About This Site
This sweet blog of mine will serve as a temporary home for all of my content for the next few months as I ready everything organized with my own domain that I'll be getting sometime within then. If you'd like to check out my old domain, take a look through it here.
In the meantime, it will serve as a "collective" of sorts of all of my currently hosted pages, my blog, and links to all of my external stuff like Facebook and Flickr.
Tuesday, January 31, 2006
- The flux capacitor is the core component of Dr. Brown's fictional time traveling De Lorean in the popular 1985 movie Back to the Future, its two sequels, and its animated series. We learn from Doc Brown that the flux capacitor "is what makes time travel possible."
Although "flux capacitor" is a fictitious term, the phrase has appeared in more serious contexts. US patent number 6084285 describes a "lateral flux capacitor having fractal-shaped perimeters," the idea being to make a capacitor in an integrated circuit some of whose capacitance exists between two conductors on a single layer (hence, "lateral"). The device is not a lateral (flux capacitor) but a (lateral flux) capacitor.
The amusing thing to me is how that article is written so seriously. And the whole mistique surrounding the flux capacitor itself. Supposidly, if one were to slap one of these puppies onto anything, it would therefore automatically become a time machine.
As a side note, this is one of the most fantastic resources I've ever seen.
Friday, January 27, 2006
Chuck Norris Forever
Of course, those will go away as soon as the whole "Chuck Norris renaissance" runs its course and the jokes become stale. However, I'm hoping that doesn't happen anytime soon. The constant barrage of Chuck Norris jokes on the Niagara trip last weekend made the entire trip hillarious. They seem to be all the craze around campus as well. You have to wonder how this came to be, really. Most cite the "Walker Lever" on Conan O'Brien as starting the craze, but there had to be something in the air that made it explode and become the collection of catchphrases that it is.
Whatever the case, I love it.
Updated on February 6th!
Surfing around a bit, I found an official response from Chuck Norris himself on this whole fiasco..
- I'm aware of the made up declarations about me that have recently begun to appear on the Internet and in emails as "Chuck Norris facts." I've seen some of them. Some are funny. Some are pretty far out. Being more a student of the Wild West than the wild world of the Internet, I'm not quite sure what to make of it. It's quite surprising. I do know that boys will be boys, and I neither take offense nor take these things too seriously. Who knows, maybe these made up one-liners will prompt young people to seek out the real facts as found in my recent autobiographical book, "Against All Odds?" They may even be interested enough to check out my novels set in the Old West, "The Justice Riders," released this month. I'm very proud of these literary efforts.
~ Chuck Norris
That's so cool. Most "celebrities" would either ignore something like that or seek legal action. Instead, he finds it hillarious. But if he didn't, I'm sure someone's spine would be seperated from thier body.
Sunday, January 22, 2006
Greatest Weekend Ever
In review, here's what went down Friday.. I went through Cincinatti and saw the Great American Ballpark. I ate in a Cracker Barrel in Pennsylvania. I visited Canada. I saw Niagara Falls. I saw some cool James Bond props actually used in the films. I had the best pizza I ever ate. I saw the greatest hockey game I've ever been to. I had a late night dinner at Hard Rock Cafe. I visited Canada again and "broke in" to Planet Hollywood. I had an even later night stop at a New York bar...
..and that's just Friday and doesn't even include everything that happened that day.
Also, after this trip I have a newfound respect and love for my school. I hadn't experienced such an atmosphere since the basketball team at my high school won the state championship during my senior year. And even that pales in comparison to the two hockey games I saw this past weekend. Paticularlly, one thing that will always stick out on my mind is the team coming over and banging on the glass in front of us after scoring a goal. Once again, I knew right at that momeny, I was in the only place in the world I wanted to be.
Thursday, January 19, 2006
I am not so certain what all that you have to have to cross internationally as I've never done it before, but I understand that it is a hassle. From what I have heard from friends and relatives, its a relatively painless experience, but all of the stories that I had heard from them were pre-9/11. My boss here at work had been telling me that much of the rules and regulations surrounding the international borders and customs offices had to do with a lot of crazy things that happened in past years. These included things such as Canadians sneaking booze into the country during prohobition, Mexico sending in illegal working families, etc. The thing is, I don't even know what one would have to claim when crossing a border. I should look this stuff up..
Canadian Border Laws
Okay, so I don't know about the legitimacy of that site, but it does prove interesting. So apparently, the birth certificate copy that I have is no good because it might cause identity theft concerns. However, should I want to, I can bring up to 50 cigars and a liter of wine. Crazy.
Tuesday, January 17, 2006
Case in point(s):
Spielberg's War of the Worlds DVD. Great movie, but only one shoddy feature. No internal packaging which outlines individual scenes, no commentary, no fishing, no nothing. The only "extra" is an external and shiny box which looks nice, but serves no point other than making the case not fit into my DVD rack.
Batman Begins. The only extras to be had are the trailers. No, I take that back. Trailer, as in one of them. That's it.
Something else that berated me, too. My parents got me Batman, but got me the fullscreen edition. That's allright because my dad got it and doesn't know that I'm such a film snob and really, really hate fullscreen DVD's. I planned on taking it back to Wal-Mart and swapping it for the widescreen edition, but get this: Wal-Mart didn't have Batman Begins anymore in any shape or form. The DVD had only been out for two months at best. What exactly do you have to do to get a normal shelf life these days? Back to the DVD's themselves, they continue to confuse me. The menus are slick and well designed, which leads you to think that some thought and value went into thier production. But why isn't there more to the DVD? Commentary tracks? Deleted scenes? Making-of? Anything? Nope.
I have two theories. Either 1, Hollywood is making everyone think the format is becoming stale and is nurturing everyone to think HD-DVD is "more better". Or 2, Hollywood is trying to woo patrons into loud and smelly theaters and away from thier film consumption method of choice. If we want a quality product, we have to wait many moons for a double-dipped "special edition" of the film package that should have been on the market in the first place.
Either way, the consumer ultimately craps out.
Wednesday, January 11, 2006
So it's usually the thing to post a list of your favorite items from Christmas, so here goes:
-3.1 Megapixel camera with a 3x optical zoom.
-Lego Star Wars (Gamecube)
-Batman Begins DVD
-War of the Worlds DVD
-The Sandlot DVD
-A new clock
-DDR Mario Mix (Gamecube)
I love my new digital camera so much. I didn't realize how crappy my old one was until I was able to compare the quality between the two. I havn't been able to put the darn thing down, which isn't even really represented on Flickr just yet. I imagine that I'll put some of my favorites on there in the next week. Especially after I come back from New York next Sunday.
As an aside, I mean Niagara Falls in New York state, not New York City. I have been messing with some friends about "going to New York", but of course I don't disclose the whole truth!