Boy Am I Dizzy! Thursday, Aug 31 2006 

…From all the spin Agape press is putting on this, about the Bill to prevent discrimination against sexual orientation in California.

To review, class:

  • Pro-family = anti-gay
  • Religious expression = being able to discriminate if you want

This paragraph tops it off (I think; I stopped reading after it):

In signing SB 1441 into law, the governor has “trampled religious freedom to satisfy hyperactive sexual activists,” Thomasson contends. He says Schwarzenegger apparently “has two faces. He speaks at churches and says he believes in religious freedom and family values, yet he’s stabbing pro-family Californians in the back.”

Is the new IE7 really that unstable? Sunday, Aug 27 2006 

Sweet Zombie Jesus! I was going to install IE7 but then it told me I should back up my important files and close all programs. Holy shit! It didn’t even bother. I mean, god damn is it that unstable that it could destroy my important files? Give me a break.

Update: Well I decided to go ahead and try and install it anyway (not without creating a system restore point first, of course), but after about 10 minutes of waiting for the old IE to be unistalled, I promptly said “Fuck it!” and terminated the setup.

On Germophobia Saturday, Aug 26 2006 

I’ve noticed that a lot of people seem to be upset with where America is heading with its more serious approach to germs. George Carlin once called these people “pussies” and that “you can’t even get a good hamburger anymore because they cook the shit out of it”. A typical remark from someone from an older generation might be “back in my day, we didn’t worry about germs like they do today!”.

True, except that now we have AIDS. Not everyone can rely on their immune systems like back in the “good ole days”.

True, some people have gone a bit overboard with their germophobic practices (always using a napkin to open any door, for example). A lot of these practices are due to a general lack of knowledge of “germs” (a more correct term would be pathogen) in general. Personally, I blame this on America’s piss-poor education system and even worse science education. Not all bacteria are “bad”; in fact, even some viruses are good. And if someone touch a door handle after sneezing on their hands, it won’t be infected forever. If it’s a brass handle, it might be sterile within an hour or two. Pathogens can survive much longer on other surfaces like plastic.

That said, I do think if you are on a train or bus or in another crowded place, keep your sneeze or cough to yourself! And remember, what may seem like a trivial illness to you can be much more serious to someone with AIDS or other immunodisorders.

Pluto no longer an official planet Thursday, Aug 24 2006 

A lot of people seem concerned, even angered over this decision by the IAU. “Save Pluto!” some people cried out.

Are these fucking people kidding me? I’m sorry, it just doesn’t bother me that much. I have bigger news items to worry about. Like this, for instance.

Sweet Zombie Jesus Friday, Aug 18 2006 

Ok, this is seriously pissing me off and ruining a good show. Tell me why why why is the “Jesus” part of Professor Farnsworth’s (from Futurama) expression “Sweet Zombie Jesus” blocked on Adult Swim?

Kindly give me a motherfucking break.

The River of Dreams Monday, Aug 14 2006 

Found this on YouTube and just had to share it. Enjoy Billy Joel’s “The River of Dreams”.

(I could not, no matter how I tried, get WordPress.com’s YouTube embedding to work. What’s up with that?)

On Text and Instant Messaging Wednesday, Aug 9 2006 

Borofsky is on about kids using shorthand in text and instant messaging. Jon views this as a serious problem and offers some advice to parents:

What’s a parent to do, then? I suggest eliminating text messaging from your phone service plan if your student is using a lot of shorthand. Students will be text messaging and instant messaging a lot more than they will be writing formal papers for school, and therefore it is more likely to influence the way they write outside of these avenues of communication.

Is it just me, or does teaching your kids to distinguish between formal and informal English and making sure they knew where to use either of them seem like a better idea?

4:20 Songs Friday, Aug 4 2006 

The following songs from my iTunes music library have a length of exactly 4:20.

  • Peaceful Easy Feeling (The Eagles)
  • Smokin’ (Boston)
  • Don’t you forget about me (Simple Minds)
  • Goodbye (Alicia Keys)
  • Solsbury Hill (Peter Gabriel)
  • I’ve got friends in low places (Garth Brooks)

Obviously, “Smokin'” by Boston is 4:20 in length on purpose. I also suspect the same for “I’ve got friends in low places” since it contains the lyric “I’ll be as high as that ivory tower/That you’re living in”. I think the rest (save for maybe “Solsbury Hill”) can be chalked up to coincidence.

Back in the US Thursday, Aug 3 2006 

Hey, if you were wondering why Superlicious seemingly stopped over the summer, it’s because I was away in Northern Ireland enjoying the unusually hot weather (global warming, anyone?). I assure you, I’m not dead (although I may smell funny).

By the way, you’re missing some serious entertainment in the comments for my ever-growing “Best Songs Ever” list if you haven’t been watching it. Case in point:

Go to a record store and spend a little money…It’ll do you some good…For now, you should lock yourself in a small windowless room and cower in the corner while seriously considering suicide…That is all.

A record store? Apparently this guy hasn’t read this post.