mikailborg: I can't even remember what event I was attending, but I must have been taking it seriously. (Default)
The RoVaCon 15 Starfleet Vice video, as threatened promised...



So, I'll explain a little of what's going on. I'm in the wheelchair because I'd been in a life-threatening car accident only weeks ago, but I was too stubborn to miss the con. Heather and Valerie are dressed in costumes from the anime Dirty Pair. Mike Allen represented KODRA, a ruthless Klingon-Orion terrorist organistion out to rule the Alpha Quadrant; while Markus... well, he had a lab coat, so we worked that in. And of course, Tom, Mike, and Beth were solely there to support our blatant swipe of Monty Python material.

I don't remember the name of the dude working the camera... but he really liked the anime costumes.
mikailborg: I can't even remember what event I was attending, but I must have been taking it seriously. (cool-future)
Since today is of course, the Ides of March, I had to find a proper Vehicle for my thoughts on the day...



I once saw a version of this set entirely to classic NASA footage. Quite cool, but I can't locate a copy of that on the Web.

About to head out into the rain to procure dinner fixins and blades for my razor. I can get quite furry on weekends where no social events are involved.
mikailborg: I can't even remember what event I was attending, but I must have been taking it seriously. (Default)
For those of us at work who can't have streaming video running, is anyone on my flist 'taping' the inauguration?
mikailborg: I can't even remember what event I was attending, but I must have been taking it seriously. (slaine)
Here are some people with some advice about what you - yes, you - should be doing with your time this week, and the beginning of next month, if you're an adult American.

You may have heard of some of these people. Some of the folks on my friends list may disagree with almost every word that comes out of their mouths. Ironically enough, that's an excellent justification for doing exactly what the people on this video want you to do.


There's some NSFW language, but if you can, watch this. Then, really: do what they say. We'll all thank you.
mikailborg: I can't even remember what event I was attending, but I must have been taking it seriously. (rogue)
While installing OS X Leopard on a customer's computer, we chatted about fine-scale modeling, digital video production, and modern professional typesetting. Suddenly, it struck me: I'm not making this stuff up, I actually can speak with some authority on these topics, cause I've done them, and made plenty of mistakes while I was at it!

Some facets of my life might have been easier had I been able to take a more direct path to where I am now. Thinking about that can sometimes disgruntle me a bit. It's cheering to be reminded of how much I've managed to learn, and how much fun I've had on the way. When I look back to consider what I've actually done with my life, the answer turns out to be more than I thought at first glance; and that somehow makes me look forward to the future even more.

Nice when a bit of unexpected perspective is not bitter, but a treat!
mikailborg: I can't even remember what event I was attending, but I must have been taking it seriously. (flying_gif)
If you can understand this guy's comedy routine, without speaking his language or checking out the title of the video...


then you might be a fan of Blizzard's computer games.

(I had the Battlecruiser captain stuck in my head the other day. It was a strain not to start conversations in his accent.)
mikailborg: I can't even remember what event I was attending, but I must have been taking it seriously. (decipher)
Most weeks I wait impatiently for my Kingdom of Loathing turns to build up to a useful level. This week, I've been sitting at the max of 200 turns for days, but I don't have time to mess with it. I guess it's a sign I'm using my time well... KoL isn't exactly productive... but on the other hand, you can't be productive all the time. Makes Jack a dull boy, you know.

On that note, I am going to watch a movie this weekend. Either in the theater, or from my list of DVDs to watch or re-watch. I don't remember sitting through an entire movie since we watched "Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon" together.

Large Hadron Collider webcam.

One of the two 400MHz CRT iMacs that have been sitting in my office gathering dust since I left Decipher has found a good home - it's in the possession of Starr's youngest sister. She'll probably want to give it an external FireWire HD and/or a memory upgrade before long, it's only got a 10GB drive and 256MB of memory. But it'll do Word and Photoshop and play DVDs, and she seems thrilled with it, so happiness all around. I need to find some old games to pass along that don't involve serious mayhem.

Speaking of productivity, I am attempting to do something personally productive at least once a day. Either spend at least an hour on a personal project, or sit and write something with some thought in it (thus the recent outbreak of philosophising every week or so in my LJ). It doesn't come easy: I am a slacker and procrastinator. But time moves with or without me, and I'm not going to be left behind.
mikailborg: I can't even remember what event I was attending, but I must have been taking it seriously. (TARDIS42)
The British Broadcasting Corporation puts on yearly classical music concerts known as The Proms. This year, they've added a Doctor Who Prom to the lineup, and you can hear it online at the BBC iPlayer site until August 3rd.

The concerts are audio broadcasts presented by Freema Agyeman (Martha Jones), and include performances of soundtrack music from the new series as well as classical music that "you might find on the Doctor's MP3 player". There will also be a special short TV episode on the BBC website called "Music of the Spheres" which, if it's like the other online trailers and specials, can technically only be watched from computers in Great Britain. (I'm quite sure that my fellow Whovian geeks are working on that as I type this.)

There's a program online listing the included compositions. If you're interested in orchestral music, enjoy!

EDIT: Aaaaand the online player just locked up on me. I am having a day of Internet servers crashing repeatedly. With luck, they'll get it fixed.

EDIT 2: 'Tis back. Clearly, the server couldn't handle the Doctor spamming Moonfire.
mikailborg: I can't even remember what event I was attending, but I must have been taking it seriously. (speed+time)
[livejournal.com profile] meiran posted this. It's silly, it's fanservice... and it's joyously wonderful.

mikailborg: I can't even remember what event I was attending, but I must have been taking it seriously. (rainbow)
Just so no one accuses me of never having anything good to say about the new Galactica, this 8-minute "What the Frak Is Up With BSG?" video from the SciFi Channel is awesome. I hope it's the brainchild of the production team, and not the SciFi Channel marketing department.



And the BSG cast doing a Letterman Top 10 List:



Thank goodness for a franchise with a sense of humor!
mikailborg: I can't even remember what event I was attending, but I must have been taking it seriously. (simpson)
The cat wishes everyone to know that he was highly paid for this television appearance. The hamster... would like some more carrot bits please.



Game blogger Tobold suggests that WoW players would reach endgame with far better raiding skills if there were quests where you had to practice raiding with sets of NPCs. Aside from the time pressures, one reason I don't do instances is that I'm not very good at them, and I think this is a fine idea. When I do have to hit an instance dungeon for a quest, I usually end up in the company of several far-higher-levelled guild mates, and my presence becomes a bit unnecessary. This idea would mitigate the problem a bit.

[livejournal.com profile] rhaps and [livejournal.com profile] shrewlet are coming down this weekend, which is a good thing because my Technicon experience was extremely rushed. I envy Rhaps' new iMac, which is the same model as my Mom's. But I'll have my Mac Pro soon enough.

Paying bills, finishing paperwork, getting all sorts of ducks in a row this week. (They were sitting out front again this morning, enjoying the humid weather.) It all feels good. Also: new blender yay :)
mikailborg: I can't even remember what event I was attending, but I must have been taking it seriously. (TARDIS42)
See, this is how you "rickroll" someone. Rather than just posting random stupid misdirected link, post YouTube video claiming to be Muppet bloopers which even a savvy person will want to click just in case; then, play skillfully re-edited video of Beaker and the Electric Mayhem singing "Never Gonna Give You Up".

The funny thing about Blizzard's "Molten Core" joke is that you can still find people writing games for the Atari 2600, though they're almost always played on emulators. It's quite the programming challenge to get a fun game tucked into less storage space than my LJ user icon requires.

Two days of warm weather have produced an explosion of plant sex here. My car's turned an unhealthy yellow-green, the streets have pale stains, and there are drifts of powdered lemonade in the gutters. We'll see if I can breathe by the end of the day!

This weekend, I found out what the "Age of Aquarius" actually means. The Earth's axis wobbles a tiny bit (but does not fall down). Some astrologers define a "Great Year" as the time it takes the axis to perform a complete wobble, approximately 26,000 years. A Great Year is divided into 12 Ages. Astrology being the exact science that it is, the Age of Aquarius is to begin sometime between 2062 and 2680. Or maybe it began in 2000, though any way it's supposed to take a while to get up to speed. But now I know! (Yeah, I like that song. It's happy.)

Gonna try to finish Technicon posts today.
mikailborg: I can't even remember what event I was attending, but I must have been taking it seriously. (rabbiteer)
While I'm working on Saturday's report, I forgot to post this little nugget from Friday's dance: "The Internet Is For: PORN"

(For those who've never seen this: probably not work safe. Quite possibly in bad taste. If you think it's silly watching World of Warcraft characters sing this, keep in mind that it's originally sung by puppets in an award-winning Broadway show.)



EDIT: And, by a weird coincidence, tonight's DVR'd "Ace of Cakes" showcased an Avenue Q cake. Huh.
mikailborg: I can't even remember what event I was attending, but I must have been taking it seriously. (flying_gif)
Okay, I think I'm totally turning into a Daft Punk fan. I saw this video on someone's blog, and now the tune is firmly lodged in my head.

Harder Better Faster Stronger )

The song's cool, but the video really picks up about 90 seconds in. Completely amateur, but cooler for it.

In further Punkishness, I had mentioned before the Interstella 5555 video, set to Daft Punk music and designed by the gentleman who designed Space Cruiser Yamato, Captain Harlock, and Galaxy Express 999. Watching this really takes me back to the 80s, when I was first getting into the anime that's now old school, watching tapes that had been copied so often that the reds smeared halfway across the screen.

One More Time )

And, unrelated but cool, this is someone's idea of Star Wars movie titles in the style of Saul Bass, famous for the titles to "The Man With The Golden Arm", "Around the World In Eighty Days", "Psycho", and "Alien":

A Jazzy Hope )

There is your videos for the evening.
mikailborg: I can't even remember what event I was attending, but I must have been taking it seriously. (orbiting)
Sometimes, people post things on the Internet that just plain make me feel glad to be living in a world where someone spent the time to make them up.

The "Lions In Kenya" and "Shirley Bassey Getting the Party Started" videos are two examples. Here's another:



I successfully stayed up all night on Saturday night. We decided that our level 56-ers needed to hit 58 This Weekend, which we reached about 6 am. It was nice to know that I can still do that... a year of 10pm bedtimes had left me doubtful. Still, I had to down several Tums, as one of the tricks my body uses to try to get me to go to bed is surges of stomach acid. Also, I was kind of out of it the next day; so, I've learned from this that I can do it, but not easily.

Found a website that generates an automatically updated stat block I can use for my characters, like so...

Baldricus!

Too bad that the servers are now far too overloaded with requests to actually function properly. (This one won't update, it's static.)

Local TV re-ran the Special Edition "Trouble With Tribbles" this weekend, so last night I dug out the "Trials And Tribble-ations" DS9 episode for Starr, who'd never seen it. Great fun! And then it hit me... there's no way in heck that J.J. Abrams' Lt. Uhura will be running around in that red minidress. Not in a 2008 feature film. I weep.
mikailborg: I can't even remember what event I was attending, but I must have been taking it seriously. (Default)
  • 19:08 Fairly keen WoW amateur video here: tinyurl.com/22yxnf Not your average game machinima, either. #
  • 20:00 I'm really missing Junkyard Wars. I want to watch one of those without having to download it. Preferably with Cathy Rogers hosting. #
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mikailborg: I can't even remember what event I was attending, but I must have been taking it seriously. (gaming)
More WoW.

Mirandala just dinged 65, which means she can cast the Shattrath Portal spell as soon as I find the trainer. 5 levels to go before I hit the current cap; the last 5 levels took me... hmmm... 11 months.

Boy, I'm addicted, aren't I?

(Okay, I did level Circy from around 5 to 55 in that period, and messed with a couple other alts. Still, that's not setting any records.)

Interesting WoW rock video to the tune "Rock Rockin' Tha Spot". Despite the quality of the work, I feel I must warn potential viewers about the swear words and the Blood Elf nudity.
mikailborg: I can't even remember what event I was attending, but I must have been taking it seriously. (foolish)
There's a video on the Internet of some guy taking his new Lamborghini up to two-hundred-and-some MPH on Arizona public roads. The driver insists it's cool because his car is made for those speeds, Arizona roads are straight and well-maintained, and it's night, so there's no other traffic. (Except for the other traffic he had to slow down for in the video.)

I found the video at a car enthusiast website, so of course there are plenty of comments cheering and backslapping and complimenting the guy on the size of his reproductive organ his vehicle and driving ability. After the irritation faded, I decided that my hope was none of these fools ever discover, in person, exactly why encouraging someone to drive >200 on a public road is a bad idea.
mikailborg: I can't even remember what event I was attending, but I must have been taking it seriously. (cyberpunk)
Just watched Unlimited Escapism, Vol. 0, by "Baron Soosdon". 14 minutes of wild visuals and trance music... nicely soothing on a Woden's Day evening.

This image of Petite Nikita, however, made me want to run a Shadowrun (2nd ed.) game set in a highly-technological future of Azeroth...

Gnomish Assault Vehicle

I doubt that anyone would be thrilled to find that their back-alley street doc was an undead Forsaken :)
mikailborg: I can't even remember what event I was attending, but I must have been taking it seriously. (rabbiteer)
Me being "funny" at Technicon 24's "Whose Con Is It Anyway", courtesy of [livejournal.com profile] nius.



Improv really is harder than it looks. Also, I really really really need to start getting some exercise :(

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