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Really?!? (in the style of Really with Seth and Amy from SNL)

Just got back from a run (I really need to go back to running regularly, I’m running so slow and a mere 3.5 miles was a wee bit taxing) and turned on the TV as I sit in my AC and try to cool off as I stretch (and by stretch I mean sit on the floor and do nothing).  “Wheel of Fortune” is on and I can’t find the remote so it’s what I’m watching.  I don’t want to sound too judgemental but:

“SI-N  -AN–A-E  INTERPRETER” is the puzzle.  Now even if you can’t figure out that the answer is SIGN LANGUAGE INTERPRETER from that point, how in the hell is your next letter “D”?!?!?!  Where does “D” fit?  Maybe I don’t have the greatest vocabulary, but jebus!  And it wasn’t a tentative “D”, it was proclaimed with confidence.  Really?!? “D”??!?  Really?!??

Lost virigin, umm “Lost” virgin

So my significant other has never seen a full episode of Lost.  She’s caught a few minutes here and there while doing something else while I was watching it, but that’s it.  I decided I wanted to watch the entire series this summer again to be “fresh” on all of the little things I forgot.  So, perfect time to get her into it as well.  Like many conversations about Lost that fans have with non-fans (or people just unfamiliar with the show), it sounded stupid to people who aren’t fans of lost.

“What’s it about?”

“Well a plane crash on an island and the survivors.”

“So like ‘Gilligan’s Island’ but a drama?”

“Well the island has powers and there are other people on the island.”


“And a monster.  And the people are all somehow, even if only a little connected.”

“So it’s a magic island with monsters filled with people who know each other?”

“Not exactly, just start watching with me.  But don’t ask me any questions because there are things you aren’t supposed to know.  I mean, I’ve watched them all and there’s lots I don’t know.”

“So you can’t explain it?”

“No, but that’s kind of part of the appeal.”

“I don’t like drawn out questions with no answers.”

“Well it answers some then gives more questions, but some questions are still mysteries.”

“But you won’t explain it, or tell me who is who?”

“Well some I can, but mostly no.  Just watch it, you’ll get it.”


I don’t have a comprehensive knowledge of these things.  Don’t really remember who’s who.  But for the first time I can remember, a Ms. Texas has won one of the beauty pageants, Ms. USA.  I have vague memories of Ms. Texas’s often making the final 10 or 5, but I don’t have much memory of them winning it all.  So congrats to Ms. USA 2008, Crystal Stewart.

I’m a nerd

And this article pertains to entertainment I enjoy.  Though I must say I’ve never played WoW (but I know enough people who have to be familiar with it).  And I’ve never seen Donnie Darko (just haven’t had the urge, not actually actively not watching it).  (And while I have had girlfriends and I do currently have a girlfriend, I say with some amount of pride I’ve never seen a single iteration of Pride and Prejudice.)

Nerdfotainment – Rands in Response.
via Daring Fireball

information design

Awhile back I bought what essentially amounts to a textbook on information design.  How to visually present information.  I never peeled the plastic off of it.  And it sits on my shelf collecting dust.  I am interested in it though.  And I will read it one day.  But today here are two examples of visual presentation of information.

St. Elsewhere’s universe (pdf) from Tommy Westphall – A multiverse explored.

And a flowchart of the effect of Dungeons and Dragons on life.
nytimes.com - d&d
via NYTimes.com