29 April 2008

No, Really. I'm Still Here.

Work and life have been crazy lately. Mostly good. Some bad. Don't give up on me on here. It's late and it's been a helluva long day. I've got to turn in soon so I'll leave you with promises of more regular posts, a link to today's always awesome xkcd, and a picture of my new Kubuntu 8.04 desktop (click to enlarge):


19 April 2008

Great Political Satire

Just ran across this hilarious article. Here's an excerpt:

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.


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

A Lesson In Parenting

Check out the following article. It is flat out awesome. And all too rare.

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

Give To #%$^&*! Caeser....

Tax day. Not fun. Do not like.

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

Oh Dubya

Thunder, lightning, & rain this morning; it's beautiful and I couldn't be more content. Not until I put up this next image, that is.




07 April 2008

Monty Python-esque Headline

NZ Man "Used Hedgehog As Weapon"

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

The Door Beckons

It's 09:30, Saturday morning when the doorbell rings. Through the peephole I see two men in their fifties wearing suits and trench coats and holding leather portfolios. "Damn the Man?!" I yell to myself. "What do the friggin' cops want?" Then I opened the door and saw a copy of The Wachtower.

"Good morning sir, do you consider yourself a religious person?"

"Well I do have a degree in Theology."

"Oh. Uh...."

"You guys have a good morning."

"Uh.... Bye."

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

"Day Off"

Today is my "day off." Here's how it's looked so far:
  • 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
And I'm still going strong....


03 April 2008

Here I Am

Over the next 48 hours I'll be making the big move from my Xanga. My first 'real' post here will be about our pseudo-vacation last weekend in Lubbock. We had some fun and interesting experiences. Check back!