Saturday, October 27, 2007

Radio Drama

I just started listening to the Metal Gear Solid radio drama. It's pretty sweet, with good sound effects, the original music, and high recording quality.

Only problem is that it's in Japanese.

I don't speak Japanese.


I wish I did.

It was supposed to be the translated version, but it's not. I wonder what to do now.

Tuesday, October 23, 2007

Newspaper

I went to the newspaper presses today. It was real neat.

I saw the huge web press where they run sheets of paper through inked rollers at high speed to make the classified section. It was loud as heck and the floor was slick with ink. The machine made huge, inhuman noises, : RRRRRRRRRRRRRR, TK TK TK TK, TAK, TAK, TAK, DRDRDR, etc.

It vibrated some, but an oscillator was embedded in the floor somewhere to keep the press from just buzzing right off its concrete bed.


The paper warehouse itself was awesome. Caverns filled with stacks of brown rolls that were probably 40 feet high were what constituted the warehouse. But that's not all. There were pallets of pamphlets (say that six times backwards) and even a pre-electrostatic copier business lithograph machine.

The paper was grabbed by forklifts and placed on a tiny train where it was rolled under the intake for the press. Workers fed it in and spooled it.

Of course, there was a lot more there: steam plants, offices, and burly female security guards. But that's a different story.

Monday, October 22, 2007

You know, I wish I could just plug my brain straight into the Internet. I could have little nanochips in my brain, and I could run a wire into a socket somewhere like in the game Necromancer. I could instantly send any data anywhere and generate the perfect algorithms to solve any problem. Though most of the beauty of handwritten programming and interpretation would be gone, I could skip the huge bottleneck that is coding and debugging.

Roger Taylor hates Nazis!

I was looking on Youtube for a video of Paranoia to play along with (and eventually rip the sound from) and I saw a link to some song called "Nazis" by Roger Taylor.

They say they didn't happen now
They say they didn't happen
What the Nazis did to the Jews
We gotta kick these f***ing Nazis

Wow, guess he feels strongly about that. It was pretty cool with the drumbeat and the neat grafix. Considering how he was on a big pedestal at the beginning, I figured he was emulating Hitler and was actually pro-Nazi. As a recovering Nazi myself (just kidding [sorta]), I was worried for a second that it might give a relapse like I had after I ripped a copy of Die Horst Wessel Lied from Youtube for a project and ran across some band called Estwiking that was actually just a bunch of Estonian Nazis.

Roger Taylor vid

Estwiking vid

Wednesday, October 17, 2007

Whatever 99th percentile is raw

Today we took the PSAT in school. It was sort of fun because I got to show off how much of a genius I am without looking like a snob.

I think I made a perfect score, or pretty close anyhow. I know 100% that I did on the math sections. I don't see how I couldn't have. I probably only got a 90th percentile on the English sections. Since the last time I took the SAT was before the writing section was added, I
don't know what the total possible score is and I can't tell you what I predict I got.

In 2006 I took the SAT and I made an 1120 total. That was a Verbal score of 610 and a Math score of 510. Since then I've figured out a bunch more math (actually, I learned it about 3 months after I first took the test). I'll post the scores when I get them after Christmas.

Monday, October 15, 2007

Mac System 7 on XP?

I'm running Mac System 7 on Windows XP. It's pretty cool. Now I just need programs.

Where ya' goin' wit' that gun in yo' hand...

I just played Hey Joe on my guitar for the first time in forever. I had forgotten how good I was at that song. I can do the bridge (DA-da-Da-Da da-da-Da-Da da-Da-Da-Da DA DUH Dnnn Da Duh da duh Duhhhh) really fast. The intro's all shaky now though. I keep muting the first string on that opening slide (Dwiinn dun dinun dunnnn). Oh well.

I can't wait til it's on the radio again so I can play along.

Look, the skin just peeled right off!

I just ran over a frog with the lawn mower. On accident, of course. It was weird because even though it was actually quite disturbing, I actually thought it was sorta cool in a sciency way.

Damage report:

> Skin peeled off the back
> Right front foot missing
> Left eye missing (The right eye was still in the socket, but it was exposed.)
> Portion of skull damaged.
> Entire rear portion, from belly-button area down, missing
> Blood

Interestingly enough, it was still alive. For a few minutes, anyhow. As soon as I got back from getting a camera, it was dead. Its remaining foot sort of tried to hop at first, and when I picked it up by that foot to throw it away, it tensed up.

It reminds me of that thing I saw on TV about how they dispose of medical waste. They dump the trash (syringes, cups, bandages, body parts) into a huge hopper and it falls down into a shredder/grinder. The guy who designed the machine put a window right where the spinning blades were, and you could see little drops of blood splattering on it and then being rinsed off.

Anyhow, here's some pics:

Pic one
Pic two

Is it ironic that I'm listening to Dead or Alive (Journey) right now?

Sunday, October 14, 2007

Now I've done it

Well, I did the unthinkable and created a blog. I never thought I would, but Mom said I should and so I did.