Monday, December 24, 2007
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
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
(I have always wanted to rewrite this song as Secret Asian Man)
Thursday, December 06, 2007
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
Sunday, November 25, 2007
Saturday, November 24, 2007
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)
Thursday, November 22, 2007
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
(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
Thursday, November 08, 2007
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
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
(LOL, after finishing this I realized how appropriate this song was for the post!)
Sunday, November 04, 2007
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 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."
(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
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
Allen Wrenches... they can screw
Allen Wrenches... from Yahoo!
Allen Wrenches comin' through-
JUST FOR YOU!!
Someone who makes Allen wrenches should take this up as their marketing campaign. Really.
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
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
Saturday, October 20, 2007
P.S.- Click the song name and see what you find- even neater.
Now playing: The Guess Who - No Sugar Tonight & New Mother Nature
Can you hear The Scream in every clip?
Monday, October 15, 2007
MOCK DISASTER DRILL
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?
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
Friday, October 12, 2007
Monday, October 08, 2007
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?
Sunday, October 07, 2007
Saturday, October 06, 2007
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
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.
Wednesday, October 03, 2007
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
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.
Tuesday, September 25, 2007
Sunday, September 23, 2007
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
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!).
|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
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
Tuesday, August 28, 2007
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
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
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
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
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
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 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.
Monday, August 06, 2007
Sunday, August 05, 2007
I have to stop before my poor little brain implodes.
Saturday, July 21, 2007
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
Random Thought: If you were brainwashed, would you remember it?
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!