It's like National Treasure meets Rat Race

June 27th, 2006 § Comments Off on It's like National Treasure meets Rat Race § permalink

I tend to loathe reality tv, but I’ve been watching Treasure Hunters and enjoying the puzzles and riddles in between chunks of hating humanity.

This guy’s post sums up a lot of what I was thinking about writing. The Fogal family (or at least how they’re edited by NBC) is more or less the embodiment of everything I dislike about religion in general and Christianity in particular. Of course, they talk a great talk. The father (a pastor) has that soothing, sort-of-condescending voice like the dad in Footloose. The mother talks a lot about how much she cares about everyone, does the the yes-woman thing, and thanks The Big Man Upstairs every few seconds. The daughter mostly cries.

Their motto seems to be “do what I say, not what I do.” One of the challenges involves canoeing past a certain number of markers on a river and finding something. At one point they have trouble portaging a canoe, so the guys from south Boston help them out. The two teams (plus a third) end up traveling together and decide to stop at what might be the next to last marker but maybe not because no one’s sure how many they’ve counted so far. As the other two teams hit the shore, the Fogals blast past them (knowing there’s one more marker, mind you), and leave the other two teams behind. Assholes.

If only that were the worst, though. In the first episode, one of the tasks was to snorkel around looking for a container, dive down and get something out of it. There were nine teams doing this and a container for each. One of the Miss USA girls found one, came back up, chatted briefly with the Fogal dad, began to swim away and HE REACHED INTO HER CONTAINER, GRABBED THE ITEM AND SWAM AWAY!

But early in the first episode, the Fogal dad rationalized all the crappy stuff he was going to do (or had done, who knows how these things are filmed). He said (and I’m paraphrasing here), well, it was a competition for a lot of money, and he was going to treat it like one, so if that means a little lying or other stuff the Bible sort of maybe mentions that people shouldn’t do, it’s ok and he’ll do it, because he knows Jesus will forgive him.

And there it is. Christianity’s giant loophole, where you get to be a total asshole and treat everyone like shit, but hey, it’s fine, man, I’m forgiven, so I’m a smug asshole, too.

Anyways, it’s hard to imagine the Air Force team – which has been kicking serious ass so far – will win (tv shows need a twist, right?), but right now I don’t see how they can’t. They’ve got a great balance of intelligence, stamina, teamwork and discipline. But, hell, they probably get railroaded by the Fogals.

And also, Brown family, I think it’s cool that you got on the show and everything, and I don’t want to pick on your weight, but did you really thing you had a chance of winning the thing? It’s an adventure/treasure hunting show. Like Indiana Jones. Who would have died five minutes into his first movie if he was as big as you guys. Sorry.

I already miss my Swidgen

June 15th, 2006 § Comments Off on I already miss my Swidgen § permalink

al.jpgSince getting cable service from Comcast a couple months ago, I’ve had a single free HBO channel, HBO East. It had a halfway decent line-up, although recently it put The Perfect Man in heavy rotation, and to paraphrase David Cross, I’d rather hear the death rattle of my only child than see the opening credits of that movie.

I never knew if it was an accident or one of the “Here’s a taste, don’t you want more?” teases. Last night I turned the tv on and it was gone, soon after the season premieres of Deadwood and Entourage. =( Well hello there, Azureus, how have you been?

The goggles, they do nothing

June 10th, 2006 § Comments Off on The goggles, they do nothing § permalink

06_10_06_1643.jpg The gallery is back. Lazyest Gallery was incrediby easy to set up and install. Highly recommended. Of course, there aren’t any new photos yet, so here is a cell-phone pic of my friends’ daughter Gwen.

The dots are pretty, though

June 10th, 2006 § Comments Off on The dots are pretty, though § permalink

boponetgraph.pngThis website grapher is pretty cool. Mine turns out to be pretty boring. Look at all the crap WordPress crams into the <head>.

I like to fiddle with things

June 6th, 2006 § Comments Off on I like to fiddle with things § permalink

So I’ve moved everything from MovableType to WordPress. In part because I was bored, but WordPress really does seem easier to manage, theme, customize and extend.

I’ll get everything reimplemented eventually, but for now the quotes, Cafeshops, galleries, and the recently played pages are gone. The theme will likely change, too, but Scott Wallick make some nice themes and this one will do for now.

Also, does anyone know of a plugin for WordPress similar to MovableType’s Better File Uploader? I’ve looked through the Codex page for image plugins and haven’t found anything that is what I’m looking for and works well on a Mac. Doing everything through Flickr is an option, but there has to be a locally-hosted option that works.

The last of which I could never get to work quite right after Apple replaced crontab with launchd.

UPDATE: ImageManager 2.0 might be the answer to my image-uploading prayers. However, it requires NetPBM or ImageMagick which leads to DarwinPorts which leads to XCode (most of which I meant to reinstall forever ago).

Or because Mom's a moron…

June 6th, 2006 § Comments Off on Or because Mom's a moron… § permalink

From Moms-to-Be Delay Births, SFGate.com:

“We were going to try to get it out before midnight or I was going to keep my legs closed,” she said. “I don’t want her to have that stigma for the rest of her life. When she gets older, her friends would say that anything bad would be because of her birthdate.”

*sigh*

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