March, 2005

My Empathic iPod

While driving the other day (actually, this happened about 4 months ago), my thoughts weighed heavily and I found myself depressed. In general, I felt rather down about my life and various other things. The 2004 election hit me hard, as the realization that you are surrounded by idiots so often does, so that could have been a major contributing factor. Luckily for me, I kept some very scientific research about that day, specifically that drive and the role my iPod played in my emotional state. After analyzing the data closely, I’ve come to a startling realization, that I will share with you shortly. Just to preface this study, I have submitted this article for publication in the journal Science; keep your fingers crossed!
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Today Was Interesting

While eating breakfast, I am watching Today on NBC. This’s actually a crappy, fluffy morning show that I don’t care for. Usually, I turn on channel 11 to watch the news updates and sort of zone out the rest of the broadcast because I just haven’t gotten it through my head yet that I’m old enough that NPR is *really* what I want to be listening to. Still, Today ended up having two segments that caught my attention.
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I’m On A [KGO] Radio

I was on the radio last night with Gene Burns. This was the first time I ever called into a radio show and I was quite nervous. I am one to constantly question my expertise, even though I assert myself as confident and sure of my answers. Putting my ideas out there on the radio, impossible to edit, revise, or rethink, is a scary thing. What if I don’t get my ideas right? What if I completely lose my logic? Worst of all, what if I end up contradicting myself!?
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Quicktag Modification

While I haven’t done a lot of modification to the default WordPress 1.5 install, there are a few things I’ve changed that I rather enjoy.

After looking at a Rambling Thought, I figured a way to make the “more” Quicktag even better. I left a comment about this on Neerav’s site; I can only assume that it’s awaiting moderation right now.
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Sanctity? They Don’t Know The Meaning…

Without going into the obvious rants about the Schiavo case, I want to hit on a few things that I’ve only heard mentioned a few times.
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Lebanese Women

So, I’ve read a few blog posts about attractive Lebanese women gracing the covers of magazines. They all miss the point. Wait while I drag out my soapbox and clear my throat…
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It’s The System, Stupid

Call it what you will, justify it all you want, when you get a pink slip (even when it’s printed on white paper) it will still feel like you aren’t good enough. It will feel like all of your work has been for nothing. Those late nights you stayed to get the last little bit finished? Meaningless. Those hours that you poured over material for tomorrow, making sure everything is perfect and ready? Insignificant. All the lunch hours you didn’t eat in favor of staying at your job to help out those people that desperately needed your help? You should have gone to SubWay. All the time you wish you could have spent with your family, but instead was spent with papers and a red pen, grading, evaluating, and editing work? Apparently, you made the wrong decision. Read more of “It’s The System, Stupid