Wednesday, December 31, 2008

«The Primary Sequence»

Here's a random bit of a grammar lesson. You know how you've got your primary, then secondary, then tertiary... What is the word for 4th in line? I don't know about you, but I've thought about this at times. Well, here they are up to 10:

  1. primary
  2. secondary
  3. tertiary
  4. quaternary
  5. quinary
  6. senary
  7. septenary
  8. octonary
  9. nonary
  10. denary
The sequence breaks up after 10, however. There is no word for 11th in line, duodenary is 12th, then there's nothing until vigenary at 20th in line.

And that will be my last blog post for the year. See you next year! (Tomorrow)

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Tuesday, December 30, 2008

«Snowy Town (Photo Heavy)»

I've really been posting the pictures lately... These were taken yesterday. I was crazy enough to go up Rainbird Trail (cutting a new path in the snow as I went) just to get a bird's-eye view of the town covered in snow. Mine were the only tracks on the trail. Click an image to view full.

View of the West end of Ketchikan, covered in snow. Here's a link to a picture I took from the same location at the same angle back on April 21st, 2008.
West end of Ketchikan, Alaska covered in snow. December 29, 2008
The main road through town, with the snow bermed up in the center between the lanes. This is basically zoomed in on the center of the picture above. If you view the full-size, you can see the fuel prices are still quite high at $2.499 for regular unleaded and 3.999 for diesel. So although the prices came down a little the day of the protest, they didn't come as far as they should have.
Snow bermed up in the center of the road between lanes in Ketchikan, Alaska. December 29, 2008
This is the 3rd Ave bypass.
3rd Ave bypass in Ketchikan, Alaska covered in snow. December 29, 2008
Back down off the trail, this is looking down Washington Street. It's one of the many hills that gets closed when it snows.
Washington Street closed in Ketchikan, Alaska. December 29, 2008
And here's looking down 2nd Ave. Looks like it's been reduced down to a single lane.
Second Ave in Ketchikan, Alaska covered in snow. December 29, 2008

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Monday, December 29, 2008

«Motivational Monday: Snowblowing»

With all the snow we have, and the mention of a snowblower in that post, somehow I thought this would be relevant.

Snowblowing / Sometimes people are just begging for a bad pun.

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«Snow Dump»

Yesterday it snowed 2-3 feet in the morning and into the afternoon. We had a few inches before that, but damn...

It's unusual for us to get this much snow here in Ketchikan, Alaska. Sure, you think "Alaska" and figure it's normal. Well, not for this part of Alaska. The last time we had this much was in 1999. We're more of a brief-snowstorm-turns-into-rain type of place, normally.

It had snowed quite a bit after I took this photo. This is my dad's driveway, and that's my dad's Toyota Prius in the picture. It was completely cleared off earlier in the morning. The picture doesn't show very well just how deep the snow really is.
Driveway covered in snow, Toyota Prius buried.

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I stepped out into it this morning and the snow level was above my knees when I was trudging around in it. We spent until 3:00 clearing snow from our driveway and road so my dad could go to work (he works 4:00 to midnight). I tag along with him on Sundays to get to town and my mom's place. Most of the snow clearing wasn't just by hand, either. Sure, there was some shoveling by hand, but my dad's Kubota trackhoe, as well as a neighbor's bulldozer were working at it as well. Even with all that, we weren't sure we'd make it in time.

Here's my dad's truck and Kubota buried in the snow. This photo was taken at about the same time the photo above was (around 11:30 AM on December 28, 2008).
Driveway covered in snow, Toyota Prius buried.
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The day before, my dad took his Toyota Prius to work (it has studded snow tires), but he was dragging bottom a little as it was. So yesterday he took his 4-wheel drive Ford truck.

The snow wasn't as deep in town, but it's still plenty deep enough. Someone was kind enough to make a pass on the sidewalk with a snowblower, so it wasn't too bad of a walk from my dad's workplace to my mom's house. I noticed the corners of my trench coat were dragging on the edge of the path, leaving a little swerve trail behind me as it blew in the wind. It would have been dragging behind me if the path wasn't there. The last bit was the worst, because the weather changed to wind-driven ice pellets. (And of course, I was walking directly into the wind.)

And the worst part of it is, there's snow in the forecast every day for at least the next week.

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Sunday, December 28, 2008

«Gina in Google Earth»

I was wasting some time randomly looking at things in Google Earth. I happened to find this near Seattle, Washington:
I'm a fool 4U Gina I ♥ you
You can also see it in Google Maps written in chalk. If the date in Google Earth is to be believed, it was photographed on November 9th, 2007.

Whoever you are Gina, you must be lucky. Your boyfriend's graffiti was photographed by a passing satellite. I just hope he wasn't hit by a passing car after drawing it.

Yes, finding that was the most exciting thing all day for me yesterday.

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Friday, December 26, 2008

«Wikipedia Disambiguation»

This page may refer to:
Wikipedia: The Game disambiguation page

Click to view full. You know you want to...

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Thursday, December 25, 2008

«Woodland Critter Christmas»

South Park Woodland Critter Christmas
Here is a great South Park Christmas special, Woodland Critter Christmas. (I know, it's just like TV, complete with commercials.)

So if your internet connection is fast enough to stream video, gather the family1 'round the computer screen, because it is time to watch my personal favorite cartoon Christmas special, Woodland Critter Christmas.

Have a happy Christmas, everyone.

1:South Park is known for its crude humor, and may not be suitable for young children.

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Wednesday, December 24, 2008

«O to be a Cactus...»

...A symbol of the unhuggable - of silkworm size or immense; at times invisible.

Felicitous phenomenon!

Bonus points if you can figure out what the title of this blog post is a parody of.

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Tuesday, December 23, 2008

«Learning PHP»

PHP LogoYesterday I spent the day keeping myself busy with my blog supplement pages. I'm finally taking the time to learn php. I'm re-writing all my non-blog pages in php. The great thing about that is if I want to change something in the sidebar or whatever, I don't have to go through and make that same change over and over in the html code for each individual page. I'll change it once in the main php code, and it will take effect on every page.

The actual blog is hosted by Blogger, and thus will be unaffected by all of this.

Basically, I'm using the require() function to paste in all the code that is the same on every page; things like the sidebar and footer. It reduced the actual .html files for the web pages down to the content that is unique to that page. As an example, my template page that I use to create new pages was 200 lines (before actual content is added), now it is 31 lines.

None of the web addresses or file names are going to change, though. You'll notice they still have their .html extension. In fact, the files themselves are still .html files. I just told it to run .html as a php file with a little .htaccess magic:

AddType application/x-httpd-php .php .htm .html
AddHandler x-httpd-php .php .htm .html

Also, the non-www version of my web address finally 301 redirects to, as I've wanted it to all along.

I'm sure there's so many neat things I could do with php, I'm just beginning.

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Monday, December 22, 2008

«Motivational Monday: Clown Meat»

It may not be kosher, but it's still funny...

Clown Meat / It tastes funny.

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Sunday, December 21, 2008

«Winter Solstice 2008»

The official start of Winter, and shortest daylight of the year. I live in Alaska, but not far enough North to have perpetual night during the winter. Here in Ketchikan, our official times for today are 8:25 AM for sunrise, and 3:31 PM for sunset. That's still 7 hours 6 minutes of daylight. Fairly dim daylight, but daylight all the same.

Oh, and if you believe such things, it is exactly 4 years until Armageddon. The Apocalypse. Judgment Day. The End Of Days. Doomsday. Whatever you want to call the end of the world. Some people believe it will be the Second Coming of Christ and shall mark the biblical end of all things. Whatever...

Why do people believe this? Because the Mayan calendar (one of the most accurate in the world) comes to a sudden end on the winter solstice of 2012. There are ancient Greek prophecies that vaguely refer to the end or the world around that time. There's even some Chinese book that says the winter solstice of 2012 will be the end. Hell, even the internet (Web Bot Project) says it will be the end. And let's not forget our friend the Large Hadron Collider, perhaps that's the day it finally destroys the Earth.

Here's a multi-part YouTube video telling all about it:
December 21 2012 the END? (Part 1 of 6).

December 21 2012 the END? (Part 2 of 6).

December 21 2012 the END? (Part 3 of 6).

December 21 2012 the END? (Part 4 of 6).

Dec 21, 2012 - End of the World? - Part 5 of 6, Part 6 - N.A

The person that posted this says Part 6 will come in 2012, as the news reports the end of the world... *cue dramatic, ominous music* Dun dun, dun...

Sound familiar? (Y2K anyone?)

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Saturday, December 20, 2008

«Caturday: Round Monorail Scum»

The cat is right, everyone is in some sort of shape.

I r in shape... / Round is shape.
Monorail cat
You will feed me my next course, pitiful human scum

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Friday, December 19, 2008

Thursday, December 18, 2008

«An Idle Mind and a Quote on Theater»

I took a walk last night and I happened to see this quote on a random white van.

Theater is a light in a world so dark it casts a shadow on the sun.

- Random White Van

That sent my idle mind on a mission to logically tear apart the quote if taken literally.

No matter how low the albedo1 of Earth may become, it will never cast a visible shadow on the sun for several reasons.
  1. The sun is the main light source in the solar system. It would be like being in a room lit by a single light bulb, and expecting your hand to cast a shadow on the light bulb. It isn't going to happen, no matter how dark your hand may be.
  2. The albedo of an object has nothing to do with the shadow it casts anyway.
  3. Let's say that theater is some brilliant light source (I know, humor me here). Theater itself is on Earth, so the light from theater would be radiating out from Earth. Going back to the light bulb analogy, there would now be two lit light bulbs in the room (again, these are the only light sources in the room), would you expect them to cast shadows on each other? (No, they wouldn't.)
Ok, so maybe this light and dark thing isn't about actual light or reflectivity. Let's say this light and dark thing is a more emotional thing, as I suspect was the true meaning of the quote. What does the sun or shadows have to do with it, then?

I know, I know... It's just a quote, just roll with it... But damnit, my idle mind has to do something when I'm out on a walk!

1:Yay, now I get to have a little side-note about albedo not being the same as libido, just like Drek did.

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Wednesday, December 17, 2008

«Blatant Fuel Price Gouging»

At a time when the major oil companies are cutting production in an attempt to raise the fuel prices, local prices are still up around where they were before the prices fell elsewhere.

Basically, what I can tell is the attitude of the local fuel companies has changed since last month. Before they were trying to make excuses about old "more expensive" fuel stored in their reserves still. Now, they're saying there's no price gouging law in Alaska, so they can charge whatever they want, and there's not a damn thing we can do about it! Seriously.

I heard there's a protest scheduled Saturday (December 20th) down by Safeway.

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Tuesday, December 16, 2008

«The Wasteland Pimp»

That's me, and evil to the core...
Fallout 3 screenshot, Pimp with a sniper rifle

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The game is Fallout 3. This is my current character in the game. The Earth may be in ruins, but he's still pimpin'.

As the game lore goes, there was a nuclear war that erupted between China and the United States in the year 2077. The game takes place in and around Washington D.C., in the year 2277; 200 years after the "Great War". Civilization has yet to rebuild.

For those of you curious, that is Eulogy Jones' hat and suit. The suit has been re-skinned with the PUNK Style Eulogy Jones Suit mod.

Yes, that's the Washington Monument in the background.
Fallout 3 screenshot, Pimp with the Capitol Wasteland in the background.
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Sunday, December 14, 2008

«Reverse Storm Drains»

When the tides are at their highest, some of the storm drains work in reverse. We've been having some really high tides lately. This is a picture I took at high tide behind the Plaza mall. Yes, that's tidewater; it's not a plugged storm drain. Click an image to view full.
Loading area flooded with sea water.
Here's another photo showing how close the tidewater is to the parking lot level.
High tide in Ketchikan.

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Friday, December 12, 2008

«Auto Bailout»

You wouldn't buy our shitty cars. / So we'll be taking your money anyway. / The bailout. Coming this January. / You probably thought it was smart to buy a foreign import of superior quality, with better mileage and resale value. Maybe you even thought that years of market share loss might prod us into rethinking our process and redesigning our products with better quality in mind. But you forgot one thing: We spend a shitload of money on lobbyists. So now you're out $25 billion, plus the cost of your Subaru. Maybe next time you'll buy American like a real man. Either way, we're cool. / GM / Chrysler / Ford / We're The Big Three. We Don't Need to Compete.(TM)
Some of the text is quite small, so I'll write it out:

You wouldn't buy our shitty cars.

So we'll be taking your money anyway.

The bailout. Coming this January.

You probably thought it was smart to buy a foreign import of superior quality, with better mileage and resale value. Maybe you even thought that years of market share loss might prod us into rethinking our process and redesigning our products with better quality in mind. But you forgot one thing: We spend a shitload of money on lobbyists. So now you're out $25 billion, plus the cost of your Subaru. Maybe next time you'll buy American like a real man. Either way, we're cool.

GM / Chrysler / Ford
We're The Big Three. We Don't Need to Compete.TM

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Thursday, December 11, 2008

«It Could Be Anxiety»

I've been doing better since my doctor's visit. There's only been a few times I couldn't eat much in the past week. I'd still say my overall appetite is less than it should be. I haven't gained any weight back, but at least I haven't lost any more. (Yes, I'm one of the few Americans you could call "underweight".)

I'm starting to believe more and more that the doctor was right when he suggested anxiety as being the cause. Although I couldn't tell you the source of the anxiety. Ever since he suggested that it might be anxiety, I've been paying attention when I feel sick. There's always a heightened anxiety along with it.

Another reason I say he might have been right is because I've been doing better since the visit. Keep in mind, I received no medication or treatment during the visit, and thus there should have been no change. (This thing has been ongoing for over a month, so I wouldn't expect a change now.) Because there was a change, I'm lead to believe that somewhere in my subconscious I was relieved that there wasn't anything wrong that he could find.

I suppose I've always had a little anxiety. I often catch myself or have it brought to my attention that my leg is shaking like a nervous twitch. I just figured it was just part of life. And of course, I get really nervous when I have to talk to people I don't now, but that's part of being shy. I've always been shy. (Although admittedly, I think I'm beyond the realm of simple shyness and approaching phobic.)

What concerns me now is why has the anxiety gotten to the point that it affects my health? I know of no triggering event or reason. Like I said, I don't even know the source of the general anxiety to begin with. Perhaps I'm just losing my mind.

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Wednesday, December 10, 2008

«WTF is Fluff?»

Ok, read this article from Ctrl+Alt+Del.

Evidently he is really into his sandwiches.

What is this "fluff" he speaks of? I gather it is something similar to peanut butter? I've never had it, and I don't remember seeing it on the shelves in the grocery store.

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Tuesday, December 9, 2008

«One Computer Built»

One computer to go. It's not top-of-the-line, but they were hand-me-down parts, so I can't complain. They are better than what I was using.

Now on my "main" computer (I name it Lemmywinks1) I'm running an AMD Athlon 64 FX-60 dual core processor (2.6 GHz), 4 GB of memory, and a GeForce 8600 GTS graphics card. With 4 GB of memory, I finally can justify using a 64-bit operating system.

The next computer will be built from the parts I just took out of this one. It all works in a sort-of chain of command. My dad buys new parts. I get his old parts to go into Lemmywinks. Then Lemmywink's old parts go into my other computer (named BlueMarf). Then those parts replace the even older parts on the shelf.

The Game. Because I just saw the words "The Genre" and that caused me to lose The Game... again.

1:Yes, I know the correct spelling is Lemmiwinks. But I like spelling it with a "Y".

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Monday, December 8, 2008

Sunday, December 7, 2008

«Save the Planet!»

Throw away religion!

Do the world a favor.

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Friday, December 5, 2008

«Epic Fail: Car Through Roof»

"A fail that overflows fail's integer and wraps right the hell around into win." Is that even possible?

EPIC FAIL / A fail that overflows fail's integer and wraps right the hell around into win.

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Thursday, December 4, 2008

«Going to Rebuild My Computers»

As you may or may not have figured out by now, I live between parents. They are divorced, and I live half of the time with my mom and half with my dad. They have different days off, so I'm usually with a parent on their days off. Yes, I'm 22 and still live with my parents. So what?

Anyway, getting to the point... I have a computer at both places. I seem to use the one at my mom's more, so I keep it as the "superior" computer and give it the best hardware. Well, my dad just upgraded his computer, so I'm getting his old parts to distribute to my computers. Both will undergo a major enough change to require a reinstall of the operating system.

This shouldn't affect my blogging. I hope, anyway.

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Wednesday, December 3, 2008

«Appointment Results»

$182.00 later, and Looney was right. Now that's something I don't say very often. It seems like Looney and I respectfully disagree on about everything. However, he was right about the doctor not finding anything during my appointment.

Basically it was a general checkup. Get my blood pressure and heart rate. Answer some questions about family health history. Listen to my breathing and heartbeat. Feel my lower abdomen. Pull down my pants, turn my head and cough. That sort of thing. It all checked out, I seem to be in good health. He said it could be anxiety.

I just have to give it more time. I'm to call the doctor in a few weeks and tell him how I'm doing. If I'm not better then I'll go back in and they will do some actual tests.

You may be wondering why I didn't get any tests this time. I think it is partly because they don't know what to test for, and I'm not covered by insurance. When you start doing all sorts of tests, it starts costing more money and there's no guarantee that they will find anything.

So I guess we'll see what happens.

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Tuesday, December 2, 2008

«Appointment Rescheduled»

That doctor's appointment I made? It has been rescheduled because the doctor won't be available. So I had to reschedule it... Not a day or two later... No, that would have been too quick. It has been pushed out to December 9th, about a week out from when it was originally scheduled!

When I rescheduled, I had them put me on the waiting list. They called yesterday and said they have an opening at 3:00 today, so it looks like the reschedule may have worked in my favor. Who knows...

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