Sunday, February 28, 2010

It doesn't matter how well you plan or prepare, you never have enough slotted spoons.

Saturday, February 27, 2010

Friday, February 26, 2010

Thanks Mother Nature. I dunno what's worse: only having two trainees show up, or having them show up for class at Shoney's.

Thursday, February 25, 2010

Oh man something's wrong with me. I'm mad because I had to miss a day of work because of the snow. I'm scared for me.

Wednesday, February 24, 2010

The hot guy teaches forestry not farming. Either way I'm gonna ask if he wants to join the PTA - Peen Ticklers After school.

Tuesday, February 23, 2010

Full circle nightmare: I have to teach my class this week at the Vo-Tech. Plus side: the farming teacher is hot.
5am can eat a twat, doo dah doo dah...

Monday, February 22, 2010

#ShutterIsland is a pretty good movie. If you pay attention to details you won't be unprepared for the twists.
My laundry list of complaints is all about laundry. It's done now so I'm going to bed.

Saturday, February 20, 2010

Friday, February 19, 2010

Sometimes I feel like less of a geek 'cause I'm not all that into video games.

Thursday, February 18, 2010

Aw, poor ol' Goober D. Beagle. He's been constipated for days and can barely eat. Poor guy is miserable.
Aside from #FifthElement how many other sci-fi comedies have there been? Spaceballs, Pluto Nash, Ice Pirates, Galaxina... what else?

Wednesday, February 17, 2010

So Scotland is to blame for golf AND curling? I can't even begin to think of an appropriate punishment for them.

Tuesday, February 16, 2010

Monday, February 15, 2010

Oh internets, you never fail to disappoint

Okay, so I've abandoned Livejournal for the most part. I still check in and see what my friends are up to but I doubt I'll ever make a post there again - aside from linking to this. The reason for the switch is that LJ quit taking posts from other sites, most notably and I don't know the technical term what that service is but I like being able to text a little post to ping and then have them send it to my various social media and my blog. Maybe there's a site that LJ will accept posts from but I can't be bothered with all that research.

For a while now all of my internet activities have been letting me down. Twitter used to be a fun place to see random things from various people but now that retweeting is so easy to do I have to weed through all the stuff other people think I should see. Somedays I have to sift through pages of retwees now. And Facebook is such a toilet. It seems like every time the seasons change you can expect FB to completely screw up their site even further. The newest change over there has pretty much wiped out the filtering I did. Now I'm back to seeing everybody's damn vampire mafia farms and having to re-hide and delete them. If it weren't for the few people I've reconnected with that I actually wanted to reconnect with I'd frag my account there and never look back.

And speaking of connecting with people, trying to meet people online has been completely fruitless. Well, not completely, I have three prospective meet ups - I see no point in calling then dates at this juncture - in the works but trying to arrange things with all the shitty weather and job schedules (yes I have one, a really good one, no I won't discuss it) has been nearly impossible. But three out of dozens is not a good average. It's not like I'm super picky. I was just trying to find people with mutual interests who didn't think I was awful and maybe wanted to meet up and just hang out. With our clothes on. Turns out if you try to steer things away from the sex talk then you're a jerk who's not interested or thinks he's too good for them, but if you engage in any flirty banter then you're a jerk who's leading them on when you don't run right out at 2am to meet them for sex. For the record, I've done that before. I have no problem with sleazy fun hook ups but I also have obligations and things I gotta do.

But really, the main fault lies with me. It's not so much that the places I go to on the web are a let down but I can't figure out how to get the best use of them. I look over FAQs and how-tos but it all just makes no sense any more. I read about various apps and widgets and they either make zero sense or seem like they'd be no use to me, like the streamer things you put on your bicycle handlebars. They look nice but are of no real benefit. Then somebody comes along and explains it to me and oh, I think I might actually need it after all. For the record again, I never learned how to ride a bike. One of my friends got me a Wordpress account and domain name and all I was ever able to do was change the back ground color. I couldn't even find the place where you drop in HTML tags to make changes to the layout. Not that I'm an HTML whiz by any means but I do know a little bit and how to play around with it.

At this point I need to point out that I'm not going for a woe-is-me tone with this post. I'm just kvetching. I'm not feeling sorry for myself at all. At the very least I possess above average intelligence. And I'm handsome. I am, however, worried about my light bulb moment taking longer to happen than it used to. And not just with tech stuff, in a recent training class for the new job there were several moments when I couldn't grasp the variables and procedures for how to fill out a certain form. A very easy form. We didn't get any hands-on follow up, just had to read about it, but still... It's something I used to be able to snooze through. And yeah, I'm 40 now, my body and brain aren't gonna work like they did when I was 20. I get that. They didn't work that well when I was 20 but I was definitely a bit quicker on the uptake than I seem to be now.

Aw dammit, does this mean I'm gonna have to start working harder at things and putting effort into learning stuff? Now I am feeling sorry for myself.

Saturday, February 13, 2010

Oh tuna salad sammich that I make better than anybody, if anything gives me mercury poisoning I hope it's you.
Oh butter-fried doughnuts, if anything gives me a heart attack I hope it's you.

Thursday, February 11, 2010

Wednesday, February 10, 2010

The tracks I made in the snow two hours ago are almost completely gone now.
Pfft #Facebook, no matter how hard you try I can't hate you anymore than I already do.

Tuesday, February 9, 2010

In the original #StarTrek history canon whatever, did the #Enterprise have a captain between Pike and Kirk?

Monday, February 8, 2010

OH COME ON #LotS! You couldn't have somehow put Nicci's hahn into Leo and made him drop out to get Pottered?
I've been dreaming a lot about kitties lately, none I've ever owned. Usually they're just regular kitties but sometimes they compliment me.

Sunday, February 7, 2010

Friday, February 5, 2010

There And Back Again: A Chinese Take-Out Tale
Uh-oh, how many crazy theories has that #Fringe typo kicked off? Also, holy shit that was weird. I love the bits before the title rolls.
There's a bird outside I've never heard before but it shuts up whenever I try to zero in for a look.

Thursday, February 4, 2010

My thoughts on LOST

Having missed all of Season 5, and then just watching that hour long recap of the entire show, I didn't feel like I had missed anything and actually liked the LOST premier. All the stuff I had missed made it kinda feel like Season 1 again, with all the not really knowing what the hell was going on.

I had heard that at the end of last season a nuke was detonated in attempt to change history and prevent the plane crash etc. I have no problem with alternate time lines. That's a staple of comic books and sci-fi TV shows, and it makes for a really good story when it's done well. My concern was that it wouldn't be done well, it would be dumbed down in an attempt to be accessible to all the viewers who aren't big geeks like me. All last season I heard lots of gripes about all the jumping around through the plot was doing and I started to really worry.

So we start off with the altered timeline where the plane doesn't crash, and in fact we get a glimpse of the ruins of the island under the sea. Then we go back to the original timeline and discover that, in the past, the nuke did it's job and somehow didn't kill anybody but instead pushed them forward to the present so now all the crash survivors are now in the same place and time. The show is, I'm guessing, going to split its time between the original continuity of the crash and the altered history where the plane lands safely but everybody ends up being 'lost' in their regular lives. And since we see the sunken island it's a safe bet that somehow the crash survivors are going to destroy the island in the past. Either that or the island is just hibernating and waiting to surface for when the Altered people figure out something is wrong and go looking for it.

This definitely isn't the show I thought I started watching years ago. It definitely could have benefited from a more consistent planning phase during the early stages of preproduction. Granted, if your actors flake out and you can't keep them around then a lot of what you have planned has to be reworked or scrapped entirely. But even then the show still managed, at least in all the eps I've seen, keep the plot moving forward with new characters and plot twists. And yeah, a lot of the new developments have been bugnuts crazy. We started out with a group of people marooned on a mysterious island where odd and creepy things happened and ended up with the island possibly being sentient and able to time travel and re-animate the dead. Oh, and some kind of embodiments of good and evil live there, too. And I'm fine with that. After 40 years of Star Trek and comic books none of that is new to me.

The thing, for me, that brings it all home has been the characters being well developed and acted by a great cast. If the characters and their motivations weren't believable then the show wouldn't work at all no matter how well any of it was explained. We call that show Heroes. And I know lots of people hate Ben and Juliet but I think they're two of the most compelling characters I've ever seen on TV, or anywhere really. And the actors give such intensely nuanced performances that I've been willing to overlook the short comings of the story just to watch them do their thing. I'm sad to see *SPOILER* Juliet go, but I'm sure she'll be back at some point before the show finally wraps.

All in all, I'm glad I started watching LOST again. I may not ever go back and check out Season 5 but I don't think it will affect my enjoyment of the show one way or other. No, it's not perfect, yes there are flaws with the narrative, but when all is said and done I think we'll look back and be glad we watched. Unless it has an ending like Battlestar Galactica.