Monday, December 21, 2009

thirty days: day 25

Day 25 → Your day, in great detail

sigh. really?

well...i passed out last night around 12:45, after lots of IRC goodness. i was hoping to get up at an early hour as a result of going to bed earlier than i had in months, but that failed miserably--i didn't wake up until 11:45 this morning. oopsies.

i spent about an hour and a half being cobwebby, half-asleep, and procrastinating. that means i spent the time sitting on my bed, talking on IRC and contemplating a shower. then, i finally took a shower, put on those much-maligned things we call pants, and heading to ps:one. i spent the afternoon at ps:one working on my trivia game proposal for notacon and having random chats with my friend nathan, who was painting the space's TARDIS while i was working on the trivia proposal.

i got the trivia proposal almost done by the time i had to leave for monday night pub trivia. i got to Chief O'Neill's, and had dinner and a white russian. (and then, a few more white russians, since the special round tonight was the big lebowski...) again, trivia went nicely. again, i really hope people didn't hold it too badly against us that we are the kinds of trivia masters that integrate trivia with relentlessly making fun of each other in front of everyone--seriously, if you've never been to our trivia night, i encourage you to come visit and relentlessly make fun of us for absolutely anything!!!

then, after trivia, i got home. home means time to chat on IRC and go to bed. goodnight. :)

Sunday, December 20, 2009

thirty days: day 24

Day 24 → Whatever tickles your fancy

"the company won't colour me" by colour of fire has been my crack lately. i've been listening to it over and over and over again. now, it can be your crack too. :)

Saturday, December 19, 2009

thirty days: day 23

Day 23 → A YouTube video

...because cats in things they're not supposed to be are, in fact, amazing.

Friday, December 18, 2009

thirty days: days 20 and 21

i got behind again yesterday. sure, i spent a bunch of time on a computer, but most of it was on computers that are probably as old or older than most of the people who read this...namely, my Commodores.

Day 21 → A recipe
i used to love to cook, but then outgrew it. when i was a kid, it was something special...i would spend hours reading the Joy of Cooking, and pick out recipes to make on special days. now, it's something that's at best boring, and at worst that i just don't have time to deal with, since there is so much other stuff i want or need to do. however, spinach gnocchi are really nomzy, and i should really get the ingredients and make some.

Day 22 → A website
Computer Stupidities is the funniest site on the internet. i stumbled across it many years ago, and have read through its stories over and over again. it's exactly what it sounds like--vignettes of really dumb things that people have said about computers. but, what can i say? i love stupid people stories, and these are the creme-de-la-creme of stupid people stories.

Wednesday, December 16, 2009

thirty days: days 15-20

thanks to my little jaunt to NYC for neighborcon last weekend, and the associated recovery, i've gotten way-too-many days behind on the thirty-days meme i'm doing. so...time to play a little bit of catch-up. :)


Day 15 → A fanfic
this is one that really doesn't fit me at all. i don't read fanfic. i don't write fanfic. i don't have anything to do with the world of fanfic. seriously, i think the closest thing to fanfic that i've ever created was a backstory that i started writing in high school [or possibly early college] about my imagined backstory for the song "hey jealousy" by the gin blossoms. i don't have it anymore, though, so you're out of luck.

Day 16 → A song that makes you cry (or nearly)
i have quite a few songs that make me cry, but "tonight is the night i fell asleep at the wheel" by the barenaked ladies probably has the strongest effect on me at this point in my life. it's a really, really sad song about someone who either commits suicide or just so happened to crash his car when his life was at a low point...and the lyrics paint a picture that can't help but suck me into the story.

Day 17 → An art piece (painting, drawing, sculpture, etc.)
webcomics involve drawing, right? <3 i love toothpaste for dinner, and this comic is especially genius.

Day 18 → Whatever tickles your fancy
a silly poem:
Fenton Phlantz
by Jack Prelutzky

Fenton Phlantz is fairly weird.
He puts peanuts in his beard.
Elephants are often found
Following Fenton Phlantz around.

Day 19 → A talent of yours
singing. i've been singing since i was a little kid, and i love it. i've been in various choirs since i was nine years old, been in the occasional play or skit, and even took some voice lessons in law school. a lot of people have seen me sing karaoke...although not as many have seen me sing anything of a more classical nature. i really like karaoke, and there are some songs i've found that i can sing fairly well--but really, my voice is far more suited to more classical singing, and that's my favourite kind to do.

Day 20 → A hobby of yours
writing twitter bots. i've written quite a few so far, although the best one i've done to date is most definitely @rogue_bot. i started messing around with the twitter API a little over a year ago, when i wrote a twitter client in bash scripting language, and then moved on to playing with the python-twitter library and started to write bots. it's really fun. i can't say i've finished anything that useful yet (although i'm currently working on a CTA Bus Tracker twitter bot, which will allow people to query it and get bus tracker preditions via twitter--useful for those without a smartphone!), but they're fun to make and they allow me to practice my programming skills.

Thursday, December 10, 2009

thirty days: day 14

Day 14 → A non-fictional book

this is tough. i don't read a lot of fiction...most of what i read is nonfiction. and, to just pick one? so hard.

but, there is a book i've been going back to so much this year.

it's basically a tour through many of the major security assessment programs, tools, and techniques. when i got it almost a year ago, i could hardly follow many things in there...but the more i learn about computers, the more fun i'm having reading through it and making sense of the examples in it.

Wednesday, December 09, 2009

thirty days: day 13

Day 13 → A fictional book

a fictional book? like, a book that doesn't actually exist? or, a book chronicling something that didn't actually happen?

either way, i'll cover both bases with this one:

no, i'm not cheating. Glove Pond is not an actual book--it's a book within a book. The Gum Thief is one of my favourite books by Douglas Coupland. contained within the novel is another book called Glove Pond, which was written by Roger Thorpe--a character in The Gum Thief. Glove Pond is a Fitzgeraldesque yet deliberately ridiculous tale of woe...whereas The Gum Thief is a more modern story of futility, with a dash of hope.

either way, my ability to describe the awesomeness of Douglas Coupland's writing pales in comparison to his actual writing. you should read this book--and if you're in Chicago, i'll gladly lend it to you.

Monday, December 07, 2009

thirty days: days 9, 10, 11, and 12.

thanks to my awesome little trip to detroit this weekend (you guys rock, i3Detroit!) and the associated recovery, i'm a few days behind in the thirty days meme. time to catch up!

Day 09 → A photo you took
i love this picture. it's of Matt Hoffman, lead singer of Shooting Blanks. i took it at their show at the Mutiny, back on November 24, 2007. he rocks out in this pic, as does his shiny, shiny guitar.

Day 10 → A photo of you taken over ten years ago
i don't even know for sure when this picture was taken, but from the looks of things, i'd guess that it was taken in 1988 or so. that would have made me five, maybe six. i'm the second from the left--and the others in the picture are my three siblings.

Day 11 → A photo of you taken recently
this would technically also qualify as one i took of myself, but it's a recent picture of me--less than a month old. i really love's my favourite picture of myself in a very long while.

Day 12 → Whatever tickles your fancy
"full colour guilt" by boysetsfire...just because it suits my mood right now.

Friday, December 04, 2009

thirty days: day 8

Day 08 → A photo that makes you angry/sad

it goes without saying how much it pisses me off that people think being queer is a sin, or that there is some kind of retribution from on high for not being straight.

but, what pisses me off even more than that is when adults force those ideas on their children, and enlist their children to protest. this holds for the whole "god hates fags" thing, the abortion clinic protests, and anything else. indoctrinating children to hate is just one of the worst things a parent can do. five will get you ten that none of these kids who are forced to do these protests are being exposed to any real range of ideas, political beliefs, or religious beliefs.

if adults want to harbour these awful beliefs, there's not a whole lot i can do to stop them. but, children? they should be raised in an environment where they can critically assess worldviews and decide for themselves as they grow--not forced to parrot their parents' hate in public.

Thursday, December 03, 2009

thirty days: day 7

Day 07 → A photo that makes you happy

you all knew this was coming.

Wednesday, December 02, 2009

thirty days: day 6

Day 06 → Whatever tickles your fancy

usually mellow indie-rock-type-stuff isn't my thing, but there's something about "final broadcast" by statistics that really does it for me. i like the singer's voice, i like the melody, and the lyrics capture something i've been feeling a lot lately.

speaking of tickling my fancy, i first heard this song on radio.wazee. that station always tickles my's as if the person who chooses the music for it has a direct route into my head, and finds all kinds of obscure music that is right up my alley.

Tuesday, December 01, 2009

thirty days: day 5

Day 05 → Your favourite quote

"you have to think yourself worth saving before you get angry at someone who wishes to kill you."
--I Am Charlotte Simmons by Tom Wolfe

it's not something i like to think about, but it's true. what's the point in getting angry that someone wants to kill you, if there's not a reason that you're worth saving--something interesting or cool or valuable that you're doing in the world?