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AK aug 9 - hiking and biking in gustavus
A day with a bit of hiking and biking in Gustavus before heading back to Juneau

Like the punch line to one of my favorite jokes: "Some dew!" "I don't!"

Biking around. Riana bikes everywhere anyway, so she had to hold back so I could keep up.

There were some interesting ruined things in Gustavus - shell of an old truck

Shell of an old boat

An old outhouse

There was a donkey next to our cabin.

Pretty flight back to Juneau.

  ...of the moment  
Disheartening things about directing movers alone for big stuff, then spending day on dregs: 1. aloneness 2. too much big stuff 3. too many dregs. I'm so far removed from a minimal kind of way I( think I)'d prefer to be.

having a bad day?

A tantrum supercut, via bb. Cahtartic! Lots of swears though.

  ...of the moment  
"What I say is that, if a man really likes potatoes, he must be a pretty decent sort of fellow."
--A.A. Milne
"I've said it before and I'll say it again... Alka-Selzter + Emergen-C is awesome."
-- good waste vs bad waste, "civilizations are defined by the resources they can waste", the singularity vs the collapse

(5) lets think in broad stereotypes
via very demotivational. Yeesh, is that true? The guy part is true. How often is the gal?

  ...of the moment  
If my mental model about how dreams work, that it relies on the brain's ability to let higher levels of the brain's visual processing system labeling and categorizing the (in this case more random) data, it implies an artist might have fewer "realistic" dreams, because they're trained to really see what's in front of them, not just take the brain's "word for it".
"Most people are not rational, they are TRIBAL: 'my gang yay, your gang boo!' It really is that simple. The rest is cosmetics."
--The War Nerd
Unfortunately, rational folks are just another kind of gang. (And paradoxically have MORE problem recognizing that than the other gangs do.)
Reading "Ready Player One". Its worship of 80s pop culture is actually kind of embarrassing for people who were there, and liked it a bit.
Earthquake?? Nothing major at this point...
Kinda might be happier not working on the 8th floor though...
Oh, right, I'm in Back Bay, so the earthquake was extra sloshy! #isurvivedquakepocalypse2011

(5) i don't blab any drab gab-- i chatter hep patter

--Man, I love Nancy's stylized an anchronistic oddness! via Princess Sparkle Pony's Photo Blog

  ...of the moment  
Notes synching on iPhone 4 is f'in broken. I lost data - notes WEIRDLY reverting - to a broken "feature" I barely knew I had. Sucks.
"In the fight between you and the world, back the world."
--Frank Zappa - cool piece on Quicksand: it's decline and fall in popculture, and the people who fetishize it...
I cry a little on the inside when I see a super slow site with a ".jsp" URL. Friendster was the worst. Now Bank of America? Yeesh.

(2) catdance - IN 3D (sort of)

(2) p and vp were walkin' down the street. p got killed who'd be left?
Obama/Biden? A bit too much alliteration. EB suggests "O-n-Joe".

Video of the Moment

Poem of the Moment
I like the duck-billed platypus
Because it is anomalous.
I like the way it raises its family
Partly birdly, partly mammaly.
I like its independent attitude.
Let no one call it a duck-billed platitude.
--"The Platypus", Ogden Nash

  ...of the moment  
Newsweek special issue cover: "What Bush Got Right"... must be a pretty thin issue, hardyhar
"So many of my friends are so tired and stressed. So few of them are enjoying their lives. You're about it." EB to me now-yikes, pressure!

(7) workers of the world, untie!
Man. Walking the bikepath is such a drag now that I've gotten use to biking. It feels so slow and inefficient. Bikes zoom right past, and here I am using my legs like a sucker. On the other hand I am typing this on the way, so there's at least some fun to be had.

Bikepath trivia: the intersections of the bikepath and the regular road are marked by pairs of roadcone-like green plastic cylinders. These are spring loaded, popping back up after being pushed down... not for the the benefit of an errant rollerblader needing to come to a sudden stop before getting socked by a passing car, as I had first guessed, but so landscaping type vehicles can roll right over them.

It was a bit scary passing those slow moving vehicles on my bike, as both the riding mower and the pickup truck take up a majoprity of the bikepath.

Pamphlet of the Moment

--Boingboing linked to this instructional pamphlet (Warning, mildly NSFW links) on how to overthrow your office and create a new society of hippy harmony, to be stuffed into business reply envelopes. The artist's site also includes similar works such as "A Day at the Mall" and "Welcome to Geneva!".

Literary Bit of the Moment
But then, the sky! Blue, untained by a single cloud (the Ancients had such barbarous tastes given that their poets could have been inspired by such stupid, sloppy, silly-lingering clumps of vapor.)
--Yevgeny Zamyatin, "We" (Natasha Randall translation.) Interestingly, the book is shaping up to have similar themes as the last set of links.

(3) ...he's gone! but he left a note in the mailbox... surely that will explain everything.
Damn, just had my vacation requests more or less denied because a biggish contract that needs attending to at work. I'm sure my company will try to make it up to me but still.

Site of the Moment
Bill the Splut pointed out a great snarky site, The Comics Curmudgeon. Kind of one of those sites that seems obvious in retrospect... there is so much weirdness and lame-osity in the comics section these days. Bill says it can't compare to the defunct Baltimore City Paper's "Funny Pages" but I like it better, since it doesn't try to summarize EVERY comic, and shows the comics right in place. Plus there's an index to sort by individual comic. If you're in a hurry, this day's commentary on Family Circus captures the tone of the blog pretty well.

(5) space race war
Yesterday I redid my car stereo's welcome message to "Howdy" from "The Puck". I'm not sure if they said "Howdy" on Bonanza or not, but figured it was an acceptable artistic license. And right friendly to boot.

I know I'm such a poser when it comes to anything cowboy-ish. But I've been listening to "Ghost Riders in the Sky" a lot, ever since I heard Spike Jones' parody version of it.

Also, best name of a poem on the Blender ever: Cowsome Loneboy.

Video of the Moment
Funny but mildly offensive to the humor impaired, The Old Negro Space Program made me laugh out. (via Bill the Splut)

Cultural Science of the Moment
Asians and North Americans literally see the world differently...when shown a scene, North Americans tend to focus on the thing in the foreground, while the Asians give more attention to the background and the scene as a whole. That's really interesting...I wonder what all the implications of that are.

(8) remote chance
--I just want to mention: Lena and Bjorn have TOO MANY REMOTES. That is all.

Link of the Moment
Awe-inspiring page of optical illusions and eyetricks. You know, it seems like for years you always saw the same illusions over and over...look, the cube is inside out! Look, it's a vase AND two flowers? Look, the two lines are the same length! Hey hey it's Escher! But this guy is doing new amazing kinetic stuff. I wish I understood the color principles behind it better. If you're in a hurry, do Ctrl-F and cut and paste a search for "Dongurakokko"...

Ads of the Moment
Can't get enough banner ads? Then head on down to! There is something strangely compelling about seeing so many ads all stuck toegether. Despite being the bane of the Internet in the late '90s (and that was before bizarre popups and unders and through and what not) it's an interesting attempt to put a valid and compelling commercial story in a little bitsy space.

Some of my previous attempts for linkexchange:

With the latter one, I was trying to follow that theory that saying 'click here!' and giving a mousepointer cue, as goofy (and intelligence insulting) as it seems to net-saavy people, actually gets more hits.

Anyway, the site came via this article. Man, I still love Wired. Just got the most recent issue, and they find some of the best stuff to write about...

(7) zeroes
Factoids of the Moment
  • Amount the Defense Department has lost track of, according to a 2000 report by its inspector general: $1,100,000,000,000
  • Ratio of this amount to the rest of the world's military budgets combined: 2:1
--Harper's Index in the latest Funny Times.

Video of the Moment
I'd wanted to see that Fatboy Slim video with Christopher Walken dancing, and here it is online. Someone has also made a stick figure version.
I thought that the original would have more wall dancing, but it was still kind of interesting.

(9) mo madder
My buddy John "Whiskey" Sawers (get it, his last name is pronounced "sours" and...oh, never mind, it was just a nickname that I failed to get to stick) had his car stolen the other night...right from his driveway! It was a really old Subaru with a massive dent, rusty bits, and 170K miles...I joked that it must've been really dark that night.

Small Gif Cinema of the Moment

mo mad

--from a series of cathartic self-portraits by mo

Observation of the Moment
"But the bottom line is that the players and kids stopped showing up. I think this is a weird fact, but every week we looked at earnings around the country, and the day that the Clinton report from the testimony of Monica Lewinsky got published on the Internet, the earnings in the arcades dropped 20%. Unfortunately, [those earnings] never returned! At that moment, I think the Internet became a source of entertainment."
--Mark Turmell on the demise of the arcades and the rise of the Internet, from a Game Informer interview. He's the designer of Smash TV, NBA Jam, and NFL Blitz. NFL Blitz is interesting, a pro-wrestling take on football, but in the interview he says the released version had about 60% of the tackles and moves removed.

News of the Moment
Interesting story about some recent war games by the armed of the leaders of the "bad guys" of the exercise thinks it was rigged to make the new policies of the DoD look good. Looking to the past, our enemies have been both dumber than we might have expected (Iraq underestimating our ability to come at them through the desert) but also better at jury-rigged solutions, from running explosive-laden motorboats into Navy cruisers to using inexpensive decoy tanks in the former Yugoslavia. That makes it tough to judge the claims General Van Riper (pronounced "Ripper", how cool is that?) that he was unfairly constrained against the counterclaim that he's so experienced as head of the "Red Force" (bad guys) that he has an unfair advantage.

(11) 'myth! myth!' 'yeth?'
Myth about Taxes
You know that tax rebate, them $300 so many of us are getting? T'aint a rebate at all! Rather, it's an advance on next year's refund! Now, it's not all smoke and mirrors; the amount of the refund ties into how much larger they expect people's refunds to be because of changes in the taxcode. Still, they're being pretty quiet about the true nature of the checks people are getting.

UK Teen Myths About Pregnancy:
You can't get pregnant on a boat
You can't get pregnant if you drink a lot of milk
You get pregnant if you take folic acid
Keeping your eyes closed stops you getting pregnant
A boy is only fertile if his testicles feel cold
There's no risk if you're standing on a telephone directory
If you drink a lot of alcohol you won't get a girl pregnant
You can't get pregnant unless you have sex every night
Coke douches work and you can use crisp bags as condoms
You can't get pregnant if you don't have an orgasm
You can't get pregnant if you have sex in the bath
--from this BBC news article (via memepool)

Quote of the Moment
"I'm not a robot like you. I don't like having disks crammed into me... unless they're Oreos, and then only in the mouth."
--Fry on Futurama

KHftCEA 1998-08 August CB KHftCEA 1999-08.4 August

KHftCEA 1999-08.4 August

I've decided to generally move "random memories" out of the KHftCEA-there are potentially far too many of them. Maybe I should think of the new memo as an appendix of sorts, along with "Wistful Associations" and the entire "Literature Category" (as if this magum opus will ever see print)
KHftCEA 1998-08 August CB

Lena + Bjorn Haas

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