Saturday, April 30, 2011

Totally Trendy Superfoods for the Inarticulate

I'm not a foodie in the slightest, but I am as interested in a good, nutritious meal as the new guy. Unfortunately, for non-food related reasons, I'm not really in the market for an article titled "5 Hot New Superfoods"

Superfoods. Stop there. Just looking at things from a vernacular perspective, what's with this urge to add "super" to all good things? I see writers doing this all the time these days, on TV shows, in articles, interviews, and I don't know why. We writers should resist the urge to make language less articulate. Why must it be "super-awesome" when "awesome" will do?

And a superfood? What the hell is that? I saw one ad for Quaker Oats bragging about its status as a superfood and I had to ask, if something as common as oatmeal is a superfood, does the term even have meaning?

"I don't eat food. I eat superfood." Gimme a break. I like oatmeal and yogurt and brocolli and brown rice, too.

Friday, April 29, 2011

Hard Drive Failure

One of my hard drives failed a few weeks ago. It was inevitable. Just as all living things will die, all hard drives will fail. Luckily for me, it was my data drive rather than the one with my operating system. Most of that stuff I had backed up, probably 90% of it, but I did lose the last six months or so of music I downloaded.

Note to self: Back-up more frequently.

Since my back-up disc is my new data disc, I needed a new back-up disc. My plan: get two 500GB internal drives and an enclosure. It's not as convenient as an external drive, but I wanted to leave room for expansion.

So I bought two drives and an enclosure from Microcenter. The enclosure was a piece of shit and the drives didn't work. At first I thought it was because the enclosure was a piece of shit, but no...the drives were DOA.

I returned them the next day and got a damn external drive instead.

Thursday, April 28, 2011

A Few Things

1) Today was a genuinely beautiful day. I spent the morning working outside. My original plan was to sit on the back patio and read a book while drinking my morning coffee, but I kept getting distracted by all the unfinished jobs waiting for me. I put down the book and picked up a shovel.

2) While I was at the thrift store yesterday, the first chords of Elton's John's Bennie and the Jets started playing over the loudspeaker. A few seconds later, I heard a muffled voice singing in a perfect falsetto "Bennie! Bennie!" Note that the "Bennie!" part of that song does not occur in the first few bars.

3) In case you were wondering, yes, I am disappointed in the Nuggets playoff performance. Not so disappointed that the Knicks didn't make it either...

Read My Lips

When you're watching your paycheck disappear filling up at the gas pump, just remember...

We can't raise taxes on corporations because it will hurt the economy.

Let me just include this quote:
"Exxon Mobil, the largest American oil company, said net income rose 69 percent to $10.7 billion, or $2.14 a share, in the first three months of this year, from $6.3 billion, or $1.33 a share, in the same period last year."
69 percent!

Wednesday, April 27, 2011

Why I'm Sick of Politics

I don't support violence against women, but if someone wanted to punch this lady in the face, I wouldn't be too upset. Witness:
I never doubted that the president was born in Hawaii, and I fervently supported his election in 2008. But instead of releasing a complete birth certificate, to which he clearly had access, the White House pursued the same media strategy of the Clinton years: stonewalling on controversial issues by blaming questioners, leaving the country bitter and embroiled and wasting precious energy to do the nation's business. It is the president who squandered the nation's time, not so-called "birthers."
Oh fuck off, lady.

You know who I blame for the birther problem? Birthers.

Hell, my Uncle Jim called me today joking about how the one just released is a forgery. (Clue #1 we're not dealing with people genuinely curious about the president's birthplace.) So yeah, Obama should have released the long form birth certificate long ago.

That way we could focus on the important destroying Medicare and putting Donald Trump in the White House.

Monday, April 25, 2011

Resume Hell

So one job I applied for took a look at my resume and said, "No thanks." Same day, too.

Yes, dreams were crushed. But life goes on and the day job still pays...

Sunday, April 24, 2011

Read This

Wow, this was the best takedown of Ayn Rand and Objectivism I think I've ever read.

This paragraph lines up with what I've observed from your average Randian:
The real parasites, it turns out, are not the looting masses but the Objectivist elites (what is it that these hedge fund managers "create" again?), rabidly pursuing their own "happiness" at the cost of our social safety net, our environment and the prosperity and well-being of the world's people. So much for the triumph of individualism.

Stupid or Cynical?

Franklin Graham is either cynical or stupid.

"He can solve this whole birth certificate issue pretty quickly," Graham said. "I was born in a hospital in Asheville, North Carolina. And I know that my records are there; you can probably go and find out what room my mother was in when I was born. I don’t know why he can't produce that. It's an issue it looks like he can answer pretty quickly."
Now if Graham is not aware that "the issue" has already been answered, he's stupid. Indeed, the issue has been answered multiple times. Even the less sophisticated birthers have moved on to conspiracy theories about raised seals and such, the implication being that the questions are being answered, just with unsatisfactory responses.

That's right. Each time birthers are presented with evidence of Obama's birthplace, they say it's not good enough and then demand more. It's almost as if they want you to believe that they can actually be persuaded by evidence, when so clearly they have no intention of being persuaded at all.