22 December 2008
19 December 2008
13 December 2008
05 December 2008
04 December 2008
27 November 2008
24 November 2008
Anyhow, I'm now several chapters into--that's right, another sci-fi novel--Dune! Don't know how I let it escape me for this long. I'm completely enthralled at this point. Reading, FTW.
20 November 2008
The official Gmail blog is here.
15 November 2008
Half way through November and we're finally getting some autumn weather. I love it. Without a doubt, my favorite time of year. Winter is a close second and I'm ready for snow.
P. S. -- Did you see my wicked awesome
14 November 2008
11 November 2008
10 November 2008
Fuck you, Death.
08 November 2008
We're still not sure what the hell happened. The vet thinks it's some kind of toxin. Meg and I scoured the house and we still have no clue what it could be. Scarlette (our Basset Hound) is fine. And Cat is strictly an indoor feline. She's been outside twice since we've had her--once when we got her in April and today to go to the vet. Baffling. Well, here's a picture of her I took with my (cursed) iPhone a couple of days ago.
05 November 2008
29 October 2008
27 October 2008
22 October 2008
So right now I'm a few chapters into Graham Green's masterpiece, The Power And The Glory. The subject matter intrigued me and this book is on many "Best Books Of The 20th Century" lists so I thought I'd give it a go. So far, it's depressing as hell and it makes me want to listen to The Refreshments.
13 October 2008
09 October 2008
Ah, I sure love zombie flicks. It's certainly that time of year. Just watched the original (what else?!) Dawn of the Dead. And all I have to say is: prepare. It's not if, people; it's when. The sooner you accept it, the better. This will happen. So look for store specials and stockpile like there's no tomorrow. And for the love of Obama, don't skimp on the heavy artillery.
03 October 2008
I bought an old school iPod 4th generation 60GB model. Why not just get a new one? Here's my reasoning:
- I'm cheap. I didn't want to spend more than $80 or so.
- My music collection is currently ~50GB and I wanted to be able to load all of it with room to grow.
- I'm a big proponent of FOSS and I want to hit it up with Rockbox.
29 September 2008
I mean, c'mon people, we've had people living in space for the last eight years! On the International Space Station, for those of you going, "Really?" Yeah. Really.
I'm embarrassed to be a part of a society that is generally more interested in which celebrity is in rehab this week, whether a politician is wearing a flag pin, or what the latest lame ass mallcore fashion is than our ability to explore the universe.
21 September 2008
They're all done by the same folks and I'm sure they're making a ton of dough doing it. Good for them. This is a fairly new Interwebs meme but it's taken off like crazy. Huzzah! I say.
P. S. -- Last day of Summer WT WT!!!
19 September 2008
Or maybe you just have a life and better things to do. I dunno. I suppose that's a possibility.
Well, in honor of ITLAPD I bought a very nice bottle of aged dark rum last night. Yarr. Avast ye landlubbers! Stay the bloody hell away from me grog lest ye be run through and cast overboard!
17 September 2008
P. S. -- Meg and I have been making our way through the entire ViewAskewniverse (first time for her) and we are currently on An Evening With Kevin Smith. In a row?!
11 September 2008
Today we remember those we lost to vicious, ruthless, murderous attacks on this date in AD 2001. To paraphrase FDR, a day that will live in infamy. We all remember exactly where we were when we heard the news of the attacks. We can remember the shock, fear, sadness, rage, and other emotions we experienced as we learned more about the situation. But today, let us remember those innocents who lost their lives. Let us remember the blessings and freedoms we have in this great, though imperfect, country and let us thank our Creator for them.
And I've chosen to do my part in remembering by buying an iPhone 3G. Freaking yes! Take that you Islamo-fascists! In your respective faces! I can't believe how awesome this is!
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Come on people. Don't go dragging me behind your pickup truck. If we can't laugh about it, the terrorists have won.
08 September 2008
04 September 2008
What's lame, though, is the fact that I'm having to buy them now. I haven't paid for a book in a long time. You see, there's this little known branch of the local government known as the public library. There are even some private libraries that are open to the public. Really. They weren't abolished. Look into it.
My problem lies in the fact that the Amarillo Public Library only had the first four books in Jim Butcher's series that I'm so very enthralled by at the moment. Bah. Conspiracy to draw me back into my tome-buying addiction. Well, waddayagonnado, eh?
30 August 2008
27 August 2008
23 August 2008
- My xBFFx is moving back to Amarillo. ^_^
- Young's Sushi is a great, great place.
- Related to the above, I apparently love a good sake bomb.
- I'm using Linux Mint 5 'til October when Ubuntu 8.10 drops.
- Autumn couldn't get here soon enough.
30 July 2008
I want to propose a "Thank You" revolution. Holy crap, yes, I know how xCHEESYx that sounds, but I'm serious. Do you know the difference you can make in someone's life just by letting them know that you value and appreciate them? It's huge. Really.
So whether it's the person at the coffee shop/restaurant/retail store, a co-worker, friend, or family member, show them your appreciation with a kind word and a smile and this 'ole world may just become a bit more bearable for all of us.
13 July 2008
As we sat on our front porch, I couldn't help but notice how nice it was. An absolutely beautiful day. And quiet--blissfully so. We were sitting there with Scarlette, our Basset Hound, and I was struck by the dichotomy between our surroundings and those of New York City, Newark, etc.
I just don't know how people do it. All the noise and people and concrete. Trash and graffiti and exhaust fumes. Hate and rudeness and indifference. The lack of trees and grass and wildlife. All crammed together with no open spaces. I couldn't handle it. It'd drive me mad.
Now, I know there is plenty of good in big cities and that I've made some broad generalizations. I also fully realize that I'm talking about what I've observed while watching a movie. But rest assured, I have been in many a metropolis. On several continents, at that. And I can't hardly take it for more than a day or two. I really don't think that's how we were meant to live.
02 July 2008
I don't like chains. They're all the same, boring and predictable. I'd much rather support local businesses and experience a variety of products, services, and atmospheres.
Do I shop at Walmart? Yeah. Do I work for a large corporation? Yeah (though it's locally owned and operated). Do I order things online from large retailers to save a few bucks? Sure. But when I can afford to do so, and the food industry is a place that has a pretty level playing field for the consumer, I stay local--wherever I am.
29 June 2008
Well, that's it. Nothing thought provoking or interesting today. I just hate waiting.
23 June 2008
According to this BBC News article, "Our planet is not at risk from the world's most powerful particle physics experiment, a report has concluded." Whew. We can all rest easy.
Or can we?! Duhn duh duhn.....!?! Won't someone please think of the children?!
12 June 2008
I see it as a clear issue of private business owners' rights. It is their property, their establishment, and if you don't like to be around smoking, then go somewhere else. It's as simple as that. It is a privilege for a customer/patron to enter a private business--not a right. This is an area of great understanding, I've found. You have the right to choose where you spend your money--do so, and quit the whining.
Anyhow, the marketplace is doing a fine job of regulating itself. There is no shortage of smoke free establishments in Amarillo. Establishments that are smoke free because the business owner invoked his right to choose how he wanted to run his business (within the law, one would hope).
We all know second-hand smoke is harmful (and annoying). This is not the debate. And if the government wants to do something about smoking, they need to outlaw tobacco rather than subsidize it. I could understand tobacco being made illegal, but until that happens (and it won't), private business owners should be able to choose whether they establishment is smoking or not.
This is such a slippery slope. The Lifestyle Police won't stop with smoking. Next it'll be foods, firearms, and who knows.... ?
31 May 2008
I've been playing around at PhoneZoo.com and I've got some wicked slick ringtones now too. Mostly geekcore. Such as: Super Mario Bros. Theme, Final Fantasy III Theme, Chrono Trigger Theme, Futurama Theme.... ... .. you get the idea. And the idea is--FREAKIN' AWESOME! You're jealous as hell, admit it.
Oh wait, no, most of you have had this technology for a long time. Crap. Well, text me sometime. I do that too now (gasp!).
12 May 2008
06 May 2008
No, I'm mad. This is our tax dollars at work?! The government has allotted $1.5 billion to inform people about the digital TV switch versus $574.6 million for literacy? Shameful. All hail Entertainment, in whom we truly trust! Praise ye elder gods of Sitcom, Crime/Medical Drama, Soap Opera, Sports, Celebrity Gossip, Video Games, and the like! Aaaaaahh-mmmeeeeeeenn!
29 April 2008
19 April 2008
The Lincoln-Douglas Debates of 1858 (Slight Return)
Presidential candidates Abraham Lincoln and Stephen Douglas held this debate on April 16, 1858 at the National Constitution Center in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania.MODERATORS:
CHARLIE GIBSON, ABC NEWS
GEORGE STEPHANOPOULOS, ABC NEWS
LINCOLN: In my opinion, slavery will not cease, until a crisis shall have been reached and passed. "A house divided against itself cannot stand." I believe this government cannot endure permanently half slave and half free.
STEPHANOPOULOS: Excuse me, did an Elijah H. Johnson attend your church?
LINCOLN: When I was a boy in Illinois forty years ago, yes. I think he was a deacon.
STEPHANOPOULOS: Are you aware that he regularly called Kentucky “a land of swine and whores”?
LINCOLN: Sounds right -- his ex-wife was from Kentucky.
STEPHANOPOULOS: Why did you remain in the church after hearing those statements?
LINCOLN: I was eight.
DOUGLAS: This is an important question George -- it's an issue that certainly will be raised in the fall.
STEPHANOPOULOS: Do you denounce him?
LINCOLN: I’d like to get back to the divided house if I may.
STEPHANOPOULOS: Do you denounce and reject him?
LINCOLN: If it will make you shut up, yes, I denounce and reject him.
STEPHANOPOULOS: Do you denounce and reject him with sugar on top?
STEPHANOPOULOS: No takesies-backsies?
STEPHANOPOULOS: Whoa, so you would consider a takesie-backsie?
LINCOLN: That’s not what I meant…
DOUGLAS: When I was 11, my grandpappy and I chopped wood and shot bears.
Hahahaha..... great stuff.
17 April 2008
Good Parenting: Kid Breaks Vacuum To Play XBox Instead Of Doing Chores; Mom Sells Xbox, Pranks His MySpace
That's exactly the kind of thing my mom did to my sorry ass when I was that age. And I know now that I deserved it. I wish we saw more of this kind of discipline than the empty threats and wishy-washyness of so many parents nowadays who let their kids run the show.
15 April 2008
I finished The Sparrow by Mary Doria Russell the other night. Incredible book. Full of insight, humor, and depth. I recommend it highly. And last night I started another book by one of my favorite authors, Neil Gaiman. Excited. I'm finishing up Guns, Germs, & Steel: The Fates Of Human Societies via audiobook in the car and it's been somewhat interesting, but the first half really dragged.
Hope you're going to enjoy your alleged "Stimulus Package" .... ... .. .
11 April 2008
09 April 2008
07 April 2008
How's that for an astounding headline? I feel for the hedgehog, but there's just no denying that that's hilarious. Must have been a fairly slow news day in the Asia-Pacific section....
05 April 2008
"Good morning sir, do you consider yourself a religious person?"
"Well I do have a degree in Theology."
"You guys have a good morning."
Hahahaha.... These two poor good-ole-boys just didn't know what to say. I almost bad for them. Until I remembered that it was 09:30 on &#*%^#% Saturday morning!!!
04 April 2008
- Took mutt to vet to the tune of $180
- Had to get ink cartridge refilled
- Had to buy guitar strings
- Had to get Meg's W-2 from her old job
- Had to run several other mundane errands
- Picked up six flats of strawberries for a catering on Monday
- Worked on the work schedule for next week