Monday, March 27, 2006

“How much easier it is to be critical than to be correct.”

Benjamin Disraeli

Damned germs…  I feel bad for whomever has to use this keyboard after me.  I skipped school on Friday because I was sick.  I’m no better today, but I didn’t want to miss two consecutive (-ish) days of school.  I may skip tomorrow.  On Friday, I woke up, couldn’t breathe, snorted some nasal spray, couldn’t breathe, popped two cough drops and took a hot shower.  I still couldn’t breathe.  Today, I woke up at 4:20 (creepy, huh?) and couldn’t breathe.  This time, however, the nasal spray helped, and I went back to sleep.  I got up on schedule, and here I am now: unable to breathe, but in school anyway.  I think I might go to bed when I get home and sleep until Wednesday.  There’s nothing good on tonight, anyway.

Speaking (or typing, rather) of television: Why do I keep watching Lost?  Each episode adds another question which will never be answered, and each time I watch it, my parents ruin the show by guessing what’s going to happen next.  Every couple minutes, after hundreds of guesses, one of them hits paydirt and brags about it for the next ten minutes.  I should just spend the time watching GBStv.

Thursday, March 23, 2006

Atheists identified as America's most distrusted minority.

From a telephone sampling of more than 2,000 households, researchers found that Americans rate atheists below all minority groups in sharing their vision of American society.  Atheists are also the minority group most Americans are least willing to allow their children to marry.

Awesome, this means that Atheists are below Scientologists.  Score one for faith.  (Although I am Christian, Lutheran to be specific, I would rank Atheism higher than the cult of scientology.)

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Wednesday, March 22, 2006

“People should not be afraid of their governments, governments should be afraid of their people.”

V, V for Vendetta

That’s hippie-talk!  Criminals are people too, and if my government is afraid of criminals, then I have a problem with my government.  Nevertheless, it was a pretty good movie.  The gratuitous blood, torture, and explosions were enough to make up for the pro-terrorist message.

I went to the movie with Shane and Mark, not because I really wanted to go, but because Shane offered to pay, and I didn’t have anything better to do.  Shane, of course, was an Indian-giver and refused to pay (for me) once we got there.  I just got bwned out of $7.00 for a movie I could have downloaded.  I guess I paid for the experience: sitting in a dark room watching explosions on a shitty projector/screen, smelling popcorn that I didn’t want to spend another $7.00 on.  I could have spent the night playing Halo or Mario Adventure for free.

Tuesday, March 21, 2006

How fast can Sonic moonwalk?

The above video is from YouTube (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=JbVM-l2Oku4 to be precise).  If you can’t see it, you probably need Shockwave or Flash or something.  If that doesn’t help, try Firefox or Internet Explorer; Lynx just doesn’t cut it anymore.  (And if you got that joke, you also need to get a life.)

Personally, I find this kinda creepy.  I can’t believe I’ve been a fan of older Michael Jackson songs (I <3 “Smooth Criminal”!) and Sonic 3 for so long without ever picking up on this.  There don’t seem to be any perfect matches, but most are close enough to make one think pretty hard.  Also, I own the P.C. version of Sonic 3 & Knuckles, and I haven’t noticed the music change, but I’ll check again.  (Thanks to Kega Fusion and The Pirate Bay, I haven’t had any use for it.)

Friday, March 17, 2006

“…You got me harder than Chinese math.”

mc chris, “Booties for Breakfast”

Well, I’ve been contemplating whether to go to prom, and I finally decided to ask someone.  She said no.  (I guess I picked wrong)  Now, I’ve decided not go, and everyone who finds out thinks it’s their civic duty to make sure that I go.

“It’s your senior prom!”
“I went to junior prom, this can’t be much different.”

“We’re all going!”
“Well, I hope you have an excellent time …and get in an accident on the way home…

“You’ll regret it!”
“I regret going to junior prom.  I regret asking anyone to go.  I regret not making coffee this morning.  I regret a lot of things.”

It’s not just my friends, too.  There are people I talk to maybe once a month who want to why I would possibly want to not go.

Monday, March 13, 2006

“Conference rooms are like love, i.e., hard to find, and far more enjoyable if doughnuts are involved.”

Dilbert and the Way of the Weasel by Scott Adams

I’ve always wanted to put my life’s goals on paper, and today in physics class, I had that chance.  My wonderful friends made a few additions.

Life’s Goals

If you can’t read Shane’s atrocious handwriting/pencil, here’s that list for you in text:

  1. get doctorate (me)
  2. take over the world (me)
  3. become immortal (me)
  4. buy notebook paper (me)
  5. Buy Poodle (Shane)
  6. Resurrect Dead Dog (Shane)
  7. Get: More Cowbell (Dieff)
  8. Hooker in church (Dieff)
  9. Develop Religion Around Ones[elf] (Shane)
  10. Find Jesus & Kill Satan (Shane)
  11. Score in glass elevator without spilling your coffee (Jamis)

Tuesday, March 07, 2006

Scholarships

Right now I have about $9,500 per year in scholarships, most of them coming straight from R.I.T.  I have been writing essays like madness for months now.  (“Like madness” means a couple each month, on top of all my English homework.)  Many of the scholarships for which I’ve applied, I stand virtually no chance of winning.  My idiot mother thinks that stretching a handful of extracurriculars will make me as appealing as those who freely tutor young kids (…Jamis…) or aid the elderly.  I’ve applied for the NY Lottery Leadership scholarship despite the fact that of my top three leadership activities, one was exaggerated and the other two were almost downright lies.  The only thing that makes me not feel like an asshole for lying to obtain money is the fact that some others get scholarships and tuition discounts just because of their skin color.  At least lying is a skill.  (By the way, I’m a terrible liar, but lying on paper is very easy.)

I think that we need more grade-based scholarships.  Community service-based scholarships are feel-good-scholarships: if we force our kids to help others a little, they’ll do it on their own later in life.  That’s mostly crap.  Many of the tutors and community servers are doing it out of the kindness of their hearts, but most aren’t.  The ones that are don’t need the scholarship to motivate them anyway.

Sunday, March 05, 2006

Updated Senior Picture

Senior Picture (220 KB)
Thanks to Paint Shop Pro 9’s One Step Photo Fix, I’ve significantly decrapped my senior picture.  It looks like I still need to rescan my original.

Ohio is for Lovers, and Myspace is for Stalkers

Well, I finally have a good reason for not posting for about a month.  To start, I always expected to be a stalker, not have one.  Anyway, I got a Myspace friend invite from someone I thought I knew.  I accepted before realizing that it was someone I don’t really know (same first name).  Shortly after I discovered my error, but saw that she’s a senior from Jamestown High School, so I didn’t think much of it.  We talked for a while, and soon she began to think that we were going out.  No one informed me of this!  I tried to explain that we still haven’t met in person yet, but she didn’t seem to think that that was important.  Finally, I started asking around for people who knew her, and the one person who did told me to end the “relationship” immediately.  I took her advice and told her (the stalker) that I was going to rekindle an old flame, and that I’m sorry to have lead her on.  She replied angrily (expected), and I un-friended her (and deleted her “we’ll be together forever” comment).

All in all, I certainly have learned a lesson.  …Something about not giving away too much information on the Internet.…  Oh, well, I’m off to update my “About Me” section and make purchases online.

Thursday, March 02, 2006

Middle School Suspends 20 students for looking at offensive MySpace... AT HOME!

Some parents questioned whether the school overstepped its bounds by disciplining students for actions that occurred on personal computers, at home and after school hours.

Son-of-a-bitch, is nothing sacred anymore?!  I'm glad to know that Big Brother isn't the Bush Administration or Microsoft, but our educational institutions!  Some school administrators need a good explanation of the Bill of Rights!  This is a serious issue that receives virtually no attention because very few high school students are voters.  I do plan on writing my Congressman about this.  …After I finish my homework.

By the way, there should a real post coming soon.



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