Archive for September, 2008

Learning to habla spanish

Posted in and other fun, Education, Language on 29 September 2008 by jason

I’ve decided, quite at random, to learn spanish. Or is it Spanish? I can never remember if languages get capitalized. Anyway, I’ve just started, so the only thing’s I’ve learned are:

* That upside-down punctuation can go in the middle of a sentence
* That “v” is pronounced as a “b.” I’m having trouble wrapping my tongue around that.
* That I can not roll my “r”s. At all. Does anyone know if that cripples me?

I’m learning from a book that comes with cassette tapes, which I think will be better than a class because I can go at my own pace. Wish me luck!

Get Low! (Cover, NSFW)

Posted in Cover Songs, Music on 28 September 2008 by jason

This is one song that needed more guitars. Courtesy YouTube. Not Safe for Work.

2.2

Posted in Haiku a day on 28 September 2008 by jason

In the midnight sky,
Cassiopeia hangs high,
Lazily watching.

Dream wisdom

Posted in Dreams on 26 September 2008 by jason

Two nights ago, I had a dream, the details of which I can not remember. However, I do remember that there was a man who gave me some advice. He said, “The way I see it, you’re born, you learn to speak, then your story begins.”

What the hell does that mean?

Jenny Lewis-Acid Tongue

Posted in Music on 26 September 2008 by jason

Tonight, I plan on buying Jenny Lewis’s new album, Acid Tongue. I’m posting this, which is the title track from the album, posted on YouTube by Jenny Lewis’s personal YouTube account (so it’s all official and junk).

Jenny Lewis!

Posted in Music on 25 September 2008 by jason

Jenny Lewis has a new album out, which I plan to get on payday. To celebrate, though, here’s a video from her last album. Enjoy!

2.1

Posted in Haiku a day on 24 September 2008 by jason

The birth of autumn;
The breeze is cool, the air, crisp—
A cruel summer’s death.

A Road Less Traveled?

Posted in Exercise, Rambling, Uncategorized on 24 September 2008 by jason

Yesterday, I decided to try to find a shortcut to the grocery store. You see, usually, I have to walk south about 1/4 mile, then East for a while, and finally North about 1/2 mile. A couple of weeks ago, I saw that just north of me, there is a “Covered Bridge Park,” which looks like it goes straight through to the store.

When I got to the park, the 1st thing I noticed was that it is hilly. You can’t really see from one end to the other over the hills. Also, there is a baseball field where some kids were playing. Around this field is a track. This track is where my troubles began.

The track is covered in rocks. I suppose they call it gravel, but it was rocks. Sharp, pointy rocks. In my generic chucks (actually, Old Navy brand canvas shoes), I could feel every one of them. So I stumbles and limped along the track until I got around the baseball diamond. As I expected, as my luck usually follows this way, the path is a loop. When I got behind the diamond, I had nowhere to go but where I came from. i had hopes that I would find, hmmm…maybe a covered bridge!?! No such luck.

I decided that I would not be deterred…I pushed my wat through the trees along the path, hoping it would lead me to the store. I pushed through one side of the wooded area and into…

A cemetary. What the hell? As far as I knew, there was no cemetary between my apartment and the store, so I was officially lost. Not only that, but due to my lack of direction sense, I wasn’t sure which was would lead to the road. I listened for traffic, and thought I knew where it was coming from, so I headed in that direction.

fortunately, I was right, and I trecked out of the graveyard and onto Cleveland Avenue, the busy street where the store is. Unfortunately, it seems that I overshot the store by about 1/2 mile.

The end result of the adventure is that a 45 minute walk took 2 hours, my feet are blistered, and I still don’t know of a shortcut to get to the store.

Weekend Adventure

Posted in beer, Language, otter on 21 September 2008 by jason

On friday, the otter, her sister, her sister’s boyfriend from Poland, and I took a trip to Sandusky to drop said polish boyfriend off at Cedar Point, where he works. I had met him on a few occasions, but this trip was the first time I got to really talk to him. It turns out that he’s a really cool guy who has lots of stories about the world, as he likes to travel.

We ended up getting a hotel room so that we could all hang out (and have a couple of beers) and spend a little more time with him before he goes back to Poland (we probably won’t see him again until next year).

Anyway, I’m just using my blog to give Simon a shout out.

So “Do widzenia!” Hopefully, we’ll see you soon!

(I’ll let the otter tell you about how I made the girl at Taco bell cry…)

Welcome to the United Socialist States of Jaynova, Comrades!

Posted in inturwebs, Politics, video games on 21 September 2008 by jason

I know, I know…it seems like every month I abandon whatever on-line game I’m playing and pick up another one. Right now, I’m playing Nation States. You get to create your own country, put its laws into effect, and participate in a mock UN (called the World Assembly). It’s free and browser-based, and it only takes about a minute a day to play…unless you get involved in the forums and the wiki. Which I have.

On the forums, I play in character as Jerzy “Jay” Novakovich, the president of The United Socialist States of jaynova. This is taking some time as I argue against (or agree with) other rulers and ambassadors.

The other time-waster is the wiki. Here’s the entry I’ve written. It’s a lot of fun, but it has pulled me away from this blog.

Anyway, if you sign up for the game, let me know which country you run!