27 March 2008

What to do about Michigan and Florida

What would actually happen if the DNC just seated the Michigan and Florida delegates. Pandemonium, right? Beyond the fact that all states and an assortment of territories followed the rules except Florida and Michigan, what would be wrong with giving them another vote anyway? Sure, it costs money; but, apart from the costs, the only issue is following the rules agreed to before hand. Now that's reason enough to be sure.

The argument that all states could ignore the rules thereafter actually isn't a valid argument. So what if all states could ignore the rules? It would mean the demise of the rule, which would be a good thing. The current rules are stupid and need changing. You want to make the states fair and fairly proportioned by populace? Just have one set of elections nationwide. One day. One vote per person. No counting of votes on the first day.

So this year let's follow the rules to which were agreed. Next year, let's do away with the rules and go for the right solution.

Some might say its difficult to implement. I'm certain it is; but, it can't be as hard as going to the moon with the technology of the sixties. Start in 2009 and it might be ready in 2012.


22 March 2008

Meme Meme

Thank you all for your condolences. I'm doing much better know. I'm up and about. It feels like I'm just now starting where I left off - getting ready for the gym early in the morning. This time, though, I’ve already passed the hurdle of getting on my socks.

And without further ado...

Yes, the formatting sucks; but, I don't have time to fix it yet.

10 things on my desk.

I don’t have a desk at home. So, I’ll give you the kotatsu in our family room; which is where I do my blogging such as it is. There are:

* A stack of bills
* A cutting board for the cheese I had for breakfast
* The book Competing in a Service Economy
* A Buffalo external hard drive connected to my wife’s laptop
* Two coasters from “Shiner Bock” when my parents took a trip to Texas - My father loves beer.
* A handy pen with a pull out of all the keyboard shortcuts for Photoshop CS3
* A twister and a bottle cap
* A firewire wire
* My wife’s laptop
* Two music CDs by Yes: “Time and a Word” and “Relayer”

4 Jobs I Have Had
Corporate Man at Adobe System, Inc. (what a long, strange trip its been)
Hacker at Tardis Modular Systems (nepotism)
Administrative Assistant at the Rensselear Polytechnic Institute, Philosophy Department (groovy times)
Cashier at Thriftway Foodstores (nobody knows the trouble I’ve seen)

4 TV Shows I’ve Watched
Sorry, void return value.

4 Places I have Been
Here are the most fantastic and exotic in my mind:
Agra, India
Badaling, China
Fushimi Inari Taisha, Japan
Colmar, France

4 Foods I Like

You must list one fact about yourself beginning with each letter of your middle name.

My pants are bright red
I sleep very soundly every night from exhaustion
Candy doesn’t really do anything for me; but, Chocolate does
Hirono is watching Death Metal Puppy on YouTube
A bit of honey
Exactly when the twins will come is hard to tell
Lordy, there’s a lot to do

15 Things I've Done That You Might Not Have
1 Taken Toast’s class in American Politics
2 Been tripping in a car where the driver flashed a cop car to pull him over and ask him directions
3 Caught about a quarter of a mile within a cave without a flashlight; but, with a cigarette lighter and a bag of dope
4 Jumped off the roof of a house into a four foot pool of water
5 Gone down on a motorcycle in a major interstate highway during rush hour
6 Broke fingers on both hands in a team building offsite, on the North Sea
7 Eaten fresh pork innards, various sorts, in a steaming back alley of Shinjuku
8 Saw a dancing cobra entertainer for coins outside a restaurant in old Dehli
9 Had a one eyed Daruma watch over your family
10 Been responsible for 1.2 billion dollars of revenue
11 Listen to a Judas Priest cover band in full regalia who actually did a decent job of it
12 Saw Nirvana open a show for a different headliner (Sonic Youth) before their hits
13 Swam a mile
14 Gave an impromptu presentation to 2700 people
15 Crawled up a staircase with only my arms because my legs wouldn’t move from a back injury

Photo Meme

What's your first name?

Where do you live?

What is your relationship status?

What is your favorite color?

Favorite food?

What are you listening to right now?

What is your favorite movie?

Where is your dream vacation?

What are you thinking about right now?

Who is your best friend?


Where do you work?

What (who) makes you laugh?

What are you going to do after this?

How do you feel right now?

What are your plans for the weekend?

What is your favorite thing to do?

What school did you go to?

What are you addicted to?

What's your best feature?


18 March 2008

Being Treated Like an Adult

Today I drank the Kool Aid. Obama's speech was one that treated me like an adult who could listen and form my own judgment. I now do regret not having voted for him in the California primary.


11 March 2008

This F-ing Sucks

So I finally return home from business travel after two weeks of missing my family in a really big way. Next morning, being jetlagged and all, I wake up at 3am. With nothing better to do and being caught up on my email, I decide to eat breakfast and go to the gym. So I'm getting ready to go and start putting on my socks. Then - pow!

My lower spine feels like its bent at a ninety degree angle at one vertebrae. I fall to the ground in excruciating pain with my head spinning. After a few moments to recover, I realize my legs won't work and I'm in deep dodo. So I crawl upstairs with my arms and call out for Hirono to wake up and help me. By this time my legs now function a bit; but, there is no way I can move them without making the horrible pain in my back even worse.

Turns out I tore a ligament along my spine. After 24 hours of immobility I can now roll over and even prop myself up with my upper body. So I'm bed ridden for a couple of days and in too much pain to do anything mentally challenging.

This sucks. And I'm totally bored.

My biggest fear is that I won't heal quickly enough to hold the girls when they're born.

--e (not stoned; but, a little weirded-out on pain and vicodin.)

(Update: edited for grammatical errors.)

06 March 2008

The Pictures *Are* So Much Better

Yes, Mr. Gygax, the pictures are so much better. May your spirit wander wide through the Astral Plane on its journey home.

The tragic news is here.

My sympathies to the family and the whole world of gaming. We lost a man who added much joy and wonder to the lives of millions.

02 March 2008

Censorship While Traveling

Interesting. I cannot get to blogger from my hotel room in Beijing. If I tunnel through the Adobe firewall in India or California I can, though.