#758

4:04 am, Thursday, March 15th, 2007

Well, it’s spring break. I’m in the Tri-Cities again, this time working on a major project at the clinic: a new digital X-ray system. Basically, it means I have to build four new systems, network them, do some weird router stuff for selective internet access, and install LCD arm mounts. While researching parts and so on I stumbled across this site that makes these really cool custom wall plates for I/O ports. Don’t they just make you want to build something? I’m getting some 1-gang plates done for the exam rooms and surgery; they’ll have a USB port at the top, a 3.5mm audio port in the middle, and DVI on the bottom.

As it turns out, Halfway Home sucks. It’s not as bad as Dog Bites Man, but watching the pilot episode all the way through wasn’t easy. I’ll give it one more try before I delete its season pass though.

Been reading Fables TPBs and a science fiction anthology lately. I wasn’t super impressed with Jack of Fables spinoff, but it was pretty cool to see Goldilocks again (her unkillable/constant drowning/getting eaten by fish story was awesome). In the scifi anthology (it’s the 23rd Year’s Best collection), I’ve only read one really great story so far — Second Person, Present Tense by Daryl Gregory. It has to do with this girl that overdoses on a drug that eliminates her consciousness (or at least puts it out of sync with her actions). It’s really fantastic, especially if you like thinking about philosophical issues like determinism and zombies (the less awesome, not-undead variety).

Some nifty links:

Crazy Dolphins vs. the Mad Cows — A cute little animation done in crayon that illustrates a weird story being made up by some gradeschoolers. It’s worth watching just for the facial expressions.

The Worst Supervillain Ever — Words fail me. This panel describes it better than I could hope to:

A panel from Doom Patrol #70

Dwight Schrute Music Video — A full-length version of the promo that ran on NBC a while back.

Someone pointed out to me that all the NBC Thursday night lineup shows (Scrubs, The Office, My Name is Earl, 30 Rock) don’t have laugh tracks. That’s pretty cool. I really hope this is the death knell for canned laughter… now that it’s being used less, I find myself acutely aware of its presence in other sitcoms. I didn’t really think about it before, but now when I hear it I look at the actors; they all pause, no matter what they’re saying, to make room for the audience’s reaction. If I imagine the same scene with the laughter muted, their pauses are really bizarre — it’s like they’re having fits of catatonia or something.

Verizon check - \

4 Responses to “#758”

  1. Tim:

    IMBC APPROACHING. READY WIFFLE-BALL BATS AND DRAMA STICKS.

  2. Mom:

    So any suggestions as to the prize for the winner of the IMBC??

  3. Tim:

    …Free Webspace.
    A domain name.
    Pie.
    More Pie.

  4. hjo3:

    I look forward to the drama. It’s like a fun little geeky soap opera. With new episodes daily. Who could ask for more?