Monday, October 29, 2012

Hey guys, I'm still alive

Yeah, the hurricane blew the roof off my house, and now I'm drifting down Main Street on a salvaged car bumper, typing this on a internet-enabled microwave.

Actually, I'm sitting in my brightly lit bedroom, having just watched the first episode of Sherlock (which I finally have time to watch).  It's pretty much stopped raining, and I still don't have school tomorrow.  Whyyyyyyy?

I've been watching people look live-blog the storm, seen horrible reports, the whole deal. The most exciting thing here? Well, at one point, the wind blew pretty loudly, and I couldn't hear Benedict Cumberbatch's witty remark.

Today, I read two chapters in my AP Physics textbook for fun (because we won't cover them in class). I guess I'll do the problems tomorrow.

In case you couldn't tell, this has been a disappointing hurricane on my end.

Sunday, October 28, 2012

Halloween Movies

Last night, I went to a friend's house for a Halloween hang-out thing.  We wanted to watch a Halloween movie, but half the people wanted to watch a horror movie (like, The Omen or The Exorcist) and half were terrified of that and wanted to watch Ghostbusters or The Nightmare Before Christmas (which I'm not entirely sure if it's a Halloween movie or a Christmas movie...).

So we compromised and ended up watching this hilariously terrible 80s movie called "Killer Klowns from Outer Space."  It was horrible.  Like, you have no idea.  It was entertaining solely because it was so horrible

There were these clowns from outer space that shot popcorn at people, and then wrapped them up in cotton-candy cocoons to eat.  And the main characters were so stupid that we were rooting for the clowns.  It was bad.

BUT we had a good time.  Several of my friends are likely going to sleep with their lights on for a while.  We got to criticize it and scream at the screen and make fun of the continuity flaws.  Like, how the girl takes off her pants by pulling them UP.  We were confused.

I'm trying to imagine what would happen if we had killer clowns descend upon Earth.  Mostly, I think it would be awesome.

Oh, and then we watched half of a movie called "Troll Hunters" which was in Norwegian.  I'd already seen it - it's actually quite good.  In a weird sort of way.

I'm thinking I might post about this whole hurricane thing next.  I can either tell you about how awesome it was, or how much of a disappointment it was.  If I have power.  See ya then!

Tuesday, October 23, 2012

Friends, today was a monumentous occasion

So today I was in a public bathroom at Jordan's furniture. And I realize that things that happen in bathrooms are probably not what you want to hear about. But hear me out!

Basically, you know the automatic flushers, that always go off right under your butt? Yeah, those. Well, today, my automatic flusher went off at the exact right time. Perfectly!

It pretty much made my day. I just thought I'd share my little mini moment of awesome for the day.

Sunday, October 21, 2012

I have a problem

See, I know a lot of facts.  And I like to tell them to people, because having a more informed populace is good, right?

Well, I'm just afraid my friends will hate me.

Consider the following, which was posted on my Facebook wall by a very good friend, whom I'm very close with:
My first reaction was to comment something like this:

"Actually, it wasn't a space jump.  People said that Felix jumped from 'the edge of space,' but actually, the (arbitrarily) politically defined 'edge of space' is 100 km above Earth, and Felix only jumped from 37 km up.   However, if we're talking about the scientific edge of space, you could say that there are still remnants of earth's atmosphere as far as 10000 km away.  However, it is the highest he could have physically gotten in his helium balloon, because helium rises only because it is less dense than air.  The atmosphere gets less dense the higher you go, so above 37 km, helium is no longer less dense than the atmosphere, and the balloon won't rise any higher.  I agree though, it was a pretty cool jump."

However, I read that over, and immediately I became slightly worried that my friend would hate me to the end of time for going all factual on what was clearly meant as a fun post.

So, as of yet, I haven't commented.  I don't know what to say!

This problem isn't new, either.  And the last time, I actually posted the comment.  AND it was on a political post, making it 10 times worse.

One of my friends was talking about the news that Romney was using a KKK slogan in his campaign.  This sounded ridiculous to me, so I googled it.  I found the following sources of information:
a) The campaign video that used the alleged KKK slogan
b) The Washington Post article that accused Romney of the deed
c) The editor's note at the top of the article, which admits that the article "contains multiple serious, factual errors" including that fact that the video that sparked this whole debacle says, at the end, "Mitt Romney does not actually support this ad."

So I commented on my friend's post with this news.  I was pretty polite about it, I think.  I guess my friend was a bit unhappy with how I had ruined her anti-Romney post.  Oops.

I just don't know what to do.  I try to tell my friends interesting things (like, last week I enlightened them about how the Earth is in a stable orbit with the sun, which is what prevents us from spiraling inward into a fiery combustion).  And the other day, when we walked by a creepy winged angel statue, I educated them all about the dangers of blinking.

Seriously though.  I don't know how to reply to the Felix post.  What do I do?

Also, here's my Felix Baumgartner artwork!  The Gallifreyan text says "Sometimes you have to get really high just to see how small you are."  Which is an actual Felix quote before he jumped.

Monday, October 15, 2012

Just two more

Sorry for not having anything else to post, so here's two more Gallifreyan art pieces I made (if you don't know what I'm talking about, see the original post).

Numba One: Deathly Hallows Mashup
I'm a huge fan of combining fandoms.  Like this picture just screams ALL THE FANDOMS.  I mean, LOTR, Harry Potter, Hunger Games, Star Wars, and Doctor Who, all in one picture?  Freakin' awesome.

Anyways, that picture is not my Gallifreyan artwork.  This is it.  The Gallifreyan text in the middle says "A man in a million could unite the Hallows" which is a quote by Dumbledore in book seven.

Numba Two: Huzzah Science!
This one isn't really a fandom.  But here ya go:

In case you can't tell, this is the Apollo 13 mission logo.  The Gallifreyan text, which is floating around in space, and also cleverly (I think so) hidden in the moon and the sun, says the famous "Failure is not an option."  (That quote was never actually said, but was made for the movie)