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January 12th, 2009
09:59 am

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Big News
Not sure if anybody still looks at this thing, hell, I mainly just use it as an RSS collection, but I got engaged over the weekend!

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November 13th, 2008
09:22 am

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Update
The good news, I've been promoted.

The not so sure, it's into a production supervisor.

The bad news, it's still on 2nd.

So.

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October 21st, 2008
12:01 am

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Missing the point
I've been trying to avoid the politics, because, you know, it makes me break out in a case of the rages, but obviously today was all about Colin Powell endorsing Obama. Predictably, the talking heads came out and claimed that it was race based, then that it was a not so veiled attack on the Bush administration and their treatment of him.

May I suggest that they're missing the point. Let's take Christopher Buckley as the example. Also a well known Republican. White and not directly related to the Bush administration, yet, he too came out in support of Obama. Both of them gave the same reason, that they were troubled by the rightward direction the Republican party had taken in recent years. Perhaps some attention should be paid to this.

One of the biggest problems the current Republican leadership has is that it's no longer the Republicans (My favorite was this old blog post about missing them) (hmmm...A bit off topic...actually completely on topic, is his post about the crazification factor)
But as I was saying, they are no longer Republicans in the classic sense, their base is social conservatives. We saw this over the last 8 years. Fiscal responsibility, gone. Logic and scientific reasoning, ignored. Personal responsibility, smaller government, states rights, personal freedoms, all gone, gone, gone. The only plank of the traditional Republican party to survive would be free market deregulation, and that's been happily sold out in the last month with the economic bail out. The current base has been voting on a platform of being against abortion, gay rights, stem cell research, and obviously "national defense" as it relates to closing the borders and bombing Muslims. This is a gross oversimplification, but I think that these are the issues.
And that's the point. These two, and many other Republicans who are crossing the line are getting fed up with that party demonizing anyone who doesn't believe in their moral agenda. They want logic back. Integrity. Rationality.
I don't blame them.

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September 4th, 2008
07:47 am

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So the big work news is that my boss has taken another job (we'll call it a promotion, because it is, but it's in another facility, so while he's not per say leaving...he's leaving).
This is going to be interesting. He's the best boss I've ever had. Mind you, after the last one, that doesn't take much, but he lets us do what we need to, doesn't question, meddle, bother, cajole, check up on, or generally harass us, he just wants to be kept up to date on what's going on, and expects us to do our job. Radical concept, that.
But, he's going to be off soon, and here's the kicker, he and several other people have point blank asked me if or suggested that I apply for the job.
So...
This scares the bejesus out of me. It'd be a good thing, so I need to apply today. Not that anything is going to happen immediately, but wish me luck.

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August 27th, 2008
10:33 pm

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I still hate Comcast
AAAAAAAARRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRGHHHHHHH!

Comcast finally gets the Big Ten Network, so I can finally watch Hawkeye sports. This is great, right?

Not so much. For this coming weekend, they are only showing one game during the 11 AM slot, OSU vs Youngstown. One of five that are scheduled. ONE! When I emailed asking about this, they responded that "Currently we only have one official Big Ten Channel. There's no current solid plans of adding any extra overflow channels at this moment to your lineup."

What the hell kind of truncated channel lineup is this? So basically, they got the PR boost from saying they they have the BTN, but we, as customers, are still screwed.

I hate them.

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August 21st, 2008
09:43 am

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RIP Snot.

Not that they ever did a bit on Hamlet, but I can't think of anything else to say than...alas, poor Yorick...

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August 16th, 2008
12:56 pm

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I'm not sure what struck me as more odd. That someone painted a pigeon purple or that the ASPCA spokesperson implied that it might have been an accident.
Let me raise a third possibility. The pigeon painted itself. Because it's an arteest.

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August 7th, 2008
09:37 am

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There's a guy at work that I've come to respect a great deal. He's got a great attitude about people, about life in general, but what we talk most is music. Over the course of the night yesterday everything from Miles Davis to Hank Williams Sr., the stones to Kraftwerk. I've given him some Santana and John Coltrane, he's given me some Miles Davis. It's been nice talking to someone who is a huge fan of multiple styles of music, who can give me some stuff I don't have.
No real point, but what I'm trying to say is, I love "Spanish Key" off of Miles Davis' Bitches Brew.

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August 6th, 2008
09:51 am

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What is the worth of a closer?
Jim Caple over at ESPN has an interesting article on the closer position being completely overrated. The main point is that statistically the amount of games won while leading hasn't changed over the years, despite the closer role being a recent invention.

If nothing else, he makes a good point, why handicap your bullpen by designating your presumably #1 guy, the one person you trust to get you a couple of outs, as someone who will only be used under the strictest of circumstances, only in the 9th and only when you are winning by 1-3 runs. Why not use that guy, in combination with the rest of your bullpen to do what you, as the manager, are supposed to do, play the percentages to get the win, or to minimize the damage if losing? If you're in the 7th and the starter is melting down, why not get him in there to stop the bleeding? If I'm reading the save rule correctly (if wikipedia isn't lying to me), one of the possible conditions for a save is "He enters the game, regardless of the count, with the potential tying run either on base, at bat or on deck". Doesn't have to be the 9th, and depending on the way the order is stacked, it probably shouldn't.

Don't get me wrong, I love Woody in the closer role for the Cubs, I feel comfortable that if we're leading and he goes in, we'll end up winning. I just can't silence the voices in my head questioning now if seeing him in the 9th (or say Marmol in the 8th) should be as automatic as it is. After all, didn't Lou just talk about using the guys as the situation dictated?

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August 5th, 2008
09:41 am

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Baby, if you ever wondered, wondered, whatever became of me
I got sucked into facebook a while back. Not so much doing anything with it, just created the profile and linked a couple of people. But now I'm wondering if I'm at that age where people are trying to reconnect, to see "how you've been" or some such crap. I've now gotten the second friend request from someone I didn't ever expect to hear from again. For the record, does the name Dallas ring a bell. Not a bad thing (well..for this one. Not so much the first).

I've learned that my pattern recognition skillz are...what's the opposite of mad? Fucking horrendous? Lousy? Not good. I've been trying to play the Find Mii Wii game, and I just can't. I'm bad, then I'm frustrated, then I quit. It's not so much fun.

Here's your math question of the day: If you were going to buy a bottle of, let's say, rum. And this bottle would cost around $25. Now lets also say that they have package that includes a 375 ml bottle of the same particular rum with a bottle of crappy mojito mix. For $7. I'm no expert, but that seems a bit, shall we say, stupid. So I bought them out. Eh, it was only 5 of them.

Lastly, storms blew through Chicago last night, and in particular, hit the north side during a Cubs game. 2 hour 45 min rain delay, plus a later delay that canceled the game. I was watching Headline News this morning and they had video of a lighting strike on the scoreboard at Wrigley. If anybody happens to see a picture or screen grab of this, point it my way, Google images has failed me.

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