Cam and Melissa Hallowe’en night
So I spent about an hour tonight genre-fying my music collection, and while most of it went well, a few left me with big-fat question marks. So I need your help.
How would you classify the following artists?

  • The Prodigy
  • Orbital
  • Depeche Mode
  • Massive Attack
  • Frank Zappa
  • The Beastie Boys
  • Daft Punk
  • William Orbit

Not tonight/String Theory

Well, I guess at this point my picture gallery from the weekend isn’t going to happen tonight. That said, I do have an update: I’ve narrowed it down to the best 177 of 323 shots taken on the weekend. All that’s left now is to captionize ’em.
At 8pm tonight I was desperately flipping channels trying to find something entertaining to watch on TV. Nothing but sitcoms, none of them any good. And then I stumbled across “NOVA: The Elegant Universe” on PBS, a three-part series based on the book of the same name by Brian Greene.
Let me tell you… it has been years since I have been so captivated by something on television. The hour-long show discussed “string theory” — the idea that the smallest particles — strings, speculated to exist — may be able to explain the structure of the universe as we know it, and even goes so far as to propose separate but parallel universes! It really brought back my first days of physics in high school… the excitement of learning that mathematics could describe the world around me. After the show was over I found myself reeling, trying to digest some of the concepts presented.
What really blew me away was how well Brian Greene was able to relay extremely complex ideas in way an average viewer could understand. Really fantastic.
During the credits for the show, an announcer offered the viewer a chance to, among other things, “play with strings” on the PBS website. Ha! I had to check it out, and when I did, I discovered Brian Greene was doing a live-chat over at Seed Magazine. Of course I joined the chat, which proved very interesting (there should be a transcript of it online at the Seed Magazine website soon).
Guess what else? Starting tomorrow, you can watch all three hour-long parts at NOVA’s The Elegant Universe website! (A preview and the first two hours are up now.) Crazy. Heard of the big-bang theory? “The Elegant Universe” talks about its flaws and alternatives. If you have even the slightest interest in science, check it out. You won’t be disappointed.

Time marches

Ah man. Life continues, even if my entries don’t! Volunteering all weekend and 13.5 hour day at work yesterday has really left me with little “me” time. Last night over IRC Davin asked me if I had any pictures from Hallowe’en. As a matter of fact, there’s actually a centralized gallery up now. Check out the Boo Fest 2003 gallery for all the gruesome details — 191 pics from 4 contributors!
As for the 31st? I’ve got pics from that too. And a few stories. I assure you they’re coming — with luck later tonight. 🙂

2003 UPA Club Championships, Day 3

Talk about a totally huge day! Got up on time, I can barely believe it. Having pizza for breakfast made my morning… I thought it was going to be trail mix for me, stepping out of the shower (forgot about the apartment complex Hallowe’en party the night before).
Volunteering was great! It got pretty hectic when I was trying relay scores of four games back to Frisbee Central every five minutes over a single walkie-talkie channel shared by all the volunteers. But we all got pretty good at it. Stats keeping is something else, though. The RUFUS system of keeping Ultimate stats isn’t all that hard, but it’s definitely a two person job, especially if there are a lot of turnovers. So I was glad to have Kirby as a partner to help record the “B-Plus” vs. “Donner Party” mixed semi-final game. The UPA is gonna have an excellent record of that game. 🙂 (Note to self: this link describes the games I was responsible for today.)
Ducked out a couple hours early and had dinner at Fillippos with Cam, Melissa and Darren. It was good, but I really shouldn’t have ordered food. The free meal I received because I was a volunteer (plus associated BEvERages) had me pretty full still. Then it was back to my place for a dip in the pool/hot-tub and over to Cam and Melissa’s for brownie and ice-cream. A perfect night to a great day.
And tomorrow I do it all over again! Oh yeah, one more thing before I go: Vancouver’s team, Furious George, made it to the finals again this year! Go Canada!! If they win tomorrow it will be the second year in a row a Canadian team has won the US-based “Nationals” (Furious won it last year too). Cam talked about bringing out his big Canadian flag to the games tomorrow, I hope he does it! I will, of course, represent in the same way I have been all year: flip-floppy goodness.