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Archive for the 'Personal' Category

I scored very well on the "Identity Theft Quiz from March, but today that world almost came crashing down on me: I got a statement from both MCI and a collections agency for a well-overdue account. The amount was only $158.89, but the number was certainly not mine. I called MCI, explained myself, and was […]

Endings and Beginnings

I met a girl a while back, and we became fast friends. We hung out, we watched movies, we took walks, we talked until 4am. We tried new things together and had a lot in common. We smiled, we laughed, and we cried laughed some more. I was as happy as I've been in months […]

While reading an article on Kevin Fox's site, I noticed a link on the left and took the Gay-O-Meter Test. Turns out I'm 26% gay (or 74% straight, I guess), putting me squarely in the middle of the red "too straight" area. Loosen up my straight mate. These days women like a man with […]

My First Car Mod

I've completed my first car mod: I changed the front turn signals on my 2001 Aztek to those found on the 2003s. As you can see in the image below, the old ones were yellow, with a white bulb, and the new ones are clear with a yellow bulb. I got the part numbers from […]

Survival of the Fittest

My previous two entries have touched off a little discussion. However, the piece I found most interesting was this one from Michael Hanscom: Intelligent people - those with more than two brain cells to rub together - look around at the world and realize that it has a tendency to be a pretty iffy bargain, […]

Common Folk: Me Too

Jamie takes issue with my off-the-cuff entry about the differences between "common folk" (I'm going to continue to put those words in quotes) and "computer folk" (those too). I disagree with a bit of what she's said, and given that she and I had discussed the entry in person, am a bit surprised she's so […]

The Common Folk

I recently joined a mailing list for Aztek owners. It was my first "non-computer" (i.e. not cocoa-dev or macosx-admin or ui-development) in awhile. As the messages began to roll in, one thought struck me: "Regular people are stupid." That was the thought, and I'm just being honest in writing it. It's since changed to "Regular […]

Adam's post on the glass ceiling of a college degree prompted me to think of why I finished my degree1. College served a few purposes for me that I couldn't have gotten any other way: Helped me mature as a person. Never again in your life are you forced to deal with situations that arise […]


I want to move to Okinawa. Says my friend Heinrich: It's gorgeous! The water is crystal clear… The beachas are clean, the people are nice, and there is no crime. Ahhh, but he also says they need Japan, even though they're trying to secede. They need that yen. I can do my job from anywhere, […]


When I first moved to Florida I worked for a company I'll call "HS." One of the perks of the job was that I could cross a hallway, grab a Coke from a fridge, and drink it. I had to write my company name on a piece of paper, so they could be billed for […]

Where Am I?

Where am I? Using TerraBrowser, I've located my precise position. Terrabrowser is a front end to Microsoft's Terra Server which contains satellite imagery and topo maps from the US Geological Survey (USGS). The aim of this program is to provide a simpler and more user friendly interface to the data. It doesn't support all of […]

Getting the Hint

I've recently had to say "sod off" to a certain "pal" of mine. This "pal" wrote something that upset and hurt me. Try as I might, I was unable to see what they wrote in any other way - humor, sarcasm, etc. People I've showed the writing to are appalled at what was written, the […]

Where the Sidewalk Ends

When I was about eight, and was still in the "gifted" program (before it was renamed the "Challenge" program, designed to indicate that educators wished to give us a challenge "regular" classes did not provide but instead seeming to indicate that, in fact, we were challenged), my mom bought me a book called Where the […]

Audio In

One of my biggest pet peeves in current automotive design is the lack of an audio-in port (either the red/white or the stereo mini-jack variety). How much would it cost auto manufacturers to add this to every car? Ten cents? As I look for the arrival of my 30 GB iPod soon (replacing my 20, […]

Ruth’s Chris

I went with someone special to Ruth's Chris Steakhouse for dinner tonight. It was good. The waiter (Matthew) never said the "'s" part of "Ruth's" and it annoyed me. I got a baked potato and brought the sweet potato home for lunch tomorrow. I'm in a bit of a funk right now, for a variety […]