"How long do you have to get hit in the head before you start asking who's hitting you in the head?"

Sunday, July 29, 2007


I’ve joined emusic. I like the service overall, but they don’t have a lot of the older stuff that I’m looking for—like fanetics by Jules and the Polar Bears. I have found some good new tracks, though: “I Think I Need A New Heart” by The Magnetic Fields and “Supertheory of Supereverything” by Gogol Bordello are current favorites. Here’s “Supertheory”:

So—what are you all listening to these days? I’m paying $9.95 a month, and it’s harder than I thought to find 30 songs I really like…

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Sunday, July 22, 2007

I’ve Been Converted!

To Macs, that is.

Mr. olio has always been a Mac man, while I’ve always used PCs. My much-loved Toshiba Satellite is 4 years old—ancient in computer years—and it is starting to act spooky-quirky, so Mr. olio bought me a MacBook Pro. I LOVE IT! It’s really fast and it doesn’t come loaded with a lot of unwanted software. I’ve spent the weekend monkeying around with it and transferring my music and other files.

I used IE before I switched to Firefox, but Mac uses Safari, and I’ve just noticed that olio looks funny in Safari—my wrapper is screwed up and all the apostrophes in my sidebar are, too: Does anyone out there have any advice on how to tweak the code?

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Tuesday, July 17, 2007

Getting Aggressive About The Passive

I overheard someone “quoting” Jesus today. I hear people do this quite often, and it really galls me: No one knows what Jesus said, or even if he said anything at all, because he never wrote anything down—and none of his contemporaries saw fit to record his words, either. So stop bearing false witness, Christians!

Granted, the passive construction “It is said that Jesus said…” doesn’t have the same authoritative ring to it, but at least it’s intellectually honest.

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Sunday, July 15, 2007

I’m Tired and Cranky!

This is the third weekend in a row that I’ve had to take work home.

I used to love my job, but I’ve been really unhappy lately—mainly because I’m overworked and underpaid, but also because we have a new director, and although he’s a very likable guy, he’s a terrible manager.* And the fellow who was recently promoted to second-in-command is still in the “this promotion hasn’t changed me” phase, which means he hasn’t yet learned to give clear instructions/take charge; he hems and haws and grins and drives me nuts.** But in this economy, I feel like I have to shut up and take it, you know? There aren’t that many jobs out there, and there are probably 100+ people ready to take mine. I also feel a responsibility to the company because they took me back, with a raise, after I quit and moved to Virginia for 7 months (don’t ask—all I’ll say is that it’s no place for an atheist). I never call in sick and rarely say no to extra responsibility—and because I’m somewhat of a perfectionist, I knock myself out to do everything well. And, of course, the more I do, the more I’m asked to do...

There’s no point to this post: I just wanted to say it and send it out there. I feel a little bit better now.

*The previous director was terrible, too, but at least he had the good sense to stay in his office with the door closed all day.

**Which makes me feel like a shitheel to say, because this guy is my friend.

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Saturday, July 14, 2007


Doesn’t alleged closet case Bob Lewdness and Indecent Exposure Allen

look a little bit like fictional character Vito Spatafore?

And the resemblance doesn't stop there: Bob and Vito are both married. Bob and Vito are both fathers. Bob and Vito are both members of powerful crime families (Although to be honest, the Republicans make the Sopranos look like pikers).

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