Archive for January, 2008

Dark Scrawling

January 31, 2008 By: erik Category: Musings, Weird

Dark ScrawlingYesterday, I was searching through some old spiral-bound notebooks looking for some information I knew I wrote down a few years ago. Before I found what I was looking for, I discovered the strangest little poem scrawled, in my careless handwriting, on a page in the middle of one of the notebooks. I have no recollection at all of writing these words. There is no other poetry in the entire notebook. I also almost never write anything like this. Since the adjacent pages are blank, there’s no way to get a temporal context for when the writing occurred. It’s pretty disjointed and clearly a first draft. I was evidently going through a dark moment when I picked up the pen that day.
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Pick Your Candidate By Issues

January 30, 2008 By: erik Category: Politics, Stuff I Found, USA, Voting

Here’s a novel idea! What if, bear with me on this, voters actually chose their candidates based on the candidates’ stances on important issues! I know that sounds like complete insanity. It definitely has nothing to do with the high school popularity contest with which we choose our leaders.

But just in case you wanted to vote in an intelligent manner, I’d recommend you check out this link: Pick Your Candidate.
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Diet Coke Magic

January 30, 2008 By: erik Category: England, Geeky, House, Photos

Diet Coke Magic 2As I sit at my desk typing this, I’m facing east. This is why I’m often distracted by the sunset sirens callingmetophotographthem from the window behind me. When I was living in England, my desk faced south, and the sun would come in from a window in front of me. I miss that.

What follows are some photos from the archive bin taken on my desk in England, the first two in November of 2004, and the rest in March of 2005. (more…)

MHNATY – May His Noodly Appendage Touch You

January 29, 2008 By: erik Category: Funny, Geeky, Religion

MHNATYSince November, 2005, my Pastafarian friend, Hubbers, and I have been signing our emails to each other with the word “mhnaty”. It has recently come to my attention, that Google is completely ignorant of this wonderful acronym. This is a travesty that I’m writing this post to rectify.
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Send A Message

January 28, 2008 By: erik Category: Internet, Stuff I Found

I’ve just found yet another ingenious internet meme that I feel compelled to spread. What a delightfully clever idea!

  1. You give this foundation in Holland 30€ and a short message.
  2. They give your message and almost all of the money to a non-government organization in Palestine.
  3. Some Palestinians go out and spray paint your message onto the big security wall that the Israelis have built around Palestine.
  4. They take three pictures of your message on the wall and email them to you.

Check it out: http://www.sendamessage.nl/

Not a bad way to show your significant other that you love them, and freedom, this Valentine’s Day.

Guilty Pun

January 28, 2008 By: erik Category: Funny, Musings, Weird

I was asleep and dreaming the other night when my brain did something that amazed me. I was so surprised that I woke up and pondered about whether or not it could have been an accident. They say that those dreams that manage to incorporate your alarm clock, or whatever wakes you, with a full long back story can be formulated in the last second as you awake. If that’s true, then we can’t really be sure of the order of events that took place, but I will present them to you as I perceived them.
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Planting a Plum Tree

January 27, 2008 By: erik Category: Colindres, News, Photos

Marga has always considered “planting a tree” to be one of those items on the “things you must do in your lifetime” list. Today she checked that item off the list. At a dinner party last night, we learned that some friends were planning on planting a tree today, and Marga couldn’t contain her desire to help. So we went over to their house this morning and helped them plant a new plum tree.
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How complicated is your language?

January 26, 2008 By: erik Category: Geeky, Musings

Like living abroad, learning a second language results in a lot of introspection about your own language, the rules that govern it (or don’t), and how and why those rules would have come to be. Also, as a member of a bilingual household, I find it interesting which words and phrases are typically said in one language or the other. Some phrases are just easier and shorter in one language than another.
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Books that make you dumb

January 26, 2008 By: erik Category: Internet, Stuff I Found, USA

Just some mindless link propagation (MLP) here. I found this page interesting and thought I would give the dude some linkage because of his clever idea and implementation. Just another example of the power of the information being gathered by the social networking sites.

Anyway, check it out: http://booksthatmakeyoudumb.virgil.gr/

Structural Defect

January 25, 2008 By: erik Category: Colindres, Complaining, Photos, Spain

Structural FlawAfter a year of digging and sucking, they’ve finally begun construction of a new apartment complex on a part of Colindres that is basically quicksand. Twice daily the tide comes in and the ground around the area gets saturated with water. The pipes they’ve buried underneath will have to be pumping pretty much around the clock, I think. I certainly wouldn’t buy anything built on that land.
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