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Ann Coulter for Hillary
Posted by on February 7th, 2008, at 7:59pm

YouTube Preview ImageAnn Coulter for Hillary: segment from Hannity and Colmes

I’m not exactly thrilled about McCain taking the Republican nomination, either. Huckabee still has a shot, but his policies don’t seem well defined if even existent and I’m not sure what he’s got going for him other than a good personality and some Baptist fire.

Obama makes good speeches. Inspiring speeches. I don’t agree with all his policies, but with all his campaign’s focus on hope he manages to generate some. I’d like to have hope. I’d like to believe Obama can bring the change America needs.

With politicians, it’s always safe to be skeptical. Then when things go wrong later, you won’t be disappointed.

Climb the Mountain
Posted by on February 6th, 2008, at 9:37pm

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Tommy and the Dew Commercial: An old college favorite. 4L, Tyler, Luebbe, Phil, and Cora should all recognize it (and maybe a few others of you).

One Thousand Posts
Posted by on February 3rd, 2008, at 10:49pm

According to my current iteration of my blog, this is my one-thousandth post.

I never thought I’d see the New England Patriots lose Super Bowl XLII to the New York Giants. I gotta say, that was the best Super Bowl I’ve ever seen. Down-to-the-wire drama and a huge upset — perhaps the biggest in Super Bowl History. Plus, I’ll get to tells kids in twenty years that I saw the greatest team in NFL history lose the only game that matters.

I saw the game with a couple of friends from church (Aaron & Jessica) — two of the few people my own age. They have a lot of friends there age which was nice. Also, I will not complain when I’m invited to social gatherings that include even one available female my age. It’s probably the first time that’s happened since I moved here.

HDTVs rock. I want one, but then I think about starving children in Africa. But I don’t think starving children anywhere are able to consume HDTVs so I feel a little less bad about wanting one.

So FLAC files sound awesome. I decided to rip Radiohead’s new album In Rainbows to FLAC (Free Lossless Audio Codec) to see if the sound quality is really that much better. It does sound a bit better. At some point I want to repartition my hard drives and perhaps slap a fat 1TB (Terabyte, baby, Terabyte = one thousand gigabytes) drive in my computer so I can go crazy on backing up all my albums and DVDs in the best quality possible.

The only problem with FLAC is that it’s complicated if not impossible to get iTunes to play FLAC. So what I’ve done is I’m using Winamp is the player/library for my FLAC files and storing them all on one of my other drive partitions to keep it all sorted and simple. Of course, I also created MP3 copies of the files for use w/ the iPod. With the demise of DRM though, I’m more open to considering other portable media players, but I can’t say I’ve seen anything more impressive than the iPod.

I’m considering purchasing a laptop I can load up w/ Linux. Partially to be nerdy and indie and open source, but I’ve become a lot more familiar w/ the command line over the years and it’d also be a much better machine for doing web development. Anyway, this also feeds into the desire to find alternatives to iTunes/iPod because Apple isn’t exactly friendly w/ Linux.

Of course, I’d take a Macbook if I could get one, but cost remains prohibitive. It’d cost me twice as much to get the Apple as it would for a comparatively powerful Dell w/ dual-core Athlon chips, 2GB RAM, DVD-burner, 120gb hard drive, wifi.

I’m impressed w/ how busy I’ve stayed this weekend. I spent 15 hours out on Friday, 9 hours out on Saturday, and 9 hours out today.

Social Life FTW!!!

This Has Been/Is Being a Very Good Weekend
Posted by on February 2nd, 2008, at 10:49pm

This weekend has been going great so far. Last night, went down to Saturday House (even though it was Friday) to hang out w/ some guys down there to do some hanging out. I bought some books at Borders beforehand about Ruby on Rails (web programming framework) on flipped through them a bit. I think we were on a caffeine high while we came up with some ridiculous business models involving animal-breeding dating services via the internet (and crazy enough most of the name ideas we came up with were registered domains and probably ones you wouldn’t want to visit).

Woke up this morning after dreaming about Ruby on Rails syntax and went to a web committee meeting at church. We made some progress w/ identifying goals for the new church website and created questions for a survey about the project that will be given to the church pending session approval.

Had breakfast w/ Matthieu at Denny’s after the web meeting this morning. It’s nice hanging out w/ somebody who is about my same age and offers a positive influence on my life. He’s a year young than me, but his third kid is on the way now so he’s had a bit of maturing that I haven’t had to face yet.

Went down to actual SaturdayHouse after breakfast. Studied Rails, had some random conversations, hung out w/ Sean a bit. Went down to this used PC store w/ a couple of the guys, but no decent laptops were on sale. I was going to buy Isaac’s but it’s keyboard has some issues that are going to cost too much to fix to be worthwhile. I’m looking at other refurb laptops online and I’m thinking about checking Fry’s out, but I’m not entirely sure if I trust Fry’s. Martin (roommate) bought his computer there and he pretty much had to take the whole thing back and exchange it today due to some issues w/ Vista sucking and his monitor having some dead pixels (bright green, yay!). But at least they exchanged it I guess.

Jenny blogged today. You should go check that out. (No links ’cause they’re trying to hide from the Search Man while Phil job hunts, but they’re still linked in the sidebar if you look closely.)

I’m gonna go watch a movie and rot my brain now. I bought “Before Sunrise,” and I’ve got “Pi” and “The Lake House” from Netflix right now.

The “Juno” soundtrack is awesome. Half of the soundtrack is Kimya Dawson songs which I can best describe as folksy, catchy tunes w/ a creative sense of imagery and a dash of I-Hate-The-President liberalness. There’s an excellent song from The Kinks – “A Well Respected Man” – that I will be singing loudly to from now until the day I die.

Oh, almost forgot to mention I’m having surgery on 2/11. Chop chop! Removing the cyst in my arm should help prevent future infections. As long as the surgeon doesn’t snip a tendon or cut a nerve, it should be okay. I’m more worried about my subconscious freaking out than I am about the doc doing his job.

H08835
Posted by on January 28th, 2008, at 9:25pm

I’m feeling good. My immune system is finally back in gear so I can eat normal (microwaved food) again. Although I managed to add Cup O’ Noodle to my diet in the interim period.

Ran into snow today. The fortunate thing about typically getting to work 50 minutes early means that on days with bad weather I usually still make it on time. I’ve only been late to this job once by ten minutes and that was easy enough to make up on lunch break.

I’m keeping busy with lots of potential web projects. I’ve got MyTwitter that I’ve been working on and I’m also helping out with two other projects — one with my church and another one w/ some guys from Saturdays. It’s good times. Once I get a laptop I’ll be able to do even a little bit more hopefully, but this is still a hope and not quite reality.

Managed to sit in on a conversation regarding theology today. I know the term “Federal Vision” though I don’t have any grasp of the underlying theological concepts at this point. I intend to look at it more at some point, but that day is not today. Plus, due to either intellectual laziness or a more keen interest in other topics (punk rock, coding, etc.) I really am not all that interested. I’ll look into it a bit at some point though.

If I ever do read up on Federal Vision, these are the first resources I will check: Wikipedia: Federal Vision and Federal Vision and Theopedia: Federal Vision.