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Memoirs of a Lunatic

The title almost says it all. I'm a little insane, like all folks, and I'm just putting down what I think about. Maybe some of it is funny, maybe some of it isn't. Just come read and find out for yourself.

Saturday, April 30, 2005

H2G2

I went to see the Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy today with Lo and I enjoyed the movie very much. I first posted about being excited about seeing the movie here, as I am sure my most loyal readers remember.

I was a big fan of the books and the Commodore 64 game as a kid and I thought that the movie stayed very true to the books' spirit. I just laughed out loud every time that Ford Prefect would do something different with his towel, he loved that thing. "Very handy". Just funny.

The whole movie is ridiculous and crazy (as it should be) and I am curious to see what Lo, Trin, and G have to say about it. (Trin and G went to the 5:25 show today.)

Trin and I have read the book and Lo and G have not, so I also wonder how that will affect the movie review.

If you've seen it and have an opinion, by all means let me know. If you haven't seen it yet, and you enjoy odd humor, go see it. (Also, let me know if you thought that Zaphod - pres of the galaxy - sounded and acted like a caricature of another pres.)

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At 4/30/2005 11:12 PM, Blogger loelsh said...

I did pick up on the fact that he sounded like the President. Although I had never even heard of the books, let alone read them, I thought it was a decent movie. I am not much into sci-fi stuff, but was entertained by the humor in the movie.

 
At 4/30/2005 11:43 PM, Blogger ghraper said...

I picked up on the two or three hidden jabs at "W". At one point, Zaphod's voice and mannerisms changed, almost like he was doing an impersonation of our Pres. Hinting that the President was a bumbling fool,i.e. how those on the left perceive him.

And I assure you, there were more political undertones that were not as obvious.(The Vogons/Bad guys were paper-pushing bureaucrats. Coincidence - I think not.

All in all, I enjoyed the movie, never having read the book, but if the book is much more out there and complicated, I'm sure I wouldn't like to read it.

 
At 5/01/2005 12:56 AM, Blogger Trinity13 said...

I didn't enjoy the movie as much as I thought I would. Of course, when movies don't follow their book very closely, I usually don't have a good opinion of them.

I personally would not suggest this movie to anyone who has not read the book. After reading the book, you are prepared for the weirdness and you know more of the story. You would also know by reading the book that the ending was different from the movie. The movie was given the typical Hollywood happy ending.

But, I guess(after reading Lo's and G's reviews) I shouldn't have read the book before seeing the movie. I probably would have liked it better that way. Oh well.

 
At 5/01/2005 9:57 AM, Blogger Guru said...

You shouldn't be too disappointed, since the movie followed elements from some of the other books, as well.

There are five books in the series and I think that they have set themselves up for a sequel, since there really is a "The Restaurant at the End of the Universe", and I believe that they do end up paying it a visit.

I'm curious to know what you thought was left out or not followed well enough. Can you elaborate for me?

 
At 5/01/2005 1:45 PM, Blogger Trinity13 said...

I def see a sequel coming.

Here is a quote about how the story changed: "...Douglas Adams himself wrote the script, and he established 20+ years ago a standard of changing things about a bit each time, as he wrote this adventure for radio, books, and TV. It's not surprising he did it for the movie too."

For example, the story was re-written to include John Malkovich's character. Adams is known for this, but that doesn't mean I have to like it.

I didn't like the fact that Zaphod's heads weren't side by side...and he never had to get rid of one in the book.

I also didn't like how the movie didn't properly explain why 'Don't Panic' was on the Guide.

And what was up with Ford? I don't think the film did his character justice.

This link sums it all up for me. Check it out.

 
At 5/02/2005 11:02 PM, Blogger Guru said...

In return, This link pretty much sums up how I felt about it. #1 Movie this weekend, that's pretty exciting! I will probably own this movie when it comes out on DVD. (But to be fair, I said that about Ocean's 12 and Bourne Supremacy and I haven't gotten those yet. Good Father's Day presents if I haven't made moves by then, hint, hint.)

 

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Friday, April 29, 2005

Really Bad Star?

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And, Mr. Vader's Blog.

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At 4/30/2005 10:20 AM, Blogger Trinity13 said...

I love it!!! Great pic and even better site!

 

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Thursday, April 28, 2005

Depressed

I have been super depressed recently and I think I figured out a huge culprit. Today, when I was at lunch reading through the 3rd book from my Women's Studies class, it hit me.

It was the books.

Our topic for the course is Immigrant Women's Writings and so far there is a very common thread of sadness, misery, suffering, etc and when I read, I put myself in to the stories. I try to imagine what they are going through or feeling and in this case it is really bringing me down.

The same way that someone who is only around negative people can begin to feel negative, I am constantly stuck with this sadness and longing and it is bringing my mood down for no physical reason, whatsoever.

I am buoyed by the fact that I only have about 5 weeks left to go.

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Wednesday, April 27, 2005

Star Wars Junkie

When we were over at Trin's house, she made a reference to Princess Leia and my kids didn't know who that was. Trin was outraged that a Star Wars fan such as myself would not have yet exposed my girls (7 and 5) to Star Wars.

Well, my younger daughter decided that she wanted to see Star Wars. She has now seen Episodes IV, V, and II all in a four day span! I mean, she isn't an expert on them yet or anything, but she is constantly talking about the characters now and pointing out Vader and Yoda on all of the crush of SW advertising that is in the marketplace today.

Lo is going to be sooooo hacked. She hates SW and I'm sure that she doesn't want me turning my kids in to little Sci-Fi geeks. :-)

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At 4/27/2005 9:50 PM, Blogger Trinity13 said...

Awww, you gotta be sooo proud of your new little Star Wars fan!

 

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Tuesday, April 26, 2005

Weigh-In (Day Late)

I am a day late because the weight is the same. As I stated last time, I want to get a new motivation and with our challenge ending in 4 days and the goal of 40 lbs down met (I'm at 42 down), I need a new goal.

I've decided to make it my goal to run in (not try to win - but complete) a 5k race. That is 3.1 miles and even at a reasonable pace can be completed in about a half hour. I'm thinking of doing this one.

I've always wished that I was a runner and now is the time for me to kick up my fitness goals and do this thing. I'm not getting any younger.

I'd like to thank Chad for this link (and his e-mail) explaining how to go from the couch to a 5k on a very sensible plan.

So, do any of the Weight Loss Challenge participants want to run? You don't have to do the race, but we could run together every so often to push each other. I think that it would be fun!

(I also hope that no matter what, you WLC mofos will come out to the race and cheer a brotha on to the finish.)

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At 4/26/2005 11:51 PM, Blogger Trinity13 said...

Wow! This sounds great! I too need a new motivation and I would love to be able to run three miles without stopping.

Is Lo going to participate? When is a good time for us WLC's to run together?

Btw, if I happen to get preggo by the race, I will def be a cheerleader instead of a runner.

 
At 4/27/2005 11:03 AM, Blogger loelsh said...

I haven't decided yet if I want to try this or not. I was actually thinking about it this morning, how it would be great for guru and I to do this together. I'm just not so sure of my ability. Like I've said before, I've only run one mile without stopping one time and that was when I was in the best shape of my life. Now, being in practically the worst shape of my life, I just don't know. I'd probably have a heart attack just running for 30 seconds!!

 
At 4/27/2005 11:29 AM, Blogger Guru said...

Well, Lo, that is the beauty of the plan, the running that you do at the beginning can be even less than 30 secs, especially since the plan is designed for 2 months and we have 5 until the run.

I would highly encourage you to do it, and not just so I'm not lonely. It is excellent exercise.

We'll be crazy fit! How much would you love being able to say that you can run 3 MILES! How sick is that?!?!?!

 
At 4/27/2005 11:44 AM, Blogger Trinity13 said...

I think you should try to do this Lo!!! Your hubby has a great running plan, so why not?

Would it be okay if G and I joined you at least once a week to train together? We could meet at the school in my neighborhood. It has a walking/running track along with play equipment for the kids. We could all go and take turns watching the kids and running.

What do you think?

 
At 4/27/2005 11:47 AM, Blogger Guru said...

Is G going to play, too?

 
At 4/27/2005 1:05 PM, Blogger Trinity13 said...

I am not 100% sure that G will run. But at least he can cheer us on as he watches the kids if he decides not to.

 

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Monday, April 25, 2005

Build Me a Bridge

A man walking along a California beach was deep in prayer. Suddenly the sky clouded above his head and, in a booming voice, the Lord said, "Because you have TRIED to be faithful to me in all ways, I will grant you one wish."

The man said, "Build a bridge to Hawaii so I can drive over anytime I want."The Lord said, "Your request is very materialistic. Think of the enormous challenges for that kind of undertaking. The supports required to reach the bottom of the Pacific! The concrete and steel it would take! It will nearly exhaust several natural resources. I can do it, but it is hard for me to justify your desire for worldly things. Take a little more time and think of something that would honor and glorify me."

The man thought about it for a long time. Finally he said, "Lord, I wish that I could understand my wife. I want to know how she feels inside, what she's thinking when she gives me the silent treatment, why she cries, what she means when she says 'nothing's wrong,' and how I can make a woman truly happy."

The Lord replied, "You want two lanes or four on that bridge?"

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At 4/25/2005 9:59 AM, Blogger Trinity13 said...

Ha.............ha.

 
At 4/29/2005 6:26 AM, Blogger XeNia said...

HAHAHHAHAHAHAHHA....

anyways.. just wanna say thanks 4 ur comments on my blog.

 

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Sunday, April 24, 2005

Weather

This freaking snow crap has got to STOP! It is killing me. Saturday and Sunday were both snowy and cold, which is just stupid because 4 days before, it was super warm and I was wearing shorts.

Crazy Ohio.

The weather should not have a contest to see how late it can snow each year. If the weather feels the need to compete, may I suggest "How long can summer stick around"?

Just a suggestion.

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Saturday, April 23, 2005

Which Greek God?

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Athena


?? Which Of The Greek Gods Are You ??
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At 4/23/2005 11:06 AM, Blogger ghraper said...

[Chris Griffin] Ha ha... You're a giiirl! [/Chris Griffin]

My Results

 
At 4/23/2005 9:17 PM, Blogger Trinity13 said...

HUH! For once I am the same as my hubby G...Morpheus. I guess it's because my mind is so free, if you know what I mean.

 
At 4/25/2005 12:04 AM, Blogger Santanu said...

There were 10 possible results, and I ended up with Athena!
Great minds think alike, Guru :-)
And thanks for the atom feed to my page.

 
At 7/20/2005 10:21 PM, Blogger nicole said...

I'm another Morpheus...

 
At 7/21/2005 7:53 AM, Blogger Guru said...

I guess I could see that. I would have like to have had you on the Athena side, though, Nicole.

 

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Friday, April 22, 2005

Next Best Thing to TiVo

I know that in the past, I have shared my love for BitTorrent to get TV shows that I have missed.

This site just made that task a whole lot easier.

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Thursday, April 21, 2005

98%

Well, I got my first ever college paper back. It was a two page response paper to Lost in Translation by Eva Hoffman (no relation to the movie). As you might be able to guess from the title of this post, I did really well.

I was hoping for just a 'B' and some good criticism for the future, but instead got some good compliments on my writing and an A+. Two things to say to that...

Boo and Yah.

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At 4/21/2005 10:59 PM, Blogger Trinity13 said...

Great job Guru!!! Keep it up!

 

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Wednesday, April 20, 2005

Math Exam

Well, I did better than I thought that I would on my first math midterm. I got a C and 13 points above the median. I thought that I was going to get an F. But, fortunately, I understand most everything on the test now and really should do better when those things come up on the final.

What led to my understanding was, oddly enough, doing my homework! But, my midterm was on Thurs and my homework wasn't due until the following Monday, so I didn't do it until after the midterm. Big mistake. One I'll rectify in the future.

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Tuesday, April 19, 2005

The Best Way to Pray

A priest, a minister and a guru sat discussing the best positions for prayer while a telephone repairman worked nearby. "Kneeling is definitely the best way to pray," the priest said.

"No," said the minister. "I get the best results standing with my hands outstretched to Heaven."

"You're both wrong," the guru said. "The most effective prayer position is lying down on the floor."

The repairman could contain himself no longer. "Hey, fellas," he interrupted, "The best prayin' I ever did was when I was hangin' upside down from a telephone pole."

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Monday, April 18, 2005

Road Trip

I went with my wife yesterday to visit my only remaining grandparent in Pennsylvania. It was 3.5 hours out and 3.5 hours back and I stayed for about 7 hours, but it was worth it.

Here's what happened to him:

He just got out of a weeklong stay in the hospital because of breathing trouble. He was sitting in his chair and couldn't breathe, but wasn't making the connection of what was happening. Finally, from his training in the Army Air Corps ( :-) ), he realized that he was being deprived of oxygen and he called 911. He couldn't even talk to them on the phone, he was so out of breath, but they got to him and gave him oxygen and took him in to the hospital.

He has a bit of emphysema (he quit smoking 20 years ago) and he will find out the results of other tests today. But from all of the tests that they ran in the hospital, he is probably okay besides that.

We had a fantastic visit and I was very interested in the stories that he told. Lo was a little bored with some of it (she didn't know any of the people or the places in the story), but I wished that I had the time off and could have stayed longer.

I will definitely try to make it out there again sometime soon. With the exception of my Dad, Mom, and Brother, I don't see any of my family. They are all dead or live too far away. I've just gotten used to not having anyone but my immediate family here and Lo's relatives that I'd forgotten what it was like to talk to people who have known you all of your life.

I'm waxing a little sentimental, but if not here - where?

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At 4/18/2005 5:38 PM, Blogger Trinity13 said...

When I think about your family, it makes me realize that I have taken my family for granted. I still have 3 grandparents, a step-grandparent, and a great grandpa still living(and that doesn't include the in-laws). And all of them live less than 40 minutes away.

 
At 4/18/2005 6:13 PM, Blogger A Woman From Illinois said...

Visit while you can!!

I reinstalled windows and can now surf, but everything else is screwed.

 

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Weigh-In

I weighed in today at 250, down 0 for the week, 42 lbs overall.

Like just about everyone else, I've lost motivation on this for the time being. I need to get excited and race toward a new goal.

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At 4/22/2005 3:34 PM, Anonymous heliach said...

Hey...you cant give up!! You look great...that should be your motivation... (and your health ; )

 

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Sunday, April 17, 2005

Darth Tater

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Saturday, April 16, 2005

What I'm Currently Bidding On

Oh, why not?

I am, as of right now, the high bidder.

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Eventful Saturday

How domestic am I?

First things first, we got up early and met at my old house to move some very large items (stove, fridge, lawn tractor, weight bench, etc) in to storage and to my new place. I met G, Drifter, and G's dad out there and we worked for about 4 hours doing that.

Then, we went to G and Trin's house to eat some yummy grilled out food. I love dead animals cooked over an open flame. Nothing like it.

While we were there, G and I put together a swingset that they had purchased and the kids jumped on the new tramp... oline. Good news, everyone had a good time. Bad news, it took G and I (and when I say G and I, I mean mostly G with a little me for good measure) 7 hours to put together the swingset (with a 1.5 hour lunch break in there).

The directions could NOT have been written originally in English, they were MAD confusing. Also confusing was the fact that they put the Spanish, English, and French directions all on the same page instead of having sections for each. Niiiiighhtmaaareeee. But, we did do it faster than the 11 hours that the store manager said it took him to put together his first one.

Life is grand when you grill out and spend all day in the sun!

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At 4/16/2005 10:33 PM, Blogger Trinity13 said...

Thanks again Guru!!!

 
At 4/18/2005 9:51 PM, Blogger ghraper said...

Yes indeedy! Thank you for all of the assistance. I think I would have just burned those directions if you weren't there to interpret them. The grill was already lit anyway!

 

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Friday, April 15, 2005

The Healing Touch of Christ

Three guys were fishing on a lake one day, when Jesus walked across the water and joined them in the boat. When the three astonished men had settled down enough to speak, the first guy asked humbly, "Jesus, I've suffered from back pain ever since I took shrapnel in the Viet Nam war. Could you help me?"

"Of course my son," Jesus said. When Jesus touched the man's back, the man felt relief for the first time in years.The second man, who wore very thick glasses and had a hard time reading and driving, asked if Jesus could do anything about his eyesight. Jesus smiled, removed the man's glasses and tossed them in the lake. When the glasses hit the water, the man's eyes cleared and he could see everything distinctly.

When Jesus turned to heal the third man, the guy put his hands up and cried defensively, "Don't touch me! I'm on long-term disability."

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Thursday, April 14, 2005

Personality Test

My Bloginality is INTP

As an INTP, you are Introverted, iNtuitive, Thinking, Perceiving.
This makes your primary focus on Introverted Thinking with an Extraverted Intution.

This is defined as a NT personality, which is part of Carl Jung's Rational (Knowledge Seeking) type, and more specifically the Architect or Thinker.

Famous INTPs:

Socrates
Rene Descartes
Blaise Pascal
Sir Isaac Newton
Albert Einstein
Tiger Woods

Einstein, Pascal, Newton? Good company and I am glad to be in with them.

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At 4/16/2005 11:02 PM, Blogger ghraper said...

Yeah, five dead guys, and a golf pro;

I can see the resemblance to Tiger the most.

 
At 6/09/2008 9:58 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Cheers!!! ;)
xD

http://1410celsius.blogspot.com

PD: Sorry... it's in spanish... :(... ohhh... and apropo... i'm intp also... o:)

 

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Wednesday, April 13, 2005

Busy Night

I've been a little busy tonight. I had to write a paper, read a book, write discussion questions and comments from that book, and study for my calculus midterm. Plus, I put some extra RAM in my laptop so that it can join the wireless network and, of course, catch the American Idol elimination show.

Thankfully, Lo held the kids at bay so that I could get my schoolwork on. It made it THAT much easier that I could just work. So, thanks Lo!

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At 4/13/2005 11:16 PM, Blogger loelsh said...

Hey, that's what I'm here for!

 

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Tuesday, April 12, 2005

New Zit

Okay, look. I have a smallish zit on the top of my nose, right above where the crosspiece is on my glasses. It got there because my finger rubs there when I push my glasses up and I touch there a lot when I am thinking. In fact, the zit is usually obscured by my glasses when I have them up on my face.

Well, yesterday my middle daughter noticed the zit. She asked me what it was and I told her what it was and that it was only temporary. She told me that she thought that I was much more handsome without it and she couldn't wait for it to go away.

Thanks a lot for that! Nothing like a child's perspective to make one feel self-conscious.

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At 4/12/2005 9:02 PM, Blogger Chad said...

It's called puberty. Pretty soon, you'll get hair in private places, and have special feelings about girls.

 

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Top Ten Conservative Catholic Pickup Lines

10. May I offer you a light for that votive candle?

9. Hi there. My buddy and I were wondering if you would settle a dispute we're having. Do you think the word should be pronounced HOMEschooling, or homeSCHOOLing?

8. Sorry, but I couldn't help notice how cute you look in that ankle-length, shapeless, plaid jumper.

7. What's a nice girl like you doing at a First Saturday Rosary Cenacle like this?

6. You don't like the culture of death either? Wow! We have so much in common!

5. Let's get out of here. I know a much cozier little Catholic bookstore downtown.

4. I bet I can guess your confirmation name.

3. You've got stunning scapular-brown eyes.

2. Did you feel what I felt when we reached into the holy water font at the same time?

1. Confess here often?

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At 4/12/2005 8:13 AM, Blogger Trinity13 said...

I actually owned a few ankle-length, shapeless, plaid jumpers...and half of them my mom made. I was so hip!

 
At 2/23/2016 5:02 AM, Blogger Campbell said...

Hi, thank you very much for help. I am going to test that in the near future. Cheers


Catholic Bookstore

 

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Monday, April 11, 2005

Weigh-In

I weighed in today at 250, down 2 for the week, 42 lbs overall.

That's all I have to say about that.

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Sunday, April 10, 2005

Women's Studies

Well, I've been through one week of my Women's Studies class and it wasn't at all what someone tried to warn me about it. First of all, there are hardly a ton of feminists in the class and by my count one gay guy and 2 lesbians, but they aren't being all militant about it.

The craziest episode that I've had happen to date is a civil 'argument' that I had in class with a guy. The topic was freedom. Since this class is all about immigrant literature, the topic of freedom is going to be a theme in all of our novels.

One guy tried to make very leftist comments about our administration and morals and all of that. I made the point that freedom doesn't exist without limits, with a country or with a family. In fact, many people who get 'freedom' after not having it often don't know what to do or how to act, because they are unable to get accustomed to the new rules. (See East Germany or Russia). I also stated that while I don't think that the government should regulate sexuality, our laws all stem from someone's morals.

The guy then tried to make fun of me, stating that how is it immoral to speed or do drugs, but those are against the law. That just proved that he doesn't think below the surface. Why is it illegal to speed? Because driving too fast can cause you to hurt yourself or others. Hurting others is deemed morally wrong. Drugs hurt you and can cause you to hurt others. Hurting yourself is deemed morally wrong. If it was okay to hurt or kill people, then I could go get drunk, wreck in to 20 pedestrians and a school bus, and I couldn't be judged. Who is to say I am wrong? Who are you to force your morals on me?

I know they all think I am a right-wing wacko now, but someone had to balance out the liberal stench that was permeating the air. Plus, they might find me disagreeing with whatever the entire class is 'going along with', just to foster discussion and make them all think.

It is what Chad would want me to do.

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At 4/11/2005 4:09 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Who is Chad? and why do you pay so much attn to what he would have you do?

 
At 4/11/2005 4:47 PM, Blogger Guru said...

If you followed the link, you would see that "Chad" is someone who likes to share ideas that might cause a bit of comotion.

And, as he is the person most to blame for getting me back in school, I feel I owe him a small debt of thought provoking speech in my classes.

 
At 4/12/2005 9:58 AM, Blogger loelsh said...

Was Chad the anonymous commenter?

 
At 4/12/2005 10:05 AM, Blogger Chad said...

Guru, raising commotion to spark critical thinking and engaging in debate of competing, highly subjective opinions are different, ¿claro?

You are granted points for free speech; similarly, you lose points for missing the chance to understand at an objective level. I will make a post on my blog about freedom and morals.

Never perfect, I had it happen to me in Math yesterday. This kid was ranting on the simplification of a logic statement- which simultaneously would have nullified the example. This went on for 5 minutes when he said that he "had been working ahead, and was just trying to help the class" and shot me a 'look' (you see, I had been the one that came up with the correct version of the statement). Ever deadly with the Wu-Tang sword, I cut his head off- "Oh, you were trying to show off your superior knowledge while totally unaware of its lackings. Good show" (I know what you are thinking, and yes I know, but I did it and it is done). He turned red and uttered "Whatever, dude." Bad Chad.

Anonymous, I am better known as Rick James, b*tch. Although, I highly doubt you are an anonymous reader of the Memoirs of a Lunatic, just someone lacking the testicular fortitude to own up to one’s comments. (Guru, feel free to edit, Wu-Tang sword again.)

 
At 4/12/2005 11:49 AM, Blogger Guru said...

No, I agree about the Anon. poster. I understand if you don't have/want to sign up for an account, that is why I have left the anonymous option, but the 'ballsy' thing to do is then leave your name and/or URL in the text of the comment itself.

Chad, I completely believe that you said that to that guy in math class and he probably deserved it. There are more than a few people that I should man up and take down for the good of the class. I know everyone wants to, but no one wants to be an a-hole.

I also am looking forward to your 'freedom and morals' blog.

 
At 4/12/2005 11:49 AM, Blogger Guru said...

Also, that being said, I think I know who the anonymous commenter was.

 

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Saturday, April 09, 2005

I'm Free

Free from all of those pesky wires.

Since moving in to my new place and putting the iMac down in the girls' room, I haven't had internet connectivity to that computer. The problem was in which computer to make wireless and the best way to go about it.

I decided to make my iMac wireless, since I didn't care if it got slower speeds or had the occasional connection problems. The problem with that was the lack of good places to buy Apple network gear.

So, last night G and I went up to The Apple Store to scope out the situation. The stuff was way too expensive and they only had one-half of what I needed. Since the iMac that I have is like 3 years old, they don't carry the wireless card for it anymore. So I decided to say fark it and go make the PC wireless.

We went to Best Buy and bought a 108 Mbps router and two USB 2.0 wireless network cards that look like those little flash drives people put on their keychain. After the rebates, outfitting two computers for wireless was still cheaper than outfitting one Apple would have been! AND, if you noticed, that was 108 Mbps (which I am getting in full), which is 8 Mbps faster than my wired network. Not that I can make full use of that from my DSL, but I do when I am transferring files to the Apple to get burned to DVD. Every bit counts when you are transferring almost 5 gigs.

The extra bonus is that those USB 2.0 wireless network cards also work in old USB ports. It just averages a little slower speed for the network. So, my old laptop can use the cards and surf the web at super great speeds all over the house.

Life is grand when there are less wires around!

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Friday, April 08, 2005

More Geek Stuff

found on the web...

A Good Programmer vs. A Good CEO

Three programmers without a CEO can create a video game that generates millions of dollars of income. What can three CEOs create without a programmer?

::what is less clear to me is which is more expensive, a bad programmer or a bad CEO?

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Thursday, April 07, 2005

Geek Stuff

I was looking something up yesterday and came across this site, where I read entries like this one, which led me to read tons of other entries. That is the danger of Wikis. If you like to read about a topic (in this case programming), a Wiki is a dangerous place to go, because every other word is defined and discussed and if you are not careful, you can lose hours.

I did find some very good nuggets on there, though. Like this saying - "When I eat a bowl of plain rice while smelling my neighbor's broiled duck, I eat a feast fit for a king." -- Chinese saying (paraphrased)

Or this dandy from Dilbert from this entry about PointyHairedBoss:
Dilbert: I discovered a hole in our Internet security.
PointyHairedBoss: What?!! Good grief, man! How could you put a hole in our Internet?
Dilbert: I didn't _put_ it there. I _found_ it... And it's not...
PointyHairedBoss: It's your job to fix that hole. I want you to work 24-7!
Dilbert: Actually, that's _not_ my job. But I'll inform our network management group.
PointyHairedBoss: PASSING THE BUCK! YOU'RE A BUCK PASSER!
Dilbert: Forget it! There's no hole! It got better.
PointyHairedBoss: That's more like it.
PointyHairedBoss (thinking to himself): I fixed the Internet.


Or this, from this entry about Unconscious Competence:
This topic is very Taoist - in particular, the concept of Te, the "natural" virtue in things and people. Here is Chuang-Tzu talking about UnconsciousCompetence (tr. H.A. Giles - ASIN 0404569153):

"Ch'ui the artisan could draw circles with his hand better than with compasses. His fingers seemed to accommodate themselves so naturally to the thing he was working at, that it was unnecessary to fix his attention. His mental faculties thus remained one, and suffered no hindrance."

This is the feeling I get when a programming project is going really well!


If you are a programming geek and you follow my links, I hope that you lose yourself for at least as long as I did so I don't feel so bad.

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At 4/07/2005 10:05 AM, Blogger Trinity13 said...

Sorry, I guess I am just not geek enough. The site held my attention for about 30 seconds.

 
At 4/07/2005 10:44 AM, Blogger loelsh said...

Hey, trin, at least you were interested enough to make it to the site. That's more than I can say for myself. lol.

 
At 4/07/2005 12:39 PM, Blogger Trinity13 said...

Heehee!

 
At 4/07/2005 11:50 PM, Blogger ghraper said...

Wiki...Wiki Wild...Wiki Wild Wild Web!

 

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Wednesday, April 06, 2005

The Twenty and the One

A well-worn one dollar bill and a similarly distressed twenty dollar bill arrived at a Federal Reserve Bank to be retired. As they moved along the conveyor belt to be burned, they struck up a conversation.

The twenty dollar bill reminisced about its travels all over the county. "I've had a pretty good life," the twenty proclaimed. "Why I've been to Las Vegas and Atlantic City, the finest restaurants in New York, performances on Broadway, and even a cruise to the Caribbean.""Wow!" said the one dollar bill. "You've really had an exciting life!"

"So tell me," says the twenty, "where have you been throughout your lifetime?"

The one dollar bill replies, "Oh, I've been to the Methodist Church, the Baptist Church, the Lutheran Church ..."

The twenty dollar bill interrupts, "What's a church?"

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At 4/07/2005 11:46 PM, Blogger ghraper said...

Good "one"!

 

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Tuesday, April 05, 2005

New Schedule

Okay. I've got a new schedule now for school. My original schedule was to be English 110 from 5:30-7:18 Tues and Thurs and Math 152 from 7:30-9:48 Tues and Thurs. Then, I switched it so that I had Poly Sci on Mon and Wed because of a schedule change.

Now, I've got more clarification on my schedule and I am going to Women's Studies 215 - Reading Women Writers back in that 5:30-7:18 Tues and Thurs timeslot. Here is the course description:

This introduction to women's literature will focus on autobiographical writings by women writers across different cultures. How do women writers across cultures construct their own identities through the lens of autobiography? How do they situate their personal experiences within historical, social, and cultural contexts of race, gender, class, and sexuality? How do their writings differ from each other with the writers' different ethnic backgrounds or nationalities? Are there any common grounds in these writings? By reading, researching, and discussing the literature, students will gain an understanding of how autobiographical writings communicate thought-provoking messages when examined globally.

My man Chad said that he really enjoyed his Women's Studies classes and I feel that I have a good understanding of what to expect.

This class is going to challenge me because it is the first college course that I have to turn in papers for. In fact, 60% of my grade comes from a 7-8 page paper that I have to write at the end of the course.

Here's to growth!

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At 4/05/2005 11:56 PM, Blogger loelsh said...

Awe, too bad drifter isn't around any more to comment on your "here's to growth" comment.

 
At 4/06/2005 9:42 AM, Blogger Chad said...

I hope you enjoy Women Studies. I took 210, which is more of a history course than a writing course.

College writing is not what one is used to. If you want to send me your drafts, I will be happy to help you out.

How many hours are you taking? My count seems like you are at 15.

 
At 4/06/2005 5:00 PM, Blogger Guru said...

I'm at 10 hours. You are probably counting that PolySci course still and I dropped that to lessen the number of days that I attend school.

With the move and everything else, the kids really need to see me around the house more.

 

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Monday, April 04, 2005

Weigh-In

Well, nothing to report here.

I weighed in at 252, same as last week, down 40 overall. It could have been 251.5, but I have an analog scale and I just go for what is closest to the needle. So, I've gotta get my bottom in gear to drop the lbs as much as I can.

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New Car

I know that right here I had originally talked about posting pictures of my new car on Sunday, but I never got around to taking any until today. So here is my car.

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I know what you are thinking... "Dude, that looks like a station wagon!" You would be right. It is a wagon. 2003 Ford Focus Wagon. My old co-workers would say that it is a girlie car. But, there is a more accurate description. It is a family man's car. Better yet, it is a cheap, gas-efficient, family man's car.

I have 3 kids and whatever I got had to be able to transport them all in a pinch (which I have already tested successfully), as well as get me to and from work economically. I don't know my exact miles/gallon yet, but it is at least as good, probably better, than my old car.

I'll tell you what my favorite part is, though. The radio (shown below). It has the capability to play MP3 CDs, which means that I can put over 10 hours of music on one CD to listen to in my car. No more CD swapping, just surf to the right folder, and off I go! It is my favorite feature.

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Though it is no chick magnet, it suits my needs, and I like it.

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Sunday, April 03, 2005

Eatin' at Fudds

We had lunch today at Fuddrucker's. We needed to get out of our house because the power was out (it ended up being out from 11:30 until 5:30!). But, it gave us a chance to get out and have some fun family time.

If you have been to Fuddrucker's, you know that they have games and things for the family to play. Our girls had a great time pretending to play the race car games. And in between demos of the game, they would "fill up" their cars using the guns in the shoot-em-up game right beside them. Check them out. (Sorry for the quality - camera phone.)

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They had so much fun that my son wanted to "drive", too.

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I had their Turkey Burger and it was very yummy. The best part of their sandwiches are the buns. MAN, they are good. I wish I wasn't dieting or I would eat 7 or 8 of them, I swear.

If you have a Fudd's nearby, I definitely recommend them for some fabulous family dining.

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At 4/04/2005 12:03 AM, Blogger Trinity13 said...

Isn't Rudd's kind of expensive?

Btw, I also had a turkey burger today. It was really good! It was my first one too! It was served with lettuce in a wheat tortilla. Yummy!

 
At 4/04/2005 7:13 AM, Blogger Guru said...

Not horribly so. Our whole family ate for $23.85 and there is no tip to give there, so it ran a bit more than a McDonald's trip, but less than any other restaurant.

That wasn't my first turkey burger, though. Aside from having had them many times growing up, we actually have a box of frozen turkey burgers in the freezer right now. They are yum-tastic.

 

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Saturday, April 02, 2005

Long, Busy Day

I just now got home (at 11:20 pm) and I have been up and busy since 6 am. I am beat. But, I got a lot done today, so I feel like the day was worth it. Here's what I did.

1. Did my taxes. Late, I know, but now they are done.
2. Bought a new car for me (pictures coming probably tomorrow).
3. Bought a new car for my wife (no, we aren't big ballers, there is a rational explanation that I'm probably not going to share).
4. Did my brother-in-law's taxes.
5. Returned a relative's car that we were borrowing.
6. Writing this blog...

If you factor in the time that it takes to do each of those things, you can plainly see that I have been a busy boy. Stay tuned for pics of the new ride. Remember daylight savings time "Springs Ahead" tonight/tomorrow at 2 am. I'm off to bed now - I've earned a little nappy.

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Friday, April 01, 2005

Water Found on Mars

This is unbelievable. Photographic evidence.

From NASA's website.

Thanks, Sahil.

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