Friday, August 24, 2007

Cold Sweat Locks it down

Possibly the greatest thing about the Internet is that The OverDrone can find and listen to shit-hot music like this mixtape made by a fellow named ColdSweat. The OverDrone has been listening to it for some weeks now and The OverDrone now sees rubadub style reggae in a whole new way. Thank you Cold Sweat!
Cold Sweat Locks it Down

Tour de Fat comes to Boise Idaho

I was just reading Boise Idaho's weekly newspaper, the Boise Weekly . They had an article about the Tour de Fat, an event sponsored by the New Belgium Brewery, makers of Fat Tire Beer. Fat Tire is an excellent Amber Ale, The OverDrone has consumed many of them for the sake of science but they are also hella eco-friendly. The Tour de Fat is a celebration of beer and bicycles, two substances which could lead to a mobile bacchanal capable of sweeping down on towns and terrorizing the citizenry with the the ratcheting of their gears.

B is for Bike, Ballyhoo and Beer

Thursday, August 23, 2007

Fires and Floods

Montana has had an active fire season this year. My Ma tells me that downtown Missoula is under a constant haze. Down here at the bottom of the Continental Divide in Illinois we have been drenched in rain. Eight hundred and twenty households have been flooded here. I live just two blocks from the floodplain pictured below.

Black Cat fire
Keith Creek floodplain

The OverDrone has been spinning this mix nonstop

Pitchfork Feature: Interview: Pitchfork Mix 01: Optimo

Tuesday, August 21, 2007

What about those pictures The OverDrone promised?

The OverDrone did promise sketches of the work-like hell which The OverDrone inhabits. Sketches were made but have yet to be inked due to a surplus of lined paper currently filling the stationary aisle at The OverDrone's local Wal-Mart. The OverDrone must trek to the Hobby Lobby despite it's awful name.
Whatever your past-time, the Hobby Lobby has an area for you. RC cars are given a generous three aisles of space and next to them, the art supplies. Two aisles which stop just short of the framing department. The OverDrone knows where everything is in this thin sliver of culture. The OverDrone has to know because the attendants, devotees of macrame or scrapbooking haven't an effing clue what a brush is or a tube of paint or a purple-assed baboon.
They glaze at The OverDrone's polite enquiries, "Manganese Blue? Is that a frame? Our frames are over there. Oh it's a paint, like for cars? not for cars?"
She has narrowed it down to the art supply aisles and will crouch there, studying the labels until The OverDrone goes away or someone rings the framing area's service bell.
More than once these mega craft stores have bested The OverDrone. The OverDrone feels belittled by the scant two aisles of space that Art is given in the craft store. Smaller than the RC cars section, but larger than the model rocket's, Art sits away in the back of the store behind aisles upon aisles of mold cast vases and a seven aisle scrapbooking section.
Seven aisles? Scrapbooking? That's nothing, do you know what has the most square footage? It's the silk plants.
If the Hobby Lobby (or it's mirror on the opposite side of the meridian, Michael's) represents all of the past-times lucrative enough to deserve a market share then America's past-time is plastic flower arranging.
So no sketches today, please enjoy the HL collage The OverDrone composed.

The OverDrone cannot wait until this comes to a city Government near him.

Less driving is more cash for Portland -

Monday, August 20, 2007

These cats iz funny

Hard as I tried to post in lolcatsese, the lil' grammarian on my right shoulder said no. The OverDrone pronounces these drawings to be spextakular.

Sunday, August 19, 2007

Less than 24 hours...

The countdown began two and a half hours ago. Yes at eight o'clock tomorrow morning The OverDrone will be sitting in a meeting which will somehow last until Labor day weekend. Every year it is the same. The one hundred and twenty or so souls employed in my branch of city government will review reams of paper. Administrative types produce these papers over the summer holidays to prove that they have indeed been working. The OverDrone promises sketches of these poor saps, standing at podiums, presenting pointless numbers to a numb audience. The OverDrone will be there, documenting the banality.
Expect to see the following:
  • Pantsuits
  • Morbid Obesity
  • Overhead Projectors
  • Crushed Hopes
  • Memorandi

Summer's End for The OverDrone

Well, it finally happened. I received a letter in the post instructing me to return to work on the 20th. Of this month. That is to say, Monday.
Which means that the orange velour couch which has sat on my front porch for the entire summer must finish it's journey to the trash heap. It has served The OverDrone well this past season but it was always meant to be interior furniture and would not survive the harsh winter.
The OverDrone promises a drawing of that much loved piece of furniture on that day.
Goodbye freedom, goodbye unemployment checks and goodbye citrus sofa.