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Friday, September 26th, 2008
9:05 am
Why holywood needs to burn


The writers revere Melville’s original text, but their graphic novel-style version will change the structure. Gone is the first-person narration by the young seaman Ishmael, who observes how Ahab’s obsession with killing the great white whale overwhelms his good judgment as captain.

This change will allow them to depict the whale’s decimation of other ships prior to its encounter with Ahab’s Pequod, and Ahab will be depicted more as a charismatic leader than a brooding obsessive.

"Our vision isn’t your grandfather’s ‘Moby Dick,’ " Cooper said. "This is an opportunity to take a timeless classic and capitalize on the advances in visual effects to tell what at its core is an action-adventure revenge story."

Monday, August 25th, 2008
11:08 pm
Verizon FIOS DNS
Anyone else around who uses FIOS having problems with DNS lately? I get intermitant resolution of hostnames.
Tuesday, August 19th, 2008
10:14 am
Blew out my back
OMG am i in so much pain right now. I bent over this morning to pick up a sock, and my lower back spasmed.

Now its ALL tight and hard and i can't do any bending or stretching at all. I need to keep my back absolutely rigid.

Going to the Chiropractor in 15 minutes. Last year when this happened they were able to fix it up nicely in a few treatments. Lets hope that since i am going early in this process they can do something.
Wednesday, May 28th, 2008
11:28 am
Got my grades
4.0. Yay baby!

Now i have a summer class of astronomy. Starts 6 PM, goes to 10 PM.

monday - thursday.

UGH. I leave the house at 6 AM and get home at 10:30 now.

Tuesday, May 13th, 2008
8:29 am
Run Run Run
Last night, after my economics final, i went for my run. Last week it was a 2/4 *5, that is, 2 minutes of running, 4 minutes walking, and do that 5 times.

Last night however, it wasa 3/3 *5. Ooof. Its amazing how long a minute is when you stop and think about it. But dammit, I made it all the way, tho i was a sore dave at the end of it. But a good sore, ya know?

mapped it via google maps when i got home, holy crap, it was 2.33 miles i did.
Tuesday, May 6th, 2008
7:38 pm
The funeral was beautiful
So many people showed up to celebrate Kristin's life. Last night there must have been close to a thousand people at her wake. I kid not.

Today, the church was packed for the funeral, and the procession to the cemetery had at least 50 cars.

She was a loved woman, and will be deeply missed.


I will miss you dearly Kristin, you were a beautiful woman ,and the world is poorer for your passing.

Kiss your loved ones for me, you never know when they may be taken suddenly away from you.

Current Mood: sad
Saturday, May 3rd, 2008
10:13 am
Secretly replacing his legs with noodles. Lets see if he notices....
So, based on Yesterday's Events, and inspired by syringavulgaris I have decided to start running and generaly getting in shape.

Today was day 1, so it was a 2/4*5. 2 minutes run, 4 minute walk, repeat 5 times.

First cycle: Ok, not so bad
2nd Cycle: Hmmm, getting a bit warm
4th Cycle. Ok, kill me now......
5th cycle Gotta look good, running by my house and being seen by my wife and her friend...out of sight? Ok, collapse.

did a pre and post run stretch.

about 15 minutes later, after getting out of the shower, my legs were enveloped in this nice warm glow that very very nice. Kind if like having your legs wrapped in warm towels.
Friday, May 2nd, 2008
4:13 pm
Death in the family.
Last night at 10:30 my brother in law, Ryan, called and asked that my wife and I come over to his house immediately. We did, to see an ambulance pulling away with Kristin, his wife, inside.

My wife stayed at the house to tend to the baby, 3 months old, and I went to the hospital to be with Ryan.

Parents arrived soon after, and the long wait ensued. It seems that Kristin started choking in her nap on the couch, and soon entered cardiac arrest. The cops were able to restart her, but she had been out for at least 10 minutes.

Around 1 Bridget came to the hospital, and Nancy, a friend of Kristin's mom started watching the baby. During this time Kristin, who was in the emergency ICU, had another heart attack, but they were able to stabilize her.

At 3 AM bridget and I went back to the house to take over baby watch. B napped, as it seems, so did I. At 6 ish the baby woke, and we fed him.

At 6:30 we got the call that Kristin, age 30, had died.

Please, Pray for Connor, Ryan and Kristin.

Current Mood: indescribable
Wednesday, April 16th, 2008
8:21 am
Funny cat story
At night, when I am eating dinner in the kitchen, the light over my head reflects off my watch, and makes a bright spot on the wall. One of our cats, Midnight, loves to chase this bright light around as it moves due to my moving of my arm.

In fact, she loves it so much, she often will sit in front of the wall whenever I am in the kitchen, waiting for the magic light to appear.

Last night, one of my wife's friends who is a mother of two young girls came over and was getting a tour of the house. When they came into the kitchen, the friend saw Midnight sitting in front of the wall, staring at it intently. She paused, looked at my wife, and asked "Has your cat been bad and is on timeout?"
Wednesday, March 5th, 2008
8:40 am
Dear god...
Let this damn primary season end already, ok? This is going to KILL the democratic party.

Now she's never going to drop out!
Tuesday, February 12th, 2008
2:52 pm
Monday, February 4th, 2008
11:32 am
Obama for President
The "lack of experience" accusation against Obama is a Republican/Clinton "talking point" that is widely circulated, and many people have apparently bought into it. It is also false.

Obama is a scholar of Constitutional law, and has more years of experience as an elected official, in the Illinois state senate. The fact that much of his advocacy and legislation experience are "local" is an asset, not a liability -- one that has probably kept him closer to understanding regular folks' concerns. (it is not the board of WalMart.) This has also kept him less susceptible to the cumulative impact of the vast corruption that is occurring on the national scale.

Hillary, if anything, has the *wrong* type of experience - e.g.: taking lots of corporate money in the form of lobbyist campaign donations and her many "consulting" gigs. (many people call this "bribery.")
...Saying "every politician does it" is no excuse: Obama has stuck by his pledge to refuse corporate lobbyist PAC money in his presidential bid.

Many people assert that there is only a razor-thin difference between Clinton and Obama's policy proposals.

First of all, I don't think Clinton and Obama are interchangeable: There are many policy proposals from Obama where practically *nothing* is forthcoming from Clinton. For example, Obama will (and already has, as Senator) take steps to:
      * limit the influence of corporate lobbyists
      * increase transparency of government
      * Technology and Communications: safegaurd privacy, "net neutrality", prevent consolidation of media, support open standards...

None of the above items are even on Clinton's radar. (The last one involves a complicated set of "21st century" issues that every politician should be taking a stand on, because they affect: our economy, job creation, privacy, ... as well the functioning of democracy, itself.)

Secondly: where Clinton and Obama's policy initiatives do coincide, it is often because of compromises each candidate has made. The difference is that Clinton has moved to the "left" -- trying to make herself marginally "electable" while attempting to maximize benefit to her corporate sponsors. Obama, on the other hand, is trying to maximize benefit for real, living people -- and he has to make comprises to get legislation passed by a sea of politicians who operate like Clinton. Clinton's policies are a swarm of disconnected proposals -- with few unifying themes save that some donor's interests are being protected -- while sounding "liberal" enough to maintain electability within her party. I think Obama, on the other hand, is actually applying principles to organize and apply his policy details.

Most of Obama's presidential campaign contributions have come from a large number of small donors. (He has far more donors that Clinton -- while Clinton has relied on a smaller cadre of big-time donors.) Clinton, on the other hand, has actually said that taking lobbyists' cash is acceptable because they "represent real Americans." (Although you might wish it were otherwise, you cannot deny that "where you get your money from" indicates in the strongest possible terms whose interests you will be looking out for. )

I strongly urge you to support Obama over Clinton on Tuesday.
Tuesday, January 29th, 2008
11:46 am
You know what i just realized?
Less than a year until Bush is out of the White House!
Friday, January 18th, 2008
12:05 pm
Wednesday, December 26th, 2007
3:03 pm
Got my grades
So i;ve gone back to school, to get a degree in business administration.

Took 3 classes this semester, since i don't want to kill myself doing school, work, and new kitchen

So got my grade today.

Accounting - A
Business and Contracts law - A
Logic and Set Theory - A.

Sweeeet! First time in my life i got straight A's!

Current Mood: happy
Tuesday, December 18th, 2007
12:57 pm
Peter Jackson to start filming "The Hobbit"

Said Peter Jackson, “I’m very pleased that we’ve been able to put our differences behind us, so that we may begin a new chapter with our old friends at New Line. ‘The Lord of the Rings’ is a legacy we proudly share with Bob and Michael, and together, we share that legacy with millions of loyal fans all over the world. We are delighted to continue our journey through Middle Earth. I also want to thank Harry Sloan and our new friends at MGM for helping us find the common ground necessary to continue that journey.”
Monday, November 26th, 2007
8:18 am
porn stars against Ron Paul
Interesting. This is what a pornstar wrote. heh

Let's picture a Ron Paul America:

You wake up in the morning and make yourself breakfast. The bacon is unfit for human consumption because President Paul abolished the FDA and the water is filled with e coli because President Paul eliminated the EPA. You have to drive your child to school and pay a toll for each road you travel because President Paul doesn't believe that government should built roads, only private corporations should. You car bursts into flames because President Paul doesn't beleive that government should impose safety regulations on the automobile industry. You finally get your kid to school but since President Paul got rid of the Department of Education, you are not entirely sure if your child is reading at a proper grade level. But you don't have time to worry about this, you need to get to work to pay for this school, since all schools are now private and free public education is a thing of the past.

I can go on and on about why Ron Paul is the worst choice for President, even worst that Guiliani. It is great that a Republican is against the occupation in Iraq but so are all of the Democrats. I am also worried about anyone who espouses the whole "IRS is bad" rhetoric since we actually need to collect taxes to keep the government running. China and Saudi Arabia already control most of our debt and there are only so many children whose health care you can cut to keep us afloat.

The biggest problem with Ron Paul is that he is a politician who doesn't believe in government. We've seen how destructive that's been
with Bush so picture that belief on steroids with Ron Paul. We should do him a favor and NOT vote for him so that he doesn't have to involve himself with the thing he hates most in life-government. Words like "privatization" sound great on paper. But you must remember that WE control the government, we ARE the government. We have no such ownership and power over corporations. You think the customer service at Dell is bad, imagine if that was your government.

I am a proud liberal whose voting for John Edwards. He's for fair trade policies that not only protect American jobs but bring back the
goods ones we lost. He's for a medicare-for-all healthcare program that still allows you to keep the insurance you have. He's for ending
the "Paris Hilton" tax cut so we don't have to depend on China and Saudi Arabia to finance our country anymore. And he wants to get us out of Iraq as soon as possible.

Ron Paul will only bring us back to the time of Charles Dickens and we'd all become Tiny Tims. Sorry, Jerry, but it's not too late to vote for someone who would be good for America. I still luv ya, though.

Lets see if the paul fanatics bite.
Monday, November 19th, 2007
3:42 pm
I'm easily impressed.
We have Optimum online's triple play, which is Voice, Video and Internet.

Well, I just called my wife, who is home this week. She was watching TV, and when I called, she said that my phone number showed up on the TV screen!

KEEN! Easier caller ID!
Tuesday, November 6th, 2007
9:12 am
this just makes me angry.
Countries, like people, make friends with others one at a time. This is a story of one failure. In fairness to an unknown visitor to our country, imagine yourself in his place. The scene is on a recent Amtrak trip between New York City and Boston. The conductor collects tickets, requests identification, folds destination stubs into seatbacks, moves on to other cars. An older man across the aisle, traveling alone, shows his passport. It is clear from their conversation he doesn’t know English.

After decades as a frequent traveler, I have thousands of pictures -- scenery, buildings, people, architecture, from around the world. Today the train passes a lovely stretch of Connecticut shore, tidal marshes, nesting ospreys, the Long Island Sound. What little attention I pay as the visitor takes pictures, is that I’m impressed with his equipment. He and I, unknown to each other, are members of a picture-taking culture, fellow citizens of a show-and-tell world. I wonder if his will join the thousands on YouTube. I imagine, after his return home, how many friends he will impress with stories and pictures of this mild, early autumn, Saturday morning journey along the New England shoreline.

The train is a half hour west of New Haven when the conductor, having finished her original rounds, reappears. She moves down the aisle, looks, stops between our seats, faces the person taking pictures. “Sir, in the interest of national security, we do not allow pictures to be taken of or from this train.” He starts, “I…….” but, without English, his response trails off into silence. The conductor, speaking louder, forcefully: “Sir, I will confiscate that camera if you don’t put it away.” Again, little response. “Sir, this is a security matter! We cannot allow pictures.” She turns away abruptly and, as she moves down the aisle, calls over her shoulder, in a very loud voice, “Put. It. Away!” He packs his camera.

Within a minute after our arrival in New Haven, two armed police officers entered the car, approached my neighbor’s seat. “Sir, we're removing you from this train.” “I….;” “I……” “Sir, you have breached security regulations. We must remove you from this train.” “I…,” “I…..” “Sir, we are not going to delay this train because of you. You will get off, or we will remove you physically.” “I…..”


Current Mood: pissed off
Monday, November 5th, 2007
3:16 pm
Colts cleared of cheating charge.

Newsday has learned that the NFL's investigation into complaints from the Patriots that the Colts had illegally piped in crowd noise is over. It didn't take the league long to find out that the Colts were not at fault for a crowd noise issue.

"CBS has informed us that the unusual audio moment heard by fans during the Patriots-Colts game was the result of tape feedback in the CBS production truck and was isolated to the CBS broadcast," NFL vice president Greg Aiello tells us. "It was in no way related to any sound within the stadium and could not be heard in the stadium."

According to a report on Yahoo.com, the NFL opened an investigationg after the Patriots complained of loud noise in the RCA Dome during Sunday's matchup of undefeated teams in Indianapolis.

The accusations were apparently made after some observed a "skip" in the sound during the game, which New England won, 24-20.

The Patriots have already been on the opposite end of their own cheating scandal this year, when NFL commissioner Roger Goodell found that they had illegally taped hand signals on the Jets sideline during the teams' Week 1 matchup. Head coach Bill Belichick was fined $500,000 and the team was fined $250,000 and forced to forfeit a draft pick as punishment.
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