Sunday, December 30, 2012

Slushy Christmas

 Well the good people of the South Side are having themselves a gray and drag little Christmas Season. It was not a white Christmas. Even so it has ben white shortly after it.

Pictured to the right is a gad pump that was knocked over by a car when it started snowing. Apparently ice is slippery. You will not that it has been propper up and is being held in place with half a roll of duct tape. Red Green would be proud.

Bellow  is a grey and sickly slush man. He has been made in one of the South Side's most precious of places, a parking space. You can't read it from the picture but he is holding a sign asking people not to knock him over. It is very heart warming. That is if you ignore the fact that small children have to beg for the lives of their snow men.

Well just checking in. Be safe out there and keep your sticks on the ice.

Saturday, December 29, 2012

Kittens N'at

The wife is still visiting her family in the place where her family is.

She did ask for pictures of the kittens. So here are pictures of the kittens. Well three of them anyway. The other two like to hide under the chair.

They are just at the start of the getting into things that they should not be getting into stage of life.

By the way if anyone out there wants a black kitten we have many to choose from. They are cute and affectionate. There is one that has a strange shoe fetish.

 He is still cute but you have to check your boots before you put them on. 

And to the people that complain that I do not speak with a yinzer accent I said the word N'at out loud when I typed it.

Friday, December 28, 2012

Thursday, December 27, 2012

Redding Up

I was at a knitting group the other day and someone noted that I do not have a Pittsburgh accent. I suppose they meant to say that I do not talk like a yinzer. They noted that I used the term redding up a little while ago and do not speak that way normally. They sugested that I was making fun the yinzer accent.

I am in a funny business. So yes I naturally make fun of things. Granted the yinzer accent is a joke unto itself. Anyone that would willingly wear a mullet in this day and age is a walking joke.

The person also stated that I did not put any Chris Brown videos on the old blog. I am not sure why I would. I do not put and clips of Wagner Operas on my blog for the same reason. I do not like them.They asked me if I did not like rap.

Not being a Chris Brown fan I did not know that he was a rapper. So I visited the good folks at You tube and listened to some of his music. I am not sure that I would call him a rapper. I would certainly call him formulaic. What ever he is it is clear that he only records what his producers tell him to. He is a programmed performer regurgitating someone else's words.

I may not love everything that Ice T and Dr. Dre said still it was what they were feeling. They are flag bearers of the pain and hurt that they feel. I think that they may have made the same music if only a handful of people had bought it. I am pretty sure Chris Brown would have been a knitter, basket weaver or anything else if obscene amounts of money could be made at it.

I think the most telling part of if someone is a defining member of their profession is how the next generation looks at them. With just a wee bit of research it looks as if Dr. Dre had something to do with bringing Eminem along. I was not able to find a story about Chris Brown doing that for someone else. Will the next generation of rappers be rapping about Chris Brown, I doubt it.  The next generation is rapping about Dr. Dre.

I think it is fairly obvious that I am not a huge fan of the rap. Still, like everything, some of it is good and a lot of it not so much. Maybe someday Chris Brown will not be in the not so much catagory. That day is not today. I leave you with a video Chris did with a Japanese Rap group. I will let you judge which is an artful socially important video. We have a heartfelt thanks to a mentor or an adamant statement that Chris like rear ends.

Can't Sleep

Can't sleep. I think I need a ham sandwich. Just wanted to share.

Wednesday, December 26, 2012

Lost Juggling Balls

I have lost 36 balls. I have no idea where they are. I hate to loose things. I don't suppose anyone likes loosing things. I am not sure why anyone out there would care that I lost a bag full of juggling balls. When I mentioned it to a couple people at the church where we practice they thought it was funny. So there you are. Also if you see a bad full of white and yellow rubber balls in Pittsburgh let me know. They might be a reward in it. There might also be a couple orange balls in there.

Be safe out there and keep your stick on the ice.

Monday, December 24, 2012

Happy Christmas and Kittens

I loverly Christmas Eve has been had thus far. I have managed to put exactly one inch on a sweater while under constant assault from a small army of cat. I wonder how many cats would actually constitute a small army. Well there are four cats and five kittens. They all like the yarn. Well I suppose that is something in the DNA of Cats.

Anyway this is mommy and her kitten under a chair. Well it is fairly obvious what is going on here. The Wife is away visiting her family and she asked me to put up some pictures of the kittens. Well the little critter squirm around and very few of the pictures are clear. I suppose if i were using a better camera they would some out better.

Also it appear that the primary purpose for blog is also to put pictures of one's cat on the internet. So here are cat pictures. I suppose that my blog does not have as many cat pictures as it could.

The mother is named Cuckie. She was given to me by a couple of the kids in the Clown Brigade. They named her and insist that is how you spell Cookie. The babies do not have names. There are five of them and they are cute as you would expect kittens to be. Anyway These are four week old kitten and they are just starting to crawl around and steal my yarn. So eventually these little yarn snatcher are going to need a home. If you live in Pittsburgh and would like a fur ball leave a comment.

Be safe out there and keep you stick on the ice.


MST3000 gen names Bloodlust.

Great stuff.

Random Clown Stuff

It is early Christmas Eve and I am here blogging. I can't sleep and I am working on the Brigade Newsletter. We are almost done and are just waiting for the article from out Minister. It would be great it looks as if we are going to get this thing out on time. We have several lovely articles a game page and lots of other stuff. I am very happy with it.

I am messing around with the idea of putting an online version of the newsletter on the Brigade's blog. I would just have to figure out how to do that. 

Also on the Clowning Front we are going to be performing in a Roller Rink on Thursday. It is basically a balloon fest. Still it should be fun. 

Well be safe out there and keep your stick on the ice.

Saturday, December 22, 2012

The French

On this new version of blogger one of the things they have is a gizmo that tell you what country the people are visiting your blog from. In the last week a I have had just about a hundred people from the United States visit my blog. I have had 165 visit from France.

I have always thought of the French of refined and cultured people. This makes me wonder why are the visiting this blog, Maybe I am sort of like a Jerry Lewis of the Blogs. Not really all that funny but for some reason the French enjoy me.

Well I suppose I should have some programming for my French viewer from time to time.

This is Ricky Gervais trying to teach people English. The subtitle are in French.By the way if you are going to learn English it is best to learn it from the English. Americans think people with English accent sound smart. A Chinese person who sounds like Cooter from Dukes of Hazard will get into trouble.

Really this vid is a bit pointless. Still if you are reading this blog then you are all about that pointless.

Be safe out there and keep your stick on the ice.

Friday, December 21, 2012

Unmoderated Stuff

I continue to go through the drafts that have been left orphaned on this blog. There are loads of them. The more I read the more I question my own sanity. For some reason there are a bunch of Mystery Science Threater 3000 vids left laying about over the last year. I really am not sure why I started putting them in this blog.

On other front I have just been watching the Silence with Douglas Henshall. It is a gripping little story about a deaf girl who sees the police murder someone. She is also personally struggling with a cochlear implant and parents who different ideas about what her life should be.

All four episodes are on the Net Flix. They are a great afternoon. They are also a wonderful cross section of UK accents

Thursday, December 20, 2012

Wonderful Revenge

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Wednesday, December 19, 2012

Christmas in Pittsburgh

The giant electric tree is on the side of a building signalling that is is Christmas in Pittsburgh once again. I am sure this is a post card somewhere. If not it should be.

Be safe out there and keep your stick on the ice.

Monday, December 17, 2012

The Pointless Christmas Gloves

The ill fated gloves have made another appearance. I somehow got it in my head that I needed the challenge of knitting a pair of gloves. I have eight fingers and a thumb done. Every year I get through couple more fingers. Then after I finish the second or third finger I come to realization that the entire project is pointless. And this is not the normal sort of knitting pointless. I was sitting around thinking of something that I had not knit and came up with the idea that I should knit gloves.

It is like someone the sees a mountain and thinks they need to get to the top of that. There is no good reason to be up there. There are no new mountains to climb. If I want to feel what it is like up there and can sit in a bath of ice water and look at a picture book. The same is true for knit gloves. First off there are too many young people in my life to wear knit gloves. At least half a dozen times a winter I find myself the target of a surprise snow ball assault. So I carry an nice insulated water proof set of gloves. I would not walk around in a knit coat. I would get wet in Pittsburgh.

Still the gloves are symbolic of Christmas in general. They are something that we do not need to do and still do it anyway. I am fairly sure Jesus would rather we do some volunteering instead of going into debt on his birthday.

Well just checking in. Be safe out there and keep your stick on the ice.

Sunday, December 16, 2012

New Savage Chickens

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Thursday, December 13, 2012

Two More Ermeys for the world at large

A couple of Juggle Batons were purchased by a members of the local COAI. Oddly they wanted one Red, White and Black (Steel City Clown Brigade colors) and white, yellow and blue. They are both 2 foot long Ermeys and came out rather nicely if I do say so myself. They are called that because they have short stubbly ends similar to a famous Drill Sergeant and motivational speaker. Actually I am not sure if R. Lee Ermey does any motivational speaking. I do know that he goes around and does rallies for Marines. Still, Marines really do not need that much motivation. Every Marine I have met has been what one would call a self starter. Still, I think that he would be rather good at if he did. They should really make an R. Lee Ermey alarm clock. I do know they make some kind of action figure of him in his Marine Corps Uniform.

Anyway back to the Devil Sticks. As I type this they are drying out. The end are glue together and then you let them dry and put the decorative tape and grip tape on them. Before I finish this post I hope they will be close enough that I can tape them up for a picture. Also with these particular stick they will have the head mongrammed. I do not know what they want on them so they will be monogrammed at the COAI meeting on Monday. The picture here is them with in complete ends. If they get finished at the COAI meeting I may put up picture of them.

Also just for fun I have put there map location of where this post was made. I am not sure why this feature is there. Maybe is makes it easier for loonies to hunt blogger down and kill them.

Well be safe out there and keep your stick on the ice.

Tuesday, December 11, 2012


I have tweeted a couple times. I am up to nine followers I think. I am not sure if that is good or not.

Variety Show

There should be more Variety Shows for Children in the United States. There are several int he UK and various other places. There is Blue Peter and The Slammer. We have had a couple over the years in the States. They do not have much staying power. The Slammer is an actual proper variety show with singers, dancers, jugglers, magicians and other performers. If I ever make billions of dollars I will buy a local TV station and have a Saturday Evening Variety Show. There would be no mimes on my show.

This is an episode of the Slammer from last year.

We have been kicking around the idea of having a variety show as a fund raiser for the Brigade.

We are going to give the old Brigade Newsletter another shot. This will be the third attempt at it. We usually start it off and loose interest throughout the year. I may work on putting together an online version of the newsletter. If anyone is interested out there I will put together an email list thing I suppose.

Well be safe out there and keep your stick on the ice.

Friday, December 07, 2012

Unmoderated Stuff

I have a ton of draft posts on this blog. At this point there are twice as many draft posts on this blog for the year as there are posted posts. The effort to go back and finish those posts is not something that I am giving too much energy to. That would explain why there are so many unfinished ones.

If I did five a day I might clear them out by the end of the year. Even so, who am I kidding? I do not post everyday. So why would I go back and fix old posts. That would just be silly.

I did go through the unmoderated comments today. There was not a single one that I would want posted. Every one of them is an advert for something else. Just use your imagination and it is in there. I am not going to post examples because then I would be giving them what they want.

Be safe out there and keep your stick on the ice.

Thursday, December 06, 2012

Random Buss Posting

            Once again tooling around on the bus as it winds it’s way through the hills of Pittsburgh. I am sitting next to someone that smells as if the rub menthol cigarettes on his body instead of bathing. I hope he does not have kids. You have to wonder about people that are willing to make their children sick to feed a habit. Some slick person needs to start suing smokers on behalf of their children. Some of the money could go to the state for health care. The rest could go to educate those children.

            On the clowning front we have several stage shows that we are messing around with. It has been a couple years since we worked on such shows. With everyone doing better at juggling there is a renewed interest in stage shows. At least three of the young ones could be team juggling clubs in a couple months. And since they are growing into teenagers they are almost as tall as me. So for a year they will getting to my height and then there will be some time at my height and another year when they are just a bit taller than me. Chances are one of the girls will stop growing at just a bit taller than me and I will finally have a juggling partner that is not a couple feet shorter than me.

            On other fronts we are still messing about with internet media. We are not sure what we are going to do. We just know that we are going to do something. We are sort of leaning toward a documentary sort of thing covering our practices. We would have to use fake names for the young ones. It looks like the preferred Sir Name is Brooks for that. If we ever throw together an episode I will put it up here.

            Oh thank goodness I can stop breathing through my ears. Mr. Virginia Slim has gotten up to spread cancer to his family and friends. If I were mean I would have taken a picture of him and put it up on the old blog here. Well, things are looking up.

Well that is it for today. Be safe out there and keep your stick on the ice.

Tuesday, December 04, 2012

Yinzer Rocket Science

Have you ever noticed that there are no yinzers that are rocket scientists? Maybe there is something that happens when one gets a mullet that reduces their brainpower. I think I am going to call the people are Carnegie Mellon and ask if they have any yinzers on staff. I wonder what department that would be?

I mean somewhere there must be a smart yinzer. There has to be one out there.

Well be safe out there and keep your stick on the ice.

Sunday, December 02, 2012


I wonder if I can type faster than I can speak? There are several programs out there that claim to be able to transcribe what you are saying into a word processor. I tried one a few years back. And after playing with it for more than a week it assumed words that I was not actually saying. Apparently I have such a funny accent the computer could not understand me.

I was watching the New Stephen Fry Gadget Show. On it they had someone using an updated version of that program with great ease. I am sure that company wants their product to be featured in the best light. So I am not sure if it really works as well as they claim it does.

I am not sure such a thing would serve me very well on the bus. Also I do not have to dictate when I am typing something out. I am not sure if I could get to the point where I would tell the computer where to end sentences and the like. I imagine that I would have one huge block of text without punctuation of any kind. Perhaps my spelling would be better. Although, now that I think of it, the computer would probably be suing the wrong words for this and that.  

Now if they could come up with a computer program that would tell me when know one care about what I am typing that might be something useful. Well be safe out there and keep your stick on the ice.

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