Friday, May 05, 2006

Me and My Caffeine

Understand, I drink tea rather often, sometimes a little soda, and I'll take a normal coffee from time to time. Thus, I'm not exactly unfamilar with caffeine.

Well, tonight was one of my graduate classes, and I felt really tired beforehand. So, I said to myself, "I think I should get some coffee."

That's fine, right?

"Hm, I think I'll try something new. Why, that drink looks good!"

The name of "that drink" was, "HURRICANE."

Yes, I tried a coffee called "HURRICANE."


So, what happened in class?

I listened, took notes, contributed when the class was supposed to speak....

fidgeted...

...caught myself beginning to hum quietly (nobody else noticed)...

...nearly knocked down some books...


...And finally, right when class had ended, I noticed something.
As well as taking notes, I had been creating an image on my computer.
Yes, I did not consciously realize that I was creating a picture using MSPaint. Well, I was, and here it is:

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This is now my current desktop image.



So what else happened? I took a long route driving home (Going waaay out of my way to go to the local FLGS, ramble at the guy behind the counter, and buy some cardless Gnome Fighters),
came home, and then had a caffeine headache for about an hour.



What's the moral of this story?


The HURRICANE is too much. Just a little bit too much.

Sunday, April 02, 2006

AWESOME AWESOME AWESOME NEWS!

As you all know, I have a sister. I tend to mention her from time to time (once in a while). Well, I have another - here is a closeup photo of her hand:




Do you see anything significant?

THAT'S RIGHT! SHE'S ENGAGED!!!

As of 9:45 this morning, my sister is engaged to be married! And it couldn't be to a better guy!

YAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAY!!!


Duane designed the ring himself. The diamond is actually such high quality that you would need a microscope o find any flaws.


Here are some pictures from the announcement:

Thursday, January 19, 2006

I swear I'm gonna do something with this blog

In the meantime, CLICK THIS LINK if you're brave. If you're REALLY brave, Click THIS one instead

Monday, December 19, 2005

Why Blog Posts Have Been Sparse Lately:

H521 Modern European History

15 Textbooks


Book Review 1 A 100 92.18 10%
Book Review 2 A 100 93.86 10%
Book Review 3 A 100 94.06 10%
Book Review 4 A 100 93.5 10%
Book Review 5 A 100 94.44 10%
Comparative Essay A 100 93.89 15%
Historiographical Essay A 100 94.21 25%
Discussion A 100 92.39 10%



(EDIT: Added Material)


WOAH



I now present to you an installment of REALLY WEIRD THINGS THAT HAPPEN IN REAL LIFE.


I just got my grades back today from this last graduate semester - I got a 4.0. A's in everything. Obviously, I was pretty jazzed, so I started to call up some concerned friends and family about the grades.

I was about 4/5ths of the way down the relevant phone list when I accidentally misdialed a number:


(unfamiliar voice) "Hello?"

Me: "I just got my grades in, and... wait a second, I think I got a wrong number."

Voice: "Um, this is Gary."

Me: "Hi, Gary - yeah, I think it might be a wrong number - um, Gary what?"

Him: "Gary Gygax."

MOMENT OF SILENCE

Me: "Wait a second... Gary... Gygax?"

Gary: "Yes, from D&D."

MOMENT OF SILENCE

Me: "Wow, well, um, Merry Christmas! This is quite a wrong number."

Gary: *laughs* "Merry Christmas to you, too!"

Me: "Wow, I hadn't expected that. Well, sorry about the wrong number, and have a good week!"

Gary: "You too!" *laughs more*

CALL ENDED.




I checked, and it WAS a wrong number I dialed, not some friend playing a trick on me. I also checked the wonderful internet phone directories, and the number that I dialed belongs to a Gygax, Gary in Wisconsin.





Now, how's THAT for a coincidence?



In case you don't know, Gary Gygax and David Arneson are the guys who invented Dungeons & Dragons.

(EDIT) PROOF! -Gary Gygax acknowledged the phone call on an internet message forum.

Thursday, December 15, 2005

KING KONG




I just saw the movie this morning....


...Understand, the 1933 King Kong is one of my absolute favorite films EVER, and the 1972 movie is one of my absolute LEAST favorite films. We don't discuss "The Mighty Kong," either. So, I was a little bit apprehensive going into this movie.

I was blown away. I left the theater speechless. The movie was.... wow. Just wow. Now, for some specifics.

"They used CGI! CGI is soulless!"

Not true. It's not the medium, but HOW you use it. I've seen some pretty soulless animatronics, stop-motion, and men in suits before. While I agree that the original King Kong was fantastic, stop-motion would NOT have worked in this new movie. CGI has now reached the point where it can be seamless - the graphics for Kong were so good that I honestly couldn't tell that it was CGI most of the time. The few times that I did, it didn't detract from the experience - after all, you can REALLY tell that the 1933 Kong was a stop-motion model. CGI was used in such a way in this movie that I could feel the same heartfelt breath of life that was in the original movie.

"But they're differing too much form the original movie! Why is it inaccurate?"

If you really think that a remake should be frame by frame, look at the 1998 remake of Psycho. See how bad it was? Okay. This movie is different form the original. what this movie is NOT is the preachy, dated, tereotypical, stupid 1972 movie. This film captures the SPIRIT of the original - captures the adventure movie, the commentary on society, the tragedy, the ape-meets-girl love story, the depth of the characters... it was really fantastic. Peter Jackson has come a long way since The Frighteners.

"But Jack Black's not a serious actor! He's a comedian!"

Right. Tom Hanks is a comedian, why are they casting him in serious roles? And what's with putting Robin Williams in serious movies? Come ON!
*ahem*
Actually, Jack Black impresed me beyond all measure. He turned Carl Denham into a three-dimensional character hwo you cared about - he wasn't a pale stareotype or a caricature, he was a flawed human being who went through some genuine character development by the end of the film.

"There's too much action. The old movie had a T-Rex fight, so peter Jackson made THREE?!?! Come on, that's silly!"

It was also a very good, riveting scene that wasn't unbelievable or "in your face EXTREEEEEEME." Remember the Cave Troll in LOTR? Similarly, Peter Jackson made this an excellent scene.

"Why didn't they follow the same monsters as the original? Why make up things like that stampede or the bugs?"

Well, do you really want to see a carnivorous brontosaurus and stegosaurus? I thought not. The roaches, leeches, etc. were in a way in the original print (as spiders, lizards, and ants), but that footage was cut. I'm surprised not everyone here has heard of it.

"What the heck did they do to the natives?"

They were realistic, that's what. Not every primitive society is a noble Savage utoipia of love, peace, and happiness. The nativdes on Skull island live in an environment of death and blood. Likewise, their religion seems to be about as vicious as the Aztec religions. All they know is killing, so it's no surprise that they act the way they do.

"But you can't recreate the original!"

Exactly. That is why this is not a frame-by-frame remake of the original.



Sure, there were a few tiny flaws, but there was nothing that I had to apologize for. It's simply amazing. Amazing.

And that's my two cents.

Sunday, November 20, 2005

POLYGAMY

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Now I know I've got your attention.

Evidently, someone in my church has started teaching polygamy recently. Please note that I am in no way connected to Mormonism, nor do I live in Utah. And yet, there he is. This unnamed individual's plan is to marry about fifty mail-order brides and raise an "army of sons" to "run his businesses."



You know those little privately-owned ATM machines that show up from time to time? He owns about five of them.

And apparently needs fifty sons for that.

This guy is normally a pretty nice guy - as long as you don't criticize hinduism or scientology. He's a genuine volunteer, and always wants to help - in fact, he forces himself to help in every situation, which usually has disastrous results. once, he helped with the sound system fo rthe church service, and caused the lights to shut off. One time, he tried to fix a drain clog and actually destroyed the piping.

Somehow, I think that this isn't the end of it.

Tuesday, November 08, 2005

Bloodstains and Oranges

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Here's today's random picture.


Yesterday was amusing. I should have realized how it would go when I woke up, walked into the living room, and the dog immediately vomited on the floor. His diarrhea came later.

There was an issue with a file that I needed for work that hadn't arrived, but that's best left as-is - the humor goes away if I talk about how long it took to actually get the file in an e-mail - and hey, it's office talk. You know, Dilbert.

Although it was kind of funny when I cut my thumb and didn't realize it. Nothing like suddenly noticing all the BLOODSTAINS on your clothing, right?

Lunch was nice. I ate an orange. Then I realized that the orange had gone bad and was FERMENTED.

At least I made it to a gas station after noticing the needls was on E.

And that one soda didn't explode in my face - I managed to angle it away in time.

You know... I love life. If you look at yesterday as having happened to someone else, it becomes hilarious. Anyway, I'll wrap this up with something meaningful - a picture from a coworker's wedding!

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Thursday, October 06, 2005

Southern California can be Beautiful, you know?

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Sunset or nuclear attack? You be the judge.


Anyway, to try to sum up the last week and a half of my life...

-One friend of mine had a baby. CUTE li'l thing.

-The other friend's six-month-old baby is crawling, babbling, and teething. Also cute.

-I have no babies. Anybody want to help me solve that?

-I've finished several book reviews for my class. Nice reviews - I've also kept up with the reading (16 textbooks), and wow if this isn't teaching me a lot.

-My first slow week at work in a long, long time. Naturally, this means that I can get more homework done.

-We cleaned a lot of debris out of the garage. I think we also found Jimmy Hoffa's corpse in there.

-The Final Fantasy series has great monster design. Just wait until I start posting pictures of the FF Creatures volume 5 figures. Here's a teaser:

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Sunday, September 25, 2005

Funny thing:

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It's not every day that Anaheim, California has cheaper gas than Pocatello, Idaho.

HA HA HA!

(EDIT) it just dropped to $2.74 today.

Wednesday, September 21, 2005

Fire in the Sky

Sorry about the large images:
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But wow, Southern California can be beautiful sometimes. It's rare when you have a double rainbow, but the rest of the sky overshadows the rainbow itself.

Of course, the thunderstorm directly after scared the wits out of my dog. He hid in the closet all night, and refused to be comforted.

Aside from this, we are finally recovering from the summer madness. By "recovering," I mean suddenly sleeping in and sounding like drunks. Just the other day, I said "zombie" instead of volume, and "sun" instead of "phone."

"I need to turn down the zombie."

"The sun keeps ringing."

Need I say more?

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Tuesday, September 13, 2005

I like board games.


Just wanted to let you know.

Saturday, September 10, 2005

Machines are stupid.


Ever have one of those weeks where you just knew everything was going to go wrong?


In the last week, the following household appliances have broken:

Our water filter
Our water heater
My computer's power cable
Our refrigerator
The toaster
Dad


In case you're wondering about the last part, my dad is so tired today that he can't go and preach tomorrow - he was basically a zombie for all of Saturday. We're worried about his health, and I think it might actually be hitting home.

Aside from that, it's been life as usual here. I climbed Mt. Baldy with an old friend who was visiting us - I plan on editing down and posting some of the images. It's really amazing that such a beautiful place exists only an hour away from the house. Of course, hiking up a steep ski slope that consists primarily of loose gravel isn't exactly the smartest thing in the world... but it's fun!!!


So, do I have anything special to add tot oday's post? Anything funny?

Just another image:
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Saturday, September 03, 2005

VJ Day 60th Anniversary



For those of you who didn't know or were too distracted to realize, September 2 was the 60th Anniversary of VJ Day, when Japan surrendered and the Allies won World War 2. Nowadays, we like to complain about how nobody ever wins in a war, how we're all doomed to be blown to bits by nuclear weapons, and how America should just stick to its own borders. Let's ignore political debate and look at what September 2 means this year.



-The A-Bomb is 60 years old, and it has been sixty years since a nuclear weapon was used in wartime.

-Adolph Hitler has been dead for over sixty years. He never got to carry out his plan to rule Europe.

-It has been sixty years since Emperor Hirohito told his people that he wasn't God. Many Japanese committed suicide.

-It has been sixty years since Japan was so utterly devastated by war that America, once its enemy, pledged aid. Today, Japan is crowded and rich (recent recessions aside).

-It has been over sixty years since my now-late Grandfather got a purple heart for rescuing wounded men from a kamikazed aircraft carrier.

-It has been sixty years since France and Poland were under German Rule.

-It has been sixty years since we last trusted a communist government to be our allies. Many people have said that we were idiots because Stalin killed many, many more people than Hitler. I would like to point out that Hitler's reign was cut short, and Stalin got to rule until the end of his days.

-It has been sixty years since the last time the entire world was in open war. Not even the Islamic Terrorists have managed to accomplish this.

-Franklin Delano Roosevelt died over sixty years ago.

-It has been sixty years since America became the premier world power after recovering from the Great Depression

-It has been sixty years since the Cold War began, and people first started to seriously work on making Israel a nation again.

-And finally, it has been sixty years since Dr. Seuss drew political cartoons.

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Thursday, September 01, 2005

Danger: A Dangerous Toy

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Yes, I own this toy. No, it's not dangerous.


Anyway, I have a very short rant for today, since there really isn't anything resembling a major life update going on right now. Yes, my statement is baout Hurricane Katrina. I think that anything I say to express grief or sympathy at this will only seem cheap, so I will talk about another issue:


For the Democrats:
HURRICANE KATRINA IS NOT GEORGE BUSH'S FAULT. BUSH DID NOT OPERATE A GIANT WEATHER MACHINE.

For the Republicans:
HURRICANE KATRINA IS NOT HILLARY CLINTON'S FAULT. CLINTON WAS NOT DRILLING HOLES INTO THE LEVEES FOR FUN.

For the Christians:
HURRICANE KATRINA DOES NOT RESEMBLE AN EIGHT-WEEK-OLD FETUS. IT IS NOT MADE OF ANGRY GHOST BABIES.

For the Atheists:
HURRICANE KATRINA IS NOT THE CHRISTIANS' FAULT. MOSES DIED A LONG TIME AGO. (Yes, I am aware that Moses was Jewish. Technically, so is Christianity, so there.)

And to all of you:

STOP MAKING YOUR SIDE LOOK BAD.


Thanks. Please make sure that if you donate to a charity, you donate to a charity that actually uses its money to help hurricane victims. There are a LOT of shysters running around, and you've got to avoid them.

And finally.. have you noticed that I've started picking images randomly?
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Tuesday, August 30, 2005

So, did I get a class?

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See this? It means that I have a class. ONE. FREAKING. CLASS. for the whole semester... BUT I GOT ONE, AT LEAST!!! Now to go buy the 12 required textbooks...

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Darn you, Razorbabies! DAAAAAARN YOUUUUUUUUUU!!!!!!!"

Anyway, I want to spend the rest of the day talking about Ettercaps.
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Ettercaps are cool. They're like spiders, but monkeys. SPIDER-MONKEYS, only they don't throw poop! Wouldn't an Ettercap make a good pet? You'd feed it bananas, and it would kill your neighbors! Ettercaps are purple, too. I like purple. Purple purple purple.







the moreys need a vacation...

Thursday, August 25, 2005

Must restrain fist of death.

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Now that I've got your attention, time to give a life update!

I know that I haven't been posting recently, but I've been too tired to post - and the recent events have been: GUESTS/WORK/GUESTS/WORK/GUESTS/TOYS


See?

Matt Sinclair is visiting, but the poor guy chose an insanely chaotic week to come over.

Anyway, this week I had my first week of xlasses at California State University, Fullerton! So, after parking and spending $300 on textbooks, I sat down in a classroom and awaited my first class.

Dr, McLain, whom I had met with before, walked into the classroom, looked at me, and then said, "What are you doing here? This is an undergraduate class!"

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So, it seems that there was a SLIGHT ERROR in my registration. For the last two days I have been trying to access their on-line server for registration - the server was full, of course. Finally, I went straight to the campus this morning to try another route.

After an hour and a half of parking, and another hour and a half of returning textbooks, I managed to wheedle phone and office numbers of several of the history faculty, and spent much of the day tracking them down and trying to get into their (all full) classes. I am about to head back to campus tonight to attend a class and petition to join.

So, that's the way things are today - funfunfun, eh?

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Friday, August 05, 2005

Cars and Food

I had forgotten that my car is white. Di dI tell you that? I had resigned myself to the odd, mottled, dingy grayish color that comes form not having it washed in over a month. It was also about a month due to have its oil change, but I couldn't manage to schedule either bit of maintenance for it.

Finally, I just woke up at 7:00 AM, and did everything before anybody else woke up. Now, my car runs smooth and happily, and is bright, gleaming WHITE again!


In other news, we had a massive banquet today. I will post the pictures, although this may cause your browsers to screw up more than usual:

I had a gourmet meal.

My father, a gourmet chef, prepared a special meal for some old friends who were visiting him - namely, the couple who inspired him when he was a teenager. Suthy and Rodena McClaine are great people, let me tell you that. Just so you know, everything here is homemade.




The appetizer before the meal: Three kinds of caviar with egg, sour creme, chives, and onions



The meal started with corn soup flavored with crab meat and avocado. Sadly, I did not think to take a picture of the soup (it was yellow). HOWEVER.....

The salad was truly unique. Raspberries on puff pastry that was filled with light cheese and flavored like pear, and garnished with pine nuts. You have no idea how refreshing this tastes.


Yes, there was wine with the meal - we had water, champagne (flavored with peach schnapps) and red wine.


Before the next course, we were given a little pallette-cleansing treat - raspberry and mango sorbet with dried coconut, served in an eggshell.


The main course was incredible. Smoked salmon, asparagus, and mashed parsnip - yes, that's parsnip, not mashed potatoes!


The dessert was TRULY fantastic. Homemade Creme Brulee topped with caramel. This is easily one of the smoothest, most refreshing desserts I've ever had in my life.



And that, my friends, is a meal.

Thursday, July 28, 2005

Let's Have a Great Showtime!

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I hope you have a fast connection. Remember those big posts I've made describing things like Guilty Gear or H.P. Lovecraft? This one is HUGE.

Anyway, I have finally finished registering for Cal State Fullerton. I'm paid and everything.

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The Clonetrooper is doing a great imitation of how I felt at the beginning of the week concerning cleaning my room.
And yet, as of today... IT IS CLEAN.
You don't understand - while I was in college, it became a storage room. more recently, the furniture was removed. I moved SO MUCH stuff out of there, and threw out literally 10-15 heaping bags of garbage (mostly paper and cardboard waste). And IT IS DONE. DONE.
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So, that's today - today was genuinely a GOOD DAY, and honestly was much-needed. I'll leave you with this image:
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Monday, July 25, 2005

The heat is driving us nuts (and I had a birthday)

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If anybody wonders why I haven't been posting anything, I think it's ismple:

THE HEAT IS DRIVING EVERYBODY CRAZY.

Seriously - logical people are being illogical. Quiet people are getting angry. And for some reason, I suddenly have no ambition. graaagh.

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Yes, this is real. It was aired sometime in the 1960s.


Anyway, I had a birthday on the 20th! I turned 24, in fact. The day was pretty quiet - we saw Fantastic Four, had some excellent food, and enjoyed the day. On the day AFTER, everyone at work threw me a party! earlier today, people were still giving me cards - this honestly surprised me. The best news, however, is that I finally have a new digital camera!

Yes, you heard me. A CAMERA THAT IS NOT HALF-BROKEN.

I swear, I'm keeping this one in a safe when I'm not using it.


So, finally... watch out for the heat. It'll drive you nuts.

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Tuesday, July 12, 2005

Pants!!!! I want a decent pair of pants!!!

Well, today was surreal.

It started perfectly normally - I arrived at the office, and went to work. Now, I have access to our on-line bank records (long story), so I usually print them out for our accountant. Have you ever had it where you were really tired, and you just phrased things strangely? Like when you said "could you... get... the thing..." when you meant "Fetch the mail for me?" Well, our accountant walked into my office, and she said, "John, could you... do the deed... for me."

There are about 50 bad ways to take that statement. The least of which is murder.

Of course, it was shortly after that when my pants split a seam. Underneath the zipper. At work. On a Monday, when I don't go home until at least 9:00 PM. Safety pins are a good thing.


And finally, a less funny note. On the way home, at the last real turn before reaching the small local streets, I had stopped at the red light and was about to turn when a truck came barrelling through the intersection, lost control, and crashed into a parked car. Another car slammed on the brakes, but still plowed into the truck, sending it flipping through the air. Debris was everywhere. I don't know if anybody died in the accident (we were shooed through), but I do know that if I had been a few seconds earlier, I would have been in the accident, and probably dead now. Thank God for the way that He works things out in this world.

So... how was YOUR day?

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