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Published on March 29, 2003 by in All Posts

Oh, Huzzah! At long last, I finally posted my picture pages! You can see them here. I put up the old pictures from Browntribe as well as a bunch of new ones from our trip to Costa Rica and Mexico. I was up all night perfecting a script to automatically publish these, so y’all better appreciate what I go through for your mild bemusement. I have yet more plans for this little site, so stay tuned. I also came across some fun little poetry by my old friend Dave Huseby, who, by the way, I think I just tracked down through a google search. It would be interesting if he tracked me down the same way one of these days. Anyway, I’ll post that because it is amusing. It is right here. Remember this, Dave?

Anyhoo, I Had an interesting day today. I was walking down the street very close to my old apartment on Bleecker Street with JD and Christine and this woman walks up and tells us that she bets we are jobless and just sucking up society’s energy. She said, “I bet you didn’t even go to college!” Of course we all replied that we all had, and that both of them went to Columbia. She decided to pick on JD, so she asked him what he studied. When he said computers, she said that any five year old could run a computer. Such vitriol! Now this is not even the amusing part. I know this woman. She looked bad when I met her, but she looked worse now and pretty much homeless. She once bummed a few quarters from me to do laundry and then proceeded to share all of her delusionary ramblings with me. For an hour. She lives in a huge apartment in the village and pays $150 per month because she was born and raised there in the 50s. The New York Times has repeatedly refused to print her articles. I didn’t have a chance to dig into her today because she huffed off to bother other people. Anyway, she did not need any crap from me. She looked like Ellen Burstyn toward the end of Requiem for a Dream. Not pleasant. But I found it amusing that she judged us so quickly when it was I who knew much more about her than she did me. Oh, well. These are the crazy people we meet here in New York City. I love this city!

For both of my regular readers, I know I promised a rant on the media, but that will just have to wait. Maybe tomorrow.

 
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Published on March 24, 2003 by in All Posts

Hello, All! I had an interesting discussion about the war last night. While watching the Oscars, we watched Michael Moore go on a rant, which I of course saw coming. But I was asked my opinion on this war by a friend, and I thought about it for a minute. I guess I have been pro war for about a year or so, simply because it is the only path that will get us out of the mess that Dubya got us into with his axis of evil tirade. All of his self righteous zeal gained us the ire of the rest of the world, and if we back down we lose every shred of credibility we ever had in the Arab world. This is not to say that I think it is the right thing to do. If Dubya had asked me before he set his sights on Iraq, I’d have advised him to let it go, Saddam learned his lesson despite his bombastic macho bluster. But when Bush started his own macho bluster, we had to back it up. The alternative would be to allow Saddam to claim victory, as he did in 1991. I am somewhat ambivalent about Bush getting macho in the first place. I do think we need to make an example of someone in the Arab world who has a real army (i.e. not Afghanistan) in order to send a message that we are not to be messed with. However, I don’t think that a Texas Oilman who’s father was in a fight with the same country and is spewing as much good versus evil rhetoric as most islamic extremists is the man to be doing this. Sure we should be in this war. But only to cover for the diplomatic, rhetorical, and idealogical blunders of our President. If he had begun building up troops AFTER the diplomatic effort failed, if he had not completely dismissed all of the reports by the weapons inspectors, and if he had not singled out Iraq as a threat in the first place, we would not need to be at war now. However, Saddam is a threat to his neighbors and some of his people. He has demonstrated this before. But rushing to war to catch the nice springtime weather is not the way to deal with him. I would prefer to pursue a diplomatic resolution under a different president and, failing that, to heavily finance the Kurds and other groups to fight a proxy war. That way we are standing up for our democratic ideals without being viewed as aggressive invaders. But since we are already in this thing, and have been since Bush first publicly denounced Saddam, I support this war as the necessary course of action, necessitated by misguided rhetoric and machismo.

And by the way, I found a few places to go for news beyond what you get from CNN and their ilk. For a bias the other way, check out Jihad UnSpun or Yellow Times. I don’t always agree with them, but we all benefit from a different perspective. Stay tuned for my media rant tomorrow. How exciting!

 
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Published on March 17, 2003 by in All Posts

OK, Hopefully the new site is up and running. THis is primarily a test.

 
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Published on March 14, 2003 by in All Posts

Sorry I have been off of this thing for a while. It would seem that my old host has now moved their servers, but I am going to be placing my site with a new host now, so it will be down again. It is killing me. I went to Chicago (the city, not the movie) on Wednesday, and have still not recovered fully. Noble, on the other hand, is recovering nicely, so thank you all for caring. Gotta sign off, I am trying to keep up some positive momentum at work.

 
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Published on March 11, 2003 by in All Posts

Well, here is an interesting tidbit… My brother Noble wound up in the hospital with viral pericarditis. And on my parent’s anniversary, no less. Apparently he had some virus attacking his heart and had some nasty chest pains. Believe it or not, this is a good thing. If it had been bacterial, we would not know about it until he collapsed. So thankfully, he will be up and around in a few days and just have to take it easy for a month or so. He does, however, get to hang out in the hospital for a few days and eat ice cream and self medicate. I am so jealous. Every time I self medicate I wind up in prison. 🙂

But seriously, Christine’s parents are leaving today. But they will not be soon forgotten. Probably because they left behind enough food to feed a small country and/or Oprah. They were only here for three days, but they left enough unidentifiable vegetables to last three months. They always do that, though. It is to be expected. Oh, well.

By the way, I am changing my hosting company to Arias, so the site will be unavailable for a while. But if you can read this, it is a moot point because it will be back up by the time you read this. Duh.

 
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Published on March 6, 2003 by in All Posts

Wow, spontaneuity can be fun! We decided on Tuesday night to go to see the Kodo Drummers at Carnegie Hall on Wednesday night. If you get a chance to see them, it is worth the time. They put on a great sow, lots of energy and drums as big as my apartment. But watch out for the flute solos. They will lull you to sleep and your wife will think she just wasted thirty bucks on your ticket. I really did enjoy it, I was just tired. Honest. It is snowing hard here in NYC right now. It was sleeting this morning, then hailing, now snowing. I know the difference now, because I researched it. Fascinating what a few simple web searches can teach you.

 
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Published on March 5, 2003 by in All Posts

Aah, back to work. I realized something today. My life is simply not interesting enough to keep a blog. Who wants to read about me getting up and going to work, coming home, and sleeping. Well, I don’t really care, because it is cathartic for me. Huzzah!

So Christine and I are off to see the Kodo Drummers of Japan tonight. They are supposed to be really cool and energetic. We shall see. Not much else to report. It is a rainy day in NYC, and that always dampens my spirits. Get it?! Dampen! Rainy! I crack me up. I will be posting some pictures of our trip to the Carribean as soon as I get them scanned and/or resized. Please stand by.

 
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Published on March 3, 2003 by in All Posts

And now, the much anticipated “Too much crap in the house” rant. We went to that mecca of uniform consumerism, IKEA today. Two hundred dollars later, we had a new computer desk, a new bookshelf, some sotrage boxes, and some other assorted odds and ends. All said and done, it was a fairly inexpensive trip. However, once we got home, we had to set the thing up. This led to reorganizing. This led to some serious housecleaning. We threw out so much crap. We seem to have duplicates of everything. Two pairs of scissors, two discmans (discmen?), dozens of picture frames, and so on. We also have specialized appliances for making rice, one for making toasties, we have a crockpot, a foreman grill (two of them), and multiple teapots. We have more picture frames than we have level space in the apartment, we have too many flashlights that do not work, and we have random sports equipment that has been used once. As we were weeding through this crap, it occurred to me… this is why the terrorists hate us. More specifically, me. I think if they saw the wastefulness and relative luxury in which I reside, they would point me out as a prime example of why Americans are a hedonistic people who squander the resources of others. Hell, they feed our appetite for oil only to see us drive the new Hummer H2 and waste a gallon of the resources they pump every 13 miles. They feed our addiction not as the drug dealer, happy to see us coming back, but as the workers at the methadone clinic, knowing that it is killing us and thinking us to be pathetic for being so hopelessly fiendish for a fix. OK, so I don’t own a car, but the analogy holds. These dirtbags who want to kill us have every right to call us dirtbags. We waste things and consume resources at a rate of two foreman grills per year. yikes.

 
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Published on March 2, 2003 by in All Posts

So I was kind of planning on ranting about all the random crap I have in my house, but I have more important things on my mind. I think I just fried my power supply. I installed my DVD burner, then fired up the computer. The jumpers were set wrong on the CDrom drive, so I opened it back up and switched the jumper. Closed the case, and hit the power button. POP! Huh? Hit the button again. POP! Then in smelled like burning electrical component. You know, like when you hold the wheels of an electric car and fire up the motor and it just starts smoking? That kind of smell. I tried turning it on again and now I get nothing. No sign of life. I am assuming that two case fans, a CPU fan, three hard drives, two IDE drives, and a partridge in a pear tree would not be enough to overload a 480 watt power supply, but Antec has other ideas. But what do I know, I am only a quasi-geek. Aargh! I really do hope it is the power supply and I did not fry anything useful. If so, I shall be very put out. So now, Christine’s dad is going to come this weekend and want to see my cool new computer and I will have to tell him that I fried it because I am a retard. Maybe Gooby got static in it while I wasn’t looking. If so, he will be summarily executed. Death by being forced to eat a metal object, shoved into a mason jar and placed in the microwave for three hours on low. That is how angry I am, I am fantasizing about taking it out on the cat. And all of my knowledgeable friends are out at Patsy’s, (quite possibly the happiest place on Earth), so I can’t pathetically IM them and grovel for free tech support. Had we just gone up there with them instead of going to see the new Jet Li movie, this would not have happened. At least not right away, anyway. Oh, yeah, the movie ruled and I have too much stuff in my house.

 
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