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Monday, July 20th, 2009
7:42 am
So when I walked outside this morning what did I find outside? Not my car.

After checking the Big E's parking lot to see if I might have accidentally walked back after driving there I went back home, looked up the police, and called them up. Turns out it got towed by Upman's towing (suggesting I did leave it at Big E's). I called them up. After asking some questions I was told to call back at 8pm (why the questions were asked I do not know - they did not give me any information other than to call back).

My emotional state during the whole process can be described as stunned, then concerned, then annoyed. Fortunately, I didn't think it likely that my car was stolen so I spared myself a lot of panic there.

Can't wait to see what this will cost.
Thursday, July 9th, 2009
2:39 am
I love Jewel.
2:07 am
Watching "My best friend is a vampire" on netflix "watch instantly" late at night. I see the main character and I think "I know that guy". He's the the same guy who plays Wilson on House. Of course things like this happen all the time if you watch enough movies, but it's especially amusing this time. He's so damn young. And he's still playing the stereotypical "nice guy". The vampire girl is wearing shoulder pads. Blondie is playing: "One way or another." I love the 80s - they are so unselfconsciously tasteless and yet ostentatious at the same time.

Current Mood: amused
Monday, July 6th, 2009
5:32 pm
Fox on Palin
This is great:

Current Mood: amused
Friday, July 3rd, 2009
11:23 am
Iran's New Friends and Family Informant Plan
The Iranian government has a disgusting new ad out:
Saturday, June 27th, 2009
11:21 pm
An interesting article on some of America's architecturally beautiful train stations that have since been torn down and the crap that has generally been built in their place. Kind of a shame.

Friday, June 26th, 2009
12:00 am
The HuffPo Iran blog, an incredibly comprehensive, informative, and up to date account of the events in Iran is no longer the top story on the site. Now it's "Michael Jackson Dead". Bleh. Whatever, I'm tired, it's bed time, I'll write more tomorrow.
Tuesday, June 23rd, 2009
8:20 pm
I'd like to think our military makes a reasonable attempt to minimize civilian casualties, though I'm certainly not naive enough to believe they try as hard as they say. Then you get stuff like this:

Last week the US military released an investigation into an US airstrike in Afghanistan that killed several dozen civilians. Talk was raised of limiting airstrike usage and reviewing the procedures involved.

Today on the BBC:
"At least 45 people have died in a missile strike by a US drone aircraft in Pakistan... The people killed in South Waziristan region had been attending a funeral for others killed in a US drone strike earlier on Tuesday."

For fuck's sake, these screw ups are so damn frequent that at first I thought the article was just an upwards revision of the casualties from an earlier airstrike last week.

This whole situation in Iran has done nothing good for my anger levels either, though at least in that case I'm more optimistic about the chance for change.

Current Mood: pissed off
5:34 am
My sleep schedule's been pretty bad lately, but I'm finally at a point where I'm just waking up before dawn having gone to bed at 7pm last night. Think today will be a good and productive day.

Current Mood: determined
Saturday, June 20th, 2009
3:49 am
This is amazing:

I couldn't even stack empty space that quickly.

Here's a better video of the same kid at home. It's even more impressive close up. He actually manages to beat his word record time.

Current Mood: impressed
Thursday, June 18th, 2009
2:04 am
Shrimpy Shrimp
To those who have never had the shrimp Cup Noodles (with shrimp!), the three (Three!) shrimp are slightly bigger than peas. We use 16/20 shrimp at Tommy's (16-20 per pound), these are more like 1600/2000. That said, they're pretty delicious, just like all ramen.

Current Mood: satisfied
Wednesday, June 17th, 2009
5:33 pm
Iran and
Reported on HuffPo:
(thanks to Allejandro for mentioning this in his last post - they have by far the most comprehensive coverage)

Twitter by Texas Republican Congressmen:

"Good to see Iranian people move mountains w social media, shining sunlight on their repressive govt - Texans support their bid for freedom

Oppressed minorities includeHouseRepubs: We are using social media to expose repression such as last night's D clampdown shutting off amends"

Also a link (http://www.nsnetwork.org/node/1340) to a rather disgusting story about how leading Republicans are urging the US to come out in favor of the protesters, despite the near unanimous opinion among Iran experts that this would play right into Ahmedinejad's hands.

Personally I think that Obama's response was appropriate and measured- expressing concern for the events going on in Iran without taking a side. Whatever outcome preference the US may have, this is ultimately something the Iranian people have to decide for themselves and the last thing the opposition needs is for the "Great Satan" to be seen as on their side. I was heartened by a report that the state department had urged twitter to delay it's regularly scheduled maintenance in light of events going in Iran- exactly the sort of limited, but helpful thing we should be doing right now. For the most part all we can (and should do) is sit back, observe (as the English language signs held by protesters make clear), and hope for the best.

Current Mood: concerned
Thursday, June 11th, 2009
1:03 am
On Relative Mass - Understatements
Scientist quoted by the BBC on the small chance of a Mars-Earth collision: "The planet is coming in at 10km per second - 10 times the speed of a bullet - and of course Mars is much more massive than a bullet."  Just a tad. 

As for the effect on Earth::
It would be bad.

Current Mood: amused
Thursday, May 21st, 2009
2:27 am
So today was a pretty good day overall. Went to the doctor and confirmed that I seem to have shingles. He gave me an antiviral, though it's too soon to tell if it's working. What has been a life saver has been the calamine lotion, which reduces the pain to the level of a moderate sun burn and has finally allowed me to get some good quality sleep. After I got back from the doctor I spent the better part of the day sleeping on and off with some internet and computer games in there. I even went for a run around sunset (first time I've run in months). Later in the evening I went out with my work buddy Jon to Applebees before we went to see the new Terminator movie. It wasn't as good as I'd hoped, but it was solid with a few particularly good moments (one stands out above the others, you'll understand if you see the movie).
In the process of dosing my day away, I missed several calls from people (doh!). I managed to return most of them before I left for the movie (if yours was not among them I apologize) and I had a nice time talking to people. I felt a lot better than I did when I wrote last night's post. I also saw the nice comments people left on LJ and thank you to everybody who posted. All told today was a much better yesterday and I only had one episode where I briefly got upset. Things will take time, but I don't feel nearly as alone as I was feeling yesterday.
Tomorrow I work a double so I probably won't have much time to get together with people before graduation unless it's later tomorrow night. I'm off all weekend though. That said, I'm going to start getting ready for bed.

Current Mood: optimistic
Friday, May 15th, 2009
3:12 am
Advertisement for live TV Catholic Mass show included the line: Offering viewers "the cultural richness of Southwest Florida." Yup.

Current Mood: amused
Thursday, April 16th, 2009
6:23 pm
N ot This Leg
An excerpt from an Economist article on the use of information technology to prevent medical errors:

"Sometimes such errors can be prevented without fancy technology. It helps to write “not this leg” on a patient’s left leg before surgery on his right leg."

Current Mood: amused
Wednesday, April 15th, 2009
2:41 am
In an effort to post more often I think I'll just try to write something even if I have nothing particularly incredible to say.

So apparently Britney Spear's representative came into Tommy's tonight and needed a table for her. We were on a wait though and weren't willing to bump her ahead of the other guests, which they wanted us to do. So she had to eat somewhere else.

Also here's something scary to consider. According to Nielsen Americans watched an average of 151 hours of TV a month for the last quarter of 2008. Go America!
Thursday, February 26th, 2009
3:40 am
Having trouble sleeping and feeling kind of crummy for the second night in a row (restless thoughts and all). Rather than continuing to toss and turn I decided to put on Love Actually and clean my room. Fifteen minutes (and one rum and coke) in and I already feel 110% better.

I think it's a toss up between Hugh Grant and Colin Firth and his Portuguese housekeeper for my favorite story arc. Also, whoever composed the music for the movie did an amazing job.
Tuesday, February 10th, 2009
12:07 am
Coraline is absolutely GORGEOUS.

Live Journal needs to have "awed" to their preset moods.

Current Mood: awed
Friday, February 6th, 2009
2:08 am
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