Wednesday, January 31, 2007

John Stewart geeks out

"The writers have assured me that this makes sense." :D


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Bar Rules

1. If you owe someone money, always pay them back in a bar. Preferably during happy hour.

2. Always toast before doing a shot.

3. Whoever buys the shot gets the first chance to offer a toast.

4. Change your toast at least once a month.

5. Buying someone a drink is five times better than a handshake.

6. Buying a strange woman a drink is not really cool. Buying all her drinks is dumb.

7. Never borrow more than one cigarette from the same person in one night.

8. When the bartender is slammed, resist the powerful urge to order a slightly-dirty, very-dry, in-and-out, super-chilled half-and-half martini with a lemon twist. Limit orders to beer, straight shots and two-part cocktails.

9. Get the bartender's attention with eye contact and a smile.

10. Do not make eye contact with the bartender if you do not want a drink.

11. Unacceptable things to say after doing a shot: Great, now I'm going to get drunk. I hate shots. It's coming back up.

12. Never, ever tell a bartender he made your drink too strong.

13. If he makes it too weak, order a double next time. He'll get the message.

14. If you offer to buy a woman a drink and she refuses, she does not like you.

15. If you offer to buy a woman a drink and she accepts, she still might not like you.

15.1 Just because she accepts the drink, does NOT mean you have claim to that woman for the rest of the night

16. If she buys you a drink, she likes you.

17. If someone offers to buy you a drink, do not upgrade your liquor preference.

18. Always have a corkscrew in your house.

19. If you don't have a corkscrew, push the cork down into the bottle with a pen.

20. Drink one girly drink in public and you will forever be known as the guy who drinks girly drinks.

21. Our parents were better drinkers than we are.

22. Never talk to someone in the restroom unless you're doing the same thing—urinating, waiting in line or washing your hands.

23. Girls hang out, apply make-up, and have long talks in the bathroom. Men do not.

24. After your sixth drink, do not look at yourself in the mirror. It will shake your confidence.

25. It is only permissible to shout 'woo-hoo!' if you are doing a shot with four or more people.

26. If there is a d.j., you can request a song only once per night. If he doesn't play it within half an hour, do not approach him again. If he does play it, do not approach him again.

27. Learn how to make a rose out of a bar napkin. You'll be surprised how well it works.

28. If you can't afford to tip, you can't afford to drink in a bar. Go to the liquor store.
29. If you owe someone twenty dollars or less, you may pay them back in beer.

30. Never complain about the quality or brand of a free drink.

31. If you have been roommates with someone more than six months, you may drink all their beer, even if it's hidden, as long as you leave them one.

32. You can have a shot of their hard liquor only if the cap has been cracked and the bottle goes for less than $25.

33. The only thing that tastes better than free liquor is stolen liquor.

34. If you bring Old Milwaukee to a party, you must drink at least two cans before you start drinking the imported beer in the fridge. NOTE: See also the senior member of the bar and WWII veteran taking Guiness from a certain Baldwin Co (formerly Atmore) lawyers cooler

35. Learn to appreciate hangovers. If it was all good times every jackass would be doing it.

36. If you ever feel depressed, get out a bartender's guide and browse through all the drinks you've never tried.

37. Try one new drink each week.

38. If you are the bar's sole customer, you are obliged to make small talk with the bartender until he stops acknowledging you. Then you're off the hook. The same goes for him.

39. Never tip with coins that have touched you. If your change is $1.50, you can tell the barmaid to keep the change, but once she has handed it to you, you cannot give it back. To a bartender or cocktail waitress, small change has no value.

40. If you have ever told a bartender, "Hey, it all spends the same," then you are a cheap ass.

41. Anyone on stage or behind a bar is fifty percent better looking.

42. You can tell how hard a drinker someone is by how close they keep their drink to their mouth.

43. A bar is a college, not a nursery. If you spill a beer, clean it up. If you break a glass, wait for a staff member to clean it up, then blame it on someone else.

44. Being drunk is feeling sophisticated without being able to say it.

45. It's okay to drink alone.

46. After three drinks, you will forget a woman's name two seconds after she tells you. The rest of the night you will call her "baby" or "darling".

47. Nothing screams ' nancy boy' louder than swirling an oversized brandy snifter.

48. Men don't drink from straws. Unless you're doing a Mind or Face Eraser.

49. If you do a shot, finish it. If you don't plan to finish it, don't accept it.

50. Never brood in a dance bar. Never dance in a dive bar.

51. Never play more than three songs by the same artist in a row.

52. Your songs will come on as you're leaving the bar.

53. Never yell out jukebox selections to someone you don't know.

54. Never lie in a bar. You may, however, grossly exaggerate and lean.

55. If you think you might be slurring a little, then you are slurring a lot. If you think you are slurring a lot, then you are not speaking English.

56. Screaming, "Someone buy me a drink!" has never worked.

57. For every drink, there is a five percent better chance you will get in a fight. There is also a three percent better chance you will lose the fight.

58. Fighting an extremely drunk person when you are sober is hilarious.

59. If you are broke and a friend is "sporting you", you must laugh at all his jokes and play wingman when he makes his move.

60. If you are broke and a friend is "making sport of you", you may steal any drink he leaves unattended.

61. Never rest your head on a table or bar top. It is the equivalent of voluntarily putting your head on a chopping block.

62. If you are trading rounds with a friend and he asks if you're ready for another, always say yes. Once you fall out of sync you will end up buying more drinks than him.

63. If you're going to hit on a member of the bar staff, make sure you tip well before and after, regardless of her OR HIS response.

64. The people with the most money are rarely the best tippers.

65. Before you die, single-handedly make one decent martini.

66. Asking a bartender what beers are on tap when the handles are right in front of you is the equivalent of saying, "I'm an idiot."

67. Never ask a bartender "what's good tonight?" They do not fly in the scotch fresh from the coast every morning.

68. If there is a line for drinks, get your goddamn drink and step the hell away from the bar.

69. If there is ever any confusion, the fuller beer is yours.

70. The patrons at your local bar are your extended family, your fathers and mothers, your brothers and sisters. Except you get to sleep with these sisters. And if you're really drunk, the mothers.

71. It's acceptable, traditional in fact, to disappear during a night of hard drinking. You will appear mysterious and your friends will understand. If they even notice.

72. Never argue your tab at the end of the night. Remember, you're hammered and they're sober. It's akin to a precocious five-year-old arguing the super-string theory with a physicist. 99.9% of the time you're wrong and either way you're going to come off as a jackass.

73. If you bring booze to a party, you must drink it or leave it.

74. If you hesitate more than three seconds after the bartender looks at you, you do not deserve a drink.

75. Beer makes you mellow, champagne makes you silly, wine makes you dramatic, tequila makes you felonious.

76. The greatest thing a drunkard can do is buy a round of drinks for a packed bar.

77. Never preface a conversation with a bartender with "I know this is going to be a hassle, but . . ."

78. When you're in a bar and drunk, your boss is just another guy begging for a fat lip. Unless he's buying.

79. If you are 86'd, do not return for at least three months. To come back sooner makes it appear no other bar wants you.

80. Anyone with three or more drinks in his hands has the right of way.

81. If you're going to drink on the job, drink vodka. It's the no-tell liquor.

82. There's nothing wrong with drinking before noon. Especially if you're supposed to be at work.

83. The bar clock moves twice as fast from midnight to last call.

84. A flask engraved with a personal message is one of the best gifts you can ever give. And make sure there's something in it.

85. On the intimacy scale, sharing a quiet drink is between a handshake and a kiss.

86. You will forget every one of these rules by your fifth drink.

87. If you adore your bartender(s) repost this for everyone to read

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Tuesday, January 30, 2007

Star Wars Wii


That was almost enough to make me go out and buy a Wii right now! I have to find out if that's a real Wii game. The detail is awesome. Listen to the stormtroopers, they scream!

Effing awesome!

Here is the original video used to make the one I embedded. As far as I can tell, a Star Wars Wii title is just a rumor.

Oh, and I think you can hear the stormtroopers better in the original footage.

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Looks = $$$

I keep meaning to write on my theories regarding the connections between aesthetics and affluence (or maybe I already have and have forgotten). I've always pondered it as a chicken vs. egg thing. Do attractive people tend to make more money, or do people with more money tend to be attractive?

Here's an article on a study that addresses part of that topic.

This topic comes to mind whenever I do work in different stores. Stores in nicer areas overall have a more attractive clientele. That's not to say everyone in the upscale suburban store is pretty or that there are no attractive people in the run-down urban store. But on the average it seems to hold true and colleagues who work in different stores have noticed the same thing.

So back to the chicken and egg thing. Is it that pretty people are more successful, possibly from a combination of a positive social bias and greater confidence? Or is it because people with more money or than come from families with more money are healthier, take better care of themselves, dress better, and have the time and resources for more cosmetic concerns?

I mean, would anyone look twice at Paris Hilton if she was a trailer park instead of a billion-dollar-family? Besides her Uncle Bubba Joe, that is.

I could make a self-depreciating crack about how this limits my economic future, but I already know that's bullshit. I've repeatedly turned down promotions, so I can't claim to be limited by my looks. So instead I'll tell a true story.

Many years ago, my General Manager hired me an assistant, which was good because I needed an assistant. Then I met said assistant, and she was... how to put it politely... hot. While to a certain degree I was pleased that my GM had hired me a smoking hot assistant, I also knew it would be more trouble than it was worth.

Then I found out that my GM had hired in my new hot assistant at a higher wage than mine. I have a knack for finding stuff out, and it doesn't help keep things secret when people left documents lying out in the open. So I posted up my GM and got a big fat raise out of it.

And the hot assistant? After two weeks of distracting the rest of my team, she quit. Because hot or not, I expected her to do the work involved in the position, and that was, well, work.

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Monday, January 29, 2007

Civil War #2 Remix

Here's a remix of Civil War #2.

For those of you who don't read Marvel, it will make no sense. For those of you who do, you'll probably find it as humorous as I did.

If only they could be this snarky in the real comics. :)


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Sunday, January 28, 2007

Unions cry over biometrics

Unions in NYC are crying foul because the city government plans to use hand scanners to register when people clock in and out in its agencies. The article can be found here.

I like a good "big brother" protest as much as the next blogger, but in this case, the unions are being... what's the phrase I'm looking for... whiny bitches.

The only difference between using a biometric scanner to punch in and out and using a conventional timeclock or a computer is that it eliminates fraud. Oh Noes! The sky is falling!

As the article points out, there are better ways to "track" people. I think the unions just need something to bitch about so that they can justify the dues they are getting paid.

It's not that I hate unions. There are legitimate cases where they serve a purpose. Unfortunately, there are also a lot of cases where they've gotten too big for their britches and they become a liability. One of the reasons GenCon So Cal was shut down was that unions made it too hard and expensive for the exhibitors to show there.

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Another on of those meme's

Spell your name without vowels: Jn sbrn

What color do you wear most?: black

What’s for dinner tonite?: A hunk of meat (seriously)

Are you happy with your life right now?: I guess

Tell me a secret about one of your siblings: Then it wouldn't be a secret

Anyone ever said you resemble a celebrity?: Yes - Kevin Smith when I dressed as Silent Bob, and Charles Bronson when I went to prom (it was the 80's).

Last thing you bought over 50 dollars?: Notebook computer

How’s the weather?: Cold

What chores do you have around the house: all of them

Finish this sentence. I wish: dunno... not really a wishing kind of guy. I guess the winning Powerball would be nice, bt not something I think about.

One word to describe you: reserved

What should you be doing right now?: going to the gym (and I will when I finish)

Who did you hug today?: don't remember the last time I hugged anyone

What are you listening to right now?: Star Wars: ANH soundtrack

Done anything you regret so far this week?: Went to the White Trash Buffet

Describe where you are right now: In my sanctum sanctorum... I mean den

Say one of your friends and an inside joke with them: Ray, drink Ray

How many homes have you lived in? 16 including childhood

What food did you eat last night?: Potato skins (I was bad :( )

Do you dress for style or comfort?: comfort... I am style challeneged

Name someone with the same b-day as you: an employee at work about half my age

What is your favorite Michael Jackson song?: If I have to pick, I guess Thriller

If you could eat one meal for the rest of your life, what would it be?: Steak

What curse word do you use the most?: the f bomb

Do you own an iPod?: No

Have you ever bid for something on Ebay?: Yes

Where do you buy your groceries?: Marsh

What was the last movie you watched?: The Aviator

Do you prefer regular or chocolate milk?: Regular

Has anyone told you a secret this week?: No

When was the last time someone hit you?: Other than tae kwon do sparring? I think junior high

Can you whistle?: Yes

Have you ever participated in a protest?: Yes

Who was the last person to call you?: Ken

What is your favorite ride at an amusement park?: Don't have a favorite

What is something you must do everyday?: checmy e-mail

What is your job title?: Inventory Supervisor, though I prefer The Dark Lord of Inventory, or the one another store gave me - The Invemtory Godfather

What do you miss most?: My cat Kuriko

Would you ever sky dive?: Maybe.

What movie do you know every line to?: The Princess Bride, Star Wars: ANH, Pirates of the Caribbean: CotBP

What color is your bedroom painted?: white

Can you skip rocks?: yes

Do you sleep on your side, tummy, or back?: Side

If you were born the opposite sex, what would your name have been? No clue

Has anyone ever called you spoiled?: No

Did you ever go to the same school as your parents?: No

How many hours of sleep do you need to function?: Bare minimum 4, if I get 6 I'm pretty good.

How much is gas where you live right now?: $2.15ish

What album did you buy last?: the newest Wierd Al

How many pairs of shoes do you own?: 6

Are your days full and fast-paced?: No, I'm on vacation

Did you ever get in trouble for talking in class?: Maybe... the last thing like that I remember was a math teacher getting mad at me and a friend because we were doing lightspeed calculations, though I don't recall if we were actually talking.

Were you a “planned” child?: Not sure

Are you a good dancer?: Bwahahahahhahahahahaha... I mean, no.

Are you a nice person?: Some people think so


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Saturday, January 27, 2007

Poetic justice

One of those baggy pants punks gets tripped up by his own "fashion statement". Read about it here.

I hate seeing those punks in my store, looking for a chance to shove videogames down their baggy pants, so it highly amuses me to read a story like this one.


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Yes... as my friend Sherri pointed out, it looks like Google is forcing everyone to switch over.

If I wanted a Google account, I'd have one. For all I remember, I might. But I hate being forced to do something.

Of course, after their pithy "just this once" bit, I'll try again to see if they are bluffing.

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Thursday, January 25, 2007

Can it get any geekier?

A lightsaber Skype phone. Check it out here. It's nerdishly cool.

What could be better? An old school Star Trek Communicator cell phone, complete with sound effects. That would be the pinnacle in geek communication tech. And nowadays, very doable.

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Wednesday, January 24, 2007

Back home

Got back to my own store today. It's nice to be missed. But then I found out that my right-hand person and best friend at work is being recruited by another store.


I knew going on that gig would bite me in the ass somehow. The position she's being recruited for is the same as mine, which she was doing while I was gone. Before now, she's opposed the notion of taking my job, but I guess a few weeks of doing it, it being a promotion, and getting recruited by a boss she really likes added up enough points in its favor.

While it's not a done deal, I'd say the odds are pretty good.

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"I must kill the human race, Michael..."

From PvP Online.

Wasn't obvious to you? Of course Kitt was a Cylon. That's part of what made him cool.

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Battle of Yavin IV with hands

It's odd, but I can't help but admire their ingenuity.

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Monday, January 22, 2007


It's not the 6000 hits I find surprising. It's the fact that I've actually kept this thing going this long. Those that know me are probably surprised as well, as I am notorious for tiring of projects and losing interest in them without completing them.

I'm still resisting the switch to the "new" Blogger. Not sure exactly why, other than it's another pointless hassle, another account that I have to remember, and that I expect something to go wrong.

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Sunday, January 21, 2007

The Complete Scoundrel

This book is the best one that WOTC has released in ages. Many of their new books over the past couple of years have been rather focused, thus of limited use, and felt like they were padded just to hit a page count.

While Complete Scoundrel may seem targetted to those who play rogues and bards, theres something for everyone here, both players and GMs.

The two big things that are added are Luck Feats and Skill Tricks. While there are plenty of other feats and prestige classes, these two are additions to the game as a whole that everyone can find useful.

Skill Tricks are limited special abilities. They are bought with skill points, and have skill prerequisites. Most of them can only be used once per encounter, unlike feats. I can see adding skill tricks to any d20 campaign and as a GM developing more skill tricks for both D&D and other genres.

Luck Feats give players a second chance if their dice are being treacherous. There are some very interesting abilities among the Luck Feats, and basing it on feats means that characters won't be able to pile up on them too much, and there is a trade off because that means you aren't buying other feats. The only problem with the Luck Feats as a whole is that I didn't see a way to integrate Action Points (used in Eberron and Modern d20). I may have missed it, I scanned through 2 new rulebooks yesterday.

Complete Scoundrel is more for players and DMs that like a role-playing game, as opposed to go in the dungeon, kill the monster, get the loot, rinse and repeat kind of game (though there are some nifty combat abilities). So if you'd rather seduce the daughter of the evil wizard to gain access to his secret tower so that you can steal his plans for the Spell of the Apocalypse, thwart his evil scheme and save the kingdom instead of check for traps-kill 20 orcs-get 4d6 gold and 1 random item from Table 2, this book is for you.

Overall, this book rates 4 of 5 sneaky, lucky, tricky, flying monkeys.

Oh, and you can see my friend Shadowdragon if you want to buy one.

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Saturday, January 20, 2007

Blue Sun

I just thought that this picture was neat.

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Alphabet meme

Got this from Nicole. Hopefully I changed all of the answers, or it might look odd.

Are you available?: Yes
What is your age?: 40
What annoys you?: Stupid people that waste my time

Do you live in a big house?: No, I'd call it smallish
When is your birthday?: Feb 16
Who is your best friend? I have a few best friends

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What’s your favorite candy?: Maple nut goodies
Who’s your crush?: Don't have one
When was the last time you cried? When I received a condolences card from my vet regarding my cat's death and the picture reminded me of her (about 18 months ago).

Do you daydream?: Yes
What’s your favorite kind of dog?: Large. Even though I'm not a "dog person", I grew up with a big dog and like them.
What day of the week is it?: Saturday

How do you like your eggs?: Scrambled, with some cheddar cheese mixed in.
Have you ever been in the emergency room?: Yes.
What’s the easiest thing ever to do? Procrastinate

Have you ever flown in a plane?: Yes
Do you use fly swatters?: No
Have you ever used a foghorn? No, but I wish I could have one in my car. That or a train horn.

Do you chew gum?: Yes
Are you a giver or a taker?: Ask my exs
Do you like gummy candies?: Not particularly, they stick to my teeth

How are you?: OK
What’s your height?: 5′11″
What colour is your hair?: Brown

What’s your favourite ice cream?: Cookie dough ice cream by Ben & Jerry's
Have you ever ice skated?: Yes
Would you live in an igloo? Someone had trouble coming up with an "I" question

What’s your favourite jelly bean?: Orange
Have you ever heard a really hilarious joke?: Yes
Do you wear jewelry?: Yes.

Who do you want to kill?: No one comes to mind.
Do you want kids?: Depends on my mood.
Where did you have kindergarten? Pulliam Elementary School on the south side of Chicago.

Are you laid back?: Yes
Do you lie?: Yes
Have you ever been to London?: Yes. Would love to go back.

What’s your favourite movie?: Pirates of the Caribbean
Do you still watch Disney movies?: Maybe
What type of music you listen to?: Soundtracks, some classic rock

Do you have a nickname?: Oz
Favourite number?: 8
Do you prefer night over day? Yes

What’s your one wish?: I don't have one wish, just a few hopes
Are you an only child?: No
Do you wish this was over?: Not yet... ask me again after T

What one fear are you most paranoid about?: Don't think that I am paranoid
Do you love the colour pink?: Not particularly
Are you a perfectionist? No

Are you quick to judge people? Yes
Do you wish you were a Queen?: No, not in any context of the term
Have you ever rode a quad? I'm assuming an ATV. No.

Do you think you’re always right?: Always? Often, yes.
Do you watch reality TV: No
What’s a good reason to cry?: There are many

Do you prefer sun or rain?: Rain
Do you like snow?: Only if I don't have to go anywhere
What’s your favourite season? Autumn - I love the smells

What time is it?: 16:15
What time did you wake up?: 08:00
When was the last time you slept in a tent? A few years ago.

Do you own an umbrella?: Yes
Can you ride a unicycle?: No
Have you ever said someone was ugly?: Yes

What’s the worst veggie?: Green ones
Where do you want to go on vacation?: Ireland
Where was your last family vacation to? Um... I can't remember. It was probably over 20 years ago.

What’s your worst habit?: Procrastinating
Where do you live?: Indianapolis Indiana
Who’s your hero?: I don't have one

Have you ever had an x-ray?: Yes
Have you seen the x-games?: No
Do you own a xylophone?: No

Do you like the colour yellow?: It’s ok
What year were you born in?: 1966
What’s one thing you yearn for?: Don't know that I yearn for anything.

What’s your zodiac sign?: Aquarius
Do you believe in the zodiac?: Not literally, but there do seem to be common traits (and I am a stereotypical Aquarius).
What’s your favourite zoo animal?: Big cats

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I should have posted this yesterday, and technically I was 212 this morning but I'll wait until tomorrow to see if I can claim that victory.

My weight loss is kind of like a ball bouncing down a flight of stairs. It will hit a step, bounce up a little, then fall to a lower step. Hence why I don't claim half pounds and sometimes wait a day to see where the ball is before I claim a pound.

But as long as it keeps going down stairs. Plus now that I'm getting back to my regular work schedule I'll be better about keeping my gym schedule (I missed a couple of days while I was up north).

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Wednesday, January 17, 2007

This is your brain on Sith

Too bad they couldn't dub a deeper voice for Darth Father. Even I could do a better Vader than that.

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New Serenity miniseries

Before you get too excited, it's a comic book miniseries, not television. But at least Whedon is writing it. You can read more here.

Yes, the headline is cruel. I even felt a little twinge of hope when I read the link that led me to this news.

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Tuesday, January 16, 2007

Cats doing funny stuff

It's hard not to smile while watching this... it's an oldie but a goodie.

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An end in sight

Things suddenly aped up over the past couple of days regarding my temporary assignment. This weekend I received the call that they had (finally) hired someone to take the position and that I would start training him Monday. The plan for me to train him for two weeks, then I'd be done there.

Today the Market Boss Guy called and said next week I'd go back to my own store and the new guy would come train with me there. So Friday will be my last day at the affluent suburban store and I go back to the Land of Grilles and Mullets.

It's not that there aren't several good people at this store, in fact some I've worked with in the past, but it will be nice to get "home". I'm sure my boss will be glad to see me back.

And after next week... I finally get my vacation that I've been putting off since the end of October.

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Monday, January 15, 2007

Original Star Wars trailer?

Wow... that's a far cry from the Star Wars we came to know and love. I think the biggest thing I noticed was the lack of John William's score. That is really integral to the whole Star Wars experience.

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Sunday, January 14, 2007

Return of the Quiz

My Personality
Openness To Experience
Test Yourself Compare Yourself View Full Report

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Because everyone loves quizzes. Or at least I do.

The detailed report is fairly extensive. I was hoping to see how I compared to the "typical" Aquarius, as that was implied at the beginning of the test, but I didn't see anything in the results to indicate it. Though from what I've read, I'm a pretty stereotypical Aquarius.

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B-King vs. MC Clown

So wrong I had to share.

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R2D2 and Chewbacca - Agents of the Rebellion

This take on Episode IV in light of Episodes I - III actually makes sense.

Too bad that Lucas never thought that much in advance. I still say that he hadn't decided on on the whole brother-sister thing until Jedi.

Oh, and I'd give credit for the photo, but I have so many pictures of that "Leia" I have no clue which ones came from where any more. Maybe it's in the file info. Maybe not.

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Thursday, January 11, 2007

You look tired...

I was told this a couple of times when I went to visit my store this week. And they're right. It's not just the hours... I've done these hours before and people work more hours, it's the stress. I feel drained. When I get home I just want to veg until it's time to go to bed.

Part of it has to do with my own personality traits. Even though the store I'm helping out isn't "my" store, even though I didn't create the disaster there, I won't be held responsible for it, and I won't be the one stuck with the long term clean up, I can't help but take mental "ownership" of the situation.

That means I worry about it, even when I'm not at work. Even though I logically realize I can't change what has happened there, and what I can do isn't a quick fix, I am frustrated by the situation.

It would kind of like being at the helm of the Titanic when the iceberg was sighted. You throw yourself against the wheel with all of your strength, trying to avery disaster through sheer force of will even if you already know that it's too late. Well, I've been throwing myself against the wheel for three weeks. No wonder I'm tired.

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Do not kiss the lion...

Just look here.

Why don't I picture this as having a happy ending? Maybe she shouldn't have used that beef broth shampoo?

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I would say that the needle is moving again, but with a digital scale, there is no needle. As long as the number keeps going down.

My diet buddie Nicole asked me if I've visualized what 35 pounds of fat looks like. Yeah, it's pretty nasty.

If it was water, it would be over 4 gallons (I think). I've lost 16.3 kilos, and 1 liter of water weighs 1 kilo. Wow.

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Sunday, January 07, 2007


No, I didn't really gain five pounds. I bought a new scale, which shows 5 pounds heavier than my old scale. I know that I've still lost 35 pounds in about a year and 30 pounds since I started tracking in detail, but it still sucks to find myself 5 pounds farther from my next goal, 200.

This week has been a rough one. Work was stressful, I was sick to the point they sent me home from work (and it wasn't the kind of sick that takes off pounds, and there was the sinning at and following New Year's. So actually I popped up a couple of pounds and had to knock them off.

I'm back in my gym routine. I missed during the week since breathing was challenging. I sounded so bad at work that people stayed away and the other manager that worked with me during the day refused to let me handle the binder after he disinfected it. He told me I should go home, and when the closing manager came in, he said I should go home also. So I figured even if I could go to the gym, the people there wouldn't appreciate me hacking and wheezing all over the place.

But at least now I've got almost all of the gunk out, I did my regular routine, and I can talk normally.

But it's still 15 pounds to go, dammit.

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Saturday, January 06, 2007

The pink and red plague

I went grocery shopping today and found that the XMas stuff had made way for the next commercial-hype holiday. That's right, Valentine's Day... a reminder to couples everywhere to spend or they suck and to singles that they just suck.

V-Day this year will be at roughly the 6 year mark since my last girlfriend broke up with me. Each year I've faced the bombardment that accompanies the "holiday" with increasing apathy. I managed to keep a good frame of mind last year, I just have to watch out for the work stress ganging up with the other usual negatives for this time of year to drag me down.

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Thursday, January 04, 2007

What does 200 calories look like?

Before I clicked on the article, I was afraid it would picture a clump of disgusting fat. No, it's a comparison of foods.

Here's the lump of disgusting fat... about 2,000,000 calories worth.

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Wednesday, January 03, 2007

Wal-Mart hates families

Specifically, the families of their employees. What is the nation's largest retailer doing now? Putting their employees "on call" with random schedules determined by "real-time" customer flow. Check out the article.

Wal-Mart claims to be pro-family. If they were pro-family, they would use their position as the nation's largest employer to set an example instead of treating people like crap.

How are people supposed to live if they don't know when they'll work or how many hours they'll get in a week? This system will be used to weed out tenured workers, workers with families, and workers needing full-time employment.

What Wal-Mart wants is a bunch of cheap, disposable employees that it won't have to worry about achieving higher wages or needing benefits. No wonder so many people think of Wal-Mart as the Evil Empire.

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