The Internet is rising up in protest on February 11th

Tuesday, June 29, 2010

The koshered, the convexed

Much the way John encourages the Roving Imp shows at 7:00 p.m. to be PG, I will not say certain things in my status updates on Facebook. I do post the koshered items for which I feel that I will not lose any friends. Of course those words in italics are captcha, which I have previously called security words; however, the new, convexed term sounds better and more accurate. For now, I will simply share some links without time references:
Twitter / jeffalopolis: Avatar The Last Shyamalan ...
“Avatar The Last Shyamalan Film; I read that in a blog and it improved my day 700%”
Christopher Hurt might be lied to, someday...
Sorry, guys: 80 percent of women fake it - Health - Sexual health - Sexploration - msnbc.com
“A new study shows that women's seemingly uncontrollable vocalizations during apparent orgasm are often play-acting meant to boost his ego — and get it over with.”
Christopher Hurt finds another reason to stay with Netflix.
Twitter / Scott Frye: I think it’s stupid that...
“i think its stupid that the Hulu Plus subscription doesnt remove the ads”
“Among psychologists, it is noted that buying Pizza Hut pizza for one another from time to time can strengthen the relationship between siblings, like my sister and I.”
Motor Trend is now saying that it was a bit premature in reporting that the Granite was a go. While MT still strongly believes it will be produced, it has yet to receive the official green light.”
Christopher Hurt finds that some people are psychotic.
Twitter / BobVila.com: Save $$ and help ...
“Save $ and help the environment by staying cool without the AC: http://bobvila.com/t/coolhome
I needed to insert a break here.
Twitter / Jason Pollock: "True compassion is not ...
“‘True compassion is not just an emotional response, but a firm commitment founded on reason.’ ~ @DalaiLama
The Transformers: The Movie (1986) - Memorable quotes
Blurr: “Without the Matrix there is no hope, no hope, no hope, no hope at all...” - Memorable Quotes on IMDb.com
I have missed reading Twitter so much. I will likely be schooled by the opposite team in any sport, like your girlfriend.

Friday, June 25, 2010

Botch-fest 009

Before I begin to spew forth vehement and offensive language, I wanted to share a link to charitable niceness from a corporate, food chain:
I am thoroughly enjoying sending my junk e-mail to nojunk@chipotlejunk.com. Read about it on Mashable.
Chipotle Wants to Turn Your Junk E-mail into Healthy School Lunches

It might not involve any free burritos for you and me (sad face), but restaurant chain Chipotle has launched a new campaign designed to turn your junk e-mail.
A friend on Facebook posted:
DOG week - Copy and paste this on your status if you have been blessed with a dog, big or small. They are truly amazing, they are the pride and joy of your life and make your home a warmer fuzzier place. Love to our dogs who bring such joy to our lives each and every day and ask nothing in return but a belly rub and a few treats ♥ ♥
I have previously said, “I usually do not update my status with any statements that I have been asked to set as my status.” My family is largely allergic to pet hair and dander; we do not need the added expense and responsibility, so we have no dogs. Also I HATE DOGS.

Now I will begin to spew forth vehement and offensive language (folks, that was your warning).

Yesterday at 2:00 p.m. via Text Message
Christopher Hurt generally likes people, but hates humanity.
Yesterday at 2:12 p.m. a friend responded:
“If I could summarize this into 7 alphanumeric characters, I would put this thought on a license plate”
Yesterday at 5:42 p.m. Christopher Hurt
“I H8 U”
Verbally I have said that I don’t really like animals, and I don’t really like people.

People are jerks and people annoy me. I really hate people in traffic. The Overland Parkway is under construction, and either the dickheads and fuckwads drive too fast, or do not drive in their lane, or signal lane-changes, or change lanes in the areas with the solid lines.

When I was headed out to Bonner Springs on Saturday, on Shawnee Mission Parkway just past I-435, I returned to the right lane, and I saw a gray Honda Civic coupe just zooming past me. I was already driving the speed limit of 55, so I flipped off the fucker. He obvious saw it, because he slowed down and started honking his horn. I ignored him, he passed in front of me, and he appeared to be driving the limit, which was fine with me. Eventually he was back in the left lane again, and just before I exited for K-7, he pulled behind me and honked, but he did not exit.

What a little, stupid fuck! I am actually quite pleased with myself, vicariously getting even with the fuckwads on the Overland Parkway. Likely, like your girlfriend, I will never see that shitface again. I will not darken the feeding in Acapulco.

Thursday, June 24, 2010

Need to read again 009

Perhaps I should have used this title yesterday, then I just wanted to talk about a few minor things.

A few seconds ago
Christopher Hurt repeats while linking, “The Ford Motor Company must be really happy these days as its 2011 Ford Mustang V6 sets a new record by averaging 48.5 mpg at the Bristol Motor Speedway.”
Anymore I do not allow my fuel tank to be driven to empty, because that is bad for the fuel injectors as well as the fuel pump, about which I know something.

A few seconds ago
Christopher Hurt knows saying, “Now we’re in business,” does not necessarily make that day a business day.
Actually I read no business news.

About an hour ago Christopher Hurt via Guy Kawasaki:
Unicorn meat draws cease and desist letter - Holy Kaw!

An ad for unicorn meat—think chicken, only gamier and sparkle-filled—on ThinkGeek drew the wrath of the uptight folks from the National Pork Board. The website for all things geeky received a twelve pages long cease and desist letter from the pork protectors over use of the slogan “The Other White Meat.”
They actually have a Pork Store at the site for the National Pork Board, where they actually sell no meat products, which is “McChrystal clear‎.”

About an hour ago Christopher Hurt via Popular Science:
Why Finding Lithium in Afghanistan Is a Big Deal, Even If It Never Leaves the Ground

Lithium is cheap and widely available, so why do we care about a new resource in a war zone? Because it’s another counter to the irrational fear that the automobile’s lithium-powered electric future is doomed before it begins.
Alternative power trains interest me, as well as the Chevy Cruze, and I am not likely to change my tune.

About an hour ago
Christopher Hurt cannot sing; this is one of my *key* features.
About an hour ago David
I would think it'd be an *off key* feature.
But I'm not trying to cause trebble or anything.
About an hour ago Christopher Hurt
Oh, God... I just got that...

Hey, you just used asterisks for emphasis! Congratulations, David :-)
About an hour ago David
I replied to this through e-mail but it doesn't mention it here...mainly about the connection between Trebble and The Office. Oh well. I thought it would be quicker since Facebook Mobile is still a bit wonky. But that was a good 30 minutes ago.
I remember when I had momentary problems with Facebook Mobile, but those problems have since stopped.

A few seconds ago
Christopher Hurt thought the reason for purchasing carbon-ceramic brakes was that they would last, but okay...
Switzer Performance has carbon-ceramic brakes AVAILABLE NOW. No-one else has these, they will not last!
Carbon-ceramic brakes are actually quite durable and fade-resistant, qualities for which make them expensive, especially the cost of manufacture.

About a minute ago
Christopher Hurt is actually okay with mediocrity; that is the secret to my longevity.
Yes, my life has had virtually no changes in the last twelve to fifteen years, and I further expect that to be the trend for a long time to come. My remarkableness is that I am amazingly unremarkable. Of course, I am halfway depressed about that.

So what? I do not really care. Most of the time, like your girlfriend, no point exists in even trying.

Wednesday, June 23, 2010

A few minor things

I have had to postpone my next epic post, like your girlfriend, so today I have just a few minor things to put into a blog post. First is this important notice:

Some JCCC tickets to go through Overland Park Municipal Court starting today
JCCC Campus Police will begin issuing certain Overland Park parking and traffic tickets through the Overland Park Municipal Court starting today.

Violations of Overland Park city ordinances, including handicapped parking and fire zone violations, will be handled through the municipal court.

In the past, the Overland Park Police Department has enforced these violations, but since JCCC now has a police department, these duties and responsibilities lie with our campus police. The fines and court procedures will be in accordance with the OP Municipal Court. Instructions to same will be on the copy given to the person.

Per JCCC Board Policy, Campus Police will continue issuing college parking violations with the exception of Handicapped and Fire Zone violations, which will go through the Overland Park Municipal Court.
About an hour ago
Christopher Hurt provided his sister with enough information for her to complete her FAFSA!
I need to complete one myself in order to return to Ottawa University this fall.

About an hour ago Christopher Hurt via The Onion:
Looks like any other address from this ‘President’

▄██████████████▄▐█▄▄▄▄█▌
██████▌▄▌▄▐▐▌███▌▀▀██▀▀
████▄█▌▄▌▄▐▐▌▀███▄▄█▌
▄▄▄▄▄██████████████▀

Weekly Address: Jobs Creation from White House Weekly Address on Vimeo.

Joke is spelled O-B-A-M-A, but let us not forget the hectored way of the dynamism of this ‘administration’; I am not sure to what this mooning alluded, like your girlfriend.

Tuesday, June 22, 2010

MBH - my brain hurts 004

Sometimes either I get bored or my brain hurts, so my projects stop. Presently I am writing another blog post, which I almost abandoned, and which could rival “The plight of small pick-ups” for length (about to become a mess). Besides myself I am only sure that only two other people even read my blog. On that point, and others, MBH - my brain hurts!

About an hour ago
Christopher Hurt says, “So much rock and stone in this world, some is bound to be taken for granite.”
A friend on Facebook had used granite instead of granted. I cannot say that MBH much here, because this is a common error in grammar, and paronomasia works on so many levels.

White House recalls top general over remarks,” to which I am responding similarly to speedy ChapStick, although I have not been listening to his show:
Home, home on the range Where the deer and the antelope play Where seldom is heard a discouraging word And the skies are not cloudy all day
I am not totally sure what I intended to say with those lyrics, yet I would like to say bitterly sardonic words about either this ‘administration’ or this ‘President’.

Another friend on Facebook just quoted J. Eldredge, and MBH! MBH while trying to remember why else MBH! Oh, yes, Mini decided to challenge a Porsche 911 to race a Mini Cooper.

Another friend on Facebook quoted the opening theme to Firefly:

About an hour ago Christopher Hurt
‘Great Scott’, took me until your response to John to know about what you were talking.
“You know, I wish my parents played Mozart when I slept because half the time I don't even know what the heck anyone's talking about!”
http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0317705/quotes?qt0361952
(slides back, under rock)
That quote is a fact and another reason MBH with no easy way to expunge the crowding while waiting for the whammy, like your girlfriend. Konata says, “Good Job!”

Monday, June 21, 2010

Summer JCCC Neil Mitchell Speaker Series

Too lazy to make a new blog post, like your girlfriend, I am just going to recycle a Facebook note from earlier today:

LECTURES SCHEDULED FOR SUMMER JCCC NELL MITCHELL SPEAKER SERIES
A series of six lectures, with each repeated once, is planned for the summer Nell Mitchell Speaker Series. Lectures are approximately 45 minutes and employees are invited to attend at no charge.

Lecture topics and dates are:
• Nutrition Tips for the Health of Your Body, Ruth Dey, 11 a.m. Thursday, June 24, 233 GEB
• Nutrition Tips for the Health of Your Body, Ruth Dey, 4 p.m. Thursday, June 24, 233 GEB
• Stretching Properly, Deborah Bowers, 11:30 a.m. Wednesday, June 30, 233 GEB
• Stretching Properly, Deborah Bowers, 5:15 p.m. Thursday, July 1, 125 GYM
• Overcoming Workout Ruts, Deborah Bowers, 11:30 a.m. Wednesday, July 7, 211 CC
• Overcoming Workout Ruts, Deborah Bowers, 5:15 p.m. Thursday, July 8, 211 CC
• No More Back Pain, Deborah Bowers, 5:15 p.m. Wednesday, July 14, 125 GYM
• No More Back Pain, Deborah Bowers, 12:15 p.m. Friday, July 16, 234 CC
• Balance: The Forgotten Element of Fitness, Patty Triplett, 10 a.m. Monday, July 19, 125 GYM
• Balance: The Forgotten Element of Fitness, Patty Triplett, 2:30 p.m. Thursday, July 22, 233 GEB
• 50 Ways to Stay Motivated, Ruth Dey, 6 p.m. Tuesday, July 27, 234 CC
• 50 Ways to Stay Motivated, Ruth Dey, 6 p.m. Wednesday, July 28, 234 CC
Oh, like your girlfriend, I believe in yesterday... I might buy some Steingut if I ever visit Wood Trap, Arizona.

Wednesday, June 16, 2010

Web Wanderings 002

Most of last week, almost every time I went to Twitter, like your girlfriend, I received the message:
Twitter is over capacity.

Too many tweets! Please wait a moment and try again.
A few seconds ago
Christopher Hurt has found the following:

▄██████████████▄▐█▄▄▄▄█▌
██████▌▄▌▄▐▐▌███▌▀▀██▀▀
████▄█▌▄▌▄▐▐▌▀███▄▄█▌
▄▄▄▄▄██████████████▀
This text forms an image of the fail whale, which is much like the image displayed by Twitter accompanying that message. When this situation occurs, fortunately I may use Google Reader to follow almost any blog with an RSS feed. One blog, to which I have subscribed, xkcd sucks, criticizes xkcd, a comic strip on the Web (a web-comic).


A few seconds ago
Christopher Hurt quotes, “And this is true for many many situations, not just comics: acknowledging that your creation has a terrible flaw - in this case, being 50 years late - does not make that flaw acceptable.” Toyota USA, ‘moving forward’...
The author of the blog makes a valid point, a point at which I must examine myself. I like to believe that I am at least partially conscious of my image and at least partially conscious of my culpability. One of my foibles, I will call out someone on a mistake when I am actually the one making a larger mistake in the manner in which I do call.

Most of the time I am not so sure the fault lies with me, as I was nearly unfriended for a sharing a link in the following way:
Christopher Hurt wonders, “Where are the priorities of this ‘President’? How about you create some jobs? Perhaps reduce the debt? Idiot is spelled O-B-A-M-A!”
“I’m trying to find 6 people in the next half-hour who want to repeal ‘Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell.’ I just added my name to the growing list of Americans in support of repealing ‘Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell.’”
Really? I was going to analyze the reasons why I could have been unfriended, but that would be rehashing the past and in bad form; also I am just plain bored with that.

In unrelated news, Trish posted a link:
Harrison Ford and Calista Flockhart marry - Entertainment - Celebrities - TODAY Show
Trish said, “Han Solo is dead.” A friend of Trish asked, “Is she Princess Leia or a Bounty Hunter?” I responded to that query:

About an hour ago Christopher Hurt
Bounty Hunter, because I doubt that Flockhart has any of her own money anymore ;-)
I have to have fun and I have to pun. Joey was writing some stand up jokes, to which I said:

About an hour ago Christopher Hurt
...Joey, you can also write jokes while seated...
(slides back, under rock)
Reported by the Official EVO Magazine, “Land Rover’s icon at 40”, which was also reported at Autoblog, “Range Rover settles into middle age, hits the big 4-0!Konata says, “Good Job!”

A few seconds ago
Christopher Hurt helped PCPA.COM.AU reach 1000 fans.
Performance Car Parts Australia sells aftermarket parts for Holden vehicles, particularly the Commodore.

About an hour ago
Christopher Hurt could say “Poor Planning on Your Part Does Not Constitute an Emergency on My Part,” but really has no power to enforce that.
About a minute ago
Christopher Hurt thinks that this may interest Nifer, John, and David.
Christopher Hurt never twaddles about Codd.

About a minute ago
Christopher Hurt says, “I have similarly done so.”
“Trying to write in front of the telly. I've achieved the perfect balance of not really working or watching the football,” says David Schneider.

How to Be a Quiet Leader and Have a Big Impact
Well, I would use that, sometimes unintentionally...

A few seconds ago
“News: One Piece Pirate Jeans for Sale in Japan // ‘I’m gonna be the Pirate King!!’ printed on buttocks in English http://4NN.cx/50046 #anime,” reports the Anime News Network, “the Internets most trusted anime news source.”

“We’re creating a list of the best driving songs of all time. ‘Low Rider,
Radar Love,Highway To Hell. Actually, this might take longer than we [Hot Wheels] thought.”
Of those songs, I only have “Low Rider,” somewhere on a mix CD.

About an hour ago Dictionary.com
“Thesaurus Word Thurs: Anacoluthia--poor grammar in a sentence. How do you pronounce it? http://bit.ly/bglQca
That is quite a useful word, which I should try not to misspell:
“RT @Luludotcom ‘10 Words You Need To Stop Misspelling’ http://bit.ly/cXsn41,” says Erica Friedman.
This series was created for the sake of being coherent:
Destiny has one great test in store for us all. Has mine already come ... and have I failed it? A deed once done cannot be undone. But perhaps it can yet be mitigated.”

You must enjoy a beer, like your girlfriend, as part of being a Toamer, at least I was told that while in Caucasus.

Happy birthday, David!

I barely remember being twenty-seven, although like they said at the end of I Love the 90s, “It was only five years ago.” June 16, 2010 is significant for being two weeks from the last payment on my car loan and being the birthday of at least one friend:

About 11 minutes ago Christopher Hurt
Happy birthday, David Rushing! You share a birthday with the Ford Motor Company, and this one [Garfield Minus Garfield] is about birthdays!
About a minute ago Christopher Hurt
You are also 80 years younger than Ford.
I like exact facts like that. With pride I can now say that I have a friend who is 80 years younger than the Ford Motor Company. Although he is also younger than Harrison Ford, he is not quite that much younger, yet David is younger by 40 years and 362 days.

What cannot I say about David? For the purpose of this blog, obviously I cannot say anything libelous, yet neither could I think of anything libelous to say, nor would I say anything libelous, as David is too good of a friend and too good of a person.

The most current descriptor of David also applies to myself; according to John, we have both “gotten too good” for the beginner class taught by Nifer.

About a minute ago
Christopher Hurt says, “My spelling of ‘adequate’ is actually not adequate.”
So that our ties are not aliased, I met David just a few weeks after starting class at the Roving Imp Theater in March 2009. I joined Facebook on Saturday, April 11, 2009 and became friends with David thereon.

David is the person most likely to ‘like’ my status updates. I would be lying if I said, “Having my status ‘liked’ has no effect on my ego,” when I rather prefer that. I am also quite likely to ‘like’ the status updates of David and others, though not necessarily to simply return the compliment.

For many reasons, like your girlfriend, I consider David to be a really good friend, if also a best friend. I will use the rudders that he provides me in a scene.

Monday, June 14, 2010

Summary of Improv Goals 003

As often as I do improv each week, like your girlfriend, one would assume that I would update the summary of my goals for my improv more often than once a month; and one month has indeed passed since the last update. I was not displeased with my progress in improv on Sunday:

A few seconds ago
Christopher Hurt had a fun and productive class at The Roving Imp Theater and a fun and productive workshop with JCCC Project Improv!
Those were my feelings yesterday and my feelings most of the time. Viewpoints taught by David Razowsky last month and have been adopted and adapted by the instructors at the Roving Imp Training Center and the directors of Project Improv. I will say more about that in a moment:

Friday at 11:58 a.m.
Christopher Hurt will be calling the edits under the direction of Don Denton Turley during the International House of Mancakes Debut Show at The Roving Imp Theater in just seven hours!
Both Friday and Saturday nights at the Roving Imp Theater were successfully artistic.

Saturday at 6:58 p.m. via Text Message
Christopher Hurt saw four great sets last night at the Roving Imp Theater, including the I.H.O.M. premiere. The sets tonight should also be excellent, including Deep Space Emily.
I also responded to John’s status:

Yesterday at 1:45 a.m. Christopher Hurt
And because Dimensional Rift, TrivProv & the world premiere of Deep Space Emily all perform at the Roving Imp Theater, were all available in awesome?

They were!

[You might have to imagine that dialogue performed by Joe Pesci and Marisa Tomei in My Cousin Vinny]
I do not say enough positive things about the classes at the Roving Imp Theater:
John is an excellent instructor, and I owe him much for everything I have learned in the last year of taking classes, although my progress is slow and is not always evident to me personally.
I actually participated a few times in a round of “Song Spot”. Likewise I also appreciate being in the beginner class on Sunday taught by Nifer. Congratulations again, Nifer, on being accepted as a student at the Conservatory at The Second City!

The Razowsky methods, being work-shopped with Project Improv, lead me on to the important points that are also emphasized the Roving Imp:
respond emotionally to what was just said.
This is perhaps the most important goal for me to have for myself in improv. I am finding myself to be very compatible with these methods, including using “You” and “I want” statements to “cast” the other player. Capitalizing on my success in “Song Spot” earlier on Saturday, I used the following line to initiate a scene:
“I want you to love me. I need you to love me.”
The scene was about a promotion and unwillingness of my character to work two more hours a week to make quota. The only physical movement in the scene was when my scene partner (Steven, the boss) stood up from his chair to hand a tissue to my character (Bob). Somewhere my character mentioned he was going on vacation:
“I’m leaving on a jet plane. I don’t know when I’ll be back again.”

“Then I can’t give you the promotion,” says Steven.

“Would’ve have been a nice surprise when I got back.”
That was the end of the scene.

Coming full circle, like your girlfriend, I once again worked with Denton in an improv show for the first time since Betty Ford’s First Project. Denton told me, “We were going to have you be the tech guy, until we found out you were funny.” Regardless, I am very happy to be working along side Denton again.

Sunday, June 13, 2010

Need to read again 008

This day of week about one month ago, like your girlfriend, I had a conversation on a Facebook page, one with a profile picture; now that conversation looks like a comic from Garfield Minus Garfield. I have previously mentioned that I am better as part of a double act, especially when attempting to pun:

About an hour ago via Text Message
Christopher Hurt believes that The Beastie Boys sang about Medicare, “(You Gotta) Fight for Your Right (To Part A)”.
In truncating this conversation, David had posted a response, but I deleted the initial post because I typed, “You Gonna” instead of “You Gotta”.

About an hour ago Christopher Hurt
Appears to have been lost :(
About an hour ago David
Oh well, maybe one of us will find it on an island someday.
Really, I do work better as part of a double act. Of course, I still have to eat.

About 8 hours ago Hot Pockets
“Mondays suck. HOT POCKETS sandwiches don’t.”
I hate spring, especially the spring rains, which have again introduced water to the basement.

About a minute ago
Christopher Hurt may have slept for only four hours last night, but waking earlier today did give him additional time. I could not remain upset this morning after ending my commute with “Koi no Mikuru [Mikuru Asahina] Densetsu” =)
Someday I might publish a list of tracks on my mix CD.

13 hours ago via Mobile Web David
David Rushing wants to know, if I asked for a story about your happiest moment in your life up to this point, what event (or situation or whatever) would you tell me about?
About 6 hours ago Christopher Hurt
This is my happiest moment... yeah, I’s still waiting... classified...
otherwise whenever you last heard me laugh...
(slides back, under rock)
“Ah, this grumpy old race car I know once told me somethin’: it’s just an empty cup.”
http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0317219/quotes?qt0460883
(slides back, under rock)
About a minute ago
Christopher Hurt wonders, “Is MTV even still relevant? Of course, I do not understand youth culture or urban culture... What do they play? Miley Cyrus?”
Although I never really watched MTV, most of what they do play is ‘stupid’, and I certainly think that ‘stupid’ describes the ‘music’ of Miley Cyrus.

Just moments ago, my friend on Facebook, who previously invited me to become a fan of Knowing Your Legal Rights and works for Pre Paid Legal Services Inc, said that I may use one of his images as my profile picture:


Thank you, Norman! Those are the haps, which may be called euphonic, like your girlfriend.

Friday, June 11, 2010

Propose marathon

South Africa is more than gold, diamonds found in pipes of kimberlite, the assembly of right-hand drive Hummer H3s, the Cape of Good Hope, and the setting for District 9 and Invictus. Sponsored in part by Coca-Cola, South Africa hosts the first Fédération Internationale de Football Association (FIFA) World Cup™ on the African continent.

Apparently the game featuring England versus the United States is soon, and today, with a theme of competition between those two nations, BBC America has a marathon of Gordon Ramsay and Top Gear. Presently the Top Gear airs in the U.S. with new episodes on Monday nights, for which the DVR sees much use. I propose that I watch part of that marathon today, but the marathon began at 7:00 a.m. CDT.

Until the pain reliever started to work, I was not having a good day:

About 3 hours ago
Christopher Hurt should have said, “Lady, I have severe back pain today, and I’m just trying to go to work. I’m not going to your stupid conference, and I don’t fit any of your stupid roles, so back the hell off!”
Fortunately I was able to use restraint and actually said only, “I’m going to work,” and “Print what you like.” Konata says, “Good Job!”

Another reason I will not be able to see much of the marathon is that I have become the technical person for the International House of Mancakes (IHOM). Tonight, under the direction of Denton, I will be calling the edits at their first show on Friday, June 11, 2010 at 7:00 p.m. at the Roving Imp Theater, in Bonner Springs, Kansas.

I have three hours between returning home from work and leaving to meet the troupe. For fifty-cent tacos, we plan to meet at 5:00 p.m. at the bar next door to the Roving Imp Theater.

I would like to see Star Trek: The Next Generation aired as a marathon on BBC America; the network presently airs episodes on weekday evenings. Last night the episode “Darmok” aired; Picard has to learn to communicate with an alien captain who only speaks in metaphors with mythological references:
Darmok and Jalad at Tanagra.”

Temba, his arms wide.

Shaka, when the walls fell.

Sokath - his eyes uncovered.

Picard and Dathon at El-Adrel.
That episode is cool, like your girlfriend. Let no hays be for Mr Hurt, I am terribly allergic to hay.

Thursday, June 10, 2010

Web Wanderings 001

First, I will follow up with a “Postscript to Experiment” post, which was largely about the closure of the Mercury brand at Ford:


The Downfall of Mercuryt

[Source: Auto Insurance Quotes for Autoblog.com]

I thought about adding that to that previous post, but who checks my older posts for an update? That means my time to go to a musical bridge:

let me hear you say yeah, (yeah, yeah)
say yeah (yeah, yeah, yeah)
Somebody ask, everybody reply, raise your voices,
now, scream (Ho‼)
1 2 kick it

I must pause to once again congratulate Nifer Honeycutt on her being accepted as a student at the Conservatory at The Second City!
I said WHEN rather than IF.
And this is just where my wanderings on the Web began today. Yesterday I posted a link at the Boycott BP page on Facebook: Who will BP protests hurt the most?

Although I chose to “unlike” the page, I still maintained control over comments about the link, and I actually deleted two contrary comments, “How do I feel? I feel POWERFUL.” Unless I know him or her PERSONALLY, I regard an environmentalist like Al Gore as an arrogant idiot. Protesting at BP gas stations is... just... stupid.

Yes, I did fall into ad hominem, but I severely dislike Al Gore and especially Michael Moore, who obviously hates America. I have already said what I think about liberal bias.

The truth from my heart, I like pictures, and I have been sharing a lot of them today: CMA Music Festival 2010


I like the look of Chevy trucks, “General Motors wants to snuff out ‘Chevy’ nickname”:
Christopher Hurt says, “Say ‘What, General Motors?’ What will become of the following Chevrolet pages: Chevy Camaro, Chevy Cruze, and Chevy Silverado?”
I thank God that the ‘Excellence for All’ campaign was killed; that slogan was stupid. Today seems to be the day in which I use ‘stupid’; my use of single instead of double quotation marks is also ‘stupid’. I have two younger sisters, and whenever I disprove of something the older one likes, that something is ‘stupid’; this is not an endearing quality, I concede.

About 6 hours ago
Christopher Hurt is having a really terrific day at work, Johnson County Community College.
My mood went right to cranky almost as soon as I completed my commute home. My father is also cranky, but he is almost 60, so he has earned the right, especially lately. But that is all I will say on that subject. The path to eating more vegetables is all in how I approach squashes, like your girlfriend.

Wednesday, June 9, 2010

Today is June 9.

Most of Monday, like your girlfriend, I had thought that the date was June 9 on that day, but Wednesday is actually June 9.
CSA MARKET IS THIS AFTERNOON
The CSA Market on Wednesday, June 9, from 2 to 4 p.m. located in the north food court will feature Suzanne Frisse from Meadowlark Acres. She will have the following items for cash sell:

• Fresh mint/lime mojito jelly
• Spicy moqua hot pepper jelly
• Heirloom tomato chutney
• Confetti hot pepper jelly
• Ruby basil shiraz with orange zest
• Sweet and spicy hot pepper mustard
• Crusty herb baguettes
• Roasted sweet red grape foccacia
• Sicilian crackers

If you are interested in joining the CSA program, it’s not too late. Go to the link for sign up information.
I do not have USD 25 for a membership or enough cash to buy anything, but strangely this sale would provide me an excuse to remain on campus until my rehearsal with Project Improv; however, I will likely commute home instead.

JCCC HOSTS NATIONAL BENCHMARKING CONFERENCE JUNE 15-17
The sixth annual National Benchmarking Conference will highlight initiatives, programs, methods and processes that assist higher education institutions to identify peer institutions and benchmark educational best practices. For more information visit the conference website. Please contact Colleen Eaves if you would like to register for the conference.
My job is more about daily operations and is not about strategic planning, but this is “above my pay grade,” or rather, “above my security clearance.”
“YES! Wendy's finally made a fan page for the Frosty.”
June 3 at 10:14 p.m.
Christopher Hurt had no need for a call from one of his lenders to bring back frustration and depression.
Ha! The title of this post was so unassuming that unless one follows the first link in the last sentence, one will not see the beginning of a subtle, half-informed rant!

Although the number of new jobs is not necessarily a leading economic indicator, most of the jobs created last month were for temporary Census workers. This ‘President’ has also missed some teachable moments. I am saying this here, without the risk of being unfriended:

“Welcome to the second Carter administration, America!”

The “fun” has just begun, like your girlfriend!

Tuesday, June 8, 2010

Today is 24 hours.

Most of yesterday, like your girlfriend, I kept thinking that the date was June 9, when Monday was June 7.

June 3 at 6:28 p.m.
Christopher Hurt will likely not be at The Roving Imp Theater, because Burn Notice and Royal Pains both have season premieres tonight on the USA Network.
Saturday at 12:59 a.m.
Christopher Hurt went to Z-Teca Mexican Grill and to the art show of Hannah Mott at First Fridays by way of Crown Center, and later saw Stitch Tactics.
Those were the highlights of my Friday afternoon and evening. I have not gone to First Fridays in seven years. My sunburn was not severe after walking five blocks north of 23rd Street and five blocks east of Grand. Earlier, while locating the Plenum Art Space, I had walked west for nearly the same number of blocks with an air temperature of 90 degrees Fahrenheit.

Walking was better than trying to find a place to park, and on weekends parking at Crown Center is free. Comedy City shares a building with the Westport Flea Market Bar & Grill, and I enjoyed the Stitch Tactics show there Friday night.

Saturday at 12:59 p.m.
Christopher Hurt will be at The Roving Imp Theater and Roving Imp Coffee House. Guess I have an alibi!
I awoke after noon on Saturday, I spent the day there with class in the afternoon, and in the evening I enjoyed shows by ensembles One and Dictionary Soup. During the second set of Dictionary Soup, John uttered the most funny line, “Prep Bear Force One!” Moments after the scene, tears filled his eyes from silently laughing just off the stage.

Sunday at 1:51 p.m.
Christopher Hurt is going to class at The Roving Imp Theater, where The Great Roving Imp Garage Sale is taking place today. Later I have rehearsal with JCCC Project Improv!
The class taught by Nifer continues to be much fun. The garage sale was extended into Monday and I bought a bike.

About 12 hours ago
Christopher Hurt rode a wave of green lights from Pflumm to I-35 on Shawnee Mission Parkway. The amount of clutter in my life is maximal.
Christopher Hurt stopped at Hy-Vee, Inc. in the City of Shawnee, Kansas while returning home from The Roving Imp Theater and Roving Imp Coffee House and bought some Hot Pockets and Royal Crown Cola.
About 4 hours ago
Loosing a few more “man” points, I also like You've Got Mail. A discussion related to another film with Meg Ryan, my biggest gripe with Kate & Leopold is as said like Lewis Black: THE SAFETY ELEVATOR WAS DEMONSTRATED BY OTIS IN 1852: NEARLY THIRTY YEARS BEFORE THE INACCURATE EVENTS OF THE FILM!
HELICOPTER LANDING
If the weather does not deter it, a helicopter will be landing on the grassy area to the south of the Regnier Center at 10 a.m. today, June 8, as part of the training offered by the college’s Men in Nurses Training program.
Yeah, if that happened today, like your girlfriend, I did not see it. I have almost had too much fun today, and nine hours remain; after all, today is 24 hours. I do not know about a boodle of $64.30.

Friday, June 4, 2010

Botch-fest 008

The month of May passed without a single entry in this series, and plenty of people made mistakes in May. I have saved most of my largest mistakes for the first few days of June:

About 11 hours ago via Text Message
Christopher Hurt applies the adage, being unable to say anything nice. I shall shut up the hell for a while.
Although nothing from me, much has been said about British Petroleum. Yes, people, ‘beyond petroleum’ is just a slogan; that is not the company name. I agree with the following sentiment of jeffalopolis:
“So it took this long for BP to go ‘maybe we should put a cap on the pipe’?”
I do not like to see innocents suffer, but I have not said much about this situation in the Gulf of Mexico. I am very anthropocentric and egocentric: What I don’t know can’t hurt me. I am not immune to the negativity in this admission, I concede.

In sharing a link, Christopher Hurt wonders, “Where are the priorities of this ‘President’? How about you create some jobs? Perhaps reduce the debt? Idiot is spelled O-B-A-M-A!”:
“I’m trying to find 6 people in the next half-hour who want to repeal ‘Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell.’ I just added my name to the growing list of Americans in support of repealing ‘Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell.’”
What I don’t know can’t hurt me. I am happily obliged to “Remember November”; with their stupid passage of this “Health Care” Bill, Democratic candidates will never again have my vote for any office!

However, like a candidate for Congress in the Twenty-second District in Texas, Steve Susman has said, I cannot become to hung on labels, whether a Republican or a Democratic candidate:
Incumbents must be voted out of office!
According to The Guardian, the people of the United States have, in the last series of primary elections, like your girlfriend, heard and followed that message.

Thursday, June 3, 2010

Postscript to Experiment 004

Yes, I was surprised that Ford kept Mercury alive this long; they only have two models for 2010, two: the Milan is just a Fusion and the ... Mariner is just an Escape. You see, like your girlfriend, Mercury is so forgettable that I could not entirely remember the names of both models!

The most-successful automaker in the world has only two divisions or sub-brands: one full-line brand (offering a vehicle for every market segment), and one luxury brand, i.e., Toyota is the full-line brand and Lexus is the luxury brand. The Volkswagen Group currently has the most divisions of any automaker, as they own brands in many countries and many luxury brands.

Besides a perception of being lower quality and too much reliance on profits from trucks and SUVs, the Big Three (Chrysler, Ford, and General Motors) had an over-saturation of products and competition among their sub-brands.

For instance, the fifth-generation Chevrolet Malibu, which my sister drives, is N platform, which was shared with the Pontiac Grand Am and the Oldsmobile Alero. Now trying to spread development costs by selling a car under multiple brands does make some sense, but GM simply had too many brands, brands that competed against each other and did not differentiate the product enough, which is why GM dissolved Oldsmobile in 2002.

Yeah, they were basically selling the same car as three different models, which often overlapped in the market! GM tried to make each of divisions, except Cadillac, Hummer, and Saab, into a full-line brand, which hastened the demise of Pontiac and Saturn.

With Ford these problems existed as well, but they managed to stave off bankruptcy. No, the problem with Mercury is largely with brand identity: what distinguishes Mercury. Thus Mercury will be folded.

Okay, I have not defined the experiment and I only discussed the USDM, I concede. But I believe that the experiment is self-evident. I will not attempt to force every post into a previously used series, but I wanted to speak about more than just Mercury.

I had wanted to follow up with some status updates:

About 11 hours ago
Christopher Hurt is still waiting for The Daily Show to be funny... yeah... at least the interview should be worthwhile, correct?
One of my friends responded, “The Daily Show is always funny,” a statement with which I obviously disagree. I should have qualified that I meant that specific episode.

About 11 hours ago Christopher Hurt
Incorrect, “Top Gear” is always funny, chiefly because the car show is British — WOW, they just used the LF-A in a Lexus ad!

However, the interview with Morgan Freeman was worthwhile after all.
About 9 hours ago David
Are British cars funny?
About an hour ago Christopher Hurt
Well, the right-hand drive (RHD) is different, but the Japanese also use RHD, as opposed to left-hand drive in this country. The car show is British, not necessarily the cars, although often the cars are British, but almost any marketed car can be engineered for RHD and must be in order to be sold in the U.K.. Laws in the U.K. do permit for LHD cars to be driven, but most cars are RHD.
How was I able to mention Top Gear and funny British cars and to forget the Morris Marina?

About 10 hours ago
Christopher Hurt should remember more than one version of a joke exists.
About 9 hours ago David
Knock-Knock
Whose there?
What do you mean who's there, you jerk off! You know me!
I...uhh...I thought you were telling a joke.
That status actually followed up with some comments I made in response to a status:

About 10 hours ago
Christopher Hurt is going to laugh at that and not attempt to argue about physics or about the psychological— IMPACT!

Okay, okay, okay, the last thing through a bug’s mind is actually its arse.

Okay, Okay, okay, there are different versions...
(slides back, under rock)
About 9 hours ago David
You’re going 70 or so mph down the highway and your windshild hits a bug. No matter where the bug keeps it’s brain, the rest of it’s body can and might actually will touch it during the impact. Hopefully for the bug’s sake, it’s dead by that time so it doesn’t have to think about the mess left all over it’s body. It can think about more important matters...like reincarnations/or bug after life. Or maybe not getting eaten by a bird tonigOUCH!
You know, something like that
That was what I was thinking. After the heavy rains of Tropical Storm Agatha, Guatemala City had a large, deep sink hole. I responded to Hannah, who wondered if anyone had been injured or why she had not heard on the news:

Yesterday at 2:52 p.m. Christopher Hurt
Fry: “What do we care? We live in the United States.”
Leela: “The United States is part of the world.”
Fry: “Wow, I have been gone a long time.”

http://www.gotfuturama.com/Multimedia/EpisodeSounds/2ACV03/

(slides back, under rock, yet above ground)
I have yet to follow Twitter today or to look at any blogs. I would like to see a book titled Statistics, but about a loft.

Tuesday, June 1, 2010

Web Wanderings 000

Although I had started this blog in order to simply blog, I have at times felt uninspired, have gone on rants, and made posts that are simply not coherent. I also have several series of posts, and today I am creating another series, like your girlfriend, which hearkens back to when I e-mailed links to myself: Web Wanderings.

Sometimes items, to which I would like to share on Facebook, fail to pull the title of the page, an image, or any content information, so I shall put some of those items... here. This series may very well only recapitulate the shared links.

Of course, as I have been asked what is with cars and I, most of these links will be about cars, but I will not title this series: Car Links. Because I used to have a major in graphic design, I am also interested in photography, as well as design for print advertisements and websites; I follow a few people on Twitter with those interests, of whom I should someday make a list.

A review of the Nissan 370Z Coupe - 40th Anniversary Edition can be found on an on-line men’s magazine, Bullz-Eye.

Jalopnik has an image which expands to reveal, “60 Years Of Ferrari Evolution. Hardly recreational-reading material, Marty.” My family and I watched Back to the Future Part II on Memorial Day.

Now on Facebook, PickupTrucks.com has a new design for their website, about which they say:
“BTW - hope y’all saw that one of our new primary colors is brown. We dig brown.”
The featured story currently on their front page is about a full-size pickup equipped with electric power-assisted steering (EPS), in contrast to the hydraulic power steering used in most full-size trucks. The author also notes, “Pickup trucks manage much heavier front-end loads than the small cars, where EPS is already used.”

About 3 minutes ago
Christopher Hurt finds the ute to be one of the reasons that he likes Holden. General Motors, can you not bring this over as a Chevrolet or GMC?
Echoing the sentiments of PickupTrucks, I read the full review at GM Inside News Forum. Emerging from bankruptcy, GM now has four “core” brands in the United States domestic market (USDM), and I do not think that the ute would be a model among the up-scale brands like Buick and Cadillac. An argument against bringing the ute to the USDM, the ute does not have the same capabilities as full-size trucks, which would likely be difficult competition.

For one session, I attempted a class in automotive maintenance; as a benefit to part-time employees, I was able to enroll in the class with the tuition paid by J.C.C.C.; however, I could not afford the cost of books or tools, so I had to withdraw. Before that class, I had already adopted the philosophy that products of one manufacturer were not necessarily better than any other, and I still go by this principle, although I do still have preferences and do like trucks.

The sales numbers for May are being reported, “The ‘3.5-liter EcoBoost V-6’ engine is rumored to be used in the ‘Raptor R, a competition-modified version of the 2010 F-150 SVT Raptor’, which further portends the availability of the ‘F-150 with EcoBoost’,” and via PickupTrucks:
“F-Series sold almost 50K trucks last month. That's a big number.”

“May was the best sales month in a year for both Ford F-Series and Chevrolet Silverado.”
Some items might be shared again here because of my sarcastic introduction:

Yesterday at 5:23 p.m.
Christopher Hurt likes that someone is gonna take some or most of Al’s stupid money!
“The Gores said it [‘Al Gore, Tipper Gore Separating After 40 Years Of Marriage’] was ‘a mutual and mutually supportive decision that we have made together following a process of long and careful consideration.’”
Yesterday at 12:24 p.m.
Christopher Hurt says, “Loser is spelled O-B-A-M-A.”
“But the worst common element is this: both crises [‘BP and the Bankers’] are teachable moments that our president could be using to transform public opinion. President Obama seems congenitally unable to rise to the occasion.”
I might not always be able to editorially insert the title of the article as an appositive, but for now the method will suffice. I do respond to the call to reduce my output of trash, like your girlfriend.