4/29/11 (20:54)
  • hate this first and second round of the nfl draft during the week crap. like it more on the weekend when it's an all day event.
  • jake locker went 8 and the niners passed on him. we got kaepernick, though, so that might actually work out for us someday. locker is the best athlete of the group - fastest cone drill and 3rd fastest 40 time (tied with cam newton). newton was the classic over reach and will probably not amount to much, but you never know with that position. i have a little predictions document going and jake locker was one of the things on there. here were the predictions on jake locker's 40 time:  Chris 4.6, Meryl 4.52, Mark May (espn analyst) 4.3. locker ended up running a 4.59 so i win the prize and mark may ends up looking like an idiot who bought someone's hype. 4.3 hype from taylor mays is one thing, but from jake locker it's another. he's fast, but not that fast.
  • so, porn is legal but prostitution isn't. they say that the act of filming it makes it art or whatever so then it's legal. so, why not open up an "art store" where you get to have sex with a prostitute and the whole thing is filmed from a security camera and you have the option of buying the video afterwards. there, now brothels are legal in california. you can thank me later.

  • 4/26/11 (17:42)

  • going to dentist for the first time in a couple years tomorrow. will probably have a couple fillings. blah.
  • still in the midst of the disney film marathon. trying to watch all 50 feature length animated features. seen fewer than half so far. i stopped watching them after lion king came out ,except for princess and the frog and tangled.
  • surprised new orleans was able to even the series against the fakers. chris paul is a great player surrounded by mediocrity so evening the series is a real accomplishment. that said, they're still doomed to lose to the fakers 2 out of the next 3 games.
  • it's going to be real interesting over the next 10-20 years to see how all this fiscal stuff settles out. as a country we don't have much fiscal responsibility, but it seems like it's a major talking point now so i guess that's the first step. unfortunately both sides are still up to their usual games so the discussion isn't making real progress. long story short, i think this situation is going to radically change how people think about the government. even uninformed and unengaged people are becoming aware of the fiscal problems we have. unfortunately they're not nearly well informed enough to know that defunding planned parenthood, npr and foreign aid is going to do basically nothing to solve the problem. eventually we might have a serious discussion about the role of the federal government, how much we want social security and medicare, how much we want the military to continue to grow, etc. hopefully we'll get to the point where we start investing in our human and natural resources again like we did under fdr. now we're $14 trillion in debt ($15 trillion by the time you read this), but we don't have a vastly improved infrastructure with things like modern day: hoover dams, tva, increased national park infrastructure, interstate highway system (eisenhower), etc. nor do we have tens of thousands of young men who were part of the ccc who earned their keep, sent money home, kept busy while times were tough, and were already partially trained for world war 2. our human resources are a sham at this point. we have a lot of banking and corporate profit and a small percentage of the population that is really good as esoteric tasks, while the rest of the country is good at serving others and doesn't actually make much of anything. we're still living off the investments we made at our economic height and we're finally paying for the bad decisions we made in the more recent past.
  • i wish we had allowed the government to actually shutdown during the last budget showdown. no more mail service, no passports, no social security and medicare checks, etc. then we could at least see how much the government does and determine how much of that is good, bad, or indifferent. if the "government shuts down" and people don't get their passports on time then it's not such a big deal, but when everyone who relies on a federal govt. paycheck goes without for a couple weeks, it's a different story.
  • the pendulum is swinging and it's going to be a fun ride.

  • 4/21/11 (18:43)

  • saw johnny have his exit talk today. talked for 30 minutes or so about the last several years of his life which has been primarily characterized by his research at the west washmawapta glacier (the one i went to help him do work on for a couple weeks). good to see the culmination of all that work. makes me realize how little i've done in my life as far as leaving a lasting impression on the world. good for him, i'm sure his work will be studied for many years go come. onto the next chapter i suppose.
  • fakers will no doubt cruise to victory in the hornets series. tied 1-1 and going to new orleans, but the hornets are outmatched and without their second best player.
  • a lot more work on the north side of the house than i remember. lots of glazing to do. i'll be doing that most of saturday. sunday i'm working at alumni house to get some more slate repaired. hopefully only have about 2-3 more days of that to be 100% done. until more pops up of course. maybe i'll take some pictures this time around. it's unfun work, but very satisfying once it's done.

  • 4/19/11 (16:54)

  • thought about this the other day and here's about as well as i can put it. i don't like chelsea handler and here is why: she has a choice to be either a jon stewart or joan rivers. she's chosen joan rivers and, for joan rivers, who is not terribly bright or good, that is fine, but for chelsea handler it's a waste.

  • 4/15/11 (19:28)

  • will continue work on the front of the house and paint prep this weekend. glazing windows is part art and part skill. had some practice with a couple windows on the garage, and have about 25 panes of glass to do up front so i should be pretty decent at it after this job is done.
  • try to buy this song by lil wayne. can't find it on his website, wikipedia and google say it's on the carter 3 but it isn't. it's not on itunes, it's not on amazon. it's been on youtube for 3 years, but it's nowhere to be found for legitimate purchase. not that i would buy it, but i found this interesting because it's a catchy song that i've heard before, but it basically doesn't exist other than on youtube and maybe some illegal torrents.

  • 4/12/11 (19:58)

  • met with stucco and painting contractors the last couple days about tackling the exterior paint project. still plenty of prep stuff that we need to do. hoping to get a new front window, reglaze a bunch of the windows in the turret, etc.

  • 4/11/11 (07:20)

  • got some exterior paint prep done this weekend. hard work, but the worst is behind us.

  • 4/7/11 (16:03)

  • these guys just get better all the time.

  • 4/6/11 (10:48)

  • 6200 songs left to rate.
  • next project around the house is prepping the house for exterior paint. we have a lot of little things to do on that front and none of them are very exciting.

  • 4/3/11 (15:35)

  • got some little projects around the house checked off the list. ran a new internet cable from the router to my desk so i don't have to fiddle with the wireless crap, which had thwarted me with this new router. also finished a couple projects in meryl's office and insulated under the bathtub which is a less known area of heat loss.

  • 4/3/11 (09:51)

  • went to wondercon yesterday. first time doing that so it was a good experience. the soup nazi, lou ferrigno and sara jean underwood (playmate) were there. hadn't heard of underwood until luke told me about her. interesting to see a person like that in real life because she didn't look all that amazing in person, but if you do a google search for her, she looks nice. i guess she photographs well, which until now was something i didn't believe to be a real phenomenon. the soup nazi was a highlight for me. he sells $20 ladles that say "no soup for you" on them and have his signature. pretty funny that all these third rate celebrities were there (the body double from psycho, for example) signing photos and basically just making a living off of being marginally famous. then there were all the nerds who dressed up as different comic book and movie characters, including the girls who seized it as an opportunity to dress in as skimpy an outfit as possible. it's like halloween.
  • also watched the games which were pretty good. uconn winning cemented my place atop our bracket pool so i win $100 for that. vcu losing knocked me out of the pool at work, though. i'll be rooting for butler which looks like a well-balanced and better coached team. vcu and butler were both the best coached teams in the tourney in my opinion. vcu reminded me a bit of uab when they made a run or two to the sweet 16 a few years back.

  • 4/1/11 (19:04)
    david stern continues to be the worst commisioner in the history of sports. he's shysty and a cancer on the great game of basketball. honestly, if the guy died tomorrow i'd be a happier person.