Showing posts from January, 2009
I needed a break from the mind-numbing SQL scripting I was knee deep in writing, so I did some general maintenance around here. For starters, I re-wrote my profile description. There was no particular reason for that. I was simply tired of looking at the old one. Next, I updated the "Links", removing one and adding two others that are more pertinent to my leisurely activities.

I think it would be helpful if I described these links and why I choose to list them. They are, after all, a large part of who I am.

The first link is to my animation cel gallery. I'm a fan of animation, especially that of the Japanese variety (anime). I have a rather large collection of animation cels from several of my most favorite shows. For those of you who do not remember what life was like before the year 2000, once upon a time cartoons were not made with computers. They were actually drawn by an artist, then each frame of the cartoon was put on a piece of acetate, and then hand paint…

Make him run properly. I *dare* you.
So of course, since the Steelers are in the Super Bowl, there's a pool going on at work. It's one of those 100-square dealios where you pay so much for a square and after the thing is filled up they pick the numbers. I'm sure you get the idea. So I bought 4 squares, and I got:


That's actually not bad.

Here we go again...

I've been hearing about a live action movie based on Dragonball for quite some time. Years. Ever since I first got into anime back in the day. Even before the whole army of "movies-based-on-video-games" were released, and consequently destroyed their source material. Back then, my thought was, "Oh, that would be cool." Nowadays, I'm obviously more skeptical.

I've come to expect that no movie from Hollywood based on an external source material that is not a book will ever be good. And the reason for this is two-fold. One, most of the time someone is making the movie not because they loved the source material and want to do it justice, but because they want to capitalize on that source's popularity as quickly as possible and make a quick buck. And two, because the SOURCE is the best place for the material in question, which is why it was a video game, anime series, TV show, or whatever else in the first place.

But consider this: Is that really …
As the old saying goes, "Things get worse before they get better." The question, though, is always, "How bad is it going to get?"

A lot of people I know have lost their jobs. A whole lot. And it makes me wonder how many more will lose them before things start to get better. It makes me wonder if I will join them before things get better. Today, my sister found out that her last day at work is Friday. This is a job she's had for more than 15 years. It's depressing how easily our lives can be thrown into turmoil.

So now she has the lovely task of starting all over again laid out in front of her. First, the severance package. Then, the unemployment. Then the job hunting begins, and she will discover, just like everyone else out there, just how bad things really are and just how scarce work really is. And who knows how long that's going to last?

When I think of the possibly of having to go through that myself, the only word that comes to my mind is…
I knew I shouldn't have had those bowls of cereal right before bed. It's a rare occurence when I remember a dream, and last night was one of those rarities. For some reason, I dreamed that Barack Obama was killed and the new president was...Dick Van Dyke?


Dreaming about the president, I understand. He was just inaugurated, he's been in the news non-stop since then, I get that. But Dick Van Dyke? Where'd he come from? I haven't thought about him at all in...well ever. Haven't seen anything with him in it for at least two years. Haven't seen him in the news at all. Get out of my head, Dick!

And if right now you're trying to think up a "He's got dick on his mind!" joke, just stop. That's way too obvious.

"Now things are coming clear.
And I don't need you here.
And in this world around me, I'm glad you disappeared.
So I'll stay out all night.
Get drunk and fucking fight.
Until the morning comes, I'll forget about…
I recently came across a blog called "Fuck You, Penguin". All the author does is post pictures of cute animals, and comment negatively about them, most of the time to quite funny results. As I was browsing through the posts, I laughed at what I saw and enjoyed the simple comedy of it. But then I saw this post, and I was impressed.

That one is very, very clever, and I'm going to take a guess here and assume that not many people are going to know why. He's making a reference to something written by Mary Stevenson:

One night I dreamed I was walking along the beach with the Lord. Many scenes from my life flashed across the sky. In each scene I noticed footprints in the sand. Sometimes there were two sets of footprints, other times there was one only.

This bothered me because I noticed that during the low periods of my life, when I was suffering from anguish, sorrow or defeat, I could only see one set of footprints, so I said to the Lord, "You promised me Lord, …

Facts about Sex

Sexsomnia is the term US scientists use for people who perform sexual activities unconciously during sleep. The spectrum ranges from masturbation to sexual intercourse - in the event that the sexsomnia patient comes across a partner. About 80 percent of the sexsomnia cases occur with men.

The more orgasms you have, the older you get.

In Japan you can get something called Kokigami, which is the description for an origami sculpture made out of paper - usually an animal or mythical creature - that is worn over the penis.

Porno star Lisa Sparxxx has a world record in a very unusual category. In 2004 she had sex with 919 men in the space of a day.

A study of 300 pairs revealed that men who smoke have half as much sex as men who don't.

In another study, 54 percent of people say they have had sex at their work place.

A study of men from five countries revealed that the time between when the penis penetrates the vagina and ejaculation varies extremely: anything between 30 seconds and 44 minutes…
Like millions of other people in the United States, and all over the world, I watched the Presidential Inauguration today. I'm at work, and streamed a live feed from CNN. I was fortunate enough to load it up well before 10:00 AM, and it's a good thing I did: Other people who tried to stream it right at noon found themselves waiting in a queue because of the sheer number of people trying to watch.

I really don't have much to say about the inauguration itself. It was nice. Barack gave a good speech. Now we all just need to wait and see if he's actually going to be able to do all the things he's promised he's going to do. This is the same thing that happens with any new president. I'm not trying to play down the significance of his taking office, I'm simply being realistic. No politician is ever able to fulfill all of their promises.

Anyway, what I found unique about CNN's live stream is their little partnership with Facebook that they had goi…
I love a challenge, and life is full of challenges. This morning's challenge: Driving to work after a heavy snow, with a half-icy, half wet road. That may not seem like much of a challenge, but allow me to make it more challenging! The road crews here are actually quite good at their job most of the time, and the roads were heavily salted this morning. As a result, I was constantly needing to use the trusty windshield cleaner button. Until I ran out of fluid half-way through my drive, requiring me to basically drive blind with nothing but a thick white coating of salt in front of me. But wait! Let me make this even MORE challenging. It would actually have been quite possible for me to see through the thick layer of salt on my windshield. Except it had stopped snowing and there wasn't a single cloud in the sky anymore. Nice BRIGHT sunny day, yessiree.

Do you know how fucking hard it is to see through a salt encrusted windshield with the sun beaming down on it? It…
Seems like I'm having a knack for finding modern references to classic literature this week. Here we see that EA is developing a game based off of Dante's Divine Comedy, most notably Inferno. The trailer does not impress me, but I will take into consideration that its a teaser trailer and the game is probably not very far into development at this point in time.

Regardless, Inferno is one of my favorite books of all time and I'm excited about the possibility of a game that will allow me to fight my way through the nine circles of Hell. This isn't a new idea, of course (Doom, Painkiller, Dungeons and Dragons, the list goes on), but this is the first time someone is saying, "This is Dante's Inferno." rather than making up their own storyline using his premise of battling your way through Hell.
This comic strip took me by surprise. (It's Mother Goose and Grimm, if you're wondering.)

I'm surprised by this strip because it's referencing a very classic, but very obscure and largely unknown, piece of literature: "The Picture of Dorian Gray" by Oscar Wilde. It just doesn't seem like something a comic strip would choose to parody, since I am guessing a vast majority of the people who read the strip won't have a clue what it means. I notice, however, that the cartoonist spelled it "Grey", which is not how the book spelled it.

If you know the novel, color me impressed.

The plot of the book was very controversial at the time, and some people would find it controversial still today. Let's examine the main elements here:

The main theme of the story is hedonism. This is the philosophy that pleasure is of ultimate importance. It was controversial when the novel was published in 1890 because the world was transitioning from Romanticism to…
My attempts at writing a new story have come to an unexpected end. It started out great. Then suddenly the two main characters were having sex.

Obviously I need to handle my own frustrations before I can continue writing. LOL.