15 02 2008

I’ve not typically been one for the notion of predicting one’s entire personality, but today I stumbled across an analysis of our sleep positions that does seem to make sense.  I think the “freefall” position–which is definitely how I sleep most nights– describes me fairly well.


Gee, thanks for the info…

8 02 2008

So when I got to my desk today, I opened up firefox and saw this little gem on my Google homepage:


Honestly, who needs a how-to on getting pregnant!?

Portable Isolation Booth.

5 02 2008


Originally uploaded by flox232

I really don’t know what I would do if not for these headphones. On too many occasions to count, these little babies have helped me to remain sane during working hours. Just fire up Winamp, choose a playlist, and block out the noise and inane chatter. Thank God I don’t work for the sort of company that would actually prohibit such things.


5 02 2008

After years of general apathy and malaise with regard to American politics, I have recently begun to take interest in this year’s election. Finally, one candidate has instilled any degree of trust in me. I actually feel something other than disgust for our political system. I see one and only one candidate who actually makes me want to go out and vote in November.

Unfortunately, that candidate is Ron Paul.

I use the word “unfortunate” because it seems that Dr. Paul doesn’t have a chance of winning the Republican nomination. He seems to be the only candidate who truly puts our best interests first, which I believe has been his greatest weakness. That is to say, he is more concerned with the interests his would-be constituents than to those who have the greatest influence over public opinion: the Old Boys, media moguls, corporations, lobbyists et al. In short, he doesn’t play nice with the Establishment. Because of this, the media has not been friendly to him. Since the time he announced his candidacy, Dr. Paul has been portrayed as a “fringe” candidate. A kook. An also-ran. He has been barred from televised debates.

But what exactly is so “crazy” about him? He believes in the Constitution first and lobbyists second. He believes that the Federal government shouldn’t get its meddling, bureaucratic, money-wasting hands into everything. He wants to let the States have more power over many or most issues. He wants a non-interventionist foreign policy. He actually cares about making this country more like what it was originally intended to be.  See a short piece on his tech-related views on Slashdot.

It seems that whoever I talk to, whatever I read online, the typical opinion is “I like him, he makes sense, but he won’t win”. This of course is what I find most frustrating. It seems that whether or not we actually agree with him, most of us respect Ron Paul. And why not? He isn’t a corporate shill or a liar. He is an evangelical–something I’m not especially crazy about– but he doesn’t wear it on his sleeve. He doesn’t use the Bible as a political compass. From what I can tell, he’s the most “genuine” politician we have seen in this country in a long, long time.

Problem is, he’s not a big enough douche.

Child-men of the world unite!

30 01 2008

Sociologist Kay Hymowitz wrote in a recent op-ed about an emerging class of “child man” who “lingers – happily – in a new hybrid state of semi-hormonal adolescence and responsible self-reliance”. All I can say is, I’m on board.

In the article, Hymowitz explains-at length- why she believes that modern 20-something men have ended up decidedly less “grown up” than they used to be. For the most part, I agree with her. After all, why not? I am, after all, one of the child-men she describes. I’m 26, unmarried, love cartoons, play video games, enjoy “toys” of my own (kubuntu I’m looking at you) and live with roommates of similar taste. I party. I drink. I watch football with my irresponsible buddies. I act irresponsibly (let’s not forget a certain incident involving an unusually long staircase). And I enjoy it all of it. I’m today’s child-man. Come to think of it, I delayed working on a few errands to write this entry tonight. *shrug*

One statistic she uses to back up her claims that I found particularly telling was that “In 1970, 69 percent of 25-year-old and 85 percent of 30-year-old white men were married; in 2000, only 33 percent and 58 percent were, respectively”. It’s difficult to argue with numbers like that.

Now if only I had this article to back up my behavior oh, say, about 18 months ago…

*Edit*  After I published this post, something didn’t quite feel right.  I figured out what it was: this may have been me about a year ago, but not so much anymore.   I guess my time of lingering is coming to an end.

Somebody check the temperature in Hell…

28 11 2007

It was announced early yesterday that Verizon Wireless plans to open its network to “any apps, any device” in 2008. All I can say is it’s about damn time.

What this means is that any company (heck, even any individual with the means) can produce devices for direct-to-consumer sales, provided that said devices meet the technical standards to be set forth by the carrier. This of course is welcome news to many technophiles out there. Many of us have a bit of a love/hate relationship with VZW in that while we love the wide coverage area and solid network performance, we hate Verizon’s history of removing/disabling features from phones as well as replacing elegant manufacturer-designed interfaces with their own God-awful UI.

Now with this announcement Verizon has pledged to work with anyone who chooses to purchase a compatible phone from a source other than directly from the wireless company. New Android-powered über handset out? No problem. Just ask Verizon to activate the phone for you. What I wonder though is how much this would cost. Right now, customers in many places (maybe the whole country) are subject to a $20 charge just for activating a phone on their existing phone number (a process which basically entails the Verizon rep keying in the ESN/MEID of the phone to be activated, a process which takes about 30 seconds in most cases). Would this charge (and only this charge) apply? Time will tell. Let’s just hope Verizon makes good on what could really be some truly pro-consumer pledges.

Ideally this could usher in a new era of competition and innovation among handset makers, which should result in more choice for Joe Consumer. Of course the downside is that device prices could be substantially higher (Verizon subsidizes the prices of the handsets it sells). Again, time will tell. I believe it will be quite some time before we see any great selection of available “open” phones on the market. I will be watching and waiting with great interest.

What was that, Hart?

18 11 2007

Today was going to be the day. The day that a stellar Michigan team, led by returning seniors Mike Hart, Jake Long, and Chad Henne as well as a slew of others was going to beat Ohio State. After years of sub-par performances and blown opportunities, they were finally going to kick the Buckeyes’ asses. On their way to a BCS Championship game, no less.

At least, that’s what today was supposed to be coming into this season. Hart Henne and Long stayed at UM for an extra year instead of entering the NFL draft because they had something to prove. They had things to accomplish. Above all, they had a score to settle.

Ah, what a difference 12 weeks have made. Michigan, after screwing the pooch in weeks 1 and 2, has capped off a mediocre season with a loss to their arch rivals in Scarlet and Grey.

Today’s victory over the Wolverines tastes especially sweet given the trash talk coming from tailback Mike Hart ever since last year’s loss to the Buckeyes. Running a measly 44 yards on 18 carries against a stout OSU defense, Hart delivered one of the worst performances of his career (and Michigan delivered one of their worst performances against the Buckeyes). Granted he isn’t fully healthy and hasn’t been for much of the season, but then again the same is true of Beanie Wells.

So now that it’s over, what will Mike Hart have to say about today’s game? I hope that for once, he may actually have learned to keep his mouth shut.

I believe this photo sums Hart’s experience today perfectly. Eat it, Wolverines!