haven't been all that productive
humans are messed
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
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.
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.
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
will try to get pics updated
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.
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
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."
been sick the last day
or two. being sick sucks.
got a new fridge the other
got all the concrete out.
still need to unload the remaining dirt and trash, though.
this cold is kicking my
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.
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.
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.
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.