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Another online quiz, this one to determine how nerdy one is, and in what ways. I didn’t score as highly as I thought I would.

One neat thing I liked about this quiz is that it has more than 2 options for answering the gender question. 🙂


NerdTests.com says I'm a Cool High Nerd.  What are you?  Click here!

Posted by seaking on 09-02-2007 at 01:09 pm
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Self-starting Sequence Surfing Sen. Stevens’ “Series”

 I don’t usually propagate these memes myself (and aren’t memes supposed to be self-propagating?), but I thought this was fun.  I like the alliterative aspect.

I got this from Matt Quirk’s blog.  The person he got it from has a name beginning with ‘S’, so I put down different answers from hers:

Use the 1st letter of your name to answer each of the following…They MUST be real places, names, things…NOTHING made up! If you can’t think of anything, skip it. Try to use different answers if the person in front of you had the same 1st initial. You CAN’T use your name for the boy/girl name question.

Your name: Sean
Famous music artist/group:
Skinny Puppy
3 letter word: Soy
Color: Sienna
Gift/present:
Socks
Vehicle: Sedan
TV show: Sesame Street
Country: Somalia
Boy’s name: Stanley
Girl’s name: Sharon
Alcoholic beverage: Schnapps
Occupation: Sawyer
Monster: Sulley
Game: Scrabble
Flower: Spiderwort
Celebrity: Scott Shaw
Food: Salmon
Something found in a kitchen: Sink
Reason for being late: Slept late
Something you shout: SPOON!

Posted by seaking on 08-04-2007 at 01:08 pm
Posted in Humor, Other with 2 Comments

Tables Mitigated Bouncy Glee

This year I didn’t have to drive for 2 hours – we were able to see They Might Be Giants right here in Northampton.

They performed 2 shows last month at the Iron Horse Music Hall. Specifically, there were 7pm and 10pm shows on Saturday, May 5. We had decided to get tickets to the early show, thinking it might be less crowded. As it turned out, the 7:00 show was the first to sell out (eventually both shows were sold out in advance).

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Posted by seaking on 06-03-2007 at 03:06 pm
Posted in Arts/Media, Humor, News with 0 Comments

This Babe’s…er…Bud’s for You

If you’ve seen any beer advertising (and who can escape it?), you’ve probably noticed that it’s often something other than beer they’re selling in the ads. A billboard for Budweiser recently popped up in our neck of the woods – it’s on Route 9 as you head East over the river from Northampton into Hadley, which I do on my way to work – and it’s no exception. This one features only the torso of a woman with a bare midriff – and it’s a fairly inclusive definition of the midriff. The slogan at the bottom: “Expect Everything.”

Those familiar with the Pioneer Valley know that it is a place where anti-corporate sentiment, and feminism, not only thrive, but are loudly proclaimed. This billboard might as well have had a big target painted on it. It wasn’t long before the ad got reinterpreted through spray paint.

At first, it was changed to say, “We Infect Everything.” I saw this as some contractors were starting to remove the graffito, though I didn’t get a picture of it. The sign then had another week in its original form.

Then, it got altered again. Over Easter weekend, the “Everything” was
blacked out, and new letters painted in the same spot. This time, it was like that for a few days, and I got a picture:

“Expect Misogyny” I couldn’t have painted it better myself. Am I against sexuality, you ask? No, of course not. The point is that we’re bombarded with ads all the time that objectify women – reduce them to a sexual commodity rather than people – and someone decided here to call it like it is. The tough issue for me is the whole defacement of a billboard issue. I’m amused by what was done, but I certainly want to be careful about giving blanket approval to making political statements
in this way. I’d certainly feel different if Planned Parenthood put up a billboard about contraception, and it got defaced with an anti-abortion message. Of course, Anheuser-Busch is a much bigger and different kind of organization (and has much deeper pockets), so it’s not exactly a morally equivalent situation, but still.

I’d be very interested in any comments on this topic.

Also, I’m certainly not the first person to blog this.

Posted by seaking on 04-14-2007 at 11:04 pm
Posted in Humor, Politics with 6 Comments

Swiss Accidentally Invade Liechtenstein

I find it hard to improve on that headline.

It sounds like the plot of a goofy comedy movie from the ’60’s, but it is apparently true.

The story can be found here.

I especially love the part about nobody noticing.

Posted by seaking on 03-02-2007 at 09:03 pm
Posted in Humor, Links, Surreal with 1 Comment

Like ‘Risk’, only more relevant

Courtesy of my friend Kevin’s blog, I discovered the site of a board game about the war on terror.  In fact, it’s called War on Terror, the Boardgame, in which you either fight terror, or support it, or both.

No, I’m not making this up.

To some people (who are not me), this may at first seem like it is in poor taste.  Reading further on the site will reveal that it’s just as much a political statement as an entertaining product.  I heartily agree with the statement they’re making, plus the game actually looks like a lot of fun (the illustrations are great, but the EVIL balaclava is really the clincher).

The game is unfortunately kind of pricey, but perhaps it will go on my birthday list.

Posted by seaking on 01-21-2007 at 02:01 pm
Posted in Humor, Links, Politics with 0 Comments

Intangerines

The fruit you can’t pick up.  Also not very filling.

Posted by seaking on 12-13-2006 at 07:12 pm
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Not so great for dipping

So, a month or so ago, I was sitting on the couch, watching a video – I forget what it was. I had my cat Shark on my lap. I also had been eating a bit of dessert, and had a glass of milk in my hand, resting on the couch next to my leg.

At one point, after not taking a drink for a little bit, I looked down and discovered that the tip of Shark’s tail was sitting in the milk. Had there been a camera handy, there would be a picture, but alas, there was none.

I removed the offending protuberance, and tried to clean droplets off. Shark now realized that his tail was wet and proceeded to clean it – he cleaned it for a long time actually, presumably because it tasted good. Meanwhile, I removed a few hairs from the glass and drank the rest. Yes, I probably ingested some remaining cat hairs, but it isn’t as though I don’t do that all the time anyway. Those with hairy pets understand.

Posted by seaking on 12-02-2006 at 09:12 pm
Posted in Cats, Humor with 0 Comments

Say goodnight, Georgie…

I find it amusing that the 2 senators who conceded today are named Burns and Allen.

Posted by seaking on 11-09-2006 at 10:11 pm
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It’s all connected

So, a congressional task force has concluded that the Federal Emergency Management Agency botched the Katrina rescue and cleanup. Of particular concern was failure to deal with leaks, especially those by ‘Scooter’ Libby in the Valerie Plame case. Libby’s lawyers have subpoenaed hundreds of classified documents to be examined in this case – documents which were compiled by the National Security Agency from domestic wiretaps they obtained without warrants. President Bush authorized the warrantless spying, arguing that our phone and e-mail networks are vulnerable to terrorists exploiting open ports. Instead of trying to close the ports, the administration is selling them to Dubai Ports World, a state-run company in the United Arab Emirates. DPW, as its first act of port security, will be examining all packets of cartoons from Europe – particularly those from Denmark. A Danish newspaper caused controversy recently with its cartoons making fun of other countries’ domination of all the winter sports at the Olympic Games. While the Danish expected to excel at several traditionally Scandinavian sports, the biathlon events were the center of their own separate controversy, as Vice President Cheney hit a retired biathlete in the face while firing the ceremonial first shot. While the victim has recovered, the incident caused the event to be cut short. Upset by Cheney’s visit being aborted, the South Dakota legislature has passed a law banning abortion. The law is expected to be tested before the Supreme Court, which has a new justice Samuel Alito. Alito has been involved in judging controversies before, such as in the figure skating at the 2002 Winter Games, where officials of several nations were played against each other by lobbyist Jack Abramoff. Abramoff has recently reached a plea agreement with the justice department, and will testify in the trial of Saddam Hussein, who was implicated in the bombing of the Shiite Askariya shrine. The Shiite government of Iran is expected to retaliate with a possible nuclear strike, but the country’s nuclear capability is as yet unknown, according to Weapons Inspector Jacques Clouseau.

James Frey contributed to this report.

Posted by seaking on 03-03-2006 at 09:03 pm
Posted in Humor, Politics with 0 Comments

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