I Am a Filthy Liar

April 30, 2008 at 6:26 pm (Education, Environment, Family, Uncategorized)

So, just days after my musings about a post-apocalyptic future and my own current and future inability to survive in those conditions, on account of a lack of time to invest in such skills, I find myself compelled to eat at least a little bit of crow. Luckily, it is still fairly warm, which makes it less offensive than it might otherwise be. :o) Behold: Read the rest of this entry »

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Gut-Buster 2008

April 15, 2008 at 12:32 pm (Uncategorized)

I’m sure you’ve heard of “sympathy weight.” That’s the weight that a husband gains during his wife’s pregnancy through some occult process, ostensibly in sympathy with her own accumulation of pounds. But what do you call it if you already had a little extra weight on before your wife became pregnant? Apparently, you call it “fat.”
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Everyday Hollywood

April 3, 2007 at 2:12 pm (Uncategorized)

NPR is a great resource. Not only do they keep me informed about the latest Iraq shenanigans, Korea shenanigans and Republican shenanigans, but they often provide me with a news article that I find so entertaining that I post about it on the blog. Occasionally, however, an article comes along that is more than funny or bizarre, it’s downright… cinematic. Specifically, I’m referring to this fine piece of investigative journalism, a plot so ingenious that it sounds like it comes straight out of a Hollywood script. Pneumatic tubes buried under the starting gates of a horse racing track, designed to fire (presumably drugged) darts into the bellies of the horses as they waited for the race to start, thereby influencing the race’s outcome. I’m already seeing the plot: organized crime, the unkempt private detective, the femme fatale… Ingenious, gentlemen, whoever you are!

By itself, that story would have probably been blogworthy, but then this other gem came along, courtesy of Bryan Alexander over at Infocult (incidentally, the title of this post is also borrowed from him). Just when you think that even Joss Whedon had declared a break from amnesia, UFOs, mysterious religious structures and seven pints worth of bloody satanic symbols scrawled on the walls of a cheap apartment, the darn Italians have to go and prove you wrong. I wish I could find more on this story, but everyone I’ve seen so far is just copying the Guardian story. If I find anything else, I’ll make sure to add it.

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To-Do List

January 31, 2007 at 10:41 pm (Uncategorized)

This is just a general list of tasks that I “need” to do in the near future not related to my dissertation.  As I do things, I’ll check them off, and I’ll add material as I think of it.

  • Link all of the scanned articles that I have to my Zotero database
  • Scan the rest of my articles, so that I can ditch the paper copies
  • Go through the papers on the right side of the desk
  • Install the incremental backup software on the computer
  • Deal with the boxes of old pictures, somehow
  • Go through my books and figure out which can be donated to the library
  • Make “mailboxes” for Heather and me, so that our mail is collected

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Educational Gaming at USC?

November 14, 2006 at 12:05 pm (Uncategorized)

I heard an article on NPR this morning about USC’s new Interactive Entertainment undergraduate major. They’ve had an MFA in the subject for 5 years now, rather tempting… maybe I should finish my current degree first, though!

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My Christmas List

November 13, 2006 at 8:02 pm (Uncategorized)

I feel vaguely dirty, having just made some grand post about leaping headlong into the Web 2.0 as a responsible digital citizen, only to have my next post be a Christmas list. However, hiding behind that old standby that “technology is supposed to make our lives easier,” not “technology is supposed to make us feel guilty,” I’m going to take the risk. For those of you who ask why I’m not just creating a “wish list” on Amazon.com, it’s because I don’t want people to feel that they need to buy from Amazon. I AM including an Amazon link for a lot of items, so that you can see what they look like, but feel free to buy locally. Read the rest of this entry »

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Attaching images

June 1, 2006 at 7:36 pm (Uncategorized)

I’m a little confused about uploading and displaying images on my blog. For example, do I use the “Insert Image” link above the post box, or do I upload the image file using the “upload” tool below? Let’s find out, shall we? Read the rest of this entry »

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Trying to attach files

June 1, 2006 at 7:04 pm (Uncategorized)

I want to make sure that I can attach files before I have Netserv install WordPress on their server. Hopefully, this posting will include a link to an older copy of my CV. This ought to be John’s CV. This also ought to be John’s CV.

Notice the difference between the two of them: The first just gives you the open/download menu, the second takes you to a separate blog page with the file info that you entered when you uploaded it. I can see a lot of useful educational applications for the latter type, such as different parts of the blog linking to the same file, or giving context about an assignment or file without disrupting the flow of the main blog posting. Read the rest of this entry »

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