Archive for November, 2007

Forget Puff the Magic Dragon, all the Whos in Whoville are a bunch of…

November 29, 2007

…pot heads. That’s right. The Whos in Whoville are a bunch of potheads. Originally written in 1957 by Dr. Seuss, he apparently ushers in the smoke-filled era of the 60’s with his seemingly innocent book, How the Grinch stole Christmas!, which was later turned into a cartoon in 1966. The whole premise of the story is about how “The Man” (the Grinch) is trying to be a buzz-kill by taking away all the “presents” (i.e. drugs and drug paraphernalia) of the Whos. I guess, at least in the beginning, this story was more of an intervention than anything else. The Grinch was trying to do the right thing. Unfortunately, as most Hollywood stories go, the poor Grinch succumbs to the peer pressure, joins in, and apparently enjoys his decision. To make matters worse, Max, the dog, (obviously the existential manifestation of the Grinch’s conscience), also joins in. Perhaps to symbolize the Grinch totally giving himself over?

So what evidence do I have for this? Well, they are as follows and I quote, “Then he slunk to the icebox. He took the Whos’ feast! He took the Who-pudding! He took the roast beast! He cleaned out that icebox as quick as a flash. Why, that Grinch even took their last can of Who-hash!” Q.E.D.

So how did I come up with such an outlandish idea? Well, I was sitting on the couch, stuffing my face with Cheetos while watching the Grinch yesterday and, you get the rest.

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I guess it’s time for really late Spring cleaning.

November 29, 2007

Ya, I guess I should get around to doing this. It’s kinda like when you move and a year later you still have boxes around? Some time ago, the good people at WordPress finally decided to stop hitting themselves with the silly stick and separate “categories” from “tags”. It’s like what css did for html, which allowed you to separate the appearance and structure of a document from it’s content. This little switch allows you to separate the organization of your articles from their description. End result? No more mile long category lists, duh. So over the next few weeks, months, years, decades, I suppose I should get around to fixing my stuff to reflect this leading-edge technological innovation. Uuuh. Good thing I don’t have hundreds of articles.

I spent $270k on a woolly mammoth coffee table! What else would I spend it on?

November 25, 2007

So I actually saw this story on the BBC two days ago and thought it was interesting. But then, the NBC nightly news decided to steal my idea and talk about it first. I mean, yes, ultimately we are both stealing the story, but, hey, 1) I’m a small fry and 2) at least I’m not claiming authorship, so there.

Wow, talk about being a few years behind. Seems the nouveau riche in Russia are going through the pangs of excess that the obscenely wealthy in the US went through in the ‘80s. Recently, the “Millionaire Fair” was held in Moscow. Among the diamond-encrusted Mercedes, helicopters, and luxury properties, stood my future prize possession, the Siberian woolly mammoth coffee table. Not particularly impressive for $270 thousand clams, but just think of the status symbol aspect. Hmm, status symbol.

 

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But, seeing as how all my other furniture is made of baby whale’s teeth, it wouldn’t really go with the décor. So, I decided to pass. Oh, and if you wanted to read the story you’ll find it here.

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Well, I’m back. No, no, please… hold your applause.

November 24, 2007

Yes, after a brief period of laziness, I’m back to the blather. I got distracted with other interesting things and thus refrained from polluting this here intraweb with more of my pointless drivel. But no more! I’m back. So much to whine/talk about.

Actually, one of those interests is more of a reemerging interest. I like web technologies. I like playing around with web sites. And more recently, I’ve become interested in attracting those fickle little web arachnids. Or as you might know them, search engine spiders (or bots). Seems pretty cool. So cool in fact that I’m running a little experiment. I want to see if I can get a decent ranking in Google for a few terms (or keywords). Rather than further dilute this aimless blog, I decided to start up another one over on blogspot (deadgrasshopper.blogspot.com). That’s were I will document my adventures in being an SEO monger, and scrape my own content to try to entice those web varmints to come by and sniff around. So if you should be looking around this blog and see a completely unrelated link (called a non-contextual link), oh, I don’t know, say, at the bottom of one of my articles, that will be one of hopefully many feeble attempts on my part to lay some spider bait. Here spidey, spidey, spidey…

(psst) Don’t look now, but I think there is one right below us.

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