Friday, June 26, 2009

HARdy HAR HAR HAR... if i weren't going to enough cons this summer, i finally came around to the inevitable. today i broke down and bought my ticket for this year's installment of hackers on a plane, and i will be going to HAR! ^.^

i will not be doing the HAR and PlumberCon trip...since that one leaves from NYC on August 4, and i'm leaving Defcon on August 3, that was just too little time in between. i want a little bit of time to breathe after Defcon before i'm going to jetlag myself to all hell yet again. however, i will be leaving from NYC on August 12, and arriving back in the States on August 19.


now, to get that pesky passport...

Thursday, June 25, 2009

waiting in line with an accordion

so, i did try out for American Idol on Monday. it was weird.
  • i was up by 3:30am, in a cab by 4:00am, and at United Center by 4:25. im used to seeing these times on clocks, of course, but only *before* i have gone to bed. by then, i was still in the third corral of people: not one of the first there, but by no means among the last,, since we weren't told to be there until 5am, and were told that the absolute latest we could arrive was 8am. how early we showed up had no bearing on where i sat, but it allowed me to watch the in-line shenanigans, and possibly entertain a few camera-people if they came by. it was worth it, since i was going for the experience.
  • waiting in line is bizarre. it's full of a few people who are there for the laughs, a few people who are there for fun, and a lot of people who think that american idol is SRS BSNS and/or their future. so many people are singing, and many of them come off like they are doing it in a really, really showy way. hint: THE JUDGES ARE NOT WANDERING THROUGH THE LINE OUT FRONT. IT IS 5AM. THEY ARE SLEEPING.
  • most of the day involved waiting: the line out front, the stands while the better sections filed in to audition, the line to get downstairs, the line on the arena floor to see the judges. i still don't see how i had the patience for all those lines, especially for something i was doing just for laughs. but, i did.
  • just before i went, i decided that i was going to do something weird in order to troll all the people who bring their acoustic guitars with them. i don't have an acoustic guitar, but i do have a toy concertina. i was pretty sure that playing a squeezebox would make me stand out, and i sure was right. a few camera-people decided to chat with me and have me play it for them. (including the one for the Chicago Tribune--fast forward to about 1:55 in!) i got lots of funny looks, especially when i was inside playing around with it in my seat while i waited to audition. however, what fun is going to an event like that if you can't freak out the mundanes a bit?
  • if i hear "hot n cold" by katy perry one more time, i am going to punch a hole in a wall.

Sunday, June 21, 2009

i dare you.

i'm trying out for american idol tomorrow, and i was printing out and signing the release form that they make all prospective contestants sign. one of the passages cracks me up:

"I understand that I may reveal, and other parties may reveal, information about me that is of a personal, private, embarrassing or unfavorable nature, which information may be factual and/or fictional. I further understand that my appearance, depiction and/or portrayal in the Program may be disparaging, defamatory, embarrassing or of an otherwise unfavorable nature which may expose me to public ridicule, humiliation or condemnation. I acknowledge and agree that Producer shall have the right to (a) include any or all such information and appearances, depictions or portrayals in the Program as edited by Producer in its sole discretion, and (b) broadcast and otherwise exploit the Program containing any or all such information and appearances, depictions or portrayals in any manner whatsoever in any and all media now known or hereafter devised, or for any other purpose, throughout the universe in perpetuity."

so, in other words, i can lie about my personal life, the show can lie about my personal life, and they can craft my image at the whim of the producer. take your best shot, mister Producer. i challenge you to make me look more ridiculous than i make myself look on a daily basis. i promise you that the task is more difficult than you think.

Thursday, June 11, 2009

news that is, in fact, not very useful to crack smokers

there was a reporter at the 2600 meeting last friday, and apparently he found me interesting enough to write an article about me.

this makes me happy. :)

Monday, June 08, 2009


this morning's xkcd is made of win:


by the way, i'm not dead. i've just been crazy busy with hackerspace-type things, since the geek prom is less than a week away. (eep!)

today was the first day in a long time that i didn't make it out to the hackerspace, but i had a very good reason for that. some dork is coming to visit me on thursday, and as of this morning my room was such a mess that you couldn't actually walk into it without stepping on loads and loads and loads of my stuff. in fact, i hadn't cleaned it since the last time Rob came to visit. :P this has been remedied, however. things are in their places, the floor is clear, and it's not such a mess that i'd be embarrassed for anyone to see it.

(now, i'm almost embarrassed about how clean it is, since it's SO not me. oh well, though...i wanted the floor to be clear in case Rob and i wanted to play board games!)

other than that...i still haven't posted about my jeopardy audition or my first night of trivia...oops.

the jeopardy audition went well, i think. they don't tell you how you did; they just tell you that they may or may not call you within the next eighteen months. however, the fifty-question quiz was significantly easier than the online qualifier, or at least it hit upon stuff i knew far better than the online qualifier did. that's a good thing. the later part was the fake game-slash-personality interview, which was done as one big chunk. they called three people up at a time, we played a short jeopardy round with buzzers, then they chatted with each of us for a minute or two. that's such a crapshoot...personality is so subjective. all i have to say is...i hope they liked me, i hope they liked my scavhunt stories that i was telling, and i hope i get a call sometime within the next eighteen months.

the first night of trivia also went really, really well. we had five teams there, including two teams from ps:one and one team which consisted of the woman i sat next to at my jeopardy audition and her husband. it was just as fun as i imagined it would be to announce trivia questions, and we had a really close round with a come-from-behind victory. here's hoping the round will be just as exciting tomorrow night, when we do it again!

Monday, June 01, 2009


my Jeopardy! audition is today at 3pm!!! i am already bouncing off the walls.

wish me luck!

(and then please, please come say hi to me at my first night as quiz-mistress at Chief O'Neill's tonight! /shamelessplugforsuperfuntrivia)