lousy things from the entertainment industry

December 30, 2004

Racing Stripes - a young girl decides to jockey a zebra, and rides it to victory. Featuring Steve Harvey and David Spade as the voices of horseflies, one of whom swims around in a human’s coffee, farting. At the Snicket movie, also lousy, the audience laughed.

seven under par!

December 29, 2004

Like I said earlier, I’ve been playing a lot of Mario Golf this week. Mostly I was focusing on unlocking the “star characters.” When you get the star version of a character, you can play him with slightly different stats and a wildly improved swing. Yoshi, for example, went from driving around 205 yards to driving around 250. Wow!

sick on vacation

December 28, 2004

Today is my second day off from work. It’s dumb to work between Christmas and New Year’s, and my intention is not to do it again.

christmas, preliminary report

December 26, 2004

So, I don’t want to sound like I think Christmas is a materialistic treasure-hoarding event, but here’s my preliminary report:

  • a gift certificate to Mangoes
  • a big ceramic jar, full of cookies
  • a gift certificate to Borders
  • a gift certificate to Macy's
  • a gift certificate to Walmart
  • the Xbox Live starter kit
  • a pair of UberOrbs
  • book: Don't Think of an Elephant!
  • dvd: RoboCop 2
  • book: The Joy of Cooking
  • book: The DC Comics Encyclopedia
  • book: Eats, Shoots & Leaves
  • book: Less than Zero
  • book: Stealing Sheep
  • game: Steel Battalion: Line of Contact
  • a crazy knit full-head-and-face mask
  • a nice wool scarf
  • book: The Princess Bride
  • an Inca Cola t-shirt
  • an iPod car charger
  • four new rubber feet for my PowerBook
  • a subscription to In Character magazine
  • some ferrero rocher
  • ghiradelli chocolate and caramel squares

untitled haiku 4

December 24, 2004

every evening
i take off all of my clothes
and become naked

me play xbox good one day

December 23, 2004  🎲 👾

Last night, I “finished” the single player campaign in Halo 2. Why the scare quotes, you ask? It’s not because I wasn’t playing Legendary (I was playing Normal). It’s that Halo 2 didn’t have a very satisfying ending. I heard no end of complaining about this in the internets, so I was pretty well prepared.

making my mime mail merger

December 22, 2004

We wanted to send out a “Seasons Greetings” mail to our customers. I asked why we couldn’t just use Office’s mail merge feature, and it turned out that we wanted a custom “from” for each recipient, so that every customer would get the email from his sales rep. This requirement was later dropped, at which point I realized that Outlook doesn’t mail merge for email. You can only mail merge if you’re going to print, fold, and post your snail mail. Ugh!

untitled haiku 3

December 21, 2004

cold and so windy
the windows don’t keep it out
i wrap in pink fleece

today's weird spam

December 15, 2004

Subject: Religious-Like Footage of Hollywood Actresses

things i like: refactoring, reuse

December 14, 2004  🐫 🧑🏽‍💻

Refactoring code is the best. By making a promise to myself to refactor (mercilessly), I can get my code written quickly, It isn’t beautiful, but it works. I get to write lots of code. Then, when it works, I get to go back /and write it again/! Not only that, but I get to make it better. Then, because it’s better, I can use it to do more things, which I code quickly, and then get to re-code.