10:46 PM — News Unfit: All the news that's unfit to print!
I comment so frequently on stupid news articles, that I've just now created a new blog for it. Now announcing the grand opening of (drum roll)...News Unfit!
10:39 PM — Unfit News
All the time we read bizzare articles, such as the 21-year-old drunk driver who struck his passenger's head off on a telephone pole, didn't notice, continued to drive home, passed out on his parents' couch, and the next morning was rudely awoken from his hangover by a neighbor who discovered his best friend's headless body in the truck. Only rarely do we hear about the sentencing
: vehicular homicide resulting in 5 years in prison. I wonder if they revoked his license.
11:12 AM — The Darth Side
The Darth Side: Memoirs of a Monster
is an amazing blog I've recently found. In number of entries and how long it's existed, it's pretty short, but many entries are multiple screens long. As for the topic, well, it's Darth Vader's (Anakin Skywalker's) tale of the end of his days, Episode 6 I believe. It starts here
Man, I can only *wish* I wrote like that, or that I had something that inspired me to write like that. It should totally get published! It makes me want to watch Episodes 4-6 again.
10:47 AM — G-Ad-zooks!
Well, I don't think this whole Google Ad thing's gonna do that much for me--pay rate is based upon every 1,000 click-throughs (I don't *think* saying that much is against the terms of service), and I get an average of 9 page views per day (most of them me when I'm updating), and have only had one click-through so far! So... that means I have to start publicising this blog. Man, now I'm gonna be an internet whore! :-P
3:59 PM — It's not rocket science, folks!
From an actual ad for the US Navy
(I heard it on a web radio station),
"The US Navy: After all, rocket science is a lot more fun when you actually have rockets."
3:16 PM — News: Sidebar
I've now added way down in the sidebar, a set of Google Ads. Chances are, no one will ever click on them so I'll never earn a single penny, but who knows! Lots of the webcomics I read have been using them, so I was curious whether lil' ol' me with a readership of maybe 2 or 3 could actually earn anything. I highly doubt it since those 2-3 people are intelligent geeks like myself whom wouldn't accidentally click on an ad for free penis-enlarging boob-enhancing free-trial of iPod Viagra, but <shrug>... If I become a billionaire, I'll smoke a hundred-dollar bill in your honor.
Meanwhile, Blogger behaves all sorts of differently with Mozilla--it's got a tab for compose vs. edit html, and neither one wanted to let me do the "shrug" with brackets around it unless I did the html code for the brackets.
10:44 AM — Pudgy Budgie
Man, Peeper's getting FAT! She now weighs in at 83.5g, while last September she was 74g. Last time we were at the vet, back in March, she said that it was a healthy weight gain. (The vet said, not Peeper.) But now I've got this image of little Peeper sitting on her tailfeathers on a mini bird couch watching TV, pecking at the buttons on the remote control, while devouring popcorn. Not too far from the reality of her life.
Actually, she's always been a scrawny runt. 75g has been her usual weight (mass, says the physicist in me) throughout adulthood, while 90-110g is typical of cockatiels in general. Doesn't she just look so chubby? (No, not chibi
, though she's that too.)
10:21 PM — We're #1 !
According to the Massachusetts Teachers Association
- #1 in Football
- #1 in Baseball
- #49 in Public Higher Ed funding
, Massachusetts ranks #49 in per capita funding of public higher education. Keep your eyes peeled for a TV ad campaign touting this, as well as T-shirts with a big "49" on the back.Update:
Depending upon who you ask, we're either #47 (MSCA
) or #49 (MTA
At our graduation speech, the faculty representative said that we're #1 in cutting funding to public higher education. I wonder where she got that statistic from.
7:40 PM — H2G2
If you're out of the loop, H2G2 is geek-speak for HHGttG, which is itself short for Douglas Adam's cult favorite Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy
, which has taken form in a BBC radio series
, a five-book-and-one-short-story trilogy
, a TV mini-series
, and a movie
And man, I have GOT
to buy me the original BBC Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy
(in CD form). These are going into my iPod and will make the trip to CTY in July seem too short. I really am starting to like audiobooks. The three-CD set of the original series is GBP 32.97 (roughly USD 55--I'm practicing my mental conversions), with "books" 4 and 5 coming out for the first time this summer. Each CD is 2-3 hours in length.
Hm, presuming I do get them, I better not let the CTY kids know I have them, or I will never be able to shake them off me.
8:55 AM — Gravity is a Theory Einstein Disproved!
Kansas is at it again
, trying to prevent evolution from being taught in schools. At this point, I have to remind people of the scientific definition of "theory"--it means something that we have proven to the best of our ability.
Things in science can never be proven absolutely true, but they can be disproven. Evolution has not yet been disproven--sure there are other options, but none have satisfied our criteria and therefore none others are accepted. Saying something is a theory means it's as close to "true," we're as close to "sure" as scientists can be.
Gravity, on the other hand, is a disproven theory. Gravity as it is taught in school is wrong. Gravity as an inexplicable field of force (F=GmM/r^2) is NOT true. Newton's concept of gravity was disproven in the 19-teens by Einstein, aged 20 or 30.
Gravity is known to be WRONG, and we still teach it in schools. Evolution is TRUE (as far as we can tell), and yet people are trying to take it out of schools. Something's fucked up in this country.
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9:26 PM — Wanna help?
Wanna help write my final exams? I could use Multiple Choice questions (5 choices each) on Thermo, Waves/Vibrations, Optics, and E&M. One step math problems at the most; qualitative or definitions preferred. Thermo includes Ideal Gas Law, heat, and temperature conversions; Waves/Vibrations includes v=f*lambda, redshift, and standing waves; Optics includes magnification, lens types, Snell's Law, and reflection; E&M includes simple circuits, series, parallel, and Lenz's Law.
Humorous suggestions a la
Jethereal also welcome.