idea for obama's reelection
campaign: montage of obama speaking about important legislation and actions
taken thus far - healthcare, bp $20 billion in account, etc. then john
lennon's song "give peace a chance" starts playing with people in a large
crowd singing along and instead of singing "give peace a chance"
they sing "give change a chance." people would eat that ironic shit
got a note from "a neighbor"
the other day. basically said we should paint our house and mow the lawn
more often. i think the stuff we've done to date has been (mostly) a higher
priority than making the front of our house look nice, but it's a matter
of perspective. so i mowed the lawn and did some weed wacking this weekend.
exterior paint will wait til next year.
stucco patching was finished
sunday by noon so that was good.
cousins and aunt ended
up visiting yesterday as well. we watched a movie and walked around jack
london square a bit.
usa soccer played pretty
well today in the loss to ghana, but not well enough. again it was an early
goal that doomed them.
rafael started working
on the stucco today. got a later than expected start because he didn't
bring any materials so we had to go shopping. hopefully he can finish tomorrow.
he's taking his time on this one and he left about an hour ago, not sure
if he's coming back.
cousins and aunt should
be coming here tomorrow, but not certain about that.
i don't know what my favorite
album is, but i know that incunabula by autechre has been near or at the
top of the list for the last 8-10 years.
once i get all my songs
rated i'll be able to make some pretty kick ass mixes. i'm guessing it'll
be another year before i have all that sorted out though.
one of the saddest days
of the year passed the other day. summer solstice means it's all downhill
from here. less daylight everyday. depressing. then it'll be fall and it'll
be dark at noon (or whatever) again.
rained last night a little
bit. fuck that shit.
michael chabon was on fresh
air today, actually it was a replay, but they talked about writing and
his life. chabon said he knows he's writing something good when he gets
uncomfortable, she asked for an example. he gave the example of when he
wrote about when he was 15 and he had sex with one of his mom's friends.
at first this seemed odd to me of course. then i think the reaction can
go one of two ways: awesome, that kid was a pimp. or, wow, that sucks to
be raped at that age by your mom's friend. they didn't talk about either
possible reaction, just about him writing about it and then about his mom
finding out (after she read the book) and them talking about it matter-of-factly.
pretty messed up that if the genders were reversed it would be a victimized
girl and a man in jail and labeled a pedophile/sex offender for the rest
of his life. but it's a young boy and an older woman so we can laugh about
it on the radio. awesome. when it's an older woman we're able to think
about it as a shade of gray - he probably wanted it and she was showing
him the ropes (ala meet the fockers) so it's not as bad as it seems. again,
reverse the genders, though, and we assume it's totally different.
went to play basketball
with jon the other day. picked him up at the bart station and we drove
to the place nearest my house that i know of to play basketball. we played
a bit and then a guy with no shirt and jeans around his thighs came up
and asked if he could play with us. i said yes and we spent much of the
next hour trying to play ball with him. we was definitely out of it and
we quickly surmised that he was likely a crackhead. once it was obvious
that he was just looking for some companionship rather than to rob us,
or otherwise give us a hard time, i tried to teach him some things about
basketball. his movements were extremely deliberate to the point where
it would take him a full minute just to take a shot. it was one of those
oakland experiences that show you the full range of humanity's potential.
if we had caught this guy on a bad day he would have been robbing us to
get high, but we got him on a day when he didn't need a fix. he was totally
out of it, but you could see glimmers of happiness when he started to understand
what we were teaching him. for people like this, bp and afghanistan and
office politics are so completely irrelevant. it's something we all know,
but interactions like this remind you.
speaking of basketball...meryl
got me a backboard/rim for my birthday. hope to install that in the next
couple weeks. going to wait for stucco (saturday rafael is coming over)
on garage to be done. then will prime and paint the front of the garage
and mount backboard.
took off a chunk of skin
the other day with a belt sander and 36 grit paper. in general we've been
pretty good about injuries while working on the house. hammered my fingers
a few times and stepped on a couple nails, but nothing more serious than
never wrote about the celtics/fakers
game. it was one for the books and it didn't go my way (again). fucking
hate those guys. the only good thing about it is that my former favorite
player (artest) is the one who bailed out the kobes. the celtics played
a fine game and a great series, but misses shots haunted them. the rebounding
in game seven was also awful, though some of that is because perkins wasn't
in the game.
it occurred to me last
night that i don't have an official favorite jazz album. then it occurred
to me that sonny sharrock's first record (black woman) is probably my favorite
though i had never thought of it in those terms. with rock, hip-hop, and
electronic i have a list of a few albums off the top of my head that would
be in the running, but i hadn't ever thought about it for jazz.
fucking brilliant game
this morning. usa put on the pressure all game long and it finally paid
off in extra time. we haven't lost a game yet so we're looking pretty good.
fucking refs have it in for us, but they can suck it. so exciting. it's
like waiting to jizz for 90 minutes and then it finally happens with the
prom queen. what a game.
brazil and argentina are
looking real good. we'll see how good brazil is when they play portugal.
ran a 5k today. by the
old chris standards i ran an awful time, but by the standards that i've
only been running again for a week or so it wasn't too awful. started running
months ago to prep for the race then i got sick then it looked like the
race wasn't going to happen so i stopped running and then i started back
up again in the last week or so. at the end i felt like i had more left
in the tank too so that's a sign that i should have run a bit faster. running
isn't fun, but racing is.
worked a bit on the bathroom
this weekend. reversed the swing on the door and that's mostly dialed in
now. also worked on repairing the ceiling. still waiting on the shower
diverter so we can do the rough-in plumbing and then bring the tub back
did some page updating.
updated recommendations and movies reviewed pages.
hope to get a lot of little
things done around the house today. was hoping that the stucco guy could
come today, but i don't think he's coming until monday. our conversations
are always pretty tough since he speaks only slightly more english than
i speak spanish.
watched a frontline documentary
on the war in iraq, specifically one platoon based in colorado that had
a high suicide rate and a couple of the guys went onto to prison for the
murder of a fellow soldier. it was yet another quality documentary that
brings home the realities of war and what we're asking these guys to do.
i think it's far too easy to forget about these realities and sacrifices
and the long-term consequences that war has on the soldiers. we make the
easily seen costs of war too easy to miss. it's like shopping at wal-mart:
we see the low prices, but none of the downside that those low prices have
on the workers in the supply chain or wal-mart locations. perhaps we should
bring back the draft for this reason, but a real draft where guys like
cheney can't get around it just because they're in school. if you're a
man or woman and you can walk and between the ages of 18-45, you're eligible.
i know a lot of people
who voted for obama and i don't think i know anyone who has a family member
who has gone to war in iraq or afghanistan. how about instead of a draft
we make people who vote for bush and obama go into the wars that they start
or perpetuate? seems fair to me. it's easy to take the soldiers for granted
or to write them off as ignorant, poor, or hawkish, but in seeing a host
of documentaries on these most recent wars i don't find that to be the
rule. mostly it seems like they're (mostly) guys who don't have a lot of
options and want to make a difference. we've betrayed their trust for the
last ten years with wars of choice rather than wars of survival and self-defense,
which is the only time i would feel comfortable sending someone off to
possible death or murder of another.
dad was over this weekend
for a bit. watched a movie and spent time with sarah. showed him the place,
he hadn't seen it in months.
celtics pretty much have
to win tonight. technically it's not a must-win situation until the other
team has three wins, but i feel like this is a must-win because winning
two on the road would be damn difficult for boston.
didn't get much done on
the house this weekend. started the rough-in for the electrical.
my true calling in life
may have been to be a bug killer. in the last couple weeks i've dispatched
flying bugs in the following ways:
mosquito hawk flying around
at home. meryl scared, i'm reading a book. flies in front of me and i wack
it out of the air. it's stunned and bouncing around on the ground a few
feet away from me. i close book and throw it into the air an onto the ground
where it squishes mosquito hawk. it's dead. i've done this before with
another flying bug, but that time i used a tissue box instead of a book
- not as loud, just as effective.
my favorite method is the
catch and clap. i'll often catch moths and gnats out of the air with my
hand and hold it inside my fist. then i'll clap that hand with my other
hand and kill it. highly effective and it keeps me sharp.
bug in office flying around
everyone's head and being a general nuisance. i hit it in midair and stunned
it. it bounced around on my desk for a couple seconds and landed on my
stapler. i slammed the stapler down and killed it by impaling it with a
staple. probably the greatest achievement of my life. stapler has been
around 100 years and probably only one person a year has killed a bug in
that manner so my guess is that in the history of humanity killing a fly
with a stapler has been done about 100 times.
not thrilled about the
prospect of the pac-16. it'll instantly make it the number one conference
in the country in football and several other sports. i like rooting for
the pac-10, but i wouldn't be able to do that if it included texas and
oklahoma. i'd become a pac-8 fan at that point, which in the most likely
scenario would be known as the pac-16 west. once again it's all about the
money and there's a lot on the line so every day it looks like more and
more of a possibility, but i can't say i like it.
nba finals have been very
poorly officiated. this last game wasn't as bad as the previous four, but
it wasn't great either. worst officiating i've seen since stern fixed the
kings/lakers series in 2002.
boston played well tonight.
shut down gasol which was a big key to the game. the announcers didn't
really pick up on it, but they didn't give him anything easy. a couple
times they poked the ball away from him, they blocked a few of his shots,
they fouled him and made him earn his points. it was the kobe show and
that was it. ray allen needs to get back on track with his long jumpers
so they can spread the defense, but other than that i don't have much to
now they have to close
it on the road. should be interesting.
yesterday was johnny's
birthday. today was my late grandpa's birthday.
ran this morning. getting
back into the swing of things.
dad's in town this weekend
so probably not going to get much done on the house. we do plan on going
around town to hopefully find the shower hardware so i can do the rough-ins.
work on the bathroom is
moving, but not especially fast or slow. finished the subfloor, tile prep
is next for the floor. will probably use a self-levelling product to take
some of the slope out of the room as well as fill in some of the small
valleys. not settled on ditra vs. backboard. thinking ditra at this point,
but it's a bit more expensive and i've never used it before so there's
the unknown. definitely using schluter kerdi on the shower walls, but unsure
of the thinset type because we're using glass tile. ask schluter and they
say unmodified, ask thinset manufacturer and they say modified. read about
it and glass usually goes on with modified. we'll see how that pans out.
waiting on shower diverter
before plumbing the rest of the bathroom supply lines.
a.f.5 is a great program
for people who like organization in windows explorer because it has a powerful,
yet simple, interface that allows you to change the name of a large number
of files at once. i use it all the time when working with mp3s that aren't
named in a format that i like. i like: artist - album - track number -
song title - year of release.mp3
celtics game was a good
one. kg and pierce were zeros, but allen carried them in the first half
and then rondo came on in the second half. they have a great team concept,
a defensive emphasis, and a lot of the right guys which makes them a force
in the playoffs. the fakers have more talent and supposedly a better coach,
but it's definitely a winnable series for the celtics, i just think they
have less room for error. tomorrow should be fun.
my dad has seen over 200
movies in the theater so far this year.
sad to see john wooden
gone. it goes without saying that he was one of the greats in basketball
history, but he was an even greater mentor for the many young men whom
he coached. unlike a lot of people in the industry now, he realized that
life is more important than basketball and for that reason alone he's irreplaceable.
his pyramid for success and ideas about competitive greatness and teamwork
are blueprints for success in a variety of arenas (sports or otherwise).
from a sports philosophy point of view he could very well be likened to
plato who is considered the father of western philosophy to the point that
it has been said "(western philosophy) consists of a series of footnotes
to Plato." everything that coaches are teaching today is just a footnote
to what wooden said 50 years ago.
reviewed 8,610 out of 34,487
songs so far. itunes uses a 5 star system whereas media monkey allows half
star ratings and a bomb rating for a total of 11 categories. once again,
itunes is limited. itunes won't recognize ratings left in media monkey
so i have to rate everything with a whole number from 1-5. 1 star means
it comes off the ipod. 2 stars means it's fine. 3 means i like it more
than average. 4 means i really like it. 5 means i love it. i've been doing
this for about 5 months and i'm 25% of the way there. it's also the easy
25% because i took some of the low hanging fruit (like much of the beatles
catalog) and rated it without having to listen to it. most of the rest
of the stuff i'll have to listen to before i rate it. i do about 100 songs
a day when i'm at work. i figure i'll be done right about the time the
ipod breaks or apple comes out with an ipod that fits 200gb. on the weekends
i listen to my podcasts instead of rating songs. here's the breakdown so
||# of songs
||% of total
oil spill seems like it
might be coming to an end, at least they've tried something and had it
work so i guess that's a good sign. my idea was to further crimp the damaged
pipe to restrict flow, then pump liquid hydrogen in there to freeze the
oil which might allow enough time to fix the leak. that was the best idea
i could come up with.
on our trip we saw three
dwellings that were radically different. the first was the forestiere underground
gardens, but it's really more of a home than a garden. he did sleep there,
after all. the other two were also quite large by average dwelling standards.
the two mansions were awesome to look at, but i had a lot of respect for
the one guy with a good idea and a lot of patience who dug out a home for
himself. as much as i respect the intellect and skill and vision of hearst
and julia morgan and even mrs. winchester, i'd much rather be friends with
a guy like forestiere.
had an ear doctor appt.
today. they didn't come up with anything to solve my ear cracking issue
so i guess i have to live with it. more annoying than anything else, but
it'll be fine. found out i have hearing loss at the 4-6khz range in my
left ear. that's not unexpected and may have been the case for the last
15 years or so because i think i remember having a hearing test before
that found something similar. i generally do a good job of wearing ear
protection when using my power tools so i just gotta keep that up.
made a replacement drawer
for our office dresser. we got it for free and it never had a functional
drawer on the lower right hand side. so i took the face of the drawer and
fashioned a new box so that it would be functional. took me about an hour
and it's the kind of project that is easy when you know what you're doing
and you have tools like a table saw and pneumatic staple gun. if i didn't
have those tools it would have taken a lot longer and wouldn't have turned
out as well. it's done now so i increased the available storage by about
15% and it looks better now that all the spaces are filled.
also got to work on
the bathroom floor so we don't fall between the joists when we're working