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Absurdity Day

Posted 2010.11.21 0.50 in Pointless Blather

Happy Absurdity Day… apparently.

November 20th is international absurdity day. Now you know.

Jerkette! Of the Day!

Posted 2010.11.17 17.59 in Pointless Blather

My daily commute to and from work is quite short. 10 minutes, typically. Yet the number of clueless idiots I see behind the wheels of cars is truly frightening.

This stellar example of automotive excellence must have had some super-critical stuff going on in that cellphone of hers. Way too busy to turn on the turn signal, and I don’t think she even noticed that she’d stopped her car on the pedestrian walkway.

I used to think that the people you see on that ‘Worst Driver’ show were just pretending. Now, I know the Awful Truth – the streets are full of people who, seriously, have no business being in control of 2,000 pounds of steel, glass and plastic. These people should be given mopeds, and left to fend for themselves. Clue in, or get squished.

Snail Milk!

Posted 2010.06.24 10.06 in Aquaria, Photography, Pointless Blather

It’s not FDA approved. For anything. Ever.

WTF Was That?!

Posted 2010.06.23 14.12 in Pointless Blather

Sitting here at about 13:44, minding my own business, when suddenly I get this wave of sorta-dizziness. My desk started shaking back and forth, and I felt like I was shaking back and forth.

It was sort of  a single strong sensation, then a pause, then a series of smaller shaking sensations, that quickly died out. I’d say it was 10 seconds at most, from start to finish.

At first I thought I was losing it, but then I saw that Misha had felt it too, she was looking around all alarmed, but as it died out she quickly settled down and went back to sleep.

Turns out, it was a small earthquake. Reports are it was felt across central Canada, from Ottawa to Toronto, even into Ohio.

So yeah, I survived the big 2010 Ontario Earthquake.

What if 2012 Came Early?

Posted 2010.06.01 10.34 in Pointless Blather

This morning on my drive to work, I suddenly wondered, what if the end of the world came early?

Like, all the doomsday talk seems to be about December 21st, 2012. Mayan calendars and Nostradamus and whatever. So everyone thinks there’s another 2 1/2 years to get ready or prepare or live it up or what-not.

It’d be all like WTF if the world ended ahead of schedule, and all the prophesy folks would be right and wrong at the same time and everyone would be annoyed because armageddon came early.

Unobtanium?

Posted 2010.05.09 22.56 in Music/Movies/TV

So I finally saw Avatar the other day. It was a lot longer to watch, than it was to read the synopsis. It was a lot like the Pocahontas movie, only with blue aliens and heliopter gunships. I didn’t see the Pocahontas movie, but I read the synopsis of that too.

So the first big thing that stuck with me, was this unobtanium stuff. The word unobtanium has been around for a long time, and it more or less means something that is next to impossible to get.  I first encountered the term in the late 90’s, relating to Apple’s Newton eMate product. The memory upgrade was said to be made of unobtanium, because it was virtually impossible to get your hands on.

So in the movie… unobtanium sounds like it would be acceptable as a working-term for early on in the script developtment. But it shouldn’t have made it into the finished film. Considering this grey rock was supposed to be so important and so valuable that it was worthwhile to travel so far and spend so much money to mine it, I’d have really liked to know what it was good for.

I think the corporate guy said it was worth $20,000 / kg which at first seems like a lot. When you consider though that it takes about 6 years to travel between Earth and Pandora, and how much it must cost to move every kg of supplies back and forth, how much personelle and material had been moved to Pandora, and how long they had appearantly been there, $20,000 / kg seems fairly reasonable.

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Long Weekend – Day 2

Posted 2010.04.06 22.03 in Pointless Blather

Long weekends always seem so short.

Here it is, just the second day of the long weekend, and already it’s over and gone and some way into the next work week.

Too short… far too short.