March 3rd, 2008

Ana Garcia

This is how I'll be learning xml…

I meant to mention in an entry I didn’t believe contained enough substance to hold a readers interest that I’ve been glancing at the digital timer on my clocks, car stereo and DVD player and noticing that the number I’m always looking at is 123. This number has much significance to me as opposed to the number 11:11 which I’ve heard freaks people out whenever they look at their digital clocks and seem to feel they constantly see this hour displayed. It got so obsessive that I began to wonder about 3:15, what I call the witching hour’s moment of truth. I don’t know where, but I’ve heard that Christ died on the cross at that exact moment in time during daylight.

I’m curious about the position of the hands in old school watches and clocks. It’s a time of day (or night) when both hands point in the same position. I scrutinized this for a moment. Not true, I say, 9:45 is also a time when both the hour and the minute hand point in the same direction; not to mention 6:30 and 12 noon.

Not true again. If you compensate for the minutes in which the hour hand gradually moves into position toward the next hour, the little hand on a clock is already 75% into the nine position. So technically, the time in which both hands intersect is around 9:47 or 9:48. Same is true for 6:30. At that hour, the two hands don’t run into each other until 6:33 which is the halfway point between the number six and the number 7.

Why does this matter?

It is the only place I can go as a result of thinking about the number 123 which was the anniversary date when I successfully got myself a date with my high school sweetheart. It was a turning point for me because she was too good for me. In those days, it was a big deal, at least on TV, about how guys constantly forgot their anniversary date and I thought the number 123 was easy to remember for the month and date in which we carpooled to the Griffith Park Observatory. We had planned to see the laserium show consisting of popular music (rock) but instead took in the classical music show, which was alright with me because I had grown up on that stuff having taken piano lessons until I was about twelve.

Telephone conversation

I figured out a new way to remember our first date


It’s 123. The numbers 1&2 represent the month, and the numbers 2&3 represent the date. Now I only have to remember the year.

So that’s my story about the number 123, which doesn’t make sense because that date fell on a Thursday. But it’s the only date I’ve had that’s meant more to me than any other day with a girl on a so-called first, second, third, home-run date.


Who's Chad (what's his name) on 103.1FM?

I’m stubborn. I refuse to go back to school to learn a few computer skills the easy way because school sucks. I feel there should be no need for school since I work in a place that is swarming with books. Those XML books are just too complicated and my brain works in a way that naively sees something fun to do and I skip chapters to try to get them functional on my computer. Then everything crashes and I end having to re-install stuff. Sometimes it even means losing some of my files. That’s not cool.

Anyway, this may sound nerdy, but here wee go: certain word processing software I have running on this machine contain the feature of saving in various formats. One of them is HTML. The plus about utilizing a WP before copying and pasting entire text to the post entry field on lj is that I can spell check quicker, verify that my text is the way I formatted it (bold, indexed, underlined, hot linked, etc.)

I have bundled software called AppleWorks. I like the way it transforms my special characters into… (hmmn? whatchamacallit) escape codes. In other words, when I want to type something like a dagger symbol, I can use code like this

† or the numeric hexadecimal value for that symbol. Nifty, huh. I dunno if I have the option to indicate that I want a black heart glyph or a skull and bones glymph in my composition, rather than an umlaut over the letter “u” or a tilde over an “n”, but it’s the thought that counts. I just feel that this feature has promise for hacking in and making changes so that all the cool UTF32 characters are represented. I mean, there’s glyphs in unicode that symbolize the radiation symbol and the hazard chemical symbol, but one symbol I never see is the three pointed symbol for the Japanese god of war.


Bumper stickers in California

This is from a study started from urbaniak about a mysterious bumper sticker he saw. In an effort to help bring some logical meaning to it, others have taken the task of juggling the letters. A noble deed as movie fans and fiction readers have been bitten by the conspiracy bug after The Da Vinci code. I’m posting this to my blog a bit hastily. I like the results of what toddalcott came up with in his attempt to decipher the political slogans. Although I believe deciphering text should include the distortion of letters, since soft "s" and ß have been obliterated from the alphabet (now I see why my calligraphy teacher was right when he said "there is no 's' in the alphabet"), and I don't know if you've noticed, but when people speak, they tend to pronounce their "t" as "d". I'm convinced that the slogan must include the "porn" word so here's my 2¢.

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