kirk.is | < retrospect: 4 mar >

2014.03.04

  ...of the moment  
"Internet Explorer 4.0 was perfection incarnate in a browser. It had Active Desktop. It had Channels. It had motherfucking Channels, the coolest technology that never reached market adoption ever not even a little bit. IE4, in general, was so good that you were going to have it installed on your PC whether you liked it or not."
--http://zachholman.com/posts/only-90s-developers/, a joyfully semi-misleading history of web design in the 90s.
"'That could be the motto for heaven,' said Tim. 'Almost too perfect.'"
--B. J. Novak, "No One Goes to Heaven to See Dan Fogelberg"
"CONFUCIUS SAY: NOT EVERYTHING IS A THING"
--B. J. Novak, "Confucius at Home"
The one silver lining to life with eyes full of floaters - I don't really mind that my glasses can get smudgy, I'm well trained at not really seeing the things I'm not focused on. (Of course, writing about said floaters puts them in "don't think about a pink elephant" territory)

playlist february 2013
2013.03.04
February is a short month, but it's a particularly short new playlist... as always, 4-stars in red, exclamation points mark interesting videos.

Retro Pop
  • Hey World (Remote Control Version) (Michael Franti & Spearhead) Thanks to EB.
  • Heartbeats (The Knife) Kind of like the Killers, this sounds like new wave but came out 20 years later.
  • Tightrope (Janelle Monáe) Heard a good DJ at the Bryant Park's hotel cellar
  • Harlem Shake (Baauer) I like the fad based on this song.
  • The Chosen (Scott & Brendo) Dubstep to a very odd video -- funny if you know the game, or even if not
Indy/Alt
  • Last Words (The Real Tuesday Weld) from Nick + Nora's Infinite Playlist
  • Ho Hey (The Lumineers) Excellent bare bones romantic song.
  • Tighten Up (The Black Keys) Lotta percussion

(1) rip ralph mcquarrie
2012.03.04
We lost Ralph McQuarrie, who made so much of the awesome Star Wars concept art...


More great stuff of his at the Concept Ships blog. (Cool header there, not McQ but still, it probably bears the imprint of his influence...)

  ...of the moment  
"It isn't all fun, but it is all games"
--http://twitter.com/lowerdens
"I know, I know. It's just that... well, I don't know... I just should have been there and I wasn't. Aaanyway, I'm just gonna bottle this back up until it explodes in my future therapist's face."
--Julia Wertz, "Drinking at the Movies"
Man... am I just totally disconnected from the media, or have Republicans totally written off Massachusetts primary-wise?
Had a nice time hanging out with @SpindleyQ today. Doritos Dash of Destruction and Crosstown are both very good Xbox games.
Man I am sad Doritos Dash of Destruction is no longer on Xbox Live- best advergame ever- changed scale for T.Rex vs Van, and very Rampage-y

(2) yeah, could i get a pack a smokes
2011.03.04
--from Cracked.com's 19 Ads For Products That Apparently Exist In Movies. The "whatever you have in your pocket" line is good, NO TIME FOR MAKING CHANGE IN MOVIE LAND!

  ...of the moment  
http://thanksfortrumpetwinsock.com/

(4) rocket dorkicus
2010.03.04
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rocketdorkicus - source - built with processing
So, yeah, this is just the "grab all the blocks" 2-player-only fun of Dorkicus with a new control scheme. Actually it predates regular Dorkicus, except I went back and added rocktes, since driving paddles like they were rocketships didn't make much visual sense.

With both versions of Dorkicus, it's interesting how it feels like it would be a very different game if the goal was stated as "shove blocks at your opponents side" vs "bring blocks to your own side". (I didn't have a good idea for the color coding for the former case, so I went with the latter... also it feels like more complex of a goal somehow.)

Made for THE 371-IN-1 KLIK & PLAY PIRATE KART II: KLIK HARDER.

  ...of the moment  
[photo: 2 'Clearblue' tests w/ 'Pregnant']
"Your crazy! Very happy 4 u!!!!
R u having twins????"
--http://www.lamebook.com/the-unexpected
http://www.cracked.com/article_18443_6-famous-movie-wisemen-who-were-totally-full-shit.html - Cracked on would be gurus.
@burntbythesun RE: "Admiral Akbar: fish or mollusk? Discuss." - Admiral Ackbar vs Admiral Adama in a knife fight - who wins?
Wow. #ATT 3G service is so crap in Boston the iPhone just knocked itself down to Edge.
Left thumb is starting to ache- violated my usual rule about not reconfiguring keyboards and remapping Caps Lock to Ctrl. Feels pretty good!
http://www.cracked.com/blog/your-3rd-grade-science-textbook-as-written-by-gary-busey - the URL pretty much says it all.

(2) kindereggman
2009.03.04

--Wow. That was the most nightmarish ad for Kinder Surprise Eggs I could possibly have hoped for.


  ...of the moment  
http://www.slate.com/id/2212616/ - David Plotz bogged the Bible. "I began the Bible as a hopeful, but indifferent, agnostic. I wished for a God, but I didn't really care. I leave the Bible as a hopeless and angry agnostic. I'm brokenhearted about God."
"Your true value depends entirely on what you are compared with."
--Bob Wells
"For the boy I was, the book I could not find"
--dedication to Ed Emberly's Drawing Book of Animals. I think my dad was touched by that turn of phrase. Also, FUN book!
http://alwaysblack.com/blackbox/bownigger.html - pardon the slur in the link but it's a tale of triumph, real life cyberpunk.
I really hope it's illegal or something to start putting "Important Tax Document Enclosed" on junkmail. Or not put it on tax documents.
I miss OK Soda. "Things are going to be OK."

(15) parallels and perpendicularities
2008.03.04
Why is "parallels" such a more popular word than "perpendicularities"?

Oddly, I suppose you could probably substitute "one point of intersection is" for "one parallel is"

This is probably not as profound as I first thought.

Costume of the Moment
--Been watching "Project Runway" again. Was bummed to see Chris March, the snarky, queeny rotund costume genius with a huge laugh just miss the final four... cmg used some of her googlemojo to dig up his website that has TONS of fabulous design fun.



(1) neato-mojito
2007.03.04
A friend recommended Orbit's "Mint Mojito" flavored gum and you know what... it is pretty darn good.

The whole "things flavored like booze" thing is a bit odd though. Evil B had Newman's "Tequila and Lime" salsa, and I thought it was startlingly tequila-ish.

Mascot of the Moment

--Japanese "cute" extends even to their defense force... Bill the Splut linked to his Sadly No piece on "Prince Pickles", cuddly mascot of a Japanese force anxious to get away from its imperialistic and militaristic roots. (I think he's the guy on the left.)

Quote of the Moment
"Everyone has a purpose in life. Perhaps yours is watching television."
--David Letterman


(4) boing
2006.03.04
Wow Jon Stewart hosting the Oscars? This is the first time I remember seeing the host as a reason to watch... anyone planning an Oscar party?

Boobies of the Moment
Boingboing (heheh) linked to this amazing Breast Bounce simulator. Choose a cupsize, activity level, and see how much better their shockabsorbing bra is at reducing the motion. Includes geek-friendly 3D Wireframe views. Reminds me a bit of the quotes I kisrael'd on this day...

Equal Opportunity Offender of the Moment
So my ELAS was a bit offended by the above link, which you, is kind of just soft core boobly porn. But she said it could possibly be counterbalanced by flying jockstraps, so, and luckily boingboing had an equally (if not more) [in]approrpriate link: aren't basketball players supposed to wear jockstraps or something? The newspaper claims it's an "unfortunate optical illusion", but that is a mighty meaty looking "illusion".


(3) first love
2005.03.04
Poem of the Moment
They say
the first love's most important.
That's very romantic,
but not my experience.

Something was and wasn't there between us,
something went on and went away.

My hands never tremble
when I stumble on silly keepsakes
and a sheaf of letters tied with string--
not even a ribbon.

Our only meeting after years:
the conversation of two chairs
at a chilly table.

Other loves
still breathe deep inside me.
This one's too short of breath even to sigh.

Yet, just exactly as it is,
it does what the others still can't manage:
unremembered,
not even seen in dreams,
it introduces me to death.

--Wislawa Szymborska.

Sigh, "KJ"...summer camp, shared "atomic fire balls" by the side of the lake. A few letters, a few disinterested phonecalls, and that was pretty much that.

(13) bachelor boy
2004.03.04
Aargh, I'm going through what I hope is a temporary bachelor boy phase...some of it's just the trauma of my personal life, and the fact that some rooms used to be filled with stuff that turned out to be Mo's. (Though I did bring up the long folding table for the dining room, and move the one-tableish-thing-with-drawers I have to my name out to the front room so it doesn't look so bare) And I have big intentions of doing a massive cleanup but I the atari game is taking up pretty much all of my free time. I'm also willing to cut myself a little slack for a little while...I just have to make sure I don't let myself go too much.

I feel like I'm in the need of a Queer-Eye-for-the-Straight-Guy style makeover. Maybe spend a little money on stuff and not be such a cheapskate. But, I need to see what my living arrangement ends up as first.

Another issue is...I don't know, I feel a lot more apathetic in general since everything is now "just for me". I wasn't expecting that, frankly. But I guess since I'm so easy-going, when I don't have to take someone else's opinion into consideration, my standards might slip because of my inherent laziness. I also miss having a second opinion on everything. My wishy-washiness is coming back to haunt me.

Website of the Moment
GodHatesShrimp, a parody of this ugly site. For a while, I thought the latter crowd had a point that homosexuality was bibically "an abomination" while some of the other things (you know, like polycotton blends) were just smaller sins, but it looks like seafood is right there in the abomination category as well. Yeesh.

Toy of the Moment
Awesome--PsychoStudio lets you edit your own Psycho shower scene, using Hitchcock's original raw footage!

Conspiracy Theory of the Moment
Salon.com reporting that Howard Stern thinks it was his Bush-bashing that got him kicked off Clear Channel stations...including in some "swing states". I've started listening to Stern sometimes. It's often really pointless and annoying and juvenile, but sometimes it's really funny, and it's nicely paced, with all the commercials bunched together. The article quotes trade magazine editor Michael Harrison as saying "Howard Stern will be an influential force for the public and for other talk show hosts during the election. Despite the shock jock thing, Stern has credibility. He's looked upon as an honest person" and I think that's right on the money.

LiveJournal of the Moment
Betcha didn't know the Mars explorer Opportunity has a livejournal...and the personality of a teenage girl to go with it.

(4) bon frickin' jour
2003.03.04
Got a haircut and a raise yesterday! Dang, if I wasn't such a rationalist, I might think there was something to my good feeling in the morning and my later surprise good news.

Quote of the Moment
"The rooster was chosen long ago as the national symbol of France. The choice is fortuitous, of course, because of a Latin pun, Gallus, meaning both the courtyard animal and the inhabitant of Gaul. The English pun could probably be considered even more apt."
--Luigi Barzini, "The Europeans"

Cartoon of the Moment
Salon.com gives us this Tom the Dancing Bug, about the funniest take I've seen on the "ready.gov" site.

Salon's on the verge of going broke again. I'm a member. Are you? Despite all the hogwash about the "liberal media", balanced, sometimes-left leaning reporting is hard to come by. (And I hope if they do go under, they get just enough funds to keep their archive working...)

Art Exhibit of the Moment
Like I've always said, "Art is what you can get away with." Also, "Selling out is the new sincerity."

(2) pay attention to meeeeeeeee
2002.03.04
Just a quick update today...life's getting a bit hectic with all this jobhunting and networking stuff!

Article of the Moment
"Graying Cyberpunk" Bruce Sterling on how Information Wants to Be Worthless (as opposed to the usual slogan of "wants to be free".) Interesting stuff especially for bloggers (mentions Boingboing.net which I may add to my regular reading schedule)...."Attention" really seems to be the most valid currency on the 'Net.

Link of the Moment
A VirusScanner for humans, find out your meme exposure...very cool. Supossedly doesn't work with IE4.

(16) storm-a-brewing
2001.03.04
Dream Quote of the Moment
"I finally had a vision of what life was all about. Even more than just bowls of chocolate ice cream. Also containers, made of plastic. And those same containers with vanilla as well."
--Dream Script of 'What's New, Pussycat?" from a while back (also there was a giant blue atari symbol in lasers, don't know what to make of that)

KHftCEA 1998-02.1 February KHftCEA 1998-03.1 March KHftCEA 1999-03 March KHftCEA 2000-03.1 March

KHftCEA 2000-03.1 March

"There are plenty of good reasons for fighting, but no good reasons ever to hate without reservation, to imagine that God Almight Himself hates with you, too. Where's evil? It's that large part of every man that wants to hate without limit, that wants to hate with God on its side."
--Howard W. Campbell, Jr., Vonnegut's "Mother Night"
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What a guy! I mean, he’s lost it all: his uniform, his plane. What’s he got left? A razor. Not even a can of shaving cream. But you can’t keep him down. There he sits, rubbing his face. At least he got a smooth shave! He’s looking on the bright side. Booyah naked jet pilot!
--subatomichumor.com on the Mach 3 razor ads
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"People say you can't compare apples and oranges. But why not? They are both hand-held, round, edible, fruity things that grow on trees."
--Anonymous
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"I won't have a problem with Mo and her quest for an ideal wedding dress- I'll just use truth and logic and she'll see the error of her insecurities. Right."
00-3-4
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KHftCEA 1999-03 March

Closer, closer to that damn apartment.
99-3-4
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KHftCEA 1998-03.1 March


Jeez.  Am I falling apart? Or just a hypochondriac?

Good to hear Lena say that I seem so into Mo (No pun intended.)
98-3-4
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"Gosh, is this what life is all about?"
          --Anthony Colindres
98-3-4
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KHftCEA 1998-02.1 February

"I take Him shopping with me. I say, 'OK, Jesus, help me find a bargain'"
--Tammy Faye Bakker
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