worked at alumni house
today then left for the emerald bowl. didn't stop at the house on my way
to sf so was woefully unprepared for the rain that came. brought garbage
bag from work and thankfully luke had a poncho so i ended up not soaked.
cal/usc 2007 was worse as it was raining literally the entire game. we
were basically watching that game in a swimming pool with our clothes on.
usc didn't play a great
game and neither did bc, but usc came out on top. barkley continues to
confound me with some of the decisions he makes, but then he'll have a
great pass that will give you some hope. they really need to learn to manage
him. get him rolling out more and doing more play action. the run to pass
ratio should also be more tilted toward the run. usc was without their
#2 receiver and #1 running back which certainly didn't help their offense,
but i still didn't think they executed that well. maybe they'll get back
on track next year. losing key players as usual (mays, williams, mccoy,
griffen, thomas, johnson (wonder if he'll play football again), havili,
and i think gable and some others), but not as many as last year which
was really a mass exodus that mostly explains this year's results. next
year will be interesting. mcknight will have to have a big year because
the wr and te positions will be thin.
working again tomorrow.
first year that i've ever had paid days off for the winter break and i
haven't really gotten to enjoy it because of this stupid tiling project.
when i worked at tower i had paid vacation, but we couldn't take time off
during the xmas shopping season.
didn't do much for xmas.
we cooked breakfast and stayed home and watched movies. meryl watched 4
and i watched 6. ordered chinese food and had it delivered. first time
that i've been healthy and haven't done any work on the house or for someone
else in over a year. nice to have a relaxing day once in a while.
updated the pics page.
there's a move on there that's actually from a while back. there are a
lot of comments of the pictures now to provide context and tell you what
you're looking at. we've inserted comments back as far as a few months
ago and will work on adding more to the older ones in the coming weeks.
it's too bad that that
"the great compromiser" is already taken by henry clay because obama is
certainly living up to the moniker. the health care reform bill is as good
as sign of that as anything. there's part of me that says any step is a
good step, but a bigger part of me wonders why so much compromise and time
went into a bill that doesn't do a whole heck of a lot. here's a list of
the things that i think it does (though it's difficult to tell since there
have been so many permutations and there are likely to be more in the reconciliation
phase): if you're uninsured you have to buy insurance or you'll get a $750
fee, in exchange for 30 million more customers the insurance companies
can't pull their lifetime ban or pre-existing condition b.s. anymore, they
also have to set lifetime limits on the amount a person can pay out of
pocket and they have to let people stay on their parents' plan until age
26. it also takes 4 years to take effect.
it's not a very impressive
bill from what i can tell and it's absurdly long and filled with the usual
pork barrel politics. it shows why congress is so hated and why the dems
are a pathetic party. as far as i can tell the bill is a pile of insurance
company stimulus b.s. with a few obvious concessions for the rest of us.
if we were run by moral people who didn't have their own selfish agendas
all the good stuff that this bill has (pre-existing conditions and lifetime
limits being the only two of real consequence in my opinion) would have
taken a week or two to be made into a simple and quick-acting law. instead
we get what we got which for people like me circa two months ago is just
another fee and headache that will do more to pad the pockets of aetna
than keep me healthy.
what would i like to see?
single payer. what would i reasonably like to see? end the preexisting
condition b.s., lifetime cap on payments, public option, set up an incentive
structure that stresses prevention as well as cost awareness. 95% of fully
insured people have no idea what it costs to get an allergy test or an
xray or name brand meds over generics. this raises the costs.
one of the biggest things
i have against it is the principle that just for existing you have to pay
insurance to a corporation or $750 to uncle sam. at least with the car
insurance mandate you can opt to not drive. it just doesn't seem ethical
to require people to do that. now there is likely to be some sort of subsidy
and the red tape that goes with it if you don't have enough money, but
i'm getting to the point where the more i deal with large companies or
government institutions, the less i want to do it. it's not something that
is specific to government as the right wingers would have you believe (they
think corporations are so much more efficient when that isn't necessarily
true). i'm just tired of paperwork and having to talk to 12 different people
to get a straight answer about things.
the whole system is a goddamn
mess i'd like to see it all blown up if you want my honest opinion. the
changes we need to enact to get things to truly make sense and work for
the people are impossible so i guess that given this reality this fucked
up bill makes perfect sense. if i were in congress, though, i can't say
that i'd vote for it. perhaps my biggest motivation to vote for it would
be to stick it to the republicans who, if the bill fails, will be in power
another 8-12 years. that's not exactly a good motive though. it's kinda
like voting for kerry even though you know he's not who you'd like to see
roof is coming along. they
have plenty of stucco patches to do so hopefully they get those done tomorrow.
they'll need to use rapid set if they plan on getting it done right. hopefully
they don't do just a single coat. i think they got most of the turret
done today so that's good.
bought a paint sprayer
off luke a couple weeks ago and had planned on using it this weekend for
painting the AH bathrooms, but it's not working. sounds like the motor
is fried, but can't be sure since the motor is enclosed. opened up the
pump part and everything seems to work fine. took the main crank off and
tried the motor under no load and it still didn't budge so it's almost
definitely the motor at this point. wish i knew more about motors. i know
it's a dc motor. i know the fuse is intact. i know roughly how a motor
works, but that's about it. can't access the brushes and don't have replacement
parts even if i could. nearest service center is in utah which seems absurd.
might call around tomorrow to see what my options are.
working on the newest upload
of pics. trying to add comments to pictures, but that's time consuming.
went to a co-worker's house
today to install a garbage disposal. with travel and trips to home depot
it took 6 hours. total waste of my time, i don't want to do anymore handyman
shit for people after today.
got a little painting done
in the art room, still need to paint the windows, then it'll be done.
luke came by yesterday
and helped meryl and me build the fence. with his help we were able to
get the majority of it done. we still need to attach the lattice on the
top, but we can do that from our side so we don't need to bother her anymore.
plus, the dog can't get through so it does the trick.
rained a bit today and
may rain tomorrow as well. roof is mostly done, though the turret and ridge
vents haven't been installed. also need to finish the downspouts and patch
the stucco. another two days and they should be done. they have plastic
up in the areas that aren't done so i'm not worried about leaks.
thanks to the garbage disposal
b.s. i wasn't around to help meryl clean the house. would have been nice
to get more of that done.
had looked forward to time
off during the xmas break, but that's not going to be the case because
it makes more sense for me to paint the bathrooms at the alumni house before
the new tile has been installed than after and have to worry about all
the cut-ins around the toilet dividers and everything else. going to have
sarah help me and just charge her hours to the alumni house and pay her
cash. it should come out even for me after taxes. hopefully we can knock
that out in two days; we'll see.
brittany murphy died today.
that's a huge surprise because i never pegged her as the type to take crack
and cocaine and prescription drugs all day long in an apparent attempt
to destroy her heart. weird. sometimes you just can't tell. must have been
some weird disease because an otherwise healthy looking/acting person wouldn't
die at age 32. may her memory live on forever.
roofers here again today.
it's a crew of about 7 guys and they're real pros. there doesn't need to
be much communication amongst each guy, they all know their tasks and do
it without direction. most of the communication is guys telling each other
where they are or that they need help bringing stuff up the ladder or whatnot.
the desk jockey came by today to talk about the dry rot costing more and
our choice of roofing and gutters. he also tried to talk me out of putting
plywood on the roof because the existing 1x sheathing was strong. i said
no way, put the plywood up there as planned. it'll add some structural
integrity as well as a nice smooth surface for the felt and shingles. i
have a time lapse video going so hopefully that turns out well. we'll see.
i finished trimming the
cd case so that it would fit into the empty wall in the laundry room. took
a couple hours, but it's trimmed and reassembled and all the cds are in
there so everything is fine now.
worked on the window trim
in the art room. kicked up a shitload of plaster dust which wafted into
every room in the house. stupidly i didn't put plastic up in the doorway
until i was most of the way through and noticed that i couldn't see more
than 8' in front of me because the dust was so thick. no exaggeration.
sunday will now be entirely dedicated to cleanup. cleaning the attic of
all the roof related debris and cleaning the house of all the plaster dust.
office holiday party today.
fake casino setup, got third place mostly from working the blackjack table.
thinking i should parlay my luck and try it out at reno. not really.
roofers came today and
took off all of the old roofing. make a hell of a mess in the attic; more
than expected. will be up there most of sunday vacuuming it up. hopefully
installing the fence on saturday.
will be at alumni house
the two days after christmas painting the bathrooms. would be great if
i could get it all done in that time, but will probably need a third day.
if fence, roof, and gutters
are done by end of monday that would be great news. sure i've said it before,
but we haven't been able to even touch most of that side of the house yet
and we've lived here almost a year. not having to worry about leaks would
also be a bonus.
pixies are overrated.
would like to be done with
the art room trim and paint tomorrow.
i love days when someone
else is working on the house because it feels like i'm getting twice as
much done. i'm working on my project and they're doing theirs, it's beautiful
making that kind of progress.
roofers supposed to start
work tomorrow. we'll see. weather forecast has been pathetically inaccurate
lately. they're about 90% accurate in the summer when a monkey could point
to the sun, but when the weather actually changes they're worthless. and
i'm not talking about the 10 day extended forecast. i'm talking next day
forecasts being completely wrong. i think the "red sky at night" rhyme
is a better indicator than the doppler radar b.s.
hope to get the fence in
on saturday. luke may come by to help.
itunes lost all my ratings
info. rate over 1000 songs and that's all gone. what a shitty shitty program.
so limited and weak, the opposite of media monkey or winamp in its heyday.
today not much has gone
having trouble getting
itunes to load all the old song ratings and shit. what a shitty program.
winamp is also officially crap on vista. tried the older version and it
sucks, downloaded new one and it's worse. no one makes good programs anymore.
winamp was one of the best programs of all-time until aol bought out justin
frankel and co. fucked.
some heisman stats i compiled:
gerhart: 1736 rush
yds, 26tds. 149 rec, 0tds
ingram: 1542 rush yds,
15tds. 322 rec, 3tds
times held under 100
gerhart - 1, ingram
times over 200 total
gerhart - 3, ingram
0tds in a game:
gerhart - 1, ingram
vs. lsu ingram had 144
yds, 0td on 22 carries
vs. lsu washington's
polk had 90 yds, 0td on 21 carries
vs. tenn ingram had
99 yds, 0td
is ingram better than average?
yes. he's about as good as the freshman lamichael james from oregon:
vs. tenn ucla's franklin
had 80 yds, 0td
games under 100 total
yards for james: 3 (4 for ingram)
games 200+ yds for
james: 1 (1 for ingram)
times with 0 tds for
james 4 (3 for ingram), though james wasn't the #1 running back for oregon
in the first game of the season
totals for james: 1476
rush, 14 tds, 6.9 yds/carry (ingram - 1542, 15tds, 6.2 yds/carry)
pac-10 vs. sec 11-8
is ingram the best back
in the nation? i think not. gerhart has better overall numbers and was
less likely to disappear in a game. i don't think much of the sec is better
as a conference argument as you well know if you read this page. gerhart
is the clear winner if you ask me as the only two areas he's lacking statistically
are in the yards per carry and receiving categories. though it should be
noted that he had one passing td which i didn't account for above, so he
actually had 27 tds instead of 26.
going to the emerald bowl
this year to see usc/bc. should be fun. hopefully it's not freezing.
a while back i noticed
that the jack in the box 16oz shake had about 750cal and that the 24oz
shake had about 1450 cal. i'm not a math wiz, but this stood out to me
as not making sense. the whipped cream serving in each is the same so there
was no explanation for the fact that 50% more shake left you with almost
100% more calories. so i called them up the other day and they agreed that
there was a mistake. the customer service lady looked at another chart
and saw that the numbers should be more like 800 and 1200 and said she'd
pass the info onto her supervisor. it'll be interesting to see how long
it takes for the change to take place on the website.
i don't know that i have
any interest in watching the national championship game. best case scenario
the earth splits in open and both teams fall into the chasm and burn. other
than that i don't foresee it being very entertaining. kidding.
usc/ucla vs. sec 8-0
work on the house has been
slow lately. didn't do anything but clean up today. helped a friend move
and did research on how we're going to build the fence also. originally
had planned on buying prefab fencing sections that would be easy to install.
the bulk of the work would be in digging the post holes and getting them
set in concrete nice and plumb and in line with the 2-3 sections that have
already been installed. but i went to buy the sections today and economy
lumber doesn't carry that same type anymore. they have the same crap that
home depot has which is similar to the fence we have now, but a little
different. so now it's looking like we have three options: buy the prefab
as anticipated, but it won't match at all; tear out the existing section
and install a whole new fence of whatever type we like; or, hand build
the remaining section to look like the old. that will mean ripping down
lattice sheets into 91/4" strips, dadoing 2x4s to accept the 1x8 redwood
slats, and assembling all this custom stuff as we go. the only advantage
to that is that we could put in the posts and cut the sections to match
the gap, rather than having to make sure the posts were perfectly spaced
to accept the fencing. i think we're going to make the fence because it'll
look the best and we won't have to tear out the perfectly fine sections
of existing fence. it'll cost about the same, but take plenty longer. blah.
it's currently 45 degrees
inside. when we wake up it's usually about 42. one day we'll have heat.
last night we used the space heater for the first time and that helped
keep the bedroom at a reasonable temperature.
roofers had planned on
starting monday, but the rain scared them away. turns out that it didn't
rain at all for the first three days this week so maybe they should have
started after all. rain is forecast for this weekend and next week and
the week after that is xmas so i'm thinking we won't get any roofing on
until around the new year.
cal and usc both lost their
last game. pretty pathetic. usc had a really down year and a blame most
of it on the coaching changes and exodus of nfl talent. speaking of which,
there are three starting rookie linebackers in the nfl and all three were
on usc last year. so, that's at least somewhat of a good excuse for this
year. however, i blame a lot of it on barkley or the qb position in general.
corp lost the washington game for us and barkley didn't do much as the
year progressed. he really lacked any kind of progress after the osu game,
he was either flat or negative when it came to progress and that's a shame
to see. the final play of the regular season is a perfect illustration:
it was the final play of the game, time had run out, there weren't any
timeouts and usc needed a td from like 70 yards away. he felt pressure
and moved a bit, but started to get dragged down. he stayed up and considered
throwing the ball only to wait another second. then another defender grabbed
him and started bringing him down. instead of throwing the ball away or
up in the air for grabs he just went down. there's no excuse to not throw
the ball up. the worst case scenario is that it gets intercepted for a
td in which case the score is different, but the outcome is the same. honestly,
i wonder where these guys learn the game sometimes because these very fundamental
things escape them. bibby leaving brent barry open for a three in the corner
also comes to mind. mental breakdowns in key situations. anyway, maybe
next year we'll make some progress. could probably use a new qb coach.
have 32 movies to watch
this month to finish the year at 300. meryl made a countdown sheet. she's
a (helpful) dork.
overall happy with the
computer. hardware makers have made great strides since i first got into
computers. sata cables, plug and play, usb, no tool cases, etc. however,
software developers haven't made as much progress. case in point all the
reductions in functionality that vista has when compared to xp. itunes
vs. old winamp. excel 2007 and lack of support for html which was present
in 2003. in that last case they literally moved backwards. devolution.
great job idiots. i don't understand why programmers can't just make minor
improvements instead of trying to reinvent the wheel every couple years.
fucking microsoft. so if you have excel 2003 lemme have it.
a lot of the obama speech
to justify the extra 30k troops sounded, frankly, like bush 2.0. it was
the same policy as bush (though in a different country), but with the changes
that time and criticism provide. that is, he was selling the same bag of
goods, he just learned from bush that he needed to sell it differently.
so that's the cynical view. another view would be that he really thinks
the war should have always been in afghanistan and that fighting an entire
nation abroad is going to keep us safer than spending that same money and
effort locally. or that getting out of the region entirely wouldn't be
a better course. the justification i most would have been most inclined
to buy was one he didn't mention: morally we can't just pick up and leave
after 8 years of unfocused war and devastation of the area.
i think that when you vote
for the most important person in the world you should do so with all segments
of the country/world in mind. so, how would the world fare if mccain were
president, how about ron paul, or ralph nader? how would you fare as a
rich man, poor man, person of color, child, illegal immigrant, soldier,
etc. under the administrations of the candidates? i also think that you
should be willing to go to war for the causes you believe in. that happens
to be one reason why i don't believe in war unless it's absolutely necessary.
it's hypocritical to vote for obama and then say that you wouldn't want
to go to afghanistan to fight the war he wants to escalate. the chicken
hawks like cheney were called out on this very point so, too, should the
liberals who voted for obama. maybe if this were required we wouldn't be
so quick to vote for people who believe in the death penalty or unnecessary
all that said, there is
a place in my mind for incrementalism. the belief that change like the
kind i'm talking about can't happen over night. we have to continually
choose the lesser of two evils until we finally get our ideal. on the one
hand it makes sense, on the other hand i don't believe that history is
linear in its progression. we take one step forward and two steps back.
two steps forward and one step back. it's not always going to be a half
step forward until we have world peace and equality of opportunity.
mostly i think the thing
that limits us is our ability to see through the bullshit and really believe
in change. it's such a cynical thing to convey someone like obama as hope
and change when he's just a couple degrees different from 95% of the other
"serious" candidates we've had since i've been alive. he's a better talker
and he looks different, but he believes the same things as clinton and
kerry and many other dems. he basically rules from the center, tries to
build coalitions and is willing to compromise. compared to bush, the willingness
to compromise is nice, but the two biggest compromises i'm looking at right
now are: 30k more troops in the mideast instead of 40k (with no real international
coalition in the southern part of afghanistan where the shit is really
happening), and the possibility of mandatory expenditures for those without
healthcare which will go into effect in 2013, doesn't cover 100% of the
country, and may not have a public option.
the zen master in me says
let's just wait and see.
everything is up and running
on the new computer except office, which i don't have yet. still looking.
went to meryl's family
non-xmas celebration. we went to golden gate fields and lost money betting
on the horses. actually, her mom made money, but everyone else lost. fun
first update on new computer.
no time to write. vista is so-so. computer is much faster. yay.
obama's speech tonight
will be a defining moment. either the surge in afghanistan will go well
like it seems to have gone in iraq and he'll be great or it won't and he'll
be a hypocritical war-monger. or maybe something in between. we'll see
how he justifies it all and how it pans out.