Monday, September 29, 2008
This has nothing to do with the Hurricane. We had a resident who had an outstanding balance for over a month and no one could get ahold of her. The Bookkeeper went inside after so many tries to leave a note and this is what we found:
Above is the tamest of the pictures.
Saturday, September 27, 2008
And fuck you, readers who say that I'm two years late.
Pluto shall remain a planet cos it's the only awesome "wanderer" discovered in the 20th century.
And fuck this video explaining why scientists have voted me to be wrong:
Seriously, if scientists voted about science back in 2006 I'm saying that I've voted 100% out of 1 person sampled that this is the best goddamned blog ever. Lawl.
Friday, September 26, 2008
Yes, that song from Gone in 60 Seconds. It's the full version! Disregard the whatever the hell the picture's from:
Thursday, September 25, 2008
Wednesday, September 24, 2008
It occurred to me that if I could somehow tether a DSLR to an instant-on device like an Arduino microcontroller I would have less weight to carry around and could get more work done. After mentally spec'ing out what I would need, I realized the solution was right in front of me - because I bring it with me for Mario Kart wireless races on long night jobs - (In the manner of John Lasseter's slow epiphany voice): "Use-the-Nintendo-D-S." Duh.Make:Blog Link
It's been a while since I've posted anything from Make:Blog. Checking out their site earlier today I noticed they had a lot of awesome things posted recently. Thus I begin a Make:Blog marathon of posting for the next few posts:
Pedal Powered World:
Tuesday, September 23, 2008
What a buzz all the bloggers are making these days! It seems like just about everybody is pouring their musings into a text box. Are you feeling tempted to start a blog of your own? Here are some ways to bypass the trend.Non-blogging readers (all two of you), take this to heart:
# Find five completely random blogs, and read them daily for a month. After thirty days, you will absolutely dread your self-imposed requirement to read all that dreck. Any blog you create will most likely be on par with what you've been reading. Don't put anyone through that.link
# Consider that your voice, even if it is truly a good one, is a tiny peep against the massive wave of tripe out there. The odds of anyone you don't already know finding your blog are low.
Monday, September 22, 2008
Sunday, September 21, 2008
Saturday, September 20, 2008
Wednesday, September 17, 2008
A somewhat disturbing photoset of the destruction caused by Hurricane Ike in Texas.
I chose this picture for the post because it shows quite possibly one of the most disturbing aspects of a natural disaster: Caskets rising through the ground to float around atop the water like buoys until the flood subsides. This one picture just creeps the hell out of me. link. Via Cynical-C.
Tuesday, September 16, 2008
So facebook switched to the "new" facebook. Which is the 3rd iteration of "facebook" since I've joined.
I never like whenever it changes. It tries to pander to old users. The latest facebook looks like the initial facebook that my college first signed into... but regardless, I wrote them a review (which I copypasta'd, but then waited a moment, selected something, and lost the message i sent them). Regardless, I signed it "DIAF." Rev understands the acronym.
I'm about to leave it.
LOL NO I WONT COS IM A FAG WHO NEEDS THE INTERNETS TO FEEL SECURE ABOT MYSELF LOL FUCK U GUYS LETS GET GAY.
*update - dongs*
Go here: http://www.facebook.com/group.php?gid=27078846391&ref=share ("facebook | A Simple Solution..." moar like "a final solution" amirite?)
Then click step three: http://apps.new.facebook.com/?fbnew_opt_out=1
Still though, ETERNAL JIHAD AGAINST FACEBOOK'S DEVELOPERS!
Monday, September 15, 2008
Stuck in Vermont is a "Homegrown Vermont vlog about art, music, obsessions and outsiders." They take you about various areas of Vermont showing what's going on in the state. Pretty damned interesting, if you ask me.
It's currently located at Seven Days Blogs, but some of the original stuff can be found here.
Little Diomede Island is an American island located in the Bering Straight. With a population of 200 people, it's only 2.5 miles away from the Russian-controlled Big Diomede Island.
When Palin stated that Russia and Alaska are close together, she wasn't lying, even if there is no threat to national security...
Back in Feb. 07 CN sat down with Joanne and Andrew of Rocketboom.com for an interview. It's pretty informative:
If you are planning to video blog, you need to read/listen to this interview. Andrew has an excellent discusion below on why they selected 3-4 minutes for the Rocketboom recording. Pictures are below the interview transcript.It also has a downloadable .mp3 of the interview (fairly long).
Sunday, September 14, 2008
As fond as I am of the desktop wallpaper of the strong man wrestling a shark which I constantly put back up on my computer every few months, I've decided to try a different one which I find just as amusing, if not... dare I say... arousing?
Saturday, September 13, 2008
Friday, September 12, 2008
Time for some BIZARRO!
7chan's paranormal board has this posted:
>> Anonymous 08/09/05(Fri)13:06 No. 6057Immediately after, someone posted the video:
Does anyone know anything about the "gnome encounter" in Argentina? (might be wring on the country)
A british newspaper reported about the event and published a video of the encounter, shot with a cell-phone camera by one of the persons who encountered the gnome.
A group of teenagers were hanging around somewhere outdoors and suddenly they start hearing the sound of stones being thrown. They go to find out what it is and then they see this little midget throwing rocks at them. They shit bricks in an instant and run like hell.
I've seen the vid myself and it looks wierd. The gnome reminds me of some dwarf-cripple.
And there's also an norwegian encounter worth mentioning.
The event occured sometime in the 90's. A reporter was filming some people skiing. When the production crew later worked with the footage they noticed a funny little figure visible for a few moments, arguably a gnome.
Looks almost like the gnome is walking like a Grunt from the Halo series. Regardless, if it's fake, it's a pretty good job. Pointy hat and all...
WHOA WHOA WHOA WHOA... WHOA!
According to Wikipedia, Mike Doughty "appears on the BT song "Never Gonna Come Back Down" (2000), including the line "Donde estan los digits de DJ Rap"..."
I LOVE THAT SONG (as friends from down the hall in my college dorm room a few years ago could attest to). SHIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIT... no wonder I like this guy...
Thursday, September 11, 2008
Wednesday, September 10, 2008
I'm getting rid of reddit.com because of how retarded it's become.
This website is viewer-controlled, much like Wikipedia.org is. Here, viewers submit their own links with their own titles, and hope people vote the stories up. At this time last year there were posts such as "vote Kucinich because we're screwed otherwise," or "Ron Paul PWNS Giuliani and Romney," or "Obama says he's not too inexperienced." Two of these titles are biased. One wasn't. Yet as contenders for the Presidency dropped out one by one, the users of reddit began to reveal more about their political inclinations. When it came down to the very end of the Republican primaries, most posts relating to the GOP were about how Ron Paul is still hanging in there, or they had a title such as "Vote for Ron Paul, Alabama!"
When Hillary and Obama were fighting to the bitter end during primary season and that second super Tuesday came along, the only posts I could see on reddit were "FUCK YOU, OHIO" or "TEXANS = RETARDS. VOTED FOR CLINTON WTF" (NOTE: these may or may not have been states referred to, I'm just throwing state names in there). As we all know most people who speak about politics online aren't all that intelligent unless they've some credentials. Today was the last straw, and am taking reddit off of the blogroll. I saw a link that says "Matt Damon fucks Palin" and I thought "oooo, some rule 34." It turned out to be Mr. Damon discussing how he doesn't feel Palin's fit for the VP position because he doesn't know anything about her. I was sadly disappointed, because I listened to an actor talking about how America's fed into the whole "ignore McCain by focusing on Palin" thing... which he himself has become a victim of.
I can't stand reddit anymore, it's concentrated stupidity crapped out by mongoloids.
Goodbye you crap site, you used to be good.
Monday, September 8, 2008
AKA a lifesize Haruhi doll! Be the first on your block to get one! I'd be the first on my block to get one, except I am currently the youngest person living on my block, which simply makes things too eerie. Regardless, the Haruhi doll is sure to add to the purchasing value of ANY house!
I'm actually quite frightened of this thing simply because of its stare. It has no emotion, the mouth is too narrow, etc. I've watched the Melancholy Of Harhui Suzumiya series, and would have to argue that this thing is devoid of life. I'd prefer one of those horrible futanari pictures of Haruhi (DON'T LOOK IT UP) as a "windshield sunglasses/visor" for my automobile on a hot summer's day, than to have this doll. Perhaps if they come out with Haruhi 1.2 though... (Notice how I didn't say it's 2.0? Mostly because I'm not a techfag who panders ideas to their demographic audience).
Sunday, September 7, 2008
Apparently I bookmarked a link to a list of all the pokemans while I was drunk. I know I was drunk, because I wouldn't have bookmarked it if I were sober. I'm sure I have a good reason for doing so, but can't remember what it was, so I'll use the usual fallback and and post the link here.
It's actually fairly well organized... sorta. If you care about pokemans that is.
Pokemans? With the pokey and the mawn and the guy comes out? Koo koo ka choo!
Colin reminded me of the good ol' days, back when I didn't know what year it was and back when I didn't really know how old I was (or what it meant whenever my parents told me to answer with a different number from now on). All I really remember about those days are my parents setting up playdates, daycare, and the cartoons... Duck Tales, Chip N' Dale's Rescue Rangers, Winnie the Pooh, The Toxic Avengers, Nick Junior, back when Nick Junior used to be good (back when I watched Nick Junior, let's put it that way).
These were all good shows, but the more I could remember them, the less fun it was to reminisce about them. Back in the day Nick Junior used to have Anime. These are the four "first" animes I'd ever seen (in the order in which I probably saw them, due to the daytime lineup). I'm supplying my own recollection of what they were about, and a Wikipedia article with each of them:
The Littl' Bits
A show about little gnomes living in the forest... like a cross between the Smurfs and David the Gnome, I suppose. It was awesome. That blond chick is SO hot! (link)
Adventures of the Little Koala
I had always operated under the assumption that this cartoon was called "Roo Bear" or "Koala Loo." Guess I was wrong. This one was easy to confuse with Nick Jr.'s other koala themed anime (they ran back to back), the trick is to remember that this one took place in a village of animals (not to be confused with that asshole American-koala-themed cartoon "Blinky Bill" or whatever... I never watched that one nor heard of it until I tried to find the intro for this show. Sadly the only intro for this one I could find was in Arabic (all the other characters show up towards the end of the intro):
I remember this show very fondly. It was the closest a little kid could get to tripping balls back in my day. I say that because the story was about a girl who had a stuffed koala plushie that came alive when she gave it an eskimo kiss. Strangely this Koala was stuck as a stuffed animal, while his sister, an annoying pink little brat would appear out of thin air, flying around and causing trouble for the girl. One episode they wished for a lot of money, so the little girl koala filled the room so full that the floor started to buckle. There was another episode (this was the weird part), where they all went to the extra-dimensional world of Koalawala land or whatever it was called (which I seem to remember as being like a laboratory, though the intro proves me wrong... I barely remember the intro) and they were all put in some sort of stasis field or something. I dunno... I was very young and tripping balls from how bizarre the show could get.
Maya the Bee
From what I can recollect about Maya the Bee, this bee named Maya is born and right away she sets out to be the best she can be, but also has misadventures with other insects her own age. There are two scenes that I really remember from the entirety of the show's run. One scene was where this insect friend of theirs got stuck under a rock or something while he was metamorphosing, and they had to try to move the rock out of the way otherwise he'd die. The other scene had to do with Maya deploying her stinger to frighten away bad guys! What shocks me is that this show first aired in 1975... I never really paid attention to that kind of stuff (duh). I wonder how old those fairytale cartoons from Nick Junior in the afternoons were too (no, not that Papa Beaver show's fairytales).
And before you ask, no. I could never get myself interested in The Mysterious Cities of Gold. So now I open the comments section up to you, loyal readers who never comment probably because I pissed you off. What was your first anime?
Saturday, September 6, 2008
Tropical Storm Hannah is expected to hit where I live later today/tonight. I'd better get a good storm or I'm going to go angst somewhere. If I don't post tomorrow it's probably because the levees broke and I drowned in feces water.
I did not know this was a font symbol. But now that I do, I'm going to spam it!
Friday, September 5, 2008
So I got into a fight today at WalMart.
I was standing at the magazine rack, pulling the discs out of OXM outer wraps... basically just minding my own business.. and then some kid wearing a Soulja Boy shirt stepped to me quite improper
first off, he bumped me.
second off, he flipped the edge of the OXM I was pilfering, in a threatening way as he passed, and then goes... PS3.. fayg.
i was like.. 'yeah, i'm brand neutral but you don't need to inform me that you suck off your friends for free, because that's already obvious. thanks for bumping into me though, dickface'
actually i only got to the 'friends for free' part and he was all up in my face, grabbing the magazine out of my hand and telling me how his older brother was gonna kick my ass.
i DID think of the rest later on though
now, normally i try to avoid violence - mostly because my awesome Puerto-Rican Judo and Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu skills must be kept in check, or they could cause serious damage. if i punch the ground hard enough, i'm pretty sure i could split the world in half... or at least knock some stuff off a table nearby.
but this kid was asking for it, so i lulled him into a false sense of security by apologizing and assuring him that i would procure an ice cream cone of any flavor he chose, as a peace offering. this seemed to confuse him, but make him cautiously optimistic about the situtation, which is when i chose to deliver a jumping front kick to his throat, knocking him back several feet into the Young Miss section where he got tangled up in a Bratz bed canopy and then lurched sideways into rack of Stussy activewear... JUST AS I HAD PLANNED!
since he was incapacitated, i reached behind me for something large and heavy to pound his face with.. but it was all sheet sets, bedspreads, duvet covers and such... when i turned back around he was already back in my face and he had a hanger in his hand. i managed to block the first shot with my left arm, but when i tried to counter with a right jab, he got me in the ribs with the end of the hanger and dropped me to one knee.... which left me open to vicious and repeated face kicks, followed by a Garmin GPS display unit to the head.
at this point i really needed to even things up so i went for the double hammer fist to the nuts.... a staple move from the knees.. cliche really - but i admit i was desperate. i wasn't gonna let a punk in a soulja boy shirt beat up an awesome American like me, wearing American flag shorts, a wife beater, flip flops, mirrored sunglasses and rocking a sweet dragon chain around my neck.
the second i made contact, he grunted and crumpled to the ground like a sack of wet grass.
for a moment or two i considered continuing the pounding to get even MORE even, but then a Wal Mart employee (suprisingly!) showed up and asked if anything was wrong.
i looked at her, then back down at soulja punk and said "no, nothing's wrong. but could you do me a favor?"
she said 'no' and turned around to walk away, unconcerned that an unconscious person was laying in the aisle surrounded by defaced Wally World merchandise... but i pretended like she said 'yes' and stayed to listen, so i could make my exit the proper way.
i turned back to the crumpled loser who was starting to rouse from his coma of nut pain and said triumphantly as i stepped over him "I need a price check...." then stopped to push him back to the ground with my foot as i continued "... on bitches."
wrote the OXM discs off and left through the outdoor gardening area exit feeling like i had just made the world a better place... because i had.
Thursday, September 4, 2008
First of all, Obama's key speech at the DNC was a huge letdown with all the hype it was given.
Secondly, the Republican war machine is rolling.
Third, McCain's acceptance speech solidified the Republican base and marked a turning point from Reaganist Republicanism to Theodore Roosevelt Republicanism.
Regardless of McCain starting off weak, but I'm calling a huge jump for McCain considering he was down by 5% to Obama's 49% earlier today. I'll elaborate more later.
Wednesday, September 3, 2008
I'm not too big on the podcast scene, but the ones I do like tend to be video podcasts (vcasts or whatever you call them). The term podcast was blah blah blah iPod blah blah blah audio blah. Then when stuff could support video things got super-neat! Here's a list of the podcasts that I enjoy (though I don't have a pod for them to be casted on, so I just use the interbutts):
Hosted these days by Joanne Colan, Rocketboom was launched around 4 years ago as a daily news-hosting/internet whimsy site. Having since gained popularity and notoriety on the series of tubes, Rocketboom has yet to stray away from its main audience and original orientation.
The Show With Zefrank
The Show was a project by Ze Frank as an interactive conversation with the viewer about whatever's going on in his life, on his website or in the news. Running from March 2006 to March 2007, the show is no longer in "production," but is still good entertainment. Credit goes to Izzy for first showing me zefrank.
Tiki Bar TV
Tiki Bar TV is about three random characters who enjoy their drinks. Humorous situations occur throughout each episode, finally culminating in everyone enjoying some alcohol and the viewer learning a new drink.
Pro At Cooking With Dave
Pro At Cooking is a cooking podcast where Dave teaches you how to cook and be awesome about it. Only on its fourth episode, Pro has potential, and a new background!
The Skeptic's Guide To The Universe
Skeptic's Guide is an actual podcast. In mp3 form, they analyze the goings on in the universe (and down on Earth) with a block of salt.
I like looking at the backgrounds of the various video podcasts. I dunno why, really. Any suggestions/notable podcasts that I've neglected? Leave a comment.
You may have noticed an E For All Expo "widget" off to the right side of the blog page. I have now decided to make a post on the event as Summer's winding to a close. Think of E For All like "E3 meets the glory days of E3." Pretty much when the Electronics Entertainment Expo cut down on everything to turn it into another trade show, people got bummed and wanted something as awesome as they had seen on TV in the early 2000s that they could go to. Thus, E4A was created. In its second year, E4A promises to be more entertaining that touching yourself... in the eye... with a pen.
I had intended to post this article on the closing day of the Olympics. It pretty much expresses how every nation's athletes living in the Olympic villages are sex-craved maniacs pumped up on their own flowing juices that the LOLYMPIC VILLAGE turns into a huge sexy-people orgy. Now that the Olympics are over and done with for at least 2 more years (though nobody takes the Winter Olympiad seriously), nobody will care about this link that I have provided.
This is a really good map made by Mother Jones showing the extent to which the United States has proliferated military bases throughout the world. Most bases are a result of Cold War national security measures or regional security measures (within occupied lands). A few, however, are left-over American lands from the USA's imperialist stint before WWI.
Tuesday, September 2, 2008
This is an odd one. For a supposed sex flick, there’s not too much screwing going on, and what of it there is features a guy in Sasquatch suit. And as interesting as that may sound, it isn’t at all.Link.
I’m not an expert or anything, but if seven minutes of your fifteen minute film consists of footage of people walking, and your film isn’t about people walking, then something is terribly, terribly wrong. You see, this movie is about Bigfoot. This movie is about fucking. This movie is about Bigfoot fucking.
Due to the Democrats and Republicans not putting their presidential candidates on the ballot in TX, Libertarian Party Presidential Candidate Bob Barr is now the only candidate on the ballot. From the Barr Campaign:
Bob Barr is slated to be the only presidential candidate on the ballot in Texas after Republicans and Democrats missed the Aug. 26 deadline to file in the state.Link.
"Unless the state of Texas violates their own election laws, Congressman Barr will be the only presidential candidate on the ballot," says Russell Verney, campaign manager for the Barr Campaign and the former campaign manager for Ross Perot. "Texas law makes no exceptions for missing deadlines."
I've decided to remove some confusion and future clutter from the blog by mashing "Hacks" and a few other labels (not yet removed) into "Hacks and Mods." They seem to be pretty much the same, if you hack something you're obviously doing it for the purpose of modifying it. If you're modding something, you're hacking it to pieces!
Thus, "Hacks and Mods."
I've seen GH controllers evolve into fancy looking things, but have never seen them devolve into a modified plastic toy (oh wait, that's what they always were):
This "Elmo Guitar" was modified by its maker who shoved a standard PS2 controller inside its guts to make it perform like the game's controller. We like the style of this much better than the ones that come with the game.From Make.