Sunday, May 1, 2005


Woohoo! Nearly time for "Animation Domination", though I can't say I'm all that excited about an animated Malcolm, and American Dad sounds like a retread, but whatever.

Posted by mike at 05:54 PM | TV | Comments (0)

Tuesday, May 3, 2005

Watch Me Pull a Rabbit out of My Hat

So apparently Cedric Yarbrough is from Burnsville, and spent some time at Dudley Riggs. Interesting. Oh, uh, he's the black dude in Reno 911.

Posted by mike at 09:24 AM | Comedy , TV | Comments (0)

Friday, May 6, 2005

The Spoon is in the Radio

What I learned from comics today:

A "diuretic" induces the body to expunge fluid, therefore causing urine to build up.

A "diarrhetic" has essentially the same effect, but with #2.

I haven't posted for a while. Not a whole lot to post about. I have a job interview at United Defense on Tuesday. I can't remember when I applied there. It's been a while, I guess. change there. I did get a note sort of responding to a query I put out a month and a half ago. She's too busy to actually respond as of yet. I always feel so lazy in comparison to the girls I interact with. They're always busy saving the world or something. I don't have that energy. Paradoxically, I don't think I'll ever have that energy unless I'm with someone. But that's never happened so I really have no idea. It'd be nice if it changed my life like that, but I should know by now that my fantasies are usually far removed from the way things work out in reality.

I've got to do a few more job applications today as part of an arrangement I have with my dad. Some money to help me out for the time being as long as I inform him of what I'm up to. This requires me to find some volunteer work to do as well, but I'm not sure what I want to do yet. Another week to figure that one out.

I sent out Mother's Day cards today, at least a day later than I had planned to do it. I guess I got distracted by writing short articles on the federally-recognized Native American tribes in Minnesota yesterday. There's not a huge amount of info on the 'net about it, so the articles are really preliminary at the moment and probably not entirely accurate.

I found out that a fairly nice image I uploaded there wasn't actually public domain like I thought it was. And I've made some other mistakes there lately. Mistakes are the worst sometimes, especially when I don't have anyone around to remind me that no real harm was done and that I do help improve things more than I mess up.

Now if I can just get the people who should be hiring me to figure that out. Er, that seems to be phrased weird. I'm just sick of not having a job and sick of not having anyone to lean on when I get those rejection notices.

And I'm sick of my browser crashing.

Posted by mike at 06:31 PM | Self , Work | Comments (0)

Hot Nigerian Mardi Gras Phishing

Wow. It appears that in the last 438 junk mail messages I've received, only one mentions sex. In a way, it's depressing.

Posted by mike at 09:01 PM | Internet | Comments (0)

Saturday, May 7, 2005

Meet New Albums

Heh. Digging through my CD collection, I come by the "Plasticity" single by Front Line Assembly. I don't think I ever listened to it until now, since I was annoyed it only had three tracks (I didn't realize it was a single until after purchasing it). The funny thing is, I know I've heard it at Ground Zero.

Posted by mike at 08:25 PM | Music | Comments (0)

Sunday, May 8, 2005

Hazy Window

In the instant before I woke up, I resolved to swallow my pride, go over to Dave's, and ask him flat-out to arrange a chat between me and Karrin. In the instant after I woke up, I realized I was a decade too late.

I really needed that miracle to happen this year. I've been out of work for 2/3 of the time since I finished college. I'm low on money, low on energy, and just low. I got an e-mail from her two months ago and thought that maybe the miracle was finally happening, that everything had been a test of something.

It soon became a lot less miraculous.

Ugh, I probably shouldn't have written this. People hate seeing it. I never even knew her anyway, so it's stupid that I keep thinking about it.

Posted by mike at 07:42 AM | Dreams , Self | Comments (0)



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Wednesday, May 11, 2005

Boom Bip

Okay, for personal reference, just so I can keep these organized:

  • Polara is a local band
  • Pantera is a heavy metal band
  • Petra is a Christian rock band
Somehow I keep getting them confused.

I saw Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy on Monday and randomly ran into Adam and guest (Melissa?). I thought it was pretty entertaining, though not as good as it could have been. Still, when my parents asked, I gave it a thumbs-up. The Heart of Gold spaceship (and especially the escape pod) looks familiar, like one of the Red Dwarf pods or something. Then again, maybe it appeared on/in one of the books way back when. The huge hole in the rear end was unique, though. Zooey Deschanel was a good choice for Trillian, IMHO.

I got some extra cash back from the IRS, so I got myself some CDs.

Posted by mike at 04:54 PM | Movies , Music | Comments (0)


Oh, and I noticed that Deutsche Welle TV is back on cable in Minneapolis. It had gone away for a few years. Gives me a chance to brush up on my German.

Posted by mike at 08:31 PM | TV | Comments (0)

Thursday, May 12, 2005

Mallard Fillmore

Can we start calling Bush a lame-duck president yet?

Posted by mike at 09:12 AM | Politics | Comments (0)

Diesel Sweeties

LiveJournal's down and Wikipedia's up? That's unpossible.

Something else that's unpossible: my fortune cookies ever coming true. Latest example: "An old love will come back to you." I'd have to bend the rules of "love" anyway, and the big ones are spoken for. Reminds me of when I went to eat out with a bunch of people including Sarah. We had to go through "the talk" earlier that day or the day before, but it basically said that we'd get together in short order. Stupid fauxsian cuisine.

Posted by mike at 05:13 PM | Food , Internet , Sarah , Self | Comments (0)

Friday, May 13, 2005

Assume the Position

I really hate how job listings on have a button labeled "Submit to job". Also, eRecruit software sucks body parts of monkeys, scorpions, crustaceans, and other creatures that I don't even want to think about.

Posted by mike at 10:07 PM | Work | Comments (0)

Sunday, May 15, 2005

Brick and Mortar

LOL. I just remembered that my high school was erected in 1969.

Uh. That's it.

Posted by mike at 06:17 PM | School | Comments (0)

Monday, May 16, 2005

Where Were You When the Fit Hit the Shan?

Oh my god ohmygod ohmygodomygodomygod—Lindsay Lohan is going to be here! </fanboy>

This Prairie Home Companion movie is going to be bizarre.

Posted by mike at 10:30 AM | Movies | Comments (0)

Wednesday, May 18, 2005


Okay, I haven't been paying much attention to this oil-for-food business, but I know that Norm Coleman has been a significant figure in it for some time. How the hell a junior senator elected two and a half years ago can chair the committee is beyond me. Oh yeah, it's because the Republicans are so happy he defeated Mondale and the memory of Wellstone. We have to resort to having the Brits knock him down a peg or two.

In other news, even my attempts to volunteer appear to be failing...

Posted by mike at 10:13 AM | Politics | Comments (0)

Friday, May 20, 2005

Little Discourage

Doppelgängers suck. Especially when they remind you of people you can't forget anyway.

Posted by mike at 12:26 AM | Self | Comments (0)

Sunday, May 22, 2005

*gurgle* *thump*

When my parents came up to visit yesterday, my dad and I spent some time looking over the vacuum lines in my car in order to see if there was a leak. There's a rip in the line leading to the MAP sensor, and wiggling the line would open the gap and cause the engine to rev. Yeah, that's probably what's been causing my car to behave weird.

I tried a simple fix of using some electrical tape (well, getting the tape also involved a trek of its own, so my day went by pretty quickly). Since the tube is in such a cramped spot, it's impossible to get it clean, and very hard to get any tape on there. The car seemed to be somewhat happier when I took it out, but the engine still stalled when I came to a stop after getting off the highway. Not good enough, I guess.

So, now I have to pry off one end of the tube, figure out its diameter, put the tube back on, go buy a length of a foot or so, take off the tube at both ends, and put on a new tube. It shouldn't be complicated, but I know it's going to be difficult. I'm just worried that things will still be messed up after that, like maybe the transmission is the real problem when it comes to stopping at the end of the highway...

Posted by mike at 11:17 PM | Car | Comments (0)

Tuesday, May 24, 2005

Always Outnumbered, Never Outgunned

Well, I've got a new vacuum tube in my car. It was easier to replace than I expected, but it didn't fix the problem I've been having. I suppose there might be another leak somewhere else, or it could be a different issue that is causing the car to act funny.

I'm also sick now, for the first time in who knows how long. I may have to ditch the volunteer training thing that is planned for tomorrow.

Posted by mike at 05:08 PM | Car | Comments (0)

Thursday, May 26, 2005

The Smell of Napalm in the Morning

Well, a piece of my computer's power supply exploded sometime last night. I must be cursed. I'd been worried about my computer for no real reason, and it had been a relief the last several days to see the light on and the system humming normally when I woke up. But it was off today. I tried just hitting the power button, and nothing happened. I turned off the switch in the back for a few seconds, then was able to get the system to start booting—but there was a weird noise and a bad burnt electrical smell was coming out of it.

I'd really rather not spend $70 on a decent power supply right now... I don't want to spend $40 on a crappy one either...

Update: Well, I split the difference and got a 360W PSU for $50. My old one was 300W, which was probably underpowered. I'm not sure what it was that blew up in my power supply, since it was blackened and mangled by the time I looked at it. I don't think it was a capacitor, so I suppose that generally leaves a resistor or maybe a diode or something. Anyway, it got hot enough to desolder itself from the mainboard inside the PSU, and it rattled around as I took out the old box.

Posted by mike at 08:46 AM | Hardware | Comments (0)

Saturday, May 28, 2005

When Greenville Turned Brown

Superfund. You know, for kids!

Posted by mike at 08:41 AM | Politics | Comments (0)

Monday, May 30, 2005

...And in Darkness Bind Them


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