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Some Thursday Randomness

It’s that time again. When I write about a whole bunch of random stuff because I don’t have enough to compose one big entry. So here it is:

1. I was reading My Blog Is Poop, as I have a tendency to do, and there were two entries that caught my eye. First there was “things I can afford to forget,” where Bob mentions The Contra Code. Is there any male between the ages of roughly 20 and 30 who doesn’t know the Contra code? (Up, up, down, down, left, right, left, right, A, B, A, B, select, start . . . I hope I’m right on that one.) The other entry was all about things that he learned to like. There were two in there that struck a chord. First was coffee. I hated the taste of coffee as a kid. Loved the smell though. My mom always told me that meant I’d learn to like. Don’t know if that was what did it, but I certainly love it now. In fact, I drink it black. The other drink he (and I) learned to like was beer. It just happened and now I love it. I’m not quite sure I get it. As a side note, though, I have taught myself to like olives. I hated them as a kid but made a conscious decision to start liking them about three years ago. So I’d eat an olive every four or five months. Three years later I’ve developed a taste for them. It’s not quite where I’ll eat them all the time, but in the next two years I should be there.

2. You should really read My Blog Is Poop, it’s funny. Much funnier than I am.

3. If you use Firefox, check out SpellBound. It’s a spell checker for web-forms and stuff. It’s pretty handy.

4. If you haven’t read The New York Times article about Guns N’ Roses and the never-made album, “Chinese democracy,” go read it.

5. If you’re interested in finding MP3s, check out this helpful guide on “How To Find MP3’s With Google”.

6. Have a good day.

March 10, 2005