News of the day 018

My floating-point unit must be faulty; I thought that my car needed fluid service Tuesday, but a thousand more miles remain for Superior Chevrolet, a Kansas City dealer. After I realized this, I went to Mainstreet Credit Union, Burger King, and the Kansas Sampler, where I bought a new wallet; Adventure Time in Mission, KS!

JCCC culinary knowledge bowl team presents chili fundraiser Feb. 29

  “Get a big bowl of steaming hot chili with all the fixings and crackers for just $4 and support the JCCC culinary knowledge bowl team.

Chili will be served from 10:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. Wednesday, Feb. 29, in the first floor hallway of OCB.”

Well, as Denton once observed, “You a little late on that one,
buddy, but thanks for the heads up.”

The Breakfast Meeting: When Republicans Attack, and Remembering an Anti-Puritan
“In what could be the last Republican presidential debate, Mitt Romney and Rick Santorum took the focus away from the media to focus on each other; the publisher Barney Rosset, who challenged American censorship, died at 89.”

I am not sure if we have quite found one with what
the New Kids on the Block would call, “The Right Stuff.”

SE Missouri Shaken by 4.0 Quake
“SIKESTON, Mo. — An earthquake rattled southeastern Missouri and parts of three other states on Tuesday morning. There have been no reports of damage or injuries from the magnitude 4.0 quake, …”

“Roads? Where we’re going, we don’t need roads.”

Orange barrel alert: Long construction season looms on Quivira Road

 “A series of construction projects that will widen Quivira Road to three smooth lanes in each direction from 95th to 119th streets will create some traffic challenges in 2012.

First up is bridge work, specifically the Quivira Road span over I-435. Starting Saturday, March 3, the northbound lanes of the bridge over 435 will be demolished. Two lanes of traffic will continue in both directions.

However, drivers will not be able to enter either westbound or eastbound I-435 from Quivira Road starting March 3 and continuing through November. The suggested detour is College Boulevard or 103rd Street to Highway 69, accessing I-435 from Highway 69.

Off-ramps from I-435 to Quivira Road will remain open during construction.

Work to widen Quivira Road from College Boulevard south to 119th Street is expected to start in April.”

Go Your Own Road” – Sweden – Erik Johansson – Featured Photographer

Orange barrel alert: Start date moved up
for I-435 eastbound ramp closure from Quivira Road

“From the Kansas Department of Transportation: The Quivira Road to eastbound I-435 ramp will be closed beginning at 9 a.m. Wednesday, Feb. 29, for reconstruction work for the US-69 and I-435 project.

A marked detour will be provided during the ramp closure. Traffic will detour south on Quivira Road, then east on College Boulevard to northbound US-69, then back to eastbound I-435.

Advance message boards will alert drivers to the ramp closure. Drivers should expect delays and allow extra time for their commutes during the ramp closure. Drivers must use alternate routes during the duration of the ramp closure.

Project work is scheduled to be completed and the ramp reopened to traffic in November 2012, weather permitting.”

Johnson County Gateway: I-435/I-35/K-10 Interchange Study

JCCC students could win scholarships in KDOT ‘Sobriety Rocks’ scholarship contest

“The Kansas Department of Transportation is sponsoring “Sobriety Rocks,” a scholarship competition for students ages 14 to 20 to combat underage drinking.

KDOT will award $1,000 scholarships to winners in four categories: best original song, best original writing, best original art and best original commercial.

Sobriety Rocks is a continuing effort by the Kansas Department of Transportation to combat underage drinking. The contest promotes creativity and the sharing of ideas among Kansas teens, who hold the key to solving this problem.

For more information and official rules, encourage your students to visit the contest website.”

Source: There’s something I like about this Haruhi pic. Something white. – J-List Tumblr

Twitter / Japanator: “Seaman might be coming to 3DS: Seaman lives! –maybe. Recently, rumors have been circulating the Internet about …”

What a suspicious, sorry, auspicious occasion.

5 Ridiculous Sex Myths Everyone Believes
“What do you know about sex? Even with all that you have going for you, the real and correct answer is probably ‘nothing.’”

Valentine’s Day epitomizes love.

Elizabeth Smart Marries in Hawaii
“KANSAS CITY, Mo. — Elizabeth Smart, the young woman who was kidnapped from her Utah home at the age of 14 and held captive for nine months, married her Scottish fiance in Hawaii over the weekend.”

Hawaiian native Jake Shimabukuro takes ukulele in new directions on March 11

“Jake Shimabukuro, who is making a name for himself by playing the ukulele in ways never imagined before, will appear at 7 p.m. Sunday, March 11, in the Carlsen Center’s Yardley Hall at Johnson County Community College.

Tickets, which are $35 and $25, are available through the college box office at 913-469-4445 or at

Remember, JCCC employees can purchase up to four tickets for any Performing Arts Series show at half price. The employee pricing is available only by phone or in person at the box office, and not online.

Read more about Shimabukuro here.”

Raidler – written in most popular ciphers: ridresal (i.e., same as Grievance Redressal Machinery)

Twitter / Charlie Jane Anders: “RT @esedia: Most amazing thing ever: ENCYCLOPEDIA OF FEMINISM ACCORDING TO HARRY POTTER, [Adult Content Notice] (translated from Russian) … ”

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“The JCCC Model United Nations team received three awards for its portrayal of Canada at the 2012 Midwest Model United Nations Conference Feb. 15-18 in St. Louis, Mo.

The Outstanding Delegate Choice Award and the Outstanding Position Paper Award went to Ben Brown, for his work “Environmental, Social and Economic Impacts of the Mining Industry and Prevention of International Traffic in Toxic and Dangerous Products.”

The position paper award is presented in recognition of pre-conference preparation. The position paper serves as a blueprint for building consensus and formulating and negotiating workable draft resolutions to resolve issues.

Aaron Haffey received an honorable mention for his portrayal of Canada’s position on the Commission on Science and Technology committee on the issues of intellectual property rights and the role of science and technology in development.

Samantha Poetter was the 2012 Under-Secretary General of Administration. Former JCCC student Brandon Bezner served as conference secretary general. These leadership positions are responsible for organizing and managing the conference.

JCCC students competed against other universities and colleges from across North America.

Other team members are Megan Willard, Aizhan Tazhigulova, Jason Sandoy, Benjamin Tomin, Matt Lantz, Merrideth Barlett, Kim Luhr, Elvira Babaeva, Gaelyn McGhree, JamesKhalif, Joe Gideon, Xian Jin and Joe Siebert.

Brian Wright is the team adviser and also is secretary for the board of directors of the Midwest Model United Nations.”


Summary of Improv Goals 015

To review, the Roving Imp held no class last Tuesday, Valentine’s Day, but I forgot and drove to Bonner Springs anyway, while the Conference for Motorists of Defective Mentality was in town…

Proof Positive: Nearly 1 In 5 Drivers Unfit For the Road
“If you’re like me, you take great delight in complaining about other drivers. There’s a guilty pleasure waiting for those of us who snipe, snarl, and generally criticize and complain about the driving habits of others. Now, we may have empirical proof that our superior driving skills…”

Also, the set that Matt and I performed, Reset Button, has been folded in to a new ensemble. Despite these occurrences, for which I have limited culpability, I am happy.

Last Saturday was the fourth iteration of The Mixer, where the names of improvisers are placed in a bowl and drawn at random to participate in scenes; whether he or she is in an ensemble or merely takes classes, any improviser present in the audience may play. I have allowed too many days to pass, so I cannot remember the commentary that I wanted to make in regards to my goals for my improv.

The final name for that new ensemble is still being determined, but its first rehearsal followed Tuesday class, which thereby had an attendance twenty percent higher than usual limit; creative director in both title and nuisance John handled the situation with aplomb.

John accepts students as young as thirteen for his classes; such situation was helped by his directorial ability and the presence of the parents of the boys. While the Roving Imp did shows at the Great Mall of the Great Plains last summer, a family from Desoto was sometimes present; the son Chad now attends class. Kitty is a regular performer, and brought her twin sons Alex and Andrew.

Twelve people participated in class last night, which with John becomes thirteen on stage, and fifteen with the father of Chad and the visiting mother of Matt in the audience. I am making no complaint, only observing.

Ironically, I tend to be more candid in this public, electronic forum than I am in private with my friends. OK OK OK, dispensing with any further pretense, I sometimes find Chad to be annoying to aggravating; inspiring for his energy and ability to uninhibitedly quip; and entertaining in his Up-like tendency to mention squirrels, which he hunts with his father, who also home-schools him.

After some exercises with everyone in a circle, John asked us to line ourselves up, according to the day of the month on which we were each born, along the back wall. After in place near the middle, David was pushed into me, but my perception was that two people had been violently shoved by Chad, and I said, “Hey, what the hell?!”

When another circle later knocked around David again, I concluded that no specific person was likely at fault for the earlier incident.We shall now dismiss further discussion for minutiae to which might actually be related to the title of this post.

Next, John had the westren half of the line (i.e., Frank, Alex, Kitty, Andrew, Steve B, and myself) go to the lobby for a circle of Two-Headed Monster; one person says a word, the next person speaks whatever word comes to mind, and the two words are rhythmically repeated by the circle. When that exercise was stopped, my group established a pattern with the second person saying, “Stein.”

John soon  illustrated the point of the previous exercise with what he called previously, “Chicken wire,” but now calls, “Spider web,” a method of connecting a string of ideas so that one may think of the first line in a scene; this is perhaps to avoid using the suggestion in the first line. I cannot remember what the initial suggestion, but I do recall parts of the sequence:

“And that makes me think of lederhosen.”

“Which makes me think of varicose veins.”

“And that makes me think of old people.”

John ended with the idea of Hinduism, but was quick to say that going directly to someone speaking with an Indian does not logically follow that suggestion: we should only go two or three layers deep. He then had the western half give a suggestion to the eastern group, who were individually what word that suggestion brought to mind and a first line for a scene based on that.

Following some two-person scenes, we next did three-person scenes, of which I would choose the scene between Kitty, leaning against the wall; Steve A, sitting on a block; and Mary on a chair with casters, as the best. Initially, Kitty stepped away from the wall and addressed Steve A. John paused the scene to ask Kitty why she had moved when she had started the against wall.

“I don’t know, because I’m an unbalanced person,” Kitty replied.

“That’s your character. You, the actor, know why you made that choice.”

Okay, this perhaps the pace of this post should quicken, Kitty basically said that she was about to get to that, and continued with Steve, whose half hour on the mimed computer had expired. Steve replied that he had been waiting on an e-mail.

Mary mimed writing on a pad, “Patient is uncooperative.”

Then John called attention to the drop in the energy in the scene. Mary’s character noted that Steve’s character was always on the computer between 2:30 p.m. and 3:00 p.m., waiting for a message from his son. Kitty’s character just wanted to check her messages on Facespace before she ate her applesauce. John stated that everyone’s having a want helped them connect emotionally and advanced the scene.

Later, people did not want to let go of my obsession with My Little Pony. I should have taken out my example of Rarity and owned it. On being meta, John rightly called me out. Besides a canned personality, I admit, being meta on stage is a defense mechanism to avoid connecting emotionally, and I was not emoting well last night. Fortunately, the new ensemble and format worked really well in rehearsal, which followed class, so I am happy.

Postscript to Experiment 023

If I was more capable of foresight, then I would have a different name; however, the early cancellation of Reset Button, the set that Matt and I performed, leaves me feeling a little hurt. Matt felt that he was not playing up to his potential in our last show, so our ensemble has been folded in to a newly forming ensemble, which should likely allow for better results.

Let us watch “Smile Smile Smile” to bring a smile to my face.

Pinkie Pie

Because the official site for My Little Pony likely knows about that which it speaks, Christopher Hurt is the most like Pinkie Pie, the character to whom the title for this post is so dedicated and the following image of whom is from a Portable Document Format (PDF) on My Little Pony.

This song was leaked earlier on-line, but the official version
was broadcast in the latest episode Saturday.

Smile Song” (My Little Pony: Friendship is Magic, Season 2)
“Pinkie Pie sings this Acoustic Pop/Musical Theater song about making her friends smile.”

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Apparently, breaking the fourth wall is not only a format employed by Matt and I, but also by Pinkie Pie, who is a pony likely to fly across the universe.

Even Greater Things in 2012
“Ryan Blair shares the breaking news of ViSalus’ sales increasing to $231 million in 2011, AOL Jobs running a feature, being interviewed on WPIX TV in New York, and a profile segment on Bloomberg TV nationally.”

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Family Raises Awareness of Juvenile Diabetes
“SHAWNEE, Kan. — Dodge for a Cause was held on Sunday to raise money for research for Juvenile Diabetes. Emmy Williams, 5, and her family attended the tournament.    The dodgeball tournament is mor…”

Any pony who read Brony Appreciation Day remembers the following:

Pinkie Pie from My Little Pony: Friendship is Magic is smiling with large eyes.

What the hell is that thing in your profile picture?

Source: Equestria Daily

All Aboard the Friendship Express with My Little Pony: Friendship Is Magic! 
“Welcome to the Shout! Factory Store! The best music, movies and video for the discerning Pop Culture Geek.”

Aerobics by *SpeccySY on deviantART

I have bought an example of Pinkie Pie from Target, and this set at Toys ‘Я UsSource: My Little Pony

An offer that I cannot refuse 015

When two members of the Holy Cow! Improv Comedy Troupe, whom I rarely see in person, had a show at the Roving Imp, I ironically had an offer that I could not refuse at the Westport Coffee House, where Tom Kessler set up an event for the Underground Throwdown. Sometime in the past, I said that the Roving Imp Theater dominates my weekends; however,  I stopped by Green Room Burgers & Beer, the new physically connected establishment at 4010 Pennsylvania Avenue, Kansas City, Missouri.

Source: George Takei

Well, you have added a chair to the end of the row, and blocked aceess to the fire door. I’m not going to lecture you, but I will move the stack of chairs, and move myself up two rows. You women sound stupid, and are annoying me. Why do these white women feel the need to frequently photograph themselves?! And people wonder why I rarely venture far from my friends? Because other people are annoying!

This is senseless 019

This is senseless.

Dad Who Shot Up Daughter’s Laptop with a .45 Says Cops Paid Him a Visit
“Tommy Jordan has become somewhat of a hero to millions of parents. Jordan is the dad who found a secret Facebook post his daughter wrote about not wanting to do chores and said Jordan and his wife (the girl’s mother) treated her as a ‘slave.’ He didn’t take kindly to that. So he recorded an […]”

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This is senseless.

Chicago teachers asking for 30% raises over next 2 years
“The Chicago Teachers Union is asking for raises amounting to 30 percent over the next two years, the opening salvo in heated contract negotiations with school officials who are implementing a longer school day across  Chicago Public Schools  next school year.”

This is senseless.

Zed, as in Xylophone

People in the United States pronounce some words differently than people in other parts of the world, like the following:

AluminiumWikipedia, the free encyclopedia
“Aluminium ( /ˌæljuːˈmɪniəm/ a-lew-mi-nee-əm) or aluminum (American English) ( /ˌəlˈuːmɪnəm/, ə-loo-mi-nəm) is a silvery white member of the boron group of chemical elements. It has the symbol Al, and its atomic number is 13. It is not soluble in water under normal circumstances.”

In Nissan 370Z Tuner, the initial after the number does not rhyme with see. In the second season of the Power Rangers, the villain Lord Zed appears; I had to consult a dictionary to learn that zed is just another name for the twenty-sixth letter in the modern Latin alphabet, not fully appreciating that until I started to regularly watch the British Top Gear.

Ancient and modern Latin alphabet
“Details of the development of the Latin alphabet from its beginnings in Ancient Rome to today.”

At Johnson County Community College, I work in a support area. When a co-worker recently took a call, the caller spelled her last name, “And Z, as in xylophone,” about which we all shared a chuckle. With my segue successful, a promoted tweet shared the following.

Image originally posted on Zengage, The Zendesk Blog

Whether the following is an example of my ignorance or my refreshing naïveté, until someone told me, I was unaware that The Big Bang Theory uses canned laughter; knowing that made the show unwatchable for me last night.

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OK OK OK, I am utterly amazed at myself and the timing of that image.
What was life like before Memebase?