Monday, February 23, 2009

Monday Curmudgeon

My inner curmudgeon is our and raving today. Enjoy (or not) at your own risk.

Topic 1 - The Oscars:
Contrary to at least 40% of the blogs I read today, I didn't watch the Oscar show. To my mind, being subjected to the pablum of a self congratulatory award show is right up there with taking nude sun baths at 20 below in a Siberian winter. Just in case you are a little slow on the uptake, that means I think it is a waste of time. To use one of my favorite phrases: "that proves you don't have the brains of a kumquat."

Topic 2 - Twitter:
I actually saw the first intelligent comment ever about Twitter today. Cosmic Variance is one of the best science blogs around and I'm not just saying that because some of the authors are colleagues of my thesis mentor. Anyhow, today Sean expounded on a thought that has been circulating in my head for a month or more:

In the progression from magazines to blogs to Twitter feeds, the tea leaves are clear. I think we need a new social network, on which updates will take the form of nothing more than a single “0″ or “1″.
We can call it “Bitter.”

To which my answer is a heartfelt:
01001000 01000101 01001100 01001100 00100000 10000000 01011001 01000101 01010011 00100001 00100001 00100001

Topic 3 - My First Album:
Tracey over at Sweetney challenged us all to make our first album cover.

(rules courtesy of Best Week Ever):
  1. Go to “Wikipedia.” Hit “random” and the first article you get is the name of your band.
  2. Then go to “Random Quotations” and the last four or five words of the very last quote of the page is the title of your first album.
  3. Then, go to Flickr and click on “Explore the Last Seven Days” and the third picture, no matter what it is, will be your album cover.
  4. Use Photoshop or some other image editor to add text & spiffify.
  5. Post a link to your band's album cover here! SHOW AND TELL TIMEZ NAO.

So I followed the rules and came up with the platimum selling "few people can handle it" from my newly formed group, Eden Log. The production staff came up with this artwork and I must say I like it.

(For the Wikipedia challenged, random is on the left side about three or four down.)

Topic 4 - My Moccasins:
My moccasins have long been past the end of their life. But I keep using a little baling wire and duct tape to keep them up and running for use around the house because the replacement pair hurt my toes. I have a couple of impinged nerves in my big toes that can drop me to my knees in pain without warning. When the nerves are firing up, any pressure in the right place on my toe and I am in agony. My current moccasins have worn to the point where the problem has been solved. (As you can see in the picture.)

Unfortunately, I think that this summer may be the end of these moccasins. That means that I an going to have to start working on getting the replacement pair broken in. I am a firm believer in the "once something is worn enough to be comfortable, it should last forever" school of thought. Look for me to be cranky from time to time.

For the ascii and numerically challenged among you, the hearty response above is "HELL YES!!!" in binary.


  1. Most impressed with the album cover.

    The exclamation marks threw me in the binary code.

    There are 10 types of people in the world: those who get binary and those who don't.

  2. Saw the last 15min of the Oscars - that was just about perfect.

  3. I didn't watch the Oscars either but I never do. And damn, I forgot I had Twitter again :@ lol

  4. Have you checked out the new "Eden Log" album?

    Yeah, has a nice ring to it.

  5. Bless your need some new shoes! :)
    I'm not a Twitterer (is that a word?)And I definitely don't speak binary.
    But I might have to try that album thing- that's pretty neat! Your cover turned out pretty good!

  6. I can't believe I'm saying this but your shoes are worse than my slippers. It's time, Dan.

  7. I had the Oscars on in the background in case something good happened but nothing did. I used to watch them religiously and have pretty much just stopped. Blogging is better.

    I agree with you about this Twittering business. I just don't understand or see the point. Of course, I will maintain this view until I get sucked in. I didn't get iPods either when they first came out.

    Please tell me you don't wear those moccasins in public!

    And that album cover is great! I just love Eden Log -- best group ever! HAHA! I'll have to try always have fun stuff here to do.

  8. Your poor little moccasins! My in-laws finally bought my FIL a new pair one year for Christmas because his looked the same way :)


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