Thursday, June 29, 2006

Coaster

We had a blast at Six Flags today. Rode all the non-wood coasters. I am definitely getting too old to do that. I felt like crap and had to take a nap afterwards to recover. Granted, part of that may be the standing in the sun in 90-degree high humidity weather. Still, it was worth it. Yay, roller coasters!

Monday, June 26, 2006

Gods

My goal someday is to combine my gods Dinero and Gouache into one, namely, Gouanero. That just sounds like a shit wrangler, but hey, if the shoe fits...

It's raining again. Yay!

One large ant convulsing on my office carpet equals two hours of entertainment for the cat.

Sunday, June 25, 2006

The Sky Loves Us

It is raining! It's wonderful and humid and cool. The raindrops are fat as garden spiders. I can hear the plants gulping water and going "ahhhhhh." Yay, our new garden won't die!

Also, why do I always always want to paint or doodle instead of doing pencil work that pays? I'm beginning to think I may not be cut out for commissions...

Wednesday, June 21, 2006

The Felicitous Feline

The cat is skittish. A loud noise or quick movement will cause her to start and run off, sometimes with a pause to look at the perpetrator with utmost contempt. Maybe she was traumatized as a kitten.

But... there is one step on the stairs to the second floor where she doesn't. It's like that step is an alternate dimension... the Step of Invincibility. When she's on it, not even the loudest, most abrupt, most geez-I-nearly-stepped-on-the-cat-and-killed-it action will make her move, or even flinch.

Cats are weird.

Monday, June 19, 2006

Runway of dreams

I do my best to distance myself from my job, so that I don't turn into another corporate zombie. I do a fairly good job. But last night I kept waking up after nightmares ridden with anxiety - and they were all about work. Sure, today was a big day (Fred is airborne!), but geez... the two I remember most are 1) sleeping through the whole day, missing it entirely and 2) getting on board to find they'd replaced the monitor, and I had to make sure they weren't going anywhere until I fixed it with my tweaker.

I never got this stressed out over exams...

Sunday, June 18, 2006

Noise

So I try for dozens of hours to get Gallery working on my website. So many people use it and the results look great. So I try and struggle and nothing is working quite right. Finally I figure out that my server has PHP safe mode enabled and Gallery can't work with safe mode. So I e-mail Delta Web Hosting to have them disable it - but they won't. LET'S MAKE IT HARD FOR THE AVERAGE PERSON, SHALL WE? MWAHAHAHA!

So I go to check if older versions of Gallery work in safe mode, only to find that their web page is down. Sigh. Looks like I'll probably have to switch hosting services, since mine is retarded (they also don't allow telnet).

Oh yeah, Happy Dad's Day!

Speaking of which, will someone of the class Aves please mate with that mockingbird already? He sits on the same light pole day and night, yelling in sexual frustration. Someone put him out of his misery. Please.

Friday, June 16, 2006

Convenience

We are a culture of convenience. In going about our daily activites, there are hard ways and easy ways. We usually choose the easy option. It's rare when there isn't one. In theory, it makes life better, more restful, and more productive.

But what about when choosing the easy path is damaging? Sure, it takes a fraction of the time to drive to the store than to walk, but driving requires more energy, and the energy comes from unrenewable oil rather than renewable food. Does anyone else find it ironic that many of us sit at our desks all day, then pay our hard-earned money to go to the gym to get some activity? It seems to me that this is an "easy" way that's damaging, or maybe more accurately, it's the hard way. Why not just work in your garden to feed yourself? Because cable TV doesn't grow in the backyard.

Our president has just announced the formation of a new marine sanctuary. That's good. But he also has plans to destroy parts of the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge. That's bad. Why pick and choose? Because the ANWR has oil, and Hawaii does not. It's easy to form a refuge when you're protecting something that doesn't interfere with your other agendas.

It's extremely strange that supporters of the intelligent design theory think their agenda should be taught with equal seriousness as the theory of evolution because, they say, evolution is only a theory. And yet they "believe" in the theory of gravitation with no qualms. The evidence is equally compelling for both, hence their equal scientific classification as "theories." Why not dispute gravitation? Because the bible doesn't have phrases like "And God created man, and man could float."

Oh well.

Wednesday, June 14, 2006

Junkie

It's official - I'm a junkie. I'm sore all over, have two slightly swollen ankles, nearly bit off my tongue, and my entire big toe is a mutilated blood blister... but these are mere annoyances. It's so fun. We lost umpteen-million... to one. Yes, we actually scored. Woo! Big improvement over the first game. Plus, I played pretty well until we hit ~70 minutes, cuz with no girl subs, we were dragging. But you can't beat the thrill, the rare brilliant moments of strategy, the race, the feel of the ball on your shoe. I'm hooked... again. Ankle gods help me.

Monday, June 12, 2006

Colored Pencils...

Don't ever stay sharp. Sigh. Not like I'll get a chance to use them today... why'd I sign up for soccer again? Oh yeah, I thought it was a one-night-a-week thing. Stupid me.

Friday, June 09, 2006

Sore

Possible Scenario:
Wednesday: play soccer for the first time in a year.
Thursday: be sore.
Friday: be really sore.

Better Scenario:
Wednesday: play soccer for the first time in a year.
Thursday: be sore, but lift weights anyway.
Friday: be less sore than yesterday.

Isn't the body great? If you treat it well, it returns the favor 10-fold. If you treat it poorly, it still tries its best and usually works well enough. It's the most robust machine ever. However, I still think I'm getting too old for this.

Wednesday, June 07, 2006

Date

So yesterday was 6/6/06. The world didn't end. Imagine that.

Although the TV news is generally worthless drivel, yesterday was particularly bad, because they kept mentioning the date and how it relates to a passage in the bible, and to movies, and to cults, and to zealots, and to creepy kids... I bet people alive in the years 1006 and 0006 didn't have to deal with all that crap.

Tuesday, June 06, 2006

Did you know...

The ant always falls over on its right side when intoxicated.*

What I want to know - who's been getting ants drunk and why wasn't I involved?? If someone got paid to envision and perform this experiment, I'm in the wrong profession.

*http://www.weird-websites.com/justweird/strange-animal-facts-weird-animals.htm

Monday, June 05, 2006

Homeowner Tip #1

Make sure your dryer vent isn't clogged. Check regularly.

Symptoms: damp clothes, little or no lint in the trap.

Possible result: fire, and mild irritation when you put on damp underwear.

Challenge: crawling through the attic in 120 degree sauna-heat (may want to save this one for winter), plowing through mountains of fluffy irritant-laden insulation to find where the big silver tube connects to the outside vent. But it's worth it when you don't have to run your dryer 3 times to get dry socks.

Sunday, June 04, 2006

Rain

Is June allowed to be 52F and rainy? In Boston? No, can't possibly be... unless you happen to be on vacation in Boston for two days, in which case it's beautiful and sunny (as it should be) for weeks before and after those two days.

We come back still slightly damp to a beautiful sunny 80F day here in Georgia, water the garden, and it promptly clouds up, rains for 10 seconds, and quits. Like usual. Good thing we watered.