Wednesday, June 30, 2004

Ugh. or Good Times!

It was a long month.

Beginning with the weekend in Indiana, the Bachelor Party Weekend Spectacular, a rehersal dinner, little-talked-about Friday boozefest, Wedding, father's day and ending with something else which I forgot, I et a lot of delicious food and had a lot of good fun. I'm surprised my pants still fit.

It was nice to spend this weekend doing nothing. Besides of course, as some have accused, pondering the pain in my lady-parts.

My nose is twitchy.

Tuesday, June 29, 2004

Earthquake repairs

I replaced a server hard drive today that, as far as I am concerned, broke during the 'quake of '04. It had failed when they came in Monday morning, thus obviously was caused by the earth.

Credit where credit is due:

Regular victims of this place know I hate "Everybody Loves Raymond". I believe it is what most of CBS is, pandering and hackish. But I heard a commercial today that made me laugh out loud.

Dad (Frankenstein): Blank check?! You're stupider than I tell people!

Monday, June 28, 2004

Misc.

So, 'they' can stop hating us, right?

What's up there, camshaft? Not any more. Combine that with the newest in fuel injector technology, and we'll really have something. Just in time for the oil to run out.

Things I've realized:

  • I spent the weekend rapid-cycling between pure laziness and great effectiveness.
  • That said, I've never been more effective. Quitting smoking (7+ months) removed a giant barrier to getting stuff done. Nothing facilitated laziness like sitting at the computer and smoking a pack or two.
  • What I mean is that I'm not anywhere near as good at running my life as I previously thought. Previously, I arrogantly believed I could remember everything that needed to be done. I tried to run my life as an event-based thing- when x happens, do y. Turns out I'm naturally lazy and that doesn't work well. I need checklists and reminders for myself.
  • So, I've got it figured out. I think. I've got it worked out where I can get all of my 'chores' done during the week. Before work, after work, etc. The reward there is that the weekend can be used for projects, hobbies, watching the stock cars, sleeping 24 hours straight, weeping, visitin', finishing things up, washing the car, socializing and so on. I'd felt myself falling into the "I'm too busy to ..." trap.
  • 'Cause that's what happens. You fall behind, or get lazy, or take on too much, or believe that you're efficient enough to get it all done at once, and suddenly you're the ball of stress screaming at imagined traffic affronts, threatening bank tellers and generally having no fun whatsoever. Worst of all, when fun opportunities present themselves, you've got to say no because you're "too busy". Or you agree to everything and disappoint people. I learned this at McDonald's (though I wasn't very good at it at the time): stay ahead of the curve. You certainly do just as much work, and maybe even more. But it's on *your* terms. The world's not constantly shitting on you; you're not constantly putting out fires.

  • Thursday, June 24, 2004

    Riddle me this

    Was having a philosophical discussion with the family tonight. When attending a Catholic mass, do you go up for Communion? If not, why? I'll explain after I get a few answers, don't want to taint the pool.

    EDIT: I'm not sure where I was going with this. Yes I do: if Catholocism means nothing to you, what difference does it make to you if you eat the cracker or not? If you don't go up there as some kind of protest, to whom are you protesting? Certainly not the priest: all he sees are non-Catholics or sinners who failed to go to confession. And even if he does get the implicit protest, what's he going to do about it? The people who will notice and care are the people right there in the room- the people you chose to spend an hour with. And those are the people who are insulted by your non-participation. It's simply a ceremonial breaking of bread with family and neighbors - everything else is voodoo or politics.

    The disscussion was had stemming from a recent funeral, and I was pissed at some people who chose to remain seated. You want to protest something? Stand in line and tell the priest "no thanks" with a smile. That'll get notice.

    I invite more discussion- only if it's an affront to God.

    Wednesday, June 23, 2004

    Share and enjoy

    In keeping with Vega$' theme, (can you make a dollar sign possessive?) more evidence that people believe their stupid opinion needs airing. (832Kb)

    Tuesday, June 22, 2004

    I'll Kick You in the Neck!

    Temperament, hypertension linked in study

    Moore

    I don't follow Hitchens' work so I can't say from where this comes, but at least he takes pause in the Left's fellatio of Michael Moore to expose him for the self-aggrandizing huckster that he is.

    Pure comedy

    I would say unadulterated, but that seems like a stretch. Senate Candidate likes it kinky, 7 of 9 won't cooperate.

    Saturday, June 19, 2004

    Steak 'n Shake

    Stopped there last night after a work-related boozefest. How can something that tastes so good (All American Double with fries and chili) be so unsettling? I went to help someone sober up for the drive home, and I ended up drunker and nauseous. Of course, the shot of Raspberry Stolichnoya I had right before leaving probably didn't help.

    The Chicago Tribune Speaks!

    And it's telling us about their top 50 magazines.

    Friday, June 18, 2004

    The ol' Heartbreaker Retires from Active Duty

    Tuesday, June 15, 2004

    Delightful!

    Thanks to CLJO for the threat level link.

    Monday, June 14, 2004

    SCOTUS!

    The Supreme Court lets loose with another seemingly confounding decision. But it actually makes perfect sense- the dad who sued did not have sufficient parental rights, they're in court over that separately, to bring this suit to begin with. That's annoying to anyone who wanted the actual issue decided, but it also leaves open the door for some other properly qualified parent to bring the same suit and have the thing decided for good. Had the SC actually decided, it would be a very long time before the issue could be run up the legislative flagpole again.

    On the other hand, I would have really been gratified had the courts had the stones to tell the whack-jobs that no, the schools should not be forcing children to acknowledge God. [insert standard objections here] I can bless you in the name of the Ganesh twins for it matters, just as El Presidente can bless the country whenever he wants- that's my choice and his choice and your choice to bless me if you want. But you can't force me (or create an environment where sanctions exist if I simply do not participate) to tacitly pray to your God. I don't remember Jesus forcing anyone to follow him or pray with him, or committing any non-consensual foot washings...

    Bill! Part Two!

    Bill Clinton giving President Ford the soul shake.

    Bill!

    A) Bill's the man.
    B) Is Bill turning into the youngest Kennedy brother?
    C) The tabloids are saying Chelsea had some 'work' done...?

    It had to be

    Lawsuit!

    Sunday, June 13, 2004

    Things have been slow.

    Weird week. I've just realized something: John Kerry or George W. Bush? Good grief.

    Thursday, June 10, 2004

    This picture made me sad.

    Tuesday, June 08, 2004

    Transit of Venus!

    I forgot to check this out, although I think where I live it would have been hard to see. The perspective of that little dot being an entire planet is a little mind blowing.



    Another:

    Sunday, June 06, 2004

    The "Ex-Presidents" lose their drummer.


    He's got W's nose?

    If only that he suffered with Alzheimer's for 10 years, we should all say rest in peace to The Gipper. But Reagan was an icon for our childhood. Absolutely, he had his failings. But, as someone said, a lot of the same people who voted for Reagan, voted for Clinton. Reagan had the ability to create warmth, hope and promise even in the minds of those who disagreed with him. All in all, he used it for good. Even if he had nothing at all to do with it, this country was a depressing shithole in 1980 and by 1989 it wasn't so much anymore.

    Friday, June 04, 2004

    Magic Fingers!

    The ladies love him!

    Thursday, June 03, 2004

    UPDATE: Song guy

    The guy who wrote the Lacy Peterson song? His brother made one too, and he ran it through the Paul Greg machine. Fantastic!

    I recommend going to dahl.com, and listening to today's (6/3/2004) show. Around 3 hours in (2:59:20), he begins the discussion. We also learn about some of the other works. I am guaranteeing 5-7 minutes of gold. Also some more good stuff at around 3:17.

    Meta!

    Wesley Crusher complains about his lawn.

    Linux freak

    Linux is a fine operating system, if you like to play the *NIX game. Infinitely configurable. Up until now, it has been a piece of shit to use as a GUI workstation. I've downloaded Redhat's Fedora Core 2 (*) and installed it on a spare machine here, and I have to say that it's getting pretty good. It has most everything a normal user would need, as far as I can tell, and runs just fine on an overclocked Celeron 266. The revolution is nigh...

    * - Fedora Core is RedHat's solution to the free versus commercial problem. Fedora is the newest, hottest, potentially buggiest stuff available. They build an OS from it and send it out free to the loonies- I mean early adopter types. They (loonies) run it through the meat grinder and try to break it, and RedHat fixes it. When it's mature (and there's new stuff to throw to the loonies), they put it into their commercial, supported product.

    Wednesday, June 02, 2004

    Another great headline

    McCartney tried heroin, preferred cocaine

    Tuesday, June 01, 2004

    Fun Fact!

    If the construction of the Hoover Dam didn't use river water to cool the exothermic concrete process, it would have taken 125 years for the concrete to cure.

    Creepy Redux

    I heard this song on the radio again today. I implore you to listen to the whole thing.

  • First, I am completely creeped out by every image in this song, including the implicit image of the sweaty, weeping nut in his mother's basement with his Casio writing this song.

  • Second, I am astounded that any newspaper would sanction such a thing.

    "Mama, these for you!"

  • Horrifying.

    I never thought she was as 'hot' as everyone else felt, and I think this picture is a good example of what I saw deep in her soul. (Britney Spears)