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Thursday, July 31, 2008

1:07PM - The Zen that can be dry-cleaned is not the true Zen.

Your Japanese lesson for the day:

Character Meaning

Friday, January 18, 2008

9:55AM - Meeting expectations

In my last post, I said that we didn't expect our kitty Jax to make it through the week. For better or worse, we were right. He passed away at home Tuesday morning. K has a few more details in her journal.

That's Jax in this userpic, trying to help me play Diplomacy, about 14 years ago.

Monday, January 14, 2008


So, in the last month...

- K and I both had some sort of stomach flu just before Xmas
- K's purse got stolen, and someone has been trying to use her debit card as well as her checks
- I've had to replace a car battery and all four tires
- My cat Jax, who's been my favorite for over 14 years, appears to be in the end stages of congestive heart failure and/or kidney failure, and probably won't last out the week
- Our cat Julie, whom we adopted from my stepmother when she passed away last May, died rather suddenly last night, for no apparent reason

Can it please stop now?

Wednesday, January 9, 2008

11:21AM - Biden? Huh?

All the cool kids are doing this, so I had to do it too.

86% Joe Biden
86% Chris Dodd
86% Mike Gravel
85% Dennis Kucinich
84% John Edwards
83% Barack Obama
78% Hillary Clinton
71% Bill Richardson
34% Rudy Giuliani
23% John McCain
22% Ron Paul
18% Tom Tancredo
17% Mitt Romney
17% Mike Huckabee
9% Fred Thompson

2008 Presidential Candidate Matching Quiz

Friday, September 21, 2007


New userpic, inspired by a post about C. J. Cherryh from elthionesse.

So, I r student now. I'm enrolled at Southern Poly working towards a graduate certificate in computer science, filling in some of the gaps in my CS education. So far, it's less than thrilling, but I'm going to be learning some Windows Mobile programming, which I otherwise wouldn't touch with a 39 1/2 foot pole.

Have a good weekend out there in LJ-land.

Wednesday, July 18, 2007

12:55PM - i r ninja. lolz.

Your Score: Ceiling Cat

42 % Affection, 40 % Excitability , 42 % Hunger

You are a master of stealth. They never see you coming. But you always see them coming. HEY-O!

Link: The Which Lolcat Are You? Test written by GumOtaku on OkCupid Free Online Dating, home of the The Dating Persona Test

Wednesday, January 24, 2007

10:37AM - I am teh win.

I am:
"You're a damn Commie! Where's Tailgunner Joe when we need him?"

Are You A Republican?

Friday, January 5, 2007

11:11AM - No Béarla

(seen on linguaphiles)

Here's an interesting article from the Guardian about trying to get around Ireland speaking only Irish (Gaelic):

Cá Bhfuil Na Gaeilg eoirí?

Interesting, but also depressing... I'm amazed by the amount of sheer hostility he encountered from English-speaking Dubliners.

As an American, I don't really have any right to tell the Irish what they should do with their languages, but I can't help but see a "heritage" language like Irish (or Basque, or Breton, or Navajo, or Ainu, or whatever) as a cultural treasure that needs to be preserved and fostered, not treated with disdain.

(Here's the thread in linguaphiles if you want to see the discussion there.)

Tuesday, December 12, 2006

1:11PM - A random haiku

I'm not sure how well this one works, but it's an attempt, anyway.

冬になったので 寝なければならない。

fuyu ni natta node - nenakereba naranai.

Fall turns to winter.
As the last leaves drift to earth,
time for me to sleep.

Monday, October 23, 2006

12:17PM - Maybe it was written by Diebold.

This morning I dreamed that I was working on a Java project at work, and I discovered that one of the class libraries I was planning to use somehow contained an implementation of Voldemort.


Yeah, I have weird dreams.

Wednesday, August 23, 2006


As more than one person pointed out to me, one of my previous attempts at Japanese senryu was broken - it was 5-7-6 morae, not 5-7-5. Fear not, dear readers - after weeks of agonizing and soul-searching, along with a few minutes of sleep-deprivation-induced hallucination in the shower, I present the revised version.


reibou areba

In the summer heat
If there's air conditioning
I'll go anywhere

Friday, August 18, 2006

11:23AM - A friday cat haiku.

This one isn't mine; it's offered by user "pattyp" at Daily Kos, who doesn't know its author either. At any rate, it's worth sharing.

My brain: walnut-sized
Yours: largest among primates
Yet, who leaves for work?

Friday, August 11, 2006

3:06PM - Metro madness

A meme borrowed from histoire68: how many of the world's metro systems have you been on?

Go to b3co for the full set.

Friday, August 4, 2006

4:46PM - A senryu


dokodemo hairu
reibou nara

In the summer heat
I'll go anywhere if there's
air conditioning

Friday, June 23, 2006


As you may have noticed, I don't say much anymore. I came across a quote today, though, that so perfectly summarizes how I feel about America these days that I just had to post it.

The source is a Slashdot discussion thread on a librarian in New Jersey who is under fire for declining to turn over patron records to the police until they got a subpoena. In discussion that follows, user Synesthesiatic says:

I've always thought that under the right circumstances the average American would put up with all his/her liberties being taken away, save one: the right to consume.

I really have nothing to add.

Tuesday, May 9, 2006

7:50PM - *backs away slowly*

I like seeing people who are enthusiastic about their jobs, no doubt. Especially at the doctor's office, it's nice to deal with someone who's cheerful and friendly rather than cold and surly.

But when the phlebotomist pokes at the veins on the back of your hand and says "Ooh! look at those - yum yum!"... I have to think that maybe some people are enjoying their work just a little bit too much.

Thursday, April 20, 2006

4:34PM - Oops.

Shades of the Sorceror's Apprentice...

(Edited to change the link to a less resource-intensive page, per the site's request.)

Thursday, March 23, 2006


Yes, we're still married. :)

I just wanted to say thanks to everyone for the congratulations you offered on my last entry. I appreciate all the kind words, especially since I haven't done a very good job of keeping up with most of you lately.

And, as I'm sure you're all dying to know, I did indeed get the tool steel that Saturday. I'm sure you'll sleep better tonight with that in mind.

Friday, March 10, 2006

6:06PM - Errands for Thursday, March 9

Yes, for those of you who don't read the authoritative source about what goes on in my life, K and I got married yesterday. We formally got engaged on Thanksgiving in London, and had originally planned to get married just after the new year, but we couldn't decide how we wanted to do it, and our requirements kept shrinking until we decided that a simple courthouse ceremony was all we wanted. So we were married by a Gwinnett County magistrate yesterday afternoon. The ceremony was short and simple, and we got congratulations from the two or three other people in the courtroom, which was enough.

Neither K nor I have a particularly romantic view of marriage, and we don't intend our relationship to change much; we got married largely for practical considerations like taxes and health insurance. Nevertheless, I'm guardedly happy, which is about the best you'll ever get from me.

The strangest thing is the vague air of unreality about it all. I think it's because so few people know. I basically don't share my feelings with anyone anymore, except maybe K and (rarely) a few friends. I don't plan on telling my coworkers, unless they see the ring and ask, because I just don't like to expose my life to them. We don't really know anyone in Atlanta, and I don't talk to anyone much online anymore; I haven't even told my siblings yet. If a couple gets married in a forest and there's no one around to hear, does it make a sound?

I don't see this reticence of mine changing any time soon; it's just a part of who I am. I'm not going to hide the fact that I'm married, though, and I promise to K that I will always try to let her in, even if she's the only one.

Monday, March 6, 2006


A shocking murder. An insidious coverup. And the high-school students who will stop at nothing to solve the mystery.

The After-School Story That Won't Go Away.

Degrassi Knoll. Coming this fall on CBC.

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