Saturday, February 28, 2009

You make FUN of people for not knowing in-game stuff?! / Friends as divers

This thing JUST restarted - UGH! Hey, here's another picture making the rounds of Facebook... and the Chinese version, too!

At Awana, Ian told me that his brother Sean was sick, and started bleeding on Thursday! Luckily, his mom Ada clarified that Sean had had a nosebleed and a fever! Mike also noticed that I wanted to get the game scores before he erased the board - yay for good people! His sister Margaret bent her glasses because of one of the kids; oops. Said hi to Eunice, who's very cute! Jordan was being loud as usual - his brother Thomas has lots of energy too. Rosenda came in to look for her younger son Gabriel because "Mom" (Auntie May) had brought him with her: I redirected her and David upstairs to the Cubbie room! Amanda and Hannah showed me their "apple" (red) and "blueberry" (blue) balloons: plenty of them for the taking from the open house! On the way home, Ian asked "Are we there yet?" and also told me that he wanted to eat dinner the WHOLE night, haha. Now Corey and I are just talking about PORTAL and getting electrocuted:

[19:04:08] Corey: I just got electrocuted!
[19:10:12] Flami: the hamsterette: YOU LIE.
[19:10:22] Corey: then crushed by a ceiling
[19:10:27] Flami: YOU LIE.
[19:11:36] Corey: and it happened again
[19:13:50] Corey: yay, I got past it!
[19:15:04] Corey: I'm playing a Portal mod someone made... they added a storyline and voices and everything. it's really slick, but it's frustrating because most of the puzzles give you no time to think, and you have to be totally accurate with super-precise jumps through like three portals while you don't know where the hell you're going, since you don't even know which way is up when you come out of a portal you jumped through :P
[19:15:49] Corey: if they focused more on the puzzle aspect and less on the "let's make this as hard as we possibly can" aspect, this mod would be like a whole new Portal game
[19:15:59] Flami: that would be interesting, I guess
[19:16:23] Corey: most of their puzzles are decent, they just need to loosen up the accuracy a bit...
[19:17:10] Corey: basically, I'll get the right idea, and it doesn't work.. then I get mad and go look up a walkthrough and they're doing EXACTLY what I'm doing... but I didn't hit the right arrow early enough by like .02 milliseconds...
[19:17:54] Corey: this game isn't supposed to be all skill, it's about figuring out the physics of what needs to go on to get you through it.. it's a puzzle game, mostly :P
[19:23:59] Flami: that skill thing seems annoying
[19:26:47] Corey: there's a video showing the one I'm stuck on at the moment.... also keep in mind that the guy playing it made the levels, and somehow manages to come out of portals facing a direction.... when you really do it, it's almost impossible to tell what's going on :P you could be facing any direction or be upside down, or who knows
[19:31:24] Corey: and that's the one where you get squished and electrocuted if you don't get through in time, but that probably doesn't show him failing
[19:42:54] Corey: and this fucking level doesn't work. the one in the first video. it's probably just barely possible to line things up that perfectly, and it sure as hell isn't happening for me, and I'm even trying to directly copy what's in the video. how the fuck would I ever do all that without cheating and looking for a solution? the proper solution isn't apparent at all, and once you figure out exactly what needs to be done (by looking it up online), it's STILL next to impossible...
[19:43:47] Corey: I doubt I'll finish this thing... it's just frustrating, not fun
[19:46:39] Flami: so it's one of those things where you can just barely make it once, and that's it?! ugh.
[19:48:06] Corey: fucking hell. I got to the point where I'm high enough to shoot the blue portal across to the other side, and then it started flipping me upside down every time I bounced through a portal, which doesn't happen in the video, and makes it impossible to aim
[19:48:56] Flami: yikes.
[19:51:13] Corey: now I got over there despite it flipping me upside down, but it doesn't let me get over to the ledge... instead, if I try to move to the side, I just land on the edge of the portal.... on the floor, not up on the ledge, which stops all momentum and pretty much means you start over
[19:52:30] Corey: oh, and up on the ledge, the walls electrify, meaning that even if you are lucky enough to get up there, you've got at least a 50/50 shot at instant death unless your timing was perfect and you got up there between zaps and also had enough time to run past it...
[19:53:18] Corey: I've about had enough of this... I'd like to see where the story goes, but this is getting ridiculous. I'm only like halfway through this, too
[19:54:11] Corey: I went to their forums, and tons of people complain about it not even being fun because of stuff like this, and the people that made it just make fun of them for not being good at the game or something :P
[19:54:46] Corey: I just played the whole real game pretty much flawlessly right before this (though the real game isn't very hard)... so I think I know SOMETHING....
[19:58:23] Flami: of course you do
[20:01:05] Corey: well, I'm going to play a different one instead :P there's another set of maps that someone made (but I don't think it has a story) that everyone seems to like more.. much harder than the regular game, but the challenge is in figuring it out, not 800 perfectly timed jumps that have to be accurate to the millimeter
[20:04:09] Flami: that sounds better
[20:08:12] Corey: well, first level of this thing already has hard jumps.... not AS hard, but you have to duck while jumping to get far enough (a trick never used or explained ONCE in the regular game, so I probably wouldn't have ever even tried it had I not known about it from this other mod I was playing)
[20:08:25] Corey: and then, I know about it because the people in their forum made fun of people for not knowing that :P
[20:13:12] Corey: well, this isn't that much better.... seems to be based on complicated jumps and crap like that too... but, you at least don't have to be 100% perfect for it to be possible
[20:19:28] Flami: well, that's a relief
[20:19:47] Corey: well, except now I'm at a place like that
[20:19:54] Corey: people suck at making Portal levels
[20:20:26] Flami: oh
[20:24:27] Corey: well, okay, I just wasn't observant enough :P I didn't have to do what it looked like I had to do... there was a reasonable solution if you backtrack a bit
[20:26:57] Flami: that is terrific

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Okay, let's pat newts on the quay!

High-scoring words of the day so far:

PAT (128 points) - against Michael M. [two 4W]
OKEHS (112 points) - against Kathy T. [2W, 4W]
NEWT (225 points) - against Lorraine I. [two 5W]
QUEY (365 points) - against Alice P. [4W, 5W]

Interesting rack of the day so far: BAHANNIE (against Pat K. - read this as "Bah, Annie!")

Well, I woke up at 11:30 to find that Eric hadn't called me like he said he would. I figure that he thought I needed extra time which he couldn't really spare, which is fine. After getting a couple of calls from 1-800 numbers, I was thoroughly annoyed at them. Eric called at 1:30, but I was taking the garbage out at the time. However, I did eat Rosenda's homemade dessert: I'll have to tell her son Ian about it later, haha. (and maybe give his cousin Olivia some stickers) Henry called near 2, saying he couldn't give me a ride to Awana because he had something to do for school. Thank goodness Ada can give me a ride!

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Free beef noodles remind me of Tom Yum soup!

High-scoring words of the night so far:

BUTTED (355 points) - against Chris M. [two 5W, hook off HEM to make HEME]
PAVED (325 points) - against Angela V. [two 5W]

Eric picked me up, noting that it was good that I was behind a pole, but also noted that he'd fixed his brakes. During the course of the ride, we discussed McDonalds food, the drive-thru McDonalds near my place (I was only there once last July), taking a dump, melting my face, French, the church Open House tomorrow, ice, glass, whether I was fiery, and other things. Hey, I am not the one who is getting influenced by others, thanks! It was a hilarious ride, which is good - I needed to be in a good frame of mind.

Got to the church, and I decided to help Grace / Vivian / Cindy / Calla with the posterboard for tomorrow. Teresa, Sheena, and Richie came by to give us some critique. Said hey to Margaret (cleaning the rails) / Cordia / Jeremy (in the elevator with Stanley's mom) / Eric (washing the windows - my glasses do NOT need that treatment!), and helped with the tape and such. Discussed teaching, busyness, running, ramen noodles (which remind me of the three Tom Yum soup packets I have), the balloons popping all over the place, and more. Teresa wanted to know which churches had services other than Sunday mornings: Andrea and I had no idea. I was surprised that Teresa asked for my phone number, and that she remembered who my brother was, heh.

Once we were done, we went downstairs to see what was going on. Raymond and I talked about the retreat last week: it was fun times, apparently. Grace and I just talked about noodles and things like that, haha. Raymond also mentioned some beer and cheese night at Jeremy's that he can't make it to: I asked when he'd received that email, and he said that it was yesterday! He was skimming it, and noticed that my own brother didn't email me about it. Meh, I'm used to it... and Jon just forwarded the email to me now.

Cindy, Dylan, Richie, Jen, and I talked about Steph for a bit. We discussed his birthday (August 9), my amazing birthday memory, moving, Skype with Auntie Beatrice, why people weren't there tonight, bubble tea, the COLD fellowship hall, the great posterboard that Emily L. worked on, Awana having its own table, the Hang Glider book having a CD, lying, and other things. I got a beef noodle cup from a box they were giving away - I should buy those more often, maybe! (growing away from packaged noodles?)

Later, Jon was in the office looking through a bunch of books he'd bought at Regent this afternoon for the church library. When he left to see if he could find Maria (something about the library), Eric and I looked through them: justice, life in the city, meditations on death, and more. On the way home, we discussed ice vs. salt / Russ Baker Way (AKA "the big road by the airport") / the annoying grass clumps by the south side of Broadway / the Canucks' 2-1 win / gibberish callers / whether I was going to make it to the Open House tomorrow. At least Eric will go home after his booth shift, so I can tag along - then come back for Awana in a couple of hours! Got home to a message from Corey, who asked if I fell in the toilet over here or something: HAHAHAHAHAHA! No, I just got rushed out of here earlier tonight!

Here's the cheese email: In lieu of a Sunday dinner (which is coming up soon, I promise) we'll be having a beer and cheese night at Jeremy's. While we will be providing some beer to go along with our many cheese choices, do feel free to bring along whatever libations you choose, whether it be wine, port, scotch, grain alcohol, etc. Nate and I went hog-wild earlier today and bought a decent chunk of high-quality cheese from Mount Pleasant Cheese Company. We have approx 3 lbs of cheeses ranging from maple cheddar to Napoleon (Quebec raw milk cheese - nutty and neat!) -- adding up to slightly under $30. The damage would have been significantly worse if the cheese lady didn't give us 25% off our entire order (and didn't charge us tax to boot!). So consider this cheese night a real deal, and the more people that make it, the lesser the cost, and the greater the good times.

Poo nugget for this weekend: Poo of the Month - POO-PHORIA! Synonyms: Holy Crap, Mood Enhancer, The Tingler. (you should see the picture for this one: it has a guy levitating above the toilet in a Zen moment!)

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Friday, February 27, 2009

"The vibration of my farts cause shockwaves!"

Bingo of the day so far:

VEGETISTS (76 points) - against Frances B.

High-scoring words of the day so far:

UNAWED (220 points) - against Josephine S. [5W, two 2W]
UNDY (144 points) - against Lesa C. [two 4W]
ISSUE (145 points; two 5W), MATZAS (105 points; 5W) - against Rhonda P.
BIOTINS (325 points) - against Steve L. [two 5W]
OUTTAKE (224 points) - against Yolande M. [two 4W]
ENVOIS (220 points) - against Sandy Q.-M. [two 4W, hook off ZIT and KATA to make ZITI and KATAS]

I still remember this from the last time Billie came over. Her friend Chris (?) had someone comment to one of his Facebook notes with this creepy (unedited) rambling which (as I recall) didn't have anything whatsoever to do with the note:

Please be warned... this is effffed up! Who says this!?

I wanna lay on my stomach so you could rub and squeeze my tight, firm, and sexy ass and for you to see and feel my firm muscles squeezing together as I flex them while you're squeezing and rubbing them. I also want you to play with my ass by patting it as if playing bongos and watch my muscles bounce and vibrate as you're smacking my ass.

Secondly, I want you to lay on your stomach and flex your sexy ass muscles while I'm rubbing and squeezing yours and I play with your sexy ass by patting it as if playing bongos and watch it vibrate as I'm smacking your ass.

You'd LOVE to see and feel my sexy, powerful, earthshaking vibrations so much that once you do, you'll become intoxicated. You'll be so hooked on them that you'll NEVER want them to stop.

My vibrations are like drugs and smoking. The only difference is that you'll NEVER be able to come off, or even want to, no matter how much rehab you take.

I wish you were seeing and feeling my mighty power, right now. My vibrations are so powerful that they cause earthquakes in California and around the world. LOL. Not really, but they are powerful and are worth seeing the sexiness and feeling the strength of my strong vibrations. Whenever you hear thunder and feel the ground shake from the shockwave, that's from me flexing my powerful muscle and the strength of my vibrations are what you be feeling and hearing. The strength of the vibrations whenever I fart also cause thunder. I have strong vibrations in every way, even when I fart, there's mighty and powerful strength in them. My thunderous vibrations when I flex, makes ANYONE have orgasms.

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Dream: We'll buy hair products and cake to piss you off after Erin died!

Gabriel A., Wahyu D., and Alex L. added me for the blood games - sigh.

I had a weird dream where Erin got killed by a rabbit with a hunter's gun a couple months before she was about to get married. We were looking for her, then stumbled upon the death scene. Ben heard about this and grieved, then he wanted us to help with the kids in a white-walled room. The only way out of there was a rope ladder, which Lily dissuaded her daughter Hannah from using. We had to get William to help us out of there, and then we watched a video featuring how the rabbit got the gun. After that, my mom wanted us to go to London Drugs for shampoo and cleaning materials. To piss her off, we decided to get a HUGE bottle of Tresemme conditioner. Then we saw some cake and milk in a display case, so we had to get that as well.

The dream ended when we were about to pay for all our stuff. I have no idea where it came from - for example, the last time I saw a huge bottle of Tresemme product was last spring in Alicia's washroom on South Sumas Road! Oh well.

You Are Not a Jerk

You treat everyone as fairly as possible. You think it's important to be good to people.

You may feel like being rude at times, but you hold back. You are civilized.

While you are considerate, you don't go overboard. You only show others the same respect you'd expect.

Those who want to take advantage of you may accuse you of being a jerk, but in truth, they're the real jerks!

HAHA! So true! Someone I used to know would be the total opposite of this result, for real!

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Female farts smell worse than male farts!

Bingo of the night so far:

TERABYTE (123 points) - against Brianne B.

High-scoring words of the night so far:

FOREPEAK (290 points) - against Rhonda P. [two 4W]
TERABYTE (123 points) - against Brianne B. [3W]
NONSTORY (110 points) - against Kim A. [5W]
AXONES (240 points) - against George M. [two 4W]
WHOMP (128 points) - against Peter L. [4W, 2L on H, 3L on P]

Interesting racks of the night so far: TWINPITS (against Chrissy P.), TRAYBEET (against Brianne B.)

This must be my night for looking at apartments / rooms on Craigslist. I've found a few that actually DO suit my needs within my price range, as opposed to absolutely NONE which I would consider! But one of them comes with restrictions, I see now: "no overnight guests." UM, I OUTGREW THAT RULE YEARS AGO! I've also figured out who this Oswald character is on my Facebook home page under "People You May Know." :D

Poo nugget for Friday, Feb. 27: Gender Gap - An Australian study found that men fart an average of ten times a day, while women let loose a mere eight times a day. The study also concluded, however, that women's farts smell worse, mainly because female farts have a higher sulfur concentration. How were the fart smells analyzed? First, subjects farted into an aluminum bag via a rectal tube. The gas was then removed with a syringe and expelled into the nostrils of the eagerly awaiting judges. All in the name of science!

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Thursday, February 26, 2009

A-Z of my life, Bzoink style

Bingo of the day so far:

SOFTWARE (512 points) - against Lisa L.

High-scoring words of the day so far:

HEX (114 points) - against Wendy D. [4W, hook off ENEMY to make FE and AX]
SOFTWARE (512 points) - against Lisa L. [4W, two 3W, hook off GRAPE for a plural]
WANGLED (1040 points) - against Rosalind H. [5W, two 4W] {a good deficit-erasing word!}
OVERSALE (105 points) - against Angela V. [5W]
BOYARISM (410 points) - against Karla M. [5W, two 2W] {a good deficit-erasing word!}

A-Z of Your Life ��

Hope You Like It!!!
B] - BIRTHDAY?: Sept. 17
C] - CRUSHING?: Not really.
D] - DRINK YOU LAST HAD?: Happy Planet strawberry-banana bash.
F] - FAVORITE COLOR(S)?: Blue, purple, black.
H] - HOMETOWN?: Richmond.
I] - ICE CREAM FLAVOR?: Mint chocolate chip.
K] - Killed someone?: I wish! (not seriously)
L] - Lime or lemonade?: Lime.
M] - MILKSHAKE FLAVOR?: Chocolate.
O] - ONE WISH?: Love.
Q] - Quiet?: Sometimes.
R] - REASON YOU SMILE?: Friends.
S] - SONG YOU LAST HEARD?: Scorpions, Rock You Like A Hurricane
T] - Time you woke up this morning?: I didn't get up in the morning. :P
U] - What kind of underwear do you prefer?: No comment.
W] - WORST HABIT?: Procrastination.
X] - X-RAYS HAD?: I don't keep track of that.
Z] - ZODIAC SIGN?: Virgo / Fire Dragon.
Okay, That's All!

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Little Man and Little Miss

Here's a "Little Man / Little Miss" picture:

You Are City

You prefer big lights and big dreams over the slow-paced life of the country.

You crave excitement, and the city has many opportunities for you.

While you appreciate the peace and quiet of the country, it's a little too quiet.

You need lots of people, culture, and action to feel truly alive.

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Agonizing over carafes while squatting

High-scoring words of the night so far:

AGONISES (178 points) - against Mac W. [two 4W]
CARAFE (2950 points) - against David M. [two 3W, two 5W, hook off BUTS to make ABUTS]

Speed Racer pre-1990s opening and closing credits - thanks, Corey!
Stickman on Crack - Funniest Thing Ever... thanks, Billie!

Poo nugget for Thursday, Feb. 26: Sitting vs. Squatting - Squatting is actually a more effective and efficient way to expel stool from the body than sitting on a toilet seat. The act of squatting changes the orientation of a group of muscles called the "levator ani," which actually serves to stretch open the accordion-shaped rectum. This creates a "straight shot" for the poo to effortlessly make its way out of the body. Just as some naturalists have touted the benefits of breastfeeding and natural childbirth, there is a burgeoning movement that believes squatting can improve digestive health. Squatting, also known as the bombardier method, will give you quads of steel.

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Wednesday, February 25, 2009

Do you use YOUR anchor as an emergency brake? (wrestling and cream soda)

Corey managed to remind me about wrestling and cream soda earlier tonight:

[18:01:34] Flami: the hamsterette: so now what's up? it's apparently snowing here again
[18:11:24] Corey: oh, and I also got some Pepsi to drink with the pizza
[18:12:15] Corey: Pepsi's new cans are kind of plain and dumb, and the logo has a mouth thing on it now that's wider or thinner depending on the variety of Pepsi you're drinking
[18:14:34] Flami: .... just how much Pepsi have you had already!?
[18:15:01] Flami: I know you're hankering after caffeine, but...
[18:16:11] Corey: we got a big 36-pack suitcase thingy of Pepsi
[18:16:53] Corey: I'd rather have Coke, but Pepsi is ALWAYS cheaper now... you'd think Coke would be pretty quick to match that
[18:18:13] Corey: lately, it's almost always something like 3/$12 (12-packs) for Coke, and 4/$12 for Pepsi products, so obviously I go with those in that case :P usually I just get the cheaper one, and change my mind about which I like more all the time. I'd say generally it's Coke, but if I've had Coke stuff for a while, Pepsi sounds good
[18:29:09] Flami: yeah... I haven't had too much Coke or Pepsi since a while ago, although I did get store brand cola last week when it was on sale for 88¢ a bottle
[18:30:30] Corey: seeing as how I go for Coke or Pepsi based on how tired of one or the other I am (well, or which is cheaper) I'm not sure why I don't get store brand stuff more :P it's usually not really as good, but it's pretty much the same thing
[18:34:06] Flami: is the store brand stuff cheaper, usually?
[18:37:29] Corey: of course
[18:41:41] Flami: so have you ever tried it?
[18:50:26] Corey: yes, that's how I know it's not usually as good :P but I guess I could get it sometimes
[18:56:12] Flami: ah yes, of course...
[19:04:01] Corey: the store brand cream soda is pretty good. I get that sometimes. I like it more than A&W.. Jones Cream Soda is better than both though
[19:08:19] Flami: haven't had cream soda in a while myself... maybe since last summer
[19:48:29] Corey: well, hurry it up, what are you waiting for? :P
[19:58:22] Flami: for the snow to not be here.

More strange laws, from Bathroom Reader #21:

In Providence, Rhode Island, it's illegal to sell toothbrushes on Sundays. (toothpaste is okay)
It's against the law in Washington state to pretend that your parents are rich.
Women in Corvallis, Oregon, are not legally permitted to drink coffee after 6 PM.
By law, Washington drivers must carry an anchor to be used as an emergency brake.
In Christiansburg, Virginia, it's a crime to imitate the sound of a police vehicle.
It's against the law in Iowa to charge people to watch a one-armed pianist perform.
In Missouri, men are legally required to have a permit to shave.
It's a crime in Long Beach, California, to curse while playing miniature golf.
It's against the law in Oklahoma to display a hypnotized person in a window.
In Israel, it's illegal to pick your nose on the Sabbath.
In Florida, widows may not skydive on Sunday afternoons.
It's illegal for a woman in Joliet, Illinois, to try on more than six dresses in one store.
It's okay to wear a fake nose in Aberdeen, Scotland, but only if it doesn't conceal your identity.
Richmond, Virginia, prohibits anyone from flipping a coin to determine who will pay a restaurant tab.
A man may not legally wear a strapless evening gown in Miami.
In Devon, Colorado, it's illegal to walk backwards after sunset.
In Connecticut, it's against the law to play Scrabble while waiting for a politician to speak.
It's illegal to run a three-legged race for money in British Columbia.
Eating soup with a fork is against the law in New York.
It's illegal to sell used confetti in Detroit.

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Hamburger Helper can't be good by itself... can it?

High-scoring words of the day so far:

KANES (110 points) - against Josephine S. [5W, 2W]
JOT (200 points) - against Janet H. [4W used twice over, 4L on J]
REDELIVERY (760 points) - against Nicole S. [5W, 4W, 2W] (good deficit-erasing word!)
WHITENS (160 points) - against Sara H. [5W, 2W]
BETONY (120 points) - against Tam R. [5W]
EQUITANT (138 points) - against Sean R. [4W]

I hear that it's blizzarding in Chilliwack and Langley right now: makes me glad that I'm not out there! Reminds me of a time I was on a Greyhound bus where it was snowing somewhere halfway through the trip; good thing I don't have to do that anymore! (and it's snowing HERE too?!) I am also annoyed with certain things, again. Someone else says that Hamburger Helper is good by itself... unless they mean that hot dogs and beans are fine by themselves. At any rate, I should try that!

You Are a Red Light

You take life at a slow pace. Life is long, so what's the rush?

You are very selective. You don't make a decision until you're sure it's the right one.

You have amassed some wisdom in your life, and you put it to good use. You don't act rashly.

You are fair and impartial. People can count on you to do the right thing, even if you take some time to figure out what that is.

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Cocoa on mats in dunnies?! (Barenaked Ladies)

Bingo of the night so far:

AQUAVITS (669 points) - against Tina F.

High-scoring words of the night so far:

COCOMAT (100 points) - against Frances B. [4W]
JISM (245 points) - against Luise R. [3W, 5W]
SORN (318 points) - against Carol-Ann H. [3W, two 5W, hook off JOEY for a plural]
SCOWLED (112 points) - against Lesa C. [4W]
KOJIS (104 points) - against Peter S. [two 2W, 3L on K]
QUITE (200 points; 5W, 3L on Q), DOXY (140 points; 5W, 3L on Y) - against Jermain M.
TYPIFY (312 points) - against Brittany G. [4W, 3W]
AQUAVITS (669 points) - against Tina F. [two 5W, hook off WINE to make SWINE]
SUGAR (128 points) - against Don S. [4W, 5W, hook off BEAN for a plural]

Interesting racks of the night so far: AREAGOUT (against Steve L. - read that as "area gout"), ROUTRINK (against Heather M. - read that as "rout rink"), COLTBIAS (against Rosetta K.), PODSHAME (against Carla B. - read that as "pod shame")

I heard a long double-shot of Neil Young earlier tonight: Cowgirl in the Sand and Down By The River... NICE TWENTY MINUTES! :D It's also officially Ash Wednesday - I remember Lenting MSN last year. Good times, since it spared my poor brain and eyes from a lot of Netspeak. Although maybe I should have Lented the person entirely... too late now! I'm also annoyed at certain other people right now.

Corey and I have been talking about the Barenaked Ladies, and he says that The Ballad of Gordon has been stuck in his head for over a decade!

[23:07:25] Corey: the people from that band are recognizable by name?
[23:09:55] Flami: the hamsterette: sure
[23:14:06] Corey: I think I've heard people talk about them, Internet included, like five times, ever
[23:14:13] Corey: never on the radio or TV :P
[23:14:47] Corey: a long time ago, they had a video that played on Nickelodeon all the time, which was odd since it was the only music video they played
[23:36:19] Flami: The Old Apartment? Shoebox? If I Had A Million Dollars?
[23:49:31] Corey: uh, he was a big fat alien or something and it's all about racial tolerance or something
[23:57:11] Flami: um. can you remember any of the lyrics?
[23:58:38] Flami: Enid? Be My Yoko Ono? Brian Wilson?
[00:01:26] Corey: it was called What About Me, I think
[00:02:00] Corey: "If you wanna be my spaceman, it don't matter if you're black or white, or green or blue, or something something polka dots something something"
[00:03:55] Flami: The Ballad of Gordon!
[00:06:42] Corey: it's definitely not called that, at least on that video
[00:06:50] Corey: I can't find it on Youtube
[00:08:42] Flami: .... that's what Google told me it was called.
[00:10:16] Corey: I know it's on Youtube, someone on SA posted it in a thread about finding stuff nobody remembers anymore
[00:12:23] Flami: well, you would have the access to look on the Something Awful thread... so DO IT NOW!
[00:13:50] Corey: it's long gone by now
[00:24:37] Flami: aren't there archives you could look at?
[00:27:25] Corey: it looks like it's the Gordon thing. but that's not what they called it on Nickelodeon
[00:28:49] Corey: that has the Gordon title, but I'm positive it wasn't called that on Nick... this says it's from Fox
[00:37:30] Corey: I could be wrong and just think that it was And Then There Was Me because they repeat that 100 times during the song, and Ballad of Gordon has apparently nothing to do with the song at all :P
[00:37:46] Corey: unless that's the name of the alien in the song or something
[00:40:41] Flami: it could be... I've never really heard the song itself
[00:42:05] Corey: well, click the link! I've had that song stuck in my head for at least a decade though, so be careful :P
[00:43:18] Corey: I sing the spaceman line in my head and then after "it doesn't matter if you're black or white", I just start listing colors and things until my head explodes or I think of something else. it's kind of annoying
[00:44:14] Corey: and I've just watched the Youtube video like ten times, so I'm going to go find something to eat. that damn song :P
[00:45:21] Flami: I'm going to have to look the lyrics up again to see if they reference eating.
[00:45:58] Corey: they don't! that's what I'm doing instead of watching it over and over again!
[00:54:24] Flami: nobody said you had to watch it over and over again :P
[00:56:14] Corey: no, but it's catchy, dammit
[00:57:51] Flami: fair enough
[01:07:53] Corey: so have you watched it yet?
[01:12:02] Flami: ARE YOU NUTS?! I don't want an earworm in my head for the next ten years! :P
[01:12:23] Flami: But maybe I can infect others if I share it on Facebook... *evil*
[01:15:04] Corey: YOU GO WATCH IT RIGHT NOW!!!
[01:15:36] Corey: it probably won't stick with you for ten years :P they showed it repeatedly on TV when I was young... that's why it hasn't gone away
[01:15:42] Flami: ..... okay.

Poo nugget for Wednesday, Feb. 25: Doo You Know? - Down Under - "Dunny" is the Australian slang term for the toilet. The word derives from the British term "dunnekin," or "dung house." Dunny now serves as the informal term for any bathroom, but is used most often in reference to pit toilets in the Australian bush.

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Tuesday, February 24, 2009

I'm jealous and watchful in dreams!

High-scoring words of the day so far:

TENPIN (171 points) - against Annette M. [two 4W, hook off ROW to make PROW]
WENDIGO (127 points) - against Brianne B. [5W, hook off CROW to make CROWD]
CAY (100 points) - against Anastasia W. [5W, 2W]
FOREDATE (106 points) - against Heather M. [4W]
JUMPS (160 points) - against Josephine S. [4W, 3L on J]
ZORI (400 points) - against Shelley R.-B. [two 5W] {a good deficit-erasing word!}
ADZ (135 points) - against Karla M. [two 3W]
OYEZ (114 points) - against Jackie E. [3W, 2W]
DIED (112 points) - against Pat K. [two 4W; hook off STALKING to make IS, ET, and DA]
VOYAGE (236 points) - against Sara H. [3W, 5W, hook off TOAD to make TOADY]
SOD (100 points) - against Rosetta K. [5W, hook off AXEL for a plural]

Interesting racks of the day so far: FINDHOOT (against Kathy T. - read that as "find hoot"), FOOTREAD (against Heather M.), JEANSUMS (against Josephine S. - read that as "jean sums"), SURGEMAN (against Don S. - read that as "surge man")

New record: I am currently playing 72 Wordscraper games, in various degrees of activity.

Vicky B. added me to Facebook for the blood games. Why am I not surprised?

I had a weird dream which involved Joe, Krystal, and Szu-Yen singing an opera for a group of my friends. After that, we all got together in a doctor's office to peruse Facebook: in this dream, I was still with my ex. (ew) I decided to change my status to "... is missing someone hardcore even though she just saw him for a few hours. Yay for seeing him again soon!" Everyone approved of this status message even though K would be mad when he saw it; they knew that I was trying to end the relationship. What made it funnier from our point of view was that K had some "loving" status message up about me, HAHAHA!

Sean C. and Hien were standing by the front door of the office, and Hien kept complaining whenever the door opened since it was cold. We all decided to leave for a warmer building; namely, our old church! I was chatting to Raymond in the pew when Grace came up to us. Instantly, I got very watchful even though I trusted both Raymond and Grace: Grace wanted Raymond to cook up some eggs and then cut the tops off some cake slices. I jealously guarded him while he did this, even going so far as to help him, har har. That's where this ended... not sure where this came from, although some of it may have been due to yesterday's dinner discussion or looking at Raymond's retreat pics! I definitely know how K would have taken some "pro-guy" Facebook status message, though - he'd have been VERY pissed off! I would have been like "Live with it!" Ha ha ha... I should have done that, preferably when he wasn't here!

You Are Cranberry Juice

You're sassy and even a bit snarky at times. You have an edge to you.

And while you can be brutally honest, you're still quite a charmer.

You are confident, modern, stylish, and dazzling. You have an overpowering personality.

You're a bit of an acquired taste. People often wish you were sweeter.

The first bit is on the money, but I'm not sure about the rest! You bet I'm snarky! If you can't handle that, then TOO BAD!

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What I Don't Do Anymore: Urban Legends!

The computer just restarted! Why am I still up!?

Got this from Candy via Facebook note:

Oldie, but a goodie I wanted to share...... :)

I just want to thank all of you for your educational emails over the past year. I am totally screwed up now and have little chance of recovery.

I no longer open a public bathroom door without using a paper towel, or have them put lemon slices in my ice water without worrying about the bacteria on the lemon peel.

I can't use the remote in a hotel room because I don't know what the last person was doing while flipping through the adult movie channels.

I can't sit down on the hotel bedspread because I can only imagine what has happened on it since it was last washed.

I have trouble shaking hands with someone who has been driving because the number one pastime while driving alone is picking one's nose (although cell phone usage may be taking the number one spot).

Eating a little snack sends me on a guilt trip because I can only imagine how many gallons of trans fats I have consumed over the years.

I can't touch any woman's purse for fear she has placed it on the floor of a public bathroom.

I MUST SEND MY SPECIAL THANKS to whoever sent me the one about poop in the glue on envelopes, because I now have to use a wet sponge with every envelope that needs sealing.

ALSO, now I have to scrub the top of every can I open for the same reason.

I no longer have any savings because I gave it to a sick girl (Penny Brown) who is about to die in the hospital for the 1,387,258th time.

I no longer have any money at all, but that will change once I receive the $15,000 that Bill Gates / Microsoft and AOL are sending me for participating in their special email program.

I no longer worry about my soul because I have 363,214 angels looking out for me, and St. Theresa's Novena has granted my every wish.

I no longer eat KFC because their chickens are actually horrible mutant freaks with no eyes or feathers.

I no longer use cancer-causing deodorants even though I smell like a water buffalo on a hot day.

THANKS TO YOU, I have learned that my prayers only get answered if I forward an email to seven of my friends and make a wish within five minutes.

BECAUSE OF YOUR CONCERN, I no longer drink Coca Cola because it can remove toilet stains.

I no longer can buy gasoline without taking someone along to watch the car so a serial killer won't crawl in my back seat when I'm pumping gas.

I no longer drink Pepsi or Dr. Pepper since the people who make these products are atheists who refuse to put 'Under God' on their cans.

I no longer use Saran Wrap in the microwave because it causes cancer.

AND THANKS FOR LETTING ME KNOW I can't boil a cup of water in the microwave anymore because it will blow up in my face... disfiguring me for life.

I no longer check the coin return on pay phones because I could be pricked with a needle infected with AIDS.

I no longer go to shopping malls because someone will drug me with a perfume sample and rob me.

I no longer receive packages from UPS or Fed Ex since they are actually Al-Qaeda in disguise.

I no longer shop at Target since they are French and don't support our American troops or the Salvation Army.

I no longer answer the phone because someone will ask me to dial a number for which I will get a phone bill with calls to Jamaica, Uganda, Singapore, and Uzbekistan.

I no longer buy expensive cookies from Neiman Marcus since I now have their recipe.

THANKS TO YOU, I can't use anyone's toilet but mine because a big brown African spider is lurking under the seat to cause me instant death when it bites my butt.

AND THANKS TO YOUR GREAT ADVICE, I can't ever pick up $5 dropped in the parking lot because it probably was placed there by a sex molester waiting underneath my car to grab my leg.

I can no longer drive my car because I can't buy gas from certain gas companies!

I can't do any gardening because I'm afraid I'll get bitten by the brown recluse and my hand will fall off.

If you don't send this email to at least 144,000 people in the next 70 minutes, a large dove with diarrhea will land on your head at 5 PM tomorrow afternoon and the fleas from 12 camels will infest your back, causing you to grow a hairy hump. I know this will occur because it actually happened to a friend of my next door neighbor's ex-mother-in-law's second husband's cousin's beautician...

Oh, by the way.....

A German scientist from Argentina, after a lengthy study, has discovered that people with insufficient brain activity read their email with their hand on the mouse.

Don't bother taking it off now, it's too late.

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Potty Training Evolution!

I had a stomachache earlier, but it's passed now. It's weird, since my sibs and I were talking about Harmony eating a lot of cookies and needing Pepto-Bismol earlier tonight! Oh well, I'm going to attribute it to dinner instead of conversation, heh.

Your result for Which Were-Animal Would You Be? Test...

You are a Were-Leopard!

60% leopard, 40% wolf, 20% horse, 50% tiger, 20% rat, 50% fox and 30% bear!

Leopards are predators. They are solitary animals that like to hunt at night, although they have been known to stalk prey during the daylight hours at times. They love sitting in tree branches hanging out and watching what goes on in their territory.

Leopards are the only large cats that are not monogamous. They like playing the field and living the high life of the jungle. They are stealthy and sneak up on their prey. They definitely like to do things on their own without help from their peers. Leopards only tolerate each other when the mating instinct hits them.

Leopards are also very strong and can lift up to three times their own weight.

As a were-leopard, you definitely won't be enjoying a vegetarian lifestyle. You'll be taking your meat a little on the rare side... very rare.

Take Which Were-Animal Would You Be? Test
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Poo nugget for Tuesday, Feb. 24: Doo You Know? - The Evolution of Potty Training - Before private bathrooms were the norm, children generally learned toilet skills by watching others. Now most parents rely on a more formal program of toilet training, beginning when children are toddlers. A new movement advocating toilet training for children as young as four months is being marketed as an alternative to landfill-clogging diapers.

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Monday, February 23, 2009

Grandma is now 89! / I'm going to kill my expendable girlfriend!

Grandma's birthday dinner at Gingeri Chinese Restaurant (at Lansdowne) went pretty well: after complaining that Steph's birthday card was all in English, Grandma laughed at it. At least Steph captured that moment on the camera! My sibs bugged me about Chinese Eric, although chemistry is something which is cool - we're just good friends, is all. I had to remind Mom that Chinese Eric is single now, heh. I guess it's true that Jon doesn't offer up his friends like that, heh. Steph said that Terrence is coming to home - Jon says that he can be a replacement, but Mom said she'd see about Terrence staying over. At least four months' notice is better than four MINUTES' notice! "Hey, sis! Where are you? In BC? Great! I'm at the airport!" ".... okay...." Talked about Uncle Andre, Citrus, Sam, guest lists, numerous family dinners, alone time, Cecilia's sister Angela getting married, age differences in relationships, Liz (Alan L.'s wife) being pregnant and due in August ("You gotta excuse Liz - she's a little fat right now..."), dou mew, SLB, reasons for not dating, videos, people having soft spots for me, wedding stuff, setting boundaries, corruption, work, talking well to people, interview techniques, and more.

Got home to watch 24, and found that President Taylor and Ethan were in a hospital room - Dubaku had been seriously injured in a crash, and he went into cardiac arrest while Jack was interrogating him, and then Jack wanted the paramedics to open him up right afterwards. "NOW, even though he could die if you can't get him to the hospital." Then Jack called Larry and let him know about a metal disc - then Sean warned Erica about that in the washroom. "I'm not going to jail! You made all these promises, like how you're going to leave your wife!" "I'm just going to crash all the servers and violate a bunch of safety protocols, don't worry!"

Renee said that Jack shouldn't try to pretend that Marika's death never happened, but Jack IS trying to be efficient! Erica and Sean were up to nothing GOOD, like bypassing the system - someone called Sean and said that the database files were in the FBI's possession! Larry wanted Chloe to reverse the crashed files, but that wouldn't happen anytime soon. Sean said that he and Erica had to get out of the mainframe room after they bypassed the servers, but he killed her while he was kissing her (expendable), and injured himself to make his story look good. Larry and Chloe burst in, and Sean blamed everything on Erica. Later, Sean said Larry should have trusted him - Larry is trusting the wrong person. Chloe then recovered Dubaku's files, and Sean wasn't impressed with that news! Janis then tried talking to Sean, but he was having none of it - very suspicious, indeed! Then Larry had a confrontation with Sean in the hall, yay!

Renee had to tell Marika's sister Rosa the news of her death - not good! "She was all I had, and I trusted you with her life! You didn't care about anything! YOU KILLED HER!" Then Jack told Renee that Marika's death was necessary for the greater good, so Renee wanted to know if Jack even felt emotion when his wife was killed. He offered her comforting hug even when he was saying that they had a job to do: not sure if that went well. Allison told her daughter that Henry was seriously injured, because the bullet went through his lung. The daughter wanted to go to the hospital right then, even if it was dangerous: "It took Dad getting shot for you to finally want to talk?" Not a good time for that right now!

Bill told President Taylor that Jack Bauer was among the list of people to thank, and reminded her that the Senate hearing was reconvening the next morning. Tony told Jack that there would be another attack, even if Dubaku provided a list of government people - "You were going to turn yourself in, remember?" "The senator's chief of staff Ryan is involved in the planning - this is real, and I'm not lying to you!" Then Ryan got called away - very telling camera angle right at the end! Next week's edition is two hours long! "The target is the White House - move the President NOW!"

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Hanging out with Vanessa: Fido, exes, and more!

Vanessa H. buzzed me on Facebook, and wanted to hang out - fair enough! We walked to the bank / Staples / the mall, while talking about stupid exes / Erik / white Eric / Korey, borrowing money, Teunis / Krista / Erik / Alicia relationship DRAMA, the changes Richmond has gone through (Staples used to be a London Drugs!), Skype, high school, Asian families, Terren's stupid "news media" comment (she thought it was funny), my sister, hanging up on people who didn't really talk about dogs, and more. I took out some money from the bank... then got a pencil sharpener (for Sundays) and some ballpoint pens from Staples (which might not dry out as fast as the other pens I have here), Uncle John's Unsinkable Bathroom Reader (#21) and a dragon bookmark from Coles, and measuring cups from the dollar store. (we looked at HMV for a bit, too) She got some makeup and a chocolate egg from Shoppers, What Was I Thinking?: 58 Bad Boyfriend Stories (Barbara Davilman, Liz Dubelman) / a Flat Belly diet cookbook from Coles, and some chocolate from Purdy's... I haven't been there in quite some time!

We went to Tazza for some bubble tea, where I got a mango and she got a banana. (flavors, not the actual fruit) Sat down and talked about abuse, Krista's brother Kyle, durian, storing pee in bottles, pot, drug tests, cooking Chinese food, her car trouble (New Westminster?!), TD Bank, small condo space, throwing $300 sunglasses across the room, her and Kyle seeing me and Erik in Church's Fried Chicken, and some other stuff. Then we went to Fido so she could see when her contract ended: she should be able to look it up on the website, man! Much more convenient that way! Cut through the Bay and talked about Maxim's, La Vie en Rose Aqua swimsuits costing $100, and then walked back to where we met - yay for convenient bus stops, even in the rain!

Corey's just linked me to this story about a boy in China who was killed by an anal-penetrating chair. Seems people think it's fake, so want Mythbusters to do something on it, haha.

Thank goodness I got leads on where to watch 24 episodes if Grandma's birthday dinner goes overtime! Huluand Surf The Channel should both have it by tomorrow morning... and I also hear it's TWO HOURS next week! YAY! :D

Your Birthday Predicts You're Influential

Ever since you were born, people have found themselves drawn to you.

You have a superstar personality. You are charming and fascinating.

You believe in hard work and persistence. You know how to make your big dreams a reality.

You are demanding, but your standards are reasonable. And you demand the most from yourself.


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Glacier turds and fiber, plus codec stuff

High-scoring words of the night so far:

WEENIER (336 points; two 4W, 3L on W), BOOZE (117 points; 5W, hook off WEENIER to make OW, OE, and EN) - against Ashley N.
LOAMY (108 points) - against Alice P. [two 3W]
QIS (300 points; 3W, 3L on Q), COURANT (110 points; 5W, 2W) - against Brittany G.
SHIP (112 points; 5W, hook off MEWL for a plural, hook off LAX to make AH and XI), CREDO (113 points; 4W, 3W, 3L on C) - against Brittany G. (different game)
ACIDY (224 points) - against Wade M. [2W, 4W, 4L on Y]
CARNIFY (10,860 points) - against Emma L. [4W, 2W, 3W, two 5W, hook off AB to make FAB]
PREBIND (224 points; two 4W), AIDMAN (130 points; 5W) - against Charmaine N.
ACHENE (120 points) - against Heather M. [5W, 3L on H]
AMPED (161 points) - against Janet H. [5W, hook off HEY to make HE, hook off NIXE to make NIXED]

Brother's emailed me: Grandma's birthday dinner is tomorrow night. I think I'd better figure out alternate links to watch Jack Bauer! A codec is just a file that tells the player how to play that type of video file. Since there are tons of video encoders out there, there's a codec for each type. (talked to Jamie for a bit, too)

More Windows Media Player Classic help:

[23:25:36] Corey: so why did I download Ace Ventura Jr. Pet Detective? I guess it was to see how awful it was, but I really don't think I'll waste my time finding out...
[23:27:21] Flami the hamsterette: I watched that once.
[23:31:32] Corey: read that again more closely
[23:31:42] Corey: Ace Ventura JUNIOR
[23:31:48] Corey: Ace Ventura is a funny movie
[23:32:05] Corey: Ace Ventura 2, less so, but still had it's moments
[23:32:36] Corey: this is Ace Jr. starring a little fat kid that magically gets Ace Ventura hair and gets the "powers" of Ace Ventura
[23:33:41] Flami: oh, okay
[23:34:02] Corey: there's the trailer...
[23:34:16] Corey: it looks awful beyond words
[23:34:30] Corey: they keep making really bad sequels to Jim Carrey movies, but without Jim Carrey

[23:36:21] Flami: gee, you're right
[23:38:17] Corey: well, I have it! I could be watching it right now!
[23:39:14] Corey: I don't think I'll even bother with this one. I'm sure there's some comedy to be had by watching it to see how bad it is, but it mostly just looks bad bad, not funny bad
[23:46:54] Flami: in that case, you probably shouldn't
[23:47:11] Corey: so what SHOULD I watch?
[23:49:54] Flami: no idea.
[23:50:29] Corey: well, that's not helpful!
[23:53:12] Flami: why don't you help me with the Winrar problem...
[23:53:27] Corey: well, for now, I'll watch girls fight! woo hoo!
[23:53:40] Corey: you still haven't unzipped that?
[23:54:46] Flami: I went to bed at 2 yesterday, and was out till 3:30 PM today
[23:55:21] Corey: well, unzip it... you can see if it works by just double clicking on the .exe (after you unzip it, and in Explorer, not in Winrar)
[00:02:49] Corey: well, that means the program is working. you might not have the right codecs, though
[00:03:05] Corey: just close that window... and a lot of times, it plays anyway
[00:03:23] Corey: if not, download the CCCP pack I linked you to the other day, if you haven't already
[00:05:38] Flami: what was the link again?
[00:06:57] Corey: just click on the part that says Windows Vista / XP / 2K
[00:16:39] Flami: um, the publisher could not be verified
[00:23:31] Corey: so tell it to do it anyway
[00:23:43] Corey: that just means they didn't pay Microsoft to register the drivers or whatever
[00:34:30] Flami: what the heck is a Haali Media Splitter?
[00:36:46] Corey: just do whatever it suggests :P I'm not even sure what that is
[00:39:46] Flami: okay, so I won't install that or shell extensions for it
[00:43:17] Flami: wait a minute... now it says it'll reset all settings. is that good or bad?
[00:43:29] Corey: doesn't matter
[00:43:59] Corey: that's just codec settings, and you don't even know how they're set up anyway, and I seriously doubt you have any custom codec settings you need :P
[00:44:41] Flami: oh, okay... if this makes my computer implode, I'm blaming you :P
[00:49:39] Corey: ...
[00:52:31] Corey: after this is done, you just play the video again or whatever... it should work this time unless it's a really obscure codec that the video needs, but CCCP should play almost anything
[01:02:45] Flami: haha, okay
[01:06:27] Corey: so does it work yet?
[01:08:38] Flami: I don't know
[01:08:45] Corey: why not?
[01:10:15] Flami: wait... which ones should I choose from this list?
[01:11:45] Corey: what list?
[01:17:07] Flami: FFD Show Settings.
[01:17:21] Corey: just leave it
[01:17:28] Corey: however it already is
[01:41:03] Flami: okay... and now it's not showing up on my screen... should I panic?
[01:42:18] Corey: what's not showing up?
[01:44:26] Flami: the Codec thing
[01:45:39] Corey: what's supposed to show up? if it finished installing just go play a video. you don't do anything with the codecs, Media Player Classic (or whatever video player you use) does
[01:46:54] Flami: so the window's supposed to disappear after I left it? hm.
[01:48:27] Corey: I told you, just go play a movie when it's done. you don't do anything else with the codecs.
[01:48:55] Corey: a codec is just a file that tells the player how to play that type of video file, since there are tons of video encoders out there, there's a codec for each type
[01:49:06] Flami: well... Pants.flv is sitting on being played.
[01:49:37] Corey: did you do the Open With stuff?
[01:49:43] Corey: or open it from within the player at least?
[01:49:47] Flami: is it supposed to sound weird, and have a picture of poo?
[01:50:38] Corey: uh, apparently
[01:50:50] Flami: I don't think it's supposed to sound like this...
[01:51:16] Corey: it's a live recording so the sound isn't amazing, but it should sound like a band playing a song....
[01:51:34] Flami: hey, the picture's changed to some guy.... and it sounds like some guy is saying "MY" over and over again now
[01:52:17] Corey: some guy??!? that's Dave Brockie!! (Oderus Urungus!)
[01:52:32] Corey: and I don't see any part of that video that says "my" over and over
[01:52:57] Flami: well, now it sounds like some guy is saying "sing well"
[01:53:05] Flami: oh, and "biznatch"
[01:53:49] Corey: well, I don't know what the heck you're watching, but none of that is in my copy, which is the same file as your copy........
[01:54:54] Flami: I'm telling you what I'm watching, man!
[01:56:49] Corey: well, he doesn't sing very coherently, but the songs are mostly nonsense anyway :P this is DBX (Dave Brockie Experience), which is Oderus, Balsac, and Jizmak of GWAR, minus the costumes, doing material deemed too goofy for GWAR
[01:58:39] Flami: yeah, but I really don't think it's supposed to sound like CLINK CLONK MUSIC MUSIC THUD THUD
[01:58:45] Corey: I don't know what this thing is, I found it on Youtube, and it seems to be a full concert, but there's video from multiple shows and camera angles used, so it looks like something they purposely recorded... but I have the only DBX DVD, and it's not this, it's totally different :P
[01:59:47] Corey: well, I don't know, maybe your ears are broken or something..... you manage to make things so complicated, I'm not sure if it's not playing it properly or you have some crazy interpretation of this
[01:59:48] Flami: by the way, is it supposed to feature some guy stripping?
[02:00:44] Corey: it has whatever you're looking at
[02:01:11] Flami: GUYS STRIPPING! WOOHOO! :P
[02:01:45] Corey: where is that?
[02:02:11] Corey: I just watched the first few songs of that to see what you were talking about earlier.. I wasn't paying close attention since it's music, but I don't remember that
[02:06:24] Flami: like, 40 seconds in or something
[02:06:46] Corey: still on the first song??
[02:07:27] Corey: that's probably Dave Brockie in his kilt that he apparently wore at most of the DBX shows...
[02:08:31] Flami: yep, still on the first song... 46 seconds takes this long to play, apparently
[02:09:30] Corey: it takes 46 seconds to play 46 seconds...............
[02:10:03] Flami: not with this thing.
[02:11:13] Corey: you've watched movies on it before, like Braindead, haven't you?
[02:11:32] Flami: yes, but not with Media Player Classic
[02:11:51] Corey: MPC is as fast or faster than anything else
[02:12:12] Corey: try something that's not an .flv
[02:12:29] Corey: though flvs are just Youtube videos, which I assume you can watch...
[02:13:41] Corey: another thing to try is to right-click the video window, Options, then in the Player menu (first item on the left, should be there by default anyway), on the bottom right is "Process priority above normal"
[02:13:56] Corey: check that. that'll make your computer prioritize the video over other stuff, which should make it go faster
[02:14:21] Corey: you REALLY shouldn't be having speed problems with something like that, though...
[02:15:49] Flami: hey, now it sounds "better"
[02:20:20] Flami: now it's just playing over and over again, and it can't find a DVD to play
[02:21:04] Corey: sounds like it's locking up then. you need to close other stuff probably..
[02:21:25] Corey: you don't need to play a DVD, just play a different video file on there that's not an flv... which is basically everything else
[02:21:35] Corey: there's lots of other stuff on there
[02:35:20] Flami: how do you stop it from repeating?
[02:36:26] Corey: what do you mean? it's locking up and playing the same little bit, or you mean once it gets to the end it starts over again? it's in options, in the player section
[02:36:38] Corey: and you still haven't just tried a different file?
[02:43:11] Flami: it starts over again. not locking up
[02:43:34] Corey: you can tell it to play once, or repeat, or whatever you want
[02:44:09] Flami: no, it isn't.
[02:46:10] Corey: okay, it's in the playback one...
[02:46:25] Corey: just look around if it's not there, I don't have the menus memorized :P
[02:47:06] Corey: I have mine set to play one time
[02:47:25] Flami: okay. now it's bedtime. good night!
[02:49:32] Corey: okay.. goodnight then

Poo nugget for Monday, Feb. 23: Monster Poo - Size Matters! Although studies have not correlated the degree of straining with the size of the bowel movement, several factors play a role in creating a glacier-size turd. The "bulk" of the stool is directly related to the amount of fiber and water you consume. Picture the engorged appearance of your favorite legume after soaking it overnight in a bowl of water. A similar reaction takes place in the gut, where soluble fiber and water combine to form a massive, swollen mass of turd. POO OF THE MONTH!

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Sunday, February 22, 2009

Character Map symbols, dandelions, leet speak, and more!

High-scoring words of the evening so far:

WAST (235 points) - against Steve L. [two 5W, hook off CARGO for a plural]
WHY (105 points) - against Lauren Z. [5W, hook off AGE to make WE]
DIARRHEA (350 points) - against Pat K. [two 5W]

Corey tried confusing me earlier tonight with weird symbols. Then I reminded him of the "leet speak" option on MSN, and what he did in February 2006:

[17:54:38] Corey: no pizza? I thought there was pizza
[17:56:15] Flami: the hamsterette: if you continue, I won't give you good things!
[17:56:47] Corey: ѽѾ҉
[17:56:49] Corey: oh
[17:56:58] Corey: so I should wait until you give me good things and THEN harass you
[17:57:05] Corey: I see
[17:57:08] Corey: yeah, that's a good plan
[18:14:24] Flami: bad, bad symbols. quit reminding me of apples, butts, and explosions :P

[18:14:47] Corey: it's a toxic fart gas apple that causes butt explosions
[18:17:30] Flami: very funky
[18:17:54] Corey: it's an assle!
[18:42:06] Flami: BAD.
[18:44:35] Corey: ҉ ҉
[18:51:34] Flami: there are vases for farts now?
[18:56:19] Corey: those are eyes and a mouth!
[18:57:57] Flami: it looks like a vase and two mini-farts which resemble dandelions!
[19:01:20] Corey: ҉
[19:01:48] Corey: ҉
[19:02:00] Corey: there's yer dandelion
[19:07:10] Flami: little crosses! YAY!
[19:07:29] Flami: and how the heck did you do that? do you have, like, a magic keyboard?
[19:09:37] Corey: yes
[19:12:00] Flami: I WANT ONE NOW
[19:12:17] Corey: ӝѧҩїҁ ҜәӳЪѻΆЃϠ
[19:14:08] Corey: Ҙџҭҭ کӛҗ
[19:16:39] Flami: EWWWWWWW
[19:17:09] Corey: ฏ ฎ ฏ Ҿ ๐ ๐ ๐
[19:17:19] Corey: RUN PAC-MAN, the ghosts are after you!
[19:17:46] Flami: you're just copying and pasting esoteric symbols, aren't you?
[19:20:17] Corey: ₩ῌᾏṮ Ḏṓ ẎṐỨ ṂểẰṈ¿
[19:25:35] Flami: that is exactly what you are doing.
[19:31:28] Corey: ก๐ ฝลฯ ง๐ธḛ
[19:31:51] Corey: it's my magic keyboard, like you said
[19:32:16] Flami: you're putting what you're really typing into a site which translates it into weird characters for you!
[19:32:23] Corey: nope
[19:32:42] Flami: that's what you did last time
[19:32:45] Corey: but if such a thing exists, that would be easier than looking for all the weird characters
[19:32:48] Corey: I did? when?
[19:46:46] Flami: I wish I could remember
[19:51:34] Corey: and I was just using charmap for that stuff!
[19:51:42] Corey: but I still don't remember a program that does that..
[19:58:38] Flami: bad Corey. charring maps!
[20:12:47] Flami: as far as I can remember, we were having a "normal" conversation when you suddenly called me a slut or something in some esoteric "language"
[20:13:09] Corey: not charring! char! character!
[20:13:33] Corey: I didn't know you were a slut
[20:24:01] Flami: that's not what I said, and you know it
[20:25:56] Corey: well good, you shouldn't be a slut unless you're getting paid for it
[20:26:52] Flami: are you condoning prostitution?
[20:31:34] Flami: damn, I wish I could remember that conversation... you decided to call me a pirate
[20:33:21] Corey: why aren't you a pirate?
[20:36:51] Flami: guess I wasn't born on the sea

[20:37:17] Flami: don't you remember? you told me various things in other crazy things like you were a rapper or something!
[20:38:52] Corey: MSN had / has some thingy that "translates" your sentences into various dialects I guess you'd call them.. maybe you mean that
[20:39:52] Corey: Ahoy, matey. ahoy there
[20:40:01] Corey: okay, I think I found it. Avast ye scarvy scum.
[20:40:21] Corey: hizzle Leslizzle, whizzle up?
[20:40:51] Corey: HO YM DOG TAHW SI GNIOG NO EREH?!!
[20:46:09] Flami: THAT'S IT!!!
[21:02:29] Corey: that's an MSN dealie
[21:03:07] Corey: Is our core competency interfacing with ROI? I guess this is what I was using before, but I do not see one that makes weird characters. there's another option called "l33t", I'll try that...
[21:03:26] Corey: 735+ 735+ 735+ 73+'5 533 h0w 7h!5 w0r|<5
[21:03:35] Corey: 1 7h!n|< 7h!5 15 w@h+ j00 /\/\3@n+
[21:03:35] Corey: 1 7h!n|< 7h!5 15 w@h+ j00 /\/\3@n+
[21:08:51] Flami: yeah, that's it
[21:10:43] Corey: w311 1'm 91@d w3 h@v3 7h@+ 411 <13@r3d up
[21:16:19] Flami: and you did this more than three years ago
[21:19:05] Corey: and it's still around on MSN to use for the three minutes it's fun, apparently
[21:19:40] Flami: apparently so
[21:20:14] Corey: seems to have made an impression on you, though :P
[21:20:27] Flami: I just remembered it

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You want to throw my pin in the GARBAGE?!

Jon picked me up this morning, and immediately asked if Chinese Eric was still all gung-ho about his wedding. Of course he is! "It's my day off, so I'm looking at airfares! I can't wait to chill with the new groom and Nate and everyone else!" is certainly a good indicator of that! Discussed Steph being in Calgary, his teaching on Saturday (it sucks that he can't attend the open house!), Jonathan, Mom not mentioning my being at Steph's birthday dinner (sigh...), the tux place across the street from the church, no Sunday School, snow in Toronto, whether he'll have to attend the child protection seminar himself, Mom's confusing EGOTISTICAL for something else, and some other things. The Open House should be interesting, at any rate. It was funny when we saw Mike / Ivan / Sam on the corner where our old church was: they must have been at Bon's since it's still relatively close to the new building!

Got to church late, and I could feel Randal looking at us when we walked in - yeah, it happens! Phil recreated the experience of a dissection room for us - dead bodies and formaldehyde do not a good combination make! Daniel said it had been a while since we had an Offering in Song: Margaret had her own song, yay! (there were technical difficulties with the computer and the mike!) Afterwards, I said hi to Joey / Julie / Sheena / Helen and her baby Cory. It's good that Danny's taken Nicholas to swimming lessons, since she wouldn't be able to handle both kids at once! Cory's a smiling baby most of the time, anyhow! Congregated outside the fellowship hall, where Jeremy verbalized what I was thinking: nobody was inside because there was no food! Calla and Johnny were at the David Fellowship retreat (my brother was surprised I wasn't there), so we joked that Phil should do a pastoral duty and delegate it to someone else next time there was a retreat, haha. Talked to Dianne for a bit about getting the seminar over and done with NOW, which is a good strategy.

Talked to Jeremy about his jasmine rice and my rice blend, and to Lily about the Valentine's Day card I gave her daughter Hannah. Baby Gavin was awake, and liked holding my finger! Phil, Lily, and I talked about how the first kid was more introverted while the second kid seemed to be more social: it's true with Phil and Melia, and true with me and Jon! I went upstairs, where Joshua told me that he didn't like my flower pin and wanted to throw it in the garbage! His brother Keenan just wasn't in a good mood, and cried when I said hi to him. At Sunday School, I talked to Auntie Fonda about rice cookers / Chinese opera / my brother's wedding / felts / markers / dollar store tambourines / crayons. She apparently knows just where to get one, so now all I have to do is buy a pencil sharpener for the pencil crayons unless I can find one around here! (should have done that last Monday - oh well...) Said hi to Auntie Bessy (refreshed her on Jon / Alan / Megan's wedding dates) and Rachel's grandma, who treated us to homemade Chinese dessert from this morning. It's interesting how Holly got married on 8/8/08, and Harmony will get married on 6/6/09 - NUMBERS! (I discussed this with Uncle Andre later on - "another niece getting married... you should see this video of Harmony and Holly when they were three or four, playing in Oppenheimer Park!")

Afterwards, I went downstairs to at least say hi to my mom, who told me that Grandma's birthday dinner will probably be on Tuesday. On my way out to the fellowship hall, I refreshed Auntie Kwai on my brother's wedding date since my grandma was fuzzy on the exact date. She has to plan out how to dress since she's going on a cruise in August. Went to the fellowship hall, got a ride home from Ada, and talked to Angus / Vanessa / Melia / Maxine about selling Mary Kay (Maxine's sister got into it, and she herself has used it for about a year - yay, mascara?), low-cut tops, Costco pizza / tossed salad (not THAT kind, you perverts! :P) / drinks, Joshua and Keenan loving Hawaii, and more.

Accidentally dirtied my booklet with salad dressing, so got another one from the back table - that turned out to be the Youth Worker one and not the Children's Worker one, so I got the correct one later on. Interesting seminar - we wondered why Richmond and Burnaby offered free criminal record checks, while Vancouver didn't. Maybe it has to do with the RCMP / Vancouver police divide? I can always ask my sister about that, as well as how to get one started in the first place - my guess is we have to go down to the station in person, but I really wouldn't know. Baby Mattias is so cute, too - saw him later on. Talked about nursing bibs and such with Karen before Ada and I left. Discussed pizza, sushi, fried chicken, Ian, Sean, yellow lights, and more on the way home: yay for good people! Eric sent me an interesting email, too - hmm!

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Google Me! / The Google Game (eating indicates wakefulness!)

My dad thought I was sleeping when I answered the phone this morning: um, no. I was trying to eat breakfast at the same time, which would indicate a certain degree of wakefulness! :P

Jon is actually back from Toronto - he returned on Friday night, and seemed surprised that I wasn't at the Osoyoos retreat. I can say this without qualification: I truly do love everyone who's up there from the Fellowship, but I am not a snow person! Besides, I need to attend the child protection seminar this afternoon. Jon might need to do that himself in March, but he has a rehearsal today. It's not a problem for me if the lards can't drive me home after lunch because Mom needs to go home quickly for some reason, haha. We'll see what happens, although I'll certainly miss people! I also note that Golden is back on Facebook - phew!

Got this from Gretchen via Facebook note:

Google Me!

Q: Type in "[your name] needs" in the Google search.
Leslie needs to bare a little more, in order to let her talent really shine. [about Leslie Feist]

Q: Type in "[your name] looks like" in Google search.
Leslie looks like she is having too much fun learning from Yaquelin. [about the WSU After-School Tutoring]

Q: Type in "[your name] says" in Google search.
Leslie Says Goodbye to Cigarettes.

Q: Type in "[your name] wants" in Google search.

Q:Type in "[your name] does" in Google search.
Leslie does the ton as future stars of snooker get M-Pact series going.

Q: Type in "[your name] hates" in Google search.
Leslie hates that I forgot to return my library books when they were due yesterday.

Q: Type in "[your name] asks" in Google search.
Leslie Asks Some Questions and Recognizes Opportunity.

Q: Type in "[your name] likes" in Google search.
Leslie likes books and checkers, and lately has grown fond of chess.

Q: Type in "[your name] eats" in Google search.
Leslie eats Candied Bugs.

Got this from Sharlene via Facebook note:

The Google Game

Rules: Google Game: Go to Google and type your name and then "likes to" in quotation marks. (for example, "Jack likes to") Type in the first ten things that come up, and repost.

1. Leslie likes to say, "We help our Student-Athletes map out their college careers, and often their life after college."

2. Leslie likes to say that chromatography for him is more than a professional activity: it is his hobby.

3. Leslie likes to serve lots of little salads, including her smoked veggie salads, in small dishes so we can "graze," as I like to call it -- along with a smoked bean main dish.

4. I know Leslie likes to talk a lot, but she is very sincere and seems like someone you could be friends with.

5. Leslie likes to make doilies.

6. Leslie likes to paint in oils best.

7. The performance is a mash up of the Lux Boreal dance company with several of the dancers that Leslie likes to work with, plus the sounds of Margaret Noble.

8. Leslie likes to travel up and down Rodeo Drive like all the rich and famous.

9. Leslie likes to utilize closed chain activities that require little to no equipment for exercising.

10. Now I cooked this without bacon, as Leslie likes to eat kosher.

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Sushi vocabulary, food storage and safety, Media Player Classic

Bingo of the night so far:

EPHEDRINS (510 points) - against Heidi H.

High-scoring words of the night so far:

LAVAGES (448 points) - against Pete M. [2W, two 4W] (a good deficit-erasing word!)
TARZAN (216 points) - against Janet H. [4W, 4L on Z]
ELEGANCY (106 points) - against Katie S. [two 2W]
ADAGIO (128 points) - against Steve L. [two 4W]
DEFRAY (140 points) - against Brenda G. [5W, 2W]
ASTEROID (1450 points) - against Lynn K. [4W, two 5W]
EX (157 points) - against Lyna F. [2W, 5L on X, hook off TRAYS to make RE and AX]
FOSSA (144 points) - against Rosalind H. [two 4W]
EWE (182 points; two 5W, hook off IN to make WIN), OUTMODE (216 points; two 3W) - against Heather M.
EPHEDRINS (510 points) - against Heidi H. [two 5W, bingo]

Hey, here's a sushi vocabulary site! I found this because Corey and I were discussing sushi earlier, haha. For bonus fun, here's a food storage article with a chart. Talked to Eric H. about Jon, Harmony, plans, airfares, chilling, and more. Then I found out that Jess W. added me to Facebook: cool stuff, even if I didn't get a notification!

[23:46:23] Corey: so have you tried to watch a movie yet? you said you wanted to
[23:51:08] Flami: the hamsterette: I've put it in now... let's see if it works
[23:51:53] Flami: hey, AUTOPLAY! (Funny and DBX! ?)
[23:52:12] Flami: the hamsterette: Windows Media Player or Winamp?
[23:52:34] Corey: Media Player Classic
[23:53:12] Corey: Windows Media Player sucks
[23:53:28] Corey: Winamp will work, but it's not a great video player.. the interface doesn't work that great
[23:54:40] Flami: can I get Media Player Classic?
[23:55:40] Corey: you don't have that? that's easily the best one
[23:55:46] Flami: wait. another download? are you sure?
[23:56:33] Corey: it's designed to look like (old) Windows Media Player. nice and simple, and works. nothing flashy or getting in the way of the video, and you can hit spacebar to pause like you used to
[23:56:49] Corey: it's a pretty small download... like a meg or two
[23:58:33] Flami: should I save it or open it?
[23:58:46] Corey: doesn't matter
[23:59:22] Corey: it's just an .exe file in the .zip
[23:59:25] Corey: you don't have to install it
[00:00:12] Corey: just save the .exe where you want it (Program Files, or wherever), and make a shortcut for it maybe if you want it on your desktop. I think it might ask you if you want one the first time you run it, but maybe not
[00:00:48] Corey: you've used VLC, haven't you? that's good too, but this is the best
[00:09:55] Flami: well, I let the Autoplay thing come up again, and the only options are STILL Windows Media Player or Winamp, even though I downloaded Classic
[00:10:33] Corey: well, don't use the stupid autoplay thing. just tell the autoplay to open it in Explorer
[00:11:22] Corey: then right-click a file, choose Open With, Choose Program, then find mplayerc.exe, which you just downloaded and hopefully unzipped somewhere
[00:12:14] Corey: make sure the box is checked to always use that program, and you won't have to do that again... just double-click the video files, and they'll play in MPC
[00:12:27] Corey: you'll have to do that for each different type of video file, though
[00:14:08] Flami: (open folder to view files using Windows Explorer?)
[00:15:15] Corey: yes... choosing to play won't work for anything anyway, there's lots of files... you'll probably want to pick one, not just play them in order or just the first one, or however it'd do that
[00:19:31] Flami: I can't find it on the list.
[00:20:51] Corey: click Browse and go to where you saved it
[00:20:59] Corey: it won't show up until you do that
[00:21:38] Flami: this is a stupid question, but.... where's BROWSE?
[00:21:54] Corey: right below the list of programs
[00:22:30] Corey: are you in the open with -> choose program menu?
[00:24:02] Flami: OH! NEVER MIND.
[00:24:53] Flami: now it's not a valid Win32 application, whatever that means
[00:25:13] Corey: what?
[00:25:43] Flami: I tried opening it with the Zip, and that's what it said
[00:25:53] Corey: ..............
[00:26:00] Corey: well, what are you doing that for? a zip file isn't a program
[00:26:12] Corey: unzip it and save the .exe inside
[00:26:30] Corey: a .zip file is like a box. you're trying to use a toaster without taking it out of the box first
[00:43:16] Flami: well, it wouldn't unzip
[00:43:53] Corey: well, then you don't know how to unzip things, or it didn't download completely or something
[00:52:12] Flami: let me tell you exactly what I did, okay? I double-clicked on the player.exe
[00:53:53] Corey: where are you clicking on that?
[00:55:26] Corey: Windows will show zips as folders, to confuse you or something... they're not. If you're looking at that in Explorer, you need to move the .exe somewhere else... just clicking on the zip file if you don't have a zip program like WinRar, which you should have, you're just seeing the contents of the zip file, not unzipping it. Copy and paste the .exe to somewhere else, move it out of the zip file.
[00:59:03] Flami: in the WinRar evaluation copy
[00:59:27] Corey: well, don't double-click it... click Extract, or you can just drag the file to another place
[01:04:36] Flami: there's a button which says Extract To... so where should I put this thing?
[01:05:07] Corey: wherever you want to keep it. program files would work
[01:07:18] Flami: I'm clicking on Program Files... is that okay?
[01:07:45] Corey: anywhere is okay if you remember where it is
[01:09:26] Flami: I get that... should I be clicking on it to make it save there, and erase the other thing which was there before?
[01:10:02] Corey: that works :P
[01:14:42] Flami: okay, I think it's done... will anything weird happen if I move it to the Desktop?
[01:14:55] Corey: don't put it on the desktop.......
[01:15:12] Corey: put it somewhere reasonable, and make a shortcut. put the shortcut on your desktop
[01:17:46] Flami: why is it not in Program Files?
[01:24:19] Corey: I don't know
[01:24:25] Corey: it should be wherever you put it...
[01:24:52] Flami: and I think I did put it in there.
[01:25:46] Corey: are you looking at the files there, or just the folders...
[01:26:37] Corey: it's just a file, it won't be in a folder unless you made one
[01:26:44] Corey: well... of course
[01:27:03] Flami: I'm getting old... confusing files and folders like that :P
[01:28:05] Corey: so now go right-click a movie file, Open With, Choose Program, and go click on Program Files again to find it :P unless that's what you just did
[01:31:33] Flami: right after I create a shortcut before I forget :P
[01:32:45] Corey: if you set up the file type stuff, you don't need a shortcut... just go to Explorer and double-click what you want to watch and it'll open it in MPC.. you don't really ever need to just open MPC by itself
[01:33:01] Corey: you can, though... you can open the program, then go choose a file to play, and set up playlists and stuff
[01:35:34] Flami: great. it says the same thing about it not being a valid Win32 application
[01:40:46] Corey: did you choose the .exe file?
[01:40:53] Corey: mplayerc.exe?
[01:47:41] Flami: yes, but now I should go to bed. tomorrow!

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