Tuesday, December 16, 2008

From the ashes of a boring day rises the next boring day

In lieu of something directly related to the title, I present to you the following as tacit evidence of its truth.

% nice man woman
No manual entry for woman.

% "How would you rate Quayle's incompetence?
Unmatched ".

% Unmatched ".
Unmatched ".

% [Where is Jimmy Hoffa?
Missing ].

% ^How did the sex change operation go?^
Modifier failed.

% If I had a ( for every $ the Congress spent, what would I have?
Too many ('s.

% make love
Make: Don't know how to make love. Stop.

% sleep with me
bad character

% got a light?
No match.

% man: why did you get a divorce?
man:: Too many arguments.

% !:say, what is saccharine?
Bad substitute.

% %blow
%blow: No such job.

% \(-
(-: Command not found.

$ PATH=pretending! /usr/ucb/which sense
no sense in pretending!

$ drink matter
matter: cannot create


Things I did today.

Finished Acquiring the latest Heroes and Terminator, The Sarah Connor Chronicles, which I will probably watch sometime after finishing this post.

Got a free lunch at Copeland's Cheesecake Bistro

Found out I in fact do now have a Bachelor of Science in the field of Computer Science.

Gave my leftovers to a dude on the street.

Shot a few e-mails back and forth with some people who were interested the source code from a project [pdf] I thought was finally out of my hands, more or less.

Decided to make a personal blog post for lack of anything that I could write about that would maximize entertainment and minimize negative ramifications.

Tuesday, December 9, 2008

The English Lesson

We'll begin with box, and the plural is boxes.
But the plural of ox should be oxen, not oxes.
Then one fowl is goose, but two are called geese.
Yet the plural of moose should never be meese.

You may find a lone mouse or a whole lot of mice,
But the plural of house is houses, not hice.
If the plural of man is always called men,
When couldn't the plural of pan be called pen?

The cow in the plural may be cows or kine,
But the plural of vow is vows, not vine.
And I speak of a foot, and you show me your feet,
But I give a boot - would a pair be called beet?

If one is a tooth and a whole set are teeth,
Why shouldn't the plural of booth be called beeth?
If the singular is this and plural is these,
Why shouldn't the plural of kiss be nicknamed kese?

Then one may be that, and three may be those,
Yet the plural of hat would never be hose.
We speak of a brother, and also of brethren,
But though we say mother, we never say methren.

The masculine pronouns are he, his and him,
But imagine the feminine she, shis, and shim!
So our English, I think you will all agree,
Is the trickiest language you ever did see. I take it you already know
Of tough and bough and cough and dough?
Others may stumble, but not you
On hiccough, thorough, slough, and through?

Well done! And now you wish, perhaps,
To learn of less familiar traps?
Beware of heard, a dreadful word
That looks like beard and sounds like bird.

And dead; it's said like bed, not bead;
For goodness sake, don't call it deed!
Watch out for meat and great and threat,
(they rhyme with suite and straight and debt).

A moth is not a moth in mother.
Nor both in bother, broth in brother.
And here is not a match for there.
And dear and fear for bear and pear.

And then there's dose and rose and lose --
Just look them up -- and goose and choose.
And cork and work and card and ward,
And font and front and word and sword.

And do and go, then thwart and cart.
Come, come, I've hardly made a start.
A dreadful language? Why, man alive,
I'd learned to talk it when I was five.

And yet to write it, the more I tried,
I hadn't learned it at fifty-five!

-Original Author Unknown

Thursday, December 4, 2008

It's a piece of cake to bake a pretty cake.

Some quick background:


Lil' Jon

Crazy stuck in your head song:
Cooking by the Book - Stephanie ft. Lil' Jon

This is not the first time Lazytown has brought us epic win: You are a pirate.

I'd like to point out that there's a video out there with a different version of the song, but I don't really recommend it.

I'd also like to warn you that this song will be in your head forever.

Saturday, November 15, 2008

Concert, woo!

So, tonight was the concert I've been waiting for for... years? Local H and Electric Six are going on tour together, which is kind of like the most awesome thing ever. They originally had a third band, but they dropped out. Instead, each venue had to find some local person to fill in the intro gap.

Lenny's Bar picked The Matt Kurz One (I apologize for the MySpace link), a one man band.

So, obviously the audio quality in the video isn't spectacular, but you get the idea. Let me break it down for you anyway:

This gentleman is playing an electric guitar with a drumstick in his right hand for hitting a cymbal between his legs and sometimes doing crazy awesome drum solos. The guitar has a drumstick duct taped on the end for hitting another cymbal, and another... stick? duct taped on to point down. This he uses to play a keyboard on occasion. His right food is playing the bass drum and possibly a kick snare, it's kind of hard to tell, and I couldn't see at the concert. His left foot is playing bass guitar.

It's kind of ridiculous, which I'm a big fan of, and it's also really, really impressive. Obviously, it's not earth-shatteringly crisp and professional, but I've heard stuff played by a lot more people that was a lot less good.

Of course, Local H was awesome, I didn't realize they had a new album out, but I have it now. I was a little disappointed that they didn't play a few songs I had hoped to hear, but in the end it was still really awesome.

Electric Six was better than I ever imagined, really. Dick Valentine came out wearing not one, but two capes. It turns out that his real speaking voice sounds very little like any of his singing voices. He's kind of nerdy sounding when he talks.

Tuesday, November 4, 2008

The Obama Bowl

Apparently Barack Obama wants to remove the computerized BCS for NCAA Football and replace it with a playoff system.

I wonder how many votes this'll sway?

I bet he'll lose the robot vote, and as we all know they can sway any election!

Monday, November 3, 2008

Further down the spiral.

This post has nothing to do with Nine Inch Nails. Except for that sometimes I feel like there are a few being pounded into my eyes.

For those of you who don't know, for a while (8 months! apparently) I've been "playing" a Passively Multi-player Online Game appropriately named PMOG. This guy, Justin Hall has made a name out of playing with the internet freely (both as in "without bounds" and "without cash"). He slapped together GameLayers Inc. in order to turn his thesis into a reality. The result is a FireFox extension/website combo dedicated to watching what you do and rewarding you for it. Oh, sometimes you can try to blow up your friends and stuff.

PMOG has been around in some form or fashion for roughly a year or so now, and they're in their second Beta (after having left beta). They're dedicated to making the game more friendly to the masses with new tools, a new toolbar, and new artwork. Unfortunately, when desperation for new users kick in, you end up looking at companies who have lots of users, such as Zwinky:

You can see from the news post, the new artwork isn't exactly well received by their current user base, and the PMOG forums themselves echo this response. This is the point where the eye nails kick in for me. I've been a bit critical of a lot of the decisions made by GameLayers, and this is no exception. Unfortunately, it seems that in their latest push out of obscurity, I disagree with nearly every decision they make. It's not personal, I just wonder how far down the spiral this game will go before I have to stop riding.

Monday, October 20, 2008

We're going to party, Karamu, Fiesta, Forever

I realized today that I cannot type or speak the words "All Night Long" without immediate singing this in my head.

And then I realized how awesome that was.

Wednesday, October 15, 2008

Why are we here?

What's life all about?
Is God really real, or is there some doubt?
Well, tonight, we're going to sort it all out,
For tonight it's 'The Meaning of Life'.