dead men tell no tales...
...and drink no wine, and are therefore no good at parties
Thursday, September 29, 2005
EAT THE GOD DAMN PIE!
Wednesday, September 28, 2005
Here's what I'm working on so far...
Boy, does that header image need some work. Don't think I like it at all. But that's the starting point, anyway.
UPDATE 3:47pm - Changed the header image. Like this one.
UPDATE 9/30 @ 1:52pm - Changed the location of the test. Decided I would work on Blogger's space just to make sure it will actually work with some of the funky stuff they add after the fact, and to test blogtags. New location is testnotales.blogspot.com.
Tuesday, September 27, 2005
And of course, after that...
I'm seriously considering a complete site redesign. We'll see if that actually happens or not. I'm bugged by the fact that the picture up top is not one of my own, and I think there may not be enough structure to the page as a whole. I may change it all.
Then again, maybe not.
Oh, and as for actual blogging about actual stuff, I hope to begin anew tomorrow. I have a cold. Pity me.
I know no one cares but...
I just got this page to validate as XHTML 1.0 Transitional. I'm excited because I'm a dork and I'm teaching myself the mid-step between HTML and XML. Yay.
Saturday, September 24, 2005
About 4am, got woken up by a quake. First quake in the new condo, on the third floor, at the end of the building. Definately felt it. Turns out it was a 3.2 centered 10 miles away. Some times I forget about the Hayward fault.
Hey Russ... do you miss earthquakes? I think I would, actually. No reports of damage, according to the news article, but whoa, I could feel it.
Thursday, September 22, 2005
No bloggy for a while, eh?
Been super busy at work. God damn work, getting in the way of all-too-important blogging. Fuck.
FYI, while I was nonblogging, Get Your War On updated with some comics regarding Katrina:
Funny, in my opinion.
UPDATE 5:14pm - The original comic strip was too wide, and I didn't want to shrink it for fear of killing its line-graphics goodness. Hence, compromise.
Friday, September 16, 2005
Andy just told me they got the house rental they were looking for!
Let me be the first to welcome Andy & Candice back to Walnut Creek. The W.C. was a lesser place without the two of you! Rock on!
Thursday, September 15, 2005
I've decided to get a new phone.
So, like any good consumer, and especially after almost dealing with shitstains Express Cameras, I did a bunch of research, both on models of phones and on places to buy.
My requirements were thus:
- Unlocked. I don't want a T-Mobile phone, so an unlocked GSM1900 was the only way to go to ensure it will work with my SIM card, and I won't need to lengthen my contract with T-Mobile to get a new one.
- Good speaker and good reception. My current phone is very hard to hear... whether it's reception or just the earpiece speaker, I have to crush it against my ear in order to hear anyone.
- MP3 ringtone capability. It's about time I walked away from fucking polyphonics. Seriously.
- Camera. Because everyone has one these days... even my mother!
- Bluetooth. I'm not sure why. I just know that someday I'll want it.
In addition to all this, the Motorola E398 (pictured above, which I have decided to purchase) comes with a USB cable, a 64MB "TransFlash" card (basically a mini-SD card... 256MB versions are avaialble), stereo speakers (yeah, two speakers, left and right, for ringtons), MP3 player software, and a bigass screen. Fucking sick.
I bought it. $205.98 after shipping, from TigerDirect.com, which got mixed reviews on Reseller Ratings, a 7-out-of-10 lifetime score... not great, but certainly not as bad as those Express Cameras fucknuts, and the price was $50 less than anywhere else.
So yeah, I'm excited. It probably won't get here for a week or two, but that's because I paid for the cheapest shipping possible. I will keep all up-to-date, of course...
Wednesday, September 14, 2005
Gizoogle is funny... here is my last post, "tranzilated" by Gizoogle...
Been tired as H-to-tha-izzeck since ho-slappin' back frizzom Disneyland. New Flickr set up F-R-to-tha-izzom tha trip motha fucka. Also gots dragged bizzay in wit tha crazies in tha forums at Brotha Teeth Productions aww nah. Plizzay works bizzy very busy... Ive actually bizzle able ta F-to-tha-izzill mah day wit work... amaz'n, I know.
Hope ta makes it out ta tha bar tonight, if fo` no otha reason tizzle ta finally give Saul tha new mix fo` tha jukebox, dammit.
More nigga maybe.
Tuesday, September 13, 2005
Back to blogging soon, I hope
Been tired as heck since getting back from Disneyland. New Flickr set up from the trip. Also got dragged back in with the crazies in the forums at Rooster Teeth Productions. Plus, work's been very busy... I've actually been able to fill my day with work... amazing, I know.
Hope to make it out to the bar tonight, if for no other reason than to finally give Saul the new mix for the jukebox, dammit.
More later, maybe.
Thursday, September 08, 2005
Disneyland Moblogging : Day 1, Part 1
We're on the road. The Grapevine, to be exact. Instead of a Nissan Armada, the six of us are tooling down to Anaheim in a Nissan Quest... A mini-van. Roomy, sure... but frightfully similar to family trips of my childhood.
My dad recently got himself Sirius satellite radio, so we are listening to the Raiders losing to the Pats right now. Vinatieri has already gotten me five points for the one fantasy football team I can still play (a long story which ends with "and thats why I hate Yahoo")...
We'll probably be in Disneyland in 90 minutes or so... at least, I can hope. More later, fo sho
Less than four and half hours now, as I write this.
Until Sunday evening, you will all have to get your Bush-bashing, Disney-loving, joke-cracking, City Softball Championship Losing (yeah I forgot to mention that) goodness from elsewhere. All, y'know, ten of you or whatever.
In the meantime, here are some sites you should know about, and use. If you don't, you're missing out on the whole "Web2.0" thing that is become a cliche' already. Btw... blogs are part of "Web2.0," so those with them, thank you for embracing the future.
See you folks Sunday!
(oh, of course, there may be some minor moblogging between now and then...)
Shit on the web to explore and love:
- Flickr - There are copycats out there, but Flickr is the largest, most incredible photo sharing community on the web. If you take photos, if you like photos, etc, you owe it to yourself to get a Flickr account and poke around. Even if Yahoo (the fucking shmucks) did buy them recently.
- Bloglines - Ahhh, blogs. We all love them. You're reading one right now. If, like me, you keep up with over two dozen (or, for some people, many, many more), then an RSS Reader (or "Feed Aggregator") is a major time-saver. And Bloglines is unique in the world of RSS Readers in that it is online and available from any computer, at any time. Any website with an RSS feed (here's mine) can be "subscribed with Bloglines." They even have a neat Java bookmarklet (another staple of Web2.0) to easily ferret out RSS feeds and subscribe them.
- del.icio.us - del.icio.us is a "social bookmarking" site... you see something you like, you use a Java bookmarklet to save it to del.icio.us and tag and describe it, someone else sees it because you have it, they like it, tag and bookmark it, etc, etc, etc... very neat. You can search for specific tags by using a "del.icio.us/tag/*" format... for instance, here is the URL for searching del.icio.us for links tagged "katrina": del.icio.us/tag/katrina.
- Technorati - Like Google for blogs... Technorati indexes the "Live Web." See what blogs are talking about right now, search for who links to your blog (or your favorite blog), and find other blogs talking about the same stuff you are! You can find any blog at any time on Technorati, if you know what to look for...
Those are the four biggies, imho... there's also Google Mail (and Talk and Maps and Earth and Google Fucking Everything), Fark (to an extent, though it's been around so long it's hard to say), plus all of the great things that use the APIs of the above services (like the Flickr Related-Tag Browser, and the Flickr Magazine Cover Maker)... plus plenty of other places out there.
Go searching. Discover Web2.0... and most importantly... be excellent to one another...
Until later, then...
Wednesday, September 07, 2005
One particularly disgusting Bush act...
You should all know about this President of ours. There is a story that has been circulating the liberal blogosphere (or, as I and many other residents like to call it, Left Blogistan) about the usage of firefighters in the Katrina-ravaged area of this country. Daily Kos has a good primer on the situation... Bush used the firefighters as human props. Not as firefighters. Not as skilled, courageous men who were willing, as is their duty, to risk their lives to save others. No. A Photo Op is much more important:
But now the GOP is in full protect mode. Not "protect the people" mode, mind you, but "protect Bush at all costs" mode. And part of that "protect" mode means lying to journalists about who's to blame, seeking to muddy the issue and introduce enough uncertainty into the debate that it takes pressure off the guy in charge.
This is the man in charge. A cowardly, dispicable politician of the worst stripe: One who professes to love America, while he acts in outright disregard... or worse, contempt... for Americans. And the GOP spin machine, and the mainstream media... they're going along with it. And so is the American Public
When respondents were asked [in a recent Gallup poll] who is most to blame for problems in New Orleans after Katrina, 13 percent blame President Bush, 25 percent blame state and local officials. However, 38 percent say that no one is really to blame. 29 percent believe federal officials should be fired for mismanagement of the crisis, while a full 63 percent disagree.
Emphases mine. So, 38% of Americans think "no one is to blame" for the response to Katrina... and 63% think no one need lose their jobs over this. This is fucking disgusting. It makes me absolutely sick to think that a job can be botched so damn bad (I'm already ordering my FEMA: Failure to Effectively Manage Anything t-shirt) and yet, it appears, no one will pay. No one will have to answer it.
Conservative pundits, politicians, and apologists the nation over are using the words "Blame Game," spitting them at anyone who dare level a finger of responsibility at the (*gulp*) federal government. Well guess what? YOU'RE GOD DAMN RIGHT WE'RE GOING TO PLAY THE BLAME GAME. Except, Mr. President, it isn't a fucking game. The death toll is well into 5 digits by now. The city will require tens if not hundreds of billions of dollars to rebuild... not to mention years. You fucked up bad, pal. Where was all of the planning, all of the preparation, all of the good shit we were told your little pet project, the Department of Homeland Security (yavol!) was up to its elbows in since 9/11? We had days' worth of warning that Katrina is coming... if a dirty bomb goes off in a major American city, we will have a grand total of no fucking time whatsoever worth of warning... what then?
What will this President do to protect America? What has he done? As far as these (admittedly liberal, admittedly Democrat) eyes can see... not one solid god damn thing.
We get it, G-Dubs. You fucked us.
UPDATE 3:59pm: This had better turn out to be bullshit...
10:57 Raw transcript of comments by NOLA evacuee Clara Barthelemy: "The 17th street levee was bombed by the Army Corps of Engineers to save the more valuable real estate in the city... to keep the French Quarter protected, the ninth ward was sacrificed... people are afraid to speak out... everyone who was near there heard the bombings... they bombed seven times. That's why they didn't fix the levees... 20 feet of water. Gators. People dying in water. They let the parishes go, not the city center. Tourist trap was saved over human life..."
11:22 Now I'm speaking to someone else, another woman, who says some people report having witnessed "bomb sounds," believe 17th street levee and others were blown up to manage water flow and protect more valuable portions of real estate.
Evacuee Dianne Stafford: "They blew the levee to save the city..." Saying a barge broke the levee. She is from St. Bernard Parish. "More expensive places were saved at the expense of the neighborhoods that aren't as valuable... Rebuilding Bourbon Street matters more to the government... that's what mattered to Governor Blanco..."
Please, please, please, please let this not be true. I really want to believe these people are just wrong about this...
Am I a normal Disney fan?
I don't know.
Since we leave tomorrow, and the trip is a bit historic for my family (the four of us, plus girlfriends with both my brother and I... no trip like this has ever been attempted in my family's history...) I've been thinking of taking some notes in the evening and writing a "trip report." Like a bit of amateur travel writing, they are pretty plentiful, and MousePlanet has a whole bunch up on their site.
I just wanted a good feel for how they usually sound, what people usually write about, even if there's some weird unwritten "rules" (more like "guidelines", actually) about tense or anything. So the first one I pick up is a Disneyland Resort trip report from March of this year... the most recent DLR report in MousePlanet's database... and what do I stumble upon, but this magnificent first paragraph (emphases mine):
We got up at 5:00 am to begin the drive from Tucson to Anaheim. We were on the freeway by 7:00 am. Stopped in Phoenix for breakfast at Mc Donald's. Then we drove until we hit the Banning/Beaumont area and stopped at the Dinosaurs and Burger King for lunch. We woke up the kids - Brice just loved the huge dinosaur. I didn't really want to go up into the brontosaurus gift shop. But I'm so glad we did. I noticed that everything looked much nicer and cleaner first of all. Then I noticed that all the evolution garbage isn't there any more. It now tells all the facts about all the "Lucy" and other Neanderthal Men that were found. New owners had bought it and brought in great new merchandise and displays. They also hand out pamphlets and advertise their website so that you can learn the true facts (or lack of) about the Theory of Evolution.
These big dinosaurs (in Cabazon, CA) are now owned by a group pushing Intelligent Design as actual, y'know, science or something... their site is here, but it's all the same brouhaha that misunderstands/misconstrues the word "Theory," in its scientific usage, to mean "we're not really sure" (you should know, this isn't actually the correct usage)...
Anyway. Fucking people. I just love this woman's disdain for the "evolution garbage." What a twat.
So if this is normal for Disney fans... oh well. I don't fit in. Even Walt believed in evolution, for chrissakes!
UPDATE 2:23pm: HAHA! Here is another trip report, the next one down from Matthew Harrison Brady up there, starts off as such:
First an introduction. I am JoAnne, a 38 yo SAHM to our 18 month old toddler Ryan who has been to Disneyland quite a few times, in utero and out, lol. My partner Mary is 42, and works as an ER nurse. Yep, Lesbians, lol. We go to Disney as often as we can, are Deluxe AP holders, and live in nearby Riverside.
So I guess the moral of the story is... Disney attracts all stripes... from creationists to lesbians to people somewhere in between. Which I guess would be me, as I'm neither a creationist nor a lesbian.
New "Nigerian Scam" utilizes current events...
Just found this in the ol' Gmail spam folder..
I am Mr. Abu Al-Karmel, I am working in Economic Development and Foreign contract payment Operations Department,in the Central Bank of Iraq (CBI).
My aim of writing you is to seek for your kindness assistance to allow me quickly transfer the sum of US$15.million dollars, into your account.It will interest you to know how this huge sum amount of funds came about.About two days before the United State and British, bombing began,Saddam Hussein, ordered his youngest son, Qusay, to remove the sum of US$1.billion (£640 million) from the Central Bank of Iraq (CBI) The cash which was loaded on to three lorries.
That memorable day Qusay and a senior aide to the former president Saddam Hussein delivered the instruction in person to the bank's governor of the Central Bank of Iraq (CBI). And the money was removed without proper official documentations. The money was not debited. It was just remove from the foreign reserve vault. This illegal withdrawer created opportunity for our staffs working in the foreign payments department. We hastingly remove from the vault the sum of US$75.million, which we shared among ourselves working in the department,five in number. My share was US$15.million, the deal which was absolutely successfully.
Then,after the fall of Saddam,a Finance Company based in Jordan assisted me to move the fund as a Bond Deposit into Bank in EUROPE.Due to recent probe in our Apex Bank,i decided to leave and i am under cover in SENEGAL -AFRICA.
What I needed now is your "TRUST" HONESTY and TRANSPERENCY" since i would want you to receive the money into an account from the EUROPEAN Bank which i will disclose to you later on.I will also front you in any kind of investment that we might decide to enter later.
As a matter of fact,if i am convinced and with your declaration of interest in this deal,then,i will tell you the procedures to follow.For security of this transaction,i do hereby implore youto treat and maintain it with absolute confidentiality.
Please,if you are not dispose to assist,kindly destroy this letter for the sake of Humanity.
Looking forward to your urgent response.
Mr. Abu Al-Karmel
Yeah, Reeeeeeeal sneaky, Mr. Abu Al-Karmel.
: Here's another one. Also not from Nigeria or Ghana, where they always seemed to be from in the past. What fucking list did my email address get on?
From : Nicholas Mavis
Abidjan Ivory coast
TEl: +225 0723 6068
private email : (email@example.com)
APPEAL FOR URGENT ASSISTANCE.
With due respect and with God all thing were possible that is why I call for help to please Permit me to inform you of my desire of going into business relationship with you.
I am Nicholas Mavis the only son of late Mavis Radci, My father was a very wealthy cocoa merchant in Abidjan the economic capital of Ivory coast, my father was poisoned to death by his business associates on the first of January 2004 on their outing for the new year celebration.
My mother died when I was a baby and since then my father took me so special.
Before the death of my father on january 2004 in a private hospital here in Abidjan he secretly called me on his bed side and told me that he has the sum of 9 million United State Dollars. US(9.m) left in fixed /suspense account in one of the prime bank here in Abidjan that he used my name as his only son for the next of Kin in Depositing of the fund.
He told me that I should seek for a foreign partner in a country of my choice where i will transfer this money into and use it for investment purpose such as real estate management or hotel management and also for orphanages, helping the widows, propagating the word of God and to endeavour that the house of God is maintained and building companies where poor God people can work and have their daily feedings with their families.
I pray to God to grant you more blessing to your business and for making up your mind that you will be doing this for the denefit of the people who are in need. i know that God will see you through.
I am honourably seeking your assistance in the following ways:
(1) To provide a new bank account in where this money would be transferred into.
(2) To serve as a guardian of this fund since I am only 22 years old.
(3) To make arrangement for me to come over to your country to further my education and to secure a resident permit in your country.
Moreover, I am willing to offer you 25% of the total sum as compensation for your effort/input after the successful transfer of this fund into your nominated account overseas.
All the necessary arrangement has been made at the bank where my late father deposited this money and the Director of the bank told me that as soon as an account of my choice is forwarded to their bank that they will transfer this money to my destination. Please RING me immediately you received this mail on my direct line 225 0723 6068 for us to proceed in this transaction which I beleived that in few days you shall call me for good news that you have comfirm my money in an account which you will provide.
Furthermore, you indicate your options towards assisting me as I believe that this transaction would be concluded within (3) days you signify interest to assist me.
Anticipating to hear your voice immediately.
Thanks and God bless you.
All the relevants documents which my late father used in deposting of this money will be sent to you immediately I hear from you for more confirmation and trust and confidence in this transaction.
PLEASE GET BACK TO ME ON MY PRIVATE EMAIL /
And all with Yahoo International email addys, too...
"I now pronounce you, husband and husband..."
Via The Washington Monthly's Political Animal
, check this out:
A couple of hours ago, the California Assembly passed AB 849, the nation's first same-sex marriage law not prompted by a court order. We may have our problems, but this is one reason I love living here. Assemblyman Dennis Mountjoy (R-Paleolithic) provided the opposing argument:
It's not about civil rights or personal rights, it's about acceptance. They want to be accepted as normal. They are not normal.
Well, apparently they are, at least in California. Mountjoy, of course, is free to move elsewhere if he disagrees.
Rock on, California! The link to the article goes into more detail regarding the potential legal issues with CA Prop 22 from back in 2000. Interesting. I hope it holds up. There's not one good goddamn reason why two gay people who want to get married, shouldn't be allowed to. Not one.
- The Gropenfuhrer, predictably, has decided to veto the bill
. He really needs to go fuck right off.
Disneyland in something like... 28 hours or so (check timer to upper right for live countdown)...
Weather is supposed to drop pretty good all weekend... highs in the mid 80s (thu), high 70s (fri), mid 70s (sat) and low 70s (sun)... lows in the mid-50s all weekend. I thought L.A. was supposed to be all, y'know, hot.
This basically means I have to pack shorts and jeans for at least two days, because who knows how it will actually "feel," with any kind of wind, or maybe the humidity steps up and it feels warmer... I dunno.
All I know is in less than 30 hours I'm heading to the Happiest Place on Earth. And fuck yes, it is. I promised Heather the very first ride we will go on will be Alice in Wonderland. So there's that. Something to look forward to!
Tuesday, September 06, 2005
Damn you, Southwest!
Over the weekend, Southwest DING!ed me (finally!) with an Oakland --> Orlando fare... at $101! WTF? And then this morning, they show another L.A. --> Orlando fare for $71! why does it cost 42% more to fly from somewhere only 15% further away? God dammit.
Obviously, I'm holding out for fares at LEAST as good as last time around... $90... but I want that $74/$71... even Seattle/Tacoma got $74!!
Friday, September 02, 2005
WHOA nelly on the air fare!
Sure, I'm keeping up the DING! post
, and no, the proper fare to Orlando hasn't come up yet... but I just noticed something on the most recent DING!...
Seattle/Tacoma to Orlando for $74
That's a grand total of $346
... or $173 each
, including taxes and fees, round-trip to Orlando from a starting location further away from Florida than we are
... so why do I have this sinking suspicion that I'm just not going to see that rate out of Oakland or San Jose?
Although... I haven't seen one rate in the current reservation period (11/1 - 1/9) over $106 from anywhere to anywhere else... in the last reservation period (I think 10/1 - 11/17) there were regularly one-way rates over $120.
So perhaps $74 isn't unreasonable for Oakland/SJ --> Orlando? We'll have to wait and see, but how awesome would two round-trippers for under $350 be? Rawk.
This here is the PocketMod
. Through a customized choice of templates and some ingenious (but not too complicated) folding and cutting, an 8.5x11 piece of paper becomes an eight-page organizer book, just a little bigger than a credit card.
Check it out. I'm going to see if it's something I end up using or not, but it is certainly cool.
Oh yeah... DOUBLE-DIGIT DANCE TIME! WOOHOO!
(that means Heather and I are "double digits"... 99 days... away from Walt Disney World)