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    Tuesday, August 25th, 2009
    5:25 pm
    Filed under: geek — k @ 4:15 pm Edit This

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    Sunday, February 1st, 2009
    4:35 pm
    Seen on a license plate frame - verbatim:


    Wednesday, January 28th, 2009
    8:09 pm
    at the gas station
    I was pumping gas for nomadraven and while I was standing there, minding my own business, a woman at the pump on the other side said to me, out of nowhere:

    "Did you hear how Obama was on the Arab News station? ...Al-Jazeera."

    I was a little caught off guard, but after a beat, I picked it up.

    "Actually it wasn't Al-Jazeera, it was Al-Arabiya."

    Now it was *her* that was caught off guard, although my tone wouldn't have indicated any such attempt, since in all fairness, her opening statement *could* have been neutral, after all. Well, that didn't last.

    "We can't negotiate with terrorists."

    Okay. I sort of expected this, but before I could get my words together, she proceeded.

    "And this bailout? It's payback."

    As she started to go down another line of disrespect for her nation's duly elected president, I responded.

    "If every person who watches Arab television is a terrorist, then we have a lot bigger problems than the economy."

    She demurred, copping out with a "Well, it's wait and see, buddy" as I moved over further to my side of the pump island. As she got into her car, she finished with "For national security, now we've got nothing."

    What gets me about all this is not that she and people like her still think they are Right and still think they are the majority (although nothing else indicates this). Nor is it that people believe that Fox News tripe.

    No, what gets me is why she chose to bring this up to me, a stranger, with no obvious political indications. And what way did she expect I would respond to her? Do I not look sufficiently hippie/Berkeley-radical anymore? Why did she seem so unprepared to get a minimally clever retort?

    Why Dittoheads Fail, chapter one.
    Thursday, January 8th, 2009
    7:47 am
    {rain,snow}pocalypse 09
    First it was the snow, now it's the rain.

    Every highway out of this area is closed except for Interstate 5 going north from here. Which means the only place to go out of Seattle is Vancouver, Canada, except by plane, assuming flights aren't delayed or canceled due to things like storms or say a flooded or too-slick runway.

    There's no way around, at least not without going through Canada.

    Times like now make this feel like a lot less like a major urban area and a lot more like smack in the middle of literally nowhere. I can't imagine being completely unable to get from, for example, Boston to Providence or NYC by roads of any sort, but that is pretty much functionally analogous to what is happening here.

    And it happened last winter too.

    Current Mood: wet
    Wednesday, January 7th, 2009
    11:37 am
    So I was peeking at my StyleFeeder page today. StyleFeeder is a site that some old friends of mine work for, and it is based on this principle: given the set of things you own or want, you can extrapolate more things you want from the set of all things. (Let's just accept this postulate for now; I've got issues with it, or at least their application of it so far, but TNHNT.)

    So, you create a "feed" of things you own or want via the site; for example there is a nifty FF plugin that you can use when you are on any common e-commerce site's product page and it will near-automagically import that item into your feed. In addition to this, they have a feature on the website which you can look up your Amazon wish list, and it will be imported into your feed.

    Well, the page doesn't work. Not in FF or IE, due to JS errors.

    Technical gobbledygookCollapse )

    What annoys me about all this is not so much the Web 2.0 supercriticality, or the fact that the page doesn't work, but that I can figure out all that, yet still haven't gotten a new job, in a field where most people in it wouldn't have had any idea where to start on this.
    Monday, December 29th, 2008
    8:16 pm
    The snow has melted, everyone. Temp is steady at 40. We had strong winds today, there were evergreen bits everywhere, and a 2 second power blink. We're back to a normal Seattle winter.

    I drifted up here wayward like a snowflake
    And as soon as I arrived, I wished that I was home
    But a good friend said: My man, this is your home now
    Though it might be stark as a hole in hell, as cold as a frozen gnome*
    I know you've come a long long way
    From your sweet warm house in the USA
    And cold has more than one way to turn you blue
    But here we relieve the inner chill with a choice word or two

    It's always Christmas in Siberia
    Santa practically lives in this town
    Such a winter wonderland, Siberia
    And I never have to take all of my lights down

    *I can never quite make that line out...
    Sunday, December 21st, 2008
    8:50 pm
    It's snowing here. Like, a lot. Like, officially "real snow" by any northerner's estimation.

    And I almost assuredly lost my car keys in it last night.

    It keeps snowing, too. Pretty much all through last night and today.
    Friday, December 12th, 2008
    10:07 pm
    At his Seattle screening of My Name is Bruce, Bruce Campbell was randomly asked whether we should bail out the auto companies. After dithering, he says "I'd bail them out, but I'd say 'You're fired, you're fired, you're all fired, we're gonna get some new people in here,' and stop making cars that burn any sort of carbon."

    He got a big round of applause from this, of course. So I yelled out, in proper Seattle snark, "You're only saying that because you're in Seattle."

    "What, you think I'm pandering to this crowd? Wanna go out and get vegetarian after this?" he replied.
    Wednesday, December 10th, 2008
    9:14 am
    Writer's Block: Traditional Pursuits
    There are a lot of things we see most often in December, like caroling, potato latkes, mistletoe, mulled wine, eggnog, and returning gifts. What's your favorite holiday tradition?

    Sticking it to the theocrats.
    Friday, December 5th, 2008
    9:56 pm
    Writer's Block: Prohibited
    Today marks the passing of the 21st Amendment to the U.S. Constitution, which repealed Prohibition. It might seem crazy to us now, but alcohol was illegal in the U.S. for 13 years. What common vice do you think is most likely to be outlawed in the future?

    Independent thought
    9:52 pm

    tree wreath outside

    3:17 pm
    Spent half the day yesterday running around North Seattle looking for vegetarian dress shoes. None of the veg-friendly shoe stores had any.

    So I came back, empty-handed, went to the mall after dinner, and found four different styles of synthetic man-made-material men's dress shoes at Payless for $30.

    Thursday, December 4th, 2008
    10:09 am
    Writer's Block: Gone but Not Forgotten
    Many beloved television shows are no longer with us, like Buffy the Vampire Slayer, Six Feet Under, and Mystery Science Theater 3000. What defunct television show do you miss the most?

    Firefly, anyone?
    Saturday, November 29th, 2008
    3:30 pm
    Damn kids
    Apparently the 9 year old found a way to hack the TiVo parental controls.

    Tuesday, November 25th, 2008
    9:37 am
    align (ah-LINE) v.t.
    4. [Human Resources] To find new employment for former employees.
    Wednesday, October 22nd, 2008
    8:54 am
    The only Smashing Pumpkins song I actually like.

    (The video is utterly dumb. This is what happens when you let your pretentious girlfriend direct your video, Billy.)
    Monday, September 29th, 2008
    3:20 pm
    Selfish desires are burning like fires
    among those who hoard the gold
    As they continue to keep the people asleep
    and the truth from being told
    Racism and greed keep the people in need
    from getting what's rightfully theirs
    Cheating, stealing and double dealing
    as they exploit the people's fears

    Now, Dow Jones owns the people's homes
    and all the surrounding land
    Buying and selling their humble dwelling
    in the name of the Master Plan

    Cause paper money is like a bee without honey
    with no stinger to back him up
    and those who stole the people's gold
    are definitely corrupt

    Credit cards, master charge, legacies of wills
    real estate, stocks and bonds on coupon paper bills
    Now the U.S. mints on paper prints, millions every day
    and use the eagle as their symbol cause it's a bird of prey

    The laurels of peace and the arrows of wars
    are clutched very tightly in the eagles claws
    filled with greed and lust,
    and on the back of the dollar bill,
    is the words IN GOD WE TRUST

    But the dollar bill is their only God
    and they don't even trust each other
    for a few dollars more they'd start a war
    to exploit some brother's mother

    - Last Poets, "E Pluribus Unum" (1973)
    Saturday, September 13th, 2008
    8:22 pm
    Saturday, August 30th, 2008
    11:03 pm
    Spontaneous chiptunes at PAX

    Apparently this guys name is Circles, from Bellingham, check out his myspace and the crew he's in, CrunchyCo.
    Tuesday, July 15th, 2008
    2:52 pm
    if these were posters
    i would buy them.

    and put them in my non-existent mancave, or something.

    Michael Caine as Harry Palmer in Funeral in Berlin (1966)

    Bob Gunton as Warden Norton in The Shawshank Redemption (1994)

    Yeah, they are both of old-styled men with horn-rimmed glasses holding a gun. I noticed that too. Something about that has an ironic classic kitsch to it.
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