January Random Thread: Happy New Year! –Part 2
Wow, a multi-part random thread! When was the last time that happened? Continued from Part 1.
Wednesday, 28 January 2015
Life, the universe, pies, hot-pink bunnies, world domination, and everything
Wow, a multi-part random thread! When was the last time that happened? Continued from Part 1.
I am fully in favor of multi-part random threads, as well as every other sign of our blog being a happenin’ place.
I’ve finished nearly my entire “To-Read” pile, at least here at college, and, unintentionally, all that happens to be left are the two Everest books, “The Conquest of Everest” and “Into the Silence”. I’m not sure which one I should read first– “Conquest” is shorter, but “Silence” is about something that occurred earlier chronologically. Thoughts?
Ah, you see, the trick to getting a first post is to expect you won’t get it and never mention the fact in the post.
Personally, I would want to read them chronologically. Shortest last is also nice because you can finish two books in quick succession, which feels like an accomplishment.
I’m reading “Silence” and it is very good. Which random thread was it where we discussed George Mallory’s disappearance? I want to say it was in May or June, but I don’t know of what year.
i think oblivion is by far the most boring elder scrolls game. i have friends who swear by it, but i’m with paul – morrowind is the best. skyrim is more accessible though, especially if you’re easily frustrated/used to games where things level with you. morrowind just kind of tosses you in and says “everything is trying to kill you and your starting stats are horrific, have fun”
i had a super scary thing happen yesterday – i was driving home from work and all the muscles in my neck and shoulders basically froze up. everything hurt like crazy and i couldn’t turn my head, which was super inconvenient for driving. usually when i’m coming back from the state library i have to get over two lanes and turn left just as i hit downtown which is always busy and not super fun, but under these conditions i didn’t even try. i got over to the right, which was easier to see (and still almost got in an accident) and took this wide circle around so i didn’t have to turn left on a busy street (it had to be a really wide circle because there are a ton of rules about when and where you can turn before 6). i ended up parking in the law school parking lot rather than trying to work my way around to my garage, because apparently they’ll give you a warning your first time parking there and it seemed like an appropriate occasion to use my one warning
so i got upstairs and managed with difficulty to get my coat/clothes off and had a super hot shower which relaxed everything to the point where i could move slightly but everything was still ridiculously stiff and sore. i managed to get into bed and prop my head up and try to rub my shoulder a bit and then finch got back and he went out and got food and a heating pad because he’s fantastic. the heat helped a LOT. i called off today because i’m still pretty sore and i’m being super cautious but things aren’t so stiff any more and it’s getting exponentially better. i’m going to schedule an actual massage (it’s actually covered under our insurance and i have a prescription from when i was getting really frequent migraines).
so anyway that was fairly terrifying and made me hate driving more than usual. i’m pretty sure if i had gotten into an accident with my muscles locked like that it would have done some pretty serious damage to my neck (which is not a good place to damage!). i’m not sure what the cause was but there are possibilities that i’m going to be super careful about now D: basically everything i do is something that could lead to strain in my neck/shoulders
ALSO THIS MEANS I’M NOT CLEANING ANYTHING TODAY SO THE MINI-KOKON WILL JUST HAVE TO DEAL WITH MY GROSS APARTMENT (though i will vacuum for the cat hair because allergies are no fun)
Awesome, I’d love to sail the Pacific. (But digging on the shores of the Mediterranean this summer will also be great, and maybe possibly being a Space Academy councilor later in the summer.)
Yeaah a multipart thread. If I had the time or inclination I’d look back through the archive to exactly when the last time we had one of those was but….
Well school is now in the full swing of things. I have had all of my classes at least once and homework has started and basically I am busy. And I have professors to email and networking to conduct and stuff like that. And I’m busy. I should probably be doing something else right now. Good bye.
(I’ll be back, though. I’ll be back.)
Ugh, I didn’t realize how caffinated that tea was until I couldn’t fall asleep… Better drink it only with breakfast in the future.
Oh, happy Birthday, Kittymine!
Thanks, everyone! *feels the warm fuzzies* *also apologizes for delayed response*
There’s also Spider-Man, although it’s not quite so integral to his origin– the spider was radioactive in the original story but later is one that has been experimented on in other ways. Daredevil’s radar sense came from an accident with radioactive waste in his origin, but that isn’t brought up so much in adaptations. And the X-Men are sometimes called “Children of the Atom” although the writers have gone back and forth over time on if their mutations are caused by radiation or not.
Quick, smash them to bits while they’re light bulbs!
The symbol looks like an incandescent bulb to me, rather than a fluorescent.
Eucerin’s hand creme would give me this horrible burning/stinging feeling so I stopped using it. I’ll have to try out Aquaphor sometime.
I also get extremely dry, cracked skin in the winter. I generally use Curel’s Ultra-Healing: intensive lotion for extra dry skin. I’ve found it to work really well, even on my inconsistent basis (lazy me).
HELLO THIS IS EBETH AND NOT AN IMPOSTER.
Also my apartment is a lot cleaner than I think it is (or my guests have no standards) and I am a fantastic host go me.
Luna- one of the people hiding at my placee who is certainly not typing this has mild psoriasis and got a derm to fix a similar issue. They have magical creams that patch that stuff up (no really
I she was a compulsive handwasher as a kid on top of that, and this did wonders).
Out of curiosity, what did you try? Aloe usually helps with calluses (esp the stuff with vitamins in it). Oh, and there’s Vitamin E cream, also worked wonders. Also, sometimes if you sleep with lotion on your hands, and soft gloves over them, it goes in / stays in better.
HI THIS IS MEL AND NOT AN IMPOSTER
i just thought i would mention that i am posting on MB and it is totally me and not anyone else
i have no real advice to offer other than the fact that you can know with absolute certainty that this is actually me
There were a lot of old racist comics where there would be “jokes” about how poor black people really liked eating watermelon, which is stupid because watermelon tastes good and all kinds of people really like it, but as a result people tend to see associations between black people and watermelon in media (even accidentally, like a brand of Disney lollipops that had Tiana on the watermelon-flavored one) as questionable at best and offensive at worst.
I’m taking a class in archaeological method and theory, and this week we were doing processualism vs. post-processualism, and the professor was explaining how both schools of thought had people who took things too far and ended up looking a little ridiculous. So I thought that the most extreme example of a processualist would be the old Fantastic Four villain the Mad Thinker, who thought he could predict everything people would do with mathematical formulas and computers. And I guess an extreme post-processualist bad guy would be someone who creates illusions and makes you unsure of what’s real, like Mastermind or Mysterio.
And now I kind of want to make a comic where every issue’s problem is based on a different aspect of archaeological theory…
Well… there’s this guy on Youtube (like you haven’t heard that from me in a while) who I want to do a fan fiction for, but I feel like I need to ask him a few questions first (like, how he would react to a few things, and how he would want the story to go, so I can make it where he likes it) and I don’t know how to get a hold of him to ask him. I mean, he’s not too popular, and I’m pretty sure he would answer to a message of mine. But, Youtube has this rule, where you can’t just type in the username they currently have with Google. No. You have to send it to their Youtube username. (Y’know, the username they first had before they changed it to the Google username?) And I can not for the life of me remember correctly! Youtube’s PMing system is case-sensitive as well… I can’t recall if all three letters in his username were capitalized, if he still had replaced the Es in his name with 3s yet, or which Es he’d changed….
GAPAs, did the drawing I sent last week get to you okay?
I went to Watertown today with my Food and Culture class to explore the Armenian neighborhoods and bought some dried pineapples, cocoanuts and mangoes, some honey, and a package of mixed nuts that were so tasty I already ate them all.
Phew, fortunately it was just a dream. I’ve had dreams like that where I’ve thought someone actually died and woke up freaked out.
I’m sure that what you wrote is very good.
That’s the point, my dear!
off the top of my head, people no one but me probably has heard of:
played a concert with Andre Watts last week
worked with Jaime Laredo, and members of the cleveland, juilliard, shanghai quartets
played for / shook hands with / got a picture with former SCOTUS justice David Souter (I had just been told it was for a ceremony for a member of the supreme court, was really glad it didn’t turn out to be Scalia)
I guess the most well-known person I’ve met is Jane Goodall, I shook her hand very briefly on a school trip to the United Nations building. I’ve met quite a few people who are famous in their fields, but I’m not sure if any of them other than her would be considered celebrities. In that category, I’ve met Robert Ballard, the discoverer of the Titanic wreck, Bobak Ferdowsi, the famous Curiosity flight controller with the sweet mohawk, Apollo 13 astronaut Fred Haise (Bill Paxton played him in the movie), Apollo 15 astronaut David Scott (Okay, his name isn’t famous, but he walked on the caking moon so that makes him a celebrity), video game designer/space tourist Richard Garriott, current NASA Administrator Charles Bolden, his predecessor Michael Griffin, former NASA Deputy Administrator (second-in-command) Lori Garver, and Steve Isakowitz, the current President of Virgin Galactic. (And a lot of other awesome astronauts and other space folks, but I don’t think any of the others are famous enough to the general public to be called “celebrities” without really stretching the definition.)
In the same room as:
I’ve seen John Glenn give lectures twice, but didn’t get to interact with him on either occasion, so I don’t really consider it “meeting” him. When I was interning on Capitol Hill, I saw John Kerry walk by like 20 feet in front of me getting onto a trolley, and kind of the same thing happened with Buzz Aldrin at ISDC, except it was an escalator, but in both cases I don’t think they even saw me, so that’s not really “meeting” either. (Come of think of it, that also describes what happened with Steven Spielberg at that event at my mom’s gallery…) Oh, and I saw Pope Benedict giving Mass in St. Peter’s Square, but that was from all the way across the square and I couldn’t see him without a telephoto lens. So I’ve seen those people with my own eyes, but didn’t really meet them.
I had my picture taken with Ron Paul once during a Junior Statesman of America Summer Program in Washington DC. I wasn’t even sure why he was famous at that point, but everyone else was doing it.
Oh, and I briefly talked to Martin Chalfie, who was one of the winners of the 2008 Nobel Prize in Chemistry for the discovery of Green Fluorescent Protein. I think I posted about that here, actually. We were sitting next to each other in the lobby, and because I didn’t know why he famous (okay this is a recurring concept with me I am very often out of touch with…things) the only thing I said to him was, “Oh so you’re the guy who giving the talk today, huh?”.
To which he replied in the affirmative. “Oh, I guess I am,” or something like that. After the talk, when I knew why he was famous, I thought of questions I could have asked him and bitterly regretted my ignorance. So embarrassing.
I can’t think of anyone else off the top of my head. Unless I passed a celeb in the street or something and didn’t realize that they were famous, which is certainly possible and even quite probable.
I met Joshua Bell after a concert he played in Hong Kong; I still have his autograph. I’m not a particular fan of his interpretations, but he’s probably the most famous musician I’ve ever met/spoken to briefly. I’ve seen many others in concert (off the top of my head, Emerson Quartet, Paul Lewis, Simon Trpceski, Simon Rattle…) Ashkenazy conducted in Hong Kong last year, but I missed that as I was at school.
He’s not really famous, but over Christmas I skied for an afternoon with JT Holmes (friend of Shane McConkey) and a group of others; it must have been some kind publicity thing by Squaw Valley.
I’ll see if any more come to me..
Oh, I did actually briefly meet all four members of the Emerson (before the new cellist) and Simon Trpceksi. Not that it really matters.
You met the guys from Zaboomafoo? Awesome!
Today we remember Apollo 1 astronauts Gus Grissom, Edward White, and Roger Chaffee, killed in an electrical fire during training on January 27, 1967.
Ad Astra Per Aspera.
rip, pete seeger. what an amazing life.
My math professor titled his blackboard “What Did You Learn In School?” today, and when he mentioned that it was in honor of Pete Seeger, only a few people knew who that was.
Today we remember the crew of the Space Shuttle Challenger, Francis “Dick” Scobee, Michael Smith, Ronald McNair, Judith Resnik, Ellison Onizuka, Gregory Jarvis, and Christa McAuliffe, lost on January 28, 1986.
Today school was canceled early, because of the great quantity of one inch of snow. It’s canceled tomorrow too. As a Midwesterner living in the South this struck me as…odd. Although I’m not complaining. Now I can catch up on my to-do list.
Georgia has only 3 snowplows in the entire state, apparently. Presumably they have a similar amount of salt trucks, since the reason everything is closing is because if they can’t clear the snow in time, it’ll ice over and that will be dangerous. If they had salt trucks, they could salt the roads and the snow would just melt. It’s not that cold.
I just…one inch. People here are really not prepared for winter weather.
The temperature is floating around from the low sixties to low seventies here. Which means I still have to go to school and no one takes me seriously when I talk about how cold I am. Grr.
As far as the terminology of “cold” goes, I consider temperatures in the forties and fifties to be terrifyingly extremely cold, so…..I don’t really have much of a point to make there. But my skin is dry and I’m not used to temperatures below seventies-eighties so I feel everyone’s pain! Kinda. Somewhat. Not really.
I dreamed I exposed an evil plot by the Boy Scouts to rule the world using a teleportation machine and got a parade and all of these other awesome things. It was a fun dream.
I dreamed thrice in three nights:
The first night, I dreamed I got a mod in Minecraft, which was the Nether Queen mod. Not sure if this is an actual mod, but…
You had to shoot pumpkins on top of these revolving pedistals to hurt the female ghast queen (Who had feminine eyes and lipstick). But, if you get too close to her, she spazes out, and spins and twists everywhere, blowing up everything in her path.
Then, the queen sends out for pirate ships to shoot at you, and Endermen to toss blocks at you…
The second night, I dreamed I was strangely teleported to the basement of this mansion… and there was an owl from Legend of the Guardians, the movie, Dory from Finding Nemo (Which I haven’t seen since I was four), and Gollum from Lord of the Rings… and we apparently went through this strange adventure to escape the odd mansion with its many traps and flooding basements.
And then the third night, I dreamed I was on my computer watching a Metallica music video, and James (singer) looked oddly like my cousin Shannon (With Shannon’s hair and hat).
And the song that went with it… I’m pretty sure they don’t have a song like that out. Either that, or I have ESP and they will have a song out like that sometime.
And Catwings has the best dreams of anyone I know.
So today I finally got to ice skate at the Fitness Center, and I can’t even remember when I last skated, but I remembered enough to be able to “walk” around without falling as soon as I got onto the rink. I guess it’s just that it’s similar to rollerblading? It was a lot of fun!
And then my food anthropology class went to an ice cream parlor in Cambridge run by a friend of the professor’s who looks like Maurice Krafft, which is sort of ironic.
I’m gonna do it. I’m gonna go out and buy a toilet scrubber thing and clean the toilet in my dorm. I’m tired of looking at it and the layers of brown scum that coat the inside.
Maybe I should go buy a broom too. The floor could use sweeping. Or vacuuming.
I don’t know how I should feel about this.
Being tickled pink, at least, sounds like a horrible new method of bunnification. I hope you are not trying to imply that with adulthood comes transmogrification into hot pink lagomorphs via the application of gargalesis, because if that’s the case, I want out. Also, the toilet shall never be cleaned.
Good luck with the cleaning, it feels so satisfying to be in a place you cleaned.
Happy Chinese New Year!
My parents are in China with my grandparents/extended family. I wish I could be there too; instead I’m stuck in England where we’re having a horridly wet January. History coursework due on Monday so I’m working away at that. I’ve got a detailed plan, now it’s a question of finding the motivation to actually sit down and crank through it.
We had a special dinner at the dining hall last night, the fried rice was delicious.
Nice! I wish I could say the same about the Chinese lunch (“Chinese” lunch) our school dining room provided today. At least I can make my own fried rice instead.
Ugh, so envious.
Although in food-related news, I poached an egg for the first time ever today, and it was successful!
Handy Water Glass: ✔
Character Designs: ✔
Writing Mood: ✔
Good Music: ✔
I feel bad that I don’t read Sky and Telescope and Astronomy now as much as I did in High School, but back then I could go into the school library whenever I was free and read them for free and now they’re only at the campus bookstore and I have to buy them… also, I lost my cool red Jacques Cousteau hat…
But I finished “Into the Silence”, so I feel good about that.