Heyyy, Happy Twenty-Oh-Nine! And for those of you in the Eastern Orthodox world who celebrate Christmas on January 7th, especially Anna in Ukraine or Lena in Russia, I haven’t forgotten you, hehe. “Merry Christmas!” To help celebrate, here’s an eye-grabbing “Snow White” photo (above) by Russian photographer and long-time LiveJournal buddy, Lena Chernaya. Plus some more titillating chaos about random shirts, bloggy values, and the comedy of hate, lol.
Finger Slice Update. Ouch-ouch-ouch! If you saw my previous post, you’ll remember the bloody finger-slice I patched and sealed with the incredible Krazy Glue. To quell any further doubts of the power of Krazy Glue, here are the follow-up progress photos since December 24th. Just eight days. Amazing.
Random Shirts Update. Next, an update detailing both the victory and agony of T-shirts, lol. First, the *good* news. After this shirt sat in my Amazon Wish List for months, I finally ordered and received my “Rising Sun” T-shirt. While it’s not an American Apparel shirt, it looks and feels as awesome as my American Apparel shirts. The weathered-and-worn red-and-white design is over-sized and intense. Beautiful.
Now, the *bad* news. The brown “Mimi’s Rage” American Apparel T-shirt I ordered from Zazzle for fellow otaku blogger Shagh was printed pretty poorly. As poorly as my black long-sleeved shirt from a previous post.
So why did Zazzle print both my black “Mimi’s Rage” and green “Angsty Momo” American Apparel T-shirts in perfect clarity? Yet screw up the other two? Who knows? In any case, I returned to the site and replaced the text-over-camouflage design with a simpler text-only design. Simpler. With less chance for them to screw up. In theory. Thankfully, Shagh has been a great sport and even requested my signature. But where to sign it? ^_^;
Bloggy Values. Ah, and what will probably entertain Meronpan the most, I bring even more “WebsiteOutlook” stats, lol. If you remember from last time, the theoretical monetary value of 10 arbitrarily-selected blogs were presented as follows.
-  Mimi’s Rage = $335.80.
-  Gordonator = $2562.30.
-  Clan Blue Panthers a.k.a. Panther = $2664.50.
-  Meimi132 = $3372.60.
-  xJAYMANx & xJAYMANx_toybox = $4066.10.
-  Meronpan = $4277.80.
-  Angry Loli a.k.a. Mimi = $5139.20.
-  Puppy52 a.k.a. Chun = $6402.10.
-  How a Girl Figures a.k.a. Dancing Queen = $10446.30.
-  Danny Choo = $244477.00.
Over a month later, there’s been a few fascinating developments. Well, maybe just fascinating to Meronpan. But I’m a numbers-type guy too. So why not? Here’s the updated list, taking the same 10 blogs from lowest to highest…
 Mimi’s Rage = $2211.90. First on my list is Mimi’s Rage, a small blog run by Mimi’s fan club. Wow, such a huge jump in such a short time!
 Meimi132 = $3577.00. Second is Meimi132’s blog. Still steady and solid.
 Meronpan = $4737.70. Third is Meronpan’s blog. Another solid blog performance.
 Puppy52 a.k.a. Chun = $5832.70. Fourth is Chun’s blog and website. This may be an unexpected theoretical dip, but hers is still a high-performer among otaku blogs.
 xJAYMANx & xJAYMANx_toybox = $5861.90. Next is my own website and blog. Hmmm, another unexpected jump. Especially considering my lazy once-a-week blog updates. I guess frequency isn’t a huge factor after all. Hmmm.
 Clan Blue Panthers a.k.a. Panther = $6504.30. Sixth is Panther’s blog. Whoa, massive panther-sized leap! Which finally makes more sense.
 Angry Loli a.k.a. Mimi = $7876.70. Seventh on the list is Mimi’s blog. Another huge jump.
 Gordonator = $8234.40. Eighth is Gordon’s blog. Wow, the largest jump of the list! No doubt, a Trooper-inspired jump! And like Panther’s leap, this theoretical value finally makes more sense.
 How a Girl Figures a.k.a. Dancing Queen = $10928.10. Ninth is Dancing Queen’s blog. Once again, a consistent top-performer among otaku blogs.
 Danny Choo = $237870.50. Ah, finally, still the big daddy of otaku-oriented blogs, DannyChoo.com. A slight drop, but a negligible one at that. Hmmm, one could almost say his blog is offering a bit of its theoretical power to its many offspring otaku blogs.
So what will the following months of 2009 hold? Who knows? But I wouldn’t be surprised if Meronpan decides to grace us with his statistical analysis, lol. >_<
Comedy of Hate. Hey, spoons or forks? That’s the burning question of the age! Do you prefer spoons or forks? Both useful tools. But slightly different. For different situations. But if you had to choose one for all situations? Which one?… Hahaha, doesn’t this sound absurd? But that’s the same type of question as: Mac or PC? Both useful tools. But slightly different. For different situations. But which one? Yup, I think most of us has already seen the infamous video on DannyChoo.com or elsewhere. Here it is again one more time.
Haha, immensely entertaining! But that’s about it. No winner or loser. Obviously, the answer is “both”. A spoon and fork are each useful tools. One isn’t better than the other. But together, they are considerably more powerful. Likewise with the Mac and PC. And after a full month of using my dual-OS iMac (both Mac Leopard and Win XP) since Dec 4th, I can honestly say that “both together” is true. While apps and images may move more smoothly via the Mac OS, some apps or processes are simply cheaper, more available or more convenient via the Win OS. But together, they are profoundly flexible and powerful. No question.
So for those who stubbornly or blindly say that one spoon, one fork, or one tool is better for all situations, that’s fine. I’ll just sit back and enjoy the show. On my iMac, hehe. >_<
Russian Angels. Like I mentioned at the top of this post, I’ve known Lena for a while now. Since mid-2005. So when I asked her today for permission to use her “Snow White” and “Snow Maidens” photos, I was reminded of an old *photo-poem remix* I once composed of her years ago. So here’s Path of Seduction (Remix 062, Sept 2005) featuring the Russian photographer herself, lol.
original self-portrait by lena
remixed image & words by xjaymanx
path of seduction
strained by the stress
and drained by the storm,
i stopped at the pub
and hopped on the stool
a bearded bloke bumped me
without any pardon
and slapped on the smile
of a half-plastered fool
“she purrs like a kitten!”
he boasted to his comrades,
“the shriek of her wheels!
the roar of her engine!”
i heard myself laugh
and sipped from my draft
and slipped into a dream
of speed and abandon
fifty and sixty
and seventy and eighty
kilometers per hour
heartbeats per minute
ninety and one hundred
and one-ten and one-twenty
and one-thirty and one-forty
and one-fifty and faster!
the laughter awoke me
and spun me around,
i searched for my words
and cut through the chatter
“she sounds like a beauty!”
i burst loud and clear,
“what make and model?
a porsche or an audi?”
the bearded bloke chuckled
but offered his answer,
“you misunderstand fella,
why not ask her yourself?”
his girlfriend dazzled
in her half-zipped denim
while her wide eyes flashed
with the wild shade of “go!”
“what make and model?”
she purred like a kitten,
“my make is russian,
and my model is seduction”
Hey, still ain’t bad after all these years, lol. So how did this turn into a Russian-babe post? I have no idea. But here’s one final photo by Lena to celebrate the New Year and another Merry Christmas. “Merry Christmas!” Have you been naughty or nice? ^o^