Friday, April 28, 2006

Friday Fragments

My mind is a swirling miasma of scintillating thoughts and turgid ideas

  • I updated my smiling visage on the About page since the old picture was almost two years old, and did not accurately reflect the substantial increase in hotness and maturity I've gained (I've got a +2 to maturity). The new picture was taken during my Blacksburg trip with my camera set to the highest resolution, coincidentally named Superfine™, which is also the caption of the picture. AM I RIGHT?

  • About a year ago, I got tired of swapping tiny camera cards in and out and always running out of photo space so I bought a 512 MB card at Costco for some obscenely low price and haven't looked back. Now when I engage in Superfine™ photo shoots, it's nice to to take pictures of eighty super models and still have enough memory left to take another hundred extreme close-up pictures of my eyeball.

  • Speaking of eyeballs, I've been using Microsoft ClearType for a couple months now and I give it two thumbs up. ClearType is a free method of displaying computer fonts on any Windows XP computer to be both sharper and easier on the eyes. You can see an example of the difference here . If you spend many hours each day on your computer and have eye strain, give it a try. It may seem strange for the first week, but once you go ClearType, you'll never go back.

  • I believe there's a possible marketing slogan there for Microsoft, similar to the well-known one about dating Asians.

  • Making the case for bringing my camera wherever I go is the sight I saw while leaving work the other day. The parking lot was full, since it was 1 PM and I am a slacker, but the first row of parking had a single space open. Or not so much open as providing a resting spot for the resident parking lot Canadian goose, who was sitting quite calmly in the middle of the space, a perfect example of parking alignment. Since I couldn't take a picture, I made an artist's sketch, much like the one you'd see if the goose had parked in a court room during a closed trial.

  • Is courtroom-artist a legitimate artistic style? It all looks the same as if everyone went to the same courtroom pastel school. If you're going to allow someone to poorly draw murder suspects, you may as well just put a photographer in the room for accuracy. Also, do we really need to preserve the drama of a closed courtroom for future generations to enjoy? I suppose that having the sketches is required for evening newscasts where the biased reporters try to make up some dark secrets about the people in the trial but have no footage to fall back on since the judge wisely kicked them out.

  • But I digress from the point at hand, which was eyeballs. Actually, I'm allowed to digress because today is Friday Fragments, so eat it.

  • In honour of Friday Fragments Friday, I'm going to be washing my car, cleaning the house, and starting lesson plans for the Java course I'm running. This weekend, I'll be laying carpet in the newly painted and cleaned storage room in the basement, which only minorly smells of cat pee now. I think I will also start up summer poker next weekend, the first weekend in May, because it's lucky to begin something at the beginning of the month.

  • Have a spectacular weekend! If you would like a homework assignment for the weekend, take a Superfine™ picture of yourself and send it in for cash prizes. There may or may not be actual cash involved in the cash prizes.

  • Employee web-surfing not unreasonable
    Robber locked in bank
    Man stole to keep 17 mistresses

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