John Heaton (jheaton) wrote,
John Heaton

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  1. 52.38095238095238% of me is a huge nerd! How about you?

    I think that's about right, though I must have made more than a few lucky guesses to get that high, because I can only identify 18 of the 42 questions that I definitely got right. Having analyzed the test, I've determined that my nerdiness is confined almost exclusively to the realms of science fiction and comic books. I aced the comic book questions and missed only those science fiction questions that concerned Farscape and Star Wars. I knew the name of the main character in Wolfenstein 3-D, but otherwise I was equally ignorant of all types of games. And the fantasy literature questions flew completely over my head; if I got any of those right, it was accidental.
  2. On a related note, I am a Neutral Good Elf Ranger Mage and a follower of Mielikki. Mielikki, in case you were wondering, is the Neutral Good goddess of the forest and autumn. She is also known as the Lady of the Forest, and is the Patron of Rangers. Good to know.
  3. The recording sessions are over! By the end of last night, I was ready to just lie down in front of the high altar and go to sleep right there, the cold marble floors notwithstanding. All told, the recording sessions consumed about eighteen hours over four days. Add in the rehearsals (about ten hours) and the travel time (fourteen hours including both rehearsals and recording sessions), and I spent close to two full days on this project. Not that I'm complaining. It was more fun than not, and I'm happy to have had the opportunity. Plus, it will make my Christmas shopping really easy next December.
  4. Last night as I was driving home from the Cathedral, I needed to get some gas, but the first four gas stations I passed were closed. This made me think of my visit to Yosemite National Park last summer. On my way back to my campsite, I stopped at the gas station and market at Crane Flat to buy a Diet Coke. A large sign near the door said that although the store was open only from 9 AM to 6 PM, you could get gas 24 hours a day by paying at the pump with a credit card. So my question is this: if I can get gas at 12:30 in the morning at an unmanned gas station in the middle of a forest on the side of a mountain, why the hell can't I do the same on Route 29 in Arlington?
  5. I also passed about a dozen snow plows and salt trucks idling on the shoulders of the major highways, ready to spring to action as soon as the four inches of snow predicted for last night hit the ground. Needless to say, the predicted four inches turned out to be about four microns. This came as a big surprise to a lot of people; two of my co-workers told me that they slept in, counting on the snow to prevent them from getting to work. I wasn't surprised, as I've learned over my twelve years in the DC area to automatically disregard any weather forecast that predicts snow.
  6. Your Congress in action: Rep. Doug Ose (R-CA), deeply concerned about the prevalence of filthy language on TV, has introduced a bill in the House of Representatives H.R. 3687, to provide for the punishment of certain profane broadcasts. By law, bills are supposed to be read aloud twice on the floor of the House, though in practice the reading is usually waived by unanimous consent. I really hope someone objects to the waiver in this case, though.

Coming soon: commentary on the Screen Actors Guild nominations!


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