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Sun, Mar. 23rd, 2008 06:47 pm
The manga...bible?!?


Fri, Mar. 21st, 2008 12:08 pm

Been out of the whole web-comics thing for a long time now, and just discovered Questionable Content. Been reading from the beginning this morning, and this one made me laugh so hard.

Proof things are always funnier when it's a semi-inside joke that hits home.


Wed, Mar. 19th, 2008 09:41 pm

Farewell Sir Arthur. Maybe in some far future you and I will be reanimated by some aliens with sufficiently advanced technology that indistinguishable from magic.


Fri, Mar. 14th, 2008 10:11 pm

The future is now. Etc.


Tue, Mar. 4th, 2008 02:47 pm

Yesterday, a man was at the bus stop who was obviously insane. He looked like a young(er) Ralph Nader, perhaps 45, unusually clean and well-dressed for a crazy person, and was wearing a discman and...essentially breakdancing, occasionally playing the drums on the nearby trash can. He ended up getting on my bus, and unbuttoned his fairly clean button-up shirt to reveal two ties (tied straight onto his neck) a pair of bandannas, and a cut-off t-shirt to show off his bare midriff. He continued to dance the entire time he was on the bus, much to the amusement of a number of the teenage girls.

This morning was more sad. This local homeless guy tried to get onto the bus. He is harmless, but he smells really, really terrible. The bus driver actually kicked him off after he paid half his fare. She gave him a transfer, but there was still something about the whole transaction which made me feel saddened as I saw him recede into the rainy distance.

Oh, and I'm not dead. I'm just boring. Bleh.


Tue, Feb. 19th, 2008 08:38 pm


Wed, Jan. 30th, 2008 05:06 pm

Isn't it just a little bit unseemly if the U.S. ambassador to the United Nations (not to mention the former U.S. ambassador to Afghanistan) is "seriously considering" running for prime minister of a Afghanistan?

I know he was born there and all, but god, this has to be the most brazen thing I remember reading recently.


Thu, Jan. 24th, 2008 10:50 pm

The other day, I was reading about the Lewis Carrol poem Jabberwocky. I was surprised and impressed that this poem introduced the words chortled, galumphing, burbled, gyre, and the vorpal sword of D&D fame. It really says something about the reach of an acclaimed author.

I wonder what made up words from today will survive as part of the English language 150 years from now?


Wed, Dec. 19th, 2007 04:51 pm

Who ever knew there was an extinct, 26 foot high fungus?


Tue, Dec. 18th, 2007 11:50 pm
The past year or so, I've had these small, flesh-colored, wart-like bumps appear in random places on my face. Most of them are so inconsequential that no one sees them but me and whoever I point them out to, but the ones in my beard area get shaved off on a regular basis (meaning it looks like I have perpetual zits), and I'm slowly getting more and more of them. I'm fairly certain I have Molluscum, which kinda sucks, but should clear up on its own within the next six months or so. I just hope that I don't get enough of these little things in the meantime to start looking like a freak.

I probably should go to a dermatologist.


Fri, Dec. 7th, 2007 03:05 pm
I think I just "got" the macroeconomic picture of the United States, and I'm fucking terrified.

I have an extended entry on my realizations coming when I have the time, if you all would like to see it.


Sun, Nov. 18th, 2007 08:33 pm


Sun, Nov. 18th, 2007 10:54 am
Funny, yet extremely depressing, set of photos from the "creation museum" in Kentucky.


Thu, Nov. 15th, 2007 12:22 pm
So, I have not posted in this for quite awhile - for the most part because my life is currently satisfying, yet boring. I don't have wild escapades, tremendous angst, social drama, or a broken heart. And most of what sets me at ill ease has been the same for many months now.

If I'm going to keep this journal as an active venture, I'm going to have to stop thinking about it as if I'm writing for an audience who cares about what happens in my life, and start writing once again about the random shit that runs through my head on a day-to-day basis. A good deal of this stuff is things which I think will only be understandable/appealing to a small minority of people - thoughts on politics, science, and just overall geekery. But, it's either that or essentially put my journal on an indefinite hiatus, and I'd hate to do that after four more or less continuous years of posting.

I'll end this with a random thought - what does "lol" actually mean these days? I never used it, preferring "heh," but I seem to remember it was called for under circumstances of actual humor. On some forums I now frequent, I see younger posters use it practically every single sentence. Not only can't I see them laughing out loud - it's generally content not even vaguely funny in the quietly laughing to myself sort of manner. Maybe I'm just a lot less mirthful than kids these days. Or maybe it took on some other meaning when I wasn't looking.


Fri, Oct. 5th, 2007 10:27 am

This is the Deputy Assistant Secretary for Coalition Affairs in Iraq - also known as Gates' right hand umm...woman I guess.

And this e-mail makes it all the funnier

Johnny - you won’t believe it, we met the woman in the leather jacket, Ms Cagan, spent an entire evening with her, at a concert given by a rock band made of central European right wingers (all diplomats), friends of Martin Palous, Czech ambassador to the UN. The band played one night a the Knitting Factory on Leonard street, called Coalition of the Willing, led by the Hungarian diplomat Andras Simonyi, who gave her the Iron Cross. We met Tom Stoppard, the playwright, there, as well as this crazy woman in a leatherette tunic, she gave us her business card, and was drinking heavily and dancing like a dervish. She tried to befriend us, but as she is obviously insane, and SCARIER IN PERSON THAN IN PHOTOS, we kind of slipped away. We thought from her rambling discussion that she was an arms dealer, she had just returned from what sounded like a sex junket to our fighting boys in Iraq. She was telling us how sexy the front line guys were, and the whole live for today ethos that prevails in the Green Zone. A truly, truly mad woman, and now Gates’ right hand man (she really looks like a bondage dude).

Story here


Thu, Sep. 20th, 2007 03:59 pm

Well, I got through sickness, moving Tara in, and my union's bi-annual convention with nothing too terrible happening, though I've been working 12-hour days not at my office, and not even staying at the house a lot of nights.

I'm taking tomorrow off to try and finish a few chores around the house (mainly hooking up my dryer and patching some holes outside). Once I can lay the new quarter-round, things will finally be doable and the place will start resembling a real house.

And, we found once we moved in that the "computer room" actually doesn't have a working phone jack, meaning the electrician is going to have to come back before I'll have internet access again, so I'll be scarce for a little bit yet.

Hopefully I'll be back soon, and start making this journal back into something vaguely interesting.


Fri, Sep. 7th, 2007 10:10 pm

To any and all who might read this.

If we've fallen out of touch, and you wish we hadn't, give me a hollah.



Thu, Sep. 6th, 2007 09:10 am

What's up yall?

Things have been super busy and sort of sucking majorly lately. After work almost every day for the past week, I've been either moving or fixing up the house. I'm all moved in (man, moving yourself totally alone really sucks), in terms of all the boxes being in place, but almost all of it is still in boxes. While the new floor is in, we haven't had time to cut and paint the quarter round, so the house is kinda still in process.

And things are about to get worse. Tara, it seems, needs to move out of her apartment totally by next Friday. She can't take any time off work, so that really means she's moving this weekend. I can't really help her much, as our union is having its national convention next week, and starting Tuesday I'll be expected to work late into the night for a few days.

Which would be fine, except for two facts. One is my body chose this week to get really, really sick. I feel like total butt now and only came in because I needed to write a few e-mails (explaining to people work I was going to do this week will probably be done over the weekend), and because my PCP is downtown. I have a sinus headache, my ears are stuffed up and periodically have an agonizing pain, I have a hacking cough, etc.

And even if I can't help Tara move, my three fish-tanks are at her apartment, which means I have to go at some point in the evening and move them despite working 12+ hour days next week - and quite possibly being sick. Moving fish-tanks is a long process and requires the better part of an evening for each tank.

So the next two weeks will be, as they say "teh suck"

Besides that, things are okay I guess.


Mon, Aug. 13th, 2007 11:45 am


Wed, Jun. 20th, 2007 12:45 am

So, I am buying a house, albeit not the one I originally posted about. It's in Lawrenceville, and I'm getting it for a bit over $50,000. It will need a ton of work over the years, including a new kitchen, some bathroom fixes, new basement stairs, a complete "backyard" rehaul, finishing of the attic, a new front door and three new windows - and so on. However, it should all be worth it, because even if I have to put $40,000 worth of work into it, I know I'll be able to sell it for well over $100,000 when it finally goes on the market.

Right now the seller is fixing some structural problems with the heating, electricity, and roof that were discovered during the inspection, as well as remediating radon. Then, by the end of July, my loan should be clear, I'll pay my closing costs, and be ready to roll. Then I have just around one month to try and get a house of shag carpeting up and out and floors finished. Should be tons of fun!


Thu, May. 31st, 2007 12:53 am

So, for those of you not in the know (virtually everyone), I'm officially in the market for a house now. The past few days have been whirlwind but stressful.

So, I saw this house on Craigslist. On a lark Tara and I decided to drive by, and the people were home, so we called them up and got a brief walk through. It's far better than the pictures, though not without flaws.

Initially, we thought our chances were slim because someone else put in an offer and they accepted, but I talked to dude again tonight, and he said he's "wide open" to other offers. Meaning I could try bumping the price up a few thousand. It also means I need to get a sales agreement drawn up within the next week before the other dude closes.

But I spent most of tonight freaking up and tearing apart my apartment. There's an awesome loan available to moderate-income, first-time homeowners in the city, but I need to put in my tax returns and W-2's for the past three years. And I can't find my 2004 W-2. I was totally freaking because I have no idea if former employer's keep W-2 forms from that many years back, and requesting from the IRS takes 45 days to process. But I just found a company online which can get the older forms to you in 2 business days, so I guess it's all back on track.

Keep your fingers crossed for me kiddies - this is going to be a rough ride.


Mon, May. 21st, 2007 05:55 pm

I'm going to be in NYC for work from tomorrow through Thursday evening. Though I'm all worked out during the day, I should have some free time in the evenings.

I don't think I'm really close with any of the remaining NYCers I know, but I'd thought I'd just send out a "what up" and see what happens. I'm certainly not going to spend the first time I'm going to be in NYC since - 2004?!? just hanging in a hotel room in midtown.


Wed, May. 16th, 2007 09:07 am

Way back at new years, I hit a full decade of being a vegan. I had meant to write some sort of retrospective post about it at the time. But, of course, since I rarely to never post in here anymore it slipped my mind entirely.

extensive introspection withinCollapse )


Fri, Apr. 27th, 2007 11:59 pm

It's not as if this is an unhappy song, or I had an unhappy childhood.

So why am I unable to listen to this without totally tearing up?


Fri, Apr. 27th, 2007 01:20 pm


Mon, Apr. 23rd, 2007 03:46 pm
This has to be one of the weirdest sites I've ever seen


Sat, Apr. 14th, 2007 05:22 pm

Marek Michalowski of Carnegie Mellon University in Pittsburgh, US, and Hideki Kozima of the National Institute of Communications Technology (NICT) in Kyoto, Japan, programmed the squishy, yellow robot, called "Keepon", to pick out the beat in a piece of music and move along in time. It can also track the rhythmic motion of a person or another object and move in time to that. Inside the hollow robot's silicone body are motors, wires and a mechanical device called a gimbal that tugs it like a reversed marionette. Keepon responds by nodding, bobbing, twisting and shaking in time to audio or visual stimulation. "The robot can dance either to sound or video," says Michalowski. A video produced by the researchers shows the uncannily cute Keepon bopping to a track by US rock band Spoon.

In other news, Spoon is playing Pittsburgh next Friday!


Tue, Mar. 27th, 2007 01:17 pm
Apparently there is some CGI contest which has been ongoing. The latest competition was to construct a movie trailer for Greg Bear's Eon (incidentally one of my most favorite science fiction books).

The top two entries are pretty amazing

That is all.


Wed, Mar. 21st, 2007 01:18 pm

A sad reflection on the modern era.


Thu, Feb. 22nd, 2007 10:23 pm

Snagged this from anna_phylaxis

Step 1: Put your iTunes or equivalent on random.
Step 2: Post the first line from the first 30 songs that play, no matter how embarrassing.
Step 3: Bold out the songs when someone guesses correctly.
Step 4: Looking them up on Google or any other search engine is CHEATING!

I "cheated" thoroughly, for the following reasons

A. lots of my songs are instrumentals
B. Some are covers
C. Some say the title within the first line
D. Some are either totally indecipherable or so close to indecipherable I couldn't be arsed to figure out the lyrics. It was bad enough I needed to check online for half of these songs.
E. Some songs aren't in English.
F. Some songs I put more than the "first line" in, because it was so generic I wouldn't even get it.

that said, here goes nothingCollapse )


Mon, Feb. 19th, 2007 01:39 pm
Speaking of George Bush, with whom Sharon developed a very close relationship, Uri Dan recalls that Sharon's delicacy made him reluctant to repeat what the president had told him when they discussed Osama bin Laden. Finally he relented. And here is what the leader of the Western world, valiant warrior in the battle of cultures, promised to do to bin Laden if he caught him: "I will screw him in the ass!"


Wed, Feb. 14th, 2007 02:39 pm
I decided to write an essay about the underpinnings of my political principles. Feel free to read this if you so desire

though it's rather longCollapse )


Tue, Feb. 13th, 2007 12:52 am
If I had any visual art skills to speak of, I'd like to think I'd do stuff like Nemo Ramjet. His stuff just blows me away.


Tue, Feb. 6th, 2007 09:08 pm

Specter: Measure Was News To Me, Too
By Paul Kiel - February 6, 2007, 12:18 PM

An update to my post below from this morning's hearing.

If Sen. Arlen Specter (R-PA) is to be believed, no one in the Senate, not even himself, realized that the law had been changed governing the nomination of U.S. Attorneys -- a change that gave the administration the power to appoint federal prosecutors indefinitely without Senate confirmation.

In later remarks during this morning's hearing, Specter explained to Sen. Dianne Feinstein (D-CA) that he didn't know about the provision until she approached him on the floor and asked about it recently. He then asked his chief counsel, Michael O'Neill, who explained that the provision had been inserted into the USA PATRIOT Improvement and Reauthorization Act at the request of the Department of Justice.

So Specter is angry at the insinuation that he "slipped in" the change... but not even he knew that his own staff member had made the change.


Wed, Jan. 24th, 2007 11:00 pm
You know, while I disagree with him on just about everything *except* the war, Chuck Hagel can say some pretty awesome stuff.