Archive for April, 2009

Hand Problems Conquered?

Wednesday, April 29th, 2009

About a year ago, as it were, I started getting pretty nasty pain in my hand. I hesitate to call it “carpal tunnel”, because as I understand it these probably-computer-related hand pains are more likely generically categorized under “RSI” or Repetitive Stress Injury” rather than specifically the carpal tunnel.

For many, many months to come, it was nearly constant pain. I wore a brace around my wrist, which helped some, both day and night. I swallowed Ibuprofen like candy.

Gradually, over time, the pain seemed to subside. I made a number of changes. I started using the Microsoft Natural Egonomic Keyboard 4000 and I bought a wrist pad for my Kensington Ball Mouse. I wish I could say I’ve improved my chair posture but that would be a lie.

I still feel a little “weirdness” in my right hand sometimes, but it’s largely no big deal. I just wanted to make a note of this on my blog for posterity and to be thankful that this health problem has gone away.

First World Problems (Reworded)

Tuesday, April 28th, 2009

Anytime you are about to bitch about something, you should think about just what it is exactly that you are saying.

First World Problem: We ran out of hot water this morning half way through my shower!

Reworded: I live in a dwelling that not only is spacious, keeps predators out, and is temperature controlled, but also has fresh, mineral-supplemented water pumped to into by underground tubes for just pennies a day. When it arrives, we liberally bath it in salt to “soften” it for our delicate skin and then heat it through controlled fires (from gas that is also pumped into our home from underground tubes). We use this hot water to clean and disinfect our dishes, wash our clothes and automobiles, and to force through specially designed dispersal nozzles above our heads to bathe us. I like to have hot water poured over my head in 30-minute sessions (about 50 gallons), any less and I get cranky!!!!



Monday, April 27th, 2009

The best possible way to watch TV is to wait for a whole series to be over and then rock out the episodes back to back with no commercial interruption or painful cliffhanger endings. My latest conquering of a series this way has been Avatar: The Last Airbender. It was a kid’s show on Nickelodeon that ran for three seasons. The only reason I even heard of it was that it is being made into a live action film by M. Night Shyamalan and my uncle is creating the weapons for it.

It’s definitely a kid’s show in the anime genre, but I thought it was a damn fine show. Anime has the problem of being a bit inaccessible to non-uber-nerds, so this being a kids show broke away some of those barriers. I think movies like Ninja Scroll also enjoyed widespread success is because you could actually sit down and watch it as a regular person and not be totally lost.

La Blogotheque – Fleet Foxes

Friday, April 24th, 2009

From here.

Drinking + No Kids

Friday, April 24th, 2009

I generally don’t mind children, but the public places they inhabit tend to be crawling with them all the time. Like a public park. I could decide to go play on the monkey bars some afternoon, but that would be weird for me, creepy for them, and just generally unacceptable social behavior. That’s why it’s super sweet when there are special adults-only events at these types of places!

Natatoriums and Ice Skating Rinks already typically do this, and I recently found out that our local Science and Industry Museum has an even like this (OMSI After Dark!). I went to the last OMSI After Dark and it ROCKED. Us adults got to play with all the cool interactive exhibits without being the creepy dude pushing kids out of the way! Plus drinking!

Other types of business should consider special events like this:

My People

Thursday, April 23rd, 2009


Monday, April 20th, 2009

by Old Crow Medicine Show

Needs and Desires

Friday, April 17th, 2009

Web Designer Depot has an article on self-centered web copy that is pretty interesting. They quote Abraham Maslow with a tidy list of peoples needs and desires:

Kind of interesting to think of targeting peoples core desires with web copy. Clearly smart though. Although I’m having a hard time figuring out which categories casual drug use and anonymous sex would fall into (clearly human desires), so I’m not sure how accurate this is.

The Legend of the Raven

Sunday, April 12th, 2009

As told by Marilyn from Northern Exposure in the episode “Seoul Mates”. Mostly for my own reference, as sometimes this get stuck in my head and it takes me a while to remember enough to Google.

A long time ago, the raven looked down from the sky and saw that the people of the world were living in darkness.
The ball of light was kept hidden by a selfish old chief.
So the raven turned himself into a spruce needle and floated on the river where the chief’s daughter came for water.
She drank the spruce needle.
She became pregnant and gave birth to a boy, who was the raven in disguise.
The baby cried and cried until the chief gave him the ball of light to play with.
As soon as he had the light, the raven turned back into himself.
The raven carried the light into the sky.
From then on, we no longer lived in darkness.

Lethal Lithics & The Last Airbender

Saturday, April 11th, 2009

My uncle Barry Howe has a side business as a flintknapper (manufacturer of stone tools) called Lethal Lithics.

As cool of a side business as that is, even cooler is the fact that he is personally producing the weaponry from the upcoming M. Night Shyamalan movie The Last Airbender.

From Barry:

After sending them some weapons to hold in their hands, they pretty much went nuts, and contracted me to design and create a variety of weapons for M Night Shyamalan’s “The Last Airbender.” It’s a live-action version of a hugely popular anime show on Nickelodeon (which I never watched). It will be a trilogy, so hopefully they will need more weapons! It’s being called “the next Star Wars and Lord of the Rings.”


In Case Your Mom Asks

Friday, April 10th, 2009

Thank god we have McSweeney’s to give us plain-English explanation of Twitter:

Twitter seems to be, first and foremost, an online haven where teenagers making drugs can telegraph secret code words to arrange gang fights and orgies. It also functions as a vehicle for teasing peers until they commit suicide. In order to become a “follower” on Twitter, teens first must flash their high-beam headlights at an oncoming motorist on the highway.

Bad Contest Prizes

Thursday, April 9th, 2009

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