Like me but feminine

I'm deep in the land of Dixie (which being a proper noun can, sadly, not be used in Scrabble) now, Savannah, Georgia to be precise, and it's time for a break. What better way to take a break than to sit down and update my blog? Probably a bunch of things but that's not the point.

I've been getting pretty tired of the alphabet game so I've only finished 3 more alphabets putting me at 25 and looking for a "Q". I've also been tearing a pretty solid swathe through my CD collection having fully listened to 14 KMFDM albums, 1 KMFDM single, 1 MDFMK album, 1 KMFDM vs. Pig album, 1 Lucia album, 1 Happy 2B Hardcore compilation, 1 Aphex Twin album, 1 Daft Punk album, 1 Gigi D'Agostino compilation and 1 Mr. Velcro Fastener album. I think that I'm going to give local radio a shot for a while.

I don't really mind the driving; it's kind of pleasant. I am getting a little bit fatigued but not tired or tired of the driving, a problem solvable by breaks like this. The sun is setting; that should make things different. Let's see if I can get another 4 hours of driving in and make my way into Florida.

NC Pizza Hut

Well, I'm sitting in a Pizza Hut somewhere in North Carolina, partaking of the lunch buffet. Things go well and I am 260 miles from where I started the day. If I can keep myself going until late tonight, I should make Key West by mid-tomorrow.

Report from VA

I figured that it was about time to send out a progress report from the grand state of Virginia. I've been here chilling with Sherv and having a grand old time since I got here Sunday evening. We've mainly just been chilling and not doing anything terribly extravagant.

Virginia is a pretty nice place, at least the Virginia Beach region. I've been noticing some big differences between this part of the country and Massachusetts, but many of them are rather subtle and I don't particularly feel like going into a grand old compare and contrast thing. Suffice it to say that it's quite nice and gives me the feeling of really taking a vacation and getting away, which is a feeling that I don't often get.

Tomorrow I hit the road again for Key West. It's going to be a longer drive so I expect to get through the alphabet a few more times. I was playing the alphabet game on my way down here and I made it through the alphabet a full 22 times and will pick up again looking for my 23rd "J" when I get back out there. The driving is quite nice and I was only getting a little tired come around hour 8 or 9. It's 20 hours to Key West from here so we'll see about that and I expect the 30 back will be something.

Well, plenty more fun ahead, back to chillaxing in Virginia with Sherv.

Oh man, Vince Lombardi!

I've been underway since 8:30 this morning and am currently getting food at the Vince Lombardi Service Area in New Jersey. It's overpriced but I need food and gas for the car.

All gas stations in New Jersey are full service; this is slow, inefficient and stupid. I am waiting in a fucking line of cars to get gas! It's so retarded.

Adventures to the South

Tomorrow I begin my grand adventures off to the South. I will be driving to Virginia tomorrow morning to visit my very good friend Sherv, whom I have not seen in quite a long time. I will spend a few days hanging out with Sherv and then I will probably proceed onward to Florida, where I will hang out with Gus in Key West. I'll be getting back sometime around the middle of the week of the 10th.

I'll be dragging my sidekick with me, so you may get some posts during the trip and if any of you are going to be geographically between Massachusetts and Florida during my trip, give me a call or email and I'll stop by to say hi.

Happy 2k5

Well, it is now no longer 2004. Moving into 2005 I have forgone making any New Year's Resolutions, mainly because I tend to be making resolutions all the time and I don't have any particular ones that I feel like implementing for the specific purpose of the new year.

I spent last evening attending a party at the appartment of a friend of mine. The party was ok and I got to meet some new people and see old ones that I had not seen in quite a long time. I got to spend New Year's Eve with some of the people that I wanted to spend it with and that's what counts.

Let's do a little bit of prognosticating while we're at the new year point. I expect this year will have some interesting effects on the course of my life hereafter. I will be graduating later this year, which means that by the end of the calendar year I'll either be going to grad school or be off trying to "find my fortune". We'll see how things work out.

Running at 6SPM

So there's this wonderful thing called the Saltine Challenge. The challenge is simple but different people seem to have different versions of it but certain aspects are universal. The basic premise is to eat as many Saltines as possible in 60 seconds. Some people say that 6 crackers is impossible, others say 8 is impossible and some just try to eat as many as they can; I fall into the last category. Important to the challenge is that you are not allowed to have any other food or drinks within the span of the challenge. Also, only crackers that have been fully swallowed count; if you try to put 8 in at once but don't finish swallowing, you get 0; if you're on your 5th cracker when time runs out, only 4 count.

Back in the day, some friends and I got together at Quuxfield (Riad, Amrys and Rodin's appartment at the time) and amongst other things undertook the challenge. Back then, Riad managed to get 6 down in a minute, I was able to get 5 and I think that hippo managed 4.

Anyway, I was eating some Saltines (Nabisco Premium to be specific) and I decided to give the challenge another go. This time I managed to get down 6 crackers in one minute, thus pulling in a rate of 6 saltines per minute (6SPM).

How many can you manage?

RSAD Computer Animation

Following a link from a friend, I ended up watching an animated short from Ringling School of Art and Design. Looking around a little I was able to find a whole set of animated shorts in their portfolio (also accessible by going to the RSAD homepage and clicking Portfolio). From there if you click on Computer Animation you will be presented with a bunch of animated shorts.

All of the shorts are artistically and technically very well done. Some are cute, some are funny, some are cool, some are awesome. Personally, my favorites are The Pier, The Fall and Eat Your Peas.

Go forth and watch awesome animated shorts.

New Statistics System

I've added a new statistics system to my blog in order to replace the hit counter that I used to have when I was running blosxom. The package that I am using under WordPress is DElyMyth's Wp-Dstats2 because it seems to be the closest thing to what I want. Wp-Dstats2 has a bunch more features than I actually want but I guess it will be collecting some interesting stuff along the way.

The only downside to using a new statistics engine is that I have lost all of my old information. Oh well, such things happen.

If Chins Could Kill

I was in Barnes & Noble recently and I found Bruce Campbell's autobiography If Chins Could Kill: Confessions of a B Movie Actor (I know that I mentioned this is an earlier post, but it deserves a full entry).

So yeah, anyway, it's a really awesome book. Basically, it's a good behind the scenes look at the film and television industry and gives you the impression that Bruce Campbell really is a good guy. Truth be told, I grabbed the thing because I'm a pretty big fan of the guy's work and turned out to really enjoy reading the book. It's got a good colloquial feel to it and I was able to get through it in two sittings (long sittings because I read slowly, but two nonetheless). Sadly, it's been rather a while since I last finished a book, but I guess that's kind of a testament to how much I enjoyed this book.

So yeah, I highly recommend this book for any Bruce Campbell fan, B movie fan, Sam Raimi fan, film buff or anyone else looking for a good read.