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Everyone but istari_ala and (other) hardcore tronkies and masochists, feel free to avert your eyes from this first cut:

The students dropped by today to help me try once more to rescue Numerramar's hard drive and to help me bring Vaire (my Red Hat Linux box) back into a working state. We spent about three hours discussing everything from print servers to Norton Ghost to DVD-R drives to 401(k)s ("four-oh-wunks" as Pheobe called them on Friends) and options packages. James attempted to set up a multi-platform print server (for Windows 2000, WinXP, MacOS 8.6/9, MacOS 10.x, and Red Hat Linux 9) under RHL9. Meanwhile, Jason strove to get Norton Ghost working on a home network using nothing but McGyver's hair and nail clippings a 7 year-old/like-new COMPAQ 10-base-T PC-MCIA card with a Xircom dongle and an 802.11b wireless setup. Both of these had to be postponed for lack of time and because we needed more drives and 10/100 PC-MCIA Ethernet cards from "the shop". Hurgh.


Merkian Idle is bax with a vengeance: As Simon Cowell immediately noted, standards have risen.
(jereeza and her friend Okeata do still need to go on Croatian Idol, though. You know of wot I speak...)
I was much amuzzled by a few things that coincided with shmeepster's observations earlier this evening.

Read this if and only if you are interested in American Idol:

First up, after an eardrum-trasking pass through Los Angeles, was New York City:

  • I did feel a teensy bit sorry for the Army girl, Martha Krayburg, the one shmeepster called Martha the Marine (I checked my tape to correct this acos gondhir would trask us). She was really eager, too. Sweet voice, but she didn't have the presence. And did she miss the memo on Simon being big on confidence and presentation - appearance included, if you recall from World Idol - and Randy being big on stage presence? Oh, well.

  • Army Staff Sergeant Paul An: Err... maybe I don't get Japanese rap?

  • Simon hasn't hit his stride on insults. I loved that bet with Rasheeda, though!

  • Randy is right about the Twins Syndrome.

  • The Keown dude who sang "Unchained Melody" - was it just me, or did he go a bit flat towards the end? He's got a very strong voice, effortless delivery, and the dynamic range, but he didn't really use that range, IMO. "One of the best versions I've ever heard", quoth Simon. Wha-uht? Rilly?

  • Scatgirl (Jacqueline Roman): Wot the patootie? That's... liek... Uzas city!

  • That Clay-wannabe camp counselor (Colin Leahy) sure was bitter (like so many others).

  • The red-headed Dean Martin "impressionist" (John Stevens IV) was good, especially when he switched to "The Way You Look Tonight". Not bad for 16. He may not make the Top 10, but then...

  • Scootergirl will be lucky to make the first cut.

  • You may have read (as I just did) that a finalist from last season named Josh Gracin, who is a lance corporal (LCpl) in the USMC, was recalled to active duty with the 1st Force Service Support Group in SoCal, causing him to drop out of the live tour of American Idol 2 finalists and dumping a lot of bad PR on the show and on the USMC alike. See, this is why we haven't let gondhir have a CE rig yet.


Next up (tomorrow night): Banagrad, my home town of Atlanta, GA. Oh, the ignomoony.


Rich talk-show evening: Tonight, on NBC, we have...

  • Kelly Ripa, Simon Cowell, and Liz Phair on The Tonight Show with Jay Leno

  • Patrick Stewart on Late Night with Conan O'Brien

  • Demi Moore and Tom Welling on Last Call with Carson Daly



Quizzage by my friend barahirion:
You know Hsoj.

Do you know Hsoj??
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From masteralida, darana, deire, and a quijillion others:

Angel
You are one of the few out there whose wings are
truly ANGELIC. Selfless, powerful, and
divine, you are one blessed with a certain
cosmic grace. You are unequalled in
peacefulness, love, and beauty. As a Being of
Light your wings are massive and a soft white
or silver. Countless feathers grace them and
radiate the light within you for all the world
to see. You are a defender, protector, and
caretaker. Comforter of the weak and forgiver
of the wrong, chances are you are taken
advantage of once in awhile, maybe quite often.
But your innocence and wisdom sees the good in
everyone and so this mistreatment does not make
you colder. Merciful to the extreme, you will
try to help misguided souls find themselves and
peace. However not all Angelics allow
themselves to be gotten the better of - the
Seraphim for example will be driven to fighting
for the sake of Justice and protection of those
less powerful. Congratulations - and don't ever
change - the world needs more people like you.

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*loonks innosent*


Edit, 01:00 CST: An Ortho Tri-Cyclen (birth control pill) commercial set to Sixpence's "There She Goes"? Wot the trask? How did that happen? Well, it could have been worse:

  • "Kiss Me" - dating service

  • "Don't Dream It's Over" - marriage counselling

  • "A Million Parachutes" - U.S. Army recruiting

  • "Waiting on The Sun" - seasonal affective disorder 1



1 Seasonal affective disorder (SAD) has a generic-sounding acronym, but it's actually no laughing matter. It is believed to affect at least 2 million people in the UK and 2% of people in Northern Europe, up to 10 million Americans, and at least 600000 in Canada (5% of the population). There is a milder disorder, sub-syndromal SAD ("winter blues"), that is believed to affect some 10% of Northern Europeans and 25 million Americans. You can learn more about SAD in this entry, written by my friend istari_ala.

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Banazîr

Comments

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banazir
Jan. 20th, 2004 09:03 am (UTC)
Re: Hsoj quiz.
Bha!
That's the worst quiz i've ever seen!!!
(and i've seen some perfectly horrid ones, i assure you.)


Yeah!
Who wrote that, nazwaz?!
STRING 'EM UP!!

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Banazir
carida_46
Jan. 21st, 2004 05:20 am (UTC)
Re: Hsoj quiz.
You know Hsoj.


Do you know Hsoj??
brought to you by Quizilla

Must be .
;-)
banazir
Jan. 21st, 2004 09:23 am (UTC)
Re: Hsoj quiz.
Yayay!
Sew cllo!

We know Hsoj!

/me loonks innocent!

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Banazir
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banazir
Jan. 20th, 2004 06:50 pm (UTC)
Re: So...
Patrick Stewart in the Late Night Show? Damn, I miss my NBC (Have it, but in the other apartment, other side o' town, blah)... how was it?
He woz talking about how he was in a union suit (long underwear with a trap door patootie) lal weenk fro a Broadway play he was in, but decided to get dressed up fro Conan.

The most hilarious part of the interview was how he admitted wotching TNG eps in his hotel room acos he didn't memember wot some of them were aboot. One night he had room service and the bellhop "gave [him] a look of such pity"... he imagined the guy going down to the kitchen to tell everyone he saw PS wotching himelf on Trek. Then Conan admitted to wotching Late Night in the mirror...

CO'B: "I'm looking at myself... looking at myself." (meta-narcissism! woot!)
PS: "You're sad. You need help."

And I'll have you know, I can sing.
I don't doubt it!
Just not... pop music...
But see, we'll have to go to Maggie now... acos he is you, as you should have been.

Oo! Plol! Who is jereeza as she should have been?

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Banazir
malakhai
Jan. 20th, 2004 02:32 pm (UTC)
OOPS! I guess because Josh was a Marine, I assume everyone is a Marine now. And are we sure John was 16?

I am truly a cradle robber now. Arrest me!!! *sniff*
banazir
Jan. 20th, 2004 06:24 pm (UTC)
American Idol 3
OOPS! I guess because Josh was a Marine, I assume everyone is a Marine now.
lol, they get that a lot...
'Lanta, Jawjuh tonight! (I was born there.)

And are we sure John was 16?
Yep, I went back and checked, because he really didn't seem 16 (and because I stepped away for the Central Europeans).

I am truly a cradle robber now. Arrest me!!! *sniff*
/me arrests shmeepster
Hehe, just kidding.
It's OK - fater lal, I think Keira Knightley is qyoot, f'rinstance.

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Banazir
(Anonymous)
Jan. 20th, 2004 08:42 pm (UTC)
Cradle rockers
It's OK - fater lal, I think Keira Knightley is qyoot, f'rinstance.

Keira Knightley is very much above the age of consent, so it is perfectly legal (and understandable) to...eh....lust after her.

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Danger is my middle name
banazir
Jan. 20th, 2004 08:47 pm (UTC)
Re: Cradle rockers
It's OK - fater lal, I think Keira Knightley is qyoot, f'rinstance.
Keira Knightley is very much above the age of consent, so it is perfectly legal (and understandable) to...eh....lust after her.
Wot are yew epople doing, sneaking and snooping liek this?!
Get a real LJ!
I pity the foo' who post anonymously!


Adn thank yew, Left Reverend Magenta, for your permission.
Acksherly, I knew KK was over 18, but she wasn't when PoTC was filmed, so there.

And wot about Amanda Bynes?
(Knot sazing I lust fater her, just that she's laso qyoot.)

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Banazir
(that title is cweepy)
(Anonymous)
Jan. 20th, 2004 09:07 pm (UTC)
Re: Cradle rockers
Wot are yew epople doing, sneaking and snooping liek this?!

SNEAKING! HMPH!

Get a real LJ!

Nah, too much hassle.

I pity the foo' who post anonymously!

Hey! Foo'! I sign my posts! Mostly..mostly! Foo'!

Adn thank yew, Left Reverend Magenta, for your permission.

I was unaware you were asking permission. More precisely, my permission!

Acksherly, I knew KK was over 18, but she wasn't when PoTC was filmed, so there.

Like...live in the now...man...

And wot about Amanda Bynes?
(Knot sazing I lust fater her, just that she's laso qyoot.)


I beg to differ with you there. I find her...annoyingly...annoying. And besides, you need to wait couple of months until it's legal to start lusting. Again, too much hassle.

(that title is cweepy)

Heh, I know. I'm good at that.

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Danger is my middle name
banazir
Jan. 20th, 2004 09:13 pm (UTC)
Cweepy Sneaky Magenta Dudes
Wot are yew epople doing, sneaking and snooping liek this?!
SNEAKING! HMPH!
Just so!

Get a real LJ!
Nah, too much hassle.
Bha!

I pity the foo' who post anonymously!
Hey! Foo'! I sign my posts! Mostly..mostly! Foo'!
Mostly! Foo'!
(Ask jereeza!)

Adn thank yew, Left Reverend Magenta, for your permission.
I was unaware you were asking permission. More precisely, my permission!
I wasn't... but you seemed to be offering it.

Acksherly, I knew KK was over 18, but she wasn't when PoTC was filmed, so there.
Like...live in the now...man...
Be mindful of the future but live in the present?
It's all become so clear now...

And wot about Amanda Bynes?
(Knot sazing I lust fater her, just that she's laso qyoot.)

I beg to differ with you there. I find her...annoyingly...annoying.
Wot wot? Why?!
This may yet come down to lightsabres versus... um...
Wot is it yew use again?

And besides, you need to wait couple of months until it's legal to start lusting. Again, too much hassle.
I cannot teach the boy. He has no patience!

(that title is cweepy)
Heh, I know. I'm good at that.
I think the jury's still oat on that.

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Banazir
(Anonymous)
Jan. 20th, 2004 11:04 pm (UTC)
Re: Cweepy Sneaky Magenta Dudes
Mostly! Foo'!
(Ask jereeza!)


Ask her what?

I wasn't... but you seemed to be offering it.

I offer a lot of things. You never seemed to want any of them. Why the sudden change??


Wot wot? Why?!


Know that song by Neil Diamond, "Girl, you'll be a woman soon"? That's mainly the problem. Too much girl, too little woman. Not that I'm accusing you of anything. Xenu forbid!

This may yet come down to lightsabres versus... um...
Wot is it yew use again?


I just tend to disrobe myself. It usually gets my foes running and screaming if they don't drop dead on first sight. You sure you wanna risk it?

I think the jury's still oat on that.
I don't need no steenkin' jury to tell me I'm good. I know I am.

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Danger is my middle name
banazir
Jan. 21st, 2004 09:31 am (UTC)
Re: Cweepy Sneaky Magenta Dudes
Mostly! Foo'!
(Ask jereeza!)

Ask her what?
As her whether she realizes what manner of dastardly man has been psotting anonymously in her LJ to fweak her oat.

I wasn't... but you seemed to be offering it.
I offer a lot of things. You never seemed to want any of them. Why the sudden change??
What can I say... I was feeling charitable?

Wot wot? Why?!
Know that song by Neil Diamond, "Girl, you'll be a woman soon"? That's mainly the problem. Too much girl, too little woman.
Mmm, lille women. Be still my heart!

Not that I'm accusing you of anything. Xenu forbid!
The operative word is soon, and did I just say that out loud?

This may yet come down to lightsabres versus... um...
Wot is it yew use again?

I just tend to disrobe myself. It usually gets my foes running and screaming if they don't drop dead on first sight. You sure you wanna risk it?
I dknot fear the Nekkid Magenta!
I have gazed upon the pink star!

I think the jury's still oat on that.
I don't need no steenkin' jury to tell me I'm good. I know I am.
Confident, yes, but go before Simon, the eViol one, and moi and we'll have yew crying liek a lille gril in shrot order.

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Banazir
(shrot... hmm...)
malakhai
Jan. 21st, 2004 12:30 am (UTC)
Re: American Idol 3
At least Keira isn't JAILBAIT!!

Egads...I am a very naughtah girrrrl!
banazir
Jan. 21st, 2004 09:27 am (UTC)
Keira Knightley and Amanda Bynes
At least Keira isn't JAILBAIT!!
Wlacksherly, she was at the time PoTC was filmed - i.e., the KK we are watching in the film is underage.
And see my comment about Amanda Bynes above.
(Although Jennie Garth, who plays her big sis on What I Like About you, is much more sophisticated and tres qyoot in her own right.)

Egads...I am a very naughtah girrrrl!
You need to be punished?

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Banazir
(wot am I getting myelf into?)
malakhai
Jan. 21st, 2004 02:20 pm (UTC)
Re: Keira Knightley and Amanda Bynes
*giggles fiercely*

Banazir, you are so naughty!!!
banazir
Jan. 21st, 2004 04:26 pm (UTC)
Re: Keira Knightley and Amanda Bynes
*giggles fiercely*
Banazir, you are so naughty!!!

/me looks innocent!

I'm just sayin', is all!

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Banazir
(who is in your icon pic?)
malakhai
Jan. 21st, 2004 10:04 pm (UTC)
Re: Keira Knightley and Amanda Bynes
That's Patricia Quinn as Magenta from Rocky Horror Picture Show.
banazir
Jan. 21st, 2004 10:11 pm (UTC)
Magenta?!
That's Patricia Quinn as Magenta from Rocky Horror Picture Show.
Magenta?
Magenta?

BwahahahaHAHAHAHAHAHA!!!

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Banazir
malakhai
Jan. 21st, 2004 10:35 pm (UTC)
Re: Magenta?!
Hey, don't laugh at Mags! She can keeel you with her laser!!! ;)
banazir
Jan. 22nd, 2004 09:47 pm (UTC)
Re: Magenta?!
Hey, don't laugh at Mags! She can keeel you with her laser!!! ;)
I dun doubt it, but so can our Magenta.

Ahhh, Maggie, Maggie, Maggie.
Fallen to the Dark Side (in more ways than one), I see...

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Banazir
malakhai
Jan. 23rd, 2004 04:07 am (UTC)
Re: Magenta?!
I'm so confused!!!
banazir
Jan. 23rd, 2004 04:09 am (UTC)
Re: Magenta?!
I'm so confused!!!

Our humor group teunc (Tolkien Eccentric Unusual Nut-Cases) has a member nicknamed Magenta Divine, who took his handle from the Magenta in your icon. He's the one you see replying anonymously.

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Banazir
(Anonymous)
Jan. 22nd, 2004 10:41 pm (UTC)
Re: Magenta?!
BwahahahaHAHAHAHAHAHA!!!

Laugh it up, fuzzball!

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Danger is my middle name
banazir
Jan. 22nd, 2004 10:51 pm (UTC)
Re: Magenta?!
BwahahahaHAHAHAHAHAHA!!!
Laugh it up, fuzzball!

BwahahahaHAHAHAHAHAHA!!!

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Banazir
(rraaawhrr RRAAAWHHGGRHHR)
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