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Memoirs of a Lunatic

The title almost says it all. I'm a little insane, like all folks, and I'm just putting down what I think about. Maybe some of it is funny, maybe some of it isn't. Just come read and find out for yourself.

Monday, January 31, 2005


Well, this has been a disappointing week, weigh-in wise.  I was down to 275 on Wednesday (down 4) and looking forward to my Monday weigh-in.

Then my ‘incident’ happened.

Now, I am retaining all kinds of fluid and my weight is at 279, the same as last week.  I’m kind of bummed.  But, I can look at it in a good way that when this is all over, I should have a whoosh of water weight come off.

Life is Grand when you are retaining water!


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Sunday, January 30, 2005

BlogJet Test

I decided to test BlogJet on A Woman From Illinois' recommendation. This is my first post with it and I will try for about a week to make most of my posts from it to let you know how it turns out.

For those of you who are Spyware conscious, BlogJet received the 100% Clean award from Softpedia because it has no Spyware in it. Yea.

Here is what the interface looks like as I am typing this blog.

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Saturday, January 29, 2005

Ouch! Part Two of Part Deux

Okay, so I left off my ordeal when I finally got some sleep. They got me a room and wheeled me up there. I slept as much as possible until about 9am when the doctor came in. He told me that the stone was big and he was being optimistic when he was saying that there was only a 50/50 chance of me passing the stone on my own.

He gave me a couple of options and I chose the one that would result in me getting treated that day, which was to be operated on and have a stent inserted in me to drain my infected kidney that was being mostly blocked up by the stone.

I went to sleep again and was woken up at around 11am to go down to pre-op. They said that I would be there for about an hour (it was 5 hours), but I slept that entire time.

I woke up again when they were wheeling me in to surgery. I got myself on the operating table and got comfy. The anesthesiologist put something in my IV and said that it would help put me to sleep. I looked around the room a little and the next thing I knew, I was in post-op. I don't even remember closing my eyes. It was amazing.

After I woke up, peeing sucked. It burns like a mother and is mostly blood now. If you follow that link above you can read about all of the side effects of having a stent in. (I have almost all of them.) They got me back to my room and as soon as I saw a nurse, I asked to go home. They let me and I got to leave with my vicodin, an anti-biotic, and something to make me feel less like I have to pee all of the time.

Bad news is that my troubles aren't over. I have to have lithotripsy to break up the stone. Because of the infection of my kidney and the location of the stone, they couldn't remove it yesterday. So, they had put the stent in to drain the kidney and once that is good, I will have the stone blasted. If you read the link on lithotripsy, you will see that I am not in for a fun time there, either.

So, that's where I am. Even with the vicodin, it hurts to pee. The good news is that I don't have such tremendous pain in my kidney that I can't sleep. That's good, because all I want to do is sleep. My medicines are seeing to that.

I do have a present for you all. It is a quiz on Kidney Stones. If you can believe it, I got the questions all right. I'm almost a little mini-expert on Kidney Stones now.

Take the quiz and let me know how you all do.


At 1/29/2005 10:20 AM, Blogger Trinity13 said...

I got them all correct as well!


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Friday, January 28, 2005

Ouch! Part Deux

Well, as Trinity has blogged about, I had to take myself to the emergency room last night at about 4am. I started getting terrible pain at 11pm last night and took one of my pills. Two hours later, it hadn't reduced the pain one iota and I started throwing up from the pain.

After three hours of that, I had terrible pain and was now dehydrated. My lips were cracked and dry and anything (even a handful of water) that went down came right back up in less than 5 minutes. I had my family doctor paged at home and he told me that it wouldn't be a bad idea to go to the emergency room.

I got there and was finally seen at about 5am. They took me back for a CT scan where they discovered that my kidney stone was 5mm wide. That doesn't seem like a lot, but apparently that is a good size for a stone. They decided to admit me.

I threw up 3 times in the emergency room and they finally decided to give me an IV with pain medicine in it. The woman had to increase the flow 3 times before the pain even began to decrease. After it did, I was finally able to get some sleep.

There is more to the story (including how I got home), but I am wiped out and will finish it tomorrow. As a sneek peek... I was operated on and I still have the kidney stone. Fun times.

Life is grand when you have narcotic pain medication and a two part story to tell!


At 1/28/2005 11:22 PM, Blogger ghraper said...

Dag! I hope that when you say you still have the stone, it means they let you bring it home in a ziploc baggie! But I rather doubt that's what you're drivin' at.

At 1/28/2005 11:43 PM, Blogger Trinity13 said...

I can't even begin to imagine throwing up more than once in a 24 hour period. Is there anything left of you?


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Thursday, January 27, 2005


(Isn't that cartoon funny?)

Editor's Note: Due to the graphic nature of this post, if you are squeamish, you may want to skip this post.
Okay. So, yesterday I'm just minding my own business and all of a sudden, OW! My left kidney started hurting and I started to feel crampy. I couldn't go to the bathroom, but after two trips to try, I noticed something. I was peeing blood! One more attempt at peeing confirmed that fact, so I started to worry.

I have had a kidney stone before (pain started on 2/2/00), so I knew what to expect... serious pain. I am not a wuss, but the pain was so bad last time that I spent hours vomiting from it. This time, wanting to get ahead of the curve, I checked on some urgent care locations. All of the ones that I could think of were closed for the night. I had to weigh whether or not I wanted to go sit in the emergency room for hours (I didn't) or be in pain until the morning. Luckily, Lo found one that was open for another 40 minutes and I sped off.

I got there and after giving them a specimen that looked like Ruby Red Grapefruit juice, they decided that I had a kidney stone and prescribed me tramadol to help with the pain at its worst.

So, that's where I am now. I am trying to manage the pain and pass the stone. The Lord will be with me, I know, because as Drifter once quipped, "He still moves stones."


At 1/27/2005 10:56 PM, Blogger Trinity13 said...

I hope everything comes out okay...and soon.

At 1/28/2005 7:01 PM, Blogger A Woman From Illinois said...

Hey Guru,
Been there, done that, several times. But, they do say it is worse on a man. I had to have 2 removed because I could not pass them. I wish you luck and the least amount of pain possible. Prayers are coming your way.



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Wednesday, January 26, 2005

Psych Midterm

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Had my first midterm in Psychology 100 today. It was 50 questions, multiple guess, and we had 55 minutes to complete it. I was fairly confident taking it and when I was done, I looked up and noticed that the girl in front of me was only half done and the guy beside me was less than half done. I sat there for 5 minutes trying to catch the teacher's eye to see if I could turn my test in or not, but she was up there chatting with the other test observer. When one of them wrote that we still had 35 minutes remaining, I almost crapped myself. I didn't want to wait another 35 minutes without anything to do.

I raised my hand to ask if I could turn my test in so at least I could read or something, and the teacher came over. I asked her my question and her response was "You are done already! You can go."

That was all I needed to hear and I was out. The test was pretty easy. In fact, if it were my test, I could have used the same questions and made it harder. One question asked (paraphrased) "If you were drunk and were stumbling, which part of your brain had been affected by alcohol?" I was like, "Crap", because I was worried that I would get the cerebrum and the cerebellum mixed up. Turns out, there was only one "C" brain part in the answers. If it was my test, I would have put both C's plus some other made up "C" names, just to be difficult. But, they didn't, and I am thankful. All in all, I think I did well.

Hopefully they will post the grades on Friday (it was on scantron) and I can let you know how I did.

I got my quiz back from last week and I got a 92%, the best of everyone sitting around me. Go, me.


At 1/26/2005 10:35 PM, Blogger loelsh said...

You are so smart, you are so smart, smrt, I mean smart!

At 1/26/2005 11:17 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Good job on your quiz! I hope you did well on your exam too :) and that I will do as well in my Psychology class, lol.
-Stephanie @


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Tuesday, January 25, 2005

Jenna a Rocker, Too?

It turns out that not only is Laura Bush a rocker, but Jenna Bush is too! The first family ROCKS!

(Yes, I know what Jenna and Laura were really 'going for' with their salutes, but it is fun to have fun with them anyhow.)


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Monday, January 24, 2005

StatCounter (Dag Nabbit!)

I had been preparing to do a post about when Trin did one. I was waiting to get an excellent list of all of the things that people have searched for to find my site. Oh, well. Here they are anyway.

From Google:
memoirs of a lunatic
ben roethlisberger

From Yahoo:
ted ginn jr pictures from the osu vs michigan game
smoked while pregnant
motivational quotes by mike nugent
ben roethlisberger attends church
nokia bowling 300
nokia 6225 burnout
mike vrabel patriots jersey 4x
natalie gulbis and ben roethlisberger
mary roach american idol video
mary roach video american idol
... plus 35 other variations of those Mary Roach searches.

Here is a screen shot of them.
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I seriously recommend signing up for statcounter for your site. I love looking to see what pages that people land on, what browser they use, their screen resolutions, how long they were on, and what path they took through my site.

Some interesting data about my visitors:
81% use Internet Explorer
13% use Firefox
3% use Safari
3% combined use Netscape, Mozilla, and Firebird

64% use 1024*768 resolution
29% use 800*600 resolution
7% combined use 1152*864 and 1280*1024

83% use Windows XP
9% use Windows 2000
3% use Mac OS X
5% combined use Windows ME, Windows 98, and other

94% have javascript enabled
6% do not (these are probably mostly search engine robots)

90% of my users are from the US
3% United Kingdom
3% Canada
4% combined from Japan and Unknown

My top referrer at 8% of my incoming traffic is from A Woman From Illinois

Life is grand when you are tracking stats!


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Thinking Geek

I love I have surfed the site for a long time, drooling over what is to be found there, but only last week made my first purchases from the site. I bought two things.

The first was a t-shirt that I think is extremely funny. I'm going to wear it to Math class tomorrow just as a celebration of my geek-ness. Here it is:

The other thing that I bought was this:

My co-worker Chad is a huge Einstein fan and I thought that he just might like an Einstein action figure to guard his desk from stupidity. I was worried that he might think it was kind of gay for me to get it, but he has done a lot of stuff for me and given me things, so it is fair. Just guys f*ckin around. No gay sh*t here. (Random manly, masculine affirming things here).

Okay, I'm done. Geek on.


At 1/24/2005 9:16 PM, Blogger loelsh said...

So how did he like the Einstein doll?

At 1/25/2005 10:10 PM, Blogger Guru said...

Chad liked it just fine. It is in its box, posted up on his corkboard. It has already become a conversation piece for passers by.

"Is that an Einstein action figure?"


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Sunday, January 23, 2005

Doesn't Feel Good

Well, I'm not in a good mood right now. The Steelers lost a game that I thought that they should have won from the outset. Problem is, we turned the ball over too many times. You cannot do that against the Patriots. The Pats played mistake-free football and the Steelers were the epitome of mistakes.

I'll tell you what. I am an Eagles fan for the next two weeks. I cannot stand for the Patriots to win again. But, I would probably be better off rooting for the Pats, as I have rooted against them in their other two Super Bowls, and where did that get me?

Life is grand when you are heartbroken.


At 1/23/2005 11:38 PM, Blogger A Woman From Illinois said...

Look on the bright side!!! Tomorrow is MONDAY!!!


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Saturday, January 22, 2005

Just Some Stuff

No offense to G$ and Trin, who have these stickers on their cars, but you should read this guy's site. His take has an odd sort of humor. Big ups to gundog99 for posting it first.

The guy who brought you the AntiMagnet website has also brought you Rock, Paper, Saddam!, a nice little story of a day that games got out of hand in the courtroom. Funny stuff.

I also made myself an avatar from this site that Trin recommended as someplace to go when I was bored. What do you think?
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At 1/22/2005 9:56 AM, Blogger Trinity13 said...

I was actualy just on this guy's site yesterday and thought about posting a blog very similar to yours.

Btw, no offense taken. Very funny site!


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Friday, January 21, 2005

Strange Trophies

The VP of my department at work has a strange habit. Whenever he wants to bet someone regarding numbers, he always bets a pop. Instead of drinking that pop, he keeps it on one of his desks with a post-it explaining how he was right and often the signature of the loser of the bet.

He has 5 bottles lined up with varying degrees of rotting regular Pepsi inside. I had always assumed that they were special edition bottles or something, but nope. They are just modern day scalps.

Life is grand when you're winning bets!


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Thursday, January 20, 2005

3 Things

Finally getting around to it...

3 screen names you have:
1. Guru
2. Anakin
3. Gideon

3 things you like about yourself:
1. I am smart
2. I work hard
3. I don't get bored

3 things you hate/dislike about yourself:
1. I am fat
2. I am conceited
3. My Teeth

3 parts of your heritage:
1. English
2. Irish
3. Italian

3 things that scare you:
1. Failure
2. Heights
3. The thought of drowning

3 of your everyday essentials:
1. Computer
2. Car
3. Rap Music

3 things you're wearing right now:
1. Black Athletic Shorts
2. Grey Baseball shirt
3. My Porn-Star Undies

3 of your favorite bands/artists (at this time):
1. Jay-Z
2. Talib Kweli
3. Drifter

3 of your favorite songs at present:
(I am really in an 'old school' mindset right now)
1. Guillotine (Swords) - Raekwon - Only Built 4 Cuban Linx
2. Killah Hills 10304 - Genius - Liquid Swords
3. Get Em' High - Kanye West f / Talib Kweli - College Dropout

3 new things you want to try in the next 12 months:
1. Lose weight
2. Succeeding at this "College Thing"
3. Getting Student Tickets to OSU Football

3 things you want in a relationship:
(let's try 3 different from the norm)
1. Good Dialog
2. Good Friend
3. Good Parent to my Kids

2 truths and a lie:(no particular order to keep ya guessing)
1. I like big butts and I cannot Lie.
2. I played minor league baseball.
3. I love my job.

3 physical things about a love interest that appeal:
1. Nice Eyes
2. Pretty Face
3. b00bies!

3 things you just can't do:
1. Sing
2. Bring myself to waste money
3. Get Younger

3 of your favorite hobbies:
1. Computers
2. Reading
3. Thinking

3 things you want to do really badly right now:
1. Go Nighty-Night
2. Eat
3. Drink Diet Pop

3 careers you're considering (don't include what you do now):
(I'm not considering these, I just wish I could do them)
1. Play Pro Baseball
2. Play Pro Football
3. Run the Playboy Empire (What happens in the grotto, stays in the grotto!)

3 places you want to go on vacation:
1. Hawaii
2. Alvin, Texas (anyone know why?)
3. Stay Home

3 things you want to do before you die:
1. Get Rich
2. Use Trin's Time Machine
3. Chill

3 people who have to take this quiz now:
1. Drifter
2. Chad
3. Sweetie Pie


At 1/20/2005 11:25 PM, Blogger Trinity13 said...

Guru said- 3 places you want to go on vacation:
2. Alvin, Texas (anyone know why?)

Is it because Alvin, Texas is the home town of Nolan Ryan?

At 1/21/2005 6:43 AM, Blogger Guru said...


I am SERIOUSLY impressed. How did you figure that out? I Googled Alvin, Texas and didn't see his name on the first screen, so I wondered if anyone would figure it out.

How did you figure it out?

At 1/21/2005 6:47 AM, Blogger Guru said...

Oh, and not only his hometown. The place that he lives and works. He owns a bank there, a couple of restaurants and a hotel, I think. The story is that if you were there for a week, you would run in to him at some point.

THAT is what I want to do. I would LOVE to meet him.

At 1/21/2005 9:36 AM, Blogger Trinity13 said...

Well, I did a search on google and noticed his name on the page. I then did a search including Alvin, Texas and Nolan Ryan. I found out a lot of information. I even saw a picture of the visiter center that has one of his uniforms. Very nice!


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Good Math Class Today

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Today we got started on derivatives. After our teacher covered the theory once, he turned the board over to one girl in our class. She wasn't comfortable doing the problem, and mofos weren't helping like they should have been. (The teacher had us go to the board because he was concerned that he was doing the problems too fast. He figured that if we worked together, we would go at a good pace). She got through the problem with a lot of teacher help and sat down.

The teacher put another problem on the board and asked for another volunteer. Since no one volunteered, he was about to pick someone. I wanted to volunteer, but didn't want to be a nerd. He was about to pick a girl in the back of the class, but she looked really scared when he was looking right at her. He couldn't remember her name and as he was working on it, I volunteered. He told her that she got a reprieve since he couldn't remember her name.

I went up there and got right to work. I was hoping that I had understood what was going on. I checked with him a few times for reassurance that I wasn't leading the class astray (I wasn't) and I finished the problem. It took somewhere between 7-10 minutes to do longform and took up an entire blackboard panel. AND, my answer was correct! I felt really good about it.

I also got my exam back that we took on Tuesday. I got what amounts to an 81.25% on it, but that doesn't mean squat. There is a weird formula used to calculate your total points in the class and that is curved compared with all Math 151 students for the last several years. There is a place online to calculate your score and I put all of my grades in thus far and gave myself grades on the exams and quizzes commiserate with the percentages that I had been getting. It worked out to me getting like 92% of the possible points that I could and I'm pretty sure that that would be curved as an 'A'. But, I don't want to get my hopes up. I am prepared to get a 'B'.

(Just so you know... if I got a 'C', I would probably kill myself.)

Kidding aside, I did have a really good day at school today.


At 1/20/2005 10:45 PM, Blogger loelsh said...

You go, Mr. Smartypants! hehe! Good Job!

At 1/20/2005 10:56 PM, Blogger Trinity13 said...

Are you kidding me? You got an A!

Btw, I'm glad you had a good time at school. It's always nice to be right when you volunteer for something.

At 1/21/2005 6:44 AM, Blogger Guru said...

I don't have an A yet. That was just my estimating my total class grade based on how I have done so far.

We'll see if I can keep it up.

At 1/21/2005 9:33 AM, Blogger Trinity13 said...

All I was saying is that knowing you, you will get an A since you are so smart. It's a given.

At 1/21/2005 10:16 PM, Blogger A Woman From Illinois said...

If I understand you right!! YOU are a man and YOU have brains!!! What is this world coming to!!

Congrats and keep UP the good work



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Wednesday, January 19, 2005

American Idol

It sure was nice to get to see a little American Idol again. I know that the general American consensus is that people like to see the people who just totally SUCK! While I do enjoy that, I really want people to do well. I like to hear good undiscovered talent.

I'll tell you what, though. One episode in and they have already found this year's Keith. But this chick is crazy. I mean REALLY crazy. Her name is Mary Roach.

Mary Roach

I welcome comments from anyone who saw the show. I would like to know what you thought of her. At first, I thought that she was sincere and had a goofy dance, but would be just like the other non-winners. But, then. Ah, but then. But, then she started singing and she didn't enunciate anything! She just made these sick warbling sounds. The judges tried to retain laughter, but it was too much. They told her that she wasn't good and that she wasn't going through and she lost it. It was a little spooky.

I recommend any of you who have broadband and a file sharing program to search for Mary Roach and you will probably find video and/or audio of her breakdown. American Idol clips get posted pretty quickly.

So, anyone else think she was a tad nutso?


At 1/19/2005 8:25 AM, Blogger loelsh said...

I agree. That chick was CRAZY!!

At 1/19/2005 9:29 AM, Blogger Dorothy said...

Yes, and it's getting national attention. The reality-TV writer for Slate magazine is blasting American Idol for putting on someone who is obviously sick ...

At 1/19/2005 12:56 PM, Blogger ghraper said...

She was the Anti-Idol in soooo many ways! I wanted to turn the t.v. off before she turned my stomach. Just NASTY!!


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Tuesday, January 18, 2005

Math Exam

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I had my first real math exam tonight. I had 45 minutes to complete it (and I used all 45). But, guess how many questions there were? 4. That's right, 4. Ah, Calculus. I won't know the results until at least next week, but I know I didn't get 100% on this one. But, I think I did well.

Tonight was also our first math class in our new room in our new building. So, now I can't park at the stadium and walk all five days. On Tues. and Thurs. now I have to park at the distant lot and ride the bus in to campus. I got lucky and got to class with one minute to spare. Not too bad considering that I didn't even know where my building was!

I watched American Idol tonight after I got home. I'll probably post about that tomorrow.

Sleep tight.


At 1/19/2005 7:44 AM, Blogger Guru said...

Bonus points to anyone who can tell me what the limits are at -5 and 4. Or (hint, hint), if they don't exist there, where do they exist?

At 1/19/2005 8:20 AM, Blogger Trinity13 said...

In your mind.


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My Virtual Model

Well, I might as well complete the circle and put my virtual self online. Trinity started the trend and Ghraper and Loelsh have complied, so I will as well. Just as with the Virtual Model I did about 2 years ago, this model gives me a little too much credit and not enough belly. But, here he is.


At 1/18/2005 11:57 AM, Blogger Trinity13 said...

Why are you wearing your pants were Drifter does...up to the belly button?

At 1/18/2005 10:22 PM, Blogger Guru said...

Ummmm... that's not really me :-P.

I guess that's where your little virtual model website puts the undies on the farging fat a$$ dudes.

I would rather go comando than wear by stuff that high.

At 1/18/2005 10:23 PM, Blogger Guru said...

"wear by stuff that high"

I guess that I have a cold. I meant MY stuff, not BY stuff.


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Monday, January 17, 2005

What is Your Dominant Intelligence?

Your Dominant Intelligence is Logical-Mathematical Intelligence

You are great at finding patterns and relationships between things.
Always curious about how things work, you love to set up experiments.
You need for the world to make sense - and are good at making sense of it.
You have a head for numbers and math ... and you can solve almost any logic puzzle.

You would make a great scientist, engineer, computer programmer, researcher, accountant, or mathematician.


At 1/17/2005 10:30 AM, Blogger loelsh said...

Your Dominant Intelligence is Musical Intelligence

Every part of your life has a beat, and you're often tapping your fingers or toes.
You enjoy sounds of all types, but you also find sound can distract you at the wrong time.
You are probably a gifted musician of some sort - even if you haven't realized it.
Also a music lover, you tend to appreciate artists of all kinds.

You would make a great musician, disc jockey, singer, or composer.

At 1/17/2005 2:54 PM, Blogger Trinity13 said...

Same as Guru.

At 1/17/2005 4:58 PM, Blogger ghraper said...

Same as Lo. I(freakin')magine that!


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Free G-Mail Invites

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I have four invites right now and when I get more, I will probably offer them on my blog, as well. Most people I know who have wanted one have gotten one, so I'm offering the rest to you, my loyal readership.

You all know G-Mail. Right now it is invitation only and you get a gigabyte of mail storage and can send up to 10 megabyte e-mails! You could store CDs upon CDs in your g-mail account and not even dent it.

So, if you want an account, leave me a comment with your name and e-mail address and I'll send you an invite. I recommend leaving your email address something like this form - yourname [*at*] whateverdomain [*dot*] com. If you just put it up there in plain text normally, you could be inviting spam, as there are programs that just go out and search websites for e-mail addresses, so try to disguise it so that a search robot wouldn't recognize it as an e-mail address.


At 1/17/2005 1:09 PM, Blogger A Woman From Illinois said...

I would love an invite for GMAIL. I would be totally and forever indebted to you.

ilgirl42 at

At 1/17/2005 5:17 PM, Blogger Guru said...



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Sunday, January 16, 2005

Columbus v. Seattle

Seattle, Washington has a reputation as being mad, crazy rainy and just having horrible weather. The problem is that Columbus, Ohio is just not being factored in to the equation. Some facts from

* Columbus, OH on average is warmer than Seattle, WA by 4 degrees F.

* The highest temperature, 102 degrees F in Columbus, OH, was recorded in 1954.

* On average Columbus, OH is cooler than Seattle, WA by 2 degrees F.

* Columbus, OH recorded the lowest temperature of -28 degrees F in 1994.

* Columbus, OH averages more precipitation than Seattle, WA by 3.0in

So, here it gets hotter, gets colder, and we get more precipitation. As for rainy days, Columbus has 137 days with precipitation, Seattle has 151. 14 days more, but it averages to 3 inches LESS in a year. AND, as you can see from the graph, Columbus is consistantly wet, while Seattle has a few bad months. (Columbus is in Blue)

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Seattle can't be getting more run because it is bigger, because Columbus is over 2.5 times as large in land area and has 150,000 more people. When people think rainy and miserable, they never think Columbus, BUT THEY SHOULD!!! The weather here sucks!

Rant off. I feel better.


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Consoling Big Ben

If Big Ben Roethlisberger is feeling down regarding his play during yesterday's win against the Jets, he can console himself with the fact that he is reportedly dating the Anna Kournikova of golf, Natalie Gulbis.

She certainly is a pretty wench. Fortunately, Ben is rumored to be of high moral fiber, so I'm sure his intentions are strictly honorable. Good for him.


At 1/16/2005 10:37 PM, Blogger Trinity13 said...

Yes, very good of him.


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Saturday, January 15, 2005

Steelers Win!

Man, you would think that I was watching a Buckeye game today as close and as crazy as the game was. The Jets missed 2 field goals in the last 150 seconds of the game to force overtime, where they got the ball and couldn't advance it. The Steelers then got the ball and drove to kick the field goal and win the game.

The game ball definitely goes to the Steeler Defense. The Jets offense only managed 3 points. They got 14 points off of an interception and a punt return, both for TDs. But the Steeler Defense was absolutely amazing, let by some outstanding play by Troy Polamalu.
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Jerome Bettis started for my Steelers and got his 100 yards again, keeping his streak alive of a 100 yard game every time he starts this season. Tha Bus, Baby!
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Ben Roethlisberger had a rough game, as he always does when he wears those gloves. He just didn't have the control on the ball that he normally does. and others attributed it to the Jet defense, but some of his passes were just bad throws when he was not under any sort of pressure.

Oh, well. The team needs to move past it and get ready for Indy or NE. We still have the home field and we need to USE IT! Not in our house, baby!
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Name Something

Stolen from Trinity, stolen from others...

Name something you would NOT do in public, that most people would do:
Pick my teeth, or my wedge.

Name something you WOULD do in public, that most people would not do:
Pretty much anything else.

Name one recent fashion statement you could do without:
Those ugly fuzzy boots.

Name one article of clothing you love though you know it's wrong:
My whole wardrobe.

Name one thing (just one) you generally find physically attractive about the opposite sex:
Her Face. I like boobs a lot, but if the chick is a 15 yard personal foul (she looks good from 15 yards, but up close she is a personal foul) I don't like that at all. A pretty face is important.

Name one thing (still, just one) you generally find attractive physically about the your own sex:
I guess...if I have to answer...let me remind that I am not gay... I would say a well defined torso area. Someone who has nicely defined pecs and abs is someone that I think that would make the ladies drool. (Note to self: Work on chest and abs)


At 1/15/2005 10:41 AM, Blogger Trinity13 said...

I know for a fact that you would do anything else in public. I've seen you "clean" your restaurant silverware on the floor and then eat with it. Yum!


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Friday, January 14, 2005

Silly College Guys

As I was walking back from my class tonight, I passed two guys skateboarding. As I passed, they were taking a break and talking. One of the guys said to the other one that he had overdrawn his checking account and had gotten charged twenty dollars. He couldn't believe that they had fined him for trying to spend more money than he had in his account.

He said that if he were to go to an ATM and it was out of money, he wouldn't be able to fine them $20.00.

I thought that that was kind of funny at first. But he was going on about it being bullsh*t, so I thought about it. I mean, he always could go to another ATM and get his money. If that one was out of money, he could find another one, and so on until his pockets were full. But try as they might, the bank would never be able to make good on his check, so the analogy wouldn't hold.

Nice try, though. Welcome to life as an adult.


At 1/15/2005 12:21 AM, Blogger Trinity13 said...

Sounds like something my sister would say/do. She was always getting fees on her account for not keeping enough money in it.

At almost 22, she is still working on being an adult.


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You Might Be a Liberal If...

Taken from blog, News from the Front, found while surfing Blog Explosion.

You Might Be A Liberal ...

You Might Be A Liberal If:
1) You think that protestors outside nuclear power plants are dedicated activists, but protestors outside abortion clinics are dangerous zealots interfering with a legal activity.
2) You believe that even though the top 20 percent of taxpayers pay 80 percent of income taxes, that the rich are not paying their fair share.
3) You believe in global warming today just as firmly as you believed in global cooling back in the 1970s.
4) You mentally subtract 100 points from someone's IQ if the person speaks with a Southern accent.
5) You are dedicated to helping the poor, the downtrodden and the less fortunate, but you have never given blood.
6) You have no problem with Hollywood movie stars flying around in private jets to give speeches on the evils of SUVs.
7) You deplore prejudice and bigotry in all its forms, but think that everyone in the "red states" is an idiot.
8) You are worried about how the French view Americans.
9) You believe that nativity scenes should be banned from public view, but that anyone objecting to pornography only has to look the other way.
So, do you qualify? Are you a liberal?


At 1/14/2005 10:08 AM, Blogger Trinity13 said...

After reading the list I am here to report that no, I am not a liberal.

Thank you.

At 1/14/2005 4:50 PM, Blogger loelsh said...

Non-liberal here as well.


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Thursday, January 13, 2005

Blood Types

My friend and co-worker, Chad, is taking an Anthropology class at OSU. He was showing me today how blood types with B in them are extremely rare. Indigenous populations across the world actually have different majority blood types. It was very interesting. I know that my mom's blood type is the rarest kind (AB-, the universal receiver), but I didn't know that my blood type is actually quite rare as well. I am B Negative. Only 2% of the US population shares that trait. Pretty cool to be so different. GO ME!

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Feeling Guilty

Since I started school last Monday, I have had to leave work at either 3:45 or 4:45, depending on what class I have that day. My goal was to get in around 7 or 7:30 to make up for the early leaving, but that hasn't been the case. I have been getting in around 8:30, which is earlier then my old 9:30 on most days, but not early enough, and I still feel bad.

I will, of course, get this under control, but I really feel like I'm cheating the company since I am salary. BUT, I'm sure they didn't feel like they were cheating me when I was putting in almost 80 hour weeks on our projects, so I'll just have to look at it like that.


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Wednesday, January 12, 2005

Good Joke

This is NOT told from my perspective!

True story, I was happy. My girlfriend and I had been dating for over a year, and so we decided to get married. My parents helped us in every way, my friends encouraged me, and my girlfriend? She was a dream! There was only one thing bothering me, very much indeed, and that one thing was her younger sister.

My prospective sister-in-law was twenty years of age, wore tight mini skirts and low cut blouses. She would regularly bend down when near me and I got many a pleasant view of her underwear. It had to be deliberate. She never did it when she was near anyone else.

One day little sister called and asked me to come over to check the wedding invitations. She was alone when I arrived. She whispered to me that soon I was to be married, and she had feelings and desires for me that she couldn't overcome and didn't really want to overcome. She told me that she wanted to make love to me just once before I got married and committed my life to her sister. I was in total shock and couldn't say a word. She said, "I'm going upstairs to my bedroom, and if you want to go ahead with it just come up and get me." I was stunned. I was frozen in shock as I watched her go up the stairs. When she reached the top she pulled down her panties and threw them down the stairs at me.

I stood there for a moment, then turned and went straight to the front door. I opened the door and stepped out of the house. I walked straight towards my car. My future father-in-law was standing outside. With tears in his eyes he hugged me and said, "We are very happy that you have passed our little test. We couldn't ask for a better man for our daughter. Welcome to the family.

"The moral of this story is:"

"Always keep your condoms in your car."


At 1/12/2005 8:05 AM, Blogger ghraper said...

Words to live by.

At 1/12/2005 10:35 AM, Blogger loelsh said...


At 1/12/2005 2:46 PM, Blogger a.b. said...

I thought this girl was hot, i did it with her, she got pregnant, I married her, I am miserable, the moral is
always keep your condom on your dick


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The Rumors Are True

There was a rumor going around that Apple was going to release a sub $500.00 desktop machine. They have done it. Behold the $499.00 Apple Mini.

It doesn't come with a monitor or keyboard or mouse, but you can hook up any USB mouse and keyboard up to it, including your normal two button mouse (my wife's big gripe with Apple is their darn mouse).

Its features are pretty comparable to other sub $500.00 PC desktops, so this may very well expand Apple's chunk of the home desktop market. People who are sick of Windows and its security problems might want to have their next computer run the uber-secure Mac OS X.

All in a package that weighs just 2.9 pounds. Must give praise where praise is due. Good job, Apple.


At 1/13/2005 7:11 PM, Blogger Tyler said...

Amen to that! I'm getting one soon.

Great blog man. I'll check in from time to time.


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Tuesday, January 11, 2005

Math Quiz

I got my math quiz back that I took last Thursday and I got 20/20. A perfect score! Not too bad for my first college work. I just hope that I can keep up that kind of work. It is only getting freakin' harder from here.

BTW... Not everyone got a perfect score. I saw some 15/20 and lower floating around the class, so it wasn't a pushover exam.


At 1/11/2005 10:18 PM, Blogger Trinity13 said...

Wow Guru, that is excellent! Keep up the great work!

At 1/12/2005 8:07 AM, Blogger ghraper said...

I didn't expect any less.


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My Secret is Eating at Me

I have a secret that I've been hiding inside me that I've been dying to let out. I was worried that if news of it got out that I would be an outcast from my friends and family. However, I cannot keep living a lie.

I don't hate the Gilmore Girls.

There, that feels better. In fact, I sort of like the show. Whenever it was on and I was flipping channels, I would hit next channel so fast that their hair would move. If Lo had it on, I would leave the room.

But one day, I stayed in to watch it, and it wasn't that bad. In fact, I actually have an affinity for many of the characters now, especially Rory, Lorelai, Paris, and Rory's grandparents. Don't get me wrong. I don't watch the show every week. But now if I am passing by it, or if Lo has it on, I'll probably watch it. What I love best about the show is the dialogue. It is so real and so fitting. I've got some sample quotes here for you to enjoy.

(For the uninitiated, Rory is the daughter, Lorelai is the mom, Richard and Emily are Lorelai's parents, and Paris is Rory's schoolmate.)

Lorelai: "Stop saying mother like that."
Rory: "Like what?"
Lorelai: "Like there's supposed to be another word after it."

Lorelai: "I have like six thousand pages of case studies to memorize and this whole big test on the Wal-mart phenomena coming up on Friday and because I have a life, and a job and business school's not the only thing I have to concentrate on, I'm behind and I'll probably fail, and then that little eighteen year old annoying gnat who sits behind me will get another A and make that 'I'm smart, you're dumb' face to me for the rest of the week and I'll be very upset and will possibly cry."
Rory: "The music's too loud?"
Lorelai: "Yes."
Rory: "Got it."

Paris: Maybe I shouldn't go. I mean, what if I fall for him and he doesn't like me?
Rory: Then you'll find someone else.
Paris: But what if there is no one else?
Rory: Then you'll buy some cats.

Rory: Mom?
Lorelai: Oh.
Rory: You're happy.
Lorelai: Yeah.
Rory: Did you do something slutty?
Lorelai: I'm not that happy.

[about new school]
Rory: One of the girls already hates me. The guys are weird.
Lorelai: Weirder than other guys?
Rory: Yeah, they kept calling me Mary.
Lorelai: You're kidding me. Wow, I can't believe they still say that.
Rory: Why? What does it mean?
Lorelai: It means like, Virgin Mary. It means they think you look like a goody-goody.
Rory: You're kidding.
Lorelai: No.
Rory: Well what would they have called me if they thought I looked like a slut?
Lorelai: Well, they might have added a Magdalene to it.
Rory: Wow. Biblical insults. This is an advanced school.

Lorelai: Okay, I think we just found the first room in the history of the world that would've made Liberace say 'Whoa. Step back. No one's that gay.'

Lorelai: Schooch down now and go to sleep.
[she moves Rory's armchair]
Rory: What are you doing?
Lorelai: Nothing, just a little feng shui, go to sleep.
Rory: Mom, you don't have to sleep in here tonight.
Lorelai: I know, I just think the chair looks nice here.
Rory: And what's the blanket for?
Lorelai: In case the chair gets cold.
Rory: And the pillow?
Lorelai: To keep the blanket company.
Rory: Uh-huh.
Lorelai: Okay, everything's in its place. Chair seems warm, blanket seems happy, just one thing missing... oh yeah.
[sits down in chair]
Lorelai: Goodnight.
Rory: Freak of sideshow proportions.
Lorelai: I love you, too.
Rory: Mom?
Lorelai: Hmm?
Rory: I'm sorry.
Lorelai: Shh, the chair is trying to sleep.

My Note: Remember that Lorelai is the MOM
Lorelai: Maybe they could stop by a bathing suit store along the way.
Rory: My suit is fine.
Lorelai: No, sure it is. It's nice to be able to go from the beach to the mosque without having to change.

Paris: [Rory and Paris are running inside to get out of the pouring rain] Out of the way! Move, move, move!
Girl in the dorm: Is it raining?
Paris: No, it's National Baptism Day. Tie your tubes, idiot!

Funny stuff, all of it. A lot of it is very quirky or sarcastic humor, my favorite. I hope that I can still be accepted by you out there, now that I've made that revelation.


At 1/11/2005 7:59 AM, Blogger loelsh said...

It's o.k. I still love you. No shame in liking Gilmore Girls!

At 1/11/2005 8:55 AM, Blogger Trinity13 said...

I liked the biblical insults quote the best. Very funny.


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Monday, January 10, 2005

Weigh In

Well, I'm a little bummed with this. I weigh 289 today, 3 lbs down from the 292 that I started at a week ago. All of the other people in the challenge are posting tremendous weight losses, and I am at 3 lbs.

That is very unlike my performance in other weight loss endeavors. But, I will tell you what is different. I am trying to set an eating model for my life that I will be able to follow for a very long time. In addition to that, I am working out quite a bit, not only calisthenics, but serious weight training as well.

So, it is possible that I have lost more fat, but had those losses erased on the scale by some muscle gains. And, a consistent 3 lbs weekly weight loss projected over a year would make me 156 lbs down. Well, I don't have THAT much to lose, so perhaps I just need to get my mindset right. Plus, I am following the principles set out in the Men's Health Diet Plan. The plan calls for aerobic exercise to burn fat and muscle gains to raise your metabolism to burn more fat no matter what I am doing at any one time.

With that viewpoint in my mind, I can see it going well for me. Plus, on Saturday (and today for lunch) I had a salad. I know what you are thinking out there... "So what?" But those of you who know me know that I think that vegetables are the devil, so for me to eat a salad is almost like a vegetarian to have a Big Mac. Yet, I did it. Why? Healthier choices for my life.

I am going to continue to work out and continue to add muscle as much as I can. I am going to continue to eat 5 - 6 small meals a day, totaling about 1500 calories a day. And, I am going to get consistent weight loss, so that I look mad pimpish in my speedo this summer. (Just kidding about that one :-> )


At 1/10/2005 2:25 PM, Blogger Trinity13 said...

You, a salad?!!! Did you like it? Was it torture for you to eat it?

At 1/10/2005 3:53 PM, Blogger Drifter said...

We DO need to hear more about the did you think AS you ate it?
The textures.....good...bad...indifferent?
What kinda dressing....croutons???
Damn it man...we need the details!!!!

At 1/10/2005 3:54 PM, Blogger Drifter said...

P.S. You are right it the slow and steady will be better in the end....and FOR the "end" as well....ha!!!!

At 1/10/2005 6:11 PM, Blogger loelsh said...

It's true, I actually saw him eat the salad on Saturday! Imagine my suprise. You go, honey! You can Do It!


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Sunday, January 09, 2005

Called To Duty

Over a year ago, my friend Andy joined up with the Marine Corps Reserves. After a tough time at first in basic training, he ended up getting through it and, in my eyes, really becoming a man. Until that point, he had lived with mommy and daddy and had never held a job. That lifestyle was a complete shock to his system. But he grew up and is now a very mature young man. I am so very proud of him.

I've known him since he was 11 or 12 and now to see him as a Marine just makes me swell up with emotion inside. The Marines are the best and now Andy is among them.

But, as you know, we are at war and he signed up during war time. So today, he set out for California for 10 weeks in preparation for his deployment to Iraq in March. I don't know why, but I am really very upset right now.

I don't know if upset is the right word, emotional is. I fear for his safety. I can only imagine the wreck that his mother will be for his entire tour. I already know that he is in the Lord's hands, but that doesn't ensure his safety.

I will pray very often that Andy is safe and honor his country, his family, and his Lord with his life every day. It is not only all I can do, it is the best I can do.


At 1/09/2005 10:34 PM, Blogger A Woman From Illinois said...

I will add him to my prayer list.

At 1/09/2005 11:40 PM, Blogger ghraper said...

I too know Andy, and the years have really just flown by. His mother was my sixth grade teacher. Andy was a toddler back then. It wasn't until several years later that I really got to know their family though. Andy and his brother were in the youth group at church and we pretty much watched them grow up. I am so proud of the man he's become and I salute him for his bravery and willingness to serve in these war-filled days. I look forward to his safe return, and hopefully will get to hear about his experiences someday. I don't get to see him that much, but he's a great guy. The last time we spoke was Halloween. So those of you that care, and especially if you know him, please pray for him regularly. God bless you and keep you Andy!


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Anyone who knows me in the real world knows that I am generally anti-sleep. I pretty much go until I pass out and then am up again as soon as possible. I like to maximize my participation in each day.

That being said, I have been under the weather recently and exhausting myself in new ways with work, school, diet, and exercise. Today, I got a friendly piece of bed and napped for FOUR HOURS!

That is very anti-me. I don't behave this way. I hope that I get over this, because I can't go dropping 1/6th of my day away on naps.

Good Grief!


At 1/09/2005 10:39 PM, Blogger A Woman From Illinois said...

Naps are not all bad. But they can become habit forming. You have a lot on your plate right now, and your body must recoup some how.

At 1/09/2005 11:47 PM, Blogger ghraper said...

With a schedule like your current one, if you don't schedule yourself some time to recharge, your body will make it's own schedule, possibly to your detriment. Take care of yourself man.

At 1/10/2005 10:15 AM, Blogger Trinity13 said...

I'm glad you got a much needed nap.

Besides naps, you should make up for your busy week by sleeping in on Saturdays. Even if it's every other Sat, you would be getting some much needed re-coup time.

At 1/11/2005 7:30 AM, Blogger Guru said...

I cannot sleep in on Saturdays. Especially right around now. My oldest daughter does cheerleading in the morning and most of the time, the kids are in my room waking me up if I sleep past 8.

Kids, gotta love 'em.

At 1/11/2005 8:52 AM, Blogger Trinity13 said...

Wives, gotta love 'em...Have the wife take care of the kids on your day to sleep in. My hubby and I have a system. He sleeps in one Sat, I take care of the boy, then I sleep in next Sat, he takes care of the boy. See how that works? It's fair for everyone that way.

At 1/11/2005 3:11 PM, Blogger loelsh said...

Whoa, nellie, slow down with the wifey insults. I have no choice but to get up and take care of the baby and get E-E and myself ready for cheerleading on Saturday mornings and he can sleep in any time he WANTS to. This whole thing about him not being able to sleep in on Saturday because I don't get up, so he has to thing is ONLY because he CHOOSES not to sleep in. So, go ahead, guru, sleep in or get up, it's your choice, just don't complain about it.

At 1/11/2005 10:08 PM, Blogger Guru said...

Come on. No one is attacking anyone. Rereading what Trin said, I think her "See how that works?" was meant as a tad bit of sarcasm to both of us for not figuring it out earlier.

I do choose to get up Saturday morning. The kids bug me and I feel like a bad Dad if I send them away if they are hungry (even though they could get their own food).

Plus, once I am up, I am up. Like I said in my post, I generally regard sleep as a waste of time, so once I see the day, I can't go back to sleep. That is what made said nap so hard to believe.

So, while I could fight for my right for a few extra hours, I usually just acquiesce to getting up because I can't stand to waste the day.

I can sleep when I'm dead!


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Saturday, January 08, 2005

Only I Can Have This!

An 8 year old boy walks home from school each day past an 8 year old girls house. One day as he is passing by, carrying a football, he can't resist taunting the girl. He holds up the football and says, "See this football? Football is a boys game, and only boys can have a football!".

The little girl runs into the house and cries to her mother, "I want a football!" Being a woman of the 90's, her mother runs out and gets her one. The next day the girl is waiting for the little boy and he rides up on his bike.

She holds up the football... "Nah Na Nah Nah".

The little boy angrily points to his bike and says, "Oh yeah, well this is a boys bike and only boys get boys bikes and you can't have one!"

She runs in to mom and the next day is waiting for him on her new boys bike.

The little boy gets furious and pulls down his pants, and pointing to his most private of parts says, "Look, only boys have these and your mom can't buy you one!!!".

The next day he walks by and says to her, "Well, I guess I showed you!" to which she promptly pulls up her dress, points to her parts and proclaims "My mother tells me that as long as I have one of these I can have as many of THOSE as I want!"


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ABCs of My Week

Stolen from Trinity who stole it from others and has since been stolen by loelsh and others...

-A is the grade that I am trying to get in my two courses.
-Baby Luke is the cutest baby ever
-Computers are what I work on all day long (not that I mind)
-D is for the diet that I am on (cuz I'm a pudgy f*cker)
-Eating. What I wish I could do to pizza, cheeseburgers, candy, etc.
-Fat. What I am.
-Going to school after a nine year absence.
-Hungry, of course.
-I'm struggling to fill this out.
-Just 10 letters in and I wonder why I'm doing this.
-Keeping track of my schedule is getting difficult.
-Living, loving, learning
-Me first is the wrong attitude to take.
-Nobody cares!
-Or do they?
-Quit making fun of my answers!
-Raped is how paying for all of my school crap made me feel.
-Sheila at my work asked me why I'm getting fat.
-Two daughters. That's how many I have and they are AWESOME!
-Uvula. Just because it sounds dirty.
-Vassia. My middle name.
-Walking is all I do around campus. (Good exercise, though)
-X is my favorite any time, any place variable.
-Young people all around me at school.
-Zzzzzzz is what I should be doing now. (It's 4:30 AM)


At 1/08/2005 11:56 AM, Blogger Trinity13 said...

Very nice. J is my fav.


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Friday, January 07, 2005

My Math Book

The Ohio State University has quite a racket going on here. They publish their own math book, shown here.

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edited together for our ease of use. In fact, you could buy the two books and get by in the class, but it is easier and usually cheaper to get the OSU published one. The problem is that you can't get that book anywhere but Ohio State. My other textbooks can be gotten from Amazon or a ton of other places, but not this one!

It is a scandal.


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Thanks, Dad!

With my dad's help, I was able to buy a graphing calculator for school yesterday. He also gave me enough money to reimburse myself for my math book, science book, and parking pass. That was definitely cool.

I'm glad that my dad is helping and I am glad he is able to help out, but I feel a little bad for taking the money when I know he doesn't have much of a retirement fund set up. Maybe this is his way of setting up a retirement fund - through me. If he can make a few small contributions to my education (read: my earning potential), then I can help him out later in his life. Which I will consider it a privilege to do.

I got the TI-86 calculator, which is the highest in the series that we are allowed to have in class. I only know how to do the basic crap on it and with the war and peace sized manual I will need quite a few bathroom breaks to master the calc.

Life is Grand when Dad helps with your education!

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At 1/07/2005 2:58 PM, Blogger Drifter said...

Life is grand.....but school is 15 grand!!!!

At 1/07/2005 3:38 PM, Blogger Trinity13 said...

What is it with people stealing my line(life is grand)? Huh? I don't steal things from other blogs, so why do you feel the need to steal from me.

What a sec...I do steal things from other blogs.

Never mind. Carry on.


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Thursday, January 06, 2005

Hitchhiker's Guide - The Movie

I don't know how many of you out there are Douglas Adams fans and may have read any of the books in the Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy series. But, I will tell you this. The humor in it could be described as dry, intellectual, subtle, etc. But the fun is in the ridiculousness of it all. Here is the plot outline:

Mere seconds before the Earth is to be demolished by an alien construction crew, journeyman Arthur Dent is swept off the planet by his friend Ford Prefect, a researcher penning a new edition of "The Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy."

Here is the website for the movie.

I read the books when I was young because my dad was a big fan of the humor. I also played the text only video game on my Commodore 64. Here is a summary of that game from Wikipedia. Note the line "It may be the only text adventure ever to lie to its players." That would really mess you up. You would be going along with a problem, someone would straight up lie to you, and you would end up following their advice and getting sucked in to space. It was CRAZY!

In fact, they have recreated the game in a flash version that is just AWESOME!!! The only difference between this and the Commodore game is that they give you visuals of where you are and what is in your inventory. (Which always has 'No Tea', a British thing.) I have made it available for download to you here (right click-save as to get it to your PC. Apple people, you know what to do). It originally came from here. If you go to the original site for the game, it includes hints for you people who don't know how to play text games.

I'll tell you this, though. I am going to go see that movie as SOON as I can when it comes out. It doesn't matter to me what the critics may or may not say because I don't trust them to be on the level of humor appreciation needed to enjoy this movie.

Enjoy a wallpaper from the official website. It features one of the overarching themes of 'Hitchhikers', "Don't Panic".

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At 1/06/2005 9:20 AM, Blogger Trinity13 said...

I should borrow this book from the library. Sounds like a great read.

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My Nerd Score: High Nerd

I am nerdier than 85% of all people. Are you nerdier? Click here to find out!
I am nerdier than 85% of all people. Are you nerdier? Click here to find out!


At 1/06/2005 9:19 AM, Blogger Trinity13 said...

I am a low ranking nerd at 60% nerder than people. According to the quiz, I am definitely a nerd but low on the totem pole of nerds.

At 1/06/2005 10:09 AM, Blogger loelsh said...

My score was a 3! It said I'm Definitely not nerdy, I am probably cool. I am nerdier than 3% of all people. (I suppose if being a nerd consists of knowing things on that quiz, then I think my score is accurate. But that doesn't mean I'm not a dork.)

At 1/06/2005 1:31 PM, Blogger A Woman From Illinois said...

Well mine was a 86%. But I do not feel nerdy, needy maybe!! But knowing the math, the elements and who was in the pics probably brought my score up.

At 1/07/2005 8:26 AM, Blogger ghraper said...

31% here. Nearly 1/3 Nerd. Yay! ...or Boo! depending on how you look at it.


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Wednesday, January 05, 2005

Laura Bush is a Rocker!

It looks like Laura Bush is rocking out here on the White House lawn. What she is really doing is trying to do the Longhorn salute of the University of Texas. They had just beaten Michigan in the Rose Bowl (Yea!) and she was trying to show her support for the team.

(In case you are wondering, the Longhorn salute requires the pointer and pinky fingers to point outward, like a longhorn's horns, her fingers are straight up and down - the devil horns waved by hard rock fans.)


At 1/05/2005 11:34 PM, Blogger loelsh said...

Silly first lady!


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Math Class

Well, I had Math class last night and I must say that I loved it. It was absolutely fabulous. I can't wait for the next one. I really, truly, love the math, I'll tell you what.

I got my parking pass yesterday and parked at the stadium and walked over to my class. I got there about 40 minutes early, but there was a padded bench and a copy of the Lantern (the school newspaper) there, so I sat and read. I got in to class and all of the desks were normal, so my seating was okay. I certainly appreciated that, especially for a class that is two hours and ten minutes long.

My teacher is the best. He is a total math nerd. He came to class in a crazy sweater and pants and though his hair was brown, it was very Einstein-ish. When he would write on the chalkboard, he would use his hands as erasers and constantly lean on the board frontward and backward. When he was done, he was covered in chalkdust head to toe. I love it! On top of that, he is -so far- a very effective teacher and I am really looking forward to this class.

I do have a quiz Thursday (the second day of class) as well as some homework that is due. He doesn't mess around. I was a tad concerned that I wouldn't be able to hold my own with this, but I am steadfast that I will do well. The median grade for this class over the last ten years is a C+. I am still shooting for an A, cuz that's how I roll.

Well, thanks for listening. Go forth and do math.


At 1/05/2005 2:41 PM, Blogger Trinity13 said...

I had a teacher similar to your new math teacher. She also taught math but we had dry erase board in our class room. Most of the time she was too excited or in too much of a hurry to use the eraser. She would end up with black marks all over her hands by erasing her marker work with her hands. She was the best(and nerdiest) teacher I ever had.

At 1/05/2005 5:12 PM, Blogger loelsh said...

You go for it, honey. I know you can get that A!!


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Tuesday, January 04, 2005

Big Johnson

I don't know how many of you remember the phenomenon of the "Big Johnson" line of clothing. They would carry fictional companies and slogans touting what a "Big Johnson" could do for you. Things like Big Johnson Dart Team: Big Shafts and Hard Tips Always Score More. And Big Johnson Diving Gear: She'll Always Enjoy Going Down When She's Sucking on a Big Johnson. That sort of thing. They are still around at

They were very popular when I was in middle school until they got banned by school administrators for being "too suggestive". What were they talking about? Sounds like their minds were in the gutter! :->

Anyhow, here is one that we ran across yesterday at work that was always a favorite of computer geeks everywhere. Enjoy.


At 1/04/2005 12:02 PM, Blogger Drifter said...

I always wanted one of these shirts!!!!!

What a surprise!

Glad to hear school is good so far.


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How the First Day Went

Good news is that I got there on time. I left work at 3:30 and got to the West Campus parking lot at about 3:55. I got a spot right near the bus stop and by the time I had walked to it, a bus was pulling up and I got on.

I rode until I reached my predetermined stop which was a challenge because the windows of the bus were all fogged up from the rain, so I really had to pay attention. I also realized that there was a stop closer to my building that I can use from now on. The map was distorted from reality.

I got to class at 4:20 or so and waited for it to begin. It got off to a bad start when I realized that the desk I was sitting in was stupid. It consisted of a normal sized wooden chair. But, instead of having the desk support portion connect to the outside edge of the chair, the upper right leg just extended up to support the desk. That effectively made the right two inches of the chair un-sittable. I only noticed one "normal" desk in my vicinity, so I will have to try to arrive early and snag that one (or one like it) if I hope to be comfy.

I am easily the oldest person in the classroom. That includes the teacher. She is a grad student, which puts her somewhere between 22-26. Since I am 27, I am probably older than she is, as well.

The first class went well enough. She just went over the syllabus and told us her expectations of us for the quarter. There are only a few things that we are graded on: three quizzes, the midterm, the final, and our participation in a research project. And, as in most OSU classes, we are graded on a curve. So, we were instructed to treat all extra credit portions of our assignments as mandatory since if most other people do them, they essentially are. Ah, the love.

Math 151 (Calculus) tonight. We'll see how that one goes and report back.


At 1/04/2005 1:36 PM, Blogger A Woman From Illinois said...

I am glad it went ell for you. Is this one night a week or every night??

At 1/04/2005 8:58 PM, Blogger Guru said...

I have class 5 nights a week. Math on Tues and Thurs, 5:30 - 7:40 and Psych on Mon, Wed, Fri 4:30 - 5:48.


At 1/04/2005 9:14 PM, Blogger A Woman From Illinois said...

If you need help with the psyc let me know. I think I still have some of my college papers if you need any. Although, I don't guess you learn by using someone else's paper. But am willing to share if you wish. Psyc was major and that is what my bachelor's degree is in.

At 1/04/2005 10:33 PM, Blogger Guru said...

I don't think I will use the papers, as you said, I want to make sure that I learn. But, I def. will ask you if there is some stuff that I am struggling with. Thank you for the offer.

Just remember that you offered. I don't think I could handle the rejection if I came-a-askin' and you sent me away unfulfilled :-(


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Monday, January 03, 2005

Fantasy Football Final Results

Well, I didn't win my fantasy football league. I didn't get a top 4 spot so that I could at least get my money back. I came in 5th. Not too bad for a guy who was dead last for the first 4 weeks of the season as I went 0-4.

Oh, well. This was my first time really participating in a fantasy football league and I've learned a lot about how to run a team. Next year, I'm going to kick some butt.

Here is the final bracket showing how I finished. (Click the image to see it full sized.)

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At 1/03/2005 7:23 AM, Blogger Trinity13 said...

You got beat by a team called The Flying Pigs? Okay.

At 1/03/2005 9:02 AM, Blogger Guru said...

Flying Pigs has two connotations.

1) Footballs are called pigskins. A flying pig would refer to a pass.

2) He will win "When Pigs Fly", erego he was predicting his win from the season's onset.

Plus, he is the commish of the league, so I suspect foul play.


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First Day of School (Mine)

Today will be my first day of college and unlike most Freshmen, I am in my late 20's. I know that there isn't much shame in that anymore, and it's not like I am Rodney Dangerfield or anything, but one can't help but be a tad nervous about something so new and different.

I have my Psych 100 class on M-W-F and my Math 151 on Tu-Th. I know where my Math class is, but don't know where my Psych class is. I mean, I know the address, but you are a fool if you think that Mapquest will help me get there today.

I will have to park at the West Campus lot (no towing this week) until I get my parking pass. Fortunately, I can get the extremely cheap West Campus pass and park in regular areas after 4pm (when all of my classes are). But, for today I have to park and ride the bus to my class. I know which stop is closest to my Math Class, but to find one close to my Psych class I will probably have to consult my co-workers Chad and Chris, who have both graduated from OSU.

Here's to a good first day!


At 1/03/2005 7:17 AM, Blogger Trinity13 said...

Good luck and have fun!

At 1/03/2005 11:05 PM, Blogger loelsh said...

Go, you big college man, go!


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Sunday, January 02, 2005

I Know Some of You May Be Mad...

I know that this picture will make some people a little mad, but I saw it and thought that it was funny, so up it goes!

Anyhow, I can't tell you how many anti-Republican/anti-Bush blogs I have run across, so I am just balancing out the chi.



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Goin' to Texas

As part of our pre-weight loss activities, we are going to have an excellent lunch at Texas Roadhouse. I am going to get my eat on, regardless of healthiness, and have a good time. Trin and G-man are going, too. We all love places where the peanuts go on the floor and the rolls are awesome.

I need to make sure that I order a smaller meal, because I love the free extras too much. Also, I may or may not want a dessert.

I'll make sure and come back and comment and let y'all know how the chow was.


At 1/02/2005 7:10 PM, Blogger Guru said...

The food was excellent. I had the six ounce steak, medium, and fries. I wasn't kidding about filling up on peanuts and rolls, as I slammed home both of them. We all had a good time and afterward we went to G and Trin's house to watch Bruce Almighty, which we had seen, but not in a while.

Good times.


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Saturday, January 01, 2005

Happy New Year

I hope everyone out there had a safe and happy New Year celebration. We had some people over and while I worried about it being awkward, I think that it went pretty well.

Does anyone out there have and New Year's resolutions that they would like to share, apart from those in our weight loss challenge? I am really curious to know what you out there want to resolve for 2K5.


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BTW... I love the little changes that Google makes to its logo for different special days. Here is the one for New Year, 2005 that I thought was creative.


At 1/02/2005 10:35 AM, Blogger Guru said...

Just so you know, in addition to my weight loss pledge, I am also resolving to do well at college and do my work in a timely fashion. I don't need the added stress that my procrastination brings to my work!


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