Tuesday, July 18, 2006

Internet Gems

Some may say that the Internet is making people stupid. Others may say that the Internet just gives voice to a wide variety of people who were already stupid. Either way, many Internet forums are full of delicious chunks of idiocy.

I frequently visit Yahoo! Answers to provide information on a variety of subjects. I don't consider myself an expert in all subjects, but I am well versed in a few. On many occasions I've come across a real whopper of a question. Aside from the terrible grammar the fact that nearly 90 percent of the questions asked could be easily answered by a Wikipedia search, some of them are a total waste of cyberspace. Here are some examples:

How long can a normal, healthy 8 week old kitten survive inside an adult python? URGENT?

wuz up my people n-t wayz is it normal for your cat to run all over the place and rollla round?

Why must chunky women chuckle after everything they say?

Not even a real question: men are more intelligent and skillful than women in art performance and contribution?

PLEASE HELP! I taped my cats paws because he wouldn't stop scratching. Now, how do I remove the tape?

Do you love Oprah? Would you like to give her a kiss?

who do u fink is the sexiest my nxt door nebor vc becks jordan brit spears jess simpson maria carey nikk grm?

And the finale, courtesy of Ali G: does people hate people wen they do some in to them ?

If you need to laugh some more, go to Uncyclopedia (Wikipedia spoof site) and hit random article.

Monday, July 17, 2006

The Non-Daily Blurb

Courtesy of The Honking Goose:

"Using logic in an arguement with a conservative is like having a billboard that says 'If you're illiterate, call this number...'"

Saturday, July 08, 2006

Yay for Technology

I am in my backyard watching a butterfly nurse from a honeysuckle as Coltrane plays lightly in the background. These are the reasons why laptops were invented. I can sit here and blog about the world as the sun gently warms my skin while I see two hummingbirds play a version of king of the mountain on my honeysuckle bush.

Last night I went to see a special event . It was an event that could awaken the inner nerd in even the dumbest of jocks. Conductor Emil De Cou and the NSO hosted an event called "To Boldly Go": a musical journey through science fiction and astrology. The first half featured the scores from the most popular sci-fi films and TV shows, not limited to Star Wars, Star Trek, Superman, Bride of Frankenstein, and The Twilight Zone. There is nothing like hearing and seeing a live orchestra. The sound is so perfect and so powerful, it shivers your spine for you.

The evening also featured two special guests. During the first half of the show, we were introduced to Carl Walz, a NASA astronaut who holds the record for most consecutive days spent in outer space.

The second half was an audio-visual presentation of Gustav Holt's "The Planets," featuring live narration by none other than Leonard Nimoy. There are few men remaining in this world who are as articulate and debonair as the 75-year-old Nimoy. He delivered a whimsical anecdote for each movement of the piece with grace and austerity. After each anecdote, the music played as NASA images of the planets where shown on a big screen. Some of these images had never been shown to the public before. We had lawn seats, so we nestled back and let the music and images take us away. Whilst the first half shock my spine and boiled my blood, the second half calmed my nerves and stilled my heart.

Tonight I am going to see Pirates of the Caribbean. Tomorrow is preparation for an event on Monday: my first interview for this job hunt season.

Wednesday, July 05, 2006

Employment Deployment

I love witty, rhyming titles.

I have a lot going on right now. I am looking for a new job. I actually started looking for a new job last fall. I had a few interviews, including one with The Atlantic Monthly. Unfortunately, I did land a new job in time. We have busy seasons at my current job, and I promised my boss that if I had not found a new job by the time the spring busy seasons started, I would stay on for one more season. By late February I had not found a new job, and the search was put on hold.

The search is now going full blast. My goal is to find a job in the heart of DC. That way, I can move into the city and just walk or take the Metro everywhere. However much my rent may increase, I will probably save that much by not paying for gas.

In the meantime, I've been looking for writing outlets to keep myself motivated. I've got a few freelance gigs lined up. I've also been submitting my fiction and humor pieces to a variety of publications.

I also have been working extensively on my photo essay. I worked on it this past weekend when I was forced to visit The Outhouse (see my previous entry). I also have some ideas for future blog entries, and there is also my vacation time to look forward to. As long as I keep myself motivated, I won't lose hope with this job search.