Did it steam and stuff?
David: and he made this force bubble and knocked out a bunch of enemy submarines with it
David: it bubbled
MisterBixby: Mon Calamari means my squid... what a messed up name for a planet.
David: hah
David: they look like squid
David: Kit Fisto
MisterBixby: It's like calling earth Mon Boeuf... My beef
David: hahah
MisterBixby: hehe ... bubbly light saber...
This is cool too: Beyond Indy, Lucas also answered a question about another popular Lucasfilm character, Willow Ufgood. His response to a fan who asked about the possibilities of Willow II: "I was actually just talking to Warwick Davis backstage, and we were communing on the possibility, wouldn't it be wonderful to someday do a Willow TV series. I can't say that we'll do that, but, [Lucasfilm] is moving into television, and a lot of ideas are popping up." Lucas went on to say later that other projects on the horizon include a feature film about African-American pilots serving in World War II that Lucas will produce.

David: hahahah
David: willow
MisterBixby: Shut up Peck!
MisterBixby: I've gotten SO many hits for that Darth Benedictus-Tater pic....
David: A fan asked the chances of exploring the KOTOR-era Jedi or the origins of the Sith on TV, and Lucas stated that if the television projects are successful, he would examine the possibility of moving elsewhere in the saga.
David: this would be awesome!
David: I was wondering if revenge of the sith would make some kind of subtle reference to Darth Revan or Malak. How great would that be?
David: supposedly palpatine explains the sith a little better, maybe they'll go into the history.
David: he doesn't like you. I don't like you either!
MisterBixby: I don't know. They may not because its a fairly obscure reference.
MisterBixby: If you haven't played the games, you won't have a clue who they are.
MisterBixby: I can't remember the alias that Obi-wan used in the cafe in Episode II... the guy they thought he was. Is that in the Star Wars database you're looking at?
David: i'm getting a lot of referrals from search engine results for Alicia Rickter. What a bunch of pervs!
MisterBixby: who is a Alicia Rickter?
David: some playboy bunny
David: i wrote about her marriage to Mike Piazza somewhere
David: i'm also getting hits from people searching for "colon cleansing"
MisterBixby: riiiight... Now that I'm posting this conversation, watch my alicia Rickter hits go through the roof... Their all gonna be here looking for NAKED ALICIA RICKTER PICS... Is that shameless hit seeking, y'think?
David: yes
David: but it's necessary
MisterBixby: :)
MisterBixby: Of course, now I'll get colon cleansing hits too...
David: alicia rickter and colon cleansing are my two biggies
MisterBixby: I've been getting searches for "Laura Ingraham's Breast Cancer Surgery" because I made a passing comment to Laura Ingraham and Carrie's participating in the Avon walk for breast cancer

I'm such a dork. I don't know why this conversation is interesting to anyone but me and David. Of course, I did want to send the link out.

And to all of you here looking for NAKED ALICIA RICKTER PICS, all I have to say is "SUCKER!!!!" and I would recommend visiting PeoriaPundit and search his archive for anything labelled Eye Candy. That should suit your needs... Perv!

Tuesday, April 26, 2005

pissed off

Sorry folks. I had a big long post planned as a response to ElizabethSheryl's comment to my very popular Pope + Tater Ratzinger Sith post but as I was about to post it at 11:50 last night, it disappeared into the memory hole. I have the first third of it saved and maybe I'll try again later, but meanwhile, I have submitted a support request to blogspot. I discovered I had to log out of blogger in order to use their submission form though. Wouldn't it make sense to also include an email address instead of just relying on a cgi-form to allow your users to report problems? Apparently not. At any rate, I hope they can recover it because I liked it a lot. I'm sure they will do the best they can to help too, and bless them for helping.

On top of that, my dear younger daughter (the one who recently had surgery) has an ear infection and kept the lovely and talented (and amazingly calm in the middle of the night) Mrs. Bixby (Not Her Real Name) and me up all night. I'm very tired and crabby and bitchy so I'll cut off here to refrain from saying some unpleasant things about my poor darling daughters' sleeping habits (one or both of them conspire to wake up just as I go to bed late EVERY NIGHT, but I digress).

Thursday, April 21, 2005

Weirdest Referral Log Ever!!!

Over the past two days I have gotten no less than 7 (out of 15) hits coming from Google or Yahoo searches for "Ratzinger" and "Sith." Obviously I'm coming up on that search because I posted about the new Pope and the coolest Star Wars swag one right after the other, but I just don't understand what would cause you to put those two words together in a search bar. Is there an article calling Pope Benedict XVI a Dark Lord of the Sith? Must have missed it.

However, never let it be said that I don't accomodate my readership!!!

Cardinal RatzingerplusDarth Tater


Darth Benedictus

So here comes the important question. What do we call the Evil Holy Spud?
Darth Benedictus?
His Emminence Dark Lord Tater?
Pope Taterus (ne: Cardinal RatSither)?
Holy Father of the Sith?
My punner seems to be on the fritz...

Please leave comments or email me if you have any better ideas. These can't be the best there are!

If I were a religious man, I'd be in some serious trouble. If I were Catholic I would certainly be in front of the Inquisition.

The Cardinal seemed like a good choice to me. I actually don't have any problems with a man of devout faith being the head of a religion that requires devout faith. It only makes sense to me. I don't understand the shock and surprise from those in the godless media. As stated by a Catholic Priest (whose name I can not recall and is not on the website) on Laura Ingraham's show today, "You mean the Pope's a [good] Catholic?!"

Wednesday, April 20, 2005

1000 hits!!!

Congratulations to whoever visited my site from Europe (GMT +2) after visiting Rishon Rishon's Steven Den Beste entry recap here.

Tuesday, April 19, 2005

In other important news....

I have given in to the Dark Fried of the Force ...

The Tater is MINE!!!!

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"Chips are the path to the dark fried. Chips lead to Hash Browns. Hash Browns lead to the plate. The plate leads to suffering." --Roota, Jedi Master

Beware the Dark Gourd of the Sith

I'm anxiously awaiting his son Luke Frywalker and his friend Hash Solo.

That's all I got... and the gourd one was really a stretch...

Power to the Papal!!!!

Just sounded funny to me. I don't particularly care how much power the pope has. However, there is a new one. Pope Benedict XVI took office today. He's formerly known as Cardinal Joseph Ratzinger, a hard-line orthodox traditionalist. The Reuters reporter who wrote this story apparently couldn't find anyone who believed he would actually be a hard-line orthodox traditionalist Pope.

"Somewhere a mending of fences must have been happened in the conclave," said Father Gerald Fogarty, history professor at the University of Virginia in the United States. "They probably think of this as a transitional papacy."

John Wilkins, former editor of The Tablet in London, said Ratzinger could be different as Pope from his previous work.

"You never quite know how a pope is going to develop," he said. "You can't just draw a straight line from Cardinal Ratzinger as head of the Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith and Cardinal Ratzinger as pope."

Every quote in the story reflects the hope or belief that he will be a transitional or transformational pope that those in the MSM have been crying for since JPII died. Somehow, I doubt that the rush of the Holy Spirit will infuse him with the sudden desire to embrace gays, female priests and liberalization of church doctrine. I don't understand how one can read his resume and doubt that he will be just as unyielding on Church tradition or doctrine as John Paul II.

Some highlights:
"We are moving toward a dictatorship of relativism which does not recognize anything as definitive and has as its highest value one's own ego and one's own desires," [Cardinal Ratzinger] declared at a pre-conclave Mass in St. Peter's Basilica.

"Ratzinger's stern leadership of the Congregation of the Doctrine of the Faith, the modern successor to the Inquisition, delighted conservative Catholics but upset moderates and other Christians whose churches he described as deficient."

"In that office, Ratzinger disciplined Latin American "liberation theology" theologians, denounced homosexuality and gay marriage and pressured Asian priests who saw non-Christian religions as part of God's plan for humanity."

It, of course, remains to be seen whether he will be as effective a pope as John Paul II. His age (78) may cause him some difficulty in continuing JPII's jetsetting lifestyle, and it's possible that his continuation of JPII's policies and strong stance for age-old morals will draw youth the way John Paul II did or if JPII's draw was more personality and charisma then policy and dogma.

White Smoke and Bells

Drudge and the AP (as well as a co-worker's policeman husband, via the police radio) report that a new pope has been elected. So far no word on who it will be.

I will post more later regarding my atheistic and therefore non-Catholic reaction to the news both about the death of John Paull II and about the new pope. I am surprised by the speed though.

Interesting article on OpinionJournal about why the new pope won't be American. Wouldn't it be great if it and everybody else was wrong. It would be interesting to see what would happen if the most powerful man in the free world and the most powerful man in Christendom were both Americans.