January 30th, 2003

Bama Eyes, Bama Staredown


If the neighbor's alarm clock doesn't stop ringing soon, I'm going to bust down the door with my amazing Redneck powers, kick somebody in the face so hard that they'll be chewing on their eyeballs, and throw that clock down nine stories to the playground below, where it will likely split open the skull of whoever's walking along the sidewalk.

And yes, I realize it's 3:45 pm...
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Bama Eyes, Bama Staredown

Can I Buy a Vowel?

Everyone here loves math, right? Whether you're a fourth grader banging your head against the wall trying to understand fractions or a Ph.D trying to do something goofy for your thesis like proving 2+2=5 in certain circumstances, math pretty much sucks all the way around. So, ya gotta make it fun when you can. Or rather, make fun of it when you can.

Here's example. How many of you can recognize the following letter: " X "

For those of you that said "it's an X, stupid", congradulations. However, it's much easier when the letter is typewritten instead of scrawled on a chalkboard by some TA whose name you cannot pronounce. (We just call him "Guy". Seriously.) Today, for example, whenever Guy would write a formula on the board, I'd jot down in the margin what that first letter looked like to me, making an honest attempt to decipher the marks on the board. Perpaps it's noteworthy to mention that each of these example problems began with "X = (something)". However, for the purposes of this experiment, I ignored this convenient little fact and did the best I could on my own.

In one class period alone (just under an hour total), his "X" looked like the following letters: M, Q, I, V, G, E, H, N, Y, U, R, and occasionally X. For those of you that are keeping score at home, this is one letter shy from being half of the entire alphabet. =P

To my knowledge, each of these instances were supposed to be an X, though just by looking at the letter in question a student would be unable to tell. Also, each instance of the letter X looked different from the others, even when it was obvious that the mark was supposed to be the same letter (such as when he would copy an equation from the bottom of the board to the top of the other board so that it would be easier to see).

Yeah, this is going to be a fun semester, all right. God help us once we get to the hard stuff...
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Now THAT'S a Good Idea!

Link courtesy of FARK.com and Yahoo news:

Qatar imports 1,000 frequency jammers to block mobile phone transmissions that disrupt prayers and sermons in mosques

I've been begging for something like this to happen for *years* now. Don't get me wrong - cell phones can be extremely useful. But you should be responsible enough to use one properly, kinda like guns or cars. Nothing will piss me off faster than trying to watch a movie or dechipher my Cal III professor's jibba jabba when some moron gets a call. You're in class - you can't take a call right now. If you know ahead of time you won't be able to take a call, turn it off and let the voice mail take a message, or look at your caller ID after the test to see who you need to call back. It's not hard, people. If your wife's pregnant with her first kid and about to go into labor any day now, I can see why you'd rush out of class or church or the movies or wherever else you may be. But 99.99999% of the time, it's just someone wanting to small talk.

The aggrivation factor of this increases exponentially when the person actually takes the call. You'd think that most people would be embarassed that they're disturbing everyone around them. But noooo, they usually take the call, oblivious to the world around them. You're trying to listen to a concert, and instead of the music all you can hear is some moron talking about nothing important. What's even worse? They usually YELL AS LOUD AS THEY CAN so that the person on the phone can hear them over the concert, somehow forgetting that this also means that everyone else in the civic center can hear you over the music as well.

The ultimite in cell phone stupidity is when people try and drive while using these things. Everyone who calls me from a cell while driving gets bitched at, lavender_moon included more often than not. It's just not safe. If you have a hands-free device, you are exempt from this ridicule. But trying to balance a sliver of plastic on your shoulder while straining to hear someone else over the static and still try to aim a half-ton of Detroit steel down a major highway moving at speeds of 55+ miles an hour is just ridiculous. And for what? A meaningless convorsation like "so man, what you doin?" "Tryin not to die." "Oh, cool." I will dance in the streets the day they outlaw cell phone usage while driving. Just be glad I didn't get in a wreck due to this phenomenon. If I knew that the pain I had to deal with for the rest of my life was due to someone that was too bored to drive and decided to call Uncle Cletus and ask him how his boil was healing up, I wouldda murdered them on the spot.

Anyway, back to the subject at hand. These guys were GENIUSES for bringing in these scramblers. Since people on average are too stupid to act responsibly by themselves, someone else has to babysit them and make sure they don't have a lapse of sanity right there in church and call Pizza Hut for some takeout.

People of Quatar, you have my newfound respect. If only more people in this world could be more like you...
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