March 31, 2006
Good News of the Day: 3-31-06
Okay, so we went to Jennifer's school and they probably don't want any money from us. They're going to hold out on the financial aid though, so that means we'll still be poor, but hey, that's what parents are for.
I also have a job interview on Monday, and I'm going to be taking my actuarial exam in May which should really help. When you have your Actuarial Fellowship, you can make from $150-250K! With that kind of money, we could afford a small shack, provided we spread the mortgage over 40 years.
That's pretty funny, but this is what $637,000 buys you where we live.
I give up.
Can I / May I?
You know what I hated? In school when you'd say "Can I go to the bathroom?!" And the teacher would say something sarcastic like "You CAN go to the bathroom, but MAY you go to the bathroom?" And then you'd have to say "MAY I go to the bathroom?" so you wouldn't wet your pants.
I'm glad that these teachers think proper grammar is important. But I can't imagine a more trivial use of language. I also don't understand how they are able to distinguish between Can I / May I but don't have the ability to determine that they shouldn't have sex with a 12 year old boy.
I Painted Fluff!
I drew Fluff with my new tablet. What do you think?
March 29, 2006
Inside the Superdome
Somebody got inside the Superdome and took pictures. I guess the place is still filled with mold and mildew. Here's a pic of the bathroom.
Bad News of the Day: 3-29-06
We try to be really nice to people and go out of our way to help them. I stop to let little old ladies across the street. We return money when we get too much change back, and we've found 20 dollar bills and given them to the clerks at QFC hoping they'll get back to the owner, which they won't. I'd think I'd deserve something nice, like a job, or just somebody might say something nice to me, or just I could avoid yet more horrible news, like traffic tickets, or Jennifer having to go to the hospital because she was vomiting and nobody would even believe us, or more traffic tickets, or Jennifer having to go to the hospital some more, or whatever. Of course, I'd be wrong.
So Jennifer's school called. They want their money back... the money they gave her to attend last quarter. So that's $2000 or so. And they're not giving her any money this quarter.
Also the hospital sent their bill. They want $1500 for the hour or so Jennifer spent there. $1500 and their diagnosis was "Durrrr, we dunno what's wrong with you." The other hospital wants $200 for seeing Jennifer, and another $150 for some mystery charge, and then who knows what they'll want for the week spent there for seratonin sickness. $10,000? $15,000? $20,000? I guessed $15,000, but I guessed $900 on the other, so you know... maybe $24,000?
So, let's see. Right now $1500 + 2000 + 150 + 200 is $3750. Probably at least $15,000 on top of that. So $18,750. Oh, I still owe like $10,000 on my college tuition, which was OH SO USEFUL and I was supposed to pay them this month already but I haven't. I was waiting for next month when we'd get some money, but hey, that's not going to happen.
So pretty much we are totally in debt, have no money, and no means of income. I am actually sending out cover letters that basically say "I really need cash" because I just want a job right now so we can pay for things like food and toilet paper, let alone rent.
Plus the only people that seem to like me are the crazy cat lady and my therapist, and she gets paid to do that. Kind of. Like, she doesn't actually get paid, cause I don't have any money to pay her.
Videos of the Day: 3-29-06
Today's Videos of the Day are brought to you by:
The Letter R.
Oh my... somebody got a Nintendo 64 for Christmas. I wonder how he will react. "Nintendo Sixty-FOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOURRRRRR!" Seriously, if you never watch another video from here again, you HAVE to watch this one.
Moussaoui Wants to Die
Apparently our buddy Zack Moussaoui offered to testify AGAINST himself because he doesn't want to grow old and die in prison.
...this testimony may be the firmest evidence the 37-year-old Frenchman of Moroccan descent hopes for martyrdom through execution...
HA! Sounds like he's afraid to spend the rest of his life rotting in some Supermax prison! Normally I'm all for the death penalty, but I say we let him live!!!
Wait. Unless that's what he WANTS us to think. Oh, great. I have no idea what to do now. I say we just kill him and let this guy take care of it.
March 28, 2006
Let's Help Out Basic Instinct 2
Not that it deserves it, but the new movie Basic Instinct 2: Something Or Other is getting universally awful reviews. That means they'll have to rely on Whatshisname from the Sixty Second movie reviews. He'll say anything.
Anyway, there aren't many reviews yet, but I thought we could help the distributors of Basic Instinct 2 by helping them find good quotes to put on their ads. It turns out that there aren't many to find about a two-hour raunchfest featuring a 48 year old naked woman. But that doesn't mean we can't creatively manufacture some!
Check out this review at Moviehole.net.
Here's some excerpts:
At 48, Sharon Stone looks terrific.
Ladies and Gents, here’s a weak-a** “Taggart” episode, but with that remarkable music theme from “Basic Instinct” played over it, so you don’t notice.
Morrissey may have well been a pillow; he would’ve produced about as much heat in the bedroom scenes.
The Joe Eszterhas-written original wasn’t a fantastic film, but it was an enjoyable one.
Awesome, we have a lot to work with here. Here we go...
HAHAHAHAHAHAHA! I'm genius!
Custom Monte Carlo / El Camino
Okay, this is pretty cool!
Too bad GM didn't make this. Cause that would look pretty cool on the street. Not that anybody would buy it.
March 25, 2006
Videos of the Day: 3-26-06
What videos should you watch this weekend? Our expert video watcher Rainier has helped us with our selections.
Watch this guy play an electric violin like he's a rock star. Very, very cool!
A music video some person made where it looks like Hermione is in love with Harry. As ridiculous as that is, it does beg the question... wh ISN'T she in love with Harry? Ron is a total doofus. Harry is like the hero in every single book. In Goblet of Fire, Ron is in love with Viktor Krum, so I'd think at that point I'd make my move if I were Harry. One potential problem... Hermione appears to have no boobs.
Typo of the Day: 3-25-06
Today's typo comes from the Sharpe Law Firm in Seattle, Washington. The Sharpe Law Firm must be doing pretty well for itself. For example, they advertise with Google for the keyword "mesothelioma". The average cost per click for "mesothelioma" on Google is over $27. That means that for EVERY single person who clicks on their ad, they pay $27. Sharpe Law Firm must be doing PRETTY well. So why can't they spell?
March 24, 2006
Videos of the Day: 3-25-06
A couple of strange calls to 911, from the Tonight Show.
Speaking of 911 calls, here's a 911 call... is it real though?
On a much less humorous note, the emphasis on 911 calls is due to my research into 9/11 conspiracy theories. Some of them just defy common sense. Americans would do well to head over to Youtube or Google Video or whatever and watch the footage of 9/11 again. I think even those of us who support the "War on Terror" have forgotten how horrible that day was.
Charlie Sheen is an Expert on Physics
Charlie Sheen thinks we don't know the truth about 9/11. "I have a hard time believing that a fireball traveled down the elevator over 1100 feet and still had the, uh, explosive energy to destroy the lobby like it was described," Sheen says, adding "Hey, call me insane, but did it sort of look like those buildings came down in a - in a controlled demolition?" (See the video here.)
Sure, I'll call you insane Mr. Sheen. I know a 1100 foot fireball seems incredible to you, but that's what happens when your high school grades are so poor you get expelled right before graduation. While I'm sure finishing high school still wouldn't qualify you to speak on the physics of fireballs, it would certainly be nice to think we had SOME reason to trust your reasoning over, say, the President, who graduated from Yale AND Harvard.
Pimp My Ride
Okay, these are really cool. I obviously need to get a 300C with some of these. Or maybe an Escalade. Or something else ridiculous.
They start around $15,000. Yikes.
Speaking of pimping my ride, Jennifer wants to unpimp her ride for real. It's her German heritage, for sure. Representin' Deutschland, Yo!
I Spy: Mercedes R-Class
Coming across 520 I saw my first R-class.
Honestly, it kind of looks good in person. Jennifer did not agree. Then there was an earthquake and the bridge sank and we all died. Not really, but now that I've stopped crossing the bridge twice a day I wonder about these things.
March 23, 2006
Videos of the Day: 3-24-06
Wow, there were a LOT of videos yesterday. I totally should have paced myself. Today:
Black people thinks they saw a leprechaun. Includes an amateur drawing.
That's it. I can't really top that.
Great Moments in WVEA History
The current education system fails because it treats all teachers as equals, when they aren't. Just like in the business world, some teachers do a really great job. But some teachers are awful. Like this one from West Virginia.
Thirty-eight-year-old Toni Woods, a former 6th grade teacher in Braxton County, received 4 to 20 years in prison.
Woods was arrested last March after telling police she had sex with four boys--all under the age of 16.
The former teacher said nothing outside court as a wedge of family and friends tried to hide her from photographers.
Inside the courtroom, Woods said: "I was the monster these families think I am."
Seriously. Speaking of poor teaching, here's our second Typo of the Day.
She tried tp convince the court her bizarre behavior was linked to taking Prozac and diet pills and that she was a candidate for probation or home confinement.
I can't imagine nobody caught this woman's bizarre behavior before, but what can you do?
Go Nintendo Go?
The name for the Nintendo Revolution is supposed to be announced today, but it may have already been leaked.
Reportedly Nintendo's fifth console will be called "GO" which also means "five" in Japanese.
I don't know if this is real or not, but it kind of makes sense. I think the logo leaves a lot to be desired, and frankly "Revolution" was a better name, but whatever. Since the Five/Go connection will be lost on us Americans, I wonder if the console will have a different name here.
Rainy and Fluff Hate Trader Joe's
We bought Rainy and Fluff some "Gourmet Cat Food" at Trader Joe's. They've got good prices, but Rainy and Fluff absolutely refuse to eat it. I don't think Rainy has eaten in days. We have to go buy him some of his regular food. Excuse us for trying to get a good deal. Gosh, you know, there are starving cats in Africa who would LOVE to eat Trader Joe's Gourmet Cat Food
I'm so hungry!
Me too! I wish I could have some of that Trader Joe's Gourmet Cat Food!
I guess we'll just starve while Trader Joe's Gourmet Cat Food sits untouched in Rainy and Fluff's food bowl.
Save the 76 Balls (Plus, What's Old is New Again)
I've often wondered what would happen to the rotating 76 ball on Mercer now that 76 has changed it's logo from orange to red. Turns out... they're getting rid of them.
By the way, speaking of new logos and such, but kind of totally unrelated... remember how AT&T Wireless got bought by Cingular? Cingular was owned by SBC and Bellsouth. Well... SBC bought AT&T. They adopted the AT&T brand. Now AT&T has bought Bellsouth, effectively purchasing Cingular entirely. So the original AT&T sold off AT&T Wireless, which was bought by Cingular, which has now been bought by (effectively) AT&T (which was really bought by Cingular's partial parent company).
Anyway, Cingular will probably become AT&T Wireless again... which is cool cause I still haven't switched to a Cingular plan.
Videos of the Day: 3-23-06
The videos of the day!
A Week in the life of Tom Brokaw. (Apparently selected over a month.) Kind of silly.
NBC News at Sunrise intro from the 1980s. I LOVE STUFF like this!
Typo of the Day: "Pornagraphy" Billboard on I-10.
1980s Transformers commercial. Watch the kid that says "Robots in Disguise!" We were SOOOOO cool back then.
Breaking News: Jimi Hendrix is dead. Wow.
Michael Jackson used to be cool and his hair caught on fire I think when he made this awesome Pepsi commercial.
A funny clip from What's My Line. Ha ha ha.
A new movie coming out: Brokeback to the Future. (Kinda old, but still funny.)
March 22, 2006
Videos of the Day: 3-22-06
The best videos I found today!
The CNN Headline News set catches on fire! Oops. Not nearly as exciting as it sounds.
Some guy recreates a scene from Star Trek: First Contact. Surprisingly good.
Two guys make two music videos... Transformers vs Gangsta Rap. Bizarre.
George Bush with possibly the worst answer ever.
Some guy can't read his teleprompter. (From NBC, thus the laugh track.)
My Nintendo DS Was Driving Me Nuts!
I couldn't figure it out... on startup the SOUND had changed. It sounded different, and it was driving me absolutely insane. I thought I had lost it.
But it turns out the DS has a different startup sound on your birthday. How is that for crazy?
March 21, 2006
Videos of the Day: 3-21-06
I love watching videos online. Pretty much the rest of my life is a miserable, horrible mess, so this is the only thing that makes me happy. Now I can share them with you.
Richard Belzer thinks that reading newspapers makes him better qualified to comment on the state of Iraq than actually going to Iraq or serving in Iraq. Bill Maher agrees. Video via Youtube.
A helicopter takes off and crashes. After the chopper crashes, like half the video is left, but nothing else happens. Kind of boring actually. Video via Youtube.
An underground nuclear bomb goes off. KABOOM! Kinda cool. Video via Youtube.
Rare footage of people running from the Pentagon on 9/11. I've never seen this before. Video via Youtube.
Leftist Hate Slogans for the Next President
Assuming the next President is a Republican, the left will no longer have their usual anti-Bush slogans to throw around. One favorite is replacing the "s" in "Bush" with a swastika. The left also likes to compare Bush to a monkey, or call him "Shrub." The examples are numerous. But once Bush leaves office, who are they going to have to direct their hate at? No more Bush=Hitler. No more conspiracies about Halliburton. I'm afraid some of these people just might consider suicide.
So as a public service to the left, we've come up with some handy hate slogans to use against the next President, whoever he or she may be.
Bush does kind of look like a monkey, by the way. Regardless, here's some things for you to plaster to some signs and protest with.
For President Condoleezza Rice:
Probably you should stick with Aunt Jemima because the other ones are pretty hard to spell.
For President Rudolph Guiliani:
Really this one was too easy.
For President John McCain:
I'm disappointed in myself for not coming up with something better.
For President Newt Gingrich:
Do you really need to change it?
For President Sam Brownback
Get it? Like he's gay. And if there's anything worse than a gay person, it's a gay Republican.
For President George Pataki
You could just pretend George Bush is still President, so you can keep the passionate fire of hate burning deep inside you.
That's all I got. Maybe the left will get lucky and Jeb Bush will win. Of course, a Democrat could win... but not until they get their act together and start acting like fringe lunatics. Buh bye!
March 20, 2006
Nisqually Earthquake at Microsoft
I was out of town for the Nisqually Earthquake, so this kind of stuff is as good as it gets. Here's the quake as seen at Microsoft.
Caffeine Cold Turkey
As of yesterday I've stopped drinking caffeine. I am addicted to Pepsi, and the caffeine can cause agitation in me. I was really agitated on Saturday, and I had a lot of caffeine. So I'm going to go without. It turns out this stuff is really bad for you.
Yesterday, Jennifer bought me Caffeine-Free Pepsi. It takes almost exactly like regular Pepsi... to be honest maybe slightly better. It turns out in blind taste tests most people can't tell a difference. So why is it there? Can you think of a reason?
Today I'm getting a bad headache, which they say is a form of caffeine withdrawal. Great. I just wanted to let you all know. Cool.
Well, I made it until now. But my head was hurting so bad and I was becoming so cranky that I gave up. I'm sorry. I'm a bad, bad person.
March 17, 2006
I'm not sure what got me where I am today. Is it bad karma? Did I do something awful in order to deserve my life? Or is some sort of payment for all the good things I've had? I wish I knew. It's just one bad thing after another. And after a while... it starts to get old.
It started when Jennifer and I started dating. So there was something really good. I mean, life was great. And everything fell apart from there. I had some psycho calling me all the time. Then my car started overheating. Then my grandmother got sick. My grades started to suffer. My grandmother died. I failed my class. I got kicked out of the Honors program.
Meanwhile Jennifer and I got married. That was a good thing. But that wasn't some stroke of luck... it was our own doing, and in many ways we had to fight for it.
Finally I graduated. But nobody has seen fit to hire me. I go to interview after interview, and I hear back "we chose someone else." The little things start to pile on me. I get a parking ticket. Jennifer gets taken to the ER. I get another parking ticket. Jennifer ends up in the hospital. Today, the police pull me over for running a stop sign. At first I thought I must have missed a stop sign completely, because I had no idea what the guy was talking about. It had happened minutes before, and I had to stop for one other car, and then make sure the other two knew it was my turn. There was no possible way I ran it. I'm guessing the King County police just wanted to pull me over and find out if I had anything outstanding. I'm guessing they just hate me.
So it's just day after day full of little bits of bad luck. And it's not like I don't do the right thing... it's not like I don't try to the best kind of person I can be. I return money that has been found. I stop to let a little old lady cross the street. I help the guy on GMInsideNews who is getting attacked for his poor quality photoshop entries. I just find it in my heart to be nice. And it doesn't seem to count for anything. I just want something nice. I want my car to stop breaking every month. I don't ask for much. I want to work. I'd like to have a few nice things... nothing big. A place to call home, reliable transportation, a couch I can sit on. I don't want these things to fall in my lap. I think I deserve them.
I'd understand if it was some sort of payment... it's what I have to pay to be with Jennifer. But these things make Jennifer suffer too.
So part of me just gives up. I am just so exasperated. Every day it's something new... every stinking day.
That's my rant. I'm thankful to have Jennifer by my side. But sometimes I just feel so overwhelmed by life.
March 14, 2006
Who Does Jennifer's Doctor Look Like?
Recently in the hospital, Jennifer got to thinking that her doctor looked like someone famous. Who?
From that first image, maybe Michael T. Weiss.
But I don't think he really looks like that in real life. What do you think?
March 12, 2006
Outstanding Excellence in Our Public Schools
One of my biggest criticisms of the public school system is that many schools aren't able to handle diversity of students. The solution, for example, to kids with ADD/ADHD is to drug them up, rather than teach in a way that is more relevant to them.
But this story has to take the cake.
Most high school students eagerly await the day they pass driver's education class. But 16-year-old Mayra Ramirez is indifferent about it.
Ramirez is blind, yet she and dozens of other visually impaired sophomores in Chicago schools are required to pass a written rules-of-the-road exam in order to graduate — a rule they say takes time away from subjects they might actually use.
Given that these students are BLIND, shouldn't the schools already have someone who makes sure they can provide a curriculum that better meets the student's needs? I'm just asking.
A Twelve Year Old Tale
Twelve years ago, I attended a small Christian college and was introduced to a slightly older student. He had a very unique name, and an even more unique voice. He could sing. He was a good guy, and he had a seemingly strong relationship with Christ. Plus he never tattled on us when we were off causing trouble. (And my roommate and I did plenty of that!)
But this young man was haunted by demons. He was a victim of molestation. A male relative had violated him years before. The pain was so great that he prefered to be identified by a different name.
After a quarter he left... returned a few months later, but kept his distance. I never got to know him again.
Today, I saw a picture that reminded me of him. So I looked him up. I was surprised at what I found. After I left that small college, he stayed and announced (through the school newspaper no less) that he was a homosexual. Wow.
I found one photo of him online... nearly naked at an art exhibit. I used to hold him up on a pedestal. Now, I suppose, I see he is only human. But perhaps more importantly, I understand better than I could have when I was 18. I am less naive. I know he still carried the hurt of that little boy. And I understand the consequences.
Maybe he does too.
March 11, 2006
Hire me... I'm Beautiful
Given that society places such an important emphasis on looks, why isn't discrimination based on appearance illegal?
Given the enormous amount of discrimination that takes place as a direct consequence of personal appearance, it's noteworthy that a nation as legalistic as ours has passed almost no laws that attempt to regulate such matters. Outside of a handful of municipalities (San Francisco, Santa Cruz, Calif., Washington, D.C.) it is perfectly legal to discriminate against people because of their looks, even when their looks have nothing to do with their ability to do their jobs.
Perhaps this is an admission that appearance-based discrimination is so deeply rooted in our culture that no law could hope to do much about it. More disturbingly, perhaps it's a sign that at bottom we don't actually disapprove of giving all sorts of unearned social advantages to beautiful people simply because they're beautiful.
Or perhaps it's an admission that such a law would be completely unenforceable? In order to prove discrimination, you'd have to PROVE that the victim was less attractive. How do you do that? Comparison photos?!
Furthermore, appearance isn't solely based on genetics. Just about anybody can look good with enough time and money. When you go to a job interview, do you wear a suit? A nice shirt? A dress? A tie? Under appearance discrimination laws, you could wear whatever you wanted.
March 10, 2006
Great Moments in WEA History
LYNNWOOD, Wash. -- A Lynnwood High School teacher has been placed on administrative leave after allegations of an inappropriate relationship with a student were reported.
According to a letter sent to parents from Lynnwood High School principal, David Golden, on Feb. 17 an administrator was notified of the alleged relationship and the Edmonds School District immediately contacted the Lynnwood police department and began an investigation.
The teacher was immediately placed on administrative leave and has not been on school grounds since.
On March 9 Lynnwood police arrested the teacher on four counts of sexual misconduct with a minor in the first degree.
By the way, apparently the sexual acts were performed in the Alderwood Mall parking lot.
March 03, 2006
What's Wrong with This Video?
From Channel 8 in Dallas. Don't watch it at work. This aired on Live TV.
Why I Can't See Those Awful 3D Images
Apparently there is something wrong with my eyes.
I've always had a dominant eye. I thought it was just normal.
March 02, 2006
Every Sticker Adds 5 HP... Still
Remember that crazy MR I ran into last year at Shoreline?
Well, I didn't literally run into it, but I saw it. Well, lately I've been seeing it everywhere. I saw it a couple weeks ago on the road, and then on Sunday at Alderwood Mall. I also saw the other NYG Neon there too. The gal who drives it works there, last I talked to them.
Touching is Good
After a couple months with my Nintendo DS, I am hopelessly addicted to the touchscreen. I try to touch everything now. I try to touch the top screen. I try to touch my laptop screen. I forget that not everything is so sensitive to touch.
I have become quite enamored with drawing on the DS as well. I fire up Pictochat and draw for fun. I have no one to chat with... I just sit there and doodle. I wish the keyboard would go away, because I just want to draw, not type.
Now I find myself wanting to draw on my laptop too. Now, I thought maybe I could use the DS stylus on my trackpad, but that doesn't work at all. It must detect only human touch... something about connecting a circuit or something. How should I know... I'm an economist, and I can't even get employed doing that!
So I'll have to get one of these instead. It's like a pen tablet, except the tablet is also an LCD screen. It's not as portable as I'd like though. A "tablet" PC would be great, but they seem kind of hefty. Pocket PCs are good too, but they're not really big enough to do really good drawing. (I don't know why I find the DS so fun to draw on, given that the space is even smaller!)
I won't be getting anything until I get a job of course, and even then....