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HIT BY LIGHTNING! Hit by lightning. As Uncle B revealed in my comments section, I got hit by lightning. I GOT HIT BY LIGHTNING.

Okay, not me precisely, but Weasel Street. One of those short, potent thunderboomers moved across town. I got soaked just dashing from the car to the house when came the Big One. The flash and the boom were absolutely simultaneous, and then things started to go thataway. Connect went down immediately. My desktop worked okay for a while, and then got wonky and refused to reboot, so…not sure what’s go-bust there. Please stand by.

I’m in with my laptop and I don’t seem to be stealing signal from any of the neighbors, so my cable must be okay.

On a not-particularly-related note, sweasel.com was successfully recategorized as “personal” via Websense, but I still can’t get in from work. Whether that means “personal” is also blocked or whether it means the new database hasn’t fully propagated, I do not know. Tell you tomorrow.

For those who doubt the Almighty has put a certain weasel on his Celestial Shit List, I present I Got Hit By Lightning, a play in one act.

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Comment from Scubafreak
Time: July 23, 2008, 6:48 pm

Well, ya can’t have a play without a music track…..

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=gma5IUNMTn0


Comment from S. Weasel
Time: July 23, 2008, 6:56 pm

SF, that was officially the gayest thing I’ve seen in a month. And I work in a corporate art department.


Comment from Scubafreak
Time: July 23, 2008, 7:00 pm

:-) Yup, you can always count on Klaus Nomi for that old creepy feeling LOL

I like throwing him in for a little humor once in a while.


Comment from Lemur King
Time: July 23, 2008, 7:22 pm

Well Weas, at least it was the Weasel-puter that got zip-zapped rather than the Weas herself, you know? Millions of volts just aren’t to be trifled with. Glad you’re ok, hope it was just something really simple with the desktop.

Thanks ScubaFreak – I’ve just added four more therapy sessions to do damage control after that video. No, not really.

Does beg the question though… why do so many fringe entertainers choose to use the gay or androgynous route to garner attention? Is it lack of imagination or is it expression of unconscious desires? (or conscious)


Comment from Scubafreak
Time: July 23, 2008, 7:26 pm

I don’t know, but I first found out about Klaus Nomi from the Rush Limbaugh Gay Rights Update. He uses one of Nomi’s songs to introduce any story about the Gay rights movement.

I understand that his gay fans are rather amused….

Stoatie, is your desktop on a surge protector? If it is, try resetting it. If not, you probably lost the power supply (if you are lucky)


Comment from doubleplusundead
Time: July 23, 2008, 7:33 pm

Yaaaaaay, Stoaty got unbanned! Glad to hear, I love your site, and I have to imagine that other people that love it that were getting blocked are happy too.


Comment from S. Weasel
Time: July 23, 2008, 7:39 pm

Speaking in my capacity as Trained Professional Flake, LK — lots of creative types are simply gay. Especially men.

A guy I went to High School and later art school with was also an AIDS casualty of the early ’80s, and would have been in the Village at about that Nomi’s time. Undoubtedly knew each other.

We weren’t friends, but he was a hella talented man. I’ve just checked and I’m saddened to see there’s nothing about him on the web. He would’ve kicked in his early 20s, so I guess he didn’t have time…


Comment from Scubafreak
Time: July 23, 2008, 7:41 pm

Yes, that little bug has taken alot of people before their time.


Comment from steveegg
Time: July 23, 2008, 8:39 pm

Three letters – UPS.


Comment from baxtrice
Time: July 23, 2008, 10:10 pm

Did you upset the Obamessiah? LOL


Comment from Lokki
Time: July 23, 2008, 10:42 pm

I have often walked down your street before
But the pavement always stayed beneath my feet before
All at once I was blown several stories high
Because lightning hit on the street where you live

Are there lightning strikes in other parts of town?
Did others smell the smoke as their PC’s burn down?

Does everyone jump when they hear the thunder roar?
No, it’s just on the street where you live

And oh, that scary feeling that I know
Somehow just because you are near
That queasy feeling that any second now
A freakin’ lightning bolt may suddenly appear

Hurricanes, earthquakes – they don’t bother me
It’s anywhere else on earth that I would rather be
For when the skies go gray, I don’t care to be
Here on the street where you live

First Websense and now this and where the Hell is Mcgoo?

Love your pic today by the way…. excelllllent!


Comment from porknbean
Time: July 23, 2008, 10:43 pm

Yes, that little bug has taken alot of people before their time.

It doesn’t have to seeing as it is mostly preventable. But that is the problem, ‘they’ do not want to change their behavior.

Hmm..I just recently heard that a very handsome stud muffin from high school is afflicted with AIDS. Not gay, just a man-whore-model. Went to NY to model after divorcing his high school sweetheart. He liked himself a lot and put it out there for many to enjoy. And I’m not specifically talking about magazine ads.


Comment from wendyworn
Time: July 23, 2008, 11:05 pm

just because you can’t google him, doesnt mean he’s not still alive. there are still people who dont have computers and aren’t jacked in all the time like the rest of us. so cheer up, you cheated death today, maybe he did too.


Comment from kishnevi
Time: July 23, 2008, 11:43 pm

just found this on an Livejournal comm.
It proves that God can’t possibly be angry with you.
HOKAY, SO MEDIEVAL PPLS THOUGHT WEESALS GAEV BIRTH THRU THEIR EERS. AND MEDIEVAL PPLS THOUGHT MARY GOT PREGGERS AND GAVE BIRTH THRU HER EER. PPL DO NOT GIVE BIRTH THRU THEIR EERS. SO MARY = WEESAL. ALSO, JESUS = WEESAL AND SINCE BESTIALITY IS WRONG, GOD = WEESAL.

Undoubtedly McGoo is out hunting for a new milf to make him Bloody Marys. A man has to have his priorities straight.


Comment from scubafreak
Time: July 24, 2008, 12:00 am

Well, McGoo can chase all the MILFs he likes, I am still waiting for the Mercury Spokesmodel to show up on my doorstep….. :-)


Comment from Muslihoon
Time: July 24, 2008, 12:26 am

HOORAY FOR MS WEESAL!


Comment from scubafreak
Time: July 24, 2008, 12:29 am

YOWWWW!!!!!!! That rotten little bastard is biting the crap out of my sunburned arms!!!!!
I love the little turd to death, but how much blood is one person supposed to loose in a single day?


Comment from Dawn
Time: July 24, 2008, 4:39 am

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Ziu_2oYIz7s&feature=related


Comment from S. Weasel
Time: July 24, 2008, 4:55 am

Oh, no, he’s definitely dead, Wendy. I was watching television at my desk one day (I love working in media) and I saw him interviewed on a PBS special about AIDS. Then they flashed up on the screen that he had died the Spring before of pneumonia.

I feel sorry for the guys who got it first, when nobody knew what was going on. Once they worked out that it was a social disease spread by naughty, that’s different…


Comment from cranky
Time: July 24, 2008, 8:07 am

Oh, Mercury Spokesmodel! Be still my heart.


Comment from Gregory the First
Time: July 24, 2008, 9:51 am

Well, to be fair, the HIV can also be spread through other means, such as sharing needles and (relatively more rarely) infected blood transfusions and other bodily fluid contacts.

Also to be fair, full-blown AIDS from HIV infection now takes ~15 years or more. I know someone who’s been HIV+ for about that long and he’s still relatively healthy.

Weasel, the guy who said you should use an Uninterruptible Power Supply? Get a backup generator too. ;)


Comment from Enas Yorl
Time: July 24, 2008, 10:33 am

HUZZAH!! YOU’RE BACK!! Websense has come to its senses and no longer considers you to be “tasteless”. Now I can goof off here again.


Comment from Enas Yorl
Time: July 24, 2008, 10:34 am

Aww, nuts. WordPress/akismet still hates me tho.


Comment from Princess Bernie
Time: July 24, 2008, 10:47 am

Actually, the incidence of HIV per the CDC is tracked by transmission method. Not surprisingly, as of 2006, the main transmission methods by a huge margin are sexual contact. Male to male – 50% Male to male with injection drug use – 3%; high risk heterosexual contact – 33%; injection drug use – 13% other – 1%. Other most likely includes mother to baby transmission, blood transfusion or unknown.

(yes, I’m a data geek)


Comment from porknbean
Time: July 24, 2008, 11:21 am

Bottom line, it is preventable. But many do not want to change their ways. Their behavior has affected innocents who did not have a choice.


Comment from Lokki
Time: July 24, 2008, 11:59 am

Congratulations!

You are a legal Weasel with a work permit.

I tell you this officially, from my desk.

I guess that shock therapy works!


Comment from Gnus
Time: July 24, 2008, 12:00 pm

Heh. Graphic artist at work.


Comment from Muslihoon
Time: July 24, 2008, 12:16 pm

LOL, thanks Gnus!

So funny!


Comment from S. Weasel
Time: July 24, 2008, 12:18 pm

It’s true, Lokki! It’s aaaaaaalaaiiiiiive! But now I’m kind of…you know…whatever.

Heh, Gnus. God knows what it really said. Hanzismatter, in case it’s been a while.


Comment from Allen
Time: July 24, 2008, 12:35 pm

What, Sweasel.com is still WNG? (Weasel non grata) I made it to the NC coast just in time for the tropical storm last week. Woohoo! It truly sucked, we had to stay indoors and party like crazy. Two days later I was forced to go to Myrtle beach. A friend brought a couple of his Harleys down.

Weasel, are you unzapped at this point?


Comment from S. Weasel
Time: July 24, 2008, 12:57 pm

Yup. I’m free to move about the cabin.


Comment from pajama momma
Time: July 24, 2008, 1:56 pm

SF, that was officially the gayest thing I’ve seen in a month. And I work in a corporate art department.

that’s just gay enough for the hostages!


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Comment from Jill
Time: July 24, 2008, 2:02 pm

I just tripped over this and thought I’d share:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=4oiLfTnrC40


Comment from Scubafreak
Time: July 24, 2008, 2:51 pm

Arg…. I had the most perfect pic lined up for weas last night, and missed it. Schroedinger was dancing on my laptop keyboard on SWEASEL, and when I went to snap the pic, the batteries in my camera died. Needless to say that, by the time I had changed the batteries, he had moved on to wrestling with my lab’s muzzle. Funny how those two have come to love each other, considering that the first thing my lab did when she first saw him was to try to tear him out of my hands……..


Comment from Christopher Taylor
Time: July 24, 2008, 3:17 pm

But did you get superpowers?

I mean, like the proportional strength of a weasel? Weasel sense?


Comment from S. Weasel
Time: July 24, 2008, 3:48 pm

Hm. I got Weasel Temperament, Stoat Breath and Mighty Stench of Mustelid…but I’m pretty sure I had those before.


Comment from Scubafreak
Time: July 24, 2008, 4:15 pm

Yes, but would those powers allow you to defeat the Grassy gnoll, or the Plutonium dragon? LOL :-)


Comment from jwpaine
Time: July 24, 2008, 5:02 pm

As they say, Weaz, there’s just somethin’ about you pisses God off.


Comment from jwpaine
Time: July 24, 2008, 5:04 pm

Remember when this joke was funny?

Q: What’s the worst thing about AIDS?
A: Convincing your mom you’re Haitian.


Comment from S. Weasel
Time: July 24, 2008, 5:11 pm

Oh, SCREW YOU, JW! I once told that joke at the break table at work in front of our new Jamaican hire!

Oh, dear Christ the silence was awful. I’d almost forgotten it, and then YOU come along.

By the way “there’s just something about you that pisses God off” is my father’s absolute favorite joke. So I’d like you OUT of my head now!


Comment from Muslihoon
Time: July 24, 2008, 5:15 pm

Q: What’s the worst thing about AIDS?
A: Convincing your mom you’re Haitian.

I don’t get it.


Comment from S. Weasel
Time: July 24, 2008, 5:27 pm

For reasons I don’t recall, in the very early days of AIDS, intravenous drug users and Haitians were the other groups that were especially prone to it.

Shoot, in the beginning, they didn’t even realize it was in the blood supply. I remember reading it firmly stated that you couldn’t get AIDS from a transfusion. That took out a lot of hemophiliacs, including a neighbor of mine.

It’s one of the reasons there was considerable mistrust about how contagious it was in the beginning: they started out by lying to us about how much they knew.


Comment from S. Weasel
Time: July 24, 2008, 5:33 pm

Oh, and just to explain the joke WAY past the funny point, what it means is, if you had AIDS you were either Haitian, a junkie or gay — and Haitian was the least difficult thing to explain to your mom, even though she was in the best position to know that one wasn’t true.


Comment from Scubafreak
Time: July 24, 2008, 6:22 pm

Ah hell, that’s NOTHING compaired to jokes that the late great Sam Kinison used to tell…….

BTW, I just borrowed your lightning weasel pic for my desktop here on the helpdesk. :-)

My coworkers LOVE it…..


Comment from S. Weasel
Time: July 24, 2008, 6:33 pm

Well, yeah, but Kinison didn’t have to answer to a corporate personnel department.

Take anything you like. But send kitten pitchers!


Comment from Scubafreak
Time: July 24, 2008, 6:56 pm

I’ll try to get him tonight. He loves dancing on the keyboard, because it makes things on the screen move….. :-)

Gets pretty pissy if i move him off the laptop, too……..


Comment from Jessica
Time: July 24, 2008, 7:16 pm

Dude! Our house got hit last week, and it fried my network card – which was weird, since the rest of the computer was fine, and I only figured out it was the card after waiting for Comcast to come check my line. So onto Amazon I went, and 15 bucks and two days later I was popping in a new card. It’s so funny – Dan was so impressed that I could open the computer and FIX it!! But what are the odds that we’d both be hit and fry our computers within a week?


Comment from Christopher Taylor
Time: July 24, 2008, 8:03 pm

“For reasons I don’t recall, in the very early days of AIDS, intravenous drug users and Haitians were the other groups that were especially prone to it.”

Actually, that’s still true: shared needles and unbelievably risky, out of control sexual activity on Haiti. Gays, Junkies, and Haitians are the people most likely to have AIDS still. And, if you believe the overinflated absurd guesstimates of the UN, anyone in Africa. They’ve backed down on those, lately.


Comment from Muslihoon
Time: July 25, 2008, 1:04 am

Thanks for the explanation! I am now the understanding the joke.


Comment from porknbean
Time: July 25, 2008, 2:51 am

Don’t feel bad musli, I didn’t get it either.


Comment from lizardbrain
Time: August 10, 2008, 11:20 am

I am just now getting back to normal (ok, “usual”) after a lightning strike outside my house. Turns out I don’t do well without computers and internet access.

Welcome to the club, Stoaty. And I’m glad you’re back up and normal (ok, “usual”) once again.


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Comment from S. Weasel
Time: August 10, 2008, 1:08 pm

Ha! You posted that seconds before I killed the blog, LB. The whole time I was faffing around with it this morning, your post was staring reproachfully at me. Mocking me.

Sorry about your motherboard. A friend’s motherboard just died, which made me stop and think I know NOTHING about the current state of the technology. I’ve built all my machines myself, but last time I walked into a CompUSA to do it. So the kids behind the counter could tell me if the stuff I was buying was compatible.

Got it home, put it together. Nothing. It was a duff power supply, as I recall, but that sure is scary stuff. I’ve never hit the switch and nuffink happened before.

Anyhow, I’ll be lost when I go to do it next. AND I’ll be a stranger in a strange land.


Comment from lizardbrain
Time: August 10, 2008, 6:56 pm

Start reading up now. Or, better still, ignore it for now and when you next need to build a new one, hire the 13 year old down the street to advise you. Sure woulda saved me a bunch o’ headache. But then, I enjoy the headache.

This stuff changes too fast to keep up with. Witness the Worpdress upgrades.


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