Wednesday, March 30, 2005

Easter Weekend Dumbness

1. Drove up to NJ for Easter. While there, I chewed my thumbnail and managed to tear off the right side of it.

It hurt.

2. Before leaving, Dad says, "Make sure you check your lights."

Sure, Dad, whatever.

I check my lights.

The left front marker light is out.

Meet the New Boss...Not the Same as the Old Boss

Rio Riot vs. Shuffle

To the left is the old (and busted, natch) Rio Riot.

To the right, the new Shuffle (which my sister just gave me for my birthday).

The Riot, besides being the size of a small dog, has a toasted battery, and in fact, I've just using it for its FM radio, plugged into the wall AC while I'm at my desk.

That is no longer possible, because I moved to a new cubicle.

My new cubicle is farther from the window.

Thursday, March 24, 2005

Ham Hocked

Just now in the hallway, I nearly got leveled by a cart loaded full of honey-baked hams.

Tuesday, March 22, 2005

Totally Tubular

Upon review, I notice I've been eating a lot of rolled-up food items lately.

Mostly burritos and burrito-variants, and wraps.

Sunday, March 20, 2005

The Impact of 2 Deadly Sins

Sloth: Yesterday was a pickup kickball practice & scrimmage. There was baserunning involved and a dive. Today, my sides, legs and abs are sore.

Gluttony: Dinner tonight was all-Chipotle; 4 crispy chicken tacos. And a chicken burrito.

I was somewhat hungry.

Tuesday, March 15, 2005

Shiny Things

Mom gave me a decoration.

It's for Chinese New Year. It's a little late, but I guess it's good for the whole year.


I put it up in my cubicle today. (You can see my 2005 Weird U.S. calendar on the left and my NYC subway map on the right.)

That shiny, glittery stuff? Glitter.

Which is now all over my clothes and cubicle.

On the plus side, I move to another pod in a few weeks.

Morning Checklist

Laptop bag (with laptop)Check
Coffee mug (with coffee)Check
Plastic bag of bananas and stuffCheck
4-D Maglight for car (after battery change last night)Check
Car keysCheck
Insulated lunch bag (with lunch)Oops

Monday, March 14, 2005

Can you hear me now? No.

Left my cell phone at home this morning.

If I'm lucky, I won't be involved in a flaming wreck or other crisis that could have been assuaged by having a cell phone.

Wednesday, March 09, 2005

The Magic Reset Button

My Handspring hasn't synced (sunc?) with my PC since last Tuesday.

I'd been fearful of losing several critical additions to my Books To Read/Movies To View list.

I just spent 15 minutes going through settings on the PC and the Handspring before I remembered that hitting the reset button won't wipe the Handspring. (Hitting power-reset will, though).

It works normally now.

Sunday, March 06, 2005

My Weekend, by the Numbers

* 6 Loads of Laundry Done
* 5 Pounds of Chicken Cooked

Thursday, March 03, 2005

Wednesday, March 02, 2005

Something Just Not Working

Burned a CD for the car, a "Moderately Mad Mix" of some Hard Rock, Light Industrial, Big Beat and old-school Public Enemy.

Leaving aside some ham-handed transitions and beat mismatches, something's just not right, aesthetically. It just doesn't hold together.

Here's what's on it:
 1. Leave Home, The Chemical Brothers
 2. Helter Skelter, The Beatles
 3. How to Kill a Radio Consultant, Public Enemy
 4. Selling Jesus, Skunk Anansie
 5. Smack My Bitch Up, Prodigy
 6. Billy Club, Junkie XL
 7. Never Gonna Come Back Down, BT (featuring M. Doughty)
 8. Hazy Shade of Criminal, Public Enemy
 9. Dragula, Rob Zombie
10. Juke Joint Jezebel, KMFDM
11. Fight the Power, Public Enemy
12. Loops of Fury, The Chemical Brothers
13. Nighttrain, Public Enemy
14. Stutter, Elastica
15. Can't Truss It, Public Enemy
16. Three Little Birdies Down Beats, The Chemical Brothers

Tuesday, March 01, 2005

Over the Rhine (& Out of Luck)

Wanted to go see the band Over the Rhine tonight at Jammin' Java in Vienna.

I did not, however, pre-order tickets.

Needles to say, it's sold out.

Ice Creamed

If one seeks to improve the taste/texture experience of a Good Humor Toasted Almond Ice Cream Bar:
Good Humor Toasted Almond Ice Cream Bar

by letting it warm up slightly, upon consumption, one should start eating at the end further from the stick, even if the nearer end has melted more.

This is because, especially in its warmed and weakened state, starting to eat at the near end will cause the ice cream bar to fail structurally and break off just beyond the embedded end of the stick (otherwise known as the tang).