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Saturday, July 25th, 2009
12:39 pm
LJ is dead? Long live LJ!
Have we run out of things to say? It seems like most of us believe 140 or 450 characters is plenty to encompass any thoughts we have anymore. Microblogging != blogging! I wonder what the next big (or small) thing is going to be - not that messages can get much shorter than Tweets.

Current Mood: awake
Thursday, June 25th, 2009
4:12 pm
the death of plastic
The little boys of Southern California are just a little bit safer tonight.
Friday, May 29th, 2009
12:54 am
By the time I get caught up with TV shows on the dvr from this season, fall season will have started. Darn sunshine!
Monday, April 20th, 2009
4:49 pm
Bring on summer!
Despite the best attempts of my allergies to ruin my day, I still managed to get out and have a productive day. Don't want to be aloft while congested so I cancelled a planned flight, but no way am I gonna be stuck inside on a day like this! I walked a couple miles downtown after taking care of some errands, and since no cruise ships were in town the rooftop area of the Bell Street Pier was open. It tends to be more bum-free than Steinbrueck Park, and the views are just as good. I was planning on getting my orca card, but there were about half a dozen people in line at the Westlake service center, and they seemed to be taking over 5 minutes a piece, so it'll be in the mail. Of course I find a ticket book I didn't know I had, but it's the old $1.50 fare so I'll have to force myself to use those up before using the cool new orca card. Even though light rail doesn't open til mid July, it'll still be nice to not have to deal with having change or making sure there's tickets left in the ticket books.
Tuesday, February 17th, 2009
10:17 am
why facebook is evil
This is why I don't do Facebook. My personal pictures become their property once I post them, even after I delete them? Homey don't play dat!
Saturday, December 20th, 2008
8:52 pm
my brief snopocalypse post
I am happy I made it all the way home, sorta. My car did just fine until I turned into my driveway from the alley, where it just wouldn't go, forwards or backwards. Having to chain up to make it into the garage is pretty humbling, although I think the alternative of leaving the car on the street and having to dig it out in the morning is worse, especially since I might have to chain up in the morning anyway. So much for catching up on sleep tonight - extra early wake up call to get to work on time in the morning! This is one of those days I really wish I could just walk to work, even if it was a few miles.

Current Mood: humbled
Friday, October 31st, 2008
6:43 pm
If you care about this election, this might be interesting
Dear Friends
PBS has an online poll posted asking if Sarah Palin is
qualified. Apparently the right wing knew about this
in advance and are flooding the voting with YES votes.

The poll will be reported on PBS and picked up by
mainstream media. It can influence undecided voters
in swing states.

Please do two things -- takes 20 seconds.

1) Click on link and vote yourself.

Here's the link:
http://www.pbs.org/now/polls/poll-435.html

2) Then send this to ever y single Obama-Biden voter
you know, and urge them to vote and pass it on.

The last thing we need is PBS saying their viewers
think Sarah Palin is qualified.
Friday, September 12th, 2008
3:42 pm
iTunes updates
The latest version of iTunes, along with the overpriced Touch, have a new Genius playlist/sidebar feature which is a great idea, at least in theory. Pick a song in your playlist, and it generates a playlist with similar songs for you to listen to. The Sidebar is similar except it links to songs you don't have and urges you to buy them. I've tried it on a few of my tracks and the playlists are for the most part pretty good, but there are a lot of tracks that it just flat out fails on. I hope Apple is being truthful when it says that information it gathers about your music collection remains anonymous - it scans your entire music collection and sends the results to Apple to generate the information it needs to make the playlists (based on other iTunes users I hear.) Fair warning, it choked on my 25,000+ song collection the first time and crashed, although it worked fine the second try. This new feature is also available on the latest iteration of the Touch, but so far not as an update to any existing player. I'm hoping they change their mind and put it as an update to the Classic, especially since they no longer sell my 160GB model.
Monday, August 25th, 2008
1:48 am
random public transit conversation
Today this nice older woman on the bus told me that I looked like Kevin Bacon. Was that a compliment or was she calling me old? He is almost 20 years older than me!
Tuesday, July 1st, 2008
12:41 am
My 100 books list
Swiped from solcita, supposedly a definitive list of books that everyone should read. Looks a lot like my reading list from my awful high school English classes.

The instructions:
1) Look at the list and bold those you have read.
2) Italicize those you intend to read.
3) Underline the books you LOVE.
4) Strikeout the books you HATE (I added this one)

1. Pride and Prejudice - Jane Austen
2. The Lord of the Rings - JRR Tolkien
3. Jane Eyre - Charlotte Bronte
4. Harry Potter series - JK Rowling
5. To Kill a Mockingbird - Harper Lee
6. The Bible
7. Wuthering Heights - Emily Bronte
8. Nineteen Eighty Four - George Orwell
9. His Dark Materials - Philip Pullman (only made it through the first one)
10. Great Expectations - Charles Dickens

11-100 under the cutCollapse )
Wednesday, June 25th, 2008
12:21 pm
I have finally joined the world of console gaming
Went to Renton yesterday intending on getting a kiddie wading pool for Craig at Target, and some necessities as well as maybe a PS3 at Fry's across the street. I ended up getting the PS3 at Target since they had 3 in stock of the 80GB MGS version, and Fry's was long sold out. Of course they didn't have any el-cheapo pools suitable for dog, only the fancier ones that would get broken or stolen anyway. I'm amazed at how slick the interface to the PS3 is - it does all the same media sharing things that my DVR does, but it's faster and prettier, and even downloaded music videos look better somehow. Youtube still looks like crap, but that's to be expected. I'm excited that it supports all the high-end audio formats of Blu-Ray. It also supports SACD, which to most is a dead format, but to someone like me who appreciated good sound, I will definitely be buying some music in that format once I upgrade the 12-year old receiver to one with 7.1 channel support.

The one feature that it's lacking, and the sole reason I'm keeping my old DVD player plugged in, is the resume function on DVDs. My 6 year old player will remember the stopping points of the last 25 or so DVDs I've played, which is great for watching TV shows on DVD and not having to remember where I left off. For such an advanced piece of hardware, I'm surprised the PS3 didn't include this, although it could easily be added with a software upgrade.

Oh yeah, and gaming in 1080p is pretty sweet!

I'm going back to dayshift in September and am looking forward to being less scarce for evening get togethers. It's worth putting up with all the dayshift BS.
Thursday, May 1st, 2008
4:53 pm
Greetings from NYC
I'm writing from the Therapy lounge in Hells Kitchen with 2 drinks down, more to go! I'd say watch for me on the Daily Show tonight but I didn't see them do any audience shots. Just in case I missed one, we were in the 4th row dead center. Jon sure didn't take it easy on Howard Dean, it was great! We are continuing our tour of soon-to-be-closed ballparks tomorrow as we watch the Yankees face the Mariners, and hopefully lose yet again as the Mets did last night 13-1. I expect all the mess from the May Day riots to be fixed by the time I return to Seattle!
Saturday, February 23rd, 2008
3:29 am
REM lovers working at Apple
22,838 songs on iTunes and it loves to pick REM's Pop Song '89 on a way-too-often basis! May not be much, but for a post-work 3:30 am post on a Friday night/Saturday morning where work is the last place I wanted to waste 12 hours today, that's all you're getting!

Current Mood: tired
Wednesday, February 20th, 2008
12:31 pm
Sound Transit survey
Sound Transit has a survey up here that asks for public input about what we want the next transit package to look like, and if we think it should be on the ballot this November or in 2 years. If you're tired of being stuck in traffic or on slow stinky buses, take 5-10 minutes of your time and let them know what you'd like our mass transit to look like in 15-20 years.
Tuesday, January 8th, 2008
7:17 pm
I think I just made my property taxes go up
So I'm in the middle of replacing a faulty power outlet in my living room (which took way longer than it should of) when the doorbell rings. I'm thinking it's probably just some dumb solicitor, and am debating whether to answer it since my UPS battery is draining and the daylight that I'm using to do the electrical work is fading. I decide to answer the door, and it's someone from the county assessor's office. He only has two questions for me: did they sell the units in my townhome community that face the alley for a higher price than the ones that face the busy street, and he wanted to confirm the number of bedrooms and bathrooms that I had. I wonder if by telling him that yes, indeed the units facing the alley did go for more since they are quieter, that I made my assessed value and thus my property taxes rise. I guess time will tell...
Monday, December 17th, 2007
12:52 pm
dodgeball
Dodgeball hasn't been sending messages to my phone like it should be for the last 2 weeks, although they still go to my email. I emailed them and got a canned reply saying they were basically too busy integrating with Google to do anything about any problems (nice customer service huh?) So I tried to check in today just for the hell of it, and instead of getting nothing back I get an error message saying that I tried to send a message using an invalid short code. I'm betting it's a problem on Sprint's end and their customer service is too stupid to do anything about it, so I think I'm done with dodgeball. It's been fun for the last couple of years. Twitter maybe?

Current Mood: annoyed
Wednesday, November 14th, 2007
12:04 am
my letter to mr. tax-more-and-be-happy
Mr. Sims,

I am writing to urge you strongly to reconsider the property tax hike for new and expanded passenger ferry routes. With the possible exception of the Vashon-Seattle run, these do not seem to be viable alternatives to existing modes of transportation for those routes, and will most likely result in very low ridership. These ferries burn a lot of diesel, enough so that it might actually be worse for than environment than if everyone took their own car, and definitely results in more fossil fuels being burned. Why can't we focus instead on emission-free modes of transit such as light rail and streetcars that actually get enough ridership to justify their use?

Sincerely,
Evan Nelson
Seattle

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And he thought it would be a waste of money to run light rail to Federal Way? Admittedly this isn't $15 billion, but still!
Wednesday, November 7th, 2007
1:23 am
why did only the stupid voters turn out?
This is what the voters seemed to be saying: we'd rather fork over ever-increasing amounts of money to the oil companies for gas wasted sitting in traffic than spend it on taxes that would build a viable alternative to roads and fix the worst part of the roads and in the process keep the buses from coming to a complete halt. We want to hogtie our elected legislators by making any kind of tax increase subject to a public vote (what are they there for, symbolic votes only?) We trust lawyers more than insurance companies. We still think that a supermajority is necessary for continued school funding. We don't trust our legislators to be responsible in making budgets, so we're forcing them to save money in a "rainy day fund" that can only be spent with a 60% supermajority, a state of emergency, or a recession.

I honestly think it's going to take a simultaneous collapse of both 520 and the viaduct for this region to suck it up and fix our infrastructure. I just hope that mass transit support will pick up in 2 years once the Link trains start running.

At least Medic 1's levy passed, possibly because all the old fogies who voted have already experienced our region's outstanding heart attack survival rate, due in no small part to Medic 1.

Current Mood: aggravated
Thursday, September 13th, 2007
12:11 am
weirdness
Apparently the mighty G forces of the Puyallup Fair roller coaster were too much for my cell phone's screen, so I'll be unreachable by cell phone for a while. I have no idea how that creaky old roller coaster could generate enough force to crack the screen, but there was nothing else in my pocket and I didn't run into anything so who knows...

I'd just activate my old phone but I have a feeling Sprint will charge me the $36 activation fee for that, and then again when I activate the replacement. If only they could have used sim cards on CDMA networks!

Weird Al was even funnier than I expected! Quite a deal to get a 2 hour 15 minute show for the price of fair admission. A certain someone should have sacrificed some sleep to go see the show.. you know who you are!!

EDIT: have the old cell phone working again, so i'm reachable again
Wednesday, August 22nd, 2007
11:31 am
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