Give a man a bank and he can rob the world." --http://twitter.com/MrsSelfDestrukthttp://www.youtube.com/watch?v=PHLSiIVxjUs -- probably my favorite Christmas Hiphop song, edging out "Christmas in Hollis". Love the off-kilter machinery beat.
Am I imagining things or is the new Apple Store where the climax of "The Untouchables" took place?
"At times like this I regret not having had more meaningless sex. And by "times like this" I mean "weekdays"." --http://twitter.com/ArielBlum"The human brain is perhaps the only example of evolution providing a species with an organ it does not know how to use." --Arthur Koestler, The Ghost in the Machinehttp://www.youtube.com/watch?v=s8G4q52EsCc Looking for Dirty Dozen Brass Band's "When I'm Walking" I found this jam w/ Gov't Mule of "Chameleon"
There's an obscure school of programming that says every function should have one normal exit point. I don't do that, but it makes a kind of sense to me.
The All-22 View of the NFL, where you can see all the players (albeit as stick figures) -- annoying that its kept so secret, I always thought some of the promise of HD TV was allowing multiple viewpoints, including presumably that one.
"I am always amused by nunchucks. I can't recall ever hearing of a single incident where anyone successfully has used nunchucks to either defend himself or to attack someone else, yet they are illegal in three states. They can't be easily concealed, and pose as much of a danger to the wielder as to the target. Presumably, if nunchucks were in any way effective, all soldiers and cops would carry them. And yet everyday factories manufacture nunchucks. And every day some teenage boy covers his back and forearms in bruises in his futile quest to master the noble of nunchuckery." --Alex Gregory, answering "What are some things in life that make you laugh and why?" in "The Best of the Rejection Collection"
What should I be when I grow up? A computer programmer! My capsule profile for my company's College Readiness blog.
"Software patents are like patenting '1 teaspoon sugar' as part of a recipe to make cinnamon buns." --Northgrove on this macrumors message boardMen-ups-- dudes in various traditional pinup-girl poses, showing the weirdness of it all...
FWIW the Nokia Lumia 710 reminds me a lot of the old Palm Z22.
In the early-2000s, an apathy-starved American culture took the "eh" from their northerly neighbors, added an "m", and came up with today's most important phrase of indifference: "meh"
And now these three remain: faith, hope and love. But the sketchiest of these is faith.
Article about Applejack and dangerous homebrew "jacking" reminds me what a poetic name "moonshine" is for booze.
I love museums where Amber's bag is verboten as a backpack, but she can just wear it on one shoulder and it's magically an accepted purse.
Wow, the folks at Amazon are out to be the biggest dickbags in the history of retailing.
Crazy huge gorgeous orange moon as we head back east to Boston...
"There's an Occupy Berkshires. We missed that when we were driving around there." "Occupy Berkshires-isn't that just called 'camping'?"
"Sometimes terrible people produce things we like. Sometimes things we like are terrible. You can enjoy things without agreeing with them." --http://twitter.com/Iron_Spike on Coal Black and De Seben DwarfsSeeing all the billboards at Park Street being holiday ads for "Dietz & Watson Premium Deli Meats & Cheeses" feels oddly depression-era.
"How old would you be if you didn't know how old you were?" --Satchel Paige
Need to prove something you already believe? All you need are two graphs (to overlay) and a leading questionTool-assisted speedrun creation of a NES emulator. Amazing. ("Tool-assisted Speedruns" are usually people PLAYING videogames, using the computer to help them cheat and play a superhumanly perfect game, not write an emulator that lets you play the games of an old system.)
Habeas Corpus, who needs that latin crap? Martial Law all the time that's what we need!
In the early mid-90s Perl introduced me to hashmaps; the first non-array, non-DIY linked list collection I'd seen. Mind blown! And then I found out about cheap rentable web space, Perl CGI, and how POST and GET params could work like a hashmap... sky was the limit!
Panera with all the calorie counts labeled... what's more amazing, how many calories a cookie has, or how many a really tasty salad doesn't?
Most hugely reviled things, I can see why people hate. What kind of person am I then if I don't get what's so godawful about Nickelback? Is it 'cause they're prefab, but meant to sound indy and authentic? Or what?
The cutest broken leg in the history of everEven beyond the permanent marital law National Defense Authorization Bill gets us, it makes the dumbass mistake of treating terrorism as war.
Posting this makes me feel a million years old but Reader's Digest's 20 Secrets Your Waiter Won’t Tell You is pretty great.
"Being poor is having to live with choices you didn't know you made when you were 14 years old." --John Scalzi in this essay
"Ah, sweet alcohol. Like a true friend, you replace the anger with better, louder anger." --Randy K. Milholland, Something Positive"When the process isn't good, the product is suspect." --Don BrickellOn my devblog: Image Magick, Notepad++ Macros, and a batch file for super quick bulk image trimming!
"Between NDAA and SOPA, everything kinda sucks." --http://twitter.com/rwaldronSOPA *AND* NDAA? DOESN'T CONGRESS REALIZE THE INTERNET IS FULL OF OUTRAGE?
"Look, there's a chipotle." "That used to be a Buck-A-Book." "People don't read any more. They just eat burritos." --Amber and Me @ Davis Square
I've seen enough on the Internet that nothing fazes me. I think that cost me a small piece of my soul, but it beats just watching cat videos all day.
"I fucking hate Thoreau. Pastoralist sentimental bullshit. He'd rather exist in wonder and ignorance than knowledge." --http://twitter.com/Matt_SheridanAfter a year of calling the project Darwin, at the company party they're assigning "awards" based on different animals per person-so telling
And I'm the Platypus... guess that works. Subtext: you're an odd duck (so to speak.) I was worried it was going to be one of the Sea-Monkeys I keep in a little tank thing on my desk.
Christopher Hitchens quotes.
"Poor Kim Jong-il. He's with L. Ron Hubbard now." --http://twitter.com/llamasoft_oxPaint.NET is so good that it's probably time for me to retire using Paint Shop Pro 5 (1998 called, it wants its software back) The thing about the program is it's a little tough to find a download... there's this malware-looking GIMP download masquerading.
Wow. 8:45 and I'm already typing ("entitlement"=="Assessments") instead of (item.entitlement=="Assessments"). Gonna be a long day.
"How can you sex up the gift of a coffee grinder?" "Try saying 'now you got the grind, I'll bring the bump?'" "...hmm, maybe."
I saw mommy shaking Santa Claus' hand / but in a meaningful way
Jingle bells / jingle bells / jingle at least most of the way
Frosty / the Snowman / was inert
Rudoph / the damp-nosed reindeer / had a rather damp nose
Bittersweet contentment to the world!
O the weather outside is frightful / I hope the god damn furnace guy gets here soon
I'm dreaming / of a ... Christmas / without so many wolves in it
The new kitchen at my folks' place in NJ has these weird, magnetic or pneumatic no-slam drawers. Eerie how they slow at the end.
A&E really has a series all about parking tickets?
On North Korea -- Just read the book "The Cleanest Race" about North Korea propaganda, and it makes me thing that article is halfbaked. North Koreans eem to really believe their racial purity myths, and their entire internal system depends on the propaganda about their nuclear strength and the world's fear of that.
This year's advent calendar caused me to delay my seasonal music summary... not that there's so much of a clamor for it, but people who like this kind of music will find this a good collection of the music they like.
(Actually my tastes are a bit eclectic, but still, there's some fun stuff here.)
So, the one five star song in the fall was Might Like You Better
by Amanda Blank, an incredibly fun and EXTREMELY raunchy song.
Another great one was the cover of
Addicted To Love by Florence + The Machine. (It was used on the ad for some TV show.)
Loose Lips Kimya Dawson. I think I heard this on one of Amber's playlists, and/or from the movie Juno.
Video Games Lana Del Rey. Super sweet song that Amber and I really like. At first I wasn't sure if it was sarcastic, but no, it is gently about slow evenings with her boyfriend, even as he played his World of Warcraft.
Personally I'm not such a big fan of the endless deluge of cat videos online (Intellectually it's kind of interesting though, as a commentary of how cats are so... I dunno, around us? and often make good subjects) but I am a big fan of Amanda's Four-Legged Friends, a really terrific pet-visit service in Boston Metrowest. The care is great, the rates were terrific, and I think the clever bit was every visit she posts a quick youtube video of the pets. That's a great idea! It's not like we checked them every day, but they were nice to know they were there.
So, these aren't the most compelling things on youtube, but hey:
A couple weeks ago we had my company holiday party hosted by the company's president... here he is handing out my compay's version of the Dundies (this is the one with the animal theme to fit our fast-evolving "Darwin" project codename, where I was given the "Platypus" award.)
Christmas was at my folks summer place in Ocean Grove New Jersey. At the Rite-Aid Christmas Eve my mom and I spotted this bit of hilariously awful commercialism:
Jesus is the Reason for the Season, now BUY OUR CANDY... (There were also, and I have photographic proof of this, "Jesus: Sweetest Name I Know" candycanes. (On the tin, they flip the candycane to be the "J" in Jesus.)
Speaking of all things Jesus-y, Amber and I went to Kevin Smith's comicbook store "Jay and Silent Bob's Secret Stash" where they have props from his movies, including the "Buddy Christ" from the "Catholicism WOW" campaign in Dogma:
So, Christmas! Here was the tree corner looking as lovely as ever...
It's funny though how a bad angle can ruin a photo...
I got lots of cool things including a replacement for my London Tube map "Mighty Wallet". What a difference a year makes, eh?
We had lots of good eating over the weekend, including the Zucchini and Cheese Omelettes by Amber.
Here she with a blurry platter of chopped deliciousness behind her...
Dr. Mario is to my family what Monopoly or Scrabble is to some others, the game you can just play and play and play and play and play during get-togethers. In OGNJ we play the Japanese-only Gamecube version on a projector.
Amber just wanted photographc evidence that she should have won... clearly her final 2 viruses are being taken out there on the far left even as the bouncing "Lose" message taunts her.
Back when I was a lad in high school my folks bought me a seasonal hiphop album, Christmas Rap. Recently I bought the CD version, because I couldn't find the tracks anywhere.
I was surprised at how deeply so many of the songs were enmeshed in my brain. There was another surprise, though. Here is the cover of the CD, which is about how I remember the front of the cassette tape:
Kinda cool, classic Run DMC-ish sneakers, some weird decorative paper that I assumed were being used like legwarmers.
The inside art tells a different story:
GAH! It's Run or DMC as a Christmas Mummy!
The final mystery to this CD is the Derek B track Chilling with Santa. Its attributed only to Derek B, but the song has lines like "my DJ Derek B who's the best" and "Derek B popped a tape into his box". Who's rapping?
(Hmm, if I'm extrapolating from this bio correctly, it might be "EZQ" which is actually Derek B's alter-ego. He's referring to himself in the third person. Sort of.)
More of why I'm disenchanted w. soduko: RT @factlets: Clever E. coli bacteria have been taught to solve Sudoku puzzles. http://t.co/hGLWd1KBSome of the reststops on 93 in New Hampshire have fireplaces they keep stoked with nice big fires. I dig it!
Don't say another Goddamn word.
Up until now, I've been polite.
If you say anything else - word one - I will kill
myself. And when my tainted spirit
finds its destination, I will topple the
master of that dark place. From my black
throne, I will lash together a machine of
bone and blood, and fueled by my hatred
for you this fear engine will bore a hole
between this world and that one.
When it begins, you will hear the
sound of children screaming - as
though from a great distance. A
smoking orb of nothing will grow
above your bed, and from it will
emerge a thousand starving crows.
As I slip through the widening maw in
my new form, you will catch only a
glimpse of my radiance before you
are incinerated. Then, as tears of
bubbling pitch stream down over my face,
my dark work will begin.
I will open one of my six
mouths, and I will sing the song
that ends the Earth.
I dunno, it's been a while since I've been drawing on my backlog for the site, and I thought it was a good end to 2011, the year before 2012, with all the silly "Mayan Y2K" issues people think mean the end. (For all we know, it could be the begining...)