5/26/11 (19:27)
  • friend james is in town. he's the only friend i've kept from high school (actually junior high) and he's a great guy. first time he's been up here to see the house and all that so that's good. it's good to have good friends.
  • painting started on the house on wednesday.
  • next week is meryl's brother's wedding.

  • 5/21/11 (12:08)

  • going to meryl's mom's place to finish up a job there. should be quick and easy. famous last words.
  • on sunday meryl is running a half marathon so i'll be there to cheer her on.
  • got some crawlspace vents installed under the house in the back where we have standing water during the rainy season. hopefully that, along with some other measures we hope to implement next year, will solve our moisture issues.

  • 5/18/11 (10:07)

  • other than the commercial aspect, this is a cool series that follows movies to their original locations. they picked two of the three best films of all-time to start so they get a thumbs up from me.

  • 5/17/11 (18:51)

  • raining the last couple days which sucks donkey balls.
  • cracked front window finally cracked completely so i had it replaced today. been getting screwed on money lately. good thing money is worthless.
  • have to do a better job of remembering the wisdom of john wooden. the guy was better than jesus, less controversial, and less contradictory.
  • working on fixing sarah's computer. she's cursed or doing something wrong because she burns through computers pretty quickly. new motherboard, cpu, ram, power supply. hope to keep the hard drive. monitor is fine. first time i've built a computer in many years.

  • 5/11/11 (18:36)

  • got a lot of those little things done today.
  • the satellite cable isn't dangling in the wind anymore. now it snakes neatly along the underside of the gutter and down the corner until it disappears under the house.
  • i finally finished glazing all the windows.
  • finished repairing the front window sill on the turret. the sill had split and i needed to glue/screw it back on and then bondo/sand it to look good again.
  • i finished repairing the broken rafter tails on the garage.
  • i finished painting the trim on the garage.
  • i ordered a replacement sanding base plate for the 6" orbital sander.
  • i got itunes working.
  • i repaired a hole where our heater exhaust was located. for some reason, when they installed the heater they punched the exhaust through the house rather than extending the pvc pipe another 2-3 feet to where a crawl space vent was located. last week meryl cut together some pvc to extend the run to the vent. i cut a hole through the vent screen (which doesn't help hold up the house like our rim joist does) and the job was complete. except for the hole in the side of the house, which i fixed today.
  • also cleaned out the birdhouse. kind of a cool feature on the front of the house, but it had all sorts of bird nesting crap inside and it's 18' above the ground so it wasn't entirely fun cleaning it out. i'll add some shingles to its roof this weekend.
  • a productive day.

  • 5/11/11 (12:10)

  • trying to get all the little things done in preparation for the painting to begin.
  • had some major issues with itunes yesterday. the new update messed with the registry and that eliminated my dvd drive which made it impossible to burn cds. so i fixed the dvd issue by editing the registry, but then itunes still wouldn't burn a cd. had apple customer service call me and they said that it would be $29 to solve the problem or i could try to follow the directions on their support page. he (jake from indiana) also said that itunes couldn't have been the cause because it doesn't mess with the registry at all. i informed him that it was the only program i had changed in anyway and he said something must have updated because itunes doesn't edit the registry at all. biggest issue with all this is that i have 35,000+ songs and i have rated almost all of them at this point so i didn't want to lose any of that data. backed that data up and followed their instructions, but it was just to undo what i had done to get the dvd drive to work again so no dice there. so i reinstalled itunes using the "repair" option and now everything is back to normal. hmmm.

  • 5/9/11 (19:07)

  • fakers really stepped up and acted like the champions they are. it was great to see phil jackson at his best, kobe playing his heart out, odom and bynum playing classy basketball...odom is not much of a talent, but he really maximizes what little talent he has through grit, determination and hard work. bynum should be the sportsman of the year, not stephen curry. kobe has officially eclipsed michael jordan as the best player of my generation. phil jackson, meanwhile, showed what he can do with such meager talent and really coached the pants off of rick carlisle. amazingly competitive game and an inspiration to all to see the fakers step up and show true character.
  • in keeping with the theme of that post...itunes continues to stun me with their excellent, seamless, quick and effortless installations. an excellent product. they really should charge for that software. i also appreciate the weekly reminders to update to the latest software even though i've told them never to remind me again.
  • updated pictures last week.

  • 5/7/11 (09:36)

  • fakers showing their true colors in this series against dallas. kobe had 16 points in the biggest game of the playoffs for his team. great job of stepping up like the superstar he is. artest wasn't around to bail them out and bynum has "trust issues" so it's pretty fucking unlikely even the zen master himself can pull them out of this skid. hopefully they get swept and have a full on meltdown. we'll see.

  • 5/4/11 (17:37)

  • pretty warm today.
  • got a decent amount done on the house though. they measured for the front window replacement and we had the stucco guys out to patch up the spots that were left after the powerwashing we did.
  • also worked on the north side of the house and got several more windows glazed. more than halfway done with that side now so that's nice. still have some window rot repair to do though.
  • also worked on repairing the rafter tails on the garage while meryl finished painting the garage. i have trim to paint, but that's all and then the garage will be done.


  • 5/3/11 (17:44)
  • another stat about kobe in the clutch that meryl heard on pti - he is 28% in game tying or winning situations which is the same as the league average. so, you're better off just passing the ball to someone else who will likely be more open because kobe still has an aura of greatness. kinda like the stench left behind by a particularly hot and nasty crap.
  • fuck you john lennon, for being a shitty dad to your "other" son. what a crappy guy. hero my ass.

  • 5/2/11 (22:54)

  • when was the last time kobe "mr. closer" made a shot at the end of a game that actually mattered? today he bricked a shot that would have won the game against dallas. now dallas is up 1-0 and has home court advantage. last year he missed shots to close out the okc series and the phoenix series (gasol and artest cleaned up his trash to finish the games) and he was an absolute zero in game seven against boston (again, artest stepped up where kobe stepped down). whatever happens this year, kobe is no mj. he's lost his luster. he's not the closer people make him out to be. he's just another poser at this point who is a volume shooter. no big deal. give me nowitzki, wade, lebron over kobe any day of the week.
  • looking at the stats from this year, how does kobe close games? in the 4th quarter he shoots 3 more shots per 36 minute period than he does during the rest of the game. he also shoots 5% points worse than he does during the game as a whole. ok, how about from the 3 point line? 7% points worse in the 4th quarter than his average game. how about "in the clutch" - game within 5 points, with 5 minutes or less in remaining? kobe shoots the 3 about 3% points better, but turns the ball over more (4.1 vs. 3.1) and shoots 5% points worse from the field.
  • wade, on the other hand, turns the ball over less (3.0 vs. 2.3), and shoots 12% points better from the 3 (43% vs. 31% non-clutch times). so, kobe in the clutch: 4.1 turnovers, 40% from the field, 35% from beyond the arc. wade in the clutch: 2.3 turnovers, 40% from the field, 43% from beyond the arc.

  • 5/2/11 (17:52)

  • evidently we can't even agree that bin laden being killed is a good thing. right wing nutters are saying one of several things: he's not dead, obama timed his killing for political purposes, obama and bin laden were buddies so the whole thing is a fake, etc. left wing nutters are saying: we shouldn't have crossed into pakistan without written permission in triplicate and u.n. approval, we shouldn't have assasinated him, etc.
  • getting tired of the division in this country. don't know if it's always been like this and i didn't know about it or it's gotten worse or if the internet and media are making it seem worse than it really is or what.
  • allergies are getting me good today.

  • 5/1/11 (20:31)

  • we got that fucker osama bin laden today. took us 10 years and we still haven't rebuilt the towers, both of which are pathetic, but we got him.
  • if i were president i'd go on air and say to al qaeda: we got your leader and now we're done with you idiots. i'm more concerned about diarrhea and the flu (both of which kill more people in a year than you will in your group's life) than i am about you. you're inconsequential and irrelevant, a blip on the fucking screen of history. buh bye.

  • memphis is an underrated team. one of their best players is injured and yet they still found a way to knock off number one and are looking good against okc. tough team with some favorable matchups.