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Friday, February 20th, 2004
8:36 pm
a link to something cool as requested by Ted
You must listen to this.

Yes it was linked from pennyarcade, but Ted never seems to have time to check out anything cool.
Saturday, August 2nd, 2003
2:48 am
This is mainly for Ted, but anyone else is more than welcome to respond and/or talk trash.

Sports Illustrated

28 more days

I can't stop playing this

Current Mood: excited
Friday, August 1st, 2003
2:13 am
Knights of the Old Republic
It is an amazing game, but give yourself a 2-3 day window where you have nothing planned. I bought Knights of the Old Republic friday night after work. When I stopped playing sunday night I was 26 hours into the game. I'm not sure if I ate saturday. I finished the game yesterday at a little under 46 hours.

There are a lot of reviews out for it, so I won't bother with anything like that. I'll just have to leave it at: Buy it if you have an Xbox. There, thats simple enough.
Friday, July 25th, 2003
1:04 am
Only a 3 month break :)
Ted, you asked for a list of the web comics I read.
Hopefully 1 or 2 of these may interest you.

www.userfriendly.org updates daily
www.pvponline.com updates daily
www.elflife.com supposed to update daily
www.somethingpositive.net supposed to update daily
www.megatokyo.com updates 2-3 times a week
faith.rydia.net updates weekly
www.project-apollo.net/mos updates twice a week
www.asifcomic.com updates twice a week
www.little-gamers.com updates 2-3 times a week

Thats all I can think of off the top of my head. Please list any web comics that you enjoy reading as I am running out of things to read online.

Current Mood: working
Thursday, April 3rd, 2003
1:31 am
Things I have been wondering about today.
Did I actually like The Sound and the Fury?
Why the sticker on my apple has both the word trout and a picture of a trout on it?
Why did I get a Braeburn apple to begin with? Pink lady apples are much better.
Which is worse monotony or depression?
Is Neil Young going to play in OKC and if so when do tickets go on sale?

Thats about it. Pressing questions indeed.
Thursday, March 27th, 2003
12:18 am
It's a new car!
quick update, I'll post another later tonight....maybe

Picked up my new car yesterday(a '99 oldsmobile intrigue) and I couldn't get car insurance today. Being unable to drive my car to work yesterday was pretty frustrating.

So far I'm loving it, it is definately better than what I've been driving lately. Even my mom's old truck was better than my old car. Thanks again, mom!

Current Mood: happy
Wednesday, March 26th, 2003
3:31 pm
The best line I heard in my 2 years of working for service zone occurred while I was at lunch. As I pulled up to Wendy's drive-thru window I was informed they had run out of ketchup and mayo. Then with a little smile the drive-thru guy apologized with the infamous words "I'm sorry Wendy's is so ghetto."

That story was quickly passed around work, and I bastardized the phrase for use on my training class. We were in a temp site waiting to move into the nice new building service zone was constructing. This meant the hole in the floor that was left after the removal of the dumbwaiter was covered with a piece of plywood and crowned with a bright orange traffic cone. This became a highlight of my tour as I pointed out the board and cone to my class and apologized "I'm sorry my workplace is so ghetto." This was always greeted with a few laughs and helped break up the tedium an otherwise boring tour of the call center.

I never thought I would need to use that phrase after I left that temp site. I definitely did not think I would ever use it in a non-joking manner. However, that changed last friday.

My car had become un reliable and I was driving my mom's old truck to work until I bought a new car. After work I noticed that someone had been in the truck. I quickly got in the truck to drive home and took stock of what was missing. Now this is a 12 year old truck, so there really wasn't anything worth taking. The list of missing item I came up with was a walmart sack I had hung from the ashtray to serve as a trash bag, an apple core I had put in the walmart sack, and around 70 cents that was in the ashtray. No big deal, apparently someone had found the passenger door unlocked and rummaged through the truck.

Skip to saturday afternoon. A roommate and I went grocery shopping and as I was driving home some cans got loose and were rattling around in the bed of the truck. This shouldn't have happened, but I had forgotten to slid the spare tire over to support the grocery sacks. I then looked over at my roommate, looked in the bed of the truck, looked back at my roommate and startled him by yelling "SHIT!"

New list of missing items, trash bag(with apple core), 70 cents, and...a spare tire.

When I got home I called my mom and told her what happened. After asking for suggestions on places to buy a spare, I had the misfortune of uttering the words "I'm sorry my workplace is so ghetto" and neither expecting nor receiving a laugh in response.

So if in Oklahoma City happens upon a stranger sporting a walmart sack and a spare tire, I would suggest heading the other way. Who knows what else that person is capable of.

Current Mood: morose
Wednesday, March 12th, 2003
2:55 am
White Stripes
Nothing against the White Stirpes, but no one will convince me that "Dead Leaves and the Dirty Ground" is not a cover. I swear they are channeling some 70's band....not sure which just yet, but I will let you know when I figure it out.

Seriously, I actually had to check online if it was a cover. It just doesn't fit in with any other song of theirs.

Current Mood: confused
Tuesday, March 11th, 2003
10:51 pm
I got rhythm, I got music
I've recently been on a musical fast.

I got tired of my stereo taking up all the room on my desk, so I packed it up last saturday. I was running my computer through the stereo, but I was planning on picking up some computer speakers as they would take up much less room. As of today I still do not have computer speakers.

My car stereo switches between NPR and the local ESPN radio affiliate. I enjoy listening to music in my car, but my when listening to any of the local rock channels the 30 minute drive to work consisted of about 10 minutes of commercials. And there there is a limit to the number of hair regrowth/sexual prowess/weight loss drug commercials a sane person can listen to. I had reached that limit.

So no music at home, no music in the car, no music at work. I hadn't realized how much I enjoyed listening to music until I had stopped. When my mp3 player showed up I decided I only wanted to listen to "good" music. It was like I had purged myself of all things lyrically and tonally foul. I was determined to build up a good musical base before I branched off into less desirable songs. But then again I like a lot of bad music, so I decided to just go with music I liked.

While trying to pick out my favorite songs, I realized that I rarely listen to albums anymore. I will listen to the cd once or twice, but after that I just rip it to mp3's and pick and choose as I go. Was I missing something by not listening to the album in full? At the very least this would make it easy to pick out music for work that day. I would put my favorite 10 albums on then move the rest of my collection over the weekend. I was not going to transfer all 6+ gigs of mp3 over USB, and I wouldn't have a USB 2 card until the weekend.

Picking my favorite 10 albums was actually more difficult than I imagined. The Beatles are by far my favorite group, but that could take up half my list. I also didn't want to get stuck in a rut with classic rock(I firmly believe I should have been born in the early 50's....I would have rocked out at woodstock, man), but this happened anyway. What can I say, I'm a hippie at heart. So here are my favorite 10 albums. Okay more like favorite 10 cd's, but that just doesn't have the same ring to it.

Beatles - Revolver
Bob Dylan - Blond on Blonde
Stevie Wonder - Songs in the Key of Life
Fleetwood Mac - Rumours
Nirvana - Nevermind

The first 5 were easy for me, the other 5 were tough.

Beatles - Abbey Road(2 Beatles albums, bite me it's my list and I couldn't stop at 1)
Paul Simon - Graceland
Bob Marley and the Wailers - Exodus
Pink Floyd - Dark Side of the Moon
Beastie Boys - Paul's Boutique

So nothing shocking in there, well maybe the Beastie Boys. If you haven't heard Paul's Boutique listen to it before you dismiss it. I like most of their stuff, but was really into this album. And they deserved to be on the list for the fact that no one makes fun of themselves(and pretty much everything else) as well as they do....well I think the Foo Fighters may come close.


Okay that was supposed to be posted friday, just didn't get around to it. As an update the first folders I added over the weekend were:

Beastie Boys
Curtis Mayfield
Janice Joplin
Marvin Gaye
Pearl Jam
Reel Big Fish
Simon & Garfunkle
Van Morrison
The Strokes
The Flaming Lips(I LOVE life on mars)

and then the folder that can get me through any stretch...Jazz. For some reason this is the best to turn on and work to. I don't get caught up in it, but it just smooths everything else out. If my life had a soundtrack, I'd want it to be Coltrane.

My jazz collection consists of mostly John Coltrane, Miles Davis, and Duke Ellington. With a splash of random songs I happen across thrown in. I have a few songs from a Coltrane/Davis session that are just incredible. I'm not really a fan of free jazz, but I just can't hope but be amazed by these songs.

Current Mood: Musical at work....at last!
Thursday, March 6th, 2003
12:15 am
Procrastination? Lethargy? Sound reasoning? You make the call.
I finally went to the gym yesterday, so I only managed to put it off 29 days...I must be slipping.
The fact that I put this off for a month made me start thinking, and this is always dangerous. One of my biggest problems is that I am a master of justification. When I'm actually trying to justify something, I can come up with the best excuses. The problem with this is I'm starting to think that I can fool myself.

Why haven't I started going to the gym?
My sleep schedule makes it hard to get to the gym before work.
Why haven't I gone back to/graduated from college?
I don't know what I want to do yet, and I feel it would be wasting time and money to get a degree in a field that I don't want to work in.

The problem is both of those statements is the fact that they are true. If they were just excuses I couldn't hold onto them for long. I might convince other people, but I wouldn't believe them myself. This makes it difficult for me to determine if I actually have a reason to postpone something, or I just don't feel like doing it at the moment.
Am I just being lazy? Probably
Do I just not care enough to accomplish anything? I certainly hope not
Is this an actually have a reason for putting this off? Good question! This started another line of thought that ended in pretty simple idea...it doesn't matter.

Even if I have a valid reason to put something off, I shouldn't.

Yes my sleep schedule is messed up, I just found a gym that is open 24 hours.
I do not know what I want to do with the rest of my life. Thats easy. It doesn't matter. Next semester I was planning on going back to school and getting a degree in education. Even if I decide I might not want to be a teacher, I still get my degree. At least I will have a degree, and I can use that degree to get a job teaching where I will earn very little money while I go back to school and get another degree. Okay, maybe that wasn't the best example.

Regardless, I have found a way to keep from postponing something that I have planned. Hopefully I can beat down this new logic in time to avoid enrolling, otherwise I might accomplish something.

Or maybe I just needed something to write about and decided to do a little self examination. You'll never know.

P.S. I somehow managed to write this 90 minutes before I posted it. Apparently I can even postpone clicking "Update Journal".

Current Mood: either enlightened or bored
Thursday, February 27th, 2003
1:18 am
Stupidest thing I've seen lately
The Lone Ranger is coming to the WB.

However, he is Luke Hartman, 20 year old boston law student, who is wounded in an ambush that kills his brother(a texas ranger). He is rescued by Tonto and while recovering he falls for Tonto's sister.

Before I get into this I have to point out a few things.
I like a few of the WB shows, and Ted assures me the Gilmore Girls is a good show(but he's a fan of the Oxygen Channel soccer team).
Smallville is actually the only TV show I am currently watching, and it does have the same formula as the Lone Ranger. Both shows are concentrating on younger versions of the hero, playing up love interests, and changing the background story.
While I really like Smallville, I admit some things about it are stupid, but it's on the WB and you EXPECT the WB to screw things up now and again.

Keeping that in mind, I have to say the WB has lost it(and I didn't even think this when they announced Birds of Prey!). He can't be the lone ranger if he wasn't a ranger to begin with. Someone correct me if I'm wrong here, but the lone ranger was the only survivor of an ambush that killed a party of Texas rangers. His brother was one of those rangers(so that part does fit) and he lives off the proceeds of a silver mine that he and his brother owned(explaining the silver bullets). He wears a mask because he let everyone assume he died in the ambush with the other rangers so he could track down the killers.

In the WB version(from what I have seen so far about it) he was not a ranger. So why does he wear the mask? Who cares if a law student lives? And why is there a love interest? He will track down his brother's killers, but that won't stop him from trying to get some from the hot Apache chick? Worst of all both Tonto and Luke have wire work! Yeah, it's Crouching Tiger, Hidden Lawman.

Oh well, the only good part is I won't have to worry about avoiding it, unless it gets on the same tape as Smallville. Sometimes there are perks to working the night shift.

Current Mood: amused
Tuesday, February 25th, 2003
9:38 am
Damn CHL/Sprint/cold
The Macon Whoopee is possibly the greatest sports team name ever. They were a CHL hockey team from Macon, GA. I was going to get a jersey from them but never got around to it. Imagine my surprise when, last October, I was unable to pull up their website to buy one. It seems that the Whoopee moved and the new team is the Macon Trax. I have tried looking for these jerseys online ever so often for the past few months.

Today I decided I would finally track one down, or more likely waste a lot of time, become frustrated and do something stupid and destructive to release said frustration. So you see, I had a plan.

I pulled up the number to every sporting goods store within 30 miles of Macon. 16 calls produced no store that carried hockey jerseys. Not just Whoopee jerseys, not a single store carried any jerseys at all. I live in Oklahoma, the closest NHL team from here is a 4 hour drive away, but I can still go to the mall and pick up a NHL jersey.

It reminded me of my 2 week quest for a hacky sack in Louisiana. I was actually told by a walmart manager "Oh, we got a box of those by mistake last month, but they all sold out." The result of this mistake would mean that more hacky sacks would be sent to the store right? NO! Apparently they still thought hacky sacks would not sell in that store. I finally had to have my sister send me a couple for my birthday.

Anyway. I ended up contacting the office of the Macon Trax and asked about authorized distributors of Whoopee merchandise. Turns out the Georgia Hall of Fame may have some in stock. Yeah right! 5 calls later I finally reach the gift shop. "Yes we have Macon whoopee jerseys..." I waited a few seconds for the "but". I waited some more, but there was not a pause in the sentence, that her entire sentence. I asked how much they were. "Oh, well we only have youth sizes"....
I manage to refrain from hurling my cell phone against the wall.

You may have thought they last sentence was stupid. Who in there right mind would purposefully break their cell phone(other than the actors in those stupid wine commercials that chuck their phones into the lake)? Well I would. You see, I had chosen today carefully. For just 4 hours previous to the search for the jersey I had called up Sprint to give them the finger. I have 3 days left in my year contract and I was canceling Sprint and changing to ATT or T-Mobile. More minutes for less money....sure, where do I sign up. So you see, I was calling on a phone that had 3 days of service left on it. My new phone would be arriving Wednesday, and I was going to let my phone go out in a blaze of glory. To quote Hannibal, "I love it when a plan comes together." However...

(Happy yet Ted? Well there is more to go...happy reading)

Apparently Sprint starts you out on a "guest membership" plan. Only by staying with them for the year of this membership and then telling them you no longer want it do you finally pass their initiation. I had 350 anytime, 2650 night and weekends staring at 9pm(even after 4 pestering phone calls they still would not give me nights starting at 8pm) for $39.99. As soon as I mention better rates from other company I am offered a much better plan then before. After not immediately agreeing(I'm still trying to figure out where this plan has been for the last year) he offers me a better one. So I can't break my phone. I resigned with Sprint for 1 cent more a month, more than doubling my minutes and have nights starting at 8pm(which I had been assured they were not able to add....it wasn't even in their system anymore). So apparently I'm now on a "full membership" plan...which is cool, but I couldn't follow through with my plans to destroy my phone at the end of my fruitless quest. I only went ahead and called the stores, because I was still happy over the deal I got from sprint. It's a vicious cycle.

Normally that would wrap up this entry, but apparently Oklahoma was moved to Canada over the weekend. There is ice on the inside of my window, which actually is pretty cool, but is NOT normal for Oklahoma! It is 12º outside right now, it was probably colder than that last night when I was at work.

My desks sit facing windows.
They run the entire length of the wall.
They go run from 4ft up the wall to the ceiling.
They are single pane.

So there was a draft of cold air running down the windows, onto my desks, and over my keyboards. The best reading I could get was 54º at my keyboard, but I KNOW it was colder than that. I could feel my hands slowing down when I was typing. It was like my tendons where freezing. I actually spent 30 minutes trying to type in my big thinsulate gloves. The worst part is, tonight it will be just as cold, so I have to go through that all again.

Current Mood: frustrated
Wednesday, February 12th, 2003
11:53 pm
I finally got linux installed last night. I will be removing it when I get home tonight.

Current Mood: still frustrated
Tuesday, February 11th, 2003
11:07 am
The Agony and the agony and the agony and the agony....still waiting for the extasy
I'm trying to install linux. 5 hours and 4 distributions later I have debian on my system, but no xwindows. As I have never used linux before, I NEED to be able to get on the web to look at tutorials. It is VERY time consuming to reboot to windows to look something up. I can't use my roommate's computer because he is asleep and would probably kill me if I woke him up by surfing the web in his room.

Current Mood: frustrated
Thursday, February 6th, 2003
10:58 am
Lug's First Law of Lingerie
The following was first typed in response to a comment from Ted that can be found here. I felt it was necessary to post it as an update to further spread it's wisdom and to list a few points that can be found in later laws(these will be at the bottom of the entry).

Lug's First Law of Lingerie

No type of lingerie can truly exist until it has been viewed by a guy. There are several types of lingerie, including, but not limited to: tame, naughty, and amusing(definitely the worst of the lot for both the lingeree and the lingerer). Much like Schrödinger's Cat, lingerie exists in all states until it is viewed by a male. Most women are as capable of correctly labeling the different types of lingerie as most men are of picking which (insert an item that goes in the house) goes with which (insert an item that is already in the house).
The only factor that will alter someone's ability to label lingerie is as follows:
The more someone is attracted to their own gender the closer their lingerie labeling ability comes to that of a member of the opposite sex.

There are of more Lug's Laws of Lingerie as well as graphs and formulas to back them all up, but they will only be revealed as they are needed/requested/made up.
Please take the following statements into account when deciding any lingerie option.
1) Men are stupid and easily amused/turned on/distracted
2) Lingerie always beats no lingerie
3) Amusing(see Lug's 1st Law) lingerie is only appropriate in very specific circumstances
4) Lingerie's appeal increases exponentially with its uselessness and complexity(see 1st statement)
5) If a law ever rules out all possible lingerie options ignore that law(see 2nd statement)
6:14 am
quick update between levels
Random thoughts before going back to Baldur's Gate:
Evil Chloe is hot(Smallville, if you're not watching it...start)
I need an mp3 player for work
Ted rocks for sending me Transformers season 1(it came today Ted)
Actually pleased with Bush: Fuel cell technology
Pissed at Bush: Why are fuel cells in the future and better MPG today mutually exclusive?
I will join in with EVERYONE on sports radio by talking about LeBron James...Okay, I'm done
Xbox+Baldur's Gate+multiplayer mode=40+ hours sucked from the lives of my roomates and I
Sad fact: We got xbox late sat. night(you will see more on this in a future update)

Current Mood: happy
Friday, January 31st, 2003
11:49 pm
the gym
Okay I meant monday I hit the gym not today. Cut me some slack it was 7am! I should have been in bed already and my brain was clouded by the fog of sleepiness. As I will be celebrating my brithday this weekend, I don't plan on doing anything REMOTELY healthy.

Current Mood: busy
6:10 am
Birthday in brief
3pm Wake up
3:00:01pm Snooze button
3:05pm Phone rings/Wake up again
4-6pm Go eat with my dad
7pm-4am work/daily web browsing*/playing pool on yahoo, tough job, eh?
5am supper at home
5-6am some IGI 2 Beta

note the lack of alcohol :( stupid work schedule

*daily web browsing consists of penny arcade, pvp, fark, and fatwallet. On mondays add homestarrunner.com for the weekly strong bad email.

And tomorrow I'm going to the gym for the first time in 2 years. So i'm giving myself the gift of second day soreness for the weekend.

Have you ever been inconvenienced by a friend's dumb idea? I have a friend named Dave. He knows more about fitness than I will ever know. For some reason Dave called me yesterday with "the best idea". He thinks I should spend the next year getting in shape and then entering Tough Enough 4, because "it's not like you were going to do anything else". Unfortunately he was probably right on the not doing anything else part. The problem is I am getting a membership to a gym tomorrow. I had planned on calling him for advice on a workout routine, but now if I call him he will NEVER stop talking about Tough Enough. It could only end in one of the 3 following scenarios:
1)I stop working out
2)I actually enter Tough Enough
3)We fight to the death(bad news for me...he's also into martial arts)
There can be no other way to resolve this situation, I can only hope to avoid it.
My plan now is to avoid speaking to him for a month or so until he's forgotten about it, which means I'm on my own for a workout routine.

Current Mood: suprisingly cheerful
Thursday, January 30th, 2003
6:17 pm
Well, today is my birthday. I decided to start a journal to mark the occasion. My car decided to give me an early birthday present by running out of gas 5 miles from home last night. My roommate was not pleased to hear from me at 4:00am, not that he had anything better to do.

Things I've been thinking about:
Bush administration: hopefully they will soon do something I agree with.
Reel Big Fish: I love their cover songs.
The Flaming Lips: very cool.
OU basketball: playing good, hopefully Bookout will continue to improve.
Gas gauges: apparently they act differently in winter, it hadn't even reached the E!

I know that isn't much, but I have to go to work. I will probably add some more from work.
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