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Tired 'n Grumpy

Two back-to-back 15+ hour workdays: barely time to see family, let alone read, play games, sleep sufficiently, or watch Futurama. Needless to say I'm a bit stressed at the moment. But hey, at least I have a job.

Also, I just finished programming some difficult functionality just before a deadline, so at least I can hold my head high!... Oops, turns out I can't. But I can PROP my head up high!

Posted on July 21, 2004 at 7:11 am
Fear leads to huh?

"Fear is the path to the Dark Side. Fear leads to anger, anger leads to hate, hate leads to... suffering!"

Big dramatic speech by Yoda. But it never sounded right to me- the ordering seems wrong. I would have said: fear leads to hate, hate leads to anger. And either way, going on to "suffering" was lame. Let's face it, Yoda was just rambling.

"Anger leads to hate. Hate leads to suffering! Suffering leads to.. leads back to hate again."
"Thank you, Master Yo-"
"Hate leads to stress. Stress leads to yearning. Yearning leads to temptation..."
"Um, Master?"
"Passion leads to ecstacy. Ecstacy leads to-"
"Padawan, go fetch Yoda's pills!"
"Burning sensations lead to-"
"On second thought, class dismissed!"

Posted on July 13, 2004 at 8:20 am
The cookie told me so

Regarding Hyperion's recent blog entry on the fortune cookies he and his dad just got:
It reminded me that I have a few bizarre fortunes that I keep in my wallet, all of them from various cookies I opened many years ago.

The first says, "You make people realize there exist other beauties in the world." (By providing contrast, presumably.)

The second says, "You have an unusual equipment for success, use it properly." (Now that's getting personal, cookie!)

The third says, "The greatest danger could be your stupidity."

So according to the cookies, I'm ugly, stupid, and have "unusual equipment." I'm picturing a bunch of chinese waiters standing around, scratching their heads and looking puzzled. "Odd... Since we've switched to the new cookie supplier, tips are down almost 40%."

On a more positive note, my sister-in-law got a fortune cookie that said "Accept the next proposal you hear." The next day her boyfriend proposed to her. I guess desserts ARE always right.

Posted on July 7, 2004 at 11:37 am
iTunes Music Store "Find o' the Week": The Return

It's time once more for the iTunes Music Store "Find 'o the Week"! (The second one, for those who are counting.)

Much of the fun of the iTMS is the way you run across intriguing artists and albums that you would otherwise have no way of discovering. Case in point: I recently had a hankering to hear a particular Smashing Pumpkins song. (I don't remember the name, but it's one of those pesky hit singles that "true" fans of a rock group hate because it attracts lots of "fake" fans like me who haven't been following the group since day one.)

Unfortunately, just two Pumpkins tracks are for sale on iTMS , neither of which is what I was looking for. But the third track returned from my search was called "What If That Guy From Smashing Pumpkins Lost His Car Keys?" The great thing is that it's only 52 seconds long so you can hear most of it without paying (warning: uses the f-word.)

I then listened to 30 seconds of many of Stephen Lynch's other tracks, and had some good laughs. "Grandfather", "Best Friends Song" and "Taxi Driver" are pretty mild, "Mother's Day" less so, but he can get much raunchier. (You have been warned.) Funny stuff, and I probably never would have heard of Lynch if I hadn't run into that one track by accident. Thanks, iTunes Music Store!

Posted on June 24, 2004 at 10:28 am
Die, Barbie, die!

Glimped an ad next to a tv show that one of my kids was watching (possibly on either Nickelodeon or the Cartoon Network.) It was for some kind of Barbie animated show or movie; I'm not sure if it was something you were supposed to order or an upcoming special or what. The storyline was that Barbie goes on vacation with some friends. They "catch some rays" and "cheer on the boys in the Battle of the Bands" (I'm quoting from memory here.)

The clips showed Barbie and Friends(tm) sunbathing, dancing, and gasping as a winning band was about to be announced.

That's was it.

Oh. My. God. I thought they were trying to give Barbie all sorts of empowering careers these days. I guess I was wrong. Barbie doesn't even play a frickin' tambourine for the band in this one! Gosh, it's a good thing there were BOYS around for her to cheer, otherwise she might have wondered if there was something she HERSELF had done that was worth cheering, leading ultimately to the ennui-inducing realization that her very existance is meaningless. And that might have put a damper on her vacation.

The animation looked kind of dated, so I suppose it's possible that someone just dusted off some old Barbie tv special. But that's not an adequate excuse for corrupting my children.

Posted on June 22, 2004 at 8:10 am
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