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Brian Beck
04 April 2006 @ 08:40 am
Flavor of Love Reunion show...too damn funny.
 
 
Brian Beck
03 April 2006 @ 07:38 am
I thought surely that this year DST would come and I wouldn't need to educate anyone...so much for that. So say it with me now:

It's Daylight Saving Time, NOT Daylight Savings Time.

Everyone got it?

Good.
 
 
Brian Beck
30 March 2006 @ 08:40 am
Letter-writing without envelopes, cutting or glue...letterfu!

While I couldn't care less about The Da Vinci Code film, I do find this quite hilarious.

ReadyMade - A bimonthly print magazine for people who like to make stuff.

Roulette chocolate

Fun old-school diversions: The 8-bit quiz and 16-bit quiz.

The Legendary N.W.A. Quiz

A great clip from a CBS reporter taking on the "negative Iraq War coverage" charges that the administration has been putting out as of late.

A lengthy, but good, essay from Eric at Websnark on Those Cinematic Moments, and how Star Trek's lost the ability to do them. I'd be interested to see what you think shadoh.

A fun read entitled The Ten Best Sci-Fi Films That Never Existed.

If you are into videogame soundtracks, you have got to check out Galbadia Hotel.

For those of you using Firefox, you should definitely try out the Foxmarks extension. It simply rules.
 
 
 
Brian Beck
21 March 2006 @ 10:25 am
SCSI 4X cd burner purchased in 1999 - $350

IDE 16X DVD burner purchased this week - $40

Installing the burner, screwing the computer case back on, and THEN realizing that you forgot to write down the serial number on the top of the burner - Priceless
 
 
 
Brian Beck
22 February 2006 @ 08:58 am
All Monty Python fans should tune in tonight for the PBS series premiere of Monty Python's Personal Best. Yes, I know it conflicts with Lost, but that's what your damn tivo/torrent/vcr is for. Also, there are multiple showings so it shouldn't be a problem.
 
 
Brian Beck
13 February 2006 @ 09:06 am
The good.

The bad.
 
 
 
 
Brian Beck
05 January 2006 @ 01:55 pm
I couldn't agree more with Bill Simmons, from his ESPN Page 2 column today:

11:40 -- Since I firmly believe Marv Albert should do every big NBA game, Pat Summerall every big NFL game and Keith Jackson every big college football game, no matter how old they are, and only because it feels like a bigger game when any of them is involved, I feel totally comfortable saying this: Listening to Jackson is like driving with my mother at night. In other words, maybe he can't really see anymore, and he might drive over a few curbs, and maybe he'll even send a pedestrian diving behind a parking meter ... but it's always exciting, and you always get home safely in the end.


Amen.
 
 
 
Brian Beck
29 August 2005 @ 04:53 pm
Should I be concerned that Aeryn brought me this book and had me read it to her not once, not twice, but three times?

Perhaps she just has my odd sense of humor.
 
 
Brian Beck
28 August 2005 @ 03:24 pm
You all know my posts are far more like a scattering of shotgun pellets than peering down the scope of a sniper rifle...so buckle your seatbelts and please, try to keep up.


  • Who knew that the late Montgomery Scott (AKA James Doohan) was missing his right middle finger? These people did.


  • I really think I would enjoy having one of these. I'm not wild about spending $80 for one, but I still think they are cool.


  • Here is an idea for airport security that is far superior to anything the TSA is doing now...including Infants on the terrorist watch list.


  • Let this story be a cautionary tale for us all about leaving your pr0n behind when you move out of your parents house.


  • Apparently, placebos aren't really placebos. Perhaps doctors should just tell all their patients that they are giving them the latest and greatest drug that is sure to work...and then actually give them all sugar pills....and maybe my doctor is already doing that. Hmmmmmm.


  • In addition to being downright disturbing, does anyone else think that this is something you remember seeing in Half-Life 2? I seriously think he is related to the G-Man.


  • This makes me laugh everytime I read it. A probing analysis of Gwen Stefani’s ‘Hollaback Girl’


  • If you are not reading Izzle pfaff on a regular basis, you really ought to be. The man is fucking hilarious and thankfully not quite right...and most of you reading these posts of mine are at least the latter.




Deep like the minds of Minolta.
 
 
Brian Beck
10 August 2005 @ 07:17 pm
WTF?  
I stop to get gas this morning and see that it is $2.28....Two fucking dollars and twenty-eight cents a gallon for unleaded. Holy crap.

1 week ago - $2.07
1 year ago - $1.70
2 years ago - $1.43

at least I'm averaging 27 MPG...I guess that's something.
 
 
Brian Beck
09 August 2005 @ 06:59 pm
In today's episode entitled "Things I Drool Over but Ultimately Know I'll Never Actually Get", I take a look at some things that, well, I tend to drool over because they just are pretty darn cool even though I don't expect that I'll ever actually purchase any of them.

This would be hella cool and it would actually force me to finally get a DVD drive for my computer.

Ok, really that's the only thing I've got...now you can see why I've never made it as a network tv pitchman...

Me: "What I see is this great show that's sort-of a cross between Lost and Desperate Housewives with a little bit of Veronica Mars meets House mixed in."

Suit: "I love it!"

M: "And the best part is, it's only one episode!"
S: *blank stare*
S: "Next!"

There are, however, other things I've recently come across on that Internet thingy that I feel I must share...and I promise there will be more than one!


  • A few baby posts that made me chuckle...The first is from Julie with a list entitled A few notes to makers of infant clothing. The second is from Mr. Nice Guy who gives a listing of some things his daughter does that are apparently normal. I can verify that Aeryn does many of these.


  • I'm really enjoying reading the RSS feed from The Huffington Post. Always something to make me think and usually something to make me laugh. These three posts were ones I had bookmarked for one reason or another.


  • Many Cats Unaffected by Catnip. I find this very disturbing. If I can't count on catnip turning any and all cats into drugged furballs unable to put one paw in front of the other, than what I can I believe in? WHAT?


  • Audioscrobbler has finally finished their update and can now be found at last.fm. If you're not using this for your music, you should be. They've got plugins for just about everything and it's nice to be able to keep track of what you're listening to in addition to finding new artists you might be interested in. My profile is here.


  • On a final note, is it sooooo hard for Amazon to understand that if I own a book in paperback, it makes no sense to list the hardback version as a "recommendation" and vice versa? Also, if I've added something to my wish list, it makes equally little sense to add that item to your list of "recommendations" for me. Clearly I recommend it, otherwise I wouldn't have put it on my wish list!



and I'm out.
 
 
Brian Beck
08 August 2005 @ 07:41 pm
My wife makes the best fucking pizzas in the world.

Buffett at 11.
 
 
Current Mood: fullfull
 
 
 
Brian Beck
02 August 2005 @ 06:42 pm
Dear Iomega,

While I certainly appreciate that you make it so easy to find drivers for my ancient Zip drive, I feel you are completely out of touch with reality when I run up against your "To continue downloading software from Iomega's website, you will need a "My Support" account." Here's the deal fuckwads...all I need is a driver. I already paid you my money for your "obsolete-before-I-got-it-home" Zip drive, why do you think I would also be willing to go through the time to sign up for an account that I'll likely never use again and in the process give you access to as much of my personal information as you can wring out of me?

Thank goodness for BugMeNot and their fine Firefox extension.

The end.
 
 
Brian Beck
24 May 2005 @ 09:22 pm
So very wrong and yet so very funny. (and so probably NSFW)

What kind of a fucking douchebag do you have to be to visit Amazon.com's Early Adopters on any kind of regular basis? I mean, the first sentence says it all. "These are the newest and coolest products our customers are buying." It originally was followed with, "If you're a gigantic pussy who can't think for yourself than this is the page for you. We'll show you everything that is 'cool' and 'hip' so you can try your damnedest to fool everyone."

Have I mentioned how much I'd love to have this? If not, I have now.

Have I also mentioned how much I hate, hate, hate, fucking really fucking hate the Quiznos commercials with Baby Bob? Worst. Commercial. Ever...and apparently I'm not the only one. I think the only thing more disturbing than the commercials is the fact that CBS put the baby in its own show. However, there is some cruel irony in all this is that a baby named Bob with a guy's voice is actually....not a guy.

These really need to go on Aeryn's first big boo-boo...not that I'm wanting that to happen anytime soon.

Everyone should print this out and make one because I say so...and because it's cool. (and it's an old link, so you don't have to worry about being an Early Adopter!)

and finally, I can now waste even more time because Nethack now has a Pocket PC version. Technology is so grand.
 
 
Brian Beck
18 May 2005 @ 07:21 pm
I just really fucking hate it when shows that I really get into, shows that I actually look forward too, shows that can actually tell a story, are fucking canceled. Hello My So-Called Life. Hello Relativity. Hello Once and Again. Hello Farscape. This just seems to be happening all too often these days...and I think what really fucking annoys me is the pure shit that CBS decided to keep on the schedule while ditching Joan of Arcadia. Still Standing is still fucking standing? How is that possible? Mark Addy had one good role in his life in The Full Monty and he's just shit in everything since. Jami Gertz was fun in Less Than Zero and Listen To Me but I have no desire to watch her now....and Yes, Dear is like the fifth fucking show the networks have given Anthony Clark and for some reason he's still not funny...perhaps that will dawn on them someday. I'll admit that I was never really a fan of the original CSI but at least I could see why other people would like it...but CSI:Miami and CSI:NY are just like so much Law & Order spin-off dreck.

Can you tell I'm not happy?

On another annoying note, what the fuck is up with Windows XP constantly fucking popping up a window every 10 minutes or so after I've applied some updates to remind me that I must restart my computer for the updates to take effect and do I want to restart now? No, you fucking dillhole of an operating system, I don't want to restart now and I sure as hell don't want to be reminded over and over again that I need to restart....why the fuck do you even have a "restart later" button on the dialog window if you're just going to ignore me and ask again in 10 minutes?

I'm such fun when I'm annoyed.
 
 
Brian Beck
05 May 2005 @ 07:07 pm
See what majoring in English gets you?

Notice that she never bothered to answer the question.
 
 
Brian Beck
28 April 2005 @ 03:59 pm
So yesterday I have an endless runny nose along with constant sneezing and some coughing...I'm figuring it's just me being a little under the weather after Friday, Monday and Tuesday checking in all the testing materials from the AISD campuses. My left eye was also bothering me, but I didn't think much of it. Crystal asked me what was wrong with it last night because it was starting to look really red...again, I figured it was just allergies or a cold or just feeling run down.


Fast forward to this morning when I'm out at the warehouse with others from work getting all the nonscorables from testing ready to go back to the testing company and they ask me about my eye...at which point one of them says, "well you know, someone at check in had conjunctivitis. I wonder if that's what you have?"

Gee, what are the odds?

Pretty good it turns out.

So I have Pink Eye for the first time in my life and now I get to spend all weekend worrying that I've passed it on to Aeryn. Even if she does have it, I know she'll be fine...but you just never like to be the cause of your child's discomfort. I'm sure it will all be fine. :)
 
 
 
Brian Beck
04 April 2005 @ 06:45 pm
Now that it has begun (I'm thinking Shang Tsung saying that here) I'd like to give everyone their yearly (sometimes bi-annual) reminder that we (except for those brave souls in Hawaii, American Samoa, Guam, Puerto Rico, the Virgin Islands, the Eastern Time Zone portion of the State of Indiana, and most of Arizona, with the exception of the Navajo Indian Reservation in Arizona) have entered into Daylight Saving Time. Please note the lack of an "S" at the end of "Saving"...please keep it that way.
 
 
Brian Beck
11 September 2004 @ 10:25 am
Getting paid to sit on my ass. - sweet

Finding out there is a free wireless access point that I can connect to while sitting on my ass all day. - sweeter

Realizing that i forgot to bring the adapter so that I can keep my PDA charged all day. - fucking stupid

For everything else there's Mastercard.
 
 
Brian Beck
29 July 2004 @ 06:58 pm
So Crystal tells me that the funeral home called and said that Andrew's death certificate was ready for us to pick up....not exactly something either of us was just aching to go do, but it did need to be done, and it would be a good chance to go visit his gravesite again.

While rgansle kept a watch over Aeryn for the two of us, we drove to the funeral home to pick up the certificate.  Once there, we told the receptionist what we needed and she called back to some minion who promptly came forward with the death certificate.  After I signed to attest that I had in fact received said certificate, Crystal and I headed out the door.  Once outside, I handed the folder with the certificate to Crystal and somewhat jokingly told her she should look it over real quick and make sure that we had obtained the correct death certificate because it would just really suck to get home and find out we had someone elses.  She looks at it and immediately tells me that they still had our street name spelled incorrectly....Aveno when it should be Avena.

Now at this point, I'm mildly annoyed because the director who set this all up with us had given us a copy of the death certificate form to proof and make sure that everything was correct.  On there, the street was misspelled, and we both pointed out to her this fact and explained how it should be spelled, and she proceeded to make a note that these changes needed to be done.   But hey, mistakes happen, I understand that and it's just really no big deal.

When I go back inside, the lady who gave us the death certificate is still standing there and so I proceed to explain to her that our address is incorrect in 2 places on the certificate because our street name is misspelled...while of course adding in that we had already mentioned to them that this correction needed to be made.  She then proceeds to get a very deep and thoughtful look, (not unlike the ones my daughter gets when she is working up a gigantic poop) looks over at the receptionist, frowns and then says, "hmmmm.  That's gonna take a long time, cuz we've gotta send it back into the state and all that...yeah."   While saying all this, she is giving us a look that, at least to me, strongly conveyed the message, "Why are you bothering me with this?  It's done.  Who cares if your street name is misspelled?  Please just agree that you don't care and go home."   I quickly bit off my immedaite response which was, "I don't care if you have to send it to the fucking Pope, just fix your own fucking mistake and give me my son's correct death certificate." and instead agreed that yes, it might take awhile, but that was fine as long as they could get it fixed.  Once she saw that we were not going to just walk out, she took it back and said they would call us once they got the corrected copy in.

Seriously, what the fuck is wrong with people?  Neither I nor Crystal have any desire to be anywhere in the funeral home ever again...and obviously we're still not feeling like the world is a bright, sunshiny place all the time.  So why the hell did this lady try to be difficult?  There's already a whole host of things I'll never understand...I guess I can just add this to the list.
 
 
Current Mood: annoyedannoyed
 
 
Brian Beck
10 July 2004 @ 12:04 am
So I'm home for just a second to get some clothes and more baby things and I thought you all would appreciate some pictures.  So here some are.  I've gotta hurry and get back to the hospital now so I can attempt to try and get some sleep.  Wish me luck....I'll obviously post more once we are home.
 
 
Current Mood: jubilantjubilant
 
 
Brian Beck
01 July 2004 @ 08:14 pm
Hmmm....it's been awhile.   Good to see you're still here.

The ENT said that my sleep study confirmed that I had sleep apnea, which rather surprised me because both my doctor and the tech at the sleep study seemed to think it was unlikely that I had it.  So go figure.  Anyway, the doc set me up with a CPAP machine along with a humidifier.  My mask is...weird.  I used it last night for the first time and I honestly can't say that I noticed any difference.  Crystal said that it was weird for her because I was laying on my back and she kept expecting me to start snoring any minute, except I never did.  I imagine I'll notice more of an effect the longer I use it...I'll let you know when that happens.

So my birthday is coming up on the 8th and I'll make that wonderful transition into my thirties.  How the hell did  I suddenly get to be 30?  I think that fact weirds me out more than becoming a father...but that's probably because they're still frolicing around in Crystal's belly and thus very much out of site.  I'm sure that once the doctor hands one to me, that will all change.  (I keep half-jokingly saying to Crystal that when the babies are born I'm going to turn to her and say "Holy shit!  We just had two babies!  What the hell is going on?"  I can't help that I'm a very visual person and it all might not really hit me until I see them in the flesh.)

So now where was I?  Oh yes, my birthday.  My wonderful wife has ordered me one of these and I'm pumped about getting it.  I miss my old Clie and this one looks to be way way cooler....cuz I'm all about the gadgets. :)

Since it is almost my birthday, now is the time when I must post my obligitory Wish List link.  I expect absolutely no one to purchase anything on it, but you never know.  Over the years, it has become less a  "wish list" that I purchase from as a "that looks cool and I should mark it somewhere so I don't forget about it list."  I imagine I'm not the only one.

In other news, I am wonderfully pleased with Mozilla's latest build of Firefox.  I honestly don't know how I've gotten along without tabbed browsing all these years....and I honestly don't know why anyone chooses to use IE anymore.

Am I the only one that didn't know that FedEx took over Kinkos?...and that now the name is FedEx Kinko's?

I saw this today via Boing Boing and it made me think of you Gen.

If you're not reading Mark Morford, you should be.  He's damn funny, topical and usually right on...at least to me.  YMMV.
 
 
 
Brian Beck
08 June 2004 @ 06:29 pm
This is my new favorite desktop wallpaper. You just can't help but smile when you look at it.
 
 
Current Mood: happyhappy
 
 
Brian Beck
25 April 2004 @ 02:04 pm
She let me sleep in until 2 pm today...and then only woke me up because my sister had called from the valley...and while I'm talking on the phone with her now, Crystal is using the waffle maker to make waffles.

Am I the luckiest guy alive or what?
 
 
Brian Beck
05 April 2004 @ 07:44 pm
It's time for my yearly anal retentive post reminding all of you that it is Daylight Saving Time, NOT Daylight Savings Time.

Enjoy.

http://www.energy.ca.gov/daylightsaving.html
 
 
Brian Beck
25 February 2004 @ 07:05 pm
I haven't seen The Passion of The Christ yet, but I'm pretty sure that these 2 girls who did see it and were asked about it on NPR this afternoon were, and are, morons.

Girl 1: It wasn't what we thought it was going to be basically...

Girl 2: Extraordinarily graphic and no plot basically, it's a great work of fiction is what it is.

Girl 1: There could have been more to the story.



Someone get them out of the gene pool please.
 
 
Brian Beck
24 November 2003 @ 07:22 pm
This, much like these guys is just...well...BRILLIANT!!!!
 
 
 
Brian Beck
18 November 2003 @ 09:11 pm
I had a date with my honey tonight...we went eat at Bennigan's (Don't forget the apostrophe!) and I had a damn good Reuben sandwich. Then we headed downtown to see a showing of Santa vs The Snowman. I thought is was very enjoyable...especially the scene right out of The Empire Strikes Back. Definitely go see it when it opens on November 28th if you didn't catch it last year.

And now for some quick thoughts:

  • The West Wing is really stinking it up this season without Aaron Sorkin around.

  • There is a Talking Heads Box Set. Sweet.

  • If you are short on companies to hate these days, here is one you can loathe.

  • A nice article on why the wireless phone industry should focus less on "cool new gadgets" and more on "allowing me to get a clear signal wherever I may roam."

  • For those wondering "What should I read next?", Publishers Weekly has their Year in Review 2003 up.

  • Even though I don't have TiVo, I found this post entitled "A life where TiVo has always existed" kinda funny and interesting...perhaps you will too.

  • These things look damn cool and I want one right now!...or at least some time in the near future.

  • It is good to want.



That is all.
 
 
Brian Beck
04 November 2003 @ 07:48 pm
I was listening to the Marketplace Morning Report this morning (with the host that Crystal despises, although that's another story entirely.) and I managed to hear something I've never heard before. A woman was commenting on people who use e-snipe to swoop in on ebay auctions at the last second and overbid. She said "I like to refer to them as e-holes."

e-hole. What a great word.

In other news, I have to say (no really...I have to) that I absolutely love my new job. For those not in the know, I started a job with AISD 3 weeks ago in their Testing division. My official title is Data Processing Assistant II (I'm a two!) and really that's mostly what I do...handle data and do various things with/to it. (Gee...that sounds kinda lecherous.)

The McDonalds near us just started accepting credit and debit cards for payment...does anyone else see this as possible the most evil thing ever? Yeah, I'm Lovin' It that now every evening when I drive home I get to think "you know, Mickey-D's takes credit cards...wouldn't a few cheeseburgers taste just great for dinner!?" I don't need that kind of temptation.

Hmmm...it seems I managed to forget to post the books of September and here it is already November. Honestly though, I don't think I can really be blamed...you see, September started out just great:

  • Dracula by Bram Stoker

  • The Chamber by John Grisham

  • Seabiscuit: An American Legend by Laura Hillenbrand

  • The Early History of Rome by Livy

  • The Godfather by Mario Puzo



I loved Dracula and I can't believe I waited this long to read it. The Chamber is certainly not Grisham's est work, but it certainly helped pass the time. Seabiscuit was very entertaining and managed to make horse racing exciting, which I consider quite a task. Livy was much duller then I had expected, but it was at least interesting to see that politics as usual has been going on for a loooong time. The Godfather is, of course, a classic...although I found that while the book helped provide more backstory, it also lagged considerably in 2 or 3 parts whereas the movie was tight all the way through. So I think they both have their place.

And then we come to Moby Dick by Herman Melville. M. Dick and I have had history...I tried reading it 4 years ago and only made it 100 pages in before I gave up. This time, I was short on unread material, so I thought I would give it another try...and at least this time I only had 100 pages to go when I gave up. I simply cannot get into this book. I know it's a classic and people fall over themselves proclaiming Melville's genius...it just didn't work for me. I constantly found myself nodding off while reading...or I would zone out and then realize I had read a full page and a half with no idea what the content was. Now don't get me wrong, I'm not trying to place all the blame at Melville's feet...I'm perfectly willing to accept that I just wasn't willing to work hard enough to get what the book had to offer...oh well, 1 book every 4 years isn't that bad.

That pretty much killed the rest of the month, and I didn't pick anything up until October when I got re-interested in my gaming books and started in on some of them.

  • The Thing: One Thing After Another by Warren Spector

  • California Countdown by Joe Dever

  • Flight From the Dark by Joe Dever & Gary Chalk

  • Fire on the Water by Joe Dever and Gary Chalk

  • House of Hades by Steve Jackson

  • The Citadel of Chaos by Steve Jackson

  • Murder on the Midnight Plane by Gaby Waters & Graham Round

  • Starship Traveller by Steve Jackson

  • The Efficiency Expert by Edgar Rice Burroughs

  • Eyes of Prey by John Sandford



Ok, the last 2 don't have anything to do with gaming, but by then I had gotten over the "Moby" hump and was proceeding back to my regular books...and now that I've gotten Eyes of Prey and can continue on with that enjoyable series.

Did I mention I've had hella fun working through some of the stuff in Steve's Games Magazine trivia challenge? They need to have one of these every month!
 
 
Brian Beck
25 October 2003 @ 02:36 pm
I've always liked the Cubs, although as long as they're in the same division as Houston I'll never like them quite that much. After reading this, however, I am inclined to root for their personal curse to continue on and on if they feel it's ok to treat their fans this way.
 
 
Brian Beck
06 September 2003 @ 04:38 pm
I wonder why it is that I never get around to this until well after the beginning of the month? Oh well.

  • The Sword of Shannara by Terry Brooks

  • The Elfstones of Shannara by Terry Brooks

  • The Wishsong of Shannara by Terry Brooks

  • Ender's Game by Orson Scott Card

  • Ender's Shadow by Orson Scott Card

  • Insomnia by Stephen King

  • Bag of Bones by Stephen King

  • Hearts in Atlantis by Stephen King

  • Desperation by Stephen King

  • The Regulators by Stephen King (writing as Richard Bachman)



It seems like I read less this month then I normally do, but maybe these books were just longer then most...anyways, I greatly enjoyed the Shannara series, although I do have to admit that I enjoyed each one a little less then its predecessor...by the third book, the repetitive nature of the plot was beginning to wear a little thin. Ender's Game totally kicked ass! I really don't know how I made it this long in life without ever having read that book. Ender's Shadow was a brilliant complement to Game and I enjoyed it just as much. My latest plunge into the Stephen King library reminded me again why I like his stories so much...I just love how he weaves his universes together so that a character mentioned in one book shows up in another novel that's completely unrelated...and while they are usually faint connections, they are almost always there if you are willing to look for them...oh yeah, and The Regulators was just bizarre, so I'm hoping that King doesn't "find" anymore hidden Bachman manuscripts.
 
 
Brian Beck
14 August 2003 @ 06:21 pm
Here are some comics that I found funny recently. A little more fuel for the Bush fire always warms the heart...and why not just throw a nice what the fuck? out there for good measure.
 
 
 
Brian Beck
01 August 2003 @ 08:46 pm
On a purely selfish note, holy shit do I want one of these! Granted, I don't guess I really need it, nor do I have the money for it, but damn is that thing cool.

In other news, here are the books of July.

The Dark Half by Stephen King
Fletch and the Widow Bradley by Gregory McDonald
Shadow Prey by John Sandford
The Tangle Box by Terry Brooks
Witches' Brew by Terry Brooks
Black Jack Point by Jeff Abbott
Different Seasons by Stephen King
The Green Mile by Stephen King
Longitude: The True Story of a Lone Genius Who Solved the Greatest Scientific Problem of His Time by Dava Sobel
The Ingredients: A Guided Tour of the Elements by Phillip Ball
'Salem's Lot by Stephen King
Thinner by Stephen King (Writing as Richard Bachman)
Danse Macabre by Stephen King
Some Buried Caesar by Rex Stout
Fer-de-Lance by Rex Stout
Murder by the Book by Rex Stout

I still can't get enough Stephen King(or Nero Wolfe for that matter); Fletch is still damn fun to read; I'm really liking the Prey series even more; I certainly hope the Magic Kingdom of Landover series isn't over even though I've never seen any others; Longitude was enjoyable, if a little lacking in some explanations; and the guided tour of the elements, while hardly exhaustive, was entertaining....and it looks like August is shaping up to be a Fantasy/Sci-Fi kinda month...hooray!
 
 
Brian Beck
06 July 2003 @ 08:08 pm
and here they are...Collapse )

A few commments...somewhere around K or L, the Kinsey Millhone series started to deteriorate such that I'm really not all that interested in picking up Q to get caught up. The Apprentice Adept series from Piers Anthony was wonderful and I highly recommend it. Following the history of Fermat's Enigma was as fascinating as I thought it would be. I was surprisingly unimpressed with Fahrenheit 451. Michael J. Fox's life made a surprisingly interesting read. I look forward to reading more of the Prey series. Harry Potter V was not the best in the series, but neither was it the least...and Nero Wolfe is still the best damn detective in the world.
 
 
Current Music: Willy Wonka from the TV
 
 
Brian Beck
04 July 2003 @ 10:44 pm
Ya know, I guess I've always thought that fireworks were fun to watch, but right now I would like nothing more then for every mother fucking last one of the assholes outside on the street to fall over dead and stop shooting off their god-damned fireworks...not that it's annoying in the slightest of course. I rather enjoy watching my dog shiver every time he hears one go off.

I really, really, really, really, really fucking hate the sound of fireworks.
 
 
Current Mood: pissed offpissed off
 
 
Brian Beck
11 June 2003 @ 08:13 pm
Conversation at trivia yesterday night got me to thinking that perhaps we all could use some reminders of the errors we are seeing all around us every day...so here is a list of most all of the logical fallacies replete with definitions and examples.

Learn 'em, Love 'em, Live 'em.
 
 
Brian Beck
For starters, let me just say congratulations to the New Jersey Devils. You amassed an amazing 12-1 home record in the playoffs en route to winning your 3rd Stanley Cup in 9 years, and no one can take that away from you. That being said...

I'd like to send a giant Fuck You! out to all the New Jersey fans for booing Jean-Sebastien Giguere when he was awarded the Conn Smythe Trophy at the end of the game. I at least respect the Devil's players for applauding him. I can certainly understand why the fans might be upset that one of their guys wasn't recognized as MVP...and true, this is only the fifth time a losing player has won the award. But the simple fact is that the award is for the MVP in the entire playoffs, not just the finals...and Giguere was clearly the dominate force that got Anaheim this far. No one expected them to make it here, much less out of the first round. Feel free to offer up another candidate that had as much of an impact on the playoffs, but I doubt you can name one.

And before it all starts (although I imagine it already has), let's not forget that despite their stellar home record, the Devils were a measly 4-7 away from home and realistically won the Cup only because they played the last game at home...this was no sweep, no dominate force that crushed all opposition and handily won the trophy. I'm not trying to take anything away from the Devils, but for pete's sake give the Ducks their due.
 
 
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Brian Beck
07 June 2003 @ 12:15 pm
I wanna send a shot out to my friend notgus who came over last night for some wonderful food, beer and gaming. We both managed to survive being made chrysanthemum's bitch in YDKJ:Mock 2 not just once, but twice. Later that night, Gus prevailed in our hockey bout but only because my rally fell a bit short...next time though, revenge is mine!
 
 
Brian Beck
I swear we have some of the smartest people in the world come through the testing center where I work. We offer fingerprinting services, so some of our insurance candidates also get fingerprinted when they test. After I print them , I visually show them the 5 areas that they need to fill out in addition to pointing out the sample fingerprint card next to them that has those 5 areas highlighted. The 3 geniuses I saw today must have started their happy hour early because I can't really explain their idiocy otherwise. Not just 1, but TWO people wrote their first name where they were supposed to put their last name, despite the fact that I clearly point out that you need to write your last name first, THEN your first name. This little error forced me to do their prints all over again because, of course, you can't white out anything on an official fingerprint card. The last Einstein apparently thought that the area asking for "DOB" wanted him to write today's date...when I pointed out that he was not likely born today (although his actions perhaps warranted believing that he was) he proceeded to scratch it all out which necessitated doing his prints over again as well. I suppose I should just look upon this all as job security.
 
 
Brian Beck
04 June 2003 @ 04:22 pm
Somehow I completely skipped listing the books for April, so I'll have to play catch up this time.The Books of April and MayCollapse )

Other interesting tidbits that happen to be rattling around in my brain:

  • A story I heard on NPR talking about how infant babbling varies depending on behavioral responses from their mothers. Probably all very duh squared to any mother, but I found it interesting to listen to.

  • The full video of the 2003 Book Expo with the panel of Bill O'Reilly, Al Franken and Molly Ivins. Noted because of the shouting match that developed between O'Reilly and Franken. Plus, Franken is just pretty damn funny.

  • Now that the Texas Legislature has adjourned from their regular session, we can all take a look at some of the splendid work our elected officials have been engaged in(if you are missing the sarcasm here, you obviously don't know me very well)...for starters, we can look to Senate Bill 7 which the governor signed into law on May 28th. Let's follow that up with House Bill 854 which Mr. Perry so graciously signed on June 2nd, and which will allow us all to rest easy knowing that filtering software will now be ensuring that all of us will be safe from obscene material and unlawful activities when we browse the web at our public libraries. A stunning example of our tax dollars at work is found in House Bill 319 which Rick signed on May 20th and which at long last finally clearly spells out the objectives of public education. I know you will sleep much better knowing we've finally wrestled that snarly beast to the ground.
    Finally, there is House Bill 1961 which among other things brings about the much needed name change for Southwest Texas State University...please don't even let me get started on that one. (HB1961 hasn't been signed into law anywhere that I can see, so I'm not sure what the status of it is.)

  • Is it asking too much for Amazon.com to realize that if I tell them I own the hardback, it's probably not a good idea to turn around and claim in their recommendations that I would love the paperback?

  • Is it just a Jim Rome thing, or are there other morons out there who refer to Columbus, OH as C-Bus?

 
 
Brian Beck
11 April 2003 @ 01:27 pm
Cut for those who don't want all this taking up their friends page.Collapse )
 
 
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Current Music: Nena - 99 Luftballons
 
 
 
 
 
Brian Beck
06 April 2003 @ 09:57 am
Everything you every wanted to know about Daylight Saving Time but were afraid to ask.

...and please try to remember that it's daylight saving time, NOT daylight savingS time. I think that annoys me almost as much as people who say Barnes & NobleS....so sue me.
 
 
Brian Beck
03 April 2003 @ 06:07 am
These damn people and their damn huge pictures that completely fuck up my friends page!

sigh.

I think IE needs an option so that in addition to being able to "Show Picture", you should be able to "Hide Picture." I think that would be keen.

...and that is my random post for this morning.
 
 
Brian Beck
31 March 2003 @ 01:00 pm
Finally, someone is taking the administration to task over their whining about Iraq's "unconventional" warfare.

It shouldn't be a surprise that Iraq isn't playing by the rules.
 
 
Brian Beck
26 March 2003 @ 12:59 pm
The "Best of..." show on the Food Network is showing the Truck Stop episode tonight at 9:30 and it includes a visit to our very own 221 Truck Stop in Buda. Should be interesting for any who have partaken of their yummy goodness.