A whole week

I can’t believe it’s been a whole week since I posted. I went from everyday to no-day. It’s amazing how life catches up with you. Anyway, I have no time to write today, but I did want to put together a 55 Fiction for Ima Wurdibitsch so that she doesn’t think I’ve totally forgotten about it.

Looking through his CD collection, he reminisced. Birthday presents, anniversary gifts, impromptu purchases when he had a little money burning a hole in his pocket. All this music he had collected, all those memories presenting themselves as solid silicon in alphabetical order. He shut the cabinet and turned on his iPod. The future weighs less.

Okay, so not my best effort…but an interesting thought anyway.  I’m in a hurry anyway.  Anybody know a cheap way to get 11 people to Poland in January?  Short of firing them over there in a cannon, of course.

I blew it…

Well, I missed posting yesterday.  It was Thanksgiving and I had a lot of family stuff, and when I got home I was just exhausted.  So, I fell short of a post for every day.

In other news, I stood out in the ICY COLD this morning for a beautiful 37″ HD television.  Of course, now I need a new DVD player and an upgrade from DirecTV which is all going to cost a fortune.  But, it’s really nice…and it’s going to be great for when baseball season comes around.

And, that just can’t come soon enough.  Must have baseball…NOW!

See you in the funny papers!

NaBloPoMo – Post 21

Okay, I’m only working half a day here, and already I’ve done more work today than I did Monday or Tuesday.  Someone please tell me how that’s possible?  There’s nobody even here and I have work to do.  That sucks.

So…I’ve found a few links that may be of interest to you:

  • UnFoundSound Records is a net label that produces some mighty fine DJ quality beats under a Creative Commons license.  I just like listening to the mp3s.
  • Calorie Counter lists some fast food nutrition facts.  I think you’ll be slightly shocked, but at times surprised at the information presented here.  I list this because sometimes you have to eat fast food, there’s no option…so at least try to choose a healthier option.
  • Mighty Goods is for those of you who still have shopping to do for Christmas and no idea what to buy.  They also have a kids option in Mighty Junior.
  • You will probably never catch me wearing these…although, for a brief moment, the geek in me thought, how FREEKIN’ cool!

And now your moment of Zen:

NaBloPoMo – Post 20

What am I like?  What is my true persona…for those of you who don’t know me?  Recently I took a personality test wherein my personality was divined by my choice of various pictures.  It came pretty close in my estimation.  Here’s what it had to say:

Temperament

Flexible

Nothing seems to bother you – you sail through life crisis free. It’s not that your life doesn’t have its ups and downs, it’s just that you handle everything without unnecessary drama and antics. You approach each day fresh, not worrying about yesterday or tomorrow. You are confident that you can handle anything that comes your way and experience has shown that you are absolutely right about this.

Interests

Simple

You are continually pursuing a simpler and less complicated life – you don’t allow yourself to fall victim to all of the “should do’s” that society continually bombards you with. You are thoughtful about your life choices and think in terms of yourself, others and the world in which we live. You have a great sense that we are part of something much bigger and we must be good to others, if we want others and the world to be good to us.

Amusement

Thoughtful

You are easily stressed out and overwhelmed – you need to take care of yourself first and foremost. Because you tend to be self reflective, you know your limits quite well and must remember to not exceed those limits. When you overwhelm your life with obligations and responsibilities, you tend to shut down and go into yourself even further. Take some time to find your serenity and kick back your feet.

Passion

Emotional

For you passion is less about romance and sex – it’s more about friendship and family. Strong emotional bonds and connections are your passion and your pleasure. You always let your loved ones know how much you love, respect and admire them. You do this through kind words, loving actions and simple gestures. You count your blessings each day and express your love openly. You expect the same from others.

NaBloPoMo – Post 19

Today my tiny little corner of the internet (IT’S A SERIES OF TUBES!) reached 10,000 hits. Now, of course, I’d say that probably half of that was spam messaging trying to get me to link to anatomical enhancement or pubescent teens in a variety of undress, but 10,000 is a great achievement. I feel pretty proud about that.

As well, I met with my thesis advisor today and I came away from the meeting feeling really good. She’s not commented fully on my work that I did over the weekend, but I feel really good about the meeting and I think I’m finally on the right track. So hopefully that means I’ll be able to watch some basketball this season. *laughing*

The movies page has been updated, so check that out.

See you in the funny papers!

NaBloPoMo – Post 18

Just under the wire.  I don’t know that I like blogging every day.  It’s become almost a chore, and I don’t enjoy it.  I suppose it could have to do with thesis…it could have to do with needing more in life than just a computer.

C. and I worked hard today to get rooms moved around and cleaned up.  We have a lot of furniture and stuff that just needs to go other places.  But, I like the way we have things set now.

I also just found some old stuff from our trip to Paris…great memories.

See you in the funny papers!

NaBloPoMo – Post 17

I’m typing this on a Mac. It’s very cool. It’s my wife’s work computer, and it’s very drool worthy. It’s fast and sleek and should come with its own flame decals, but, alas, it does not. Anyway, a couple people to thank today:

My dad, whose invaluable support and assistance on my thesis has made it an easier pill to swallow…or at the very least a much more organized pill.

My mom, whose motherly instincts knew precisely when to bake her regionally famous chocolate chip cookies and whose unwavering support is always appreciated…even in the form of a peanut butter and honey sandwich.

My aunt Donna, whose willingness to be made fun of, and even enjoy it makes her an easy and consistent target.

And finally, my wife, without whom, I just don’t know how I get along in the world. She makes everything seem less burdensome…even if it’s lifting furniture.

NaBloPoMo – Post 16

Emma Grace -- DUCK!I know that it’s after the fact. I know that Halloween was half a month ago and I got these pictures almost 2 weeks ago. But once again, my niece Emma Grace has “quacked” me up. If this is not the funniest thing you see all day, or possibly all month…well, I dare you to post whatever you think is funnier.

She has that serious look on her face. The one that my sister had for pretty much her entire childhood. The look that says…okay, seriously, give me the candy so I can take this dumb duck suit off. I look like Ralphie from Christmas Story in this thing. But she’s just so adorable that you can’t help but laugh at her little webbed feet and the death grip on her candy bucket.

In honor of my little niece, a bit of 55 Fiction:

He spread his candy out on the bed. It had been a long night, but he’d covered the neighborhood. A frown. Circus Peanuts, peanut butter nuggets…not a single Snickers in the whole bunch. But he was Spiderman!

Then he remembered, that girl ahead of him. Chicks get the good candy.

Damn you Wonder Woman!

See you in the funny papers!

NaBloPoMo – Post 15

You need to give money to education. Why?! Here’s why…

The computer I’m working on is a Dell Optiplex GX240. It was built in September 2002, roughly. At least, as far as I can gather. That’s the date on the user’s guide. Today, there was a discussion as to how much RAM I had in my computer. RAM is a type of computer data storage that helps your computer manipulate software applications and help them work more efficiently. Nowadays, the standard for computers on the market is at least 1 GB of RAM. Most new computers come with 2GB of RAM. Check the Sunday slick ads in your local paper and you’ll see it in the fine print. Now, the point of all this is to let you know how much RAM was in my computer.

256 MB

Seriously. (to borrow from the Grey’s Anatomy writers)  For those of you who like the math breakdown, it looks like this:

1024KB = 1MB

1024MB = 1GB

256MB = 1/4GB

I’m using 1/4 of the industry standard for computing power.  I’m not even gonna get into hard drive space.  But, I do want to go back to why you should give money.  The upgrade I got was to exchange one of my 128MB cards to 256MB.  So now, I’m working with the blazing capacity of 384MB which is nearly 2/5 of my perceived industry standard, and 1/5 of what you can get at your local Best Buy.  So, the next time your alma mater calls and asks for a donation, provided that you’ve paid up your student loans, tell them you’d be happy to fund the university’s mission to provide decent equipment to their support staff.  And, if you have a couple extra bucks, tell them you’d be happy to fund a parking structure as well…but that you’re not giving another damn cent to “research” or “sporting functions.”  Those guys get all the money they need.  I bet you Rick Pitino isn’t working on a subpar Dell.

Man, most of my posts are just bitter these days.  Must be the weather.  See you in the funny papers!

NaBloPoMo – Post 14

Now I’ll be the first to admit that the “internet” is less private these days than it used to be.  At times you could wonder if anyone knew you were out there at all.  But now with Facebook, MySpace, archived pages from Google, better search engines, etc.  you don’t need a private investigator to find someone anymore.  I’m able to find people that I haven’t been in contact with for 20 years with a few short key strokes, so it’s not like it’s difficult.

The latest cautionary tale is being touted on the internet via video from WBZ in Boston found on Yahoo.  Kevin ColvinIt’s the story of Kevin Colvin, an intern who had “something come up” on Halloween night and was unavailable for work.  Kevin’s boss later looked up Kevin’s Facebook page and found a photo of Kevin dressed as a fairy, with a beer in hand.  Kevin’s boss then sent the image to everyone in the company with a note that said “Thanks for letting us know —  hope everything is okay in New York. (cool wand)”

That’s not the interesting news.  My point is that WBZ is making this a news story, as is the Washington Post.  Although, in defense of the Post, it’s on their OFF/beat (Real Strange News) blog…which is where it should be.  This is strictly a News of the Weird kind of story.   But WBZ had an entire segment on how “young people” should be aware of the “dangers” of the internet.  My favorite quote from the video is the female reporter who says: “Hey kids…this just in…grownups know how to Google!”  You better know how to Google you idiot talking-head.  I mean, c’mon…how is this dangerous?!  Nobody was hurt, Kevin got caught in a lie (as we all have at one time or other), his boss had a little fun at Kevin’s expense and everybody at Anglo Irish bank had a good laugh.  In all seriousness, the wand is not that cool.

Anyway, what aggravates me is that this is NEWS?  Did you forget that there’s a war on?  Not to mention global climate change.  But no…we’ve got to warn kids about the dangers of posting themselves in a Tinkerbell costume and drinking Busch Light. The warning here is, if you don’t have any news to report, make your lead story longer.  If this was your lead story, think about a different occupation.

Seriously, someone should at least spring for some decent beer.  BUSCH LIGHT?  Yet another Bus(c)h ruining the country.  Speaking of Bush, he’s been caught in a lie several times, yet, he’s still the President.  See what I mean?  Harmless fun…oh, wait, Kevin Colvin didn’t start a war with Iraq did he?  Cause, that could be a problem.

See you in the funny papers!

photo courtesy of ValleyWag.com, story information courtesy of Yahoo, Washington Post, and WBZ.