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By georgeha (Fri Jun 26, 2009 at 10:18:38 AM EST) Huffy makes a bike with style, Pixar, trees (all tags)
aka dead tree report.

Plus, Up, school's out forever, daddy daughter day, Huffy bikes are built for speed, goodbye Hulk shorts, and less.

Update [2009-6-26 16:15:20 by georgeha]:Hulk shorts added.

Poll: Favorite tree?

Saturday while waiting for the girls after swimming we decided to go see Up. It was great, despite the girls taking the popcorn and heading off way down the aisle to sit with friends. Has there been a bad Pixar movie?

I'm in the middle of some thick books, so no book reviews this week.

Monday ended up being daddy daughter day, since seven year old was done with school while twelve year old still had finals. We ended up having a low key day, though we went out for a few hours to do errands; mail packages South, buy fairy books at the bookstore, and get groceries.

Twelve year old's last final was Wednesday, in math. She could have skipped it and still gotten a C. Good grades. She's done with school, though she has a two week sleep over camp at the local SUNY school later in the summer, some sort of inner city underprivileged youth thingie (she is underprivileged, her friends have enV2's and horseback riding lessons, she's stuck with a Moto 755).

A few years back, my wife found a Huffy three speed (made in England) on a trash pile, probably very similar to the one in the beginning of twelve o'clock high. We got rid of it to a friend who is getting into three speeds, it was a nice bike, but I don't need three push bikes, I can make down with a road bike and a mountain bike. More room in the garage.

The big maple tree was cut down last week. A forestry dude stopped by to tell us to remove some landscaping stones so they could bring in the grinder for the stump. He told my wife that a sugar maple may not do so well, the street salt might kill it. He recommended a linden, and I'd be cool with that, they're pretty prominent in Tolkien. In addition to the stones and pavers, I should try and save the irises, for the first time since we've lived their they bloomed this spring.

It should be a very low key weekend, twelve year old is going camping with the Girl Scouts for Girl Scout weekend at Six Flag Darien Lake Amusement park. Some of her cousins may show up too, the seven year old does not like scary rides (like twelve year old), so maybe she'll have someone to go on the baby rides with.

I had to throw away my favorite shorts yesterday, they were a pair of thin nylon/cotton blend cargo shorts, awesome for carrying lots and lots in the summer. But they finally gave up the ghost, and were ripping apart like the Hulk's. I tried to roll them up Dangle style, but Mrs. Ha didn't go for it.

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The larch, err linden | 17 comments (17 topical, 0 hidden)
WIPO: by ammoniacal (2.00 / 0) #1 Fri Jun 26, 2009 at 10:33:40 AM EST
The lychee tree, which gives us the Fruit of the Gods.

"To this day that was the most bullshit caesar salad I have every experienced..." - triggerfinger

That's some kind of sexual innuendo by georgeha (4.00 / 1) #2 Fri Jun 26, 2009 at 10:34:55 AM EST
dealing with yellow fever, right?

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Irises by Vulch (4.00 / 1) #3 Fri Jun 26, 2009 at 10:50:49 AM EST
Dig them up, chop the leaves at an angle so they're 4"-6" long, replant in a sunny spot with the rhizomes half above the soil level. They don't flower if the rhizomes are completely buried or don't get a good bake in the sun.

Sunny spot, might be tough by georgeha (2.00 / 0) #4 Fri Jun 26, 2009 at 10:54:18 AM EST
due to the house, we don't have a lot of spaces that get full sun all day long.

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Well, where they are now... by Vulch (2.00 / 0) #7 Fri Jun 26, 2009 at 11:25:25 AM EST
They need somewhere a bit sunnier than that. If they've been round the dead tree, the extra sun they got from it being leafless probably tilted the balance to egtting them to flower this year

Mine get direct sun through the afternoon and do OK.

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NSFW: flower pron by georgeha (4.00 / 1) #8 Fri Jun 26, 2009 at 11:27:58 AM EST

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Word to the wise: by MohammedNiyalSayeed (2.00 / 0) #5 Fri Jun 26, 2009 at 11:06:10 AM EST

Though the Teacups may seem like a baby ride, they get you, in the end. Unless you're a little kid, who somehow seem strangely immune.

You can build the most elegant fountain in the world, but eventually a winged rat will be using it as a drinking bowl.
You just have to occupy your stomach by georgeha (2.00 / 0) #6 Fri Jun 26, 2009 at 11:22:34 AM EST
with other things; corn dogs, fried dough, cotton candy, Slushees.

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Has there been a bad Pixar movie? by ObviousTroll (2.00 / 0) #9 Fri Jun 26, 2009 at 12:02:49 PM EST
I saw some guy trying to make the claim that not only has Pixar never released a bomb, the combined take of their movies beats every other blockbuster series by orders of magnitude. (i.e., "5x as much as the 6 star wars movies, 10x as much as the Lord of the Rings trilogy", et cetera)

His math was ludicrous but his point was dead on - Jobs turned Pixar into the Apple of the movie industry.

An Angry and Flatulent Pig, Trying to Tie Balloon Animals
technically verifiable by sasquatchan (2.00 / 0) #10 Fri Jun 26, 2009 at 02:54:39 PM EST
but if you want it in constant, inflation adjusted dollars, that's a bit outta my league..

IMDB carries the numbers for most (not all) films.. Can see that:

toy story picked up $191,773,049 in just the US for box office, and another $103,200,000 in rentals.

toy story 2 did $245,823,397 US box office, no rental numbers..

monsters inc $255,870,172 US box office..

SW TPM made: $431,065,444 box office (US only) $403,100,000 rentals (world wide)

SW RotS made $380,262,555  US box office, but no rental values. .

Based on those samples, seems Star Wars did MUCH better.. Now, if you count all of pixars, sure it might go over SW.. but ... 10 movies vs 6..

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(Comment Deleted) by xth (2.00 / 0) #11 Fri Jun 26, 2009 at 03:53:34 PM EST

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Doh! by georgeha (2.00 / 0) #15 Fri Jun 26, 2009 at 05:52:40 PM EST

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(Comment Deleted) by yicky yacky (2.00 / 0) #12 Fri Jun 26, 2009 at 05:18:53 PM EST

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My thoughts exactly. by ambrosen (2.00 / 0) #13 Fri Jun 26, 2009 at 05:21:41 PM EST

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The one we smelled last night by georgeha (2.00 / 0) #14 Fri Jun 26, 2009 at 05:51:06 PM EST
smelled good.

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I have never had any desire by riceowlguy (2.00 / 0) #16 Sat Jun 27, 2009 at 07:24:38 AM EST
to see Monsters, Inc. a second time.

I never saw it the first time by georgeha (2.00 / 0) #17 Sat Jun 27, 2009 at 08:54:10 AM EST
and it hasn't been in heavy rotation on the Disney channel.

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