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December 31, 2008

Last meme of the year

Rob @ 11:36 AM

A factorial meme, swiped from a few Livejournals...

TEN things to say to ten people:

  • Thank you for being you.
  • Welcome to the world!
  • I'm totally happy I met you.
  • It is really wacky how cool we are, considering how much you used to intimidate me.
  • Were you still around, I tend to think you'd approve.
  • I really hope what I've heard about you isn't true, but I don't really see how it can't be.
  • If you could see yourself the way the world sees you, you'd have zero worries.
  • I miss the hell out of you.
  • I wake up every day thankful that I don't live in the world you seem to believe we all do.
  • I don't associate with you because of who you hang out with, I really do like you.

NINE things about yourself:

  • I'm somebody's uncle.
  • I'm left-handed.
  • I paint pictures.
  • I'm on the radio.
  • I will soon be seeking new employment.
  • I will still somehow make it to Shmoocon.
  • I've never had a driver's license.
  • If my socks match each other, I don't feel properly dressed.
  • I like that my beard has more grey hairs in it every time I check, and oddly enough a few reddish ones as well.

EIGHT ways to win your heart:

  • Laugh with me.
  • Be intelligent.
  • Teach me something new.
  • Learn something new with me.
  • Appreciate the absurd.
  • Be honest with me, and with yourself.
  • Be snuggly.
  • Be proud of who and what you are.

SEVEN things that cross your mind often:

  • How can I fix this?
  • WTF?
  • If only I'd gotten another hour's sleep...
  • Cactus?
  • ¿Y entonces?
  • This is hilarious!
  • [random Groucho Marx quote]

SIX things you do before you fall asleep:

  • Check email.
  • Pet the nearby cats.
  • Set the alarm, if necessary.
  • Visit the restroom.
  • Ditch clothing.
  • Meditate.

FIVE things that frustrate you:

  • The current administration.
  • Financial concerns.
  • Certain family members.
  • Distances between myself and people important to me.
  • Feeling like I can't help things as much as I want.

FOUR things you love to do on rainy days:

  • Listen to the rain drumming on the roof above me.
  • Watch the rain through the window.
  • Sit outside and enjoy the rain.
  • Hope it turns into a thunderstorm.

THREE biggest turn-ons:

  • Mutual laughter.
  • A great smile.
  • Sparkly eyes.

TWO things to do before you die:

  • Travel more.
  • Redesign my damn website.

ONE confession:

  • 2008 may have been the roughest year of my entire adult life, but for me the good parts were beyond awesome enough to outshine all the crap.

December 29, 2008

New Ears

Rob @ 11:46 AM

Her Royal Nixie Tube arrived last night and is spending the week. Super happy fun New Years girlfriend time GO!

This week's Off the Hook should be interesting. Unlike last week's installment, which was a pre-recorded highlight reel since everyone was off doing holiday things, we're doing this one live on New Years Eve.

December 25, 2008

Awwwww!

Rob @ 9:24 PM

Eartha Kitt passed away today.

Here's an autographed photo she gave to my late grandfather, during his stint as an usher in New York City movie palace. It was always one of his favorite mementos (he thought she was hot stuff, and I'm inclined to agree) and it's one of my favorite mementos of him.

I've long had the idea in the back of my mind to take this photo to an appearance of hers, thank her on his behalf, and ask her to re-autograph it for me. Shame I can't do that now, it'd have been really neat.

Life Day

Rob @ 9:18 PM

Last night mom and I visited my sister Jo and her family. I got to play with my nephew Liam for a while. He is really too awesome for words. He's really calm and amiable for the most part, but when he did get cranky I took great pleasure in the uncle's prerogative - giving him back to his mom to deal with. Good times.

I gave them a painting I did inspired by the first day I saw Liam, some hours after his birth. They put it up in his room. Yay!

Christmas afternoon was spent watching I Am Legend with my mom. Nothing says family bonding like a post-apocalyptic zombie movie.

December 24, 2008

Mystery Science Theater 419

Rob @ 9:21 AM

Thanks to the magic of inexpensive VOIP, 419 scammers have recently begun to include contact telephone numbers in their scammy emails. Here's an example from my own inbox.

EL GORDO DE LA PRIMITIVA.
Madrid,Spain.

Your email have been lucky to have been selected among 50 Recipient of 1,200,000.00Euros. each by EL GORDO DE LA PRIMITIVA ANNUAL PROMOTION. For further inquiry, please Contact our claim desk with your mobile number home, and office numbers immediately.

Claim Department:
FOREIGN TRANSFER MANAGER -
Dr.Robert Brook
TEL:+34 675 356 263 .
<-- OH EXPLOITABLE!
Email: elgprim@luckymail.com
Email: gawnnardesk@googlemail.com

Your`s Sincerely,
Mrs.Maria Jose Pedro

To the severely uninformed, the actual chance to call up a human and talk to him adds a layer of authenticity to the whole transaction, and increases the chance that they'll fall for the scam.

To the informed and mischievous, it provides a way to bust some chops and waste the time of the folks responsible for clogging your inbox with crap. Thanks to the time zones, it's also terribly easy to call when it is, for them, an ungodly hour of the early AM, and get them out of bed in order to try and hook you into their evil scheme.

Naturally, thanks to that same magical cheap VOIP, prank-calling these folks has become a hobby of mine. Here's a call to the above number I made last night while on the phone with Nicky. Thanks to her Skype recorder, we're passing the savings onto you.

I started out using a generic stoner voice, but about a minute and a half in I decided to change into Joel from Mystery Science Theater 3000. Evidently, the scammer isn't a MSTie.

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