Tuesday, November 28, 2006

it's movies time, reducks

Once again it is that most hallowed of all times, Movies Time. The song is being written as we speak. And songs are, in fact, the topic. First there's Solla Solla Enna Perumai, which is some sort of Bollywood funk thing, I'm told, though it seems more like Colombian to me (i wonder why?). The song isn't that bad but you watch it for the antics of the hairy-chested frodude. Secondly we have a guy with some incredible singing skeelz play one four-measure piano backing over and over, meshing perfectly with the lyrics to about fifty hits from the eighties, nineties, and today. And I'll toss in this, sent by my friend Cam. Crispy.

After reading the description on that last one, I found the creator's site. It's all pretty good, but it's this one that I'm going to do for my school talent show.

Sunday, November 26, 2006

A Miracle of Science is one of the best webcomics I've started reading in a long time, and there's a lot of real science in the blog posts too. Check it out.

Tuesday, October 31, 2006

Sorry about not posting for a while, stuffs have been happening. i probably won't post much for the next month either. NaNoWriMo is starting up once again and this time I really intend to get somewhere with it. In the meantime, today was halloween, and I went to school as an emo. The sad part was that several people didn't realize I was in a costume, which basically tells me i need a haircut, since I sprayed my hair black and did that Robert Smith thing with it. I found I actually liked the look of fingerless gloves though. I might keep those. Pics to be posted later.

I'm so postmodern I bought a round the world plane ticket, and stuffed my clothes with eggplant and pretended it was me

Tuesday, October 10, 2006

Oh seven hells yes. This is the best thing ever. What's more, all the content was approved by Lois herself. It isn't out yet but I need it--physically need it, as with air--once it is. GURPS: Vorkosigan

Saturday, September 30, 2006

I think I've fallen in love with this girl. We will be together forever while her zombie minions take over the high school.

Friday, September 22, 2006


Tell it to the one-legged man so he can bump it off down the road

Thursday, September 21, 2006


Monday, September 04, 2006

Holy crap, Steve Irwin died. He wasn't even doing anything particularly stupid at the time. The world shall be bereft of his "Croikey" forevermore.

everyone you know is workin' for the man

Sunday, September 03, 2006

Okay, what if a rebellion seized control of the government...but the president escaped...and he and his secretary fought a two-person guerrilla war against the usurpers...IN THEIR GIANT ROBOT? And screamed things like "I'M THE PRESIDENT OF THE GREAT UNITED STATES! YEEEEAAAAH! HOW D'YOU LIKE ME NOW?" It'd be kickass, that's what. See the trailer. I am soooo buying this game.

traveled all around the world and only stupid people are breeding

Saturday, September 02, 2006

I have two questions.

First, what's the highest point on Earth from which one could hang-glide without death? I imagine the higher the point, the more drop space there would need to be from the jump point to the next solid surface, as thinner air would provide less lift.

Second, has anyone ever hang-glided (hang-glid, hang-glidded, etc.) from it?

we'll never live forever, but maybe things could be worse

Sunday, August 20, 2006

You, too, can watch Buzz Aldrin punch a guy in the face

my case is closed, my case is packed

("This activity is extremely dangerous and very illegal and should not be attempted by anyone under any circumstances" -Wikipedia. Also of interest may be this page, which is hilarious all by itself.)

Thursday, August 17, 2006

The world now has two new words. Or actually, two new meanings for old words. As of now, everything in the world can be divided into two different categories: "Decrepit" and "Severe." Good things are severe and bad things are decrepit. I urge you to use these words in conversation at every opportunity.

we flourish and we flaunt our flavor freshly

Wednesday, August 16, 2006


This is kinda stupid but making your own is fairly entertaining the first couple times. (go to the root URL for that.)

Monday, August 14, 2006

voodoo librarian

Let me relate to you a story I was just told. My mother is a tech services librarian who works at universities, but some years ago in a time of economic hardship she took a job working at a local library. The director of the library at the time was soon fired on account of her being a complete nutcase. However, it was heard by said mother on the news that this library director, while the city government was in the process of firing her, had been seen by neighbors and subsequently caught by police burying baby food jars full of hot peppers, roosters' feet, and other voodoo-type items and also the names of several city officials and selectment in her backyard.

She was subsequently hired as a childrens' librarian in a nearby town.

Wednesday, August 09, 2006

I picked up Escape Velocity Nova from a friend a couple days ago, and it's ten shades of awesome. A year or so ago my uncle gave me a game called Freelancer, which claimed to basically dump you into a unvierse of planets with a lame little ship and let you do whetever--become a great pirate, get filthy rich trading, join the space navy, whatever. In reality it was a half-decent space shooter with a very linear plot that you could either advance or go off and do piddly nothing-missions for no real pay and accomplish very little. But that game's premise and most of its design was very clearly stolen from EV Nova. Seriously. The plot is different, the governments and arrangement of planets are different, but the games are essentially the same in most every aspect of gameplay, and the only advantage Freelancer has is that it's 3D. EV is by far the better game in every other area. There is no one plot. You really can become a great pirate or an admiral in either of two navies or just make buckets of money trading goods or any number of other possible threads. Or you can just take the same piddly nothing-missions, except here even those generally turn out vastly more interesting. The whole thing is just badass.

Monday, August 07, 2006

"...Well, unfortunately, self-esteem and the ability to like yourself only come after you've done something that makes you likable. You can't bullshit yourself. If I think Todd over here is worthless for sitting in his room all day, drinking and playing video games, doesn't it follow that I'm worthless for doing the same thing?

It doesn't matter what you tell yourself, or what slogans you memorize about how everyone is special. You'll think of yourself as special when you do something special. If you think of yourself as special prior to actually doing something special, you're not healthy and well-balanced. You're a narcissist, disconnected from reality."

Seven Reasons the 21st Century is Making us Miserable

Thursday, August 03, 2006


Okay, please note this post is directed at gamers and their ilk, BUT ALSO at those who often don't play games, because these are the sort of games for them. I has played #1 in this series before, never beat it because I got bored, but #2 recently debuted on Newgrounds and with much effort and a small allotment of help from those who had already beat it I beat all three games in the series (#2 only came out on NG after #3 came out someplace else, for some reason.) The game is called Submachine (here's 2 and 3) and it--at least the first two--are essentially object puzzles after the style of, say, Discworld 2. The third is less object-y and more puzzling, but just as good. The plot involves the main character being mysteriously trapped in a building, and then an underground lighthouse, and then the titular Submachine--nothing so cliched as waking up there with no idea who you are or how you got there, no, the character knows, they just aren't telling the player. They're all pretty hard but entirely enjoyable. All of you, at least give them a try.

i know you think that you know, but how do you know that what you know is true?

Tuesday, August 01, 2006

Alright, I realize all the hip people saw it in the theaters, but I read the comic then and only saw the movie of V for Vendetta now, when it came out on video. The movie was good, we all know this, as well as kinda disturbing. What surprised me was how different it was from the comic book, and how much I liked the differences. The subplot with that guy's wife is gone, V dies in a completely different way and so does the high chancellor, a couple key scenes don't even happen, but really the story is better overall. It was more fun this way. And it struck me how much (many?) guts it took to make this movie now...

mellow out or you will pay

Saturday, July 22, 2006

Y'know, I'd kind of like to be into some really niche kind of music, just for the sake of it. Really hardcore industrial or screamy paint-my-fingernails-black angst-rock or something. I just find them all intensely uninteresting.
They will try to tell you that King Dork, by Frank Portman, is a book. Do not be decieved. It is a joygasm in a box. Or, well, it would be, if you put it in a box.

It's like this. Excuse me while I get teenaged for a moment: Nobody understands me. Or actually, a lot of people probably do, but they're not talking about my situation, they're off talking about something else that, to be fair, is probably a lot more interesting. Most everyone who writes anything involving the state of living for a teenager these days in an average high school is living in some kind of fantasy world that I can only assume bears little relation to even their own childhood, let alone anything in the past decade. See my John Hughes-related rant from several months ago. Now, King Dork still seems a big exaggerated about certain points--mostly how overt people can be about hostility towards one, and of course about how much sexing the average dweeb royalty gets--but I get the feeling it's completely true in some high schools, just not mine. And the protagonist is me. I don't mean he's like me, I don't mean we share traits, I mean he's me. It's freaking scary. His surroundings are pretty different, but hell, he even has an army jacket he wears everywhere. The book is a surreal mishmash of highschool life, codes, conspiracy, tits, Catcher in the Rye, band names, pseudohippies, and murder investigation, but the plot is essentially incidental to the feel of it, the atmosphere, like an artsy movie. It's like talking to the best friend I never had. Just read the thing.

the monkey and the plywood violin

Wednesday, July 19, 2006

Oh now this is just nifty.

even if i quit there's not a chance in hell i'd stop

Friday, July 14, 2006

Alright, much to say. First of all, I recently (well, for a given value of "recent") got back from my aunt's beach house in the fine state of Maine. I appreciate that through the magic of nepotism my family gets for free a week of lodgings that would probably cost several grand in one of the greatest vacation spots in the US, and yes, Maine is an incredibly nice place, but I must mention something to you: for some reason, many people consider Maine to be a great place for swimming. Do not be fooled. I have been to the place, and felt the water, in every different part of summer, and at none of these times has it been warm enough to not make my teeth start chattering and my lips turn blue within half an hour. Enjoy the beaches and such, if you go there, but for God's sake don't try to swim, I want you with all your toes.

Next item: During aforesaid week in Maine (during which there were no internets nor video games, eek) and the following week or so during which I have been cut off from those same activities, I ripped through a godawful amount of reading, most of it the first seven of the eight books in something called the Dresden Files, by Jim Butcher. I've since read the eighth. It's kind of hardboiled Sam Spade detective-y, only the detective in question is Chicago's only professional wizard. Really good stuff, intensely badass, although the series is supporting a lot of weight by the end of this book. During that one, Harry Dresden acquires a vendetta with an immensely powerful creature from the Nevernever (meaning the magical otherworld) and the reader essentially goes "what else is new," since he already has two after him at this point, from two other adventures. Dresden has (begin spoilers) recently picked up a roommate who is actually a sex-vampire character introduced several books ago, who it turns out is actually his long-lost half-brother, who it turns out his mother (who it turns out was not the angelic person he always imagined, but was in fact a wayward black magician who it turns out had at one time been tutored by the mage who taught Harry, who it turns out actually ignores the magical laws he instilled in Harry, and who is a hitman for the wizard government) had when she got it on with the king of one of four Vampire Courts, three of whom Harry has separately under different circumstances in three different books given cause to want him dead, in between which he killed one of the Faerie Queens (there are six) and then, after that, got a copy of a fallen angel stuck in his head. (End spoilers.) When you start needing a flowchart to understand the overarching plot, there's something wrong, and ordinarily this would kill a series outright, but somehow Butcher stops you from noticing it practically at all and everything is tight and page-turner-y. Definitely pick it up, it's awesome. Butcher also has a much more traditional tolkien-y series out, which I intend to pick up soon.

As a final note, I'm going to ape PA (because hey, if you're going to steal, steal from the best) and start leaving cryptic little lyrics snatches in italics at the ends of my posts. I don't know how to make them do that tooltip thing, though, so it'll be a little game of Guess That Tune for the reader.

i can’t hear you ’cause we’re breakin’ up

Saturday, July 01, 2006

Alright, Eon8 was awesome. For the last week or so, it's just been a big timer and a lot of really cryptic stuff. The link flooded virally, everyone told their friends. There was an investigative ytmnd which may well have been made by the same people who started the site. Most were sure it'd be a marketing ploy or whatever, some actually thought it was dangerous (there was a map of "deployment points" with red dots all over the world) and most other just thought it might be cool. So zillions flooded the site at midnight EDT today (July 1) to see what would happen...and after the timer ran out, now the page displays:

"As of July 1st, 2006, the E8 Project has completed. The purpose of this project was to determine the reactions of the internet public to lack of information."

Now that's just cool.

Thursday, June 22, 2006

My lead guitarist recently had the inspiration for this image. I refuse to take the blame. I'm only posting it here because he has a shpoon and i'm afraid he'll make me use it.

Wednesday, June 21, 2006

Okay, you know Bruce Lee right? Well now know Tony Jaa (rhymes with "lie," i'm told.) The only thing that stops this from being the ultimate in badassery is that scarf. I mean, really, what's up with that scarf. You'll think the subtitles are a joke, but it turns out he really is looking for his elephant.

Tuesday, June 20, 2006

Alright, so the entire manga-reading public has been going crazy about Fullmetal Alchemist for the past year or so, and just today I picked up the first few tankubon to see if it lived up to the hype. And it does. It'd really good stuff--the alchemy is nifty and almost Duanian, and the plot is nice. I like the characters too. Check it out if you're into that sort of thing.

Sunday, June 18, 2006

Someone I know online is attempting to start a meme, and thus and therefore I am passing it along. Do the same--who knows, it could be the next O Rly owl.

Saturday, June 17, 2006

Alright, if you live in the US and your local PBS system is showing it (which hopefully it is) you HAVE to watch the reairs of a British sitcom called "Coupling." You may remember it as an American remake that attempted to fill the power vacuum after the end of Friends, and which quickly tanked. I don't know if it was crap or not, since I didn't watch it, but the british original is freaking HILARIOUS. It's very friends-y, put something about it is just indescribably incredibly hilarious. I have both lolled, and rofled.

"I'm not sure your girlfriend exists."
"Oh yes! She exists! She's got tons of existence!"
"Well, not too much existence. She's somewhere in between "completely imaginary" and "a truck.""
But with a British accent which, as we know, makes everything funnier. Just watch the show. On the Boston station it's on at 10:30 on Saturdays, just after the british The Office. I don't know if it's the same time anywhere else.

Sunday, June 11, 2006

it's videos time

that might need a jingle or something, I dunno. anyway:

* Slightly NSFW due to swearing and mentioned multiple genitalia, Washington is very trippy but completely awesome.
* This is completely SFW and utterly badass. Seriously. It's awesome. I dunno if it a real show or not, though I'd guess it is, but it's basically a Zombie Survival Guide, with the guy who played Ed in Shaun of the dead.
* Presumably you've heard the story about how dropping Mentos into Diet Coke makes it explode, and it may surprise you but this is, in fact, true. However, I know of no one but these people who've tried it with more than a hundred bottles of Coke simultaneously.
Well this is pretty nifty.

Friday, June 09, 2006

This is so indescribably cute it's not even funny. Just look at it. Though I'm amazed this guy just stood by filming and risked this cat wrecking his computer.

Monday, June 05, 2006

50 Cent (or fitty, as I understand today's straight-up gangsta terms him) seems much more entertaining when he raps to the tune of Thomas the Tank Engine.

Thursday, June 01, 2006

okay, all this can't be true. It's just too silly.

Monday, May 29, 2006

The fact that this show was never made is one of the greatest losses humanity has ever known. My heart weeps. In an emo kind of way.

Tuesday, May 23, 2006

Written just before falling asleep, while I was stranded at my grandmother's without internet. It's about anything except what you think it is.

There's a place. I don't know where it is. The colors there are birght, and vivid, and contrasting, Things are different there. Not from here, meaning my personal circumstances. Different from anywhere. Everything is sharp. Everything is crucial. Everything has meaning, although you may never learn it.

There are no stories. They haven't happened yet.

The people are cardboard. The people are more alive than we are. The reasons dont' matter. The actions matter more than worlds.

The sunrises are important. There's conflict, but not yet. There's peace. There's unexpected happiness, and no expectations. There's unimportant beginnings. There's searching. There are lots of people, and all of them are completely different. There's no goal. There's anticipation.

I can't go there.

I will go there.

There's a place where there's more.

Sunday, May 14, 2006

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These are just a few of the images we've collected...and you can see...it's not what we thought...

Yeah, flooding here in New England is getting pretty intense, especialy when you live across from a pond. And by "intense," I mean "if this doesn't stop soon we're all going to be living intense." We're actually going to put everything on top of something waterproof and stay at my grandmothers' for a few days. Wish me luck...

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Thursday, May 11, 2006

Okay, this is just beyond awesome. These people need to have a Boston branch I can join.

Tuesday, May 09, 2006

In soviet russia, butter can't believe it's not you.

Monday, May 08, 2006

Pernicious thievery!


Sunday, May 07, 2006

OK, someone needs to make an FLCL music video to OK Go's "Invincible." The lyrics look like they're made for it. They also suck as lyrics, but that can be gotten around.

"When they finally come to destroy the earth they’ll have to go through you first, and I bet they won't be expecting that/When they finally come to destroy the earth they’ll have to deal with you first /And my money says they won’t know about the 1000 Fahrenheit hot metal lights behind your eyes"

"When they finally come what will you do to them? Gonna decimate like you did to me? Will you leave them stunned and stuttering/When they finally come out will you handle them, will you devastate them deliberately/Cause I'm gonna guess they won't be prepared for the 1000 Fahrenheit hot metal lights behind your eyes/Invincible oh oh oh/So please use your powers for good. Please use your powers for good."

It's Haruko's Theme, sung from Amarao's point of view! Well, no, it isn't actually her theme, since we've already got one of those, by the Pillows. But this one works too.

Wednesday, May 03, 2006

Okay, just how easy is it to shoot fish in a barrel? For one thing, how big is the barrel? Even if it's fairly small, fish seen from the top are edge-on. They're not very big targets, and they swim around a lot. If it's a normal-sized barrel they've got maybe a foot, foot-and-a-half radius to move in. Plus the surface of the water would make them look like they're a few inches away from where they actually are. And every shot would leave these great big ripples that would take ages to die downso you could aim again. What's more, once you started firing there would very soon be great big holes in the barrel, and then all the water would get out. It'd probably take the fish with it. Really, it'd probably be pretty hard to shoot a fish in a barrel.

Well, unless there wasn't any water and it was just full of dead fish. But then why would you be shooting them?

In other news--raise your hands. How many of you know the word "lynchpin" and what it means? Good. Now how many of you actually know why the heck it's called a lynchpin?

...That's what I thought. I not only had no idea, I never even thought to wonder about it.

Saturday, April 29, 2006

Zombie Awareness Day Headquarters '06

Ah, Zombie Awareness Day. The day when we remind each other that the zombie apocalypse is coming, and that we should all be prepared. But when is it? Well...if you look at this and this (which are the only official-looking sites around, and this being as vague as it is they can be trusted as much as anyone) you'll see that Zombie Awareness Day's date is apparently changeable, and a quick trip to Google confirms that there is no site for Zombie Awareness Day 2006. Therefore I am taking advantage of the gap and declaring LST to be that site, at least until someone starts hosting a real one. ZAD 2006 shall be June 5th. Start making your papier-mache shotguns now.

Friday, April 28, 2006

Train-jumping for fun and profit


...It's funny because it sounds like urine.

Thursday, April 27, 2006

Okay, Level = teh pwn. Seriously. This stuff is incredible.
When a clown car crashes, apparently balloon animals pop out of the steering wheel.

In other news,

Could you survive in a horror movie?

YOU'RE A SURVIVOR!!You're also very, very boring. You see, horror movies are full of idiot teenagers for a reason. That's the only way they can make slow-lurching zombies, flesh-eating inbred country bumpkins and giant sentient blobs seem frightening. Go back and trip over a few branches or fumble your shotgun shells at a crucial moment or something.
Take this quiz!

Jedi Breakfast

Jedi Breakfast. NSFW.

Sunday, April 23, 2006

Alright, Kenan went on to be on SNL, great for him. Does anyone know what happened to Kel?

Tuesday, April 11, 2006

Posted by proxy again--my band, Bar Sinister, has just established a blog. I wrote up and introduction--check it like Beckett.

Sunday, April 02, 2006

So, my school drama club just finished putting on The Sound of Music. (...Shut up. The play version is much more badass than the movie. The nazis are more important and there's a song about how great it is to be selfish.) I had a bit part-- a waltzer at the Von Trapps' party--but it was fun anyway. Friday night, Saturday matinee and Saturday night performances, then we went home and showered before we rushed off to one of the leads' house for an all-night party and a trip to Denny's in the morning. Our director is a positively Hollywood type, a cranky but lovable tiny old lady who's run the music department at my high school for over 30 years. She's extremely good at what she does--the show is, according to all the parents and the judges from the state highschool drama competition, excellent. This was her last production--there was a lot of emotion at the cast party, giving of gifts and so on. She's going to become a world traveler in retirement, or so is her plan. I had a blast doing the show--I've got a sawed-off piece of PVC pipe from a fence prop for a souvenir, plus some signatures in a notebook and a zillion pictures--and even if it was a hell of a lot of work, I'm definitely going to do this some more.

On an unrelated note, does anyone know who or what "blue lang" might be? I quote, from the chorus of "Ninja Gang" by the Frontalittle Squad:

Danger, it's the Ninja Gang
Run or hide if you can't hang
If you're not tough like blue lang
They'll go through you like it's no thang.

And if you think those lyrics are bad you should hear the second stanza.

Thursday, March 30, 2006

I haven't posted for a while, being unable to reach the Internet for assorted reasons, but this was so shiny I got it posted by proxy. I invented it with a friend of mine at chess club the other day--we both play DnD, and I had a brainwave, which after some tinkering and experimentation ended up as:

Movement and winning are as normal, but when you attack another piece instead of automatically capturing it there's a short battle. The attacking player rolls 1d20 and adds the attack bonus of the attacking piece. If the result is higher than the defending piece's AC, the defender dies. If it isn't, the defending player rolls 1d20 and adds the defending piece's attack bonus; if its result is higher than the attacking piece's AC, the attacker dies. If it isn't higher either, neither piece dies and the attacker goes back to where it started from. We only played one game but it seemed to work pretty well. The numbers we're using (for now) are:

Piece AC Attack Bonus
Pawn 8 +1
Knight 10 +2
Bishop 14 +2
Rook 12 +3
Queen 15 +3
King 0 +20

As you see, the king functions like he does in normal chess-he can kill, and be killed by, any piece without any rolling. That's so that you still have to always keep him out of check or else lose the game next turn, like real chess. It was really pretty fun. I'm thinking of emailing this idea to Kevan to see what he thinks of it, since he's a game designer guy and I've actually chatted with him a few times...

Thursday, March 09, 2006

My sister just got Joan of Arcadia Season One on DVD for her birthday. It's still awesome, and Grace is still even awesomer. Oh, woe, woe, three times woe at its cancellation!

...What? I read a lot of fantasy.

Wednesday, March 08, 2006

Mirrormask is a seriously trippy movie, but a good watch--especially since Valentine = Hoggle in a big way; the movie is essentially Labyrinth with the Gaiman touch, and minus David Bowie in tights. Good stuff.

Tuesday, March 07, 2006

I just finished an excellent freeware game called Seiklus (it's estonian for "adventure"). You can download it here. Check it out if you have a spare hour or two.

What kind of pirate am I? You decide!
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Saturday, March 04, 2006

Have you ever noticed

Antonio Banderas is always "Antonio Banderas?" That's all you can call him. He's never "Tony Banderas."

Tuesday, February 28, 2006

Darnit, I need to post more. I'm under no illusions about LST's possible popularity--really popular blogs come from interesting situations, and no one want to hear about another dorky teenager with bad social skills. But darnit, I can be interesting enough to carry a modest readership with purely things I see or hear or think about, without needing anything interesting to happen to me. I just need to stop being so lazy about posting here. I haven't posted in more than a month, so god knows why I'm getting 2 hits a day--probably 2 relatives with RSS readers that autocheck every day. So. Interesting stuff. Well, I think I want to have Brian K. Vaughan's babies--first Y, then Ex Machina, and now I've just finished the first Runaways anthology, which blew my mind. Seriously. It's blown. Away. Like a flock of seagulls. Caaaaaw.

Tuesday, January 24, 2006

Monday, January 23, 2006

Alright, just go read this. All of it, now. But especially #3. I tried to say essentially the same thing in this post, but he says it better. The only thing missing is the Miles books.

Thursday, January 19, 2006

*quiet sobbing*