Archive for May 2007

Spidery-man 3

And Mary Jane cheats again!

She kisses Harry, whom she used to date, and knows tried to kill Peter…

Granted, Peter cheated on her too, kissing Gwen Stacy like that. That was wrong.

But does she have the right to be indignant? She chastises Peter for that because it was “our kiss.” If you recall, it was a “Mary Jane cheats on Harry with Spider-man” kiss. How dare Peter turn it into a tawdry “Spider-man cheats on Mary Jane with Gwen” kiss! Has he no decency?!

At least Gwen Stacy had class.

Since I didn’t care about Mary Jane, I couldn’t care about Peter either since he was dumb enough to be in love with her. So when she dumped him on the bridge, I just thought it was funny.

I did care about Harry though. Harry I understood, even when he was wrong, even when he was making evil choices, I still understood him. Didn’t approve, didn’t agree, but I understood. And at the end he repented and did good. And died for it. Poor guy. Him I cared about.

Dumb to make the Sandman Ben’s killer. Totally screws up Spider-man’s origin. His whole motive is that when he fails to act, people die. And with Ben, it wouldn’t have mattered if he’d stopped the robber or not, because that robber didn’t kill his uncle. Someone else did. Whoops.

Bruce Campbell, brilliant as always.

It’s fun to call him Spidery-man instead of Spider-man.

Neverending Dr Pepper

I drink Dr Pepper. I don’t like to eat a meal without a Dr Pepper.

I used to put a 12-pack in the fridge so I would always have a cold one. Then they started making the 24-pack cubes. And then… then they started have 36-packs at Costco.

I put the entire 36-pack in the fridge, and that was a joyous time. I would reach in, and there would be a cold Dr Pepper. Days went by, and every time I reached in, a cold Dr Pepper.

Having grown used to the 24-pack, I would reach in, find nothing, and reach farther back, to the back of the fridge, and there would be more cold Dr Pepper.

I was so excited. “There’ll always be Dr Pepper!” It was like the TARDIS or closet to Narnia, it just kept going. I would reach my whole arm in, and there would be Dr Pepper. I was so happy.

Eventually, though, I really did run out. That was such a dark day. But it was a wonderful feeling while it lasted.

Nowadays, being married, I can’t take up so much fridge space with my drinks. I have to take individual cans out and put them in the door shelf so I have cold beverage.

But I recently took a 36-pack to work and put it in the fridge there.

So far, there has always been Dr Pepper. I hope it continues this time.

Before Google

In the old days of 1996, before Google’s search engine existed, the Internet was a different place.

There were many search engines, Yahoo, Webcrawler, Alta Vista, and they were all worthless.

Let me tell you how search engines worked in those days. They returned searches based on any of your search terms, not all of them.

For example, you could search for Poison Oak and get hits about rat poison, because the word “poison” matched, but “oak” didn’t.

Isn’t that the most ridiculous thing you have ever heard of? Every search resulted in millions of hits.

The search engine I used back then was Lycos, because it at least told you if it wasn’t matching all your search terms. It was say “3 out of 4 search terms matched” or some such. So you would start at the 4 out of 4s, and when you got to anything else you knew you could stop looking through their results.

I cannot tell you how happy I was when Google came along and had a hard AND in their searches. If a page doesn’t contain ALL your search words, it doesn’t count as a hit. To me, that was the most obvious thing in the galaxy.

Thank you, Google. I may not like everything you do these days, but thanks for being the only ones smart enough to implement a real search engine.