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Google Maps Street View [Aug. 17th, 2007|10:30 pm]
Matrix Frog
In case you haven't heard, Google Maps Street View now works in downtown Los Angeles, and many major streets in the Los Angeles area. It seems like most of the funny things people have found are from the San Francisco area, so I started looking around for funny stuff in LA, starting at USC.

Guy riding a bike sideways? I'm not sure what the deal is with this.

11 National Championships Fight on!

Guy standing in the middle of Jefferson, under the freeway.

If you don't know what this is, just go there (with a friend!) and you will not be disappointed.

Okay, I'm bored. More later perhaps.
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Ever play "That's Good, That's Bad" [Jun. 13th, 2007|12:45 am]
Matrix Frog
There was this game we used to play. Not really a game, but here's how it went:

So what happened was...Collapse )

My life has been kind of like that. More good than bad though. I'm definitely too lazy to type it out now.
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Sonic! [May. 21st, 2007|01:13 am]
Matrix Frog
Way way way back in the day, when I was going out with Jacob, every time we were watching TV and a Sonic commercial came on, he would tell me how great Sonic Burger is and how I was so missing out. So anyway, I did some research and the nearest one is allthewaythefuckoutin ANAHEIM and I decided to stop there on the way to this improv deal at UCI.

It was pretty much delicious, and I'm for sure going again the next time I can think of a good excuse to go to orange county. Disneyland or Knott's would be likely contenders, I guess. Maybe.
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Here's why South Park is great [May. 19th, 2007|11:22 pm]
Matrix Frog
In twenty-two minutes, they can parody Terminator, the recount of 2000, Rosie O'Donnell, Jesse Jackson, and 2001 A Space Odyssey.

Classic episode.
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Category: Things not to say if you don't like fire alarms going off at 4 am. [May. 6th, 2007|04:04 am]
Matrix Frog
"Wow. I have nothing planned for tomorrow. My entire day is completely free, and I can do anything I want. That's awesome."

Yes. You should not say that because then the fire alarm WILL go off at ridiculous o'clock in the morning.

I think I'm going to spend the next couple hours or so figuring out where on campus I can stand to watch the sunrise.
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school spirit [Apr. 18th, 2007|06:48 am]
Matrix Frog
I woke up today to the sound of the So Cal Spellout. You can see the time on this post. There were a bunch of guys, apparently some kind of cross-country team or something, standing between Marks Tower and Trojan Hall, just doing the Spellout over and over and over, as loud as they could. Of course, I ran down to join them, but by the time I got there, they were ready to move on. Still, what a kickass way to wake up in the morning.
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my email [Apr. 17th, 2007|08:44 pm]
Matrix Frog
I just sent this email to my section and I thought it was funny, so I shall preserve it here for posterity or something.

Altos, Altissimos, Altitudes, Alternate Lifestyles, Alternate Fingerings, the Alternator in your car, the Alt key on your keyboard, et al(t).

Guess what?

You've seen me dance, but you may not know that I also know how to sing. Yes, really. Furthermore, I'm in a choir, and we have a concert this sunday (sunday (sunday)). It's not like a big deal or anything, so if you were planning on eating, napping, staring into space, being a facebook stalker, being a regular real-life stalker, being a facebook stalkee, buying and selling stocks, stocking up on snacks, stocking up on snakes, snacking on snakes, snacking on cakes, doing a cakewalk, walking on the sun, sunbathing, actually bathing as in taking a bath, writhing, wriggling, squiggling, squawking, squaring the circle, running around in circles, running a marathon, running away from home, being a homing pigeon, poisoning pigeons in the park, parking your car, carving a turkey, eating a turkey sandwich, going to the beach and sitting in the sand pretending to be a witch, building a sandcastle, building an actual castle, living in an actual castle, livin' la vida loca, going to el pollo loco, giving and/or receiving taco-flavored kisses and/or any other taco-flavored public display of affection, being zesty, being zany, going to the zoo, laughing, crying, pondering, wandering, laundering money, lending money, borrowing money, checking your credit score, scoring with the opposite sex, scoring with the same sex, exploding, imploding, being impressive, being expressive, being extraordinary, being ordinary, ordering pizza, playing violin and/or viola pizzicato, violating someone and/or something, sucking dick for coke, or anything else you may have had planned for sunday night, then you may want to just keep that plan. Because really, it's not a big deal.

However, if you weren't planning any of the above, then you might want to come to my concert. And I would be glad if you did. Details time is now.

What??? the Apollo Choir, which is all non-females, as well as the Oriana Choir, which is all non-males, in a joint concert

Does one of the songs feature timpani??? Yes.

Is the timpanist cute??? Yeah, we rehearsed with him on Monday, and he is.

What's his name??? Eric.

Why are you still talking about this guy??? See the question before last.

Okay, can you move on now??? Sure.

When??? 7:30 pm, this sunday (sunday (sunday)) the 22nd of april, the day after the big (huge!) basketball tournament

Where??? Alfred Newman Recital Hall

Uh, where??? It's by that big geyser across from Tommy. You'll see it because there are animals on the side of it.

There are animals on the side of it??? Yup.

Why are there animals on the side of it??? No idea.

How much does it cost??? Nothing.

Really??? Yes really. It's free.

Is it on Facebook??? Yes. http://usc.facebook.com/event.php?eid=2262227491

Is there free food??? Not that I know of. Sorry.

So in summary:

Come to my choral concert, sunday 4/22, at 7:30 pm, at Alfred Newman Recital Hall, please?

-Napoleon "I pray that one day my emails will be as funny as Tommy's" Cockamite, aka the Teeeeej
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an idea [Apr. 11th, 2007|07:56 pm]
Matrix Frog
This summer, I shall attempt to write a book without nouns. Pronouns, I think, will be allowed.
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a story [Mar. 20th, 2007|10:02 pm]
Matrix Frog
True story.

I go to EVK just now, and I sit by myself because the protocol of EVK is that you don't interact with strangers. If you have friends, you can eat with them, but if you're there alone, you eat alone. Not trying to be dramatic, that's just how it tends to go down. As you know (because I'm telling you) EVK plays a mix of music which is all pretty good, but just random enough to make you constantly think to yourself, "Really? THIS song? Okay..."

So. Just about the time I sit down to begin the eating process, the song Revolution comes on. By the Beatles. And I start quietly singing along, but then drop out when I realize I only know the first sixteen words. But this kid a couple tables away clearly knew all the words, and was lip-syncing to the entire thing. And on a scale of one to cute, he was, um, pretty cute. That's not a very scientific scale, really. But anyway.

I was kinda looking at him, pretending to try not to let him KNOW that I was looking at him, hoping that he would see me looking and trying not to let him see me looking. But I don't think he saw me anyway. And of course I didn't go TALK to him, because that would mean actually following through on my Be Less Shy plan. And since when do I follow through with plans, right? So I'm hoping I'll randomly see him again sometime, so that I can be too shy to go up and talk to him again.
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so gay [Mar. 2nd, 2007|11:16 am]
Matrix Frog
Before the explore gig yesterday, Tommy said something was "so gay" and then he was like, "no offense... or like, I mean... are you offended by that?" And it's weird. I realized that, as a very over-generalized rule, it annoys me when non-band people say stuff like that, but when people in the band do it, it doesn't bother me. I think it's because the band has developed a culture where we're as offensive as possible, but with the understanding that we don't mean it.
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I hate when celebrities apologize. [Feb. 19th, 2007|09:45 am]
Matrix Frog

It's like celebrities can say whatever the fuck they want, because they know they can just apologize or "have their publicist release a statement" a couple of days later and it's like it won't count. I guess in this case, he actually lost some commercial deals or something, so I suppose that's good. But this is just such bullshit. It's not like anyone really believes he didn't mean it. I mean, I know this is just a weird choice of words, but look: "telling a Miami television station that he "didn't mean" to say what he said in a South Florida radio interview last week." It seems to me that he "didn't mean to say it" but he "did mean it." See the difference?

Also, the article calls his comments a "homophobic outburst" - bullshit. He knew exactly what he was saying. The guy straight up called him a bigot, before he got to "I hate gay people" and he made no attempt to dispute that. That's not an outburst, and you don't get to apologize for something that you said when you were calm and collected and sober. I found an actual sound clip so you can hear for yourself.

Transcript of the whole exchangeCollapse )

Anyway, I wish that just once, a celebrity would say something shocking and offensive because they actually mean it. And then stick to it. Or, I wish the apology would get almost no coverage, so the celebrity would have to buy their own airtime and make a serious effort to get people to hear their apology, instead of just saying it once in a press conference or interview no one sees, then letting the media tell everyone how truly deeply sorry they are. Or, I wish people would disregard these lame little apologies. Although to be fair, I think a lot of people do.

By the way, Tim. I don't hate you. If it makes you feel any better.
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fun stuff [Jan. 11th, 2007|09:56 pm]
Matrix Frog
We're reading Calvino's Invisible Cities in Core 112, and -- this is shocking -- I'm kind of enjoying it. So I was reading about Calvino on Wikipedia, and then wandering through "related links." Found some fun stuff.

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Exercises_in_Style (a literary version of the improv game Replay, basically)
http://www.bevrowe.info/Poems/QueneauRandom.htm (a gazillion different sonnets. no really)
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Anglish (just silly)
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Le_Train_de_Nulle_Part (a novel without verbs)
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Moody! [Jan. 8th, 2007|12:14 pm]
Matrix Frog
It turns out that Emmanuel Moody is in my THTR 395 class. Seriously.
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rainbow floor? [Dec. 18th, 2006|10:37 am]
Matrix Frog
Rainbow Floor 07-08

I get to hang out with gay people, and perhaps meet guys who I could potentially go out with.
I don't have to be around straight people all the time like I am now.
The activities scheduled by the RA are probably pretty fun.
If I just apply for regular on-campus housing, I wouldn't necessarily get it, and I might end up in Founders or something really far away like that, unless I wanted to live in Marks again. Which I don't.

I'd be around gay people all the time, and probably a lot of them are the type of gay where they're so gay that it makes you uncomfortable.
It's in Century, which is off-campus (although not too far, especially if I have a bike).
If I do decide that I don't like it, switching mid-year or mid-semester is probably a paperwork nightmare.

What say you?
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first semester of college [Dec. 15th, 2006|03:23 pm]
Matrix Frog
Now that my first semester is over, I'm done with my finals, and I'm home with lots of free time, I thought maybe I'd take some of that time and write a little something about my first semester of college - what it was like for me, what I learned, the friends I made. Then I thought, nevermind.

So I didn't.
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