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December 25, 2005

I regurgitate a meme, because nothing is stirring, not even a mouse

though my dad's snoring is much louder than a mouse.

I already posted this on LJ over a week ago, but I'm reposting here because I'm bored enough to revisit my previous answers.


  1. Ice cream scooper
  2. Code monkey (very similar to #1)


  1. Dead Alive
  2. Happy Gilmore
  3. Better Off Dead
  4. Yojimbo


  1. Alexandria, VA
  2. Okinawa, Japan
  3. Boston, MA
  4. San Diego, CA

FOUR TV SHOWS YOU LOVE TO WATCH (currently on-air)

  1. MythBusters
  2. The Daily Show
  3. Colbert Report

I struck Dirty Jobs from the list because I've decided that these are the only three shows that I must watch every episode of


  1. Sasebo, Japan
  2. Maui
  3. Malaga, Spain
  4. Smith Mountain Lake, Virgina


  2. (via bloglines)


  1. Tonkatsu
  2. Curry
  3. Fred Steak
  4. Mashed potatoes


  1. Chicago (never been)
  2. Okinawa
  3. Bilbao (never been)
  4. Hawaii (just like #2, but closer, and less pig poop)

February 23, 2005

Ten Things I've Done That You Probably Haven't

Following up on parakkum's entry, I was tempted to list something like, "born in a country that I was never a citizen of," or "been in the eye of a typhoon," but I didn't really accomplish those as much as they happened to me. Similarly, I was also tempted to get really specific and say things like, "drank chianti with a nice coconunt-mango-vegetable salad and chili last night," but that perhaps defeats the purpose of this meme as well. Depending on who reads this entry, at least two of these could easily be disqualified (Push Stars and public transit), but we shall see:

  1. Burned myself with a homemade EKG
  2. Found a deadly poisonous mushroom while mushroom hunting
  3. Ate an entire pumpkin pie in one sitting during a pie-eating contest
  4. Performed in an opening act for the Push Stars
  5. Hiked to the top of two extinct volanoes (Mount Fuji and Vesuvius)
  6. Played videogames at an arcade as a typhoon approached (<200 miles) (cheating, yes, to get around the "accomplished" vs. "happened to me" qualification)
  7. Snorkeled off the coast of Okinawa
  8. Had coffee in the Captain's quarters of a US Navy vessel
  9. Flew three times between Japan and DC in two weeks
  10. Commuted on public transportation from Berkeley to Mountain View/Menlo Park/Anything past Millbrae (observing my fellow passengers, I'm pretty sure on this one)

Even less likely to be unique, due to fellow participants:

  • Filed a patent covering a novel mechanism for establishing secure connections in both the US and Europe (oh wait, DARN YOU BP!)

  • co-founded a failed startup company that made it to the front page of the WSJ

June 7, 2004

Nigritude Ultramarine

Nigritude Ultramarine

(Anil Dash is a MT developer, so I cast my vote for him)

March 16, 2004

Pirate/Ninja, Elf/Dwarf Compass

compassThere's no test for this - you have to rate yourself. It's like the Political Compass, but more amusing. Are you:
1) More Elf or Dwarf?
2) More Pirate or Ninja?

For descriptions, visit From pirate dwarves to ninja elves...

I rate myself 85% ninja (b/c ninjas are sweet), and 10% dwarf.

(via blogdex)

February 28, 2004


I don't like posting quizzes to my blog, but I have to post this one b/c meta was trying sooo hard to get this result intentionally, while I got it the 'honest' way on the first try:
Pig Pen
You are Pig Pen!

Which Peanuts Character are You?
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February 2, 2004

meme propagation

popout thumbnailOne of the things I was noticing in my feed aggregator was how the "visited US states" meme has been propagating into the various blogging communities I am part of. BP was nice enough to generate a thumbnail for me so that I could view this at a macroscopic level. (He used PARC's Popout Prism to quickly generate the image).

Unfortunately, there's so many other entries in the feed reader that the maps end up squashed, but if you look at the bottom, you can see the first cluster of maps, which is mine, then BP's two maps, and tonya's. After that, there is a slight lull. honeyfields and I bugged meta to do a map as well, so then you see meta's near complete map, followed by jrc's (who reads meta's blog), and ginfiend's (who also reads meta's blog). You can tell by the amount of red in the images that meta clearly wins the contest :). You can see the full feed here (link no longer valid).

popout exampleAs Popout Prism has this neat (and central) feature that highlights keywords in the thumbnail (example of this on the left), I was thinking that it would be interesting to integrate this feature into a feed aggregator. As people in your community start talking about visited states, orkut, or a party you went to the other day, you'd be able to quickly see how hot a particular topic was. If you aggregator was especially smart, it could show you a list of what topics seemed to be hot and let you click on them to highlight them in the thumbnail and on the page. If only there were a freely available server-side toolkit :).

January 30, 2004

my us

This isn't as cool, detailed, or information-rich as ps's visited counties map, but I went ahead and generated a visited states map just to check up on my progress. The influence of a southerly cross-country trip is obvious, and will hopefully be fixed sometime in the future. My criteria for filling in a state was that I had to have at least driven in the state -- airport layovers don't count -- but even that is fairly loose criteria.

visited states
create your own visited states map

January 24, 2004

my world

visited countries map
create your own visited country map

December 18, 2003

Blogging personality

I've had discussions two nights in a row about the nature of my blog posts, so I went back to this kuro5hin article called Portrait of a Blogger, which I found fairly amusing because it managed to nail some aspects of our blogging perfectly. For example, for my personality, it says

Just found a site here, here, and here, regarding what I posted a couple hours ago regarding this. I'll post more links later!
See, fate has pre-ordained that my blog focuses on the world around me, rather than my interactions with the world. I also found the habitat description to be funny, especially for metamanda who just moved from the Rob House Commune to the Mission in SF. What does the article have to say about this?
INFP: "Habitat: Cute little bungalows in low rent districts across the U.S. with picket fences and groovy colored houses."

INTP: "Habitat: Usually a messy desk type area with lots of caffeine nearby. Techie Bloggers have been known to be nomads, though, with the advent of wireless internet technology. You may see them anywhere as a result, although most tend towards urban areas."

There is no free will :).

I also found another analysis that's less humorous but useful:
Bloginality: the INTJ personality

November 20, 2003

Top 10 Internet Fads || Top Ten Internet Fads

Any others people care to add? Two posters on Kuro5hin (Frozen North and MSBob) suggested Friendster and Frames, which both seem to be good candidates. I would also add live streaming video, and possibly AOL.

May 29, 2003

Matrix Persona

Aw yeah, I'm Neo.

You are Neo
You are Neo, from "The Matrix." You
display a perfect fusion of heroism and

What Matrix Persona Are You?
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May 22, 2003

DnD Alignment

Results of the alignment test:

me: neutral
amanda: neutral good
will: chaotic evil (i should be frightened of this one)

May 17, 2003

Political compass

Just took the political compass test. If I read their graphs right, then I'm most like the Dalai Lama.

The results aren't too accurate, as I felt the questionaire used too much connotation rather than denotation. It also referred to specific programs rather than the abstract ideas of the programs (thus making it difficult to agree with a statement about a program that I believe is poorly implemented).

Where do you lie?