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 Yes, Virginia... Email Article To a Friend View Printable Version 
 Author:  matt
 Dated:  Saturday, December 25 2004 @ 11:19 PM PST
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Kitsch...there is a Santa Claus.
...there is a Cthulhu.
...cliches abound.

 Holiday greetings Email Article To a Friend View Printable Version 
 Author:  matt
 Dated:  Friday, December 24 2004 @ 04:27 PM PST
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KitschHappy Festivus!

 Sated Email Article To a Friend View Printable Version 
 Author:  matt
 Dated:  Sunday, December 12 2004 @ 06:09 PM PST
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TechnologySo, the new computer's pretty much all set up, and I just thought I'd take a moment to gloat a bit.

Not only does it run current-generation video games at maximum graphics settings while maintaining good framerate (for all you non-pc-gamer-geeks, that basically means that games look really good), but it also does a few other neat tricks.

For example, I just finished setting up the second monitor, and I'm typing this on my 19" with Lola Rennt playing fullscreen on the 17" right next to it. It makes for a cluttered desk, but it's not like that wouldn't have happened anyway.

As an aside, Tiger Woods PGA Tour 2004 is an amazingly addictive game.

Most Recent Post: 12/19 11:03PM by csniezek

 What I want for Christmas Email Article To a Friend View Printable Version 
 Author:  matt
 Dated:  Wednesday, November 24 2004 @ 02:48 PM PST
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KitschOne of these. Two, if available.

 Responsible spending Email Article To a Friend View Printable Version 
 Author:  matt
 Dated:  Wednesday, November 24 2004 @ 02:19 AM PST
 Viewed:  1245 times not something at which I excel.

Oh sure, I manage to stay mostly afloat, but realistically, I spend about three or four times what I should in a given week on food. In the entire time I've lived in this apartment, I've eaten from the fridge probably eight times, and I've actually cooked (prepared a meal sans-microwave) exactly once.

What does that have to do with anything? Not much really. I'm just kinda going on record with it. Hi. My name is Matt, and I'm a takeoutaholic.

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Most Recent Post: 11/24 08:12AM by Dan4th

 I'm not dead yet Email Article To a Friend View Printable Version 
 Author:  matt
 Dated:  Monday, November 08 2004 @ 10:38 PM PST
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KitschA whole lot of stuff has been going on of late. Unfortunately, not much of it falls into the category of "noteworthy".

Hence the dustbunnies and tumbleweeds.

I don't think I'll ever get around to finishing the "Nine Days" series. Truth be told, it basically amounts to going from the point of intrigue where I left you, my faithful readers, straight downhill into pathetic and stupid. As I said, nothing noteworthy, as those are the themes that seem to dominate my existence.

I haven't spent the last few weeks entirely wrapped in job-related crap though. It turns out that I might actually be putting a book together, but not so much in the vein of my prior aborted attempts. I'm compiling something of an odd compendium using public-domain material, and it's turning out to be a metric assload of work just to format what I've already pulled together.

Without getting into what the point of the book is, and despite the fact that I'm already sick of fighting with the layout of the 150 pages I already have, I'm making a plea for content.

The sections that I'm seriously short on are "Humor" (in more ways than one) and "Introspection" (which is a section that may well be renamed to something less hokey).

As far as the format of those sections goes, I need both short (300-2000 words) entries and one or two liners. Think "Reader's Digest".

I'm not necessarily asking for writers, though submissions will certainly be reviewed, but rather for bits of literature, jokes, funny or thoughtful quotes, whatever. Anything that's relatively short and either verifiably in the public domain or otherwise free (e.g. licensed to the project by the author for free).

If you want to submit something, but don't already have an e-mail address for me, you can use this form.

Unlike most of my "projects", I actually have a somewhat compelling reason for getting this done, as well as a rough deadline, so any help you give will be appreciated.

Most Recent Post: 11/09 10:10AM by Dan4th

 Perspective Email Article To a Friend View Printable Version 
 Author:  matt
 Dated:  Sunday, October 31 2004 @ 04:48 AM PST
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SportsTonight I saw something that I'd never seen before, but first, a little background.

Codes are everywhere, especially public ones. Whether or not we recognize them as such, we use them as a mental shorthand. For example, stoplights are a code (one woefully understood around here in general). The orientation of a raised flag is a code. Even product branding is a code (You'd recognize a can of Coke even if the label were in a language you didn't know.)

 Let's hear it... Email Article To a Friend View Printable Version 
 Author:  matt
 Dated:  Tuesday, October 26 2004 @ 11:14 PM PDT
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Sports...for the Saint Louis Cardinals, who are poised to become the first baseball team in history to come back from an 0-3 record in the World Series.

Seriously though, I can't believe that our local bums only have to play .250 baseball to come up with the World Series title. That's fantastic.

Most Recent Post: 10/28 08:56AM by Dan4th

 For the next twenty-four hours Email Article To a Friend View Printable Version 
 Author:  matt
 Dated:  Thursday, October 21 2004 @ 01:27 AM PDT
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Sports...I'm an Astros fan.

It's not that I have anything against the Cardinals. In fact, I don't feel one way or another about them at all. It's just that, after witnessing the sublime poetry (in retrospect) of the ALCS, I want the World Series to in some way approach it. I'm getting greedy for it.

 Presented without (further) commentary Email Article To a Friend View Printable Version 
 Author:  matt
 Dated:  Thursday, October 21 2004 @ 12:52 AM PDT
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I should point out that I shamelessly stole the original artwork from a StarWars fansite. If the creator of the original work has a problem with my derivative work, I'll gladly remove it... unless of course you're a Yankees fan.

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