Wednesday, October 20, 2010


I wore purple today.

I never really got behind any of these change your profile picture color to x for y cause, or wear x color for y cause days, but I gave this one a shot anyway. Given that the whole point (I think?) is to get people to ask why you're wearing an odd color shirt so you can direct them to whatever the cause of the day is, I think I failed. I interact with on average 4 people per day, and none of them said a word. I was especially out of place, since my only purple shirt is french cuffed.

The whole experience left me feeling sort of empty. I feel like I didn't accomplish anything. In fact I felt worse for trying to participate in what felt like an empty gesture. But I do care about the cause. Throwing money at a problem is perhaps nearly as empty a gesture, but it's something. Writing a blog post about it, also just a conscience soother? I guess. If you feel like doing something more than pulling a rarely worn article of clothing out of the back of your closet, you may find the following useful.

Gay, Lesbian and Straight Education Network

Bright side: I got to wear cufflinks.

Tuesday, June 1, 2010


Back in the free wheeling Napster days of the interwebs, I found a recording of a live performance of Undone (the Sweater Song), one my favorite Weezer tracks. Actually I'm sure I found several, but this one in particular stuck with me. It replaced the odd dialogues that pass for verse with some spoken word poetry about... love? At least in part. It's been lost to the ravages of changing hard drives, but I found this service Grooveshark, which is very much the new Napster. On a lark, after getting El Scorcho stuck in my head this morning, and sure enough turned it back up again. I've had snippets of this poem stuck in my head from time to time for the last 10 years, so I've transcribed the whole thing for future reference. A quick google of the first line reveals it to be the work of one Tim "Speed" Levitch, famed NYC tour guide(?), who conveniently has his own wikipedia page.

(Aside: the same search reveals a Youtube video of same - it's not the original, and the guy covering it is both off key and got a large chunk of the words wrong. Not to say I'm 100% on what I've got below, but they're by far more right than his.)

And each of you is a reminder to the earth of what it's capable of
you are all the reasons, jumping, rational, lackadaisical, irrational
you are ceaseless sieges on the city of joy
the reason Agamemnon went to troy
you are you own gods
abase yourself
at the knees of yourself
intelligence is not a discipline it is an experience
allow it to explode
destroy buildings I'm sorry I hurt your feelings
did I lose that sweater? or did it lose me?

And language was invented so people could lie
don't just say I love you let your love perspire and fly
it is the most profound gymnastics and incredible calisthenics
let me pole vault you
let me cartwheel into your beauty in an ideal love affair
we never have to say "I love you"
stutter for "By the way, I love you"

Sweaters that are loneliness which is an delusion
sweaters that emasculate creating confusion
a giant repression melting into suppression
sweaters of lycra
sweaters of spandex
we don't need them
sweaters of knitwear creating the reason that Caesar went to Gaul
we don't need the sweater
walk through the sweater
the sweater that murders and marauds
the sweaters that take over our lives and remind us that we don't like the way that we walk
walk through the sweater apocalypse and find your own warmth

Wednesday, March 3, 2010

Big Bang Theory Fail

Usually I just get silently (or loudly but briefly) pissed off at these things, but with TBBT they pride themselves on accuracy and Sheldon is supposed to be this infallible force of nature. On Monday's show Sheldon used the phrase "above the hoi polloi." Sheldon would know, as I do, that "hoi" is greek for "the", and is strictly unnecessary.

/geek out

Sunday, October 18, 2009

One wall down, seven or ten to go!

Saturday, September 12, 2009

Train Trip

Maybe I'll post pics from PAX this year, seeing as how we remembered to bring a camera this time. At the very least I have to share this one. Can you fit a 6 player game of Dominion into a sleeper car on a train? Hell yes you can!

Tuesday, September 8, 2009

Thing I got from PAX

  • A hangover.
  • A bunch of free t-shirts.
  • A "1337" cap from Intel.
  • Some sweet castles gear (not free).
  • A lot of buttons.
  • Some new friends.
  • Some back talk from a Wizards rep.
  • A great time at the concerts and the con in general.
  • Maybe swine flu.

Sunday, September 6, 2009

Omegathon final. Close to my heart.

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Wednesday, August 19, 2009

[blank] you I won't do what you tell me

Dear American Radio,
Please stop playing the subsection of Killing In The Name Of that your corporate overlords will allow you to spin. You get my hopes up, and then they're dashed.

That is all.

Thursday, August 6, 2009

Drink up, comrades!

Wednesday, August 5, 2009

10,000 days

Today I am ten thousand days old. This seems significant.