Tuesday, November 28, 2006

Warning: This is a pointless, but amusing, post.

I was sitting here listening to the Dead Kennedys (I have way too much music according to some people), and I decided to look them up on Wikipedia just to see what it had to say about them.

I found one of the most amusing sentences that I have ever seen on Wiki:

“Included as a poster with the album, Penis Landscape depicts nine copulating penises.[5] Members of the band and others were each charged with violating California Penal Code [6]”

And for the record, my two favorite DK tracks that I’ve heard to date are “I Fought the Law” and “Night of the Living Rednecks”. The latter makes me chuckle myself silly.

Current mood – amused
Current music – Kitty – Brackish

Saturday, November 25, 2006

Monday, November 13, 2006

I spent the weekend with Karyl. I think I needed the time away, even if I wasn’t in the best of moods while I was there. I’ve had a lot on my mind lately, and a distraction from that, even for the space of a movie at a time (and there were a lot of movies) was very welcome.

I think I’ll be in a better mood when certain things get straightened out. For the moment though, I deal.

In other news, according to w3.org, the web is 16 today.

Funny to think that I’ve been on it for over 10 of that not counting the times I was on the net at my friends’ houses.

I fondly remember the times back then, surfing on Frankenstein (so named because of all of the mods I made to it) at a blazing 28.8. The squeal of the modem, the slow image load times, the disconnects at the worst times.

Yet, for all of that, I cherish the memories. I think it was more for the people involved (some of which are still good friends of mine) than it was for the technology, though I admit that the sense of doing something new was nice as well.

Here’s to all of my old net-friends out there, wherever you are. If any of you come across this, please feel free to leave a note. I’d love to hear from you.

Current mood: moody
Current music: Madonna – Die Another Day

Friday, November 03, 2006

I said that I’d probably post a long overdue update of the last month, so here it is:

The series of interviews with Amazon is over. Unfortunately, I’m not flying out there for an in person, but I did make it through what seemed like an endless string of phone based ones (three interviews of about an hour each over the course of a month).

The fact that I made it though that many rounds has to say something.

That’s the only really exciting thing that’s happened. Most of the month has just been a grind unless you count the costume party we had at a shop here in town that’s run by a couple of people that I know.

Apart from that, I’ve basically just been dealing with several of what tend to be rather personal days. The personal issues have been the main reason I haven’t been posting – I’ve been busy with a variety of things that don’t really need to be discussed with people who aren’t already in the loop.

October is rather full of things which almost require reflection and some time alone for me. I consider it a consequence of having actually lived my life, and one that I am more than willing to accept. On the whole, it’s worth it.

In more recent news, I’ve been contacted by another company in the Pacific Northwest. We’ll have to see how that goes.

Current mood: not bad
Current music: Ghost in the Shell – Living Inside the Shell

Thursday, November 02, 2006

A few minutes ago, I was sitting stock still, staring in awe.

At my television.

A lot of people who know me know how sick I am of the spin and double talk on the news every night and in the papers every morning.

Tonight was a totally different matter.

While flipping through the channels, I happened to land on MSNBC. To be more specific, I happened to land on Keith Olbermann opening a king sized can of whopass on the commander in chimp. (The article, which is a basic transcript of his speech, may be found here)

He called the president on his transparent attempts to keep a one party government, of his fear of any sort of checks and balances to his power, accused him of having not an imperial but a UNILATERAL presidency (which is very true), and basically accused Bush of trying to twist everything negative about him into an attack on the American people when it was really an attack on Bush himself.

Hell, he came right out and called Bush a liar in almost as many words. He also made the statement of Bush that “it is both convenient and personally satisfying to you, to confuse yourself with the country for which, sir, you work.”

He then proceeded to say that Bush’s only legacy will have been a “willingness to make anything political,” and called for Bush to apologize to both the troops and the American people.

He didn’t stop there, however. Read the article. I swear it deserves an award.

It was a thing of beauty to behold. I honestly wanted to cheer. The man deserved a standing ovation. It’s about time that somebody did something like this openly, vocally, with the full force of their convictions, and on a medium that millions of people watch, read, and trust (as much as we can trust the news anymore).

To top it off, this well deserved tirade was ended with the rather appropriate Edward R. Murrow quote “good night, and good luck.”

I was in awe of this much needed outburst, delivered, as it was, with righteous indignation (which was also extremely appropriate). It was refreshing, and I hope I am not the only person out there who feels that way.

Current mood: wow
Current music: Linkin Park – In the End