Saturday, December 31, 2005

Everybody needs to read today's "Calvin and Hobbes"

The great thing about my New Year's Resolution from last year is that this month I set a goal that contradicts it almost entirely. So even if I had hopes of accomplishing it within this month, which I probably did, I mistakenly (yes, it was by mistake) made a goal not to. I think this year I'll just make it a goal to not make any New Year's Resolutions for the entire month of January... that should cover my hide. Oh, and more props to new bloggers.

Thursday, December 29, 2005

Behold, the fruits of my labors.

Well, some of the fruits, I did a lot more than this today. I don't know why the ground in this picture is white - it's actually a dirt road. I guess it just makes it look like it just snowed.

As long as I'm wasting time...

I've always pictured that this statue is getting ready to whack someone with her bookbag:

Happy Day...

In case you were wondering what I was doing today, I set up this live webcam:


Yep, pretty much...
Of course, I think I'm taking it better than some:

"Time to meet my friend, Mr. Louisville"

Tuesday, December 27, 2005

Trying for Search Engine Optimization

AAAagh! My eyes! Ze Googles do nothing!

Adventure most foul.

"Oh no! The dead have risen and are voting Republican!" - Bart Simpson
Quite an exciting day. I went on a small voyage by car, passing such sights as Moroni:

"Moroni"
and then on to Ephraim:

"Ephraim"

finally arriving at our destination, Manti:

"Manti"

Where we had a nice wedding, and some of the rivaling brides fought it out for photographing space:

"Duel of the Fates"

No brides were harmed during the photo shoots. Well, at least physically. For the most part. Of course, the haut d'roqueo (made up French) was the reception hall. I mean, with decorations like these, how can one go wrong?:

"Haut d'roqueo"

In conclusion, let it be known that the bridges of Madison County hold nothing on the turkey farms of Sanpete County (sorry for the blur):

"Yes, that blur in the middle is a turkey farm"

stunning.

Sunday, December 25, 2005

Bloggifier 20X6

Hey ya'll,
I recorded this podcast with my new Blogifier 20X6, which also assisted in helping me take this picture:

Sweet. Anyhow, the audio isn't as good as with my computer microphone. Hope everyone had a lovely Christmas.

Saturday, December 24, 2005

Hmmm, podcasting, eh?

Hello everybody.
Ok, so I'd thought that I'd try out an audioblog post, AKA, podcasting. The sound is probably quite loud, I apologize for that. My speakers really stink, so there's not much I can do. Anyhow, hope ya'll enjoy the podcast, just click on the title "Hmmm, podcasting, eh?" to hear. If you would like to subscribe to the podcast, there's a link on the left for it. Let me know what you think - podcast too wierd, too much time, don't care enough to click on link, to fancy-scmancy, ect.? I thought it was kinda fun to set up and everything, but that's 'cause I got nothing better to do. Yeaaaaay for Christmas Break - and a VERY merry Christmas Eve to all!

Wednesday, December 21, 2005

A clarification...

Nay, sir, heaven no semblemce hath to that of a halfpipe; for I beheld none such, not in form nor essence, whilst I did shop at the Apple store, that I did find within the land which hath been called, aptly, The Gateway. And we beheld that the awe therein was that which was the G5Quad. And there was joy, and we did lift our voices high, wherewith they that listened might hear, and rejoice withall. And we rejoiced in song and in Haiku, for behold, we found the Haiku to be pleasing in form, and thus our Haiku was lifted up, saying:

Apple Computers,
where is it that we went Soft?
Our apologies

G5 yes, also
the Mac, Book, and Pod of i -
appreciated

with form and function
simple, fun, innovative.
Kudos, Mr. Jobs.


Ok, enough fun. I know, it's nerdy, but I thought that the Apple store was really cool, and worth the crazy traffic that was at The Gateway. iPod's a plenty, and some really cool computers, it was fun being there. Plus I got some Christmas shopping done - BONUS!

Problems in proseland...

Ok, so my last two posts haven't been the most thought-out posts of all time. Well, three - I deleted the one I'm sure ya'll enjoyed. Here's the problem in case you haven't been catching on - I'm getting dumber. It's quite simple - I've crammed my brain so full that it's now given out on me. It's kinda fun, actually. And perhaps one of the reasons I've left the more ambitious field of Computer Science for a lucrative field in Animation. So if you notice that my posts are slightly awry, it's just another milemarker on the long road of mental loss. In an interesting coincidence, I'm learning 'Moonlight Sonata' on the piano, interesting in the fact that you can feel the frustration of Beethoven trying to compose great works all while going quite deaf. Perhaps someday, I too may wear purple, and a large, red hat.
So BNL and Sarah McLaughlin do such a good job at this song. I think that this is the third time I've listened to it. The lyrics are so well written, it's defiantly up on my list of favorite Christmas Songs. Well, these two songs (as it's more of a medley):

God rest ye merry gentlemen, let nothing you dismay. Remember Christ Our Savior was born upon this day; to save us all from Satan's power when we were gone astray. O tidings of comfort and joy, comfort and joy! O tidings of comfort and joy! From God Our Heavenly Father this blessed angel came; and unto certain shepherds brought tidings of the same; how that in Bethlehem was born the Son of God by name. O tidings of comfort and joy, comfort and joy, O tidings of comfort and joy!

And perhaps the best line:

Glorious now behold Him arise, King and God and Sacrifice, Hallelujah! Hallelujah! Worship Him, God Most High.

Tuesday, December 20, 2005

More on TV...great...

Sorry, my T.V. viewing has gone up in the past three days.
Anyhow, the problem with 'Gilmore Girls' - there's no setup. The emotionally drained dialogue seems out of place. Sure, it's fine writing, but the delivery is pretty lousy. My thought: it's like trying to read Jane Austin backwards for dramatic effect; the lines may work, but something's out of place.

Monday, December 19, 2005

Science Rules

Did you know that...?
For those who missed it, Sir William Nye, surnamed the Science Guy, was on Late Late Night with Craig Ferguson. I won't concede to admiting that I watch the show, but I was channel surfing and saw Mr. Nye. Now that we've got that cleared up, I can get to the point at hand - he announced last night during his science trickery (he was crushing a large oil barrel by boiling water inside, sealing it off, and then placing the barrel in cold water. Science Rules.) that he is now engaged. So, answer me these questions three:
Question the first: How is it that that guy's not already married? A guy with such an excellent physique and rugged good looks, plus he's got a pretty honorable title.
Question the second: Did I tell you how often I get commented about that I look like this science guy?
Question the third: So, how come they never built more ships to leave Middle-Earth? The one Frodo got on didn't look all that special, I imagine that you just have to know where you're headed.
So, in summation, everyone should get engaged using the One True Ring as their engagement ring, as I'm sure Bill Nye did.
Now you know.

Sunday, December 18, 2005

Mittens

Mittens are really warm. Nicely warm. Understood that gloves have greater usability, but what, I've no choice since I'm not a kid anymore? Someone missed something somewhere in the system. Oh, and this wassail is very good, albeit souless and unfulfulling. That's why eggnog is so good.

Friday, December 16, 2005

Epic


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Movie posters for the animation I'm working on. I could use a little help on thinking of a title.

Thursday, December 15, 2005

Attencion todos compradores de K-Mart...


Puedo ser orgulloso sobre mi nuevo cuadro del perfil? Si, y asi seria.

Wednesday, December 14, 2005

Attention all K-mart shoppers...


Can I be boastful of my new profile picture? Yea, and thus I shall be.

Why funerals are better than weddings.

Before you get after me, yes I believe in a rewarding afterlife to all who have strived to do good in this world, so this post isn't nearly as cold as it could be portrayed. It's more of a 'Corpse Bride' kind of post, with respect to the solemnity of both death and marriage.

1. First and foremost, no gifts for the deceased. No Target registries, no gift cards, no wondering if somebody's already covered toaster. The great thing is, they probably already know how much you care about them, so you don't have to try and figure out the appropriate proportion of friendship to tangible objects.

2. No pressure. No one says at a funeral, "Well, we'll all have to do this again when Uncle Bob goes". It's not 'Hey, it's your turn next'. Being the last member of your family to have your funeral is respectable. No rush to catch the widows' funeral bouquet.

3. Once people get married, it's like they enter into another realm. Some refuse to accept this, some willingly embrace it - it's another realm. But the thing that differs is that they choose to move into this realm. There's no 'going before his time' or 'untimely marriages'; it's their choice to move on.

4. Hey, I work in an insurance department. It may sound cold, but:
A. Collection from Accidental Death: $32,000 (fat lot of good it does you, too).
B. Collection from Accidental Marriage (when you really need it): $0. Or is that pronounced 'priceless'?

5. A widower can look forward to continued life without having 'Did I leave the toilet seat up?' paranoia. Congratulations. The groom? Bless his unprepared heart.

6. Scratching someone off of your Christmas card list vs. putting someone on. 'nuf said.

7. Emotions. This reasons is more for the ladies, they're pretty good at expressing what they're not feeling ("I'm soooo happy for you, how exciting that you're marrying my ex-boyfriend that you started dating before we ever broke up. And the perfect wedding, too. I'm so not envious or jealous."). Funeral? It's pretty easy to be somber. No jealousy toward the deceased. No thinking "Man, I don't know what this guy had that I didn't", or "I should've said something sooner - this guy gets all the breaks."

8. No waiting in the cold/heat to take pictures.

9. It's a little more of a binding contract - you more or less know what to expect 5 years from now.

10. No worrying if jokes made at the deceases' expense will ever get back to them. No worrying that you'll ruin someone's funeral for them, either - what do they care?

11. The deceased doesn't have the stress of planning the attire, location, food, ect.

Now, reasons listed, I admit that it's easier to get out of going to a reception than a funeral, seeing as you will still be in contact with the married couple (my current favorite excuse is: 'I was working on my own wedding reception', a little harder to duplicate for a funeral, although I'm working towards both). Anyhow, food fer thought. Oh, and I almost forgot, more props to those also working on their wedding reception. And feeling gutsy enough to create a blog.

Tuesday, December 13, 2005

People I wish I could have lunch to catch up with.

Dusty, my roommate
The Hammer
Jacob - how is it that not everyone in the world knows him?
Melony - the tall redhead that I thought was really cute.
Marco - he just kinda disappeared.
Nikki - Yeah, she's married, but still awsome, I'm sure.
Tim - I swear I'm going to call him soon.
Cameron - he's just fun to have around.
Pres. Clarke - really.

Ok, that's enough sentimentality, one thought from quote of the day:
'I love deadlines. I like the whooshing sound they make as they fly by.'
Douglas Adams

Gesundheit (or, my dinner experience)


Gandolfo's Deli
sweet, savoury sensation
A cardinal sin?

Manhattan Transfer
perfect, sensual delight
mouthful of goodness

prone towards feasting
prone to eat, prone to enjoy
poem prone to writ

perspicacity¹
heart, olfactory, stomach
no equal, yea, none


¹Perspicacity: Acuteness of perception, discernment, or understanding.

iStalk '05

On April 12th, 1961 Yuri Gagarin became the first man to fall to the earth, but have the earth silently slip away from him before he gets a chance to hit it. He traveled at speeds in excess of 17,025 mph for a length of 108 minutes before the earth caught up with him. Absolutely none of this has relevence to my situation.
So there are 13 computers in the library that have Maya. Currently, 13 of them are in use by people other than me. A single sole in the whole library is using Maya, and I need to double that number. So I sit one row away quietly blogging away with eyes in sharpened prowness (which, according to Dictionary.com isn't a word) seeking the first victim of my "I need to use THAT computer" stare. I've learned little in my Animation training, hardly enough to prepare me for this hardened warzone. Dodging behind the safety bunker of some unnumbered PC (ok, so maybe it's MMPC118), I await the signal of the weary student. Just to create balance in the universe, I check out Apple's website. And snag a cool picture of Tux for later use at home:


Aha! Girl on MMac69 preparing to leave! Nope, apparently just going to the printer. Let's see what her desktop reveals. Hmmm, she left her iPod and it's still connected to the desktop. I'll have to remember to plug the earphones back into the Mac before I use them (retrospect post: I forgot to do so. Again. How embarassing, especially when I had remembered that in my post. DAH!). Also, she must be printing this word document that has the fisherman picture on it. Color picture, but it doesn't look like she's at the front desk, so she must be printing in greyscale. Aaah greyscale, the old print medium. Wait! She's back grabbing her stuff! Is it?! Yes! Victory - must mv qicky to gt cmputr. No tme fr vwls. ltr.

Friday, December 09, 2005

Ok, one more

I just had to take another jab at relationships.
"and this little doohickey is what we replace your mind with..."

Wednesday, December 07, 2005

Recent concerns of mine...

I'm concerned for the child who opens up his Holiday gift and asks brashly, "Where's the USB port?"

The realization that iPod + NO iTunes = external hard drive with earphones

The concern that "It's not you, it's me" translated is "Oh, it is SOOOO you."

"and this little doohickey is what you're heart will be replaced with"

The fear that when I finally save up enough time and/or money to get to Hawaii, either it or I won't be there anymore...
Anyhow, I think I may have a new Holiday tradition. For those kids who find 'Santa sans Santa' placing gifts, the snow is as chilling as the enlivening reality that accompanies their discovery. But a snifter of reality is a good thing every once in a while. So, the tradition - before the elating sweetness of gift opening, the palette will be cleansed with a refreshing dose of good reality. What better accompaniment could you ask for the excitement of gift opening than the realization that with current trends, our kids will have to start an IRA fund at the age of 3 to have any sort of retirement :). Wow, what a nice bike, Timmy. I'd continue, but it's hard to be funny with Josh Groban singing. Wait, he's stopped. And now the quite inner rage that comes from listening to Salsa music sets in. Thank you, Sr. Sanchez.
Now to the schoolwork that I've been putting off so that I can blog. Oh, and I have new termonology for everyone - "blinking" - linking within blogs. And it's an actual werd, how cool is that. Man, I don't know about you, but I could go for some BumbleBerry pie right now.

Thursday, December 01, 2005

Crayons don't work on spoons

A list of modern marketing shortcomings:
Before I start, I'd just like to suggest that you always check your headphones to make sure they're plugged in before starting up your playlist in the middle of the library. How embarrassing. Drive safe, kids.
1) Gak should be edible, cotton candy really just shouldn't be.
2) Hollywood, albeit with it's many charms, has many problems (well, duh). I'm not a doctor, but films are having the same problem as the Yuan right now. I'm just going to complain about this one, no real solution. Wait, yes there is - STOP MAKING CRAPPY FILMS, particularly the ones that no one cares to see! As the market is flooded with low-quality films, people are less trusting that they've just paid $7.50 for a good evening. Current score: Hollywood: 4 trillion, Everyone else: "Hey! 'Napoleon Dynamite' was a good film." Eeeh, #2 is getting a little too Alexander Hamilton for my taste. No offense, Mr. Hamilton.
3) No. 2 pencils should be No. 1 pencils.
4) G.I. Joe needs shrapnel scars.
5) G.I. Jacque needs less shrapnel scars. (Aggggh, 60 years and still everyone's easy target).
6) Red Bull should be Yellow Bull.
7) Alphabits cereal should come in alphabetical order. I wonder if I'm the first person ever to Google 'Alphabits Cereal'. Oh, and an interesting Wikipedia Article about the origins of Post Cereal. And props to its sublink that refers to coffee as "the crack of the 50's".
8) There needs to be a cheese fad. No, seriously.
9) Well, I had something about 'est. ____', but I corrected myself.
10) Shouldn't it be the 13 tribes of Israel? Maybe not...
11) Now I'm trying too hard. Post over.