Sunday, September 25, 2005

The Korea House

On Saturday, Dianne and I were on our way to dinner when we noticed a sign for "The Korea House" on a building in Harper's Station. We decided to abandon our original plan and give it a try. I'm glad we did.

It's a very bright, nicely decorated restaurant with a staff that is more formally attired. The paper table covers reminded me of a Macaroni Grill (without the crayons). The menu, at least to a midwestern guy, seemed pretty authentic although not too large. The menu has a range of soups, noodle dishes, seafood, etc. that includes favorites like kal bi, bulgogi, and jap chae -- you can check it out on their website. I had the dae goo mae woon tang soup which was excellent! It was served in a hot, thick stone bowl so the soup was still boiling a minute after they brought it to the table. In addition, they brought out 8 typical side items including Kim Chee (which was so hot it made Dianne's eyes water), watercress, radish, cabbage, and seaweed.

The owner stopped over to see if everything was OK. She mentioned they have been open for just one month. She seemed a bit concerned about a caucasian trying to eat with stainless steel chopsticks. Her solution was to offer wooden chopsticks. I guess she thought I was doing OK or she would have offered a fork.

If you're up for some good and authentic (at least for Cincinnati) Korean food, give Korea House a try. We thought it was very good. I hope they make a go of it.

More Papercraft

I'm not sure why I post so much about papercraft. I haven't had time to try any of them, but they look neat.

Here is a site that will create a dodecahedron pattern with a calendar on it.

Can't wait to get your hands on the new Nintendo Revolution controller? Here is a cut and fold pattern so you can build your own model.

Your Next GameBoy

play12Who needs a GameBoy micro? Go for a GameBoy macro! The Game Man is a 6.5 times scale version of the old GameBoy that weighs over 100 pounds with a cartridge. Check out the size of the red cartridge in the photo! The person here is playing Tetris. It was created by an art student and is fully functional. Go here for photos and more information.

Use for Old Keyboards

Dianne had an interesting post on a new, programmable LCD keyboard. The problem is what do you do with your old keyboard? Here is an idea.

Sunday, September 18, 2005

Sunday Flight

CloudLayer1 Went on a short flight on Sunday afternoon. It's nice now that it is cooling off a bit. I got so much grief about all the airplane pictures, I thought I'd post some pictures taken from the plane.

There was a scattered cloud layer this afternoon at about 5000 feet. The clouds were separated enough that it was easy to get through them. It was a bit bumpy below the first cloud layer. As usual, it was very smooth once you got above it. Although the resolution isn't great, you can also see the sunlight catching the haze below the clouds (click on the pic or see a larger version). It is much clearer up above the first layer. I always find it fun to fly around the clouds. It illustrates a lot about the weather, heating/cooling, etc. As long as there isn't severe weather or ice involved, it's neat to fly over or in a cloud layer. I flew around a bit and then did a descending spiral back down through a gap in the layer. Dianne just loves these steep, spiraling turns.
I also flew over the Dayton area. At the left is an aerial view of the Dayton Wright Brothers field (KMGY). It's located just south of Dayton out of the Dayton international airspace. It's a very nice airport. The runway is in great shape, there is a large ramp for parking, and the FBO gives very good service even to the little planes like mine.

Target Motivation

Dianne and I did some target shooting this weekend. We have a variety of targets that we use--most are from a place called Law Enforcement Targets. We both did pretty well. I noticed when we were shooting at circles or a traditional bullseye target, Dianne did OK. However, when she was shooting at a human silhouette or a photo realistic target like these, she was doing really well at popping them in the head or the center of the chest. I guess it adds that little bit of realism that gets the adrenaline pumping. No zombies will be getting inside her 15 yard perimeter.

Thursday, September 15, 2005

Atomic Fireballs

I'm not a big Atomic Fireball fan, but the website has a nice, short virtual tour that describes how they are made. It's along the lines of the Food network program Unwrapped which I find interesting.

Dog Food

I wonder what marketing whiz came up with the idea of "Old Yeller" dog food. I thought it was a joke until I verified it at the Kroger website. Personally, I'm not accepting the branding pitch. I think most people will make the connection to Old Yeller at the end of the movie -- don't want to spoil it if you haven't seen the movie, but who didn't shed a tear when watching Old Yeller? I wonder if they'll have coupons for a rifle promotion to boost dog food sales.

Monday, September 12, 2005

Advance Wars & Papercraft

When I'm not training Chalupa, the Nintendo DS game I'm working on now is Advance Wars. If you like turn-based games, I'd highly recommend this new version. It has some new vehicle options compared to the previous versions. More importantly, the game makes good use of the two screens on the DS.

When I'm done with the game, I'm going to have to try out some of the AW papercraft here at the bunker. These look really good!

Sunday, September 11, 2005

Ali G

Me would dig watchin da Ali G show on bo. Me don't ave a clue wot it is about da characters but dey is ilarious. Me can't believe me homie gots da famous people doin speakin wit im.

Let it rip in da house to get more information about Ali G. You can also get your own translation if yous is not a me turfs.

Saturday, September 10, 2005

Zombie Weapons

When the dead rise and you're trying to play MacGyver in order to kill some zombies, remember this link when working on your flamethrower. I wonder if this bazooka would be powerful enough for a good zombie head shot?


I know how much Dianne likes Jack in the Box, so I couldn't resist posting the link to this video from the i am bored site. There are quite a few items on the site I thought were funny. It's worth clicking around to see some of the videos and photos.

Custom Lego Sets

Legos were pretty crude when I was a kid -- but still fun. I'm always amazed in the toy store how many different Lego sets you can buy to create different vehicles or objects. As if that isn't enough, Lego now lets you design your own model and create a custom Lego set needed to build your design. What a great idea to inspire creativity. Here is a previous entry I had on the making of Legos.

Chili Finger Follow-up

With all the news about hurricane Katrina, I almost missed this follow-up on the couple that planted a finger in a bowl of Wendy's chili.

FSM the Game

If you're not a Pastafarian, you might want to go the wikipedia entry on the Flying Spaghetti Monster to get the history of this parody religion. Today, I happened to run across the FSM game. I was only able to get 3000 points. Enjoy the beer volcano and the stripper factory.


In the truely strange category is the Dictionaraoke website. Somebody looked up song lyrics in online dictionaries that speak the words. They used that to reconstruct the most dispassionate, electronic renditions of popular songs I've ever heard. I'm amazed that someone took the time to do this! That person is probably even more amazed that folks like me are listening. Here is one of my favorite songs. It was a train wreck -- I was so shocked and disgusted that I couldn't stop listening.

Friday, September 09, 2005

What's your Hawaiian Name?

Thanks to the Kman, I found this spot that gives you your Hawaiian name as well as many other little items on the left side to put on your blog. My name is below. It's not as official as what you'd find here, but its a neat little generator.

Your Hawaiian Name is:

Mauli Kane

Airplane Pictures

I think it's great when a blog has some photos. It breaks up the text and jazzes up a blog in my mind. You know I have a lot of posts related to flying the Tiger. But, since I don't have any formation flying experience, all the photos I have of the plane are ground based. At least that's what I thought until I saw Dianne's blog today. So cute!

Thursday, September 08, 2005

Sci-Fi Character

Which Fantasy/SciFi Character Are You?

Thanks to Pat, I took the quiz to determine which Sci-Fi character I match. Looking at the list of outcomes, it could have been a lot worse. Take the quiz for yourself here.

Ross County (KRZT)

TonyAtRZT2 This past weekend the weather was beautiful. On Sunday I flew to the Ross County airport (KRZT) near Chillicothe, Ohio. With the low humidity, the visibility was amazing -- well over 30 miles. Quite a change from our usual hazy, hot, and humid summer days. I only saw a couple planes in the air when I was away from the airports. The Ross County airport is nice with a good runway and a large ramp area for parking. At the right is a picture of Tony on the ramp. You can find a couple others in my Flickr pool.

Monday, September 05, 2005


A couple weeks ago, Dianne and I went to the pistol range at Spring Valley Wildlife refuge located North of Waynesville. EarlAtSpringValley At the right is a picture of me with the .357. It's one of the ranges run by the Ohio Department of Natural Resources. The hours aren't great, but it is a nice facility. There are nice, solid shooting benches where you can put your equipment. The whole area is covered. You can see in this picture of Dianne shooting that there are quite a few lane positions. I think there were 3 separate ranges that had different distances to the targets. DiAtSpringValley1The backstops have a fill composed of chopped up old tires. A good way to stop ricochets from the earth backstop. Although the range is attended, when we were there the people shooting coordinated the cease fire to go down the range and change targets. It was a hot day and the range officer was staying in the air conditioned hut. They also have a simple system to hold the targets - plastic, outdoor fencing material. You attach your targets to cardboard backing and then use clothespins to attach it to the fencing.