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1.31.2004

TMI?
I think out of all the sensations a human can encounter, frozen nose hairs have to be the weirdest.

1.30.2004

Still waiting
Just saw School of Rock comes out on DVD March 2... that's two long. Also, Matrix Revolutions comes out April 6. I'm looking forward to watching all three together and making more sense of some things.

Legibility
I think there are some things on earth God puts here to keep us humble. One area He does this is in small pieces of technology. For instance, the electronic signature devices used by some stores, UPS, etc. They are effective and beneficial but I cannot work them worth anything. My signature is already bad enough; but when I put it on one of those things and it gets a million times worse. Is this problem just with me or does everyone struggle with them?

1.27.2004

Foil
This is awesome.

Another Win for Skinny Jay

To celebrate his victory, John F. Kerry reinacted his favorite Kids in the Hall sketch, "I'm crushing your head!"

1.25.2004

Stupid Computer III: The final rant
Well... after much consideration this weekend. I'm come to the understanding that I'm just stuck with a crappy computer. And furthermore, one that refuses to be fixed. I can't work on it long enough to accomplish anything without it freezing. But, I'm too worried about my car dying to put the money into a new computer. So... that's life I guess. But I promise to stop talking about this. At least for a little while :-)

PS - Sorry all of these posts came at once. I had some weird problem publishing my blog this weekend.

1.24.2004

Stupid Computer II
So as if to provoke me into spending my money on a computer even faster, my computer has froze three times in about a half hour today. First as I was shopping for a new computer, 2nd I was I was watching a DVD, and 3rd as I was running Windows Update hoping that might fix the freezing. It's also frozen while watching video files, checking e-mail, browsing the web, while the screen saver was on, while the screen saver was turning on, while the screen saver was turning off, playing games, moving the mouse with no programs open, typing papers, writing blog entries, and while absolutly nothing was happening and I wasn't even here... the list goes on and on leaving to clue as to what is causing it. It's so, so frustrating....

1.23.2004

Stupid Computer...
Sigh... my computer is really trying to make me kill it. Every time I think it's finally fixed and it hasn't frozen for a couple days, suddenly it will freeze five times in one day. I have NO idea what's wrong with it but I'm scared to reformat.... ugh.

UPDATE: Shopped around at dell.com, build a nice desktop for $1,512. Only $46 a month... If only I had the money...

UPDATE UPDATE: After playing with some numbers I think I might just be able to afford it.

Down with the System
Five classes worth of books at the MVNU Bookstore: $529.00 with tax. Getting all but one book on half.com $248.97. Total book prices being $200 less then orginally thought: priceless.

1.22.2004

End of an Era
Don't know if any of your watch/follow Friends, but if you do, here's some humorous fake endings to the series.

1.20.2004

Iowa

Ladies and Gentleman of Iowa, it gives me great uncertainty and makes me a little queasy to introduce your winner of the caucus, Skinny Jay Leno.

1.19.2004

Movies
Because I often talk about movies on this blog, I thought I'd post my article from the this month's Lakeholm Viewer looking back at the movies released in 2003. Enjoy.

Super Bowl
New England 23, Carolina 17

Along Came Polly
In case you don't know, Along Came Polly stars Ben Stiller and Jennifer Aniston and is about a risk analyst who's wife (Debbra Messing, Grace of Will and Grace) cheats on him... on the first day of their honeymoon.
For a comedy, this movie has very deep characters with real personalities that really work. It's not something you find often. It's rather funny, too with a great plot. Overall it's very enjoyable. The only thing I didn't really like is that Philip Seymour Hoffman, whom I normally like (he was enjoyable in Almost Famous, Patch Adams, and The Big Lebowski), was too much like Jack Black in this movie. It was like he was playing Jack Black playing Sandy Lyle (the movie's character). Maybe it's just because it's a part that JB would normally play, but it was still annoying. But like I said, it's a good movie. Although it's hard to feel bad for Ben Stiller's character towards the end when he has to choose between his wife or new "fling." When you have to pick between the two most attractive women on Must-see-tv Thursdays, it's pretty much win-win. :-)

Long weekend.
Friday evening I ran some errands then went to dinner. A group of us were more than willing to put off our homework and such, so we stayed in the cafeteria talking for just under 2 hours and were the last ones to leave. After that, I headed down to the newspaper office and put in about three hours.
Yesterday was much better. I got up and was going to play basketball with the guys but both gyms were taken by the baseball team (I hate our schools lack of facilities). So I went back to my room and woke up some more. Later Alexis and I went down to Columbus. Stopped at Polaris to shop around The Great Indoors and see what we could get with the gift cards I got for Christmas, but didn't really see anything we could decide on (or afford) so we passed. Then it was down to Dublin to spend some of our Tumbleweed gift certificates. That is a great resteraunt. I'd only been there once before and it has been a couple years so I didn't remember how good it is. After splitting mexican egg rolls, I had ribs, deep-fried corn on the cob, and texas 'taters. Good... good good good. Quite unheathly, but good. Last we went to Easton, shopped around a bit and then saw Along Came Polly. I'm going to put my review of this in a seperate post, which you might have already read.
Today overall stunk. I spend eight hours working on the newspaper, then came back and had a quick dinner with Lex (Little Ceasar's pizza, yum. and she made some pretty good spagetti to go with it) then I came back and wrote a paper for my senior colloq class. Needless to say, I'm tired of looking at computers.

1.16.2004

Words for Daily Living
This month's entry for oddest comparison of the year:
"Sex is not merely a moment of pleasure, like eating a candy bar, but a character-shaping action." from Kingdom Ethics, by Stassen & Gushee, Page 292

1.15.2004

It is now Jan. 15th. That means Alexis and I are getting married one year from today... strange thought. Good. But strange. :-)

1.13.2004

Ohio Winter
I'm tired of cold without snow. I hate cold, unless there is snow with it. And the dandruff stuff on the ground this morning doesn't count.

1.12.2004

Watching the Foosball
Wow, that was one of the best football weekends I can remember. A few of my apartmentmates and I watched all four games, missing only about an hour of the Indy game to play basketball and some time here and there for meals. Good times.
My picks for next week:
Indy can't stand the cold and unfortunatly falls to New England 16-10
Carolina continues it's ridiculous streak and shuts down McNabb in a 21-7 win

1.11.2004

Say no to homework pt. 2
MY LIFE AS A MOVIE: THE SOUNDTRACK
OPENING CREDITS: "Simple Man" - Leonard Skynard
WAKING UP SCENE: "Wake Up Call" - Relient K
AVERAGE DAY SCENE: "Island in the Sun" - Weezer
BEST FRIEND SCENE: "Magic Carpet Ride" - Steppenwolf
FIRST DATE SCENE: "Are you Gonna be my girl" - Jet
FALLING IN LOVE SCENE: "You'll be in my Heart" - Phil Collins
LOVE SCENE: "To Make You Feel My Love" - Garth Brooks
FIGHT WITH FRIEND SCENE: "Break Stuff" - Limp Bizkit
FIGHT WITH SIGNIFICANT OTHER SCENE: "Meloncholy and the Infinite Sadness" - Smashing Pumpkins
BREAK UP SCENE: "Everybody Hurts" - REM
GET BACK TOGETHER SCENE: "Can't Fight The Feeling Anymore" - Steve Perry
FIGHT AT HOME SCENE: "Brain Stew" - Green Day
"LIFE'S OKAY" SCENE: "Hey Ya" - Outkast
HEARTBREAK SCENE: "Under the Bridge" - Red Hot Chili Peppers
MENTAL BREAKDOWN SCENE: "Hurt" - Johnny Cash
DRIVING SCENE: "H to the Izzo" - JayZ
MAKEOUT SCENE: "Come What May" - Moulin Rouge
LESSON LEARNING SCENE: "Crash" - Dave Matthrews Band
DEEP THOUGHT SCENE: "Lights" - Journey
FLASHBACK SCENE: "Dream On" - Aerosmith
PARTY SCENE: "Bounce" - System of a Down
HAPPY DANCE SCENE: "Jump on it" - Sir Mix-a-lot
REGRET SCENE: "Good Riddance (Time of Your Life)" - Green Day
LONG NIGHT ALONE SCENE: "Glycerine" - Bush (Possibly Instrumental)
DEATH SCENE: "Something is Calling You" - Nora Jones
CLOSING CREDITS: "Comedown" - Bush, "Photgraph" - Weezer, "Tiny Dancer" - Elton John, "No Leaf Clover" - Metallica, "We're not gonna make it" - The Presidents of the USA

Wow, I spent WAY too much time on this. But it was a lot of fun. There's some other songs I would have liked to put in, but I really, really need to do homework now.

1.10.2004

Say no to homework
FIRSTS
First best friend: Um, Angela Pocock
First car: 92 Ford Explorer. I miss it dearly
First date: Um... DHS football game in 8th grade?
First real job: Das Dutch Kitchen, dishwaster
First self purchased album: first CD was Boyz II Men - CooleyHighHarmony
First piercing/tattoo: Senior year, High school
First enemy: I'll go with... math
First big trip: Michigan
First play/musical/performance: The Night Before Christmas - Beach City Methodist Church... interesting story behind this one
First band you remember hearing in your house: nooo idea.

LASTS
Last big car ride:
Last good cry: not sure
Last library book checked out: Pocket Idiot's Guide to Being a Groom
Last movie seen: Theater - Stuck on You, DVD - Ocean's Eleven
Last beverage drank: Milk to go with...
Last food consumed: A cookie
Last phone call: Lex, last night
Last tv show watched: ER, last night
Last time showered: about five hours ago
Last shoes worn: Adidias tennis shoes
Last cd played: Trans-Siberian Orchestra - Beethoven's Last Night
Last item bought: Four books from relevantbooks.com
Last soda drank: Dr. Pepper
Last ice cream eaten: Rocky Road
Last time wanting to die: Dunno
Last time scolded: Um... dunno
Last shirt worn: I'm currently sporting a blue AE tee
Last website visited: um... that would be blogger.com as I type that, but I got this from Nate's Blog before I came here

A - Age: 21
B - Best Quality: Creativity
C - Choice Of Meat: Hamburger, but Turkey is a close second
D - Dream Date: I might say dinner, a concert, then back to watch a movie at home
E - Ex: haven't had one of those for over 4 years
F - Favorite Food: I'll go with pizza
G - Greatest Accomplishment: Not throwing this computer out the window as of yet
H - Happiest Day of Your Life: November 8, 2003, May 25, 2000, and January 3, 2003 are all up there on the list
J - Job title: Managing Editor of The Lakeholm Viewer
K - Kool-Aid: Blue is good
L - Love: Complicated, tough at time, but always worth it
M - Most Valued Thing I Own: I was actually thinking about this the other day, I really don't own anything I couldn't live without. So... I'll say my new OSU Framed picture I got for Christmas, cuz it's pretty cool.
O - Outfit You Love: hooded sweatshirt, jeans
P - Pizza Topping: pasta sauce and cheese, can't have pizza without 'em
Q - Question you want to ask: Is it time to watch football yet (checks clock) 15 minutes to go
R - Red is what: a color. my favorite. but seriously, there's no better R out there?
S - Sport To Watch: Football, preferably college
T - Television Show: Friends, but moving more towars Scrubs
U - Unique habit: Trying to do other things whilst brushing my teeth, such as put things away, close the toothpaste tube, type/send e-mail
V - Very bad habit: staying up too last
W - Winter: pretty tired of it. there's been too much cold, not enough snow
X - X-rays you've had: dental... some on my arm I think
Y - Year Born: 1982
Z - Zodiac Sign: Taurus the bull, try and act suprised.

Tunes
I'm frustrated with the music world. Why? We can't download MP3's for free because it's illegal, but the alternative for free music is the radio. And these days, the radio sucks. The only station I can really get here on campus that I enjoy (besides the campus radio station which has good music, but also a lot of stuff I don't like so much) is the local KISSFM station which plays about 10 songs over and over with one different one in between. I'm not much for cliches but this is a fine place for the old rock and a hard place saying. I can't afford to buy MP3's, even at .99 a song. I can't afford CD's, but I don't want to buy them anyways because usually the one good song that's on the radio is the only good song on the CD (Outcast's Speakerboxx/The Love Below which I recently got from the library has exactly one good song per disk, they are both on the radio.) but listening to it on the radio kills it because it's overplayed too much. So I'm stuck to whatever cds are currently available at the Knox County Library and reluctantly flipping on KISFM every now and then. I'm just glad my one friend that's on there that I went to school with mixes things up and puts in a good variety. Unfortunatly, he's on in the evening when I'm usually not around to listen to it. Ok, venting over.

1.9.2004

Pigskin
Should be a great weekend of football. Here's my picks:
Indy wins easily at KC
New England defends it's home turf and beats the Titans by a touchdown
Green Bay keeps rolling and takes down the Eagles by three scores
St. Louis keeps it's home winning streak alive and squeaks out a win over the Panthers

New Look
That template I had never grew on me. Plus it's only about two week until my blog's 2nd birthday, so I thought it was time for a hip new look. This one is rather different than all the other's I've had. I like it. It's friendly.
Also, my new IM screenname is ornerystreak23. Just in case you were interested.

1.7.2004

I'm trying to come up with a new IM name. I've been trying for two months and haven't been able to come up with somehting I really like. I did however come up with this new name for my blog while I was at it.

Anyone have any suggestions?

1.6.2004


And McDonald's wonders why they were in the red for the first time in 2002 and didn't do much better last year. Their ads keep getting worse and worse. The "Bizarre but good" thing was bad enough. But now this poor wording? What's next?

My class isn't as bad as I thought it would be. We don't have to write a 15 page paper like other sections of the class. We only have to do 4 2-4 pagers. Not bad at all. There's a lot of reading that we have to turn in notes for. But that's not too bad. We do have a lot of extra time.

Well, I'm back at the Naz. I start my class tomorrow. Something I don't think I've mentioned is Chris is on a bike trip (they're biking from San Fran down to LA and across to Pheonix) so for the second January in a row, I'll be without a roommate. I like the time to myself and quietness. Good times.

1.3.2004

I'm still here. Just not a lot to talk about. Been working on wedding planning, watching football, cleaning out old stuff in my room, etc. Christmas was really good. New Years Eve was fun. Monday it's back to school for J-term and Senior Colloquium. It's an advanced philosophy kind of class that involves debates and a huge paper. Fun fun.

So anyways, just wanted to put something here. Hope everyone is enjoying their 2004 so far.