Monthly Archives: December 2005

  • Eating Boogers Each Day Keeps the Doctor Away

    Mucophagy (Nose Picking)

    The Top 10 Craziest Science Stuff you didn’t know has quite a few awesome facts. For instance, regarding eating your boogers (mucophagy):

    Some research suggests that mucophagy may be a natural and even healthy activity, which exposes the digestive system to bacteria accumulated in the mucus, thereby helping to strengthen the immune system.

    I’ve been saying the same thing for years. 😉 Along with that awesome fact are “Men can breastfeed”, “The Gay Bomb”, “Erections After Death”, “Hypnotizing Chickens”, and a few others. You should go and read them all. Be sure to read the comments as well because I was literally LOLing after reading some of them, so don’t miss out on that.

  • Mothers Against Noise

    Cranky Old Lady Who Hates Music
    Cranky old lady who hates music
    Mothers Against Noise is a group of old women that seek the elimination of all music they deem to be “noise”. You may ask, “What is ‘noise’?”

    Noise is music that uses unpleasant or painful or extremely loud or discordant sound. Noise is also a very dangerous musical trend that is hell bent on destroying civilized culture, this anti-cultural movement is quickly sweeping the globe, and is very dangerous to our youth.

    Everything on her “site” is “hell bent” on destroying america. She even invokes 9/11 as rationale for invading the foreign territory of popular culture, forgetting that she was once young. Naturally, Mothers Against Noise is trying to mobilize parents to inspect the music collections of their children and summarily destroy selected evil artists’ CDs such as Radiohead, Andrew WK, and Merzbow. What the hell is Merzbow, and where is Marilyn Manson in that list?

    This cranky old lady isn’t the best writer in the world, as evidenced in a few choice passages:

    Many will say even if some of the lyrical content of noise is not offensive, but ultimately it doesn’t matter because it is usually effected with a lot of well… effects and you cant tell what they are saying anyways. Then answer me this, if it doesn’t matter then why aren’t they singing about birds and waterfalls and living in a wonderful world??

    In this post 9-11 world we have to fight harder and smarter than our enemies. We must arm our self with knowledge and seek to shine light where there is only darkness.

    These people hide behind the guise of “artistic creativity” while in reality they are out to destroy any trace of art.(How contradictory is that folks?)

    I mean, what IS the deal?? And who do I talk to about airline food?

    She asks for stories from parents, and as far as I can tell on this one-page “site”, she has one horribly concerned parental story:

    It comes with a lyric sheet of some of the most horrid descriptions of pedophilia and fantisies of sex with AIDS patients.

    Right now I amvery upset and do not know what to do. I do not want my son to become a pervert. I do not know how he got interested in this stuff at all. And I thought Marylin Manson was the sickest thing around.

    Ahh, there Marilyn is!

    The noise scene is also structured a lot like terrorist organizations, they work in small numbers with no clear leader and work feverishly on their ‘music’ often self releasing cds and records (I might add if you heard most of this stuff, youd see why). This makes our job a lot harder since we do not have a handful of larger record companies to boycott or pressure.

    Poor her.

    “M. Smith” invites you to email her or join her yahoo group to discuss “some of the biggest offenders conspiring to destroy the souls of our youth.“. I suggest you do; we must protect our children from the terrible secret.

    [Thanks to Cat for the link.]

  • Greg Came to Town Tonight (And Alan Too)

    Alan, Greg, and Chris(me) in front of my projection screenGreg (Facebook) was in town for Christmas and brough Alan (Facebook) to my house. We played Xbox 360 for a while and then watched part of Trading Spouses from episodes that my roommate had downloaded. It was the one with the crazy christian lady who’s screaming “SHE’S NOT A CHRIS-CHUN!!!” and “GARGOYLES!!!” and “DARK SIDED STUFF!!!”. Man, I just can’t get enough of that episode. It was really good to see Greg and Alan (only Greg) and not have parmesean cheese involved. Thanks for coming by guys!

    Greg is leaving tonight to go back to Houston, but I plan on going there for Easter to watch his play he’s written about an android hobo living among us, collecting our change to finance his creator’s hostile world takeover. No, that’s not a joke; it’s just how creative Greg is. Do NOT question him, EVER.

  • Blogging Christmas 2005

    Galileo ThermometerWell, I had fun this Christmas. I got that neat Galileo thermometer that is over there on the left. My mom said something like, “I wasn’t sure how it worked, but it looked pretty nerdy, so I figured you’d like it”. I didn’t get much else in the way of presents except cash, gift certificates, and food from relatives, but my parents did forgive quite a bit of debt that I owe them ($100 of the $450 I owe for 4 new tires I had to buy for my Expedition).

    I bought my mom a hanging hammock chair, by Hammaka. Here’s a picture of her sitting in it. She likes it a lot, and has already spent a great deal of time in it. Today was a pretty nice day for sitting outside and we did. I bought my dad The Lexus and the Olive Tree: Understanding Globalization by Thomas L. Friedman. He’s an awesome author and I read The World is Flat: A Brief History of the Twenty-First Century. That was and awesome book, and I’m sure the one I bought my dad will be just as good.

  • Best Buy Mismanagement and Drag Pictures

    Did the “Drag Pictures” get your attention? Good. 😉 Those pictures are at the end of this post. Read the rest of it before you get to those.

    Dave Anderson has written a good writeup of a typical Best Buy customer service experience. He and I both worked in the computer area at Best Buy for quite a while. I worked in “Services” for the duration of my employment, now Geek Squad. Dave worked in Computer Sales, and then Services. Dave and I always gave good service, and I’m not trying to say the people in the store are not helpful, because a lot of them are (Katie, Ian, etc).

    The problem lies in the fact that Best Buy, the corporation, seems to not have good communication within the corporate levels. The people in the stores may be willing to help you, but they are having to fight the infrastructure to attempt it. Dave and I both personally know about this.

    Anyway, go read his posts on his blog (first, second). He will update it as the story unfolds, but long story short, they sent off his laptop to get it fixed, and it came back to another cutomer’s house and then made it next to impossible to get it back. He still hasn’t been able to get it back. They also screwed up the PSP information which expired while they were working on it.

    Also, if you really want to see something funny, check out these pictures of managers and other people at our store dressed in drag. I’d tell the story behind that, but it’s more humorous if I don’t.

  • Merry Christmas Food at Work

    I’m lucky to work with a bunch of women who bring food to work all the time. We’re having one of our office parties. I always cop out by buying a 12-pack or two of Diet Cokes. I scored big time today. I got a chocolate bar, coffee mug with Hershey’s Kisses and Swiss Miss, homemade banana bread, and a lottery ticket from our CFO, Debbie. In that last link, my boss Jay makes an appearance too.

    Also, a huge thanks to Ashley (middle desk) for making some of her circular noodles and sauce stuff for me. I love that stuff. What a great present!

    My Christmas Food at Work
    Merry Christmas Food!

    It makes having to work today almost worth it.

  • Just got back from Game Night

    I just got back from Jennifer’s (Facebook, Myspace) apartment. She has game night on Wednesday for friends and other people. I got a Christmas present!!! Jennifer gave me these pictures in a frame. Christmas came early this year!

    We played Apples to Apples. If you’ve not played this game, I think it is probably one of, if not the, best party games around. It’s really hard to explain and make it sound fun, but I assure you it is. I’ll write a detailed post about it later, but basically you match green cards, which are adjectives, to red cards, which are nouns. You try to pick the best noun so the person will pick your word. Object is to get the most green cards. It’s totally awesome and here’s a picture of us playing Apples to Apples last week.

  • Customizing the Kubrick (Default) theme for WordPress

    Here’s a catchup for some people. WordPress is the software that runs this blog. Kubrick is the default theme that comes with it. You’ve probably seen it on a million blogs and on this one. However, I wanted to customize mine with darker colors, like some of my previous designs. I also wanted to have my picture up in the header part and again, darker colors.

    I thought I was going to have to open photoshop and try to individually change the rasterized images since I didn’t have any vector files (psd) to work with, but thankfully some guy (he didn’t put his name on his blog) created a PSD version of the Kubrick theme, including rasterized and vector layers. Naturally I went with the premade vector layers, overlaid a new image on top of it, and about 10 minutes later, I had the theme I had always dreamed of. Thanks “some guy”!

    In other news, I got my roommate Courtney to start a blog. He wasn’t using his domain for anything except email, so I set up wordpress and a nice theme for him too. I even photoshopped his picture onto the green hillside 🙂 He couldn’t help but use it, after I did all the work.

  • I hate

    Update: They did sell out of that stupid thing I bought. I wouldn’t have been able to believe that I could hate them more. They gave me a $5.00 coupon toward a future purchase, but even including that, I had to spend $15 more in order to get an item similar to the one I wanted to buy.

    Sure, Overstock might lure you in with their ads featuring a seductive austrian woman prancing about in a white wonder world of online commerce, but what really awaits you on the web site? I hate Don’t get me wrong, I shop there, but I hate it the same way I hate Wal-Mart, and I hate it too, but for different reasons. Read on to see why I hate

  • LOST – 4 8 15 16 23 42 EXECUTE

    If you know what that means, more than likely you’re a fan of LOST too.  I was recently introduced to LOST after prodding from someone I met via Facebook, which I will discuss later. I had heard lots of people tell me about it, but I am naturally skeptical of new shows. My roommate told me to watch it, and he acquired all of the old episodes, but I declined. I didn’t care about a show with a main plot device of a plane crash. I’ve seen that, and it was a movie; Cast Away. Read on for the reasons why LOST is the best show ever.

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