MonthJune 2008

The chances of anything coming from Mars…

Chris: ha! latest news from the phoenix lander on the soil samples…

Chris: “Sam Kounaves, the lead investigator for the wet chemistry laboratory on Phoenix, told journalists: ‘It is the type of soil you would probably have in your back yard, you know, alkaline. You might be able to grow asparagus in it really well. … It is very exciting for us.'”

Chris: why… asparagus??

jsr: Maybe he likes asparagus?

Chris: that’s not possible.

jsr: Maybe he knows something we don’t! … Something … about asparagus!

Chris: haha “all earthly asparagus is actually a dumb decendent of the master race asparagus on mars.”

jsr: That’s why we see them traditionally as little and green.
jsr: And now they turn their attention to Earth. And they see our asparagus roll-ups. And they are ANGRY.

Failvin and the … Failmunks. Yeah.

Quite a while back I mentioned to Annette that ‘they’ were making an Alvin and the chipmunks movie. Now, I was never a fan of the original, so my care factor about this project was zero. I did, however, use it to mention that there’s NO WAY they could just, say, make a damn Alvin and the Chipmunks movie. Oh no. They’d have to “sex it up”, I said. They’d have to make it “edgy”.

Except, they couldn’t actually make it edgy for reals, so they’d have to do what Hollywood always does when it wants to make stuff “edgy” and “street” which is to add Skateboarding, turn one of the characters into a Computer Internet Hacker of the Internet using Computers , and above all and most importantly, include lots and lots of B-Boy stances. Those are CRITICAL.

Nothing says hip and now like 20, 25-year old hip-hop stylings, minus the actual music. Fuck yes.

Anyway, while heading out for lunch recently, we saw a poster for this movie in a shop window. I’ve included an image of it with this blog entry. Deducing My thoughts and LULZ on the matter is left as an exercise for the reader.

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7 Words.

Crap. George Carlin has died.

An extremely funny man, and a great influence on me during my formative years.

I have only this to say: Shit. Piss. Fuck. Cunt. Cocksucker. Motherfucker. Tits.

RED PLANET vs BLUE PLANET

Ice on Mars!

Awesome!

Also awesome is that the Phoenix Lander team twitter feed said this:

“Are you ready to celebrate? Well, get ready: We have ICE!!!!! Yes, ICE, *WATER ICE* on Mars! w00t!!! Best day ever!!”

When NASA says “w00t” … it’s definitely the 21st fucking century.

I CAN HAS ALIEN LIFE FORMZ NAOW?

Swap you this coffee for thousands of pieces of gold?

The Jewelcrafting skill that my wonderful partner Annette picked up in World of Warcraft has paid off bigtime for her. She’s been PRINTING moneys by selling jewels. Most awesomely just gave me 5000 gold pieces so I could buy an epic flying mount. In exchange, I made her a cup of coffee. This is a fair deal, in my opinion. 🙂

It’s All The Same To Me

So, Annette and I were watching a Dresden Dolls DVD, and one of the members of the usual DD brigade was this dude with his his TRUE METAL dolls.

Please watch, won’t we? The Pish Dolls with Highway to Hell, Ace of Spades, and Barbie Girl …

Don’t Try It!

I found this while looking on my phone data card for that picture of Juju in the wig. Took this a while back while at a sushi place with Annette.

This picure is blurry, because (a) the subject was moving, and (b) I was taking it quite surreptitiously so as not to be thought of as a creepy stalker man.

If you can’t make it out, that item of clothing says “Surfing Sucks. Don’t Try It.”

Don’t Die, Broom-Head Man!

I snapped this at work the other day. The gentleman with the Thing on his head is my associate, Mr Juju.

He doesn’t normally wear that to work, I swear.

iPwn 2.0

The new iPhone has pretty much everything I was hoping for except for what was formerly my biggest requirement, which was at least 32GB storage. They seem to still be keeping only the 8GB and 16GB versions.

This would, until recently, have been a dealbreaker for me – I really need some significant storage to shuttle data back and forth from work, 16GB won’t do the trick once I have all my music and videos on board. I have a 60GB ipod, and even that ran out of space from time to time.

However, fortunately, I have recently moved to a laptop and now use that for sneakernet purposes. I haven’t used my ipod for storage since I got it. This kinda negates the storage issue on future devices.

So, I shall surely be purchasing the 16GB version of this phone.

Another gulp of the kool-aid!

DELICIOUS!

I can has no data caps?

Vodafones new “Red” ADSL2 network has launched. And it’s a big step in the right direction. I didn’t actually think so at first. Here’s what I wrote about their three broadband plans before I noticed the cool bit that I’ll mention later:

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1) “Retarded”. $70/month. Up to 24Mbits/sec, with a data cap of 1GB/month. An extra 1GB for $5. Note: At 24Mbits/sec you will go through 1GB of data in just under 6 minutes. This is the ideal plan for people who enjoy paying for things and then not using them. You may as well burn $70 each month and then scrawl “BROADBAND I HAS IT” on your computer monitor. In crayon.

2) “1998”. $80/month. Up to 24Mbits/sec, with a data cap of 5GB/month. An extra 5GB for $10. Over 30 minutes at full speed. Truly, the future is now. Please send me my robot butler.

3) “Getting there”. $90/month. Up to 24Mbits/sec, with a data cap of 20GB/month. An extra 20GB for $30. Their maximum X-TREME shit-yourself awesome pack. So awesome, it actually starts to hit the very lower limit of my interest.

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But then, and this is the interesting bit, I re-read the thing and saw this at the end:

“Those who go over their limit can double their data for $5, $10 and $30 respectively, or continue surfing at 64kbps without incurring extra charges.”

Fuck! Yes! Someone who has decided to manage their network sanely, by speed-restricting people who hit the edges of their caps, instead of just gouging them for more money! BRILLIANT!

Okay, obviously 64Kbits/sec is weak sauce, but the fact that they are doing this at all is pretty much the kind of thing I was hoping unbundling would bring. A very big step in the right direction. This means that people will see hitting their data caps as an inconvenience rather than something that will cost them serious money. I’m talking to vodafone tomorrow.