Archive for August, 2005

Haunted by Katrina

If you haven’t already, listen to this chilling audio file of CNN’s Jeanne Meserve, reporting about what she witnessed yesterday in the Katrina-damaged zone. In her words, journalists “are sometimes wacky thrill seekers, but when you stand in the dark, and you hear people yelling for help and no one can get to them, it’s a totally different experience.”

Gravatars

I stumbled across Gravatars today. A Gravatar is a globally recognized avatar. Any site that uses them will display the same avatar for you, automatically (it’s based on your e-mail address).

Within half an hour, I had them up and running on my site. Now it’s time for everyone to get one. Visit the Gravatar website and register. It’s free and super simple (they just want your e-mail address and a password). Then upload an 80×80 image and away you go!

Saving Face

Damn, this movie looks awesome.

Frickin’ Spokane.

Friday Funday LII

Friday Funday brings you some fun and interesting links from my travels around the internet during the previous week.

Pregnancy Test Mix Up [del.icio.us]

Paul and Anne are about to find out if they are expecting. But those home pregnancy tests are always so hard to read. What does that say?

Name that Video Game [del.icio.us]

Can you guess the name of the retro video game based on a sound effect from it? I managed 11 of 18, which is pretty good for me.

Your Concept Car [del.icio.us]

Answer a few simple questions and Nick Pugh will sketch a concept car that’s uniquely you! The end result is a photo of you standing next to your concept car.

Masturbation Horror Stories [del.icio.us]

Reader beware: some of these will make your stomach hurt; guys I know you know what I’m talking about.

Cumming: The Fragrance [del.icio.us]

Always-hot, bi-sexual, Scottish actor Alan Cumming has his own scent. Just like everyone else. You can buy a bottle from the site and I’m still not sure if this is real. Totally work-safe.

How to Get A Week Off From Work

My parents were out of town this past weekend and I happened to be over at their house on Saturday (Morah wanted me to hoover out the car, plus I had to check on the cats). I went down to get the central vac hose out of the utility room in the basement, only to find the water all over the floor. Turns out the water pump on the central air unit wasn’t pumping water, so the reservoir filled and overflowed.

I spent a couple of hours cleaning it up and afterward, my back hurt, so when I got home I did my traction, hoping to push my spine back into place.

When I tried to get up, the pain in my lower back was unbearable and I screamed out in pain. Morah came running in to see what was the matter. She helped me get the foam block out from under my back, and in so doing I rolled onto my side, which caused even more pain. So there I was, on my side on the floor, grabbing onto the bed, trying not to move because no matter what I did my back was killing me, and screaming out in pain. It was scary.

It took about an hour to get me from the bedroom into the bathroom, then back into the bedroom.

Since then, I’ve been laid up on the couch, unable to do much of anything. I can’t work, because I can’t sit up long enough to edit. I can work on my laptop, but only because I can use it laying down. I have to ice my back for thirty minutes every two waking hours and the only pain killers I have are naproxen sodium.

My chiropractor is out of town this week, but luckily his son, also a chiropractor, is in town and has been helping me out. This afternoon, he told me to expect not to go into work until Monday, which sucks, because I have work to do (apart from my weekly work). I feel bad because we’re already down one person and I know there’s plenty to do. Still, I’d rather miss one week of work and heal properly, as opposed to going back to work, hurting myself further, and having to miss even more work.

Thankfully, my chiropractor says it’s not serious enough to require surgery, so here’s to hoping that I get better soon.

RIP: Bob Moog

It’s a sad day for electronic music. Bob Moog has died in his home at the age of 71. As Barb Dybwad said on Engaget, “it’s officially the end of an era.”

Friday Funday LI

Friday Funday brings you some fun and interesting links from my travels around the internet during the previous week.

Unusual Homes [del.icio.us]

Unusual is right! From the House of Mystery to a real life version of the house in which the Simpsons live, real estate agent Marlow Harris has an odd assortment of homes listed on her page.

Sister Jensen’s Words of Wisdom [del.icio.us]

Sister Jensen’s Words of Ignorance is more like it. This “courageous Mormon woman’s” blog is all about how homosexuality is an “egregious sin”, despite the fact her son is probably gay.

Radioactive Consumer Products [del.icio.us]

According to the site, “everything is radioactive. The question is, ‘How radioactive?'” Well, this page seeks to answer that question. Be sure you look at Glossy Magazines because, well, you’ll see why. I’ve been exposed to at least 13 of the products on this page. Hmm.

OBJECTIVE: 4kidz [del.icio.us]

This is the kids section of the OBJECTIVE: Christian Ministries web site. All I can say is: what the fuck? Cheers to Phoenix for pointing this one out to me.

Balancing Point [del.icio.us]

This video has been making its way around the internet, so I thought I’d share with you in case you hadn’t seen it yet. Most of us who have shot video have also, at some point, reversed the footage for the sake of some cheesy effect. Danny Brown takes reversed footage to a whole new level of cool in this video. I am =extremely= impressed by his 1337 balancing skillz.

ALLOpod Episode II – Sex, Lies, and Antihistamines

ALLOpod Episode II – Sex, Lies, and Antihistamines!

You’d be surprised how fast a month flies by when you have a podcast to produce. How do people with full-time jobs do this every week? Then again, when you’re the producer, editor, engineer, host, webmaster, et cetera…

The show kicks off with a song called Power Steering by the super-cool band, Pacemaker Jane. I found out about them while listening to another podcast and immediately knew I wanted their music on my show.

Our first show was really popular! In the podcast I mention that over 120 people have downloaded the first episode, and since then that number has jumped up to over 140!

Emily and I talk about the legal requirements for making claims in antihistamine adverts, the side effects of drugs, how your grocery store is lying to you, and the definition of truth in advertising according to the Federal Trade Commission. I also make mention of the “Chivas Regal effect”, which is the belief in a positive correlation between the price of something and its quality.

Not surprisingly, the conversation moves off-track, then suddenly (and accidentally) finds its way back. The primary topic of this month’s show is sexual education and how it’s being taught. The government’s current official stance is an abstinence-only approach, so I kicked off our discussion by naming several web sites that tell it like it is (including one called Like It Is).

It’s hard to talk about sex without mentioning porn ,especially as an example of what not to do, but in this instance Emily and I came up with a couple of ideas for porno movies. What can I say? We have dirty minds.

Joining us in our very fist over-the-phone interview (which went surprisingly well), is 18 year old comprehensive sexual education advocate Shelby Knox. Now a student at the University of Texas at Austin, Shelby starred in a documentary entitled The Education of Shelby Knox. The film follows Shelby through a portion of her high school career as she lobbies for comprehensive sex ed in conservative Lubbock, Texas. Shelby is a bright young woman who diligently and competently answered all of our questions.

Pacemaker Jane carries us out of the interview with their song Good Suspicion and, realising that time is running short, we quickly play Andrew Burton’s latest technology haiku, “plug and play”.

“plug and play”

plug and play is great

cannot find device driver?

that’s it, I give up

A new feature this month (and one that you will see in the coming months, provided Peter Bowler and Godine Publishing don’t have a problem with it) is the Superior Person’s Word of the month. This month’s word is ithyphallic. Want to know what it means? I guess you’ll just have to listen to the show!

Next month we’ll be interviewing Dr. Bill Youngs, a history professor at Eastern Washington University. For more information about Dr. Youngs, please refer to the links below. If you have a question for Dr. Youngs that would like to hear answered on ALLOpod, e-mail your question to: podcast alifelessordinary .

Links:

Pacemaker Jane [del.icio.us]

FTC Policy Statement on Deception [del.icio.us]

Go Ask Alice [del.icio.us]

Scarleteen [del.icio.us]

Like It Is [del.icio.us]

Condomania [del.icio.us]

Sexuality Information and Education Council of the United States [del.icio.us]

Separation of Church and State [del.icio.us]

The Education of Shelby Knox [del.icio.us]

PBS: POV [del.icio.us]

Red Cross [del.icio.us]

Contact Your Senator [del.icio.us]

The REAL Act [del.icio.us]

Advocates For Youth [del.icio.us]

Andrew Burton [del.icio.us]

The Superior Person’s Book of Words [del.icio.us]

The Compact Oxford English Dictionary (Hardcover) [del.icio.us]

And to find out more about Dr. Bill Youngs:

Dr. Bill Youngs’ Website [del.icio.us]

Friday Funday L

Friday Funday brings you some fun and interesting links from my travels around the internet during the previous week.

It’s been a busy week at work, so I haven’t been surfing the web a whole lot (I do have a few good links, but they’ll just have to wait until next week). So I decided to take the easy way out and revisit some links from previous Friday Fundays. It’s not a total cop-out, however, as these are sites that have been updated since I first linked to them.

Timothy McSweeney’s [del.icio.us]

All the way from Friday Funday I, here’s a link to more of the McSweeny’s lists that had me rolling on the floor, laughing my off (yes, that was a longhand version of roflmao).

The 30-Second Bunnies Theatre Library [del.icio.us]

From Christmas-themed Friday Funday XVII comes Angry Alien’s 30-Second Bunnies Theatre Library: the plots of famous films told in 30 seconds, and re-enacted by bunnies.

Jesus of the Week [del.icio.us]

Friday Funday XXI brought you Jesus of the Week for the first time. While on the page, be sure to take a look at the Jesus of the moment; just reload to resurrect.

The Pepsi Holiday Spice Diet [del.icio.us]

November’s Friday Funday XII told you about one man’s quest to drink nothing but Pepsi Holiday Spice for 45 days. What ended up happening to him anyway? Well, it took a really weird turn…

Tumble Forms [del.icio.us]

Friday Funday VII featured At Home with the Munsters, which I knew wouldn’t be on the page anymore, since the page promised a new album every month. Sadly, Dana’s Downloadable Album of the Month is taking a break for the entire 2005 year. On the upswing, however, some links were provided and I managed to find this (very similar) site. So far, my favourite album is Plastic Zoo.

Fun With Physics

I forgot to mention what I did last weekend. Last weekend I went to Silverwood Theme Park and rode roller coasters for the first time in my life.

As Morah and I were climbing the slope of the Timber Terror, both of us never having ridden on a real roller coaster before, I was somewhat nervous, partly because I didn’t know what to expect, and partly because the entire thing is made out of wood. Dodgy as it seemed, the ride was amazing and as soon as we got off, I queued up again for another ride.

The second roller coaster we rode on is called Tremors. It goes sixty miles per hour, has a hundred foot drop, and goes underground several times. It was a blast.

For the last few hours that we were in the park, I tried to decide if I wanted to ride on the third roller coaster at the park; The Corkscrew. So called because part of the track is shaped like a corkscrew, causing the riders to be upside down twice. My sister rode it years ago and said that it was a really bumpy ride, plus I was nervous about it, so I decided not to go. Then, several hours later, I thought about it some more and came to the conclusion that I would rather regret riding it, than regret not riding it.

It was tons of fun and something I look forward to doing again.

We did lots of other stuff at Silverwood that day, but riding on the roller coasters is what sticks out in my mind as the highlight of the day. So, total roller coaster riding count to date: once on The Corkscrew, twice on Tremors, and three times on the Timber Terror. I think next time I go to the park, I’m going to spend most of my time riding the roller coasters.

Now what I really want to do is go to other theme parks and ride on other roller coasters!

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