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Monday, February 21st, 2005
11:15 am - RIP HST
Oh, and R.I.P. Hunter S. Thompson.

We'll miss you, you mad bastard.

current mood: busy

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11:09 am - Quickie Flood
Hmm, so it's been quite awhile since I was last active around here. I've been only slightly more active over on 0xDECAFBAD, but for the most part lately I've been entirely consumed by book, day job, and side job. Well, I've started trying to gather little quick things to post. Here's a dump from the weekend:
  • Pyjamarama is my song of the evening.

  • I've gotten hooked on Vim, having defected from xemacs, because I like keeping more of my user interface in my headspace and adopting modes as fighting stances.

  • I haven't been paying attention to my web stats. Does anyone out there actually read and enjoy my links, since I split them out of the main blog? (Just curious.)

  • I've been thinking lately that my innate fashion instincts come from the Tom Baker era of Doctor Who. Thankfully, I have a girlfriend who helps dress me. The hair's still getting pretty unruly, though.

  • Quick News is the NetNewsWire of the Palm OS world. It can even download podcasts! And it's only $15 bucks!

  • Primus says:

    Funny thing about weekends when you’re unemployed.
    They don’t quite mean so much,
    Except you get to hang out with all your working friends.

  • Wow. This a capella cover of TMBG’s “Particle Man” I just heard on Coverville by The Bobs absolutely rocks.

  • And then, I realize that I’ve heard The Bobs before. In particular, it was from when I used to listen to the Dr. Demento Show and heard their song “My, I’m Large”. Now, that takes me back.

  • Got a comment from Mark Eichin that reminded me I forgot to link to something I posted a few years ago: Perceptible interface + laziness threshold = weblog silence

  • I just helped my friend Erik (aka We3bus) get The Biofeedback Blog up and running for his company with WordPress 1.5—I’m looking forward to seeing what they do with it. It was a gigantic pain in the ass, since we ran into problems with damn near every component of the setup, from MySQL to IIS to WordPress itself. Granted, this is a bit of a non-typical install, but damn… Anyway, check them out.

  • A comment from Jason Clark makes me think a little more about ideas I’ve had about customized feeds to offer here for the next refresh. I’ve gotten on a run posting political links because, well, I’ve got some very definite opinions about our current situation—but you might not care about that. Was thinking that I might offer a mix-your-own-feed form where you can pick and choose from kinds of posts and tags I’ll be using. The proper place for this is in the aggregator, but it could be a fun project for the book.

current mood: busy

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Wednesday, January 19th, 2005
1:17 pm - Nerd Quiz
I break my LJ fast to bring you this:

I am nerdier than 98% of all people. Are you nerdier? Click here to find out!

current mood: tired

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Thursday, December 16th, 2004
7:46 am - book quote meme
A quote from a book I'm reading:
Physical objects have affordances, a powerful, but little understood part of infrastructure.
Quick meme thing snatched from the jaws of pfrank:
1. Grab the nearest book. Don't search around and look for the "coolest" book you can find. Do what's actually next to you.
2. Open the book to page 123.
3. Find the fifth sentence.
4. Post the text of the sentence in your journal along with these instructions.

current mood: tired

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Thursday, December 9th, 2004
3:05 pm - "Earthsea"
From Ursula K. Le Guin, concerning the upcoming SciFi Channel movie:
I wonder if the people who made the film of The Lord of the Rings had ended it with Frodo putting on the Ring and ruling happily ever after, and then claimed that that was what Tolkien "intended..." would people think they'd been "very, very honest to the books"?

current mood: blah

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Tuesday, December 7th, 2004
10:03 pm - Mr. Gruff

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Sunday, December 5th, 2004
12:08 am - Unopened, new iPod 20GB for sale on eBay
Looking for an Apple iPod 20GB? We've got an extra one, unopened, up on eBay:

current mood: working

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Thursday, December 2nd, 2004
10:55 am - Odd rooftop photographer
Damn. I wish I had a better camera on my phone, or had my proper digital camera on me.

I have an office at work, with a door, and a window. Amazing, I know, though my view is of the disputed / abandoned Vinton Building at 600 Woodward in Detroit. Not the prettiest thing, though it has had me intrigued from time to time. It's this 12-story building with what looks like a brick shack with a little deck on the roof. Were it all in good shape, it might even be a neat place to live, although now it's just the domain of birds.

Except today. It's really hard to see him in this picture, but there's a photographer on the roof today. He looks pretty clean cut, even wearing a tie under his winter coat. He's been taking turns at each corner of the roof taking shots out over the downtown streets here, casting the occasional nervous glance around like he's going to be caught. I don't think he's noticed that I'm watching him, though. I mean, he might be up there representing someone who's buying the building for all I know, but he looks pretty nervous.

I do wonder how the heck he got up there, though. The place is all boarded up, and I've heard that most of the stairs in the place are rotted through because the roof is ruined and rain pours right in, seeping through all the floors right down to the ground. There is a bare ladder down the side of the building to the alley below, but you'd never catch me trying to climb that thing. So I think in a way, I'm jealous that this guy is stomping around on the roof I stare at every day yet can never get to.

It's weird. If my windows could open, I could shout to him. I'm just so curious how the hell he got up there. Of course, I have seen people up there once before-- a team of a dozen official-looking hard-hatted people wandering around and taking notes, about 6 months ago. But this guy just seems too jittery to have made it up to the top in any owner-sanctioned capacity.

Anyway, that's my excitement for the hour.

current mood: working

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Tuesday, November 23rd, 2004
9:54 am - Much hullabaloo about nothing

So, like, there's just way too much energy being expended over here about old (I)ndustry photos (which came from over here (which came from BBS downloads and personal scans)). (Whoa. I looked way too skinny in the few of me that pop up in there.)

Anyway, all of this energy should instead really be spent in one of the following ways:

  1. Finding a cure for cancer.
  2. Photoshopping these old pictures, ala Fark.
  3. Recoiling in horror as you watch Tommy Seebach's "Apache". (This is not a drill. via substitute.)

current mood: tired

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Thursday, November 18th, 2004
3:55 pm - The Pixies - I gots tickets for ya
Hmm, well, as missadroit posted, we have a pair of tickets to see The Pixies tonight in Detroit at the State Theatre. Unfortunately, we can't make it tonight. Short notice, and I should have posted this earlier, but anyone interested in taking them off our hands?

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Wednesday, November 3rd, 2004
9:19 pm
Pardon my Flip-Flopping, but:


Seem that they did fight, but the vote just wasn't close enough to be explained away by cheating. We actually gave it to Bush. Kudos to Kerry for going out with grace and at least letting us go speedily into self-imposed doom.

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8:54 pm - "Maintain the world by changing the world"
So, yeah. Pissed off today, but tonight I'm just worn out. World's not over, though. In fact, this post here is just about the most positive thing I've read all day.

wild_irises writes:
I don't speak to God, myself. But here's my plan: to get up every day, to live in the world as I have been living in the world, only more so, to do my work on myself, and to do my work in the world. And not to let those hatemongers make me more of a hater than a lover. Most days.
Stuff to think about. In the meantime, I think I'll stop reading so damn much for a lil while.

current mood: tired

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12:29 pm - I love my country, but I fear my government. And my fellow countrymen.
I love my country, but I fear my government.

And now, I fear my fellow countrymen who put this government in place and, when given a chance to reconsider, gave it the go ahead for another four years. The fat lady's sung, and I can't describe how angry I am at her. But what really baffles, frightens, and stuns me is that, given everything we know now (with even a guest appearance of Osama bin Laden alive and well and taunting), the Bush administration is still a going concern. I feel like there's another cold war coming-- a civil cold war.

Self-indulgent hand wringing followsCollapse )

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11:36 am
Pardon my French, but:


What happened to "We will fight for every vote. You deserve no less."?

Jesus fuck. When are we going to get some opposition with the balls and claws to face down the Republicans?

update: Yeah, I was pissed. No, there wasn't hope he could win. Yeah, I guess concession was the most graceful thing he could do. My anger here goes beyond the concession, to embrace the whole imbalance of the thing-- we don't have balls and claws, because you shouldn't need balls and claws to come to a consensus. It's their game, and we suck at it.

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Thursday, October 28th, 2004
8:10 am - Just another manic, er, Wednesday
Yeah, it was just a bit of a manic day, it seems. Got decent sleep again last night and feel pretty good. Not world-conqueringly good, but good. Now I feel slightly squeamish for invoking what I now realize was an Adidas slogan, although I still stand behind Jhonen Vasquez.

current mood: awake

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Wednesday, October 27th, 2004
2:35 pm - Wherein I sound like a Pod Person
On a day like this, impossible is nothing and everything can be beaten.

Although I risk sounding manic and breathless saying it, I feel good today. Of course, my mood has attenuated a bit since first having had that thought this morning. But, I'm still a lot better than I was yesterday, and better than I've been in awhile-- and I've been feeling pretty rundown and burnt out lately.

What changed? Well, I've been working on myself lately, trying to learn and convince myself of two things. Both of these sound simple and reasonable enough, but let me tell you that they've been quite a challenge for me to follow:
  • Eat when I need to eat, what I need to eat, and then only as much as I need to eat.
  • Sleep when I need to sleep, no matter how early that might seem to me.

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current mood: happy

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Monday, October 25th, 2004
9:34 pm - I'm watching Neverwhere and you're not. Nyahh nyahh.
Sunday was our birthday, both The Girl's and mine. (That's missadroit, for those just tuning in.) Despite my having worked from 9AM to 4PM Saturday, and the Girl having worked on a computer science homework project most of Sunday (and for quite awhile before then), I'd say we ended up having a good birthday.

From me, the Girl got a few Hello Kitty items from JList, including a porcelain Hello Kitty Kabuki doll and a little Hello Kitty bag. I also amazed her by gifting her with a pink iPod mini and accoutrements.

From the Girl, I received a Moleskine pocket daily diary / planner (I'd been coveting the 2004 revision all this past year), as well as a lovely book of poetry by Billy Corgan, as well as the complete first and second seasons of Ren and Stimpy and Neil Gaiman's Neverwhere on DVD.

And from both of us, the kitties received an assortment of ribbons and bows with which to play and run around the house chasing. Even the bunnies had some fun, as they were having fun pulling ribbons into their little residence.

I'm watching Neverwhere right now. It rocks. That is all.

current mood: happy

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Wednesday, October 20th, 2004
10:57 pm - Magic: the Gathering, old-school style.
Now *that* was fun. Just played Magic: the Gathering with an old friend of mine for the first time in probably 7 years, with all my old cards that I stopped updating circa 1998. We sorted out all my jumbled up cards and threw together a couple of decks in 15 minutes or so, and played a handful of games. Two complete slaughters, one win mine, one win his, then a good couple of games in an standoff/attrition groove. Junk food and beer was available in plentiful amounts.

This is dangerous. See, when last I bought a pack of Magic cards, I had less than $20 in my pocket at any particular time. Now, I've got an income. I *could* see myself getting back into this...

Naw. This was fun as-is. The nostalgia factor was cool. We could probably get years of fun out of just the thousand or so old-school cards I have. In the meantime, I could be spending money on new games, like Fluxx or the myriad Cheap Ass Games at the comic store....

current mood: blah

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1:00 pm - Random music post
You know, I don't think I like the Cocteau Twins as much as I thought. I've got like six of their albums, yet every time they come up in iTunes, I skip it. I seem to remember thinking they were really nifty at one point. Then again, I think I mostly had them on in the background. And I could only name like 4 of their songs.

current mood: blah

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Tuesday, October 19th, 2004
5:00 pm - I demand more spaceships on TV.
I demand more spaceships on TV.

And, in particular, I demand more science fiction on the SciFi Channel, which has over the last few years turned into the Spooky (and oh yeah WE HAVE STARGATE SG-1) Channel. Their motto should more properly be "WTF?!" versus the current "What If?" It's just a travesty that Spike (TV for Men) shows more Star Trek than SciFi.

Also, where's Doctor Who? Where are other classic shows? I imagine the money they spent on the new spooky shows and various iterations of animal disasters could have been better spent on buying a few good syndicated shows. Like, drop that old shark-jumped crap called Andromeda, pick up some Space 1999 and UFO. Hell, get adventurous and resurrect Firefly.

So, yeah... I saw Farscape: The Peacekeeper Wars last night, and it made me get all weepy. Me, a weepy geek. I was sad for the end of a damn good story, and sad for the lack of damn good stories on what was once my favorite channel on TV.

eek, a farscape spoiler. sorry!Collapse )

current mood: blah

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