September, 2008

I know my greatest pain is, is yet to come

Feeling: Gloomy


Last night I finished reading one of the best books I've read in a long time. It's called "Loose Girl: A Memoir of Promiscuity" and, as the title suggests, it's about the author's life growing up as a very promiscuous girl. It chronicles her life from the age of 11 (when she first noticed that boys were looking at her) all through school and college, with detailed descriptions of the sexual encounters she had. You may be inclined to feel disgusted at her 40+ partners, many of their names she can't remember, and the fact that she cheats on the few boyfriends she manages to keep, but the author bares her soul to you and you can't help but feel sorry for her. She doesn't have sex because she's a slut, she has sex because she desperately wants a boy to love her and need her. I think that anyone who has been, is, or will be a teenage girl, and anyone who has dated, is dating, or will date a teenage girl should definitely read this book. It will open your eyes to how brutal a girl's life can be.

For the first time in several years I've added some more Zen images.

One thing that is surprisingly difficult to emulate in graphic design is television static. Most people have looked at TV static so much in their lives that they know exactly what it's supposed to look like, so anything that isn't genuine comes out looking extremely artificial. For one, unlike a television, a animated graphic must eventually repeat. The looping makes the static look fake. Also, television static is is very uniform, but still has some randomness to it. What that means is that the black and white dots tend to appear at random, yet the screen is still about 50% black and 50% white at any given moment, which is a little too perfect for randomness. Anyway, in order to tax my graphic prowess, I tried to make artificial television static. Below you can see the type of artificial static you find on the Internet, compared to the one that I created. I limited the image to only five frames, so the looping is obvious, but there is serious improvement.


I'm not a failure, I swear

Feeling: Lonely


I had a fairly full weekend. Friday night I went to Rachel's to work on my costume for Youmacon. I'm going as Nikki from Chrono Cross. I've never actually played the game, but it does give me an excuse to wear tight vinyl and bondage straps in a room full of teenage girls, so I'm okay with it. However, something really good in my life was brought to an end, which really sucked, especially the way it ended.

Saturday, I picked up my new glasses which hurt my eyes and make my vision a little loopy. I guess that's what happens when you go ten years without getting your prescription updated. However, my new sunglasses make me look like a total badass. I also went to my cousin's bachelor party and enjoyed the evening.

On Sunday I picked up a book called Freddie and Me. It's a graphic novel about a boy growing up as an obsessed Queen fan. Sound familiar? I also bought myself a new suit and tested it out. When I went to put on my Hush Puppies I found a surprise in the toe of one. Who does this belong to? (Editor's note, it belonged to Kimbery's cats.)

Clay Aiken and Lance Bass came out of the closet. Did anyone ever think they were in the closet? Their names are Clay and Lance. If they weren't gay from birth, those names sure would have made them gay.

Think you have a dirty apartment? You can take solace in the fact that it doesn't look like this. Or be amazed in a completely different way by admiring these paper cut-outs.

As if you needed another reason to stop using DRM supported formats like MP3 and WMA, now Wal-Mart is following in the footsteps of Apple, MSN, and Yahoo by getting rid of their DRM servers. The DRM supported music you bought from them will soon stop working which is just another way of them saying, "You should have been pirating it all along in Ogg Vorbis format."

Were you born an asshole, or did you work at it your whole life?
Either way it worked out fine, 'cause you're an asshole tonight

Feeling: Disgusted


The Atari 2600 soundtrack from the game Pitfall! has been added to the Videogame Music Preservation Foundation along with three new composers.

I alphabetized and added a few more programming languages to the Shooting Yourself In the Foot list (thanks Christopher DeSantis).

Today an insecure adolescent threatened to beat me up. It was so cute, it reminded me of high school.

I have so much compassion I have to kill bunnies and hallow out their carcasses to hold the extra

Feeling: Aggravated


Smoking ads were a lot cooler back in the day.

New books include "Circus of the Damned" by Laurell K. Hamilton (book 3 of the Anita Blake series) and "Loose Girl: A Memoir of Promiscuity" by Kerry Cohen.

Huge software change at work today. Lame.

You don't know me now, I kinda thought that you should somehow

Feeling: Okay


I don't really have anything to say today. So, I'm not really sure why I just typed this. I think I just wanted to post an update since I always post an update around this time and it's kind of a habit now. It's not a habit that I can't kick though, you know? I mean, I don't have to blog. I can quit at any time, I just don't feel like it right now. Besides, it calms my nerves because I'm so stressful from not blogging enough. Don't judge me.

Damn Mongorians! Stop tearing down my shitty wall!

Feeling: Cheery


I added another Atari 2600 soundtrack to the Videogame Music Preservation Foundation. This time it's the music to the game Vanguard.

New penny desgins for 2009.

Heading out to eat some bd's Monglian Barbeque with Nichole, Grace, and Chen.

Breathing in lighting, tonight's for fighting

Feeling: Annoyed


Happy autumnal equinox everyone! Today is the first day of fall, so get your sweaters ready.

Over the weekend I did a lot of driving (Chloe rocks), played a lot of Castlevania: Circle of the Moon, and recorded some old Atari 2600 soundtracks. The first one, Frogger, is now in the Videogame Music Preservation Foundation.

I hate drama.

Avast me hearties!

Feeling: Pirate


Yarr, the hard drive copy was successful from Davy Jones' locker. Me pirated games survive to be played again, and my porn survived to be... well... that's none of ye business maties!

Ahoy Congress, what did ye do for us today? Did ye stop the war? Nay. Did ye solve the crashing market? Nay. Did ye setup hurricane relief? Nay. Well then, what did ye do? Ye wasted time and money honoring Toby Keith's war-mongering? Aye congress, truly it is ye who is the biggest pirate of us all! I'm so glad ye have your priorities straight. More grog all around!

Shiver me timbers; the very first photograph of an extra-solar planet has been taken! Yo ho ho!

Me buried treasure chest of lyrics is now over 2,800. Har har!

While I was busy waging wars on myself, you were trying to stop the fight

Feeling: Relieved


I hooked up and formatted my new hard drive last night. Today, I hooked up my old one and prepared to transfer everything off of it, but when my old hard drive booted up it started making this awful clunking sound! I quickly powered off my computer and unplugged and reconnected the old hard drive, set it down nice and gentle like, and then powered it back up. This time it started spinning smoothly. The data copy is going on as I write this, and it looks like I'm going to get everything off the old drive safely and all of my porn and illegal game ROMs are going to be safe. Whew! Dodged a bullet there!

So, how long would you survive chained to a bed with a velociraptor?

Because my friend Jackie and I were talking about how most college students these days don't know anything about the Nixon Administration, or history in general, I'm adding a link to Cracked Magazine's 5 People You've Never Heard About Who Saved the World.

More lyrics have been added. I'm now over 2,700.

And like a baby boy, I never was a man

Feeling: Okay


Enjoy this Cracked Magazine movie review threeway:
Movie with gaping plot holes
Depressing "happy" endings
Movies ruined at the last minute

If you haven't had tacos until you've eaten at Taco Town.

I went through my DAP and added a bunch of new songs that I like, then I updated my lyrics page to match. So, now I'm just over 2,650 songs.

Hate me for all the things I didn't do for you

Feeling: Lonely


One of my hard drives started going bad over the weekend. It was a very important one too, it had all of my videogames and porn on it. If you can't understand why I grouped videogames and porn together you obviously don't understand the male brain. I should have a replacement soon, and hopefully I can get everything off safely.

Want to see the scariest art gallery ever assembled? Keen Eyes.

I added Blue October's "Hate Me" to my list of obsession songs.

Tired of people stealing your sandwiches at work? Try the new Anti-Theft Lunchbag!

Every sentence in my head, someone else has said

Feeling: Sleepy


My Cedar Point trip was called on account of rain. Guess I'll have to wait until next month. Still had fun Sunday none-the-less.

I went to pick up my glasses only to find that the company screwed them up, so now I have another week's wait for my new ones.

Virgin Mobile sucks. Read the full account of why they suck, and also get instructions on how to cancel anyone's account here.

I'm tired of living in a regular city. I want to live in a Goon City!

Dead on the inside

Feeling: Excited


How colorblind are you? Take this test to see how well you can differentiate hues. I scored a 7. Speaking of eyes, I should be getting my new glasses this weekend as well.

Whenever I see the band name "Depeche Mode" it always reminds of "pie ā la mode". That makes me think that the band stole their name from a French dessert.

Minor update to All Things Halloween as well.

I'm heading to Cedar Point this weekend. I'm going to drive three hours and pay someone money to put me in multiple nausea-inducing pieces of machinery. I'm smart.

Can't fight the seether

Feeling: Creative


Want to see a marvel of engineering? Watch this time-elapsed video of the Atlas section of the Large Hadron Collider being built. They compressed a couple years of construction into just under six minutes of footage.

They say that idle hands are the devil's workshop... Maybe they're on to something. I was bored today, so I created I Can't Believe It's Not Jesus, the all new fat-free Eucharist!

I finished reading "The Golden Compass" last night and then watched the movie. The movie was lame, the book was okay, neither are worth recommending.

It's the year to be hated

Feeling: Sleepy


The Large Hadron Collider was fired up today! Check out the articles from the BBC, and the NYT. And for those of you who feared that the LHC might somehow destroy the world or the universe, take a look at: If you're keen on JavaScript, have a look at the page's source.

Learn yourself some more smarts by reading a list of common misconceptions.

Need more sleep.

Young love pleases you easy, makes you sick in a bad way

Feeling: Sleepy


The Fratellis concert was pretty good, but not as well as hoped. Most of the music they played was from their new album, which is much more homogenous than their first, and toned down quite a bit. They also didn't play some of my favorites (and obviously from the chanting, the crowd's favorites) from the first album. The encore was just three more songs that were just okay. However, it was worth it overall. The opening acts were good, the Fratellis were good, but they sound a lot better on their CDs.

I kissed a girl and I liked it. Then I went to HELL.

It's a childhood like this that caused Sarah Palin's daughter to get knocked up.

Quick update to All Things Halloween as well.

I dig music

Feeling: Excited


The Nightwish concert was just plain awesome. I'm still not a fan of their new vocalist and they mostly played songs off their new album which I still haven't fully listened to. However, I did hear "Dead to the World", "Wish I Had an Angel" and a couple other older songs. By the end of the concert my neck was sore, I was dripping with sweat, and I was out $90 ($25 ticket, $30 T-shirt, and $35 in gas). It was an over-priced blast.

Mitch Hedberg has a posthumous album coming out tomorrow called, "Do You Believe In Gosh?" You can pre-order it. The NY Times has a good review.

If you want to hurt your brain, take a look at the subway map of the Shibuya subway station in Tokyo, Japan.

Best comic ever.

Tonight, I am heading to The Fratelli's concert at St. Andrew's in Detroit.

Still no phone

Feeling: Excited


The first update of the year has been added to All Things Halloween.

Do you know which word really bugs me? Plaid. It's spelled "played", but it's pronounced "plad". Why can't they just spell it "plad"? That 'I' is totally unnecessary, and I don't like it one bit. The whole word just looks wrong when you add an 'I'. Who invents words with silent I's anyway? Weirdoes, that's who! And who really wants to spell the way weirdoes do? I'm not dissing the pattern itself because lumberjacks and butch lesbians both wear it, and they're hardcore, but the spelling is in serious need of revision.

Socotra Island: The most alien looking place on earth.

Tonight, I am heading to the Nightwish concert at Harpo's in Detroit. I can't say I'm a fan of their new vocalist, but can't wait to see them live regardless.

The plot thickens!

Feeling: Frustrated


I finally got to the bottom of my phone woes. It turns out that back in June, someone named Kimberly Longendyke made a payment to my phone by mistake (Virgin Mobile's Web site only asks for your phone number when you make a payment, so it's very easy to make a typo and pay someone else's bill). I have no idea who that person is, but she obviously realized her mistake because she put a hold on the payment. However, that meant that my account now had a three month outstanding bill of $53. Rather than contact me about the problem or charge the bill to my credit card, which is setup to automatically accept new phone charges, Virgin Mobile just disconnected my phone. I couldn't even check my status online because they froze my Web access as well. I asked their service representative if I could just pay the $53 over the phone with my credit card (you know, the one that's actually issued to me), but they said the only way to reconnect my phone was to have the bank approve the old $53 payment and mail them a letter. What did they expect me to do, google the person's name, call her up--with my disconnected phone--and ask her to kindly approve a $53 bank transaction to a complete stranger? I did google the name, but the listed phone number is very different from mine. Anyway, they told me I had to write an email to their claims department and I should receive a response in three days. Joy.

I had no intention of voting for McCain, but his pick of Sarah Palin for VP made it even harder for me to consider. Political satirist Matt Bors explains her accurately, "Palin is like a female Mike Huckabee: charismatic, likable, affable, crazy."

Why can't we have more politicians like good old Washington?

Enjoy reading about, and hating, the 8 Most Obnoxious Internet Commenters.

Oh oh, telephone line, give me some time, I'm living in twilight

Feeling: Annoyed


Due to a mix up with my credit card company and my phone company, my phone is currently switched off. It will remain off for another day or so until the lame financial department of Virgin Mobile gets off their ass and reconnects it. In the meantime, if you need to get a hold of me, either email me or send me a message on MySpace.

Laws cost money. Not to make them, but to even look at them. In California, the state controls who gets to see state laws, and they make close to a million dollars a year selling copies of their laws. Why? Because in California, the law is copyrighted. Seriously. Luckily, a man named Carl Malamud is breaking California state law by providing free copies of their laws to everyone. Whether or not the state of California will attempt to sue Malamud is anyone's guess right now, but it does raise an important issue. How are people supposed to know the laws of the state, which they are forced to abide by, when the state won't even tell them what they are.

There's little you can do to alter their opinions honey

Feeling: Okay


Three-day weekend recap: Friday night I went to see Möthra, a metal band that my friends are in, had dinner at Starlite, and went home early to try and sleep off my sickness. On Saturday, I went to get new glasses, and apparently my eyes have greatly improved since my last eye exam (how did that happen?). Later, I met up with Devon, Justin, and Alex. We hung out at the mall for awhile and then spent the evening playing board games. Late into the evening Devon and I hung out with drunk chicks, which is always good for a laugh. On Sunday the whole Troublesum group went to the Michigan Renaissance Festival and spent most of the day there. Afterward, I hung out at Rachel's, and then finally went home to go to bed. I lazed about most of Labor Day, read books at the bookstore, rewatched some Richard Dawkins documentaries, and eventually went to bed. My face is nicely tan from all the sun I got from having my top down all weekend. I need to start driving topless to even it out.