Tuesday, October 31, 2006

Worse Reasons for Poetry

I've decided that I like Walt Whitman's Song of Myself after all.

Because there are a couple of people in my class who don't like it, and I want to argue with them.

They think it's too long, that he says the same thing over and over again. I say, that's the point. It's a poem, not a philosophical treatise.

Or is it?!!

Sunday, October 29, 2006

Boredom! 2: Electric Boogaloo

Yes, it's that time again. That magical time of year, when, having at least five things I ought to be doing, I decide to do none of them and instead go through my bookmark list.

Photobucket. Why is this bookmarked? I never use it. I don't have an account. I guess because I thought, at some point, that I ought to. Certainly be useful, but I use pictures rarely enough on the web that it doesn't seem worth the effort.

Poodle Predictor. "See your site like Google does!" Another link I wonder why I bookmarked. I don't have any conceivable use for it. I don't even know how it works. Technical competence is probably nice.

SUPERFRIENDS! Now this page, I know why I bookmarked it. It's laugh out loud funny. Seanbaby's review/critique/lampoon of the old Hanna Barbera Superfriends TV show. It's funny even without having seen the show, although it helps. The section on Superman is particularly funny (the "spin around it" theory of physics!) but everything on this page is funny.

Stupid Plot Tricks. Neat brainstorming advice, useful mostly as an exercise for beginning fiction writers. Or if you have trouble with plots, and think such things are important.

And that's this week's installment of arbitrary randomness.

Sunday, October 15, 2006


You know what's funny about Communism? It's exactly like Capitalism, except that you have just one person in charge of things. (Or one group.) It's what would happen if you ever had just one corporation in the whole economy. Especially in a political system like the U.S.'s, where money and speech are interchangeable.

The problem with capitalism isn't who's in control. There's no such thing as a benevolent dictator. Capitalism is slighty better than Communism, I suppose, since at least you've got more than one dictator, and anyone can (hypothetically) become a dictator. But it still doesn't solve the problem, which is the dictators telling people what to do.

Wednesday, October 11, 2006


More going through my bookmarks file, because I have that sinking feeling that I ought to be doing something productive. A feeling that I'm going to ignore.

Bug Me Not is a nifty site. One that I should use more often. It just never occurs to me. Basically, it allows you to log into all those sites that want you to register for no particular reason (washingtonpost.com, say . . . ) by letting you use a dummy registration set up for general use. It's a database of these things. Definitely an asset for revolutionary activities.

I really can't say anything about this site, other than that it's a good boredom activity, and that it's immensely freaky. FOLLOW THESE INSTRUCTIONS! Basically it's a whole list of simple activities that will make you look like a loon.

Things you never wanted to know about the world, at Google's Zeitgeist. The Big List of things people are searching for. Top ten, that deal. Some of them make sense. Some of them . . . don't.

Just a bunch of personality tests. Basically useless. Found it through the Sims personality, test. It was a forum.