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Month: July 2005

Master of The Senate

I am current reading Master of the Senate, by Robert Caro. Pulitzer Prizing Winning Biography on Lyndon Johnson. Caro also wrote two other books on Johnson and one book, The Power Broker, also winner of the Pulitzer. 4 books in thirty years and two of them won the Pulitzer. Not bad, eh? Lesson, slow and steady wins the race? Anyway, the first hundred pages of Master of the Senate are actually a good (but brief) history of the Senate as an institution. Why it was created, how it grew and changed, how the other branches of government have dealt with…

Energy Bill Blows

The House of Representatives by a wide margin approved a mammoth energy plan for the nation Thursday that sends billions of dollars in tax breaks and subsidies to energy companies, but is expected to do little to reduce U.S. oil consumption or dampen high energy prices. – MSNBC This bill will give huge tax breaks to already profitable companies. They will get a free ride, while our rides, our cars will pay the bill. I read alot of History books and if there is one thing I am certain, it is that the powerful forces in this world will always…

Air is Not Good Patrick!

In a SpongeBob Squarepants Episode, where SpongeBob meets Sandy, there is a scene where Sandy invites SpongeBob into her Air Dome. She mentions something about air. So SpongeBob asks his friend Patrick Star what it means. Patrick says, “It means she is stuck up. She puts on Airs. You can fit in, just lift your pinky finger in the air when you drink something.” Anyway, SpongeBob goes in and, all the sudden, starts to dry out. He starts to get stressed, which turns into full panic. He screams, “Air is Not Good Patrick! Air is Not Good!” This scene sticks…

Working Out

Since moving to San Mateo, I have adopted a new regiment of exercise. First off, I bike to work. 2.5 miles each way. This saves us the cost of a second car/gas/insurance, plus I am helping the environment. And the exercise is good for me too. Second, we have decided to try to do our own gardening. This weekend, I mowed my first lawn. We do not have a big lawn, but it took a long time. The growth was exactly 3 weeks and the blades of grass seemed to be upwards of 18 inches. I purchased this electric lawn…

Blogblock

Some days there is so much stuff in your head that you can not effectively blog. Blogging requires picking out some detail and focusing on it. Right now my head is filled with stuff I need to do, open source software pros and cons and topped off with a difficult day of interactive programming. Sometimes I feel like a perfectionist. I want things to be flawless. Something Katie said struck a chord with me and is making me paranoid. Portion of a poem by Robert Burns, To a Louse. O, wad some Power the giftie gie us To see oursels…

Stuff to do

Buy a TV. Costco had some good deals. I think we want a 40-50 inch thin profile (but not hang on the wall thin) LCD HDTV. Then of course we need a stand to put it on which will have our components. I need to decide whether or not to scrap the surround sound. It’s nice, but all the wires and stuff are annoying to manage. I could just stick the TV speakers. Buy a computer. I need to have a computer for me to play with. I want to install the 64-bit of Windows XP. And then Longhorn when…

Finally!

Finally Finally Finally! I have internet access again! Commadot and Kokopop are back live. Woo Hoo! So much has happened in the last couple of weeks. We moved. Matthew is walking. Jared is potty trained. Nana visited. Google mapped the moon. (Easter Egg: zoom ALL the way in.) The most exciting thing is that Jared is finally potty trained. Now, I only have to change one diaper. I still have to wipe Jared’s butt when he is done on the potty, but it is a step in the right direction. Maybe one day, my hands will be feces free! We…

Moving Part I

Moving has been pretty stressful. We are still half in boxes and we can’t find a bunch of our stuff. The DSL (as of this writing) is not working yet. If the house was a software product we would say it has many bugs. Bath doesn’t drain properly. Kids tub doesn’t get hot water. Water pressure is worse than at Jim and Pennys. (Ok not quite that bad). Shelvs are missing. Broken glass in a few spots. Overall, buggy software. HOWEVER! It is really a nice house. Lots of sunshine and yet also lots of shade. The grass will be…

Moving Day

Its 6:30am on moving day. The quiet before the storm. I am excited, but the funny thing on my mind is Keyboards, Laptops and Televisions. Keyboards. My co-workers say that I type too loud. I “attack” the keyboard. I think it is just the Microsoft Natural Pro keyboard I am using. I need to find a quieter keyboard. I will let you know what I end up with. Suggestions are useful but it MUST be ergonomic. No flat keyboards. Laptops. We are scaling back the office and giving Ethan the main computer. So I need to have a primary computer…