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Tuesday, May 31, 2005

Down. Down. Up. Down. Up. Up. Down.

The title reflects how our stupid RoadRunner connection has been for the last ten days or so, culminating in being able to get on for only brief moments yesterday.

The stupid connection even turned me into a page from my old psychology (yeah, that's what my degree is in) text book. You know the experiment where the rats hit the bar for a food pellet? You know how the one rat stops hitting the bar if it doesn't give him a pellet but the other one goes on hitting the bar until he drops dead if you reward him randomly? Substitute "other rat" with "Kymberlie" and "drops dead" with "3:00 am" and you have my evening last night.

Once I dragged my tired ass out of bed this morning, I found the connection completely dead (no even trying to fool me with a random reward) which means that I had to crawl around under desks and look for a phone line so I could get on dial up. Let me repeat that - a freaking dial up.

With my slow ass Internet connection, the day kind of sucked. For whatever reason RoadRunner has decided to work again, so that makes me happy. However, I am still tired from playing the rat, so I am soon off to bed. Good night, everyone!

.: 221 words at 11:09 PM in Fish Tales :: Link :: Pings (1) :: All the Voices Say... (5) :.

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Saturday, May 28, 2005

Put the Lotion in the Basket

Thanks to Joelle, I have a new favorite song. A new favorite creepy song. It's called "Lotion" and is performed by Greenskeeper.

Remember Buffalo Bill from The Silence of the Lambs? You know how he kept his victims in a well in his basement and made them put lotion on so their skin would stay soft? Well, that's what the song's about.

It sounds weird, but the song is really good and I can't stop watching the video. Go enjoy it yourself.

Lotion

.: 85 words at 06:26 PM in Entertainment Value :: Link :: Pings (0) :: All the Voices Say... (9) :.

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First OfferCentric Payment Received

This week I received my first PayPal payment from OfferCentric (I elected to take the money rather than the item).

I guess this means that not only have I proved that Gratis Network isn't a scam, I've also proved the same thing for OfferCentric.

If you haven't signed up for the various sites where you can get free flat screen televisions, iPods (in all their different sizes and forms), designer handbags, computers, and more, what are you waiting for? It does take time and patience, but it's well worth it in my opinion.

If you're new to OfferCentric, here's the offers that you can take advantage of under them:

- MP3Players4Free.com
- PVPs4Free.com
- Cameras4Free.com
- DS4Free.com (Nintendo DS)
- iPodShuffles4Free.com

.: 122 words at 12:58 PM in Participation :: Link :: Pings (0) :: All the Voices Say... (5) :.

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Friday, May 27, 2005

Flickr Obsession

Lately I have been spending most of my spare time over at Flickr.

I've got over 600 pictures in my photostream now, which means it takes a lot of time to go though and add titles, descriptions, and tags, not to mention uploading them to various groups (I belong to eighty-eight of them. I am such a freak). I've created seven sets and have several more in mind.

I've also added a few new shots of some flowers in the yard that I think turned out really well.

My newest thing to do, though, is to browse among the thousands of photos for new favorites since so many of the photos there are just stunningly beautiful. I then save the larger versions and now I've got tons of gorgeous backgrounds for my desktop. Right now this picture of a Sydney sunset is the desktop on my laptop and this one I took of some orange roses is my desktop on my regular computer.

So much photography fun. I've definitely got to get out and start taking more pictures, especially since Red is capable of taking some extraordinary photos.

.: 190 words at 10:21 PM in Participation :: Link :: Pings (0) :: All the Voices Say... (0) :.

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Monday, May 23, 2005

Movie Madness

For the last few days I have been on a movie kick. Since Friday I have watched (and I've seen almost all of these before):

* Phantom of the Opera (Loved it, by the way)
* Maverick
* Keeping the Faith
* The Fifth Element
* Se7en
* Notting Hill
* Survivor: Second Season, Disc 2
* Mystery Science Theater 3000: The Skydivers, The Creeping Terror, and Bloodlust!

Honestly, if I would have had more movies from Netflix (damn their no shipping on Saturday policy), I would have watched even more. Movie madness, I tell you.

.: 96 words at 10:51 PM in Fish Tales :: Link :: Pings (0) :: All the Voices Say... (5) :.

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Saturday, May 21, 2005

Go All Shit in Bumblebees

I got the weirdest comment the other day. It was in French and said, "Allez tous chiez chez bourdons mersie de lire mon message."

Thanks to Babel Fish, I found out that it means, "Go all shit in bumblebees mersy (thanks?) of reading my message."

Bizarre, no?

.: 47 words at 09:12 PM in Fish Tales :: Link :: Pings (0) :: All the Voices Say... (1) :.

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Wednesday, May 18, 2005

Yes, I'm Gonna Be a Star

There was an e-mail today in the Houston Metblog's list saying that a reporter from the Houston Chronicle was looking for people on the northwest side of town to talk to.

I e-mailed Kim (another Kimberly; we've been all over the place lately) and she immediately asked for my number. She called and basically I'm going to be in the paper, along with two other bloggers (probably) for a piece about blogging, why's it popular, what's my blog about, yadda yadda yadda.

They are even sending over a reporter tomorrow (have got to get my office cleaned before then) to take some pictures. My mom told me I should get dressed up, but honestly, I wasn't going to. I figured it's a story about normal, kind of geeky bloggers, so I'd just wear jeans and a t-shirt (maybe even my favorite TWoP one).

So, what do you think? Dress up or don't dress up? How I wish I had one of those "I'm blogging this" shirts so I could be *really* geeky.

.: 172 words at 01:53 AM in Fish Tales :: Link :: Pings (0) :: All the Voices Say... (6) :.

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Tuesday, May 17, 2005

Burn It CDs Are Overdue

I should have mentioned this last week, but it slipped my mind. Whoops.

If you participated in the Burn It - The Spring 2005 Edition CD swap, your CDs were due out last Monday. I've gotten a ton of them for this Burn already (Yeah!), but we still have around fifteen or twenty people that need to send theirs out (Boo!).

If you've got a slacker in your group, feel free to e-mail them and ask them where the hell your CDs are, but in a nice way. ;)

.: 89 words at 09:25 PM in Burn It :: Link :: Pings (0) :: All the Voices Say... (8) :.

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An Easy Way to Transfer Text America Photos to Flickr

A while back I lamented the fact that there was no easy way to move your photos from a Text America site to your Flickr account.

While looking through my Text America pictures, it occured to me that I could send my pictures to Flickr quite easily by using the "Send To Flickr" Bookmarklet from the Uploading Tools page.

The "Send To Flickr" Bookmarklet lets you click on any picture on a page and instantly add it to your photostream, so I added all the pictures from my Text America account and from Picture Fish that I wanted. Took no time at all and was easy to do.

It's probably something that a ton of people have thought of, but I hope it helps someone else out.

.: 128 words at 09:14 PM in Geeky Things :: Link :: Pings (0) :: All the Voices Say... (1) :.

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Monday, May 16, 2005

Baby, You Can Drive My Car

Wow. What a weekend this turned out to be. I think I need another weekend to recover from it.

Saturday I woke up around 9:00 so I could get dressed, pack an overnight bag, and meet Katie at her house so we could go to Dianne's (a friend of Irfan's).

Dianne lives really close to Taft and Allen Parkway, which is where the annual Art Car Parade is held, so we got there early for a little pre-parade party. There were some snacks (including the best chocolate chip cookies ever) and also libations like jello shots, sangria, and kamikazes. While there we met a bunch of new people including the lovely Jessica, a blogger that moved into Irfan's complex about a month ago.

Since Katie couldn't stay for the whole parade, we left early so we could walk amongst the cars. This was my first Art Car Parade, so I didn't really know what to expect. I was elated when the first car I saw as we got to Taft was this lovely Miata.

If you didn't know it, I drive a Miata and that is exactly the shade of blue that I want mine to be. In addition, it's covered in fish, making it my new dream car.

I didn't know it, but The El Oribts were also there performing, so I totally got to see my pretend boyfriend David Beebe.

There were almost 280 cars in the parade, giving you so much to look at and take in. There were little cars and big cars. There were cars that made me long to be a kid again and cars that reminded me that I'm not. There were geeky cars and artsy cars. In all, I took almost 130 pictures, which I put into a set so you can see all the different cars too. Eventually I'll even get around to adding descriptions.

After the parade, it was over to Irfan's and Jessica's complex for drinking, dining, and relaxing at the pool. While there I found out that one of the guys was a senior the year I was a freshman at Spring High. To make it even more like a high school reunion, Matt Clegg, a trumpet player that was two years behind me, was at the pool and also lived in the complex. Small world.

I had invited Sat to join us and he brought along Jon, making it five bloggers at one party. Yeah for a blogger mini meetup!

After much chilling around the pool, Marc took me, Irfan, Sat, Paul, and Jenny to The Ginger Man so we could hear Irfan's friend (I swear, Irfan knows *everyone*) Renee's band, The Lost Boys.

The Lost Boys are an 80s cover band and they fucking rock; just look at how much fun everyone is having. I can still hear Renee singing "Goodbye To You." She's got the most gorgeous voice. They're playing Thursday at Vito's, so if you're a fan of the 80s, you ought to try and make it out.

After they finished, it was back to Irfan's to get my car and then I finally got to go home. Of course, after all that walking and partying, I was beat. Hell, my feet are still killing me.

As Katie says, Art Car day is the best day of the year; I know I certainly had a blast.

.: 573 words at 09:19 PM in Fish Tales :: Link :: Pings (0) :: All the Voices Say... (1) :.

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Friday, May 13, 2005

The Weekly Ramble

It's been a little over a week since I poseted last (where does the time go?), so here's a long rambling post on various stuff.

* First of all, I'm a panelist on Mikey's version of the Match Game, so go over there and see how many of my answers you can match.

* Been feeling much better since my lithotripsy. Saw my urologist (hee!) last week and he said the stone broke up nicely, but there's still a few pieces that fell back into my kidneys. He said we should zap them again, but I said not if it was going to cost me another $3,000. It looks like my new insurance with Six Apart is much better than the crappy stuff I have through COBRA, so it may only cost me a couple of hundred dollars with them. I need to find out if this is considered pre-existing soon.

* Got my findings from the chiropractor today (six week check-up). I've improved dramatically in all of the tests that they did (big clue being now I can stand upright, which I totally couldn't do when I first went there). I've still got some issues with my shoulders (not surprising since they hurt all the time, just about), but he thinks they'll be able to fix them up. We also looked at my x-rays and it always freaks me out a little bit to see my bones like that, especially my skull. Weird.

* Went to Sambuca last night to hear Norma Zenteno (she rocks) with Irfan, Jenn, Seth, and Marc. Lots of fun, though Norma didn't sing as much as I thought she would. Met her sister-in-law in the bathroom, though. I'm hoping that Jenn and I can make this a twice a month thing.

* Finally got to see Battle Royale and I loved it. That film totally rocked. See it if you get a chance.

* I also saw The Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy a few weeks back and while I thought it was good, I didn't love it like I was hoping I would. I thought the casting was excellent (especially Sam Rockwell), but I found how they did Zaphod's extra head very weird and the whole addition of John Malkovich's character distracted me because I kept thinking, "That's so not in the book." Plus all the little asides that make the book so funny didn't make it in. I need to find my copy and reread it.

* The Houston Chronicle made the move to Movable Type for their blogs. Good choice, Dwight! :)

* The Art Car Parade is tomorrow. Katie and I are going down there together and then she's headed to Galveston with her family and I'm headed to a party with Irfan. Should be lots of fun.

* Woo hoo! It's Friday, and a Friday the Thirteenth at that! Yeah for the weekend!

I'm sure there's other stuff that I've been meaning to blog about, but I'm tired (getting to bed around 2:00 and then waking up at 3:30 for a while will do that to you), so I'm going to go relax in the big chair and watch Without a Trace. I am still totally in love with Anthony LaPaglia.

.: 546 words at 06:06 PM in Fish Tales :: Link :: Pings (0) :: All the Voices Say... (3) :.

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Wednesday, May 4, 2005

Put Me with Mulder, Please

If I'm ever so geeky, bored, or insert other adjective here to digitally put myself into a tv show, you can bet that there's going to be at least one make-out scene with Fox Mulder, Luka Kovac, or Michael Vaughn in it.

.: 45 words at 02:04 AM in Entertainment Value :: Link :: Pings (0) :: All the Voices Say... (3) :.

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Tuesday, May 3, 2005

iPodLounge Buyers' Guide 2005

I've talked before about how much I love iPodLounge.com, but I completely forgot to mention that their Buyers' Guide 2005 is now out.

It reviews just about everything iPod (it's over one hundred pages), so if you're an iPod owner like me or you've been thinking about getting one, you should definitely check it out. Hell, check it out either way to get a glimpse of some cool technology.

Mmmmmm. iPod goodness.

.: 73 words at 03:00 AM in Media Consumption :: Link :: Pings (0) :: All the Voices Say... (2) :.

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Monday, May 2, 2005

More Free Jewelry


Dude, has anybody else noticed all the new silver jewelry over at Silver Jewelry Club? I'm totally digging a lot of it, especially the dangle earrings, and if I see them in anything besides citrine, I'm totally snapping up a pair.

The Friday before I ended up in the emergency room, I got all my jewelry and it's pretty nice. Two of my pendants are pretty similar, but I guess that just shows that at least my tastes are consistent.

Regardless, for $5.99, their jewelry is simply a steal. You should definitely check them out if you haven't already.

.: 100 words at 08:03 PM in Fish Tales :: Link :: Pings (0) :: All the Voices Say... (1) :.

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