I just got a package in the mail, and when I was going to get it I was so convinced that it was going to be my Tropicana gear, but it ended up being Valentine’s Day cookies from my mom. I was really excited for the Tropicana stuff, but cookies are very awesome too. Thanks mom. I’m expecting the gear tomorrow then, or (hopefully not) the day after that. It just needs to get here already. Along with letters from my friends and the confirmation of my double major declaration. I’m waiting for a bunch of stuff in the mail. And as I do so, I’m getting pumped up by I Get Wet. I honestly used to hate that album, but it’s growing on me rather quickly. I feel the same way about it as I do about Blink-182, in a sense – I acknowledge the fact that it’s simple and kind of idiosyncratic, and then stop worrying about it and jam out.
I finally finished getting all the star coins in New Super Mario Bros. Wii, which took an ungodly long time, even with our whole suite playing in a shared account. I decided that I’d just go ahead and do it today, but level 9-7 is so unbelievably annoyingly difficult. I don’t want to talk about it. I have bad memories attached to that level. The second star coin is stupid if you don’t have the propeller hat – which I never did – and I ended up trying it about forty times. I did succeed though. This was about an hour ago.
I was playing Mario instead of doing something productive partially due to the fact that I chose today to once again reconfigure my MacBook Pro – I deleted the Ubuntu partition (decided I have enough Ubuntu on my old MacBook, and Portal 2 is coming out for Mac) and reinstalled Snow Leopard, crossing my fingers very hard that my automated backup scheme had been working correctly. Turns out it had been. It’s gone through a lot of revisions over the last few months, but it works awesomely now. I am, once again, proud of myself. Also because of that piece I wrote in LSDJ over the weekend; I still think that sounds rockin. I rerecorded the guitar since it was a little bit out of tune, it’s way more rockin now. Check it out.
And I finally preordered Portal 2 on Steam today. It comes out on a Monday, and let it now be known that I will not stop playing on that Monday until it’s finished. If I can’t, I will eat my own shoe.
I was talking about parasites with some friends last night and it reminded me of this one I knew of from a few years back. I learned about this through the School of Rock forums, where Paul had complete administrative control over people’s accounts and would change people’s bios and pictures to funny things. I forget who, but one person was given this picture of a fish with a little creature where its tongue should be (when I was messed with, I was given a naked, buff man in sunglasses…”keyboard players are gay,” hilarious). It turns out that photo of the fish is totally real, though – it’s this little crab-looking guy that swims up into a fish’s mouth while it’s eating, eats the big fish’s tongue, and then sits in place of the tongue and steals all the big fish’s food. That’s nuts, man. There are all these pictures of fish with little crab guys in their mouths if you look for it…just crazy. I’m not going to link to it, but you have more than enough information to Google it if you really, really want to.
I just did something without thinking (deleting the EFI partition for dual booting) that rendered my little 4-year-old white macbook unbootable yet again, so I’m in the process of fixing it for what seems like the hundredth time. I’m thankful that I don’t lose anything when I do stuff like that – it’s awesome to have a crappy old computer to monkey around on without any risk. It’s helping me learn a great deal, because half of the stuff I screw around with on that one, I completely stay away from on my pro, for risk of breaking something really badly and losing data (which isn’t really an issue either, due to my sweet backups, but it’s more hassle than I’d prefer).
I just received a large quantity of funk music from my roommate Leo, whose music collection is unrivaled in its various nature. I was getting quite bored of my library, having drifted into musical complacency, returning time after time to nothing but my very favorite albums. That’s no good at all, because you get bored and it makes you hate music that you used to enjoy because you listen to it so much. So a system shock of Jethro Tull and funk was in order. Some good ones: The Meters, The Budos Band, and Skull Snaps – and of course Sly and the Family Stone. I already knew them, though. And of course Jethro Tull’s Thick as a Brick and Aqualung are most certainly in my “Best Albums Ever Ever” list. Oh, and this organ trio called Niacin. They’re not funky, but they are awesome too.
Perfect Hair Forever is sweet. I remember watching it on demand in high school and having no idea what it was. Now that I have a better sense of anime cliches, it’s just that much funnier to me. I like the guy with the huge rainbow Dragon Ball Z hair. Actually every aspect of that show is funny in its ridiculosity.
I spent another day in close proximity with my whole family today…so as some therapy in the evening I set up a dual boot of Mac OS X and Ubuntu Maverick on my MBP, the second of my two computers to get this treatment. It took a bit more extra work to set up the Pro than the standard MacBook with Ubuntu, including what seemed like a big issue with the speaker drivers but ended up being a mute button in the ALSA mixer. As a tech, I should have known that’s the first place you ever look when there’s “no sound”. I was in the middle of downloading a patch when I tried that…and then I kicked myself in the face. (Side note: I’m becoming a humongous Ubuntu fanboy (or fangirl, some might say); I can tell that I’m about to start using it far more than Mac. Of course, I still need Mac for music applications and gaming, but I’m growing tired of it.)
And I just got flash running in Ubuntu, which is how I watched Perfect Hair just moments ago. Time for some more. What a perfectly absurd show.
EDIT: I just found out there are only seven episodes! Lame!