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Media / Re: Song Currently Stuck In Your Head
« on: April 29, 2008, 10:57:47 PM »
I have on and off had the soundtrack to the burton version of Sweeny Todd stuck in my head since I saw it back in december; it's killing me. I've literally lost sleep because of this. Help me, for the love of god.

Gaming Discussion / Re: Reduced to Ruin
« on: April 29, 2008, 10:54:53 PM »


High-Context Discourse / Re: Say Something Nice
« on: April 28, 2008, 04:20:36 PM »
Smells better? I know there's no accounting for taste, but I'm going to have to disagree with you to the Nth.

Classic's Mom
She's a damn fine lady, and she knows exactly what a guy needs after a hard day at work.

High-Context Discourse / Re: Say Something Nice
« on: April 28, 2008, 04:04:01 PM »
Air Conditioning
I enjoy the fact that air conditioning smells better than normal air. I find it as just another sign that man is gradually surpassing nature, and thus god himself.

Real Life / Re: What's Cookin'?
« on: April 28, 2008, 12:01:11 AM »
I am just getting into this cooking game now that I'm not living with old people who cook bad food but don't charge me for it anymore. Picked up a nice, but dirt cheap knife and decided to test it out today with some veggie chopping.

I took out some frozen tilapia we picked up at wal-mart on the cheap (I'm in Oklahoma - cheap fish is ten bucks a pound, so frozen's all a poor man can get, and I'm pretty new to cooking fish - I managed to horribly mangle a 30 dollar side of fluke a couple of weeks ago and I learned my lesson but good) and tossed it in a baking dish with some white wine, chopped celery, onion, lemon and various herbs and spices. Baked it for a half hour and cooked up a sauce with the juices, a little milk and some tempura batter to thicken. It was gone before I could get my camera out, I'm sad to say.

Real Life / Re: Your Job: The Movie
« on: April 25, 2008, 10:01:29 PM »
I didn't even know Ron Howard had a brother.  I guess he just walked upstairs during season 1 and never came back down.

He does apparently, and if you beleive the crazy bastard i talked to, he does a lot of coke.

Real Life / Re: Your Job: The Movie
« on: April 23, 2008, 05:59:49 PM »
You'd think Opie of all people would be more responsible with microwave guns.

I know, right

Thaddeus Boyd's Panel of Death / Re: Assume the position.
« on: April 23, 2008, 05:56:25 PM »
Anti gun control: I'm from Michigan. Detroit, former murder capital of the world. The home of the Brady Assault Weapons ban. The ONLY things that gun control does are cost people jobs and take guns out of the hands of law abiding citizens.

Pro choice: The moral issues in this equation really go both ways. I refuse to accept sanctity of life until people are willing to accept sanctity of death. For all the crap we hear about 'not playing god', watching a woman waste away for seven years on life support is kind of infuriating.

Pro Tax Bracketing: This is only unfair when the upper 1% don't directly possess than 16% of the country's wealth. (and have shares in another 60% of it) If you have most of the money, it's reasonable that you pay most of the taxes.

Pro Gay Marriage: The same argument I use for pro choice applies.  You can't tell me about the sanctity of marriage when you've been divorced three times and have had half a dozen publicized affairs. Divorce gets mentioned a lot more in most religious texts than buttfucking does.

Anti Border Fence: Protip: Getting rid of a huge demographic of people who work jobs and spend money in the united states probably isn't going to improve our economy, and it's a lot more likely to actually grind it to a halt and ram it straight into the ground. A better way to control the 'immigrants stealing our jobs' issue is to afford illegals the same rights as legal americans. If a landscaping firm is federally enforced to pay the same wage to a mexican immigrant as an american the entire problem goes away, right? Except, not really. Because the unemployment problem is actually related a lot more to industries that nonskilled workers from the worst educated nation in the entire industrialized world aren't finding work in. They're related to an auto industry falling apart at the seams and telecommunications and electronic companies outsourcing all their labor to india and china. My mom isn't going to be able to comfortably move from her 30 dollar an hour skilled trades job to working for 11 dollars an hour on a ride-on-lawnmore in the july sun.

Real Life / Re: Your Job: The Movie
« on: April 23, 2008, 05:15:54 PM »
I do tech support for a major telecommunications company who operates a CDMA cellular network in the United States. (Hint: I don't work for Verizon or T-Mobile. You figure it out.)

I work close for our center, which is 5:30 - 2am; needless to say we occasionally get the weirder folk. The drunk and the stoned and teenagers would probably be our primary late night tech support demographic. Occasionally though, we get the crazies. (I'm really starting to believe the whole 'full moon' thing)

A couple months back I'm nearing the tail end of my shift, and I call comes through. It's an older man in the rockies. He's just having some basic issues with internet access and he wants his phone number changed. Normal enough call. So we went through that procedure and while I was waiting for things to get through provisioning so I could finish up the call he starts with the small talk. It's been a slow night, so I make the mistake of indulging him.

The guy tells me he's had a bad week, apparently he lost 5k worth of electronic equipment, he attributes it to electronic interference in his apartment. He goes on further to explain that he's tried to bring complaints like this to his landlord in the past, but his apartment management won't help him with any of his problems, and he has a theory as to why...

He tells me he was having similar problems in his previous home, which was an actual house - the problems eventually forced him to sell his home at a huge loss and move into a cramped apartment. Electrical interference wasn't the half of it, though. He tells me that he was constantly getting strange phone calls from people as if they were looking right at him, and one day he flips on his A/C and it blows dirt all through the house. Apparently "Some people" broke into his house and filled his vent ducts with dirt. Just like in one of Ron Howard's early movies, apparently. (this is an important note for later on.)

He had a handyman come in and look at it. The handyman uncovered the dirt, but apparently he also found cables going through all the vent ducts. It explained everything, he told me. Apparently, someone was watching him with cameras set up in his vent ducts. The same ones that were filled with dirt. Furthermore, he'd just got talking to Rance Howard - that's Ron Howard's dad - before the dirt incident. It was all coming together.

Apparently, he tells me, 'he knew too much'. Ron Howard (famous Hollywood Director) and his crazy brother Clint Howard had long had the drug trade in hollywood cornered. But as an insider to the family, he was dangerous to have around. They were tormenting him and harassing him and watching his every move, them and their goons, trying to intimidate him into not going public! I'm humoring him through this conversation, mostly just to tic away time until I have to go home, but this story's too interesting to walk away from, anyway.

He tells me that a few years back he was in talks with Playboy to do an article about the seedy underbelly of Hollywood, but apparently after he told Rance Howard about it, Ron Howard and Clint Howard basically told him 'That's not a good idea' - and when he looked like he was going to go forward with it, they apparently beat him to the punch. (Whether they did or not, or this article exists at all, I really can't say.) After that, all the problems started. Now, he's living in his tiny apartment in a wheelchair (this will come up soon, so make note of it) with electric interference running through his apartment, management that won't help him, and a team of Mexicans living upstairs that he's sure Ron Howard paid to harass him. He also believes he's having the same problem with surveillance - apparently the apartment was open for a whole month before he signed the lease. 

He tells me the mexicans have been stomping on the floor above him, following him around through the apartment. Just like in the Ron Howard movie Rock Hard. (BTW, guys, Rock Hard is not in any way associated with Ron Howard - It's a documentary about porn stars, and it features Ron Jeremy. When "The Hedgehog" became involved in this conspiracy is anyone's guess.) All this is, of course, to torment him now that Ron Howard managed to cripple him with Rhumatoid Arthritis.

Apparently, the last incident of harassment that forced him out of the house? Apparently, a home-made microwave gun. Ron and Clint Howard, using the cameras set up around his home in the vent ducts (again, filled with dirt) aimed a microwave gun at his legs, which they made from a normal household microwave and a vacuum cleaner. Using this dastardly weapon, they crippled him with arthritis.

I advised him to 'be careful' and wished him the best of luck in dealing with his Ron Howard problem. I don't think I've ever had more trouble not laughing in my life.

High-Context Discourse / Re: Blogodex
« on: April 14, 2008, 10:26:17 PM »

I still play WOW. I blog about it when I'm at work because I really have nothing better to do.

Online Hookers / Re: Mabinogi
« on: April 14, 2008, 05:28:03 PM »
I've been playing this game with my fiance for the last month or so. Like most korean MMORPGs, it's basically a lot of grinding, but it makes a lot of interesting innovations that might come as a surprise to people.

The combat system is incredibly complex, but once you have an understanding of the game's mechanics you can basically solo everything in the game with your bare hands at level 1 with no armor and no points in any abilities past the learning 'novice' rank.

On the same hand though, the complexity makes the game frustratingly hard until you figure it the fuck out. Unfortunately for the party-minded individual, this is a free game populated mostly by pre-teens, so those of you who played FFXI are going to have terrible, terrible memories of Valkrum that will most surely keep you away from the game.

The game's honestly the best korean MMO I've played in a long, long time, but that's not really saying much.

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