Of course, I forgot to take a picture of myself. If any of you snapped a photo of me at the dinner, please comment with a link to it here.
I used the AirMe app on my iPhone to take and upload all these photos. It is good program for events like these because it will upload the photos to Flicker, put them all into a photoset and add tags for the location and weather. It made documenting the dinner SO much easier.
This month we had the dinner at Paradise Bakery. The kind of restaurants that let you stand in line and order and then sit down with the group with your food are SO much better for these events than the ones where you have to deal with waiters. I need to find places like this all over the city so we can have our geek dinners in comfort EVERY month.
I rarely look at my blog stats anymore. It’s not because I feel that they are worthless, but I tend to obsess about them to the point that I don’t work anymore, so I have learned to ignore them. Who knew that there was a goldmine of hilarity awaiting me there?
Colleen Wainwright, The Communicatrix, looked to her Google search results for inspiration for a talk she had to do at an adult-themed reading. I have many times looked at those strange search results, but I never thought of writing a song about them! Here is the definitely NOT SAFE FOR WORK video:
Excellent work, Colleen! You had me laughing this morning!
Sometimes when we have car trouble it brings to mind every time I’ve ever had car trouble in my life. Even though it’s such a little thing in my life now, it used to be a life and death kind of thing when I was younger. When I have car trouble, my mind knows that it’s just an inconvenience, but my heart goes into my throat.
I can tell myself that it’s just a radiator boiling over, but it makes me feel like the Golf is unreliable. Sure, it’s a twelve-year-old car. Maybe it’s time for me to consider it unreliable.
All it took was a little water and anti-freeze to get it going again. It hasn’t over-heated since, but now my faith in that car has been shaken.
Before every CodeAway, I panic. I’m worried that no one will show up and it will just be me and Mike hanging around for four hours. When I look at Upcoming.org and see that only two people have RSVP’d, I especially panic. Somehow, yesterday, it worked out. I didn’t panic. I told myself that even if it’s just me, Mike, Scott and Charlie, it will be awesome fun because Scott has something new to show off and Charlie is ALWAYS funny. Fortunately, the crowd showed up and I didn’t have to panic at all!
I am so grateful to the Utah Geeks community. Without them, Mike and I would have moved far away. With them, we feel like we aren’t so weird doing this Internet stuff. Our families might not be able to understand it, but our friends are right there with us and able to give us tips and pointers.
This is the only reason I might ever be tempted to play Sims 2. I played the DS version of Sims 2, but I didn’t care for it. I tried playing the original Sims, but there was far too much dish washing, showering and maintenance for it to be fun for me. Part of the reason I’ve loved Animal Crossing so much is because I don’t ever need to make my little character take a shower.
I guess I’ll have to wait until November when Animal Crossing: City Folk comes out on the Wii. I have been waiting for this game for over two years. I guess I’ll have to wait a little longer and I’ll let Sims 2 Ikea alone.
Just seeing the Atari logo fills me with joy. It represented so much fun to me and honestly it never failed to produce. Unlike amusement parks and dance clubs, I haven’t grown out of my love for video games. They still fill me with joy, even the olds ones that I loved so much like Adventure and Centipede.
Here is a video of someone playing Adventure on Level 1:
Did you even know there was an Easter Egg in Adventure?! This video shows you how to access it:
I found this history of Atari and just clicking through made me happy.
Yesterday, PostSecret had two secrets that ended up being about the LDS Church. You can see them here:
Every Sunday I sneak off to an LDS Church. My family has no idea where I am. I don’t know whose approval means more to me, theirs or the Lord’s.
The other secret was the polar opposite:
I am so scared that this (like everything else) will not be the answer.
When I went to the local Unitarian Universalist church, there were so many people who felt betrayed by the LDS Church and had been abandoned by their families. The animosity that these people expressed over the religion was uncomfortable to me because I have many friends who are LDS. It’s hard to not have LDS friends when you live in Salt Lake City, Utah. The hatred and anger that these people felt free to express was counter to the teaching of the Unitarian church, which allows for free and open spiritual growth:
I’ve seen happy and productive lives of intelligent people within the LDS faith. I’ve seen agonizing rejection and hatred of people within the LDS faith. I’ve seen it work wonderfully. I’ve seen it fail miserably.
What would I say to these two people who sent their secrets flowing on the wind?
PostSecret‘s beneficiary is the National Hopeline Network. It is a 24-hour hotline (1 (800) SUICIDE) for anyone who is thinking about suicide or knows someone who is considering it.
In 1985, I bought this watch at Smith’s Food King for $20. I was so excited! My friend had a Swatch and I wanted one SO bad, but they were $45. When I saw this one at the grocery store, I jumped at the chance to buy it.
When I took it to ZCMI to buy a new band for it, however, the clerk there told me the sad truth. It wasn’t a real Swatch.
You can tell it’s not real because it only has one thing on the band instead of two. Click the photo to see the notes on Flicker so you can tell a fake Swatch from a real one.
My mom felt so sorry for me, she said she would help me buy a REAL Swatch if I saved half the money.
This is most my beloved of my Swatches. When I found out that I had spent my money on a counterfeit Swatch back in 1985, my mom said she would help me buy a REAL one if I saved up for half. It took me weeks of going to ZCMI and looking at their selection to decide on this one.
If you look closely, you can see that I am wearing Sir Swatch in my graduation photo. I must have looked at the face of this watch for hours and hours, waiting for school to get out or work to be finished.
If you notice, the crest on the face spells the word Swatch. There is an “S” on the upper left, a “W” on the upper right, an “A” on the lower left, a “T” divides the four areas of the crest and the “CH” are on the lower right.
God, I LOVE this Swatch. For the last few years, I thought this watch was broken because I had replaced the battery and it still didn’t work, but when I took it to the Swatch store last week, the guy there was able to get it going.
When I was deciding which watch to buy in 1986, I chose my beloved Sir Swatch. This watch, however, was a close second. It didn’t win out because it was pink. The primary colors of Sir Swatch won out in the end. Plus, I was going through an Anne Lennox phase and I was much more interested in wearing a men’s watch.
I just got this watch on eBay, so now I have BOTH. I’m such a lucky girl!
I won this watch in an auction last week on eBay. It represents the 80’s to me more than a lot of the other Swatches because of the primary colors, shapes and design.
This design of this watch reminds me of Mondrian paintings. He did his work in the 30’s and 40’s and it took that long before he became a design fad. Honestly, I still love the primary colors, thick black lines and basic shapes of that style of design. I know it’s out of style now and represents the 80’s, but I still love it.
In 1987, I used to spray my hair with Studio Line hairspray from Loreal. The bottle was decorated just like the Mondrian paintings. I swear I just used that hairspray because it was cool, not because it worked any better than any other hairspray.
Here’s a commercial for Studio Line Hairspray:
I think this is the commercial that Sigue Sigue Sputnik sampled from to create their commercial between the two of their songs on their album Flaunt It. They actually auctioned commercial time between their songs on their album. Loreal was one of the companies to buy time and the other was i-D Magazine.
It’s funny how this watch represents a painting style, and the painting style represents a hairspray and the hairspray represents a band. It all is mixed up in one big soup in my mind. Back in 1987, I wanted that Swatch, but in the big scheme of things, I couldn’t afford to buy all the ones I wanted when I was a teenager. Now, however, through the power of eBay, I can.
Speaking of Mondrian, Nailasaurus just did a manicure that I would have LOVED in the Eighties:
She said it was inspired by this painting by Piet Mondrian:
My sixteen year old self is salivating over that manicure and I would have LOVED to be able to do that back then! Why can’t it be 1987 again, but with all my memory and skills I’ve earned since then?!
I knew this watch only as the paisley Swatch. My friend, Dawni Burton, had a Swatch just like this. A boy had given it to her as a gift. I remember wishing that there was a boy that liked me enough to give me a Swatch.
Mike won this watch for me on eBay. I finally got my wish.