Early Quantum State Phenomenon

Book: What are we up to, sweetheart?
River Tam: Fixing your Bible.
Book: I, um…
Book: What?
River Tam: Bible’s broken. Contradictions, false logistics – doesn’t make sense.
[she’s marked up the bible, crossed out passages and torn out pages]
Book: No, no. You-you-you can’t…
River Tam: So we’ll integrate non-progressional evolution theory with God’s creation of Eden. Eleven inherent metaphoric parallels already there. Eleven. Important number. Prime number. One goes into the house of eleven eleven times, but always comes out one. Noah’s ark is a problem.
Book: Really?
River Tam: We’ll have to call it early quantum state phenomenon. Only way to fit 5000 species of mammal on the same boat.
[rips out page]


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My New Keyboard Is Here! My New Keyboard Is Here!

Both it and the B & W printer cartridge were tucked inside the front door tonight. Now home looks almost like work, all I need is a 22″ wide screen monitor and both places will seamlessly meld into one thrilling computing experience.

Monday at work there was a giant pile of new Aiken phone books in the mail room and everyone had a shiny new edition in their mail slot. Of course, as I am compelled to do each July, I screamed inside my head, whilst imagining myself self jumping up and down and running along the hall like Navin R. Johnson.

Navin R. Johnson: The new phone book’s here! The new phone book’s here!
Harry Hartounian: Boy, I wish I could get that excited about nothing.
Navin R. Johnson: Nothing? Are you kidding? Page 73 – Johnson, Navin R.! I’m somebody now! Millions of people look at this book everyday! This is the kind of spontaneous publicity – your name in print – that makes people. I’m in print! Things are going to start happening to me now.

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My God, It’s Full Of Stars*

I am slowly (and somewhat reluctantly if you ask my wife) painting the middle bedroom. We have painted the walls in there a couple of times before, but never the ceiling. I decided to change that this time and give the ceiling a nice fresh coat of pink paint. But first, I had to prepare the surface, and that meant scraping off the seemingly thousands of glow in the dark stars we had stuck up there several years ago.

* Bowman actually says, “The thing’s hollow ? it goes on forever ? and ? oh my God! ? It’s full of stars!”, but not in the movie 2001, its in the novel by Arthur C. Clarke and does make it into 2010, the sequel.

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If I Had A Station Wagon

I would join the ASWOA and spend a substantial portion of my disposable income HERE.

While searching the web on how to say Happy Bastille Day I stumbled on this site, Uncertain Times, that is a web spelinkers delight. Oh, by the way, it is Joyeux Quatorze Juillet.

This guy is brilliant or certifiably insane: Ironic Sans. Which segues into one of my favorite TDPM quotes:

Will Turner: This is either madness… or brilliance.
Jack Sparrow: It’s remarkable how often those two traits coincide.

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Used Books

I get nearly all my reading material from a local used book store. An eight dollar paperback costs four bucks and then because I have store credit from returning books there, they take another half off, so for a couple dollars I get several hours of escapism. I mostly read mysteries, from the hard boiled private eye kind to the comic female bounty hunter kind.

Because I read a lot of the same type books and my memory is addled due to age and the hundreds of acid trips in my younger days, all the back cover blurbs about the book are starting to sound the same, so that has become an unreliable way to choose a book. I have more than once brought home a book and about half way through it realized I have read it before. To increase my odds of bringing home a book I haven’t read is to open to a random page and read a bit, but for the reasons mentioned above this is not much more effective. My latest solution to this dilemma is to take a black Sharpie and fill in the zero on page 101 in every book I bring home. This works for me. But.

The mark is not that noticeable, I don’t think, but does it bother the next person who picks up the book? It is surely not as bad as some markings I’ve come across. In the latest book I’m reading some kindly Christian has tried to prevent readers from inadvertent blasphemy by crossing out the word goddamn. It happened once early on in the book and then twice later. I’m curious as to why a person of those moral standards was reading a book featuring murder, adultery, gambling, drugs and prostitution in the first place. And I wonder why they just didn’t stop reading after the first mention of goddamn, but plowed ahead to find more.

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Is It Just Me

Or has mr-miata.net been really slow lately? I can’t even load cpanel to back up my database in case of some sort of imminent failure.

Current plan for Friday is to go see the X-Files movie. I hope that Scully and Mulder don’t kiss, contrary some of the images I have seen on the net, because it will ruin something for me. Someone I talked to today wishes that they would just go ahead and do it, as the sexual tension is killing him (Hi Mark.) I know in real life that eventually they we would end up together because as the great philosopher Harry Burns once said:

…no man can be friends with a woman that he finds attractive. He always wants to have sex with her.

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Ecks Philes Moo V

Of the 4 movies we have seen this summer I’d have to say that I Want To Believe notches in just ahead of Wall-E, a long way down from Iron Man, but miles ahead of Indiana Jones. The only reasons it did beat out Wall-E was because the last third of that animated flick disappointed compared to the beginning and I’m an X-Files fan from way back. When friends asked at dinner tonight how we liked it, both Donna and I said, “Go see it if you were a fan of the series.”

It was great to see the old familiar faces of Scully and Mulder together again, but it has been too long. This is the move they should have made a half a decade ago, a year after the series ended it’s TV run. It was definitely better than 1998’s Fight the Future which suffered from the same malady as the Firefly movie, Serenity, it was too movie-ish. I Want To Believe was more true to it’s television roots, it is almost quiet, there were zero explosions, nary a gunshot and the only chase sequence was on foot. But it did include lots of scary moments, a few very squeamish moments, a “paranormal” plot, some Scullyisms and Mulderisms and just enough tips of hat to the characters old familiar quirks to make it worth the matinee admission price.

There certainly wasn’t a lot of pent up demand to see this movie, like there was for Batman, because we went to the first showing ever for this theater at 11:30 in the morning and there were just 15-20 seats occupied.

The Picasa/Google map of the bike ride home wasn’t as interesting as I thought it might be, take a LOOK for yourself.

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In The Navy You Can Sail The Seven Seas

Somewhere along the line today we got in a discussion on Naval ceremonies in general and crossing lines in particular. Myself being a trusty Shellback could expound on what happens when you cross the zero line of longitude, but came up empty on what happens as you cross 00 or 180 latitude.

A quick search of the net came up with Golden Dragon which is described as a sailor who has crossed the Prime Meridian or the International Date Line into the Eastern Hemisphere. If you happen to cross the International Dateline and the Equator at the same time you become a Golden Shellback. As you can see from my card I missed that honor by quite a bit.

Besides Shellback & Golden Dragon, you are a Blue Nose for crossing the Arctic Circle, a Frozen Stiff for crossing the Antarctic Circle and a Mossback for sailing around Cape Horn.

In the search I found a few places that listed Naval jargon or slang and was transported 30 years into the past. Here are a couple of my favorites (and are suitable for general audiences):
Bug Juice: Kool-Aid-like beverage in dispensers on the messdeck.
Hollywood Shower: to take a long shower that wastes water.
Snipes: Sailors assigned to the Engineering rates, i.e. Machinists Mates, Boilermen, etc.
and Rent-A-Crow: Term for a sailor advanced to E-4 because they graduated top of their “A” school class. The Navy ‘rents’ them for an extra year in return for being promoted. (I was one of these.)

There are plenty more HERE, HERE and HERE. Including a whole slew of the more “colorful” ones.

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