Saturday, March 31, 2007


My brother-in-law has an NES.

things I learned today

Depending on what county you're in, Virginia's interstate highways are marked down to 0.1 mile. That's a marker every 528 feet. I bet Kudrav is behind this, somehow.

Richmond has a major road called "Powhite Parkway". I am not making this up. Po, White, Parkway. Richmond also looks like the sort of town I'd like to explore: lots of railroads, seaport, etc., but probably without the wife.

The southern frontier of the Great Eastern Megalopolis is apparently somewhere around mile-marker 110 on I-95, based on when traffic starts bunching up. This is at least 60 miles south of the DC beltway.

Wednesday, March 28, 2007

Conservation Of Ninjitsu - Television Tropes & Idioms

In any martial arts fight, there is only a finite amount of ninjutsu available to each side in a given encounter. As a result, one ninja is a deadly threat, but an army of them are cannon fodder.

Monday, March 26, 2007

YouTube - Night Flight - Gisele Kerozene

"A bitch of a high-powered witch"

YouTube - Night Flight - Dynaman - Lucky Pierre (part 1 of 2)

Japan is such a confusing country.

YouTube - Porky Pig Uncensored

Thanks to Youtube you no longer to stay up see this sort of thing at 2:00 AM on the USA network.

The Virginia Railway Express Train Brain

This is quite possibly the coolest silly 1995-ish Java toy I've seen since, uh, 1995.

How to Secure a Java Password File on Windows

Any process that requires clicking two different "advanced" buttons, is probably just asking for trouble.

I have regressed...

... to the college-student-like state of eating ramen noodles for breakfast.

Sing "ho" for MSG in the morning.

Wednesday, March 21, 2007

If all stories were written like science fiction stories

He logged onto the central network using his personal computer, and waited while the system verified his identity. With a few keystrokes he entered an electronic ticketing system, and entered the codes for his point of departure and his destination. In moments the computer displayed a list of possible flights, and he picked the earliest one. Dollars were automatically deducted from his personal account to pay for the transaction.

Tuesday, March 20, 2007

not many questions matter, but this is one of them..

Which Daffy Duck are you?
a) the early, "whoo whoo" darn-fool duck
b) the later, "you're despthickable" one

Friday, March 16, 2007

best of craigslist : Advice to Young Men from an Old Man

possibly controversial thoughts about Jimi Hendrix

This idea has been boiling in my gut since I was in college. Figured I go ahead and get it out there.

Johann Sebastian Bach was the last great Baroque composer. That is because he literally exhausted the genre. After Bach, there was nothing of interest that anyone could do in the "Baroque" style, so composers (including his own sons) had to develop different genres of music in order to not be redundant. Bach "completed" Baroque music.

Ludwig Van Beethoven completed "Classical" music. I use the term Classical here not as most non-music people understand it to mean all "art" music, but rather in the sense that is used in musical circles where it means roughly 1750-1820. After Beethoven's 9th there was pretty much nothing left to do with Classical music. Romanticism had to step up to the plate.

Jimi Hendrix completed both psychedelic music and the Blues.

In a world in which "Red House" and "Voodoo Chile (Slight Return)" exist, there is nothing for any later blues guitarist to do but retread paths that have already been trodden by better men than they. Or move beyond the genre and not be a "blues guitarist" anymore.

"Are You Experienced", "Third Stone From the Sun", and the "Star Spangled Banner" as performed at Woodstock, are the end-all-be-all of acid rock. It just doesn't get any more far-out than that. There can never truly be a modern song with the impact of, say, "Lucy in the Sky with Diamonds" or "Incense and Peppermints", because Jimi finished all that. Music had to move on. And it (mostly) did.

Wednesday, March 14, 2007

Yorkie (chocolate bar) - Wikipedia

The slogan "it's not for girls" is quite literally true. My wife hated it.

definition of a wife

(a) a woman who pulls some elaborate stunt for your birthday, apparently involving streaking (heh)
(b) a woman who, when you come home from an after-work drinking session like Homer Simpson or Archie Bunker, offers you a beer (nay, a Guinness) at home.

Monday, March 12, 2007

The Old New Thing : Blow the dust out of the connector

One of my favorites.

Unfortunately, I often forget to follow the advice.

Friday, March 09, 2007

Misfats - The fattest Misfits tribute band ever!

Literally. They play Misfits songs, and they're fat.

Thursday, March 08, 2007

Using JConsole to Monitor Applications

work related.

Wednesday, March 07, 2007

quote of the day

Egg on Songfight:

I don't think "The glass is 95% empty." I think, "THAT HOTTIE LEFT A SIP OF RUM AND COKE ON THE TABLE! YOINK."

Tuesday, March 06, 2007

unwritten laws of junk food, #34

Instant noodles should not require the preparer to read any instructions in order to make them. Looking at pictures should be enough.

ASCII Art Farts


Monday, March 05, 2007

Look Around You

Several episodes of what appears to be a most excellent BBC show.

Thursday, March 01, 2007

The Earth Is Not Moving

I don't think this is a joke.

All of the evidence that is required to expose and destroy the counterfeit Copernican Model of a rotating and orbiting Earth--and the entire evolutionary paradigm resting upon that counterfeit--is set out in this book (HERE) & in scores of links on this web page.

Head Heritage | Unsung | Album of the Month | Sir Lord Baltimore - Kingdom Come

In 1969, three longhairs from Brooklyn, New York, were thrown off the stage of Bill Graham's Fillmore East, for being what that now legendary promoter described as 'Pus'. The trio was Sir Lord Baltimore and they'd just recorded a flawed but fantastic first album, called Kingdom Come, which combined thee most histrionic proto-Kiss, proto-David Lee Roth vocal acrobatics ever with enough Stooged-out proto-metal to last any sane band a lifetime. Did you ever wish that 'Speed King', 'Highway Star' and 'Fireball' were the only songs Deep Purple had ever recorded? Did you ever feel that everything Blue Cheer recorded after side one of OutsideInside was unnecessary, including side two of that very LP? Did you ever lament that telling people just how much you love 'I'm on Fire' and 'Atomic Punk' from Van Halen 1 inevitably made them think you secretly loved later sub-Genesis detritus such as 'Jump' as well? Well, search out this album and you've got everything you need in one record.

music I should have heard in college, but didn't

Sir. Lord. Baltimore.

Yes, there was a band called that. A hard rock band from New York City circa 1971. The name sounds like something out of the mid-60's garage band era. Maybe that explains why SLB weren't more successful. But probably not.

They sound like a cross between the MC5 and (depending on the song) Led Zeppelin or Black Sabbath. (Actually more like Budgie, but you probably don't know what Budgie sounds like either (like AC/DC covering the first RUSH album))

"Hell Hound" is like "Mississippi Queen" if it was a song on "Raw Power". The chorus also sounds like the same chord progression as the chorus of Master of Puppets, but that's probably just blind luck.

"Ain't Got Hung on You" is what it would sound like if Jack White and Jack Black teamed up to go back in time to 1970 and join Deep Purple and play Yardbirds covers.

Yes, it's that rock.

The world just wasn't ready for this. I'm still not sure the world is ready.

According to Wikipedia, they are now a "Christian" band.

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