Thursday, December 20, 2007

Best Email Thread Ever

Actual e-mail conversation, which occurred earlier today:

Thursday, December 20, 2007 10:07 AM
From: SP
Subject: thursday

how is everyone today?


Thursday, December 20, 2007 10:35 AM
From: Me
Subject: RE: thursday

like yesterday, only slightly older


Thursday, December 20, 2007 10:43 AM
From: SP
Subject: RE: thursday

and how were you yesterday?


Thursday, December 20, 2007 10:57 AM
From: Me
Subject: RE: thursday

a lot like today, only slightly younger


Thursday, December 20, 2007 11:29 AM
From: SP
Subject: RE: thursday

so i guess you are feeling lame then!


Thursday, December 20, 2007 11:41 AM
From: Me
Subject: RE: thursday

hey, when am i not? :-D


Thursday, December 20, 2007 11:44 AM
From: SP
Subject: RE: thursday

you have an excellent point


Thursday, December 20, 2007 12:25 PM
From: DP
Subject: RE: thursday

lol, this is the best email thread ever

Maybe In This Decade!!!

Duke Nukem: Forever trailer!

http://youtube.com/watch?v=7txp0QTvVPk

Go check it out!

Tuesday, December 11, 2007

Surviving without Robert Jordan

As posted by myself previously, with the sad passing of author Robert Jordan, the Wheel of Time series has been left without an ending. I am happy to pass along, that an author has been chosen to finish the last book (based on the many notes/drafts/etc already created by Jordan), with an expected release of Fall, 2009. This is good news! ...of course, now we all have to wait 2 years...

Official news post: http://www.tor-forge.com/NewsArticle.aspx?articleId=647

Thursday, October 04, 2007

Story: SM-7536: Part 3

Confused? Start here: Story: SM-7536: Part 1

Another report, this one by a policeman helping with the emergency evacuations, gives some of the details of the final approach of the object.

So I was out there, ya see, helping to direct traffic for the evacuees, and things was going pretty smooth-like. And everyone was a little panicky, driving a little crazy-like, but that's to be expected, what with the impending doom and all. So anyway there I was, out directing traffic, like I says, and off in the distance I see a strange glowing kinda thing, up in the sky... at first I didn't pay it no mind, because everyone knows that meteors burn up in the air and all, so I didn't think it was nothing to worry about. But it kept getting closer and closer, and and bigger and bigger, and pretty soon everyone started seeing it too, even in their cars, and folks was getting mighty desperate to get out of there, cuz it looked like it was headin' right for us. Now, I won't say I was a hero or nuthin, cuz I ain't, but I didn't abandon my traffic-directin', no I did not. See, I figured that if I could see it that clearly already, there was no way I could get away from it anyway, so what's the point in leaving what I was supposed to be doing?

Anyway, it kept coming closer, and getting lower, and it was definitely not burning up or nothing, it was all like glowing and shiny, like a newly polished pearl, only huge of course, and heading right for town. Around this time, most people started just abandoning their cars, and running away, tho I really don't know where they think they was heading that was gonna help, ya know?

So then, I could see that it was slowing down, as it got closer, see... and I didn't think that was really normal, but I wasn't worried too much about its speed, cuz I figured we was all dead anyway. But it kept slowing down, and slowing down, and finally it got over the center of town, right over the square, see... and it stopped moving! It just sorta sat there, up in the sky, and then it slowly started lowering itself down, like it was coming in for a landing! I felt for sure I was gonna meet some aliens, that I did!

As I was sayin', it kept lowering itself down, a lot slower than you'd expect, and when it was about about as high as a house, it stopped. It didn't' slow down no more or anything: it was moving, and then it just wasn't moving no more.

So at this point, I kinda realized that the cars I was directing, didn't have no more people in them, so I was kinda just wasting my time. So I started walking over towards the meteor, or whatever it was, and it was so pretty. So very pretty. It kept glittering, and I think it was rotating around a little, real slow-like. And there was all so many beautiful colors on it, all swirling around, like ripples on a pond, only prettier. And there was reds, and blues, and yellows, and other colors I don't even think we have words for yet, and they was swirling around... and the colors, oh they was so pretty, they were just swirling around so nice...


The rest of the officer's report devolved into incoherent ramblings about the sight of the object, and he was subsequently treated for acute psychosis, brought on by excessive mental trauma and extreme stress. Regardless, this remains the most detailed, close-up description of the object, both during and immediately after its “landing” maneuver.

Monday, October 01, 2007

Story: SM-7536: Part 2

Confused? Start here: Story: SM-7536: Part 1

From a report filed by an officer of the National Guard, regarding the events she witnessed in the early morning of Friday, June 12th, 2015.

My unit approached the most populated area in our designated target zone, bringing with us as many empty troop-carrier trucks as we managed to find before heading out. We went in as fast as possible, with the desperate hope that we would be able to load up our trucks with anyone and everyone we came across, and then rush them back out of the area as quickly as possible, hopefully getting them out of the area about to be destroyed by the incoming meteor.

En route to our destination, we received radio communications, indicating that the meteor was beginning to slow down as it approached the surface. This made very little sense to us, however it did mean we had that much more time to save as many people as possible.

We had fully loaded two of our trucks, and sent them heading out of the risk-area. On approaching our next designated way point, we saw something strange in the sky overhead. Far above us, something seemed to... shimmer faintly, as it passed by us. Our radio had been filled with nothing but interference for a while, something we had anticipated as the electromagnetic effects of the meteor's approach affected us, so we could neither report it at the time, nor ask what we might be seeing. The object passed overhead, although its progress was difficult to track directly... we couldn't actually see it, the air in its vicinity just seemed to glow and shake. After it passed us, we went back to work, intent on our objectives.


The above report is the earliest reliable eye-witness account of the passage of the meteor. While not viewed directly, its passage overhead was detectable from the ground at this point, its outer core, as mentioned previously, having burned away after entry into the atmosphere.

Friday, September 28, 2007

Story: SM-7536: Part 1

SM-7536

Being a full and complete recording of the events related to Study Material 7536 (SM-7536).
Beginning in the year 2015 A.D., and extending to include all appropriate time periods and intervals.
Record follows.


The meteor was first detected by an observatory in Australia, and given a non-memorable designation. It's expected trajectory was to take it past Jupitor, pass “close” to Earth (in solar terms), and then after a hook around the Sun, it would leave our Solar System, never to be seen again. This, of course, did not happen quite as expected.

As more and more observatories picked up the watch it, its course seemed to change. It first swung away from Jupiter, as if attempting to avoid its gravity well. Then, it cut violently back across the sky, swung around Jupiter, and hurled away on its new trajectory. This new path would, without any doubts, hurl it directly into Earth.

Once news of the impending impact reached the media, the story exploded across the news mediums. CNNBC’s well-known “World Events Blog" (WEB) carried the most detailed and up-to-date records of the approach of the meteor, and its effect on humans the world over. Amongst the varied doomsday stories provided elsewhere, were just as many questioning what the various world governments were going to do about it. It was soon apparent that there was absolutely nothing that anyone could do about it.

The meteor entered Earth's atmosphere at approximately 2:13am, local time, over New York City. The fireball of its super-heated entry was viewable across most of the eastern and central United States. Military and civilian radar stations located nearby tracked it continuously, and plotted its course, predicting the location of its devastating, inevitable touch-down. This location is believed to have been Charleston, South Carolina, however there are some conflicting reports regarding this matter.

While unexplainable at the time, it is now known that the sudden disappearance to the naked eye of the object while on its way to the surface, was due to the outer core finally burning away. The inner material, being far more resistant to heat, friction, and in fact nearly all other physical energies, did not burn. Radar continued to track it, until it finally dropped too low for radar to follow. Local forces, including police and a portion of the National Guard, rushed towards its expected landing point, hoping to be able to evacuate at least a portion of the population living in the area. What they found there stunned them all.

Story Challenge

So my friend and co-worker bill challenged me to a "competition" of sorts... we both have said how we'd like to try writing stories, but neither of us have really been able to compell ourselves to spend the time to do so (for an exception, see his recent pirate-themed short story on his site: A Pirate Secret ). So anyway, he challenged me to start a story, and we would both try to post part of it online every day (thus compelling us to have to write more each day).

So without further ado, I give you... well, see my next post!

Tuesday, September 18, 2007

Robert Jordan: October 17, 1948 – September 16, 2007

"The Wheel of Time turns, and Ages come and pass, leaving memories that become legend. Legend fades to myth, and even myth is long forgotten when the Age that gave it birth comes again. In one Age, called the Third Age by some, an Age yet to come, an Age long past, a wind rose.... The wind was not the beginning. There are neither beginnings nor endings to the turning of the Wheel of time.
But it was a beginning."

Friday, July 06, 2007

Finland + Norway = Smarty Party

Finway
Capitol: Marzipan
Government: Dictatorship
Fearless Leader: His Excellency, lowercase (may He live forever)
Primary Export(s): Laughter, Hilarity, Bad Puns
Primary Import(s): Chocolate, Video Games
Current Population: 1

Tuesday, February 13, 2007

kicking it "old school"

as you most likely did NOT notice, i just imported some of the entries from my old livejournal... not all of them, as some (most?) i felt weren't "worthy" of the "high standards" i keep around here... meaning they were lame and/or boring... but i moved some of them over!

no comments were moved during this process... i don't know if i'll bother with copying comments or not... if you see some... (perhaps your own!) that you think should be re-commented, feel free to go to my old live journal and copy/paste those comments into the appropriate entry here!

ah, fond memories
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EDIT: "Removed" link to my livejournal, as I have decided to delete it (since all the important stuff has been copied to here.

Friday, January 26, 2007

Insane Spray Paint

"Spray paint artist from Portoro┼ż, Slovenia doing sci-fi paintings in less then 10 min. You can find more about artist and his art on www.sprej.com"

translation: this is CRAZY! (in an "insanely awesome, i'm very jealous" kind of way)