Power is BACK!

I think I jinxed myself during the previous entry when I said I was “lucky”. My power went out exactly at 1:41am Thursday night due to the high winds probably knocking over some electric poles or damaging a transformer. I sat around waiting for the power to come back up, assuming it was an intermitten thing. I didn’t for 15 minutes, and my machine was about to hibernate when the UPS said there was 5 minutes left. I did find out that a 24″ LCD uses A LOT of power. Without my Dell 24″ FPW2405 LCD, I have about 25-30 minutes of backup time on the machine. With the LCD plugged in, it drops to 10-12 minutes.

Anyway, I went to bed early that night (before 2am) and set my cell phone to wake me up at 9:30, because I had a one on one at 10:30. Anyway, I woke up around 9 and the power was still out. The reason I woke up was probably a little of the chill + the fact I went to bed early. My car was in the garage so I thought I’d sleep a bit more and hope the power would come back on in those few hours.

I woke up at 2:30pm and the power was still out. I looked around my house. There wasn’t anything to do. I did have my laptop with 2 hours of battery life, but without the internet, there wasn’t much to do. I decided to go to work and see what’s up, hoping they at least have power. So I unlatched my garage. The unlatching was easy, just pull and tug. Lifting the garage didn’t require much strength either. It was trying to figure out how to relatch the garage doors that took a very long time. In the end, I just left it unlatched and locked the door between my garage and my house (this will come back later to haunt me).

The trip to work actually didn’t take that long. Despite all the traffic lights not working, I took 156th up and got to the office building in 25 minutes. I did see horrendous traffic going the other way. The freeways were calm, but the entrances were packed.

It was surreal. It was like dooms day or Armageddon where cities of people are without electricity. I don’t think Seattle was affected, though I haven’t confirmed yet, but many of the east side cities’ (Bellevue, Redmond, Bothell, Kirkland, etc) power grid were all affected. I believe even the airport had to be closed down for awhile (not sure for how long). The funny thing is with all these cars, all the gasoline stations were not running. If you wanted gas, you had to literally drive up to 40 miles away. Thank god my little Civic has good mileage.

Anyway, back to my story. I ended up at my office building and it was totally empty. I didn’t even bother stopping and drove away. Apparently as it turns out, there was an e-mail at 5 or 6am telling all Puget Sound area employees that there won’t be work, but unfortunately for me, I didn’t have email access. At this point I could go home and be bored to death, or I can drop by someone’s place. Derek became the lucky guy I dropped by, plus the fact I had a present for him. Took me about an hour to get from building 40 to 90 freeway. All the main roads were backed up (due to no traffic lights), so I tried some back road, but both Northrup (20th ave) and W Lake Sammamish were closed due to tree fallings. These were trees that were at least 2-3ft in diameter. So I ended up taking 148th ave all the way down and 3 blocks before the freeway entrance literally took 30 minutes (10 minutes / block; maybe more).

Once I got on the freeway, it was nice. Actually about halfway getting onto the freeway, the traffic lights turned on, but it didn’t really help much. I thought, maybe I’d have power back at my place, but decided I’d give it some more time. The remainder of the drive wasn’t bad at all. Traffic lights were not working, but traffic still moved at a fairly good pace. I got to Derek’s place and I think they got home not too long ago. They invited me in and they had many many candles lit. They also had a gas powered stove so that meant they could actually cook. I was actually planning to have cereal and milk since all my cooking equipment required electricity. We made hot cocoa with marshmallows and just sat around chatting next to the fireplace.

I had called Xyon earlier that day and apparently he got electricity back at 6am. Tekman apparently got his electricity back sometime in the afternoon too. Derek gave Tekman a call and he invited us over for pasta and games and to check out his new Sony 1080p projector. We also brought our cell phones and laptops to be charged. Wrexen had his Xbox 360 set up and playing Gears of Wars when we got there and it’s so pretty! We also got to see some other HD content and it’s really nice *drools*… Unfortunately, it doesn’t look like I’ll be getting my TV this Christmas as the prices are still somewhat too high. Actually, if Costco had delivery or if the selections on Costco.com was more abundant, I would’ve dropped my 2k awhile back. We played some poker, some board games, and had this awesome Baked Ziti with Italian sausage that Angel made and these yummy garlic bread. Afterwards, Derek and I played a few rounds of Mario Kart – Double Dash.

On our way back, the Microsoft campus seems to be powered. Even that stretch of freeway had the lamps on. I was hoping we’d have power, but neither Derek nor I got power when we got home.

I got home a little after 1am and sat around playing with my fireplace. My fireplace turns out to have fake wood which I thought was real when I moved in. I’ve been following a particular pattern where I only screw up one room: my computer room. I guess I screw up the kitchen too, but I clean that up daily. The living room and the dining room are usually never touched. The fireplace is in the living room. The upstairs are only used for sleeping and showering, but having the temperature drop to 50°F made me decide to try out my fireplace. At first I thought I had to buy new wood every time it gets used up, but it appears that these wood don’t actually catch on fire. It also doesn’t really warm up the room either, guess it’s all going out the chimney. The glass pane in front of the fireplace does get hot, but I only get warm standing right next too it. Oh yah, it turns out I had hot water too. My heat furnace didn’t turn on, though Derek explained to me that was because the fan that pushes the hot air is probably electric. Interestingly enough, even though my thermostat said “Heat On” because it fell below my set temperature of 55°F, the furnace was smart enough to not turn on because there’s no electricity. I was worry when I opened my door into my garage, it would smell of natural gas (or whatever the substance they use to give it that smell).

I went to bed and woke up this morning and found out it was 45°F and I was freezing. Took a nice hot shower and gave Derek a call. I was heading into work to use the internet there, since I assumed the power was back. I took the long way (520 freeway) to get to work to avoid the unpowered traffic lights, however it took me just as long to exit the freeway than the entire freeway trip itself. When I got to building 40, I was once again disappointed. The power hadn’t been restored for that building, so I met up with Derek and we went around searching for a gasoline station that didn’t have a 45min wait. We drove around Bellevue for half an hour or so, trying to find gas stations, and to be honest, I saw more of Bellevue today then I have ever with my whole year here combined. We actually found Bellevue H.S. which was on the top of this hill! We actually ended up all the way in Bothell and still couldn’t find a gas station that had gas. We ended up picking up Tekman in his PJs and he took us to an Arco which was also packed with cars, but at least it didn’t wrap around the entire block (which the Chevron in Bellevue did). That totally reminded me of the comics and pictures of when the middle east stopped shipping oil to us and people waited for hours in line to get gasoline.

Afterwards, Derek, Shanna and I had dinner at Boneyard Fishbone Bonefish Grill and it was yummy. They had a ballet to catch. Apparently when they told me they were going into the city for the ballet, and had to dress nice, and Derek needed to shower and shave, I thought Ballet was either a club or a restaurant. Turns out ballet referred to the Nutcracker ballet. We parted our ways and I drove home to test my luck.

As I was driving home, the street lamps were all on. I was crossing my finger the whole way. About 5 minutes to my house, a street lamp was off and I was like ‘boo’. Then the following street lamp was on and I was like ‘yay’. The street lamps continued to be on until 2 BLOCKS FROM MY HOUSE!?!?! And then it was total darkness. I felt like kicking something. On the other hand, I was hoping they’d be close to fixing my place.

I got home, turned on the heater, pushed my couch close to the fireplace, started paying music from my iPod Nano through my Shure E4C-n, and began writing this blog entry. 2 paragraphs in, I get bored and started playing Free Cell.

living room fireplace couchliving room fireplace couch

After a couple games, that’s when I looked out the window and saw the mail kiosk and was like, did I pick up mail today? Then it hits me, I WAS ABLE TO SEE THE KIOSK!!! The light was on. I turn around and look towards my computer room, the lamp was on and so was my computer!!! Yippee!!! The power came back on at 7:04pm exactly (looked at my alarm clock and saw how much time has passed since it was powered). 12 minutes had actually passed before I noticed it. First thing I do? I log into my computer, sign on AIM, and announce it to the world. Well, really just 2 people, but yay!

So this is me being stupid. Since the power was back on, the first thing… well, the second thing that came into my head was to fix the garage. I had told Derek about my garage door situation, and he tells me that the garage will latch back onto the “traveler” (as the manual calls it) when you open the garage door your next time. Of course that required power, so I wasn’t able to fix it till now. The garage doors snapped back in just like Derek said they would. I was like awesome, turned around and tried to open the door. MY JAW DROPS.

As I mentioned how locking the door into the garage would haunt me later, the door was locked! I felt my pockets, NOTHING. At least I was dressed warmly with a sweater. I tried the door again. No luck. I wondered if I was smart enough to hide a spare key somewhere. No go. I even checked my car’s glove box and underneath all the paint cans. I went around to the front door and was hoping I’d been stupid enough to leave that unlock (which sometimes I do), but nope, I was smart this time. I jumped onto my back balcony and tried the sliding door. Nope, also looked. I walked around my house several times and thought really hardly. Looks like I need a locksmith. Derek mentioned he knew how to pick locks, but he’s probably still in the middle of Nutcrackers and a door was between me and my computer.

At this time, my neighbor (one of the two that helped me with my car in the snow situation and one that I also baked cookies for) was working on fixing his garage door. I walked over to say hi and I helped him with his garage door. Then I told him my story. Unfortunately he was not a locksmith, nor knew any. I asked if I could borrow his phone to call, and he was kind enough to let me into his house and and we Googled for locksmiths in Bellevue, WA. Pretty much picked the first one and called and he said he could be here in 20-30 minutes. I was like sweet. I was actually contemplating on calling multiple locksmiths to quote their prices, but given that this was an emergency plus the fact that I’m borrowing my neighbors phone and house, I decided to not bother. If I had my cell phone and a phone book, I would’ve definitely done some shopping. Do remember, this was a Saturday night. I met his wife and mother-in-law earlier (gave cookies to the mom and bumped into the wife when I was confirming the blackout), but I met their cute little daughter for the first time. They let me stay in their house while we waited for the locksmith, watched some Finding Nemo and even gave me a cookie (dunkers).

The locksmith showed up and apparently, and I thanked my kind neighbors and went out to meet him. He asked if I had any ID, but I told him it was in the house. He asked if anyone could confirm that I lived here and I said my neighbors could. I asked if he wanted me to ask them to come out, and he goes well, I did see you walk out of there, so that’s fine. He said deadbolts are practically impossible to unlock, so he tried the door in my garage. He said these types of locks usually takes 15 seconds (or was it 3 seconds?) for him to unlock, but there’s a pin that he couldn’t pick. He then tried some other tools which include a flat sheet of metal and a bent screw driver and he wiggled it for a good 5 minutes and then asked me if I was sure there wasn’t any other lock on this door. I confirmed and he said, “Don’t worry, there hasn’t been a door I have been unable to unlock. Worse case scenario, I bring out the drill.” I was like okay… I can always break a window and get back into my house too… Of course I thought that in my head. He then busted out with these air pouches and used the flat metal and wiggled it some more and the door finally busted open. I had to bring down my driver’s license and a credit card statement (since my driver’s license doesn’t reflect this address) and to confirm I do live here. He was actually quite thorough. Initially, I just brought down and packing slip from one of my internet orders, but he said he needed to see a credit card statement or a utility bill so I went back up to search for one. Since most of my statements were online only, it took a few minutes for me to actually one one.

I went back down with my Capital One statement (apparently they don’t think my email address exists and keeps sending me statements with a note that tells me emails they’re sending are being rejected). But that’s another story for anther day. I go back down, he confirms I live here and tells me he’ll give me a discount since I’m paying in cash. $120 for the work and $55 for the service call. I knew I was going to pay and $175 was actually near the higher end of my estimate, but oh well, emergency is emergency. Thank god I had gone to the ATM before coming home. I was down to $1 and all my banks around here were closed (no electricity). After dinner at Bonefish Grill, there was actually a Bank of America in that same mall and I withdrew $300 and I was even thinking, how long $300 was going to last me. Welp, over half is gone now. Haha. $175 for a lesson. I need to figure out where to hide a spare key now. I’m actually thinking of dropping it off at my neighbors, but I’m not sure if they’ll feel comfortable with it.

I’m finally back in my house and then I remember… THE FRIDGE! I opened the fridge for the 1st time since the blackout and was surprised there wasn’t any smell. As a warning for those with ice cube makers, apparently there are holes and water was starting to freeze everywhere. There was even a puddle at the bottom. I thought the ice was going to keep the freezer cold, but it made a bigger mess than I had anticipated. And being trapped outside for 45 mins meant it had 45 mins of trying to get frozen. I threw away pot-stickers which were gooey and my frozen bbq wings, which I think was okay, but I didn’t want to deal with it. I kept the mushroom risotto and the asparagus risotto. I actually had to get up and walk over to the fridge to figure out what the name of that green veggie that Ryan likes was. I knew it began with an ‘a’ and it was on the tip of my tongue, but I finally gave up and walked over. The vanilla ice cream was also all gooey. I also threw away my eggs (I think they actually started to change in color) and my pumpkin pie which looked funky and some veggies that have been there for weeks. I’m actually keeping the milk as it tastes fine and smells fine.

I did bake my last 3 cookies and made one jumble cookie:
jumbo chocolate chip cookie

And that’s been the chaos for the past 2 days.

Blind Girl

From Zena:

There was a blind girl who hated herself just because she’s blind. She hated everyone, except her loving boyfriend. He’s always there for her.
She said that if she could only see the world, she would marry her boyfriend.

One day, someone donated a pair of eyes to her and then she can see everything, including her boyfriend.
Her boyfriend asked her, “now that you can see the world, will you marry me?” The girl was shocked when she saw that her boyfriend is blind too, and refused to marry him.
Her boyfriend walked away in tears, and later wrote a letter to her saying. “Just take care of my eyes dear.”

This is how human brain changes when our status changes. Only few remember what life was before, and who’s always been there even in the most painful situations.

Life Is a Gift

Today before you think of saying an unkind word – Think of someone who can’t speak.
Before you complain about the taste of your food – Think of someone who has nothing to eat.
Before you complain about your husband or wife – Think of someone who’s crying out to God for a companion.
Today before you complain about life – Think of someone who went too early to heaven.
Before you complain about your children – Think of someone who desires children but they’re barren.
Before you argue about your dirty house, someone didn’t clean or sweep – Think of the people who are living in the streets.
Before whining about the distance you drive – Think of someone who walks the same distance with their feet.
And when you are tired and complain about your job – Think of the unemployed, the disabled and those who wished they had your job.
But before you think of pointing the finger or condemning another – Remember that not one of us are without sin and we all answer to one maker.
And when depressing thoughts seem to get you down – Put a smile on your face and thank God you’re alive and still around.
    Life is a gift, live it, enjoy it, celebrate it, And fulfill it.

The sad story in the beginning totally reminded me of the KISS – Because I’m a Girl music video. I would’ve posted the YouTube link, but that video has some major artifacts. Then I found my previous post, and uploaded the .asf file to my gallery.

kiss - because i'm a girl


So everyone around here has been having blackouts. From Bothell, to Sammamish, and even here in Bellevue. It’s probably due to the high winds and you can hear it pretty well. From Weather.com:

High Wind Warning




My first long blackout occurred while I was at work. My UPS gives about 30 mins of backup time and has an auto clock to turn off my computer when there is about 5 mins left on the battery and my connection died sometime around 5:30pm. I didn’t have my computer set to auto-boot when the power came back on. But when I came back, the power had already returned and my computers were up in no time.

Throughout the night, my power’s been flaky, however, most times, not enough to reset the clocks. Here’s what my APC Back-UPS XS800 performance shows:
apc back-ups xs800 performance

Unfortunately, the lowest denominator was for the past week, but 95% of the statistics should be today’s.

Thank god for UPS though, or else my computer would’ve been rebooting over and over again. I have one UPS for each computer, but I’ve realized I need one for my router, switch and cable modem. When the power flickers, most of the time they stay online, but when the flicker takes longer than half a second, they reset, sometimes forcing me to power them off and back on to get them working.

I haven’t seen too many folks online, so I’m guessing they’re not having as much luck as I am. The longest blackout so far (that I’ve been in today) lasted about 2 minutes.

What does get annoying is the fact that whenever the power goes off and back on, APC PowerChute pops up a notification balloon telling me the power has resumed to use AC power. I tried turning off all notifications and sounds, but it still shows up. Who knows.

NobodysGirl IMed me earlier tonight and ask how the flood was, but I didn’t really noticed any flood. However, there is a flood warning on Weather.com:

/X.NEW.KSEW.FL.W.0059.061215T1645Z- 061217T0135Z/ /CRNW1.1.ER.061215T1645Z. 061216T0000Z.061216T1335Z.NO/ 922 PM PST THU DEC 14 2006



I’m actually curious what those colored balls underneath “Severe Weather Alerts for Bellevue, WA (98006)” mean. I’m guessing red is bad, and orange is bad, but not as bad as red. Anything with the word severe weather can’t be good.

$3 Swiss Army Knife

Don’t know if this deal will still be alive when you see this, but the Amazon Customers Vote program is selling the Swiss Army Ranger Pocket Knife (Red) for just $3! That includes shipping too!

swiss army ranger pocket knife (red)

BargainShare discussion thread
SlickDeals discussion thread

Anyway, it looked like the web guys had a field day with this. To verify you’re not a robot, they made you do a little test.
Type this word backwards: radar
Mine was spelling a word backward: radar

At first, I thought it was just a pick of a draw I got a palindrome, but it turns out everyone did too. One of my friends got kayak and another got reviver.

Other people got multiple choice which involved: Pick the right one:

  • Choose me
  • Wrong way
  • Not even
  • Wrong way

Belldandy got a math question: 16+8.

As you can see, I sort of spammed it to everyone online at 12am. Doesn’t really make it up for those who tried to get the Xbox 360 for $100 though. They’ve gotten smart though. If I recall correctly, Amazon.com was down for like 15 minutes during that promotion, but all the Xbox 360s were gone within the 1st 12 seconds as people tried to keep hammering their servers. Maybe I just pulled those numbers out of my *cough*, but you get the jist. Since that they, they sort of have had a raffle system, where if you voted, you can come back on day X and check to see if you were one of the randomly selected few to get the winning item at the promo price. After a day or so and there’s still left overs, they then sell the remainder away to first come first serve. A better system I suppose, though I haven’t won anything yet.

Anyway, I’ll end this post with the opening scene of Kanon:

kanon - opening
Kanon – Opening (large: 856×480)

kanon - opening
Kanon – Opening (small: 428×240)

Everytime I watch Kanon, I always watch the opening sequence because theres this scene where Mai wears bunny ears and Yuuichi chases her across the field which is SO CUTE! The scene is about 40 seconds into the trailer. At first I thought that was Naiyuki because of the bluish hair color, but it’s really Mai who has purplish hair color. The song is pretty nice too!

Happy Birthday Mechy!

Just wanted to wish Happy Birthday to Mechy, since he no longer signs onto AIM.

I “was” going to make this a random crap post, but then I noticed it was past 5am already, so it looks like just a short post today.

Lsiymle sent me this cute animation called The Sky-colored Seed:

the sky-colored seed
Large Video (640×480)

the sky-colored seed
Small Video (320×240)

Speaking of which, I noticed many online video players have gotten fancy recently, then I noticed:


and then I realized it was because I upgraded to Windows Media Player 11 recently (WMP11). I believe I never even bothered to download 10 and was running WMP9. Well, with WMP11, apparently I can talk to my Xbox 360 without download the Xbox Media Connect software which needs administrator access and needs to be run as a service, which I didn’t particularly like. So I decided to upgrade to WMP11 and see how it works. I haven’t tested it yet, but will let you know when I do. I don’t use WMP11 anyways. There’s always Media Player Classic and VLC and they basically cover everything I need. Of course you’ll need the “plug-ins” like Real Alternative and Quicktime Alternative.

I’ve got to say though, the new player looks a lot better than the old one. Much sleeker.

Oh yah, the Japanese phrase that appears above the green pig(s) (are they even pigs?) says:
みんなの中に、私はいます。 –> I am inside everyone.

Not really sure what it’s trying to say, but I’m guessing seeing how the pigs are coming out of his snout/mouth, I’m guessing it’s pretty literal.

The phrase underneath the green pig says:
40th 日本テレビ –> 40th Japanese TV

Guess this animation was done for the 40th anniversary for this TV station.

What Buy.com should do with Google Checkout

Seeing at how many deals this past month has to do with Buy.com and Google Checkout, you’d think Buy.com would take advantage of this. I personally have accumulated over $140 in rebates in MMAR (make money after rebate) deals by combining it with Google Checkout. Plus the fact that I sold a couple items (making additional money) already.

Google Checkout is giving $10 off $30 and $20 off $50 for most purchases up until I forget when, but well into this holiday shopping season.

I was thinking… if Buy.com was smart, they’d increase every $10 item to $30 with a $20 rebate and every $20 item to $50 with a $30 rebate. Make it some really easy rebate too, one that’s pretty much guaranteed. Right after you place your order, you go and submit your rebate which would give you the option of mailing it to a different address or even including the rebate within your order. That way, you get the item for FREE (after rebate) and Buy.com makes the amount they were suppose to make. Only Google is out the $10 or $20 they discounted from the price to promote Google Checkout.

I thought it was a neat idea… though I doubt Buy.com would ever followed through with it.

The Hunt For A Killer Begins

I was watching the trailer for Primeval (movie actually looks quite horrible), and it had these 3 screens near the end:


For some reason I thought the there was going to be more to that sentence and came up with this quote:
The hunt for a killer begins by being hunted.

I thought the quote was rather clever and Google had no results for that query. Even if I broke it down into “the hunt for” “by being hunted”, it found one result that didn’t match up the quotes.

So this is a Krunk-Original 🙂

Oh yah, I didn’t know what primeval meant either. According to Dictionary.com:

of or pertaining to the first age or ages, esp. of the world: primeval forms of life.

Sounds like primitive, but even more ancient.

Random Crap:

VerizonMath (from /.) – I can’t believe how illogical Verizon customer service representatives can be. Maybe illogical isn’t the correct word. Other words that were floating in my head include irrational, unreasonable, and stupid. While you read this, you should start listening to his conversation with 2 Verizon reps (a supervisor and the supervisor’s boss). So how hard is it to understand that “.002 cents” does not equal “.002 dollars”. I mean he even went from something like 2 dollars does not equal 2 cent (rep agrees); .2 dollars doesn’t equal .2 cents (rep agrees); .02 dollars doesn’t equal .02 cents (rep agrees). .002 dollars doesn’t equal .002 cents (rep argues they’re the same). Haha. The Consumerist.com has labeled it as the “vcent“. DO note the audio recording isn’t really almost 2 hours long. They must’ve had a problem creating the mp3. It’s really only a little short of 27 minutes. His problem is still unresolved as even corporate can’t seem to see the difference. He now begs Verizon reps to at least go to their accountants for help with “math”, but I wouldn’t find it shocking that even the Verizon accountants would screw this math up.

Winterbells (from Digg) – a new game from Orisinal.com. The little critters are still as cute as ever. My high score was 16550, but I didn’t really play that long. Those birdies give a lot of bonus points.

Horny Manatee.com (from Digg) – You can watch the video here and see how this website came about. Here’s what Conan O’Brien says:

After the show, I get a call from NBC Standards. It happens from time to time, usually when I just go off on a foul mouth tirade on the program. This time, I got a call from Standards, true story, they told me if I mention a web address that does not exist, even if I’m kidding around, if I mention a web address that does not exist, we legally have to buy the rights to that website. I had no idea! Sounds crazy, but that is 100% true. If you’re on television, I didn’t know this, if you’re on television, and you’re in a position of authority, which I didn’t know I was, and you mention a website, it has to exist, or you’re in a lot of trouble. So last night after the show, for $159, NBC became the proud owner for 10 years of www.HornyManatee.com

He’s the Computer Man (from Digg) – Hilarious music video. What song is this based from. The “bip bip bip bip bip bop” chorus sounds really familiar.

This Is Why We Dive (from Digg) – really cool pictures from under the sea!

Meet Thumbelina, the world’s smallest horse (from Digg) – Standing just 17 inches tall, she is never going to be a champion show-jumper. Wow! A horse mid*cough*, I mean a little horsie.

Super Mario Bros. 3 LEGO (from Digg) – Stop Motion Animation recreating a scene from Super Mario Bros. 3 for the NES using Lego Blocks. See more at www.bitflicks.com This is so awesome! At first I was wondering when the LEGOs would show up, but apparently what I thought was a TV screen WAS the LEGOs!!! They have more at the website: www.bitflicks.com. They have one on Metroid, Donkey Kong, a couple more. Now that I actually some of its entries, this is actually CGI. Guess I’m somewhat disappointed now. Still neat, just not as neat as I originally thought.

CGSphere The Gallery (from Digg) – Interesting renderings of based on a original image of a sphere.

You can say that again…and again…and again..The Top 10 greatest TV quotes and catchphrases chosen by TV Land are

  1. Heeere’s Johnny! (Ed McMahon, The Tonight Show)
  2. One small step for man … (Neil Armstrong)
  3. You’re fired! (Donald Trump, The Apprentice)
  4. Baby, you’re the greatest. (Ralph Kramden, The Honeymooners)
  5. Ask not what your country can do for you … (John F. Kennedy)
  6. D’oh! (Homer Simpson, The Simpsons)
  7. Where’s the beef? (Wendy’s)
  8. Whatchoo talkin’ ’bout, Willis? (Arnold Drummond, Diff’rent Strokes)
  9. Yabba dabba do! (Fred Flintstone, The Flintstones)
  10. I’m not a crook (Richard Nixon)

Sex worker stabs client in condom fightA Cambodian man has been stabbed by a sex worker in a brawl, after he refused her request to wear a condom, police said Friday. Suon Da, 25, was knifed twice in the abdominal area by Sa Rida, a 24-year-old sex worker, during the fight at a brothel in Battambang province Wednesday, said Koam Roeuy, a deputy police chief from the area. What idiot doesn’t wear a condom with a prostitute?

Overloaded pants end shoplifter’s escapeCheyanne E. Dwiggins, 18, is accused of trying to steal several pieces of candy, kitchen utensils and a 15-ounce box of strawberry Nestle’s Nesquik from Bauer’s Market in Lapel, about 25 miles northeast of Indianapolis. I find his selection of stolen goods amusing.

Bush’s dog Barney is back with new videoJust in time for the holidays, America’s best-known Scottish terrier is back with a new video on the White House Web site. View the cute puppies at: Barney Cam V: “Barney’s Holiday Extravaganza” The puppies are so cute!!!

“The Last Photo I Ever Took” Contest (from Digg) – People’s last moment captured on camera.

PuzzleLand (from Digg) – A fun flash game where you try to figure the correct order of things to do. Even the Tab that highlights all the clickable items isn’t much use. I finally got stuck on level 4 and called in and used the walkthrough.

Brazil plans to sell 30-year-old coffee beansA cup of coffee can turn too bitter to drink in hours, but unroasted, well stored coffee beans can last up to 30 years, and Brazil’s government is capitalizing on this fact. Are coffee beans suppose to taste better, the longer they’re kept, like wine?

Woman gives birth mid-flightThis was one baby who couldn’t wait to land. A 42-year-old woman gave birth to a healthy girl late Wednesday aboard a plane destined for O’Hare International Airport from Mexico, officials said Thursday. Story wasn’t too interesting, but I thought there was a rule where a woman who’s within a month of her due date is not allowed to board a plane…

Holiday shoppers keep buying during fireAn electrical fire that filled a department store with thick smoke didn’t deter holiday shoppers, and firefighters had to block the doors to keep customers from coming in, authorities said. … “It was amazing,” said Mentor fire Battalion Chief Joe Busher. “Even though there was heavy smoke in there, they all wanted to stay and shop. We even had to put people at the door to keep people from coming in.” Haha! Maybe a PS3 or Wii was involved.

Blue Dragon for the Xbox 360 looks like it’s going to be an awesome game. Unfortunately, it’s only out in Japan at the moment. They even got a special deal. From Blue Dragon Descends Upon Japan:

Blue Dragon, Final Fantasy creator Hironobu Sakaguchi’s first major work in over five years, is finally out in Japan. To commemorate the release (and uh, to try and sell some Xbox 360s), Microsoft put together a special limited edition “Blue Dragon Core System Premium Pack,” which consists of an Xbox 360 Core System, a Blue Dragon faceplate, a set of five miniature figures and a mini-calendar. Oh, and a copy of Blue Dragon, of course. The amazing thing is that all of this only costs 29,800 yen–roughly $259 US dollars. Incredibly cheap, yes, but considering most Japanese gamers wouldn’t go within 50 feet of an Xbox 360 if you paid them, this kind of drastic pricing seems necessary.

Drools… Interestingly enough, demand for the Xbox 360 has actually increased quite a bit in Japan due to the release of this game. You can check out the lines for the release of this package: 『ブルードラゴン』本日発売!「ヨドバシカメラ Akiba」でカウントダウンイベント (Opening day sale of Blue Dragon! With “Yodoshi Camera Akiba” countdown event).

Speaking of which, the Xbox 360 can be picked up at Overstock.com for $325 shipped with the new 20% off coupon the just released. More details at BargainShare.com. It appears the Xbox 360 is now out of stock. The coupon says it expires 1/1/2007, so you might be able to try again.

Glow-in-the-Dark Mushrooms

I just got my glow-in-the-dark mushrooms today from Dirty Microbe. They call it “Tokyo luminous mushrooms” as the mushrooms themselves don’t really glow, but the other sand-line pebbles around it do. However, it’s still so awesome!!!

glow-in-the-dark mushroomsglow-in-the-dark mushrooms

Here’s an image from their website:
tokyo luminous mushrooms

Both mushrooms I got had green bumps on them. Would’ve been nice if they gave me a red one too, but seeing how these were out of stock for quite some time, I’m not complaining.

For those interested in purchasing from their site, they sent me a card:

saving money is good.
use this code on your next order!


Shipping without the code is still just $1.99, but a $2 savings is $2 I can buy more toys like these glow-in-the-dark mushrooms.

They’re also have a t-shirt sale where any t-shirt is $12. They has some funny and some cute designs.

Random Crap:

Malaysian state to hold lullaby contestThe government of Kelantan, the only Malaysian state to be ruled by an Islamic fundamentalist party, will organize this month a lullaby contest to find the mother who can best induce sleep in her children and husband with songs, The Star newspaper said Thursday. Mom: “Listen guys. I need to win this contest. Here’s 10 sleeping pills you’re going to take 5 minutes before I start singing.”

Fake Luigi invades Japanese Wii launch (from Deadlock) – this blog entry wasn’t that interesting, but while watching the video, I saw the girl in the picture below:

ps3 vs wii
(from Tera – taken from 4chan)

Though it’s not definitive, but you get an idea of who plays the PS3 and who plays the Wii. If you want a cute attractive girl to come to your place, you get the Wii. If you want… well… you get the story.

City dunks cookie-scented ad campaignCity officials ordered CBS Outdoor, the company that holds the advertising contract for its bus shelters, to remove the adhesive strips Tuesday, just one day after they were put up as part of a “Got Milk?” campaign. … Some critics expressed concern over potential allergic reactions. Others complained the ads could be offensive to the poor and homeless who can’t afford to buy sweet treats. Interesting why no one bothered to ask if the poor and homeless were offended by it. Don’t you love it how people just love making decisions for those that are not as well off as they are?

Scary ‘Mary Poppins’ Trailer (from Digg) – I recut the Disney classic to make it seem like a horror movie, entitled SCARY MARY. Haha! Another awesome parody trailer. Reminds me of the parody Shining trailer. Then again, I’ve never watched Mary Poppins.

War on Drugs Expands to Catnip (from MS newsgroup) –

While catnip does not have the same effect on human beings, the advocates of banning catnip have pointed out that children who give their cats catnip and then see the cat being “happy” might get dangerous ideas about getting high. They think, if the cat can feel good, why not them too? Indeed, the first step to marijuana addiction may well be catnip! According to the drug warriors, catnip has been a major gateway to the human abuse of drugs, and yet there has been no prohibition.

“Catnip is a much greater drug problem than most people realize,” said Ima Tyrant in a recently televised interview. “Some teenagers have experimented with smoking catnip. People also make tea from catnip, and have used it in folk medicines. We can no longer tolerate this big loophole in drug abuse. The prohibition of catnip will the “cat-stone” to America’s War on Drugs.

Haha! A hilarious article and has the same funny taste as The Onion.

Penn and Teller: Bullshit! Environmental Hysteria (from Digg) – Penn and Teller show us that we are not ruining the planet

America Gets Screwed in New Porn Parody (from FuzzyWuzzy) – (NOT WORK SAFE!) This couple mixes politics and sex with a kinky roleplaying game. With no exit strategy in sight and screams to pull out, the country gets screwed nasty.

Leeroy Live – Elevator Camera (from Digg) – Security camera from a Bailey & Croft elevator. What if Leeroy Jenkins from WoW (World of Warcraft) behaves like this in real life.

What code DOESN’T do in real life (that it does in the movies) (from Digg) – Following up our article: Top 20 Hackers in Film History and Vibrant’s Top 10 Servers in the movies, I felt obligated to dispel some of the notions about programming that these movies endorse. I understand that Hollywood needs to dress things up to make them more entertaining, but in the case of programmers, code, and hackers they’ve done more than dress things up – they’ve morphed a little stuffed teddy bear into a cybernetic polar bear covered in christmas lights and phosphorescent hieroglyphics with a fog machine pumping rainbow smoke out of his ass. In other words, they’ve layered a ridiculous amount of extravagance on top of something that in reality is very grounded. Haha! Reminds me that the same rules applies to anime, where physics are re-defined. Though I think Xyon would disagree completely on this: People who write code use mice

Xbox 360 Versus PlayStation 3 Graphics Comparison (from Digg) – We expected the PlayStation 3 to ship with several games that first appeared on the Xbox 360, similar to how the Xbox 360 had a lot of Xbox ports at launch. And the PS3 did indeed arrive with a good number of games that originally shipped for the Xbox 360. This gave us the perfect opportunity to compare the graphics on both systems with several cross-platform games. You’d think that the PS3 versions would be exactly the same or slightly superior to the Xbox 360 versions, since many of these games appeared on the 360 months ago, but it seems like developers didn’t use the extra time to polish up the graphics for the PS3. We found that the Xbox 360 actually had better graphics in the majority of the games we compared. The games compared are: NFS Carbon, COD3, Madden, Marvel, NBA 2K7, Fight Night, Tony Hawk, Tiger Woods.

How To Make A Card VanishLearn how to make a card disappear into thin air. It is a very convincing illusion. No trick deck nor preparation is needed.

Sigmund Freud’s Priorities

Got this from a MS newsgroup:

Sigmund Freud’s Priorities. Take a test for yourself…. ……… .

Five things are happening in your house at the same time. In which sequence would you solve them?

1. The telephone is ringing!
2. The baby is crying!
3. Someone’s knocking or calling you from the front door!
4. You hung the clothes out to dry and it is beginning to rain!
5. You left the tap on in the kitchen and the water is already overflowing!

In which sequence would you solve these problems? Write the sequence and check below how your decisions were made.


First write YOUR sequence from 1 to 5
Only then scroll below and read

Answer: (Show)

My results: (Show)

Card Trick

I posted this card trick video a few days ago and well, a few days ago, ElBandMonkey came and asked for hints on how the tricked worked. It’s rather simple to get once you see the pattern. In fact, this trick can be done with any odd number of rows and any odd number columns greater than 1. However, the number of questionings may differ depending on the number of rows and columns. Since you ask the person to tell you where the card is 3 times, he/she basically gave you enough information to figure out where the card is. It just so happens with the steps that you follow, it allows lands the card in #11 spot.

Here’s how it begins, with 21 cards:
0 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 A B C F D E G H I J K

Ask the person to select the column their card is in. Let’s say they chose column 3:
0 1 2
3 4 5
6 7 8
9 A B

Redeal the cards with the selected column in the middle. Note where the cards land.
0 3 6
9 C F
I 2 5
8 B E
4 7 A

Notice that there’s only 3 cards max in each column that can be the correct card.

Ask the person to choose again and for this trial, lets take the worst case scenario: column 2.

0 3 6
9 C F
I 2 5
8 B E
H K 1
4 7 A

Redeal the cards with the selected column in the middle.
0 9 I
8 H 4
D 3 C
2 B K
7 G 6
F 5 E
1 A J

So no matter which column the person chooses now, you can guarantee it’d be the card smack in the middle of the column. And when you stick that column in the middle, you can guarantee the spot of their card to be #11 (right in the middle of 21 cards).