WOOT! Friday, March 2, 2007, 3:00 PM

Channel 104.9 is back! Woot, I'm so happy! I suppose it still remains to be seen whether Channel 104.9 will return its former glory (I heard five seconds of dead air within a minute of tuning in and I've heard too many 80s songs in the first hour for my tastes), but regardless, it has to be better than tuning in to 104.9 and hearing La Enamorada 104.9. Of course, since Live 105 got less hard after Channel 104.9 disappeared, I suppose I'll still be listening to that a bunch too. Two alternative stations!

In more WOOT!-related news, I just bought my first item from Woot.com: a super cheapo MP3 Player with a voice recorder, because I'm incredibly narcissistic and feel that everybody should hear my thoughts on tort reform and bunnies. And it's got a radio tuner, so I can listen my two alternative stations!

In totally unrelated news, girls really like to put stickers on envelopes. I don't know why. I like stickers though. Two alternative stations!

Rocking and Ranting Sunday, February 11, 2007, 3:16 AM

30 Rock on NBC. Everybody should be watching this show. It's smart and funny. Reminds me of Arrested Development, in that it's a great comedy and that not enough people are watching it. 30 Rock might take a few episodes to get into, but watch it for three or four episodes and I'll bet that you'll be hooked!

A few other shows that seem good that I haven't been able to check out as much as I would like are Bleach, Naruto, and Trinity Blood (all on Cartoon Network).

Speaking of Cartoon Network, I'm guessing you've heard of the Boston bomb scare by now. Looks like the president of Cartoon Network had to step down as a result of this.

I am quite dismayed at how this whole situation has turned out. My disappointment isn't so much related to how paranoid people must be that they would think that these Lite Brites are bombs or that they don't realize that terrorists would be highly unlikely to display bombs so blatantly. No, what saddens me is that Cartoon Network and their advertising agency are the ones getting the blame and the degree to which the situation escalated. I, for one, think the marketing campaign was actually rather ingenious. All the people pointing their fingers at Cartoon Network and company and comparing the situation to 9/11 should take a step back and think about the possibility that the cause of the problem was their own paranoia and inability to parse real threats from harmless ads. The people at Cartoon Network and their advertising company should not take any blame for the faults of others. (These ads were placed in several other cities and none of them had such an extreme reaction.)

Yes, I do realize that these are dangerous times we live in, but we shouldn't let fear paralyze us. I'll just leave it at this: it's sad that in this day and age, we aren't free to be funny or clever.

In any case, the movie that the advertising campaign was promoting was Aqua Teen Hunger Force Colon Movie Film for Theaters. Check out the trailer.

In other news, I did my taxes over the past couple of days. That was quite tedious. On the bright side, due to my overzealous paycheck deductions, I'll be getting a couple of fatty refund checks. I intend to spend the money on important things.

I Cannot Sleep Monday, January 22, 2007, 4:13 AM

I have a crazy busy day at work in a few hours and I am so incredibly tired, but I cannot seem to fall asleep. Maybe I shouldn't have drank that pearl milk tea at 9pm...

So I guess I'll post some pictures of weird stuff from the past few months.

Perhaps you can tell me how a mango toiletwand tastes.
Clorox Toilet Wand

Seen in front of Fry's.
Mystery Machine

Why is there a syringe disposal in this Cleveland Airport restroom?
Cleveland Airport Restroom

Apparently the Romans want to keep half-men/half-alligators out of the Pantheon.
Pantheon Sign

A strange, strange software deal from Fry's.
Fry's software deal

Shortly before I took this last picture at Fry's, a random dude approached me and started chatting. Not wanting to be antisocial, I chatted with him. He started talking about how he does work in eCommerce and we talked about work for a while. Then he asked me if I was looking to make any extra money and kept insisting that I answer the question. At that point, I got a little freaked out, as I thought he wanted me to do something crazy, like deal drugs. I said "no" and the conversation ended pretty abruptly. (It only occurred to me later that my friend Ben had mentioned to me a few years ago that he had been recruited for this same eCommerce thing and that it was, in fact, a pyramid scheme.)

But that's not the really weird/freaky part. After I left Fry's to grab my camera, re-entered to take the picture, left again to get in my car, and then drove off, I looked into my rearview mirror at a left-turn stoplight about two minutes into the drive and saw him directly behind me. I totally panicked and made an immediate u-turn. Fortunately, he didn't follow. Still, weird, weird, weird.

In any case, if anybody ever tries to talk to you about eCommerce without mentioning a specific company, just walk away. Unless, of course, you enjoy getting into pyramid schemes.

In more cheerful news, I wasn't really sure about the show at first, but after more data points, I think I can now give a full two thumbs up to 30 Rock on NBC. It reminds me of Arrested Development a little, in that it's a little more intelligent humor than usual, seems to be critically acclaimed, and no one's watching it.

I'm super sleepy now and can probably actually fall asleep finally!

A Holy Time Wednesday, November 1, 2006, 3:30 AM

Saw my first Christmas tree of the year two days ago. It wasn't even Halloween yet! But what can ya do? People are just incredibly excited about celebrating the birth of our Lord and Savior Richard Simmons.

Strange event of the month: going to Asia SF for a co-worker's birthday. I must say that it was a surprisingly entertaining experience. Several of the "gender illusionists" made incredibly convincing girls and were rather skilled dancers. I usually feel weird and uncomfortable around scantily clad girls, but apparently I'm more okay with scantily clad dudes who want to be girls. What that says about me I don't know. I suppose I should pray to my Lord and Savior for answers.

After months of searching, I finally found a volleyball store in the Bay Area. Silicon Volley, pretty clever name, eh? They actually have a bunch of Park & Sun net systems that are only made specifically for their one store, including an extra-retracting system that is designed to fit in all the Mazda Miatas that we Bay Area folk apparently drive around in. I picked up one of these systems so I can pretend my Civic is a Miata. Zoom zoom!

As an extra bonus, there's a delicious little French bakery right next to the volleyball store. So you can have something to eat in your Miata. While you're toting around your volleyball net. =)

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