Wednesday, April 26, 2006

Entry: And for today...

So, I ended up getting one of those tiny MP3 players last week at Best Buy. It was kind of an impulse purchase. Wasn't really planned. Just saw it and bought it on the spot. I really never thought that I'd own one of these little buggers. Of course, I have proven myself wrong yet again by not only using it almost every day at work, but also going back to the store and exchanging it for a larger capacity model. I'm such a sell-out!

My weekend was pretty swell. Can't complain. I think I wrote about most of it in my blog. Not much else to add to that.

I've been ultra-reclusive of late (probably more than usual). I have my Tivo to thank for that. That thing has brought me nothing but misery and loneliness since I got it. Then again, what sweet sweet loneliness!!! ;)

Yeah, so...don't ask why, but I've been watching episodes of 'Saved By the Bell' this week. How weird is that? How that show ever made it on the air is a surprise. How it became syndicated is an utter miracle!

By the way, if you want to see a scary picture of what Mark-Paul Goselaar looks like today, click here. Then again, maybe I'm just jealous because I wasn't a child star myself. :)

You know, one thing that I can say that I actually like about that show is its portrayal of life. Before you go off the deep end with laughter, let me explain. Every charactor in that show...every situation...
every nothing but pure innocense. I don't think that I can possibly imagine a single character on that entire show whom I would consider to be an antagonist. Ever notice how every male dated every female in that little group throughout the years? That's just weird on two fronts. Firstly, they always break up and end up being just as close friends as they were before just like nothing ever happened. Secondly, whenever one of the girls gets together with one of the guys, the other girls (who are usually ex's of that guy) are usually all supportive, happy and giddy. Uh huh. WTF ever.

On to a completely different subject....
Have you ever wished that you could choose for whom you get those weird fluttery butterflies in your stomach? get them for someone that you wish you wouldn't but you don't for someone that you wish you would. I've always been one who believed that every reaction that a body can manifest was tailored to provide some kind of function. Now...I can almost understand the whole butterflies thing. Notice I said "almost".'s the million-dollar question. What part of the body is the one that decides for whom the butterflies will fly? It's obviously NOT anything in the subconscious mind. That leaves only the subconscious. Now, that just makes me wonder WHY the subconscious would be responsible for such an important task! (Then again, you're reading commentary from someone who thinks that love is simply a complex chemical addiction). Bah! Bah I say!

Have you ever been tired of hanging around someone who is really cool to be around when it's just the two of you but who becomes a complete @$$ when others are around? Now, that's a question that you would typically hear from someone in high school. However, I find that, even at the ripe ol' age of 28, that kind of social garbage STILL manifests itself. I really do think that some people take waaaaayy too much stock in their own self-image. These people are often also typically the folks who like grinding away at the gossip mill. It's also not too rare to see them show a public disdain for authority for common curtesy simply because it maintains their image. It's like their whole identity stems from other people's perceptions of them.

However, I could also say that it's as equally annoying to see someone who is a genuinely nice person who, for whatever reason (let's call it low self-esteem or confidence or whatever) supports and promotes that kind of social retardation in others. That one's actually a little more difficult to explain. I think I'll just leave it at that.

Oh. By the way. It rained like MoFo today.

Saturday, April 22, 2006

Picture: A dude and his ball

Here's a random picture of some dude and his ball. I can't help but think...."Wha???"

Article: Useless movie violence

This is just....wierd....even for a gore fan such as myself. Some guy created a Wiki site entitled List of Films by Gory Death Scene.

At first glance, I think..."'s a gore enthusiast with a little extra time on his hands". After checking it out, I find that he had entirely TOO MUCH TIME. Not only was he very detailed and thorough with his list of gorey death types, but it really must have taken a while to generate the list of appropriate films for each (unless, of course, he's already seen them all).

Movie: Silent Hill

As far as modern horror movies go, I give this one a 7.5 out of 10. Definately worth the $$$ if you like gorey movies.

The thing that most impressed me about this movie was the music. Most of the mixes were taken from actual tracks from the games that the movie is based on. It was pretty bad@$$. I will definately be buying the soundtrack.

In Wicke's words, "It created good atmosphere". I really couldn't describe it better. It's one WTF-moment after another.

I do NOT recommend this movie if you don't like the whole blood-n-gore thing. Otherwise, check it out. You won't be disappointed!

Article: G.W. Bush invented the IPod

It's funny that things like this are actually becoming a trend with politicians. In true Capitol Hill style, president Bush commented to an audience at Tuskegee University that government research was responsible for the creation of the IPod. That's right on par with Gore's inventing the Internet. :)

Of course, feel free to read the article yourself and make your own conclusions.

Here's an excerpt:
"The government funded research in microdrive storage, electrochemistry and signal compression. They did so for one reason: It turned out that those were the key ingredients for the development of the iPod."

Just FYI...I didn't post this to do any president-bashing. I just thought it was a funny article. :)

Monday, April 17, 2006

Entry: Yet another weekend

I had yet another good weekend. Can't complain one bit.

Friday was tennis day at the Family Circle Cup. By the way...for those who don't know this already...I have the GREATEST mom in the world. Thanks for the tickets mom! :)

I got to see my girl Patty Schnyder (see picture) play again. And, as usual, she whooped upon everyone she met with a biblical vengance. She ended up getting to the final round but lost to some Russian named Petrova. Blah. I bet Patty could take her in an open fight any day. ;)

Saturday was pretty stagnant. Hung out and cleaned and stuff. I found out (the hard way) that they closed the Discovery Channel Store in downtown Charleston! What a travesty! What a blasphemy! Blah!!

Sunday...spent a couple of hours walking on the beach on Sullivan's Island. Absolutely gorgeous day. My friend ended up burning the tops of her feet (or so she told me the following day). :) See...if you have hairy feet like mine, the sun isn't that harsh. It pays to be a hobbit!

The night was spent at a dinner party that was thrown by a friend. Good times were had by all and met some really nice folks.

Then, went to bed, woke up the next day, and here I am again.

Monday, April 10, 2006

Entry: My weekend

Well...Friday evening, Wicke was kind enough to introduce me to 'Robot Chicken'. I'd seen it advertised on the Cartoon Network before, but I have to admit that this show is side-splittingly funny! I definately recommend it if you get the chance to see it.

Saturday was the Charleston Air Expo. It was pretty cool. Never a dull moment. I will say though that the more you see the demo teams (Blue Angels, Thunderbirds) the less you really desire to see them. I think that the absolute BEST part of the day was the C-17 demo! Some pilots demonstrated a tactical assault landing. Ever seen a jet the size of a 767 land and come to a complete stop all within 10 seconds?? Not just that, but the darned thing actually backed up on its own power and then demonstrated a short take-off. The F-16 demo was cool, as always. They nixed the F-15 demo. Neither the Harrier nor the F-14 were anywhere to be seen either among the static displays or in the air. I was very disappointed to see that. They had an abundance of F/A-18s and F-15s though. Got to talk some shop with a T-38 pilot and an F-15 pilot. Also talked to a guy about how he supports the AH-6 birds. That was pretty cool too. My bags were overflowing with swag (which, in the end, is the absolute best part of it all). :) The rest of the evening was spent at a friend's house watching movies ('Pirates of the Carribean' to be exact).

Sunday was rather uneventful. I was mostly playing catch-up that day. Gave a good cleaning to one of my computers. It was the recipient of a new CPU fan/heatsink, floppy drive, and almost an entire can of compressed air. I also finally upgraded the firmware on both of my NEC DVD-burners. That only took me about a year to finally get done. :) Please....try to contain your excitement while I continue! After that, I scoured the inside of my car, purchased new hubcaps, put them on, and gave a good once-over to the exterior. So, all in all, another wonderfully exciting day. Of course, in the midst of all of this, my apartment now looks like a disaster area (again!). more Mythbusters! :) Cha-ching!

Sunday was rather mellow.

Wednesday, April 05, 2006

Article: A Baywatch movie?!

OK. Scary! There's a Baywatch movie in the making. And, of course, Jessica Simpson has been slated for the roll formerly played by Pamela Anderson.

I really have no idea what to think of this.

Article: Natural selection at its finest

Thanks to Melvin for sending in a link to this article. Apparently, some dude was using a shotgun shell as a paper weight on his desk and blew his hand off. Wow.

Monday, April 03, 2006

Entry: My horoscope for the day

Here is my horoscope for today (Monday)...

"The challenging influence from the moon will shift by lunchtime, which means that you’ll feel a definite improvement in your mood. You’ll be in top form for the rest of the day and ready for anything, not least a fun evening out with friends! If you don’t have anything planned start arranging it now!"

Anybody who knows me will enjoy the levity of that. :)

Entry: It's on's on.

My friend, Miguel, decided recently to post a picture of me during his chaotic move down to Florida way back yesteryear (in 1994). It was a time when I actually had hair. You can see it here. In the spirit of reciprocity, I've elected to post one of his high school mughshots here for the world to enjoy. :)

Article: Prayer does not help heart patients

Here was an interesting double-blind study done to see if people fared any better through heart surgery if people prayed for them.

"The prayer groups for the study were located throughout the world and included Buddhist, Muslim, Jewish and multiple Christianity-based denominations. "

Sunday, April 02, 2006

Entry: Charleston AFB Air Expo '06

For those who don't know, the Joint Forces Air Expo is this coming Saturday (April 8th). You can check out the website here.

Entry: My kind of poem

Thanks to Audra for sending this to me....

If you are under 17 years of age, a prospective employer, or Jason's mother, read no further.

Are you tired of those sissy "friendship" poems that always sound good, but never actually come close to reality? Well, here is a series of promises that actually speak of true friendship:

1. When you are sad -- I will help you get drunk and plot revenge against the sorry ass who made you sad.
2. When you are blue -- I will try to dislodge whatever is choking you.
3. When you smile -- I will know you finally got laid.
4. When you are scared -- I will rag on you about it every chance I get.
5. When you are worried -- I will tell you horrible stories about how much worse it could be until you quit whining.
6. When you are confused -- I will use little words.
7. When you are sick -- Stay the hell away from me until you are well again. I don't want whatever you have.
8. When you fall -- I will point and laugh at your clumsy ass.
9. This is my oath..... I pledge it to the end. "Why?" you may ask; "because you are my friend".

Remember.......A good friend will help you move.....a REALLY good friend will help you move a body.......let me know if you ever need me to bring a shovel.

Friendship is like peeing your pants, everyone can see it, but only you can feel the true warmth.

Entry: A kiss

Someone asked me a very interesting question recently that I'd like to pose to the general public....

If you kiss someone and feel no spark, but yet, this person is really nice and is otherwise a perfect match, do you call it off or continue on?

Any opinions on that one?

Movie: Slither

This movie probably warrants a 6.5 out of 10 stars. It really was a retarded movie, but there were just enough hilarious one-liners in it to make it not worth blocking from memory. For instance, the line "It's where's Ginese people come from." was classic!

Other than that, I'd say a total waste of time and $$$. :)