Sunday, December 31, 2006

Friday, December 29, 2006

watching the Intenternets

If you've got a free hour, watch the video below. It's the first of three BBC films about politicians and terrorists, and how they use fear to bla bla bla, just watch it. I watched all three, and now I'm all depressed.

The weather isn't depressing at all. It's nice and warm. It's going to be in the forties for the next week. No global warming. Nothing to worry about :)

Otherwise, I got nothing going on. I probably won't get any calls cause it's New Year's Eve Weekend. We got family coming in, so the house is clean.

Monday, December 25, 2006

Christmas Morning

I haven’t written in this for awhile. Let’s see. A week ago Sunday I went to this stoner’s house and his 4 stoner teenage hangabout sons couldn’t hook up a wireless router to a cable modem. Three of them were sitting around all high watching the fourth play World of Warcraft. Monday, I fixed a router/printer/Mac networking situation for a lady who had Rush-Limbaugh blasting in the background. Tuesday I cleaned up a wiring mess at an accounting office. Tax season is coming up! Wednesday last week I went way out to Lowel to fix a high-dollar video card and reformat a Compaq. Thursday I returned the PC. Friday I had a customer who thought she had a virus that made the computer come on by itself. Her computer needed a serious cleanup, but there were no viruses.

Yesterday (Christmas Eve) we drove to Joanne’s and had a nice visit. I got a gallon of beer in one of those mini-kegs, which I look forward to tapping later on.

I got a new electric shaver. It’s charging now. The girls got lost of presents, bla bla bla, another Christmas.

Tuesday, December 19, 2006

candy snowmen


had to make 60 of these babies for the girls' classes for treats. An army of snowmen.

Monday, December 18, 2006

Cleartype makes the computer go hella-slow (a followup)

Something I should have anticipated: Cleartype makes the PC go hella-slow. But in Control Panel, there's an icon, and after that there is a checkbox "Turn on ClearType" Uncheck it, and it turns off ClearType no problem.

Thursday, December 14, 2006

Disjointed Rant About Lance Armstrong, and Christopher Reeve

That bicycle guy, Lance Armstrong, is annoying. One reason he’s annoying is because he’s the type of smug overachiever that throws the bell curve off for the rest of us. The other reason is he’s a cancer survivor that was famous before he got cancer, and he beat it, and now he’s all like, hey, I beat cancer and I can still beat a bunch of Frenchmen in a bicycle race, so can you.

Well goodie for you. Ya friggin’ bastard.

It was okay at first; I was like, “hey, good for the bicycle guy”. But then he’s all over the place, staring at me though the TV like, “why don’t you get off your ass and do something? I won like, a million tour-de-Frances, and I only have one nut. What have you done with your life?”

I don’t remember Lance Armstrong being like, “Oh, hey, cancer is bad” before he got cancer. Michael J. Fox didn’t care about Alzheimer’s either until he got it.*

And Christopher Reeve didn’t give a rat’s ass about spinal cord research and crippled people until he fell off his horse during an equestrian tournament in 1995. I always assumed he fell off playing Polo, and I always thought, “only rich assholes play Polo.” So I was wrong.

But I learned something else about Christopher Reeve during extensive research (I typed “Christopher Reeve” in Wikipedia). I learned that in 1987 he saved 77 actors, directors and playwrights from the death penalty in Chile by leading a rally. These artsy-fartsy folks had criticized the dictator Augusto Pinochet and were sentenced to death, but the publicity Reeve got leading the rally saved their lives.

So. How many people did Lance Armstrong save? 1. How many did Christopher Reeve save? 77.

Damn, this was one pointless blog entry. Enjoy

*I stand corrected. MJF has Parkinson's Disease.

Wednesday, December 13, 2006

cleartype. what took me so long to find you?

Hi fellow laptop users. Let me just say this now: I should have stumbled across this a long time ago. Anywhoo, when I downloaded the IE7 upgrade, I noticed how clear the text was on the new browser. It's something called "cleartype" and I thought, "well golly! why can't I see that clearly on everything?"

Well, I found the cleartype tuner, and I'm here to tell you, it makes the laptop look like a brand new, clearer laptop. check it out. Freakin' awesome.

Tuesday, December 12, 2006

boston typewriter orchestra

http://www.bostontypewriterorchestra.com/ <--they make "music" with old typewriters. Audio samples.

Monday, December 11, 2006

Oliver Sipple, a tragic story.

Here's a sad story for ya: the story of Oliver Sipple, the guy who saved President Ford. No good deed goes unpunished. Check out the chain of events that followed his heroic action that saved President Ford. Poor gay bastard.

Don't ask what random clicking led me to this wikipedia page. It started on Slate.

Sunday, December 10, 2006

books, beer, and boredom

Wish I had more to report, but I don’t. Deb worked Friday night so Savannah and I went to Olive Garden, had some pasta, and then went to the bookstore. I picked up HP Lovecraft: The Call of Cthulhu and Other Weird Stories, and The Best American Short Stories of 2006. Savannah got a couple of books. She read one of them in one evening.

Saturday I made a fire in the fireplace, sat in front of said fireplace, and read until about three, when I showered and got my beer ration. Deb and the girls went to a church program, which mercifully, I was able to avoid.

Today is more reading and writing, and that’s about it. Not to thrilling, but I know that thousands of you hang on every word I write here, so I don’t want to disappoint.

Last week I did get a call from a book publisher about sample chapters of a book I had sent them years before. But they want money from ME to publish it. I had them send a sample of books they had already done, and it was unreadable crap. They just want my money. How sad.

Friday, December 08, 2006

my next phone!!??

Italk. does this even exist?

Cat Puke!!

So the cat puked right in front of my office door. I can’t stand puke. I have a weak stomach. I’m a puss when it comes to vomit and shit.

So. Deb worked last night, so she was asleep. So I’m already gagging, and I haven’t even looked directly at the puke. I’m looking at it with my periphial vision only, just stepping around it, and I’m thinking, “I have to wake Deb up so she can take care of this.” I don’t want to wake her up, cause she’s asleep, and what kind of a puss can’t pick up some cat puke? So I steel myself, hold my breath, and clean it up.

And then I puked. Just a little.

Oh the things I do for love.

Tuesday, December 05, 2006

blinker


Today I changed the blinker in my 2002 Taurus. 38 cents for the bulb, 10 bucks for the socket and socket adaptor. Being able to turn left, priceless.

Sunday, December 03, 2006

I am such a friggin’ slacker. Jesus H. Christ.

Well, first I get hooked on World of Warcraft. I play the crap out of that, get no writing done, and then I cancel the account and burn the CDs. What do I, being the genius that I am? I get a Second Life account and get hooked on that. So today I had to cash out of that and uninstall the software.

It’s like the last thing I want to do is WRITE. Maybe because I’m allergic to WORK. And writing a book is HARD. It takes a lot of TIME. And EFFORT.

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