Saturday, May 29, 2010

May 24, 2010

I hope you all had an excellent weekend. I am incredibly tired, but hopefully this 5-hour Energy will kick in shortly. Thank you, Nick Ramos, for the hit. I swear. We are the generation of energy junkies. But that's okay, right? I can think of worse things to be addicted to. Like cigarettes, for instance. And it turns out that it is not just my car that has that stench. I had to do a lot of laundry, and cleaning, and still, everything smells like cigarettes. How is that even possible?? Oh. And the Lakers….lost?!


May is Fibromyalgia Education & Awareness Month.

Today is Brother's Day!! Make sure you hug, call, or in some way contact your brother today (if you have one).

Today in History

My computer is not allowing me to pull up this page. This happens on a regular basis and is getting annoying. I am going to find an alternate page to pull these from. Please stay tuned.

Word of the Day

adumbrate - to foreshadow; prefigure

from the life & times of jessi bean

I was on the phone for six hours straight last night. Yeah. Crazy? I think I am, too. ((Breaks into song about being crazy in love…))
I know. It's disgusting. :P

So….tomorrow will mark a week w/out cigarettes. (It would have been today, but the day I quit smoking, I paid someone for one last cigarette and to never give me another one). The initial insanity has passed, but…yeah. I still have those moments when I'm like…okay, time for a smoke….and there are none.

People of Chase
from the life & times of … you!

Someone give me something to work with here. Come on.

Scary Spice's Song Promotion of the Day
(there ya go, Jan. got mahself a nicky-name. because My Gal Friday said I was scary spice for posting a pic of the scorpion that bit me up on FaceBook. or MySpace. one of them)

Low Rider by War
Raise Up by Petey Pablo
Say Hey (I Love You) by Michael Franti

A Case of the Mondays Bonus
Supermassive Black Hole by Muse
Angels on the Moon by Thriving Ivory

My Gal Friday…Steffi Style Song Promotion of the Day

Run Run Away by Slade
A Little Respect by Erasure
Bizarre Love Triangle by New Order

Get Me Movin' Monday Bonus
Groove is in the Heart by Dee-Lite
Toxic (Remix) by Britney Spears

Scruffles' Song Promotion of the Day

Rosetta Stone* by Tool
Danger - Keep Away by Slipknot
Tears Don't Fall by Bullet for my Valentine

Get Over It Monday Bonus
She Was by Dark Lotus
Changes by Deftones


“The game always has to be played from the inside out, ... I'm not a black hole by any means. I always look for my shooters.” ~Shaquille O'Neal

“Biology is a black hole. Biological agents are an area where they have never told us the truth.” ~Richard Butler

from random friends, family, etc.

what if the Hokey-Pokey IS really what it's all about?
~Thank you, My Gal Friday - Steffi Style~


In honor of the new section, Six Degrees of Kevin Bacon (thank you Steffi & Patricia), I am listing the origins.

Six degrees of separation (also referred to as the "Human Web") refers to the idea that everyone is at most six steps away from any other person on Earth, so that a chain of, "a friend of a friend" statements can be made to connect any two people in six steps or fewer. It was originally set out by Frigyes Karinthy and popularized by a play written by John Guare.

On the internet:
In 2008 born the project of Digrii (which in Swahili means "degrees") dedicated to social networks that will give way to network users to assess their degree of separation with anyone. The project, developed through a social network ( allows anyone to create a free account and just invite their acquaintances and friends to register so that can create the global network. Each time a user visits the profile of another user, the system automatically returns the degree of separation that exists between him and the profile of the person who is considering at that time.
On January 18, 2007, Kevin Bacon launched, a web site that builds on the popularity of the "small world phenomenon" to create a charitable social network and inspire giving to charities online. Bacon started the network with celebrities who are highlighting their favorite charities – including Kyra Sedgwick (Natural Resources Defense Council), Nicole Kidman (UNIFEM), Ashley Judd (YouthAIDS), Bradley Whitford and Jane Kaczmarek (Clothes off Our Back), Dana Delany (Scleroderma Research Foundation), Robert Duvall (Pro Mujer), Rosie O'Donnell (Rosie's For All Kids Foundation), and Jessica Simpson (Operation Smile) — and he encouraged everyone to be celebrities for their own causes by joining the Six Degrees movement.

" is about using the idea that we are all connected to accomplish something good," said Bacon. "It is my hope that Six Degrees will soon be something more than a game or a gimmick. It will also be a force for good, by bringing a social conscience to social networking." The game, 'Six Degrees of Kevin Bacon,' made the rounds of college campuses over the past decade and lived on to be a shorthand term for the small world phenomenon.

Bacon created in partnership with the nonprofit Network for Good, AOL, and Entertainment Weekly. Through, which builds on Network for Good's giving system for donating to more than one million charities online and AOL's AIM Pages social networking service, people can learn about and support the charities of celebrities or fundraise for their own favorite causes with their own friends and families. Bacon will match the charitable dollars raised by the top six non-celebrity fundraisers with grants of up to $10,000 each[16]

A FaceBook platform application named “[Six Degrees]”[dead link] was developed by Karl Bunyan, which calculates the degrees of separation between different people.[citation needed] It has over 5.8 million users (as of December 20, 2009), as seen from the group's page. The average separation for all users of the application is 5.73 degrees, whereas the maximum degree of separation is 12. The application has a "Search for Connections" window to input any name of a FaceBook user, to which it then shows the chain of connections. As of October 24, 2009, the application was no longer available.

Along the same lines was the group “Six Degrees of Separation - The Experiment”, which instructed new members to invite six people on their friend list, and is cited in a report about the theory. The group however, had no way to check if everyone is actually within six degrees of each other, and has since been deleted. However, a newer group with the same name revived the intent of the deleted group.

The LinkedIn professional networking site operates on the concept of how many steps you are away from a person you wish to communicate with. The site encourages you to pass messages to people in your network via the people in your 1st-degree connections list, who in turn pass it to their 1st-degree connections. was an early social-networking website that existed from 1997 to 2001. It allowed users to list friends, family members and acquaintances, send messages and post bulletin board items to people in their first, second, and third degrees, and see their connection to any other user on the site. At its height it had approximately one million users.

Users on Twitter can follow other users creating a network. According to a study of 5.2 billion such relationships by social media monitoring firm Sysomos, the average distance on Twitter is 4.67. On average, about 50% of people on Twitter are only four steps away from each other, while nearly everyone is five steps away.[

^^I am on LinkedIn, FaceBook, and Twitter. I fully intend on checking out and


My Life is Average

Today, I saw a really cool bug on my bedroom window. I got my camera and was enthusiastically taking pictures of it. A couple minutes later, I look up and realize my neighbors' living room window is directly across from my bedroom window. They were standing there giving me dirty looks. MLIA

Today I read a story on MLIA about somebody's grandma hearing Satan talk to her through the phone. Being dyslexic I thought it said Santa. I like my version better. MLIA

Today in English class, one kid started to sing "I Believe I Can Fly" from Space Jam. Little by little, kids joined in until everyone was singing. We sang the chorus while our teacher just sat there staring, open mouthed. Then the bell rang and we all ran out of the room. MLIA.

Today when I got home from school I was looking through the mail to see if I had any. I didn't, but there was one addressed to 'Murphy Hanton.' Murphy is my dog. MLIA

Learn from My Fail

Do not tell your 3-year-old that she will get a huge prize if she goes the day without pooping in her pullup. Children are devious. Her pullup will stay clean and you will find turds all over the house. #LFMF

A fresh glass of water is irresistible to a cat. When your back is turned, he will take a sip. If he’s a slob, there will also be cat food and hair floating in it when he’s done. #LFMF

Always check the date on chocolate milk cartons, if there is enough chocolate you will not notice it has spoiled until you get to the bottom and the chunks get stuck in your straw. #LFMF

When his mother says to you, "Don’t marry my son. You’re too good for him." You should really take that advice. #LFMF
^^OH! Burn!

When taking your blood pressure medication, make sure not to accidentally take your wife’s super-strong sleeping pills by mistake. Especially if you’re playing a four-hour gig with your band. #LFMF

When you’re sitting in a business meeting and you see some pink fabric sticking out of the sleeve of your sweater, don’t pull it out, it might just be that pair of underwear you lost in the wash a few days ago. #LFMF

Customers are Fun

Not So Beautiful Mind
Bookstore | Alberta, Canada

Customer: “Hi, I’m looking for a book based off a movie. Life is Beautiful, I think?”
Me: “I don’t believe Life is Beautiful” was originally a book. Are you perhaps thinking of A Beautiful Mind?”
Customer: “Yes! Yes that’s the one! Get me that one! It’s the one about World War II. And the guy is burned. And there’s a French Nurse. That’s the book I want!”
Me: “That actually sounds like The English Patient by Michael Ondaatje. I can grab a copy of that for you!”
Customer: “Yes! The English Patient. That sounds right. But Michael Ondaatje, that sounds like a foreign name. No, The English Patient wasn’t written by a foreigner. Do you have a copy that wasn’t written by Ondaatje? I want that story, but I want it written by a Canadian.”
Me: “So you want a copy of The English Patient that is not written by Michael Ondaatje?”
Customer: “Yes! That’s what I want. Do you have any copies of that story written by Margaret Atwood? I do like her.”
Me: “No. I really don’t think we do.”
Customer: “Oh. Do you think any of your other stores might?”
Me: “I doubt it, ma’am.”

Chuck Norris Factoid of the Day

"When Chuck Norris gives you the finger, he's telling you how many seconds you have left to live. "

The 6 degrees of Kevin Bacon
In honor of IronMan 2 …
Kevin Bacon - Robert Downey Jr

Robert Downey Jr was in Natural Born Killers with
Tommy Lee Jones, who was in Men in Black with
Will Smith, who is Independence Day with
Jeff Goldblum, who was Deep Cover with
Laurence Fishbourne, who was in Mystic River with ….

Thank you, Patricia, for this. :)

Funny Pics
from the collection

^^Except for the thing on the bottom, those are the most beautiful shoes I have ever seen in my LIFE and I want them.

Thank you, thank you. I am here for all eternity.