Wednesday, August 31

Another Tampa Evening

Mother Nature daubs the sky with blue, orange and lavender, blessing us with another perfect Tampa sunset. The pink comes from a neon sign outside a strip club on North Dale Mabry Boulevard.

The Salt And Pepper Shakers Are Shaped Like Ghosts

At J. Alexander's, the sugar packet holder bears a striking resemblance to Pac Man:

Why Is Dr. Shirley So Happy Today?

I think it's because hockey magazines are returning to the magazine racks after a two-year hiatus.

Tuesday, August 30

Paging M.C. Escher

Random stairwell cameraphone picture:

Pure Evil

In case you wanted more proof that large flightless birds are PURE EVIL, check out this story about an ostrich (evil!) snarling up traffic in San Francisco. (Also: here.)

Oh, sure, some might think that the bird is innocent, a victim of circumstance. But the ostrich knew what it was doing. It is, after all, EVIL!

Monday, August 29

Achy Breaky Stomach

I think I have a stomach bug. I'm staying home today. I think it's best for everyone, especially since my desk at the office is not near the bathroom.

On an unrelated note, here's what I would look like if I were a bear:

Sunday, August 28

Really Simple Syndication

If you know how to subscribe to an RSS feed, you can get the Daily Dave 2.0 at the following address:


No Comment

Here at the Daily Dave 2.0, where we don't express an opinion on any issue that might upset our corporate overlords, I won't share my views about the following story, "Anti-gay church protests at soldiers’ funerals," on

Nope. Not a peep out of me.

... And In Today's Chupacabra News

Can this be true? Has a Houston-area farmer succeeded where so many others have failed, proving the existence of the mythical goat-sucking, chicken-killing creature, the chupacabra? And, if so, will I be forced to reconsider my beliefs about aliens, angels, ghosts, Bigfoot, the Abominable Snowman, and the Loch Ness Monster?

Answers: probably not, hardly likely, and no. Except for the Loch Ness Monster. We all know he's real. Consider the following exchange from "Napoleon Dynamite":

Teacher: Your current event, Napoleon.
Napoleon Dynamite: Last week, Japanese scientists explaced ... placed explosive detonators at the bottom of Lake Loch Ness to blow Nessie out of the water. Sir Godfrey of the Nessie Alliance summoned the help of Scotland's local wizards to cast a protective spell over the lake and its local residents and all those who seek for the peaceful existence of our underwater ally.


A few days ago, Katrina looked like a lamb that would drop a few inches of rain on both coast of Florida. Now it's a category 5 killer that's going to decimate part of the gulf coast -- most likely New Orleans, according to everything I've seen on the Weather Channel.

The entire experience makes me feel a little relieved (because the hurricane isn't coming near Tampa), guilty (because I know lots of people are going to be hurt by Katrina, and I'm not one of them), and futile (because it's just another reminder that Mother Nature is something humans can't control or predict).

The song "Trying to Reason with Hurricane Season," by Jimmy Buffett, is stuck in my head.

The chorus:

And now I must confess, I could use some rest
I can't run at this pace very long
Yes it's quite insane, I think it hurts my brain
But it cleans me out and then I can go on

A, B, C, D...

August isn't even over yet -- and we're already up to the K's on this year's list of storm names.

What happens if we run out of alphabet before we run out of hurricanes in 2005?

Saturday, August 27

I Come (Back) From A Land Down Under

If you haven't seen them yet, my photos from Australia and New Zealand are now online.

Here are a few pictures:

Either Way, I Don't Want To See The Film (Or Buy The Soundtrack)

At the movie theater today, the Movie Tunes announcer told us that Lindsay Lohan's new song comes from the "Herpes Fully Loaded" soundtrack.

Maybe he said "Herbie Fully Loaded."

I wasn't listening too closely.

Elephants In The Skies

Can you spot the elephant in the clouds?

I saw this just before sunset at Dale Mabry and I-275, looking west.


Been kind of quiet around here lately, hasn't it?