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Apr. 9th, 2009 12:07 am
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This is me still catching up on shit. And needing to clean out my tabs like serious

I did get my taxes done, though. (Woo!) And my dad and I took apart a lawnmower engine today, that was awesome. I learned that the engine bodies are just aluminum and there is quite enough force on broken parts to shoot them through the sides. (Hot damn) That's what my sister did to her car engine back when she killed it (not when she wrecked it, but when she blew the engine quite dramatically). Goddamnit, I keep forgetting the term and calling it the crank shaft. But it was some arm in this engine that snapped, flipped around and locked the engine and flywheel and sent pieces shooting into the wall (and into the wall of the piston area, jamming that too).

Was George Lucas wrong? Unfortunately, this is not about Star Wars or Indiana Jones. But anything where we're taking credibility away from him is a-okay with me. Kind of like ALW. They both had their times but they need to take a step back from their involvement now. (Wicked and Phantom are coming to the Schuster next year and my mom thought I meant "Phantom 2" because I kept saying "Phantom too". I have absolutely zero faith in his sequel, letmetellyou.)

They're making a 10 Things I Hate About You tv show? I... uh... I dunno. I don't have much faith in that, tbh, because I don't have much faith in general television. Especially decade-old not-quite-remakes.

Goddamnit, this is the kind of shit I wanted to be doing in science fair. Instead I had rather shitty science teachers who never actually helped me accomplish anything with my projects, and thought my stuff was way too off-the-wall because I ACTUALLY ADDRESSED FUCKING QUESTIONS I HAD WITH SCIENTIFIC PRINCIPLES AND DIDN'T LIE ABOUT THE RESULTS, godfuckingdamnit. (No, I'm not bitter. Have I mentioned I'm really good at holding grudges?) Other than my eighth grade project which I can't remember, I did one testing people's ability to actually differ between Coke and Pepsi and knockoff colas, one testing backpack weights compared to body weight, one testing cat saliva killing bacteria, one testing wine cork tainting, and one testing the vitamin C content of edible flowers. Which I think are pretty damn legitimate questions, even though my procedures weren't anything great or advanced. WELL I'M SORRY YOU NEVER TAUGHT ME OTHER STANDARD PROCEDURES AND MACHINES. If I'd known what was out there for me to use, I could have come up with a test using them. I promise you. So yes, once again I'm blaming GOD DAMN FUCKING MS. WISE and ugh Mrs. Levy (she hated me) and rather clueless Ms. Keller. What is it about the science teachers I had that made them completely unhelpful (or just plain idiotic... Ms. Wise ohmygod, we actually made her cry once. I don't even remember why, but I remember she was an idiot)? And so many other people got away with completely unoriginal tests or just plain LYING about their data or having their parents come up with and design and basically build their project. God fucking damn, people have no respect for the scientific process.

Yeah, I know, I'm crazy.

Housing drunks and letting them drink saves millions, interesting. I always like when alternative solutions are actually able to get permission to test (somehow) and are able to show results. YAY PEOPLE ARE THINKING (unlike my science fair peers yes I'll be bitter about this for the rest of this post for the sake of hilarity)

This may just be one of the best articles I've ever read, "The different kinds of people that there are". the text in case it disappears )

OH GOD ROBOTIC OVERLORDS Well kinda. Not AI but critical thinking skills. Hot damn. We're a few steps away from the computer in Eagle Eye (did I ever get around to how ridiculous that film was?) which I think would have been a totally better film if it decided it needed to destroy itself again. OOPS I JUST SPOILED THAT MOVIE KINDA BUT OH WELL. It's not really worth your time unless you have nothing better to watch (it's not awful) and you are a trumpet player flying from Denver to Dayton who wants to be kind of surrealistically freaked out. Yeeeaaaaah.

Oh man, speaking of technology, they (I'm not exactly sure who) invented a table saw that's attached to a circuit and a brake drum and in ONE TEN-THOUSANDTH OF A SECOND if it senses a change in electrical resistance (aka wetness or in this specific case, flesh) it stops and retracts the blade. Of course doing this costs you a $200 brake drum each time but it's better than losing your fingers and paying $10,000 to maybe having them reconnected.

But I am just consistently amazed by the mechanical and electrical things people are able to design. I just... have no mind for mechanics. If you give me the pieces I can put them together, but I am a static person. At best I can give you a Rube Goldberg, but that's about it.

A really fun and simple word game.

Goddamnit I love RFID. This isn't even a particularly exciting application! It's just so awesome.

10 Amazing Living Walls. Just trying to pay more attention to sustainable stuff because I'm going to the Stander Symposium on what UD should do about energy stuff, and I want to be able to see us do something fucking awesome.

On that note, the 10 Worst Greenwashers. That'd be people who lie about having an earth-friendly business. FUCK YOU AND THE HORSE YOU RODE IN ON.

Okay yay done links for now fuck I'm really tired and hungry goddamnitall

[EDIT] Oh, I almost forgot. Things I learned today: you know why older cars were designed with such long fronts? Not just style, but because the pistons were all in a line before they did the V-design. Cool beans. :D
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Holy crap I feel like it's been ages since I've posted. That may simply be the fact that I have 123 tabs open because I've been too lazy to post in the past few days. (I think the guy that's on Craig Ferguson right now was the guy who voiced the turtle in Swan Princess.) Soooo I need to do a tab dump. I think part of my problem is that I've been trying to keep up better with my gmail and my google reader, but it's a LOT to read... Plus I don't have much space to be saving stuff on my hard drive, so I'm trying to figure out how to rearrage everything so it all works.

I did figure out I can keep some stuff on my netbook (which actually has more memory than my lappy, go figure--I didn't realize that the lappy only had 80GB) and keep a text document of the stats on the info that I need instead of lugging all the files around on a flash drive. So that will open up some space...

I'm not sure what to do with everything else. The problem is that the netbook is good for surfing because carrying around this thing is a pain, but for actual work I like to use this one. And I'm running out of room. Maybe if I succumb to desk use I can just use the backup hard drive? I hate having to hook up external drives though. Bleh.

And I can't put my games on my netbook because they're on CDs and I don't know if I can get my hands on an external CD drive. And I don't want to put my music on the netbook (though it would be handy) because the speakers are pretty shitty. Unless I can find some small (tiny) speakers to lug around with it? And then I'd put the musc on there in an instant. And I would still need an external CD drive.

So what I'm working with is an 80GB tablet, a 80GB+60GB netbook, a 2GB flash drive, a 16GB flash drive, a crappy old iPod nano, and a 250GB external hard drive. I will get a system working here. (It would really help if I could get a resolution on my netbook that didn't involve scrolling but did involve smaller icons and shit. Fucking asus... Excited about playing around with Linux, eventually.)

SO. LINKSPAM OF A MASSIVE NATURE.

Panhandling cat; I feel kind of sad for it. I am just a bleeding heart for street kitties... And I'm amazed it puts up with sitting there all day. (And I really want to adopt KL Kitty aka Tinkerbell.)

So you know that fugly 70's building in North Korea that's a huge abandoned concrete monstrosity (that apparently has no steel structure which I find hard to believe and has warped)? Apparently they are paying an Egyptian company to fix it up--don't know if it's just externally--but yeah. In following up on this I've learned more about North Korea than I've ever known and it is a truly creepy place. Start with this BBC photoset, and then here is a huge phototour. So crazy... They really keep all the "bad" stuff hidden out of sight, and it looks like a creepy, empty, badly-concreteized, highly stylized city. Although I guess most of this is Pyongyang... Still. And someone somewhere posted a lightpollution shot of all of North Korea and its surrounding countries, and NK is like a fucking black hole. Damn. I feel like you could film some crazy shit there if you trusted the place enough... like good Zombie films or something. I think it would feel way too abandoned like that if you did live there, though.

French, Spanish, and German translations for bizarre travelers' phrases. I particularly like "There's a corpse on the bed, please change the sheets". I'm also wondering how many of these innuendos translate to bizarre stuff... Like the silicon ones, maybe? Like maybe the German one is referring to silicon the element, and it just makes no fucking sense. These are the kind of things about languages that I love.

So did you know New Zealand is not technically on the same continent as Australia? It's part of Zealandia. How fucking cool is that? And can we please have more than seven continents? That'd be bitchin'.

5 ways common sense lies to you every day. Some of these, folks, we call logical fallacies. hurr durr

Brain decline begins at age 27?! Fuck.

A model with fake legs, and how they give her "superpowers". She's awesome.

Ricky Gervais and Elmo? That's some funny shit right there. (Is Elmo technically a muppet?! That's how I tagged it but I'm second-guessing myself.)

VERIZON customers: be careful about this. They're apparently sending out some shady paperwork you have to go through the effor of declining so that they're not sending companies info about where you take your vacations or what stuff you're doing online or whatever.

You know, with all these massive amounts of links I'm getting daily now, maybe I should just start a more news-blog styled secondary blog where I can just link these all through one at a time. Jesus Christ to I have a pile here... Bleh. (I am hating to imagine what I will come home to after a summer of tour; it was bad enough last time, but I can't imagine now with all my lovely google subscriptions and shiny things.)

Um... Why don't we stop here for now? I have to check my email and then sleep.
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I have a good pile of links, I've been trying to clean up my googlereader. Blech. The bad thing is that when I sit down and read through Gizmodo and Make... I get all psyched up about electronics. Bleeeeh.

This is pretty cool, and be sure to look at the photos. This guy was able to urge bees to build in nonstandard patterns... It's pretty wicked art/architecture/sciene. I don't know what to call it. It's just fascinating.

Did you know there's a Mars simulation station in the desert? They have people live there as if they were on Mars and then study them. Pretty effin' cool.

They are planning to reboot the Tomb Raider series. I actually had no problems with Jolie, but then again, I have never even played a Toomb Raider game. I just enjoy them as the modernizing-Indiana-Jones-popularity thematic things that they are. So... anything with a good set and maybe some good artifacts, I'm in.

So I don't have a particular link for this, but apparently in the past few months passports have started to been distributed with RFID tags included, for easier data reading. However, it's been shown that someone driving by up to thirty feet away with an RFID reader can steal your data; so make sure if you get a new passport (and probably, some ID's already have RFID tags) that you get an RFID-blocking wallet/passport case for it. They usually just have a layer of aluminum foil added, as that's enough to block it. So yeah, it'd be relatively easy to make your own, too; there's some good how-tos on Instructables.

So this is only a design concept, but it actually looks like a very good design to me.

Finally, looking for a good insult? At your fingertips...

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Jan. 26th, 2009 11:08 pm
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Environmental ethics has brought up some interesting things to talk about, but it is much less applicable than I thought it was going to be. Well, that sounds wrong. It is completely applicable to every aspect of life, which is why I like philosophy; but it is not at all like my Engineering Ethics class, where we are asked to look at ethical dilemmas faced by professional engineers.

But I digress; today I came upon a thought that can better articulate something I've been feeling lately, that nameless thing.

Regardless, I really don't want to talk about that right now. Last week was a long and exhausting week and this week is not much better. I had a nice panicked moment when I thought I had part of my final project due for economics, but it was the grad part of the class that did. *breathe*

Oh, it's supposed to snow heavily tomorrow. Hurrah! Maybe Girl Scouts will be canceled and I can regain some sanity time.

I've had some pretty bold-imageried dreams lately... I don't know if that's because of all the crap I've been eating and drinking, or the fact I'm not sleeping well, or what.

Everyone seems kind of on-edge, too... Not sure why, but it's rather worrisome.

Anyway, I have like seven emails to myself of links I've accumulated that I need to disperse. So, without further ado:

Cool military deceptions. I've always been intrigued by deception... The number of detective and spy books I read when I was in gradeschool was rather ridiculous, I'm sure.

Any UKers out there? I'm like 90% sure no, but just in case I am passing that on. It doesn't sound good.

The floating islands of Titicaca. So effin' sweet. I'm such an engineering dork.

I'm confused about what's going on here...? But both the Disney-capitalist and agnostic parts of me rather love it. Capitalism is crazy sometimes...

The Eight Weirdest Ways We'll Generate Energy in the Future. As an engineer who's been hearing about green design for a while now, most of those are not that "weird". Personally, the weirdest one is... tornadoes? I think I need a diagram to grasp the idea of this one.

Seven Phenomenal Wonders of the Natural World. I think I've linked this before, but I don't remember the sailing stones, and that's pretty amazing shit right there.

There are a lot of days I wish I could just be an explorer-naturalist. How badass of a job would that be?

Oh dude, and Neil Gaiman got a Newberry award! Congrats to him! Very deserved.
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OH MY GOD I GOT A ONE ON MY PLAYING AUDITION! :D I don't know how that happened. But I am really excited. So January 2-4 I am headed off to Wyoming, where I still have to do a marching audition, but which I am not at all worried about. Marching, I love. Marching, I can do. (Their vis staff was not able to get to the camp, so we were done early and everything. It was lovely.)

Oh my god, I miss drum corps so much. I can't wait for next summer. Just need to do more pre-conditioning this time around, and I'll be good. Arm strength, ability to run... Especially since everydays in June will be a mile high and cold. Breathing block will be miserable. And it sounds like Troopers is big on running laps.

But I'm glas I made the choice I did... It was interesting to hear the guys at the camp talk about how vets would go off to the "good" corps for a year or so and then age out back where they had family. Basically, the impression I got from my audition at Phantom was right... They are mostly interested in winning, not in who you are. Apparently one of their friends was the center snare for Phantom--center snare--and the staff didn't know his name until several days into everydays. That's ridiculous. And not to say every winning corps is there, but it just makes me feel better about not going to Crown. I think it's insulting to get money out of camps for so long and waste my time, not to mention... that. So much a different type of family, it's not even funny.

As for my computer, UDit is completely useless. Every time I email them about a message I am getting (no matter how minor) their general response is a lame question about retrieving data I already gave them, and "if that doesn't help then bring it in". So once again, they proved completely useless and with several hours of programs that didn't work, I finally found the solution through Google (I ran the fake program name as well as the "trojan" name). Oh, I don't know if I got that far in explaining before--it turned out to be an adware file that only looks like a windows security message telling you that you have a trojan (mine was Trojan.Zlob.G, but the file itself was merman.exe) and recommends you download a removal program (Program Defender 2009). This is fake safety software that "runs" a diagnostic to find the issue and fails partway through, prompting you to upgrade. So then the hackers get your money. And the multitude of anti-spyware programs I now have downloaded got rid of the fake security program, but to get rid of the adware (the fake windows messages) you have to start your computer in safe mode, go to Applications, find the "Google" folder and delete the two fake files in it. (I was worried at first, but there's nothing else there--it's not actually a Google folder.) So, once again, UDit is a failure and I fixed my own computer simply with Google-fu.

And now, lots and lots of linkspam because I've been a terrible, terrible tab user lately. And no lj-cut because I am CRUEL.

I rather love this Neil Gaiman poster. And speaking of zombies, I just watched 28 Days Later, which is a pretty good movie but feels... incomplete, somehow. But it did remind me of watching Sean of the Dead, which I somehow connected to that from the fact that I finally got my Phi Rho paddle, and I thought it looked like a cricket bat, and Christine and I somehow determined we are going to play cricket with my paddle and bouncyballs. Yesss. I miss Nookball a lot, haha.

This may be the saddest PostSecret ever. Not the most depressing, but one I could never understand... That's a sort of compromise I could never make, and it must be terrible to be in fear of something that other people think is so great about life. Wow, that was a really concise version of what I think and probably doesn't make a whole lot of sense... Maybe I'll expand upon it more later. I don't know.

Harrison Ford doing J. J. Adams Comedy? I'd be up for that. He's really entertaining with dry humor.

Daniel Craig wants Moneypenny and Q in the next Bond movie. EXCELLENT. Craig should be my new best friend. I want Q back and I think they should keep John Cleese. He can do srsface just fine.

The interesting source of phrases such as "in the limelight". Cool beans.

FSM nativity, pirates included. I love it. (The displays of FSM lights are awesome, too.)

I am totally doing this in my room. Now just to find tables...

This freedom-of-religion article showed up on my friendslist somewhere. I've had that sitting around but today I randomly stumbled upon an article discussing it (and atheist messages) which I think is really interesting. Another article about atheism where I think the more interesting topics are unrelated--digital ghosts and older people's mentalities. My dad said he read an article about the testing of older folks, and that it's not the idea that "old people are grumpy" but rather, they lose the ability to censor themselves, so to speak. Which is interesting in contrast to the idea that they are like children.)

A really interesting article about the "anti-wedding" which I may have posted when I was talking about feminism. It has a lot of good points. Sorry about the awkward formatting, the link to the actual article was really messy.

Thylacines can open their jaws up to 120 degrees... That's so, so disturbing.

The octodress. Is it not amazing? As creepy and fucking disturbing as ocotpi are, they are really cool as a deocrative element. (However, when they decide to take over the planet, we are doomed.)

This is some pretty cool art with lamps and such in nature. Awesome.

I forgot about this Pushing Daisies soundtrack that was coming out! SO MANY SONGS, I LOVE IT

Pretty cool article about major movie studio logos. I forget what the original reason was that this was so fascinating... Some tidbit I can't remember at the moment.

Pretty cool old "music video" from 1928.

I like these alternative Christmas Tree ideas.

Someone commented on Betty Page's death calling her "spectacularly singular"... I don't know why, I really like that phrase. And it's true.

So tonight I went out to dinner with my parents and grandparents and my aunt and uncle, and we got to talking about Facebook and the fact that my dad has one to keep in touch with people, and then of course my grandparents being my grandparents we started arguing about the morality of employers checking the Facebook profiles of potential employees. Of course I just gave them my solution--lock your damn facebook. But it's interesting what some people might think about what's on your profile, and different points of view on that. And talking to some people, it's weird to have parents on facebook. I was just looking back at an older post from when dad joined, and I said "WHAT" like it's weird but I think moreso it was just unexpected. Laura apparently didn't friend him, but she, who knows, might have something to hide. (Partying, probably.) I don't necessarily want dad to see my excessive cursing or the fact that I'm no longer Catholic (not that he'd necessarily see "pastafarian" and "church of heathus christ of ledger-day saints" not as humor only), but you know what? Laura's cursed in front of him, he knows we watch shit-for-tv or movies sometimes, I don't care so much. I don't curse in front of him or my grandparents, that's good enough for me. But other people talked about having family finding out about photos on facebook that they didn't want their parents or others to see, and you know what? I don't really get it. If you're worried, make it private, friends-only. If you're concerned about your little brothers and sisters showing your parents... Here's a grand idea: don't do anything in your life you wouldn't be proud of. If you make mistakes, admit they were mistakes and move on, but if something is a concern to your image, don't do it! I don't understand why that's so hard for people... I mean, from peers to politicians, what's so difficult about making good decisions? About thinking things through... Honestly.

Oh my god there is a hilarious skit on Robot Chicken about the construction of the Raiders temple. IT IS AMAZING. Hopefully it will be up on youtube superfast.

OH MY GOD. THEY CAN TAKE IMAGES OUT OF YOUR BRAIN NOW. You have no idea how long I have been waiting for this sort of technology to get started... I want to record dreams like crazy.

Whew, I think that's everything for now.
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tabs tabs tabs. Know what that means? LINKSPAAAAAAAAM

Google cut a deal with Life or something, and now there are tons of cool old photos searchable on Google. So cool.

Know how I mentioned diamonds are like a big red "RANT BUTTON" for me? Here's a really good primer, 10 Facts You Should Know About Diamonds.

So there's this thing called the Moscow Millionaire Fair. Basically, if you're filthy rich, you go to buy expensive shit and get ripped off by businesses. From the BBC's coverage, I love this quote: "A gold baby's dummy is on offer. Fashion writer Alexander Vassiliev says taste among the new rich is unsophisticated. "I don't think there is any elegance," he says." So basically... They're spending to show they're rich, with no discretion. Aren't we a great world, folks? It's like million-dollar trailer-trash. However, it did result in the wickedst supervillain chair of all time. I mean, seriously, folks, that is how you dominate a room. Oh no you don't, you're not getting anywhere within a ten-foot radius of me, fuckers

Ten Incredibly Dangerous Doctors. Creeeeeeepyyyyyyyy.

EMILY STRANGE RIPPED OFF NATE THE GREAT. DAMN, people. DAMN. Fucking unoriginal douchebags. I love those cats... And now I hate them, no matter how coercively adorable they may be.

Cat Haiku. I particularly love these:

oh, I scratched the couch
does that upset you? you mad?
you had me neutered


(That sounds like it came from Family Guy.)

yes, I have nine lives
and I’m spending one with you
thank me with tuna


from high on my perch
I rule over all below
also, I’m stuck


when I sneeze, it’s cute
when I barf up grass, you’re mad
make up your damn mind


Dude, some guy's Creative Commons picture got put in Iron Man. SAH-WEET

ALSO THEY'RE BRINGING BACK TDK FOR JANUARY

FUCK YEAH, IMAX
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JK's speech to Harvard )


Absolutely wonderful. To the idiots who thought they deserved better as a speaker, please gofuckyourselves. Or remove yourself from the gene pool, either is acceptable. Anything to demonstrate your entitled asshatery =^n.n^=

I might have linked this before: The physics errors of Indiana Jones IV. Just interesting on a curiosity level.

Besides the skulls, the inspiration for the Chachapoyan idol might have also been a fake? (Scroll down to the side mini-article.) Interesting. Personally, I don't really care, it definitely won't end my fascination with such subjects. =P And since the idol in the movie is fake anyway...

I KNEW THEY EXISTED SOMEWHERE IN TIMESPACE and now I must procure one. Preferrably a new one. Or! A way to mold them. I know they have that pink one for dressing up like a 60's gogo-dancer, but to me, that sort of ridiculous hair just screams "use me to make anime hairstyles!" Not that I have any sort of use for them whatsoever.

Sexy awesome. in case you hadn't noticed, I'm what they call a nerd

Architect Me loves this.
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Kucinich is trying to impeach Bush? Just barely saw it mentioned so I don't really know what the straight and narrow of it is (do you ever with politics?) but I think I'll go with... yay? Hopefully something positive will come of it. (Sad statement that we've impeached our last two presidents though? I dunno.)

Anyway, I think I'll be trying to blog more now, get back to linkspamish type stuff. For a while I let off that because I was trying to get more personal journaling in, but I read an interesting article yesterday talking about making your time on the internet more productive, and one way to do that is to pass on news and articles you find interesting to other people. I certainly find this true with Cleolinda, it's one reason I read her journal. Pretty concise version of Hollywood, which is about all I can handle.

My guess is you'll get lots of sciency and dorky things from me with the equivalent doomsday political things. I really hate politics because it seems like a totally different way of thinking. Like politicians now are just out to convince the masses for their vote, then do what they please, and that thinking does not at all fit with mine. I just feel lost when I talk about politics... ugh. Anyway. Yay science! =D

I can't remember, did I link to an article about nanomaterials lately? Anyway, they made this substance out of nanothreads that looks exactly like a paper towel, but ONLY soaks up oil, not water. HOLY FREAKING YAY =D

This piece of art is pretty cool, but it's an interesting statement that I think the architecture is more interesting than the ships. http://atris.cgsociety.org/gallery/347135 It's weird, as an engineer, half of steampunk is superawesome and half of it is super annoying. The awesome part is the INCREDIBLY stylish functioning things. Plus, the functions are usually mechanical rather than complicated electrical things, which is something I can grasp. The part that annoys me? Steampunk is based heavily on science that doesn't exist, but people ignore that fact and just sort of draw something, add some gears, and call it steampunk. If it doesn't look like it would function, and you don't have some reasoning behind it, I'm probably not going to like it much. I hate getting anal retentive about stuff, but... GRR. My brain has worked that way--logically, mechanically-- all my life. I don't know if I can help it at all.

Related: drafting tables as fashion. Pfft! What good is a drafting table if you can't draft on it? (Seriously, there were a few links to "architects' desks" that didn't adjust. wut)

How to take good group photos. I rather like this article, as well as this one. I'll have to give it a try.

Anyway, here was the article about getting more value from your web time. I have to check out FoldIt, down at the bottom. I'm not much for games anymore (I just waste my time reading articles online instead...), but a game that would help science? Oh hell yeah. (Impossibly better than running SETI on your extra CPU cycles. [CPU? Is that the right term? My brain is on the fritz at the moment.] I think running SETI might still qualify as nerdier though, in a sort of helpless sort of way. (Nerds and geeks and dorks need a word derrogatory for the real social outcasts, the people who just creep you out. If you're wondering why, running SETI does that a little for me. It's pretty easy to get from "running SETI" to "fucking psycopath" in my mind.)

I think that's all for now.
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Check it out, those three weird silence points in the film? Totally intentional. And completely annoying to boot. I don't think it happened the other night when I saw it at the Greene...? (So just a Regal thing? Seems pretty pointless to me.)

Seven things that thankfully didn't happen in KotCS. SPOILER )

Hmm... totally taking car recommendations if you have any. Speedy isn't my thing but neither is boring. (Found a gorgeous blue PT Cruiser, but methinks it has more miles on it than mom and dad would like to invest in.)

The six most badass stunts ever pulled in the name of science. Yeah, pretty much, though #3 is disgusting disgusting disgusting. (Also, check out how small the rockets are on that rocketsled.)



Desk jobs will be the death of me. (I accidentally just typed dearth. Freudian slip? Or maybe just the fact that THIS KEYBOARD SUCKS)

Dearth Vader lol?

Serious postings and discussion later. Guuuuuh.

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Apr. 10th, 2008 06:00 pm
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So I did end up giving blood today. Not really any problems. Getting your finger stuck for iron testing does hurt for a good few minutes, but not worse than any other cut. Plus it's cool to see them doing the iron test. One weird thing, they ask you if your blood can be used for patients, and they leave the room and you pick a "yes" or "no" barcode and stick it on your form. Anyone know as to why? I mean, they tell you that you can't be giving blood just to be tested for diseases, and I cannot think of another possibility whatsoever for a pint of blood. (Unless there's a secret hive of vampires somewhere feeding on blood rejects. They're already not-quite-dead-but-not-alive so I think AIDS and hep C is not a problem for them, as blood type probably is not. Can you imagine that, vampires subject to blood type? Like, an allergic reaction. That would be bad, I think.) ANYWAY. The needle going in wasn't really the bit that hurt, it's just that it takes a few minutes for the anticoagulant to settle, and it burns a little. My arm got warm after the burning went away and for a minute I was afraid that I was leaking blood into my muscle or something, so I mentioned it to the guy and he said "warm?" in a kind of weird look, but then I thought, oh, it's probably just the anticoagulant again, and it went away after that so I'm not too concerned. The weirdest part for me was them filling up all the sample tubes, because on the first tube of each set (seriously, two small red-capped ones and three big purple-capped ones. What are they doing with all these samples?!) you felt a little suction because there was all that space. I tend to be very sensitive to physics, so I don't know if most people notice it, but I felt it. I'm such an engineer sometimes. I sat there and worried that I was going to pump blood into my muscles and wondered what happens to your veins as you donate blood--do they just sort of deflate with lower pressure? Because I know getting air in your bloodstream is a BAD, BAD thing, and you're not getting pumped back up with anything. And when they fill the vials, where does the air go? Um, and something else, later, but I can't remember what it was, just that I am very much an engineer when I analyze things. I was afraid I would maybe faint or get dizzy so I made sure to eat two breakfasts and a big lunch and drink lots of fluids, but I didn't have any problems. I do feel kind of tired and listless now, and the arm that had blood drawn from it feels rather muscularly tired. So I'm wondering if it's just that there's lack of blood there or if the bandage was a little too tight and lessened the amount of blood going through there, but I could definitely fall asleep right now with no problem. I'm exhausted.

The package from my parents finally came, so I filled up on blondies. =) They're a little staleish already, but they're still so delicious. Plus since you're supposed to eat hardily after giving blood, I have no regrets. =)

I had to think though, I haven't been to the doctor in a while, but all the same I've never got a comment on my blood pressure. I mean, I didn't today, either, but I suddenly wondered what the numbers meant. I don't really get it but I texted the numbers to my mom hoping she'd explain the formula to me. Rather, she told me that was kind of high and that it was probably nerves but when I come home she'd test it again. Oh, and, just thought of this, I haven't been to the doctor in a while but I get shots often enough that I would probably still know if I had issues. But, uh, I was trying to keep myself pretty calm, and so I wasn't really nervous. Once they put the needle in later I started shaking because my hand was a little cold and I was nervous something would happen (I dunno, needle would get knocked, something), but it wasn't a bad shaking, more like a shivering shake, so, I dunno. But I looked up the BP values, and while my diastolic pressure is normal, my systolic blood pressure is "stage 1". Which, I dunno what that means, but looking at the chart there's normal, prehypertension, hypertension, stage 1, and stage 2. So that doesn't bode well, and considering I'm overthinking and analyzing things all the time, getting nervous over inane shit, I wonder what it all means.

At the same time, filling out the forms I was grateful that my health has been simple so far. No allergies, no diseases, no med problems, just broke my arms in 1996, you know? Anyway. Oh, the thing they took your temp with was pretty cool. It was this TINY stick with small metal dots under the plastic, and I really wanted to know how it worked. Hm, now that I think about it, my temp was 98.8 so maybe I was nervous. Anyhow. I got a blue bandage, it was pretty cool until it started feeling weird in regards to the circulation and strength in my arm.

I finished the Gaiman book, it was good. Gaiman, Adams, and Jones, being my favorite authors, make me wonder if there's something about being raised with a British sense of humor that makes you look at the world differently. I mean the Brits are, maybe stereotypically, but nonetheless truthfully, practical in the way they see things (whereas comparatively you may say Americans are stereotypically but nonetheless very prideful about things). Just the way they all address their topics, it's the same old world we all know but there's something we didn't see behind it. Not that it's some spectacular new thing that got discovered, no, it's old, it's been there ages, we just happened upon it now or just started caring. And I can't for the life of me think of an American author who has written like that, at least in the experience of the books I've read. The Giver? That's the first alternate-world book I can think of, and no, that's not it. And I think of all the fictions I can, and all of them are their own spectacular alternate universes, not this world, this real world, at all. Maybe Alice in Wonderland, but everyone says that guy was on drugs, and that makes me sad. And Narnia, maybe, but the fact that it's a Christian allegory really does kill a lot of it, though I suppose it helps to no longer believe all the things you're taught are true. Or, relatively true and now symbolically true, nonetheless, faith tenets or whathaveyou.

Ah! Well, Carroll was English and Lewis was Irish, so maybe that explains that. I don't know. I just wish I could lock myself away and read Gaiman and Jones and Adams all the time so I could still feel like I had stories to write. I dunno, I've always liked writing, but what I've determined is that I'm a modeler, of sorts. I'm obsessed with things. If I were a pirate I'd hunt treasure all the time, and it's pretty clear that my obsession with Indiana Jones isn't as much the character himself as what he's seen, what he's found. COSI? Adventure. And if I ever have good plot ideas, they're things. Objects that can help set the stage. I'm a stage-setter. I'm a designer. But I don't write the plays, I can't. I can't ad-lib for shit and I struggle to pay attention to my part in the dialogue anyhow. Ask me a question out of the blue, and it takes me a second to register you might be addressing me, unless you're looking at me or something. And the answers I give are never the answers I mean to give, usually. Which is why I can't stand being teased, I suppose, I don't know how to react and the puns and jokes and prods always come about ten minutes too late. Unless we start talking about how things work, and then I can expound for ages, reveling in the minutiae. But look what happened with my eighth grade play, um, let's not go there. Suffice it to say it's the reason, even though I live for singing, that I didn't put myself in the musical until senior year. And even then (and now) I'm still pissed as hell when people don't memorize their lines, don't standardize their actions so they can perfect the details. Maybe that's why I'm in my element with marching band. It's all memorized. Everything. Your voice, your movements, your focus, and when it comes down to it, my only real challenge is strength and the details I need to perfect it. Volume. Tone. Fuck, I don't even focus on tone anymore, it's instinctual.

But I (completely) digress. I can't write a plot for beans. Give me someone else's story, let me see their characters in the dimmest light, and I can fix plotholes and give them a better MacGuffin and rewrite their dialogue to be more in line with their emotion. But I can't see the characters. I could look in a mirror and see another world but I couldn't tell you the ghosts, only maybe that there were some and they had shards of dreams that kept them there, trapped. I dunno.

Hah, so, really, co-authoring's my shtick. You have characters and a good feel for the plot? Great, I'll solidify it, make it real. Maybe I'm missing something. Who knows.

I write a lot better in my head, too. When I'm driving or walking or whathaveyou. But I can't talk out loud to record it and when I sit down to write the things that need to be said have already been said and I can't say them as eloquently a second time, only grasp at straws and hope I can find the train of thought, if it's still there even.

Oh, I forgot to say, when I gave blood, I had a headache a little later, too. Hopefully I stop feeling so tired, though.

Intersting article I had to read from 2000; mild developmental autism may be linked to mercury poinsoning... found in medicine. So kids were getting mercury poisoning from their medicine, good going there on someone's part.

Hm.

41 days! I'm back to being excited again, which is good news, for sure. Also found out there may be a mini-meetup in Ohio for people from my favorite Indy website, and it's in Fairborn. Woohoo! I offered to help out, since I was planning one already for Dayton-and-close-Ohio folks. That way I could meet some COW folks and not feel as guilty for probably not going to New York in June (wait, isn't there a song about that? help me, what am I thinking of). I was kind of stressing because I mean it would be the ultimate thing to go to the midnight premiere with local COW friends, but at the same time I would feel bad not taking my usual movie-going crowd with me. This is still, slightly, an issue, however, there's a chance it could be solved. One of the COW folks said he is friends with a manager (?) at a local theatre and was wondering if they could get a limited early-showing for the COW crowd. Now THAT would be fucking awesome because then I wouldn't feel it as necessary to show up at least (at least) an hour early to get top-notch seats and also I could take the usual crowd to the midnight premiere and not worry about them spoiling it with their freaking commentary.

Um, I mean, really, I love you guys (to all of you who may or may not be reading this, I'm not going to specify which), BUT, yes, I have several friends who give a bit too much commentary for something like this. I mean usually we end up seeing mediocre movies or movies I don't really care about, so a commentary is an improvement and not a huge deal. But really, this is a very important thing for me, as stupid as it may sound. The reason I love it is the completely mysterious adventure, and now I live for it. And this is really a once-in-a-lifetime thing, to see a new one, now, and I'll be damned if anyone's going to ruin it for me with commentary and snark, as harmless as it may seem. And really, it is harmless, and I mean no offense, but no matter, this is important for me, which is why I was (and am) leaning toward seeing my first viewing with people as equally obsessed. So for all those who were planning on going with me, I hope you can understand. Although I doubt you care, this movie isn't so important to you. E];D

BUT! Further than this discussion I bring more linkage. Shit is popping up everywhere and I haven't seen ANY of it! Cereal, pop-tarts, ice creams, candies... WHERE ARE YOUUUU, PACKAGING?! I think a trip to Wal-Mart may be in order. (That cereal? Looks terrible. But damned if you're going to stop me from getting it. I was going to refrain from buying ALL the stuff, because some of it is just "get the Raiders DVD with X proofs-of-purchase!" [proof-of-purchases?], and some of it wasn't anything other than a decorated box. But with poptarts you can get a canteen now and there is a... cereal bar? overseas that you can get a cool spoon with, and I am totally jealous.)

Oh god, after this year I am going to hate myself. I have always always always been a saver when it comes to money, and I used to only go overboard with books. (I still do.) I care a little more about fashion these days but nonetheless I am a cheapskate. ("Fashion" money goes more towards costumes, now, but it's still more than I used to buy.) But all this Indiana Jones stuff! It's a good thing I'm only in the market for the quality stuff (uh, all the books, though), probably the legos and maybe some action figures and maybe some cards (really all I want are the art cards, stills from the movies hold none of my interest). But, um, the Potato Head I don't care for (WAIT. Actually, I hate it, I just want the little hat so I can pose it on the cats and stuff.) and the MightyMuggs or whatever they're called look absolutely ridiculous, and I think a rather large proportion of the marketing is childish, which makes me upset. No idol models or anything? Seriously. Who wouldn't want one of those?! I guess I'll hold out for years down the line when I buy a SA nearly-perfect one (ah, which will run me around $500). But nonetheless. So far the money went into costuming (the hat, and a ring, which incidentally I'm not big on the costume so much as the character of each item), and if there's aliens in the movie I can't see myself buying much more toys-wise than the classics. I'm determined to get my hands on one of those action figures though, just so I can have the little gold idol so I can put a hole through it and wear it as a necklace.

Ah, right, I told you I had links.

Gravity-defying homes, some of which make me think the authors have never heard of cantilevering. Or seen a cylinder before in their lives. (Seriously, like, come on.) The first one is just bad design, from all the other articles on it I've read; it's all wood, a lot of it is unstable and rotting, so, it's weak engineering at best. Notably, House on the Rock's Infinity Room is not on the list, making me doubly sure that the authors don't really seem to understand their own name of "gravity-defying". Cantilevering is always amazing, to me, even if I know how it works. It's just that cool. Cylindrical buildings, or buildings with stilts? Hardly.

OH FUCK YES a Homestar Runner game! Sadly for Wii. I don't really like the Wii. I'm willing to give it a few more shots, I mean I've only done bowling, and yeah it's good for exercise but besides DDR and GH I'm a classic-controller kid. However, it will also be out for PC, I think, so there's always that damn-my-computer-is-too-slow route. (Speaking of which the, uh, Half-Life or Unreal-Tournament or whatever that networked game we used to play at Joe and Jen's was, I love it and I miss it. ALSO, I still need to get my hands on Ghost Recon, especially since we have a PS2 at home now. I loved that game.)

Interesting: Indiana Jones and the recession" (Do people know how to write titles anymore? Seriously? GRAMMAR) Interesting. Is it sad that I'm hoping the economy will get weak enough to cause people to start caring more about consumption of resources like food and gas and stuff? =( Our society is too wasteful.

Quite possibly the coolest cake I've ever seen. No, actually, I'm totally lying, I've seen things a million times better. But if you can imagine the skills of a real cake artist crossed with Indiana Jones, well, then, I'd probably put it in a museum instead of eating it. And for a shitty store-cake, that one's damn good (minus the boulder inaccuracy, but let's not even go there, I don't think you want to hear it). Almost as cool as my mom's homemade Little Mermaid cake and probably as cool as the Winnie the Pooh cake, from which I still have the Piglet and Pooh figures (which may have been the only ones). Or Laura has Piglet (I know she was the only one ever to have a Piglet doll), and I have Pooh. (I count it in my 2...2? I forget if I'm at 21, 22, or 23 now. FUCK. Forgot I still need a Hawaiian Pooh! Missioooooon~)

AND NOW! The links where I mock all the shitty advertisement that's going out with this movie.

*headdesk* I'm not sure this photoshopper has ever seen a whip move. I mean... EVERYTHING is wrong with that picture. I think artists just enjoy drawing the lines, like snakes, or something. I can't figure out how you put together--professionally!--something that bad.

No, that's not it either. *facepalm facepalm facepalm* You can't swing on whips. And if that's a vine, it's the most boring vine I've ever seen, and the body/face comparison is HILARIOUSLY bad. And, uh, I think his shirt's the wrong color, too.

MightyMugg idol... sadly that's the best one.

I...what? No, seriously... what? I have no words.

That... is kind of more creepy than anything.

NOW THIS IS WHAT I'M TALKING ABOUT. Do want. Also reminds me I should pull out my old (OLD) yellow airplane spoon, that thing was kick-ass. And more! Except we don't get that cereal here.

What is this shit? Scratch that, I'd buy the Snickers bars. But hell no on the other stuff, unless we're getting backs like this, and, from what I understand, we're not. (We're getting DVD offers, just in case you didn't already own the set from the original DVD release, and didn't plan on buying them when they come out in a few weeks [yeah, just the three], and don't plan on buying them when a set of all four comes out [I'm calling 2011, Raiders' 30th, you'll see]. WTF)

This magazine is only sold in hobby stores. Buy me two with the limited edition cover and I'll pay you back, loooove youuuu... (Oh my god, the first thing I do when I get home will be hit up Dark Star. SO SAD)

See? Portugal. Why can't we have these nice things?

DISNEYLAND. DO WANT. Somebody get their hands on this for me. (Ohmygod, I can ask my roommate Demyla! She goes all the time! Yaaay)

What the fuck is this shit? The jist I get from the website is that it's a deck of cards for playing War... with Indiana Jones pictures. See, decks like this piss me off. Nice if it was just an Indiana Jones deck of cards, but no, when you specialize it to one game it becomes wasteful and stupid. WHAT ARE YOU PEOPLE THINKING.

This canteen has the potential to be Really Cool.

This? The coolest action figure ever. I'm waiting til they release the price, but no doubt I won't get it. The bad ones are at least $90. Fuuuuuuck.
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Yep, I've had these articles open awhile, so in order to get them out of the way I'll post them here! =) I promise, later there will be a post of actual sustenance.


tasmanian devils )


siberian tigers )


bees )


turtles and hippos )


octopis! )


...underland ocean? )


TREASURRRRE )


The Napkin Fiction Project )


Tampontification... actually, it's a very nice story )


A 'Get Smart' Movie?! )


aaaand... I may have posted this 20 times already but it's that important, and that awesome. )
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Shit shit shit shit, so my Firefox History doesn't go back as far as I need it to (about three weeks), so I'm missing a lot of links I've been looking for. Shitcakes. Also, Yahoo's stories disappear in about two weeks, so I need to go back through my linkspams and edit some for clarity, so I know what the link was. Grr. Or add the text of the article if it's still extant.

So here's cleaning up some more stuff:

So this guy died sort of recently, but what he did was for a college art project. He used tarps to alter the words of the "HOLLYWOOD" sign, and I think they are pretty damn clever. http://www.hollyweed.net/

Some important holidays (which I missed...):
January 31-- National Gorilla Suit Day
February 2-- Groundhog Day, duh. Apparently we're getting an early spring?
February 3-- The Day the Music Died...48 years ago! Damn.
April 16-- International Fort Building Day (I have my plans... got yours?)
October 9-- National Leif Ericson Day (I think this calls for pirattitude.)

I was waxing poetic on our Mullet Game (which I am uninclined to hunt through my archives for... maybe someday, when LJ gets a search engine up, or I get my tag system goin'), which involved choosing a Book, Movie, or Show Title and replacing one word with the word "mullet"; someone recommeded to me, this: The Top Lines in Star Wars Improved by Replacing One Word With the Word "Pants". WIN.

This baby is going to be mine. If you go to their main page it shows some "action shots" and whatnot. Anyway, camera geek <3...

So, found a cool site with movie props. Found some stuff from Indiana Jones, nothing fantastically interesting though. It's more fun to go nuts on Ebay. =P (And by go nuts I mean... spend an hour looking at all the cool stuff.) Anyway, just reminds me of the sword we saw in Disney from Last Crusade, which was pretty cool, but still kind of ridiculous. (Price-wise... I mean, not THAT interesting of a prop, if you ask me...) http://www.propstore.com/

The Pizza Theorem. It should be part of every math class. First part is useful, second part is hilarious. http://mathworld.wolfram.com/PizzaTheorem.html

Have I ever mentioned before how creepy rabbits can be? That is, if you make them ALMOST rabbits, in a very creepy fashion. Not like these, these are more funny, but still. http://www.morbidtendencies.com/botmc-details.html

website for finding songs stuck in your head )

Um, so, I think that's everything for now, but I have tons to do in the realms of going through old posts clicking through links and whatnot. ESPECIALLY since I have to fix a corrupted file from firefox, which should fix my Bookmarks and Toolbar problems I'm having. Grr.
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So... does anyone know if there is a way to check your history further than the folders provided? I need to get back at some pages from a few weeks ago, and I'm not sure it has them anymore.

In order to clean up the stuff I have on my desktop (dear lord... it's shitloads of stuff), here's a little linkspam:

Disney's having a pirate MMPORPG... pretty sweet. However, I have the feeling I won't have any time for it, not to mention the fact that it comes out the same day as the movie, which happens to also be the day I'm leaving for corps for the summer, so... yeah. I'll probably pop on a few times, but I'm going to keep on costuming, mostly. Pirates, woo! POTC MMPORPG )

This is really sad because it reminds me of all the AWESOME street performers in San Francisco (holyshitthatwasalongtimeago) and in Spain. Where they only performed if you gave them money, and otherwise would be frozen (except that Mickey...). Obviously... we Americans are pretty stupid. Damnit. Chewbacca attacks! )

Fascinating! I love enginerding stuff like this. Yes, enginerding. It's my... adjective. I dunno. Engineering is already nerdy by default, but I guess this adjective is for moments where I geek out. a rubber sidewalk... )

This is just calling out to be a lame college game. =D http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Muggle_Quidditch

I am never one to ignore an article about the ocean! Please. This is pretty cool. the smell of the sea )

This reminds me of the place in South Dakota. It makes me sad how ignorant the people in the article are. It's an OPTICAL ILLUSION, folks. Not that hard, especially when science is on your side! Physics is wonderful! (Although they're still really fun...) death of a mystery )

Um... so more later as I go through all my links during chemistry lecture tomorrow. (Stupidest waste of my time, ever.)
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Yeah, so, getting myself back into the groove and hooked on things I used to be hooked on. The News (have I posted yet?) that Indiana Jones IV starts filming in June made my day, and the fact that it's supposed to be coming out May 2008 rather than July (which would fall in the middle of marching season...), got me on an Indiana Jones spree. One of my favorite sites (www.theindyexperience.com) is shutting down, so I've been saving pages from that site. Then I was getting back into costuming stuff, and found some really cool fairy stuff.

Now, let's get this straight. There was a period when I liked fairies a lot, but it was never "OMG I must buy that tacky but fairy-related item!" that it seems every other teenage girl goes through. I do not like Amy Brown's fairies, and frankly I don't like a lot of the fairy stuff there is out there. But I found some stuff on more natural, weird, (and some flaming) fairies that simply made me happy. So poo on you, I'm still what I am.

It's like Josh made the point that I can't like something if it's too mainstream. It's not exactly true, it's just that a lot of mainstream tastes don't mesh with mine. About four years back islandy and natural stuff became popular fashion, and I loved it. Lots of turquoise. Only I didn't buy a lot of it, because it was fake and plastic and pretty shitty if you ask me. Like those plastic, large-beaded, long necklaces that are generally tied on ribbons and are kind of heart-shaped? Yeah, those are FAKE KUKUI NUT LEIS. As in, leis from Hawaii. Made of nuts. Plastic is so goddamn tacky.

Though I did justify me buying chucks. (I owned a pair when I was eight, in black, and before that I remember wearing Space Jam ones [yes I bought boy shoes, on several occasions], but as high tops they really hurt my ankles.)

So other news that's fit to blog...

I'm working on getting my website up and running (though I haven't bought a domain name-- I'm waiting until I am out of college or have a real job or can afford it in some manner), and also the webcomic. The only problem with that is getting some decent art software (Paint compresses like HELL, and sucks anyway), and also my new pen for my computer, which hasn't come yet.

Neither has my Dashing Hat shirt which I got for Christmas. *glee* =^n.n^= (I will finally own an Indiana Jones shirt! PLUS it's geeky b/c of QC! Most excellent.)

OH, and last Friday I went to the dentist. (For those of you not in the know, that would be my dad.) Aaaaand... I get to have my wisdom teeth taken out over Spring Break. So... boo on that. The only cool thing would be if I got to keep my teeth. And I know that probably grosses you out, but I guess somewhere deep inside me is that little tomboy I used to be, the one who saw Matt Foil's tonsils in his green jar in Kindergarten and thought it was AWESOME.

But you knew I was weird. I mean, my dad got me a magnet for Christmas that says "Being weird isn't enough." =D

I'm really tempted to post all the awesome stuff I got for Christmas, but it's pretty much a metric shit-ton of books. Which makes me happy. =^n.n^=

This is a really good post, I suggest you read it: http://community.livejournal.com/metaquotes/5752075.html

And btw, the title just came to me, has nothing to do with anything, and I couldn't think of anything better. So, meh.
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Last day of year before the parties hit. I'm hoping for less shit next year, so we'll see how that goes. I really don't feel like talking about all the depressive shit that's going on so I'm going to say a few random things. Serious post coming later.

Finally, OMG! This makes me very happy. If they screw this up, though... ='(

Go see Night at the Museum. It's WONDERFUL. =D

[livejournal.com profile] cat_macros JOIN THIS COMMUNITY. It's made my day sooooo much better. Now I just need a cheap version of photoshop so I can make some of my own. Oh, and a new camera. Urrgh.

I don't want to go back to school. Or corps. Or work. *sigh*
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I...er... yeah. (Don't like LJ's new update look, that's for sure.) I'm... confused. Had a weird dream last night that ended up in me having a creepy, no-good feeling all this morning while I was trying to study physics. It made me very distracted, but I still think I did pretty good on that test. If things hadn't been so weird lately, I could have studied a lot more and pwned it, but yeah, not gonna happen.

I just... ugh. SO weirded out by this feeling. It was sort of like when you drink too much caffiene and you're nervous-shaky, like I was last night and this morning and just all around creepy-outed-ness.

Hmm. Linkspam, I suppose. Sorry I don't make all the links nice and neat, but I like to have the url later on just for reference.

This is cool... the guy rode around the country (10,000 miles... pretty cool. Makes me miss the ride to Kitty Hawk we did) to raise money, so I thought I'd pimp this a little. http://8wishes.blogspot.com/

Sometimes, humans are idiots. We have managed to extinctify (?) a 20 million year-old species, the white whales of China. What, the article says there are... 13? left. Yeah. We're fucking GENIUSES here, folks. So long and thanks for all the fish. http://www.cnn.com/2006/TECH/science/12/13/china.dolphin.ap/index.html

Random really cool word time! I'm going to start collecting fun words in a notebook. Yeah, you look at me like I'm crazy, but... here's an example. The word calliope. I LOVE it. It's really pretty, musical (no pun intendid), kind of antiquey. Exotic. I dunno. I just like words. So I was looking up Scylla and Charybdis (the monster and the whirlpool in The Odyssey, and I always think Scylla is the whirlpool until I look it up, and also that's the origin of the phrase "between a rock and a hard place" because Scylla got turned into a cliff face) and I realized I LOVE Greek names. I already have loved the name Calliope for... hm... going on two years, that I've consciously known that. So, Scylla, Charybdis, Calliope. Randomly thinking of words ending like that, looked up Xerces, which is apparently a butterfly, so I was way off on that. http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Xerces_Blue and http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Calliope and origins of "ard" http://community.livejournal.com/metaquotes/5701729.html

Aaaaand... heaven as a library: (seriously, join [livejournal.com profile] metaquotes) http://community.livejournal.com/metaquotes/5703946.html

err...December 12th was Edvard Munch's birthday (thank you, Google!). He apparently painted several versions of "The Scream." http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Edvard_munch

And, a very silly little thing about the incredibly anonymity of the internet; people are attacking it as Oedipal, but they are VERY clueless. (Dude, the kid didn't know it was his mom.) And if you're having trouble finding the links like I was, they're the highlighted words in that very brief summary. http://www.metafilter.com/mefi/56917 (ALSO, BEBO HAS DIGITAL WHITEBOARDS. That's probably the coolest, awesome-tastic feature I've seen on blogs yet. SHAWEET. [The rest of us just upload jpegs, lol. Geekery FTW])

Aaaaaand... speaking of really fun, antiquated words and such, this site has some really sweet shit. It's a perfume company, but man, do they kick ass. http://www.blackphoenixalchemylab.com/

I think that's it. Gonna practice tomorrow for SW and run to the mall, and the thrift store, and the bookstore to find me some Douglas Adams. Mehbeh. Gotta pack up the room and hope it isn't pinkified... *sigh*

Grrr...

Dec. 7th, 2006 11:13 am
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I am not in a good mood, again. I knew this would be all too temporary. This blows, soooo much. Wtf, wtf, wtf. Why can't things just WORK OUT ALREADY?!

So last night I completely forgot to post one thing. When I came in to babysit, they were watching Stuart Little 2 on the Disney Channel. What’s the first thing I do? “OMG…Mr. Little is HOUSE.” Seriously, guys, wtf. House…Mr. Little. House…Mr. Little. Bwuh?

Ok so I’m not as happy as I was last night, which makes me sad. (Not really, but you know what I mean.) *sigh* Life is so difficult.

Now is one of those times I wish I had an iPod. I am here at work and wishing I had my Christmas music to make me feel better to not be bored. Well, to not be bored. Since I ran some errands for my boss, but now he’s in a meeting and I don’t have anything to do, but I’m not leaving yet, because I need to get my hours in, and because hells yes I get paid to do nothing.

Jiminy Cricket.

You know, do you remember that xkcd cartoon about mixing levels of cursing? I do that, unintentionally. All the time. I’ve noticed I start of entries with freakin’ or fuck and then switch to the other towards the end. Plus I have really colorful curses. Jiminy Cricket, fuckcakes, shitcakes, Christ on a cracer.. yeah, it goes on and on. I just notice random curse words pop up into my vocabulary. Don’t ask me how, I don’t know either.

*sigh* Dammit, I want to be happy again, like I was last night! Arrrrrgh! Frustrating.

Ok, so yeah, I have a soft spot for innovation. http://news.yahoo.com/s/ap/20061206/ap_on_re_us/silly_string_to_iraq_1

And this sounds like a cool place to visit: http://www.nytimes.com/2006/12/06/world/asia/06budd.html?_r=1&pagewanted=1&oref=slogin

*sigh* I feel like Charlie Brown. Get your hopes up, Lucy yanks the ball away again. Get the kite up, get it in the tree. *bangs head against tree*

What. the. fuck.
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I! am in a good mood.

Finally.

And I don't mean, things are better, because they're not. But I am HAPPY.

What did it take? A babysitting job. Well, "babysitting." She was already in bed, so I wached TMC. Yeah, classic movies. My weakness. Like kryptonite. I was raised on them... and I know for a fact they're a good chunk of why I am the way I am. I watched the end of a movie with Audrey Hepburn and Fred Astaire (I think) and it made me want to get up and dance and sing... and take tap again... but not that modern crap, ugh. Lol. =) Seriously, Fred Astaire is my hero.

Anyway. Classic musicals... I just... yeah. That's me. That's what I like, that's what I want, that's how I live. It just is.

And then I watched part of a documentary on Stanley Donen, who did the direction and some dancing and did lighting stuff for whatever movie I watched, plus On the Town, and Singin' in the Rain, and Seven Brides for Seven Brothers (haven't seen it, but loved performing it), along with many others.

So. Fred Astaire, Stanley Donen, a toast. With lime jello. Because that's what I ate right now since I couldn't get ice cream downstairs to celebrate how hyper I am again. I was happy, and I was loopy, and I was starting to get that almost-drunk quality that Captain Jack Sparrow has that I realized I'd picked up after I saw the second movie. That or it was always a part of me, AND OH MY GOD I NEED TO GO BUY THE SPECIAL EDITION DVD... BONUS EXTRAS, WHIMPER WHIMPER...

Anyway, linkspam.

A good post about believing in God, of sorts. It's incomplete but I read most of it (tired, sorry, it's been hell lately), and I agree with what I did read. If I missed something major, you might want to let me know. http://infinidimincorp.livejournal.com/94573.html

So people over on [livejournal.com profile] metaquotes were talking about huntsmen spiders today, which are apparently large, flat spiders that live in Australia that come in under the door or whatnot and hide around the house. They can be as large as wall clocks, and are difficult to kill. And ew. So, being metaquotes, someone mentioned that they'd seen an ice spider larva (Antarctica, thank god) burst out of a penguin's body and spit acid out. So I had to see these ice spiders. TWO AND A FUCKING HALF FEET LARGE. EW EW EW EW EW EW thankgodtheyliveinthedeepcoldwaters. So the first link: http://www.auburn.edu/academic/science_math/cosam/research/antarctica/2006/journal/6/11/index.php and the second: http://scilib.ucsd.edu/sio/nsf/fguide/arthropoda-2.html ew ew ew ew

Robin Sparkles: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=9mJAsgIIfNM (yeah... I finally caught up on How I Met Your Mother via YouTube.)

MI6 on James Bond: http://www.mi6.co.uk/sections/articles/opinion_05_no_armour_left.php3


So I ate lime green jello, and rutabaga, and milk to celebrate.

I fucking win. =^n.n^= (And hopefully I'm going to the zoo on Sunday, too! And I think I'm ready for Christmas, too. Hooray!)

[EDIT] Plus... Jimmy Buffett's birthday is on Christmas, someone just reminded me today. =)

I am SO. FREAKING. MYSELF. =^n.n^=
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Gotst a veritable SHITLOAD of linkspammation for you, so I shall have at it.

First, the results of an old halloween meme. Very entertaining, and a lot of these people don't even touch on LJ anymore. You really can skip this part, I just thought it was funny. )

Urrgh! Coding. Anyway, back to my pile:

Quite possibly one of the best poems about cats I've ever read. Haikus are not meant to be this entertaing, and yet so true. http://community.livejournal.com/black_is_pink/123253.html

OK, no link for this truly. According to [livejournal.com profile] dci_fan_room, Cavvies are doing a Billy Joel show. Seriously? I'm actually kind of afraid of this one. They did a chop-up show of Bond, and the Chicago one was just weird.

A link from a fellow LJ-er: This is actually a really great site. I'm addicted now... You put in songs and artists you like, and it comes up with other suggestions. http://www.pandora.com/

Are you ready for CHRISTMAS MUSIC?! Well, here is some. Hooray, friendage! http://christmasongs.livejournal.com/

Adorable Christmas icons, numero uno: http://community.livejournal.com/fangorn_icons/2860.html#cutid1

Adorable Christmas icons, part dos, with some Thanksgiving thrown in: http://community.livejournal.com/bisty_icons/9022.html#cutid1

Ahahahaha, death by frying pan: http://news.bbc.co.uk/2/hi/uk_news/england/cumbria/6157611.stm

In case you're big on Secret Santa projects going down without a single hitch: http://www.secretsanta.com/

This? Is really funny. http://www.atomfilms.com/contentPlay/shockwave.jsp?id=animator_vs_animation_2&preplay=1

So...yeah. This next link could be a problem. It's a collection of pictures of adorable, cute little animals! Shit, shit, shit. And the money goes to forests and stuff... But I mean, it's not a far cry from Pokemon... man, I sound so pathetic, lol. But COME ON! ADORABLE ANIMALS! I will just have to wait until it fails and they are being sold 200 for $1 on Ebay. *sigh* My turtles, you shall have to wait... http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=s5xEh7akooE and here's the official site: http://xekogame.com/

Yup, I think that's it. I abologize for not being all sparkly with my HTML and cleaning up the links, but I like to have them for reference in case the sites ever go down, such as my Thanksgiving special blogs. A lot of those links are gone.

Nurr.

Nov. 27th, 2006 05:47 am
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Holy SHIT. Some people are fucking MESSED. UP.

http://www.dailymail.co.uk/pages/live/articles/news/news.html?in_article_id=412195&in_page_id=17

I mean, just...WHA? The packaging shows girls in bikinis. With boobs. HELLO. You're advertising to SIX YEAR OLDS. WHAT THE HELL KIND OF MESSED UP FUCK-CRACK ARE YOU ON? (Ew, ew, this reeks of child porn and chauvinism. I am going to forget this ASAP.)

By the way, Daniel Craig is FUCKING AWESOME. I read a few magazine articles about the new Bond movie online, and he curses like a fucking sailor. It's hilarious! Plus when he found out he got the role, he was shopping in a food-mart-ish place, and dropped what he was doing to just go make a martini.

Oh, and he was a bad guy in The Power of One, aka the movie that defined a good chunk of my high school oddity, cred to Weebl and K-dawg for Da Chicken and all ensuing nonsense.

And he's going to be in His Dark Materials: The Golden Compass, which I never read but comes highly recommended, so I need to get my fingers on that before I see it. I'm a big believer in reading stuff before you see the movies.

Also, they are moving on from Narnia to make Prince Caspian. FUCK, JUST GO RUIN THE WHOLE GODDAMN SERIES FOR ME, Jesus Christ. I still absoluately refuse to see that movie.

And the photos of Bellatrix Lestrange? Yeah. Bad character design, IMO. Then again, I don't like a LOT of the design of the movies. Too childish or something. So... not a big fan of the movies, and the books are pretty much ruined for me, reading-wise, which is exactly WHY I refuse to see Narnia. I love it too much. Waaaaay too much.

Also, I think I'm going to ask for the My Chemical Romance: Welcome to the Black Parade CD for Christmas because the songs sound AMAZING. Influences by Queen, amongst other AWESOME bands, and the title song kicks ass, plus it's about a marching band. =P w00t. I am so un-emo.

Can I start my own niche-market/stereotype for that? I don't even know what defines it. It's like being borderline-emo and then doing a complete 180 and showing people you're just off your rocker, period. =P And that's me.

Reminds me of a good Jimmy Buffet quote (from "Simply Complicated"): "It's alright to be crazy, just don't let it drive you nuts."

And also, I added a hilarious Domer-quote to my facebook profile. If you know anything about drumline, this is hilarious:

I was on the phone with Domer discussing camp stuff, and Chris was in the background doing who-the-fuck-knows-what. All of a sudden I hear this noise, and I know what it is, it's Chris doing line stuff, you know, talking drum-ese. I tend to do that, too, just having been in winter and knowing patters, but never bass splits. But Chris having been on the line with MattE and Domer was completely another situation, they added their own splits and Sou didn't even notice until finals.

So I hear him doing this in the background (resumably Bluecoats' splits of some sort), and just to confirm, I asked Domer, "What is he doing?"

"He's doing bass splits, but he sounds like a Wookie."



I DIED.

DIED, I TELL YOU.

Then a few seconds later something along the lines of "SHUT UP, Chewie." Yeah. Star Wars + Band Geek = Ultimate Nerd jokes FTW. ;P

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