Another Reason I Dislike Duke

Anyone familiar with ACC basketball is painfully aware of the officiating favoritism shown to Duke Basketball year in and year out (although this year, I must say the games I saw seemed to be much more evenly officiated). But this post isn't about officiating, it's about flopping and Duke, which go together like peanut butter and jelly. This is how they teach you to "draw" a charge at Duke. Paulus executes it perfectly, and the laugh track is just an added bonus. Well done!


dinner 3/15

Oooo, that was good. Cut up some green onion and cauliflower, sauteed in olive oil, add in a little bit of lean ground turkey and then the gobi packet: cumin, turmeric, chilies, ajowan seeds, amchur powder, and minced onions. Made by Arora creations, bought at Whole Foods. We definitely have to get that again. It was delicious. Sadly, no leftovers. Also, I drank a bit too much of the latest $3, the Crane Lake Malbec. Overall, quite an excellent night.

Microsoft Time Synch Ignoring Daylight Savings?

Well, I thought I had made it through the transition to daylight savings OK, only to find I did get bitten by a bug. A bug from Microsoft, no less (surprise, surprise). Now I'm not one to complain about Microsoft too much, as I use a few of their products...actually only XP and a mouse, I believe...anyhow, I have my date and time to autosync once a week with time.windows.com once a week. Now, today is Thursday and the switch to DST occurred early Sunday morning. When my computer just autosync'd, I lost an hour...five days later and Microsoft still hasn't updated their time server? I wonder if this has messed anyone else up. (And yes, I have the adjust for Daylight Savings box checked on my Date and Time user interface). Surely this must have happened to someone else as well?

Heart Attack Fatalities More Likely on the Weekend

In news that surprises no one, people are more likely to die of a heart attack on the weekend. Surprised? And it's not just because Bubba McFatty's blood pump couldn't handle the stress of his home team's double OT loss as he stuffed himself with the KFC value meal. No, the real reason Bubba McFatty is more likely to die is because doctors like having their weekends off too. And, contrary to popular opinion, doctors are real people too. It takes longer to get cathed, the hospital is running with a lighter staff so the waits are longer, etc. So please, try not to have a heart attack on the weekend. You might die.

Weekend Heart Attacks

Tisdale Merlot (2005)

Perhaps you've heard of two buck chuck? It's very popular at Trader Joe's, or at least it was. Cheap wine doesn't have to be light on taste. At one of my favorite stores here in San Diego, Henry's, they offer a variety of tasty wines for only $3. Sure, there can be some foul wines mixed in there, but overall I've been pleasantly surprised. I'm going to start recording my thoughts so that I remember which I like and which I do not care for (always a risk after consumption ;-). Ah, and since I prefer red wine, these reviews will be limited to those. Since no one is reading this, I don't feel too badly about excluding white wine drinkers...

So, to start off, The Tisdale 2005 Merlot. This was not one of my finer selections. I felt the flavors were average at best, and while it had a clean taste and was relatively light, I do not believe I will purchase it again. Drinking a glass now, it strikes me as rather flat. Perhaps my tastes run more toward the Malbecs rather than the Merlots? I have a bottle of Malbec which I will review next time.

A Thought

Well, remoteofficetemp.com is doing well, but I need to get it listed in Google if I'm going to have any hope of getting sustained traffic. I'm planning a major overhaul tonight where I make the content easier to navigate and just provide a link at the end to go to the forums. The way it's set up now, finding information is cumbersome. The whole board is in Drupal's forum format, so it's not very pretty to say the least.

Sleeping in Separate Beds

Interesting article from the New York Times about how more and more couples are choosing to sleep in separate beds. I can certainly understand this as it relates to my own relationship. J thinks I snore a lot; I disagree -- not once have I heard myself snore! And I definitely have heard her various nocturnal gurgles and mutterings. Anyhow, we're not nearly wealthy enough for two bedrooms, so we just make do. It's not so bad, just think of all the homes across the planet that have multiple people living in one room, much less one house. Be thankful you have a roof!

Sleeping in Separate Beds

More Homeowners Defaulting on Mortgages

The New York Times has an article today about how more homeowners are defaulting on their loans. Per the Times,

"Industry experts and officials believe the current rise in default rates is a function of looser lending practices by mortgage companies in the last few years and the end of the housing boom last year, rather than the more traditional economic weakness that drove up defaults in the past.

As sales fell, the number of homes on the market rose and home prices began to weaken last year, borrowers had a harder time selling or refinancing their properties. Some, though experts say it is hard to say exactly how many, probably also experienced payment shock from the resetting of adjustable rate mortgages."

Mortgage Default

Mortgage Aid

Here's an interesting story about a program in North Carolina designed to help government workers buy their first home. It's a great idea, and obviously the woman quoted in this article is overjoyed. I do wonder, however, why there is such an emphasis on government workers and not on people who might be more financially underprivileged. For example, government workers who make up to 65k would qualify for this plan. First Home Mortgages, on the other hand, sounds like a great idea and they cover all citizens with low income. Perhaps with the recent increase in mortgage defaults, home prices will continue to drop and citizens with low income (but good credit) will able to fulfill their dreams of owning a home.

Check it out at Mortgage Aid Efforts

How do you say cuckoo for Cocoa Puffs in German?

"Mr. Cool Ice"

That, my loyal readers, is how you say cuckoo for Cocoa Puffs in German:

Spraken ze crazy???

Doobie Doobie Dubai

In the "your tax dollars at work" department, Halliburton today announced they will be moving their headquarters from Houston to Dubai, UAE. Halliburton, well known for winning an astonishing number of no-bid contracts from the U.S. government, reported a 40% decrease in profits this last quarter. But they're still rich enough to move to Dubai, where they'll enjoy a large break on taxes. Wait, they had that in Houston. So why Dubai? The climate man, the climate.

Doobie Doobie Dubai

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Letter of Condolences

Here's a sad letter I had to write the other day:

I wanted to offer my deepest sympathies for your loss. Honestly, I've been putting this letter off because I always feel like any words uttered after a death are just so hopelessly inadequate. I do hope you know, regardless of the miles between us and the time that passes between our emails, that I love you as the dear family you are, and will always be there for you. I am so sorry to know that you are hurting, and I can only imagine the pain of losing a parent; it is something I thought of when I first learned of xxx's diagnosis. Your burden must only have been magnified by having to be strong for your children and the rest of the xxx family. I imagine that now things are slowly returning to normal in the sense that you do not need to host and coordinate with all of xxx's friends and family, but no doubt you still grieve. I am glad xxx will be coming up tomorrow and hopefully she can help ease some of the burden. I only wish that I could do the same. You are in my thoughts and prayers, and I send my dearest love to all four of you.

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Trippin Fatties

X says:
yeh and even if i stay fat the not drinkin will help my bp and overall health

X says:
fat people can live a long time if they dont drink or smoke

X says:
especially if there's a terorist attack and all the grocery stores get looted so there's no food

X says:
then you and ep would die and people like me would eat you

X says:
bwahahaha

C says:
buahahahahahha

C says:
i have thought about that too! those ppl with really low bodyfat ... if there was a disaster, tehyd be the first to go.

X says:
reva

C says:
they prolly cant go more than half a day

C says:
wanna go to the gym together in ph?

X says:
yeah your best bet would be to overpower a fatty and store the meat

X says:
don't wait too long

C says:
buahahahahah

C says:
and use the blubber as heating fuel?

X says:
yeh mebbe i'd go to the gym, or we can run with z and stuff

C says:
sho!

X says:
yes now you are getting the idea!

C says:
reva!

X says:
use every part of the fatty, like the native americans

C says:
REVA!

C says:
what weapon would be best for hunting fattys?

C says:
a net?

X says:
haha prolly

X says:
a spear might not penetrate the visceral fat

C says:
hahahahahhaa

C says:
or just trip them

C says:
once they fall they cant get up

X says:
hahahaha

X says:
hahahahaha

X says:
for some reason i am picturing dilbert

C says:
Huh?

X says:
isnt there an evil dog in it? like dogbert maybe? there's some nefarious character i think

C says:
hhhaha yeah

C says:
catbert is the evil one

X says:
o yeh catbert then

C says:
he's hilarious

X says:
i picture him sneakin out, trippin fatties

Ecofriendly Dishwasher

While we're on the subject of kitchen appliances, I've invented a great dishwasher that's good for the environment. Her name is Zoe, and she's presumably a combination of greyhound, black lab, and wild snigs. She's very thorough in cleaning the dishes, pots, and pans and never scratches the non-stick surfaces. Zoe uses very little water to wash --important since we're in a drought here in California, no soap --the natural enzymes in her saliva are enough, along with her ultra-power, multi-way rotating tongue, and is a lot more quiet than the machine we used to use. She seems to enjoy it a lot too, which helps with our training regimen. Yeah, yeah, I give everything a rinse in the sink before I used it again. Dog mouths are more clean than human ones though. Here's to dog-ecopower. Now I just need some land so I could use her sniglets for something useful.

New Website

Well, it's been a while since I blogged. I've been working pretty hard to get my newest website up and running, www.remoteofficetemp.com, and I think it's looking good. I've submitted it to DMOZ and hopefully it'll show up in google soon. Basically it's a website for people working from home to network and hopefully find better jobs. It also offers advice on resume, cover letters, and reviews of job websites. Now, I just have to finish up a few more loose ends and get the word out. I won't know for a while how much effort I am going to need to get the forum running, but there are other projects I want to get going as well. So much to do, so little time. Jen comes back tomorrow morning, so I'll be happy to see her but I think I've been pretty productive since she's been gone. She'll no doubt want to watch basketball; I've sworn off watching sports and drinking beer until I start getting some work done. I don't miss the sports too much, but I sure do miss the beer. Heh. Well, back to work...

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