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Saturday, December 19th, 2009
8:11 pm
Wednesday, December 16th, 2009
4:25 pm
another thing? amongst the other things? the Penny Arcade TV Show is pretty odd. i really haven't drawn any kind of conclusions from it whatsoever, except to say that Jerry Holkins seems like he's really short and roly-poly, and that the "Part 2" of the pilot episode is actually vaguely touching.
Tuesday, December 15th, 2009
6:48 pm
inferiority complex, anyone?
is it weird at all that when i mentally staff the white house in my brain, using friends and family, i'm not the president - i'm the chief of staff? like i'm the sidekick in my own superhero fantasy.
Saturday, December 12th, 2009
7:56 pm
verily.
i hate being sick. i hate it with all my might.

also? i have a problem about which you all may be able to offer advice:
of the five major jobs i've had since high school, one was working for my father, two of my direct supervisors are no longer working there, and the remaining two are bound by company policy not to provide references. thusly, i have absolutely no professional references to offer when applying to jobs. this is an immediate problem, and i don't have a solution. ideas?
Sunday, December 6th, 2009
6:16 pm
the only real alternative
some possible weird al yankovic-style spoofs on that "i kissed a girl and i liked iiiiit" song:

for the animal-lover: i kissed a squirrel...
for the tree-hugger: i kissed a burl...
for the materialist: i kissed a pearl
for the aspiring high-society lady: i kissed an earl...
for the slumming high-society lady: i kissed a churl...

whether or not the narrator "liked iiiiit" i leave entirely to his or her creative license.

good day.


EDIT: also? caitlin's been putting up with crap like this for five years, as of this evening. so, you know. happy sort-of-anniversary to us, and here's assuming there'll be many more to come.
Saturday, November 28th, 2009
5:45 pm
Writer's Block: Book worms unite!
What are the three best books you have ever read and what are the three worst? What made them so good or bad?

this is a really tough question. i'll answer, because it's an interesting question - but know that the books on the following best/worst list are picked somewhat arbitrarily from among my many favorite and least favorite works.

the Best and the WorstCollapse )
Thursday, November 26th, 2009
9:59 am
fulfilling my position as buzzkill
HAPPY BIRTHDAY, SHORT-LIVED-AND-ILL-APPRECIATED-ASSISTANCE-FROM-NATIVE-AMERICANS-WHOSE-GENEROSITY-WE-REWARDED-WITH-MASS-GENOCIDE!

AND HAPPY THANKSGIVING, PEOPLE-WHO-ENJOY-FOOD!


(i actually do like thanksgiving, and am happy with what it's become - namely, a day to reflect on and appreciate the things we do have. i just like throwing some EXTREME HISTORY into the mix.)
Friday, November 20th, 2009
7:43 am
Monday, November 16th, 2009
11:59 am
the old switcheroo
on Google News:
stories about that little kid whose parents didn't actually send him up in a balloon, have moved from the national news to the entertainment section.
stories about sarah palin's book have moved from the entertainment section to the front page.

this is particularly distressing. two camps of people i loathe with gusto, have been slotted into the exact media positions they wanted to be in, by exercising the exact kind of shallow stupidity for which i hate them so.
Tuesday, November 3rd, 2009
8:48 pm
two more!
-i've put myself on an indefinite moving-picture embargo. not movies, tv, youtube videos, or hulu nonsense until my willpower breaks down. it's partially just because i'm curious to see how long i'll go, but it should also increase my productivity, at a time when the maximization of productivity is paramount.
-apparently (according to an interview happening on NPR right now), the idea of interpreting religious texts literally really never occurred to anyone until well after the Enlightenment had started. see, before that time, people were pretty used to thinking about religious/mythological stories allegorically. it wasn't unusual to hear a story that made no sense, and to analyze it for its nuggets of wisdom. but post-Enlightenment, modernizing societies were being slowly taught that everything had (and deserved) an explanation, and that the purpose of any story was to explain the world as it was - not symbolically, but literally. so they started reading religious texts the same way they would read any other book - mining it for historical fact and explanation.
3:08 pm
huh.
-i got a call from fromatt this afternoon, and while his information was characteristically slightly-off, i've verified the salient detail of his story - claude levi-strauss is dead. he died on friday, at age 100. funny timing, for me, given that i've talked more about levi-strauss and his work in the last few days than ever before in my life. well...rest in peace, good sir. you've done the world many a service in your time, and you shall be missed.
-i'm in a class that was billed as a sociology class, but is actually a social work class. it's totally useless to me in pretty much every way, but it has brought me an interesting insight - it seems it's possible for two bodies of knowledge to be related, but have an entirely one-sided relationship. all my sociology knowledge informs my ability to understand social work, but social work knowledge does not in any way inform my ability to understand sociology (at least the branch of it with which i'm concerned).
Thursday, October 29th, 2009
3:14 pm
kinda funny.
so, the internet has baked its wretched cookies in my computer's virgin oven, and spawned some ads that it thought might be appropriate for me to see:

-a smallstep.gov ad for getting up and playing for an hour a day. (i go to the gym four days a week and play frisbee on weekends.)
-ads for miracle weight-loss and muscle-growth scams (in response, i assume, to all those times i mentioned here that i am absolutely not interested in miracle-scams.)
-an ad for some kind of anti-liberal campus network movement (which i can only guess is some kind of ass-backwards reimagining of my complaints against neoliberalism.)

the internet - unarguably the most complex communication system that has ever existed - can't tell the difference between "i'm busy" and "i'm lazy," "i need miracle diets" and "i HATE miracle diets," nor "neoliberalism" and "liberalism."
i've never been less worried about humanity's chances during the robot wars.
Wednesday, October 28th, 2009
8:24 pm
with the best of intentions,
and because i like to share my great loves with those closest - check this stuff out:

Penny Arcade
i don't care what the nay-sayers claim. Penny Arcade is (usually) a very accessible comic, and even if you don't know what they're talking about, Tycho (Jerry Holkins) is the funniest, most stylistically clever blog-author on the web.

Dr. McNinja
a comic book-style webcomic with velociraptors, moustaches, unicorn/magical-motorcycles, a gorilla, and a doctor-who-is-also-a-ninja. also? the various merchandise available from this site is hilarious.

DeviantArt
a fantastic site for amateur and professional art-browsing. the literature is usually horrific, as is much of the rest, but i've figured out a trick - filter by "most popular" and "last 8 hours." this enables the viewer to weed out most of the really terrible stuff, and also ensures that you're seeing a whole new set of submissions every few hours.

Futility Closet
on twitter, most people tweet really boring shit. but every once in a while you find someone who posts nothing but links to fascinating and funny and mind-boggling trivia. Futility Closet is like a site full of the best twitter-tweet-links you ever saw. truly, the stuff this site posts is absolutely amazing, every day. never fails.

Pandora Radio
an internet radio based on the Music Genome Project - you select a band, or genre, or song, or album that you like, and the radio station puts together a playlist of songs with similar characteristics, which the listener can then tailor by indicating whether or not he/she likes each song that comes up.

Idealist
a jobs/internships/volunteerships/organization listing site for non-profits and people looking to work for groups that try to make a difference. especially good for people living in big cities - the small town listings are understandably slim.

probably didn't actually introduce you to anything new. but if i did, i hope you enjoy it.
Monday, October 26th, 2009
10:04 am
you know, i just realized - watching hestia and faust playing is an awful lot like watching a baby tiger chasing down a big, fatass panda.
Monday, October 12th, 2009
2:44 pm
distance
3 miles, bitches.
Thursday, October 8th, 2009
3:43 pm
shapely
it's not uncommon knowledge that in high school, i was a bit of a chubbster. not to say i was immensely fat, but i topped out just shy of 200 pounds. during the summer before senior year, i made a deal with my then-girlfriend that i would stop drinking pop if she would quite smoking weed. after our brief relationship, she went back to doing whatever she felt like (as far as i'm aware), but i decided to stay off the caffeinated beverages. over the course of the school year, i lost 40 or 50 pounds without spending a single hour in the gym. it was the very definition of a miracle-diet. i dieted on miracles. very low-fat.
since then, i've hovered around 150 lb. try as i might, i can't seem to gain or lose more than about 5 lb.
recently, i've been going to the gym. in fact, for the past two months, i've been on first regular gym schedule i've ever managed to hold on to. however, i'm not seeing the change. i'm getting better running stamina, but no muscle-tone and no weight loss where i wan't to lose it. this is frustrating. i'm not willing to try any of the "miracle" workout/diet scams that are advertised everywhere, which i guess is an issue. it's not that i'm in bad shape - i'm not. i'm just not in any particular shape. i'm shape-neutral.
grr.
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Current Mood: spare-tire-tacular
Tuesday, September 22nd, 2009
8:06 pm
marvelous
for any of you friendly folk who are fans of the marvel comic heroes, or have ever had a debate about what a fight between your two favorite superheroes would look like:

Spidey vs. Hulk, by Manarama

it's my desktop.
Thursday, September 17th, 2009
11:16 am
On urging
Kristen suggested that we all post ten good things that happened to us this week.  I'll see if I can oblige her.
-I seem to have negotiated my way out of the Statistics requirement for my graduate work.  Haven't done any official signing of any official papers yet, but the Stats guru said he'd sign the forms if I put them in front of him.
-Faust and Hestia have both overcome their debilitating sinus problems, and are running and playing again.  And no longer coating every surface in a fine layer of cat mucous.  So.  Y'know.  That's nice.
-I've received a bunch of books for school, and also a used copy of Stephenson's 'Anathem,' about which I have heard nothing but glowing reviews.
-My brain exploded two days ago in a Hindenbergian mass of thesis-fueled flame, and in the aftermath of its crash to the ground, in the bits of twisted metal and ash, I found some clarity on how to proceed.  I can't explore the big question, but I should be able to set up a base of evidence on which to build.
-I'm reading 'Love in the Time of Cholera,' by Marquez, and as I had initiatialy expected, it is slow, captivating, and beautiful.
-Caitlin and I discovered a 20-mile series of hiking trails in the hills behind our apartment.  We weren't able to go very far, 'cause Caitlin's a wuss, but she'll be less wussy next time.
-Yesterday I managed to do a 2 mile run in under 20 minutes.  It may be the first time I've ever done that.  I've also graduated up to the next level on the weights I'm using, and I'm slowly starting to shed the few pounds I'd gained since the wedding.
-I'm drawing pretty much all the time, and I like the stuff I'm producing more and more.
-TRAVIS!  (i know this was actually last week, but it's worth mentioning.
-I haven't seen an ant in my kitchen in 24 hours.  Hopefully that means the giant stockpile of GET YOUR GODDAMN FUCKING CARAPACES OUT OF MY HOUSE(tm) brand ant poison under the sink actually did its job.  finally.
Wednesday, September 16th, 2009
3:06 pm
gunslinger
i've got this wild west kick going on.


Thursday, September 10th, 2009
2:53 pm
nudity is always funny.

subtext:
there are really only a few degrees of separation between me and Thor, God of Thunder.  it's pretty remarkable that we don't get mistaken for one another more often.


(i'm honestly a little embarrassed at the quality of this work, but evidently not embarrassed that i felt it necessary to go back and fix the shoddy work.)

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