Friday, November 26, 2010

Mightor

There was this cheesy old Hanna-Barbera cartoon character named "Mightor." He was a caveman superhero of sorts, and he was kinda reminiscent of Fawcett's Captain Marvel. That is, his alter ego was a normal young caveman (almost a caveboy) who could transform himself into this mighty superhero.

I'll confess... it did annoy men that some of the kids I knew kept referring to him as "Mighty Thor." Not the same character, folks. Pay attention.

And yes, I know that this is a little thing. No big deal. It does remind me that some folks are just really, really bad when it comes to processing words.

Thursday, November 25, 2010

Tom Stroup and the S.W.A.T workouts

I really like Tom Stroup and his S.W.A.T.-inspired workout DVDs. He's an affable guy, a fitness instructor, and an actual S.W.A.T. captain. His workouts are also pretty darned good, and he manages to keep them interesting.

If you look at Amazon.com, you'll find some very positive reviews of his DVDs. You'll also find a few people who complain about the fact that his DVDs feature a bunch of skinny, physically fit female assistants. These reviewers complain about the fact that Tom calls them "real people," and they wish that he'd feature women who weren't so skinny -- people who look like they're just starting out.

Personally, I think that's a petty objection. After all, Tom presumably wants to show that his programs work, and featuring physically fit participants is a good way to do so -- especially since these are women who actually attend his classes. They are REAL people in every reasonable sense of the word. They simply set out to be fit, and they succeeded, just as most people can.

What's more, beginners are unlikely to demonstrate proper form or the right kind of energy, so they wouldn't tend to make for good models. Heck, one of his DVDs is titled, "SWAT Workout: Extreme Weight Loss and Fat Burning." I think that it makes perfect sense to feature people who look like they have been successful in burning off fat in such a workout!

Wednesday, November 24, 2010

Snopes and Drew

I have a friend named Drew who keeps sending out these mass e-mails, propagating all sorts of half-truths and urban legends. I've repeatedly referred him to Snopes.com and truthorfiction.com, but he never bothers to check his facts. In fact, after one time when I suggested using these sites, he said, "Well, why should I believe them? Anyone can say anything on the Internet."

Um, Drew, do you realize how foolish your statement is? You're saying that you don't trust snopes.com and similar sources because they're just sites on the 'net, and yet you're willing to blindly trust all these e-mails that you receive, even though their sources are anonymous and they seldom provide any citations that would attest to their accuracy. Do you not realize the cognitive disconnect that's at play here?

Tuesday, November 23, 2010

R Beers

I lost a lot of respect for Mr. Beers. He's a man who has good intentions, and in his own way, he tries to do the right thing... but he has severely disappointed me. In more than one way, too.

Monday, November 22, 2010

FB's tongue

FB, an acquaintance of mine (loosely speaking, a friend) REALLY, REALLY needs to learn how to control her tongue. I swear, there is no filter between her brain and her tongue.

Sunday, November 21, 2010

NULL post!

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Saturday, November 20, 2010

The Dino Martinis

I just discovered the Dino Martinis, this fabulous jive band from Calgary. I love them. I wish that they had more CDs on the market.

Friday, November 19, 2010

Originality. Creativity.

Most people aren't very original. They aren't very creative. That's not to say that they can't be; rather, they just don't try very hard.

Argh.

Thursday, November 18, 2010

Typing skills

I watched this technician at my auto repair shop type into a computer using the horrendous "hunt and peck" method. It was agonizing to watch. I tell you, everybody should learn how to type properly.

The thing is, some people aren't really motivated to learn. They're kinda like those folks who just want to mess around arhythmically on the dance floor, and who aren't motivated to learn anything better than that. I'm not saying that people need to become expert typists, but really... in this day and age, everyone should learn at least some basic typing proficiency.

Wednesday, November 17, 2010

Preparing cheat sheets

I had a flashback to my college days. I was recalling the times when my classmates and I had to prepare "cheat sheets" for our Physics and Mathematics classes -- that is, lists of equations that we could use while taking a test.

I did these things sensibly. I made sure to list all the relevant equations that I might not necessarily remember. That's what a cheat sheet is supposed to be, after all -- a memory guide.

Practically every single one of my classmates, however, took a different approach. They copied down every equation that they could find in the book chapters on which we were to be tested. They even wrote down stupidly simple equations like "V=IR", which we had been using for years and should have had completely memorized. It was pathetic.

I also remember David, one of my Math classmates. He was a Computer Science major, and not a very good one. For one of the algebra clases, he wrote down an entire sequence of how to factor an equation. In other words, instead of learning the princples behind factoring, he wrote down an example (probably more than one) so that he could use it to truly "cheat."

This disgusts me. College students should know better than to do that -- that is, if they are genuinely interested in learning.

Tuesday, November 16, 2010

Trademarks

Somebody needs a serious lesson in intellectual property law... more specifically, trademarks. Yeargh.

Monday, November 15, 2010

Whose Line

I really, really miss the old "Whose Line Is It Anyway?" crew. That was a talented bunch of guys.

Sunday, November 14, 2010

W.

W has a brain that works in strange, bizarre fashions.

And no, I'm not talking about the former President.

This can be truly aggravating, I tell you.

Saturday, November 13, 2010

Kate Harding

I think that Kate Harding is doing her "fat acceptance movement" a great deal of harm. I understand her sentiments and all the emotion behind them, but she is seriously misguided.

Friday, November 12, 2010

Mr2001

Been reading some postings by this fella named "Mr2001." The guy is pretty ridiculous.

It's not just that I disagree with his reasoning. There are a lot of folks out there with whom I disagree. Rather, the nature of his reasoning is just kinda infantile. He decries music copyrights, for example, and insists that there's nothing wrong with pirating music. His defense? "It's just a sequence of zeros and ones!" or words to that effect.

Thursday, November 11, 2010

Got a headache

Got a headache. Must be the stress.

Wednesday, November 10, 2010

Gym, yeah!

I was talking to some ladies in the gym. I was commending them for the fact that they work out so hard, clearly putting a lot of effort into their moves and meeting their fitness goals. In contrast, a lot of other folks in these classes are basically spinning their wheels -- completely wasting their time. They will never get any substantial results unless the start putting more effort into their workouts.

I've read some message board discussions wherein other gym afficionados made similar comments. Predictably, some other posters got offended. One person even said, "Who are you to say how hard other people should work out? Huh?"

The thing is, it's not a question of telling others how hard they SHOULD work out. Rather, it's simply a matter of recognizing that if you want to see results, you need to put in a respectable amount of effort. If you're doing practically nothing, they you will see practically no results.

Some people just "phone it in" during their workouts. Any physical improvements that they see will be utterly minimal.

Tuesday, November 09, 2010

More on the Real Ghostbusters. Also, GI Joe

Gotta say it again... The Real Ghostbusters makes for some great storytelling. The animation wasn't bad, either. That is until they revamped the format and made it worse. The first two seasons were some great stuff though.

We could say the same thing about G.I. Joe: A Real American Hero. The two seasons that were produced by Sunbow were pretty darned good. Then it was cancelled and revived under D.I.C. D.I.C. was capable of producing some pretty good cartoons, but their work with the Joes was utterly embarrassing. A total travesty.

Monday, November 08, 2010

IK

Just thinking about this one person I know whose mind works in rather bizarre ways. She also has strange ways of communicating.

As a friend of mine said, this person has a strong personality... and not in a good way. Seems like she never quite grew up.

Sunday, November 07, 2010

The Real Ghostbusters

Now that's some funny stuff. Great storytelling, too.

This goes to show that animation can be a great way to tell an engaging story. Not just for kiddies, folks!

Saturday, November 06, 2010

Doug Stanhope

Doug Stanhope is incredibly unfunny.

That is all.

Friday, November 05, 2010

Listening techniques

I wish that more people would learn how to practice reflective listening. It's a great way to communicate during meetings. It allows you to summarize someone's points, make sure that you've properly understood them, and affirm the fact that you value what they had to say.

At its core, it involves striving to understand the other person's idea, then restating that idea, phrased in one's own manner. By saying this back to the speaker, one can confirm the idea has been properly understood.

Thursday, November 04, 2010

Hoping that I never get in a really bad car accident

I was in a pretty nasty car accident once. Thankfully, I wasn't seriously hurt. I do hope that I never get badly injured in one, and that I never hurt anyone else.

It get scary sometimes when I'm driving while tired. Can't ever let that happen again.

Wednesday, November 03, 2010

I LOVE IMPROV!!!

I love improv comedy. Good, clean improv comedy can be absolutely hilarious. It takes a lot of talent to pull that sort of stuff off.

Tuesday, November 02, 2010

I miss that event

I remember these guys with whom I was engaged in some shenanigans in Ann Arbor. We just kinda got creative and funny. I miss that time.

Monday, November 01, 2010

So I heard someone talking about plates...

I remember when I first heard someone who worked as a laboratory technician talking about plates. Turns out that she was referring to these things -- microplates.

They're nifty little things. Some kinds can be used as basically miniaturized Petri dishes. Others have membranes for their bottom surfaces, and this allows all sorts of interesting adhesions to be used in laboratory tests.