Archive for the ‘Nerd News’ Category

This blog has moved to baddminton.com

July 12, 2006

I’ve finally moved my blog, and it’s now on baddminton.com! That’s it! Nothing else to remember! All my old blentries and photos are still there. I’m still working out a few kinks, and one thing that’s a bummer is I was unable to import any of my comments from this blog to the new one, so it looks like nobody commented on any of my posts. But it’s still super cool, and the web address is easy to remember, so I think it’s a very good thing. Plus, I feel accomplished because I figured out how to install it all by myself. Yay!

So: To recap, please visit my blog now at baddminton.com, and please bookmark the new site and/or change the link on your blogroll if you have it there (which you should, if you have a blog). 😉

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Friday Nerd News

June 30, 2006

Nathan has alerted me to the coolest thing ever to hit the internet: The “Stumble-Upon” feature in Firefox. If you don’t know what I’m talking about, Do This Now: Go to mozilla.com and Download Firefox. (This is the browser you should be using anyway because it is a billion times cooler and better than Internet Explorer). Once you have it up and running, go here and download “Stumble-Upon.” Check the boxes for things that interest you, then start hitting the “Stumble” button in the top left. It will take you to websites you never knew existed, all based around the topics you selected!

In other nerd news, I got a webhost and have been trying to manually upload WordPress so that someday I’ll be able to use my own lovely domain name. The “famous five-minute install” is taking me f-ing forever. Is it possible to be a dumb nerd? Methinks so.

Breaking Nerd News

June 22, 2006

Dear Lovely Readers,

If you usually access my blog through http://www.baddminton.com, it won't work for the next few days.  I'm in the process of moving my blog there permanently, but in the meantime, it won't be forwarded from there to here.  SO: until I tell you otherwise, please use http://www.baddminton.wordpress.com.  Or if you'd rather, use http://www.baddminton.net or http://www.baddminton.org.  Thanks!

Bits & Bytes

June 21, 2006

2 phones ago I had a cute little baby blue / Carolina blue Motorola shaped like a styrofoam peanut, and when I got a text message or voicemail, the sound that played was called "Bits & Bytes." It went, "Boo-duh-ly Doo-duh-ly Doop! Boo-duh-ly Doo-duh-ly Doop!" So I am calling my blentry for today "Bits & Bytes," because it's just a little collection of things.

Funny Search Engine Terms of the Day: People found my blog by searching for these things:

palm tree over the toilet stand

+handicap +wiping +butt

retarded clown, photos

pictures of cheesy guys

I am reading: Live the Life You Love by Barbara Sher. I recently finished her book, I Could Do Anything, If I Only Knew What It Was, and it was amazing. If you're having any kind of confusion or frustration about your goals and/or future, I recommend these wholeheartedly.

Link of the Day: Art Pad. An excellent, blue-ribbon, state fair-winning type of time waster.

Happy Almost Thursday!

This Stuff Writes Itself!

June 15, 2006

MAN!  I can't stop writing about the searches people have done that pulled up my blog!  Every day they come in and just get more and more ridiculous!  Here are some gems from today:

Traffic Cop Dancing

white girl dreadlock picture

the biggest cock in the universe (Why did this pull up my blog?)

and

because i am starving

Why did someone type "because i am starving" into their search engine?  Why? Why?  I fear I shall never know.

Fun With Search Stats

June 13, 2006

So, WordPress has this fun "Blog Stats" page where we get to see how many people have viewed our blog and how they found it (but not who has viewed it, so if you're stalking me, breathe a sigh of relief. I don't know who you are. Stalk away, my little stalking friends).  It shows search terms people used, like in Google, that pulled up my blog.  Some of them are very, very funny.  Such as:

wearing pigtails

birthday gift for 27 year old woman

forth of july baby clothes

"panties were exposed"

pet penguin under stairs japan

pet penguin living under stairs japan (someone really wants to learn more about a penguin under some stairs in Japan)!

kate gets spanked

hyperventilate during tennis match

"first time I got drunk"

belly explode

And my favorite:

PICTURES OF WOMEN CRYING BEING SPANKED

I can't believe people are searching for those things on the internet! And that those terms are pulling up my blog! Hahaha.  So… I guess I unknowingly host a porn site? (And now that I have written that, a search for the word "porn" will undoubtedly now also bring up this site. I have probably just increased my traffic exponentially).  My new challenge: Write a post that includes a hyperventilating penguin with exposed patriotic panties spanking Kate, who is wearing pigtails, under some stairs (in Japan, of course).  But nobody's belly explodes — that's just gross.

UPDATE: I checked again today, and found two more search terms people had used:

FROSTY ROOTBEER

and

nice porsche small penis

Gold. Pure gold.

Butterbeer!

May 31, 2006

Dumbledore says, “I would assume that you were going to offer me refreshment, but the evidence so far suggests that that would be optimistic to the point of foolishness.”  

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Who out there is suffering from Harry Potter withdrawal?  Anyone? Anyone? Bueller? 

Well, I know I’m not alone.  Do you know what’s the quickest fix for the ol’ “When in Fawkes’ name is the seventh book coming out already?”  blues? That’s right!  A delicious glass of butterbeer!  I have created a recipe that combines the mystery and excitement of Hogwarts with the comfort and cameraderie of the Three Broomsticks — yet contains neither butter nor beer.  Here it is:

One part vanilla vodka

One part ginger ale

Pour over ice in a martini shaker

Hold tightly and shake gently over the sink until the fizziness causes the shaker lid to pop

Strain into frosty martini glasses

Garnish with a thin twist of lemon.

If you don’t have a shaker or martini glasses, you can serve on the rocks, in barrel-shaped beer mugs, of course. 

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“And now Harry, let us step out into the night and pursue that flighty temptress, adventure.”  — Albus Dumbledore

Threadbared

May 24, 2006

I have discovered the best blog on the internet: Threadbared.com.  I am openly jealous and angry that I didn't think of this first!  The women who write this are geniuses and deserve major awards and lots of money.

It’s a Good Thing “Dorky-Chic” Is Coming Back In

May 5, 2006

Just now I kind of jogged / trotted / power-walked to the bathroom, because: a. I had to pee pretty badly,and b. I am all jacked up on a big thing of tea I just drank.  I drink caffeine only often enough so that when I do, in any form, I get super jumpy and jittery, with energy to spare — so anyway, as I was trotting to the bathroom I thought about power walking, and how dorky it looks.

When I was younger, sometimes I would go on walks around the neighborhood with my mom, and she would always do that really ridiculous power-walking thing where you take really long steps, pump your arms like you're a jogger on speed, and swing your butt wildly back and forth.  It's a good workout, because it's a lot of high-powered dorkiness, all concentrated into one fluid motion.  I used to get all embarassed and loudly whisper, "Mom! Stop it!  That is soooo embarrassing!"

Then the summer after 8th grade I decided to do the Junior Olympics for track & field.  This is the part where you're all impressed, like, "Oooh, Jr. Olympics? Marcy, I had no idea you were such an athlete!"  And now here's the part where I come clean and admit that although I'd like you to go on thinking I was a star athlete in middle school, no, junior olympics was nothing to write home about, pretty much anyone could do it.  I did it because some of my friends did, and it was a good way to go socialize with them during the day rather than being made to do chores around the house. 

So anyway, we were at a meet one Saturday afternoon, and my events — the 800m and the high jump — were already done, and no, I hadn't won anything, especially not in high jump, I don't know why they always made me do that event, I was terrible at it.  I've never been very springy, and half the time I didn't jump at all because I was scared of hitting the bar — ouch!  I would just run at it, then scutter to a stop, then go back and try again, over and over until I either closed my eyes and threw my body directly into the bar or just got disqualified for too many false starts. 

But anyway, I had already finished not winning those two events when my coach came over to my friend Cherie and me and told us he had entered us in the race walk, because nobody else was registered in our division, meaning we would automatically win first and second place.  Was winning Race Walk a good thing or a bad thing?  Winning is usually a good thing, but I think the fact that it was race walk more than cancelled out anything "cool" about winning, not to mention that to win we didn't even have to beat anyone.  Well, it didn't matter, because our coach had already registered us, so we had to do it; we race-walked a whole mile, and it HURT!  Not only does that exercise look ridiculous, it uses muscles in the front of your shins that you never ever use for any other activity.  The rule with race walk is that you must have at least one foot on the ground at all times.  I've never wanted to run so badly in my life!  But we finished the race, giggling embarrassedly the whole time, and counted our steps up to the finish line so we would tie for first place: "One, two, three, STEP."  And we both got blue ribbons, which looked impressive until you turned them over and saw that the event was "Who can most quickly complete the ridiculous mom-walk."

Blout-Out to Dave O’Hara!

April 8, 2006

I love the blogging community!  As I thoroughly demonstrated in my last two posts, I have been having tons of trouble adding photos to my blogs and was clueless as to how to add them full-sized.  So, I remembered that I'd seen one on another wordpress blog, that of one Mr. David O'Hara, and so I asked him how, and he told me, and now I know, and am liberated from thumbnails!  Thanks, Dave, you are the recipient of my second blout-out!

By the way, this is a random photo I grabbed for testing purposes.  It was taken at my friend Theo's American Citizenship Bowling party, on the night he got his American Citizenship.  Here's me, Brennan, Emily, and two of Emily's friends (on the far left and right) whose names I don't remember.  Sadly, Theo is not in this picture, but now that I know how to add full-size photos, perhaps I'll add more in the future from this memorable occasion. 

bowling

Sorry Jeremy, I lied!

March 27, 2006

I told you you would be the blopic of my next post, but instead, something wonderful has happened that I must disclose immediately:

Cathryn Michon, grrl genius, has been my hero ever since I read her book The Grrl Genius Guide to Life. Now, while surfing around on iVillage, I have found her blog! And it's fantastic! I wasn't even looking for it. I was destined to find it!

You may remember that I was declared a certified genius recently, so I feel this latest discovery is a result of my subconscious genius seeking out others of its kind. It is manifest destiny! I'm not sure what that term means anymore, but it sounds good there, doesn't it? I used to know when I took history classes in high school, but I've plum forgotten. Anyway, one grrl genius mind stumbles upon the original grrl genius. If that's not manifest destiny, I am a monkey's uncle!

Hold tight Jeremy, your post is coming soon!

WHAT!

March 26, 2006

WELL! I am offended. Turns out, the Register.com ad at the bottom of my blog is because I'm using the website forwarding service they offered for "free" with my domain name account. Those meanies! I should have known there was a catch. As my dad always says, there's no such thing as a free lunch. Anyway, if you hate the ad as much as I do, you might as well just use this URL: www.baddminton.wordpress.com. A little harder to remember, but looks way better. Sorry! 😦

Breaking Nerd News!

March 25, 2006

Extra, extra, Read all about it! BaddMinton moves away from Friendster!

Well, Friendster, it's been real. You've been good to me, and I'll still keep my profile and photo albums here, but I cannot deal with all these extra ads. If I have ads on my blog, I want to be getting paid for them, and I'm not, and there are so many now it looks like poo.

I'm working on downloading wordpress and running my blog myself, but I don't have time to do it right now, and I literally cannot write another single entry on Friendster knowing how ugly it will look with the ads. So for now I'm going to blog on wordpress's hosted blogging platform. You'll still find all my archives and categories there. The only thing not there will be the photo albums.

The good news is, the only thing you'll have to remember is my blog will now (still) be located at www.baddminton.com. I'm not sure what this will mean for things like RSS feeds — probably nothing good — because the actual domain name is baddminton.wordpress.com, and i'm just having my domain name forwarded there until I have time to do it myself. I fear the moving around may be confusing, but I'm doing it anyway. I'm throwing caution to the wind!

So, Friendster Blogs, I guess this is goodbye! And Hello, WordPress! Please come visit me there, guys! www.baddminton.com. Be there or be square. Or something.

Nerd News

February 27, 2006

You may have noticed that the name of this blog, BadMinton, acquired an extra ‘d’ and is now BaddMinton. There is a reason for that, and a good one at that!  I tried to buy the domain name badminton.com, but as you may have guessed, it was already taken by a badminton company.  Hence, the two d’s, which I kind of like, because it seems to connotate more "badassminton" than "naughtyminton." So, you may now access this blog by typing baddminton.com into your
browser.  For some reason, if you type www. you won’t get to it, so
please just skip the w’s while I figure out  how to fix that.

The look of my blog may be changing soon as well, because I’m trying to find a different blogging platform I like.  I’ve already imported this blog to WordPress, but haven’t decided yet if it’s got all the features I’m looking for.  You can take a look and let me know what you think.  Right now it’s at www.baddminton.wordpress.com

The main difference for you is that in the future, instead of accessing my blog through Friendster, you’ll reach it through baddminton.com.  So maybe you should go ahead and bookmark that and get used to visiting it several times a day. 🙂

My Blingo

February 17, 2006

I feel it’s time to update you on some things that have been stewing around in this here little room on top of my shoulders that I affectionately refer to as a "brain."

Whilst writing this blog of mine, which is short for "weblog" to those of you not in the know, I have embraced the slight nerdiness factor that I believe comes along with blogging terretory.  (For evidence of said factor, please refer to Appendix A). Therefore, in my head and to myself, I have been shortening all sorts of words, as is appropriate I think because of the "weblog" becoming "blog" phenomenon, and because I am a nerd.

Thus, my blog topics are "blopics."  That’s my favorite one, and I saved the best for first. 

Blog pictures are "blictures," or you can also refer to them as "blotos" if that’s how you roll.  Let’s see… blog links are "blinks," which I think is cute.  I’ve been thinking of creating a category of shout-outs, wherein I give shout outs to certain people I like.  This section, of course, will be called "blout-outs." 

What else, what else?  OH!  Maybe blog categories should be called "blategories."  But probably not.  I may be starting to push the blog envelope a little too much — or the… wait for it… and here it comes… blenvelope. (This one works especially well if you typically pronounce ‘envelope’ with a short ‘o’ sound, like ‘envoy’). 

Well, now you peeps are hopefully up to speed a little.  Please refer any questions to the Blequently Asked Questions section, or BL.A.Q.

Appendix A: It is my belief that people who blog (blog peeps, or "bleeps") are usually a little nerdy, often in a cute way.  Some examples: Rachel, Eric, Wan and Nathan.  I hope you four don’t mind me calling you nerds, but the upside is, I’m also calling you cute!  Let’s look on the bright side.