annual media roundup media

January 3, 2018
My annual Media Wrapup, mostly all the media I consumed fully during the year. Disappointing stuff in grey, Stuff that met expectations in black, really good stuff in red, really great stuff in red and bold. (Each category name has the count and then how the count differed from the year before.)

Movies at the Cinema (4 (-2))
Wonder Woman, The Dark Crystal, Blade Runner 2049, The Last Jedi
Always surprised to see how rarely I get to the cinema. Seeing "The Dark Crystal" on one of the last 2 70MM prints was amazing, hadn't seen it before.

Movies on Video or Streaming (33 (--))
What We Do in the Shadows, Raise the Red Lantern, Mistress America, There Will Be Blood, Make Happy, Backbeat, The Third Man, Henry and June, The Commitments, Dave Chapelle: Age of Spin, Louis CK 2017, The Matrix, Old Baby, Get Out, Rory Scovel Tries Standup for the First Time, Ladyhawke, Enter the Dragon, Immigrant, Whisky Tango Foxtrot, Quest for Fire, Bringing Up Baby, Ghostbusters, Iron Sky, Blade Runner, Baby Driver, Arrival, Trolls, Chappie, Atomic Blonde, Dr. Strange, Guardians of the Galaxy Vol 2, The Maltese Falcon, Stooger Things
"What We Do in the Shadows" and "Baby Driver" are stronger than average 4s, and it was nice seeing some of my all time favorites "Backbeat" and "Henry and June" with Melissa.

TV Show Seasons (10 (-2))
Black Mirror Season 2, It's Always Sunny in Philadelphia, Better Off Ted Season 2, Girls Season 6, Better Off Ted Season 2, Drawn Together Season 1, Difficult People Season 1, Black Mirror Season 3, Game of Thrones Season 7, Rick and Morty Season 3
"Black Mirror" is the real standout here; it's like the twilight zone for our time. Rick and Morty has some greatness too it as well, and for similar reasons.

Books (32 (-24))
Dangerous Visions, The Alchemist, This Is It, Predisposed, Another Bullshit Night in Suck City, Norse Mythology, Front-End Developer Handbook 2017, Other Minds: The Octopus, the Sea, and the Deep Origins of Consciousness, Capek: 4 Plays, Master and Commander, Giggling Into the Pillow., The Doors of Perception, Taking Care of Red, eat pray love, Selfish, Shallow, and Self-Absorbed: Sixteen Writers on the Decision Not to Have Kids, Consciousness Explained, Bull, Go: A Kidd's Guide to Graphic Design, Priestdaddy, Kingdom Hearts II, Soft & Cuddly , Theft by Finding: Diaries (1977-2002), The Snarkout Boys and the Avocado of Death, Breakout: How Atari 8-bit Computers Defined a Generation, Astrophysics for People in a Hurry, Disrupted, Men Without Women, Essays After 80, The Old Soak and Hail and Farwell, Insanely Great, Bhagavad Gita, Quotes Every Man Should Know
Less reading done this year, though I made up for it a little with the new Audiobook section... I reread "Consciousness Explained" - it wasn't as jaw dropping as it was in 2000 or so, but it still gets nod as one of my top 5 ever books... "Bull" is a great retelling of the story of the Minotaur and the Labyrinth, worth checking out. "Priestdaddy" was excellent as well, and Sedaris' "Theft by Finding" stuck with me.

Audibooks (12 (+12))
Intuition Pumps and Other Tools for Thinking, Staring at the Sun, From Bacteria to Bach: The Evolutions of Minds, The Righteous Mind, Nothing to be Frightened Of, Talking It Over, Making Money, Love, Etc, Malagash, The Brothers Karamazov (abridged), Vacationland, Down and Out in Paris and London
So here's where I made up for my lack of books - and I actually think the format led me to take on some heavier tomes than I might have otherwise. "Staring at the Sun", with it's tales of therapy and dealing with mortality, really reintroduced me to the "theraputic hour". I'm going to lead a discussion group on "The Righeous Mind". Speaking of mortality, "Nothing to Be Frightened Of" and its dealing with the subject keeps it as one of my top 5 books and me fall in love with Julian Barnes' writing, which lead to "Talking It Over" (and its sequel "Love, Etc". "Malagash" by Joe Comeau, about a precocious coder teen coping with the impending death of her father by trying to write a computer virus that can act as his virtual ghost really stuck home.

Comic / Graphic Novel (10 (+1))
Vision 1: Little Worse Than a Man, Vision 2: Little Better Than a Beast, Deadpool Killiistrated, Deadpool Kills Marvel Universe, Punisher Kills Marvel Universe, Misc Star Trek comics, Mouth Baby, Boy's Club, Michael Rosen's Sad Book, Great Lego Sets: A Visual History
James Harvey's "Mouth Baby" is disturbing and genius and great.

Video Games (9 (+8))
Lady killer in a Bind, Star Fox Zero, Wario Ware: Smooth Moves, GTA: VC, Ghostbusters (2009), Super Mario Odyssey, Desert Golfing, Mario Party: The Top 100, Blaster Master Zero
I made a deliberate effort to play more games this year. It was great showing Smooth Moves to Melissa. Super Mario Odyssey was brilliant- really getting into the physical kinetics of stuff, which is why I play games. Blaster Master Zero was a satisfying retroromp during Christmas break.

Turns out Intel Inside is a threat, not a promise...

december 2016 new music playlist

January 3, 2017
Respectable month for new music. 4 or 5 star songs in red.

January 3, 20161sed

On my devblog Thoughts on a good presentation by Maciej Ceglowski
"Also remember: anything is a napkin if you try hard enough, all right? It'll come to you. When you need it."
--Matt Bellassai, Whine About It: Ways To Win At Thanksgiving... brilliant series of Bellassai downing a giant glass of wine and then pontificating brilliantly at his desk at work.
Wanted to include my "Just December" One Second Everyday - I loved the giant Climate rally on the 12th, and the final (for now) candle for me and UU Covenant Groups on the 15th... plus seeing my comic on the counter at Million Year Picnic on the next day...the squirrel on the 18th was pretty cool as well. And the year ended with a Jersey Shore Party... guess you had to be there!

annual media roundupmedia

January 3, 2015
The media I consumed in 2014... It's kind of weird how consistent most of the numbers are year after year, though I watched fewer videos this year. Anyway, 4 star stuff in red, stuff in red and bold are "5 star all time favorites". Gray Stuff I wish I hadn't seen.

Movies at the Cinema (14)
Robocop (Remake), Lego Movie, The Wind Rises, Her, Speed Racer, Godzilla, Chef, Edge of Tomorrow, Snowpiercer, Boyhood, Guardians of the Galaxy, The Book of Life, Anywhere Else, Action Jackson
"Her" was fantastic: romantic, a deftly subtle vision of future fashions and technology, and some deep thoughts about the Singularity. I played "Speed Racer" at my birthday party, "Anywhere Else" was a touching film I saw at the Jewish Film Festival, "Action Jackson" was a fun bit of Bollywood, though my Indian coworkers weren't too impressed.

Movies on Video (23)
Broken Flowers, Elf, Iron Sky, Tokyo Godfathers, About Last Night, Backbeat, Run Lola Run, The Way Things Go, 9, Indie Game: The Movie, Nymphomaniac Pt 1, Nymphomaniac Pt 2, Breath of the Gods, Pulp Fiction, Grosse Pointe Blank, Say Anything, The Thieves, Orange is the New Black Season 2, Buried Alive, The Sunset Limited, Wolf of Wall Street, Jim Gaffigan: Mr. Universe, Nick Offerman: American Ham
"Iron Sky" is a crazy good, or maybe just good, Finnish-Australian-German comic book of a film, Nazis on the moon. I love the Beatles story in Backbeat, and the alternate realities of "Run Lola Run"... "The Sunset Limited" was a an intriguing one-set film with Tommy Lee Jones and Samuel Jackson arguing theology. The Nick Offerman special was a great blend of sweet and absolutely filthy.

TV Shows (12)
Life's Too Short, Extras Season 1, Extras Season 2, The Office (UK) Season 1, The Office (UK) Season 2, Sopranos Season 1, Girls Season 3, Parks and Recreation Season 6,New Girl, The Mindy Project, Modern Family, Game of Thrones Season 4, Orange is the New Black Season 1
The first two were Ricky Gervais comedies I liked. Mindy Project and New Girl just make me laugh.

Books (61)
Stuck in the Middle with You, I Wear the Black Hat, A Working Theory of Love, Expanded Universe, Perv: The Sexual Deviant in All of Us , The Uncle Book, Everything That Remains, One More Thing, Breathing Machines - a Memoir of Computers, Desert Days (Meat + Greet), March of the Morons, RESTful Web APIs, Axiomatic, Design Crazy, Luminous, Oceanic, This Is How You Say Goodbye: A Daughter's Memoir, Raising Steam, Flatland, One Summer: America, 1927, Stories of your Life and Others, God is Disappointed in You, The Lifecycle of Software Objects, The Merchant and the Alchemist's Gate, The Weirdness, NAVMC 2616 Unit Leaders Personal Response Handbook, How About Never--Is Never Good for You?: My Life in Cartoons, We Are Still Married, ZZT, Think Like a Freak, The Word Exchange, Mapping Our Salvationist DNA, Defining the World, Galaga, Will Rogers: Wise and Witty Sayings of the Great American Humorist, Tibetan Peach Pie, Weird Al Yankovic Interviews, If This Isn't Nice, What Is?, Sex from Scratch, Hardcore Zen, Jagged Alliance 2, I Murdered My Library, Time Warped: Unlocking the Mysteries of Time Perception, Wetlands, A Man Without a Country, Chubster: A Hipster's Guide to Losing Weight While Staying Cool, An Occurence at Owl Creek Bridge, The Mysterious Stranger, Midpoint and Other Poems, Super Mario Bros 2, Why Does the World Exist?, Mindfulness, How Not to Calm a Child on a Plane, Wishful Drinking, The Two Cultures, Not That Kind of Girl, The Secret History of Star Wars, A Sense of the Mysterious, The Way the World Works, The Meaning of Human Existence, what if?
"Axiomatic" by Greg Egan and "Stories of your Life and Others" by Ted Chiang are two awesome sci-fi short story collections; giant ideas in concise packages. "God is Disappointed in You" is my new favorite Bible translation and "NAVMC 2616 Unit Leaders Personal Response Handbook" is an interesting historical document of the smarter and kinder side of USMC.

Comics (6)
The Beats, Alone Forver, We Are Become Pals, The Adventures of Mrs. Jesus, Andre the Giant: Life and Legend, Tomboy
Bleh, shoulda gone through more of my shelf of "comics to read". "Alone Forever" by Liz Price is just short and sweet (I love the heart candy "AT LEAST U HAVE CATS") "We Are Become Pals" (Comeau/Fink) is a sweet tale for friendship, and doesn't devolve from best friends into girlfriends.

Video Games (14)
Mario Party Advance, Earth Defense Force 2025, Thirty Flights of Loving, EDF 2025: all 3 mission packs, Saints Row the Third, Saints Row IV, How The Saints Save Christmas, 99 Bricks Wizard Academy, Just Cause 2, Idleplex, Injustice: Gods Among Us, Far Cry 3, Rogue Squadron 2: Rogue Leader, Far Cry 4
You know, a too many of these are either games I played before or sequels! I guess some of that was comfort food gaming... I was delighted by the new Earth Defense Force though, and Far Crys are a bit Bro-tastic, but it's nice to have another open world series. One that's probably going to make a buttload of sequels.

Live Shows (2)
Our Town, Spamalot
Finally saw "Our Town", a local theater in Montpelier... hadn't seen it before.


LOL Conservatives. "States' Rights! States' Rights! TOO MUCH STATES' RIGHTS! TOO MUCH STATES' RIGHTS!" (ditto "Personal Liberty")
Calories are so counter intuitive. I'm consistently startled at Panera where pastries easily top the number of calories in their really big salads. Like, this cookie should not have twice the calories of a Snickers. (My standard unit for caloric indulgence)

January 3, 2014

Ancient Greek's 6 Words for Love -- I often still feel weird about use of the word "love" for all sorts of different types of feelings and relationships. Funny that the language of Shakespeare does such a rough job of it.

January 3, 2013

One night the following winter, the old Dodge van broke down on the freeway near my house, and as I waited for a tow and the bitter cold edged in, I started playing that game I play when I'm feeling lonely, the one where I review all of my prior relationships, marveling that so many sweet, smart, pretty girls have come into my life and that I've found a way to fuck things up with every one of them. This game usually ends with me calling two or three of my exes and leaving miserable voice mails on their cell phones or their machines at home. Inevitably, one of their new beaus calls back to say, "Hey, man, I heard your message. Emilie's down in Chile for two weeks, but you sounded really down ... I just wanted to make sure you were doing all right."
--Davy Rothbart, "What Are You Wearing" from "My Heart is an Idiot"

i'm stuck on ipad, 'cause ipad's stuck on metech

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January 3, 2012

Thanks to work I'm upgrading my iPad to a 2. But I'll miss the stickers on the old guy:


"The main things which seem to me important on their own account, and not merely as means to other things, are knowledge, art, instinctive happiness, and relations of friendship or affection."
--Bertrand Russell
"Don't be both Homer and Odysseus--at least not at the same time."
--Van Webster
"When you make a mistake on the trumpet, make it a big one."
--Bob Demmon
The Rise and Rise of Javascript; I need to get into node.js and underscore.js looks intriguing...
http://kirkdev.blogspot.com/2011/12/osx-vs-windows-redux.html -- UI dev ramble on Win vs OSX modifier keys, fun fun fun!
There's some luck in every good thing that you earn. Gratitude can't be optional.
The iPad has super shitty, well nigh non-existent, bulk image select for deleting, nor anything in solution. #applefail #gimmethe4gigsback

tr8ndoodle

January 3, 2011



To this day it makes me sad that Outlook thinks a copy and pasted URL should carry font information too. (and why Times New Roman? The browser displayed it in something sans-serif, the default font for my message is Arial...)
"Boys and girls in America have such a sad time together; sophistication demands that they submit to sex immediately without proper preliminary talk. Not courting talk - real straight talk about souls, for life is holy and every moment is precious."
--Jack Kerouac, On the Road

ring-ing in the new year

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January 3, 2010

How I spent the first day of a new decade with EB's bunch and Amber:

Interesting conversation with Amber, brought Daoism into idea of coping with seasons; probably of the dao to adapt your life to slower pace of dark winter, but a mistake to let it dominate your life and totally hibernate.
I love lime and lemon juice in those plastic containers shaped like the fruit; if, say, they were only available in Japan, I would've bought dozens of them.

joustpong is like a circus

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January 3, 2009

So, lately I've been digging Britney Spear's new song Circus. And now I know why...

Here is the title screen to my original Atari 2600 game JoustPong:


And here is a (badly out of synch) fairuse excerpt from Circus, around 1:18 in...


COINCIDENCE??? I THINK SO!

Considering the inspiration for the JoustPong theme was a cross between a badly tuned toy ukulele and half-memories of what Super Mario Brothers 3 sounds like when paused (actually I think the riff is chromatic), I probably don't have too much of a case here.

Actually, other people can here the similarity, right?
rstevens It might be worthwhile comparing and contrasting the scientific controversy behind "polywater".

brr brr brr brr

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January 3, 2008

It is so cold out there. Reminded me of ducking my head into the supermarket open-topped freezers as a kid to inhale that rich ozone-y smell.

Video of the Moment

--Paper Airplane over NYC. Beautiful.

The classic paper airplane design is so elegant. I'm not sure if it's the ultimate flier but it has such great lines...


Livestock of a Past Moment
Boingboing linked to a 1934 Modern Mechanix article on Farming Frogs for Food and Profit. (I think they had a lot of odd money making scheme articles during the depression. But I wonder, what makes it seem like such a non-starter now? Is it just an aversion to eating a meat that's not mammal, fish, or bird? Or is it the legacy of the Muppet Movie, Doc Hopper and Kermit's line about all those little frugs on tiny crutches...?

nyack filler day 2

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January 3, 2007

Quotes of the Moment
"Never apply a Star Trek solution to a Babylon 5 problem."
--Everything2

"The most exciting phrase to hear in science, the one that heralds new discoveries, is not "Eureka!" but "Hmmm, that's funny ..."
-- Isaac Asimov (previously seen in my palm journal but its been a while)

"Innovation is hard to schedule."
--Dan Fylstra

"UNIX is basically a simple operating system, but you have to be a genius to understand the simplicity."
--Dennis Ritchie


pixels into cash

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January 3, 2006

Money Meme of the Moment
So some more-clever-than-me guy figured out a ridiculous way to get a million bucks from the Internet... he's selling advertising space at a buck a pixel, in 10x10 lots. The idea is so attracting enough attention that it's a good deal for him (obviously) as well as the people buying spaces, at least for now. In fact, on a (expensive) whim I bought two locations, one for kisrael.com and one for loveblender. Go to The Million Dollar Homepage, look for the dollar sign on an orange background near the bottom left corner... I put the heart there, and my portrait underneath.

The funny thing is, it's working a bit, I'm probably get 1.5 to 2 times the normal number of unique visitors on this site.

I think I bought in both with some weird voodoo that maybe I'll come up with something remotely as profitably clever, and also because working with 10x10 pixels was such an interesting challenge. It reminded me strongly of good ol' pixeltime.

Of course, the really sad thing is all the people trying to set up slight variations on the theme. "Page 2" is a prominent link above where I set up, and is trying to just do more of the same at 90 cents a block. I've seen one aimed at women, one that allowed animated GIFs (what a nightmare) and one metasite that lets you setup your own service. (Actually, something similar might not be a bad fundraiser if done correctly, a kind of shared graffiti wall, maybe with bigger squares and a built-in editor.)

Oddness of the Moment
At Harvard Square I saw some bumpersticker graffiti for Lick My Jesus, a very odd comics-from-pictures-of-ourselves-with-speech-balloons kind of site.

Historical Footnote of the Moment
Wow. The web is letting me down....last night I caught some of a documentary about Operation Archery, an early British Commando/combined forces action against Germans in Norway. They mentioned that one part of the assault was led by "Mad" Jack Churchill (no relation to Winston, though some places claim otherwise)... they say he was quite the character, leading he charge in kilt, with a claymore sword, and maybe even bagpipes, but the web really doesn't have much to say about him.

'snot funny

January 3, 2005
Quote of the Moment
"There ain't nothin' in this world that's worth being a snot over."
--Larry Wall in this sci.physics.fusion Usenet post.

Rude Awakening of the Moment
So I'm finally almost done with this book Gig: Americans Talk About Their Jobs At The Turn of the Millennium. Put out by the now sadly defunct site Word.com, it's a terrific read; all these people in different careers talking about what they do, and how. (And I have been working on this book for a long while; I think it was my "occasional" reading all the way back at my dotcom Event Zero...) Today I read the essay "Nurse", and it shattered some illusions I had about the work. Ever since my dad got his RN degree thinking he might have a job change I've had this thought "gee, if all else fails, maybe I can go to school and do that". But according to this essay, the "nursing shortage" is a bit of a myth...heh, it osunds like it's not a lack of qualified workers but a lack of HMOs and other groups wanting to shell out for enough staff. And I knew it was grueling work, but man, it sounds like in this day and age of managed costs it has gotten really, really bad. Sigh. Always a little disconcerting when your Plan...well, not Plan B, more like G or H, falls though, even if you hope you'd never need it.

Second Rude Awakening of the Moment
As far as I can tell, this isn't particularly worrisome for my current position, but the "75% of time" project I was on was canned in lieu of a different, more limited approach. Which in many ways I'm fine with; the project looked like it was biting off more than it could chew anyway, and there seems to be a lot of work here and I've acquired a lot of specific knowledge. But one thing I've learned is when other people on a project seem really lackadaisical about getting things done, watch out: either they're slackers, or they know something you don't.

new year filler day 3 (backlog flush #38) media

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January 3, 2004

Self-Absorbed Geekery of the Moment
Once again, I spent the past year recording the media I consumed: the movies I saw, the video games I (mostly) finished, the books I read. The results were surpisingly similar to the previous year: a few more books, a few more video games, fewer movies on tv.

Yes, I do realize that this is of very little interest to anyone except me (and not even much of that...I just hate the idea of utterly forgetting what I've experienced) and some hypothetical set of hardcore Kirk Israel groupies. And those theoretical groupies probably already know that you can also see the list for 2002, 2001, and 2000.

Just to make it more interesting, I've emphasized things I thought were really, really good, and you should think about seeing. (Well, stuff that's really good, and everyone hasn't neccesarily heard of.)

Sigh. I am geek. Hear me obsess.

Movies at the Cinema: (8)
Lord of the Rings: The Two Towers, Drumline, Matrix Reloaded, Yellow Asphalt, Spellbound, American Splendor, Matrix: Revolutions, Kill Bill Vol. 1
Movies on Video/DVD: (51)
Mallrats, Spiderman, Y Tu Mama Tambien, Princess Mononoke, Citizen Kane, South Park, Lost and Delirous, Casablanca, Artificial Intelligence, Evil Toons, Reign: The Conqueror, Final Stab, Time Bandits, Can't Hardly Wait, Thumb Wars, True Romance, Spirited Away, Roger Dodger, The Black Ninja, The Princess Bride, Henry and June, The Matrix, How To Lose A Guy in Ten Days, Do You Wanna Know A Secret, Office Space, Slums of Beverly Hills, Kissing Jessica Stein, Bend It Like Becham, Punch Drunk Love, The Ring, Sex and Lucia, Jackass: The Movie, Dark City, Young Frankenstein, Ice Age, Dragonfly, Hero, Ladyhawke, Yellowbeard, Duets, Kentucky Fried Movie, They Live, Old School, One Hour Photo, Monster's Ball, Terminator 3, Christmas Vacation, Life & Adventures of Santa Claus, The New Legend of Shao Lin, X2, The Hours
Movies on TV (20)
Who Framed Roger Rabbit?, Passing Glory, Cable Guy, Ballistic: Ecks vs. Sever, Shallow Hal, Saving Silverman, Behind Enemy Lines, My Cousin Vinnie, White Men Can't Jump, Swingers, Waterworld, Crazy/Beautiful, Bourne Identity, Monsters, Inc., About A Boy, Jackie Chan: My Stunts, Robocop 3, Foul Play, The Last Starfighter, Scorpion King
Video Games (20)
Seek & Destroy, Legend of Zelda: The Wind Waker, Grand Theft Auto 3, Rogue Squadron 2: Rogue Leader, Starcraft, Wario Ware, Metroid Fusion, Advance Wars 2, Timesplitters, Half Life, Diddy Kong Racing, Battletanx Global Assault, Luigi's Mansion, Rocket: Robot on Wheels, Rogue Squadron 3: Rebel Strike, Halo, Bangai-O, Jet Set Radio Future, Mario Kart: Double Dash, Star Wars: The Clone Wars
Books (45)
The User Illusion: Cutting Consciousness Down To Size, The Sky Road, Skipping Towards Gomorrah, Lucky Wander Boy, The Floating World, Extreme Encounters, Masters of Doom, Pure Drivel, Norwegian Wood, The Metamorphosis of Prime Intellect, Kavalier & Clay, Lords and Ladies, Carry on, Jeeves, If on a winter's night a traveller, The Salmon of Doubt, Into The Woods, Sourcery, The Diary of Adam and Eve, A Galaxy Not So Far Away, Creation: Life and How to Make It, Stupid Cupid, 101 Philosophy Problems, Insights, Vast, The Ultimate History of Video Games, Time Enough For Love, War Autobiography/Rememberance, Bodies In Motion And At Rest, The Electric Meme: A New Theory of How We Think, Things My Girlfriend And I Have Argued About, Love Me, Villa Incognito, Good Omens, The Wind-Up Bird Chronicle, Night Watch, Men At Arms, The Introvert Advantage, Eric, The Tao of Pooh, The Te of Piglet, American Gods, Maskerade, The Unbearable Lightness of Being, Deep Thoughts, Alpha Beta
Comics/Graphic Novels (9)
Jimmy Corrigan: The Smartest Kid on Earth, Abe: Right for all the Wrong Reasons, Clumsy:A Novel, Star Wars Infinities: The Empire Strikes Back, Too Much Coffee Man's Parade of Tirade, Hellblazer: Haunted, Astro City "Pastoral" (Local Heroes #3), Planetary/Batman: Night on Earth, National Lampoon's Truly Tasteless Cartoons: The Best of the Worst

stop scratching at that, mother nature

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January 3, 2003

Recently, I've realized that I tend to think of being able to see the grass and dirt and everything as nature's 'natural' condition, and things being covered with snow as something wrong...almost like a wound. And I'm getting the feeling that this is going to be one of those winters where that wound never quite heals...just as it seems to be getting a bit beter, bam, another storm comes along and dumps a few more inches.

Article of the Moment
My Life as a Nontraditional Ticket Reallocation Specialist. "Do not -- repeat, do not -- call me a scalper." Seems like a pretty good deal for all involved, actually.

the future and the past

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January 3, 2002

Link of the Moment
Ranjit pointed out a new service of Google: catalogs.google.com. Unlike their brilliant Usenet and image searches, this one seems pretty sketchy. If you do a search, say for "sewing machine", the results are in the form of catalog cover, page from the catalog, then a graphical close up of where the search words appear, with the words highlighted...in other words, the system is entirely based in scanned in versions of the mail-order catalog, unlike most online catalogs, which are product and database driven. Google's idea is all too freaky retro-future for me, like what some C=64 using computer geekling in 1985 would think the future of online shopping would look like.

Interview Response of the Moment
Q: So what would an intelligent car be like, for example?
A: Well, there may never be such a thing . But we used to have intelligent cars; they were called horses. And they used to know stuff that our cars don't know. They used to know where they lived and how to get home and how not to knock over people. Even how to refuel themselves. The amazing thing was that they could even make new cars. The intelligent car would be like a horse. Something that really enjoyed a good drive and prided itself on not knocking people down.
--Steve Grand, AI/A-life research and inventor of "Creatures", from this salon.com interview.

a study in contrastsfunny

January 3, 2001
One of these things is not like the other...
This is the stairmaster Mo and I have in our apartment. Mo and I decided it was worth the money to invest in our health, she knew it was an exercise she would faithfully do, and I've followed suit. It is a pinnacle of modern exercise equipment, precision engineering, with electronic programs so that it can be precisely adjusted to our precise workout needs. It cost over $2000.
This is the watercup I use when I'm on the stairmaster. It's made of not particularly durable plastic, its lid is now cracked and it still has its original straw. It was free with a value meal at taco bell.

Quote of the Moment:
"I have yet to see any problem, however complicated, which, when you looked at it in the right way, did not become still more complicated."
---Paul Anderson (via Quotations on Simplicity in Software Design via CamWorld via SVN)

KHftCEA 1998-01.1 January



It used to be that children were treated as small adults. Then there was a strong division between the child's and adult's worlds. Now the adults are acting like children, the cult of youth, feeling and acting young.
98-1-3
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