Monthly Archives: June 2011

Class Project: Building a Sales Site (“Zegg Timer”)

For my E-Marketing class, I’m building a website where I sell a product. The first thing I thought of was my imaginary “Timers” site that I’ve had stored in my head for several years. It all started when I was working at a national office supply chain-store. I would get a length of blank cash register tape and draw pictures on it…and then tear off pieces every 10-15 minutes. I drew a ruler so I could measure how close I was to the end of my long, boring shift. I would sometimes draw a city scene, where a natural disaster would take out parts of the city piece by piece like some disaster movie. Or, I created a dungeon pit, and it was slowly filling with lava, scorching the cartoon people unlucky enough to be caught inside (usually based on people I didn’t like). Sure, this was all a bit messed up in real-world situations, but by my drawing these scenes, it was no worse than playing a game where you steal cars, shoot at police, and destroy city blocks.

My site, ZeggTimer.blogspot.com, is being built around these timers. I’d love to produce these in real life, starting as iPhone and Android apps, but later as stand-alone devices to use in place of a kitchen egg timer. I don’t know if this will come to fruition, but this is something that amuses me to no end, and it is something that I would buy if it were made available.

If nothing else, this site should guarantee a good grade in class.

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This Came Out Only 8 Years Before Jurassic Park

Thank-you Steven Spielberg, for making the world mostly-forget about this turd. “Baby” looked awful from the moment it was released. Jurassic Park still looks decent after almost 20 years.

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Who Are The People In Your Neighborhood (or Work-hood)

I just found out that one of my co-workers is a volunteer elderly-helper. He helps fix up peoples homes, and sometimes they can pay for it, sometimes they can’t. He does things like insulate piping, fix siding, whatever is drastically in need of repair. And I’ve known this guy for a while, and until today I had no idea he was involved in something like this. It’s not even an organized charity. He used to work for a charity funded by various companies in the area. He gave up on it after running into too many brick walls. Essentially, he was told who he could help, and who he couldn’t. Those who really, really needed the help were often not listed on the charity rolls, and some people who could have easily gotten by (or afforded the repairs) were the ones he would end up helping. So, he just went on his own.

I’ve known he was one of those giving-types, the ones who just exude good vibes by their personality and stance. But I didn’t know to what extent he was a giver.

It’s pretty awesome what you find out about people if you simply ask a simple question or two. I asked, “How was your weekend?”, and found out about an entire world I didn’t know existed.

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Today, I made a difference in someone’s life.

This morning I accidentally brought an ant into work. It had crawled onto my clothes somewhere, somehow, and I didn’t notice it until I saw it crawling across my shirt. I suppose it could have already been in the building. However, I’m assuming the building management spray the place with pesticide fairly periodically, seeing as how I very rarely see any insects of any kind in here.

Instead of smashing the ant, which is what I normally do, I thought about its life. It was alone, in the middle of some unknown and faraway land, away from its kin and the life it once knew. I figured I should at least allow the little guy (or girl, I really have no idea) to have a pleasant start to the rest of its life. I wasn’t going to bother taking it outside, since I had a lot of work to do, and I really need to stay at my desk in case more work comes down the pipeline. However, I had recently finished a small Reese’s peanut butter cup, and some of the chocolate had melted in the wrapper. I nudged the ant onto the wrapper and threw it in the trash.

If I’m right and the ant is the only one, maybe it will lunch on the chocolate remnants and go out with the trash eventually. If I’m wrong and there is an ant colony in the building, I have now helped to build upon an ant infestation.

Either way, I made a difference today.

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I almost bought something silly today

I almost bought the domain name “PingPongPung.com”, based on a conversation in which “Pung” was noted as being the past-tense of “Ping”. (As in “I pung the device an hour ago!”.) I thought this was terribly funny at that moment, so I just had to own Pung, as it were.

Since Pung.com is taken, I kept digging until I found PingPongPung. However, I already own (or previously owned, since some of the web-leases have lapsed) DakotaEast.com, Kraznoy.com, Qzack.com, and of course Bugloaf.com. I think a couple of the old ones have finally lapsed. But really, do I need another domain for this site that I update only once in a blue moon? I don’t think so.

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Oy, the train doesn’t stop. Or end.

This is a half-hearted apology for the lack of posts / content the last little while. To be frank, I’m exhausted. I’ve been going non-stop with working 40 hours a week, schooling 16-24 hours a week, over two hours of driving time every day, plus I just spent a week in South Dakota and Iowa to try to see as many family members as I could. Yes, even my vacations are exhausting lately.

I’m working toward a day, somewhere between 11 and 16 months from now, when I’ll be out of school. And then what? I’m 34…crap, no, I’m 35 years old. And I still don’t know, exactly, what I want to do with my life. But at least I’ve figured out something I didn’t know when I was in my early 20’s: I need to at least get a degree, in something. And I could do much worse than having a Bachelors in Business and and Associates in Graphic Design. Although, as I’m seeing the tiny, micro speck of light at the end of the tunnel, I feel as if I should have gone for the Bachelors in Graphic Design instead…since I’ll possibly go further with an artistic career.

But what the hell. A degree (or two, as it will turn out) is something, right? I know a lot of friends and family that don’t have a degree. It doesn’t make me any better than them, but I’ve at least done something they haven’t. I like being unique. Being unique isn’t really being better, but it makes me feel better. I like being different, in some form, from those around me. Those who know me also know this ‘about’ me. I like weird shit. Not obscenely weird, like John Waters and his “used” electric chair. But like my munchkin cats. Or a car that I only bought because it reminded me of being on the bridge of the Enterprise D, which is totally awesome, and if you missed the Las Vegas Star Trek Experience, you totally missed out because the bridge is the coolest thing ever ever EVER.

But unique is awesome. My wedding ring, when I first saw it, reminded me of Geordi LaForge’s visor on Star Trek (again with the Trekkie references. To be honest, I’m not an insane-o Trekkie, but I like having Star Trek stuff around me). At my desk right now, I have a Gumby looking down at me from the monitor (not an easy task with a flat-screen), two movie posters for semi-mediocre films of the last six months (but hey, they were free), a photo of my wife and cats (in that order, and the Purple Pimp), and two other fairly strange items.

One of them is a pencil drawing of a girl holding a dog and some Red Vines licorice. On the surface, it looks like a contest winner submitted by Sarah H from Greensburg, IN. However, I’m a little convinced that girl and her dog are possessed by a demon. I don’t know if a demon can possess more than one person or animal at the same time, but they both look just a little bit bat-shit insane.

The other picture is also of a young girl, from 1890’s New York City. I’ve mentioned that picture before. It’s called, “I Scrubs”, and it’s one of the most solemn pictures I’ve ever seen. Short of medication, it’s the most calming thing I have in my possession, and I can look on the picture when I’m having a bad day, and it somehow gets me centered again. I don’t know why.

These items aren’t especially odd, like the growing brain-sponge I had at a previous job’s cubical, or a fake skeleton leg I had draped over my cubical 2-3 jobs ago, but they’re still at least curious. To me at least. Do I have them around because of this fact? Do I want the attention, or is it all simply for me alone? I’d like to say it’s the latter, but there’s a good share of the former in there as well.

Huh. I got way off topic. As is the norm when I’m writing these Editorial-things. As if I actually Edit much of anything on here. I guess what you can take from this is 1) I like weird stuff, but not too weird, just weird enough to be awesome, and 2) I’m really busy, so forgive me for not posting the massive amount of stuff you came to expect from this site in the past.

I’m really glad this site is in my life though. Life wouldn’t be the same without this little hobby called The Best of Omaha…er, Kraznoy. I mean, Dakota East. Or Bugloaf. I like this place, and it still feels like home after all these years. And if it’s a little off-centre, that’s fine too.

Have a splendid day, and try to do something different with yourself. Just don’t hurt anyone in the process. Except to mess with their heads a little bit, if you can. You’ll love it.

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Following Bike Laws (funny)

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Space Ghost: Fire Ant

Do you recognize the tune he’s humming?

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Reddit

via Deviant Art, and of course, Reddit.

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Back To The Future 2 Was Right

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Sheesh…Group Projects

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I love The Alamo Drafthouse!

This apparently plays before all R-Rated movies now at the movie theater The Alamo Drafthouse. The story goes, they kicked out a lady for texting after giving her 2 prior warnings. She disagrees, but she’s now sorta-famous. I hope their policy catches on.

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Happy Birthday Dog

via AmyOops.

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Not Safe For Work: Grand Theft Auto San Andreas…er, modified.

Somebody modified the character models just a little. Wait until you see the motorcycles. Language (being pulled straight from the game) is very Not Safe For Work.

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This Would Have KILLED on May 21st!

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Bristol Stool Chart

I’m at home sick today. I won’t go into details, except that I’m in a fairly rotten mood because of it. However, I was on Reddit earlier, and I came across a Q&A from one of the kids on Bill Nye The Science Guy. One of the questions was, “When was the last time you had a bowel movement, and could you please show us what type it was using this?”. After all the questions like “What was he like in real life?”, and “How much were you paid?”, etc., a random poop joke struck me as hilarious. Now I feel about 10% better. And it also tells you about the low level of my sense of humor.

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Life in a 350 Square Foot Home

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Explosive Metals

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Stephen Fry narrates “Nanoscience”

I meant to watch maybe 2-3 minutes of this, but I was totally sucked in and watched the whole 17 almost without realizing the time was passing.. Enjoy.

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via TYWKIWDBI. Please check out that site, it’s always wonderful.

Half the reason I’m posting this is just so I know what order to read these in. I own about half of Flemming’s Bond stories (although no first editions, mostly just paperback), and I’ve never found out where to start. The movies (all of which I’ve seen, many more than once) do not follow the same order as the books.

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Nimoy’s Day

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Chap-Hop

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