Monday, December 24, 2007

Holly Jolly

I'd like to wish everyone a very Merry Christmas! Oh, and a Happy Hannukah, too, if you celebrate that!

I probably won't be posting again until next year, which actually isn't as long as it sounds. Until then, I'd like to give you this link to get you out of those incredibly boring holiday parties that we have all faced at some point in our lives:

Monday, December 17, 2007

Random Is What I Do Best

Presenting the next part of Bee's meme at long last! This is the random one. It actually wasn't that hard, seeing how good I am at random things and all. Blame me for procrastinating it.

7 random things about me!!

1. I have an irrational fear of a certain song by The Decemberists.

2. Everyone says this music-blasting light up tree the people across the street bought and have in their front yard is annoying, and I agree, but I secretly like it and hate it that whenever the husband comes home he shuts the music off.

3. I am currently watching a fat guy in a red shirt and a jean skirt ride a bull on TV.

4. I had a crush on a cartoon character at 4.

5. I cannot make a decent rhyme- one that isn't like "thread" and "bread"- to save my life.

6. I can say the phrase "I sit and stare at nothing for hours on end" (je rest assis et je regarde fixement dans le vide pendant des heures) in French, but not much else.

7. I wiggle my ears when I'm trying to hear something, like it will actually help.

Now playing: Johnny Rivers - Secret Agent Man
via FoxyTunes
(I have always wanted to rewrite this song as Secret Asian Man)

Thursday, December 06, 2007


Bee was kind enough to tag me for not one, but two tag game meme things. I'm a little late with them. Here's the embarrassing one, as promised. Expect the random one soon.

8 (oh, okay... 4) EMBARRASSING THINGS

1. When I was in a play in, I don't know, 1st grade, I had the opening lines, and I went out to speak, in front of everyone in my whole entire family and the school, when the big piece of background scenery came crashing down on me from behind. I didn't even notice until it hit me. And it was caught on film. I have never truly recovered from that.

2. I have an unfortunate way of staring at any objects headed my way until they hit me. Call it Deer-In-Headlights Syndrome. When playing basketball once, someone threw the ball at me. Instead of catching it, I stared at it until it bounced off my upturned face. And it went into the basket! One in a million.

3. I slipped on ice on the top step after a nasty ice storm, once. It was a really comical Chaplin special, with one foot coming flying out from under me almost 90 degrees after planting it, and me landing flat on my butt. I bumped down all three stairs, and absolutely flew all the way down the path- on my butt, remember, with both legs and both arms flailing wildly- until I finally managed to skid to a stop where the paved little path bends. It must have looked hilarious. And I know a few people who were out at the right moment saw. Not to mention I had a bruise almost the length of my thigh that lasted more than a week. Owie.

4. I ripped my shorts one day this summer- a great big split, right down the back seam- and went around all day with it on. In the mall, with everyone and their uncle in it. I honestly did not notice until I took them off. How bad can that get??

5. No more, I've already humiliated myself enough...

Friday, November 30, 2007

And this is not unusual dress, for her.

Random Writings Phrase of the Day:

“She has green tights.”

I'll leave the rest up to you on this one...

Sunday, November 25, 2007

Me, too.

Two rather odd (but what did you expect from me?) PostSecrets I can very much relate to me.

Now you will know two pretty weird details about myself.

Saturday, November 24, 2007

Take That, Bad Grammar!

If there's one thing that miffs me on the web, it's stuff like this:
heyyyyyy i like ur blog cuz itz cool k cul8r!!!!!
I understand using it for texts if you get charged by the character. Heck, if you got charged by the character, I'd shorten even more that that. I'd abbreviate everything. It would be funny. I love abbreviating random things. I would just write stuff like SWU? and people would have to guess what it meant (in this case I was thinking So, what's up?). But on the internet there's no reason for it. It's just plain lazy. Not to mention bad grammar irritates me. Grammar Nazi here! So when I saw this avatar today, I was like "Heck, yes!" Enjoy The Grammar Geek avatar!

Now playing: Red Hot Chili Peppers - Snow (Hey Oh)
via FoxyTunes

Thursday, November 22, 2007

Give Thanks!


Below I have posted a link to the lyrics to Alice's Restaurant. I won't torture everyone by posting the whole thing right here. I just have a link, so if you want to read them, you can, but if you don't want to, you don't have to. It will also keep me from stretching out my blog page by a ton, because that song is more than 20 minutes long and it's all talking. Now there's something to be thankful for. Enjoy!

By the way, I guess listening to the whole of Alice's Restaurant on Thanksgiving is a New England thing. Hmm. Who knew?
Also, the full version of this song is on my blog playlist, so if you have never heard it you may enrich your life with it.

**please excuse the huge text, try as I might I can't seem to make it smaller... Blogger being wacky**

Tuesday, November 13, 2007

As Seen On Cops!

(now there's an attention-grabbing headline if there ever was one)
(yet another weird story from my weird life)

A few nights ago, at around 4:00 AM, they were playing Cops on TV. I decided to watch for the heck of it.

They were arresting two guys in Florida who were acting (or maybe driving) suspiciously. They said they were honest and innocent, and worked 50 hours a week, and all that. Then one of then undid the effect by making a break for it. The police set dogs on him and everything. Then once they had them with their hands up, they searched the car. In the back, they found a plate that had crack on it, and they confiscated it and arrested them.

I'm sure you're wondering what this has to do with anything. I'm getting to it. You know how they were carrying the crack on a plate?

It was MY PLATE!!!

Honestly, I have a plate that looks exactly like that one! Size and everything! The plate is older that dirt and slightly ugly, depending on what your preference is. It's very 7os, white with a border of olive green flowers. I don't even know where I got them, I think from a yard sale (now there's luxury for you). And it's exactly the same plate that was on Cops. Precisely. Right down to the last flower. Maybe I should sell that plate on Ebay with a screenshot of the show and the words "As Seen On Cops!!!"

Now playing: Smoosh - Great Skies
via FoxyTunes

Thursday, November 08, 2007

Who Knew? (I Did)

I took a serious (honestly, it was for real, complete with psychobabble) personality test...

And the results, as I can discern them, said that I live on the cusp of Reality and a Fairytale World.

Would I make this up?

I think it's very true...

PS: You can take that test here, just make sure you have plenty of time on your hands as it's like 75 questions long. I was INFP, in case anyone had a burning desire to know, which I doubt.

Monday, November 05, 2007

Aitsu Chotto Hen

This is the theme song (with subtitles for us English-speaker's convenience) for a new discovery I have made trolling the web- a Japanese cartoon called Afro Ken. Leave it to me to find something this random, right? Anyway, the show does not make any sense, but is strangely appealing. (kind of like my blog!) It's also always very cute. Afro Ken is a cute little dog with an shape-shifting afro. He is attracted to fluffy things and also takes their shape. He is "Honest, Innocent, and Happy" in personality. The show is focused around some things- Afro Ken and his various forms, a father and son who always find Afro Ken in the most random places (like in a pea pod...?), and bits of Zen-Master type life lessons (i.e. "When you accept things, love grows," "Goals should be set high and ambitions embraced," "If you believe something is possible, you can make it possible," etc.) complete with the Zen-Master voice to say them, and illustrated by, as always, Afro Ken. I rather like it.

If after my eloquent and convincing description (hah!) you feel the need to see a whole, entire, English-subtitled, kooky episode of Afro Ken, here's the link to one on YouTube, in three parts: 1, 2, 3.

PS: I spied another Christmas tree in a window today! And this one was fully decorated!

PSS: If you listen to the song long enough it sounds like they're saying "It's the African!"

Now playing: The Vapors - Turning Japanese
via FoxyTunes
(LOL, after finishing this I realized how appropriate this song was for the post!)

Sunday, November 04, 2007

Forget Thanksgiving!

Every year, I've noticed it. It is getting more and more evident.

Christmas is poised to take over the world.

I am not kidding.

Every year its season is creeping steadily more forward. It has already swallowed up Thanksgiving, for the most part. If things proceed as planned, Halloween will be next to take a back seat to the holiday.

It's already November, which means the holiday season is starting! There is no snow on the ground. The leaves aren't even all gone for heaven's sake. But I'm already getting Christmas catalogs. XM has already put up a Christmas channel and will be adding more soon. People are starting their Christmas shopping. Proof of this can be found in the local mall, which is already, undoubtedly in full-blown Christmas mode. Decorations, trees, Christmas sale signs and advertisements, Santas, carols on the mall radio, and all. Heck, somebody in my neighborhood is already proudly displaying their eight-foot-tall Christmas tree in their front picture window. They had it up two days before Halloween. It's in the process of being decorated now.

Not that there's anything wrong with this. Goodness knows I love Christmas. You should have seen how excited I got when I found the Christmas channel. But once Christmas starts creeping into the summer months, it will probably start to seem quite ridiculous.

Wednesday, October 31, 2007

Light's Demons


Light never spoke. Nobody ever asked why. Not that she'd answer.

She was not dumb. She could write. In fact, she carried a pad of paper and a black pen
everywhere. But she didn't. Instead she drew shapes. Strange shapes. Shapes that curled,
twisted, slithered, crept, writhed on the page without ever moving an inch. She used a new
sheet every day.

Her parents were quite proud of her, for reasons known by all parents. But Light, who was
not her name, scared all who saw her. Something lurking behind her black eyes seemed to
warn all to stay back, run, save yourself. And they did. Everybody gave Light a wide berth.

Her parents wanted to exhibit Light's drawings, but they couldn't. At the end of every day she
ripped them into a million pieces and threw them into the fireplace. After that, she gave a
satisfied smile, and crawled to bed, slowly, excruciatingly, as if something had sucked all
energy out of her. And the next morning at breakfast she would start a new drawing.

But finally the day came when a lonely man who wanted a dance parter asked her at a small
Halloween party at her parent's house, "Light, what do you draw?"

Light looked up and locked eyes with him. It was a thoroughly disconcerting experience. He
felt like she was examining his mind with her piercing, haunted black gaze, sorting through
every thought, deciding if he was worthy to know her secret. Finally she spoke, barely more
than a whisper, for the first time since she was three and told her parents she saw a black
shadow by the window.

"I could tell you. But it might kill you."

Might. Curiousity overcame him. "Tell me," he murmured.

"Demons." The word came like a death toll. "I can see them, and only I. I bear the burden for
the world. And I must keep the world safe. They do not know. If only they did! Demons, lurking
everywhere, black and slithering, ready to take over the world and feed on your soul. I draw
them, every one, and destroy them in the night. It keeps me sane, keeps me alert, as if I slip I
will fall to them. And it weakens them, somehow. I do not know why." He was starting to feel
oddly numb. "Ignorance is your only escape. Once you know them, they have a way in. That
is all they need. I am the only one strong enough to hold them back." He was starting to hurt.
All over. The world was fading... The last thing he heard was Light saying in her weak little
voice, "I am sorry."

Happy Halloween!

(originally posted on Indie's blog, The Synchronicity of Indeterminacy, under the Halloween picture. There it shows under my old pseudonym Talespin. Posted here by request.)

Monday, October 29, 2007

Carrots And Tasers

Or, A Rare Glimpse Into The Workings Of A Guy's Mind

Me: "You have to say one word, and then you have to say another word that starts with the last letter of the word before. And they're usually in the same category."

The Dude: "Like carrot and taser?"

Me: "Um, yeah, that makes a lot of sense..."

So there you have it. Carrots and tasers go together like ebony and ivory in a guy's world. I guess I'll never understand how...

Thursday, October 25, 2007

The Official Allen Wrenches Song

Allen Wrenches... that are blue
Allen Wrenches... they can screw
Allen Wrenches... from Yahoo!
Allen Wrenches comin' through-

Someone who makes Allen wrenches should take this up as their marketing campaign. Really.

Put De Lime In De Coconut

Le Edit- the next day-

no need for a stupid video anymore, because this song is now on my playlist, yaaaay!

I've been adding to that thing like crazy. It's now up to 52 songs.

And now back to your regularly scheduled Randomness.

Tuesday, October 23, 2007

An Experiment In (Un)Flattery

Is this person pretty or ugly? It is the same person in both. You decide...

Her thick hair shimmered the deep, rich, earthy color of mohagony, tinted with autumnal colors like shimmering gold and flame red. Her eyes were large and dreamy, a deep, almost bottomless, the rich dark color of chocolate. Her skin was a light Sicilian golden-brown olive color, tanned from the sun, with a charming sprinkling of freckles across the cheeks. Her arms and legs were most attractively long. So were her fingers, long and elegantly tapered to the tips, perfect for playing the piano or holding a pen with.

Her hair was the dark brown color of a mud puddle. Her eyes were quite big, taking up most of her face and giving her a constant deer-in-headlights look, and the almost same muddy and murky color as her hair. Her skin was burned beyond belief, like you get from being outside in the summer 24/7, and across her cheeks a few freckles were carelessly scattered, like a last-minute hasty detail. Her arms and legs were so unnaturally long it looked rather as if her entirety had been stretched out. Not even her fingers had escaped, as long, thin, and bony as spider legs.

Now playing: The Beatles - Revolution
via FoxyTunes

Saturday, October 20, 2007


I have downloaded FoxyTunes. It's a software you can use to listen to music through Firefox (which I have, too). It rocks! Literally! I love it. And, as I discovered while writing the last post, it has a built in music signature option! You know how I do that sometimes, when I feel like typing it out? Well, not I can save myself the typing of that! I just have to click a button! It's awesome! And just what am I listening to? You'll see...

P.S.- Click the song name and see what you find- even neater.

Now playing: The Guess Who - No Sugar Tonight & New Mother Nature
via FoxyTunes


The slightly annoying, amazingly melodramatic Wilhelm Scream, screamed by the guy famous for doing the song Purple People Eater- that's right, the one-eyed, one horned, flyin' purple people eater song- has been being used in films for 56 years now. It's something of a tradition (or, given the hilariously overexaggeratedness -wow, is that a word?- of it, maybe it's more 0f a very long-running joke in the film industry). Maybe it's kind of like the guy saying "My leg!" I hear in every single disaster scene in SpongeBob episodes. I found this awesome compilation of slips from films containing the Wilhelm scream on YouTube.

Can you hear The Scream in every clip?

Monday, October 15, 2007

Sign of the Day

Announced in big flashing letters outside the hospital:


Now, you don't see a sign like that every day.

I was panicking until I saw the 13. Whew! I didn't know anything about a mock disaster going on two days ago, for the record. I guess I died. Heh, dark humor.

I love how they're not preparing for a specific disaster, it's just a generic Disaster. Don't you think more extensive planning would benefit for something as important as this?

Thought of the Day

"I wonder what I came into this room for. But from how fast I came in, it must have been something important."

-embarrassingly enough, me

Happy Blog Action Day!!

Today is Blog Action Day. So, in honor of saving the earth (kind of an important cause, don't you agree?), I am posting this lovely green spiral photo.


(I almost wrote Happy Green Day but then thought, wait!)

Saturday, October 13, 2007

Aaah, Dubai...

*sing to Kokomo*

I wanna take you down to Duu-bai
We'll get there quick and then low we'll lie-ai
Plane tickets I will buy
Way down to Duuuuuubai!

Thank You.

Friday, October 12, 2007

And now, an orange singing opera.

Raaaaandom Phrase Time!! *singsong*

*this is a phrase I copy-pasted with my eyes closed from one of my works*

Fermagglio, who was irritated that morning, simply sighed and twirled his moustache.

The Exception

Why does everything expire earlier in New York? It's drivin' me crazy here! Is it some food law? Or is it just different there?

Monday, October 08, 2007

File This One Under "WTF?!?"

Listening To: "A Girl Like You" Edwyn Collins (before you go looking, this one isn't on my playlist- it is on YouTube though)

Okay. So I went out to eat at a restaurant today. My dessert experience was interesting. To say the least.

My brownie was surrounded with what looked to be, to me, melted vanilla ice cream. I took a bite and...


I had no idea what it was. But it sure as heck wasn't vanilla ice cream. I thought I tasted garlic. Could it be? I took another taste, and my suspicions were confirmed...

It was Italian salad dressing!

Yup. That's right. Brownie, ice cream, and salad dressing. Yum! It tasted very strange, let me tell you. It tasted wrong. Almost as wrong as the time I made myself applesauce with generous toppings of salt and cloves- but that's a story for another time.

I got a new brownie and a free meal. Their lame excuse was that they had a new dessert chef.

"What, one that came from the salad section? One that has sight issues and can't tell the difference between vanilla ice cream and effing salad dressing?" I wanted to say, but didn't. That's just out there. I don't even want to think about how it might have happened.

Another thing so weird it could only happen to me. What's next?

She Wondered

She wondered whether everyone else had to put their thoughts into words, or else they wouldn't make sense.

She also idly wondered whether everyone else often thought about themselves in the third person like she was currently doing.

Sunday, October 07, 2007

YouTube Irony

These two videos could be found through each other over on YouTube. Thing is, though they both feature animated singing cats, they couldn't be more different. One is all joy-joy-joy-joy-joyful, and the other is all emo.

Saturday, October 06, 2007

Random Link That'll Really Make You Think...

"The Day Before" Ad Campaign

The world can change dramatically, for good or bad, forever, in a day. This slightly eerie ad campaign shows pictures of places the day before huge historical events are to happen there, in blissful ignorance of what is to come. Simple yet hard-hitting.

Friday, October 05, 2007

Rest In Peace, Dear Friend The Tube TV

You know that TV station I discovered waaaay back when? You know, in this post? (Oh, and that song is in my playlist, second from the top, if you feel the need to hear it.) The Tube TV?

Well, it is no more.

When The Tube's channel number no longer worked on October first, I was mad. I just thought it was another channel that the evil folks at the cable company had yanked on me, like EuroNews. Then I went to TheTube's website, and discovered this:
Dear friend of THE TUBE Music Network,

We regret to inform you of the fate that has befallen The Tube Music Network. October 1, 2007 The Tube ceased its national broadcast.

Viewers, Artists, Music Companies, Investors, Business Partners, TV stations, Cable companies, Advertisers , Friends and our creative partners @Radical Media - your support of The Tube has always been highly valued and appreciated. The collective efforts of this team, fueled by the letters we received from viewers, sustained THE TUBE as it struggled through the financial limitations that ultimately contributed to its incapacitated state.

Thank you for inviting The Tube Music Network into your life.


The Tube Music Network staff

NOOOOOOOOOOOOOOO! Whaaaaaa! I loved that channel! It was like MTV withought all the crappy shows! It was pure music! How can such an awesome idea go under? Is it because the public actually likes the drivel MTV shows better? (oh, right, we already know that)

The Tube was an awesome station and an awesome idea. It's too bad it had to end like it did. I will miss the station very much indeed.

Rest in peace, dear Tube.

5 Pence Premoniton

I found five pence in the bottom of my bag yesterday. Maybe it's an omen that I should head to the UK, stat!

Wednesday, October 03, 2007

What I Noticed On Saturday, by Chris

(some of these may be ever so slightly exaggerated)

A man walking down the side of the road holding what looked like a whole tower case full of CDs, without a case. They were everywhere. His arms were full of loads of them and they were sticking out of all his pockets (and he had quite a few). I give him major points for not dropping any. None of them were in cases, either. He was holding one out like he was looking at it, in particular. But what caught my attention was that he actually was carrying a few CDs in his mouth! Yep, that's right, holding them in his teeth like how a dog catches a Frisbee. I wonder what he needed them all for, and why he couldn't get a bag or something for them.

In the restaurant, a woman sitting alone at a table with like 6 emptied wine glasses in front of her, and one more half full. No food, just wine glasses, and lots of 'em. Go lady go! The seventh is always the best. I'm surprised she could stay in her chair.

Thursday, September 27, 2007

Oh yeah, and...

I found an even longer and including anniversary titles Paramount title sequence compilation, like the infamous one I obsessed over in this post. There's also the end of a Star Trek theme hiding somewhere in this video, can you catch it? I did!

My least favorite theme is very early on. It's the one at 1:55. Very jarring. And, oddly enough, I find the Closet Killer ones positively hilarious.

Random Thought.

Why did I find gummy worms disgusting when I was at the age I was "supposed" to like them, but I like them now? Am I aging backwards? Cool!

Tuesday, September 25, 2007

It's time to play...

Guess The Old Video Game! I love this one.

Give up? Click here for the answer.

Sunday, September 23, 2007

O Agenda Chicken, I Hardly Knew Ye

One of my interests is "watching foreign news channels." I really do watch foreign news channels. That is, I did, until the evil cable company dared to cut the station on me. Grrrr!

The one I watched was EuroNews. (I also get the BBC but I don't watch it as much as I did EuroNews, because the BBC is from Britain, which I have nothing against but somehow didn't seem as exotic as the EU-wide EuroNews audience.) It got to the point where I was mildly obsessed with the channel. I could not go a day without knowing the weather and Celsius temperature in Tblisi. I could perfectly mimic the British accent of the guy who went "This is EuroNews, with the news on the half-hour." (I still can, which is how I put down the exact wording- I remember it.) I knew exactly what select few commercials they did play (Somfy, a watch guy called the Master of Complications, tourist-board commercials for Kazakhstan) and could tell whether they were going to play another No Comment video by whether the graphic was big or smaller.

But there was one thing I obsessed over more than anything, and that was the Agenda Chicken.

In the bottom right corner of the Agenda screen, there used to be a animation of a cartoon chicken on a purple background, for no apparent reason. The chicken did nothing but open his beak (presumably crowing) extremely wide in all directions. I thought that chicken was so funny the first time I saw it. I loved it. It was a fixture. The sun came up, the moon got bigger and smaller, and the chicken would squawk in the corner of the Agenda graphic.

And then they upgraded all their graphics, and the Agenda Chicken was no more. I never really got over that.

Saturday, September 22, 2007

Catnip-Reefer Madness

 Videos,  Movies, Pet Profiles, Catster

I found this video browsing Catster today, and not only did I think it was funny, I also thought it kind of related to all the trippy drug stuff I've been posting on lately. I'll try as hard as I can to kick the habit of posting that stuff soon (kick the habit! Aah! It's inescapable!).

Mostly Relevant Quizzes

I was visiting Bee's page to return the favor of commenting when I got sidetracked by a site that never fails to sidetrack me- BlogThings. I did tons of quizzes but these were the only two I thought relevant enough to post.
Your Geek Profile:

Academic Geekiness: Highest
Fashion Geekiness: Moderate
General Geekiness: Moderate
Movie Geekiness: Moderate
Music Geekiness: Moderate
Gamer Geekiness: Low
Geekiness in Love: Low
SciFi Geekiness: Low
Internet Geekiness: None

Academic geekiness was no surprise. I've always known that. But fashion geekiness?... What did I ever do? Oh, it must have been the hair combing question. Sometimes if I'm not going anywhere important and it's not finger-in-a-lightsocket bad, I will not comb my hair. Oh noes! (Why did you think White & Nerdy is in my playlist? Because I can relate to some of the lyrics!)
And, this relates to the "naturally trippy" thing I posted earlier:
Your Personality Is Like Acid

A bit wacky, you're very difficult to predict.
One moment you're in your own little happy universe...
And the next, you're on a bad trip to your own personal hell!

Weirdly enough, this didn't surprise me either. *insert head-scratching emoticon here*

Friday, September 21, 2007

A Really Random Link. Literally.

The Random Garfield Generator

I love Garfield. I love random things. I really love this website.

Will She Ever Stay With One?

I wonder if this blog's name sounds too pretentious. I mean, it would imply a very abstract blog with lots of poetry and the like. I have seen these blogs before, and believe me when I say this is most certainly nothing like any of them. I think I need (another) new name. Something not trying to sound too good, or too fancy. (And I will not name this blog Untitled. That sounds vaguely artsy, and also vaguely uncreative. It doesn't fit anyway. And don't even get me started on the untitled paradox.) Something that just fits for this collected off-topic blog of randomness. And this time, I'll try to stick with it. But no guarantees.

One Random Fact About Moi

(which I really don't know if you want to know)

I've been told I'm naturally trippy. Sometimes I wonder if this is a good thing or not.

Miffed Robot Phantasmagorias

Sometimes I really wish I could sketch just so I could draw the things I dream about- some of them are really pretty.

Another thing that I find weird is- WHAT IS IT WITH PEOPLE AND ROBOTIC CATS? It miffs me because I know there are lots of cats in shelters who need homes. And they're way better than robots.

Also, there's something else about these. These things are all well and good with cutesy music playing in the background on a pink backdrop, but in real life it looks jerky, and the meow sounds very pre-recorded. It's hard to the touch and after a while you figure out exactly how to make it purr or hiss (at least on mine it's this way) because you can quite easily feel the buttons you need to press under the fake fur. Not only that but you can hear the motors whirring with every move, which sends it down into the uncanny valley from weird into downright creepy. I have some US robo-cats, don't ask where I got them. One is a very fake-looking grey and white one that just meows, purrs, moves its head, and twitches its ears (accompanied by the ever-present mechanic whirring) and one is a black "newborn" that's newer and more complicated- it also kind of squints, kneads its paws, and twitches its tail. Since it's far smaller its servos hit a very high and annoying drone when it moves, unlike the whirring of the big one.

This is a video I found without cutesy music of the Yume Neko Smile:

I also love the word miff. It's just fun. I say it as much as I can. Miff. Miff.

Friday, August 31, 2007

Dogster Made the List!

Blink and you'll miss it. Here's the video! How many do you recognize? I recognized more than I expected.

Tuesday, August 28, 2007

Not again.

It happened again today! Remember when I pasted the mysterious mothership message? I pasted something else random today. Here is the new message my computer had for me:

I eat tofu and I vote.

Well, that's good to know...

Friday, August 24, 2007


Am I the only person who feels almost obsessive-compulsive after watching this whole thing carefully thrice through listening to the subtle changes in the fanfare, and watching the height of the mountain change? For example, in the slide-in "Television" phase, I noticed the mountain get higher for one year only before getting chopped back to normal. I guess they noticed it was obscuring the all-important word "Television."

EDIT: After watching again and meticulously counting, I have some actual years. In 1974, apparently, they acquired a theme song that would stay for quite a while. And the year the mountain grew was 1987, I think. One starts to lose track at about 1982. It's definitely at 00:27, if you want to skip to there and see. Oh, and the post title is the theme fanfare of theirs I remember best. It certainly wasn't their only.

Monday, August 20, 2007


Wow! I just realized today I actually have comments on some posts! When I first started the blog I'd check daily for comments, but when none came I gave up. Imagine my surprise when I take a closer look at my own blog today and see... comments!!! I feel so special. I'm not sure exactly where one is supposed to answer comments, in the comments section or in a blog post, or if you're supposed to do so or not. But I do at least want everyone to know I have read them, and I will return the favor. Also, I would like to answer a few questions.

Firstly, the lovely marmie kit in my profile photo is not mine. I just liked the photo. I will put up a photo of one of my actual cats eventually, though.

Secondly, I had no idea the Uncategorizable Paradox already existed. I just thought it was more of my over-analyzing.

And lastly, pasting random phrases has actually happened to other people? Wow. I wonder if there's a compilation of them all somewhere. Maybe they're a programmer's joke or something.

Sunday, August 19, 2007

Random Thoughts

Listening To: 99 Luftballons by Nena

Why do cameras start all their default file names with DSC?

I was in the pink on a storm a few days ago. By the way, pink is, on the weather channel intensity chart, even worse than dark red (very severe) is in the case of a thunderstorm. It can usually be found at the heart of the nastiest supercells. It doesn't occur often around where I am. In the midwest, the pink parts are usually the parts that spawn tornadoes, though it's too hilly for those where I am, thankfully. I can honestly say I've never been in the pink part of a storm before. It was impressive. I actually got pelted with dime-sized hail, the rain was coming down so hard I could barely see out the windshield, even with the wipers (I was in a car) and I saw like 8 huge bolts of cloud-to-ground lightning, pretty up close and personal.

The proper term for something that's misheard is a mondegreen. The Wikipedia article on this has a good amount of rather amusing examples. The worst one of mine is in Round and Round, by Ratt, in the line "Tighten our belts, abuse ourselves." The last bit sounds so much like "The pizza sells." That's what I thought it was for years and years.

When I was in the single digits, I had a very hard time telling the words union and onion apart. For years I thought the British flag's nickname was the Onion Jack.

Monday, August 13, 2007

Exit light, enter night...

I just thought of the dude who sat next to me and absolutely BLASTED Metallica on his big stereo headphones for all 12 hours of an international flight. The same CD, over and over and over. He must have left that plane deaf. It's a good thing I don't mind Metallica or I would have been so mad. How do you fight the dreaded Blaring Headphones, anyway? Just scream "TURN IT DOWN!!!" and then listen to the guy say "WHAT!?!" and go back to playing air guitar and occasionally humming snatches of what's playing, while everyone glares at you for screaming in flight, and you end up being the one that looks bad.

PS: In case you didn't know, the title is part of the chorus of Enter Sandman by Metallica, one of their biggest hits, and one of the songs I listened to more times than I rather care to remember on that flight.

Sunday, August 12, 2007


Did you konw it was siad ploepe cuold uluasly raed wdros wtih the idsnie lterets mexid up as lnog as the fisrt and lsat ltrtees seytad in the smae liactoon? Do you aerge?

... Next thing you know, my page was in Albanian!

From this helpful page, posted on July 2-

A bug that made it trivially easy to accidentally set your blog's language to Albanian has been fixed. If you notice that your blog's archives and other text appears to be in Albanian (and you don't want it to be), use Settings > Formatting to change your blog's language.

Why do I find this so hilarious? Is it just because it's so random among all this technical stuff? I know it probably wouldn't be funny if it happened to you, but it's just so funny seeing this totally incongruous glitch! I could so see this happening to me.

Random Word: Qat. Look it up. Not only is the definition interesting but you will find it quite useful for Scrabble.

Thursday, August 09, 2007

Don't Even Ask.

This is just another example that anything can happen in my weird life.

This is a story so weird, you know I can't be making it up. Yesterday I went to paste something into an e-mail, and instead of what I intended to paste this came out:

"Return at once to the Mother Ship!"

I didn't even notice it until I was done with the e-mail. When I tried to paste again, curious about what had happened, it was gone. Hmm, it kind of makes me wonder about who's been using this computer. Maybe the aliens were among us and commandeered my computer.

Teapots To Teapots

(an experiment in degrees of separation)

Teapots are pretty.
My aunt liked them.
My aunt also liked marshmallows.
I saw how many marshmallows I could fit in my mouth once. I forget how many.
I also forget how many times I have ridden an airplane.
I've never ridden a helicopter. I'd like to.
You can see Niagara Falls from a helicopter, which I bet would be awesome.
My aunt lived in Niagara Falls for a while. The same one who liked teapots.

Random Link

The Web Neko Server!!!
This is a wonderful time-waster site which I shall put up for your enjoyment.

Monday, August 06, 2007


(click for humongonormous size)
This is my favorite skyline. I know it's just a tad on the fuzzy side but it was taken from a window, so forgive me. I know it doesn't change a lot, like Shanghai, or have famous, iconic buildings, like New York, or host the tallest building in the world, like Chicago, but it's still nice. Who wouldn't like the skyline of home? (Okay, so it's not quite home, but it's close enough)

Sunday, August 05, 2007

The Category Paradox

This is something I've wondered for a long time. Is there such a thing as being uncategorized? Defying categories? Is it impossible? Because, even if you defy all normal categories, you'll still be in a category- the uncategorized category, the category of those who defied the rest, but still ended up in a category. Can you ever be uncategorized? Is uncategorized a category? The word uncategorized is a paradox! Because, it means you can't be categorized so you go under the category of not being in any category which means this category is nonexistent, but it does exist, and so... and... GAAAAH!

I have to stop before my poor little brain implodes.

Summer Night

It's a nice night, one of those ones people in Florida would kill for now. Low humidity and a breeze. It makes you feel like you should go out on the porch (if only I had a porch), rock in the rocking chair (if only mosquitoes didn't exist), and talk with a close friend until one in the morning (if only I had someone around to talk to). As it is, I must settle for watching the fireflies blink lazily in the forest, catch whiffs of burnt trash smoke on the wind, and watch the neighbor's cat wade through the crabgrass, an almost rebellious hint of the wild in the suburban paradise, past the moss-stricken shed and the unpruned rosebushes running wild. The front window offers a slightly less appetizing view of my weeds, asphalt, and the person across the street's chemically Day-Glo green yard. Close your eyes and you'll hear the faint buzz of a million insects, almost timid venturing of the occasional chirp from one brave soul of a cricket, the endless zzzt-SNAP-zzzzt-SNAP-crackle-SNAP-POP-zzzt of the same bugs I mentioned before meeting their demise in the anything-remotely-like-an-insect-hating neighbor's humongous bright blue neon bug barbecue, and under it all the faint roar of traffic eternally passing through the somewhat-distant highway, like water through a river.

Saturday, July 21, 2007

Should I laugh or cry at this...?

Random Photo

Listening To: 23 by Blonde Redhead

What poem is that that they put on the Blogger format preview pages...? You know, this? Am I just stupid not to know?

Cue the Random Photo!! This is a photo I took of a car sign in Lisboa. I love how it's so to the point. I don't think anyone could mistake its meaning, though I'm sure you get the occasional moron who thinks it means you MUST drive your car into the water or a severe penalty will be enforced!

Thursday, July 19, 2007

Chris and the Amazing Technicolor Blog Page

For lack of better decorating you will need to bear with the current, rainbow, eye-smarting, in full and amazing Technicolor page coloration as of now. I basically just went wild with the color-changing feature until I got something that looked like its colors mostly matched, in an abstract sense, maybe, to someone colorblind. But it could have been worse, as I was toying with several, worse background ideas before settling on blue- a really neon yellow that will give you a headache if stared at for more than three consecutive seconds (hexadecimal #FFE303 if you really want to give yourself a headache in 3 seconds flat), a faintly nauseating shade of pale lavender, and Olive Green. So, consider yourself lucky I was swayed to the blue.

Random Thought: If you were brainwashed, would you remember it?

Random Link

I'm baaaack!

Randomness, you are not dead yet.

You may be resurrected... rebuilt better, faster, and with a way more creative title. I'm working on it! Reason I disappeared is that I was away from the blog for the longest time and when I decided to return, I had forgotten my password (the horror!) and was effectively locked out of Blogger. But, two days ago I had a stunning revelation... typed in the ol' password I was certain I had left it as but wasn't working, except this time minus one superfluous character and plus one capital letter... and was IN!!! Huzzah!

I'm working on a total revamp of the place as waaay back when I started this I really didn't know a bit about blogging. But now I do! And besides, everything had almost 3 inches of dust on it, and cobwebs everywhere, too. Achoo!