Thursday, April 30, 2009

You’ve got a point

"Look over there," I said, pointing.

"Where?" She asked, looking.

"Right there, where I'm pointing." I replied, pointing.

"You don't point right." She said, looking.

"What does that mean? I don't point right?" I asked, shaking my finger.

"You never point at what you're looking at." She said.

"I do so," I said, "look. Right there." Pointing.

"I don't see anything. You aren't very good at this."

"I've been pointing all my life. I'm very good at pointing."

"No, you aren't. If you were, I'd be looking at what you were pointing."

"No, you're looking at what I'm pointing at. I'm talking about where I'm pointing, and where I'm pointing is technically the end of my finger. That's where the pointing actually occurs. And it is the end of my finger that I want to draw attention to."

Sometimes, you need to be specific.

Wednesday, April 29, 2009

Fear!

I wonder if I have a fear of crowds.

Now, those of you that know me, and since those of you that know me are the only people that are reading this right now I am going out on a limb here and say that's all of you, will probably say "That's stupid." After all, I was a theatre major right? And I do enjoy a good party. And I have a tendency to want to be the center of attention, so how can I possibly be afraid of crowds?

Okay, maybe afraid is a strong word.

I started making a list of things that I don't really like just to see what they all have in common (if anything). Here's part of the list:

  • Concerts
  • Beaches
  • Large cities
  • Malls

All of these things have something in common. They are all places that typically have lots of people.

Oh, I don't like taking the bus or other forms of public transportation. Those are also places where you get a lot of crowds sometimes.

I do get along fine on airplanes. But maybe that's because I can hunker down in my seat, watch the in-flight entertainment or play video games, and concentrate on the greater fear of the crater that we'll form when the engines fail. Plus, with the way they cram everyone into the plane we all have our own little territory that surrounds our seat. It's not like a bus where you have no idea how many people may end up standing next to you.

What about the fact that I spend so much of my time trying to be the center of attention? Just try to make me sit quietly at a party. Can't be done.

Isn't it true that I would love nothing more than to be standing in front of a huge audience, entertaining the hell out of them?

And don't I spend a lot of time surfing the web? Playing online games? That's like the largest crowd of all, isn't it?

But you see, what those things all have in common is that I'm not in the crowd. I'm outside of the crowd! The crowd is watching me, you see the difference? I'm not part of the crowd.

Maybe I've identified some complex aspect of my psyche that will improve my life!

On the other hand, those things all have something else in common too… they are all expensive places. So maybe I'm just cheap. (And yes, I don't care what you say, the beach is expensive.)

Saturday, April 18, 2009

LAN Party April 18, 2009

Hour 1
So far, still missing about half of the participants. Nobody has all the games installed. Nobody is surprised.

Highlights include:
-Finding a homemade patch cable to extend the length of headphones. They do not work well, but they are better than listening through a waterfall.
-One forgotten keyboard. Same guy that forgot his keyboard last time. How do you forget your keyboard?
-One lost attendee. He's not sure where he is, but we're all sure that he'll be here eventually.
-Regrets over naming convention: Monkey instead of Angry Monkey.

Sunday, April 12, 2009

April 12, 2009 - Happy Easter Everyone!

To celebrate Easter this year, we decided to have a snow storm. Yay.

Seriously, um, what? Snow storm. Easter.

So I spent some time indoors and found some stuff ye olde Internet. By the way, you know what I think is becoming a pet peeve of mine? People that constantly refer to the Internet in some cutesy/ironic fashion. Once or twice, given the context, is okay. But if you call it "The Internets" or something similar, please understand that I find you irritating. Nothing personal, it's just you.

This is an awesome video.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=rmkLlVzUBn4

I don't know how long this would have taken to put together, but my hat goes off to them. Geez, the cost of printing the pictures alone...