July 31, 2011

F1 Update!: Hungary 2011 Delayed

Pond Central is having serious problems with its broadband connection. I still hope to get the F1U! up tonight, but have no idea if it'll really happen. Sorry about that.

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July 27, 2011

Speaking About Blogging

The more regular of you, my readers, probably need less fiber in your diet likely have noticed a decline in the amount of posting going on here at The Pond in recent weeks.  This is a direct reflection of the amount of time and energy I have these days.  Thanks to the situation at work, I get home, make something to eat, then collapse in front of the telly.  Generally I'm out of Pond Central by 8am or so, and get home somewhere between 630pm and 7pm. 

In between, I'm trying to do the job of two people.  One of the jobs, my usual, is running the sales floor, training the two temps we've hired for the beginning of the school year, helping customers, unboxing inbound shipments, and on and on.  The other job is that of Manager until we get a new one, which is looking like it won't happen after the school year starts.  At this time of year, that job is basically one of paperwork; dealing with faculty that haven't told us what books they want to use, ordering textbooks, receiving (though I do/did a lot of that, too), coping with vendors, so on and so forth.

Problem is, the two jobs are not compatible at this time of year.  One requires that one spends their entire day on the telephone and computer, the other needs be on the sales floor the whole time.  As a result, it seems like a miracle I get anything accomplished in either job.  Is it any surprise I'm wasted by the time I get home?  I'm not even watching much in the way of anime... and I don't seem to care much. 

Which is not to say I don't have some things planned.  Obviously there's the upcoming Hungarian Grand Prix.  There's also a post about High School of the Dead in the works, if I can get the time to do it.  Might be a WWII thing perking around in my brain, too.  Any requests would be appreciated as well.

One good thing about all of this, though... thanks to BBC America, I've seen the entirety of the new Doctor Who TV series, in order, up to the midpoint of Season 3 ("Evolution of the Daleks.").  For the record?  Not a big fan of Christopher Eccleston's Doctor.  Too angry for my tastes.  DO like David Tennant, though.  Rose was a really good Companion, but oh my stars and garters is Martha Jones stunning!  Wow.

I said that out loud, didn't I?

Right.  Rambling.  I'll try to blog more, if I get the chance.  Here's an unrelated picture.

-Disappearance of Haruhi Suzumiya

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July 23, 2011

Saturday Night Tunage VII


Once more, my friends, once more... it is I, DJ Wonderduck, and once more it is time for Saturday Night Tunage!  Tonight, I'm just throwing stuff to the metaphorical wall.  Maybe you'll like it, maybe you won't.  Either way, hopefully you'll find it interesting.  Or not.  Up to you.  Onto the music...
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July 18, 2011

Braindead Duck

If you've come to The Pond looking for the usual "F1 on TV!" entry the Monday before a race, I'm afraid that there was an... um... obstacle that will be preventing me from doing it tonight.  To whit:

Eep.
If you've ever said to yourself, "Y'know, I wonder what 3480 pounds of used textbooks look like when they're still in boxes," well, here ya go, binkie!  82 boxes arrived at the building's loading dock and had to be wheeled into the Duck U Bookstore... at a time where the temperature outside was pushing 90, as was the humidity percentage.

Between doing that and then opening up, checking in, and putting on the shelves 56 of the 82 boxes, yours truly is well and truly toast.  Or, as I put it so succinctly in the title of this post, "braindead."

F1 on TV will come along on Tuesday.  Wonderduck's Pond apologizes for any inconvenience this may cause.

Firefoxy's spelchekr suggested "incontinence."  Wonderduck's Pond also apologizes for any of that that this delay may cause as well.

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July 17, 2011

A Gift

As you might remember, I mentioned a few days ago that the manager of the Duck U Bookstore was promoted.  Her final day with the Bookstore was last Tuesday, and for the most part it was just another day... more or less.  As she was getting ready to leave for the last time, she walked up to me holding a box.  Inside?

It's a music box that plays "Rubber Duckie."  There's also a... I dunno, a fan or something like that, that blows glass or plastic spheres around the fluid-filled globe, so it looks like it's filled with soap bubbles.  It's engraved with the message "To One Quackin' Good ASM."

Awfully cool, and it taught me a lot about how to photograph shiny objects too!

Thanks, (no longer) Boss!

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July 16, 2011

Saturday Night Tunage VI


It's  another Saturday Night Tunage to liven up your weekend!  I'm your party host, DJ Wonderduck, and tonight's Tunage is a special one!  I mean, they're all special, but this one is even more special than usual, for this one... is all Eighties music, all the time!  It's should come as no shock to any of my readers listeners whatever you folks are that I'm a '80s fan... it's the music of my callow yoot, after all.  But there's more to it than that.  For I believe that the '80s were the last bastion of a time where music didn't have to actually mean anything.  It was just there for fun!  No messages, no statements, just a rolickin' good time.  Sure, there were songs that had an underlying motive to them (U2 and The Clash, for example, were rather heavy-handed about that), but the majority of it all?  Go out and have a good time!

So let's get on with it already!

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July 14, 2011

Night Clouds

...or "Wonderduck gets all artsy with his camera."

That's the moon glowing behind the treetops.  Fun textures amongst the clouds.  Sometimes, this inexpensive digital camera of mine surprises me with what it can do.

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July 12, 2011

Yet Another FARK Greenlight!

It doesn't happen often, but once in a while the planets align and someone smiles upon my humble submission... and lo, the greenlight does shine!


The relevant article is located here.

GirlDeMo not included.
That's my sixth greenlight... I'm a happy duckie.

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July 09, 2011

Saturday Night Tunage V


Once more, this time with feeling, it's Saturday Night Tunage with your host, DJ Wonderduck.  I wasn't sure I was going to do the Tunage this week, but whilst at work on Friday the instore music system managed to blow my mind... forcing me to inflict the pain share the joy with you!  I'm sure you'll appreciate the "stacks and stacks of red hot wax" I'll be layin' down for your enjoyment, so lets get started!

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July 08, 2011

Six Years Of The Pond

July 8th, 2005, was a rather nondescript day.  Nothing of any real importance occurred in the world that day, truth be told.  It was just a day like any other.  But in a corner of a small but growing blog domain-cum-empire run by an evil magical girl in Australia, a duck with a penchant for writing about Formula 1 and anime quietly moved his site from the cesspool that was Blogger to MuNuVia. 

It was six years ago today that Wonderduck's Pond was born.

The Pond has come a long way since those humble beginnings, and if it wasn't for the marvelous people I have as readers, it never would have blossomed the way it did.  You folks have been here for the good times and the bad, and it is much appreciated.

Never would have thought six years ago that I'd still be doing this stuff, but that's how it works sometimes.  Now, let us all put on the silly party caps and have some cake!

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July 02, 2011

Saturday Night Tunage IV


Another Saturday night, another Saturday Night Tunage with me, DJ Wonderduck, spinning the music of my life out into the vast reaches of the intertoobs for the pleasure of you, my readers listeners.  It's almost like I'm back behind the mic at one of the various radio stations I used to work for, with one major difference: I can play what I want!  No more playlists making the music decisions for me, I'm stickin' it to The Man, go crazy folks riot in the streets woo!

Or, y'know, not.  Because rioting in the streets isn't... well... very nice.  And you're likely to be hit by a car.  I don't want you to be hit by a car, and would feel bad if my choice of music made you want to go out into the streets and riot without looking both ways first.  If you do feel an overwhelming urge to riot in the streets after listening to Saturday Night Tunage, please let me know so I can adjust my choices of music to something less riot-inducing.  Saturday Night Tunage may have been in contact with peanuts.  Saturday Night Tunage has been known to cause reactions in people with an allergy to asparagus.  Do not taunt Saturday Night Tunage.  If Saturday Night Tunage lasts for four hours or more, please contact your doctor. 

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