August 2011


/yard sale sign/
Went out for food, late, past real yard sale time. Only took 3 miles of detours, and BOTH were BOTH yard sales we’d been to twice before. STOP WITH THE RE-RUN SALES!! What is the point? Keep putting your junk out there until someone buys it? I recognize the junk from last time! Give it up, people! 65 cents of gas and a good 20 minutes wasted, and nothing to show for it.

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 movie coverI'd rather be watching TV![IMDB link] [Netflix link]

PLOT SUMMARY: Kid discovers he can teleport — and eventually discovers that there has been a secret society trying to kill these “jumpers” since medieval time.

UNCOMFORTABLE PLOT SUMMARY (inspired by this): [highlight for spoilers] Crime doesn’t pay…Unless you can teleport.

PEOPLE: Hayden Christensen (Anakin Skywalker). Jamie Bell. The incredibly hot Rachel Bilson (The O.C.), with her incredible brown eyes. Samual L. Jackson — as a bad guy, for once. With white hair. But only his hair. Not his beard. Also a TINY part by Kristen Stewart (Bella from Twilight), who ends up being the main character’s sister. Young Millie is briefly played by the main female star of Bridge To Terabithia, AnnaSophia Robb.

QUIRKS: Based on a book.

VISUALS: Excellent fights involving teleportation!

BAD STUFF: Some might complain that this is more action-heavy than story-heavy. Or that it’s cliche. Uh.. yea. This is a comic book in movie form. Expect that.

CONCLUSION: A generic, but solid exploration of superpowers. Comparable to “Push”. Good fight scenes. Not much story. It’s also a very short movie, and is over quite fast. I liked this better than Carolyn.

RATINGS:
Clint: Netflix: 4/5 stars. IMDB: 7/10.
Carolyn: Netflix: 3/5 stars. IMDB: 7/10. “I’m not sure why I didn’t like it.  The story had good potential, but I was annoyed by the acting or something.  Also, maybe it felt too rushed.”

The native public rating for this movie is Netflix: 3.4/5 stars (3.7/5 stars for people who rate like me), IMDB: 5.9/10.

RECOMMENDATION: Superhero-lovers should check this out.

SIMILAR MOVIES: Looking forward to Jumper 2 in 2011. Looks like [highlight for spoilers] his mom is gonna be the antagonist next time. Too bad I didn’t see this before Disaster Movie, which briefly spoofs this. I’d say the movie most similar to this would be the movie Push.

MOVIE QUOTE: David Rice: Let me tell you about my day so far. Coffee in Paris, surfed the Maldives, took a little nap on Kilimanjaro. Oh, yeah, I got digits from this Polish chick in Rio. And then I jumped back for the final quarter of the N.B.A. finals–courtside of course. And all that was before lunch. I could go on, but all I’m saying is, I’m standing on top of the world.

COINCIDENCES: (Terminator 4:Salvation,Jumpers) 2 movies 2 nights in a row where someone wanted to blow the bad guys up in a way that would also kill innocents, with someone else objecting to this and going in to save them.

FRIENDS’ RATINGS: Eric M & Jordan really liked it. Christian liked it. Rebekah & Daniel H hated it.

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 movie coverI'd rather be watching TV![Not listed on IMDB.] [Netflix link]

PLOT SUMMARY: Jackassery continues. “Lost” tapes from the Jackass series. Extended and alternate cuts.

UNCOMFORTABLE PLOT SUMMARY (inspired by this): [highlight for spoilers] Idiots hurt themselves, do digusting things, and engage in uncomfortable humor.

PEOPLE: Jackassess.

QUIRKS: Jackassess.

VISUALS: Pain. Disgust. Hilarity.

MORALS: Hurt yourself on camera. It’s funny.

BAD STUFF: You know it’s bad when even *I* have to gag at something. The Vomelet (vomit omelet) returns!

CONCLUSION: Some of the most intense video watching of my life, as usual. Scenes of utter disgust the likes of which are hard to imagine. Stunts and idiodic feats that no hman should ever try. And of course a healthy dose of absurdest situationism that is neither gross nor violent, but just plain funny. Every Jackass “skit” is either violent, gross, or absurd. An hour and 45 minutes of it is almost too much for the soul to bear, but we were both laughing our asses off at many points as well. And some of the stuff they do is quite awesome — I’m jealous that they basically get to play with adult-sized toys sometimes, like a human-sized “hamster wheel” made out of skateboards.

One great moment was having a prosthetic hand, then pretending to have it stuck under the tire of a car. As he screams for help in a parking lot, bystanders swarm around him. I thought the gag was going to be that he would pretend to rip his hand off, but no, it wasn’t. Instead, he asks a random guy if he will rub his back while he has his hand stuck and other people attempt to lift the car up. The guy kind of straddles him and starts rubbing his back a little. AWWWWWWWKWARD! Jackass could easily lose all the grossness, and stunts — and still be a damn funny show. The absurd comedy moments are like Monty Python’s Flying Circus meets Tom Green.

RATINGS:
Clint: Netflix: 5/5 stars. IMDB: 9/10.
Carolyn: Netflix: 3/5 stars. IMDB: 7/10.
The native public rating for this movie is Netflix: 3.2/5 stars.

RECOMMENDATION: Jackass fans should check this out. Though apparently if you’ve religiously watched the MTV series, this is mostly re-runs. However, I’m not sure if that’s completely accurate. I recognized some of these clips, but these were extended versions. Like when Knoxville dresses up as Satan and tells people he’s not such a bad guy — they don’t just show a random religious fanatic breaking his sign; they show the entire ass-kicking. He was actually attacked for wearing a Satan suit! Aren’t Christians awesome? (more…)

/yard sale sign/ Yard sale double date with Matthew and Julie!

We had planned this several weeks in advance, though in retrospect, Memorial Day weekend isn’t the best weekend for yard sales. Less people throw them because people are out of town, and although there is less competition at the sales (so the stuff-per-sale was cooler), there is way more distance and time between finding the sales.

We took Matthew’s jeep, which meant we could get larger items than usual. The 7 yaffa blocks (which stack to my ceiling upstairs) were attached to the roof of Matthew’s jeep.
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But not very well. We lost them on the road right before getting to my house. One block was about 0.15mi away before our house; another got pushed by a car right up to our driveway; and a 3rd was found on a side street 0.15mi past our house. That one had major burnt/scraped plastic. They still work, though.

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Paranoid guy wants to sell his computer, but not to me.

I also made an offer to buy a guy’s computer (during which Matthew surreptitiously photographed me) — just the box — for $20. But he was all concerned about getting his personal information off of it.

He took my info, but never got back to me. Sheesh. I’m not interested in your data, as interesting as it may be. I just wouldn’t mind an extra CPU+motherboard+case, so I could build a computer in a pinch if one broke down. Oh well.

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Paranoid guy's yard sale.

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Me waiting around for paranoid guy to hem & haw and decide not to sell his computer to a white guy.

Got up around 8AM, waited for Matthew & Julie to show up, and made it out riding in Matthew’s jeep at 9:04AM, and went out until 1:28PM, for a total of 4 hours & 24minutes.

Total spent $61.50.

NO GAS for 42.2 miles of driving because Matthew drove.

We bought 16 items – 24 if you count each coolant bottle / yaffa block separately – for a total estimated value of $385.92, leading to a profit of $324.42. To earn that much after taxes you’d really have to earn $460; money saved (by not having to spend it) is actually worth more than we realize when the government’s cut is taken into consideration.

Anyway, this works out to a “wage” of $73.73/hr as a couple or $36.86/hr per person.

THE HAUL:

  • $10.00: billboard sign, programmable, Moving Message by Dynasty, 28″ x 3.5″, screen 2″ (EV:$120)

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  • $10.00: yaffa block shelves (x2 but since combined into one). 7 blocks. (was 8, but one is lost. 2 are damaged because they fell off the roof of Matthew’s Jeep) (impossible to find original yaffa blocks on sale, but based on this link I’d say $5/block, so this would be EV:$35)
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here they are in a temporary place in our house

  • $6.00: luggage, wheeled, 16.5″ x 12″ x 26″ (EV:$40)
  • $5.00: bongo, furry (EV:$10)
  • $5.00: bongo, wooden (EV:$12)
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not at all the same thing as these.. but hey, they're bongos

  • $5.00: light, halogen, black (EV:$30–docked $5 for missing bulb and curtain guard)

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  • $4.00: tent, Hillary, model no. 308. 71206, HUGE size, no poles, turned out to be useless. Kept the bag. (EV:$0 because it’s useless.) *** RIP OFF OF THE WEEK ***
  • $3.00: coolant (3 bottles @ $1 ea) (EV:$21.63)
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Carolyn's car leaks a LOT of coolant , so this always comes in handy

  • $3.00: shelf, over monitor, as seen on tv — missing the main screws – same sale as the dud Hillary tent (EV:$$6–docked $2 off for missing screws)
  • $3.00: charging station, 3 sections, 12″x8″ (EV:$32, though Clint finds these utterly worthless, and has been vindicated by the fact that devices have fallen off these slanted charging stations in our house and smashed onto our hardwood floors more than once — at what point does the negative value of losing a whole device come into account?)

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  • $3.00: lamp, leopard print (EV:$15, since the shades themselves go for $10)

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  • $2.00: kimono – too small for Carolyn unfortunately (EV:$40)
  • $1.00: lamp, round, low center-of-gravity (EV:$5)
  • $0.50: goggles, safety (EV:$1.29)

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  • $0.50: lamp, red, flexible (EV:$15)
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this seems so familiar - i think we owned this at some point in the past, or maybe growing up

  • $0.50: lampshade, trippy, orange – a bit tattered, but way more interesting than our existing lampshades, and it goes well with the ‘Love’ hippie poster in the corner of our house under the spiral stairs (EV:$3)
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No free stuff this week! Strange.

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strange "yard sale" that was mostly 40 mexicans partying and cooking tons of food in like 6 BBQs..... there was hardly anything actually for sale

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* EV stands for “Estimated Value”, which I estimate by looking things up in Google Shopping/Google/Amazon/Ebay. I don’t always deduct for an item being used, unless it’s actually in worse condition in a way that matters. For example, I estimate books at the cover value. I also try to only count shipping if it’s the type of thing that would need to be shipped, and only if the price isn’t “fixed” (i.e. 1 cent items that cost $10 to ship would not be $10 in person). (more…)

Yup. I got kicked off a multi-line paid chat BBS around 1990. I was the first in the county, as this BBS was the first in the county. YAY NEW HORIZONS!

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It's a rare thing to find a random picture containing 3 loves of my life: J.R. "Bob" Dobbs & The Church Of The SubGenius, BBSes, and Beavis & Butt-head.

Two things you need to know about for this story: 1) BBSes, 2) JIVE.com.

1) Back in the pre-internet days, there were these things called BBSes. I’m not going to explain it every time I post about it, but it was way more rewarding than the internet.

On Earth As It Is In Hell - logon ANSI

the opening ANSI to my BBS

It was, however, very sparse. There’s only so many people online in your calling area, and when you can only use a BBS one person at a time, it takes awhile for things to happen.

Imagine having to read a forum on a webpage where, 99% of the time, you would get a 404 NOT FOUND error — because someone else was reading it at the same time.

Imagine having to reload that webpage throughout the day, hoping to get a chance when the page will actually load, and give you a chance to read and write on it. That’s what BBSing was like, metaphorically.

Also, imagine the page loaded slower than how fast you could read. Furthermore, everyone you met was guaranteed to be local, so this made it “creepy” in ways the internet isn’t. I got to be assaulted multiple times in real life, at the mall, while sleeping at my best friends’ house, at a concert… I got death threats phoned in. I’ve called police both in Prince William County and at Virginia Tech. BBSes are nice and cozy — everyone is within a few miles of you.

Check out this scare piece on BBSes, probably written around 1990.

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Dave N's old BBS add, GIF format - very advanced for the time :)

So anyway, the year was around 1989. The county was Prince William County, VA. The first multi-phoneline BBS, Info*Share (703-803-8000), emerged. It was a chat board. That’s all it was. Call, and go into channels in chat (there was usually only 1), like in IRC.

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IRC was around, but I never did it at home until over 10 years later

You paid per the minute, too. But I believe I got a 1 year, or maybe lifetime membership for $30. That’s how much I wanted to use the computer to talk to interesting people. The people I met in meatspace weren’t nearly as interesting as the people I met in cyberspace. And the best part is, I got all that money refunded to me in the end!

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BBS gathering in 1993

2) JIVE.COM. The other component to this story is JIVE.COM. (No, jive.com is not a website. In 1988, .COM was an executable extension, like .EXE. JIVE.COM and JIVE.EXE would mean the same thing).

So anyway, there was this program called JIVE.COM. It was, basically, a racist comedy program to convert text to “jive”, like the “jive” language featured in the movie Airplane.

If you want to try it out, download it here. The file’s date is 10/25/1986. My computer won’t run it anymore, unless I use DosBox, which doesn’t support copy and paste, so I can’t provide a sample of the output. The closest thing I could find on the web is the Dialectizer, but you need to change the dropdown from “Redneck” to “Jive”. It’s NOT the same conversion algorithm, though. Jive.com would chainge every exclaimation mark to “Slap mah fro!”. It was ridiculous.
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Airplane is a hilarious, 5-star comedy. AND DON'T CALL ME SHIRLEY.

So anyway, I happened to have a good understanding (for a kid my age) of input/output redirection, and I knew my modem was on the COM2: port. So I had the brilliant idea of piping the entire chat room through jive.com, by using the command:

JIVE <com2: >com2:

Of course, I had to drop to DOS from my BBS program, because you could only run one program at a time back then. So I didn’t get the luxury of seeing what happened during those 5 minutes that Jive redirected all of Info*Share’s output back into Info*Share, converted into Jive.

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these huge outdated cards I threw away in 2009 were obsolete by the late 1990s, and probably not even manufactured yet at the time of this story

I didn’t get to see the flooding of the channel I caused. One of Prince William County‘s first denial of service attacks. Nobody could chat for those 5 minutes, because anything typed would cycle through my computer, come out as jive, go to the channel, come back to me, get converted to jive again, creating an infinite loop.

I stopped after 5 minutes. Some people thought it was funny. A few people were pissed. I got kicked off, and refunded my money, which meant that I spent a whole summer having more fun than I otherwise would have had for free.

And became the first user in Prince William County to be kicked off a pay BBS. This was before the internet or AOL was available to people. This was back in the CompuServe days… I like to think I’m a pioneer in techno-anarchy :)

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NO MICE BACK THEN. So much easier nowadays.

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