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Watermelon is my favorite gum flavor. My circumstances make me feel empowered. PATUXENTWHATDON'T STOPGETITGETIT I like Swiss tournaments better than Swiss cheese. I think stuffing suitcases is a beautiful art form. I am not ridin' dirty. I think Jonathon Coulton is a sophisticated mans Tenacious D. Orange Islands was a filler arc. Soccer balls are better than frisbees. Exo Squad was a great cartoon. My sister is a great conversationalist. I scream like a girl if you pull my leg hairs.
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Archive for January, 2013

Pokémon Fake Cards Starting 2/8

My Newport News Survival Guide Part 2 is coming tomorrow.
Next Friday, I start publishing fake Pokémon cards. I’ve been making Pokémon fakes and decided to use my website as a platform to publish them. I can assure you that this publication is nothing more than releasing the deep-seated thoughts inside me… ;)

Newport News Survival Guide, Part 2

The far far southern end of Newport News has almost nothing good to photograph. Except a ship yard with big big crane. But I’m not going to the south side for a crane.

It was much bigger than this one you’re looking at right now. Unfortunately, I didn’t have my camera when I saw it. This is a gov’t photo from Norfolk.

“YOU SHALL NOT PARK” came very close to being the title of this post. But it is certainly an essential theme. I have held up NN as a town where all the good stuff is within reasonable walking distance, AND there are none of those pesky one-way roads AND the businesses are not discouraging me from going there due to lack of parking lots. But, this perception did not take too long to lead me to mild disappointment.

Case in point, what are some nice places that I did not provide photographs of?

You shall not park!

Sorry no parking here.

Or here.

You get the point.

NN has trees.

Oh, more trees.

I’ll break the rhythm of my post and inject some comedy; I found computer store. They are so forward-thinking, they advertise if you’re ready for Windows XP and Microsoft Office XP.

Railroads go through this town.

Part of Newport News with one way roads. These roads are not adequately signed and so, naturally, as I turn into a Newport News one-way road for the first time, someone else comes in the road the opposite way. I can see I’m not going the wrong way, because there is a stop sign at the end of the road facing me. There is no room for two vehicles to simultaneously occupy the same place, but we avoided a collision when the other driver pulled his car into the one empty spot in the parallel parking zone on my left.

This is Christopher Newport University. They wanted me to pay to park as well. Thus no pictures.

Join me next week for part 3!

Pokémon Cards, NN Survival Guide, and Bitcoin Addendum

Pokémon StuffDetails are upcoming on one of my new publications on this website. It is Pokémon-related.

I will be publishing Part 2 of my Newport News Survival Guide Tuesday.

Also, here is some additional info regarding the market capitalization of Bitcoin:

https://blockchain.info/charts/market-cap

Helps put some of the info about the total value of Bitcoin into perspective.

Bitcoin Creeping Up On NASDAQ 100

I saw this on a twitter post about the Bitcoins in circulation.
And I had a little trouble accepting it, so I looked it up myself.

It is true! The total USD value of Bitcoins in circulation is is greater than the combined amount of money contained in the lowest 41 stocks (#60-#100) of the NASDAQ 100. This is 2009 statistics, but still something to be impressed by!

183,827,282 < 178,578,326,795

Newport News Survival Guide, Part 1

I recently moved to the Virginia Peninsula in search of opportunity, and, specifically, a job. A clear change in scenery. This the telling of my story. Town’s about six times larger than the one I lived in before.
Some spots are in good walking distance from one another. Some are not. Some areas are adequately supplied with pedestrian signals. Many are not. The town is full of sidewalks and I consider that to be good news. I have lived here long enough to pass judgement on my new home town of Newport News, and I say there are good things and bad things.

Pros
-A mall that actually is a mall (e.g. not a collection of stores sharing a same parking lot)
-Movie theaters (more than one)
-Easy access to the Interstate
-EVERY GOOD restaurant chain

For all of my SoMD friends, Newport News is basically La Plata, only larger area, and even more restaurants.

Cons
-Too many pawn shops
-Huge intersections that have lots of foot traffic but no pedestrian signals

There are pedestrian signals in this town, but their presence is not distributed proportional to the places they are needed the most, IMO. No signal here.

Big intersection, no signal.

Waited a long time to cross. When I made it to the other side, a driver told me, “good job”

Note that a lot of the photos are taken with blackberry because they are just personal photos. But the quality is crappy even for that. Now I know to use a real camera always, even for photos for personal use. Darn you, RIM!

This here is one of the better ones.


A big food store devoted completely to international food. There was a ramen row. Not a ramen section- a ramen row. A ROW. I made sure to secure photographic evidence. And keep in mind that these are not the only noodles in the store. Just ramen.

A motel is being destroyed. It looked like such mess, I couldn’t resist a photograph.

A pretty storm drain. Look at them ridges.

LOOK AT THEM.

My observation that such a life-breaking concept was a sellable consumer good.

They have these poles on the entry/exits of the Interstates on the VA Peninsula, that I have never seen in other Interstates before. I have never seen them go down.

Another perceived oddity is that this town is full of these “you can go three directions from here” tree signs. And with that, I think I will end it here, stay tuned for part 2 on January 27th!

Bitcoin Gone Up!

Dang! I saw Bitcoin go up to an exchange rate of 15.75 USD to 1!
Bitcoin graph.
I got onto Bitcoin about 20 months ago and it’s become so much easier to use Bitcoin. I remember that Bitcoin’s value took a hit after I got my first Bitcoins, but the value changes from time to time and went up a bit afterward. So many more things have been done with Bitcoin since its inception in 2009. I always keep my Bitcoin address on my contact page: http://cvramen.com/contact

SoMD GC 2013 Needs More People

The Southern Maryland GiveCamp on April 5 – April 7, 2013 @ St. Mary’s College needs more volunteers. Have you signed up? Or passed it on to someone who can help? I’m making the 3+ hour drive and going to do what I can to help.

A Movie About a Victimless Crime Spree

Let me tell you about person named Derrick J. He picked up his life and moved to a different area. Not for retirement, not for a job, not due to family, but to become an activist.

He had a message about human interaction and right and wrong and he brought it. He showed his principles and he showed the violence inherent to the system. He carried out acts of civil disobedience, and the great part about being alive today is that there are cameras everywhere- and this stuff gets recorded and published and that civil dis activists get larger numbers of people to sympathize with what they are doing.

His movie of his acts of non-violent law-breaking are on sale in the Director’s Cut version. You can pre-order at order.victimlesscrimespree.com
I respect people with the courage to not comply, and now we can all see it through the activist’s eyes.

The pacing, the music, the narration- this movie is the culmination of so many good elements, well-put-together. There long has existed the need for a thorough and coherent explanation of civil dis and it’s finally here.

Where Is the Good Vector Graphics Software That Does Animation?

And is not proprietary? Somebody get on this!
From ninapaley.com:

I need a good, Free vector animation program to switch to. I’m talking Free as in Freedom. It’s not the price of the software that puts me off… At any time its “owners” can cripple it and otherwise screw over their customers, in pursuit of whatever misguided business model they fancy at the time.

Random Quote

Why should I trade one tyrant three thousand miles away for three thousand tyrants one mile away? — The Patriot