Vid's Space

Hello! You are visitor number 84872! I may be a bit narcissistic, but I don't quite want to talk about myself for pages and pages on my website anymore.  I could, but that might be a bit depressing.  Meh, at least I have a job.

Suffice it to say I'm a pansexual nudist roadgeek with issues including but not limited to depression, selective eating disorder, and possibly Asperger's syndrome.  But again, this page isn't about me.  Instead, it's my space for random thoughts which I hope you'll find interesting or amusing. 

By the way, if you don't like the fonts or colors on my website, now you can override them using the Style Chooser!  As for other improvements to this site, I really need to redo the guestbook, get the counter/greeter system to work how I originally intended, and oh yeah, get in the habit of adding content more often…

Random Quotes

I hope you'll find the following quote amusing and/or thought-provoking.

“Always do sober what you said you'd do drunk. That will teach you to keep your mouth shut.”

— Ernest Hemingway

A new quote is randomly selected three times each day. For your convenience, here's a permanent link to this quote.

Cool Story, Bro!

Here you'll find brief anecdotes which usually are worth the time spent reading them.

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Police Chase

One time, I was driving home from somewhere in Columbus. On the freeway, I had just moved out of the left-most lane when two vehicles passed me at high speed on the left. When I got home, my older brother was there, and I told him I though I'd seen a high-speed police chase. He said it was probably just a couple of idiots racing.

“Well in that case, the guy in the police car was losing!”

Familiar Music

So, back around 2004-ish, I was already familiar with the songs “Steppin' Out” by Joe Jackson and “Day After Day” by Badfinger, from Grand Theft Auto: Vice City and real classic rock radio stations, respectively. Then I heard this song that sounded really similar to the former, but the verses began with a few notes almost exactly like the latter. Well, it turns out the song was “Breaking Us In Two” by Joe Jackson. So of course it sounds like that other Joe Jackson song, but I think Badfinger might still have a case with the similar melody.

I've been a fan of “Weird Al” Yankovic for a long time. Somehow, it took me until a few years ago to discover the song “Biggest Ball of Twine in Minnesota”. Not actually a parody of an existing song, it's a rambling yet charming tune that reminds me a bit of my family vacations in the 90's, even though I think Al was trying to go for more of a 60's experience. The song also reminds me of “30,000 Pounds of Bananas” by Harry Chapin, but I can't put my finger on exactly why. Incidentally, my dad had a Harry Chapin tape we'd listen to on road trips, including that song, which became something of a family favorite. Anyway, then I found a “Weird Al” fan website which had a section about Al's original songs. Specifically, it pointed out that many of them sounded quite similar to existing songs, even though they weren't explicit parodies. There were opinions from many people on this subject. Several apparently agreed with me that “Biggest Ball of Twine in Minnesota” sounds like Harry Chapin's style generally, and a few agreed that it sounds like his song “30,000 Pounds of Bananas” specifically.

I recommend both songs, if you haven't heard them. But regarding “30,000 Pounds of Bananas”, I suggest getting to know the studio version (5 minutes, hard to find) before listening to the live version (10 minutes, more commonly found).

I don't generally listen to new music, but it was hard to avoid Gotye's “Somebody I Used To Know” last year. Elements of it sounded familiar, however. Then a friend of mine showed me a parody, “A Song I Used To Know”, which compared the song to both “Baa Baa Black Sheep” and “Twinkle Twinkle Little Star”; mystery solved! It's quite an amusing parody, but be warned: there's just a bit of profanity.

L Fan Club

So this one time I was at a mall in southeastern Michigan, wearing a T-shirt featuring the Deathnote character known as L. A group of young women complimented me on the T-shirt and asked me where I got it. I told them I'd purchased it at Hot Topic, then I asked if they were cosplayers. Indeed they were. How did I know, you might ask? That's a good question; the young women asked too. I told them they had “anime hair”. Pitch black, unmoving, spiking at odd angles — definitely anime hair.

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Passing Thoughts

This is the opinion section of my site. If I have something to say to a general audience that won't fit in a tweet, it'll probably end up here.

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Service Industry Holidays

The service industry is big in the USA. Restaurants, hotels, call centers (yes we have those here), transportation, healthcare — all of these sectors stay open through the holidays. That's a lot of working people who never get to enjoy a “long weekend”.

It doesn't have to be that way. I'm imagining a special holiday for workers in the service industry. Of course we can't have all the waiters, nurses, and taxi drivers stay home on the same day. So this holiday would actually be three days, probably a Monday, Wednesday, and Friday of the same week. Each employee (of participating employers) gets to stay home on one of those days. Ideally, it would be a day adjacent to the employee's regularly scheduled day(s) off. So the service-type businesses can stay open, and their employees can enjoy a long weekend once in a while. Maybe even have two or three of these service holiday weeks at different times of the year.

I can't seem to come up with a snappy conclusion to this post. But I'd love for this to become a thing.

But Wait, There's More!

The following rant was written in reference to Billy Mays before he died. It's actually not about just him, but rather it's about all those TV pitchmen (and women) who sell things that “aren't sold in stores”.

He comes into my living room, shouting about this amazing product that I can only buy from him. Then he says I can have four of them (an $80-dollar value) for just $9.95. I'm sorry, but if the only place to get this amazing product is from him, and he's selling four for ten bucks, that means the product is only worth $2.50 each. Eighty dollars my ass. And why isn't it sold in stores? Sure, that might involve a “middle-man markup” but it would also involve economy of scale, so I don't have to pay five bucks shipping and handling on a product only worth $2.50.

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Cool People

Cool Famous People

Here are, in no particular order, some of my favorite people from movies and TV:

Cool Obscure People

Here are, in no particular order, some of my favorite people of whom you may not have heard:

Best of my LJ

You know how radio shows often run "best of" shows during the weekends or when the stars are on vacation?  Well, I haven't posted to my LiveJournal much recently, but there are some good nuggets from the past I thought I might share here.