recent reading and rambling

Yesterday I finished reading “Callahan’s Con” by Spider Robinson. Great book, although I didn’t like it as good as the previous one (“Callahan’s Key”). I’m currently reading “Stiff: The Curious Lives of Human Cadavers”. Yes, it’s a strange book to pick up, but it has some VERY interesting reading.

Bought two more plastic CD storage boxes with sleeves tonight, and moved everything into smaller containers than the 280-count huge CD binder I had all of my movies and music in before. It was just too big to easily pull down and go through when I was looking for something.

Moved our next-to-last server running Sendmail over to Postfix at work on Friday. It’s running great now, and sometime in the next couple of weeks we’ll be moving our last Sendmail-based mail server over as well. Having configuration files in plain English is nice, and the flexibility and speed are just added bonuses.

Bought a Gretsch short-scale four-string electric bass today. Anybody want to buy a Silvertone 4-string bass for $75? It’s been played for a total of maybe three hours, and I’ll throw in a package of GHS Boomers strings. I just much prefer the short-scale bass, as its closer to what I’m used to when playing guitar.

Got my “modded” XBox back on Thursday, and loaded EvolutionX on it along with the XBox Media Player. Now I just need to make a 30-foot Ethernet cable so I can connect it to my local network and stream movies off of the Mac.

a good motto

A Man should be able to change a diaper, plan an invasion, butcher a hog, conn a ship, design a building, write a sonnet, balance accounts, build a wall, set a bone, comfort the dying, take orders, give orders, cooperate, act alone, solve equations, analyze a new problem, pitch manure, program a computer, cook a tasty meal, fight efficiently and die gallantly. Specialization is for insects.
— Robert Heinlein

suck it up

Yesterday, I bought Amy a new Dyson DC07 “Animal” vacuum cleaner.

Our existing Fantom Lightning wore out after only three years, and Fantom is now out of business. Apparently they were selling a licensed (and inferior) version of Dyson’s “cyclone” bagless vac technology, and after they closed shop, Dyson started selling his products here in the States.

We used the Fantom on our computer-room rug four days ago. Yesterday, we used the Dyson on it as a test. We ended up with about three cups of dust/dirt/fuzz that the Fantom hadn’t touched.

I like the fact that the entire thing can be broken down into small parts (and therefore, easily cleaned of any jams or blockages) without any tools. It’s also a nice purple color, like a vacuum an anime character would use. We got a great price on it here in town at ABC Vacuum.

just another manic monday

Dropped off my XBox to have it modded (TSOP flash) tonight, so I can do nifty non-Microsoft-approved things with it.

Attention cashiers/store clerks/etc: If I want your opinion on what I’m purchasing, I’ll ask for it or bring it up in conversation. Also, if I ask you if you have a particular electronic item, just say “no, sorry, we’re out” instead of “oh, I dont know, I saw one around here somewhere” and then following me around the electronics department trying to talk about video games, while I drop very obvious hints that I Just Want To Be Left Alone. If I wanted conversation, I wouldn’t be shopping at Wal-Mart at two in the morning.

Summer has finally hit Texas. Its time to either get the Kia’s windows tinted, get the AC fixed, or both.

More “Pending Draft” news

Pending Draft Legislation Targeted for Spring 2005

There is pending legislation in the House and Senate (twin bills: S 89 and HR 163) which will time the program’s initiation so the draft can begin at early as Spring 2005 — just after the 2004 presidential election.

$28 million has been added to the 2004 Selective Service System (SSS) budget to prepare for a military draft that could start as early as June 15, 2005. Selective Service must report to Bush on March 31, 2005 that the system, which has lain dormant for decades, is ready for activation.

You know, I’ve never been anti-President, but right now I’m pro-Anybody-Else.