Tuesday, December 29, 2009


From time to time I have updated my various lists of favorite links on the right side of the site, but man, I really need to think of something new to post here...

Monday, November 30, 2009

Seasons change, time to re-arrange...

Well, as you may have noticed, I have changed the blog around a little. I am using a new Blogger template (I think it looks pretty spiffy!), and I have added my lengthy link list to the column on the right of the blog. I have also added a few new sites and restaurants to my lists. Please leave a comment if there are any sites you think I should add. :)

Friday, November 13, 2009

"Deck the halls...." in 3D

The Misses and I saw "A Christmas Carol 3D" today and we both liked it very much. The animation was excellent and Jim Carrey was fabulous as well. I believe he was born for the part of Ebenezer Scrooge. The 3D effects were absolutely amazing as well. I would say the story has been done to death, even those that have never seen a version of this story know it well, but overall, the movie was awe inspiring and I truly believe everyone should go see it even if just to experience the 3D spectacle coupled with Carrey's awesome performance. I also believe you should leave the little kids at home for this one. Parts of this movie are scary, creepy, and even a little trippy, and the 3D effects just intensify these scenes. Remember, death, ghosts, and magic (for lack of a better term) are important themes of the Christmas Carol story, and the movie is rated PG, not G.

Wednesday, November 11, 2009

My Favorite Links

Yes, I know a list like this may be cliche, amateurish, and frankly, a little lame, but I have come a cross some really great sites in my online travels and I would just like to share them with everyone. Enjoy!

Gadgets & Technology

Gizmodo, the gadget guide. So much in love with shiny new toys, its unnatural.
Gadget blog from CNET. Gadget news, reviews, tips, iphone, electronics and high tech stuff.
Best magazine in the world!
Zune Boards.com
Zuneboards, the ultimate Zune website.
Gadgets and Design Geekiness
Slash Gear.com
SlashGear - Latest Tech and Gadget News
Crunch Gear.com
Gadgets, gear and computer hardware.
The Digital Bits.com
The Digital Bits is a leading DVD news and reviews site, offering expert, insider coverage of movies on disc.
DVD Review.com
Uber Gizmo.com
Ubergizmo is a trendy blog about cutting-edge consumer electronics and gadgets
Elite Bastards.com
Gadget Hacks.com
GadgetHacks.com is a directory to hundreds of gadget and gizmo related sites that provide step-by-step instructions to get more out of your gadgets.
Hacked Gadgets.com
Many articles about hacking gadgets.
Uncrate is a web magazine for guys who love stuff. Our team finds the best gadgets, clothes, cars, DVDs and more.
Incredible Things.com
Wonderful Weird Products
Cool Material.com
Cool Material scours the web for the latest in men's fashion & style, cool watches, gear, tech & gadgets, and media. Your source for the latest in men's shopping and shopping guides.
Geekologie is website dedicated to the scientific study of gadgets, gizmos, and awesome.
Grumpy Gamer.com
Ron Gilbert's often incoherent and bitter ramblings about the (PC) Game Industry
EASEUS Disk Copy Makes a Fast Clone of Your Hard Drive
Lifehacker Pack 2009: Our List of Essential Free Windows Downloads
We feature downloads of all kinds every day at Lifehacker. Today, however, we're bundling all the best free downloads for new computer owners, re-installers, would-be geeks, or anyone who wants to save time installing the best stuff out there. This is our 2009 Lifehacker Pack for Windows computers.

Neato Stuff

A Blog on Oddities: the odd, bizarre and strange things of our world!
Weird Worm.com
Weird and Bizarre
Evil Mad Scientist Laboratories
Making the World a Better Place, One Evil Mad Scientist at a Time.
Now That's Nifty.com
Featuring the custom figures and dioramas of sillof
Topless Robot.com
Nerd news, humor and self-loathing.
The Consumerist
Shoppers Bite Back
TV Squad.com
We come from the future., science fiction, scifi, science, design, art, futurism, and more.
Bam! Kapow!.com
Heroes, Villains And Everything In Between.
Boing Boing.net
DVD Price Search.com
Compare DVD Prices Online using the smartest DVD price comparison engine. Find online coupons, special deals and the lowest prices on DVD movies all with the click of a button!
Retail Me Not.com
Find and share Sears coupon codes and promo codes for great discounts. Get the best sears.com coupon at RetailMeNot.com

Funny Stuff

Awkward Family Photos.com
A ridiculous compendium of weird, bizzare, and off-beat books.
FAIL Blog.org
Fail and Epic Fail Pictures and Videos in one blog. For all those precious fail moments, whip out your camera and see your epic fail picture and videos here.
The Women of WTF  [NSFW]
I Used To Believe.com
Random beliefs.
People of Walmart.com
A collection of all the creatures that grace us with their presence at Walmart, America's favorite store.
Not Very Talented.com
That Will Buff Out.com
Vehicles in compromising positions.
There, I Fixed It.com
Epic Kludges + Jury Rigs

LOST Stuff

DocArzt's Lost Blog - Everything 'Lost' Found Here!
A website dedicated to exploring the mysteries of ABC's hit Drama 'Lost' Starring Matthew Fox, Evangaline Lilly, Josh Holloway, and Terry O'Quinn
Nik at Nite
DarkUFO Lost Site
Sledgeweb's Lost ... Stuff
Sledgeweb's Lost ... Stuff, a fansite of ABC's television drama LOST, featuring a Lost Timeline, Lost Survivor Count, Lost Character Profiles, Lost Survivor Connections, Lost Questions and Answers, Lost Index, Lost Map, Lost Screen Shots
Dispatches from the Island
A blog written by LOST's Jorge Garcia, aka "Hurley".
Station Zero -Lost

Disney Stuff

Jim Hill Media.com : Your source for interesting behind-the-scenes news, reviews, history and commentary about the entertainment industry
The Disney Blog
Disney News and Information<br>"Quality Will Out" - Walt Disney
Blue Sky Disney
AllEars Net

Local Restaurants and Other Cool Places


Durty Nellie's
Gumbo A Go-Go Restaurant, Palatine, IL - Authentic Cajun and Creole Cuisine
Gumbo A Go-Go Authentic Cajun and Creole Cuisine offers dine in, catering, curbside pick-up and delivery in Palatine, Illinois.
JJ Twig's Pizza & Pub
Lamplighter Inn Tavern & Grille
Lamplighter Inn Tavern & Grille is a family owned, neighborhood pub / bar located in the NW suburb of Palatine. We provide a friendly atmosphere that has been attracting customers for over 33 years. It is hard to visit 'Lamps' without running into someone you know. A full menu is served in our tavern, restaurant dining room, or for carry-out. A private party room is available for small or large groups. Enjoy live music, open mic night, karaoke, pub, bar, and beer garden.
Mint Julep Bistro

Hoffman Estates and Schaumburg

Claim Jumper Restaurants
The Lucky Monk
Burger, Pizza, & Beer Co. - Coming soon to S.Barrington, Next to AMC
Romano's Macaroni Grill Italian Restaurant
Romano's Macaroni Grill Italian Restaurant, lunch and dinner prepared in open kitchen by chefs, locations, menu, gift cards, catering, employment and franchising opportunities
Max & Erma's
Millrose Restaurant, Banquets & Country Store
Burger, Pizza, & Beer Co. - Coming soon to S.Barrington, Next to AMC
Pilot Pete's
Pilot Pete's - Where the adventure begins.
Yu's Mandarin : Mandarin & Szechwan Cuisine
Woodfield Mall
Store locations, driving directions, and other mall info


Al's Cafe & Creamery
Douglas Street Sports Bar
The Elgin Public House
MySpace profile for GASTHAUS with pictures, videos, personal blog, interests, information about me and more
Geno Nnottolini's Pizza
Geno Nottolini's Pizza & Catering Company
Mad Maggies
Nick's Pizza & Pub
Red Bar Winery & Bistro
Roadhouse Elgin
Villa Verone
The Walnut Speakeasy
Elgin Illinois - It's Happening Here!
The Elginite | Elginite.org
Elgin Paranormal Investigators
Elgin Ghost Tour menu
Books on Sunset presents the Elgin Ghost Tour, a haunted, chilling night of fun.
EerieElgin.com is a website featuring true and creepy ghost stories that linger in the small town of Elgin, Illinois.

Dundee and beyond

Benedicts Eggs & More & LaStrata Restaurant
Emmett's Tavern & Brewing Company
Francesca's Campagna
The Family of Francesca Restaurants in Chicago and the Surrounding Suburbs.
The Mansion Bed & Breakfast - Contact Us
MT Barrels
Niko's Grill & Pub
R Bar and Grill, West Dundee, IL
Village Pizza & Pub - Randall Road

Friday, October 30, 2009

1st post...

Wow... exciting!
This is a test.
Hello world.