Saturday, August 26, 2006

Baby names / spelling + grammar / Giving your kids the same middle name as another kid in the family

An assortment of threads on baby names / poor spelling and grammar / businesses, mostly from the SDMB and mainly for my own reference. (but nothing's stopping you from looking at 'em! :P)

Here's yet another thread on unfortunate baby names, from Snopes.
Institute for Naming Children Humanely
First names you hate
Why criticize people for poor spelling / grammar?
Least Appropriate Store Names
English words that nobody should use
It's "Could HAVE," dammit!
People who just can't use the right word
Getting Shafted in the Name Department
Other people hate "LOL" too... it's not just me!
"Girl" names becoming trendy
Saying names unfamiliar to you
Annoying Assumptions About Names
Weird spelling
Don't name your kid after a joke in a Tom Hanks movie!
Amusing / Really Strange Real Names
Another installment of Amusing Names
The word's not THAT obscure...
Funny last names
Why give your kid a name like THIS?!
Don't put apostrophes everywhere!
Girls' Names vs. Boys' Names in America and Britain
People with unfortunate names
English word with the most unique etymology?
What weird name will they come up with next?
Humorous ethnic restaurant names
How do these places stay in business?
Why don't these people change their names?
Gross abuses of the English language
This needs to be stopped!
Spelling "hamsters" correctly
I know how to say my own name!
Jonathan is "JON"
Strange name for a construction company
"Voilá" is the correct spelling!
Asians taking American names
Three Names vs. Two Names
I don't get other people's naming practices...
Names you'd never give to your kid
Profs making fun of students' names

There are people out there who give more than one child in the same immediate family the same middle name?! Oh man.

* Elizabeth Anne Coleman and Kelsey Anne Coleman (source)
* Ashley Nicole Ross, Jamie Nicole Ross, Kelly Nicole Ross, Cory Kyle Ross, and Travis Kyle Ross (source... I can understand that having quadruplets and five other kids might strain your imagination in looking for names that fit well together and everything else, but seriously! Is it THAT hard to come up with different names, regardless?!)
* Andrea Lane Ramsay and Joanna Lane Ramsay (source)

Hey, Chinese Eric says he's going to white Eric's dinner... sweet! Jon and I were talking about that last night at Fellowship / Dragon Ball, so that should be good and suffice as a "hangout time." :D

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Catching Up / Auntie Anne's Pretzels / Giving up on Myspace Blogging

Got the chance to catch up on blogs, too. I'm not sure how I'll do this when Awana's back in session, haha. o_O (but I managed last year, somehow...)

Dawn thinks that Vancouver is stuck in some other century, not China... heck, she bemoans Rogers not covering parts of this city with decent reception. To that end, she gives us instructions on how to reach her via cell until she gets a landline: fair enough! She's also had a few interviews that make her wonder about the reading comprehension of those interviewing her for certain job positions. With her last name, she is not Filipino!

Dave says that he had a good day some time ago, went to Fred's for a beer and some musing, wants a Doraemon webcam, rants about checkout line etiquette ("12 items lane" and "10-cent Canadian Tire money"), hummed the Transformers theme (Shanghai and Mandarin!), and made a series of goals for his relaxation next week after some paper's submitted. Hugs, sleeping in, eating chocolate, writing letters, oxtail slow-cooked soup, reading books, and watching DVDs all sound like good ways to relax in my opinion!

Spoz is covering the music scene on a TUESDAY night... what a shocker! Stuckey (Copy One), Trixie Plain, and others were his musical accompaniment. Then of course, there was his usual weekender thing: he went to some Greek restaurant and sampled some "SEAFOOD METAXA" (a sublime mix of Morton Bay bugs, prawns, clams, octopus, calamari, miscellaneous fish bits, and other such rubbish.. flame-grilled in brandy, served on a bed of rice, finished with a smooth white cheesy sauce, and topped with these two thin breadstick thingies (which he used as chopsticks for cheap laughs). Then he washed it down with some Greek beer called Mythos, which apparently complemented the flavors in a way that beer never should.. eek, haha. He passed a weird mechanical entity, went to pubs, witnessed mannequins getting tweaked, saw blue couches that he thought were black, and saw other weekender weirdness.

Vivian's posted a PEARLS BEFORE WINE comic, complained about some idiot who filed a customer service complaint against her because her nuggets and fries only comes with 4 nuggets instead of 6, and had a recap of the past month. She recounted eating out, one-month baby banquets, bubble tea, PNE, gelato, free delivery of textbooks / UPass, and all the other things that make summer so good and yet a letdown!

Jen's just said things about it getting too personal, being just friends with someone, and recounted that story we heard about last night: this gardener left his name and number with the store because she gave him a free coffee! Haha, oh my. "Stop picking up the customers," indeed... your manager's funny, dudette!

Speaking of blogging, I've given up on Myspace's blog. It takes way too long to submit an actual entry (no, this has nothing to do with how long it takes me to WRITE the damned thing :P), and I only have a limited amount of patience! :P Yeah, I've been spoiled by certain other blogging / journal sites, for sure! (will check out Facts About Multiples since it's been updated, though!)

Hey, I got emails from Phil and Eric about tomorrow's dinner. Eric says, "Those preparing can show up anytime after church. Those coming for the dinner should make an appearance by 6:30. Please RSVP to Jon or me so we can make the correct amount of food." Phil's pleading for a carpool: "Hey Guys... Love to be there. Anyone wanna carpool from the church? Richmond is mighty far for me, a simple boy from Burnaby. Please?" I have a feeling I'll be hanging out with Jon and whoever else is prepping all afternoon, whee!

For my own amusement, I've been sending Corey the lyrics to Neil Young's Piece of Crap. He thinks I'm a "poem girl"... while (good) lyrics are probably a form of poetry, I'm not really one as such. But I love this analysis of the first verse:

[16:38:22] Flami: All hail sparkly socks!: Tried to save the trees
Bought a plastic bag
The bottom fell out
It was a piece of crap
[16:39:23] Corey: paper bags are more environmentally friendly
[16:39:34] Corey: and plastic ones suck :P
[16:39:57] Corey: unless you tie the top shut, all your groceries will probably fall out in the car
[16:40:03] Corey: then you can't untie the damn thing
[16:40:24] Corey: or it breaks :P
[16:40:57] Corey: paper works a hell of a lot better, and is biodegradable

Auntie Anne's Pretzels

Serving Size: 1

1 1/2 teaspoon Yeast
1/2 teaspoon Brown sugar
1 teaspoon Salt
1 1/2 cups Water
4 cups Bread flour
2 teaspoon Baking soda
2 cups Warm water
1/2 lb Butter
2 Tablespoon Honey
White sugar
Brown sugar

Preparation Instructions: Mix yeast, brown sugar, dash of salt, and 1 1/2 cups water. Let sit for five minutes. Add bread flour. Knead well. Let rise for about one hour. Grease baking sheet. Mix baking soda and warm water. Take a piece of dough and roll and shape into a pretzel. The easiest way to shape is to roll it into a rope of whatever size you prefer. Pinch the ends of the rope, then bring the ends of the rope to the other side of the circle. Dip pretzels in warm water and baking soda mixture, and put on baking sheet. Bake at 425°F for about 12 minutes. While still hot, brush with melted butter and honey. Sprinkle with white and brown sugar (approx. half and half mixture).

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Dreams of attacks and identification / summer flings / German names / kissing quizzes

Okay, I'd like to know what was wrong with my subconscious last night. I dreamed of people going into a home and attacking old ladies, like Auntie Paula (Erin's grandma) and various other people at church! No, I haven't been watching A Clockwork Orange lately either. After that, the dream just switched to an old auditorium where various groups from church were giving presentations. Then you had to have three pieces of identification to get out of there into the wintry world. I only had two, but someone saved me by having one more for me. Try as I might, I ended up having variations on the same dream when I woke up and went back to sleep. Not good. :P

The third quiz below reminds me of Virtual Kissing School. (so of course I took their kissing quiz!) I almost wrote "Virtual Killing School," which would be something else entirely... o_O

Your Summer Fling Probably Won't Last

Even though your summer fling totally makes your heart pound...
You've probably just been swept away by a summer romance.
And while it may be hard to say goodbye, at least you had a summer full of passion.
You'll find new passion in the coming months - guaranteed!

Your German Name is:

Ulrike Tatiana

Your Kissing Technique Is: Perfect

Your kissing technique is amazing - and you know it.
You have the confidence to make the first move.
And you always seem to know what kissing style is going to work best.
Sometimes you're passionate, sometimes you're a tease. And you're always amazing!

*snort* HAHAHAHAHA, yeah right!

Virtual Kissing School's kissing quiz

You scored: 32.

If your score was between 46 and 60:
You're a Klever Kisser!

A Klever Kisser enjoys being seductive and desirable. You're the kind of person that is naturally more erotic and aggressive. You enjoy being sensual and involving the entire body in a kiss. You enjoy kissing anytime and for as long as it takes to get the job done right. You don't mind displaying your affection in any location, and pride yourself in your kissing technique. You have an awesome amount of passion and heat flowing through your body when you kiss. You do not take kissing lightly, and tend to hope it will lead to more touching and sharing. You are spicy and can be a little racy. Be careful not to forget the value of a sweet and slow kiss. Your usual hot and heavy kisses are exciting, but it's nice to have a little variety now and then. Overall, you are certainly the most sexy of the kissing styles, and you definitely keep the car windows fogged.

If your score was between 31 and 45:
You're a Krafty Kisser!

A Krafty Kisser enjoys being playful and prankish. You're the kind of person that is naturally more frisky and even a little mischievous. You like to pull and run your hands through their hair, creating that combination of pleasure mixed with a tad of pain. You like to be random with kisses, and vary in the kinds of kisses you want to give. The kisses can be from sexy and seductive to sweet and smooth. Variety is your spice in life. You enjoy being spontaneous and will kiss anywhere, especially in public places where it becomes more thrilling to you. Be careful not to play too many games, or you may lose track of how your partner is feeling. Make sure your partner is comfortable with all your various kissing levels. Overall, you are certainly the most balanced and experimental of all the kissing styles, and you make kissing fun by creating variety.

If your score was between 16 and 30:
You're a Krazy Kisser!

A Krazy Kisser enjoys being sloppy and free. You're the kind of person that is naturally more unrestricted and wild. You like to put your hands anywhere that strikes your fancy, and you might even scratch, squeeze, or spank other parts of the body while kissing. You could hold the world record for longest kisser because you like to kiss forever. You like to try and shock the other person by trying different techniques, or doing something out of the ordinary. You also like to keep it exhilarating by kissing in places you should not be kissing in. You can get a little freaky and funky, which makes your signature kiss very messy. Try to remember that sometimes slobber all over the face is not exactly what your partner wants. You may need to focus on trying to add in some sweet, slow, and neat kisses. Also, be careful that some of your "Krazy" techniques and movements don't offend your partner. Talk to your partner about what they like to determine a healthy balance. Overall, you are the most exciting of all the kissing styles, and you keep your partner on the edge, waiting to see what's next.

If your score was between 0 and 15:
You're a Kute Kisser!

A Kute Kisser enjoys being sweet and charming. You're the kind of person who naturally is more loving and gentle. You like to be romantic by kissing slowly while stroking your partner's face or by holding their hand. You feel that a kiss is an intimate act of sharing, not just physical fun. You are sensitive to your partner's needs and view your time with them as precious. You like to take your time, and your favorite way to kiss is tenderly. While kissing, you listen to your heart and think about how much your partner means to you. Your ability to tap into your feelings is your greatest characteristic. You enjoy a private environment with your partner, so that the intimacy is not interrupted. You can be playful and like to give sweet little pecks. Remember that variety is the spice of life, and you may want to make kissing more exciting by playing a little rough now and then. Even though you may not enjoy being aggressive, your partner may like diversity, so talk to them about what they like. Overall, you are the most caring and sensitive of all the kissing styles, and you take very good care of your partner by always putting their feelings first.

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Citrus Lemon Episode, exes and names, Tibet, Sunday lunch and dinner, BBT

Citrus Lemon Episode AKA Citrus' grad roast! (Nathan and Jon were going to Youtube it, but Youtube doesn't accept videos that are over 10 minutes long... you're lucky I don't know how to embed videos! You should see it just for Dallas' facial expressions... and the mophead!)

Eric and Jon picked me up at 7:30, and we were off talking about random stuff. Maybe I was a little TOO random because of the coffee, but it's all good. Once we got to church, we found that we were next door instead (seeing the kid Julie Chu there!). Dylan blanked out on Chuck's name, saying that he was really bad with names: considering that Chuck is Andrea's boyfriend, and that Andrea and Dylan USED to go out, I thought: "Oooh, BURN!" Not that there's noticeable tension among the three of them since Andrea and Dylan broke up years ago, but still. He also introduced Andrea's friend Doug from Baltimore, but didn't blank out on HIS name... yeah, I wonder why! :P

I was surprised to see Kevin there since it was his birthday, but I gave him his birthday card anyhow. Talked to Vania for a bit: her cousin Christine (her sister's named Jessica) just got back from nine weeks in Tibet, so they had a sleepover this past week.. must have been interesting! Jon was pitching the Sunday dinner to Vania, Vivian, Jen, and everyone he could think of. Nathan, Dallas, and Jeremy (apparently not so flu-ish, says Jon) weren't there tonight (dinner, stuff, family in town), but they'd definitely be coming to Richmond! I gave Jon the money I owed him, so we're fine as far as that goes.

Frances said that she'd mailed the birthday card to Elaine, so I told her that her sister had emailed me a couple days ago to thank me. (hey, the card was too nice to jettison...) Phil talked about Texas, Jon talked about Dragon Ball, Dylan talked about Bubble World, Vivian talked about France and the PNE, Karen Choo talked about Eric's T-shirt with the really old Canucks logo on it (he got it as a gift), and Eric tried fixing Teresa's visor. All good times! Andrea said that there would be some sort of lunch on Sunday, so Jon and I (and Dallas by extension) would probably be up for that!

Jen talked about blogging, literal vs. abstract (I was reminded of Kempy), lust / safe sex ("that just gets glossed over, yet we all experience it!"), and courtship / dating tips. ("don't date him if he has kids, since it makes things way more complicated!") Jon joked that we should get her mom for that courtship / dating program, and said that he couldn't make it to the bowling thing since he's helping out with Resonate. I rehashed Jason's skunk story: he was running near UBC when a skunk sprayed his car! To hear Karen Chan tell it, that car STUNK for a LONG time afterward! (the worst was cleaning it...) We joked about having guys stand up and tell everyone WHY it would be bad to date them ("Don't date Ivan because he's happily married!")... that would provide laughs! (or just go to Don't Date Him, Girl)

We talked about the dinner on Sunday, and I mentioned that Chinese Eric wanted to hang out with Jon tomorrow night: hey, the dinner's a good opportunity! (Jon thinks he included him in that email, but I'll mention it to him if I talk to him later) There will be a core group there consisting of Jon, Eric, Jeremy, Dallas, Nathan, and me. A bunch of us went to Dragon Ball and met Andrea, Chuck, and Doug there. We talked about the Mexico trip, Toronto vs. Vancouver (smog / rain), ordering kumquat bubble tea (Jon DID order kumquat-watermelon bubble tea on Monday night, even if Citrus would be mad at him for it!), Sherman (Andrea's brother), owing people bubble tea, green lotus and green apple, Slurpees, food at Dragon Ball (condensed milk toast and pork), etc. When we exited the place, we smelled some pretty strong cigar smoke: pot smoke can be strong too, but is probably preferable to cigarette smoke since THAT smells awful!

On the way home, Jon and I determined that he should pick me up around 9 on Sunday morning. He got Eric to call him at 8:30 because his greatest fear is sleeping in since there's nobody home to wake him up.. that, and his back-up crutch alarm (NOT his cell phone alarm which works great) doesn't work. That wouldn't be good since he has to lead worship too... I just hope he gets some of his Regent homework done tonight! (he likes working under pressure, when it's almost impossible to have enough time to finish a given assignment)

Hilarious mishearing of the night:

Billy: "So Timothy was going to carry his [the apostle Paul's] torch..."
Karen: "Curious George?! That doesn't sound bad!" (we were talking about a whole bunch of bad stuff the Corinthians did)
Billy: "... no. Carry. His. Torch."
HAHAHAHA! Way too funny! :D

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Friday, August 25, 2006

Computers, insects, Z 95.3, Friday Five on books, Arby's Sauce, jeans, passion, studying

This computer and the insect flying around are annoying me. Argh!

Hahaha... someone (Darren Schilling) from Z 95.3 wants to be added as one of my Myspace friends. It's been ages since I've been a Z person, but whatever!

Friday Five on Books

1. What book or books were special to you in your childhood? Books by Laura Ingalls Wilder, L.M. Montgomery, Louisa May Alcott, or Madeleine L'Engle.
2. What was particularly special or memorable about those books? The way the characters lived in the "olden days," and grew up / changed through the years.
3. Have you re-read any of them as an adult? Yes.
4. If so, were the books as good as you remembered them? Sometimes, yeah.
5. What do you think about movies being made out of children's classics (like the Chronicles of Narnia, Lord of The Rings, etc.)? That's cool... yet another way to imagine things. :D

Arby's Sauce

Although the beef sandwiches from Arby's would be very hard to duplicate since they are made from specially-processed beef hunks, thinly sliced, this fast food chain's barbecue sauce can be cloned easily. Now you can whip up this slightly tangy sauce to put on your own homemade sandwich creations, even barbecued ribs or chicken.

1 cup ketchup
2 teaspoons water
1/4 teaspoon garlic powder
1/4 teaspoon onion powder
1/4 teaspoon pepper
1/4 teaspoon salt
1/2 teaspoon Tabasco pepper sauce

1. Combine all the ingredients in a small saucepan and cook over medium heat, stirring constantly, until the sauce begins to boil in 5 to 10 minutes.
2. Remove the sauce from the heat. Cover and allow to cool.
3. Pour into a covered container for storage in your refrigerator. Keeps for a month or two. Makes 1 cup.

You Should Wear Boot-cut Jeans

Not just for boots, this versatile style can show off any shoe.
So go for funky boots, platform heels, sexy pumps... whatever works.

Your Passion is Gray

Your sexual attitude is best described as apathetic.
Often joking that you're asexual, you can go months without getting any.
For you, great sex does not make or break a relationship.
If it happens, it's just the icing on the cake.

Your Learning Style: Expressive and Tenacious

You love to learn about new cultures, ideas, and theories.

You Should Study:

Ethnic Studies
Foreign Languages and Literature
Eastern Religion

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Dreams of restraint / Thai Sunday dinner at Eric's / Evite for bowling / Stephen

I had a weird dream which involved my head being restrained with a contraption which was supposed to represent a musical key with flats / sharps / a staff. Apparently, this was because I tried to run away at this camp. Eventually, I managed to break free and go to the camp's library: lots of kids and books. I was thinking of stealing some material, but didn't... I woke up soon afterwards. Weird stuff.

Jon sent us an email about Sunday dinner: it was supposed to be at his place, but it'll be at Eric's instead because of Regent assignments. Having people over and trying to do homework simultaneously doesn't work. He thinks everyone who came to last week's dinner had a very good time eating and chatting, as well as watching that documentary on the praying mantis. This week promises to be even more fun...

The theme for this week's dinner is (he thinks) Thai. Dallas is thinking of making red curry with tiger prawns or shrimp, as well as green chicken curry. Nathan might make some Jamie Oliver ginger beer. We'll make sure to include many vegetables in there as well. Durian just might make an appearance, since it's a Thai thing as well. We'll try to keep the cost of the dinner to $5-7, so be prepared for that. We'll also take some time to pray for the people that are on the Mexico missions trip. They'll have been in Mexico for only a short time. Hey, at least he sent the email to me this time too! He strongly suggests carpooling no matter where we live, so Sunday will be interesting from that perspective as far as I'm concerned too, haha! Of course people should let him know by Sunday service if they can make it... all aid in prepping ingredients is good! ;)

Dylan also sent the Fellowship an Evite about ANOTHER bowling night, this one on September 8. Yes... the way to celebrate the newbies to the Fellowship is to schmooze and make fun of everyone's bowling with optional helmets and elbow pads! *sarcasm* We'll see whether I make it or not... I remember Eric practically made me change my mind in March, after all. I also got a message from an old friend, who says he's in Shanghai now. ("When I search the Web on Google, you're the only person who talks about me!") Heh, interesting...

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Matthew Good (Band) songs, icons, and friends-only banner / Sparkly socks / GWAR and kiddy shows

Hey, Rock 101 is playing MGB's Strange Days! That's quite a coincidence considering what half this post is about, hehe. ;)

I have some new Matthew Good (Band) icons, courtesy of looking for them at Underdogs. ForestHouse made them all: the first three are from Load Me Up / Carmelina / Apparitions, and the last one was the band's motto.

On a semi-related note, why do these two MGB icons (by Myrasis) remind me of what Palmer looked like? Yes, I assure you that I have that man out of my head! But when you see something like this, it's hard not to notice the resemblance: I think it must be the face size, coupled with the glasses. Thank goodness there isn't any MORE resemblance, otherwise my fangirling over Matt Good (WHAT fangirling?!) would be CREEPY! o_O

Just for fun, here's a friends-only banner I found at thetroublebunch. The lyrics are from Rico, which is a very good song!

I need to get the In A Coma DVD so I can listen to Oh Be Joyful again. Maybe some other time...

In other news that ISN'T related to MGB, Eric Ho apparently wants to see my sparkly / glittery socks if we hang out on Saturday night. o_O (the MSN name intrigued him that much?! oh my...) Corey also was telling me about this kids' show that apparently adapts other songs: they even did that to a couple of GWAR tunes! o_O (scroll down to OPERATION FOODFITE)

[00:04:57] Flami: All hail sparkly socks!: yup... tomorrow I plan to be random with white Eric, go to Bible Study, and then (probably) go to Dragon Ball and have bubble tea
[00:16:46] Corey: you should have implosion tea
[00:17:07] Corey: instead of having bubbles, it has the opposite of bubbles and has pockets of air revering... stuff
[00:18:58] Flami: ewwwwwwww
[00:19:03] Flami: that sounds dangerous
[00:24:58] Corey: nah, Pop Rocks explode, and they're okay
[00:26:50] Flami: you're talking IMplosion... that's rather different
[00:33:17] Corey: it'll just make the drink collapse, but it's in a cup, so who the f*ck cares? :P
[00:35:20] Flami: that's not good... I think I'll go with our infamous combos and "special drinks" instead!
[00:43:45] Corey: brains and sour cream?
[00:57:49] Flami: All hail sparkly socks!: EWWWWWWWWWWWWWW
[00:58:13] Corey: that's what the Slamwich is made of
[01:06:22] Flami: All hail sparkly socks!: do I want to know what that is? or where you would get such a gross thing?
[01:07:32] Corey: that is from a kids show :P
[01:09:16] Corey: the show Kids Next Door used GWAR for their music for an episode... so it's the music from Private Pain of Techno Destructo, and from Gor-Gor, with some lady from the cartoon singing about food and stuff... it's a lunchlady trying to make the kids eat or something :P the lyrics follow the songs fairly closely (but changed in most places, of course), and the lady singing sounds all scary and everything
[01:10:08] Corey: Gor-Gor becomes Slamwich.. Techno Destructo is called Gramma Stuffum (the name of the lunchlady, I think)
[01:10:13] Corey: I haven't been able to find video of these, but I finally got mp3s not long ago
[01:17:11] Flami: oh man... GWAR and kids' shows should probably not co-exist
[01:17:23] Corey: I've got pork fat and gravy going through my veins.
I serve dead monkey pudding and platypus brains.
I'm Grandmother Stuffum!
Food: Grandmother Stuffum!
GS: I came to this school to feed you kids
And bake up pies with jellied squids.

Kids... must eat!
Kids... must eat!
Kids... must eat!
Kids... must eat! (GWAR.. must die!)
[01:17:51] Corey: go down to Operation FOODFITE about halfway down for lyrics to both songs
[01:18:06] Corey: first part is Techno Destructo and second is Gor-Gor
[01:18:48] Corey: I'm pretty sure the kids show did the lyrics :P they just provided the background music. apparently they went under the RAWG name in the credits, actually
[01:21:37] Flami: hahaha, nice
[01:21:45] Corey: GS: Slamwitch comes and children scream
Made of brains and sour cream.
If kids won't eat his moldy bread,
Then Slamwitch eats you kids instead!
Slamwitch comes and you'll all cry.
Swats F-16's from the sky
And make you crave his drippy spinach.
Fall and worship giant slamwitch!
Food: Slamwitch! [x6]
[01:23:39] Corey: these songs are about 9 minutes total, with basically zero dialogue other than the songs.... so that means almost half (30 minute show is really 20 minus commercials) of this kids show is heavy metal and altered lyrics about death and destruction :P
[01:24:13] Flami: aiya
[01:24:45] Corey: this page has tons of other songs on it, so I wonder if that's the usual format of that show.. adapted songs by other bands
[01:39:36] Flami: maybe.. that can be interesting

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Thursday, August 24, 2006

Insult Monger / Dreams of card decks on spoons, old family friends, and computers

The Insult Monger: great site for international insults!

I went for a nap earlier (darn tiredness), and had yet another weird dream! This one involved Eunice's and Dawn's moms living two minutes away from each other like they used to, and apparently having an alternating arrangement to take care of me and other kids (yeah, I was a KID in this one!) every other day. That went well for a while, but then we were at Eunice's house once (with a LOT of grass in the front yard) and Dawn's mom claimed that her husband deserted her when they'd made some plans earlier! A family friend came by and gave all the kids presents: I got a set of soup spoons in a blue mug with a handle: the design on the spoons was that of playing card suits in a deck. We all thanked him before he left, of course.

Before Auntie Betty took me home by car from Auntie Gloria's (she doesn't drive in real life!), Eunice insisted that I take two four-litre jugs of milk home with me as well... chocolate and 2% / soy milk didn't sound bad to me, so I did. Once home, I remember having to restart the computer to play a Tetris-like game... Notepad somehow started in DOS! I had to get rid of many BASIC-like references to Homestar Runner, Thy Dungeonman 3, and GWAR before the computer started properly. Then I woke up...

No idea where THAT came from! I haven't played the Homestar Runner game since I finished it in May, nor have I played Tetris in a LONG time. Yeah, I use Notepad / listen to GWAR a lot, but I haven't used BASIC since like elementary school. ("Call 1400" and "line 10 / 20 / and on," anyone?) Haven't seen Dawn's mom / bought soup spoons / been babysat / bought four-litre jugs of milk in years, either! The only thing I can think of is that I've seen the guys (and Steph) play WAY too many games of Big Two at Dragon Ball, haha. Jon's known for his "special drinks" (combinations like starfruit and kiwi) over there now... maybe not by Mr. Dragon Ball (the owner), but certainly by the other staff! o_O

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White diamonds / Pluto no longer a planet / Arby's Jamocha Shake

I got another white diamond in Bookworm on the word "mil." Very soon after that, I had to use said white diamond on the word "rip." I didn't want it to burn up from the flaming red tile just above it, after all. ;)

Today, the neighbourhood has shrunk. Our solar system now has eight planets and not nine: Mercury, Venus, Earth, Mars, Jupiter, Saturn, Uranus and Neptune. Pluto is no longer considered a planet, but is a dwarf planet instead.

Nikki (xnikki118x) has an amusing icon about that:

Further discussion on Useless Facts

Arby's Jamocha Shake

Okay, wash out the blender; this one's been begging to be cloned for years now. Arby's famous Jamocha Shake was one of the first frozen coffee drinks to gain popularity, even before Starbucks pummeled us with Frappuccinos. This thick drink is actually more milkshake than coffee drink, but if you like the original, you'll love this easy-to-make clone that serves two.

1 cup cold coffee
1 cup low-fat milk
3 tablespoons granulated sugar
3 cups vanilla ice cream
3 tablespoons chocolate syrup

1. Combine the coffee, milk, and sugar in a blender and mix on medium speed for 15 seconds to dissolve the sugar.
2. Add ice cream, and chocolate syrup then blend on high speed until smooth and creamy. Stop blender and stir mixture with a spoon if necessary to help blend ingredients.
3. Pour drink into two 16-ounce glasses. Makes 2 large drinks.

You Need to Grow Up a Little

You're definitely not a kid anymore, though sometimes it's hard to tell.
Your life is somewhat adult, but chances are, you aren't really satisfied with it.
Whether this means getting a better job or dumping a loser boyfriend...
It's definitely time for you to start living a fully adult life.

You Are 40% Healthy

You're on your way to having a healthy diet, but you have a ways to go.
Everything is okay in moderation. But you don't quite have moderation figured out yet.

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Your special clip: Bowler
When you watch itduring the time it takes to watch it, 4157 AK-47 rounds will be fired.

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Microsoft wins again! / Dream of candelabras and flying in church

Jeremy's explanation for all the technological glitches on Monday night at the grad banquet: "Microsoft / Bill Gates wins again!" Too true, haha.

Had a weird dream where my sister said that Benny and I would blend well together, and that we'd fit well under each other's fingers. o_O For some reason, we were afraid that we wouldn't fit well enough, but we did while lying down together. After that, he had to go off somewhere so I just chilled with a bunch of our friends. We went to church, where I discovered that I had the ability to fly and zip around effortlessly. There were a LOT of lit candlelabras around the church, which I had to watch out for: I narrowly missed one! After some time spent exploring the church, I went into the sanctuary, where there was an auction going on. I saw Zoe and the other kids with Pocky and other snacks, and Natalie wondered why we hadn't gone yet. (thanks, kid.. I can see you really want us around! :P)

Uncle William's wife (Auntie Elaine) flagged me down. Lucas and Hannah apparently had two more kid siblings (with Chinese names), aged three and one. The kids looked cute... since they wanted to go outside to where my friends were, their mom accompanied them. I met Jon, Jeremy, his roommate Darryl, and some others outside. After some time spent talking, we left the church. Later, we could sense that Benny was getting worried about me. I decided to slide up a pole to where his place was... he'd been about to look for me in a grey-and-red beret and black uniform, but instead gave me a hug since he was so relieved to see me. After that, I dreamed that I woke up here and there was a power failure at 11 AM-ish, but everything was dark outside! I woke up when I discovered that it wasn't the case! No idea where that dream came from! o_O

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Dragon Ball is the tropics, man...

Note: Delve Deep into the LJ Mysteries of Your Past Life / SEX from the LJ people / Who's LJ Best For You! / LJ Tag! You're It! blogquizzes. (by Joy, Lauren, Crimzn, and Alex)

Talked to my brother on MSN earlier: we've settled our money issues. $7 for last Sunday and $7 for this Sunday sounds about right to him! When we go to the tropics (otherwise known as Dragon Ball :P), I'll probably get him the bubble tea that I "owe" him too. Once my sister gets back from Mexico, I'll give HER the money she's due / make her sign Eric's birthday card. That'll be cool... Jon and Jeremy think the safe-injection sites should stay here, which does have merit.

I've finished the chicken and the sweet and sour pork from Monday night. Still have a huge box of rice, one of peppered beef with broccoli (I love that stuff!), and one of noodles (yee mein) / baby corn / Chinese mushrooms / other veggies. Yummy stuff!

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Wednesday, August 23, 2006

Downward spiral, glittery socks, weird concert announcements

Last night, Jon and Jeremy made a Nine Inch Nails reference when they referred to the "downward" spiral in druggie movies. Heh, I love them for it. :D (but not just for that, of course!)

On the personal housework front, I decided not to attempt the "letter sticker" project since that would involve my spending too much money eventually. Tried finding my black shorts, but then remembered that they'd developed a hole in a most inconvenient place. At least I found my other glittery sock in the clean laundry basket! I also hung up a lot of clean laundry, but I think I still have to do some... that's what tomorrow will be for! It's the first day that I'll have had by myself at home this week... going out is cool, but downtime can also be QUITE important. ;)

What is Rock 101 (classic rock) doing?! I just heard them promote a concert by G. Love and Special Sauce at the Commodore! HAHAHAHA!

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Glue and letter stickers, Method / goat's milk soaps and stuff

I had no time to get the "beer and age" birthday cards (for Jon and Jeremy) or a Phillips Head screwdriver today... maybe next week! This goes for Milestones food and such too, since the bus came up just as I was going to go to the store. There's always time later, right? ;) (it's much better for my wallet anyhow, knowing MY spending habits...)

I've finished gluing cards from Candy, Steph, and Erin to construction paper. (I put stickers on the corners too) I'll have to do some more work like that when I get birthday cards in a few weeks, but that can wait till then. After all, I can't do work with stuff that I don't have yet! (haha) I also hole-punched the booklet for Dennis / Mike / Benny / Anthony's testimonies, and put stickers on the corners of Dawn's Beijing postcard. (and finished a personal tally) Am I good, or what? :D

(I'll have to get a LOT more letter stickers, though... like at least 50 more sets, no kidding! Maybe at the dollar store where they have a LOT in the craft / scrapbook section... that way, it's not TOO overpriced, haha.)

The Method [foaming] soaps:

* green tea and aloe (foaming)
* eucalyptus mint (foaming AND non-foaming)
* sweet water (foaming AND non-foaming)
* French lavender
* cucumber
* pink grapefruit
* lemongrass (I didn't see this one at the store)

Apparently, they have body wash and hand sanitizers too. Maybe I'll go back and look some other time...

* lavender thyme (body wash)
* cassis flower
* mango mint
* olive leaf
* green tea and aloe
* eucalyptus mint
* sweet water

Life Goat's Milk soap gets an honorary mention here, too. :D

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Memegen upgrade, Coast body wash, Method / goat's milk soaps

Hey, Memegen's received a major upgrade! It's much faster than it used to be, and looks a whole lot better too. But most importantly, there's a lot more content than before - including full-length quizzes!

I ran a bunch of errands today: got cash from the bank so I can pay my siblings back for those dinners and buy my brother bubble tea at Dragon Ball (he says I owe him one because he paid for my karaoke at Mom's insistence *sigh* ), renewed my ID for free at ICBC, bought some exclusive stuff with my "free 1000 points" Shoppers coupon, and got the people at the Ministry to photocopy documents to give to someone else. All this between 2:55 and 4:30... man, am I in need of some relaxation now! :D

I was standing in line to pay for my purchases at Shoppers Drug Mart (two bars of Life goat's milk soap / two Method [foaming] hand soaps - French lavender and green tea with aloe / the Coast "Eye-Opener! Good over 105 showers!" body wash [not with the way *I* use the stuff, it won't be! :P]) when the woman in front of me recognized who I was. (but I didn't recognize her, so I asked who she was: Carol Coté!) Turns out that she's a woman who attended my church briefly at least five years ago: Carol's son was murdered a year or so before that. She asked if I still did my artwork, and I was confused as to what she meant until she clarified: ah yes, those handmade birthday cards that I used to make. (inspired by little kids and their crafts at a Summer Conference in 1993 or 1994) I don't really do that anymore, but no need for her to know that. She still attends church (the Salvation Army church) and apparently still smokes, judging from her purchase of a pack of cigarettes!

You Should Own a Beagle

Low-maintenance, very friendly, and sturdy.

You Are 64% Pure

Well, you're not exactly an angel - but you're pretty darn close.
But chances are, you have a couple juicy secrets deep in your closet.

If you founded a religion...
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The Unfortunately Named But In No Way Related To The One You Are Thinking About Disciples Of Hitler

Your followers are a society with a strict seniority-based caste-system,

who work diligently to add to your coffers

who eschew the pleasures of the flesh,

and who are often viewed as strange or wacky because of their adherence to the principles of the faith.

Your followers wear whatever they want,

but your priests wear

orange leotards

starchy underwear

a pouch full of pamphlets about the faith

a membership to your private country club (and fallout shelter)

Your followers are

increasingly common (over 50,000),

and they are actively and aggressively seeking to convert others to the One True Faith.

Take this quiz now - it's easy!
Who would be able to join your religion?

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My Interests Collage!

Interests: 68: (Eric), A-1 steak sauce, affection, asking questions, autobiographies, bands, biographies, birthdays, bizarre happenings, books, bubble tea, CDs, children, coincidences, commenting, computers, Crime Library, culture, eating out, food, friendliness, friends, friendship, goofing off, Google, helping people, history, Homestar Runner, hot and sour soup, instant messaging, journals, language, laughing, learning, memories, message boards, movies, multiple births, murder, music, names, oddities, Outlander series, phone calls, photos, playing, poop, quirkiness, quirky stuff, reading, remembering people's birthdays, Richmond, royalty, serial killers, stories, sushi, synchronicity, talking, the radio, toilet water, true crime, twins, Vancouver, water, weirdness, wonton mein, words, writing

Stolen from Tracey:

I actually read that issue of the Province, too!

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