January 28, 2005

Stupid Raccoon

Nearly ran over a stupid raccoon on the exit on the way home. Stupid, suicidal raccoon. If any of the cans of Coke I was carrying had exploded (they fell from the seat to the floor), then I would have gone back and run over him for sure.

On an entirely different note, the other day, I saw a fat rainbow that looked really close. Made me wonder if I had ever bothered to try to find the end of a rainbow when I was a kid. If I had, I'm sure that I wished that I had been able to drive. I imagine chasing ranbows is easier in a car rather than on foot.

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Cool Commercial

Cool Target commercial. The "see more" link leads to a site with an interesting take on how to advertise. Lots and lots of interaction. Loads of clicking and scrolling and stuff. Fun.

Found via moleskinerie.

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Al Franken Radio

Stumbled onto Al Franken and his radio program the other day. All of my FM channels were playing boring stuff so I decided to breeze through the AM channels. I visited a couple of channels of people speaking nonsense, and finally found a channel with someone who seemed both logical and humorous. Later realized it was Al Franken. They have an internet stream available. I will be listening often.

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January 27, 2005

Multi-monitor Setup

Look at these sites later when I'm ready to get a new computer and setup 3 monitors.


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Gates Photo Update

Those Gates photos seem to be from something other than "Teen Beat" magazine. And he's 30 in them. He looks like a kid.

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January 25, 2005

Log Entry

2 mi run - 9:30 pace
4x15 pushups, 4x20 situps, 3x3 pullups

breakfast: bowl of smart start: antioxidant cereal w/ lucerne lactose free reduced fat (2%) milk
lunch: wendy's #1 with chilli+onions+2 packs of crackers+2packs of hot sauce instead of fries. their hot sauce isn't very hot. at least not mixed in w/ the chilli.
dinner: planning to mooch curry off of neil. mooch, mooch.

2 cokes. more at starcraft tonight.

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Housing Bubble

Fatalistic view of the housing market out here in CA. Some of it makes sense, some of it seems a little extreme. Either way, unless I win the lottery, I can't afford a house any time soon anyway. I'm saving to sweep up a foreclosure brought on by ARMs and people who don't understand numbers as well as they should.

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January 18, 2005

Log Entry

2 mi run - 9:30 pace (slowed down quite a bit between 1mi and 1.1 mi, the machine said this made my overall pace 10 min/mi, but I think that's a bunch of crap)
4x15 pushups, 4x20 situps, 3x3 pullups

pretty tough today...

lunch: chicken whopper + pickles, chili, jalapeno poppers (note: BK's poppers are not like those elsewhere [filled w/ cheese and fried]. they're just pickled whole jalapenos. kinda hot.)
dinner: half a falafel and half a lamb wrap.

3 cokes, 1/2 a mt. dew.

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January 17, 2005

Great pictures

These are great. When you follow the link to the original site, you have to scroll down a little to see the pics. Bill Gates as a younger man. Hahahahaha. I wonder what made the photographer think that those were cool poses for a software company executive?

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January 13, 2005

Online Drawing Tutorial

In addition to working my way through the Drawing on the Left (Right?) Side of the Brain book, I'm going to peruse this site. Haven't looked at it at all so I don't know if it's worth the effort, but I'll skim the site at some point. Don't even remember how I ended up there. Wasn't looking for drawing related stuff...

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January 12, 2005

Outlook Calendar

Finish watching this later.

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Log Entry

2 mi run - 9:30 pace (quick water break after one mile)
4x15 pushups, 4x20 situps, 3x3 pullups

breakfast: chicken whopper + pickles
lunch: taco bell mexican pizza and tostada (what is a tostada you ask? i didn't know either. imagine a cruchy taco w/ refried beans instead of beef and a flat shell that isn't folded up.)
dinner: small portions of duck, couscous, chicken, carrots, hot dog, pickle. i like pickles.

at least one dr. pepper and one mt. dew. the coke machine is evil. some days it takes its time when i ask for a coke. ehhh, errrr, clunk, brrh. ehhh, errrr, clunk, brrh. ehhh, errrr, clunk, brrh. plop. it seems to take especially long when i've been drinking a lot of coke (as if it were hoping i'd go away). some days its empty, but it won't tell me w/o going through an extended ritual first. ehhh, errrr, clunk, brrh. ehhh, errrr, clunk, brrh. ehhh, errrr, clunk, brrh. ehhh, errrr, clunk, brrh. sold out. i get the feeling that the coke machine is just holding out on me. am i so close to getting diabetes that even the coke machine is worried about my health? the pepsi machine sure doesn't care. it spits out mt. dews and dr. peppers as soon as i touch the buttons.

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January 10, 2005


Since my little brother introduced me to it over Christmas, I've been playing a LOT of Gunbound. It's like Scorched Earth with cutesy characters, online, and a purchasing system. I hear it's also like Worms. Everybody has a tank and controls angle and power to lob shots at each other until one team wins.

Many of the people on the servers are immature little kids (lots of 'lol', 'omg', l33t speak, and talk of gayness and moms), but it's still fun and you can turn your interactions with them into a side game - a 'how much can I mess with these guys' kind of side game. Note: if you choose a girl avatar, you'll have people asking you your age, where you're from, and permission to be added to your buddy list. It's annoying when they won't stop messaging you, but it's easier to mess with their heads.

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January 06, 2005

Senate Confirmation Fun

Been listening live (from what I can tell, it's scheduled to go another couple of hours, so you can still tune in!) to the Senate confirmation hearing for the Attorney General nominee Alberto Gonzales. It's both entertaining and sad. Senators are asking tough questions (after blowing a bunch of sunshine his way), the nominee is doing plenty of ducking, and senators are calling him on it. Very fun to listen to. The sad thing is that even though there are significant questions around his judgement and ability to be a servant of the people and not just a puppet of the President, it is a given that he will be the new attorney general. I've heard several senators say something to the effect of, "I'd like the record to reflect that you're a pinhead for giving the green light to torture people, but you'll get confirmed anyway."

I don't know enough about him to have an opinion as to whether he should be confirmed or not, but the purpose of this hearing seems to be to help decide wether or not to confirm him. With so many concerns voiced, why is the confirmation a given? If the information that comes out as a result of the hearing has no bearing on whether he will get confirmed, is this just a stage for people to make some statements "for the record"? Some of the concerns raised have been with the administration and those shouldn't have a bearing, but some are with his judgement of what's right and wrong and his denial of responsibility for the consequences that his decisions have had. That's some serious stuff and you'd think that even if it wasn't enough to keep him from being confirmed, it would be enough to keep his confirmation from being a forgone conclusion.

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January 05, 2005

January 04, 2005

Sweet Java Stuff


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