All the good domain names have long been taken…

What is left...

After a lousy week at work, where progress was made and is being made…err…I digress…I spent some time thinking about again formalizing my consulting business as a domain, web tie in, etc. After searching the first 15 or so I came up with, learning they had all been taken, I started just popping in silly things, finding that many of THOSE were registered…This one was not.

I do not know if it is possible for a brain to ache like a knee or back, but I am pretty sure my brain aches. As does my knee. Older is not good in many ways. If I get another ache or pain, do I get to hang a special license plate on my ass? “Michigan Historical Human”…

Today, a jackass in a Super Duty Ford Diesel was in front of me with a ‘I love my huge carbon footprint’ sticker on the tailgate. Now, I love trucks, but there is no need to be a dick about it.

Pre-sweetener tea is for losers. 😛 ….you know who you are.

Halo Reach is a hell of a lot of fun, mostly because it makes my son and I laugh our butts off by offing each other in silly ways.  The new graphics are not bad either.

Guster is playing the Royal Oak Music Theater soon. No fucking seats…and by that, I mean, there are tickets, but there are NO FUCKING seats. Standing. All night. Guess where I am not going?

Yom Kippur makes me miss my friend in Israel.

I am amazed at how many people run network wire and do not understand that if you cut the sheathing, the copper ( an excellent conductor) becomes a BIG FUCKING ANTENNA and bleeds shit onto your network.

Camera Lens’ confuse me. I am a 28 ish mm wide, but I also want a 300mm F4 prime with a 1.6 III extender. I don’t know why, I mean I do,  but I am having DREAMS about camera lens’ at night.

My dog pissed me off this week by eating an entire loaf of organic $4 a loaf bread off the counter as it thawed, but I still love him. He is cute as hell and makes me smile.

Dear NFL, Fuck you. You have ruined the game. The Lions call was just a brutal reminder to me of why I have backed off so hard on the religion of football. I can’t stand it anymore. too many flag pulls and stoppages of play. It is like watching 2 marching bands perform for 4 hours, playing one song, one measure at a time with a lunch break in between each measure. Between this and the perfect game boner by the MLB refs, I am starting to think organized sports refs are in cahoots with Bin Laden.

Seeing the big picture by getting small.

Last Monday was spent at a botanical garden in Ann Arbor.

Here, I tried out my new Opteka extension tubes, which all my camera to get even tighter shots on small things.

I started first by trying to focus on the small minds of the Republican media, but even the mighty Canon 7D with a nice 1.8 lens could not see anything worth discussing there, so I instead went on to flowers…simple, awesome, intricate flowers…I am not there yet as a macro photographer, maybe I will never get there, but the first day of the journey left me excited, exhausted and with a couple dozen pics that I was reasonably proud of. This is not really one of them, but, I liked the color. Deal with it..:)

Hell week, otherwise known as the first week of school is over, I survived without being lynched, made progress in some ways, and was sad in others because the cost of said progress was given at the expense of something more progressive than what replaced it…Ce la vie.

One day, I may get to make the decisions, and then, I will listen to the smart people around me when they tell me what they need to be effective at their jobs rather than choosing what I like most and jamming it down their throats.

The orchard continues to grow, the growers, pickers and eaters are happy and productive, and we are now damned to a beet farm, less the humor of Dwight and his idiot brother. I look longingly back at the Orchard taking little solace at my small grove at home. Now, it serves primarily as a reminder of the beets I have to eat and tend at work.

Stewart vs. Cramer

I know everyone on the planet (or at least 2 of you) have been anxious for my take on this. Here it is in brief..

Jon Stewart is really bright, but so is Cramer…they are both serving their markets. What the Daily Show does is serve an underserved market for truth in media, but it does it with comedy, which should illustrate how starved we are for some measure of truth…. I cannot think of another show that has the market penetration it does that is not afraid to both praise and roast those that need praise and roasting. For every Jon Stewart, there are 10 Sean Hannity’s, and that is a problem. And I am not talking conservative vs. liberal, I am talking intelligent vs. stupid. The conservative side needs people that are less abrasive and more thoughtful, but just as aggressive to report on the real news. Overall, the media is a mess, and people tune into to the Daily Show because while it is gonna be riffing on things, the seeds of the stories ring true.

All said, I think Cramer coming on in the first place was a good thing for him to do, and to talk and sit it out was a good thing to do, but I doubt he will change his practices. I do think that we witnessed a historical interview. I don’t think Cramer is a bad guy, but rather just another squirrel fighting for a nut and selling it any way he can.

Woz can dance..We hope

Dancing with the Stars. I have watched ONE episode. The one with Warren Sapp in the finals…It was actually pretty damn impressive. Steve Wozniak and dancing are like..ummm…beer nuts and caviar…I don’t know…but I will be Tivo-ing these now, just for some time to see Woz, talk, dance, and generally be on TV at length. Andy Inhatko did a piece on this…Great insight, cept I was not a nerd in high school. I was a ‘car’ kid, but I now identify more with the Wozzes than the redneck dragster set. No matter what, this should be really, really interesting.

Re-training my brain to read like a Cylon.

I am finding, especially in the past few years, that reading is difficult. I can and do still read a lot, but, it seems like my eyes want to scan the pages, rather than follow the lines of text. Initially, starting a to read something new, I seem to have some ‘boot lag’ on getting into the groove of reading normally.  There is probably data on the web to indicate this, but, I have not yet stumbled on the term set that will yield a good result.

Lately, I have been wondering about reversing every other line of text so I could read left to right, right to left. Efficiency…Cylon style.

Mac’s go mainstream…again…

Businessweek says so, at least in this article. And a Utah college is now offering MAC course. Hell hath frozen over. With temps here being what they are, I can probably sled there now too, but that is another story.

PC’s, or rather WINDOWS based personal computers ( cause ya know PC’s mean the COMPUTER not the OS.) have generally become an impediment to productivity, creativity and enjoyment. Windows PC’s are prevalent due to inertia, not due to superiority. The crack in the Windows veneer are opening wider.

People are starting to wake up to the fact that the less time they have to spend fixing their PC, the more time they can either USE it to do the things they need it to do OR do OTHER THINGS that are not PC related. Windows 7 announced their sku’s ( bar codes/ versions) a few days back…Uggh…Listen, Microsoft…Flatten your prices, like to ONE price. Not sucking is important to, but people will still BUY your SUCK if you make it simple. People who pay attention are switching over to OSX.

Merlin Mann is a Dick…

but he is also funny as hell, and pretty smart. Check out his new Amazon page. Merlin is a razors’ edge user/guru/pundit. Many know him from 43folders. I knew him first from him popping up on Leo LaPortes’ many podcast that I listen to, and many times, being a dick to Andy Inhatko (Merlin frequently chants “that’s  straw man to Andy…Andy is usually right, FWIW, as Merlins’ logic with Andy has more to do with Merlin not liking Andy because he is ‘fluffy’). Merlin does not seem to ever come off of ‘eleven’ on the ‘rip you up’ calibrator, but I swear to god, I have almost wrecked my car listening to the You Look Nice Today podcast. He gets these Richard-esque, off the cuff, arrogant as hell riffs rolling, and I start out thinking, ‘what a DICK’, but by the time he finishes, I am dying laughing, realizing he is right, and agreeing with him. Impressive Jedi Fu he has. For a Dick.