Whenever Godzilla and Mecha-Godzilla fight, it is Tokyo that suffers the most

Fri 30 Jun 2006, 06:59 PM by Jay Kastner
...on your karate tournament. And I hope the audience helps. :)
Fri 30 Jun 2006, 06:58 PM by Jay Kastner
"Voicemail is spectacularly inefficient and I hate it, so please don't leave me a message when you call." (Ditto. -Jay)
http://technology.guardian.co.uk/weekly/story/0,,1802540,00.html
Thu 29 Jun 2006, 02:01 PM by Jay Kastner
Just a lot goin' on here. Big changes. Top secret and all. Well, not really. Some of you know. More later. Em, I hope you can survive until then.

Oh, and I'll be in Germany late July and Bloomington in early August. So if you want good chocolate or IU stuff, let me know now.

Mon 26 Jun 2006, 09:26 AM by Jay Kastner

A few of the better pics (it was really dark):
Pic 1 | Pic 2 | Pic 3 | Pic 4 | Pic 5 | Pic 6 | Pic 7 | Pic 8 | Pic 9 | Pic 10 | Pic 11 | Pic 12

And some video clips (open .3g2 files in Quicktime):
Killing Moon | Lips Like Sugar | Roadhouse Blues (Doors cover) | Dont Let Me Down (Beatles cover)

The setlist:
Going Up
Show of Strength
Stormy Weather
Seven Seas
Bring on the Dancing Horses
The Disease
Scissors in the Sand
All That Jazz
The Back of Love
The Killing Moon
In the Margins
Never Stop
Villiers Terrace
All My Colours (Zimbo)
Rescue
The Cutter
Nothing Lasts Forever/Walk on the Wild Side (Lou Reed)/Don't Let Me Down (Beatles)/Roadhouse Blues (Doors) [medley]
Lips Like Sugar (Encore)

More at http://bunnymen.typepad.com/peasypetertourdiary/

Sun 25 Jun 2006, 11:53 PM by Jay Kastner
Echo And the Bunnymen: "Lips_Like_Sugar"
Echo And the Bunnymen: "The Killing Moon"
Sat 24 Jun 2006, 11:35 AM by Jay Kastner
"To punish me for my contempt for authority, fate made me an authority myself."
-Albert Einstein
Sat 24 Jun 2006, 11:13 AM by Jay Kastner
"Almost every day I find a completely new way to use RSS feeds that I hadn't seen before. So, with that here are 35 ways you can use RSS feeds today. in most cases, they go beyond news and blogs."

I recommend (and use) the following feed readers. And this site supports RSS, just use the hyperlink "XML FULL POSTS" on the left. You'll automatically know when new posts are added, but lose the way-better-than-reverberated.com randomized photos and banner text. http://rssreader.com/
http://www.curiostudio.com/

Fri 23 Jun 2006, 11:08 AM by Jay Kastner
http://www.nytimes.com/2006/06/21/nyregion/21sidekick.html?
ex=1308542400&en=d381fb5a2c0c21ce&ei=5090&partner=rssuserland&emc=rss

"Three weeks ago, Mr. Guttman went on a quest to retrieve a friend's lost cellphone, a quest that has now ended with the arrest of a 16-year-old on charges of possessing the missing gadget..."
Thu 22 Jun 2006, 08:07 PM by Jay Kastner
http://www.slate.com/id/2143404/

P.S. The U.S. soccer team is Lame-with-a-big-L.

Wed 21 Jun 2006, 06:49 PM by Jay Kastner
And I'm probably going to get fucked-up-drunk too. I need it, because work sucked, particularly the 1:45 AM, 4:45 AM and 5:30 AM pages. So there.
Tue 20 Jun 2006, 01:22 AM by Jay Kastner
I worked until about 1:00 AM Sunday. And ran home today to do homework (quant class) until midnight (thanks Em, thanks Erin). Followed by deployments until now (about 1:23 AM). So I'm tired. And sorry that I didn't get those blog posts done this past weekend. Just so you can join the fun, I will leave you with this:

"A probability is a number between 0 and 1 that measures the likelihood that some event will occur. An event with probability 0 cannot occur, whereas an event with probability 1 is certain to occur. An event with probability greater than 0 and less than 1 involves uncertainty..."

Mon 19 Jun 2006, 06:23 PM by Jay Kastner
I'm never going to be a professional basketball player.
I'm never going to be a submarine captain.
I'm never going to be magician.
I'm never going to be a porn star.
I'm never going to be TV weatherman.
I'm never going to be president of the United States.
I'm never going to be an astrophysicist.
I'm never going to be a televangelist.
I’m never going to have six fingers.
I’m never going to set foot on Mars.
I’m never going to compete in the Olympics.
I’m never going to be a Supreme Court justice.
I’m never going to develop a cure for AIDS.
I'm never going to be a policeman.
I’m never going to out-drink Sara.
Sun 18 Jun 2006, 09:34 PM by Jay Kastner
Sun 18 Jun 2006, 01:55 PM by Jay Kastner
It was a work-related event. One of several scheduled as a 'thank you' to Heiko (a German delegate), heading back after four years in Orlando. His family attended this event. I bowled pretty well...a 158. Anyway, here are some pics. Heiko and his wife are in pic number three:

Picture 1 | Picture 2 | Picture 3

Sun 18 Jun 2006, 12:47 PM by Jay Kastner
Saw it last night. Quite funny. It's very lowbrow, but sometimes that just fits the mood, right?

On the way back, I managed to scare Erin and annoy the people that live below me (they were out walking their dog) in my never-ending-saga-of-driving-recklessly-particularly-when-a-rental-car-is-involved. I just can't give it up --it's in my blood. Anyway, Erin was laughing at the same time (so that doesn't count), and these particular neighbors are hated by everyone around here, thanks to their 3...4...5 AM parties. All good.

Sun 18 Jun 2006, 01:48 AM by Jay Kastner
Cranes: "Light Song"
Chris Isaak: "I Wonder"
Fri 16 Jun 2006, 12:03 AM by Jay Kastner
My favorite:
"There are no significant bugs in our released software that any significant number of users want fixed." (Focus Magazine, Oct. 23, 1995)
http://news.com.com/Say+what+A+look+back+at+
Gates+pearls+of+wisdom/2100-1014_3-
6084505.html
Thu 15 Jun 2006, 11:52 PM by Jay Kastner
...I'll be posting some long overdue articles on a) the-wonder-that-is-Meanwell-handwriting and b) how deodorant (yes, deodorant) is ruining my life. Seriously strange-but-interesting stuff. Stay tuned.
Thu 15 Jun 2006, 11:42 PM by Jay Kastner
In reference to this post, I give you this link. See people, I do try to educate you.

Now I've got to go check and see if my imaginary children, from my imaginary family, are talking to 50+ year old German men on MySpace.

Thu 15 Jun 2006, 11:34 PM by Jay Kastner
I've now lost about $8500 for the year. Anyone else? Good thing I'm not planning to retire soon...
Thu 15 Jun 2006, 12:22 PM by Jay Kastner
"Most of these guys don't end up in jail. They don't end up on entitlements. They tend to pay taxes. They keep their yards nice and clean. They drive Priuses. They recycle."
-Scott McNealy, Sun Microsystems chairman, arguing in favor of more H-1B visas.
Wed 14 Jun 2006, 11:52 PM by Jay Kastner
lime...lemon
lime...lemon
lime...lemon
(beat kicks in)
...lymon

Now that's a commercial I actually like.

Wed 14 Jun 2006, 10:58 PM by Jay Kastner
(read below "Wanna Hear Something Funny?" first)
I just returned to the order counter (still Starbucks) and purchased a bottle of San Pellegrino (because I'm a bottled water snob, sobeit). As I was pocketing the change, I dropped the bottle (glass) on the tile floor. It didn't break, but was very loud. Everyone turned. My face was red. Must...stop...acting...retarded. Faisal, shut-up already.
Wed 14 Jun 2006, 10:09 PM by Jay Kastner
I was in Starbucks tonight. And I looked up from my computer, picked up my grande-decaf-soy-latte (yum!), started to drink, inhaled a bunch of steam, and proceeded to cough --spraying **everything** within two or so feet with coffee. It was seriously embarassing. The place was very busy and people were all around me at the time (including grrrls, ah!). So, coffee was dripping from everything...and now my computer is all sticky. : (
Wed 14 Jun 2006, 11:07 AM by Jay Kastner
"It's not too often that a new musical instrument is invented, let alone presented before a bunch of experts. Yet that's precisely what Sophie Leger did..."
http://news.com.com/2061-11200_3-6083565.html?part=rss&
tag=6083565&subj=news
Tue 13 Jun 2006, 11:33 PM by Jay Kastner
...but I just had to say those new Snickers ads (the ones where a guy just plays an acoustic guitar) are fucking freaking me out. I'm writing letters. I'm starting a campaign. This shit is creepy and just plain wrong.

yes, I'm mostly kidding

Tue 13 Jun 2006, 10:11 PM by Jay Kastner
...the 30 minutes a day (at most) I spend blogging, is too much time. According to her, it would be better spent on sleep (I think another option is selling OxyContin on da streets, but hey, that's a different discussion). Since Sara is never wrong (sort of like the opposite of Ned), I'm obligated to seriously reflect on the future of this blog. Not. My guess is that Em will have at least one comment on this.

I can't believe last night's self deprecating post on Alberto went largely unnoticed. Come on people, that was your opportunity to get a few punches in. Payback. You know you want to.

Special message: Em, please be nice to Jon.

Tue 13 Jun 2006, 08:13 PM by Jay Kastner
"Welcome to Mikons.com, a new form of self-expression that connects people through visual symbols (personal tags). Our mission is to give you a fun and easy way to create these symbols that tell your story, let you decide how you want to share them, and use them to connect with people anywhere in the world.
http://www.mikons.com/
Mon 12 Jun 2006, 10:58 PM by Jay Kastner
Erin actually has an interesting entry in her blog today. Yay Erin! : )
http://www.knight-family.com/domino/knight.nsf/d6plinks/SRVV-6QQ2LY
Mon 12 Jun 2006, 10:54 PM by Jay Kastner
OK, I wanted to share a few Alberto related things with y'all...

This is a weather guy explaining why it has rained all day here today. Why it was very heavy. Why it will continue tomorrow and probably Wednesday too. And why I shouldn't talk smack to my friends up north about how warm it is here during the winter, while they freeze:

This is Jeb Bush, reviewing the weather situation, and looking only slightly less retarded than his brother. Actually, I think she's reading him a Curious George book. 'Cause Curious George rules!

Mon 12 Jun 2006, 07:17 PM by Jay Kastner
CZECH REPUBLIC 3, USA 0
How pathetic. I was able to watch a good portion of this game. It's true, Koller's 5th minute score stunned team USA. Oh, and I have never cared for Bruce Arena (team coach).
Mon 12 Jun 2006, 07:04 PM by Jay Kastner
...notice that Republicans, having been quieted by Bush's dropping poll numbers, are now proclaiming Iraq a wonderful success, based on Al-Zarqawi's death? Have you also noticed that I have a penchant for run-on sentences?
Mon 12 Jun 2006, 06:37 PM by Jay Kastner
"In that old battle of the wills between young people and their keepers, the young have found a new weapon that could change the balance of power on the cellphone front: a ring tone that many adults cannot hear."
http://www.nytimes.com/2006/06/12/technology/12ring.html?ex=13077
64800&en=2a80d150770df0df&ei=5090
&partner=rssuserland&emc=rss
Sun 11 Jun 2006, 02:51 PM by Jay Kastner
Echo and the Bunnymen: 06/21
Ministry: 07/08
Chris Isaak: 09/03
Ladytron: 09/21
Reverend Horton Heat: 09/23
Sun 11 Jun 2006, 02:47 PM by Jay Kastner
Sun 11 Jun 2006, 02:46 PM by Jay Kastner
Filter and Crystal Method: "(Can't You) Trip Like I Do"
Morrissey: "Ganglord"
Thu 8 Jun 2006, 10:24 PM by Jay Kastner
...with a rather shitty end. IBM was on-site doing presentations and eating up too much time. I had to deal with a lot of problems inbetween --running from fire to meeting to fire. It happened to be Erin's last day at Siemens, and I almost missed her luncheon. Then I came home and attempted to deal with a personal "situation" --one that goes back many years. The lone bright spot was half an hour on the phone with Em. I'm so tired I can barely think. And now I will leave you all with the single most depressing song ever (IMHO), so you can share in the misery.

Joy Division: "The Eternal"
"Procession moves on, the shouting is over, Praise to the glory of loved ones now gone. Talking aloud as they sit round their tables, Scattering flowers washed down by the rain. Stood by the gate at the foot of the garden, Watching them pass like clouds in the sky, Try to cry out in the heat of the moment, Possessed by a fury that burns from inside.
Cry like a child, though these years make me older, With children my time is so wastefully spent, A burden to keep, though their inner communion, Accept like a curse an unlucky deal. Played by the gate at the foot of the garden, My view stretches out from the fence to the wall, No words could explain, no actions determine, Just watching the trees and the leaves as they fall."

Thu 8 Jun 2006, 06:20 PM by Jay Kastner
"Microsoft Corp. acknowledged Wednesday that it needs to better inform users that its tool for determining whether a computer is running a pirated copy of Windows also quietly checks in daily with the software maker."
http://news.yahoo.com/s/ap/20060607/ap_on_hi_te/microsoft_monitoring_piracy
;_ylt=AujEpciXDaznfIp7roidcYMjtBAF;_ylu=X3oDMTA0cDJlYmhvBHNlYwM-
Thu 8 Jun 2006, 12:26 AM by Jay Kastner
I've been driving a 2006 Pontiac Grand Prix rental car this week (my car is in for repairs). Instead of complaining about how much it sucks, I've decided to list a few things I like:
1. The power windows...have power. Most foreign cars blow it here, with motors that are weak and slow (though probably more reliable).
2. The stereo sounds great. Primarily because the speakers are good. I've seen a lot of foreign cars with great head units matched to terrible speakers.
3. The AC gets fucking cold, even when the car's been sitting in the sun, windows up, in 90 plus degree weather. Foreign cars too often have weak AC.
4. Lots of power (matched to terrible handing). When I slam the gas pedal, it really goes.
5. A big trunk. Nice when you're hauling around a bunch of tennis gear.
6. Someone, probably in the midwest, is getting their wage, pension and health care funded through this car.
7. If I want, I can sit high. Or low. The option is there.
8. Windshield wipers that could move mountains. Again, most foreign cars have motors that are weak and slow.
9. Back seats that don't feel cramped.
10. Real arm rests. Not a piece of plastic that just sticks out.
Wed 7 Jun 2006, 11:52 PM by Jay Kastner
Thanks for the link Em...
"a group of outspoken 9/11 widows, whom the right-wing television pundit described as 'self-obsessed' and enjoying their husbands' deaths"
http://www.cnn.com/2006/POLITICS/06/07/coulter.911.widows.ap/index.html
Wed 7 Jun 2006, 12:48 AM by Jay Kastner
Sara sent me this. After rebooting her computer, the USB mouse stopped responding. Note the action suggested in the error message:

Wed 7 Jun 2006, 12:43 AM by Jay Kastner
"I am writing to you from NME in London and wondered if you knew about our special 20th anniversary edition which celebrates 20 years since the release of The Queen is Dead. The magazine which comes out this Weds (7th June) talks about how it influenced a generation and also has famous fans such as Liam Gallagher and Johnny Borrel talking about why its high on their list of favourite albums. Would you be happy to flag the mag up on your site if I send you a front cover image, perhaps with a link to www.nme.com? I would be happy to send you some free copies in return!"

I get shit like this (for johnnymarr.com) all the time. You know, like, "where should studio X send the master tapes to". Yeah...

Wed 7 Jun 2006, 12:36 AM by Jay Kastner
This is for one book! One!

The following items have been shipped to you by Amazon.com:
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Shipped Subtotal
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Amazon.com, LLC items:
1 Data Analysis and Decision... $148.95
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Item Subtotal: $148.95
Shipping & Handling: $3.99
Total: $152.94
Paid by Visa: $152.94

Must be nice to have a full scholarship. Now I know where my alumni association money goes. **ahem, Em**

Tue 6 Jun 2006, 12:30 PM by Jay Kastner
Mon 5 Jun 2006, 11:59 PM by Jay Kastner
The Millau viaduct is part of the new E11 expressway connecting Paris and Barcelona and features the highest bridge piers ever constructed. The tallest is 240 meters high and the overall height will be an impressive 336 meters, making this the highest bridge in the world:
http://www.kastnerfamily.net/jaysblog.nsf/rsrc/Millau_Viaduct/$file/Millau_Viaduct.jpg
Mon 5 Jun 2006, 07:38 PM by Jay Kastner
It's time to get a little crazy...

Sun 4 Jun 2006, 11:27 PM by Jay Kastner
I'm back in school starting Monday. The class? Quantitative Analysis. What this means:
1. I will probably be grumpier than usual.
2. I may not be able to update this site as often.
3. Don't send me e-mail...call instead.
4. I have to stop buying iPods for everyone.
5. More gray hair.
6. Even larger bags under my eyes.
7. 157 percent greater need for Emily's brownies.
8. No more staying up for the last episode of Star Trek.
9. Buy Starbucks stock, like, now.
10. I'll be in Bloomington come August.
Sun 4 Jun 2006, 11:13 PM by Jay Kastner
Electronic: "Make It Happen [Unreleased Original Version, With Ice-T Sample]". Much better than the album version...
Joy Division: "Atmosphere". If you have time, track down the video --it's in my top five. And more JD next week...
Sun 4 Jun 2006, 02:14 PM by Jay Kastner
Sun 4 Jun 2006, 02:00 PM by Jay Kastner
Thu 1 Jun 2006, 02:23 PM by Jay Kastner
"Harold Varmus won a Nobel Prize for changing how we think about cancer. Then he overhauled the NIH. Now he’s battling to make all scientific research free and universally available."
http://www.wired.com/wired/archive/14.06/varmus.html