Thursday, July 31, 2003 :::
I Have Some Really Good Ideas For Posts, But I Can't Find Time To Write Them All Down.
Don't like it?
You'll have to live with it until I can get things a little more organized.
That is all.
::: posted by Sedgewick at 8:01 PM
Wednesday, July 16, 2003 :::
I Had a Caffeine Headache Before 8:00 This Morning
The title says it all. I had to get up early to take my sister to her government class (she's taking it now to get it out of the way), and since I didn't get enough sleep last night, I had to drink paint thin--excuse me, tea* so I didn't kill us by pulling into traffic or falling asleep at the wheel. As my sister put it yesterday, better to be overly cautious than totally dead.
Why is it that some people seem to think that being in a turn lane means they don't have to signal? I hate it when people do that, because a lot of times it's not that obvious whether they're planning to turn, or whether they just aren't paying attention and plan to go straight. Then again, I'm the type that signals intent to turn while cruising the aisles, looking for a parking space, so maybe I'm just anal. But I think I'm right on this one.
Morning show DJs are funny. Just thought I'd throw that out there.
It struck me as I was coming home that blogging (with comments) is kind of like hosting a call-in show on the radio. Especially if one's blog is politically oriented, like LGF. Blogging without comments (or without a highly motivating topic) is more like hosting regular radio, where people call in occasionally, but mostly the DJ just has to guess how many people are listening by keeping an eye on the advertising stats. And blogging without comments or a hit counter is just plain pathetic. It's like being one of those wannabe DJs who broadcasts out of his basement on a ham radio and pretends he's the real thing.
Hey, I depressed myself before nine o'clock. I think that's a new record for me.
I wore flip-flops this morning because I didn't want to bother with socks, and the lawn was wet. It was really cold, but at least my feet are clean.
That's quite enough rambling for one sitting. I'll think I'll go back to bed.
*Don't get me wrong, I love tea. I just like it strong enough to strip furniture.
::: posted by Sedgewick at 8:48 AM
Tuesday, July 15, 2003 :::
Check out this video, via Emperor Misha I. Turn up your speakers before you watch it, though.
::: posted by Sedgewick at 11:21 AM
Reports of My Demise Have been Greatly Exaggerated
Wow, it's been a while. I hardly ever posted to begin with, but I think three months is the longest I've ever gone between posts. Going home for the summer and being forced to switch from DSL to a 56k modem on my parent's computer will do that to you. If any of the Loyal Citizens are reading this, the Minister of Compassion says hello. (I can't find anyplace to access AIM, and my parents won't get it.) Ah, me. Such is the life of an explorer.
I think one of the most frustrating things about deciding to seriously blog is just trying to come up with enough decent content to make visiting the site worthwhile. Of course, since I don't know how to make a blogroll, I don't think I'm getting any traffic anyway. I don't even have a site counter (how pathetic is that).
Maybe I'll start publishing installments of my novel online. If someone stumbles across it and likes what they see, they could tell other people, and maybe I could have one of my comp-sci major friends help me with the site, and I could expand a little, and then someday--dare I say it? Yes! Rule the world! Mwahahahahaha!
Yes, well. I also plan to let my sisters contribute. They could write out what they want to say, and then I could enter it in their names. It could work.
Righto, then. I'm going to sign off now; I'm in the computer lab at the public library, and there's a dirty old man in here who's looking a amateur porn, so I'm going to clear out and blog again later. TTFN and all that rot.
::: posted by Sedgewick at 11:01 AM
Thursday, May 01, 2003 :::
Apparently, there have been several suspected reinfected or relapsed SARS patients in Hong Kong. Drudge Report suggests that the virus may have mutated, which just reminds me of The Andromeda Strain.
COP OUT! COOOOOOOOOP OUT!
::: posted by Sedgewick at 6:01 AM
It's 5:18 in the frappin' morning, and I still haven't gotten any sleep.
The title pretty much says it all. I was up 'til two studying (would've gone to bed sooner, but I had to shower) and I finally lay down at two-thirty and got all nice and cozy and sleepy. Except for the sleepy part. I wasn't sleepy at all. My mind was, sure. It said, "Hey, body! You need to sleep!" My body replied, "Yes, I know, but I just can't seem to relax! Gee, that's a shame," it continued, "since you have a final at nine-forty-five this morning. Maybe you can sleep afterwards." Yeah, and maybe you can go to
Helsinki, which I hear is lovely this time of year. Actually, I made that up. I have no idea what Helsinki is like at the end of April/beginning of May. My guess: cold. I suppose if you've lived in Finland all your life it's really not that bad, but guess what? I'm not from Finland! I'm from Indiana! And Indiana, as we Hoosiers know, is a land of wonderful meteorological extremes. For instance, in January and February, it's not unusual for temperatures to dip below the twenty-degree mark (sometimes even lower!) for weeks on end. It is during these times that our winter refuses to vindicate itself with snow. Then we have about three weeks of nasty cold rainy weather when the trees start to leaf out again, three weeks of perfect weather in the springtime (that's where we are right now), three weeks of weather that's juuuuuuuust warm enough to be called summer instead of spring (that's early June), and then WHAMMO! Say hello to July, my friends, because it is here to stay and it's not. ever. going. to. leave. These eighty-five degree days with ninety percent humidity stick around for about two years, before peaking in August and finally cooling down a bit in September which, oddly enough, decides to tease us with the beginnings of fall foliage while hapless college students are begging the health center for assisted suicide to escape the wretched, un-air-conditioned dorms. Then, three weeks of crisp fall air and beautiful leaves, three weeks when it begins to hint that hey, we're tilting away from the sun again, and then the next thing you know, we're in December, which tries to make up for all the Christmas decorations by acting all tough and pretending it's January. More like January's annoying kid brother, you know, the one who steals your army men and then gets you in trouble when your mom steps on them the next day. December tricks us into thinking that this is the worst it's gonna get: a snowstorm here, a quick dip below freezing there, and then all of a sudden, like your cousin at a reunion, January comes up behind you and puts its freezing cold can of root beer on the back of your neck, and the cycle begins again. Only this time around, it just seems longer.
If I ever decide to post at five-thirty in the morning after a night of no sleep, shoot me. Just, shoot me. You won't even have to use a gun; I think a strategically-aimed rubber band would take me out in this state.
::: posted by Sedgewick at 5:25 AM
Wednesday, April 30, 2003 :::
People Annoy Me
Just thought I'd throw that out there.
::: posted by Sedgewick at 11:39 PM
A Small Rant About Guns and the Gun-Fearing Wussies(tm)
I took an online survey to find out if I was conservative or liberal (as if I needed telling). Anyway, one of the questions asked how I think violent crime could best be reduced. The choices: a) stricter gun control, or b) stricter punishments for crimes commited with guns. There was absolutely no mention of putting more guns in the hands of the citizens, even though it's been shown time and time again that violent crimes, and crime rates in general, go down, down, down when the citizens are allowed to carry concealed firearms with relative freedom. After all, let's face it: who's more likely to get mugged: Granny Isobella, or Granny Isobella who might be packin' one of these?
::: posted by Sedgewick at 11:38 PM
Tuesday, April 29, 2003 :::
Public Service Announcement
Bill Whittle has a new essay, called VICTORY. Once again, I am humbled by his prowess as a writer to evoke emotion and thought in his readers. Go read it, or I'll come to your house and beat you with sticks. Chances are, if you're reading this, I know where you live 'cause I live there too (Hi Livingstone! Hi Frogpop! I'm coming home on Friday!).
We now return you to your regularly scheduled programming.
::: posted by Sedgewick at 11:40 AM
Today is Holocaust Rememberance Day.
Pray for the peace of Jerusalem.
::: posted by Sedgewick at 11:27 AM
Thursday, April 10, 2003 :::
The headlines on Yahoo! as of 5:41 Thursday, April 10th:
Baghdad Suicide Attack Injures 4 Marines. Beast-turd.
U.S. Targets Last Iraqi Forces in North. Bet Turkey's banging its collective head against a wall right now.
Syria Calls for End to 'Occupation' of Iraq. Not likely. But if it gets your minds of Israel for a while, I'm willing to put up with your whining.
Thousands Back Iraq War Near Ground Zero. It's a beautiful thing.
Baseball Hall Cancels 'Bull Durham' Event Due to Anti-War Views. Okay, does anyone even care about Susan Sarandon anymore? 'Cause I sure don't. Never did, prolly never will.
CEOs See Slow U.S. Economic Growth in 2003. Toothless granny voice: "Heh! This ain't nothing compared to the crash o' Twenty-nine! Now sheddup and eat yer vittles!"
Group Lists Most Endangered Rivers, Blames Water Overuse. Nothing really to say about this one.
Haiti Officially Sanctions Voodoo. This is a very, very, very, very, very Bad Thing.
On the upside, it's warming up where I am. That's a Good Thing, I suppose.
::: posted by Sedgewick at 5:53 PM