Wednesday, November 30, 2005
Just enter the name of a band or song and it'll suggest some stuff that you might also like... and play it for you! Sure it's all a marketing deal, but hey, you might get something out of it.
Tuesday, November 29, 2005
I had to work REALLY HARD to get past the fricking moderator to get that much out of it. He talked more than the panel, interrupted them and rambled often on tangents. Maybe he was nervous. Then I feel bad for him.
At least I got to see the EA campus. It's huge. And really really nice. They have too much money methinks.
Monday, November 28, 2005
But it's gone lame again as a series and this last book was the worst. The entire book was a set up for the next 2 books. (I guess it's supposed to be a trilogy that ends the entire series.) I thought it was sooooo lame when I got to the end of the book and the characters were like: "OK now the adventure starts! Let's go!" Sure stuff happened along the way in this book, but it was mostly a recap of the first 9 fricking books in the series, all the people involved and what they think/feel about the state of things in this fantasy world.
Maybe I shouldn't be so harsh. Lord of the Rings was written this way, right? People still love it today. Everyone is at the end of "Fellowship" going "Wait! You can't stop there!!" But they had to wait until the next book came out.
Here's a link to an interview with Terry Goodkind from a while ago. He gets into his philosophy on life a bit. It's interesting to hear straight from him and then compare to how he's expressed it through the book's characters. I could see how he was writing some timeless stuff but directly correlating it with current events. War on Terror, that kind of stuff.
It might put you to sleep, though. Be careful.
Sunday, November 27, 2005
Sorry Chu, it's just plain wrong. LOL
Gone is the good feeling of pilgrims meeting with Indians and feasting off the land still plentiful and ripe. Gone is the adventure of hunting down a turkey in the wild or even today, sifting through the piles of turkeys in the grocery store looking for the right size for your family.
No, today we order our feasts online. They come the next day. They come stuffed with... get this - a duck AND a chicken. That's 3 birds, people. AND you can get different varieties that also include pork or seafood in addition to the duck and chicken. That's a feast for sure! Four animals all crammed together into ONE dish. No courses here, just stuff 'em all together and EAT! It's almost like those silly Comcast commercials where people order coffee and then ask "Where's my coffee?" 2 seconds later. Instead of people needing to slow down a bit, this commercial encourages them to speed up! Bah! Even if I ate meat I think this over indulgence - NAY! over-KILL - would be slightly disturbing... Maybe not. Excessiveness DOES have its appeal!
I noticed: The first word in Turducken is... "TURD."
I love America! Bigger is better. You know Americans are #1 at being big!
Here's the site, order one for Christmas!
Saturday, November 26, 2005
Then we went to the Chabot Space & Science Center up near Oakland. We saw it on some show and they allow visitors to take a look through their big telescopes! We liked the museum displays and the planetarium show... OK that was weird what with Harrison Ford narrating and it being a full on CG movie with the worst camera ever. We were both dizzy afterwards. Anyways, we went up to look through the two telescopes and waited in line for the small one 20 minutes and the large one for an hour and 15 minutes. The small one was pointed at two clusters of stars. Kind of a let down. The big telescope was pointed at Mars. When we finally got up there to view it, it turned out to be a blurry red disk. I could make out the polar ice cap, but only barely. (That's frozen CO2, dude. Dry ice.) It was pretty disappointing after waiting so long.
We did learn that the human eye is very sensitive to blue-white lights, but likes reddish lights much more. We asked why all the lights inside the telescope domes were red and they said that they use red because it doesn't interfere with the eye's night vision capabilities. This guy explains it in a little detail. Basically your eye sees with cones and rods. Cones see color and rods see at night. Rods take a while to turn on, so you are blind for a while when you flick off the lights. Red doesn't interfere with your rods.
I'm going to get some red cellophane and put it on our flashlights. I was amazed at how much better we could see compared to a normal "white" flash light.
Friday, November 25, 2005
I'm thankful that we had a place to go today and people to be with.
I'm thankful I have a job that I can support myself and my wife with.
I'm thankful that I like my job.
Hope you have stuff to be thankful for. Look around. You'll find something.
Watch this TV ad for beer. It'll make you laugh. Then be thankful you have something to laugh about.
Monday, November 21, 2005
Here are a bunch of random links and junk.
1) My southpark self-portrait. Make your own here. Thanks Jim!
2) Some info/sneak peak at the Hellboy animated series coming up.
3) A clip of twisted Japanese fun. This girl is some new celebrity in Japan - I don't know who she is, but they talked her into putting a stuffed baby seal doll on her head and teasing a polar bear. Please ignore the various links to porn on every available inch of this site.
Sunday, November 20, 2005
Saturday, November 19, 2005
I had a bunch of errands to run in NY. I actually had to go to the NY DMV. It went well though!
Hopefully I will get the duplicate title for the van in a couple weeks. I bought a new water-proof jacket at EMS. (Thanks Kaan for the gift card!)
I turned in the camera to Best Buy to replace the LCD screen. (It still worked fine, BTU I couldn't see a damn thing on the screen. :( Luckily, we had decided in this ONE instance to buy the extra insurance that Best Buy pushes on everything they sell.) The geek squad guy was perhaps the single decent employee at the Albany Best Buy. Every other employee that I had to deal with was either a "pusher" or just plain mean. (Although I think I'd be mean too if I had to deal with the Albany public every day...
We ate a lot of food, drank a lot of beer and had fun in the evenings though. Guitar Hero is actually pretty damn fun. Especially with two guitars!
I got to hang out with Jonathan one evening, and Sean the next. Though a mishap of communication (classic - "Why didn't YOU call?!?!") I missed Cynthia and now I fear that I will never hear the end of it. Ah well, I guess I probably deserve it - can't seem to get my head on straight.
Friday, November 11, 2005
Thursday, November 10, 2005
I found a couple crazy links related to Star Wars today.
This one is a guy who does models for fun. He models Star Wars ships and lights them with fiber optics. It's way too cool! - 2 foot Star Destroyer!
The bigger one.
He's also done an X-wing and millennium Falcon.
This was on Jim's blog: The Star Wars Kid. Nice editing... sort of.
Wednesday, November 09, 2005
Woospace linked to Urban Outfitters because they are selling a replica of Charlie Brown's sad little Christmas tree from the holiday special. While I was looking for it I found this alcohol flask also on their site. It's got an engraving of Jesus with the inscription: "What wouldn't Jesus Do?"
I think I'll get it for Murphy... or maybe Herrmann. LOL
I guess they aren't worried about being blamed anymore. They have a study to prove they aren't at fault.
If you haven't seen supersize me, go find it.
Tuesday, November 08, 2005
Tante Hanna was 99 years old. She had gone blind and lived in a nursing home for the last 10 or 15 years. All of Tante Hanna's siblings died 25 years ago. No one knows how she lived so long.
The last time I saw Tante Hanna was about 10 years ago. She actually remembered me from my short one year exchange with the Schwarz's. She lived through the 2 world wars. I was hoping she'd live to see 100.
We'll miss you Tante Hanna.
Sunday, November 06, 2005
Chu and Grace came over today and had a late lunch. (Tempura always takes so long to make...) They brought Brian! He's super-cute. I got to feed him and burp him. He was good and didn't barf at all. We talked about all kinds of things and unfortunately Alicia showed them a bunch of picture books. One of the only embarrassing things about Jason's past is... mullets. It makes me fear what will soon be fashionable since we are headed into a revival of the '80s.
Saturday, November 05, 2005
Thursday, November 03, 2005
Wednesday, November 02, 2005
Tuesday, November 01, 2005
As for the fungi. I've had this weird fungus growing at the root of my fingernails that I can't get rid of. The doctor's don't really have a cure for it. They just give me a cream that helps for a while but never for long. It doesn't really hurt, it just itches a lot and the skin flakes off. It's started to migrate up to the knuckles of my fingers... It's mostly annoying because it's on my drawing hand. Anyways, I'm going to the doctor tomorrow to see if he knows something the other doctors didn't.