Congratulations to bp on his second blog post of 2007... as well as his public announcement of accepting to the CMU HCI program.
Congratulations to bp on his second blog post of 2007... as well as his public announcement of accepting to the CMU HCI program.
'tis a bit belated, but I wanted to say it with a photo, because they were so much fun to shoot. Sometimes photography can be hard, sometimes easy. With them it was too easy: there wasn't a second they didn't look like this was the best moment in their life (trust me, my new camera shoots 5 frames/sec -- there wasn't a second, or even 0.2 seconds... okay, maybe during that one testimonial ;) ). So, congratulations, and thanks for sharing a wonderful moment in time.
Someone told me that your bunny wasn't evil enough, so I put lasers on it:
'twas a beautiful wedding and great time to celebrate your future together
honeyfields, ln m, and I teamed up to beat Katamari Damacy (actually, it was honeyfields who did most of the work, we just came in near the end). Unlike Grand Theft Auto, Katamari is family friendly because it makes horrific death and destruction of animals, people, and towns cute.
More fun with the Yahoo! Japan avatar tool as well as some previous avatars to round out the set.
me (forgot this the first time around):
d (who claims this is far too girly):
honeyfields in work mode and winter mode (she is now using the avatar tool to choose future haircuts):
parakkum (with the only semi-anglo face available):
metamanda (oldie but goodie):
Kenji and Justin did their own:
honeyfields has this PUR water filter on her sink that lets you switch between unfiltered (dirty) water and filtered "PUR" water. If you leave the switch in the normal position you get the unfiltered water pouring out. If you twist the switch, the water gets redirected into this filter and comes out "PUR" out of another spigot.
I got to thinking that if I ever have kids, I would use the filtered faucet to teach them all about morality. When they were really young, I would explain that there's good water and there's bad water, and it takes more work to make good water, but people like good water more and they live longer drinking it; the bad water might taste more interesting, but then you'll end up sick and dying of weird diseases.
When they get a little older and start reading comic books, I'll then use the faucet to explain different models of morality. There's the Lord of the Rings model, where you either flip the switch one way and have good water or flip the switch the other way and have bad water. Then there's the Spiderman model, where you can mix the good water and the bad water by sliding the switch only partway, but the good and bad water come out of separate spigots and don't mix. And finally there's the Wolverine model, where the good and the bad water mix together and come out of one spigot.
When they're even older and are trying to work on their math homework, I'll use it to teach them the difference between discrete and continuous math...
My hypothetical kids will have issues...
Thanks and congrats to rcp -- congrats for finishing the GREs, and thanks for throwing a party to celebrate. Stephen's got quite the falsetto when it comes to karaoke...
I wanted to congratulate ginfiend on finishing his marathon -- he and meta have both shown the extraordinary ability to punish themselves, both in practice, and in how they finish. In a test of style and determination between the two, I think I have to tip my hat to ginfiend. meta didn't get her alcoholic beverage until after she crossed the finish line, and her nipples weren't bleeding through her shirt either.
meta did, however, look more victorious:
I'm posting these because I think you should all see how easy it was to generate a metamanda anime character. I generated these awhile ago using a tool that kenji pointed me at that lets you pick and choose clothing, hair, etc... (I seem to have lost the bookmark). Neither of these have been photoshopped, and I would like to point out that when I first showed this to meta over IM, she was wearing the yellow shirt.
Mine was harder. I need to at least take it into Photoshop to turn the pants green or blue or something:
nt treated us to a zombie-fest for his 30th birthday party, and really, what better way to celebrate getting old than to watch images of the walking, decaying, dead? Unfortunately, the party turned ugly when tooch became infected and started attacking nt. I didn't get a good photo of it, but I also think that's Bernadette in the yellow ripping that poor girl's heart out.
Your wedding was a great conclusion to a great weekend. Congratulations and have a great honeymoon!
Joey arranged a little shooting trip for us, which was a whole lot of fun. I haven't shot since I took the Pistol PE class in college, and I've never been able to shoot that many different firearms. There were a couple shotguns, a .44 magnum, a Desert Eagle, a Glock .40, various .22 revolvers, a Sig P226, and some other guns that I'm not gun-savvy enough to remember. The P226 was the best balance of accuracy/power of the guns I shot, though I thought the Glock .40 felt better because the grip on the P226 was a bit small for my hands. The Desert Eagle and .44 Magnum were pure entertainment.
One of the more entertaining aspects of the evening was watching honeyfields holds guns that grossly outsize her. If you're in need of entertainment, be sure to check out the video of her shooting the shotgun (click on photo above, ~5MB). You can see the range instructor come in and out of frame as he tries to position himself to catch her in case she flies backwards. There's a another clip I have of her after her first shot with the shotgun when the range instructor asks her if she wants to shoot some more and she's holding back this grin. You can e-mail me if you want the URL of that one as well as some other photos.
You can checkout photos of my target in the extended entry. It's not very interesting -- we only got one target so I had to shoot to use the whole target. I aimed at the center, left 7, right 8, top 8, and bottom 8 for the most part. We were rotating guns so we didn't get to adjust the sights, but beyond 20 feet my groupings sucked anyways and I couldn't see where I was hitting on the blue target.
Sonny, a friend of mine from high school who was way better at track than me despite his non-aerodynamic bowl haircut, has been blogging from Afghanistan, where he's been deployed as a reservist for the past two weeks. Among the highlights:
So my platoon finally hit the ground yesterday and it brought a huge smile to my face when I saw them get off the bird. Even better, they came bearing gifts. For me, they brought a pistol with a new holster. Kinda cool, huh? Of course I have no ammunition for it and I've never fired one in my life - but it's the thought that counts, right? I'm sure I'll get it squared away eventually. Plus, the bad guys can't tell, right?
I ended up riding along on my first real convoy in a combat zone today. I felt pretty safe throughout though. We ended up driving through the city, and there'd be people all around. It was strange because I hadn't really had to interact with locals at all my whole time here. But today was pretty eye-opening. As we drove through the city, the males would tend to give us scowls and dirty looks. Some of them would smile at us, but most would be either negative or neutral. The kids, though...the kids are a blast. They'd run out to the road and cheer and wave. Some of them would give thumbs up signs or that hand sign that surfers give. It felt great to see that kind of response from all of the kids. I think, for the most part, that they're doing that in the hopes that we'll throw them stuff, like candy or water or whatever else. But we've been reminded over and over again not to do that because it could cause problems with kids rushing the vehicles and causing traffic jams. Anyway, I'm back in one piece still and things seem okay.
Burning poo...there are about three or four Afghans that come in the gate every day to burn our poo for us. Oh, how I miss running water. You can see the columns of black smoke rising from the poo buckets every morning, and they burn throughout the day into early afternoon. And the smell lingers for hours. If you've never smelled it yourself, consider yourself one of the lucky ones.
You can read more of his near-daily updates at hokie.us
For your Friday amusement (thanks Eric).
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Here I thought I was going to be all clever. After I posted the teaser photos of meta's new do, I was going to wait until Monday, and then post full photos under the oh-so-clever title, "Blue Monday." Triple entendre, super bonus cleverness score, and I would be so proud of myself.
Life would not allow me that bit of blogging triumph, however. Alas, I'm afraid I lack skills of planning, and instead I write this pathetically rueful entry about my failed wit, and I now post the full photos in shame. Enjoy, as I now turn the focus of this entry back upon it's subject, meta's hair:Open 24 Hours sign offered as blue reference point
meta ran off to Europe before she had a chance to show it off to most folks, so I'll post some photos here so you can see it in its full brilliance. In order to stretch this out, here's a teaser. I'll post a full photo on Monday.
I'm going to reword this from the original post, to be less confusing, and hopefully less curiosity inducing.
Its generally bad etiquette to participate in a flame war on a blog, when the author of the blog isn't even participating, as that flame war invades that author's personal space. I breached that etiquette, and in retrospect, I should have done differently. It would be nice if there were an easier way to take a conversation that's getting out-of-hand, and move it elsewhere, an online version of "let's take this outside," or, ironically, "let's take this offline," but conversations on blogs are "sticky": they hold you there. Trackback comes close to doing this, but it's more of a technological, rather that social solution. Perhaps, someday, it will become a social convention, and someone can say "let's trackback this to my blog," and everyone will understand. But I digress.
Just found out that part of the main house of my fraternity in Boston burned. Structurally, the house sounds fine, but the lounge area on the fourth floor was burned to a crisp. Most importantly, no one was hurt. Given the cold weather, though, I can imagine what it must look like in there right now. CNN in fact had an image of a fire in New York that had been put out, and there were gigantic icicles over the firemen's heads. The cold weather seemed to be part of the problem, in fact. The sprinkler system had froze so there was nothing to put out the flames.
He just got a new Triumph 2002 Daytona, so here are some license plates to commemorate this occasion:
It's one thing to read about stories in the news, it's an entirely different experience when there's a personal connection, even if you're not directly involved. I just found out that a friend's dad had two rockets fly into his hotel room during the al-Rashid hotel attacks. He had the amazing presence of mind to take cover under a bed and escaped with his life and an injured arm, which should recover fully. My thoughts go out to my friend, his dad, and his family, who will be reunited soon.
cus anime is teh s uck - Ah, the rare opportunity to use lj as a means for serious communication.
Congrats BP! You're on Wired's "Wired 40" list:
Expanding gas giant
Not a very flattering description however.
I think it's time to update metamanda's Googlism entry. I was testing out Technorati's new text search feature that Dave Sifry released today. One of the things it turned up is that Metamanda is not alone:
nobody asked, but...
...it's a better way to feel
don't be real, be postmodern...
i want to *be* postmodern. i'd never have to feel anything again. i'd be a caricature of a caricature of myself. i'd be metamanda. i'd be the big red painting at the art institute. i'd be hypertext...
Former ASDer and Asteroids softball team member Josh Tyler got his 15 minutes of /. fame today. Here's the Nature article that his work appears in. Congrats!
Maggie's real birthday is the 27th, so we all had dinner at Brother's in the city. Mmm, Korean BBQ....
Went to Maggie's b-day party in the city. Everyone was waiting in the lobby of the Clift Hotel Redwood Room for Maggie, turns out that she was already inside having some delectabe desserts. Ended having a Tawny 20-year-old port and a Cuban something dessert that was very chocolatey and very good.
(you won't find any of these funny)
"I once caught a fish THIS BIG"
H: You turn into a real woman, right?
S: [I dunno.] You turn into a real man, right?
S: Your name means 'Flower'-man in Japanese
H: Supannamawesome baby!
S: More like Supannamazing
S: I prefer Spumoni