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31 December 2009 @ 08:21 pm
Teetering on the Edge of a New Year!  
and boy, I hope it's better than the last one. :0

We're back from our trip to Oregon, where we had a nice time visiting family. We ate too much (darn my mother's pies, and my sister's pfefferneus house!), played laser tag, and read a lot of "Go Ducks!" articles in the Eugene newspaper.

On the way back down I-5, we saw a lot of Ducks fans heading down to the Rose Bowl, and even a farming business in Weed, California with a billboard to cheer them on. Awwwww. :)

Because my MIL's mail is all being forwarded to our house, we discovered that she had subscribed to Wired magazine. Talk about surprises! She had a lively intellect and curiosity, but it was still unexpected. I read the magazine during the long drive north, and it turns out that it's not all-gadgets-all-the-time as I thought. I read the issue cover-to-cover, and found three articles worth sharing:

  • The Neuroscience Of Screwing Up - How and why scientists ignore unexpected data, and all the reasons they shouldn't. This was fascinating.

  • Alec Baldwin - Baldwin's hilariously self-described cycles of failure and recovery as an actor and a person.

  • Now Playing: Cheap-and-Schlocky Blockbuster Ripoffs - How the folks at The Asylum work to bring you movies like Mega Shark vs. Giant Octopus (Wincon shoutout!), Snakes On A Train, and an upcoming version of Sherlock Holmes featuring the detective, a robot, a dinosaur, and some other stuff. Damn, this was funny. I seriously need to see that AU Sherlock Holmes when it comes out!


  • But wait, there's more! While up in Oregon, one of my nieces was wearing a shirt with a very strange dragon on it titled "Trogdor The Burninator." That led to my sister showing us the insanity behind the shirt, which is a series of videos from homestarrunner.com in which a character named Strong Bad answers emails. The "Trogdor" one is by far the best ("Consumate Vs!" and "burninating" as a verb quickly become burninated into your brain), but there are tons of them. Here's a sample:

  • How To Draw A Dragon (Trogdor The Burninator)

  • Strong Bad On Techno Music

  • Garage Sales

  • Bad ISPs

  • If Strong Bad Ran A Theme Park...

  • Email Virus


  • There are more, but this'll get you off to a good start. What else are you going to do on New Year's Eve, unless you've got a party or some good DVDs in mind?

    Happy New Year, everyone, and keep your fingers crossed for a better 2010!

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    The Huntress: Snoopy Chefhuntress69 on January 1st, 2010 05:09 am (UTC)
    A Happy New Year to you, and I enjoy Wired also. Originally I got the sub for Matt, but found I was enjoying some of it also. Hugs!!
    The Coalition For Disturbing Metaphors: Psycho Penguinhalfshellvenus on January 1st, 2010 08:17 am (UTC)
    In reading this last issue, which also included the fallout from the prior issue's feature on Vaccinations vs. the Autism Lobby, it's clear there's more to that magazine than I thought. Honestly, the "Japanese gadgets vs. US gadgets" was what I expected the whole magazine to be like, but there was a lot more going on.
    brigid_tannerbrigid_tanner on January 1st, 2010 05:59 am (UTC)
    Happy New Year! Watching Dr. Who and drinking mojitos. Hoping for a much better 2010!
    The Coalition For Disturbing Metaphors: Psycho Penguinhalfshellvenus on January 1st, 2010 08:18 am (UTC)
    Mmmmm, mojitos. There's something unique and appealing about them, though I rarely have them. Hope the evening was a win!
    Vel'ithya Tevrielvelithya on January 1st, 2010 06:18 am (UTC)
    Happy New Year!

    I AM SORRY THAT YOU WERE NOT INTRODUCED TO TROGDOR SOONER.
    The Coalition For Disturbing Metaphors: Psycho Penguinhalfshellvenus on January 1st, 2010 08:19 am (UTC)
    Me too! Oh, Trogdor-- your beefy arm, your consumate Vs, your "majesty"... how did I not know? :D
    The Rogue Bitch.roguebitch on January 1st, 2010 01:28 pm (UTC)

    Joss Whedon reads homestarrunner -- he had a character in one of the last episodes of Buffy say something about burnination. "You can't roll a +10 against burnination!"

    Just some trivia. I love Trogdor to an insane degree.
    The Coalition For Disturbing Metaphors: Laugh SPNhalfshellvenus on January 1st, 2010 06:27 pm (UTC)
    Just some trivia. I love Trogdor to an insane degree.

    :D God help me, I've actually considered buying the T-shirt!