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Oct. 13th, 2009 | 10:35 pm
mood: amusedamused
music: Planet P Project - Why Me

Assorted randomness.

I didn't realize that Ray Park (Darth Maul) was in the new season of Heroes... then again, I'm not sure I've ever seen his actual face onscreen (Star Wars, X-Men, Sleepy Hollow).

It greatly amuses me that the Heroes wiki calls people with special abilities "evolved humans." Most people who've been involved in my SWRPG campaigns will understand why.

The writers of the latest episode ("Hysterical Blindness") get bonus points for including the theme song from the 80's TV show "The Greatest American Hero" ("Believe It or Not" by Joey Scarbury) in a way that wasn't totally contrived.

I am adding Milo Ventimiglia to the list of actors I really like. Not because of anything his character (Peter Petrelli) did, but because the last episode included a scene in which he played the piano. I suspect the actor actually does play, but at the very least he understands that - with the exception of Ray Charles - people who play the piano do not rock back and forth while doing so. Too many bad actors feel compelled to convey motion while at a piano keyboard while they're only visible from the shoulders up (because they're not actually playing). But rocking back and forth during an activity that requires vertical and lateral movements of the arms and hands is usually counterproductive, and never actually useful - do you rock back and forth while typing at your computer keyboard? Same thing. Hugh Laurie (House, title character) also gets this right, but I think he actually does play the piano.

Episode writers also get some extra points for that scene. It seems like whenever someone puts 2 characters together at a piano keyboard, something goes wrong in someone's brain, to make them think they should have the characters play "Heart and Soul." So for having the characters play an actual piece of music, I have to say to the writers: "THANK YOU SO F---ING MUCH! If you'd gone the other way with that decision, I could never enjoy your show again... because you'd obviously be RETARDED!"

Also: Sylar is officially the best villain I've ever seen. I'm at a total loss to come up with anyone better. Which makes me wonder, in my geekiness: if Sylar fought Darth Vader, who would win?

That's right, nothing serious today. Maybe next time.

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Oct. 2nd, 2009 | 11:59 pm
mood: awakeawake
music: Jessy Greene - Time Bomb

Geocities is going away later this month, so to anyone who's got a long-forgotten site there: you might want to grab anything you can't bear to lose. I think any content left on their servers is getting deleted on the 26th.

Work's been busy lately. I've been submitting changes to our standard code about once a week, in addition to working on the problems that specific sites are having. It never really struck me until earlier today, that this is a piece of software that's used by large organizations in multiple countries, and it works better now because of me. *anime-style happy eyes*

Home has been busy lately too. Ken now has 2 teeth, and his random flailing has turned into coordinated, recognizable attempts to accomplish something. That usually means putting something in his mouth, but hey, what do you expect at 7 months?

Also, there was a recent... "water adventure" in the basement, which is why my computer is upstairs now.

And, I should probably go, because I was enrolled in a local Tae Kwon Do school as a birthday gift - thank you, apthetk_oprativ - and class is at 9am.

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" . . . . . "

Apr. 13th, 2009 | 01:14 am
mood: accomplishedaccomplished
music: Apocalyptica (feat. Adam Gontier) - I Don't Care


... there's a baby here now.


Not really much else for me to say there. I suppose you've all seen the pictures. It's funny, people ask me "so how are you doing now, with the baby?" And I can only think, "ummm... we're doing... like people are after having a baby?" Really, is there some frame of reference I'm not aware of, for this situation?

I had my one-year performance review at work a few weeks ago. I wasn't particularly worried about it going in, but it kind of turned into my supervisor and our group's manager repeatedly telling me how awesome I am. Which, at the risk of sounding like an arrogant jackass, I kind of know already. But it's nice to see something good coming from spending much of my teenage years learning how to write code instead of, say, developing some social skills. And I knew I was doing well, but damn... apparently I'm doing 4 to 5 times as much work as the other people hired when I was, and about the same amount as people who've been there 3-5 years. (And I just started doing "real" work in October.) So our manager said she was going to ask the director for more money in the budget, so they could give me a bigger raise, and I'm now having trouble fitting through doorways on account of my enormous ego.

And that reminds me, I've been driving up the Massachusetts Turnpike twice a day for a year now. You know those "slow vehicle" lanes that get added onto the right side of the road for steep hills and such, so vehicles that can't accelerate or maintain speed can move over? After an entire year, I finally saw a truck using one of those for its intended purpose. Just one vehicle, for the entire year. Not that this should surprise me, I could spend hours complaining about the drivers in Massachusetts....

"In the gap between 'Should' and 'Is,' you'll usually find an idiot swinging a hammer."

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You Can't See It - It's Electric!

Jan. 22nd, 2009 | 02:47 am
mood: awakeawake
music: Tantric - Down And Out

I would think it's common knowledge today that when you have a grounded (3-prong) electrical outlet, it needs to be connected to a grounding wire in order to actually be grounded. Even if you don't know how to do that, you are probably aware of the concept. Well, whoever installed the outlets in our house was not. Since our wiring is grounded, and our outlets are 3-prong, and they all test as grounded, I expected to find the grounding wire attached to the outlets and not, for example: folded back, coiled around the insulated cable, and sticking out of the top of the electrical box inside the wall behind each outlet.


This was part of preparations for The February Child's room. It was supposed to be a simple remove-and-replace of a loose outlet. Now it's a big pain in my ass, but possibly amusing for people who don't have to fix them. But, we've got the paint, we've got the room almost ready to paint, and that'll probably be this weekend's big thing.

Stay tuned for my next rant: I Hate My Company's Software Update Group.

"Electricity can be dangerous. My nephew tried to stick a penny into a plug. Whoever said a penny doesn't go far didn't see him shoot across that floor. I told him he was grounded." -Tim Allen

And just because...Collapse )

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Golems Kill Our T!

Dec. 12th, 2008 | 09:40 pm
mood: sillysilly
music: Sean Paul - Temperature

Since everyone needs a good laugh:
Misheard Lyrics: Sean Paul - Temperature

And I think I discovered my Stupid Human Trick: I can control the dilation and contraction of my pupils. Side note: this kind of hurts.

What, you were expecting a serious update? It was either this or another Star Wars rant....

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Best. Costume. Ever.

Nov. 5th, 2008 | 11:36 am
mood: amusedamused

Forgot to post this on Halloween night.

My pick for favorite Halloween costume ever: the kid (teen-ager?) who wore one of the helmets from Halo, and an apron. (Think for a minute- you'll get it. Hint: the character in Halo is Master Chief.)

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I Had to Post This Before the Election

Nov. 3rd, 2008 | 05:34 pm

Someone had a lot of time on their hands: McCain Vs. Obama Dance-Off - I think I've been saying since 2000 that presidential debates should be replaced by dance-offs. It would be more entertaining to watch (and almost as informative).

Work has been progressing well. In about 7 workdays, I completed a training exercise that involved writing two applications, in different programming languages, that will communicate over the network. Which wouldn't really be that big of an accomplishment, except that we have no documentation (that we are aware of) on how our networking functions actually operate, save a listing of what the individual commands are (and, in a few cases, what their return values are). While about halfway through the project, I realized that this is basically matches the requirements for the Java Developer certification test, aside from the obvious difference, that it is written in different programming languages.

That's all for now.

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Oct. 23rd, 2008 | 01:36 pm
mood: cynicalcynical
music: Peter Gabriel - Digging in the Dirt

Sometimes, when I read the news, I'm not sure whether I should laugh or cry. This was one of those times:

Today's Lunch-Break RantCollapse )

Something more relevant about life and work may show up here soon. Depends on how quickly I can learn how to use TCP/IP functions in a programming language that has no documentation for them.

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Oct. 4th, 2008 | 05:27 pm
mood: amusedamused

Found this in the spring, when one of the local Boston-area radio stations was playing a different song by him. I kind of like this one better:

New Math, by Bo Burnham.

Not really work-safe.

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Sep. 30th, 2008 | 10:54 am
mood: workingworking

Just found an interesting article during the break in my meeting today:

Video gamers are surprisingly fit, says study

And I've been saying this for years now, but I want to go on record as having said it. If our next election goes to a Democrat (Obama, as it turns out), the all of a sudden - between November and January - we're going to see all the power the executive branch has spent 8 years consolidating just vanish into the ether. Not that this would be a bad thing, but right now I'd trust Obama to use presidential authority responsibly, far more than I'd trust any Republican.

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