November 11, 2003

quote of the moment

“hopefully i’ll do some more people-watching while i sip my heroin-like white mocha and listen to bad local bands.”
-Lindsey K, who just informed me she has her own blog.

hoy! hoy!

I really don’t like having to answer the phone naked, it bothers me.

On a related note “hoy! hoy!” is how Alexander Graham Bell proposed people should answer phones.

don’t tell celebrities who they are, trust me, they already know

I was watching one of my favorite shows, “Monster Garage” on the discovery channel today when all of a sudden the USC song girls come one the show! And I KNOW ONE OF THEM. Lana, one of the many blonde chicks, used to be in the dorm next to Lauren’s. How crazy is that? I’ve had actual conversations with her, I’ve drank beverages in red cups with her in a dorm room, and there she is on one of my very favorite shows. megacoolioslammin.

In Physics today we had about the most ridiculous problem for hw I’ve ever encountered. The question was:
“At the very end of Wagner’s series of operas Ring of the Nibelung, Brunhilde takes the golden ring from the finger of the dead Siegfried and throws it into the Rhine, where it sinks to the bottom of the river. Assuming that the ring is small enough compared to the depth of the river to be treated as a point and that the Rhine is 10.0m deep where the ring goes in, what is the area largest circle at the surface of the water over which light from the ring could escape from the water.”

In case you’re confused about that problem, I’ll give you a hint. If you don’t know that it’s Siegfried that dies, the problem is unsolvable.

Later in the day, after the confusion wore off, I download the experimental version of “The Gimp,” which is kinda like a free version of photoshop for linux, and created an original piece of art where I try and represent graphically my interpretation of Martin Luther King Jr.’s “I have a dream” speach.

finally, a quote of the moment from Heather:
“I just saw annie hall for the first time last thursday. that movie RULES.”

November 9, 2003

not sure if its too little, but definitely way too late

“I want to challenge the Bush administration’s implicit assumption that we have to give up many of our traditional freedoms in order to be safe from terrorists. It makes no more sense to launch an assault on our civil liberties as the best way to get at terrorists than it did to launch an invasion of Iraq as the best way to get at Osama bin Laden.”
-ex presidential hopeful Al Gore

It’s like after he finished running for President somebody gave him a spine for Christmas.

some random quotes of the day

Today was an interesting day and there were many quotes I wish I could have remembered, but here’s a couple I did.

“it’s not hard to fall
when you float like a cannon”
-Damien Rice

“If a guy has to work at a pizza place 40 hours a week, the government should give him marijuana, not worrying about punishing him for it.”
-Randy Cohen, New York Times columnist. I swear I heard this on the radio while I was driving around. You can hear the that and the rest of the show streaming on this page.

-Hugo C. AKA the guy cutting pizzas today.

“everything done. Thank you for downloading a media file containing proprietary and patentend technology.”
-My live internet stream recorder ;-)

out of context quote of the moment

“We were quite smashed, and though most of us didn’t know each other all that well, by the 4th hour… we were all sleeping on each other in a giant pile like a human puzzle.”
-Rachel Grande

bling bling

I went to the auction yesterday and it was a lot of fun, even if they didn’t have as much inventory as I thought they would. There were several things that we wanted to buy, but in most cases the bidding was a little too rich for our blood. For example, an older computer we wanted to get to use as a dedicated server sold for $19, a HUGE microwave we wanted sold for a little over $20, and a scanner Lauren wanted went for $15. But we did NOT walk away empty handed, I was determined to get a watch and so I bought two lots of 6 watches. Below are 11 of those watches.

Though I’d wear about 3 of them, my absolute favorite is the Citizen gold watch. Getting a Citizen watch has always been one of those “life goal” kinda things, something I never really thought I would indulge in, but then to have one land in your lap for 1/6 of $5 is unbelievable. One interesting part of this watch is the date, which you can see below IS IN SPANISH! Hoy es miĆ©rcoles. How cool is that!
Citizen Watch
Lauren also ended up getting a microwave for $6, since our current one has been on it’s last leg for longer than I care to think about. The button on the bottom doesn’t even open the door anymore, so hopefully this one will be an upgrade. If it works.

Well, I do have more to talk about, but since I should probably do some physics before I go to work, it’s time to say goodbye for now.

November 8, 2003

still freestyling the stylie styles

The song of the moment is definitely “In The Autumn” by The Special Goodness. I know the lyrics are kinda silly (“The last day above seventy Maybe twenty metrically”), but it really just fits the moment.

I’m excited about my buddy icons, I’ve already had 4 people start to use them, which is really awesome, I wasn’t sure anyone would want them. Also I redid one person’s icon, which I was more than happy to do.

All right, I’m sure I’ll post later, have a good Saturday everyone!

November 6, 2003

buddy icons for all

I’ve always thought that when people use aim, that it would be really nice if everyone used a picture of themselves so it would feel more like I was communicating with an actual person. With this in mind I created my own buddy icon, which most of you have probably seen, but that doesn’t help me much because I don’t instant message myself unless I’m very, very lonely. So I took it upon myself to create buddy icons of everyone on my buddy list that I have a digital picture of. The results are below:


Brian Wong














For those who feel slighted, I just didn’t have a decent digital picture of you. Send me one and I would be more than happy to make you one. If you feel that I didn’t choose the best picture of you, just send me one you like and again i will be more than happy to make you another buddy icon.

Quick tutorial on how to use these icons:
1) Right click on yours and choose “Save Picture As…”
2) Save it in a place where you can find it.
3) Open AIM
4) Hit F3
5) In the left pane click on “buddy icons”
6) In the right pane find the “browse pc” button and use the file selector that pops up to find the buddy icon where you saved it.
7) Voila, new buddy icon that everyone will cherish.


ashcroft and family

I hate the last school day of the week, it’s so hard to concentrate during class. My Physics teacher was going over a new topic and I just_couldn’t_care. He could have been speaking Japanese with a southern accent and I would have absorbed about the same amount of information that I did today.

Alex showed me up today, I tried to show off my amazing sports knowledge and he proved once again that he is the king:

(21:37:17) Me: Did you know Rumsfeld’s nephew is the kicker on the Air Force football team?
(21:37:58) Alex: actually, it’s John Ashcroft’s nephew, and he sucks. he cost Air Force the game against Navy.

I’ll have my tail between my legs for a while after that one.

November 5, 2003

for every beginning, there is a chicken on an antenna

So this morning, the alarm went off at 4am so Lauren and I could go see The Matrix: Revolutions. We stopped at a Kripsy Kreme (24 hour drive thru, hella) got some sugar and coffee and met the masses who had also gotten up at this obscene hour on a weekday to go see a movie. I’ll say I very much liked the movie, but I won’t go into it any more so I don’t risk spoiling it.

I tried to get a picture of Lauren in front of the clock that read 4:10am, but that didn’t turn out (the flash on my camera made the numbers illegible), I also tried to get a picture of the crowd in front of the theatre at 5am, but that also didn’t work out (the crowd was backlit), so I give you the only picture I took this morning that actually turned out:

We saw this while sitting in traffic on the way home, at around 8:30am.

November 4, 2003


yeah, tomorrow’s the “zero hour.” That’s right, all around the world “Matrix: Revolutions” is opening WORLD WIDE at the exact same hour, which is kinda cool. Unfortunately, it also means that some places (like Los Angeles for example) are having their opening showing at 6am, which is absolute lunacy.

And I plan to be there.

So I need to go to sleep right about now.

Hopefully we’ll remember to bring the digital camera to prove to everyone that we were there. G’night everyone.

November 3, 2003

new bike

Eugene’s getting a new bike, and he’s pretty excited about it:

(00:04:17) Eugene: i will name my bike, “kit”
(00:04:47) Eugene: and i will mod it so that it comes to pick me up after physics class

November 2, 2003

yet another quote of the moment

“Collision Type #2: The Door Prize

A driver opens his door right in front of you. You run right into it if you can’t stop in time. If you’re lucky, the motorist will exit the car before you hit the door, so you’ll at least have the pleasure of smashing them too when you crash, and their soft flesh will cushion your impact.”

-Taken from How not to get hit by a car

quote of the moment

“I stay stuff CONSTANTLY that I don’t understand.”
-Rachel, talking about living in Costa Rica

i’m gonna steal it back

Next Saturday I’m going to go to my very first Police Auction. Auctions are exciting stuff, the car auction at hot august nights has always been one of my favorite car events. Also I’ve been to an estate sale before, which was tons of fun. I suspect that this will be crowded and getting the best deals will be hard, but….

Maybe, just maybe I can get a car for $20 that was previously owned by Carlos the diamond smuggler…

November 1, 2003

quote of the moment

“That quarterback couldn’t hit his own butt with his hands.”
-My Dad, talking about Oregon State’s quarterback.

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