The Phantom City

Notes from our travels across a mysterious world.

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The Phantom City: The Matinee Edition

[Link defunct]

Huh, how do you like that? I like to think of it like Wallace and Gromit, or Tim Conway and Don Knotts movies from the 1970s.

And yes, I just ran across the online dating site and its quizzes in my blog travels. I’m married, and would have been too introverted for online dating anyway. 🙂

I, Simpson

Just in case you don’t know what I look like, I offer here an accurate representation of myself:

Shane, Simpson

Handsome devil, that. All yellow and…ahem…a few pounds less heavy than I would have thought.

It’s from the Simpsons Avatar Creator, on The Simpsons movie site. Their application works even better than the one for South Park, but South Park’s does let you become a pirate, which is cool.

Link courtesy of Best Week Ever, which tries for Paris Hilton, but I think this might work better as Paris in the Simpsons universe:

Inanimate Carbon Rod

The Inanimate Carbon Rod. 🙂

Top 15 Geek Vacations

EWeek lists their 15 geekiest vacations. I’ve only done one of these — maybe two, if your count going to great places for geeky reasons — the National Air and Space Museum. I was 100 feet away from the International Spy Museum on our most recent trip to DC and didn’t want to walk over there due to the rain. I can’t help but think I need to be more ambitious.

Link courtesy of Raph Koster, who is more accomplished at geek vacationing than me. 🙂

My New York Age

Somehow I really don’t think this is accurate. I’m thinking 75, or whatever age you need to be to get all suspicious of the young and start muttering about “Teenagers!” 🙂

My New York age is 28

This New York age puts you-generally speaking-into the young category. That’s what you were hoping for, right? Run and tell your friends. Then get drunk (as usual). Then sleep it off. Then pop an Adderall. Then come back and consider experimenting with a more mature type of New York life (just once in a while). Have you ever been to the Village Vanguard or the Living Theatre? Eaten at Elaine’s? Taken a date to Michael Feinstein? Before you laugh, check ’em out and see what old-school NYC experiences you can add to the new.

Does your age reflect how you’re living? Let us know.

What’s your New York age? Take the Time Out New York quiz and find out!

Hot 5

Hmm, looks like Maxim came out with its Hot 100 (supposedly straight), and AfterEllen.com responded with a lesbian version. Let’s see how they match up with a…uh…“random” list of five women.

List Maxim rank AfterEllen rank
Alyson Hannigan n/a 74
Jenna Fischer n/a n/a
Kristen Bell 46 56
Sarah McLachlan n/a n/a
Shakira 38 n/a

Yep, looks like my interests aren’t well-represented on either list, but more closely on the Maxim side based on the numbers. However, I was surprised at how much easier it would be to pick a second five from the AfterEllen list. C’mon, Maxim, you seriously listed Lindsay Lohan (#1, no less), Fergie (#10), and Shanna Moakler (I’m not going to bother looking that up) in your top 100? Combine that with Second Life avatars, and it’s just wasted space.

What’s Your Theological Worldview?

You scored as Emergent/Postmodern. You are Emergent/Postmodern in your theology. You feel alienated from older forms of church, you don’t think they connect to modern culture very well. No one knows the whole truth about God, and we have much to learn from each other, and so learning takes place in dialogue. Evangelism should take place in relationships rather than through crusades and altar-calls. People are interested in spirituality and want to ask questions, so the church should help them to do this.

Emergent/Postmodern

82%

Evangelical Holiness/Wesleyan

71%

Classical Liberal

61%

Neo orthodox

46%

Reformed Evangelical

43%

Roman Catholic

43%

Fundamentalist

39%

Charismatic/Pentecostal

39%

Modern Liberal

36%

What's your theological worldview?
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Emergent/Postmodern? Possibly true. A picture of Brian McLaren next to the results? Meh.

Link courtesy of Too Many Topics, Too Little Time.

The Great Firewall of China

According to this test site, The Phantom City is blocked in China. I feel almost famous…along with hundreds of thousands of other sites that are probably just blocked due to pattern-matching.

And just to make it a good FridayMeme Cats.

Tube Kitten

I played your guy

Bowl kitten

I’ve been here 500 times?

Yep, this is the 500th post since I started this blog back in May 2004. Wow, really shows what longevity can do for a blog. (For instance, when the owner only posts every three to four days or so, it can get the blog up to 500.) 🙂

I was going to write something to celebrate the occasion, but then again, I’m the same person who had to go look and see when I started doing this, so I doubt it would have been any good. However, I figure I should write something so I can blog about other things and not end up celebrating my 517th post. This way all of you can be sure I’ll be able to post regularly on interesting topics such as…ah…comics, wrestling, the Internet, spam, UNC basketball players from 2005, quizzes…myself…okay, mostly just stuff that interests me.

Hmmm, this is kind of dragging on. I’ll leave you with my blogger code and let you try to figure why this even exists:

B8 D++ T+ K+ S F I O X+ E+ L C– Y3 R+ W P+ M1 N– N–

Further experimentation

Hmmm, what does one do when they don’t keep up one blog? Start another one! 🙂

Actually, I ran across the concept of the tumblelog, and I thought it sounded like a good place for the interesting things I pass up because I don’t really think about them as a blog post. So, I’ve started one at phantom-thought.com, hosted by Tumblr. Let’s see how it goes.

The name for the tumblelog comes from a Thomas Hardy poem I ran across one day.

And thus reflecting, you will never see
That your thin thought, in two small words conveyed,
Was no such fleeting phantom-thought to me,
But the Whole Life wherein my part was played;
And you amid its fitful masquerade
A Thought–as I in your life seem to be!

By its nature, a tumblelog lends itself to ephemeral thoughts, so the name seems fitting. The link name from the nav here — marginalia — is also appropriate.

News From Afar creates more work for readers

Okay, I’m back to Bloglines after two days. Google Reader was okay, but the way I use feed readers doesn’t quite match up yet. For one thing, when you email an entry from Bloglines, it includes the entire entry. Google Reader cuts it off after a bit. I also like organization options that go beyond alphabetical. Not too far from where Google Reader is now, but those sorts of things bothered me more than Bloglines’ occasional problems with feeds. I did like Reader’s approach to marking items as read. (You scroll past, and it’s read. In Bloglines, you open the feed, and everything’s read.)

Anyway, News From Afar is now a blogroll again. I’ll keep an eye on Google Reader, though.

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