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Today's Saturday Morning Breakfast Cereal:

"The typical child entering kindergarten has a vocabulary of fourteen thousand words. To put that into perspective, a child is learning a new word every two hours of every waking moment. Without trying."
--William Alexander, "Flirting with French", about struggling to master a language as a 57 year old. I'm not sure I fully agree with "without trying", though.
"Middle age is that perplexing time in life where we hear two voices calling us, one saying, Why not? and the other, Why bother?"
--Syndey J. Harris. Which reminds me, if I'm going to do that "every man should read Don Quixote three times" (as a young man, in middle age, when old - I should find the source of the admonition, it's stuck with me since high school) I should probably suck it up and do that one of these years.


  ...of the moment  
Gilbert Gottfried is booked for this year's Gathering of the Juggalos.
The first word spoken on the moon was "Okay."
Hmm. Cleveland wins on a 13th inning, bases loaded balk, sweeping the Tigers, who just got done sweeping the Red Sox. Baseball!


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"Some days I spent up to three hours in the arcade after school, dimly aware that we were the first people, ever, to be doing these things. We were feeling something [the adults] never had--a physical link into the world of the fictional--through the tiny skeletal muscles of the arm to the joystick to the tiny person on the screen, a person in an imagined world. It was crude but real."
--Austin Grossman, "You".

(2) u, g, l, y, you ain't got no alibi...
--via io9 -- Amazing optical illusion... keep your eye on the center point, and the faces to either side are crazily distorted. Look at either face directly, and you see they're fine.

(5) eurotrip day 8

Since I'm in a land of "funny lookin' money"... ideas for US Currency redesign by Michael Tyznik

Germany of the Moment
Visiting Miltenberg today...

We saw "Zum Riesen", with a claim to being Germany's oldest tavern

Lovely old castle town, though the main castle was undergoing renovation.

Still, the nature was pretty amazing on the walkways up there... at the bottom is Volker and Coraline.

Oh rats, we forgot to get escargot in Paris!

The view of the vineyard-laden hills by the nearby monastery were grand.

Germans have a tradition of eating delicious cake on Sunday afternoon. I highly approve of this tradition.


--Can't wait for the new Tron movie! Here's UGO geekily analyzing the trailer and talking about details of the original that they hope make a return...

  ...of the moment - that's the web version of an 11-yr-old minimalist art program that, amazingly to me, is currently listed as the top free iPad app.

(3) terminator: salvation army

Guess what movie I saw? Hint: not a very good movie.

  ...of the moment  
If Skynet won, and then, like, the Star Trek Borg arrived on Earth, could they make, like, Borg Terminators?
They stuck a "Guns in National Parks" amendment on a Credit Card Reform Bill... eh? There should be a law against irrelevant amendments (but what amendments might THAT BILL have?)

(3) four year cycles
I'm kind of between worlds right now, mostly moved and staying in Boston, but with a lot of stuff, including my car, in Arlington. I went back there Tuesday night for my UU group, and to stop by the post office, and girly man that I am I had a quick crying spell. I'm gonna miss the place, the apartment really was so well placed, Arlington center with Gail's coffee shop, bookstore, CVS, crafts place, Starbucks, bike trail, access to Cambridge, a smattering of local retail and a ton of fun restaurants...

(Don't get me wrong, Roxbury Crossing is great as well, with a terrific local pub, supermarket, restaurants, the Green Line, MFA down the street, in shouting distance of JP, etc...)

I don't know if I was sad about what I did there in Arlington (and am putting aside), or what I didn't do there, the usual big questions about if I'm as happy with the state of my life as I usually think I am.

I gotta be amused at the way my life still seems to be following four year cycles; high school 88-92, college 92-96, the real world and the dot com boom 96-00 (and going out with Mo half of that, 98-00), 00-04 the rise and fall of a marriage, and now winding up 04-08, heading to Boston proper and starting as some kind of freshman yet again.

Quote of the Moment
"I don't know just what you heard,
But 'Come on, Baby' are my favorite words."
--Lyle Lovett

Doodle of the Moment

--it ain't easy doodling with a laptop trackpad!

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used to have nightmare visions of boston nuked away; good thing i got over that now that i'm living and working here!

(5) bicycle built for me
I bought a bike yesterday!

Yesterday was a bit of a trial by fire, from the bike shop near Porter Square to Alewife, and then the bikepath home. I wouldn't be surprised if a bike on the Minute Man is about as fast as you can get from Arlington Center to Alewife, given the traffic and bus-waiting you avoid.

I didn't learn to ride a bike 'til I was in sixth grade or thereabouts, and always felt a little shaky. But yesterday felt pretty good; cars coming up on me weren't bothering me nearly as much as they used to. Hmm, maybe 15 years of driving makes me more confident in my situational awareness. Or, it might be this is just an easier riding bike than my old tenspeed.

Some of the people who have most dramatically reshaped their bodies did so by getting into biking. But, I think you have to get really into biking to have that kind of effect.

Photo of the Moment

--Elio's hand, outside of Viga, Back Bay.

Quote of the Moment
"One man alone can be pretty dumb sometimes, but for real bona fide stupidity, there ain't nothin' can beat teamwork."
--Edward Abbey

Game of the Moment
Stick Remover... try to avoid as many load bearing sticks as possible while keeping the star above the line... kind of like a more engineer-y jenga.

(6) book 'em, danno!
Watched "The Pillow Book" last night.

Minor spoilers, also not for the very squeamish, hit Ctrl-A or highlight to read:
<SPOILER> The movie made me think that I'd love to get my skin recycled to bind a book after I die. I was thinking it would be a form of immortality, to always be on some bookshelf somewhere... and I was thinking what book I'd like to bind. Some book I've found deep or meaningful? The story of my life? Something popular, so I'd see use, rather than languishing on a shelf? But then it hit me, if I want people to read a book, wrapping it in human skin probably isn't the best way of going about it, it's pretty darn creepy. </SPOILER>

Challenge of the Moment
Zefrank inspires you to make an Earth sandwich by putting slices of bread on the ground on opposite sides of the planet. He even gives you tools to help you locate the opposite, though sadly for the continental USA that's the Indian Ocean (dang, I always thought we were more exactly opposite from Australia.) May some Spaniards and New Zealanders can get it together...

The video is amusing in its own right. Zefrank rocks.

Article of the Moment
Before it expires... FoSO sent me this article about happiness and how lousy we are at guessing how delighted or despondent specific events will make us...

(1) drinkin' rum and coca-cola...well....coca-cola anyway.
Not much of an update today, kind of hectic schedule.

One random thought: I can't wait 'til the current cocacola promotion ends, the one that makes all the caps green. For one thing, it used to be much easier to tell the "with Lime" versions that I like so well apart from the normal types. Secondly of course, I never frickin' win free coke, despite the 1-in-12 odds...well, I did once...and of course the prize is "one liter", despite the fact that few places actually stock much between the 20oz and the 2 liters...I think it's all part of nefarious plot.

I guess that's just cosmic work we'll a bit too quick to exploit the way the machine will give two cans for the price of one. (But not bottles so the former always runs out before the latter.)

Quote of the Moment
"I learned, never date a Jedi. It makes them crazy."
--Comment by Anne Marie from a Lessons learned from Revenge of the Sith post. So many people are so down on this flick, even though most of the people I talk with think it was pretty big.

(9) drumsticks for eatin', drumsticks for beatin'
Played a little hooky Friday and went with Peterman and Leslee to Six Flags New England (we went despite the commercial with the wacky dancing old guy and the gratingly catchy jingle.)

While the coasters ended up being their usual fun selves, Peterman noticed that my two favorite parts, the ones that I ended up talking about the most, both involved drumsticks.

The first was lunch...I had been jonesing for a giant turkey drumsticks ever since I saw a tv show that showed 'em for sale at this giant Texas fleamarket months ago, and Six Flags had 'em...amazingly, they lived up to my hopes and expectations, just a massive chunk of tasty tasty meat you can rip off with your teeth.

The second was an arcade game they had there...I think it was an MTV Drum's basically drum karaoke, you pick a song and then drum along. (Not like one of those DDR games, it doesn't judge you or anything.) I've been thinking of using a little mad money on a drum pad setup, one of those tabletop models, and this convinced me I really need one.

Images of the Moment

--Peterman driving. I like the road as seen in his sunglasses.

--Coaster and Clouds.

--Leslee took this great shot of Peterman and me on the "Skycoaster". (I previously posted a video and description of our 2001 time on the ride.)

(2) vacation filler day 1 (backlog flush #20)
  • An article on Nov. 10 about animal rights referred erroneously to an island in the Indian Ocean and to events there involving goats and endangered giant sea sparrows that could possibly lead to the killing of goats by environmental groups. Wrightson Island does not exist; both the island and the events are hypothetical figments from a book (also mentioned in the article), ''Beginning Again,'' by David Ehrenfeld. No giant sea sparrow is known to be endangered by the eating habits of goats.
    --Retraction by The NY Times Magazine.
  • "What does God need with a starship?"
    --Captain Kirk in Star Trek V
  • Soundsupport makes "video" games for blind people, like Drive...completely audio based. ("Video Games" is kind of a funny phrase, actually.)
  • Last time I went to Cleveland, I was amazed to see that Big Chuck and Little John were still on the air. They're old school Saturday Move filler hosts...corny as heck, but kinda fun.
  • My Dart Team plays out of "Legends Hall of Fame Grill" in Waltham. But they say on credit card receipts, it shows billed to "The Rough and Smooth Room". What's that all about? The imagination runs a bit wild...

(2) four buttons


1D pong

newton's cradle

(broken on Mac IE)

(1) to sleep perchance
Link of the Moment
This is so cool... a dream I sent in got selected for illustration on Jesse Reklaw's Slow Wave site. (Here's a local copy.) People say it's a good likeness. Sigh. I always forget how big my lips must look... also it's funny, I think at I sent in this image (in negative) to show him what I looked like. His drawing of me has a shirt barely open over a darker t-shirt, a style I mostly wore in college, and also it's pretty rare that the T was darker than the overshirt. Ah well, it's still really cool (and a little surreal) to be able to relive a dream like that. It's a really fascinating site, illustrating dreams that people send in. You can recognize the strange logic dreams have as you click through the archive.

Dreams are so hard to remember. I know they have a device that can wake you up just as a dream starts, and that's bad for your mental health. I wonder if they could make a machine to gently wake you just after you've had a dream, so that it would be more possible to record it.

Quote of the Moment
"If making it in the real world doesn't involve sleeping until noon and playing frisbee all day, I'm totally screwed"
--from Rejected Letterman Top Ten Lessons I Learned in College

KHftCEA 1999-05.1 May

KHftCEA 1999-05.1 May

Dreamt of a videogame last night called "Mario & Luigi".... they were the bad guys chasing my character on these jungle looking levels, and then I was really screwed when they came out riding a big (fire breathing) dinosaur.

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