Monthly Archives: October 2012
Here’s the context:
I know this got passed across the interwebs like a month or two ago. I watched it then, loved it, and I might have even posted it on Bugloaf — I honestly can’t remember. What I haven’t seen until today is the real-time version of this video, which is pretty funny in and of itself. I’ve posting the original slow-mo Epic Tea Time, then the real-time version.
Two hundred thirty two years ago today, the Siege of Yorktown ended. After three weeks, French and American forces defeated the British in the last major battle of the American Revolutionary War. As the British marched with flags furled (or still wrapped around the flag staff) and muskets reversed (both marks of shame), the British played the following tune, “The World Turned Upside Down”, perhaps as a response to being defeated.
So, I went on a week-long vacation. Sorry I didn’t say anything before getting away. I don’t really like advertising “Hey! My house and car will be unoccupied for a few days, feel free to steal what you can!”.
I took a Royal Carribean cruise to Bermuda. Right when Hurricane Raphael was set to buzz the island. This meant semi-rough seas the first half of the trip, and a shortened stay on the island…just long enough to decide what to do, without having the opportunity to actually do those cool things. We got to take an excursion to Hamilton (the city about half-way across the fishing hook-shaped isle), but I didn’t end up buying anything there. The one place I ‘might’ have made a purchase was the comic book store, and it was closed for the week due to the proprietor taking a vacation. And I probably wouldn’t have gotten anything since I live about 2 miles from a nicer store.
The trip was relaxing if not terribly exciting. However, since our cruise resulted without any incidents (and since we didn’t have to live through a Speed 2: Cruise Control situation), that’s alright. Oh, I did stumble across a lady tripping over the lip of her front door and crashing down directly in front of me on the way to breakfast. I offered to help her up, but her ego would not allow it. Well, what can you do? Embarrasing things happen to everyone, and if you don’t want to get help when it’s offered freely, you’re a fool.
I’ve attached a video of what happened to our ship in 2009, when in high winds, the ship collided with a Carnival ship at port in Cozumel. There was minor damage to both ships, and they were both seaworthy after the incident: .
This was my second cruise (the first being a Carribean cruise on the Carnival Sensation in 2007, given as a very generous wedding gift by my step-brother and his wife), and between the two, Royal Carribean was a better go. The drinks were cheaper (and much stronger), and it was a more grown-up trip. However, there were a TON of much older folks on board. This meant the music was older (1950s-1970s usually), and travel to breakfast, or anywhere, was usually about twice as slow. But really, how can you be in a hurry on a cruise ship?
…and thanks, once again, for portraying my favorite fictional astronaut, Maurice J. Minnifield, among many other tough boss-type roles including General Beringer in WarGames (appearing with a concerned look between 00:04 and 00:06, following my favorite line in the film). Have a great birthday!
This machine can make anything! Fruit, furniture, sanitary napkins…anything! (I stole this from Bits and Pieces.)
In In relation to the “Real Life Comics” comic: Note that while I don’t condone downloading games illegally (or, to be honest, do it myself out of paranoia of getting caught), I know how incredibly easy it is to get game ROMS online. It bothers me how Nintendo has pretty much given up on their virtual console, when it would be a boon for people like myself. In ref to the XKCD comic: My local GameStop (in Leesburg, Virginia) is one of the few in the area that still has a large collection of incredibly cheap, used, Playstation 2 games, mostly without cases. Since I don’t have any kind of system that would allow me to download old PS2 games, this is a HUGE boon for me. I’m finally playing Lego Star Wars 1 & 2, and after that, Resident Evil 4. Eventually, I might even get a system capable of playing Portal, as mentioned in the comic.
Hospital workers can be hilarious.