Saturday, October 30, 2004

I wonder how many decibels a fire alarm is... / Homestar Halloween 2004

The fire alarm went off a while ago in the apartment building.. luckily, I'd finished taking a shower already and was on the phone to my mom hashing out plans for tomorrow. In case you wonder why I'm blogging when the fire alarm's been going for a good 15 minutes, it's a false alarm made when someone left the building a while ago. (it's supposed to be turned off soon!)

I changed into clothes suitable for going out, and left the building. Standing around with the others in the freezing cold reminded me of the time when a bunch of us were locked out of the music portable at high school during a music concert.. we were all grouped together like idiots, and freezing to boot. (good thing that Ken, Jesse, and Kevin were there!) We wondered whether it was a false alarm, but you can never tell... especially so close to Halloween!

I wonder just how loud a fire alarm is.. it might not rival the ear-shattering decibel levels at a Metallica concert right next to the speakers, but it's pretty damn loud when it's ringing in your ears as you leave the building! Heck, you can hear the thing outside the building too... not so good for your ears, especially if you're a baby or a kid. (I saw at least three kids and two babies outside with their parents!) I also found it ironic / funny that at least two people lit up cigarettes outside, especially considering that lit cigarettes can be a cause of fires: that was the case in summer 2003 around the province.

Phew.... it's been turned off. Now I can go on with my lo-fi Saturday night, and talking to Eric M. about stuff like how he thinks I burned down the apartment building again. :P (and the Homestar Runner Halloween 2004 special)

Labels: , , , , , , , , , , , , , , ,

Crazy Band Names

You're losing me to PehPai's Silver Levels, specifically Board 8.. I've played that thing more than 100 times, and STILL can't get past it to Board 9! (which seems a tad easier, but appearances can be really deceiving) They need to give you plenty more cards on Board 8 or something.... argh! I swear it's impossible!

For entertainment purposes:

Here's a list of weird / bizarre band names that I came across in my copy of Stephen J. Spignesi's The Odd Index.

Completely Incomprehensible:

Birdsongs of the Mesozoic
Bite the Wax Tadpole
Black Tape for a Blue Girl
Digital Poodle
The Disposable Heroes of Hiphoprisy
The Importance of Being Chuck
The Makers of the Dead Travel Fast
Myself a Living Torch
Pop Will Eat Itself
Smack Dab Queen Crab
That Petrol Emotion

Culturally, Historically, or Literarily Referential:

Agent Orange
Catherine Wheel
Chia Pet
Babes in Toyland
The Dead Kennedys
Exploding White Mice
The Loud Family
Mojo Nixon
Sisters of Mercy
Thinking Fellers Union Local 282
Vulgar Boatmen
Women of the SS

Gleefully Macabre, Sexual, Tasteless, or Gross:

Body Count
Butthole Surfers
Cannibal Corpse
Dead German Tourist
The Fried Abortions
Fudge Tunnel
Spread Eagle

Mercilessly Self-Deprecating:

Bad Brains
Bad Livers
Cosmic Psychos
Cultivated Bimbo
Dog-Faced Humans
Perfect Disaster
Pungent Stench
Rancid Hell Spawn
Revolting Cocks
Righteous Pigs
The Subhumans
Swinging Swine
Toiling Midgets
White Trash
Zero Boys

Possessing a Charming and Self-Confident Sexual Bravado:

Bang Tango
Bitch Magnet
Carter the Unstoppable Sex Machine
Date Bait
Miranda Sex Garden
Revolting Cocks
Righteous Pigs
The Stiffs
These Immortal Souls
Throbbing Gristle
Young Fresh Fellows

Possessing a Clever Sense of Humor:

Circle Jerks
Club Foot Orchestra
Crash Test Dummies
Every Mother's Nightmare
The Fat Chick in Wilson Philips
Happy Fingers Institute
House of Large Sizes
Meat Beat Manifesto
Mourning Sickness
Overwhelming Colorfast
Porno For Pyros
Sandy Duncan's Eye
Thirteenth Floor Elevators
United Dairies

Violent As Hell:

Boiled in Lead
Cop Shoot Cop
Lynch Mob
Napalm Death
Nurse With Wound
Splatter Trio
Thrill Kill Kult

Admirably In-Your-Face Honest:

Drugs 'N' Booze
Lords of Acid

Indieville Features: Funny Band Names

Funny Band Names

The Canonical List of Weird Band Names

Billco's Weird Band Name Hall Of Fame

Good, Strange, or Funny Band Names

Labels: , , , , , , , , , , , , , , ,

Friday, October 29, 2004

Witches Brew / Quizzes

Squeaking in just under the wire for a daily post:

I didn't feel like going out tonight since I wasn't prepared enough, but went anyhow.. it's time spent learning with friends, after all. ;)

Eric and I discussed many things: my random weird thoughts, the "Mystery Boy" call, the Memphis Grizzlies recent complete logo change, plans for Sunday (the church AGM means he'll go with my parents) and next week (their meeting at the church early to feed downtown people coincides nicely with my pre-Fellowship dinner), the Homestar Runner Halloween specials, my telling him certain things that I wouldn't tell others (and I do love him for being who he is and not those other people :P ), "Namaste!", Dave thinking that he didn't drive (where he got THAT from, we don't know!), Christian songs, zookeeper drowning in elephant poop, witch's brew, pulverizing things, my laughter / cackling, wedding processional music, "production," traffic, what we did today, our tiredness, etc.

Emily said she was tired from doing a project, Erin told me that my sister had sent her a short email saying that she was pretty busy, Danielle said she could see me on MSN now all the time ("oh, THERE she is!"), Nathan was at a family dinner, Citrus / Jen / Eric saw my zloty and other foreign coinage, Jeff thanked me for the birthday card (he'd had meals with assorted people for his birthday), Derek asked how I remembered everyone's birthdays, and Randall and I discussed my book.

All in all, a good night overall... I usually end up being glad on some level that I went out on Fridays with friends. :D

Now, Eric H. is using my responses to whatever he says as an auto-response on ICQ... good times, good times. :D

Take the quiz:

Guinea pig
Awwww, so cute and fuzzy

Quizzes by -- the World's Biggest Yearbook!

All of the possible quiz results for this quiz:

* Guinea pig (You scored 2)
* Gerbil (You scored 1)
* mouse (You scored 1)
* Rat (You scored 1)

Take the quiz:
Which kind of car are you?

Toyota Camry, Ford Taurus, Honda Accord
You are practical, nice to be around, and not too bad looking.

Quizzes by -- the World's Biggest Yearbook!

All of the possible quiz results for this quiz:

* Toyota Camry, Ford Taurus, Honda Accord (You scored 3)
* Corvette, Ford Mustang, Nissan 350 Z (You scored 0)
* Jeep Wrangler, Land Rover Discovery (You scored 0)
* Ford Expedition, Toyota Sequoia, Chevy Tahoe (You scored 0)
* Hyundai Santa Fe, Subaru Forester, Honda CRV (You scored 1)
* Mazda Miata, VW Cabriolet (You scored 0)
* Caddy Deville, Lincoln Town Car (You scored 0)
* Benz S500, BMW 745Li, Infiniti Q45 (You scored 0)
* Ferrari Enzo, Laborghini Muercielago, Maserati (You scored 0)
* Hyundai Excel, Ford Escort, Yugo (You scored 0)

Take the quiz:
Are you afraid of bugs?

sorta normal

Quizzes by -- the World's Biggest Yearbook!

All of the possible quiz results for this quiz:

* circus freak (You scored 1)
* sorta normal (You scored 3)
* sniveling wuss (You scored 0)

Take the quiz:
which psychedelic penguin are you?

the ghetto penguin
you are a ghetto penguin.... hahahahahahahahhahahahha... you are very ghetto... you should go to Horton School.... its ghetto... just like you.... you could compare lice with the other pupils...

Quizzes by -- the World's Biggest Yearbook!

All of the possible quiz results for this quiz:

* the ghetto penguin (You scored 2)
* the German Nazi penguin (You scored 0)
* the anorexic hippy penguin (You scored 0)
* the penguin with funkylicious eyeballs (You scored 1)
* the happy nice singer penguin (You scored 0)
* the ultimate super person penguin (You scored 1)
* the Jesus lover penguin (You scored 1)
* the boring penguin (You scored 0)
* the lovely penguin (You scored 0)
* the nothingness penguin (You scored 0)

Take the quiz:
Who Are You?

you like black

Quizzes by -- the World's Biggest Yearbook!

All of the possible quiz results for this quiz:

* Prep!!!!!! LIKE ME, YAY!!! (You scored 1)
* Punk!! LIKE MY SIS!! (You scored 1)
* GOTH!!! LIKE MY BEST FRIEND!! (You scored 3)
* No one. Not yay. (You scored 0)

Take the quiz:
Who Are Youin the Matrix?

The Oracle
You know everything before it happens at least if you understand it, you knew what I would write before I wrote it, you help people find their paths. Good for you

Quizzes by -- the World's Biggest Yearbook!

All of the possible quiz results for this quiz:

* Neo (You scored 1)
* Morpheus (You scored 1)
* Trinity (You scored 1)
* Niobe (You scored 1)
* Commander Lock (You scored 0)
* Still Plugged into the Matrix (You scored 1)
* AHHH!!! Agent Smith!!! (You scored 1)
* The Oracle (You scored 2)
* The Architect (You scored 0)
* Just a person in Zion (You scored 0)
* Just a machine in the real world (You scored 0)

Take the quiz:
What is your gender?

Congrats, you are a male

Quizzes by -- the World's Biggest Yearbook!

All of the possible quiz results for this quiz:

* Congrats, you are a male (You scored 3)
* Congrats, you are a female (You scored 1)
* We have no clue what the hell you are (You scored 1)

Take the quiz:
What kind of girl are you?

Mostly B's: You're a Gothic / Dark girl...
Mostly B's: You are a gothic / dark girl. Not much is known about you because you hide away from the world in the shadows. When I say dark, I MEAN DARK! All your clothes are black and red. That's it. All you do is lurk in the shadows thinking about torment and betrayal, while listening to Evanescence or Linkin Park. You don't have any friends. All people are scared of you, and don't want anything to do with you. You sulk because of that. Your favorite song is most likely Tourniquet by Evanescence. "I lay dying, and I'm pouring crimson regret and betrayal..."

Quizzes by -- the World's Biggest Yearbook!

All of the possible quiz results for this quiz:

* Mostly A's: You're a Girly Girl! (You scored 1)
* Mostly B's: You're a Gothic / Dark girl... (You scored 6)
* Mostly C's: You're a Happy girl! (You scored 4)
* Mostly D's: You're a Nerd / Classy girl. (You scored 0)
* Mostly E's: You're a Punk Girl! (You scored 1)

Take the quiz:
Which of my friends are you?

you laugh and play

Quizzes by -- the World's Biggest Yearbook!

All of the possible quiz results for this quiz:

* Jacob (You scored 3)
* Ian (You scored 1)
* John Z. (You scored 0)
* John B. (You scored 0)
* Taylor / Tyler (You scored 0)
* David (You scored 0)
* Alex (You scored 0)
* Craig (You scored 0)
* Jimmy (You scored 0)
* Austin (You scored 0)
* Jordan (You scored 0)
* Stephen (You scored 0)

Labels: , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , ,

Thursday, October 28, 2004

Candy's mix rock CD and truck songs tape

I was just looking at the stuff Candy gave me in April:

* calculator, pens, CD cases, and an organizer

* Ministry's The Mind is a Terrible Thing to Taste

* Ministry's Psalm 69

* Nickelback's The Long Road

* Yasunori Mitsuda's Creid: Millennial Fair

* the Marble Index's self-titled CD

* a mix rock CD and a truck songs tape

Mix Rock CD Tracklist

1. Delbert McClinton: Never Been Rocked Enough (3:34)
2. Simple Minds: Sanctify Yourself (4:59)
3. the Firm: Radioactive (2:49)
4. the Law: Layin' Down The Law (4:25)
5. Linda Ronstadt: You're No Good (3:46)
6. Bonnie Raitt: Something To Talk About (3:47)
7. Pat Travers: Killer (4:01)
8. Eurythmics: Ball and Chain (4:05)
9. Mother's Finest: Baby Love (4:24)
10. Alannah Myles: Black Velvet (4:49)
11. Mr. Big: To Be With You (3:28)
12. Gino Vanelli: Black Cars (2:09)

Truck Songs Tape Tracklist

(most of Lewis Melville's Truck Songs, Vol. 1 & 2)

1. People From Earth: Kamikaze Babies (3:43)
2. Flashlight: The Tank (2:15)
3. Dissemblers: Western Star (3:46)
4. Adam West: Black Beauty (3:11)
5. Tim Mech's Peep Show: Put The Hammer Down (4:35)
6. Jude Vadala: What My Truck Can Do (3:49)
7. SLR: Rhinestone Cowboy (4:09)
8. Hickory Allstar Bandwagon: 666 Got 18 Wheels (2:53)
9. Rheostatics: Secret Red Canoe (2:45)
10. Hoofbeats: Long Hard Kiss (2:41)
11. Big Smoke: This Road (3:38)
12. Uncle Violet: The Name On My Left Arm (3:38)
13. Woodchoppers' Association: One More Stretch Of Road (3:20)
14. Crowsfeet: Cathy Was A Driver (3:24)
15. Aaron Riches: Far (3:17)
16. Pat Temple: Back To Dust (3:13)
17. Lewis Melville: 9,999 (3:48)

My stereo's tape player won't work, unfortunately. Maybe I'll give the tape away, along with the duplicates of the Laura Ingalls Wilder book Little Town on the Prairie and the Matthew Good Band CD The Audio of Being. Might as well throw in the Jeni Fleming Acoustic Trio, too. *glares at CD which was supposed to be Third Day's Offerings* I'm keeping the liner notes which came with the CDs, though!

Labels: , , , , , , , , , ,

ZapSpot / online game recommendations?

I was looking for some game nostalgia, so I went to Zapspot to download their games that I'd played four years ago. Unfortunately, every time I tried to run a game after I'd downloaded it, Spybot Search & Destroy told me that it had encountered and terminated multiple processes that were listed as part of a malicious software. (which were identified as ZapSpot, no less!

I suppose this means no ColorBreak, SortSport, PehPai, ColorBreak 2, or other games for me from that site. However, at least this proves my Spybot is working.. I have mixed emotions over it, as you can guess.

Edit: I was doing things wrong.. now everything's golden. ;)

Labels: , ,

Wednesday, October 27, 2004

Girls Night Out

Linda, Sophia, Irene, Frances, and Helen came over.. they were kinda hungry by that time, but at least everything was ready by 8. My chicken soup was soothing and filling, the veggie samosas Sophia bought were spicy, the salad Frances made was good for vegetable intake, the appetizers Linda bought were good, and the pie Irene bought went along very well with my fruit sherbet for dessert. We were very full after that meal! :)

They wanted to know about my trip, so I showed them my sister's online photo album.. lots of pictures there, but it was worth it for the weird nicknames and awesome photo skills. Pictures do tell a story better than words, after all. ;) I showed them the Anne of Green Gables porcelain doll that I got, the red dirt rocks I collected off the PEI beach, and a few actual photos that I had.

Sophia told us this funny story about the tollbridges in Houston. She and her husband John were there recently, and had to take this tollbridge that required you to pay in increments, depending on how far you went. There were six different lanes, and somehow they ended up in the "exact change required" lane when they meant to go to some other lane. They were wondering how to pay, when the driver of the car in front of them just threw some money in the booth. So when they got there, John threw a dollar bill and a quarter in the direction of the booth. The gate wouldn't open for them, so John had to get out of the rental car and figure out what was wrong, holding up an entire line of cars behind them. Apparently, the "exact change required" lane only took quarters, but it didn't SAY that anywhere. After he got change for his dollar bill and threw it in the booth (with some guy asking if something was wrong), they sped out of there FAST! :D

Speaking of laughs, Helen got a good one when she looked in my bathroom.. there's a leak in the ceiling, and the ceiling itself looks like it's coming apart. Luckily, the ceiling leak is where the shower is.. no water on the floor from it! Everyone advised me to call my landlord again, even though I already had when I noticed it months ago. I think I'll do that tomorrow sometime.. Helen advised me to take a picture, since she thinks my siblings (who are away in Toronto for school) will also find it funny. Knowing them, they'll be like: "Aiya! Get that fixed.. it might fall down on your head when you're taking a shower!" (who knows, it just might.. very scary thought!)

We also talked about church things like the new church building and how we felt after the events of Jan. 11, Krispy Kreme / Tim Ho's doughnuts, work, my guilt over missing Sunday (Frances said they were fine, although little Ethan had "an accident"), local signage being confusing, and accidents on local bridges. Definitely a good time, and it was very nice seeing everyone again!

Now, I'm outta here.. must check email, and listen to Corey's impressions of last night. I said I'd tell him about it tonight, since he was very sleepy when I started to tell him about it last night when I finally got off the phone with three different people. :P

Labels: , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , ,

Major soup bowl discount, getting a zloty in my change

I am.... back from buying up the stuff I needed. Got four serving soup bowls at a MAJOR discount: they were originally $19.99 each, but were on sale for $4.99 each! (I didn't even know this sale was going on!)

Went to a Chinese place for some hot and sour soup, and received a zloty in my change.. very interesting, I think I'll keep it! (like the time the Awana dues contained a Sackie.. I exchanged that out for a loonie I had, and kept the Sackie)

I am.... also feeling blessed and lucky! (that applies to last night, this afternoon, and tonight)

Now, to take a shower and do some more clean-up and laundry before everyone gets here at around 7.....

Labels: , , , , , , , ,

Tuesday, October 26, 2004

Email / NOT impressed with the transit "service" around here!

This afternoon, I receive an email from Helen indicating that Linda will be coming tomorrow night. That makes eight people here including myself.. that wouldn't be a problem, except I only have seven soup bowls and possibly not enough soup to serve them all. So I look through the box of assorted houseware in my room that I got when I moved in (don't ask), only to find no other soup bowls. (it also takes me another hour to find my bus pass, which is in one of my bags instead of in a jacket pocket!)

Then I resolve to take the bus somewhere and buy a couple of soup bowls, and soup to go with them.. that's what any reasonable person would do, right? I get to the nearest bus stop and WAIT for ages, only to have no bus come up! Yes, I *know* this is a bus stop.. I've taken buses from there hundreds of times in the past! No, they haven't temporarily changed the stop location either. After about 15 minutes of waiting, I decide to go home and see when the next bus is. When I get there, I find out by my own reckoning that there's only about ten minutes till the next bus. So I go out again, with similar results. But I can't wait forever in the freezing cold, since I'm also hungry and quite frankly unimpressed at this point with TransLink.

WHY ARE THE BUSES AROUND HERE SO UNRELIABLE? I know that I've missed them in the past, and that was probably the case now.. especially given that I've heard a bus pass this window twice, with at least one of them being the bus that goes the opposite direction of where I want to go. Maybe next time I'm out, I'll pick up an updated schedule... TransLink's website isn't really of any help to me. (or maybe it's too confusing)

Tomorrow, I'm definitely going out to buy this stuff one way or the other! Perhaps it'll be back to the "service" we all know and love around here during the day.. I certainly hope so, or someone's going to get a knife stabbed right in their eye. *rages*

Labels: , , , , ,

Peasant's Quest, plans for tonight, quizzes

Peasant's Quest

Eric said I should try this game out, so I have. Still haven't managed to get three bulls-eyes, though... argh! (I can never aim right)

Other plans for the rest of the day include calling Shirley and Yazmine, and doing my normal M.O. ;)

Yes, I realize that's cryptic.. but that's all you're getting for now. ;)

Take the quiz:
How do you think you are going to die?

That's a weird way to die!
How ironic. I wish I could have died like that.

Quizzes by -- the World's Biggest Yearbook!

All of the possible quiz results for this quiz:

* That's a weird way to die! (You scored 2)
* are you crazy (You scored 0)

I picked "car accident," for the record. :P

Take the quiz:
which of my mentally insane friends are you?

You are ferret. You are totally obsessed with Hiei.

Quizzes by -- the World's Biggest Yearbook!

All of the possible quiz results for this quiz:

* spydie (You scored 1)
* ferret (You scored 2)
* panda (You scored 2)

Take the quiz:
Would I like you?

I'd tolerate you
:) Goodie for you.

Quizzes by -- the World's Biggest Yearbook!

All of the possible quiz results for this quiz:

* For sure (You scored 1)
* No, you're too modern (You scored 0)
* No, you're an ass (You scored 1)
* I'd tolerate you (You scored 2)

Take the quiz:

You are a dirty hippie
Don't be a dirty hippie... wash your clothes!

Quizzes by -- the World's Biggest Yearbook!

All of the possible quiz results for this quiz:

* You are a dirty hippie (You scored 2)
* Nature worshipper (You scored 2)
* Flaming liberal (You scored 0)
* You are a true American (You scored 1)

Take the quiz:
Are you the sporting Type?

Safety First
Safety always come first. You come across as someone who always is careful. You don't want to rush into things without thinking about the negative side of it....

Quizzes by -- the World's Biggest Yearbook!

All of the possible quiz results for this quiz:

* Risk Taker (You scored 1)
* Spontaneous (You scored 1)
* Safety First (You scored 2)
* Boring... (You scored 1)
* Sporty (You scored 0)

Take the quiz:
................................. (AKA Dots!)

what are you talking about, Willis
salamander Falalalalalalalalalalalalalalalalalalala weeeeeeewewewewewewewewewe

Quizzes by -- the World's Biggest Yearbook!

All of the possible quiz results for this quiz:

* I don't know (You scored 2)
* what are you talking about, Willis (You scored 3)

Take the quiz:
Are you popular?

You know a good number of people... special?
You're still pretty popular. Do you think it makes you special? Do you know about the little things life has to offer? Take a trip outside the box. Oh, and go alone, if you can stand it.

Quizzes by -- the World's Biggest Yearbook!

All of the possible quiz results for this quiz:

* You're the best! You hold your head up high. (You scored 1)
* You know a good number of people... special? (You scored 2)
* You have your select group of friends. (You scored 2)
* You're my favorite... loner. (You scored 1)

Labels: , , , , , , , ,

Monday, October 25, 2004

Free book!

I got a free book in the mail from Book Crossing. At first, I couldn't remember filling in the website form for it, so I was a wee bit mystified by the Sandpoint (Indiana) address on the bubble-wrap envelope. When I remembered, I was glad it wasn't unsolicited mail. The book is Somebodies and Nobodies: Overcoming the Abuse of Rank by Robert W. Fuller. Should be interesting.

Like I don't already have enough books around here... however, a free one is good. :D

Note: LJ Friends List Superlatives Memegen, by Glass_Grenade.

Labels: , , ,

Sunday, October 24, 2004

Honorary degree, Cool / Square, Ice Cream Flavor quizzage

Yes, I slept in and missed church.. better this week than next, since there's a meeting then! Sorry to Frances and my other friends.. I should be there next week! (I guess I can miss church once in a while, although I feel guilty about not being there for certain people)

Anyhow, here are some amusing quizzes I found...

The University of Blogging

Presents to
Flami Brolx

An Honorary
Bachelor of
Bad Poetry

Majoring in
Quiz Addiction


Blogging Degree

Um.. if this isn't the most appropriate one, I don't know what is! :D

Am I cool or uncool? [CLICK]
You are Trendy...
You're a trendsetter.. well more of a trend follower. You have a few 'cool' friends who don't mind you hanging around for a laugh. It won't be long before you're climbing the ladder to cool status. Keep up the good work!!
Cool quizzes at

Your Icecream Flavour is...
French Vanilla!
You're a smooth and silky suave type! You exude class and you believe in tradition. A classical taste who doesn't like things to be too flashy or showy. Climb the Eiffel tower of taste with a spoonful of you! Oui Oui!
What is your Icecream Flavour?

Find out at Go Quiz

Labels: , , , , ,