October 31, 2006


I applied for Adsense to put google ads on my blog. Why not? If any of the suckers that read my blog accidentally click one of them, well then I just made a nickle!

Here's what they wrote:
Hello batman,
Thank you for your interest in Google AdSense. Unfortunately, after
reviewing your application, we're unable to accept you into Google
AdSense at this time.

We did not approve your application for the reasons listed below.


- Adult content
Further detail:

Adult content: Currently, only Google ads that we classify as
family-safe are available through the AdSense program. We've found your
site to be predominantly adult or mature in nature. Therefore, we're
unable to display relevant ads on your site. Please review our policies
(https://www.google.com/adsense/policies?hl=en_US) for a complete list
of site content not allowed on web pages.

October 25, 2006

Structured Cable

My brother and I started running some cable last Saturday.

I went in the crawl space because I have experience doing it for ASR, who ungraciously employed me for four months.

We have 7 runs to do and we're moving the wiring closet from the cat room to under the stairs. We're also replacing the current wiring that runs outside of the house. While Cat5e is supposed to handle this kind of exposure, I think it's a terrible idea. It can get wet, moldy, attacked by animals or children.

During the trip down, I relearned several lessons that I'd forgotten. Here is my advice if you plan to do some yourself.

1. Don't bring anything you don't need.
2. Bring a flash light or two.
3. Take everything out of your pockets that you won't need: wallet, cigarettes etc. see #1
4. Know exactly where the run starts and ends
5. Wear clothes you don't care about
6. Bring a walkie talkie and stay in communication
7. Verify all drilling with someone standing on the floor above you. Have them stay there until you finish drilling.
8. Combine as many runs as possible, making fewer trips.

Other thoughts include sticking with a plan. Decide on one naming scheme for all your wires and stick with it. Nothing is more infuriating than terminating 7 runs that're all labeled differently.

We're about half way done with the runs and it looks like some of the speaker cable we bought is too short. The hard runs are done though and the cables in the crawl space look tidy. I'm proud of this.

Currently spinning - her snoring

October 20, 2006


Sorry, no checkered flag this time. You didn't win, this time you came in last. You're going home alone. The lights are out, the bed is cold. Your home is quiet. Goodnight. You know you won't sleep well, and you probably wont' wake up.

currently spinning: traffic and a hard drive.

October 18, 2006

sad news

My cat is missing. She's currently in the mountains of NC and I'm powerless to do anything about it where I am.

I give her lots of space emotionally, I always think she'll come home, I try to let her make her own decisions as often as I can. I'm usually not worried when she runs off for a day or two but at this point she's been gone two weeks.
I'm really tired of the east coast swallowing my animals. Cy was taken in Richmond earlier this year, and now Merlot in NC.

She's my baby and I miss her.

Currently spinning: the sounds of a shower.

October 14, 2006


I love the library. The public libraries here have a decent selecting of CDs and DVDs. They're also connected to all the other libraries in the area, so you can order something from another and in a few days it'll show up at the local branch. I try to go once a week to pick out some music.
Finds so far:
Monkees television show discs one and five.
Casino Royale
The Humanist. A strange Korean movie.

The other public service I really enjoy is the bus.
It's cheap, it's reliable, and I don't have to worry about traffic too much. I can just sit and read or listen to music, except that I never bring either. The view inside the bus is usually just as interesting as outside. Often I can hear three of four different languages, lots of technology, trade secrets and lots of other neat stuff.

Some things, the government does get right.

Currently spinning: my screaming fans.


I think the joke is that the databse the spell checker on my blog uses does not include the word blogs. It also doen't include the singular: blog.


I like to think of my self as creative and original. The problem I have is that when I see someone else' good idea I get really annoyed that I didn't think of it first. It's a great idea, I want to do it also, but I don't want to be unoriginal. It's too easy to copy cat someone else and claim credit for it. It's a real challenge to invent and create something new.

I read several people's blogs, and they're great and wonderful to keep in touch with my friends. Some of them have interesting posts, which I think are a great idea. I want to copy them. Perhaps imitation is the greatest form of flattery there is, or it could be that I'm low down and dirty and I can't think for myself.

What really started me on this path of not wanting to copy others was something my dad said years ago when I was still in middle school. He said that if you look up to someone else, hold them as a hero, then you lose something of yourself. Those aren't his exact words, but the idea is that idolizing someone removes confidence in yourself, which is what got those people stature in the first place.
At the time I didn't really understand what this meant, I read it as "don't look up to anyone." So I tried very heard not to have a hero. No one to copy. And what happened was... holy shit. I gained confidence, I made jokes, I made something new, others looked up to me....

So when I find something I'm envious of, like a friend doing something I think I should've thought of first,I have to remind myself to use it as a fuel to come up with something even better, something even more creative and funny. Also, that just because they thought of it first does not mean that what I will think of won't also be good.

I want to celebrate my friends' creativity. I'm very proud of all the things they do.

October 11, 2006

doing average things.

there is one local seattlelite that isn't a douche. The guy that ate the bugs out of my hair deserves a favor from someone really hot.

thumbs down to the showbox staff for being indifferent.
thumbs up to Dick's. Who allowed me processed white flour and deep fried food at 1:30a like I had in RVA.
Thumbs pointed inward to the guy I gave one of my cheeseburgers to.

getting nervous about moving to HI.

Currently spinning: NIN = halo 17