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February 14, 2001

Happy Valentine's Day!

Or as it's known to the cynical unloved: Singles Awareness Day. Google has a cool heart java applet to play around with to commerate the day also.

Here's a neat story about The Onion moving to New York and some of the backstory behind the newspaper. Apparently there are going to be some Onion movies too.

Astronauts are going to be taking their 100th spacewalk today. The first one was back in 1965 by Edward H. White II. That has got to be the coolest feeling in the world, floating in nothingness, seeing the earth below (or possibly above depending on your orintation) you as it spins. I hope that someday the average person will be able to experiance that.

February 14, 2002

Happy Valentine's Day!

Today you get to a special update of various rantings, articles, comics, and more ranting about life, love, and geeks. I've come across many many different articles and writings on the net over the past year, saved all for this special day. Whether you hate Valentine's or not, it's at least some interesting reading.

First off, and this is the biggest, what is with the whole "I like you as a friend" thing? Girls say they want guys who are nice, smart, funny, charming, and sweet. But girls date the guys who are hot and cool, regardless of how much of a jerk they are. And yet they still complain about how terrible guys are, and "Why aren't there any good guys?" If only they would relieze that there are TONS of great guys out there, they've just got to stop fantasizing about every hottie they see, and start actually looking. If any girl is reading this that is single, ask yourself, what is wrong with your male friends? How come is it, once a guy is a friend he is automatically undatable? I guess the reason this strikes such a cord with me, is every female I've ever met, EVERY single one, has just liked me as a friend. *Sigh* It's as though to get a female to see beyond friendship, you have to be a jerk. And to me, it always seemed friends would make the best significant-others. You already established that you get along, have common interests, can talk to one another; it just seems like it'd be a whole lot more likely to work out than picking up some guy at a bar that you've never met before. But should you ever try to become friends first, in order to get to know the girl, you're doomed to friendship. Ever heard the line "Oh I could never date you, you're too nice"? Never understood it either. As though they only want to date mean people? And it absolutely amazes me what girls put up with with some guys. Or maybe a girl might see you as a "brother", which well in the South still might mean you have a chance :) Anyways, check out the biggest and greatest website for all the "friends" out there: How to become a Platonic Friend. It explains the whole friend thign a lot better and in a lot more detail than I could. The amount of Do's and Dont's I've done is incredible :) Oh, and I like this quote: "Platonic female friends are good for research into the females you don't want to be platonic with"

Oh yeah, if any of my female friends are reading this, I'm not talking about you, I'm talking about that other female friend. :) Nah, seriously, I'm quite happy just being friends and nothing more with most of the girls I know, but it's those few who you wish you weren't just being friends with that cause all the problems.

Now as a related topic, but different enough to get it's own section, is Geek Love. I think this is the greatest, most underappricated, dating pool a girl could ever hope for. And no, I'm not just saying this because I'm a geek :) First off, there are a multitude of reasons why geeks make great boyfriends. And yes, I can attest that everything said in the last link is true. And we aren't even hard to date. There are even a few geek girls here and there, though I must admit guys outnumber them greatly. And they have advantages as well, plus they can wear cool shirts like that one. And finally, there is the always helpful Geek Dating FlowChart

But along with the dating game, there is always rejection which stinks, but it's life. Some interesting observations in that link, especially the last paragraph. Sometimes even geeks reject each other (Who is that girl? I want to meet her! ;)) However if you're ever feeling down (dateless for Valentine's? Join the party), check out an episode of Blind Date, cause man, some of the people on that show genuinely scare the crap out of me. And speaking of dating shows, Dismissed takes the cake for the absolute shallowest premise. Guys/Girls fight over the Guy/Girl they havent' even met yet (!), and are then treated like posessions to be won. But of course, coming from MTV, this isn't too suprising.

However if you ever get desperate enough, there is always the internet to help find a date "Person to Watch Powerpuff Girls Episodes with Adam in a Non-Committal, Un-date-like Way" :) Any takers? Or if you're really really desperate, go to the Yahoo Teen chat rooms, where they hit on anything that moves, er uh, types

Of course not everyone enjoys Valentine's Day, there is also all those people who hate it, be it because they never have a Valentine, or just the whole commercialness of it. Other's point out that having a single day of the year reserved for romance is silly, as true romance isn't a one day affair. And then some, like me, don't like the heart candy with things like "Hug Me". It's not the sayings on them I don't like, I just don't like the taste :)

If you do happen to enjoy Valentine's Day, then I've scoured my mp3 list for some good "Valentine's Day/Love/Romance/etc" songs. I'm sure some on here will make you roll your eyes, but since this is my website, I can pick whatever songs I want, Yeah!
Selena - Dreaming of You
Selena - I could Fall In Love
Genuine - Differences
Chris De Burgh - Lady In Red
Terra Skye - Is This Love
Tal Bachman - She's So High
Blessed Union Of Souls - I Believe
Ataris - San Dimas High School Football Rules
Cirque Du Soleil - Let Love Live
Chris Isaak - Wicked Game
Nina Gordon - Tonight and the Rest of My Life
Savage Garden - Truly Madly Deeply
Tim Mcgraw - Don't Take The Girl
UB40 - Can't Help Falling in Love
Stabbing Westward - What do I have to do
Fragma - Everytime You Need Me
Cece Peniston - Finally

And finally a few random ramblings: Nothing, absolutly nothing, beats a girl in glasses and a ponytail. Intelligence is about the sexiest assest a girl could possibly have. Geeks and nerds rule. And I hope everyone has a great and happy Valentine's Day!

February 14, 2003

Happy Valentine's Day!

And welcome to the Valentine's Day edition of BF.N where I compress one year's worth of teen romance angst in one day! It's an update with rants, raves, and links about life, love and geeks. Enjoy.

First I should mention that I did this last year on Single's Awareness Day as well. You may remember it if you've been reading a while, and I got quite a few comments on it. Most of the stuff in that update is still pertanient today, and some of the articles, especially Why Geeks Make the Best Boyfriends and very especially "I just Want To Be Friends" are definitly worth a read if you haven't seen them already. And yep, still doing most of the "Do's" on the "Do's and Don'ts of Cultivating and Maintaining a Platonic Friendship with a Woman You Would Otherwise Want To Have a Relationship With and Quite Possibly Marry." I love that title :)

First up this year is "nice guys" and why girls (supposedly) don't like them. As a semi-famous article that's made it's rounds about the net suggests, maybe Nice Guys are Losers. There is some valid points in there I do have to agree with, but I think someone was just bitter. There seems to be a thin line between confidence and arrogance. Finally there is yet another article on yet another piece nice guy not getting girls. It's a conspiracy I tell you! Who wouldn't want a sensitive boy?

Given all that, (most) people want nice people. It's just a matter of what you consider "nice". Girls complain that they can't find nice guys, when they're actually all over the place. But you won't find them hitting on you half drunk in a bar (well not to say that it's impossible, just not likely). Join some clubs, and get involved in something, and that's where you'll find the nice people. Watch how someone treats other people, it shows a lot about a person. And if the girl you have your heart set on does indeed go after the jerk, then doesn't that say something about the girl? Do you really want to date they type of person who would go after a jerk? Course, as I read in the paper the other day, girls tend to date different types of people every time, and the person they end up marrying is usually nothing like any of their previous boyfriends. Men go for the same type everytime.

Next I have to point out a GREAT series of 3 articles on Why Girls Actually Want Geeks, then Why it usually doesn't happen, and finally the pitfalls of dating a nerd (which I can admit there is a lot of truth to). Very interesting set of articles though. Still not convinced that geek guys make for great relationships? 15+ reasons why geek guys are "not so bad at all". And as a self-described geek, yep, it's all true. Of course, some people just aren't right for the geek lifestyle, as these girls found out, but hey, whatever floats their boat :) Lucky for them there's a list of How To Lose A Geek in 10 Seconds. The root password one is particulary hillarious :) Some girls definitly appriciate the geek though.

This brings me to a subject that I've noticed somewhat, in people trying to become what they think girls/guys want them to be instead of who they are. Is a lie anything that a good relationship should be based on? Sure for a one-night-stand (if that's your thing) go for it cause there is no relationship, but for pete's sake don't try to change yourself to attract some girl or guy you like. If she/he doesnt' like you for you, then it just wasn't meant to be. It's pretty much doomed to fail eventually, as sooner or later you'll get tired of the charade and once the person discovers the "real" you then it'll be over. That's why I am unabashedly nerdy, because if a someone can't like me for having a passion for computers or nerdy/geeky stuff, then it just wasn't meant to be. Not to say that's all I ever talk about or get involved in (as my friends can attest) but I'm not going to pretend that side of me doesn't exist to impress some girl.

There's also the ever dreaded I Just Like You As A Friend thing. Now of course I relieze that there are just some friends that are undateable or you're just not attracted to them in that way for various reasons no matter how great they are (like I myself have several friends who are incredible girls, but I have no interest in dating), and you can't "make" someone like you (learned that one the hard way). But it seems like friendship is the best way to find someone that you're really compatible with, rather than obsess over some random hot girl/guy at the mall that you've spoken 5 words to ("Number one with cheese please"). One would think you should have to get to get to know a person fairly well before you can truly like them (hence why I do not believe in love at first sight, just lust at first sight), but then what do I know.

*Standard disclaimer applies to the previous paragraph*. I'm perfectly happy with being "just friends" with my female acquitances. It's just those very few who you think have possibilities that cause all the angst. Oh, and a good tip for anyone who wants to get across non-interest to someone who may be interested in them: Just talk about some other guy/girl (they don't even have to be real, just make someone up) in the romantic sense. Gets the point across nicely and without embarrassment on either side. Just for the love of God don't go into detail on how great/nice/funny/smart/etc this person is, particulary if you've used any of those adjectives to describe the aforementioned liker. Then it's just cruel.

Moving on, The Ladder Master Theory Page is an interesting idea on how men and women rank each other on their respective ladders. It explains the phenomenon of ladder jumping, ladder disparity, and other related phenomenon. Very interesting theory.

But perhaps you don't want a relationship, perhaps you just want some random girl for a "night-o-fun". Don't have a Valentine yet? Never fear, let the people at alt.seduction.fast help you pickup women. Interesting tactics, and the scary thing thing is that some girls actually fall for them.

If however you want some substance, then some tips on How to be Romantic would be useful. One of the suggestions is pet names, which if you're having trouble coming up with one, try the Pet Name Generator for ideas. Particulary fun for teasing your friend with, as everything sounds funnier when "snugglyhoneybear" says it, as shown in this AIM conversation (edited version):
(15:12:13) Me: Hmmm, a good pet name would be Snuggly Honey Bear....
(15:13:07) Me: heh, I'm gonna change your name to that in AIM
(15:14:20) Snuggly Honey Bear: no
(15:14:34) Me: (15:14:20) Snuggly Honey Bear: no
(15:14:36) Me: haha
(15:14:39) Me: this is awesome
(15:14:47) Snuggly Honey Bear: shut up
(15:14:55) Snuggly Honey Bear: (expletive deleted)
(15:15:45) Me: I don't think snugglyhoneybear should say those naughty words
(15:15:51) Me: it's not snugglyhoneybearish

Futurama's had some good quotes relevent to today, quoted here for your reading pleasure (both said by Fry):
"What? Valentine's Day is coming up?!?! Crap! I forgot to get a girlfriend again"
"Well she was in love with the part of me that's a slob. I was in love with her with the part of me that's desperate."

Have a date for Valentine's but don't know what to do? Never fear, let old 50's educational movies guide you. From what do to on a date, Do's and Don't of Dating and Beginning Dating to Going Steady and How do you Know It's Love, cheesy acting and horrible plots can show you the way. No wonder all those people in the late 60's were so messed up.

Finally a fictional but sure-it-happens-in-real-life heartstring tugging account of why you should always tell someone how you feel (which no longer exists). Not that I follow that advice at all of course, but it's a nice story for Valentine's Day.

So that's the V-Day update for this year, which I believe fills my blog quota of girl/love/romance-related postings for the year. Now back to not-updating....

February 14, 2004

Happy Valentine's Day!

You didn't think I'd skip the most requested and talked about update of the year now did you? Yes, it's the infamous Valentine's Day update (for the first time actually written on Valentine's Day since I've been so busy) that I've been doing the last two years now. I squeeze in a whole years worth of Livejournal type posts about girls, all in a conveniently packaged one day update.

If you'd like some reading material, I suggest taking a look at the 2002 and the 2003 editions. As usual the two most pertinant sites out of all those links is the Foolproof Guide to Making Any Woman Your Platonic Friend and Why Geeks Make the Best Boyfriends. Check them all out though, there's some really good stuff.

Unfortuantely I've been a slacker and don't have much prepared in the way of a major update. If you find yourself with a nerdy girlfriend however, or you are of the female persuasion and want something for Valentine's day for yourself, check out the HTTP underwear with 403 Forbidden and 200 OK messages. Nerd humor at its finest! And what kind of girl wouldn't love to have a Cat5 bracelet instead of something gold?

This all assumes however that you're not part of the infamous "Friend Zone". Being friends with girls is awesome (sup female friends) but it's always "that one" that causes men everywhere to curse their lot in life. The unfortunate fact is you can't control who and who not you are attracted to, and so there's no use getting upset about it, it's just the way things are.

The tragedy of the topic though is when the guy *thinks* he's just friends with a girl but the girl actually likes him. Which brings me to my next point: Girls need to ask out guys more! Apparently there is still a stigma against this, for reasons that I have no idea about. Every guy I've ever talked to has emphatically agreed that they would love it if women made the first move, but its still incredibly rare. Most (sane) guys don't like to guess and wonder and ponder. We just want to know if you like us! Some women then counter that it's so hard to make the first move because you're uncertain and doubtful and worried of rejection. Welcome to our world. A friend of mine told me once that she didn't call a guy because she felt she wouldn't be enough of a challenge for him and thus he wouldn't be interested. Nothing could be further from the truth. So for the sake of men everywhere, if you like someone, just tell them. I guarantee he'll thank you for it. Besides, if you're worried about if someone likes you back or not, just use the ever handy Love Calculator

Completely switching gears, I thought I'd touch on the topic of love since that's what this Hallmark Holiday is supposed to be all about. Obviously there is many kinds of love, as you can love your parents, your wife, your siblings, your friends, or a Papa Johns Pepperoni pizza. I myself have never been *in* love or even remotely close, but there are a few certain people who I can say I do love, and its not something I do lightly. A famous 70's movie called A Love Story had the famous line that "Love means never having to say you're sorry." It's a very stupid line at face value, as being able to say you're sorry is a crucial part of love. But I think what it's getting atis that when you love someone, you love *them*. It means that you don't have to apoligize for being you, because that person loves you for the person you are, the essence of yourself, that part of you that makes you an individual from everyone else on this planet. Yeah, sometimes they'll do something that will make you mad or that you wish they wouldn't do, but you'll still love them because they are still that same person that you care so much about. Which is why looks always seemed like a really bad way to judge someone. I won't lie and say they don't matter (pontail+glasses=HAWT) and I do find some girls far more attractive than others. But when you come down to it, we're ALL going to end up looking like our parents, and if you marry a person becuase they look good, you're going to be sadly disappointed. This is also why I don't like it when people talk about the attractiveness of other people's boyfriends/girlfriends. Does it even remotely matter? "He's not even that cute, she could do so much better." or "His old girlfriend was a lot hotter, why did he ever dump her?" are things that makes me cringe on the inside. Why people have such problems understanding how dumb this is I'll never know.

Finally, to leave you with an "Awwwwwww" link to close out the update, here's a long list of first kiss stories written by people of all ages (and does it ever show in some cases). All right, all together now, "AWWWWWW"

And that's that for this years SAD (Single Awareness Day) update. A little less links than usual, but you got my 2 am ranting on women and love, so that makes up for it right? Until next year...

February 14, 2005

Happy Valentine's Day!

As is tradition, it's the annual ValDay update full ranting, raving, and general nonsense. See the 2002, 2003, and 2004 versions for even more fun!

If you're like me and do not have that more-important-than-most person to share today with, it's not your fault. It has now been mathematically proved why I'm single every year. Stastically I would have to meet a new girl every week for 67 years until I found a girl that I liked and liked me back. Or perhaps my single status has more to do with the fact that I'm writing about dating in terms of mathematical probabilities and being somewhat serious about it. Nah, I like the math theory better.

If that's not enough math for you, Salon interviewed the author of a book about Mathematics and Sex. According to the book, statistically, you should date 12 people seriously and then pick the next best person that comes along (be it #13 or #40) in order to have the best chance at happiness.

But wait, there's more! Googling for the Romeo and Juliet equation,, which is the idea that people like people who aren't interested in them, there are whole webpages explaining the differential equations of love (now isn't THAT a romantic slogan? "Differential equations of love". It's catchy). From homework problems to power point presentations, someone spent WAY too much time on this.

And if that all wasn't nerdy enough for you, how about this amazing love poem that you can get on a tshirt:
roses are #FF0000
violets are #0000FF
all my base
are belong to you

This has also been the first year where my friends have started getting engaged. And it seems to be snowballing, as now it seems like a fair amount of people I know are either engaged or heavily planning on marriage. I suppose it's about that age when it starts happening (my parents were married around my age) but it just doesn't seem that long ago that marriage seemed so far away. It's just another one of those "Geez I'm getting old" things. I'm nowhere close to the marriage club, but I figure it'll happen for me eventually. Or by the age of 25 (Note: Recently was pushed down to 24), which is the age when I've been told by several girls I'd have to marry them if neither of us had married by then. Also at ages 27, 28, and 30. You know you are. :)

And I believe in marriage for all people. More love in the world is never a bad thing.

I couldn't possibly let a Valentine's update go by without at least mentioning the most emo-riffic website out there, "I just want to be friends". Which is the likely response should you take the advice of a college columnist writing an impassioned essay to tell that special person how you feel. I only say it's unlikely to work out as if you spend that much time with a person and can't tell if they like you, then as a general rule they don't. But then sometimes it does have a happy ending, in which case the Internet can come through once again and tell you how to ask someone out. And you can find that person over the Internet as well, though as a famous quote goes about online dating, "The odds are good... but the goods are odd"

Also there's the annual article about why nice guys are kickin rad and yet still don't get women. Which isn't because women hate nice guys, quite the opposite, it's just non-nice guys have other things going for them that overcome the non-niceness, while the "nice guys" just have that going for them and nothing else. What women really want is guys with skills... like nunchuck skills, bowhunting skills, computer hacking skills... or perhaps just cookie making from scratch skills. Those are for an organization to help raise some money and help make Valentine's Day a little tastier for people who don't have a boyfriend or girlfriend to buy them things.

I also spent WAY too much time writing this Gaim script for AIM that keeps track of people who want to be my Valentine or not. Incredibly cheesy... yes. But it's sorta cool, and people so far have gotten a kick out of it. It takes a "Yes!" or "No!" answer and displays the aliased name with a message. Pretty neat no?

And that's the end of this years super long update. I myself have a hot date tonight with my Number Theory textbook since I have a huge test in there tomorrow. I am going to see Breakfast at Tiffany's though on campus with some friends, since I like the movie and Audrey Hepburn is awesome.

February 14, 2006

Happy Valentine's Day!

Who would have ever thought that the year I finally have a girlfriend is the first year I don't have my once annual huge update of emo angst about why girls are stupid for not liking nerdy guys. Well that's not quite true, I still think girls are missing a great oppurtunity by not hanging outside NEB (UF's main Electrical and Computer Engineering building) and trying to talk to guys. Wear a Heartris shirt and you're golden. Is it a coincidence that all the happiest girls I know in a relationships are dating engineers? I think not! Of course dating an engineer does come with some possible pitfalls...

If however you're a believer of SAD, there's online help for you too

One guy has a great idea on how to really invest in a relationship. Instead of buying expensive jewerly or taking exotic trips when trying to court a lady, why not put that money toward a Mutual Fund and watch your money grow while not wasting it on the girls you would break up with anyways. It's no longer money down the drain, it's money that will go toward a future wife. Because what girl wouldn't like that " instead of giving her diamond ear rings you give her a nice, ornate card with a dollar amount listed and a bank statement enclosed". Or maybe this isn't a good idea. I mean I would never do that. Er uh...

I'd also like to note how the price of roses convinently doubled in the last week. Ahhh capitalism, there's a love that never goes stale.

Of course the Republicans are still against love again this year. One day they'll wake up, one day.

So a Happy Valentine's Day to all my readers, and especially to the woman I love, the ever witty, funny, super smart, beautiful and oh so wonderful Candice (yeah, her roommate took that picture, it's pretty nifty).

February 14, 2007

Happy Valentine's Day!

Even though I haven't updated for almost a month, I can't let Valentine's Day go by without the annual Valentine's Day Update. My brother even sent me an email to remind me that despite how busy I am with moving to Austin I had better have a bright pink update, disappointed I didn't have it up by this morning. And since he's 51.2% of my readership, I have to give my audience what they demand!

ThinkGeek as usual has some good stuff for Valentine's, including a 1930's Book Of Love. Because if it was good enough for the 30's, it's good enough for now.

And if that isn't enough help for you, there's always lots lots more on the internet, including How to Impress a Girl, the Best Pickup Line (although personally I'm a big fan of "I wish you were sin squared and I was cosine squared so together we could be one together"), or even ideas on how to throw a Star Wars themed wedding.

And finding that significant other? Who needs Match.com or heaven-help us all, MySpace, to find people when there's Geek2Geek

Which segues into a perennial topic on the VDU, why dating nerdy/geeky guys is the bomb diggity. Even Craigslist agrees. CafePress also has a gigantic selection of Nerd Love stuff, so you know it's not just a fringe radical movement. Actually I might have to pick up a few stickers now that I look at it again. I mean, come on, reading really IS sexy!

Finally, I end with two of the more interesting phrases I've heard this past year in regards to dating:
intellectual arm candy - Dating someone that's smart because it makes you look smart
intellectual homosexuality - Going gay for someone of the same sex not because of physical attractiveness, but because of their brain

And yes, I'm officially in Austin now. Pictures from the trip to DC and NY will be up as soon as I get my desk tomorrow.

February 14, 2008

Happy Valentine's Day!

It's that day of the year again, where I briefly turn my website into an emo live journal (wait, does anyone actually use live journal anymore at all? That's so 2002) and fill it with every love/romantic/nerds-are-awesome thing I've come across in the last year. And in keeping with my habit of writing about Obama in any way possible, here's a You Barack My World valentine dedicated to everyone who regularly reads and/or randomely clicked on (which is probably 50% of my traffic), my website.

And thanks to the new design, it's possible to see all the previous Valentine's in one easy to follow page. It's so handy!

And speaking of technology, the Internet continues to help people find their true love, in ever more specific categories. Stuff like Jdate, SweetOnGeeks, and Millionaire Mate are so last century, the new hotness is finding your online message board soulmate, as grouped by internet site. Only want to date people as crazy about WoW as you? They've got you set. Of course one must be careful about misleading photos, as some creative cropping can create some interesting results.

Of course the true way to win a gamers heart would be with some chocolate Mii's

Here's a blog about one guy's adventures in online dating. It seems to prove the saying "The odds are good, but the goods are odd".

Thanks to the YouTube era, it's now possible to sing geeky swooning love songs to anonymous Internet strangers, like this guy did. "I know i'm not clever, I know i'm not smooth But when it comes to ddr i know how to bust a move". You can make this stuff up people!

Here's some more valentine's for the special people in your life, and an article about the new Geek Chic. Most of those people are posers though, I was nerd before nerd was cool!

And finally, I think xkcd says it best:
Will You Be My "It's Complicated" on Facebook?
Pitfalls of dating a computer person
Math doesn't solve everything after all
One for the physics nerds

That's all for this year, tomorrow it's back to more reasons why I think Obama is awesome, and some exciting SXSW news. (you see how I just hyped up an update to get more regular readers? I'm tricky like that see)

February 14, 2009

Happy Valentine's Day!

So alright, I might have been kinda sorta a week late this year. But my awesome wonderful girlfriend left 2 days afterwards to New Zealand for 9 months, so updating my website for the 5 random people who read it each day just kind of fell to the bottom of the priority list. And yep, it's the same woman I met almost a year ago while eating gelato in Rome. Since we've started dating she's spent 3 months in Prague, 2 weeks in LA, and just started 9 months in Wellington, New Zealand. But it's totally worth it :)

But enough mushy stuff, on to the normal "nerds are awesome" lovefest!

Finally, scientific proof that men are clueless when it comes to women. Apparently they didn't get the handy dandy flowchart.

It turns out there's an economical reason why good guys are in short supply, that can be explained by game theory. Something to do with bidding and being too choosy. So maybe it's really not your imagination after all.

Of course there's always the easy way out and just settling for Mr. Good Enough. Now that's a depressing thought on Valentine's Day. But thanksfully one person's Good Enough, is another's Amazing. I really liked this article about being "average" to the world, but not to the one you love.
But to the man whose hand or arm she is holding, she is not "average." She is the whole world to him. They may argue occasionally, or even frequently. He may have an eye for the cute intern in his office. But that is superficial. Fundamentally, she is the most valuable thing in his life.
And that is why I firmly believe there is always someone out there for everyone.

But for all you cynics out there, here some Superhero Anti-Romantic Cards to give the people you lo... er well hate. Or just listen to this guy for a while.

Apparently in Japan the women give the chocolate to men. I think I could definitely get behind that.

Some Valentine's Day cards in case the one's at Target just don't fit quite right:
Star Wars Valentine's Cards!
Computer Programming Valentine's Cards!
Science Valentine's Cards!
Tetris Valentine's Cards!
Old School Valentine's Cards!

Here's some more XKCD comics:
Dating as you get older
The curse of over thinking
It's true

Not sure what to get your special someone for Valentine's? Here's a fun list of nerdy gifts. And here's another one for the really, really, nerdy. Or else gift ideas that don't exist yet but really should.

And I'm having trouble trying to think of something more nerdy than declaring your love to someone via perl scripts. Maybe doing All Your Base Are Belong to use in candied hearts?

This is cool, an online Valentine's puzzle creator.

Hope everyone had a great Valentine's Day, and I just have to say: I love you Kara!

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