February 20, 2004

the friday five

When was the last time you...

1. ...went to the doctor? I had a follow-up appointment to some problems I was having with my left ear at the beginning of January.

2. ...went to the dentist? A long time ago. I became so disgusted with the way the Orthodontic "professionals" treated me that I took my braces off myself and haven't been back to an Orthodontist or Dentist since, about 3 years. I will need to see one soon though, I lost a crown and need to have a new one made.

3. ...filled your gas tank? Tuesday. I typically need to fill up once a week or so.

4. ...got enough sleep? I am a sleeper, I can stay in bed all day. But, typically I always get enough sleep to not be tired, but not feel fully rested either.

5. ...backed up your computer? I'm pretty good about keeping back-up of important data, pictures, applications, documents on CD-Rom. Our CD-R drive went out a month ago so I haven't made one for a couple months.

Posted by John at 10:04 AM
February 13, 2004

the friday five

1. Are you superstitious? Nope. Primarily becasue my birthday falls on Friday the 13th every so often and usually they have been my best birthdays.

2. What extremes have you heard of someone going to in the name of superstition? I've heard of parents not letting their kids go to school on friday the 13th

3. Believer or not, what's your favorite superstition? I can't even think of any right now.

4. Do you believe in luck? If yes, do you have a lucky number/article of clothing/ritual? I don't believe in luck per se. But I believe in good fortune coming to those who are good.

5. Do you believe in astrology? Why or why not? I have always had some belief in Astrological signs and charts as a way of defining personality traits. What I don't believe in are horoscopes. The world and life are by far to random for horoscopes to have any real meaning.

Posted by John at 03:03 PM
February 10, 2004
Emode/Tickle IQ Test

I don't know if I should share this kind of thing, but I took Emode's Classic I.Q. test this was the result:

Your IQ score is 131

This number is based on a scientific formula that compares how many questions you answered correctly on the Classic IQ Test relative to others.

Your Intellectual Type is Insightful Linguist. This means you are highly intelligent and have the natural fluency of a writer and the visual and spatial strengths of an artist. Those skills contribute to your creative and expressive mind.

Now what I've never agreed with is how quite a few of the questions are based on knowledge (primarily questions in which you have to know the definition of certain words) which, to me, is not the correct way to judge a persons I.Q. This method relies on the testee having a certain level of education. I know for a fact I am a great deal more intelligent than many people who have a higher level of education than I do just as I know there are a lot of people out there who may be more intelligent than I am with even less education. It also seems to be based on a curve which means that those people that have ordered their results can retake the test with the answer key provided with purchase. Oh well, it's just a website and I imagine it's just entertainment.

Now watch how fast all my friends post how much higher their score was than mine LOL...

Posted by John at 04:52 PM
February 06, 2004

the friday five

1. What's the most daring thing you've ever done? Interesting question. I would say intentionally having three kids. But I don't think that's what this is suppose to be about. I can't really think of anything in the extreme sport sense.

2. What one thing would you like to try that your mother/friend/significant other would never approve of? I have no idea. I'd like to bungie jump or skydive. But, I assume everyone in my life would support me in whatever I chose to do.

3. On a scale of 1-10, what's your risk factor? (1=never take risks, 10=it's a lifestyle) I'd really have to say 1. Not that I'm not willing to, just that the opportunity has never arose and I'm not willing to spend money just to take a risk.

4. What's the best thing that's ever happened to you as a result of being bold/risky? This friday five wan't very good

5. ... and what's the worst? so I don't have answers for these last two questions.

Posted by John at 09:40 AM
February 04, 2004
Sean's Superbowl Comments.

This is my response to the ongoing discussion over in Sean's blog about the Superbowl.

My feelings were that for the most part the commercials were boring. It's 3 days later and nothing really sticks out in my mind except the crotch biting dog and the dog would have to be biting my crotch to get me to drink swill like Bud Light. Why is Monster.com wasting their money? They have practically no cultural presence and then they blow 2 million a spot for Superbowl. I don't know of many people watching the Superbowl who think, damn I better get up and send my resume in to them now!

My views of the the half-time show were that regardless of what happened it was a bore. I disagree whole-heartedly that hip-hop, P. Diddy, and Nelly didn't belong there. The fact is Hip-Hop is the de facto music of this generation.

Janet was not a good choice of a headliner for the simple reason that she (like the rest of her family) are always going to put promoting themselves ahead of entertaining an audience. I think even Madonna would have had enough sense to make her performance bright, colorful and geared for the whole audience. Past shows like the Aerosmith and U2 headlined events were great because all the artists worked together and only had one goal, entertain the audience.

It was apparent acts were chosen not on what they could actually do to make the show better, but what demographic they could help pull in.

Jessica Simpson - hometown hottie... wasn't given anything to do and she has a better singing voice than anyone who performed during half-time.

P. Diddy - simply the most successful hip-hop businessman around, had he been given more free reign and not told he would have to team-up with Nelly he probably would have done something entertaining.

Nelly - the leader of the entire Southern Hip-Hop scene and perfect for a Super Bowl with a southern team. I am of the opinion though that most Rappers are not strong enough entertainers to carry a stadium and televised crowd. MC Hammer would have known what to do!

Kid Rock - The biggest act around that was going to appeal to a majority of white people, while still being acceptable to some of the hip-hop crowd. The only reason he did Bawitdaba (or however it's spelled) is because of it's cross-cultural success. However he seems content now to be a run-of-the-mill Southern Rocker. Though he isn't from the South.

Justin Timberlake - regardless of what anyone thinks he is hugely talented, pulls in people from all demographics, and is exactly the kind of act they should have made the headliner (though he isn't really popular enough for that yet). He should have dressed more appropriately for the event. Putting N*SYNC back together for the event would have been a great idea.

Janet Jackson - I wasn't sure since I first heard the announcement why she was chosen and it wasn't until after her performance that I found out she had a new project to promote. The only thing I liked from her performance was the balloons used as projection screens. She's gained weight again which is always entertaining because you get to see the interesting ways she choses to hide her butt. I thought pulling off the ruffled tablecloth back stage and shoving down her backside was novel.

In the end barring some interesting staging MTV were really out of their league. They have no clue how to pull something this big off. All of their events require the artist to bring something special to the table becasue they themselves don't know what to do.

After it was over I really thought nothing of it, except how silly the breast baring was. I agree with most European's, America just has to get over this false modesty and sexual repression. My kids thought nothing of it either. It's just a breast, in the end you explain to them that it's just a part of the body and spend more time educating them on why some people feel it's something to be ashamed of and how most of the entertainment industry have mistaken sex and violence for entertainment.

As a last note, I've never thought of Sean as our resident perv. In fact I think his sexuality is quite typical of a large portion of normal modern men. He is the very extension of what began in the 60's. The only real difference is that Sean has the strength of character to talk about it and defend his actions where most people try to keep it behind closed doors. Of course, my experiences don't make me a good judge of what is normal.

Posted by John at 12:52 PM