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It has just struck 12, and is now officially black friday in the eastern time zone. The saddest day of the year, as idiots fall for misleading advertising. Limited quantity sale items being used to push the regular, supposedly sale, or even inflated price merchandise. And they will kill each other to get it. A few years ago, on this very night, I ended up out with a few hundred dollars, so I figured I’d check out the hype and attempt to get the Wii I had been wanting. Within five minutes of arriving at the mall, I watched an adult woman of about 30 elbow a child who couldn’t have been older than 10 in the face, and take the box he had in his hand. Surrounding the GameStop was madness. Swarms of people reaching and rushing to get one of 20 tickets, each representing 1 Wii. Managed to get the last one, woohoo. I genuinely thought that while walking back to the car I was going to have to hurt someone attempting to steal my purchase. Not going out on black friday again. Unless maybe I get a crack at a really good deal.

-Kit

So a few friends of mine and I were at a diner, and let’s call him P, was joining us with his girlfriend. She was sitting quietly sipping hot chocolate from a mug with a rooster printed upon it, so I pulled out my camera, snapped a picture, and leaned over to P. “If you don’t pay up, there’s going to be pictures all over the internet of your girlfriend draining hot cocks.” Wink.

-Kit

Specifically, their targeted advertisements. I just got one that told me that since I was someone who’d recently purchased a laptop, [My little netbook, an eeepc 1005HA, love the thing] I might like to buy another laptop because indeed, I would get a case at a discount, for $9.99.

-Kit

So I came into a little money recently, the cashier did not appreciate.

-Kit

So I was thinking, wouldn’t it be great if I could find out who I was just like, that, bap, I perfectly know my own identity….and then I realized that to find out who you are, you can’t just flick a switch. A lot of who you are is how you ask the question “Who am I?”

-Kit

Oft dismissed as an illegitimate bastardized form of music, rendered cheap and plastic like a great deal of today’s culture, electronica, better known as techno, seems to have almost as bad a rap as rap. Simple riffs, electric synthesizers, nearly mindless lyrics, and a throbbing bass drum that permeates every single song in nearly all of the hundreds of genres. And….I think it’s not intended to be intelligent, and witty. The everpounding kick drum, the catchy flowing riffs, and the clear lyrics suddenly seem to me as though they’re intended to be felt, not truly payed attention to, to generate an ambiance, and a feeling, to flow through the listener and influence them on an emotional level typically only touched on by some tribal people stomping around a fire. It’s an induced euphoric trance…close your eyes, be happy, and dance. Cheap and plastic can be fun, think back to the small joys of those Happy Meals as a kid…I don’t think the point is to truly think about it. And for those who do think it’s mindless, there’s a lot of formula behind it, and more music theory than you’d guess, the melodies built of carefully arpeggiated chords, the instruments chosen for harmonic richness…

-Kit

So who likes action? Adventure? Romance? The occasional PG rated appearance of victorian undergarments? Then I’ve got something for you. For a long time now I’ve been reading a comic/web comic known as Girl Genius, it’s a lot of fun, dealing with the story of protagonist Agatha Heterodyne in a world of mad science, drawn beautifully by the Foglios with such style that they indeed, will show you all who’s mad. I feel like they deserve a shoutout, so if someone actually stumbles across my little place here on the net, give girlgeniusonline.com a look. It’s a print comic, but you can read it all for free on the website where it updates monday, wednesday, and friday. For science!

-Kit