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Sun, Feb. 6th, 2011, 03:37 pm
Mass-user-blogs

I started on Open Diary back before we knew they were blogs. Eventually, I migrated over here to livejournal.

Looking back, weren't the early days of Open Diary and Livejournal weird?

I spent years doing some EXTREME over-sharing on either. It wasn't until years later that I had the bright idea to add filters to my friends lists.

Now, hardly anybody on my friends list even posts anymore. The internet's just a different place now. When we started, most of us were still on dialup. Mobile internet was a pipe dream.

Now everybody's pretty much constantly connected, whether it's cable, DSL, or mobile. Now, we use facebook for our "nobody really cares" updates. But, Facebook makes us so much more aware of who's listening.

I sort of miss the days of semi-anonymous posting on OD/LJ. At the same time, though, it just seems like that's a "thing" thats over now. I don't know if I've changed or the culture of the Internet has changed or what. I have a feeling it's both.

Mon, Jan. 19th, 2009, 05:25 pm
Indiana Jones Jumped the Shark?

Really now?  Let's see.

Raiders of the Lost Ark (1981).  Indy and company use mad-archaeology to find the Ark of the Covenant.  That's right.  Like, from the Bible.  When the Ark is opened, spirits come forth and kill all the bad people.  This is all either totally believable or it is reasonable fantasy fun.

Temple of Doom (1984).  Indy et al. find themselves fighting against a cult that practice Black Magic.  At one point, there is a human sacrifice where a man's beating heart is removed.  The heart continues to beat until the man is lowered into some lava.  Then the heart bursts into flames.  Later in the movie, Indy invokes the name of Shiva to make some magic rocks glow.  Again, all of this is either totally believable or reasonable fantasy fun.

Last Crusade (1989).  Indy et al. go on an adventure that ends up with him finding the Holy Grail.  Indy uses the grail's magical powers to return someone to life.  Oh, and by the way, a bad dude who drinks from one of the wrong grails dies immediately.  Also, there's this old crusader dud hanging out.  It's unclear whether he's got the gift of long life or if he's part of some underground society.  Regardless, all of this is either totally believable or it is reasonable fantasy fun.

Kingdom of the Crystal Skull (2008).  Indy et al go on an adventure that leads them to a temple filled with ancient artifacts from around the world.  Along the way they find a crystal skull that seems to have some sort of magical power.  In the end, we find out that the artifacts were gathered by interdimensional beings (that bear a striking resemblance to "grey" aliens from pop culture).  After returning the skull to its place, one of these beings talks to the group, and then leaves in a flying saucer.  All of this is stupid nonsense and shows that the franchise had jumped the shark.  Also, George Lucas is insane.

Wait, what?  We're willing to accept magical artifacts from Christianity.  We're willing to accept black magic from strange tribal religions.  But interdemensional beings?  Flying saucers?  No freaking way.  That's just  stupid.

No sharks have been jumped.  Indy movies are just as silly as they've always been.  There have always been ridiculous feats of surival.  There have always been fantastic stories of magic.  Perhaps this latest installment is a bit more over the top than the first 3 (surviving a nuclear blast in a refrigerator, flying saucers), but the change from the original three is not nearly as severe as people would have you believe.  When someone goes on and on about the franchise "jumping the shark," I find myself wondering how long ago they saw their last Indy movie before Crystal Skull.

Tue, Nov. 4th, 2008, 06:02 pm
Happy

1. Stop talking about politics for a moment or two.

2. Post a reasonably-sized picture in your LJ, NOT under a cut tag, of something pleasant, such as an adorable kitten, or a fluffy white cloud, or a bottle of booze. Something that has NOTHING TO DO WITH POLITICS.

3. Include these instructions, and share the love.



Tue, Oct. 28th, 2008, 08:33 pm
Old quote, but worth the repost.

Moreover, given the increasing diversity of America's population, the dangers of sectarianism have never been greater. Whatever we once were, we are no longer just a Christian nation; we are also a Jewish nation, a Muslim nation, a Buddhist nation, a Hindu nation, and a nation of nonbelievers.

And even if we did have only Christians in our midst, if we expelled every non-Christian from the United States of America, whose Christianity would we teach in the schools? Would we go with James Dobson's, or Al Sharpton's? Which passages of Scripture should guide our public policy? Should we go with Leviticus, which suggests slavery is ok and that eating shellfish is abomination? How about Deuteronomy, which suggests stoning your child if he strays from the faith? Or should we just stick to the Sermon on the Mount - a passage that is so radical that it's doubtful that our own Defense Department would survive its application? So before we get carried away, let's read our bibles. Folks haven't been reading their Bibles.

--Barack Obama

Thu, Jul. 17th, 2008, 09:32 pm

Comment on this post and i will choose seven interests from your profile. You will then explain what they mean/why you are interested in them. Post this along with your answers in your own journal so that others can play along.

love - I'm something of a romantic, but I typically keep it to myself. This was probably added to my interests long ago in a time when I was terminally single.
megaman - Otherwise known as the Blue Bomber. The classic Megaman and Megaman X games are some of my favorite side-scrolling video games ever. I spent a great deal of time in college playing through them.

green lightsabers - Elegant weapons from a more civilized time. Green always seemed to be the "Correct" lightsaber color to me. More importantly, a green lightsaber was weilded by Qui-Gon Jinn. I have a small collection of Qui-Gon Jinn paraphenalia.

phantom of the paradise - A rock opera from the 70's that more people should know about. It is often overshadowed by Rocky Horror. It is a more serious film, but the music is outstanding. Think of it as Rocky Horror meets Faust meets Phantom of the Opera.

sleeping - Getting enough sleep is awesome. Again, this interest is probably a remnant from college when it seemed that I never got enough sleep. However, these days, I find myself sleeping for 9-10 hours a day simply because I can. Hopefully the adjustment to a normal schedule won't be too difficult in the fall.

butter-da - Butter-Da is noh hush a bush push leopold. A fictional drink from the "Homestar Runner" universe. In college, I was obsessed with homestarrunner.com. I haven't visited it in months. Here's a link to the Strongbad Email that spawned it. Make sure to click on the words "losers" and "them" at the end.

bripe - So, one day I'm sitting at the computer, and my friend Paul sends me an IM. He asks me if there is another word for animal foot. After a moment's contemplation, I responded with "bripe." Paul's reaction was a combination between excitement ("That's perfect!") and skepticism. He looked it up, and then asked me if I was sure I had spelled it correctly. I told him that I had, since I had made it up about 5 minutes before hand. I take an opportunity I can to re-tell this story, because it is particularly entertaining if you know my friend Paul. As a result of this, my friends developed a process called "briping" Paul. We would mention the word at inopportune times. For instance, we made an Apples to Apples card from it, and stacked the deck so he would get it. Another time, we got his Ecology professor (who was also my thesis advisor) in on it. Fun times.

Mon, Apr. 14th, 2008, 08:09 pm

Expelled

Tue, Mar. 25th, 2008, 12:06 pm

Well, it's Spring Break, and I'm sick.  Like all stuffed up wanting to sleep all day but not really sick.

I haven't left the house since Sunday (besides a quick trip to the Gas Station next door for some honey buns this morning).  I just feel yuck.

I'm at home all alone with the dog this week.  They're cleaning out the gutters of the apartment, and that has Reggie upset and barkity bark.

I can't quite decide what to do with myself on a day like this.

Wed, Feb. 20th, 2008, 05:05 pm
Movie Quote Meme

1. Pick 15 of your favorite movies.
2. Go to IMDb and find a quote from each movie.
3. Post them here for everyone to guess.
4. Fill in the film title once it's guessed along with the name of the person who guessed it.
5. NO GOOGLING/using IMDb search functions. cheaters.



1.  "Well, a double dumb ass on you. "  --  Star Trek IV: The Voyage Home:  funkelnagelneue

2.  "And I'm still killing your fucking duck. There! Murder! Death! Duck! Dead! Death fucking dead! There, the duck is dead! "

3.  "Wait, you don't understand. If you don't play there's no music. If there's no music they don't dance. If they don't dance they don't kiss and fall in love and I'm history. "  -- Back to the Future :[info]the_kitty_kat

4.  "I'm afraid that there's somethin' really wrong, you know. I mean, clearly it's about his mum, but Christ, he might be injecting heroin into his eyeballs for all I know." -- Love Actually : the_kitty_kat

5.  "So if any of you out there are looking for the song that's going to be your big hit, you should pay attention, because we are talking to Phil Collins' people. But then again... aren't we all?"

6.  "Enrico Fermi would roll over in his motherfucking grave if he heard that stupid shit. I mean he would just turn over ass up in your face and wouldn't give a fuck!"

7.  "The ability to speak does not make you intelligent. Now get out of here."

8.  "There are no guarantees, but remember: Even in the future, the sweet is never as sweet without the sour. "

9.  "There has to be a mathematical explanation for how bad that tie is. "

10.  "Try to imagine all life as you know it stopping instantaneously and every molecule in your body exploding at the speed of light." -- Ghostbusters: lonepotato

11.  "It's all here. Read it carefully, then sign at the bottom in blood. Messy, I know, but it's the only way to bind. Tradition." -- Phantom of the Paradise : lonepotato

12.  "So I tell the swamp donkey to sock it before I give her a trunky in the tradesman's entrance and have her lick me yarbles! "  -- Eurotrip : soulofmyshoe

13.  "All every woman really wants, be it mother, senator, nun, is some serious deep-dickin'. "  -- Chasing Amy : phroexx

14.  "Man thinks they are each alone in this world. It is not true. You are all connected. One act can one day affect all. "

15.  "Maybe he's some animal that wasn't supposed to live. Could be a monkey or an orangutan."

Mon, Oct. 15th, 2007, 09:26 pm

Rules:
- Bold all of the following TV shows of which you've seen 3 or more episodes.
- Italicize a show if you've seen every episode.
- Asterisk if you have at least one full season on tape or DVD
- If you want, add up to 3 additional shows (keep the list in alphabetical order).


Wed, Oct. 3rd, 2007, 10:08 pm


Jonathan Strange & Mr Norrell
Anna Karenina
Crime and Punishment
Catch-22
One Hundred Years of Solitude
Wuthering Heights
The Silmarillion
Life of Pi
The Name of the Rose
Don Quixote
Moby Dick
Ulysses
Madame Bovary
The Odyssey
Pride and Prejudice
Jane Eyre
A Tale of Two Cities
The Brothers Karamazov
Guns, Germs, and Steel
War and Peace
Vanity Fair
The Time Traveler's Wife
The Iliad
Emma
The Blind Assassin
The Kite Runner
Mrs. Dalloway
Great Expectations
American Gods
A Heartbreaking Work of Staggering Genius
Atlas Shrugged
Reading Lolita in Tehran
Memoirs of a Geisha
Middlesex
Quicksilver
Wicked : the life and times of the wicked witch of the West
The Canterbury Tales
The Historian
A portrait of the artist as a young man
Love in the Time of Cholera
Brave New World
The Fountainhead
Foucault's Pendulum
Middlemarch
Frankenstein
The Count of Monte Cristo
Dracula
A Clockwork Orange
Anansi Boys
The Once and Future King
The Grapes of Wrath
The Poisonwood Bible
1984
Angels & Demons
The Inferno
The Satanic Verses
Sense and Sensibility
The Picture of Dorian Gray
Mansfield Park
One Flew Over the Cuckoo's Nest
To the Lighthouse
Tess of the D'Urbervilles
Oliver Twist
Gulliver's Travels
Les Misérables
The Corrections
The Amazing Adventures of Kavalier and Clay
the curious incident of the dog in the night-time
Dune
The Prince
The Sound and the Fury
Angela's Ashes
The God of Small Things
A People's History of the United States : 1492-present
Cryptonomicon
Neverwhere
A Confederacy of Dunces
A Short History of Nearly Everything
Dubliners
The Unbearable Lightness of Being
Beloved
Slaughterhouse-five
The Scarlet Letter
Eats, Shoots & Leaves: The Zero Tolerance Approach to Punctuation
The Mists of Avalon
Oryx and Crake
Collapse : How Societies Choose to Fail or Succeed
Cloud Atlas
The Confusion
Lolita
Persuasion
Northanger Abbey
The Catcher in the Rye
On the Road
The Hunchback of Notre Dame
Freakonomics : a rogue economist explores the hidden side of everything
Zen and the Art of Motorcycle Maintenance
The Aeneid
Watership Down
Gravity's Rainbow
The Hobbit
In Cold Blood
White Teeth
Treasure Island
David Copperfield
The Three Musketeers

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