Dec 28, 2005

I want to punch Kate Bush in the face again. WOXY is now playing her Aerial single and this one is more annoying than Pi! A full minute of the song feature her laughing in response to the sound of a bird chirping. Not only does it sound terribly fake, it's just down right annoying and is filler in an almost-eight-minute song. You can tell the song is the outro to an album since the last four minutes are even worse filler.

Dec 12, 2005

Gmail has a fairly innocuous feature called "web clips". Basically, it will show you a headline, quote or definition near the top of your mailbox. I usually ignore them, but they occasionally make for good reading. Today, I was presented with "Rotten Tomatoes: Movies - 96% King Kong". Unfamiliar with how Rotten Tomatoes rates their movies and fully expecting a monster movie to suck, I thought that a rating of 96% meant 96% rotten meaning that movie was abysmal. On the contrary, this is one of the highest ratings they have ever given! Just check out some of the review quotes on the site; I may want to see this.

Dec 9, 2005

Tomb of Carlos II

A fascist rally in support of Franco on the 30th anniversary of his death

Tower at the Mezquita

One of the many oranges growing everywhere

The colors of the Alcazar in Seville

Tomb of Christopher Columbus

Reflecting pool at the Alhambra

Blurry picture of Guernica (no pictures were allowed, I was naughty)

Our rented Smart forfour

Countryside near Zahara

Ancient lookout in Zahara

Bullring where modern bullfighting was developed

Gorge in Ronda

That last post was my 1000th in Blogger. Holy hell. Anyway, I haven't written about Spain yet and I just keep forgetting to make time. Here's a quick blurb I wrote for someone else; it might hold you over:

Overall, Spain was great: the weather was very cooperative (no rain, but I can't really say that highs in the 50s are anything more than just "cooperative"), the wine was cheap and plentiful, getting around was quite easy (taxis everywhere, good bus and train networks) and the sites were fabulous. The highlight and dark horse of the trip was the Mezquita, a Moorish mosque that was eventually converted into a Christian church. It wasn't highly regarded in the tour books but the history and architecture were quite impressive.

The Spain vacation wasn't without problems though. The Southern half is fairly sexist which caused problems since the girlfriend is the better Spanish speaker. We were also treated poorly at our Seville hotel since we booked with Expedia; I've heard this being an issue so I think I will book my European hotels directly from now on. We also received some poor service due to being American at a few places. These small issues didn't really harm the trip, but still something to note.

Dec 7, 2005

Ok, I understand that Kate Bush is highly regarded and is considered one of the most influential female musicians ever. No matter who you are or what you have accomplished, nothing gives you the right to write a song containing 118 digits of Pi. No only does she sing these digits, she also uses such drivel as...

Oh he love, he love, he love
He does love his numbers
And they run, they run, they run him
In a great big circle
In a circle of infinity

...AND she gets part of pi wrong! It's just infuriating; it's one of only two songs that make me turn of the stream from WOXY.

Dec 2, 2005

Let's see, what has been taking up my time lately? First it was Spain, the pictures are here. Next, my well-pre-ordered XBox 360 arrived earlier this week. I've only played one real game, Project Gotham Racing 3, and two Live Arcade games, Geometry Wars and Hexic. Want to play? Gametag: opensob. Want to XBL stalk me? Sign in to