31.12.06

Super-Heros and Super-Villians

I'm totally cool with this.  Spider-Man has always been my favorite hero.

Your results:
You are Spider-Man

Spider-Man
85%
Superman
85%
Robin
62%
Batman
60%
Hulk
60%
Green Lantern
50%
Supergirl
45%
Catwoman
40%
Wonder Woman
35%
The Flash
30%
Iron Man
30%
You are intelligent, witty,
a bit geeky and have great
power and responsibility.

Click here to take the Superhero Personality Quiz

I'm surprised with the result on this one. 

Your results:
You are The Joker

The Joker
71%
Mr. Freeze
68%
Dr. Doom
60%
Magneto
59%
Poison Ivy
59%
Lex Luthor
57%
Apocalypse
57%
Dark Phoenix
48%
Juggernaut
41%
Riddler
40%
Venom
37%
Green Goblin
33%
Mystique
33%
Kingpin
30%
Catwoman
28%
Two-Face
25%
The Clown Prince of Crime. You are a brilliant mastermind but are criminally insane. You love to joke around while accomplishing the task at hand.
Click here to take the Supervillain Personality Quiz

24.12.06

Thrifting Again

In the course of wrapping up our Christmas shopping, we stopped by a few second hand shops. I saw a few more items I thought I'd share. This might become a regular feature here at SunCon if I can figure out a name or a tag for it.

I've been looking for a new winter coat this year. My current one is serviceable, though in desperate need of cleaning. So far I've lucked out this season, as we have not had a long stretch of inclement winter weather. So I'm still searching. Here are a couple I liked.

I want this one, but it's way too small.









This camel hair coat fits, but I don't think I would wear it often.















I think this is one spiffy umbrella.









I almost bought this Han Solo coffee mug. Almost.









Nice 'do!

19.12.06

Random Ramblings for 19.12.06

The feature piece on All Things Considered today, about voting for a female POTUS, is a must listen. Former Rep. Pat Schroeder talks about her experience considering a election bid in 1987. I know I wasn't politically aware then, but I had never heard of it before this. Marie Wilson of the White House Project and Robert Raben, The Raben Group, discussing the hurdles a woman faces as a candidate for executive leadership is especially enlightening. Michele Norris's comment about imagining the President in "lipstick and pearls" was irksome though. Go listen.


Speaking of NPR, on the way home from work today I realized the reason I like to listen to it so much. I prefer talk radio most of the time, and my opinion is that public radio is the cream of the crop. Why? Information density.


I missed both chances to see the ISS and the docked Space Shuttle pass overhead tonight. I missed it yesterday too.


I read two articles in the NY Times about Iraq today. I'm sure most people have seen these. Yesterday the blog-o-stream was abuzz over this story of American Donald Vance being held as a detainee for 97 days after working with the FBI and tipping off the Coalition Forces to some insurgent activity. Via Boing Boing, this article explains the recent "electrical siege" being waged against Baghdad. That's some fourth generation warfare for you.


As much as I'd hate to perpetuate more bad blogging lingo:
The Heretik speaks, you listen.


If we have ever have a girl, we are naming her Yael. Yael was a Bad Ass, even if the Christians get her name wrong and use the masculine version of the Hebrew in their bibles. This bookends nicely with my partner's conversion to Judaism, so awesomeness all around. Learn more about her significance and how her tale can relate to modern Jewish female life here.


I have been obsessively listening to the Hot IQs the last couple of days. If you can have a crush on some one's voice, I've got one for Eli Mishkin's. Right now I think Elephant in White might just be a perfect tune.

16.12.06

Mo' Blogging

I've finally found a way to integrate moblogging into this blog, despite Blogger Beta's best efforts to thwart me. In the process I also now have a reason to use the Lifeblog software that came with my mobile. I would normally use Shozu* to upload photos, but they haven't updated the available destinations to include Blogger Beta yet.

Lifeblog is a nifty piece of software from Nokia that allows its users to organize their digital mobile media(photos, videos, SMS, notes, and emails). The mobile software is free, and permits one to create and send posts to your blog. With the desktop client you can sync your mobile, view a time line of your mobile life, and edit/create posts to share with the world. While the mobile version is free for unlimited use, the PC version has a 500 item limit, then you have to pay to unlock it. I don't use the desktop client for various reasons, but I do think the mobile software is appealing.

Nokia partnered with Six Apart** in the development of Lifeblog. The upshot of that is seamless integration with Typepad. If you use another blogging platform, well, it isn't as easy. If I remember correctly, there were simple protocols in place to use Lifeblog with Blogspot, but nothing thus far for Wordpress. Of course Google has implemented Blogger Beta now, and pretty much screwed the pooch for everybody. It does work well with Flickr though.

Last night I found out that in the process of using Lifeblog to post pictures to Flickr, I can tweak it to have the pictures forwarded here. Thank goodness that Flickr is on top of things with respect to the new Blogger Beta. Now if I absolutely need to blog a photo on the go, I have the option. Hooray!



*Shozu is a wonderful service. My suggestion to everyone that wants to sent digital images to the Internet is to check them out. The options available to automatically send photos when you take them is their killer feature. You can also send images just about anywhere, and include a title, description, and tags.

**I have to give Six Apart credit. They are the unparalleled when it comes to mobile blogging. Between the previously mentioned Lifeblog, Typepad Mobile, Vox Mobile, and Splashbog they have it covered.

15.12.06

A Thrifting We Will Go

I went thrift store shopping on Thursday. I thought I would share a few of the items I found but didn't buy for various reasons. First up is a nice hat that should score points with any scene kid:









I also saw a sweet winter coat that was just too small for me:









Check out the detail on the collar that's repeated on the pocket flaps:


Here are a matching set of orange, floral chairs. They even had both arm covers. If I had the room, I might have picked them up. A steal at $30:

Friday Cat Blogging


Gracie
Originally uploaded by sundaycontingency.

13.12.06

I'm stuck on you, stuck like glue, from kisses to blows

I should have had this up yesterdayMonday*, but I was lazy, as usual.

Saturday night we met up with some friends at Radio Radio for another rock and roll show. The lineup:

The Innate
Canasta
Cabin
RedLightDriver

Of note:
It was good to see Nate(theinnate) again. He said he's back in Indy and plans on taking a film class in the spring. He says he's having a good time and will be sticking around for a while, but time will tell. Its hard to pin that boy down.

Canasta was a pleasant surprise. Smart orchestral pop from Chicago. They're kit is the standard rock issue, plus a piano, violin, keyboards and trombone. As a result their sound is layered out the wazoo. RIYL: Belle & Sebastian, The Decemberists, The Arcade Fire, The Sea and Cake.

Red Light Driver needs hurry up and release an album. And put more songs up on their website and MySpace page. And bake me cookies. I'm a fan and I'm entitled, damn it. No, really, I can wait as long as it takes if the whole album sounds as good as what they've recorded so far. As much I think that Lunar Event is a much better name(for those who don't know, RLD used to be Lunar Event in a previous incarnation), I'm glad Derek and the crew stuck with it and has kept up the output of quality music.

*Google needs to implement some sort of fucking scheduled posting in Blogger Beta. I drafted this on Sunday, planning on coming back to it and adding links on Monday. Of course I forgot about it, and now it's being published on Wednesday. They're suggested workaround for scheduling posts: Save as draft and publish later. That helps. I'm sorely disappointed thus far with the Beta. If they don't get things straightend out by the time I get comfortable with CSS and PHP(which I doubt), I'll be switching to Wordpress. It's a shame too, because I use a lot of Google's other services, and it's nice to have everything integrated.

8.12.06

Friday Cat Blogging


19082006, originally uploaded by sundaycontingency.

One of my mother's cats, Meme.

6.12.06

Wednesday Warnings


06072006(002), originally uploaded by sundaycontingency.

Being Bitten by Electric Snakes will give you Lightning Powers!

3.12.06

Shocking! Shocking I say!

Your 'Do You Want the Terrorists to Win' Score: 100%

You are a terrorist-loving, Bush-bashing, "blame America first"-crowd traitor. You are in league with evil-doers who hate our freedoms. By all counts you are a liberal, and as such cleary desire the terrorists to succeed and impose their harsh theocratic restrictions on us all. You are fit to be hung for treason! Luckily George Bush is tapping your internet connection and is now aware of your thought-crime. Have a nice day.... in Guantanamo!

Do You Want the Terrorists to Win?
Quiz Created on GoToQuiz


Why do I hate America so much?


{I found this at Mattthew Yglesias's blog, but it's making the rounds.}

The Best...

The best quote about a movie I have ever heard:

When the movie ended I felt so sad, knowing that I would never get to see it for the first time ever again.
-Hugh MacLeod on Kurosawa's Seven Samurai

Geek Alert

In the spirit of Jason's post the other day, here's a conversation I had with him last night.


me: Anyway, check out the my latest post.
Jason: i'm rocking the split screen. football on one, XBox 360 hold 'em on the other. what's your blog? I don't think i ever got the link
me: sundaycontingency.blogspot.com
Jason: holy shit. that is just wrong
me: LOLZ Did you follow the link?
Jason: oh ... my god.
me: Now you too can have a crazy talking harpy doll
Jason: god I almost want one for the horrible kitsch factor
me: me too. the link was on boing boing, I imagine sales will surge in the next 24 hours

me: wait, so you're watching tv, playing a video game and chatting online all at the same time?
Jason: phone just a sec
me: hahahahaha!
Jason: yup. it's brilliant. multitasking
me: that's better than me last night, watching bittorrented TV on my PC, while blogging on my wife's macbook
Jason: heh yeah... a MAC. "Hi I'm a Mac and I don't shower"
me: I should have used my phone to check my email at the same time.
Jason: yeah i've got web surfing, chat, a TV and internet poker on teh 360 all at the same time. I am super dork.
me: you don't have any super powers, you can't be a super dork, right?
Jason: heh I suppose you are right. heh
me: you could be a super dork if you'd just admit that batman is a super-hero
Jason: I can't do that. I guess I get kicked out of the nerd club.
me: well, you are dating right now.
Jason: hah yeah I guess taht automatically kicks me out
me: zing! I am so blogging that.
Jason: now who's the nerd? heh
me: zing! I'll let you get back to your "media experience."

2.12.06

Brain Exploding in 3, 2, 1...

Just in time for the holidays, the Dr. Laura action figure. She's dressed in a snazzy yellow jumpsuit! She says one of 23 phrases when you push her button! Biography, personal photos, and batteries included!

Follow the link to her it say things like, "Are you sure this is the hill you want to die on?" WTF!? I haven't heard her show in years; does she ask her caller's this? What does that mean?

I give it two weeks before someone has hacked this doll, uses it recreate the sex scene from Team America: World Police, and posts it to Youtube. Come on Internets, don't let me down!


{Link via Boing Boing}

1.12.06

Friday Cat Blogging


Shotgun!, originally uploaded by sundaycontingency.