August 25, 2005

The music from the year you graduated high school
Posted by Jess in Day to Day

I read this at Libby's site, and everyone started following suit. I was reluctant at first for reasons, but it looks like too much fun, so here goes.

Here's the assignment.

Go to, and do a search on the most popular 100 songs from the year you graduated high school. (You can do this by searching on the year you graduated).

Bold the ones you actually like. (Understand that the word "like" in this case means, at the very least, "wouldn't immediately change the radio station from.")

Pick a favorite. Underline that favorite.

Strikethru the ones you loathe.

Italicize the ones you consider to be guilty pleasures.

Both Matt and I graduated high school in 1994 (we met in the dorms in college freshman year). As we have the same year, as not to confuse our tastes, I'll state for the record that this is my list. :-)

1994 was a bad year for music, as far as I'm concerned. I really don't like R&B, and it was pretty much mainstream from then on. 1994 also was the year that Aerosmith wussied out and had string after string of sappy love songs. Even Meatloaf had a random song in there somewhere... Nah. When me and the girls put on fun songs we used to listen to in high school, we rarely go back to the stuff from senior year.

Or maybe that was just when I started really getting into Dream Theater. This was kind of fun, really. I can see my descent into alternative, and my penchant of enjoying wedding reception music. :-)

Anyway, without further ado, here's the Top 100 Hits of 1994.

1. The Sign, Ace Of Base
2. I Swear, All-4-One
3. I'll Make Love To You, Boyz II Men
4. The Power Of Love, Celine Dion
5. Hero, Mariah Carey
6. Stay (I Missed You), Lisa Loeb and Nine Stories
7. Breathe Again, Toni Braxton
8. All For Love, Bryan Adams, Rod Stewart and Sting
9. All That She Wants, Ace Of Base
10. Don't Turn Around, Ace Of Base

11. Bump N' Grind, R. Kelly
12. Again, Janet Jackson
13. I'll Remember, Madonna
14. Whatta Man, Salt-N-Pepa
15. Wild Night, John Mellencamp and Me'shell Ndegeocello
16. Without You / Never Forget You, Mariah Carey
17. You Mean The World To Me, Toni Braxton
18. Can You Feel The Love Tonight, Elton John
19. The Most Beautiful Girl In The World, Prince Symbol
20. Fantastic Voyage, Coolio
21. Baby I Love Your Way, Big Mountain
22. Regulate, Warren G and Nate Dogg
23. If You Go, Jon Secada
24. Back and Forth, Aaliyah
25. Now And Forever, Richard Marx
26. When Can I See You, Babyface
27. Please Forgive Me, Bryan Adams
28. So Much In Love, All-4-One
29. Shoop, Salt-N-Pepa
30. Any Time, Any Place / And On And On, Janet Jackson
31. Shine, Collective Soul
32. Said I Loved You...But I Lied, Michael Bolton
33. Return To Innocence, Enigma
34. All I Wanna Do, Sheryl Crow
35. Mmm Mmm Mmm Mmm, Crash Test Dummies

36. Can We Talk, Tevin Campbell
37. Funkdafied, Da Brat
38. I'd Do Anything For Love (But I Won't Do That), Meat Loaf
39. Gangsta Lean, Drs
40. Because The Night, 10,000 Maniacs
41. Cantaloop, US3
42. Whoomp! (There It Is), Tag Team
43. Come To My Window, Melissa Etheridge
44. Stroke You Up, Changing Faces
45. I'm Ready, Tevin Campbell
46. 100% Pure Love, Crystal Waters
47. Anytime You Need A Friend, Mariah Carey
48. Because Of Love, Janet Jackson
49. Linger, Cranberries
50. Loser, Beck

51. Found Out About You, Gin Blossoms
52. Gin And Juice, Snoop Doggy Dogg
53. Never Lie, Immature
54. Streets Of Philadelphia, Bruce Springsteen
55. Getto Jam, Domino
56. Endless Love, Luther Vandross and Mariah Carey
57. I Miss You w/ Aaron Hall 58, Understanding, Xscape
59. This D.J., Warren G
60. Cry For You, Jodeci
61. Keep Ya Head Up, 2Pac
62. Who Am I (What's My Name?), Snoop Doggy Dogg
63. Another Night, Real McCoy
64. Your Body's Callin', R. Kelly
65. Tootsee Roll, 69 Boyz
66. I Can See Clearly Now, Jimmy Cliff
67. Never Keeping Secrets, Babyface
68. Crazy, Aerosmith
70. At Your Best (You Are Love), Aaliyah
71. Rock And Roll Dreams Come Through, Meat Loaf
72 Amazing, Aerosmith
73. Always, Erasure
74. Groove Thang, Zhane
75. Dreams, Gabrielle
76. Mr. Vain, Culture Beat
77. Mary Jane's Last Dance, Tom Petty and The Heartbreakers

78. Anything, SWV
79. Beautiful In My Eyes, Joshua Kadison
80. Stay, Eternal
81. Flava In Ya Ear, Craig Mack
82. U.N.I.T.Y., Queen Latifah
83. Prayer For The Dying, Seal
84. Secret, Madonna
85. Here Comes The Hotstepper, Ini Kamoze
86. Everyday, Phil Collins
87. Don't Take The Girl, Tim McGraw
88. Got Me Waiting, Heavy D and The Boyz
89. December 1963 (Oh, What A Night), Four Seasons
90. Indian Outlaw, Tim McGraw
91. Always, Bon Jovi
92. I'm The Only One, Melissa Etheridge
93. Back In The Day, Ahmad
94. Love Sneakin' Up On You, Bonnie Raitt
95. I'll Take You There, General Public
96. Always In My Heart, Tevin Campbell
97. What Is Love, Haddaway
98. And Our Feelings, Babyface
99. Bop Gun (One Nation), Ice Cube
100. I Wanna Be Down, Brandy

August 19, 2005

You have to HAVE them to see if you WANT them, right?
Posted by Jess in Geek Humor

Some people just aren't sure they want something. They have to have some of it to see if they want it.

Like myself.

For instance, sometimes I'm not sure if I want to eat potato chips or not. So I'll take out the bag and start eating to figure it out. I may eat a few and say, 'nope. I really don't want these.' I may eat a bowl and decide I do want them. And sometimes, it can take up to a half a bag to really see if I want them or not.

Matt can't understand this, I don’t know what's wrong with him.

August 10, 2005

Payback is a bitch
Posted by Matt in Geek Humor

Jess’s parents have recently purchased a new computer and it came with a DVD burner. Jess’s dad has been converting old childhood movies of Jess and her brother into mpegs and last night, Jess and I were at the island in our kitchen watching a couple of them. Well, during this time, we were also having a conversation about the movies, laughing at certain parts and the whole time we were paying absolutely zero attention to Reboot. It seems that Reboot did not like being left out of the movie watching.

It used to be you would be going about your business and whack, you just got kicked in the leg by a dog who wants to play. She must have learned from past experiences that coming up and kicking us did not have the desired effect since every time she did it she got “the look” and a few scornful words. During last nights escapades, she just sat there for the 10 minutes we were watching the movies, staring at us longingly, whining and groaning to try and get our attention. After we were done watching the movies, I squatted down and had a few words with my “bold little puppy”. (quick aside: In first grade, Mrs. Morgan told me I was a “very bold boy” for not listening to her. So what if I was trying to start fires in the leaves at the back of the field at recess and she told me not to… I didn’t see a problem with it).

It was a calm conversation but she knew she was wrong. For the first minute, she couldn’t look at me. I believe it went something like “So what was all that whining about? When mommy and daddy are busy, you do not interrupt us with irritating whining. We know you're there and we take care of you when we are finished. Well at least you didn’t kick us.” Jess chimed in with the “Wow, she knows she is in trouble. She’s not even looking at you.” After a few more words with my dog I stood up and realized she now thought it was time for a treat. When she gets reprimanded for doing something wrong, we always try to end it on a happy note to show her we are no longer mad at her.

I seized the opportunity. For the next 5-10 minutes I made Reboot stick by my side. Not a heal type stay by my side, just a lackadaisical meandering type where she is free to roam as long as she stays close. I brought her with me downstairs while I had Jess hide a flavored rawhide treat beside the love seat. Jess then came downstairs and don’t be fooled, Reboot knew immediately there was a treat somewhere. These are amongst some of her favorite treats and the smell which her keen nose picked up when Jess walked in perked her right up.

We all went back upstairs after moving over the laundry but did she get to "find her treat”? Of course not! For the next two minutes, I continued to do stuff around the kitchen while Jess set up Mario Party. Reboot just sat there waiting for permission to go find her treat. After about another minute of silence, I squatted down again and began a new conversation with her (not really a conversation, I answered all my own questions… well almost all of em). “So Reboot, feeling a bit irritated? How did you like spending the last ten minutes or so knowing that there was a treat that you really want inches away and you just had to sit there and do nothing? Are you going to irritate us again with your whining or are you going to sit there patiently like a good dog and wait? Would you like to find your treat?” At this she didn’t know what to do. I didn’t say “go find your treat”, I asked her if she wanted to. She did her best to say yes, and me, realizing this, made her wait at least another 30 seconds to drive home my point. She was beginning an excited wiggle, her head was bobbing up and down, and little woofs were escaping to say what I only could assume was either “Yes, I want my treat” or “You insufferable bastard, why do you torture me so?! Just let me get my treat already!”. She tried to sneak off but immediately sat back down when Jess and I both said she did not have permission to get up. With a look in her eyes, I said one word… “Irritated?”. She didn’t know what to do. With an “Ok, go find your treat” she was off and the treat was tracked down in a matter of seconds.

So, some may say I'm strange for being "one of those people who talks to their pets like their people” but I think it is just that that made Reboot into what she is today. We always tell her what we are doing, where we are going and as a result she has learned how to construct sentences. We can put some key phrases together like “Reboot, time to go outside to hurry up and pee before you have to come inside and guard the house”. She knows "hurry up and pee” means to do just that. Stop the smelling of the roses and just do it. She knows “go outside”… what dog doesn’t? and she knows “guard the house” which means she is going to be left alone for a period of time and won’t be able to go out.

I wouldn't trade Reboot for the world. She is one of the best dogs I have ever known and it is not just because she is my dog. You need to meet Reboot to fully understand that she has some qualities you just don't normally see. She surprises us all the time with her ability to adjust and adapt to any situation, her awareness to know just how rough or gentle she can play and her constant alertness taking in all of her surroundings. We talk to her like a person, not because we are daft, we do it out of respect.

After coming up with the title for the blog last night, another thought came to me before I began typing this up. Wouldn’t it be funny to have a dog and name her “Payback”. People will give you the strangest looks when you introduce her. “Payback? That is an interesting name. Why would you name your dog 'Payback’?” And you get to reply with, “Well, she’s a bitch”

I crack me up :-P Goofiness? What goofiness? There is not an ounce of goofiness returned to this site.

August 08, 2005

Fridgidivining - Even more chilling then the last
Posted by Matt in Geek Humor

I would like to take a brief moment and discuss the neglected freezer. What can we learn here? To the untrained eye, nothing, but to the experienced fridgidiviner, on can learn even more. Take for instance stacks of store bought meat. An untrained eye may just pass right by it, but the diviner will look at the sell by date. Steak to be sold by January 2004? Why save it for so long? Was it a really good steak that deserves a momentous occasion to be thawed? Are the owners vegetarian and the steak, like a 6 pack of hard lemonade, it just in stock for someone else?

The art of divining must take more into account. If you’re looking in the freezer, unless you’re a burglar looking for some cold cash, you most likely know the owner. Are they a vegetarian? There is one avenue that can be followed or bypassed. You must narrow down your information to become a diviner extraordinaire.

So onward with our deeper look into the fridgidiviner. The freezer also contains a couple of ice trays and a container for ice cubes. Are the ice trays full? Is the container full? Does an ice tray have only one ice cube left or is it empty? From this we can determine if the freezer is just a storage place for two trays “because that’s where they go” or an actual ice cube factory. The container can shed even more light (even though the freezer does not have an automatic light like its partner) because if it is full, the trays are basically breeding grounds for ice cubes and almost always full themselves. The owner just reaches into the container when they need ice and when it gets low, they empty the trays into them and refill to birth the new cubes in a matter of hours.

Then, of course, there are the freezers with the built in ice makers. A convience that can fork the divination. A built in ice maker provides for a reasonable amount of ice at any given time but do the owners like to party, just plain ol’ lazy or did they just get it because it was an extra 50 bucks? The built in ice maker can cause false predictions and should be approached very carefully.

Amongst the ice and piles of meat, there are also a bunch of silver bundles. These are the mystery wraps of food that could be labeled but are most likely not. What could be in these packages? Sometimes the shapes give it away, that cylindrical shape over there looks like a stack of burgers, those over there look like hot dogs and that blob of once malleable meat now dented ever so precisely by a box of Hot Pockets (Hot Pockets ® is a registered trademark of Nestle USA.) could have been chicken.

The Hot Pockets, or even other easy to make meals, shed more light on the owner. Just how much of it do they have? Do they have dozens of Hungry Man dinners (Hungry-Man ® is a registered trademark of Pinnacle Foods Corporation) or maybe just one or two tv-dinner type meals. A full freezer could suggest they don’t like to cook and you should be wary of anything they take off the stove, or it could also just mean they work their butt off all week and can’t be bothered cooking.

There are many more chilling discoveries that await the fridgidiviner and they are but a few steps away. What have you found out lately?

August 07, 2005

Posted by Jess in Geek Humor

I would like to introduce you all to the art of Fridgidivining.

Fridgidivining involves divining information about one's personalities, likes, dislikes, and general traits based on the contents of their refrigerator at any given moment.

For example, here's what a professional fridgidiviner might say about my fridge at the moment:

"A ½ gallon of milk can look ordinary to the untrained eye. But what the unsuspecting doesn’t realize is that the expiration date of the milk has met its maker long ago. An act of laziness to not remove it? Forgetfulness? And why was it not drunk? Are the owners not particularly health-conscious?

I sense a longing to learn new explore new horizons... an insatiable curiosity. This sensing mostly comes from the realization that the back of the fridge yields several incredibly curious-looking science projects carefully concealed in their Tupperware igloos until the study is up. 'Leftovers', you say? Hardly! There are far too many containers to possibly be leftovers. They simply must be there for some higher purpose.

A six-pack of Mike's Hard Lemonade suggests a love of sweet drinks, as one would want to keep a fridge stocked with things they like. Again, to the untrained eye, I say 'pshaw!' The six-pack is complete, none have been drunk. A dislike of sweet drinks, most likely. In-stock for someone else, perhaps?

I saw the hummus and edamame on the right as I opened the door. Immediately I thought, 'worldly, in a swanky, sexy, healthy sort of way.' Then I saw the diet soda, chocolate sauce, caramel dip, and cookie dough mix and thought, 'they’re not fooling anyone.'

Hmmm… a fridge containing more condiments than fruit, meat, or basic meals alone is not natural. In fact, looking closely, I'm not seeing much actual food here. These are fly-by-night people! They’re probably not that organized. But once they get the meal, with this arsenal, it will probably taste really, really good.

This is a peaceful household. The fridge gives me good vibes. Except – I sense tension. See the butter and margarine? They are both here! A most unusual turn of events... I sense indecisiveness... an unwillingness to concede. See, come here and look closer - note how one stick has been sliced at the ends, while the other one has been slowly shaved off the top over time? See how one has crumbs in it, while the other remains pristine? Someone clearly has cross-condiment contamination issues.

Ah, real maple syrup. Classy."

August 06, 2005

Make new friends, but keep the old
Posted by Jess in Day to Day

Something else I managed to do this week was go through old pictures again.

I had gone to a wedding last month for one of my dear friends from high school, and managed to get a recent picture of those same girlfriends from high school that I've kept in touch with over the years.

In fact, the cool thing about us four girls is that every time we're together, we manage to find someone to take a picture of us all. In fact, after college it was pretty unanimously decided to become tradition.

This reminds me of a photo of my mother, in England, as a teenager with all her nursing school gals. There was about six of them, I believe, sitting around a table. A few years ago when she went back to England, she got together with all the girls, and they took another picture around the table, and both photos ended up in the newspaper!

It's very cool... maybe if I ask nicely she'll let me post it. After all, it's already been in the newspaper, right?

Anyway, while I had the photo box out, I remembered to pick out some other ones of us from over the years.

HIGH SCHOOL - Sophmore year, I think?
(top, Jess and Erin, bottom, Erin and Beth)

Beth Erins Jess.jpg

- our usual Thanksgiving-eve get together. Maybe sophmore year again?

Beth Erins Jess 2.jpg

- 4 years ago. There's another picture of Beth's wedding, but I couldn't find it.

Beth Erins Jess 3.jpg

WEDDING - last month. This was Erin's wedding, so for some reason, I think only the professional photographer got the pic of us all together, although I thought someone else did.

Beth Erins Jess 4.jpg

Happy Birthday Lotus Ranger!
Posted by Jess in Day to Day

"Man, why do I gotta be Mr. Pink Lotus Ranger?"

Happy Birthday Ed!


This and this will shed a little sense for those who don't follow the Domino side of the blogs...

August 03, 2005

Update - doing much better!
Posted by Jess in Day to Day

Yes, doing much better as of today, though I'll probably still be taking it easy for a few days just to be sure. I'm still finding myself making some post-symptom errors. The basics: Grammar, spelling, plus enough absent-mindedness that tells me I should NOT be near a server that doesn't belong to me right now!

My main problem now seems to be my sudden and annoying fear of 8AM and 8PM, and the few hours after those times. I have to take my antibiotics then, and will have to for a month. The "Ginsu" pill, as I call it. "It slices, it dices..." The feeling of a midget on my chest is gone, only to be replaced by a Tasmanian Devil in my throat, chest and stomach.

Oh well.. as I said before, a means to an end. But sometimes it just feels good to do some good old fashioned complaining. Who knew? I've already been yelled at for not telling anyone I wasn't feeling well on Saturday.

At least I've had a nice chunk of time to devote to persusing the LDD forums. I don't even know how many years it's been. I hated not feeling so helpful anymore. But, now that I can't get a salary unless I'm out there, well, getting it, it's so hard.

I forgot how relaxing it was for me to post there. I'll have to make an effort to get back there more often. I just don't want to post, and then not be able to follow up on it.

I suppose I could post in the mornings, but I'm not really sure I want to be giving any advice before I've had my morning coffee. In fact, now that I think of it, I shouldn't even be allowed near a computer.

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