June 24th, 2003

Semiformalishmaybe

Frozen in sleep

I slept almost 12 hours last night, waking up for a brief period inthe middle. I wonder why. I had a dream that I was wandering throughsecret passages and stuff in a house, with portions that looked likethe old Brecksville house (there were stairs in the coat closet!),the new Brecksville house, the crazy hotel M, D, A, and I all stayedin in New York way back, and other places I did not recognize. Forsome reason, my dad was also wandering through the house. Every oncein awhile, I'd come up against someone who I, for some reason, identifiedas a bad guy, and he'd taunt me and run away. Near the end of the dream,I got tired of dealing with him, and threw something at him. He saidouch, and I finally realized that I could hurt him. I started throwingmore stuff at him, and eventually realized that I needed to get rid ofhim by freezing him, so I started chanting random things and eventuallyfound something that generated ice from my hands. I kept saying it, overand over again, and he slowly started to freeze. For some reason, at thetime I thought the phrase translated from Japanese to 'naturally cold'. Ifinally froze him that way, the last thing he was able to do was takeoff his tie and hand it to me, explaining that in the sequel, it would bevery appropriate for his hand to reach out of the ice and grab it. I agreed,and didn't freeze the tie. I suddenly remember that earlier in the dream,I was wandering through a strange restaurant in ... what might've beenin a dark version of Shadyside. The restaurant was very oddly shaped --multilevel, with a vaguely mexican-style architecture and walls thatwere odd only because they didn't block off anything useful. I was kind oflost, and in a hurry, and the waiter kept wanting me to sit down and eat,but I was just using the area within the walls to pass through. It wasall outdoors. Hmm.

Anyhow, there's someone I saw on Match.com who looks cute, and I showedthe jpeg it to Dubin, and he had a rather amusing quote:"It's a strangely composed photo, but she has nice shiny teeth"

I have a new officemate. She's nice, but the room is a bit crowded, andshe doesn't like the room as dark as PaulH and I do, and actually wantsthe *shudder* ceiling lights on. I brought in sunglasses today. I hopethis doesn't get old too quickly.

Semiformalishmaybe

Netflummox

Dear Netflix,I have read that you have acquired a patent onrenting out DVDs on a subscription basis overthe internet. I, along with a number of othercustomers (see the story on http://slashdot.org )am upset by this decision -- I feel that it isanticompetitive, and that it placesunacceptable restrictions on liberty. I knowthat I don't speak just for myself when I statethat should you require licenses or sue anyonefor this technology, I will stop using yourservice, and turn the positive word-of-mouthI have been spreading about your serviceto something highly negative. I like yourservice, and in the time that I've had it,I've seem a number of good movies. I knowthat I've gotten you at least two othercustomers. I don't want to leave, but ifyou do this, I won't still be a customer oran advocate.

Sincerely,
Pat Gunn

Semiformalishmaybe

Blasted American Public

linkHere's a largish quote, with my comments in red.


The A-B-C News-Washington Post survey found 63 percent of those interviewedsay the war can be justified even if such weapons aren't found. Only 23percent think it's necessary to find some.

Nice. Shoot first, justify second, and maybe notthen at all. Oh, yeah, actually, lie first. Nevermind all the dictatorsthe U.S. propped up, nor the weapons they provided Iraq in the first place.Thank goodness for the countries that wern't spineless enough to bow toAmerican economic pressure to support BushJr(pretzels be unto him)'slittle adventure.

The poll also discovered a majority of Americans would favor invading Iranto keep it from developing nuclear weapons. Thirty-eight percent would beopposed.

Great! Why don't we invade all the other countries wecan think of that we don't like that have nukes? After all, there's noway anyone would resent nobody but the United States and it's pals(and economic slaves) having weapons! It's so fair, nobody could possiblyobject! The whole world should bow down to the American braggado:"You disagree with us, you're gonna be poor. You look like you might bebuilding weapons to resist our agression, you're going down". Wonderful.

As implied by these results, President Bush remains popular. The pollfound 68 percent of Americans support the job he's doing, and about thesame percentage support his actions in Iraq.

Of that 68 percent, 75 percent would be happy if allnon-Americans were to die a sudden painful death, so long as noMcDonalds ended up closing and gas prices remained cheap.


Politics is something that can really piss me off, especially thingsrelated to our idiotic president. But ... I'm irritated in general atlife right now. I'm having temporary money problems, I'm getting a lot lesssolitude at work, and I'm just not feeling all that well right now.Maybe I'll just skip the philosophy thing tonight.