Friday, January 08, 2010

Friday Fragments

brazenly breaking the boredom barrier

♠ My latest side project to reduce site upkeep is to sort and transfer all of my photos into my Picasa account. After deleting several hundred variations of "This is Booty sitting on a bed", I still ended up with a sizable collection, and have migrated over all the Cat Pictures, the Delta Mu pictures, my personal pictures from 1979 - 2004, and the Marching Virginians pictures.

♠ When I ran the MV Trumpet website eleven years and twenty pounds ago, there was a media embargo on any pictures that might show recognizable alcohol bottles (since the site was linked from the main Virginia Tech pages). Necessary Photoshopping (before that became a recognized verb) led some people to think that the trumpet section had their own gang sign.

♠ I've never understood why gangs form gang signs with their hands. When all five fingers are connected to the same hub, there's only a finite number of permutations available to represent your gang (which is similar to the reason why most international flags look like cheap knock-offs of Italy). Gangs would be much more interesting if their call signs were full body contortions like a Michael Flatley pose.

♠ Riverdance was one of many VHS tapes in the drawer at the Bed & Breakfast we stayed at in Pennsylvania. We did not watch it, opting for Vanilla Sky instead. That movie turned out to be much worse than I remembered, mainly because the sum of the movie's parts added up to nothing significant, much like today's snow forecast.

♠ Now that I've walked through downtown Columbus in single-digit weather, the current cold snap seems pretty warm to me. The overabundance of space heaters wherever I happen to be also helps a tad.

♠ When I was a kid living in a house with the thermostat perpetually set at "room temperature minus ten", we had one of the old-fashioned space heaters with visible, exposed elements that you could burn crackers (and yourself) on. If you stuck any long, narrow foods (such as the aforementioned crackers) through the grille, they would immediately turn black and fall to the bottom of the heater. This is probably what led me to becoming a Boy Scout, where the same thing occurs on a larger scale around the campfire.

♠ Plans for this weekend include sushi tonight, a CustomInk holiday party tomorrow night, and some sort of potluck affair on Sunday night. I might also finish off my photo move to Picasa and start on whatever project comes next on the unending list of "Stuff I'll Never Do But Will Write Down Anyhow". Update: The Photo Migration is complete!

♠ Have a great weekend!

Man has a drive-through breakfast
Swiss court sets fine to match income
Sunbeam, magnifying glass set fire to home

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