Wednesday, August 23, 2006

Professor Barksworth

Within the last 4 or 5 months, I've been having more and more strange dreams that I have yet to make sense of. The latest concluded with the quintessential dog, Professor Barksworth.

It started with Me, my cousin Anne, her husband Chris, and their son Sebastian. We were all sitting on the edge of a raging river, with rapids and violent water, why we were sitting in such a dangerous spot I'll never know. Sebastian somehow fell into the river and began floating farther and farther downstream. When Anne saw her son floating down the river, she started to scream, and her face resembled that of Edvard Munch's "the Scream." Chris jumped to his feet and let out a bellowing yell, as if he was yelling to the gods for taking his child.

I took it upon myself to save the poor child. I started sprinting as fast as I could next to the river to try and pull him from the river. I ran over mountains, literally through a sand dune, leaving a human sized hole in it, and through a forest. Finally I reached a tree overhanging the river, I secured myself to the tree, reached down towards Sebastian and grabbed him.

Upon returning their son, Chris ordered me to go into their Rv with him.
Chris: You see this dog?
He points to a massive german shepherd sitting next him
Me: Yeah.
Chris: This is your dog. Treat him well, and he shall do the same.
Me: Professor Barksworth! Come here!

I then proceeded to frolic with the enormous K9 as the dream slowly faded to black, then just into memory.

Sunday, August 20, 2006

5 Guys Famous Burgers and Fries

I am officially dissapointed in the local Philadelphians for not going to the new 5 guys restaurant. They have no idea what a treat it is to have one of the best burger places in the country right in center city. But is it ever full, is there ever a line, is it ever crowded? No. The 5 guys I grew up loving in northern Virginia is one of the original ones, it was always crowded, there was always a line, and it was always worth it.

But it's funny to hear people who are experiencing 5 guys for the first time rave about it. "They're regular burgers are double burgers! You gotta go there!" Trust me, I'm well aware of how awesome it is, and I'm dissapointed in you for not going there more often and telling all your friends to go there.

But the new one I go to is much slower than the one I grew up with. I attribute that to them still finding their groove on how to get things done. They'll get up to speed in a few weeks. One aspect of the new store that I can't get at home is the experience of picking up a call in order. When you come up to the register, and tell them you're there to pick up your order and tell them your name, they all yell "(your name) is here!" Does that improve the stores ranking? Not necessarily, but it helps make up for other aspects.

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Saturday, August 19, 2006

B-Boy B-Girl battle

Yesterday I shot a breakdance competition at a local bar, and I am still dumbfounded by the stuff these people can do. Spinning on their heads and backs and shoulders, standing on their heads while gyrating about. They all look so light on their feet while the bounce around.

I hope to get all the footage cut together and make a quick video of last nights event, it was actually really cool to see it all in person. It was one of those things that you see on TV or online or hear abouit it from a friend, but until you see it upclose and experience, its not the same.

Also, the winner last night won $150 cash, it would have been even more if more people showed up. And for dancing around and having a good time for a couple hours, 150 bucks aint bad at all. It's a nice prize for the weekend.


Thursday, August 17, 2006

Grandma likes black men.

The other day I was on the phone with my mom, and she said something about how my grandmother was doing. She's fine, but that's not the point. After I got off the phone, I started thinking about the week that grandma stayed at our house while I was at home over break. She's a silly lady, a little hard of hearing and a pretty slow walker, but shes cool. Anwyay, I remembered one afternoon when I woke up and went into the kitchen for some breakfast. Grandma was sitting at the table reading the newspaper, and she asks me if I could get her a cup of coffee. I told her of course, and this is the conversation that took place:

Grandma: Could you please bring me a cup of coffee?
Me: Sure. Do you want any cream, milk, or sugar or anything in it? You want me to add some whiskey?
Grandma: Oh no (laughs) none of that, I take it black.
Me: Like your men, right?
Grandma: What?
Me: Um, I said when. Yeah, when do you want your coffee?
Grandma: Oh, I'll take it whenever you're done making your breakfast.

There were several silly moments like that in the week she stayed with us, I just wish I could remember more of them. You are too silly grandma.

Tuesday, August 15, 2006

Free iTunes shows, Mac Pros

Since I selelcted Technology as one of the catagories to describe my blog, I figure I should get around to actually posting some tech related stuff. First on the list, free TV show downloads ffrom iTunes.

Apple has been offering TV shows for purchase for several months now, and at 2 dollars a pop, it's not that bad of a deal, unless you're trying to own entire seasons of shows. Now Apple has frequently given away free content through the Music Store, but it's always been difficult to find the sweet free of charge items. Well their new free TV show section currently only has 12 free shows up for download. I expect they will slowly add more shows, maybe the ones that don't sell to well onto the free list. Anyway, here's the link for the free TV shows: iTunes link

Next, Apple recently released their top of the line tower called the Mac Pro. Now it's an incredibly fast machine, using Intels newest dual core chip, the Xeon. Now compared to a equally spec'd dell tower, the Mac Pro is over $400 cheaper for the fastest system. Don't believe me, read this, and this, and this one too for good measure.

But, unfortunately I cannot praise Apple 100 percent of the time, this is one of those times. They're leaving out an extremely marketable and profitable section of computuer buyers, the "prosumers." Apple needs to come out with a system priced between $900 and $1500, with fully customizable options. Sure, some people say that the iMac is the prosumer option. Wrong. That is a laptop mounted on an arm, it has virtually all laptop parts, it runs on laptop processor, and without the screen is about the thicknesss of a laptop. Most prosumers need more than one video card, more than one hard drive, and the ability to access all that on their own. But unfortunately, they will probably never release one. Oh well, guess I get to spend 3K+ on a Mac Pro, SWEET.

Sunday, August 13, 2006

Meet Girls From Your Area?

We've all seen the ads where you can meet girls from your area, and they have cute pictures and stupid names, and they claim to be from your city. Well I always had a hard time believing there were so many beautiful girls in philly, and then I came arocss this:

Notice any similarities between the 2nd and 3rd girl? Apparently ladyloving1 and talllady 4u is one person. And yet she lives in 2 different cities, and is 2 different ages. Unless I missed a huge development in technology, being able to simultaneously live at 2 ages is impossible.

Im just glad they both say she's female, if one of the pictures said M for male, I'd begin questioning far too many things in this world.

Friday, August 11, 2006

End of the World.

So I've been reading alot lately about how Iran could possibly be planning a large scale (possibly nuclear) attack on August 22nd. "What is the significance of Aug. 22? This year, Aug. 22 corresponds, in the Islamic calendar, to the 27th day of the month of Rajab of the year 1427. This, by tradition, is the night when many Muslims commemorate the night flight of the prophet Muhammad on the winged horse Buraq, first to "the farthest mosque," usually identified with Jerusalem, and then to heaven and back (c.f., Koran XVII.1). This might well be deemed an appropriate date for the apocalyptic ending of Israel and if necessary of the world. It is far from certain that Mr. Ahmadinejad plans any such cataclysmic events precisely for Aug. 22. But it would be wise to bear the possibility in mind." (Mr. Lewis, Oxford University Press)

Rumor is that in the last 13 years, there have been 662 confirmed cases of smuggling nuclear and radiological materials. Now to be fair, only 21 of those cases involved materials that could be used to produce a nuclear bomb. But then there's always the fact that "those are the only cases we know about, so who knows how many others there are!!!"

Also, the reason that some are suspecting a massive attack on the 22nd, is that Iranian President Ahmadinejad told the US that he would give us a definite answer on whether or not they are developing nuclear weapons by August 22nd.

There is a whole lot of other info about this online, but the point of this post isn't to give a detailed explanation of it all. It's to express that we might finally have some bombings and attacks on our soil. Because as George Carlin said, no one really cares about the shit that happens over there, we want it near us god damnit!