so why is mj sporting a
hitler mustache these days?
had a headache the last
two days. almost never get headaches. trying to get hydrated since that's
probably what it was.
finally finished the fence
project yesterday. that was a learning experience. big project. having
the paint sprayer really paid off because we were able to give it two coats
in just a few hours. think it was 140 linear feet and all but about 30
feet of that needed to be painted on both sides.
a couple shots from
the back yard:
a shot from the front
posts going in
sealing the wood
getting creative with
one post that fell between several roots
not much to say.
tied for first in the march
madness bracket. if uconn wins then i win it all. if not, then it comes
down to final score and i lose. for some reason i picked the final score
as 115, which is awfully low. if i was thinking about it at all i would
have gone with 130-140, but i evidently wasn't thinking.
obama's speech tonight
was a good one. his speeches are typically quite good and convincing. unfortunately
his actions leave a lot to be desired. he's not doing a good job with either
side right now, at least in my observations in talking with people. i've
not found a single person who characterizes themself as happy with him
so far. that said, i also get the impression that people would give him
a second chance if he were to be up for reelection right now. ron paul
gets more traction because his idea that the fed is to blame for everything
appeals to a lot of people. i don't pretend to understand all this stuff,
but i really doubt that getting rid of the fed or going to the gold standard
is going to fix a lot or all of the problems we face. it would be great
to know how things would pan out if each ideology got to do exactly what
they wanted to do.
according to the comcast
tech who came out and fixed our problem last week, comcast was somewhat
infamous for their bad customer service in the past. so far in my experience
with them, they've been really good and even better than at&t which
ran a new phone line at no charge for us when we were having internet problems
with them. their techs have been out three times and were late once (and
it was a contractor who does work for comcast). they do a good job of communicating
their eta and following up on service calls. their over the phone service
is also good (24/7 support). so, good for them for identifying the problem
and fixing it. maybe we can find out who was responsible for this turn
around and hire them to run the dmv.
in other good news - i
finally got the remastered copy of paul's boutique. it's one of those albums
that needed a remastering. low volume and some other problems. best of
the doors and metallica's ...and justice for all also fit into that category.
whoever produced ...and justice for all should probably be shot. at any
rate, they split up the b-boy bouillabaisse which is pretty cool (though
i had done that myself several years ago). it's originally a 12+ minute
song and now it's 9 shorter tracks as one medley. one of those holdovers
from the cassette/record era when tracks weren't divided so stringently.
bass kicks more and the volume level is much more in line with the rest
of the albums in the world. it also comes with a commentary download, which
is them just talking about stories surrounding the recording of the album.
for those keeping track,
that means i now have six copies of this record. two on vinyl (one to listen
to and one sealed), one of the regular cd, one imported copy of the cd,
one of the paul's boutique demos and now the remastered copy.
haven't been getting much
done around the house lately. sean and i cleaned up a bit in the backyard.
hampered by the weather lately. also between projects at the moment.
dropped sean off at the
train station about an hour ago. it was a pretty good visit. he still has
trouble remembering things and lacks basic social skills. bought him a
little notepad so he can write things on it that he should remember. so
we made a couple lists of things like house rules, things we did over the
weekend, foods he likes, etc. funny kid. hanging out with him definitely
gives me a different perspective on my everday life.
why is it that updating
itunes is a 45 minute long process? why do they bug you to update it every
other day? because apple is run by fascists.
going to try to lose a
few pounds this year. basically gained about 3 pounds a year for the last
12 years or so. not so bad because i was about 10 pounds underweight to
begin, but now i'm only about 15 away from being overweight so it's probably
about time to actually pay attention to that stuff.
dad gave me his movies
book that has all the movies he's seen in the theater since 1993. i'm transcribing
them to an excel file. it'll actually give me a good idea of some of the
films i've seen as well since it includes many of the films i saw before
keeping track in late 1999. unfortunately, they're just films from the
theater and there's not much data between 1997 (when i left for college)
and late 1999 (when i started keeping accurate data). it includes 2010's
data which is important because he saw 410 movies in the theater
been cruising the internet
a lot more the last several months finding all the stupid and funny stuff
it has to offer and following different memes. it's a crazy world out there.
here are couple recent ones:
crappy beginning to the
tourney this year. they have all the games available now, which is great,
but that also means they don't feel it's necessary to cut away to the games
that have an exciting finish. since i, and many others, watch the games
on a delay, this is a problem. also, the first round play-in games are
a fucking joke. ucla dodged a bullet today by barely beating michigan state
after being up by 23. pathetic. i think i had them in the elite 8.
have i mentioned the idea
of giving tickets to jaywalkers in berkeley so you don't have to raise
the parking tickets every few months? jaywalking leads to more human suffering
than parking in a spot for more than 2 hours. do i really have to point
this stuff out?
how about selling lactase
pills at ice cream parlors? been to as many ice cream places as anyone
else i've ever known and never seen a place that does it. great idea. $.40
a pill and you get a sale that you wouldn't have gotten otherwise. places
should do this.
had a long series of discussions
with the peoples republic of berserkeley today. long story short i owe
them $123 for a $43 ticket i shouldn't have gotten in the first place.
sent two letters to them trying to contest and no dice. too late, blah
blah blah. ultimately they can do whatever they want. most of the underlings
were quite useless, the one supervisor i spoke with seemed nice. she also
played the game well. saying she wanted to help me, etc. but kept saying
that she couldn't do anything and then waited for me to respond. i'd restate
my case and this continued. the tactic is a classic one employed by homeowners
when dealing with contractors. they say "i'd love to do this project, but
the price...it's just so much." followed by silence, at which point the
contractor is supposed to feel uncomfortable and say "well, i can work
with you on this by giving you a discount here and there." at any rate,
it's the cost of doing business in a place that so many other people are
doing business. modernity is great.
guy. counterpoint: Jalen Rose clearly states that these were his feelings
when he was a FRESHMAN at Michigan. He also states that the reason these
feelings came about were because he was JEALOUS of Grant Hill's family
situation. The adult Jalen Rose admitted that he had immature feelings
as a kid and also recognized, as an adult, that they were not justified
in truth! I'm glad Mr. Hill is defending himself and his teammates, but
Mr. Rose made it clear that he doesn't believe the same things that he
thought as an 18-year-old kid now that he is a grown man who has a lifetime
of new experiences.
would like to see the documentary
as the fab five played prominently in my life in a way. they were perhaps
the first in a long line of following sports and being gravely disappointed.
i was in hawaii on my paternal grandpa's dime and we watched the game.
he knew nothing about basketball, but liked to gamble so he said he'd bet
$20 against whatever team i liked. kind of a dickish move in itself, but
whatever. i bet on michigan and he bet on unc. long story short michigan
didn't do so great and the
game ended quite infamously and in heartbreaking fashion. at one point
in the game, however, unc was up and my grandpa said to me "looks like
my niggers are doing better than yours." it was that day that i lost $20
and a grandpa. i was a chris webber fan for years afterwards; he was a
misunderstood guy in a lot of ways. got heat for that bonehead moment as
well as taking money from boosters while at michigan. of course he was
also the best player on the kings when they had their glory days. always
felt bad for the guy more than anything else. felt like our fates were
sort of tied together in a way because of what we both went through because
of that game.
less than 8k songs left
to rate on the ipod.
still trying to get the
router setup now that we're with comcast. not sure why this stuff is so
meryl's still sick, but
going to johnny's this
weekend to install a water heater and visit the guys. hopefully get some
wiring done in luke's garage too. that would be fun.
guy's vehicle in berkeley the other day. what a nut.
a website for people to
report bad drivers. it could be either serious or not. you get cut off
by a psychotic in a scion xb with license plate 6PLT718 then you go on
the website and report it with a comment like: you, sir, are psychotic
and shouldn't be allowed on the road. why did you flick me off?
pothole app for the iphone
or whatever. you see a pothole, you tell your app where it was (gps tracking
can pinpoint it) and then you submit this info to the city jurisdiction.
it's very easy for the city to implement this: get a computer science intern
from a local college to write an app and install it on their system. citizens
download it for free and it generates emails, faxes, print-outs, whatever
for the city on the other end. this could easily get done in 2-3 months,
soup to nuts. i can pretty much guarantee, though, that it won't happen
anywhere in this country for another year or more because they haven't
come up with the idea and/or lack the ability or desire to implement it
in a reasonable timeline.
stop saying joe namath
was a good qb. his stats prove otherwise. he had one above average game
and has made a killing ever since. he's a drunk
idiot and a piss
poor football player. congratulations, you led the league in interceptions
4 times and tds 1 time. you had more tds than ints 2 times in your career
and a career qb rating of 65.5 which makes you good enough to be the 3rd
string qb on some teams today and 14 points lower than elvis grbac and
10 points lower than steve bono (remember them?).
how about a charlie sheen
translator? you type in something like "do you want to go out to dinner
tonight?" and it spits out something stupid like "my monkey spirit is summoning
the goddess Hestia from afar, will you come. of course you will." could
be good for a few quick bucks if it goes viral.
worked at meryl's dad's
this weekend. had planned on finishing the fence and then priming/painting
it, but rain thwarted the painting portion of that. we did finish the assembly
of the gate and the door and the top cap; a very labor and lumber intensive
fence. pictures to come later.
we also worked on the area
that used to be a fireplace insert. it's now where the tv resides and we
finished the mudding and sprayed some texture. i think we did a decent
job of blending the textures and when meryl paints i told her to use a
3/4" nap roller to blend everything together even more. there was a lot
of patching to do because we exposed the header and jack studs so we could
remove the jack studs, insert a simpson hh4, and gain 3" of extra space
for the tv in the process. it was a lot of work for such a small amount
of space, but it helps a lot because the tv isn't obstructed now.
we also installed a small
bit of trim around a bread box corner in the kitchen. i had previously
cut it higher to make way for the new granite installation. since there
needed to be wiggle room for the granite, though, the cut had to be higher
than the finished surface of the granite so we installed bit of shoe molding
to hide that.
next time we go out there
we'll spray the fence and we'll be all done.
back is feeling mostl better
supposed to get comcast
internet this morning. we'll see if that happens.
this weekend we hope to
finish meryl's parents' fence and tv nook. it's supposed to rain, however,
so i'm not sure of the likelihood of those projects both getting finished.
hurt my back a couple days
ago and am still recovering. not real bad, but bad enough to be stiff and
somewhat worthless. been trying to rest.
well, comcast guy came
and went. turns out we need the modem on hand for him to complete his installation.
modem is on order and tracking info says it will be here today. not early
enough, though, so we'll have to wait until next week. didn't think they
needed it because at&t just has you do that part yourself. my bad.