Sunday, December 26, 2004

"Fear not, for behold, I bring you tidings of great joy which shall be to all people. For this day in the city of David is born unto you a savior, which is Christ the lord. And this shall be a sign unto you: you shall find the Babe wrapped in swaddling clothes and laying in a manger."

Wednesday, December 22, 2004


Today for the first time I gave myself a haircut in full conformity with Marine Corps regulations. This is a breakthrough, or at least has a significant impact on my college plans. I may be able to save money by giving myself haircuts rather than spending $5 or more a week for them. It would also solve the problem of haircuts at college. Guys at Christendom are not know for getting haircuts frequently, or so I gathered on my last visit there. In the Marines, it's safe to reckon that a week is the maximum amount of time the should elapse between haircuts. The sides and back of my head have to resemble a bad 5 o'clock shadow. I would like very much not to have to go into town once a week just for the haircut.

Sunday, December 19, 2004

Richard I
You're a great explorer and you're very brave. Sometimes, you're so caught up in exploring and doing your own thing that you neglect the people around you and the things around you. Pay more attention to those parts of your life, like your family and friends. The day will come when you will need more than just your own spirit and drive.
What Monarch Are You?


Wait, wasn't this the same King that was the bad guy in Braveheart?

Friday, December 17, 2004

Had a very good trip home from California. The last leg of the trip was in a fairly small double propeller plane. It was the first time I had ever been in a propeller plane. In honor of this occasion, I will now spend a few minutes making propeller noises.


Tomorrow I think I will go and drop of my film so that I can see all the pictures of the desert which I took while in Twentynine Palms.

It's a lot colder hear at home, but I hear it only got cold recently and was fairly warm before. I'm just glad to breath some normal air. The air in the desert is very clear, but very dry. Just breathing it for a while is enough to give you cottonmouth.

Monday, December 13, 2004

Well, unless there is going to be a huge appeals battle, it appears that the Laci Peterson murder trial is finally resolved.

Frankly, I don't think they shoud have given him the death penalty. Sure, what he did was wrong, but come on. A man like him supporting a wife and k-...oh wait. As you were, never mind.

I have a barracks roomate here who only recently started listening to music. I took advantage of his impressionability to get him started on classical music. Now if only I could do something about this reincarnation he seems to believe in. He's got at least two books by His Divine Grace, Dr. long-Indian-name-with-many-syllables.

Saturday, December 11, 2004

I suppose I ought to be posting more often, given the fact that I have access to an internet center on base for a reasonable rate.
I'm posting now because I have just gotten through some rather tumultuous planning regarding what I am going to do over Christmas. At first I thought I was going to go home and do a job called recruiter's assistance, but my recruiter took forever just to fax the official request. I couldn't just keep waiting indefinitely. I don't play the princess in distress for anyone. I know they outrank me by far, but if the good folks at the recruiting office want me to help them out over the holiday season, they'll have to get moving while I'm still available.
I saw Harry Potter III a couple of days ago, and I have a question that's been bothering me: Why is Draco Malfoy, the little spoiled kid, the only student in that whole damn school to wear his tie like a tie and not some sort of stupid kerchief?
I also saw The Day After Tomorrow. It was a great movie, and it really educated me on the dangers of using our planet's natural resources with abandon.

Just kidding. I actually watched it almost more as a comedy than a thriller. A thirty story tidal wave drowns Manhattan. Yup.
I'm no climatologist, but I would guess that for that to happen as a result of the polar ice caps melting, the entire ice cap would have to melt in a matter of...seconds. The ice caps melting would be like melting a quart of ice into a nearly full bathtub.
My roommate here, who was watching it with me, assured me that there is a lot of water locked up in the icebergs that float around up in the arctic circle. I reminded him that most of it was already underwater and as a matter of fact, would actually take up slightly less space than when it was frozen.
The inclusion of the Dick Cheney character was pretty cheesy, especially near the end when the moviemakers have him get on TV and eat crow.
The funniest part of all was when the eye of the storm passes over an already frozen Manhattan. The Empire State Building freezes from top to bottom. Inside the public library, where the survivors are hiding, two or three of them get chased down a hall by an oncoming wall of Jack Frost, freezing everything behind them.
If you want to go see some sort of fictional thriller, go see National Treasure. It is every bit as exciting, but it lacks the smug preachiness of TDAT.

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