Saturday, December 31, 2005

Happy New Year!

Happy New Year!

I would post about my resolutions and all, that, but I've blown off picking up the house for my NYE party all day. Maybe I should resolve to quit procrastinating? Yeah, I'll get right on that. Eventually.

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Friday, December 30, 2005

X-Men: Death Becomes Them

Thanks to my friend dwt for sending me this movie.

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Thursday, December 29, 2005

Random fun

Some odd fun I found on the net (mainly via other sites I regularly visit).

Ninja shoes! Russian ninja shoes no less. Almost makes me want a pair.

Shogun Rock & Roll Vikings. Those wacky Nordic types.

30 second Star Wars by bunnies. Why ask why?

Morena Baccarin on the OC. Too bad I don't want the OC, but I'm sure there will be screen caps of anything important. And by important I mean of Morena Baccarin.

The end of the world,dogs and cats sleeping together, mass hysteria.

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Saturday, December 24, 2005

Merry Christmas


christmas images

Merry Christmas from the Lord Oz staff

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Christmas Math

I didn't cheat, honest. But those years of playing Champions helped. :)

You Passed 8th Grade Math

Congratulations, you got 10/10 correct!

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3Q Personality Test

I was looking around MySpace for some XMas graphics to poach for my XMas message... then I stumbled on some quizzes.

Your Personality Is

Rational (NT)

You are both logical and creative. You are full of ideas.
You are so rational that you analyze everything. This drives people a little crazy!

Intelligence is important to you. You always like to be around smart people.
In fact, you're often a little short with people who don't impress you mentally.

You seem distant to some - but it's usually because you're deep in thought.
Those who understand you best are fellow Rationals.

In love, you tend to approach things with logic. You seek a compatible mate - who is also very intelligent.

At work, you tend to gravitate toward idea building careers - like programming, medicine, or academia.

With others, you are very honest and direct. People often can't take your criticism well.

As far as your looks go, you're coasting on what you were born with. You think fashion is silly.

On weekends, you spend most of your time thinking, experimenting with new ideas, or learning new things.

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Emperor Whedon

My friend Sherri posted this link on Serenity Gulch.

Give in to the Joss side of the Force and you'll know dialogue, plot, and character.

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Friday, December 23, 2005

Evolution is 2005's biggest science breakthrough

First of all I'm a little ashamed that I didn't take the opportunity to thumb my nose at the Dover school board and the assorted fundies across the nation when the court ruled that ID was not science and couldn't be taught.

Nani-nani-boo-boo! ;P

Unless they plan on giving all creation myths and the Flying Spaghetti Monster time in science class, then ID shouldn't be there.

Anyways, on to the news.

And remember... Arrrr! for the environment!

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Holiday blues? Not so much

Usually I am fairly depressed between Samhain and St. Patrick's Day. The holidays are usually a high stress reminder that I'm alone so I go repeatedly into funks.

This year has been different. My life really hasn't changed, I'm still alone, and while this holiday season hasn't been as stressful as the past, it's still working at a major retailer during Xmas time. But I haven't been getting all mopey and down like I normally do.

Maybe going on five years without a girlfriend I'm finally getting used to it. Maybe I'm not dwelling on the crap that gets me down from the past. I don't know, though I kind of wish I did, that way I could remind myself as my big 4 0 draws near.

Merry ChrisHanaKwanzYulemas.

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Thursday, December 22, 2005

Are you a Type A personality?

I'm not. Big surprise there.

You Have A Type B+ Personality


You're a pro at going with the flow
You love to kick back and take in everything life has to offer
A total joy to be around, people crave your stability.

While you're totally laid back, you can have bouts of hyperactivity.
Get into a project you love, and you won't stop until it's done
You're passionate - just selective about your passions

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Serenity's sunset?

Evidently there was an article in Entertainment Weekly titled 'Adios Firefly' in which Whedon is quoted as saying he is done with Serenity.

It appears that EW, being a typical example of fine entertainment journalism, quoted him out of context.

He posted on Whedonesque, but it gets a little confusing with the turnips and bunions.

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Date Movie

I watched this trailer because I saw Allyson Hannigan (aka Willow of "Buffy" fame) was in it.

My first thoughts were...
"What the hell?"

So I guess this is supposed to spoof date movies like Scary Movie did horror flicks (and admittedly Scary Movie was amusing). Maybe I'd get it more if I went to date movies... but a middle-aged man who goes to date movies by himself is even more pathetic than someone who fills his blog with endless quizzes.

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Wednesday, December 21, 2005

Pirates of the Caribbean 2 Trailer

I forget if I posted this trailer yet. The first place I found it had a bunch of porn ads in the sidebar so I couldn't use it. Well I guess I could have, but I didn't think some of my readers would appreciate it.

Anyways, the above site is porn free, so enjoy.

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For the Holidays...

The truth about the Internet...

Some folks in WoW took time to make this educational video.

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Tuesday, December 20, 2005

Pick a card, any card.

The Hermit Card
You are the Hermit card. The Hermit has chosen a
solitary spiritual path. He shines light on his
inner self and, by this means, gains wisdom.
The Hermit's home is the natural world and it
is by being in tune with that world that he
learns the laws of nature and learn how they
operate within himself. His path is a lonely
one as he lives in silence and has for
companionship only his own internal rhythms.
But those crossing his path are touched by his
light and wisdom. Though often alone, he
manages nevertheless to instruct those who meet
him and guides those who chose to follow him on
a path towards enlightenment. Image from The
Aleister Crowley Tarot deck.

Which Tarot Card Are You?
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Monday, December 19, 2005


Take the What High School
Stereotype Are You?

Yeah, like that's a surprise.

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Sunday, December 18, 2005

Movie Review: King Kong

Maybe Peter Jackson thinks that 3 hours is the standard length for a movie. Someone needs to send him a memo.

King Kong is a really good movie, with lots of subtle homages to the original and great effects, but it is too long, especially in the beginning. We waste too much time waiting to get on the boat building up everyone's back story. Don't get me wrong, PJ's depression era New York is a work of art, and I love period pieces, but we want to see the damned monkey already.

Once they finally make it to Skull Island, things pick up, though the bug pit scene that was cut from the original (for being too scary) seemed unnecessary, though it did make a good opportunity for a restroom break.

I think Naomi Watts did a great job of playing against Gollum in a monkey suit as though he was a 25' foot tall ape, and actually makes you feel sorry for Kong.

Overall, I rate King Kong 4 starlet-stealing flying monkeys.

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Saturday, December 17, 2005

What's your world view?

You scored as Cultural Creative. Cultural Creatives are probably the newest group to enter this realm. You are a modern thinker who tends to shy away from organized religion but still feels as if there is something greater than ourselves. You are very spiritual, even if you are not religious. Life has a meaning outside of the rational.

Cultural Creative
















What is Your World View? (updated)
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Friday, December 16, 2005

Attention span of a ... ooo shiny!

I keep getting ideas for campaigns, before I've even had time to properly gel the last idea.

I had been working on the background for an "Ultimates" version of an old campaign, when I got an idea while reading the current issue of Uncanny X-Men (467). The gist of the idea is that the Phoenix Force grabs characters (the PCs) from different campaign universes (and probably alternates of those... alternates that met with a not too happy fate) to have them intervene in the events of said issue.

It's probably because I've been enjoying X-Comics again the past few months and I've particularly enjoyed the last couple of issues of UXM. That, and for me running a campaign in the Marvel 'verse is pretty easy.

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Darth Vader should not frolic!

This video is just wrong. But it's a SFW (safe for work) kind of wrong, so feel free to click.

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I'm masculine

and apparently Warren Cleaver.

You scored 53 masculinity and 40 femininity!
You scored high on masculinity and low on femininity. You have a traditionally masculine personality.

My test tracked 2 variables How you compared to other people your age and gender:

free online datingfree online dating
You scored higher than 28% on masculinity

free online datingfree online dating
You scored higher than 4% on femininity
Link: The Bem Sex Role Inventory Test written by weirdscience on Ok Cupid, home of the 32-Type Dating Test

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Thursday, December 15, 2005

But does it have a bathroom?

This concept vehicle designed to be an urban loft on wheels, but does the damned thing have a toilet?

While browsing the same site, I found Darth Vader's new car.

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Wednesday, December 14, 2005

If I don't believe in Hell...

...why should I have to go there?

I received a call today, from my boss.

Boss: "Uh, Oz?"
Oz: "Yeah?"
Boss: "Has anyone called you yet?"
Oz: "Called me about what?" (alarms going off)
Boss: "Well, GM (general manager) called last night... and this isn't permanent... but they need you to goes to Store YZX to help out."
Oz: "Help out? (thinking please let this just be going to train someone)
Boss: "They have some management issues, and the PPM quit, so they need you to go hold the PP end of the business together through the holiday."
Oz: "..."
Boss: "Oz?"
Oz: "What about their supervisor?"
Boss: "I don't know. I was just told they need your help."
Oz: "As opposed to the store I'm helping now, with a new PPM and Physical Inventory in 6 weeks."
Boss: "Yeah."

Store YZX is what I affectionately refer to as Hell On Earth. It almost drove me to a nervous breakdown last time I worked there (as an Inventory Manager), it's in a bad part of town, and it must be thouroughly jacked up.

The only good news is that my sentence was parlayed down to 2 days next week and 1 day the following.

Juh Shi Suh Mo Go Dohng Shee?

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Literal math

This kid answered the question literally.

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10 Most Villianous Moments

This article lists the top ten most villianous moments in comic history. A shame they don't even list the author/artist team that ruined New Mutants, or the return of Claremont to the X-Titles with "super-consistency" replacing continuity.

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What Nightmare Before Xmas character are you?

Saturday, December 10, 2005

What Middle-Earth race are you?


To which race of Middle Earth do you belong?
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At least I'm not a hobbit.

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An amusing comic. I wouldn't be surprised if this really happened. :)

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Review: CoN: The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe

Sometimes hype can work against a movie. I went into Narnia with high expectations, a la Lord of the Rings. And while it was good, it wasn't LotR. Maybe Peter Jackson has created an unfair benchmark against which other fantasy movies will be measured. But it's there nonetheless.

I haven't read the books in ages, so I may have missed some stuff, like... if the animals are sentient, what do the carnivores eat? Why weren't the beavers and fox pissed about the fur coats the kids were wearing? How did the boys go from barely knowing what end of the sword to hold to charging into battle like Aragorn? Granted, the director didn't have 9 hours like Peter Jackson did, and he was constrained by the original material to some degree, and most people don't wonder about carnivores in a world of sentient animals, but it seemed like there were some gaps.

The effects are a little uneven. Again, we are spoiled by the movies that have come before, and often the effects were quite good. But there were a couple of times it looked more like a videogame or Dr. Doolittle with Eddie Murphy.

The kids (actors, not audience) weren't any more annoying than they should have been (anyone who wanted to spank Edmund and make him sit in a corner, raise their hand).

I think because I had such high expectations I initially wanted to rate this movie lower than it deserves... I've given movies with a lot less merit good ratings just based on how much they entertained me, and it's not the movie's fault that I wonder if there are sentient cows in Narnia.

So 4.5 flying monkeys, who really wouldn't look out of place in Narnia and don't have to worry if dinner is going to talk.

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Big Box Mart

How can I pass up a jab at Wal-Mart?

I used to be a Wal-Mart customer, seduced by the siren song of low prices and one stop convenience. Then one day I really thought about what I had read and heard and I decided to stop shopping there. Sure, the few dollars I used to spend there won't be noticed missing, but hopefully if enough people shop with a conscience it will have an effect. Give the defensive PR game Wally-world has been playing recently, it already has.

Everytime Wal-Mart claims to be family friendly, I laugh. More than half the kids of Wal-Mart employees are on government aid. And who takes care of these kids while the employees are there overnight? And what about all of the families put out of work because of the companies Wal-Mart drives out of business or overseas?

Speaking of overnight, I don't think any big box retailer should be open 24 hours. It's ridiculous, and it's disruptive to families. Part of me thinks there should be a law, like the blue laws, requiring stores over x square footage to be closed at least 8 hours. Then the rest of me reminds me I hate blue laws and government intrusion.

Gorram it.

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Friday, December 09, 2005

Los Eisley?

This article talks about a planned "spaceport" in New Mexico. I wonder... will it have a cantina?

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Tuesday, December 06, 2005

Monk Cartoon

I think that this cartoon rates up there with the Viking Kittens.

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X-Men 3 Trailer

The trailer can be found here.

You may need to download and install the newest version of the evil Quicktime (I had to)... but that should also allow you to watch the HD versons.

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Monday, December 05, 2005

X-Men 3 pics

This gallery isn't as big as I'd hoped. And I'm still waiting on the trailer. From the sounds of it, we'll be seeing some variation on the Dark Phoenix storyline.

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Sunday, December 04, 2005

What kind of killer are you?

I've been finding all sorts of interesting quizzes on MySpace. I tend to jump from profile to profile and stumble across them.

Here's the latest:

You are a Samurai.
You are full of honour and value respect. You
are not really the stereotypical hero, but you
do fight for good. Just in your own way. For
you, it is most certainly okay to kill an evil
person, if it is for justice and peace. You
also don't belive in mourning all the time and
think that once you've hit a bad stage in life
you just have to get up again. It's pointless
to concentrate on emotional pain and better to
just get on with everything. You also are a
down to earth type of person and think before
you act. Impulsive people may annoy you

Main weapon: Sword
Quote: "Always do the right thing.
This will gratify some people and astonish the
rest" -Mark Twain
Facial expression: Small smile

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X-Men III news

Thanks to my friend Marik for sending me this link. I really hope this movie doesn't suck. Given it's rocky start, I haven't been holding out much hope.

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Saturday, December 03, 2005

Desert Meteor

This video has to be a fake (or we'd have heard this on the news)... but I have to admit it's a well done fake.

No clue why someone would do it, but it's cool. I guess on the Net, that's enough reason.

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Thursday, December 01, 2005

Why you shouldn't do videogames in real life...

Got this link from one of my guild mates.

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Ar! Ar! Ar!

Now, that's a manly snow-blower.

Actually, this whole site looks pretty cool. This'll be another 2 hours I won't get back.

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Monster scorpion fossil

Picture a giant scorpion that was 5 feet long. Well, the fossil was found. Check out this article for the info ... look in the Monster Manual for stats.

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Serenity sequel?

There was an article regarding the rumor of a Serenity sequel that would go straight to the Sci Fi Channel. Whedon's camp has denied the claim, Universal had no comment.

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