Friday, April 30, 2010

US Soldiers in Afghanistan Remake Lady Gaga Video - Tonic

This is awesome, hilarious and creepily well-done. The one guy can really dance, lol. So much for "Don't Ask, Don't tell".... tehe, I kid, I kid.

US Soldiers in Afghanistan Remake Lady Gaga Video - Tonic

Friday, April 23, 2010

A Beautiful Sentiment

"If the colleges were better, if they really had it, you would need to get the police at the gates to keep order in the inrushing multitude. See in college how we thwart the natural love of learning by leaving the natural method of teaching what each wishes to learn, and insisting that you shall learn what you have no taste or capacity for. The college, which should be a place of delightful labor, is made odious and unhealthy, and the young men are tempted to frivolous amusements to rally their jaded spirits. I would have the studies elective. Scholarship is to be created not by compulsion, but by awakening a pure interest in knowledge. The wise instructor accomplishes this by opening to his pupils precisely the attractions the study has for himself. The marking is a system for schools, not for the college; for boys, not for men; and it is an ungracious work to put on a professor."
Ralph Waldo Emerson

Friday, April 9, 2010

San Diego Radio

San Diego radio stations play way too much of music that is best heard seldomly. There are many bands and songs that are still enjoyable when you hear them on the radio because they have a certain sense of nostalgia to them. Yet, those same songs become a nuisance when heard with a greater frequency.

This is the formula for San Diego radio. They take songs that are enjoyable when heard once in a blue moon and, apparently using the assumption that you can't have too much of a good thing, they play these songs and others by the same bands way more than anyone (in their right mind) would ever want to hear them. It takes songs that I don't normally mind and makes them mind-numbing.

Some bands that are played way too much for enjoyment include: Tool, Offspring, Everlast, Nirvana. Just off the top of my head.

I don't think I've heard the song Hash Pipe, by Weezer, played on the radio in years. When I heard it a week or two ago, I wasn't put out by it and was able to initially enjoy it in that "oh man, I  haven't heard this in years!" sort of way. Now I've heard that song on the radio 3 or 4 more times in the past week. The same has happened with a number of Tool and Offspring songs as well.

Radio here is hit or miss. There are good days and there are bad days. For example, the other day was a good day. I got in the car, flipped through the stations and almost immediately found "Closer" by NIN playing. I was instantly pleased b/c I don't hear NIN on the radio very often. I rolled down the windows, turned the volume up and jammed out happily. When it was over, some terrible song came on. I once again flipped through the stations only to miraculously found more NIN playing - "The Hand That Feeds" - this time on a different station. All in all, this pretty much made my day. However, there are also days like this morning: as I'm dropping the boyfriend off for work "Smells Like Teen Spirit" comes on. At first it's just background noise and I'm not paying attention. After saying goodbye to the boyfriend (by this time almost to the middle of the song) I realize I can't continue listening to Nirvana and I change the station. Only to find the exact same song, just beginning, on another station. Seriously? Was someone at that station listening to other one going, "Hmmm, Nirvana, that's a good idea!" This tragedy was only remedied by the fact that another switch of the station led me to "Don't Stop Believing", which pretty much makes any situation better. San

Alas, there are about 5-6 radio stations that don't completely suck. None of them are good enough to listen to all the time though, I have to constantly change between them. I had hoped that moving to a big city I would at least have better radio options.... well, I guess technically having any stations that don't suck 95% of the time is actually better than normal, lol.

Thursday, April 8, 2010

A Horse is a Horse, of course

Some guy I spoke to on the phone at work the other night definitely offered me a horse, in exchange for fixing his email. I told him I would have taken him up on the offer, except that I had no where to keep a horse, lol.

The problem was that the guy lives out in the country, where he can have his horses, but because he lives in the country the only internet access he has available is DIAL-UP. That's just plain cruel right there. Other countries have deemed high-speed internet to be a basic human right and, although I think that's a little bit silly, I do still think that we have a long way to go in this country to getting everyone affordable high-speed internet access. I just don't think we need to call it a basic human right in order to convey that this is something everyone is entitled to.

Anywho, I had really already fixed the guy's problem before he even offered me the horse. But since he had dial-up and was on the phone with me (haha, 7th grade memories) he couldn't actually test what I had told him until he was off the phone. Plus I couldn't tell him what steps to take with 100% certainty because he didn't even know what browser he was using.... yeesh... when I asked he told me Net Zero, lol. I'm like, ok.... well, they could have their own browser built-in, similar in evil to AOL.

But when he FINALLY did get off the phone with me he never called back. The phones were dead for most of the night too, so that means it must have worked. It also means he now owes me a horse. Although he did say that he had one crappy horse.... I wonder what qualifies a horse as crappy. My boyfriend said I should have asked him if his horse was amazing.... or if it tasted like raisins.

Frankly, this horse is supposed to be amazing, but it looks pretty crappy to me:

Tuesday, April 6, 2010

Womanly Endeavors

Today I cooked.

Since I'm dieting I don't like to eat very much. The fact of the matter is that I'm not hungry very much and I'm trying to avoid eating unless I'm hungry. I've discovered if I eat a big lunch in the mid-afternoon that it does me good for pretty much the whole day. I don't get hungry much sooner than that, considering my typical day begins around 10. It also helps b/c if I'm going to work in the evening I will have just eaten before leaving for work, thusly eliminating the dangerous potential for getting hungry at work and eating something terrible.

It also works out pretty good with the boyfriend's schedule. If I cook a late lunch for me it ends up being an early dinner for him as well. Plus if I make enough he still has food when I go to work.

So today I made that time-honored, family-dreading cliche that is a CASSEROLE. Haha. It was the first casserole I ever made. I'm not entirely sure if the boyfriend is sold on the idea of shoving all your food together, but he seemed to enjoy it. I'm pretty content with making one thing, but he tends to gravitate toward a more rounded meal, i.e. meat and potatoes (or at least side dishes of some sort). It still had meat in it, chicken to be precise, as I doubt my boyfriend would be capable of eating a meal that lacked meat, lol. (Although he has developed a recent fondness for tofu...) I mixed in a variety of veggies: carrots, broccoli and water chestnuts, and topped it with stuffing. I thought it was yummy, only problem is there is a TON leftover. I guess I will be eating it again tomorrow.

New layout

I say "Huzzah!" for the stretch layout I have changed to. Now I no longer shall suffer the evils of my posts being cramped into narrow columns and my embedded videos being cut off prematurely on the right side!! It makes everything look more streamlined. I'm quite pleased with it.

Easter Earthquake

Yesterday was Easter or, as the boyfriend and I like to call it, Eatser. I actually cooked. It was pretty fun, lol. I made a ham, mashed potatoes, stuffing, corn, sweet potato casserole, etc. Well, technically the boyfriend made the sweet potatoes, but anyway... The food was surprisingly good; I'm always surprised when I cook and it turns out good. The only thing that I royally fucked up was the gravy. I had no idea what I was doing.... put in way too much corn starch. I was pretty upset about it and felt that I had ruined the whole meal. But my boyfriend comes along and he's just like, "Ohh, it's not so bad." He watered it down and made it edible. I still didn't think it was very good, but he ate it. I'm not sure if he just ate it to make me feel better, but I appreciate his effort either way. <3 He also made me feel better by letting my know that children world-wide would rejoice at the fact that I had made ham-flavored GAK. Which is definitely what it was, lol.

After all that, he's cleaning up from dinner and I'm making my apple pie. I had to wait until after dinner.... I'm not yet very good at multi-tasking while cooking, lol. So, I'm putting the pie crust on when it seems like someone in the apartment above us is running..... Except it didn't stop. I was pretty confused. I look at the boyfriend, we exchange looks of "qua?" and then he says, "Earthquake." Even when he said it I was thinking there was no way we were having an earthquake, lol. But.... as the shaking didn't subside, I realized that was pretty much the only option. Luckily, the boyfriend knew that you're supposed to go outside during earthquakes (something which I was completely unaware of) and we hurried outside just as all our neighbors were running out as well.

The whole thing only lasted a minute or so and didn't really seem very frightening. I admit I was uncomfortable, but it is moreso due to the fact that an earthquake is one of those situations where you can do nothing except wait. We stood outside and waited, while the worst of the shaking subsided. We could see other apartments where the glass in the windows and doors looked like it was rippling.

Afterward we went back inside and continued what we had been doing. We felt 2 or 3 very small aftershocks in the following hour or so, but that was pretty much it. Nothing had fallen down or broken. The shaking had seemed pretty minor. I was pretty shocked when it was later reported to have been a magnitude 7.2 earthquake.... it certainly didn't seem like much. But the epicenter was also a bit south of us, in Mexico, so I'm sure the further north we were the less we felt.

I texted my family to tell them about my abnormally eventful holiday and, of course, was met with many responses of worry and concern, which I quickly abated as unnecessary. Many San Diego natives that I spoke with said that this is the first time they have felt an earthquake after living here many years. That's comforting, lol. I didn't think it was very bad, but I wouldn't want them to become a frequent and, potentially, worsening occurrence.

Huzzah for new experiences and excitement - way cheaper than a roller coaster and less motion-sickness!

Lady Gaga guilt.....

This is probably the most incredible thing I've seen in a long time. It also feeds my guilty liking of Lady Gaga. I seriously do think she should do some work with Marilyn Manson. She is making the impact she wants in a genre where it doesn't seem possible. Her lyrics and style are very dark, I would really like to see that reflected in her music.