Monday, March 22, 2004

Email is Awesome! Email is Weird!

And I'll never forget the way it was, grrrl.

If you haven't seen it yet, go now.

Wednesday, March 17, 2004

Monday, March 15, 2004

And On A Lighter Note...

More pics. First, a decent pic of Casper with the new camera, really much better than the one on my phone:

And now one that I snapped by sheer luck, don't ask me what the hell he's doing. I swear this cat is on pcp...

And finally, a pic of my new sneakers (I love these sneakers! They're BLUE!):

The green insoles are arch correctors, so Royale, yes, they do serve an orthopedic purpose.


(Love you! XOXOX)

Realpolitik Redux

I've toned down the majority of the political commentary in my blog of late, but I can't help but comment on the recent events in Spain.

While the terrorist attacks there were a tragedy, the blogosphere is up in arms over the fact that it seems to have influenced the election. Aznar is out and the socialist party is in; Eugene Volokh notes that if the terrorists interpret this (as they are likely to do) as meaning they can influence elections, then we need fear not only terrorist attacks during our own election season but also veto's from cowed nations amongst our allies.

Others point out that the new ruling Spanish party has been quick to speak out against the attacks, and Zapatero has said that terrorism is at the top of his list of priorities; some claim it is doublespeak.

I'm not tuned in as well as most of the blogging pundits, and I've never been to Spain nor do I know anyone who lives there, but the situation as a whole brought a quote by the famous orator, Demosthenes, to mind:

"Beware lest in your anxiety to avoid war you obtain a master."

There are two responses to terrorist attacks. The first is "We provoked them, so let's stop doing whatever it is that pissed them off." The second is "These are some evil bastards, and we must exterminate them." There is no compromise with evil, only war, or appeasement, which inevitably leads to enslavement and death. The Bush adminstration may have been heavy-handed and tactless in its response to 911, but it was a damn sight better than sticking our heads in the sand, in my opinion. I just hope Spain hasn't seen it the other way.

Sometimes I wonder if the people who argue for appeasement realize that if al-Quaeda et. al. could set off a world-wide nuclear holocaust, they would.

Sunday, March 14, 2004

Fun with Tech

Mom got me a great digital camera for my birthday and it's small enough to carry around with me. Today I went to the Milwaukee public library to take a few test shots:

And then afterwards I visited my cousin Ben, this is his puppy Otto:

Friday, March 12, 2004


That was the sound of milk spewing forth from my nose after hearing Samantha Bee refer to homosexual penguins as "chum-guzzlers".

And now, cute pictures of baby penguins:

Wednesday, March 10, 2004

Why I Will Always Beat Lee

Here's the problem with excelling at extreme laziness and procrastination combined with absentmindedness:

I wanted a pork chop but couldn't deal with the effort of separating one off of the frozen meatblock I pulled from my freezer. So I threw all four frozen-together chops on the Foreman and grilled 'em up, planning to eat two and put the other two in the fridge for tomorrow.

When they were done, I couldn't be bothered to put them in a ziplock right away, so I just stacked all four pork chops on my plate, planning to eat the top two and put the other two away at some vague point in the future.

Some time later I looked down and all 4 pork chops were gone.

I didn't clean the Foreman yet, either, Stu.

Tuesday, March 09, 2004

Lock And Load, Brides of Christ!

God DAMN I love Family Guy.

Attention All Dorks!

I found a copy of what is alleged to be Kevin Smith's Superman Script online!

The script in question is based on the Death of Superman aka Doomsday storyline, and uses the word "pithy" no less than 6 times!!!

While I cannot be considered a Smith expert, the fact that the script has a cohesive plot which remains true to the Kal-el cannon and has smooth, flavorful dialogue leads me to believe that, at least, it is not a fanfic; it's a great read and fun to imagi-cast. Enjoy!

P.S. If you know who Mxyzptlk is, you are a dork and this post was meant for you. Jeremy.

Saturday, March 06, 2004

Caveat Emailer!

This morning I recieved the following email:

If you recieve this email, or a similar one, do not call the number or give an "operator" the details of your credit card. It's a hoax that has nothing to do with the people at The reason I am writing you all about this is the insidious nature of the scam - I researched it at google and because if it wasn't a hoax I was considering calling in. That would have been a very bad idea.

Friday, March 05, 2004

I Am A Horrible Son

The black eye is cause I got smacked down by mom in a comment for not calling her after her shoulder surgery. I love you mom, I hope you feel better soon and I'm calling every five minutes until I reach you!

P.S. How exactly did you manage to finally figure out the commenting system all fucked up on codeine when you couldn't do it before, sober?


Thursday, March 04, 2004

Staggering Shock ==> Intense Amusement ==> Fierce Pride ==> Piqued Curiosity ==> Tentative Dismay

All in the space of about 5 seconds, after reading this in the New Yorker (from 2002):

"America's relative position in the world has no real historical precedent. Imperial Britain, which at its peak reigned over a quarter of the world's population, is the closest analogy to the United States today, but it is still an inadequate one. To take an example, the symbol of Britain's supremacy was its Navy, which—at great cost to the British treasury—was kept larger than the next two largest navies combined. The United States military today is bigger, in dollars spent on it, than the militaries of the next largest fifteen countries combined—and those expenditures amount to only about four per cent of the country's gross domestic product."

I mean, seriously.

For those wondering about the tentative dismay, it's based on the following thought process: What would happen if we couldn't afford that military anymore? Would we be relegated to the status of, say, France's bitch?


Can we continue to afford our military, with half a trillion dollars in national debt (and spiralling)?

And the real kicker: Are any of the people voting in November even thinking about questions like these?

Private Message to Benjamin Lynn Riggs:

"Oh what a tangled web we weave /
When first we practive to decieve!"

- Shakespeare, Twelfth Night


I just discovered that a computer science professor at Emporia University is using my raytracer from cs580 (advanced computer graphics) as an example/tutorial for his students.

I'm actually quite pleased. :)


Definitely worth a visit.

Wednesday, March 03, 2004


V. busy, but weekend was amazing and I lubs j00 all. Saw someone use SP Create-a-char for mood indicator and liked it so I stole it. "Imitation is the highest form of flattery."

Blogmatrix is dead, so I'll find another xml rss feed later this week. Stupid free services keep crapping out on me. Why can't they pay thousands of dollars a month in hosting fees for my convenience?

More later.