Friday, October 14, 2005
Here are my two latest Woot Photoshop contest entries:
Link 1
Link 1



Friday, September 23, 2005
This week, our school had a "Career fair" on campus, where people would come in and set up booths and get people to join their career. Everything from accounting at Best Buy to stocking at Target to medical places to hotel management... it was all there. The Target people were giving away Gummy Dogs, because, you know... their logo is Spot. AND I GOT SOME! But that is only half of why I am so excited.
At the same time, they had a "Part-Time Job Fair" downstairs. Sprint, Radio Shack, UPS, more Best Buy people... I was just browsing around, because I need a job, and I stopped to talk to the UPS lady (among others). She said that they were hiring, so I gave her my information. She told me that she would call me back on Friday. She made it sound like she was going to call everyone back on Friday.
Fast forward to today (Friday). She calls me, and gets my information. I go online to fill out the application. At this point, I am still thinking this is an application. When I call her back, though, she makes it clear that it is not. A guy left, and they need to fill the spot right away. She said that I can work seasonally, or be hired as a full-time-part-time guy (work part-time, but continue past Christmas). I take the FTPT job, because I want to keep it after Christmas. She then puts me on the fast track. She said that normally, it takes a few weeks to hire someone, but I am going to start training Tuesday, because they need someone fast.
She then goes on to tell me that she had well over 30 names to choose from, but she choose me, because she thought that I would work well. That is the best compliment you can give someone! I am glad that I came off that way, because I am someone that is a really good worker.
She then mentions that there is a $.50 pay raise after 90 days, and I realize that I don't even know how much the position pays. After I talked to her, I looked at the sheet she gave me earlier in the week... "$8.50-$9.50/hr to start with 4.50 raise after 90 days... Paid vacation and holidays" I am so excited! I was thinking $6, $7... but $8.50, that is a huge raise for me (I was getting $7 at Subway).
OK, I know that you guys are laughing at me for being excited about a $8.50 an hour job, but this is college, baby! I need it.
PLUS!!! It fits perfect with my schedule. I start at 5:30 and go until everything is sorted (usually 3.5-5 hours), Mon-Fri. So, even on the bad days, I won't be working past 10:30 (at Subway it was 12:30 at the earliest), and it is 17.5 - 25 hours a week, which is just about what I need.
The only down side: it is Mon-Fri, every day, every week, and I will (of course) have to work over the Christmas holidays.
I expect to make about $550 a month, which is pretty good, but I would prefer it to be slightly higher... but $550 a month is sure better than nothing!!!!
So... I go from this morning having 5 applications in my bag to fill out so that I can paper the town to having a good job! I am so excited!



Thursday, September 15, 2005
The Nintendo Revolution, controlled with your... remote control??
Check this out!
I don't think it is a great idea, but it may take some getting used to.


...the rest of the story.

Monday, September 05, 2005
Here is an interview with Adam Savage, one of the Mythbusters hosts. A good read!
Part 1 and Part 2.


My Weekend, and how it changed my life

OK, it all started Friday afternoon. I was at my brother's apartment, getting ready to drive to my sister's Open House (they just built a new house, and they were throwing a party for friends and family). Gas prices had already risen (I paid $60 to fill up my tank... but I didn't complain, because at least I had a truck to fill up!), and we figured it would cost $50 to drive to my sister's house and back (it would be the three of us: my brother, his wife, and I). We at first decided that it was worth the money to spend time with family that we haven't seen for 6 months (grandmother and cousins).
But then we started thinking: "We are going to spend money to have a party, while tens of thousands of people are homeless." So we decided to not go, and made plans for the next day.
Saturday, we went to Wal-Mart and bought $130 worth of food. We took it to my bro's apartments, where 4 families had just moved in. The apartment complex had a huge heart, because there were piles of food and even more clothing. We ended up sorting the clothes for several hours, and helped a woman bring donated items to her "new" apartment. She was nearing tears while she thanked God for the help around her.
After that, we took the rest of the food to a donation center. We stayed the rest of the day there sorting items, boxing them up, and shipping them to different shelters (I have never seen so many diapers!).
Then, things got back to "normal" for me. I drove back to my dorm Saturday night, and washed up for the next day. Sunday morning, I got to church early to run the service (I run the sound at my church). After church, I went and saw "Red Eye" with my friend (he works at the movie theater... FREE TICKETS!!!, and a pretty good movie, BTW). When we got out of the movie, it was right at 2:30. I remembered that my church was going to serve food at another church that was acting like a shelter. So I went back to church, and changed clothes (I still hadn't taken the clothes out of my truck from the night before). We left at 3, and took piles of donated items with us, as well as lots of food! But, there was a bonus: our congregation donated enough money to buy ONE HUNDRED cots for people to sleep on!
So, we head off with our donations. On the way there, I get to know Stephen, who is riding in the car with me. Stephen was in New Orleans when the hurricane hit. It is one thing to see people on the news, it is another to talk to them in person. His house was flooded with about 4 feet of water, but luckily, they had moved all of their possessions (clothes, mainly) into the attic. A passing neighbor asked him (jokingly) "What happened to your boat?" After a few days, Stephen made a small raft and waded through the water, using the raft to carry his few items. When he got to the Super Dome, it took him a while to get on a bus headed for Dallas. 10 hours later ("The bus driver liked to stop at every chance"), they landed in Dallas, where they were registered and told to wait. While he was waiting, someone spotted him and asked him if he wanted to stay with them. Turns out, she is the one sitting behind me, next to Stephen.
So, we finally get to the church. This church was originally going to hold 50-75 people, but like most places, they received more than that. As of Saturday night, they had over 250 people there. We served them dinner of loaded baked potatoes (with chili), caesar salad with chicken, watermelon, grapes, and lots of other fruits and snacks. It was odd having them through the lines (I was serving the chili). Several of them had never had a loaded baked potato before, and other's didn't know what a caesar salad would taste like. It was a culture shock to me.
After serving diner and cleaning up, we loaded up and headed home, but our mission isn't over. We have committed to helping this church with whatever it needs done in the next few weeks; we already a list of things to do.
It felt good to get in tonight. I left the house before 8AM, and got back after 11PM, but because of poor planning (and not knowing what was going on), I was still wearing my church shoes (OK, they are not church shoes, they are black work shoes that are comfy, but still...).

I tell you this (and spend 30 minutes writing it) not for self gratification; I do it to let others know that they are not alone in this dark world. I want those that are lost and hurt to know that there are people in this world that will give anything and everything, from money, to objects, to time, and even their own home, to help those that are less fortunate. I don't volunteer my time because I want to look good, or because I want to raise my social status. I do it to glorify God. He calls us to serve others. By helping the needy, we praise God so that He may be seen by others.

Depending on your situation, it is my hope that you walk away from this message either filled with hope that God will guide your life, or that you are motivated to help those around you.



Thursday, September 01, 2005
(I wrote a short post for a forum, and it made a nice splash, so I re-wrote it and submitted it to the UNT newspaper)

Thursday morning, the Eagle Point bus from Victory Hall into town was full, so I couldn't get on, causing me to be late to class. As I stood waiting for the next bus, I was angry that we don't have enough busses running to get everyone to class on time. Then, something hit me... there are twenty four THOUSAND people in the Super Dome right now, waiting for DAYS with NO AC for an overcrowded bus.
Then I started to put all of life's problems in this context. I really need to find a job, but there are tens of thousands of people in several states that have no jobs. I am running low on money, but there are tens of thousands of people that now have NOTHING AT ALL, no money, no home, no car. Gas sure is expensive, but at least I have a car to put gas in!
All of a sudden, all of my life's little quabbles don't seam so bad.



Wednesday, August 31, 2005
My laptop has been built, shipped, and is scheduled to be here September 7th!
UPDATE: I got my free printer today, but it only came with "single use only" inc, and no USB cable... NO USB CABLE!!! How cheep are these guys?? I mean, it was free, BUT STILL!!


just me?

Sunday, August 28, 2005
Am I the only one that that has noticed that there has been an influx of Christian music in secular media?
I heard Toby Mac's "Slam" twice, once in a commercial for Fox's "Prison Break," and another time in a commercial for the movie "Transporter 2."
And, tonight, "This is your life" by Switchfoot was on the season finale of a TV show called "The 4400."

Praise God!


yea! 2

Tuesday, August 23, 2005
A few months ago, I posted a link for testing your connection speed. Because I was at my father's house at the time, my speed was dismal:
Download Speed: 376 kbps (47 KB/sec transfer rate)
Upload Speed: 97 kbps (12.1 KB/sec transfer rate)

Now that I am back in the dorm, I decided to try it again:
Download Speed: 5541 kbps (692.6 KB/sec transfer rate)
Upload Speed: 113 kbps (14.1 KB/sec transfer rate)



yea! 1

Well, as you can see, I am up and running. I got here last night and ended up hanging out with friends and family until the wee hours of the morning, so I didn't get anything unpacked... that is my job today!
My room is very nice (which is should be, I am paying extra for it), but it is smaller than my room last year. I don't know yet if I will stay with a roommate or try to move out. Once I meet him, I might know.
That is all.



Monday, August 22, 2005
Well, this is it. I am off to the dorms again. And if history repeats itself, I won't have internet for another few days (stupid lazy people!).
Oh, and I have a roommate... I wasn't supposed to, but I am sharing a suite with three freshmen... joy joy.
So, in two weeks, I may switch rooms... but I may not, who knows... we will see.
Any who, see you on the flip side... whenever that is!


Too cool!!!!

Friday, August 19, 2005
I was surfing Wikipedia, and thought it would be neat to look up my birthday, November 6th, 1984.
For those of you that don't know, that is the day that Reagan was elected. I knew that, but as I was scanning the list of events on that day, I noticed several other presidential elections were on that day, which is no surprise considering the time of year.

1860 - Abraham Lincoln
1888 - Benjamin Harrison
1900 - William McKinley
1928 - Herbert Hoover
1956 - Dwight D. Eisenhower
1984 - Ronald Reagan

Notice anything about the list? EVERY president that was elected on my birthday was REPUBLICAN!

I am starting to like my birthday even more!!!

More info:

1860 - U.S. presidential election, 1860: Abraham Lincoln is elected as the 16th President of the United States, the first Republican to hold that office.
1888 - U.S. presidential election, 1888: Democrat incumbent Grover Cleveland wins the overall popular vote, but is voted out of office because he loses in the Electoral College to Republican challenger Benjamin Harrison.
1900 - U.S. presidential election, 1900: Republican incumbent William McKinley is reelected by defeating Democrat challenger William Jennings Bryan.
1928 - U.S. presidential election, 1928: Republican Herbert Hoover wins by a wide margin over Democrat Alfred E. Smith.
1956 - U.S. presidential election, 1956: Republican incumbent Dwight D. Eisenhower is reelected by defeating Democrat challenger Adlai E. Stevenson in a rematch of their contest four years earlier.
1984 - Ronald Reagan defeats Walter Mondale to be re-elected in one of the largest electoral landslide in United States election history.



For those of you that don't know, Woot has Photoshop Contests every weekend, and in the last few weeks I have been working on my Photoshop skills by participating. Here are my entries:

"Nature Abhors a Vacuum" (two weeks ago)
Entry One
Entry Two
(original posts, with links to the original files)

Blender Monuments (this weekend)
Entry One
Entry Two
Entry Three
(original posts, with links to the original files)
UPDATED: Entry Four
(original post, with links to the original files)

Hope you enjoy looking at them as much as I like making them. =: >

NOTE: When I link to the original posts, it only links to the page that my posts are on. To find my posts, do a text search for "Katanna". You may have to search several times to see all of my posts on one page.



Sunday, August 14, 2005
This is tooo funny, and a great idea!!
Note: It has mild language.
Direct Link (right click, save as)



I got this via e-mail, and it is pretty funny!
The Evil still has me laughing!
A Very Smart Bird



Wednesday, August 10, 2005
Why not to play lots of video games...


A Water Fireplace?

Friday, August 05, 2005
Don't install a gas fireplace... make it water!
(from Slashdot)
"Ordinary tap water (preferably distilled) is supplied to the fireplace through a pipe or tank, a 220 volt electrical service then separates the hydrogen and oxygen atoms through electrolysis, the Aqueon ignites the hydrogen, and ta-dah, fire! The oxygen is then added for color and brightness, while the rest is released into the room. It doesn't require venting because it doesn't produce any harmful emittents like carbon monoxide -- just water vapor.' The manufacturer's website has more information on the science behind this new product. While splitting water to get hydrogen and oxygen is not new, this product will likely make the technology more accessible to the masses and might hopefully show that hydrogen is a more attractive fuel than petroleum-based fuels."



Tuesday, August 02, 2005
Hell has frozen over!



I don't know if I should be proud or not.
Tim Burton is coming out with his latest version of "Nightmare Before Christmas." This one is called "Corpse Bride."
Just like Nightmare, Corpse Bride is stop motion animation, meaning it was shot one frame at a time. However, Burton went with digital this time.
Using a Mac running Final Cut Pro, and a consumer level digital camera, he was able to create a trailer that most people think was computer generated.
Read more about it here. This is a wonderful read, even for you Mac haters out there (that would be you, Diz).
You can also watch the trailer.


My Piano

Sunday, July 31, 2005
And, for those that are intrested, my latest creation. (right click, save as)
This one I wrote all by myself!



Wednesday, July 27, 2005
This is another example of someone having way too much time on their hands!



Tuesday, July 26, 2005
First, check out this picture.
What do you think? It looks pretty lame to me...


Stupid Micro$oft

Monday, July 25, 2005
And, for those Anti-Apple people out there (that would be you, Diz), read this story:



Sunday, July 24, 2005
Introducing the world's smallest website!
"At 18x18pixels, the claim is fair based on how developed the content is - real-time news, a blog, a cam, links, games and it even comes in flash and html. A+ for interface."


Test YOUR connection

Friday, July 22, 2005
A while ago I posted a link to a site that tested your connection.
This is another, great site that tests your internet connection.
Simply push one button, wait a moment, and it displays your connection speed!
Post your speed in the comments section TODAY!
Download Speed: 376 kbps (47 KB/sec transfer rate)
Upload Speed: 97 kbps (12.1 KB/sec transfer rate)
(yup, that slow!)


the new standard...

Saturday, July 16, 2005
"Every key of the Optimus keyboard is a stand-alone display showing exactly what it is controlling at this very moment."

This is going to be the new standard for keyboards.
Imagine a keyboard that changes keys with every application you use. Open Photoshop, and instead of QWERTY, you see icons that match Photoshop. Play a quick game of Quake, and your keys are mapped out for you.
Next year, this keyboard will be available. At an estimated $200, it is quite pricey, but well worth it!



Thursday, July 14, 2005
These are too cool...

Kinda like these:



Sunday, July 10, 2005
For those with WAY WAY too much time:



Friday, July 08, 2005
Why couldn't my parents be this cool??

Parents Hire Stripper for Son's Birthday
Tennessee Parents Plead Guilty to Hiring a Stripper for Their Son's 16th Birthday Party

NASHVILLE, Tenn. Jul 8, 2005 — A couple pleaded guilty Thursday to hiring a stripper for their son's 16th birthday party and were sentenced to two years probation.

Landon and Anette Pharris, who were charged with contributing the delinquency of a minor, also were ordered to take parenting classes.

The parents hired the stripper to perform at a September party attended by about a dozen young people.

Cassandra Joyce Park, 29, who police say used the stage name "Sassy," danced for a few hours before partygoers took up a collection and paid her $150 more to fully disrobe, Anette Pharris said.

The stripper and the man she was with were also granted probation.

Police were tipped off to the party by a photo developer at a drug store who saw pictures of the occasion.

Pharris said after being arrested that she tried to do something special for her son.

"We even had grandpa there," she said.



Thursday, July 07, 2005


Can it be done???

Sunday, June 26, 2005
Want to download your favorite movie?? For free?? LEGALLY????
Now you can.
Well, sort of.
The Internet Archive has a site with many public domain movies.
One notable download is Charade with Cary Grant and Audrey Hepburn, which is "public domain due to the failure to put the then required copyright notice in the released print." I am downloading my 4GB copy right now...
Go search their database and see what else they have!


Calvin and Hobbs...



From the cool links section...

Thursday, June 23, 2005
Gas Station Owner Cashes in 1.4M Pennies
Note: The article's name is actually "$1.4M Pennies," but this is incorrect.

Oh, and the Spurs won!!
Go Spurs!!!


Alls well that ends well...

Well, today I did a project in class. It was a one minute live show from a TV studio, and I was the director. I spent the last few days writing the script and buying props. Today, I had 20 minutes to direct the show, and it went very well. The talent performed well, the camera operators did their job, and everyone in the control room was phenomenal. Although none of them read this blog (who does again??), I want to say thanks to the 13 people that made that work well!
I should have the show up for download next week sometime.



Wednesday, June 22, 2005
I recently got a comment that I had not posted in a while.
So here you go.



Wednesday, June 15, 2005
Well, here it is! My first student film, up for everyone to get.
I recommend that you use VLC to watch the files. VLC is open source, so it is free, no mal-ware, and good on both PC and Macs (as well as like 20 other systems).
There are two versions (right click, save as):
Small (19MB)
Large (51MB)
NOTE that there is about 8 seconds of black at the beginning. Don't try to "fast forward," just suffer through it (it creates problems if you try to move the timeline).
Also, while I am ecstatic about how this turned out, there are a few things that I want to fix, and I am planning on spending the next few weeks fixing all of the problems. The cut that you see was edited in 5 hours, and I want to start from scratch again to see what I can do with out the requirements set up by the course.
Tell me what you think!
Also (again), thanks for OurMedia.org for hosting the movies for free!



Monday, June 13, 2005
For those with e-mail problems....


For those that don't know...

Michael Jackson was acquitted (100% not guilty).


Hey, guess what!

Friday, June 10, 2005
I was born on: 11/6/1984
I was born on a Tuesday under the astrological sign Scorpio.

The Julian calendar date of my birth is 2446010.5.
The golden number for 1984 is 9.
The epact number for 1984 is 27.
The year 1984 was a leap year.

As of 6/10/2005 12:58:04 AM CDT (early Friday morning)
I am 20 years old.
I am 247 months old.
I am 1,074 weeks old.
I am 7,521 days old.
I am 180,504 hours old.
I am 10,830,298 minutes old.
I am 649,817,884 seconds old.

There are 149 days till my next birthday on which my cake will have 21 candles on it.

Those 21 candles produce 21 BTU's, or 5,292 calories of heat (that's only 5.2920 food Calories!). You can boil 2.40 US ounces of water with that many candles.

The moon's phase on the day I was born was waxing gibbous.

There are 198 days till Christmas 2005!

Thanks to this site for the info.


fender-benders, buddies, and moving... oh my!

Wednesday, June 08, 2005
OK, a lot has happened this last week. Some good, some bad, some just down right funky... OK, so I am going over board with that. Oh well. Here is the stuff that has been happenin' this week:
I hit a car... again... (that makes 3). I was backing out of the parking lot and I didn't see the big red van behind me, and my bumper hit their bumper. It left a little dent (no scratches), so I left my information. Well, they never called me. So I have to assume that I am going to squeak by this one like the other two...
I am also starting production on my first student film. It is due Tuesday, so I should have a download of it soon after that. We don't have the script nailed down yet, but I can tell you this: it is going to be dark.
I got a new Buddy. That makes this one Buddy the Third. He is sitting by me and is happy swimming around aimlessly... A great fish, BTW!
Other than that... I have a lot going on, plenty to complain about, but I am sure you don't want to hear about it. If you do, call me and I will complain plenty. Oh, and if you call, please use my new dorm number, not my cell... I forgot my charger and the only way I can charge it is in the car... not so fun.
Oh, and I have a huge "Cool Links" section tonight:

For Diz:
Safari Screenshot Generator

For Fuzzy:
Wal-Mart won't print digital photos that look "professional"

Just for fun:
55 Optical Illusions & Visual Phenomena
Video from inside a tornado
A Disposable Digital Camcorder
Fandango.com has $4 off tickets to Star Wars: Episode III - Revenge of the Sith with coupon code SKYWALKER.
Fastest Gun In The World! (0 - 76,000mph in one second)
World's Fastest Inkjet Printer

Well, that is all. Hope yall are well!


This is how I feel when Spart is around...

Thursday, June 02, 2005



Chewbacca is a metrosexual!!!
Why else would he always carry around a man-bag????
What do you think is in there? As one person said it:
"No point in glamourizing a femenine accesory..Its a purse. I'd bet he's got 1 large nail file, 1 oversized hairbrush, and 1 small waterproof lipstick. Chewie's a freak on Saturday nights." (dAMIAn78)

(for those that don't know what a metrosexual is, check out this article from Wikipedia)



Tuesday, May 31, 2005
I took these photographs the other night. They are .GIFs of the moon raising.
The best way to view these is to right click, save as, and once it is done downloading, right click on the file and open with your favorite browser.
Link 1
Link 2


This one is for Matt...

Monday, May 30, 2005
A college professor, an avowed Atheist, was teaching his class. He shocked several of his students when he flatly stated that there is no God. The expression, "One Nation, Under God", was unconstitutional, and further, he was going to prove there is no God.

Addressing the ceiling he shouted: "God, if you are real, I want you to knock me off this platform. I'll give you 15 minutes!"

The lecture room fell silent. You could have heard a pin fall. Ten minutes went by. Again he taunted God, saying,
"Here I am, God. I'm still waiting."

His countdown got down to the last couple of minutes when a Marine, just released from active duty and newly registered in the class, walked up to the professor, hit him full force in the face, and sent him ass over teacups from his lofty platform. The professor was out cold.

At first the students were shocked and babbled in confusion.

The young Marine took a seat in the front row and sat silent. The class fell silent...waiting. Eventually, the professor came to.

Shaken, he looked at the young Marine in the front row. When he regained his senses and when he could speak he yelled, "What's the matter with you? Why did you do that?"

"God was busy. He sent the Marines."


For the slow days...

Here is a site that I thought was great, and I spent plenty of time on it...
Game Console Controller Family Tree


This one is for Spart...

Wednesday, May 25, 2005
My two cool links of the day:
Link: What nerds do when they have too much fun (this is from the new game, Half Life 2)
Link: Another Star Wars???


"Katanna's Blog's viewings at an all time low!"

Monday, May 23, 2005
Well, I am saddened to say that in the last week, there have been only three page viewings of this blog. Three. Tres. Trente. OK, I made that last one up, but come on guys, we need more viewings!!!
Then again, I am preaching to the choir here...


A great quote...

"Leading voices in America's "peace" movement are actually cheering against self-determination for a long-suffering Third World country because they hate George W. Bush more than they love freedom."

From an article written by an ex-Liberal that left the left.


Lordy, Lordy...

Sunday, May 22, 2005
Hey guys... I thought I would post for once.
See what time it is? Yup, it is almost nine in the morning. I woke up at 8 yesterday morning, and didn't sleep last night.
Lets see, in the last 24 hours, I have:
- driven over 200 miles, all without anyone else in the car.
- worked on two jobs, including taking over 500 pictures, and burning 800 CDs.
- helped someone move, in record high heat.
- driven a moving truck for the first time.
- not slept except for a 45 minute nap.

Well, guess what... I am off to bed! Hope I can make it to the bed...


Terrible thing!!!

Wednesday, May 18, 2005
I am sure glad these weren't around when I was a kid!!!!


Tha Da V Movie!

I thought yall might get a kick out of this.
However, notice the release date... it is not tomorrow...


For Diz...

Sunday, May 15, 2005
This one is for when Diz needs a break...



Friday, May 13, 2005
It has been a fad for many years to write things on the top of your graduation cap for when you walk the stage.
This guy decided to take it to the next level.
Link to how he did it.


Another Long One...

Hey guys, sorry I have been gone for a while, I was rather busy....
Early this week, I took my last finals! I am done with this semester! And I feel great about all of my classes, thank God! I have been thanking God for a lot recently, as I can really see Him performing miracles in my life.
One of those miracles is that he gave me great friends; ones that help you move. Jello, Cagle, and Spartacus (not their real names... kind of) moved all of my stuff from my dorm room into my truck during my last final. They did a great job of moving everything, even stuff I asked them not to. =: > But it turned out perfect, in that when my RA came to check me out, I was literally putting the finishing touches on my cleaning. Thank you so much guys for the work you did. I couldn't have done it with out you.
Now I am moved. Out of the dorm (yay!). And I have nothing to do all day, which is another great thing.
So, overall, thank God for all he has done for me this week!!


cool site of the nite...

Monday, May 09, 2005
This site is too cool, for two reasons...
The first it what it is for. This site hosts a program that turns your Windows XP machine into a visual OS X. So if you are running Windows, and you want it to look like OS X (with the bar on the top!!), use this program.
But that alone is not enough to make this the site of the nite.
The layout that it has is just phenomenal. Everything on the site is fully functional. "Aren't websites supposed to be fully functional" you might say. Well, just go there to see for yourself...


The longest one so far...

I am ecstatic!!! (that means very happy!)
First, a little background...
I am in an intro film final that I have to get a C or better so that I can go on with my college career. The grade is 30% midterm, 40% paper, 30% final. On the midterm, I got a C, and I didn't feel too good about the paper (I wouldn't know what I got until after the final).
So, needless to say, I was studying like crazy... which for me, was about 3 hours worth. I HAVE to get a C in the class, or I run into major problems. So, as I was studying like crazy, I was praying like crazy. I was praying that I would do my best studying and do my best on the final (I don't believe in praying for "supernatural knowledge," I think that is cheating... I only pray that I do my best). And on my way to the final this morning, I was feeling great! Even after minimal sleep for the past two nights (thanks to some party I went to), I was awake early and very jolly.
Then I saw the final... ouch! He covered some stuff that I didn't think he would, and asked some hard questions. But in the end, I thought I made about a D - C.
So, why am I so ecstatic (or happy, for those that have short term memory loss)? Because after I turned in the final, I got my paper back... and I got an A! And with that A being 40% of the grade, 30% being a C, it would have to be a pretty bad final to not get that C (according to my calculations, I would have to get below about 50% to not get a C in the class).

Also, I cleaned the bathroom today! See, I have to do it by Wednesday, and I thought that it would be a chore, but I was doing nothing today, so I did it, and it turned out to not be a chore! One less thing I have to worry about before I move on Wednesday.

So, I am doing great today!!

On a side note, I do need some prayer. I can't say what it is, but if you could pray for me and the decision I have to make, I would really appreciate it.I don't like keeping yall in the dark about this, and I will let you know once I know something, but right now, it is for the best if I don't say anything right now.


PS: that "some party" I went to was the best party I have been to... thanks for the great time, JEllo!!

Test your speed...

Sunday, May 08, 2005
This is a cool page that tests your connection speed, and graphs it compared to other standards.
Try it a few times, the results can vary...
I got usually about 6Mbps download and 70Kbps upload.
Note that they use bits, not Bytes... if you want to convert the results to normal usage, divide by 8 (or 10).
So, for instance, I download at 6Mbps (bits). Most people use MB (Bytes). So I would download at about .6MBps.
(that just went WAY over mother's head!)



I saw this, and was laughing so hard!
Apparently, it is an advertisement for Seinfeld's new movie, but it has nothing to do with that... just watch it!!


This just in...

Friday, May 06, 2005
"Morse code trumps SMS in head-to-head speed texting combat"
AKA, Morse code, the age old one button text messaging system is faster than text messaging on your phone!


This one is for Spart...

How to Open Kensington laptop lock with toilet paper roll, tape, and pen. (video)


I know M@ will get a kick out of this one...

A CGI video that looks real.
Just download it!



You can now send messages in a bottle - from your computer.
As someone said, "You know there is a digital revolution when you don't even need to get out of you chair to send a message in a bottle."
But I sent one!


Is MeMedia really all about Me?

Thursday, May 05, 2005
So, I was thinking in the shower a few moments ago about how "MeMedia" describes me rather well. (for those that don't know, MeMedia is the name of my production company, find out more at www.MeMediaWeb.com)
First, the "Me." I try not to be egotistical, but for those that know me, you know that I am usually a leader, and unable to be a follower. I like to dominate over people, and I hate taking orders. So the Me really describes me well.
Next, the "Media." While I originally came up with Media because of movies, it really describes me better than just movies. It also describes web pages (which I do). It describes photography (which I do). It describes music (which I do). It describes art work (which I DON'T do!!). Media really describes me more than movies.
Any who, I thought that that was cool, so, there you go!


Think you can hack?

If you can hack this simple server, you win an X-Box... and it is not a Mac server (it should be easy!!).
Read more about it at Slashdot.


Gotta love iPods...

"Apple's iPod Shuffle took more than half of the US Flash-based music player market last month."
What this means is, 58% of ALL flash-based music players that are sold are iPod Shuffles!! Just a few other fun facts: the regular iPod controls over 90% of the hard-drive-based music players, and as for online music, 70% is sold via iTunes Music Store. (Link)
Not bad, Apple... now get your computers to these numbers, and I will be happy!


Too cool...

The Astronomy Picture of the Day!
Check out their archives... they have some really cool stuff...



Tuesday, May 03, 2005
sleepy.... took sleepy pills, and they are working...



OK, I had this weird dream...

OK, so I had this dream...
I was driving, and made a right hand turn without stopping, so of course I see the flashing lights behind me. I park, and some guys get out (5 people total, one turns out to be "the commissioner," whatever that is). Any who, we are all talking, and asking me questions. I show them ID, etc. Then when they go, the commissioner doesn't give me a ticket, he hands me a $500 bill!! I was like, "that is soo cool, I want to remember this so I can go tell my blog."
So then I woke up at our old house (Woodland), and so I ran upstairs to write it in the blog. But before I can type it in, here comes the commissioner. He kind of smiles at me, and is talking to my cousins, and gives them all $100 bills. And he told my young cousins, "Remember to tell your parents that I am running for the board of education, so they should vote for me."
Then, when I was looking out my window, I noticed that you could see the creek from my window. They had cut down all of the trees over the creek, and hundreds of people with tubes were flowing down the creek....
Then I woke up, for real this time...
OK, so it was weird... I just had to share it!



If you consider that there have been an average of 160,000 troops in the Iraqi theater during the last 22 months, that gives a firearm death ratio of 60 per 100,000.

The firearm death ratio in DC is 80.6 per 100,000. That means that you are more likely to be shot and killed in our Nation's Capitol, which has some of the strictest gun control laws in the nation, than you are in Iraq.

Conclusion: We should immediately pull out of Washington, DC!


Cows, Constitution and Ten Commandments

Sunday, May 01, 2005
COWS -- Is it just me, or does anyone else find it amazing that our government can track a cow born in Canada almost three years ago, right to the stall where she sleeps in the state of Washington. And they tracked her calves to their stalls. But they are unable to locate 11 million illegal aliens wandering around our country. Maybe we should give them all a cow.

CONSTITUTION -- They keep talking about drafting a Constitution for Iraq. Why don't we just give them ours? It was written by a lot of really smart guys, it's worked for over 200 years and we're not using it anymore.

TEN COMMANDMENTS -- The real reason that we can't have the Ten Commandments in a Courthouse! You cannot post "Thou Shalt Not Steal," "Thou Shalt Not Commit Adultery" and "Thou Shall Not Lie" in a building full of lawyers, judges and politicians! It creates a hostile work environment!


My reviews for Nick of Time, Spy Game, and Open Water

Can you tell I was bored this weekend? I have watched 3 movies, and it is only Saturday...
Well, here goes:

Nick of Time:
This is a "real time" thriller with Johnny Depp. "Real time" refers to the fact that the movie is 1.5 hours long, and takes place in 1.5 hours, so every minute on screen is a minute of "movie time."
The movie was pretty good. I don't think Depp is good in this kind of format (in this movie, he is your Average Joe, Depp is better at playing Edward ScissorHands or Willy Wanka), but he wasn't too bad. The action was typical Hollywood, and actually had me on the edge of my seat. One problem was that the ending kind of just ended. There was no dénouement. While the ending was resolved, it did it quickly. Think Con Air. Over all, not a bad action flick when you are bored.

Spy Game:
With Robert Redford and Brad Pit, how can you go wrong? I mean, if you have Hollywood's two sexiest men in one movie, can it be bad?
Well, this movie was pretty good. It was a good thriller and had a nice pace. It was well shot, in many exotic locations, and well directed. The plot, though, was a bit much. It seamed like they wanted to cram a whole book into a 2 hour movie, and I felt like they were force feeding me information.
Overall, a great movie, one for the guys.

Open Water:
For a movie that was made on $130,000 (and later bought for $2.5 million, a 20 fold increase), it wasn't bad. (On a side note: The Blair Witch Project is "in the Guinness Book Of World Records for "Top Budget:Box Office Ratio" (for a mainstream feature film). The film cost $22,000 to make and made back $240.5 million, a ratio of $1 spent for every $10,931 made." -IMDB.com)
Any who, the movie was good. You could tell it was filmed using digital cameras, but that didn't take anything away from the movie. The entire movie has very little plot; it takes them 30 minutes to get in the water, and most of that time was dead time. But once they were in the water, the suspense was good (especially the night scene). The guy I was watching it with almost wet his pants...
Spoiler area: (select the text to read the spoilers)
I didn't like the ending. It was like Perfect Storm, where it ends in them all dead. I mean, how do they know about ANYTHING that went on?? It was based on a true story, but 50% of the movie was made up in the screen writer's mind!

Boobie Alert!! Yup, thats right, boobies. In the first 10 minutes, there is a very sudden shot of (almost) full frontal nudity. This scene was both unexpected, and unnecessary. If you ever watch it, it comes right after they are brushing their teeth.
Over all, not too bad... worth seeing once.

Well, I hope I enlightened you today. See you all tomorrow!


This is a Diz project if I have ever seen one...

Friday, April 29, 2005
All you have to do is print it out, cut it, and glue it together, and you can have your own 3D Paper Mario and friends!!


Oh my friggin gosh!!

You think iPods are expensive here?
The Netherlands just passed the "iPod tax." A 60 gig iPod now costs an extra $250 because of it!!
Read more about it.


Which Gas is best?

My local news station did a 3 minute story on which gas is best. Is it better to pay the extra $.20???
Find out yourself! (60MB, right click, save as)
For viewing, I recommend VLC, an open source video program (it is free, it can go full screen, and it is for all operating systems).
Hope you watch it... it sure changed the way I buy gas!


Boy, am I pissed...

Thursday, April 28, 2005
I just lost in Poker to a girl that has never played before, and ZERO idea what she is doing...
But then again, the first time I played, I won (but I knew what I was doing)!


For the very geeky...

Darth Vader's Blog


I can't believe...

I can't believe it, but I did it. I talked someone out of buying a Mac.
See, a friend was at Best Buy, and he called me up asking about the Mac Minis. I talked him into waiting two days, because the new OS was coming out in less than 48 hours.
So we are going next week to buy him one.
So... ya...


A post about me!!!

Well, I don't have any great links this time (only a few good ones...), so I figured I would post about me for once...
Life is same-old-same-old. I have a Latin text on Friday, which is going to suck. The rest of my classes are boring...
So, nothing new...
Oh well.


Oh, how much work I have to do...

Wednesday, April 27, 2005
but this is too cool!!!
This is a 2 minute commercial of a Rube Goldberg device made out of car parts! It took 606 takes to get everything right!
First, read all about it at Snopes, who proves that it is true. Then watch it from one of their links!
Tooo cool...


A new way to drive...

Tuesday, April 26, 2005
This is going to be the next way to drive!


Well, this is unexpected...

Monday, April 25, 2005
I never thought that I would say this, but it looks like there is not going to be a Star Wars TV show... THERE ARE GOING TO BE TWO!!!! Check it out at Slashdot.



Check this site out, it is pretty cool!

You can use this link to a photo: (it is the one you see on the left)


See, God does work in mysterious ways!

Sunday, April 24, 2005
Well, I really NEED to take Sign Language Semester 1 next semester, but I had not signed up for it yet because I cannot sign up for any of my other classes yet (long story). So I was laying here tonight, and I was like "Maybe I should sign up for ASL now, and sign up for my other classes later..." So I went on to sing up for ASL, and I took the last seat in the class. I am so grateful! *Whew* no more Latin!!
God does work in mysterious ways!


My review of "Nemesis Game"

Well, I saw Nemesis Game this weekend, and I am kinda mixed about it. The plotline is about riddles, and how if you can figure out the riddle of life, you can figure out "the design." Ummm... ya... (I can't say too much more or it gives things away)
The movie was great, it had great suspense, great acting, great story line.... until the last 5 minutes of the movie. Total let down. Worse than Episode 1. Ya, that bad.
So I have to give Nemesis Game a 4 out of 5. "Why such a high rating when the ending sucked so bad" you might ask. Well, the answer: the rest of the movie was great!!! If it even had a mediocre ending, it would be a 5 out of 5, the rest of the movie was so good. So, would I recommend this movie? Yes, as long as that person knows the ending sucks, and they shouldn't expect a lot (although, if you don't like riddles / weird suspense movies, this one isn't for you!).


This one is for Diz!

Movie and other interesting fonts, fun to look at, sometimes useful!
Also check out their root directory for "A Total of 6080 Free Fonts"


Is it true? Who knows? But it is still funny!

This is a great story about why hackers shouldn't hack...
Link (warning: some foul language in the article)
Other great links I found today:
Make a fire from a can of coke and a chocolate bar!
And for those that think that bigger is better, please go to HugeURL.com. This site makes small URLs, and makes them huge (it is the opposite of TinyURL.com, which takes big URLs and makes them small). Kinda fun to play with...
Well, have fun!


And for those who want to be VERY accurate with their math...

Saturday, April 23, 2005
Pi to one MILLION decimal places/


Photo: Real, or Hoax?

(this one is for Diz)
This is a website that lets you test to see if you can tell a real photo from a hoax. I got 9/10 (stupid Michael Jackson), but it helped that I looked at Snopes...


Cool links of the day...

Here are the cool links of the day, thanks to Digg.com
How often do you use certain words?
Man builds jet propelled port-a-potty
Insane Video of French Police Attack Dogs (think Altos)
The "oops" list! (I almost didn't post this, 90% of the photos are of aircraft, but there are a few good ones in there...)
Free Simpsons music (MP3s) (this may excite some of you more than others)
Convert MP3s to Cell Phone Ringtones Free! (only works if your phone has full internet capabilities... too bad my doesn't!)
And for those with too much time on their hands, the human clock, where they post a different picture every minute of the day! Joy!!

Well, thats it, hope you have enjoyed!


The Return Of The Screen Savers

Just off SlashDot: The Return Of The Screen Savers (ROTSS)!!!! wweeeeee!!!
Find out more at Leo's Website, or go to the direct download (right click).
Have fun!!


OK, my funny for today...

Friday, April 22, 2005
I figured mother would like this one...


Boyfriend Kills Lover's Husband After Discovered Living in Closet

Thursday, April 21, 2005
OK, this goes under the "too weird to be made up" category:
Link to the story
So, to dramatize the story:
Husband is cleaning around the house one afternoon, and he hears a strange noise from his closet. He opens it up, and there is a guy sleeping in there (the noise was the guy's snores). Turns out the guy is his wife's lover, and has been living in the closet for 4 MONTHS!!! So he tells the guy, get out. Husband then goes for a walk, and when he gets back, Lover is still there, but this time with a gun. Lover then forces Husband into bathtub where he beats him to death.

Moral of the story: Clean out your closets more often!


"Our Lady of the Underpass"

Umm, these guys need to re-evaluate how they spend their time...

These people see the Virgin Mary in a salt stain under an overpass....
Link Here


Funny videos of the day...

OK, these are some videos I saw that I thought were hilarious... and you know I wouldn't post them if I didn't want you to see them...
(all videos need Windows Media Player)

First one is for everyone from my generation... (that means you, Diz!)
Video 1 (right click, save as) (8.8 MB)

Next we have a music video we should all memorize...
Video 2 (right click, save as) (6.7 MB)

The next one answers a good question: Who would win, a Katana or a 6mm Gun?
Video 3 (right click, save as) (1 MB)

And this last one answers a follow up question: Who would win, a Katana or a Machine Gun?
Video 4 (right click, save as) (8.6 MB)



OK, Quiz time...

Wednesday, April 20, 2005
OK, here is a quiz:
Are you an idiot??

So, how did you do?



OK, I think my suite mate is high...
He is watching Duck Tales, and is laughing at the top of his lungs every 10 seconds...
Dude, the show is for 5 year olds!!! Get a life!


Who wants my left over Easter candy?

Lets see, I have 3 Cadbery eggs (two creme, one carmel), one slightly larger hollow chocolate egg, and 4 jaw breakers (2 yellow, one red, one green, individually wrapped).
Any takers??


Bring Back Joan!!!

Joan (of Arcadia... the TV show) is again on the cusp of being canceled...
TVGuide Story


My Poem:

Tuesday, April 19, 2005
I look forward to the day,
that I can sit back and laugh,
at my life as it is;
this decrepit sow;

Because when I reach that day,
I will be one or the other:
famous and successful,
or worse off than now.

-Matthew Kelling

Just another day...

Well, another day at school, another day wasted (no, not ME wasted, the DAY was wast... oh forget it!)
Any who, the new Pope was selected today... he is 78... umm, ya....
And... well, that is all I have to say today!
But I do need to give a shout out... Charlie, Denise, Rocky, Liss.... Yall know where yall stand in my heart... right next to everyone else that is reading this! =: >
Any who, until next time, stay True.... what ever that means!


My first blog...

OK, well, I created a blog. Whop de doo.
Why you might ask? Well, I was tired of e-mailing my friends and family every 5 minutes with cool news and websites (and I am sure that they were sick of it too!) So, I figured I could just post stuff here and EVERYONE can see it!! Yay! or something.
Any who, ummm... OK, so I am new to this, so be nice to me...
I don't have anything fun to post today, so I guess I will just leave it at that.