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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.

Tuesday, May 31, 2005

Star Wars Gangsta Rap

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Monday, May 30, 2005

Star Wars Pickup Line

Your Star Wars Pickup Line

"If you're looking for a long-saber, I know where you can find one..."
What's Your Star Wars Pickup Line?


At 5/30/2005 11:36 PM, Blogger Trinity13 said...

Here is mine..."Size matters not. Judge me by my size, do you?"

And my Amazing Yoda Sex Line is "You know, this would be a lot more fun without Frank Oz's hand up my ass."


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Sunday, May 29, 2005

Second Time / First Time

I took my two daughters (5 and almost 8) to go see Star Wars Episode III this afternoon, just them and me. We had a very nice time and they both liked the movie very much. I had been a little concerned about their reaction to the dark aspects of the film, but they did fine.

My oldest decided that her favorite character is Padme. Her favorite scene was when the babies were born at the end. She also liked the saber duels and wants her own toy lightsaber. She was very good during the movie and just watched with rapt attention.

In honor of her favorite character, here is a Padme wallpaper.

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My middle child likes Yoda. She wants everything Yoda now and talks about him constantly. Her favorite scene was when Yoda was going to be attacked from behind and he did a backflip and did the would-be assassins in and she also likes the duel with the Emperor. (Good choices, both.)

Here is a Yoda wallpaper in honor of her favorite character.

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When we got home, the first thing that they wanted to do was watch more Star Wars. Episode I is on right now and they are reading all of the extra books and things that came with the movie. They are really in to Star Wars right now - their mom is probably not very happy with me :-)

As for my second viewing of the movie, it definitely holds up. I really enjoyed the movie (except for the bad dialog - "Hold me, Anakin - blah, blah"). The action scenes were still incredible, but I didn't get to look for the Easter Eggs because I was answering a lot of quiet questions about the movie.

All in all a good time, though, and I will definitely have to go and try to see it again while it is still in the theater. I need to do my part to have Episode III knock Titanic off of the box office throne. I try every time and I hope my fellow nerds back me up on this one.


At 5/29/2005 11:59 PM, Blogger Trinity13 said...

Hey! Are you calling me a nerd?

At 5/30/2005 11:18 AM, Blogger loelsh said...

Hey, if the lightsaber fits....j/k.


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Saturday, May 28, 2005

Star Wars III Easter Eggs

Now that you may have seen the movie, you can go back and watch for the little extras within the movie. has been kind enough to list these out for us, including validating the fact that the Millennium Falcon can be seen in one scene. I had heard this rumor, but had dismissed it. Now, since it is coming from this source and with supposed confirmation from George Lucas, I must recant.

It is really neat to read (well, if you are at all a SW fan) and I, for one, will be looking for some of these things when I see the movie again.


At 5/29/2005 12:52 AM, Blogger Trinity13 said...

Right, I noticed a few of those things the second time I saw the movie. I will def keep a look out of more easter eggs the third time around.

Thanks for sharing!


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Friday, May 27, 2005

A Funny

This has been kicking around the 'net for a few, but I thought that I would share it with the masses who may not have seen it.

Anyone who has ever been around an annoying teenaged script kiddie will just love how this guy gets pwn3d. I have my doubts as to whether or not this happened, but it is good reading, nonetheless.

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At 5/27/2005 4:09 PM, Blogger ghraper said...

very funny.

At 5/27/2005 6:59 PM, Blogger Trinity13 said...

Ummmmmmm, okay.


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Talk Radio

I don't think that most of you out there in the blogsphere can identify with me on this, but I am going to share anyway.

I've said before that I make my living writing code. It is (of course) its own reward and is an exciting and fulfilling pursuit, but sometimes my mind can get bored or wander (gasp!, I know).

I can listen to music via the CD player on my work PC, but I actually only like to do that on occasion. My true passion is to listen to talk radio (it engages the brain more). Well, I don't want to go buy an AM radio to keep here (the battery issue mostly) and the proxy nazis here block internet radio, so I was schemed.

But, wonder of wonders, I've found that I can get ESPNRadio's live feed off of their site. I have been so happy all week just getting my fill of sports.

I Love It!


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Thursday, May 26, 2005

Last Evening

Well, I took care of my mom's computer. She has a 266 mHz PC with 160 megs of RAM. Some of you PC nerds might be wondering how you get to 160. Well, she had 32 megs of SIMM modules and 128 megs of DIMM modules. Yes, the computer is THAT old.

I removed 10 viruses (or virii if you prefer) and 254 pieces of spyware crap. And, that is not counting the cookies and things that are picked up by the scanners. These are all registry entries and files.

I also upgraded her from Windows 98 First Edition (the PC came with Windows 95!) to Windows ME. It isn't much, but it probably the highest OS that her puter will support and still function normally.

When I was all finished, her puter ran better than it had in a LONG time.

As I mentioned yesterday, I also got dinner. She did make the Syrian Rice (and give me the recipe so Lo can make it) and it was as good as I remember it to be.

All in all it was a good evening, even if I did get home around midnight.

Life is grand when your computer is running well.


At 5/26/2005 9:58 PM, Blogger loelsh said...

I will try my best to make it for you, honey, but no promises on how it will turn out. You know, no one ever accused me of being a cook ;)

At 5/26/2005 9:59 PM, Blogger Guru said...

You're a cook! Now, you can't say that anymore.

But, we know that that never stopped anyone else from saying it anyway.

At 6/01/2005 8:18 PM, Blogger Tor said...

THAT OLD? I'm running on a 200MHZ with 128 megs of ram just fine! My wife's computer is only 100 MHZ with about 96 megs of ram! They both work online just fine. The bottleneck had always been the internet connection, but now we've got DSL. We're not burning DVDs or anything, but these "OLDER" computers (newer than our cars) are real work-horses!
I've even got a 286 MHZ notebook with 2 megs of RAM that I use to write text files when I'm on the road. It's DOS only, but works great.
I think about 2% of computer users need anything like the computing power they've got.
And virii are men (to Caesar), not viruses. I'm unsure if the plural should be "vira" or "viria." I'll get back to you on that.
(unrepentant Latin geek)


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Wednesday, May 25, 2005

Over to Mom's

I'm going over to my mom's house tonight to do a little Pro Bono work on my mom's computer. She has an older model, but it is horribly infected with viruses and the like. I am going to have my work cut out for me.

But, let me say this - I get dinner out of the deal. She is making me syrian rice, which is rice with orzo in it and usually cooked with chicken. It was one of my favorite things to eat growing up. She promised that she would make enough for me to take home and eat later.

That might be better than $50.00 an hour to do this kind of work.

If her computer is really jacked up, I'll share with you tomorrow the fun I had. It is always fun to laugh at other's misfortunes!


At 5/25/2005 11:52 PM, Blogger Trinity13 said...

Awww, such a sweet son you are!


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Tuesday, May 24, 2005

Diet Coke with Splenda

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I stopped at the store this morning to get some gum and I saw a coupon on the pop cooler. It was for a new Diet Coke product sweetened with Splenda. Well, I'm not one to pass up bargains, and I do love my Diet Coke, so I bought it.

I saved it until I got to work and as soon as I opened it and smelled it, I became concerned. It smelled too sweet. After the first taste, my fears were confirmed. The pop is too sweet for me.

I LOVE Diet Coke. It is my favorite diet pop. I like how it is kind of harsh going down. Not in that acidic, leave a film in your mouth way that regular Coke is, but how it feels like it cleans your throat on the way down. Okay, I'm a nut. I admit it.

So, if you are looking for a very sweet pop, but are looking to save on calories (this has 0), then Diet Coke with Splenda is for you. If you like diet pop because it isn't so sweet (like me), then this pop is DEFINITELY NOT for you.


At 5/24/2005 10:42 AM, Blogger Trinity13 said...

Sounds like something our fil would like.

At 5/24/2005 12:35 PM, Blogger Guru said...

Yeah, it could be a nice change for him, since he says that aspartame gives him heart problems (though he drinks Wal-Mart water that is loaded with the stuff).

At 6/09/2005 10:16 PM, Blogger The Great and Powerful Oz said...

I had it this past Tuesday and really enjoyed it!


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Monday, May 23, 2005


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We bought two in-car DVD players from Target's endcap specials. They were a very good price and we can mount them in the car and even link them together so that one DVD can be on each player. Tres cool. Here is a picture of what they look like.

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Well, inside one of them (which had been returned) was a copy of Dodgeball: A True Underdog Story. Bonus.

I watched it the other day and it was pretty funny. I'm glad that I didn't pay for it, but I'm glad that I own it now.

I would have to say that my favorite character is Pirate Steve. He kills me. I was sad that they just made him all of a sudden not be a pirate and desert the team, but no mention is really made of it. They just kind of quickly explain it away and the team forgives him for missing the championship and making them almost have to forfeit.

Have any of you seen it? What did you think?


At 5/26/2005 12:19 AM, Blogger HOW said...

They are probably gonna have a spin off of Pirate Steve. He was my favorite, too! I actually bought the DVD, and my kids think it is hillarious. . .although there are some parts that are a little "over their heads". I really hated when the dog was sniffing his crotch and he was moaning and saying how good that felt. I didn't feel like that scene made any contribution to the movie at all. Maybe I am a square, but it was a little to sick for me!


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Amusing Kidism

I was talking with my oldest daughter the other day about Star Wars and I was explaining who Obi-Wan Kenobi was.

As soon as I said Obi-Wan Kenobi, she interrupted me and said, "Obi-Wan Kenobi! That's fun to say!"

She then proceeded to wander around the house muttering "Obi-Wan Kenobi", then laughing. How funny is that?

What is funny is that when I was little, I used to make up little songs when I walked around the grocery store with my mom. The chorus of one of the songs that I made up was "Duh-dun, Obi-Wan Kenobi", just because I liked saying it.

It makes you proud when you see yourself in your kids.


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Sunday, May 22, 2005

Friday was a Good Day

Man, did I have a great day on Friday.

I got up, got myself and my daughter ready and took her to school, then I went on to work. I had just received the new Ambassador CD in the mail and I listened to it all day long. It is extremely excellent and I'll do a full review later. Then at lunch time, my boss went and bought Chipotle and brought it back for me. He didn't want money back, so I got a free lunch. And, it was about the best burrito that I had had from there in a long time. (And not just because it was free!)

Because I ate at my desk, I worked through my lunch and got to leave an hour early. When I got home, my wife and daughters left for a girlie night with friends and I watched my son for the evening. I fed him and while he played (so very well) I watched Hero, starring Jet Li. I have a full review coming on that, too, but I enjoyed it IMMENSELY.

After that, my son went to sleep and I got him off to bed without him having cried for me even ONCE during the evening. After he was in bed, I watched the House episode that I had TiVo'ed and it was one of the best of the year.

So let's sum up:

  • Great music all day at work
  • Free lunch that was awesome
  • Left one hour earlier than normal from work
  • Well behaved son
  • Great movie
  • Great TV

Could a man ask for more in a day? I think not.


At 5/23/2005 7:12 AM, Blogger Trinity13 said...

Actually, there is one more thing that a man could ask for...and G asks for it all the time(heehee)!

At 5/23/2005 11:02 AM, Blogger loelsh said...

Except in our house, he's not the one usually doing the asking.

At 5/27/2005 3:58 PM, Blogger ghraper said...

Peanut Butter Ice cream?!!!


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Saturday, May 21, 2005

Favorite Foods Quiz

Started by G-Man

Favorite Casserole - Tuna Noodle

Favorite Toast Topping - Peanut Butter and Cinnamon and Sugar

Favorite Pizza Place - Little Caesar's

Favorite Meat - All forms of Beef

Favorite Vegetable - Potato

Favorite Type of Milk - Chocolate

Favorite Breakfast Food - Pop-Tart (Was going to say cereal, but I never get to eat it and I couldn't narrow it down to one kind.)

Favorite Cold Beverage - Diet Coke

Favorite Hot Beverage - None

Favorite Salad Dressing - None

Favorite Peanut Butter - Any Brand Creamy

Favorite Ice Cream Flavor - Peanut Butter Cup or Rocky Road (Sorry, I can't narrow it down more than that. You should know the agony I had to get there!)


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Big Girl

We took my second daughter to go get her ears pierced as a Preschool Graduation present. We got my oldest's ears done as a Kindergarten Graduation gift, but I didn't want to wait another year to do this one.

When my oldest got her's done, she cried a little bit. The worker pulled the trigger on the gun, the stud went in, and then she sat stunned, made a face, then cried. I had to calm her down to get her to do the 2nd one, but once she did, she felt better within minutes.

Armed with this knowledge, I was prepared for this trip. I warned my daughter that it might hurt and that I would be right there with her. Well, the stud went in and she didn't even flinch. Then they did the other ear and no reaction again. All she said was that "It didn't hurt."

I had wondered if that would be her reaction. The kid is impervious to pain. That is why spankings don't work very well with her. I have to really bring the pain if I want to get her attention. With my oldest, I just have to look at her cross-eyed, but with this one, she wants to make you earn everything.

On one hand, I REALLY admire her tolerance for pain. It makes me VERY proud. On the other hand, it would be nice to be able to just get my way because I am bigger. Oh, well. Here are some after pictures of my daughter with her new earrings.

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At 5/22/2005 11:08 AM, Blogger Trinity13 said...

Who's the cutest graduated preschooler in the world?!

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Friday, May 20, 2005

Episode III

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I know that I promised this yesterday, but I had a busy day and I fell asleep right after I got home at 10pm. I'm not sure how I made it through the day so well on so little sleep, perhaps my excitement from the movie?

This was easily the best of the prequels. By far. Lucas kept the dialogue to a minimum and the action to a maximum, which is good, because the dialogue still mostly sucked. Let me be fair, I think that the dialogue didn't suck too much in general, just the Anakin-Padme dialogue. How could Lucas take that romance, which had tragic tear-jerking lovefest written all over it, and turn it in to the most boring parts of the movie? I don't know, but he did.

However, as I said, that was really kept to a minimum in this movie. The movie starts off with some exciting space fighting (which I prefer to the opening car chase of Episode II). I really love watching some well done aerial combat, be it Top Gun, Iron Eagle, or Star Wars. This didn't disappoint.

They go right next in to the daring rescue of the Chancellor. The saber duel between Dooku and Anakin was really great and ended in a nice spectacular fashion.

Another saber duel that was extremely spectacular was the one between Obi-Wan and General Grievous (the droid general). Grievous had four lightsabers and Obi-Wan seriously gave him what for. It was niiiiiiiiiccce.

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I liked that R2-D2 gets his fight on a couple of times. I won't say too much more about that, because I don't want to ruin the suprise, but true SW fans will love it.

The duel between Obi-Wan and Anakin was good and I liked how it ended. There is so much meaning in it. Obi-Wan, the master, is still the superior jedi even though Anakin has so much more potential. The good still triumphed. Even in Episode IV, Obi-Wan only lost because he wanted to. I think he could have still taken Vader.

I love Yoda. He is one baaaaad mother with his saber. He put it on the Emperor and on his would be assassins on Kashyyk (Chewie's planet). I don't mind CGI Yoda, I think that they did a pretty good job with him.

I'll tell you what CGI did bother me, though. The clone troopers - when their helmets were off - moved in a very wooden fashion. They looked like the characters in the orginal Halo game. But, I couldn't do any better, so I'll just leave it at that.

As for the violence. I know that this film needed to be dark, but now I don't know that I want to take my little girl who is just dying to see this movie. Perhaps I can wait until it comes out on DVD and be a little more selective about what she sees. BUT, I would also like her to see it on the big screen. There is a certain attaction to that and this will be her last chance in a while to see any SW movie in that fashion.

Now that the dual trinity is complete, I can now rank the 6 movies in order. This could change given the perspective of time, but this is how I feel right after having seen Episode III.

1. Return of the Jedi
2. Empire Strikes Back
3. Revenge of the Sith
4. A New Hope
5. Attack of the Clones
6. The Phantom Menace

There it is. I know that a lot of SW purists don't like ROTJ, but I do. I make no appologies for it.

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At 5/20/2005 1:06 PM, Blogger Trinity13 said...

Hey, what was with that minute of silence between Padme and Anakin? The one where they are looking out the window towards each other. Do you think they were using telepathy? Were you as bored with that scene as I was?

My ranking(subject to change at any time):
1. Empire Strikes Back-great ending
2. Return of the Jedi-great beginning
3. Revenge of the Sith-great fight scenes
4. A New Hope-great cinni buns
5. Attack of the Clones-great love story
6. The Phantom Menace-great villain(Sith)


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Thursday, May 19, 2005

Goin' Strong

I was up late last night watching the Star Wars, right? Right. Well, I got about 3 hours of sleep last night and I was worried about how I would do at work. Well, work is over and I am going strong.

Now I just need to make it through 4 hours of class with a Calc Quiz tonight at about 9:15 pm. THAT will be the true test of how I am doing. Wish a brotha luck!


At 5/19/2005 11:31 PM, Blogger Trinity13 said...

Take luck!

Btw, do we get your SW review tomorrow?


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Don't worry fans, I will have my Star Wars review later today, but I had to post this up here now. I have been relieved of a television obligation, because Joan of Arcadia has been cancelled.

I was a little worried about this, because the writing has completely fallen off this past season. I was a bit hopeful because they were introducing an adversary for Joan in the finale, but now.... es gone.

On a related note, King of Queens - which was sent to die on Wednesday nights - is coming back to Monday nights. At least ONE show knows how to keep up good sustained writing. Sheesh.


At 5/19/2005 5:57 PM, Blogger loelsh said...

Well, that's good news about K of Q's, but I am crushed about Joan. That was one of my "must see"'s!

At 5/19/2005 11:36 PM, Blogger Trinity13 said...

All I can say's about time the show was cancelled. I tried to watch several episodes and was bored out of my mind.

What kept you and your wife watching it for so long?

At 5/20/2005 3:47 PM, Blogger Guru said...

We watched it because we cared about the characters and what happened to them.

Plus the idea just caught with my imagination.

There are a TON of people upset about the cancellation who felt the same way that I did that the writing was just about to pick up. It could get brought back depending on the letter writing and DVD sales - like the Family Guy. Or, it could go the way of Roswell and never be heard from again.

At 5/20/2005 7:04 PM, Blogger Trinity13 said...

If you knew anything about Roswell, you would know that it had a foot in the grave, but was brought back(just like FG).

There was a fan uproar(unlike JOA) when Roswell was just about to be cancelled. You can read all about it here and here.

At 5/20/2005 9:17 PM, Blogger Guru said...

I was referring to this time.

To all but the most avid fans, the writing had gone down hill and the show didn't get saved from a second death.

But admittedly, it didn't yet deserve its first one.

Gotta love fans who mail in tabasco sauce. Did you send any in?

At 5/21/2005 10:00 AM, Blogger Trinity13 said...

But that's just it...Roswell was brought back(twice). That's all I was trying to say. So you can't compare JOA leaving to Roswell's since Roswell was able to come it was heard from again.

And just like FG on the Cartoon Network, Roswell is on another channel...the Sci-Fi channel.

And yes, I was part of the group trying to get Roswell back on air.


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Wednesday, May 18, 2005

3rd Post of the Day

You might think that I would want to save some of this for another day when I am having blogstipation, but I have ideas for at least 3 or 4 days worth of blogs, so by the time that I share some of these things, they will be big time old news. Plus, this is a throwaway post, not worthy of a full day on its own.

I had a problem with some code that I was working with at work. Data kept getting corrupted, but only when certain situations happened.

I was chased this thing down all over the application and I was looking to make a TON of changes to the code. Instead, I gave it some thought and decided on a much more elegant solution.

I wrote 6 lines of code to fix the problem. I could have written it in 4 lines, but I chose 6 for readability's sake. I realized that this problem only happens on this little used page, and even then only in pretty rare situations. Why would I change code that would probably break everything else when I could just do a little data validation on the offending page?

In the past, I would have just gone and started changing everything in a very sloppy, but effective way. Now, I am pondering the elegant solution, looking to become one with the code.



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Bless This Car

A rabbi, a priest and a minister have their houses of worship side by side, so they decide to carpool.

On the first day, the other two are shocked to see the pastor lay hands on the hood and pray silently.

"What are you doing?" the priest asks.

The pastor looks up. "I'm just dedicating the car to the Lord's service."

"Good idea! Be right back!" the priest exclaims, running into his church. He emerges with a bulb on a short stick, shaking water out of it onto the car.

The rabbi stares. "What are you doing?" he says.

"I'm consecrating it with holy water," the priest replies.

"Great idea!" the rabbi says, and runs into his synagogue's toolshed. He emerges with a hacksaw and takes off an inch of the tailpipe.


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Well, I watched the movie Pi this past weekend and I want to share my thoughts on the movie with you, my loyal readers.

I was first introduced to the movie by my Math 151 teacher. I had asked him in conversation if he had seen Numb3rs yet. He said that he didn't usually like watching things with a lot of math in them, because the math was usually wrong and it bothered him. He told me that everyone had recommended Pi to him and he was disappointed. I had never heard of the movie, so I looked it up and it had quite a fan base, so I wanted to check it out.

Fast forward about three months and now I've finally seen it. First, I'm going to give you some facts about the movie to help you get a feel.

  • Pi cost only $60,000 to make, most of which was raised in the form of individual $100 contributions from the director's friends and family. When it was later bought by Artisan Entertainment, each contributor got back a $150 return on their investment.
  • Because the filmmakers only had $60,000, the film is in black and white (which is less expensive).
  • No location permits were secured for any of the scenes filmed. The crew had to have one man constantly serving as a lookout for police so they could stop filming if needed.
  • The number Max is searching for is 216 digits long. 216 is 6x6x6; 666 is the "number of the beast" according to the Book of Revelations.
  • The brain used in the film is real. (And disgusting, may I add.)

Let me say this about this movie. The film is weird. I don't know if anyone that I know would enjoy the movie. It is weird in the Stanley Kubrick vein of weird. I liked the movie, but - as I said - it is weird.

The main character, Max, is working on 3 assumptions: Everything in the universe can be represented and understood in terms of numbers; If those numbers are graphed, patterns emerge; Therefore, a pattern must exist that explains the complexity of the universe itself! He is interested in finding a pattern that will allow him to predict the wax and wane of stock markets.

He eventually uncovers a 216 digit number that his computer burped out when it had correctly predicted all of the next days' stock picks (well, the ones that came out before the puter died).

Soon it turns out that everyone wants this number. Hassidic Jews think that the number represents the "Name of God". Evil people from a firm want the number to further control the stock markets, but the number is driving Max mad.

He is so obsessed with getting the number back and finding out what it means and how to use it that he is going truly mad with his obsession. I won't tell you what happens at the end, but he is no longer obsessed with the number (and no, he isn't dead).

The important thing to keep in mind with this movie is that it isn't a movie about math. It is a movie about obsession that uses math as the obsession instead of love, booze, or drugs.

If you typically like weird movies and don't mind Black and White films, then check Pi out. If you don't like these things, I recommend you stay away. You will thank me for it.


At 5/24/2005 9:55 PM, Blogger Chad said...

Fucker, I told you about Pi well before you thought of going to school. Let me drop his second movie on you...

Requiem for a Dream.

At 5/25/2005 5:41 PM, Blogger Guru said...

Are you dropping it as an FYI, or did you enjoy the movie?


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Tuesday, May 17, 2005

Raymond Finale

I watched the Raymond series finale last night, and while it was funny, it really didn't end anything. Lo complained about the same thing, and I guessed that they didn't want to end anything, but let us know that this show about normal peoples' lives was going to end, but their lives were going to just continue on as they had for the last 9 years.

As a note, I thought that when Ray got out of his surgery, maybe his voice would sound normal. Like maybe his adenoids had caused him to speak that way all of these years. Oh, well. They went the "Ray coulda died" route instead. They are making the big bucks, what do I know?


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Monday, May 16, 2005


Man, oh man, did the Desperate Housewives writers outdo themselves last night. So many twists and plot advances, it was great (not to mention the ladies showing off the bods pretty frequently).

Next week is the season finale. Starting last Friday and continuing to next Sunday, I will have seen the season finales of Numb3rs, Desperate Housewives, Grey's Anatomy, House, and Everybody Loves Raymond (series finale). I am going to have almost ZERO TV to watch. I guess that might be a good thing, but at least there are new episodes of Family Guy on. Sheesh.


At 5/16/2005 3:39 PM, Blogger Trinity13 said...

DH was def good last night. But here's what I don't understand...why are Mike and Susan moving in together when they live just across the street from each other? What's going to happen to Susan's daughter? Does she have no say in this?

At 5/16/2005 5:31 PM, Blogger Guru said...

I wondered about Susan's daughter and how she felt about it. I also wondered what was going to happen to the house that Mike Delfino was in. Was he just renting it (seeing as how he only planned to be around a little while) or did the rich guy buy it and selling it doesn't need to be a priority?

I liked how Carlos got himself in trouble. Stupid moron. He needs to get a grip. I don't know, but I hope he does go away for a bit.

I LOVE Ms Huber's sister's character. I didn't at first, but she is sooooo slick and manipulative that you have just got to give her her props.

I don't know what is going to happen to Paul, but I don't care either. He can go, for all I care.

Lynette just caused a HUGE problem for her family by being the cause of her hubby getting passed over twice. Now he is out of a job. I wonder if they are going to put Lynette back in the workforce and let him stay home. Probably not, but it would serve him right.

Anyone else with any thoughts?

At 5/17/2005 4:35 PM, Blogger loelsh said...

You didn't mention the finale of American Idol. Just another one to add to your list.


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Sunday, May 15, 2005

Questions, Questions

Stolen from Trin, cuz I wanted to.

1. Your name spelled backwards: urug
2. Where were your parents born? In PA.
3. What is the last thing you downloaded onto your computer? The movie Pi. I am going to do a review of it as soon as I watch all of it.
4. What's your favorite restaurant? Outback Steakhouse.
5. Last time you swam in a pool? I don't even know. I displace too much water to swim with others.
6. Have you ever been in a school play? Closest I ever came was when my 8th grade class acted out Act III of Romeo and Juliet. I was Mercutio.
7. How many kids do you want? As many as I have. 3 does sound like a good enough number, though.
8. Type of music you dislike most? Country. Oh, man, do I hate country.
9. Are you registered to vote? Yes.
10. Do you have cable? Yes.
11. Have you ever ridden on a moped? No.
12. Ever prank call anybody? Yes.
13. Ever get a parking ticket? Sort of. I got a ticket for not paying to park at an unattended lot downtown. I had paid, though, and got it taken care of.
14. Would you go bungee jumping or sky diving? Probably never will. Don't know if I would.
15. Farthest place you ever traveled? Phoenix, AZ. (See Loelsh's note about that one.)
16. Do you have a garden? Nope. Hate to garden.
17. What's your favorite comic strip? Foxtrot.
18. Do you really know all the words to your national anthem? Yes. You just won't be happy if I sing it for you. I am very bad.
19. Bath or Shower, morning or night? Shower in the morning.
20. Best movie(s) you've seen in the past month? Watched the five Star Wars movies with my daughter. Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy.
21. Favorite pizza toppings? Pep or beef.
22. Chips or popcorn? Pretzels. But between those two, chips.
23. What color lipstick do you usually wear? I'm a boy. I don't wear lipstick. But, being a stud, I would have to say whatever color the ladies are wearing, if you get my meaning ;-) Or not.
24. Have you ever smoked peanut shells? WTF? No.
25. Have you ever been in a beauty pageant? No.
26. Orange Juice or apple? What is JUICE? Give me some apple drink baby. It's GREEN.
27. Favorite type of chocolate bar? Snickers, baby.
28 When was the last time you voted at the polls? November, 2004.
29. Last time you ate a homegrown tomato? When I was very little. I hate tomatoes, but I was forced to.
30. Have you ever won a trophy? Yes
31. Are you a good cook? I won't poison anyone.
32. Do you know how to pump your own gas? Yeah.
33. Ever order something from an infomercial? A blender thingy that my wife HAD TO HAVE, but doesn't use.
34. Sprite or 7-up? Diet either one. I don't have preference.
35. Have you ever had to wear a uniform to work/school? Never to school, but I had to wear one to work at KFC and at Big Bear.
36. Last thing you bought at a pharmacy? Last thing my family got was antibiotics for me, the last thing I bought personally was some cold medicine.
37. Ever throw up in public? Yes, plenty of times. At school on my desk, outside at a bus stop, at a park....
38. Would you prefer being a millionaire or to find true love? They are not mutually exclusive. If I was a millionaire, I could find true love. (If I hadn't already found it ;-) ).
39. Do you believe in love at first sight? Not even possible.
40. Ever call a 1-900 number? Yes. Something having to do with calling space when I was little. My grandma called and we listened.
41. Can exes be friends? Yes, but I personally am not good at it.
42. Who was the last person you visited in a hospital? If you don't count that I was there for me a while ago, then my wife when our son was born last year.
43. Did you have a lot of hair when you were a baby? A fair amount.
44. What message is on your answering machine? Whatever it came with.
45. What is in your backpack? Calculus book, TI-86 calculator, notebooks, my novel for Women's Studies, pen, pencils, the instructions to the calculator, and a ton of papers that have been handed back to me that I just put in there.
46. Favorite thing to do before bedtime? Get my kids in their bed so that they won't come disturb my slumber.
47. What is one thing you are grateful for today? My life. Everything that makes it up.
48. What is the first concert you ever went to? Rush at Gund Arena in Cleveland. Primus opened up for them. Neil Peart is the best drummer, ever.


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Saturday, May 14, 2005

Well Said

I have always wanted to say this to more than a few people.

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Friday, May 13, 2005

Star Wars Quiz

From Trinity

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You Are Yoda!

All Knowing and Wise are you. You can get lost in
your many volumes of Encyclopedia Brittanicas
and tend to enjoy solitude rather than large
groups of people. You may look like you couldnt
lick a postage stamp, but you have been known
to open up a mean can of whoop ass. (its the
quiet ones you always gotta watch out for).

Which Star Wars Character Are You?
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At 5/14/2005 2:12 PM, Blogger loelsh said...

It should say Yoda you are!


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Thursday, May 12, 2005

Pain Pills

I am sick of pain medicine not helping me. When I had my kidney stone, they gave me 750mg Vicodin pills that had pretty much no effect on me.

Today, I've taken a total of 5 ibuprofen in the last 2 hours and I have had no noticeable decrease in my pain level.

I know that people fatter than me have success with pain pills.

What is wrong with me?


At 5/13/2005 12:38 AM, Blogger A Woman From Illinois said...

Some medicine just doesn't work on certain individuals. If Vicodin did not work try something else. You have the right to not be in pain. Go to your doctor and demand to try a different pain pill.
I don't think you weight really affects the way a pain pill will work.

Becareful with ibuprofen it is hard on your kidneys.


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Desperate Housewives

I've been meaning to point this out for almost two weeks now, but did anyone else notice that the private detective works for HAFTS Detective Agency?

Why is that special? Because the actor who plays the detective is Richard Roundtree, the original Shaft (He's a bad mother..shut yo' mouth!).

HAFTS is just SHAFT with the S moved to the end.

I like when shows make little acknowledgements to cultural icons.


At 5/13/2005 1:53 PM, Blogger Trinity13 said...

Since you like the acknowledgements, you should watch Smallville. They are experts at it.


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Wednesday, May 11, 2005

Adam Strays

When Adam stayed out very late for a few nights, Eve became upset. "You're running around with other women," she told her mate.

"Eve, honey, you're being unreasonable," Adam responded. "You know you're the only woman on earth."

The quarrel continued until Adam fell asleep, only to be awakened by a strange pain in the chest. It was his darling Eve poking him rather vigorously about the torso.

"What do you think you're doing?" Adam demanded.

"Counting your ribs," said Eve.


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Tuesday, May 10, 2005

New Blog

I found a great new blog, it is called "More Cowbell". How awesome is that? The address is exploringthestudiospace at blogspot, another reference to the greatest SNL sketch of all time. That alone is reason to check it out.

Too busy to read through and see if you like the site? Read this post and see the greatness within.


At 5/12/2005 12:22 AM, Blogger Trinity13 said...

Here is one you should check out Guru. Start at the the March archives.


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Monday, May 09, 2005

NBA Playoffs

I don't much like the NBA. I don't like to watch basketball on TV. I barely like playing the sport. I'll tell you what I do like, Shaq. I like that way that he plays and I even liked his first two rap cds.

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Shaq is the man. He always tells it like he sees it and generally gets along with everyone. One major exception is - of course - Kobe Bryant. In the Shaq v. Kobe feud, I am completely on Shaq's side. That isn't to say that he did nothing wrong. In a situation like that, often both parties share some fault, but Kobe and Shaq never got along, though the rest of the team all loved Shaq.

Now, this year after being forced off of the Lakers by Kobe, Shaq has Miami positioned to make a run to the conference finals - if not the NBA finals - while Kobe is at home, having not even made the playoffs.

I hope that Miami wins the championship this year and next and that Kobe never gets anywhere near the finals again. That would be so awesome.


At 5/09/2005 9:20 PM, Blogger A Woman From Illinois said...

I used to love to watch basketball and football. My fav teams were Boston Celtics (I LOVE LARRY BIRD) and Greenbay Pacards. But lost interest several years ago.

At 5/10/2005 3:16 PM, Blogger Trinity13 said...

You know why basketball sucks? It's a no contact sport.

Gotta love football and hockey!

At 5/10/2005 3:20 PM, Blogger Guru said...

I agree. That is probably the exact reason that I don't like it that much.

Even my favorite things about baseball are collisions at home plate, breaking up the DP at second, and pitchers pitching inside - risking drilling a guy with the ball.

Gotta love contact!

But, Shaq is the most "contacted" person in the NBA. Since people can't contend with his size, they resort to Hack a Shaq. Maybe that's another reason that I love the guy.


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Sunday, May 08, 2005

Mother's Day

I don't have a very good relationship with my mother. She decided to leave my family for another man when I was 18. I wasn't very pleased with her then and I didn't go out of my way to talk to her.

She then started doing even more ridiculous things like quitting her job and dating (and living with) a succession of LOSERS. I don't know what her problem is, but she hasn't had a real job in 8 years. She used to be fairly successful, making about $45,000 a year with benefits, a company car, and bonuses. Now, she tends bar at a dive place and can hardly pay her bills.

She has no health insurance, unreliable transportation, and no money. She could quit what she does and go back to sales (or even tending bar at a respectable establishment), but she doesn't seem to want to. She has some sense of loyalty to the people that aren't even paying her enough to live.

My mother makes no real efforts to contact or visit us. Every time, save one, that I've talked to her in the past two years are when I initiated contact. She didn't come see us in the hospital when my son was born and she didn't come to his first birthday party, though she was invited to both.

But, if I don't do enough, I hear about it from the strangest of places. Once, a few years ago, I didn't call her on her birthday. In my defense, she didn't have a phone and I could never catch her at the bar. Well, I went in to see her at the bar for some reason (I think Mother's Day that year) and when I was in there some drunk a** hole asked me why I couldn't call my mother on her birthday.

He had no idea of my life, my side of the story, or what a crazy person my mother was actually being. I was thisclose to asking him why he was a piece of sh*t drunk who was three sheets to the wind at 1pm on a Sunday, but I decided he wasn't worth it.

So, Happy Mother's Day. If you have a good mother, don't take it for granted.


At 5/08/2005 11:32 PM, Blogger loelsh said...

The woman didn't even call you on your last birthday for cryin' out loud. I mean, what, did she forget? What a nut!


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Saturday, May 07, 2005

Music Titles Fun

Name of the Band: Cross Movement

Are you male or female? Who's Da Man?

Describe yourself? Redefined

How do some people feel about you? Shock!

How do you feel about yourself? I Am That I Am

Describe an ex girlfriend: Creature Double Feature

Describe you wife: The Love Life

Describe where you want to be: Holy Culture

Describe how you live: The Way

Describe how you love: Just 4 You

Share a few words of wisdom: Read the book


At 5/08/2005 12:15 AM, Blogger Trinity13 said...

Creature Double Feature huh?


At 5/08/2005 7:36 AM, Blogger Guru said...

I wish you had met the chick, hers was evil!

You know, if I was a girl for the gender question I was going to put "Blood Spilla". How funny is that?


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Friday, May 06, 2005

An Offering From the Bottom of My. .

A little girl was in church with her mother when she started feeling ill. "Mommy," she said, "can we leave now?"

"No," her mother replied.

"Well, I think I have to throw up!" exclaimed the girl.

"Then go out the front door and around to the back of the church and throw up behind a bush," said her mother.

After about sixty seconds, the little girl returned to her seat. "Did you throw up?" her mother asked.

"Yes," the little girl replied.

"How could you have gone all the way to the back of the church and returned so quickly?" her mother asked.

"I didn't have to go out of the church, Mommy. They have a box next to the front door that says, 'For the Sick.'"


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Thursday, May 05, 2005

So, Obviously I Have Issues

So you have some background, here is a post that I made on a similar issue.

Well, at work I make many many trips to the bathroom per day. A brother has to drink a lot of liquid if he wants to keep kidney stones at bay and lots of liquid means lots of pee trips.

I see a lot of the same people going in and out of the bathroom daily. One of those people is a blind guy, who always comes in pretty quickly, waggling his cane (and by cane, I MEAN cane - not something dirty), and maneuvering right to the same urinal every time.

The thing that I wonder is whether or not he has ever hit someone in the ankles with his cane or bumped in to them when he was going for that urinal. It is the most popular one because it is the only urinal that you can't see when you are walking by in the hall and someone opens the door (not that HE would know this, but I am explaining everyone else's use).

How crazy would that be? You are standing there peeing and some dude walks up behind you and either bumps you or hits you with his cane. What if you pulled off of your duty and ended up spraying someone? It could get messy.

I wonder if he has been lucky, or if he uses his sense of smell (ew) and hearing to tell if someone is at that specific urinal.

You might think that I am crazy, but I'm NOT going to ask him. I'm not that crazy. However, if any of you are blind or know someone who is, I would LOVE an answer to what they do!


At 5/05/2005 10:33 PM, Blogger loelsh said...

Hey, maybe one of the many blind people who read your blog can answer this for you :)

At 5/05/2005 10:40 PM, Blogger Guru said...

You know, blind people DO use computers.

G and I did a GAP job for a blind guy who surfs the net, so it is possible that I have a blind reader, funny lady.

At 5/05/2005 11:21 PM, Blogger Trinity13 said...

It's all most impossible to go pee and not make any noise(try it, I dare ya!). So, I think the blind guy hears the pee splashing off the urinal and waits his turn.

At 5/05/2005 11:25 PM, Blogger Guru said...

Spoken like someone who hasn't used many urinals. If you pee an average stream against the back of the urinal, it makes very little noise (there is no water in the bottom). In fact distinguishing that noise from the guy in the urinal 10 inches away might be difficult.

BTW, I pee like a ninja... very stealthily.

At 5/05/2005 11:30 PM, Blogger Trinity13 said...

Huh. I guess I will have to try peeing in a urinal sometime to hear for myself.

Now, how would I go about doing this?

At 5/06/2005 7:23 AM, Blogger Guru said...

Okay. I'll check the men's room to make sure it is vacant and that no one goes in.

You go in and walk up to a urinal. Take your pants entirely off and get really close to the urinal. Lift a leg (you choose) and put it up near the wall while angling your pelvis in a way condusive to the act.

Push and enjoy the standing pee.

In case you are wondering, it does work, because I've seen it done before on a zany internet video.

At 5/06/2005 2:44 PM, Blogger loelsh said... could just go in with your hubby or son and listen while they pee. But guru's way sounds interesting.

At 5/06/2005 5:23 PM, Blogger Guru said...

I actually listened as I peed today and there is no sound during the act and only the faintest of noise as I finish up and the last drops hit bottom.

Also, while I may have had an extended stay in there today (TMI?), I listened and most people make next to no noise as well.

Just doing some recon while I was doing some other paperwork!


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Wednesday, May 04, 2005

Second Women's Studies Paper

Well, to follow up my 98% on my first Women's Studies response paper, I got an 89%. From her comments, she saw the same things wrong with the paper that I did. I wrote it in about a half hour and it definitely wasn't my best work. But, if my worst shight work got me a B+, then I should be a little optimistic.

The problem - as my teacher described it - was that I made good points, but I didn't put enough of my own opinion in to the paper. The problem for me was that I was purposely trying not to put too much of my own opinion in the paper, without actually stating it proven from the book.

I'm probably going to e-mail my teacher and make sure that this is correct, but for my next work, I will try to use fewer quotes and more of my personal opinions and feelings. Maybe then, I can return to A+ work from the B+ zone.

Such is life, and the two grades DO average to an A, so I am not in the danger zone yet.

Calculus II is another story, though.


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Prayer Request

For those of you who I know (and some who I don't :-) ), I have a prayer request this morning.

It isn't for me, but for a friend and former co-worker.

She is scheduled for surgery today that could have some decent sized complications, so I (and she) would appreciate prayers for a safe operation and a speedy recovery.

Thanks to you all.


At 5/04/2005 4:15 PM, Blogger Trinity13 said...

I tossed one up to the Big Guy for her.


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Tuesday, May 03, 2005

Fitness, American Style

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Monday, May 02, 2005


I finally got my nameplate and business cards for my new position. Finally official after one month in. I was getting worried that they didn't want to claim me :-).
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My middle daughter likes to drink coffee and chocolate milk. (To be fair, it is mostly chocolate milk with only a little bit of coffee.) I know that a lot of people put chocolate flavored creamer in their coffee, but how many of them are FIVE!!!! Sheesh. I don't even drink coffee.
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To Lo and Father of 3, I know why Scott is staying. Blame this site. They have been doing this for the last few seasons.
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I was able to do four sections of Math 152 homework tonight in about 2 hours (with breaks to stop and help my daughter with her homework). That is a big improvement for me. Though I am a great Math student (A in Math 151), this quarter has been some tough stuff - here's to my continued improvement.
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See y'all tomorrow.


At 5/03/2005 7:15 AM, Blogger Trinity13 said...

That site is hilarious! I found it yesterday through someone else's blog, so it's funny that you would mention it as well.


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Sunday, May 01, 2005

10 Things I Hate About Me

1. I'm Fat.

2. My teeth.

3. My non-bum.

4. I always have to be right.

5. I'm nosy.

6. I hate that I hate most veggies.

7. I hate that I've had 2 kidney stones and will probably have more by the time I am dead.

8. I hate that I'm so arrogant that this list is tough to make.

9. I hate that I am so close to total nutso when I lose my temper.

10. I hate that I don't like the church that the rest of the family likes and that I don't have a better alternative.


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