May 15, 2006

Total Request Blog

Posted by Arcane Gazebo at May 15, 2006 10:37 PM

Clearly I need to be posting more often, as there are only four (now five) posts on the front page. In the spirit of customer satisfaction, I am going to try an experiment: request a topic, issue, problem, or question in the comments to this post and I'll attempt to write a blog post about it. I may not address a request if I truly have nothing to say about it, but no topic is a priori off limits. So, is there anything you'd like my opinion on, or a discussion thread you'd like to see started?

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For one, you could start a letters column--you could be the next Thor! You've got the pants for it... Something I jokingly thought of doing myself, but you've got something I don't--readers.

For another, I've been thinking about soliciting opinions on current 1337 hardware. What's the current best of the best? For me, it'd be the Das Keyboard, Apple Cinema Displays, MacBook Pro, 750GB perpendicular drives (great performance, only non-scsi drives that rival the raptors), and maybe... well, I dunno! What's the stuff right now that makes ya drool? The new physics coprocessors? (Too bleeding edge still, imho.)

Maybe some NSFW content on the blog? Not for any real purpose than to show that you're edgy--the kids love that these days.

Oh, here's one--a weekly "guess the bodily function" podcast. That'd be a hit with the ladies, too.

On another note, if it happened to just be something you could enable somewhere, I would love it if there was an RSS feed that included comments--I realize that doesn't really make sense for the regular RSS feed, but it would be awesome for us *coughcoughchokedie* "regulars".

Ooh, and I've got another idea--how about I stop typing! Brilliant!

Posted by: Lemming | May 15, 2006 11:22 PM

I was bitten by a rat tonight. A household pet, clean, and cared for rat, but a rat nonetheless. The owner claims that she has been bitten and is obsessively worried about catching diseases, but did not catch anything from said rat. But it is, as I said, a rat. Let's hold a poll to see if I should get to a hospital for shots.

Posted by: Josh | May 15, 2006 11:59 PM

What's the window to get to the hospital for rabies again? FWIW, I hear there's at least one successful case of inducing a coma in a patient that was otherwise "much too late" for treatment. (coming back to this, I see that Wikipedia has more detail on this, too)

Wikipedia says that the chance of a rodent carrying rabies is very small, due to the incredible unlikelihood of it surviving the attack that initially infects it. On the other hand, it says that it can take quite a while--as much as two years--for symptoms to appear. Depending on where you're bitten, the typical vaccine is highly effective if administered with 14 days or so. Look--your trauma has turned into my education!

In any case, I doubt you're worrying about anything as serious as that. :P

Posted by: Lemming | May 16, 2006 12:27 AM

Rabies: go get a shot. or go bring the rat in to be tested. I just read a sad article on cnn about a poor kid who slept with his window open. one day he was bitten by a bat and did not know it. now it turn out he has rabies but its too late for treatment. http://edition.cnn.com/2006/US/05/11/rabies.case.reut/index.html

Topics: hmmm normally you have politics and relgion well covered. And you have movie / book/ music reviews. One think yuo could try is sign up for a seires of blind dates and blog the results...

Posted by: shellock | May 16, 2006 4:41 AM

Josh: Just wait until the rat-lovers who read Gazebo's blog find out about this. I'm afraid they're going to be siding with the rat...

Yeah, I'd be amused by Shellock's suggestion if you follow it. Keep us posted...

I think I just hit the 24 hour mark...

Posted by: Mason | May 16, 2006 6:03 AM

My roomate and I have our money on the plague, actually.

Posted by: Josh | May 16, 2006 9:54 AM

Josh, as I recall the bubonic plague is carried by fleas, which just often happen to live on rats that carry them around. So a rat bite wouldn't work for that...

The dating reports would be amusing, I agree.

More gaming content would be nice (game reports, or reviews of new boardgames Chris introduces you to, whatever). If you get any hate mail from your anti-religion pieces, those can often make for amusing follow-up posts as well.

Posted by: Justin | May 16, 2006 10:37 AM

If you wanted to go with quantity over quality, you could recruit a few additional people to write posts--unfortunately, that would dramatically change the nature of the site.

You could track the progress of Josh's live re-enactment of 28 Days Later. (Honestly, it is probably best to be on the safe side. Rats might have a short enough quarantine period that they can actually just keep it under observation for a few days without killing it... failing that, safety is probably more important than the life rat.)

Posted by: Lemming | May 16, 2006 11:20 AM

Running with the dating idea, here's the way to do it: Hannidate! :-D

Someone like this Hannicatch, if there's someone similar anywhere near Berkeley. And if your dissembling skills are up to the task, of course.

Posted by: Justin | May 16, 2006 12:11 PM

My first thought was that this person is being facetious. My second thought was, 'wow, there are are actually people like this.' I've met a couple people who really wanted to just be a housewife, and I find that amazing (and totally not a person with whom I'd want to spend my life).

Posted by: Mason | May 16, 2006 1:22 PM

I wouldn't argue with board game reviews, if you decideed to post those.

Blind dates reports would also be amusing (though perhaps not so amusing for said dates if they found this blog). And I second Justin's Hannidate idea!

That sounds like an AG April Fool's gag...AG: The Conservative Edition. I bet you could write a search-and-replace program that could go through your archives and change everything to make it a Republican, Christian rock, and inspirational book-friendly site.

Posted by: Jolene | May 16, 2006 1:23 PM

Can we request music reviews? If so I'd like to make a request; The Evens: The Evens.
I'd like to hear what you have to say about this album. Thx.

Posted by: Anonymous | May 16, 2006 1:28 PM

how ever did you find that Hannidate site?

Board game review would inded be i nice addition.

Posted by: shellock | May 16, 2006 1:32 PM

Justin - it doesn't necessarily have to be the bubonic plague. Any kind of plague will do. I'm not too picky.

Also in notes, re: rabies. According to the doctors, there hasn't been a recorded case of rabies passed from a rat to a human in the United States yet. So I'm pretty safe there. All I got was a tetanus shot.

Posted by: Josh | May 16, 2006 1:53 PM

Lemming: I think version 3 of Moveable Type has RSS feeds for comments, but I am still running 2.661. I may upgrade within a year or so--the blog will need to change servers on this timescale and that would be a convenient time to do it.

The hardware post I might take in the direction of pulse generators. :)

I could do some NSFW posts, although I don't have anything in mind at the moment... I'm not opposed to the idea, though.

Josh: Seems like you've got the poll going in this thread, so I may not post it to the main page. I guess the answer depends on how much you trust the judgement of the rat owner...

Shellock: Of course, if you want to hear my thoughts on some particular political/religious issue, now is the time to ask. :) (Or anytime, really, that's what the open threads are for.) As for the (apparently very popular) blind date idea, this is actually pretty brilliant. The main problem is that I have had a policy of not blogging about my dates, as women may be deterred from dating me if they think they are going to be blogged about afterwards. An alternative would be to do this on a separate, pseudonymous blog to which readers here could be discreetly directed, but this doesn't solve the problem of providing regular updates to this blog.

Justin: Your suggestion comes right as my regular D&D game takes a long hiatus due to summer travel. :) Boardgame reviews are a good idea, next time I try a new one I'll post something.

Now, it's true that I wouldn't have any reservations about blogging the results of meeting women via Hannidate. On the other hand... ewwww.

Jolene: I did at one point consider something like that for one April Fool's. I wouldn't have gone back into the archives but would have at least put a bunch of conservative/religious posts on the front page and changed the sidebar accordingly. Some bloggers recently have done an Opposite Day thing where they write posts supporting some political position that they are actually opposed to.

Anonymous guy: I will certainly take music review requests. I'll look for that one.

Posted by: Arcane Gazebo | May 16, 2006 1:58 PM

For what does NSFW stand?

By the way, it's great/impressive that you have a consistent pool of readers! It makes for very nice discussions. Maybe I should try that quality thing sometimes... Then again, I enjoy stream-of-consciousness (and I do lack certain filters that most people have) and worries about quality might hinder that. :)

Posted by: Mason | May 16, 2006 2:28 PM

NSFW = Not Safe For Work

BOOBIES!

P.S. Since I didn't know the rat owner at all, I decided to play it safe and go to E.R. today. I think it was a wise decision.

Posted by: Josh | May 16, 2006 2:52 PM

Shellock: Jesus' General posts a "Hannicatch of the Week" from time to time.

AG: looks like all it would take to make this a fully pseudonymous blog would be the removal of the "See also" bit from your Arcane Gazebo definition. So just fix that and go forth like a CIA Director at the Watergate!

Mason: NSFW = Not Safe For Work. For example, Boing Boing's goatse fetish posts. Hmm, I think I may have laid the groundwork for some fine "interesting search results" threads in months to come... :-) AG, if you're really looking for ideas in that direction, you could follow the example of the Tech and start publishing porno reviews (which rates in units of specimen cups rather than stars, of course). People can come here for the squid tentacle porn and stay for the movie reviews! And music works too, Lesleigh has a lovely CD full of romantic classics about such topics as "Short Dick Man", "I fucked your boyfriend", etc. Add books by reviewing the Gor novels, if you like. The possibilities are endless!

Posted by: Justin | May 16, 2006 3:02 PM

Justin: It would take a little more effort to take this blog pseudonymous, since several sites link me under my real name (Mixed States for example), several posts make reference to my identity, and Google has the blog as the top hit for my name. This is another case where the easiest time to do it would be after I change hosts--obviously I won't be using the berkeley.edu address after I graduate, so the blog will have to move at some point and I could easily go pseudonymous at the new address.

Posted by: Arcane Gazebo | May 16, 2006 3:32 PM

You could also follow in the realm of Warren Ellis' "Don't Look" posts.

Posted by: Josh | May 16, 2006 3:41 PM

How about a post on the thing I once said that I'd most like the chance to unsay (you know, like the time I chastised that couple for talking behind us durin "Air Force One").

Posted by: JSpur | May 16, 2006 3:43 PM

Left the 'postrophe off durin'. And should have put everything from "the" through "unsay" in quotation marks.

Don't mind me. I'm just now starting to recover from Josh's rat bite comments.

Posted by: JSpur | May 16, 2006 3:45 PM

You know Josh, I click those every time. It's a testament to the adaptivity of the human mind that I'm alive at all today.

Posted by: Lemming | May 16, 2006 3:45 PM

You know Josh, I click those every time. It's a testament to the adaptivity of the human mind that I'm alive at all today.

The worst is when I open one up in new tab and forget about it. Later that evening, *BAM*!

Posted by: Lemming | May 16, 2006 3:46 PM

blog sugestion could post the latest bad jokes you have heard... Not really sure this is a good idea mind you. Most jokes on the net or recylled endlessly enough as is

Posted by: shellock | May 16, 2006 4:31 PM

Lemming: I click those as much as possible too. But I'm rarely affected by them. Most people study during college years, I myself am proud to have tempered my gag reflex in the abyss of rotten.com and Consumption Junction.

Posted by: Josh | May 16, 2006 5:36 PM

The guy who sits at the desk behind me likes to look at stuff that's *almost* NSFW; I think he has an audio recording of me saying pretty loudly, "How OLD are those girls?" followed by a male co-worker saying oh-so-happily, "They look 19!!" Along those lines, a podcast of people's *reactions* to NSFW media would be interesting to listen to.

Unrelated but funny, Hannidate reminded me: A friend of mine was at CIA HQ last week, and he wanted to (but couldn't, of course) take a picture of a door that had printed on it "Bush Center for Intelligence."

Posted by: Jolene | May 17, 2006 11:20 AM

There's a video on Youtube that is a musical montage to the look on people's faces when they see goatse for the first time. It's quite funny.

Posted by: Josh | May 17, 2006 12:09 PM

If it's at the CIA, you can be sure "Bush" refers to President Bush the Less Stupid.

Yet another idea for amusing blog posts: start a blogfight with someone. Pandagon has done several of those, and Berube and Sadly, No have some sort of friendly rivalry as well. The trick would be picking a suitable target, though...

Posted by: Justin | May 17, 2006 12:29 PM

If you had to research in a different area than you are now, what would it be? It can be as different as you want, but can't be too similar. At the least you have to be publishing in entirely different journals.

Posted by: Kyle | May 17, 2006 12:45 PM

I did a blog a few minutes ago with a slight NSFW component, although the fact that we've been discussing this is incidental. (I couldn't refrain from blogging about this particular incident.)

Posted by: Mason | May 17, 2006 2:01 PM

How is it that the suggestion where I was most talking out of my ass is the one that gets taken the most seriously? I suppose it is what I do best.

I think the best meta-NSFW thing I've seen is a Flickr photoset of first-time reactions to goatse. Followed not too distantly by the various goatse sightings posted on boingboing (the disney clock is the bestestest).

Posted by: Lemmign | May 17, 2006 10:35 PM
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