Monthly Archives: February 2009
Well, I got nothing. I mean, I can coast on my laurels of the old “one post a day” thing I have going on. But I’d like to be doing more.
I can show you this site, which has daily crossword puzzles online (and available for print-out). Sure, it uses up one entry, bringing my total for today to “2”…but seriously, that’s not really much more than what I had already.
Maybe I’ll go back to Hulu for a while, or checking out the blogs over on >>>>>that side of the page. There’s some great stuff to cull from those sites, until I can get to a computer with Stumble-Upon installed. What a great tool that is. Way addictive though.
So, how’s your New Year’s / Lent resolutions going for you? Holding to them?
Oh, how I miss Dead Like Me. This show had such wit and humor about mankind’s last personal acts, and life in general. Here’s one of my favorite clips from the show.
This is a fun, easy questionaire (with a funny graphic) that determines if you are a dangerous driver or not. I scored a 72%, as you can see.
Created by The Car Connection
While this is “technically” my 800th post, I have many that are in the bin, awaiting posting. So this is probably closer to #673 or so…but anyhow. My reason for bringing you here today is this:
I have the fear that, after I die, I will find out that cheating at Solitaire is one of those greater sins that were never talked about, and that I will somehow burn for it.
I freely admit that I have a lot of strange fears, but I might be onto something here.
This was at the Independent Spirit Awards on the Independent Film Channel…and I love this speech. It’s long, rambling, he swears, but it’s great. I try to keep this blog fairly clean, but I just had to post this.
This is one of those strange, almost dopplar effect sounds. I’ll let them explain in greater detail, but the musical scales never seem to reach their peak. Pretty cool.
Here’s an older story that I only just stumbled upon. Try it on for size.
Sigourney Weaver has hinted working with Ridley Scott once again, to take the character of Ellen Ripley and do something OTHER than fight an alien! The Ripley character’s relationship with the Alien kind of reminds me of Jaws, where the shark just keeps on coming after a member of that family. It’d be nice to see her do something different for a change.
I think this is a great idea. Weaver still looks amazing, well into her 50’s. This could work.
Examples include smelliest shoes and dumbest lawsuits. Enjoy! [link]
I know first-hand just how difficult this image was to create. When I worked at Cox Tech Support, I would do stick-pin pixel art designs of Pac-Man and Mario for fun while in-between calls. It’s time consuming, labourious, and it’s darn-near impossible to keep your lines perfectly straight. I got away with it, because I was working on a very small scale…but this is Amazing. I applaud the effort put into this ode to Super Mario.
This is a list of very helpful tips in the eventuallity you will meet your future self. Be careful, it could happen at any time.
I had to fix the link on this post (thanks agb), and I decided that it wasn’t a very well written post. So, here’s take 2.
I might have posted this one already. If I did, it’s a good enough list to deserve a second viewing. This is another one of those top-lists that were so popular at the turn of the 21st century. Besides the Rolling Stone magazine’s top albums and songs of all time, I have to say this Empire top 500 movies list is at least worth a look.
To actually watch these movies is a truly ambitious effort. I’m not planning on watching every single one, just as many as I can before I die. Another good guide that is a little more portable is The New York Times Guide To The Best 1000 Movies Ever Made, which I highly recommend as well. The NYT book is more of a narrative instead of a truly comprehensive guide, which makes it read more like a book of historical articles rather than a true list-book. This is a plus for me, but if you want just-the-facts, then either stick to this great Empire Magazine site, or try the Leonard Maltin Movie Guides. If you’re on a thrifty-kick, the 2008 version of this book is down to about $4.00 (used) when I last viewed the item, as opposed to about $11.00 (used) for the 2009 version.
Going back to the Empire Top 500 Movies list, it’s not quite perfect. There are movies that I felt should be much further toward #1, and some movies (*cough*, Ben-Hur, *cough*) that shouldn’t even be ON the list. At all. But that is all part of the fun.
Enjoy the list…and have fun foregoing those Tivo’d episodes of Battlestar Galactica in favor of some great classics from AMC or TCM. It’s a tough call, but the movies are like a healthy dinner for your soul. Make the right choice.
Note: Thanks again, agb. Don’t click the picture, just click the hyperlink.
Amazing. A pharaoh’s amount of megabytes to boot.
I recommend turning down the lights, putting on your headphones, and BLARING the music for this one!
See, these sites kind of annoy me. There’s a reason why these songs hit #1. They were really, really good…once. For a sliver of time, these songs were just what a lot of Americans needed. Sure, they don’t deserve to hit #1 today…although I’d still rather listen to old crap than new “hits” in most cases (although T.I. is rather engaging, I must say).
Anyhow, I’ll stand aside while you go Rick-roll yourself.
After almost 20 years, The Simpsons has finally recreated their intro in belated anticipation of the transfer to High Definition Television. Well, better late than never.
Poland, not happy with our movie posters, created amazing works of art that were often times better than the movies themselves. If I had all the posters I want from this site, I would need a bigger house.
One ingredient of a good marriage is gentle teasing. Scaring the crap out of your wife might work too.
(Turn DOWN your speakers about mid-way through or you’ll lose an eardrum!)
Watch TV shows, movies, and clips for Free. You have to sit through an occaisonal commercial break. Instead of 4-6 commercials each break, you only have to endure One. I am Such a fan of this site. I’ve watched the movie Christine 3 or 4 times on here already.
Check it out. Hulu.com
This is pretty self explanatory: a fun list of the most memorable scenes from the movies of Alfred Hitchcock.
I absolutely love this short film. Although the movie’s tone truly belongs near Halloween, I just discovered this film today and found the need to post it immediately. I found it on Neatorama, but this film originated from futureshorts.com. They also have a YouTube channel: www.youtube.com/futureshorts.
Well, revamping isn’t the right word. I’m not changing anything…it’s just that, until maybe 6-10 months ago, I didn’t use post labels. You know, those hypertexted words at the bottom of the posts, like “cats”, “youtube”, “Star Trek”, and so on. For whatever reason, I just didn’t want labels to be cluttering up the blog. Later, when I finally succumbed to labelling, I kept the labels non-specific yet orderly, like “video”, “neato”, and “writing”. The nice thing about non-specific labels is that there’s only a select few of them, keeping the blog a little more orderly. The problem is that there’s almost no cataloging by doing this. You click on a label, and the list of posts you get is almost exactly the same as what you had previously.
So, finally, I started to put descriptive labels. Sometimes I have 15 labels for a single video. The problem now is that I really should go back and start labeling the really old posts. This blog is largely a form of diary, a record of the way I thought, the books I read, and the stuff I was into a few years ago. If I want to know what videos I was looking at, I have to go all the way back to the time period I posted such videos, instead of simply clicking “videos”.
Anyhow…I just thought I’d share something that I’m slowly doing on this site (yet still putting off by typing this post, apparently). Let’s go feed the time vampire, shall we?
I found this on Neatorama. This is an incredible number of edits to recreate a masterpiece digitally. Enjoy.
It was the way the world broke off from the overworld,
the trees changing colors slower,
the ocean is near, but I never see it.
The jazz is closer, and the Duke and Duchess,
But I haven’t seen them.
The giant crown with glowing red eyes,
looking over the land
watching out for low flying aircraft
and million man marches
and new monuments to clog the walkways
to disintegrate the mottled and torn greens
that should have been replaced in the days of
angry Hooverville residents
I run past the local way
a small world I’ve created
I’ve grown to know
to find with satellites
the boxes left behind
the useless toys
to pass on to someone else
a treasure in disguise.
I sleep in another time
I see the sun before you do
And I get older faster.
It is an Oz.
I go to church to learn (or re-learn things I’ve forgotten). I’ve done this since I was a kid. See, my parents split up when I was about 8 years old, and then later divorced. In the years up to their split-up, we used to attend Methodist church. It was rare that I actually attended the main services with the rest of my family, since I attended Sunday School, which occurred at the same time. When I actually did attend the main services, it was during the holidays, and while I enjoyed doing the “grown-up” activity, I was also bored to tears.
This explains a lot of my adult church-going habits. I have always been drawn more toward a Bible-study form of church, as opposed to a doctrine and tradition church. I go to church, looking forward to “the lesson”, or that 5-10 minute slice right in the middle where the priest, minister, or guy/gal in front breaks down a passage from the Bible. It’s why I’m there, and the remaining 90% of the service, before and after, I just sorta sit through.
More or less, I’m okay with that. I realize the traditional things, the Catholic prayers at the chosen spots, the communion, isn’t for me, since I’m not Catholic. I was married in a Catholic church, and I even went to Catholic high school for 3 years, but I never chose to be Catholic.
…hmm…I just hit a snag. I’ve been driving toward a specific point in this conversation, but somehow ended up taking the wrong exit. Let’s just hit the point and move on with our day, eh?
The passages. Why, in the Catholic ‘schedule’ book, do they choose the passages they do? See, in the Catholic church (as opposed to other faiths, as far as I know), they supply a book to everyone when you walk in the door. The book is sort of a weekly planner, where they tell you 3 passages that are to be read in every weekly service for the year. The first passage tends to be from the Old Testament, and the other two from the New Testament.
First off, the Old Testament passages…they almost never make any sense. Take next week’s passage. It’s Leviticus 13:1-2; 44-46. It’s the diagnosis for leprosy. Yeah. That’s it. Basically, it’s an instruction guide for priests to do nothing helpful except to quarantine and yell “UNCLEAN! UNCLEAN!” to those with a bunch of festering scabs on their faces. I wish I could have had this passage on-hand in high school to yell at all those people I didn’t like afflicted with bad acne. Except I was usually the one with bad skin, so this would have backfired.
My question is how, in this day and age, to anyone trying to get some kind of message, some kind of guidance, from a church service…how in the WORLD do instruction to Priests TWO THOUSAND YEARS AGO on how to treat victims of LEPROSY constitute something that should be taught in a church service?
Are the organizers of these planners dumb, insane, or just don’t care?
This is the same rationale as the whole “begat” sections of the Bible. Because the writers of the Bible chose to place the lineage of the Biblical all-stars in both the old and new testaments, starting in Genesis 5 and Matthew 1 respectively. Which is all well and good. What isn’t good is the fact that these passages are read, word for word, in modern day services. Yes, Biblical scholars really should have this information. It is important to know the lineage trail from Abraham to King David to Christ. However, unless you’re Rain Man and can actually memorize these things, how is it okay, or wise, to include these passages in a modern day church service? How is this information going to help me out?
It’s not. Basically, it’s filler. And it’s really bad filler. It’s like a limp piece of lettuce on a sandwich. Sure, you could choose a good crunchy piece of lettuce like the story of Lot and his family fleeing from Sodom (although, that family was seriously messed up. First, Lot offers his daughters, his DAUGHTERS, to a raping mob intent on “Sodom-izing” these two strangers, later found out to be Angels. He offers his children instead of these two strangers. I’m sorry, but that’s just wrong. Sure, it worked out for them (except for Lot’s wife, of course), but the only viable choices I could see in that situation are either 1) stand up with the strangers against the mob and possibly get killed, or…well, actually that’s the only choice. The other choice, sending the strangers back out into the mob, is simply unthinkable.
I digress (again). My point is that there are a lot of better Biblical passages than something that the “begats”, which is about as interesting as reading the phonebook, or the treatment methods for leprosy, which could just as easily be a tri-fold brochure at an ancient priest’s waiting room.
I realize they aren’t writing any new passages to the Bible, and they have to recycle the ones they already have. But I’d rather hear the story of Adam & Eve, Lot, Job, and Jabez a HUNDRED times before I have to hear another listing of festering sore treatments.
By the way, I’m not just bashing Catholics by this. There are plenty of other religions that have services that make about as much sense as seeing the menu choices for Isaac Newton on the 44th day of the 31st year of his life. I just happened to have attended a Catholic service just now, which got me rolling. And if you disagree with me and want more information on the treatment for Leprosy, WebMD has a very interesting article for you to peruse at your own whim, right here. Enjoy, you weird little monkeys.
My general rule in whether to post something on Kraznoy or not is whether it effects me emotionally on some level, and whether I might want to go back and look at the posts in a year. The stories about US Airways Flight 1529 affect me very deeply, and I think I will want to review the information related to this in 10 years.
Almost 20 years ago, there was a notable crash of a United Airlines DC-10 in Sioux City, Iowa. The DC-10 in that crash had a passenger and crew complement of nearly twice as many as on US Airways Flight 1549. The cause for the crash of the United plane, flight 232, was related to hydrolics in the 17-year old plane, and not birdstrike. However, the fact that both pilots and crews acted heroically to save these flights just hits me deeply.
To say that I don’t like to fly is an understatement. I literally assume that there is a chance that everytime that I fly I will not make it to the destination. I don’t let this stop me, mostly because the thought of public or private shame due to this fear has, so far, kept me from screaming out at the top of my lungs, at the time of final boarding, “LET’S TAKE GREYHOUND! AND LEAVE THE DRIVING TO THEM!”
Also, I realize that flying is a lot safer than driving. (Especially in Nebraska, where the turning signal is, by law, disengaged when the Nebraska plates are secured to a vehicle. No, really. Look it up.) However, when a car crashes, there’s a high chance that the crumple-zones, the seatbelts, the rollbars, the airbags, and everything else is going to save you. When a plane crashes, it’s almost never going to end well.
(Random thought: think of how music would be different if Buddy Holly hadn’t chartered that damn plane, or if the pilot or his boss had The Weather Channel 50 years ago last Tuesday.)
I have never refused to fly…I just always briefly weigh out my life, check to make sure that my successes outweigh my failures (even if it’s just a 51:49 ratio), and go with the show. I’m not looking forward to dying, but I feel that, since death is inevitable, you might as well expect that it might just happen to you, and probably when you don’t expect it to.
I don’t usually get this introspective when I’m just trying to post a video or two, but I figured an explanation was necessary. The videos from Flight 1529 can be found on any news outlet’s website, on YouTube’s front page, and on a million blogs more popular than Kraznoy. However, that “will I find this interesting in a year” rule springs up. Since I’m still interested in the United crash 20 years ago, I think this post fits that rule.
The first videos are from US Airways Flight 1529. The last videos are of the documentary on United Flight 232. If you haven’t heard of the 1989 crash, I won’t give away the ending. However, they do speak with the pilot and many who were on-board.
This is in-flight audio from US Airways Flight 1529.
This link has been repaired! Thanks agb. Either click the photo or click here.
Don’t click the photo, it ain’t workin’. I don’t know why, and it would take too long to figure it out, so just click HERE, it will get you to the site. Sorry folks.
This one took some time to make. Someone created a detailed virtual map of Springfield, based on most of the businesses and homes featured throughout the two decade history of the show.
I love these clips. Someone got the bright idea to do movie-shorts featuring the Muppets. They’re a lot of fun. The clips are featured at Tough Pigs.
I’m going to be posting the websites from my favorites folder for a couple weeks, so I’ll start with my favorite puzzle page.