September 24, 2007

Combat Experience

     This past weekend was my first leg of training for military deployment or possible zombie outbreak - i.e. I went paintballing. This has got to be one of the most fun things I've ever done. All the years of army I played in my back woods as a kid growing up finally paid off.

     This was exactly the same as back in the day, except the bullets actually hit you in this version and they can sometimes hurt like a bitch. Also, my childhood back yard isn't nearly as cool as this place is. I didn't have bunkers and bridges and beaches and damaged fencelines and sandbag walls and foxholes and motor boats and lookout towers and haystacks and active camo and flowing ravines and again, bullets that can break the skin if you're not properly protected.

     I can't say enough about this fun time, so I'll let the pictures do the talking...

     I did find out though that there are some muscles in my legs that don't like doing what I did to them for 4 hours. Other consequences include 4 welts on various parts of my body, major scratches on my shins from crawling on my belly through rough terrain and some sort of spotty rash on my forearm from the Vietnam style foilage I crawled through.

     Can't wait to try this again once I've healed up. Maybe this winter with some white camo. WOLVERINES!

September 19, 2007

A Blue Star Member

     I just received my blue star from ebay. This makes me especially cool. Probably cooler than you. According to ebay, "this tells other eBay users that I know the ropes, and I'm an established member of the eBay community!" Furthermore, "ebay wants me to know how much they value me as a member of the eBay community. I am their foundation. My success is their success."

September 16, 2007

Locke Wins Emmy

     Actor Terry O'Quinn has taken home an Emmy for his portrayal of my favorite character from "Lost," John Locke. Outstanding performance by a supporting actor in a drama series. Outstanding is right.


September 12, 2007

Pet Peve of the Day Vol X

     Corporate lawn sprinklers. Damn these things piss me off.

1. They're usually aiming at the road or parking lot; not the grass.
2. If they are at the lawn, it's usually just one long stream of water shooting into one location for hours on end.
3. They usually come on just after (or during) a 3 inch downpour.

     What a frakkin' waste. Hire a greenskeeper or turn your sprinklers on manually during a dry spell and make sure they work at least half correctly.


September 11, 2007

I Didn't Forget

     An article at Yahoo! news was sent to me by a friend today and proves I'm still in the sane majority.

-- Eighty-one percent of those surveyed said they see the attacks as the most significant historical event of their lifetimes

-- 61 percent of respondents saying they think of the events at least once a week

-- 91 percent said they believe the United States will be attacked again on US soil

-- Sixteen percent said they had personally visited the site of the World Trade Center in New York City to pay tribute

I won't forget next year either. Or the year after that or the year after that or...


Life is Constantly Getting More Exciting

     Check out my new pasta jars:

click for hi-res


September 10, 2007

I Yam What I Yam

     I just finished my match test. Here's what it says I am:

The Boy Next Door:
Random Gentle Love Dreamer (RGLD)

Kind, yearning, playful, you are The Boy Next Door. You're looking for real Love, a lot like girls do. It might not be manly, but it's sweet.

We think the next three years will be very exciting and fruitful ones for you. Your spontaneous, creative side makes you a charming date, and we think you have a horny side just waiting to shine. Or glisten, rather. You enter new relationships unusually hopeful, and the first moments are especially glorious. If you've had some things not work out before, so what.

On paper, most girls would name the Boy Next Door as their ideal mate. In the real world, however, you're often passed over for more dangerous or masculine men. You're the typical "nice guy:" without just a touch of cockiness, you're doomed with girls. A shoulder to cry on? Okay, sure. But never a penis to hold.

More than any other type, Boys Next Door evolve as they get older. As we said, many find true love, but some fail miserably in the search. These tarnished few grow up to be The Men Next Door, who are creepy as hell, offering backrubs to kids and what not.

     I've always though chicks pass me up for the asshole. Too bad they don't know what they're missing.


September 06, 2007

Pet Peave of the Day Vol. IX

     Cops or State Patrol cars parked on the side of the interstate that do nothing but back up traffic for miles.


Halo 3: Zanzibar (beta) Leak

     For the most part, I'm pretty much over video games, but Halo is still a game that gets me excited. Here's a new BETA testing video of level Zanzibar. The same, only... not.


September 05, 2007

Will it Blend?

     I was going to write about my labor day weekend tractor driving experience, but I'm at work and don't have time to elaborate and resize pictures, etc. So I'll save that for another day (soon).

     Instead, here's a series of videos on YouTube, begging the question, "Will it blend?" An official looking, laboratory guy puts different things (iPods, rakes, hockey pucks, BIC lighters, happy meals, etc) into a blender to see what happens. The happy, serene, almost psychotic look on his face during blending might be the best parts of these clips.

     An example is below, but you can see the entire library of "Will it Blend" videos over at this special YouTube link.

My personal favorite: Transformers


September 04, 2007

Tuesday's Realization

     Since all three pairs of shoes I bought last week seem to be looser on the right foot, I decided today that my left foot is a half size larger than my right.