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.
going to dentist for the
first time in a couple years tomorrow. will probably have a couple fillings.
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
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.
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.
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.
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
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.
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.
got some exterior paint
prep done this weekend. hard work, but the worst is behind us.
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.
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.
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.
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.