Packing and programming
Posted on August 16th, 2008
Mom and I spent the morning packing all of my toys and knickknacks into boxes. The shelves from my closet and the shelves the toys were on were all hauled to the trash shoot. The closet is now full of packed boxes.

During the night, dad made both his famous cloverleaf rolls and sticky buns. As a result the place smelled like fresh baked bread for much of the night and part of the morning. Mom and I worked on the two kinds of bread throughout the day.

In the afternoon we heard lots of hammering; it seems the downstairs neighbor discovered something that wasn't securely nailed down yet. At least he wasn't drilling into the ceiling (our floor!) this time around. However, the amusing part about this was that while he was hammering away I heard the neighbors across the hall leave their apartment, followed by the sound of the stairway door. Moments later, the hammering stopped suddenly. I can't say for sure, but we think the noisy and obnoxious people across the hall just told the noisy neighbor downstairs to put a cork in it. The fact that the noise bothered this group that likes to party hard and loud during the wee morning hours is pretty hilarious. Turnabout's fair play!

For dinner we tried something new. Using corn flakes for breading on the Amish chicken worked, but it was a tad too sweet. When we did the shopping the other day we picked up two brands of instant breading to try instead of the corn flakes. Today we tried the Shake 'n Bake with delicious results. That's the way breaded chicken is supposed to taste!

I spent the evening working with both Thingy and Din. Both are slowly trundling along towards completion. Thingy'll be done first from the look of it.

The other day someone on UserFriendly posted a link to a terminal computer playing Still Alive from the game Portal. Since then it's been stuck in my head. For a surreal twist, I'm certain that there's an old hymn that we sang in church years ago with the same sequence of notes as the refrain of Still Alive! I've yet to figure it out, but I've located a copy of the actual song (another Youtube video) and the lyrics.

The exact sequence is the tune of these lines:
"but there's no sense crying over every mistake
you just keep on trying until you run out of cake
and the science gets done and you make a neat gun
for the people who are still alive
"

It's repeated several times. In the terminal version, the monitor displays an atom during this note sequence.

Today's links:
Terminal Still Alive
Actual Still Alive
Still Alive Lyrics

In other news, some crooks are easily caught.

Lastly, here's a clip of a Japanese game show: Human Tetris


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