Thursday, March 31, 2005


Movie plug and my listening habits

I'm in the office's late, but I can't get away. I keep thinking of things and I keep getting distracted because I love my XM radio...right now I am listening to Classic Supreme Court Arguments. I'm listening to the 1993(I think) Supreme Court case regarding the chokehold injunction. It is always fascinating to listen to the oral arguments before the Supreme Court. In any case, many people find out I listen to C-Span and they look at me suspiciously...rightly so.

Anyway, I was on the phone with Marie earlier. She had just seen the movie Cursed and commented it was a "stupid werewolf movie." This got me to thinking about one of my favorite werewolf series of movies, the Ginger Snaps series (3 movies total). Here are some quotes courtesy of IMDB to get you all out to rent this brilliant series.

Ginger: The fuck, Bee. This is your idea. If you don't like your ideas, stop having them.

[while burying girl under the shed]
Ginger: Think she's pretty?
Brigitte: If I wasn't here would you eat her?

Ginger: You swore we'd go together, one way or another.
Brigitte: When we were eight.

Ginger: I get this ache... And I, I thought it was for sex, but it's to tear everything to fucking pieces.

Ginger: [Playing with a kitchen knife] Wrists are for girls. I'm slitting my throat.

Ginger: I said I'd die for you!
Brigitte: No. You said you'd die with me. Cause you had nothing better to do.

Brigitte: [suicide note] No comment.

Written on psychologist's notepad after Brigitte explains her lycanthropic transformation: Lesbian?

There ya go. Not really anything new...but you guys should check out Ginger Snaps and Ginger Snaps: Unleashed

Friday, March 25, 2005


I looked at Slate for the first time in awhile today

Hi everyone. It's just past 8 on a Friday, I'm still in the office and I'm a little tired and getting ready to go, so what do I do? I start pulling up websites I haven't read in awhile. I could be doing that at home, but for some reason I just like my office when I'm all by myself. I have my XM radio on and other than things getting a little warm, I'm comfortable.

Okay, so anyway, here is something I ran across. I haven't read slate in awhile, but here is a piece Landsburg wrote on Social Security that is pretty interesting.

"Now (and I am indebted to my colleague Alan Stockman for driving this point forcefully home), there is probably very little we can do right now in terms of deciding who gets what in the year 2020. That's because any decisions we make are subject to reversal through the political process. In 2020, old people either will or will not have the political clout to claim a bigger share of the pie. If they have that clout, they'll use it, and if not, not. And they won't be bound by anything we decided to do back in 2005."

First good point. Regardless of what we decide today, the old geezers are probably going to screw us when we get there. Don't take this the wrong way, but the only way to insure that they don't screw us is to start executing people when they turn a certain age...let's say 65. Then social security isn't a problem at all. In any case, that isn't Landsburg's point, but I think it is an important one that isn't considered too much. There is good reason not to consider it though. We can't not act because we expect to get screwed in the future...we have to try and find a way to make it so the old geezers don't feel the need to screw us. Hence Landsburg comes down on the side of the private accounts. Read the article here for his explanation.

'Kay...I'm done today

Thursday, March 24, 2005


Fischer again

Hi again. One more story. Fischer is now in Iceland. Can I just say, screw Iceland. Story here.

"The United States is an illegitimate country...just like the bandit state of Israel - the Jews have no right to be there, it belongs to the Palestinians," said Fischer, whose mother was Jewish.
"That country, the United States, belongs to the red man, the American Indian...It's actually a shame to be a so-called American because everybody living there invader."

Okay...there is so much here I don't know where to start. One thing I'd like to ask, who the hell refers to American Indians or Native Americans as "the red man" anymore?

Also, the Israeli's did not invade the land they occupy. It belonged to England and was given to them. You might argue that England "took" it from someone, but that doesn't make the Jews living in Israel bandits or invaders.

Everyone living here is an invader huh? That's a bit like saying everyone living here is a slaveowner. Just because a subgroup of people at time A engage in an action does not translate into their offspring being responsible for all of their actions.

I really don't know why I'm dignifying his rants with any response at all, but I think it is important to note that talent in one area, even general intelligence, or IQ do not correlate with reasonableness or common sense.

Anyway, home for the night...catch ya all later.


Random stuff...trying to post some more

Okay, I'm sorry, but this AP story is just funny. "ALBION, N.Y. -- When Diane Viza got into an argument with her son over whether she was sober, she drove to the local police station asked to take a sobriety test. That turned out to be a bad idea. " Yes, you can see where this is going. She failed the test and got a DUI. No, drunk driving isn't funny, but this is.

This story proves you shouldn't threaten to audit someone if you aren't actually an auditor. "He pulled out an official-looking but phony IRS business card that he had made after downloading the agency's logo from the Internet. It identified him as a senior auditor. Then he asked pointedly if the officers had been audited lately, and insinuated that he would audit them if they cited him. " Also, I know a thing or two about government work, and even if you have the ability to audit someone, most people wouldn't risk losing the decent pay and pleasant working conditions that they would lose if found out simply to avoid a $600 fine.

I think this story is ironic in light of this quote: "When there are lines to be drawn, we must and will be the ones to do it," he said. "Not outside actors. Not politicians, not pressure groups, not the media. Ours is and must remain a system of self-government."

Why do I find that funny? Let's say this quote wasn't talking about universities and was referring to the United States of America not allowing foreign governments, the U.N., and the media to dictate how they behave. Wait, that was/is the position of many in the Bush administration and elsewhere and it is exactly that position that gets so much derision by people like the professors at Columbia who are being accused of intimidating Jewish students who disagree with the Pro-Palestinian professors. Just a random thought.

Finally, for those who read Krugman's piece on the $600 million dollar figure with regards to Social Security and Lieberman, I feel duty bound to point out Lieberman apparently wrote a letter to the editor taking Krugman to task on his allegations. Here is the link. If you scroll down a bit further you can read Krugman's article that he is responding to. I might also add, that Krugman is clearly wrong on this count, though Lieberman, and the Bush administration are probably overstating the estimate as well. The 600 billion figure is a nominal figure, it is not necessarily an increase in real terms. Andrew over at Voxbaby gives a more thorough explanation of the distinction and the numbers here.

Did I say finally? Okay, one last one. Over at Cafe Hayek there is this post on the Georgetown University hunger strike and the question, why is the employer the person who is expected to be charitable and pay above market wages rather than the church or the students or just about anyone else to just give them the money outright? As always, he's more literate than me so read his post not mine.

Okay...that's it for now.

Monday, March 21, 2005


Hi again...i'm not dead yet

The sexy Irish sweetheart I met last weekend has not called me back. I'm not going to get down about it though. What I have decided to avoid after this weekend though is the bar scene. I need a place where I have room to dance and the willingness of the women to dance with me. I don't always get the latter, but at least I have the former at a dance club. The bar was crowded and not much to speak of. I did however have my first tequila sunrise which was great. Tequila is my friend.

This coming weekend is going to be an excursion into the world of karaoke with Jay. I'm going to be drinking heavily, but I will prove to him that I am not a menace to myself or others when drunk. Unless you count the fact that I fully intend to get him on stage to sing Total Eclipse of the Heart with me. I'm looking for suggestions of other songs he and I might be able to perform a duet on. Bear in mind, neither one of us has any singing ability but then again, that's why they serve alcohol at places like this.

Okay so I haven't done the interesting stories links lately. Well, time to take care of that...

Germany has high unemployment rates, so why is a guy who is helping people get work getting such grief? Story here.

Abstinence pledge doesn't affect STD rates. Story here.

Low sugar cereals aren't really any better for you. Very brief story here.

Via Newmark's door, this story is depressingly funny. You have to love this intro "TORONTO - A letter from the Moncton Hospital to a New Brunswick heart patient in need of an electrocardiogram said the appointment would be in three months. It added: "If the person named on this computer-generated letter is deceased, please accept our sincere apologies."

Diamond wedding rings through sheer force of marketing seem to be making the way into China's culture. Interesting story, but I can't help but think that the story being missed is the increasing bargainning power women are beginning to gain in China. It isn't men who are pushing for diamond engagement rings, regardless of the advertising that is done.

Okay...enough of all that. Now a few quotes to round out my post for the day.

"Death is not evil, for it frees man from all ills and takes away his desires along with desire's rewards. Old age is the supreme evil, for it deprives man of all pleasures while allowing his appetites to remain, and it brings with it every possible sorrow. Yet men fear death and desire old age."

Giacomo Leopardi

"Real misanthropes are not found in solitude, but in the world; since it is experience of life, and not philosophy, which produces real hatred of mankind."

Giacomo Leopardi

"True love makes the thought of death frequent, easy, without terrors; it merely becomes the standard of comparison, the price one would pay for many things."


This one is for Matt:

"I think the mistake a lot of us make is thinking the state-appointed shrink is our friend."
Jack Handy

"If I ever get real rich, I hope I'm not real mean to poor people, like I am now."
Jack Handy

"I feel sorry for people who don't drink, because when they wake up in the morning, that's the best they're gonna feel all day." - Dean Martin

"Always do sober what you said you'd do drunk. That will teach you to keep your mouth shut." -- Ernest Hemingway

"I spent a lot of my money on booze, birds and fast cars. The rest I just squandered." -- George Best

"There are better things in life than alcohol, but alcohol makes up for not having them." -- Terry Pratchett

Okay...that's it for today. Peace out.

Sunday, March 13, 2005


Finally, an update

Wow, it has been awhile. It's mainly been because I have shed my former facade of dullness for a happening party going lifestyle that many think I should have experienced and gotten over years ago. I didn't party when I was in college...I worked nonstop and went to school...that was it. Then I worked 80 - 100 hours a week professionally...this is the first time in my life I've had the time to party and now people look at me like I'm some sort of freak. It really is annoying.

I spent a week in Madison. I was bright and alert during the day, usually the first one into the conference room. At night I went out and hit the bars and approached the women of the town and drank like a fish. I was responsible and together and yet I got the distinct impression my coworkers were looking down on me in some way. Paranoia perhaps, but I felt it. Anyway, I had a good time. I hit on many women, too many to count and made an impression I think that will stand the test of time.

All of my reports I was going to make about Madison though, pale in comparison to my news about this weekend and my night out on Saturday. My night was almost a complete bust, until an hour before closing when a sweet Russian blonde girl grabbed me by the arm and introduced me to a complete stranger as her cousin Vladamir. He did not believe this, but I persisted. He asked what I do for a living and I told supposed cousin, more than a little drunk I think, responded "Really?" thus putting an end to the charade. I moved in though and blocked him out so he walked away. The Russian girl's friend was very attractive, and I flirted a little, considering the fact that I was drunk I think I did fairly well and her friends seemed to like me quite a bit. She lives in Chicago, but I go there a bit. I don't know if we will click when we speak and are both sober, but I hope so, because she was really cool.

Anyway...good mood will last until Thursday I'm guessing. Talk to you again then.

Saturday, March 12, 2005


I've been in Madison

I was in Madison, WI most of last week. Wow...was that an experience. My coworkers pretty much hate me or think me insane. It is an interesting feeling, but maybe I'm just being paranoid as this personality disorder test shows how screwed up I am...I hope to find the time tomorrow to give you a full report when I'm avoiding working in the office.

Paranoid:Very High
Borderline:Very High
Histrionic:Very High
Narcissistic:Very High
Dependent:Very High

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