Archive for July, 2005

Another Reason To Never Get Things Done

Thursday, July 28th, 2005

So Hipgno (Voted “Second Least Likely to Update His Blog”) called me on Saturday morning. It was rather unexpected, since he woke me up at about 9:30 EST, proclaiming that it was “almost 11:00″ my time. We had a nice long chat though, that I enjoyed a great deal as our schedules don’t overlap that frequently.

Part way through the chat, while we were discussing our high-school love of the Dragonlance series of pulp fantasy books, he mentioned I should check out World of Warcraft.

Holy god man. I now completely understand why he never updates his blog.

Monday afternoon, after a day and a half of deliberation, I decided to go buy it and see what it was all about. I joined the same server Hip plays on, and he promptly schooled me in how to play the game and led me all around through my first 30 or so quests. I’ve now played about 6 hours a night for 3 nights in a row, just because I can’t stop until it becomes to uncomfortable to sit at the computer anymore.

I can’t really explain why it is so awesome. But it’s BY FAR the best game I’ve ever played on a PC. The freedom the game allows, the interaction with the other players, the scenery, the interface….everything is perfect. I suppose it helps if you have some repressed part of yourself that loves pulp fantasy novels and Dungeons and Dragons. There’s also just the awesomeness of meeting up with a close friend that lives 3000 miles away and running around in a fantasy world fucking shit up and getting drunk together, despite how it doesn’t compare to the real thing.

It’s the first time I’ve played an huge on-line RPG thing like this, and I can honestly say I was completely missing out by not getting in on it sooner.

Thanks, Hip. My blossoming social life just took a hard hit. :) Fortunately I’m a level 12 mage that can handle some fairly hard hits.

A Voltron Movie?

Tuesday, July 26th, 2005

‘Voltron’ morphs into movie

This is the most awesome thing I’ve heard of in a long, long time. Voltron kicked ass. I had all the lions until my mom heard a rumor they were painted with lead paint, and then they disappeared mysteriously. But I say learning disabilities be damned, Voltron was worth it.

Even better is near the end of the article, when they mention that Dreamworks is currently working on a Transformers movie! Now Voltron was awesome and all, but Transformers seriously kicked the most ass of all the 1980’s morphing robots.

Update 07/28/2005: I can’t believe I forgot to include this before. But here it is : the most complete history of the Transformers you will ever find.

Gobots sucked. Although it was somewhat cool how they could shoot using their hands and didn’t need to carry weapons.


Thank You, And Rest In Peace, Joan Norman

Monday, July 25th, 2005

Legendary Forest Activist Joan Norman Passes On

“I am not afraid. I am 75 years old. Do you know what this culture has in store for me, an old woman? They will wait for me to be sick and at the end of my life and then strap me to feeding tubes, pump deadly drugs into me, put me on a machine to make my lungs go up and down and wait for me to die. I am not bound to go out that way. No, I would rather go out in a blaze, defending the world I love. I will be on the front lines someday, and my soul will know the time to go, and I will just leave. I will make that decision. Knowing this, I am not afraid. I am more afraid that my grandchildren will think I did not try hard enough to leave them a legacy of peace and a world worth living in. I don’t want them to know the beauty of trees by looking at a book. I want them to be able to walk among 800-year-old trees and know that is our destiny. That is where we have to get back to.

Last Monday, they came and removed me from the bridge I was blocking by carrying me in my chair to the edge of the sheriff’s vehicle. They put me down there and thought I would stay put. Then the officers went off to arrest someone else. I got up and moved my chair back to my space. My sovereign space. An officer yelled, ” hey you are not supposed to do that! Get back over where I put you”. I just laughed. People have been trying to get me to be where they put me all my life. I have a right to stand up against evil and I will. ”

-Joan Norman, March 13 2005

Y’all Don’t Mess With Alabammy!

Sunday, July 24th, 2005

Alabama House Asks Residents to Boycott Aruba

That’s all.

Pope Prays for God to Stop Terrorists

Sunday, July 24th, 2005

Pope Prays for God to Stop Terrorists

Pope Benedict XVI prayed Sunday for God to stop the “murderous hand” of terrorists, stepping up his condemnation of the recent attacks in Europe and the Middle East blamed on Islamic extremists.

Good plan, dude. I hope it works just like all those other times where religion stepped in and made everyone stop hating and killing each other over cultural and religious differences.

“It’s a very strong signal, that at the beginning of his pontificate, there is this desire for a dialogue among the three great monotheistic religions that are inspired by, and have reference to Abraham,” spokesman Joaquin Navarro-Valls said.

I don’t’s just one of those days for me that I read stuff like this, and just wonder to myself how ANYONE can still believe in this horseshit. It’s just so freaking out of control. I would insert a big anti-religious rant right here, except I know it wouldn’t help. It’s a delusional disorder, and should be treated by medical professionals as such.

Last of WWII Comanche Code Talkers Dies

Friday, July 22nd, 2005

Last of WWII Comanche Code Talkers Dies - Yahoo! News

“It’s strange, but growing up as a child I was forbidden to speak my native language at school,” Chibitty said in 2002. “Later my country asked me to. My language helped win the war and that makes me very proud. Very proud. ”

Hmm…I think it would have made me resentful. How typical that the only time you pause in the destruction of someones culture is when it contains something you find useful.

The Alcohol Knowledge Test

Friday, July 22nd, 2005

Normally I hate these, and think it’s tacky to post them on a blog. But this one is actually rather cool, as it is an actual test instead of just some funny fad of the moment. I can’t believe I only scored 60 on beer though…that’s pretty shameful. But there weren’t many beer questions and they were kinda strange.

Bacardi 151
Congratulations! You’re 148 proof, with specific scores in beer (60) , wine (100), and liquor (113).
All right. No more messing around. Your knowledge of alcohol is so high that you have drinking and getting plastered down to a science. Sure, you could get wasted drinking beer, but who needs all those trips to the bathroom? You head straight for the bar and pick up that which is most efficient.

My test tracked 4 variables How you compared to other people your age and gender:
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You scored higher than 87% on proof
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You scored higher than 74% on beer index
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You scored higher than 93% on wine index
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You scored higher than 95% on liquor index

Link: The Alcohol Knowledge Test written by hoppersplit on Ok Cupid

Is It 5:30 p.m. August 3rd 2005, yet?

Wednesday, July 20th, 2005

I’m getting pretty excited for my summer trip to Oregon. I still don’t have many plans for what I’m going to do there…but I never do, and it always seems to turn out fun.

Items of Interest:

  • Clublife - My new favorite blog. I don’t know why, but I really can’t stop reading it. It’s just too funny.
  • The Derrick Jensen Reading Club - do yourself and Derrick a favor and subscribe to it. I signed up for a year subscription some time ago, and it’s totally awesome. You can read all the books as Derrick works on them. He just uploads all the drafts in MS Word format. Truly a great service. Thanks Derrick.
  • BendBlogs - Central Oregon Bloggers. Endub’s blog got picked up by them, which is fairly cool. I wish I still lived in Bend so my blog could be linked too! Come on guys! I’m still a Bend kid at heart!
  • Natalee Holloway - I know I posted this already, but it’s still too awesome. The comments in those two articles are just too great. I engaged in a rather lengthy (but in no way record setting) argument in one of them with a douche bag who thinks she was “asking” for whatever happened to her, putting forth the same tired misogynistic argument that “sluts get what’s coming to them”, that most rapists try to use. Scum bags.
  • Envy the Rain - a rather touching book written Jamie Boud, the author of The Known Universe. I finished reading it a few weeks back, and it was quite good. It’s a quick read - I blew through it in about a day and a half. I don’t really know how much of it is autobiographical, but I suspect there’s at least a rather large kernel of truth in the heart of the story. Anyway, it may just be me, but considering what I’d gone through in the few months before I read it, I found myself very closely identifying with the lead character, and thoroughly enjoyed it. Anyway…buy it and support independent writers or something. His blog is really good too.
  • Anyway…the summer is going really well. Last weekend I spent Friday night and all day Saturday hanging out next to S’ven’s cousin’s pool. It was hot as hell out, and the pool really made the weekend not suck. The best part was that on Saturday, we went to the grocery store to get food and more beer, and I scored a 1.5 lb fresh tuna steak for 7 cents. Yes, I wrote it out long style because it was actually only 7 cents, instead of 11.99/lb as it was supposed to be. The clerk in the fish department screwed up, and totally made my day. Damn was it good.

    Unfortunately, the suck part of the day came later when I went home at 9:00 pm to try and recover before I had to pick up Dimitri at the airport at 11:00pm. (There was a lot of recovering that needed to be done…hehe.) Unfortunately, that meant I missed the festivities at the pool, which wasn’t that big a deal to me. But what really sucks is that his flight was delayed and didn’t arrive until 2:00am. By the time 2:00am rolled around, I was standing outside the airport, visibly shaking from the caffeine necessary to stay awake, eyes bloodshot from 2 days and countless beers in the sun, and very unhappy to be there. He finally arrived, and at about 2:45 when his luggage was finally unloaded, we hopped in the civic, cranked Jay-Z Unplugged up really loud (a great album, BTW)…and took off.

    There is some terribly, terribly lame stuff going on at work. I’m not in a position that I’ll lose my job anytime soon, but rather I may *WANT* to lose my job since it’s about to get so freaking lame. I’m not really going to say anything more than that, because I would hate to be one of those bloggers who gets fired for talking shit about their job. But I’ll just say that some people are making some seriously grave decisions. Think about Ghostbusters, and how the Ghostbusters implore that pencil necked paper pusher guy not to shut down the containment system, and he does it anyway. It’s like that…and I’m one of the Ghostbusters.