Clean room!

I cleaned up my room today, and it’s nice to see my carpet again. I found a few things I’d been missing, so that’s always good. Threw out a bunch of crap, reducing the mass of junk in my room, also *definitely* a good thing.

I found:

Star Trek collectible cards
Assorted CDs
My dice bag
A plastic gecko
Around 5.00 in loose change
A secret service-style earpiece
A package of ramen
A seashell (stepped on it)


I was just reading the customers_suck LJ community, and this came up from an employee at a mall bookstore.


So goes over to our magazines and comes over to the counter with them. You see, we carry some UK editions of some magazines (Maxim, Cosmo, Elle, etc). She had brought over US Cosmo and UK Cosmo and asks me what the difference is. I explain that they have different articles and different prices.

She looks at the UK Cosmo for a moment, then says, and I quote “Is the British one written in an accent?”.

Whiskey. Tango. Foxtrot.


I seriously thought my brain was going to explode there for a minute. My jaw dropped open. My jaw *never* drops open. (I’m not a mouth-breather, quite the opposite.) ….DAMN I’m glad I don’t know anyone like that!!!


Do you realize that our science is just highly specialized and refined magic? I mean, when you really think about what’s going on inside the devices we use every day, it sounds like an amalgam of alchemy and sorcery.

Take your computer for instance. It’s powered by lightning. Hair-thin stripes of gold form purposeful runes inscribed on fused sand. Magnets spin, tightly focused beams of light shine, and ‘spells’ with thousands of lines of incantations do our bidding. What’s different from magic? Magic has its own rules supposedly, (Certain dates and moon phases mean different things, all materials have inherent properties, etc.) just ones no one’s really bothered to look into in-depth. Or it’s quite possible they guessed wrong, while today’s science was just ‘magic’ that was guessed right.

With how little the average person understands consumer electronics, they may as well be magic. How does the sound from a full orchestra or rock band come out of a tiny square of plastic? How does an arrangement of lenses and mirrors let you freeze moments in time or capture sequences for later review?

New Icons. Sahara.

I made a few new icons yesterday. Uhh…meh. I wish I could use the bullet-with-butterfly-wings one, but it doesn’t look like much when it’s shrunk down.

I saw Sahara last night with Jamie Otterbein and Swiftwing. It was entertaining, just about on par with National Treasure. The acting wasn’t as good, but the story was better in a few ways. It was a bit zany, and it got utterly predictable near the end, but there were a few guns and a heliocopter taken out via unusual means. The French dude with the impossible-to-spell name from the last two Matrix movies was in it, as well as that surfer-priest from Contact. I give it three stars.

Oh! I also finally saw Hitchhiker’s Guide. Umm… 2.5 stars. It was more wacky than funny, sadly. The guy they picked out for Ford did quite well, but Zaphod…it didn’t work well, in my opinion. And Arthur lacked the incredulity of the BBC’s Arthur. Ah well.

Ahh, and this motherboard is just absolutely awesome. The features they have these days are incredible! This one’s onboard audio will yell at you if you plug a jack into the wrong hole. :KD And it’s on sale for 150 bucks.

I wouldn’t mind making that the basis for a new system…

Fun factoids to expand your mind! (Or make you laugh…)

A 70 pound octopus can squeeze through a hole no bigger then a silver dollar because it has no backbone.

The Sahara desert in Africa is as large as all of the United States.

It takes 100 years for a cave stalactite to grow 1 inch!

Tremendous erosion at the base of Niagara Falls undermines the shale cliffs and as a result the falls have receded approximately 7 miles over the last 10,000 years.

No matter its size or thickness, no piece of paper can be folded in half more than 7 times.

By raising your legs slowly and laying on your back, you can’t sink in quicksand.

A large swarm of desert locusts can consume 20,000 tons of vegetation a day.

To put an alligator in a sleepy state, a handler rolls the gator onto its back and rubs its tummy.

Only one in 1,000 baby sea turtles reaches maturity.

Ever wonder how awful Hedgehog birth must be? Actually, baby hedgies are born with the spines just below the skin. Spines start to appear within 24 hours.

An adult lion’s roar can be heard up to five miles away.

Despite one of the fandom’s stereotypes…Arctic foxes are monogamous, usually mating for life. The father actually helps care for the young, making him one of nature’s best paternal figures. :K)

The blue whale can produce sounds up to 188 decibels. This is the loudest sound produced by a living animal and has been detected as far away as 530 miles. A blue whale’s heart alone may weigh 908 kg (2,000 lb.), as much as a small car. Their tongue weighs as much as an elephant!

The dromedary camel is capable of drinking 100 L (30 gal.) of water in just 10 minutes.

Florida panthers can leap more than 4 m (15 ft.) when pouncing on their prey. There are only 30-50 individuals left, making them one of the U.S.’s most endangered species.

Anteaters do not have teeth; instead, they have tongues can reach as much as two feet in length! They gather insects for food, extending their tongue up to 150 times per minute. They may eat 30,000 insects a day!

Giraffes have 45 cm (18 in.) long, purplish-black prehensile tongues. Mother giraffes often give birth standing, giving the newborn a 6 foot drop to the ground as their first taste of the world. Sheesh! Giraffes are one of the few species of mammal to perceive color, and their visual field approaches 360° from their tremendous height.

Within an hour after it is born, a zebra foal can run with the rest of the herd and can recognize its mother with smell and sight.

The distinctive coloration of killer whales is a type of camouflage known as disruptive coloration in which the color pattern of an animal contradicts the animal’s body shape. In the flickering, filtered sunlight of the sea, other animals may not recognize a killer whale as a potential predator.

A lemur’s soft, broad fingers and toes have flat nails that allow it to grip objects and groom other lemurs.

The particularly long legs of the maned wolf are likely an adapation which allows them to see above the tall grass in which they often hunt. They eat insects, fruit, and other vegetable matter as well as small mammals.

Unlike most other hibernators, female polar bears give birth while hibernating. I guess that’s one way to do it…

The sea otter’s dark brown fur is the finest and densest of any animal fur, with an estimated 650,000 hairs per square inch. They may spend as much as 48% of the daylight hours grooming their fur. (In other words, don’t let an otter use the bathroom in the morning before you do.)

Servals (a small slender cat) have long, powerful legs that are important for jumping. They have been known to jump as high as 3.6 m (12 ft.) to catch birds in mid air.

The longest recorded dive for a sperm whale was in excess of two hours.

The hyena is more closely related to the mongoose and cat than the dog.

Hippos were once thought to sweat blood. Actually, hippos secrete a pinkish colored oil that helps them keep their skin moist in the hot African climate. Hippos may live up to 40 years in the wild.

After hatching, young Komodo Dragons immediately climb trees to avoid being eaten by their cannibalistic elders. These guys definitely need social services.

A cat has 32 muscles in each ear.

A group of jellyfish is called a smack of jellyfish.

A group of ferrets is called a business. By the early 1900’s ferrets had migrated to the United States where they were used for rodent control. Later in the century ferrets often assisted industrialists pull telephone wiring underground and through pipes where human hands could not reach. (Always wondered how they did that…)

Ostriches are so powerful that a single kick at a predator, such as a lion, could be fatal. They can run as fast as 40 mph, and the female can somehow recognize her own eggs even when mixed in with others in a communal nest.

Swans are known to have a triumph ceremony. Such ceremonies occur when a male attacks a rival suitor, then returns to his potential mate to perform an elaborate ceremony while posturing and calling. In other words…swans do touch-down dances.

Barn owls are able to consume twice as much food as other owls in comparison to their weight. They are able to cover 100 acres each night in search of food. A single barn owl offspring is able to consume 25,000 mice a year.

Did you know that there are 206 bones in the adult human body and there are 300 in children? (As they grow some of the bones fuse together.)

The United States consumes 25% of all the world’s energy.

A Boeing 707 uses four thousand gallons of fuel in its take-off climb.

Emus and kangaroos cannot walk backwards.

Cheap upgrade

If any of you are thinking of upgrading your system a bit, this here is a nice deal…

You get a Athlon 2900+ processor with a nice motherboard, for 80 bucks after rebates. The processor *alone* is usually at least 100 dollars. Decide before the 31st, or you won’t get the rebates.

Dark Lord does community service to bolster reputation

– Coruscant, SD 45.63.009

Lord Vader made an appearance at the Tartarus Survivors 25th reunion today, handing out toys to children and trying his best to refute his widely-known reputation as a sociopathic warlord. Guests at the reunion were stunned, and only one family would allow their children to approach the imposing figure.

When asked to pose for a photograph by IG News cameraman James McDarfast, Mr. Vader answered him with an uncomfortable force-choke. The image below was taken by surveillance drones.

Lil meme from Kirzen

What lowers *your* blood pressure? Make a list.

– Sunbathing, (either curled up on the rug in a beam or spread-eagled outside on the deck)
– Reading a book in a quiet cool spot.
– Lazily insulting television programming with a friend.
– Eating macaroni & cheese and drinking chocolate milk, indoors on a sunny afternoon.

And then tag 5 friends and ask them to post it to theirs:


Not much up t’day. Gonna go see Jamie after work and hang out. He claims he’s going to cook, and not ‘fake-cook’, so we’ll see. :KD


I slipped on over to Swiftwing’s place on Sunday and spent the night, forsaking Mom and Dad to try CeCe’s pizza buffet on their own.

Poor Swifty and his roomates are suffering here because their AC is decidedly nonfunctional, and the apartment admin isn’t stirring an inch to help. It’s in their contract for pete’s sake that the AC WORKS! It was literally 90 degrees or more on the second floor and no less than 85 or so on the first.

Well, still had some fun and saw Constantine, which I liked. :K) Took Swifty to the Middletown gathering, and he watched us pathetic bowlers do our best on the lanes. I scored significantly below 100, but I don’t play for the score… (Why do I still care about that?)