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  ...of the moment  
My favorite from a series of post-Soviet ruins:

I made Yet Another 7-minute workout guide page This one's gimmick is that it talks more than most, announcing the next exercise, counting down "3 2 1" at the end of intervals, and playing a note at halfway points. More details at my devblog.

My coworkers and I are using it daily!

(1) 2013.09.16

  ...of the moment  
Artist Juan Ortiz is making a book with movie-style posters of all 80 original Start Trek episodes

It's funny how I recognize most episodes-- I've seen most of them I guess, but also we had one of those "Star Trek Compendiums" that I kind of adored.
NASA's Lunar Reconnaissance Orbiter brings us this:

corn maze day

tractor and pumpkins

i scream!

before the cookout

(2) have a popsicle

--I <3 Saturday Morning Breakfast Cereal...

  ...of the moment  
"JavaScript is not the Assembly of the Web. Itís the C of the web. The to-JS languages are lining up to become the C++ of the web."

(5) lg10: the things

I like how the red cab has its own name, Shangri-La -- such a nice early-20th-century vibe! (The other two associated with Dylan's family are "The Pines" and "The Cedars")

Dylan's checklist of things to do to close up the cabin.

The Glens Falls Salvation Army Community Center - we lived in an apartment in there from when I was in 3rd grade 'til halfway through 6th.

My elementary school -- I had forgotten that the side street had my middle name.

I remember the old half-buried giant tires from the place... Amber says her school also had one of those "USA on the pavement" things that might've sparked an interest in geography in her.

Finally, from a gas station in NY. Why would someone be tempted to place the gas cap in the nozzle? Would it even fit?

  ...of the moment  
" Jabba the Hutt's palace with Oola the slave girl, who, it turns out, has a rather long 'jabba' where her 'hutt' should be..."
--MAD, "What caused Anakin Skywalker to become Darth Vader?"
Maybe I should replace the Larry-the-Cable-Guy's "Git-R-Done" with Tim Gunn's "Make It Work" for describing crunchtime work methodology.
"How to spot a geek: have them make a list of scary words and see if they include "non-Euclidian.""
-- --yeesh, my alma mater Tufts "Most Dangerous College"? Harvard #3, MIT #14.

(5) c:\data\media\images\pixeltime\
Images by other people I saved from long-lost Pixeltime.

You can see my Pixeltime tribute page for more things I did.

The final two are a nice tiny alphabet by Nick, which inspired my own version that added lower case, and then I must've used the expanded version of Nick's for reference.

I keep meaning to try to make a site that captures some of the old fun of pixeltime, even though it would mean I'd be looking at many, many pictures of pixelated penises. (The nature of public art forums, alas)

  ...of the moment  
Had skipped shaving for too many days, went back to no-electric razor for the first time in years. Had forgotten the pleasantness of a hot water shave.

(4) night and office photos
After the game at Fenway:

OK, not as amusing as I would think, a rather lame "sign correcting FAIL". (An "at" would have done much better than the "the" that they used):

It turns out that the ultimate goal of my floor's lobby revamp was "iPod-esque", using the same 2 layer white-beneath-clear look. Kind of sci-fi, though still seeing the plywood beneath kind of detracts from the effect. I do like that instead of directional arrows indicating the direction for the elevator car they just have one of two featureless circles lighting up

Finally, Saturday I got to go to a neat roofdeck party... quite the view, wish I had a wind-angle lens to get the statehouse dome as well as the city...


  ...of the moment  
Using stress of Wall Street Splodin' to excuse blowing off my ToDo list utterly. Damn, Eagles/Cowboys is some good high scoring football.
(I use 'having been in marching band' as an excuse for putting football games on. Fewer drumlines than then, but more couch and less tuba.)
Career Idea: Odor Detective. Someone with a good nose and/or directional-sensing hardware to track down the most mysterious smells...
cmgaglione fair enough; but just to get you to roll your eyes, check out the Minsky quote at Tue Sep 16 21:19:15 +0000 2008
My aunt digs the slots-- she got a PC sim of one. Very amused to see she'll let it play itself... "hey I'm a gambler who gets bored easily."

(4) java and klik and play
So I've made a few references to the weekend I had last weekend.

So there was Klik & Play, a mid-90s game creation tool for Windows. Glorious Trainwrecks is a current site dedicated to a renaissance of the type of games made in this system: an anti-aesthetic of gonzo wackiness, using terrible clipart animations and sometimes fostering oddball gameplay and styles.

The Emergency 100-In-1 Klik And Play Pirate Kart Meltdown, then, was a call to action for a team of 17 intrepid coders to make 100 distinct games over the course of a single weekend. The Independent Gaming Source message board post has more info and hype for the end result.

I didn't find out about the event 'til it was already Saturday morning. At first I thought I'd just throw in a Java game or two, since it said non-Klik-&-Play games were welcome, and my first dabbles with that system hadn't worked out. But as the weekend wore on, I had more ideas I wanted to try out, and then by the time it was Sunday I thought I'd try my hand at Klik & Play proper.

For me, the core of the event was the irc chatroom, where folks tapped in for encouragement and enthusiasm, trying each other's new games and asking questions and generally supporting the frenzied coding effort. Watching the total game count crawl upwards was extrememly satisfying.

Yesterday I also joined in the Klik of the Month get-together, the regular 2-hour irc-based creativity fest, and while it was fun it didn't have quite the same sense of huge-goal-based camaraderie that the previous weekend featured.

I've added the 5 processing games to my Java toys page and made a new klik & play page for this stuff, but here is what I came up with- first, the Java:

Nudge the white ball to sidestep the red chasers
Space a box! Click to play, arrows move, space fires.
A moral and aesthetic lesson in birth control.
My previous cosmic ark swarm meets Katamari Damacy.
breastpong the adolescent spirit of the event, it's pong. With breasts.

And then, the Klik & Play. Shift starts these games and then jumps or fires, arrows move, and on bug <3 flower you can click on a bananalemon if you get stuck:


homeworld defense

bug <3 flower

bug <3 flower was from yesterday. It was inspired by Eudaimon's 100-in-1 entry "Platform Builder" and is more of a "game" but lacks much of the charm, and is also too difficult.

In general, there are two ways of approaching this, with lots of overlap: I tend to try to make games with novel gameplay and ways of interacting with the computer (for me, that's what makes video games a worthy medium). Others just love the joy and anarchy of making weird, ugly, beautiful, gonzo audio/visuals, often with fairly traditional gameplay.

It's all good. And by good, I mean bad, but in entertaining ways, which is good.

(2) it look like a cannon and sound like death!
I gave blood this morning. What they take out in blood the body instantly replaces with an equivalent amount of good karma, cut by just a dash of self-righteousness.

Anecdote of the Moment
"One night this big, bad-ass hood crashes into my dressing room in Chicago and instructs me that I will open in such-and-such a club in New York the next night. I tell him I got a Chicago engagement and don't plan no traveling. And I turn my back on him to show I'm so cool. Then I hear this sound: SNAP! CLICK! I turn around and he has pulled this vast revolver on me and cocked it. Jesus, it look like a cannon and sound like death! So I look down at that steel and say, 'Weelllll, maybe I do open in New York tomorrow.'"
--Louis "Satchmo" Armstrong, via Bartlett's Book of Anecdotes, a massive tome that makes great bathroom reading but hasn't produced as much kisraelable stuff as I would have hoped.

Armstrong's Wikipedia entry (which I think bears the scars of some harsh criticism being acknowledged but respun by admirers) had an interesting quote from Billie Holiday:
"Of course Pops toms, but he toms from the heart."
I took a number of African-American culture classes at Tufts (to do double duty for "Foreign Culture" and "English major" credits, and also because it was some great stuff) so I've been pondering on that quote within that context. It's a great line from Holiday, with a blend of coolness and sincerity that acknowledges a bit of the complexity in race relations and entertainment in this country.

Product of the Moment
I couldn't find a shot of it online, but Home Depot has this terrific, simple torchiere floor lamp for like $13. It has a dark rust finish and a shaded plastic..err, shade that looks a lot more expensive than it is. (And I've determined that plastic is a much better choice, frosted glass makes these things top-heavy and generally scrapey-sounding. It's line is so elegant, just a thin tube all the way up with the switch at the top.

(4) hold your tongue!
Weird Science of the Moment
I saw this first mentioned on Bill the Splut's site, but here's a page with more images of a parasite that eats, then uses itself as a fish's tongue. Crazy! I guess for the intelligent design folk, the Intelligent Designer must've been on a bit of a bender with that one.

Quote of the Moment
"Things will get better despite our efforts to improve them."
--Will Rogers. Loved this man ever since I saw that broadway show "Will Rogers Follies".

Link of the Moment
I wasn't going to post this, but then I had a hard time digging up the link so I thought I'd put it here for my future reference: OneBitMusic is a cool project to embed little primitive music drivers, including battery and audiojack, into a CD jewelcase. The end result sounds like a combination of "glitch" techno and videogame music.

(4) futuramalamadingdong
Funny of the Moment
The 25 Best Futurama Moments Ever. A surprising amount of the humor comes through...

Sketch of the Moment
Sketch of a co-worker...I find touchpads much harder to sketch with than normal mice or even the old trackballs, but sometimes it's fun to try to work with the limits of the medium.

Coins of the Moment
More new nickels.'s cropped in close, and I guess that's the way it's going to be from here on in. Also he's facing right, thus ruining one little bit of folklore how Roosevelt, Jefferson, and Washington all face away from Lincoln ('cause he freed the Slaves, or some such nonesense.) (Another CNN story...this poor guy died after a lightning strike. And not to pick on a young man senselessly killed, but I was struck by his seems like his features could be expanded to fill more of his face...)

(5) your applause is all backwards
I'm kind of interested in body language, and what stays the same and what varies between different cultures. I was thinking about getting a book called "Gestures:The Do's and Taboos of Body Language Around the World", when I saw this sample page on Amazon. At the bottom, it claims that "Incidentally, you can detect whether a person is right-handed or left-handed by observing the way they applaud. A right-handed person will slap that hand down into and on top of the left palm; a left-handed person will make the left hand dominant." Now, this is is not true for me (a right-hander) or Mo (who's always been a bit sinister.) How about all of you?

Quote of the Moment
"I have never loved anyone for love's sake, except, perhaps, Josephine--a little."

Write Like An Egyptian
Put your name--or anything else, without numbers or puncuation--into hieroglyphics. I think I accidetnally stole a wheel card thing that did the same conversion from elementary school. Too bad "kirk" looks so boring in those letters.

(3) knothing but knock knocks
"Knock knock."
"Who's there?"
"Dwayne who?"
"Dwayne the bathtub, I'm dwowning!"
--Earliest knock-knock I can remember.

"Knock knock."
"Who's there?"
     "Death wh--URK!"
--via Bill and Li.

"Wanna do a
Knock-Knock Joke?"
"You start."
"Knock knock!"
"Who's there?"
--My Dad got me with this one when I was little kid.

"Knock knock."
"Who's there?"
"Not you anymore."
--Boss in Dilbert using "humor to ease the tension when the workplace is being trimmed."

"Knock knock."
"Who's there?"
"Anxious Cow"
--High School favorite.

"Knock knock."
"Cow with ESP"
--Steve Sian, from a dream he had.

"Knock knock."
"Who's there?"

--"The World War III Knock-Knock Joke", from Middle School... doesn't really work without the title, alas.

(1) hope and bad jokes
Quote of the Moment
"He said, 'Brother, if you don't mind, there is a cloud of glass coming at us, grab my hand, let's get the hell out of here.' He helped me stand up, and we ran for what seemed like forever without looking back."
--A Muslim man tells how a Hasidic Jew helped him during the World Trade Center disaster, via this article

Stupid Link of the Moment
Just to get this over with, "Lucy" signed my guestbook and urged me to look up the "Virtual Shit" site. This thing has been around for a long time. It's the Virtual Dog Shit Creator. The joke is, it's even a bigger waste of time than it looks. You enter all these detailed parameters (weight, consistency, age, etc etc, a whole page worth), it tells you there's an error, you proceed anyway, you wait for 15 seconds, it 'calculates', then gives your picture of poo. The thing is, and I'm not sure if Lucy realized this, it's totally ignoring the parameters you select. Every time you reload the final page, it shows you one of several random pictures of poo. The huge array of parameters and the "working" timer page is just to get you to waste more time, and the random picture convinces you the controls are doing something.

Sort of funny, but more funny if you see what's going on.

from the T-shirt Archive: 20-22 of a Tedious Series
I'm getting sick of all these shirts (and actually, I think this is the dullest section, so I want to hurry through it) so I'm going to try three at a time.

Pink lizard, for some reason I think it might be associated with New Mexico, but I'm not certain.

Riverdance. Probably a gift. Ehh.

Oy, this one. A relatively attractive tank top, I think from Epcot at Disney World. But this is the thing... that little 'all nations' patch was rather cheaply sewn in, and it scratches the heck outta my nipple. I mean, really attacks it.

KHftCEA 1997-09 September KHftCEA 2000-09.1 September

KHftCEA 2000-09.1 September

Lex Luthor: Now to unveil my latest and most important device for evil!  BEHOLD THIS BATHROBE!

Grodd: [God damn giant monkey hands... break the fucking computer every time...] A BATHROBE?! What does it do, Luthor?

LL: This bathrobe, when worn by a gorilla, renders him not fucking naked anymore!  Look at you! You're just standing there naked!

G: I'm a gorilla. Gorillas don't wear clothes.

LL: Look, I don't know what planet you think you're on, but once a species starts talking, it covers up its genitalia. You know our dog? It can go naked. The minute it starts talking to us, we're putting a sweater on it.
--Seanbaby's Superfriends Page
Locked my keys in the car the other day again damnit, listening to an NPR story. Mind degredation or just one of those things?
Finally getting through Sophie's World. I want to think on the idea that the opposite of a small truth is a falsehood but the opposite of a big truth is another big truth. Is it profound or just a bagatelle? (And if it is profound, that means its opposite is true... which means its opposite isn't true...uh oh.)
KHftCEA 1997-09 September

"I do have a cause though. It's obscenity.  I'm for it."
          --Tom Lehrer
"I should not allow any child entrusted to my care to be adopted by a woman who has had an abortion or used contraception. Such a woman is incapable of love."
          --Mother Teresa
I'm so unhappy with 'hardcore'(ish) software development.
I wear my sunglasses at night / because I'm blind
          (failed song lyric)

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