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Science Fiction becoming reality again!

Posted by Iszi on March 10, 2007

Okay, call me slow but my brain just now made this connection. I just find it interesting that when we in the real world developed hand-held computers, the name that we gave them ended up being not too far from the name given to the fictional hand-held devices in the Star Trek universe.

PADDs – or Personal Access Display Devices – are rather proliferate in the Star Trek universe, particularly starting in STNG and carrying on through DS9 and Voyager. I haven’ t seen much of Enterprise myself, but I’m sure they put them in there too, even though TOS didn’t show many if any of these devices.

While – according to Wikipedia – the (primitive and not at all physically similar) origins of today’s handheld devices pre-date the modern form of the PADD, the particular term we use most often to refer to them wasn’t coined until several years after the PADD made its debut.

So, PDAs are yet another science fiction dream come into reality. Does anyone else find it interesting that we only needed to take one letter off from “PADD” and flip the last two, to get there? After all, stranger things have made their way into the real world from sci-fi, and I’m sure I don’t have to give references for those.


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“Not recommended for children under 12?”

Posted by Iszi on March 8, 2007

Okay, I just don’t get this.

I regularly drink XS Energy Drinks to keep me going at work during the day. I used to be a Full Throttle guy, but one day my mom said “Why are you spending your money on Full Throttle when I’ve got cases of this stuff at home?” So, I figured I’d help her get rid of it by drinking those twice a day now instead of my usual.

Then today I actually read the can. Normally, when I toss something down the hatch to keep me going I really don’t much care what’s in it, as long as it works and it’s legal. I was only really checking the can out ’cause I was bored at the moment and it was there. However, I got really bothered when I saw “4900%” RDV of B12 on the Nutrition Facts chart! That means that for the past couple weeks, I’ve been getting at least 98 times the recommended daily consumption of vitamin B12, five days a week!

This is almost more disconcerting than the one time I found out that caffeine overdose could lead to hallucinations! (Although if it weren’t for the stomach pump through the nose that would later be necessary, that might actually be fun!) So, I went around trying to look up whatever I could on the XS Energy Drink and Vitamin B12. This wasn’t too easy, since the XS website is blocked by my work proxy under the category “Unregulated Substances” or some other birdsplat, but Google and Wikipedia are great alternative resources. While I did not find anything particularly regarding Vitamin B12 overdose, I was able to pull up Wikipedia’s entry on XS which actually had something almost more disturbing to me than the issue I’d originally come to look up!

The article mostly references the XS website to back its content, so for one who has access to that (I’ll be checking when I get home.) it would be relatively easy to verify its claims. What bothers me is this: Near the end of the article it is mentioned, “The distributor does not recommend it for children under 12.”. That’s not so bad on it’s own, but not two sentences later it is said “According to the distributor, the drinks are packaged in 8.4 ounce (250ml) size cans because that size… can be more comfortably held by children.”

Seriously now, WTF?

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ZUJU Sounds Like A Cool Word…

Posted by Iszi on January 22, 2007

Okay, this is further proof that (caffeine == bad for brain cells)! The last four characters of one person’s alphanumeric ID number in our system are “ZUJU” and I couldn’t help but think when I saw that, “that looks like a cool word – gotta find some meaning for it”!

So, zuju – pronounced “z00-j00” – is my new favorite word. I’ve just gotta figure out what it’s supposed to mean now. Any ideas? It would be such a shame to see this cool sounding phonetic arrangement go to waste. Maybe I’ll give up on meaning and just make it my new screen name. Yeah, maybe…

Somebody help me, please!

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Brain Dump

Posted by Iszi on December 20, 2006

Right now (as has been the case often lately) my mind is a mess of disorganized random thoughts. Pardon while I dump. This probably won’t be the last time, either.

I know that I am bound.
Why can’t I be free from these chains I have found.
I don’t know what they really are, but only that they are there.

I’m constantly wandering, wondering.
Aimlessly, pointlessly.
Lamenting that which I don’t understand.
Treasuring that which I do.

There’s an answer within my reach.
It’s there, but I can’t see.
I’m grasping at thin air.
It taunts me, tormenting me with every unsuccessful strain I make to grasp it.

Two roads diverged, but this is no yellow wood.
I’ve looked down both as far as I could.
The darkness is foreboding and so I stay put.
I feel the ground shaking, collapsing underfoot.

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