Monday, December 21, 2009


Minimates1, originally uploaded by thesporq.

Ooh, angles.

Tuesday, December 08, 2009


First off, thanks to all my friends on Twitter/Facebook for their thoughts and words. They were deeply appreciated.

And now, some thoughts and suggestions.

Please consider some sort of pre-planning when it comes to your arrangements. I don't know whether or not it will save you any money, but I know that we spent maybe an hour at most at the funeral home, and that was spent mainly making sure everyone's name was spelled right and we had the right picture for the obituary. My grandmother has been holding up great, all things considered, and not having to make these kinds of decisions really helps. Nothing against those who work in funeral parlors, but to me it's a bit distasteful when, at one of the most trying points in your life, you wind up in a used car lot. P.S do not agree to the undercoating. [bad joke, I know]

Also, Take a few minutes to tell the people you love that you actually DO love them. Yes, it's cliche`. But it doesn't make it any less true. We did get a chance to say goodbye on Monday night, and I'll always be grateful for at least that.

The funeral is this Friday, and I volunteered to be a pallbearer. So far I've done a good job of holding it together, but I don't know how long that's going to last. We're expecting a lot of people, but for me, I've already said goodbye.

We'll see you soon, Grandpa.

Saturday, October 31, 2009

Important Question...

In the movie Bill and Ted's Bogus Journey, Bill and Ted are murdered by evil robot duplicates sent back in time to prevent the utopia their music will bring about. In the afterlife, they challenge Death to a battle of wits. If they win, Death becomes their servant.

After winning their challenge, B and T ask Death to take them to the greatest scientist in the history of the universe in order to create good robot versions of themselves to fight their doppelgangers.

Death then takes them to Heaven, where after some well-timed Poison lyrics, they are directed to a plaza, where they meet Station, a pair of short hairy aliens. Death comments on B and T's arrogance for believing Earth would have the greatest scientist ever. Oh, Station was playing charades in Heaven. Einstein guessed it right.

Now the question:

Was Station dead? If not, why would they be in Heaven then? And if they were, does that mean that when aliens die, they go to the Judeo-Christian version of Heaven? Since humans were responsible for Original Sin, do aliens get a free pass?

I've got a lot of sugar running through my system right now.

Mike G.

Monday, September 28, 2009

Chasing the Sunset...

I work 11-8 M-F. Not a terrible shift, all things considered.

The commute is fairly boring. 40 miles round trip, most of it highway.

The only reason I'm writing about it is that I've been able to see the sunset, or at least the last few streaks of reds and oranges on the way home.

But not tonight.

As I walked to my parking spot I saw it was officially Nighttime.

It's no big deal, but it feels like you missed something important.


Mike G.

Tuesday, September 15, 2009


Not including this post, there have been 616 posts to this blog.

FYI, 616 is considered the 'actual' Earth in the Marvel Multiverse.

MIke G.

Sunday, August 02, 2009

Sunday, June 28, 2009

Primeval Thoughts...

So I've gotten into watching Primeval on Sci-Fi.

It's a decent show, with some decent action and FX. Of course, the fact that it's English gives it some automatic points. That, and Hanna Spearritt.

But what bugs me is that so far into Series 2 I have no idea what's going on, and I'm trying to keep myself from reading the episode summaries.

Here's what I've got so far.

Nick and his team have been locating anomalies and combating creatures from Earth's past. Helen [Nick's ex who apparently first discovered the anomalies years ago] has been at times helping the team and making their jobs harder.

After fighting a creature thought to be from the future, Nick comes back to a world that's apparently has never heard of Claudia Brown, their government liaison. She's been possibly replaced by Jenny Lewis, who looks exactly like her. Where before their team basically shared space in an office building, now they have almost unlimited resources.

But now they have problems. Somehow, Helen Brown is manipulating Oliver Leek, who has been dispatching teams early to anomalies, disabling their equipment and even hiring a woman to seduce[?] one of them for information.

My question is, to what end? Unless the next episode has a tone of denouement, I have no idea how this is going to be resolved.

And I just learned there's only a handful of episodes left. Crap.

Mike G.

Monday, June 08, 2009


Still here, still blogging.

MIke G.

Thursday, May 21, 2009

Multimedia message

Multimedia message, originally uploaded by thesporq.

Saturday, May 09, 2009

Deep Background...

After watching the Mavs finding new ways to lose basketball games today, I felt inspired to give my own personal brand of failure by writing a blog post.

I'm not sure if our local mall is indicative of others in Texas, but it has some aspects that I suspect are unique.

1. A huge granite slab displaying the Ten Commandments[flanked by Bath and Body Works on one side and Things Remembered on the other]

2. A used car lot in the parking lot [the previous tenant was a manufactured housing dealer]

3. "Live" "Music" [I place quotes around live because yes, the folks are alive and it is music, but...]

4. The local CBS Affiliate is housed in this mall. [I wish I had something quippy to add]

Now don't get me wrong. I'm not trashing 'my' mall. Far from it. Where else can I buy:

Vinyl stickers of Calvin peeing on various car company logos?
Highly realistic machine gun replicas that fire rubber BBs?
Pocket sized scales that are incredibly accurate and easily concealed?
My choice of Two [2!] Alltel stores?
Try the California Roll.

Mike G.

Friday, April 10, 2009

Simple Request....

Can someone click on the Call Me balloon on the side of this page?

I just want to see if it works..



Mike G.

Sunday, March 15, 2009


I finally figured out what's been bothering me about that 'I'm a PC' ad with that little girl emailing a picture of her fish.

She starts off by saying she's going to send a picture to her family.

So whose house is she in?

Just wondering.

Mike G.

Thursday, March 12, 2009


Now this is getting ridiculous.

I know no one reads this, but letting this thing go for over 2 months without anything? Not good.

So I'll fill some space while I wait to get sleepy.

Burnout: Paradise is deep-fried awesome with Ranch Dressing.

That said, some notes after about a month or so of driving.

I really miss the Revenge aspects of blowing yourself up after a wreck. The loss of aftertouch is also pretty bad.

Since I'm PC, I understand waiting for all the new cars and the DLC. Heck we got a ton of stuff just for buying the game. I do hope they'll cut the pc users a break on at least some of it.

I am no good at Stunt Run events.

I was OK with the fact I will never complete all the tasks in this game. Now I'm about 20 Smashes away from 400 and I can tell it will consume my soul.


Mike G.

PS Richard 'Big Dick' Hunter will be back on the air soon in Dallas! His site has all the details.

I don't think I'll ever be able to fully express what he and his friendship has meant to me. He's a good man and fully deserves all his success.

Sunday, January 25, 2009

Learning To Quit You...

And failing, for the most part.

Just checking in to advise the world that the Mike G. experiment continues on into its 32nd year of observation.

The initial results are not positive.

We can so far conclude the subject is very adaptive, having been ripped from it's previous habitat, and while not exactly thriving, is coping.

Mike G.

Thursday, January 01, 2009

Dear Old Dad...

This is an almost verbatim transcript of a conversation I had with my Dad after helping him pack the Christmas Tree in a huge vinyl duffel bag...

ME: Seeing that bag in the living room, it looks like we just killed someone and we're not sure what to do with the body.

DAD: The Germans had the same problem.

I was just trying to be dark, my father decided to mine the holocaust for some chuckles.

Happy New Year!

Mike G.