September 30th, 2004

Nightmare Night Applejack

X-Prize

I thought all the Trekkers out there would find this a highly amusing coincidence. Tonight WGN reported on the first flight to qualify for the X-Prize. Mike Melvill took the Rutan/Allen Spaceship One to the required altitude with two passengers' equivalent ballast. The reporter was none other than WGN's own Miles O'Brien (spelled that way, like the Chief). Hmm, and WGN is channel 9 (like DS9) in Chicago. Eerie!

More on the flight from AP and Reuters. They may try for the second flight on Monday. I'll want to see that live if I can.
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Quiz / Music

Watashi no anime doko desu ka?
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What Kind of Geek Are You?
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I thought for sure I'd be a sci-fi geek. But then again, I did watch every episode of Robotech after school when I was like eight or nine. And I do want to learn Japanese. And watashi wa Inuyasha. All your [adult swim] are belong to us!

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Survivor (the Band!)
I'm listening to "Eye of the Tiger" by Survivor, and all I can think is "Glen! Glen, Glen, Glen! Glen, Glen, Glen! ... Some day he might just become ... supervisor." It's from that Starbucks commercial.

Roy! Roy, Roy, Roy! Roy, Roy, Roy!

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I'm going to bed before 2am! It's a record!
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Con / Books / Google

Wrath of Con
William Shatner was in Riverside, IA, future birthplace of Capt. James T. Kirk, last week. He said he was making a movie entitled Invasion Iowa, and he was going to film parts of it right here in River City, er, I mean Riverside. He cast some of the locals, hired some to be set dressers and extras, and even his own personal assistant for the duration of his stay.

Yesterday, he dropped the bomb, after some of the townsfolk got suspicious. No, he wasn't really filming a movie. No, he wasn't making a documentary about the making of a movie. He was duping the whole town into believing these things for a new reality show to run on SpikeTV early next year. Muahahahahahaha! I think I like him now. >:)

The story made the front page of the Iowa City Press-Citizen. Read their articles Riverside and Hoax.

I'm definitely going to watch the show. After "Joe Schmo 2," I'm all over the we-tricked-you-into-thinking-this-was-such-and-such type of shows. Tee-hee!

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Banned Books Week
I got my eReader.com newsletter today and learned it's Banned Books Week. They picked a few that they liked especially:
D.H. Lawrence's Sons and Lovers
Kurt Vonnegut's Slaughterhouse Five
Mark Twain's The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn
Charles Darwin's The Origin of Species
Ernest Hemmingway's A Farewell to Arms

Read a banned book. They aren't hard to find. The American Library Association has more here. I'm stunned at the list of names on the Top 10 Challenged Authors 1990-Present. I highlighted the ones I've presonally read; check it out:
1. Alvin Schwartz
2. Judy Blume (various from Superfudge to Forever)
3. Robert Cormier
4. J.K. Rowling (the entire Harry Potter series to date)
5. Michael Willhoite
6. Katherine Paterson
7. Stephen King (dozens of his books, including the Dark Tower series I-IV)
8. Maya Angelou (various poems)
9. R.L. Stine
10. John Steinbeck (Of Mice and Men, of course)

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Google's Crashed and It Can't Get Up!
Eep! I can't search with my favorite toolbar! I can't type in [define:word] and find out what word means! This is terrible! It's the end of the world as we know it, and... I can't find the lyrics!

Oh, yeah, I could use Yahoo! Search. Duh.

Of course, LJ is on and off, too. I got 6½ entries from my Friends page the first time. I got jaka_talbot's entry to "*yawn* So tired. Not inspired to work. Maybe I'll get" and then it stops! I'm in suspense!
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