Friday, December 28, 2007

...And It Goes Round And Round, And It Comes Out Here...

Fer some strange reason, I've been carrying the first few lines of the children's poem Eletelephony around in my head lately, trying to puzzle out just exactly *what* an 'elephone' and 'telephant' might actually be (humor me -- it beats medication...).

Today, I did some Googling and came up with the following:

tele - afar; far off
phant - to cause to appear; show

ele - foreign; strange
phone - sound; voice

Then it hit me:

The 'telephant' is the Transporter in Star Trek!

And the 'elephone' is their Universal Translator!

It all makes so much more sense now [BWAH-HAH-HAH-HAH... (cough, cough)... on second thought, maybe the meds aren't such a bad idea...]

Wednesday, December 26, 2007

Lambda Lambda Lambda!!!...


Your Score: Tri-Lamb Material
73% Nerd, 47% Geek, 65% Dork
Revenge of the Nerds

For The Record:

A Nerd is someone who is
passionate about learning/being smart/academia.
A Geek is someone who is
passionate about some particular area or subject,
often an obscure or difficult one.
A Dork is someone who has
difficulty with common social expectations/interactions.
You scored better than half in Nerd and Dork,
earning you the coveted title of: Tri-Lamb Material.

The classic "80's" nerd, you are what most people think of when they think "nerd," largely due to 80's movies like Revenge of the Nerds and TV shows like Head of the Class. You're exceptionally bright and smart, and partly because of that have never quite fit in with your peers or social groups. Perhaps you've realized, or will someday, that it is possible to retain all of the things that you like about being brilliant and still make peace with the social cliques around you. Or maybe you won't--it's really not necessary. As the brothers of Lambda Lambda Lambda discovered, you're fine just the way you are and can take pride in that. I mean, who wants to be like Ogre, right!?

Congratulations!
Link: The Nerd? Geek? or Dork? Test
written by donathos on OkCupid,
home of the The Dating Persona Test

Tuesday, December 25, 2007

The Obligatory Blogroll Apology

...with things starting to heat up at work and other such considerations, had to scale back my blogreading -- nothing personal to anyone, of course, of course...

Monday, December 24, 2007

Dog Lovers Needed

[crossposted from my last.fm blog]

This looked legit to me when I received it, so I thought I'd pass it along to anyone who'd like to help or knows someone who might want to:

There was a major electrical fire at Rocket Dog Rescue (Pali Boucher's house - founder/president/hero to thousands of dogs) this morning (Friday) which killed three foster dogs and her parrot, Chester (THE BEST PARROT EVER), leaving both Pali and the dogs homeless.

Donations can be sent to:

FIRE EMERGENCY FUND
Rocket Dog Rescue
P.O. Box 460826
San Francisco , CA 94146

You can also donate using paypal on the RDR website : www.rocketdogrescue.org

Thanks so much for reading this & for any assistance you can offer!

Friday, December 21, 2007

Hunting The White Whale

So since I blew my Round 2 game of the FTP Poker After Dark series, I've played *20* more 1st round qualifiers and placed no better than 23rd in any of them [stews and steams] -- I may yet hafta resort to some arcane form of sorcery to get back into contention [in classic reality-TV voice: "I want this SO BAAADDDD!!!..."]

Monday, December 17, 2007

FTP Poker After Dark Tourney: Round 2

Some of yawl already heard me mention this elsewheres, but on Saturday night, I beat 359 other players in a first-round on-line tourney on Full Tilt Poker where the person who survives all three rounds gets to go on the TV show Poker After Dark and play fer $120,000.

(Yeah, thanx -- I kinda liked it too [grin]...)

However, tonight wuz the 2nd round, and in what has become an irritatingly common occurence fer me in multi-stage tourneys:

Start time: 10:05 PM
Time I lost all my chips: 10:36 PM

...and the most irritating part is I *know* exactly what I did wrong.

I started off expecting most everyone to be playing tight, and I wuz right, with the big exception of the guy immediately to my right, who apparently took that same assumption to the extreme by going all-in the first f****ing *four* hands [sigh] -- after he got busted down to 2 big blinds and then doubled back up twice, though, there were really only three of us at the table playing any hands at all: the guy immediately to my left, the guy on Mr. All-In's right, and me -- after the All-In Fiend settled himself down, I quickly took to stealing pots right and left from all the Nervous Nellies until I wuz both the table chip leader and in something like 116th place overall (out of just slightly less than the 2100-some players who'd started this game [!!!]) -- problem wuz: I fergot that once you get so high up in chips, you make yerself a target if'n yah *don't slow the **** DOWN* (which I didn't, of course, of course [slaps self on forehead]...)

[...and to add insult to injury, once the guy on my left caught me napping fer aboot a third of my chips, *he* started using my own steal techniques against everyone, including *me* (which, given the number of opportunities he had to use them earlier in the game and didn't, makes me wonder if he *just* learned them from me right then and there, or he'd been 'acting stupid' until he had a big enuff stack to 'whomp' us all upside our widdle heads -- geez, and I'd even let him take down a couple of pots from the tightwads before that [doesn't pay to be nice in poker, I know, I know (le sigh...)])]

ADDENDUM: is it just me, or did I just aboot set a new personal record for parenthetical expressions just above? [grin...]

Sunday, December 09, 2007

You Just Watch -- I May Actually Try To *Write* This Dernded Album!!!...

[via the lead singer fer Ring Latency]

Go to the Wikipedia home page and click 'Random article'. That is your band's name.
Click 'Random article' again; that is your album name.
Click 'Random article' repeatedly to name each track on your album.
Band name: Allen Lambert
Album title: Gazelle (company)

Track listing:
01) Lancaster Elementary School (Lancaster, Texas)
02) Graveyard poets
03) Kitchell Park
04) Pokémon Snap
05) Ketu
06) Maryland Midland Railway
07) Coleman County, Texas
08) Area 51: The Alien Interview
09) Charge conservation
10) Law in Africa
11) Hyundai Entourage
12) Francis Irénée du Pont

[...already working on lyrics fer "Graveyard poets" (sigh)...]

Wednesday, December 05, 2007

I'm Not Being Lazy -- I'm *Recycling*!...

[the following lines were harvested from my contributions to a group poetry writing project elsewhere on the interwebbinesses...]

hope springs eternal
hovering over possibly
extinct sentient peoples
reading insignificant notes
gone south even though
existential rhinoceri natter
at length

Soviet madwomen retch
at the sight of
a needle-weakened toady

dogfight dopes nihility

a moneyless rude sin

the empty modern beater
has a jubilant keen stench

in sleepless alien
weighty hothead ant
mud butt by pimp
penalize sleepless alien

awesomely molest the sparkle

enema healingly lazy
loyal outdated pipe
plebe romp simpleness
sleek sleepiest stealth
swine than thumb-wise...