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867-5309 [Feb. 2nd, 2009|03:24 pm]
curiosity incarnate
[mood |calmcalm]

The man who owns 867-5309 in New York is selling the phone number on eBay. The bidding is pretty steep - the top bid has gone up from $5,000 to $34,655 today.

My favorite part of the story:  a girl in NYC gave out that number at bars to guys that she didn't like.  She was curious about who was on the receiving end of all these calls, so she called it.  The guy who owns the number actually answered.  Based on how often he was getting calls for her, he figured she was pretty cute, and asked her out.

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fun music quiz [May. 14th, 2008|03:01 pm]
curiosity incarnate
[mood |mellowmellow]
[music |Roland the Headless Thompson Gunner - Warren Zevon]

Fun music quiz, in which the words of songs are listed alphabetically. It's really focused on classics and classic rock. How many can you get?

My results:
# correct: 19
# that I slapped my forehead because I should have known: 24
# that I guessed based on a couple of lines and it was wrong: 2
# that I couldn't have gotten no matter how long I waited: 5
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whiners [May. 8th, 2008|02:08 pm]
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[mood |careful]
[music |Greatest Man In America - Moxy Fruvous]

I liked this!

(Blatantly stolen from BoardGameGeek.)
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pot candy [May. 7th, 2008|10:00 am]
curiosity incarnate
[mood |gigglygiggly]
[music |telecon...]

Georgia retailers soon will be banned from selling candy flavored to taste like marijuana to children.

The bill's sponsor: Senator Doug Stoner.
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los angeles [May. 5th, 2008|08:40 am]
curiosity incarnate
[mood |happyhappy]
[music |Many Rivers to Cross - Blind Boys of Alabama]

Here's why life in LA is fantastic.

Over the weekend, a drunk driver ended up going the wrong way in the carpool lane of the 110 freeway at 2am. He crashes into the divider and flips his car, but he's not hurt. So he flags down a passing car to ask for help. They decide not to help him, probably because he was, well, drunk and belligerent. He's pissed, so he takes a swing at one of the guys in the car.

So they shot him.


(In the shoulder.) He's recovering in the hospital and being charged with drunk driving. They sped off and haven't been found.

Man, I love news cycles like this!
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List of Three [Jun. 27th, 2007|09:20 pm]
curiosity incarnate
[mood |thoughtfulthoughtful]
[music |You and I Both - Jason Mraz]

1) A garbage can, freshly filled with weeds I just pulled.
2) Persevering through adversity and uncertainty while installing a new computer program.
3) Wet kitten noses.
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3 reasons to be happy - 6/25/07 [Jun. 25th, 2007|10:48 pm]
curiosity incarnate
[mood |calmcalm]
[music |Shame On You - Indigo Girls]

Inspired by The Happiness Project, I'm making a conscious effort to list three things each day that make me happy. I believe that the process of writing good things down will help me focus on all the good stuff that's happening around me that I might not otherwise notice. Plus, according to Stumbling Upon Happiness, people don't remember an experience itself; instead they remember stories about the experience. By consciously focusing on the good things that happened today, I can make my future self feel happier about how today went.

1) My shoulder and knees are healthy enough that I can play volleyball at a level where I'm competitive.
2) I found a new set of 5-star songs for my iPod: Shame on You by Indigo Girls, Shasta by Vienna Teng, and Relax (Take It Easy) by Mika.
3) Cleaner rooms make me happy, and the process of putting things away is calming.

1) Playing games with friends (Settlers of Catan with old college friends).
2) Having time on a plane to write, listen to music, watch movies, think deep.
3) A fiancee that loves me and wants to be with me, even when she can't.
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dancing with stars, season 4, week 3 [Apr. 6th, 2007|01:47 pm]
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[mood |calmcalm]
[music |Bathwater - No Doubt]

On the positive side, Leeza's partner is choreographing things that she can actually do. So I'll give her bonus points for that, right before I kick her off for boring me to tears.

The other thing that I'd been waiting impatiently for was Maxim's first "I broke the rules and I'm so sorry and it'll never happen again" choreography. Every season he gets one warning and one stern talking-to (the "this time we're serious!" talk). In this season, I'm impressed that the former happened even before the second contestant was booted off. At this rate, he'll have his moment of "screw it, I know we were supposed to dance the foxtrot, but I decided the jive was better" right about week 7.

I was happy to see Barbie and Ken go. As far as dancing ability, she wasn't the worst. But she wasn't going to win either, and I'd rather keep someone who scores a little lower on the "how much do I want to throw something at the TV so I don't have to watch this anymore" scale.

Chia noticed that during interviews, Samantha Harris asks questions of all the professional dancers except the 18 year old. So now I have to imagine her interviews in my head, and it's not nearly as funny as listening to her in real life. She talks like a valley girl! I love hearing her say, "Oh my god!"

As for next week, I'm ready for Clyde and Billy Ray to go, so I hope they're the bottom two. Clyde just looks uncomfortable and unhappy, and over the last few weeks Billy Ray's self-deprecation has turned into self-denial and maybe even self-loathing. So that's my prediction. Well, either that, or America will keep voting off women until it's just Laila Ali and the six guys, and then they'll vote celebrities off from highest-pitched to lowest-pitched voice. It's nice to know that Laila would still be top two.
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dancing with stars, season 4, week 1 [Mar. 21st, 2007|03:01 pm]
curiosity incarnate
[mood |calmcalm]
[music |Code Monkey - Jonathan Coulton]

I was expecting Heather Mills to be evil, but instead she was just annoying. She seemed more uncomfortable on TV than anyone else there, so I'm hoping she leaves soon. Chia and I couldn't stop making puns about how we hoped she got "kicked" off early, or she gets the "boot." Anj thinks we're going to hell. She's probably right.

I thought Paulina was way funnier than I thought she was. (I know that sentence makes no sense.) I'd like her to stick around a while just because she's self-deprecating and entertaining.

I can't wait until Miss USA goes, because I can't stand the professional she got. If I have to listen to him say how hot he is one more time, I swear I'm going to throw a shoe at the TV. "Watch how hot I am when I show you how to dance. Just put your hands right here on my hot, hot ass and follow me."

I've got a soft spot in my heart for Cliff Clavin, and I'm hoping he lasts long enough to start throwing props into his act, a la Jerry Springer and Mr. Super Tan Man (whose name escapes me). I want him to dress up in his postal outfit with white socks and black shoes. I'd vote for him 11 times. I might even get another email address so I could vote for him an extra 11 times. I love Cliff Clavin.

I think Steve Sanders and Joey FatOne are definitely the male favorites, with Apolo Anton OhNo as a dark horse. Among the women, the only one that stood out for me was Laila Ali. She can beat the crap out of me any day of the week, and twice on Sundays. Wow.

I think that Leeza and Billy Ray will be in the bottom two, and Billy Ray goes. After all, what's the point of having 6 guys and 5 girls if you're not even going to rig the voting so one of the guys has to leave first?!?

I was trying to find odds for each of the couples, but I couldn't find any for this season. Anyone know where I can find odds on DWTS at a reputable website for illegal betting?
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cell phone minutes [Jul. 25th, 2006|05:40 pm]
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[mood |lovedloved]

Every time I complete a cell call and see the duration was, say, 7:58 instead of 8:02, I do a little happy dance because I saved a minute to use later.
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