25 November 2005

I Think They're Saying Something About The Weather...

Observe: the Japanese character for sleet is the character for rain stacked on top of the character for England. Now, I've never been to England, but... ;-)

(If the characters come out looking like 'éA' or something comparable, you need to switch on Japanese character coding auto-detect. In Firefox, go to View > Character Encoding > Auto-Detect and select 'Japanese.' If you're using a different browser, there should be a similar option somewhere that you can turn on. If this doesn't work, go into the Control Panel, open up 'Regional Options,' and try to find something with a 'Japanese' checkbox and check it. Hopefully that'll take care of it. :-P)

11 November 2005

Let It Never Be Said MIT Students Aren't Creative

Found this linked off of MIT's main page tonight (it's no longer featured there):

Long ago and far away in Modesto, Calif., two young musical theater fans shared a vision: "Star Wars" with tap-dancing Storm Troopers! Ewoks with chirpy voices raised in song!

The two fans, MIT Theater Guild (MTG) members Rogue Shindler and Jeff Suess, wrote and wrote, grafting snappy Star Wars lyrics onto tunes from such Broadway hits as "Cats," "West Side Story," "Les Miserables" and "Phantom of the Opera."

The delirious result is "Star Wars Trilogy: Musical Edition," the MTG production opening Friday, Nov. 11, with shows Nov. 11-13 and 16-20 in La Sala de Puerto Rico, MIT Student Center.

The production, known as "SWT: ME," retells "Star Wars: A New Hope," "The Empire Strikes Back" and "The Return of the Jedi" in a three-act parody of science fiction, musical theater and George Lucas' famous Jedi saga.

I hadn't heard of it until I read about it tonight, but it sounds like it'd be pretty cool. And, barring that, also pretty funny. ;-) I'm way too loaded down this week to try to catch the show this weekend, but I might be able to make it Friday or Saturday of next week. If I go, I'll probably put forth some thoughts here. If not... well, you'll all just have to use your imaginations. Deal. :-P

10 November 2005

Sad But True

Today's Real Life.

Same thing can happen with medical records, too... anybody can get to your files 'cept you. Gotta love them privacy laws!