Friday, September 29, 2006

The Doctor will see you now.

Dr. Who season 2 premier was an hour and a half long, followed by another new hour long episode. Sweet. The Doctor did most of the first episode asleep, the rest in his pajamas. "Saved the world in my jammers, very Aurthur Dent." I love this show.

Today I had a bit much time on my hands, and wanted to know what the Nutrition Facts were for the banana I just had. I Googled and found this, the most useful nutrition site on the whole internet. Ever. You can easily lookup the food you ate, add it to your list, and edit the serving size to what you actually ate. Then it will chart the total of all your food all day. I've tried the food-guide pyramid before, but it was a pain in the ass and not very helpful. This thing is chart-y, and I do so love charts. Bonus, they are actually helpful and fairly easy to read.

I watch Eureka. If you don't watch the show, its good but kinda silly/lame/formula-driven. Classified town full of geniuses, wacky disaster every week. Fun to watch. Hey but if you like, then check out Made in Eureka. I wish I could get my hands on a ThinkBack Memory Backup Drive:

Never forget anything again! After downloading every moment, dream and experience you've ever had through the ocular interface (resembles a pair of goggles), the ThinkBack Memory Backup Drive stores them on a special hard disk, which will allow you to review your memories on the LCD screen. Now you'll be able to call up the lyrics of a song you heard last week or relive that amazing weekend you had by the lake house. You can even compress memory clips into MPEG-4 videos for sharing with friends. Don't really like where your life's gone lately? Just upload a previous backup to your brain and get rid of those bad experiences — quite literally; your old life won't even be a memory. The drive can hold a dozen memory backups from up to four people at once. Memory-editing software is optional, and requires certification from a licensed medical practitioner or professional philosopher.

Wednesday, September 27, 2006

Yellow Ribbon

Okay, morbid, politically incorrect, but exactly what I think about those stupid "support-our-troops" ribbons on gas-guzzling cars

Goodnight now.

And now, please enjoy this video of what I wish I could do at work. Did I mention I'm about sick of this shit? I'm pretty sure I'm sick of this shit. Shit.

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Sunday, September 24, 2006

Gmail rocks

So I was just checking my mail for an update from my english teacher (is my research topic approved or what??!!) when I noticed a gmail feature I'd never heard of before. Spreadsheets. Spreadsheets you can share with specific other people on gmail. Way neat. Sounds like a good way to do my checkbook, since hubby and I have a joint account for paying bills and we never use our checkbook register. For years, I have been using Works Spreadsheet or Microsoft Excel for my register because I hate the ones that come with the checkbook. I make too many mistakes, and I love SORTING!!! This year, the whole year, I just didn't do it. Wow. I left for Florida last January and now the year is almost over, wow. Anyway he always ended up never helping with it, never adding his things like when he pays the cable bill or transfers cash to his personal spending account. (We both have one, we both get the same amount each month, don't act like I'm the money-meanie wife.) Maybe this will help. Starting next year of course. Or maybe this November. I dunno.

Topic topic topic is my research topic approved??!?!?!?!?!?

So, this is the topic I sent her:

Should there be more restrictions on who gets fertility treatments and how they are performed, in order to ensure healthy births and promote adoption?

And this was the response:

I don't think it would be ethical to limit such a thing. If they can afford it, (it's very expensive and often doesn't 'take' the first few times) then it should be their choice. And I'm sure women have to meet certain health requirements now before they're approved for treatment. Is there perhaps another spin you could put on it?

So I said:

That's just the thing, in England they are having a big argument over restricting fertility treatments to women who are overweight. They are basically saying they can do it, but it won't be free like it is for 'healthy' people. Critics are saying its the first step in government only allowing those they see fit to reproduce. Eugenics and all that. I could draw from studies on health problems in children whose mothers are obese.

For something that applies more to the US, there are ways to prevent those extreme multiple pregnancies before the egg is even fertilized. Somehow the clinics get better ratings because of the increased number of babies born instead of the number of healthy births, so they don't want to encourage patients to take those precautions.

I think it can work, maybe if I forget about the adoption angle and stick with fertility treatments.

That was on Friday, and her I am at Sunday night and no response. I'm going to take this as a yes, because there is an assignment due tomorrow that depends on finding studies for the topic. I have to work tomorrow, so I have to go ahead with what I've got. I guess its too bad if she doesn't like it.

Monday, September 18, 2006

Adult Survey

The Adult Survey
Tired of all of those surveys made up by kids?

1. What bill do you hate paying the most?
Water and rent, the only ones I have to remember, everything else is automated.

2. What's the best place to eat a romantic dinner?
Dinner never seems romantic, even when we try to make it a romantic dinner. We're still the same two people, we would have the same conversation... plus the romantic stuff is less pleasant after a big meal.

3. Last time you puked from drinking?
I don't think I have, maybe burped and felt a little yuck, but not actually puking I think.

4. When is the last time you got drunk and danced on a bar?
I don't drink enough to lose my inhibitions, plus I don't dance.

5. Name of your first grade teacher?
I don't remember

6. What do you really want to be doing right now?
this minute? sleeping i guess, on a larger 'with my life' sense, anything but this

7. What did you want to be when you were growing up?
An astronaut

8.What is you're screen saver?
its the Seti@home project thingy

9. Why did you wear the shirt that you have on right now? is awkward....

10. GAS PRICES! First thought?
Glad its going down, but I don't really drive enough for it to be a big issue in my budget.

11. If you could go anywhere and take someone with you?
I'm not sure I can answer that.

12. First thought when the alarm went off this morning?
snooze, i can snooze one more time...

13. Last thought before going to sleep last night?
that damn song is still stuck in my head, damn you!

14. Favorite style of hat?

15. Favorite style of dance
Swing. But I don't dance.

16. What errand/chore do you despise?
uhhh...all of them?

17. If you didn't have to work, would you volunteer at an art gallery?
Maybe, I've volunteered tutoring grade school math, that was okay.

18. Get up early or sleep in?
I like sleeping in, but then the whole day feels half wasted and pathetic.

19. What is your favorite cartoon character?
Elmer J Fudd, Millionare (he owns a mansion and a yacht)

20. Favorite NON-sexual thing to do at night with the opposite sex?
non-sexual? what? there's other things?

21. A secret that you wouldn't mind everyone knowing?
I fart a lot, I mean a lot, and I find it hard to believe that's a secret I've actually been keeping well.

22. How many joints pop when you get out of bed in the morning?
All of them. This year, my tailbone cracks whenever I've been sitting for a few minutes and when I wake up. Its becoming painful. This is bad.

23. What is the biggest amount of money you've made at a yard sale?
I've never had one myself, but its in the plans for this month I think. Before it gets Texas.

24. Your favorite lunchmeat?

25. What do you get every time you go into a WAWA?
What's a WAWA? Is that Wall-Mart or something? I don't.

26. Beach or lake?
Lake, I've been to the beach, I like the calm of the lake better.

27. Do you think marriage is an outdated ritual that was invented?
Sometimes. But its nice, so let's keep it.

28. Who do you stalk on MySpace?
My husband.

29. Favorite guilty pleasure?

30. Favorite movie you wouldn't want anyone to find out about?
*mindless zombie* I have no opinion about movies.

31. What's your drink?
Long Island Iced Tea, Apple Martini, whiskey sour.

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34. Do you cheer for the bad guy?
Depends on your definition of bad.

35. What Hollywood star do you think resembles you best?
I've been told Wynona Rider, but I don't care. I don't watch enough movies (or have opinions about them or memorize actors) enough to care.

36. If you had to pick one, which cast member of "Lost" would you be?
None. I don't watch that show. I watch Sci-Fi channel, 4400, etc.

37. What do you want when you are sick?
Hot apple juice. Seriously, the only thing that doesn't sound repulsive when I'm sick.

38. Who from high school would you like to run into?
All my friends. Tammy, where's Tammy? I miss Tammy.

39. What radio station is your car radio tuned to right now?
96.5, because it plays Bob&Tom in the morning, and half-decent music the rest of the day.

42. Norm or Cliff?
Why? Go jump off a cliff? Well screw you to.

43. The Cosby Show or the Simpsons?
Simpsons for sure

44. Worst relationship mistake that you wish you could take back?
Becoming all of them. Give me my dignity back.

45. Do you like the person who sits directly across from you at work?
We all sit facing the wall, how sad is that? But the person I sit next to is okay to talk to.

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47. What famous person would you like to have dinner with?
Alton Brown

48. What famous person would you like to date?
Michael Shanks

49. Have you ever had to use a fire extinguisher for its intended purpose?
No, but I've practiced for training purposes.

50. Last book you read for real?
Tales from the Captain's Table

51. Do you have a teddy bear?
Yes, but its not a cuddly thing.

52. Strangest place you have ever brushed your teeth?
At the lake.

53. Somewhere in California you've never been and would like to go?
Long Beach to see Chloe', hey that'd be cool!

54. Number of texts in a day?
What kind of texts? What?

55. At this point in your life would you rather start a new career or relationship?
Definitely ready for a new career.

56. Do you go to church?
NO...and also, HELL no.

57. Pencil or pen?

58. Bueller??? Bueller??? Bueller???
I never saw that movie.

59. How many jobs have you had?
BK, OfficeMax, a summer job as a secretary, and this thing I'm doing now.

60. What do you want to achieve in life?
Some degree of pride in what I do, and a reason to care.

iPod pErson

First, I must entertain you...then, I shall writ e words, and I shall wonder why there is a n unintentional space in many of my words, and then I shall scream. I did not type those spaces, and they will not go away. I shal l scream. Don't think I shan't...

Here are the words.
I have broken down, and I will buy an iPod. I shall become a Pod Person, and it sickens me. Why am I dooming myself to using a popular piece of technology, when I am so obviously allergic to such mainstream behavior?

'cause I wanna listen to MY music before I go to bed, waaaaa!!!!

Yes, what I really need is a new alarm clock, and what I want is the ability to listen to music as I fall asleep. I dislike having multiple systems for multiple functions, therefore I require a multitasking device to do both. Therefore I will get an iPod alarm clock. Yes yes, a Pod Person I shall be.

Did you get the memo?

Saturday, September 9, 2006

Out of alignment you say? Noooo....(incredulously)

So I always knew its bad to run over the curb on those pesky right turns. I know, okay. But its either curbs or puppies, and I'm not entirely heartless.

So its bad, yes, but I didn't know it was $100 worth of bad. So an alignment for my car went from around $80 to about $180. Plus new wipers, which I'm pretty sure I was scammed on. They charged me for two sets because each side was a different side. Yeah, whatever, even the guy who rung up the final bill thought it was a bit off. I was tired, I didn't argue. I should know more about my car so stuff like that doesn't happen. I should also use the mechanic I trust instead of going to Sears, but I knew it would take awhile and I wanted to shop around the mall a bit. On the upside, my car now drives straight without me turning the wheel to the left.

I just finished editing my paper for class, which will be peer reviewed again on Monday. Oh by the way, I won't be in class on Monday so I had to email it to my partners to turn in. Time to run a load of laundry so I can pack for the trip. I hate San Antonio. Please don't make me go again.

Tuesday, September 5, 2006

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I just finished my 3 page paper for class.

woo. hoo.

I won't be in class next week, because I couldn't beg out of a training class being held out of town.

boo. hoo.

I was signed up for another out-of-town useless thing, that I can't get out of. Yet another week of real class (read: something I might actually need in the future) down the drain.

fuck. duck. fuck.

Time for bed.

Sunday, September 3, 2006


Well, this is all pretty depressing:


But then there's this, watch the video to lift your spirits.

And then there's
this, which I will quote one of many paragraphs:

Its all about me. We still remain a dreadfully segregated nation, and much of the country shields its residents from even a passing familiarity with any alternative American experience to their own, leaving the majority of Americans incapable of comprehending how someone outside their race, sexual orientation, and particularly social class might arrive at a drastically different destination in life than they have. Knowing people who aren't like us is the key to empathy, to caring about the struggles, blockades, and even the most basic circumstances of people who don't share our individual experiences. People sniff at multiculturalism and shrug at the suggestion that international travel is a necessary experience to broaden our own isolationist horizons. We are actively discouraged, by omnipresent reassurances that America is the best country in the world! that we don't need to experience other cultures because they have nothing to offer (and we are actively prevented from world travel by being provided with the shortest vacation times in the Western world). America is the center of the universe for many Americans and often, not even the whole of America, but just their own region, state, town, neighborhood. Best place in the country in the best country in the world. Why leave, even for a day? Incuriosity. Ignorance. Its all about my home, my experience, me.

Christian finds 'religion' about the seperation of church and state.