Archive for April, 2004

#1. Boil a pot of water, add macaroni.
#2. Answer cell phone call from customer, talk for about 20 minutes.
#3. After you hang up, realize that you left macaroni boiling all that time.
#4. Add way too much milk and butter to try to cover up your mistake.


Working at Home Neighborhood Rant

From those of us who work at home for a living, a bit of news for those who live around us.
#1. From 08:00 – 17:00, I’m supposed to be working. Yup, even though my car is in the driveway and the front door is open; I don’t have time to sit there and chit chat about the nuances of shrubberies. And honestly, I couldn’t give a rats ass about it.
#2. I have a life. Yes, after 17:00 I might be out with my kids, working on some other things, or God forbid going to school. Don’t get all pissy when I don’t call you right back because I’m damn busy this week. Yes, you might think I’m a lazy bastard, and that’s your prerogative to do so. But don’t think I’m going to come to the door with a smile every time you want to bitch about something.
Here’s the order of how things are handled in my life:
1. Family & Close Friends
2. Work
3. All the other crap
Please look for your position on the list and set your urgency level accordingly.
Dammit, I need a private blog. 😉 Then I could rant more….

Time to Vote

For the new Iraqi Flag. Allah is counting the ballots. I personally like #4.

Required Cute Pic of the Day

Thank God for digital cameras. Sometimes when you sit there with the kids while they play, you might take a few pictures just to capture something fun or at least to document their childhood. Then sometimes you get one like this….
Warning: Link opens up 2MB jpg.

Yes, I’m a very proud geek dad.

So tonight as I was digging through stuff for my Album of the Week post; I started to read up on what’s going on with one of my favorite bands and what they are doing (besides touring). Honestly (IMHO) Queensryche will never be the band it was without their guitarist Chris DeGarmo. That’s my opinion, I’ll still see them if they come around, but I hope Chris is happy flying jets for a living now.
So as I’m digging through the news, I came to this little tidbit from an interview with Geoff:
.. Before wrapping-up, the talk turns back to the DVD and the duet with Dream Theatre on the Who’s ‘Won’t Get Fooled Again’. “We began playing that song because of the Iraq War and the George Bush administration. We felt strongly about it because it’s a protest song. Iraq is a complete disaster and it’s a no win situation. The Bush administration is corrupt and conniving. They’ve lied so many times to the people of the United States and the world. I know they’re in Iraq for the oil, but the social issues in those fundamentalist countries are so awful. I don’t believe in fundamentalism of any sort. The whole fundamentalist perspective is wrong. It needs to be taken out and obliterated. What they’re doing to people especially women; the rape, the murder and the torture is completely ridiculous. It’s pre-historic and against everything that, as an American, I believe in. From that stance, we have an obligation to go in and liberate the women of these countries.?..
OK Geoff, we’re bad for going in and invading, but we should do something about the human rights violations? And what district in Washington State are you running for office? Keep this up and John Kerry might just make you an ambassador to Mozambique.

I’ve decided (for no reason whatsoever) that I’m going to post once a week about an album that I think is either really good or something that describes my week in general. Let’s see if I can get through April doing this.
This week’s album.

Queensryche – Promised Land

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Of course, this is what the guy on the other end of the line really looks like:

An Evening with Cheap Trick

Cheap Trick paid a visit tonight to the Honeywell Center and seeing as how they have been one of those bands I’ve “always wanted to see”, I had to make the investment and catch the show (with the added bonus of being able to get home 20 minutes after the show was over).
So, after some convincing from the wife, I bought two tickets for me and Emily and we head out to the show. Great show by CT and the opening band (who was some local group of guys that work at the theater) were absolutely awesome. These guys gave CT a run for their money (IMHO). Anyhow after the show, Emily wanted to get a pick. We scoured around the auditorium and found one on the stage that a State Trooper recovered for her.
After the show, we headed out (after meeting Brian from the CT board) and drove past the tour bus where there was your usual group of gaggling fans. Emily wanted to stop, so I found a closer parking spot and we went off with my camera and a copy of the Cheap Trick “Silver” DVD in tow (hey, I’m ALWAYS prepared). Here’s what we got:

Emily got three autographs and was giddy the entire way home. I’ve had a hard time convincing her that even though she got all the autographs, it’s still my DVD. Hopefully I’ve broadened her musical horizons just a bit.

Oil for Checking Accounts

New blog on the wonderfully honest “Oil-for-Saddam” program run by the UN.

The Federal Government is spending taxpayer dollars on building model rockets.
Actually, it isn’t a waste. NASA, the USAF, and a private company have just launched the first aerospike engine. The flight with a 10 foot long rocket (hint: christmas wish list) got up to Mach 1.5 and went to over 26,000 feet. Aerospike engines are really awesome since they look really cool and are efficient over a variety of altitudes. I won’t go into the details of it, since the article does a nice job on that.
Wonder when Estes is going to start rolling out these bad boys….