Monthly Archives: April 2009

Early Caturday

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Fun Experiment

A while back, there was a posting on AmyOops regarding “Ctrl-V”, or the paste function for most windows-based programs. As an experiment, Amy had commenters post whatever they had on their clipboard at that particular moment. I had the previous article about the changing of Depression-era laws that helped lead to this big financial mess we’re currently in. Here’s some of the other links clipboard items:

Discovery Channel Time Warps

http://www.naturalbridgeva.com/foamhenge.html

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Small Picture Dump




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Northern Exposure memories

For a show that went off the air, what, 15 years ago or so…well, basically, I just miss television like this.

Don Quichotte was used in an episode of the show, and also appears on the soundtrack.

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The Seer of NoDak

It appears we should have listened to a senator from North Dakota in the late 1990’s. I swiped this article from BoingBoing, which got it from FishBowl LA, which got it from reddit. Here’s the original article.

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Stuff White People Like

This is a harmless, and often true site that should be visited periodically.

White People

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Blooper Reels

Here’s some funny blooper reels from various TV shows including Knight Rider. Just click anywhere in this text. I’m too lazy to type a “click here” thing, and highlight, then embed the link. No, I’d rather take much more time by typing up this whole paragraph and allowing you the freedom to click anywhere in the text. Heck, your favorite word might even be in this bit of text. Is it Pickle? Poppins? Hippo? Sci-Fi? Actually, that’s probably two words. I don’t know the rules on it, except sci-fi is probably not used in scrabble or boggle. But then I don’t play either scrabble or boggle. I don’t even know if you’re supposed to capitalize scrabble or boggle. It would seem like you should, because they are proper nouns, like Ford, Macintosh, and Treasury Department…but the significance in my life for those two games is very low, so for right now, I’m not going to capitalize either one. If you saw your favorite word in the last two sentences…I don’t know what to say. Yeah, what does that say about you, especially if the word wasn’t Ford, Macintosh, or Treasury Department? You seem to be a bit of a dullard to me, but who am I to say. I will say that one of my favorite words in the English language is “dullard”. It’s like a middle finger from a proper English gentleman. …I’m growing tired of this, so just click on this mess and get to the bloopers.

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Gross Butt Funny

This needs no intro, does it?

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Six Songs Collide

Six Song Collision

Very cool editing job of songs I’ve otherwise just glossed over.

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The Trader Joes Song

I’ve been to Trader Joes about a dozen times…the store is sort of a destination, as opposed to a place to get chores taken care of. I love TJ’s, but not as much as this guy.

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Jeopardy Galapagos Adventure!

I’m a bit of a Jeopardy nut. Right now for the next week or so, there’s a contest to win a trip to the Galapagos islands. You have to know the category for Final Jeopardy, then go to www.jeopardy.com to enter and win. Have fun!

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List of Things I Wish I Could Do

1. Play the harmonica. Either the Ben Franklin version or the modern bluesy instrument. And I’d like to play it well, like John Popper. Not like most artists, because it’s easy to play the harmonica at a medium level and have it somehow sound great, just because there are so many notes being played. I mean, if that many notes were being played with a guitar, there would be fingertips afire.

So yeah, Harmonica Skills.

2. I’d have run a marathon in all 50 states. I think just so I could tell people that I had, more than the experience of having run them. On second thought, maybe 50 half-marathons in one state. By that 50th time I’d have mastered the different half-marathons. I’d know how many steps between port-johns, drink stations, when certain bands would be playing at different sections, unless it was one of those boring regular half-marathons, but those aren’t bad either because there are usually enthusiastic fans along the route. I mean, for the last (only) half-marathon I ran, I was wearing a shirt from Bubba Gump’s that she gave me. I mean, I had only eaten there once, at the Bubba Gump’s in New Orleans, and the food was alright, but I had the feeling that if I had more guts I would have walked a block or two into the French Quarter and tried something a little more authentic in one of the old, slightly rotting original buildings there. And this was before Katrina, so I wouldn’t feel guilted into dumping more tourist dollars into the local restaurants. Not that I’d feel guilted anyhow, because if I go to New Orleans again, I’m going to eat the local cuisine, because I’m much more fearless about what I eat than I ever was when I was still in the Air Force. Plus, the whole situation about my visiting the ‘Quarter was weird to begin with. I had just gotten done with Basic Training (which I capitalized, but I don’t think it’s necessary), and tech school (see? no caps.), and my Brother and Dad picked me up to drive from Biloxi, Missisippi back to South Dakota. On the way was New Orleans, and I mean, you’re going past New Orleans, you have to stop, right? Except I had just gone through a 5 1/2 month messed up stint having my will broken down, built back up, and then getting my head crammed with computer programming stuff. So, really, I didn’t necessarily want to be there, but at least I got to eat somewhere relatively safe, like Bubba Gump’s. We did head into the quarter for drinks, sitting on a balcony for several hours, but drinks always seem to be a safer bet than food.
So I was wearing the shirt from Bubba Gump’s, and everyone was, like, “Run, Forrest, Run!”, and I was like, “Heh heh….that stopped being funny before the first guy said it, thanks…”, but the thought was nice. I mean, I was a fatty running 13 miles. Not as big of a fatty as I am now (although I’m only about 15 pounds heavier, and slowly losing), but I was still about 220. And getting some encouragement from those around me when I was feeling a bit self conscious was alright, bad joking aside. In the future, if I do run another, no Gump shirt. I’ll probably be one of those nerds who wears a shirt from a previous marathon at the one I’m running…but that’s like wearing a rock band shirt at a rock concert. And despite popular belief, it doesn’t need to be the same band as the one you’re seeing, although that’s an even bigger faux pas.
I’d probably go with the 50 states route though.

3. I wish I could write more concise posts.

…more later

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Nemesis (short 8-min film)

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Return of the Jedi flashback (re-editted)

I wouldn’t normally post this. I think that fan-edits of the Lucas films to mostly be an excercise in futility. Yes, the first Indiana Jones and the first 2 Star Wars movies were excellent, and Return of the Jedi was pretty decent also, but much of the remaining movies I can’t really bear to watch today, unless I’m blogging or doing something else simultaneously. To try to splice together different parts of his movies seems like dropping a Yugo engine into a Mustang.

However, this was a pretty decent job. By retaining audio only from Return of the Jedi, while splicing in pieces of Episodes 1-3, this clip does a really good job of connecting 1-3 with 6, much better than what was supposed to be the lynchpin between the series’, Episode 3. I don’t like Lucas monkeying with his movies after they’ve been released, but what the hell, he’s already screwed up the legacy, why not try to reduce the damage a little bit?

Oh, and if you want to waste the absolute worst character in the Star Wars universe, go here to kill Jar Jar Binks. Enjoy.

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Happy Arbor Day!

Go kill some trees. They’re pretty.

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Banned Family Guy Clip (Not Safe For Work)

This was most likely from the episode “Stewie Kills Lois”, or its sequel “Lois Kills Stewie”. I’m not sure which, but it doesn’t matter. Catchy tune. Sorry for the F-word.

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It made him feel so depressed…

This is a repeat-post of this video, but I haven’t posted it for a couple years. This is probably my favorite YouTube clip of all. I just re-watched my playlist, and I had forgotten about this one. Enjoy the weirdness.

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12-Year-Old Tries For Britain’s Got Talent

The embedding will probably be disabled within 24 hours of my posting this, so here is the link.

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Ten Funniest Movie Scenes from 1997-2007


I don’t know if they’re the “funniest” ever, but this is an entertaining seven minutes nonetheless.

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Ocean’s Eleven…with Muppets

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Monday Friday Plane

Snakes On A Plane: TV Edit

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Beyonce: The Soundboard Raw Feed

I don’t think she’s a horrible singer, but there are many, many less attractive women out there that should be on-stage instead of her. Whatever happened to The Weather Girls? Heart? Mama Cass? We need some women with musical range not enhanced by Yamaha.

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Paranoid

So, I’m currently out of work. When I’m home, trying to find some sort of income besides a diminishing severance package, I often dress up either in a suit and tie, or at the very least, ‘dress casual’. This gets me into a mentality of “Work-Mode”, and helps to motivate me. Basically, it reminds me of the feeling of being in a working environment when I haven’t been working for a couple weeks.

A couple of things have been happening today. First off, there’s my fish tank. For some reason, the water has been turning green.

Why is this happening? I don’t know. I’ve tried using algae-cleaning solution, which is supposed to clump bits of algae together in order for the filtration system to grab hold of it (under the theory that the algae is too small to be proper filtrated). No good. I’ve switched out the filter, which is getting plenty of green stuff, just not enough apparently. I’ve tried rinsing it out every couple days, no go. Partial water changes, up to a 50% change a little over a week ago…it was only a temporary solution.

So, I’m moving them to our other fishtank which is about half the size. Basically, the fish are getting entirely new water, but they are getting a downsized home, sadly.

I don’t like putting the fish into 100% new water. This is normally something that only happens when the fish are newly brought to someone’s house from the petstore. It’s something that I’m normally very reluctant to do, for fear of shocking the fish and causing an untimely, and possibly painful death. (Although, if I still trust in the wisdom of Nirvana 15 years after their untimely demise, fish don’t have any feelings, so I should have nothing to worry about regardless.) However, since nothing else is working, I see no other recourse.

My attempts to capture my fish, so far, have been fruitless. I couldn’t seem to get them, and so I’ve been draining the tank bit by bit, to reduce the area the fish can escape to, and improve my chances. In order to save my suit shirt though, I took it off, along with my tie.

During one of my breaks from this activity, I washed my hands and went job searching again. During the course of looking, I noticed the internet was being really slow. Windows Vista, a huge memory hog to begin with, was likely installing some new bogus update, slowing everything down…but it still made me wonder. There was this mega-virus that was supposed to have installed itself at the top of this month, taking peoples’ information and actually using various computers as zombies for a big network, to hack and crack on a larger scale.

Along with this, I’ve been hearing helicopters all day. It reminds me of that part about 30 minutes from the end of Goodfellas where Henry Hill keeps looking to the skies and sees Helicopters.

So, I decided to put back on my shirt and tie, a fresh pair of socks, threw on my shoes, and grabbed my keys and whatnot in the off chance I was going to be carted away due to some nefarious evil-doer using my internet connection to do something very, very bad.

My mind is not nearly preoccupied enough. I really need to be working.

It makes me almost long for jury duty.

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Everything is…..

My thoughts at the moment. Yeah…the original didn’t really say Silly.

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Sioux Falls Made The L.A. Times!


My thanks to my brother Andy for this article.

Sioux Falls scored an article in the L.A. Times about how bulletproof the city is in the midst of our economic recession. Read about it here.

Aside from the fact that Sioux Falls has some of the worst car drivers in the country as members of its populace (despite having some of the lowest car accident records for the last few years, which completely confounds me), the city might be the greatest in the nation. Being that it’s the city I grew up in helps raise it in my eyes, but time and time again, whether in Money Magazine in 1992 (when it was named the best place to live in the U.S.) or the occasional mention on national news, the greatness shows.

As I read through the rest of the article, something struck me. It is ironic that the section of the country referred to in the article, North Dakota to Texas, that is largely avoiding the effects of the economic recession is also the section of the country that didn’t vote for the current president.

Oh, and by the way, the picture for this article came from AllPoster.com. I’m thinking of getting the magnet, figuring it would look cool next to the photo in Adventureland at Altoona, Iowa the day I proposed to my wife, or a bas-relief magnet from Las Vegas. Or my Guinness Bottle Opener in the shape of a giant bottle-cap.

I’m done describing my fridge. Feel free to continue websurfing now.

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Will It Blend?

Can something be put into a blender and…blended? This guy found out for you, so you can save your appliances and your iPhone.

Click here: Will It Blend?

Here’s a taste:

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Christian the Lion

This video has been going around the internet for a few years now…but it still gets to me.

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"Little Superstar"

This one has gone around the internet for a couple years. I’m just mainly putting it up here so I can watch it in a few years when I’m looking back at old posts. Enjoy it again, or for the first time.

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John Madden Retires

This must be the modern equivalent of when Howard Cosell decided to retire. The full story is here.

John Madden has decided to retire.

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Cool Special Effects Breakdown

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Stop Boring Hugh Laurie

I swiped this, among a great many posts, from AmyOops.

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Has-Been Fighters: The Movie



Two icons of the 1980’s are finally uniting for their first movie. Jean Claude Van Damme and Steven Seagal are starring in the upcoming “Weapon”, as reported here on IGN.

(Apparently the movie is so below-radar that it isn’t listed on IMDB, a site known for listing even vaguely-rumored movies several years before their production.)

These two pictures make it easier to see that it’s been almost 20 years since these guys were in their prime. I figure that the best movies from these two (from box office receipts) was Jean Claude Van Damme’s Universal Soldier and Steven Seagal’s Under Seige.

I choose Under Seige, despite the fact Seagal kind of comes off as a jerk even though he’s being painted as the hero of the movie. Case-in-point: when he gets his team of misfits together close to the end (apparently lead by stripper-turned-heroine Erika Eleniak), he really talks down to the old-timer Navy seaman. By talking down, I mean Seagal talks to the guy as if he’s 4 years old.

Hmm…Erika Eleniak. I haven’t thought about her for a while. I hope she’s doing well, for she definitely made my formative years much more entertaining. I hope she invested that Baywatch cash, not that anyone’s investments are doing “that” well just lately.

Anyhow, be sure to check out this movie, or blindly pass by it on the shelves at Blockbuster (or Redbox, which is my obsession lately).

(PS: Many thanks to Pythoness for commenting on Pug Bowling. It’s been about 5 years since I last saw The Big Lebowski, and I completely missed the reference.)

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I’m just testing out the mobile-posting feature of blogger. I’ve done the same with Twitter for a month now, so it’s nice to get on-board with Kraznoy too!

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The Thinker

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Best Sepultura Cover I’ve Heard Today

These kids are cute. The instruments are bigger than they are! But they play them 100 times better than I can.

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Doogie’s Theme

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Chronic…

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Oh Happy Day in Vice City


I finally got around to getting 100% completion of Grand Theft Auto: Vice City. I mean, it’s only been out for 6 years. Maybe I’ll beat GTA3 one of these days, who knows. But I’d rather be working, let’s be honest.

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Happy 110th Birthday, Charlie Chaplin

Take a moment to enjoy the Table Ballet.

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Conservatism from the Mouth of a 13-Year-Old

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