Tuesday, February 28, 2006

song of the day

all for you (acoustic version)
sister hazel

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there's been times
i'm so confused
and on my roads
they lead to you
i just can't turn and walk away
you walk away

it's hard to say what it is i see in you
wonder if
i'll always bee with you
words can't say and i can't do enough to prove
'sall for you.

and finally i figured out
but it took a long long time
oh now as i turn about
maybe cause i'm trying

there's been times
i'm so confused
and on my roads
they lead to you
i just can't turn and walk away
you walk away

it's hard to say what it is i see in you
wonder
if i'll always bee with you
words can't say and i can't do enough to prove
'sall for you.

i thought i seen it all
cuz it's been a long long time
oh but a little trip and fall
wondering if i'm blind

there's been times
i'm so confused
and on my roads
well they lead to you
i just can't turn and walk away
you walk away

it's hard to say what it is i see in you
wonder
if i'll always bee with you
words can't say and i can't do enough to prove
'sall for you.

and rain comes pouring down
pouring down
falling from blue skies
falling from blue skies
oh words without a sound
are coming from your eyes

finally i figured out
but it took a long long time
oh now there's a turnabout
maybe cuz i'm trying

there's been times
i'm so confused
and on my roads
they lead to you
i just can't turn and walk away
you walk away

it's hard to say what it is i see in you
wonder
if i'll always bee with you
words can't say and i can't do enough to prove
'sall for you.

well it's hard to say what it is i see in you
wonder
if i'll always bee with you
words can't say and i can't do enough to prove
'sall for you.

no
it's hard to say
yeah
it's hard to say
it's all for you

Friday, February 24, 2006

comments

seemingly fixed.

Wednesday, February 22, 2006

today's search terms

there's only one worth mentioning:

the price of milk on february 18, 2004

what?

oh, there's a comment on my last post from christine. thank you, hon, even if wordpress doesn't show it. view the permalink to see it.

Monday, February 20, 2006

history exam 1 ... meow

history 2314 - history of england 2 (1688-present). exam 1 was totally bonkers, as usual with this guy. but he gave us the question in advance, and spent a day going over what he wanted.

his comments:

83: your essay's chief strength is the frequency of sharp insights into major trends or issues. well done! in many places, thought, such as wilkes and war in america, supporting specifics and more extensive discussion would strengthen is a solid essay.

of the 51 people who took the exam, i was one of the 37% that made a b; only the a's had it better at 41%.

so i sit in class now, listening to him read one of the best essays, while the ... uh ... challenged ... kid to my left hacks up a lung (does he smoke) and stares at the grain on his desk and claps and whispers to himself about spelling errors. i really should post the recording; it's ... irritating. yeah, really mean but his vision isn't good enough to read what i'm typing from where he's sitting.

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in part after a discussion over at the rabbit lived (where my comment was apparently deemed inflammatory and deleted, but this is my blog so i can write whatever the hell i want), i took kiri my 16yo to the vet for a $250 annual exam for "old cats." i suspect diabetes, so we'll see, because the exam doesn't include any treatment, just diagnostics. it does include stuff like a cbc and chem25, fiv and felv tests, but i'm already at $300 if i want to do vaccinations (i don't, she doesn't go outside or really have any contact with the other cats -- what's she gonna catch? dust bunnies?).

re the emergency vets, there are two in my area. both are wildly expensive, and one of them is renowned for its shady business practices and lack of care for the animals brought there.

in one case, apparently, an owner brought a yorkie in for an emergency c-section; supposedly all the puppies died but somehow some of the techs wound up with yorkie puppies. in another, a kennel owner brought a boarded dog in who was suffering some kind of bloating disorder. the vet not only refused to treat the dog without permission from the owner (who was out of the country and could not be reached) but also refused to release the dog back to the kennel owner! this dog apparently died in excruciating pain in the vet's office.

so all vets around here recommend that you go to the other.

the issue really is money. this expense for the cat, today, is something i've planned for and i'm prepared for, within reason. and in an urgent care situation i can usually swing an extra $150. but i don't have credit or a cash cushion, so the the thought of shelling out $500 or $1000 at an emergency vet -- for a cat who's pushing 17 -- when i have a host of other expenses to pay for, is a hard sell.

my wife believes in the poundage theory. she likes great danes, in part because they're big dogs. when you take the dog to the vet and you have a $300 vet bill, you can amortize the bill across the weight of the dog, so if you have a 100 pound dog, it only costs $3 a pound.

compare that to kiri. i'm looking at a vet bill something akin to $43 a pound.

that's pretty damned expensive for something that doesn't come out from doglady's bedroom unless i go in there and get her.

Sunday, February 12, 2006

islamic insanity

burning down embassies and attacking military bases is apparently an appropriate response to a newspaper cartoon.

and some people seem to believe that lack of tolorance and understanding is merely a western problem.

Monday, February 6, 2006

a little bit for now

it's 835am, and i'll shortly be going to class with the most annoying student in the history of the universe, whose name i'll not repeat lest his poor parents sue me for everything they think i might ever be worth.

but i thought i'd take some time, since the computer lab is right across the hall, to do a little update and tell you what's been going on. the answer: not a great deal.

had my annual physical not too long ago. mid-january sometime. i'm healthy. except that it looks likely i have diabetes. this is no surprise, really: i eat like shit, am overweight and gaining (my bmi is 29.2), and i have a family history of diabetes. so, back in two and a half months or so for repeat testing. he wants me to lose twelve pounds by then. i literally fell out of my chair laughing.

school is interesting but there are no available cute girls to talk to this semester. i'm doing history 2314, better known as history of england 2, and interdisciplinary 2301, better known as interdisciplinary perspectives.

the interdisciplinary course is an introduction to interdisciplinarity (how's that for a word?). it teaches the fundamental concepts for interdisciplinary work, and caps it off with a research paper about a, complex problem (the sort you'd study using interdisciplinary methodology): global warming.

for now we're still going through the disciplines, but i'm enjoying the course immensely and really like the flaming-liberal instructor.

i know there's a new wordpress release but i haven't had time to look at it. i'm sure i'll get around to installing it, but not this week.

work continues. a major project we're doing is finally looking like it's almost ready to roll. i now have to write supporting documentation and web pages for everything, get all the docs in order, do mailing, all that garbage. i've been wanting to work on this project for a long time, and i'm finally getting somewhere with it, it feels like. we may be ready to roll by april, instead of the may we'd originally announced.

my wife has found and started her new job. she's doing the same thing, only this time, she's been outsourced. so she makes less money, gets fewer benefits, works with dumber people making less money getting even crappier benefits than she does, and still does the same job. ah, the american way. the only upside is that we haven't had to move to india.

i need to get laid. maybe my replacement wife will let me rub some butt paste on her burning cooter.

Friday, February 3, 2006

me

i promise i'm still alive. will have an update "shortly."

he said to derisive laughter from the now-empty audience..