Friday, August 26, 2005

Caffeine Please

Good Friday, everyone! Actually that sounds really bad....

It's a beautiful day here in Boston and it looks as if this glorious weather will continue throughout the weekend - a weekend which could not have come at a better time. It's been a particularly harrowing week here at Papa Yoshihiro's School of Engrish. A new batch of cherubs flew in on Tuesday, all looking rather tired and shell-shocked.. but not so much that they're leaving me alone. Ah yes, the familiar refrain beckons across the campus once again.

"Ah.. excusa meeeeeee. I wanto help witha my computa. Can you fix?"

Why of course, m'lady. Just leave your Windows 95 Hello Kitty Edition PC with me, and I'll make sure to clean out all the nasty bugs and viruses.

"Ah... thanka yooooou." *bows about five times*

Honestly, four months without students and I've forgotten what it's like to have them around. Now, I'm running around like a chicken with my head cut off now that they're finally here. It's all about the preparation (which I didn't do) and the pile of extra work that gets dumped on you when other people aren't around (which of course happened.)

So the plans for this weekend? Take it easy and enjoy the weather.... Tonight, I'm off to see The Aristocrats. Tomorrow, I'll probably stroll down Newbury St. and hit some record shops. Sunday... God knows. I'll read or something... Anything that doesn't require a whole lot of exertion on my part... starting with this post. It's late on Friday afternoon, and most of my coworkers have left. I, however, feel it necessary to connect with all of you - so I've got this halfhearted written post AND.... a couple of links to keep you occupied over the weekend. Without further ado....

Spiders On Drugs - Think excess caffeine isn't bad for you? Think again. Alright - admittedly, this proves nothing. We aren't spiders after all. But it's interesting nonetheless... Oh, and look at that mescaline web!! I might have to take up a new addiction.

Flying Spaghetti Monster - There's all this uproar about the state of Kansas teaching creationism along with/as opposed to evolution in their schools. I don't have an opinion one way or another (actually I do, but I ain't sharing - see this post for more details.) I do like the idea that our universe was created by a Flying Spaghetti monster though and this is one man's attempt to make sure that theory is not left behind.

I have no idea what this is, but it looks pretty interesting. All I know is that it involves Beloit College and it has something to do with the freshman class mindset. A friend of mine (the same guy who gave me an IQ test) sent it to me when I was really busy at work. I took a quick glance and tried to remind myself to look at it when I was less busy. I didn't succeed, but there's always the weekend. Apparently it makes one feel old, too. Clicker beware.

The Casino - A neat little point and click game with bad music.

Now THIS is cool. A collection of virtually every Bazooka Joe comic ever published. Remember when you could collect them and send away for binoculars and other cool items that always broke? Yeah, me too. Spent all my savings on those damn things (well... those and Garbage Pail Kids.) Come along and reminisce, won't you? I can't believe I just wrote that.....

Scroller - Your mouse controls the dot. Don't touch the walls or the edges. Jazzy soundtrack. I'm having a tough time with level 3.

Mythbusters Quiz - For those of you who like to debunk old wives tales and outrageous claims from stupid people. Test your knowledge.

Alright - I'm off. Have a great weekend folks. If I can find a working computer and it's not too much trouble for me to lift a finger, maybe I'll check in at some point. In the meantime, I'll catch you on the uh.... the uh.... whatever.... the next day I post. Toodles.


Anonymous Anonymous said...

CaffeineWeb reads like Reefer Madness... Overcaffeination causing schizophrenia?!? Let's just remember that the leap from spiders to humans is far indeed (unless you're talking Spiderman...)

5:59 PM  
Blogger Korte said...

nice work dude... mucho links and an enjoyable read.


5:56 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Hello, Eric. This is your favorite cousin speaking. You know, Brian. When are you coming to visit us in the People's Republic? May I suggest the early part of November when the days are warm & breezy yet lack that quality that makes one need gills to breathe? We could go here: to point and laugh at everyone together!

If not November, perhaps February, cuz the weather up there is so nasty and here we'd be wearing shorts and swimming.

I will do my best to gather a multitude of southern belles for you to peruse/dispose of/marry, as you prefer. Just give me a timeline.


12:50 AM  
Blogger Jesse Anna Bornemann said...

Watch out for those southern belles....they're craftier than they appear. Might slip something in your julep.

How about more links for those of us with, er, lots of time on our hands. Or another post. Whatever.

12:29 PM  
Blogger Eric said...

But of course, m'lady. Just hang tight. I'm up to my eyeballs in crazy demands from various members of the Japanese and British citizenry who have decided to visit the lovely school campus I call a workplace. I'll hopefully have something later in the day.

And feel free to ignore Brian. He's been trying to get me to go visit him for years, but Houston being Houston, it's somewhat of a hard sell. This year however, he provided extra incentive by providing both the necessary frequent flyer miles (of which he has copious amounts) and the aforementioned multitude of southern belles, whom Brian has no problem attracting because he is fabulously gay (and I do mean fabulously.) Red-blooded male that I am, I won't argue.

He also apparently has trouble discerning the difference between a blog comment and an e-mail or an IM, but that's another story....

1:53 PM  

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