Archive for the ‘Misc.’ Category

Dear YouTube Commenters,

Sunday, September 27th, 2009

YouTube’s comments section is not an appropriate venue for your world view. YouTube comments are worse than bumper stickers, in terms of intelligence and depth. Also, if your user name is “DonutNinja” or “No2NWO”, you should probably not bother at all. If it’s not clear to you why this is, then perhaps it’s time to uncap your meds or ask your mother.

And finally, if you defy all counter-arguments by saying, “You’re just a government shill/a psyops agent/part of the conspiracy/a fictional identity/deluded by the government’s propaganda,” then you are weaving your own reality according to whim, rather than evidence. And do you know what that makes you? Part of the problem.

…I really need to stop reading YouTube comments.

AMP: Lie for Us

Wednesday, June 3rd, 2009

On Monday, after a long day of work and roughly a week’s worth of late nights, I came home and eased myself down on the floor with Blackbird. This was my way of hanging out with daughter while expending little to no energy. She seemed to like it, so I felt OK that I was not providing much in the way of physical activity. While I was languishing on the floor, someone knocked on our front door. I answered and was met by a representative of Alarm Monitoring Protection (AMP). He had a clipboard, an ID badge, and seemed a bit winded. It was around 6:30pm, so that makes sense. I’m sure it had been a long day.

We were both tired. But unlike him, I wasn’t trying to pay people to lie to their neighbors.



Monday, December 1st, 2008

Jdimytai Damour, hero of American consumers everywhere, died 11/29/2008. He gave his life so New York City shoppers could obtain only the best deals for their family and themselves this Christmas at Wal-Mart. If only the unnamed 28-year-old pregnant woman who so valiantly dove underfoot could have also given her life and the life of her near-term fetus so that others could save. Her selfless act will not go unremembered this Christmas.

It is these brave souls who remind us that the War for Christmas is alive and well in America. Stand strong you bargain hunters. You remind us all why Santa Claus wears red.

No Foolin’

Sunday, November 16th, 2008

Now that I’m a father, I’m taking the long view into account and thinking a lot about how decisions I make now will play out when my daughter is older. Decisions that have long-term effects now have a dual layering I try to be mindful of: one layer is the effect on my life and the other is how it will be interpreted by Blackbird and what message(s) it could send.

So, knowing this, I’d like everyone to help me out and start popularizing the following saying:

“Fool me once, shame on you. Fool me twice, shame on you again. Stop doing that. It’s not nice.”

Thanks in advance, everyone.

The Price You Pay

Friday, April 18th, 2008

Our house, as seen from inside my car, partly obscured by the shattered remains of my car window.

This past week was all about the cost of things. The cost of health. The cost of luxury. The cost of living. Fortunately, for all its annoyances, it wasn’t such a big deal. When counting what you’ve paid, it’s always good to be mindful of what you’ve received in return.



Thursday, April 10th, 2008

A 4-minute time-lapse video of the drive from L.A. to New York City.

Pointed out to me by Steve ‘I’m so buff from working out my last name should be Maniel’ Laniel.

Go Joe?

Friday, March 7th, 2008

The Cobra logo from the TV show G.I. Joe

Whoever thought that COBRA was a good name for health insurance was probably the same person who thought up the phrase Consolidated Omnibus Budget Reconciliation Act in order to make it work.

Also, clearly not a child in the 80s.

A = Me, Unfortunately

Tuesday, February 26th, 2008

A Venn diagram showing the intersections of bored, disgusted, and curious.

Don’t get me started on those things.

(This post is a bit of an homage to Jessica Hagy’s Indexed. If I’ve inadvertently duplicated an idea she’s already done, then it is only because she’s, like, way smarter than I am. You should visit her site. Start at the first post and work your way forward to get the full effect of this brilliant site.)

Sunrise on the City

Thursday, February 21st, 2008

An image of face, light from my right by the rising sun, with a bit of the train window visible. Some power lines can be seen passing by.

I forgot my camera this morning, so in lieu of the cool shots of the passing scenery from the train that I had planned on taking, I give you me at 8:12 AM (conveniently noted in the corner), as taken by my laptop camera. I’d love to say that my concerned look is a sign of my disappointment with myself, but I apparently have a permanently furrowed brow. I guess I furrow a lot. You can’t un-furrow, so I think I need to start planning my life as either one of those concerned citizens you keep hearing about, or a curmudgeon.

I’m Not Dead!

Friday, December 21st, 2007

In spite of Current Config going blank, I am still here. Expect some holiday bloggery when I have a bit more free time.

In the meantime, go visit Indexed, a great little web… comic… blog… infographic…. just go look, it is fantastic and Jessica Hagy deserves our attention and support.