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|Tuesday, June 26th, 2007|
New term from this article
: Occam's Butterknife.
Occam's Butterknife: The logical fallacy the the most convoluted argument wins.
I was looking over the wikipedia articles on logical fallacies, and while I think it's related to a few already defined fallacies, I can think of one it directly
|Tuesday, June 12th, 2007|
This is kind of a pre-post, just to put down some topics I want to write about just to get them out. Some things that are chasing around in my head that I haven't been able to get a better understanding of.
* Firm Foundation economics : My position that a government's responsibility to the economy is to create a predictable environment for business - a firm foundation. It is based in the hypothesis that, while natural bubbles and depressions can occur when new industries emerge, the majority of economic crises in the modern era have been caused by government credit and/or currency practices. To me it seems a fundamental outgrowth of the rule of law principals.
* Power infrastructure : Though conservation is important, and waste of resources is something that should be discouraged, power drives technology. Technology is fundamental to economic growth and therefore an integral part of the prosperity and standard of living we hope that all people can live in. The ways that we generate, transport and store electrical and mechanical energy are at the core of our lives and the lives for generations.
* Rapid Urbanization : It seems to me that the tools and methodology to provide modern sanitation, power and transportation to cities of the developing world is not a major concern of the civil engineering profession. This requires a great deal of investigation, I don't have much of an idea where to start, but the solutions should be fascinating.
Just in case you haven't guessed by now, my super power is to be able to bore anyone out of their skull. My plan for world domination is actually to perfect an amplification/transmission platform, and hold the world's TV viewing, instant gratification populace hostage, without effecting productivity -- I keep telling people I'm an evil genius, they always laugh! They'll rue the day!... eh hem... sorry I was practicing my monologuing last night.
|Saturday, February 24th, 2007|
|Curses Foiled again!
So my sofa must be left to the vultures of Craig's list. Those bargain hunting philistines (firefox seems to think I spelled that right on the first try wohoo!) won't love and appreciate it like I would have, but it is not to be.
I have been undone by another house malevolently built to small to accommodate and 8 foot sofa on any floor but the first. I think they we're planning it from the day they started building the house over 115 years ago, back then they put more planning into their practical jokes.
The story of this sofa is filled with heartache, my little black one, but heartache just the same.
Lo, 3 or 4 years ago, my brother and dis't traveled to the discount furniture place going out of business. And upon searching high and low we did find a coffee table of solid wood with glass inserts and a sofa of sufficient size and comfort to have 3 6' males comfortably, or have one lie down without having to elevate head nor foot. This sofa was sturdy and had built in back cushions, thereby removing any slippage problems, and it was in an excellent forest green, both masculine and easy to match. It, in short, would be the Perfect Living Room Sofa. Both items were purchased for the sum of $400 dollars, and I left intoxicated by the heady perfume of adulthood, having just bought something to hold my ass that did not come as hand me downs or from Ikea.
It was then delivered in a somewhat timely fashion to my house, where we had not yet cleared out the old sofa. So I had the guys leave it in the upstairs front room, which acted as a glorified hallway to the bedrooms, where it would not be used. During this time, it was once slept on by me, as I allowed a damsel in distress sleep in my bed as I in turn slept on the Perfect Living Room Sofa.
About 2 years later my dear brother moved west in a covered wagon, or a u-haul, the memory is fuzzy. We then tried to move the sofa downstairs. After removing all the hardware, cushions and other such and moving it with great effort through two doorways, we came to The Back Steps of DOOM! My bother and I, both young and strapping lads, were prepared for this. But after much heaving, rotating and cursing we found that The Back Steps of DOOM! to be too narrow.
Knowing that I was blessed with the Perfect Living Room Sofa, we put it back into its purgatory in the front room. Over a year later, it was time for me to move my stuff to Boston. I divested myself of many things, but not the Perfect Living Room Sofa. So 3 weeks ago my friend Jon and I moved the Perfect Living Room Sofa into a moving van for the trek to the wilds of the great north east.
Once we arrived, we knew that my things would be stored in a storage area not far from the new place, because of tenant logistical issues. Unfortunately, there were no storage areas that would allow for an 8 foot sofa to be manipulated into it. So we left it on the porch of the new place until it could be moved into my new place.
Today we tried it, and found the maneuvering room at the bottom of the steps wanting. So back on the porch it went, until some Craig's lister with a large truck and a larger set of doorways can adopt the poor unloved sofa.
has tempted me again to try it though the back porch using a block and tackle, but I feel that will lead to more back problems, and no sofa to rest them on.
ETA2 - The Revenge: edits for readability.
|Monday, January 22nd, 2007|
|Tuesday, January 16th, 2007|
I'd say the worst thing about job hunting this time around is that every listing I can find is for a head hunter. I don't know if it's Boston, or it the whole industry has gone this way, but it sucks.
I've been looking at positions where a headhunter is setting me up to interview as a consultant. That's 2 layers removed from the actual customer, and at least two non-technical people going over a resume before it ever gets to anyone who can realistically consider it. For job I didn't get, I interviewed with 4 people, and nobody gave me a real technical interview.
This week is the attack of the high travel/telecommute consulting positions. I hope something better comes up, I don't see this kind of thing working for me. Maybe it will, the constant change of scenery and people might keep me engaged. On the other hand, I'll have to learn to cope with the stress of constantly being in spin-up mode.
Maybe I'll poke Tufts and Harvard again, maybe they'd be interested with a little motivation. I'll try the first headhunter again, see if I can still interview for the job at the Federal Reserve Bank.
The kicker about it is that I've just landed in a position that I've got about a years worth of interesting and useful work to do. As luck would have it, I'll be quiting just as I get the place past the treading water stage.
|Saturday, October 21st, 2006|
|Update - cell issues
Thursday my cell's screen got busted. I can receive calls and voicemail, but I can't call out to any number I don't know.
My contract is up on 11-4 so all shall be resolved then, when I switch services, for Nextel is of the suck.
It turns out that even given that a) I own my phone b) there are 15 days left on my contract and c) my contract is paid in full, I cannot transfer my number to another provider without incurring a $200 penalty. Horray for corporate greed! Fuckers.
I'm given two options, 1) Wait until 11-4 an inconvinance my friends, co-workers, and myself or 2) Do it now and receive the loathsome $200 penalty, and take the fuckers to small claims court, lose but cost them more than $200. If it were just time I would likely go with option 2. Unfortunately it involves paperwork, and the likely outcome is that I pay $200 and fail to file the suit, therefore depriving me of satisfaction. Thus I reiterate - Fuckers.
This is by no means the of the same magantude as the corporate asshattery that larksdream
had to endure, I'm just letting people know that my phone is in a semi-functioning state until 11-4.
|Thursday, July 27th, 2006|
|Capital Fringe Fest
This week DC has been hosting the Capital Fringe Fest
. I'm teching one of the shows for the Landless Theatre
company. It's been really good, there's been a great turnout and there are a lot of really good shows.
Normally, this wouldn't prompt me to post. The fest has given me the opportunity to see some lighting designs and layouts. I've been filling in as a lighting designer for Landless over the last season. Turns out I'm not a bad of a hack as I thought. I should bone up on lights (or "instruments" as every pretentious theater person calls them) and repair, but it turns out that I actually know a little about what I'm doing. Having had the joy a a season of zero director feedback, I really had no idea.
|Thursday, June 22nd, 2006|
|Ode to the promise land of Boston
So I've come back from a trip from Boston this past weekend. I usually have fun in Boston, and just about every time I come back I consider moving. This time, half a dozen people told me I had to move. And if you can't trust the voices in your head, I ask you, who can you trust?( Would you like know more?Collapse )
|Thursday, June 8th, 2006|
|Friday, December 16th, 2005|
|9.0 on the SVA
Just in time for the holidays Cuthulu Carols
. That'll make you think twice about what's sliding down the chimney.
Also, I ran across somebody using the term "Free range Soylent Green". I can't decide if I should use it a) as an epithet, b) as a self-deprecating self reference, c) a cynical reference for all people, or d) as a reference to people with no discernible value. Oh the quandaries of a new witticism.
(on a completely unrelated note, is "that'll" a regional contraction? Like "'tother" (Montana if I remember correctly) or "y'all" (the south)?)
9 out of possible 10 on the Standard Villain Amusement scale.
|Thursday, August 18th, 2005|
|Thursday, May 12th, 2005|
In reference to this silly article
, from the slashdot comments:I sense a disturbance in the labor force. Its as if a million people all called in sick.
|Monday, May 9th, 2005|
I'm actually, amazingly, caught up at work! I have no earthly idea how this happened.
So now I'm like 5% of the way done with the mission to become a real life grown-up. I might make it before I'm 30! Ok, to be realistic: 80, a boy can dream right?
|Wednesday, April 20th, 2005|
is just funny. No Fen were injured in the production of this mocking.
9 out of a possible 10 on the Standard Villain Amusement scale.
|Friday, April 15th, 2005|
Gotta give it to this guy
. I hope his insurance company pays for his repairs as a publicity move, it would be the stand-up thing to do.
7.5 out of 10 on the Standard Villain Amusement scale.
|Wednesday, March 23rd, 2005|
|Sunday, March 13th, 2005|
So the week I got a three day weekend, because my current step-grandmother died. She was 96, and basically was waiting to die (she catholic, and couldn't expedite her demise, though I heard she considered it), so it wasn't horribly tragic or shocking.
The upshot being that I got a bonus day this weekend, so I've been reading and making futile efforts to clean the house. The problem with cleaning is purely parental. From my mother I am a cleaning perfectionist, and from my father I have learned to live in almost any squalor. So cleaning sucks, because I can never seem to get things the way I want, and usually it's easier to live with it.
But the whole reason for this post is a quote from Spider Robinson's latest book. It looks to be another rehash of his main themes, but has an interesting plot, at least according to the jacket. However, the quote is a great one: "I was planning my suicide... and ready to kill in self defense. No wonder humans own the planet."
Maybe, eventually I'll start listing the books I've read this year like some of larksdream
's friends, but today, I'd rather read books than post about them.
|Tuesday, March 1st, 2005|