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Meme stolen from Kim May. 9th, 2009 @ 03:36 am
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Don't be an idiot Apr. 26th, 2009 @ 02:57 am
So today (technically yesterday), I was going to the local rock climbing gym with Josh (Josh's doppelganger :-p) and Chris. We're going along a major road in Madison -- 3 traffic lanes plus a bike lane each direction, divided by a median, 35mph limit, etc. -- and had just stopped at a red light. I was in the center lane. The light turns green, and we start going at about the same time I see a guy finish dodging across the oncoming lanes and getting to the center median maybe 25 or 30 feet away from the intersection. In retrospect, he was trying desperately to get onto a bus going my direction, a somewhat understandable sentiment given that if he missed it he'd be stuck out in the rain for another 30 minutes.

Anyway, he gets to the median, sort of looks at the traffic that's starting to move, and my thought is "you better not go" both because I don't want to slow down and stop for the guy who wants to jaywalk and because I'm not sure if he'd make it across. He pauses for a moment, and looked like he was going to be sane and stay where he was -- but no, he tries to hightail it across my side of the street. Horns sound from the left lane (and eventually my car).

I think he may have made it mostly across the left lane before thinking better of it and turning back, but it was too late, and the next thing I know I'm watching someone get hit by a car in the lane next to me.

Anyway, I pull into the left lane and stop, and the people in the car that had hit him were getting out, and by the time I had really caught my wits again a few seconds later our imprudent pedestrian was getting himself the rest of the way across the street so he could get on the #6. (That was when I noticed the bus and his actions made even a little bit of sense.) People were shouting at him to see if he was all right, and while I never heard what he said, I assume it was 'yes' given that a bit later the bus pulled away seemingly with him on it.

So I give the other drive some contact information in case he needs it for a witness at some later time, and everyone just continues on their way. It was really weird.

I was sort of shaken up for 5 or 10 minutes after... my hands were shaking quite a bit when I was trying to write down my contact information for the guy, and when I randomly got a call from my mom just after getting to the gym she remarked that I sounded out of breath, 'cause my breathing hadn't quite calmed down yet.

Anyway... I guess if you want to play frogger there are better ways than on a rain-slick, 6+-lane road?

In San Francisco Mar. 17th, 2009 @ 12:02 am
I'm in San Francisco now for spring break. We were at a restaurant tonight, and some cute little girl (maybe 4? I'm bad at this) came up holding an umbrella, said "hello!", waited about a second and a half, then opened the umbrella in such a way that it opened into Josh's face. We started cracking up, she drops the umbrella, and runs away. The parents apologized and everything was okay, so it was really funny.

Edit: Also, a Josh quote on this AOPD: "That is god and he is pissed".

"Those Who Tresspass" Jan. 30th, 2009 @ 12:37 am
Some friends and I were watching The Colbert Report, one episode of which had a Tek Jansen comic. These are generally quite bad, but it's based on something real: A Bill O'Reilly book called "Those Who Tresspass." The current Wikipedia article on it is as follows (spoiler alert); enjoy. (I laughed harder than I have in some time.)

Those Who Trespass: A Novel of Television and Murder is a 1998 novel by US television personality Bill O'Reilly. The story focuses on the revenge a television journalist exacts on network staff after disputes very similar to O'Reilly's real tensions with CBS (such as one involving Falklands War footage). The revenge takes the form of a series of graphically-described murders.

The antagonist is a tall, "no-nonsense" television journalist named Shannon Michaels, described as the product of two Celtic parents, who is pushed out by Global News Network, and systematically murders the people who ruined his career.

Meanwhile, the protagonist, a "straight-talking" Irish-American New York City homicide detective named Tommy O’Malley, is charged with solving the murders that Michaels has committed, while competing with Michaels for the heart of Ashley Van Buren, a blond, sexy aristocrat turned crime columnist. Some reviewers have claimed that Michaels and O'Malley are "thinly veiled versions" of O'Reilly.

Michael's first victim is a news correspondent who stole his story in Argentina, and got him into trouble with the network. He then stalks the woman who forced his resignation from the network and throws her off a balcony. After that he murders a television research consultant who had advised the local station to dismiss him by burying him in beach sand up to his neck and letting him slowly drown. Finally, during a break in the Radio and Television News Directors Association convention, he slits the throat of the station manager. After this, he is pursued by O'Malley and Van Buren, where he attempts to lose them by crossing a runway in front of a speeding jet. Although he makes it, his car's right back tire is cut by the jet's wing, causing the car to spin, flip over, and be subsequently melted by the exhaust from the jet, which explodes. Michaels dies in extreme agony, as his contacts (used to hide his identity) burn into his eyes and a chunk of the car crushes his head in.

Californa, California, California Nov. 6th, 2008 @ 12:42 am
And then California has to go and spoil my "I'm not becoming despondent" about politics thing a little bit. Oh well.

I do sort of wonder if the court decisions about gay marriage have done more harm than good at this point in time. In some sense they are progress, but they also sparked a big backlash even in blue states. (Oregon in 2006 and CA now in particular.) The problem with this is you can't fork the US and run different versions with different policies. ;-)

(Prop 8 was down by a substantial margin when I posted the last message, but with about half the vote still out and without county-by-county information that would have let me see what parts of CA had been counted there was reason to still remain at least a bit optimistic.)

Edit: Oregon was 2004, not 2006. If I had thought about this I could have figured it out, but it seemed more recent. (Yet another instance of me feeling old.)

Obligatory election thread Nov. 5th, 2008 @ 03:34 am
I don't know what to do. I'm hearing political news, and I'm not becoming despondent for our country or people in general. I feel almost... happy? Is that a word? I don't know how to react to this.

Seriously, this is seriously awesome.

("I feel almost... happy? Is that a word?" taken from The Daily Show when Rob Corddry (a Boston native) did a segment following the 2004 Red Sox victory.)

Oct. 17th, 2008 @ 01:12 am
A poll from my brother

That Personality Test :: Your Results
The latest personality test from ThatSurveySite... now featuring more and better questions than ever!
Emotional (30%)[..........||||......]Logical (70%)
Concerned about self (58%)[........||..........]Concerned about others (42%)
Atheist (64%)[.......|||..........]Religious (36%)
Loner (64%)[.......|||..........]Dependent (36%)
Laid-back (49%)[....................]Driven (51%)
Traditional (62%)[........||..........]Rebel (38%)
Impetuous (60%)[........||..........]Organized (40%)
Engineering mind (71%)[......||||..........]Artistic mind (29%)
Cynical (65%)[.......|||..........]Idealist (35%)
Follower (67%)[.......|||..........]Leader (33%)
Introverted (77%)[.....|||||..........]Extroverted (23%)
Conservative (50%)[....................]Liberal (50%)
Logical (41%)[..........||........]Romantic (59%)
Uninterested (46%)[..........|.........]Sexual (54%)
Insecure (30%)[..........||||......]Confident (70%)
Selective (70%)[......||||..........]Tolerant (30%)
Pessimistic (63%)[.......|||..........]Optimistic (37%)
Principled (50%)[....................]Pragmatic (50%)
Tolerant (26%)[..........|||||.....]Opinionated (74%)
Humble (10%)[..........||||||||..]Elitist (90%)
Take the test!

Also, a saved entry reminded me of the fact that at one point at about 3am I saw some guy standing on the street side with a sign saying "Need weed" and "Need beer and grass."

More on the dead phone Jul. 11th, 2008 @ 11:08 pm
Okay, anyone whose contact information I should have, I need it again because I lost it to The Great Washing Machine Phone Disaster of 2008. I've screened comments so I think they won't show up to anyone but me (hopefully that will be the case), or you can email me at (evan)at(evanparity.com). (Reverse the stuff before and after the @.)

I'm gonna go through facebook and see who I can pick up from there.

Edit: I'm deleting comments from here as I add them to my phone

Bad things Jul. 10th, 2008 @ 11:21 pm
Apparently, working cell phone + washing machine = dead cell phone.

So uh, yeah.

(I wanted a new one anyway... I have a couple names in my contact list that are spelled wrong because I made typos while entering them and the backspace key doesn't work. And at various other times I've had problems with the left menu button and the 9 key. I'm strongly considering getting someone else's first gen iPhone.)

Stupid Wisconsin Jun. 7th, 2008 @ 04:08 pm
Parts of Dane county is currently under not one, not two, but three distinct tornado warnings! And this is after a fourth expired 25 minutes ago. That makes me very comfortable... (Okay, so one of them is expiring about now)

Printing out the NWS's advisory page for madison would currently be 7 pages long, consisting of:
  • Tornado warning
  • Tornado warning
  • Tornado warning
  • Severe weather statement
  • Special weather statement
  • Hazardous weather outlook
  • Flash flood warning
  • Tornado watch
  • Flash flood watch
Edit: so one of the tornado warnings has expired, but it's been replaced by a severe thunderstorm warning.

Edit, sun 6/8 12:45: we've also received 3.75 inches of rain over the last 24hr, and there's another inch and a half forecast for the next 24.
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