Weekly Update

20 01 2008

I’ve been at PSU for a week now. It feels so short sometimes, other times it feels longer. In any case, I’m enjoying it thoroughly. I’m well prepared and organized – thanks for Korganizer. and Steve and I should be recording our first Vlog together either today or tomorrow. It’s pretty much my latest post plus Steve and better scripted. I miss my girlfriend, Jacki, a lot a lot. It’s a struggle to be away for so long, but I think we’re doing great considering the circumstance. I exceeded my internet usage this week already for I’ve got 1 strike against me. if I do it 3 times I’m stuck at 56k until School’s out. ugh. well, all is well in Alex-land. Sorry for having so many names for this blog, I’ll pick just one eventually…maybe.



17 01 2008

Britney Spears and Adnan: ‘Classiest Couple ‘08’
Dr. Investigated by Psychology Board
Jessica Alba Calls the Cops
Dermatologist gets jail for selling drugs
Ross Perot v. John McCain
Blue-Collar Jobs Disappear, Taking Families’ Way of Life Along
Education Push Yields Little for India’s Poor
FPS Pill
On the Rocks
Vagina Couch
The Rise and Liberation of Niggy Tardust – Saul Williams
Goiko – Mi Especie de
Rilo Kiley – Under the Blacklight

What is Indie Music?

Thanks to: The Superficial, TMZ, Newsweek, Boingboing, Phillyburbs/Intellegencer, The New York Times,and Strangenewproducts.

Someone Get Me Post-its

16 01 2008

in my ongoing quest to find the best weird news, articles, gadgets and whatnot – i’m still developing an efficient means to acquire all that. Right now I’m in the process of evaluating my sources because I want to find a great pyramid structure where I select from sources that grad from other sources narrowing down the audience gradually. like a sifter or like a pyramid whatever floats your boat. or sinks it, whatever whatever. I’m dropping my brief, non-passionate disstate for the New York Times. Now that I’ve read it and it’s free in my dorm, I’m liking it. I still dig local papers but the Times has at least 1 good article hidden in the middle of the front page about some local small interest problem – Homelessness in New York, Loss of Jobs in Southeast Ohio – to name the most recent. I’m still not a big fan of the layout but it’ll have to do. I was contemplating starting a vlog via youtube and here. like have a vlog and have my blog as a reference for people to click to links I talk about. so far I’m evaluating vloggers to see if i can make it as interesting as some of these guys – like Phillip DeFranco (PhillyD.tv).
I bought my books all 428.50 dollars of them. ugh. I hate dipping into my checking account. but I gotta get books, c’mon. gotta do some reading. bye now.

16 01 2008

Interesting Facts about Canada?

1. Life Expectancy
The life expectancy here in Canada according to recent studies show men live to be to the average of 77 years where as the women have a longer life expectancy and live to be around 84 years…

Future of Computers
“We have already seen many conceptual computers. Some of them were nearer to reality, others not very much. The conceptual computers don’t look like they will become a reality in the nearest future. Therefore, theay appear more appealing. The main idea of such conceptual computer comes from the concept: if you want to remember something – write it down on the napkin. So Napkin PC was created.
In theory such computer will work in the following way: using short range radio frequency pens will send data to the multi-touch e-paper “napkin” interface. Beside that pens and napkins also communicate with the base station PC via long-range radio frequency. As a result you’re able to share ideas with greater ease. Another advantage is that napkins are modular, so large-scale layouts can be formed by connecting them together.
If you’re still not sure in its efficiency, the Napkin PC requires so little power that there is no need for any battery.
It sounds like a really good idea, but will cost you a fortune to produce one device that probably wouldn’t work.”

11 Signs You Should Get a Restraining Order11

“Telltale Signs Your New Girlfriend May Be a Restraining Order Waiting to Happen

1. She looks into your eyes and says, ‘No one has ever made me feel quite the way you do.’ From across the ordering counter you respond, ‘Thanks. I’ll have a venti machiatto, extra shot please.’

2. While leaving the movie theater you hear someone shout, ‘150 yards Goddamnit! 150 yards!’ To your surprise she screams back, ‘Inadvertent contact, Bill! Inadvertent!'”

Holiday Today?

16 01 2008

Oops! Here’s January

Autism Awareness Month
Bald Eagle Watch Month
Bath Safety Month
Bread Machine Baking Month
Celebrate the Past Month
Celebration of Life Month
Cervical Health Awareness Month
Clean Up Your Computer Month
Clinical Trial Awareness Month
Coffee Gourmet International Month
Crime Stoppers Month
Everything’s Possible Month
Family Fit Lifestyle Month
Fat Free Living Month
Financial Wellness Month
Fireside Warmth Month
Heavyweight Boxers Month
Home Fire Safety Month
Human Resource Month
Independent Bookstore Month
International Creativity Month
International Get Over It Month
International Life Balance Month
International Quality of Life Month
International Printing Month
It’s OK to be Different Month
Jump Out of Bed Month
Learn Spanish Month
Love Yourself Month
Mail Order Gardening Month
March of Dimes Birth Defects Prevention Month
Market Ability Month
National Be On-Purpose Month
National Book Month
National Candy Month
National Careers in Cosmetology Month
National Credit Awareness Month
National Eye Health Care Month
National Facial Tissues Month
National Get Organized Month
National Glaucoma Awareness Month
National Hobby Month
National Hot Tea Month
National Letter Writing Month
National Lose Weight, Feel Great Month
National Mentoring Month
National Polka Month
National Radio Month
National Radon Action Month
National Retail Bakers Month
National Returns Month
National Save Your Money Day
National Skating Month
National Soup Month
National Stamp Collectors Month
National Staying Healthy Month
National Thank You Month
National Transformation Thinking Month
Oatmeal Month
Personal Self-Defense Month
Poverty in America Month
Prune Breakfast Month
Reaching Your Potential Month
Volunteer Blood Donor Month
Yours, Mine & Ours Month

Weekly Events:

Celebration of Life Week- Week One
Lose Weight, Feel Great Week – Week One
Diet Resolution Week – Week One
New Year’s Resolutions Week – Week One
Women’s Self Empowerment Week – Week One
Celebrate the Circus Week – Week Two
Home Office Safety and Security Week – Week Two
Law Enforcement Training Week (Always the first full week of the year)- Week Two
Universal Letter Writing Week- Week Two
National Thank-Your-Customers Week- Week Two
School Crossing Guard Week- Week Two
Special Education Week- Week Three
Cuckoo Dancing Week- Week Three
International Printing Week – Week Three
National Fresh Squeeze Juice Week- Week Three
National Skating Week – Week Three
Healthy Weight Week- Week Four
Hunt For Happiness Week – Week Four
National Glaucoma Week- Week Four
National Creative Frugality Week – Week Four
National Meat Week- Week Four
National Handwriting Analysis Week – Week Four
National Nurse Anesthetists Week – Week Four
Kiss A Shark Week -Week Four
Hot Air Balloon Week – Week Four
National Medical Group Practice Week – Week Four

Daily Events:

1- New Year’s Day
1- Betsy Ross’s Birthday Born in 1752.
1- Paul Revere’s Birthday Born in 1735.
1- Baby Boom Birthday (officialy began, 1946)
1- Ellis Island Birthday
1- Far Side Cartoon Birthday
1- History Channel Birthday (1995)
1- Credence Clearwater Revival’s Birthday (1968)
1- Snake Eyes Day
1- Traveler’s Check Birthday 1772
1- U.S. Fire Engine Day 1853
1- U.S. Bowling Day ( 1840 First Bowling Match)
2- Boo Boo Bear’s Birthday (Yogi Bear’s Friend)
2- Boogie Woogie Bugle Boy Day (recorded in 1941)
2- National Science Fiction Day
2- National Cream Puff Day
2- Positive Postcard Day
2- Working Women in the White House Day
2- Night Vision Birthday (1936)
2- Swiss Cheese Day
2- National Woman’s Party Day
3- Brooklyn Bridge Birthday
3- National Chocolate Covered Cherry Day
3- Festival Of Sleep Day
3- J.R.R. Tolkien’s Birthday (Born in 1892.)
3- Drinking Straw Birthday (Patented 1888)
3- Electric Watch Birthday
3- March of Dimes Birthday
3- Missing Persons Day
3- Super Soakers Birthday 1991
3- Women Rock! Day (1987, Aretha Franklin became the first woman to be inducted into the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame.)
4- Appendectomy Day (1885 First Appendectomy preformed)
4- Birthday of the Blender in 1910
4- Trivia Day
4- Bicycle Around the World Day
4- National Spaghetti Day
4- Louis Braille’s Birthday Born in 1809.
4- Jakob Grimm’s Birthday Born in 1785.
4- Isaac Newton’s Birthday
4- Birthday of the Blender (1910)
4- Heckle & Jeckle Birthday (1946)
4- Humiliation Day
4- Tom Thumb’s Birthday (1838)
4- National Negro Baseball League Birthday (1920)
4- Trivia Day
4- Roller Skates Birthday (1863)
5- Bozo the Clown’s Birthday (1959)
5- Chrysler Birthday (1924)
5- American Divorce Day (1643, Anne Clark was granted the first legal divorce in North America.)
5- National Bird Day
5- Hamburger Birthday (1889)
5- National Bean Day
5- Great Fruitcake Toss (First Saturday After New Years.)
5- National Whipped Cream Day
5- Mr. Ed’s Birthday (TV Show 1961)
5- Twelfth Night
5- FM Radio Birthday (1940)
6- Sherlock Holme’s Birthday
6- National Shortbread Day
6- National Smith Day
6- Pepe Le Pew’s Birthday
6- Schoolhouse Rock Birthday (1973)
7- Blizzard of ’96 (East Coast Of US)
7- Flash Gordon’s Birthday (1934)
7- Buck Rogers’s Birthday (1929)
7- I’m Not Going to Take it Anymore Day
7- Organize your home day
8- Bubble Bath Day
8- Elvis Presley’s Birthday Born in 1935.
8- National English Toffee Day
8- National Show and Tell Day at Work
8- Milk Carton Birthday (1929)
9- National Rape Survivor Day
9- National Apricot Day
9- Aviation in America Day
10- Jeep Grand Cherokee Birthday (1992)
10- First Meeting of United Nations in London in 1946.
10- Peculiar People Day
10- Where’s the Beef Day (Anniversary of the first time Wendy’s Restaurant’s commercial aired in 1984 with Clara Peller asking “Where’s The Beef?”)
11- International Thank You Day
11- Milk Day Milk delivered in bottles for the first time in 1878.
11- Step in a Puddle and Splash Your Friend’s Day
11- Rhubarb Day (1770, John Bartram of Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, received the first shipment of rhubarb sent to the United States)
12- National Pharmacist Day
12- John Hancock’s Birthday (National Handwriting Day)
12- Batman TV Day (1966)
13- Rubber Duckie’s Birthday (Sesame Street Character.)
13- Secret Pal Day (Second Sunday In January)
13- Make Your Dreams Come True Day
13- Blame Somebody Else Day
14- Caesarean Section Birthday (1794 First Successful)
14- Bald Eagle Appreciation Days
14- National Clean off your Desk Day
14- National Hot Pastrami Sandwich Day
14- National Dress Up Your Pet Day
15- National Humanitarian Day
15- National Fresh Squeezed Juice Day
15- Super Bowl Birthday (1967)
15- Martin Luther King Jr. Birthday Born in 1929.
15- Krusty the Clown’s Birthday (1989)
15- Humanitarian Day
16- National Nothing Day
16- Employee Appreciation Day (Third Wednesday In January)
16- Maintenance Day (Third Wednesday In January)
16- National Religious Freedom Day
16- Apprentices Day
16- U.S. Prohibition Day
16- National Fig Newton Day
16- International Hot & Spicy Food Day
17- A Friend Picks You Up Day
17- Shari Lewis’ Birthday Born in 1934.
17- Cable Car Day (patented 1871)
17- Professional Boxers Day
17- Ben Franklin’s Birthday Born in 1706.
17- Popeye’s Birthday (1929)
18- Maintenance Day
18- Get to Know Your Customers Day
18- Polygraph Birthday (1951)
18- Thesaurus Day (1779 birthday of Peter Roget, author of the major thesaurus)
18- Hat Day (Third Friday in January.)
18- Winnie The Pooh Day (A.A. Milne’s Birthday) Born in 1882.
19- Little Ricky’s Birthday (1953, Lucille Ball gave birth to Little Ricky on her “I Love Lucy” TV show)
19- A Friend Raises Your Spirits Day
19- Good Memory Day
19- Tin Can Day (patented 1825)
19- National Penguin Awareness Day
19- Learn to Ski Day (Observed the third Saturday in January)
19- Hot and Spicy Food International Day (third Saturday in January)
19- International Sing-Out Day
19- New Friends Day. Make a new friend Today.
20- Cheese Day
20- National Buttercrunch Day
20- Take a Walk Outdoors Day
20- National Cheese Day
20- Roller Coaster Patent Day (1885)
21- Squirrel Appreciation Day
21- Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr’s Birthday Observed. It is observed on the Third Monday in January
21- Granola Bar Day
21- Elementary School Teacher Day (Third Monday in January)
21- Junk Food News Alert Day (Third Monday in January)
21- National Hugging Day
22- National Blonde Brownie Day
22- Roe vs Wade Anniversary (1973)
22- Celebration of Life Day
22- National Polka Dot Day
23- Spouse’s Day
23- Measure Your Feet Day
23- National School Nurse Day (Fourth Wednesday of January since 1977)
23- Find Your Roots Day
23- Pie Day
23- National Archery Association Birthday (1879)
23- Cold Cold Cold Day (The coldest temperature ever recorded in the United States was at Prospect Creek Camp, Alaska, in 1971: -79.8 Degrees F)
23- Compliment Day
24- “Just Do It” Day
24- Eskimo Pie Patented By Christian Nelson in 1919.
24- Clashing Clothes Day (observed the fourth Thursday in January)
24- Gold Discovered in California At Sutter’s Mill in 1848.
24- Women’s Healthy Weight Day
25- National Opposite Day
25- Fluoride Day
25- 101 Dalmatian’s Birthday 1961
25- Fun At Work Day
26- Television’s Birthday 1926

26- Rocky Mountain National Park Birthday 1915
26- Disneyland Groundbreaking Ceremony 1954
26- National Peanut Brittle Day
26- Spouse Day
26- Sydney, Australia Settled In 1778.
27- Mozart’s Birthday 1756
27- National Activity Professionals Day
27- National Toilet Day
28- National Blueberry Pancake Day
28- Daisy Day
28- Pop Art Day (Birthday of Jackson Pollack 1912)
28- Bubble Wrap Appreciation Day
28- Ernie’s Birthday (Sesame Street Character.)
28- Ski Tow Birthday (1938 in Woodstock, Vermont. Robert Royce invented the ski tow)
28- National Kazoo Day
28- Serendipity Day
28- U.S. Coast Guard Birthday (1915)
28- Live Your Fantasies Day (Fantasy Island premiered 1978)
28- Christa McAuliffe Day. Challenger exploded January 28, 1986
29- Seeing Eye Guide Dog Birthday (1929)
29- American League Birthday (1900)
29- National Corn Chip Day
29- Carnation Day
29- National Puzzle Day
30- Snagglepuss’s Birthday 1960
30- Yodel for Your Neighbors Day
30- Yanky Doodle’s Birthday 1960
30- KISS Birthday 1973
30- Franklin D. Roosevelt’s Birthday Born in 1882.
30- National Inane Answering Message Day
31- Eat Brussel Sprouts Day
31- Green Hornet’s Birthday 1936
31- Backwards Day
31- Child Labor Day
31- Inspire Your Heart with Art Day
31- Jackie Robinson’s Birthday Born in 1919.

Crossing off To-do list

16 01 2008

This is one of the last two things on my to-do list. Write on the Blog.
Today has been great. I woke up late (8.34 ish). Read the Centre Daily Times. Not much of interest today. bet there would be a great Vent in the Intelligencer. oh wait, no there won’t be because I read this last time (Saturday January 12, 2008)
“What do you think about the punishment for a man who wrote a profanity on his check for a parking ticket in Doylestown? Tell us what you think.”
WOW! guess no one cares about the vent anymore. I love the Intelligencer though. the right comics – Sally Forth, Garfeild, Bizzaro.
And So I got coffee, read, tried to avoid watching Rachel Ray on the Big Screen in the Commons Dining Hall. And I started to manipulate my scheduler/organizer on my computer and I must say, it looks phenomenal. I’ve got a 7 day schedule to print out weekly with class schedule and To-do lists (aka Homework). Very proud of myself.
Polysci was pretty good. My Professor was a hybrid of Bill Gates and Steve Jobs with an enthusiasm for Politics. Kinda like a cocky geek. like one that’s like “bitches ain’t shit. I got me a 160GB mp3 player and Halo 3. so suck it.” And I made my first class friend – Sun Woo. He was like “might as well meet someone while I’m here.” guess that’s a compliment… :-/
Showered (YES!!!!!!!! I freakin love the showers here at Hoyt. so relaxing and private) and ate Lunch with Ali Spiro, Shannon and their friends – one of who was Jr. It was great to see people I knew.
My Soc teacher was like every white female stand-up comic I’ve ever stereotyped. “history is just a bunch of old white guys” hahahaha. STFU! Class seems pretty easy. we’ll see….

Penn State has a great atmosphere. and Here’s some links to cool stuff:
HOWTO Make a magic fireball (flaming oily rag)
Via BoingBoing.net

“This little Metacafe video shows how to make a “Magic Fireball” — a lighter-fluid-soaked rag-ball that’s bound tight with thread — that you can roll around in your hand without getting burned (because the hot part of the flame is on top and you hold it by the bottom). Unless, of course, you screw up and burn yourself horribly…”

Sweetest Things My Date Ever Did

By Celeste Perron

“So, you’re on a date… and seriously in like with the other person. Congratulations! Now comes the tricky part: How do you let this person know he or she floats your boat? Should you whisper some sort of sweet nothing, get a gift, or just smile a lot and hope your date just knows how you feel? Well, we’re all for getting you to express yourself, so we’ve asked men and women to reveal things their dates have done or said that made them feel all warm and fuzzy. Listen and learn…”

I couldn’t pick one article from Geekologie so here’s both:

Dirty Clothes? Here’s the Solution

“The WARDROM is a conceptual organizational system by Paula Studio in Rome, Italy. The idea is that you just toss all your clothes at the thing and they hang there, keeping your floor clean. I’ve got to tell you, if there’s one thing I love seeing upon entering a woman’s room, it’s dirty clothes hanging on the wall. That shit is so hot. It even inspired my first art exhibit — ‘Clothes The Geekologie Writer Stole From His Apartment Complex’s Laundry Facility And Hung On A Wall’. It’s on display right now in my bedroom if you want to come over and see. Constructive criticism and donations are always welcome. Requests from neighbors that I return their clothes are not.”

Inhale your alcohol!

“Well we’ve posted some unusual alcohol-inspired art in the past, and here comes another — The GAT Fog. The GAT stands for, get this, Gin And Tonic! It’s a fog made out of gin and tonic — brilliant! I mean I’ve been looking for easier ways to get drunk, and alcohol-soaked suppositories have started to chafe my bum. Now I’ll just make a fog machine and fill ‘er to the brim with burboun. Oh happy day! I’m going to try it right now, I’ll let you know how it goes.

UPDATE: Ofkay its eems to haave worksed. IT dfeinitely sucseeded in mkaing me smelll drukn. hOly shite it is drunk i n hear. TJHis room is wiizaasssted! iT cant’ evan stay stil l. OMJWTG! aT frist i oclouldnt tell iF i wash getitng drukn SO i put my mouthe overe the fog noozle BU T THE N I FEEL ALSEEP! i wokes up PLIZAATARD. NOw iM prety sure i’m Dyin!g “

LEGO Computer!!!!

“Snap up to four modules onto the BugBase, and you’ve got your own custom gadget.
It’s the rare product that excites CNET editors across all categories. The Bug Labs platform, which has been the subject of several conversations around the CNET booth, is one such rarity.
Described as “the Lego of gadgets” by Webware’s Rafe Needleman, the Bug Labs platform starts with a minicomputer, the Bug Base, onto which you can snap multiple modules, such as a digital camera or an LCD screen. You can then program your own software to run your custom gadget or download software others have written from the Bug Labs site. Need a GPS-enabled digital camera that will automatically upload your images to Flickr? With the Bug Labs platform, you can build one…”

Hard to Choose the Worst Superhero Ever.

16 01 2008

Here’s another great candidate(besides Superman, and Spiderman). The Incredible Hulk.
This sorry excuse for a Dr. Jekyll/Mr. Hyde ripoff just goes to show you that even the worst Jerry Lewis Movies can be made into even worse Superheros. I’m talking about The Nutty Professor “starring” Jerry Lewis. Not to be confused with The Nutty Professor with Comic genius/Music failure Eddie Murphy. That mofo is hilarious! And It’s Jerry Lewis, Not Jerry Lee Lewis – the writer of “Great Balls of Fire” I mean, your balls have to be on fire if you’re boning your cousin. eww gross.
but anyway. The Incredible Hulk is no competition for The Thing. I mean, The Thing comics shouldn’t even have happened. The Thing: “oh look at me I’m strong, but smart too. I would hurt a rabbit if i pet it. but I’m going to save the world from weak people. yeah. I’m a nazi, so?” Yeah. the thing was a racist. But the Hulk, God. The Hulk: “I’m angry, so I’ll break things. that’ll help.” Yeah that really works, Dad.