Dad’s Fingers

When I was little we had a green 1971 Ford LTD station wagon. That thing was awesome. Classic 70’s styling, including the faux wood paneling courtesy of a giant sticker. It had a big block V8, 429 Thunderjet with a 4 barrel carburetor. It weighed a ton but once it got off the line it would pick up steam and roll pretty nicely. It looked exactly like the above picture.

I never noticed it at the time but my Dad had a habit of placing his right hand on the top of the steering wheel and while waiting at a stop light he would thump his two main fingers up against the inside upper edge of the dash making a strumming sound. Quickly, back and forth with the two fingers, back and forth. The reason I suddenly remembered this is the other day is, I found myself doing this exact same thing while waiting at a red light. It dawned on me that my Dad did this exact same odd behavioral tick as myself. Genetics or a learned behavior from my environment?

Like father, like son. Happy Father’s Day dad.

Tweets from the Death Star

Topless robot is having a contest to find the funniest tweet from the Death Star. The contest ends at 12:01 am EST on Monday, June 21st. As an avid Star Wars fan this really made my day. Here are some of the best so far. I’m sure there are more to follow.

@Clone7323: @Clone6323 I’m telling you, they looked really similar. They weren’t bf/gf. They could have been brother sister for all we know.

@Motti: And they all just sat there. The f*cking guy is choking me with his f*cking mind, and they do NOTHING!!!!

@TK421: Nocked out, yelld at 4 not @ post, and lost uniform to boot. ASSigned 2 garding cell blok 1138. Could this day get ANY worse? FML

@BigPapaPalpintine You sure you don’t want to to order a thermal exaust post cover? They are like 20 credit

@Randall: @Dante I told you working here was a bad idea
@Dante: @Randall I’m not even supposed to be here today!

@Clone9376 @Clone7245 You think your job sucks? Big green laser breezes past me and I don’t even have a rail to lean against.

@Mark Hamill: The moon is so beautiful tonight
@Alec Guinness: @Mark Hamill That’s no moon, it’s a space station.

@Gold_5 RT @Gold_5 hey @GoldLeader maybe you should STAY ON TARGET

@CorrellianPimp: I can’t believe they bought that. 12 parsecs? Might as well have been 573 wookiemiles. 9384 jawameters. Effing N00bs.

@Master_P: @YoungJedi – you want this? Hmm? Gonna strike me down? Hmm? Use your hate? Hmm? So cute when they’re young. #shitmyapprenticesays

RebelAgent1: Boooored in my prison cell. Death Star food sucks. Pretty bummed Leia’s gone. Hopeful our comrades will rescue me soon!

@R2D2DaShizit: Why do these MFer’s not understand I am telling them Vader is their F’ing DAD! Beep wooo Beep Beep Wooo MFer’s!!!!

UFettUrAss: Slave 1 in pursuit of Milennium Falcon, OMG HATE YOU SO MUCH SOLO #followfriday

@LonelyGunner15: It’s like no one gets me. But at the same time, everyone IS me. #Confused

@Clone1579: Someone explain why WE don’t get laser swords! I mean wtf?


WaxOnWaxMoff: Terrorist attack a government structure, and WE’RE the bad guys?! #NVR4GET

@Dianoga: You know what would be great? If you guys threw something other than random scraps of metal down here.

@DeathStarPR: Don’t think of us as a “Death” Star, think of us as an “Opportunity” Star. #deathstarcares

StormTrooper3482: I’m supposed to guarding the exhaust, but I’m on Twitter, LOL!

iPhone 4 on order!

Persistence pays off. I finally got my new iPhone 4 ordered.

I guess it’s official now. I’m an Apple fanbois.

10 More Geeky Laws That Should Exist, But Don’t

1. Scotty’s Law – There is no systemic malfunction that cannot be bypassed, even if it means spending hours in the Jefferies tubes.

2. Armstrong’s Law – There is no historical fact, no matter how full of proof it may be, that cannot be claimed invalid by people with insufficient mental capacity. This is a complementary law to Somers and McCarthy’s Law in my first list.

3. GeekDad’s Law – When writing a blog post about certain subjects, the required references must be made. All posts about nuclear weapons, for example, require a reference to Aliens. All posts that mention Yoda, even peripherally, at least one sentence constructed backwards must contain.

4. The Maker Faire Law – It is perfectly reasonable for geeks wearing “If you can’t open it, you don’t own it” buttons to own iPhones and iPads, because they (the devices) are awesome enough that they get a free pass.

5. The Ostrich Law – There is only one Matrix movie, just as there are only three Star Wars films, and the Star Trek films went straight from IV to VI. And the final episode of Battlestar Galactica never aired. (If you have to ask which three Star Wars films, by the way, please turn in your geek badge at the front desk on your way out.)

6. Henson’s Law – The Muppets are NOT just puppets, any more than the Marx Brothers were just comedians, Hitchcock was just a director and Julia Child was just a chef.

7. Kirk and Picard’s Law – Whenever there are two distinct items that are obviously comparable, be they high-tech devices, movies, characters, TV shows, snack foods, etc., you must — MUST — choose a side and be prepared to argue the subject with any other geek you meet.

8. Chuck Jones’s Law – It takes a great deal of talent and effort to produce books, movies, and TV shows that are beloved by both kids and adults. When it happens, though, the results are magical: The Muppets, Looney Tunes, Harry Potter, Phineas & Ferb, etc.

9. Disney Channel’s Law – Live-action TV shows not involving Muppets that are aimed at kids older than six are almost universally unwatchable by adults.

10. Neo’s Law – Apart from the Bill & Ted films, there is no movie starring Keanu Reeves that would not have been much improved by his replacement with an actor with talent.

from Wired

iPhone Tethering

I was checking out my data usage for the past six months in preparation for the new data plans and tethering options that will be available when the next version of the iPhone is released. Not a ton of usage for sure but when I add in tethering I’m pretty certain it will go up dramatically.

I wonder if you have both an iPad and an iPhone you can combine the data usage.