Friday, September 30, 2005

Life of Pi - bullet point edition

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• Put my mom in the hospital last week. She lost 20# in 4 weeks due to a massive peptic ulcer. Today she was transfered to a phys rehab center to build weight and muscle so she can go home.

• Vistacruiser and I were in another accident with an uninsured motorist. $200 deductable on $2000 bodywork.

• My son and the rest of his band were sentenced to 3 days suspension and 5 days at "prison school" for almost passing out flyers at school for his band. They got caught before they "committed the crime".

So, no stress at all.


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I finally got a "new" computer at my desk today.

This one replaces the Apple Mac 9500 I've been using.


Thursday, September 29, 2005

Serenity comes out tomorrow, so...

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You scored as Capt. Mal Reynolds. The Captain. You are the captain of the ship, so the crew are your responsibility. You just want to do the job, get paid and keep flying. Why is that always so hard?

Which Serenity character are you?
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Monday, September 26, 2005

Armed and dangerous

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The Observer has reported that an elite cadre of anti-terrorist dolphins may have been accidentally released by Hurricane Katrina.

Not only can these trained hitmen... ur... hit-dolphin rip out a man's heart and show it to him before he dies... wait... I'm thinking of a tornado. Anyway, these dolphins are armed with "toxic dart" guns!

I think it's safe to assume that they're going to take over the sea within weeks and that land will be their next target.

I for one will welcome our dolphin overlords.

Sunday, September 25, 2005

I love technology

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We tried to tape the 2nd Season Premiere of Lost but stuff happened and we kinda goofed it up (one day the Tivo gods will smile on us).

A little searching and Tomato Torrent I was able to find the ep and save my marriage.

Say what?

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Saudi Arabia's Prince Saud al-Faisal claims that oil should only be $40-$45/barrel and that there is no oil shortage.

I saw on CNN that some prof in Wisconsin cooked the numbers and for gas to cost $3.00/gal the price of oil would have to be around $90/barrel.

Somebody's getting over on us/U.S. here.

I went looking for a picture about gas prices and found this old picture. Right now most of us would love to pay $1.73/gal.

How quaint.

Friday, September 23, 2005


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Without going into details... Tuesday night I put my mom in the hospital.

I don't really remember the last few days. I know I went to work a little, stayed at the hospital a lot, saw my mom make progress and lose it.

As of 8:00 Friday night she's doing well.

Things look like they'll get better and she'll be okay, but it'll take time.

Sunday, September 18, 2005

Cursed with house demons...

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One of the things about living in a 50 year old house is that if something isn't broken, leaking or on fire it will be soon.

Today was the day that I set upon myself the task of fixing the leaking hot faucet in the master shower.

The whole house was outfitted with old American Standard fixtures that seem to be to old to find parts for, so fixing them is a royal pain in the ass. The parts I find are almost the right size, but not quite.

Luckily today all I needed was a washer which are pretty standard so I was able to find the right fit. But looking at replacement valves and such I realized that within 5 years or so I might as well remodel both of our baths because parts for 50 year old fixtures are nowhere to be found.

And it looks like I'm going to be doing some serious electrical modifications to our Hotpoint oven as well. Same problem as the plumbing, too old to find parts. The baking element blew out in its own small electrical fire and there is not one place in the continental U.S. to find the replacement element.

So instead of getting a new oven which would entail some serious kitchen remodeling because of the dimensions of the oven, I'm going to change out the element sockets and refurb the thing with new G.E. parts. So hopefully I'll be able to keep the old the thing and retain the neo-retro look of our kitchen.

Friday, September 16, 2005

Audio books for free from... uh...

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The books are broken into multiple file, audio quality is low and the selection is small and of the same classics of Project Gutenberg... but they are free.

So I'm gonna see what Sun Tzu has to say.

Tuesday, September 13, 2005

Long month ahead...

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Found out tonight that I'm up for an Emmy. Almost makes up for "Emmy Fiasco 2004™".

Normally I'm not a nervous person but I'm gonna go puke now.

Sunday, September 11, 2005

How I saved $130.

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<---That is the Eddie Van Halen model of the MXR Phase 90.

The difference is that at the flick of that little white switch in the top left corner it sounds like a 70s version of the effect and not the current model. But it costs $189 retail (which means about $120 street but play along okay?) which i way more than I want to pay.

Once again the internet proves how cool it is and coughs up the mods I need to make to my $60 unit sound like the expensive one. 3 snips and mine sounds just as good as the expensive one!

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4 years

Saturday, September 11, 2004

I had a long post about 9/11 ready. I almost hit publish post, then I realized that nothing I could write would ever be worthy of what happened.

I hope we've learned from what happened. I'm still angry at the ones responsible for changing the world that my son has to grow up in.

I grieve for the victims and for what we've lost.

I still feel the same way.

Friday, September 09, 2005

I'm sure you didn't see this coming...

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Yeah, I want one.

Maybe I can use my education discount. :sneek:

Tuesday, September 06, 2005

Things that suck.

Okay, these things may not suck, but they are certainly useless, thus the name Useless Japanese Inventions.

I wonder if any of these actually made it to mass production?

Still, I'm very happy that these inventors are using their powers for stupid and not for evil.

On to things that suck.

Wednesday I was side-swiped at 60 mph on the way to work by an un-insured stupid fucking moron who then tried to convince me to not call the cops because her boyfriend could fix it. Even with getting in an accident and waiting for the cops I still beat my always-late-office-mate to work.

Then Thursday our 45 year old Hotpoint™ built-in single oven lost it's heating element. I don't think I'm going to find a replacement and have to replace the oven which will entail some remodeling of the kitchen.

Things suck but I'm so very thankful for everything.

A personal request...

If you've donated or money for the victims of Katrina then I'm sorry, because I need you to dig a little deeper for a friend of mine.

Lisa is a single mother of 2 who could use a hand. Lisa is proud woman who is used to making it on her own. So when she asked for help on her blog I knew I needed to spread the word.

So please consider this heartfelt request of mine, if you have a PayPal account please deposit a couple of bucks into Lisa's PayPal account at lisa (at) Five dollars would be great. If you have to wait until payday (like me) that's cool. But anything you could give would help a dear friend of mine.


"Blogging the evacuees at the Reliant Astrodome and George R. Brown Convention Center."

Thanks to Richard for the find.

Monday, September 05, 2005

It's not often that I get jealous...

but these mice have made me so.

Alex Chilton found.


You know... Alex Chilton. The dude that The Replacements wrote a song about. The guy who was in the best never-was band ever, Big Star. The singer for Box Tops.

Anyway, he was missing after N.O. went under. He lent his car to friends to get out before Katrina hit and didn't get out himself until Saturday or Sunday.

Click the piTunes link to hear Big Star.

Friday, September 02, 2005

The way it is...

Mayor Nagin tells it like it is in this radio interview. He's prolly ruined his career but it needed to be said.

We started getting refugees bussed into town today. They all had a glazed look on them. I doubt I'd be holding up as well as I've seen.

There's been a real fuck up with N.O. and I want to see blame assigned and people held accountable.