Archive for October, 2008

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DoNotWant: WTF Costumes.

October 30, 2008

All right, a minute ago I was gonna approve this site.  So what’s up?

Well, in the interest of keeping my approval safe for kids, I had to make an emergency retraction.  Some of the costumes featured on this site are highly inappropriate and/or disturbing, so I didn’t feel comfortable posting it here.  If you want to go ahead and check out the site, be my guest — you can find it through Google.  Be warned, though, they have pictures of some of the most sick costumes ever invented.  iBarfed.

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DoNotWant: Politics.

October 29, 2008

Elections drive me batcrap.  Seriously.  Every four years, four nuts decide that they want to be President/VP of the United States, and they spend the remaining year bragging and complaining and arguing over which of them is more ambitious and saying things like “You betcha” and “The people of this great nation”, and getting their faces made into exponentially scarier Halloween masks.

It drives me crazy.

It’s not that I mind getting a new President; I don’t.  It’s the process.  All the dirtkicking and skullduggery and miscellaneous garbage that politicians dredge out in their efforts to win the public favor.

Worst of all, I hate the party system.  Why?  Because it encourages adversarial, juvenile behavior in candidates and their followers.  It creates an unpenetrable atmosphere of “us vs. them” that no one can get over.  Frankly, I don’t give a rat’s butt whether a candidate is a Republican or a Democrat.  What I do care about – what will influence my decision – is whether I believe your ideals are appropriate for the country, and whether I believe you are intelligent and competent enough to make those ideals a reality.

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iApprove: “Skipping Christmas.”

October 28, 2008

If you were around a few Christmases ago (and if not, welcome back from your extended coma) you probably remember a movie called “Christmas with the Kranks”.  It featured a couple who, facing their first Christmas without their daughter at home, decided that they were going to skip their lavish annual Christmas party and do something entirely non-Christmas related.  Unfortunately, shortly before Christmas, daughter calls and declares that she’s coming home after all.  Whoops!

Cue pandemonium as parents try to scrape together a Christmas party in approximately a day and a half.

Well, before the story was a movie, it was a book: Skipping Christmas, by John Grisham.  Not a very long read, but an entertaining one, Skipping Christmas tells the entire story of the Krank’s attempts to bail out on Christmas and go on cruise, only to be foiled by their daughter’s return, and with 100% less Botox than the movie.

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iApprove: Google.

October 27, 2008

I just had to say it.  It all started this morning, when I was thinking of writing a novella set in England.  Problem is, I know very little about England outside London.  Well, I didn’t want London; I wanted English countryside.  So I pulled up Google Maps.

I found a nice area – City of Carlisle – and set to researching everything I could about it.  I started out with Wikipedia, and then whenever I hit a dead end I buzzed over to do a Google search.  It neatly filled in any gaps I had.

While I’m still a long way from finishing my studies, I’d just like to point out that Google is a very, very handy tool for finding stuff.  And their maps are awesome.

http://www.google.com

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iApprove: Indiana Jones Capsule Toys.

October 26, 2008

The other day, my little brother (of whom I heartily approve) was browsing on ThinkGeek (of which I also heartily approve), when he came across an interesting product: Indiana Jones capsule toys.  Made in Japan, these tiny collectible figurines are absolutely adorable caricatures of various characters from the movies.  Unfortunately, they’re out of stock, but you can still check out the adorable pictures.

http://www.thinkgeek.com/geektoys/japanfan/a3fb/

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iLOL’d: Mug Kittens

October 25, 2008

I saw this picture in someone’s signature.  And I lol’d, because it was so stinking cute.

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The King’s Daughters

October 24, 2008

Once upon a time, in a faraway land, there lived a king and his three daughters.  The eldest two were dutiful to their father, and would follow his wishes in everything they did, including marriage.  But the youngest daughter was strong-hearted, a free spirit, and wished to do as she chose.  She wanted to marry for love.

The eldest daughter married her cousin.  She lived as a queen, and died a powerful and respected woman.

The middle daughter married a foreign lord.  She lived a priveledged life, and died comfortably in bed.

The youngest daughter married a farmer’s son.  She lived in poverty, and died giving birth to her eleventh child.