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Hooker, or ninja? I can't tell.

Ninja?  Really?
Who the hell can do sneaky ninja stuff in those shoes?

I'm guessing this costume is on sale for a reason. What kind of ninja wears something like that? Clearly, I'm missing something. Clearly, the idea for Halloween is no longer to dress up so that you look like a recognizable character or wear a clever disguise. Now, apparently, the idea is to find a street corner and make a few extra bucks. (Unless, of course, you're a guy, and then you pretty much get to wear whatever you want.)

Apparently, the trend is pervasive, according to an article (subscription required) in the Fashion section of the New York Times.

"The trend is so pervasive it has been written about by college students in campus newspapers, and Carlos Mencia, the comedian, jokes that Halloween should now be called Dress-Like-a-Whore Day." (Emphasis mine.)

Fellas, I'm sure this is a trend that benefits you, and I've certainly worn short skirts on Halloween myself from time to time. But when we get to the point where women feel like they need killer abs to dress up like a ninja, it just seems less fun somehow.

Then again, it's only $28.99 for that costume. It'll pay for itself in no time.

Cinematic green card

From Howdy:
"I work with a Dutch guy who has a real green card, but I have occasionally taunted him about satisfying the requirements for a cinematic green card (i.e. the essential movie credentials that make one American). Robin and I already made him watch the Wizard of Oz. I'm soliciting suggestions for movies that should be watched to earn this cultural badge of honor."

Here were my suggestions, though I know I'm missing dozens upon dozens of movies here. Anything marked with an (x) is something I think just about everybody my age has seen, but probably sucks 25+ years after the fact.

Photo from Rebba's photostream.
  • The Princess Bride
  • Better Off Dead
  • The Jerk
  • E.T. (x)
  • Raiders of the Lost Ark
  • War Games
  • The Godfather
  • The Shawshank Redemption
  • It's a Wonderful Life, A Christmas Story, Miracle on 34th St.
  • To Kill a Mockingbird
  • Casablanca
  • Top Gun (x)
  • Bringing Up Baby

What movies would you require in order to earn a cinematic green card? The definition of "essential" is fairly debatable. But generally speaking, it would be "a list of movies you would expect someone roughly your age to have seen and understand references to," according to Howdy.

The crazy ending game

Something I haven't been doing much of lately, is write. You may have noticed the dearth of blog posts around here. My journal that you don't get to see has had one entry in the last six months. My folder of short creative writing is virtually empty. It's not because I don't think of stories. I think of the beginnings of 2-4 stories a day. I just haven't been making the time to write them down. Also, I've learned from experience that beginnings don't always turn into anything.

One of the things that makes me a good programmer is that I'm good at troubleshooting. I can look at a desired end-result and come up with a reasonable way to get there (usually). I've decided to attempt to combine this with writing in order to get my creative juices flowing.

That's where you come in. I need crazy endings. Then I can imagine some sort of logical (or illogical but amusing) path that led to a particular ending, and write the beginning of the story. The stories will be posted here, on the assumption that at least one person will be interested.

Here's a sample crazy ending: "So there Shiela was, running through the airport with an enormous stuffed giraffe tucked under one arm and the door from her glove box in the other. She had never been happier."

Stuff, things

Those are some totally excellent (and crazy) endings y'all have provided. Thank you. Because of your efforts, I have a rough draft of a story that I put together on Sunday. I'll clean it up and post it here soon. Honest. Here are some other things I'm planning on doing soon, in no particular order:
  • Build soapbox derby car (hard to be motivated at spot 19 on the wait list)
  • Have yard sale (so much crap!!)
  • Clean the crap out of my house and fix up the yard so I can...
  • Sell my house
  • Buy new house
  • Move
  • Rebuild computer (it's never been the same since the evil virus, and Ransom's going to help me with a Linux partition so's I can know what all the kids are talking about)
There are other, lesser tasks like "redesign web site," but my ever-shifting priorities tend to put those things toward the bottom of the list. And now you are privvy to the thoughts running through my head. It's a thrill a minute, I assure you.

Pruny fingers are another reason to love the internet

I noticed last night that my fingers are a bit pruny again. It was during dinner, about 10 hours after my last shower, so it didn't have anything to do with bathing; I chalked it up to dehydration. This happens every now and again and doesn't actually bother me or hurt. Mostly it makes me think, "Hmm. My fingers are pruny again. How odd." This morning, a google search sounded like a good idea. That led me to this blog post which has comments on the subject going back to 2004.

Reading through about half of these comments, I came to the conclusion that my pruny fingers are probably the result of stress combined with a weird nervous system disorder* I have that is related to my (very minor) heart condition.

Pruny fingers don't have an appreciable effect on one's quality of life, except for the people who described actual pain. A lot of the people who posted had consulted doctors who were baffled by the causes. Now maybe these just weren't good doctors, but it does seem that pruny fingers aren't really the stuff of medical journals. This is just a guess, but I'd wager that most doctors don't spend a lot of time thinking about pruny fingers unless they use the existence of pruny fingers to perhaps diagnose something else that's going on in the body. That's where the internet really struts its stuff. Some guy posts a humorous anecdote on his blog about buying hand lotion and eventually there's all this data in one place that can potentially help people discover the cause of their pruny fingers! It's just wonderful!

* I feel it's important to point out that many doctors, including mine, do not believe that there is any link between Mitral Valve Prolapse and the nervous system. I told my doctor that the symptoms described in a book I read perfectly described what had been going on with my body. Also, following the advice in the book to eliminate caffeine and sugar where possible and to exercise regularly and eat well makes the symptoms go away. For instance, I don't have as many heart palpitations, and I no longer develop embarrassing muscle tics when I walk into a room full of people I don't know. He's an amicable fellow and we came to an agreement: he still doesn't believe me about the cause, but admits that healthy choices that make me feel better are a good thing.