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Old Grind Gag

Posted in abnormal, Coffee, Comedy, music, rant, roasting, Sociology with tags , , , , , , on April 7, 2008 by howsoonis08

I just thought I’d share a really shitty situation that I found myself in this morning. As many of you who read this know, it’s essay season… I’ve been bombarded, and now am overjoyed to say that I have ONE left! Anyway, continuing with my story…

I stayed up all last night finishing up an essay that was to be handed in at 4:00pm today. The writing was going great…I really enjoy writing essays of sociological theory class…. however, I ran out of coffee beans around 4:00am. I guess I could have started drinking tea… but I decided to instead try to make a shot of espresso from the coffee grinds that don’t quite make it into the portafiliter. I didn’t know how long they had been there for, and knew that it would most likely taste like shit because of the oxidation that would occur quickly after the grinding was done, but I decided to go through with it. This is a bad idea…

Don’t try this… it was disgusting… it literally made me gag. Needless to say, I battled the night with the help of tea instead of coffee.

So I guess…. don’t make shitty espresso from really old grinds… and …. don’t be a jackass and do something you know you shouldn’t…. just drink tea instead.

Goodbye Gary Gygax…

Posted in 80's, 90's, abnormal, Culture, News, unique with tags , , , , , , , , , , on March 4, 2008 by howsoonis08

It’s a sad day for role-playing history… One of the co-creators of the Dungeons and Dragons has passed away. This man inspired many. I would even go as far as to say that he should be partly attributed to the creation of Second life.

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Co-creator of Dungeons and Dragons Gary Gygax died at his home in Lake Geneva, Wisconsin. Gygax was 69.

Gygax, who is generally regarded as the father of role-playing games, was one of the original creators of the pen-and-paper, dice-based Dungeons and Dragons game, which in turn spawned an entire genre of tabletop play.

The Dungeons and Dragons core rule-set would eventually inspire and influence some of the most popular video games ever made, including BioWare’s Baldur’s Gate and Neverwinter Nights series of titles among numerous others.

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Gygax had been suffering from health problems for years, but ran weekly games of Dungeons and Dragons as late as January. He is survived by a wife and six children.

Only Grandmothers buy this junk…

Posted in abnormal, Coffee, connoisseur, unique, video with tags , , , , , , , on February 25, 2008 by howsoonis08

This is pretty neat, almost as good as the “steaming cup of coffee commercial.” (If you haven’t seen it yet, check below)
MugMouse is a simple, playful idea, using your coffee mug as computer mouse. MugMouse rethinks the way people work at computers by making it easy to build slowness into your daily activities.

MugMouse plays on the idea of deliberately choosing to use a slower mouse for a while. Filled with tea or coffee you have to move it more carefully than a normal mouse. Do certain tasks at the computer deserve a bit more time, reflection or personal involvement? Checking your email, visiting your favourite website or blog, reading the daily news, shopping etc. MugMouse can be seen as a reward; serving as a signal to yourself and others that you are having a little time away from your work.

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You click by pushing the whole mug towards the table. It clicks very easily. The whole bottom of the mug is the mouse button.
It works on infrared and it connected by USB.
It holds about 150 mL of your favorit hot drink.

He did not mean… To BLOW your mind…That thing happens…. ALLL of the time!

Posted in 80's, abnormal, Culture, music, Music Video, rant, unique, video with tags , , , , , , , on February 13, 2008 by howsoonis08

Michael Angelo Batiothe fastest guitar player ever! And one of the corniest/funniest dudes I’ve ever seen (through youtube) perform. Of course, this is just a matter of opinion, but the guy is just hilarious!

Skilled to the max, and totally credible, Michael Angelo is honestly pretty phenomenal… There’s just no way in hell I could take him seriously…

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He’ll give you! The keys to the Lamborghini! Haha, that’s pure diamond gold! Equipped with a 29 fret guitar, Michael Angelo is here to blow minds! I would expect nothing less from a man with the name Michael Angelo; he’s got some pretty big shoes to fill! You can be sure that this guy’s amp goes to eleven! Please, please, please check out these videos!

Speed Killzzzzzz

Double Neck!!! ARE YOU SERIOUS!!!! WHATS UP!!

FOUR NECKS??!??! GET THE FUCK OUT OF HERE!! – sweet explosion effect!

 

Blowing off steam…

Posted in abnormal, fashion, psychology, rant, Symbolic interactionism with tags , , , , , , , on January 18, 2008 by howsoonis08

This entry is a little off topic… but I thought that it would be perfect for a quick little discussion starter!

Earlier today in my abnormal psychology class we were discussing mental status examinations. We went over the criteria described in these simple exams (Appearance and Behavior, Thought Process, Mood and Affect, Intellectual Functioning, and Sensorium), and for the remainder of the class we were to watch the introduction to the movie Stay. Early in the movie you are introduced to a psychiatric patient by the name of Henry Letham (Ryan Gosling), and our task was to use the mental status exam criteria to analyze the patient. This was all fine and dandy… until that is… until our professor paused the movie and had us report back to him what we had gathered thus far.

The first thing we went over was appearance and behavior. Everyone seemed to be giving reasonable answers: lack of facial expressions, no eye contact, reserved, tired, etc… Until someone in the front said:

” Well he looks kinda umm emo, so he might be depressed?”

Holy fuck! Are you serious! This is a third year course, and that response was totally ridiculous! Number one, for someone who dresses “emo” it is a fucking fashion!! Not something that shows mental signs of depression! You don’t wake up one day feeling sad and say “shit… I’m reaaally depressed… I’m going to go out and by new clothes… most likely black ones…. with a new hair swoop…. and buy a Dashboard Confessional CD…..” (I’m sorry for being stereotypical. It’s mainly for emphasis. I don’t like it when others do this either. Furthermore, the fashion trend I am referring to has just been popularized in 2000. Before, “Emo” was a music movement from Washington and Chicago areas and was very respectable) Also, this is as shitty as diagnosing someone with a lack of concentration by saying, wow that guy is really dressed like a raver… he must not be able to concentrate at work because he is constantly thinking about raving. Secondly, being so-called “emo” has nothing to do with someones mental health status… although I sometimes wonder.

Fashion is part of symbolic interactionism, and is part of how someone presents and constructs ones self; constructing “identity.” If you want to place a status of mental unstableness on people who dress with “emo” style, you can turn around and do that to any other consumer!