Wednesday, May 12, 2010

The Cake is a Lie

In case this is you:

or if you have been living under a rock for 5 years... may be interested to know that you don't have to wait until 2013 to know why the cake is a lie. From now until May 24th, Valve is offering Portal for free to PC and Mac users. Get it while it's hot, people!

Seriously, go get it now. There's a good reason this game won a gajillion awards, and even if you don't think you'd like it, you should get it and try it anyway. This game probably gets the most wide personal endorsement I have ever given to a game... Yes, it is worth signing up for a free Steam account to play it (since presumably that will be required).

People with no internet connections on the computer they play games on are exempt =P

Monday, May 3, 2010

Non-swinging cats.

Alan was kind enough to look after my cats while I was on a recent trip out of town. Little did I know that he was just looking for photography subjects who work cheap! Anyway, long story short, here are a bunch of pictures he took of AC/TC :)

AC is the one with more white, and the creepy eyes.
TC is... the other one. (Larger, blacker, friendlier, but apparently harder to get to hold still for the camera).

These two are particular favorites of mine. Of course, they are all good.

Thanks, Alan! Extra special kudos for managing to get these great pics within the constraints of the cave-like lighting conditions in which I live :)

... It feels weird to see a picture of a cat without a large, white, block-lettered and misspelled caption, doesn't it?

Sunday, February 28, 2010

xkcd strikes again

Yet another moment of my life (you may remember past spreadsheets, flowcharts, etc), chronicled by the talented Randall Munroe over at xkcd.

Except he made a few factual errors, since he posted that sometime in December, and we didn't go see Avatar until today.

...please don't stab me.

Saturday, January 30, 2010


xkcd from Friday, 29 January, 2010.

alt-text caption: "On January 26th, 2213 days into its mission, NASA declared Spirit a 'stationary research station', expected to operational for several more months until the dust buildup on its solar panels forces a final shutdown."

Monday, January 25, 2010

How to Make Stuff

  1. Gather stuff
  2. Combine stuff
  3. Heat stuff
  4. (optional, but recommended) Cool stuff
  5. Eat stuff
It all sounds so simple in theory.

In practice, it apparently goes more like this:

  1. Gather way too much stuff, because nobody sells just enough pineapple to make enough stuff for one person at one meal. No, you have to buy enough pineapple to eat pineapple every meal for 2 weeks. Same goes for tomato sauce (3 weeks), ham (4.5 weeks), flour (3 months), and cornmeal (8 years). At least the baking soda, while still having the quantity to do this every day for the rest of my natural life, says you should throw it out and get a new one every 30 days lest it absorb too many foul odours and make your stuff taste bad.
  2. There appears to be a very good reason that chefs who regularly combine stuff including flour do not ply their trade wearing black clothing. 'Nuff said.
  3. Fire good. Magic bad.
  4. ... but I'm hungry NOW!
  5. See step 4.