Pulsar

Exercise

Neat exercycle

When I'm on the elliptical at the gym I frequently end up watching ESPN and they show the commercial for that exercise bike quite frequently. It is a very nerdy bike in the way the Prius is a very nerdy car. There's a ton of technology in the bike and I thought it'd make it cost far more than the $1400 that it does.

All the tech is used to try and make you feel like you're having an experience riding the bike outdoors. It has a 20% incline and a 20% decline, it monitors how your body weight is distributed to determine your posture and simulate what your wind resistance would be. The coolest thing though is that it links to Google maps and you can pick any route in the world and the bike tries to simulate the hills and turns on that route. I'm not sure it does much with the turns, but the hills part is pretty cool.

I'm looking forward to the next version of the bike with heatlamps to simulate getting a sunburn, water sprayers to simulate getting caught in the rain, super AC and a snow maker for cold locations and having the bike occasionally throw you sideways off the bike to simulate traffic.
Jazz

Singing

I like to think of myself as a good singer. I know there are other people who enjoy my voice, but I wonder. Am I a good singer or just a really good mimic? When I sing it is usually along with a song and I can hit the notes and intonation accurately, but how would I do on my own? At Karaoke or in Rock Band I sing it exactly like the recording, is that singing or just mimicing?
Pulsar

Osama bin Laden

Last night's Presidential speech was a little political grandstanding and that's about it. Obama wanted to tweak Republican noses for doing something they'd been claiming they were going to do for an entire Republican presidency and had failed at. That he got to interrupt the season finale of Celebrity Apprentice (and then not go on until it would have been over anyway) was just a bonus. The event itself certainly wasn't worth the hoopla it garnered.

Think about what this little act of vengeance cost. 10 + years with the full weight of America's military and intelligence services, 2 wars (1 illegal), hundreds of thousands of civilians dead, 2 trillion dollars and erosion of our liberties at home, but hey we finally managed to kill one guy! The scary man is dead, can we have our national sanity back now?

We should have been treating this as police work from the beginning, but instead we declared "war" on a political tactic. Bin Laden is dead, repeal the Patriot Act. Bin Laden is dead, stop the idiocy of "security" screening at our airports. Bin Laden is dead, close Guantanamo like we thought was going to happen after Obama was elected. Lets return to the government following the rule of law. Let's bring the troops home and end these two idiotic, expensive wars.

That's not going to happen because terrorism is still out there, we're a bunch of terrified children and killing a figurehead isn't going to solve anything.
Eating Tiger

Fish

Saturday I made baked, breaded haddock. Simple and delicious. It lasted as leftovers until today. I may have made too much.

Tonight I made grilled tuna steaks. Simple and delicious.

Fish, you are now acceptable as part of the regular dinner rotation.
Prosper

Unpacking

I really think the next time we move I want to move and set up all the furniture first so that when we move the boxes there's someplace to put the things we unpack.

I've donated (still in the back of the car actually, who knew Goodwill would be closed on Easter? Or anything would be closed, really? The Burlington Mall was closed!) one box of "why did we move this" and am starting another. Got a good amount recycled, got my new desk almost all put together. Almost because I had a bright idea of using a metal plate to attach two sections instead of putting in one of the standard legs and the screws I got from Home Depot are just too long.

2 new dressers put together, the landlord's broken coat rack is thrown away, a shelving unit for shoes it put together and I've started hanging the new, wall-mounted coat racks.

Kitchen is almost all unpacked, but I feel like I'll be saying that for another month. I'm just not sure where to put some things.

The bedroom is pretty well done, just bookshelves left to do in there and I'm not entirely sure what'll go on them anyway. Plus whatever art we want to hang there.

I need to find the camera again so I can put things on craigslist/ebay.
Pulsar

Infrequency

I have to get back in the habit of making entries here. I've been very busy: with work, moving, social activities and my own projects, but I still value this blog.
Packers

Failure

The failure of the NFL to address this makes me far less interested in the NFL as a whole.

I still care about the Packers and I'm not saying people shouldn't like their team, but the handwaving and "nothing to see here" taints the entire enterprise for me.

I posted this on Facebook, but I probably should have just posted it here. Ah well.
Forbidden Cast

Answers

Here are the mashup titles of the movie descriptions I posted with links to the imdb for each. I don't much like the new imdb format.




  1. After exploring alien ruins, bringing back to Earth a robot and a scientist's daughter, they discover human's are now slaves of another species
    Forbidden Planet of the Apes
    Forbidden Planet Planet of the Apes
  2. A man on death row with the power of healing others discovers that his last meal is people
    Soylent Green Mile
    Soylent Green The Green Mile
  3. A pet gorilla, raised in Africa is brought back to the States where he is exploited until he teams up with Billy the Kids and other outlaws. Though they try to provide justice in a murder, they're hunted down by the law
    Mighty Joe Young Guns
    Mighty Joe Young Young Guns
  4. Though imprisoned in the 1700s, she uses her magical powers to escape and love changes her into a good person, then she rides around having adventures with her Orangutan
    I Married a Witch Way but Loose
    I Married a Witch Every Which Way but Loose
  5. Two reporters, once married, fall in love again while chasing the same story. Later, she switches bodies with her daughter.
    His Girl Freaky Friday
    His Girl Friday Freaky Friday
    It occurs to me now that I should have made this His Girl Interrupted, but oh well.
  6. A white lawyer defends a black man in court in the South in the 30s, years later he tries to keep his sons from revealing where his money is to 3 strippers in the desert, not knowing the women are cold-blooded killers
    Faster Pussycat Kill, Kill A Mockingbird
    Faster Pussycat Kill, Kill To Kill A Mockingbird
  7. A couple of army buddies become entertainers when they leave the service, meet 2 women entertainers and take the train to Vermont to save their old general's in. Sadly when they get there, one is shot in the eye with a Red Ryder BB Gun.
    White Christmas Story.
    White Christmas A Christmas Story
Pulsar

Another movie

I forgot to post one yesterday

A couple of army buddies become entertainers when they leave the service, meet 2 women entertainers and take the train to Vermont to save their old general's in. Sadly when they get there, one is shot in the eye with a Red Ryder BB Gun.
Pulsar

Movie game

Some friends are playing a game where they take two movies with a shared word in the title and describe the merged movie. Your job is to guess the movie title. I am terrible at guessing the answers, but once it was mentioned I couldn't stop trying to think of movies. I feel bad posting new challenges when I can't think of answers, but here goes anyway.


  1. After exploring alien ruins, bringing back to Earth a robot and a scientist's daughter, they discover human's are now slaves of another species
  2. A man on death row with the power of healing others discovers that his last meal is people
  3. A pet gorilla, raised in Africa is brought back to the States where he is exploited until he teams up with Billy the Kids and other outlaws. Though they try to provide justice in a murder, they're hunted down by the law
  4. Though imprisoned in the 1700s, she uses her magical powers to escape and love changes her into a good person, then she rides around having adventures with her Orangutan (Emily says I should mention there's a homophone in there)
  5. Two reporters, once married, fall in love again while chasing the same story. Later, she switches bodies with her daughter.
  6. A white lawyer defends a black man in court in the South in the 30s, years later he tries to keep his sons from revealing where his money is to 3 strippers in the desert, not knowing the women are cold-blooded killers


Some of these are likely too obscure, but I love the movies.
I've seen this game before, I only remember it because of the great Logan's Run Lola Run title.