Wednesday, March 30, 2005

Inspiration!

Hokay, here's my idea...reverse insurance. You get a company to pay you x amount of money every month. Then, if you win the lottery or your book gets published or whatever it is you're reverse insured for, you have to pay them money. if whatever it is flops, you've got money. if it succeeds, well, it succeeded, so you've STILL got money, and so does the insurance companies. Just like normal insurance, the higher the likelihood of your event and the greater its cash value, the higher the primaries are...writers and things could use it. Now I just need the huge amounts of capital accomplishing this would require.

Monday, March 28, 2005

Controversy! Dissent! Acrimony!

So Massachusetts is now considering implmenting a shield law. A shield law, in case you didn't know, is a law stopping courts from forcing journalists to reveal their anonymous sources. Several states have them already, and it would already be a topic of some argument, but the big deal about this one is that they're debating whether to include us bloggers. Websites already have to reveal a user's IP adress if a court orders them to, but should they? Do bloggers count as journalists, or anonymous sources, or both, or neither? I guarantee most bloggers, and a good part of those who read blogs, would say yes, but what about the majority of people? What's more, there's a school of thought saying that only SOME bloggers should count and thus be covered--those who either pass a certain test, or sign a certain agreement. Which obviously opens the door wide to all kinds of corruption and favoritism. Commment, people. Let's hear opinions. (I say this to my couple of close friends and my mom, as they are my only readers. Oh well.)

Jungian analysis of yours truly

INTP - "Architect". Greatest precision in thought and language. Can readily discern contradictions and inconsistencies. The world exists primarily to be understood. 3.3% of total population.
Free Jung Personality Test (similar to Myers-Briggs)

I would have thought ISTJ or maybe ISFJ, but I definitely expected a J. Huh.

"Nothing says love like a monkey! It's a fuzzy, screeching ball of tenderness!"

Queen of Wands

Sunday, March 27, 2005

"Omnium Finis Imminet" Finis Arrivet.

It turns out my big mystery is just an "NBC Event." Just goes to show, there's no mystery in the world anymore...*sighs*

Guess what I got in my Easter basket.

It was a wind-up chicken, packaged with some oval gumballs. The chickens head can be unscrewed--no, that's not the creepy part--and you can put the gumballs inside. that isn't the creepy part either. then you wind it up and it walks. Whcih is still not the creepy bit. No. the creepy bit is that as it walks, it...extrudes the eggs through its nether regions. That is most definitely the creepy bit.

In other news, I have joined an online RPing community called Calenine, which can now be found in my links bar.

Friday, March 25, 2005

New links

I've added a few more webcomics in the links bar. And yes, since you ask, I am going to persist in acting like I have readers. Otherwise what's the point?
Am I the only one who's getting really sick of this Terry Schiavo nonsense? There is no reason to keep the feeding tube in, people. It weren't keeping anyone alive, and nobody is starving to death in that bed now. There's NO ONE IN THERE. The thing that is laying in the bed is not only not sentient, it's not even conscious. It's an empty shell, literally a vegetable, alive in only the most scientific sense, certainly not in any religious, moral, or social way. Terri has left the building! To take a religious point of view, since a lot of the objectors to this situation are religious people, then if Terri is lucky, she's in Heaven or Nirvana Or Paradise right now. If she's unlucky, she's trapped halfway there because she's dead and you won't let her rest in peace! It was her expressed wish that were her body to be left in this state, it shouldn't be forced to keep going. Even if you have reason to disbelieve or simply ignore everythying I've just said, what gives this particular woman the right to have thousands upon thousands of man-hours, resources, and money devoted to her especially? Go and stick your feeding tube into an infant orphan in Zimbabwe or a homeless girl in China. They have a functioning brain, for pete's sake. The whole thing is a travesty, and an insult to this woman's memory.

Thursday, March 24, 2005

I just finished Neal Stephenson's "Snow Crash." I must inform you: This books kicks levels of @$$ heretofore unkicked by man, machine or monster. It's got cyberspace, nuclear motorcycles, nuclear motorcycles IN cyberspace, harpooning skateboarders, language viruses, computer viruses, drugs, burbclaves, the Black Sun, evil communications magnates trying to take over the world, and a guy with a katana. Even just that last would be enough that I'd give it a cursory read, but the whole package makes it utterly, incredibly, unspeakably awesome. It isn't for our younger viewers due to one sex scene, but that's a small price to pay for the best parts of Neuromancer, Jennifer Government, and every Honk Kong action flick ever made. Read it, or die old and lonely becasue nobody loves you because you didn't.

I have just found a great new source of amusement...

...it's one of the most pathetically amusing things i've seen in a long time. It can be found here, though beware of offensive content such as excessive stupidity, conformity, closed-mindedness, fundamentalism, and pathetic old white religious people trying to be "hip." Few things are funnier than the attempts at slang usage found at this site.

Wednesday, March 23, 2005

"In the contruction of houses, choice of woods is made. Straight un-knotted timber of good appearance is used for the revealed pillars, straight timber with small defects is used for the innter pillars. Timber of the finest appearance, even if a little weak, is used for the thresholds, lintels, doors, and sliding doors, and so on. Good strong timber, though it be gnarled and knotted, can always be used discreetly in construction. Timber which is weak or knotted throughout should be used as scaffolding, and later for firewood."
--From Miyamoto Musashi's The Book of Five Rings

Monday, March 21, 2005

A Paella Recipe

Ingredients: 400 gr. rice, 150 gr. cuttlefish, 250 gr. mussels, 150 gr. shrimps, 1 little onion, 1 red pepper, 150 gr. tomato, 100 gr. green peas, garlic, 0.10 gr. saffron filaments, 1 little paprika spoon sweet, 1 extra virgin olive oil glass, salt. Into a large pan or "paellera pan", put olive oil for fry cuttlefish, chopped onion, red pepper and tomato. When the ingredients are guilted add the paprika. Following add the green peas and the mussels previously washed. Fry all together and add the rice and the salt removing slowly. Put the water (1 rice portion = 5 water portions). One time boiling has begun add the shrimps and garlic, firstly mashed with the saffron and dilued with olive oil. Let boil 20 minutes until total water evaporation, checking the cooked point. Let read two minutes and serve hot.

Note: I do not mean this as an insult to any individual or group. I know that it's not the translator's fault that this is so funny, and they probably did their best. but when you hire translators, you should really at least try to get someone who is a native speaker of the language you're translating to. And when you don't..the results are funny.

Binswanger!

One of my friends recently said to me in email "Squash my creativity into a mushy blob that bleeds productivity!"

On an unrelated note, the title of this post is the name of my local 7 News anchor. I see this as a sign that even I (having a rather unusual name) can get into a profession in which one's name is important.

Which PA character are you?


Why am I not surprised?

Sunday, March 20, 2005

More quotage.

" 'I was getting bored with absolute evil, anyway. I find that you can do a lot more damage with ambivalence...and it's not as easily detectable from a distance, not anywhere near as memorable. Pure evil sticks out the way pure anything sticks out in a world full of mixtures and melanges and shades of gray. Ambivalence can be discounted, or explained away, or mistaken for confusion or a mind not completely made up yet.' 'Sometimes it really is...' Kit said. 'Oh, sure. but how often? The rest of the time, in humans, it's more often about the refusal to make a choice. People are eager to excuse it, though. Ambivalence is seen as a sign of maturity, whereas actually taking a stance on one side or another is easy to describe as simplistic...or juvenile.' "
--The Lone Power, in Wizard's Holiday, one of Diane Duane's many excellent books.

Sunday, March 13, 2005

Men made up to look like monsters! Monsters made up to look like men! Lookalike men made up to look different! Different men made up to look alike!

Just go rent a copy of Time Bandits. And while you're at it, get Bubba Ho-Tep too--it's the best redemptive Elvis mummy flick I've ever seen.

Saturday, March 12, 2005

Linkage.

Wow. I'm not the only site not really about anything on the Net. Who'da thunk it. Check out Happy Scrappy.

Thursday, March 10, 2005

Hairsicles!

My sister has just informed me that at the "Nature's Classroom" camp-type thing she's been at for the past week, one unfortunate individual failed to dry their hair well enough and ended up with what she referred to as "Hairsicles." My (slightly imaginary) band, which had been heretofore referred to as The Exceptions, may now have a change of name. Or it possibly may revert to Doctor Whom. Either way.

Wednesday, March 09, 2005

Ter-da.

It's a message from God! And in a comic made from spam subjects, no less.

Tuesday, March 08, 2005

Triumphant Losers

...is a webcomic I just finished the archives of, and it is officially cool. you can find it here. And also, someone on DWMUD just told me that a man and his wife in California recently got attacked by two escaped chimpanzees, causing him to lose "all the fingers from both hands, an eye, part of his nose, cheek, and lips and part of his buttocks, one of his feet was mutilated, and his groin area was mauled." They were at the zoo to celebrate the birthday of an entirely different chimpanzee who had been taken from their home in 1999 after he ate someone's finger. Both the chimps are dead and the guy is in intensive care. Owie.

Sunday, March 06, 2005

FOMCLMAOASTC!

It means Fallen Off My Chair Laughing My A** Off And Scaring The Cats. And it refers to this. For FOMCLMAOASTC is exactly what it is.

Whoa, deep.

"A human being should be able to change a diaper,
plan an invasion, butcher a hog, conn a ship, design a building, write a sonnet, balance accounts, build a wall, set a bone, comfort the dying, take orders, give orders, cooperate, act alone, solve equations, analyze a new problem, pitch manure, program a computer, cook a tasty meal, fight efficiently, die gallantly.
Specialization is for insects."

--Robert A. Heinlein


Friday, March 04, 2005

Wikipedia, as you may know, prods buttock...

...and this is an interesting article about it.

Wednesday, March 02, 2005

Omnium Finis Imminet

TV ads...Rockefeller Station...the phrase is cropping up, but no one seems to know what it means. Its only appearance on the web is conspiracy theory sites and blogs. It always seems to appear after shows made by a certain company--maybe it's just a gimmick. But it's still creepy. "The end of everything is near." Hmmmmm...

Tuesday, March 01, 2005

Hmmmm...

Have you ever noticed that A.) Vash the Stampede speaks French and B.) "Vache" in french means Cow?

Something to think on.

It'd be funny if it wasn't so sad.

When you're watching the news, you expect to see some smart people, some average people, some stupid people, and occasionally an utter imbecile, making pronouncements on assorted subjects. But this is one of the few times I've seen someone say something inherently self-contradictory and utterly nonsensical as if it were an actual argument. The story I am speaking of was on my local CBS news, an interview with the Chief Justice of the Alabama Supreme Court, who made a Ten Commandments monument in the state judicial building. You may have heard about it. The intro featured footage of the protesters outside the judicial building, then cut to a close-up of one of them who asserted that the judges shouldn't go by "Man's law," but instead by the Constitution.

Great hula-hooping saints add preservatives to us.