Monthly Archives: September 2007
Borrowed this joke from here: http://bitsandpieces1.blogspot.com/2007/07/smart-man.html
A businessman who needed millions of dollars to clinch an important deal went to church to pray for the money.
By chance he knelt next to a man who was praying for $100 to pay an urgent debt.
The businessman took out his wallet and pressed $100 into the other man’s hand. Overjoyed, the man got up and left the church.
The businessman then closed his eyes and prayed, “And now, Lord, that I have your undivided attention….”
Yes, I’m actually talking. I’m actually writing something on this here Kraznoy thing, but I don’t have much time so my grammar is going out the window, if you know what I mean, and I would assume that you do.
Anyhow, it’s a great day. Actually, it’s an awful day. But really it’s a great day, because I choose to make it great. It’s the best day I can offer to anyone I try to help throughout the day, because I don’t want someone elses transgressions to effect (?affect?) how I treat this customer. Because I *sniffle*…care.
Or because I don’t want another ulcer. I already dealt with that, at the tender age of 22 no less. Now, almost 10 years later, I don’t really want to go back there. Prevacid works, but it makes everything taste coppery. Not nice.
I wish I could finish the Tao of Pooh, for then I feel I could get an even better handle on my emotions. Or I could watch Forrest Gump yet again, for that is a great Taoist character. He simply accepts things as they come, and goes from there.
Well, gotta go. I hope you are all in your happy place. And you don’t need the feather, you Dumbo.
By the way, anyone have a list of great books that you can’t finish? I’ll try to post a list one of these days. For all the ones that I can’t finish, there’s one turd like Hannibal Rising that somehow I can. Sad.
Peaceful thoughts. -A
Not “contact lens”. No, Contact Juggling is a type of object manipulation that makes it appear as if the object being “juggled” is sitting in open space, as the person’s body moves around it. Very cool.
Well, I could complain. I mean, I got used to a certain level of lax on the cruise a couple weeks back. But seriously, can I really complain?
I’ve got a good life. I work a 40 hour week, making a decent living, working on the phones. It’s not as fabul as some jobs, but it’s far better than other jobs I’ve held. I like helping people, and I get to do that on a very regular basis.
But I’m looking forward to the future. To those of you who don’t know, there’s a possibility my wife and I will move to Baltimore. And I even found out the cable company I work for has a phone center nearby. Which is pretty nice, because I do like it here.
I don’t really have a point here, I just really need to say something on this site. I’ll try to be more profound later, after my fingerst get tired of Guitar Hero.
Here’s some junk for your viewing pleasure.
The evolution of Dance.
That should do it for now.
An awesome music video from some Euro-techno group. They used a bunch of weird old Religious video footage as their model for the video. Very funny. (I stole it from BoingBoing. Shh…)
Sorry…I just realized I never told anyone here I was going on a cruise. Well, I’m back, and I’m going to be posting again soon. Honest.
I don’t wholeheartedly agree with what he’s got to say, but he does have some interesting ideas. Demolishing various agencies of the US Government…maybe. I don’t feel they’re doing all they can, and should be reorganized into something else. However, we still need them until we can slide something else into place, much like having another job lined up when you’re ready to leave your current one. Not that I’m ready to do so for quite some time, but you get my drift.
Timers. I’ve always been obsessed with time. My step-mom Esther can attribute to this fact. Back when we first got our lake cabin (circa 1987), and we first started going out in the motor boat, I was ALWAYS asking what time it was. She finally commented on it one day, and brought it to my attention.
See, it had never occurred to me before. I love time. Even right now, I’m timing the amount of time since I started my last break, and comparing it to the time when I should go to sleep. Which is a little pessimistic, since the more you think about something you dread (like sleep, or the end of consciousness), the closer it seems when you time it. At least that’s been my experience I guess.
What I’ve always wanted to do is create some fun, graphical timers. Basically, do things like Godzilla destroying Omaha. I know, it sounds absurd. I mean, Godzilla only really inhabits Japan (that P.O.S. movie with Matthew Broderick aside), and the logistics of how he would make it to the center of our country before being destroyed in a nuclear reaction (ironically)…well, it’s not very likely, I should say.
It’d be fun to see though. I mean, have the Woodmen Building be 1/10 of the total time, maybe the First National Building and the Qwest Center…and if you’re not familiar with Omaha, you have no idea what I’m talking about.
Okay, despite my best efforts, let’s look at that P.O.S. 1990’s version of Godzilla. He destroys various buildings in NYC. And while that may be macabre given that a couple of buildings really were destroyed not-so-long-ago in NYC, but if you do it with funny cartoony buildings, then it’d be okay, right?
Okay, then take “The Matrix”‘s approach, and make it an undefined city. In real life, they shot in Sydney, Australia, but it sort of looks like “Anywhere-ville”.
Besides simply destroying buildings for the simple pleasure of having a timer might seem a little tame. Another idea I’ve had is having entire city blocks fall into nothingness, kind of like in the old 1980’s game QIX. Say, you’re timing for 20 minutes. On minute 19, suddenly the 3200 block of Dodge Road drops off into nothingness, with a bunch of comic screams to ensue. Eventually, ala GTA, the authorities would start to show up in increasing vigilance, attempting to rescue people from the giant pit, but in the end, the whole city would go. (Or at least the pre-determined square block radius.)
There’s other equally violent timers in my head, like burnings, floods, earthquake, or mud (I had a dream about that when I was 8 years old that I still remember very vividly to this day).
Otherwise, there’s tons of possibilities. Bunnies, for instance. Have 2 bunnies that sort of reproduce over and over again, until a whole city is overrun with rabbits. Containment of the area includes a giant plexiglass box, with the city-scene at a side view, and you watch as the city is slowly filled up with a bunny deluge.
Unfortunately, to date I don’t have the patience (or the software) to get this done. I assume I would likely need to get Flash (and a working knowledge of it), along with some drawing program. I mean, technically I could use Paint, probably program it in Visual Basic, or something like that. But really, who has the time to make a timer?