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June 4, 2007

Omigosh, bp posted a blog entry

Congratulations to bp on his second blog post of 2007... as well as his public announcement of accepting to the CMU HCI program.

July 17, 2006

Congrats bapp and jlpp

Bryan and Joy Wedding-04

'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.

June 22, 2006

Lost socks

sock-1

This sock is looking for its home. Can you help find it?

It's a very nice sock, barely used, about a size 7 woman's. It looks very warm.

April 26, 2006

sorry, littlestar

Someone told me that your bunny wasn't evil enough, so I put lasers on it:

laser bunny

May 31, 2005

Congrats pqbon and tonya

'twas a beautiful wedding and great time to celebrate your future together

May 25, 2005

Katamari Damacy (Evil Cute III)

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.

May 15, 2005

Congrats

congrats

April 5, 2005

For all you urban planners...

horizonline's blog has been launched on movabletypo.

December 28, 2004

Meet the Feebles

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):
kwc

redchilipepper:
rcp

d (who claims this is far too girly):
devon

honeyfields in work mode and winter mode (she is now using the avatar tool to choose future haircuts):
honeyfields honeyfields

parakkum (with the only semi-anglo face available):
parakkum

metamanda (oldie but goodie):
meta

Kenji and Justin did their own:
kenji justin

December 17, 2004

Hi

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December 3, 2004

The almighty water filter

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...

November 14, 2004

Saturday

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...

October 30, 2004

Go Ginfiend!

ginfiend

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:

meta victory

October 22, 2004

Anime personas

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:

The one's that kenji and justin generated are pretty good also.

October 21, 2004

Zombie party

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.

photo photo

September 27, 2004

Congrats Paul and Emily

Your wedding was a great conclusion to a great weekend. Congratulations and have a great honeymoon!

September 25, 2004

Don't F#$! with honeyfields

movie stillJoey 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.

Continue reading "Don't F#$! with honeyfields" »

July 30, 2004

Stat scrapin'

This post and this post are examples of why its always worth surfing through your Web server stats.

July 29, 2004

Burning poo

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?

and

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.

and finally,

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

June 3, 2004

Congrats Will and Tonya

Our Weekend...

It's romantic that two people could come together so long ago, be broken apart forcibly, go their separate ways, and then over the course of time find their lives pull back together again.

On the selfish side, I wish there was a betting pool on this one. I think I could've won :).

April 30, 2004

Bowling for DCMA

For your Friday amusement (thanks Eric).

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April 28, 2004

Blue Monday Wednesday

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:

photo photo Open 24 Hours sign offered as blue reference point

Continue reading "Blue Monday Wednesday" »

April 23, 2004

meta's new groove

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.

photo photo

March 23, 2004

Flame wars

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.

My apologies.

January 17, 2004

Fire! Fire!

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.

December 30, 2003

Ditto

Hmmm, metamanda says:

Goonley and I are going to try to googlebomb CShell with the phrase "pervy man fancier".
whatever could she be trying?

December 29, 2003

Ugly sweaters

photo photo

November 6, 2003

Thanks meta

Thanks to metamanda, I have great, sometimes delusional, episode summaries for the kmms:

- Movies: Buffy: Season One
- Movies: Buffy: Season Three
- Movies: Buffy: Season Four

October 29, 2003

Congrats pqbon

He just got a new Triumph 2002 Daytona, so here are some license plates to commemorate this occasion:

Continue reading "Congrats pqbon" »

October 27, 2003

Closer to home

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.

June 27, 2003

Marathon Update

Season Four has been delivered to Amanda, but Season Three is still giving her a run for her money. She's done five episodes in four hours, which seems like pretty good progress. Here are some photo updates:
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So it begins...

Amanda's Buffy marathon is afoot:

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June 17, 2003

Hogue spotting

I would hate to ruin hogue's google search, but in keeping with his goal of becoming a credible AI researcher, here is a link to Andrew Hogue.

June 11, 2003

BP makes the Wired 40

Congrats BP! You're on Wired's "Wired 40" list:

[26] BP
Expanding gas giant

Not a very flattering description however.

Wired 11.07: THE WIRED 40

June 9, 2003

metamanda x 2

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...

May 28, 2003

Congrats Jeff

Co-worker/pyro Jeff Breidenbach made it to the front page of Slashdot courtesy of Leigh Klotz with his GlyphChess program. I'm so honored to be in the presence of geek celebrity. * PARC GlyphChess page * Slashdot Article

March 19, 2003

Congrats Josh

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!

January 27, 2003

Zealot is popular II

Maggie's real birthday is the 27th, so we all had dinner at Brother's in the city. Mmm, Korean BBQ....

January 25, 2003

Zealot is popular

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.

September 2, 2002

Adventures of Hannaman and Supannamatcha

(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: So?
S: Wuss

H: Supannamawesome baby!
S: More like Supannamazing

H: Supanna-mocha?
S: I prefer Spumoni