As I've said many times before it's amazing what you find when you clean.

I'm currently typing this on my original PowerBook Pismo that I found in a box while looking for something else.

Now it's slower, has less ram than the other notebooks, and in general is no longer suitable for decent web use (it really won't run Flash among other things) but it has some serious advantages over other notebooks I've used.
The good, the bad, and the fugly... )
Needless to say this Pismo is the laptop that I pretty much started writing on in any electronic format and with any frequency. For writing it may very well do a great job but really I need to come up to speed with something that is at lease Core2Duo in nature so I can work on things other than writing.

Still no word on if this job is going to be permanent or not. I'm hoping that my performance has been good enough that they decide to keep me.

One last note before I hit myself with a hammer to get some sleep... A big thanks to those that have donated to help my daughter get an iPad and software! We're not anywhere near our goal yet but anything helps at this point. to dream of dark alicorns with crescent moons on the flank...
February 16, 2009 11:11 AM 2/16/09

So I’m pretty sure I have another kidney stone due to the pains I’m having today. They’re in exactly the same place and about the same intensity. Bah!

No big deal really. I’ll follow the same procedure as last time and the stone should break up.

My wife did some serious de-cluttering yesterday so tonight I’ll likely vacuum when I get home and then we should be pretty much done with the living room. She wants to do the library next. I argue that the kitchen should be next but in reality it’s pretty clean except for the wood floor which needs to be scrubbed.

Scrub a dub dub... )
January 31, 2009 3:28 PM 1/31/09

Okay - last illness info post I promise.

It’s going away anyway despite talking to friends who have recently experienced the same thing and said it could last up to a week.

Unfortunately as well as I’m starting to feel I’m still weak. I went out to the garage to shuffle things around (like I’d planned for this weekend) and could only lift a couple of totes with a fair amount of effort. The way I’ve been describing it is the Kryptonite Bizarro pissed in my breakfast cereal.

Useless blather and red sports cars... )
September 15, 2008 11:20 AM 9/15/08

After four days of rain our front yard looks like a moat but quite honestly I’m not complaining as there are worse things going on.

I just talked to a friend via text message and apologized because I forgot that he does programming for a financial giant and in case you haven’t been paying attention to the news that’s a nasty situation. (I was complaining about our T1 being down at work. Again - sorry dude!)

We’re now seeing the leading edge of the economic collapse of our country. No doubts about it now. First the large financial organizations, then the smaller financial organizations, then major crashes in everything else.

And we did it ourselves by letting large businesses run roughshod over the people that pay out the money - the consumers.

And it’s going to get worse. I only hope we can survive it.

Some other friends and I were discussing it and we figured out that as long as they can remain employed the people that have just a mortgage and not a lot of other bills should be okay.

But we also figured out that’s probably about maybe 5% of the country if that.

On top of everything else people are taking out home equity loans to supplement their income. I can’t fault them for survival stuff but there ain’t no such thing as a free lunch and those loans will only increase their burdens.

*sigh* Even my technology is betraying me today - my cellphone won’t connect to the data service. Grrr....

This country is falling into a depression fast. An economic depression, a technological depression, a social depression, and many other things. We’re headed for the second Great Depression of our country and I for one am not looking forward to living through it. It’s not going to be fun.

On the bright side though I’ll finally lose some weight. We all will...

And while I can’t say I’m glad at the source we need to all lose that weight as a country. We’re fat, happy, and lazy - or at least a good portion of us are. We need to become the lean trim and hardened country we have been in the past.

Once more we’ve been thrown into the fire to burn the fat off.

And we can’t blame anyone but ourselves. _I_ didn’t do enough. _I_ didn’t save enough. _I_ didn’t help enough people. _I_ _I_ _I_

Anyone who blames it on the terrorists is an idiot. Anybody who blames it on the government is shortsighted and needs to ask who elected these people.

Anybody who wastes their time on blame is foolish.

We don’t have time to waste on blame. What time we have needs to be spent on fixing the situation.

Anybody who tries to convince you otherwise is not someone you should be listening to.


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