How well can you distinguish colors?

This isn’t really a game, per-say, but it’s kind of interesting. Basically you just need to arrange the colors so the hue flows smoothly from left to right. Can your eye distinguish the nuances from square to square?

I got a 3 (lower is better). Apparently I have trouble with the reds, but 3 seems to be pretty good. What’s your score?

Link via Sara (who got a 4) (I’m just saying).



My brother visited me this weekend, and while he was here I noticed a disturbing lack of hair on the top of his head. In fact, he kind of has like a blond spot on top combined with thicker, darker patches on the side, giving him a semi-unique look.

One of these guys is my brother

Now, obviously I’m not one to talk when it comes to baldness. But really, I see myself every day, so I don’t think much about my own baldness. This, of course, led to this picture:

Who's the baldest?

So I ask you, who has the most to worry about here?

The case against Nathan:

  • He is 5 years younger, and thus *should* have more hair.
  • His hair is longer, and thus doesn’t look as bald in the picture as it really is.
  • His hair is generally lighter, and his skin is generally darker, so the bald patches don’t show up as much.
  • His baldness is more diffuse, like a general thinning, instead of discreet and more drastic patches of baldness.

The case against Shane:

  • Look at that picture, my goodness.
  • There is an actual reflection on the top of his head from the flash.
  • His forehead (five-head) starts way over the dome of his head, half-way to his ears.

So, there you have it. Speak now or forever hold your peace:

25 random things

Okay, I got tagged on this dumb thing on Facebook.  I wasn’t inclined to do it, since there are well over 25 random things about me here on my blog, but Sara’s constant nagging finally got to me.  Some of these are stolen from my 8 things from about 8 months ago.

1) The first time I ever flew in an airplane was when I was a senior in college.  I was actually flying to Philly for my job interview!

2) I taught myself how to play the guitar.  I’ve been playing for about 7 years (not counting when I half-heartedly tried to teach myself in college)

3) I played the clarinet in my tiny school band from like 4th grade to 6th grade or thereabouts.

4) I was a green belt in Tae Kwon Do.

5) In going with the “skills you didn’t know I had” theme, I was in the fencing club in college. I only did it for about one year and I never participated in any tournaments, but I did own my own foil and everything.

6) When I was in about middle school, a couple of friends used to come over after school. We would use my bow to shoot arrows straight up in the air and then lay on the ground and see how close to us the arrows could fall to see whose nerve would break first.

7) When I was little I had this blanket that I took everywhere, and I liked to chew on it. My mom couldn’t get me to forget about them so whenever she washed them she would rip off a piece until they got so small I kind of had to give them up. My mom is mean!

8 ) Speaking of my mom being mean, when I was learning to drive my mom told me that she heard somewhere that if you see a box or a bag in the road you shouldn’t hit it because sometimes that’s how people get rid of unwanted kittens. Whaaaa?!? Why would you tell someone that!?! So now I have a pathological need to avoid any bag or box in the road even if I saw it just blow in and it couldn’t possibly contain kittens. But I just can’t risk it! Imagine the carnage!

9) When I was little I was blond. Like really, really blond! This lasted until I was like middle school.

10) I have been continuously employed since I was 15.  I actually had a paper route for about 3 years before that, but I gave it to my sister and took a little break before starting at Subway.

11) When people used to ask me where I was from, I would always say, “Originally Wisconsin, but I grew up in Indiana.” Actually, though, we moved from Wisconsin when I was 6 so it is kind of random to mention it. I always felt a connection with Wisconsin though since we went back frequently to visit my large extended family.

12) I actually was accepted to college in Communication for a degree in film studies.  I transfered into Computer Science before I started school though. I wanted to go into special effects.

13) I really wanted to go to Notre Dame and only applied to Purdue as a backup. I actually got accepted to Notre Dame (of which I am proud) but it was too expensive for me to go. Good thing I went to Purdue though, since I met Sara.

14) I have been accused of being obsessed with pirates and zombies.

15) Every time Sara goes out of town, I make myself ham and (fried) noodles.

16) When I’m sleeping, I *have* to pull the sheet up to my neck (for vampire protection! j/k). If it is hot, sometimes I will have my entire body out of the sheet with a little tendril across my neck.

17) I had my ear pierced.  Twice.  I used to wear a ring in the lower one and a stud in the top one.

18 ) The second time I got my ear pierced, my dad and I went together (although he was only getting his pierced for the first time).

19) When I was little I got my little brother and sister to give me their money so I could put it in my “bank” and charged them for the privilege of keeping their money safe.  Then I didn’t mention it again until later when I gloated that the charges equaled the amount of money they had given me.  My mom made me give them back their money, even though I revealed the contracts I’d made them sign before hand.

20) When I was about 5 I started a rock selling business.  The rocks were priced between $0.05 and $1. I remember one of the more expensive ones was priced that way because I thought it looked like a hamburger.  My only customers were my mom and dad and I think my mom still has some of the rocks.

21) One time I was supposed to be babysitting my little brother.  My best friend and I built a fort for him and set a timer and told him not to come out until it went off.  Then we walked to the comic book store and bought comic books. In a fit of guilt we bought a comic book for him. When he asked where we got the comic books from, we told him a man had lost his dog out front and he gave us the comic books as a reward for helping him find his dog.

22) When I was in middle school I played Dungeons and Dragons.  My mom thought that meant I was a satan worshiper and she contacted our priest.

23) I used to take a blank piece of paper and draw roads all over it, crossing over and under each other and looping all around. I thought they were the bee’s knees. I made a sign for my desk at school proclaiming I could create one of these masterpieces for any interested party for the low, low price of $0.05.  I think I even had one customer!

24) I like musicals and my favorite it Jesus Christ Superstar. I used to listen to it over and over again. When I was really little my aunt took me to the store and I sang, “You’re a fool Jesus Christ!” and she said, “Oh no no no Shane! We don’t say that!” I can only imagine what she thought my parents were teaching me. 

25) When I was little I though the word magician was pronounced “maj-ik-an”.  Like a combination of the words “magic” and “can” (not so crazy when you think of it like that!).  I also thought the chocolate/vanilla/strawberry ice cream was Napoleon ice cream.

Pickle Pops – Maybe I should try some after all

Okay, I like pickles.  I would go so far as to say I *love* pickles.  But nonetheless, they seem disgusting to me in frozen form and I’m not sure how I feel about them being in kids lunches.  Call me old fashioned, but why not just give them a regular old pickle?  But I definitely think getting away from the name “Pickle Sickle” was a good move.

That link was courtesy of InteractiveReader, and speaking of which, this quiz is courtesy of her boyfriend, whom I am currently blogstalking.  You know, to make sure he’s right for her and stuff.  It’s practically a duty.  I’m sure she would ask me to do it herself, but that would be impolite.

I am Rickets. Hear your bones go boing.
Which Horrible Affliction are you?
A Rum and Monkey disease.

I feel pretty good about Rickets.  It feels kind of old world and dignified, as diseases go.  Any disease with the tagline “Hear your bones go boing” can’t really be all that bad.  Plus, since it is almost wiped out in the 1st world, it sort of has a nostalgia factor.

Today marks the first day that anybody pulled over to tell us how adorable Evie is.  We were walking back from the garden and they just stopped their car in the street to tell us.  So perhaps I am not just being a proud pappa in thinking she is indeed adorable!

Garden, we hardly knew ye

Well, I guess we better get some good crops out of our garden this year…looks like it might be the first and only year!  The land is owned by the University of Chicago who recently inked a deal to buy out a seminary on campus and move them to that location.  From the University’s liaison:

“As we have discussed many times over the years (most recently in my letter of April 2008), the community use and enjoyment of the garden is temporary. We have long planned to develop this land for University

I know we aren’t entitled to the land and there are certainly people who have more of a right than us to be upset considering we haven’t even harvested our first crops yet, but it is kind of a bummer.

So, we were told there may be a survey at work sent to selected employees.  Therefore, I was not too surprised when the link arrived in my email box.  But the first sentence just cracked me up: This is not a phishing attempt.  Oh, well that makes me feel a little better!  Surely if it were someone trying to steal information from me to gain illegal access to my computer they wouldn’t be allowed to say “this is not a phishing attempt.”  And in bold and italics no less, so they REALLY REALLY mean it sincerely.  I guess all of the other stuff in the email must be true too, like how when I forward it to 10 people a little animation of Bill Gates will pop up and hand me a $10 bill through my monitor which I can send to Nigeria to recieve a million dollars.  I think that email set cyber security back 10 years.

Okay, I don’t really like to participate in these blog chain letter type things, but when one is forced on me by an evil person, I must obey.  I’m really hardly better than a trained monkey, folks.  I will not force others to do it though!

What were you doing five years ago?
Hmm, May ’03.  Not married yet, not even engaged.  Wow, didn’t even have the cat yet!  Hadn’t started grad school yet either.  What the heck was I doing??  Getting ready to move frm Norristown to KOP and playing a lot of guitar I guess.

What are five things on your to-do list for today (not in any particular order)?
1. Get Evie to take good naps – check
2. Get Evie to eat all of her food – check
3. Finish all of my hours for work – check
4. Go for a walk with Evie and water the garden – no check
5. Write a blog post – soon to be checked

What are five snacks you enjoy?
1. Potato chips
2. M&Ms
3. Cheese and crackers
4. Ice cream
5. Popcorn

What five things would you do if you were a billionaire?
1. Quit my job and start my own consulting company.
2. Become a land baron.
3. Send Evie to the Lab School.
4. Donate to Keith and the Girl.
5. Find some really good cause to donate to where the money could really make a tangible difference to somebody, like building roads in Africa (West Wing reference), rather than the “popular” causes that everybody donates to.

What are five of your bad habits?
1. Being moody and over sensitive.
2. Talking too much.
3. Compulsively cleaning my plate.
4. Actually, just being compulsive on finishing things in general (projects, etc.)
5. Licking my fingers after eating (courtesy of Sara)

What are five places where you have lived?
1. Janesville, WI
2. Fort Wayne, IN
3. West Lafayette, IN
4. Wayne, PA
5. Chicago, IL

What are five jobs you’ve had?
1. Paper boy
2. Sandwich artist
3. Food service captain
4. GUI team lead
5. Software Engineer

What kind of American English do you Speak?

Seems fairly accurate…

Your Linguistic Profile:
65% General American English

20% Upper Midwestern
5% Midwestern
5% Yankee
0% Dixie



I’m Micah

Okay, I don’t know how I got this from the way I answered the questions, but I think it is creepily correct…
Test courtesy InteractiveReader

Your Score: Micah Sanders

You scored 58 Idealism, 33 Nonconformity, 79 Nerdiness

Can we play Scrabble tonight? Congratulations, you’re Micah Sanders! You’re good-natured, intelligent, perceptive, and naturally inclined toward technology. You’re also quite innocent and loving. You’ve got a fondness for computers and Scrabble. Your best quality: You’re extremely perceptive Your worst quality: You can be a little demanding at times

 The Heroes Personality Test