Strange Things are Afoot at the Circle K.: February 2003

## Wednesday, February 26, 2003

So, as I said below, this is it for awhile. I may not be able to get online for as long as a month or maybe two. Damn, just as things were starting to get interesting. I was enjoying the new turn my blog was taking, with the emphasis on video games and computers and geekiness.

So anyway, I shall someday return, but I know not when. Keep your eyes open for my return, and in the meantime, wish me luck. I'll need it.

Good-bye.

I said a couple of nights ago that life was good, but now life fucking sucks. And I have a feeling it's going to suck for a couple of months. I wish I'd never agreed to move in with Daniel and Olivia. Now that I see the house empty and in its "cleaned up" state, I hate it more than ever. And my room is smaller than the room I've been living in. We could barely even get my essentials in there, much less the rest of my crap. The house sucks. It's dirty, and not in very good shape. It's gonna take a lot of work. It's ugly too, and it doesn't have central heat or air. All it's got is a heating vent system connected to the fireplace, so the fireplace has to be left on constantly, which makes me afraid that the house is gonna burn with everything I own in it. And I have several thousand dollars worth of computers and video games and systems. The only AC is one window unit in the living room. There might be one in the den too, but I don't think so. Also, because of the fireplace, that means we're gonna have to spend money on firewood, which is pretty exspensive. Also I'm not gonna have internet service for an unknown amount of time, possibly a month or two. That really sucks, because, sad as this may be, the internet is my life.

So, anyway, here's the story of what went on today. I was supposed to go to work today, so about 1:00 I was getting ready for work, but while I was brushing my teeth I got a phone call. It was work, they told me not to come in today, because business was so bad because of the weather. They'd hardly had any business all day, and would probably close early. So then, since I was going to be off tonight, Daniel and I decided to go ahead and move most of my stuff, so we could have the whole day tomorrow to move his and Olivia's stuff. So right now basically all I have here are my bed, my clothes, and my computer, which is on the floor, instead of my desk. Moving sucked, this is the first time I've ever moved. Me and my parents have lived in this house as far back as I can remember, we moved here when I was four or five.

I really wish I hadn't moved over there. My parents wish I hadn't too, because the place sucks so much. They've been telling me all night stuff like, "you don't have to move out there. Just tell him you changed your mind, and tomorrow we can move all your stuff back here," or "I'd live out there a week or two, and if you can't stand it, pay him for the month, and move back." Stuff like that. It's really tempting, but I can't do that. Mainly because without my rent money coming they'd barely be able to afford the place. And I'd just feel like an idiot and a bastard if I did that. But I am gonna tell them to start trying to find a new roommate, because I'm getting out of there as soon as I can. I'm not even gonna unpack most of my stuff. Hopefully I'm gonna be there a month or two at the most. I'm not gonna move back home though, I'm gonna try to get an apartment. My parents told me they'd help me pay part of my rent for the first few months even. Until I can get a better job or something. They keep saying I need to find someone to move in with me, in an apartment. They're like, "Maybe you and Alicia could share an apartment, that would be pretty cheap for both of you." And I'm like, "Yeah, I doubt that's gonna happen. Alicia probably wouldn't want to move in with me anyway." Alicia was one of the reasons I wanted to move out there, though. Not the only reason, of course, but a reason. Me, Alicia, Daniel, and Olivia living together would have been really fun, but without Alicia it's gonna suck.

On my next day off I'm going to apply at 7-11. The starting pay there is $9.15 an hour. That's$3.00 an hour more than I'm making at Carl's Jr. after working there almost 7 years. Plus at 7-11 you get paid vacations, a 401k, profit sharing, and group health insurance. The only benefit I get at Carl's is half-price food. The bad thing about 7-11 is the risk of getting shot and/or killed, especially if you work nights. You do get paid more for nights though. It say that after working there 60 days, a day worker will make $9.30, a night worker will get$9.40 an hour. I'll probably work days, just so I maybe won't get killed. If I can get the job I'll probably move out of Daniel's place in a month. I hope I get the job. It's one of the highest paying non-professional jobs around here.

I'm all depressed and sad now. It doesn't help that my fucking computer keeps deciding to play depressing R.E.M. songs like "Everybody Hurts."

I'm sad because it feels like I'm never going to see Alicia again. She's not moving in with us, and we're both trying to find new jobs, so we probably won't work together for very much longer. Even if we do get new jobs, I better still get to see her occasionally, or I'm going to be severely pissed off at her. Alicia's moving in with Curtis now. I think thats a stupid idea. She decided not to move in with us, and go live with her mom again, mainly because she couldn't afford to live with us. But now she's decided that she doesn't want to live with her mom, so she's going to move in with Curtis instead. I wonder how she's gonna afford that? I guess he's not gonna charge her much. She's not gonna have internet access either. I don't think Curtis even has a phone.

I can't believe she's moving in with Curtis.

Life sucks.

Runner up for the "Stupid Product of the Year" award: Sour Flush Candy.

Have you ever wanted to dip the plunger into the toilet, and then lick it off? Now you can. Best of all, it's sour!

## Tuesday, February 25, 2003

I'm still trying to think of a new name for this site. I'm really starting to hate "Welcome to My Underground Lair," but I have still been unable to think of anything better than "Tales from the dork side." I'm looking for something geeky, something that involves computers, or video games, or something like that. Thinking up names or titles has never been my strong point.

## Monday, February 24, 2003

Ok, I just finished making a database of all my video games, and a database of my movies. Here's the stats:

I have 94 video games:
2 GameCube games,
5 XBox games,
8 Playstation 2 games,
14 Playstation games,
13 Nintendo 64 games,
17 Super Nintendo games, and
35 Nintendo (NES) games.
That's not counting my GameBoy and GameBoy Color games, though, because I don't even know where they are exactly, they've been packed up somewhere for about a year. I've got about 10 of them, I think. I also discovered I am missing some games. I can't find my Super Mario World for the Super Nintendo, or Super Mario Brothers/Duckhunt cartridge for the NES. There's about 20 more video games around the house, but they're actually my sisters, even though now that I'm moving out, she has no systems to play most of them on. She's got a GameCube, and a Playstation 2, but she also owns games for the Playstation, (which she can play on the PS2, since it's backwards compatible) and for the N64.

Ok, now for the movies.
I have 123 movies,
47 are DVDs,
76 are VHS, but...
but, some of them are the same title repeated, some movies I own on VHS, but then I went out and bought the DVD version later. Such as Monty Python and the Holy Grail, and Monty Python's Life of Brian, I own them on both formats. Also, the 47 DVDs refers to 47 titles, there are actually more DVDs than that, because, for example, one of the titles, The Complete Monty Python's Flying Circus, is a collection that is actually made up of 14 DVDs.

Here's some more movie stats that will show you many things about me, for example, how geeky I am.
8 of these titles are non-fiction: A&E Biographies and documentaries and such,
5 are about the Kennedy Assassination, this includes the Oliver Stone's movie, JFK,
2 are about Area 51, and were actually bought from The Little A'le'Inn, in Rachel, Nevada,
10 are Anime,
5 are "Kung Fu" movies, such as Jackie Chan, Bruce Lee, and Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon, 6, if you count The Matrix,
9 are Monty Python, this includes the film Jabberwocky, which technically wasn't a Monty Python film, but is often considered such,
3 more are some other form of British Comedy, such as Benny Hill,
1 of those 3 is the complete collection of every episode of "The Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy,"
5 of them are the 5 Star Wars movies,
16 are Star Trek, 3 movies and 13 episodes on tape.

The only thing geekier than the movies and quantity of games I own is the fact that I made a database of all of them, and then spent another hour figuring up all these statistics about them. And then, to make it even geekier, I got on the internet, and wrote about it on my blog. Perhaps the geekiest thing of all, though, is that fact that I am proud of how geeky I am, and did all this just so I could brag about it. In fact, I like to think of this entire thing as the product of rolling a natural 20 on a d20 roll for geekiness. And that last sentence just made me even more geeky.

Life is good.

Fucking punk-ass Blogger. I was gonna write a post last night, but they were down for a server upgrade, or something like that. Blogger got bought by Google. They claim that the only changes this will cause will be good ones, but I don't know. I bet they ruin it. I've been members of websites that got bought out before, and it always ended up bad. Anyway. Blogger said they'd be down for "a couple of hours," but they lied. I don't know how long they were off, but they were off for at least five hours, that I know of.

Alicia decided last night that she's not moving in with us after all. She's moving back in with her mom. I'm disappointed, it would've been a lot more fun with her there. She says she just can't afford it.

Dammit, none of us may get to move on Thursday. The weather here in Oklahoma has gotten very bad. Right now its 14 degrees with a wind chill of five below zero. In other parts of Oklahoma it's even colder. And it hasn't done anything in this town yet, but the entire state is in various snow, ice, and sleet warnings. It's pretty bad in lots of places, even right around us, but not here, yet. They're telling people not to go outside, because it's deadly cold, and to stay off the roads. They're telling people to stop and stay in a hotel if they're out somewhere. Depending on where you get your news information, it may or may not be like this for the next week. All the local networks say it's going to be like this until Friday or Saturday, but Weather.com, and other national weather services say that today and maybe Wednesday are going to be the only bad days, the rest of the days are going to be back up in the 40's, and not raining or snowing or anything. I hope they're right, I want to move Thursday, if the weather's bad, I can't. I especially want to hurry and get moved because I already packed everything up. All that's out is my tv and my computer, and my cds and dvds. I already packed up all my video game systems even.

Well, that's it for now. I'm gonna go finish the database I'm making. Since I've got all my video games neatly packed away here, I'm making a database of what I own. Afterwards, I'll probably do the same thing with my movies and cds.

## Friday, February 21, 2003

I'm moving next Thursday. I've got most of my stuff all boxed up and ready already. I may not be online for a day or two while I'm moving. Actually, I may not be online at all. There may be a problem. Daniel said that from the place we're moving to, almost everywhere is long distance. There was only one town that he knew wasn't long distance from there, but there may be more. I hope so, because that town doesn't have an AOL access number. I hope there are some more places that aren't long distance, and hopefully one of them will have an access number. If not I may have to check out MSN, or Earthlink, or one of those other online access providers that claim they have more access numbers than AOL.

Man, I feel pretty bad right now, I'm still sick. Today I've got a really sore throat too. I hadn't been having a sore throat. I'm really tired, and spaced out right now too, like I have been for the last few days. It's a combination of being sick, and the medication.

I'm really bored now, too.

## Wednesday, February 19, 2003

Apparently I was wrong about not being able to mod a Mac. Hmmmm, that's fun to say, "mod a Mac," also, it's very similar to Modemac.

Anyway, here's some stories I found about modifying Macs.
"Modders" Can't Leave Macs Alone
Most of these Mac mods seem to be purely aesthetic, though. Mostly stuff like painting the case.

Oh, man, I want this. For Sale: A Piece of Mac History. If I only had an extra $25,000 laying around. THQ has announced an upcoming PS2/GameCube action-adventure title developed by Eurocom, called "Sphinx." They have launched a teaser site with a couple of screenshots, and also have issued a press release. If the press release can be believed, it sounds like it will be a really cool game. However, I have my doubts, looking at some of THQ's previous releases. In recent years they have released "Britney's Dance Beat," "Scooby-Doo: Night of 1000 Frights," and several mediocre Nickelodeon Cartoon-themed games. On the good side, however, they have been involved in the release of several great Sega games, mostly for the Gameboy Advance. Another hopeful note is that, I think, none of these previous less-than-great games were developed by Eurocom. I've never heard of Eurocom, so I don't know what to expect from them, but hopefully it will be good. THQ's got another game in the works that I have high hopes for, called "Evil Dead: A Fistful of Boomstick," which is, of course, based on the "Evil Dead" series of movies. Any game where you get to play as Bruce Campbell with a chainsaw for an arm, fighting hordes of zombies, is a great game, and THQ would have to do something major to fuck it up. ## Tuesday, February 18, 2003 I had to train a new guy at work tonight. I hate training people. This guy wasn't so bad to train, though. He was a real good worker, I just hope he stays that way. Most new employees are pretty good their first few days, then they get lazy. This guy was great though, he just listened to what I told him to do, then went and did it, and did it right. He did a better job than most of our employees who have worked there for some time. This is his first job too. If he keeps this up, he'll soon be one of our best employees. I can't beleive it, but I can't think of anything bad to say about him yet, other than that he drove an ugly, old, beat-up, redneck, pickup truck, and that he was a teenage guy, something that usually makes me hate someone by default. I found another cool website, The Videogame Museum. Man, I'm still sick today, and the medicine I take just knocks me the fuck out. I don't know why, it's never bothered me before, usually medicine doesn't make me drowsy, even stuff that will knock the rest of my family out. The only thing that ever really bothered me before was Actifed, and after taking that a few times, it stopped affecting me. The first time I took Actifed it knocked me right out. I was laying across my bed, on my stomach, talking to someone online with my laptop computer, and apparently I just passed out. I woke up like two hours later, face down on my keyboard, and the person I'd been talking to had left, after sending a few "where'd you go" messages. It was great. I felt like shit when I woke up. ## Monday, February 17, 2003 I had a somewhat surreal experience earlier. Actually, there wasn't anything really that odd about it, but it just felt weird. I was sitting here at my computer and decided to turn around and look out the window, for no apparent reason. When I did there was a blue balloon slowly floating across the little patch of sky visible from my window. I dunno, I just thought it was weird. Anyway, it's links time. I know I've posted this one before, in fact it's on my permanent Page O' Links, but it's worth noting again, because it's the best site ever. ThinkGeek.com The site for all your geek needs. Computer accessories, hardware, cool t-shirts, geek toys, video game consoles and games, and, of course, the MegaTokyo store. [gameskins.com] Here's another site that sells videogame related t-shirts. They've got some pretty cool ones, such as The Code. X-Entertainment Remember the 80's? They're back. This is THE place to go for all forms of 80's nostalgia. I've mentioned both of these sites recently, but as long as I'm doing links, I might as well mention them again. Both of these sites specialize in computer cooling accessories, things you'll need if you want to overclock your processor. They also have other computer parts and accessories, too. FrozenCPU.com and 2CoolTek.com Pong: The Text Based Game. Yes, you read that right. It's a text version of Pong. Impossible to describe, you'll have to check it out for yourself. You know what Pong is, don't you? If not, you should probably leave now. The Mother 3 Petition! Mother! The greatest game ever made! What, you've never heard of Mother? Sure you have. In America it was called Earthbound. EARTHBOUND! The weirdest, and best RPG ever made. It was released on the Super Nintendo. For over four years Nintendo kept telling us about the sequel they were working on for the N64, they even released screen shots, but then, you stopped hearing about it. Nintendo suddenly decided not to finish or release it after all. This petition is collecting signatures to show Nintendo how much demand there is for this game, in the hopes they will start working on it again, and someday release it. Go there, now. And sign it, NOW. ReMix: Super Mario Bros. 2 'SuperBuckJazz' This is pretty weird, but really cool. It's an MP3 of a jazz band performing their version of the theme music to Super Mario Brothers 2. Here's another one I've mentioned before, but is worth noting again. The Videogame Music Archive 14,000+ Game music midi files. And now, WebComics. Most of these are fairly geeky too. Most of them deal with video games and computers, or Japanese stuff like Manga and Anime. MegaTokyo Of course. I've said so much about this site that all I'm gonna say now is, "Go there. It's great." Penny Arcade This is my favorite website at the moment. A great comic strip and news site, all about video games. Nuklear Power - Home of 8-bit Theater 8-bit Theater is great, its a Final Fantasy comic that uses characters and images from the first Final Fantasy game, in all their 8-bit, pixellated glory. PvPonline Another geeky webcomic. I haven't really read much of this one, but what I have read has been cool. Scary Go Round This one isnt geeky, but it's pretty cool. User Friendly Another computer related comic strip. Ok, here's some more links, that I don't have a catagory for. Douglas Adams The late Douglas Adams. The greatest writer who ever lived. He will be missed. The Official "Weird Al" Yankovic Web Site Yeah, Weird Al. One of my favorite singers. Ok, that's all the links Man, I feel pretty bad right now. Not really from the allergies anymore, but from all the medicine I've been taking for them. I can barely stay awake right now. This is true: I am, at this moment, using my laptop computer for a door stop. I needed something heavy, and it was the closest heavy thing I sent Chris an email and link about that Videogame Music Archive I mentioned in a previous post. We've both always loved midi file, especially midi files from the Final Fantasy series of video games. He sent me back the reply, "Dude, you have just made me a hermit." Well, I'm finally finished. I've spent the last few days reading every Penny Arcade comic ever. There were lots of them. I have no idea how many, but there's several hundred. I finally read them all though, so now I have reclaimed a large chunk of my life. I was trying to decide whether or not to go to CompUSA. I don't think I will. I'd like to, but with the long drive, and the time I'd spend in the store combined, I'd be gone for at least three hours, and I don't really want to waste three hours of my day off. Also, I shouldn't go, because, if I did, I'd probably end up buying something, and I really shouldn't do that right now. I spent a lot of money on video games and stuff a couple of weeks ago, and I just got a checking account statement from the bank, and I realized I forgot to write my last car payment into my checkbook, so I've actually got$245 dollars less than I thought I had. Also, it's getting pretty close to time for me to move, so I need to save my money a little. We finally decided what day I'd be moving my stuff out there. It was either the 2nd or 3rd of March, I forget which. It was whichever one is on Thursday.

I'm still kinda sick today. I've got bad allergies. Not as bad as last night though. When I went to work last night they got really bad. I felt like I was dying. I couldn't quit sneezing, and I had a really bad sinus headache, and lots of other bad shit like that.

I don't know, maybe I will go to CompUSA, or maybe just Software Etc, or maybe I'll just stay home.

Quote from the webpage for the X-Box's Halo 2:

"Halo 2 is a lot like Halo 1, only it's Halo 1 on fire, going 130 miles per hour through a hospital zone, being chased by helicopters and ninjas... And the ninjas are all on fire, too."
- Jason Jones
Bungie Studios

Ok. Yeah.

Oh my God, I'm in heaven. The Videogame Music Archive They've got like a million midi files from pretty much every video game ever made, even the ones that were only released in Japan. (So this means midis from ALL the Final Fantasy games.) They have midi files from games from pretty much every system ever made, even weird ones like the Turbo Grafx 16 and old ones like Atari and Caleco Vision, and even old computer games from Apple II's and stuff like that. I just downloaded 64 files from Final Fantasy 1 alone. After finding this site, I may never be seen again. If no one hears from me in a week, send someone in after me. I'll be in my room, still sitting in front of my computer, downloading midis. They even have remixes and different versions of lots of the music. For example, they had a punk version of Prelude, the Final Fantasy theme harp music.

## Sunday, February 16, 2003

This comic reminds me of Daniel. He loves Spider-Man so much he probably has had dreams like this. He probably has sexual fantasies about Spider-Man. Feel free to show this to Daniel, Alicia.

Comedy Central is having a Saturday Night Live marathon today. What I want to know is, how is that any different from any other day? That's about all Comedy Central shows until evening.

My allergies are killing me today. They've been really bad the last two days.

Hey, wow, I've actually been having some visitors lately, it would appear. I'd noticed it looked like I was, looking at my counter, but I just confirmed it by looking at the detailed statistics for my counter. This week alone I've had 75 visitors. 11 a day on average. Of course, Alicia and I probably count for about a third of those.

It's snowing! Who cares! Actually, I do, a little. I like it when it snows. I still get excited when school is cancelled, even though I haven't been in school for years.

Tonight at work sucked. It was really slow all night, but we were short-handed, so they couldn't send anyone home early. Mariah got fired, that's why we were short handed. I'm glad she got fired, and I think most everyone else is too.

I fell out of bed on the morning of the 14th. About 8 a.m. I just suddenly rolled out of bed. I hurt my leg too, I think I hit it on my desk chair. This morning I almost fell out of bed again. I've never fallen out of bed before. I'm surprised it doesn't happen all the time though, the way I toss and turn and change positions all night. Once I even woke up upside down in bed, my head was at the foot of the bed.

Damn, my feet stink. What's up with that? The last week my feet have smelled really bad.

Last night at work was pretty busy. We figured it would be slow, because everyone would be doing Valentine's Day stuff, but we were wrong, it was really busy, the first part of the night especially. There was one time were like 20 people all came in at once. We made $110 in 30 minutes. Most nights if we make more than$400 to $500 the entire night, it's a good night. What are all these people doing coming into a fast food place on Valentine's day? Speaking of Valentine's Day, no one around here can spell it. Some guy wrote on the request off sheet that he needed off for a school "Valatimes Dance," and one of the managers yesterday spelled it "Valatines." Spelling errors make me angry. It's funny, I've always been like the official spelling and grammar checker at Carl's Jr. Whenever the manager's need something spelled they ask me. Daniel was writing in the Manager's Log yesterday, and had to ask how to spell five different things. One of them was "seem," another was "excited." I can't beleive he had to ask how to spell "seem." Yesterday was a pretty good Valentine's day for me. Actually, it wasn't that great, but at least I didn't spend the entire day extremely depresssed, like usual. My horoscopes for the last two days have been pretty cool: Sagittarius (November 22-December 21) February 14th If you're acting, others will know. False representation may or may not be appreciated. To your credit, you're speaking your mind these days. February 15th You believe in superstitions that work to your advantage. Idiosyncrasy is often a mark of genius. Your success drives them crazy. Sagittarius likes to stir things up this way. ## Friday, February 14, 2003 Happy fucking Valentine's Day. The Alt.Suicide.Holiday Valentine's Day Survival Kit The Anti-Valentine's Day Page This site has been retired and is no longer updated, but it's still got some cool links that would interest anyone who hates Valentine's Day. Actually, this Valentine's Day was better for me than previous ones. Alicia sent me an e-card from BeatGreets.com. It wasn't really a Valentine's Day themed card, but it was still cool. At least someone was thinking of me today. ## Thursday, February 13, 2003 I've decided that for my next computer I'm gonna switch. Back, that is. I always used to be a PC user and a Mac hater, even though I'd never really used a Mac before, but almost a year ago, I decided to make the big switch. That's right, I bought a Mac. I had several reasons. Mainly because the Macs had better graphics, and were better at "arty" things, like Graphic Design, and music, and movie making, all stuff that I'd really like to do, but, I soon found out, can't afford the software for. I mean it, a really good graphics program for the Mac can run anywhere between$600 and $1500. I've had this computer for almost a year now, and I only have one graphics program, and it's not even as good as the "paintbrush" program that comes standard on a PC. In fact, I have almost no software for this computer at all. The only things I've bought for this computer are the games "Alice," (which rocks, by the way) "Baldur's Gate 2: Shadows of Amn," (which, for some reason, I can't even get to work on this computer, even though I've got several times the minimum system requirements) and the OSX 10.2 "Jaguar" upgrade. That's all I've bought for this computer in all the time I've owned it. Pretty much the only thing I use it for is to get on the Internet. There's a reason I have no software for my Mac, and, in fact, this is my main complaint about Macs; it's next to impossible to get software, or anything else, for them around here. I've talked about this before in previous posts. There's only two or three places in the entire state of Oklahoma you can even buy Macs and Mac related products, and the closest one of them, the CompUSA in Oklahoma City, is almost 50 miles away from me. To make matters worse, every time I go there, their shelves are empty. I don't know if they just sell so much Mac software they can't keep it stocked, which is plausible, since everyone who owns a Mac has to go there, or if they just don't stock a very good selection. Whenever I go there, they only have about 10 different software titles to chose from, and most of them are fairly old. For example, they usually have plenty of copies of "Alice" on the shelf, even though it's two or three years old, which is practically ancient in computer terms. So CompUSA is clearly not able to meet the needs of a Mac owner. This means that, basically, the only way to get Mac products around here is to order them through catalogues or online. Don't get me wrong, I love my Mac. I especially love OSX. Mac OSX is infinitely preferable to any Windows incarnation. I love almost everything about Macs. I love the external design, the iMacs and the G4 Cubes look really cool; I love the operating system, and how easy Macs are to use; I especially love the quality of the graphics and sound. What I don't love is how hard it is to buy things for them, and how expensive those things are when you can get them. It's probably easier to own a Mac in bigger cities, they probably have places that sell Mac products, but here, in the middle of nowhere, owning a Mac can be really frustrating. However, that's not the main reason I'm switching back to a PC. The main reason is because I'm a computer geek, and all of the cool gadgets and stuff like that are for PCs only. Also I want to really get into things like computer gaming, which you really need a PC for, and I want to do cool case modifications, and stuff like that. You can't really get inside a Mac and tinker around. Macs have very tight designs, everything is in its place, and there's not much room for anything else, and not much you can do to it. Macs really are for people who don't know much about computers, people who don't want to get inside the computer. They are designd for ease-of-use, you just buy them and use them, you don't upgrade them, or tinker around with them. So, to boil all this down: I like Macs, I'm glad I tried one, but they just don't meet my needs, so the next time I get a new computer, I'm getting a PC again. ## Wednesday, February 12, 2003 Gaming "is good for you." By Mark Ward BBC News Online technology correspondent Computer games are good for you, say researchers who studied the complex social interactions in the popular shoot-em-up Counter-Strike. Full story here. ## Tuesday, February 11, 2003 Hmmm, my horoscope for today is strange. Sagitarius (November 22-December 21) Showing off is a natural inclination when you feel this good about yourself. Focus more on process and less on product. Your biggest triumph is a creation that will run by itself after you walk away. I signed up for a daily horoscope email, but it sucks. Almost every horoscope I've gotten through it has been stupid or completely inappropriate for me. They almost always say something about relationships or social situations, but I have neither of those. One of my friends is, slowly but surely, going insane. Not in a good way, either. In a sad way. Completely fucking nuts. My MegaTokyo shirt I ordered arrived today! Just like I figured it would. It arrived at about 8:00 this morning, that's odd. I was off today. I had planned on staying home all day playing video games. I wasn't even going to leave the house. That plan was ruined about 20 minutes after I woke up. Chris' mom called. The military mail is running several weeks behind, because they are using all their planes to ship troops around, preparing for Bush's upcoming war with Iraq, instead of using them to send mail. So Chris' parents, who have to do his taxes here in Oklahoma while he is in Iceland, haven't even received his W-2 forms or anything yet. So his mom called me and had me look up his forms on the internet and print them out and bring them to her. It took me over an hour to do that. Then I had to leave the house to take them to her. And, since my plans had already been ruined, I decided to go a few places, since I was already out anyway. I went to the comic store, and bought the third volume of Love Hina, but that's all I bought today. I need to quit spending so much, especially since I'm about to move out, and will actually have to be spending money on bills and food and stuff. I've always had it pretty good with money. I have a shitty job, and make next to nothing, but I've never had many bills, so I get to save a lot of it, or blow it on junk. As a result, I have more money than most of my friends. I've never experienced being broke. I've never had to scrounge through the couch for change so I can put enough gas in my car to get to work, or to get something to eat, like a lot of teenagers and young adults do. Currently, my assets total a little over four thousand dollars. Anyway, after the comic store, I came home, and finally got around to playing video games. I decided to start playing Final Fantasy 2 again. In my opinion, Final Fantasy 2 was the best Final Fantasy, and one of the best video games of all time, with Final Fantasy 9 running a close second. Final Fantasy 9 was great, because Square kind of went back to their roots with that one, it was more like the old Final Fantasy games. These latest ones suck. 7 was pretty good, but not great, 10 was about the same, and 8 SUCKED. I don't like these new ones. Sure they've got amazing graphics, and cool cut scenes, and thirty minute animations every time you use a summon spell, but game play, the design of the game sucks. It's not really that the story is bad, either. The main things I don't like are the almost futuristic worlds. I like the old ones, with swords and armor and magic. I also don't like these new way-too-complicated inventory systems, and strange new forms of learning abilities, instead of the old fashioned experience points, and "you gained a level. Learned Fire-2." The weird system of putting the jewels and stuff on your weapons to learn powers and spells, like they had in Final Fantasy 8, was so confusing, I never did really figure it out, and had no idea what I was doing. And that weird ability-path-thing in 10? I hate that thing. Final Fantasy 9 had the best music, followed by 2 and 3. So, I played FF2 for like 6 hours in all today, and that's pretty much all I've done tonight. I did go to Carl's Jr for awhile, because Daniel and Alicia were working. I didn't really get to talk to Alicia though, she was too busy flirting with Jimmy. I had planned on playing other video games today too, but I didn't have time. I had been planning on playing Halo. I also need to play Panzer Dragoon Orta again, I'm on the last boss, but I can't beat it. I need to force myself to play it until I beat it, or I'll end up doing like I've done with so many other games. Getting to the last boss, or the last half of the game, and getting to some part I have trouble with, and never playing the game again. Also, if I beat it, it would be one of only about 5 games I've ever beaten. I hardly ever beat video games. I usually just get bored with them long before I ever beat them. I've never beaten a Final Fantasy game before. The closest I've gotten is I got to the last boss fight on FF2, but I never could beat him. I've fought him probably 50 times, and never even come close to beating him. On Final Fantasy 9 I got almost to the last boss, I'm to like the last area you go to, the boss' lair. But I still have to go through it, and fight a bunch of other bosses to get to him. The rest of the FF games I've only gotten about halfway through. This ended up being a huge post, mostly about Final Fantasy. I hadn't planned on writing but a few sentences, and all I was going to say about Final Fantasy was that I played it today. For some reason, though, it always turns out that way. The days I plan on just barely writing anything, I end up writing for an hour. (actually this post just took me a few minutes to type) And the days I want to write a lot, I can't think of anything to write. Even my short posts are long compared to most other blogs I've seen. Most other people are just like "Today I went to school/work. There, (someone) made me angry. That bitch/fucker. Tomorrow night I have a date with my boyfriend/girlfriend." And that's all they write, and they only do that two or three times a week. But not me, I just go on and on and on and on and on and on and on. Just like I'm doing right now. I had planned on stopping after that last paragraph, but instead I kept going. That last paragraph made me have Deja Vu. I'm even having Deja Vu about saying that I am having Deja Vu. That happens a lot though. For some reason, almost every time I get Deja Vu, I get a feeling of Deja Vu about having Deja Vu about whatever it is I'm having Deja Vu about. I should probably stop now. But I won't. I wish I could write this much when I want to write. When I'm trying to write a story or something. But I can't. I've had a severe case of writer's block for several years now. It really sucks. And when I do manage to write something, it's always just something extremely silly, something that no one but me, and maybe a couple of friends, would find funny, or even understand. Or maybe it's just something extremely silly, and stupid. Like this: Fooby! The Continuing Saga By Kevin Underwood One day Fooby was walking down the street when suddenly some guy on the sidewalk yelled, “What the fuck are you doing in the middle of the road you fucking moron?” “Now that wasn’t very nice,” Fooby said, “but he’s right, I could get hurt out here.” So Fooby started walking on the sidewalk instead and promptly tripped. “Ouch,” Fooby said. Suddenly he saw his friend Poopy walking down the sidewalk towards him. “Gosh, Fooby,” Poopy said, “what are you doing on the ground?” “I tripped on something, Poopy,” Fooby said, getting up and brushing himself off. He and Poopy looked and saw what he had tripped on. Laying on the sidewalk was a grinning human skull. It was very clean and white, almost to the point of gleaming. “Gosh, Fooby,” Poopy said. “How do you think that got there?” “I don’t know, Poopy,” Fooby said. Poopy bent over to pick up the skull. “No, Poopy, no!” Fooby yelled. A strange glow and an eerie noise began to emanate from the skull. Poopy’s body began to shake violently. Suddenly Poopy exploded! “No, Poopy, no!” Fooby yelled. “No Poopy! NOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOO!” “Do not weep,” said a voice, “things die all the time, and everyone must die sooner or later. I just make sure it’s sooner instead of later.” Fooby looked and saw the skull was floating in mid-air and looking straight at him! See, that was really weird. And I didn't even finish it. I hardly ever finish anything I write. That's the last thing I was able to write, and that was almost a year ago. This is my longest post ever, I think. Satan sez: "SHUT UP." ## Sunday, February 09, 2003 Good news, everyone! I've taught the toaster to feel love! I'm thinking of changing the name of my blog, getting rid of "Welcome to My Underground Lair," and getting something better. Besides, there's about a million sites on the internet that already have that name. I'm wanting something geeky. Right now I'm leaning towards "Tales from the Dork Side," but that's also about the only one I've thought of so far. Of course, if I change the name of my site I'll have to change my listings on places like bloghop.com and the Eatonweb Portal, and I'll need to resubmit my site to all the search engines. And that's gonna be a big pain. I don't even know if I can change the name on Eatonweb. Of course, all this is a fairly moot point since no one actually reads this thing. Even after almost 7 years of working at Carl's Jr., the stupidity of our customers continues to amaze me. Tonight I was working drive through, and a guy said he wanted "five junior hamburgers, with meat and cheese only." A junior hamburger with cheese is a junior cheeseburger, so when I repeated his order back, I said "ok, that's five junior cheeseburgers, plain," and he said angrily "no, I want junior HAMBURGERS." I said "well, didn't you say you want cheese on them?" and he said yes, so I said "Ok, then that would be five junior cheeseburgers. Do you want anything else?" And he drove off, and flipped me off as he drove past. We all thought it was funny, especially the manager. ## Saturday, February 08, 2003 Well, it appears I've finally got this new layout working. But the big news is, The stuff I ordered from J-List finally came! As with so many things in life, especially when you were a kid, the packaging is more fun than the stuff inside. Actually, the box isn't anything great, but instead of putting styrofoam packing peanuts in the box, they padded it with crumpled up Japanese newspaper ads, which I have now carefully smoothed out. One is some sort of electronics store. About the only English on the ad is the word "Plugcity" down in one corner, which I assume is the name of the store. I almost hate to open any of the stuff I ordered. Because I'd have to rip or tear most of them open, and the packages are too cool looking, with all the Japanese writing and funny cartoon people on them. I ordered several varieties of strange Japanese candies and snack products. I also ordere some Miso soup mix. I don't know if I'll like it though. Miso soup contains seaweed and tofu. I ate some seaweed once, it was kinda gross. I've never had tofu. I also got a Hamtaro notebook for my sister. I'm glad this stuff finally came, it's late, and I was worrying about it. I was about to send an angry email. I signed up for two day delivery on the MegaTokyo shirt I ordered late Thursday evening. It was supposed to ship Friday, so since two days from then would be Sunday, hopefully it will get here Monday. I love ordering things. But I hate waiting for them. I finally got a new layout! But for some reason I can't get my counter and stuff to work, dammit! I've been fucking with it for like two hours now. I'll have to try some more tomorrow. It's almost 2 a.m., I'm going to bed. ## Friday, February 07, 2003 Ok, it's links time. I haven't done this in a while. Holy shit. Peter Pan's Home Page! It's the web page of some pathetic 49 year-old guy who thinks he's Peter Pan. This page is full of such things as "Although Peter pan is definitely a boy, to me this character is perfectly asexual, and in his eternal childhood rejects the idea of growing up and leaving this behind... Unfortunately this society has deified their gender boundaries, especially the rules of what boys should and should not like or do, and have made them into gods." And, if seeing pictures of this guy dressed as Peter Pan isn't enough to make you wish you were blind, he's also got a gallery of himself dressed as a Christmas Elf. Sex in the animal kingdom The name pretty much says it all. This is an interesting, and humorous, article about strange sexual facts and habits of various animals and insects. Want to know how big a whale's penis is? Which animal has sex in only 2 seconds? Then read this, you sicko. Dave Barry's Blog Yes, the weblog of THE Dave Barry, the hilarious syndicated columnist. This site is where I got the previous two links. It appears that's the main function of his site, links to weird news stories and websites. This is sure to become one of my favorite sites. Penny Arcade Another Webcomic. I haven't read much of it yet, but what I have read is cool. It is very geeky, it talks mostly about video games. Got an empty drive bay on your PC? Ever wished your PC had a built-in cigarette lighter? Now for only$19.00 it can. FrozenCPU.com Yes, this is a real product. FrozenCPU.com sells all kinds of PC accesories, but specialize in PC cooling supplies. Is your processor so overclocked you need an elaborate water cooling system? You can get them here.

Well, that's it for now. I have to go to work.

LONDON, England (Reuters) -- Men who don't shave every day enjoy less sex and are 70 percent more likely to suffer a stroke than daily shavers, a new study shows.
Full story here.

The weirdest thing about this report is the strange "sterotyping." This report seems to suggest that any man who doesn't shave everyday is a pathetic, smoking, alcoholic, loser who leads a quote, "Poorer lifestyle than men who shave daily," and have "low levels of testosterone...and (have) less opportunity for sex."

I repeat: What the fuck?

Oh, and, yes, I do shave every day. Only very occasionally do I skip a day, maybe once a month.

I went on another buying spree today. First I took four video games (two Playstation 2, and two XBox) to Software Etc. to sell. They only wanted to give me $15 dollars for all four of them combined. But I hated all four of them, most of them I'd only played twice, so I sold them anyway. Well, I kept one of them, "Bruce Lee: Quest of the Dragon," because it was the best of the four, and sold the other three for$10. Actually, they don't pay you, of course, they give you store credit. So I put that to use and bought two things. One was "Maximo" for the Playstation 2, which was only $19.95. The other was a game system that looks like an old Atari joystick. That's all it is, you just plug this joystick into the A/V jacks on the TV and the games are inside the joystick. It has ten old Atari games, like "Pong," and "Centipede," on it. It's pretty cool. Those old games are hard, mainly because they are so bad and the controls are hard. But I love old games like that. My favorite video game system is the original NES, Nintendo Entertainment System. I spent a couple of hours this morning playing the original "Metroid." Then I went to the comic book store and bought the second volume of the "Love Hina" manga, and an issue of "Shonen Jump," a manga magazine that has several different comics in it. Then I went to the MegaTokyo store at ThinkGeek.com, and ordered the "Capture the B34r" t-shirt. Speaking of ordering things. The stuff I ordered a couple of weeks ago from J-List.com still hasn't come in yet. It ships from Japan, so of course it's gonna take awhile, but I paid extra for airmail shipping, that's only supposed to take 7 to 10 days. Today was the ninth day. It's been about two weeks since I ordered it though. They're supposed to ship the stuff out within a couple of days, but for some reason it was almost a week before they even shipped mine. Dammit, I get really anxious and excited when I order things, and I hate waiting on them. That's why I usually pay extra for quick shipping. For this order I paid$11.40 for the shipping. What's funny is that the stuff I ordered only cost $11.30. I paid more for the shipping than for the actual products. Okay, dammit, I've been on this computer for over two hours. That's enough for now. I'm trying to cut down. I'm gonna go do something else now. A while back I signed up for a "Word of the Day" e-mail thing. The word I got yesterday I find very interesting. bardolater \bar-DAH-luh-ter\ (noun) : a person who idolizes Shakespeare Example sentence: The annual Shakespeare festival attracts bardolaters from all over the world. Did you know? George Bernard Shaw once described a Shakespeare play as "stagy trash." Another time, Shaw said he'd like to dig Shakespeare from the grave and throw stones at him. Shaw could be equally scathing toward Shakespeare's adoring fans. He called them "foolish Bardolaters," wrote of "Bardolatrous" ignoramuses, and called blind Shakespeare worship "Bardolatry." Oddly enough, Shaw didn't despise Shakespeare or his work (on the contrary, he was, by his own admission, an admirer), but he disdained those who placed the man beyond reproach. The word "bardolater," which Shaw coined by blending Shakespeare's epithet — "the Bard" — with an affix that calls to mind "idolater," has stuck with us to this day, though it has lost some of its original critical sting. Ok, so, yeah, Panzer Dragoon Orta is pretty damn cool. The bad thing is, I just bought it yesterday, and I'm already to the last boss. I'm having a hard time beating it though. It's beat me a couple of times. I'm really bad when it comes to being beaten bya video game, I don't like it, it pisses me off. Of course, no one likes it, but I'm even worse. Most people expect to be beaten by a video game, and they take it as a challenge, a sign they need to work harder. If the game was easy, no one would play it. I however don't like being beaten at all. If I get beaten, I get mad, and sometimes never play the game again. I've hardly ever beaten a video game in my life, a lot of the time I'll get to the last boss, get beaten, and never play again. I need to stop doing that. I need to build my video game skills again. I used to be a video game master when I was a kid, but once I got into my late teens, I stopped playing as much, and most of the games I have played in recent years are all RPGs. RPGs don't take much skill. They don't need speed, and hand-eye-coordination, they require brains, strategy, knowing what weapon/attack/spell to use in a certain situation. As such, my game skills have fallen to an embarassing level. I have to play all my video games on easy, and then I still can't beat them. I have P.D.O. set on easy right now, after I beat it on easy, I will put it up on normal, and try to beat it again I really like video-games. I wish I was one of those video game/computer game junkies, that overclock their processors to acheive greater performance, and obsessively waited for new "next big thing" games to come out, and wait in lines over night to get their hands on a copy of "Never Winter Nights," stuff like that. I wish I was like that, but I'm not, I just don't seem to have the time to play video games anymore, I haven't for years. I don't play many video games anymore, and about the only computer games I've ever really played are "Doom", and "The Sims." I spend too much time on the internet. And I don't even really do that much on the internet. For example, tonight I've been sitting at this computer for about 5 hours now, and I haven't done a damn thing. I've basically just been staring at the screen, and occasionally reading a few Megatokyo comics. I don't even know why I've been doing that, I finished all the Megatokyo comics a couple of days ago. But now I've started over, and am reading them again. And in spite of all the time I spend on computers, and the internet, I don't know much about them anymore either. I used to be a computer whiz. I took a two year vo-tech course in Computer Electronics and Computer Repair. If handed a mother board, and disk drives, all the component parts like that, I could build a computer. I was a master at DOS. I went to college originally wanting to be a computer programmer, I took a couple of courses, I learned to program in QBasic pretty good, and knew a little C++, and I knew HTML very well. But then I dropped out of college and lost interest in computers for a few years, and now my skills have all dissappeared. Even if I still knew it all it is outdated and no longer worth anything. DOS no longer exists, QBasic no longer exists. The computer technology is so far advanced from where I used to be, I can't even understand what it's talking about when I read a Best Buy computer ad. The computers I learned on in my vo-tech course were old. Some of them didn't even have hard drives. They only had a couple of disk drives, or if they did have a hard drive, it was only like 25 megabytes. The computer I owned at home at that time was the best one you could get. It had a 75Mhz Pentium processor with 4 megabytes of RAM and a 300 megabyte hard drive, and a 2400 baud rate modem. Nowadays, it's hard to believe computers like that even existed at one time. When I was a kid, I used to be able to draw. Very well, and I never had any lessons, or took art class or anything. But then, when I got older, that skill left me too. Now I can barely draw stick figures. I finally took art in High School and failed it. That's the only class I ever failed until I went to college, and the only reason I failed college classes was because I always stopped going to them, and eventually dropped out. When I was a kid, I used to be smart. As little as five years ago, I used to have a huge vocabulary. Now my vocabulary has deteriorated to point that I can barely express myself. It's embarrassing. When I was a kid, I used to be able to do lots of things. So, my skills in every area are gone or failing. And that, I think, is the best explanation for why I am the way I am. Why I live this pathetic life. I have no skills of any kind. I have become a useless lump of flesh, not capable of contributing anything to society. It's a horrible feeling really. My life is slowly dissappearing. I have trouble even remembering anything from more than five years ago. And everything since then isn't worth remembering. It's just the same thing day after day, one day blurring into the other. Wake up, go to work, watch tv, surf the internet, go to sleep. Repeat. It may sound like a joke, or a cliche to say this, but, I think Carl's Jr. really did have something to do with it. It wasn't until I started working there that things really started to go bad. I still had a huge vocabulary, and some skills, when I started working there. But that place broke my spirit in the worst way. Ok, so, yeah, my life sucks. But I'm trying to change that. I'm finally moving out of my parent's house, and I'm going to find a better job, and I mean it this time. I've been saying that for 4 years, but all I ever do is fill out a couple of applications, and complain when they don't call me. I'm also going to work on becoming a computer and video game geek again. Most people probably wouldn't consider that last one a life improvement, but I do. That's the kind of life I want to live. Ok, I've been sitting here too long. This blog is another thing that is sucking vast amounts of my life away. I spend way too much time on this thing, or thinking about what I'm going to write tomorrow, stuff like that. It would be different if it was actually entertaining or useful, of if anyone even read it. But it's not. It sucks, and almost no one reads it. I'm going to go do something else now. I may write again tomorrow. Maybe not. Maybe I'll quit this thing. Maybe no one cares. ## Wednesday, February 05, 2003 Dammit. I'm starting to think I shouldn't have posted that junk-email complaint. Since then I've been getting two or three times the amount I usually got, and I got a lot already. I emptied my email last night at about 2:00 a.m., and then this morning, barely 8 hours later, I had 32 new emails, all but one was junk. About ten of them were penis enlargement offers. I hate those things. I also got an email about mortgage rates from someone with the email address of "AssBaller69." Why would anyone want to get money advice from anyone with that name? I also got an email from someone named "NxemaGirll." Noxema Girl? What the hell? Yes! I found a web page that shows/explains lots of different Japanese smileys. Japanese smileys are the ones you see sometimes that you don't read sideways, like American smileys, i.e. :-) Japanese smileys are like this, (^ - ^) That is a smile/happy emoticon, the mouth may not look like a smile, but you have to go by the eyes. Here are some more: (^ _ ^) Smile/Happy. (*^ _ ^*) Smile and blushing. (>_<) Ouch/Unhappy. Angry (-_-)zzz Sleeping. (T _ T) Crying (Tears are running down the face like in Japanese Anime/Manga) (o_o?) What? When you are confused, don't understand, or are just pretending ignorance. (^ _ ^)V Victory! Making the "V for Victory" sign. (-_-) Getting angry inwardly. Angry but not really showing it. (^ ^)// Happy, applauding. (^ _ ^;) Surprised, embarrased, amazed. Cold sweat drop on the head like in Anime/Manga. (o_o )( o_o) Looking around, looking for something. (@_@) Dizzy/Giddy. (- . -)y-~~ Smoking a cigarette. (^_-)-* Wink. (^ . ^)/ Waving. (; . ;)/ Waving goodbye and crying. (=^ . ^=) Cat. This can also be combined with some of the others to get cat moods. ~~~~(m--)m Flying ghost/spirit/demon. I like this one. Here's the links to the pages that I got these from. Here's a small sample of the most popular ones. And Here is a more complete long list. I could've just done that in the beginning and saved a lot of time and space, but I didn't want to. It's my blog, I can do what I want. (>_<) ## Tuesday, February 04, 2003 I bought a new video game today. Panzer Dragoon Orta, for the XBox. I just spent about two and a half hours playing it. It's pretty cool. I usually don't play games like that, flying and shooting games. So it must be really good for me to like it. The only real complaint I have about the game is the annoying language. All the characters speak in some fake language, and it's subtitled. At least, I'm pretty sure it's fake. Today Daniel showed me the house we're moving into. Actually, I've been having some second thoughts today, but I'm pretty sure I'm still going to move in with them. The house left me somewhat disappointed. It was nothing like I pictured in my head, but then again, what ever is? It wasn't as big as people made it out to be, and it needed some work. It wasn't really in bad shape or anything, but it needed some work, it needs cleaned up a little, especially the yard. The bedroom looked like it was about the same size, or maybe even smaller, than the room I have now, and this room is too small for my needs. Nearly everything I own has been all boxed up for the last year because I have nowhere to put anything. I'm a packrat, I have lots of stuff. Especially books, I have hundreds of books, but I have no room to put them or anything else. I don't have enough room to put any bookshelves in. All I have in my room here is a bed, a desk a chest of drawers, and a TV stand, and I barely have room for that much. I was hoping the room at this house would be at least a little bit bigger. At least big enough I could cram all my stuff in there, but now that I look at my room and compare it to the one I saw today, I don't think it was even as big as the room I have now. I'm rambling. Anyway, the room might not have been as small as I think, it may have just looked small because every room in the house was crammed full junk. Me and Daniel rode the four-wheeler around the yard for awhile while we where there too. That was pretty cool. I've never rode a four-wheeler before, or a three-wheeler or anything like that. So, I was a little disappointed in the house, but I'm pretty sure I'm still gonna move. Whether I like the house or not, it will still be good for me. I need to get out of my parents house, and learn how to live without my parents taking care of me. I'm completely helpless. I'm 23, and I don't know how to cook, or how to wash my clothes, or anything like that. I'm pathetic. There's 12 year olds that could take care of themselves better than me. Anyway, I'm gonna go play some more video games or something. [post deleted] No, I am not going to start with the long depressing rants about my lack of a love life again. Fuck. I found another one of those weird Japanese flash animations, made by the same person (I think) that made the other two I posted some time ago. (chinko_anesan and uwan) This movie, though, isn't made with ascii art, though it has some of the same characters, and manages to have the same look, even though it is a completely different style. This one is pretty weird. It's all about Kikkoman, the superhero of sauces. Kikkomaso By the way, shoyu, pronounced "show you," is Japanese for soy sauce, and Kikkoman, is of course, a brand of soy sauce. Here is a version of that same movie, subtitled in English. Also they appear to have done a small amount of editing to it. Kikkomaso E Dammit, email, for the last time, I don't want to buy Viagra, and I don't care if "these girls will make your balls explode!" I'd really rather not have my balls explode anyway, I'm kind of fond of them. Also, I do not wish to receive any more emails about penis enlargement. You really know how to make a guy feel insecure. And I did not sign up to receive any of these emails, I don't care how many times you claim I did. Yes, I received all of the above mentioned emails, all in about the last five minutes. They've gotten even worse than usual, and I don't know why. I haven't even been going to porn sites lately. ## Sunday, February 02, 2003 And now a special report. Space Shuttle Columbia: Accident, or Conspiracy? Ok, well, probably not, but I did notice several weird things about it. My mom first pointed a couple of them out to me, and once she mentioned it, I noticed some more odd things surrounding this whole affair. As most everyone's pointed out. This happened almost on the anniversary of the Challenger disaster. Today's Columbia disaster occured on February 1st, the Challenger explosion occurred on January 28th. Another odd coincidence is that this was Columbia's 28th mission. Also, both shuttle's names began with C. For all you Discordians/Erisians/Robert Anton Wilson fans, I've been trying to find some 5s or 23s, but I haven't yet. I did find a 17 though. This is the 17th anniversary of the Challenger explosion. Something I find really creepy is the resemblance between two of the crew members. Look at a picture of Christa McAuliffe, the woman who died in the Challenger disaster, and look at a picture of Laurel Clark, one of the women that died on the Columbia. They could be twins! It's almost impossible to tell them apart! I mean it, check out this comparison picture I made. 2astronauts.jpg So, there's some pretty weird coincidences going on here. Maybe they aren't coincidences? My 12 year old sister made me very proud today. We were watching the news about the Space Shuttle Columbia explosion, and they were talking about how Bush (DUH-bya) had to come back from Camp David because of it, and she asked what Camp David was. My mom told her it was a retreat for the president, a vacation house where they go to relax. And my sister said, "Yeah, I bet he needs a vacation. After all, starting all those wars is hard work." Like I said, I was proud of her. But, yeah, that's what happens when you're raised in my family. The same thing happened to me. My parents are very anti-republican. If we weren't so lazy we'd probably all be bomb-throwing liberal activists. I however have evolved beyond the standard two-party right-wing-or-left-wing mind set. My political views are so far out there they can't even be classified. My political views are so extreme as to verge on being religious views. In fact, that religion has a name. The Church of the SubGenius. So, I'm really excited about moving in with Daniel, Olivia and Alicia. Daniel was telling me all about the place today. The house sounds really great, it's got three bedrooms, a den, an office, a huge kitchen and a dining room and two bathrooms, and a large living room,and the rooms are all pretty big. But what excites me even more is the land around the house. It's out in the country, in the middle of nowhere, and it's on five acres. On the five acres there are 4-wheeler trails and "canyons." Best of all, though, is there is a large forest area nearby. I can't wait, I'm gonna be spending a lot of time outside exploring it all. Especially the forest, I love the forest, but I haven't been in one in a few years. I grew up spending most of my time off alone in the forest. I used to be able to walk through the forest and hardly make a sound. I was like an Elf or something. Another thing that's cool is that I'm gonna have to pay a lot less to live there than I figured. Based on the monthly house payments for the house, I figured I'd have to pay somewhere between$200 and $300 dollars. But they're not splitting it evenly, me and Alicia each only have to pay$175 a month. How great is that?

Yeah, work sucked tonight. It was pretty busy. The last couple of hours were really slow though, so I got all my work done really early, and then just stood around reading "Love Hina."

Mina-san, sayoonara. (Good-bye, everyone.)

## Saturday, February 01, 2003

My sister just told me that some boy in her class has been using the word "Dutch" as a curse word. He says things like "Shut the Dutch up," or "Get the Dutch out of my way." That reminds me of the time I used the word "grandma" as an expletive. I was at the arcade playing pinball and it was one of those really annoying times when you launch the ball and it just goes straight down the hole, you don't even get to hit it once or anything. When that happened, instead of saying "God DAMMIT" like usual, I exclaimed "Grandma!" Some people looked at me, but I didn't care, it was funny.