4-26-10 (20:37)
  • haven't been all that productive lately.
  • humans are messed up.
  • haven't gotten back into running since the cold hit me. think i'll be back on track this week though.
  • garage is coming along. almost finished with all the storage shelves and that are scattered throughout the structure. need to add two small ones and one bigger one that will be above the entry. this project has definitely gone on longer than i had hoped. they always do.
  • work has been annoying lately.
  • feels like there's always something i have to do at work or at home. think i prefer the boring days when i was living in ohio.
  • supposed to rain for the next three days. not sure what the hell is going on with the weather the last month or so.
  • pledged $120 to kdvs this week. got three awesome t-shirts. still listen to them every week. pledge drive is technically over, but they haven't reached their goal yet so help them out.
  • african queen is finally on blu-ray. skipped dvd somehow. took 13 years for it to come to digital disc of some kind in america. that's pathetic.

  • 4-23-10 (17:45)

  • niners did pretty well in the first round of the draft. need help on the o-line and got two potential starters in one day so that's good news. we'll see how it goes today.
  • haven't been good about updating anything lately.
  • hope to get the floor poured tomorrow so that the garage can be done shortly. if i get it poured tomorrow then sunday can be a day of assembling everything and bringing stuff into the garage finally.

  • 4-21-10 (17:00)

  • still coughing. last few days i've felt the same. made appt. with doctor next thursday, hopefully i'm better by then.
  • work was busy today.
  • hope to pour the new floor on saturday. that's been holding up the garage progress a bit lately. also haven't felt inspired because i'm sick. weather has also not helped. hate this weather.
  • tired.
  • will try to get pics updated soon.
  • lakers-thunder game yesterday was par for the course. it seems that every year there's a team that plays the lakers and has never watched a lakers series before. very few people seem to learn from the mistakes that other teams have made when guarding kobe, for example. even when you know what to do kobe is hard to guard, but it really ticks me off when they don't know how to guard the guy. he's played the fourth most minutes of any active nba player and you haven't figured out the guys' damn scouting report? seriously these players are retarded sometimes. stay on your feet, take away the drive, get a hand in his face, make him play defense, keep the ball away from him, make the other players beat you. it's just bizarre that guys haven't followed in the steps of artest, christie and battier who all have figured out how to limit his production. instead, you get some guy who wants to reinvent the wheel and guard him straight up and then they get lit up for 30-40 points. morons. there's no excuse for not knowing how to defend him and the lakers in general. we see them every year, we know how they beat teams so we should know by now how to play them. i'm not saying beating them is easy, but when you don't even know how to approach them properly then you don't stand a chance in a seven game series.
  • last night's game was fun, but frustrating because the thunder played a good game, but not a smart one. i lay the blame partially on the coaching staff which obviously didn't give the players enough prep on kobe, but the players also missed opportunities and played some dumb basketball at times. hate the lakers.

  • 4-19-10 (14:06)

  • here's a bit i had on my page on 3/3/04:
  • "'In a Washington Post column, Steven Pearlstein speculates that recent comments made by Federal Reserve Chairman Alan Greenspan were politically motivated.  Unlikely to seek another stint at the helm of the central bank, the nation's top economist instead has used his final months there to stump for what Pearlstein calls "a radically conservative agenda while serving as a cheerleader for the Bush-Cheney reelection campaign."  Greenspan in recent weeks has shrugged off concerns about burgeoning household debt, the falling U.S. dollar, and the prospect of a housing bubble; and, most recently, declared that 30-year, fixed mortgages are too costly when compared to adjustable-rate loans.  He also has lobbied lawmakers to privatize Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac--ironic, writes Pearlstein, considering that the central bank chairman previously has supported government efforts to help financially troubled banks and showed no concern over their rampant growth but n ow believes the rapid expansion of Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac is too risky.  Greenspan also wants lawmakers to slash Medicare and Social Security benefits to shrink the federal budget deficit, but he opposes hiking taxes as a means of balancing the budget--all of which speak to his support of the Bush-Cheney reelection.'"
  • prophetic.
  • here's another bit i had on my page around that time:
  • "i'm really pissed off about the election results. props 57 and 58 passed which means we're going to go into greater debt. people don't understand something. they either don't understand how debt works or what the difference is between the deficit and the debt. deficit is yearly, debt is the sum of deficits and surpluses from the past. the bond will give us money now, but give us more of a deficit in the future, thereby increasing our debt. unless the governor has some brilliant way to spend this money that will increase our tax base or generate other revenue streams then the bonds will only help us in the short term and hurt us a great deal in the long term. it was infinitely stupid to vote for 58. if i were arnold i'd let the voters know that because they voted for morons (governors AND congressmen) in the past they're going to pay for it. i'd go after the energy giants that bilked the state out of billions, i'd reinstitute the car tax, though i'd probably cut it a bit, i'd raise property taxes for the ultra-rich and tie this tax in with income taxes so that retired people and farmers who happen to have highly valued homes wouldn't lose their property, i'd raise income taxes for the top one percent of income earners, i'd have my people start looking into prisoners who have been in prison for a long time for petty crimes or people who are over a certain age (let's say 60) and who have been in prison for more than (let's say) five years in an effort to reduce our outlay for the enormously bloated prison system, and i'd institute a temporary half cent tax on high sugar content items like candy and soda. i've heard that a half cent tax on each can of soda alone, would bring in a couple billion dollars a year. all of the above would bring us out of the deficit we currently face without putting us further into debt or eliminating any critical programs. the rich would grumble and i wouldn't get reelected, but it would be the right thing to do. it combines the cutting of a bloated and unethical prison system, slight temporary taxes on sweets, and more equitable long-term taxing of the super-rich."
  • still coughing.

  • 4-15-10 (17:44)

  • been sick the last day or two. being sick sucks.
  • got a new fridge the other day.
  • got all the concrete out. still need to unload the remaining dirt and trash, though.
  • this cold is kicking my ass.

  • 4-10-10 (13:18)

  • garage roof got done yesterday. paid more than i would have liked, but we needed to re-sheath the entire thing because much of it was rotten on top. awesome.
  • shitload of garbage in the back now from all the roofing stuff. sarah came by to help, but we ran out of bags for all of it so that's that.
  • now we need to break out the really bad portion of the slab in the back of the garage. not sure where all that concrete is going to go. so, if you're keeping track, we have a couple yards of dirt still in the back, a roof's worth of garbage and we'll soon have even more concrete. it's amazing how trashy the back is right now and it's not getting better any time soon.
  • meryl's sick so she's doing light work and i might be getting sick, but i want to get rid of all this stuff. would be great to have like 5 friends over to knock all this stuff out. would also be great to have 5 friends. would be even better to have 5 friends with 5 trucks.

  • 4-6-10 (19:34)

  • work was shit today.
  • got an overdraft fee. this rarely happens and yesterday i was considering depositing a check, but didn't because i hadn't signed it. i knew i was close, but couldn't think of anything that would push me into the negative and i knew that i had the overdraft law on my side and was getting paid today so i didn't bother hunting a pen down to endorse the check. well, apparently the overdraft law goes into effect later this year and i had a parking ticket payment in the mail so i got dinged another $34 for a $40 ticket. i pay hundreds of dollars in parking fines a year and it's still more economically reasonable for me to park on the street and take my chances than it is to pay for parking on campus or on the street. i don't work 5 days a week so that's one consideration, but even if i worked a full week i think that paying for parking comes to at least $8/day and a $40 ticket just means i have to avoid a ticket once every 6 days or so. i usually average one ticket per 12 days of work, though recently it's been worse. public transit isn't at all convenient nor is it very cheap. sometimes i have to run errands at work or go somewhere after work in which case having a car is necessary. time on the bus or train would be nice in terms of reading or listening to music, but it would mean a few hours a week less work would be done on the house which has already taken far too long.
  • this guy nails it on the ipad. it's also a tweener technology that will either basically eliminate laptops or become an esoteric device used mostly by hipsters and/or medical technicians or something similar. the thing about apple is that it's a cult so they could pretty much package a pile of shit in a nice looking box and people would buy it. it looks cool and it's a toy. functionality and the ability to tinker are much lower down on the list of the average apple buyer in my opinion. apple as a company is about as fascist as it gets. lucky for their consumers they are big enough to change the way others do business. apple consumers are kind of like bmw owners - they want something that's cool and works well. when something goes wrong they want to throw money at it to get it right again. they don't mind having a box for an engine or zero screws on an iphone. in many ways i can understand this. i've had plenty of problems with my ibm computers and it can be a real pain. apple is the future in large part because people don't want to (and can't) manage their own things anymore. gone is the time when your vacuum cleaner would break and you'd see dad taking it apart to fix it or even taking it into a repair shop. trash it and buy a new one; that's the modern mantra.
  • i hate itunes, but think that the ipod is quite good. i've had few, if any, problems with mine and it was a model that was pulled and then rereleased. it's also (still) the only mp3 player i know of that carries 160gb, er 143gb, of files. the problem is itunes which is a fascist program that is epically bad unless you don't care about the organization of your music or the ability to customize views, etc. basically, if windows came out with windows 95 tomorrow and called it their new OS that would be the quality equivalent of apple's itunes. maybe it's a million times better if you have a mac, or maybe not.

  • 4-2-10 (15:06)

  • got off work a bit early today. going to dinner with meryl and her dad tonight.

  • would like to get power up and running in the garage this weekend, but we'll see if the rain slows me down at all.