Tuesday, September 23, 2008

Love her (or him) to death...

Every now and then, I'll hear phrases in the office that have a totally different meaning than they would outside of the office. One specific example is "love her to death." Usually when I hear this in the social setting, people often refer to what they like about a person, or something that the person does, that they love. It's also usually used very superficially because I don't think that people that genuinely like someone ever says they love them to death.

However, in the office, I've interpreted "love her to death" as, "I can definitely tolerate and even somewhat like this person on the personal side, but I can not stand working with them." In almost all of the cases that I've heard this phrase used in the office, there is always the inevitable but that proceeds it.

*note all hers can be substituted for hims

Monday, September 22, 2008

Peep this, if you've ever been a victim of 419 fraud

Back in 2003, I was trying to sell my extra guitar speakers online and a fellow from Nigeria who "owned a music shop" was interested in buying my speakers. It was basically a scam more popularly known as the 419 scam, that I fell for.

If you have 30 minutes and 11 seconds, check out this clip from This American Life. It talks about internet vigilantes that get back at scammers -

If that doesn't work, the audio file is here.

Good find, Arthur.

Tuesday, September 16, 2008

Top 5 Zombie Movies of the New Millenium

In addition to yesterday's post about Braindead, the Top 5 Zombie Movies of the New Millenium are (in no particular order) -
  • Dawn of the Dead
  • Shaun of the Dead
  • 28 Days Later
  • Resident Evil Trilogy (that's kind of cheating)
  • Fido
  • Diary of the Dead (runner up)

And if you're interested in preparing yourself for a Zombie outbreak, I would recommend two books, both by Max Brooks -

Monday, September 15, 2008

The Peter Jackson that you might not have known...

Before The Lord of the Rings and King Kong, the highly acclaimed director, Peter Jackson, directed a movie that was truly ahead of its time. Before Elijah Wood became frodo, and before Jack Black captured a giant gorillla, there was a Sumatran rat monkey that was the catalyst to 1992's...

Filled with everything from a priest mastered in the martial arts to the undead humping to a giant naked mother zombie, Braindead can be described as Night of the Living Dead meets Alien meets Psycho meets Thriller. This was one of the goriest movies I've ever seen. It has entire rib cages being ripped from bodies, heads with the spinal cords still attached, the use of a lawnmower as a weapon and of course, a love story to tie it all together. What's really crazy is that I don't think there were any guns in the whole movie. All of the zombie killing was used with conventional weapons. In addition, the leading lady was a woman of color which is just as amazing!

Friday, September 12, 2008

Deer in headlights

I haven't done a ton of research during politics this year, but I thought this was really entertaining.

My favorite comment on this was -

FOR FUCK'S SAKE?!?!?! How the fuck are people supporting this nonsense?!
I can just imagine a notecard in her pocket.
Side A: Terrorists

Side B: Hell bent on destroying America

For the full article, click here

Monday, September 8, 2008


I have a lot of wall space in my office and I've recently been looking into getting art to fill this space. Instead of buying art from famous artists that have died or that are "big" right now, I've decided to invest in pieces that were done by some of my artist friends. So far I have two pieces in my office -

Hinderaker Hall
Mark Gabriel

Eric Tan

I'm looking to add more pieces from my friends that include -

The Battle of Bangkok
Rich Tuzon/Eric Tan

It's Okay to be Different
Kelvin Nguyen

and one from this guy.

Support your local artist.

Wednesday, September 3, 2008

It's Electric!

I'm having my murse (not a male nurse) cleaned right now, and have had to transport all of my essential belongings in my pockets. It wasn't until recently that I've realized that I carry way too many electronics. I came to this conclusion when I had my mobile devices in my pockets, and was thinking of buying a camcorder. The contents of my murse which require a battery are -

  • cellular phone

  • blackberry

  • digital camera

  • nintendo DS

  • iPod touch

  • bluetooth

This coupled with the numerous electronics we deal with on a daily basis is a recipe for the black shakes. I'm wondering if getting an iPhone could conceivably cut this list in half...